Automan and all character names therein are owned by the American Broadcasting Company. All characters are fictional and resemblance to any persons living or dead is coincidental. No copyright infringement is intended.
By Sailor Chronos
Four days later, Lina strode into HQ looking happy and relaxed. An excited hubbub began as she made her way to Lt. Baker's office, but it wasn't entirely because of her; rather, the handsome smartly-dressed man who accompanied her was the main reason.
"Just ignore them for now," she advised him, but her eyes twinkled with hidden laughter. "We're here for business."
He smiled but said nothing.
She knocked on the office door, and Baker ushered them in. "Reporting for duty, sir," she said crisply. "You remember Federal Agent Mann?"
"I do indeed," Baker said, shaking Auto's hand. "I never did get the opportunity to thank you for your assistance in the Woodruff case a few months ago."
"You're quite welcome, Lieutenant. I take special interest in cases where technology is being misused."
Baker nodded. "So what brings you here today?"
"I was invited by Officer Baines to tour the facility, and I must say that so far I'm impressed by its efficiency. The people in Washington will be pleased to hear about how well it's run."
"Well," said Baker proudly, "thank you, Agent Mann. Speaking of efficiency, there is something that I would like to speak to you about. I understand that you've often worked with the L.A.P.D. as a federal attaché, primarily partnered with Walter Nebicher."
"That's correct," Auto affirmed.
"Lt. Nebicher and I have both spoken to our superiors, and as a result the department would like to establish a more prominent presence for you. You'll have your own office, and when you are here you may choose your own cases and will have the authority to command any resources you require."
It took all of Lina's self-control to not react gleefully. Instead she turned to Auto and said with a smile, "Congratulations!"
Automan was quite surprised. "That's extremely generous. Thank you, Lieutenant."
Baker brushed off the compliment with a wave. "Don't thank me; thank Lt. Nebicher for introducing you in the first place. You'll still work with him of course, and whenever any of your cases fall into our area I'm assigning Officer Baines here as your liaison."
Now it was Lina's turn to be surprised. "Me, sir?" She had hardly expected this!
He leaned over his desk with a mock glare and said in a stern tone, "I have a request for commendation here on my desk that states you were pivotal in the rescue of Agent Mann and Lt. Nebicher from Logan and his men, when you were supposed to be off-duty." Then he straightened up with a half-smile. "I think it's only fair that you be rewarded suitably. Whenever Agent Mann is working in this district, you will keep me informed and make sure that he gets what he needs. Do you have any problem with that?"
She glanced at Auto who was smiling at her, and she smiled back. Although Baker was making it sound like a punishment, it meant that she would be working with Auto more often. It would also make their relationship appear much more natural to everyone else. "No, sir, there's no problem at all."
I would like to thank the following people:
My husband, as always, for his support.
"Willow", my beta-reader, for helping with the editing and clarifying some details.
"Autonwallyluvr" for allowing me to borrow an idea from her own Automan fanfictions.
Glen A. Larson, the creator of Automan, for providing such an interesting concept to inspire the imagination.