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Disclaimer:I don't own these characters,I am simply borrowing them from ABC
and The Bedford Falls company to tell this story.

Edited by: Chris Franklin and Karen Alvarez Villeda

Rating: PG-13

Summary: The 5th in a new on going series,exploring the life of Once and
Again's wonderful characters of Jessie Sammler and Katie Singer. This new
chapter was written in reality to bridge the gap between the Original Chapter
5 (now 6) and the previous editions. I just had to use this Eli thing to get
you guys into his character and throw a huge monkey rench in the plans for
this story. Grace and Eli obviously go out on a date and Jessie and Katie
tag along. With the night ending in Jessie's declaration of her love for
Katie. Maybe not what you are thinking, but I hope you like it. Anywayz reply
and tell me what you think. Enjoy.
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Once And Again: Jessie And Katie Part 5 - I Love That Girl
by The Vert Man ([email protected])

"No," Eli said looking away, "but people can change and realize that they
missed out on something truly great you know."

"And you did?" Grace asked.

"Yeh, I did," Eli said before being cutoff by Grace.

"Hard to believe," Grace said turning to walk away when Eli grabbed her arm
and held her.

"Grace, I swear it's true," Eli said holding her arm and going on before she
could reply, "I realized after seeing you with Mr. Dmitri that I missed the
boat on this one. You wanted someone who looked at you the way he did and
who thought you were as amazing as you are."

"Yeh," Grace said being drawn by the look in Eli's eyes.

"I think you're amazing and I think there is something between us and I wanna
see where it can go." Eli said letting of Grace's arm go and backing away.
Grace stood there thinking how long she had wanted for this to happen and
how, now that it finally was, she wasn't nearly as into it as she thought
she would be. Had her feelings changed that much in such a short amount of
time or was it just that Eli was a childhood crush, that she simply out grew?
One thing was for sure though, whatever it was it certainly intrigued her
enough to follow up on it.

"Maybe tonight we can go out and just have fun," Eli said as they walked back
to the house. But for some reason Grace started thinking about Sarah and how
much she had with her and Zoe earlier. It was fun and that was it she told
herself. I'll have to make sure I call her in a few days and see what she's
up to, Grace thought.

"Ok, sounds fun," Grace said deciding to go as they walked back towards the
house.

"How exactly are we gonna be able to explain this to Mom and Rick if we did
hook up," Grace asked Eli, hoping he would have some sort of insight that she
obviously didn't.

"We'll cross that bridge when we come to it ok." Eli said taking her hand
and pulling her into him, so he could put his arm around her. A nice feeling
Grace thought, but for some reason it wasn't like she thought it would be. It
just didn't make her swoon like it used to. It's definitely different she
finally agreed.

They got home just as Lily was putting dinner on the table and wondering
where Zoe was. "She disappeared the minute you guys came home," Lily tells
Grace. Grace, thinking she knows exactly what she's doing, volunteers to see
what happened.

"Grace can you see if Jessie's up and tell her dinner is ready," Rick says
from the bottom of the stairs.

"Yeh," Grace replied, going down the hall and stopping at Jessie's door and
finding it locked. She knocked and when she received no answer decided to
move on and see what Zoe, the little porn dealer was up to. As she expected
Zoe's door was locked and she was inside. Dropping to her knees, first
checking to if anyone was coming, she looked through the crack in the door.
Zoe was sitting on the edge of the bed and you could hear cheesy music coming
from the TV.

"I was right," Grace said smiling as Zoe slipped her shirt off and kicked her
shoes, obviously getting very excited by what was on the screen. Grace looked
straight ahead and was surprised to see that she could see the TV fairly
clearly from her vantage point in the hall. On screen three girls where naked
in the pool and kissing and fondingly each other. Which for reasons Grace
couldn't explain got her at least a little interested in what was gonna
happen. Zoe had since moved further up on the bed, where she was no longer
visible, so Grace decided to watch at least what was gonna happen next on the
video.

"The music really is annoying," Grace thought to herself as one of the girls,
a redheaded, got out of the pool and sat on the side as the blond began to
lick her and the other watched on with intense interest. Grace wondered why
Zoe wanted to watch it and she also wondered to herself why she was still
here watching it too. Not being able to help but be curious, Grace then
thought what in the world was Zoe up to. She could only see a stray foot and
or muffled moan every few seconds as Zoe had moved out of sight.

Deciding that she need counseling or something, Grace finally pried herself
away from the door, just as Jessie came out her door soon followed by Katie.
She wasn't here when we left Grace thought.

"Hey," Grace said walking up behind them and ushering them downstairs, "your
Dad say dinner was ready and wanted me to tell you." Then turning to Katie
she asked, "You're staying aren't you?"

Katie quickly agreed and everyone sat down to dinner, where Eli asked Rick
and Lily if he could take the car tonight.

"What do you need the car for?" LIly asked, "you gotta a date?"

"Ummm, no just wanted to hangout with Grace and Jessie for a while" Eli
replied looking to Grace for help.

"Can Katie come along?" Jessie asked.

