Title: Burn Baby Burn

Summary: Catherine has been burned by love before. But when she experiences true compassion can she find the courage to love again before it's too late?

Rating: T (may change in later chapters)

Disclaimer: I do not own CSI, its characters or any of its affiliates. I can only dream about Cath and Sara hooking up unfortunately.

A/N: This is a Catherine/Sara story I'm very excited to write. No oneshot this time, multi-chapter :D

Prologue

"Women can fake orgasms but men can fake entire relationships."- Sharon Stone

I have been burned by love and once that happens to you you're not so sure you'll ever be able to feel that way about someone ever again. But then Sara blew up at me in the lab and that night we went out for drinks to talk, just the two of us.

I spent half the night biting my tongue so I wouldn't just say what was really on my mind. I don't know if I was hoping she'd open up because of the alcohol or what, but the next thing I knew we were stumbling through her apartment blindly searching for the bedroom. There was a scent of lavender and vanilla and I landed on something soft before passion consumed me.

Now with Eddie, I used to have to fake it while he was panting and snorting like a dog thirsty for water. That night was the most sexually invigorating experience I've ever had. Sara Sidle gave me three of the most powerful orgasms I've ever had one on top of the other.

I didn't even know you could do that.

She made me feel important, she made me feel loved. And somewhere along the line, between our ragged breathing and that sexy grunt of hers I heard an 'I love you'.

How can I not say the same to someone who makes me feel so loved, so needed? It's a fear I've kept with me throughout the years and tried to avoid like the plague. I love Sara but I'm not ready to say it.

And now I may never have the chance.

TBC