Disclaimer: The usual babble…

A/N: Thanks for the replies! They are totally appreciated.

If it wasn't for the snowstorm ripping through Montreal right now, I wouldn't be writing this. But, what can I do? The storm is inspiring. Can't go out, so I may as well write! : )

~~ * Landslide Chapter 2 * ~~

Sara sighed as she felt Nick's arms go around her. "Oh God…" She sobbed. She could barely hear Nick talking to her over the roaring in her ears.

"Shh… Sara. It's going to be okay…"

"Nick… You don't understand. He'll come back after me. He'll… finish the job."  Sara said, fear lacing her words.

Nick pulled away from her and saw the fear in her eyes. "Sara, honey. I won't let him do that. I won't let him hurt you."

"God, Nick you don't understand." Sara said, her frustration showing. "I really hurt him. What if he… Oh God, what if he doesn't take no for an answer?" Standing up, she stalked out of the kitchen and into the living room.

The strands in your eyes that color them wonderful
Stop me and steal my breath
Emeralds from mountains thrust toward the sky
Never revealing their depth
Tell me that we belong together
Dress it up with the trappings of love
I'll be captivated
I'll hang from your lips
Instead of the gallows of heartache that hang from above

Nick followed her out of the kitchen and stared at her sitting on the sofa. "Sara." She didn't look at him, and kept staring blankly in front of her. "Sara, look at me." Slowly her head turned. He kneeled down in front of her. "You listen to me. You did not deserve anything that he has ever done to you. Now, I don't know how bad it has gotten, but it has obviously broken your spirit. You're not the same Sara that I once knew. You've changed. He's changed you. And that's not healthy."

Sara continued to stare at him, wiping the tears from her eyes. "Nick… I…" She closed her mouth. She didn't know what to say or how to respond.

"Sara. Tell me what happened. How long has this been going on?"

I'll be your crying shoulder
I'll be love suicide
I'll be better when I'm older
I'll be the greatest fan of your life

"A year." Sara mumbled, looking down at her hands.

"A year!? Sara, a whole year and you didn't say anything?" Nick stared at her wide-eyed. "Why didn't you say something?"

"He kept saying that he loved me."

"Honey. He didn't love you. He can't use you as his punching bag and claim that he loves you."

"It wasn't always physical!" Sara cried.

"What, so emotional abuse is okay too? Sara, are you listening to yourself? You're defending the bastard!" Nick practically yelled.

Rain falls angry on the tin roof

As we lie awake in my bed
You're my survival, you're my living proof
My love is alive not dead
Tell me that we belong together
Dress it up with the trappings of love
I'll be captivated I'll hang from your lips
And stand at the gallows of heartache, that hang from above

"Nick, you don't understand! No one has ever claimed to love me before! I don't know how it goes? What does it feel like when someone loves you? Because poor old Sara Sidle here had never had the chance to find out before. Sure, there were plenty of guys in university that were willing to use a naïve little girl, but after a while, I wanted something more."

"Sara, what are you saying?" Nick whispered.

"I didn't exactly have a great childhood, Nick. My parents ignored me, so I turned to science for a way out. When I went away to college, I looked for someone to love me. Once again, Sara Sidle was alone. Then finally, I met Bill, and he was so sweet, and tender, that I didn't know how to say no to him. I just kept on forgiving him Nick. I needed to believe that someone loved me. That someone out there cared enough for me."

She looked away from him, and pulled her knees up to her chest defensively.

I'll be your crying shoulder
I'll be love suicide
I'll be better when I'm older
I'll be the greatest fan of your life

I've been dropped out, burned up, fought my way back from the dead
Tuned in, turned on, Remembered the things that you said

Nick looked at her. "Sara. There is someone that cares for you that much. That loves you that much. That would beat up your ex-boyfriend for you." Did I just say that out loud? He wondered to himself.

Sara turned her head to look at him. "What did you say?"

Nick looked away and stood up. Now you've gone and done it Stokes. She's mad at you.

"Nick, did you just say what I think you said?"

Gulping, he turned around, only to be met by Sara. She had her arms wrapped around him. "You don't know how long I have waited to hear that." She said, sighing.

Nick smiled and pulled her to him. "I have loved you since the moment I met you Sara. I just wish I had had the nerve to tell you sooner. I could have saved you this problem with Bill."

"I love you Nick Stokes. I just wish I had said something sooner."

It only took a second for those words to register in his mind. His lips found hers and their fate was sealed.

Sara wound her hands in his hair. So this is what love feels like, Sara thought to herself. I rather like it.

I'll be your crying shoulder
I'll be love suicide
I'll be better when I'm older
I'll be the greatest fan of your life

~~~~~~~~~~~ FIN ~~~~~~~~~~

A/N: Song: I'll Be by Edwin McCain