Callen pulled up outside of Deeks' apartment, he watched as he saw someone pass by the window.
Good, he thought, that means Deeks is in.
He got out of the car and jogged up the outside steps to Deeks' door, before it knocked the door flew open.
"Deeks! Where in the….!" Kensi trailed off as she saw Callen standing there. "Callen...I...Damn!" Kensi said and moved away from the door halfheartedly waving a hand for him to enter.
"You alright Kens?" Callen asked.
For a second Kensi nodded, then she shook her head, "No...but I will be as soon as I see Deeks." she admitted.
Callen sat on Deeks' couch and looked at her, "Hetty told me." He said.
Kensi looked surprised, "I thought you already knew." she said moving quickly to snatch up her bra she had left lying on the back of the chair.
Callen smirked but wisely said nothing as Monty came over and placed his head on G's knee.
"Where's your daddy huh?" Callen asked stroking the dog.
"I'm worried Callen, first we are followed all day by Rivera and now we find out that Deeks is being investigate by Internal Affairs." She sat in the chair and looked over at her friend and team leader, "I'm worried for him...he lied to Hetty…" she admitted.
Callen looked at her with a raised eyebrow, "How do you know he lied to Hetty?"
"I'm his partner...in more ways than one Callen and believe me you'd know if Joelle lied wouldn't you?"
Callen shrugged, Joelle never lied to him, and after him lying to her about his own background he would never lie to her again, but she couldn't tell when he was lying and he told Kensi so.
"Yes but you're an undercover agent, lying about who you are is second nature to you."
Callen bit the inside of his lip as the reminder stung a little, but he brushed it off.
"I can tell when Deeks is lying, I don't know if Hetty noticed, but...there was something. When Hetty asked if he had anything he should tell her, he said no….NO!...He lied Callen!" Kensi got up and paced the room, "Then he leaves without waiting for me and he's not come home? What if there is something for Rivera to find?" Kensi sat back down and put her head in her hands.
"Do you trust him?" Callen asked her flatly.
Her head snapped up, "Yes?" She stopped and walked to the window looking out hoping he was just outside the window, "But Callen I'm scared for him and I don't like that."
Callen walked up to her and held her, "He'll be back soon." He promised.
Deeks didn't even go back to the mission, he walked off blindly towards the city, he wanted to disappear for a while, get lost in the hustle and bustle of Los Angeles...less chance of him being found by her.
He walked right by his apartment, saw the lights on and stopped. Looking up at the window he saw Callen holding Kensi.
He gave a small smile, he knew that Callen was there to hopefully comfort Kensi. He wasn't stupid enough to think his lie had got past her, but he hoped that she hadn't told them that she suspected him.
He took a step towards the apartment when a voice in the shadows stopped him.
"You really think they want you there?" The woman's voice cut through the night air.
Deeks shivered, "Why are you here?" he asked not turning round unable to tear his eyes away from the figure in the window.
"Why do you think boy?"
"You missed me?" Deeks quipped.
The woman laughed sourly, "Not likely…"
For a second a look of deep pain crossed Deeks' face, but still he didn't turn around.
"You cost our organization a lot of money...you cost me more…"
"Fisk is a criminal he belonged in jail!" Deeks spat.
"True...true," The woman agreed with him, "I am not really mad about that, I took over the operation and we expanded, I finally have the money and power I should have had years ago."
Deeks sighed, looking as a car pulled to a halt down the street. Whoever was in the car stayed there, on the phone. Deeks sighed with relief, he didn't want an innocent civilian caught in her crossfire, he knew that soon she'd probably put a bullet in his brain and he found he couldn't tear his eyes away from Kensi's silhouette, he wanted her to be the last thing he saw.
He heard the click of a gun behind him and closed his eyes…
"Nice don't you think?" she said holding it out for him to see.
Finally he turned and looked at her.
"What makes you think I won't take this and kill you?" he asked reaching and taking the gun from her grasp.
She smiled and stroked his cheek, despite himself he found himself leaning into her touch.
"You were never that bad...you still care."
He briefly closed his eyes, "I...I do…" he whispered.
She smiled coldly.
"It is a nice gun, new?" he asked hoping to take her attention away from the window where it had strayed.
