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Subject: The Truth be Known : continues

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Date Posted: 21:24:32 03/31/08 Mon
In reply to: peter 's message, "The Truth be Known : continues" on 21:22:55 03/31/08 Mon

part 3 Let’s party

At the Rehearsal Dinner that night Mac was spending most of her time with Chloe, Harriet, and Carolyn. She was trying to avoid Mic as much as possible. She didn’t want to be too close to him.

He had returned home from his case earlier in the day and had wanted to bed her. He didn’t want to talk about his case. He didn’t want to talk about her trip to the academy and the talk she gave. He hadn’t had any in over a week and he wanted some.

Fortunately for her Chloe was with her in her apartment so Mic couldn’t try anything. Mac had told Chloe earlier in the day that she had a very special secret to tell her, but it would have to wait until tonight at the party.

Everyone from JAG had shown up. The only outsider was Renee. Renee was puzzled when she didn’t see Harm at the party. She had been trying to contact him the last couple of days without any luck.

“Mac, how are you doing? Are you nervous? Where’s Harm? I’ve been trying to get a hold of him, but I seem to keep missing him. Is he avoiding me?” asked a frantic Renee.

“Not that I’m aware of Renee. I know he wanted to talk to you about something. He’s not here yet. He’s left for his quals yesterday. He supposed to be flying back tonight. He called me before I left to come here to tell me he was on his way.” replied Mac.

“Why did he call you?” whined Renee.

“We’re partners Renee, he tells me everything.” smiled Mac. Renee went off pouting.

The party went on for the next couple of hours with everyone enjoying themselves. Bud as usual was the butt of an unfortunate mishap once again. No matter what he did, he always seemed to find a way to screw up.

Tonight was no exception. On his way into the restaurant tonight he managed to trip on a pebble and fall into a large puddle in the parking lot soaking himself.

At 2300 hours a call came in for the Admiral. It was Captain Ingles. It seemed that a tomcat returning to Norfolk had gone done at sea. When the Admiral asked who the pilot was, the Captain told him it was Commander Harmon Rabb and Lieutenant Elizabeth Hawkes.

They were in the process of conducting a search and rescue, but the storm was interfering with their efforts. The storm was one of the worse he had ever seen. He didn’t know how much longer he would be able to keep the search going.

An hour later Mac heard the news that Captain Ingles was calling off the search for Harm, all she could do was turn and run out of the room.

She needed to get out of the room as quickly as possible. She didn’t want anyone to see her crying. She needed to be alone as she cried for Harm and wondered if he was going to be alright.

She stood by the window looking out at the storm. It was raining very hard. She knew it was distinctly possible that she would never see him again. They had finally gotten it together. They were supposed to be together for the rest of their lives.

She didn’t know what she would do if he didn’t come back to her this time. Two things she did know, one was she had to tell Mic that she had no intentions of marrying him tomorrow. She knew he would understand even though for the wrong reason. The only thing she could think about was Harm.

And two, she wouldn’t be able to stay at JAG if Harm died. It would be too painful for her to be there and not have Harm in her life. She would have to get out of here.

She continued to stand by the large window looking out at the storm that was raging with gale force winds. She could feel the energy the storm was giving off. She felt it gave her a connection to Harm.

Hopefully that energy would keep Harm alive long enough until he was found. She stood there and prayed to God that he would take care of her sailor and make sure no harm came to him.

Ten minutes later her peace and quiet was interrupted. Mic showed up at the door and began to walk towards her.

“Sarah luv, why don’t you come back to the party and be with all your friends who love you.” whined a half drunk Mic.

“Go away Mic! I need to be alone right now.” replied an irritated marine.

“But luv, you need to be with other people, people who luv you. You shouldn’t be in here all alone at a time like this. The strength of being together will help us all deal with him being missing.” continued a whining Mic.

“What part of leave me alone do you not understand! For once in you sorry ass excuse of a life will you listen to what I have to say and do it! I’m very upset right now, I need to be left alone, and your being here badgering me is not helping.

I’m tired of telling you one thing and you going off half cock and doing something else, that only irritates me. For the life of me it’s times like this I wonder why I ever considered marrying you. Leave!” yelled Mac.

Mic was completely stunned. He couldn’t believe what he was hearing. All he ever did was give, give, give in this relationship. It always seem so hard to get anything back in return from Mac.

He sacrificed his life and career in the Aussie navy to be here with her. No matter what he did it never seemed to be enough for her. And Rabb was usually at the center of all their conflict. And now was no exception.

