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25 September 2009 @ 08:34 pm
Home (Stella/Mac) 8/13  
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: Next Chapter will be up on Monday :)

Chapter 1 | Chapter 2 | Chapter 3 | Chapter 4 | Chapter 5 | Chapter 6 | Chapter 7


The day went by quickly, and their dinner with the Morton’s arrived. Stella and Mac had spent most of the day going through their files once again and relaxing in the garden because there wasn’t really much they could do at this point. The mood had still been a little tense at times, but they’d gotten back into their light teasing and flirting as the day went on.

Stella was applying her makeup for the evening when Mac stepped into the bathroom.

“Hey,” he said and smiled at her.

Stella tore her gaze away from her own reflection and looked at Mac. “Hey yourself.” She returned his smile before she turned back to the mirror and applied a little more makeup.

Mac walked up to her and stood close behind her. “Dressing up for our dearest neighbors?” he asked teasingly.

Stella chuckled. “Of course. Who else could I dress up for?”

Mac shook his head in amusement. “Oh, I don’t know, your husband, maybe?”

“Oh, right, I have a husband,” Stella replied with a mocking smile. “I knew I forgot about something.”

Mac shoved her gently aside, and she protested. “You don’t need to dress up. You look good the way you are,” he said.

“Well, thanks,” Stella replied.

“You’re welcome,” Mac said with a grin. “You done here now?”

“No,” she answered and shoved Mac away from the mirror again. “Stop teasing me and I’ll be done in no time.”

Mac stepped back a few steps and gave her room to finish. A few minutes later, she laid her hairbrush aside and turned around to face Mac. “How do I look?” she asked.

The man in front of her smiled. “Beautiful.”

A deep shade of red rose into Stella’s cheeks, and she looked down. “Thanks,” she mumbled.

“Come on, let’s get going. We don’t wanna be late, do we?”

Stella chuckled. “No, we don’t.”

While they made their way over to the Morton’s house, Mac wrapped his arm around Stella’s waist and pulled her closer to him. She smiled and let out a soft laugh, leaning into him.

“Hi there,” Emily greeted them as she opened the door with a bright smile. Stella took a step forward and let Emily hug her. “Come in, you two, dinner is almost ready.”

Stella and Mac stepped into the house and followed Emily into the kitchen. Tim was just setting the table when they walked into the room.

“Hey,” he greeted the couple and walked over to shake hands. “It’s nice to see you. Take a seat, dinner will be ready in no time.”

“Anything we can do to help?” Stella asked.

“No way,” Emily replied. “You’re the guests; you won’t be doing anything that comes close to work tonight.”

Stella and Mac chuckled and sat down on the table.

“And neither will you, honey,” Tim said. “You’ve been working enough at the restaurant today. You deserve an evening off, so go and join our guests,” he ordered.

“Okay, okay,” Emily returned with a laugh and walked over to the table to join Stella and Mac.

“So, how do you like it here? Are you adjusting to the new house?” Emily asked after she had sat down.

“Oh, yeah, it’s really nice,” Stella replied. “Very different from where we lived before, but nice. The neighbors are all very friendly.”

“Yeah, it’s nice to live a little outside the city for a change,” Mac agreed.

“Why did you move here, anyway?” Emily asked. “I mean, you lived in Manhattan—why didn’t you move anywhere downtown?”

Stella looked at Mac with a smile before she answered. “I really liked living in the city, but I’ve been living downtown my whole life, and I wanted to change that. Plus, we want kids, and I always wanted to raise my children in a comfy neighborhood outside the city.”

“Yeah, so she talked me into moving out here,” Mac said teasingly, earning himself a light smack from Stella.

“Hey, we made that decision together,” she retorted.

Mac just smiled and leaned over to place a kiss on Stella’s lips.

“What brought you to move out here?” he then asked.

Emily laughed. “My parents lived in a neighborhood like this one, and I always loved that. When we got married and I was pregnant, we agreed to move out here because it was so nice to grow up like that.”

Right at that moment, Tim approached the table and set two plates in front of Stella and Mac. “Here you go,” he said. “I hope you like it.”

