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: Seems AJ's rubbing off on Mac--she quotes from Macbeth in this chapter.
(And get your mind out of the gutter.)
(On second thought, don't. *grin*)
Mac stood by the devastated woman. She placed a hand on her shoulder. "Agent Todd?" she asked gently.
She pressed her lips together as she noticed the blood on Kate's hands. She pulled out her wand and muttered a Cleansing Charm. "Agent Todd," she said more firmly.
The agent visibly shuddered. She took a few deep breaths, then raised her head. "Yes, Colonel?" she asked in a hoarse voice.
"Hold on to my arm," Mac ordered. Kate stood slowly and took hold of Mac's left arm. Mac wrapped her wand arm around Kate's waist and focused on Benjamin Franklin Memorial Hospital, the Wizarding hospital just outside of the city. They Disapparated with a pop.
When they appeared, they were immediately surrounded by a group of reporters. "Auror MacKenzie!" a reporter from the Salem Times shouted. "We heard that a Muggle has been admitted to the hospital. Can you confirm--"
"No comment!" Mac snapped, shoving her way through the crowd, a protective arm around Kate. They entered the hospital proper. Mac walked up to the front desk. "If any reporters get in here, I'm holding the hospital responsible," she said.
"Yes, ma'am," the man at the desk replied. Mac marched past him and toward the elevator. She pressed the button for the Artifact Accidents ward.
When they arrived at the correct floor, they found the entire ward completely silent--except for one room at the end. The Healers had gotten to work on Gibbs immediately, stanching the blood flow and trying to knit the torn tissue back together. None of them had ever worked on a gunshot wound before, Mac knew; she wasn't sure if she should have sent the injured man to a Muggle hospital. She shook that thought off; the Healers had dealt with shrapnel wounds from exploding cauldrons--they could probably deal with this.
She led Kate to a row of chairs to wait. The distraught woman kept wringing her hands, as if they were still soaked with her friend's blood. 'What! Will these hands ne'er be clean?' Mac sighed.
Three Enforcers entered the ward, four familiar Muggles following them worriedly. Gibbs' team was there.
"Kate! Are you all right?" Tony asked, rushing up to her. She didn't respond. "Kate..."
Mac stood and pulled Tony off to the side. Abby, Ducky, and Gerald followed them. "Agent Todd has been through a lot tonight, Agent Dinozzo," she said. "Leave your questions for later. Just let her know you're here for her, okay?"
Tony nodded, obviously full of questions. He held them back and walked over to Kate. He sat next to her and took her hand. She began to tremble, but held back her tears.
"What happened, Colonel?" Ducky asked, worry etched in his features.
"Kate arrived at Agent Gibbs' house just in time, I believe. The killer had targeted him as the next victim. I'm not sure, but I believe that she shot at the killer, who then Disapparated, and her bullet hit Agent Gibbs instead."
"Ah." Ducky shook his head. "Poor Caitlin. I know how she felt after Gerald was shot. She must feel incredibly guilty now."
Mac looked back at her. "Unfortunately, I would have to agree, doctor."
They waited. And waited. And waited some more. Finally, a Healer came out of the room. "Who is here for Jethro Gibbs?" he asked. He blinked in astonishment when everyone in the waiting room stood. He cleared his throat and said, "All right. Agent Gibbs is stable. We were able to halt the blood flow and close the wound. He is now under heavy sedation. We gave him a mixture of pain relievers and blood-thickening potions. We would like to keep him under observation until such time that we believe he is ready for release."
"In other words, we have no idea how our potions will react with a Muggle digestive system, and don't want to be blamed if anything goes wrong," Auror Wellesley muttered. Mac hid a smirk.
"Can we see him?" Ducky asked.
"Of course. Two at a time, and not for long," the Healer warned. He retreated into another room as the noise level in the waiting room rose.
"Kate should go first," Tony declared. This prompted Kate's first reaction since they had arrived--a violent shaking of the head.
"Kate, you need to see him sometime," Abby said gently.
"Not yet," Kate whispered.
Tony sighed. "You wanna come with me, Ducky?"
"Certainly." The two men entered Gibbs' room.
Mac watched Kate. She seemed smaller, more fragile than usual. Mac couldn't imagine how she would feel if she had ever shot AJ.
"How's she doin'?" the voice of her lover asked quietly.
Mac turned and smiled halfheartedly at AJ. "Not well," she replied. "What are you doing here?"
AJ shrugged. "I thought you might need some help. I badgered a couple of Enforcers to tell me where you were." Mac nodded.
A nurse appeared. "Excuse me," she said in an irritable voice. "I need someone to do this insurance paperwork."
Mac sighed. She hadn't even thought about that. AJ raised a hand before she could speak. "I'll take care of it."
"What did I say, Colonel?" AJ replied, glaring at her. She subsided.
"And who would you be?" the nurse asked snidely.
He turned the full force of his glare on the nurse. "AJ Chegwidden."
Mac nearly laughed as the nurse fell all over herself to apologize. "I'm sorry, sir; I thought--"
AJ waved it off. "Let's get that paperwork done."
"Oh, I can do it, Mr. Chegwidden," the nurse said, smiling nervously. "I'll just go get my quill..." She scurried away.
AJ laughed. "Damn, that felt good."
Mac raised an eyebrow. "AJ, I never took you for one to use your name to get what you want."
He looked a bit sheepish. "I know. I just... well, even if I can't stand the man, I'm not going to let them throw Gibbs out on the street. I have a trust fund that I've never touched--that should be more than enough to take care of it."
Mac's brow furrowed in concern. "AJ... are you sure about this?"
"Yeah," he nodded. "I think you're right," he said, referring to a fight they had had a few months before. "It's time for me to make amends with my father. After all," he sighed, "it wasn't his fault Andrew made the decision to join the fight in Britain."
Mac smiled encouragingly. "I think you're making the right decision, AJ," she said, placing a hand on his arm. "I know that I regretted not making my peace with my dad before he died."
AJ reached up and took Mac's hand. "Will you come with me?"
"To my parents' house." Mac sucked in a breath, and AJ said hurriedly, "I understand if you don't want--"
"Of course I will, AJ," Mac interrupted. "But it'll have to be after this case is wrapped up." She gave him an apologetic look.
"I know." The relief on his face brought a smile to hers. She slipped her arms around him and hugged him tightly.
"I know this sounds horrible... but I'm so glad it's not you in there," Mac whispered.
"It doesn't sound horrible, sweetheart," AJ murmured. "It sounds human."