Biting her lip, Fred reached up and took the reports from Nick as he explained what had been going on. She vaguely remembered he mentioning the case before, saying that there were some strange aspects that needed further investigating. Opening the folder, she furrowed her brow as she read over the chemical breakdown.
"That's not right - those two chemicals shouldn't be able to co-exist together in the same space without combusting...or at the very least causing corosion." She tapped a line that had several compounds that hadn't been identified at all. "Maybe one of these kept those from doing that? I wish you had some of the substance too, but maybe I can contact Wesley and ask if he's ever heard of some of this stuff - he's had a lot more experience with it than me after all. Most of what I know right now if from books...and...well, you know."
She looked up at him and took the pictures, nodding when he said they had officially attributed the death to a wild animal. That happened a lot, Wesley had told her, and it hadn't surprised her, after some of the things she had seen in Pylea. Turning her attention to the picture, she gasped at the sight of the mutilated body.
"Oh, my God," she whispered before looking up at Nick. "Nick, I...I recognize this. In Pylea, there was a demon monster...big and ugly, like a...a...I couldn't even describe it if I wanted to, but sometimes slaves would go missing, and when their bodies were found...they...it looked like this. I...I didn't think they lived in our dimension."
A possibility about the demons and how they were in their dimension started to cross her mind, but she quickly shied away from it, not wanting to consider that possibility. "We definitely need to show this to Wesley somehow."
Nick listened to Fred speak and slowly nodded his head. He knew a lot about science, but not as much as Fred. "Greg said the same thing but just figured the machine was off and sent it off to get fixed," he said. When Fred looked at the pictures, he moved closer to her and placed his hand on her back, making sure she knew he was there for her if she needed him.
"Pylea?" he asked. His first instinct was to pull the pictures away and not let her look at them anymore. He wanted to protect her from everything in the world, and never wanted her to be reminded of what happened before. But, Nick didn't. He knew Fred was strong and would stop if she needed to.
When she mentioned getting a hold of Wesley, he furrowed his brow. "We can call him in the morning and fax the pictures to him. I know of I place we can fax them from," he said as he carefully removed the pictures from her hands. "I think that's enough for now. We can figure out more tomorrow after getting a hold of Wes." He placed the papers away, knowing if he allowed Fred to keep them, she would be up most of the night, researching.
"How about we do something else that doesn't involve demons?" he asked as he stood from the couch and held out his hand. "I really missed my girlfriend today and would like to spend some time with her, in bed. If that's alright with her."
Having Nick's hand on her back, offering support, helped Fred to keep her mind from running away with her. She didn't know what kind of demon this might be - though she was sure it was a demon. For all she knew, there was a similar kind of demon here in this dimension. For all she knew...for all she knew...
She looked up at Nick, nodding when he said they'd call him in the morning. Wesley was their best bet to figure this out - for all her time in Pylea, she was still figuring stuff like this out. She was wondering if she could find more information on the Internet to give to Wesley when Nick pulled the pictures from her hands and put them away, but before she could protest he was holding his hand out to her.
"I missed you too," she told him softly, taking his hand and letting him help her up. Wrapping her arms around his neck, she leaned forward to kiss him before giving him a smile. "And I think so time together in bed would be wonderful."
She hadn't been certain, not that long ago, if she would be ready to sleep with Nick again, after all that had happened and the time they had been apart. But he had been so sweet and gentle with her that when the time had come, being back in his arms as he made love to her had seemed right and amazing.
Reaching down, she took his hand and led him into the bedroom. Max seemed to realize what they were planning, so he stayed where he was, curled up in his chair. Inside the room, Fred turned back to Nick.
"I think this was the bed you were referring to," she asked with a smile.
Nick smiled as Fred agreed to go to bed. He'd been worried she would want to sit out there and stare the pictures all night long. After giving Max a look, wondering if he was ever going to give him back his favorite chair, Nick followed Fred into their bedroom. He closed the door behind him and glanced over at the bed.
"I believe it is, darling," he said before he leaned down and softly kissed her.
As they kissed, he reached down and tugged at the hem of her shirt. He pulled back long enough to pull it over her head before kissing her neck. Nick's hand moved around to her back and easier unclasped her bra. With his mouth still on her neck, he pulled her bra off and moved his mouth down to her breasts.
