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 10: The Suspicion
AJ smiled at Kate as she mock-glared at him. "You--you--"
"I what, Kate?" She stuck her tongue out at him in response. "You're lucky we're in a public place right now, Kate," AJ whispered, leaning toward her.
Kate smirked. "Oh, yeah?" she whispered back. "Well, you're not lucky that we are." She sat back and grinned triumphantly at the stunned look on AJ's face.
Kate wrinkled her nose as she checked her watch. "It's almost time to get back to work." AJ raised an eyebrow as a familiar person crept up silently behind Kate. His companion just shrugged and rolled her eyes.
"Guess who, Caitlin?" the man said, putting his hands over her eyes.
"What do you want, Clayton?" Kate sighed. She was smiling, however. Clayton Webb removed his hands, and Kate stood. She hugged the spy tightly. "Mom said you were back in town. I was wondering when you were going to get around to calling me."
"I suppose she added a 'When are you two going to set a date?' to that comment," Clay replied dryly.
Kate laughed, and AJ exchanged a look with Sarah MacKenzie. He saw in her eyes the same emotion he was feeling at the moment--jealousy.
"Yeah, well, she doesn't seem to realize that we would kill each other if we ever got together. Not to mention that you're already involved." Kate's voice went up on the last word, making it a question.
Clay smirked at her. "Always fishing, Kate. Kate, this is Lieutenant Colonel Sarah MacKenzie. Sarah, Special Agent Caitlin Todd."
"It's nice to meet you, Colonel," Kate said, extending a hand.
Mac took it and said, "Same here."
"And this is--" Kate turned to AJ, who was eyeing Webb with barely veiled contempt. Kate sighed. "I see you already know each other."
"I suppose you could say I know the man who broke my nose, Kate," Clay said sarcastically.
Kate grinned. "You did that?" she asked AJ.
He nodded curtly, and Kate laughed. "I knew there was a reason I liked you!"
"Hey!" Clay exclaimed. "Where's your loyalty?"
"Oh, boo-hoo," Kate teased.
"Shouldn't you be in California right now?" Clay suddenly changed the subject.
Kate smirked. "Your intel is a bit outdated," she replied. "I resigned."
"What? Why?" Clay exclaimed.
Kate's eyes darkened. "I'll tell you later. Suffice it to say that I work at NCIS now."
"Are you sure that's a good idea, Kate?" Clay asked. His question held a wealth of meaning.
She glared. "I'm a big girl, Clayton. I have been able to make my own decisions for many years now." She reached over and took AJ's hand. "Don't you dare try to make them for me."
Clay nodded. "Very well. Admiral, can I talk to you for a moment? Alone?" His green eyes met AJ's. AJ nodded, and the two men walked away from the table. AJ saw Kate invite Mac to sit.
Clay didn't beat around the bush. "You two are going to have to work together eventually, you know."
AJ crossed his arms. "Yes, Webb, I realized that."
The dark-haired man stepped into AJ's personal space. "You hurt her, and I will make you hurt in ways you can't imagine."
"I have no intention to hurt Caitlin Todd," AJ replied. "And don't threaten me, Webb."
"It's not a threat, AJ. It's a fact." Webb began to walk away, and AJ grabbed his arm.
"Webb?" He looked into the man's green eyes, then over at the table were Mac and Kate were talking. "Ditto."
"I love Sarah, AJ," Clay said in a low voice. "And although I'm not often around, I do everything I can to let her know that. I would never hurt her intentionally. If I do, you won't have to hurt me." He turned and walked back to the table. AJ followed him.
"I'll call you later, Katie-cat," Clay teased.
Kate scowled at him. "Don't call me that, Spider-boy." She turned to AJ, who saw Webb reach out a hand. Without turning around, Kate said, "And if you touch my hair, I will break your wrist."
"I think she means it," Mac grinned.
"Whose side are you on?" Webb sulked.
"Let's go... Spider-boy." Mac took Clay's arm and said, "It was nice to meet you, Agent Todd. Admiral."
"Colonel," AJ replied. When the two had left, AJ asked, "So how do you know Webb?"
Kate smiled. "Our mothers went to school together. We practically spent our entire childhoods together--at least, until my family moved to California. We still stayed in contact after that, though. My mother has been after me to 'snag' him, as she puts it." She rolled her eyes.
"You two looked rather cozy," AJ said in a low voice.
Kate stared at him in disbelief. "What? We're friends, AJ. Clay's like a brother to me. You can't seriously tell me you're jealous." When he didn't reply, Kate shook her head. "You are! AJ Chegwidden, that is the most ridiculous thing I've ever heard!" She stood and said quietly, "I need to get back to work. When you're ready to trust me, why don't you give me a call?" She walked out of the restaurant, head held high.
AJ groaned and ran a hand over his head. He just screwed that up, didn't he? He knew he had a jealous streak a mile wide. Hell, that was part of the reason he and Meredith hadn't worked out. He should've known Kate would've been upset by it. Upset? AJ snorted. The last time she had been that angry was the first time he'd met her. There was no way he was going after her at the moment. She had a mean right hook.