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Overnight Therapy - Chapter Twenty

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 Twenty

Lucas pondered as he made his way down the hall and back what Lori’s impressions would be of the three remaining team members. Coming back in to the bedroom, he paused in the doorway, the bed was empty. 

Seeing the light coming out of the kitchen, he continued on down the hall stopping at his usual spot leaning against the door jam stuffing his hands in to his back pockets. He watched as she bent over to pull food off the bottom the shelf of the refrigerator and then straighten to set what she had found on the counter. Only when she had set down the food did he clear his throat to get her attention. She looked over at him sheepishly and gave him one of her ‘Oops I just caught but I’m going to play it off’ smiles. She said, “Had a case of the munchies, thought I’d take care of it before the second period started. You know how I need to keep my blood sugar up and all.”

Lucas cocked his head towards the heaping tray of food on the counter and deadpanned, “Right, and you waited for an opportune moment to make your escape. Thought I wouldn’t catch you out of bed didn’t you? And just how were you going explain away the tray of food?”

“Good point, glad you were here to help point out the flaw in my not so well thought out plan,” Lori sassed. “Anything in particular sound good I should add to the tray for you?”

“Sass, now you are sassing me?” Lucas asked trying to be stern and not smile while crossing his arms over his chest. But the edges of his mouth were twitching upwards.

Lori retorted with a smile, “You aren’t supposed to sass your elders, so of course you can’t sass me. But since I’m your elder, it’s all good.”

“Your logic defies all reasoning,” Lucas said giving in to the smile that he could no longer hold back. “But you still aren’t off the hook for leaving the bed. Remember you said on your honour you wouldn’t leave the bed during the hockey game.”

Lori chuckled and her smile broadened even further, “Ah, loophole Mr. North, technically right now is not during the hockey game but in between the periods.”

Lucas shook his head enjoying every second of their banter. He said, “Remind me never to be on the opposite side of the table when you are in negotiations or arguing a point. I pity the opposition.”

“I’ll take that as a compliment. Such high praise, thank you,” Lori said as she started to pick up the tray of food.

Lucas removed his hand from his back pockets and took the tray from her hands. He said, “Here I’ll take that. This looks like enough food to keep you for a few days,” Moving down the hall back to the bedroom he looked back at Lori trailing behind him and couldn’t resist asking, “Have you always been able to think so fast on feet and talk your way out of trouble?”

Giving him one of her non-answers Lori replied, “It’s a gift, what can I say?”

Lucas rolled his eyes as he set the tray of food on the wardrobe. He went over to the bed to smooth out the covers. Lori went around to the opposite side to help. He said as he turned down the bed, “Alright Ms. Montgomery, what excuse are you going to use this time not to get back in to bed?”

“None whatsoever Mr. North as long as you put that tray of food within my reach,” Lori responded giggling diving in to the freshly made bed and covering up. 

Lucas smiled as he moved the tray over to the middle of the bed before stretching out on his side on top of the covers beside it. As he watched Lori turn on her side facing him and the tray, prop herself up on one arm and pop a piece of summer sausage in to her mouth, he thought, “This woman has made me genuinely laugh and smile more than other person has in ages. I do so enjoy being around her. And she is so intriguing. I am looking forward to discovering more about her.” He started to say something aloud but as he opened his mouth, Lori stuffed a slice of apple with fruit dip in to it.

She said with a grin, “You looked hungry and I thought I’d save you the trouble of having to pick something from the tray.”

He chewed and swallowed before responding, “How kind of you to think of me. Now here let me return the favour.”

He picked a bit of coconut cake with his fingers and smashed it in to her mouth laughing. Lori caught his hand with hers. She said, “Can’t let any cake go to waste, now can we?” then proceeded to slowly lick off the remains of the icing on each individual finger. When finished, she said “Fair warning Mr. North, Paybacks are something I relish giving so watch out.”

“You know that might sound ominous but it’s a little hard to take you too serious with all that icing around your mouth,” Lucas retorted smiling while picking up a napkin and wiping off her face. “Besides, I can’t allow us to have a food fight at the moment. It would just be another excuse for you to not rest because we would have to change the linens.”

