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How you remind me

By Gina Mae Callen

Other / Thriller

Chapter 1

Sam and Callen walked into ops and Callen flopped on the couch, "You ok?" Kensi asked, staring at Callen who looked really green.

Callen glared at Sam "Car sick!" He mumbled

Sam rolled his eyes, "I took a short cut, Callen's just moaning again." Sam stated.

Eric whistled and they all trooped up to Ops. "You drive like a woman," Callen said to Sam as they went upstairs.

"Next time you drive." Sam smirked.

"What we got?" Callen asked

Eric pulled up what looked like a pile up on the PCH.

"Prisoner transport crashed into a Marine transport bus, Most of the prisoners have been located but we are missing one and a Staff sergeant who we think has been taken hostage."

"Names?" Kensi asked

"Jackson Roberts in for assault and armed robbery, done 15 years of a 40 year sentence, and Staff Sergeant Eric Revell "

Eric turned around, "Wait, where's Deeks?" He asked. 

Kensi rolled her eyes "Dentist, He broke a crown this morning."

Callen cringed thinking of the needle. "Yikes," He laughed "Pick him up; we'll meet you at the crime scene. Eric, see what else you can come up with and keep us informed."

Eric nodded and turned back to the screen and started typing furiously.

"Don't worry," Nell said "We'll send updates to your smartphones."

Callen nodded and they all headed out.

Kensi picked Deeks up from the dentist smiling with an ice pack in her hand.

"What did you do?" She smirked

Deeks glared at her and took the ice pack and slouched in the passenger side of her car.

"Jaw breaker." He finally admitted.

She laughed as he gingerly applied the ice pack and groaned contentedly.

"We have a case," Kensi told him and filled him in on the details while he lay back. He popped two painkillers and got his head straight. Kensi was enjoying this and hoped he was the strong silent type, with an emphasis on silent type, for a while longer.

As they arrived at the scene, Sam and Callen were talking to the local LEO's and getting all the information they had.

"It looks like this was staged," Callen said to them worriedly after a call from Eric.

"Outside help?" Kensi asked

"Nope." Callen said "This was targeted at us. Our personnel files were hacked. Nothing major just names and pairings,"

"Pairings?" Deeks mumbled,

"Yep, who was partnered with who." Callen stated, "Eric said that someone took pictures of us as we arrived, Sam's gone to look around but I haven't seen anyone."

Sam walked down the culvert and caught up to them.

"Eric's backtracking it, but he thinks the hack came from the prison." Sam informed them.

"When?" Deeks mumbled.

"A few days before the crash, this was staged to get us out here."

"Any leads on where they are." Kensi asked.

"It's gone cold." Sam stated. "However Eric is still looking."

"Great!" Kensi moaned in frustration.

They headed back to ops, Sam and Callen went to the gym to work out their frustration and Kensi did her paperwork and Deeks nursed his sore jaw.

Hetty walked into the bullpen "How's the tooth Mr. Deeks?" She asked.

Deeks tried a lopsided grin, "its seen better days." He admitted

"Candy is always best for the young, they grow new teeth." She said and walked on.

Deeks had to agree with her, however he wasn't sure it would stop him eating candy ever again, just maybe for now.

Come the end of the day they were very despondent, Eric has got a big fat zilch on any leads and was frantically trying to figure out who had hacked into their systems. The good news was that all they had managed to get away with was names no other ID which meant their covers were intact, Kensi offered Deeks a lift home seeing as he hadn't brought his car today and besides all those pain pills meant Marty couldn't drive.

"Wanna beer?" Deeks offered knowing that Kensi was down from the day's events.

"Sure." Kensi said

They walked in the door and stopped as they saw the staff sergeant tied up on a chair in the living room and Monty was drugged on the floor limply wagging his tail at his master.

They both drew their guns and Kensi stopped as a gun barrel was placed against her head.

"Drop it boy!" The mans' voice said.

Marty went white and dropped the gun out of shock.

"'re dead!" he breathed shaking as he looked into the face of the man in front of him.

"Sorry son, not yet" Gordon Brandel said a leer crossed his face at the sight of his son's horror.

Kensi's eyes went wide, she had never seen her partner terrified. Scared for her safety yeah, but Deeks was actually shaking in terror. She looked at Deeks questioningly, just who was this man?

"You like my present boy." Brandel asked "I didn't kill him figured I'd leave that for you to do."

Deeks shook his head, a thousand thoughts ran through his brain at once, "How...NO! I won't kill him!" Deeks yelled trying to get himself together.

Kensi's hand went into her pocket and she typed the agent in distress code into her mobile and hoped Eric would pick it up.

"Kill him or I kill her" Brandel said and cocked the gun he was holding.

Deeks looked wildly at Kensi and hoped to God she knew him well enough to know what he was going to do. He bent down and picked up the gun and aimed at the Staff Sergeant.

Then he fired the shot going through his shoulder.

"I SAID KILL HIM!" Brandel yelled

"It will," Deeks said. His eyes downcast and his shoulders shaking.

"Good, now drop that gun and come with me." Deeks dropped the gun.

"Deeks..."Kensi begged, "Shoot him!"

"I...I can't" Deeks breathed tears rolling down his face as his hand shook.

Brandel hit Kensi with his gun and the last thing Kensi heard was Deeks anguished voice "No!"

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