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Ash had made a couple of changes to their set list, swapping the order of a few tracks around.  They would be finishing with Allie’s song, and she wasn’t sure if that was a good thing or not.  She was happy that he thought it was good enough, but it added to the mountain of pressure she was already putting on herself.  They had almost finished their penultimate song, and as Allie scanned the room, she took in the sight before her.  Oli and Regan were in the middle of the crowd, dancing like a pair of lunatics, only being slightly upstaged by Boomer, who was currently on a break from the bar.  She was pretty sure her friend had created a whole new genre, and what she lacked in rhythm she made up for in enthusiasm.  Bea had been standing with Franky and Smiles, but had gradually gotten closer to the stage during their set, knowing it helped her girlfriend having her close by.

As they finished the track, Ash let everyone know that the next song would be their last of the evening, before handing control over to Allie.  It was her song, so he thought it only fair that she took the credit.

“Thanks for coming to see us and I hope you’ve enjoyed it as much as we have.  As Ash said, this is our last song and it’s one of mine, so blame me if it’s shit.  I hope you all like it, and I want to dedicate this one to my girl.  Thank you for believing in me, and I love you, always” she said, her eyes locking with Bea, who looked back at her with tears in her eyes.

Smiling at the redhead, Allie stepped forward as the music started.  Grabbing the stand, she secured the mic before starting to sing.

 

I remember us alone
Waiting for the light to go
Don't you feel that hunger
I've got, so many secrets to show
When I saw you on that stage
I shiver with the look you gave
Don't you hear that rhythm, can you
Show me how we can escape

(Ooh oh oh oh, ooh oh oh ooh)
I was biting my tongue
I was trying to hide
(Ooh oh oh oh, ooh oh oh ooh)
I'll forget what I've done
I'll be redefined

It's shaking the sky
And I'm following lightning
I'll recover if you keep me alive
Don't leave me behind
Can you see me I'm shining
And it's you that I've been waiting to find
I'm holding it all tonight
I'm folding it all tonight
You know that you make it shine
And it's you that I've been waiting to find
I'm holding it all tonight
I'm folding it all tonight
You know that you make it shine
It's you that I've been waiting to find

 

Allie was like a drug, and Bea was well and truly addicted.  Everyone’s eyes were on the blonde standing centre stage, and Allie’s eyes were still on her.  It always amazed Bea how with one look from her girlfriend, she could forget everyone and everything around her.

 

Now that we can hear that sound
Now that you can hold me down
You can pull me under
You can raise everything to the ground
Everything I can arrange,
Every part of me you change
Just hold me together, tell me
You'll always want me to stay

(Ooh oh oh oh, oh oh oh ooh)
I was biting my tongue
I was trying to hide
(Ooh oh oh oh, oh oh oh ooh)
I'll forget what I've done
I'll be redefined

 

Glancing around the room, Allie spotted Oli and Regan, her brother’s wide smile giving her a much needed confidence boost.  She had felt extra pressure with them being there, but they both seemed to be enjoying themselves, which was a good sign.  Hopefully.

 

It's shaking the sky
And I'm following lightning
I'll recover if you keep me alive
Don't leave me behind
Can you see me I'm shining
And it's you that I've been waiting to find

I wanna be the one you steal
I wanna be the one you shield
I wanna be the one
That your love, that your love
Can heal
I wanna be the one you steal
I wanna be the one you shield
I wanna be the one
That you'll love, that you'll love

It's shaking the sky
And I'm following lightning
I'll recover if you keep me alive
Don't leave me behind
Can you see me I'm shining
And it's you that I've been waiting to find
I'm holding it all tonight
I'm folding it all tonight

You know that you make it shine
It's you that I've be waiting to find
I'm holding it all tonight
I'm folding it all tonight
You know that you make it shine
It's you that I've been waiting to find
It's you that I've be waiting to find
It's you that I've been waiting to find

 

As they wrapped up the applause rang through the bar, and Allie couldn’t stop smiling.  Turning round, she saw the guys were as caught up in it as she was.  After thanking everyone for listening, they jumped down off the stage, Allie heading straight for Bea, who was beside the stage like usual.  A few seconds later and she was buried under a pile of bodies.  Oli had rushed across the room and dived on her, shortly followed by the rest of the band.  Once they had all congratulated her, she turned to Bea, needing to be close to her.  As if sensing Allie’s need, Bea stepped forward, wrapping her arms around the blonde and pulling her in for a kiss.  “Thank you for doing that, you have no idea how much that meant to me” she said, kissing Allie again.

