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.
Author's Note: Guess what we're leading up to? *naughty grin* Oh, and happy now, Kris?
Chapter 12: The Resolution
AJ let his gaze drift toward the telephone once more, then cursed himself for acting like a lovesick teenager. He'd wanted to call Kate and apologize, but he also didn't want to seem too desperate.
"What do you think, girl?" he said, looking at the dog at his feet. "Call her or wait?"
Dammit cocked her head to the side, as if she were actually thinking about the question. She jumped up and padded to the door.
AJ smiled. "Well, that's better than sitting around here like an idiot." He grabbed his jacket and keys, found Dammit's leash, and left the house.
AJ returned to the house and let Dammit off her leash. He hung up his jacket and checked his answering machine.
"You have one new message." The machine beeped, and a familiar voice said, "Hi, AJ. It's Kate. I, uh, wanted to apologize for what happened at lunch. I overreacted, and I'm sorry. Oh, and I got the flowers--they were beautiful. Well, call me when you get in. 'Bye."
AJ stared at the machine. Kate sounded more subdued than usual. Something was bothering her--something more than the scene at lunch.
He picked up the telephone and dialed her number. "Hello?" a tired voice answered. A strange echo followed it.
"Hello, Kate," AJ said. He heard sloshing in the background.
"Hi, AJ. You got my message?"
"Yeah." He heard more sloshing. "Kate, what are you doing?"
"I'm... well, I'm taking a bath. It helps me relax." AJ closed his eyes and bit back a groan. Kate in the bathtub...
"I'm sorry for how I behaved today, Kate," he said, trying not to lose focus.
"I'm sorry, too, AJ. I shouldn't have reacted that way. If you had behaved toward another woman like I did toward Clay, I probably would've been jealous, too."
"You sound tired."
She sighed. "I am tired. I've wanted to call you all day, but I didn't want to call you at work. Besides, I don't think Gibbs would've appreciated that." She muttered something else. AJ couldn't catch it, but it sounded vaguely like "That bastard." He smirked.
"What are you doing this weekend?"
"Let's see... laundry, vacuuming, and paperwork. You?"
AJ smiled. "The same."
"You want to come over?"
"Friday; say about seven? I can make dinner."
"You can cook?" AJ grinned. He couldn't resist needling her a bit.
"AJ Chegwidden! I'll have you know that I can cook quite well, thank you very much."
"Like what? Frozen dinners?"
"Oh, you'll pay for that comment, mister."
"Uh-huh. And just how are you going to make me pay?"
Kate's voice dropped. "Oh, I'll think of something." AJ swallowed at the seductive tone. He cleared his throat.
"I'll let you get back to your bath now. Sleep well, Kate."
She laughed. She knew exactly what she was doing, and AJ found he didn't mind in the least. "You too, AJ. Good night."
"Good night." He hung up the phone. The dog whimpered, and AJ said, "I know, girl. I like her, too."