Part 9

Mac fell, her body collapsing behind the desk. She hissed in pain and looked down at her left thigh which was not bleeding profusely. Her body tensed when she heard his footsteps making their way towards her. Her heart began to beat along with the thuds that his shoes made on the hard cement floor. She took a few deep breaths, trying to calm herself as she slowly pulled the gun from the back of her pants and turned off the safety.

"You just had to stick your nose into this, didn't you? All you had to do is stay out of it. If you had, you wouldn't be in this situation now. And besides, what's so wrong with what I'm doing anyway? I'm going to live a good life. I'm pursuing my happiness. Isn't that my right to do?" He continued to walk slowly towards the desk. "But don't worry, Colonel. You'll die an honorable death."

Mac aimed her gun at him as he rounded the end of the desk. "Well, that's more than I can say for you." She held the gun steady on him. "Drop the gun, Mr. Waters."

"That's General Waters, Colonel. And even if you kill me, you'll never get out of here with those files. My men will have no trouble tracking down a crippled marine." He cocked the gun in his hand.

"You're unworthy of the title of General. You're a traitor to the country that you swore to protect. That's what's wrong with what you're doing. One of the Air Force's core values is service before self. But you're selling out our country to our enemies."

Waters rolled his eyes. "Blah blah blah.Are those your final words, Colonel? Don't you want to beg for your life?"

"Marines don't beg."

"Very well. Good bye, Colonel. You've been in the way long enough." He aimed the gun down at her and began to pull back on the trigger.

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OUTSIDE

Harm's heart stopped at the sound of gun fire resonating through the area. He began to move towards the building only to be grabbed by Webb. "Let go now." He growled and pulled his arm free.

"You won't do her any good if you rush in there and get yourself killed. We have to follow the plan, Rabb."

The agents split into three groups and moved to their stations. The first group began to search the area surrounding the building while Harm's group headed in the back side and Webb's went in the front. They moved quietly and quickly through the building, searching the rooms. They took out everyone that they came across.

With each room that they went through, Harm grew more frustrated. The two groups met outside the last room. Cornelius kicked the door open and the agents poured into the room. Harm rushed in, freezing when he saw two pairs of legs lying motionless behind the desk.

"Mac?" Harm's voice cracked, his mouth painfully dry all of the sudden. He slowly stepped towards the desk, his heart pounding.

Hands appeared on the edge of the desk followed by the rest of the body as Mac pulled herself up onto her feet, groaning softly in pain. She set the gun down on the desk. "Hey there."

Harm and Webb both released breaths that they'd been holding. "Are you okay?" Webb asked.

"I've been better. But I'm certainly better off than Waters here." She pulled the files out of her shirt and set them on the desk before beginning to move slowly towards them, her leg aching.

"Mac!" Harm moved to her quickly.

"Hey, look at it this way; I've got a matching set now." Mac smiled faintly.

Harm couldn't help but chuckle slightly. "And this one wasn't my fault."

"True. But I still don't plan of flying with you anytime soon." She smiled softly.

"Sarah, we need to get you to a hospital." Webb interrupted.

Mac nodded. "And then a big juicy steak? I'm starving."

Webb laughed. "Anything you want." He took her arm gently and led her out to the cars, opening her door for her.

Harm sighed and followed them. He headed over to one of the other cars. "At least she's safe." He whispered to himself.

"Clay, wait."

"Sarah, you have to get to a hospital." He protested.

"I will. But, right now there's something that I have to do more." Her eyes pleaded with him to understand.

Webb nodded slightly.

Mac moved past him and hobbled over to Harm.

"Mac, you need to get off your feet." Harm tried to cover his surprise. He went quickly to her, his arms going to her waist to steady her.

Mac smiled faintly and hugged him. "It's really good to see you, Flyboy." She whispered.

Harm closed his eyes and carefully pulled her closer. "I'm just so glad that you're okay."

Mac smiled more and relaxed in his arms. "I've missed you."

"I've missed you too, Ninja Girl." His arms tightened around her, resting his cheek against the top of her head. He took a deep breath. Even with everything that had happened, she still smelled and felt incredible.

Mac laughed softly.

"Mac? I got your message. Well-..I got all of them. But, if you still want to talk.."

Mac pulled back enough to look up into his eyes, her heart racing. "I do."

Harm swallowed hard. "I just-.I mean, when I found out you were in trouble I had to come find you. I was so scared. And it isn't about being the hero. It was-..I mean-..you-..I'm-."

Mac placed her finger on his lips. She smiled. "I love you too, Harm." When she saw his eyes widen, her smile faded and she stepped back quickly, whimpering in pain both physical and emotional. "I'm sorry. I thought that you-.I'm sorry. I was wrong."

Harm shook himself out of his shock and pulled her back to him, claiming her lips with his own. He kissed her gently at first, caressing her lips with his own. But the kiss quickly grew in intensity in a kiss that could only be described as soul-searching. It left them both breathless. "I.do..I..love you..Sarah." He panted softly, his forehead resting against hers.

Mac's eyes were brimming with happy tears, her smile returning once more. "You do?"

"Yes. I love you, Sarah. I'm sorry it took me so long to say." He smiled and lowered his lips to hers again.

Webb closed his eyes, sighing softly as he got in the car.

"So, that's why you and Rabb were at each other's throats huh?" Cornelius asked as he watched the scene unfold.

"Yeah. Although it was never really a competition. I never really stood a chance. Her heart always belonged to him. It just took them both awhile to accept and act on it."

"Well, they're sure accepting it now." Cornelius chuckled and shook his head as he watched the couple behind led to another car, Harm carrying her in his arms.

"Yeah. He just better make her happy. Because if he doesn't, he'll be the one with a broken nose."

THE END ((YAY! I finished in time for today's deadline, lol. I didn't think I would.))

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