Disclaimer: I do not own Kids Next Door or any of the characters. If I did, Kuki and Wally would have gotten together a looong time ago and operation: I.N.T.E.R.V.I.E.W.S would never have even been an idea.

Nightmare After Dark 2

He couldn't get to her. God, he tried, he really did – he fought against the restraints holding his body to get free to just get to her, but he found that his fighting was futile. He couldn't stop the black-hooded man from creeping close to her, couldn't stop him touching her and his heart restricted painfully, twisting in his chest. He needed to save her, to protect her, but he couldn't. He had failed her and as her scream echoed in his mind, he knew that he would trade places with her in a heartbeat, without hesitation.

"Kuki!" He yelled, partly to let some of his own anguish out and partly to let her know that he was still here – He was still trying…

When the man pulled away from Kuki the only thing he could see, that his eyes were drawn to was the pure-red blood that stained her green jumper and her violet eyes, wide-open and glassy, staring at him unseeingly with accusation shining in them and his heart shattered in his chest as tears spilled unbidden from his eyes…

Kuki was pulled away from her wonderful dream of Wally taking her on a trip to the Rainbow Monkey theme park by low moans of pain and anguish coming from the seventeen year old boy who lay beside her.

She rolled onto her side to see Wally frowning and moving restlessly and Kuki recognised that he was in the midst of a horrible nightmare, one that he'd been having since the last TND mission that had almost gone disastrously wrong.

She tentatively reached out and let her hand fall on his forehead soothingly and gasped as he shot straight up in bed, his chest moving rapidly as he struggled to breath, sweating as the green eyes frantically moved around his room before settling on Kuki and he let out a sound like a wounded animal before he reached for her, the relief that she was there clear to her as she locked eyes with his.

Seeing the need shining in his eyes, Kuki let Wally pull her close and she could feel his heart beating erratically in his chest where it was pressed against hers and his breaths came out sharply against her temple.

"Wally," she let his name fall from her lips as she held him back, winding her arms around his torso and he groaned again, pulling her impossibly closer.

"God, Kuki you – I can't – I'm sorry – Couldn't get to you." He mumbled frantically against her forehead and he pulled back to press tiny kisses, almost desperately against her skin, peppering over her cheeks, forehead and nose. "I'm so sorry," he whispered again and Kuki pulled back, shaking her head at him.

"Don't be sorry, Wally. You did get to me. You stopped him." She reassured him, shuddering at the memory of foreign hands touching her skin as her whispered plea for him to stop went by unheard. But then, just as she had almost given in and whispered the location of their secret base, Wally had burst through the door before tackling him and knocking him to the ground, throwing punch after punch until well after he was unconscious and Kuki quietly pleaded with him to stop.

"What if I hadn't though?" He whispered brokenly and Kuki smiled sadly, brushing his blonde bangs away from his face comfortingly before resting her head against his chest, over his heart.

"Don't think about the 'what if's' Wally. They'll drive you crazy." She whispered and in response he huddled her closer, resting his chin on top of her head. She sighed, feeling safe and warm encased in Wally's arms just as she always had, even as kids when he was shorted then her – she had always fit against him.

"I know." He said and Kuki could feel that he had calmed down – could feel it in the way his grip loosened slightly, in the way that his breathing evened out and his heart beat was returning to normal.

Together, they lay down together, and while normally Wally wasn't the snuggling type, he didn't let her go as she laid across his chest and she watched as his eyelashes fluttered against his cheek and he allowed himself to back to sleep and she knew now that it was with the knowledge that she was okay.

She was safe. And it was all because of him.

A/N: I thought that, since I did a chapter with Kuki having a nightmare, I thought I'd swap it around and show Wally having a nightmare. Hope you enjoy!