Disclaimer: Dude, if I owned Harm and Mac I'd be so happy. But sadly, this is reality. :(


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A/N: 'All at Once' is performed by Whitney Houston. I can't say I really like her, however
this song is incredible. :)





All at Once

By: Tiff (alien.girl)

All at once.
I started counting tear drops.
And at least a million fell.
My eyes begin to swell.
And it finally hit me.
All at once.

Why don't some women age? I age. I know I do. I have the luggage under my eyes to prove it. Rene hasn't aged. No, she is still one of the most breath-taking women I have ever met. She has this amazing presence. I've never been really that insecure, but for some reason I feel inferior to this blonde bombshell everytime I'm in the room with her. She has captured Harm. I think he still loves her.

Rene came back into his life today after two years. Harm and I began the day exchanging the normal early morning banter. Then this woman...she entered. Immediately I felt his eyes leave me and go straight to her. She wrapped her arms around him and they held each other for a while...One minute and 21 seconds.
I knew cue...

So I sat down in my office and just stared at the desk for a while. I actually thought that things were okay between us. We seamed only a few footsteps from being together...

"Mac?" A voice breaks my train of thought.

I fake a quick smile. "Hey."

He just stands there for a moment. Then he walks over to me and crouched down so that he's a few inches from my face. He places his hand on my cheek.

"What's up?" He asks softly.

"Nothing." I place my hand on the one laying on my cheek.

For a moment his eyes are staring into mine. He's trying to read my emotions. I'll let him.

"Um...Rene and I are going out to lunch. Did you want to come?"

"Nah. I've got some work to do."

He stands up from his crouching position. "What, you're not gonna eat?"

"Yah, well, I'm not that hungry."

"I am shocked and amazed. My marine isn't hungry. Hell must have froze over."

"Yah, I guess so."

I fake another smile, but this smile backfires. As I form my lips, a tear escapes me eye. He immediately places both hands on my face and wipes the stray tear away with his thumb.

"Mac..."

"Harm, you should just go. There's nothing you can do for me here. I'm just having a bad day. Go have fun." I quickly say to silence him.

Suddenly, I feel his arms wrapped around me.

"I just won't go, then."

"What...no..Harm..."

"Is this why you're upset? I don't want to upset you."

"No, you're not upsetting me. You should go, Harm. You don't owe me anything."

We separate.

He sighs. "What's going on with..."

"Us? I don't know, Harm." I brush away some more stray tears.

We hear Rene's knocks on my door.

"You should go, Harm."

"Come with me."

"I'd feel out of place."

"What if I told you that I need you to come?"

I hold his hand for a moment. "Okay."

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A/N: Does anyone want to see what happens at lunch? Review and tell me then...or just tell me to quit.
*Thanks*
--Tiff