“I think I do, and I feel the same.  Plus I wanted everyone to know that the hot redhead was mine” Allie replied, holding on to Bea as if her life depended on it.

The rest of the evening went well, and they had stayed behind after closing time to continue the party.  It was just gone two in the morning by the time they got to bed, and Allie had been conscious that Bea was working the following day.  She didn’t want her to be tired, but the older woman had been adamant that she would rather spent time with Allie and her family than sleep, Oli joking that sleeping was all firefighters did on shift anyway.

 

 

 

The next morning Bea reluctantly dragged herself out of her girlfriend’s arms, and nice warm bed.  Not wanting to disturb Allie, she grabbed her clothes and quietly headed to the bathroom.  Once she was showered and dressed, she headed out, jumped in the car and drove to the coffee shop a couple of blocks away.  Twenty minutes later she returned with coffee and breakfast.  Placing it on the kitchen counter, she wandered over to the bed, throwing herself down beside Allie, the blonde waking with a start.  “The fuck?” Allie yelled, jumping up.

“Sorry Alliecat, I didn’t want you to wake up alone.  I’ve got to go but I brought you breakfast and coffee” Bea said, laughing as Allie’s arms flailed around, the blonde calming once she realised it was just Bea.

“Thanks babe, although I can think of another way you could have woken me up” the blonde replied, snuggling up against her girlfriend.

“Mind out of the gutter Novak, can’t have you making me late again”

“I was talking about a hug, looks like I’m not the only one with the dirty mind.  Now get out of here” Allie replied, pushing the redhead off the bed.  “Oh and Bea?” she added, causing the older woman to stop and turn to face her

“Yeah?”

“Stay safe, and I love you”

“I love you too Alliecat.  I’ll see you tonight at home” Bea said, winking at the blonde before heading out of the door and off to work.

Allie loved it when the older woman referred to her house as home, it was never something she ever felt like she had.  Her parent’s house never felt like home, and although she had been comfortable in the apartment a few years ago, she never felt it there either.  The only place she had ever felt truly comfortable was Bea’s house, but she was pretty sure it had more to do with the beautiful firefighter than the bricks and mortar.

 

 

The shift had been a busy one, three car accidents, a small house fire, and a kid stuck on a roof.  It was days like these that had Bea longing for a hot bath, and a nice relaxing evening.  Allie was working until seven, but had called earlier to say she would pick up some dinner on the way over.  She had offered to stay at the flat so that Bea could have a night to herself, but she knew she wouldn’t be able to relax unless the blonde was with her.

After dinner, they were sitting on the sofa, the TV playing in the background, not that either of them were paying much attention to it.  Allie was laid with her head in her girlfriend’s lap, and Bea was absentmindedly playing with her hair.  She needed to talk to Allie about how she had been feeling, but wasn’t sure how to approach it.  Deciding to just go for it, she took a deep breath, and ploughed on.  “I need to talk to you about something” she said, sounding a lot more confident than she felt

“Sounds serious.  Am I in trouble” Allie joked, her smile falling as she noticed the serious look on her girlfriend’s face.  “Are you breaking up with me?  Because whatever I did I can fix it.  Please Bea”

“I’m not breaking up with you, why would you think that?  I love you Allie” Bea replied, running her thumb across her girlfriend’s cheek

“Then what is it?  Did I do something wrong?”

“No baby.  It’s me, I’m just feeling a little bit…ahh…I don’t know”

“You can tell me anything Bea, you know that” Allie said.  Sitting up and turning to face the redhead, she took her hand in hers, urging her on

“I’m worried that I’ve been asking too much of you, and I don’t want you to think that’s all I want”

Babe, you’re not making any sense”

“Sorry.  This is really embarrassing.  I…err…I want you Allie”

“I want you too” the blonde said, winking at Bea

“No, I mean all the time.  Every time I look at you I want to touch you, all of you”

“So what’s the problem?  I love it when you touch me”

“I don’t want you to think that all I want is sex.  I love you so much, all of you.  And I love just being here with you, whatever we do, as long as we’re together” Bea said, finally lifting her head and looking at her girlfriend, who appeared to be laughing at her.  “Something funny?” she added, not sure what was going on

