Big thanks to @WarmNyota_SweetAyesha, @earlybird-obi-wan, and @Mira_Jade! I am so grateful for you all and your continues support. And now for something completely different. A/N: These prompts are from the Mini Mushies over on the SW side. I hope you enjoy! Breathe The Last Ship Sasha Cooper stood on the steps of Tavo’s compound flush with the mix of horror and elation that the war with Columbia was finally over. When she left Tom to join Vulture Team in the ground invasion she had told him ‘Not to die.’ She listened as the fate of the Nathan James and her lover hung in the balance. The last message she received by radio said that Tom had stayed aboard the James as it rammed the enemy battleship. The search for his body was underway. Her breath caught and the minutes that followed felt like an eternity. Sigh The Rookie John let out a heavy sigh as he as Lucy approached the Taco truck with her partner. The time they had shared still burned in his chest. The fact they had put the breaks on their relationship for professional purposes did not make it any easier. He was one of the old rookies to join the LAPD. She was also fresh out of the academy and younger by at least a decade. Neither wanted the breakup, but his partner had made it clear Chen’s reputation would not survive exposure. The last thing either needed was another reason to be ridiculed. Gasp NCIS: LA Deeks was still reconciling the fact that he and Kensi had actually hired his mom as their bartender. Not the bartender for their wedding (an odd choice for the mother of the groom), but for the long term position at the establishment they would soon be opening. Sadly, she was perfect for the job; mouthy, worldly, and could give as well as she could get. She knew drinks, too. “Deeks,” Kensi deadpanned. “Your mother just offered me her Fuzzy Navel.” “Not appropriate, Ma!” Deeks admonished. “Not at all.” “I accepted,” Kensi added. “A dark bottomless hole, let me tell you.” Pant NCIS: LA “Did you know that deer pant?” Deeks asked as he and Kensi staked out a warehouse. “I guess I never thought about it,” she replied. “But I imagine all animals pant given a certain level of exertion.” “The Bible says deer pant,” Deeks persisted. Kensi knitted her brow in confusion. “I didn’t realize you read the Bible.” “Let’s not get off track,” he redirected. “This about panting…and deer.” “As a deer panteth for the water…” “So my soul longeth after you?” “Is that a question, Deeks?” “Nope,” Deeks grinned. “Just a killer song.” “You may want to look up the verse,” Kensi added. “What verse? Where?” “In the Bible, Bonehead.” Exhale The Last Ship It was not until she watched him climb out of the zodiac that Sasha believed he was alive. He was the type of man who would have gone down with his ship. However, he was also the kind of man who knew loyalty to country to friends to family to love. She watched as he leapt from the raft and waded through the shallow water to her. She smiled the kind of smile that was a passionate kiss and slap in the face all in one. “You decided to live,” she whispered. “It was a close call,” Tom replied. “It always is with you,” she replied, slyly. “Dramatic.” “Not anymore. I could use some quiet time. Indefinitely.” “I think that can be arranged,” she said, covertly taking his hand in hers.