"And you worry about your own feelings more than mine!" Jewel shouted.
"No, I'm telling you that I'm worried about you." Cole explained calmly.
Jewel turned away, wiping her eyes and sniffling. "Cole...something's going on that...that I really don't want to have to tell you about. I can't be alone. Because if I am then you might come back and I won't be here."
"Then I'll never leave you alone." Cole embraced her. "I'll be there for whenever you need me. Always."
Jewel crossed her arms, closing her eyes. "I don't like the idea of going out either. It's dangerous. And I can't be left responsible for cooping you up in your own home forever."
"I'll find some way. Don't worry." Cole tried to calm her, "it's fine."
Jewel sighed. She needed comfort, but was just too upset to ask for it.
As if Cole could read her mind, he stroked Jewel's hair.
Jewel turned to face him, tears still staining her cheeks.
He started stroking Jewel's back and hushed her. "It's okay... Cry, cry to your hearts content." He whispered softly, "then when your done march into the unknown and conquer your fears."
Jewel hugged him, whimpering.
Cole sat there for a long time comforting Jewel. "It's okay." He would say occasionally, "drown out your sorrows here, while you can."
Jewel pinched him. "Shut up." She mumbled.
"Okay," Cole muttered, "okay..."
Jewel kissed his jaw. "You need to learn that those stupid words you say that are supposed to encourage me only make me feel worse." She murmured. "Simple comfort suits just fine."
"I'm sorry," Cole whispered. He returned with another kiss.
Jewel pressed closer to him. "It's okay. I love you." She mumbled.
"I love you more," he replied.
Jewel smiled, tracing his lips with her fingers. "Cole..."
"Yeah?" He anwsered in a soothing tone.