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cab ride to Nick's condo was quiet as both Nick and Angel were
lost in their own thoughts. As the cab pulled into the parking
lot, Nick noticed for the first time the palm trees, green grass,
flowers and dry ground. "Home sweet home," he cried
as he got out of the car, and almost immediately, had to take
off his sweatshirt because he was so warm.
"Aw, you miss
the snow and freezing temperatures. You can tell me, I won't
tell anyone you're a closet snow bunny." Angel teased.
Nick cocked his eyebrow
at Angel, "Snow Bunny? I don't think so woman." The
cab driver watched in amusement as the couple bantered back
and forth. Nick paid the driver then grabbed his suitcase and
carryon while Angel grabbed his bag of gifts.
Walking into his
apartment, he set everything down by the front door then collapsed
on his sofa. Angel eyed him as she walked into his bedroom to
put down the bag she was carrying. When she came out, Nick's
eyes were closed and his arm was resting on his forehead.
Angel whispered as she sat down beside him.
Nick was trying to
gather his thoughts and courage to tell Angel how he truly felt
about her. He decided he needed more time and pretended to be
sleeping. 'Real mature Nick,' he cursed to himself, 'What happens
if I tell her, and she doesn't feel the same way? What happens
then? Our relationship would get all weird and we'll still have
to see each other every day working on the movie. I don't think
I'll be able to handle that. But if she does feel the same way,
then it would be so great.'
Since she received
no response, Angel went back into his bedroom to get a blanket
for him. Carefully, she placed it over his body, except his
feet. Kneeling down, she gently removed his boots and then began
chuckling. Nick's ears perked up as he heard her laughing. He
was becoming a bit self-conscious until he realized what she
found. He felt her slowly removing one pair, out of the two
pairs, of socks he had on his feet.
Walking into the
kitchen, she noticed Nick had some messages on his answering
machine. 'I bet one of those calls is from Kevin,' she thought.
Nick still didn't
move from the couch. He knew Angel left the living room and
from the sounds of it, she was in the kitchen making hot water
for something. His mind raced over the past few months. He thought
back to the first time he had met Angel when she walked into
the conference room with Gene. Nick smiled thinking back to
her trying to hold herself together as the reality hit Angel
as to who she was meeting and working with. He recalled the
first time he talked to Angel on the phone, and the way she
hung up on him. He remembered how they talked on the phone late
at night, sometimes for hours, about absolutely nothing having
to do with the project. He imagined Angel's outfit when they
all went out to the club and the third degree he received from
the fellas about his so-called relationship with Angel. He thought
back to their trip to Atlanta with Brian and Leighanne. That
weekend was a breaking point for Angel and the turning point
in their relationship. His mind raced forward to when they returned
to Los Angeles and he slept with Angel for the first time. And
then the morning after, with a surprise visit from Kevin. After
that one moment, Nick finally could relate to the phrase, 'It
was the best of times, it was the worst of times.' Nick was
shaken from his thoughts as he heard Angel return to the living
room. He was trying to act like he was still sleeping.
Sitting down in one
of the living room chairs, Angel sipped on her hot tea while
staring at the decorated Christmas tree. Her mind traveled back
to the last night she stayed at Nick's place. She was almost
in tears thinking about how thoughtful he was to surprise her
with such a simple, but wonderful, gesture.
As Nick and Angel
were lost in their own thoughts, the sudden ringing of the telephone
startled Angel, making her jump up off the chair and scream
while spilling the hot tea on her. Angel's scream made Nick
jump up, but he ended up falling off the couch since his legs
were crisscrossed and had fallen asleep. Angel couldn't help
but laugh at Nick, totally forgetting about the hot tea that
scalded her body. Nick gave her a look and then asked, "Could
you please get that?" Trying to control her laughter, she
got up to answer the phone.
Nick looked up at Angel and mouthed, "Who is it?"
Angel shrugged her shoulders.
Suddenly, a female
voice came through the other end, "um…is Nick home?"
hold on." Angel said before handing the phone over to Nick.
He covered the mouthpiece.
"Who is it?"
Angel was in the
process of taking off her sweater that had some tea on it, "I
don't know. She just asked if you were home."
Nick groaned wondering
who it could be. Not too many females had his condo phone number.
'Only one way to find out,' he thought. "Ello"
Was that Angel?"
