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    The storm had woke her, the rolling thunder an uncomfortable reminder of the constant drumming of artillery fire. The ping of the rain on the windows, when it came, was an equally sharp and unsettling sound.

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    It was odd to be coming home this early with the sun still flooding in behind him as he crosses the lobby, arms full of takeout bags. It was an odd artifact of the news cycle— the flurry of emails, phone calls, and texts that had started arriving in the middle of the night three days ago— and the impending weekend. It was quiet now, rush hour not quite begun, and it feels, oddly, as if the storm was still approaching, as if it hadn't just blown through them. Three days with almost no sleep, he should be exhausted, but he's not, and that's what worries him. The storm may be over but he hadn't spared a thought for the damage it may have caused.

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    “I think Jim thinks I used to cry,” there’s amusement in her voice edged with a note of triumph that he recognizes as distinctly dangerous. “I got good at being quiet.”

    “Oh,” he breathes out when her voice drops off silky smooth, with a smirk he knows is there because even if he hasn’t heard it in years, he’s heard that tone of voice before in the inky black of his bedroom, in the back of a cab on the way to her place after dinner, in the stairwell behind the studio at CNN.

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    Mac and Will alone in the fallout shelter in the basement of the AWM building on a Saturday night.

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    “I slapped him. Yes. No.” The woman sitting behind him on the phone sounds exasperated. There’s nothing he can do until the cop comes back with his coffee or doughnut or whatever it was he had wandered off to find, so he turns in his chair and watches her.

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    He sighs but she can tell he isn’t angry anymore, resigned and a little frustrated perhaps, he had never known her to listen when he wanted her to. “If you’re going to do this-”

    “That's sweet, Will.” She flashes him a smile knowing he hadn’t intended to make the gallant overture she’s implying, even if he wasn’t going to let her do this on her own.

    “You'd better be standing in front of me when they come for us.”

    “I'm quite a good with a handgun; I'm an excellent shot. My hand to hand is a little-”

    “All right, but if this blows up,” he cuts her off with a look, “don't hang around.”

    “I'd prefer not to take my foot off the landmine in the first place.” She tells him seriously. “We'd both be better off that way.”

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    It had started with a shared cigarette, a little white lie, and a spectacular view.

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    An (angsty) exploration of what might've happened if Mac had cheated on Brian with Will instead of the other way around.

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    She won't tell him that though, won't tell him she's not sure she should be here, won't tell him that she lied to CNN and they only found out because she had gone and gotten stabbed. Incomplete medical records may have stopped an outright ‘no’ but they couldn't stop a switchblade, couldn't stop a request sent stateside from her surgeon to her GP.

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    “Is my music interrupting your beauty sleep?” He’s not usually like this, a little rough, goading and teasing. He wonders briefly what it is about her that makes it so impossible to apologize. She glares at him and he fights down a smile. “I couldn’t sleep.”

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    “Last night.” She clarifies as he chews, watching as she paces uneasily down the length of his kitchen. “I thought we had a good time.”

    “We did. I did. It was perfect.” But it wasn’t the same.

    “What is it then?” She looks worried now, eyes pleading with him as she stops to press her palms into the counter directly in front of him.

    “I wanted to be the sappy jerk that got to watch you sleep and cook you breakfast. I wanted to have a conversation about something that doesn’t involve other people.” I wanted to be a little bit selfish, he doesn’t say.

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    Photojournalist MacKenzie (and celebrity Will) post-Afghanistan.

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    “I'm an intern.” She doesn't know why she says it other than she doesn't want him thinking she's getting ahead of herself, putting herself on the same level as Mark Draper.

    “I know.” He doesn't seem bothered by the fact. If anything, it seems to soften his opinion of her. “I expect he'll be jealous you talked to me.”

     

    Will works for the DA, Mac is a summer intern at CNN.

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    "It's beautiful." Her voice is hushed, full of awe as she turns on the spot to take it all in.

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    “What do you want, Will?” She worries her bottom lip, forcing herself to keep her gaze level with his. There’s still a lightness about him, one that invites her in despite the intentional distance between them.

    “I want to know what you need.” He whispers it like he would if his hand had crept up to tenderly caress her jaw despite the fact he’s still over there and she’s- she’s here.

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    It all moves around her in a blur.

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    She smiles, head shaking a fine mist of dew against the black of the seat behind her. "I'm not one to forget a favor."

    "I like my coffee black," he jokes lightly, brushing aside the way her eyes seem to be lingering on his face, watching to see what he makes of her promise.

    Her nose wrinkles, whether it’s at the coffee or at his improper method of consumption isn't clear, but he laughs because while he knows next to nothing about her, least of all what she looks like, he knows she's absolutely adorable when mildly, mockingly disgusted.

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    “I’m wounded,” Leona sours at his bitterness. “I come all this way to help an old friend and he wants to turn me out on my head. All right, then, if you insist on being stubborn, I’ll get on with it. You will be visited by three ghosts."

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    He doesn’t think much of it, the black grooved frame, still shiny and new, until he catches sight of the photo and almost drops it, frame and all. It’s his sister, or rather it could have been almost sixty years ago. It’s the same slightly lopsided smile and button nose, although the squinty eyes are definitely MacKenzie’s, complete with tiny crinkles in the corner.

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    "I don't- What are we doing here?"

    "I thought we were drinking with the staff, but we seemed to have been abandoned."

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    He had forgotten she had put in for assignment to Afghanistan. He’d figured it was one last impulsive bid for freedom. She had to have known he was thinking about it, thinking about asking her to be his wife.

    AU: What if Mac had gone to Afghanistan before Will found out about Brian?

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    You’ll call me a cab and tomorrow we’ll pretend like we spent the entire night talking about economics which decidedly has nothing to do with Will.

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    “Afghanistan.” Sloan is detached, watching her carefully. “You’re asking me to come with you to a war zone. I don’t even know you.”

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