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SPOILERS: Season Two.

Day of Beauty
By Athena


Part 2

As soon as they were back at the inn Helena excused herself with a mysterious smile and went to her room; leaving a confused and slightly annoyed Myka behind.

Once alone; Helena pulled out her phone and dialed a familiar number.

"Claudia? Wonderful. I need your help with something. Where are you darling?"

Helena listened to the girl on the other end and nodded.

"Brilliant! Can you pick something up for me please?" She proceeded to give the girl instructions and a stern warning not to let Myka see her when she returned.

"Please call me when you're a few minutes away. I'll meet you at the back entrance." She chuckled at Claudia's response.

"Certainly darling. Thank you ever so much. See you in a bit."

Helena hung up and grinned. So far things were proceeding as planned. She went to her computer and logged on to the internet. Twenty minutes later she had made a restaurant reservation, purchased the items Claudia was picking up and finally researched the last part of her evening surprise. Pleased with her success she closed the computer and left her room.

Myka and Pete looked up as Helena entered the library.

"Seven all right?" she asked and smiled at Myka.

"Yeah, seven is great."

"What?" Pete asked confused.

Helena beamed at him. "I'm taking Myka out to dinner tonight."

He perked up at the news and opened his mouth, but she was too fast for him.

"Not this time darling. Tonight's event is more of an intimate nature."

Myka blushed furiously, not sure exactly why, since Pete knew that she was attracted to women. Perhaps it was just the way Helena had said it, or how she suddenly leaned a little bit more on her left foot as if so full of excitement she had trouble containing it.

"Myka has a date," he teased and grinned at her.

"Shut up Pete," Myka mumbled.

"But it is a date, isn't it?" he pushed and looked at Helena. She nodded.

"I certainly hope so."

"So that's why you got all dolled up today Mykes," Pete said and grinned.

"No it isn't," she hissed. "The date part happened as a result." She regretted her words as soon as they rolled off her tongue.

Pete laughed and winked at her.

"Well, I need to get myself presentable, so please excuse me."

Myka grinned as she watched Helena's beautiful behind. Her head snapped around when Pete snickered behind her.

"You were so checking out here booty."

"Was not," Myka mumbled and punched him on the arm.

"Ouch! Were too."

"Perhaps a little," Myka admitted. She turned and glared at Pete. "Were you checking out her ass too?"

Pete leaned back in his seat shaking his head. "Nope, not going there. All yours."

Myka smirked. "Good, because if you were, I'd really have to hurt you."

Pete laughed and tilted his head.

"I'm happy for you Myka," he said seriously.

She smiled at him. "Thanks."

"You know, HG was kind of a mystery to start, but she has definitely grown on me. I know she really cares about you."

Myka frowned. "How do you know that?"

"Every time when I'm around her, and you enter the room, I can feel it. It's like this warm tingly feeling kind of vibe thing going on," he tried to explain.

Myka blushed. "Warm tingly kind of feeling, huh?" she teased. "Are you sure you're not experiencing something else? Myka chuckled.

Pete coughed. "Funny. No, I know what THAT feels like, and it's not like that."

"Sure Pete," Myka said and grinned.

He made a face at her.

"Where have you been?" Helena hissed as she opened the door for Claudia. "It's been ages."

"Here," Claudia whispered as she handed Helena a large box. "Heavy," she warned.

Helena took the box from her and held the door with her foot. "I need you to distract Myka while I get this upstairs."

"Sure thing. I'm on it," Claudia said and grinned.

Helena watched her walk down the hall. She gave her a couple of minutes before she followed. She stopped and listened to make sure Myka was still in the library. She smiled when she heard her voice and quickly slipped around the corner and hurried upstairs with her precious cargo.

Helena glanced around the room one last time and smiled. It was perfect. She put her note on the bed with her gift and then closed the door to Myka's room. Hearing Claudia's and Myka's voices on the stairs she quickly entered her own room and closed the door. She took a deep breath and checked the time. She still had time for a shower and to change clothes. She had one more call to make.

Helena pondered her wardrobe choices. Pants were a given. She grabbed a pair she knew fit her nicely. Glancing at her shirt choices she pulled out her blue one. She knew it looked good on her. Then remembering her request to Myka she put it back and grabbed a white shirt instead. Suddenly feeling a chill as the draft from the window caressed her, she grabbed another item from the closet and then closed the door. She dropped her robe on the bed and slipped into her new matching silk underwear. She smiled at the luxury feel of the garments; truly a huge improvement from the old days. She adjusted her bra and glanced at her reflection in the floor lenght mirror. She was pleased with how she looked and wondered for a brief second if Myka would approve of her undergarments. Feeling the chill again she quickly dressed. A last glance in the mirror and pleased with her look she left.

She stopped and listened for a moment, but heard nothing from Myka's room so she headed for the stairs.

