Dancing with the Cat

Author: Carolyn

Rating: G

Timeline: After the fourth season.

Summary:  Lee has to work with an old girl friend who tried to get him to the altar.

Disclaimer:  The main characters belong to Shoot the Moon and Warner Brothers Production:  The story is my creation.

Feedback: I would love it.

Notes: I want to thank everyone that reads my stories and I hope you like them.  I want to thank Emily Ann for having this site.

Amanda was putting the finishing touches on the report from their last case.  She sat back and closed her eyes.  She was tired.  She had started working four days a week instead of five but she considered making it three.  The phone rang and she answered it.

“International Federal Film.”

“Hi.  Is your husband around?”

“No, I sent him on a wild goose chase.”

“Good.  What do you say we fool around?”

“Name the time and place.”  Amanda laughed.  “Where are you now?”

“I’m still waiting for the congressman to come in.  I might not make it back in time for your doctor’s appointment.”

“That’s alright, Lee.  I was meeting mother for lunch.  I’m sure she will insist on going with me.”

“I love you.  I’ll see you as soon as I can.”

“I love you.  Bye.”  Amanda hung up the phone.  She was glad Lee was tied up he asks the doctor too many questions that she already knew the answers to.

Amanda filed away the papers she typed.  She took her jacket and left.  When she walked into Tao Chung’s Family Restaurant she saw that Dotty was already at a table.

“Where’s Lee?”  She asked.

“He’s not going to go with me today.”  Amanda said.

“He hasn’t made too many appointment.”  Dotty said sharply.  “What about Lamaze class?”

“That was last night and yes Lee was there.  Mother he has to work.”  Amanda didn’t want to go through this now she was tired.

“It’s just that sometimes his job is more important than his family.”

“Mother, how can you say that?”  Amanda knew it wasn’t true so did Dotty.

“I’m sorry, Amanda.  I’ve had a very bad morning.  Would you like me to come with you today?”  Dotty asked.

“That would be nice.  What happened today?”

“First I had asked Philip to take out the trash before school but he forgot.  When I picked up the bag it broke and I had to mop the kitchen floor again.  I went to get the morning paper and the Barker’s dog had tore it to shreds on our front lawn.  The stove decided not to work after I put my cake in the oven.  Jamie left gum in his pants pocket again but we don’t have to worry about him doing that any more because I can’t get the pockets open.  Should I go on?”

“How about a drink?”  Amanda smiled.

“Sounds wonderful.”  Dotty picked up the wine list.

After lunch they walked around the stores that were on the avenue and then they headed to the doctors office.  Dotty waited in the outer office when Amanda went in.

The nurse took her blood pressure and weighted her then she waited until the doctor came in.

“How are we feeling today?”  He asked Amanda.

“I’m pregnant.  I’m not sure how you’re feeling.”  She answered she was a bit edgy.

“Your weight is good and your blood pressure is fine.  How are you legs?”  He lifted her legs and looked at her over his reading glasses.  “Are you staying off your feet as much as you can?”


“No.”  Lee said as he walked into the exam room.  He crossed to Amanda and took her hand and kissed it.  “She won’t stop working and she doesn’t keep her feet up when she’s sitting.  I think she is having some pain but she doesn’t want me to know.”

Amanda looked at Lee, “Tattle tail!”

“Amanda, Lee is right.  I know you’ve had two babies already but this time you’re older.”  The doctor started.

“OLD!”  Amanda eyes widen.

“Not old, older.  Your body is different now than when you were twenty.  Lay down I want to check the baby.”

Amanda gave Lee a look that could kill but he smiled at her.

“I love you.”  He tried to make amends.

The doctor turned the screen on and put some gue on her belly.  He started the ultrasound scan and showed Lee his baby.  Lee smiled as the baby moved and put its thumb in its mouth.  They listen to the heartbeat, which was good and strong.  The doctor looked at Lee and Amanda, “Would you like to know what you are having?”

