Tony rolled over and wrapped his arms around her sleeping body as she laid next to him. The heat radiating from her body was just what he needed to keep him warm. Nestling his head into the neap of her neck he slowly started to drift back to sleep, until the pain of her elbow in his rib cage sent him flying across the bed.
"Knock it off, Tony! It's way too hot for that!"
She kicked her legs forcefully, removing the covers from her body as Tony lay on the other side of the bed rubbing his bruised side.
"Geez, Kate! I think you may have punctured my lung!"
"Serves you, right!" spat Kate as she rolled onto her back.
Tony stares at her, taking in every inch of her being. Her brown hair was pulled into a ponytail that exposed every feature of her angelic face. Her furrowed eyes let him know that she was not too happy her sleep being interrupted while the relaxed state of her soft pink lips read that she wouldn't hold it against him. His eyes travels down the curvature of her neck and to her chest, that slowly rose and fell as she drifted back to sleep. Her black tank top left little to his imagination, not that there was much that he hadn't already seen. She had become fond of a pair his old Ohio State sweatpants, so big one her that she was forced to roll down the top in order to walk in them and yet he found them quite sexy on her.
He couldn't help but wonder when they had gotten to this point? After six years of working together, what had changed that would allow him the privilege of sleeping next to her?
The image of her body was enticing, but it was her midsection that had his attention. Tony couldn't help but stare at the tiny bump that was starting to form just above her waistline, the same bump that was also the cause of his elbow to the rib.
They had found out just over a month ago. Tony was the first to notice the change in Kate. She was always one to keep up with the boys but one day the simple task of running a few laps around the track for endurance training became too much for her:
"Gibbs, lapped you? What's the problem?" mocked Tony as he caught up with Kate.
"I don't know?" huffed Kate as her already slow jog began to slow down to a walk and then stopping all together.
"Oh, come on! Can't keep up with the boys anymore?" joked Tony as Kate rested her hands on her knees struggling to catch her breath.
McGee noticing Kate stopped on the track ahead of him, sped up his pace to see what was going on.
"Everything okay?" asked McGee as he approached his teammates.
"I'm fine! Just a little tired, that's all!" replied Kate.
"You sure? You don't look so good?"
It was then that Tony noticed the paleness in Kate's face. At that moment, Gibbs rounded the track to find his team at a standstill.
"What's wrong?" asked Gibbs approaching his team.
"Nothing, Boss! Kate is just having a little trouble keeping up today!" replied Tony still focused in on Kate.
Gibbs places his hand in Kate's shoulder and looked into her eyes.
"You don't look so good?" said Gibbs with a hint of concern in his voice.
"I'm fine, Gibbs. Just a little tired," sighed Kate.
He gives her a look.
"Why don't you head on back to the office and rest a bit?"
"I'm fine, Gibbs! Just need to catch my..."
"Go...Now!" he yelled as jogged away from them.
McGee and Tony helped Kate straighten up.
"Good one, Kate! Pulling the old sick card to get out of..."
"DiNozzo...McGee!" Tony's words were cut off by the boom of Gibbs' voice from the other side of the track. The two male agents took off running leaving Kate standing alone.
Back at the office, Kate took the opportunity of not having the boys in the office to take a much needed power nap. As much as she didn't want to admit it, the run had taken a lot out of her. She was usually able to run a mile with ease but this time proved to be a challenge. She lay down behind her desk, her favorite napping spot, and drifted off to sleep.
The elevator dinged as Tony stepped of whistling an upbeat tone. As he walked over to his desk, he noticed a pair of high heels poking out from the side of Kate's desk. A smile crossed his face as the child in him couldn't let this opportunity pass him by.
"Agent Todd!" yelled Tony trying to do his best impression of Gibbs.
Kate shot up from behind her desk.
"I wasn't sleeping, Gibbs!" said Kate as she looked to her left to find her boss' desk unoccupied. She then shot her attention over to Tony who was sitting behind his desk with a smirk on his face.
"Wakey, wakey!" he chuckled.
"You truly are a jackass, you know that?" scolded Kate as she attempted to wipe the sleep away from her eyes.
"All rested up?"
"I'll take that as a yes!"
Tony walked over to her desk and placed a white paper bag in front of her.
"What is this?" she asked as she open the bag.
"Chow Mein. Thought you might be hungry?"
"I'm starving!" she replied as she snatched the contents from the bag.
Tony returned to his desk as Kate dug into her food. He focused his attention on trying to handle the chopstick that the restaurant so kindly gave him after he asked for a fork. His attention was pulled back to Kate, when she suddenly put her hand over her mouth and rushed from behind her desk towards the bathroom, barely missing McGee on the way.
"What's wrong with her?" questioned McGee.
"She was just eating her food and then she took off for the head? Last time I saw her take off like that was when we were on Air Force One…"
Tony and McGee both looked down into his container of food with question. Tony dropped the container into the trash before heading towards the bathrooms.
From outside the door, Tony could hear the unpleasant sounds. He proceeded with caution as he slowly opened the door hoping that there were no other occupants inside. To his luck, there wasn't. The toilet flushed as Kate emerged from the stall, wiping her mouth with a piece of toilet paper.
"Dammit DiNozzo! You would give me tainted Chinese food! "Kate groaned, rinsing her mouth out with water at the sink.
"Don't look at me!" said Tony throwing his hands up in the air.
"I was fine until you gave me that food!"
"You sure about that? Cause you haven't really been yourself lately?"
"What are you talking about, DiNozzo?"
"I'm talking about you being tired all the time, constantly complaining about headaches and not too much your sudden inability to keep food down?"
