Chapter 8: Together Again

Well, everybody, here it is. The final chapter in my little pioneering fic. I know, it is a bit short, but as they say, all good things must come to an end. But for all you who still want more Nikki/Jen, I have two possibilities for you: One, most of you have accounts on this site, do you not? Well then, through your account, create your own! I don't own the characters, (If I did, the show woulda been cancelled. lol.) so do with this as you will. As a Chinese proverb said, I have opened the door for you. It's up to you guys to walk through. Two, I ask you a question. Sure, the original Star Wars was a big hit. But why is it still so popular today? SEQUELS! Now that I have a bit of a handle on what the bloody hell I'm doing, (Surprise, surprise.) I can create sequels to this! Fancy that. There. You have one of my trademark sermons. Now, onto the fic!

This Saturday was an ordinary run of the mill one. Nikki and Jen were the first two customers Caitlin dealt with, having one lemonade with two straws in the cup. Everyoene else filtered in throughout the day, with Jude coming round dead last.

And dead was an applicable word for Jude today. He was amazingly slow on his board, looking pale and sickly. And this was an unusual look for the get-up and go, albeit laid back Jude everyone knew.

"Jude?" Caitlin asked, eying him curiously. "What happened to you?"

"Ohhhh," Jude groaned, nearly retching. "Not a good idea to have coke and milk for a midnight snack…"

"Dude: Jonesy sighed, exasperated. "I told you that crap would curdle your stomach."

"But it seemed like a good idea, bro!" Jude said. "Just like a float! Strawberry milk and Coke. Man, did I ever puke last night."

"Well, that juwst goes to show that too much of a good thing is never good for you." Jen folded her arms, an "I-told-you-so" look on her face.

Nikki gave her chin a small thrust in agreement. "Well, on the bright side, he won't get a broken bone for a while." She said.

"What're ya talkin' 'bout, bra?" Jude cocked his head to the side.

"What rock were you hiding under during lunch?" Nikki asked. "Milk is good for your bones, like the one where your brain should be."

"Whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa," Jude said, moving his hands in concert with each "whoa". "You mean to tell me that milk not only tastes like this, but it's actually good for you?"

All signs of sickness from Jude seemed to evaporate and a chuckle came from him as he boarded away.

Jen sighed. "Will he ever learn?" She asked no one in particular.

"Sure." Nikki smiled, and then added with more than a touch of sarcasm. "After I dump you for Darth."

Noting that the lightsaber wielding electronics guy was passing by, a hopeful smile on his face, Nikki snapped at him "Keep dreaming, Jedi boy." Darth promptly sulked away, muttering something about how the Force didn't smile kindly on certain people.

The rest of the day went on as one would expect, but with Nikki actually doing a bit of work for a change. It was interesting what a good mood love put you in. As it were, Nikki actually found herself enjoying folding some of the piles of sweaters that were stacked about. Once one got over the fact that folding was a chore, it actually became kinda fun. (Nikki promptly slapped herself for having such a thought.)

When the end of the day came about, Nikki and Jen bade their farewells and began walking home. As they did, a thundercloud boomed over head and rain began to patter on the sidewalk. As Nikki's house was the closest, both girls ran for the shelter before the storm began to pour down.

As Nikki's parents were out of town, the house was deserted, the remains of last night's dinner happily soaking in the sink. After a bit of TV watching and other relaxatory (Sound it out.) pastimes as the weather went through its violent throes outside, Nikki sat up and announced "I'm hungry. Let's order in."

"Sure." Jen yawned. "My treat."

"No way." Nikki said. "I've got this one."

"Nik, you got lunch." Jen said. "I'll get it."

Nikki flashed that roguish grin, "Fight you for it."

"You're on!" Jen said and leapt atop Nikki. Both girls struggled, Nikki letting out a brief shriek as Jen exploited her ticklish underarms and Jen was overall impressed with Nikki's sort of skill as it were.

In the end, Jen managed to pin Nikki down in a fast hold, resulting in Nikki pounding the floor. "No fair!" She said. "You've got practice!"

"Well, I'd just like to see you try to take on Caitlin," Jen said. "She beat me last time for her credit card."

Nikki let out a loud laugh that ended in a snort. "I'm not gonna let you live that down now, you realize."

"Oh, I know." Jen said before giving Nikki a small kiss and helping her up. "I wouldn't have it any other way. Now, about that pizza."

The night rolled on uneventfully. Jen called her mother and let her know she planned to stay the night, after getting Nikki's approval. An old movie helped kill half the night, after which Jen stretched and announced she was going to turn in.

Nikki helped Jen settle in to her own bed as Nikki made herself her own little nest on the couch. Both girls stretched and fell asleep almost immediately.

Approximately an hour later, Nikki felt herself being shaken awake by Jen. She grunted and tried to go back to sleep.

"Nik, c'mon." Jen whispered. "I feel really bad about booting you out of your own bed."

"Don't worry about it," Nikki mumbled, half-awake. "I'm fine. And don't think you're going to get me back in there with you sleeping down here."

"That wasn't what I had in mind." Jen said. "Come on."

She half guided, half carried Nikki up to the bedroom and tucked them both under the covers. Jen rested her head down and put an arm around Nikki.

"Jen, sweetheart." Nikki said. "Don't you think it's a bit early to, well be…"

"Having sex?" Jen asked. "I wasn't counting on it tonight. I was just getting a little lonely up here. Just know that I'm ready when you are. Just being with me here is enough. Goodnight, Nikki."

"Hope I'm good company." Nikki smiled and kissed Jen on the lips after putting a hand on her hip. "Goodnight, love."

Jen nestled in close to Nikki and fell asleep. Nikki merely lay there, listening to her lover breath for a little while before drifting off, a small smile on her face.

Fin

There we are! That's the end of this fic. It's been a whole thirteen days, making this the speediest fic I've ever written. All in all, I have LOVED all the reviews I've received, and thank you all! I am nothing short of impressed, having received only one sort-of flame, which I must say is rather impressive. And yes, a sequel is in the works, after a 6teen crossover fic. (Which only has friendship, no romance.) All in all, I must say thank you for all your wonderful support from x-Eternity's Shadow-x, Riane46, descendents, The Sacred, Mr. Average, ShatteredNights, Lonestarr, topazchick08, BookJunkie, Zboowap, Jenni, closecall, Angel Reid . Tobias Dominik, Roxius, and various(?) anonymous reviewers. You know who you are. All of you, thank you! I couldn't have done this without you. No ofense to anyone i left out, it wasn't intentional! And for everyone who bothered to read this, May the Force be with you! (I'm always looking for an opportunity to say that!)

Interesting note: The total words in Chapter one amounted to 1138, a sort of Star Wars in-joke that was used multiple times. Just food for thought