These characters may bare a resemblance to a certain duo (who don't belong
to me) that we all know and love, but that's all. This is
an uber story and the characters are mine.
Language warning: Not
often but yes.
Love and sex warning: This
story definitely portrays a loving relationship between two women.
Violence Warning: A little,
unless you also count a projectile camera and battered door.
Thanks: I would like to thank
first of all Garnet for doing a wonderful job in beta reading this story.
To Carolyne, for her constant support throughout, and giving me the kick
up the backside to continue writing whether she realised or not.
And last but no means least Tammy, for all the invaluable information on
horses that she gave me and for naming the two horsey characters.
Let me know what you think: firstname.lastname@example.org
morning and before anybody else was awake, Rosalind Morris sat quietly
in her husband's personal office. It was six o'clock, the time James
Abbot was supposed to start his day, but with him temporarily out of action,
she was the only one up and about.
The office was
large with deep maroon carpeting and dark oak furniture. One side of the
wall had been converted into shelving and housed many hundreds of books.
On the other side were framed pictures of several generations of both sides
of the family. She sat at a wide desk, a computer to her right and
large telephone/fax machine to her left. In front of her was a wide
telephone directory in which she was diligently flicking through trying
to find a specific number. Eventually her eyes came across the digits
she was searching for. Lifting the receiver off the phone, she tapped
in the number and waited as it rang.
Are you kidding, it is six in the morning what is going on, has something
The woman straightened
her dressing gown, "No, no everything is fine, and I am ringing because
I have a something I would like you to do."
"And this could
not have waited for a more decent hour?"
how long have you been this families solicitor?"
"And your father
"Then if you
wish to stay that way, you will understand that it is advisable to undertake
the task I ask of you."
There was a
slight sigh, "What can I do for you Mrs Morris?"
Ok I want you to do some digging around, find out what you can on a Tess
Alexander-yes the photographer-and I need this doing as soon as possible.
Any debts, offences, relationships, whatever you can dig up on the woman,
I want to hear about it, understand?"
"Yes, I shall
do my best Mrs Morris."
"I want you
to exceed your best on this Mr Saunders, and I need this as soon as possible,
"Yes I've got
"Good, I look
forward to hearing from you in the very near future, my wishes to your
wife Martin, goodbye." She hung up the phone with a haughty smile.
Lets see what you have in that closet of yours shall we Miss Alexander.
in her bedroom, Leto idly watching her from the comfort of her masters'
bed. She lay on her stomach, paws up and crossed over her muzzle,
her eyes peeking over the top of sharp claws, Tess was positive the dog
was fairly large, covered by a cream carpeted floor, and walls. On
the ceiling was a large fan that was only ever turned on during the hottest
of summer days, and being as though this was England, it wasn't that often.
A large double bed stood in the centre of the room by the far wall, and
opposite was a row of pine, built in wardrobes. There were three
double doors to the wardrobe in which Tess organised her clothes.
One set held casual clothes; the next held working attire and the third
held more formal clothes. It was the third set of doors that she
stood by, pulling them open and regarding the mass of choice.
out a long black dress, "So what do you think." She looked at the
dog and held the item against her body, "Look alright for this evening?"
eyes looked her master up and down before turning away unimpressed.
"Good job I
was joking then." She stated putting the dress back and pulling out a simple
black designer suit. "Ok girl, how about this one?"
onto her back, her legs hanging limp in the air.
"Hmm, yep I
think this one to." Tess pulled out a protecting cover for the suit, zipped
it inside, and then hung it on the handle to one of the wardrobe doors.
At seven o'clock
that morning she had driven into work early, intent on picking out the
gear she would need for the evenings shoot. There was going to be
a lot of people there, all wanting to get their faces into a picture that
could grace the pages of the latest celebrity, or social life magazine.
She picked up a whole box of films, and decided on two cameras that she
much preferred to work with on such events. Both were light weight,
and simplistic in their loading functions.
Tess was a
little wary that Robert might have been in the studio; she had no desire
to see him until after the function. The photographer knew he would
start questioning her and she would not want to misguide him about the
fact that Nikki was going down with her, but she knew he would not be too
impressed by that revelation.
Upon her return,
she had rung the hotel and asked for her suit to be changed to a room with
two beds and luckily she had been able to do so. A cancellation the
evening before left only one room available and as luck would transpire,
it was indeed a double room.
in her en-suite bathroom filling a bag with all the things she would need
for her overnight stay. These 'posh' hotels as she called them, always
had the necessary toiletries to offer, but Tess preferred to use her own.
She placed the item in her bag, "Toothpaste, moisturiser, err soap-where
is the damn-oh here it is-" she chucked the soap into the bag. "Shampoo
and conditioner-check. I think that is everything-God no-deodorant" She
pulled the aerosol from the top shelf, "Life's essential-um is that everything?"
She asked, looking at the golden dog still sprawled out on her bed, "I
think so-oh I know perfume." She picked up the bottle of her favourite
scent and placed it in the bag.
to leave the bathroom, "Well that is-" There was a quick pause, "Oh for
gods sake!" She turned back into the room, "Comb, brush, cotton wool, make
up-you see Leto THIS is why I hate to go away- because I have to take so
much bloody crap with me."
onto her stomach and slid off the bed. She looked at the woman flinging
a mass of items into a way too small bag, and trotted out of the room unimpressed,
if she wasn't getting any attention, there was no point in her being there.
she needed was packed, she had taken Leto down the road to the teenage
boy who walked her during the day for Tess. He had offered to always
look after the dog whenever Tess was away, so she was glad of his help,
plus he was cheaper than other dog sitting alternatives. She would
have considered her mother, as she had rung late Saturday night, informing
her that she intended to come up and spend the Christmas holidays with
her. Unfortunately she was not to arrive until Wednesday, but Tess
was still glad she was coming.
Lisa got down
onto her knees and looked under her bed, she spotted the item she was looking
for and dragged it out. Getting to her feet, the teen zipped open
her sports bag and looked inside. The site of a mass of unwashed
gym clothes greeted her and she winced at the sight, well at least they're
not rank! She thought. Picking up the dark green bag, she tipped
it upside down, watching as the collection of multi coloured garments fell
out into a pile on her bed. Once the carrier was empty she slung
it over her shoulder and headed out of her room.
