Category: Drama, Romance, JAG/NCIS Crossover
Spoilers: Through "One Shot, One Kill" (NCIS), "Crash" (JAG)
Disclaimer: These characters belong to DPB, CBS, Paramount, et al. No infringement is intended.
Chapter 9: The Awakening
Warmth was the first thing Kate was aware of. Warmth, and the sound of a regular heartbeat. She smiled and nuzzled her face into a broad chest. "Mmm..."
"Good morning, Kate," a rough voice said. Kate opened one eye and peered up at AJ.
"Good morning." She closed her eye again.
"Aren't you going to get up?"
"Nope." This time, AJ let out a chuckle.
Suddenly, Kate felt something cold and wet on the bottom of her foot. "Ah!" she yelped, instinctively moving her leg.
"Whoa! Watch where you put that, darlin'! That's a dangerous weapon you've got there!" AJ exclaimed as he caught her knee just before it connected with his groin.
Kate sat up and looked at the foot of the bed. She glared at the dog, which just sat and wagged its tail happily. "Damn it," Kate said in exasperation as she flopped back down on to the bed. AJ shook with laughter. Kate turned her glare onto him. "You find this funny?" she asked, scowling playfully. She poked his shoulder.
AJ just raised an eyebrow. Then he pounced. He began to tickle Kate, and she shrieked with laughter. "Oh--oh--I--I can't breathe! Please stop!"
He did. He stared down at her, his eyes sparkling wickedly. He slowly bent his head and kissed her softly.
Kate responded, deepening the kiss. She opened her mouth slightly, allowing AJ's tongue to slip inside. He tasted her slowly, carefully, giving her his utmost attention. Kate wrapped her arms around AJ's neck and ran her fingers over his bald head.
'Talk about toe-curling,' Kate thought fuzzily as AJ moved his lips to her neck. She squeaked as he found a sensitive spot.
A bark interrupted their pleasant distraction. AJ pulled back and sighed. "Damn dog," he grumbled. Kate grinned this time. AJ leaned in and stole one more kiss, then stood. "Let's go, Dammit." Kate laughed at the apt name.
Kate stretched leisurely. She had the feeling it was going to be a good day.
Kate opened the door to her apartment and turned on the light. She closed the door behind her, humming happily.
She was right; it had been a good day. She and AJ spent a couple of hours in the snow, trying to dig themselves out. The snow was light and fluffy, but the roads--at least, the less-frequented ones--were icy. Kate was glad she hadn't tried to drive home the day before.
The snow wasn't great for packing snowballs, but that didn't mean Kate didn't try. She ended up soaking wet from being tossed into one of the larger snowdrifts. She couldn't remember the last time she had laughed more.
AJ had dropped her off at her car after dinner. By then, most of the roads had been plowed and sanded. They made another lunch date for the next day. "Hopefully, that's so short-notice that we won't get interrupted by anything," AJ had quipped.
Kate pressed the button on her answering machine and stepped into her bedroom to change for bed. "You have four new messages," the monotone voice said. Kate furrowed her brow. Four?
The machine beeped. "Hey, Kate! It's Tony; I just wanted to make sure you're all set for the storm." Kate smiled; that was unlike Tony. "But I suppose you're out creating some heat of your own, huh?" She rolled her eyes--that was more like it. "I guess I'll see you on Monday, then. 'Bye."
Kate pulled a basketball jersey over her head and walked back into the living room.
"Kate, it's Maureen. I know you said you didn't want any more blind dates, but--" Kate sighed and deleted the message.
"Caitlin, dear, it's your mother. Porter told me that her son is back in town; why don't you give him a call? You two were nearly inseparable when you were younger, and you need a man--" Kate pressed the delete button a bit more viciously than necessary.
"Gibbs here, Kate." A strange sensation stirred in the pit of Kate's stomach. "Just wanted to see if you were all right in this storm. I'll see you on Monday."
Kate frowned at herself. She needed to put aside this ridiculous attraction for her boss. The last time she had been so excited to get a phone call... had been when AJ had called her.
She plopped down on the couch and rested her head in her hands. Great. Nothing like guilt to ruin a perfectly good evening.