I've had a couple of people ask for more for this story, so I was going to write this about when Nick finally sees her, but Cassie didn't think it was time for that yet and she wanted her turn to talk for a minute. So here's what came out instead. Hope you like it, thanks for reading :o)


At this point, I'm not even sure what city we're in, all I know is that it's getting dark and the street is mostly empty but for a few people here and there making their way home at the end of the day.

We're running and he reaches out and grabs my hand so we don't become separated. He looks back at me and smiles, and I know what he's thinking; after everything we've been through, we're being chased down by a regular person. We've just stolen some clothing for my mother and the store manager caught us. Nick doesn't want to move anything though, for fear of attracting the wrong kind of attention. He pulls me around the corner of a building, a dry cleaners, and we duck into the front entry way and he pulls me close to his chest and holds me tight as the man runs past us.

Nick chuckles as he leans around me to check that the coast if clear and I take this small opportunity to breathe him in. That smell that's a little bit of sweat and laundry soap, but mostly it's just Nick.

He looks at me and I wonder, not for the first time, what he sees. In his eyes am I still the little girl that found him so long ago in his apartment and asked for chicken and his help, or am I slowly but surely turning into the women that I've always been on the inside?

Nick takes my hand once again and we head for home and the moment, it there ever really was one, is over.

My mother says not to worry, she tells me I worry too much and that things will happen when they happen. I don't know what she's seen for myself or Nick for the future, but she's not worried, so maybe I shouldn't be either.


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