Sunday, June 8, 2008

Key to My Heart

EJ has invited Nicole to a romantic dinner at the DiMansion. Dressed to the hilt, Nicole takes this as a sign that their relationship is finally progressing in a positive direction. EJ opens the door for her as soon as she arrives.

EJ (appreciating her dress): “Stunning, simply stunning. You nearly gave me a heart attack.”

Nicole (winking): “Calm down, big boy. Save the excitement for later. You look nice as well-I don’t think I’ve ever seen you in an all black suit before.”

EJ (smiling): "It’s a good color on me, don't you think?

Nicole (looking him up and down): “Yes, that and the scruff. Oooh, sinister.”

EJ (nicely): “Well, I wouldn’t read anything into it."

Nicole (smiling back): “So where is everyone?”

EJ (idly): “After he prepared our food, Rolf took the rest of the night off, and everyone else has kindly agreed to stay away for the evening. It’s just the two of us.”

Nicole (squealing): “Just the way I like it.”

EJ shows Nicole to the dining room, and they have a lovely dinner. She comments on how good the food is, and EJ agrees. Afterward, Nicole is ready for action. She comes over to EJ and sits on his lap, pawing his shoulders. Looking at her, EJ sits in his chair and grins.

EJ (tilting his head): "Do you really want to do this?"

Nicole (seductively): "Baby, I've wanted to do this for a long time."

EJ (considering): "Well, if that's how you'd like to spend the last thirty minutes, I might as well oblige you."

Nicole (wondering): "Thirty minutes?"

EJ (explaining): "Oh, did I fail to mention that? This is going to be our first and last date."

Nicole (removing her hands from him): "EJ, stop kidding around."

EJ (calmly): "Do I look like I’m joking, darling?"

Nicole (concerned): "Okay, you're scaring me. What do you mean by thirty minutes?"

EJ (thinking): "Well, it’s more like twenty-eight now."

Nicole (worried): "Come on, EJ. This isn’t funny."

EJ (disagreeing): "I find it rather amusing actually. But very well. That's how long the sodium/potassium pump in your cells will continue to function. Heart failure is an insidious killer and rather overlooked in women."

Horrified, Nicole stands up.

Nicole (apprehensively): "What the hell are you talking about?"

EJ checks his watch.

EJ (clarifying for her): "Due to what your dinner was laced with, in approximately twenty-six minutes you will no longer be among us."

Realizing what EJ has just told her, Nicole panics and starts flailing at EJ.

Nicole (freaked out): "You bastard! How could you?! You can't kill me!"

EJ (amused): "I eliminate people very well, thank you. And my dear, it's not as if anyone would actually miss you."

Nicole desperately stops hitting EJ and grabs hold of him.

Nicole (imploring): "Pookie would! She really, really would! She’d be alone in the world!"

EJ (rolling his eyes): "I’m sure something can be arranged."

EJ smirks sinisterly.

Nicole (screaming): "No, not Pookie too! No, no! EJ, you can’t do this! Please! I'll do anything!"

EJ (raising his eyebrow): "Anything?"

Nicole (shaking): "Anything! Yes, please, anything!"

EJ (pretending to think): "Well...I suppose someone might have thought of this eventuality and happened to have the correct antidote on hand."

Nicole (hysterical): "Yes, yes, yes! Give it to me!"

EJ looks at his watch.

EJ (calculating): "You have at least another nineteen minutes...assuming I estimated your height and weight correctly."

Nicole looks at EJ as though he’s insane.

Nicole (recoiling): "What in the hell is wrong with you?"

EJ (indignantly): "Me? Nothing. I’m not the one in the early stages of heart failure."

Nicole (losing it): "GIVE IT TO ME!"

Nicole tries to fight EJ, but EJ easily takes hold of her neck and chokes her as he stands.

EJ (whispering threateningly): "Define anything."

Nicole (sputtering): "Anything anything! I mean anything!"

EJ (eyes lighting up): "Promise? Cross your heart and hope to die?"

EJ snickers as Nicole stares at him in terror.


EJ looks at her darkly.

EJ (smirking): "Very well."

EJ lets go of Nicole and removes a vial from beneath his suit jacket.

EJ (shaking the antidote): "I had to have this specially flown in from Uruguay."

Nicole (irate): "That’s fascinating, EJ-now give it to me!"

EJ (looking at her): "We've got at least ten minutes to get specific about anything."

Nicole (begging): "Please, EJ, I’d negotiate so much better if I didn’t have to worry about my heart exploding, please."

EJ glares at Nicole.

EJ (irritated): “It’s not going to explode, sweetheart. Do you even know how your heart works?"

Nicole (crying): "Please, EJ…please, please EJ, please."

EJ (glancing at watch): "I suppose. After all, this is estimation and not exact science."

EJ offhandedly tosses the vial to Nicole. Completely surprised, Nicole barely catches it. She frantically downs it and relaxes after she does while EJ considers her.

EJ (informatively): "I only ordered one."

Nicole stares at him disbelievingly.

Nicole (eyes widening): "You mean if I wouldn’t have caught it-"

Smiling, EJ looks at his watch.

EJ (gesturing widely): "Oh come on, you can do so much in five minutes."

Swallowing hard, Nicole slowly backs away from EJ as she thinks.

Nicole (trying to process): "You're insane, you know that? I can't-I can't believe you just did that…EJ, what are you?"

EJ walks up to her.

EJ (coldly): "I told you. I'm a DiMera."

His gaze hardens.

EJ (commanding):"Kneel."

Nicole (dumfounded): "What?"

EJ (eyes blazing): "I said kneel."

Aware that she is in no position to do otherwise, Nicole obeys. EJ leans down and grabs her by the hair, pulling her head up to look at him.

EJ (harshly): "As you are to Pookie, I am to you, except without all the love and photographs, you got that?"

Once Nicole nods in fear, EJ smiles.

EJ (sincerely): "Excellent. I’m glad we understand one another."

EJ steps back, and Nicole gets up on her own.

Nicole (unsure): "And that means..."

EJ (smirking): "It means what I want it to mean. I'll call you. Now get out of my house before I make you get out."

Nicole (already running away): "You don’t have to tell me twice!"

EJ watches Nicole scurry away. Satisfied, he sits down at the table and finishes his drink.

EJ (to himself): “I guess you could say I broke her heart, eh?”

He throws his head back and laughs.

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