Shego mumbled incoherently as she struggled to stay asleep. Her head shook gently from side-to-side in a futile attempt to deny her body what she knew it wanted. In the end, the biological need won out and she pulled herself up into a sitting position with a soft groan of protest. She sat there for a moment and blink so her eyes could adjust to the low light. She then looked down and saw Kim laying next to her, still sleeping away happily.
“Lucky,” she muttered before forcing herself out of bed.
On the way out of the room, she grabbed her robe from where it hung limply on the back of the computer chair and slipped on the mint green piece of fabric. It was rather flimsy and only covered up to about her upper thigh, but she had agreed to wear it whenever her motherly duties woke her up in the middle of the night to suit their new house guest. She wasn’t too happy about that idea but once Kim told her made her look even sexier, she quickly came around. In spite of the new arrangement, she let it hang open for the moment as she made her way towards the bathroom.
Once she was finished with her business in there, she pulled it closed over her usual sleep attire and stepped back into the hallway. She eyed the door to the master bedroom wearily, wanting nothing more than to go lay down in bed again but knowing from past experience that she probably wouldn’t be able to get back to sleep for awhile now. As much as she loved the comfort of her own bed, she also didn’t want to risk waking Kim as she tried to get back to sleep. She had already learned first hand that waking the redhead from a deep sleep was not the best idea in the world.
With the immediate return to bed out of the picture, she decided to use her new found time to check in on Shin and actually be awake incase her daughter needed something. She carefully opened the door then tiptoed into the room and up to the cradle. She peered down into the cradle and a smile spread across her lips as the pale moonlight from the window illuminated her child’s equally pale and peaceful face. For once she was actually starting to believe the expression, “sleeping like a baby”. Unable to help herself, Shego reached down and gently ran her finger over Shin’s right cheek.
“Finally gonna start giving your mommies a break, are ya?” she whispered in a sweet voice. “Maybe make it all the way through some nights? We’d really appreciate it if you did.”
As she expected there was no reply, but that didn’t take away from her enjoyment of watching her daughter sleep. She ruffled the red tuft of hair above Shin’s forehead between her index and middle fingers as she did so. It was really the only physical part of Kim that showed through on the baby. At least for now. There was still a good chance Shin could end up resembling her other mother when she got older and surprisingly, Shego actually found herself wishing for that. It wasn’t that she hoped Shin wouldn’t look something like her, but the black hair and pale green skin already had that covered. So if she did end up looking like Kim or having a body type similar to the redhead’s, she’d be more than happy. In fact, she’d be ecstatic because it’d help Kim relate to her more. She knew the younger woman loved their daughter, but there were times when she could spot a hint of disappointment in her emerald eyes. She wanted her daughter to have some similar traits beyond the one patch of hair and green eyes. Even those were debatable given that both women had nearly identically colored eyes. Shego sighed and leaned against the crib.
“Just remember that your redhead mommy loves you and it’s never anything against you,” she reassured the still sleeping infant. “She’s just feeling a bit detached cause you don’t look anything like her right now. But I’m sure you’ll end up with her body type, right? Sure you will. And let me tell you something, it’ll be a bit of a blessing. I know Princess can be a bit self conscious from time-to-time, but I’ll let you in on a little secret. These?” she pointed to her chest. “They can be more trouble than they’re worth. Especially for all the stuff we have to do. So just remember if you end up with a body like your other mommy, it’s okay. And if any small minded guys give you an crap for it, you have my permission to castrate them.”
Shego laughed at both the joke and the absurdity of it all. Here she was talking to a five month old baby about breast size in the middle of the night.
I must be losing my mind, she thought as she pulled herself off the crib and left the room.
She stopped when she made her way into the living room and just took a moment to look around and take in quiet, comfortable surroundings. Out of all the ways she had planned for her life to end up, this was never one of them. The idea of being the suburban housewife/soccer mom type never appealed to her and yet here she was; living in the suburbs with a baby. Not only that, but her lover was another woman, one who she use to engage in life threaten battle almost daily. Now, she was the only person in the world she ever truly cared about. Well…the second one really, but her love for Kim was completely different than her love for her daughter. Still, she loved them both.
