I got this idea a few days ago and it just wouldn't leave me alone! I hope you like it, I think I'll continue and write more of it! Please read and review!

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Another case was closed, the team had caught the killer and they were now heading back to the CBI headquarters to start the closing paperwork on the case. It was late January and the weather was cold. It was raining outside, the raindrops created a steady thump on the roof of the car. Grace looked out the window at the world whizzing by when something caught her eye.

"Lisbon! Please stop the car!" Grace said urgently

Lisbon quickly pressed the brakes and pulled over. Lisbon turned around so she was facing Grace.

"Van Pelt everything okay?" Lisbon asked worriedly.

"Umm yeah, I think so. I just have to go do something real quick. I'll be right back" Grace said as she hopped out of the car and ran into the pouring rain.

Lisbon and the rest of the team watched Grace,

"What's she doing?" Lisbon asked

"Knowing Grace, she's probably trying to help someone or something or she's going crazy" Jane said

"I'll hope for the first" Lisbon said.

The cold wind blew Grace's hair and she pulled her coat tighter. As she got closed to the figure on the side of the road she saw that it was a small puppy cowering under a tree near the entrance of the forest. She looked at the little dog shivering in the forest. Once she got closer to it she slowed her pace and walked cautiously to the puppy. She was careful not to startle or frighten it. Then when she was only three feet away she laid down in front of the puppy, she ignored the shallow puddle she laid in, as it soaked through her clothes. She faced the puppy and started talking to it soothingly, coaxing the puppy out of its hiding place.

"Come out buddy, it's okay"

"I'm not going to hurt you"

"I want to help you"

"Come on out and I can dry you off" Grace said quietly to the puppy

With each phrase the dog slowly came out a little more. Grace slowly stuck out her hand for the dog to sniff. He sniffed it then licked it. Grace smiled and gently reached out and petted the puppy. She stroked its soaked coat and was horrified when she found how skinny it was. She could feel the bump of each of its ribs. She slowly moved into a sitting position. She talked softly as she slowly picked up the puppy. Once she finally had the puppy in her arms she cuddled it and held it closer to her. She could feel the puppy shivering-just like her. She couldn't image how the dog must feel, she had only been out in the cold and rain for 20 minutes and she was freezing.

She walked up to the car with a triumphant smile. The team looked at Grace like she was crazy.

Lisbon rolled down her window, and raised her eye brows at Grace.

"Van Pelt you're soaking wet, it's freezing outside. You're going to get sick. Get inside and explain why you have a dog in your hands" Lisbon said trying to sound professional but Grace could tell Lisbon was trying not to smile.

Grace balanced the dog on one hand and opened the door with the other and climbed into the back seat. Rigsby scooted away from her "Hey! Don't get me wet" He said joking. Grace smiled, and Rigsby handed her a towel he had found in the trunk. Lisbon started driving again.

"Thanks" She said as she took the towel. She started drying off the puppy.

"Grace, I recommend drying yourself first" Jane said, with a smile. Grace laughed and attempted to dry her hair.

"So Van Pelt, you have a dog in your hands… That dog wasn't there when you left. I'm assuming that's the reason we stopped?" Lisbon asked

"Yes, sorry boss. But the puppy was all alone and it's raining and cold. It needs a home and I couldn't just leave it there. My parents never let me take home any stray dogs I found, but I have to keep this one" Grace said smiling like a little kid, her eyes were wide and hopeful.

"Fine, I'm not really in the position to tell you no, so do you what you want with him" Lisbon said with a shrug.

"Just keep it legal" Lisbon said as a second thought, even though she knew Grace was the least likely out of all of them to do something illegal. Everyone knew that Grace was terrified of getting in trouble.

"Also Lisbon wants you to keep him because she secretly thinks the puppy's cute" Jane said with his huge smile.

"Maybe just a bit…" Lisbon said grinning.

"What breed do you think it is?" Lisbon asked Grace

"It's a beagle-"Grace said, looking at the puppy and contemplating its breed "Yep, definitely a beagle"

"I like beagles" Grace said with a smile

"I like bagels" Rigsby said

" Not cool man, not cool…" Cho said

"He's friends, NOT food Rigsby..." Grace said

The team laughed at Rigsby's sudden embarrassment.

"Van Pelt are you going to take the puppy to a veterinarian?" Lisbon asked

"Of course! I'll do it as soon as work is over" Grace said

"How does that sound? We'll go on a trip when I'm finished with work" Grace said to the little dog that was looking up at her with its huge puppy eyes.

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