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Overnight Therapy - Chapter Fourteen


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 Fourteen

As he made his daily commute on foot to Thames House, Lucas made a mental list, since he had no paper and pen available, of the positives and negatives in life since returning to England starting with MI-5. 

On the positive side, it was brilliant to be back on the grid and still be able to be one of best spooks in the business. On the negative, being wary of certain colleagues and being under surveillance by them. The solutions to the negatives were remaining vigilant with the colleagues and keeping above suspicion so that they would feel the need for surveillance was no longer warranted.

Next, he focused on Elizabeta. The positive, she had taken him up on the offer to work for MI-5 and he was her handler. The negative, it ripped his heart to shreds every time he saw or talked to her. Thoughts of her and her love had been one of the main motivating factors that had kept him going in that prison hell he was kept in for the last eight years, only to find out when he had returned that she had moved on without him. The obvious solution was two fold for that particular negative, time and he himself had to move on, much easier said than done.

The most predominant negative was the nightmares.  Those did not seem to be abating. He had no desire to turn to medications to help him sleep. Nor did he wish to be psychoanalyzed. He’d had more than enough of that during his debriefing the first week he had returned. On the positive side, he had encountered an angel, who when she was near, helped him to sleep peacefully. Lucas thanked his intuition for having the good sense to have checked out the situation that first night she’d arrived on his doorstep. It had afforded him the pleasure of her company going on a week. It seemed like he knew her much longer that that though. He knew more about her than he did most of his colleagues.

As the doors of the lift opened on to the grid, Lucas stepped out to find Connie walking away quickly from Roz’s desk. She looked quite guilty about something. Lucas made note of it, but didn’t acknowledge it to her. Instead he casually said, “Good Morning, Connie.”

She responded looking a bit relieved he wasn’t going to push the issue and said, “Good Morning, Lucas. You are in early this morning,”

“I’ve a file I need to review for a meeting today. And I need to do it prior to the team meeting,” He said putting his coat over the back of his chair and sitting down.

“Cup of tea?” Connie asked looking for an excuse to come over to Lucas to see what file he was going to review.

Lucas knew what she was up to and said, “No, thank you, I've already had one.”

He pulled out the renovation file from the stack laying it in the middle of his desk. He didn’t open it. And he knew it was driving Connie to distraction that he didn’t. He smiled slightly to himself as he pulled up the project website. Everything he needed and wanted to review before Lori toured this afternoon was at his fingertips. The bonus was he could make his screen go black with a touch of a button on his keyboard. As the rest of the team filtered in for the day, he scanned the website making mental notes of what areas of Thames House Lori would want to see. 

In the team weekly meeting, after giving his briefing of his current investigations to the team, Lucas announced he would be giving the Renovation Project Liaison, Sam Smith, a tour of the building this afternoon. And the project was scheduled to begin in earnest on Monday. Roz requested he be sure to introduce Sam round to the team if they were in and Harry, of course. He was presently at a meeting with the Home Secretary. He nodded his consent. Then the rest of the team proceeded with giving their briefings.

The team meeting lasted only two hours. It was relatively quiet at the moment. But they all knew it was the calm before a major storm. As they exited the conference room, Lucas checked his watch. Another half hour or so, he could call Lori to give her the hour she requested before he picked her up.

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 Rolling over to look at the read out on her phone as it rang; Lori checked the time and didn’t recognize the incoming number. It was 9:00 a.m. Three hours of precious sleep had been had before the day intruded. She answered, “Hello.”

A sweet Scottish accent answered, “Guid mornin to you Miss Samantha. Hou ar ye? Mr. Donovan said I was to ring ye before I came.”

“And you are?” Lori asked enjoying the woman’s accent.

“A’m sairy, I am your housekeeper, Bronwyn. Is now a good time?”

“Sure, come on over,” Lori said while she got out of bed putting on her robe.

“See ye in a wee bit,” Bronwyn said before hanging up.

