“Hey look Granny Smith apples,” Sarah smiled walking over to the tree
as Kyle looked up.
“You know, they always say the sweeter apples grow at the top of the
tree,” he informed her looking over at her.
“No one is ever going to get up there,” she stated watching him shake
“I beg to differ,” he nodded grabbing the ladder.
“What do you mean? You think you are going to get all the way up
there?” she questioned watching him put the ladder against the tree.
“Anything for you,” he smiled climbing up the ladder to a large branch
climbing up the big tree.
“Be careful,” she yelled up to him as looked down and smiled.
She gasped watching him almost fall when he reached the top until he
grabbed a couple of apples.
“Catch,” he yelled out dropping one apple at a time.
“Be careful coming down,” she insisted after catching all the apples.
He climbed down the tree carefully as he reached the ladder while she
turned around trying to see Blake and Seth. They couples split up
earlier, but it didn’t bother her. Kyle stepped onto the ladder as it
fell back and he grabbed onto the tree branch.
“Sarah, a little help,” he got out grasping onto the branch as his feet
“Just a second,” she stated as he started seeing the branch break.
“I don’t think this could wait any longer,” he insisted before the
branch broke and he fell down with the branch falling on top of him.
“Oh my god, Kyle are you okay?” she questioned running over to him
throwing the branch to the side.
“Remind me never to do that again,” he growled turning around looking
up at her. “Try those apples yet?”
“No not yet,” she smiled as he pulled her down kissing her lightly
pulling her down next to him.
“What was that for?” she questioned with a smile.
“Hey, I should get something for almost killing myself,” he stated with
a shrug, “And that’s the best thing I could think of.”
“Well next time don’t try and kill yourself,” she smiled helping him
“Try one of the apples,” he pointed out as she took a bite of one.
“Your right they are sweeter,” she smiled holding out one for him, “Try
He pulled her to him kissing her deeply and he backed up, “You’re right
those are sweet.”
She smiled shaking her head at him lightly, “Just like you right?”
“Exactly,” he nodded smiling.
“Maybe we should try and find Seth and Blake,” she stated with a shrug.
“Maybe,” he nodded wrapping his arm around her lightly.
“Isn’t this great?” questioned Blake walking hand in hand with Seth
while his fingers gingerly pressed against the center of his palm.
“Yeah it is,” he nodded with a slight smiled finding himself amused
with her. This day had turned out to be something he hadn‘t
entirely planned on, but still when he thought of what was waiting in
Coral Valley, he knew he had to be upfront with her. “Blake, I need to
tell you something.”
“Me too,” she smiled watching him nod.
“Go ahead,” he insisted as her eyes lit up with obvious enthusiasm.
“I asked Sarah to be my maid of honor and she said yes!” Blake jumped
up and down as Seth smiled.
“That’s great,” he added watching her hug him now that she‘d taken the
next step in planning for their big day with one another.
“So tell me,” she started looking up into his eyes, “When are you going
to pick your best man?”
“Me? I don’t know…I have to take a look at who is good for the decision
you know?” he shrugged watching her nod.
“You better judge fast,” she smiled kissing him lightly.
“I know, but it will take a while,” he shrugged watching her frown.
“I just want to be married to you. You’re my life,” she sighed
pulling him down and kissing him. “We’ve waited so long already
and I want absolutely everything to be perfect Seth. I’ve waited
my whole life to feel this wonderful.”
“I know, I can’t wait either,” he replied assuring her lightly.
“Maybe we should go and find the other two,” she suggested watching him
“Before they get into any trouble,” he teased watching her smile and
“It’s not Sarah I’m worried about, it’s Kyle. He can’t seem to keep his
hands off her,” she smiled with a shrug.
“Can you blame the guy? He is in love, also by the looks of things…she
can’t keep her hands off of him either,” he reminded her raising his
“Kind of like you and me, isn’t it?” she questioned watching him nod.
