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Overnight Therapy - Chapter One

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: In between Episodes 7.02 & 7.03)

 Chapter One

Once again, the nightmares of his imprisonment caused Lucas to wake disoriented and gasping for air. 

He tossed and turned, pounding his pillow with rage against the darkness in his mind.  Without even glancing at that clock, he knew it was around 3:00 a.m., the same time most nights that found him in this situation. He whispered into the darkness, “Damn you, Harry Pearce, this is all your fault!”

Sitting up and swinging his legs over the edge of the bed, He put his head in his hands and shook it trying to rid his mind of the night terrors. But as always, it was to no avail. Knowing further sleep would not be forthcoming anytime soon, he left his bed to pace through the flat. Stopping at the desk, switching on the lamp, he sat, taking pen to paper making an inventory of his situation:

Ros Meyers –

1.      Very close to Harry, almost a daughter/father relationship, watch what you say to her.

2.      Too impetuous, too quick to react instead of assessing the situation, she is prone to take the forceful route instead of the intellectual one, not necessarily a good trait in a leader. 

Note to self: stay away from her when she has a stun gun in hand.

          (Lucas wrote the last line with a wry smile on his face)

3.      She is also very cold almost like a robot.

4.      She is projecting her grief of Adam’s death on to me.                   

Ben Kaplan –

1.      Young, but very capable, he will make an excellent leader one day.

2.      Would like to be his mentor, he could learn a great deal from my experience.

Jo Portman –

1.      Seems a bit unsteady, need to keep a close eye on her.

2.      Look into her file to see what her story is.

Connie James –

1.      Bit of a mystery, she seems quite capable but tends to hover like she spying on us.

2.      Harry seems to trust her implicitly, could be a mistake on his part.

3.      What did she mean by what she said to me on my first night back of she could be the stuff of nightmares? Whose nightmares?

Malcolm Wynn-Jones -

1.      Dear Sweet Malcolm, kind as ever, glad to see that hasn’t changed

2.      Good resource for getting me back up to speed on the electronics

                                      Note: Be sure to pick up donuts for him

Arkardy Katchimov –

1.      Disappeared, Harry guaranteed he would not be a factor ever again.

2.      In an odd way, I miss his company. Could it be Stockholm syndrome?

3.      Did Harry permanently eliminate him as revenge for Adam’s death?

4.      He was quite savvy to employ Elizabeta. 

a.      I cannot forgive him for showing her photos of my skin to play on her sympathies.

b.      She must still feel something for me in order for him to have so easily employed her to work for the FSB.

Elizabeta Starkova –

1.      Leave it be, move on….Easier said than done.

2.      She will be a good asset for MI-5.

3.      Refer to No. 1.

              (Lucas’ heart physically hurt when he thought of her. The pain of losing her was too fresh.)

Harry Pearce –


Before he could start the list on Harry, a noise from outside had drawn his attention to the window facing the street. Standing to look out he saw a black sedan had pulled up in front of the building under the street lamp. Automatically, Lucas’ senses kicked into high gear. His eyes scanned the entire area around the car and the activity taking place within the car. 

A woman emerged from the backseat with several travel bags slung over her shoulder. Lucas mentally assessed her as she moved to the trunk that popped opened, taller than average, average build, baseball cap, jean jacket with hood, jeans, and trainers. Moving to the rear of the car and now open truck, she seemed to struggle as she managed to remove a large suitcase from the trunk with a thud, indicating it must be quite heavy. The woman slammed the trunk making a sound loud enough to gently shake his second floor window. He wondered why the driver of the car hadn’t got out assisting her with the luggage. As soon as the trunk had been slammed shut the car pulled away from the curb.

“How odd to leave a woman just standing in the street like that,” Lucas thought as he watched her from the window staying in the shadows of the flat. Remembering he had been writing possible damning information down, he reached over, tore the sheet of paper plus the two underneath that had his musings from the pad and fed it into the paper shredder under the desk. Furious with Harry for having him watched inside his own home, and with himself for being careless as to get caught, he silently vowed He wasn’t going to let them have information they could use against him again. All the while, he continued to watch the scene unfold outside. 

Setting the bags off her shoulder down next to the large suitcase, the woman opened her purse taking out an envelope. She looked at the front door for a number then at the front of the envelope to verify she had reached the correct address. She gave a slight nod indicating this was the right place. While sliding out a key from the same envelope, she briefly looked up into Lucas’ window. He felt as if she was staring directly at him. But that was impossible; he was in the shadows and out of view. She turned her attention back to the street. Taking up the smaller bags, sliding them back on to her shoulder, key in one hand and grabbing the handle of the larger bag with the other, she proceeded to move slowly up the few steps on the front stoop of Lucas’ building.

