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Oct. 31st, 2004 @ 12:41 am (no subject)
That night, after the kids had been tucked in bed, and everything taken care of, Arica found herself curled up next to her husband in bed. She'd told him what Kendall had said, had wanted, and had accused her of... the same crap again.

"It's okay Ari. CTU will protect both of us. They know you weren't involved."

"It's just so frustrating. I didn't do anything and yet I'm blamed."

"I know," he soothed, stroking her hair. He kissed her gently. "I'm happy I got out though. Dixon expedited the paperwork before Kendall got wind of the transfer. I start over at CTU in the morning."

Arica smiled. "You just better be careful. Got me?"

"I got ya, sweetheart," he replied. They quickly drifted off to sleep soon after that.

Morning came far too soon and Eric got ready for work as usual, this time trying not to wake Arica up. She'd still taken a couple weeks off to spend with the kids. She must have been really exhausted because he managed to not wake her up this time.

He arrived at CTU exactly on the dot and went to find Brittany.
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From:bravotwozero
Date:October 31st, 2004 05:59 am (UTC)
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"Take the donuts with you."

Brittany clapped Lex on the back as the two of them got up from their desks and prepared to go into the morning huddle. Around them, all of their cohorts were heading for the conference room. She looked over and put up a hand to let Weiss know where she was; she nodded toward the conference room.

"You're just in time. Let's go, everybody."
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From:aricadavidson
Date:October 31st, 2004 06:00 am (UTC)
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Eric followed her into the conference room. "Great," he said.
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From:bravotwozero
Date:October 31st, 2004 06:44 am (UTC)
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The meeting had its own perfect order. Jack at the head of the table, with Brittany to his left and Tony to his right. Julian Burroughs sat next to Tony, across from Mike, and Lex was still going through the donuts as everyone claimed a chair that seemed to be territorially theirs.

"Just grab a chair," Brittany suggested, "we'll get the ball rolling. Jack, I think we're all here."

Jack nodded. "Okay, guys. First things first, the administrative business - I'd like you to welcome our two new agents. Some of you might know Eric Weiss from our CIA joint missions, he'll be joining the Operations staff. Josh Brees," he continued, nodding to a young dark-haired man, "will be working on the Technology team. Try not to scare them on the first day."

Laughter ensued. "Anybody have anything they want to talk about?" Jack offered, as he always did in these meetings.
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From:aricadavidson
Date:October 31st, 2004 06:48 am (UTC)
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Eric listened as the meeting continued.
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From:bravotwozero
Date:October 31st, 2004 07:23 am (UTC)
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Brian raised a hand, "The medical records are up-to-date, physicals have been filed, and as far as I know," he joked, "everyone is set at Condition Green. Including those of you who were in on Augustine. So, for the next twenty-three seconds, we can celebrate." He grinned.

"Glad to hear that," Jack said.

"I think I just got a papercut," Lex feigned. Brittany reached past Mike to slap him on the back of the head.

Jack smiled. "With everything that's been going on, I'm going to push the field back a day. Take the day and catch up on anything you need to get done. We'll assign new operations at the afternoon huddle. I'm more concerned about getting back on our feet and getting everyone on the same page."

Brittany nodded. "That means I'll be out today. I've got to smooth things over outside of home base."

"I'll take care of the physicals," Brian continued. "Give me an hour or two, tops."

"Julian, can you second-chair for me?" Brittany asked him. Burroughs nodded. "Yeah, no problem."

"Great, thanks." Brittany smiled at him. "I don't think I'll be more than a few hours."

"All right, so - everybody stays home today." Jack surveyed the table. "The usual goes - check in with me or Tony before you leave, if you have to leave. Otherwise, I'll see you guys in a few hours."

"Was that like the shortest meeting we've ever had?" Brittany theorized.

Lex chuckled. "Shut up. You're the one who makes all these speeches."

"You like my speeches."

"I know. I'm just saying."
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From:aricadavidson
Date:October 31st, 2004 07:34 am (UTC)
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Eric chuckled. "Yeah, that's a lot shorter than any meeting we ever had," he input.
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From:bravotwozero
Date:October 31st, 2004 07:53 am (UTC)
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"Generally, they're efficient but they're not that short." Brittany laughed. "Anyway, you'll see how a real one works later. Let me get you settled. I'm going to be out today, so if I'm not here, talk to Jack or Tony."

She led him over towards Mike's desk, where her husband was starting to work. There was an empty station directly across from him. "Honey, I'm sticking you with the new guy," she quipped.

Mike looked up from his monitor, "Is it something I did or something I didn't do?" he said sarcastically.