"No, that's ok I need to get home anyway." Katie looking at Jessie with a
pained expression on her face.

"Well, if she wants," Eli said thinking just then that having Katie along may
distract Jessie enough so that he could have some time alone with Grace.

"Of course she does," Jessie said looking at Katie with an adoring smile.

"Didn't you just hear me," Katie said returning Jessie's smile but being very
conscious of who was in the room.

"Yeh, I heard it," Jessie said, "but you're coming anyway."

"And I have no say so in the matter, huh?" Katie asked pushing Jessie's arm
playfully as everyone looked on.

"No, you don't," Jessie said flicking a pea at Katie.

In only a few seconds, they where both out their chairs play fighting, much
like a couple Grace thought and arguing about Jessie's decision. Katie
grabbed Jessie by the arm just as she let out a loud squeal and went tumbling
to the floor laughing all the way as Katie was by her side in a nanosecond
and, everyone being concerned for a second, went back to laughing at the two.

"You ok?" Katie asked holding Jessie hand as she laid on the floor and
giggled like she was high.

"I am such a complete clutz." Jessie says laughing even harder.

"Will you two stop before someone does get hurt," Rick said interrupting.

"I swear you two act just like sisters," Lily observed, "I think it's great
that Jessie has a friend like that."

"Thank you, Lily," Katie said smiling.

"So do I," Jessie leaning towards Katie for a moment and then remembering
where she was, snapping back to attention. When no one seeming to notice,
they excused themselves from the table and told Eli they'd be outside when
he was ready to go.

"You know you don't have to go if you don't wanna," Jessie said as they
reached the front walk, now far enough away from the house where they
wouldn't be easily seen.

"I'll go anywhere with you," Katie said kissing Jessie before pulling her
behind the car.

"I'm glad to hear that," Jessie says returning the kiss.

Rick and Lily told the kids to have a good time and they'd finish clearing
the table. That's when Grace and Eli came out and all four piled into the
car and headed off. Eli, deciding the movie was a great place to hopefully
be alone with Grace, headed down town and pulled in at the Movie Palace.
All four headed inside and since Jessie and Katie wanted to see something
different than Eli and Grace, they both went in separate directions. Little
did either Jessie or Eli know they where both looking for the same thing on
this night.

Katie and Jessie chose some foreign language arts film, while Eli, being a
true guy talked Grace into seeing an action movie. Lots of explosions and
loud noises as Grace observed throughout the movie, with very little plot
as she expected. Eli tried to make an attempt to start a conversation or
two before being shushed by the people behind him. But Grace had to admit
that it was nice spending time with him again, even if her feelings had
changed some what. She still had this feeling of not knowing how she felt
exactly but knowing they had changed indeed; and for some reason she
couldn't shake the thought of Sarah and the fun they had earlier today.

The movie ended earlier and they decided to take a walk along the streets
while they waited for Jessie and Katie.

"It's nice hanging out with you again," Eli said feeling the strange
weirdness of the moment as did Grace.

"Yeh, it would be a lot better if some big dumbass could pick a decent
movie," Grace said looking at Eli and starting to run as she said it. Eli
quickly caught up to her and wrapped his arms around her as Grace then
screamed, "rape...."

"Grace," He said putting his hand over her mouth, "you gonna get me arrested"

"Yeh, hopefully," Grace said laughing, "you deserve it after making me sit
through that movie."

"Ok, I'm sorry," Eli said pleading for forgiveness, "next time you can pick
the movie."

"Oh, so there's gonna be a next time, huh?" Grace asked turning around in
Eli's arms.

"Yeh, if you want," Eli said in response as they both stared into each
other's eyes and the world outside them sorta disappeared. Feeling the moment
as much as Grace, Eli decided to go for it and leaned in close and pressed
his lips to Grace's. Grace felt herself melting immediately, and thinking
this is where she's wanted to be for so long. Finding Eli's tongue slipping
into her mouth she returned the favor and the kiss turned to a french kind in
seconds.

"Oops, sorry buddy," A guy said a second or two later after bumping into the
two of them and forcing an end to the kiss.

Both looked at each other, now at a loss for words it seemed.



Meanwhile back in the Theatre.....

"This movie is so stupid," Katie said giggling to Jessie.

"Yeh, if it wasn't for that girl I'd long ago walked out," Jessie said
looking at Katie for her reaction.

"You're already checking out other girls," Katie said trying to act shocked.

"No, not really" Jessie said smiling at Katie, "you're the only one I want
right now."

"Now that's good to know," Katie said smiling back and kissing Jessie a
second later.

"So is she the one you were wanting to have a three way with?" Katie asked
as they both went back to watching the movie.

"Huh," Jessie said giving Katie a strange look.

"Is it?" Katie asked.

"I've never seen this movie before how could it be?" Jessie said.

"Well, then tell me who it was?" Katie said looking at Jessie, "you got me
thinking about it now."

"HMMM, really?" Jessie asked giving Katie her sexiest look, and then going
on, "It was really just an idle question. I didn't have anyone in mind."

"Oh, ok," Katie said returning the look, "maybe I can find someone if you
really wanted."

