AN: hi folks. Not entirely sure what inspired this or where it came from but my goodness I enjoyed writing it! Hope you enjoy it as much as I enjoyed writing it.
Set post 2x24, Charge of this Post but pre 3x01, People with Money.
Feeling herself stir from the sounds of her vibrating cell phone Lindsay let out an exhausted sigh. She peeled one eye open and haphazardly reached towards her phone, dreading the message she was about to read.
It was technically her day off, however, she knew that in her line of work sometimes it meant that she lost the precious little time she did have. She knew she wouldn't be called in for just anything… so it had to be something big. Which meant hours and hours and hours of processing - which, with tired, burning eyes was quite a difficult task.
She rubbed her eyes and sighed. It still wasn't completely light outside and whilst normally she'd take it in her stride, she hadn't gotten home until just after two am. Realising it had barely gone six, she cursed whichever DOA was dragging her from her bed.
She tapped at her phone, illuminating it, and furrowed her brow at the sight of the sender.
Danny wouldn't be requesting her presence at a scene. That job usually came down to either Mac or Stella, not him. She clicked read on her phone and scanned his message.
Morning! Come let me in, I have breakfast.
She sat up and rubbed her eyes again. She licked her lips as she shuffled up in her position and leant against her headboard. As she did so, another message came through.
Montana? You awake?
She stared at the screen in disbelief for a moment before she began to tap out her response.
You've gotta be smoking crack Messer, no way.
She swung her legs over the side of her bed despite her protests. She held her phone in her hand as she waited for his inevitable smartass response.
So you are awake then?
She growled. Her fingers flew over her keypad, tapping out her response as she stood from her bed and made her way through her apartment while texting him.
Do you have any idea what time it is?
She cursed herself and him as she bumped into her sofa as she navigated through dark apartment.
She rolled her eyes as she tapped out another message. Danny, I went to bed four hours ago. Come back later with lunch.
She waited for the next smartass response from him. Fortunately it didn't take long.
I know, I dropped you off, remember? You opening the door or not?
And there it was… She laughed to herself as she padded her way through the darkened apartment. She moved over to the door and pressed down the intercom button. "Have you lost your goddamn mind?"
Despite herself she couldn't help the smile tugging at her lips. Deciding not to play right into his hands though, she went for a more appropriate approach. He needed his ass handing to him on a plate for waking her up.. "Sleepyhead?" She spat down the intercom. "Four hours Danny, I've been asleep for four hours. Four. What the hell do you want?"
"To eat breakfast..."
"Eat it then." She laughed, interrupting him. "At your own apartment."
"... With you."
Sighing, she pressed down the entry button and let him in.
"Thank you!" She heard him singsong as he opened the door to her building.
She moved away from the intercom and opened the front door. She positioned herself against the doorway, listening for the sounds of the stairwell door opening. When she did, she glanced down the hallway and true to his word, he had a massive paper bag in one hand and a tray with two coffee cups in the other.
"Well aren't you a pretty sight." He smirked as his eyes fell on her from down the hallway. "Who needs beauty sleep when they're as beautiful as you are?"
"Really? Seriously?" She ran her fingers through her hair and sighed. "I will literally fight you."
"You might." He smirked as he leant towards her and pressed a kiss to her cheek. "But you know I'll win."
She rolled her eyes as she held the door open wider to allow him in. "Shoes."
"Give me a chance!" He implored as he thrust the bag and coffee towards her. She took them and he bent down to untie his converse. "Happy?"
"No, I'd be happier asleep in bed." She quipped.
"We could arrange that."
"Asleep, I said." She looked at him pointedly. As he stood in his socked feet, she shook her head. "You're an idiot."
"Someone's tired!" She corrected him: "why the hell are you here? You've had even less sleep than I had!"
"Yeah well, I was hungry."
"Oh because that makes for a change!" She rolled her eyes as she made her way through her apartment to the kitchen.
"Hey, I got you your favourite. Surely that gives me an extra brownie point or two."
She stopped and turned. "Go on, i'll bite... What's my favourite?"
"Sausage, two eggs over medium, wheat toast with lots of butter and grits."
"Very good." She smiled and nodded. "I'm impressed."
"See," He winked at her as he tossed his jacket onto the couch. "Not just a pretty face."
