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Subject: You See Only What We Want You to See : continues

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Date Posted: 14:14:21 03/28/08 Fri
In reply to: peter 's message, "You See Only What We Want You to See" on 14:13:23 03/28/08 Fri

part 2 What do you want

1600 hours
back porch

A few hours later the kids were all playing in the back yard. The adults were sitting around on the back porch and accompanying deck. Harriet as usual seemed to be another world as she took in the atmosphere of the place.

“What’s up with Harriet? She’s here, but she’s not. She seems to be in another world.” pondered Harm as he looked over to Bud.

“I think she is. It was all she could talk about the last few days. I don’t know what it is, but she’s fascinated by places of wealth. I don’t know, maybe it has something to do with coming from money. Her parents are very well to do.” moaned Bud.

“I’m surprise at you Bud. You’re a well grounded individual. I wouldn’t think it mattered much to you.” responded AJ.

“It doesn’t Sir. I don’t think it really matters that much to Harriet either, but some times she seems to get caught up with everything.” replied Bud.

“Well anyone would be impress with this place Bud. I understand it has fourteen rooms and sits on a ten acre estate.” added Sturgis.

“That’s a lot of room Sir. I wouldn’t know what to do with it.” moaned Bud.

“I’m sure Harriet could find something to do with all that room.” smiled Bobbie.

“Yeah, let see, there’s enough bedrooms for her, Aj, Mikey, Big Bud, and her parents.” laughed Sturgis.

“And any other lost relatives.” snickered Bobbie.

A look of fright came across Bud’s face. There was no way he wanted her mother or his father around, especially together in the same house. Everyone laughed at his expression. It was bad enough when they visit for a day or two.

Harriet finally came out of her stupor and sighed.

“What’s the matter Harriet?” asked Mac.

“Don’t you wish you had all this Colonel?” sighed Harriet.

Mac smiled. “All what Harriet?” she asked.

“This Ma’am. The big house, the big back yard, all these children playing in the yard.” Harriet sighed again.

“I thought we talked about this earlier Harriet.” replied Mac.

“I know Ma’am, but still don’t you wish you had all this.” Harriet sighed.

Mac realized that she was going to have to come clean. There was a look of confusion from everyone. The Colonel wasn’t married so why would she want all this?

“Harriet, don’t you think she should find a man and get married first? Then she can worry about buying a house and having kids.” rebutted Bobbie.

“She has found the man Bobbie.” wailed Harriet.

“You mean Harm? Please! ..... I think he brain damage. I don’t think he would know what a good thing was, ..... even if he saw it.” teased Bobbie pausing for effect.

“I don’t think you would say that Ma’am if you saw them together everyday. You don’t see the looks they give each other. You don’t hear the little term of endearment they give each other.” wailed Harriet.

“Yeah like Stick boy, Flyboy, squid, sailor, ninja girl, jarhead, marine.” teased Sturgis.

Everybody laughed. They all knew Harm and Mac had an unique and special relationship.

“Alright sometimes they do act a little weird, but they’re in love. They are both so wonderful with little Aj. You can see the love they share.” sighed Harriet wondering why they were giving her a hard time.

“Never going to happen Harriet. I think they rather work together than get married. They get to spend more time together that way. They work on cases together, have working dinners.

They go on all those investigation together, especially last year when they were in Afghanistan. If they were married they wouldn’t have been able to be there together. Someone else like Singer would have gone with Harm instead.” argued Sturgis.

Everybody laughed at the thought of Harm trudging through the wilderness of Afghanistan with Singer complaining about something and everything. He would have an ulcer, and maybe would have killed her somewhere along the line.

Harm and Mac sat back in their swinging chair. They were so amused that their friends knew so little about them. It was true that they loved working together, but they enjoyed being together even more.

Working together was just the icing on the cake. They knew what it was like to be together and they knew what it was like to be separated. They had been in the service long enough to be together.

Mac thought it was time to intercede. Since Harriet seemed so intent about knowing what she wanted, maybe it was time for her to tell Harriet and dispel any misinformation.

“What is it that you think I really want Harriet?” asked Mac. “What makes you think that I don’t already have everything that I want?”

“Ma’am?” asked a confused Harriet. She felt as though she was being called onto the carpet.