“Yeah, it kind of is,” he smiled kissing her once more. “Let’s go find
“Okay, but first, I need to do one more thing before we go,” Blake
decided tipping up on her toes to give him yet another kiss, “Okay, now
Valerie entered the sports bar thinking about her trip to Seth’s
apartment. While she’d been calling him for days he hadn’t
answered. She was hoping that he’d connect with her after her run
in with Jade, but alas things weren’t working out as she’d
planned. She’d even made a special trip out to his place only to
discover no one was home.
“Where are you Seth,” she muttered under her breath making her way over
to one of the bar stools with an impatient huff.
“What can I get for you,” J.T. questioned from where he stood on the
other side of the bar.
“How about a gun to take out the most annoying woman in the world who
keeps getting in my way,” Valerie scowled back at him before shaking
her head at his surprised expression, “No seriously I was just joking,
so how about you get me a dirty martini?”
“One dirty martini coming up,” he nodded back at her, “so I take it you
must be pretty pissed off to make a statement like that.”
“And you must be pretty bored if you’re that interested in bringing it
up again,” she rolled her eyes at him, “I mean don’t you have a drink
to start working on?”
“Gee, with that attitude, I’ll just jump right on it,” he replied with
a sarcastic smile. Leaning in over the bar top, he eyed her
intently, “So what’s really got your panties in a bunch?”
“For your information my panties aren’t even on let alone to be in a
bunch,” she glared at him, “So why don’t you take that fact with you to
your wet dream tonight and bring me my damn drink?”
“Hmm…I’m guessing you’ve been voted Miss Congeniality by your friends,
haven’t you?” he barbed with her while stepping back to get that drink
“And you are probably most pathetic of all your buddies in getting your
cheap thrills out of putting your nose in their business, right?” she
batted her eyelashes at him despite her icy tone, “That’s probably why
you got into bartending because you’re a voyeur who can’t get enough of
putting your nose where it doesn’t belong.”
“Actually I tend to consider myself a bit of an exhibitionist, but
voyeurism can have it’s perks,” he handed her drink over to her, “Your
“Here, don’t choke on the tip,” she began reaching into her purse to
pay for it.
“Save your money,” he waved his hand dismissively at her, “It’s on the
“On the house,” she repeated with a tiny laugh, “What are you looking
to get laid now?”
“Nah, I figure if anyone is as pleasant as you are, then they had to
have a really rotten day. You could use the drink especially if
it lightens you up,” he noted with a wry expression.
“It won’t lighten me up to think that you’re worth my time if that’s
what you’re hoping for,” she lifted the glass to her lips taking the
first savory sip.
“You’re not my type,” he confessed taking a step back while wiping the
top of the bar, “Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy a good bitch every now and
then, but darlin’ you’re way too high maintenance for a guy like me.”
“That’s a lie if I’ve ever heard one,” she rolled her eyes, “because I
know I’m every guy’s fantasy…”
“Except for the one that you’re missing like crazy right about now,” he
noted with a smirk, “Let me guess. He’s the one attached to the
witch that you’d like to gun down.”
She sat in silence for a moment before cracking her first grin, “Okay,
so maybe you’re not as dumb as you look.”
“Why, I think my ears might be betraying me as I believe that was a
complement that you were issuing my way,” he smiled leaning in over the
top of the bar again.
“Yeah, well don’t let it get to your head,” she sipped her drink again
before shifting a bit on the chair.
“So tell me about the little witch that he’s run off with. What
has she done to get you so upset?” J.T. questioned with obvious
“Let’s just say she’s moved in on what’s mine, but her days are
numbered,” Valerie informed him cryptically.
“And she doesn’t even see it coming, does she?” he couldn’t help but
“She doesn’t have a clue, but it serves her right. She deserves
everything she’s going to get by the time I’m through with her,” she
replied urgently, “I won’t let anyone take what’s mine.”
