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04 November 2009 @ 12:30 am
Highlander the Raven fic 2/4  
It's been a while, but here is the next part of Everything Gets Complicated, the first part of which can be read here.

Disclaimer: Highlander the Raven doesn't belong to me. Pity.

Everything Gets Complicated Part Two

Had Nick known what that morning had in store for him, he would have never left Sanctuary. Hell, he wouldn’t have gotten out of bed. First Liam hadn't really helped, although Nick had to admit he felt a little better about everything than he had previously. Next was the surprise reunion with Eric Thompson who was apparently Immortal and blaming Nick for his crappy life. This was followed quickly by what was essentially his first challenge.

Then to Nick’s shock he found himself accepting that challenge.

So it was no surprise at all to Nick that when he returned to Sanctuary he found Amanda sitting at the bar, chatting with Bert Myers.

“Long time, no see,” Bert said. “You never call, you never write…”

“Yeah, yeah,” Nick replied as he went behind the bar and made himself an espresso.

“What is it?” Amanda asked, laying a hand on his. Nick hadn’t realised his troubles were that obvious, so he schooled his face into a suitably bland expression before replying.

“Later. So, what brings you to Paris, Myers?”

“I was actually looking for you, Nick,” he replied. Nick raised an eyebrow and looked to Amanda, who shrugged. “I’d heard you were back in town. Don’t worry, I don’t care why you vanished ten years ago, and I certainly don’t care why you decided to resurface. But I do have a job for you, if you’re interested.”

“Why me?”

“Both of you, actually. This is…personal and believe it or not you two are the people I trust most,” Bert replied sheepishly and took a sip of his own drink.

“I don’t believe it,” Nick replied. Bert shrugged.

“Like I said, believe it or not. There’s a former KGB agent who has a bit of a grudge against me, and he has some damaging material that I need the two of you to retrieve for me,” he explained. As he talked, Amanda and Nick threw each other disbelieving looks. They’d both been tricked by Myers too often to trust what he was saying.

On the other hand, he clearly was worried about something, and he had asked them for help. Nick couldn’t speak for Amanda, but he considered Bert a friend of sorts. Plus he kind of owed the man for running out without a word. He looked to Amanda again; she was already smiling and Nick knew that she was picturing the two of them working together again.

What the hell, he thought. It’s not like we can get hurt, and it would be fun to get back in the saddle again. And it would be a good time to test Liam’s idea that they could start up the business again.

“Did I mention he has a large collection of Faberge eggs?” Bert added as further inducement. Nick smiled, knowing that Amanda was bound to be hooked now. He held out his hand to Bert.

“Give me whatever file you’ve got on this guy. We’ll do it.”

“Thanks, guys, I’ll owe you,” Bert said with a smile and handed Nick a dossier before standing up and leaving.

Nick began leafing through the folder, examining the details of the job and Amanda walked around to stand beside him and look at the file.

“So…?” she said

“Seems simple enough,” Nick replied.

“Not the job,” Amanda said impatiently and snatched the file from his hands. “I meant whatever had you rattled when you walked in. What’s wrong?”

“Oh,” Nick smirked. “Immortal business,” he replied.

“Very funny. Now, spill.”

“It was nothing, just some guy I shot back in Chicago turned out to be Immortal. He blames me for wrecking his life and he wants my head,” Nick said casually, heading toward the apartment, Amanda in tow. She grabbed him by the arm.

“What?! A challenge?! That’s not nothing!” she protested.

“Relax, Liam’s talking to him, I’m sure I probably won’t even see the guy again. At least not for a century or so,” Nick replied. “And he’s only been Immortal a few years longer than me, I can probably take him.”

“Probably?” Amanda began, then realised what he’d said. “So you would…beat him I mean?”

Nick turned to give her his full attention and thought seriously about the question for a moment.

