The next day, Ruth heard the doorbell ding and went to open it. She didn't see snyone, just a package left on the doorstep.
It had a tag which said 'For Jo'.
She brought it into the kitchen and called Jo who was still in her room.
Jo hurried to the kitchen, “Mum, who delivered that package?”
Ruth shrugged, “I don't know. It only says it's for you.”
Jo assessed the package critically.
“Should I open it?” Ruth asked as she moved to do so.
“No! Mum!” Jo said hastily.
Ruth gave her a curious look, “And why the hell not?”
Jo thought to what Ash had said about his father trying to get her, “Just let me handle this.”
She opened the package and sitting innocuosly in it was an apple pie with the words 'I love you' inscribed on it.
“Ash,” She said under her breath. He was trying to use apple pie to win her back. Her heart beat furious
Ash was in his old apartment in Ganghaven, which he preferred to the plush company quarters in Gulden when there was a knock on his door.Thinking it was Capo or one of his other men, he took his time to open it.He was greeted by the glorious sight that was Jo, her mouth in a hard line. His heart beat faster as he considered the idea of having her in his apartment although from the look on her face, she wasn't there to accept his apology.Well, he would any win no matter how small, he assured himself.“My apartment isn't much but do you wanna come in?” He asked graciously.Jo scowled. Seeing him face to face had awakened a hunger which had been steadily growing. How could someone look this handsome, she thought.Jo knew if she entered his apartment she might lose sight of why she'd come here in the first place and jump him.“No.” Jo said stubbornly.“You want to create a scene for the punks who li
e.”Ash wanted to laugh, “Of course I do. Is it just sinking in now?”Jo nodded, “So you left Gulden to become a gangster once again?”“No,” Ash shook his head, “About that. I was actually meaning to come over to your house with a proposal.”Jo got a confused look as she wrinkled her nose, “A marriage proposal?”Ash replied, “I would have gotten to that, but no. I meant like a business proposal.”Jo nodded, “Let's hear it.”Ash got into business mode and outlined his plan for them to set up a school and a charity organization that'd be run by both their gangs.Jo let him finish his pitch, and after that she walked up to him, “I'm sorry for doubting you, Ash.”“I'm sorry for running off on you too.” Ash said as he kissed her. This time, Jo didn't protest.He carried her over to the bed and laid her down