A/N: Ugh! I can't believe Conviction is gone! I'm so mad! Well, at least finally got a category for it! Read & Review! Because you know you want to! Oh yeah, and when you get to the shrink part, the names in parenthesies are the person who will answer the question because it's all flipped around to get all the characters emotions quicker! Yay! Anyways...
Brian and Christina released from their hug and finally realized Billy, Alex and Jim were watching them.
"What'd we miss," Jim asked jokingly.
"Oh yeah, I've never hugged Christina before," Brian said sarcastically. Billy stepped closer to them.
"No, you've never hugged her like that. That was like more like a… relationship type hug," Billy said.
"I'm guessing we missed a lot," Alex added.
"Yeah, you did," Jessica replied. "Everyone was confessing things to each other, not knowing if we'd make it through."
"So, what did you confess, Jess," Jim asked. She thought for a second then shook her head.
"I can't even remember. With everything going on in there, I barely remember anything I even said."
"Maybe I can help jog your memory," he said kissing her lips.
"Only if you play your cards right," she joked.
Nick watched Jessica and Jim. He was jealous of their relationship, jealous of Jim. He wanted Jessica. He should have Jessica. But, Jim. Jim's his boss. He's not about to go steal his boss's girlfriend and get fired. True, he wanted a girlfriend. He wanted someone to care about, to come home to, to love.
"What about Dr. Lukus," Brian asked between kisses. He and Christina had snuck off to a dark corner in the bar.
"What about him," she said pulling away a little.
"What happened to two months and counting?"
"I think I like this better," she said leaning back into him.
One hour later…
Everyone slowly began to leave, starting with Alex, then Jim and Jessica, follow by Nick and then Brian and Christina (Billy was still there). Brian and Christina walked out of the bar holding hands and began walking down the streets of New York City.
"Did you really mean what you said, Brian," Christina asked curiously.
"What you said in the courtroom about loving me?"
"You didn't believe me," he smiled over at her.
"Well, I've always kinda felt like you had a little thing for me but not love. I never expected it from you."
"What do you mean, from me?"
"You're the ladies man, Brian. I'm the quiet one in the office. It's an unlikely pair."
"I'm hardly the ladies man and so what if it's unlikely. I do love you and I would do anything to get the same love from you," he said stopping to look at her.
"You already have it." They continued walking in silence for a couple minutes until Brian spoke up.
"Have you talked to your mom, Chris?"
"No, but I'll call her tomorrow."
"Call her now. She needs to know you're alright," he said as they stopped in front of Christina's building.
"Only if you come up with me," she said smiling. He smiled back and they walked in. They took the elevator up then went into her apartment.
"Call her," he demanded.
"Fine, but I'm just doing this for you." She flipped open her cell phone and dialed her mom's number.
"Oh my God, Christina! I saw the news! Are you okay," her mom answered.
"Yeah, Mom, I'm okay."
"I didn't expect you to call. What made you?"
"A friend," she answered as she sat down on her couch next to Brian.
"Is this friend someone I should know about?"
"Mom, that's not why I called," she paused then continued. "I just wanted to say sorry for the fight we had this morning."
"Hey, don't worry about it, Chris. But I gotta go now so I'll talk to you later, honey. Love you."
"Love you too, Mom. Bye." She hung up and looked over at Brian. "Can I ask you a question, Brian?"
"Why didn't you tell me you 'loved' me earlier?" He sighed.
"You seemed so happy with Dr. Lukus. I didn't wanna mess that up. Then at the courthouse, I didn't know what would happen so I just wanted you to know."
"How long have you?"
"Uh, since you walked in your first day."
"Wow, two years. I feel so wanted," she joked.
"Well, you should," he smiled back as he kissed her, this time more passionately.
The next day…
Brian was awakened by the light flooding through windows. He was in unfamiliar surroundings until he remembered what happened last night. It all came back to him. It was amazing. He kissed the top of Christina's head gently which awoke her.
"Hey," he said softly.
"Hey," she said back as she rolled over to face him. "What time is it?"
"6:45," he answered yawning.
"I don't want to go to work today," she sighed.