"You smell so good," Nick said as he nuzzled against the soft skin of her breast. He found one of her nipples and sucked on it, moaning as it hardened in his mouth.
His hands moved down to her jeans and he unbuttoned them, knowing he needed her naked. As he moved his mouth to her other nipple, he pulled her jeans and panties down. Taking a step back, he groaned at the sight of her. "You're so beautiful, Fred," he whispered as he felt himself start to strain against his jeans.
He wanted nothing more than to strip his clothes off and thrust into her, but he wanted to pleasure her first. With a smile, he took her hand and had her sit on the edge of the bed. He kneeled down and hissed a little. Reaching down, he undid his jeans and unzipped them to give himself some relief.
Nick then wrapped his arm around her waist and looked up at her. "Just enjoy for now," he murmured before he dipped his head down and started to suck on her clit as pushed two fingers inside of her.
When Nick pulled on her shirt, Fred raised her arms, letting him pull it off her, shivering a little in the air conditioned chill of the room. A soft moan escaped from her mouth at the feel of his lips on her, especially when they closed around her nipple. The sensation almost sent her stumbling, so she wrapped her arms around him, holding him tight to keep from falling over.
"Nick," she exhaled, her eyes fluttering close. Oh God, the things he made her feel. Even though she had come to think she had made him up during her time in Pylea, the moment he had touched, it had all come rushing back just how real he was and how he made her feel. She was so caught up in it that she wasn't completely aware of him pulling her jeans and underwear off until he had pulled back, telling her she was beautiful.
When she had come back, she hadn't felt beautiful. After five years of feeling dirty and messy, she hadn't thought she could ever be beautiful, especially with the scars now crossing her back from where her Pylean owners had beat her. She had been so scared to let him see her, see those, because it would be a reminder that she wasn't the Fred he had been in love with anymore. But even with the scars, he had looked at her the same way, touched her the same way, and that more than anything made her feel beautiful.
"So are you," she told him, wanting to reach out and pull his clothes off, but before she could, he was gently drawing her down to the bed and kneeling in front of her.
Moments later, she felt his mouth on her clit and his fingers inside her, causing her to grab the bedspread as her hips bucked up against him. The sudden wave of sensations through her almost robbed her of her breath. "Nick..."
His touch quickly sent her spiraling toward that edge. More, she need more. Needed to come, needed him inside her, needed to know that he'd always been there and never let her go. It crashed over her, making it hard to think and speak. All she had ever wanted was Nick, and she had him back.
"Oh...oh God," she groaned, the need was quickly heading toward overload, and she didn't know if she'd be able to take it until she let out a cry, her body tensing for a moment before she came hard against his hand and tongue.
Nick continued to lick and suck, his fingers thrusting into her harder. He loved everything about her - her scent, her taste, and the little sounds she made as she got closer to edge. He could always tell when she was getting close so he started to lick and suck even harder, his fingers going even faster.
When she cried out, her muscles contracting around his fingers, Nick felt his cock throb. He closed his eyes, willing himself to not come as he licked her clean. Gently removing his fingers, he licked them clean and then stood from the floor. Reaching down, he pulled his jeans and boxers down, sighing in relief, his cock finally free from their confines.
Sitting down, he softly kissed her lips, his hands running over her flushed body. He pulled back and pulled off his shirt, and dropped it to the floor. "I love you so much, Fred," he whispered as his eyes ticked over to the bedside table. Inside were two things he wanted to pull out but he didn't know if it was the right time.
With a sigh, he leaned over and took a condom out of the drawer. He then reached down and pulled out the lock box from under it. He smiled at Fred and handed her the condom. "You can decide on that. You may not want me anymore after what I'm about to do," he said before unlocked the box.
Inside was a small black box and he took it out. "A couple of weeks before you went missing, I bought this. I kept it, hoping to give it to you some day. There was even a period of time when I wore it because I needed you closer to my heart," he said as he looked Fred in the eyes.
Nick then opened the box, revealing a small engagement ring with a single diamond. "It was all I could afford back then and I'm sure I can get something better now. I just want to spend forever with you," he said, his erection forgotten. "Will you marry me, Fred?"