“I can see that about you,” he chuckled with mild amusement, “She’s in
“More than she could ever imagine. Thanks for the drink,” she
waved at him before rising up from where she stood, taking the drink
“Wait a second,” J.T. called out to her, “I know you.”
“Come again,” she spun around to face him before offering up a tiny
laugh, “Oh of course you do. I’m Valerie Madison. I’m sure
you’ve seen my layout in Play Thing Magazine among other publications…”
“Hmm, well now that you mention it,” he gave her a very hearty once
over, “that might be part of it, but there’s something else about
you. Your face and…I know it. I saw you the other night at
the bar here.”
“Is that right,” she gave him a sideways glance.
“That’s right,” he nodded remembering the show that Diane had witnessed
that had driven her directly into his arms, “You were with Ben Walters.”
“Ah, so you have been spying on me,” she noted a smile tickling over
her lips. “You know Ben, huh?”
“Let’s just say that we have a mutual acquaintance,” he nodded in
response, “Tell me something, would he by chance be the man that you’re
caught up in right about now? The one with the problem you need
“Oh no, Ben’s just a friend,” Valerie paused giving him a once over,
“but something tells me by the look on your face that you were hoping
he was the one.”
“Was it that obvious,” J.T. grinned back at her, “because I was trying
to be subtle.”
“Okay my curiosity is piqued. What do you want with Ben?” she
slid in closer to the bar.
“Nothing really, but there’s something he has that I want,” he mouthed
in response an idea forming in the back of his mind, “but what about
this mystery guy of yours? Does he have a name?”
“He does,” she nodded, “and given that he and Ben are pals, you might
“Well, then don’t leave me in the dark. Who is he?” he asked
“Seth Alexander. Know him?” she raised a perfectly sculpted brow.
“As a matter of fact Seth and I go way back. I just ran into him
the other day,” he informed her with a smile, “You know maybe you and I
should really get to talking Valerie. I have the feeling we have
a bit more in common than you thought.”
“Perhaps we might,” she agreed curious to learn more about the man
before her, “You have a name?”
“J.T. Mahoney and I do believe that I could be the answer to your
prayers if your goal is getting Seth to drop his latest girl toy and
notice you,” he explained in a cocky, confident tone.
“Hmm, well something tells me that this so called ‘help’ will come at a
price,” she eyed him intently, “a price that includes my friend Ben
“Let’s just say I’d be doing Ben a favor along with helping
myself. So Valerie, are you interested in having a talk with me?”
he suggested with the wheels in his head spinning in motion already.
“You know J.T. normally I wouldn’t waste my time with someone like you,
but given the day I’ve had, sure why not? I’d love to,” she
replied wondering if this nosy bartender could truly help her find a
way to regain Seth’s attention once and for all.
“Listen,” Zack started standing up, “I want to thank you for everything
you did for my sister.”
“That’s not a whole lot,” Ken laughed sarcastically.
“What are you talking about? You were the only person who made her life
good. If it was a good day or a bad day…if she was with you, she would
always have a smile on her face. You were that one thing that was
missing, that one person that could make her life complete. So, don’t
ever say you did nothing for my sister because you were her
everything,” Zack stated picking up a picture from the table.
“I wish I could have been more,” Ken shrugged watching Zack grab a
couple of boxes.
“You were a whole lot,” Zack nodded grabbing a few things and placing
them in the box.
“I know you have to pack up this stuff, so do you need help packing?”
Ken questioned before Zack grabbed them out of his hands.
“I think that would be a little too much for you,” Zack insisted
placing them in the box. “Listen man, I appreciate everything you have
done…so here you should have this.”
Ken took the picture of him and Caitlin in his hands.
Zack watched him poignantly thinking about how much Caitlin loved
Ken. While they should‘ve had forever, he knew that fate had
other plans for everyone. Still it wasn’t fair, but Zack knew
what his sister would want, “Don’t let this ruin your life…that’s not
what she would want for you.”
