Disclaimers: Not mine

Spoilers: Nope

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LET ME SHOW YOU FOREVER

"How come you've never asked me out?"

"Excuse me?"

"You heard me, Grissom, how come you've never asked me out?"

"Catherine, you were married."

"I haven't been for 2 years now."

"This is going to become an absurd conversation filled with 'what ifs', so I'm going to stop this before it continues."

"Why do you always run when I try to make you open up to me?"

"Why are you asking so many questions?"

"See! There you go again...avoiding me."

"I'm not avoiding *you*. I'm avoiding your *questions*."

"Right."

"Maybe I just never wanted to."

"What?"

"Ask you out."

"Or maybe you've just been too scared to."

"You think awfully highly of yourself, don't you?"

"Yet another Grissom cop out."

"That wasn't a cop out, Catherine. I simply don't find it necessary to go back into the past and pick at every little detail until we figure out what might've happened if..."

"If what? You can't even bring yourself to say it! Do I really sicken you that much?"

"You know you don't."

"If I don't sicken you, why have you never asked me out?"

"Are we back to that again?"

"You never gave me a straight answer."

"If I do, will you stop bothering me?"

"Maybe."

"Well I can't risk giving you an honest answer and having you continue to interrogate me."

"Neither can you risk giving me an honest answer and actually having me stop. So what's it gonna be?"

"Fine. You wanna know why I've never asked you out?"

"Yes."

"Because I never knew how to."

"All you had to do was tell me the truth."

"You sound like what I imagine a romance novel would sound like."

"Gil, if you wanted to ask me out, you would've found a way to."

"So you're *not* gonna stop bothering me, are you?"

"No."

"Great."

"You know, all you had to do was tell me you'd be there for me forever."

"Catherine, if all it took was the word 'forever', you wouldn't be the woman I've come to admire."

"What's that supposed to mean?"

"It means I think you deserve more than just a guy who can say forever. You deserve a guy who can *show* you forever."

"And you don't think you can be that guy?"

"Ok, I'm stopping this conversation. Right now."

"I think you can be that guy."

"What?"

"You heard me."

"No, I didn't."

"You just want me to say it again."

"Can you say it again?"

"If I do say it again, will you do something about it?"

"Maybe."

"Well I can't risk saying it again and having you not do something about it."

"Neither can you risk saying it again and having me actually do something about it."

"That sounds familiar."

"I learn from the best. So?"

"I think you can be the guy who shows me forever."

"Then let me be that guy for you. Let me show you forever."

*THE END*