So, it's been a while since I wrote my last story and I am not sure if I am still able to write. However after seeing the Nico files I couldn't get the idea out of my head anymore and this story was born. Seriously, how amazing is the Nico files? I LOVE it. It gives us more Nico than we have on the show. I just wish that they would finally end this Matt and Dani thing on the show, so we couldn finally get more Dani and Nico scenes. they have been rare since they got her and Matt together.
Anyway, let me know what you think!
Chapter 1: Friend Nico
"Hey Dani," Matt smiled when he saw his girlfriend walking towards him at the Hawks facility. She wasn't supposed to be in that day and he hadn't expected to see her before the evening, if at all, so he was glad she had driven all the way just to see him.
"Hey back," she mirrored his smile and quickly glanced at her watch what didn't go unnoticed.
"As much as I appreciate it that you came all the way just to visit me, I don't want you to stress yourself," he offered friendly.
"Actually I'm not here for you," she replied with a bit of hesitation and dragged the words out while an embarrassed blush appeared on her cheeks.
"No?" he was surprised.
"I'm here to find Nico," she said and the way she pronounced his name made it clear that she didn't come in peace.
"Nico? What for?" his curiosity kicked in.
"I have to talk to him about a patient of mine and his meddling," she remained vague, but he knew that she couldn't say much more. Once again she glanced at her watch. "I really have to hurry. I have an hour until my next patient shows up and I want this out of the way by then."
"Then don't let me keep you. We'll see each other tonight?" he asked hopefully.
"Actually I promised the kids that we'd go out to the movies. And since they are not allowed to bring a partner, neither should I..." she replied apologetically.
Matt didn't give up that easily. "Ok, then I'll call you once you're back."
"Why don't I call you. Easier that way," she smiled and then was off with a wave in the direction of Nico's office. Matt thought about following her and spying on them, but he knew that nothing went unnoticed by Careles and he would kill him for it.
Dani opened the door without knocking and stepped into his office. he was standing behind his desk, fiddling with some kind of tablet.
"There you are," she said in greeting and slowly he looked up, giving her the feeling that he wasn't at all surprised that she was here. Could he really know what brought her here?
"Yes," he nodded. "How can I help you doctor?" he asked and focused back on his ipad. Dani made a point of closing the door behind her and then walked up to his desk and remained standing.
"A certain situation has been brought to my attention, Mr. Careles and I need to talk to you about it," she replied.
"You could have called," he said without looking up. Dani frowned. It wasn't like Nico to ignore her when she wanted to talk to him. Now that she thought about it though she realized that they hadn't really talked as friends ever since Nico had found Matt at her house the night that TK had been shot. He was all smart remarks, allusions and mystery again. She frowned even more when she realized that it had taken her that long to realize it. When was the last time they had bantered like they used to?
"I did, but it seems like you're not taking my calls anymore. " Her voice went from teasing to hurt, but he still didn't look at her.
"I had something important to take care of. I'd have called you back later."
"Yeah sure," she replied sarcastically. When he looked up and raised one eyebrow she suddenly knew that she wouldn't get anywhere if she wouldn't let go of her sudden anger and disappointment. She took a deep breath before she spoke again.
"I spoke to a new patient for the first time today and I was really surprised by what she had to tell me." She sat down in a chair in front of his desk and tried to look as relaxed as she could. She actually really relaxed a bit more when he sat down as well.
"Marshall Pittman's secretary Darcy showed up today for her first appointment, but I guess I am not telling you anything new, because she told me that her good friend Nico had suggested that she'd visit me," she let the cat out of the bag and grinned in amusement when she saw him flinch when she said 'good friend Nico'. "She also told me that her friend Nico has been there for her ever since she found out her boyfriend had repeatedly cheated on her and that friend Nico is really worried about her violent tendencies." Dani smirked at him.
"I can assure you that I am neither her friend nor on a first name basis with her," he tried to defend himself and sat up straight in his chair.
"So you didn't tell her to confront her boyfriend about certain photos on Facebook?" she asked and then suddenly grinned even wider. "Oh, and speaking of Facebook, Darcy assured me that you intend to go on Facebook to network. I hope you befriend me then so I can see your, no doubt, very interesting profile." Nico groaned in annoyance and Dani giggled. God, she had missed annoying him.