“Thanks Zack, you really helped out,” Ken smiled despite grief he was
“No problem man, I will catch you around here okay?” Zack waved goodbye
before Ken walked out of the room.
“Yeah later,” Ken replied taking one last look around Caitlin’s
apartment before he left it behind forever despite the fact that he
never wanted to let go.
Hunt walked up to the door knocking on it lightly before Mindy
“Hey,” he smiled folding his arms out in front of him.
“Hunt, what are you doing here?” she questioned watching him frown.
“Remember we were suppose to go out tonight?” he questioned with a
smile as he walked in.
“About that,” she started before he cut her off.
“What?” he wondered what was wrong now. “Don’t tell me you changed your
mind and aren’t interested in us spending time together now…”
“No, it’s not that. It’s…” Mindy began as the door opened further.
“Who are you?” questioned Brittany running up to Hunt as he bent down
“My name is Hunt and who are you?” he questioned with a smile.
“My name is Brittany,” Brittany smiled waving her legs back and forth.
“That’s a pretty name,” he smiled standing up.
“Thank you,” Brittany smiled running over to the T.V.
“Gabe?” questioned Hunt walking over to the couch.
“Hey,” Gabe smiled smacking hands with him.
“What’s new?” questioned Hunt.
“Not much how about you?” Gabe wondered watching Hunt frown.
“You see, I was suppose to take Mindy out, but she doesn’t want to,”
Hunt frowned seeing Brittany run up to Hunt.
“I got an idea, we can go to the zoo,” she smiled jumping up and down.
“You see that’s not my decision,” Hunt started looking up at Mindy,
“It’s Mindy’s decision.”
“Please, oh please?” Brittany begged jumping up and down.
“I guess if it’s okay with your father,” Mindy shrugged watching him
“It’s completely fine with me,” Gabe nodded.
“Let’s go, let’s go,” Brittany squeaked pulling Hunt with her.
“Come on Mindy, we have to get going,” Hunt smiled pulling her along
“So what exactly happened last night?” Shannon questioned glaring over
Don as he sat in the chair.
“Things got a little crazy that’s all,” Don shrugged, “Can’t say much
more than that.”
“What do you mean crazy?” she wondered putting her hands on her waist.
“I mean we drank too much, ended up getting married, and then things
got a little crazy,” he stated watching her jaw drop.
“How crazy?” she yelled out as he got up lifting his shirt up and
turning around to show her the scratches on his back.
“That kind of crazy,” he rolled his eyes sitting back down.
“That’s it where is my racket,” she growled looking around the room.
“Why do you want to serve my head again?” he wondered watching her turn
“It’s not your head believe me,” she stated watching him shrug.
“Well tell me…why now?” he questioned closing his resting his hand
against his head.
“You took advantage of me,” she insisted seeing his eyes flutter open.
“You have to be kidding me right?” he laughed. “You’re the one who
started jumping me.”
“Where the hell is my racket?” she questioned looking under the bed to
only look up and see it in his hands.
“You mean this racket?” he questioned watching her go for the racket as
he put it behind him.
“Give me the damn thing,” she scowled watching him roll his eyes.
“Are you always this miserable?” he questioned watching stand up close
“Give me my racket!”
“If you wont hit me with it, fine,” he replied handing it to her as she
went to swing it at him as he jumped over the bed.
“I want to divorce you!” she yelled chasing him before he grabbed her
hands and they fell on top of the bed.
“Before you divorce me, how about giving me the racket,” he stated
before grabbing the racket throwing it behind him.
“Get off me!” she yelled seeing him look into her eyes for a quick
moment before leaning down and kissing her. For a second she
fought him off, but after that she fell into his kiss…just something
about him made him so dreamy. Then reality kicked in as she kicked him
off her and he fell onto the floor.
“Ouch,” he shook his head as she stood up.
