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A Little Time Away

By By: Kathy
rebel@garlic.com

Alex sighed deeply as she packed her brief case preparing to leave the courtroom, early on Friday afternoon. She had just won a conviction in the Natalie Collins murder trial, a case that she had put many hours into over the last few months. Fellow ADA and her co-council on the case Sam Downing heard her sigh and asked what was wrong. Alex said "I'm just tired, I'm glad this case is finally over with.">

"Alex I know how much time you have put into this case, plus all of the hours that you put in at HOPE. You need some rest, some time away. I would like to lend you my cabin in the mountains for the weekend."

"Oh Sam that's very kind of you but I couldn't."

"Yes you could."

Alex had a doubtful look on her face, "I insist" Sam said, "I won't be using it this weekend so it will just be sitting empty. You and Walker go up there; you'll really enjoy it. It's very quiet there. It has electricity from a generator and well water but there is no phone. So you will be able to get plenty of rest."

Alex thought it really did sound wonderful. "All right Sam maybe you're right it does sound like just what I need."

"Great I'll write down the directions for you then."

Now she thought, if I can just convince Walker to take time off of work for a couple of days. As it turned out Alex was pleasantly surprised. Walker readily agreed to go. He really was becoming less of a workaholic.

Walker and Alex arrived at the cabin just after dark. While Walker built a fire Alex warmed up some stew that she had taken from her freezer. She also opened up a bottle of wine that she had received last Christmas.

After dinner they brought their wine and sat down on the sofa in front of the fire. Alex looked down at her engagement ring and shook her head and smiled.

"Sometimes I still can't believe that this is really on my finger.”

Walker gave her a small smile and said, "yeah I know it took us a long time to get here."

Because neither of them was accustomed to drinking very much it didn't take much of the wine to feel its affects. So the conversation flowed a little freer than it might have otherwise.

"When I was with Kim at her dress fitting she asked why you and I had never gotten married and I didn't really have an answer."

Walker nodded his head in agreement. "She asked me the same thing and I didn't know how to answer her either. It wasn't that I had never thought about asking you, but I always had one excuse or another. I wasn't sure you could deal with the pressures of my job, or my need to have time alone or if we could handle working together and being married too. But after my conversation with Kim I started to really think about it. I realized that none of those excuses held water anymore. We had gotten so close over the past couple of years. So you were already dealing with the pressures and dangers of my job and you accepted my need to go off by myself occasionally. We were already successfully, well at least most of the time successfully, managed to separate out our personal and professional lives. That night I prayed for God to help me make a decision. When I woke up the next morning…I knew… There was not a doubt in my mind about what I wanted to do. I went right out to buy you a ring. I even had to wait for the jewelry store to open. I tried to figure out the best place and way to ask you. I thought about taking you on a picnic to that place by the pond on the ranch that you love so much. I also thought about taking you to the reservation to a spot that was special to me as a child. But I didn't really want to wait any longer than I absolutely had to. Once I had made the decision I wanted to ask you right away. I thought after Phil and Kim's wedding was about as long as I could wait." Walker's expression grew sad, "And when you were shot I was afraid that I would never get the chance I…." His voice started to crack and he was unable to finish.

Alex reached over and touched one cheek with her hand and kissed the other one. "You know when you told me that you had something that you wanted to ask me. I wasn't sure. I thought, well maybe. Things were better between us than they ever had been. I admit I had been thinking about it a lot while helping Kim plan her wedding. But we had never even talked seriously about getting married. I didn't want to get my hopes up, so I figured it must be something else. When you did finally ask me in the hospital, I was so overwhelmed, and happier than I ever been in my life.”

He smiled at her and reached over and gave her a soft kiss on the lips.

"Walker," Alex began hesitantly, she wasn't really sure that she should bring this up now, things were so good between them. But it was something that she was still confused about and thought that if she didn't ask now, she would always wonder about it.
"What is it Alex" Walker asked, his forehead wrinkling slightly.

"Do you remember when I took you whitewater rafting?"

"Yes, how could I forget." He was now starting to get an idea where she was going.

"I know the trip ended up being a disaster but…..That first night, we made love for the first time. I thought it was wonderful and at the time I thought that you did too." Alex looked down at the floor. "I thought things would be different for us when we got home, and they were but….."

"But not in the way you expected?"

"No, you more or less pushed me away. You didn't seem to want to be anything but co-workers and maybe friends. As much as I didn't want to I felt that I no choice but to accept what I thought you had decided. I thought what happened on the rafting trip made you decide that I wasn't what you really wanted."

"I'm sorry that you thought that."

"Just as I had started to accept that was the way our relationship was going to be the DeMarco case came back up."

"You saw Dalton again?"

"Yes, I thought maybe he and I were meant to be. There were some sparks still there so I guess I tried to talk myself into thinking it could work."

"You have not mentioned him since then, I assume you haven't heard from him?"

"Oh he called a few times but you and I had started to settle into a routine. I was still really confused by your actions at times you acted you acted like you wanted us to have a relationship and other times you acted as if you barely knew me. But I realized even if our relationship never moved forward I couldn't be happy with Dalton or any other man but you. I was completely in love with you. Regardless of the status of our relationship that was never going to change. So I told Dalton that I was not interested in seeing him again."

"Alex I'm not sure I can explain why I acted that way because I don't completely understand it myself. What happened on the trip was so unexpected. When I woke up that morning I had no idea that I was going rafting, much less that you and I would make love that night. When we got back home and things settled down and I started to think about what had happened between us…….I……"

As he struggled for the right words Alex gently caressed his hand. She was starting to regret bringing this subject up.

