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TITLE: Tonight I wanna do some drinkin': Coffee
AUTHOR: the_girl_20
FANDOM: Rizzoli and Isles
PAIRING: Jane/Maura
SUMMARY: Rizzoli meets Isles.
RATING: PG-13
WORD COUNT: ~2000
DISCLAIMER: Don't own 'em.
SPOILERS: None.
AUTHORS' NOTES: Hang on to your hats, this could get complicated... I was asking for story prompts and a lovely (but anonymous) person left this in my tumblr ask box: Jane/Maura, from the first meeting to where they are now (together or on the verge of it, idc) via the drinks they drink (each meeting should have some sort of beverage). It immediately appealed to me and I started jotting things down and making notes and writing bits and pieces and it's started to get unruly. So I'm posting them in their own posts. They may not be chronological, but they will all be set in the same universe. Okay? Got that? Now we can begin...

“Coffee.”

It was the first word spoken between them. Not a question. Not an offer. A statement.

Jane Rizzoli had worked with a few Medical Examiners in her time and in her experience, unfailingly, they took their coffee hot and black. And by the gallon. Jane supposed it was because they spent their time in cold, dimly lit morgues in basements. So, when she’d been informed that the new Chief ME would be working her latest case, Jane decided to get them on side early. She didn’t expect to like the new guy. MEs were a strange bunch. But, to make her life easier, she knew it was best to make a friend rather than a foe of the new Chief.

They’d been called in the middle of the night to an alleyway in a not very nice area of town. It was late and it had been raining. Jane figured that the coffee she’d picked up from the nearby all night diner would sound like manna from heaven right about now. When the hooded figure looked up at her and smiled, Jane physically took a step backwards. Medical Examiners were not supposed to look like that. Reddish gold curls cascaded out of the hood when she pushed it back. A fierce intelligence shone out of hazel eyes that were perfectly made-up in that way that Jane could never seem to achieve without making herself look like a drag-queen. She smiled in return. She was about to introduce herself, but was beaten to it.

“Well, I don’t like to make assumptions, but judging by the shield on your hip, and the fact that there is only one female detective in the Boston Police homicide department, I’m going to go ahead and presume that you are Detective Rizzoli.”

The woman stood up and stepped over the body of the gang-banger with the knife sticking out of his chest. She was wearing the highest god-damned heels that Jane had ever seen. To a crime scene. She held out a latex covered hand.

“Dr Maura Isles, Chief Medical Examiner.” Jane glanced at the bloody glove and back up, quirking an eyebrow. The Doctor realised her mistake and peeled the glove off, holding her hand out again with a sheepish grin. Jane shifted both coffee cups awkwardly into one hand and shook Maura’s with the other.

“Nice to meet you, Dr Isles.” When Maura let go, Jane once again held out the paper cup. “Coffee.”

“Thank you, Detective, that was most kind of you.” She took the cup and sniffed its contents, her nose wrinkling in displeasure. She mumbled something under her breath and Jane felt her hackles rise because it sounded a whole lot like ‘bitch’.

“What did you just say?”

“I said ‘bitumen’. It’s a sticky, black and highly viscous liquid or semi-solid that is present in most crude petroleums and in some natural deposits, it is a substance classed as a pitch. Perhaps you know it as asphalt. Anyway, that is what this coffee resembles.”

Jane’s mouth dropped open in shock. Her brain was sifting through what had just been said, trying to decide whether or not she’d been insulted. Either because the coffee she’d bought and paid for had just been compared to a substance used to surface roads, or because this chick assumed she was stupid and didn’t know what bitumen was. She hadn’t known what bitumen was, but she could have. And if she’d just called it asphalt in the first place, there would have been no confusion.

“Listen, this place ain’t exactly the Champs-Elysees, so I’m sorry if you were expecting a café au lait and a croissant. It’s hot and it’s strong. And it’s all we got, Doc.”

“Au contraire.” Jane watched as Maura peeled off her other glove and took Jane’s coffee out of her hand and walked away, ducking under the crime scene tape that a uni held up for her. She poured the contents of both cups down a nearby drain and returned the same way she’d come now with two empty cups. Jane was too curious to be indignant, even though she’d just watched three of her hard earned bucks literally going down the drain.