“You’re so cute”

“I’m not cute, Allie I…”

“Yeah you are.  Do you honestly think I’m doing any better?  If I had it my way we’d never leave the house…or the bed.  I’ve never felt like this before, and I know it’s more than just sex, for both of us.  You’re my whole world Bea Smith, and I love being with you too.  You’re home to me, and that’s something that I’ve never had, so thank you” Allie replied, pulling Bea close.  Wrapping her arms around her, she rested her forehead against Bea’s, “I’m so in love with you” she added, before pulling her in for a long, slow kiss.

 

 

The next few days were a little crazy for both of them.  Allie had taken Oliver and Regan on a tour of the city while Bea was at work the other day.  Oli had been to Melbourne a few times, but hadn’t seen much outside of the cricket ground and hotel, and it was Regan’s first visit.  She hadn’t seen her brother for a couple of days, wanting to give them some time alone, they were on vacation after all and she didn’t want to crowd them.  They had surprised her the previous evening, showing up at the bar while she was working.  Allie hadn’t spent as much time with Bea as she usually did, their rota’s battling against them had caused some of it, and the redhead had taken a step back to let her spend time with her family.

They were both off work that day, and had arranged a day out at the beach with Oli and Regan.  Allie was looking forward to it for two reasons, having all her family together, and getting to see Bea in a bikini.  It was sweet torture, and she always returned home from a trip to the beach incredibly worked up, but she loved watching the redhead, knowing that no matter who had their eyes on her, she was going home with her.

After packing the car, they headed to the hotel to pick the others up.  It was a weekday so they decided to go for one of the main beaches, knowing it wouldn’t be too crowded.  After parking up, they unloaded the car and wandered down to the beach.  Crossing the sand, they found a quiet spot, not too far away from the water, and set up the parasol.

After laying down their towels, they unpacked their bags, and stripped down to their swimwear.  All except Bea, who was still wearing her vest and shorts.  There was a nervousness coming from Bea, and Allie couldn’t understand why, surely her girlfriend wasn’t shy about being in her bikini in front of the others.  The redhead was incredibly fit, in every sense of the word, and had a body to die for.  She really had nothing to be insecure about.  Leaning in towards Bea, Allie nudged her shoulder to get her attention.  “Please don’t be shy babe.  You look so fucking hot in that bikini, and it makes me crazy.  Please don’t cover yourself up” she whispered, her finger toying with the bottom of Bea’s vest top.

 

Pulling back slightly, Allie grabbed the sun cream and started to apply it, putting on a show for her girlfriend in the process.  She was hoping that by getting the redhead all hot and bothered, she would forget her shyness and enjoy the day.  She could feel Bea’s eyes on her as she ran her hands up her legs, rubbing the lotion in as she went.  Turning around, she handed the bottle to the redhead, “Would you do my back babe?” she asked, grinning at the faraway look in Bea’s eyes.  “Bea?”

Hearing her name, Bea’s eyes shot up, locking with her girlfriend’s.  She had spaced out for a few minutes, watching Allie applying sun cream.  Her eyes following the blonde’s hands as they moved over her body.  She knew Allie was doing it on purpose to get a reaction from her, but no matter how hard she tried to ignore it, she couldn’t help the way her body betrayed her.  Snapping out of her daze, she grabbed the bottle from Allie, sprayed the cream and began to rub her hands across her back.  Deciding to go for a little payback, Bea ran her hands down the blonde’s back, around to her stomach, and began to move up, grazing the underside of her girlfriend's breasts.  Hearing Allie’s breath hitch, Bea chuckled quietly, “Two can play that game Novak” she whispered in her ear, before stepping back and handing the bottle back to Allie.

After removing her shorts and vest, Bea applied some sun cream, grabbed her book, and laid down on her towel.  She must have fallen asleep at some point, as the next thing she felt was cold water covering her body.  Jumping up, she saw Allie running away laughing, her hair soaking wet.  To the side of Bea, Regan wasn’t faring much better, it appeared Oli had treated her to the same wakeup call.

“Novak!” they both called at the same time, jumping up and chasing after their partners.  Regan couldn’t catch Oliver, but Allie was no match for Bea, the redhead tackling her to the ground within a few seconds.

