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Title: Choices
Author: sspaz1000/bandgeek01
Rating: PG-13ish
Characters: NCIS: LA Team: G. Callen, Kensi Blye, Marty Deeks, Sam Hanna, Eric Beale, Nell Jones, Hetty Lange, Talia Del Campo
Disclaimer: I'm just playing in CBS's sandbox. They own the characters and all that fun stuff.
Beta: The wonderful ncisabbylover who encouraged me on this summer while being ambitious with this project.
Note 1: This was written for the NCIS: LA fic exchange Summer 2016! My recipient is chrisodonline. I sincerely hope you enjoy this, and I hope you are well.
Note 2: This fic is a Choose your own Adventure type story. It's not too elaborate, but it's enough to have a little fun.
Note 3: The bits of The Long Goodbye and Defectors are not mine. They belong to Mr. Kalstein, and Ms. Jaffe. I did my best to transcribe them to my ability and make them fit the story. (also this goes with airing on TV order.)

Callen Checks in on Sam

Leaving the Mission, Callen tries to call Sam. No answer. Callen knows that Sam needs to process this, but also knows that 4 years of making sure Jada is safe has gone out the window. Callen decides to stop by the Hanna household to make sure everything’s OK.

Stopping by his favorite takeout place, he orders enough to feed the household, and heads towards the Hanna’s. Pulling into the Hanna’s driveway he sees Kam staring out of the window, when Michelle joins her. When Kam realizes who it is, she runs outside and when Callen opens the car door, chants of Uncle Callen come from her mouth.

Callen squats to her level and gives her a big hug. “Kam, how are you doing?”

“I’m good, Uncle Callen. Is that Greek food I smell?”

“Yeah, it is. Want to help carry it in?”

“Of course. Guess what Uncle Callen?”

“What?” Callen asks surprised, as he starts to unload the food from the car.

“I got a 99% on my science project!”

“Really? That’s great!”

“I know. Dad helped a lot. I think he wishes this was math stuff, but between you and me, I think he likes science projects.”

Callen laughs. “I think you are right Kam.”

Gathering the bags up Kam starts to laugh too, “Do you really think we need this much food?”

Callen looks at all the bags as he closes his car door and laughs with her. “Let this be a lesson to you, don’t go shopping hungry.”

“Lesson learned.”  Kam replies as they made their way toward the house where Michelle was waiting for them.

“Hungry there Callen?” Michelle asks as she helps take a bag from him.

“Just a little.” he replies.

Making their way to the kitchen, Michelle tasks Kam with sorting out the food and ushers Callen back out to the living room.  Michelle gives Callen a warm hug and a kiss on the cheek. “Callen, it is so good to see you. You need to come by more often.”

“I know, I know.” he replies as he returns the hug, “How’s he doing?”

“You know how he is.”

“That’s why I’m here.”

“Callen, I hope you aren’t blaming yourself either. You know you had to let her go.”

“I know, I get that, and I completely understand why Jada doesn’t trust NCIS, but it’s still painful to see her going back to Tahir, when, at the drop of a dime, he could turn on her.”

“There are things he hasn’t told me about Sudan, and I know that even now they haunt him. And I know that Sam tries to do good by all and still sometimes ends up with the short end of the stick. It’s tough, it’s frustrating. You’ve been partners with Sam for what, 9 years now?”

“Yeah, 9 years, and we’re both still here.”

“Don’t you dare jinx that, Callen.”

He gives a soft chuckle. “Wouldn’t dream of jinxing that. Could you imagine me being constant partners with Deeks or Kensi?”

Michelle laughs, “No, I couldn’t, but I do see how the 4 of you make an amazing team in the field though.”

“Let’s not relive Sidorov.”  Callen says. Even though he does agree that the whole Sidorov case brought Deeks and Sam together.

“Done. Now go talk to him, G.” Michelle gives Callen’s hand a small squeeze.

“Thanks. I know I don’t share much, but it’s always good talking with you.”

“Anytime baby.”

Kam comes into the living room saying dinner is ready to go. Callen and Michelle follow her back into the kitchen. Callen grabs a tray and places food and a beer for him and Sam on it. Giving a small smile to Kam and Michelle he heads out to the back patio.

“Hey.” Callen says as he places the tray down on the patio table.

“Hey.” Sam grabs one of the beers on the tray and takes a swig.

“Are you OK?”

“What do you think?”

“I think… that you are taking this rather hard, you are feeling like you are the good guy who gets screwed over again.” Sam just closes his eyes and takes a breath while Callen continues. “I also think at this moment you don’t want to talk to me, because you were hoping I would stop Jada from getting on that plane. I couldn’t do it Sam. We’ve protected her for 4 years. This was her choice. If she feels like Tahir won’t kill her, than that’s her prerogative. We did the best we could and it was time for her to do the best she could.”

“I know. I’m not mad. A little sad, yes. Mad, no. We’re partners. It’s what we do, G.” Grabbing a plate and digging into the food, Sam continues. “I know I couldn’t protect her forever. I’m pretty sure I lost that ability when I told her who I really was. You know how it is. Somedays we let the cases get too close.”

“I agree. We do what we do and we do it well. Sometimes things don’t go as planned, but we definitely take something away from every case. Jada is her own strong woman, and we needed her to see that for herself. Going home shows that.”

Sam takes a deep breath. This hurt him. He knows he will put the walls up at work because he needs to be on his A-Game, because that’s what S.E.A.L.S do.

The partners continue to eat in comfortable silence for a while.

When Sam is almost finished with his food, he looks at Callen. “Really G.? You had to choose Greek food? You couldn’t have gotten a green smoothie for me or something?”

“You ate it didn’t you?” he retorts.

“I know, I guess everyone needs a cheat day here and there.”

“Ladies and gentlemen, of the empty chairs and trees let it be known that Sam Hanna has admitted to having a cheat meal.”

Both men laugh and toast their beers. They know they’ll get through this. They get through every case. Sam knows every now and again, Callen needed “family.” Tonight, as Michelle and Kam watch from the dining room, they were family.

Click here for Callen goes home to Smoulder
Click here for Callen goes to Work the Next Day
Click here for Callen calls out sick and Starts to go Rogue
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