“Hold these, please.” The empty cups were thrust into her hands. Jane didn’t miss the way the woman’s eyes strayed to the prominent scars. Usually she would have shoved her hands into her pockets, but they were currently occupied and it made her feel exposed, vulnerable.

The Doctor was rummaging through her case and emerged with a large thermos. Jane found herself smiling and shaking her head. In the middle of a dark, wet October night in Boston, this woman had found the time to dress herself like a runway model, apply make-up and make a thermos of coffee. And she’d still been at the scene before Jane.

“This is my favourite blend,” she was saying as she poured steaming liquid into the cups Jane was holding. Jane had to admit, it smelt divine. “Colombian. Strong, but smooth.”

No sooner was she finished pouring, than she was back in her bag and emerged with two different containers. Jane could not believe this was happening.

“Sugar?”

She couldn’t help it. She responded in the same way she would have if another cop had said that to her. “Yes, honey?”

The Doctor frowned and glanced back at her bag. “I...I’m sorry. I didn’t bring honey. That’s more traditionally added to tea, but I’m sure I...”

Jane closed her eyes. There was the catch. This amazingly gorgeous, obviously intelligent and immaculately put together woman had no sense of humour.

“Doc, I was kidding. Sugar will be fine.”

She watched as Maura turned the conversation over in her head. After a moment, a grin lit up her entire face and Jane found herself grinning right back.

“Oh! A joke! Yes!” She looked like she’d just discovered the meaning of life. “Because I said ‘sugar’ which is sometimes used as a term of endearment and you pretended to misunderstand and called me ‘honey’ in return, correct?”

“Uh, yeah...” Jane was trying to work out whether or not the woman was mocking her. But the wide, guileless smile indicated otherwise.

Maura started to pour sugar into Jane’s coffee. “Say when.” She glanced up at Jane worriedly after a few seconds. “Say when.”

Jane nodded, amused by the concern on the Doctor’s face. “Keep goin’.” Maura stopped pouring and frowned.

“You really should reconsider your sugar intake, Detective. I mean, clearly your physique is beyond reproach.” Her eyes trailed down Jane’s body and back up again. “But that much sugar in a single cup of coffee is highly unhealthy. Your teeth alone will suffer unless yo-“

“Hey Doc, usually people wait until they’re on a first name basis until they start lecturing other people on their eating habits.” She glanced into the cup. “Or...you know...coffee...habits.”

“Oh, I’m sorry. I...I have a tendency to do that to people. I...” Dr Isles’ face crumpled and, for a horrible second, Jane was afraid she was going to cry. She rushed to finish what she had been going to say.

“So you should probably start calling me Jane.”

The immediate change on Maura’s face gave Jane a strange feeling in her chest. She never wanted to be the cause of that smile fading again.

“Then you must call me Maura. Or you can continue to call me ‘Doc’ if you wish. I don’t mind.” Her smile seemed to grow brighter. “Jane.”

Jane had always called the MEs ‘Doc’. But everything about this woman told Jane that she was unlike any other ME she had ever worked with. She watched Maura pour milk into her own coffee and then replace the containers in her bag. She held out the cup for Maura to take, which she did.

“So, Maura, now that we’re firm friends, I guess we should probably talk about the dead guy, huh?”

“Oh, of course, yes.” Jane sipped her coffee as they made their way back over to the body and couldn’t contain the small moan that escaped her throat. It was good coffee.

Maura smiled at her again. “I told you.” Maura crouched down, setting her own cup on the ground and pulling on a new set of gloves. She bent over the prone body. “Although I don’t think you’ll experience all the nuances of the flavour underneath all of that sugar.”

Jane laughed. “Hey! When I said you could lecture me about my health, I didn’t mean constantly, okay?” She crouched down so that she was eye level with Maura. “Let’s limit it to one lecture per day. Which is what I’m trying to get my Ma to cut down to, so you’re in good company.”

“Agreed.” Maura said, frowning as she tapped something into one of those fancy iPad things. Jane rolled her eyes. Of course a notepad and pen wouldn’t do.

“So, COD’s pretty clear.” The knife in the guy’s chest was a big clue. “How about TOD?”