Allie was wriggling around in the sand as Bea straddled her hips, tickling her mercilessly.  Regan was still chasing a laughing Oliver around the beach, but as they ran towards her, Bea saw an opportunity too good to miss.  As Oli approached them, she tickled Allie’s side, causing her to kick her leg out, tripping him as he passed, and allowing Regan to catch him.

A while later Bea had gone for a swim, leaving the others sunbathing.  She had been skipping her runs lately in favour of staying in bed with Allie, and so wanted to get some exercise in.  Bea had tried to get up early and go for a run a couple of days ago, but had been pulled back into bed before both feet had hit the ground, Allie claiming she would give her a better workout than any run.  She was heading back towards shore when something grabbed her leg.  Splashing, she turned around and came face to face with Allie, the blonde wrapping her arms around her waist and pulling her in for a kiss.  They stayed in the water for a while, making out like a couple of teenagers, before returning to the beach, where Oliver was setting up a mini cricket set, despite Regan’s protests.

“I’m sorry girls, I tried to hide it this morning but he must have sneaked it into the bag when I wasn’t looking.  If we all pretend to be really bad he’ll get frustrated and give up” she said, laughing when he stuck his tongue out at her

“I’m not sure about Allie, but I don’t need to pretend” Bea replied

“Me neither, I’m no good at anything that involve balls!” Allie added, causing Regan to choke on the water she’d just taken a drink of.

Oliver, completely oblivious to the antics of the three women came wandering over holding the cricket bat.  After deciding teams, Allie and Oliver against Regan and Bea, they started the game, Regan batting first.  She wasn’t bad, but wasn’t good either, managing to hit the ball but not send it far enough.  It didn’t help that Oli had insisted on bowling, throwing in a few spins to put her off.  Bea was up next, and he let Allie take a turn at bowling, the closest the ball came to the redhead was about a metre wide.  After four wide throws, Oliver took over again, going easier on Bea than he had Regan. 

Despite his more controlled throw, Bea missed the first ball, Allie laughing at her as she kicked the sand in frustration.  She knew how competitive the redhead was, and losing really pissed her off.  Looking up, she saw Bea scowling at her.  Throwing her girlfriend a cheeky wink, Allie noticed that her frown had been replaced with a smirk, she was clearly up to something.  Bea manages to connect with the second ball, it’s not the best hit, but it’s a hit, and they manage to get a couple of runs in.

 

 

Spurred on by Allie’s heckling, Bea decides to play a little dirty.  As Regan prepares to bowl the ball, Bea gets into position off to the side where Allie’s last shot went.  Just as Regan winds up to bowl, Bea pulls her vest over her head, tossing it to the side.  Locking eyes with Allie, she winked, before stretching her arms above her head, the ball sailing past Allie’s bat as she failed to even swing.  “Hey, that’s cheating” Allie called, Regan and Oli chuckling in the background adding to her frustration

“All’s fair in love and cricket Alliecat” Bea replied, walking over to her pouting girlfriend

“You’ll pay for that later”

“Promise?” Bea shot back, before wandering back to their things and grabbing a bottle of water

The rest of the afternoon passed quickly, and Bea found that she really enjoyed spending time with Oliver and Regan.  They had gotten along well the other night at the bar, but it was loud, and they were in a room full of people, which made things so much easier.  She had been a little apprehensive about today, not that she would have admitted it had she been called on it.  Bea knew how much Allie was enjoying spending time with her brother, she had just hoped that she would be able to overcome her natural nervousness, and not make things awkward. 

They had just dropped Oli and Regan off at their hotel, and were heading back to the house, and Bea was thinking how stupid she had been that morning.  She got along really well with Regan, and found that they had a lot in common.  It helped that the raven haired woman was incredibly easy to talk to, and had put her at ease almost straight away.  And then there was Oliver.  He was so similar to Allie in so many ways.  He was as cheeky as she was, and charm seemed to run in the Novak family, although from what she had heard, maybe only the two of them had it.  She had warmed to him quickly, and he seemed genuinely interested in getting to know her.  It helped that he had the same ocean blue eyes as Allie, which seemed to calm her a little.  He was a good looking guy, but not a patch on her Alliecat, her mind wandering back to earlier that day.  Bea was laid on her stomach, looking out over the ocean when Allie walked out of the sea, droplets of water cascading down her body.  As she got closer, Bea’s eyes had fixed on one particular bead of water as it moved down over the blonde’s collar bone, before disappearing between her breasts.  Jumping up, she had run past Allie, and straight into the water, desperate to cool the burning desire building inside her.

