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Overnight Therapy - Chapter Seventeen

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 Seventeen

As he stroked her cheek and squeezed her hand, Lucas spoke to Lori in his low quiet voice saying anything that came to his mind,

“Wake up, Lori. The sooner you do, the sooner I can take you home so you can have your dessert.  I knew I shouldn’t have let Harry keep us. You were already exhausted and now you’ve overdone it. You should have said something, he would have understood. Please wake up. Don’t make me have to call the paramedics. If you aren’t awake in a minute or two, I’ll have to. If you wake up now, I’ll wait on you hand and foot for the rest of weekend. What can I do to make you come back to me, my angel? If you don’t wake up, I can’t share with you like I promised I would.”

He took the cloth from her forehead. It had warmed and he thought perhaps some more cold water would help to revive her. As he stood at the counter with his back to her rewetting the cloth, Lori’s eyes fluttered open. She focused in on Lucas and said in a soft voice, “While you are over there, would you mind getting me a Coke?”

Lucas turned around clearly relieved. He quickly opened the fridge to extract a Coke before coming over and sitting next to her. He opened it for her before handing it to her and said, “Welcome back.” 

Lori looked up in to his concerned eyes and tried to sit up. Lucas quickly put his hand behind her neck and an arm around her to help her. Lori’s head started swimming again and she rested it on Lucas’ shoulder for a moment before drinking the Coke straight down. When she finished, Lori said, “Thanks, I needed that.”

“Perhaps, you should lie back down,” Lucas stated watching her very closely putting his arm more snuggly around her holding her close.

Lori said, “I’ll be alright in a moment. Just have to let the sugar work in to my system.”

“So this has happened before?” Lucas asked.

Lori grimaced and said morosely, “I’m afraid so. I apologize if I scared you. It doesn’t happen very often, just when I don’t keep my blood sugar up. I tend to forget to eat or drink when I get busy. I don’t know if you have noticed but I am always sipping on a Coke and try to eat something every three or four hours. I hadn’t had anything to eat since lunch and when we had tea with Malcolm it was unsweetened. I usually keep a candy bar or something in my desk, but since I’ve just arrived, I haven’t had time to stock my snack drawer. I was doing e-mails and then lay down for a few minutes before you came in to go home and then we were on our way home when Harry delayed us and then we were busy giving him the rundown and then we came back here to get my messenger bag and well you know the rest.” She was rambling and knew it so she quit talking.

“Why didn’t you say anything earlier? I would have gotten you something,” Lucas said.

“I know you would have but I didn’t think to ask, and you didn’t know. Think nothing of it, it’s my fault,” Lori answered. The Coke had kicked in and she lifted her head from his shoulder. She shook her head to clear the remaining dizziness. “There, see? I’m alright now. Let’s get go, ok?”

Lucas looked her over from head to toe. He wanted to be sure she was alright before they left. He said, “Give me a moment, I’ll see about a car to take us home.”

“That’s not necessary. The fresh air will help. Seriously, Lucas, I’m fine. Just call me a dizzy dame,” Lori said trying to lighten the mood giving him a wry smile as she patted Lucas’ leg and started to move off the couch. She just wanted to get going as soon as possible.

Lucas was on his feet instantly extending her a hand to help her up. She wrapped her hand around his thumb. He put his other hand her elbow and hoisted her lightly off the couch. He didn’t remove his hands till he was convinced she was steady on her feet. Lori said, “Let me go splash some water on my face and then I’ll be ready to leave.” She went over to a door that opened in to her private bath. She stepped inside, turned on the tap, and splashed water on her face. Lori was so mad at herself for fainting she could just kick herself. Muttering to herself, she said, “How embarrassing. Dummy, dummy, dummy, how could you be so dumb as to faint in front of Lucas? You have to remember to eat and drink, dummy. First rule of being smart is not to be dumb, dummy.”

Lucas could hear her mumbling to herself. He thought, “Lori is very hard on herself. I’m glad I was here to take care of her and it was nothing life threatening that made her faint. I don’t think I could take losing my angel just when I’ve found her. Since I now know what causes the fainting, I will see to it she doesn’t go without sustenance.” He picked up the empty Coke can, tossed it in to the trash bin then went over to the counter to lay out the tea towel so it could dry. He drank the rest of the opened bottle of water while waiting for Lori. As he tossed the empty bottle in to the trash bin, Lori emerged. Lucas picked up her messenger bag from the floor putting it over his shoulder. He extended his arm to her saying, “Shall we?”

“I can take my bag, Lucas,” Lori said reaching it for it.

“I’ll have none of that,” Lucas said sternly taking her hand removing it from the bag and placing it in the crook of his arm patting it. Then he teased, “If you won’t allow me to have a car take us home, the least you can do is let me play the role of the Gallant Gentleman who carries a Lady’s parcel and sees her home properly.”

