Disclaimers: The show and its characters are NOT mine.

Spoilers: None

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OUT OF THE BLUE

"Gil?"

Grissom peered up, startled by the sudden break in silence, "Yes?"

"If I just up and left one day, what would you do?"

He furrowed his eyebrows, trying to decipher Catherine's question. There was always a reason for her ponderings, no matter how out-of-
the-blue, but he just couldn't understand the reason behind this latest one, "What do you mean?"

She shrugged, "What would you do if I left the lab, left Las Vegas?"

"Why does it matter? You aren't." A thought suddenly crept up on him and he asked slightly panicked, "Are you?"

"No." She paused, "But what if I did? What would you do?"

"Catherine..." He spoke cautiously, "is something wrong?"

"Just humour me."

He looked at her, still wondering why she was asking him such an odd question. Knowing that she was expecting an answer, he shrugged,
shaking his head, "I don't know."

"Right." She nodded, rather disappointedly, before returning her attention back to her paperwork.

He wanted to let the question pass without another thought but it gnawed at him like an unsolved crossword puzzle. Something was
wrong. Something had been wrong for a long time now. Maybe it was time to make things right again. "Catherine?"

She looked up at him, the blue glint of her eyes sparkling ever so slightly from the light of his desk lamp, "Hmm?"

"It's not that I don't know because I don't care. It's that I don't know because I don't want to."

"You don't want to care?"

He shook his head, "No, no...I don't want to *know*." She frowned, confused by his words. "Catherine, I don't want to know what I would
do if you left because I don't want to imagine that ever happening."

She smiled, "Well you don't have to worry because it's not going to happen...*ever*. I guess you're just stuck with me."

"Good." He smiled and they both returned to their paperwork, satisfied with the knowledge that no matter how far they were pulled
apart, they would always find their way back. Always.

The End