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18 September 2009 @ 01:35 pm
Home (Stella/Mac) 6/13  
Title: Home
Author: Sabi aka love_kate_walsh
Fandom(s): CSI: New York
Rating: FRT
Spoiler/Content Warning: The story takes place after episode 5x16 "No Good Deed"
Disclaimer: I don't own anything except for the neighbors. All other Characters belong to Anthony Zuiker and CBS.
Authors Notes: Sorry it took me so long again. I had one hell of a week. Next Chapter will follow a lot sooner ;)

Chapter 1 | Chapter 2 | Chapter 3 | Chapter 4 | Chapter 5


Stella woke up, finding herself cuddled against Mac, her head resting on his chest. She looked up at his face and saw him smiling down at her.

“Sorry ‘bout that,” she said with a sheepish grin.

Mac shook his head with a smile. “Never mind. Slept well?”

“I did, actually,” Stella replied.

“I must be comfortable, then,” Mac returned teasingly.

“Comfortable or not, I’m getting up—I’m hungry.” Stella wiggled out of Mac’s arms and started to get up.

Mac sat up as well. “Want me to make breakfast?”

Stella turned around to look at him with raised eyebrows. “Why are you so nice to me today, Taylor?”

“I’m always nice to you,” Mac protested.

“Yeah, whatever,” Stella said with a grin and got up. “I’ll take a shower, you make breakfast?”

“ ‘Yeah, whatever’?” Mac repeated. “You expect me to make you breakfast after that comment? After doubting that I’m always nice to you?”

When Stella turned to Mac, he had the cutest pout on his face. “Aww,” she said and walked over to the bed again, sitting down on his side. “I didn’t mean to hurt your feelings, big guy.” She placed a soft kiss on his cheek. “Better?”

Mac chuckled and shook his head in amusement. “Go take your shower. I’ll make breakfast.”

Stella got up, grabbed her clothes, and walked into the bathroom with a grin. While she took a shower and brushed her teeth, she thought about what had happened the night before and just a few moments ago. Did she imagine all this, or was Mac actually flirting with her? Or, rather, getting in on her flirting with him?

Something had changed between them—she wasn’t really sure what was happening, but she liked the change in their relationship. She liked the way Mac was caring for her and how his attention was on her alone.

When Stella stepped out of the bathroom, the whole house smelled like fresh coffee and bacon and eggs. With a happy smile, she walked down to the kitchen. She found Mac standing at the stove preparing their breakfast, a cup of coffee next to him. Her smile widened as she walked into the room.

“Hey,” she said.

Mac turned, smiling softly at her. “Hey.”

“Anything for me to do?”

“No,” Mac replied. “Just sit down; breakfast will be ready any minute.”

“Okay.” Stella did as she was told and sat down at the already set table. The cup was already filled with steaming coffee.

“There you go,” Mac said when he placed a plate in front of Stella, just a couple moments later.

“Thanks,” Stella replied. “Looks really good.”

While eating breakfast, Stella and Mac discussed the things they needed to get done today. They agreed that they would use the morning to talk about their observations from the previous night—maybe take some notes and work on the files in the afternoon. After settling that plan, they talked about casual things, keeping their light teasing up.

They cleared the table and washed the dishes together, their hands brushing every once in a while. Each time that happened, Stella and Mac smiled at each other. When they were almost done, Mac scooped a few bubbles up with two fingers and wiped them on Stella’s nose.

“Hey,” she exclaimed in protest and wiped her wet hand on Mac’s cheek, smirking at him.

“You wanna start a fight?” Mac asked, grabbing her wrist.

“No,” Stella answered, laughing. “I don’t wanna have to clean the whole kitchen.”

“We wouldn’t want that,” Mac said teasingly and ran his thumb gently over her wrist. They stayed like that for a few moments, gazing into the others’ eyes.

“We should get back to work,” Mac said after several minutes.

Stella nodded. “Yeah, we still need to talk about yesterday,” she agreed, and Mac nodded. “Um, Mac? I need my hand to finish off here,” she said when he didn’t let go of her wrist.

“Oh, sorry,” Mac said, a faint blush rising into his cheeks, and let go of Stella’s wrist.

Stella grinned but didn’t say anything. The blushing was almost as cute as the pout he had given her not long ago. They finished off in the kitchen and then moved into the living room, getting paper and pencil to take notes about things they had noticed the previous evening.

Mac made them sandwiches for lunch, which they ate sitting on the porch, where they stayed a while longer after finishing their food.

“As much as I’d love to stay out here, we have to finish off our work,” Stella said.