The two couples ate in a comfortable atmosphere and made casual small talk meanwhile, talking about children, the neighbors, and how the couples got to know each other. Since it was a warm evening, they moved into the garden after dinner and sat down on the porch with a glass of wine each. Stella and Mac were seated on a bench, and Mac had his arm draped lovingly around her shoulders while Stella leaned into him.

“When we were here the other day to invite you to our barbeque, Sam told us about a crime that happened here a few months back. What exactly was it that happened?” Stella asked after a moment of silence.

“It was horrible,” Tim answered. “A family that lived a few streets away was brutally murdered. Mother, father, and their three children were found murdered in the living room. I’m not going into detail here, but as the news stated, it was a terrible mess.”

Emily nodded in agreement. “Yeah, apparently it’s the work of a serial killer who is targeting families with children. I guess that’s the reason why our daughter’s best friend moved away.”

“Yeah, Sam told us about that,” Stella said. “It must be horrible living here and knowing a serial killer like that lives somewhere nearby when you have a kid of your own.”

“It is, but so far the killer has only murdered families with more than one child, and they were all younger than Sam,” Tim said. “But it’s still scary. Neither of us feel comfortable letting Sam out of the house alone, but we can’t keep her locked up forever.”

Stella and Mac nodded, making mental notes of the things the other couple had told them.

“Since the crime a few months ago, nothing more has happened here though,” Emily said. “This first started across town. There were three other families murdered before the Johnsons here. Their deaths were all very close together, though. Then there were a few months without anything happening, and then…” she trailed off. There was no need to go on, because everyone there knew what she was about to say.

“We can just hope that he has stopped,” Tim said.

Stella and Mac nodded, both at a loss for words. The four sat in silence for a few moments.

“Let’s talk about some happier things,” Emily suggested, changing the topic. “You’re working as a teacher, Stella. What are you teaching?”

Stella smiled. “I’m a science teacher. Not everyone’s favorite subject.”

The other three chuckled. “That’s true,” Emily agreed. “I hated science back in school.”

“Be careful, honey, they’re both scientists,” Tim said, causing the others to laugh.

“Right, I almost forgot about that,” Emily said. “You two are the perfect couple. You work in the same branch and you get along amazingly. I have the feeling you make a really good team.”

“That we do,” Mac replied and placed a kiss on Stella’s temple.

“Do you have job prospects already, Stella?” Tim asked.

Stella shook her head. “Not yet. I hope that I can find one soon, though. I mean, it’s still a few weeks until Mac has to start working, but I’d like to have something to do soon. I don’t like sitting alone at home the whole day.”

“I know what you mean,” Emily agreed. “Before we opened the restaurant, it was horrible for me to be at home the whole day with nobody there to entertain me.”

“Yeah, right?” Stella said with a laugh.

“Wow, we’re being turned into entertainers now,” Mac commented drily.

“Yeah, that’s how much our wives love us,” Tim agreed.

“Oh, we do love you,” Stella assured him with an amused expression.

“Very much,” agreed Emily and laughed.

“How long have you had the restaurant?” Stella asked, completely ignoring their pouting husbands.

“A little over five years,” Emily replied.

“So it’s going well?”

“It’s going amazingly well,” Tim replied. “I could stop working and we’d survive without problems.”

Emily laughed. “Yeah, that’s right. I have so much work, it’s unbelievable. I wouldn’t have expected it to go that well when I first opened it.”

“That’s great,” Stella said.

“Yeah,” Mac agreed. “We need to stop by and have dinner sometime.”

“That’s a great idea, honey,” Stella said. “We’ll totally do that.”

“Good, but you have to tell me when so I can step by and say hi,” Emily said.

“I bet that’s code for clean the restaurant,” Stella teased.

Emily and her husband laughed. “Seems like I can’t hide anything from you,” she replied.

“You really have to be careful, my wife finds out everything,” Mac said in an amused tone.

“I wouldn’t be able to hide anything from my wife, either, so I don’t even try it,” Tim remarked. “I think that’s some unwritten law in a marriage: your wife will find out.”

“Do you have something to hide?” Emily asked.

“Didn’t I just say that you’d probably find out anyway and so I don’t even try it?”

“You better not,” Emily replied and placed a kiss on her husband’s lips.

“Same goes for you, my friend,” Stella joked and ran her hand down Mac’s cheek.

