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A/N: Wow, another update! Thanks to all of you for your reviews! I’m glad that all of you enjoyed the last chapter. This chapter was most fun to write and I hope you enjoy reading it. So, for now enough notes…..On with the story!
(The Rock Porium)
As Nick and Maddie walked into the Rock Porium they quickly let go of the others hands, but continued smiling as they headed towards Toby’s office so they could punch in for the day. When they got there they saw Toby sitting at his desk working on some paperwork. He glanced up towards the door and smiled when he saw his two employees enter. They were staring at each other and smiling, completely oblivious to anyone else in the room as they punched in. They stood there for a few minutes just simply staring and smiling before Toby decided to say something, “Good morning my overpaid employees!” Nick and Maddie jumped at his words, quickly staring at anything but each other. Their faces were bright red as they both quickly said, “Morning Toby.” They both looked at him after they spoke and saw him looking at them and smiling. His smile held one of knowing, it was almost as if he knew that they were a couple. As he continued to stare at the two of them they both shifted uncomfortably and quickly muttered something about getting to work. They left the room quickly and walked away from each other and to different sides of the store.
Toby chuckled as he watched the two teenagers scatter throughout the store. He hadn’t meant to make them feel uncomfortable, but sometimes that’s what his personality did to people. In all honesty he was happy for them. He’d seen the chemistry between his two employees the second Nick had started to work at the store. He saw the two laugh and joke as friends would, but he also saw the looks they gave each other when they thought the other wasn’t looking. He smiled as he thought of the scene he’d witnessed last night, glad that the two had finally admitted their obvious feelings for one another. He may be their boss, but he was also a friend. A friend that wanted Nick and Maddie to be happy with each other. Toby sighed and went back to doing one of the things that made him hate being a storeowner, paper work.
(The Rock Porium)
(Nick and Maddies story)
They’d been at work for a total of 45 minutes and not single customer had shown up. Nick and Maddie had stayed apart for a total of fifteen minutes before they were together again. They had tried to stay apart longer because something told them that Toby knew something had changed with the two of them. However sheer boredness and the want to be with each other brought them to where they were now, sitting on the couch waiting for the others to arrive. Nick was sitting on one end with Maddie sitting on the end; she had her legs stretched out over his lap. They had been sitting like that for a while now and at the moment they were in a comfortable silence, both enjoying the time they had together before their friends arrived and they had to separate for the day. As they sat there waiting for everybody Maddie decided to talk to Nick about telling everyone they were dating. When she spoke she did it quietly so Toby couldn’t hear what they were talking about. “Hey Nick I was wondering when you wanted to tell the guys about…well us?”
Nick looked at her for a second and then he broke out into a grin. He’d wanted to tell everyone about them ever since that night, but he’d agreed that waiting was the best thing in the beginning. He and Maddie needed time to get used to the idea of them together as a couple before they told everyone else. After last night Nick was sure that he was ready for the others to know, but he would wait until Maddie was ready to tell them as well. To hear her say those words made him smile. He looked her in the eyes as he answered her question, “Maddie I’m ready to tell them whenever you are. Whenever your ready just tell me and we can let them know.”
She smiled at his words before moving from where she was sitting on the couch to sit beside him. Smiling she leaned her face closer to his and said, “I want to tell them about us. All of this sneaking around is fun, but I want everyone to know so we don’t have to hide it. I’m ready to tell them today if you are.” Nick smiled at her words and leaned in to capture her lips in a soft kiss. The kiss was sweet and quick, but apparently not quick enough because as soon as they pulled apart from one another they heard someone come up beside them and say, “I knew it!”
(The Rock Porium)
Nick and Maddie jumped at the comment and immediately looked at each other and then up at the person who had made the comment. To their great relief it was only Toby. He was standing there with a smile on his face as he looked down at them and spoke to them, “So are you guys dating now?” He looked at them knowingly as they both looked at each other again and then nodded sheepishly. As they looked at Toby again they noticed that his smile only got wider as he spoke again, “Good for you guys, of course I saw you last night, but its nice to be kept in the loop.” After he spoke Maddie and Nick looked at each other and were speechless at first and then they just smiled at each other. Of course Toby would have been the one person to see them leave last night, he’d mentioned yesterday that he’d be at work a little later then normal because he needed to do paperwork. Now he was the first person to know that they were officially dating. Nick and Maddie grinned again before Nick began to speak.
