Disclaimer: I do not own anyone or anything that has appeared on the TV show Pacific Blue. No beta read, hope that was a wise decision.

FRIENDSHIP

"Hey TC, want to have a little fun?" Victor Del Toro asked his friend.

"Why? What do you have brewing in that head of your Del Toro?" TC asked.

"Just watch." With that said, Victor walked over to Chris Kelly's desk, carrying a bag, and started placing objects in her desk. He came back to TC with a huge grin on his face.

"What did you just do man?" TC asked his friend.

"Just a little pre-April Fool's Day humor to liven this place up a bit," replied Victor. Within a minute of Victor leaving Chris's desk, she came storming into the firehouse with Cory McNamara in tow; both with an agitated look on their face. Everyone in the firehouse was only able to pick up the very end of their conversation.

"Well so much for friendship, huh Cory. I guess that word doesn't mean anything to anybody anymore." Chris shouted.

"I guess not. And you are the last person to be talking about friendship missy. The only time that word means anything to you is when you want something." Cory retorted back.

"Then maybe we shouldn't be friends anymore since I seen to be doing such a bang-up job." Chris spat back.

"That's the best thing you've said all day. We shouldn't be friends anymore," replied Cory.

"If that's what you, that's fine by me Officer McNamara," replied Chris.

"FINE, OFFICER KELLY." Cory said at the top of her lungs. With that said the ladies parted ways. The whole firehouse was in awe over the scene that just went on before them. Chris and Cory are best friends. Something must have really gotten under both their skins for them to end their friendship like that. Chris sat at her desk and cupped her face within her hands. She looked up and noticed that TC and Victor were both staring at her.

"Can I help you two with something? Is there something that you need?" Chris asked sarcastically. They both shook their heads no simultaneously. It was at that point that it dawned on Victor that now was not a good time to be playing a practical joke on Chris. TC must have been thinking the same thing Victor was thinking because they both watched in slow motion as Chris went to open the drawer Victor was playing in. Whatever it was Victor put in her desk was triggered as soon as Chris opened her drawer because a loud pop went off and a huge fog covered her face. Once all the smoke had cleared Chris's face was covered in a reddish paste. Victor and TC both busted out into a hysterical laugh. Chris looked instantly over in the direction of the men. Their laughter came to an abrupt end when they saw the expression on her face. TC not wanting to feel the wrath of Chris pointed a finger at Victor. Chris stood up and composed herself. She wiped most of the paste off her face, which was getting redder by the second; took a deep breath and walked towards the ladies room screaming out the Serenity Prayer.

"That was messed up Del Toro." TC said in between his chuckling.

"It was funny though, right? The really messed up part was you ratting me out man. I thought we were friends and friends stick together." Victor stated.

"We are friends, but don't even try to pull that one on me Victor. That was all you and you know it. Besides the last thing I want to be is on Chris' bad side right now," replied TC.

"I know what you mean. I wonder what happened between her and Cory. They were really upset with each other," said Victor. "Do you think that we should give some interference?"

"I don't know Victor. This looks like one argument we might not want to get involved in." TC responded.

"Come on TC, we can't have them throwing away a friendship. Now you take Chris and I'll take Cory," replied Victor.

"Why do I have to take Chris?" TC asked.

"Because she's kind of mad at me right now. Besides she's your girlfriend." Victor stated as he was getting up from his desk.

"Yeah and she has every reason to be mad at you too. And she's not my girlfriend. At least not yet," replied TC as he followed Victor.

"Whatever. Just do it, okay." Victor responded. Victor tracked down Cory in the interrogation room, while TC found Chris standing outside. The red paste was still visible on her face. TC had to bite his lip to prevent himself from laughing before he approached her. In the interrogation room Cory was just sitting in the chair in a lethargic manner as the tears slowly ran down her face.

"Cory are you alright. Do you want to talk about it.? I'm sure whatever happened between you and Chris can be resolved. I mean she can't possibly be any madder at you than what she is with me. See I pulled this joke on her and she." Victor said, chuckling a bit.

"Just leave me alone Victor. I don't really want to be bother right now and I definitely don't want to hear anything about Chris, or should I say Officer Kelly." Cory said as she turned her body away from Victor.

"I'm not leaving here until you tell me what's wrong. Come on, we're buddies. You can tell me anything. Let me guess this is about a man." Victor said.

"I thought that me and Chris we're buddies, but obviously I was wrong and no it's not about a man. Besides you wouldn't understand Victor," she replied.

"May I ask why not," he responded.

"You just wouldn't okay." Cory stated.

"Just try me. I mean I have a sensitive side." Victor responded. Cory gave Victor a questionable look before she began.

"Okay here goes." Cory started.

TC and Chris' conversation "That was a very hilarious joke TC. I am glad that I could bring you and Victor joy and humor today." Chris said as soon as she spotted TC.

"Listen Chris, I had no idea what Victor was up to. I mean I knew he was going to play a practical joke on you but I didn't know what the joke was." TC said in his defense.

"Whatever. If you came out here to talk me about what happened in there between Officer McNamara and myself, you're wasting your time. Our friendship is over and there is nothing more to it. I trusted Cory and she betrayed me. As far as I am concerned she doesn't exist anymore." Chris retorted.

