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Travelin' Soldier

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The morning light broke through the window, blasting across the face of the woman sleeping soundly in the bed. Waverly stirred, reaching her arm under the pillows under her head. She inhaled. “Donuts?” Waverly’s eyes shot open as she realized she was in a stranger’s bed. She slowly rolled over, expecting to see the stranger sleeping beside her but to her surprise, that side of the bed hadn’t been slept in. Waverly let out a sigh of relief. Waverly sat up and stretched her aching body. Her arm was bothering her as she had missed her dosage of pain killers. She looked to the side table next to the bed, spotting a rounded pill with a bottle of water next to her phone. Her eyes fell to the dresser where her uniform was neatly hung and her shoes sat at attention on the floor, ready to be put on. Her pain pill bottle was sitting next to her uniform. “Fuck. Must have fallen out when she? Undressed me?” Waverly softly spoke to herself. Waverly got out of bed and headed down the hall to the living room, taking in the sight before her.

Nicole was sleeping on her stomach, left arm and left leg draped off the side of the couch, her right leg was awkwardly hanging off the arm of the couch and her right arm was being used as her pillow. The blanket covered only her butt, leaving her bareback fully exposed, only the small straps and band of the sports bra. Her back muscles were so tight and defined and just so happened to be Waverly’s biggest turn on.

Waverly licked her lips, trying not to focus on the half naked woman sleeping uncomfortably on the couch. She smiled sweetly at the woman who had so kindly given her a ride and then allowing her to sleep in her bed and not pushing her for information about her injuries. She had cared for her as if they had known each other their entire lives, not for the few minutes they had spoke in the airport and car.

Feeling eyes on her, Nicole rolled over, pretending to still be asleep, stretching her arms up, showing off her massively defined abs. Waverly’s breath hitched in her throat and her heart skipped a beat. She slowly opened her eyes, catching Waverly staring. “Mm, good morning, stranger.”

“Uh...hi. I was just looking for you. I wasn’t sure how I got here last night.” Waverly nervously rubbed the back of her neck. Nicole sat up, tucking her legs underneath her, the blanket folding up into her lap. She patted the seat next to her. Waverly hesitantly sat next to her.

“I tried to wake you up to ask you where you lived. You mumbled out what I thought was an address but I didn’t know for sure so I thought it best to bring you here. You must have been really tired, you didn’t wake up at all.”

“H...how did I get out of the truck?”

“I carried you.” Nicole sweetly spoke. “I hope that’s ok.”

“Y..yeah. I was just wondering.”

“I also didn’t think it would be polite to wake up your aunt or sister at 4 AM to get you to bed. I’m assuming they didn’t know you were coming home?”

“Uh...no. It was kind of an unexpected trip home.”

Nicole looked at Waverly’s arm in the sling. “Assuming that has something to do with it?”

“Yeah. They didn’t know I got injured.” Tears started to well in Waverly’s eyes. Nicole put her hand on Waverly’s knee.

“Do you want to talk about it?” Nicole could see that Waverly was hesitant in answering. “You know what, why don’t I go make us some tea? Coffee? Milk? Sweet tea? Soda? Pop?” Nicole was rambling and she had no idea why. Waverly placed her hand on Nicole’s.

“Tea would be great. It’s been a long time since I had tea.”

Nicole smiled and pushed the blanket from her lap and started towards the kitchen. Waverly admired her toned calves, back, arms, just her body in general. Nicole was gorgeous, there was no denying it and from what she could tell it wasn’t just on the outside. “Would you like something for breakfast? Fruit? Cereal? Eggs and bacon? Uh...SPAM?”

“SPAM? You have SPAM?”

“Yeah, kind of a guilty pleasure of mine.”

“I wouldn’t mind pleasuring you.” Waverly said under her breath.

“What was that?” Nicole peaked around the cabinet door.

“Huh? Ah, nothing. Just talking to myself. Fruit would be good.” Waverly quickly changed the subject.