“I get them impression that you believe you know what I want or need better than I do. I would be very interested as well as everyone else here in hearing what you have to say. What is it that you think I want? It’s not very often a junior officer has permission to comment on a senior officer’s life.” ordered Mac.

“Ma’am!” replied a scared Harriet.

“Go on Harriet. We’re all interested in what you have to say.” ordered Mac with a smile.

“Ma’am are you sure?” wailed Harriet.

“Go on Harriet. I’m waiting.” ordered Mac.

Harriet began squirming in her seat. She looked over to Carolyn and Jen for support and encouragement, but both of them sat there quietly ignoring her. They didn’t want to be involved in career suicide. She took one more look at them pleading with her eyes.

“We’re waiting Lieutenant.” ordered Mac.

She had a gleam in her eye. She was the cat and Harriet was the mouse. She could play this game all day.

“Well Ma’am, it’s the general consensus of the office that you are in love with the Commander and that he is in love with you.” began Harriet nervously.

“And whom may I ask Lieutenant, forms this consensus?” asked Mac with interest.

Jen, Carolyn, and Jason were all mumbling under their breath “Please Lord, don’t let her mention my name.”

Harriet looked nervously around. It appeared to her that she was in this alone.

“Most of the people in the office ma’am. I don’t feel right mentioning their names.” wailed Harriet.

“Alright Harriet, I think I know who they are anyway. Please go on.” ordered Mac.

“Well Ma’am, we all believe that you wish that the Commander would ask you to marry him, you know because you’re in love him. We also think you want to have your own family.

We see how wonderful you are with little Aj. You would make a wonderful mother and the Commander would make a great dad.” whimpered Harriet still squirming in her seat.

“What about you Carolyn? Do you agree with the Lieutenant’s assessment?” smiled Mac.

“What? ..... How would I know Sarah? I haven’t been at JAG the last four years before last week. I would agree that you both make a great couple and belong with each other.” replied Carolyn.

She knew better than to get too involve with this discussion. Mac looked over to Jen. Jen had the look of a young girl looking for a place to hide.

“What’s the matter Jen? What are you afraid of? I’ve heard about how well you handle the Admiral. I’m sure Jason gave you a list of ways to steer him in another direction when he became angry.” smiled Mac.

“Ma’am, all I know is, you and the Commander are very wonderful people. It was your belief in me that gave me the confidence to turn my life around to become a better sailor. I’ve learned so much from you while being under your command.” stated Jen.

“I guess you’re right Admiral, she is good. She handled that situation almost as well as Jason. I’m sure she will be much better in another year.” smiled Mac.

At first Jason felt very good about Mac’s praise, but upon reflection he wondered if instead he had been insulted.

“Jason, don’t look perplex, it was a compliment. Now that you’re a lawyer, you’re going to make a great politician someday.” replied Mac as she looked over to Harm and smiled.

“Thank you Ma’am, It is my goal someday to be the SecNav.” smiled Jason.

Everyone laugh. They couldn’t believe that Jason wanted to become the SecNav. It reminded them of Singer the day she said she wanted to be the first female JAG.

“So what else do you think I want Harriet?” asked Mac.

Harriet gulped. She had thought or had hoped that Mac had gone in another direction and had forgotten about her. But she should have known better.

“Well Ma’am ..... we have seen how wonderful you were with Chloe, and little Aj just loves you. You are so great with him. How can anyone not see that you want kids of your own?” wailed Harriet.

“How can anyone who has known you as long as many of us have, not believe that you want to be with Harm and have a family. You two belong together, you’re soul mates.” wailed Harriet.

“And what makes you think that I don’t have all that now Harriet? What makes you think we aren’t married? After all many of you believe we fight like an old married couple.

What makes you think I don’t have any children already Harriet? I’m not exactly a child. Why do you think I’m so good with children? Did the thought ever occur to you that I may one or two of my own?” challenged Mac.

“You and the Commander are married?” asked Jen.

“You have kids?” added Bobbie.

“I didn’t say that. What I did was challenge your preconceptions of what kind of relationship Harm and I have. All any of you really know is what we have led you to believe. What is the truth? Does anyone really know? Does anyone really care?” proposed Mac.

