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Overnight Therapy - Chapter Six

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: Episode 7.03)


Chapter Six

Lori leaned her head back against the door she had closed a moment ago letting out a deep sigh. 

The time spent with Lucas had gone better than she had expected. It was a relief to know they had a natural chemistry and she would not have to manufacture it. All the same, the evening had taken its toll on her. It was tougher than one might think having to constantly observe someone without appearing to do so in order to anticipate their actions and reactions to various situations.

She lightly banged her head against the door a few times thinking, “I’m getting too old for this. Been there, done that, even have a dozen T-shirts to prove it.” She rubbed her eyes before giving herself a mental kick, “Enough, you’ve had your mini pity party, there’s work to be done. You chose to take this on. Nobody was holding a gun to your head. Well, at least not this time.”   Lori smiled ironically at that last part. Many a time there had been a gun or some other weapon threatening her existence but she had always managed to survive

Lori pushed away from the door, picked her Blackberry up off the end table sliding it in to her back pocket, unhooked the laptop from the flat screen before gathering it up in to her arms and headed for the back office. She set both pieces of equipment on the desk before going back to the kitchen to fix herself a tall Malibu Rum and Pineapple Orange Juice. She held the glass up in a salute, “To Lucas and the success of my last endeavor.”

Taking a healthy swig, Lori turned out the light before walking back down the hall to the office.  She sat the drink on the desk before sinking into the tall leather executive chair. Leaning back, staring off in to space, feet up on the desk, legs crossed at the ankles, Lori was in what she liked to call “The Zone.”   In “The Zone”, Lori had perfect recall. It was a blessing and a curse all rolled in to one. At the moment, she was recalling one of her former cases that eerily matched almost perfectly up to Lucas. A course of action was starting to form in the back of her mind.

Her revelry was disturbed by the Blackberry vibrating off the edge of the desk. She moved with cat like precision catching it just shy of hitting the floor. She answered putting it on speakerphone, “It’s your dime.”

“And Good Evening to you,” Donovan said. “How’d it go with Harry earlier?”

“Fine,” Lori replied taking the laptop out of sleep mode.

“Care to elaborate?” Donovan asked.

“Nope,” Lori answered.

Donovan had known her for far too long not to know by the tone of her voice she had something on her mind. He took a different tact with her, “Need anything?”

“Can I get back to you in a few minutes?” Lori asked.

“Sure,” Donovan said then hung up because he knew for now the conversation was on hold.

Lori pulled up her IM program. Checked who was online and was pleased to see “The Red Baron” was online. She had the following chat with him:


Snoopy: Is the Sopwith Camel still parked where I left it?

The Red Baron: Yes, why?

Snoopy: I may need to take a hop on it.

The Red Baron: When?

Snoopy: Sometime this morning

The Red Baron: Where we going?

Snoopy: To retrieve something that belongs to me

The Red Baron: It will be fueled and ready to go. Are you filing the flight plan or am I?

Snoopy: You, I’ll get you details after I deal with the Admiral.

The Red Baron: I don’t envy him that conversation. Catch me on the flip side.


Lori closed the IM window before calling back Donovan.   He answered on the first ring, “What do you need?” He asked not beating around the bush.

“I need to take a hop,” Lori said.

“For what reason?” Donovan asked.

“I need to go retrieve something that belongs to me.” Lori stated.

“Going to need a little more information,” Donovan said.

“I will go in the morning and be back before Midnight,” Lori told him.

Donovan blew out a breath in exasperation. If Lori didn’t want to give up any more information than the bare minimum, there was no use in pursuing trying to get it. It had to be vital to her current assignment or she wouldn’t be requesting the hop. 

Lori had told him when they had first met years ago one of her mottos in life was it was much easier to beg forgiveness than to ask permission.

Donavon thought to himself, “I may as well approve the hop because she would go regardless. She’s already managed to reschedule taking the hop to London without my permission or knowledge. At least the game had been at Noon and not an evening one so it didn’t inconvenience too many. That Woman has more assets at her disposal than my entire current team combined.   Her network is second to none and comes in quite handy when she wants to accomplish something.”

 “I’ll approve the hop on the condition,” He finally answered her.

“Eric goes with me like he did coming over,” she finished his sentence for him, “Done deal, thanks Boss.”

“And wherever you are headed will not cause an International Incident,” Donovan added half teasing and half serious. “Are we informing Harry you will be out of town for the day?”

