Only Human

Author: iacssi111

Spoilers: The end of Season 2 and Season 3 up to The Gospel of Jordan Collier.

Disclaimer: I do not own any of The 4400 characters, even though I wish I did so that I could make them do whatever I want…Oh well.

Note: This is my third and final chapter. It's just a short one to wrap things up, so enjoy! It's got a little more fluff than the previous two. I would like to thank everyone who took the time to read and review my story. Everyone was very encouraging and motivating! Thank you all so much! Here's a new side of Marco…hope you like it as much as I do ; )


Chapter 3

A week had come and gone since Diana had finally come to her senses. Much to her and Maia's delight, Marco had been at her apartment almost every night. Diana was convinced now, more than ever, that this was going to work. Even things at NTAC were going well. Diana and Marco frequently took lunch breaks together, which were nice distractions from the often stressful nature of their jobs. They remained quite professional while on the clock. Diana didn't even think anyone had noticed the change in their relationship. However, at the current moment, professional was the last thing that Diana felt like. She had been walking by Theory Room when Marco had surprised her and suddenly grabbed her and pulled her in. She hadn't intended to even stop by since she was so busy. Marco quickly silenced her conscience and made her feel like she had all the time in the world.

Currently, she was pressed up against the wall of the Theory Room and Marco was doing amazing things with his tongue. He nipped and sucked on her earlobe, eliciting a moan from her. The files in her hand forgotten, they fell to and scattered all over the floor. Her hands went to his chest and she began to push him away.

"Marco! What are you doing? There are security cameras everywhere!" She protested. He quickly covered her mouths with his.

"I disabled them," He said in between kisses. Diana felt a surge of heat rush through her body in reaction to his brazenness. She gave in, bringing her hands up to the back of his head and running her fingers through his hair. She sighed as Marco's hands went to the small of her back and pulled her against him. He was kissing her neck and Diana had almost forgotten that they were at NTAC and that she was supposed to be working. She tilted her head back against the wall and continued to let Marco work his way down her throat. Her eyes snapped open when she heard someone in the doorway next to them.

"Whoa! Sorry guys…I'll…uh…come by later," Tom said, a shocked expression quickly turning into a bemused one. The couple watched him turn and leave and heard him laugh as he walked down the hall. Diana couldn't help but laugh herself.

"Whoops…" Marco said, a sly grin forming on his face. Diana reached up to smooth down his now disheveled hair. Bringing her hands down to cup his face, she got serious.

"Marco, as amazing as that was, you and I need to be a little more careful," She told him. Marco looked slightly disappointed. "We'll just have to lock the door next time…" She said seductively. She smiled and gave him a quick kiss, collected the files on the floor and headed out of the Theory Room to face the music with Tom.

As Diana strode into their office, Tom looked up from his desk and immediately started to chuckle.

"Diana Skouris, necking on the job…" He said, shaking his head. Diana scowled at him.

"Shut up, Tom." Tom was cracking up at this point, causing Diana to roll her eyes. "Tom!" She yelled.

"I'm sorry. I just didn't expect that," He told her as he was wiping at his eyes.

"Well, I'm glad I could make your day," She said, annoyed. Tom stopped chuckling long enough to be serious.

"Seriously, though, I'm happy for you. Marco's a good guy. A lot younger too, so you know, good for you," He said, cracking up again.

"TOM!" Diana threw a pen at him. "Come on, we have work to do," She told him, trying to keep a straight face.

"Yeah, okay. Oh, hey, you should really bring Marco and Maia to Kyle's dinner tomorrow, Diana," He told her.

"Well, I'm not going to if you're going to laugh at me all night."

"No, no. I promise. You just took me by surprise today, that's all. I really do think it's great."

"Thanks Tom. We'll be there," She told him, smiling.


The next evening, Diana, Marco and Maia arrived at Tom's house for Kyle's dinner. Maia skipped ahead of Marco and Diana, who walked hand in hand behind her. She rang the doorbell excitedly. She was very fond of Tom and Alana. Marco turned and looked at Diana.

"This should be interesting," He said wryly. Diana gave him a small smile.

"It'll be fine," She told him.

The door opened and Alana quickly ushered them into the house. Kyle gave Diana a hug and shook Marco's hand.

"Alana, Kyle, this is Marco Pacella. Marco, this is Alana and this is Kyle," She said gesturing to them. Marco smiled and said "hi". Maia squealed with delight when she saw Shawn approaching them. He bent down to engulf her in a hug. Maia and Shawn had grown close after being in quarantine together. Shawn shook both Diana's and Marco's hands.

"Glad to see you could get away from the Center for an evening," She said, smiling. "You must be so happy to have Jordan back." Shawn smiled.

"Yeah, who would've thought? Hey, Uncle Tom and Alana almost have dinner ready, so let's go sit."

"Shawn, can I sit next to you!" Maia asked, looking up at him expectantly.

"Of course you can! I wouldn't want to sit next to anyone else," He told her. She grinned and took her seat beside him at the dining room table. Diana smiled at Marco and he pulled out her chair for her. She obliged, and Marco took his seat next to her. As Tom and Alana began serving everyone, Diana took a hold of Marco's hand underneath the table. He smiled at her and gave it a reassuring squeeze, as if to say 'everything's going to be all right'. In what was a very uncertain time for NTAC and the 4400, Diana relished the rare moment of peace and quiet.