Lee squeezed Amanda’s hand, “No.”  He said as he looked at her.  Amanda agreed.

He printed out a picture for them.

“Your baby is doing fine.  It has a good heartbeat and is a good size.  Amanda, you can continue to work but you must keep your feet up whenever you can.  What about the pain?”

“Just the normal aches and pains of being pregnant.”  She answered.

“When it becomes more than that you call me anytime.”

“I will.”

“Lee, she knows her limits.  As long as her job isn’t too taxing she should be able to work another month.  If you have any concerns call me anytime.”  He extended his hand to Lee.

“Thank you.”  They shook hands and the doctor left.  Lee and Amanda walked out of the room.  She made another appointment.

“Is everything alright?”   Dotty asked.

“Everything is fine, mother.  Lee, you have to stop worrying.”

“It’s my first one.”  He started.

“First?”  Amanda asked.

“I told you I want a big family.”

“Just how big is big?”

Lee smiled and patted her tummy.  “Oh, I don’t know?”  She hit him with her purse.
    Lee was sitting at his desk in the Q-bureau.  He was searching for something on his computer.

Billy opened the door. “Got a minute?”


“Where’s Amanda?”  Billy asked.

“I sent her home after her doctor’s appointment.”

“Is everything alright?”

“Yes, but she finished up most of the reports today and I want her to take it easy.  She’s having some problems with her legs and she tires easily.”

Billy sat down in front of Lee. “That’s to be expected.”

Lee handed the ultrasound picture to Billy.  “Here’s a picture of the baby.  The doctor said everything was fine.”

“Looks just like you.”  Billy laughed.  “Have they told you if it’s a boy or girl?”

“I didn’t want to know.”

“On a more serious note.  I have a case for you but it will mean that you will have to be away for a couple of days.”

“Where to?”

“Virginia Beach for the sail boat races at the Royal Yacht Club.  I need you to oversee the security there.  You’ll be undercover as a guest of one of the members.  The President and the First Lady plan to attend as well as some foreign heads of state.”

“Am I working with Francine?”

“No it’s Lynn Silver.”  Billy stood up and started for the door.

“THE CAT!  Billy I don’t want to work with her.  Last time she had me in front of a justice of the peace before I knew what was happening.”

“Tell her you’re already married.”


“Lee, she’s the only connection we have there.  I’m sorry you’ll have to make the best of it.  You’ll be staying at the club as her guest.  She’s down stairs in my office and I want you down there and on your best behavior.”

Lee looked defeated.

     Francine walked into Billy’s office.  Lynn was waiting there for Billy.  Francine dated Lee after he broke up with Lynn and there was no love lost between the two.

“Hello, Francine.”

“Hello, Lynn.”

“Still working here, I see.”

“Yes but now I’m Billy’s assistant.”

“Gofer?” Lynn asked.

“Assistant!”  Francine stated.

“I guess you’re not in the field anymore.”  Lynn knew she was getting to Francine.

“I am.”

“Billy asked me to work with Lee.  I welcome a second chance with him.”

Francine clenched her teeth, “Put your claws in Lee’s married.”

“Lee married?  He could never stay interested in any woman long enough to get to the altar.” Lynn stood and walked to the window and looked out at the bullpen.

“They have been married for four years.”

“That means he’s due for a change.”  Lynn turned her back to Francine.

Francine turned Lynn around to face her.  “Let’s get one thing straight. Amanda is my friend and if you do anything to hurt her, you’ll answer to me.”

Billy and Lee walked into his office.  They stopped when they saw the girls face to face.

“Am I interrupting anything?”  Billy asked.

“No.”  Francine answered and stormed out of the office.

“Hellooooo, Lee.” Lynn gave him a hug and tried to kiss him but Lee turned his head and she kissed his cheek. Lee didn’t return the kiss.

“Hello, Lynn.”  Lee took a step back and sat in the armchair.

“I hope you’re not going to be moody for the whole week.”

