Kyle pulled up to Cameron’s house looking at the house carefully making
sure no one was around outside. Of course no one was there, Cameron was
the person who wanted to see Grady go down. That little prick was
probably the one that set this whole thing up and he must have been
enjoying every second of it. Grady must have been worried through out
this whole thing with all the odds against him. That was going to
change; they were going to realize that Grady was an innocent man that
was being set up.
“What are you hiding Cameron?” Kyle questioned getting out of the car
and looking up at the big house.
This was one of his last chances to try and save Grady from living a
life he didn’t deserve. He knew Cameron had something to do with this
whole thing, the man had it out for Grady. He just hoped that he could
possibly find something from all of this. He believed in Heather and
everything, but he couldn’t help thinking about the case on the way to
Cameron’s house. What if he failed Grady just like he failed Russell?
He couldn’t stop, he couldn’t fail Grady. If Grady went to jail he
wouldn’t only be failing Grady, he would be failing Russell all over
“That’s not going to happen,” Kyle growled before biting down on his
bottom lip and walking up to the doors of Cameron’s house. “I’m not
going to let you down Grady.”
Kyle took the paper out of his pocket and opened it before putting in
the security code slowly. He smiled as the code accessed and he opened
the door slowly, before shutting it quietly behind him. He looked
around the big house before taking in a deep breath.
“Where do I start?” Kyle asked himself before thinking back to the
words of what Heather said to him on being quick.
Kyle thought for a second before walking up the stairs quickly.
“If I was Cameron where would I put all of my stuff?” Kyle wondered
pondering to himself for a second before walking down the hallway
slowly starting his journey to find something.
“I think you’re doing a wonderful thing here Heather,” Diego began
after a long silence between them.
Upon reflection of his words she tilted her eyes up to glare at him
profoundly, “And I think you should go to hell Diego.”
“I was trying to protect you Heather,” he defended his position as his
own guilt ate away at him.
“Protect me?” she balked back with obvious disgust, “Diego, do you have
any idea what they do to people in those places? Do you know what
it’s like to have someone lock you in a cage like a monster? To
have your freedom literally ripped away from you like I have? No,
Diego I don’t think you have the first clue about what it is that you
did to me. You had no right to step into my life and do what you
“Heather, I was trying to help you. I’m still trying to help you
and I wish that you would believe that,” Diego stepped towards her, his
brow creased with worry.
“You had me locked up in a mental institution!” she shouted at him,
“You took away my rights by putting me in there after I went back home
again. I made my choice and you should‘ve respected that.”
“I wasn’t going to just sit idle and watch you kill yourself
Heather. That was a mistake in going back there. Look the
only reason you went with him was because Cameron was hurting you,”
Diego insisted firmly, “and don’t even start lying about that one
because I know better than to believe anything different Heather.”
“Shut up! Just shut up!” she shouted at him bringing her hands up
over her ears, “I don’t want to hear this.”
“Heather, you have to,” he approached her reaching out to pull her
wrists away from her face, “Please just listen to me.”
“No,” she snapped back at him, her eyes defiant as she looked up at
him. Then as if something shifted inside of her, she turned away
from him, “Just go away! Leave me alone!”
“Heather, I can’t leave you like this,” Diego tried to appeal to her.
“Like what Diego?” she questioned with a scathing breath, “Like the
monster you think I’ve become.”
“You are no monster Heather. The real monster is the man you’ve
married,” Diego insisted firmly, “He’s going to take you and Charles
down if you let him.”
“Cameron wants to help us. He said he’ll give us what we need
and…” she argued with him, pushing her blonde hair in front of her face
to hide her wounds from him.
“He wants to control you Heather. That’s been his goal right
along,” Diego blurted out with obvious frustration.
“And you weren’t doing that when you locked me away in that
institution, huh?” she glared up at him, her face a mask of darkness
and anger, “I’d say that maybe you should rethink that perception that
you have of yourself as opposed to Cameron because in a lot of ways,
you’re both very much the same.”
“No, we aren’t. I’m nothing like Cameron, nor would I ever be,”
Diego’s eyes darkened with sharp rage, “That man is a monster--a
“And what? Just because you don’t like him, you want to punish
him by using me to do it?” Heather blurted out with obvious bitterness
before making her way around the library in search of a drink.
“No Heather, that’s not what I’m trying to do. I’m trying to save
you from the same fate that others I’ve cared about have fallen under
due to Cameron’s evil,” Diego finally confessed painfully.
“What the hell is that supposed to mean,” Heather growled from over
by the mini-bar where she searched frantically for something to drink.
