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They visited Edith again before they left New Zealand, Basil suggesting to Bea that they take a walk so they could get to know each other better.  The redhead knew her Gran had instigated it to get some time alone with Allie, she just hoped she would be better behaved this time around

“I owe you an apology Allie, my behaviour the first time we met was nothing short of disgraceful.   I truly am sorry, and I should never have said what I did.  I can see now how much you love Bea, and how happy she is with you”

“Please don’t ever apologise for being protective of her, I know I never would.  I’m glad she has her family behind her, well most of them anyway.  I never had that, and I would hate Bea to have to go through the same because of her relationship with me.  I want to spend the rest of my life with her.  I know we haven’t been together that long, but I honestly can’t imagine my life without her, and I hope I never have to”

“I know my granddaughter, and believe me, she feels the same, I can tell every time she looks at you.  I hated Harry from the second I met him, he was a smug bastard.  But it was Bea’s choice, and who was I to come between them, even though I knew he was no good for her.  We both know how that turned out, and the only good thing to come out of that car crash of a marriage was young Debbie.  But I can honestly say that in all the time they were together, Bea never once looked at him the way she looks at you, so hold on to that and don’t ever let it go.  You’re family now, and we stick together no matter what” Edith said, holding on to Allie’s arm and pulling her into a hug

“I don’t intend to, I promise” Allie replied, both of them pulling away when they heard the door open

As Bea opened the door her girlfriend looked over to her with tears in her eyes, and her Gran’s eyes were firmly fixed on the floor

“What did you say this time Gran?  Because whatever it is it won’t change anything.  I love Allie, and there’s nothing you, or anyone can say to change that, so please, stop trying” the redhead said, staring straight at her Gran

“It’s ok baby, I’m just happy that’s all” Allie said, placing her hand on her girlfriend’s arm, hoping to reassure her that everything was fine

“You sure?” Bea asked, her eyes still fixed on her Gran still

“Bea, I’m good, really” Allie confirmed, kissing her girlfriend on the cheek, the redhead visibly relaxing at the feel of the younger woman’s lips on her skin.

The four of them had lunch together before Bea and Allie headed back into the city.  They were leaving the following day, and wanted to do a bit of shopping before they left.  Edith had told her granddaughter not to leave it so long before her next visit as she wasn’t getting any younger and wanted to spend more time with both Bea and Allie.

It had been a strange couple of weeks for Allie, the few days they had spent at Great Barrier Island had been perfect, and she had enjoyed having Bea all to herself for a while.  But she also loved the time they had spent with her girlfriend’s family.  Edith had scared the crap out of her the first time they met, but she had grown really fond of her over the past few days.  It was clear from the start that she was very protective of Bea, and anyone that was looking out for her girlfriend was fine in her books.  Oscar and Mickey had been very welcoming too, and the redhead had clearly been very close to her cousin, despite the distance and limited visits.  She hoped they had been serious when they said they would come and visit them.  It would be nice to be a part of a family again, even if they weren’t her blood relatives.

 

 

After leaving Edith’s apartment they headed into the city to pick a few things up.  Bea wanted to get a gift for Debbie as it had been the first time in a long time that the young Smith hadn’t been there with her Mum.  They were walking past a jewellery store when the redhead stopped, something in the window catching her eye.  Entering the store she headed over to the display by the window to get a closer look at the earrings that she was sure her daughter would love.  After speaking to one of the sales assistants he headed over to the display to get the earrings, Bea wandering over to another display to take a look while she waited.

Looking at the jewellery in front of her, she spotted a necklace and pendant, the colour of the stone reminding her of her girlfriend’s eyes.  Turning around to face the sales assistant, she looked at the earrings, calling Allie over to get her opinion on them.  Both women thought the same, that Debbie would love them.  Walking over to the till to pay for them, she quietly asked him about the necklace.  Looking over her shoulder, she spotted that the blonde was pre-occupied, so asked to take a look at it.  The colour of the stone was even more prominent once it was out from behind the glass, and she knew it would bring out the colour in Allie’s eyes even more. 

After paying for both items they walked back out onto the street, Bea taking the blonde’s hand in hers as they wandered around for a while before heading back to the hotel to shower and change.  They were finishing getting ready when Allie turned to her girlfriend, tucking a stray curl behind the redhead’s ear

“Do I look ok?” the blonde asked.  Stepping back slightly Bea took in the sight before her.  Allie was wearing a figure hugging black dress, clinging to her body in all the right places, and it was making the older woman crazy with want. 

“There’s something missing” she said, trying to hide a smile as she spoke

“Really?  I can change if you don’t like it” Allie replied, sounding more than a little self-conscious

“Turn around and close your eyes” Bea told her, smiling when she saw the confusion in her girlfriend’s eyes.  Grabbing the box from under the pillow she opened it.  Picking up the necklace, she stepped up behind Allie, placing the jewellery around her neck before fastening it.

