As she followed Dave down the staircase, she looked at the back of his head in bewilderment. The man had actually protected her against the she-beast that was Erin Strauss. Before they'd even been involved, he'd done that. When she'd been treating him to the steady glares and silent treatment, he'd been saving her career. If she hadn't known that she'd fallen in love before, she did now. Although, loving him did not preclude her from believing that David Rossi had lost his fool they stepped onto the central BAU floor, JJ felt a shiver run down her spine as Erin Strauss strode through the glass doors. Relieved when Dave circled her waist with a strong comforting arm, JJ watched as the man she loved greeted the other woman.
"Erin, Erin, Erin! Did you make a special trip down her to welcome Agent Jareau and I home? How kind of you!" Dave said in a loud clear voice. "Honey, look, the big Kahuna made a special trip down here just for us!"
"Dave!" JJ hissed under her breath.
"You're just the woman I wanted to see anyway!" David continued, ignoring the pinches that the lovely woman at his side was delivering to his arm.
"Enjoy your time in Portland, Agent Rossi?" Erin asked snidely. "I hear that Melinda was less than pleased that you'd found your way to her part of the world."
Calmly surrounding JJ's pinching fingers in a warm grip, Dave nodded. "Actually, I did. It was so kind of you to let her know we were coming. And, I've got to thank you, Strauss, time away from the office was exactly what Agent Jareau and I needed. Time away from the job always offers new perspectives and possibilities. You oughta try it sometime."
Speechless, Erin glared at Rossi. Finally, drawing her shoulders back, Strauss huffed, "Very well." Turning on her heel, she left quickly.
"Holy Crap!" Morgan strangled out. "Rossi, you rendered her speechless! JJ, little sister, I think you better start explaining what happened in Portland. In detail."
Still staring at Dave while he grinned down at her, Jennifer replied, "I owe you, Derek. If you hadn't convinced me to sacrifice myself a week ago, none of this would have happened."
"Are you telling me that we have Derek Morgan and Erin Strauss to thank for our future together, honey. Now there's a tag team I never thought I'd live to see," Dave chuckled.
"Uncool, dude! Using my name with hers is just plain wrong!" Morgan retorted, disgusted.
Watching as Morgan stalked away from them, Dave stared down into JJ's bright blue eyes. "So, I believe this makes us even now. I covered your back with Strauss and you covered mine with my ex-wife. Now, all we have to do is get past Garcia and we're home free."
"Trust me, taking on Strauss is gonna be a walk in the park compared to getting past Pen," JJ laughed.
Groaning, David lifted his eyes heavenward. "Grab your bag, honey. We're getting out of here before that woman has a chance to redirect the surveillance cameras to us."
"Sounds wonderful. If I remember correctly, you promised me a long lazy weekend at Little Creek," JJ said on a smile.
"And this time, we're having that tiramisu - in bed!" Rossi replied, grabbing her hand.
"That, Agent Rossi," JJ murmured, lifting herself on tiptoe, "sounds like a wonderful plan." Pressing her parted lips to his, neither noticed their gathered team smiling approvingly at the sight they made.