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Silence dawned on the wee hours of night. A thick December mist had lifted and fogged the glass panes of Zack’s apartment, but the owner hardly noticed. Enclosed behind the compact walls and a good heat centralizer, Zack felt a mix of idleness and effervescence. A few hours had passed since Ava appeared in his apartment, and the night had been intensely fulfilling. He gladly lied with his hands behind his head while watching Ava, who playfully donned his dress shirt and nothing else, before they shared a long kiss.

He snaked his arms around her waist, but she stopped him. “Mm, not now. Restroom.” She rose from the bed and handed him her tablet. “But do me the favor, would you?”

Zack understood. “Just one mission to review, right?”

“Yes, I’m leaving for it next week.” She picked up a pair of boxers from the floor and chucked it on the bed. “And wear something, please.”

Zack laughed and did as requested. Rolling over the bed, he propped a pillow under his chest to give him a better leverage and read the document. Zack went through each page so meticulously that he didn’t hear Ava returned from the bathroom. He grimaced when she touched his bare shoulder.

“So, what do you think?”

Zack shifted his body towards her. “This is a private mission, isn’t it?”

“Yeah. This organization wants me to get intelligence in three different countries. I thought of bringing in a squad, but they’re worried of possible communication leaks.”

“Everything in here is highly classified. I shouldn’t be reading this.”

“I knew you weren’t gonna like that.” She moved closer and swipe out a legal document on the tablet. “I actually want you to sign off as my guarantor - in case anything happens to me and they try to hide this - I want you to make sure that that doesn’t happen.”

“Ava -”

“I know a lot of the organization’s secrets, and I need some protection in case this mission is just a ruse to keep me off the grid.”

Zack kept quiet for a few minutes. “I’m worried.”

“As you always are,” Ava smiled at him.

“Are you sure you want to take this on?”

“Zack, don’t you realize how big this will do to my career when I succeed? I’ll be the very definition of my job. I’ll be untouchable.”

Zack didn’t seem convinced, but said nothing against it. “I need time.”

“I know. I just made you read it so that you have to sign as guarantor.”

Zack shook his head. “I wish you had given me an indication.”

She grinned. “You know I can’t do that, honey, or wicked manipulation isn’t how I earn my cash.”

The man grunted and sat up. “It’s not just that, Ava.”

The black-haired beauty tilted her head in interest.

“How long would you be gone?”

“About five months, give or take.”

“That’s if everything goes smoothly. You know this normally takes up to almost a whole year. If you face unwanted circumstances, you’re looking at a year or two longer.”

Ava crossed her arms. His dress shirt was looking more attractive than Zack remembered. “Your point being?”

“You could have told me earlier.” Zack began, as he sat up on his bed. “The fact that you’re telling me now with so little explanation - well, I’m disappointed.”

Ava’s expression softened. She reached out a hand to touch his. “Zack, I’m sorry. We’ve been so busy, and since we’re non-exclusive - I just thought... well, I wasn’t sure how we felt about each other.”

“Why are you here then?”

Their eyes locked briefly, knowing it was the question they had danced around all night. He thought about it when Ava surprised him earlier. He thought about it when their chemistry in bed was unlike any other. He now watched as Ava casted her eyes to her long fingers. She admitted, “I wanted to see you before I go. Maybe even say goodbye.”

“You shouldn’t.” Zack replied. “This is a crappy goodbye, if it’s one.”

Ava smiled. “Well, things haven’t been ideal for us. What if - ?” she couldn’t finish her sentence.

Zack didn’t know what to reply. A deep sense of foreboding clouded his thoughts, so he pulled her head next to his. They sat in silence for a while.

“Take good care of yourself,” Zack spoke suddenly. “It might be risky, but contact me in case of any emergencies.”

“I know, Zack. Even after all these years, you’re the only person I can trust.”

He nodded curtly, but his eyes had a lingering look. Ava placed a hand on his chest and sought his attention.

“Look, I don’t want to put a damper on your birthday. We still have a few hours till I leave, so let me make us breakfast.”

Zack wanted to hesitate on eating her homemade food at the break of dawn, but said nothing. He followed her footsteps to the kitchen, and watched as she gingerly put a fresh batch of coffee in the espresso machine. She rummaged through his empty cabinets with a deep sigh. Ten minutes later, they settled down by the kitchen island with a steaming cup of coffee and dry biscuits. Zack’s highlight was Ava’s long legs showing under his dress shirt.

“For what it’s worth,” he spoke, “I’m glad you stop by.”

“I had to,” Ava grinned at him. “I should mark my territory before I go.”

Zack couldn’t contain his smile. “So, you were threatened.”

The latter gave him an impassive look. “I’m not. I’m just not ecstatic that you took her out for dinner. I can’t remember a time we did the same.”

The man raised his eyebrows. “Did you worry I might have chosen her?”

“Oh, I didn’t need to.” Ava coyly moved a piece of her hair that fell above her eye. “I knew you’d always hope that I show up.”

“Oh yeah?”

