Category: Drama, Romance, JAG/NCIS Crossover
Spoilers: "One Shot, One Kill" (NCIS), "Crash" (JAG)
Disclaimer: These characters belong to DPB, CBS, Paramount, et al. No infringement is intended.
Chapter 6: The Revelation
AJ pushed the door open and let himself into the smoke-filled building. He looked around and saw Kate seated at their usual spot at the bar. And by the looks of things, she was well on her way to getting good and drunk.
He sat down next to her. After quickly counting the number of empty glasses in front of Kate, AJ said, "Give me your keys."
The dark-haired woman reached into her purse. She shoved her key ring toward him without saying a word. AJ raised an eyebrow. "Rough week?"
Kate snorted. "I suppose you could say that." There was only a hint of a slur in her speech. AJ gestured to the bartender, who set a glass in front of him.
"Why are people so... so... evil?" Kate asked suddenly. She scowled and knocked back her drink. AJ didn't reply, but it didn't matter; the alcohol had loosened Kate's tongue. "You want to know what my week was like? I had to get inside the mind of a serial rapist. I had to figure out exactly what would drive a man to stalk, rape, torture, and murder five women. Then I got to play bait." She nodded curtly to the bartender, who had refilled her glass. "Sometimes, I really hate my job." She fell silent.
"Why don't you quit?" AJ asked.
She shook her head and sighed wearily. "No. I won't quit. Not as long as..." She trailed off, not completing the thought.
There was no conversation that night. AJ found he missed it more than he realized. He missed it even more than when he had been stuck in meetings with politicians.
AJ realized that Kate had passed from getting drunk to being drunk. "Don't you think you've had enough?"
She glared at him. "No."
AJ pulled her glass away from her. "I think you have." He paid for the drinks and stood.
Kate scowled and tried to stand as well. She stumbled, but caught herself. "I am not drunk," she over-enunciated. She walked out of the bar, only weaving twice. AJ sighed and followed her.
"You're coming home with me," AJ said when he caught up to Kate.
"I'm not that kinda girl, AJ," Kate said. "Unless you want me to be." She laughed harshly. AJ pressed his lips together and steered her toward his Escalade. He helped her into the vehicle and closed the door.
As he climbed into the driver's seat, AJ noticed that Kate was concentrating far too much on buckling her seat belt. He shook his head and reached over, clicking the belt closed.
"Thank you," Kate said. She giggled. "Wow. I really am drunk, aren't I?"
AJ raised an eyebrow. "I suppose you could say that." He started the car and headed for home.
AJ smiled slightly as he parked the car. How could someone so slight make that much noise?
"Kate, wake up." He shook her arm slightly. "Kate."
She snapped awake, grabbing his wrist tightly. "Oh..." she moaned, leaning her head back on the headrest.
AJ rubbed his wrist and got out of the car. He walked around to the other side and helped Kate out. "Whoa," he murmured as Kate nearly fell. "Steady on, Agent Todd."
She scowled at him. "Don't call me that." AJ nodded silently and took her arm as they walked up the path toward the front door.
AJ unlocked the door and opened it. A large German shepherd bounded up to them. "Go on, Dammit," AJ said. The dog trotted outside.
"Don't tell me," Kate said. "You named your dog Dammit."
"You catch on quick." He caught her again as she tripped over the threshold. She leaned against his chest and gazed up at him, blinking fuzzily. She stood on tiptoe and tilted her head to one side. Her lips met his. She was so soft, so feminine... it had been so long. He responded, moving his lips over hers. He moved one hand up her back and cupped the back of her neck. She moaned in pleasure.
What was he doing? AJ pulled back. A hurt look flashed over Kate's face. "Kate," AJ said. His voice was husky. She turned away from him. "Kate..."
"I'm not drunk," she said petulantly.
"Then you'll understand that I don't want to take advantage of you."
"I am, Kate. Even if you're not drunk, you're in an emotionally vulnerable state. And I can't--I won't--take advantage of any woman in that state." AJ let the dog back inside and pushed the door closed.
"Fine." Kate walked around the couch and stood in front of the fireplace. She looked at the pictures above the mantle.
AJ watched Kate closely. She was obviously upset, but at least she was thinking. "Why don't you get some sleep?"
She looked back at him. Her face was a mask. "Yeah. That's a good idea."
AJ led her to the guest bedroom and flipped the light switch. "There should be some nightclothes in the dresser that my daughter left behind. We passed the bathroom if you'd like to wash up." Kate sat on the bed and bounced slightly. "Well... good night."
Kate turned tired brown eyes on him. "Good night, AJ."
He backed out, closing the door behind him.