They had decided to just turn the TV off. They ate on the couch quietly for a minute, each frustrated with the other. Andy's mind was on Michelle's assignment in Damascus, and he broke the silence with a thought.
"I wonder if Syria is ready for Jason."
She smiled in spite of herself.
Andy said, "Ya know, when Dave took us to lunch yesterday, he treated us to a bottle o' wine, and then Jason ordered his own drink."
"I'm tellin' ya, somethin's goin' on with him. Some kinda phase."
"He best watch himself this week. I ain't in the mood for no bull."
"Heh, keep your leash on 'im."
Suddenly they made eye contact. She took his hand and rubbed it with her thumb. "Andy, I know we still have a lot to work through."
"Yeah, I'm sorry..."
"I just wanna tell you...that I love you."
He was speechless, both surprised and overjoyed.