“You can open them now” the older woman said, placing a soft kiss on her girlfriend’s exposed shoulder before taking a small step back, her eyes watching Allie through the mirror as she opened her eyes, her fingers tracing the pendant around her neck before she turned to face her.

“It’s beautiful.  I love it, thank you”

“It’s not as beautiful as you Alliecat, I’m glad you like it.  Now come on, we need to go before I drag you to bed.  Do you have any idea what you do to me?”

“The same thing you do to me hopefully.  But I need food if I’m going to have enough energy for what I want to do to you later” Allie replied, pulling her girlfriend in for a kiss before heading for the door, Bea’s hand in hers.

 

 

 

They arrived back in Melbourne late afternoon, heading straight to Bea’s house from the airport.  Bridget had been looking after Cormack while they were away, but she had sent Bea a message that morning letting them know she would be at work when they got home.  After unpacking their luggage Allie jumped in the shower while Bea sorted through her mail.

After piling up the bills, she was still very much in holiday mode so would deal with those tomorrow, and throwing away all the crap, she came across an envelope with the Melbourne Fire Service stamp on it.  She knew exactly what was in the envelope, her exam results.  Picking it up off the table she headed back upstairs, dropping the envelope on the bed before jumping in the shower her girlfriend had just vacated, she would deal with that later.

Finishing up in the bathroom, Allie headed into Bea’s room to get dressed, spotting an envelope on the bed as she crossed the room.  Curiosity getting the better of her, she changed direction, taking a few steps to the right, and coming to a stop beside the bed.  Glancing down at the envelope she spotted the fire service stamp on the front, knowing instantly what would be in it.  After getting dressed she sat down on the bed, her back resting against the headboard, picking the envelope back up she held onto it and waited for her girlfriend.

Fifteen minutes later Bea came walking out of the en-suite, wrapped in a towel, spotting the blonde on the bed with her letter in her hand.  Wandering over to the bed she stood beside it, watching Allie.

“So are you going to open this, or just leave it here and hope it disappears?” the younger woman asked, a playful tone to her voice

“No one likes a smart arse Alliecat” Bea replied, sticking her tongue out at her girlfriend

“Will you open it for me?” she added, the slight tremble in her voice giving away just how nervous she was

“Sure” the blonde replied, patting the space beside her on the bed, Bea coming to sit beside her, her head resting on Allie’s shoulder.

Turning the envelope over in her hands, Allie opened it slowly.  Keeping her face neutral as she read it, she placed the letter down on the bedside table before turning towards her girlfriend, taking both Bea’s hands in hers.  Allie’s expression was unreadable, and Bea could feel the nerves building, the butterflies in her stomach appeared to be having some sort of party.

“I’m sorry baby…” Allie said, her gaze fixed firmly on the redhead’s as she spoke

“It’s ok, I can take it again I suppose”

“I’m sorry that you’re going to have to put up with Doyle hounding you about her exam”

“What?”

“You passed Bea.  No, you aced it, and I’m so proud of you baby” the blonde replied, leaning forward and kissing her girlfriend slowly, her left hand resting on the nape of her neck as she held her close

“Really?  I can’t believe it, I really thought I’d screwed it up” Bea said after they broke apart

"Really, and I never had any doubt.  You know what this means don’t you?” the blonde asked

“What does it mean?”

“We’re going to have to break your new office in, I want to fuck you on the desk” she said, her fingers running along the older woman’s chest where the towel stopped

 “You’re a bad influence on me Novak.  Oh and did I mention that there’s a sofa in there as well?”

“Even better, double the fun.  And you love it Smith, don’t even bother trying to deny it”

“I don’t know, maybe you could show me what you had in mind, convince me a little” the redhead replied as she unbuttoned her girlfriend’s shirt

 

 

The following day Bea headed over to Bridget’s house to collect Cormack after dropping Allie off at the flat.  The blonde needed to check with Liz to see what her shift pattern was for the next few weeks, but would be heading back over to her girlfriend’s house later that day.  She had suggested that she stayed at the flat, wanting to give the older woman some space, afraid that she would get sick of her.  Bea had been adamant that she didn’t want space, and would go wherever Allie was, the younger woman deciding to go to the house as there was less chance of them being interrupted.  Debbie would be home in a few weeks, and both women wanted to make the most of having the house to themselves.

A few days later Bea invited Franky and Bridget over for dinner.  The brunette had asked her the previous day about running through the key areas she would need to focus on for her upcoming exam, and she wanted to thank the doctor for looking after Cormack, so decided to combine the two.  Allie had been working the lunchtime shift and had arrived an hour ago to help her with the food preparation, or at least that had been the plan.  One look at the older woman in her tight vest top and short shorts and she had her pushed up against the breakfast bar, her lips on her neck as her right hand found its way into her shorts.

