The Greatest Story Ever Told: The Greatest Story Ever Told

by stokedaboutstokes

Just so everyone knows, I obviously do not own Nick or Greg, and the song is called "The Greatest Story Ever Told" and it is sung by Oliver James.



"Thank you for this moment
I've gotta say how beautiful you are
Of all the hopes and dreams I could've prayed for
There you are."




I remember hearing the chirping of crickets as I lay in Nick’s arms. The stars were bright, shining above us. Nick had surprised me by taking me out to a cabin his friend owns, deep in the woods. There was a clearing a few yards from the cabin, and Nick made me close my eyes as he led me to it. When I opened them I, I turned to him smiling. There was a blanket, surrounded by blue rose petals. I told Nick they were favorite flowers, blue roses.
“Nick, I…” I didn’t know what to say.
“Shhh…,” he said gently, putting a finger on my lips. He grabbed my hand, linking his fingers through mine and led me to the blanket. He sat down and pulled me towards him till I was sitting in his lab. He rested his hands on my face and leaned in, gently touching his lips to mine. Those were always my favorite kisses. The soft, gentle kind. He laid me down on the blanket, hovering over me. “Greg…I love you,” he whispered.
“I love you too, Nicky,” I somehow managed to get out. I wrapped my arms around his neck and pulled him towards me, capturing his lips with mine.
That’s when we made love for the first time. It was slow, gentle, not rushed. Just me and him. We laid under the stars for hours after. I had picked up his hand, playing with his fingers. His hands we perfect. Big and soft and strong. I turned a bit in his arms so we were facing each other.
“Thank you, Nicky.”
“For what, baby?”
“For this. For everything. It was perfect.” I smile and kiss him.
“You’re so beautiful, Greg,” he said quietly, running his fingers through my hair.
I blushed. “Nicky…you’re so perfect. I still can’t figure out what you’re doing with someone like me.”
“Greg…you’re all I’ve ever hoped for. I would dream of finding someone who would fit me like a glove, someone I didn’t think existed. I would pray every night for God to send me someone who would take me for who I am, not someone they wanted me to be. Someone who wouldn’t ever ask me to change. Then I met you. And here you are.” He smiled, playing with my hands. I nuzzled closer, wrapping the blanket around our bodies.
“I’ll never leave,” I whispered in his ear, resting my head in his neck.




"If I could have one dance forever
I would take you by the hand
Tonight it's you and I together
I'm so glad, I'm your man."




It was Christmas at the lab. I was in my lab, processing some evidence for Catherine. Corny music was playing all night and stupid me had left my iPod at home. I was humming along to the fifteenth repeat of Deck the Halls when the door opened. I smiled, it was Nick.
“Hey baby, have evidence for me?” I asked.
“No I just wanted to see you.: I smiled even more.
“Well I suppose I can take a break.” I stand up, stretching. Nick walked over, wrapping his arms around my waiste.
“Nicky, what if someone sees?”
“I don’t care. Dance with me, Greg.”
“Now?”
“Mmmhmm,” he murmured against my neck. He took one of my hands in his, the other remaining across my hip. I smiled. Nick had always been so concerned about someone finding out about us, but now he didn’t care that nearly the whole lab was staring at us. Some with smiles, some just looked shocked. I swayed with him, and at that moment it was only me and him.
“Nick…whatever I did to deserve you, you have no idea how happy I am.”
Nick rested his forehead against mine. “You’re my man, baby. Forever.”
“I’m your man.” I smile.





"And if I lived a thousand years
You know, I never could explain
The way I lost my heart to you
That day."