“See what I mean, you took advantage of me,” she stated watching him
“Come on, you can’t tell me you didn’t like that,” he smiled watching
her look away.
“I didn’t like it,” she answered him hearing his laughter.
“Sure,” he nodded walking over to the door opening it for her.
“Don’t do that,” she scowled watching him shrug.
“Sorry, I didn’t know I couldn’t be a gentleman,” he rolled his eyes
shutting the door all the while knowing that things were only going to
get more complicated with each passing moment between them.
Guy entered the apartment trying to put today’s earlier disaster with
Cathy out of his mind for a while. He’d stopped off at the
supermarket and purchased one of his and Gabe’s favorite wines and a
Disney movie for Brittany to watch. While he was certain that the
wine would be something he couldn’t use for a while, he sure needed a
drink. Still he wanted to be pleasant as he entered the apartment
so not to tip Gabe off about the disaster that his mother had put into
“I’m home,” Guy announced noticing that all the lights were out.
Immediately he went into a panic wondering if something had gone wrong
in his absence, “Gabe?”
“I’m right here,” Gabe announced as the faint flicker of candlelight
arose from across the room towards the kitchen area.
“What’s wrong? Did the power go out,” Guy questioned making his
way towards the candles only to discover a romantic dinner for two set
up on the table top, “Gabe?”
“I’ve been waiting for you,” Gabe confessed from where he sat sipping a
wine he’d already opened for them. He was dressed up looking more
handsome than ever as he smiled up at his lover, “for a while I was
afraid that you’d never come home and I’d have to box all of this for
“But how did you…” Guy blinked back in confusion, “I mean where
“She’s out with Mindy,” Gabe informed him honestly, “and while it’s not
too late in the afternoon here, I thought maybe we could steal in a
little time for the both of us since it’s been far and few lately.”
“It has been a while since we’ve been able to spend some quality time
alone,” Guy nodded in agreement before eyeing his lover intently, “but
how are you feeling? I mean if…”
“Guy, I’m fine…at least the parts of me that you need to be concerned
about tonight are,” he motioned for Guy to take a seat at the table
with him, “The way that I see it, Brittany and Mindy are out having the
time of their lives together while Mindy is on a date.”
“A date,” Guy repeated with wide eyes, “as in a guy came over here and
picked her up?”
“A very good looking one at that,” Gabe nodded in confession before
reaching out across the table, “but I’m well aware that we won’t have
forever tonight, so what do you say we forget about Mindy for a while
and concentrate on this time we’ve got together?”
“I say it sounds like an incredible plan,” Guy couldn’t help but smile
appreciating the efforts his lover had made in turning his dreadful
morning into a romantically wonderful afternoon.
“Gabe is a lucky guy to have a daughter like that,” Hunt smiled
watching Brittany lean against the bars watching the penguins not
taking her eyes off them.
“Yeah, he is,” she nodded in agreement.
“Is everything okay between us?” questioned Hunt seeing Mindy look up
and raise her eyebrow.
“Why wouldn’t it be?” she wondered watching him shrug.
“I don’t know, you just seem kind of quiet,” he replied watching her
“Sometimes I am quiet, that’s just how I am,” she assured him watching
“Okay…” he started looking over at Brittany, “You know what? You and
Brittany have one strong thing in common.”
“What’s that?” she questioned with a smile as he walked closer to her.
“You both are so cute,” he smiled leaning in to kiss her before
Brittany jumped between them.
“Hunt! Guess what!” Brittany squeaked jumping up and down.
“What’s that sweetheart?” he questioned with a smile.
“The penguins wobble like this,” Brittany stated wobbling around like
“That’s so cool,” he smiled watching her keep walking as his cell phone
rang. “Just one second.”
He took out his phone to see the caller id said it was Brooke as he
sighed putting it back in his pocket. She wasn’t worth the hassle
anymore especially now that he was trying to make a new start with
Mindy. Brooke could most certainly wait. He turned around to see
both Mindy and Brittany wobbling around.
