Things had been pretty quiet between Jim and Simon since their drinking night, but Blair hoped that they would both come to their senses soon. Simon was trying, but Jim didn’t want to forgive his friend.
Simon called Jim into his office and Jim walked in and said, “What do you need, sir?”
Calling Simon sir from his best friend was like a giant kick in the teeth. “Sit down, Jim, I want to talk to you.”
Simon crossed the room and shut the door. Jim eyed that movement and didn’t like it at all. Jim didn’t want to talk about any of this and surely didn’t want to do it at work.
“Jim, I need you to understand that I was drunk and I’ll never get out of line like that again.”
“Simon, you said some shitty things to me and I’m not sure I can forget them that easily.”
Simon sighed and walked over towards Jim and said, “I’m truly sorry. I know I was an asshole that night and I figure I’ll probably be an asshole again some day, but I’m still your friend. I want things to go back to the way they were.”
“I’m afraid it’s too late for that, sir.” Jim got up, opened the door and walked out.
Simon knew he had lost the battle again and he didn’t know what else to do. He had tried talking to Sandburg about it, but Blair was staying out of it.
When Jim sat down at his desk, Blair said, “What was that about?”
“Same shit, different day,” Jim answered.
“Jim, you have to forgive him eventually. Why not sooner? Geeze, give the guy a break.”
“Why are you sticking up for him? He said some horrible things about the two of us. Now I’m just supposed to forget he said them? I don’t think so. Not on his best day would I ever forgive him,” Jim said angrily.
Blair knew that he was going to have to do something, but he just didn’t know what that something would be yet. He was going to get these two to be friends again if it killed him.
Conner walked up to Jim’s desk and said, “Still not talking to Simon?”
“It’s none of your business, Conner. What do you want?”
“I came over to give you the Benito file. I finished typing in what was missing and it’s up to date. You just have to give it to Simon to sign off on,” Conner said handing the papers to Jim.
“Take them yourself. I don’t need to take them in. You did the work, so you take the credit,” Jim suggested strongly.
“Oh for gods sake, get a grip, Ellison. It’s time to let this drop. You’re both acting like four year olds. Grow up,” Conner said as she threw the papers at Jim.
Jim grabbed the papers and stormed into Simon’s office with them. “Sir, I have the Benito case done. Conner helped on the case, so we both did it.”
“Thank you for bringing it in, Jim. I’m glad to see that case finally closed. What are you working on now?” Simon asked.
“The Benson case. We’ve got some leads about the missing child, so we’re going to check them out now,” Jim said as he was leaving the office.
“Keep me informed of the Benson case. It’s an important one,” Simon stated.
“They’re all important, sir,” Jim answered and walked away.
Jim found Blair and asked, “Are you ready to go and see if we can find anything out about that missing child?”
“Yeah, Rafe and Brown want to go with us. So we’ll take Rafe’s car,” Blair said.
“Wait a minute. I want to drive my truck, they can follow us in their car,” Jim argued.
“Jim, why is everything today such a drama with you? This shouldn’t be such a fucking big deal,” Blair said as he walked towards Rafe’s desk.
Jim heard him telling Rafe that they would have to follow them there and then Blair stood by the elevators waiting for Jim. Jim knew he was going to get an earful on the way over to the Benson house. Jim sighed and walked over to the elevator and got on when it opened. Rafe, Brown and Blair all followed suit.
“So Jim, what is going on with you and Simon?” Rafe asked.
“None of your business,” Jim answered.
Brown laughed and said, “That was cold, man.”
“Nothing about my personal life is anyone’s business. So stay out of it,” Jim barked.
Rafe growled and said, “Yes sir.”
Blair almost laughed at that, but thought better of it, because he didn’t want Jim mad at Rafe too.
When they got to the parking garage Rafe said, “We’re not sure where this place is. We weren’t on the official case, so could you please not lose us?”
Blair answered, “Sure, we’ll try not to take any red lights so you can keep up.”
Rafe and Brown both laughed, but Jim glared at Blair.
When they got in the truck Jim said, “Blair, don’t try and make things all right all the time. If I want to be shitty to someone, that’s my business. Stay out of it.”
Blair turned to Jim and said, “You don’t have to worry about a fucking thing because I don’t want to discuss anything with you again. Stay out of my life.”
Jim gave him an odd look and asked, “Are you breaking up with me?”
“What if I was? You wouldn’t even notice anyhow. You’re too wrapped up in your pity party about Simon. I think you have a thing for Simon,” Blair blathered.
Jim laughed and said, “Boy you couldn’t be more wrong. I dislike Simon a great deal, but that’s as close as I want to be with him. I love you.”
“You have a very odd way of showing it, man.”
“I’m sorry,” Jim said softly.
“Jim, we’re going to have a talk when we get home tonight and things are going to change or I’m out of here.”
“Now you’re threatening me?”
“Whatever, Jim. Let’s get this case worked on and find out where this child is and go from there.”
