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Title: Aniversary
Author: marinw
Rating: R-rated fluff
Characters: Bill/Karen
Summary: pre Day 7. Bill tries out a new look.
Disclaimer: 24 is the property of the Fox Production Company. Etc.
A/N: I wrote this for cybertoothtiger, who asked me to explain Bill’s Day 7 facial hair. Crack!Fic. A quicky and completely unbeata’d, as sardonicynic wants to violate my subject like a parking meter.

Bill emerged from the lake. His bike-short length Speedo clung to his lean, well-muscled thighs. It was almost the end of the summer and the water was becoming chilly. There were even a few golden-red leaves on the maple trees. Fall came early to Vermont.

Karen was on the porch, drinking a mug of coffee. She was wearing jeans and a light sweater.

It had been well over a year since Bill had left CTU and Karen had resigned as National Security Advisor. They had both decided to take some time off. That decision may have well have saved their marriage.

She handed him a large towel. He kissed her coffee-flavored mouth.

“Happy Anniversary, Bill.”

“Happy Anniversary, Karen.” Bill wrapped the towel about his shoulders and accepted the mug of coffee Karen offered him. They drank in silence for a moment. Bill loved this ritual.

“Have you thought about what you would like for a anniversary present?" Asked Bill.

“I have,” said Karen. She touched his damp cheek. “I want you to stop shaving.”


“I think a beard would look good on you.”

“Karen, I’m about start a new job.”

“Exactly. We’re starting a new chapter in our lives. So it’s time for a new image.”

“Okay,” said Bill reluctantly. “I’ll try it. But just a short beard. And I don’t have to keep it if I don’t like it.”

“I find those terms acceptable.” Karen was a master negotiator.“Have you thought about what you would like?"

“I have.”

Bill whispered into Karen’s ear. Despite the cool morning air, she blushed.

Holding hands, they went into the house and up to the bedroom.