“Yeah.”

They got up and went back inside the house, Mac’s hand resting gently on the small of her back. This time they went into their office to print the pictures Stella had taken the night before and add them, as well as some general information, to the files of their neighbors.

***

“We’re done,” Stella announced, receiving a chuckle from Mac in return. “What? You don’t think we’ve done enough work for today?”

“No, no, enough work for today,” Mac agreed.

They had been working all afternoon to add information and photos to the files—it was almost seven. Stella got up from her chair and stretched out. She could feel Mac’s eyes on her body. Stella smiled but didn’t say anything. She liked the attention she got from Mac.

“How about dinner?” Stella asked.

“Sounds great,” Mac replied and got up from his chair, following Stella down the stairs.

They cooked dinner together, keeping their teasing and flirting up through it. They settled into the living room for dinner, watching TV. Afterward they cleaned the dishes together and almost started a bubble fight again. Laughing, they both returned to the living room and plopped down on the couch. It wasn’t long after they had settled there together when Mac’s phone rang.

With a sigh, he got up again and went to answer his phone, which he had left in the hallway. From the living room, Stella could hear his side of the conversation.

“Taylor,” Mac answered.

After a few moments of silence, Mac asked, “Where did you get this number?”

Another long moment of silence. “I don’t want you to call again.” Mac was clearly getting angry.

“No, I don’t have time for that right now,” Stella could hear Mac say. She sat up straight on the sofa and looked into the direction of the corridor.

“No. Don’t call again.”

A few seconds later, Mac reappeared in the living room and paced up and down behind the couch a few times.

“What was that?” Stella asked with a concerned look on her face.

“That was Ella,” Mac replied.

“Who’s Ella?” Stella asked. It took a few seconds before she knew who he was talking about. “Wait a minute, your stalker girl, Ella?” she asked.

“She’s not a stalker,” Mac replied harshly.

Stella raised her eyebrows at him. “Ok, first, no need to get angry with me; and second, she clearly is. Why else do you think she called? How did she get the number, anyway? Only Danny and the team are supposed to have our cell numbers.”

“I have no idea where she got the number; she didn’t want to tell me,” Mac replied.

“I’m sure Danny didn’t give it to her,” Stella returned.

“What, you think I gave it to her?”

“I didn’t say that,” Stella said. “Mac, I didn’t want to accuse you of anything here, I’m just concerned. What this girl does is not normal. She followed you into a supermarket – and don’t say she didn’t because you don’t know that – she cut her wrists to get attention, and now she gets our number from somewhere and starts calling you.”

“She lost both her parents; no wonder she wants attention,” Mac replied.

“Yes, but you’re not the one to give it to her. She needs professional help.”

“She needs someone who cares for her,” Mac returned.

Stella studied Mac for a few moments. “You went to see her,” she stated.

“Yes.”

“You’re the one telling me not to get too emotionally involved. Good way of doing that, Mac.” Stella shook her head in disbelief.

“Why are you mad at me, Stella? I didn’t do anything wrong, did I?” Mac returned.

“You asked my opinion if you should go see her. I told you not to because she’s already getting her hopes up. Don’t you think it would’ve been better to stay away? Listen to me just once?”

“Are you making such a big deal out of it because I didn’t tell you or because I didn’t follow the advice you gave me?” Mac asked.

“No,” Stella said in a harsh voice, getting up as well. “This is not going to end well, Mac. The girl needs professional help, and you’re not the one who can give her that.”

“I can at least try to help her in some way,” Mac returned stubbornly.

“Yeah, you’ll end up hurting, and I’ll be the one picking up the pieces like I always am,” Stella said and Mac just stared at her. “It’s not that I mind because you are my friend and that’s what friends do, but don’t you think it’s hard for me to see how you end up hurting? Especially when you come to me to ask for advice and then completely ignore what I said and not even tell me about it.”

“Whoa, wait a minute, Stella. You have no right accusing me of that. It’s not like I’ve been hiding it from you. I simply didn’t tell you. What’s the big deal?”

“There used to be times when you told me stuff like that,” Stella returned, hurt evident in her voice as she turned to leave the room.

Mac snorted, getting angry now. “Yeah, right back at you.”

Stella stopped dead in her tracks. “What’s that supposed to mean?” she asked and turned around to face Mac again.

“Oh, you know what I’m talking about as well as I do, Stella. You didn’t only betray my trust—no, you also disobeyed a direct order from your boss. I made it very clear to keep your hands off the Diakos case, and then you drew Angell into it.”