“Ah Mr. North, you have caught me in my nefarious plan. No wonder you are most likely MI-5’s top operative. Perhaps another time?” Lori laughed as she picked a grape and held it up for Lucas to eat. He obliged by gently taking the grape between his lips, sucking it in and gave her fingers a quick kiss.

He chewed the grape before saying, “Speaking of MI-5, I believe before all this folly started, you requested a topic of discussion to fill the time in between the periods. So my topic is your impressions of the three remaining team members we did not discuss on the walk home,” Lucas was trying to bring some semblance of order back to the proceedings and settle things down but not really hoping Lori would. He was having an excellent time with her.

“And which member of the team would you like me start with?” Lori asked before selecting a cube of Colby Jack cheese to eat.

How about Connie James,” Lucas said nonchalantly while picking up a Snickerdoodle cookie to nibble on.

Lori thought, “Nice, obviously hasn’t lost the art of the nonchalant lead in. Good for him.” She said, “This may sound strange to you but I have to say there are very few people I have met that give me what I call “the willies” but she really did in spades. You know that kind of feeling that you can't shake for no reason in particular? I can’t quite put my finger on what caused it, but perhaps part of it was the way she was watching you the whole time in the elevator. Suffice to say, I’m very pleased she isn’t the Owner’s rep on the remodel project. I don’t think I could handle having to stand up to that kind of scrutiny on a daily basis.”

Lucas appreciated Lori’s take on Connie. He’d felt the same way on occasion around Connie himself. He said, “Connie has been with MI-5 for many years. I think it’s just her way. But I do appreciate how an outsider would be leery around her.”

Lori didn’t think she should say any more on the subject of Connie James so she said, “Perhaps on meeting her again, my opinion will be different. But for now, I’ll stick with my gut instinct.”

After taking a healthy gulp of his vodka, Lucas said, “Fair enough, so would you like to give your impression of Ros Myers or Harry Pearce next?”

“Let’s just say in regards to Ms. Myers, my Grandma used to say if you can’t say at least one nice thing about someone, don’t say anything at all,” Lori said in way of an answer. “Besides, you really don’t want to get me started where she is concerned.”

 “I’m intrigued. So I take it Ros didn’t leave you with a favourable impression,” Lucas said. He was surprised how quickly Lori had become incensed over Ros. Up till now, she hadn’t shown any hint of a temper. 

Lori took a long drink draining her Coke glass before asking indignantly, “You were there, did you think I should be feeling any different than snubbed by her?”

“Not in the least, Malcolm and I were appalled at her behaviour this afternoon. She was insufferably rude ignoring you the way she did,” Lucas answered. He said as he gestured towards the television, “Perhaps it is best we leave further discussion of Ros for a later time. You are to be resting and not riled up. Besides, I do believe the second period is starting,”

“Excellent decision,” Lori answered then turned the volume up on the television just enough so they could hear the game but not enough to be obnoxious. She gave her attention back to the game. She was mad at herself for letting Ros Myers get under her skin. Damn, it was annoying to deal with. Losing her temper was not something she cared to do in front of Lucas. And going in to deathly calm mode was not an option. He wouldn’t understand if she shut down completely. 

Lucas watched her subtly out of the corner of his eye. He felt he had caught a glimpse of another side to her. One that was fiery and full of fight. He could tell Lori struggled to keep it under control and not let it surface. He could see how if that fury was unleashed, the one to have caused it would not escape unscathed.

At the first commercial break, Lori started to get up. Lucas asked, “And where do you think you are going?”

Lori held up her empty Coke glass in answer. She said, “I thought perhaps I’d get some more to drink. And since it’s getting to be quite late, I thought I’d switch to some Malibu Rum and Pineapple Orange Juice. Might help me relax, seems I’m a bit keyed up at the moment.”

Lucas reached over taking the glass from her. His fingers grazed hers as he did. He said, “Let me.”

Lori nodded wordlessly letting go of the glass. She watched his retreating back thinking, “Why is this so hard for me? I’m supposed to be the caretaker not him. This just isn’t in my nature and it’s truly aggravating me to stay still.” Perhaps nibbling on the tray of food would help. She ate a bite of cake, then a cookie, followed by several pieces of cheese with a slice of apple and a few grapes. . Stress eating was one of her downfalls. Taking a deep breath and mentally kicking herself in to a better frame of mind, Lori moved the tray of food out of her reach and on to the wardrobe just as Lucas came back in with her drink.

