Fix chapter 1

"I uh, smile stupid." Sara picked nonexistent lint on the edge of the couch.

"Good. What else?"

"I talk too much."


Sara smiled. "Yeah. I don't know why. But I say stuff and then I wish I hadn't, before it's all the way out of my mouth and instead of shutting up I keep talking faster and faster."

"You know why."

The smile faded. "Because I want him to know me."

"What does he do?"

More picking at the poor fabric, "Do?"

"When you talk too much, too fast."

"Sometimes he ignores it. Sometimes he gets annoyed." Sara's face darkened to a near frown with the word annoyed.




"He ignores it when it's just us, or if it's a casual conversation. He gets annoyed when other people are around, or if we're busy."

"So it doesn't depend on what you say, but the circumstances in which you say it?" The heavy woman leaned back in her chair, touching her fingers together. "What do you think that means?"

"He's not listening."

"Why not?"

"Because I'm being stupid." Sara's knees met her chin, her sandals balancing on the edge of the couch where her fingers had plucked.

"Are you stupid Sara?"

"I don't know." her voice faltering.

"Is Grissom the kind of man who would hire a stupid person for a job so important?"

"I guess not." She wiped at her eyes.

"You guess?"

"No. He isn't." Now she met the other woman's eyes.

"Your strength comes from his decision not yours."

"At least I have some."

"It has to come from you or it won't last."

A buzzer rings.

"Times up for today. How're you feeling?"

"I'm okay." Sara unfolded herself and stood.

"Take some time and get a water from the fridge if you need to."

"Thanks, I'll be fine. Have a good weekend Dr. Case."

"You too Sara. Call me if you need to."

"Thanks. I will."

They both knew it was a lie.