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24 June 2007 @ 02:52 am
New to the list--I come bearing slash  
Hey guys! I joined not too long ago but I've been busy trying to write and haven't had a lot of time to keep up with the posts. I wrote this while trying to think of what to put in my other story. It's just an AU missing scene between Danny and Nicholas leaving the model village and the scene at the station. Hope no one's written this yet (or at least not just like this). I'd hate to be treading on someone's toes. I'll have to catch up on my reading and reviewing soon.

The Locker Room
by Dahlianna

Rating: Perhaps 12 (PG-13) for language.
Pairing: Nicholas/Danny
Summary: After the bust, they head back to start on their considerable amount of paperwork. A conversation before that. (I suck at summaries...hopefully not at writing, though. :-P)
Disclaimer: The characters aren't mine, but I approve of what the holy trinity has done with them. (Yay for very-nearly canon slash!!)
A/N: Please give me understanding if there are a few grammatical errors. I read through it a few times to proofread, but I miss a lot sometimes. It's also very late here right now and I hope the last little changes I made turned out all right and not as complete nonsense.

I'm mostly worried I didn't capture the characters at all the way they should be, so let me know if I even got close. I tried to show Nicholas as he was, but a little loosened up since it takes place near the end of the movie.

Nicholas and Danny were back at the station after getting a lift from the model village from the Andes. By the time they had gotten there, Doris and Tony had taken the mug shots of the NWA and sent them on to London for holding in a more secure prison. All that remained was filling out the considerable amount of paperwork that would have to be completed on everything that had happened in the last several hours. The Andes headed to the common area to meet up with the rest of the team. Nick and Danny headed for the locker room first to shed their vests and guns.

They stood side-by-side, completing their tasks in silence. While taking off his vest, Nick brushed it against the upper part of his left arm and was reminded of the gunshot wound there once again. He dropped his vest to the floor and hissed in reaction to the flash of pain, immediately catching Danny's attention. He caught hold of Nick's arm at the elbow and reached for the bloodied shirt sleeve so he could lift it up.

Nick tried to pull his arm away. "It's fine, Danny. Leave it."

Danny firmly held the arm in place and moved his other hand from the shirt sleeve upwards, placing his palm against Nick's upper chest and curling his fingers over the top of his shoulder. "Hold still."

Nick stopped trying to move his arm and Danny moved his hand back to the sleeve, inching it upward so as not to disturb the bandage put there by the emergency crew on the scene at the model village. There was very little red on it so that meant the wound was mostly sealed up and the current bandage would be all right for the moment. He ghosted his fingers over the gauze before pulling the sleeve back into place. "Wish you'd had that seen to at the hospital."

Nick shook his head and bent to pick up his vest from the floor. "It's fine. It just grazed my arm. Won't even be able to tell it was there soon."

"I'll be able to tell." Danny shut his locker and sat down on the bench in front of it.

Nick looked at Danny before sighing and shutting his own locker. He moved to Danny's left side and fiddled with the vest in his hands for a minute before finally just sitting next to Danny and turning slightly to face him. "Danny, listen--"

"I'm sorry, Nicholas."

Nick stopped short with what he was going to say and cocked his head in confusion, his mouth still open. When he recovered a bit, he blinked and spoke. "Sorry? Sorry for what?"

"Well it's my fault, innit? If I'd have been smarter I'd have realised about my dad ages ago and done something about it. So I'm sorry you were dragged into all this and ended up hurt." He was staring at the floor while he talked.

"No, Danny! If you'd tried to do something about it on your own, you'd have gotten yourself killed. It's not that you aren't good enough to handle it, but it'd have been too much for just you. You know that, right?" Danny gave a half-nod of acknowledgement, but didn't look convinced. Nick continued. "I'm just glad I was here to help with the proper action and shit." He smiled then, nudging Danny's shoulder with his own.

Danny grinned and looked up at Nicholas then. "Nicholas, police work is not about proper action...or shit."

They both laughed for a moment before falling silent. Danny broke the silence. "So why aren't you going back to London? You've been wanting to ever since you got here."

Nick heaved a big sigh. "That's true, Danny, but I meant what I said. I do kinda like it here. You know, once you get past all the serial murders and sinister plots, it's actually quite a nice place." Danny snorted in laughter. Nick smiled and placed a hand on Danny's knee. "Plus, I've never had a partner that I liked so well."

