Disclaimer: Show isn't mine, but the song and some random characters (Dr. Skype, the girls from the group and Amy) belong to me.

Author's note: Sorry for the lack of length in this chapter. Next chapter will be longer, I promise.


I deserve much better,
that's what everyone says.
I don't listen,
as I'm crying over you.
It'd be much simpler;
yeah it'd be so much simpler,
if you could just be away from me.

"So, how's Madison doing?" Amy asked. She and Nick were sitting at the dinning room table for dinner. They had ordered Chinese take-out. Nick poked at his carton of lo mien with his fork for a bit before replying to his sister.

"She's all right," Nick said. Amy nodded.

"Is tonight the night she was supposed to go to that group you were telling me about?" Amy asked. Nick nodded.

"Yeah," he checked his watch. "She might be home by now, maybe I should call her," he said somewhat to himself. Amy cast her brother a look.

"Maybe you should wait for her to call you," she suggested. "In case she doesn't want to talk about it or something."

"Why wouldn't she want to talk about it?" Nick asked. For the past two months, Nick and Madison had grown much closer than before. Of course, they were very good friends before and Nick cared about her greatly, but for the last two months there had been more closeness. He was there for her whenever she needed someone.

"I don't know," Amy said, shrugging. "I just don't think you should push her or anything." Nick's brows furrowed in confusion as he set his carton of food down.

"Who says I'm pushing her?" Nick asked. Amy sighed, realizing she had offended him somewhat.

"Nicky, I just………..I don't know, you being around her all the time, it might not be a good idea,"

"What are you talking about?" Nick asked, frowning.

"She's just gotten out of a really bad situation, trust me, I know what she's going through. She's probably feeling helpless and lost right now. She needs to do a lot of healing right now,"

"I know that," Nick replied, feeling somewhat indignant.

"Right, I know you know that," Amy said. "I also know that after what happened with Theo, I felt like I needed someone. I thought being alone was some sort of defeat so I just went back into the dating scene before I took anytime to build myself back up again. It was a disaster. I just think that maybe Madison might be feeling that…………you're her Ben replacement or something."

"Amy, Madison and I are just friends. Just like me and Vida and the guys," Nick clarified as he reached for his carton again and shoveled a forkful of noodles in his mouth, hoping this conversation had ended. Amy gave her brother a knowing look.

"Right……….And………Correct me if I'm mistaken…….Was it Vida who you snuck out of the house with in the early morning the other day to drive her back home?" She asked. Nick was startled to realize Amy knew about this and nearly choked on his noodles. He gagged briefly before grabbing his paper napkin and folding it over his mouth, carefully spitting the noodles into the napkin before folding it over and setting it on the table.

"You know about that?" He asked. Amy chuckled.

"Nick, you suck at sneaking about. I could hear you guys passing my doorway."

"Nothing happened," Nick quickly stated. "She had a nightmare and she came over. She slept on my bed and I slept on the cot. I swear."

"I believe you," Amy said. "I'm just saying, don't feed me a line about you two being just friends, because I know that's not true,"

"I….." Nick began. "Look, okay, maybe there's something……….between us, I don't know," he said, slumping back in his chair. "We're not………together or anything,"

"But things aren't entirely platonic, either," Amy said. Nick nodded.

"I'm not pushing her into anything. We talked about this," he said.

"You did?"

"Yeah. She needs time, I'm willing to wait," Nick said, giving his sister the abridged version of what happened between him and Madison in the backroom of the store two months ago.

"I never said you were pushing her," Amy said. "I just think that with you being there all the time, Madison might push herself. She'll make herself think she's fine just to have that connection again. You guys will get together, it won't fare well and you'll get hurt."

"I won't let that happen," Nick stated.

"Nicky," Amy said, shaking her head. She sighed. "I'm not trying to be a pain in the ass, you know that, right?" She asked. "You're my baby brother and I love you. I just don't want you to get yourself in a bad situation,"

"You make Madison sound like some sort of harpy or something," Nick grumbled.

"I'm not saying that," Amy said, her voice firm to make sure there was no mistake in that. It wasn't that she thought Madison was a bad person. But Amy knew from experience how tempting it was to pretend everything was better right away after she ended things with Theo. She had dated a classmate and things seemed to be going well, but as the relationship progressed Amy became distant and couldn't handle the relationship. In the end, she and her classmate parted ways and never spoke again. Amy just didn't want that to happen to Nick and Madison. Nick was silent as he continued eating his food. Amy sighed and ate her fried rice. The two ate in silence for a long while.

"Fine, even if Madison does feel that way," Nick finally said, the sudden break in the silence startling his sister a bit. "Maybe it'd be better if she tries to move on with someone she trusts instead of some random guy or something," Nick said.

"What about if things go badly?" Amy asked. Nick set his food down and stood up.

"What is wrong with you?" He asked, a little angry.

"I'm sorry, I'm just trying to look out for you," Amy said.

"Yeah, well, don't." Nick snarled as he left the table and went to his room. Amy winced as she heard the bedroom slam shut.

"Well, that went well," Amy said, sighing.