AN: This chapter is rated M! You may want to stop reading before they hit the hotel. Otherwise: enjoy the chapter!

Felice was having a great time with her team members. She enjoyed the party, having drinks with her friends, talking about everything but work and taking a break from their dangerous job; if only for this night.

Lennox barely left her side and she wasn't complaining about it. His hand rested on her waist almost all the time as if he was telling the others that she was his girl and Felice caught herself thinking that this wasn't such a bad thing after all. Somewhere between the desert and the first speech, Felice had thrown caution in the wind and decided just to enjoy the evening by taking Lennox as who he was (and not only tonight): a very good friend and maybe more; not as her CO. Little did she know that Lennox had silently decided to do the same.

When the Colonel had seen Felice walking towards him in that breathtaking dress, he'd remembered their first date in Washington. The lightness he'd felt around her when they'd talked endless hours about anything and everything, the evenings they'd spent together at his place when she couldn't move into her apartment, the weekend lunches with Epps and their friends. He'd been holding back all the time for not compromising her reputation in the team. But having this beautiful and enchanting woman next to him, he felt how much energy it had cost him to keep the distance. And seeing her like this, he wasn't sure if he could hold the promise he'd given her in what felt an eternity ago.

At some point, everyone started dancing and so did they. Felice danced with Epps and Scott several times, but she felt most comfortable in Lennox' strong arms. Neither of them had drunken all the liquor Epps had offered them; Felice preferred to have a sober mind at any time.

Now, they were barely leaving the dance floor, just to have an excuse to stay that close to each other. Lennox arms were wrapped around her as her wrists were locked around his neck. Felice tried to avoid looking into his eyes, because every time she did she felt her knees go weak; but her attempts failed miserably.

"Where are the others?" she heard Lennox' deep voice and felt his breath on her neck.

"Seems that they all went to the bar. Why?"

"We could get out of here unnoticed." he whispered and Felice raised her head to look him into the eyes. "Felice, I can't stand being so close to you and not kissing you any longer."

"Me neither." she whispered breathlessly and the next second, Lennox had dissolved their tight embrace and placed his hand on her back, guiding her to the exit. Neither of them saw any of their team members they might have to explain why they were leaving, so they got into one of the cabs that were waiting in front unnoticed.

As soon as Lennox shut the door, he pulled her close and kissed her hard. She let out a little moan and clutched her hands around his neck; pulling him closer. Without stopping to kiss her, Lennox shifted her so that she was sitting on his lap. When his hand slid under her dress, she stopped him.

Lennox looked to her in bewilderment.

"Let's safe this for later." Felice chuckled and placed his hand on her back. "As if this isn't enough cliché, though."

"What?"

"Two singles hooking up after a friend's wedding. That's so cheesy."

Lennox laughed, his eyes sparkling with cockiness, and pulled her close again. Just before their lips were meeting, he whispered: "Yeah, and guess what?"

"Huh?"

"I don't give a shit about it."

"That's my man." Felice chuckled and leaned in to kiss him again.

She didn't realize that they were already at their hotel until the driver knocked on the window that was separating them from him. She blushed, exchanging a sheepish look with Lennox and got of his lap. Geez, she wasn't the least appropriate for a NAVY officer and she was glad she wasn't wearing her uniform or any insignia giving away her profession. While Lennox paid the driver, she smoothed down her dress and hair. Then he exited the car and offered her a helping hand. She took it and was pulled into his arms immediately. But before he could lean in to kiss her again, she stopped him by putting a hand on his chest.

"Hey Lennox. We need to cut a deal."

Lennox pulled back, exhaling heavily. "Another deal? We are just about to break the last one!"

"Another deal." Felice said, but she couldn't stay solid for long. "This is disorderly behavior, Will. We can get into serious trouble for that. So no kissing until we are in upstairs. Will you take the challenge, Colonel?" she smirked.

"Fine." Lennox replied, reciprocating her smirk. "Come on."

As before, he placed his hand in the small of her back. Through the thin fabric of her dress, she could feel his fingers moving, gently caressing her spine. For a second they looked at each other and Felice was not sure, if he wasn't going to break their deal, but then he followed her towards the hotel entrance.

