Dealing Chapter 5

Author's Notes: I'm guessing that this might be the last chapter for this story. I've had a good time writing it, and all the positive feedback has helped me immensely. As always please review, and tell me if you liked it, hated it, whatever. Now on with the story!



Mac stood at the window, staring down at the streets below. She was at Harm's apartment, staying the night. After the hospital visit, they had stopped by a deli, around the corner from the apartment, and picked up dinner. They spent the rest of the night, mostly going over cases, sometimes talking.

She had fallen asleep in her Sailor's arms again, but in the middle of the night, she awoke and couldn't get back to sleep. So she got out of bed, careful not to wake Harm, and started to wander around the apartment. About twenty minutes ago, she stopped at the window, and began to think. So there she was, standing at the window, her arms around her waist, thinking. This was how Harm found her. He silently approached her from behind, and covered her arms with his own.

She tensed in his arms, but when she inhaled his scent, she relaxed. "Hey Harm, did I wake you?" Her voice was quiet and distant. Harm brushed his lips against her ear.

"Nope, not really. I just woke up, and you weren't there. What's wrong?" He placed a gentle kiss on her neck. She sighed and leaned into him.

"Nothing's really wrong, I'm just thinking." They were silent for a few moments, as they watched the streets below. Mac then started to think aloud. "Everything is fine one minute, but then the next, the world can fall apart. What if something was to happen to one of us? Right now, I think that we're on the right path towards us. But tomorrow, you could go out to get lunch or something, and get in a car wreck. I would lose you without getting to. . ." Her voice trailed off. She turned around and buried her face in Harm's chest.

"Without getting to do what, Mac?" He asked, gently, wanting her to open up. She looked into his eyes.

"Never getting to do this." She whispered, as she moved in. Their lips met in a sweet kiss. A kiss that said everything that words could not. After a few blissful moments, they broke apart. "And I'd never get to tell you that I love you." She looked away, once again afraid of rejection.

Harm hooked a finger under her chin, and made her look him in the eye. "Sarah, this whole thing has made me realize that life is too short. I've decided that I can't go on, pretending that I don't love you." She looked up at him, tears in her eyes.

"You love me?" She asked. Harm looked deep into her eyes, and saw the vulnerable little girl that she had once been.

"Yes Sarah, I love you. I always knew that I was attracted to you, but when we went flying, and that guy shot you; I was so afraid of losing you. I knew that I loved you, and that love has grown so much over the years. That night, in Sydney, I thought that you understood that I just needed time. My life was at a screwed up place, and I wanted to be able to give you everything you wanted, but I felt that I just couldn't do that then. The rest of the times, I don't know, something always seemed to be in the way. A girlfriend, a fiancée, something. I am so sorry for making you wait, Sarah." Mac smiled.

"Wow, for a man that usually ran away from these kind of conversations, that was one hell of a speech Flyboy." She gently kissed him again. Then she reached down and pinched him lightly on the arm.

"Hey what was that for Marine?" Harm asked, rubbing his arm, feigning hurt.

"Just making sure this is no dream. Cuz Lord knows, that I've had it enough times."

"I assure you Ms. Mackenzie, this is no dream." Harm smiled and bent down to kiss her again.



Author's Notes: * sigh * Doesn't everyone love happy endings? * everyone shakes their head in agreement* Me too! So, please review, and tell me what you think of the story, or just this chapter in general. Also, please tell me if you might have any ideas for a sequel; if one jumps out at me, I might use it!