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.
Author's Note: Don't worry... the real action begins in the next chapter! *evil grin*
"And then you just press your thumb into this little box," Kate heard Tony say as she entered Abby's lab. She held back a smirk as she watched Tony direct Auror Long's hand toward a fingerprinting sheet.
"Enjoying yourself, Dinozzo?" she asked.
Tony glanced at her. "Immensely," he replied with a disarming grin at the Auror. "I was just showing Patty how fingerprinting works." The redhead blushed and smiled back at Tony. Kate noticed a look of dislike slide across Auror Long's face as she looked at Kate. This was quickly hidden, however.
Patty pulled her wand out of her sleeve and pointed it at her left hand. "Scourgify," she muttered. The ink on her fingers disappeared.
She smiled and approached Kate. "Agent Todd, I'd like to apologize for my behavior over the past few days. I know I haven't been very polite."
"Oh, don't worry about it," Kate replied, surprised.
"No, really," the woman said, reaching out and touching Kate's shoulder. "I shouldn't have behaved so coldly. Can we start over?"
Slightly suspicious, Kate said, "Of course."
"Great!" Patty beamed. "Well, I'd better get back to work." Kate felt a pluck at her sleeve as Patty removed her hand. With one last distrustful look at the fingerprinting kit, the Auror left the lab.
Kate raised an eyebrow at Tony, who shook his head. "Hey, I didn't say anything."
"Whatever, Tony. Where's Gibbs?"
"I think he and Wellesley set up shop in one of the interrogation rooms." Kate nodded and headed for the elevator.
The last thing she heard before the elevator doors closed was Abby's voice joking, "Hey, Tony! Wanna run her prints?"
Kate jiggled the doorknob of yet another interrogation room. This one was locked. She knocked briskly.
The door opened, and familiar blue eyes peered out at her. Gibbs stepped aside and let her through. "Kate," he greeted her as he closed the door again. "Here. Look through these files; see if you can find anything that might give us a pattern."
Kate rolled her eyes, but sat at the table. Auror Wellesley smiled at her. She returned the smile and reached for the first file.
An hour later, she closed the latest file and rubbed her forehead. "There's something wrong with these dates."
Gibbs was immediately alert. "Like what?"
"The birth dates here…" she said, pointing to one of the Navy records, "…don't match the ones here." She held up a file from the Aurory.
Wellesley said sheepishly, "Well, you see… wizards have a longer life span than Muggles. They also age more slowly--so the Liaison's office decided that it would be better to change birth dates than to send the Muggles into confusion."
"Really?" Kate asked, intrigued. "Why is that?"
The Auror shrugged. "Don't know, really. Maybe the magic sustains us for longer." He grinned. "How old do you think I am?"
Kate shook her head. "I'm not even going there."
"C'mon," he cajoled. "Guess."
She put on a show of thinking. "72."
The look on the wizard's face was priceless. "How did you know?" She tossed him the file in front of her. "Oh."
Kate smirked. "Hey, you don't look a day over 55."
"Thanks." Kate was amazed--he wasn't being sarcastic, like Gibbs would have been.
Kate glanced at Gibbs out of the corner of her eye. He was glowering at the other two. Kate's heart leapt into her throat, but she batted the hope down. No. Of course he wasn't jealous.
"Get back to work," he barked. Yeah. That was it. He just wanted to get the case solved. Telling herself she wasn't disappointed, Kate picked up the next file and began to read.