Lucas went down to the kitchen depositing the empty glass in the sink and taking out a wine glass from the cabinet above the sink. He filled the glass with ice, measured out a double shot of the Malibu Rum then filled the rest of the glass with the pineapple orange juice. While making the drink, he mused, “I certainly didn’t mean to rile Lori. She certainly didn’t want to discuss Ros but obviously has a strong opinion of her. Well, who could blame her after the way Ros ignored her. It will be very intriguing to watch the dynamic play out between those two. I wonder how much longer I can get Lori to let me pamper her. One can certainly tell she isn’t used to anyone taking care of her.” Finished with his musing, he went back to the bedroom only to find Lori up. He shook his head as he handed her the drink.

She took a healthy swig then said smiling as she returned to the bed sitting up with her back against the headboard, “Thank you, this is quite delicious. Perhaps if the Spook thing doesn’t work out, bartending could be a career option.”

Lucas said, “You are welcome. And speaking of bartending, I have friends who own a pub not too far from here. It is where I got the takeaway tonight. Perhaps you would accompany there some evening.” He refilled his glass and took his own healthy swig of vodka.

“Sounds like fun, what’s the pub’s name?” Lori asked genuinely interested. It would be very insightful to meet friends of Lucas not connected to MI-5.

Lucas was pleased Lori had accepted his invitation to the pub. He said, “The official name is ‘The Yard Club at O’Toole’s’ but the locals refer to it as ‘The Yard’. Blackie O’Neil and his wife Emma are the proprietors.”

Lori noted the sparkle in Lucas’ eyes as he spoke of the pub and his friends. She said, “How did you come to know them?”

Lucas was very open to talking about Blackie & Emma. In between sips of his own drink, He filled her on how Blackie was a mate from University and how it had been love at first sight for both of them. He extolled the virtues of Emma’s cooking and Blackie’s story telling abilities. He was amazed at himself for going on so. All in all, he’d been talking about them through the rest of the second period. He finished by saying, “You’ll be more than welcome there.”

Lori leaned back, sipped her drink and smiled the whole time. She was thrilled how Lucas had opened up completely on a subject and it had been a happy one for him. She responded, “I look forward to it. I can get Blackie to give me some bartending tips and perhaps convince Emma to part with a recipe or two.”

Lucas said getting up to use the facilities, “Blackie and Emma will adore meeting you. Now would you like another drink while I’m up?”

“No thanks, I’m good. I have my ice. But I was wondering if you’d let me up long enough to put away the munchies tray,” Lori answered.

Lucas said from the hallway, “I’ll take care of it as soon as I make a trip down the hall. You stay put.”

He used the facilities and stopped back in to pick up the tray from the wardrobe. Lori was sitting there sucking on her ice as she watched the recap of the second period. He smiled at the scene and how relaxed she looked. Moving down to the kitchen, Lucas stored the leftover food and wiped down the tray before stowing it on top of the refrigerator. He was excited at the prospect of taking Lori to ‘The Yard’. He grabbed a couple of bottles of water before returning to Lori. He paused before entering.

While he was gone, Lori had muted the television and she was now curled up facing the door almost in a fetal position, the top of her head barely visible from under the covers. She sensed the change in the hallway lighting pattern as Lucas stood in the doorway. Moving her arm out of the blanket and off her face, Lori patted the empty spot beside her. Lucas made his way over setting the bottles of water on the beside table beside the vodka, sliding under the blankets with his back against the headboard, his legs outstretched with his ankles crossed and finished with crossing his arms over his chest. He asked, “Shall I let you go to sleep?”

Lori answered with a little yawn turning over and sitting up mimicking Lucas’ posture, “No, I was just resting my eyes a bit while I was waiting for you to return.”

Lucas gave her an appraising sidelong glance before uncrossing his arms, putting one around her waist drawing her in close and with the other free hand laying her head on his shoulder saying in a voice that boded no argument, “Lori, do me a favour, keep resting your eyes for a bit more.”

