By SassySaraSidle

"I can't believe you forced me to do this." Grissom couldn't hide the agitation in his voice.

"Gil, get over it. You are having fun admit it." Catherine said while trying to get her right hand on the green square without knocking herself, Grissom, Sara, and Mia off the Twister mat.

"Oh no. I can't hold this position anymore. I am falling." Mia said with a giggle as they toppled over. Everyone laughed even Grissom.

"See I told you, you were having fun." Catherine said while Grissom's body was still holding her and Sara down.

"That must be the strangest thing I experienced in my life." Nick stated to Warrick who was flipping burgers. They had been watching the game of Twister. The were barbecuing at Warrick's to celebrate Nick's arrival back to Vegas. He had went home to recuperate after his ordeal. They were all glad to have him back.

"I'd rather be caught dead than playing Twister." Warrick stated as he was careful not to burn Sara's tofu burger. How does she eat that stuff he wondered.

They had picked themselves up from the mat and decided that one game was enough.

Greg walked in carrying a puppy and eating a Snickers bar. His spiky hair was being held in place by red hair gel. "Nice date, Sanders." Mia said as she poked Sara and pointed to Greg and the pup.

"Be quiet, Mia. I got this puppy from a friend of mine. I can't keep it. My roommate is allergic. Anybody want a puppy?" Greg asked hoping that someone from work would take the Golden Retriever pup. He didn't want to give her to a stranger.

"I'll take it." Grissom said before anyone else could speak. Everyone turned to stare at him.

"Great! All her stuff is in my backseat. We'll get it out before you leave." Greg said. He didn't hand the pup to Grissom though. Instead, he walked to the grass and let her down so he could play with her.

"What's her name, Greg?" Grissom asked crouching down to pet his new puppy.

"Rosalind. I named her after Rosalind Elsie Franklin. She shared her research with Watson and Crick, the fathers of DNA. Her work aided them in their discovery. She never got any credit though. She was responsible for me having a job in the first place so it was fitting. You can change it though. I haven't sent the paper yet." Greg was rubbing her tummy.

"No. Rosalind fits her. You can come see her whenever, Greg. Ok?" Grissom said before walking away and letting Greg tell his dog goodbye in private.

Lindsey hobbled over on her crutches were Catherine was no standing. "Mom, can I go swimming please? My ankle doesn't hurt to bad. I brought that extra wrap in case this one gets wet. Please?"

"I guess, sweetheart. Go ahead. That twisted ankle all ready kept you from going to Cassie's skating party. Go swimming." She hugged her mom real tight and took off toward the little cabana out by Warrick's pool to change. Lindsey emerged from the cabana a few minutes later and went straight to Warrick's diving board.

"Would you please look at that?" Catherine said exasperated. "Brass, could you put her in lock up for disobeying her mother?" Brass just shrugged and walked off.

"Hey, Sara." Grissom called from Sara's right.

Sara turned toward his voice to be assaulted with a water balloon. The water was ice cold. She shrieked and picked up one of her own and the chase was on. She chased him around the garden to the right of the house and back toward the middle of the yard. He ran toward the pool and she followed. Grissom rounded on end of the pool and slipped on a patch of wet concrete. He tried to regain his balance but ended up in the pool still fully clothed.

Sara couldn't do anything but laugh. She was at the edge of the pool giving him her hands to help pull him out when Lindsey stated matter-of-factly, "That's why you aren't supposed to run around a pool. You could've gotten hurt, Uncle Gil."

Everyone busted out laughing at this and Grissom took Sara's hands. He made like he was going to let her help him out but pulled her in with him. She was drenched, but she had sense enough to have only her bathing suit on. She was wearing a two piece. It wasn't very revealing but it kept Grissom's attention. Sara had caught him looking her over a few times already. Especially when they were playing twister. She thought maybe she could get him to go one on one in a game of twister with her later.

"How dare you?" She stammered.

"That's what you get for laughing at me." He told her as he pulled her up and to him.

Warrick had announced that the burgers were done. Everyone in the pool got out and toweled off and headed to the tables to eat.

Everyone had eaten their fill when Warrick announced, "Karaoke time!"

Everyone groaned.

"Everyone has to participate either solo or duet. I have a wide variety of songs I borrowed from the club. So please come pick your song and then we'll draw numbers to see who goes in what order." Warrick had it all planned out.

They gathered around the music and began picking out songs and debating on whether they wanted a solo or a duet and who to sing it with. Catherine and Brass decided to team up as did Greg and Mia. Lindsey decided to go solo. So did Warrick and Nick. They were all looking at Sara and Grissom. Sara spoke up then, "I got my song picked out so I guess I am going solo. So Griss, so are you unless someone wants to sing twice."

There were no takers. So Grissom was left to sing alone. He prayed he was last. He didn't even have a clue what he wanted to sing. He wasn't even sure if he could sing to save his soul. He hoped they didn't mind. He thought he wasn't going to have a good time, but he surprised himself with the fact that he was.