“Who was that?” questioned Mindy with a smile.
“No one important,” he assured her smiling down at Brittany ready to
join in on the wobbling fun. Today was about new beginnings and
Hunt intended to follow through on just that.
Avery sat in the lobby area at the courthouse waiting for Jade to
finish up her visit with Grady. While Avery and Grady had
exchanged a few, brief words this morning, she wanted to allow him and
Jade some alone time together. She knew oh too well what it was
like to have that ripped away from you when you wanted nothing more
than to be with the man you loved. Still she found herself rather
uneasy just sitting there all by herself reflecting on all the things
“Avery,” she heard Jenna call out from across the room. Looking
up she spotted her best friend approaching.
“Jen,” Avery smiled at her politely, but within a matter of seconds,
Jenna threw her arms around her supportively.
“Oh girl, I’ve been meaning to see you. I heard about Russ and
I’m so very sorry. If I would’ve known sooner, you know I
would’ve been there to help you through this to…” Jenna began
“Jen, it’s okay,” Avery offered up squeezing her hands gently, “There
wasn’t anything you could do--anything any of us could do.”
“Even so I would’ve wanted to be there. I still do. It’s
just before I was in the hospital and…” Jenna started to explain.
“The hospital? Oh my God, Jen don’t tell me you were hurt in the
explosion as well,” Avery’s eyes lit up with worry.
“It was minor compared to what others went through,” Jenna replied
poignantly, “but the point is that it’s over now. What about
you? How are you holding up?”
“I’d be lying if I said I was doing okay with this,” Avery confessed
with a small sigh, “but we’re trying to keep things together the best
Jenna nodded, “How’s the baby?”
“She’s good,” Avery smiled thoughtfully, “She’s really good.”
“She?” Jenna repeated.
Avery nodded, “Russ was right. We’re having a little girl.”
“Oh Avery, that’s wonderful news,” Jenna embraced her best friend
before looking around the waiting area, “Look are you busy right
now? Hart is in dealing with a client and…”
“I’m waiting for Jade. She’s visiting Grady, but I’m sure that
she will be in there for a while,” Avery shrugged after a moment.
“Then how about a coffee? We could go down to the cafeteria and
talk. Hart will be a while too I’m sure…” Jenna suggested after a
“That sounds good,” Avery agreed as the two women made their way
downstairs to the small cafeteria.
Once they were seated in a corner booth, Jenna spoke up once
again. “So really Avery. How are you holding in there?”
“I feel like this huge chunk of my heart has been ripped away from
me. It’s all so surreal because I keep expecting to see Russ come
walking through the front door and tell me this was all a mistake,”
Avery confessed fighting to keep from breaking down in front of her
best friend, “When I think of how hard we fought to be together, well
it just doesn’t seem fair. None of this seems right at all…”
“That’s because it isn’t right. Russ is a good guy and you two
deserved so much more together,” Jenna squeezed her hand gently.
“Yeah, well you know I guess fate had other plans for us,” Avery bit
back her tears, “but I wish that somehow he could be here with me and
“Avery, I know I’m not anywhere near what you’d need with Russ, but as
your best friend, well you know I’d do anything for you. Just
tell me what you two need and…” Jenna began with an afterthought, “In
fact, if you want you can come and stay with me for a while if you
don’t want to be alone. Hart and I had talked about moving in
with one another, but I can put that off until I’m sure you’re okay.”
“No Jen, it’s fine. I’m at home and I think that’s really what’s
best is my staying there. At least I can have the memories of
Russ and…” she stopped herself suddenly realizing what her friend had
said, “You’re moving in with Hart?”
“Well, he’s moving in with me really, but still…” Jenna waved her hand
dismissively, “I’m sure you’d rather hear about it later.”
“Um, no wrong,” Avery shook her head in response, “I want to hear about
it now, so start talking. How did this come about?”
