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10: Caught

"How you doing, Princess?" Shego inquired for what seemed to be the hundredth time.

"I told you, I'm fine," Kim replied. They were sitting on her bed. She was covered in bandages. She thought that she looked worse than she felt, but that was to be expected since Shego made sure to cover almost every mark on her body with a bandage, however minor it was. The only way to get her to stop was to call Shego's approach "mothering" and she backed away almost immediately.

"I just want to be sure. I mean, do you need to go to the hospital or anything?" Her eyes begged for Kim to be all right.

"No. Shego, you don't have to worry about me. I'm a tough girl. I can handle a lot of things. I mean, you do remember that I save the world and junk almost daily, right? I've been through a lot worse," the redhead replied.

"I just don't want you to in any pain if it can be helped," the emerald-eyed female stated, patting the redhead's knee.

Kim smiled a bit; her girl was sweet. Well, her girl was sweet to her anyway. That guy Will was not so lucky. She glanced over at him and shook her head in regards to his current state.

Will was still unconscious and he was shackled to a pipe that connected to the apartment heater. He had burn marks on him thanks to tangling with Shego. The only reason he was alive was because she had no desire to go on trial for murder and chance being away from Kim for the rest of her life.

"What did you do to him? Why does it look like he got burned?" Kim inquired.

"Oh, that?" Shego flared her hands for the hero. "A comet gave me superpowers when I was little. It gave me the chalky skin tone, too. Does it bother you?"

Kim shook her head. "Not at all. Considering some of the things I've seen in my life, that's actually mundane. Shego, what was this all about?" She nodded toward the unconscious intruder.

Shego waved the whole thing off. "Nothing to worry about. I'll take care of it."

"Tell me. Does this have something to do with your … job?" She could hardly look her lover in the face when she asked the question, but she managed.

Shego was the one that looked away, but quickly realized what she did and turned back to Kim. While she was facing Kim, her expression was not very open. She did not appear willing to share. They had not brought up her job since she had been staying at the apartment and she had been pretending to not have a job. She knew that Kim was not very comfortable with her occupation and she really did not want to think about it while she was with Kim.

Taking a deep breath, Shego opened her mouth to explain as best she could. "My boss isn't very happy with me breaking a bunch of dates."

"So, what are you going to do?" Kim asked.

"What do you mean?"

"What are you going do to? Are you going to go back to work?" the redhead clarified her statement in a low voice. Now, she had to look away because she was afraid of the answer. It was seemed that she did not want the pale woman to return to her job.

"You don't want that, do you?" Shego asked in a low tone.

"Well, I don't want you to get hurt if you don't. I mean, if your boss is going to be sending people after you and everything."

Shego laughed a bit and she embraced the younger woman around the shoulders. She leaned in and kissed Kim softly. The redhead was not sure how to take the actions, but she curled into Shego's body.

"You are just so adorable. I can handle my boss. She just likes to overreact to everything. But, back to my question, you don't want me to go back to work, do you?" Shego asked once again.

"Well … I'd rather you didn't. I don't really like the idea of someone else getting to have you for the whole night and getting to play games with you and being … intimate," Kim answered in a low voice.

"Oh, Princess, that's all about business. There's nothing intimate about it, especially on my end. You think I like spending my goods nights with idiots when I could be curled up on my sofa with you, hating that you're watching soccer instead of letting me have my way with you?" the raven-haired woman said with a teasing smile.

"Still," Kim argued.

"Come on, you're my Princess and they're just my job."

"So, you're going to keep on … being a … a … an escort," the redhead managed to say.

"I need to pay rent somehow and I need to be able to take you out. It's a very good paying job. Gives me a lot free days to be with you and I don't work as often as I would with any other job," Shego explained.

The pale woman could understand why her good girl of a girlfriend might have problems with her remaining an escort. Kim liked being on the straight and narrow, so having her girlfriend be involved in something illegal was a bit troublesome. Knowing that someone else was going to be touching her girlfriend in so many lustful ways was even worse than the fact that Shego was doing something illegal. Kim could not look at it in the business way that Shego would have liked her to.

"Princess," Shego started to say, but she stopped just to change the way that they were situated. She wanted Kim to be able to look at her right in the eye to help ease the redhead's mind. She moved Kim to where the younger woman was straddling her waist and sitting on her lap. She then cupped Kim's face.

