He can see it in her eyes. There’s a calculating edge to them now, a competitiveness in her interactions with him that wasn’t there before she found out that they were both applying for the promotion.
It both saddens and angers him, because he doesn’t want to fight with her. Naively, he wants them to stay friends, to joke together about the selection process, but he knows that can’t happen now.
She needs to win too much. To prove her worth to Grissom, to herself.
He won’t step aside, no matter what it costs their budding friendship.
Not this time.