Going back into the bedroom, Lucas swiftly donned a long sleeved Tee over his tank shirt and a pair of jeans over his boxers. Slid his feet into a pair of trainers, ran his fingers through his hair then proceeded out into the hall to look down the stairs. The woman had made it into the vestibule by then and stopped to catch her breath from moving the luggage.   He slipped down the stairs stopping on the bottom stair so not to invade her space. “Hello”

Looking up at him, Lori Montgomery assessed him from top to bottom. “This is Lucas North. What a commanding presence this man has even in his current state”, she thought. Then mentally shaking herself out of her revelry smiled apologetically, “Hello, sorry, did I disturb you with the all the racket?”

“Not at all,” he answered in his low silky voice. It registered with him that she was American by her accent, and after a closer look at her face, he put her age to be somewhere in the late thirties possibly early forties. Her manner of dress (Mickey Mouse gear top to bottom, ball cap with long hair pulled through the back, hoodie and jean jacket) amused him that a woman her age dressed in the manner of a teenager. She had an air of confidence with a measure of wariness/skepticism about her. And that smile of hers didn’t quite reach her lovely brown eyes. Pointing to the large suitcase and giving her his own slight smile, he asked, “Would you like some help?”

She looked him straight in the eye as if to measure his intentions then gave an audible sigh before answering, “Thanks but I think I have it under control, though if you could be so kind as to point me in the direction of #2 that would be a great help.”

Lucas leaned against the banister with his hands in jeans pockets to appear non-threatening, nodded his head in the general direction of where he had just come from, “#2 is just up these stairs and to the right.”

Lori looked around as if searching for something, “I don’t suppose this place has an elevator does it?”

 “No lift, sorry,” He wasn’t aware that anyone had let the flat across from his. He wanted to ask a dozen questions, but didn’t want her to feel like he was interrogating her. Most of the basic information could be easily acquired through the database at MI-5 so he would get some of his answers fairly easily. And as for the rest of story as to why she was so callously dumped on his door step that also could wait for a more appropriate hour.

He noticed her hesitation as if she was weighing what to say to him before she spoke again, “Thanks for the directions. Do you think it would be safe to leave the large bag down here in the hall for a moment or two till I get the door open and drop these off?” pointing to the bags on her shoulder.

“Yes, this is a safe neighborhood. I don’t think there is much traffic this time of night,” He smiled reassuringly at her and again extended an offer of help, “Please, allow me to assist you in getting the suitcase up the stairs or at least stay with it till you return.”

“Alright,” She responded, seeming to have been put at ease by his demeanor. Rolling the large case towards him without closing the gap between them she said, “I will let you lead the way.”

“Smart move on her part letting me go first. That way she thinks I can’t take off out the front door with her case. My hands are full so I can’t easily make a grab at her. And she has her hand inside the purse probably on some pepper spray,” he thought smiling to himself at her safety savvy as he took the case easily lifting it up off the floor ascending the stairs.

She stayed a few steps back admiring him as she made her way up to the second floor landing smiling and musing to herself, “How nice, a true English Gentleman, I was beginning to think they didn’t exist. And those eyes, they seem to peer right into your very soul but yet have that haunted look about them. Alright, enough, quit your daydreaming. Get on with the business at hand Girl!”

Reaching the second floor, Lucas set the suitcase in front of #2 and politely backed away leaning against  his own door across the hall. Lori crossed the hall to him and extended her hand to shake, “Thanks so much, I can’t tell you how much I appreciate your kindness. Perhaps, I will have an opportunity to return the favor.”

Her handshake was firm and businesslike. Lucas was pleased it wasn’t one of those limp wrist type he had to endure so much of the time. “The pleasure was mine. If I may be further assistance, please do not hesitate to call on me. It would seem I am to be your neighbour, " giving her a half smile as he spoke trying to make her more at ease.

Lori nodded her agreement then went to stand by her door, key in hand and gave him a genuine smile and let her dry sense of humor show as she responded, “A knight in shining armor just across the hall. How fortunate for me. Well, Good Evening, Neighbor.”

Sensing she was waiting for him to leave before unlocking the door, he opened his own, and said, “Good Evening.”

He went inside and closed the door gently. Then proceeded to observe her through the peephole as she quickly unlocked the door, pulled in the suitcase, firmly shut the door and he heard the sound of the deadbolt lock being slid into place. Satisfied she was safely tucked in, he found himself yawning and actually feeling like he could fall back to sleep. The encounter had given him a small respite from his other concerns.   There was something very soothing and calming about the last few moments. Moving into the bedroom, sliding off his long sleeved shirt, trainers and jeans, he lay back down and covered up. Lucas was asleep almost before his head hit the pillow.