“You know, what makes all of this very interesting is, that none of you think I’m completely happy with my life. I’m thirty six years old. Harm is thirty nine. We’ve lived long enough and experienced enough to know what makes us happy.

What I also find interesting is, your view of us is base on the last seven years. You think we never had a life before we came here. Did the thought of who we are, may have been formed many years before coming here to JAG?

Would it surprise most of you that Harm and I both began law school the same year. Harm was twenty seven. He had just survived a ramp strike and was starting a new career.

I was twenty four and was returning from Japan where my CO had been impressed with my negotiating skills and how I handled disputes with the local population. We both arrived at Georgetown in the fall of 1991.” said Mac as she began her story.

There was a gasp “Ooh!” from the crowd as they listened intensely to Mac. Then they all quieted as quickly as possible to hear more.

“We met for the first time in a 0900 hour class. He saw me sitting near the front of the room and came to sit next to me. He asked me ‘Diane, what are you doing here?’ He gave me one of those flyboy smiles of his.

I looked at him with a surprised look on my face. Who is this guy? Who does he think he is? God’s gift to women? I said ‘Pardon me! I don’t know who you think I am sailor, but my name is not Diane.’

He looked puzzled for a moment before replying ‘You looked like an old classmate of mine from the academy.’ I scoff at him ‘Yeah right. I’m sure that line works wonders for you all the time sailor.’

He smiled at me as he pulled out his wallet. I told him ‘And I’m sure all the blond bimbos love that smile too.’ He kept on smiling and opened up his wallet. He pulled out a picture of a girl in navy whites. I was shocked when I saw the picture.

The woman in the picture looked just like me. I was speechless. He told me all about her and that her name was Diane. They were good friends and that she helped him during his recovery.

It was at that time he introduced himself as Lieutenant Harmon Rabb Jr. I told him my name was Sarah MacKenzie. He then kissed my hand.” sighed Mac as she continued the story.

Once again there was a gasp “Wow!” but this time it came only from the women present.

“I always knew you were a quick worker buddy, but that’s even quick for you.” smiled Jack.

“He took me out to dinner and dancing that night. We began dating shortly after that. After the first semester we took all our classes together. We finished up in three years. After graduation he came here to work and I went to Europe.” smiled Mac.

“So let me get this right. You dated for three years before you went to Europe and Rabb came here. Two years later you got assigned here. Why haven’t you two been dating since you both are here together?” asked Sturgis.

“Why would we do that Sturgis?” asked Harm.

“It sounded like you two loved each other.” replied Sturgis.

“Maybe they were afraid to be charge with fraternization Sir.” answered Jen.

"Jen, fraternization charges only refer to two people engaging in a sexual relationship while serving in a combat role while stationed in a combat zone. Besides they are both equal in rank so it wouldn’t have made a difference.” replied Carolyn.

“And here I thought it was because they were afraid of the Admiral.” joked Bud.

“Lieutenant! They better be afraid of me, just like the rest of you!” bellowed the Admiral, who looked over at Tom and grinned.

Then it dawned on Harm. “Honey, I think you forgot to tell them the whole story.” grinned Harm.

“Honey!” chirped Harriet, Carolyn, Jen, and Bobbie. Mac looked a little confused at first and then realized he was right.

“Oh, That’s right, I guess I forgot to tell you that Harm and I got married after the second semester. He proposed before finals of our last class together that semester. We got married at the end of the summer.

For some unknown reason to me and the rest of the class at the time Harm was standing there in his dress whites when I arrived for the exam. Everyone was buzzing about it. Before then no one knew we were in the military.

Harm took my hand and led me to one of the chairs in the front of the room. The whole classroom became very quiet. I looked around very embarrassed. Harm got down on one knee and took my hand.

He then slipped an engagement ring on my finger and asked me to marry him. I was just sitting there. I was so stunned. I couldn’t think or talk. Everyone was staring at me waiting for an answer.

I'm sure it seemed like ten minutes to Harm, but it was really only fifty two seconds. I finally said yes to him. He pulled me up and kissed me like I’ve never been kissed before. I thought it was going to last forever, but the teacher had other ideas.” she concluded

“Wow! That’s a fantastic story Ma’am!” chirped Jen.

