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It was Friday, the whole squad was waiting for the weekend they finally all had off. I had only been here a month, never really expected the amount of pressure and stress and nightmares that came with this job. Strangely, most of them were less about the cases and more about my son that just turned four and a half. His dad was, let's say not in the picture... Ever... and any boyfriend I have just runs away because I have a kid and I'm a cop. 

Today was going better until my babysitter just dropped my boy off at the precinct and left, no explanation and she definitely wasn't answering her phone for me. I sat him at my desk to color while Liv and I was taking a confession. If only I knew what was about to come.


I sat down at the table, paper and pen in hand as the guy had to give detail, "the bitch wanted it! She got down on all fours and backed it up on me."

"Yet she has restraint marks on her arms and bruising over half her body." I glared.

"The bitch was kinky, wanted tied up and spanked." He smirked as Liv leaned in.

"You see, she doesn't see it that way. She says a very different story." 

"I already said, the bitch is lying."

"Ok, say bitch one more time and I am going to throw you in a cell." Liv warned and a knock on the glass pulled both of us back.

I stepped out first into her office, sonny and Amanda nodding to the door way where we seen barba standing by our desks. Liv walked over with me, knowing he was here about the Levine case. I wasn't done with the paperwork and he was trying to rush us along. As we got closer, we seen little miles looking confused as he stood by Barba and one of the officers.

"Isn't someone watching this kid?"

I whistled and he lit up as he ran over to me so I could pick him up, "yeah, I just figured a precinct full of cops was a safer place to leave him alone at my desk."

"Sorry mommy." He hummed and looked down.

"I know, go back to your seat." I let him down and he ran to my desk and jumped into the chair.

Barba was completely perplexed, blinking at me and Liv before she came to the rescue, "what did you need Barba?"

"Levine file, you said it was done." He kept staring off at miles like he was a wild animal that would jump and attack at any moment.

"Almost finished." I grabbed it from my desk, "waiting on the photos to get back from the lab."

He rolled his eyes and took the file, "fine. Send them my way as soon as possible. I want a strong case before court starts Monday."

"Aye, aye councilor." I saluted him and Liv chuckled as he turned and walked to his office down the hall.

"Let's not anger Barba please, " Liv smiled, "I will have to hear about it later and there isn't enough wine in the world to hear him rant about this case again."

I nod and followed her back to the interview room as I pointed at miles, "be good."


Barba


I had just sat down at my desk, jacket tossed over the chair and coffee in hand as I skimmed the files. No court for the rest of today but I had opening statements on Monday and I needed to have a statement to give. While the photos helped the narrative, I could work around them and work them into the actual questioning later. 

I had barely noticed as the time ticked by, an hour later I heard a small creek of the door. I glanced up and seen no one. Strange, Carmen left thirty minutes ago. Maybe the door is getting loose again? I wish they would be done with my remodeled office already, this cramped spot is killing me. I got up to shut the door, that's when I seen the toy truck on the floor. I picked it up and felt a hand on my pants as I studied it.

"Sorry mister." The boy from before blinked at me, "it got away from me."

"Maybe you shouldn't be playing with it then." I gave it back, "this is a police station, not a toy store."

He frowned but nodded and walked out as I followed him back to Mayes desk. I waited till he was in her chair again to chastise him.

"The people working here are very busy and you walking around is distracting. You need to stay here and do as your mommy says." I gave a pointed stare and he squirmed a little as Mayes came over.

"What's going on?"

"He went into my office." I answered, "I told him not to and walked him out here. You should really be watching him, this isn't a free daycare."

"Maybe you should mind your own business Barba." She glared and looked at the boy, "uncle sonny wants to play a game, he needs some help with it though. Think you can help him?"

The boy took off to the interview room and she turned back to me, "never talk to my kid like that. Nobody needs to treat him like a puppy that tittled on the rug, I am his mom I will fix the problems."

"Then keep him out of my office." I barked back at her glare.

"God forbid Barba actually have a heart." She mumbled and walked away.

I went back to my office and sat down, waiting for the boy to come back. Nobody seemed to be watching him since they had a case and he was just wondering off. I wanted to rub it in Mayes face and make her understand she can't have a kid just running around a police station. It wasn't long before he came back, but he knocked this time and waited for a reply.

"Come in."

The door opened and as expected, the boy stepped in and smiled at me, "hi."

"Shouldn't you be at your mom's desk." I tried not to pay attention but he just walked up and got on one of my arm chairs.

"But there's nothing to do." 

"Tell your mommy."

"She's busy." He looked down, "what about you?"

"I'm very busy." I flipped a page and he frowned.

"You don't look busy." He blinked and we made eye contact, "can you play?"