“Well let’s just say that things have been going good for us,” Jenna
couldn’t help but smile, “really good.”
“Obviously and here I was missing all of the juicy gossip,” Avery
smiled in response wanting to focus on something other than the drama
that had been taking place in her life lately, “So spill. I want
to hear all about it. How did this come about?”
“I’m not really sure actually. We just kind of brushed over the
topic one night when he mentioned it. After the accident, well I
just thought that maybe it was time to put my priorities in
“Wow, that’s saying a lot considering that you vowed never to do the
whole co-habitation thing with anyone after what happened with you and
Devante,” Avery noted reaching for her coffee mug.
“Yeah, well Devante was a lifetime ago and I think that it all went the
way it did for a reason. Hart is just,” Jenna couldn’t help but
smile, “amazing. Avery, I really think that he’s the one.
Each and every moment I spend with him says that…”
“Then keep following your heart. Clearly you’ve found that
special someone and you shouldn’t even think about walking away,” Avery
offered up brightly, “Love like that doesn’t happen twice in a
“No, it doesn’t, but love isn’t always easy either,” Jenna thought
about the messy confrontation they’d had with Beth at the hospital the
“No, it isn’t, but somehow I think you’ve got something specific on
your mind. What’s going on?” Avery questioned watching her
friend’s smile fade.
“It’s a long story and I really don’t want to burden you with it…”
Jenna frowned slightly.
“It’s not a burden. You’re my best friend and I want to hear it,
so spill,” Avery urged her on again.
“Well, the truth is that Hart just recently found out that he has a
daughter,” Jenna blurted out with a heavy sigh watching Avery’s jaw
“No, no way. Are you serious?” Avery asked.
Jenna nodded, “And to make matters even more complicated she’s Wayne’s
“You’re kidding,” Avery’s eyes widened.
“I wish I were, but I’m not. It turns out that quite a few years
ago Hart had a relationship with Dr. Elizabeth Raines. Maybe you
heard of her,” Jenna started.
“Oh yeah, a real ball buster from what rumors are saying,” Avery rolled
her eyes at the mention of the woman, “From what I’ve heard she’s got
bitch written all over her.”
“Yeah, well the rumors are right. She’s downright miserable and
the fact that Hart has a daughter with her is something that I’m sure
is going to be a challenge to our relationship,” Jenna sighed, “Granted
Hart has no feelings for that woman other than contempt, but I’ve seen
her try to throw herself on him and manipulate him.”
“And you think she’ll do it again,” Avery questioned.
“I wouldn’t doubt it, but at the same time I know that Hart wouldn’t
take the bait,” Jenna brought her finger up through her hair.
“So then the problem is?” Avery gave her a sideways glance.
“That I don’t think Beth is the kind of woman to take no for an
answer. To make matters worse Sam doesn’t know that she’s Hart’s
daughter. Beth hasn’t told her and while Beth wanted to scream
from the rooftop during the crisis that Hart was Sam’s father, now
she’s trying to keep him away from Sam.”
“Okay, she sounds like she’s a bit off balance there,” Avery noted
watching the expression on her friend’s face, “But how does Hart feel
about this? What has he said?”
“He’s not too happy to be linked to Beth, but with Sam, well I think
he’s got mixed emotions. Part of him wants to get to know her,
but another side of him is afraid of what it could mean to the future…”
Jenna continued to explain while fidgeting with the mug before her.
“You mean to the two of you?” Avery noted watching her friend nod.
“I think he’s afraid of what could come of it. I think he fears
that I would leave him as things get more emotional,” Jenna divulged
“Well, would you?”
“No, that’s not even in my mind,” Jenna confessed honestly, “In some
ways I can understand where Hart is in all of this because my mother
did the same thing to Douglas. When I learned that my father was
still alive, well I wanted to see him--to get to know him, but then
when I saw him as he truly was, I almost wished I hadn’t.”
“So you think Sam might be in the same boat, then?”