“Yes we’re dating Toby and we’d appreciate it if you didn’t mention it to the others. They don’t know yet but we’re going to tell them today.” Maddie smiled at that and grabbed Nicks hand as she spoke to their boss. “Please Toby. We’d really appreciate it.” She looked up at him and he just smiled again and nodded and began walking away. “I won’t say anything to anybody, but if you don’t mind me saying this, you two aren’t very good at hiding you feelings.” Nick and Maddie grinned at that and got off the couch because they heard V’s car entering the stores parking lot. As they headed over to the front of the store they smiled at one another again as their friends came in and said good morning to them and then swept to the back to clock in. When they were alone again, Nick took Maddies hand in his and smiled at her. He leaned in and whispered in her ear, “How about if we get everyone together at Rootcore this afternoon and tell them as one big group?”
Maddie smiled at his comment and leaned in to whisper in his ear, “That sounds perfect. That way they can interrogate us both at once.” Nick grinned at that and pulled back as the others came rushing out of the office. V headed to the DJ booth to start mixing some music, Chip headed over towards the front to run a register, and Xander headed towards the couch so he could “supervise”. Nick and Maddie separated then, Nick headed to the back of the store to get some stocking done and Maddie stayed up front to help Chip with the register. As he walked towards the back he looked back at Maddie and smiled at her and she smiled at him. They both couldn’t wait until this entire thing was out in the open.
(Outside the Rock Porium)
Maddie was sitting against the tree across the street from the Rock Porium on her break. Her mind was reeling from the events of that morning; it had started off as a normal morning until it showed up. Everything had been going along perfectly until they had been called away from work to fight another one of Imperious’s monsters. Its name was Jester and they’d found him writing some strange symbol that she knew she’d recognized on the ground. Unfortunately, the darn thing got away before they could destroy it and whatever the hell it was planning on doing. When they’d gotten back to work shortly after, they began talking quietly about what the monster was doing, when it happened. The "it" she happened to be thinking about was a slimy green frog that had hopped onto her shoulder a few moments ago. She shuddered at the thought of that thing crawling all over her. “Yuck! I can’t believe that disgusting thing just hopped on me!” Maddie shivered at the thought again but then smiled because everyone had come to her rescue in the end. She sighed at that thought; at least she wouldn’t have to worry about the frog now that is safely put back into the wild. As she closed her eyes and leaned back against the tree she wracked her brains yet again in an attempt to figure out what that symbol on the ground meant. She was so absorbed in thought that she didn’t see Nick walking across the street from Rock Porium and she didn’t feel him sit down beside her until he spoke.
(Outside the Rock Porium)
(Nick and Maddies story)
“You know you look cute when you concentrate.” Nick grinned at her as he watched her open her eyes and smile at him. Toby had let him go on break early, seeing as the store only had a few customers and he seemed to be feeling especially nice towards the two of them today. Nick had immediately left the store and come across the street towards Maddie to check on her. That little green frog had seriously freaked her out and he’d been half tempted to squish the little thing for scaring her so much. Luckily the frog had been grabbed by one of the guys and set free in the world before Maddie had a panic attack. As he made himself comfortable beside her, she leaned against him and he put his arm around her shoulders to give her some comfort. Right now, he didn’t care what the guys saw, Maddie needed someone and he was there for her. He looked at her with a questioning gaze as he spoke softly “Are you alright after what happened in there?”
Maddie sighed after Nick had asked his question. She took a few minutes before answering, enjoying the feeling of his arm wrapped around her shoulders and the comfort he was giving her right now. She took a deep breath before answering his question, “Yes. I’m alright. It just freaked me out you know. Out of everyone in this town why does that little slimy thing have to like me?” Nick laughed at that and gave her one armed hug before leaning back against the tree. Maddie leaned back against him and cuddled closer to his chest, she knew that everyone could probably see them and to be completely honest she didn’t care right now. Nick was being a great comfort to her right now, and for that she was grateful. Just as they were getting comfortable they heard the familiar chime of their morphers go off.
Groaning they both got off and rushed off to where they were needed. The others were right behind them as they headed towards the spot that Jester had chosen to strike next. As they were running a realization hit Maddie, she knew exactly what those symbols were and what they meant. She realized what would happen if they didn’t get there in time, and with that she sped up even more, leaving the others to follow her lead.
A/N: Well what did you guys think? I have to tell you I was really tempted to let someone squish that darn frog in this chapter. I like Daggeron as a character, just paired up with Maddie. I apologize if you like those two together, but…..I just can’t see it. Whoa, sorry just had to get that out. Well I hope you guys enjoyed this chapter!
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Next Chapter: How did Nick react after the battle with Jester? Will the others find out about their relationship? Stay tuned!