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Overnight Therapy - Chapter Seven

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 Seven

A tingling sensation under his cheek caused Lucas to wake just prior to the alarm going off. 

He had slept so soundly that he hadn’t moved in over four hours and his hand had gone to sleep from the weight of his head and the lack of movement. It reminded of him of how it had twitched coming back from Ros’ taser attack, not something he cared to dwell on. He grimaced as he gingerly flexed the appendage to get the blood flowing again. Regaining his dexterity, he sat up and stretched the rest of his long lean body. It both surprised and pleased him that he had been able to have such a deep slumber.

A hot shower was the best remedy for loosening up his muscles. He ambled in to the bathroom. Turning on the shower to let it get warm, Lucas shed his sleep pants and shirt dropping them into the clothes hamper before stepping in to let the water beat down on his shoulders. At this moment in time, he felt the shower massage was one of the best inventions of the modern age. His head rested on the tiles as the water cascaded over the rest of his body.

After ten minutes of water massage therapy, Lucas got in gear washing his hair and soaping up from head to toe. He rinsed every nook and cranny before shutting off the water.   Throwing back the shower curtain, his body shivered from the blast of cold air.  He stepped out grabbing a towel using it to briskly rub all over. His morning routine of showering, shaving and brushing his teeth was one of life’s little pleasures he’d taken for granted eight years ago but not anymore.

Lucas mentally ran through the timeline of today’s events as he hastily dressed. He had every confidence in Ben’s ability to pull off his assignment. But this was his first undercover roll and Lucas wanted to be there with him every step of the way. So many things could go awry even during a “dry run”.

Slipping on his coat, Lucas reached in the pocket for his keys. His hand landed on the note Lori and he had been passing back and forth. Lucas smiled as he pulled it out. He picked up his cell phone to program in the contact info she had provided last night. When it came time to put in the name, he debated whether to use Lori Montgomery or Sam Smith. By using Sam, no one would think anything of it if he made or received calls from the individual due to the fact this was in all likelihood the new project liaison for the renovation project. And Harry had asked Lucas to oversee it from their end. So Sam Smith won out and he typed it in. Closing the phone, Lucas stuffed it in to his jeans pocket.

Spending a couple of hours with Lori last night had been pleasurable and an amusing end to his hectic day. When time permitted, he’d have to make it a point to make an evening like that happen again. Turning the note upside down for some free space, He scribbled a quick note thanking her for the dinner, drinks and conversation. Folding the piece of paper as he hurried out of his flat, he slid the note under #2.

He hustled over to Thames House to pick up the car he would use today. Noting the time as he pulled out of the car park, if traffic cooperated he should be in place with time to spare. He parked his car and waited fifteen minutes before he spotted Ben. It was time to go to work.


Lucas was both proud and worried about Ben. Proud in the way he had handled his end of the operation and worried at his mental state after it had concluded. He’d asked Ben twice if he was alright, once at the scene and once back at the Grid. It was disappointing Ben had not taken him up on his offer for a beer debriefing.


When he had returned to the grid, Lucas was still reeling from Marlin having committed suicide in front of him. He’d managed to get most of the blood off his face, hands and coat. Lucas saw Ben with Jo, understood why he’d declined his invitation for a beer. He thought to himself, “I’m no match for company when it comes to spending time with the one you care most about is here and available. The invitation will be there though when Ben needs it.”

Emerging from Harry’s office after briefing him, Lucas’ stomach was in knots. He had the sinking feeling Harry was hiding something big from him. Harry had tried to distract him by telling how well Ros had handled the politicians. That was Harry’s way to deflect when he didn’t want to address an issue. 

Walking over to his retrieve his coat he complimented Ros. She gave him the opening to ask the question that had been gnawing at him. The flash of anger in her eyes when he’d asked if the higher ups could be trusted confirmed what he had suspected. That Ros was loyal to Harry no matter what. Instead of getting to a heated debate on the subject, he’d simply given her his half lopsided smile and agreed with her that Colleagues were ok.

As he exited Thames House, Lucas took a deep cleansing breath of the night air. The walk home was used to review the day’s events and compartmentalize everything. Letting himself in to his flat, he looked down to see the note he’d hoped to find. Under the message he had scribbled to her, she wrote:



You are very welcome. Your company was a great pleasure. My offer stands to be an ear anytime you’d like to talk. In the meantime, be sure to eat the leftovers.



