Burlesque 6/12 NC-17
- Disclaimers in Part 1
Nina awoke and lay quietly listening to the muffled sounds of movement in
the kitchen. Her face still stung terribly and her eyelids had swollen so
much overnight she could barely see through the slit. The low rumble of a
masculine voice told her that Logan was out there. He'd obviously spent the
night and was making breakfast for Mike. She blinked back unexpected tears.
He'd been such a good friend to her in the weeks they'd known each other; it
would be so tempting, so easy to just let her burdens go and lean on him.
She wanted to so badly. She wanted to be loved and cared for by this man.
She loved him. Oh my God, she loved him. When had that happened, she
Her thoughts were interrupted by a quiet knock on the door and Logan
entering with a tray. He looked alarmed when he caught a glimpse of her
face but quickly covered it.
"Good morning," he said brightly. "Did ya sleep? Did the sedative the
doctor gave you help?" She sat up against her pillows and he carefully
placed the tray on her lap. "Made ya a little breakfast." He said
indicating the plate of eggs, bacon and toast.
He continued. "Mrs. L is going to stay with you and Mike today. I'll tell
Joe you won't be in for a few days." She nodded and set to eating her
breakfast. It was a little difficult getting her mouth open with her face
"Logan, it's really not that bad." She spoke stiffly, movement difficult.
"I mean it's uncomfortable but I can take care of myself. You two don't
have to go to all this trouble."
"I know you can take care of yourself, darlin'," he said humoring her, "but
who's going to take care of Mike? Think about it. If he saw you the way ya
look right now you'd probably scare the bejeezus out of him."
"Oh, you're right."
"Mrs. L will be here in a few minutes. I'll drop off the prescription the
doctor left and have the pharmacy deliver it. Tell Mrs. L to call me at the
theater if you need anything." He bent over and placed a light kiss on her
forehead. "I'll see ya tonight."
Her hand went to the spot on her forehead where she could feel the imprint
of his lips and she watched him go.
Logan stalked angrily into the theater. Red clouded his vision and his
terrible temper was beginning to surface. He took a few deep breaths and
pushed it back but it took all his meditative powers to do it. He quickly
went to Joe and told him Brandy would be unable to make it into work for the
next few days; he made no mention of the real reason why.
After that he went to find Rosie. He knocked on the door to her dressing
room and entered without waiting for permission.
She stood from her dressing table in surprise but quickly recovered.
"Logan, mi amore," she purred seductively. "What can I do for you?" She
slithered over and rubbed up against him.
He sniffed at her; positive he smelled something familiar but it was so
faint he couldn't be sure.
"You listen to me, you vicious bitch. If you do one more thing to hurt
Brandy I'll pick you up and throw you bodily from this theater myself. I
didn't tell Joe what you did this time so you've got one more chance to
straighten yourself out, but the next time, you're out on your pretty little
rump. Do we understand each other?"
She turned away from him so he couldn't see her face. "I have no idea what
you're talking about, lover. What happened to the little slut anyway?"
Logan strangled an enraged snarl and spun her to face him once again. "You
know damn well what I'm talking about. She's lying at home, her face and
hands blown up like red balloons. You're damn lucky she didn't go into
allergic shock from whatever you laced her cold cream with or I'd be
breaking you into little tiny pieces with my bare hands right now! I've
tried to be nice about this. I know I'm partly to blame for the situation,
but I'm telling you this garbage ends now, or I won't be responsible for my
Rosie looked unimpressed with Logan's threats. She merely pulled her arm
away and went back to arranging her hair.
"Can I help if it the little idiota is accident prone?"
Logan ran his hands through his hair in exasperation and turned to go.
"Just remember what I said, Rosie. You don't know me well, but I'm telling
you, I don't make idle threats." He slammed the door behind him.
Standing in front of the tiny bathroom mirror in his apartment, Logan tied
his new hand-painted silk tie in preparation for Thanksgiving dinner with
Nina and the others from the theater. He ran a comb through his hair one
more time, trying without success to smooth down the cowlicks that grew into
points at the sides of his head. No amount of pomade tamed them completely,
to his eternal frustration. Crossing to the small closet he pulled out his
suit jacket and slipped it on, grabbed the bouquet of flowers he'd bought
for Nina, took a deep breath and went upstairs.
Nina's eyes widened at the sight of him when she opened the door. He looked
unbelievably handsome in a charcoal gray flannel, double-breasted suit. The
snow-white shirt accentuated his dark skin and was complemented by a pink
and gray silk tie. Her heart started pounding in her chest when he smiled
"Happy Thanksgiving!" she greeted cheerfully.