Danny stared at the hand on his leg and then up to Nicholas. "You mean that?"

Nick nodded. "Absolutely." He paused a moment. "Of course, you're the first partner I've had that didn't request a transfer."

Danny covered Nicholas' hand. "You know I wouldn't do something like that, Nicholas."

"I know." Nick stood up, removing his hand from between Danny's knee and palm. "We'd better get in there. We've got quite a lot to do before the day's out."

Danny stood as well. "Yeah, guess so." He watched as Nick straightened his vest out, preparing to put it up. Seeing the two slight bullet holes on either side of the zipper, Danny reached out and touched them lightly. Nick peered over the top of the vest to see what had captured Danny's attention. Danny spoke softly. "I really did think you were a goner. I just got so mad that I shot him. Oh Nicholas...I shot a reverend."

Nick laid the vest on the bench they'd just been occupying. "I think God will understand, Danny. Shooter may have presented himself like a good bloke, but he was completely 'round the bend."

"Kinda like your Uncle Derek?" The question was an honest one, Danny looking for common ground for them to stand on.

Nicholas pursed his lips tightly. "Yeah. Like him."

Danny looked a little lost as to what to do. Nick knew that he was confused at the moment. He'd just had to arrest everyone in town that he'd known for years, including his own father. He finally stepped into the role of a proper police officer, but he'd lost something in the process. He'd lost everything he'd ever held to be true; everyone he'd ever really cared for. Nick's heart went out to him because as Danny indicated, it was like his situation with his Uncle Derek. Nick had put his complete trust in the man to be infallible and he'd gone and done one of the worst things he could do. It was worse for Danny, though. Danny's fall had come from a much higher place because not only had it been his dad, but a lot of the 'better' members of society that had done wrong. So much trust to lose at once.

Nicholas opened his arms to the man in front of him. "Come 'ere."

Danny came to him easily, slipping his arms around Nick's waist and burying his face in Nick's neck. Nick wrapped an arm around Danny's shoulder and brought the other up so he could cup the back of Danny's head. "I'm sorry you had to go through all that."

Danny shook his head against Nick's neck. "'S not your fault. You helped stop them and saved a whole lot of lives." His voice was muffled, but Nick could still make out his words.

Nick smiled and leaned back, pulling Danny's head forward, intent on kissing him on the forehead. Not a very 'cop' thing to do, but it'd been that kind of day. Danny looked up to speak at the same time Nick went to kiss and instead of Danny's forehead, Nick's lips ended up brushing Danny's own.

It was a light contact, but it made them both jump back in surprise. Nick fumbled for words. "Sorry. So sorry." His face coloured a bit.

"No need to apologise." Danny took in Nick's blush and his sudden nervousness and decided to take a leap. "I actually didn't mind."

Nick's eyes snapped to Danny's. "You didn't?"

Now it was Danny's turn for a blush. "No. It was...nice."

Desire flashed through Nick's eyes for a split second before he blanked his face again. "Do you mean what I think you mean?" Nick had been thinking about how he felt for Danny for some time, ever since Danny had gotten him to open up at the pub and then invited him in to his home for beer and movies. He had decided he may have found the person Janine had been referring to when she told him that he would never switch off until he found someone he cared about more than the job. He'd been safely on his way to London when he'd decided to turn renegade and risk everything to go back for Danny. He had been afraid that even with Frank as the ringleader of the NWA, they'd still discover that it was too big a risk to let Danny go on living. Nick had come back to be sure they never had the chance to act. He'd never been one that went for other blokes, but Danny had somehow wormed his way into Nick's heart and he found that he wanted to give it a shot with Danny more than anyone else he'd ever met, including Janine.

Danny leaned forward and brushed his lips against Nick's. The slight contact was all it took to shatter Nick's doubts. Danny--sweet, kind, loyal, trustworthy, movie-crazy Danny was who Nick wanted. When Danny pulled back, he said, "Was that what you thought I meant?" Nick grasped hold of Danny's head and pulled Danny to him roughly. Danny, for his part, backed Nick up to the row of lockers and pressed him against them, bracing his hands on the lockers on either side of Nick's shoulders. They kept their lips locked, completely ignoring the need for oxygen as they put every bit of sexual tension they'd been feeling the last several days into their kiss. Danny broke it finally and started to trail his lips down Nick's throat. Nick thrust his head back, giving Danny complete access.

