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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 and the Team

It has been a crazy couple weeks for the team. Callen’s frustrated at himself for slacking when Deeks got arrested. Personal issues carried over into work. For now he’s making a promise to himself to not let happen again. Callen’s also proud of Kensi for standing up to Hetty. This is his team, and his team is doing good work.

As Callen finishes up some paperwork, he hears Hetty call his name. Walking over to her desk, he sees that she has tickets in her hand. “I think your team earned these, Mr. Callen.”

Taking the tickets, he sees that the Clippers were back in town, and she’s gotten tickets for everyone. “Thanks, Hetty. Are you and Granger coming as well?”

“Of course not, Mr. Callen. We have our discussions to finish up.”

“Discussions…” he trails off and nods as he slips the tickets into his bag. “Thank you Hetty.”
Callen goes back to his desk and gathers the rest of his gear. Sending a group text on the way out,  he tells everyone to be at the Staples Center in an hour.

When they all met at the entrance, they all look a little tired. Callen looks at his team, “It’s been a rough couple of weeks hasn’t it?”

“That’s an understatement.” replies Deeks.

“So who wants to share popcorn with me?” asked Nell.

“Ooh sounds good,” Kensi agrees. “And anyway, I’d rather share with you because I think Deeks would hog the bucket.”

“I doth protest,” Deeks laughs.

As the team start to enter the Staples Center, Callen motions for Kensi and Deeks to pull back a bit.
“Callen, what’s up?” Asks Kensi.

“Just wanted to apologize for not taking it seriously enough when Deeks was arrested. Sam and I should have been more involved from the beginning and we weren’t.”

Deeks looks at Callen, wanting to make a joke, but knowing this is definitely not the time to do so. “Thanks for being there for me in the end.”

Kensi echos Deeks’s sentiments and gives Callen a small hug. “It’s OK. I was pissed, but I was also running on adrenaline and nerves. We got through this. We’re a team. We do things great but we also muck things up sometimes. It’s how we grow.”

Callen smiles. “I know, I just wasn’t being a good team leader that morning. But we’re here now enjoying the game on Hetty’s expense.”

Deeks smiles, “So can we put all our food into our expense report?”

Callen and Kensi reply in unison, “No.” They laugh. The three of them quickly catch up to the rest of the team, and they enjoy an intense game of basketball. Callen takes one look at all these people and couldn’t imagine working with a better team.

The End

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