“One Night With Alec”
Disclaimer: Eleni belongs to me, but Alec and the rest of the gang from Dark Angel belong to FOX.
Summary: A seemingly innocent one night encounter between Alec and a mystery lady.
Spoilers/Timeframe: Occurs after “Some Assembly Required”.
Rating: PG 13
Crash. She parked her car across the street from the bar. After a dry, scholarly day talking about forensics, she was ready for something a little different. A loud, crowded place called Crash would do just fine.
She sat at the bar and ordered a drink that she quickly downed. From her perch, she watched the crowd, her eyes caught by the barcode on a man’s neck. She froze and for a moment she thought that she had found him. Then he turned around.
She let out her breath slowly. She should have known better. He would have never let the barcode show in public. This one didn’t hide it. With all the trash media focused on transgenics and monsters, she wondered if this young man had a thing for stirring the pot. She watched him, the way his eyes scanned the crowd and the slight turn of his lips lent a cocky air to him. He was good looking with his light brown hair and nicely fit body.
Still, he wasn’t the one she sought.
“Always searching,” she muttered to herself. Of course, that thought reminded her of his tattoo. Would it never end?
“May I buy you a drink?” The cocky lad asked with a smile.
He caught her by surprise. She hadn’t even seen him stop beside her. She almost said no, but she let her own lips answer with a smile. “You may.”
His blue eyes twinkled, catching her with his mischief. He motioned to the bartender for two drinks, then leaned back. She could see that he was looking for a good time, something easy and without thought. She wondered if perhaps she was looking for the same thing.
“I haven’t seen you in here before,” he began.
“It’s been awhile,” she admitted, accepting the oft used line. “I haven’t been here in Seattle for several months.”
“Ah, here on business?” he asked.
“More like I’ve been away on business.”
“And do you have a name, mystery lady?” Intent gleamed in his eyes.
“Eleni,” she smiled.
“Alec,” he said.
“Most definitely a pleasure, Alec,” Eleni replied.
“Oh, it will be,” he assured her.
Alec wouldn’t normally try to pick up on a woman like Eleni, but he had felt the warmth of her dark eyes before he even turned around. She was pretty, no doubt, probably a few years older than him. Not that he cared. Another argument with Max had left him humming and he needed release. The girl drove him crazy sometimes. It still irked him that he didn’t get a chance for some “breeding” with her back at Manticore. Since the escape, a couple of girls here and there had satisfied his carnal needs for the most part. But this woman before him was different. He saw it in her dark eyes and his fingers itched to touch the dark waves of her hair. He wanted her.
Eleni wouldn’t normally let a guy like Alec pick up on her. Maybe it was his easy smile. Maybe it was his corny lines. Maybe it was his obvious interest. Whatever it was, somehow she knew that he could help her forget, if only for a moment, about the one she sought. She could already imagine losing herself in him.
They chatted and drank. She learned that he had arrived in Seattle just a few months before and that he worked as a message courier.
“Interesting job?” she asked, watching the way he licked his lips after downing some beer.
“Gets me around,” he replied. “What about you?”
“Doctor,” she said.
“You look young to be a doctor,” he commented, letting his eyes slide down her body. Even beneath the conservative clothes, he could trace the curves of her body.
“I was a bit of a prodigy.”
“Hmm, me too,” he murmured.
“I think it’s time to head out,” she said, taking a final swig of her beer.
He looked confused for a moment.
“Can I give you a ride?” Eleni asked.
Alec gave her a slow smile.
He frowned in annoyance. “Hold that thought,” he said to Eleni.
“Max, I’m not talking to you,” he said over his shoulder.
Eleni smiled. “My car is out front. I’ll wait out there.” She glanced behind him and saw the young, dark haired woman with an annoyed look on her pretty face. “Don’t be too long,” she told Alec.
Alec caught his breath as he watched Eleni go up the stairs. He took a swig of his beer, then turned around.
“Who was that?” Max asked.
“You didn’t come here with a date.”
“Well, I’m leaving with one. Is this important, Max, or are you going to give me another lecture?”
“I don’t lecture.”
Alec grinned. “Sure you do. And any other time I’d have fun with this, but my date waits.”
“Who is she?”
“You know, you’re rather nosy sometimes. Jealous?”
“What, me?” Max huffed.
“Jealous that I’m going to get some,” he teased. He liked seeing her flustered.
“What that woman sees in your pea brain,” she said.
“It’s not my brain she’s after,” he said. “See you later, Max.”
He laughed as he bounded up the stairs into the cool night.
Eleni was leaning against her car when Alec came out of Crash.
“Sorry about that.”
“Ex-girlfriend?” she asked.
“Not even,” he replied. “Before we go?”
He leaned closer and she smiled as his lips brushed against hers. She took his face in her hands and let their kiss deepen. They parted slowly. His eyes were dark as he looked into hers.