"Mom, why didn't
you introduce yourself?"
'Oh shit, it's Jane,"
Angel stopped what she was doing. As she froze in Nick's bedroom
while taking off her jeans, she lost her balance and fell over
onto his bed. After removing her tea soaked clothes, she pulled
out a pair of pajamas she had left in his bureau. Angel tried
to keep herself busy so Nick could have some privacy, but she
was also trying to overhear his conversation. Through the years,
Angel had formed an opinion of Jane based on what she had heard
and read through the media. When she went to Key West with Nick
in early December, no one really talked about Jane, but Angel
could sense some distance that Nick put between him and his
family where she was concerned. Nick wasn't particularly comfortable
"I know Mom.
I'm sorry, but I just didn't want to spend the holiday in Florida
"…I don't want
to be involved in this Mom. This is between you, Aaron, and
Dad. Leave me out of it."
"…This has nothing
to do with her."
"……. This is
different." Angel's guilt set in after eavesdropping for
awhile so she went into the bathroom to get cleaned up for bed.
She could tell this conversation was not going to end on a happy
note as she heard his side of the conversation.
"…… Didn't you
talk to Aaron and BJ?" Nick knew his voice was getting
louder as he got more upset while talking to his mom.
"Then you know
Angelina is NOTHING like Willa." Angel's ears perked up.
'Oh shit! She better not run to the tabloids again,' Angel's
mind raced. Secretly, she wondered if she should call Kevin
for advice on how to handle Jane.
"…. see Mom,
this is EXACLTY why I didn't come home with her. When you find
your common sense, give me a call. Otherwise, don't bother calling
me again," Nick slammed the phone down on the receiver.
He ran both his hands through his hair to try and calm down.
He then clasped his hands together behind the back of his neck.
"Ugh, that bitch!" he yelled to no one. Nick collapsed
on the couch with a thud as his elbows now rested on his knees,
his head down.
Slowly, Angel walked
back into the living room observing Nick's appearance and body
language. She had never seen him like this before and she was
unsure what to do. Gently, she sat down next to him and began
to rub his back. He moved back towards Angel's embrace and lowered
his head to her lap. He never looked at her; nor did he say
a word. She continued to rub his back and hold him until she
heard his soft, rhythmic breathing and knew he was asleep.
The ringing of the
phone brought Sheridan out of her lust-filled dream and she
was startled at her surroundings. She didn't remember coming
into the apartment last night nor going to bed. She quickly
grabbed the phone as she discovered the ringing made her head
"Oh, thank God
you are home. I need to talk to you or Angel or both. I am completely
confused and I have no idea what to do," a female voice
rambled without taking a breath, making Sheridan's head ache
even more. 'Who the hell is this?' her mind raced.
Thinking she could get herself off the hook, she took the coward
approach. "Angel's not home right now. I don't expect her
for a few days. Can I take a message and have her call you back?"
"Oh, is she
with Nick?" questioned the female.
Sheridan's eyes went
wide, 'How the hell does this person know she's at Nick's?'
"I'm sorry, but who is this?" Sheridan wasn't in the
mood to play any guessing games.
me Marybeth. The one helping with the movie project. The one
who went to A.J.'s for Christmas and hasn't had any contact
with you gals to digest what the hell happened to me. It's not
like I can tell my other friends about him. They'd have me committed."
Finally, it all clicked
in Sheridan's brain, "MARYBETH! I'm sorry. I'm still recovering
from being home and I'm not quite myself just yet. Do you want
to come over to talk about what happened? I'm not really in
the mood for going out anytime soon, and I need to make a pot
of coffee to help me wake up."
"Are you sure
you don't mind?" Marybeth asked.
"Not at all.
Come by in an hour, I should be somewhat human again by then,"
Sheridan chuckled as she dragged herself to the kitchen to prepare
her coffee pot to brew.
see you in a little bit. Thanks Sheridan, I really appreciate
"Not a problem
Marybeth. See you soon." Clicking off the phone, she walked
back into her bedroom to boot up her computer, and then padded
off to the bathroom. A shower was next on her to do list. Turning
the water on, she dropped her clothes on the floor. As she did,
the phone began to ring. Sticking her head out of the curtain,
she heard Kevin's voice on the machine asking if she was home
yet. Closing her eyes, she let the warm pounding water flush
all thoughts from her head. "What have I gotten myself
into this time?" she questioned herself in the mirror when
she was done showering.
