Angrily, Jim Brass turned away from the reporters. In an effort to relieve some of the tension they had caused, he rubbed the back of his neck as he strode down the hallway of the LVPD. As he rounded the corner, he was still muttering obscenities under his breath, when he ran into Sofia Curtis.
The slender blonde detective was knocked backward by their collision, but managed to stay on her feet. She took one look at her lover and realized that something was terribly wrong with him. Glancing around, she noted that an interrogation room was empty. Grabbing Jim's hand, she pulled him into the room and closed the door.
"Hey, what's the matter?" she asked, her voice laced with concern.
"Those damn idiots," he said as he gestured with his thumb down the hallway. "They had the balls to ask me about Officer Bell."
Suddenly, understanding washed over Sofia. She reached out her hand and cupped the side of Jim's face.
"I'm sorry they did that to you. They had no right."
"Damn it, Sofia. Will this ever go away?"
"Honestly, Jim. I don't know. It will always be with you."
"I know, but that doesn't help," he said as he slumped down into a chair.
Sofia sat down across the table from him. She studied his weary face and she felt her heart break. It hurt her to see him in pain.
"Jim," she quietly said as she took his hand in hers, "we both know you were cleared, but people have long memories. Especially reporters."
Sighing, he looked at her. Knowing that she was correct didn't make things easier. However, knowing that she cared about him did.
"Thank you," he told her.
"Just being you. It helps to have you around," he said as a small smile graced his face.
"I'm always here for you."
They sat in companionable silence for a few moments. Sofia watched as he visibly calmed. When she was sure he was back to his normal self, she asked, "You want to blow this pop stand and get some dinner?"
Smirking, he looked at her, "Isn't that supposed to be my line?"
"Yeah, but you're rubbing off on me."
Standing, the couple embraced quickly and then left the room. In the hallway, Jim turned to her and quietly said, "I need to get some things from my office. I'll meet you at the car in about 15 minutes."
"Perfect. I'll be waiting," she said as she turned and walked away. Brass stared at her departing form for a few moments and then went to his office. Neither of them noticed the man watching them.
Gil Grissom had witnessed the whole exchange - from the moment that they bumped into each other, until the moment they had left the interrogation room. He noted the change in Brass' demeanor when the couple left the room and the smart CSI couldn't help smirking. While inter-office relationships were taboo, he silently cheered for the couple. It was nice to see his old friend finding a companion.
Summary: Takes place at the end of "I Like To Watch". Sofia helps Brass deal with the stress of the reporters final question