More than Colleagues

An AU story of Lucy and Wyatt taking place during the time leading up to WWII. Wyatt is professor of archeology and noted treasure hunter. Lucy is a noted history professor and expert in ancient artifacts. Along the way they meet a mysterious collector named Garcia Flynn who may not be who he claims to be.

A/N This is my first foray into the Timeless verse. For those who have read my Chuck stories know I'm not into writing WTWT stories. There are plenty of them out there. I'm more into relationships and how couples learn to grow together and resolve conflicts. So this story will get Lyatt together quickly (I think I prefer Wycy) but will hopefully be enjoyable for you WTWT fans as well. The first part is how they met for background. Other characters from the show will also be a part of the story.

1937 Thailand

Wyatt "Tex" Logan wiped the sweat from his bow as he trudged through the jungle along with his sidekick Rufus. The noonday sun was peeking through the canopy of trees making the humidity even worse than normal. As they emerged from the jungle and entered a clearing, a 25 foot wall of rocks stood before them, impeding their journey to what they hoped would be a lost temple of an ancient King.

"You were right Rufus, I'm glad I listened to you." Tex said to his partner.

"Yeah, but you weren't the one carrying the rope and climbing gear." Rufus responded.

Tex chuckled and handed a canteen to his friend while he took a sip from his own. "Do you want me to go first up the wall?"

"Rufus smiled. "Of course, you know I'm not too fond of heights. Besides I don't want to climb up there only to find out there is no way down the other side."

"Tex took the offered rope, pitons and hammer from Rufus before starting the climb, something he was very, very good at. He paused only long enough to spot his next foothold or handhold and was soon at the top. As he reached the top he was surprised to see a trail down to the other side and coming out from the distance was the sound of hammers meeting chisels and voices talking in what was sounding like English.

Tex looped the rope around a large rock and tossed an end down to Rufus. "Come on up. There's a nice trail but we're not alone up here."

Rufus climbed up the rope and stood next the Tex. "It looks like some sort of dig up ahead. Let's go check it out." Rufus nodded and they headed down the trail.

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Lucy Preston studied the latest artifacts dug up from the site trying to determine what era the items were from. She spotted a jade figurine that she thought she remembered from a drawing in a book she recently read in preparation for the trip. Picking up the figurine, she headed to her tent and her trunk full of books. As she approached her tent, Lucy caught some movement out of the corner of her eye and spotted a handsome blond haired man with a black man heading her way. Instead of an initial reaction of fear, she was drawn into the blond man's blue eyes and couldn't look away.

Wyatt spotted the petit dark haired woman heading to the tent area as he reached the end of the trail. He was immediately drawn to her and headed in her direction. As he approached, the woman looked up at him and stared into his eyes. He too was drawn into her brown eyes and couldn't look away. When he was about five feet away he stopped, her beauty almost taking his breath away. Lucy and Wyatt stood there for a few moments staring at each other, saying nothing. Rufus noticing what was going on was secretly pleased at what he was seeing. His friend was finally noticing another woman after Jessica broke his heart over two years ago when she ran off with that baseball player.

Lucy wanted to say something but her mouth wouldn't work. Wyatt wanted to say something but his mouth wouldn't work either, so they just stood there staring into one another's eyes. Lucy started to blush when Rufus finally said something. "Excuse us miss, but we saw your dig and wanted to find out what was going on."

Lucy came to her senses and looked over at Rufus. "Oh, hi. Sorry about that. I'm with the Stanford University archeology dig here this summer."

Wyatt finally broke out of his stupor and said, "Pleased to meet you ma'am," as he tipped his hat to her.

Lucy smirked at him and said "I think we're about the same age. You don't need to call me ma'am. My name is Lucy. Lucy Preston."

Wyatt grinned and said "My name is Wyatt Logan and this here is Rufus Carlin." Wyatt reached out, took Lucy's hand and kissed the back of it.

She smiled at him and said "I see chivalry isn't dead where you come from."

Wyatt chuckled and said "Just blame my grandfather." Finally noticing that he hadn't let go of her hand, he blushed a little and reluctantly let go.

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2 Years Later

Stanford University. Palo Alto CA

Faculty Meeting, College of History and Sciences

The President of the University, Connor Mason, stood at the head of the conference table which was surrounded by twenty men and women professors of the college. At the opposite end of the table sat Lucy Preston trying to look interested in the subject matter being discussed. She had sat in these meetings before and didn't really care about the new procedures for sending inter-office mail or other such topics. Just when she was about to stifle another yawn, the door to the conference room opened and in walked a broad shouldered blue eyed blond haired man. Lucy tried to hide her surprise as she recognized who it was.

Mr. Mason, after spotting the new arrival, paused his speech and smiled. "Ah, there you are."

The new arrival apologized as he reached the head of the table. "Sorry I'm late, Mr. Mason. My train was held up for a while at the station."

