No More Games
Lucy was surprised by the lack of noise as she arrived back at the bullpen, her arms laden with bags full of food. Peering over the top of one of the bags, she was also surprised by the lack of people. "Where is everybody?" she asked aloud.
"D headed upstairs to speak to the AD about something," Myles spoke up from behind her, frightening her to the point that she almost dropped her bags. He quickly leaned in to catch the one that was just about to slip from her grasp. "Sorry, I didn't mean to scare you," he apologized with an amused grin as he walked over to her desk and set the bag down.
"It's okay. Just don't do it again," she warned with a faux-menacing look as she set her bag down as well.
"I'll be sure to keep my distance," he teased, his cool blue eyes staring down at her.
But why was he doing that? Did she have something in her teeth? Couldn't be. She'd have to have dinner first.
Feeling uncomfortable, she skirted around him and began unpacking some of the food. At least then she would have to look at him. "What about Tara and Bobby? Jack and Sue?"
He shrugged as he leaned against the corner of her desk and just watched her. He liked watching her. "I haven't seen Bobby since we got back and Tara went looking for him."
Lucy's ears perked up at that statement. "Really?" she asked, eager for more information. She'd sense that something had been going on between those two lately and she'd been oh, so eager to learn just a little bit more.
"Reel in your receptors, there, Luce," he warned.
"But they make such a cute couple."
He rolled his eyes at her and her constant meddling. It was her goal in life to see everyone around her happy and in love. He understood that, really he did. He just wished she would turn off her matchmaking radar for five minutes. "Well, that may be so, but the last thing they need is for you to interfere."
"But…" she tried to explain, despite the fact that Myles didn't want to hear it.
"Not that they wouldn't appreciate it, I'm sure. It's just that you should let them take it at their own pace and that's only if there is something going on between them, which I'm not completely convinced that there is."
"You're just blind to the obvious, Myles," she informed him while batting her eyelashes playfully. Why she did it, she wasn't completely sure. Flirting with Myles was always difficult, but… wait… was that what she was doing? Flirting with Myles? It had been so long that she'd forgotten what it felt like.
"Hey, I was at least obvious to Sweet Sue and Sir Jack," he pointed out as he helped to unpack the rest of the food.
"Yeah, well, I'm beginning to think that they've reached a dead end." She sighed heavily and plopped down in her chair.
"Well, if that's the way you feel about it, it's a shame you weren't there to see them making out in the bank's parking lot."
"What?" she crowed, jumping right back up to her feet.
"What's going on?" Tara asked as she and Bobby joined them.
Walking over to her petite friend, Lucy looked her square in the eye. "Did you know that Jack and Sue were making out?"
"What again?" Bobby chuckled, looking around the room for the aforementioned couple, but caught no sight of them.
"You knew?" she asked Bobby. He nodded. Throwing up her hands in disgust, she turned and walked right back to her chair. "I miss everything."
"I wouldn't be too worried, Luce," Bobby said while he went searching through the column of takeout boxes piled up on her desk.
"With the way things played out tonight, I really don't think that's going to be the last time. Right D?" he asked the superior agent—who just walked in—as he started digging into his food. Tara whacked him with the back of her hand. "What?"
"This is still Sue's 'welcome back' dinner. It might be a good idea to wait until she gets here to actually start eating."
"I'm hungry," he complained.
"You're always hungry," she countered with a roll of her eyes.
Leaning down, he made sure his lips were close enough for so only she could hear. "Yeah, but sometimes it's not just food I'm hungry for." He grinned triumphantly as he watched Tara's cheeks turn bright red at that statement and didn't say anything more.
Totally oblivious to Tara and Bobby's exchange, Lucy looked up at D with wide eyes. "D?"