 Billy filled Lee and Lynn in on their assignment.  Lee opened the office door for Lynn and they walk out of the bullpen together.  When Lynn noticed Francine watching she put her arm in Lee’s and started chatting.  Francine slammed her books on her table and headed to Billy’s office.  She knocked on his door but he was expecting her and opened it as she started to knock.

“Yes, Francine?”  He said as he went back to his desk.

“Billy, how could you ask that, that Cat to work with Lee?  She will have her claws in him before he or Amanda knows what happened.  I could have worked with Lee.  Poor Amanda.”  Suddenly she stopped and looked at Billy.  He was just sitting there resting his head on the palm of his hand staring at her.

“Francine, give Lee more credit than that.  He loves Amanda and he won’t let anything or anyone hurt her.  Lynn has the connections that we need at the club.  I had no choice; on an assignment like this I needed Lee.  Now I have a question for you.  What I heard you say when I came into the room is it true?”

Francine blushed.  “Yes, but if you tell her I will deny it.”

 Lee and Lynn got off the elevator.

“I need to get a few things from the Q-bureau.  Where should I pick you up?”

“Lee, you forgot my address already?  Where are all your little black books?” As she spoke she played with Lee’s collar.  Lee stepped back and realized that Mrs. Morison was staring at them.

“I remember, Lynn.  I’ll pick you up in about two hours.”  He started up the stairs.

“I’ll be waiting.”

Lee didn’t answer her.  Lynn looked at Mrs. Morison.

“Can I help you with something?”  Lynn asked her.

“No.  As long as you don’t help yourself to something.”  Mrs. Morison said and then went back to her paperwork.

     Amanda was sleeping on the couch when Lee walked in.  He sat down next to her.  Amanda opened her eyes and smiled at him.  Lee brushed her hair back from her face and leaned down and kissed her.

“I love you, Mrs. Stetson.”

“What’s wrong?”  Amanda sat up.  He didn’t look at her he didn’t want to meet her eyes.  Amanda had learned to have a poker face.  It was necessary for an agent but her eyes always told the truth.  He knew they would show disappointment.

“Lee.”  Amanda touched his arm.  “What’s wrong?”

“I have to go away for a few days.”

“I’m used to that.  Where will you be?”

“The Royal Yacht Club.  I’m supervising security there.  Undercover.”

Now Amanda understood what was bothering Lee.  “Who’s your cover?”

“Lynn Silver.”  Lee said.

“The Cat?”  Amanda knew of her.  She worked for the agency for a time but left when she met and married her ex-husband.  She made out like a bandit in the divorce settlement.  She was now worth two million dollars.


“And the problem?”  She knew Lee.  “I trust you.”

“How can you?  I don’t trust myself when I’m with her.  She see her prey and goes after it.”

“Lee, Billy wouldn’t have put you together if he didn’t think it was necessary.  I wish I could be with you but I can’t.”

Lee loved her so.  He turned her around so he was sitting next to her. He put his arm around her and held her close.  He smiled and pulled the picture of the ultrasound out of his pocket.

“Billy said the baby looks like me.  I hope it’s a girl and she’s just like you in everyway.”

“Even my rambling?”

“Especially your rambling.”

“When do you have to leave?”  Amanda asked.

“In an hour.  Why?”

“Good then we can sit here for a half an hour.”

Lee pulled her closer.  He put his other around her and held her tighter.  The he kissed her.
     Lee picked up Lynn and they headed to Virginia Beach.  Lynn talked on and on about nothing.  Lee didn’t care he didn’t hear anything she said.
“Lee, are you there?”  She smacked him on his arm.

“I’m sorry did you say something?”

“I plan to have some fun this weekend.”

“I’m working.”

“Oh, come on.  The Lee I remember loved to mix business and pleasure.  What happened to him?”

“He grew up and got his priories straight.”  Lee looked over at her.

“It’s that stick in the mud that got you to the altar.  She ruined a good thing.”