Danny took a hand from the lockers and moved it to Nick's chest, starting to drag it southward. Nick started to tense in anticipation as Danny's hand got closer--

"Oi! You lot coming out here to help or are we going to have to come in there and drag your lazy arses out?" Wainwright's voice came from somewhere just outside the locker room.

Danny's head dropped to Nick's chest with a soft growl of frustration. Nick seemed to snap out of the haze he'd been in. He took in his surroundings and his situation and hastily cleared his throat before answering back loudly. "No, we're on our way now. Just had to see about my arm."

"Well hurry up, for fuck's sake! Some of us would like to go home sometime tonight!"

Nick didn't bother to say anything to that. He smoothed the hair on the back of Danny's head, which still rested against his chest. "This was the wrong place to start this, Danny."

Danny nodded and backed off Nick, both of them dropping their arms to their sides. "I'd like to continue, though."

Nick smiled in what looked like relief, which confused Danny. Had he thought that Danny would get that wound up over him and then decide not to pursue him any further? He reached out a hand and slid it down Nick's cheek. "How 'bout my place when we get out of here? Pub isn't open and I've got beer at home. We could finish what we started..."

Nick nodded almost enthusiastically and straightened his shirt out. "Sounds like a plan." He leaned in and gave Danny one last kiss before turning toward the door. When he got there, he discovered Danny wasn't following him and he turned to look at the other man. "You coming along?"

"In a minute. I need to straighten myself up a bit and fix my hair." Danny was right. Nick had thoroughly messed up Danny's hair when he'd had his fingers gripped in it a few minutes earlier.

"Right. Sorry 'bout that; forgot where I was for a moment." He blushed a bit again.

Danny grinned. "That's all right. I learned something, though."

"Oh really? And what's that then?"

"I know how to make you switch off." Danny got a more mischievous grin on his face as he said it.

"Danny, nothing makes me totally switch off." He opened the door and started through, turning back to see that some of the confidence in Danny's face had slipped. "But you are the only one who has found my pause button." And with that he was out of the room, the door closed behind him.

Danny's confident smile returned full force and he started fixing himself to go out to the other room with the others. He would find that 'switch off' button. And even if he didn't, he'd have a lot of fun trying.

He walked out of the locker room and made his way to the common area where everyone else was already sitting filling out paperwork. Tonight, he thought. Tonight will be perfect.

"Good job we've got the manpower, eh Andy?" he heard Tony saying as he walked in.

"Well," he replied, "official vocab guidelines state that we say staffing, not manpower because manpower's a bit sexist." He smiled when Nick got cheeky with Doris. Nick was getting along with the others and everything was starting to work out perfectly.



A/N: Poor Danny and Nick. No idea what's coming. I thought it best if I leave them blissful. I'm considering doing a follow-up either taking it in an AU direction (sans being shot and the explosion) or showing what happened after the explosion. I don't know, though. I'm a considerable expert at procrastination and I know it, so I ended it in a spot where if I don't follow it up, it eases into the canon story anyhow and you know they turn out all right.

Please R&R, guys! And when you're done with your Rest and Relaxation, go ahead and read the story! ;-) Be gentle, though. I'm always so nervous when I post to a new fandom for the first time. If you flame, use low heat. :-P

My, my. Here come the fuzz.
Current Location: On my way to bed....
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selenityshiroi: hot fuzz-shortcutselenityshiroi on June 24th, 2007 12:42 pm (UTC)
Eee, that was lovely! And, I think it slots into the movie really well.