"You'd think they'd give us one day off after yesterday."
"How much you wanna bet Alex is gonna make us talk to a shrink."
"I don't doubt it."
At the office…
Brian and Christina were the last to come in that. They walked though the office to the room that they shared for an 'office'. As soon as they sat down Billy walked into the doorway.
"I see you guys are already walking in together," he noted. Christina rolled her eyes.
"What do you want, Desmond," Brian questioned with a smile.
"Cabot wants us in her office," he said before walking away. They stood up and walked to the office together. Everyone else was already there.
"Nice for you two to show up," she said sarcastically as they walked in.
"So what's this about, Alex," Jim asked, wanting to get back to work.
"Let's face it, last night was one of the hardest times for this bureau, especially for you four," she said to Nick, Jessica, Christina and Brian. "And since I need you guys to be perfectly fine to get convictions, you four, Jim and Billy will be required to sit down with a physiatrist." All of their expressions change. None of them wanted to have to do that.
"You can't make me do that," Jim argued.
"Steele, I'm your boss, okay?I can make you."
"Who's first," Jessica asked curiously.
"The order is," she started as she pulled out a piece of paper, "Brian, Christina, Jessica, Nick, Jim and Billy. So Brian, he'll be here in ten minutes." They all left the office and went to their own offices.
"I told you we would have to do this," Brian complained as he fell down into his chair.
"Talking to shrinks isn't that bad."
"Well, I'm not a big fan of them, never was." Ten minutes went to quick for Brian and a short, Chinese man walked into the office. Billy approached him.
"Can I help you," he asked.
"Dr. George Huang. I'm here to talk to some ADA's."
"Okay. Come with me and I'll send your first guy in." He took him to a conference room and went to get Brian. "Peluso, shrink's here. Conference room. Good luck." He glanced at Christina then stood up and walked out. He looked through the window before opening the door.
"Take a seat," Huang said when he walked in. "I'm Dr. George Huang. You must be Brian Peluso."
"Okay, so let's get started. How did you feel the morning you came to work yesterday?" Brian shrugged.
"I felt fine. It was just another day." Huang nodded and jotted down some notes.
"When you got to work and you learned of the case, then how did you feel?"
"The case was kinda hard. I mean, she was a good girl who just came to the wrong city."
"Okay, let's jump ahead to inside the courtroom. Do you remember how it started?" (Christina)
"Brian was arraigning him and the next thing I knew Wade was holding a gun and people were screaming."
"What did you do?" (Jessica)
"Christina and I knelt behind the seats. We really didn't know what was going on. It all happened so fast."
"What was running through your mind?" (Brian)
"I was thinking about Christina."
"Because I didn't want anything to happen to her. I love her."
"Does she know you love her?"
"Yeah, I told her that I wanted her to know that because what if things didn't go so well? She wouldn't know."
"How did you respond?" (Christina)
"At first I thought I heard him wrong."
"And then I was shocked."
"Where were you during all yesterday's events?" (Jim)
"Outside the courthouse so I don't see why I have to be here."
"What about ADA Rossi? She was in the courtroom, right?"
"Yeah, but what does she have to do with this?"
"You two are in a relationship presently. What was your first reaction when you heard she was in there?" Jim softened up a bit.
"What the hell to you think I reacted? I was scared out of my brain. I don't know what I would do without her."
Jim walked out of the conference room and into his office. Jessica was waiting for him there.
"How'd it go," she asked as he shut the door.
"I talked… a little too much."
"Is that necessarily a bad thing?"
"Yeah, for me. Everyone time I sit with a shink, my job always gets put at risk."
"Your job is not at risk."
With Brian and Christina…
"I told you we would have to talk," he said as Christina walked in. "How'd it go?" She hesitated.
"I… broke down." He stood up and sat in front of her on her desk.
"You okay?" She nodded slowly and he took both her hands in his.
"Yeah, I'm fine," she said wiping her eyes quickly.
"Look, yesterday was hard for everyone. Don't just say you're okay for my benefit."
"Really, Brian, I'm fine."
A/N: Okay, so please review because… I love reviews because they're… fun and… I just like them…