"I want you all to myself," Kim pouted, wrapping her arms around Shego's neck.

"You do have me all to yourself," the pale woman stated, purposely looking at their positions to illustrate her point.

"No, it's not the same thing. You're gonna be with other people," Kim replied, pout still intact.

"People I don't give a damn about. You're the only person in this world that I care about, the only person on Earth that matters to me. It's just a job, Princess. It's just a job. Nothing more than a job, I promise you," Shego vowed moving her hands from Kim's face to put them on Kim's slim thighs. She massaged the areas for a moment.

"But, it's a job where you sleep with other people," Kim pointed out.

"Yes, I do, but it's just sex. It doesn't have any meaning. It's nothing. You don't have to worry. You know you don't have to worry," the pale woman promised and she placed light kisses on Kim's lips.

"You can't bribe me with kisses," Kim muttered, yet she was leaning in for more.

"Why can't I?" Shego inquired with a small smirk. She spoke very close to Kim's mouth and she took another kiss.

"It's not gonna work."

"Yes, it is. Look, Princess, I'm all yours just like you're all mine. You let me keep my job and I won't complain about your job."

"My job?" Kim echoed, pulling back to make a face.

"Yeah, your job taking on nutcases that want to blow up the world or throwing yourself in harms way to save some place from nature's wrath. You think I like the idea of you doing that?" Shego asked.

"I can take care of myself," Kim insisted.

"And I can still be yours while keeping my job," the raven-haired female stated.

Kim's brow furrowed and she stared at Shego, eyes searching for something. "You want that job?"

"It's better than a regular nine to five, Princess. I make a lot of money and I'll be able to take care of you in the way I want to and I don't work that often, so I'll be able to spend a lot of time with you. I like those ideas very much. Look, let's just give it a chance for a while and then if you're still uncomfortable with it, we can talk about it and figure something out. Okay?" Shego proposed.

Kim did not seem to like that idea, frowning and pouting at the same time. Shego leaned in for another kiss to assure her Princess that everything would be all right. She also caressed Kim's thighs to help drive things home.

"Give it a chance, Princess," Shego whispered and kissed her girl again. She repeated those words and that action several times.

The redhead eventually nodded in agreement. She had to admit that Shego had a point. Her job was dangerous. It was one of the main reasons that women did not want to date her in the first place. Shego would have to put up with that. The fact that Shego was willing to put up with it spoke volumes of her level of commitment and how much she understood Kim. She supposed that she could do the same for the pale woman.

"I'll give it chance," Kim promised. "I'll give it a chance."

"Good," Shego said with a smile.

"Now, what do we do with him?" the redhead asked while turning to point to Will, who was still out like a light.

"I'll take care of him. Are we still going to have our bath?" Shego inquired with a suggestive smirk on her face.

"No, not with some stranger in the house," Kim answered, curling her lip in disgust at the very idea.

"You worry too much. He's knocked out, but I'll get him out of here and then we're going to have our bath," Shego stated.

Kim did not seem very against that plan. She slid off of Shego and they got up off of the bed. Shego went over to Will while Kim went to inspect her art desk and sighed as she surveyed the damage. Her writing desk was also a casualty of the fight. She looked down at her bandaged hand and then glanced over at her computer screen, which was another victim of the brawl. Shego noticed the things her lover eyed.

"I'll get him to replace those," Shego vowed.

"Are you sure?" Kim asked.

Shego snorted. "No problem. Now, you hang tight and I'll be back in a few hours, okay?"

Kim nodded. "Do you want me to go with you?"

"Nah. I know it seems serious, but my boss is just uptight. I can handle anything that she might throw at me."

"You sure?"

"Positive. It won't be bad," the older woman promised.

"Call if you can and let know it's all right as soon as possible."

"I will, but I'll be fine." Shego gave Kim another kiss to reassure her before going about her task of getting rid of Will.

Shego removed the cuffs from the pipe and put them around Will's wrists. She picked him up with ease and then walked back over to Kim. She gave the redhead a kiss farewell as if nothing bizarre was going on.

"Back in a flash," Shego promised before disappearing out of the front door.

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Betty was sitting at her desk when the door to her office burst open. She frowned as she realized it had been kicked open and the doorjamb was now busted. Shego stepped in with Will in her grip. She tossed the injured boy in front of the beautiful black desk and then took a seat in the empty chair that he landed next to. Betty frowned and Shego did the same. Shego also put her feet up on Will, using him as footrest.