“Coming up!” Nicole quickly got a bowl of fruit cut up and the tea made. She walked back into the living room, setting the bowl and tea in front of Waverly. She sat back on the couch.

“Didn’t you get anything for yourself?”

“I don’t really do breakfast. I’m usually up before now, at the gym. Then I just grab a protein shake at work.”

“So, Nicole, you’ve learned so much about me since last night, I have a question for you.”

“Anything. I’m an open book. Nothing to hide.”

“Where did you go on your trip?” Waverly sat back and popped a strawberry into her mouth, Nicole’s eyes watching as Waverly’s tongue slipped out to lap up some juice that had escaped.

“Er...um...I was coming home from Vegas.” Nicole cleared her throat, diverting her eyes to her own lap.

“Ah, having the time of your life huh? Did you go with friends?”

“No...I was rock climbing and getting divorced.” The words softly fell from her lips, the embarrassment of the whole situation spilling out.

“A divorce? I’m sorry to hear that.”

“I’m not. It was a mistake. We met rock climbing 3 years ago. Went to a Britney Live concert, won big at the slots plus some booze. It’s a doozey.”

Waverly pushed passed her nerves and reached forward, tucking a piece of hair behind Nicole’s ear. Her fingers lingering a little longer than they should have. “Don’t be embarrassed. Can’t be any worse than coming home after having your ass kicked in an attack.”

Nicole’s eyes feel upon Waverly’s. The beautiful hazel eyes staring back at her. “You were hurt in an attack?”

Waverly’s breath hitched as she tried to get out the words. “Our base...was bombed. 3 in my unit were killed. I walked away with this.” She ran her hand in the air over the injured areas. Nicole’s heart broke at the story Waverly began to tell, tears welling in her eyes. “We woke up to the alarms blaring. Mortar attack. Like usual. Happened every night. Honestly, I was so used to the sound of the explosions that I had slept through it. Because I had slept a little longer than Johnson, Edwards and Yanzie, I was arriving just as the mortar hit our work tent...” Waverly stopped herself from saying more. “God, why am I even telling you all this? I just met you.”

“It’s ok. You don’t have to tell me anything. I would never make you do anything you didn’t want to do, Waverly.” Nicole wiped the tears from her eyes. “Hey, why don’t I go shower and then I can take you to see your family. I’m sure they would love to see you.”

“How can you be so sure?”

“Because if you were part of my family, I wouldn’t want to wait a second to see you.” Nicole stated as she stood from the couch. Waverly stood with her, their bodies just inches a part. Nicole’s eyes focused in on Waverly’s lips, pulling her own bottom lip between her teeth.

Waverly leaned forward to Nicole’s ear.“Thank you for last night.”

Her words sent chills throughout Nicole’s body. Her breath hitched. “Y...you’re welcome.”

Waverly closed the distance between them, her fingertips running down Nicole’s exposed abs. “Do you normally sleep like this?”

Nicole could tell the game Waverly was starting to play. She raised her eyebrow and smirked. “No.”

“So was this just for me then?” Waverly looked Nicole up and down.

Nicole leaned forward, her lips ghosting against Waverly’s. “Normally I sleep naked...”Just as Nicole was closing the distance, her phone began to ring. Waverly quickly stepped back, clearing her throat. “Damn it. Excuse me, it’s work.” Nicole picked up her phone. “Wyn!”

“Haughtstuff! You home yet?” Wynonna yelled from the other end of the phone.

“Yeah. I got in about 4 this morning. Did ya miss me that much?”

“You know I did! I missed ya so much I even broke into your office to steal a pen.”

“Wynonna!”

Waverly’s eyes widened when Nicole yelled her sister’s name. This didn’t go unnoticed by Nicole. “Hey, so I have someone over right now, can I stop by in like an hour?”

“Haughtshot got a girl her first morning back?!? Way to go!”

“Not what you think...”

“Well, you better get your ass over here and tell me all about her.”

“You bet I will. Bye Wyn!” Nicole hung up and looked at Waverly’s shocked face. “Someone you know?