She wasn’t kidding it would be a wee bit. Within five minutes she was knocking at the door. Lori let her in saying, “Good Morning,”

“Guid mornin to you Miss Samantha. Would you kindly point me in the direction of your laundry? I can take it down to get it started then it can wash while I clean if that suits,” Bronwyn said.

“Sounds like a plan to me,” Lori said as she took the quilt out of the window seat to add the laundry basket. She showed Bronwyn where the rest of the laundry was and left her to her own devices.

Lori decided since it was a couple of hours till she could call Joe or Donovan, she would do some baking and cooking. Most people didn’t get it, but to her doing both was relaxation therapy. She made beef barley soup, yeast rolls, a coconut layer cake and Snickerdoodle cookies. As she finished up, Bronwyn bustled in to the kitchen telling her she’d clear up shooing her from the kitchen.

Lori checked the clock in the bedroom as she closed the door for a bit of privacy. It was almost 11:30 a.m.  She’d have time for a quick call to Joe before the anticipated call from Lucas should be coming in. Stretching out on the bed, she dialed his number. Joe G. answered on the second ring, “Good Morning, My Dear, are you enjoying your time off?” Joe asked.

“Yes, thank you. Though, I wanted to let you know I have to work this afternoon for a bit. MI-5 has extended an invitation to tour Thames House before the project starts on Monday.” Lori informed him.

“Very well, but you do nothing more than the tour, understood? I want you to rest,” Joe G. said in his fatherly voice.

“Yes Joe, you have my word,” Lori said

“That’s all I need. Have you spoken to Donovan recently?” Joe G. asked.

“He’s next on my list to call,” Lori said.

“I’m honored you called me first,” Joe G. said warmly. “Check in with me sometime over the weekend when it is convenient,”

“Will do, Joe,” Lori said.

“Goodbye My Dear,” Joe G. said before disconnecting.

Lori smiled at her phone. Joe G. always made her feel loved and cared for. She dialed Donovan. She knew he was driving when he answered because he sounded like he was in a tunnel. He started right in without so much as a hello, “Scuttlebutt has it you are banned from any work other than caring for Lucas. Is there something Joe knows that I don’t to warrant such a thing? He doesn’t usually feel the need to take such measures with you.”

“And good morning to you too, why yes I am doing well, thank you for inquiring, Lori said lightly.

“Point taken, you’re dodging, talk to me,” Donovan ordered.

“What did Joe G. say about his mandate?” Lori asked.

“All he would say is it was warranted in light of recent events. And if I wanted to know more, it was up to you to tell me. So?” Donovan answered.

“He’s being a bit overprotective is all. Joe G. felt my little hop warranted a little therapeutic down time,” Lori said.

“And?” Donovan prompted.

“And I’m indulging him by going along,” Lori said with the tone in her voice that Donovan knew meant he’d get no more out of her on the subject.

“So how is the Lucas project going? Will you be reporting to Harry Pearce this week?” Donovan asked.

“It’s going like it is in its first week. And yes, I will be in touch with Harry Pearce. For your sake, I will even be civil with him,” Lori said.

“Thank you, I appreciate that. I’ve another call coming in I must take. Let’s touch base this weekend,” Donovan said.

“Will do,” Lori said before disconnecting.

Bronwyn knocked lightly on the door. Lori called her in. She stepped in to the bedroom to say she had finished and ask if Lori would be needing anything else. Lori thanked her insisting Bronwyn take some rolls and cookies with her. Bronwyn was touched by Lori’s kindness. She thanked her and said she would be seeing her next week. Then she took her leave.

No sooner had Bronwyn walked out the door Lori’s phone was ringing again. She checked the display before answering, “Lori’s Diner located somewhere in the world where it’s always beer-thirty.”

Lucas chuckled quietly on the other end of the line before responding with, “Yes, I’d like to make a reservation for two please.”

“Hello Lucas, is this my one hour countdown call?” Lori asked.

“It is. I will come by to escort you,” Lucas responded.

“Sounds like a plan, see you then,” Lori said.

“Until then,” Lucas said before disconnecting.