“Your home alarm system still recognizes my thumbprints. How did you think I got in?” Ava gave a smug smile. Zack playfully raised his palms in surrender. His eyes twinkled when they caught hers, and they both knew each other’s bittersweet feelings without saying a word.

The two continued the night with more laughs, and shared several inside jokes. The hours eventually passed, and when they woke up in each other’s arms, Zack knew for certain that she would occupy his mind until the next time they meet. He thought he saw her reciprocate the sentiment when they stood at the front door, unsure what to say. Ava stepped forward to kiss him on the cheek, but Zack pulled her in to take one last whiff.

“I’ll miss you Zack,” Her voice unmistakably fraught with unspoken thoughts.

He closed his eyes tight, and spoke, “I’ll miss you too.”
Nyaaawww Zava, why must you break our hearts soooo..?

Muahahahahaha :evillaugh:

Sorry it took me a while, it took me some time to have the confidence to publish this. In other matters, I want to wish everyone happy holidays, happy festivities and a jolly New Year! :la:

Oh yeah, I also just passed my 2nd year at Deviantart a few days ago. Thanks so much to all of you for making my silly stories more than just rambles in my head. I love you all too much. :love:

Zack & Ava (c) WATCHERS
WATCHERS (c) =kai-isolated & ~nixcoo
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annaoi Featured By Owner May 27, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Sorry if I'm commenting this late... BUT OMGoodness!! This is like sad and lovely and sweet and awesome!!! My favorite couple in the Watchers series is so perfect in this!!!
Froidel Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012
You should've written a make-out scene for them :iconheplz:

Happy 2nd dA b-day! :)
nixcoo Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012   Writer
I knoww, but it's so cliche of Zava to ooze out mm...., pleasure. So I skipped that part.

And thank u! :D
Froidel Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012
Pffft. Fine then. Do a RyRy makeout scene. :iconlaughingplz:
IAmADayDreamer Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012  Student Digital Artist
:nuu: AVA DON'T GO!
You better come back alive or else :shakefish:
nixcoo Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012   Writer

Well, I'll be sure to tell Ava that. :D
ShOrtSh4dow Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012

This was really good though. I could feel the tension between them; the longing to be with each other and the sorrow of parting~ I absolutely loved it! My heart is saying otherwise, but it's breaking in a good way.
nixcoo Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012   Writer

I think that's forever going to be Zava's theme: bitter sweet love. Or the one that got away.. hehehehe.

I do love the emotions in this story though. But their feelings change so often that I was nervous about it. Haha.
ShOrtSh4dow Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012
I think that is totally acceptable. I really wouldn't have their relationship be any other way. I agree with the forever theme. If it's anything else but bittersweet, it would never work out. They would no longer be so interesting.

I totally understand. But you did it completely right in this one. Amazing, amazing work~ >3<
Halmeska Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
*sob* Such a nice story. We definitely need more of Watchers!
nixcoo Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012   Writer
Thanks for being a fan! :la:
Must... submit.. to your request...
Halmeska Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeees, YEEEES, you muuust.
Red-N Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I could eat your stories for breakfast, luch, dinner and a midnight snack! Girl, how can you tease us (ME!) so? Now there will be waiting and thinking and making up ends for Zava (<3) ourselfs! :tears: There better be a third story, and why are you ashamed of putting things online?! You're so good and everyone has the right to express themselfs! :woohoo: If we wouldn't love the rambles in your head, we wouldn't love your stories, but we do so very much, so I demand more confidence and therefore more stories!
nixcoo Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012   Writer
Hohohohoho *opens chest of rambling stories* :la:

There wouldn't be a third story (i suck, i know), but I love happy endings so we can pretend they live happily ever after.......

or do they? muahahahahahhaha :evillaugh:

Thanks for the lovely comment hun! I write for people like you :tighthug:
Red-N Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I forgot something! I love your more tender writing style and use of words in this one! It really makes the cozy mood even better! :clap:
nixcoo Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012   Writer
Omg thanks for using that word : tender! I was trying to describe to myself the change in ambience for this story in comparison to others - and that is perfect!

Ryry's stories are always tender, so it's pretty awesome to put the feisty Zava in this one. weee :D
Red-N Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Aw, Thanks! But you should write for yourself, hun! And I actually never thought that Zava was -or is- going to have a happy end. You can only have so much damage or tension between two people I believe, but the fact you don't know the ending makes you hope and surrender to the feeling that there is a possibilty two lost souls can find each other, whatever damage or feelings there is. :la: So, you keep that tension excisting, and I'll keep drewling over your stories! :eager:
hitomi-the-brave428 Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh :nuu: so sad, awesome, and lots of other feels.~
nixcoo Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012   Writer
'Feels' is a good thing. Glad u liked it!
soulie7 Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012
OMG ITS SO WONDERFUL BUT OH SO SAD! but at least you nicer than kai and don't kill anybody....ryan....well that I know of LOL

Wonder story I love reading your stories so muchh
nixcoo Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012   Writer
Thanks soulie! :love:
I can't kill off my characters.... I can only make them all angst hahahah
soulie7 Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012
So I never have to worry about Ryan dying.....unless kai's lazy butt does it
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