Category: Drama, Romance, JAG/NCIS Crossover
Spoilers: Through "My Other Left Foot" (NCIS), "People vs. SecNav" (JAG)
Disclaimer: These characters belong to DPB, CBS, Paramount, et al. No infringement is intended.
Author's Note: I know. I'm a bad girl. *grin*
Chapter 4: The Reciprocation
AJ scowled as he walked through the bullpen. "As you were," he barked. He entered his office and slammed the door behind him.
He knew his anger was unreasonable. If he had had an emergency at work, he would have cancelled, too. He didn't like the feeling of being stood up, though.
He dug a scrap of paper out of his pocket and picked up the telephone. He punched in the phone number and listened to the line ring. "Yeah," a terse voice answered.
"Kate? It's AJ."
"AJ! Hey! Hold on a sec." He heard murmuring in the background. "Here, Tony. Make yourself useful."
"Don't I always?" a masculine voice replied. It sounded familiar for some reason, but he couldn't place it. AJ could just imagine Kate rolling her eyes at her companion… partner?
The background noise faded. "AJ? You still there?"
"Yeah, I'm here."
"I'm so sorry I had to cancel on you," Kate apologized, "but my boss caught me just before I left for the restaurant."
"Don't worry about it. You want to try again?" he asked, a bit of humor in his voice.
Kate sighed. "I probably won't be able to get away for a couple of days--at the least."
AJ thought about it for a moment. "Well, how about dinner on Saturday?"
"I'll pencil you in," Kate said wryly. "But don't get your hopes up. I'll be working around the clock." She paused. "I have to go, AJ. Talk to you later?"
"Yeah. Goodbye, Kate."
"'Bye, AJ." She hung up. AJ smiled slightly and did the same.
He swore profusely and hung up the telephone. Damned bureaucrats. "Coates!" he yelled.
Petty Officer Coates hurried into the office. "Yes, sir?"
"Book me on the next flight to Japan. Military or commercial--I don't care."
"Aye, aye, sir." The petty officer went back to her desk.
"And get Colonel MacKenzie in here!"
A few minutes later, Sarah MacKenzie entered the office. "Lieutenant Colonel MacKenzie reporting as ordered, sir."
"At ease, Colonel," AJ said gruffly. "I get to take a trip to Japan, compliments of the SecNav. You're in charge until I get back. Distribute your cases among the staff as you see fit."
"Yes, sir. Did he say what is going on, sir?" Mac asked.
"No, Colonel. But I'm sure it'll be a damn waste of time," he muttered. "Dismissed."
"Aye, sir." The colonel snapped to attention and left the office.
AJ sighed and sat in his big leather chair. He picked up the phone and dialed.
"You've reached the voice mail of Caitlin Todd. Please leave your name, number, and a brief message, and I'll get back to you as soon as I can. Maureen, if you call one more time to set me up on a blind date, I'll shoot you. Thanks!"
AJ smirked at the message. "Kate, it's AJ. I've been called out of town for the weekend--I'm afraid our dinner will have to wait." He left his home number and hung up. "Coates, do you have that reservation yet?"