Category: Drama, Romance, Crossover (JAG/NCIS/HP)
Spoilers: Season 1 (Navy NCIS), "The One That Got Away" (JAG)
Disclaimer: These characters belong to DPB, CBS, Paramount, etc. No infringement is intended. Oh, and anything else that you recognize probably belongs to J.K. Rowling.
Summary: A string of seemingly unrelated unsolved murders leads our favorite NCIS team to an amazing discovery. Sequel to "Confused Memories". JAG/NCIS/Harry Potter crossover.
"I'm telling you, Jethro, there is no sign of what happened to that poor woman! There are no rope burns, gunshot wounds, fractures, scratches, or blows to the head--of any kind! It's obvious she asphyxiated somehow, but there was nothing lodged in her throat, no lint in her lungs, and no ligature marks on her neck!"
Kate watched as the medical examiner paced the autopsy bay. She had never seen him so frustrated by a case.
"Has Abby done the blood work yet?" Gibbs asked.
Kate nodded. "Completely clean."
"So we have no cause of death, no fingerprints, no bullet holes or casings, no sign of forced entry, no motive, and no suspect. What do we have?" Tony asked.
"One dead Marine major. Go back over her medical records. See if there's anything--and I mean anything--out of the ordinary." Gibbs stalked out of the room.
Kate and Tony exchanged a look. Gibbs was on the warpath now. When he got like this, there was no getting in his way.
"Gibbs, sit down," Tony said in exasperation. "You're making me dizzy."
The senior agent ignored him and kept pacing. "You didn't find anything?"
"Nothing, Gibbs," he confirmed for the fifth time that hour. "She was perfectly healthy."
"Something killed that woman. And we are going to find out what it is." He slammed his hand on his desk. Kate jumped.
"Gibbs," she said forcefully. He looked at her, blue eyes blazing. "Sit. You've been on the move all day."
Glaring at her, he sat at his desk and stared at his computer. After a few minutes of silence, he said, "This can't be the first time this has happened."
Kate blinked. "You think there may be other cases?"
Gibbs nodded. "It's too clean. Whoever this is, he's done it before. Run a search on cases with the same MO." He stood.
"Where are you going?" Kate called after him. She wasn't surprised when he declined to answer.
"Got one!" Tony said triumphantly.
Kate hurried around her desk and leaned over his shoulder. "Justin Thyme," she read aloud. "Poor guy had cruel parents."
"Yeah, well, Justin's time ran out about three months ago. He was found dead in his room after two gunshots were heard. His roommate was out for the night--alibi was his fiancée. The guard entered the room 30 seconds after the second gunshot--no one was seen entering or exiting the room."
Kate frowned. "But what do the two have in common? Male, female; Navy, Marine; enlisted, officer. The only thing that's the same is the way they were killed."
"And that one wasn't solved," Tony added.
"Well, you should probably print it out," Kate said. "Let's keep searching. Who knows what'll turn up?"
As it turned out, quite a bit. Three other unsolved cases over the past year with the same cause of death--or lack thereof--turned up in their search. The five victims had nothing in common, coming from all economic, racial, and social backgrounds. They didn't even live in the same area--three lived on base, while the other two lived in the city.
"So we have nothing," Tony said.
"Basically, yeah," Kate sighed.
"Gibbs isn't going to like this." Tony leaned back in his chair and stretched.
"What?" Gibbs asked, walking up to their desks.
"We found other cases," Kate said as Tony tried to recover his balance.
"Good. You can tell me about them in the truck." Gibbs grabbed his coat and headed back to the elevator.
"There's been another one, hasn't there?" Kate said, her stomach sinking.
This time, Gibbs deigned to answer her, nodding brusquely.