"No, I'm very busy." I sighed.

He sighed and looked at my couch, "can I lay down?"

"You should go back to your mommy's desk." I warned and seen the poor kids face, I recognized the look of loneliness and boredom, "ok, you can nap on my couch."

"Thanks mister." He hummed and went over to lay down.

"Rafael." I add, "Rafael Barba but you can call me Rafael."

"What about Rafa?"

I shrugged, Liv already calls me it, "sure."

"I'm Miles Mayes." He smiled and waved, "do you have a pillow or blanket?"

I looked over at my spare suit and take the jacket over to him as I carry the file over too. I sat down and motioned him to lay down. He put his head on my leg, I tossed the jacket over him and he sighed before cuddling up. I opened the file and worked with one hand as the other stroked through his well trimmed black hair. A soft tune came in the form of a hum, I didn't realize it was me till after I seen the boy was asleep. Thats it, just go to bed and stop exploring. Less trouble, less fighting with the squad over our little visitor.


Mayes


I yawned as it was finally quiting time. Sonny and Amanda were out the door and Fin and Liv were finishing up the disclosure. She sent me off, take miles home and fix the problem that I still had to figure out. But with no return calls, I was better off hiring a new nanny. I grabbed my keys and miles's bag but didn't see miles. I frowned and looked around.

"Miles?" I looked to the officers, all shaking no as I groaned and checked under the desks, "baby it's time to go."

I was starting to panic before I remembered he went to Barba's office and my eyes went wide as I ran down the hall and slowly opened his door.

"Councilor, have you....?" I stopped as I seen an empty desk.

"Shhhhhhhh. He's sleeping." I heard a whisper that sounded too soft to be him, but definitely was him.

Rafael Barba was on the couch, my son curled up in his lap and covered with his jacket. He was sleeping as Barba was working and humming, barely paying attention until he seen me.

"Oh, Mayes. He stumbled in and wanted to nap. I didn't have a pillow or blanket..." He moved his hand back and I seen miles out cold, "I figured he wouldn't be troublesome if he was asleep."

"If you give a mouse a cookie." I mumbled as Barba furrowed his brows, "nothing. Thank you councilor." 

I picked him up as he stirred but he went back to bed. I thanked Barba again and rushed off without paying attention. I wanted to get miles home and find a nanny that could start first thing in the morning. Of course that was harder then it sounded, and of course I wouldn't get much sleep as of right now. I was dying to find anyway to keep miles out of the precinct for the few hours I had to go in to finish up the paperwork for Barba. But then again, Barba was being a pillow for him so maybe I can figure out a happy medium. I barely had time to think it through when I heard a knock at the door and slowly peeked through my peep hole to see Barba. Oh shit.

I opened the door and smiled softly, "hi Barba, you know it's midnight right?"

"Yes but miles forgot his toy." He handed me out a small toy truck, "I didn't know how attach he was. A little afraid he might not sleep well if he found out he forgot it."

He shrugged a little and blushed as he tried to hide the humanity slipping out of him. I gave a soft smile as I took the toy and held it a moment.

"Yeah, thank you."

"No problem, I was just heading home and... I know how boys can be with toys." He looked up a little, "about today, I'm sorry I snapped at you and said anything to miles. I shouldn't of..."

"No you were right. It was a free daycare and no one was watching him." I shook my head, "my baby sitter just dropped him off and won't answer my calls. I was going to fire her so it's not a huge lose except I have no one to watch him and midnight is not the time to find a nanny apparently."

"Maybe I could?" He whispered.

"What?"

"Maybe I could." He cleared his throat, "you know tomorrow. I could watch him for an hour or two so you can finish the file for me. Gives you all weekend to find a nanny and who knows, maybe I can help a little.... He really liked my office."

I was flabbergasted, he seen the expression and shook his head, "I'm sorry, that was... Way out of bounds. Never mi..."

I took his arm as he turned to leave, "no. No I think he would like that." 

Barba smiled a little at that, "ok then. Say nine tomorrow? I'll just pick him up at the precinct..."

"He likes to sleep in. Would it be terrible if you just come over and stay here?" I finished, "I won't be long and I just had groceries delivered. I give you free reign of the apartment and I'll even pay you for your time."

"Oh, no need." He smiled, "I don't need paid, call it a favor if you must but... I'll help."

"Thanks Bar..." I was looking at my shoes as he interrupted.

"Rafael. No need to be so formal outside of work." He blushes ever so lightly on his tan skin.

"Then call me Millicent or milli." I smiled, "see you in the morning, Rafael."

He nods as I shut the door and smiled like an idiot. Ok, maybe I had Barba all wrong... He might just have a spark of humanity somewhere deep inside, thanks to miles.