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04.

It was early in the morning and Michelle was in the chapel waiting for Tom and Doug to pick her up so they could go to the school together, but her thoughts drifted elsewhere. She hadn't heard from Dennis since that day when he rode off from her place and she was starting to get worried. She sighed and leaned her head backwards a bit before closing her eyes. She remained like that for a couple of seconds when she heard footsteps but before she could open her eyes again they were covered by a pair of hands and warm breath tickled her neck. A big smile lit up her face and she gently took the hands in her own, kissing them softly.

"I missed you." She said, turning her head slightly and looking up to stare at the painfully familiar brown eyes she loved so much.

Dennis smiled and moving in front of her he leaned to press his lips onto hers.

"I missed you too."

She pulled him closer and wrapped her legs around his waist, pressing her body against his. One of his hands was on the small of her back and the other was on her hip. When they released from the kiss to take a breath she put her arms around his neck. Her own fingers were buried in his dark mess of hair. Reluctantly she broke the kiss for air.

"I wish we could finish this but Hanson and Penhall will be here any minute now to pick me up so how about you come over to my place tonight and we'll have some real fun?" Michelle grinned seductively.

Dennis smiled and nodded.

"Ok, we've got a deal."

They both chuckled and she kissed him again, holding him close. She could never get enough of him.

The loud sound of someone clearing his throat behind them caused them to pull away abruptly and they stared at Hanson and Penhall who were looking back at them with different facial expressions. It was clear that Doug found the situation funny, but the expression on Tom's face was showing how upset he was and anger and hurt were visible in his eyes.

Not wanting a scene between Booker and Hanson Michelle quickly gave Dennis one last kiss and jumped from her desk.

"We have to go now but I'll be waiting for you tonight." She told him with a wink and motioned for Doug and Tom to follow her outside.

Hanson gave Booker one last look and walked out of the chapel.

They climbed into Tom's baby blue Mustang and rolling the window down Michelle turned around just in time to see Dennis walking out of the chapel. She waved to him seconds before Tom drove off.

At first there was silence and Doug was the first one to break it.

"Did you tell him?"

Michelle only shook her head.

"No, I'll tell him tonight."

Doug gave her an understanding nod and for the rest of the drive they discussed their case.

"My first class for the day is maths and our suspect is also in it so I'll try to get his attention. What classes do you boys have?"

"Actually we have the same class as you." Doug said.

"Well, hopefully we'll do better today. I don't know about you but yesterday was a total waste of time for me." She sighed shaking her head.

They arrived at the school and after Tom parked the car they got out.

"Hey, McQuaid!" Someone yelled and the three of them turned around. It was one of the guys in their suspect's gang. "Pittsburgh wants to see you."

"Does he now?!" Michelle lifted an eyebrow and crossed her arms in front of her chest giving a 'tough girl' attitude. "Did he say why?"

"No, but he wants to see you alone."

Tom didn't like the tone of the boy's voice and immediately stepped in.

"Tell Pittsburgh that Michelle doesn't go anywhere without her brothers."

"My brothers are not my babysitters. Tell him that if he wants me alone, then I'll come alone." She said shooting an annoyed look at Tom's direction.

When the other boy left Tom grabbed Michelle's arm before she could walk away.

"Are you mad?! You can't go alone!"

"Yes I can and I will." She said pulling her arm out of his. "I'm not a baby, Tom. I can take care of myself."

"I know you can, but -"

"No buts. You and Doug can keep an eye on the other members of the gang."

Hanson hated this but he knew he wouldn't change her mind.

"Ok, fine. Just be careful."

"I always am." She smiled.

Tom had a bad feeling and he felt like he was going to be sick. He let himself be dragged away by Penhall while watching Michelle walking in the opposite direction.

As it turned out Rory Pittsburgh was waiting for her around the corner on the school's side. He was casually leaning on the side of the building and smirked when he saw her coming.

"You wished to see me." She said in a firm tone.

"I'm glad you came." He said, pushing himself off the wall and making a few steps towards her. "And I'm glad you didn't bring those two buttheads along with you. They seem to follow you everywhere."

"They're my brothers." Michelle reminded him coldly. "And even if most of the times I find it quite annoying they're only taking care of me and are trying to protect me."

"And with good reason." Rory didn't seem affected by her firm tone at all and he let his eyes travel shamelessly all over her. "If I had a hot sister like you I probably wouldn't let her out of my sight either."

"And besides you asked to see me alone, didn't you?!" She tried to control her anger and fought the urge to slap him across the face by reminding herself that she should not screw the case.

"Well I wanted to talk to you alone."

"Yeah I got that. What I don't get is why would you want to talk to me."

He made a step closer but when he lifted his hand she made a step back. However he only smirked and made another step towards her his fingers travelling up her arm. Moving to stand behind her he removed the hair from her neck and smacked his lips on the bare skin. She closed her eyes in disgust and it took her everything not to shove him away off her.

