The Cliche

Chapter 6: An Unexpected Explanation

Disclaimer: I don't own Special Unit 2, but I am its Number One Fan. Speaking of which, if I ever find who cancelled it, I'll hobble them! I also don't own any music referenced.

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"Mystery solved!" Kate said jovially. "Now let's get out of here. This neighborhood gives me the creeps." They were moving their equipment out of the surburban house.

"Yeah. Hey, wait. Not all the mystery is solved," Nick said.

Kate fidgeteded. "What do you mean?"

"Well, remember the snow, and the solar occurance I was talking about? I don't like the idea of leaving town without knowing what that was about."

Kate sighed. "You're really not going to let that go, are you?" She frowned, looking frusterated. "Look, I know what caused that, and it's all over, so it's no big deal."

She tried to walk toward the car, but he tugged on her arm. "You know what that was about and you never told me?"

"I was hoping it wouldn't come up again. I should have known better," she finished a little bitterly.

"Hey, come on, what?"

"Iuzingingindaowerokay?" She mumbled.

"What?"

"I was singing in the shower, okay!? she half yelled in exasperation.

Nick tried not to laugh. "You know, you could have gotten really hurt. You shouldn't have done that. You're just lucky you don't listen to country music!" He got serious. "But what's the big secret? Everybody does that."

She shrugged. "I thought you would figure out what song it was and make fun of me."

"Me?" he asked in mock surprise. "Make fun of my coworkers? Where would you get such an idea." She managed a smile.

"It's just that Vanessa Williams sings some totally stupid chick songs, I thought it would lower your opinion of me," she said quietly, without thinking.

Nick pretended he hadn't heard. "No biggie. Ready to go?"

"Almost," she said. "I have to grab my travel mug from inside. Hang on." She piled her stuff on the passenger seat and walked away. Curious, he picked up her ipod. He'd never heard Vanessa Williams, and he wanted to know why she found it so humiliating. He found her name, only one song: Save the Best for Last. He pressed play and listened to the words.

Sometimes the snow comes down in June

Sometimes the sun goes round the moon

I see the passion in your eyes

Sometimes it's all a big surprise

Cause there was a time when all I did was wish

You'd tell me this was love

It's not the way I hoped or how I planned

But somehow it's enough

And now we're standing face to face

Isn't this world a crazy place?

Just when I thought our chance had passed

You go and save the best for last

All of those nights you came to me

When some silly girl had set you free

You wondered how you'd make it through

I wondered what was wrong with you

Cause how could you give your love to someone else

And share your dreams with me?

Sometimes the very thing you're looking for

Is the one thing you can't see.

He could hear that Kate was coming back out of the house. He threw the ipod hastily back onto the seat. Yeah, he could see why she was afraid he'd make fun of her for that. It was too good to keep to himself. He smiled. "You ready?"

"I guess so."

He winked and shifted into gear. Then again, he thought, maybe this little treasure was too good not to keep to himself. At least for a while. He sped out of the driveway.

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I know, I know, I'm cruel! But I'm going to try to write some more link stories. (Readers roll eyes in disbelief Sure, we've heard that before!) Anybody else think the justaverse and hypnolink sound interesting?