right!" Blair shouted from the computer, pumping his fist into the air.
put down the morning paper to look at his excited guide. "What's all the
yelling about, junior?"
to look over his shoulder at his Sentinel. "Umm, nothing Jim," he said
in all innocence.
Folding up the paper,
the older man stood up and moved over to his guide. "Uh huh. Nothing, Chief?
What are you up to now?"
the computer screen with both hands. "Stop right there, man. Don't come any
Jim stopped to look at the
crazy younger man. "All right, Sandburg. What are you being so secretive
Blair shielded the computer
screen from Jim's sharp eyes and quickly shut down the system. "Only time
will tell, Jim," he replied, teasingly, as he turned toward the older man,
giving him an innocent smile.
save the innocent routine for someone who doesn't know you, Sandburg."
Jim, you hurt me with your sarcasm," was the wounded reply, that was ruined
by the small smile playing across his lips.
Chief. Since you're the king of sarcasm, I think you've learned to deal with it."
laughed at Jim's retort. "Too true, man. Too true."
up the smaller man moved over to his Sentinel and clapped him on a broad shoulder.
"Don't you worry, Jim. You'll find out what this is all about in a couple
Giving Blair a smirk, he
rolled his eyes and said, "Why do I have a bad feeling about this?"
snickered as he moved past the taller man. "I don't know. Maybe because you're
the most paranoid person I've ever met?"
a yelp, Blair dodged Jim's lunge and rushed into his room to hide, the older man's
laughter trailing after him.
Jim arrived home from the station
after a long boring day doing paperwork. The rich smell of linguine with clam
sauce wafted into the hallway, urging the Sentinel to move faster.
good, Chief," he said as he dropped his keys into the little wicker basket.
Hanging up his coat on the rack, he headed into the kitchen to grab a beer.
threw him a smile as a freshly opened bottle of beer clinked to the counter beside
him. "Thanks, man. Should be ready in ten minutes."
"I have a surprise
for you, Jim," Blair said as he gave the sauce another stir.
a long pull on his beer, Jim raised an eyebrow at the smaller man. "A surprise?"
a lid on the pot, Blair motioned for Jim to go into the living room. "Have
a seat, man. It's in my room. Be right back."
into the living room he took a seat on the couch and waited for his Guide.
over to Jim, the younger man placed a box on his lap.
you open it, do you remember a couple of weeks ago when you were acting all paranoid
and I told you that I would let you know what was going on in a couple of weeks?"
the younger man warily, wondering what strange thing could be in the box, Jim
"Well, this is what was going
on," Blair said, looking very pleased with himself.
looked down at the simple cardboard box with trepidation. At least his sense of
smell was telling him that it wasn't some weird food stuff that Blair wanted him
Tearing off the tape he opened the
flaps of the box. Pushing the tissue paper aside, he looked up at his Guide with
surprise. "Blair, what is this?"
down beside the older man Blair grabbed one of the items in the box. A gray and
white toy dog with blue eyes was shoved into Jim's face. "Isn't he great
Jim? Look at the other one."
his attention back to the box and pulled out a small black panther.
they great, Jim?"
"Umm, what are
they, Chief?" Jim said, puzzled.
Beanie Babies, man. Haven't you ever heard of them? Look," Blair said as
he pointed out the tags on the small animals' ears. "They have names and
little poems to go with them."
Sandburg, but I don't understand what's so special.."
cut him off impatiently. "Look at them closely, Jim. What do you think they
Handing the little dog back
to Jim, he watched as his Sentinel studied his gift.
at the tag on the dog, he noticed it was a husky. What did a husky and panther
have to do with anything?
Holding the small
toys in his hands, he looked at them closely.
sudden smile spread across his face. Turning to Blair, he started to chuckle.
"They're our spirit animals right?"
the man a cigar," Blair crowed happily. " I know that they are really
a husky and a panther, but they look like a wolf and jaguar to me."
agree. Where did you get them, Chief?"
got them through an online auction. The panther is no longer being made so it's
a little hard to track down. Man, I couldn't believe when I finally got the winning
bid on them."
Looking around the room,
Jim wondered where he should put the two stuffed animals. Spotting the computer
monitor he stood up and placed the duo on top of it.
do you like them?"
Turning to look at
his Guide, he grinned again. "Yes, I like them, Sandburg. What do you think
about putting them here?"
a good spot, Jim."
Jim adjusted the
panther until the toy stared straight at whoever was using the computer. "There
"What are you doing, man?"
out of the way, Jim showed the younger man the computer and the animals on top
of the monitor and pointed at the black panther. "Just setting it up so the
next time you get carried away and stay online too long, this guy will stare at
you until you remember."
that's just what I need. Two blessed protectors. I'm never going to have fun again."
better believe it, junior. Now, lets go eat.
Blair stood up and moved
toward the kitchen, only to be stopped by Jim placing a hand on his shoulder and
pulling him back. He gave the younger man's shoulder an affectionate pat.
Blair. I really do like the toys."
big grin spread across the younger man's face at his Sentinel's confession. "Thanks,
man. I'm glad you like them. Now, lets get some food into you before you fade
away to nothing."
With one final pat,
the Sentinel let his Guide go. Moving as one, the two men went into the dining
room to eat, leaving a pair of toy spirit animals watching over them.