“Just wanted to make sure we were on the same page,” he said softly.
“We are,” she whispered back.
The drive back to her place was a quiet one. She drove. He watched the road ahead, but his body was aware of her every move. He took a deep breath only to inhale the subtle scent of her perfume. She was driving him crazy.
Eleni wanted to speed through the city streets, but she didn’t want to get stopped for any reason and kept the car at an even pace. Her heart was pounding. She didn’t know what to say. She only wanted to get to her place.
“You’re a very safe driver,” Alec couldn’t help but comment.
Eleni laughed. “I guess I am. Habit, I think.”
“This isn’t a habit though, is it?”
“Then we’ll have to make it memorable.”
She drove into the building’s garage. “We’re here.”
Eleni’s place was several floors up. The building was neat and a bit on the posh side. Alec was duly impressed. He wondered what kind of people lived behind the doors.
“Nice place,” he complimented as they entered her apartment.
“It serves its purpose,” she said, draping her coat over a chair. “Would you like something to drink?”
“Maybe later,” he smiled. “Come here.” He held his hand out to her.
…Some people would call it a one night stand but we can call it paradise…
The line from an old song floated through her head as he took finally took her. They had spent a lot of time teasing and tasting, exploring and savoring. He seemed to know exactly how to make her beg, but her instinct told her his weaknesses as well. When the moment finally came, he took her hard, triggering a wild response from her.
It had never been that way for her.
When it was over, he rested on top of her, letting their bodies cool.
“God, Alec,” she sighed.
“I didn’t hurt you, did I?” He brushed the hair from her eyes.
“Mmm, no. It was exactly what I needed. How did you do that?”
He just smiled, then dropped a long kiss on her lips. “You taste good.”
She laughed. “You too. Every inch of you.”
That look darkened his eyes again. “I should mention that I have very good endurance.”
“Good for me,” she whispered, pulling him down on her.
Much later she opened her eyes and found him gazing at her. He started sliding his fingers through her hair.
“Hey,” he said.
“Hey yourself. Did I fall asleep?”
“I think I tired you out,” he smiled.
“I think you’re right,” she smiled back.
“You’re amazing,” he told her. “I never knew women like you existed.”
“If this is just another way for you to get another round, it’s working,” she grinned.
He laughed. “I’m trying to be serious.” He rolled on to his back.
“Why?” She propped herself on her elbow.
He looked at her. “I don’t want you to think this is a casual thing for me. I mean, it started out that way, but—“
She put a finger on his lips to stop him. “I know, Alec. And even though it’s only one night, it’s been amazing for me. You’re scrumptious.”
Only one night. Why did that hurt? He brushed the feeling aside and smiled at her. “Makes me sound like a piece of cake.”
“More like a slab of meat,” she teased.
“Fine, just use me,” he sighed.
She laughed, then took him up on his offer. This time she did her best to tire him out.
He didn’t mean to fall asleep, but when he slowly woke up, he could feel her eyes on his barcode. He flipped over onto his back and she jumped a little.
”I thought you were asleep,” she said.
“I was. I can’t believe you’re still awake.”
“I wasn’t. I woke up. Your barcode…”
“Just a tattoo. This thing I was in,” he said vaguely.
“I knew someone who had one of those,” she murmured.
Alec’s eyes narrowed, his senses alert. “Really?”
“He never told me what it meant.”
He. Alec studied Eleni for a long moment, his mind going through the possibilities. Who had been intimate with this woman? He couldn’t imagine any other way she could have seen a barcode like his before, except in an intimate setting.
“It doesn’t mean anything now,” he told her.
“Maybe not,” she said, settling in his arms.
“Hmm?” She yawned.
“Who was he?” Alec couldn’t help but ask.
She didn’t answer. The soft rise and fall of her breath told him that she had fallen asleep. He didn’t even know why he asked. He knew the answer. He closed his eyes.
The sunlight streamed through the blinds as Eleni woke up. She smiled, satisfaction warm on her body. Then she realized she was alone.
She stretched and sat up, catching sight of the folded note on her bedside table.
“If you ever need anything. Alec.” He left his phone number.
Eleni stared at the note. She almost crumpled it in her hand, but at the last moment just placed it back beneath the lamp.
She wondered if Alec knew that she knew.
A few blocks away, Alec took a deep breath of the cold Seattle air. He still smelled her. He wanted to go back, but he kept on. He should have confronted her. Then again, he shouldn’t have gone through her jacket and found her ID. Better to have left without a scene. Better to leave the memory of the two of them just the way it was.
Passionate. Fulfilling. Alec couldn’t imagine letting himself go like that again. Without reservation. He could still feel her warm, soft hands on his body. He could still taste her kiss on his lips. He always took pleasure in being with a woman, but this time it was different. Something about her had awakened something in him.
But the question still nagged him.
Who was she?