A/N: I have an announcement to make. This story had officially hit 100 reviews. Three cheers for everyone who contributed! And on a side note, it appears I'm better at writing romance than I think.
On a more sober note, this will be the last chapter of this wonderful fic. I know, I'm sad too. But I leave you now to finish it.
P.S. Wasn't the Season 3 premiere awesome?
Deeks crept into OSP early in the morning with the intention of writing out some paperwork he'd been putting off – Hetty had been on his case for weeks about a stack of expense reports he was dreading to touch.
He didn't expect anyone to be there (except maybe Hetty) – as Sam was still resting up after getting shot (at Hetty's and Callen's insistence); he hadn't seen Callen and Kensi since yesterday; and Eric and Nell usually came in later. So it came as a surprise when he saw Rose by her desk with a box half full of things.
"Morning, sunshine," he greeted cheerily. "What're you doing here so early?"
"Morning, Deeks." Rose gestured to the box. "I'm packing up." She pulled open a drawer and began clearing it out.
Deeks was puzzled. "Why?"
Rose chuckled slightly. "You mean you don't want Kensi back?"
It took him a moment to figure it out. "Oh," he realized. "You mean…?"
"Yep," Rose confirmed. "Old order's being restored; Kensi comes back, I move out."
"Why can't you both stay on the team?" Deeks wanted to know.
Rose raised an eyebrow. "So you do like me." She grinned; he responded with a smirk.
"I like any woman as hot as you."
"And now you're flirting." Rose closed the drawer. "Too bad it's not working."
"Ah, damn," Deeks sighed in mock disappointment. "You didn't answer my question."
"Budget restraints, Deeks," she replied. "Hetty can only afford to keep four agents on her payroll. You guys are expensive, you know. And to be honest, this team doesn't need any more undercover operatives."
"I don't see why not." Deeks was only half-joking; he really did like his new partner. Rose wasn't as kickass as Kensi, but he could live with that. It was a nice change to be verbally abused rather than physically assaulted every time he ticked her off. And truth be told, Rose was wittier than Kensi – albeit only by a bit. He rather enjoyed listening to her sharp remarks and quick comments.
"Aw, Deeks." Now it was Rose's turn to smirk at him. "That's so sweet. You're gonna miss me."
"I'm pretty sure Hetty could pull some strings," he offered. Rose finally caught on to the fact that he was serious about not wanting her to go.
"Deeks, it's okay. Really." She tossed a few final things into her box. "I don't mind. This team needs Kensi, and even though I've really enjoyed working with you, it's time for her to come back and take her rightful place." She closed the box and looked at Deeks. "Besides, I've got a new assignment. Director Vance has got me on undercover surveillance somewhere in the Bahamas." She winked.
"Wow, the Bahamas," Deeks remarked. "Sweet deal if there ever was one."
Rose chuckled as she slid the box off her desk. "I'll see you around, Deeks," she said.
"Whoa, whoa – wait! Aren't you gonna wait for the rest of the team?" Deeks asked as she started walking out.
Rose paused and turned back to him. "Why do you think I was here so early? Goodbyes aren't my thing. Besides, they already know I'm going – and if they don't, Hetty will tell them." She turned to go, then spun around again. "Oh, and…" she added with a grin, "Tell Callen and Kensi congrats for me, would you?"
Deeks looked at her quizzically. "For what?"
Rose merely winked. "You'll find out." She continued on her way, but just as she reached the door, Deeks called her back.
She shifted to face him, her expression amused.
"Maybe before – or after – the Bahamas, we can go get a drink sometime," he proposed.
Rose smiled at him. "I'd like that," she agreed. Then she exhaled and looked him straight in the eye. "Goodbye, Marty."
And then she was gone.
Callen and Kensi came in to work together a little after Eric and Nell had booted up the ops room. Deeks watched them carefully, wondering what Rose meant about them. Kensi noticed his scrutiny.
"Deeks, stop checking me out," she ordered.
Deeks startled. "I'm not," he said immediately.
"You so are," Kensi told him.
"I was not," Deeks denied. "Honest."
"You were," Callen joined in, his expression smug. "And I'd really advise against it." He glanced significantly at Kensi.
Deeks decided to change the subject. "Rose said to tell you two congrats." His tone was slightly quizzical, but neither Callen nor Kensi answered his unspoken question.
"Hey, where is Rose?" Callen asked instead, looking around.
"Gone," Deeks replied. "She left so Kensi could have her spot back."
Kensi looked surprised. "Oh. I guess I didn't think about that," she admitted. "That's too bad. I liked her. Sounds like you and she got on well together."
Deeks shrugged noncommittally. "So, are you gonna tell me why Rose felt she had to congratulate you?" he inquired, observing them intently.
Callen and Kensi exchanged a knowing look.
"Should we?" Callen queried. Kensi shrugged.
"Your call," she said. "He's gonna find out soon anyway."
"Yeah, you're probably right," Callen agreed. Then, with a grin, he leaned towards her and kissed her soundly on the lips. Deeks' jaw dropped wide open.
"No way," he said incredulously. "So you two are…?" He twined his fingers together.
"Deeks," Kensi warned.
"I didn't say anything," he said defensively, holding his hands up. He smirked. "So when did you two hook up?"
"Two months ago," Callen said solemnly, trading a conspiratorial look with Kensi. Deeks stared.
"Two months?" he repeated.
"Kidding," Callen snickered, amused at his obvious shock. "Last week."
"Oh, wait till I tell the others," Deeks said, rubbing his hands together gleefully.
"They already know," Kensi said dismissively, settling down at the desk that was once again hers. It occurred to her that this was the first time she truly appreciated that it was situated right next to Callen's.
Deeks' excitement deflated. "Everyone?" he asked.
"Everyone," Callen affirmed. "Sam knew beforehand, Eric and Nell found out, and Hetty was the one who pushed us together in the first place."
"Why am I the last to know?" Deeks demanded, feigning hurt.
"Oh, suck it up, Deeks," Kensi told him.
"Aw, come on, you gotta at least let us celebrate," Deeks coaxed.
Kensi pretended to think about it. "Well, why not?" she said.
"Great!" Deeks grinned. "Drinks on you two tonight. I'll call Eric and Nell, and you guys can get Sam and Hetty…" He raced up the stairs to the ops room to inform the two techs, clearly excited.
Kensi rolled her eyes and looked at Callen, who smiled back at her.
Truly, the team was back together again.
A/N: The ending might not be that great compared to some of my other stories, but none of us wanted it to end in the first place. Anyway, I hope you've all enjoyed this story as much as I have. Thanks to everyone who has or will review, read, and/or put this fic on favorites/alerts. I will see you all next time. Bye bye.