Tank and Ranger walked out in the sunlight, not speaking. Tank had a huge smile on his face.
"I should have stuck around. This is going to fun." He said.
"Let's see if she lets me live when I get back," Ranger said, also smiling.
"You tell her where you're going?" Tank asked.
"You know I didn't. It's best if she doesn't know." Ranger answered.
"She's going to find out," Tank said. They stopped speaking as they got into the SUV. Ranger needed time to think anyway.
"She will. We have other things to work on," Ranger said after a moment.
"Still resisting the idea of moving in together?" Tank asked. He and Ranger had been friends for a long time so he knew if he was intruding, Ranger just wouldn't answer.
"Yeah," Ranger confirmed.
"Resisting the idea more than the reality, it seems. When did you sleep at your apartment last?" Tank pointed out. Ranger shrugged to confirm the point.
"She'll come around. Is it still Morelli?" Tank asked.
"Not so much Morelli. We've talked it and she's talked about it with Carrie," Carrie was the Rangeman psychologist. Sometimes they just needed someone to listen. "I think now it's more about her relationship experience."
"Not so hot?" Tank said, though he knew the answer.
"Never anyone she could count on," Ranger confirmed.
They pulled up to the small private airport.
"She knows she can count on you," Tank assured his friend. "I wish I had the heat you have with her."
"Just don't try to have it with her," Ranger joked. They walked over to the small, private, plane.
"You sure you don't want me to go?" Tank asked.
"No, I'm good." Ranger confirmed. "How hard will picking up a toddler be?"
"I seem to remember talk of the terrible twos. Women are all over about the terrible twos." Tank said.
"Well, then we're good because the kid is 3." Ranger said.
"Keep it safe," Tank said, fist bumping Ranger.
"You know I will," Ranger said climbing into the plane. He settled back into the seat and realized that the fluttering in his stomach indicated that he was more nervous than he'd ever been in his life.