Feeling a stiff neck,
Nick slowly opened his eyes to see a pair of legs under his
head. As he tried to sit up, he noticed the sun shining in his
windows. Trying to rub the sleep from his eyes, he looked around
him as much as his neck would allow. "Jesus, this is gonna
hurt for awhile." His mind raced back to the events that
took place the night before. He cursed his mother for ruining
his special night with Angel. As soon as he thought of her,
he looked around frantically to find Angel.
He noticed Angel
sound asleep sitting right next to him on the couch next to
him, her head leaning back. "You're going to have a sore
neck too," Nick said as if she were awake.
Gently rocking her,
Nick tried his best to wake her up. "Angel, c'mon babe.
Time to get up. Let's go get some coffee."
Angel felt like she
was rocking on a boat, stuck out at sea. As she lifted her head,
a dull ache began to surface around her neck. "Oh my God,
my neck hurts." Slowly, she opened up her eyes to see Nick's
piercing blues staring at her with concern. 'What a way to wake
up,' she thought.
As Angel and Nick
got ready to go out and get some coffee, both were very quiet.
They took separate hot showers to help ease their stiff necks.
Angel figured she'd give Nick the time and space he needed to
digest what happened last night with his mother. Nick was just
plain mad that he let his mother ruin his plans. Looking back
at last night, he had to admit he was very tired and emotionally
drained from his holiday with Angel. Although it was a lot of
fun, he had been extremely nervous and on edge.
Climbing into Nick's
Escalade, they took off towards the Grove Mall in West Hollywood.
After getting their iced coffees, they slowly made their way
back to Nick's car. Feeling more awake, Angel looked around.
She chuckled when she noticed people with cameras dangling from
their necks. Following where one particular man was shooting
his camera, Angel noticed Chris Klein and Katie Homes eating
lunch at an outside patio of a nearby restaurant.
"I don't know
why the paparazzi feel the need to take pictures of people eating.
It's crazy." Angel said toward Nick, "How do you handle
"I try to ignore
them and make sure I don't overstuff a forkful of food in my
mouth," Nick said chuckling. "I got used to it though.
I think it was harder getting used to having a bodyguard around
me 24/7. Talk about having no privacy," Nick rolled his
eyes thinking back. "In the beginning, before you really
get to know them, is the worst. I tried to be on my best behavior
but eventually they see your bad side anyway, so then I stopped
caring and worrying how they perceived me. I just did what I
normally would do, and they dealt with it," Nick said with
about what Nick had said, nodding her head as she sucked on
the straw bringing the cold liquid into her mouth. They were
sitting at a patio table, listening to the silence, lost in
their own thoughts. After a few minutes, Angel put down her
drink quickly and grabbed the sides of her head with her hands
while moaning, "Ahhhhh….shit!" she exclaimed.
Nick saw the face
Angel was making and wondered what was wrong, "Angel, you
okay? What's wrong?" concern etched on Nick's face.
Angel responded through clenched teeth. After hearing what she
said, Nick busted out laughing. "I hate it when that happens."
remind me to a get a hot coffee," Angel said as she played
with her straw.
Nick noticed a man taking pictures of him and decided it was
time to go. The group wasn't as popular as they once were so
Nick figured the paparazzi wouldn't bother taking pictures of
him. 'Must be a slow day in Hollywood,' he thought to himself.
"Hey Angel, want to head back?"
Stretching her neck,
she decided she needed a neck rub. "Yeah, that sounds like
a great idea. I need a massage. Your place or mine?"
Nick grinned at the
implication Angel made, "Doesn't matter to me." As
they were walking towards the Escalade, Nick saw the man with
the camera following them, "Great, just great," he
After getting into
his car, an idea came into his head, "Angel, why don't
we go back to my place. I'm thinking I need to make you scream,"
Nick said with a devilish look on his face.
Shocked, Angel stared
at him then grinned back. "I like the way you think. But
first, let's stop and buy some groceries. I think I'll work
up an appetite and you have absolutely no food."
I definitely need milk and cereal," Nick replied as he
pulled out onto the main road.
"Have you talked
to A.J. about our plans for New Year's?" Angel asked. She
was going to ignore the milk and cereal comment, sometimes Nick
and Sheridan were too much alike.
