The Monster Within
Beta’d by: Paxton, Nolebucgrl, Ellie and several more
Timeline: Late summer, 2008
Disclaimer: None of these characters are mine but if they were…
Synopsis: Chelsea drops everything to rush to Nick’s side after he’s shot while in Europe.
Ok, so, like The Awakening was for Steve/Kayla, this story will be my epic Chick story. I’ve not really written for them before. Just a couple of in between chapters that could come between scenes on the show.
But now that it’s been a year since Blake performed so wonderfully as the insane Nick, I decided to honor him by doing true justice the story, and using it to reunite Chick so they can have their happy ending.
The purpose of this story was to actually confront issues with the couple, specifically Chelsea’s past treatment of him. I believe she has always loved him, but she’s such a selfish and inconsiderate character, and that needed to be dealt with. Also, I wanted a triangle with Nick at the center so we do have Melanie here.
I’ve tried to pull in as many other Salemnites as possible into this story, Stephanie, Philip, Steve, Kayla, Kate, Marlena, Bo and Hope. I also am bringing back Jessica Fallon for a couple of chapters and in my mind she’s played by Jenson Buchanan.
Lastly, the story isn’t perfect. First, I made up the drug Nick was taking and I refuse to apologize for it. The show has taken far worse liberties and I’d rather make up a drug and let it fit my needs then forcing a real drug to do so, possibly misinforming people which I’d rather not risk.
As a crime drama lover, I also feel the need to apologize for Nick’s hearing in this story. Because Salem has it’s own unique form of crime and punishment, I had to change the form of the courtroom to match what we’ve seen on the show, and not what really happens.
Anyway, all that said, I do hope you enjoy. It was fun to write and now in my mind, this is what really happened. Big thanks to my long suffering beta readers who suffered through the early stages of this story. I can’t thank them enough.