Dinner and Dancing - Forever Knight Fan Fiction 2

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					Dinner and Dancing

By KC Smith
October 2003

This is the next installment (#4) of my Nick/Nat Romantic Rendezvous
series. Mush and fluff ahead: you have been warned! This one is
longer than usual. Enjoy!

Standard Disclaimers: The characters from Forever Knight do not
belong to me, but to James Parriott and Sony/TriStar. No copyright
infringement is intended in any way. All original characters belong
to me. Permission is given to archive on Mel's site,
the fkfanfic2 site, the FTP site and, for the adult stories, the
JADFE archives. All others please ask before archiving or linking any
stories to your website. Questions, comments and critiques can be
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Saturday evening Natalie was ready to go promptly at sunset, as per
Nick's instructions. When she'd opened the box Nick had given her
last weekend, she had found that Nick had bought her a dress,
including matching shoes, for their night out. Nick had finally given
in on Thursday and allowed her to open the box, since she was so
upset over not being able to find an appropriate dress for their
night out. Now, she pulled them out of the box and put them on,
pleased with Nick's taste in clothing.

Standing in front of the mirror, she gazed nervously at her
reflection as she smoothed the silk of the deep blue dress. It had a
princess cut bodice with thin straps that crisscrossed along the
back, and it came down to just above her knees. Curiously, she opened
the smaller box that had an attached note to not open it until she
was dressed, and found
the most exquisite diamond and sapphire necklace and earrings she'd
ever seen (Nick had refused to allow her to open this box until
tonight), and put them on. They, of course, complimented the outfit
perfectly. She had left her hair hanging down, since Nick had told
her recently that he preferred it that way. The doorbell rang and she
took a deep breath before opening it.

Nick stood before her in a black silk suit, his tie an exact match
to the color of her dress, and he was holding a beautiful bouquet of
red roses for her. Smiling, he took in her appearance. "Natalie...
you look breathtaking."

Natalie smiled shyly. "Thank you. For everything," she said,
standing on tiptoe to kiss him.

Nick smiled again and handed her the roses, waiting while she filled
a vase with water and put them in it. "You're more than welcome. Only
the best for my lady." When she finished, he took her hand. "Are you

Natalie nodded. "Let me get my purse and shawl."

Nick watched as she walked down the hall and into her bedroom, and
emerged a few moments later with a small white handbag and a
beautiful lace shawl. He helped her into the shawl and kissed her
lightly on the cheek, before indicating that she should precede him
out the door.

When Natalie had closed and locked the door behind them, she took
Nick's proffered arm and they walked down the steps to the front
door. Nick led her to a waiting limousine, and the driver opened the
door for them. Once they were safely inside, Nick placed his arm
around Natalie and carefully caressed her cheek with his index
finger. "You are so beautiful," he murmured softly.

Natalie blushed and smiled. "Thank you." She looked into his eyes
for a moment, before leaning forward to kiss him lightly on the lips.
"You look very nice tonight, too." Natalie looked out the window.
"So, where are we headed?"

"You'll see soon enough." He told her with a mysterious smile.
Natalie raised an eyebrow, but instead of commenting, she relaxed
into his arms.

A short time later, they arrived at their destination and took the
elevator up to the topmost floor. When Natalie realized where they
were going, she looked at Nick with wide eyes. "The Azure?"

Nick smiled and kissed her knuckles. "Yes. I hope you like the food

"Um, actually, I've never eaten here. But I've heard the food is
wonderful," she told him.

Nick met the Maitre 'd and spoke softly to him. "Reservations for

The Maitre 'd nodded and grabbed two menus. "Yes, of course. Right
this way, Monsieur." He seated them in a quiet room, separated from
the main dining area. "Someone will be right with you," he informed
them, before slipping quietly out the door.

Natalie glanced around at the fancy decor, before opening her menu.
She noticed that none of the meal selections had prices beside them
and tried not to think about what this was costing. She knew that
Nick could afford it, but she wasn't the type of person to fawn over
someone because of his bankroll. In fact, she was generally a very
frugal sort of person.