Myka opened the door to her room and just stopped. Her jaw hit the floor at the transformation of her room. She looked behind her, but Claudia was gone, and her door closed. There was no sound from Helena's room so she assumed she was in the shower. Myka entered the room and closed the door behind her. The smell was almost overpowering. She walked up to the first flower vase and gently cupped one of the beautiful roses. She leaned down and inhaled its scent. Her eyes fluttered shut at the intensity of it. Finaly straightening up she glanced around the room again. At least a dozen flower vases adorned basically every flat surface of the room. She recognizes roses and lilies and a few other ones too. She grinned when she noticed a tag on one of the roses. She quickly crossed the room and grabbed it assuming it was a personal note. It was not. It was a description of the rose. She chuckled and pulled one of the roses out of the arrangement. It smelled divine, just like the woman who bore the same name, Helena. Myka brushed her lips against the soft petals and then returned the flower to the vase. She sank down on her bed and just looked around the room in amazement.

"She sure wasn't kidding when she said she wanted to court me," she mumbled. She leaned back and to her surprise her fingers made contact with something that did not belong on her bed. She turned and gently picked up the note and the flower.

Myka laughed and pressed the note against her chest. She picked up the lily. It smelled a little like Twizzlers, at least if you used your imagination. she grinned and chuckled a little. Relalizing that she needed to get ready she stuck the lily in one of the vases and put the note on her nightstand. As she put it down she noticed that there was some writing on the back. She picked it up and turned it over.

Myka grinned and bit her lip. She knew what shirt Helena meant. It was in her closet so she could definitely wear it tonight.

"I guess I will since you asked so nicely," she mumbled and put the note down.

Helena strolled down the stairs shortly after six thirty. A knock on Myka's door had been met with silence so she assumed that Myka was already downstairs. She grabbed her coat and slipped into it before she poked her head into the library. As expected she found Myka sitting by the fireplace.

"Hello darling," she said softly as she sauntered over.

Myka looked up and grinned at her.

"Helena. Thank you so much for the flowers. They are gorgeous." Myka put her book down and approached Helena. "Thank you," she whispered and kissed Helena's cheek.

"You're most welcome darling," Helena said and pulled her close for a brief moment. "Shall we, my dear?" she asked and took Myka's hand.

"Yeah, I guess we should leave, or we'll be late."

Helena smiled at her. She carefully grabbed Myka's coat from the peg on the wall and held it for her. She swallowed as she lifted Myka's hair to free it from under the coat and let those beautiful curls tumble down over myka's shoulders. Myka was oblivious to how feeling and seeing her hair like that impacted Helena. She buttoned up her coat and put on her gloves. She smiled at Helena.


Helena smiled and bowed her head. She grinned happily as she followed Myka out the door.

Helena smiled at Myka and put her hand on Myka's thigh.

"Is this all right darling?"

Myka nodded. she put her hand on top of Helena's for a brief moment before grabbing the wheel again.

"It's a bit distracting, but I like it," Myka mumbled and her cheeks turned a little pink.

Helena chuckled and gently caressed Myka's thigh, her fingertips grazing the inside of Myka's thigh.

"So how did you pull off the flowers?"

"Claudia was most gracious helping me."

Myka chuckled. "I bet." She glanced at Helena. "I really liked it. So far I'm really enjoying this Victorian courting business."

Helena laughed and shook her head. "It was a lot easier to get flowers into your room than a white horse," she joked.

"What?" Myka made a face at her. "You better not."

"Thank you," Helena said softly.

"For what?" Myka said confused.

"For wearing the blue shirt. It is my favorite on you."

Myka grinned. "You did ask very nicely." She took the hand resting on her thigh and curled her fingers around Helena's. "The note was beautiful. You say such sweet things." She laughed. "And how did you get that lily? I mean, I did you even know that there was a Twizzler lily?"

Helena smiled and squeezed her hand. "I ordered the flowers on their website. It was pretty amusing to find a Twizzler Lily and a rose named Helena. At least you will have one Helena in your room tonight."

Myka laughed out loud. "I'm starting to get the idea of the naughty Victorian lady."

"What would ever make you think that?" Helena exclaimed in feigned insult.

"Oh, don't even."

Helena laughed. She pulled Myka's hand to her and brushed her lips against Myka's fingertips.

"I'll be at my best behavior tonight darling. I promise."

Myka shook her head. "Why start now? I like you the way you are Helena. Even when you're a little bad."

"I am very much liking the sound of that darling."

"Okay, here we are." Myka pulled into a parking spot outside of the Station. She turned off the ignition and smiled at Helena. Helena quickly jumped out and walked around the car opening the door for Myka. She held out her hand to help Myka out.

"My lady," she said and smiled at Myka.

Myka laughed and put her hand in Helena's. "Lady Wells, this is quite a surprise."

Helena helped her down and then took her hand and tucked it under hers.

"Good evening ladies, and welcome to the Station. Do you have a reservation?"

Helena smiled at the Maitre d'. "Good evening. Wells, party of two."

He skimmed the names on the list and checked them off. "This way ladies." He grabbed two menus and escorted them into the restaurant. He finally stopped by a table over in the corner close to the large fireplace. He watched Helena hold the chair for Myka and push it in when she sat down. He smiled at her and performed the exact same gesture to her. Handing them both their menus he excused himself promising that the waiter would be by shortly.

"Would you care for some wine darling?" Helena asked and smiled at Myka.

Myka nodded. Helena smiled fondly at her before returning to her perusal of the wine list.

To Be Continued

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