Nikki sat on
her bed, an assortment of articles in front of her, waiting for Lisa to
return. Her sister had offered to help her pack for the night, and
she had accepted, wanting to make sure she didn't forget anything.
She had woken
at seven that morning, but had not risen until half eight. The blonde
had spent the early morning lying in bed, thinking mainly about the day
before. Tess, she thought to herself and a smile naturally graced
her lips. Lacing her fingers behind her head, Nikki had recollected
their time spent in the forest while taking Leto for her walk. Her
thoughts lingered, and she remembered the kiss, though only brief it was
all encompassing. The feel of Tess's hands as they held her, there
was no mistaking their intent, both wanton and at the same time protective.
The softness of her lips as they delicately touched her own, gentle yet
full of promise. The feel of pliant breasts against her chest, pressed
against her tightly, like the moment never wanted to end. And most
of all, the vibration of Tess's moan, the memory of it alone causing heat
to build within her, swelling her.
It was then
that Lisa had barged into her room, full of excitement for the pending
hours to follow. Nikki wasn't sure who was more excited about it,
her or her sister. She though back with a smile at how Lisa had rang
her friends later the night before telling them the news. Still the
blonde didn't really see what the big deal was, just a load of famous people
whom she probably wouldn't know. The photographer had told her that
there would be a large majority of soap actors there, and she was not an
avid fan of that. Still Lisa had begged her to ask Tess for some
pictures, especially if a certain male actor from her favourite soap was
there. She had agreed with a laugh, knowing the only excitement she
felt was for the woman she would be spending some of the time with.
Nikki accepted that Tess would not be able to spend much of the evening
with her as she would be working, but she was still happy.
into the bedroom, sports bag in tow, "I found it under my bed."
"Oh no, don't tell me it still had all your stinky gym clothes still inside?"
"Ok, I wont
"Ugh, so it
did." The blonde head fell into small hands.
"What you don't know, won't harm you."
"I think you
just answered my question."
"Oh for gods
sake chill out sis, I checked it out and it does not smell like old training
shoes or anything like that." She chucked the bag onto the bed beside
The blonde replied.
"Hey just be grateful ok, now come on and lets get these things into the
bag before sexy woman arrives."
on will you."
"Oh all right, but don't you dare call her that when she arrives."
"Cross my heart,
hope to die, blah, blah, blah-" She giggled, and ducked as Nikki threw
a pillow in her direction.
At five minutes
to eleven Nikki recognised the already familiar sound of Tess's Blazer
turning into the pebbled driveway. She had been downstairs for half
an hour, and had a surprisingly normal conversation with her mother.
Rosalind Morris had not mentioned Tess once, but had commented on how lucky
Nikki was to be attending such an event, and how she wished her an enjoyable
evening. Richard Morris wasn't home, as he was attending Church that
morning and Rosalind had decided to stay at home and wait for the maid
to arrive. She was not supposed to work on a Sunday, but with Abbot
sick, Rosalind needed the help. She had no qualms about making dinner;
she just refused to do any of the cleaning-period. That is what the
hired help if for, she had repeatedly stated.
Lisa had been
looking out the window when Tess arrived, so was first to greet her before
the photographer even had a chance to knock. Pulling the door open,
she sported a wide toothy grin.
replied, smirking at the teen's own peculiar grin.
"Come in, Nikki
into the wide hallway, noticing the large sports bag sitting by the wall,
and long black clothing cover. She wondered what Nikki had chosen
for the evening, assuming that's what was inside.
"Yes I know
you don't have to shout." Nikki replied, coming into the hallway.
She was wearing comfortable clothes for the journey, simple beige trousers
and a black shirt. Tess had chosen black jeans and a green local
rugby team sweater, the cold weather still making her choices limited.
Still, she was a Tigers fan anyway and watched them play whenever she was
the tall woman's reaction to her sister, grinning at the expression on
Tess's face. Looks almost dreamy, she thought to herself and chuckled
a little too loudly, forcing a questioning look from the dark woman.
Lisa looked away, seemingly inspecting an imaginary mark on her top she
brushed at the spot, hiding her smile.
"Are you ready?"
her jacket from where she had left it, on the banister and put it on. "Yep,
I think I have remembered everything."
Just then Rosalind
Morris walked into the hallway, standing beside her youngest daughter.
nice to see you again." She replied evenly.
how are you this morning?"
"Oh just fine."
She turned towards her daughter, "Well Nicole-what time will you be home
in the tomorrow?"
"Um-I am not
over picking up Nikki's bag and clothing protector, "Well I guess it will
be some time around mid-day, maybe a little after." She stated with a nod,
"I am supposed to have a meeting with the director of the Organization
around half past ten, so we shall be leaving straight after I presume."
She placed the bag over her shoulder, and draped the garment over her left
the door as she watched Nikki take the photographers arm. "See you tomorrow
sis." She looked towards the taller woman, "Tess." She smiled innocently.
towards the door as the two women walked out into the cold morning.
Light snowflakes had started their decent again, but seemed too inconsequential
to last. "Good bye Nicole dear, have a wonderful time." All
she could do was hope things would be fine until she was able to get the
information she had requested, then she would find out just what Miss Alexander
was up to.
Lisa-don't forget about Thunder and Jenna."
"I wont, don't
checking, see you tomorrow."
the women until they reached the Blazer, and then shut the door, the brisk
wind too cold to keep it open much longer.
the back door, putting Nikki's bag next to her own. She hung the
coat hanger of the garment cover on the side handle above the passenger
door; it was on the opposite side of her own. Shutting the door she
looked around for Nikki, and found her getting into the passenger side
at the front, she smiled, and opened the drivers' side.
"Ready to get
going?" She asked as she climbed into her seat, "No last minute realizations
of items you think you might have forgotten?"
"No." The blonde
replied, "God Tess do really think me that much of a lame brain."
sheepishly, "Well no, but I had to ask. I was half way down my street
before I remembered my hair dryer."