“No, let’s just go with the flow. Lucas will be busy all day with their current operation and I don’t plan on leaving till he goes to work for the day. The construction project is on cruise till Monday. So in all reality I shouldn’t even be missed,” Lori said. “I’ll check in with you throughout the day,”

“I can live with that,” Donovan said. He knew Lori would keep her word to take Eric as backup and check in periodically. He promised to call with clearance for the hop as soon as they finished their conversation.

Eric Baron had been a part of Lori’s world since before Donovan knew her. And next to himself, Eric could be trusted most to put Lori’s welfare before his own.

Having succeeded in securing permission from Donovan for the hop, Lori reopened the IM window:


Snoopy: We are a go.

The Red Baron: And how is the Admiral? 

Snoopy: Relatively unscathed. Clearance will be forthcoming within the hour.

The Red Baron: File flight plan to?

Snoopy: FWA

The Red Baron: ETA ?

Snoopy: 0900

The Red Baron: Need a ride to the base?

Snoopy: Yes, please, but don’t have the car arrive till I phone with the all clear

The Red Baron: Understood, anything else?

Snoopy: Not tonight, sweet dreams

The Red Baron: You too.


It was 2:30 a.m. London time. With everything in place for later today, Lori powered down the laptop. She switched the Blackberry over to surveillance mode to check in on Lucas. He appeared to be sleeping peacefully on his stomach with his hand tucked up under his cheek. She carried the phone into the bedroom, plugging it in to the spare charger before propping it up against the lamp on the night stand.   If Lucas stirred, she would know immediately. Lori pulled back the down comforter and sheets before turning off the lamp, stripping off her off her clothes then finally sliding between the sheets to hopefully have four hours of uninterrupted sleep.


( 14 comments — Leave a comment )
Feb. 12th, 2009 08:58 pm (UTC)
Love the intrigue. Love the rapport with Donavan. Can't wait to meet Eric and more of her extended network. **rubs hands together** Oh this is goona be good! Thanks!
Feb. 13th, 2009 01:07 am (UTC)
I hope it will be good, I'm giving it my best effort.
Feb. 12th, 2009 10:00 pm (UTC)
An unexpected treat after a horrid day at work! Thank you. More mystery, can't wait to see how this unfolds!
Feb. 12th, 2009 10:49 pm (UTC)
Loving dialogue between Snoopy and the Red Baron. Lori certainly does have a mind of her own. Wondering where it will take her and where's she headed with the Red Baron.

Also the chemistry between Lori and Lucas is a nice little bonus. What's developing there? (I just hope Lucas doesn't get hurt!)
Feb. 13th, 2009 01:06 am (UTC)
Glad you like the dialogue. Lori is unique, she one of a kind.

And no need to worry, Lucas will not get hurt by Lori. That would defeat the main purpose of her quest.
Feb. 13th, 2009 12:52 am (UTC)
Glad I could give you a treat, you are welcome. And The Banana Splits for an icon!!!! You rule!
Feb. 13th, 2009 02:27 am (UTC)
Yay! New chapter!!

Like how Lori's keeping an eye on him. So what does she have to retrieve?

Feb. 13th, 2009 03:34 am (UTC)
I'll try to get another chapter out before the weekend. Keeping an eye on Lucas sleeping is a win, win for Lori.
Feb. 13th, 2009 10:29 am (UTC)
Fabulous! :) You do have a really good ear for dialogue, I'm really enjoying the interaction between Lori and the rest of the characters.

And yes, fancy having a job that involved watching Lucas sleeping ... I'd PAY them :)

Glad you liked the Banana Splits icon :)
Feb. 13th, 2009 05:41 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the kudos!
Feb. 13th, 2009 04:53 pm (UTC)
Can't wait to see what Lori is up too.

THe one thing I don't see is how, after getting close to Lucas, can Lori let him go. I know I couldn't.

And yes I too would rob my piggy bank to pay to see Lucas sleeping. Especillay without a shirt. All those tattoos.
Feb. 13th, 2009 05:40 pm (UTC)
I can't wait either, I hope it is good!
There's many ways of letting go.
Feb. 16th, 2009 11:58 pm (UTC)
Looking forward to seeing what's retrieved. We do get to see it, right?

Loving the little insights into Lori's head space; 'The Zone'!
Feb. 17th, 2009 12:06 am (UTC)
Keep reading to find out.

"The Zone" is an unique place to visit, that's for sure.
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