“You know?” Stella asked, a pang of guilt in her stomach.

“Of course I know; I’m not stupid. When I told you that Diakos was found dead, you acted strangely. You weren’t surprised or happy at all. Before that I didn’t have any clue or suspicion that you ignored my orders, but that really got me suspicious. So I asked for the records of the 911 call. It wasn’t exactly clever to make the call yourself. Then I went to process the scene, and guess what I found: a hair. And the person it belonged to was very familiar: Jessica Angell.”

“It’s not like I forced her into this,” she defended herself. “I asked if she would help me, and she agreed.”

“Yeah, but you didn’t tell her the whole story, either. She told me that you didn’t tell her from the beginning that I ordered you away from the case.”

“I wouldn’t have had to bring Jess into this if you hadn’t ordered me away in the first place,” Stella returned stubbornly.

“What, now it’s my fault that you didn’t give a damn about what I said?” Mac asked.

“Seems like you don’t care much about what I say either.” Stella knew the accusation wasn’t fair and that it hit below the belt because she knew it wasn’t true, but she was angry.

“Stella…” The anger in Mac’s voice had vanished, replaced by hurt.

“You knew how much this meant to me and still you withdrew me from the case,” Stella said, “and you expected me not to take that personally? I’m sorry, but I can’t do that.” Stella turned around and left the room, slamming the door shut.

She went into the bedroom first to get her sleeping clothes and then walked into the bathroom, taking a bath. She turned the water on and let it fill the tub with slightly too-hot water.

She was hurt because obviously Mac didn’t trust her enough to tell her that he had visited Ella. She was hurt because he had ordered her away from the case. She was hurt because she didn’t want to fight with him, but she was too stubborn to apologize. But she was also disappointed. By herself. She knew that the things she’d accused Mac of were actually things she had to blame herself for.

Stella sighed. She was not going to apologize to Mac—not tonight, anyway. He wouldn’t dare confront her.

She stripped off her clothes and was about to step into the tub when she hesitated a moment. She made her way over to the door and locked it. Then she returned to the tub and settled into the steaming water. When the warmth floated through her body, Stella sighed again.

After an hour and a half in the tub, Stella had calmed down. She was completely relaxed, but there was still no way she would apologize to Mac, even though she knew she made a mistake.

Stella stepped into her sleeping clothes and, after cleaning the bathroom up, she went into the bedroom. During her time in the tub, she had decided to go straight to bed afterward.

Stella snuggled into the covers and turned off the light on her nightstand. She didn’t want to read – knew she wouldn’t be able to concentrate, because no matter how relaxing the bath might have been, the fight with Mac still occupied her thoughts. She also knew it would take her a long time to fall asleep.

The curtains were still ajar, and Stella lay on her side, staring out the window into the night sky. It was a beautiful night—the moon gleamed brightly in the sky, and a light breeze blew lightly at the curtains.

Stella still lay wide-awake when Mac crawled into bed beside her. She turned onto her side, her back to him.



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Sabi: {CSI: New York} Stella - b/wlove_kate_walsh on September 19th, 2009 06:39 pm (UTC)
tihihihi I couldn't let them get together that fast. I gotta admit though, I had a blast writing that fight. I love Stella&Mac fighting scenes. Don't get me wrong, I adore fluffy scenes as well but there just is something about fights I really like.

You'll have to wait and see about that ;)

haha don't worry. I like when people put that much thought in my stuff.

I wrote the story in one go and actually didn't intend to split it into Chapters. Maybe it would've been longer if I had written it differently. I could've gone a little while longer but since it was for a Challenge I had to finish it at some point :D

Anyway, I'm glad you're still enjoying the fic ♥
sexycazzy: Mac Taylor 1sexycazzy on September 18th, 2009 12:46 pm (UTC)
I've read all the chapters in one go and I must say that I am really enjoying it very much. I like to read Mac/Stella stories occissionally and your fic story is great!

Looking forward to the update soon! ::))
Sabi: {CSI: New York} Stella - b/wlove_kate_walsh on September 19th, 2009 06:34 pm (UTC)
I'm glad you like the fic. I enjoyed writing it very much :)

I'll try to remember to update on monday ;D
hunterseaker: Mac/Stella Catch Mehunterseaker on September 18th, 2009 04:55 pm (UTC)
WOW, just when you thought Mac and Stella were going to get together.. BAM a fight. But I LOVE Mac/Stella fights!

Good job!
Sabi: {CSI: New York} Stella - b/wlove_kate_walsh on September 19th, 2009 06:31 pm (UTC)
tehehe thanks! I love Stella/Mac fights, too. I had a blast writing that scene.