She disappeared into the kitchen to arrange their food onto plates. She grabbed two of her coffee cups and began decanting the coffee into each one. "So is this a social call or-?"
"I told you, I was hungry."
"And you can't eat by yourself or-?" She called out to him. Lindsay chuckled as she heard him sigh. She could hear his footsteps moving towards her. "Huh?" She pressed. "Unable to consume a meal solo?"
"Alright, okay, I missed ya." He sighed.
"Awww," she smiled at him, "so you can be nice."
He cocked his head as he looked at her."Are you done?"
"Maybe." She smiled as she handed him one of the coffees. "This is really sweet Danny, thanks. I mean... I'd have preferred a later breakfast, however, I'll take what I can get."
"Good." He smiled. His eyes travelled up and down her body and he smirked.
"Oh for goodness sake." She sighed. "What now?"
"Nothing." He laughed at her words. "Just never seen you in shorts like them before…"
She glanced down to her silky pyjamas shorts. She furrowed her brow at him. "Seriously?" She laughed. "They're pyjamas."
"Smallest pyjamas I've ever seen." He mused.
"You've clearly never been to Victoria's Secret then."
"Clearly:" he nodded as he bumped her out of the way with the side of his hip. She stumbled and scowled at him as he helped himself to the contents of her cabinets. He gathered two plates and laid them on her tiny countertop. He then began digging in the bag for the food containers. She watched him as he dished out his offerings for breakfast.
She was genuinely surprised at his choice for her. He'd been absolutely spot on with what he'd ordered on her behalf. She hadn't realised he'd ever taken that much notice of what she ordered. It was little things like this that were really beginning to open her eyes to the real Danny Messer.
It had been a couple of weeks since the bombing and their first official kiss. Nothing much had changed between them. Overlooking of course the fact he was currently stood in her kitchen at five after six in the morning on both of their days off with breakfast and coffee.
Things were progressing steadily though. It seemed mutual that they both liked that they weren't putting pressure on themselves. She enjoyed spending time with him and she was really enjoying getting to know him properly. Not to mention, she had a hell of a lot of fun with him. She was wrapped up in a little bubble with him and for once was totally content with her life, which made for a nice change.
"Where's your head, Montana?"
"Nowhere special." She smiled as she sidled up next to him and bumped him with her hip. "looks good." She smiled.
"Only the best for you." He turned to face her and offered her a smile, one that she had recently realised was reserved just for her.
Before she could even stop herself, she stood up on her tiptoes and pressed a kiss to his lips. She was still getting used to freely kissing him and every now and then her own actions would sometimes take her by surprise.
"Ahhh, the caffeine's kickin' in." He teased.
"Shut up!" She scoffed, shoving him lightly. She turned to her breakfast and grabbed the plate. She then turned and opened her cutlery drawer and handed him a knife and fork.
"Thanks." He nodded. He led the way to the living room and placed his plate and cup on the table before settling on the couch.
"Get it in your mouth this time." She instructed as she took a seat on the other side of the couch. "I don't wanna be scrubbin' the damn couch again because you've missed your mouth again:"
"That was one time." He rolled his eyes as he reached for his coffee. As he raised it to his lips, he missed slightly and quickly swiped at the liquid trickling down his chin.
"I saw that." She sang as she reached for her plate. "I mean it, watch it."
"Yes boss." He laughed.
They began eating their respective breakfasts in silence, enjoying each other's company. She glanced over at him and couldn't help the smile tugging at her lips. Things felt right when she was with him and she knew she hadn't felt as happy in a long time.
When she thought about it, she couldn't remember a time where Danny hadn't been in her life. She'd known him for barely a year now but it seemed like forever. There was something about the two of them that just worked. They clicked on a different level. It was something she'd never experienced before and she knew she'd never experience it again with someone else. Danny was different. He made her feel happier than she had ever felt before. He challenged her, protected her and cared for her. Danny Messer was special and she really liked this shift in their relationship. Plus, he was incredibly easy on the eyes, and that always helped, she mused to herself.
"What you thinkin' about?" He asked, mouth full of scrambled eggs. "You've got that dreamy look on your face again."
"Nothing special. Just the difference between DNA and RNA."
"Ha very funny."
"Only jokin'" she smirked. "I'm thinkin' about how you're pretty cute."
"Cute?" He scoffed. "Cute?"
"Yeah." She smirked. "Cute. Problem?"
