Next 100 years

My story will pick up right after "Take it Like a Man" from Season 10, however, information from later episodes will be relevant. You should note that the Admiral will not be stepping down, at least not at the moment, and Clay is not really dead (as much as we all despise him he is useful).

... "Court is adjourned. Sentencing will be held tomorrow at 01000". Mac hurridly packs all of her papers and notes into her briefcase and tries to make a break for the door, so that she doesn't have to look Harm in the eyes again. I can't bare to see the hurt in his eyes and know that I'm the cause of it. Why is it that we always seem to be too brutally honest with one another. Yeah, we're honest alright and that is why we are still holding back. As Mac gets up out of her chair she winces in pain, ever since that night with Sadik she's been having shooting pain down her back. Back spasms from all the tension. I just need to relax, I need a vacation. Maybe I'll talk to the Admiral about getting some leave time. Just as Mac stuggles to get out of her seat Harm glances over at his partner to see the utter agony she's in, and immediately thinks to rush over to her side and make sure she's alright, but then thinks against feeling as though she'd get mad at him and that was the last thing he needed right now, an angry Marine whose already emotionally fragile. Instead he looks away and finishes loading his briefcase pretending as though he had seen nothing, and follows her out of the courtroom and into the JAG bullpen. By the time court adjourned it was already 1635 and almost quiting time. Both Harm and Mac would be working another of many late nights to prepare their arguments for the sentencing hearing tomorrow morning. They both quietly walk across the bullpen and enter their offices, set down their briefcases, closed the door and turned on the radio just enough to prevent the uneasy and eerie silence that would soon fill the building.

The sun was being to set JAG headquarters and quickly turning into darkness, except two bright lights that shown through where two people quietly sat, knowing that no work would get done tonight, there was too much left unsaid and neither was brave enough to approach the other. So the continued to sit in silence with just the radio waves going on until a familiar song came on, one that they both knew and secretly loved because it said everything that they felt. Harm and Mac both reached over and turned up the volume on their stereos and sat back and reflected on all the missed opportunities—

"Time ain't nothing but time

It's a verse with no rhyme

Man, it all comes down to you

(Harm) Man if that isn't the truth, I've been in love with one Sarah Mackenzie for nine years now, and time just keeps going by

Change ain't nothing but change

Just the faces and the names

But you know you're going to make it through

I'll Believe

When you don't believe in anything

I'm gonna hold you 'til your hurt is gone

Be the shoulder that you're leaning on

(Mac) I wish he were here with me for to lean on because I'm in pain and he is the only one that can take away some of the pain. Clay has never been there like that for me. Harm has always been there standing by me even if I didn't want him to be there

I'll be standing here for the next 100 years

If it all should end tonight

I'll know it was worth the fight

And we'll be standing here

For the next 100 years

(Both) If only she/he knew that I would be there for the next 100 years because I'm in love and have been since that first day we met

When I think that I'm losing my mind

It all comes back to you

And you, you know that it's true

After all we've been through

There's nothing that I wouldn't do

Stand by me

And I would gladly give up everything

I'm gonna hold you 'til your hurt is gone

Be the shoulder that you're leaning on

I'll be standing here for the next 100 years

If it all should end tonight

I'll know it was worth the fight

And we'll be standing here

For the next 100 years

Mac gets up out of her chair and heads to the breakroom for some much needed coffee. Geez, that song hits close to home. I need to get some coffee and shake it off, after all there isn't anything I can do about it now, especially after what I said in Paragua. God why did I have to say 'Never'. Stupid, Stupid, Stupid....Not looking where she was going she bumped right into one Lt. Commander Harmon Rabb Jr. who was also on his way to the breakroom to find relief from the inner turmoil stirred up by that song. Luckily or unluckily, Harm caught Mac in his arms and they shared a moment together. They just stood there together with arms around each other starring with the same look in their eyes as they had that night on the admiral's porch. It wasn't full of unheated passion or desire, but just a comfort of being near each other. The quickly came to their senses and jumped apart and apologized, and started to go back to their offices until they remembered why it was that they had left their offices in the first place. Mac headed back towards the breakroom and a minute later Harm followed.

"Mac, are you alright?"-Harm

"Yeah, I'm sorry I ran into you I was thinking about the sentencing tomorrow, I was just distracted I guess" said Mac adverting her eyes hoping he wouldn't question her answer any further.

"That's not what I was referring to.... I saw you after court adjourned Mac, I saw you in sheer pain trying to get out of your chair. What's going on? Let me in, let me try and help"

"Let you in, Let you in! Why is it that you get to decide when you want to be part of my life and when you don't! Who has given you the right to hurt me like that! Come in to my life and care about what is going on with me one day and then the next you retreat and hide behind the uniform shouting REGS! REGS! Let me tell you Commander Rabb you can't just treat people like that, you can't treat me like that! And to think I thought I was in love with you whatever was I thinking!" Mac shouted as she ran back to her office to get her keys and drive home. It was late and she knew she wouldn't get any work done with Harm just a few doors over. She hadn't meant to react like that, but ever since Sadik she's been a wreck, yeah the shrink helped but there is more going on besides that.

Harm just stood there is the breakroom holding his empty GO NAVY! Coffee mug with his mouth open. Did she really say that she loved me? I mean I guess I always thought she might, but was always to afraid to ask her. I should run after her and tell her I love her But he was unable to move from that spot, by the time he made it out of the breakroom Mac was already long gone. Harm went back to his office grabbed his briefcase and cover and headed home to come up with a plan to get in Mac's good grace's again and finally "Take the road not taken".