“Amanda’s not a stick in the mud.  She’s my wife.

“Like I said she ruined a good thing.  You were never meant to settle down.  You like the finer things in life.”

“I have the finest thing in this world.”

“What’s that?”

“A family.  A wife, two step sons and a baby on the way.”

Lynn shook her head.  What a waste.

Lee pulled into the parking lot of the Royal Yacht Club.  The parking attendant took his car.

“Take the baggage up the my room.”  Lynn told him.

“Your room?”  Lee asked.

“Lee, I couldn’t get you own room. They are booked solid.” She didn’t tell him that they had a suite and they each had their own bedroom, she let him worry a little.  She led Lee into the main lobby.  Several people greeted Lynn and they stopped and chatted for a few minutes.

“Martha, this my friend, Lee Stedman.  Lee, this is one of my dearest friends, Martha Van Tyle.   He husband is an ambassador to some country.”  They both laughed at her joke.  Lee smiled.  He didn’t know how much of this he could take this weekend.

Lee excused himself and walked around to the bar.  He spotted two agents in the corner of the room.  Lee approached them.

“I’m sorry do either of you gentlemen have a cigarette?”  That was the recognition code.

“Yes, here you are.  Do you need a light?”

“Yes, thank you.” He answered.  Lee took a puff on the cigarette as the agent put out the match.  “Have you seen anything?”

“No but there aren’t too many people here yet.  The President’s mother has taken sick so he isn’t going to be here but the Vice President will be at the ball tomorrow night.”

“Check the security with the secret service. You know what room I’m in?”

“You’re with Lynn.”  He said.  Lee looked at him sharply then put out the cigarette and left the bar.

Lynn spotted Lee coming out of the bar.  “Lee, over here you must meet my friend, Buffy Saint Clare and her husband Mark.  Mark owns Saint Clare beauty products.”

“Oh, Yes. How do you do?”  Lee shook hands with Mark.

“Oh, Lynne, he’s beautiful!  Lee, have you ever thought of modeling?  With your cheek bones you are a natural.”

“No.”  Lee thought he was going to be sick.

Lynn and Lee got ready for dinner and after dinner they strolled around the club.  Lee checking in with several agents as they passed them.

That night Lee slept in his own bed and Lynn in hers.

In the morning Lee turned over to find Lynn lying next to him.

“Morning, Lee.”  She rolled over to him.

“What are you doing here?”He sat up quickly.

“You don’t remember?” She asked.  “I had a bad dream and you said to come and sleep with you.”

There was a knock at the door.

“Who could that be?”  Lee asked.

“Oh, I took the liberty of ordering breakfast for you.  I hope you like eggs.”  She got out of bed and opened the door.  The waiter brought the cart in.  From the place in the sitting room he could see Lee in bed.  He could also see Lynn’s bed.  It hadn’t been slept in.

Lee put on his robe as the waiter left.  He poured himself some coffee.

“Let me do that for you.”  Lynn said.  “I remember how you like your coffee.’

Lee turned and saw her made bed and almost dropped his cup.

“Didn’t you sleep in your bed at all!”

“It’s a habit I make it when I get up.”  She looked innocent.

Lee poured himself another cup of coffee.  “Lynn, let’s get one thing straight.  I am very happily married.  I love my wife and I want to stay married.  I have a baby on the way and I am not interested in fooling around.  We are here to do a job and that is it.  The show stops when we enter this room.”  He pointed to his room.  “That room is off-bounds to you.  Do I make myself clear?”  Lee stormed into his room and shut the door.

“We’ll see about that.”  Lynn said.

 Lynn was still lounging went Lee came out of his room.

“Your eggs are cold.”  She pouted.

“I don’t eat breakfast.”  Lee said.  “I’m going down stairs to check the security.” He said as he left.

Even her sexiest pose couldn’t turn Lee’s head.  The phone rang.

“Lee Stetson, please.”