"What else did my friend Darcy tell you?" Nico asked warily.
"Just what an incredibly good listener you are and how you are always there for her. So, are you getting a Facebook account?" She wouldn't let him get off the hook that easily.
"No, I am not going on Facebook nor am I a good listener or a good friend. Darcy nearly caught me when I took the bug out of Marshalls phone and I had to distract her," he admitted, knowing that he would never hear the end of it if Dani kept thinking he cared.
"Aaah, now we're talking," Dani smirked and didn't seem the least shocked. "Is there a bug in my phone, too?" she asked him then.
"No," he shook his head and started fiddling with his ipad again.
"Proof it!" she requested, still with a small smile on her face, that had got bitter around the edges of her mouth though. He knew that if there was a bug in her phone she would kill him. She held out her hand with the phone in it and he took it from her, paying attention that he wouldn't touch her. Under her penetrating stared he opened the back of her phone, took out everything that could be taken out and showed it to her.
"See, no bug," he told her and then re-assembled her phone and handed it back to her.
"Thank you," she said when she took it from and slipped it in her bag, the smile now more relaxed again. Silence set in and started to stretch while they looked at each other over his desk. It had been months since they had last talked, really talked or had been alone together. Beside when she had texted him about Damon and he had appeared in her car again out of the blue and when she had given him advice on how to deal with sharks.
"How are you Nico?" she asked him softly and broke the silence after a while.
"I'm good," he was too quick too reply and she knew that he wasn't telling the truth.
"Have you talked to Marshall recently?"
"No, but I was told that he arrived safely and has taken to silent meditation," Nico said and couldn't keep the amusement out of his voice.
"That's good. I mean, if it helps him," Dani shrugged. "What about Gabrielle and Juliette? How are they dealing with the divorce?" Dani knew that he didn't like talking about it, but for one she was curious and also she doubted that he talked to anyone else about the things that were important to him and that wasn't good. And Juliette and Gabrielle were important to him or had been at least.
"I don't know. Juliette is still out snorkeling somewhere. And Gabrielle... I haven't talked to her since the evening before Marshalls breakdown," Nico replied anyway and finally put the ipad down on his desk.
"You met her that night?" Dani was surprised. She had thought that their affair was over and done with.
"Yes, I had to talk to her, but it was to no avail," he sighed.
"You tried to make her cancel the meeting," Dani knew and Nico nodded. Dani cocked her head to the side as she studied him while he seemed to remember the meeting. He had wanted to protect his friend Marshall and he would even meet with the woman he was possibly still in love with. He must really like Marshall. He was such a good friend to him.
"Marshall was spinning out of control and I had to stop it somehow. I tried, but he throw me out and fired me and I couldn't let him go on. I've always had his back, but that day when he threatened... he went too far," Nico explained. After another moment of silence when he was still deep in thought, still remembering he added quietly, while he focused on his hands " I like moxy."
Dani's eyes widened and her breath caught in her throat. She knew that expression and she knew when she had last heard it: When Marshall had threatened her in his office. Nico had been fired and he had met with his ex, just because of her. he hadn't been loyal to Marshall as she had thought. He had done it all for her. Tears suddenly stung in her eyes and she took another deep breath so she wouldn't start bawling in his office. Nico was looking at her by then and shyly she raised her eyes and looked into his.
"Thank you, Nico," she told him with as much emphasis as she could. Nico didn't reply, he just gave her one of his rare smiles. She smiled back at him and the atmosphere between them changed. Danielle was aware that her pulse sped up and there were flutters in her stomach that she just shouldn't feel.
"I have to go, my next patient is probably already waiting for me," she said and broke the connection.
"Have a good day doctor," Nico nodded and picked the tablet back up.
"You,too, " she replied and made her way to his door. In the doorframe she stopped. "Hey Nico," she said and grinned.
"What?" he asked her with a smile, knowing already that some smart ass remark was about to come his way.
"I'll be waiting for your friend request on facebook. And so is Darcy," she said and then walked out the door. When she heard him groan in annoyance she started laughing. It was nice talking to him again, she thought. She had missed him.