A/N: last chappie! enjoy!

Chapter 12: The Next Place

"Like this?"

"Yeah, babe, that's perfect."

"I'm not gripping it too tight?"

"Grip it tighter if you want."

"Would you quit flirting and show her how to use the damn knife, Kid?"

Faith and Fisher shot their gaze toward Riddick as the couple stood at the foot of the bed where Deirdra sat, watching them. Fisher was standing behind Faith, one of her hands in his as she held one of her small knives he'd given her, giving her a lesson in how to use a knife as Riddick sat with Deirdra on the bed in their hotel room, both watching them.

"Riddick, leave them alone," Deirdra smiled, picking at her food. "He's teaching her alright. Her form is perfect."

"Isn't it?!" Fisher grinned, proudly as he lowered his arms from Faith to turn her around, making her blush at his confidence in her. "She'll be as good as you, Dee, before long."

"I'm sure she will be," Deirdra smiled.

"She could try," Riddick retorted, working on his own plate of food. "If he quits flirting, like I said, and teaches her right."

"She's his responsibility, he can teach her however he wants," Deirdra shot back. "With or without flirting. Go get me some more fruit."

"What am I? Your fetch and carry?"

"Until I'm fully recovered, that's exactly what you are, big ugly." Deirdra handed him her empty plate, smirking at him when he looked back at her. "Fetch."

"Bite me."

"Not in front of the kids, Riddick. I'm not an exhibitionist."

Faith gave a giggle that turned their attention to the teens, who both grinned, widely at them.

"The hell are you two grinning at?" Riddick snapped, yanking Deirdra's plate from her to get more fruit for her.

"It's nice to see the two of you back to normal," Fisher admitted, slinging an arm around Faith's neck, making her smile. "I was getting worried about you, Dee."

"Yeah, well, I was worried about myself for a minute or two," she admitted, smirking at Riddick as he filled her plate with fruit then handed it back to her. "Have we figured out where we're headed yet?"

"I voted we go back to UV 1," Fisher piped up.

"Which, I'm guessing was shot down?" Deirdra smiled, taking her plate.

"If his little girlfriend is coming with us, we need a more…civilized place to hide out," Riddick replied, sneering at the word 'civilized.'

"Ooh, how did that word taste coming out of your mouth?" Deirdra smirked at him as he sat next to her and their gazes met.

"Wanna taste?" he murmured, making her smirk widen.

"Told you, babe, not in front of the kids," she shot back.

"Then don't tease," he muttered as Fisher made a face at the two.

"And you talk about me flirting?" Fisher retorted.

"Flirting during a lesson," Riddick shot back. "That's different."

"And how come you say if Faith is coming with us?" Fisher recalled, hugging the girl closer. "Of course she's coming, right babe?"

Riddick glanced up from his plate of food, meeting Faith's gaze for a split second before she looked to Fisher's eager expression, and she nodded with a sweet smile.

"Yes, of course," she smiled, wrapping her arms around his chest to hug him closer.

Riddick watched them, snickering when he noticed the blush instantly flare over Fisher's cheeks. Fisher's arms slid down over her shoulders to hug her hesitantly in return and Deirdra smiled as she watched Faith snuggled into his chest with a content smile. The red-head frowned when she noticed Faith glance to Riddick and give him a friendly wink, making Deirdra look to Riddick, seeing him give a small nod and turn back to his food before feeling like he was being stared at and looked to the girl next to him.

"What?" he asked.

"What's with the meaningful glances?" she asked back, softly. "Thinking of trading me in for a younger model?"

Riddick's eyes narrowed to a glare as she smirked, teasingly before gently nudging his arm with her elbow.

"Nobody could keep up with me like you can, Girl," he muttered, making her smirk grow to a mischievous grin.

"In every way, I'm sure."

"Thought you weren't an exhibitionist."

"I'm not."

"Then quit teasing, unless you want to get jumped."

"A little flirting never hurt anyone."

"Could you."

"Oh, for the love of—Gag me, why don't you?!" Fisher cut in, making Faith giggle as the other couple looked back at them. Fisher was making a gagging motion with his finger and mouth as Faith wrinkled her nose in feigned disgust.

"Now you know how I feel," Riddick shot back, turning to his food as Deirdra rolled her eyes.

