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From:uv_colefield
Date:December 1st, 2004 07:10 am (UTC)
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Michael Colefield eyed his partner uneasily, reading the morning information file that had been disseminated at the briefing. Most of it was continuing work, but he always made sure that he was familiar with the material regardless. Terrorism was still new territory for him with his homicide squad background, and his month of being on the job had been a true baptism by fire.

"You know," he replied. "You were at the meeting."

He glanced over his shoulder and up at Jack Bauer's office, where the SAC and his new ASAC were apparently still deep in conversation. They were always talking about something, but that was the price she paid for becoming the new number-two agent. There was so much more of a burden on her shoulders.

Brittany's cell phone rang and she snapped it cleanly off her belt, "Colefield, go ahead."

"Brittany, it's Frank. You might want to get down here." Frank Smith was Brittany's ex-boyfriend and still a strong ally, who tipped her off whenever a case could possibly have a terrorist slant. She had always depended on him for inside information. "I just got a call of an explosion down at UC. And they want a homicide detective, you know what that means..."

"Yeah. I'll be right there. Thanks." She looked across at Jack, "Looks like we're getting started early today."

"What's new?" He nodded. "Call me when you get there."

"I always do," she told him, pushing out of the office and heading down the stairs to the bullpen floor. Her mind was already on who she would need to handle the call, if it was a terrorism issue at all. That she wouldn't know until she spoke to Frank in person.

The look on her face told Michael this was a serious matter. He spun round in his chair, waiting for her to say something. "Here we go."
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From:aricadavidson
Date:December 1st, 2004 07:21 am (UTC)
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"What's up?" Eric asked, spinning around in his chair and looking up at Brittany.
From:uv_colefield
Date:December 1st, 2004 06:26 pm (UTC)
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"RHD's requested our backup on an apparent explosion with fatalities at the UC. I want you two with me and we'll call in anyone else if necessary."

Michael was already out of his chair and throwing on his jacket, "What'd he say?"

"Not much. There was an explosion and they asked for a homicide detective. He's just heading out there himself. We'll meet him there."

"Right." If Michael had any problem working with his wife's ex-boyfriend, it had been buried long ago. He and Frank were friends now, if not particularly close ones, and he knew that Frank had made a good call. "What's your instinct telling you?"

"That the last time something in this city blew up, it took every one of us to stop it."
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From:aricadavidson
Date:December 1st, 2004 06:31 pm (UTC)
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"He didn't say where on the campus it was?" Eric asked, his brow furrowing with concern. He followed them, pulling out his cell phone and calling Arica's cell.

He looked up a moment later. "She's not answering but she's got class now. And the lab isn't even on the campus anyway..." He followed them out.

(Remember the Lab is just off campus... it's not on the actual campus)
From:uv_colefield
Date:December 1st, 2004 06:47 pm (UTC)
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"I'm just going on what Frank told me," Brittany said shortly, pushing through the main doors down the entry hallway.

She stopped to pull aside one of her desk agents. "Kelly, we might be mobilizing a field team shortly. When you see Steve, can you let him know he needs to be on call?" The man nodded, "No problem, Brittany."

"Thanks." She sighed and headed out to the Mazda parked just by the door, unlocking it with the click of a button on her keyfab and sliding into the passenger seat, adding as an aside "You know Frank doesn't call unless it's important."
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From:aricadavidson
Date:December 1st, 2004 06:51 pm (UTC)
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"Sorta figured that..." Eric said as he climbed into the car. "Let's just get down there."

[Does Eric know Frank?]

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From:bravotwozero
Date:December 1st, 2004 07:09 pm (UTC)
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Michael buckled his seat belt and covered his wife's hand with his own, feeling her shift the car into drive and pull out of the parking lot. "We know one thing," he said, "this isn't about Jack, thank God."

Brittany nodded, "Let's just hope this is an isolated incident. I'm sure Durant knows and we'll be blitzing all day. We'll have to cancel everything else for today, I'm guessing, but I won't know till we get there."

