marea67 (marea67) wrote,

39 steps - step 11 - 2.06 two places

The 39 steps
August 20, 2008
It’s 39 days to go until the start of season 3 in America.
There are 39 episodes for season 1 and 2. (Not taking the unaired episode in account or the original pilot, as not everybody can see those)
I started to watch the episodes again. One episode a day.
And then I got the plan to write a small scene for every episode. (Never more than 1 page long)

2.06 Two places

By Marea67
About: Joe
Rate: G
Disclaimer: B&S doesn’t belong to me. Written with love, not for money.
Summary: Joe's epiphany.


“Joe, this isn’t working.” Sarah cries.
“I know.” Joe is aware of it too. Now that he knows that Paige is safe, he can no longer stay here either. “Sarah, I’m going home. Staying here isn’t going to solve anything.”
Sarah nods. He wants to go over to her and kiss her goodbye, but then he stops and reminds himself that that cannot happen. They are through. Over and done with.

But in his car, driving in the dark, reality of what happened tonight starts to sink in. From Sarah’s panicked phone-call that Paige is gone, she has run away, to how Nora found her. How could that have happened? Joe thought about it when he watched Sarah on the phone tonight. She was talking to another mother. Paige ran away, no idea where, if she sees or hears about Paige, will she call Sarah immediately, … please? She’s to the point, without too much explanation, …. And her voice is calm and business-like. But he knows her better than that.

He sees the tears clinging at her eye-lashes, he notices the lines of concern around her mouth and eyes, her hands are trembling as she strikes one more name of the list. He knows he must also make another call, but for a few more minutes he observes Sarah. She’s a good and caring mother. He cannot erase Sarah’s image from his mind. When did he become this cold, heartless man?

When he talked to his lawyer the first time, she had been nice, understanding, she took notes and asked a lot of questions. She was on his side, wanted the children well taken care of, she said. Joe said he wanted a good arrangement with the children. He didn’t want to be one of those fathers who would get to his children only an afternoon on Sunday, every other week. It was his worst nightmare, to be separated from Cooper and Paige. He didn't expect her to turn into some 'exterminator' and that now he had thrown his worst nightmare onto Sarah. And that was NOT what he really wanted either.

He only wanted to make sure that he could be there for his kids. He never wanted it to come at such a high cost for Sarah. His lawyer told him he had won but it had made him feel bad. Sarah was a good mother and he knew the children missed her. His first wife didn’t feel comfortable having Sarah’s kids around. Gabe felt threatened because his mother’s house used to be his place. Paige and Cooper needed time to fit into Paula’s house and system. It caused strains between him and Paula.

Paige ran away upset and Joe knows that this would not have happened had he been considered about Sarah’s relationship with her kids. He’s is starting to see that THIS is just not working. Not for him, or his ex-wife, not for Gabe or for Paige and Cooper. And not for Sarah. And he knows something will have to change. Tomorrow he’ll call his lawyer to change the custody rules. Equal sharing. It’s the way it should have been from the start.
Tags: series - 39 steps

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