"Faith, there are a few things you'll need to know since you're gonna be with us," the red-head began, beckoning Faith toward her with a wave of her hand, and the young woman rushed out of Fisher's arms to sit on the other side of Deirdra, hanging off her every word with wide, water blue eyes. "Number one: You'll have to keep up. Number two: Keep your man happy and everything will be perfect. Fisher can teach you what he knows, and I'll teach you the rest once I'm recovered. Training's gonna be brutal."

"Well don't scare her, Dee," Fisher requested, heading toward the bed as well.

"I'm not scared," Faith grinned, looking over her shoulder at him as he came up behind her. "I'm excited!"

"Great," Riddick grumbled, drawing all eyes to him. "Another one. You better be able to handle her, Kid."

"Trust me, I can and will," Fisher grinned, leaning down to hug Faith around her shoulders and planting a kiss to the side of her head.

"Alright, that's enough," Deirdra sneered at the two, making Faith blush through her smile and Fisher gave a huge grin before nuzzling Faith's shoulder. "Starting to make me gag."

"He's been making me practice every chance we get," Faith beamed with pride.

"I'll bet," Riddick smirked under his breath, making Deirdra give him a glare and smack him in the arm.

"Don't be gross," she muttered as Fisher pulled faith with him toward the door and she frowned in wonder at the pair. "Where are you going?"

"Shopping," Fisher replied. "You said you needed more stuff, right? And Faith needs some new clothes. She can't go around in dresses all the time…as pretty as she looks in them."

"Something to fight in, if she has to," Riddick advised. "Dress her like Deirdra."

"I thought you didn't want a mini-me," Deirdra smirked as the teens nodded to Riddick before exiting the room. Unable to hold herself back, once they were alone, she questioned, "Why are you being so damn nice to them all of a sudden?"

Riddick didn't respond right away as she watched him expectantly while he finished off his food then put his plate aside. Deirdra frowned as he took her plate as well, setting it aside before turning to her, and she read the look in his silver gaze.

"Riddick," she drawled, eyeing him carefully as he moved closer to her. "I'm not ready to be put through a wall yet. I have to heal, remember?"

"Doesn't mean we can't have some fun on second base now, does it?" he smirked back, still moving toward her, slowly, knowing she couldn't move too much to get away.

"Hold on, Big Ugly," she shot back, placing a hand on his shoulder to stop his advance. "Who said I wanted you anywhere near any of the bases, huh? I'm still recovering."

"You shoulda thought of that before you started teasing me," he murmured in that low tone he knew she couldn't resist.

She rolled her eyes with an exasperated groan before he closed the gap and instantly started nibbling at her earlobe, making her give a gasp and breathe, "I can't believe you're really trying to get in my pants while I'm still an invalid."

"You're not putting up much of a fight," he murmured, his voice rumbling against her ear and making a shiver run down her spine. She gasped when he nipped at her earlobe, making him give a low chuckle. "Can't resist, can you?"

"Answer my question, ya lecherous bastard," she smirked, finally pushing hard enough on his shoulder to make him sigh and pull back, their gazes meeting. "Didn't think you were gonna get off that easy, did you?"

"You know I never make getting off easy, Girl," he shot back. "Not on your end, anyway. And don't glare at me like that. You shoulda chosen your words more carefully."

"Riddick, answer the damn question," she snapped, making him sigh and finally pulled back to put an arms-length of distance between them. "Why are you being so nice to them all of a sudden?"

"I'm not," he argued, making her fold her arms in front of her as she still glared at him.

"You're not nearly as snippy as you have been, and you haven't even given Fisher a tongue lashing after all that's happened," she noticed. "I thought that would've been the first thing on your list – to make him feel guilty for going out on a hunt and getting himself pinched."

"I think he learned his lesson, don't you?" he replied, making her frown at him in wonder. "And why do you want me to bust his balls, huh? You're always the first one defending him."

"I don't want you to, but you're acting weird!"

"Make up your mind, Girl! I bust his balls, you get mad at me. I don't bust his balls, and you don't like that either. The hell do you want?!""An explanation for your change of heart, for starters, and secondly you can tell me what the hell you said to Faith that made her your best buddy."

"Don't look so jealous, Girl."

"It's not jealousy. It's suspicion. Learn to read my face right."

"Or you could just tell me how you feel. You don't have a problem telling me when you're pissed off at me."

"You're stalling, and I won't have it. Answer the question."