“But Sarah, I love you, I want to be here to help you through this.” whined Mic even louder.

“I said GO! Now Mic!” yelled Mac.

Slowly Mic finally turned and walked away and left her alone in the dark room all to herself. She began to breathe deeply trying to cleanse herself of all the negative angry emotions that Mic had caused her to have.

After a half hour she was ready to leave. She decided to go home to be alone. She told Mic and everyone else she was leaving. She told Mic she would call him in the morning.

Mac’s Apartment

Twenty minutes later Mac had arrived home. Harriet had offered to take Chloe home with her. She sensed that Mac needed time to be alone to figure out the emotional turmoil that Harm’s crash was causing her.

Mac lit a fire in the fireplace before sitting down. Why couldn’t Mic understand her need to be alone to deal with Harm’s crash and being missing? She went to her bookcase and pulled out the largest of her photo albums.

She had several album for the different areas of her life. The smallest one contained photos of her and Mic. It seem that although they had been together for the last year along with Mic working at JAG for another year, she didn’t have many pictures of them together.

She had wondered why that was, but now she understood the real reason. She didn’t love him. All the other albums were filled with photos of the people she loved and cared for.

The photo album she had of little Aj was filled with many photos and memories. It had pictures of little Aj, with his parents, with Harm, and with her. One picture said it all, She and Harm together with their own child.

She must have filled nearly fifty pages of the album with photos she had either taken or had received from Harriet. She wondered how someone so little and so young had become so important in her life. Of course she knew the real reason. She wanted a baby of her own, hers and Harm’s.

Even the photo album she had of Chloe contained almost forty pages of photos. It was getting larger every year. Chloe had changed her life so much. Chloe showed her that she could love someone unconditionally and be love equally in return.

It made her realized that she was worthy of being loved. Loving Chloe was a significant turning point in her life. It made her understand her yearning to have children and help her realize she could be a good mother.

But her largest photo album of all was of Harm and herself. Over their five years together they had many pictures taken of them together while they were conducting their investigations, their adventures, and social events.

The last time she checked she had filled almost two hundred pages. She had always known that Harm was an important part of her life, but she hadn’t realized how much. Many people had taken pictures of them together over the years.

They all had realized how much she and Harm belonged together. Several times she had to go back and reorganized the album. Some of her favorite pictures were of them flying in Sarah and their first trip to Russia looking for his father.

But her favorite was when she and Harm were holding little Aj during his baptism. They had looked like a family in those pictures. It showed her what her true dream was meant to be, having a family with Harm.

She spent some time looking through her album of Harm and her, remembering how much Harm had become a major part of her life.

Early the next morning she decided that she needed to be there on the Patrick Henry for Harm when he was rescued. She called Andrews for information about taking a COD out to the Patrick Henry.

There was one leaving at 0630 hours. It was easy to arranged a flight. She was a JAG, they probably figured she would be going out there to investigate the crash.

She packed a bag with an additional uniform and personal items. She went to her closet and pulled out the leather flight jacket she had confiscated from Harm many years ago. She secured her apartment and left.

Twenty minutes later she had arrived at Harm’s place. She went inside to pack a bag for Harm. She put in an uniform, sleepwear, and some personal items into the bag. She then left for Andrews to catch the COD.

Patrick Henry

When Mac arrived on the Patrick Henry she went to the bridge to report to Captain Ingles. She was escorted to the bridge by the LSO.

“Lieutenant Colonel Mackenzie reporting Sir.” stated Mac with apprehension.

“Welcome aboard Colonel. It’s always nice to see you. What do I owe the pleasure of your visit?” asked Captain Ingles.

He suspected it had something to do with the Commander’s crash, but was surprised to see her here, so soon.

“I needed to be here Sir. Commander Rabb is going to need me when he’s rescued.” replied Mac.

“So you’re not here to persuade me to continue the search until it’s safe to do so?” asked Captain Ingles.

“No Sir. Everyone at JAG has complete faith in your ability to rescue the Commander. I just need to be here when he’s rescued and brought back here. We have always been there for one another in times of need over the last five years Sir.” replied Mac hoping the Captain wouldn’t push the issue too much.

“Very well Colonel. If you like Lieutenant Hawkes is in sickbay. You can talk to her to see what she knows.” offered Captain Ingles.

“Thank you Sir. By the way how is Lieutenant Hawkes doing?” asked Mac.

“She has a few bumps and bruises, but otherwise she’s alright.” replied Captain Ingles.