As soon as they were in the elevator and the doors had closed, Lennox pulled her close, his lips immediately finding hers, his hands roaming over her body. Felice stopped him from kissing her again. God, she wouldn't survive another assault. He was going to be the death of her!

"Remember our first date in D.C.?" she asked.

"How could I ever forget about it." he replied with a grin.

"There was something I've missed that night." she said with a challenging smile.

"And what would this be?" he smiled and pulled her even closer to her so that she could feel the heat radiating from his body.

"Your special combat techniques. Haven't shown me any of them yet." Her voice was barely a whisper now.

"Oh, you will, Commander." he whispered back and rested his hands on her waist.

Too soon the doors of the elevator opened and he released her of his embrace, yet placing his hand on her back again.

As soon as they'd closed the door to her room, Lennox pulled her close again, but he didn't kiss her. Felice gazed up into his eyes, wanting to get lost in them. He was so tall, standing next to her like this. Feeling his warmth surround her and his muscular arms embrace her protectively. All those months since their first date, she'd been so close to him but he'd been out of reach. Put there by her decision. And now, finding herself in his arms, she knew this was the place she wanted to be since their first encounter. She looked into his eyes, finding them sparkle in a dark blue nuance.

Lennox inhaled her clean scent, every nerve of his body focused on the woman in his arms. Holding her slender body he could feel her curves right underneath his hands. He leaned in, all but inhaling her, their lips almost meeting. He could just about taste her sweetness. But he didn't want her to think that she was just a good laid to him. They'd started as brothers in arms, followed by an almost- relationship, being co-workers and friends for a while and somewhere in between she'd made her way into his heart. By not pushing things, maybe by showing him the boundaries she'd set up from the beginning. He didn't only know that she was hard to get but also that she would be with him if he would get her. So the next words felt only natural when he said them.

"I love you. You know that, right?" he whispered.

"I love you too." Felice whispered back and by the second she'd said it she knew that it was right. She had denied it the longest time but she was in love with Will Lennox, no matter whether he was her CO or not. And all she wanted was to be with him.

So she leaned in and kissed him. But this kiss was different. Not the kind they had exchanged in the car or ever before. It was tender and sweet. Felice pulled him closer. The kiss became more urgent. Their tongues teased and probed each other's mouths. Felice felt her head spinning, but it wasn't from the liquor. She was drunk on Lennox. His hands began to feel her body then rested down to the curve of her hips. She pressed against him tightly, feeling the stirrings within. Then without warning, she pulled away, leaving him panting.

"We'd better lock the door." she murmured, but before she could turn, he was pressed against her.

"Come here."

She felt his arms around her. His hands stroke through her loose hair, his mouth on her neck. Goosebumps broke out over her entire body as his mouth followed the nape of her neck and she shuddered.

Slowly, Lennox began to undress her. He unzipped her sparkling dress and let it drop to the floor. Only her black panties and her bra remained. For a moment he just stopped in his movements, his eyes roaming over her body.

"Admiring the view, Colonel?" she whispered with a hint of a smile on her lips; reaching for his jacket to pull it off.

"Most definitely." he chuckled and let his tie drop carelessly on the floor. It was a random motion, but this combined with the look in his eyes, it fueled the fire already burning in her even more. Felice' fingers were itching to touch his skin. She couldn't wait much longer. With his help she pulled off his shirt. Her hands traced the lines of his abdomen, hard and firm. Her fingers worked at his belt. It came flying out of the loops with a tug. His hands were already working his trousers down his hips. He stepped out of them, then reaching out for her and lifted her up to the desk nearby. Absentmindedly she wondered where her underwear had gone, but in this moment she couldn't care less. He thrust his way into her, pulling her body against his. She grabbed him tighter, wrapping her legs around his waist. She wanted to feel him deeper still.

With one swift motion, Lennox turned and laid them on the bed. He was on top of her. For a moment, he just soaked in the image of this beautiful woman squirming underneath him. Her lips were flushed and her hair floated over the white pillows. She couldn't look more attractive to him. They looked in each other's eyes and suddenly they realized they had all the time in the world.

They made love; slow and methodical, taking time to explore each other as they went. And when they were tired they slept wrapped up in each other's arms.