Maura looked up at her, her eyebrows drawn together in thought. “I won’t know either until I get him back to the lab and run some tests. My report will be on your desk in the morning.”

Jane laughed again, assuming that Maura was joking. When her face remained serious, it became clear that she wasn’t.

“You won’t know until you run some...Maura, there’s a knife in his chest. There’s blood everywhere. I’m gonna take a stab in the dark and say it was...hey, what do you know, a stab in the dark.”

Maura shook her head and turned back to the body. “I’ll let you know my findings directly.”

“Your findings...” Jane’s eyebrows were almost at her hair line. “I think you’ll find that he was stabbed to death.”

“I do not guess, Jane.” Maura’s voice brooked no argument and held none of the uncertainty of her earlier interaction with Jane. This was something she was sure of and would not waver from.

“Can we at least agree he was stabbed?” Jane asked, still shocked by Maura’s refusal to give her a COD.

“I will agree that a knife has been inserted into his chest with considerable force. I am unable to determine at this stage whether or not that is what caused his death.”

“Are you always like this?” It was out before she could stop it, although she was glad it wasn’t as sharp as it could have been. To her own ears, it almost sounded affectionate. Maura looked up and smiled in apology.

“Yes. I am. I’m afraid you’ll have to get used to it.”

Jane found herself grinning. “You’re gonna be trouble, Dr Isles. I can just tell.”

Maura smiled, clearly relieved that her working practices hadn’t frightened Jane off. “That’s conjecture, Detective Rizzoli.”

If Jane wasn’t mistaken, there was a hint of flirtation in Maura’s tone.

“We’ll see.” She spotted Korsak arriving at the edge of the scene and stood up. “When we solve this stabbing...” She made sure to emphasise the word. “...I’ll buy you a decent coffee and we can talk about a little thing called my gut.”

“Well, if you are having problems with your intestines, I can certainly see what advice I can offer but you should probably speak to your own physician because I...”

“Later, Maura!” She looked over her shoulder to find that the ME was smiling after her.

“New Medical Examiner’s a woman?” Korsak asked as she approached him.

“Yep.”

“She okay?”

“She’s...something else.”

“Uh huh.” He was looking at her closely. “She gonna cause trouble?”

She grinned at him. “My gut tells me she’s gonna be all kinds of trouble.”

“Oh boy.” Korsak shook his head. “Here we go.”

AUTHOR'S NOTES (cont'd): I have written a few more of these and will be posting them over the next few days. I have ideas for others, but would like to see if any of you have better ones ;) If you do have an idea for a drink and a scenario for it to be consumed in, please go to my Tumblr Ask and leave me a prompt. Ta muchly.

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beccabyday
Oct. 4th, 2011 07:29 pm (UTC)
I loved this!! I was just so "them"! I especially loved the little part where Jane realizes that Maura's upset about her lecturing comment. I'm really looking forward to what else you're going to be posting under these scenarios. I can already tell they're going to be great. :)
the_girl_20
Oct. 6th, 2011 08:51 pm (UTC)
Awww, thank you! I hate it when Maura gets upset so I had to make Jane get her to feel better immediately ;) Glad you liked it!
wolvkey
Oct. 4th, 2011 08:31 pm (UTC)
Nicely done! I was a bit skeptical when I read the Author's Notes, but I have to admit, I'm hooked! I'll be watching for the next posting. :)
the_girl_20
Oct. 6th, 2011 08:52 pm (UTC)
Well, I'm glad the fic was better than the Author's notes ;) Glad you enjoyed it!
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darkemberdagger
Oct. 4th, 2011 08:35 pm (UTC)
This was really good. Very funny and so in character
the_girl_20
Oct. 6th, 2011 08:53 pm (UTC)
Thank you. Comments on my characterisation are always my favourite, so double thank you :D
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the_girl_20
Oct. 6th, 2011 08:53 pm (UTC)
Ta muchly ;)
sunsetwriter
Oct. 4th, 2011 10:15 pm (UTC)
Oh, I love this! There is an SVU writer who did a 'drinks' series with Alex and Olivia and they were wonderful. If this first one is any indication, this series will be wonderful also. You absolutely nailed the characters and their voices. Looking forward to the next one!
the_girl_20
Oct. 6th, 2011 08:54 pm (UTC)
I probably read that way back when I was devouring everything SVU related that I could get my hands on. I hope I don't plagiarise it!! Glad you liked this one :)
mm_burnttoast
Oct. 4th, 2011 10:26 pm (UTC)
Everything about this was just.. bah, it was fantastic. You write the characters perfectly. I can't wait for the next update. :D
the_girl_20
Oct. 6th, 2011 08:55 pm (UTC)
Thank you. I'm always so pleased when something thinks I've written characters well. :)
demoka
Oct. 5th, 2011 12:23 am (UTC)
Ah! What a great idea and you did an awesome job bringing it to life! Haha! Yeah, I would have been offended to if I had spent money of coffee and Maura had tipped it away, even if she does have better coffee ready. XP