“Wynonna is my big sister. Wait, are you Haughtshit?”

“I prefer Haught actually.”

“A little cocky aren’t you?” Waverly winked.

“Not when it’s my last name.” Nicole confessed with a chuckle. “Wait, that means you’re Babygirl?”

“That’s me! How do you know Wynonna?”

“We work together at the police department with Black Badge.” Nicole sat back down on the couch, laughing. “She’s my best friend!”

“What’s so funny?”

Nicole ran her hand through her hair, shaking her head. “She’s gonna kill me.”

“Why’s that?” Waverly sat extremely close to Nicole. Her hand running lightly down Nicole’s arm.

“Gahhhh. I’mma go shower and get you to the homestead.” Nicole jumped up at Waverly’s touch. Waverly’s eyebrows arched and her lip snaked out over her bottom lip once again as she grinned. “A cold shower.” Nicole’s comment made Waverly smile even more.

Waverly walked back towards Nicole’s bedroom, looking at the pictures on the wall. To the far left was one of Nicole and Wynonna at the bar, both drinking but full of smiles. She ran her fingers down the photo. It had been almost three years since Waverly had been home and since she had seen Wynonna. They talked often but getting home for leave was a little harder than Waverly ever thought it would be.

Waverly stepped into the bedroom and stood in front of the mirror at the dresser. She stared at her reflection. She didn’t feel any different then when she left 8 years ago, just a little older. She did look more tired. She shook the thoughts from her head and grabbed her dress jacket, trying to pull it over her injured arm. The pain was horrible. Waverly winced and whined. Her eyes were closed when she felt a soft hand on her back.

“Here, let me help you.” Nicole’s soft voice caused Waverly to accept her defeat. Nicole gently slipped the jacket over Waverly’s arm and then helped her get it over the other arm as well.

“Than...” Waverly’s voice trailed off as she turned around to see Nicole was standing there in nothing but her towel.

“Sorry, am I distracting you? I tend to have that effect on women...”

“I...uh...brain...words?”

“Words? Yes, you have words.”

“Sorry. I uh..thank you...”

Nicole stepped forward, closing the distance between them. She started to button Waverly’s uniform for her. “Anything for you...” Her words were so genuine that Waverly knew she meant it.

“Will I see you again?” Waverly placed her hand on Nicole’s chest, not caring that she was just in a towel.

“Do you want to see me again?”

“I would really like to, yes.”

“That’s good. I would really like to see you again too.” Nicole placed Waverly’s phone in Waverly’s front pocket. Her lips brushing Waverly’s as she talked. “I took the liberty of adding my number in there last night.” Her lips finally made contact with Waverly’s, her hands fisting in Waverly’s long dirty blonde hair.

Waverly moaned into the kiss, her hand on her injured arm gripping into the towel as her other hand wrapped around Nicole’s waist, pulling her closer. After a few seconds the two broke their kiss, both smiling widely. “You know what I really don’t want to see more of?”

“What’s that?”

“This towel.” Waverly ran her hand down the front of the towel, the fire igniting in her eyes. She shot Nicole a wink. She definitely wasn’t as innocent as Wynonna had made her out to be. “But, maybe after our first date.”

“Oh, you think you’ll get a first date with me, do ya? What makes you say that?”

Waverly’s eyebrows arched and she smirked an evil smile. “Because I know all I have to do is kiss you again and that towel will come off in a heartbeat.”

“Someone is sure of themselves.” Nicole smiled that smile that showed off her dimples. Waverly felt the heat rising onto her cheeks. “Now who’s blushing?” Nicole walked passed Waverly, dropping her towel as she went. She had no problem being naked in front of this beautiful stranger, especially if it allowed her to win this little game they were playing. Her back was to Waverly but that still didn’t stop the sailor from looking. Waverly’s eyes ran the length of Nicole’s naked body, admiring her body from afar. Nicole glanced over her shoulder, catching the dirty blonde staring. “See something you like, Petty Officer?”

