~~~~Present Day, 2011~~~~
Helen walked through the halls of the Sanctuary, her mind deep in thought as she walked by the media room.
She heard noise coming from the other side of the door and she went to investigate, it was late most were sleeping at this time.
The room was dimly lit except for the widescreen television projecting the credits of a movie.
Helen switched on the light and everyone in the room jumped at the sudden shift in light.
Kate, Will, Henry and Big Guy turned to her.
"Hey Doc," muttered Kate blinking her eyes.
"What were you watching?" asked Helen.
"Oh, Titanic," sighed Kate, Helen could tell she wasn't impressed, Kate wasn't exactly the chick flick type.
Henry sniffled slightly.
"Dude, are you crying?" asked Will.
"N-No…I'm just bored to tears," Henry wiped his eyes.
Helen chuckled; he had always been the sensitive one.
"Hey Doc, will said you were actually on the boat during the sinking, is that true?" asked Kate, her curiosity piqued.
"I was," nodded Helen.
"What was it like?" Kate sat up, resting her elbows on the back of the couch.
Helen opened her mouth to try and form the right words.
"Well, I…" she shifted her eyes upward. "It was interesting."
"I bet," he muttered.
"Well, it was a magnificent vessel, unlike anything I had ever seen before in my life," she clarified. "The movie really doesn't do it justice."
"Were you in first class?" asked Kate; her eyes sparkled with curiosity. Henry stopped sniffling and looked up, listening in.
"I was, Captain Edward J. Smith was a friend and former patient of mine," she looked at her hands sadly.
"You mean he was an abnormal?" asked Will, sparking an interest as well.
"And me," said Nikola's voice. It made Helen jump; he was standing in the doorway, lured to the room by the conversation.
"You?" Will pointed at him, disbelievingly.
"Oh yes," Nikola smirked. "It was a glorious adventure, wasn't it Helen?"
Helen glared at him.
"Let me guess, you had something to do with the sinking?" said Will.
"Ouch, William, words hurt," said Nikola, feigning a wound to the chest.
Helen rolled her eyes.
"Believe it or not, Nikola was actually helpful," sighed Helen.
"Really?" Kate said, even more interested.
"From what I recall I was more than helpful," Nikola sighed, leering at Helen, knowingly. She was silently threatening him to not mention their little wager, and he complied. He still remembered the rules.
"How did you get off the ship?" asked Kate.
"Nikola threw me overboard," Helen smirked, sharing a side-glance with Nikola.
"He what?" Will exclaimed.
"She wasn't going to get on a lifeboat, what else was I supposed to do?" Nikola shrugged.
"And you, how did you get off?" asked Kate.
"Much like the characters from the movie except without a raft, I gave my raft to someone else," sighed Nikola.
"You actually risked your life for someone else's?" Will said condescendingly, Bug Guy laughed.
"Yes, and got left behind by the rescue ship, thank you very much," Nikola hissed at them and Helen laughed.
"He was very brave," she patted him on the head.
"Did you get any on deck romance?" asked Kate, quickly changing the subject.
Helen didn't know what to say to that.
"N-no," she started.
Big Guy stepped in.
"That's enough, bed time!" he pulled the three of them out of the room like they were children.
"Aww, just when it was getting good," whined Kate. The door shut behind them and Helen turned to Nikola, glaring at him.
"Don't say a word," she grumbled.
"I wasn't going to say anything!" he raised his hands in defense. "I was just curious as to what your answer was. Did you get some on-deck romance, Helen?"
Helen moved away from him to sit on the couch.
"Whatever do you mean?" she said lamely.
"I was there Helen, I remember the wager," he moved around the couch and sat beside her.
"Oh yes, the wager, which I recall winning," she grinned smugly.
"Only by default," he shifted closer. "From what I recall, if only the iceberg had waited just a few more minutes…"
Helen rolled her eyes.
"Please, you were having too much fun biting me, you would've gotten no where," she teased.
He eyed her neck closely for a few seconds. He could just barely make out the too small scars on her neck, no bigger than mustard seeds.
He reached his hand out and grazed his thumb over the marks, eliciting a slight gasp from Helen.
"Still works after all this time," he grinned and Helen eyed him.
"Move you hand before I remove it myself," she said sternly, and he retracted his hand.
"That was a fun evening," he sighed, leaning into the couch more. "It really was quite the adventure."
"You just liked it because you could kiss me and I wouldn't shoot you," she rolled her eyes.
"I wasn't the only one doing the kissing, I remember several times the kisses were initiated by you, I also remember you whispering to me to bite you…right here, I believe," he grazed his finger just over the curve of her breast, even through all the layers she felt the sensation and she slapped his hand.
