Let It Go (Competition Winner!)

Three years after Nick and Judy put Bellwether behind bars, they're partners working for the ZPD. And after three years, Judy and Nick have been keeping the same secret from each other. Should they risk the consequences of telling one another the truth, or should they just let it go? Entry in the Battle of the Fandoms Competition 2016. Update: WINNER OF THE DISNEY/PIXAR DIVISION OF THE BATTLE OF THE FANDOMS COMPETITION 2016!!!!!

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3. Chapter Three

Work continued on as usual for the rest of the week. Nick and Judy didn't talk much, but she wasn't ignoring him. Their next day off wasn't until Monday, so they worked the weekend. 

Nick wasn't sure if Judy was ready to forgive him or not. She acted pretty much like her usual self, but she still sat at the back of the briefing room. He saw her talking to Benji more often than usual, and they seemed to be having serious conversations.

Sunday evening, as Nick was about to order some takeout, his phone lit up.

Judy: Hey.

Judy: U wanna come over?

Nick: Ok, want me to bring some takeout? 

Judy: Yum :) Sure!

Nick went to Bug-Burga and got Judy her favorite salad, plus a cicada burger for himself. When he got to her apartment, Judy answered the door with a smile.

As they ate, Nick noticed Judy starting to relax. They talked about work, and movies, and got into their old rhythm. A joke here, a friendly jab there. 

"Want to watch a movie? I just bought Mooana." Judy tossed her takeout container in the trash and stood up, grabbing the remote off the table and flopping onto the bed.

"Sure." Nick was ecstatic. She wasn't mad at him? He pulled his chair next to the bed so he could see the TV and Judy gave him a weird look. They always sat on the bed together. She patted the spot next to her as she turned on the TV.

He shoved the chair away and hesitantly sat down next to her. Judy was focusing almost too much on the remote in her hands. 

Nick stuffed his hands in his pockets so he wouldn't do anything stupid like put his arm around her. She was warming back up to him, but he sensed it would take time. 

The movie started, and neither of them spoke, except for Nick's occasional joke and Judy's giggles.

Judy scooted closer to him almost imperceptibly, and Nick's heart skipped a beat. He looked down at her and she was smiling at the TV. 

When the movie ended, Nick opened his mouth to ask if Judy wanted to watch another, but she was fast asleep, curled up against him. Nick knew he should leave. He should be sitting in the chair like he intended to. But he turned off the TV, pulled the covers on top of them, and went to sleep.

***

Judy woke up feeling warm and cozy. She looked down to see an arm around her middle. Her back was pressed up against someone. 

Confused, she turned her head around to see Nick sleeping peacefully. Why was Nick sleeping in her bed? She thought slowly. Her last memory of the previous night was watching a movie. They must've fallen asleep. 

She carefully moved his arm and crawled over him, even though she could stay like that forever.

Judy tiptoed out the door to get some breakfast.

***

"Wake up, sleepy head." Nick groaned, rolled over, and fell off the bed. Why was the bed this small? This wasn't his apartment.

Judy laughed, "I got some coffee and bagels."

Nick blinked and looked around. Oh, right, he came over last night to watch a movie, and then they fell asleep. 

"Did you bring blueberry?" Nick asked groggily, sitting down at the table.

"Of course." Judy rolled her eyes, and took out a blueberry bagel for him.

"Ugh, I love you!" Nick exclaimed, and immediately froze, "I was talking to the bagel." He added quickly, trying to dispel the situation.

"I love you too."

Nick paused mid-bite.

"I was talking to the coffee." Judy grinned, taking a sip.

"Sly bunny."

"Dumb fox."

"Oh, will you stop if with the stupid catchphrases!" One of her neighbors shouted.

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