Nick watched the play of emotions on Natalie's face and smiled. He
could tell what was going through her head, just by the expressions
on her lovely face. She'd never once questioned him about his
financial resources, or asked him for any kind of compensation for
the work she was doing for him. It was a refreshing change, and one
of the many reasons he loved her so much.

The Wine Steward brought the wine list and Nick looked over the
selection, carefully choosing a bottle for the evening.

A few moments later, the Wine Steward returned with the bottle and
opened the wine, pouring a bit into the crystal goblet in front of
Nick, and waited for Nick's approval.

Nick tasted the wine and smiled at the Steward. "Excellent. Thank

The Wine Steward bowed and left silently.

Natalie had watched the exchange in silence, still trying to decide
what she should order for dinner.

Nick poured a glass of wine for Natalie and set it in front of her.
"I hope I have chosen well," he said, smiling.

Natalie lifted her glass and took a sip. It was wonderful, though
she doubted she'd have been able to tell the difference between this
wine, and the stuff you bought in a box at the local liquor store.
Smiling, she nodded at Nick. "It's very good."

Nick stifled a grin, as he watched Natalie return to her menu. He
hadn't intended to overwhelm her, but it appeared that he'd done
exactly that. For all of her grace, beauty and charm, Natalie was a
very simple woman at heart.

The waiter arrived and took their orders, returning a few minutes
later with their salads and a dark brown bread, leaving as quietly as
he'd come.

Natalie ate her salad, smiling at Nick and trying to make small
talk. She was oddly nervous about this 'date' of theirs. "So, how are
you and Schanke getting along?"

Nick winced, as he moved his salad around with his fork and gingerly
took a very small bite. "Well... I guess we're making progress. I
didn't want to kill him last night."

Natalie chuckled at that. She knew that Nick and Schanke didn't care
much for each other's company, but Captain Stonetree insisted that
they work together. At least on the part of their shifts that
overlapped. "Don's a nice guy, once you get to know him. He's a good

Nick gave her a quirky smile. "How long have you known him?"

"Since I first started in the Coroner's Office. My first case was
his and his old partner's. Husband slit his wife's throat, left the
baby in the crib and split town. Very sad." She sipped at her wine
before continuing. "I was a nervous wreck; I wanted to prove
myself... prove I could handle the job. I was terrified of making a
mistake, or doing something wrong. Schanke came into the morgue, and
I guess he sensed how I was feeling. He kept telling me what a good
job I was doing, how the things I'd found were helping the case. That
helped me to relax, and then I was fine." She smiled at the memory.

"How'd that case turn out?" Nick asked, curiously.

Natalie sighed. "The baby went into the foster care system and the
father disappeared. Another one for the 'unsolved' files, I'm afraid."

Nick nodded. There were far too many of those, unfortunately. "Have
you ever met Myra and Jenny?"

Natalie smiled again. "Yes. At the precinct picnic; we should go
this year. I think I was about four months into my job when Schanke
came waltzing in and announced that he was taking sign-ups for
'Schanke's Scorchers'. When I asked him about it, he told me that at
the annual picnic, they have a game of softball. So of course, I
joined his team."

Nick looked interested, as the bus boy removed their dishes and the
waiter brought them a bowl of soup, and more of the dark brown bread
and butter. "Who won?"

Nat made a pouty face. "Captain Stonetree's team. Of course, we've
veaten them every year since," she said, grinning.

Nick chuckled. This was a part of Natalie that he knew little about.
The part he wanted to know better. "So when did you meet Myra and

"I arrived at the picnic and Schanke saw me. He called me over and
introduced me to them. He had apparently told Myra all about me,
because she asked me all sorts of questions about my job and how I
liked working with the detectives. She insisted that I eat with them
so we could talk. It was a lot of fun."

"It sounds like it. Maybe we will go." Nick said, reaching across
the table and taking her hand. "I'd like to meet Myra and Jenny,
too." He kissed her knuckles before releasing her hand and allowing
her to return to her meal.

