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Title: Full Circle
Author: marinw
Rating: PG
Characters: Jack/Chloe
Summery: Post Day 8 AU. Jack comes full circle. Minor spoilers for 8x12.
Disclaimer: 24 is the property of Fox
A/N: Because I’ve been thinking of a good way to end the series. And I’m all over the friendship and platonic love between Jack and Chloe. Thanks to by beta cybertoothtiger.

“I can’t believe you’re doing this.”

“It’s just temporary, Chloe. Until Wies can find a replacement for Hastings.”

“What about Kim?”

“I explained the situation. She’s accepted it.” There was an edge in Jack’s voice, an impatience, even though there was no immediate crises. Not today. Not so far.

Jack was already uncomfortable with the direction this conversation was taking. He loosened his tie and undid the top button of his shirt. The suit had been necessary as Jack and Chloe had just returned from Hastings’s funeral.

It occurred to Jack that he should wear a suit every day as long as he was here, as befitted his new position as Special Agent In Charge of CTU. It wasn’t as if he was about to go out into the field. Those days were over.

Weren’t they?

Chloe seemed skeptical. Her face had scrunched up even more so than usual.

“President Taylor personally asked me to stay on until a new director is appointed. I couldn’t say no to her,” Jack explained.

“Well I don’t think it was fair of her to ask.”

“What about you?”

“I need the job.”

“Someone with your skills could get a job in the private sector. You’re here because you want to serve your country.”

“I guess,” Chloe stared at the floor.

Jack softened somewhat. He reached across his (formerly Hastings’s) desk and put his hand over Chloe’s. “I know it’s more than that. You want to provide for your family. I understand that. Whatever the reason I’m glad you’re here. I need you to head comm.”

“Arlo and I were able to get most of the files from the off-site server. But almost everything needs to be re-booted. I need some more people.”

“You have them.”

“Dana and Cole aren’t coming back, are they?”

“No. Even if they avoid going to prison, their careers are over.”

“So who are you going to put in charge of Field Ops?”

The question hung in the air.

“Do you think she’s ready?” Chloe asked. “She seems kind of freaked out over what happened with Laitanan.”

“I’m not sure….I don’t know.” Jack admitted. “But I trust Renee. I need someone I can trust. And I know she can do the job.”

“And that’s supposed to be temporary too?”

“Yeah. Then I’ll go to LA. Eventually.”

“Will Renee go with you?”

“I don’t know. Maybe.”

Jack stood up and went over to the window and looked down on the bullpen. He was the reluctant king of this besieged province.

“It’s pretty different than the old CTU back in LA,” Chloe pointed out. “Do you ever think about the good old days?”

“They weren’t that good.” Jack had complex feelings about the original CTU. Nostalgia wasn’t one of them.

“It was pretty good when Bill was running CTU. But I guess you wouldn’t remember because you were faking your death or in prison.”

Chloe never seemed to change. And she had outlived everyone except Jack himself. Jack found some comfort in that.

He was back where he started. Running CTU when he wanted to be with his family. Cleaning up the most recent batch of shitstorms.

This isn’t my problem, He had wanted to tell the president.

It was always his problem.

He looked down into the bullpen, to the workman installing computers and wiring. Elsewhere in the underground building, the infirmary and the armory were being restocked.

I hate this place.

This a temporary situation, Jack kept telling himself.




( 5 comments — Leave a comment )
Mar. 21st, 2010 01:40 am (UTC)

Just wanted to say I liked this fic a lot!

I'm a Jack/Chloe girl, but I like fics that have their platonic friendship as well and you captured that very nicely!

Hmmm...theree sentences than end in !. Maybe I should look into the amount of coffee I drink in a day...but I digress.

Great work and look forward to seeing more from you!
Mar. 21st, 2010 01:20 pm (UTC)
I*I* was a Chalker at one point. Now i see them in a brother/sister sort of way.

I need more coffee too.

Thanks for writing.
Mar. 30th, 2010 01:54 pm (UTC)
It's not in your profile, but I think you mentioned in Shana's journal that Tuesday is your birthday. :) So:




Have a great day!!! ♥
Mar. 30th, 2010 02:01 pm (UTC)
I haven't read many Jack/Chloe fics, and this one is excellent. I love the idea of Jack being in charge after Hastings is gone because he feels it's his duty. He was the reluctant king of this besieged province. Wow, that's a perfect way of putting it. I also really like the dynamics between Jack and Chloe, and the insinuation to his relationship with Renee.

Great ending too. :)
Mar. 30th, 2010 03:32 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the Winnie The Pooh bday wishes!

And glad you enjoyed this.
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