“Are you going to be conducting the investigation into the crash Colonel?” asked Captain Ingles.

“No Sir. Since the mishap involves someone from our office it would be inappropriate for us to conduct the investigation.” replied Mac.

Mac made her way down to sickbay where she met with Skates. She had undergone a complete physical. She had been told to rest for the next few days.

“How are you doing Lieutenant?” asked Mac.

“Much better now Ma’am, now that I am here safe, warm and dry.” smiled Skates.

“That’s good to hear Lieutenant. Care to join me in the mess hall for some coffee. You can tell me about last night and Harm.” offered Mac.

After they had gotten their coffee and something to eat they began their talk.

“So how was it out there Lieutenant?” asked Mac.

“It was pretty rough Ma’am. First we lost oxygen, so we had to fly at 10,000 feet. Then the instrument panel began to light up like a Christmas tree. Then the system crashed. The ride became very rough then.” replied Skates.

“What about the crash. Didn’t you both eject at the same time?” asked Mac.

“I didn’t see him eject Ma’am. There must have been a malfunction in the ejection mechanism. But I’m sure he must have ejected Ma’am. He’s an experience pilot. He wouldn’t have panic like one of the younger ones.” replied Skates.

“How was it in the water? How bad was it really?” asked a concerned Mac.

“The seas were very rough Ma’am. I didn’t know if I would survive. I was really scared and the water was pretty cold.” replied Skates with relief.

“Do you think Harm has a chance Lieutenant?” asked Mac softly.

“It anyone can survive in that storm, it’s Harm. He’s the best Colonel.” smiled Skates.

Later in the morning Skates and Mac made their way to the Chapel. They wanted to say a prayer for Harm. Mac wanted to take the opportunity to get away from everyone. The chapel was usually a good place to go.

It usually deserted and quiet, but when they got there and walked in Mac was surprised to see so many people in there. It seem like all the pilots who weren’t flying sorties were there praying for Harm.

It made her feel good to see that Harm still had so many friends on the Henry. But she was surprise to see that they weren’t particularly happy to see her. They all had a scowl on their face when they saw her walk in with Skates.

She couldn’t understand why. It had been a year and a half since she prosecuted Buxton in his court-martial. Then again she had prosecuted Lieutenant Hawkes last year.

She guess they must still be upset with her. She took a seat up front. She and Skates spent the next fifteen minutes in silent prayer before they decided it was time to leave.

They went back to sickbay so Skates could rest. While they were there waiting to hear that Harm had been found Mac offer to let Skates look through the photo album of her and Harm.

As Skates looked through the album she began to understand why the Colonel was there. What she saw truly amazed her. The album contained almost two hundred pages each having two to four pictures to a page. Many of the picture were of Harm and Mac together.

There were a lot of pictures of them together at the gala events in Washington, such as the NATO Ball, embassy functions, and other major Washington social events.

She saw action shots taken of their travels to Russia, Japan, Ireland, Italy, Columbia, Panama, and Iran. There was a section of them together with their coworkers doing things together like company picnics, softball games, and little AJ’s baptism. It showed Harm and Mac holding little Aj. They looked like the perfect family.

Finally she came to the end of the photo album. What she saw there shock the living hell out of her. She saw Harm and Mac getting married. Harm was in his dress whites and Mac looked absolutely beautiful in her wedding gown.

“This is unbelievable! You and Harm got married! No wonder why he said you were happy.” exclaimed Skates.

“It’s no wonder why he was happier than I’ve ever seen him before! And you look absolutely beautiful Ma’am. I can only hope I look half as nice as you when I get married next month.”

“Thank you Lieutenant. We both were very happy when we got married last weekend. And I’m sure you’re going to be a beautiful bride.” replied Mac.

“You only got married last week?” asked a stunned Skates.

“Yes we did. In fact if Harm hadn’t asked me to marry him, I was going to marry someone else today.” whispered Mac.

“Wow! That’s unbelievable Ma’am.” replied Skates as she shook her head in amazement.

An hour later the search crews had found Harm. He was still alive. They pulled him on board the helicopter and were heading back to the aircraft carrier.

The crew reported that Harm was still conscious but was suffering from severe hypothermia. That he was going to need immediate medical attention when they got back.

Captain Ingles found Mac in the galley and told her that they had located Commander Rabb. He would be on board in twenty minutes. He was conscious, but was suffering from hypothermia.

Mac gathered up all her things and put them in her bag before heading first to sick bay to drop off their bags. She then went up on deck to wait for Harm.

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