Operation Iraqi Freedom

Title Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Author Dawn

Rating PG 13

Spoiler Info: We all know the CIA was very involved in our defeat of Saddam Hussein, and who else is going to be in the middle of it but our favorite ex-marine.

Disclaimer This story is fiction. I have nothing to do with The Agency

and receive no compensation

Chapter 1:

Gage called a late meeting. It was 6:00pm those who had already left for the day turned around and came back. "Based on our intelligence, the coalition will begin an attack on certain locations in Baghdad tonight. Lets go over all the information one last time."

Terri, Lex, Jackson, Joshua and Vicki walked back to the OTS offices to reread the reports they had set up. They needed to make sure everything was accurate. We would be going to war based on this information. Vicki was Terri's best friend. Vicki still didn't like Stiles because of all the hell he put her through at the beginning of their relationship. It was Vicki that suggested they recruit Terri after her divorce. She used to work for Jeff and Terri in their graphic design business. She knew that Terri would be crushed by the divorce. The excitement of the CIA would help.

Stiles walked in "Gage needs to have all the information right away." Stiles was very serious he didn't even look anyone in the eyes. Terri noticed this she went to talk to him.

"Terri this is not the time. I need those files" Terri was hurt by his attitude. The way he snapped at her did not go unnoticed by anyone.

"Fine." She walked back to her desk. Stiles was torn, he wanted to talk to her, but he needed to stay focused. He had friends depending on this information.

"Stiles, we're just about finished, I'll bring them to you in a few minutes" Jackson wanted to get Stiles out of there. He knew Terri wouldn't be able to concentrate if he were to stay. He knew that Terri was worried about Stiles.

Vicki walked up to Terri. "He has no right to talk to you like that. Don't you let him treat you like a door mat."

"Vicki, he's upset about something. I love him and I want to help him."

"Terri, think about Jeff. Don't tell me he is not showing the signs of a man cheating." Terri just looked at her. Sure Stiles had been distracted lately, but he would never do that to her.

Jackson finished and met Stiles outside of the office. "Stiles why are you jumping all over Terri. I think she just wanted to make sure you are ok."

"I'm fine. I'm worried about all of our soldiers who are depending on this material to stay alive." Stiles had raised his voice much louder than he had intended. He took a deep breath to calm himself and said, "Thank you Jackson." He took the files and went into Gage's office.

Stiles left Gage's office and returned to the OTS office. "Jackson, Gage wants to talk to you." Stiles didn't look at or talk to anyone else. Jackson got up and walked with Stiles to Gage's office.

"Terri, what's up with Stiles?" Lex was concerned. He had never seen Stiles in this automatic mode. "It's almost like he is a robot."

Joshua chuckled, there was no response from Terri. "Terri, are you ok?"

"I just don't understand Stiles. Why is he acting like that?"

"I told you. I bet he is cheating on you. He has that guilty look on his face." Joshua just looked at Vicki, after that comment.

Jackson walked in and heard what Terri, and Vicki said. "I think he does feel guilty." they all looked at him. "No Terri, I don't think Stiles is cheating on you. He is here and he knows how many soldiers on the front lines waiting for orders based on what we say." Jackson walked over to Terri "He is in the cafeteria. Why don't you go talk to him?"

"I don't want to get into another fight. We've done way too much of that lately."

"He should be the one apologizing to Terri." Vicki threw in.

"I'll go talk to him." Terri thanked Jackson, She knew that Stiles needed to talk, but she didn't think he wanted to talk to her.

Stiles sat there drinking coffee looking out into space. Jackson walked up behind him. "Mind if I sit down." Stiles just pointed to the chair and nodded. "You were a little rough on Terri in there before." Stiles looked up at him. "She is in love with you. She is worried about you."

"I know."

"Why don't you talk to her?"

"And tell her what?"

"What you are feeling. Stiles its obvious you are upset."

"Jackson I don't even know what I'm feeling, how in the hell do I explain it to her." He looked at Jackson. "I shouldn't be analyzing this junk." He threw a file on the table " I should be in Kuwait getting ready to lead my men into Baghdad."

"Stiles you are a CIA Agent not a marine anymore."

"I'm sitting in an office. My friends are going out there ready to put their lives on the line."