Nick shook his head,
"Nah, I haven't called anyone back yet. I did check my
messages just to make sure I didn't miss any unexpected meetings.
He did call though. I'll call him back later. Kevin called wondering
how it went with your folks. He's coming back to LA tomorrow
sometime so he'll be joining us on the 31st as well. He wanted
to chat so I didn't call him back. If you know what I mean…"
Angel smirked, "Oh
Lordy, I bet you Sheridan will get shit-faced just to calm her
nerves with Kevin being there, she won't even remember ringing
in New Year's 2004."
Nick turned and gave
Angel his infamous Carter grin, "Oh, this could be dangerous
"Do me a favor
and keep it to yourself. I don't need my roommate to be anymore
of a basket case than she already is. Sheridan needs some time
to sort out her life. It was all set up until a few weeks ago.
Now her world as she knew it; is turned upside down." Angel
said while decompressing Sheridan's emotions over the past month.
right. And with filming starting in a week, she needs to be
focused." Nick took Angel's hand in his as they pulled
into Ralph's supermarket. As Nick got out of the car, he quickly
scanned the parking lot with his eyes. The paparazzi never ceased
to amaze him. Noticing the coast was clear, he breathed a sigh
of relief. Nick didn't know how Angel would react to being exposed
in the tabloids in pictures with him. 'Great, one more thing
to talk to her about that may jeopardize this relationship,'
he thought to himself.
As they were loading
up the groceries in Nick's SUV, Angelina's cell phone rang,
it's Craig. How was your holiday?"
Nick eyed Angel wondering
who she was talking to.
"It was great,
exhausting, but great. How about yours?" Angel was talking
while trying to put the groceries in the car.
"Same. The kids
loved it. Hey, I can hear I caught you in the middle of something
so I'll make this quick. I was wondering if I could have you
pick up a few shifts next week."
"Sure, I think
I can. I'll have to call you back since my organizer is at home.
What time are you working 'til today?"
"I'll be here
until at least 8 tonight."
call you in an hour."
Angel turned towards
Nick, "Remind me I have to call Barefoot's when we get
back to your place."
Nick's face paled,
"Are you going into work tonight?"
She eyed him curiously,
"No, he wants to see if I can fill in some holes in next
week's schedule. Why?"
Relaxing his shoulders
a bit, he shrugged, "No reason." He immediately began
to drive to avoid further eye contact, hoping it would kill
the conversation. He knew his facial reaction to her news wasn't
very supportive. He was being selfish, and he knew it. He was
reacting like Kevin would and it peeved him even more.
town, Marybeth arrived at Sheridan and Angel's apartment right
on time. Marybeth had been a nervous wreck for days now, not
quite knowing what to make of her holiday celebration with A.J.
and his mother and new step dad.
"Would you like
some coffee Marybeth?" Sheridan asked as she poured herself
her third cup.
Marybeth walked into the kitchen to finish preparing it the
way she liked it.
Sitting down at the
table, Sheridan began, "So, how was it?"
Stirring her coffee
in her cup, she stared at it, and then lifted the spoon. Picking
up the cup, she took the first swallow. Slowly the words came
out of her. "Really weird."
Sheridan sat in the seat next to her. "Weird as in strange
or weird as in awesome?"
A smile lit Marybeth's
face, "Awesome, totally awesome."
Getting up Sheridan
dropped four pieces of bread in the toaster. She smiled back
at Marybeth, "Well that's a start, now let's hear the rest
"He had gifts
for me," Marybeth beamed.
"Well now, aren't
you the lucky one and what did Mr. Alexander James have for
set of earrings, very beautiful pearls." Marybeth swiped
the hair away from her face to reveal her gift.
Sheridan took a closer look, "Very nice, not overdone,
Pushing her hair
back in place Marybeth then nodded. "He said I could wear
them everyday and know that they were from him."
Sheridan sipped her coffee as she battled a twinge of guilt
over being slightly jealous that both Marybeth and Angel had
received special gifts from two Backstreet Boys.
"He also gave
me a spa gift certificate, it's one of two, and I'm supposed
to call him when I want to go, so he can go with me." Marybeth
grinned at Sheridan as Sheridan coughed from swallowing her
coffee down the wrong pipe.
he?" Sheridan breathed hesitantly, not wanting the coughing
to start again.