“I think we’re going to have to have a talk in my office Monday.” bellowed the Admiral.

“Why’s that Sir? It’s all in our personnel records. We’ve been married for eleven years Sir.” replied Harm.

“Then why is this the first that I’ve heard of it Rabb?” asked the Admiral.

“I don’t know Sir. It’s not really a secret. Most of our friends do know.” replied Harm as he saw the ‘What about us’ look.

The Admiral looked around the gathering as if he was asking who knew about this. Jack Keeter was the first to volunteer.

“Mac told me about them four years ago after I spent two nights with her in the desert of Iran. I gave Harm a chewing out about why I hadn’t been invited and why he hadn’t told me in Cuba.”

Tom Boone was next. “Sure AJ, I knew. I was invited to the wedding. It was beautiful. They had the wedding in the Naval Academy Chapel at Annapolis.”

A few more of Harm’s flying buddies owned up to hearing about Harm getting married. The Admiral and everyone else sat there stunned never in the world did they figure that Harm and Mac were married.

They had all thought that Harm and Mac were in denial about their feelings. That they denied the love that was so obvious to the rest of them. How could it be that they were so wrong? That what they saw was in reality Harm and Mac sharing their love with them.

Harm and Mac looked around and saw all the surprised looks on their faces. They thought that maybe they could play one more on them. Mac looked at Harm. Harm nodded his head. Mac stood up in an effort to get everyone’s attention.

“I have an announcement to make. I know it’s not April any more. That it is really July, but you know what? April Fool.” yelled Mac.

Mac, Harm, and Jack began laughing.

The women; Harriet, Jen, Carolyn, Bobbie, and Meredith to name a few, were very upset. They had thought that they had heard the most wonderful love story of their lives, only to have been told that they were fools for believing the story.

Harriet and Jen wanted to say something but knew better. Carolyn and Meredith wanted to say something too, but they realized that this wasn’t the time or the place. Harm and Mac were their friends.

Bobbie however wasn’t so understanding. She was one person who never liked to be embarrassed or made a fool of. She was more than capable of doing that to herself without the help of others. Harm and Mac had embarrassed her many times before, but usually it was because she had been too lazy to do her homework and be prepared.

Not this time. But before she could say anything to Mac three young children ran up onto the porch with the youngest jumping into Mac’s lap. He gave Mac a hug. Then the other two hugged her as well.

“Mom! Is it time for dessert yet? We’ve been waiting forever for the cake and icecream!” wailed the smallest child. Once again everyone sat there stunned.

It had been hard enough to learn that Harm and Mac had been married for eleven years. Then for Harm and Mac to tell them it had all been a joke. Now if they understood what they had heard right, not only were Harm and Mac married, but they also had three kids.

“What? You didn’t think that after eleven years of marriage we didn’t have a few children.” laughed Mac.

“But when Ma’am? You’ve always looked so slim.” asked a stunned Harriet.

“Well believe it or not I had two of them before I came here to JAG. The youngest I had the summer Harm and I were in Russia looking for his father. It was one of the reasons why no one bothered us while we were there.” smiled Mac.

“Everyone, I would like to introduce to all of you, our children. The oldest is Matthew, he’s ten. He was named after my Uncle Matt. I want him to be a marine, Harm wants him to be a squid.

The next is Victoria, she’s eight. She’s my little angel. She was Harm’s special graduation, goodbye gift he gave me before I left for Europe and he came here to JAG.

The youngest is Harm the third or affectionately known as Trey. He’s five. As you would guess if ask, he wants to be a pilot like his father.

And finally just for your edification Harriet, this home or mansion as some would call it belongs to Harm and me. The kids lived here full time. Trish and Frank watch over them when Harm and I are working.

Harm and I spend every possible weekend and day off here with them. It’s very tough. We miss them when we’re not here. But it’s a price we’re willing to pay for serving our great country.”

The End

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Constructive criticism --note insideKaren Joy20:01:53 03/28/08 Fri
    Thank you, I was just trying for a place people would recognize. Have Harriet excited about the nouveaux rich and Sturgis's interest in history. glad you thought enough to read the story. (NT)peter21:15:01 03/31/08 Mon

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