AN: This is the story that will "replace" Stuck Smitten Whatever in my updates. It will have at least 16 chapters in which I'll explore Kensi and Deeks relationship in a different way. Basically, I'm going to write a chapter for each of the 16 objects I came up with. And no, I'm not going to tell you which objects those will be. What I can tell you is that the sexual tension between Kensi and Deeks will grow with each chapter so…read at your own risk. It will most likely turn M in future chapters. Enjoy ;)
Kensi tries to focus on the newspaper in her hands but it seems to be an impossible task when her partner is trying to be as annoying as usual. The sound he's making with that damn pen gets on her nerves and she can't stay in silence about it for any longer.
"Do you wake up in the morning and start thinking about ways to annoy me?"
Deeks lifts his head and looks at her, frowning in confusion. "I'll let you know that the first thing I do in the morning is have a nice warm shower."
Kensi shakes her head and directs her gaze towards the newspaper once again, hoping that he will get the hint and stop trying to make her lose her focus. "It seems like all you do on the way here is think about a new way to get on my nerves."
Deeks sits back on his chair, an amused smile on his face even though he has no idea of what she's talking about. "What did I do this time?"
She looks at him, with that expression that would send bad guys running in the opposite direction but that doesn't scare him nearly as much as it probably should. "How many times do I have to tell you that I'm trying to focus and I can't do that while you're tapping your damn pen?"
Deeks lets out a laugh and gets back to what he was doing before. "I thought you were going to talk about something important."
Kensi is not the kind of person who just lets things go and this is no exception. "This is important. I'm trying to focus and you won't let me."
Deeks frowns and meets her eyes, seeing something pretty close to anger in those brow orbs. "Are you doing anything that requires focus to begin with?"
"I'm trying to read this newspaper and I can't do that if you keep talking."
Deeks shakes his head and grins, aware that she's not even looking at him but enjoying this conversation far too much to let it go. "So first I couldn't tap my pen and now I can't talk? Please, let me know if the beating of my heart disturbs you."
She sighs in annoyance and looks at him once again. "Can't you amuse yourself without making a sound?"
He nods and she directs her eyes towards the newspaper once again. "I can try."
He was not doing it on purpose before but now this is just too tempting to ignore. Marty Deeks is the first one to admit that getting under his partner's skin is one of his favorite past-times.
So, after a while, he resumes the tapping. And she lifts her head to give him her 'deadly stare'.
"Amazing…you managed to stay in silence for two whole minutes."
He shrugs, trying to keep the smirk off his face. "I'm not very good with silence."
Callen chooses that moment to walk in the bullpen, obviously coming from the gym. "What's going on here?"
Deeks looks at him and decides to let him know what the problem with Kensi is this time. "Kensi needs silence to read the news."
Kensi fights back, defending herself and trying to make a valid point. "And Deeks can't stay in silence for more than two minutes."
Sam sits on his chair, showing up too, and shakes his head. "God, now I know what a kindergarten teacher has to endure."
Callen crosses his arms in front of his chest and tries to keep the amused smile off his face too. "Why can't you two reach a compromise?"
Deeks shrugs and plays Callen's game. "I can't remain completely silent."
Kensi seems to find this anything but funny and the frustration is clear in her voice when she speaks. "And I can't read while he's making stupid noises."
Callen frowns and stares at Kensi for a few seconds, realizing that something's off with the female member of his team. "Are you okay, Kenz?"
She is both shocked and offended with his question and it shows on her face. "Don't tell me that you think I'm the crazy one here."
Callen shrugs and sits on his chair. "You seem to be in a bad mood, that's all."
"I'm in a bad mood because someone won't let me read."
Deeks doesn't drop the subject, even though he's aware that would be the best for his health. "It's not my fault you can't concentrate in the middle of a hostile environment."
She gives him her best fake sweet smile. "You could just be a good partner and stay in silence for a while."