Love, she thought with an amused smirk as she fell backwards onto the couch. Now there’s a word I never thought I’d apply to myself. Hell, I’m not even sure if I can definitely say I love my brothers. Definitely don’t love my parents. But Kim? I’ve got it sobad for that girl it’s almost sickening.
She blinked at her choice of words. While her feelings for Kim might be a bit stronger than she would have thought, they certainly weren’t “sickening”. She wasn’t sure where that had come from.
No, that was a lie. She knew exactly where the idea had come from. It came from a place deep insider her mind that she hadn’t acknowledged in months. It was a part of her that would periodically come out and scream “What the hell are you doing?!” at quiet moments like these. It was the part of herself that still considered her “evil” and was disgusted by the whole situation. It felt odd thinking about that time of her life was a whole different side to her, but truthfully it was. That part of her never would have allowed the baby to come to term, let alone settle down and raise it with her worst enemy. Of course if she had listened to that part of herself, she’d probably be laying in a gutter somewhere after drinking herself to death by now. She much preferred this life to that one any day.
Still, it felt odd thinking about that part of her life as a different person but that’s what it felt like. And with recent developments, that’s essentially what it was.
“Jade,” she growled as she balled her hands up into fists.
She had yet to meet her clone but she already hated her. Aside from representing that darker part of her personality, she just hated clones in general. The idea of being able to just mass produce a human never sat right with her and took away people’s basic humanity by taking away their individuality. Everyone was different, that’s the way it should be.
But not with Jade. From what she’d heard, her double was doing exactly what she would do in a situation like this; deny everything and try to get back to being evil. At least that’s what she’d do without her common sense, which she was sure Jade was missing. Especially given the company she was keeping. While Gemini and his organization seemed a little more competent then Drakken, there was no denying the man’s obsession with Global Justice and his stupid dog would drive her insane after only a week or so. So the fact that Jade was willingly working for him meant she was either “programmed” wrong or he was giving her a good paycheck and a lot of leeway.
Probably drinking a lot too, Shego mused. That would definitely help me get through all that.
She sighed and leaned back into the couch. That was another reason she was against cloning; it placed all your faults right there in front of you. Though she never considered herself an alcoholic or even a heavy drinker, she would occasionally take solace in a drink when things would get too heavy handed. She had no doubt that Jade was going through the same thing and probably drinking quite a bit given not only the annoyances of W.E.E. but also everything else that had to be floating around in her mind. It almost made Shego feel sorry for her.
Almost. When she started to feel that way all she had to do was reminded herself that the woman was a clone her and her initial clone anger came back to the surface. There was also the fact that she knew all of Shego’s secrets and that never sat well with her, especially when that person was an enemy. Most of all, she was pissed at her for saying something to Kim during their first meeting that really upset the redhead. Of course when the girl first told the story she hadn’t mentioned many of the details of their conversation, but Shego could tell something had been said that shock Kim to the core. Something that made her act strangely around the pale green woman for a few weeks. Whenever Shego asked her what was wrong she shrugged it off and say everything was fine. She was not a very good liar. Something bothered her and Shego had a nagging feeling what it might be and if she was right then any sympathy she had for Jade was gone. Whenever she met her clone she planned on beating the living snot out of her, simple as that.
“You’re up late,” a gently voice jerked her from her thoughts.
Shego turned her head towards the source to find Kim walking softly over to the couch. Despite her rather angsty inner musings, the sight of the redhead with a gentle smile and concern in her eyes cheered her up and caused her to smile herself. The small tank top and loose sweat pants that made up her sleeping clothes didn’t hurt either.
“You could also say I’m up early, depending on how you want to look at it,” Shego jokingly replied.
“Yeah I guess you could,” Kim said as she stopped at the edge of the couch. “So why are you up? I didn’t hear Shin crying.”
“Eh, just a bathroom visit that kinda woke me up for a bit. It’s nothing really.”
“Is that why you’re sitting here in the dark?”
Shego arched an eyebrow and looked at the blank screen on the TV.
“Huh. Thought I turned that thing on,” she muttered as she sat up and snatched the remote off the coffee table.
“So what’s really up?” Kim pressed. “You’re not still thinking about that whole idea that you don’t deserve all this, are you?”
“No!” she replied quickly. A bit too quickly. She sighed and leaned back again. “OK, maybe a little.”