Shortly after Natalie had finished her soup, the waiter brought
Natalie a glass of water and a tiny crystal goblet with two small
scoops of orange sherbet.

As soon as the waiter left, Natalie looked at Nick in confusion. "At
the risk of sounding completely like an idiot... what's this for?"
she asked, indicating the sherbet.

Nick smiled. "To 'cleanse the palette' so that you may more
thoroughly appreciate the flavor of your meal."

Natalie looked surprised. "Okay..." She sipped at her water before
tentatively eating the sherbet, and then took another drink of water.
"All cleansed." She grinned.

Nick chuckled and again reached for her hand, kissing the knuckles.
"I love you."

The waiter brought the main course of their meal. Nick had ordered a
steak~ very rare~ with steamed vegetables and rice. Natalie had
ordered a vegetable pasta with a seafood sauce and steamed vegetables.


Natalie finally began to relax, so they continued to chat
comfortably as they ate their meal. The food was exquisite and the
atmosphere was very romantic. Once they finished eating, Nick moved
his chair closer to Natalie's so that he could more easily hold her
hand and kiss her. In the middle of a particularly passionate kiss,
Natalie jumped and
blushed. The bus boy had just come to take their dishes away. Nick
smiled at her. "Have I told you how much I love you today?"

Natalie smiled at him. "Yes, but you're welcome to tell me again."

Nick kissed her lips softly. "I love you," he said quietly. He
kissed her eyelid. "I love you," he said again. He repeated this
action, covering her entire face with soft kisses and each time
whispering that he loved her.

Natalie smiled dreamily. She looked embarrassed again, when the
waiter arrived and cleared his throat. "Can I interest you in
dessert?" he asked, indicating the dessert cart that had just been
rolled in.

Natalie looked at Nick. He grinned at her and nodded. "I'll have
that one," she said, indicating a delicious looking chocolate
dessert. The waiter placed it before her.

"And for you, Monsieur?" he asked Nick.

Nick waved his hand. "Nothing, thank you."

Natalie waited until the waiter was gone, before taking a tentative
bite of her dessert. She closed her eyes in ecstasy and sighed.

Nick chuckled. "Good?"

Natalie nodded. "Wonderful," she replied, taking a larger bite this

Nick watched in both awe and amusement, as Natalie enjoyed every
last bite of her dessert, before finishing off her wine.

Natalie finished her wine and looked at Nick sheepishly. "Sorry."

Nick shook his head, smiling. "Don't be. I'm glad that you enjoyed
it." He lifted her hand and kissed her fingers, one by one.

Natalie's eyes shone with her love, as she gazed at Nick. He pulled
her close for another deep kiss, and when they parted, she caressed
his cheek with her palm. "I love you, Nicholas de Brabant Knight,"
she breathed.

Nick smiled at her lovingly. "Are you ready to go?"

"Yes. But first, I need to use the ladies' room," Nat said, rising
and gathering her things.

"I'll wait in the foyer for you," Nick told her, kissing her lips.

"I won't be long," Nat promised.

While Nat was in the ladies' room, Nick took care of their bill and
then waited in the foyer. As she promised, it didn't take her long.
Nick took her hand and felt the slight dampness that still remained
on her skin from her washing her hands. He lifted her hand and kissed
it again.

Natalie allowed Nick to help her with her shawl, before they headed
into the elevator. When they reached the ground floor, the limousine
was waiting out front for them, the driver holding the door open for

"How did you do that?" Nat inquired, once they were settled into
their seat.

Nick grinned at her, waggling his finger and shaking his head. "Uh-
uh-uh... trade secret."

Natalie shook her head and laughed. "Okay."

Nick wrapped his arms around her and kissed her on the temple, as
the car pulled out into traffic. "Are you tired?"

"No, not at all."

"Good. I still have other plans for us tonight," Nick said.

Natalie looked at him in surprise. "What?"

