- "Steele Waters Run Deep"
Date: Thursday, January 10, 2002
- By: Frannie Piper
This fic answers 2 questions about SWRD I had after watching
the ep air on PAX(e) this week:
1 - Who paid their fees if their client was the bad guy?
2 - Why was Laura's blouse unbottoned during the tag? I had never
noticed it before when I saw the ep, so it get me thinking...
(permission to archive)
"Steele Waters Run Deep" PAX(ed) Scene
"What's all this?" Laura asked as she walked into Steele's
apartment. She set her purse on an end table and approached the
chilling champagne by the fireplace.
Steele was relaxed. His suit jacket and tie were gone, and his
dark chest hair peeked from the open collar of his dress shirt.
"A celebration," he answered, "for the successful
conclusion of our case."
"And for my saving your hide?" she asked, removing
her jacket and placing it on a chair.
"Uh, that too," he answered quickly, producing two
crystal champagne flutes for Laura to hold.
She took them, and he worked on removing the cork from the bottle
"Do you plan on doing this every time we solve a case?"
POP! The cork removed from the bottle, Steele began to fill the
flutes Laura held out for him.
"Spend an evening with you?" Steele asks. "It
would be presumptuous of me to assume...."
"I meant the champagne," Laura interrupted with a half
"I just thought that the successful completion of my first
case called for something special," he explained, taking
one of the flutes from her.
"Your first case?"
"Albie did come to me."
Laura decided not to pursue the pending argument. She sat down
on the floor in front of the fireplace. "Yes, that's true.
And your locating the missing money and the computer programs
will go a long way in proving what he and the others did to avoid
Steele smiled in appreciation as he sat next to her.
"To George Kaplan," he raised his glass in salute.
He touched her glass with his, and they both took a sip of champagne.
"It's funny," she said setting her glass on the coffee
table, "Albie and the others ran into the same problem I
"Suddenly, their fictitious man walked and talked."
Steele chuckled at the similarity between Albie's and Laura's
situation as he placed his glass alongside Laura's. "True,"
he admitted, placing his hand behind her ear and bringing her
closer to him, "but hopefully, I won't be your undoing."
He kissed her softly and gently.
"I hope not," Laura answered breathlessly, as she leaned
in for a deeper kiss, one in which their lips parted briefly
and tongues met cautiously.
"Unless," he continued, looking into her eyes, "you'd
like me to be."
Laura's head began to spin as he kissed her deeply again. Her
arms would not heed her head's warning to stop, and they went
around his neck. As he began to plant kisses along her jaw line
and down her neck, a sigh escaped from her lips, and she leaned
her head back. As his lips neared the edge of her high collared
blouse, his fingers slowly and cautiously unfastened the first,
and then the second button. Surprised and encouraged by Laura's
silence, he continued down her neck with his lips. His breath
was warm on her skin, and before Laura stopped to think, her
fingers began to work the buttons of his white dress shirt. Steele
matched Laura's effort continuing down the row of buttons on
her blouse as their lips met again.
RING! RING! The phone on the end table pierced the silence.
Begrudgingly, Steele parted their kiss slightly. "I suppose
I should get that," he managed to say.
Steele sighed heavily as he untangled himself and reached across
the floor to retrieve the handset.
"Steele here." He ran his hand through his dark hair
in obvious frustration.
Laura stifled a laugh and simply smiled at him as she retrieved
her champagne from the coffee table and took a sip.
"Ah, yes, Mr. Richardson," Steele said confidently
as he shot Laura a questioning look.
"The Gruff and Reston board member," Laura supplied
in a whisper.
"Well, that's very generous of the Board," Steele continues.
"Yes, Mr. Richardson, thank you very much."
During a long pause, and Steele retrieves his glass and takes
a sip of champagne.
"Well," Steele continues looking at Laura and smiling,
"I have a most excellent staff."
She nods and returns his gesture with a knowing smile.
"Yes, Mr. Richardson, good evening." Steele returned
the handset and sat down again by Laura's side in front of the
"The Gruff and Reston Board want to insure us that they
will pick up our fees for the case in gratitude of the embarrassment
we saved them," Steele explained.
Laura smiled and nodded in understanding.
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