"Are you okay?"
Marybeth questioned as Sheridan's face contorted.
Nodding a yes, she
listened as Marybeth began to tell her all about being at A.J.'s
for Christmas and meeting his mother and new stepfather. After
hearing about how pleasant Denise had been; she let her talk
it all out and then she posed a question to Marybeth. "So
is this relationship going to go a little further?" Sheridan
was smiling as her phone began to ring. Foregoing the phone
for the answer she was anticipating, she frowned when Kevin's
gruff voice flowed from her answering machine. Her lips quirked
and curled as both her and Marybeth listened to Kevin being
curt on the machine. "You could at least call me, I know
that you are off but we are still supposed to have two way communication!"
The bang from the phone slammed down on the other end of the
telephone line made them both jump.
"Well, where is your relationship going with him?"
"We don't have
a relationship; I just lust after him quietly from my desk,
and from the conference room chair that sits next to his, almost
on a daily basis." Sheridan rolled her eyes and groaned
when Marybeth again laughed at her.
"You could have
turned him down for the job offer," Marybeth refilled her
"I have rent
to pay and bills to take care of just like everyone else."
Sheridan took a sip from her cup. "Besides, it will never
happen, I'm not the model type. I think he thinks I'm a ditz
answered Sheridan's statement, "I'm not a ditz; sometimes
I just think differently than other people." Marybeth began
to smirk at her, "Well I do!" Sheridan began to join
in the laughter that came from Marybeth. "Now tell me what
do you want to happen with your relationship?"
"What I want
and what is reality are two different things. I am a glorified
secretary. What would make you think he would be interested
in me? A.J. likes the bad girls, the ones from the adult industry,
bunny type women." Marybeth became reflective as she mulled
over her own words.
needs to see more than bad girls. His relationships don't work
out well because of the type of people he is with. You're a
strong woman and that is what he needs. A person who won't make
his decisions, one who will let him make mistakes but will help
him work through them when he is done. That person would be
"I don't know,
he confuses me sometimes," Marybeth finished her coffee.
"So how was your vacation at home?"
smile lit up the room. "My vacation went very well and
I got exactly the gift I needed."
"Why do I think
that you acted like a nasty girl on vacation?" Marybeth
gave her a knowing grin.
"Oh but the
nasty can cure many things," Sheridan's nose wrinkled up.
"Well, I'm going
to go," Marybeth shoved her cup aside. "Thanks for
letting me come over. Going to A.J.'s for Christmas was the
highlight of my life. Even if he never has another thing to
do with me, at least I have that."
"I think he'll
be talking to you again Marybeth. He's interested and not moving
very aggressively, that's all. That is a good thing."
When Nick returned
back to his apartment, he checked his messages. Kevin had called
again wondering where he and Angel were. Kevin was also curious
if Angel knew what Sheridan's plans were for today since he
hadn't had a chance to talk to her.
After putting away
the groceries, they sat on Nick's couch to finish up their drinks
and eat their bagels with cream cheese.
isn't he?" Angel wrinkled her nose as she listened to Kevin's
message. Nick chuckled, "Oh, I'm sure there's a similar
message on your machine back in the apartment. Kevin will drive
Sheridan mad before she even begins officially working for him."
me as an insecure person. Who the hell calls their assistant,
before officially starting work, this many times? During the
holidays too? Red flags would be going off in my head."
Angel rambled as she pulled out her organizer to check her schedule
before she called Craig, back at the restaurant.
Nick couldn't argue
with what she said. "I think Kevin likes Sheridan much
more than he'll admit. His actions speak louder than his words
Coughing, Angel replied
dryly, "Yeah, like hiring private investigators to dig
up personal information on people who he hired to work for him?"
Nick chuckled. There
was no way Angel would ever forgive Kevin for that one act of
stupidity on his part. "Angel, Kevin apologized for doing
that. Give him a break. He's an insecure guy. He's like most
men; he just shows it off more than most."
Putting her hands
on her hips Angel questioned Nick, "Oh really? Most men
are insecure? You never struck me as insecure."
Nick raised his eyebrows,
"Angel, remember all those late night phone calls? Part
of it was to learn more about you, the other part was to make
sure I knew where you were - safe in bed, not gallivanting around
town in nightclubs picking up other men."
