John sat on the balcony for a long time alone, staring at his beer more than sipping on it. He had told Rodney to meet him when he could take a break from the labs, so he wasn't expecting him just yet. He had come out here to think, but now that he was here.. his mind was empty. Pepper had seemed upset about the ring.. but otherwise excited for him. Rachel had just seemed worried. And no one else knew. Not yet, anyway. And he found himself caught between wanting more time and wanting Rodney there, right then.