“I wouldn’t dare to try.” Mac tilted Stella’s head up with two fingers and placed a soft kiss on her lips.

They stayed out in the garden a while longer, talking about anything and everything. Stella and Mac asked a few more questions about the neighbors—when they moved there, how they got along, and what they did together on the weekends. Emily invited Stella to the women’s weekly get together to drink coffee, eat cake, and share the latest gossip. Of course Stella accepted the invitation, hoping to get the chance to get to know people better and find out something that was relevant for their case.

“I think we should go,” Mac said in a low voice after a while and traced his finger gently over Stella’s cheek.

She snuggled into his arms a little more. “Yeah, I think so, too.”

“Oh no, don’t go yet,” Emily said.

“It was a nice evening, really, but I think it’s really time for us to go. I’m tired, and I don’t wanna fall asleep in your garden,” Stella returned with a chuckle. “And Mac promised not to carry me home or to bed,” she added with a teasing look at Mac.

He chuckled a little, embarrassed. “Well, I already made an exception of that.”

Stella laughed. “Right, but I don’t want you to carry me all the way across the street as long as I can walk just fine.”

Mac shook his head. “Come on, let’s go then.”

Stella nodded in agreement.

“We have to do that again very soon,” Emily said as the four of them got up.

Stella, Mac, and Tim nodded in agreement. “Definitely,” Tim said.

After saying goodbye to their neighbors, Stella and Mac made their way back over to their house.

“You like them, don’t you?” Mac asked after a few moments.

“Yeah, I really do,” Stella replied. “They’re both very nice.”

Mac watched Stella closely, a slight smile playing on his lips.

“What?” Stella asked, a smile of her own on her lips.

“Don’t get me wrong, now—I don’t want to criticize you with this; it’s just my opinion,” Mac cautioned, and Stella raised her eyebrows. “You get personally attached to people quickly. Not that you let them in that fast, but you bond with them easily. It’s not a bad thing; it’s something I like very much about you, but I’m not sure it’s so good this time.”

Stella sighed. “I know,” she replied. “But I can’t live here for several weeks without making friends with anyone.”

Mac reached over and squeezed her hand lightly. “Like I said, one of the many things I like very much about you.”

When Mac didn’t pull his hand back, Stella smiled gently and laced her fingers through his. They walked in comfortable silence across the street and a few houses down. Only when they reached the front door and Mac had to get the key out of his pocket did he let go of her hand, but not without giving it a soft squeeze first.

When he had the door unlocked, he placed his hand on the small of Stella’s back and guided her into the house.

“Straight to bed?” Mac asked with a chuckle as Stella yawned.

Stella laughed. “Yeah, I’m tired.”

“Really? I wouldn’t have figured,” Mac teased. “Let’s go to bed, then.”

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Stacey: Mac Stella lovejaydenbell on September 25th, 2009 10:36 pm (UTC)
Cute chapter. I like the way they're getting closer and closer :)
Sabi: {CSI: New York} Mac - profile mac taylorlove_kate_walsh on October 7th, 2009 02:25 pm (UTC)
Thanks. I'm glad you liked it :)
talkingtocactustalkingtocactus on September 26th, 2009 12:11 am (UTC)
i'm enjoying this one - bring on the next chapter :)
Sabi: {CSI: New York} Mac - profile mac taylorlove_kate_walsh on October 7th, 2009 02:26 pm (UTC)
I'm glad you do :)
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Sabi: {CSI: New York} Mac - profile mac taylorlove_kate_walsh on October 7th, 2009 02:26 pm (UTC)
Thanks. I'm glad you're enjoying the story :)
hunterseaker: Mac/Stella Catch Mehunterseaker on September 26th, 2009 04:44 am (UTC)
awwww sweet chapter.
Can't wait for more. :D
Sabi: {CSI: New York} Mac - profile mac taylorlove_kate_walsh on October 7th, 2009 02:26 pm (UTC)
Thanks. I'm glad you liked it.
Meredithxfirefly9x on September 26th, 2009 06:51 am (UTC)
Cute :)
Sabi: {CSI: New York} Mac - profile mac taylorlove_kate_walsh on October 7th, 2009 02:26 pm (UTC)
Thanks!