Author: Pirate Turner
Summary: Alex wasn't supposed to share Sydney's secret birthday wish for a GPS of the heart, but she did.
Word Count: 440
Date Written: 15 March, 2011
Disclaimer: Sydney Cooke, Francis Gage, Alex Kahill, all other characters mentioned within, and Walker: Texas Ranger are & TM their respective owners, none of whom are the author; are used without permission; and may not be used without permission. The author makes absolutely no profit off of this work of fan fiction, and no copyright infringement is intended.
"A GPS?" Syd questioned her partner in disbelief.
Gage shrugged and offered her a sheepish, hopeful smile. "It's what Alex said you wanted."
"She did, huh?" Sydney returned, glaring at the blonde by Walker's side. Her brown eyes narrowed at her in silent, furious warning. The conversation they'd shared about their longing for a GPS for the heart had been supposed to be secret! She should have known better than to trust her.
"Yeah," Gage answered, his face falling. He slid a shoe across the floor beneath their feet. His free hand slipped into his pockets, and he hung his sandy head. "You don't like it."
"No!" Sydney exclaimed, unable to bare the crushed look upon her love's handsome face. "I never said that!" She took the proffered gift, forcing a bright smile and swearing to kill Alex later. "It's exactly what I wanted!"
"Yeah!" Her smile grew at the hope she saw etching across his face as she silently wondered how on Earth any man could be so beautiful. "I can't wait to try it out! You've got to help me get it installed, and then we'll go for a ride."
Gage beamed. "Happy birthday, Syd!"
"Thanks, Gage." They walked out of the office together, but not without Syd pausing to shoot Alex a burning glare that could kill. Alex cringed inwardly but then pointed to Gage going out of the door and shooed Sydney forth with her hands. Sydney's brown eyes narrowed in clear warning that this wasn't over and she would get Alex back, but then she turned her back to her and hurried after her beloved partner, looking forward, despite her disappointment over her gift and anger at Alex's betrayal, to an afternoon spent tooling around with her partner.
By the time they reached her car, she was smiling happily. After all, she'd had far worse birthdays and gifts, and a day spent all day by the side of the man she loved, even if she could never dare to confess that love, was truly the best gift for which she could ever ask. "Thank you, Gage," she said again, and his answering smile was worth every bit of frustration and worry she'd been feeling.
"My pleasure, Syd," he replied, grinning from ear to ear. "Now let's try this baby out and maybe go get the birthday girl something to eat." He winked at her.
"I'd like that," she answered truthfully, and though neither spoke another word about it, they both knew that they'd like anything, short of being shot at or otherwise endangered by the crooks they chased in their line of duty, as long as they were together.