A/N: extremely corny people. You have been warned.
Nick was sitting in the break room thinking about the Hanford murders. Especially since Greg's cousin was dragged into it just because she babysat that night. He hated it when kids were involved. Poor, poor Emily, he thought to himself. Such a sweet kid dealing with that kind of loss at such a young age. He sat for a while contemplating this when Sofia walked in.
"Hey, Nick, whatcha thinking about?" She asked him.
"Nothing really. Just the Hanford murders and the people they affected."
"Yea, but that whole experience made me realize something," Sofia began.
"Hmm?" He asked her.
She took a deep breath. "Nick, it made me realize that I can't live without you. The more I think about the murders it makes me think how close you can come to losing someone precious to you, and Nick, I don't want to take that chance with you."
Nick was stunned. It couldn't have been more perfect and surprising. The woman he had had a crush on since she started working there admitted to liking him back.
He sat for a minute with his mouth open, gaping at her.
She blushed and shook her head. "Never mind, Stokes. Never mind I said that. Just forget it," she stood up to leave, but Nick stopped her.
"Since when am I Stokes, to you?" He asked her grinning, amused at the thought of her becoming embarrassed.
"Just forget I said that, ok?" She said squirming to get away. "Let me go!" she whined.
"Not until you admit your feelings again," Nick teased her.
"Why should I?" She asked him scowling.
"Because maybe," he took a deep breath. "I like you too," he said letting go of her momentarily.
She was too stunned to run away.
They just looked at each other for a few seconds and they fell into each others waiting arms and kissed. Passionately. Not realizing a very stunned Emily and Greg were watching them silently and inconspicuously.
"I always knew you two should be together," Emily said happily.
"Jeez Emily. Way to ruin the moment," Greg whispered to his cousin, as the happy couple broke apart, blushing.
"No, it's ok," Nick, said. "You're the one who got us together in the first place," he said grinning, tweaking the girl's nose affectionately. Emily had always been like a third niece to him; he had two others in Texas that he never got to see.
"I did?" A confused Emily asked him.
"Yep. You convinced me that he liked me the same way," Sofia said smiling.
"And those nice inconspicuous hints you kept dropping about how pretty Sofia was and that we should be together really helped to," Nick said teasing Emily as she blushed.
"Glad I could help," Emily said.
"Now lets leave these two lovebirds alone for a little bit, shall we?" Greg asked.
And the two cousins left leaving Nick and Sofia together in each other's arms.