He shakes his head, giving her a taste of her own poison seeing as she's usual the stubborn one. "It has nothing to do with being a good partner. This is who I am."
She says that like as if she's just stating the obvious but he doesn't let that affect him. He already knows her well enough to know she doesn't really mean any of those things she says o him when she's in a bad mood. "Yeah but I was born like this. I can't change who I am just because you don't like it."
"I'm not saying you're a bad person. I'm just saying you have a way to get on my nerves."
Deeks knows he's pushing his luck but the next words come out of his mouth without any problem. "Maybe that happens because it's that time of the month."
If she wasn't angry before this sentence would have set her off. Now, it just threw even more gas to the fire. "My period has nothing to do with this conversation. And how on earth do you know that?"
He can't decide if she looks surprised with that or impressed but he figures it doesn't really matter either. "You always get in a very bad mood on the first and second day and fill yourself with all the chocolate you can get your hands on."
She doesn't try to deny this. Instead, she just throws her hands in the air in an exasperated manner and carries on the conversation, as if they're not talking about something as intimate and personal as her period. "So you could try not to annoy me when you already know I'm in a bad mood."
Deeks finally gives up trying to annoy her and tries to calm her down, deciding that playing with fire might not be the best option right now. "I wasn't trying to annoy you. I was just minding my own damn business when you started to tell me to be quiet."
"And you could have just stopped and let me read."
The conversation is starting to reach a lever of ridiculousness never reached before in that bullpen but they're both too stubborn to give up first. "Now, how would I amuse myself without making a sound?"
She pretends to think for a second before answering. "You could read too."
"I was reading."
Kensi frowns. "You were tapping your pen."
"I was tapping my pen while I was reading."
The surprised look on her face is priceless. It seems like they're talking about the cure for cancer instead of the damn tapping of his pen. "How can anyone focus like that?"
"It's not my fault you can't do two things at the same time."
And she loses it. She was just frustrated before but this accusation is more than what she can handle. Her multi-tasking ability can never be mocked. So, now, she's angry. "I'm perfectly capable of doing two things at the same time."
He tries to calm her down before Hetty decides to come and see what's going on. "Then why are we having this talk? Just read while I tap my pen."
Kensi is yelling now but she can't stop it. It's her normal reaction when she's angry. "Stop doing that!"
The next words that leave his mouth can be either his death or his salvation so he takes the risk, putting his life on the line and knowing he might not make out of this alive (or at least with all body parts intact). "I know you think your yelling bothers me but I have news for you. Yelling makes your skin turn red, your eyes turn darker and you start breathing fast. It's hot as hell so fire away!"
The bullpen turns silent for a few seconds. The expression 'you could have heard a pin drop' finally makes sense to the four agents.
Kensi and Deeks stare at each other, not really sure of what to do next. He's waiting for the final blow while she's trying to calm herself down.
Callen is the one who breaks the silence a few seconds later, an amused smile on his face. "Okay, I'm glad we cleared that up."
Sam laughs and shakes his head. "Thank God there's no think, right?"
Kensi breaks eye-contact with Deeks and starts reading her newspaper once again. This time, when she talks, her voice is at a normal volume for her. "Shut up you two."
Deeks grins and pushes it just a bit further. "Does that mean I can talk, now?"
She gives him a quick look before turning back to the news. "Don't push your luck."
The blond agent lets out a small laugh. "Are you kidding me? I know for a fact you won't yell at me again while you remember what I just said. That means I can talk and even tap my pen without being yelled at."
She doesn't look at him this time but her next words are enough to make him stop. "I still have a fully-loaded gun."
He puts down the pen and ignores Callen and Sam's amused expressions. "I'll be in silence."
Kensi doesn't even bother lifting her head to look at any of them. "That's a good boy!"
This is kind of a way to tease you.
I will only update this story after I post the last chapter of Stuck Smitten Whatever.
However, reviews are highly appreciated. Please, let me know what you think about this new story.