Shock mirrored Angel's
face as Nick's words hit her. "What about now? When I go
out with my girlfriends, do you think I am out gallivanting,
picking up men?"
Nick shook his head,
"Of course not Angel. Our relationship isn't at the new
stage. We've been dating for a while now. I know how you feel
about me. It doesn't even cross my mind Angel."
Now it was Angel's
turn to raise her eyebrow at Nick, "And how exactly do
I feel about you Nick? I mean, I'm not sure how you feel about
me." Angel got off the couch and started pacing, "I'm
not even sure how I feel about you. I'm curious, how do you
Nick's nerves started
to kick in. He watched Angel pace back and forth, arms flying
around as she spoke. He knew she was apprehensive about discussing
her feelings, but it appears talking about Kevin's insecurities
opened up Pandora's box for Nick and Angel to talk about their
feelings for each other.
"Well, ah, um…shit.
This isn't exactly how I wanted to discuss our relationship
Just then, Nick's
phone rang, "looks like you're saved by the bell,"
Angel gave Nick a
weak smile, "I need to call Craig back" was all Angel
said as she walked into Nick's bedroom to call Barefoots.
Nick mumbled as he answered his phone. "Hello?"
you been little man?" Kevin's southern drawl chimed into
you are becoming a pain in my ass," Nick chuckled.
"Why? Did I
interrupt something?" Kevin teased.
"NO, well yes,
but not what your dirty mind is thinking. Can you be more of
a pain in the ass with the amount of phone calls you make? How
many times have you called Sheridan? Angel's starting to think
you're a stalker or something."
Kevin pouted as he watched his brothers and their families play
outside their mother's house.
"Then get your
ass back on a plane and stop calling," Nick practically
"I will be,
tomorrow. If it wouldn't piss off my mother too much, I'd be
back there today but that idea didn't go over too well."
"You are such
a mama's boy Kevin," Nick teased.
"So, how's everything
going with Angel?" Kevin ignored Nick, mostly because he
knew Nick was right.
"It was going
great up until two minutes ago," Nick let out an exasperated
sigh as he ran his free hand through his hair.
can help with?" Kevin offered hoping to have something
to entertain his mind and cure his boredom.
"No, I think
I need to deal with this on my own. Thanks though." Nick
Kevin noticed the
change in Nick's voice, "Hey, it can't be that bad Nick.
C'mon, tell me."
Releasing a sigh,
Nick thought what the hell could it hurt. "Angel and I
sort of started talking about our relationship and we stumbled
in the forbidden zone."
about marriage?" Kevin shouted nearly choking on his soda.
"Oh God NO!
We still haven't said the L word," Nick shouted back. Taking
a deep breath, Nick calmly responded, "We somehow started
talking about our feelings toward each other, or rather were
about to discuss until you called. I can't explain it Kevin.
The air got so thick in the room. The tension could be cut with
a knife. I had it planned out differently in my head, and the
conversation didn't go like this."
Meanwhile in Nick's
bedroom, Angelina returned Craig's phone call.
calling back Angel. We've been so busy lately, I really can't
afford to run short-staffed without getting a bad reputation."
Craig. I'm happy to help out," 'And not have to think about
my so called love life,' Angel thought to herself.
After going over
the week of January 4th, Craig remembered James asked him to
ask Angel if she could cover part of his shift tomorrow for
four hours while he went on an audition.
"Not a problem.
I'll see you tomorrow around 11AM," Angel announced before
she hung up. Nick's voice in the other room caught her attention.
Kevin listened intently
and was trying to follow Nick's train of thought, which was
starting to stray all over the place. Coming out of a trance,
he heard Nick still talking, "…..and if that's not bad
enough, my mother called last night and just ruined my plans.
If she hadn't called, Angel would already know how I really
feel about her and there wouldn't be this, this weirdness between
this is serious Nick," Kevin spoke while trying to hide
the smile in his voice. "I think you should be honest and
upfront with her. Don't drag out this conversation for another
time. Just go tell her how you feel and let the bricks fall
where they may."
"Huh? What bricks?"
Nick suddenly lost Kevin's advice.
Rubbing a hand over
his face, Kevin mumbled, "Oh lord. Nick focus with me.
It was just a metaphor."