"Katie Singer, are you serious?" Jessie said with a questioning look in her
eyes.

"I could if you wanted too," Katie said to Jessie while movie her hair out of
her eyes, "cause I honestly would do anything for you....Billie."

"I like it when you call me Billie" Jessie said smiling, "it's like your pet
name for me."

"It is Billie" Katie said loving the sound of it too.

"You do know I love you right?" Jessie asked.

"Yeh, I do, but you can say it anytime you want," Katie replied.

"All this talk about a three-way has got me horny," Jessie giggled.

"Really?" Katie asked giving her another sexy look.

"Yes, no reason to lie, you know me to well," Jessie replied.

"Wanna see if the bathroom's empty?" Katie asked.

"I'd much rather wait till we got home and watch a movie if you know what I
mean." Jessie said standing up and pulling Katie by the hand, "maybe Eli and
Grace are ready to go already."

Katie tickled Jessie as they tried to make their way out of the theatre and
find Grace and Eli, who were just coming back in from their walk. Finding
Grace and Eli, they decided to first go out for a bite to eat at one of the
restaurants. Although Katie and Jessie really wanted to go straight home,
they really couldn't make much of a fuss after all. Grace then retelling the
whole story of how Eli talked her into watching the movie they went to.

"So did you guys enjoy your movie?" Eli asked Jessie and Katie as they sat
down in the booth after choosing a restaurant, trying to shut Grace up from
talking about the movie.

"Yeh, it was great," Katie giggled looking at Jessie as she returned the
goofy giggle, "so much better than some lame action movie."

"I swear you guys act like a couple," Eli observed and laughed at the
silliness of his comment, "but as long as there's no more comments about my
choice of movies, I can deal with it," Eli said going and looking directly
at Katie, who acted innocent and started to laugh.

"Eli, you're so pathetic," Jessie said hiding behind Katie as Eli got up
and moved to the other side of the table and when, not being able to reach
Jessie, dragged Katie out of the booth and held her around the waist and
started tickling as Jessie and Grace laughed and tried to hide their heads.

"Ok, one more comment about my choice of movies and the cute brunette gets
it," Eli said as Katie fought to get away.

"El,i stop your gonna make me wiss my pants," Katie said to Eli as she still
tried to get away.

"Ok, Jessie, now it's time you get a little of your medicine," Eli said to
his sister, "if you want me to let Katie go you gotta do what I say."

"No, Eli, stop," Jessie said getting up from the booth and barely able to
stand from laughing so hard, "what what do I have to do?"

"UMMM," Eli said looking around at the restaurant full of people and hitting
up on an idea, "you gotta tell everyone here you love Katie...."

"ELI...no ..please no," Jessie said panicking but still laughing, as was
Katie and Grace, who by now was hiding her head pretending she didn't know
these people.

"Do it little sister or I'll make her piss her pants I swear," Eli said
tickling Katie and still holding her around the waist.

"Eli, stop," Katie said trying to fight and laugh at the same time, "stop you
big jerk."

"Say it, Jessie, say it," Eli told Jessie.

"OK, OK," Jessie said to Eli before standing up on the booth seat and
blushing a deep red, "I'll do it." She said again before going on, only this
time louder and trying to get everyone's attention and giving Eli a truly
evil look. "Listen everyone" Jessie started as Eli had commanded.

"I have an announcement to make," Jessie continued on as the whole restaurant
turned around to look at Jessie, "I love Katie Singer," Jessie said as Eli
flashed a smile of victory and finally let poor Katie go. "I really do love
her." Jessie said in the end; and to Katie, Jessie and Grace's surprise
everyone started cheering and clapping, forcing Jessie to stand back up and
take a bow.

Jessie sat back down thinking about how incredibly alive she felt and how
saying that in front of everyone felt so liberating. She looked at Katie who
was already staring at her, with this amazed look on her face. Eli was far
too absorbed in his own celebration to notice the smoldering look between his
sister and Katie, but Grace wasn't. She thought for sure they where gonna
kiss, as they leaned close together smiling, and touched foreheads.

"I hope someday I can find someone like that," Grace thought looking at Eli.
But again getting that almost empty feeling.

"Hey I didn't hurt you did I?" Eli asked Katie, breaking up their little
moment.

"No," Katie said smiling, "made me feel like a member of the family."

"You are," Jessie said hugging Katie around the neck and kissing her cheek.
Which drew a strange look from Eli.

"Well, you know now," Grace said breaking the moment, "after you been picked
on by dumbass here."

"Grace, your gonna get it, too," Eli said poking here in the ribs.

"Ok, Ok, I give up," Grace said as Eli stopped for the moment and gloated,
"Can we please order?"

As the waiter came over and took the order, Katie took the opportunity to
lean close to Jessie and whisper in her ear, "I love you too", before she
snapped back to attention like nothing happened and before either Grace or
Eli could notice. Jessie smiled at Katie and began thinking seriously about
coming out to everyone else.

To be continued....
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Preview of Chapter 6: Grace goes searching for peace and finds Sarah.

    

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