Could It Be?

Written by: Jeanniefan78/April

Author's Note: This is my first NCIS fanfiction and the first in a series of stories I will be writing, Lord willing. This and the rest of my stories will be slightly AU because Kate is still alive. I refer to the Ari incident, but Kate was not killed-only almost killed. So I hope that you will enjoy this story as well my other stories that are to come. :)

It was late in the evening. Most of the agency had already headed home. While Tony and McGee gathered up their stuff to head home, Gibbs continued to work at his computer and Kate continued to work on something that appeared to be frustrating her.

"Ugh! This stupid…"

"What's the matter, Kate? The computer turn you down?," Tony said, smiling.

Kate glared at him. "Shut up, Tony." She looks back at her computer. "I'm just trying to finish this report and the computer is not wanting to let me."

He shrugs his shoulders. "Whatever you say, Kate." Tony walks off toward the elevator.

"Maybe I can help you," McGee says, walking toward her desk.

"No thanks. I'll get it."

McGee shrugs. "Okay. I'll see you in the morning." He walks off toward the elevator.

"Goodnight," she calls after him.

"Night," he calls back.

Gibbs watches as Kate gets more and more frustrated.

"Kate, why don't you go home and hit it fresh in the morning? It's not like I'm gonna write you up or anything if you don't finish it tonight."

"Gibbs, I just want to get it done and over with."

After a few more minutes, Kate is ready to pull her hair out. "Ugh! Why won't this stupid thing work?!"

Gibbs gets up and walks over to her desk to see what is troubling her. "What isn't working, Kate? Show me."

"It's this stupid program! It keeps messing everything up and I keep having to redo parts of this report!"

"Calm down, Kate. Now, let me look at it." He stands behind her and leans over her left shoulder. He, then, extends his hands to her keyboard and starts pressing some keys.

"I don't think it's just the program, Kate. I think it's your computer. We may need to get you a new one. This one seems to keep freezing up and erasing some of the information you put in," he says, rebooting her computer.

"So, Tony was right. This dumb thing is turning me down."

"Haven't you learned by now to quit listening to that windbag?," Gibbs says, smiling slightly.

Kate chuckles. "I guess not."

"We'll try to get this report done as best as we can and then, you're going home."

Kate smiles. "Yes, Sir."

"And don't call me 'Sir'."

"Okay, okay."

After a few minutes, Kate's computer comes back up and Gibbs opens up her report. "Okay," he says. "It looks like you only lost a small part of your report." He starts typing again.

"Okay." She shifts in her chair while Gibbs is typing and she accidentally bumps him. Their heads turn to look at each other and upon their eyes meeting, both swallow hard.

Before either of them can utter a word, they lean in and their lips come together. After about five seconds, the kiss breaks.

"O-Oh my…," Kate says, quickly turning her head and slightly covering her mouth with her right hand.

"I, uh…," she says, standing up. "I-I-I…," she says, turning toward Gibbs, trying not to look at him. He, too, is trying to avoid looking at her.

"Kate…," he says, finally looking at her.

"No, it's…," she says, cutting him off. "It's…" She finally looks up at him. As their eyes meet once again, and without saying another word, they lean in and their lips come together. After a few seconds, the kiss breaks and Gibbs reaches up with his left hand and he lightly moves his hand across her forehead and moves a piece of her hair out of the way. Then, they very tenderly kiss again.

After a little while, the kiss breaks. "Y-You know what," Kate says, after catching her breath. "I-I think…I will wait…a-and finish this…i-in the morning." She, then, grabs her things and runs off toward the elevator. She gets on it as quickly as it opens.

After the elevator door shuts, she falls slightly backward against the back wall of the elevator. She puts her right hand on her chest.

"Wow," she thought to herself. "What the heck just happened?," she says out loud to herself.

She finally reaches the main floor and she dashes out of the building to her car and quickly gets in. After she throws her stuff to the passenger side of the car, she shuts the car door, buckles in, and then, grips the steering wheel. Then, she takes a deep breath and exhales.

"Oh my gosh," she says out loud to herself. "I kissed my boss…I kissed Gibbs."

She finally puts the key in the ignition, starts the car, pulls out of her parking space, and drives away.