“It means I don’t want to see him murder you like he did my family not
so long ago,” Diego revealed watching the strange expression register
behind her eyes.
“You’re lying,” Heather spat back at him in a state of disbelief, “At
this point you’d say anything to keep me from going to Cameron again,
“No,” he shook his head adamantly, “it’s the truth Heather.
Cameron killed the woman I loved. He murdered her and beyond
that…” he bit back on his overwhelming emotions, “he killed my son as
“Your son,” Heather repeated watching a shadow of darkness cross over
Diego’s features unlike anything she’d ever seen from him before.
“That’s right Heather,” Diego nodded firmly, “he killed my son.
Maria was pregnant when he had someone murder her. She posed a
threat to his grand scheme of things and he decided to get rid of her
before he couldn’t control the situation any longer. Maria
challenged him and his twisted views and in turn I lost her and my son.”
“Diego I…” she stammered a bit not quite sure on what to say as his
words about her husband registered.
“Heather, not only did I have to live with the pain of watching Maria
die, but that same night I held my son--praying that his life would be
spared, but due to Cameron’s evil, my boy barely made it for more than
a few precious hours. Cameron ruined my life that day. He
took away everything that ever meant anything to me and I’ll be damned
if I let him do that to you and Charles,” Diego informed her his solemn
words cutting her to the core as she realized, with tears burning
behind her eyes, that there was far more to Diego than she’d ever
“Well I guess I have to go,” Grady frowned as everyone began to take
“I’m going to miss you,” Jade sighed before feeling him pull her
tightly into his arms.
“I know, I always miss you,” he sighed holding her tighter to his body,
“I miss you every second I am away from you.”
“I just can’t wait to have you back home again,” she smiled before he
leaned down kissing her lightly. “I just don’t know what I would do if
you were found guilty.
“Don’t think like that,” he hushed slightly before smiling, “I am going
to find a way out of this and I will get back to you. I will be able to
hold you in my arms whenever I want.”
“I like the sound of that,” she smiled slightly before frowning, “What
if you are wrong though?”
“I am not wrong, I didn’t kill Kipp,” he declared before hugging her
“I am just worried that I won’t be able to live a happy life with you,”
Jade sighed before feeling his hold onto her tighter.
“Are you kidding me? You won’t be able to get me away from you,” Grady
laughed before letting her go, “You will have me forever.”
Jade leaned into the touch of his hand against her cheek as he leaned
forward kissing her once more.
“We will get married and grow old together,” Grady promised with a
slight smile, “We won’t even let this thing come to mind when I get off
“I want to be with you the rest of my life Grady,” she replied seeing
him nod slowly.
“As do I, but you have to have faith,” Grady stated with a smile, “Our
love is long lasting and unbreakable. Nothing could stop the feelings I
have for you, nothing.”
“I just don’t want to imagine life without you,” she informed him with
a frown before feeling his hand run through her hair lightly.
“Don’t imagine it because I am going to be with you forever and that’s
the truth,” he promised before looking around the courtroom.
“I love you Grady,” she sighed before feeling him kiss her one last
“I love you too,” he smiled before walking backwards slowly.
He had to get through this not only for himself, but for her too.
Kyle walked into Cameron’s office as a smile spread across his features
seeing a computer in the corner.
“Bingo,” he smiled before walking over to the computer and turning it
He sat down in the chair pulling it up to the desk as the computer
loaded. He smiled to himself as he prepared to look through the
documents on the computer. Of all places, this had to be the one with
the most information. He took in a deep breath as he opened a few files
looking through them slowly. This wasn’t turning out to be as good as
he was hoping.
“What’s this?” Kyle questioned to himself opening a file and looking it
over slowly as his heart stopped seeing something on Kipp. He read it
over slowly taking in all the information. It had information that he
could never imagine, including locations of where he might be able to
find something on Kipp. “This has to be it.”
He took the disk from his pocket that he had put in there earlier and
put into the computer copying the information. He watched as the
percent went up slowly, but a noise caught his attention as he went
over to the window. He pushed back the curtain to see Cameron getting
out of the car, even worse…he had Susan with him.
“Oh shit,” Kyle cussed going over to the computer to see that it was
only on 90%.
He went over looking back out the window to see Cameron at the front
“Come on,” he growled as the copying finished and he took out the disk
quickly and turned off the computer.
He quickly ran down the stairs almost stumbling over his feet as the
front door opened. He thought quickly as he jumped into the bathroom
and leaned up against the wall waiting to hear the front door shut. He
slowly looked out the door to see Cameron and Susan in the hallway.