The redhead sighed and shook her head in amusement. “Oh Shego, what am I going to do with you?” she asked as she sat down on the couch, tucking her legs under her while resting her head on the other woman’s shoulder.
Shego let out a sigh of her own as she rested her head against the top of Kim’s.
“I don’t know,” she started playfully. “You just might have to teach me a lesson. I’ve been a bad, bad girl Kimmie. Maybe a nice spanking would straighten me out.”
A deep flush crossed over Kim’s cheeks before she buried her face in Shego’s neck and muttered something incoherent.
“What was that?” Shego asked with a wicked grin.
“I did that once. On accident!” Kim stated more clearly.
“Yeah, and I liked it. And I’m sure there’s a part of you that did too.”
“Well…” Kim remarked, her cheeks turning even brighter.
“Ha! Knew it!”
A smug grin stayed on Shego’s face as she flipped through the channels to find something to watch. Unfortunately, as was usually the case, there didn’t really seem to be anything on at that time of the night/morning. Finally settling on some old sitcom on TV Trasheap, she decided to make her own fun by teasing Kim some more.
“So Kimmie, any other bedroom activities you want to try that I should know about?” she asked, her grin growing bigger. “Maybe a couple of fantasies you’d like to share?”
Again Kim’s face turned bright red and she pulled away from the older woman to bury her face in her hands.
“Why are you doing this?” she whimpered.
“Because I really want to know the kind of stuff you’d like to try so I’ll know not to cross the line. Plus I’m bored,” she added the last big with a shrug.
The redhead gave her a soft glare after that last statement, but quickly gave in with a sigh before leaning on her again.
“Well…” she started off unsurely as she place a hand on Shego’s knee. “There is this one I’ve been having lately.”
“So? Details,” Shego requested, looking down at her.
“It’s just something that’s been floating around in my head since I found out you use to be a Catholic schoolgirl.”
“Oooh I get it. Anxious to see me in one of those little plaid skirts and blazers are you?”
Kim tucked her down into her shoulders as far as she could to try hide her embarrassment. She did that just about as well as she lied. Shego chuckled a bit at her expression but also couldn’t help but notice the small glint of arousal in the girl’s eyes. Apparently she really did want to see the pale skinned woman in one of those outfits. Her grin turned a little more amused as she wrapped and arm around Kim’s waist.
“Well I suppose if you really want that, it wouldn’t be too hard to get one of those outfits. But there is a condition to that,” she warned.
“What’s that?” Kim asked, not sure if she should feel excited or frightened.
“I’ll admit I’ve always liked that little cheerleader outfit of yours. You still have that?”
“I have it tucked away somewhere.”
“Then how about this?” Shego stared as she turned to face Kim and draw her in closer. “A little roleplaying night. I’ll be the innocent Catholic schoolgirl and you can be the alluring head cheerleader from the public school that wants to do such naughty things with me.”
Despite her lingering embarrassment, Kim couldn’t help but chuckle in amusement of the idea.
“Are you sure you’re that good of an actress?” she asked as she draped her arms around Shego’s shoulder. “I mean you trying to be innocent?”
“Hey I can pull it off! And I’ll have you know I was considered one of the best students in my theater class.”
“You took theater?”
“Yeah, what about it?”
“Just don’t seem like something you’d be into.”
“There’s still quite a bit you don’t know about me Kimmie.”
“And am I ever going to learn all those secrets?”
“In time,” Shego whispered as she leaned in to get Kim a peak on the lips. “But a girl has to keep some secrets. At least for the time being.”
“Fair enough, but it’s kinda odd you’d want to know about some of my secrets without sharing your own,” Kim countered.
“Actually I asked about your fantasies, that’s completely different. And if you really want to know one of mine…”
“Part of me’s afraid to but there’s also part of me that’s intrigued.”
“So then which part is stronger?” Shego asked with a cocked eyebrow.
“Probably going to regret it, but the part of me that’s intrigued,” the redhead admitted.
“This one would require a bit of work to get it all together. You still have Ren’s number right?”
Kim gave her an odd look at first over that question but when the implications finally set in, her eyes grew wide and she let out a horrified gasp as she pulled away from her lover.
