CHAPTER 1

There was a low hum of machines in the bull pen. It was Friday afternoon, late September. The weather was still warm, but the first signs of the autumn changes were beginning to show. Flowering bushes were starting to shed their petals, and the first shades of color were tinting the oak leaves.

Myles was typing up some last minute reports while Bobby chased down a tip. Tara was experimenting with a new program. Sue was just returning with Jack after spending half their day in court with D. The day was a typical day at the FBI office.

"Anyone have any plans for the weekend?" Myles asked, breaking the silence in the office. One by one heads began to lift from their desks and computers. Myles looked around when no one answered. "What?" He asked.

"Myles, you don't usually seem interested in what we're doing..." Tara said apologetically.

"Well... I am!" He said defensively.

"Really, Mate?" Bobby asked.

"OK... I'm bored! It's making the afternoon drag. I thought some friendly banter would help make it pass quicker."

"I'm going to go out and get an ice cream sundae tonight... I just feel like hot fudge!" Sue said. Lucy giggled and agreed it sounded good.

"I think I'm going to go for a walk, maybe to the little coffee shop on 5th. I've heard they have a pumpkin spice coffee to die for!" Tara said licking her lips and leaning back in her chair.

"Ooo, pumpkin coffee and hot fudge sundaes... now, that sounds good!" Lucy said.

"We should all do something together." Myles suggested.

"Yeah, that would be fun." Sue commented. "Bobby? Jack? What about you guys, do you have any plans tonight?" Sue asked.

"No. I don't have anything to do tonight." Bobby said. Jack agreed.

"Where do we all want to go?" Tara asked.

"Dinner! I'm starving." Jack said.

"When aren't you?" D asked as he walked into the office. "What are we talking about?" He asked.

"Plans for tonight." Lucy said.

"What are you and Donna doing tonight?" Sue asked.

"Not sure. My mom has the kids for the weekend, that much I know!" He said laughing. "I'll call Donna, see if she wants to go out." D said.

"Great! So, where do we want to go?" Myles asked.

"Your idea, your choice." Jack said.

"Nothing stuffy!" Lucy begged.

"What about that new place that just opened up on 14th?" Myles suggested.

"I've heard that place is good." Tara agreed.

"And, not too stuffy." Bobby added.

"It's settled then... 7:00?" Myles asked.

The afternoon seemed to pass a lot quicker. The girls began to chat about what they were wearing while the guys just rolled their eyes at them, until Sue caught Bobby saying something about makeup and dresses.

"Crash, with your eyes, I would stick to Earth tones for your make up and stay away from the firey colors for your dress. Are you planning on getting something new on the way home tonight?" Sue teased. Bobby laughed, and flipped his hair mocking his own comments.

"Can I catch a ride with you two? My car's going in the shop tonight." Tara asked.

"Sparky, I'll swing by and pick you up... don't make me wait this time! You're worse than a woman sometimes!" Bobby teased.

"Well, at least I'm just going in jeans! I don't have to worry about my make up clashing with my eyes!" Jack said, making fun of Bobby's comments.