Just Another Night in the Band

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Chapter 70 (v.1) - Chapter 70

Submitted: June 01, 2017

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"Come on, Fin, you almost got it!"

Fin wobbled, gurgling as I held him up, sitting on my knees and watching his feet. It was raining again, and I'd spent all morning trying to make him walk.

"Nicky," Daddy laughed, watching us from the couch. "Fin can't even stand yet, it'll be a while before he can walk."

"He can do it!" I took a paw off Fin's diaper and grabbed his, keeping him on his feet while he kept wobbling. "He'll get it this time!"

I took my other paw off his diaper, which turned out to be a bad idea. He wobbled again, then fell over and started crying. I rolled him over, nuzzling his tummy like I'd seen Mommy and Daddy do lots of times. He started sniffling, laughing when I blew and made a big fart sound. He grabbed my nose when I tried sitting up, making that funny gurgling sound when I went back down.

"N-uh…N-uh…" his ears flicked. "Nich! Nich!"

I looked up when Daddy gasped, he was crying.

"Where's my camera when I need it?"

I cringed, shoving the memory back. Fin's first word hadn't been 'mommy' or 'daddy' like most kits, it'd been my name. Even when he was way too young to understand, he'd loved me that much, and I'd let him down.

I'm sorry, Fin, it was still weird, not feeling that pain and tightness in my chest when I thought about him. I'd be lying if I said I didn't still feel guilty, but ever since I'd met Carrots, I'd just started feeling…lighter, every time we talked. I couldn't explain it, but I couldn't really complain about it, either.

"And I thought us girls took too long to get dressed…"

I turned, my jaw dropping a bit when I saw her. Her outfit wasn't anything too special: just her usual black leggings with a shirt that was a little shorter and tighter than usual, but there was something about the way she just…glowed that drew me in. I turned away, clearing my throat before smirking at her.

"It takes more than rolling out of bed to look as good as I do, Fluff, it's a full-time job!"

She rolled her eyes, walked in and shut the door behind her.

"No one looks good in those tacky Pawaiian shirts," she hopped up and snatched it off the bed. "And how weird would it look if you were the only one wearing slacks?"

She swiped them from me and went to my dresser, folding them and tossing them on top. I groaned, rubbing a paw over my eyes as she dug through the drawers; at least I got a nice view of her ass.

"Those shirts are all silk, Carrots," I crossed my arms. "And they're not tacky, they're comfortable!"

She snorted, pulling out a pair of cargo pants and throwing them at me.

"Yeah, and nothing says 'don't take me seriously' like a pink and white silk shirt," she shut the last drawer and turned to me. "Or are you trying to make mammals think you're a talking pile of cotton candy?"

I rolled my eyes, flipping her off as I tugged them on. They were dark camo print, a little tighter than I usually liked, but I didn't really feel like wasting time by arguing with her. And I figured I might as well get used to it now, since I didn't see much chance of it stopping in the future.

"Okay, I'm lost," she walked out of my closet. "How can you have those silk eyesores in so many colors, yet not seem to know what a plain T-shirt is?"

I rolled my eyes.

"I've got plenty of them, I just usually work-out or do projects in them, I don't wear them out," I went my dresser, digging through one of the drawers she couldn't reach. "But if you're so intent on having me wear one, I've got a few I actually keep clean."

I pulled out a black tank and tugged it on, smoothing it down as I turned to her.

"But I really don't get why it's such a big deal all of a…" I trailed off, my nose twitching as I picked up the shift in her scent. She was staring at me, biting her lip and messing with the ear flopped over her shoulder. It was hard to miss how red the inside was. "What?"

She blushed harder.

"N-Nothing," her teeth tightened on her lip. "You just look really hot right now…"

I glanced down, not seeing what the big deal was, but if she liked it that much, then I guess I could be a little more open about wearing it. I looked back at her, flashing the smile that made any girl melt.

"You're not looking too bad yourself, Fluff," I walked over and knelt in front of her, tilting her chin toward me when she looked away. "But I'm not sure why you still get all shy around me."

She rubbed her arm, staring at the floor.

"I don't really know why, it just happens," she looked up at me. "This is one of the longest relationships I've had, and you're pretty much the only one who hasn't tried to talk me out of my dreams…"

She sighed, taking my wrist as she dropped her stare.

"I guess I'm just wondering what I did to deserve you."

I blinked, then chuckled.

"If anyone here should be asking that, it's me, Fluff," I held her paws. "I've been pretty selfish most of my life, and I've done a lot of screwed up shit, and all you've ever done is inspire mammals. You make everyone around you want to do better, to be better."

I folded my ears back, knowing not even my fur could hide how red they were.

"And as completely cheesy as it sounds, you were a light that showed up during one of the darkest parts of my life, and unlike me, you never let yourself fade," I put a paw on her back and pulled her close. "I'll always admire you for that, Judy, and no matter what happens in the future, I promise I'll always be there for you."

I hugged her, tightly, knowing I wouldn't be able to stop myself if I kissed her. She hugged me back, nuzzling my neck.

"You've taught me a lot, too, Nick, I never knew how…narrow my worldview was until I met you," she pulled back, her ears still flat against her head. "I grew up thinking everything was black and white, but you, all of you, have shown me just colorful the world is, and that just because you know a mammal, may even be related to them…"

She traced a paw down my muzzle, her eyes glossing with tears.

"That you'll still never know just how deep their hatred, kindness, or whatever force drives them might run, or what they're willing to do to make the world how they want it," her paw slipped to my chest. "You made me realize it's impossible for me to do everything on my own, and that I shouldn't try to. Everything's so much easier when you have a team behind you, when you have mammals you can trust with your life."

She blinked, swiping at her eyes with her arm.

"It took me way too long to realize that you, Mercy, Paul, and now Trevor are that team, and I know it's only going to keep getting bigger," she smiled, tears leaking down her cheek. She cleared her throat. "W-What I'm trying to say is, thank you, Nick, all of you. For everything you've done and for everything I know you will do. You've inspired me just as much as I have you, and I hope we can keep doing that, no matter what might happen between now and then."

She hugged me, and this time I couldn't stop myself from kissing her. I held her tightly, hearing her breathy little moan when my claws brushed her side. She dragged hers through the fur on the back of my neck, pressing against me as her tongue slipped past my lips.

"W-We still have some before we have to g-go," she moaned again when she pulled away, the new sweet thickness in her scent telling me exactly what she wanted. "P-Please, Nick, help me…"

I groaned, sliding my paws under her shirt before tugging it off completely. I leaned down and bit her lip, loving her gasp when my nose moved down to her chest.

"I'll do whatever you need me to, Fluff," I licked her fur, then bit down. "You've got me wrapped around your finger."

She giggled, taking my paw and dragging me to the bed.

"Good, because it's time to put yours to good use," she glanced back at me, flashing the hottest grin I'd ever seen on her. "Then, it's my turn."


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