Fight or Flight: Nick and Carmen

Fight or Flight: Nick and Carmen

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Genre: Romance

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Status: Finished

Genre: Romance

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The story of Nick and Carmen started three years ago when they became coworkers but it wasn't until Nick lost sight of the woman he thought he loved before he noticed Carmen and now that he sees a whole new side of his petite assistant he has to work through her struggles and fears as she deals with the traumatic event that changed the course of her life ten years ago. If you have read 'Nicks Story' or 'Carmen's Story' this picks up where they left off but even if you haven't read them I hope to include enough information that you don't feel the need to read them.

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The story of Nick and Carmen started three years ago when they became coworkers but it wasn't until Nick lost sight of the woman he thought he loved before he noticed Carmen and now that he sees a whole new side of his petite assistant he has to work through her struggles and fears as she deals with the traumatic event that changed the course of her life ten years ago. If you have read 'Nicks Story' or 'Carmen's Story' this picks up where they left off but even if you haven't read them I hope to include enough information that you don't feel the need to read them.

Chapter1 (v.1) - Heartbreak

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Picking up where Carmen and Nick's stories left off....<br />

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Submitted: February 10, 2017

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Nick buried his head in his hands as he sat at his desk Monday morning. He wasn't in the mood to be there. He barely greeted Carmen before he shut his door. He should have stayed home but staring at his walls was insane. After Olivia dropped a bomb on him, telling him she didn't want to get married because she was in love with someone else, he was unsure what to do. He hadn’t expected it that’s for sure. He knew her mind was elsewhere somedays but he never expected her to end things. And it was only adding to his confusion whe she wouldn’t tell him who. She would only say she couldn’t get over him and wasn’t ready to move on. Hell that would have been nice to know before he asked her to come back to Jennings, before he proposed, before he waited so long for her to come home. Why did she come back if she had someone else? He was so confused. She never saw anyone but him. She traveled with a band but they were all friends, no one she had dated on that bus, right? Maybe someone she met while on tour? God he was so confused.

He waited two days, picking up the phone to call her and then putting it back down before following through. He needed to hear her voice. He needed to know if she was okay. He needed to know who, when and why didn’t she tell him before now. He finally called on the third day, relieved to hear her voice. “I just want to check on you. I miss you. I think I'm still in shock or maybe denial.” He confessed.

“I'm sorry Nick.” She cried over the phone and he could hear she truly meant it, but he didn't understand any of it.

“I don't know what to say. Livy. I'm here for you. Even if you don't want to get married, I will always be here for you.” He pleaded. He desperately wanted her back. Part of him wanted to hate her for all the pain he felt right now but still uncertain if she would come back some day he couldn't help but hope she would.

“Thank you Nick. I'm sorry for screwing this up. I should have never come there. I thought I would be able to move on but it's not happening.”

“Are you hoping to get back with this guy?” He asked.

“No. We don't have the same goals in mind. He doesn't even know how I feel.” 

He considered her words carefully, maybe things didn't have to be over between them, maybe she just needed a break for the moment. “I'm here, Livy. If you ever want to come back. I love you. Okay?”

“Okay. I love you too.”

“Can I come see you this weekend?” He didn’t like the idea that she was all alone back at her house. She didn’t do good when she was alone. He recalled the nine months she sat at home in depression.

“No. I don't think that's a good idea. I need time to sort things out.”

Nick ended the call debating his options, even if she didn't want him there he could still go to Jennings and stay with his mom, he could stop by and check on her and be certain she was well. He couldn't help but worry about her.

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Carmen didn't know what to make of Nick's mood lately. He was quiet and barely spoke two words. His mind was elsewhere all week. He didn't accomplish one thing. She was starting to worry that their contracts were going to get too far behind. She noticed that he wasn't having lunch with Olivia and the gorgeous fiance wasn't coming by. Come to think of it, he wasn't taking lunch at all and he wasn't snacking through out the day which was unusual for him. Nick was a well built man who most likely burned up calories at the gym because no matter how much snacking he did he never seemed to carry it with him.

Molly noticed the lack of visits from Olivia too. “Looks like 'Ken and Barbie' are having problems.”

“Go to work Molly.” Carmen wasn't in the mood to discuss her bosses love life. She knew something was up and she hated that she could see the pain on his face daily. His normally playful eyes were saddened, almost lost.

Carmen put a file on Nick's desk on top of the rest of the files from the week along with his messages. He had a draft in his hand as if reading it but he was spaced off not really looking at the words. “Nick. Can I get you anything?”

