Title: Ticking Clock (1/7) Author: Daphne (srtaborradora84@yahoo.com) Spoiler: Anything up to and including "Standards of Conduct" Disclaimer: Don't own them Category: H/M Romance Rating: PG-13 Summary: Picks up where "Standards of Conduct" left off. What happens when Harm decides he wants to move up the 5-year deal? Author Note: Okay, so this is my very first attempt ever at writing fanfiction. Feedback is welcome but please by gentle. ((Gentle by good, lol))

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Mac's Apartment 2100 Hours

I toss away the empty Chinese containers. Everything makes sense now. All the weird looks Harm has been giving me.all those odd comments.he was thinking about that deal. I think back to that day.the day little AJ was born, going on four years ago. Of course I've been thinking about it, I'm just surprised he has too. I would've though he'd have "forgotten" that little deal by now. Hey, who am I kidding? It wasn't a little deal at all.it was a deal that if followed through with would completely alter our lives. But, it's still over a year away. I'm sure by then Harm will be involved with someone. So why am I even thinking about it? I know the reason, I've never wanted anything more than to be with Harm and have his child.our child. I start picturing our little family. A small house close to work, but not too close. A golden retriever running around our fenced in back yard. A swing set for the kids to play on when they get older. Harm sitting in the nursery holding our newborn daughter as little Harm III watches. I shake the thoughts from my head. Get a grip, Mackenzie.its never going to happen, just get used to it.

I sigh. I'm going to take a nice long bath. I lay out my nightgown. I recall another time.another country that I wore this particular nightgown.of course I took it on purpose. The look on his face when he saw me in it in that hotel in Russian was something that I've never been able to forget. I wanted him to notice that I wasn't just his partner.I wasn't just a jarhead.I was a woman.and he did seem to notice. I smile and head into the bathroom. I get the desired water temperature and add some bath salts and bubbles. I turn on some soft relaxing music and dim the lights. I discard my uniform and slip into the tub.

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Outside Mac's Apartment Same time

I'm funny.that's what she said.she said I was funny. These past few days have been.well.interesting. Every since she made that "mistake" by saying AJ was turning five as opposed to 4.I couldn't look at Mac without picturing her pregnant. Pregnant with my child. And part of me found that.amazing. I started thinking about what it would be like to have a child with her. The conclusion that I came to.sure bliss. A part of me hoped that she did want to move up the time table. I'm ready for this.with her at least. Now I'm standing outside her door.trying to figure out how to tell her that I want this for us.and I don't want to wait until AJ turns five. Hell, I don't even want to wait until he turns four. I knock on her door.

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Damn.of course. They minute that I get into the tub. I groan and get out. This better be important. I grab a towel and wrap it around my body, tucking it in as I walk to the front door. I look through the peek hole. What is Harm doing here? I open the door. "Harm?" I try to contain my grin as his eyes travel over my body, his mouth slightly open. He tries to speak, but the words don't seem to come out. "Flyboy, this better be good.you interrupted my bath." I can't help but tease him.

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I'm ready to tell her everything when she opens the door. But when I see her in that towel.all the thoughts and the prewritten speech..they get lost. My eyes travel over her. I remember last time that I "saw" her like this. Only that was just a vision.*this* is so much.she speaks but I can't even make out her words. I meet her eyes, ready to get my six chewed out. But they're twinkling. She finds this humorous.

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The look on his face is priceless. I notice that his mouth may not be functioning, but other parts of his body sure are. "Harm?" I repeat. I desperately try to keep the laughter out of my voice. "Do you want to come in? Harm?" Still no response. I take his hands and gently pull him inside and shut the door. "Can I get you something to eat or drink?"

~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~ "I.I.I want to have a baby with you, Mac." The words tumble frantically out of my mouth.

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I stare up at him unable to respond. Did he just say what I think he just said?

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"Mac..Sarah..I was us to have a child together.and I don't want to wait any longer for us to have it." I watch her.she's now the speechless one. I brush a strand of hair out of her face and smile when it falls right back down. "Say something.please."

~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~ "Harm.I.what brought this on? I mean why is there a sudden need for a child? Don't you think we should at least.well try being more to each other before we have a child?"

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I smile. "I thought you'd say that." I get down on one knee and pull a small black velvet box out of my pocket. "My grandfather gave this ring to my grandmother.when I first told her about you.she told me that she'd keep it until I was ready to give it to my Sarah. I'm ready for that now.I love you, Sarah.and I would be honored if.Sarah Mackenzie.will you marry me?" I hold my breath as I wait for her reply