Author: Megan

Summary: Nick's the ass this time around

Spoilers: Anything up through the season finale of the 3rd season is fair game.

Rating: PG

Pairing: Nick/Sara

A/N: This is in response to Emily's "Make Nick an ass" challenge. :-)

Nick and Warrick stood by their lockers in the locker room after a long shift, that was about to become a double.

"Dammit! I got blood all over my shirt!" Nick shouted ripping the shirt over his head in a huff.

"Hey, man, just change, you'll be fine," Warrick suggested pulling his shirt over his head also.

Sara walked into the locker room to see a shirtless Nick and Warrick. She whistled at them. "Wow! Hey, guys, looks like I was just in time for the show!" She walked over to stand closer to the two very fine men in the room.

"Grow up Sara!" Nick snapped.

Warrick glared at him.

"Whoa whoa whoa... Who peed in your corn flakes this morning?" Sara asked Nick trying not to laugh.

"Get out of my way!" Nick yelled pushing past the dumbfounded woman standing before him. He stormed out of the locker room in a huff, letting the door slam shut behind him.

Sara's jaw dropped. "Was it something I said?" She asked Warrick.

"I think he's just tired, Sara. He's been like this since Grissom told us we were gonna have to pull a double. Don't take it too personally." Warrick closed his locker, and headed out the same door Nick had just exited though.

Sara walked down the hall and joined the rest of the team in the break room. They were all working on a triple homicide, and were about to pull a double. No one was looking forward to it, especially Nick.

He sat uncomfortably in his chair, and let out a loud sigh.

Catherine noticed how uncomfortable Nick was, and said, "What's wrong, Nicky? Got a hot date?"

Nick glared over at the older CSI. "Not that it's ANY of your business, but YES, I do have a date... Well, I DID, but now I have to cancel."

Catherine was shocked. She'd never seen Nick get too uptight over having to pull a double. "Sheesh" she breathed.

The four of them sat in silence, waiting for Grissom to join them. Finally the door opened, and in walked their supervisor. "It's about time!" Nick spat.

"Well, it's nice to see you, too, Nicky." Grissom smirked, but before Nick could come back with anything, Grissom handed out folders and other information on their continuing case, and had them all go get to work.

"Nick, Sara, go find Greg, and get the DNA results. Cath, you and Warrick need to go back to the crime scene. Check back with me in an hour, even if you're not finished yet." Grissom said heading out the door.

Sara looked over at Nick, who wasn't even paying attention to what was going on around him. "Hey, you ready?" She asked in a small voice, not wanting him to blow up at her.

"Whatever." He said in a huff, as he got up and headed out the door, leaving three confused co-workers in the break room.

"Good luck, Sara." Catherine said patting her on the back, as she and Warrick headed out of the room, and out to the parking lot.

"Gee, thanks" Sara muttered to herself. She picked up her folder of information on the case, and headed towards Greg's lab.

Sara could hear the raised voices from down the hall, and she knew that Nick had gotten to Greg before her. He was yelling at Greg for not having one of the DNA test's results complete yet. Sara could hear the fear in Greg's voice as he tried to explain to Nick why he was so far behind.

"Look, man, I'm only one guy. I can't do it all by myself as fast as you think I can." Greg said.

Sara walked in just in time to see Nick grab the collar of Greg's shirt, and shove him up against a wall.

"Nick!" Sara shouted. She rushed over to where the two men were standing and pulled Nick off of Greg. "What the hell is your problem?" She shouted.

Nick let go of Greg, and shook Sara's hands off of his arm. "Don't touch me!"

Sara took a step back. "Nick?" She asked quietly, but before she could say anything more, Nick turned and stormed out of the lab.

Sara felt a hand on her shoulder. "Sara?" Greg asked. "Are you all right?"

She turned to face him. "I should be asking you the same thing."

Greg just shook his head. "I don't know what happened." As soon as the words left his lips, he turned and went back to work.

Sara walked out of the lab, and went into another lab to get to work trying to find their latest criminal.

TBC

A/N So...? How was it so far? I'll try to get another chapter as soon as I can. I'm still working on those other challenges, too. Enjoy!

Megan