Lori rolled her eyes but smiled, “Lucas that’s not a role for you, it is you! But alright, I’ll allow it.”

“As if you had a choice,” Lucas quipped as he guided her out of the office, locking the doors as he went, and started down the hall to the lift.

Lori had a great retort that formed on her lips but thought better of it. Frankly, she was too tired to argue with him about the fact she could take care of herself. And it did feel good to have someone to lean on for a change. She did say, “Lucas, I don’t want to cause any talk, perhaps you should drop my hand until we are away from the building.”

“Let them talk. I don’t care. That’s their problem if they have nothing better to talk about then me escorting you out,” Lucas said firmly placing his free hand over the hand of hers that was holding on to his arm.

All her worry was for naught. The Grid was empty save the two watching the banks of monitors and Harry was on his phone with his back turned to them. Lucas pressed the down button to call for the lift. He glanced over at Lori. She was looking down at her shoes with a look on her face he’d not seen. It was his turn to wonder what was going on her head. The lift arrived and they stepped in. Lori let go of Lucas’ arm and moved to the back of the lift to lean against the back wall. Her eyes focused on the readout that showed what floor the lift was on. Lucas pressed the first floor button before joining her on the back wall. He asked, “Everything alright?”

She drew attention away from the numbers and looked over at Lucas. Lori said, “Yea, fine, why do you ask?”

Lucas said, “Well you got very quiet all of the sudden and had a look on your face I’d not seen before. I was wondering what it meant.”

She rubbed her face before speaking, “Well, Lucas, it means I feel like a complete fool for fainting in front of you and don’t what to say about it.”

He gave her a half smile and said with a chuckle, “You aren’t a fool. Just think of it as giving me a chance to perfect my Knight in Shining Armor skills by rescuing you.”

Lori felt better he could crack a joke about it. She said, “That’s twice in a week’s time you’ve got put that set of skills to use. By the looks of it, with me around, you might just be in for a lot of practice.”

They arrived at the first floor. As the doors opened Lucas took Lori’s hand and put back in the crook of his arm and led her over to reception so they could retrieve their coats. The attendant on duty saw them coming over and had their coats on the counter by the time they arrived. Lucas thanked him while he helped Lori on with her coat. He laid the messenger bag on the counter so he could put his on. Lori started to reach for the bag but Lucas beat her to it giving her a reproachful look saying, “What did I say upstairs?” He slung it over his shoulder and offered her his arm again. She had little choice but to take it.

“I’m not used to being so pampered,” Lori said. 

Lucas responded playfully, “A Lady of your stature should always be pampered by the Gentleman she is with.”

Lori playfully punched his arm. She said, “Point taken. Can we go now?”

“Your wish is my command, My Lady,” Lucas said with a slight bow.

Lori couldn’t help roll her eyes. She waited till they exited the building before responding, “My wish is your command, huh? Hmmm, that could prove interesting.”

Lucas was pleased he had managed to lighten her mood. He shot back, “Indeed, it could. But first, I must see to My Lady’s need for food. I think we should get take away to go with dessert. Are you in the mood for anything in particular?”

“I’ll leave it up to you, Lucas,” Lori said

Lucas said, “I’ll see you home then go and get it.”

“I can come along with you,” Lori said.

“Perhaps another time, I want you home and resting for a bit,” Lucas said in a kind but firm voice that would tolerate no argument. He nonchalantly scanned the perimeter as he always did when exiting a building. He was looking for anything out of the ordinary and of course his ever present surveillance detail. Lucas was amazed when he couldn’t locate them. Perhaps they were on a break and would catch up to him at his building.

Lori was doing the same as Lucas. She was pleased when the surveillance detail didn’t seem to be present. She thought, “Chalk one up for Harry Pearce. He actually took my advice to look in to the surveillance. I wonder what Lucas will think about them being gone.” She decided to switch topics as they made their way back to their building. She mentioned casually, “So, your Colleagues are quite the eclectic cast of characters.”

“Care to elaborate?” Lucas asked.

“Well some are nice and easy to be around. Some are shall we say not so nice and I wouldn’t to be the one to deal with them on a daily basis,” Lori said.

“I’d think you were being less than forthright if they were all the same in your estimation. So please, be as candid as you always are and tell me more,” Lucas said encouragingly.

Lori said, “Starting with Jo, I don’t remember her last name what was it?”

“Jo Portman“ Lucas supplied.

“Portman” she repeated. “I’m not very good at remembering names, so please bear with me. Anyway, I think Jo is nice enough. She was very polite to me. She seems to be a follower not a leader. And I may be reading too much in to it because I only met her for like a minute, but there is something about her eyes that look haunted. What’s her story?”

