Lou gave a sigh of relief as she stepped into the hot shower. The mission had been a tough one – even disguised as an orc, she simply wasn't designed for crawling through narrow crevices, and she had the bruises and scratches to prove it. But they'd got the 'Sue, fixed up the Canon, and were home again (as much as PPC HQ could be called 'home'). And she could have a shower, and all was well.
She took her time under the water, washing her hair at least three times to get the last of the green goo she'd fallen into out of it. When she at last felt clean, she flicked off the shower and stepped out, wiping her eyes with one hand and looking around for her towel.
"Dry you?" Selene asked, holding the towel up and walking towards her. Lou smiled at her partner – in both senses of the word – and nodded gratefully. The vampire (but what did that matter?) wrapped the black cotton around her and rubbed carefully. "Tough, wasn't it?"
"Mmmm..." The younger agent leant against her partner. "Yeah. Let's hope for the next one to be better."
Selene looked at her curiously. "It's not like you to call Legal down on our heads," she said, smiling.
Lou groaned. "Oh, stars... I did, didn't I?" She buried her face in the other woman's shoulder as Selene rubbed the towel over her back.
"There, there, dear," the vampire said gently. "Everyone makes mistakes from time to time. Admittedly not usually that stupid, but... eep!"
Lou had slid her hands under her lover's shirt and begun to relentlessly tickle her sides. Selene squirmed, dropping the towel and grabbing at the other woman's arms. A struggle ensued, which ended with Lou pinned against the wall of the bathroom, hands held high above her head by Selene, who was grinning. "Now, see? You shouldn't do that."
Lou tried to pull her hands down, and pouted. "You're meeeeean to me," she whined.
Selene poked her tongue out. "You're no angel yourself, love. And look, you've got my uniform all wet with your antics?"
"Should've taken it off, then," Lou replied, sticking her own tongue out in a mirror of the action. Selene shook her head amusedly.
"Clearly. I'll remember that next time."
"You could take it off now..." Lou suggested slyly, but Selene shook her head.
"Nope. I'm finished with drying you. The rest, you can do yourself."
Lou's expression turned sulky. "You don't love me any more."
"Of course I love you," the other woman said, leaning forward and planting a kiss on her lips, "but you need punishing for your actions. Now, I am going to take my uniform off, but that's because I need a shower too."
"I'll help," Lou offered cheerfully, tugging at her hands to try and free them. Selene shook her head again.
"Nope, you can't. It's part of your punishment." With that, she did let the blonde go, but pressed a hand against her chest to hold her away. "Go dry yourself, Lou."
A couple of minutes later, Selene stepped into the shower and switched the water on. She too gave a sigh of relief, and tipped her face upwards, closing her eyes.
She only opened them again when she heard the shower door open and close, and felt the warmth of Lou's skin against hers. Looking down, she saw her partner smiling brightly up at her and holding a bar of soap.
The vampire shook her head, an amused grin on her face. "All right, then," she said, "you can help."
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