"So the Chinese food upset my stomach, big deal?"
"The pizza last week, the burgers two days ago and the coffee this morning also upset your stomach? Not to mention...you're late!"
Kate stared at him with her mouth agape.
"How would you know if I was late?"
"Trust me, after working so closely with a woman for six years you pick up on these types of things. Not that I'm proud to admit that!"
"So what are you trying to say, Tony?"
Tony just stared at her with one eyebrow raised before he turned around and exited the bathroom.
Tony was lying on his couch in a pair of boxers watching a movie when he heard the knock at the door. Her was taken aback to open the door and find Kate standing on the other side with a grocery bag in hand. She stormed in and headed straight towards the bathroom.
"Please, come in!"
Tony followed Kate to the bathroom but was halted in his tracks by the door slamming in his face. It seemed like an eternity before Kate opened the door.
"You want to explain what is going on here?"
"I'm pregnant, Tony."
"Real funny, Kate! You? Pregnant? Yeah, right?" smirked Tony.
Kate stepped back into the bathroom allowing Tony full view of the sink counter. On top laid a row of pregnancy tests, apparently the content of the grocery bag Kate had carried in.
The blue lines read louder than a blow horn, Agent Caitlin Todd was pregnant.
Tony sat down next to Kate on the edge of the tub. There were no words. He didn't know what to say.
"I thought it was just from the stress of the cases. I didn't think I was late because I was pregnant" Kate whispered.
Tony placed an arm around Kate's shoulder and pulled her in close.
"So Agent Mom, who's the daddy?" Tony couldn't help it. Humor was his way of dealing with tough situations; Kate didn't share in his methods.
"This isn't funny, Tony!"
"I know, I know! But seriously is it that guy Sam? Cause if it is prepare to give birth to E.T! That guy is too ugly to make a cute baby!"
Kate pushed away from Tony unable to take any more of his immaturity.
"I'm sorry, Kate! But seriously, who is it?"
Kate sat silently.
"Come on! If I'm going to be an uncle I would at least like to know who my little niece or nephew's father is."
Kate got up from the tub and walked over to the sink, resting her hands on the counter.
"It can't be that bad, Kate? Who is it? Huh? If you say Probie, I'll…"
"It's you, Tony!"
Tony was speechless.
"Remember that night, after the Briggs case…"
Rule 12 had long gone out the window for Agent Todd and DiNozzo. While they were not "dating" each other, the term "friends with benefits" would describe them to say the least. It was not odd that after particularly difficult cases, for them to find solace in each other's arms or beds rather.
"Kate, that was nearly two months ago?"
"And it's been about two months since my last..."
Tony was having a hard time comprehending.
"Are you sure?"
"Yes, I'm sure, Tony! Unlike you I don't go hopping in different people's bed every night of the week!"
"I wasn't trying to imply that, you sleep around! It's just that we only messed around a few times and I was careful."
"Not careful enough, apparently."
If it were any other woman, Tony would have fought this battle to no end but this was Kate, a woman he had grown to know better than he know himself over the past six years. Kate was a good girl and would never lie to him about something as serious as this. If she said so, it has to be true. She was pregnant with his baby.
The conversation of whether or not to keep the baby, didn't last long. Being the devout Catholic she was, Kate could never forgive herself for terminating a pregnancy even if it was the child of Tony DiNozzo. Tony knew Kate would never consider an abortion and quite honesty, he was glad. Over the past few years, events in his personal and professional life had got Tony thinking. He had become so engulfed in work that he wondered if he would ever have a family of his own. This might be as close as he ever got to have a family of his own and he didn't want it to past him by even if it meant having a child with Kate Todd.
Tony sat back and took her image in. The sight of her glowing skin and the bulge of belly where enough to take away the pain in his side. Kate was pregnant with his child. Tomorrow they would reveal their secret to the rest of the team. To the outside world, everything was normal. They continued their typical Todd/DiNozzo banter and aside from her frequent trips to the bathroom and slight decline in energy, Kate showed on outward signs of pregnancy. It was only in moments like this that the truth was revealed.
For tonight, Tony basked in the fact that the secret was his and hers only. Over the past month, the news of knowing that they were expecting a child together had brought them closer together. While they weren't exactly "dating", in private, their relationship was blossoming. They found themselves having dinner together after work and Kate often spent the night at Tony's apartment. Something that Tony was surprising starting to like. There was something about having Kate close to him that made him feel different.
Tony slowly leaned in and placed a soft kiss on Kate's stomach.
"Hey there, little one! I know you are only weeks old and can't hear me yet but I just wanted to tell you that..." the sting in the back of his head stopped Tony's words.
"It may not can hear you, DiNozzo, but I can! Go to bed!" groaned Kate as she rolled over facing her back to Tony.
Tony took a moment to let the feeling return to the back of his head before roughly pulling himself back up to the top of the bed, causing the bed to shake as payback to Kate for slapping him in the back of the head. He attempted to pull the covers over him only to have them slapped away by Kate.
"It's burning up in here!"
"Are you kidding me? It's like the Artic in here, Kate!"
"Would you turn the air up, please?"
"Kate, it's already set at 55! It doesn't go any lower!"
"Then can you open up the window?"
"It's twenty degrees outside!"
"Thanks…" she said before drifting off to sleep.
Pushing his frustration aside, he jumped out of bed, pulling on a sweatshirt, on top of the thermal he was already wearing, before walking over to the window and opening it allowing a cold rush of air to enter the room. When he turned around, he found Kate fast asleep with the covers pulled tightly around her.