Lori hung up the phone. She finally had time to take a shower. It was heavenly but there was no time to linger at the moment. She toweled off, dried her hair, and pulled it back off her face in a black Mickey Mouse clip. Dressed in khaki colored Dockers, a white oxford shirt that had a small silhouette of Mickey Mouse embroidered on the pocket, khaki colored socks with Mickey embroidered in to them, black penny loafers with shiny new 2007 pennies inserted in to them and a black belt to match. She took a black double breasted blazer off the hanger transferring it to a dining chair along with her leather trench coat for easy access.

Going down the hall to the office, she packed up the quarter scale drawings of the renovation project, a portfolio with a legal pad inserted to it and business cards stuffed in to the side slots, a few pens, a calculator, an Architect’s scale, her wallet and finally her blackberry in to her Mickey Mouse messenger bag. As she was carrying it out to set it by the front door, a familiar knock sounded. Lori knew it was Lucas without even looking through the peephole.

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As he finished a few internet searches on one of his current cases, Lucas looked at his watch. It was Noon. He rose from his desk, stepped in to the lift and descended down to the car park area. He pulled his mobile from his pocket, scrolled to Sam Smith’s number and dialed. She answered on the second ring saying in her cheeky way, “Lori’s Diner located somewhere in the world where it’s always beer-thirty.”

Lucas chuckled quietly and responded, “Yes, I’d like to make a reservation for two please.”

“Hello Lucas, is this my one hour countdown call?” Lori asked.

“It is. I will come by to escort you,” Lucas responded.

“Sounds like a plan, see you then,” Lori said.

“Until then,” Lucas said before disconnecting. He was looking forward to spending the afternoon in her company. He reentered the lift going back up to the grid. He cleared his desk and put it rights before leaving to go meet Lori.

The brisk walk was invigorating after sitting all morning either at his desk or in the team meeting. As he entered his building, the aroma from Lori’s baking and cooking wafted down the stairs. He followed his nose to her flat. His stomach gave a low appreciative growl before he knocked on her door. 

Lori opened the door giving him the once over saying, “Come in, come in. You are right on time for your reservation.”

Lucas had a puzzled look for an instant before remembering their earlier conversation.  He smiled saying, “Didn’t I invite you to lunch earlier this morning, not the other way around?”

“Yes, you did. And you made a reservation for two at Lori’s Diner, so I drew the conclusion we were having lunch here,” Lori said trying to look sincere but not succeeding because she couldn’t help looking mischievous.

As she spoke, Lucas checked her out from top to bottom. He noted the subtle Mickey Mouse attire. The whimsy was back. It was a part of her character he looked forward to seeing come out. He sighed, “What am I going to do with you? Are you ever going to let me repay your kindness to me?”

Lori retorted smiling, “Would you like a list?” Then as she walked towards the kitchen she said genuinely, “Lucas, you repay me by giving me your time and attention. Now, shall we have lunch? Hope you like beef barley soup. I have Coconut Layer Cake for dessert or if you like there are Snickerdoodle cookies or you can have both.”

Lucas shook his head but smiled. She was something else. He took off his coat putting it on the back of the dining chair he’d been occupying as of late before following her to the kitchen. As he leaned against the door jam watching Lori ladle the soup in to bowls, Lucas said, “You’ve been busy this morning. I hope you didn’t go to all this trouble just for me.”

“This will probably be hard for you to believe, but cooking and baking for me is no trouble at all. It is my relaxation therapy actually. And when I have someone besides myself to share it with, it makes it that much more fun,” Lori said as she finished with the soup and popped some rolls in to the bread basket.

“Far be it from me to keep you from fun,” Lucas said. He went about the usual the routine of setting the table as Lori brought out the soup, rolls, butter and jam on a tray.   Lori asked what he’d like to have to drink. He said a cup of tea if it wasn’t too much bother. She went back to put the kettle on. While she waited for the water to boil, she brought out some water so they could eat while the soup was hot. 

Lucas took a roll from the basket. He buttered it generously before popping a piece in to his mouth. Lori could tell from the look on his face he liked it. After chewing and swallowing, he said, “Who taught your culinary skills?”