Nikki bit her
lip. "Sorry." She shook her head with a smile, "Why did you bring your
hair dryer anyway; won't they have some at the hotel?"
just prefer to use my own things, that way I can be sure I am the only
person using it, have used it, or will ever use it."
"Ah, well actually
I didn't bring my hair dryer thinking I would be able to use one of theirs,
do you think I should go in and get mine?"
the engine, "No, no you can use mine."
"But you just
grinned, "You are the exception to the rule, I don't think I will mind
you using my things." She looked at the blonde, noticing the shy
expression, and decided to push a little further, "I am sure I could get
used to your hands on my things."
"Well I shall keep that in mind."
beamed, "I shall look forward to it." She pulled the car out of the
driveway, and onto the narrow road.
They had been
on the motorway for forty-five minutes, and in Tess's opinion were driving
at the rate of a snail without slime. There had been an accident
the M69, and their progress was minimal. Not knowing how far down
the disaster was, Tess was unsure how long they would be in the tail back,
and so far the radio had yet to give any details. She had it set
so that traffic reports would interrupt the CD player, but as yet there
had been nothing.
over at Nikki; the blonde had dozed off before they had even hit the motorway.
Tess had thought about waking her, but decided she looked too cute to rouse,
besides she was sure the evening would be long so decided to let Nikki
get as much rest as she could.
From the corner
of her eye, flashing lights came into view and she craned her head to see
whether she was finally reaching the front of the jam. Sure enough
she spotted the cause of the commotion, two cars had presumably collided,
blocking two lanes of the motorway leaving only one remaining for the mass
of traffic to get through. Shaking her head at the realisation that
rubber necking was probably half the cause of the hold up, she cursed the
over curious drivers in front.
around to the sound of light profanities.
god damn nosey buggers-some of us would like to get moving you know."
sensed the slow movement of the car, "What's going on?" She asked in a
sleep filled voice.
and feeling guilty that her outburst may have woken the sleeping woman,
she immediately calmed, "Oh damn it-I am sorry Nikki, I guess I woke you."
Tess looked back at the road sheepishly.
Nikki yawned, "I can't believe I fell asleep-I am the one who should be
chuckled, "Oh that is ok-my pride was not damaged too badly. It was
ok to get some extra rest, you may need it for tonight, it's usually a
long evening." She released a hand from the steering wheel, scratching
the back of her neck, "And besides, you looked way too adorable to disturb."
reached the front of the queue and Tess steered her way through the single
lane with a sigh of relief. Suddenly a radio broadcaster informing
drivers about an accident on the M69 interrupted her music, shaking her
head and turned the radio off, muttering the word 'typical' as she did
"So what CD's
have you brought?"
"Oh um-" She
put her foot down on the accelerator, gathering speed and glad to be out
of the jam. "Well I just grabbed a couple of compilation albums,
so there was a variety of different artists, I realized I was not sure
what kind you would go for, so thought it may be the best idea."
"Ok, so what
are the choices?"
is a 'Top Gear' one, it has all those driving songs on, then there is a
strictly female CD, one of Movie themes tunes and just a normal chart music
one-so take your pick. I was listening to the road songs CD while
you were sleeping-I guess that means it is your turn to choose."
poked out her bottom lip in thought, "Well I think I shall go for the All
Woman compilation, I like them ones."
choice." Tess proclaimed, and proceeded to change the disks.
The rest of
the journey went with little hassle at all. Tess was slightly annoyed when
a white van in front cut her up, but managed to refrain from throwing any
more verbal insults. Nikki had kept her occupied with her constant
chatter, and she found it a pleasant alternative from the hum of back ground
They had spoken
about many different subject, yet neither one of them had approach the
subject of their kiss the day before. It was present in both minds
but the women were a little apprehensive about bringing it up. So
instead Nikki had entertained Tess with stories of antics that she and
Lisa used to get up to as children. And how Lisa would always get the blame
even though she was youngest, simply because the parents thought she had
lead Nikki into these things. What Lisa didn't tell, or allow her
older sister to say, was that it was usually Nikki's idea in the first
"So you were
a bit of a wild child huh?" Tess had said, and Nikki laughed.
"Well I was
eleven, so Lisa was-a few years younger, I came up with the plans and she
executed them, so naturally she was the one to get caught."
Nikki had then
asked about Tess's childhood, and the older woman had stated that she was
an only child, but did have cousins that she looked on as siblings.
She was very much a tomboy and spent her pre-teenage years either playing
soccer with the other boys in the neighbourhood or with her father as he
tried to teach her the mechanics of cars. Needless to say she wasn't
over interested in that, so only managed to pick up the basics. Nikki
had laughed when Tess told here that during a class discussion, when the
teacher asked her what she wanted to be when she grew up, Tess had replied
'A professional footballer.'
"When did you
decide to take up photography?"
for a while, "It was after a Christmas present I got one year. It
was a pin hole photography kit, strange really just a black box that you
stuck a hole in and exposed a sheet of photographic paper for about 3 seconds,
but I was hooked. From that moment on, I spent all my time taking
pictures, I got four jobs delivering news papers, I washed cars, cut lawns,
anything I could to earn money for my own real camera. It was my
college choice when I left high school, and I guess I never looked back."
"So you decided against professional football?"
"Well I guess so, besides the truth of the matter is that I was really
terrible at it. I found that with my height, I was a lot better at
playing Net ball, and Basket ball, but although I loved playing, photography
always came first."
they got to Birmingham, the thicker the snow became. As they reached
the outskirts of the city, Tess noticed that the large flakes were settling
more, giving the metropolis a picturesque pre Christmas look. The
sky was dark, the day getting gloomier and with the Christmas lights already
on, it looked as though nightfall was soon to arrive.
When they finally
reached the Barbican hotel, Tess looked up at the familiar building, age
wise it was fairly new. Built with light grey bricks and standing
on thirty levels, it stood with one of four other hotels on its street.
It was wide, easily twice the size of the others with two Grecian style
columns on either side of the entrance.
the left just after the building, Tess took a small road that led down
to an underground guest car park. She navigated around and down the ramp,
as she looked around the three-floor basement parking lot. It was
lit very well; with large round defused lighting fixtures on the white
tiled ceilings. The first floor they entered was full, so she drove
the vehicle down two ramps to the next level, where she found many vacant
spaces. She spotted space in front of a wall, and pulled in between
a red Focus and yellow Laguna.