"Stiles you put your life on the line when you stopped Stavro last Thanksgiving from selling arms. Possibly to Iraq. Those Javelins that we confiscated. They won't be used against our soldiers. Stiles you did that. Don't sell yourself short because you are not on the front lines. You still have a very important job to do." Stiles nodded but he wasn't convinced.

It was very late when they left work. Terri, Vicki and Lex walked out to their cars together. Nobody had seen Stiles in hours. Terri was very worried about him. She looked around and his car was gone. Terri felt Stiles slipping away from her and she didn't know what to do. She went home took a long bath to relax. She couldn't stop thinking about what Vicki said. She got out of the bath, put her robe on. She still didn't think she could fall asleep. She went downstairs to make a cup of tea. She couldn't help crying. She knew she loved Stiles but it seemed hopeless, maybe he was seeing someone else and just didn't know how to tell her. He was showing all the signs of a man about to break up with her. She had been there before. She thought he was different but maybe he wasn't.

She sat there in the dark thinking about all the times they were together. Especially the night in Nice. They had not been intimate since that night. At first when they started dating, she thought it was sweet, but 2 months later, she wanted to take their relationship to the next level, but he didn't seem interested. She thought that was one of the best nights in her life. He was an excellent lover, she thought he must not have enjoyed it. If he had he would have called her afterwards.

She was brought back into reality when the doorbell rang. It was almost 3:00 am. She couldn't imagine who it was. She went to the door, looked through the peephole and saw Stiles standing there. "Terri its me. Can I come in?"

She opened the door. "Do you know what time it is?"

"Yes, I've been driving around for hours."

"Come in."

"Terri I need to explain the way I've been acting lately. I didn't want to hurt you."

"Stiles if you don't want to see me anymore, I'll get over it."


"If you want to break up with me just do it already, I really can't take anymore." Terri walked into the other room. She didn't want him to see her crying.

"Terri, I'm sorry. I'm not trying to break up. Terri you are the only thing that has been keeping me going. You don't want to break up do you?" He put his arms around her. Terri still had her back to him he kissed her neck. "Terri it is just so hard for me to talk about my feelings." He was now beginning to cry, thinking that he had pushed her away one too many times. Terri turned and put her arms around him, and kissed him. "Can I just hold you? I just need to be near you."

"Come on upstairs." Terri took his hand and led him to the bedroom. Terri was nervous. Would he think that she was throwing herself at him again? She pushed that thought from her mind, he was hurting and she wanted to help him. "Stiles please tell me what is going on."

"I don't know." He laid down on the bed and Terri cuddled up next to him. She put her head on his chest, and he fell asleep holding her. This was the first night in weeks he had actually slept. Terri liked sleeping in his arms. All of her doubts about him disappeared.

The next morning when he woke up, Terri was still sleeping. He kissed her gently. She woke up and smiled at him. "You look beautiful in the morning." He kissed her again more passionately this time. "I want to make love to you." Terri was surprised by this. She didn't think he was interested in her, just a few hours ago she was convinced he wanted to break up with her. He was laying next to her on his side, he opened her robe and began kissing her on her neck, as he ran his fingers all over her body. His touch was making her crazy. He looked longingly into her eyes and said "I love you Terri."

She finally heard the words she had longed to hear. "I love you." she told him as she pulled him on top of her and the two of them made love, for the first time since Nice.

Afterwards they were just laying next to each other. Stiles leaned over and kissed her gently "I love you. I like saying it. I love you." she smiled at him and kissed him back. Stiles got a serious look on his face. "Terri, I've been going crazy about this whole Iraq thing. Gage is talking about getting some agents on the ground in Baghdad, I didn't know how to tell you." He paused and held her tightly, kissed her forehead and told her what he had been dreading "I'm going." Terri started to cry. "Don't cry. This is what has been going on with me. I love you. I don't want to hurt you but I need to do this."

"I know. I'm just scared. Stiles it was hell knowing you could have been killed on that plane. When you were in Odessa. I.."

"I know. I love you. I want to be with you. I'm a marine at heart, I can't just sit here, while there is a war going on. I need to do something."

"I know." She kissed him again. "If we don't get going, we both might get fired." She didn't really want this time to end.

"I've got some extra clothes in my car." Stiles put his pants and shirt on and went to his car to get his bag with extra clothes.

Terri sat up in the bedroom crying. When she heard him come in she quickly got into the shower. She figured he didn't need to be worrying about her too.