Lucas thought, "So, Lori thinks my company was a great pleasure. That's good to know. Perhaps Elizabeta has been premature in her assessment of me being so cold. Why does it bother me so much that she thinks that?"

Shaking off thinking of Elizabeta, Lucas followed the suggestion in the note by warming the chili in microwave and unwrapping the muffins setting them on a plate. He poured himself a glass of water then set down to eat. It all tasted as good as it had last night but his appetite just wasn’t there. He ate half it before putting the rest away for another time. 

Lucas decided it was time to write out one of his lists. It always seemed to help put things in perspective for him. The subject of this one was the person across the hall. Setting down at the desk, He started it out with the heading, “My New Neighbour”.

1.      Name is Lori Montgomery

2.      Uses Sam (Samantha) Smith for her professional name

3.      Came from the Detroit, Michigan, United States area (is she from there or was she on assignment?)

4.      I assume she is the new project liaison on the Thames House Renovations

5.      If so, she has government security clearance.

6.      Should run a basic background check on her. Malcolm can help with that 

7.      Has an excellent sense of self, is very confident without being arrogant

8.      Very quick wit with a hint of whimsy about her.

9.      Brilliant story teller

10. Very gracious hostess, has a real talent for putting others at ease

11. Open and forthright. Gave contact information willingly without having to be prodded.

12.  Passionate about the Detroit Red Wings. What are her other passions? 

13.  Has been married and divorced at least once

14.  She makes great chili and corn muffins. Hope to have the privilege of tasting her cooking again.

15.  Her kind offer to be an ear should not be wasted. When I am ready, I will share with her.

16.  Will keep corresponding with her via “Our Note”, it is enjoyable to do so.


Lucas read over his list he had compiled. He felt like he had covered everything he knew so far about her. He tore the list off plus the two pages underneath and fed them in to the paper shredder once again erasing any trace of his musings. He rose from the desk to stand at the window staring out in to the night. The darkness seemed to close in around him engulfing his entire being. He dreaded going to sleep feeling it in his bones it would be one of those times when the nightmares would run rampant. Perhaps it would be easier to stay up.

He walked over to turn on the telly before sliding off his shoes and making himself comfortable in his favorite chair. Lucas stared at the screen without really seeing it. He stayed that way till his eyes would not stay open and sleep overtook him.


( 12 comments — Leave a comment )
Feb. 14th, 2009 03:47 pm (UTC)
I hope he has one of those criss-corss paper shredders!!!

Is Lori going to get back to him in the throes of a full-blown nightmare/flashback?

Feb. 14th, 2009 11:13 pm (UTC)
Trust me, his paper shredder is top of the line. It almost shreds it in to pulp.

If you know the show Ashes to Ashes this should answer your question, Lori is a kin to "The Gene Genie".
Feb. 15th, 2009 01:42 am (UTC)
Yay!!!! Love Ashes to Ashes (I've watched my DVDs at least twice since Christmas) and adore the Gene Genie!!!!!! Squeeeeee!!!
Feb. 15th, 2009 04:18 am (UTC)
I am waiting with great anticipation for Season Two.
Feb. 16th, 2009 04:29 pm (UTC)
Thanks for another chapter. I enjoy Lucas list. I think it tells us more about him than the objects of his list.

I have seen most of Life on Mars and love Gene Hunt. Ashes to Ashes is starting on BBCA in March. Put up an alert for it. Can't wait.

I saw where you listed out all the roles for "The Romantic Moments" vid. Good job.
Feb. 16th, 2009 05:17 pm (UTC)
You are welcome. I'm working on Chapter Eight. It hopefully will be up later today.

I wonder how badly they will cut A2A on BBA. Doctor Who and Torchwood were terribly cut.

Thanks, I couldn't believe that person didn't know Richard Armitage's work and felt she should be enlightened.
Feb. 17th, 2009 12:06 am (UTC)
Another cracking chapter!

It's good that he feels able to mentor Ben if he needs it. Not good the he's so concerned that Harry is keeping something from him.

Looking forward to the next one!
Feb. 17th, 2009 12:07 am (UTC)
Cracking is good right?

Feb. 17th, 2009 12:52 am (UTC)
Cracking is VERY good!
Feb. 26th, 2009 01:35 pm (UTC)
Feb. 17th, 2009 01:35 am (UTC)
YEAH! More Lucas. And on a tough Monday too! THANKS!!!
Feb. 17th, 2009 02:56 am (UTC)
Glad I could help make your Monday more bareable.
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