"How many times did you wonder what it would've been like if we hadn't been interrupted…how many marks I could've left on your skin," he was toying with her. She seriously wondered if it had become his hobby in the recent years, not to say she didn't enjoy it.
"It never crossed my mind, sorry," she averted her graze, suppressing the smile that threatened to crest her lips.
"Not even once?" he smirked, he didn't believe her for a second.
She shook her head.
"Shame," he muttered still eyeing the marks on her neck, his eyes darting down to her thigh. "I remember seeing you wearing only a corset and your undergarment, pushing your blonde hair back to expose such tender white shoulders to my fangs."
Helen laughed slightly.
"You've always been somewhat deluded," she shrugged.
"Oh, Helen, you cut me to the quick," he placed a hand over his heart. "Let's not forget who saved you from the cold."
"Yes…Molly," Helen teased.
Nikola laughed and looked into her eyes, they flashed with seriousness for a brief second.
"You know, I never thought I'd lose you before then…but seeing you lying there, your hair was frozen, your skin was so pale and blue, I actually thought for a moment that I couldn't save you."
Helen looked back at him.
"I felt the same way about you…when Molly told me you had been dead, I didn't want to believe her, but I had tried to wake you up…it was the only part in the movie I could relate to," she sighed. "Everything else didn't ring true at all."
"You know if the voyage had gone on long enough I probably could have drawn you in the nude," he teased and Helen hit his shoulder.
"Like you could've sat patiently for so long," she laughed. "You would start drawing me then two seconds later you would've been on me."
"Yes, but I would so enjoy trying," he laughed taking her hand in his.
"But it was fun," Helen added. "Being your muse for that voyage."
"Mmm, yes, I did enjoy bombarding you with my affections," he grinned.
"It bugs you doesn't it?" she looked at him. "It bugs you how close you came."
"Gah! Yes, I was this close," he burst out in frustration. She laughed. "Kills me every time I think about it. I had you, I was about to win the wager and then boom, iceberg, straight ahead!"
Helen squeezed his hand.
"I was willing to finish what we started when I saw you in New York, but then you brought up the wager, why?"
"It was part of the rules, I uphold them despite how much it hurts inside," he sighed. "Though I did tell you, you could do anything you wanted to me…you decided it was better for me to wash your hair."
Helen lightly moaned at the memory of him sitting on the edge of the tub, massaging her scalp.
"I don't regret it for an instant," she smiled fondly.
The two locked eyes again.
"How would you feel about making another wager?"
He quirked an eyebrow as a small grin formed on his lips.
"A wager, you say?" his eyes twinkled with mischief. "I think it's about time for another one, I mean it's been almost a hundred years."
Helen grinned herself.
"Same rules apply?" she asked.
"I don't know…are we going on a voyage somewhere?" he teased.
"How about till dawn?" she offered.
"Till dawn to do what?" he asked, shifting closer.
"Your worst," she challenged, eyes aflame with a dangerously playful desire.
Nikola grinned pushing her brunette hair over her shoulder to expose her neck.
"My worst you say?" his hand snaked down to cup her knee. "I think I can manage with that."
He ran his tongue along the marks on her neck, earning a moan from the woman beneath him.
"Shall we seal it with a kiss?" he grinned at her before capturing her lips in a powerful, toe-curling kiss.
She brought her hand back and punched him in the gut.
"You're going to have to catch me first," she teased, leaping off the couch, and removing her heels, booking it out of the room with a giggle.
Nikola took a moment to recover before watching her leave.
"Damn that woman," he grumbled with a slight smirk before leaping over the back of the couch, following the trail of discarded clothes all the way down to the residential corridor.
Now this was a night he'd gladly remember.
Ok, a cute little ending, because you guys deserve it, I don't usually write them, because I despise writing fluff pieces, this one wasn't so much fluffy as it was playful and teasing, they're not quite ready for life-long commitment but they will settle for some playful wagers. It's cute but not in a gag-me fluffy bunny, dreams and rainbows, when you wish upon a star googily way. The two are too stubborn to admit that they love each other equally, so they'll meet halfway. It's an ending I can cope with…and no one has to die. Cause seriously if I had to write a fluff piece some one would die!
Thank you to all who waited day in and day out and left me all the pretty reviews, seriously I love you, and I write because of your wonderful encouragements, if I could send you flowers and little cookies with lightning bolts on them I would, because you guys are awesome. I have another story in the works, that I think you'll enjoy. I'm thinking of taking on Nikola + Helen + nubbins…oooh mahaha…but I'm doing it my way…I have no idea how it's going to look like but I think it'll be fun, don't you think?
Anyways love and understanding, right?
Awesome, keep the reviews coming, they make me happy in these times of dire Nikolalessness.