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Overnight Therapy - Chapter Twelve

Title: Overnight Therapy

Author: LSM71059
Fandom: Spooks
Characters: Lucas
Rating: PG-13
Spoilers: Season Seven
Summary: Lucas North has someone to confide in and take care of him when the nightmares and bad flashbacks happen.
Disclaimer: All Spooks Characters are the intellectual property of the BBC.
The Inspiration for this story was taken from the song "South City Midnight Lady" by the Doobie Brothers
(Time Line for chapter: Between Episodes 7.03 & 7.04)

 

Chapter Twelve

Lori made quick work of setting the living room to rights by stowing the quilt in the window seat, shutting off the DVD player and television, finishing with depositing her glass and popcorn bowl in the sink. That was the easy part.

 

The hard part was figuring out to wear. Lori decided on her black pinstriped silk shirt with the French cuffs and a pair of boot cut jeans with a black belt. She chose matching black silk underwear for under the ensemble. She had pinstripe socks that matched her blouse. She put on the outfit, finishing it off by inserting her Grandfather’s etched silver cufflinks in the cuffs of the shirt. 

She combed her hair, slid in a slim silver headband, and put on a bit of lip gloss. She looked in the mirror and sighed. It was the best it was going to get. Do to allergies and sensitive skin, Lori had never been able to wear makeup so she always had a fresh face. It was what it was. She wondered if it would make any difference even if she could.

Lori took her black leather coat and boots out to living room. She slipped on her boots and zipped them. Put her Blackberry in one pocket of the coat and keys and slim wallet with her identification, credit card and a few pounds in the other. She turned out the lights in the apartment with the exception of the lamp beside the outside door. As she finished, there was a knock on the door. She took a deep breath for strength before opening the door. She was determined for this supper not to turn awkward. It had every potential to with Lucas having read her background report.

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Lucas checked his watch as he ran up the steps to his flat. He had ten minutes. Plenty of time for him to shower and change before meeting Lori, he didn’t think showing up at her door smelling like the pub would make a good impression. Lucas divested himself of his clothes as soon as the door closed to the flat. He tossed them in the hamper before stepping in to the shower. In three minutes time, he was turning off the water and toweling off. Not enough time to shave, but brushing his teeth was a must. The beer breath had to go. Finished with the teeth, it was time for a bit of deodorant. He ran his fingers through the wet hair to try to tame it. Then it was off to get dressed.

Reaching in to his wardrobe, Lucas pulled out a black dress shirt off the hanger and a pair of jeans off the shelf. He tossed them on to the bed before going to the chest of drawers for socks and boxers. He slid on a pair of black silk boxers with navy paisley print before dropping the towel to the floor, donned the shirt and jeans, slid on the belt, and put on the black socks and shoes. Retrieving the towel from the floor, he took in to the bathroom to hang up.

Lucas slipped his watch back on looking at the time. Perfect, he had a half minute to grab his coat, tuck it under his arm and make it across the hall. Precisely twenty minutes from the time he had called Lori to now, he was knocking on her door. 

Lori opened the door, giving Lucas the once over taking in his attire. He did the same to her. They both smiled at the same time. Lori said, “See I told you great minds thought alike.”

“So you did,” Lucas responded as he stepped in to the room. 

Lori closed the door behind him, turned around and asked, “May I take your coat?”

“Thank you,” Lucas said as he handed her his coat, he pulled the envelope with the access key card out of his coat pocket and slipped it in to his back jeans pocket before taking a seat on the sofa.

She hung his coat on the back of one of the dining chairs. Turning back towards him, Lori asked, “Would you like something to drink?”

“Water, please,” Lucas responded.

Lori stepped in to the kitchen retrieving two bottles of water from the fridge. Returning to the living room, she handed Lucas one before sitting opposite him. He said, “Thank you, and thank you again for this morning.”

Lori said, “You are welcome. But it is I that should be thanking you for staying up all night keeping me company. It was very naughty of me to do that on a work night.”

Lucas thought as he took a sip of his water, “If only you knew how wonderful it was to have someone keep me company after my nightmare.”   Out loud he said with his wry smile, “You have my permission to be naughty like that any time I run you over sitting on the front step.”

Lori smiled teasing, “Be careful about giving me permission to do anything, it may come back to bite you.”

Lucas quipped back looking square in the eye, “Not a bad prospect if you would be the one doing the biting,”

A bit of a blush started in Lori’s cheeks. She hadn’t been prepared for Lucas to have such a comeback. She took a drink of water to give herself a moment. Lucas looked at her blush remembering how she had shied away in a similar fashion last night. It would be interesting to learn what caused her to do it. 

It amazed Lucas how quickly he could relax when he was around Lori. That and the four beers he’d had earlier combined with little sleep the night before caused him to yawn. Lori said shaking her finger at him playfully, “See, I knew I kept you up too late.   Alright, I can’t have you exhausted on my account. I insist you stretch out and rest your eyes for a bit then we will see about supper.   And I won’t take no for answer.”