"You intrigue me. You're not only beautiful but feisty and I like that. I wanted to get to know you." He whispered in her ear, leaning closer and brushing his cheek against hers.

"We'll meet again very soon and you're going to be my girl." He said with a tone that showed he was dead serious.

Giving her a quick peck on the cheek he walked around her and winked before walking away.

She waited for him to disappear from view and wiped her neck and cheek with her sleeve. That guy disgusted her and it took her everything not to hit him and then cuff him right then and there. Shaking her head she walked around the corner only to find Tom and Doug impatiently waiting for her at the school entrance.

"Well?" Tom asked once she reached them. "What did he want?"

She rolled her eyes and walked through the door Doug pushed open for her.

"He said I intrigued him and that he was going to see me again and I would be his girl." She shook her head with a sigh. "Honestly I was on the verge of smacking his face."

Walking in front of the two boys Michelle didn't notice how Tom's hands curled into fists at her words.

"He didn't try anything on you, did he?"

"No. Of course not."

She purposefully left out the truth of what really happened because she didn't want Tom to get angry and do something stupid.

The rest of the day went pretty uneventful and it was finally time for them to leave. The three of them climbed into Tom's baby blue Mustang and and went to the chapel to write their reports for the day.

"Well today was pretty uneventful." Michelle rubbed her eyes tiredly.

"Yeah if you don't count your morning meeting with our suspect." Tom said but she was too tired to argue with him.

"I can't wait for this case to be over because so far it's been nothing but boring." Doug murmured.

When his two colleagues glared at him Penhall realized what he had said.

"Sorry. I forgot this was your last case before you leave the force. I didn't mean to…"

"It's ok, Doug, really. I know you didn't mean it that way." She was quick to assure him and he gave her a small grateful smile in return.

Walking up the stairs of the chapel, the three officers were engaged in a deep conversation and no one noticed the dark figure lurking in the shadows of the chapel.

When they walked inside Doug and Tom went straight to their desks and Michelle realized a surprise visitor was awaiting her at her own.

"Dennis!" She beamed and hurried over, wrapping her arms around him and kissing his lips.

When they released she couldn't help the smile on her face.

"What are you doing here?"

"I had to talk to Fuller about my recent case and decided to wait for you." Dennis grinned and leaned to kiss her again, one of his arms on her neck and the other curled around her waist.

"Well, I'm glad but you do know I have a report to write, don't you?" She said pulling out of the kiss.

She tried to walk past him but he circled his hand around her stomach and pulled her to him, her back pressed against his chest. He removed the hair from her shoulder and his breath tickled the bare flesh of her neck seconds before she felt his lips pressed against her skin. She felt his erection pressing against her and couldn't help but moan slightly.

"On second thought, that report can await for tomorrow." She said and turned around pressing her lips onto his.

She grabbed his hand and they walked out together. Once they were lying in their bed panting Michelle realized she had to talk to him. Her fingers gently travelled up and down his muscular chest.

"Dennis, there's something I want to tell you." She said and lifted her head from his shoulder so she could look at him. "The last two days while you were gone I had a lot of time to think about certain things and I...I handed my resignation letter to the captain. The case I'm working on is my last one in the chapel. After that I'm going to turn in my badge."

Dennis looked at her but he didn't seem very surprised.

"Does this have anything to do with the way Hanson feels about you?"

Her eyes widened.

"You know that he has feelings for me?"

"I'm neither stupid nor blind." Dennis said calmly, his brown orbits fixed on her green ones. "I've seen the way he looks at you and the sparkle in his eyes when he talks about you and mentions your name."

He lifted his hand and gently caressed her cheek.

"And how could I blame him?! You're the most amazing woman I've met."

"So you're ok with the decision I took?!"

"Of course. I know you wouldn't take such serious decision without putting a lot of thought into it and I know you're doing it so no one would have to suffer."

Michelle's eyes got wide once again.

"How…?"

"It's pretty obvious, don't you think?! Hanson's got feelings for you, but you're with me. But he, Penhall, Hoffs and Ioki are your second family and you'd rather quit than watch one of them, or more precisely Tom, suffer. Especially because of his feelings for you."

Tears filled her eyes. She lifted her hand putting in on top of his and pressing his palm to her cheek.

"I don't know what I did to deserve someone like you." She said and a tear rolled down her cheek. "You're the most amazing person I've met and I love you so much."

He smiled at her words and gently wiped her tear with his fingers before gently taking her chin and pulling her face close to his.

"Not as much as I love you." He said before pressing his lips against hers and pulling her on top of him.

Outside a thunder rumbled illuminating a lonely silhouette hidden in the shadows of the opposite building. The figure was looking up and its hands were curled into fists.

'You're mine and we will be together.'

The person's mouth twitched into an evil smile.

'Forever.'