"I just figured, you two are essentially on the same page." She shrugged. "We'll talk about it later. Until then, play nice. Anything I can do for you two?"
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From:aricadavidson
Date:October 31st, 2004 07:58 am (UTC)
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"I'm fine," Eric said. "Just not sure what to do." He grinned at Mike. "I promise I won't drive you crazy... well, too much."
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From:bravotwozero
Date:October 31st, 2004 08:04 am (UTC)
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Brittany laughed. "Don't worry about it. Just relax, get yourself familiar with the system. Lex and I will be over there," she pointed to their desks, "if you need some help. We're just catching up, doing research ... you can access all the files from your terminal. Now, if you'll excuse me, my partner is probably eating my donut."

She turned and sweetly called to Lex, "If you touch the jelly donut, I will kill you." He just grinned and held it out for her as she walked back to their desks.
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From:aricadavidson
Date:October 31st, 2004 08:07 am (UTC)
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Eric chuckled and sat down at what was now his desk, turning on the machine. "Sure thing."
From:uv_colefield
Date:October 31st, 2004 08:14 am (UTC)
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Mike watched his wife go and then turned back to his monitor. "You picked a good day to start."
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From:aricadavidson
Date:October 31st, 2004 08:18 am (UTC)
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"Good. So the question is where should I start?"
From:uv_colefield
Date:October 31st, 2004 08:25 am (UTC)
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"Open up your network. It's the network icon at the top of your icon row. It contains your daily briefing. All of that stuff is linked and updated for all of us to make sure we know our stuff."
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From:aricadavidson
Date:October 31st, 2004 08:26 am (UTC)
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Eric did so. "Okay this works."
From:uv_colefield
Date:October 31st, 2004 08:32 am (UTC)
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"Okay. Click on the heading that says DB with today's date. Then just go over that. It's today's daily brief." Mike hit some keys on his keyboard, working on his report. "You might be a little blockaded until Lex sets up a permanent account for you."
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From:aricadavidson
Date:October 31st, 2004 08:38 am (UTC)
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"That sorta makes sense," Eric said with a shrug. "I'm just glad to be here today. I was afraid they'd never let us leave..."
From:uv_colefield
Date:October 31st, 2004 09:09 am (UTC)
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"Brittany told me last night." Mike nodded, still typing away. "She had the Deputy D.A. on standby. Not to mention she apologized to Durant. I don't know why."
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From:aricadavidson
Date:October 31st, 2004 09:19 am (UTC)
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"Yeah, well Arica and I appreciate all the help, even though I know it's what ya'll do. I don't know why but Kendall's been out to get Arica since the video. I presume Brittany told you 'bout that?"
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Date:October 31st, 2004 09:21 am (UTC)
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"She did." Mike sighed. "This may be her world, but I will never understand some of these people."
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From:aricadavidson
Date:October 31st, 2004 09:30 am (UTC)
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"Hell, I don't understand people I've worked with for years." He shrugged. "I certainly never understood Sark's obsession with my wife. The only regret I have about Sark's death is that I wasn't the one to pull the trigger." He sighed. "It's weird to have him out of our lives. He's been an ever present fear for nearly 5 years now... and that's gone now."
From:uv_colefield
Date:October 31st, 2004 06:36 pm (UTC)
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"She's become very good at making absolute calls. When it comes down to it, no matter what the cost - the choice is always simple to her. The pain never is, but she never thinks about that. I don't know how she can do it." Mike sighed and re-read what he'd written so far. "She's dealing with it."
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From:aricadavidson
Date:October 31st, 2004 08:01 pm (UTC)
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Eric nodded. "How are you doing man?"
From:uv_colefield
Date:October 31st, 2004 09:06 pm (UTC)
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"I'm dealing with it." Mike stopped, glancing over his shoulder. His wife was already back at work, gathering her things to head out. "That part of her scares me. I won't lie to you."
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From:aricadavidson
Date:October 31st, 2004 10:23 pm (UTC)
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"Yeah, I bet it does."
From:uv_colefield
Date:October 31st, 2004 10:47 pm (UTC)
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Mike stopped and stared. "What's that supposed to mean?"
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From:aricadavidson
Date:October 31st, 2004 11:19 pm (UTC)
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"Exactly what I said man. Relax. I always found her a little frightening at times."
From:uv_colefield
Date:November 1st, 2004 07:15 am (UTC)
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The cool stare didn't flinch. The incident in Mike's head was not one that he recalled Weiss being present for, but he could've been wrong. "You know something I don't?"
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From:aricadavidson
Date:November 1st, 2004 07:21 am (UTC)
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"I knew her back in the CTU training course remember? I'd never seen anyone so young so focused and believe me, I've seen my share of focused and driven people." He shrugged again. "Don't get me wrong. I have nothing but respect for her and I trust her. If I didn't, there wasn't any way in hell Arica would've gone with them... at least without me."
From:uv_colefield
Date:November 1st, 2004 01:55 pm (UTC)
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Mike blinked and shook his head. "That may be true, but were you there when she interrogated Myers? Pure and simple, mate, I didn't know her then. There's a demon in her - in both of us - but to see it from her was ... well, I was hoping she wouldn't have to have one."
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From:aricadavidson
Date:November 1st, 2004 07:04 pm (UTC)
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"Wasn't there then," Eric conceded. "But I can tell she's got one."
From:uv_colefield
Date:November 1st, 2004 08:45 pm (UTC)
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Mike flinched, thinking of the sheer -- brutality, there was no other word.