Turning around, Nick
noticed Angel walking back into the living room putting her
planner back in her backpack. Giving her a smile, he finished
his conversation with Kevin, "Thanks Kevin. I got it. Have
a safe trip tomorrow. See you on New Year's."
Angel watched Nick
as he walked towards her while speaking to Kevin. "Okay
Little Man, hope everything works out. And I don't need to remind
you that we have a project to work on…"
Nick rolled his eyes
as he tuned Kevin out, "Yes, don't worry. Bye."
Kevin hung up the
phone feeling better after helping out Nick. Kevin was chuckling
as he walked into the kitchen to where his mom was baking pies
for them. "Get in touch with your friends dear?"
Nick walked over
to Angel with his arms spread wide to engulf her in a hug. Breathing
in his scent, Angel totally forgot what they were talking about.
Nick noticed how relaxed she was and decided not to bring up
that conversation again.
Kissing the side
of her neck, Nick mumbled, "Uh huh."
Starting to lose
her senses, Angel's speech was inhibited to short sentences.
"Coming home tomorrow?"
Nick moved his lips
from her neck to her collarbone, "Uh huh."
us New Years?"
Bringing his lips
up to her face, he forced her to look at him, "Uh huh,"
was whispered along with a nod of his head before he captured
Angel felt the butterflies
in her stomach again and squirmed a bit. "You alright?"
Running a hand through
her hair, Angel told him she was fine. Keeping Angel in his
embrace, Nick couldn't take the tension between them. He knew
after her last experience with Joey, she would never come right
out and tell him how she felt. She would feel too vulnerable.
Pulling Angel into his bedroom, he decided it was now or never.
"I want to tell
you something and I don't want you to interrupt me. I don't
want you to feel any pressure; I just want you to know."
Nick said as quickly as he could, "I need you to know something."
Angel noticed the
change in Nick's demeanor. He looked nervous, yet very sexy.
Pushing the hair from his forehead as she gazed into his eyes,
she whispered, "Okay."
Sitting on the edge
of his bed, he pulled Angel onto his lap. Picking up her hand,
he kissed it as his hands slowly caressed the sides of her face.
Staring into her eyes, they held each other's gaze until Nick
pulled their faces closer and their foreheads were touching
each other. Finally Nick spoke, "Before my phone rings
one more time and interrupts me again…"
Angel started to
giggle, partially from nerves but also since what Nick said
Nick raised his eyebrows. "Sorry," Angel mumbled as
she tried to stop giggling.
I've met you, you've completely turned my life upside down,
but in a good way. You don't treat me like other women have.
You have been amazing the way you supported me with my family
troubles; you've spent two major holidays with me that I will
remember forever," Angel's eyes started to water with each
word Nick spoke. "You are everything I could ever ask for
in a woman. I want to say thank you from the bottom of my heart
for being such a wonderful friend, an incredible girlfriend
and an amazing lover." Nick's throat tightened as he said
his last sentence. Clearing his throat so Angel would hear what
he had to say crystal clear, he continued, "And I just
want you to know that you are very special to me and will always
have a place in my heart." Nick pushed away some of Angel's
hair that had fallen into her face. She was afraid to move;
she was frozen, staring at Nick, not sure if he was done or
Nick's thumb gently
traced over Angel's lips before he kissed her lightly then spoke
the three words that each feared most, "I love you."
As their kiss intensified,
Angel couldn't stop the tears that ran down her cheeks. Pulling
away, Nick carefully wiped them as he placed little kisses on
her face. Angel felt her fears slowly being released from her
body with each kiss Nick gave her. His arms held her tight and
rubbed up and down her back in a comforting, soothing way. She
knew this was right, she knew he meant it, she knew he loved
her. "I love you too Nick," Angel whispered as he
looked deep into her eyes. Nick buried his head in Angel's hair
as he lowered himself onto the bed, bringing Angel with him.
Nick felt such a release hearing her say those words; it was
almost too much. He didn't expect to be so emotional, but she
made him cry.
He longed to feel
her next to him. Angel must have felt the same way as she got
herself undressed and then started to slowly undress Nick in
a seductive way. Catching him by surprise, she pinned him down
on the bed before whispering, "Relax baby, let me make
love to you" and that's exactly what she did for the rest
of the afternoon and well into the evening; but not before pulling
the phone receiver off the hook and turning off all cell phones.
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