Falling in Love Again
Rose looks at the picture of Jason, Jack, and Jake and sighs happily. She had made him so happy that day. Even though it had brought up feelings that she had thought would remain dormant forever. She sighed as she remembered the day she discovered herself falling in love with Jason Calvert and how she had dreaded it
The night was stormy and Jason and Rose were setting on her couch, reading the local paper and talking about the days activities. It was two months since Rose had told Jason the truth about Jack and since then they have grown very close. Jason was over at Roses practically every day. She of course thought it was because he wanted to see Jake as much as possible, but that wasnt the case at all. Jason was over there all the time because he wanted to see Rose and spend as much time with her as possible.
At first he had felt guilty for his feelings for Rose. She of course was Jacks true love and the mother of his child. In fact, he was going to forget about it and put as much distance between himself and Rose as possible, but then he had the dream He remembered it so clearly. He was on board a ship the Titanic he presumed and there was Jack, standing at the bow. His eyes were as bright and blue as ever and he had that devil may care grin plastered on his face.
"Jack," Jason breathed in shock.
"I brought you here to tell you its alright," Jack grinned.
"Come on Jason, this is me, Jack. We were always able to tell what each other was thinking. Youre in love with Rose and youre not sure if its right, but it is. Trust me. I wouldnt have brought you to her if I didnt think so."
"But Jack shes yours. I couldnt possibly "
Jacks voice was stern. "Shes not mine Jas. She never was. She doesnt belong to no one except herself. Besides, Im dead but youre not."
"But what if she doesnt feel the same way?"
"But she does. Shes just scared. You have to reassure her tell her its alright. That its what I want," Jack said. "Ill try my best to tell her, but my powers here are growing weak and I wont be able to contact her through her dreams for much longer. Thats why its so important that you and her get together so she can let go and be free from the past."
"But Jack "
"Jason, I dont have much longer. I have to save my strength for Rose, but do me this one thing will ya?"
"Promise me youll take good care of them. That youll raise Jake to be a good man and take care of Rose and love her as much as I do."
"I already do love her Jack," Jason grinned sheepishly. "But I promise Jack. I will take good care of them and Im going to make sure that Jake knows everything there is to know about his father. I promise."
The dream begins to break up and Jack begins to fade out, but before he goes he whispers a thank-you. Thats when Jason had woken up all sweaty. Jacks last words stay in his head and he knew it wasnt an ordinary dream. Jack wanted him and Rose together and Jason was going make sure to honor his cousins wishes.
Jason looks at Rose longingly. Her red hair was falling over her shoulders as she bent down to give Jake his toy. He reaches out and tucks her hair behind her ear. She looks up surprised at the touch and the electricity it caused.
"Sorry," he apologized. "Im sorry I startled you like that."
"Thats okay," Rose whispered, her face so close to his, she could feel his warm breath brush her face and when she looked in his eyes she saw desire raw burning desire. No one had looked at her like that for over a year and seeing it now had brought up something in her that she had thought was dead. "Jason "
"Rose," Jason takes her hand. Looking in her eyes one more time, he kisses her gently. A warm sweet kiss. Tingling with pleasure and desire, Rose kisses him back and moves a little closer, not wanting the moment to end. She hadnt felt this way since the last time Jack had kissed her. Jack! What was she doing?!
"Stop!" Rose quickly pulls away from the kiss, her cheeks burning furiously.
"Rose," Jason stammers.
"I think you better go now," Rose gets to her feet and moves to the door.
"Leave Jason! Leave now!" Rose demands, pointing out into the hall.
"Ok," Jason sighed heavily and exits the room, then he turns around before Rose could close the door. "But youll know where Ill be when you want to talk about what just happened."
Rose slams the door and her hand flies to her mouth. "Oh Jack, what have I done?!" She runs to her room and falls on the couch sobbing. The horrible feeling of guilt refusing to go away. She falls asleep like this.
The ship was blinking in and out, like it was having trouble staying in the same dimension as her. She walks through the ship til she reaches what looks like a fading oil painting of the bow and there standing out clearly was Jack. He didnt smile. He fact he looked rushed. He quickly strides to her and takes her into his arms.