A while later they had both showered and were back in the kitchen finishing off dinner preparations, both of them unable to keep the smile off their face as they thought about the activities of the last hour.  Bea still found it strange, even after six months together, how much she wanted Allie, and she wondered if it would always be this way between them.

After dinner Bridget had offered to help Allie clear up, leaving Bea to go over the core areas of study with Franky.  They had been chatting about the brunette’s upcoming exam for about an hour, Allie checking on them a couple of times and bringing them drinks, before heading back through into the lounge, and Bridget, when out of the blue, Franky changed the subject.

“I want to ask Gidge to marry me, but I don’t know if it’s the right thing to do”

“What are you afraid of?”

“Everything.  That it’s too soon, that she’ll say no, or that I’ll end up hurting her.   Whenever I was with anyone I was always on the lookout for the next one, but since Bridget came along, I don’t want anyone else, I love her.  I’m just scared that she’ll get bored of me, I know that I’m not good enough for her” the brunette said

“Bridget’s crazy about you, and it’s blatantly obvious how much she loves you just by being in the same room as the both of you.  There’s no way she’ll say no Franky, trust me.  And don’t worry about the rest of it, you’re more than good enough for anyone, so don’t ever doubt that ok, I know Bridget doesn’t” the redhead said.  It was very rare that Franky showed her vulnerable side, so it was obvious how much all this meant to her

“Thanks Red, although I wasn’t good enough for you was I?  Needed a bit of blonde for you to switch teams” Franky replied, her ability to flip a conversation on its head always amazed Bea

“I love you Franky, but not in that way.  Do you realise that we almost got through an entire conversation without you embarrassing me, or hitting on me.  Almost”

“Yeah well, I’m a one woman woman these days, and having witnessed Blondie’s temper I have no intention of being on the receiving end of it.  Plus, the second you set eyes on her that evening at the station I knew you were hooked, even if you didn’t” the brunette replied

Later that night they were laid in bed, Allie’s head resting on the older woman’s chest as the redhead’s fingers trailed up and down her back gently.

“I want to find Oli again, will you help me?”

“Of course I will, whatever it takes.  I just want you to be happy.  What brought this on?”

“You make me happy, and I loved getting to know your family.  It just got me thinking about how much I miss him”

“What about the rest of your family?”

“Oliver’s the only one I want to find, the rest of them are dead to me.  You’re my family now, you and Debbie” the younger woman replied, cuddling into her girlfriend, sleep claiming both women shortly after

 

 

The following week the crew had arranged to meet at fuel that evening.  It was open mic night and knowing Bea would be there anyway, especially as Allie was working, Franky asked them all to be there, saying she had an announcement to make.

The blonde hadn’t planned on playing any more solo gigs any time soon, if ever, but one of the artists had pulled out at the last minute and the guys from 11:11 had said they would cover half of the free slot on the condition that Allie did the rest.  They would be driving over to Adelaide in a couple of days to play at the student union, and they had managed to secure a few small gigs while they were there.  They would be away for just over a week and had asked the blonde to go with them but she wasn’t; sure if she could stand to be away from Bea for that long, and had no intention of finding out, so had declined.  It had been too short notice to draft anyone else in for that evening, or change the schedule, so Allie had no other option but to fill the gap.

They were meeting at seven thirty, Franky and Bridget arriving fifteen minutes late to ensure their friends would all be there on arrival.  Bea had told Allie about the brunette’s plan to propose to Bridget, and both of them expected that this was the reason Franky wanted them all to be there.  The redhead was happy for their friend’s but it had gotten her to thinking about her own relationship.  After her divorce came through she swore she would never marry anyone ever again, but that had been before Allie.  She had no idea what her girlfriend’s views on marriage were, or if it was even something she would want to do further down the line, but suddenly the thought didn’t seem so daunting anymore.

Gathering everyone together, Franky made the announcement, she was getting married.  Liz had run around the bar and wrapped her arms around the tattooed brunette who, like Bea, had always been more of a daughter to her than a friend.  After congratulation Franky, Liz turned to Bridget, pulling her into a hug and welcoming her to the family.

Boomer had been unusually quiet, standing off to one side on her own as everyone fussed over the newly engaged couple.  Spotting her friend’s unusual behaviour, Allie wandered over to check on her.

“Everything ok here Booms?” she asked

“Yeah, I’m good”

“”Well you don’t look it.  You can talk to me you know, if something’s bothering you”

“Nah, there’s nothing wrong” boomer said, although she wasn’t convincing anyone

“So you’re not upset that Franky’s getting married, not worried that you’ll lose your best friend?”

