When Dottie lets herself back into the room she shares with Nick, he's sitting on the balcony. He doesn't even know she's back. She stands and watches him, knowing he's as upset as she was. Maybe Amy was right. Maybe he was just jealous.
Putting her phone on the nightstand, she takes off her shoes and tiptoes to the open door. He's clueless she's there until she steps up beside him and sits down on his lap. His eyes meet hers and she whispers, "I'm so sorry Nick."
He hugs her, putting his head on her shoulder and says, "No, I'm sorry." After a slight pause, he says, "I was jealous."
She hugs him as tightly as she can and says, "I know. And it's ok. I'm too emotional right now and things are getting to me that shouldn't."
He says, "I have no reason to be jealous, Sweetheart. I just want to think I'm the only man for you. I don't like thinking about you with other men and I really hated thinking you fantasized about AJ."
She leans back to look at him and says, "Nick, as far as I'm concerned, you're the only man I've ever been with. As for AJ, it was...it was stupid. I was young. But, I can tell you this."
He kisses her cheek and says, "What?"
Smiling shyly she whispers, "No matter what I could fantasize about, being with you tops everything."
Hugging her close to his body, he stands and walks to the bed. He watches her undress and they lay down on the bed to cuddle. He whispers, "Get some sleep, My Love. In a few short hours, you're gonna be my bride and I can guarantee you won't sleep tonight."
She kisses his neck and whispers, "I love you Nick. I'm sorry I overreacted."
Squeezing her, he says, "I'm sorry I was a jealous fool. I love you, D. Good night."
The wedding is set to begin at 7:00. Amy calls Dottie at 2:00 so that they can have lunch and start getting ready. Dottie and Nick are still sleeping and Dottie is very grumpy when she answer her phone, "What?"
Amy laughs and says, "Get up Lazy Bones! It's your wedding day!"
Dottie says, "Come on, seriously? I can't get 5 more minutes?"
Amy says, "Nope. Get your ass moving. Tell Nick the guys are taking him to lunch and keeping him occupied till tonight. I'll be over to get you in twenty minutes."
Dottie sits up and says, "A, I can't be ready in twenty. I have to shower..."
Amy says, "You'll do that at the Mirage before the wedding. There's a room waiting for us. For now, brush your hair and get dressed. We're going to eat lunch and get manicures and pedicures and all that. Come on, shake it!"
She hangs up and Dottie groans before falling back on the bed. Nick curls her close to his body and says, "MMM you feel so good."
She snuggles in close and says, "You feel better."
He nibbles his way across her face and captures her lips. After a good morning kiss that leaves her breathless she says, "Amy's kidnapping me and the guys are coming to kidnap you."
He says, "I heard. My phone's been buzzing for an hour."
She giggles and says, "Don't suppose we can lock them out and spend the afternoon making love."
He kisses her again before saying, "I want that more than anything. But just think, tonight you'll be Mrs. Nick Carter. I'm going to find all new ways to make love to you and I'm going to keep doing it for the rest of my life."
She sighs and presses herself closer to him, burying her head in his chest. He puts his chin on top of her head and they just lay together. No more words are necessary between them.
Just as she's dozing off, there's a loud knock at the door followed by Amy and Brian in a chorus of, "Let's go!"
Nick growls then yells, "Go away, we're sleeping!"
Amy says, "Not gonna happen, Nick. Time to get you two hitched so you can stop living in sin!"
Nick sighs and Dottie giggles. She looks up and says, "I guess we better get dressed."
He kisses her before saying, "I love you D."
She says, "I love you too."
The knocking continues so Dottie yells, "Would you two stop it? We'll be downstairs in fifteen minutes!"
Amy yells, "You better be! Jen DOES have a key to your room you know!"
Dottie yells, "Bite me A! We'll be down soon."
Nick laughs and hugs her tight. "I love you, soon-to-be Mrs. Carter!"
She kisses him before saying, "I love you too."
After the girls leave, Brian and Nick head out with AJ and Howie for lunch and a round of golf. It's really not fair that the guys don't have to go through a lot for a wedding, but such is life. Once at the restaurant, Brian says, "Nick, is Dottie ok today?"
He nods and says, "Yeah, why?"
Brian says, "Nothing, I just...well, Amy said she was pretty upset when she found her last night. I just wanted to make sure she was ok."
Howie says, "Upset? Why, what happened?"
Nick says, "I was a jerk, that's all. We talked it out."
Brian says, "Nick, did Dottie...did she tell you why she got so upset?"
He shakes his head and says, "No, Brian, she just said she overreacted even though I know I was being a jerk. Why? What did she tell Amy?"
Brian thinks about it a minute and he says, "Nick, I shouldn't tell you this, but I think you need to know. I think we all need to know because I don't think Dottie's as over her ordeal as she says she is."
AJ says, "What do you mean, Brian?"
Brian says, "She feels like she has to be perfect and she's not. She told Amy you deserve someone perfect."
Nick bows his head, his heart breaking. He says, "You know, I was an ass last night, but she has to know in my eyes she is perfect. There isn't a part of her I don't love. I don't know what else to do."
Brian says, "Nick, that may be the problem. Even though in your eyes she's perfect, she's not. No one is. You two are perfect together, but neither of you are perfect."
Howie says, "Brian's right. Dottie is more fragile now than everyone else, but that doesn't make her perfect."
Nick says, "What should I do?"
AJ says, "Show her you love her Nick. Every day, every way possible. And accept her as she is."
Nick says, "But I do!"
Brian says, "Then you have to find a way to show her that you love her no matter what and that you always will."
Nick thinks about that as they leave the restaurant to play golf. In his mind he's thinking, ‘Show her I love her, no matter what....now how the hell do I do that?'
A couple walking past them gives him an idea. He smiles thinking he knows what he can do to show her he wants to be with her forever. A way to give her the happily ever after that she deserves.