Hi all. This is just some fluffy Zikki oneshot I came up with last night, so I'm posting it here now. I like Zikki, but Zane started behaving too much like a jerk in the last season and kinda lost me(though Burgess is hot :D)…For those of you who wonder – Burgess is the actor who plays Zane. :D…
I happen to be hardcore Wikki by the way. Anyways, I'm full of ideas for new stories and I'm trying to find some free time to write them all! Right now I'm writing the next chapter of "Choice that tears up apart" and I'm writing my first H2O/Mako Mermaids crossover!


Desires of the Heart

He was cleaning some glasses, but his eyes were on her again.

Her smile was lighting up the whole cafe. Her ocean blue eyes were shining on her face like the stars shine at the night sky. She was dressed in a blue tank top and yellow shorts. Her hair was up in a ponytail, leaving only a few small curls fall down by her face, making her look more beautiful than ever. She was chatting with some new guy, while waiting for Bella and Cleo, and he seemed to be really funny, because her soft laughter was echoing all over the place.

Zane felt he was holding the glasses too tight in his grip, causing the bones on his fingers become white.

He had spent the last few days trying to get her out of his head, and not only he didn't succeed, but it seemed the more he tried to forget her the more he cared about her. And seeing her laughing at some stranger's jokes caused so much pain to explode in his chest. He turned his back to her and the stranger, walking into the office. He couldn't bear watching her flirting with that guy and laughing at his jokes in front of the whole cafe.

The cafe that was still having her name.

For a split second he even was agreed with Sophie of how pathetic he must be in the eyes of the other people for keeping his ex-girlfriend's name on the cafe.

He sat on the sofa taking one of the photos on the desk in his hands.

It was a photo of him and Rikki smiling at Mako. His arms were wrapped around her and both of them were grinning.

He stared at the photo and couldn't help but ask himself how did everything changed so much so quickly?! He was supposed to be running the cafe with Rikki, she was supposed to be the manager of this place, they were supposed to be so happy together.

But something had happened.

Maybe he started not to care anymore when Rikki needed him to, or maybe Rikki was so strong and confident that she didn't need anybody to care, and it was driving him crazy. Maybe thinking he might lose her he thought if he stops caring so much would be like some kind of protective shield. He left a small sigh escape his lips and let his eyes close for a moment.

Everything was so messed up.

{ * }

Rikki Chadwick didn't need anything or anybody, especially someone who had hurt her numerous times. Still, hating to admit it, deep in her heart she found herself missing him.

She tried her best to ignore the feeling, but she knew it wouldn't go away anytime soon. Talking with Guy who was so nice and funny she felt the slightest of relief and contempt even though her heart was still bleeding for a certain someone who she had just noticed had walked away, disappearing inside their small office. She realized he probably saw her and Guy flirting and for the first time she felt the slightest of guilt passing through her body.

Still, it was Zane who kissed Sophie and ruined their relationship. Then what was that feeling in her heart that was telling her something was wrong?! She sighed not realizing when exactly she had zoned out of her conversation with Guy.

"Rikki! Rikki are you ok?!" She heard his voice calling her name.

"What?" She lifted her eyes to look at his. "Oh, yes, I'm fine. I was just thinking."

"What about?" He asked her playfully.

"Nothing interesting." She said immediately.

"It didn't look like it, but if you say so. Hey, I have an idea. Do you want us to go to the Marine Park later today? We can watch the Dolphin show?"

"Look, Guy, I'd love to, but I can't. Maybe some other time, ok?!"

He nodded.

"I've got to go now." He told her. "See you later?!"

"Sure." She nodded and gave him a small smile.

He smiled back and before walking out he gave her a quick peck on the cheek.

She moved her hand simultaneously to brush off her cheek. It wasn't that she didn't like what he did, but somehow she felt it was wrong. She turned to look to the entrance of the cafe, but changed her decision and turned around again, walked straight towards the office door.

When she came in, she saw Zane sitting on the couch, his eyes still closed and holding one of their pictures in his hand, that now threatened to fall from his lightened grip. She quickly took it in her hands and put it back on the desk.

