First steps in the snow
Deeks opened the car door the moment Kensi had brought the car to a stop in front of the small cabin they were going to stay in for the next few days. He went around the car and opened the trunk so Monty could jump out and stretch his legs after the drive. Kensi came around as well and stood next to Deeks looking inside the car and then up to Deeks.
"Do you think he´s getting out there on his own?" she asked a bit nervous and excited as well.
"No worries, Monty had been the same when he saw and smelled snow for the first time. Believe me, Zuma will be absolutely fine. Just give him a moment," Deeks answered and started to get their bags out of their car.
He was smiling all the time because since they had gotten Zuma from the animal shelter in LA she had been behaving like a recent mom, following Zuma around and taking care that he was never out of her sight for too long. It was actually cute to watch Kensi like this, but he was wise enough to not mention anything to her, because she would probably shoot with daggers coming from her eyes.
They had been together now for a few month and everything was absolutely perfect. Yes, they had tiny fights or disagreements here and there but overall nothing had really changed between them, only Deeks was allowed to kiss and hug her almost whenever he wanted to. Of course while working they were both professionals and kept their heads in the game, but Sam and Callen had complained that their shared looks had changed. Deeks was sure they were just jealous about Kensi and him being able to communicate whole conversations without an actual word spoken.
So after Kensi had more or less moved in with Deeks she had started to talk about getting another dog as a companion for Monty because she had felt a bit sorry for him lying on his dog bed on his own while she and Deeks were cuddling on the sofa. He had been absolutely surprised by her thoughts but had offered to go to an animal shelter with Monty and her looking for a companion for his beloved mutt.
"Are you sure you´re okay with us getting another dog?" Kensi had asked still unsure if Deeks was really okay with it or just being nice to her.
"Absolutely. I guess Monty is going to be a great big brother and some company would be really good for him," was all he had said before they had entered the shelter and went looking for another dog.
In the end it had been an easy choice because Monty had made the decision for them, stopping in front of one of the cages and there hadn´t been any chance to get him away from this particular cage. Inside had been a puddle of dark brown fur, one upright ear and one dangling and two big brown eyes looking up at them, the head cocked slightly to one side. It was love at first sight for all of them and the same night Zuma and Monty had slept in Deeks apartment, snuggled up to each other and looking more than happy. The name was another easy thing in this whole OP. Deeks had been looking from Monty to Zuma and back and then announced that his name would be Zuma – which made them now parents to Monte(y)zuma – and Kensi had just smiled and nodded.
Right now Kensi was still standing in front of the trunk of her car, looking at Zuma trying to lure him out of the trunk. But so far Zuma was still sitting there looking from Kensi to the snow on the ground and then back at Kensi. Deeks knew that it would take just a few moments, before Zuma would finally get tired of sitting in the car while his best friend Monty was already running around and sniffing the trees.
Deeks carried their bags inside the cabin, Monty following him and looking around before he went back outside to look for Zuma. He was just about to drop their bags on the bed when he heard Kensi call for him.
"DEEKS!" Kensi nearly screamed and a moment later Deeks was outside again, reaching for his gun just to be reminded by his empty back that he was off duty. Then he saw why Kensi had called for him - Zuma had finally gotten out of the car and was standing next to Monty, all four paws pressed to the ground and not moving at all. Deeks started laughing and came over to Kensi and Zuma, giving Monty a pat on his head before leaning down to Zuma.
"Hey little man, don´t be so afraid. It´s just snow," he said to the dog while pushing him slightly so he had to move and test the slippery underground.
"Don´t push him too hard Deeks, he might get scared," Kensi chipped in, but the next moment Zuma started to move and Monty nudged him with his nose as if to tell him that it was fine.
Ten minutes later Deeks and Kensi were standing on the small porch to their cabin and watched Zuma and Monty playing in the snow, clearly enjoying their life. Deeks pulled Kensi closer and placed a kiss on top of her head, enjoying his life with her by his side as well.
"See? I told you, everything would be fine. And you're the best dog mom ever, believe me," he squeezed her hand placed on her stomach and he couldn´t be any happier.