"Yeah actually:" he scowled. "I'll take handsome, gorgeous sculpted, sexy, sure, but cute? You're the cute one Montana."
"Why do I have to be cute? What can't I be beautiful, sexy and gorgeous?"
"I never said you weren't all those things too." He smirked at her.
"Whatever," she rolled her eyes. "Have you spoken to Flack?"
"Yesterday." He nodded, setting his empty plate on the table.
"Oh yeah? How's he doing?" She asked as she scooped the remaining food on her plate into her mouth.
"Really good all things considered. Should be back at work in a couple of week."
"A couple of weeks?" Lindsay implored, holding her hand over her mouth as she chewed. "What? How?"
"The guy doesn't mess around." Danny shrugged. "You know him."
"He's crazy:" Lindsay shook her head. "Out of his goddamn mind."
"He lives, breathes and sleeps for the NYPD. You know him, Linds. He's goin' crazy at home. Although… he did say he was missin' a cute brunette from the lab but didn't know who he was talkin' about. Assumed he meant Adam."
"Oh yeah, it's definitely Adam." Lindsay rolled her eyes. "I told him I was going over tomorrow. He's so dramatic."
"Hmm." Danny nodded, sipping his coffee. "Well anyway. He's missin' ya."
Lindsay laughed. "Your jealousy kicking in there, Messer?"
"Me? Jealous? Don't be ridiculous."
"I don't know… it seems like you got some competition." Lindsay smirked as she placed her plate on the coffee table. "How'd you feel about that?"
Danny shook his head. "I ain't even biting, sorry Montana. Get your kicks somewhere else."
She smiled before breaking out into a huge yawn.
"Tired?" He asked.
"Exhausted!" She implored. "I told you this. Numerous times actually. You insisted we had to eat breakfast."
"Hey, I was hungry!"
"So you said." She narrowed her eyes at him. "I personally think it was just a ruse to get over here."
"What if it was?"
"Danny." She cocked her head at him. "You don't need excuses to come over." She said softly. "I think you forget I want to see you as much as you want to see me. Just maybe not at six am."
She yawned again. "Now listen, I'm going back to bed."
"Oh." He nodded, dejectedly. "Sure, okay."
Before the hurt puppy look on his face fully cemented, she continued. "Now, you can stay out here and watch tv or whatever, you can go home or you can come back to bed with me. Your call."
"Looks like I'm comin' to bed with you." He wiggled his eyebrows.
Shaking her head, she stood from the couch and made her way through the apartment, turning the lights off as she did.
"Hey!" He called out. "I can't see!"
She flicked the switch back on and stared at him. "You might think I'm finding this endearing but I'm really not. Make tracks cowboy."
He quickly made his way through her apartment and placed his hand over hers as it still sat on the switch for the light. They switched it off together and disappeared inside her bedroom.
She went to her side of the bed and she quickly buried herself back underneath the covers. She watched him from her position as he shed his jeans, T-shirt and socks. She then watched as he crawled into bed on the empty side.
Without a moment's hesitation, she shuffled towards him and laid her head on his chest. She yawned again as she snuggled against him and let her eyes close, happily sighing as she felt him wrap his arms around her tightly. She pressed a kiss to his chest, still covered by his white vest. "I could get used to this."
It wasnt until he responded to her, that she realised she'd said it out loud. "Me too." He whispered as he pressed a kiss to her temple.
"What are your plans for the rest of the day?" He asked her.
"Nothing," she said, sleepily: "Why?"
"Wanna do nothin' together?"
"Absolutely." She whispered, pressing a kiss to his chest again.
"Go back to sleep." He said softly. "I won't wake you up this time."
"Good." She giggled. "My alarm was originally set for ten. Will that be alright?"
"That's perfect. Sweet dreams til then, Montana." He said, pressing a kiss to her temple.
She let her eyes flutter shut and let out a final yawn. As she drifted off to sleep, she realised that a little, teeny tiny part of her was maybe, possibly already falling in love with Danny Messer.
AN: there we have it! Currently working on the second chapter. It's literally just cutesy couple DL fluff with no real plot but when have my stories ever had a real proper plot? I mean... anyway... hope you enjoyed this! As always I'd love to know what you thought - so if you have a spare minute it'd be much appreciated!
Thanks for reading - until next time!