But Your Daddy Left You
Elly rang Nick’s doorbell hoping at she wasn’t about to be killed by a Grimm.
“Elly,” Nick said when he opened the door. “Thanks for coming.”
Elly nodded and tried not to look past him into the house to see if she could see his mother she wasn’t sure if she even really wanted to. She was curious; had been since he arrived at her house and told her that his mother was not actually dead and that she’d come to town looking to kill the man going after Nick. Elly trusted Nick trusted him a little more than she ever really expected to but she was worried about his mother. His mother was a Grimm, had left her son to think she was dead and even if she had an amazing reason Elly didn’t think she’d ever forgive the older woman for abandoning Nick like that.
“It’s fine,” Elly said biting her lip.
“I wouldn’t have done this…I shouldn’t have done this,” Nick looked at her apologetically. “I’m sorry I know you’re scared. You don’t have to do this.”
Elly rolled her eyes. “You need help I will help you that’s how this works.”
Nick shook his head. “She’s not like me I shouldn’t have called.”
“Nick,” Elly snapped softening it with a smile. “You need help so tell me what it is, I’ll help and things will be fine.”
“I need you to get me in t-”
Nick was cut off by his mother’s voice behind him. “Nick, who is it?”
Nick turned just as his mother got to the door; she pulled a knife and lunged. Nick reacted stepping and twisting to put himself between his mother and Elly.
“No!” Nick felt the knife dig in but it was a shallow wound glancing off his arm, he knew it would bleed but it wouldn’t do any real damage.
“She is a Blutbad,” his mother hissing baring her teeth.
“I know,” Nick said stepping back a little until he could feel the heat coming off Elly’s body reassuring him that she was safe.
“She is a Blutbad, you should be killing her. Why are you protecting her?”
“She’s my friend,” Nick said. “This is Elly, the woman I was telling you about who has a friend that might be able to help.”
“I don’t want help from a Blutbad,” his mother spat and turned to go back into the room.
“Shit Nick,” Elly breathed out, her breath ruffling the hair on the back of his head.
“Are you okay?” Nick turned to look at her, check that she was okay but she caught sight of his arm first.
“Nick,” Elly grabbed his hand and tugged him behind her down the verandah stairs. “Come on.”
“Where are we going?” He asked following her regardless.
“I have a first aid kit in my car, or do I need to take you to the hospital?”
“No,” Nick looked down at his sleeve, his light blue shirt was now maroon from the blood but he knew it wasn’t a bad wound. If his mother had not pulled her lunge at the last moment he would have been worse and if he hadn’t stepped in he knew Elly would be injured so it was all worth it. “It’s really not that bad.”
“You once told me that an arrow sticking out of your shoulder wasn’t that bad. I don’t trust your medical advice.”
Nick laughed. “To be fair you did ask me before I had a chance to apprehend that guy.”
“Yes after which you passed out because the arrow had been laced with something.”
“Yeah but the guy didn’t get away.”
Elly rolled her eyes and laughed. “Take off your shirt and sit in the car so your neighbours don’t get a free show.”
Elly opened the door and pulled out the dark blue container from under the passenger seat in her little yellow bug. She moved back and waited for Nick to pull the shirt over his head and sit down in the front seat. There was a lot of blood but the cut didn’t look that bad. She opened the case, and started cleaning the wound.
“So what did you need?”
“You’re still going to help?” Nick asked surprise obvious on his face.
“Of course,” Elly said as Nick hissed.
“Okay that hurts.”
Elly smiled and finished cleaning the wound until all the surrounding blood was gone and she could see the cut clearly.
“Elly, I don’t want you to get involved with this.”
“Nick, I have over the last year proven that I am involved in this, you won’t let your mother kill me so tell me what you need help with before I find some lemon juice and torture it out of you.”
Nick laughed. “I need your help me get in touch with some Wesen, they might be able to lead my mother to the people she’s been after.”
“Nick…” Elly stopped herself and held the side of Nick’s cut together to tape them. “It’s probably not deep enough for stitches, I’ll tape it and wrap it but you should watch it in case, it did bleed a lot.”
“That isn’t what you were going to say Elly,” Nick said watching her carefully.
Elly shook her head. “Don’t worry about it. Let me know who you want me to contact.”
“I will,” Nick watched her wrap the white bandage over his arm before she tucked the rubbish into a little plastic bag and closed the first-aid kit.
Elly took a step back and Nick stepped out of the car but didn’t bother putting his shirt back on, he’d just get blood on his new bandage. They stood and watched each other for a moment.
“I still don’t know why she let me know she was alive,” Nick said quietly.
Elly stepped forward and pulled him into a tight hug being careful not to put pressure on his wound. Nick wrapped his arms around her back and held on tight, he could feel her hot breath on his shoulder and he wanted to stay right here with Elly because everything in his house was confusing and overwhelming. He couldn’t work out if he should be happy to see his mother after all this time or angry, angry enough to punch the wall and beat the stuffing out of any Wesen stupid enough to do the wrong thing, that she’d been alive this whole time and she didn’t care enough to tell him.
Nick took two deep breaths then stiffened up his body before pulling away; Elly smiled at him and gripped his shoulders quickly before stepping back. “If you need anything at all, even just to talk.”
“I know,” Nick said. “Thank you.”
“Do you have the list?”
“Can I call you?” Nick asked. “I still need a bit more information from my mother and I don’t think she’d be very interested in telling us at the moment. I wanted you to help try and get the information but…”
Elly nodded. “As soon as you work it all out call me, and Nick promise that if you need anything you’ll call or come by even if it’s not a good time okay?”
Nick nodded stiffening his spine even tighter and then nodded. “I will, thank you Elly. I’m so sorry about my mother.”
Elly smiled and waved him away. “Not everyone is a Grimm like you Nick.”
Nick nodded slowly and then looked up suddenly. “Elly, put the word out to the Wesen you know not to come by, tell them to be careful. She might hurt someone who doesn’t deserve it and I’m worried they will be complacent because of me.”
Elly pulled him back into a hug unable to help herself because he was worried about Wesen getting hurt and she could not believe how amazing Nick was, how different he was.
“Sorry,” Elly said pulling back. “I just, call me.”
“Thank you Elly,” Nick said and watched as she climbed into her car and drove away. He didn’t turn to go back inside until her brake lights had disappeared then took a deep breath gripped his shirt and headed back into the house to deal with his mother.
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