Explanations: Chapter 3

I am SO sorry I haven't updated in such a long time! I was busy, and partly wasn't motivated to write. Don't kill me! D:

Anyway, I'm back with chapter 3. Finally, I know. And much thanks to all of you guys who reviewed and faved the previous chapters. (:

(Oh, and pardon me if the addresses that Grissom gives out seem off or wrong. :x I just researched it on Google Earth.)

"Ecklie?" Nick scoffed. "Nah, he won't find out."

"Yeah, we are professionals," Sara said, smiling.

"Well, if he does happen to find out," Nick added. "I guess I'll have to go over to day shift then. No big deal I guess."

"It is a big deal, Nick!" Catherine exclaimed. "We need you here on the graveyard shift!"

"What's a big deal?"

The four turned around to see Warrick in the room.

"Uh, well…" Sara started.

"They hooked up," Catherine stated plainly, gesturing to Nick and Sara.

"Wait, what?"

"Yeah. It's true, man," Greg piped up, glancing at the pair.

With his mouth hanging open, Warrick turned to Nick. "Whoa. You serious?"

"Dead serious, man," Nick replied. "It was an accident."

Sara nodded solemnly. "Yeah… totally."

Taking a seat at the table as well, Warrick raised an eyebrow. "Really? I'm skeptical, Stokes."

"You don't need to be, Brown."

"I don't know, but I don't think I'm buying it. So, when exactly did you guys hook up?"

Nick and Sara replied simultaneously.

"Three weeks ago."

"Five weeks ago."

With a smirk appearing on Warrick's face, and as Catherine and Greg turned to the duo, Nick spoke up. "Well, the timeline was a little fuzzy… It should be five weeks ago, yeah…"

"See? It's obviously a prank," Warrick said to Catherine and Greg.

"I don't know," Catherine said. "I beg to differ."

Greg shook his head. "Huh. Now that you mention it, Warrick…"

"Okay. Twenty bucks says it's a hoax," Warrick announced, standing up from his seat, as he shot a glance at Nick and Sara, slamming a hand on the tabletop.

"Twenty bucks says it's not," Catherine declared, standing up as well, she and Warrick staring challengingly at each other.

Catherine and Warrick then both looked at Greg expectantly.

"Uh, going with Warrick," Greg said.

"Okay. Deal," Warrick said, smirking.

Sara laughed. "Why are you guys betting on something like this? Seriously?"

"Because I believe it's a hoax," Warrick answered. "We'll see if it is or not pretty soon."

"Oh, how can you be so sure?" Nick asked.

"Because I'm gonna tell Ecklie."

"Oh, you won't," Nick warned, his eyes widening.

"Yeah, I will," Warrick said.

"You can't do that!" Sara exclaimed. "What'll happen to Nick?"

"Nothing will," Warrick stated. "Cuz' both of you didn't hook up at all," he finished, watching Nick and Sara with a triumphant look on his face.

"It isn't a hoax. Nick will get in deep shit, Warrick," Catherine said, with Nick and Sara swapping glances without anyone noticing.

"What 'deep shit'?"

All five of them jumped at hearing the sixth voice.

"Nothing, Gil," Catherine said immediately, casting Warrick a wary look.

"I'm sure I heard something along the lines of Nick getting into deep trouble," Grissom said, looking around the room at the five of them. "Okay, enough with that for now. Got urgent cases to handle," Grissom continued, not noticing the rest of the people in the room, except Warrick, swapping glances.

"Nick and Sara, a body dump down at Charleston Boulevard," he said, looking up at the duo. "And two 419s at the local convenience store, for Catherine and Greg," Grissom continued, looking up at the group. "Warrick, you're coming with me. Shooting incident at Pennwood. No casualties, but a few injured, and several shook-up bystanders," Grissom finished.

"It's going to be a busy day today, so it looks like we'll need to work overtime today," Grissom added, shaking his head. "Get to work, guys."

The CSIs exited the room in their respective pairs. Warrick frowned as he swapped glances with Nick and Sara just before they split ways, without Grissom noticing anything.

I know it's short. Don't kill me! D: I'll try my best to do up chapter 4 to make it up to you guys.