"Happy Thanksgiving," he answered handing her the flowers. She looked
gorgeous in a black crepe dress with long pointed sleeves, a square neckline
and huge velvet bow on one shoulder. Her legs were encased in a
near-priceless pair of black nylons and he wondered just how long she'd
saved them for an occasion like this. Despite the end of the war many
things were still being rationed or were hard to get, nylons being one of
them. Her face was almost completely back to normal but he could still see
a hint of redness under the powder she used.
She gave him a delighted grin and his breathing sped up. When she moved
aside to let him in he saw Windy, Jewel and Gus seated in the living room.
Windy was bending over Mike and helping him choose crayons to color with.
They all glanced up and said hello. Through the kitchen door he could see
Mrs. L puttering on the stove.
Brandy excused herself and went to stir the gravy.
Logan went into the living room and shook Gus' hand. The big man was
obviously playing bartender and he offered Logan a drink, which he readily
Everyone chatted amiably for a few minutes until Nina called them all in to
dinner. She pointed out everyone's seats, placing Logan and Gus in end
"Logan since this is your first real American Thanksgiving, would you do us
the honor of carving?" She held the carving knife and fork out to him.
"Thank you, Nina." He smiled down into her beautiful blue eyes, allowing
himself to sink into their depths for a second until the sound of throat
clearing and knowing giggles brought him back to reality.
Dinner was lively and everything was delicious. They all ate too much and
Windy and Jewel offered to clear up while Logan and Gus went to the living
room to listen to some football before dessert.
Mrs. L and Nina sat down to play a game of Candyland with Mike.
It was eight o'clock when Brandy sent Windy, Jewel and Gus home with bags of
leftover turkey and pie. Mrs. Lieberman was back in the kitchen cleaning
up. Logan and Nina sat together on the couch sipping coffee.
Mrs. L came in and took Mikey's hand. "Michael, how would you like to sleep
over at my house tonight?" The older lady asked him. "We can pitch a tent
in the living room and make hot chocolate and tell ghost stories! It will
be great fun."
Mike looked at his mother with wide excited eyes. "Can I, Mommy? Please?"
Nina looked hesitant. "Welllll."
"Of course you can, sweetheart," Mrs. Lieberman told the little boy. "Nina,
you've worked very hard today and you haven't been well the last week. Let
me take him for the night." She winked over Nina's head at Logan.
He chuckled quietly to himself. The little matchmaker was doing this so
they could be alone. He'd have to remember to get her something very nice
Nina smiled at Mikey. "All right, go get your things and you can go with
Mrs. Lieberman tonight."
When the little boy came back with pajamas and blankie in hand, Nina rose to
see her guest out. "No, no," the older woman said. "No need to show me to
the door, I know where it is." She held her hand out to Mike and they both
Nina went to the kitchen to get Logan some more coffee. As she leaned over
the end table to pour, Logan placed his hands on her hips and gently pulled
her into his lap. "I owe Mrs. L for the favor she did," he whispered
against her ear, pleased when he felt her shiver.
"L-let me put the coffee pot back in the kitchen," she said in a husky
"Don't be too long," he told her with a smile.
She came back in and sat down shyly next to him, her eyes focused on her
hands. Logan gently placed his arm around her shoulder and pulled her
closer. He sighed contentedly when she placed her head down on his
shoulder. Turning his head he nuzzled his face into her silky hair,
inhaling its fresh scent.
The two of them were happy to just sit like that for a few minutes until
Logan reached up and turned off the lamp behind him, leaving only the one at
the far end of the couch to illuminate the room. Slowly he slid his free
arm around her tiny waist and turned his body towards her. Tenderly, he
began brushing light kisses across her forehead and cheeks before claiming
her lips. He swallowed her involuntary gasp and pressed her closer. Her
arms went around his neck and he slid his mouth across hers, coaxing her to
open up to him. When she did, he slid his tongue between her lips. Her
eyes flew open in surprise but he teased her gently until she relaxed and
was answering his playful tongue tentatively with her own. He slid his hand
up her waist to lovingly cup her breast. She gasped and pulled away.
"I'm sorry, darlin'. I guess I was a little forward."
Nina put her hands to her flaming cheeks. "No. No, Logan it's not you. It
's me." She turned her head and chewed on her lip thoughtfully.
"Logan," she continued, "there's something I have to tell you. You
probably won't want to have anything more to do with me when you know, but I
have to be honest with you." She hesitated a moment before looking him
straight in the eye. "Grant, Michael's father, and I w-weren't married."
She searched his face for any sign of disgust or rejection but all she saw
was curiosity and compassion. It emboldened her to go on.
"We'd known each other all our lives. We were childhood sweethearts and
planned on getting married and moving to New York so I could try to be a
professional ballet dancer. Then the war came and we wanted to be married
that much sooner, but my parents wanted us to wait and wouldn't allow it no
matter how much I begged them. The night before Grant shipped out I.I slept
with him. He left the next day and was dead three weeks later, before I
even knew I was pregnant with Mike. When I found out, I left my folks, my
town, everything I'd known my whole life and came here to start over. It
was easy to get lost in New York and not hard to get people to believe the
story of a war widow with a small child. It's a common enough occurrence
He pulled her close to him and held her tightly.
