Title: Overnight Therapy
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)
Lucas had been somewhat shell shocked to learn Stephen had for all intense purposes gone through the same trauma he had endured. There was something about knowing allowed him to let the pain rise to the surface from deep down inside when Lori had gently turned his head toward her and looked in to his eyes.
He appreciated the way she didn’t pursue any details or questions. And how she was there for him not seeming to want or expect anything him but to be able to hold and give him comfort as his mind raced with a million thoughts and questions.
When a particularly horrendous memory would hit him, Lucas would hug Lori’s waist a little tighter. He adored the way she instinctively knew he needed her reassurance by stroking his hair a little firmer, wrapping her arm and legs a little tighter around him and kiss the top of his head till it passed. It was as if she was letting him know silently that she was there for him and wasn’t going anywhere. When he would lighten his grip on her, she would lightly stroke his eyebrows or the side of his face before putting her hand on top of his head and she would relax her arm and legs but keep them in place holding him. He started and stopped to open his mouth and say something many times over the three hours they lay on the couch but the words would not come.
Most of his thoughts were of the time spent in Russia but other stray thoughts he had were that Elizabeta should have been the one here holding him and seeing him through this tough patch. But he was grateful in a way that it was Lori instead because obviously she having prior knowledge of what his experiences might have been like enabled her to help him without having to ask out loud what was wrong. She seemed to have this uncanny sense of when to talk and when just to be there lending her calming presence.
He wondered if the night before had the heat from his body, his heart beat and steady breathing created the same soothing hypnotic affect on Lori that hers had on him this morning. She was so therapeutic for him without all the psychological mumbo jumbo that MI-5 had tried to make him endure. She was the only one around him who didn’t want or require anything of him. For better or worse, he could simply be himself.
A matter of a few short days ago, Lori had thanked him for the pleasure of his company and spending time with her. In many ways, she was a lot like him, a little lost and looking for someone to find her. She had endured a great many tragedies that he knew of and there probably more he was yet to discover. Perhaps they were soul mates meant to have found each other. He was about ready to voice all of what he had remembered and thought over the three hours when his phone rang.
Lori reached over to the end table, picked it up and handed to him. He turned the phone over and looked at the caller id. Seeing who was calling, he gave a great sigh and sat up straight in preparation to have to get up to leave the room to take the call in private. Lori made it easy on him, she moved her legs and released her grip getting up herself motioning that she was going to run down the hall to use the facilities while he took his call. He smiled and nodded his head in understanding as he answered all business, “Yes, Ros, what can I do for you?”
“Lucas, I was wondering if you would be available to come in to the grid this morning for an hour or two.”
Lucas inwardly groaned but answered, “Of course, is there something in particular going on? I must tell you I do have a prior engagement for this afternoon and will need to cancel it if this going to take all day.” He thought to himself there was no way he wanted to miss taking Lori down to the pub in lieu of listening to Ros drone on about matters that could in all reality wait until Monday to discuss but MI-5 did and always would come first before fun.
“I don’t anticipate this running past Noon so no need to cancel your prior engagement. How soon can you be here?” Ros said wondering what he had going this afternoon. She still didn’t trust him completely and wondered why Harry had put so much faith in him so soon to pull the surveillance detail. Yes, he was instrumental in taking down Katchimov but she still put most of the blame on him for Adam’s death. Why couldn’t it have Lucas driving the car and Adam in the park? He was more expendable than Adam wasn’t he?
“I will be there within the half hour,” Lucas answered.
Ros clipped, “See you then,” and hung up without waiting for a response.
Lucas closed his phone shaking his head. He thought, “The original Ice Bitch, could she be any colder? I wonder if Ros has any friends outside of MI-5 or if it really is the only thing in her life. Well, that blows some of my plans for Lori today, but they can easily be put on hold and done later. I best be on my way. The sooner I go, the sooner I can come back.” He got up from the sofa and stretched out his long arms and twisted his waist back and forth to loosen up. Lori was coming back down the hall as he straightened.
She said, “Judging by the expression on your face, I’d say that phone call was an unwelcomed intrusion in to your Saturday.”
“Perceptive as always,” Lucas said. “I have to go in to the grid for an hour or two. But I should be back in plenty of time to take you down to the pub.”
“You go do what you need to. You are talking to the original ‘I have to cancel plans because of work’ person. Just give me a call when you get free. As luck would have it, my schedule is very open and flexible today,” Lori said giving him a bright and encouraging smile.
Lucas responded with a hug and a kiss on her forehead before saying softly and faltering a bit as he spoke, “Thanks for understanding and thanks for…….” He simply pointed to the sofa trying to indicate that he was immensely grateful for what she had just done for him.
Lori answered with her own hug and a kiss on the cheek just as softly, “Anytime, Lucas, anytime.”
They stood there for a moment longer in an embrace before simultaneously straightening. Lori said, “You know it’s almost eerie how in sync we are at times. But I like it, don’t you?”
“I do. I must run for now, but will ring you when I’ve finished,” Lucas said very reluctant to leave.
“Duty calls,” Lori said picking up both sets of keys, handing them to him and playfully pushing him towards the door.
Lucas smiled, “Indeed it does.” He gave her one last hug before crossing the hall to his place to retrieve his coat. He knew when he looked back just before going in, Lori would be there standing in her doorway to give him one final little wave before closing her door. When he turned back she did not disappoint, but instead of a wave this time, she blew him a playful kiss. He pretended to catch it and stuck his hand in his pocket as if he was stowing it to save for later. Lori’s giggle at his action wafted across the hall and to his ears as she closed her door.
- Current Location:Home
- Current Mood: contemplative
- Current Music:"Hold Me" by Brian McNight