Eee! Your Maura is ADORABLE! *huggles her*

Thanks for sharing, and definitely looking forward to the next beverage fics!
the_girl_20
Oct. 6th, 2011 08:55 pm (UTC)
I would also be offended. But I don't think it's possible to stay mad at Maura for long, right? Because she's so cute :D
tuckp3
Oct. 5th, 2011 02:09 am (UTC)
i really quite enjoyed this.
the_girl_20
Oct. 6th, 2011 08:56 pm (UTC)
Thank you. I'm very glad.
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the_girl_20
Oct. 6th, 2011 08:56 pm (UTC)
Awww, thank you!!!
(Anonymous)
Oct. 5th, 2011 03:48 am (UTC)
Totally love this Maura and Jane. Especially your Maura--I thinks she's a hard character to capture. But here, she's that perfect mix of lovely and obnoxious, and I can see her making all those adorable faces that she makes in the show.

Favorite part: “Are you always like this?” It was out before she could stop it, although she was glad it wasn’t as sharp as it could have been. To her own ears, it almost sounded affectionate. Maura looked up and smiled in apology.

-J
the_girl_20
Oct. 6th, 2011 08:57 pm (UTC)
Your comments on my characterisation are very flattering and made me very happy. So thank you very much :)
sinopia
Oct. 5th, 2011 06:30 am (UTC)
“That’s conjecture, Detective Rizzoli.” Sooooo good.

I'm really looking forward to you posting more of these (hint: do it sooner rather than later).
the_girl_20
Oct. 6th, 2011 08:58 pm (UTC)
Thank you. I hope you're enjoying the other ones :)
tenaji
Oct. 5th, 2011 01:32 pm (UTC)
I like how the fluids are flowing #;)
Milk possibly full fat vs the soya debate for Maura to discuss

Slush puppy aka snowcone aka ice in tiny bubbles with syrupy flavouring over it Brain Freeze

Actimal priobotic drink good bacteria vs bad bacteria Maura telling Jane what it actually is

Water sparkling vs still v tap Jane to rant royally

Saki Jane underestimates the power of rice
the_girl_20
Oct. 6th, 2011 08:59 pm (UTC)
Re: I like how the fluids are flowing #;)
Ooooooh. Definitely doing the Brain Freeze one. Maura's gotta have a scientific explanation for that, right? :D

Thanks for these, I'll see what I can do with them.
afret2010
Oct. 5th, 2011 03:52 pm (UTC)
This was hilarious. I can picture the baffled expression on Jane's face every time Maura says something to her ;-)
the_girl_20
Oct. 6th, 2011 09:00 pm (UTC)
I do love how confused/amused Jane constantly is by Maura. Glad you liked this one.
ayden07
Oct. 7th, 2011 11:48 pm (UTC)
LOVE IT! LOVE IT! LOVE IT!! Can totally see their first meeting going exactly like this!
the_girl_20
Oct. 8th, 2011 09:44 am (UTC)
Thank you :) I hope we get to see their first meeting at some point on the show.
ml_spikie
Oct. 8th, 2011 02:17 am (UTC)
This is an absolutely wonderful and adorable story. I love it!
the_girl_20
Oct. 8th, 2011 09:44 am (UTC)
Thank you very much. I'm glad you enjoyed it :D
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