"I take it
we are here?" Nikki asked with a relieved sigh, glad to be able to get
out of the car; her bladder had been calling her for half an hour.
switched off the engine, and released her seatbelt. "Let's get out of here
shall we?" She looked at the car beside Nikki, "Careful of how you
open the door, I think I maybe a little close on your side."
her door and slid out, shutting it behind her as she heard Nikki do the
same. She opened the back and pulled out both carriers and put them
on the floor, as she placed the suit bags over her left arm.
"Is this 'do'
tonight at the hotel?"
the back door shut and activated the alarm. "Yep they have three function
rooms. One on the ground floor, one on the fifteenth, and one on
the penthouse. We are on the top floor, one floor above our room."
She picked up both carriers with the arm holding the suit bags, and walked
around to the blonde. "Ready to go?"
Where is my bag?"
"I've got it."
her head, "No I'll take it, I need your arm, so and I don't want you to
her lips, "Ok." She handed the lightest bag over to Nikki, who proceeded
to place it over her right shoulder.
out her arm, and Tess put the crook of hers out for the blonde to take,
"Lead the way."
at a slow pace, their footsteps echoing around the underground parking
area. Tess followed the signs leading them to an access point to
the stairs and lifts. She momentarily contemplated which to take
and decided on the lift, thinking it would be both easier and quicker.
the elevator door, and Tess tapped the button waited.
the lift?" Nikki asked with an amount of uncertainty.
just wondering that's all."
The doors opened
and Tess led Nikki into the empty compartment, it shut with a loud clank
behind them. The photographer hit the button for the ground floor
and the elevator lurched into action, beginning it assent to the designated
level. Nikki bit her lip and increased her grip on the taller woman's
arm, holding on with a firmer pressure, her breathing slightly broken.
Tess looked down at the blonde with a frown, but before she could ask what
was wrong, the doors opened onto the ground floor.
we are." They stepped out and Tess led Nikki over to the reception.
The foyer was
very large, with a black and white hexagon tiled floor. Around the
area were an assortment of well know shops selling such things as, flowers,
chocolates, alcohol, clothing, magazines, and a small shop that particularly
caught Tess's eye. It was one selling an assortment of gadgets; it
wasn't there the last time she was at the Barbican, so she made a mental
note to check it out later.
over to a long reception desk, manned by four assistants. Tess made a beeline
for a suddenly available receptionist.
can I help you?" Asked a small perky woman with long blonde hair
and black-rimmed glasses. She wore a white and red-stripped blouse
under a navy suit jacket, the same look as the other receptionists behind
the large front desk.
Alexander-I have come to check into my room." She leaned slightly over,
looking at the computer screen for her name.
The woman looked
down at her computer and started tapping on a large keyboard. "Ok Miss
Alexander-yes the twenty ninth floor, you changed your room from a single
to double with two beds right?"
and Nikki fidgeted beside the woman at the notion of what floor their room
was situated on.
"Ok, if you
will sign here, I will give you your key card."
up the special pen and signed her name across the electronic digital screen.
Miss Alexander, and here is your key." The blonde receptionist handed the
card to Tess with a smile.
tall woman replied, taking the key and putting it into her back pocket,
she turned in the direction of the elevators.
A crowd of
people had started milling around the foyer, so Tess put her arm around
the blonde, holding her close as they made their way through the growing
number of people. Noticing there were a lot of young teenage girls,
she realized they were probably fans of one star or another, waiting in
hopes of getting a glimpse of their idol.
set of three elevators, Tess noticed only one was going up, so led a quiet
Nikki over to the door, which opened almost immediately. They walked
inside, three more people entering behind them, and Tess pressed the button
for the twenty-ninth floor. Once again Nikki held onto Tess as the
doors shut and the compartment lurched upwards.
notice a stronger than usual grip that Nikki used to hold onto her arm
once again, and she suddenly realized the problem. Releasing the
girl from her arm, she put it firmly around the blondes' shoulders, pulling
her close. Pushing her arm further around the smaller woman, she
placed her hand on the top of Nikki's chest and put her lips next to a
There was a
like lifts do you?" She asked in a whisper.
A small shake.
you say something?"
and deep breath, "Irrational fear-I have no reason to feel anxious-I just-"
"Um, yes I really don't like them."
stopped on the seventeenth floor, and the other passengers walked out,
leaving them alone. The doors re-closed and they carried on their
journey up to the twenty-ninth floor.
closer still the taller woman spoke softly into the blonde's ear, "How
about if I try and take your mind off your whereabouts?"
her breath catch at the unexpected words.
her lips until they touched soft fair skin. She kissed the area of
flesh available with a gentle pressure. The burden of things she was carrying
became meaningless and she wanted to throw them down to the ground, her
body fully responding to the woman in front.
breathed as the unexpected feeling started to cloud her senses.
"Hmm" The photographer
responded, as her lips burned a trail up Nikki's inviting neck to her ear.
Her tongue snaked out, sucking in a small lobe, heedless of the tiny golden
stud that adorned the pliant flesh. Tess breathing deepened and became
ragged, her body revelling in mounting heat.
Closing her eyes,
she let her head fall back onto the photographers shoulder, wanting the
pleasurable sensations to wash over her, but something held her back.
Bringing herself out of the wonderful haze that was trying to overtake
her basic sense, she became aware of her surroundings. She could
sense that the elevator had stopped and by the sudden gush of cool air,
the door had opened. "Tess?" The photographers tongue found a particular
sensitive spot at the back of her ear and she felt herself begin to swoon.
Breathing heavily, she shook her head, "Tess-Tess?" She tried to pull away.
Tess released the blonde, "Oh Jesus I am sorry Nikki." Lowering her head,
she rubber her temple suddenly thinking she had just make a terrible mistake.
