Category: Drama, Romance, JAG/NCIS Crossover
Spoilers: Through "One Shot, One Kill" (NCIS), "Crash" (JAG)
Disclaimer: These characters belong to DPB, CBS, Paramount, et al. No infringement is intended.
Chapter 22: The Challenge
"Attention on deck!"
"As you were." AJ walked briskly through the bullpen, his cover under one arm, his briefcase in the opposite hand.
"Good morning, Admiral!" Petty Officer Coates chirped, standing as he approached her desk.
"Good morning, Coates," he replied. "Messages?"
"The colonel took care of most everything, sir. This is what she thought you should handle yourself." The yeoman handed him a small stack of papers. "The colonel is in your office right now, Admiral. I believe Commander Rabb is with her." The look on her face indicated that something wasn't quite right.
"Thank you, Coates." He reached for the doorknob. The door opened, and Harm stepped through.
"Admiral!" he exclaimed, coming to attention. "Welcome back, sir!"
"As you were, Commander," AJ said, sending the nervous man on his way.
He closed the door behind him and raised an eyebrow at Colonel MacKenzie's behavior. "Why? Why me?" she mumbled, resting her head on the desk.
AJ cleared his throat. "Colonel?"
As if her body was acting without direct input from her brain, Mac practically leapt out of her seat and came to attention stance. "Admiral! I'm sorry, sir."
"At ease, Colonel. Have a seat." Mac took a chair in front of the desk, allowing AJ to sit in his. "Now, what has the commander done this time?"
Mac paused, then replied, "Well, Admiral, you know of the commander's... persistence when presented with a problem."
AJ snorted. "I'd probably choose a different word, but yes, I do. So?"
"He's been after me to tell him who your phone call was from last week, sir."
AJ gave her a piercing look. "Did you tell him?"
"No, sir!" Mac almost looked affronted. "Your life is your life--it's not my place to tell the commander anything."
AJ nodded. "Good."
"How is Agent Todd, Admiral?" Mac asked hesitantly. When AJ gave her another look, she hastily added, "I would have asked Clay, sir, but he's been out of the country. Again," she muttered.
"She's doing as well as can be expected--under the circumstances," AJ replied.
Mac nodded and smiled sadly. "Yeah. I remember how I felt when I lost my dad--and we weren't even close. But at least she had you, sir." Mac seemed to realize she'd gone too far and stopped talking.
AJ smiled. "Yes, she did. You're dismissed, Colonel."
"Aye, sir." Mac stood, came to attention, and left.
"Mac!" Harm strode after Mac as she proceeded to her office.
"I'm not going to tell you anything, Harm, so give it up." She rolled her eyes at her persistent co-worker and flipped on the light switch.
"Just tell me if we can lower the alert to yellow on the Meredith front. Please?"
"Harm. It's really not my place to say. Don't you have work to do?" She sat at her desk and gave him a pointed look.
"Haaaarm..." she mimicked his whining tone.
He glared--then smirked. "Fine. If you won't tell me, I'll just have to find out myself. How many Kate Todds can there be in the greater Metro area?" He sauntered out of the office.
Mac rubbed her eyes. Harm was going to be quite unhappy when he found out exactly who Kate Todd was--or, more specifically, where she worked. Fortunately, he couldn't do anything about it. Well, nothing but sulk and/or pester her for the next few months.