"That's quite alright," Mr. Mason said as he stuck out his hand which the new arrival shook. Mr. Mason looked out at the groups sitting around the table. "Everyone, I would like to introduce you to the new Professor of Archeology, Mr. Wyatt Logan."

Everyone around the table applauded the new arrival. Wyatt looked around the room at each person with a smile and when he reached Lucy, his eyes locked in on hers like when they first met two years earlier.

Lucy returned the gaze and couldn't look away. Her surprise was complete, although not unwelcome. Before she could comprehend what was happening, Wyatt walked to her side of the table and sat down next to her in the only vacant seat in the room. He leaned closer to Lucy and whispered in her ear. "Fancy meeting you here."

Lucy grinned at him before whispering in his ear. "When you told me last month that you would be moving to the Bay area and seeing me on a more regular basis, I had no idea you got a teaching job here."

Wyatt leaned in again and whispered back. "I thought I'd surprise you. Surprised? In a good way I hope?"

Lucy reached down and grabbed his hand under the table. "Yes, surprised and most definitely in a good way."

Wyatt smiled back at her and laced his fingers with hers, keeping their hands under the table. He picked up the pencil on her notepad and wrote. "Dinner tonight?"

Lucy took the pencil and scribbled a quick answer. "My place 6pm. Don't be late." She wrote down her address which was close to the University as she had recently moved.

Logan squeezed her hand in response. He wrote back. "Wouldn't miss it for the world."

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At precisely 6pm, Wyatt, dressed in a dark blue suit and red tie, walked up the steps to the porch of Lucy's modest bungalow located three blocks from the campus, a bouquet of flowers in one hand and a bottle of champagne in the other. When he reached the door he knocked three times. About ten seconds later the door opened, Lucy, wearing a stylish red dress that stopped at the knee, kept her hand on the knob as she greeted him. "My, don't you look handsome. You didn't have to get all decked out for little ole me."

Wyatt stood motionless in the door taking in Lucy's beauty. Finally he spoke. "Wow, you make that dress look fantastic."

Lucy stepped back to let him in. "I bet you say that to all the girls you know."

Wyatt shook his head. "There's only one girl for me, and you know that."

Lucy laughed. "Yes, I do know that. Are those for me?"

Wyatt responded as he stepped into the house. "Something beautiful for my gorgeous girlfriend."

Lucy smiled and took the flowers from her beau. She stood up on her toes and kissed him gently on the lips. "Why thank you darling. Let me put them in some water. Make yourself at home."

Wyatt followed her into the kitchen as he watched her arrange the flowers in a vase. She put them on the table where it was set for dinner. She turned around and stepped up to Wyatt where he wrapped his arms around her and pulled her into a deep kiss. After breaking for air she asked "Are you hungry? Dinner is almost ready."

"Famished. Haven't had a decent meal since I got on the train 3 days ago. What are we having?"

"Salad, steak and baked potato. Chocolate cake for dessert."

"Sounds great. How can I help?"

"Why don't you open the champagne you brought. I feel like celebrating."

"Celebrating what?"

Lucy looked at him out of the corner of her eye. "Do I really need to answer that question?"

Wyatt looked at her and grinned. "No ma'am. I can't tell you how excited I am to be here with you."

Lucy walked up to him and wrapped her arms around his waist. He hugged her back and they just stood there holding each other for a minute. She looked up at him. "You're not going on any long treasure hunts without me again, are you?"

Wyatt shook his head. "Nope. And it's not because Rufus and Jiya are getting married in a few months. I hate being away from you."

Lucy looked into his eyes. She had heard this from him before and wasn't so sure he really meant it. "Won't you miss the adventure? The danger? Adding to your collection?"

Wyatt looked back at her knowing he deserved her skepticism. "I deserve that although I don't like hearing it. If I ever take another treasure hunt it will only be when you can go with me."

Lucy asked "Did you take this job because you thought it would increase your chances of going on University related trips with me?"

Wyatt paused for a moment before answering. "No and yes. No, that is not the primary reason I took this job… I took it to be with you. Having the opportunity to go on work trips with you is just a bonus. I would have taken the job even if that wasn't a possibility."

Lucy looked deep into his eyes then at his lips. Wyatt kissed her gently and said "You are my life Lucy. I don't want to be apart from you any longer than I have to. I love you."

Lucy, with tears forming at the corners of her eyes smiled back at him. "I love you too, Wyatt. I don't want to be apart from you any longer than I have too either. But it seems that you are the one who is always leaving."

Wyatt hugged her tightly for a while before speaking again. "No more treasure hunts without you Luce. No more."

Lucy reached behind Wyatt's head and pulled him to a deep kiss. They heard the timer for the potatoes ding and broke the kiss. She smiled at him and said. "Dinner's ready. Let's eat."

A/N 2 Just a short chapter to get started. I will be filling in some more of the backstory as we go. Please let me know what you think.