Cameron looked his way as Kyle jumped back and held back his breath.
“What is it?” Susan questioned seeing Cameron shake his head lightly.
“It’s nothing,” Cameron stated before walking into the other room as
Kyle made his move.
He ran to the back of the house knowing that if he took the front door
it would be a little obvious. He looked around and took the best thing
he could think of as he ran out the backdoor quickly. He ran to the car
going to make his way back to mansion to tell them what he found.
“Did you hear something?” Cameron questioned seeing Susan shake her
“No, I didn’t,” she declared before sitting down on the couch seeing
“Good, then let’s get down to business,” Cameron suggested ready to
delve into his plans for what happens next.
Brant held the door open for Avery allowing her access to the foyer
from the rainy afternoon before he followed her inside. He’d
known full well that court today hadn’t gone anything like she’d been
hoping and now as he was met by her unnerving silence, he felt the need
to try to make things better for her. He stepped forward helping
her out of her jacket, but much to his surprise she pulled away from
him stiffening up at the slightest touch.
“I can take care of it myself,” Avery replied in a muted tone, her gaze
dropping to the floor.
“Avery, I was just trying to help,” Brant eyed her intently, “Hey, are
you sure you’re okay?”
“No, I’m not okay,” Avery shook her head, tilting her eyes up to look
at him briefly before she looked away, still too apprehensive about the
situation between them. She ran her fingers through her damp hair
before she cleared her throat again. “Today did not go as I’d
“Hey, there’s always tomorrow,” Brant suggested with a small smile,
“and hey if Carly thinks she’s going to keep trying to coax them into
taking her side with her antics, then maybe you can one up her and wear
a shorter skirt there.”
That did it. Avery looked up at him with an icy glare. Her
eyes were so full of obvious annoyance that Brant took a step back
himself raising his hands in the air defensively.
“Avery, I was kidding,” he replied urgently, “It was a joke.”
“It wasn’t funny,” she frowned heavily before letting out a long sigh,
“Actually, the truth is that I’m really not in the mood for company
tonight. I think I’d just rather go back to my house and…”
“You don’t want to stay here,” he questioned with disappointment in his
“No, I don’t think that’s a good idea,” she insisted gazing up at him
briefly, “I’d just really rather be home in my room--in my bed and…”
“Avery, what is this all about,” Brant asked worried, “Did I do
something wrong? All day you’ve been really cold and distanced
with me. If I did something or if I am doing something, just tell
me and I’ll try to fix it considering that…”
“Brant, this isn’t something that can be fixed. After what
happened last night, I think it’s pretty safe to say that we both
realized that this is a huge mistake,” she blurted out unable to
contain the tears that threatened as Brant’s jaw dropped.
“Oh God. I know what this is about,” he realized remembering his
mission the previous evening, “Avery, look about Heather…”
“Heather,” she gave him a strange look before a crease in her brow
formed, “I swear to God Brant if you even get started on saying
something along the lines about Heather being right about me and about
my being a huge disappointment, then I swear I will have to hurt you…”
“Avery, what are you talking about,” Brant questioned with a shake of
his head, “I’m talking about her being here.”
“Heather’s here,” her jaw practically dropped.
“That’s right,” he nodded quickly, “and given the way you’ve been
acting, I just assumed that you weren’t happy about her being
around. Last night when I went to the hospital to find her, well
she was a mess and we made an arrangement.”
“What kind of arrangement,” Avery asked surprise registering behind her
“She agreed to help us take down Cameron if I broke her out of the
hospital. While I probably broke about a dozen laws last
night in breaking her out of there, well, she’s agreed to help us dig
up the goods on Cameron.”
“You mean she’s actually…” Avery stopped herself a sudden thought
occurring to her, “Did you say you broke her out of the hospital last
He nodded, “Yeah, that’s why I wasn’t around like I should‘ve
been. I know I promised you that I would be, but when I thought
about the case and how much it meant to you, well I knew that I had to
act fast or else…”
“Well hello family,” Ken beamed entering the mansion from the front
door. He grinned from ear to ear, his eyes perking up with
obvious interest as he shrugged out of his own jacket, “It’s a
beautiful day today, isn’t it?”
“What the hell are you so perky about,” Brant questioned with a small
scowl finding it irritating that yet again his brother had stepped in
to interrupt a conversation he was having with Avery.
“It’s just such a beautiful day,” Ken explained as the sound of thunder
came from outside the mansion.
“It’s raining,” Brant frowned back at him.