“I’m sorry he’s not here.  He just stepped out.  Can I help you?”

“No but could you ask him to call his wife?”

“Amanda!  I feel like I know you.  Is everything alright?”

“You’re Lynn. Right?  I just need to talk to Lee.”

“As soon as he comes back into this room,” she said as she walked into her room, “I will tell him.”

“Thank you.”

‘When he comes into this room I will tell him.  I promise.’ Lynn said to herself knowing that Lee wouldn’t set foot in her room.
    Lee and Lynn walked into the banquet room.  She was in a stunning red evening gown.  Lee wore his black tux. They found their seats and Lee looked around the room.  The secret service and the agents were stationed around the room.
“Lee.”  Lynn leaned closer to him making it appear that she was kissing his ear.  Lee wanted to push her away but instead he smiled at her and took her hand.  As he kissed it he said, “I’ve got to make my rounds. Wait here.”

Lynn watched as Lee walked away from her.  She wanted him.

The music started and everyone stood as the Vice President and his wife walked into the room.  The Ambassadors from France and England followed the Vice President, as did Senator Wilson and Senator Gibson.

The first dance was playing when Lee returned to the table.  He had the feeling that something was wrong.


Billy answered his phone.

“Billy, I’ve been trying to get in touch with Lee.  I’ve left messages but he hasn’t returned my calls.”

“Slow down, Amanda.  Is everything alright?”

“No, I need to warn Lee, my mother is going to be at the dinner tonight.”

Billy jumped up. “What is your mother doing there?”

“Her boyfriend’s brother belongs to the club and he invited them.”

“I’ll call him.”



Music started and Lynn grabbed Lee’s hand, “Let’s dance.”

“I’m working.”

“I got you into this place.  You owe me.”

“Alright.  One dance.”  Lee said.

The music was soft and low.  Lynn held herself close to Lee and laid her head on his shoulder.

“What are you thinking about Lee?”

“Amanda. This music reminds me how much I miss her.”

Lynn just wanted to scream.  She reached up and turned Lee’s face toward her.  Then she kissed him.  Lee tried to pull away but tried not to look like he was resisting her. That’s when he saw the shooter.  He was dressed as a waiter.  Lee knew the face.  He had seen it before but he couldn’t place it. He stepped back and into Dotty and Kurt.

“Lee, what are you doing here?”  Dotty demanded.  “And who is that?”

He looked at her not knowing what to say.  Did she see them kiss?

“Not now.”  He said as the shooter started to make his move.  The secret service drew their guns and he made a dash for the door.  Lee started to follow but Lynn grabbed his arm.  An agent blocked the shooter’s exit and was shot.  Lee ran across the dance floor and across one of the tables. Everyone was running trying to get away from the shooting.  The secret service was trying to protect the dignitaries.

The shooter made it out the banquet room door and into the hallway.  Lee followed him.  There were too many people in the way for Lee to pull his gun out.  The shooter took off down the stairs and Lee tackled him.  They both ended up falling down the spiral staircase. The shooters gun went off. Neither man moved at the bottom of the stairs.  The secret service tried to maintain control.  Dotty and Lynn ran down the stairs but the police stopped them from getting too close.

“That’s my son-in-law.”  Dotty said.

“That’s my friend.”  Lynn said.

“Sorry, ladies, you’ll have to wait until the chief clears you.”  They could see that the shooter hadn’t moved but Lee was sitting on the bottom step.  He held a cloth to his head and his shirt had blood down the front of it.

An ambulance arrived.  They checked the shooter first and put a sheet over him, he had been shot with his own gun. Lee winced as they tried to check his head.

“I’m sorry, sir.  You’re going to need stitches.  Can you walk to the ambulance?”

Lee stood but he was a little unsteady.

“Excuse me, Mr. Stetson.  Mr. Melrose wants to talk to you.”  An agent handed Lee the phone.

“Billy, what’s up?”