( 17 comments — Leave a comment )
Jan. 31st, 2009 03:40 am (UTC)
Thanks for another great chapter. I am really wondering what Lori's cover will be and how she will become so close to Lucas. This is such a completely different storyline. Someone to help Lucas make his journey back will have to become very close but without him knowing the purpose. Where does Lori know Lucas from. She seems to be a little taken by him. Completely understandable

You have a very articulate and smooth flowing style of writing.

This is going to be very interesting. I am really looking forward more.

Thank you

Jan. 31st, 2009 04:56 am (UTC)
Most of the points are in the prologue. Her cover is the representative for the Developing Contractor doing renovations to Thames House. That is why she will be quartered in Goverment housing conveniently right across from Lucas. She only knows Lucas from his case file.

He does tend to have a certain affect on women, doesn't he?

Thanks for the compliments. I have these conversations in my head that just seem to write themselves sometimes. Next chapter will explain more of Lori's personality and purpose. Then after that drudgery the focus will be on Lucas (hurrah!).
Jan. 31st, 2009 05:41 am (UTC)
Thank you for the info. I guess I really didn't state what I was thinking very well. I understood what her job would be but wondered how she would get that close to Lucas. Lover, friend etc.

I thought she might have known who Lucas was because she took the case so quickly and her reaction to him. But as you said he does tend to have that affect on women.

I really liked the notes that Lucas made on his fellow Spooks. I thought his take on her appearance was interesting too. It would not be at all unusual for American women of her age.

More on Lucas is good.

Thank you

Jan. 31st, 2009 03:05 pm (UTC)
Ah, gotcha, well you will find out about the relationship as the story develops.
Jan. 31st, 2009 04:08 am (UTC)
Great start! Poor Lucas, still struggling with how he feels about Harry!

One little point. "Soul," not "sole."
Jan. 31st, 2009 04:44 am (UTC)
Thanks and good catch on the "soul". I fixed it.
Jan. 31st, 2009 07:36 am (UTC)
Not too much to say at the moment except that you snagged me in the prologue. It seemed a very different story line--about a professional employed to help Lucas with the transition back into life here at the Grid and in G.B.

I'm so glad that you've posted chapter 1--am looking forward to reading the next one and seeing how this intriguing story unfolds.

Thanks for sharing your writing with the rest of us. I always admire fanfic writers as they are courageous to put it out here.
Jan. 31st, 2009 03:02 pm (UTC)
Thank you for the compliments. I don't look at it as being employed as much as two friends sharing assets.
Jan. 31st, 2009 09:09 pm (UTC)

Feb. 21st, 2009 10:37 pm (UTC)
Feb. 16th, 2009 03:57 pm (UTC)
See? No ironing is getting done today! Having said that, I still consider reading this a constructive use of my precious free time, so yah boo sucks to the blouses!
Lucas is struggling with how he feels about Harry, isn't he? And this whole 'having someone to ease a long-time-away operative back into RL reminds me of something else I've read.....years ago mind... *off to the next bit*
Feb. 16th, 2009 04:05 pm (UTC)
Yes, Lucas is struggling. In my world, I find it hard to believe after eight years, he would have utter faith in Harry or anyone at MI-5.
Jun. 7th, 2009 07:56 am (UTC)
Woow! I just find this story, and i'm so glad i did. I'm going to read trough it now (atleast try to read all the chapters today), otherwise i will catch up tomorrow! :) It's really great to find i Lucas fanfic, i havn't seen that many with him.
Well, fantastic first chapter! Very good!
*over to chapter two*
Jun. 7th, 2009 12:48 pm (UTC)
Thank you very much for commenting. Before you get too far, did you read the prologue too?

Hope you enjoy it.
Jun. 7th, 2009 02:57 pm (UTC)
Yes i read the prologue. And i found it very interesting!
The story is very very good. Your writing is amazing (i find my own fanfic like crap after starting read yours). I'm just going to start reading chapter twenty-four.
And before i keep reading i just have to say that a love all the scens between Lori and Lucas... God, they are just the sweetest together! And the one thing that makes me smile is that they haven't had a (real) kiss (as far i've read). But maybe that will change! I still have eight chapters to go!
Jun. 7th, 2009 08:52 pm (UTC)
I am sure your fan fic is excellent. I'd like to give it a read.
Jun. 29th, 2010 12:36 pm (UTC)
Overnight Therapy - Chapter One
And that is why I don't get around reading real books anymore!
It's just too much fun reading fanfic that fills in the gaps!
Great set up of storyline and a lovely way for me to fill in the wait for S9.
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