“I think I would, if I had no choice. I don’t want anything to do with your stupid Game, Amanda, but I’ve never backed down from a fight. If Thompson does catch up with me again, and I can’t talk him down, then I would fight and I’d fight to win,” he answered.

“I’m glad to hear that, Nick. I’ve only just got you back, I’d hate to lose you again,” Amanda replied in a rare moment of honesty. Nick smiled and gave her a peck on the cheek.

“I’m not going anywhere,” he replied. Amanda looked solemn, but then her face broke into one of her conniving grins. Nick thought he recognised the thought behind it. “Except down to the basement to practise, right?” he said with a resigned sigh. Amanda nodded.

“But if you’re a good boy, there might be a treat in it for you later,” she said.

“You’re a cruel but fair taskmaster, Amanda Montrose.”

*-*

That very night, Nick and Amanda were perched on a ledge outside a first floor window of a chateau two hours south of Paris. They had entered the property easily enough; Derenkov, the former KGB agent and now prominent businessman, was in St Petersburg for a meeting and wouldn’t return for two more days.

Amanda had located the safe and begun to work her magic when they heard voices outside. They knew there was security on the premises, but the intel Bert had given them had indicated that they did not patrol the house. With nowhere to hide and no time to escape, the pair of Immortals had ducked out of the nearest window, which was how they found themselves on a ledge, yet again.

“Remind me to kick Myers’ ass when I see him again,” Amanda hissed.

“Join the queue,” Nick whispered back. He leaned cautiously to his right and peered through the window. “All clear,” he added and quietly opened the window to climb back inside.

Amanda followed him in and crept back to the safe. Nick resumed his position near her, where he could shine a torch on the safe and keep a watch on the door. In under a minute, Amanda had the safe open and the relevant files safely tucked in her bag. She then reached in to take the dozen gold and enamel eggs that were also in the safe.

“Amanda!” Nick warned.

“What? I think we deserve a kickback from this. Besides, this guy probably stole them himself,” she replied, placing the eggs gently into her bag.

“Two wrongs do not make a right,” Nick answered as he knelt down and reached into the bag. Amanda rolled her eyes.

“Lighten up, Nick. Look, if only the files are missing, then Derenkov will know that Myers was responsible for the break-in. If the eggs are gone too, then he’ll be looking for regular burglars,” she said testily, and slapped his hand so he would let go of the egg he was holding. He put it back in the bag and sighed.

“Fine, but hurry up, those guards might come back.”

Continues in Part Three
 
 
 
bugeyedmonsterbugeyedmonster on November 4th, 2009 01:26 am (UTC)
Yeah! More fic, please?

And may I say Amanda has a very good reason for taking the eggs? She should also get anything of value that she could carry as well.
But, I don't want to be a pie,: nick/amanda bathidontlikegravy on November 7th, 2009 09:57 pm (UTC)
LOL

Amanda always has a good reason, dahling!

I'm working on the fic, I swear, but this time of year is really busy at work so finding time to write is difficult. :)
dejladejla on November 4th, 2009 05:41 pm (UTC)
Hee! and another episode of "it takes two thieves..."
But, I don't want to be a pie,: naked nickidontlikegravy on November 7th, 2009 09:58 pm (UTC)
hee

I think you just summed up the show! :D
Black Rook: Rebeccagrachonok on November 4th, 2009 08:27 pm (UTC)
Well, Amanda always has a good reason:). (And she has 300+ years of experience in sweet-talking Duncan... Nick didn't have a chance:).)
But, I don't want to be a pie,: amanda & beccaidontlikegravy on November 7th, 2009 09:58 pm (UTC)
LOL

Very true. :)
The other Weird Al: Highlander - Amandaaeron_lanart on November 4th, 2009 10:25 pm (UTC)
Glad to see more of this! I like Amanda's reasoning on why to steal the eggs...
But, I don't want to be a pie,: naked nickidontlikegravy on November 7th, 2009 09:59 pm (UTC)
Thank you hon :)