“For the most part, my Grandma,” Lori answered.

“For the most part?” Lucas asked as he took a spoonful of soup.

Lori answered coyly, “Well, there has been the occasional Chef that was willing to share his skills and secrets with me over the years.”

“I see,” Lucas said. He had no doubt she had great success in persuading Chefs worldwide to part with their knowledge.

The kettle whistled. Lucas told Lori stay put, he would see to the tea. He made two cups and brought them out to table. Lori said, “Thank you, Lucas.

“You are welcome,” he said taking his seat.

She put three heaping teaspoons of sugar in to her tea saying, “Got to do something to try to make me sweet.”

Lucas chuckled, and then said, “I find you to be quite sweet already,”

The blush stained her cheeks as Lori sipped her tea. Knowing once again he’d managed to bring out her shyness, Lucas changed gears to make her feel more comfortable, “So, my team is looking forward to meeting you this afternoon.”

Lori looked up from her tea cup. She asked, “What team?”

Lucas explained to her the team of people he worked with on the grid. He finished by saying, “They are good lot. If I am not available you can go to any of them for assistance.”

Lori said, “I look forward to meeting them. But Lucas, when you introduce me, please use my professional name, Sam Smith.”

“Of course,” Lucas said. He was enamored with the idea of keeping Lori Montgomery to himself and having to only to share Sam Smith with the rest of the outside world.

They finished the soup, rolls and tea. Lucas suggested they save dessert for later as the soup had been quite filling. Lori agreed while clearing the table. She piled the dishes in the sink saying they could wait till later. All she needed was a quick trip to the bathroom then they could go.

While waiting for Lori, Lucas stepped across the hall to his own place to use the facilities. He walked back in to her place as she emerged in to the front room. He asked, “Ready?”

“Ready,” Lori said as she slid on her blazer. Lucas helped her on with her coat before picking up her Mickey Mouse messenger bag. He said, “Would you like me to carry this for you?”

“That’s ok, I got it,” Lori said taking it from Lucas’ grip. She lightly grazed his fingers as she did. Slinging the bag on to her shoulder, she said, “Thank you for taking the time out of your hectic day to do this for me.”

“It is truly my pleasure,” Lucas said with his lopsided half smile. “Actually, it is I who should be thanking you for the respite.”

He opened the door for her and they were off to Thames House. As they exited, he extended her his arm which she willing took. She said, “Let me know when we get within range of Thames House. I’ll go in to professional mode.”

Lucas smiled at her. He teased her by saying, “And what if I don’t want you to be in professional mode?”

She gave him a sideways glance before quipping, “Trust me, it will be much better if I do. If you hadn’t notice, I tend to be a bit of loose cannon otherwise.”

“Alright, we will do it your way,” Lucas said. “But for future reference, I’ll take my chances with the loose cannon any time.”

"Fair enough," Lori responded.

Lucas and Lori were enjoying each other’s quiet company on the walk to Thames House. When they were within two blocks of their destination, Lucas regretfully dropped Lori’s arm informing her they were close to their destination. She put on her professional persona and they finished their trek.

 

Comments

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mrs_tubbs
Mar. 10th, 2009 08:35 pm (UTC)
They are so sweet :) Lovely interaction between the two of them
lsm71059
Mar. 10th, 2009 08:54 pm (UTC)
Thank you for your comments. It helps inspire me to write more.
lynbryt
Mar. 10th, 2009 09:05 pm (UTC)
I love how comfortable Lori and Lucas are becoming with each other. I am beginning to think that good home cooked food is one of Lori's technique for providing comfort. The closeness they achieve with these intimate meals at her apartment could never happen in a restaurant.

It is the little things that keep building. Blushes, walking arm in arm; I love it.

Thank you
lsm71059
Mar. 10th, 2009 09:13 pm (UTC)
You are absolutely correct about the home cooked food. It allows her to provide comfort and help get him nourished. Plus the added bonus of allowing her to interact with him on a one on one situation. It is all intertwined.

The little things are what count most.