"I thought we might go somewhere we can dance," Nick told her.

"Not the Raven?" Nat asked, apprehensively.

"No. The Raven is a little too... loud, for what I have in mind.
It's a smaller place; quiet. I think you'll enjoy it." He kissed her

Natalie smiled lovingly at him. "As long as I'm with you, we can go
anywhere you want to. Even the Raven."

Nick chuckled and brushed her nose with his finger. They'd arrived
at their destination, and the car had just come to a stop. "Here we

The chauffeur stepped out of the car and opened the door for them.
Nick climbed out first and then reached for Natalie's hand, helping
her out.

Natalie glanced up at the building before them and read the sign.
'Enchanted' was written in fancy blue neon letters.

Nick led her up the low steps and through the door, speaking softly
to a woman behind a podium. When she nodded at him, he led Natalie
through another door where soft music could be heard playing. "Let's
find a table first, hmm?"

Natalie nodded and followed him through the dark club to a table in
the back, her arm protectively held in his.

Nick seated her first, before going around to the other chair to
take his own seat. "Would you like something to drink?"

"Yes, please. Rum and cola."

"I'll be right back," Nick told her, standing and moving through the
crowd towards the bar.

Natalie watched the dancers out on the dance floor. Everyone was
dressed very elegantly, and they were swaying to the soft, slow music
being played by the band. She smiled at Nick when he brought her
drink and sat down again. "This is a lovely place."

Nick nodded, sipping from his glass. "I thought you'd enjoy it."

Natalie looked a little closer at Nick's glass of 'red wine'.
"Nick... is that- ?"

Nick gave her an apologetic smile. "Yes."

Natalie looked around them, before leaning a little closer to him.
"Is this place like the Raven?"

"Yes. The clientele here is a lot different, however," he told her.
"Don't worry, you're perfectly safe here with me."

Natalie smiled at him and nodded.

"Shall we dance?" Nick asked her, holding his hand out to her.
"Absolutely," Natalie said, accepting his hand and following him to
the dance floor.


They danced for several hours, taking small breaks to enjoy their
drinks and one another's company. Around three in the morning, Nick
suggested that they leave.

"The crowd is beginning to shift," he told her quietly, as he helped
her with her shawl.

Natalie was about to ask what he meant, when it suddenly occurred to
her. She accepted his arm and followed him wordlessly out the door,
noting that many times he nodded to certain people as they left. "Did
you know many of them?" she asked, once they were safely ensconced
within the limousine.

Nick shrugged. "A few. Mostly, just by acquaintance." He wrapped his
arms around her again.

Natalie laid her head on his shoulder and closed her eyes. "This has
been a wonderful night. Thank you, so much, for everything," she

Nick smiled at her, tilting her face up so that he could kiss her
deeply. "I'm glad that you enjoyed it," he said, once he'd released
her lips.

They arrived at her apartment complex and Nick again helped her out
before escorting her upstairs. He waited until Natalie had unlocked
her door before caressing her face in his palm, moving his hand up to
twine his fingers in her soft hair. He pulled her to him and kissed
her passionately, wrapping his arms around her.

When they parted, Natalie looked into his eyes. "Nick? Would you...
would you like to stay the day with me?" she asked, hesitantly.

Nick smiled sadly at her. "I'd love to, Nat, but I don't think it's
a good idea just yet. I have to be sure of my control, first. I won't
risk your life."

Natalie nodded, averting her eyes. "I understand."

Nick again pulled her to him, kissing her deeply. "Never think for a
moment that I don't want you, Natalie, because I do. More than I
could ever express with words. I love you," he whispered, as he held
her close.

Natalie smiled at him, nodding again. "I love you, too. I'll see you

Nick smiled, nodding. "Tomorrow."
He waited until he heard the click of the locks behind her, before
turning and heading back into the night. Soon, he promised himself.

Very soon.

* End

KC Smith
Nick/Natpacker with Dark tendencies.
"I've never met a chocolate I didn't like."

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