JJ sat staring into space, pushing the uneaten food around her plate absentmindedly.
John's raised voice startled her and she dropped the fork onto the plate. "Sorry, Bear...did you say something?"
"What's up, sweetheart? You've not touched your food. You feeling okay?"
JJ looked down at the mess on her plate and blushed. The last thing she wanted was for Andy to think there was something wrong with his cooking. "Oops, I was miles away. I'm fine, really I am, John."
"Let's make a move, if you're not going to eat that baby food you've prepared. We can chat while we walk."
JJ smiled and allowed John to take her hand as she stood. He paid the bill and they walked out into the sunshine. Instead of walking back to the office, John led her the other way towards the park, and pointed to a bench. Once they were both sitting, he turned to her and smiled.
"Tell me what's bothering you, Tink."
"It's just that...well I mean...right now there just isn't enough work to keep me busy at the surgery. Bobbie has her bank work and is helping out at the paper for Cal, but I feel like I'm stagnating."
John tucked a wayward strand of hair behind her ear and stroked her cheek with the back of his hand. "What can I do to help, baby?"
"Oh, Bear...I really need to find a place to set up a little workshop so that I can start up my custom paint jobs again. I've got enquiries from potential customers, but no place to work."
"Okay, I've got a suggestion. Why don't you take a ride out to Colin's garage and see if he has any suitable space he can rent out for you?"
"That's a great idea. I can get them to give the Hog a check."
"Since when have you needed the services of a mechanic on your baby?"
"Since I need an excuse to poke around in the local garage."
"You could just straight out ask him," John grinned.
"Not my style, Lover...not my style." JJ laughed as they got up from the bench and walked back to the police house where she'd parked her bike.