"Darlin', why on earth would you think I wouldn't want to have anything to
do with you anymore? Just because you weren't married to Michael's father?
Aw, honey," he stroked her hair soothingly, "you've been through even more
than I thought. Leaving your home and the parents who cared for you, coming
here and building a life for yourself and your child and keeping this secret
all these years. Some people might say what you did was a sin but I know
you did it out of love. I could never hate you for that. If anything I
admire you for it and," he looked down into her brimming eyes, "I love you
even more than I did before."
She looked up into his shining hazel eyes, smiling through the torrent of te
ars. "Oh, Logan, I love you too!"
He smiled and brushed her tears away, bending down to place a gentle kiss on
When he pulled away she continued, "But Logan, I just don't know if I'm
ready to be.physical with another man just yet. I want you, very much, but
the last time I wanted, it got me nothing but heartache. I hope you
understand, I just need some time."
"I understand, sweetheart. I'm willing to wait until you're ready. And if
you wanna wait until we're married, I'm willing to do that, too."
Brandy's heart swelled to bursting with the love and gratitude she felt for
this amazing man. Never in her wildest dreams had she ever hoped to find
anyone as wonderful as him after Grant was taken from her.
"Why, James 'Just' Logan, are you proposing to me?"
He looked as pleasantly surprised as she did. "Yes, Nina darlin', I guess I
am. So whaddaya say?"
She threw her arms around his neck and planted a big kiss on his lips. "I
say, YES!" He gave her an enthusiastic kiss right back, leapt up and began
swinging her around the room in his arms.
They held each other until the early hours of the morning, sharing kisses
and gentle caresses, making all the plans that couples in love are inclined
to make. Nina told him more about Grant and growing up in Nebraska. Logan
shared stories of his life in Canada with her. At sun up, when they finally
went to their separate beds, it was to sleep the contented sleep of young
One of the serious things they decided the night before was to try to keep
the change in their relationship as quiet as possible since the knowledge
would only infuriate Rosie further. Even so it was hard to keep their
happiness completely under wraps.
Windy walked into their dressing room after the second performance only to
stumble on Logan and Brandy in a passionate clinch.
"Oh, excuse me! Am I interrupting something important?" she asked dryly.
Brandy looked up pretending annoyance. "Hmph! Isn't it customary to knock
on the door of the dressing room of an engaged person?" She smiled waiting
for the other girl's reaction.
"Hot dog! It's about time! You two have been making goo-goo eyes at each
other for long enough!"
Logan frowned. "Hey, I don't make goo-goo eyes!" he told her.
Windy gave a very unladylike snort. "That's what you think, bub!"
"Windy, I'd appreciate it if you'd keep this kinda quiet. Rosie and all..."
"Oh sure, sure! But c'mon guys, give with the details. When are you going
to tie the knot?"
"Well," Logan began, "we haven't really talked about that yet." He looked
down into Brandy's eyes. "Soon, I hope," he said smiling at her.
She smiled back.
"Aww, aren't you two just sooo cute," Windy said, wiping away an imaginary
Brandy swatted at her playfully.
"While I'm all choked up by the news and this tender scene," Windy
continued, "some of us do need to get changed before the next show so if you
can tear yourself away from this gorgeous hunk of man long enough to get him
out of the room, I'd appreciate it."
"Alright, alright," Logan said. "I get the hint. I've got to go work on
few things myself before the next show. The sink is backed up in Wally's
dressing room and I got elected to unclog it."
Brandy rolled her eyes. Wally was their "Top Banana," the headlining comic,
and even more of a Prima Donna than the headlining stripper.
"Well then by all means, get out of here! The last thing I need is Wally
holding a grudge because I kept you from snaking the hair out of his sink,"
Brandy said sarcastically, pushing Logan out the door. He ducked his head
back in to give her one last kiss and loped down the hallway.
Windy sighed and shut the door behind him.
"I envy you," she said, waggling her eyebrows. "What was it like?"
"What was what like?" Brandy said, deliberately misunderstanding her friend.
Windy rolled her eyes. "You know what I'm talking about, missy. 'It.' The
big 'I-T,'" she added for emphasis.
Brandy heaved an exasperated sigh. "We haven't done IT yet."
The brunette looked at her incredulously. "What? Are you out of your
pea-picking mind? If he was my man I'd never let him out of my bed!"
Brandy smiled sweetly at her friend. "But he's not your man, he's MY man so
what you would do doesn't matter."
Brandy giggled and began getting ready for the next show.
"You know, whoever said that tight little T-shirt
doesn't make you look like the team pansy was
lying, Cyclops." - Toad, Ultimate X-Men #3
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