I'm glad you're still enjoying the fic :)
bonasera_nypdbonasera_nypd on September 18th, 2009 07:34 pm (UTC)
Nice chapter. But I do want to know about that number...where did she get it?
Sabi: {CSI: New York} Stella - b/wlove_kate_walsh on September 19th, 2009 06:30 pm (UTC)
Thanks! Um. Interesting question. I'm gonna solve that mystery in the sequel I'm writing :D
Clocitymusings on September 19th, 2009 06:33 pm (UTC)
SEQUEL! YAY!
Sabi: {CSI: New York} Stella - b/wlove_kate_walsh on September 19th, 2009 06:35 pm (UTC)
haha yeah. It'll take a while until it's ready for posting though. First I have to think the whole thing through lol
Clocitymusings on September 19th, 2009 06:38 pm (UTC)
Yeah, yeah. Excuses, excuses...
Sabi: {CSI: New York} Stella - b/wlove_kate_walsh on September 19th, 2009 06:41 pm (UTC)
:P
No but seriously, I made it a rule to finish a fic before I start posting it. I tend to stop writing fics when I don't have them finished before posting it. Or it takes me ages to update cos I don't have any more ideas for the fic or something.
Clocitymusings on September 19th, 2009 07:10 pm (UTC)
That's good.
Sabi: {CSI: New York} Stella - b/wlove_kate_walsh on September 19th, 2009 07:15 pm (UTC)
But it also means that you're gonna have to wait another month or two until you get to read the sequel ^^'
Clocitymusings on September 19th, 2009 07:19 pm (UTC)
Not good.
Sabi: {CSI: New York} Stella - b/wlove_kate_walsh on September 19th, 2009 07:21 pm (UTC)
You could always annoy me into writing faster :P
Clocitymusings on September 19th, 2009 07:24 pm (UTC)
Does that help? Cuz I can be very annoying if I need to be.
Sabi: {CSI: New York} Stella - b/wlove_kate_walsh on September 19th, 2009 07:27 pm (UTC)
It might. For some reason I have no doubt about that lol.
Clocitymusings on September 19th, 2009 07:41 pm (UTC)
Hahaaha.

To do list:
Write.
Sort through icons to make room for more.
Watch Criminal Minds.
Annoy Sabi.
Sabi: {CSI: New York} Stella - b/wlove_kate_walsh on September 19th, 2009 07:46 pm (UTC)
haha nice! I'm already writing. I've written 300 words so far.
Clocitymusings on September 19th, 2009 08:07 pm (UTC)
HEHE! I'm working on finishing off old one-shots I left "to finish later" over the last several months/couple years.
Sabi: {CSI: New York} Stella - b/wlove_kate_walsh on September 19th, 2009 08:14 pm (UTC)
I'm having 3 unfinished fics sitting on my laptop. One is almost finished. Only 2 or 3 chapters left to finished until I can start posting it but these Chapters just refuse to get done. The other one has been sitting on my laptop for ages but only one Chapter is finished so far -.- The third one is a fic I just got the idea for and I've only written a few words. Oh and then there is the sequel to Home of course. So yeah. I've got some things to finish lol.
Clocitymusings on September 19th, 2009 08:40 pm (UTC)
:) Aww. Mine are just one-shots I got stuck on and left. I posted two of 'em this afternoon.
Sabi: {CSI: New York} Stella - b/wlove_kate_walsh on September 19th, 2009 08:42 pm (UTC)
Yup, I saw them ;) I'm not gonna read them now though. I'm kinda tired. I'm just gonna finish Medical Investigation and then I'll go to bed.
Clocitymusings on September 19th, 2009 09:05 pm (UTC)
No worries. I wasn't sayin' ya should, just commentin' on them.

Get good sleep!
Sabi: {CSI: New York} Stella - b/wlove_kate_walsh on September 19th, 2009 09:07 pm (UTC)
I'll read them anyways ;)

Thanks!
Clocitymusings on September 19th, 2009 09:27 pm (UTC)
lol.
Stacey: StellaBonaserajaydenbell on September 19th, 2009 05:14 pm (UTC)
OMG!!! Way to stir the pot! Great work!!!

Now I really can't wait for the next one...
Sabi: {CSI: New York} Stella - b/wlove_kate_walsh on September 19th, 2009 06:29 pm (UTC)
tihihi actually that was the first scene I had in mind. I just had to throw Ella in there somewhere and have Stella and Mac argue.

I'm glad you still enjoy the fic :)