"The door opened
Tess, I thought that we should get out of here before anyone decided they
want to use it." She smiled shyly with the realization that the taller
woman hadn't even noticed.
looked up and noticed the open door for the first time, "Oh-OH I see-"
She sighed, "Right, ok I guess we better go." Taking Nikki by the
arm, she gently led the woman out as she scanned around for their room,
once spotted they walked to the white door. Tess pulled her key out,
swiping it through the lock and opening the door, together they walked
around; it was a nice size room. By the far wall were two beds one
single and one double; she wasn't too pleased about that. Opposite
the beds and on the wall, was a TV/video and beneath it was a small unit
that housed a fridge, set of draws and specific items needed to make tea
and coffee. Near the door stood a freestanding wardrobe and on the
opposite side was a door leading into a bathroom. The colours where
a mix of whites and pastels, not very appealing colours as far as the photographer
was concerned, she was glad this room was only for one night.
Tess took Nikki's
carrier and together with her own she placed them inside the wardrobe out
of the way, hanging the suit bags on the silver railing above. She
turned around to see the blonde feeling around the room.
"Can I get
you something?" She asked self-consciously.
her head, "No I am just getting used to the place."
"Ok." She sighed.
the slight defeated sound in the taller woman's voice, "Tess-are you alright?"
"Well it is
just you sound a little-" She though for a moment, and it suddenly hit
her, "Tess, back in the lift, did you think I was trying to move away from
"Well you were
The blonde stopped
by the side of the single bed, "You know what I mean."
Tess looked down
suddenly embarrassed, "Um well yeah kind of, but it is ok I know you weren't
now but for a short moment, I thought that I'd kind of-you know-pushed
myself on you a little. It is just that-" She sighed, and decided
to take a massive leap "Look Nikki, I um- when I am with you I can't
control the way I feel, I mean I can and do, but I can't stop the way my
heart feels when you are around. Do you understand what I am trying
to say?" Nikki didn't respond so Tess continued, "I have feelings
for you, I care about you in a way more than just friendship." The brunette
looked desperately at the smaller woman hoping she was not making a mistake
in her declaration.
a hand through golden locks, and lowered herself to a sitting position
on the single bed. She had no idea of how to respond, so spoke of
only what came into her mind.
a virgin heart,
With such clarity,
Feel the first
tremors of Love.
When but nothing
Has ever evoked,
Such a gift
from up above.
With a spark
Two souls as
Never to be
towards Nikki, and sat on the double bed facing the blonde, "That's beautiful,
who wrote it?"
her head, "I did-the first day we met-you said you would like to hear some
of my poetry some time."
"I didn't accept
it at first-but you are the reason I wrote it."
it?" Tess frowned.
believe it I guess, I mean how can you feel such things for somebody that
you have only just met?"
"You feel these
things for me?"
head nodded slightly.
A smile broke
out on the tall woman's face, as she leant forward onto her knees in front
of Nikki. "I'm happy you feel these things Nikki."
raised her head, as Tess pushed her right hand through the blonde locks,
and then cupped one smooth cheek. Lifting to stand on her knees,
she moved forward until her stomach rested upon Nikki's knees.
movement Nikki reached out, and finding Tess's arm she moved her own hand
around to the taller woman's back. She parted her knees slightly,
allowing the larger body to slip between them. Unable to resist the
magnetic pull that drew them together, Tess leant forward, sealing her
lips to the smaller woman's with a contented sigh. The contact was
soft and gentle, nothing more than a whisper of a touch, but as their confidence
grew so did the kiss. Wrapping her other arm around the slight woman,
Tess drew her in close, pulling her towards the edge of the bed.
forward, sinking her fingers into the long dark locks and basking in the
their silky texture. She felt Tess's lips part and a moist tongue
move over her lips; with only a slight trepidation she accepted the questing
muscle inside. Their tongues touched drawing moans from both women,
as they caressed each other lovingly.
intense glow radiate within her, Tess pulled Nikki forward, sliding her
off the bed and into her lap. They held each other close, sitting
on the beige carpeted floor, their kiss deepening in intensity, increasing
in its passion.
her arms around the brunette, as she felt a new and overwhelming spark
of awareness wash over her. The air around her became cold, as her
body's temperature accelerated, all due to the woman she was kissing in
an escalating and heated embrace.
increasingly difficult, Tess pulled reluctantly away, taking in a deep
ragged breath of air. "Did I mention how much I liked your poem?"
haired woman smiled, "If I knew I was going to get that kind of response,
I would have written a few more for extra credit."
laughed and cupped Nikki's cheek, "With kisses like that, you don't need
extra credit-you can have me anytime you want." The words were spoken in
jest, but the meaning was all to clear to both women. Still, an embarrassed
blush worked its was across fair cheeks, and Nikki lowered her head, conscious
of the fact.
Tess put one
finger under her chin and pulled her back up, "Hey, you know I love it
when you blush, so stop trying to hide it-ok?" She lowered her hands, until
they cupped Nikki's behind. "Hmm, I think I am beginning to like
this as well."
A deeper blush
covered the already glowing cheeks, but instead of lowering her head, Nikki
moved forward with the intent of capturing Tess's lips once again.
A sudden knocking on the door halted her advance.
Tess cursed, as Nikki lifted herself of the woman's legs and re-deposited
herself on the bed again with a smile. "Whoever that is, will be nowhere
near as important as what they have just interrupted." She pushed
herself to her feet and trudged to the door with a dissatisfied sigh.
With a frown she open the barrier just as another set of knocks sounded
on the heavy wood. "Yes?" She asked before the door was fully open.
a large bouquet of flowers in one arm was Jeffery Soul, the charity director.
He was a small man with a thick head of light brown hair, moustache and
beard. He smiled at the tall woman as she looked down on him, "Tess,
darling how nice to see you again, it doesn't feel like a year since last
we saw each other does it?" He asked.
smiled down at the small man, "Jeffery, yes been a whole year. So
how are you and your lovely wife?"
we are all glorious. So, looking forward to this evening?"
of course these are for you." He handed Tess the bouquet.