“Everything ok?” Allie asked from the drivers seat, bringing her out of her thoughts

“Yeah.  Sorry, I was miles away”

“Anywhere nice?” the blonde replied.  The blush that ruched across her girlfriend’s cheeks providing all the answer that she needed.

 

 

The following day they were both working again, and for Bea, it had been one of those shifts.  Will had taken a day’s holiday so she was covering his role as well as doing hers.  She would have asked Franky to look after her duties but smiles had called in sick that morning, so they were already down a crew member as it was.  On top of that, it had been a really busy shift so far.  With an hour and a half to go, the siren sounded again, dragging her from her ever growing pile of paperwork.

It had been a relatively straightforward call, but it had run on past their scheduled hours, and it was just before seven when they returned to the station.  Most of red watch were in the mess room when they returned, waiting to start their duties.  Allie was working at the bar that night so Bea was in no rush to get home.  Deciding to take a shower, she headed straight for the locker room to grab her things.  Half an hour later she wandered through the station and out into the car park, surprised to see Vera standing by her bike.

“Hey Vera, thought you’d be on your way home by now”

“I was, but there’s something I need to talk to you about”

“Do you want to talk here or grab a drink somewhere?”

“Could we go somewhere else?  If that’s ok.  You probably want to get home though so…”

“Vera, it’s fine, really.  Why don’t you come back to my place, Allie’s working so we can talk there”

Vera followed Bea back home.  She was a little nervous and hoped she was doing the right thing.  The first time it happened she thought nothing of it, but she had caught her twice now, and her gut feeling was telling her that there was more to this than Kaz had made out.  She knew there was no love lost between the two station managers, and that it was more from Proctor’s side than Bea’s, but the last thing she wanted was to get caught in the middle of it, whatever ‘it’ was.

After grabbing them a drink, Bea led Vera through into the lounge, taking a seat beside her on the sofa.  She could feel the nerves bouncing off her colleague, and wondered what could possibly have gotten her so riled up, and if it had anything to do with Fletch.  “So what did you want to talk to me about?” she asked after a couple of minutes of silence

“It’s probably nothing, and maybe I’m reading too much into it, but it just seemed odd, so I thought I should mention it just in case”

“Talk to me Vera”

“Last week when we came back from the fire at the diner, I caught Proctor going through your desk drawer.  She didn’t see me, but she looked like she was on edge.  I didn’t think that much of it, but then tonight I saw her coming out of your quarters again.  I asked her what she was doing but she played it off, saying she was looking for an incident report.  Like I said, it might be nothing, but she just seemed off, well more off than usual”

“Thanks Vera.  I’m not sure what she thought she might find in there, but I’d bet money than she was up to something.  Thanks for telling me though, I’ll keep an eye on her”

“No problem.  If I see anything else I’ll let you know”

“I’d appreciate that.  So how are things with you?  We never seem to get a chance to talk”

“Good, really good actually.  How about you, things still good with Allie?”

“Great, better than great actually, she’s incredible.  So…tell me about Fletch, the two of you seem close”

“We are, he’s a good friend”

“Is that all he is, a friend?” Bea asked, watching her colleague as her eyes scanned the room, looking everywhere but at Bea.  “Look, I know there’s the unwritten rule about dating co-workers, but as long as you don’t bring any drama to the station then I’m happy for you”

“I...err...no, he’s more than a friend.  We’re taking things slow, but so far so good.  I really like him Bea”

“I’m glad, you deserve to be happy”

“So do you, and I’m glad things are good with Allie”

Vera ended up staying for dinner.  Bea was cooking anyway, and figured it would be a good opportunity to get to know her colleague a little better.  They chatted for a while, Vera leaving just after ten.  Bea had just gotten into bed when Allie arrived home.  It was late, and she looked exhausted. After taking a quick shower, the blonde crawled into bed, cuddling up into Bea.

“Rough night?” the redhead asked

“Long night”

“Can I do anything?”

“Just keep doing what you’re doing” Allie replied, snuggling in closer to her girlfriend, both of them falling asleep quickly.