Lori uncrossed her arms putting one behind Lucas’ back and one around his waist.    She uncrossed her ankles and drew her legs even with Lucas’. It felt good to snuggle up to a warm body. Closing her eyes, she reached over for the remote putting it by Lucas then returned her arm to his waist and murmured, “Feel free to turn it from the game. For some reason it’s not holding my interest tonight.”

Lucas smiled over the top of her head as he moved his hand up to remove her ball cap so she would be more comfortable. He tossed the cap over to her nightstand with perfect precision then smoothed down her hair and kissed the top of her head. He was content to sit there holding her while she drifted off to sleep.

 


 

Comments

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oraetlabora2008
Apr. 11th, 2009 04:47 pm (UTC)
I certainly admire Lori's self control to have Lucas in her bed for such a long time without jumping his bones. I would never have that restraint.

It's intriguing about Lucas's feelings for her-- we don't yet get a sense of his sexual ones towards her--especially since she did lick the icing off his fingers. WOW. But it seems that there is something important and healing for Lucas to be able to take care of Lori.

Aside from that the real MYSTERY now seems to be how she was hurt/humiliated that has brought up such deep feelings/pain/fear that she goes into a fetal position with head under the covers when Lucas leaves the room.

I suspect that this also has something to do with her reaction to Roz's rudeness and snubbing of her.

I am staying tuned in for the next installment... the mystery deepens.

Thanks so much Lori. Hope you get a good rest this weekend.

xxxd
lsm71059
Apr. 11th, 2009 09:20 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the kind words. Yep, that's Lori all virtuous and full of restraint (well, for now ;) ).

Well, I figured he needs to time to get over Elizabeta.

Thanks for staying tuned.
betty_eyes
Apr. 11th, 2009 07:25 pm (UTC)
Even me, a non-ballgames girl, would be interesting in watching some if that's the company I keep by my side. Lucas is taking this thing about caring about her a way too long. And she's been more than ready to let him take care of her.
I love the teasing and the coming and going of their conversation from funny to akward moments.
I'm not blaming poor Lori for having Ros on the firerange.
I really like Lucas is relaxad enough to talk about his friends openly to Lori. A good start and a big step on the matter! One thing I can't get off my mind: Didn't they eat too much? They're gonna be tommy-sick tonight LOL!

Love the gotosleep final part. Beautifully written and yes one really needs some strength not to jump on his bones. But we are not Lori (unfortunately) and they are just friends! Never forget that, ladies! Clean relationship (meaning not direct sexual tension) is part of the charm of this fic.

Waiting for more as soon as you can. Don't get too much pressure.

Hugs!!!

Laura
lsm71059
Apr. 11th, 2009 09:23 pm (UTC)
Well, you would be more of a puck bunny than ballgame girl but hey, it's all good :).

Well, he did say he was going to pamper her all weekend. I figure one night of it is about all Lori is going to handle.

Naw, they were just nibbling not really chowing down so they won't be sick.

Thanks for sticking up for Lori regarding Ros.

Yep, there's the opening Lori needed to get him to start sharing about other things.

Thanks for the kind comments about the last part. It really was the easiest to write for me.

No pressure at all, it's nice to know people look forward to my next installment.
mrs_tubbs
Apr. 11th, 2009 07:36 pm (UTC)
Another magical installment! Looking forward to the next part as Lori still hasn't told us about Harry. Have a good Easter hon!
lsm71059
Apr. 11th, 2009 09:24 pm (UTC)
You have a lovely Easter yourself!

And thanks for the kind comments. Yep, Harry will get his due soon.
leslieg
Apr. 11th, 2009 10:45 pm (UTC)
Yes, please, waiting for her opinion of Harry!! Tee hee!!!
lsm71059
Apr. 11th, 2009 10:53 pm (UTC)
Working on it, kiddo.
bunkie77
Apr. 12th, 2009 12:25 am (UTC)
Love their witty banter & all the smolder, can't wait for more! Take care!
lsm71059
Apr. 12th, 2009 11:35 am (UTC)
Thanks, glad you enjoyed it. Writing banter is the most fun part for me. As to the smolder, well.......... Smiles
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