Tess took the
flowers, "Thanks Jeff." She moved to the side, "Wont you come in? There
is somebody I would like you to meet."
into the suite and spotted the blonde sitting on the bed, who had been
waiting patiently for an introduction. His eyes lit up with a thousand
questions, "Well hello there, I am quite surprised to see you my dear,
Tess here has never brought a guest with her before." He looked accusingly
at the brunette, "Now why didn't you tell me you were bringing a friend
Tess, I would have brought this lovely creature a bouquet as well." He
turned back to Nikki, holding out his hand. "Jeffery Soul, I am very pleased
to meet you my dear." He stated.
"Nikki Morris, nice to meet you."
his hand was not taken, he looked quickly at Tess and the woman smiled
knowingly. "So Nikki Morris, are you looking forward to tonight?"
smiled, "Absolutely, I have been looking forward to this since yesterday."
You were only invited yesterday. Well that is just typical of our
Tess, why there was this one time when she fourteen-she didn't even tell
her own mother she was lead in the school play until the opening night."
"Wow you have know Tess for some time, maybe you could fill me in on some
juicy snippets of information later."
exclaimed walking forward, "I am in the room you know."
his hands, "Oh be quiet girl, I finally get to meet a friend of yours and
you try and ruin all my fun." He looked back at Nikki, "Absolutely, why
I have many stories I could tell you." He moved closer to the blonde, "We
should wait until this evening when Missy here is hard at work, snapping
away." He said in a faux whisper.
her arms, as Nikki laughed, "Can't wait." She replied.
woman walked up to the blonde and stood by her left side. "I may have to
sulk and mope about this you know."
Nikki put her
arm around Tess's back, "Awe and we would not want that now would we?"
smiled looking down at Nikki, "Nope I would be pretty miserable company."
"I am sure
I could pull you out of your funk."
pretty confident." She stated, placing an arm over Nikki's shoulders.
"I have my
ways and yes I am confident in my abilities."
back and forth between the two women, watching the obvious play of flirtation,
they seemed to be oblivious of his presence. A large smile etched
its way onto his face, as realisation began to set in.
huh, you know I will have to see these abilities if I am to make a judgement
in your-" She was cut off by the sound of a clearing throat.
"Tess I think
I should be going now, Nikki dear, it was lovely to meet you and I look
forward to seeing you both later this evening."
The women disengaged;
unaware of what they had just revealed. Tess led Jeffery to the door,
"See you later this evening."
The door open
and Jeffery stepped out into the main corridor, "See you tonight Tess,
and just for the record-I think she is a lovely woman."
"She is that Jeffery old boy."
The man frowned
as Tess used her mothers name for him, "You have just a little too much
of your mother in you Tessa."
The tall woman
folded her arms, "Uh huh-see you later Jeffery."
The man smiled
and waved as he turned on his heels and disappeared down the hallway.
her head and closed the door. Walking back into the room, she noticed
the smile on Nikki's face, "What you grinning at?"
her head, "Nothing, so you have known Jeffery for a while?"
He was our next-door neighbour when we lived in Coventry, and just seemed
to keep in touch when we moved away. Actually he and my father worked
together for a while."
"He seems nice-I
"Yeah I guess so, he used to wind me up something rotten when I was younger.
Anyway, when he joined his wife Barbara, on the charity board, he somehow
sweet-talked me into doing the shots for their events. Hell I was
just starting out in photography at the time, and it gave me the break
I needed, in a big way. I don't know what it is about taking shots
of the stars that tends to build up your public profile."
"So why do
you lead the semi reclusive life you do, and work for a simple portrait
studio?" Nikki asked. "I mean not that it is a bad thing or-um well you
know. It is just that you have quite a reputation, yet you don't
seem fazed by it in the slightest."
over to the blonde and sat down on the single bed, Nikki following suit,
"It's just not me I guess, it is not that I don't like the acknowledgement
my pictures have gained..." She shrugged again, "Maybe I am happier behind
the camera, it is almost like I can hide behind it and create a world all
of my own. Capturing it as I see fit, and in a way I want it to be
perceived. Does that make sense?"
nodded, "Yes, I guess it does. When people are looking at your pictures
they are not looking at you."
"Uh huh." She
"But why do
you feel this need to keep such a distance?"
long and hard at Nikki, "I guess I just like the simple things in life,
it does not take much to make me happy."
"Should I be
offended by that?" She joked
chuckled, "No, no it is my feelings for you that are simple to me."
"Oh yeah, what do you mean?"
down, Love she thought. Wait did I just say that, she shook her head do
I love her? She looked back up at the Nikki; whose head was bent to one
side in question. I love you. She thought-
Just then the
phone rang causing both women to jump.
It was early
evening and Rosalind Morris had been pacing the house all day. When
she told Martin Saunders that she wanted the information as soon as possible,
what she meant was 'today'. She knew he knew this, so was expecting
his call at any time, the only problem was anticipating when that call
would come. She didn't want her husband getting suspicious as to
what her solicitor was calling her for, so she was on tender hooks all
day. Unfortunately Lisa had received most of the brunt end of her
mothers bristly mood, she was unable to say anything for fear of being
told off. So she had taken to spending the day in her bedroom, only
leaving to give Thunder and Jenna some company.
When at last
the phone did ring, Rosalind picked up the receiver with anxious haste.
it's Martin Saunders."
sighed, "Well about time, I have been expecting you for some hours now
Martin. Anyway, how did you get on with my request?"
There was a
forced release of breath, "Not too well I am afraid."
This was not
what the woman wanted to hear.
"I did as you
requested, looking for what I could on Miss Alexander, but I am afraid
to say she has a pretty spotless record."
"So you found
nothing?" The woman asked, more than a little annoyed at this piece of
no driving offences, not even a ticket, no criminal record of any kind.
She has no out standing debts, everything she owns is brought and paid
for, as you would expect. She is a high earning individual Mrs Morris,
all her monthly payments are paid by a direct debiting system from one
of her bank accounts."