Jim looked over at his partner and saw that he had screwed things up royally. “I’m truly sorry, Blair.”
“We’ll discuss it tonight. Not while we’re working,” Blair said.
Jim knew better then to mess with Blair when he was pissed off, so he let it drop for the time being.
At the Benson house, Rafe, Brown and Blair found many new clues and they asked many new questions and figured out where the child might be. They sent Joel and Simon over to the house that they thought he might be at. It was someone that the parents had dealt with and he hadn’t been happy with the them, so he took the child. Simon and Joel found the child unharmed exactly where Jim said he would be. The Benson’s were so grateful that they were hugging each of the cops as they got ready to leave.
At least this case had turned out to be a good one. Too many times, they lost the children they were looking for, so this one had been lucky.
As Jim and Blair drove back to the station, Blair said, “I’ve decided something.”
“What?” Jim asked nervously.
“I don’t ask you for too much do I?”
“No, you rarely ask me for anything, Blair.”
“Then if I ask you for something, will you promise to do it for me? It would be our first promise,” Blair said.
“Depends on what it is,” Jim said cautiously.
“Forget it. I don’t want a promise made to me anyway,” Blair ranted.
“All right, what do you want me to promise?” Jim asked.
“You have to promise me before I ask,” Blair countered.
“You swear?” Blair asked.
“I swear, now what is it?” Jim questioned.
“I want you to make up with Simon as soon as we get to the station house. I want you to stay in his office until you forgive him. I want you to realize that both of you were drunk and said things you shouldn’t have. I need you to make sure that you truly forgive him and you can move on. This is what I want you to promise me.”
“Okay,” Jim replied.
“Okay?” Blair inquired.
“Yes, if it’ll make you happy, then I’ll do it,” Jim promised.
“But you have to mean it. You can’t just go in there and say you forgive him, you have to really forgive him,” Blair added.
“I understand, I’ll take care of it as soon as we get back to the station,” Jim promised again.
Blair smiled over at Jim and said, “Thank you so much.”
“You’re welcome, Blair.”
When they got to the station, Simon was in his office already. He was back from finding the child and he looked somewhat happy until he saw Jim come towards his office. Then his smile dropped off of his face as he dreaded the encounter with Jim Ellison.
Jim knocked and said, “Can I come in?”
Simon thought he noticed something different about the way Jim sounded. Maybe Jim was coming around.
“Come on in. Have a seat. Would you like a cup of Java?” Simon asked quickly.
Jim shut the door and sat down. “Sure, I’ll take a cup of coffee.”
Now Simon knew it was serious, because Jim shut the door. Simon got Jim a cup of coffee and waited for Jim to say something.
“Simon have I ever made any sexual comments about your sex life since we’ve known each other?”
“No, Jim, you haven’t. It was tacky of me and I apologize again.”
“Do you hate that I’m gay?” Jim asked outright.
Simon thought for a moment and said, “I did. But I’m getting used to it now. When I first found out, I was in shock. You just didn’t seem the type. But that just shows you how much I didn’t know about my best friend.”
“Simon, I don’t ask you about who you sleep with or what you do with her, do I?”
“No, you never have,” Simon answered.
“That’s the way it should be. I didn’t need to tell you when we used to hang out together, because it wasn’t important. I didn’t tell you when things went bad with Carolyn. She told you, but I never did. I believe that things should be really private. And I still feel that way,” Jim explained as best as he could.
“I understand, Jim. You wouldn’t have told me that sex was good with Carolyn or bad with Carolyn because you never discussed personal things. Actually I always liked that about you. I will continue to like that about you. Does this talk mean that you’re going to talk to me like we used to talk?”
“I’m going to forget everything you said and did that night and I hope you’ll do the same thing,” Jim said.
“There is nothing to forgive Jim. I was an ass, and I’m grateful that you’ve forgiven me. What brought this on?” Simon wondered.
“Blair made me promise to do something for him and I had to promise before he told me what. Then he informed me that we had to become friends again,” Jim clarified.
“So are we good now?” Simon questioned.
“Yes, we’re fine now. I’m sorry again that I got so dramatic. It won’t happen again,” Jim swore.
“Thank you for forgiving me. Now how would you and Blair like to go to dinner with me tonight?”
“That would be great. Where and when?” Jim asked.
“You better ask your better half first and make sure he doesn’t have any plans,” Simon teased.
“He doesn’t have anything planned, Simon. Where should we meet?”
“Claim Jumper at 6:30. I’ll see you tonight,” Simon said as he almost shoved Jim out of his office.
Jim walked over to Blair and said, “Consider your promise taken care of. We’re going to dinner with Simon tonight to Claim Jumper at 6:30. Is that good for you?”
“That’s great for me. Thank you for making the promise good,” Blair said softly.
The two men worked at their desk all the rest of the day until it was time to go home. Blair was all smiles and Jim found himself smiling from time to time too. Things were going to turn out great.