She shook her head, "A present from your father." she turned it over feeling the weight and holstering it again, "My new husband doesn't like it, but...well, it has sentimental value."
"You got married again?" he asked genuinely surprised.
She nodded, "Fisk asked me once...but he was a bully, too much like your father, I would have ended up killing him too."
"You killed Da...Brandel?" Deeks asked again surprised.
"Cut the brakes on his car, topped up his club soda with Vodka, the rest was easy."
"Thanks." Deeks said sincerely.
"I didn't do it for you." She snapped.
Deeks chuckled, "No, I suppose not."
She took a step back and looked at him, "You've grown." she said matter of factly.
"Kids tend to do that." Deeks deadpanned.
"Do you have any?" she asked looking up again at the woman in his window.
"What you haven't got that in your little dossier you have on me?"
Deeks sighed, "Are you going to kill me Ma?" he asked.
"Maybe...but not yet, maybe not me...I have to do a job, I just wanted to catch up for old times sake."
"What old times?" Deeks snapped. "Last time I saw you I was six, you were leaving with Fisk."
"That's not true, I saw you when you were eleven, you took that bastard down." She put her hand on his arm with a smile as she saw a small flash of light from the car parked down the street.
"You left me with him!" Deeks shook her arm off.
"I had no choice, but I never deserted you." She countered.
"Sure as hell felt like it, if it wasn't for the Deeks' they took me in, I would have been alone."
"Who do you think sent them money for your education, your college."
"No one I earned my money." Deeks snapped.
She shook her head, "There was no scholarship, Fisk and I payed for your tuition, your degree in law."
"No...no you're lying, I worked I paid for my own…"
"Martin, I have never lied to you and I never will. Clarence Fisk paid for your college education, we helped you get into the LAPD."
Deeks shook his head, "No...why?!"
"Because I'm your mother."
Deeks laughed, "Really? That's all there was to it, so now you come looking to try to recruit me to Fisk's empire, not gonna happen."
This time his mother laughed, "Fisk is a has been, a wanna be...I took his empire and his money and made it my own."
"He'll kill you." Deeks stated genuine worry crossed his face.
"Not with the people I work with now. Now I serve a higher purpose. Thanks to my husband, I now understand that people like Fisk are a means to an end."
"Why are you here?" Deeks asked.
"Need to know son, and you don't." She said, she moved back into the shadows as one of Deeks' neighbors opened his door to let a cat out.
"Mom…" Deeks' voice cracked on the unfamiliar word.
"I have business here, I just wanted...I just wanted to warn you, take a vacation, leave LA."
"I can't I...mom?" Deeks turned as he realized that she had gone.
He placed his hands on his knees and leant forward slowly getting breath into his lungs.
He swiped at the tears he hadn't meant to shed and headed into his apartment.
"Deeks!" Kensi exclaimed as he opened the door.
"You were expecting anyone else?" he said with a smirk.
"Where have you been?" She asked worried.
Deeks shrugged, "I talked to Bates about the IA investigation," He said honestly. "Hey Callen." he said feigning surprise at his presence.
"Deeks." Callen took a swig from the beer Kensi handed him. "I heard about the investigation, Hetty told me, I just wanted to see if I could help at all?" he said.
Deeks shook his head, "Nope, they'll find nothing and then we'll just all go along as normal." he lied.
He missed Kensi's look to Callen, "Listen, I gotta hit the shower, stay...catch up with Kens," He laughed, "Watch Titanic with her, I won't be long."
He headed to the bedroom and Kensi waited until she heard the water running.
"See!" she sighed turning to Callen, "He's lying about something, you can see that right?"
He nodded, "Yeah, something is bothering him all right, do you want me to stay?"
Kensi shook her head, "No...he's home now, I'm sure he'll talk to me."
Callen nodded, stood up and handed her his bottle. "You call if you need me Kens, if he needs me. You guys aren't alone we all have your back."
Kensi smiled and let Callen out, she noticed as he got into his car that a car further down the street pulled out and headed away from the apartment.
Shrugging it off as paranoia she shut the door and headed back to the main room to wait to talk to Deeks.
Rivera pulled over and looked at the photos she had captured.