A Valentine Surprise

Written by: Jeanniefan78/April

Author's Note: This is my sixth NCIS fanfic; Sequel to "A Christmas to Remember". I want to remind everyone that my stories are slightly AU because Kate is still alive. I hope you will all enjoy this story as well as my others. :)

It's a cold, February evening, and Gibbs and Kate are enjoying a quiet evening at home, snuggling on the living room couch, and watching TV.

Gibbs reaches with his free arm, for his cup, picks it up, takes a drink, and lets out a big burp.

Kate looks up at him. "Thank you so much for doing that right in my ear."

"Sure, no problem," he says with a smirk on his face.

She playfully whacks him. "You are so bad."

"Am I really?" He leans his head down, slightly, and kisses her on the lips.

"Well," she says upon the kiss breaking. "Not quite so bad," she says with a smile. She, then, brings her hand up to the back of his neck, pulls him closer, and kisses him again.

Gibbs's cell phone begins to ring. He breaks the kiss, reaches for his phone on the coffee table, flips it open, and answers it.

"Yeah…Gibbs…Okay…I'm on my way." He hangs up the phone and starts putting his shoes on.

"What's wrong?"

"It's McGee. I have to go look in to something. Hopefully, this won't take too long." He gives her a quick kiss and leaves.

Kate goes into the kitchen, gets a few Tums, pops them in her mouth, and chews. For a moment, she stands in the doorway of the dining room and living room, and thinks. She looks down, puts her hands on her stomach, and looks back up.

She, then, rushes to her purse on the coffee table, digs for a pocket-sized calendar, and gets it out. She vigorously flips through it, stops on a page, counts to herself, flips a page, counts some more, flips another page, and counts some more. She looks up from the calendar and thinks to herself.

"Oh my word," she says out loud. She shoves the calendar back in her purse, whips out her cell phone, dials a number, and puts the phone up to her right ear.

"Hello?"

"Lauren, it's Kate."

"Oh, hey. What's up?"

"I need to ask you about something, but first, is Jeff in the room?"

"No, he's upstairs. But, I can get him."

"No, no. This is just between you and me."

"Oh, okay. Are you alright?"

"Yeah, I'm fine. I…"

"Hold on a second…Becca! Turn the TV down, please!"

"Okay, Mom!," Becca calls.

"Okay, sorry about that."

"That's okay."

"So, what's going on?"

"Well, I uh…I…"

"Are you sure you're alright?"

"Yeah, I'm just trying to find the best way to put this."

"Just spit it out."

"Well…I think I'm pregnant."

"Seriously?!"

"Yes, but sshhh!"

"Oh," Lauren says, putting her left hand over her mouth. "Sorry," she says in a whisper. "So," she says in a normal, but quieter tone. "What were you wanting to ask me?"

"Well, I was hoping you could tell me what symptoms you had with Becca and Braden. I didn't want to completely spill the beans to everyone, before I knew for sure, but since you've had two kids, I didn't figure it would be a big deal to ask you about it."

"Oh, sure! I'd be glad to tell you. It can be different for every woman, and even for each pregnancy. With Becca, I experienced a lot of morning sickness, in the beginning, that lasted for about the first four months of my pregnancy. With Braden, I had a few nauseous moments, but it was nothing like the morning sickness I had with Becca."

"Oh, okay."

"Then, there are cravings. I didn't have weird cravings with either one of my kids. But, with Becca, I craved Mexican food, especially guacamole and avocados, like there was no tomorrow. Then, with Braden, it was Pepperoni Pizza."

"Hmm…"

"Then, of course, there are missed periods, tender breasts… Sometimes, there are little to no symptoms from what I hear. But with both of my kids, what tipped me off more than anything else was my period stopping."

"Yeah."

"So, what exactly makes you think you're pregnant?"

"Well, it didn't really dawn on me until a few minutes ago. Over the last couple of weeks, I've been having some nausea. Then, while I was chewing some Tums, it was like a light came on in my head. I went and got my pocket-sized calendar out of my purse and counted back to my last period and I realized that I haven't had a period since right before Christmas."

"Uh-huh," Lauren says, nodding her head.

"And it's February now."

"Yeah."

Kate pauses slightly. "Well, I guess I need to go to Walmart."

"Yeah."

"Which test should I get?"

"Hmm…Well…I don't know. It's been quite a while since I used one, but I think any one of them should be alright."

"Okay."

"Oh, and if I may suggest something. I've heard that the best time to take one is when you first get up in the morning."

"Okay." Kate pauses slightly. "Well, I'm gonna let you go for now. Thanks for the talk."

"Sure, no problem. Let us know when you find out anything."

"Sure."

"And don't worry. I won't say anything to anyone."

"Thank you."

"Alright. I love ya, girl."

"I love you, too."

"Bye."

"Bye." Kate hangs up her phone.

"So," Jeff says, walking into the kitchen and as Lauren hangs up the phone. "Who was that?"

"None of your beeswax," Lauren says, playfully.

"Well, n-yah," Jeff says, playfully, and then, kisses her.

Lauren starts walking into the living room. She looks over her shoulder at Jeff, whose back is to her, and then, looks ahead and smiles.