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First Kiss

By Ann


Fastening my gun to my belt, I reached for my shield. Crap, where the hell was it? What a day to be running late; Dan'd scheduled a meeting for all detectives, and it looked like I was going to be just in time for his closing remarks. Maybe I left it on the bar in the kitchen.

Ten minutes later, I found the damn thing in the bathroom of all places. The minute I laid eyes on it, I remembered how it got to be there, and suddenly, I decided that it wasn't such a bad thing to miss the morning's meeting. Running last night through my head, I wondered if it wouldn't be a bad thing to miss the day altogether.

I slid the shield into place and glanced up to see my reflection looking back at me, my own eyes betraying me as they stared back in disappointment. How could I have kissed Nikki? I'd been able to keep myself in check all this time, why'd I have to go and act on my impulses? Better yet, how was I going to face her today? What possible explanation could there be?

I couldn't very well claim to be drunk as I'd only had two beers. Nikki had seen me drink much more without me showing any signs of being unbalanced whatsoever. I certainly couldn't laugh it off as a spur of the moment thing because I'd been thinking about tasting those sweet lips for many, many spurs.

It was just that the moment seemed to be perfect. We'd been celebrating an arrest after a two week sting operation, the music was downright infectious, and Nikki had asked me to dance. It seemed like a good idea at the time, but when she slid her arms around my neck and smiled that oh, so perfect smile, I got lost in the moment. I put my hands on her hips and pulled her closer as we swayed back and forth to the rhythm of the beat. At the end of the dance, I kissed her.

My hand moved to my lips as I stared once more at my reflection, remembering how soft Nikki's lips felt against mine. It was a natural fit, perfect in everyway, but that didn't stop me from quickly excusing myself and running from the dance floor.

Mindlessly, I headed to my apartment and directly to the bathroom. I threw off my shield and dunked my head in the sink; however, my attempt to drown myself proved unsuccessful. Even the vivid memories weren't washed away, and they were still stubbornly hanging on this morning.

Oh well, enough putting off the inevitable. I couldn't stay holed up in my apartment for the rest of my life, although, a couple of days sure sounded nice. Glancing at my reflection one last time, I pulled back my shoulders and flipped off the light switch.

It was time to face the music.

The End

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