"What about back ground and personal information?"
pretty much to herself I am afraid, there is not a lot to give. There
isn't even any relationship history-well apart from college rumours."
eyes sparkled, "Oh do tell."
is pretty sketchy, they were just rumours about people she was said to
have dated. A man called Andrew Spencer, two other guys and a woman-but
this is all just hearsay."
ears pricked at the last statement, "Did you say a woman?"
a girl that she shared a dorm with in college. There was talk that
they were more than just friends. This started out as just rumours
of course, but it did state on college records that her roommate was taken
out of college by her parents because of a supposed relationship between
the two women. But like I say, it seemed more likely to be the product
of narrow minded, and or overprotective parenting, mixed with a bit of
old fashioned idle gossip in my opinion. Also apparently the other girl
was put into some sort of rehabilitation centre"
Dark eyes narrowed,
"Thank you Martin." The woman seemed to be deep in thought, "That was most
helpful-goodbye." She hung up the phone.
arms, she walked into the living room and sat on the pale sofa, if she
thinks she will corrupt my daughter she is very wrong.
Tess sat on
the double bed, checking over her equipment. She had retrieved the equipment
from her car earlier then had gone and set up a single camera and tripod
in the back of the main hall facing a small stage, so all she had to do
was ready the rest of her wears.
It was a quarter
past six, and she was supposed to be there by half past so she could capture
the arrival of the guests, but as yet Nikki had not emerged from their
bathroom. She fidgeted on the bed, closing the final case and placing
it on the floor beside another one. There was a black shoulder carrier,
which held her surplus amounts of film, and a large rectangle silver case
that held her camera.
at her watch; another minute had passed since she last checked. Shaking
her head at her own over eagerness, she got up and walked towards the bathroom
door, "Hey Nikki do you need any help?" She questioned, hoping the woman
would not think she was trying to interfere, or hurry her up for that matter.
"No, I am almost
done." Came the quiet reply.
and walked back into the middle of the room, standing between the two beds.
She looked again at her watch; it was still sixteen minutes past six.
Looking across the room, she checked her appearance in the full-length
mirror, brushing her hands over the black tailored suit. She had
tied her hair back into a long braid, and earlier she had trimmed the edges
of her fringe after deciding it was too long, and getting in her eyes.
the closed bathroom door she sighed, Nikki had been in there a while, and
as she thought about it, she realized that it probably took time for her
to get ready. Mentally scolding herself for the lack of consideration,
she folded her arms; sometimes you are an impatient fool T.
The sound of
the door being opened, brought Tess back to her senses, and she turned
to its direction. Her mouth literally dropped and her arms fell limply
to her side as she watched the figure walk from the smaller room with uncertainty.
She stood in silence, unable to tear her eyes way from the vision before
Nikki bit her
lip, "Do I look ok, I mean I know it takes me a while to sort my self out,
especially in a different place, but I managed ok-I hope. Lisa says
I have turned putting the simplest application of makeup on, into an art
form-" she laughed, "Tess?"
blinked and shook her head. She cleared her throat, "Um-I err," Her
eyes travelled along Nikki's form. Her hair looked different, more
styled yet still simplistic. She wore a simple fitting black dress
that clung to her figure in all the right places. Tess realized it
was the first time she had gotten a glimpse of the body underneath the
thick winter clothes the blonde wore, and she was more than amazed at the
sight. The dress came just above her knees and she wore simple black
pumps with no heels, and a gold necklace around her neck. Tess released
a breath, "You look-wow, I don't even know if there is a word to describe
how amazingly beautiful you are."
flushed, "I think those words work ok." She smiled shyly.
towards the blonde, and cupped her face. "Not even close." She stated and
leant forward, brushing her lips gently upon Nikki's. She pulled
back and looked into sightless blue eyes, "You have left me almost speechless-well
in the way that I cannot even begin to tell you how stunning you are."
once again, the brunette sample the proffered lips with delight.
They tasted slightly of cherry, and she realized it must have been the
gloss the blonde was wearing. Their kisses were light and tender,
lips coming together again and again with gentle pressure.
away first, "You look beautiful too by the way."
and chuckled, "Oh well thank you."
smiled "The feelings you instil in me, speak so loudly of the person you
are and to me that is the ultimate of magnificence."
At a loss for
words Tess leaned forward pulling the blonde into a warm embrace, "And
you are the most wonderful person I have ever met." She pulled away and
looked at her watch, it was twenty-five past six. "Are you ready
to go up?"
"Lead the way."
had been a huge success. Tess and Nikki had arrived on time, with
none of the other guests having made their appearances at that point, so
Nikki was able to meet each person as they came. Tess took a shot
of each couple or group of people as they arrived, and Jeffery and his
wife greeted them and introduced them to Nikki.
was amazed; she had met so many famous names that she was sure Lisa would
badger her for stories for the rest of her life. She met quite a
few TV and soap personalities, and even the odd sports star, one of which
that she was sure her father would be most amazed at as he played in his
favourite football team. She stayed with Tess for the first part
of the evening, but when Tess had to start moving around, she declared
that she wanted to sit down for a while. Really she didn't want to
be in the way while Tess worked, though the photographer did not know this
at the time.
While she was
seated many people came to speak with her, including Jeffery's wife, who
after getting the scoop from her husband about Tess's guest, was most eager
about wanting to meet her.
had been doing her rounds, her eyes constantly strayed back to the blonde,
feeling a certain amount of regret that she was unable to be with her,
but she was glad she had so many people to speak with. And if Tess
was honest, she was amazed that the woman had seemed to charm so many people
in such a small amount of time. But regarding the blonde and how
beautiful she looked, she decided maybe it was not such a big surprise
after all. That sparked a slight feeling jealousy within her, and
the want to get back and be with Nikki, forced her to do her rounds just
a little quicker. It was not a possessive kind of jealousy, she knew
that, but the thought of not being able to spend time with the blonde when
others seemed to be more than able to do so, encouraged her to move a little
Half way through
the evening the buffet had been opened and Tess returned to Nikki in time
to eat with her. The blonde filled her in on all the people she had
been speaking to, and teased her about details of Tess's early life that
Jeffery's wife had told her about. The brunette smiled, having the
feeling she was in for a small amount of teasing, when she realized just
what tales Barbara had been telling her.
the auctioning began, with many different items being donated by stars
and TV companies. As each item was being auctioned Nikki was amazed
at the prices each piece was going for. Then suddenly the next item
caught her attention, it was a gold disk of Lisa's favourite band, signed
by the group themselves. The bid started at one thousand pounds,
and she put her hand up straight the way. Tess looked down at Nikki
"Hey what you
doing?" She asked.
it look like? I am bidding." Nikki whispered back with an excited smile.
can get pretty high you know, are you sure you know what you are doing
nodded, "Yes, trust me-Lisa will love this, I have to get it for her; and
it will be like a thank you for looking after Thunder and Jenna."
amazed, "Whatever happened to a card or chocolates?"