“Lee, Amanda has been trying to call you.  She said she left some messages for you.”

“Is she alright?”  Lee asked.

“She’s fine but she wanted to let you know that her mother is there.”

“I know I ran into her.”

“How’s everything else?”

“The shooter is out of commission.”

“Good.  See you in the morning.”


Lee turned off the phone and walked to Lynn but he didn’t see Dotty behind him.

“Amanda called and you didn’t tell me?”

“Lee, you deserve a good time.”

“I’m working now.  I save my good times for my wife.  I told you already I love Amanda.  She is the best thing that ever happened to me. You'll never understand.”

“Lee, this is the life you like.  Excitement, glamour and fun.”

“Amanda is all the excitement and glamour I need.  And as for fun, try spending time with two teenagers working on their science project or just tossing a ball around.  Lynn, I’m truly happy for the first time in my life.”

“Lee, I’m sorry I lied to you.  Amanda is a very lucky woman. I hate her.”

“No, I’m the lucky one.”

“Mr. Stetson, are you ready to go to the hospital?”

“Yes.”  Lee started to walk away when Dotty came up to him.  She hugged him.

“Lee, you’re a wonderful son-in-law.”  She kissed him on the cheek.  “I love you.”
Billy was reading Lee’s report as he paced the room.  Lynn sat quietly.  She was angry with Lee for coming back into her life.  She really did care for him. She was angry with Amanda for being so wonderful but mostly she was angry at herself for making a fool out of herself.

“Billy, are we done?”  Lee asked.

“I have a few questions.”

Lee flopped into the chair next to Lynn.  Billy smiled.

“Lee, do you have plans?”

“I just want to make a call.”  Lee said.

“No need.”  Billy looked toward the bullpen; Amanda and Francine were in the hallway talking.  Billy walked to the door and opened it Lee and Lynn followed him into the bullpen. “I’ll finish your report and call you if I need to.  Lynn, I want to thank for your help on this one.”

“Anytime, Billy.”  She answered.  “Lee, I’m sorry for everything but you can’t blame a girl for trying.”

“Lynn, take care of yourself.”  Lee said and kissed her on the cheek.

“Take a couple of days off.”  Billy said to Lee but he turned so his back was facing the door of the bullpen.  Lee had to face it to talk to Billy.

Billy watched as a smile came across Lee’s face.  Lee crossed the bullpen and opened the door before Amanda or Francine realized that he was there.

“Amanda, I take these to Billy for you.  I enjoyed lunch.”  Francine said as she took the papers out of Amanda’s hands.

Lee was standing in front of Amanda.  He put his hands on her arms.

“Hi,” She said.  She reached up and touched the bandage on the side of his forehead, “What happened?”

He took her hand and kissed it. “I fell down the stairs.  It’s fine.”

“I missed you.”

“How was your weekend?”  He asked.

“You’ll never guess what happened…..”  Amanda started to talk about the weekend as Lee put his arm around her waist and led her toward the elevator.  He was smiling.

Francine walked over to Billy and Lynn.

They stood watching as Lee and Amanda head toward the elevator.

They stopped at the elevator and Lee was still smiling as he listened to Amanda.  She stopped and returned the smile.  She reached up and straighten his tie.  Lee looked around the hallway and leaned over and kissed her.

Lynn just shook her head, “How does she do that?  He’s hanging on every word she says.”

“I have no idea.”  Francine responded.

“Would you like to meet her?”  Billy asked.

“I already have.”  Lynn answered.

“You have?” Francine asked.

“I spent the whole weekend with her. If you know what I mean.”  Lynn smiled at Francine.

“Oh yeah.”  Francine agreed.

Billy laughed.  “I’ve said it before, Amanda King is really something.”

“King?  I thought they were married?”

“They are.  That’s the name she uses here.”  Billy said.

“Her code name?”

“Not exactly but that’s not a bad idea.  Scarecrow and Mrs. King.”  Billy said.

The End.