Waverly cleared her throat and diverted her eyes. “We..uh...”

“You seem to have trouble with words when I’m around. Should I be worried?” Nicole teased as she pulled on her bra with a blue tank top. She tugged on her blue jeans that hugged every curve. Waverly couldn’t help but notice she was going commando.

“You do something to me, that’s for sure.” Waverly mumbled as she grabbed her boots and headed to the living room. Nicole just smiled, knowing she had won. She pulled on a red beanie and headed out to Waverly.

“Waverly, you ready?” Nicole grabbed her keys from the coffee table, throwing her phone and wallet in her pocket. Waverly pulled on her cap as they walked out the door. She was nervous to go home again. Nicole opened the truck door for her, helping Waverly into the passenger side. Nicole started driving towards the homestead. “How long has it been since you’ve been home?”

“How long have you been Wynonna’s best friend?”

“About 2 years...”

“I’ve been gone for 3.” Waverly looked out the window at the passing trees. “Officer Haught, how long has it been since you’ve been home?”

“9 years...”

“And did you ever want to just to go back? Do you miss it?”

“I don’t. I’m surrounded by people who care for me now. I have a ‘found family’ who mean the world to me. Wynonna, Doc, Dolls, Nedley, Chrissy. Even Gus at times. I wouldn’t trade it for anything in the world. Especially for a family who didn’t love me. Are you regretting coming home?”

Waverly gave Nicole a soft smile. “How could I regret it? I wouldn’t have met you, Officer.”

They sat in silence the rest of the drive to the homestead. Nicole climbed out of the truck as Wynonna walked out of the barn. “Yo! Looking Way Haught today, Haughtpants! How was the divorce? And who was the girl you banged last night?”

“Well, about that...I brought you a present.” Nicole hugged Wynonna, spinning her around so her back was to the truck.

“Oooo! Holy shitballs! You know I love presents! Is it that fine ass whiskey?”

“A little bigger than a bottle of whiskey, not by much though.” Nicole shot a wink over Wynonna’s shoulder. Waverly just glared at her, not amused. Waverly gently walked behind Wynonna, waiting for her to turn around.

“Well, what the hell is it?!” Wynonna asked excitedly. A big smile snaked across Nicole’s lips as she looked at Waverly and pointed for Wynonna to turn around.

“Take a look for yourself.”

Wynonna spun around, her eyes going wide. “Babygirl?!?” Her arms went to fling around her baby sister until she noticed the injuries. She stopped herself mid swipe and dropped her arms to her side. Her hand inched out to touch her baby sister but she didn’t want to hurt her. “Oh, Babygirl, what happened to you?”

“And this is my queue to depart.” Nicole smiled at Waverly. “It was great to meet you, Petty Officer Earp.”

“It was nice to meet you too. Thanks for the ride, Officer Haught.”

Wynonna grabbed Waverly’s bag from the truck and headed into the house, Waverly hung around a little longer in the driveway with her favorite police officer. “You call me if you need anything.” Nicole handed Waverly her business card and flashed those dimples that Waverly loved so much. “Maybe we can get some coffee and properly get to know each other.” She climbed into the truck and propped her elbow on the door frame, her other hand on the steering wheel. “I mean it.”

“Why, Officer Haught, are you asking me out?” Waverly smirked at the redhead in the truck.

“What if I am?” Nicole winked, her hand reaching out to brush Waverly’s bottom lip with her thumb, the same lip Nicole couldn’t take her eyes off of.

Waverly climbed on the step that stuck out from under the truck, sticking her head in the cab, inches away from Nicole’s lips. “I would say pick me up tomorrow at 7.”

“I can’t wait.” Nicole’s tongue ran across her bottom lip, her eyes still on Waverly’s. Waverly quickly closed the distance between them, their lips meeting in a soft, gentle kiss. “Mmm, I could get use to that, ya know?”

Waverly smiled and climbed down from the truck, walking into the homestead. She had no idea what she was getting herself into.