"Dont cry my sweet Rose. Theres nothing to cry about," He soothed, his voice still rushed and a bit strained.
"Oh Jack how could I have let it happen? I didnt mean to betray you," Rose sobbed.
"But you didnt betray me Rose," Jack soothed, his voice growing more urgent. "listen Rose I dont have much time and I need to say this. I need you to go on with your life. You cant mourn me forever. This thing with Jason its what I want. I told him that too when he was feeling guilty."
"You talked to him?" Rose pulls away from Jack.
"Yes. I had to. Rose, I need you to go on with your life love someone else. You cant go through life mourning me you have to get married and have a lot more babies. Remember?"
"But Jack I love you. How can I possibly love anyone else."
"But you already do Rose. Search your heart. What does it tell you?"
I love you"
"And Jason? What does it tell you about Jason?"
Rose is silent for a couple of minutes as she searched her feelings and didnt like what she came up with. "Jack "
"You love him dont ya Rose?"
Sobbing, Rose nods. "Im sorry."
Jack laughed. "Dont be sorry Rose. Dont you ever be sorry for falling in love again, because thats what I want for you Rose. Now more than ever. Rose I wont be able to visit you like this anymore."
"Ill always be with you, but we can never be together like this again until its your time to join me. Thats why its so important to me that you fall in love and start a family with someone else. Do you understand?"
Sobbing, Rose nods. "Ill at least have the pictures wont I?"
"Of course," Jack grins. "You just wont dream about me anymore. Take care of Jason Rose. Hes still grieving. He hasnt had as much time as you. Be there for him and love him well."
"I will Jack," Rose touches his face gently. "I love you."
"I love you too Rose and never forget your promise and that Im with you always. This isnt good-bye."
Rose just smiles as he leans down and softly kisses her as the Titanic blinks out of view. For one moment its just him and her. Two people deeply in love with one another. She didnt want it to end. She even steps closer, but as soon as she does his lips are gone. She can no longer feel them. She opens her eyes to see him staring at her sadly.
"I love you Rose Dawson.," He holds his hand up in a wave.
"I love you more," Rose sobs silently, holding up her hand in a wave of her own.
Then hes gone, leaving her there in the darkness.
She knew now what she had to do and what she wanted to do. She had to wake up and go talk to Jason. She had to keep her promise to Jack.
Jason gets up off the couch and answers the urgent knocking on the door. He opens it to reveal Rose and Jake. Roses eyes were red from crying, but he saw something new in them. It wasnt anger but he was afraid to even guess what the other possibility was.
"Rose " Jason answers, but is cut off when Rose steps up to him and gives him a passionate kiss of her own, he of course immediately responds.
"I love you Jason Calvert," Rose breathed once they had broken away from the kiss.
"Rose I love you too. But what about "
Rose cuts off his sentence by placing a finger over his lips. "This is what he wants. What hes always wanted. If we dont follow through with our feelings Ill be breaking my promise to him."
"And so would I," Jason takes her in his arms once again and kisses her like hes never kissed anyone before. "I love you Rose Dawson. Will you marry me?"
Rose grins happily. "Of course I will."
Rose looks at her wedding picture to Jason. He was so handsome that day and she was on cloud nine. She remember when they had developed the film and both of them had examined it closely. And of course they found what they were looking for. Jack was behind them, a grin plaster on his face, his eyes shone with true happiness. They had both layed in each others arms that night crying with joy that he was there to give his blessing. Jason had spoken aloud that he was going to take good care of her and Jake and was going to be the best husband in the world.
Rose gasped when she heard a faint I know. Jason had heard it too by the unshed tears that had suddenly appeared in his eyes and the smile of pure happiness.
"Hes with us Rose," Jason had whispered wonderously.
"I know. He always is," Rose smiled at her husband, happy to have found someone who loved Jack as much as she did.
Rose smiled at the memory. "Oh Jack, your cousin loved you so much. I do hope you two got to spend time together after his time had arrived." She moves on to another picture.