Author: Noa-Pearl PM
Catherine and Vartann are sent to Newport Beach, Orange County, where they are going undercover to solve a case that includes both murder and financial crimes. They end up living next to the daughter of their prime suspect, Kirsten Cohen. More inside..Rated: Fiction T - English - Mystery/Romance - Catherine W. & Kirsten C. - Chapters: 13 - Words: 22,461 - Reviews: 40 - Favs: 5 - Follows: 7 - Updated: 03-10-13 - Published: 03-09-12 - id: 7908963
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Note: Hi all, thanks a lot for the sweet reviews again, I never imagined getting the amount I'm getting on this story. This chapter's short and, well, just some nice Catherine and Lou stuff for you all. I hope you enjoy it! x.
"Yes, Conrad, we're working on that. But you can't expect us to be friends with all of those people in a few days. Well… No. But Catherine's doing a great job with Kirsten Cohen, we're actually invited to a benefit tomorrow evening. Yes, we will. You know what, how about we call if we find something, and you only call if there's an emergency. Great, Conrad. Bye."
By the time he'd put his phone away from his ear again he saw Catherine sitting on the couch, straightening her clothes lightly while looking at him with a smile. When their eyes met she said: "You wanted to make sure he wouldn't interrupt us again?"
Lou chuckled. "The man has a gift for calling at the very wrong moment."
He settled himself next to Catherine again and said: "So… We should talk, I guess."
"Yeah, well, Ecklie kind of ruined my mood of doing anything else for now."
Another chuckle escaped from Lou's lips as he moved closer to Catherine so their bodies were touching as he said: "Figures. Look, Catherine… I… I really like you. At first I thought it was because I was supposed to, you know, the role play thing and all… But it's more than that. You're very beautiful. I love your hair, I love your smile, I love the way you talk… And this may be kind of awkward since we're living together now but I really want to see if we can become something more than just two people working together who happen to like each other a lot."
Catherine smiled and without thinking, moved her hand to his cheek to caress it lightly with her thumb as she said: "I agree… I agree with everything you've just said."
"So you think you're very beautiful, with beautiful hair and a beautiful smile as well?"
She removed her hand from his cheek and slapped him lightly as she laughed, saying: "Oh, you smart ass. You know what I mean. I like you a lot and I'd love to, you know… Get to know you better. On several levels."
Catherine leant in and kissed Lou's lips, soft at first, then rougher. When she was about to move herself onto his lap though, she stopped, breaking their kiss with regret as she said: "I'm going to be fed up with myself later on, but… I think we should go on a real date first. Like, a real, real date, you know. Not a date as Catherine and Lou Anderson."
"And how were you thinking about doing that?"
Lou's eyes were switching between her lips and her eyes as he listened. "I don't know… Maybe not even a date. Just, you know.." Her eyes now focused on his lips too and she completely forgot about the words she was about to utter to the man.
His hands moved to both sides of her face as he said: "I'd love to go out with you, you know that. But I love kissing you too."
"So soon?" Catherine chuckled as their lips met again and when she gasped for a little bit of air she said: "God… Screw that date."
Their lips met in a hungry kiss again. Both knew they had to talk and both knew the kisses wouldn't lead to anything else that evening, but they were all content with each other's company right now.
They woke up the next morning in their own rooms, both smiling as the sunlight woke them up. Catherine didn't get out of her bed immediately though. The first thing she thought about was the benefit she and Lou were going to attend that evening. She knew spending a lot of time together though wasn't going to happen. They both had their own things they needed to take care of. Lou was supposed to mingle with Sandy and hopefully Caleb Nichol himself, whereas she was hoping to get to know both Kirsten and Julie better. A sudden knock on the door interrupted her thoughts and she smiled when she found Lou opening it with his elbow so he could carry in a tray with juice, croissants, jam and coffee.
"Good morning. I made you breakfast. Well, I sort of made it. Consider this the after-the-first-kiss date."
She smiled and said: "That's so sweet of you, thank you."
Lou made sure the plate was settled before pointing to the other side of the bed and saying: "You mind?"
Catherine shook her head. "No, of course not silly."
She patted the place next to her, assuring him she really didn't mind as he settled next to her and made sure he didn't knock the coffee or juice over. "So… I get a good morning kiss now as well?" Lou chuckled after the request but immediately leant in to kiss her rosy lips.
"So, you think this dress is appropriate?" Lou's eyes roamed over Catherine's body, taking in the dark green dress she was wearing that stopped halfway her thigh. The front wasn't too revealing at all, but the back was opened, revealing her beautiful pale, freckled skin. The colors were in perfect contrast with her gorgeous reddish hair. "It's beautiful and so are you."
She blushed lightly. "Thank you. Looking good yourself as well."
He watched with amusement as she put on some lipstick and started layering her mascara.
"Lou, as much as I would love to just go to a part with you, I think we should make some kind of plan. I know Ecklie wants you to mingle with the men and me with the women… But I have a feeling we should make a little shift."
Lou raised his eyebrow. "Tell me more?"
"I think you should go after Julie… She seemed fond of you. And I'm sure I'll get Kirsten to introduce me to her father. I'll work my charms, you work yours…"
Lou smiled. "Yeah, I guess that's a good idea. Just don't make me jealous."
Catherine chuckled. "Can't promise a thing. Come one, Caleb Nichol, seriously? I may not be young anymore but that man is, like, ancient. Don't worry about that. You're ready to go?"
He shook his head and laughed. "No. Benefits, Jesus, it's going to be awful."
Catherine grabbed her purse and pushed him out of the room as she replied: "Yeah, well, you just have to put your happy face on for a few hours. And remember, free food and drinks."
Note: That's it for now, guys. Hope you liked it. Next chapter will be the benefit, yay, exciting? What do you guys think will happen? xxx.