[He may be vaguely familiar with him ... both appeared in "Imago Dei," but never met -- yet Frank and Brittany dated for something like a year, so it could be implied they met at some point.]

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From:aricadavidson
Date:December 1st, 2004 07:15 pm (UTC)
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"Yeah," Eric nodded. "You're right that's it's probably isolated..." He shrugged, sitting back as they started making their way there.
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From:bravotwozero
Date:December 1st, 2004 07:20 pm (UTC)
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"I'm not making any assumptions." Brittany was thankful for the stunt driving course she had taken on a whim, using it to navigate her way through Los Angeles traffic. "Frank will know what's really happening out there."
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From:aricadavidson
Date:December 1st, 2004 07:25 pm (UTC)
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Eric glanced at his watch, calculating when Arica would be out of her class and he could try calling her again. "Nice driving Brittany," he quipped.
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From:bravotwozero
Date:December 1st, 2004 08:25 pm (UTC)
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"It works, doesn't it?" she said without looking back. "I know Frank. If he called, it's not 'cause he wants to have lunch, although he does do that from time to time. I know him. I lived with him for a year."
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From:aricadavidson
Date:December 1st, 2004 08:28 pm (UTC)
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Eric glanced at Mike. "Yeah I remember."
From:uv_colefield
Date:December 1st, 2004 08:39 pm (UTC)
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Mike nodded. He understood that Frank had loved her and protected her when he couldn't, and even as much as it hurt to think she'd been with someone else, he knew that without Frank she might not have been around when he got to his senses.

"It's okay," he said, reading Eric's thoughts. "That was a long time ago."
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From:aricadavidson
Date:December 1st, 2004 08:43 pm (UTC)
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"Okay, good," Eric said, glad that Mike wasn't beating himself up yet again...
From:uv_colefield
Date:December 1st, 2004 08:59 pm (UTC)
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"Yeah, the past is in the past," Brittany concurred, "but Frank's still important to me."

"He should be," Mike agreed. "At least he hasn't hit me again. For a guy of his size, that hurt immensely. He knows what he's doing."
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From:aricadavidson
Date:December 1st, 2004 10:21 pm (UTC)
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Eric chuckled. "So someone did get to hit you..." he said playfully.
From:uv_colefield
Date:December 2nd, 2004 05:02 am (UTC)
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"He decked him," Brittany explained.

"Yeah, he hit me pretty hard. Square in the jaw, took me right off my feet. It bruised, actually." Michael sighed. "Were I him, I'd have done the same."
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From:aricadavidson
Date:December 2nd, 2004 06:00 am (UTC)
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"Did I not offer to do it many times?" Eric asked in a teasing tone.
From:uv_colefield
Date:December 2nd, 2004 06:32 am (UTC)
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"This was different. You weren't the boyfriend after me whose entire relationship with her was based on our breakup."

"That was not everything," Brittany corrected.

"But it was how that started," Michael continued.
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From:aricadavidson
Date:December 2nd, 2004 06:45 am (UTC)
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"Well like you said..." Eric trailed off when he looked up and saw where the smoke was coming from. "Shit. That looks like it's the forensic lab," he said, fear creeping into his voice. Picking up his cell phone, he tried and failed to reach Arica again.
From:uv_colefield
Date:December 2nd, 2004 06:49 am (UTC)
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"He's right. This is my campus, I should know it by now." Brittany swung the car hard into the next lane, grinding the gas pedal to the floor. "Thank God this is built for this."
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From:aricadavidson
Date:December 2nd, 2004 06:55 am (UTC)
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"I still can't reach Arica," Eric said.
From:uv_colefield
Date:December 2nd, 2004 07:04 am (UTC)
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"We'll find out soon enough," Michael said.
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From:aricadavidson
Date:December 2nd, 2004 07:07 am (UTC)
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Eric didn't say it, but soon enough wasn't good enough for him.