Story just in time for Christmas!!! MERRY CHRISTMAS Y'ALL AND HAPPY HOLIDAYS TOO!!! ENJOY!!! (This is the same thing as my "All I Want For Christmas" story, just a different name!!
Calleigh's heels clicked along the halls of the lab as she held a ballistics report in her hand. She sighed, knowing that this was the last case that the day shift had to do before going home for the Christmas days. This year was day shift's year to be off, while swing and graveyard shift covered for them. Next year would be swing shift's year, and the year after that would be graveyard shift's year to be off. To be honest, Calleigh wasn't really looking forward to the holidays, as she would be spending it alone. Her father had flown back to Louisiana for Christmas, but Calleigh only had a few days off, she wouldn't have time to fly back.
Suddenly, she was stopped in her tracks by Ryan Wolfe, who threw her an apologetic grin. He smirked slightly and pointed upwards. Calleigh sighed, but looked up. There hung a bouquet of mistletoe. She rolled her eyes and when Ryan leaned forward, she held up the report. As his lips touched the report, Calleigh retorted,
"You had better hope that I don't tell Natalia on you,"
"Tell me on what?" Natalia said, walking up.
"Ooo, busted," Calleigh teased, poking Ryan in the side. Calleigh promptly grabbed Natalia and switched places with her. "There. Now, I have to go deliver a report." She added, and turned to see Eric Delko blocking her way.
"Nice earring, Cal," He said, flicking her little red and green bell earrings, so that they chimed softly. He pointed upwards and Calleigh thought, oh my gosh, don't these men have enough to do instead of trying to trap me under the mistletoe? She blew out a breath and smacked Eric across the face with the folder.
"You better watch it, Eric, or I'll tell Bella on you."
"You wouldn't dare," He said, mockingly grabbing his heart.
"You bet your life I would. She's your girlfriend; I don't think she would like you trying to kiss other women."
"Yes Calleigh." Eric said, sighing dramatically. Calleigh rolled her eyes and went on her way, finally able to get to Horatio's office. She knocked on the open door, but there was no need. Horatio had heard her coming, her heels clicking on the floor, her earrings that she had worn for the past few weeks chiming, and her perfume wafted in before she even knocked. No, there was never any need for her to knock, but she didn't know that.
"Yes ma'am?" He asked, looking up at her. She smiled brightly at him and handed him the report.
"This report is special, it was kissed by Ryan and it bopped Eric in the head." She announced, smiling. He chuckled as he looked at it and then looked at her for the story. She told him, and they both shared a smile.
"So, you flying out to Louisiana this year, Calleigh?" He asked, and her face fell. He immediately regretted asking.
"No, can't. They're only giving us three days off, and that's just not enough time to fly out there and come back. I'd only be there for less than a day." She said, remorse filling her voice.
"I'll give you a few extra days off, if you want…" Horatio offered, and she shook her head.
"It's okay. What about you? Going to stay with Yelina and Ray Jr.?" She asked, and he shrugged.
"No, they're in Brazil still. And to answer your next question, no, they're not flying in for the holidays."
"That's too bad." She said sympathetically, and then Eric knocked on the door.
"Yes Eric?" Horatio said, standing up.
"H, Cal, here." He said, tossing two envelopes at Calleigh. He called over his shoulder, "I think they're invitations. Gotta go, ask Bella something." Calleigh raised her eyebrow at Horatio, who chuckled at Eric's hello-goodbye appearance. Calleigh tossed him the invitation and they ripped their envelopes open. Eric was right, they were invitations to the annual Christmas ball for the police officers and their dates. Calleigh knew that Horatio was going to sit this one out, like he always did. And she was going to go stag, just like she always did.
Not this year.
"Horatio, are you going to go?"
"Probably not." He said, still skimming over the invitation. "It doesn't say that I have to go, so I don't think I will. For one, I've got no one to go with."
"Oh you could go stag," She said dismissively, trying to get him to go. And he knew it.
"I don't do stag." He said, looking her in the eyes.
"Well then, I guess you'll have to go with me, because you are going to that party this year, even if you have to go with Rick." She said, putting her hands on his desk and leaning down so she could look him in the eye.
"Yeah right." He said, raising his eyebrow at her. She acted shocked, putting her hand to her mouth, making him think, what?! What did I say?!
"Horatio Caine, are you trying to tell me that you don't want to accompany me to the Christmas ball? I am insulted!"
"Calleigh, that's not what I…" She narrowed her eyes at him and stalked away, hiding a grin. She walked straight to her car and heard his quick footsteps behind her. She whirled around just as he grabbed her wrists and boxed her against her Hummer.
"I would love to accompany you to the ball." He said quietly, and the intensity in his voice almost had her boneless.
"I know. I was kidding." She said, the corners of her mouth twitching. He looked at her a long moment and then said,
"I can't believe I actually fell for that charade."
"But you did." She said, smiling winningly. He looked at her again, and they both became away of how close they were, and how close their mouths were. Horatio drew back, and Calleigh stood up straight.
"So I, will see you tonight at 8 then, correct?" He said, and she shook her head.
"Seven thirty, Handsome, we have to be there by 8." She smiled, waved at him and climbed in her Hummer, speeding home. After all, she only had a few hours to make herself beautiful and ravishing.
She wanted to make sure that Horatio didn't regret agreeing to accompany her, and at the same time she wanted him to notice her. Really, truly notice her, as for the longest time she had wanted to ask him out, but when the guy is your boss and your best friend, you're careful with stuff like that. For one, she didn't want to lose her relationship that she had with him now, and two, she didn't want her cases or job to be compromised.
As the clock ticked closer to 7:30, Calleigh took a shower, dressed, did her hair and makeup. By the time Horatio sounded the doorbell, she was ready.
Had to end it there, it was getting a little long. Since this is a Christmas gift, you get the next chapter with it! Read on, my friends, and MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!!