You are welcome. Thank you for taking time to comment.
frivol
Mar. 10th, 2009 10:06 pm (UTC)
I have been reading from the beginning, but have neglected to comment, for which I apologise!

When a new update appears, the day is a little brighter, so thank you for the pleasure you are giving with this story!
lsm71059
Mar. 11th, 2009 12:01 am (UTC)
No need to apologise! Thank you for commenting now.

You are welcome. It's nice to know I can make someone's day a little brighter. It's my pleasure.
betty_eyes
Mar. 10th, 2009 10:37 pm (UTC)
This is so nice to read and imagine. Lucas being quite a little be happy. I really like the way he reacts to her answering the phone.

It is said here that you made your conquest on man through his stomach... meaning a good homemade cooking is the first step to a man's heart and I'll raise my case on Lori.

And the sugar flirt and the walking thing was sooooo sweet. I like the idea of having Lori only to himself, such as a little secret they only share.

Great chapter, really!!

Congratulations.

lsm71059
Mar. 11th, 2009 12:08 am (UTC)
That was always one of Grandma's mottos that the way to a man's heart was through his stomach. And she was married to the same man for over 63 years.

The flirting is all good fun for me to write.

Thank you for the props and the congrats!
leslieg
Mar. 10th, 2009 10:46 pm (UTC)
Hurray, another update!!! I really love the slow development of their relationship, and how it helps Lucas! I have a feeling Tubbs and I are going to be talking about this on Saturday!
lsm71059
Mar. 11th, 2009 12:05 am (UTC)
I'm happy to know you like the slow development and how it helps Lucas. I think that's key in this endevour.

My story will discussed, how exciting!
reglisse_78
Mar. 11th, 2009 12:20 am (UTC)
thank you !!!
Hello, I've just registered on Livejournal to be able to leave this comment, I felt I owed you. This is the first fanfic I've ever read, but I'm hooked ! I wait for each new episode with such impatience ! You make Lucas' life so real. With all the little details about his behaviour I almost can see him ! It's such a comfort for Lucas to find in Lori a good friend to help him take pleasure in life again. (sorry my english is not as good as I'd like it to be !).
Thank you so much, and congratulations for your talent !
I'll read this episode tomorrow morning on my way to work, it'll make my day !
lsm71059
Mar. 11th, 2009 12:37 am (UTC)
Re: thank you !!!
I'm honored you registered in order to leave a comment. You certainly didn't owe me, but I am grateful none the less.

Thank you for validating my writing the little details. Sometimes, I hesitate to be so detailed for fear my readers will be bored.

Your English is excellent by the way.

You are welcome and thank you for the congrats. Enjoy your read tomorrow.
oraetlabora2008
Mar. 11th, 2009 01:56 am (UTC)
I always look forwarding to your posting a new chapter.

And I too echo the appreciation for the nice pace that their developing relationship is taking.

The flirting is sweet but i'm still not sure where this is going, but i'm loving the suspense of how their relationship will develop.

As far as the detail...I think you are spot on with just the right amount. I the details helpful as they give us a fuller picture about the characters without long explanations. Keep it going!

Thanks for sharing your talent for storytelling!
lsm71059
Mar. 11th, 2009 05:20 pm (UTC)
Thank you for your kind comments.

Come on now, if you knew where the story was going there would be no need to read it, now would it? LOL

Thank you for validating the detail aspect.

And you are quite welcome, thank you for reading.
bunkie77
Mar. 11th, 2009 03:16 am (UTC)
Another great chapter, love the home-cooked touches & their little gestures, how they're becoming closer but I'm still waiting for the silk undies to appear, LOL! Can't wait for #14!
lsm71059
Mar. 11th, 2009 05:19 pm (UTC)
Thank you for the kudos! You keep watching, they may make appearance.
bunkie77
Mar. 11th, 2009 01:55 pm (UTC)
OOPS, Sorry, I meant can't wait for #15!!!
lsm71059
Mar. 11th, 2009 05:18 pm (UTC)
And here I thought you wanted Chapter 14, part II, LOL

I'll see what I can do about a Chapter 15 soon.
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