Hi everyone! I want to continue on the family storyline but the fact that Mac and Stella are not together yet is bugging me. So I think what if something like THIS happen. Hope you like it. All reviews and comments are appreciated. Disclaim : I don't own any characters of CSINY. Unwavering love Part 1 “Hey, Taylor!” Mac turned to the source of the voice. There was a man stood about 10 meters away from him, waving cheerfully to him. “Brad Kingsley!” Mac grinned and went to the man. They shook hands. “What a surprise? When did you come back from Belgium?” “A couple weeks ago. I’m going to call you when things settle down. But here we are, just run into each other in the middle of the street. You don’t change a bit, the same old Mac. ” “You too, Brad. I’m working a case here.” Mac made a gesture to the building. Stella stepped out of the front door and looked around for Mac. “Stella.” Mac called. Brad felt like struck by lightning when he saw Stella. Then he watched her with longing eyes. “Who’s that beauty?” Brad said dreamily. Mac glanced at Brad. “Wake up. That’s my partner.” Mac introduced them when Stella arrived. They shook hands but Brad forgot to let go of Stella’s hand. “Nice to meet you, Mr. Kingsley.” Stella smiled and slowly withdrew her hand. “It’s Brad. I’ve heard about Mac’s beautiful partner. But I don’t have the chance to meet you.” “Thank you.” Stella smiled. Mac cleared his throat. “Brad, we have to work. Let’s have dinner later. How long would you stay?” “I’m not leaving in a short period. Why don’t we have dinner tonight? Maybe Miss Bonasera could join us.” Brad focused on Stella when he talked. “I…I love to but…” Stella looked at Mac for help. Brad cut in before Mac could say anything. “Come on, Mac. You have to eat even though work’s important. Let’s say seven thirty at my restaurant. OK?” “Fine. But I might call to cancel if something urgent comes up.” Mac had no way out but to accept. “OK. See you tonight.” Brad left. “Wow, he doesn’t accept no for answer, does he?” Stella said. “Usually he’s an easygoing guy. He’s a bit aggressive today.” Mac looked at the direction Brad left thoughtfully. Then he took a breath. “Let’s take the evidence back to the lab.” ---------------------------------------- “How’s the food, Miss Bonasera?” Brad asked “Please call me Stella. The food’s good. Thank you.” Stella smiled. “So, you own two restaurants and have business in Belgium.” “Yeah. I stayed at Belgium in the past few years. My little brother takes care of business here. But I intended to stay this time I came back. You know, home sweet home.” “How’s Brenda think?” Mac asked. “We divorced two years ago. We are now friends and business partners. She owns half of my business in Belgium. How about you? You seeing anyone?” “No.” Mac didn’t want to talk about it. “Come on, you don’t just work. You need entertainments, companies.” Brad turned to Stella. “I believe you have girl friends. As a partner, you should help him out. He’s a good man. He deserves a good girl.” “Trust me, he doesn’t need my help.” Stella was embarrassing. Mac stood up. “We could catch up the other time, Brad. Stella and I have to go. Thanks for the dinner.” They got out of the restaurant. “Stella. Can I call you? Maybe we can have a cup of coffee from time to time.” Brad said outside the restaurant. “Sure.” Stella waved him goodbye. ---------------------------------------- Mac and Stella walked to the car. “He’s not just A BIT aggressive.” Stella smiled and shook her head. Mac didn’t speak. “What? What’s that face?” Stella asked. “He’s aggressive when he wants something, in a legal and positive way of course. He even started a business in Belgium when he pursued Brenda. He likes beautiful woman. He fell for you when he saw you.” “I...I…Come on, you are kidding, right?” Stella choked up. “That’s good thing. Maybe you two would have some chemistry.” Mac said half-hearted. “Chemistry.” Stella stopped short. Mac turned to look at her. There was no smile in her face anymore. “I know. You don’t expect this and you don’t know him. He’s a good guy. Giving some time, you would like him.” “So you think I should accept him.” “I didn’t say that. You may consider it as knowing a new friend. No one knows about the future.” “Right.” Stella got into the car without another word. In the next few weeks, Stella went out with Brad for movies and drinks a few times. Actually they got along quite well. Brad was funny, charming and attentive. Stella felt comfortable around him.