Title: Baby, It's Cold Outside

Author: xxCabalinaxx

Fandom: N.C.I.S.

Pairing: Tony D./Kate T.

Rating: Teen, for now

Summary: "Damn it Gibbs, don't get all pissed at me. How the hell was I supposed to know you were going to offer my wife a job?"

Disclaimer: Not mine. If they were, Kate would not be dead and Ari would have been in season one.

Author's Note: So, to make this story work the way I want it to, I'm changing a few details. For instance, Kate and Major Kerry never dated or slept together. The Major was flirting with her and tried to make it something more but she met him at the pub that day to let him know nothing could happen. If anything else comes up that needs to be addressed later on, it will be mention in another A/N. By the way guys, if someone would like to beta this story for me, let me know in either and email or through a review.

Happy reading guys :)

Yawning, Caitlin Todd fumbled around in her purse for her set of keys. Panicking slightly when she couldn't find them, she lifted the handbag up to eye level and tilted it toward the light in hopes of being able to see a little better. The dim bulb hanging above her in the ceiling of her apartment complex was not much help and she squinted, mentally cursing the severely lacking building amenities that she totally believed were necessary. Proper lighting, for instance. She heard a distinct sound of metal clanging together and triumphantly pulled out the key ring, filtering through the multiple metal objects looking for the one that would open her door. She he tried to fit the key into the lock, her grip loosened momentarily and the ring clattered on the floor.

Inhaling deeply, Kate closed her eyes and rested her forehead against the door. Things were really not going her way right about now, and right now, all she wanted to do was change into something a lot more comfortable than her work clothes, and curl up on the couch with the remote and not move. Ever. Her day had been as close to hellish as it could get, what with having Air Force One taken over by some NCIS agent who acted like he knew everything, and if he didn't know it, knew he would figure it out at some point. And then that whole mess with Major Kerry and her having to resign. Ugh, what a day. She slumped against the door, letting her full weight sag against it when the lock clicked and the door opened.

Kate's eyes flew open and she reached out to grab onto something and steady herself. Two hand caught her flailing arms and held her upright. Looking up, Kate's exhausted brown eyes met cheerful green ones. Grinning, the man pulled her into the apartment, arms wrapping around her waist. She rested her hands on his arms, returning his smile and moving with him easily. Soft lips pressed against her own and Kate reached back to kick the door closed with her heel. A probing tongue traced her lower lip and Kate opened up without hesitation. Humming softly, she pressed herself against the man, arms raising up to twine around his neck.

Moments later, they pulled apart, taking in air a bit more deeply than they had before. "So," he started off. "Have a good day?" His eyes seemed to sparkle a little bit more and he had to dodge the hand that was aimed for the side of his head.

Kate couldn't help but grin wryly at him. "You, shut up."

Laughing he held his hands out and took her coat from her, gently slipping it down her shoulders. "Hey, I was just asking. Isn't that was normal husbands are supposed to do? Ask their wives how their day was?"

Kate rolled her eyes and quickly opened the door, grabbing her forgotten set of keys before closing the door and locking it behind her. "Well, we aren't exactly normal," she replied with a laugh. Kate followed him into the kitchen, hopping up onto a barstool next to their counter.

The silence between them was comfortable for a few minutes and Kate smiled gratefully when he handed her a cup of tea inbetween preparing something for dinner. Taking a small sip, Kate let her eyes roam over the man in front of her. "You know I resigned from the secret service today?"

He nodded, glancing over at her before returning to cutting up vegetables. "Mmmhmmm."

She took another sip. "Well, I got another job offer."

Surprise flickered in his eyes and he set down the knife to turn and look at her. crossing his arms over his chest, he raised and eyebrow at her. "Really. From who?"

"Agent Gibbs offered me a job with NCIS." Kate's cup was almost empty now, but she lifted it to her lips and tried to drain the last few drops from the bottom anyway. When there was nothing left, she set the ceramic cup down with slight trepidation. "Babe? Say something, please?"

"I'm not really sure what you want me to say, Kate." He uncrossed his arms and looked at her. "I mean, I think it's a great offer, but you never really expressed any interest in NCIS before. I'm just a little thrown."

Kate sighed and nodded. His words were true. "I know. But, today changed some things."

There was a brief silence before he asked, "Hun, do you want to take the job?"

Kate bit her lip, still unsure. But slowly, her head bobbed in a nod. "Yeah, I think I do."

She was rewarded with a wide smile. "Then you go into NCIS on Monday and kick their asses."

Kate grinned and held out her mug for a refill.