MI:5, Paranormal Division
The Hounds HQ
Cole's hands rubbed the sides arms of his chair, his thumbs running over the ends of the polished wood. It was a tactic to keep him distracted, keep him from shaking his leg in anxious anticipation to get the hell out of Jones' office. "I told you everything I know. You asked me to be honest about my findings, and that's what I did. Transparency is the best when it comes to a team, and when you have this going on with two of your own, then..." He shrugged, clicking his tongue as he looked at his boss with a pitiful grin. "I just hope this doesn't cloud their judgment in the field."
Kat Bauer and Matt Cox were in a romantic relationship. It was all but confirmed, in the office. Rumors swirling through the unit made Cole upset, since he considered Kat a nice young woman and promising agent, so the 'locker room talk' was not necessary and downright crude sometimes. He'd come to her defense more than once, and folks like Geoffrey from the Pit or the other agents have learned to stop doing that nonsense...Or just avoid Cole when doing it. Either way, he was just glad he didn't have to hear any of that rubbish anymore.
Jones had asked Calloway to report with facts behind these allegations, and he felt he was doing the right thing. At least, from an honorable agent's point of view. Bauer and Cox were going to be pretty pissed off at him, there was no doubt about that. But once the dust settled and everyone in the office slithered back to their corners, they'd be left the hell alone, instead of victims of these nasty rumors. Until the next time it happened, because quite frankly--Cole had seen it happen time and time again. There was always a next time.
"Bauer is a great agent. I've spent time with her myself, and she has a lot of potential. I think she'll handle this one professionally. Cox seems like a decent guy too. I can give him the ol' hurt my sister, I'll kill you talk to him, if you'd like but, I hardly think it's necessary." Cole chuckled at himself. Whether or not Jones would take these lighthearted comments to heart, would be her call.