He didn't look up. “No I'm fine.” 

She leaned over his desk and softly stated. “I don't believe you.” She would normally not pry into his personal life but something serious had changed and she worried about him.

His sad eyes looked up with a very little focus. She was looking at him, concern etched on her face. He set the contract on the desk and looked at the stack of files. He ran his fingers through his hair and took a deep breath exhaling slowly. “Sorry. I’m not handling this well. I don't know what to do.” He confided in a sad voice. "Olivia left." 

She sat in the chair across from him. She didn't want to pry but he seemed like he needed to talk about it.

“Is it over or just temporary?” She questioned.

“I don't know.” He leaned back in his chair and looked at the corner of his desk as if hoping the answer was there.

“Is she still in town?” Carmen tried to picture what could be happening in Nick's personal life, over the last two and half years she'd only caught small glimpses, he'd been too personal and too reserved but things had shifted over the past six months, he'd been more open and confided in her.

“No. She went to Jennings.”

“When was the last time you talked to her?”

“Two days ago.”

Carmen stared at his hands as he twisted a pen open and shut. She didn't have any advice to offer and even if she did she knew it wouldn't do him any good.

“There's some one else.” He stated almost absently.

Carmen looked up shocked. “What? Who?” She asked before thinking.

His mouth turned down. “She won't tell me. I don't know when she would've dated some one else. I fear it was that damn band.”

“But she was with you?” Surely she wasn't  the type to date two men at once.

“I don't know anymore.”

“Is she…did she go back to him?”

“No. She just said she couldn't be with me while…she still had feelings for him.”

Carmen felt her gut tighten for Nick. She thought they had a perfect relationship. Nick was the perfect boyfriend. Who could she have found that could do better? She couldn't imagine any one better than Nick. “Maybe she just needs time to get over him.”

“That's what she says.”

She smiled at him. “You are the most patient person I know.”

"I'm tired of being patient." He dropped the pen on his desk.

Carmen stared down at her hands, not knowing what else to say and realizing this was the most personal conversation she'd had with her boss. It felt awkward to be sitting here talking about his love life when they had always been so professional with each other in the past. She stood to leave. "I'm going down stairs for lunch. Do you want anything?"

"No thanks."

"You haven't eaten much." She observed. 

"I'm not hungry." He stated before picking up the contract and staring at it again.

She nodded before she left the room.

Nick stared at the contract. His mind went back to Olivia. He wasn't sure why he had confided in Carmen. He needed to tell someone, he hoped he would feel better. It didn't make sense to him and he didn't know what he needed to do to fix this. To get Olivia back.

Nick called Olivia but she was avoiding him now. Her responses were short text's stating she couldn't talk or that she was fine. He missed her. He wanted to hear her voice. He wanted to drive down to Jennings and see her. She asked him not too and he didn't. He was worried that she would slip back into depression. He tried to imagine who she could have had a relationship with. His brain couldn't picture any one from Jennings. He wondered if there had been someone before her mom had passed. He wondered if it had been someone from the tour bus or the crew. She spent almost nine months traveling with that rock band while she worked, it could have been anyone of them.

He called Renee, if Olivia had told anyone she would have told her friend.

“Hi Nick. How are you doing?” Renee answered, her voice sounding sympathetic.

“Not good.” He answered.

“I'm sorry.”

“Do you know how Livy is doing?”

“She's good I suppose.”

“Have you seen her?”

“Not since she left.”

Left? Why would she leave? He questioned. “Where did she go?”

“She listed her house and left town.”

“Who is it Renee?” He didn't want to beat around the bush any longer, he needed to know what he was up against, he needed to know if he had a chance to get Olivia back.

“Nick. She asked me not to say.” Renee's voice was filled with regret.

“What? Why not?” He asked confused.

“I am sure she has her reasons, I think shes worried about you and wants to tell you in person.”

“That's insane Renee, she wouldn’t tell me when she was here. How did this even happen?”

“I'm sorry Nick. I know she wasn't looking to hurt you. I think she just didn't realize what she really wanted.”

He was silent. “Is she going to the banquet?”

“She's planning to.”

“Okay.” Nick knew he wasn't skipping the annual dinner banquet for EChrome. He had to talk to her again. Soon. The banquet was at the end of the month. He didn't know if he could wait that long. He needed her to come back. If she wasn't seeing whoever this guy was then she could come back. Maybe they wouldn't get married but why couldn't she stay here while she was moving on.

Maybe she didn't need him but he needed her.


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