She sat on the sofa and her eyes travelled all over his face. For a moment she lifted her hand as if to touch and fondle his cheek, but then she changed her mind and let it fall back down. She sighed quietly to herself, then stood up. And just before walking away, she leaned and softly touched his lips with hers. Then she hurried through the office door, closing it behind herself without noticing that in the moment she turned her back to him, his eyes shot open and he saw her walking out.

He didn't waist time and hurried after Rikki, her kiss burning on his lips.

He saw her when she reached the middle of the cafe, and quickly ran to take her arm gently in his.

"Rikki, wait!"

She turned around and for a split second he saw a trace of shock in her eyes. The truth was she hoped he was asleep and would never know she'd kissed him.

"Would you please come back with me to the office, I really need to talk to you?"

He expected her to decline and walk away, but he didn't expect her to actually agree.

"Ok." She nodded and hurried to the office again, with him following close after her.

Once inside she turned to look at him her eyebrows lifted.

"Well?"

"Have a seat."

He took her hands and led her to the sofa where they both sat down.

"Rikki, I don't have a clue how to say this, but what happened here a few minutes ago, does it mean that you're not angry with me anymore and you actually forgive me?"

She looked straight at his eyes and found herself lost for words.

"I don't know." She said eventually. "I want to be angry with you, but something's always preventing me from that, so I don't know anymore."

The slightest trace of smile ran through his mouth.

"I do." He said. "You still have feelings for me."

"Zane, don't-"

"No, Rikki, let me finish. I understand now. Seeing you laughing at that guy's jokes hurt me and now I understand how you must have felt seeing me kissing with Sophie."

"Glad to have that sorted." Rikki said sarcastically rolling her eyes.

"Rikki, listen to me. I swear that kiss with Sophie meant nothing! It was her who kissed me on that boat. Even if you don't believe me that's the honest truth!" He said.

He then pulled something out of his pocket. She looked at his hand to see what it was and her eyes widened:

"Zane, what on earth-"

"This is a key for my house." He said stretching to her his open palm with the small key. "I know you don't trust me now, but I want to prove I'm trustworthy to you. So, if you agree to give me one last chance and move in to live with me, you'll have the opportunity to make sure by yourself if I am worthy for your trust."

Rikki moved her eyes from his to the key and back.

"You're asking me to live with you?" She asked him, voice choked.

He nodded.

"But what about your dad? He'll go completely mad."

"He's always traveling and is never home, so that's not going to be a problem."

"And what about my dad? I can't just leave him alone!"

"You won't leave him alone. You can always visit him or invite him over to visit us sometimes."

"Zane, that's a very serious decision, what do you expect me to say?!"

"If you still have feelings for me, say yes. That's the only thing I'm asking you for." He said, eyes beggin. "Oh, and there's something else I wanted to give you."

He took a folder off the desk and handed it to her.

"What's that?" She asked him.

"Open it." He said.

She did what she was told and her eyes went wide open.

"But this..how on earth did you manage to find her?" She gasped.

"Let's just say that sometimes, only sometimes, money can help. I used my dad's connections to investigate."

She didn't know what to say, so she just stared at the picture in the folder in front of her and at the adress attached to it.

"What am I supposed to do with this?" She asked him.

"You have the address. I know you are very angry, but you should go and talk to her."

"But why did you even start to investigate in the first place? It must have caused you a lot of trouble."

"It did, but I know how important this is to you. And I'm willing to do everything even the impossible if it'll make you happy!" Zane stated giving her a smile. "So, about my offer?"

She thought for a few seconds then just shrugged.

"I guess it won't hurt. Still, I think it's better to do it on trial. I'll move in, but only for a couple of weeks and if things work out I'll stay. If they don't-"

"Then I promise I won't try to stop you to leave." He smiled and gave her the key.

She reached to take it and he held her hand for a moment.

"Thank you."

"For what?" She asked.

"For agreeing to give us one more chance and to move in with me." He said.

"Don't thank me yet. Who knows things will end up, but we'll see."

And she let her hand fall down, turning to walk out.

"Yeah." He said while watching her leave their office.

An innocent smile spread upon his lips.

"We'll see."