A/N: This is a very short chapter that is brought to you by the sheer fact that I just can't seem to get to sleep tonight.


C.C.'s smile was smug as she descended the stairs for the second time that day. This time, she was freshly showered and wore a pair of clean-cut blue jeans and a form-fitting black blouse. When she reached the bottom of the stairs, she stood still, her arms crossed before her, as she watched Niles vacuum the carpet with his back toward her. Her smile widened as he turned off the vacuum but was still oblivious to her presence.

"Hello, hello," she said in a low, playful voice.

He turned quickly to face her and barely caught a gasp before it escaped from his throat as his eyes drank in her appearance. He tried not to stare, but the way her jeans hugged her hips and her shirt accented every luscious curve toyed with his inhibitions.

"Have a nice shower?" he asked stupidly as he nervously busied himself with the vacuum cord.

"Mmhm," she replied with a grin. "It was wonderful."

A moment passed between them as C.C. simply stood and watched Niles attempt to keep himself occupied so that he would not have to look her directly in the eye.

"So what do you do for fun around here, Butler Boy," C.C. asked, pausing to blow a strand of hair out of her face, "I mean, besides torture me and smoke Maxwell's cigars? I'm bored."

He shrugged.

"I don't have much time for fun."

Although he said this is a matter-of-fact tone, C.C. couldn't help but feel sorry for him that he spent so much time taking care of a family that showed little gratitude in return.

"Well, then make something up," she replied in a light tone that she hoped would give no indication of her sympathy. "What do normal people do for fun?"

Niles raised his eyebrow at her in a way that clearly expressed that he didn't quite think of the two of them together as "normal" by any stretch of the imagination.

"We could play cards," he suggested lamely.

C.C. hissed disdainfully at this suggestion.

"You really are new to this 'fun' thing, aren't you?" she teased.

Niles shrugged.

"We could watch a movie."

She sighed loudly at this but did concede to herself that watching a movie alone with him could have a few potential benefits...

"Fine," she replied, to Niles' surprise, "but I get to choose."

He smirked at her.

"I'll get the popcorn."

To be continued