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In Their Own Words - Crossing the Line

Harm    Mac    AJ    Bud    Harriet    Skates    Captain Boone

Ensign Harriet Sims

By Julia (JXQ456@aol.com)

A more exciting day than usual today - *really* exciting, actually. My heart is still pounding. But I'll get to that in a minute.

Remember how Lieutenant Isaaks filed a sexual harassment claim against the CAG? Well, today the JAG lawyers showed up to investigate. I was there when they came aboard, and all I can say is, "Wow."

I'd heard a lot about Lieutenant Commander Rabb, and so far it looks like the scuttlebutt was right (as usual). I don't think he likes Isaaks very much; to be honest, I don't either. I know that's not a nice thing to say, but I just don't see what the big deal is. Everyone gets hazed a little during the Crossing the Line ceremony - that's the *point*. And everyone knows the CAG is fair - tough, but fair. I've heard he doesn't approve of women in combat, but still.

Major MacKenzie seemed nice, but very reserved. She didn't say much at all. I'm pretty sure she's more sympathetic to Lieutenant Isaaks than Commander Rabb is, which makes sense. She's a Marine; she doesn't know how these things work. Although I do think that the gender issue is confusing this whole matter.

Then there's Lieutenant Roberts (this is where the heart-pounding "wow" part comes in). He was the Public Affairs Officer before me, and so naturally I've heard a lot about him, too. But... wow. He still knows his way around the Seahawk - maybe better than I do! I can't believe that I didn't notice that Major MacKenzie was wearing heels. I'm usually so good about details, and that just made me feel like a complete idiot. (I think I hid it well, though.) Egg on my face, right in front of the person I wanted to impress! How typical, huh?

I've only known him a few hours, so I don't want to say that I love him, but I think that I might. He's just... I don't even know how to describe it! "Perfect" seems a bit too strong. "Has lots of potential," maybe? No, that sounds like Mother talking (ick).

His first name is Bud. Isn't that cute?

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More excitement, but not all of it good.

Somehow Congresswoman DeLong learned about Lieutenant Isaaks's harassment claim, and I had to shepherd her around the Seahawk all afternoon. Not my idea of a good time *at all*. It's so hard to be cheerful and to keep smiling when you don't like someone!

I did get to see Bud - I know I should call him Lieutenant Roberts, but I keep forgetting that, and anyway this is my *diary*, not a public document - a couple of times. I think he was trying to see me, which was great! We have so much in common, even beyond the Navy and the Seahawk, and he's so sweet. He actually *asked* me if he could straighten the insignia on my collar, because he didn't want to make me uncomfortable! I had to practically order him to fix it - not that I *could* order him, because he's a superior officer, but that's not the point. My heart was racing the whole time. Bud has this adorable smile that

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I know I never finished that last sentence, but what with everything that's just happened in the past few hours... I guess you could say that I have my mind on other things.

It's all so awful! Poor Lieutenant Isaaks; she crashed while trying to land and was killed. I'm so glad that Commander Rabb was able to save Lieutenant Hawkes; I only wish that someone could have saved Lieutenant Isaaks as well. I guess the CAG was right all along to ground her. I feel bad saying that, but everyone's saying it. That doesn't make it any better, of course. You shouldn't speak ill of the dead.

I just keep imagining what she went through - crashing, ejecting at the last moment, and then drifting into the fire... What a horrible way to die. She didn't deserve that - no one does.

How on earth am I going to get to sleep tonight?

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Life on a carrier has certainly lost its sparkle. First that terrible crash last night, then the JAG team leaving today - it almost makes a girl want to transfer somewhere else. Preferably somewhere within driving distance of Falls Church, Virginia.

Before they left, Bud told me all about JAG. Recovering the Declaration, investigating a jinxed squadron... it all sounds so exciting, like something you'd see in a movie. At first, I wasn't sure if I believed him or not, but I don't think he'd lie. He's very honest (not the best quality for a future lawyer, come to think of it!).

And before they left - this makes me feel like I'm back in high school, giggling in the girl's bathroom; as a matter of fact, I'm giggling right now just thinking about it - I got up the courage to kiss him!! I came right out and said, "I want you to kiss me." I don't know who was more surprised, Bud or myself - that's not like me at all! But that kiss... *Wow*.

Can you fall in love with someone this quickly? I feel silly to say it, but I miss him already!

That transfer is starting to look like a really good idea...

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Disclaimer: While based on the JAG episode, this is for entertainment purposes only and no profit is being made.