After shift, me and Nick sat up on the rooftop, watching the sunrise. I had given him his present, a picture I had drawn for him. It was from a picture I found from that day in the woods.
“It’s beautiful, G.” He smiled and he kissed me.
“Really? You can be honest.”
“I promise.”
I smiled. “You’re too nice.”
“Well it’s your fault for being so perfect.” He smiled again. “Now it’s time for yours.”
“I told you, Nick, you didn’t have to buy me anything, you’ve spent enough on me this past year.”
“Well you can say this present is for both of us.”
“What?”
He reached into his pocket and withdrew a small, black velvet box. Oh God. My stomach did about five million flips and I swear my heart stopped beating for a few seconds. He got down to his knees. Oh God, oh God, oh God, I thought to myself. He opened the box. Inside were two gold rings, next to each other. Holy fuck.
“Greg? You have no idea how much you need to me. If I lived to be a thousand years old, I still wouldn’t be able to tell you how perfect you are. How you managed to steal my heart that day. I love you so much, Greg. That’s why I’m asking, you. Greg Sanders, will you marry me and make me the happiest man in the world.?
Tears were already streaming down my face. This wasn’t happening. Nick didn’t just ask me to marry him. I looked down at him. Somehow I managed to nod, crying harder.
“Really?” he asked, grinning like a five year old who just inherited Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory.
“Really,” I squeaked out.
He stood up, pulling me to him, wrapping his arms around me, kissing me with more passion then the whole world put together. “I can’t believe this, oh my God, I can’t believe this,” he said between kisses.
“Me neither, me neither, oh my God, Nicky, I love you so much!”
“Look Greg,” he said, showing me the rings. “Their eternity rings. This way we will be together forever, for eternity. Give me your hand.”
I gave him my left hand, tears still pouring down my face. He took one of the rings out and gently slipped on my ring finger. It fit perfectly. I took the other one and took his hand, slipping in on his finger. I took his hand in mine. I smiled. Our hands looked perfect together with matching rings. Everything was perfect.
We walked through the lab that day, hand in hand, grinning like two fools. Catherine smiled, Sara grinned, Grissom smirked as if he knew all along, and Warrick said, “About damn time.”





"But if destiny decided
I should look the other way
Then the world would never know
The greatest story ever told
And did I tell you that I love you tonight? "





Me and Nick set our wedding date on Valentines day. It was going to be a small one, just the team at the lab, Archie, my family, Nick’s family (who were surprisingly supportive of our relationship), and a couple of Nick’s friends. As we lay in bed the night before our wedding, I knew I was the happiest person alive. Me and Nick laid there, just smiling and saying how much we loved each other for hours.
“You wanna know something, Nicky?” I asked.
“Hmmm?” he said lazily, drawing invisible circles on my stomach
“I wasn’t going to come to Las Vegas.”
“What?” he asked, looking up this time.
“I had also gotten an offer to work at the New York Crime Lab. They would have paid me more than I make now. But I thought about it for a few days, and something told me to choose Vegas. I don’t know…it was like destiny told me to. Does that sound completely stupid?”
Nick smiled. “No. It doesn’t at all. Because it led you to me.” He kissed my nose. I always loved when he would do that. “And if I never met you, no one would ever know the greatest love story ever told. Does that sound completely corny?”
I laughed. “Yes. That’s why I love it.”
Nick smiled, stroking my cheek. “Have I told you how much I love you?”
“A few times. Again?” I entwined my hand with his.
“I love you so much. I never thought I would meet someone as amazing as you. I love you more than anything, G.”
I wrapped my arms around his waist, snuggling closer. “And I love you, too. You have no idea how much, Nicky. You’re my life.” I kissed him gently on the lips. “We should really get to sleep, we have to be up in four hours.
“I’m so happy, Greg.”
“Me too, baby.” I closed my eyes. I felt him rest his head on mine. Smiling, I fell asleep.





"I don't hear the music
When I'm looking in your eyes
But I feel the rhythm of your body
Close to mine."