“Shit, is it that obvious?  I’m happy for her, I’ll just miss her that’s all”

“You’ll never lose her Booms, Franky loves you and she’ll always be there, and Bridget would never do anything to affect your friendship.  Plus, think of all the ammo you’ll get out of this, you’ll be able to tease her for months, especially when she’s all stressed out about the wedding” Allie said, hoping that would cheer her friend up

“I didn’t think about that, I’m gonna have so much fun” Boomer said, a wide smile on her face as she turned and headed over to Franky, picking her up and squeezing her until she shouted at her to put her down.

 

 

Walking back over to her girlfriend, Allie pulled her in for a quick kiss before heading through into the back to get everything organised and check on the first few artists.  She had been gone about twenty minutes when there was a knock on the office door, shouting to whoever was there to come in, she turned around, finding Bea leaning against the door frame.

Stepping into the room, she closed the door before walking over to Allie.  Grabbing the front of her shirt, she pulled her up out of her chair, crashing their lips together.

“What was that for, not that I’m complaining”

“It was really sweet what you did for Boomer back there, I just wanted to say thank you”

“You can thank me more often if that’s how you do it” the blonde replied, kissing her girlfriend again before ushering her towards the door

“Now scram before I have my wicked way with you” she added

“Well now I want to stay”

“Later, I promise it will be worth the wait”

“It always is” Bea replied, throwing a wink at the younger woman as she walked down the corridor and back into the bar, already looking forward to the end of the night.

Allie would be performing in the penultimate slot, 11:11 headlining again.  She would only have to perform four songs, as the guys had added a few new songs to their set, wanting to use Fuel as a guinea pig to see how they went down.  Throughout the evening she kept nipping out into the bar to chat with her friends.  She had found the previous week at dinner, that she got on really well with Bridget.  She had been surprised initially, at how easy she was to talk to, and the doctor had turned out to be much more down to earth that Allie had expected.  But then again she was marrying Franky.  After spending half an hour with the newly engaged couple she headed through into the back again, she was due on stage soon and needed to get everything ready.

 

 

Stepping up onto the stage she apologised for the change in schedule, explaining that one of the acts had to drop out, and she was the only one who could fill in at such short notice.  After telling the crowd that she wouldn’t take up much of their time, and that the real musicians would be back shortly, she began to play, the crowd captivated by her from the start.

Every time she played her confidence grew, and once again, having her girlfriend there with her helped to settle her nerves.  Thanking everyone for their time she announced that this would be her last song.  After dedicating it to Franky and Bridget, she smiled at her girlfriend before starting to sing.

 

You’re the light, you’re the night

You’re the colour of my blood

You’re the cure, you’re the pain

You’re the only thing I want to touch

Never knew that it could mean so much, so much

 

You’re the fear, I don’t care

‘Cause I’ve never been so high

Follow me to the dark

You can see the world you brought to life, to life

 

So love me like you do, lo-lo-love me like you do

Love me like you do, lo-lo-love me like you do

Touch me like you do, to-to-touch me like you do

What are you waiting for?

 

Fading in, fading out

On the edge of paradise

Every inch of your skin is a holy grail I’ve got to find

Only you can set my heart on fire, on fire

 

Allie sang, focusing on Bea as the words passed over her lips.  She had never felt anything like what she did for the redhead with anyone else, and doubted that it was even possible.  She could see the love radiating from Bea’s eyes, and every time she looked at her like that, she fell in love with her a little bit more

 

Yeah, I’ll let you set the pace

‘Cause I’m not thinking straight

My head’s spinning around I can’t see clear no more

What are you waiting for?

 

Love me like you do, lo-lo-love me like you do

Love me like you do, lo-lo-love me like you do

Touch me like you do, to-to-touch me like you do

What are you waiting for?

 

I’ll let you set the pace

‘Cause I’m not thinking straight

My head’s spinning around I can’t see clear no more

What are you waiting for?

 

Love me like you do, lo-lo-love me like you do

Love me like you do, lo-lo-love me like you do

Touch me like you do, to-to-touch me like you do

What are you waiting for?

 

Thanking everyone again, she introduced 11:11 before grabbing her guitar and stepping off the stage.  Heading back into the office, she left her guitar and wandered back out into the bar, Bea pulling her in for a kiss as soon as she was within reaching distance.

“Another thank you?” Allie asked

“Of course” the redhead replied, leaning in to her girlfriend, her lips hovering next to the younger woman’s ear

“I want to thank you all night” she added, her tongue flicking over Allie’s ear before she kissed her neck, pulling away she held on to her girlfriend’s hand as they watched the guys play, both of them looking forward to being alone later.