Not surprised she had nailed her assessment, he was none the less impressed. Lucas answered, “I haven’t been privy to the whole story, but Jo just recently came back to work after being off on an extended leave. I too have seen that look in her eyes. It’s nice to have someone confirm it. Your assessment of Jo is spot on in my estimation.”

“And I think you get along well enough with her, am I right?” Lori asked.

“Yes, we get along fine,” Lucas said.

Then there’s Ben. Kaplan was it?” Lori said.

“Yes, you are correct,” Lucas confirmed.

“It was very thoughtful of him to offer to cover if you weren’t available without being asked to do so. You like Ben a lot. I know because you said he was one of the good ones with an air of pride your voice,” Lori said.

“Nothing gets by you, does it?” Lucas said stating the obvious again with a smile.

“Nope, so don’t even try,” Lori teased. “Ben looks up to you. I observed this when he asked if you would be up to the grid so he could go over something with you. And then he called later on after work to talk. He must be in Seventh Heaven to have you for a mentor.”

“Ben is a natural. I think with a little more seasoning he will be one of our top agents,” Lucas said with the note of pride creeping back in to his voice. “And thanks for the vote of confidence regarding being his mentor.”

“And then there’s Malcolm,” Lori said warmly. “He is such a dear sweet soul. You’ve known him for quite some time, haven’t you?”

“I have, how did you know?” Lucas said affectionately. “He has been such a help to me since my return.”

Lori cocked an eyebrow. She debated if she should push him to elaborate. She decided it wasn’t the right time to push so instead she said, “You are the most comfortable around him. He is not just a Colleague but a friend, am I right?”

‘Yes, I consider Malcolm to be one of my closest friends,” Lucas said.

They fell in to their companionable silence after speaking of Malcolm. Lucas thought, “Well, Lori has been through the nice portion of the team. Perhaps she needs a moment to collect her thoughts before continuing with the other half.” He noticed that Lori seemed to be leaning on him more so than she had on their previous outings. He had his hand firmly over hers as they made their way home.

That was the easy part of the team to cover with Lucas. Now, how much do I say about the other three?” Lori thought as they finished their trek home.

Upon arrival, Lucas took out his keys to let them in the main door. He ushered Lori in to the vestibule then handed her the messenger bag so she could get her own keys out. She quipped while digging for her keys, “I see how you are. Out in public, you are all Mr. Gentleman carrying the Lady’s bag but get behind closed doors and she can do her own toting.”

Lucas shot back, “I’ll show you what I carry behind closed doors,”

Before she could react, Lucas had scooped her up in to his arms and headed up the stairs to their floor. Lori totally surprised, protested, “Lucas, put me down. I was only teasing.”

“Oh no, Lucas replied with a mischievous grin. “I have my reputation as a gallant Gentleman and a Knight in Shining Armor to uphold.”  



( 8 comments — Leave a comment )
Mar. 25th, 2009 12:51 pm (UTC)
That's our boy! A real sweetheart!!!

I can't wait to hear what she has to say about Ros and Connie!!!

Mar. 25th, 2009 02:31 pm (UTC)
Yes, he is!

Then I better hurry up and write down what did she. Smiles.

Thanks for the encouragement.
Mar. 25th, 2009 07:18 pm (UTC)
I echo Leslieg1's sentiments and will add, Harry! What will she say about Harry?

Again, I am loving this story.
Mar. 25th, 2009 10:13 pm (UTC)
Me three! Both about the comments about Lucas' workmates and the loving the story! Thank you :)
Mar. 26th, 2009 12:18 am (UTC)
Thanks for making it a three cheer! You are quite welcome and thanks for commenting.
Mar. 26th, 2009 12:17 am (UTC)
I'm trying to figure that out now. Hopefully you will know soon what she says.

And thanks, I'm happy to know you are loving it.
Mar. 25th, 2009 10:40 pm (UTC)
Oh! I really love this chapter.
So happy Lori is on a sugar low, just that. I'm sure he will see her to eat properly next time. He is indeed a knight in shinning armour (we all already know that!) but it's good Lori could see it too.
The conversation about her colleagues was really great and shows him Lori has a brain of her own. And I'm intrigued, especially with Harry and Ros.
The last part was simply and amazingly lovely.

Thanks so much for these two lovely chapters.
Mar. 26th, 2009 12:30 am (UTC)
I'm happy to know you loved it.

Yes, I'm sure Lucas will see to Lori like she's seeing to him. Lori saw it from the beginning and her opinion of him just keeps improving.

Lucas already knew she had a brain. He likes getting her take on things. He knows with her that she will pull no punches and has no agenda like the others.

I'm working on the harry, Ros and Connie thing. Hope to have it out soon.

You are very welcome. Thank you so much for the kind comments.
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