“Yes, Ma’am,” Lucas said giving her a smart salute. He could tell by the tone of her voice, even though playful, she meant what she said. He had the distinct feeling she was woman used to giving orders, having them followed and got her way most of the time. Truth be told, the prospect of napping on her sofa with Lori so close was very appealing. He figured a 20 minute power nap would be perfect. They would have plenty of time to head out for supper after. As he slipped off his shoes, Lori went to the window seat to pull out the quilt and a pillow for him. 

She put the pillow down on the end she’d be sitting and patted it. Lucas stretched out on his side. Lori bent over Lucas covering him up with the quilt tucking up under his chin. He smiled up at her as he slipped his hand out from under the quilt and took hers. Lucas said, “Do you always take such good care of people?”

“I like to see to the comfort of others. Makes me feel useful,” Lori said as she ran her thumb over the top of his hand.

“Sit with me for a bit, please,” Lucas asked as he lightly pulled her down to sit by his side. 

Lori gave him a smile. She said softly, lightly stroking his eyebrows with her fingertips, “Rest your eyes.”

Lucas gave her hand a squeeze as he closed his eyes. The sensation of her stroking his eyebrows was very soothing. Within a few minutes, his breathing evened out. Lori could tell he had fallen asleep. She stroked his eyebrows once more before dropping her hand. She heard him sigh from the loss of her touch but he didn’t wake.

Lori sat by his side watching him sleep for over hour before tucking the hand she had been holding under the quilt. She quietly got up to go to the bathroom. By the time she returned, Lucas had turned on his stomach. He had one hand tucked up under his cheek. She thought, “He looks years younger when he’s sleeping like that.”

She went over to her coat to take out her Blackberry. Lori slipped off her boots before taking a seat on the floor right beside the couch where she had been sitting. If Lucas woke, she’d be right there. Flipping to instant message mode, she looked to see if Eric was on. Lucky for her he was, they could have a chat while she waited.

SNOOPY: Knock, Knock

RED BARON: Opens doors and groans

SNOOPY: Stands at door with food bowl in mouth

RED BARON: Sorry, did I forget to feed you?

SNOOPY: Not yet, are we doing lunch soon?

RED BARON: Tuesday?

SNOOPY: Pencil or pen it in?

RED BARON: Pencil

SNOOPY:   How was your hop?

RED BARON: Routine, want to be my rear on the next one?

SNOOPY: When is it?

RED BARON: Saturday

SNOOPY: Tempting, but no, I need to stay close to base

RED BARON: Fair enough

SNOOPY:   What are you doing?

RED BARON: Watching Red Wings Preshow. Why aren’t you?

SNOOPY: There’s a man asleep on my couch and I don’t want to disturb him.

RED BARON: Uh huh, and I have a woman naked in my bed waiting for me.

SNOOPY: You do? What’s her name? Do I know her?

RED BARON: Go watch your game. I’ll call you about Tuesday.

RED BARON SIGNED OFF

Lori thought smiling, “That was rude. He didn’t believe me that I had a man asleep on my couch”

She decided it wouldn’t hurt to watch the hockey game on the laptop with earphones while Lucas slept. She would just have to be sure not to get excited and yell like she normally did during a game. She retrieved the laptop with the earphones from the back office and set it up on the coffee table. While she was up she got a coke from the fridge and the spare blanket from the window seat to wrap around herself. She settled back in on the floor and watched the game while Lucas slept.

Comments

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mrs_tubbs
Mar. 6th, 2009 09:30 pm (UTC)
Silk boxers ... Hmm someone's on the pull ;) So enjoying the relationship between Lori and Lucas. Wonder if he's had time to read the file yet, doesn't look like it.
lsm71059
Mar. 6th, 2009 10:11 pm (UTC)
Have you read Chapter Thirteen? And what does "on the pull" mean? Never heard that expression. Glad you like their relationship.
mrs_tubbs
Mar. 6th, 2009 10:21 pm (UTC)
I hadn't when I posted. But I really enjoyed it and am looking forward to reading further developments.

Urban Dictionary: http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=on+the+pull I just assumed that Lucas was putting his lucky pants on. They are getting very flirty.
lsm71059
Mar. 6th, 2009 10:22 pm (UTC)
Ah, now I understand. Thanks for enlightening me.
leslieg
Mar. 7th, 2009 09:46 am (UTC)
I could watch him sleep too! Tee hee!

Lovely detail work, hun! Very enjoyable!!! And the flirting! Sigh!
lsm71059
Mar. 7th, 2009 12:42 pm (UTC)
Thank you for the compliments. I think the flirting on his part had something to do with the four beers, ;)
betty_eyes
Mar. 8th, 2009 05:25 pm (UTC)
Oh, my goodness!! He's fast! I was laughing when I heard how he prepaared himself for that date :)
It's so nice to see them flirt with each other. If beers do the work, we must ensure Ben had him beer after work from time to time.
I think she's so nice to him. I hope it doesn't turn out to be a total witch who breaks his heart once more.

By now, she's taking good care of him so I give her my blessings!!!
lsm71059
Mar. 9th, 2009 02:43 am (UTC)
Glad I could make you laugh. Yep, the beers definitely helped Lucas with his flirting game. Guaranteed she will continue to be nice to him. He's in good hands. And thanks for your blessings.
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