Walker began again. "Sex is not a casual thing for me."

"I know that honey."

"For me to make love to you, it had to mean that I was in love with you. And I just wasn't ready to admit to myself how much I really did love you. So I guess I dealt with it the only way I knew how by pulling back and pushing you away."

"Walker, it must have hurt you a great deal to see me with Dalton. I even asked you for advice about him. I'm so sorry."

He was silent for a moment and looked away. "I was hurt, but it was my own fault for not being honest with myself or you. I know I hurt you too with my on again off again behavior."

Alex reached over and kissed him softly. "None of that matters now. All that matters is the way things are now and they're almost perfect."

Walker smiled at her and said, "you're right it is almost perfect."

Walker put his arm around Alex and pulled her close. They were quiet for a long time. Then Walker finally spoke. "I don't think I've ever told you what a relief it was to finally be able to talk to you about Ellen."

"I think I learned as much about you that night as I had in all the years that I had known you." Alex said.

"You know how hard it has always been for me to talk about my feelings but that night something was different. I was able to tell you thoughts and feelings that I had kept bottled up for so long. Thoughts I had never said out loud before."

That had been the most extraordinary night. Walker had told her about his love for Ellen, and how deeply and long he grieved for her after she was killed. He told Alex that his memories of Ellen would always have a special place in his in his heart. But he now felt he was finally able to let her go. He was ready to commit to a real relationship with Alex. They made love that night. The only other time had been more than a year before. As wonderful as that first time by the river had been there had been a certain awkwardness and nervousness between them. There was none of that this time. They were completely comfortable and at-ease with each other. There were no inhibitions or barriers between them.

Alex smiled at the thought of her most treasured memory from that night. "You told me that you loved me that night. You haven't told me since then but it doesn't matter. Because I heard you say it once. But more importantly you show me every day."

Walker sat up slightly straighter so he could look in to her eyes. "I love you Alex."

She gave him a huge smile. "I love you too."

He leaned over and gave her a gentle but prolonged kiss.

Alex broke off the kiss and stood up from the sofa, extending her hand to him, "Come on, it's time to get ready for bed."

The next morning they went for a walk by the river that was near the cabin. They stopped and sat down on a large rock that was next to the riverbank.

Alex turned to Walker and said smiling, "are you going to run to your truck and head back to Dallas if I suggest that we set a wedding date." Walker got up a pretended like he was going to leave.

"Don't you dare!" Alex yelled in mock admonishment.

Walker turned around laughing. But as he sat down his expression became serious. He took Alex's face in his hands and looked into her eyes. "I'm ready to set a date. We've put this off long enough. I want every morning for the rest of my life to be like this morning was. I want to wake up next to you and sit across the breakfast table from you. You make me happier than I ever thought possible. How soon do you think we can get a wedding planned?"

"Well I want to keep things small and simple, so I think we can get everything done in about a month."

"OK, well today is Saturday so why don't we say four weeks from today" Walker said.

"That sounds perfect, I have some ideas and I want to see what you think" she told Walker.

"OK."

"First of all I want to keep the guess list small. This is the most special day of our lives I don't want to invite a lot of people just because we work with them. I want to invite people who are our friends first and the fact that we work with them is secondary."

"I agree with that."

"What do you think about having the ceremony at Thunder's church?"

"That's what I was thinking too" Walker replied, "and I know you want to have the reception at C.D.'s."

"Of course, I won't want it any other way. Speaking of C.D. he has been such an important part of my life I would like to ask him to walk me down the aisle and then my father could be waiting for me at the alter and be the one to actually give me away."

"I know it will mean a lot to C.D. And it solves my problem. I wasn't sure who to ask to be my best man C.D. or Trivette. Are you going to ask Kim to be your matron of honor?"

"Actually I already have. I asked her when I first told her about the engagement."

"Good."

Just then it started to rain. Walker looked up and said "I guess we had better start heading back to the cabin or we'll get soaked."

They didn't make it. By the time they reached the cabin they were drenched from head to toe. They dried off and changed clothes. They build a fire and placed some cushions in front of it to lie down on. Walker put his arm around Alex and pulled her close. She put her head on his chest and placed her arm over his stomach.

Alex said "you know when Sam first offered me his cabin for the weekend I said no. He really had to talk me into it."

"I'm glad he did this has been great. I don't remember when we have had a more quiet and relaxing vacation."

"Walker," Alex said "we have never had a vacation that wasn't interrupted by someTHING or someONE and we still have a day left so don't jinx us." They both laughed.

"Have you given any thought to a honeymoon?" Alex asked looking up at him.

"Oh I've given it a lot of thought," Walker said smiling and raising his eyebrows.

Alex playfully slapped his hand. "No I mean where would you like to go?"

"I don't know, someplace far away."

"And warm" Alex said as she shivered and snuggled a little closer to him.

"Like Tahiti?" Walker said smiling.

Surprised Alex sat up and looked at him. " I thought you had forgotten all about that."

"Oh no I've been waiting to...ah….how was it you put it….run wild on the beaches with you for a long time. That's one promise that I'm going to hold you to."

"That's one promise I don't mind keeping," she said smiling as she stroked his beard. "I'll call a travel agent on Monday."

She lay back down in Walker's arms. Soon they were both napping contentedly, dreaming of the tropics and their wonderful life together yet to come.

THE END

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