Riddick sneered at Deirdra as she stared at him expectantly before his shoulders slumped and he looked her in the eye with a burning silver glare.

"I told her not to break the Kid's heart, ok?" he finally shot back, but looked away from her stare when her eyes widened in disbelief, still staring at him. "Told her to make up her mind about coming with us. She makes him happy. That was what you wanted, right?"

She still stared at him, even as he avoided meeting her gaze, her eyes welling with tears, a smile slowly forming on her lips. She shifted closer to him, making him look back to her when he felt the bed move to have her lean her head on his shoulder.

"Knew you had a heart," she smirked, nudging his arm and making him scoff.

"Doesn't mean I'm gonna go any easier on him, Girl," he warned.

"I know," she assured him. "But…you admitted you like him. Just a little."

"Don't go telling him. You and your damn bleeding heart are gonna ruin my reputation."

"Like he's ever gonna detach himself from Faith long enough for me to tell him anything," she shot back as she sat up again, making him chuckle. "Give me my food back. I'm hungry."

One Week Later...

Riddick sat in the pilot's seat of the small ship punching in coordinates and making all the checks needed before launch. His hand froze over the panel when he caught the sounds of bootsteps heading toward him. Then he caught their scents.

"Bout time you three showed up," he called, resuming his checks on the ship. "I was gonna take off without you if you took much longer."

There was no response as a single pair of footsteps continued their approach toward him, and he knew exactly who it was. He let out a low groan that rumbled in his chest when a hand lovingly ran over his chest and he grabbed hold of the wrist to keep it in place. Deirdra set her chin on his shoulder, a grin plastered over her face as she nuzzled against the side of his head before leaning down to press kisses to his pulse.

"Careful what you start, Girl," he rumbled, making her chuckle against his neck. "The Kiddies are right behind you."

"If they don't know about the birds and the bees by now, there's no hope for either of them," she murmured into his ear. He gave a small snarl before turning to throw his arm around her and pull her into his lap, making her laugh as she landed against him.

"Kid, you co-pilot," he called as Deirdra settled in Riddick's lap.

"Serious?!" Fisher called, a grin plastered over his face as he hurried toward the seat, Faith right behind him. "You always let Dee co-pilot."

"Time you learned, in case she's too pregnant," Riddick retorted, making Deirdra look to him with wide eyes as Fisher took up the co-pilot's seat. "You've watched her enough times to know what to do. What's the first thing you look at?"

"Uh…fuel reserve?"

"You asking me or telling me?"

"Fuel reserve. Definitely."

"Good. Now—The hell do you think you're doing?"

Fisher grabbed Faith's hand as Riddick was about to give him his next order and pulled the girl into his lap, as Riddick had done with Deirdra. Fisher looked up in confusion as the man's question as Faith looked away with a blush that hid the freckles on her cheeks.

"What?" Fisher shrugged, hugging Faith a little tighter. "You've got Deirdra on your lap, why can't I have my girl on mine?"

"I'm a better pilot—Where do you think you're going?"

Riddick pulled Deirdra back into his lap when she stood, making her grunt as she landed before she gave him a chiding look.

"Lead by example, Big Ugly," she retorted, pushing against him to stand again and this time he released her as she told Faith, "You and I will store the supplies."

"Ok," Faith nodded, still blushing as she tried to stand, but Fisher was being stubborn, his arms tightening around her waist.

"I concentrate better with her here," he grinned, nuzzling Faith's cheek as she tried pushing away, halfheartedly.

"Right," Deirdra drawled before smacking Fisher upside the head, the distraction allowing Faith to get away when his grip loosened. "You think I'm stupid? She's a girl, not a security blanket."

"Hey, wait!" Fisher nearly whined, pouting as Faith hurried away with Deirdra right behind her.

"Tough break, Kid," Riddick chuckled as Fisher sat back in his chair. "Pay attention."

Deirdra shook her head as she and Faith started emptying the bags into the storage shelves.

"Well, at least he's finally opening up," she murmured to herself, but Faith heard and smiled.

"Fisher hasn't been able to stop talking about how much Riddick has shared with him since we got here," Faith confessed. "He's happy to bond with him. He finally feels accepted by him, ya know?"

"Oh, I know," Deirdra nodded, stuffing the first aid kit she pulled from one of the bags into the shelf. "You have no idea how long it's taken Riddick to finally get to that point. He's a bit of a slow one."

