Title: SinPairing: Kate Fuller/Seth GeckoFandom: From Dusk Till Dawn - The SeriesRating: TDisclaimer: I don't ownAU Universe - The Fullers meet Seth and Vanessa before Seth gets sent to prison.Summary: When Kate meets her new neighbors, Seth and Vanessa Gecko, she immediately develops a crush on the handsome man. She does her best to fight her growing crush, but as she and Seth become friends, and she realizes that there is a LOT of trouble in Seth and Vanessa's marriage, Kate begins to fear that she will stop caring that her feelings for him are pure sin.
"You're slipping up." Scott eyed her as he leaned in the doorway and watched her as she held up two different dresses and eyed herself. "You're never this into what you wear, if you're not careful someone's going to figure it out."
Kate sent him a sidelong look, confused. "What are you talking about?"
Her brother snorted. "So you're not going to admit that you're getting this dressed up because Seth is coming over for dinner?"
Kate froze, eyes wide in horror before she slowly turned to face the boy. "Why would you s-say something l-like-?"
Scott raised an eyebrow. "Wow. I knew you were a horrible liar, but you've outdone yourself this time." He shook his head and stepped into the room as he closed the door behind him. "Mom and dad haven't noticed anything, don't worry. I'm not going to say anything to them either."
"Kate." He stopped her with one word.
Kate collapsed sitting on her bed, her blues raising to him. "I'm not going to do anything-he's married-I just want to look pretty."
Scott went to sit down next to him. "If you end up seducing him with your awkwardness, I call first dibs on his wife."
Kate stared at him in mute horror before she realized he was trying to comfort her in his own way, and she sighed as she leaned her forehead against his shoulder. "I'm going to hell."
"Probably." Scott agreed good-naturedly. "I'll save you a spot next to me with a great view of the Lake of Fire."
She let out a snort and smiled softly.
But she wasn't amused later that evening when Seth and Vanessa were there, Vanessa dominating the conversation and Seth merely mumbling little agreements whenever Vanessa prompted him to do so. The woman looked so incredibly gorgeous that Kate felt like a plain jane next to her and she felt horribly depressed. Her appetite suffered as she pushed her food back and forth on her plate while her parents laughed at something incredibly charming Vanessa had said.
Scott eyed her before he sighed and turned to Seth. "So, I heard you say you had a brother. Is he older or younger?"
Seth straightened. "Richie? He's younger than me."
"Do you have any other siblings?" Scott asked.
Seth shook his head. "It's just me and Richie. He's my only family."
"Except for me of course," Vanessa interrupted and placed her hand on Seth's thigh. "Right honey?"
He gave her a little smile. "Of course."
Pleased, Vanessa returned to her conversation with Kate's parents.
Seth sighed and leaned back hard on his seat, downing his drink.
Scott pursed his lips, eyes narrowed in contemplation. "So, Seth, we're going to go camping-the youth from church. Why don't you guys come along?"
Kate stared at her brother in confusion. Exactly what was he doing?
"Camping?" Seth was confused as well. "Uh, that's more Richie's thing than mine..."
"Oh, you'd love it!" Jacob smiled as he joined the conversation. "Usually my wife and I go to help keep an eye on the kids but we can't this year-we have some business we need to attend to-but some of the older youth are going as well. You and Vanessa should go. You'll enjoy it. It's during the weekend and we all stay up in a place not that far from here-closer to nature closer to god I say."
Vanessa made a face. "I'm not one for camping, but honey, you should go."
Seth frowned at her. "I don't think-."
"I insist." Vanessa smiled an odd smile. "I don't want to hear another word about it. You're going and that's final."
Seth narrowed his eyes at her slightly, almost as if he was suspicious of something.
"You'll like it, Seth." Scott insisted. "There's all sorts of events we do, and the place is pretty isolated so we don't have to worry about making noise or bothering anyone. There are bonfires and games and Kate makes an incredible s'more like you wouldn't believe."
Seth hesitated before he cleared his throat and sent Scott a look. "What sort of events?"
Scott grinned almost evilly.
"You need to give me a chance!"
"Kyle, I said no." Kate glared at the boy she'd liked not too long ago, and instead of butterflies she felt annoyance. "I don't like you like that so give it a rest!"
