Disclaimers: Not mine

Spoilers: Nope

Author's Note: Inspired by "After All" by Peter Cetera & Cher. Cuz as scary as Cher is, that song is soooo nice.




Grissom didn't have to look up to know who was standing in the doorway. "Hello Catherine." He responded with his eyes still glued to the case file on his desk.

"I thought you were on a date?"

"I could say the same about you." When Catherine had sat down across from him but had said nothing, he looked up at her. "So?"

"So what?"

"What happened?"

"How come you get to ask but I can't?"

"I never said you couldn't."

"Ok, so how was your date with her?"

"You answer my question first."

"That's not fair."

"Life isn't fair, Cath."

Rolling her eyes, Catherine sighed, "It just didn't feel right."

"Was he boring?"

His quick question prompted a chuckle from Catherine. "Why did you immediately jump to that conclusion?"

"I didn't conclude that he was boring. I simply asked you if he was."

"No, he wasn't boring."

"Then why did your date end so early?"

"Because he wasn't what I expected."

"What did you expect?"

"I'm not sure." She shook her head and shrugged, "He just wasn't it."

There was a long pause before Grissom said sincerely, "That's too bad."

"Not really. Ok, now your turn."

"What do you wanna know?"

"Why did your date end so early?"

"She wasn't what I expected." Grissom couldn't help but smirk at his own smart-aleck remark.


Grissom nodded, leaning back in his chair. "Yes."

"Then what were you expecting?"

"I'm not sure."

"Are you just repeating my lines?"

"No, I'm serious."

This made Catherine sigh. She leaned back in her own chair. "That's too bad."

Another long pause elapsed before Grissom chuckled softly, "This is amusing."

"What is?"

"This. You and me. We both went on dates tonight but they both ended early and we both came back to the lab." He shrugged, "After all that's said and done, we always end up here. Alone."

"We're not alone, Grissom." Catherine smiled, "We've got each other."

"That's comforting."

"Do I detect a hint of disappointment?"

"That I'm stuck here? Again? With you?" Grissom scowled, then slowly a grin appeared to replace his frown, "Never."