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The To - Do List: Part Four
Niles chuckled at that. "C.C. there is nothing to be jealous over. I haven't seen her for more than twenty-five years and the last time I heard from her she was happily married in England."
"Get over yourself, Hazel! I'm not jealous, I just need to know who is that bitch inside your damn list." C.C. replied, like it was the most normal thing in the world.
"Wow, if that didn't sound jealous then…" The butler began to say, but trailed off when received a deadly glare from C.C., a sign to get back to the point and soon for his own good. "Katherine is the name of the catering lady. I wanted to talk with her about my plans for your celebration dinner." He answered truthfully.
C.C. looked at him dubiously, but to his surprise returned her gaze back down at the list. "Then explain me number four?"
Niles furrowed his brow, trying to remember. "Number four?"
"Yes, you know the whole buy a gift for my sweet 'affair' thing." C.C. responded waving her right hands in the air for emphasis.
"It was just a joke!" Niles exclaimed as a genuine smile tilted his lips, but quickly disappeared when C.C. shot him a look. "A few days ago while I was cleaning the intercom I 'accidentally' heard a conversation between Miss Fine and Miss Toriello. Miss Fine was referencing to our relationship using the word 'affair', you know, given the remarkable history between us and to tell the truth I found it quite hilarious, so I used it in my list, that's all."
C.C. could see that he was being honest. But she was still as confused as ever. "But that still doesn't explain the gift." She replied firmly, although her eyes had grown a bit softer.
Niles shook his head in disbelief. "I was just planning to buy you something for your birthday."
"What about the strawberries?" She asked quickly before she even realized what she was reading.
"I was making you a birthday cake!" Niles exclaimed giving her a 'duh' look.
"Oh," was all C.C. could think to reply as she cast her gaze down at her feet.
"See, there is a logical explanation for everything." Niles said, hoping that C.C. would eventually see that she was making a big mountain out of something that was barely a molehill.
They spent a moment in silence, before she finally lifted her head and nodded; a sudden rush of relief flooding over every cell, every atom of Niles' being.
C.C. ran her hand over her face before dropped the list on the coffee table in front of her."I'm-sorry-I-made-such-a-big-deal-out-of-it." She mumbled so fast that it sounded more like a big word than a sentence.
"Seriously Miss Babcock, I can't understand you if you speak that fast."
C.C. rolled her eyes. "I said, I'm sorry I made such a big deal out of it. But if you tell anyone I said that, I will deny it." C.C. said in a warning kind of voice making him chuckle. There was a short pause, and then C.C. spoke up again, "It's just that I've just never felt so strongly about someone before and when I read the list I totally lost it…I'm sorry."
"Shh… It's ok," Niles cooed before reached out and tucked some of her blonde hair behind her ear, and then let his hand slip down her soft cheek trying to reassure her. She closed her eyes at the feel of his touch, and then opened them again when he pulled away. "You have nothing to be sorry for, I understand how you felt plus misunderstandings happen all the time. The important thing is that we are still stuck together in this unholy relationship. That's all that really matters."
Niles' words brought a smile to her face, but slowly it faded, replaced with one more serious expression while thick silence filled the room.
After the silence dragged on for what was probably a span of five minutes Niles spoke up, "what's the matter now, love? It's because you becoming a centenarian today?" Then he was waiting for her to insult him back but instead, she lowered her eyes and stared at the floor while a heartbroken expression overtook her features.
Confused Niles placed his fingertips underneath her chin and raised it until her eyes were in the same level with his, but she shook her head and looked away from him once again. "Hey." He said softly. "Look at me" Niles said firmly "Look at me" He asked again and then waited until her blue eyes rested on his again. "I'm just kidding."
C.C. nodded her head. "I know it's not that. I just…I…" she ran a hand through her hair and sighed to herself…"I wanted so much to celebrate my birthday day with you…She paused momentarily as her eyes clouded all over again, ready to break into tears at any moment…and now it's too late."
"Hey, hey, hey," he protested before glanced at his watch. "The day is not over. Technically it's still your birthday for the next twenty minutes. There is still time for us to celebrate your birthday. "
"But-" C.C. began to protest. She was still foggy-eyed, although at least she was smiling a little, too.
"No buts. Now wait here and close your eyes. " Niles said firmly before stood up from the couch and started to walk towards the kitchen.
"Can I look now?" C.C. asked a few minutes later when she heard him walk back into the room and set something on the coffee table.
"Yeah, open your eyes." He whispered in a gentle tone of voice.
"I present you, your birthday cake." Niles said proudly pointing on the glass coffee table in front of her. "I call it C.C.'s cake."
C.C. slid her eyes from his face to the table upon which her 'birthday cake' was resting. She couldn't help but let her lips turn into a big smile. "Niles, I don't want to hurt your feelings or anything but me along with millions of other people around the world we simply call it… muffin."
"Hey, hey, it's not a simple muffin, it's a birthday muffin, there is a candle on the top, for God's sake."
"Ooh, sure it makes all the difference." She replied in a mocking tone.
"Hey, stop mocking my creation; it took me thirty seconds to make it!" Niles exclaimed, with fake offense, before pouted his lower lip and made sad puppy eyes.
C.C. chuckled softly, "oh poor baby! Well, now that I take a closer look at it…hmm…yep…you're right; it's defiantly a birthday muffin." She responded trying her best to hold her laughter's "…I mean there is a candle on the top, for God's sake." She added mimicking Niles voice.
"Exactly!" He said glaring at the smirking C.C.
"Now what are you hiding behind your back?" She asked, trying to peek behind him to see what he was hiding.
"Ts, ts, ts always so impatient." Niles commented before removed his right hand from behind his back revealing two crystal glasses and a bottle of sparkling water.
"Just sparkling water?" C.C. asked with disappointment written all over her face."You didn't find anything harder inside the kitchen?"
"Well in the fridge was a bottle of champagne, but since you already have an amount of alcohol in your system that can easily last for your next ten birthdays, we'll have to limit our drink options between sparkling water and… sparkling water." Niles said as he opened the bottle and poured the sparkling contents into two glasses then handed her a glass and took a seat next to her on the couch.
C.C. let out a laugh and shook her head. "Fine, I'll compromise." Then took a small sip before leaned forward and placed the glass on the coffee table.
"I also thought about calling some of your friends, but then I realized that you have none." Niles said in a weakly amused tone, trying to ease the last traces of tension from the room.
"I have plenty of friends," she insisted sitting back against the couch. "Like..." she paused, frowning "... emmm…"
Niles cocked an eyebrow, urging her to continue,"Yes?"
" …ummm…" she trailed off as she realized for one more time that Niles was right, but then a name popped in her mind, "Maxwell!" She exclaimed out loud and then thought, Oh yes, that's good, feeling extremely proud and relief that she didn't make a fool of herself at least. "And if you wanna know Maxwell said Happy Birthday today to me, unlike a certain old, blue-eyed, pain in the ass for a Butler."
Niles raised the glass to his mouth and drank the whole contents down in one long gulp."Okay then, but remember you asked for it," Niles said with a mischievous smirk before clearing his throat and start singing:
Happy birthday! Now you're one year older!
Happy birthday! Your life still isn't over!
Happy birthday! You did not accomplish much
But you didn't die this year
I guess that's good enough
Happy birthday! Happy birthday!
Happy birthday, dear C.C…
"I should've seen that one coming..." C.C. muttered before she roughly grabbed him by the collar of his shirt, sealing his lips with a passionate kiss.
A/N:Well that's it folks. Thank you sooo much to everyone who read, favorited and reviewed this.:)