“Shego!” she shouted in disbelief. “You’re not seriously suggesting…”
“I told you, I thought it’d be fun to have two Kimmies in the bedroom!” Shego replied, sounding a bit more defensive than she meant to.
“But she’s like my sister! That’d just be…” Kim shuddered. “It’s wrongsick is what it is.”
“Fine! Then just shoot down all my ideas!” the pale woman growled as she fell back onto the couch.
She then turned herself onto her right side so she could focus on the TV instead of the horrified redhead sitting next to her. She knew Kim might not go for the idea but she didn’t have to act like the woman was a freak because of just one stupid idea. Besides, it’s not like Ms. Perfect never had a completely perverted thought go through her head.
Shego’s inner ranting was disturbed when she felt another body pressed up against her back and two small, but strong arms wrap around her waist. Despite her lingering anger she still placed her hands above the ones around her and didn’t flinch with she felt a head pulled her long hair back a bit to rest between her shoulder and neck.
“I’m sorry,” Kim whispered into her ear. “I shouldn’t have reacted like that, but you have to admit that was a little extreme.”
“Yeah, I know,” Shego relented. “But it was a fantasy and they’re suppose to far out there. That’ why they’re called fantasies.”
“I’m still willing to go with one of yours, just please, pick something else.”
“OK, how about sexy teacher having to discipline her naughty student?”
“I’m guessing you’ll be the teacher.”
“Well I am a teacher.”
“What?!” Kim shouted as she lifted herself with her arms to stared down at Shego in amazement.
Shego simple glanced at her for a moment before turning her attention back to the TV.
“Yeah. Fully accredited in child development. I didn’t mention that before?” she asked nonchalantly.
She shrugged and didn’t say anything else. Kim was about to ask her to explain herself, but then shook her head and shrugged it off as another one of Shego’s mysteries before laying down next to her again. She placed her chin back in it’s earlier resting place between the older woman’s neck and shoulder and watched in content silence the program that was no doubt older than her. She wasn’t quite sure, but at some point during the night the screen had gone completely black and it seemed like the sound was fading. It took a moment to realize that there wasn’t anything wrong with the TV but the fact that her eyes were closed and she was quickly dozing off.
“Shego,” she said groggily.
“Mmm?” came the drowsy reply.
“Are your eyes closed?”
“Mine too. I think we’re falling a sleep.”
“Well we should get back to bed.”
“Love to Cupcake, but you’re holding me down.”
“Alright fine, I’ll let go.”
There was a pause.
“Did I let go?” Kim asked.
“Let me check,” Shego returned as she moved a heavy hand over the redhead’s fingers. “Nope.”
“OK. Maybe we should both try to get up so we can help each other back to the bedroom.”
“Alright. You go first.”
“You go first.”
“Again, you’re holding me down.”
“How about we move at the same time?”
“OK. Count of three. 1…2…3.”
Again there was a pause where nothing happened.
“Did you get up?” Kim asked.
“Nope. Did you?” Shego asked back.
“Oh. How about we just say here. This couch is nice and comfy.”
“Yeah. That’s why I bought it.”
As the physical world grew more and more distant, Kim found the energy to say one last thing before she completely fell asleep.
“I love you,” she whispered directly into Shego’s ear.
“I love you too,” Shego whispered back.
The very last thing the two were aware of before drifting off were the happy smiles on their faces and the feelings of complete peace and contentment at being in each others arms.
Author’s Notes: Well folks there you have it, what was suppose to be the first Spotlight chapter with Shego. Unlike the previous one, this one focused much more on her and her feelings about her new life and of course Jade. That really was a big part of me wanting to write it to get her thoughts and feelings of her clone out there. The rest just kind feel in place afterwards. And much like the previous chapter I had an addition scene in mind where Bonnie discovers the two sleeping there and makes a comment on it, but it just felt right to leave it on that last image of Kim and Shego sleeping happily together.
Speaking of which, I know this is like the third scene I’ve had in the “MI” universe where the chars have fallen asleep on a couch. That’s really not something I planned, it just sort of happened that way. I think the best thing to do about it at this point is to make it a bit of a running gag. So next time it happens, and I’m sure it will, be on the look out for some char to make a smart ass remark about it.
Well that’s it for now. See you folks at the next fic.