“No, that’s not it. I mean Sam already believes that her father
is with her and alive. She thinks that Travis Callaway--the man
that raised her--is her true father and Hart is afraid to upset
her. He doesn’t want to disturb the balance in her life anymore
than it already has.”
“But with a mother like Beth, he’s not sure he can avoid that, huh?”
Avery noted again.
“Not at all and judging from the looks of things, it’s only going to
get uglier before it gets better,” Jenna sighed heavily wondering if
this was only the beginning for terrible things to come in dealing with
Jade walked out of the visiting area feeling a bit better about the
situation after she’d spoken with Grady. He’d been a bit wound
up, so she hadn’t told him what had gone down with Cameron.
Instead she took the time to savor the few minutes that they’d been
given with one another. Each time she had to leave, she’d always
hated that part. That was one of the worst parts about him being
locked up, well other than the obvious.
“Ms. Alexander,” one of the secretaries at the courthouse approached
“Yes,” Jade turned her attention to the woman beside her.
“Mrs. Denton wanted me to tell you that she would be downstairs in the
cafeteria when you were finished up in here,” the woman explained
“Thank you,” Jade smiled at her before turning to go meet up with Avery
at the elevators. While Jade had been determined to get Grady out
of jail before, after Cameron’s little visit, she was ready to pour all
her thoughts and efforts into helping Avery prepare her case. One
way or another they would show the jury who the real monster was.
With that thought in mind Jade stepped into the elevators ready to
prepare for battle.
“Hold the elevator please,” she heard a woman call out to her. In
her normal polite fashion, she held the doors open only to discover
Susan entering the elevator. Frowning Jade took a step back
watching as the doors almost nicked Susan in the process.
“Gee thanks,” Susan sneered upon realizing who she was standing in the
elevator with, “Oh gee, now why doesn’t this surprise me?”
“Hmm, the fact that you’re still showing your face in this town is
always a surprise to me,” Jade remarked snidely, “Oh and if you were
coming here today to try to bother Grady, Avery has made sure that you
won’t be getting that opportunity again.”
“Afraid of a little competition,” Susan taunted with a dark crimson
“Not at all,” Jade shook her head at her, “because I don’t see any
“That’s where you’ve made your first mistake little girl because Grady
and I are meant to be together. Regardless of what he’s told you
about being over me, he’s far from it. I’m so deep in his system
that he’ll never be able to let go. You’re only a phase and once
he gets over it, he’ll be right back to me,” Susan promised her with a
“Keep telling yourself that Susan, but once you get over your
delusions, you’ll realize that you weren’t all that important to Grady
other than you taught him what he didn’t want in a relationship,” Jade
stood taller, stepping up in Susan’s face, “and furthermore, you can go
and tell your boss that he’s not going to have me either. In
fact, why don’t you and Cameron do us all a favor and leave Coral
“You’d like that wouldn’t you,” Susan moved in closer to her, “Then you
wouldn’t have to deal with the knowledge that your days in Grady’s life
“Oh Susan, when Grady said you were an idiot, well I just assumed that
he was exaggerating, but now I realize he was being polite,” Jade
laughed in her face before growing suddenly serious, “Now I’m warning
you only one time. You and Cameron back off or else…”
“Or else what,” Susan couldn’t help but be curious by Jade’s threats.
“Or else you’ll wish you’d never set foot in this town again.
Neither Grady nor I will be intimidated by your little bully
tactics. Cameron is going to get what’s coming to him and so will
you if you don’t back off,” Jade heard the doors opening on her floor
as she took a step away from Susan.
“Is that a threat,” Susan questioned with a deep scowl.
“No, that’s a promise--one that you would see fit to remember,” Jade
finished exiting the elevators.
“Oh you can rest assured I’ll remember because after this, I’ll make
sure that you get something you’ll never forget,” Susan whispered
watching her in a fury while vowing to find a way to make Jade