|Keep Your Friends Close And Your Enemies Closer
Author: ilovetvalot PM
When Erin Strauss faces a brush with death, how will she respond when David Rossi offers his expert opinion on the chain of events? Two-shot.Rated: Fiction T - English - Angst/Hurt/Comfort - D. Rossi & Erin S. - Chapters: 2 - Words: 2,682 - Reviews: 15 - Favs: 7 - Follows: 3 - Updated: 07-08-11 - Published: 07-04-11 - Status: Complete - id: 7146778
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Keep Your Friends Close...and Your Enemies Closer
"Bastard," Erin spat, her eyes narrowing.
"Every fucking day," Dave agreed cockily, nodding his head. "But my status as a bastard doesn't change the facts. After all these years, the Ice Queen is thawing. And it's about damned time."
"I hate you!" Erin hissed, silently cursing the tears rising in her crystalline eyes. Jerking her face away, she prayed he hadn't seen the telltale shimmer in the dim moonlight.
"Avert your face all you want, Erin," Dave chided, pushing away from the barrier and slowly walking toward her. "I already saw them," he said knowingly, leaning forward to whisper against her ear.
"I despise you with every fiber of my being, David," Erin said huskily, loathing her weak nature and hating him more for seeing it.
But as much as she despised him, she couldn't move away.
"Sure you do," Dave sighed, slipping his arms around her narrow waist and pulling her tense body against his.
"I do," she insisted, her voice cracking as her tears leaked from her eyes faster and harder.
"Uh huh," he breathed, relieved when she began to soften against him. "Do us both a favor here though, babe," he said softly against her hair, "Hate me later. Right now, turn around and bury your head against my chest and cry it out, for God's sake."
"I can't," she choked, blinking rapidly as she tried to control the oncoming flood of alien sentiments, desperate to navigate these murky emotional waters.
Calmly plucking the still burning cigarette from her fingers, Dave tossed it away before turning her into his arms. "Yeah, you can," he said softly, wrapping his arms around her as the first sob escaped her throat.
A few long minutes later, Erin finally hitched her breath against Dave's warm, now damp, neck and forced herself to release her unyielding grip on his light blue dress shirt. Leaning heavily against him, she allowed herself to be momentarily grateful for the strong arms encircling her, holding her up, giving her strength that she didn't yet possess. "I'm sorry," she breathed against his shoulder as she turned her head, pressing her cheek against his soft shirt as she tried to gain control of her tenuous feelings.
"Don't be," Dave urged, tightening his arms around her as he held her closer. It had been over twenty years since he'd last held her against him. But their bodies still fit together like a hand inside a glove despite the intervening years. It still felt like coming home.
"How long will you hold this over my head, David?" she whispered, her words muffled as she buried her nose in his collar, inhaling his familiar spicy scent, a scent she'd never forgotten. Spice and man...that defined David Rossi.
Smiling against her temple, Dave whispered, "How about we both agree to forget the last half hour happened after we step off this roof. Good for you?"
"That works for me," Erin said with a watery chuckle, letting out a deep breath. "Although why you'd want to allow me that mercy I'll never know."
"Simple," Dave murmured. "That means I can do this with no repercussions," he whispered, dipping his head to claim her lips in a single fluid motion.
Gasping, Erin was stunned as his lips molded hers to his, his tongue sweeping against hers passionately, stealing her breath...her reason. Closing her eyes, she allowed herself this brief instant, entwined in his arms to forget the past and future...to simply absorb the now.
Kissing her deeply, Dave tried to forget the fear he'd felt this afternoon, seeing that gun aimed at her, knowing that he'd never be able to make the shot that would save her life...never be able to get to her in time. Instead he tried concentrate on the feel of his arms surrounding her, her soft body pressed flush against his, the velvet slide of her tongue touching his, the sweet intoxicating taste of her kiss. They could go back to being frenemies in a few moments. For now, she was his again and there wasn't a river of bitterness and regret between them. In this moment, because of one young man's bravery, she was still here. In his arms. Alive.
"David," Erin moaned against his mouth. "Wh-what..."
And that quickly, the intricate weave of wonderment dissolved. "This never happened, remember, Erin?" Dave said softly as he reluctantly pulled away. "No harm, no foul," he breathed, unable to resist pressing one last soft kiss to her supple lips. Forcing himself to take a step back from her, he kept his hands on her waist long enough to be certain she'd found her footing again. Then, his hands dropped away.
"I don't..." Erin blinked rapidly, trying to find coherent thought again as the last remnants of the sensual spell she'd temporarily been under fell away.
"Go home, Erin," Dave ordered softly, turning her shoulders gently. "Get some rest. Today can't be changed. You have to accept that things are what they are. People are who they are," he said meaningfully, his eyes dark. "But you weren't to blame for Anderson's death. No more than any of us are."
She watched as he slowly but surely began to disassociate himself from the events of the last few minutes. Nodding, she swallowed. "I suppose you're right," she said, lifting her chin almost defiantly.
Smiling faintly as he watched her square her shoulders and regain her regal composure, Dave smirked. "So glad you agree, Erin."
Hackles rising as she noted the smug glow in his devious eyes, Erin pursed her lips. "I wouldn't become too accustomed to it, David. I'm sure it will be another quarter century before it happens again," she said, sweeping past him toward the metal door leading back into the relative safety of the building.
Her parting shot delivered, he watched as she disappeared through the door, softly closing it behind her with a decisive click, his soft laughter taunting her.
Leaning against the wall just inside the doorway, Erin caught her breath.
Too many altogether close calls today, she thought, glaring at the closed door. And unfortunately for her, David Rossi was as lethal for her as any bullet aimed in her direction.
Sadly, she doubted any agent would be willing to throw himself in front of that particular threat.
And, honestly, she would never want them to. That was one danger she was still willing to face herself.