He held his hands up in defense. "I cannot confirm or deny anything. Although, the AD did look quite smug when he handed me that letter to give to Jack," he added with a smirk. That might have been one thing he forgot to mention to Jack. He smiled to himself with a chuckle. Okay, so he didn't actually forget. It was more fun for him to see the other man squirm just a little bit when it came to love. God knows how long it's taken them to come to this point. A little more tension wasn't going to hurt him.
It might make him explode though.
"And just so you know, I saw them getting off the elevator on my way in, so not a word." He looked pointedly to the entire team, making sure they understood.
The moment D picked up his carton of food, Jack and Sue entered the bullpen, beaming smiles plastered on their faces.
"What are you guys doing here?" Sue asked as she saw all of her friends gathered together.
"Since we still owe you dinner and our reservations have kind of flown out the window, we thought we would bring your welcome back dinner to you," Tara announced as she handed Sue her tray of food.
"Chinese?" Jack asked skeptically as he peered inside the tray he was handed.
"I wouldn't complain, Jack. It was either this or that Polish place around the block," Myles informed him as he picked up a plastic fork from the pile on Lucy's desk. "I don't know about you, but I'm not exactly in the mood for a golumpki¹… whatever that is."
"It's great," Sue said, gratefully, tears filling her eyes. Even after all the years, the fact that her friends would go through so much trouble to make her happy overwhelmed her.
"It's the least we could do, Sheila," Bobby shrugged.
"After all, you are a vital part of this team," D added with his usual heartwarming smile.
Sue felt like she was about to cry again. "I don't know what to say."
"I think I do," Jack said, his eyes settling on her. They were warm and inviting with that special spark of excitement in them that she loved so much. "Welcome back Sue," he spoke huskily, asking her a silent question. She smiled up at him and gave a nod. It was time for them to share their news. "And I have one other thing to say… well, really, we have one other thing to say."
The looks they received from the others were ones of anticipation. It was like they already knew what he was about to share. Too bad it wasn't what they were thinking. Well, not exactly, anyway.
"A month or so ago, I realized something. I realized that Sue meant more to me than my own life." He smiled as Lucy gave a squeal of joy. "So I talked to the Director and told him that nothing would keep me away from Sue. That I would gladly choose her over the job."
"He didn't agree to it, did he mate?" Bobby asked, concern laced in his tone. He and Jack had worked together for so long that he couldn't imagine his best mate not being there with him anymore.
Jack shook his head. "No. He didn't. He wanted me to give him some time to think up an alternative. His answer was in the letter that D gave me." He removed it from the inside pocket of his jacket and waved it in front of their friends.
"So, he said you two are allowed to date now, right?" Lucy asked as her foot shook with excitement.
"Not exactly," Sue said, hating the fact that she had to ruin Lucy's joy.
"You're kidding me," Myles blurted out, outraged that the Director couldn't bend the rules for two people who couldn't deserve it more.
Still, Sue continued to smile and Jack continued to grin at her like a he'd finally gotten his wish. "Sorry Myles. But it's not really up to the Director anymore."
"So, then who?" Tara asked.
Jack smiled as he wrapped his arm around the love of his life's shoulder. "I think you should ask our unit's new supervisor," he grinned, watching their friend's faces as they turned even more confused. His gaze shifted to one in particular. "D?"
Myles, Tara, Lucy and Bobby all turned to look at D whose grin was wide and his eyes sparkling. "The title doesn't officially kick in until Monday," he told them with a shrug of his shoulders. They could celebrate his achievement later. Today's focus was on Jack and Sue. He smiled at them, his eyes soft and meaningful. "You'd better treat her right."
Jack smiled at D's protectiveness. "That won't be a problem, D," he said, looking down at the woman in his embrace and ever so gently, lowering his lips to hers. He'd promised both himself and her that he wouldn't be playing anymore games with Sue's heart. And that's just what he intended to do. Forever.
Author's Note: I just wanted to send a shout-out to all my readers. Thank you for enjoying the ride I've taken you on and for the comments you left. Each one was appreciated. I hope to see you all in my next story. Linny