"Jack? Jack! Oh my gosh! I haven't seen you since.." I began, staring up at him with a grin.

"Since you were in hospital?" he offered with a smile.

I frowned. What was he talking about? I couldn't remember seeing him at the hospital, but then again, I had been on a lot of pain medication.

"What do you mean?" I asked, confused.

"Ben and I came to see you when you were in the hospital Kate, the first day you were there." He explained, and I suddenly realised that he was still holding me against his chest. I blushed, with the cast on I must have weighed a tonne, but he didn't seem to notice.

"Ahm, ok. They doped me up so much for the pain that most of that day and night are a blur. You know you can put me down now." I told him.

He laughed and gently lowered me to my feet. I grimaced as my leg twisted at an odd angle.

"Are you al right?" he demanded, and I nodded, painfully.

"Yeah, just a twinge. So, it's not Halloween, what's with the outfit?"

Jack blushed, and held his hands out.

"does it suit me? Get it? Suit me? Firefighter suit!"

I groaned,

"Your leg?" he asked, a worried frown creasing his forward, and I shook my head.

"Nah, your shocking sense of humour."

He looked wounded and I smiled and let him help me to my car. Mai Li was sitting in the passenger seat already and I watched as she got out of the car and ran to hug Jack.

"Hey gorgeous! Feels like it's been forever!" she told him, and he smiled and looked over her had at me.

"the drugs?" he asked, and I smiled and nodded.


Mai Li laughed,

"Yeah! Ha ha! The drugs.. It's so funny.. I don't get it but I'm sure it's funny.. ok, I'll shut up now."

I looked at her with a grin.

"Thank you"

Mai Li climbed back in the car and I eased myself into the backseat. We would have to wait for my dad to drive us home, but he was over at the Aussie Disposals store, and the inner nerd always went nuts whenever he in there so it might be awhile.

Jack stuck his head in the window.

"I volunteer with them, after classes, weekends, that kind of thing." He told me. And I nodded. God I loved a man in uniform, ugh.. If my leg wasn't broken, I'd kick myself.


I desperately wanted to talk to Katelyn about her little conversation with Jack, but there was no way I could say anything with Mr Matthews in hearing distance. I kenw that Katelyn got along much better with her parents now, but I highly doubted that she would want me discussing the details of her life with her in front of them.

We pulled into Katelyn's street and I almost wanted to explode with frustration.

I climbed out of the car and helped Katelyn out of the back. We hobbled into the house and Mrs Matthews pounced, scaring the wits out of me.

"Wow, Mrs Matthews.. You're.." I struggled for the right word.

"I'm bloody huge! If they'd had me on the Titanic, it wouldn't of sunk!" she wailed, and I cringed.

"Uh no. You're not huge. I mean you're very large.. But huge is like elephant.. or water buffalo! You're not huge!" I told her and heard Katelyn laugh behind me.

"Relax Mai, My mothers been taking 'baby and me, acting classes' she doesn't mean a word of it" she told me and I sighed,

Phew, crisis averted!

"Spoil my fun!" Mrs Matthews muttered, and we laughed.

"How long till you're due?" I asked and she smiled.

"A few more weeks, and junior will be joining us," she told me proudly, and I grinned. I had always wanted a large bunch of kids, I figured it was because I was an only child.

I would have to talk to Jett about that one though.

I pulled Katelyn away, and we went to her bedroom.

"Didn't Jack look good!" I exclaimed as I closed the door behind us.

Katelyn shrugged, "He looked all right, I suppose."

"Oh come off it, Mr tie me up tie me down more like it!" I scoffed, and she giggled. Uh oh, I thought, Katelyn never giggled, unless she was uncomfortable, or she was getting ready to lie through her teeth, and neither was an option I liked.

"Hang on! I'm with Christian remember?" she laughed, and I grimaced, yeah, I remembered, but the question was, did she?

"Have you spoken to Christian? Are you definitely back on?" I asked her, wondering if she would take the offered loophole and try to justify a possible attraction to Jack.

"Well no, but It's me and Christian, you know.. we don't need to define ourselves."

Double uh oh!

"That's fine Katelyn, but just remember, if you string either of these boys along, one is bound to get hurt." I told her, suddenly serious.

"Look, don't even worry about it. I'm with Christian, Jack's with Rachel, it's all good."

I didn't want to burst her little fantasy bubble, so I kept quiet. I remembered the card that had arrived for me a few days earlier. It was from Rachel, there was a letter inside.

It was mostly about school, but she did happen to mention that her and Jack had just broken up, well, that she had dumped him.

I kept my mouth shut, I knew it probably wasn't my decision to make, But Katelyn always seemed to let herself in for heartache because she didn't know how to say no.

There was no way in heck she was going to hear about Jacks single status from me..


I sat down on my bed, mulling over what Mai Li had been saying. She was right, there was no way I could lead one of them on when I wasn't serious about them.

Sure Jack had looked great in his uniform, but at the end of the day he was still the same old Jack. He was still the guy that at lunchtime would save the icing from his cake for me. The guy that would rib me to death about being on the football team, but the first to jog out onto the field to the huddle at half time.

Besides, he was with Rachel, what the heck was I thinking?

My life was finally getting back on track and here I was trying to complicate it further!

I got to my feet and hugged Mai Li,

"Just hit me if I do anything stupid ok?" I asked her, knowing she'd have no hesitation.

"Absolutely" she grinned back.

"Pizza?" I offered and she nodded.

I picked up the phone on the side of my bed and dialled.

"One large Hawaiian ple- OW! What was that for?" I demanded.

"I want Margarita!" she hissed.

I groaned, I wasn't even ordering pizza. A few of the girls and I had organised to throw Mai Li a hens night, and that was the cue for them to come over.


I lay on my back on my bed in UQ. It so wasn't fair that Katelyn and Mai Li were on holidays whilst the rest of us mere mortals had to slog it out here at school. I looked up as Jett stuck his head around the door.

"Come in. Geez, you look more bummed than I feel, what's up?"

Jett sighed and ran a hand through his hair,

"Well, it's just.. It's just"

"Spit it out man" I encouraged, and he smiled briefly, before his mouth returned to it's downward arc.

"It's Mai Li's surprise bachelorette party tonight!" he exclaimed, and slammed his fist down on the comforter.

"Ok, first, that's goosedown, so don't wreck it! And second, what's the big deal, so they'll go out and party.. what's the prob?"

Jett groaned.

"That's exactly it though, they'll party, Katelyn's taking Mai Li to a strip joint.. it's this feminist place, men in nothing but loincloths drinking shots from their navels! THAT'S WHAT!" he screeched.

I laughed, I couldn't help it, Jett was doing his head in. I was glad that I didn't.. Hang on? Katelyn's taking them there? Oh my god!

"ok, this isn't good.. we need to do something about this." I told him, climbing to my feet and grabbing my jacket and keys.

"What? What can we do?" he demanded, and I grinned.

"We, my friend, are going to go behind enemy lines, that's right.. we're gonna crash the bachelorette party!"

A/N- and we all know that nothing good comes of blokes crashing timeless female rituals.. think I could talk them out of it? Not a chance.. lol…

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Skittles and Christians,