Me and Nick stood nervously under the alter. I still couldn’t believe this was real. I was Marrying Nick. Nick was going to be my husband. I was going to be his. It was all so surreal.
“Do you, Nicholas Brian Stokes, take Gregory Hojem Sanders to be your lawfully wedded husband, to have and to hold, through sickness and wealth, for forever and eternity?”
“I do.” Nick smiled. We were holding each other’s hand. I was shaking. I’m sure everyone there noticed.
The pastor turned to me. “And do you, Gregory Hojem Sanders, take Nicholas Brian Stokes to be your lawfully wedded husband, to have and to hold, through sickness and health, for forever and eternity?”
Tears were streaming down my face. “I do.” I smiled shakily at Nick.
“Ladies and gentlemen, I now present to you, Nicholas and Gregory Sanders-Stokes.” He turned to us. “You may kiss the-“ But Nick had already pulled me into his arms. The kiss was wet, both of our faces were soaked in tears, but I’ll tell you, that was the best kiss I ever had. The crowd erupted in cheers. I grinned at Nick and he grinned back. We did it. We finally did it.
Music started playing and it was the time for our dance. Nick took my hand and gently led me down the stairs of the alter into the dance floor. I smiled. I couldn’t stop. Nick wrapped his arm around my waist, linking his hand through mine.
At that moment as we danced, I didn’t hear the music. I didn’t see anyone else, my eyes were locked on Nicks. All I could feel was his body against mine, moving to the flow of the music.
“I love you, Nick,” I said, resting my head on his shoulder.
“I love you too, baby. Forever.”





"Its the way we touch that sends me
Its a way we'll always be
Your kiss, your pretty smile you know I'd die for
Oh baby, your all I need. "




That night was the most amazing night of my life. As we lay in the bed of our Honeymoon suit, we made love all night. Nick’s hand’s roamed my body as mine roamed his. It was as if our bodies were made for each other. Just the way we’d touch, the way he would touch me, would send me over the edge. The way he was so gentle with me, always fearing of hurting me. How he would always ask if I was ok. He always knew the right spots, like the one under my ear, or the one right under my belly button.
“Fuck, Nicky,” I panted, after probably our tenth time. “Your so amazing.”
Nick rolled off me, nuzzling his head in the crook of my neck. “Promise me we’ll always be together Greg.”
“I promise.” I rolled over so my face was facing his. I kissed his nose and nuzzled my forehead against his. “I promise, we’ll always be together.” I smiled, kissing him softly.
Nick rested his hand on my cheek. “I love your kisses, Greg. And your smile. Your smile is perfect. I’d die for it.” I loved when Nick got all mushy like this.
“You better not be dieing any time soon. I need you. You’re all I need.” I wrapped my arms around him, holding him tight.
“Good night, husband,” he said.
I smiled. “Good night, husband.”




"And if I lived a thousand years
You know, I never could explain
The way I lost my heart to you
That day.
But if destiny decided
I should look the other way
Then the world would never know
The greatest story ever told
And did I tell you that I love you,
Just how much I really need you
Did I tell you that I love you tonight?"




I always tried to live life with no regrets. But there is one regret, one that will never go away. One that will always hang above me like a storm cloud, determined to ruin me. One that makes me wake up crying in the middle of the night because I don’t have Nick’s arms around me. That regret is forgetting to tell Nick that I love him before he walked out the door.