"We were made for each other." Kyle stepped forwards, persistent. "You're my soulmate."
Her eyes widened. "Are you high?"
"Of course I'm not!" He glared at her. "I'm ripping my heart out and laying it at your feet!"
Kate took in a deep breath and tried to figure out how to go about this without telling Kyle to get lost. That wouldn't be very christian of her and she was already failing as a christian in too many other aspects. "Kyle, you're a great guy, and the last thing I want to do is hurt you, but I do not feel the same." She took in a deep breath. "The Bible said: Thou Shalt Not Lie. I won't lie to you."
He flinched. "Jacob worked 14 years for Rachael. I'll wait just as long for you if I have to!" And with that he turned, got back into his truck, and stormed off.
Kate leaned hard against the fence and brought her hands to her face.
"Kate Fuller, heartbreaker."
Jumping in shock, the brunette pulled a dark strand of hair as she turned to see the one speaking. "You scared me!"
"Sorry." Seth looked, as ever, darkly amused, a grocery bag tucked under his arm as he stood in front of his fence, a lollipop's stick poking out from between his lips. "What's wrong with the boy?"
"What do you mean?" She turned to face him as she fidgeted with her clothes.
"He looked nice enough, so why not give him a chance?" Seth tilted his head to the side.
"He's not my type." Kate gulped.
Seth raised an eyebrow and smirked. "Your type."
"I can have a type you know." Her blues narrowed on him in annoyance and embarrassment.
"Of course you can." Seth reached into his grocery bag and held out a lollipop similar to the one he was sucking on. "Please accept my most heartfelt apologies."
Snatching it from him, blushing darkly in embarrassment, Kate played with the wrapping. "Never took you for a guy who liked sweets."
"I don't, but recently I've developed an oral fixation." His eyes then widened like saucers and he flushed. "I didn't mean it the way it sounded." He rubbed the back of his head and cleared his throat, unable to look at her. "I meant to say that I quit smoking and I find I still like the feel of something in my mouth... No... That doesn't sound any better."
Her lips twitched in amusement as she snickered. "The things you learn about people."
"S'not like that, I-." Seth grumbled as he shook his head. "Never mind, I'll just dig myself in deeper if I say anything else."
Amusement growing, Kate unwrapped the lollipop and slipped it passed her lips.
Seth slid her a glance before clearing his throat and shaking his head, almost as if he was telling himself not to do something. "So, uh, I should, uh-." He let the sentence die, his gaze on his front door.
"Are you ready for the camping trip this weekend?" Kate asked, not wanting him to go just yet.
There wasn't any sin in just talking, was there?
He took in a deep breath. "As ready as I'll ever be."
She stared up at him, confused as to what he could mean with that.
"So, I'm making my move on Tricia this weekend." Scott eyed the girl laughing as she swam in the lake with others. "She's reluctantly into me and I'm going to use this isolation to my advantage."
"She's reluctantly into you?" Kate sent him a glance as she put sunscreen on her arms.
"Yeah, she's dating Toby." Scott grinned. "I've never liked Toby. I'll enjoy stealing his girl from him."
Kate raised an eyebrow with some amusement. "Thou Shalt Not Steal."
"Thou Shalt Not Covet Thy Neighbor's Husband." Scott threw back.
Kate sighed and pursed her lips. "We're both going to hell."
"Yeah, but at least we'll be neighbors." Scott seemed completely unaffected by their future in damnation. "And if you play your cards right, you might go to hell with the neighbor's husband."
She glared at him. "Don't joke about things like that. Just because I have a c-crush on him doesn't mean that I would ever try to break up his m-marriage with Vanessa. I'm not a home-wrecker."
Scott eyed her thoughtfully. "From how I see it, there's not much to break up. They're basically on the outs already."
Kate narrowed her eyes, confused. "What are you talking about? They're always happy and together whenever we see them."
"Oh Kate-Kate-Kate, if you're going to be my neighbor in hell I'll definitely need to teach you to be less naive." And with that Scott yelled out: "Chicken fight! Tricia! You're on my team!" and raced to the water.
