Ryan looked up to see Calleigh standing just inside the curtain of his "room" in the ER. After being rescued from Cold K and his men, Horatio had insisted that he go to the hospital and get his scratches and bruises looked at before going home. Now he was just waiting for the go-ahead from the doctor on duty.

"Hey yourself," he said with a smile. "I think you should be sitting here instead of me. After all, you're the one that got shot."

"It's only a flesh wound," she joked, stepping closer. "I'm glad you're alright," she said quietly.

He ducked his head, trying to hide the blush he could feel creeping up his neck and face.

"Horatio said that you checked yourself out of the hospital. After the convoy had been hit," he told her, refusing to meet her gaze.

He could see her nod out of the corner of his eye.

"I couldn't just sit around and do nothing. I was worried…about you. I needed to know that you were going to be okay. I needed to do whatever I could to get you back."

Ryan swallowed hard, looking up then, trying to read her expression. His eyes widened slightly when he realized how close she was. His mind raced for something to say, but everything he came up with sounded incredibly lame in his head.

"Calleigh –"

He was cut off by the pressure of her lips against his. Closing his eyes, he pulled her closer, nudging her lips apart and sliding his tongue into her mouth. Groaning slightly, Calleigh moved even closer, her right arm wrapping around his neck while the other snaked around his waist. Their kisses grew deeper and longer, until they finally had to pull back to catch their breath.

"Wow," Ryan breathed.

Calleigh smiled. "Come on. Jack and Chloe are leaving soon. We need to go say goodbye."

"We do?" he asked, a hint of disappointment in his tone.

"Yes," she said firmly. "You need to thank Chloe."

"For what?"

"For convincing me that I should take a chance."

Ryan smiled, rubbing his thumb along her waistline.

"I'd like to take you out to dinner tonight.

Calleigh frowned in thought.

"Mmm…I don't think so." When Ryan's face fell, she hurried to reassure him. "I think we should stay in. Order some pizza. Have a couple beers."

Her words brought his smile back as he stood up and leaned in to whisper in her ear.

"I like that idea."

"I thought you might," she smirked.


Horatio shook Jack's hand outside the hospital.

"Thanks for all your help, Agent Bauer."

Jack laughed. "Please, call me Jack. And it was no problem. You would have been hard pressed to get rid of us after what those guys did to us."

"Getting kidnapped wasn't an enjoyable experience for you?" Ryan asked as he and Calleigh joined the group.

"Was it for you?" Chloe retorted. Then she frowned, looking uncomfortable. "Sorry. That came out ruder than I meant it to."

Calleigh laughed and stepped up to the other woman, embracing her tightly.

"That's okay. He needs someone to put him back in his place once in awhile."

"Isn't that your job?" Chloe asked quietly as they hugged.

"It is now," Calleigh answered with smirk as she pulled back.

"It's about time."

"And what about you?"

"I've got the wait at the airport and the whole plane ride to chicken out."


The computer analyst sighed. "I know, I know. I'll try."

"Good. You'll keep in touch right?"

She nodded. "Yeah. I know you wouldn't think so, but I'm actually really good at the keeping in touch thing."

"Glad to hear it."

"You've got quite a woman there, Jack," Horatio noted as they watched the two women say their goodbyes.

"If only she were mine."

"She is, Jack. I get the feeling she has been for a long time."

"I don't know."

"Stop being such a wuss and ask her out, Bauer," Eric interjected.

"Mind your business, Delco," Jack shot back, the smile on his face softening his words. He turned back to Horatio. "If you're ever in L.A., feel free to look us up."

"Thank you. And I hope you know the same goes for you, should you ever find yourselves back in Miami again."

"Hopefully under better circumstances."

"Good luck, Jack."

"Same to you, Horatio."

He and Chloe finished their goodbyes, turning to walk towards the cab Horatio had called for them.

"Hey Jack!"

The agent turned to see Eric jogging towards them.

"Look, I just wanted to apologize for earlier…when I tried to stop you from talking to Gutara. I didn't get it then. I don't think I did until I came up behind Cold and he had a gun to my best friend's head. Turns out I have a little bit more of you in me than I thought."

"When someone you care about is in danger, it tends to change your perspective a little," Jack agreed.

"So no hard feelings?"


The two men shook hands again and then Eric returned to his colleagues. Jack turned to Chloe.

"Are you done with your male bonding moment?" she asked.

He laughed. "Yeah. You ready to get out of here?"

She nodded. "Let's go."


"Well that was quite the adventure," Jack murmured as he and Chloe sat in the airport. Their plane wasn't boarding for another hour, and they had no luggage to check, so they had some time to kill.

"See why I don't go out into the field?" she asked. "Something always goes wrong and I end up in more danger by the end of it."

"It wasn't that bad though. Looks like you made a new friend."

Chloe nodded.

"I like Calleigh. I don't really know why, since I don't like people as a general rule. But we got along. We had some things in common."


Chloe looked down, thinking. She knew that she could either get this over with now, or feel sick for the entire flight home. She opted for the former.

"We're both in love with people we work with. And afraid to admit it."

Jack watched her carefully, trying not show the hope that flared in his chest at her words.

"I know she and Ryan like each other. That was pretty obvious. But what about you? Who do you love?"

She looked up, forcing herself to meet his gaze.


The smile was on his face before he even registered her words. They echoed in his head, bouncing around as he chased after them, trying to pin them so that he could be sure of what she had really said.

"Say it again."

Chloe rolled her eyes.

"I love you, Jack. Duh."

"Did you just 'duh' me?"

"Well, you're pretty stupid if you haven't figured out how I feel about you by now."

"The same could be said about you," he retorted.

"What do you mean?"

"I mean that I love you too. I thought you could see it, Chloe. I thought it was painfully obvious."

"Apparently it was. To everyone else."


"That's what Calleigh told me. She said that everyone else could see it in the way you looked at me, the way you stood whenever you were around me. But I couldn't."

Jack smiled, moving closer to her.

"Well, then I guess I'll just have to try and be more obvious about it."

"I think that's a good idea," Chloe said, her voice shaking a little as his face moved closer to hers. "I can be a slow learner sometimes."

"Practice makes perfect," he whispered as he captured her lips with his.