"Good day," Shego said with false civility while scanning the nice, clean office. Looking around, one would never guess what Betty did for a living, namely run a fairly popular escort service. She just looked like successful businesswoman, which she was.

"Indeed," the one-eyed woman practically grunted.

"You should get out of the office more. It's a really nice hotel. You should see the rest of it," the pale woman commented.

"Let's cut the shit," Betty said in a hard tone.

"Let's. What the fuck is the big idea sending this stupid fuck to collect me like I'm some silly bitch that works the streets for you?" Shego demanded and she gave Will a bit of a kick as she mentioned him.

"Because you work for me," Betty answered through gritted teeth.

"You know better than to act like this. I could walk whenever the fuck I feel like it and you need to stop acting like that couldn't happen. I could take all of my clients and leave you with these annoying bitches that you can push around or you can send Will after. You're not my fucking pimp. You should know better than to try this shit with me."

"You should know better than to pull the shit that you pulled," Betty countered, pointing a finger at the pale woman.

"Put that fucking finger down. I'm not your child. I pull whatever the hell I want to. I'm my own person and you seem to have forgotten that shit. Now, this wasn't funny and you're lucky I didn't kill this silly bastard." Shego nudged Will with her foot. "You're also lucky I didn't pick up a phone and call the police when the dumb kid broke into the place. What the fuck is wrong with him? What the fuck is wrong with you for that matter? Why didn't you talk to me like a regular person? You need stop acting like a fucking kid," she declared quite seriously.

"Oh, look who's talking. You hung up on me and stopped taking my calls and you think I'm acting like a fucking kid?" Betty stated.

"You were getting annoying and bossy and you know that shit doesn't fly with me. You should've calmed your ass down and then called me back and left me a voice mail when I stopped answering. That's what an adult would have done. Now, stop acting stupid and let's talk about this like two adults or something," Shego suggested.

Betty frowned, but Shego had a point. It was a bit childish to send Will after Shego. The bigger mistake that she was unaware of was the fact that Will attacked Shego in Kim's home and had engaged Kim in battle. Shego was not about to tell Betty that the thing that pissed her off the most was because Will had done all of that foolishness in her lover's home. She did not want Betty to know about her lover considering how stupid the brown-haired woman was starting to act. I can't believe it, but now I can't even trust a woman I've known for damn near ten years.

"So, what's the deal? Do you quit?" Betty inquired, sitting up a little straighter and projecting a calm demeanor now.

"Is that what you want because that is what it seems with you bringing this asshole out?" Shego countered, folding her arms across her chest.

"Look, we both know what I want. What do you want?" the one-eyed female asked in an even tone.

"I want you to stop bothering me. I do what I want when I want and you know that. Now, I'll handle my clients like always and you get the hell off of my case. Let's both be professionals, like we used to be. Oh, and laughing boy here now owes me money," Shego replied.

"Owes you money?"

"The stupid fuck broke a lot of things in his quest to be an asshole, so he owes me money. I'll let you know how much in a few days. You'd better not try this shit again, Betty, or so help me I swear there won't be a body to find," Shego growled.

"You're threatening me?" Betty inquired in sheer disbelief.

"No, I'm promising you. Okay, because you're not some big scary fucking martial artist to me or some big boss. I know just as many moves as you and I have something that you don't. If you want to test me and you want to go at it, come on. I'm not fucking playing around with you and I don't know what gives you the idea that I am. Yes, I work for you, but that's only because it's easier to get new dates. I don't do it out of fear or respect, so get your fucking act together or just meet me outside one day. Don't send your little fanatical attack dog. Just meet me outside and bring whatever weapon you think will keep me from getting in your ass," Shego replied.

Betty sat back in her seat as if she was considering those words. She silently admitted to herself that Shego was with her just because it was easy for the pale woman. Shego was rather lazy by nature and went for the easiest way to do things; hell, that was one of the reasons that Shego had her job. She was not even sure what made her think that it was a good idea to send Will after the emerald-eyed female when she did doubt that she could handle Shego in a battle. She was lucky that Will was still alive.

"Are we done?" Shego demanded. She really just wanted to get back to Kim. After all, the redhead did owe her a nice hot bath.

"Do I have to worry about you breaking anymore dates?"

"I've got my dates. Don't worry about me. Just don't pull this shit anymore. It wasn't fucking funny and I won't take it so well if it happens again," the green-skinned woman stated.