I think it would be great if you continued it, taking into account the gunshot and explosion. You've managed to work with the canon very well, thus far, and it would be a shame to turn away now.
dahlianna: eddie izzarddahlianna on June 25th, 2007 04:34 am (UTC)

I may continue it with a "choose your own adventure" theme IF I do a continuation. I've had a request to continue in canon and one to continue on in an AU. If I quit being so lazy and start writing again, I may get it done.
dj_intheuk: Angel Heartdj_intheuk on June 24th, 2007 10:27 pm (UTC)
Aww I liked it :) Fits well :) "The pause button" made me smile :)
dahlianna: plotbunnydahlianna on June 25th, 2007 04:35 am (UTC)
Thanks! I've had the pause button idea swimming around since I saw the film and needed a way to work it into a story. I liked it too. :-)
Pandonkey: Nick and Dannypandonkey on June 25th, 2007 02:30 am (UTC)
Aww, very sweet! I'll try not to think too hard about what's in their immediate future.

I really loved this bit in particular:
"Danny, nothing makes me totally switch off." He opened the door and started through, turning back to see that some of the confidence in Danny's face had slipped. "But you are the only one who has found my pause button."

Nick having a pause button -- and Danny's determination to find his off switch later -- is just perfect.
dahlianna: kiss of deathdahlianna on June 25th, 2007 04:37 am (UTC)
That bit is my favourite too. I thought it'd be cute if Danny made it a mission to find the off switch. *G*
alouette_sparra: fluffalouette_sparra on June 25th, 2007 04:26 am (UTC)
Oh, write the AU. This was fluffy and sweet and I would like to see what COULD have happened were it not for Dramatic Purpose.

Anyhow, just one eensy-weensy little nit-pick:
Danny's head dropped to Nicks chest with a soft growl of frustration.
You missed an apostrophe. Otherwise your grammar is good and so's the characterisation. I await more.
dahliannadahlianna on June 25th, 2007 04:40 am (UTC)
Fixed the error! Thanks for catching that! I hate to have my bad grammar showing. :-)

Anyway, I may get to work on that AU idea. I thought that if I can get past my short attention span and writer's block, I may do a short piece on both outcomes--canon and AU. We'll see how it goes!

Thanks for the fluff!love! :-)
Excessive Kumquats: The Andesacidpenguin46 on June 25th, 2007 04:38 am (UTC)
That was so adorable. And it .fitted into the movie canon really well also. I'd love a follow-up, but I completely understand about procrastination as well ;) Great work!
dahlianna: Hot Fuzzdahlianna on June 25th, 2007 04:47 am (UTC)
First of all, icon!love to you. Yay for the Andes! (Still like Nicholas and Danny more, though. :-P)

Secondly, thanks for the praise!! I'm glad I kept it close to canon. I'm always afraid I'm going to slip completely OOC when I write. Of course, it helps when they go ahead and set slash up as canon. Yay for the holy trinity showing us slashers some love!!
Hippie Geek Girl: HF - sofa snugglinggypsyjr on June 26th, 2007 02:11 am (UTC)
official vocab guidelines state that we say staff and not manpower

One tiny nitpick - if you're going by the film, he actually says "staffing, not manpower." Otherwise, this is lovely.

This so should have been a deleted scene. XD
dahlianna: eddie izzarddahlianna on June 26th, 2007 02:26 am (UTC)
Right you are on that nitpick! I've watched the movie about 20 times and every time I could swear he said "staff and not manpower" instead. In my defence, though, it sounds very close. That's my excuse and I'm sticking to it!! *G* Anyway, fixed it!

Thanks for the review! I would SOOO have loved this as a deleted scene! But at least they gave us some good shots in the outtakes, though. Bless their little hearts. :-)
Hippie Geek Girl: SP - gratuitously cute triogypsyjr on June 26th, 2007 02:52 am (UTC)
No worries, it was an easy mistake to make. :)

And yes, they did at that. Man, do I love these boys. ^_^
fierce_bear on August 27th, 2007 04:02 am (UTC)
This was amazingly brilliant, and the you did keep good cannon with the characters! I would love to see after the splosion an all. You are a fantastic writer! Please more!
greek_jestergreek_jester on November 18th, 2007 08:49 pm (UTC)
I'm gradually working my way through the back posts & just came across this. Loved it, & hope you managed the sequel.
An Ever-Fixed Marknaynymic on September 8th, 2008 07:41 pm (UTC)
A sequel would be, I think, lovely...if a tad late. :)
Lady Day: (HF) Blue & Yellowday221b on February 27th, 2011 09:08 pm (UTC)
This was very well done. I thought them to be in character and I enjoyed this little fic immensely!