Kate watched him with confusion and amusement as she finished applying lotion to her body and laid out in the sun, soaking in its warm rays. She'd only meant to close her eyes to keep the glare from bothering her but she must've fallen asleep because the next thing she knew the sun was much hotter and there was a cool hand on her shoulder.
"Hey, sorry to wake you but you look like you're on the verge of a very bad sunburn."
Kate sat up and blinked when she came face to face with Seth. "Uh, thanks." She lowered her gaze, hoping that he'd attribute her flush to the heat. "How long have I been asleep?"
He shrugged and sat back, dark eyes firmly fixed ahead of him on the people playing in the water.
She sent him a side-long glance before she lowered onto her back.
Seth shook his leg.
Kate reached for her dark-tinted shades and slipped them on.
Seth grabbed a book she hadn't noticed next to him, and began to read.
Relieved for his distraction, Kate used the anonymity the shades gave her to stare at him at leisure. He was truly handsome, manly so, definitely not boy band pretty in the least. His hands looked rough, as if they were calloused.
The image of him running his rough hands down her skin made her heart race and mouth dry. The girl shifted and rubbed her thighs together, her body a mess of tingles.
Try as she might she couldn't understand how Vanessa could just send Seth away with young, attractive women - because Tricia and her friends were remarkably good-looking. If Seth was Kate's she didn't think she would let him go even to the convenience store down the street without her. How could Vanessa be so confident? Did Seth really love her so much that he was blind to anyone else? Kate knew she wasn't the only girl from church who thought he was ridiculously attractive. How could Vanessa not worry?
Seth licked his lips and turned the page in his book.
Kate rubbed her thighs together once more, highly uncomfortable, every nerve in her body oversensitive for some inexplicable reason.
Seth's gaze slid to her legs before he looked away immediately and shook his head harshly.
"Kate! Seth!" Scott yelled from the water, Tricia sitting astride his shoulders. "Come play! No one can beat us! Give us some sort of competition."
"Nah." Seth shook his head.
"Come on!" Tricia yelled, just as cocky as Scott. "Join us!"
"I'm fine right here." Seth shook his head.
Tricia began making clucking noises, immitating a chicken.
Scott snickered. "You're right Trish. Someone's scared he's too old to keep up with us younger folk."
Seth snorted. "Nope. Definitely not the issue here."
Some of the other kids (as well as the older people) began to cluck as well.
Seth shook his head. "Unbelievable."
"Don't worry, you don't have to prove anything to anyone." She really wished everyone would stop acting so immaturely.
Seth sidled her with a disbelieving glance. "Not you too!"
He looked away and sighed, as if the weight of the world was on his shoulders.
She stared at him in confusion, not sure what he thought she'd meant by that because she truly had been on his side!
"Okay. Come on." Seth narrowed his eyes on her. "But beware that I don't plays for kicks and if we do this we're playing to win."
Blue eyes widened before she nodded. "We'll make them regret their clucks."
A snort escaped his lips as he stood. "We'll make them choke on those clucks." And with that he started towards the water.
Nerves and excitement twisted in her gut as she stood and followed him in amidst the cheers, and while she might've told Seth that they'd make the others pay, and she'd been initially resolved to do so, all her resolve (and any thought at all) disappeared the second she was seated upon his shoulders with his hands on her thighs. If her every nerve had been alive before by just being next to him, they were now on fire and on the verge of collapse as those calloused hands she'd imagined so many times were truly on her skin.
"Come on, Princess, head in the game." Seth cleared his throat as he gave her thigh a squeeze, as if he'd been saying something for a while and had had to resort to that to get her attention.
A gasp escaped Kate's lips that caused her to flush in embarrassment and Seth to go rock still behind her.
"HERE WE GO!" Scott grinned as they attacked.
Seth tightened his grip on her and in a split second swept out his foot towards Scott, whose eyes went wide as he fell, bringing Tricia with him.
Kate's eyes widened in shock. "Wow."
"I'm not someone who plays around." Seth lowered her to the ground and instead of walking away swam away, his movements stiff.
Kate watched him go, horrified that maybe, just maybe, he'd figured out how shameless she was.