“Is it,” Ken shrugged, “I haven’t noticed. I guess I was just too
busy thinking about the most amazing dream I had last night to bother
with worrying about the weather.”
“Okay, what gives,” Brant faced his brother fully now.
“I’m just in a very good mood this afternoon,” Ken explained hanging
his coat up on the coat rack before his eyes darted over towards Avery,
“Although judging by the expressions on both of your faces, I’m going
to guess that you’re both quite the opposite.”
“We were in the middle of a conversation here,” Brant replied sharply,
“One that doesn’t include you.”
“Hmm, well you know if you don’t want to air your dirty laundry in the
public, then maybe you shouldn’t be having it out in the foyer,” Ken
shrugged his shoulders, “Just a suggestion.”
“Maybe you should just go find something to keep yourself busy with,”
Brant’s impatience grew with the moment, “I’m trying to have a
conversation with my wife.”
“Ah yes,” Ken’s eyes traveled over Avery appreciatively before his grin
expanded, “and what a fine wife she is.”
“Back off Ken,” Brant warned sharply not quite sure what kind of game
his brother was about to start playing with him, but he was sure
judging by the expression on Ken’s face it wasn’t going to be something
he wanted to get into at the moment.
“So tell me, are we having marital problems this early on,” Ken wiggled
his brow suggestively, “Things in the sack not as accommodating as
you’d hoped they’d be when her husband kicked the bucket Brant?”
“That’s it,” Brant reached out to grab his brother’s collar, his
fingers curling around the neck of the shirt as he shoved Ken harshly
back into the wall.
“Oh, I’m really scared now,” Ken feigned fear, his jaw clenching with
the moment, “What’s wrong Brant? Does hearing the truth about
your wife hurt since we both know she doesn’t love you? It must
be a real bitch knowing that you‘ll always come in as a far second to
“Ken, I’ve heard more than enough,” Brant shoved him once again before
Avery stepped in placing her hand on his shoulder.
“Brant don’t,” Avery pleaded with him, “Don’t do this.”
“He’s asking for me to hit him,” Brant replied with an angry scowl.
“And if you give in, you’re no better than he is right now,” Avery
tried to appeal to Brant, her own thoughts swirling inside of her
head. She could feel the tension building between the two
brothers and as she pleaded with Brant, she just hoped he wouldn’t give
in to Ken’s baiting him.
“What are you drunk again,” Brant shoved Ken aside with a disgusted
expression, “I mean really what’s your problem? Why don’t
you go sober up?”
“And why don’t you just drop dead,” Ken replied with an icy grin before
looking to Avery, “and you, well it’s amazing how well you manage to
keep my brother at bay there Avery. It must be something that you
do there to gain such loyalty out of him. He must enjoy that
special trick you do with your tongue and…”
“Go away Ken,” Brant stepped towards him once again.
Ken waved his hands in the air realizing he’d said enough as the color
drained from Avery’s face. If she didn’t have a clue about what
really happened last night, well it wouldn’t be long for her to
register the situation and when she did, Ken chuckled to himself, it
was going to be beautiful. Taking a step back Ken reached for his
jacket once again, “Screw you. I was just on my way out anyways.”
“Good,” Brant remarked sourly watching Ken’s retreat before turning to
a now shaken Avery.
“Avery, look I’m sorry about that. Ken’s being a real ass now
since he lost Caitlin and…” he started reaching out to touch her arm
“I…” Avery felt a sick feeling in the pit of her stomach as she looked
up to Brant once again. She opened her mouth to speak, but then
in that moment all she could think about was the look on Ken’s face
when he’d thrown out that last comment. There was something about
the way he’d said it…something about the way he’d looked at her that
reminded her so much of…
“Avery,” Brant reached for her once again.
“Oh God,” she gasped horrified by where her thoughts were taking
her. “No, no…this can’t be. There’s no way that…”
“Avery, what’s going on?” Brant noticed the color was now completely
gone from her features and she looked as if she was going to be
sick. “Avery, talk to me…”
“I…I think that I…” she stammered feeling the beginnings of a panic
attack coming on. Her skin felt like it was burning her alive and
when she looked to Brant all she could see were shades of what had
transpired between them in the bedroom last night. Only this time
instead of feeling as if she’d been some kind of disappointment to him,
she could plainly hear the sound of Ken’s words taunting her. “I
think I’m going to be sick.”
“Avery wait…” Brant called out to her watching her race up the stairs,
but it was too late. The damage had already been done and now
Brant feared that he may never be able to fix whatever it was that was
going on with Avery.