There was a
small chuckle, "This is much more interesting."
continued, Nikki making the last bid of five thousand four hundred pounds,
and then it stopped. The item went to the blonde, Nikki grinned and
clapped her hands. Tess just looked on astounded.
At the end
of the evening, the total amount of money raised was announced, seventy
nine thousand pounds. Tess took some shots of a large check being
handed over to the founder of the 'Christmas for children' organization.
It was a charity that helped children who were either hospitalised or in
care, and were away from their families over the Christmas season.
When the evening
was over all the guests left for the night, and Tess and Nikki retired
to their room.
had slipped into the bathroom to change for bed, Tess stood between the
two beds with a frown.
"Do you usually
sleep in a single or double bed at home?"
was just wondering, you can take the double then, I will take the single."
from the bathroom, the tips of her hair wet from where she had washed her
face, her cheeks pink with that just scrubbed glow. She wore cream coloured
pyjamas with picture of Tigger on the front of the top she wore.
Tess grinned at the endearing sight.
"No it is ok,
you can take the double, and I am smaller than you anyway, so I'll take
her head, "Nope, executive decision, you take the double, I do the single-and
that is final."
landed on slight hips, "Uh huh-executive decision my arse, I will take
the single and that is final."
laughed, "No you take it."
"Ok, I have
an idea." Tess bit her lip hoping she was not about to step her bounds,
"How about we both take it, that way no more disagreements, and I promise
to keep my hands to myself, even though you do look adorably cute in your
There was a
slight pause of consideration, "Ok-but if I get in that damn bed and you
get in the single, I will sleep on the floor."
walked cautiously over to the double bed and got in, as Tess disappeared
into the bathroom.
She lay in
the quiet room, her stomach doing slight flips at the thought of sharing
the bed with the dark woman, even though secretly she had hoped for as
much. Not that she would ever admit it, and unbeknownst to her, Tess
had hoped for the same.
from the bathroom, wearing white shorts and Tee shirt, she climbed in next
to the blonde.
"What is it?"
"I forgot to
do my hair."
"Want me to
do it?" The smaller woman questioned with hope.
for a moment, "Um-sure?"
They both sat
up and Nikki reached for Tess, running her hands over the woman until she
found the band at the bottom of her hair. Pulling it off, she slowly
sifted her fingers through the braid, unravelling the silken hair.
"Hey Tess can
I ask you something?"
Tess smiled in the darkness, loving the feel of Nikki's fingers running
though her hair.
"When you were
thirteen, did you really punch a guy in the nose when he said that the
best position you could play in soccer would be a goal post?"
laughed out loud, "Who told you that-oh hold on let me guess Jeffery right?"
"Yes-he said he and your father had to more or less beg the boys parents
not to get the police involved."
as she recalled the event, "Well yeah I guess so-but he deserved it, and
besides he was a bully with all the girls." She pouted, "He hurt my fragile
pride, I was so sure I was going to be the first female star of the England
football team, I couldn't believe I was a terrible as I actually was."
least you found your calling in life."
The tall woman
nodded, "Guess so, though he is now a professional footballer playing in
the Premier League-bastard." She sniggered, and Nikki laughed. "So Miss
Morris, can I ask you something?"
briefly, "Well I was just wondering how you could be so blasé about
spending the kind of money you spent tonight-I mean five thousand is a
lot. I would have a headache for a week if I just spent money like
that on impulse." Although Tess didn't like to admit it, she could be a
little frugal when it came to needlessly spending money.
with the long hair and lay back down, Tess following suit. The blonde
decided it was now or never, she may as well get it over with and tell
Tess what her mother had been grousing about for some years. After
a slight pause she spoke, "My grandfather was quite a rich man, an
entrepreneur, earning his money through many different avenues and business
he'd started. Quite simply when he died, he left his fortune to Lisa and
I." She rolled onto her side facing the brunette, and Tess did the
same. "The only thing he left my mother was the house we live in
now, she is obviously quite upset about it, to say the least."
left a kind of trust fund for us in which we have a limited amount of money
at our disposal, until we reach our twenty forth birthday, then we get
the bulk of our inheritance."
She had to
ask, "How much is the bulk?"
in her bottom lip, then released it quickly, "Um-one and a half."
"One and a
"Yeah, I was
a little shocked at first myself, but I guess now I have matured a little
I've been making some decisions about what I want to do with the money."
"And that is?"
"I want to
start my own business, you know with horses. Maybe start up some
stables, a stud farm maybe, I would like to open a place where mistreated
horses can go and regain their health. That is how I got Thunder,
he was neglected by his previous owner-he is such a docile creature."
were raised, "Wow." She shook her head lightly.
"Yeah, the trouble is that this has caused a certain amount of tension
since my grand fathers death-when my mother found out she only got the
house, oh that and any money left over from that spence account. The thing
is that it's my birthday soon-Christmas day in fact."
day huh? God I always thought it must be pretty shitty for kids whose
birthdays were around Christmas."
There was silence
for a long while, Nikki rolled onto her back, and sighed, "Does it bother
you, I mean about the money?"
out and took Nikki's hand, "Why should it bother me, I think you are very
herself towards the taller woman, and then turned onto her side, facing
away. They spooned together, Tess's arm placed securely around the
smaller woman's stomach. "I am glad, I always feel slightly uncomfortable
about this, and to be honest I am glad you're not fazed by it." She yawned,
suddenly feeling very tired.
the blonde hair in front of her, "You snared me the first time I saw that
dazzling smile of yours, and I think I was yours from that moment on, nothing
could change that."
Tess's hand to her lips, laying a soft kiss upon the long fingers, "You
captured me when you first took my hand." She smiled.
mean we are stuck with each other?"
you want?" Stated the blonde seriously.
Nikki in close, "I want." She whispered and closed her eyes, sleep claiming
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