"Just make sure you don't break the date," Betty stated, trying to regain some form of control over the situation.

Shego did not even bother to respond to that. She stood up and left the office. Betty got out of her seat and went to check on Will. He was obviously having just about the worst day of his life. He was bandaged for some of the worse wounds, but he was burned badly and still seemed to require medical attention.

"I suppose I should be glad that she left him alive," Betty muttered with a sigh as she lifted Will off of the floor. She was happy that he was still alive and she would make sure to never give him such a dangerous assignment ever again. "Now, let me get you a doctor to help keep you alive."

-*-(New day)-*-

Kim scratched her head and yawned. She rubbed one eye and then the other with her palm. It's about that time, namely time to get away from the computer. She had pushed herself away from the desk and stood up. She yawned again and began stretching. Many joint popped and she sighed in relief once she stood up.

"Time for football," the redhead decided while rubbing her stomach, which was partially exposed thanks to her tank top.

Kim exited the room and walked down the stairs. She now lived in a small house, which was much bigger than her old apartment. The upstairs had an office for her to do her writing in and the basement was set up for her to do her painting in. Things were not so difficult for her anymore when it came to writing or painting. She put some decent time for each other almost everyday, when she was not running all over the globe, anyway, or spending time with her hot girlfriend.

She went to the kitchen first and got something to eat. She grabbed some chocolate milk and some pop-tarts; it was one of her favorite snacks. She then went to the living room to watch some matches. She flopped down onto the sofa, which was black leather and unbelievably soft. She put her snack down on the coffee table that was in front of the sofa and the table was also an onyx color. She grabbed the remote and clicked on the large wall-mounted television. It was already on her favorite channel.

She settled in for the long haul, even though she was not going to have her snack for long. She sipped the chocolate milk and ate her pop-tarts while enjoying her game. She was not sure how long she sat there, but somewhere during the second match, she could hear movement upstairs. A few minutes later Shego joined her on the couch.

"Hey, Princess," Shego said with a yawn as she collected the petite hero in her arms and pulled the younger woman to her.

"You had a good sleep?" Kim asked while cuddling into her lover.

"I wanted you to stay in the bed," Shego replied while nuzzling her face in the Kim's neck. Kim mewed because of the attention.

"I had to get some writing done while it was on my mind."

"Well, you should've come back when you were done," Shego said while placing a light kiss on Kim's neck and one of her hands moved to Kim's stomach. She caressed Kim's flat belly.

"I wanted to see a game."

"You always watch a game instead of coming back to bed. You're never going to change, are you?"

"Do you want me to?" Kim inquired. She turned to look Shego in the eye, not surprised by all of the love, compassion, and understanding that she saw there. Those emotions had not waned in a year and she doubted they would ever.

"I've been happy with you like this for a whole year. Why would I want you to change?" the pale woman commented.

"Well then, you should've known I was going to watch a match or seven."

Shego laughed. "You're not going to watch matches all night."

"No?"

"No, I'm going to make us dinner and then we're going to take a nice, long, hot bath together before we slid back into bed for the rest of the night," Shego said.

Kim did not object since she was glad for anytime that she got with Shego. They had been together for a year and Shego still made her feel extra special when they were together; it was the same with Shego. They both still felt at peace with each other and could relax with each other.

Yes, Shego still had her job just like Kim was still a globetrotter, but they were both slowly moving away from those things to be with each other more often. They were also looking to give those things up because they knew that it would make the other happy, which they both wanted. It was just a bit difficult to give up very old habits, but they were steadily doing so.

Kim also still had parties to attend every month, but now Shego made sure that she never had to go alone. At every party, it was clear who they were with because their arms were almost always around each other. At first, Bonnie was not sure what to think and eyed Shego with suspicion, borderline hatred in her eyes, but slowly the air cleared and Bonnie could see that the couple was in love. Love was all Bonnie ever wanted for her friend because she believed that Kim deserved and needed love. Maybe Shego did too, Bonnie considered.

"You know, Princess, you are still very adorable," Shego commented.

"I hope I stay that way to you," Kim replied.

The raven-haired woman smiled and just held the little redhead to her. She was glad that she had chased after Kim a year ago and she hoped that she would never have to chase Kim again. Kim had no plans on leaving and she hoped that she and Shego would be together for as long as possible.

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The End.