"She," he said simply, "it has a name."
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From:aricadavidson
Date:November 1st, 2004 09:02 pm (UTC)
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Eric nodded, turning his attention back to the screen, figuring that silence was golden here. If Mike wanted to get into it further, he'd get into it.
From:uv_colefield
Date:November 2nd, 2004 02:43 pm (UTC)
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Michael grabbed his report out of the printer and walked it over to Tony Almeida. "Latest set of evals from the CTC," he said, handing Tony the report.

"Thanks, Mike." Tony nodded. "I'll pass them on to Jack."

"You need me here?"

"Not crucially."

"I'm going to be down in the gym for a few minutes. Just want to think on a few things. If Brittany gets back, have somebody find me."

"No problem." Tony clapped him on the back and left him be. Mike went back to his desk and pulled his SigArm P226 out of his desk drawer.
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From:aricadavidson
Date:November 2nd, 2004 02:47 pm (UTC)
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"Mind if I tag along?" Eric asked.
From:uv_colefield
Date:November 2nd, 2004 06:05 pm (UTC)
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Michael stared at him for a second. "No, I don't," he said, slamming a clip into the gun and then walking away.
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From:aricadavidson
Date:November 2nd, 2004 06:12 pm (UTC)
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"What's up with you man?" Eric asked as he followed Mike. "I really wasn't trying to piss ya off."

[note: Eric rarely knows when to quit... or if he does doesn't generally pay attention... see the hockey incident with Vaughn in Season 3 lol]
From:uv_colefield
Date:November 3rd, 2004 02:53 am (UTC)
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Michael checked the topslide on his weapon. "Talking about it just upsets me, all right?" he said brusquely.
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From:aricadavidson
Date:November 3rd, 2004 02:58 am (UTC)
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Eric nodded. "That's cool man. Sorry. Want me to leave ya alone?"
From:uv_colefield
Date:November 3rd, 2004 06:02 am (UTC)
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"I'm going to go downstairs and shoot something to get this out of my system. Whatever you want to do is up to you."
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From:aricadavidson
Date:November 3rd, 2004 06:56 am (UTC)
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Eric nodded and right at that moment his cell phone rang, making his decision for him. He moved back to his desk. "Weiss."

"Hey. You were quiet this morning," Arica said.

"You were sleeping pretty soundly."

"Just wanted to see how things were going."

"Fine I guess. Already pissing people off."

"Good job hon," she said with a bit of amusement in her voice. "It'll be fine. Got into it with Mike?"

"How'd you know?"

"Just a guess." He could hear her smile through the phone. "Leave him alone for a while. Don't pester him like you always do to me. Okay?"

"Sure," Eric said.

"Eric, promise me?" she asked.

"Okay fine, I promise."
From:uv_colefield
Date:November 4th, 2004 05:20 am (UTC)
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Mike was waiting for the elevator to show up. He hadn't quite mastered all the labyrinthine corridors of CTU, but he knew his way around the building.

"Are you coming?" he asked over his shoulder.
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From:aricadavidson
Date:November 4th, 2004 06:04 am (UTC)
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Eric hung up the phone and looked up, then shrugged. "Sure." A pause. "So where are we goin'?"
From:uv_colefield
Date:November 4th, 2004 04:55 pm (UTC)
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"The gym downstairs has a firing range." At that precise moment, the elevator arrived.
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From:aricadavidson
Date:November 4th, 2004 05:53 pm (UTC)
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Eric nodded. He always enjoyed the range. "Good stress release," he commented, glad he had his own weapon with him.
From:uv_colefield
Date:November 5th, 2004 07:22 am (UTC)
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"So Vaughan recommended." Michael gave an apathetic shrug and hit the button for the appropriate floor.
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From:aricadavidson
Date:November 5th, 2004 10:13 am (UTC)
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"Vaughn?"

[correct me if Weiss would know who Mike is referring to]
From:uv_colefield
Date:November 5th, 2004 06:10 pm (UTC)
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"Not him. Vaughan Rice, part of the CIB London squad. He and I worked together extensively."
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From:aricadavidson
Date:November 5th, 2004 08:10 pm (UTC)
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Eric nods.