"Okay let's draw numbers." Warrick said handing around a hat with numbers in it. Catherine drew for her and Brass. Mia for her and Greg and so forth. They all had their numbers and here was the line up. Lindsey got number one. Warrick was going next. Mia and Greg third. Brass and Catherine forth. Nick fifth. Grissom sixth and left the seventh place for Sara.

"Good. We saved the best for last." Nick stated. He had heard her singing around the lab and knew she had a pretty good voice. Only she didn't agree.

Lindsey started out with a Judy Garland classic, Somewhere Over the Rainbow. Everyone clapped and cheered when she finished. She blushed.

Warrick sang a Bryan Adams classic, Lets Make a Night to Remember. No one noticed that he was singing to Catherine. Well, they did but didn't let on.

Greg and Mia sang Kenny Rogers and Dolly Pardon's Islands in the Stream. They were both closet country fans, but singing that particular song brought out their secret.

Catherine and Brass made a mockery of an old Sinatra tune. They did so bad that no one knew what they were singing to begin with. It served for a good laugh. Secretly Grissom was glad he wasn't going to be the only bad singer.

Nick sang Willie Nelson's Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain. He did better than Brass and Catherine. They told him to not quit his day job because he would starve. He laughed at them for not treating him differently than before his whole being buried alive thing.

"Okay, Grissom, your turn." Nick said handing him the microphone. He sang La Vie en Rose. He did a good job. Better than everyone expected. They all stared at him in shock. Grissom was a man of many talents.

Finally, Sara clapped and everyone else joined in. Grissom was blushing under his beard, but no one could tell. He handed the microphone quickly to Sara and bowed to her, "Your turn, my lady." Sara smiled and curtsied to him. She had wrapped a towel around her nearly naked body. Grissom was glad she had put on a towel. He didn't like the idea of her being that unclothed in front of these men even if they were just her friends.

Sara had Warrick key up her music and let it sweep over her. She had picked a song from her favorite movie Up Close and Personal. It was Celine Dion's Because You Loved Me. It was everything she always wanted to say to Grissom. Maybe he would get it tonight. She hoped so.

She got nearer to the end of her song and looked directly at Grissom. It was like no one else was even there. She wanted to burn these words into him so he would know how he made her feel.

Through the lies you were the truth
My world is a better place because of you

You were my strength when I was weak
You were my voice when I couldn't speak
You were my eyes when I couldn't see
You saw the best there was in me
Lifted me up when I couldn't reach
You gave me faith 'coz you believed
I'm everything I am
Because you loved me

You were my strength when I was weak
You were my voice when I couldn't speak
You were my eyes when I couldn't see
You saw the best there was in me
Lifted me up when I couldn't reach
You gave me faith 'coz you believed
I'm everything I am
Because you loved me

I'm everything I am
Because you loved me

The song ended and she smiled at the applause and whispered "Thank you" to everyone. She couldn't tell how Grissom was feeling. He had not looked at her since the end of her song.

She didn't hear someone calling her name. Grissom was beside her. He had his hand on her arm. He turned her to face him.

"Why did it take you saying those words to a backyard full of people to get to understand how you really felt. Sara, I feel the same way." Grissom said while he lightly stroked her arm.

She felt the electricity from his touch. Made her feel like she was floating. "Play Twister with me one more time, Grissom. Please."

"Would that prove to you that I care about you?" He asked looking into her eyes.

"No, I just want you to play with me." She said seductively.

"Okay, Sara. I don't know what you are doing, but my answer is yes." He said as he leaned down to kiss her cheek.

The game had been going for about 10 minutes when everyone noticed that they were playing. They were a mass of tangled limbs but they didn't care. It was getting harder and harder to maneuver around each other and Sara had counted on that. She was going to make the first move.

She was thinking of ways to get his attention and didn't notice that he was looking at her lips and licking his. By the time she realized what he was about to do, he had already gone in for the kill.

His lips touched hers and it was wonderful. The game was abandoned and they were now laying on the twister mat kissing like a bunch of teenagers. When they remembered where they were, they stopped immediately and launched to their feet.

"Don't stop on our account. We have seen a show this good since Star Wars Episode III came out." Warrick told them.

"And Lindsey, if you look over there, you might be able to see Orion" Catherine was holding her daughters head in the direction of the pool so as not to see their little show.

"There are children present you know."

"I know Lindsey and Greg." Sara joked.

Greg looked hurt. "I'm kidding, Greggo."

Moments later, Sara and Grissom left Warrick's house after saying their goodbyes and picking up little Rosalind. They had informed Warrick that they would be picking up Sara's car tomorrow.

"So, Grissom, where you taking me?" Sara asked while holding the little bundle of fluff.

"Home with me." He asked unsure. "Is that ok?"

Sara looked at him dreamily, "Are we dreaming or did we drink to much?"