"You don't mean that Chris. You and Cory are best friends and I am sure that whatever it is that has you so pissed off at her came be resolved. Besides, it's kind of hard for her not to exist considering the fact that you work and live with her," replied TC.

"Yeah, well that's about to change because I'm moving out tonight." Chris responded.

"Where are you going to go? I mean it's going to be kind of hard to find a place to stay in a few hours. You going to spend all your money on hotel rooms?" TC asked.

"Don't worry about me TC. I am a big girl and I know how to take care of myself." Chris said.

"Well if you can't find a place to stay, my door is always open." TC stated.

"You only have one bedroom TC," replied Chris.

"I can sleep on the couch until you find somewhere permanent to stay." TC said kind of drudging out the last part.

"I'm not going to kick you out of your bed TC," she replied.

"Okay, then we'll sleep in the bed together." TC said jokingly and kind of serious at the same time.

"Very funny Jim Carrey." Chris said smiling.

"Well it got you to laugh and that's all that matters. So you want to tell me what happened between you and Cory or are you going to mope around for the rest of the day?" TC asked.

"Well, me and Cory were getting ready for work as usual."

BACK TO CORY AND VICTOR

"You know how Chris has always been telling us that she plans on moving on to bigger and better things once she gets her foot in the door. Well a few weeks ago a Detective from LA Metro called for her while she was out. He told me to pass a message on to her concerning the screening for a position that was opening up there real soon. He gave me all the information and I wrote it all down for her. When I hung up the phone I had this strange feeling come over me. It was like my soul was seeping through my body or something. Anyway, instead of me giving Chris the message I destroyed it. I didn't mention anything to her when she came home that night or any other night. Well this detective kept calling back and I kept giving him the 'You just missed her' excuse. He finally got a hold of her this morning. I guess he told her that he had been trying to get in contact with her for the last few weeks and how the position that he wanted her to be screened for had been filled. He also didn't leave out the fact that he had been giving me the messages to give to her. I had already left the house when he called but Chris caught up with me a few blocks from here. We got into this huge argument and everyone in the firehouse caught the backblast of it." Cory stated. Victor was quiet for a few seconds before he responded.

"I am sure your intentions for not telling Chris about the phone calls were noble, but Cory you can understand why she is mad at you about the whole situation. I mean you kind of prevented her from advancing in her career. I just have one question for you. Why didn't you tell her?" Victor asked.

"I don't have a specific reason. I didn't want Chris to leave Pacific Blue. I didn't want to lose my best friend, but I ended up doing that anyways. Victor I don't know what to do. I tried to explain to Chris why I did it, but she wouldn't listen. She just kept yelling at me." Cory said, tears starting to stream down her face. Victor went up to his friend and enveloped her in an embracing hug. Cory just continued to sob.

TC and Chris "I can't believe you are standing her defending her." Chris shouted.

"I'm not defending her Chris. I just said that I'm sure that Cory has a good explanation for what she did if you only give her a chance to explain." TC said.

"Why did Cory do what she did? I'll tell you why she did it, because she is a deceitful, conniving, stab-your-best friend in the back."

"You don't mean that Chris and you know it."

"How do you know what I mean TC?" Chris asked.

"How do I know? I know because I know you." TC replied sincerely.

"So what do you want me to do, apologize to her or something? I'm not the bad person here TC, she is." Chris stated. TC just gave Chris his 'You're not being reasonable' look. As Chris was about to walk away TC grab her hand to stop her in her tracks.

"Maybe Cory just didn't want to lose you." TC said looking into her eyes.

"She wouldn't have," was her response as she walked away from TC. TC followed Chris back inside where he noticed Victor and Cory coming out the interrogation room. Victor gave Cory a soft pat on the back before she headed towards the female locker room. The two men just shook their heads no as they walked up to each other.

"Did Cory tell you what happened?" TC asked. "Yeah. What about Chris?" Victor retorted.

"Yeah. Victor she is infuriated. I don't know if she and Cory are going to be able to work this out." TC replied.

"They have to TC. Chris just has to get it through that stubborn head of hers that Cory would never intentionally do anything to hurt her." Victor said.

"True, but Chris does have every right to be mad at Cory. I mean Victor that would be like me getting a message at the job for you saying that you won Oscar De La Hoya tickets and I don't tell you. You would be pissed at me too." TC said.

"Did you get a message like that saying that I won De La Hoya tickets? Because if you did get a message like that and didn't tell me TC." Victor asked.

"No Victor. You completely missed the point that I was trying to make." TC stated.

"No, I get what you're saying. So what are we going to do to remedy this situation?"

"Well Chris said that she was moving out and I told her that she could stay with me until she found something permanent." TC stated.

"I'm sure you did offer her a place to stay." Victor retorted.

"Anyways, I can use that time to persuade Chris to talk to Cory. Until then, lets do our best to keep them separated. The last thing we need is Palermo finding out about this."

"Amen to that, but TC I just have to ask you something." Victor said.

"What?"

"If you got a message that I won De La Hoya tickets, you would tell me right?" Victor asked.

"Yes I would tell you Victor. I can't believe that you're still thinking about that," replied TC as he walked away from Victor.