Title:One Step Forward, Three Steps Back
Author: Walking Through The Rain
Summary: Nikki reflects on her relationship after Harry leaves. Small one shot.
Spoilers: Body Of Work
Timeframe: Set during Body Of Work
Pairings/Characters: Implied Nikki/Harry
Disclaimer: I don't own SW, the wonderful Beeb do.
Author's Note: I have only just begun to ship this pairing, so I may not be very good at writing them! This is set just after when Harry tells her he might be the father of Penny's child. Italics are lines taken from the episode.

"Do you want me to come with you?" she asked desperately, starting forward as he began to leave.

"No." His cutting, curt tone stopped her in her tracks; and he left without a look back, the door banging shut behind him.

Nikki felt her lip tremble at his snub, her eyes stung with white-hot tears. She knew it was stupid -selfish even- to feel this way. Harry was having an emotional time: death of an ex; finding out he might have a child; and all the the space of a few days. She knew he didn't mean to hurt her, he probably didn't realize he had. Anyway, he had more important things to worry about than her childish emotions.

She turned and sank down at the desk behind her, rubbing her eyes fiercely to catch the tears before they fell.

The memory of the pub floated into her mind; it felt like years ago, it might as well have been. The feel of his lips on hers, even if it was only to shut her up. He definitely hadn't been as affected by it as she had been; asking some mundane question about the service while she had still been stunned by his kiss, but she had thought that maybe... When he'd asked her out to dinner, she'd really thought that they'd...

It was a constant 'one step forward, three steps back' scenario between them. Nikki wondered how much longer it could be draw out.

She swallowed thickly, and resolved herself back to her work. Killer to catch, life went on. It always did.

End note: I'm afraid to say Nikki, it'll be draw out for another 3+ series' *glares at SW writers.* Anyway, I'm sorry my first contribution to SW FanFiction is quite so depressing... I hope I got the characters okay :) Review?