"It's the job! Don't forget that!" Vanessa's voice reached Kate as she stood on the other side of the door, hand raised to knock while holding the basket of brownies her mother had made and encouraged her to give to their neighbors.
"I know that." Seth's voice was low.
"You don't seem to." Vanessa sounded hella annoyed. "You were the one who didn't want to do this at frst, remember? I told you that to get the job done it was better to become a part of the community, to blend. There are important people at that church and-."
"Don't turn this around on me." Seth snapped. "You sent me off with some kids and then spent the weekend sleeping with him!"
"I got what I needed out of him, which is more than you can say!" She sounded furious. "I'm having to do everything on my own here! I don't even know why we're in this together anymore because it seems like you've lost all your purpose-all your interest-in the reason why we're here in the first place!"
"I've been trying, for once, to be the better man." Seth sounded close to losing it. "When we got married we promised each other we'd try to be better people this time!"
"And this will help us do so!" Vanessa growled. "Once this is done we can go and be better people somewhere else! Together!"
Kate took a step back off of the doorstep.
She wasn't exactly sure what she was hearing but she didn't want to hear it.
Turning around, the girl walked away, wondering exactly what job the Geckos were arguing about.
"Either my big brother finally ditched the bitch, or I'm in the wrong backyard."
Kate jerked out of the lounge chair by the pool in shock, not having expected that unexpected voice in her ear. She turned around and came face to face with a handsome guy in glasses who looked somewhat familiar to her, though she couldn't exactly tell why. "W-who-?"
"Name's Richie." He gave her an enigmatic smile.
Blue eyes widened as her fear was replaced with curiousity and understanding as to why he'd seemed familiar. "You're Seth's brother?"
He nodded. "You never answered my question."
Richie leaned forwards, in her personal space, smirk quite similar to his brother's, which caused her heart to race. "Am I in the wrong backyard?"
"Yes." A dark voice said. "You are."
As one, Richie and Kate turned to see Seth leaning against the fence, a muscle jumping in his cheek as he eyed them.
"Seth!" Richie grinned as he slung an arm around Kate's shoulders. "How are you?"
"Curious as to why you're here." Seth raised an eyebrow.
"Maybe I just wanted to see my big brother." Richie chuckled at the look that that earned him. "Or, maybe, I was curious about the cute next door neighbor I've heard so much about."
Kate's eyes widened and she flushed darkly. Had Seth told Richie she was cute?
That muscle jumped harder in Seth's cheek. "Stop bothering Kate, Rich. Come on over here and we'll talk about whatever it is you want to talk about."
Richie seemed to be studying his brother. His lips suddenly pulled in a grin, apparently deeply amused by whatever he found. "Maybe later. I think I'm going to spend some time here with Katie."
"Richard." Seth glared at him.
"Wow. Didn't expect my whole name." Richie chuckled, visibly amused by something as he let go of Katie immediately. "Talk to you later, Katie."
"Kate. Her name is Kate." Seth took in a deep breath. "Get your ass over here already."
Richie didn't answer, merely snorted in amusement as he made his way to the front yard so he could get into the right yard.
Seth eyed his back before he turned to Kate. "I'm sorry he was bothering you."
"He wasn't-bothering me I mean." She clasped her hands behind her back. "So... That's your brother."
"That's my brother," Seth echoed with a sigh.
"He seems... nice."
Seth raised an eyebrow at her. "Is that so?"
"Yeah." Kate nodded. "Mom and dad will probably want him over for dinner sometime. We've all been curious about your brother since they found out he existed."
"Have you now." Seth raised an eyebrow.
"Well, yeah." She licked her lips.
"Strike one." Seth raised a finger.
Blue eye blinked in confusion. "Huh?"
"While I appreciate a Gecko being the princess' mysterious type, as a friend of your father's I'm going to tell you that Geckos and preachers' daughters are not a good combination."
It was hard not to take that as a direct rejection of her. "Why? What's wrong with me?"
His face shifted, almost as if shocked that she'd asked him that. "It's not you who has something wrong with her. It's us. We're not worth it." He cleared his throat. "I'm-I'm looking out for you."
"Why don't you let me decide who I find 'worth it'?" She glared at him before storming away into the house, his gaze on her back.