"Fisher told me," Faith nodded, taking one of the empty bags and folded it absentmindedly, looking back at the two sitting in the pilot's and co-pilot's seats for a moment before looking back at Deirdra as she still packed things away. "Where do you think we're headed?"

"Somewhere warm, I hope," Deirdra confessed, making Faith giggle, knowingly. She'd been told all about the UV System. "Hope your fighting skills are improving. You'll have to help us on the first hunt. The both of you will."

"I'm ready," Faith grinned, her blue eyes sparking excitedly. "I demonstrated to Riddick the other day and he said with some refining from you, I'll be up to par."

"Well, you're a quick study, so that won't take long," Deirdra nodded.

"Strap in," Riddick suddenly called from the pilot's seat as Fisher whizzed by between the girls to shut the gangplank. Deirdra and Faith took seats in the chairs behind the pilot's and co-pilot's seats and strapped in as Fisher raced back to his place, strapping himself in as well. "Alright, Kid, you ready?"

"As I'll ever be," Fisher grinned, bouncing excitedly in his seat.

"Where are we going?" Deirdra asked as the engines fired up.

"Figured we'd try to head back to Furya," Riddick replied, casually and her eyes widened at the back of his head as he and Fisher flipped switches on the panels in front of them. "You liked that place, didn't you?"

"What makes you think they'll let us back?" Deirdra wondered.

"No Necros on our tail this time," he explained. "And no one even knows Furya exists. Nowhere on the maps."

They were all shoved into their seats a little farther when they burned out of atmo, and once the stars were visible through the window of the cockpit, they all started tugging at their restraints.

"Ladies and gentlemen, you're now free to move about the cabin," Fisher smirked as Riddick stood, grabbing Deirdra's hand and pulling her from her seat to pull her farther from the teens. "Hey! What do I do?!"

"Put it on autopilot if you're worried," Riddick replied, not looking back as Faith stood to step next to Fisher. Riddick pulled Deirdra into a corner on the other side of the shelving and pinned her between the wall and his body. She smirked up at him, unfazed when he took hold of both her wrists in one hand and held them up above her head.

"You can't put me through this wall, Riddick," she warned with a saucy smirk. "We're in space."

"Thought we could multitask," he replied, using one hand to pull his googles up onto his forehead to stare down at her with his shined eyes. She bit her lip as she stared back at him, trying to disguise the affect he was having on her with that stare. "You still wanna talk…and I wanna screw you. So we'll meet halfway. You talk, and I'll suck on your neck."

Deirdra opened her mouth to protest but his lips came crashing down on hers for a deep kiss before he pulled back just enough to trail kisses down to her throat. She gave a small moan before she was able to grasp at a thought to voice while he kept her pinned to the wall.

"I…I thought you hated being on Furya," she whispered, afraid of what her voice would sound like if she spoke any louder.

"Furya's a big place," he replied against her skin. "We can find a place of our own somewhere else. Away from everybody else. Just the four of us."

Deirdra smiled, tilting her head to give him more access to her neck, murmuring, "Yeah. Just the four of us."

"Done talking?"



Riddick planted his lips to hers again for a passionate kiss. He wasn't about to give the kids a show, but he would come damn close. He was sure once they got to Furya, he wouldn't be able to hold back from having his way with her much longer.

Fisher made a face as he heard Deirdra give a moan and Faith couldn't help but giggle at him before she sat herself in his lap again, making his eyes widen at her in surprise.

"Well, aren't we getting bold?" he smirked, wrapping his arms around his waist to pull her closer as she wrapped her arms around his neck to lean closer and give an Eskimo kiss to his nose. He chuckled before lifting his chin to catch her lips in a quick kiss before they pulled back to grin at each other.

"You guys make a pretty good team," Faith smiled.

"You're part of the team now too, ya know?" Fisher smiled, making her grin back and nod, hugely. "But ya know, for a while there, our little trinity was awesome."

A/N: and so ends another Riddick fic. I hope you all enjoyed reading this as much as I did writing it. but fear not! a new story is in the works! keep a look out for the fourth installment in the Deirdra/Riddick saga! there's o title yet, but you'll know it when you see it. in the mean time, I encourage all of you to check out my other fics. thanks for reading! see you in the next story! any more reviews for me?