“Nick I’m fine…I-I promise.” I broke out into another coughing spell.
“Greg, you need some medicine. I don’t want you to get pneumonia or anything.”
“It’s just the weather, I’m fine. Plus it’s pouring outside. I don’t want you driving.” I felt enough bout of coughs coming up but I kept them down.
“I will only be gone for five minutes, I promise. Plus I can’t have myself getting sick, I’m working for that promotion, remember?”
I couldn’t hold the coughs down anymore, and this time they were worse. “Ugh, fine.”
Nick smiled. “I’ll be right back ok?”
“K,” I mumbled as he kissed my cheek.
Then he left. I walked into our room, finding Nick’s Texas A&M hoodie on the floor. I put it on, it always kept me warm. Plus, it smelled like Nick. I picked up our comforter and drug it to the couch in the living room. Wrapping it around me, I flopped onto the couch, grabbing the remote. Turning it to MTV, I coughed again. I laid back, closing my eyes. I had fallen asleep because before I jerked awake, hearing the phone ring. I looked at the time. Midnight. Were the hell was Nick? Groaning I shuffled over to the phone, looking at the caller ID. Las Vegas PD? Suddenly, I knew something was wrong. I just stared at the phone, afraid to pick it up, afraid of what I would hear. It rang again. Mustering the courage, I slowly picked up the phone.
“Hello?” I said quietly.
“Hi, is this Greg Sanders-Stokes?”
“Y-yes. Why?” Oh no.
“Hi, Mr. Sanders-Stokes. My name is Officer Caruthers, I work with the Las Vegas Police Department. Are you married to a Nicholas Sanders-Stokes?”
“Y-yes.” Oh God. Please tell me he was just arrested.
“Mr. Stokes, I’m afraid I have some bad news. Your husband was in a car accident.” My stomach dropped. My heart stopped beating. No. This wasn’t happening. “He was pronounced dead on the scene.” No. No, no, no, no, no ,no ,no, no! This was not happening! Nick was fine, he was gonna come walking into the door any minute now. I know he was. Damn it he promised me he’d be right back! “His body is being sent to the Las Vegas morgue. You will be able to retrieve his body there. I’m very sorry for your loss, Sir.”
No. No this wasn’t happening. Nick is ok. Maybe he dropped his ID and someone stole it. Maybe he’s sleeping. I dropped the phone and ran to the room. No. He wasn’t there. “Nick!” I screamed. “Nicky!” Tears were gushing down my face. I heard pounding at the door.
“Greg! It’s Sara, answer the door!” Sara. She must have known. I opened the door. Catherine was next to her, both of them were crying as well. That’s when I knew it was true. They weren’t coming to tell me Nicky was ok. “No, no, no, no, no, no, no.” I whimpered.
“Oh Greg,” Catherine said. I could tell she was trying to be strong for me. The both walked in, trying to wrap their arms around me.
“NO!” I screamed again. “NO! Nicky is alive I know he is! He said he’d be right back! He promised me! He promised!” I fell to the floor, bawling into my hands. Sara and Catherine fell next to me, holding me. This time I let them. “Where’s Nicky? Where is he? He promised me he’d be right back.” I was sobbing, and Cath and Sara were sobbing with me. “I need him, please, please, where’s Nicky! Where’s my Nicky? He promised! NO! Nicky please! Come back, please. I need Nicky!”
“I know, I know Greg,” Sara said betweens sobs.
“Please, please, Nicky, come back to me.”


I had Nick cremated. No way was he going back into a coffin. I promised him that. I offered to give half his ashes to his parents, but they insisted that Nicky would rather have me have them all. Now he rests on his old nightstand. People say says it’s freaky, having a yearn full with human ashes next to your bed. But when I wake up from the nightmares, it’s almost like Nick is there with me. I kiss the yearn, every night and every morning. “I love you, Nicky,” I say. “Forever.”





"Thank you for this moment
I've gotta say how beautiful you are
Of all the hopes and dreams I could've prayed for
There you are
If I could have one dance forever
I would take you by the hand
Tonight it's you and I together
I'm so glad, I'm your man

And if I lived a thousand years
You know, I never could explain
The way I lost my heart to you
That day.
But if destiny decided
I should look the other way
Then the world would never know
The greatest story ever told
And did I tell you that I love you tonight?

I don't hear the music
When I'm looking in your eyes
But I feel the rhythm of your body
Close to mine.
Its the way we touch that sends me
Its a way we'll always be
Your kiss, your pretty smile you know I'd die for
Oh baby, your all I need.

And if I lived a thousand years
You know, I never could explain
The way I lost my heart to you
That day.
But if destiny decided
I should look the other way
Then the world would never know
The greatest story ever told
And did I tell you that I love you,
Just how much I really need you
Did I tell you that I love you tonight?"


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