Carly paced around her hotel room trying to think of a way to remedy
the situation that had arisen today in court. While she’d been
beyond brutal, the truth was that she was doing her job. Okay, so
maybe she’d thrown in a potshot there when she’d brought up Dave’s
helping Grady fake his own death, but if she’d ignored that fact, then
her boss would have her head on the line. Sure, it was a low
blow, but damn it, she had to tell the truth. She had to let the
jury see the way things were. She was just doing her job and Dave
would have to understand that, wouldn’t he?
Looking to the phone once again, she contemplated calling him, knowing
that it hadn’t done her any good the last five times she’d left a
message on his machine. At this point she was certain that he was
ignoring her--certain that he was fuming at what she’d said--about the
position she’d put him in on the witness stand, but it was what she
needed to do. She had to win this one. She had to prove
herself if she wanted to make it and if Dave couldn’t understand that…
“He’ll understand. He has to,” Carly mouthed to herself pacing
around her room once again, “If he’s upset, well you can just explain
to him why you did what you did. He wouldn’t have done it
differently. Okay, so maybe he would’ve, but still…he would know
why you did what you did…”
She stopped in front of a mirror taking a long look at herself.
While she was trying to convince herself, she knew better. Dave
was far too good of a man to sink to that all time low like she
had. It was in his nature to help those in need and that had been
what he was doing in helping Grady Denton. Still, it wasn’t
something that the eyes of the law would be as forgiving about.
It was something that she should’ve been more understanding about, but
still when it came to getting the job done.
“That’s it,” she threw her hands in the air before marching over to the
phone once again determined to keep leaving him messages all night
until he picked up or decided to call her back. He couldn’t avoid
her forever, could he?
Reaching for the phone, Carly began to dial his number when she heard a
knocking on her hotel room door. Swiftly setting the phone back
on it’s base, she ran over to the door not knowing who to expect.
She reached out to open the door hastily, but also realizing that she
needed to look together in the event Isabel was stopping by, she drew
in a deep breath and prayed that her emotions didn’t give her
away. Finally she opened the door surprised to discover Dave on
the other side staring back at her.
“Dave,” Carly let out a breath of relief, a small smile forming as she
realized he must’ve come to see her. He must’ve forgiven her for
what happened earlier. “Come on in.”
“No,” he shook his head firmly, “I can’t do that.”
“But…you’re here and I just thought that…” Carly blinked back in
“Carly if I walk in there, I’m going to say something that the both of
us are going to regret,” Dave confessed his jaw tight with obvious
emotion. He took in a long, calming breath before holding out a
small bag for her, “I just thought you might want to see this…”
“What is it?” she questioned eyeing the bag intently.
“It might give you some perspective,” he replied dropping the bag into
her hand, “After what happened in the courtroom today, well I just
figured that you might need that right about now.”
“Dave, look about what happened earlier,” she began shifting on her
feet as her dark eyes penetrated his, “it wasn’t personal. It was
“No, Carly what you did today was personal--very personal and I’d be
lying if I said I understood why you did what you did,” Dave answered
honestly, a sigh spilling from his lips, “You’re going about this all
“I’m trying to do my job Dave. You’d be doing the same thing if
you were in my shoes,” she argued with him.
“No, I’d be trying to find the truth Carly because when it gets down to
it, if you can’t see the truth and let the jury see that, then justice
just winds up getting lost in the shuffle,” he finished taking a step
back to leave.
“Dave wait…” she pleaded with him knowing by his wounded expression
that things were far from where she’d wanted them to be for them.
“Look, just take what I said to heart,” Dave cut her off abruptly, “It
might be the thing that saves you both personally and professionally
before you wind up making an even bigger mistake.”
“I was just doing my job Dave,” Carly scoffed back at him, holding the
bag in her fingers.
“Funny because I thought what you did today went above and beyond doing
your job,” Dave let out an ironic smile, “but then again it was always
your ability to go above and beyond what was necessary that was a
problem for us.”
“I’m not about to apologize for doing what I had to do,” Carly replied
with a frown.
“You shouldn’t have to, but know that winning isn’t all that it’s
cracked up to be especially when you’re on the losing end of this one
either way,” Dave finished turning down the hallway and leaving before
she could say much more.
Frowning Carly closed the door behind him knowing that today she’d
blown it. She’d finally delivered the last straw to their
relationship and Dave’s words only sealed that for her. Leaning
back against the door, she couldn’t help but get choked up on her
emotions. She thought of all the things she’d hoped to accomplish
in returning to town, but never did she imagine she’d find a way to
alienate herself from Dave even more.
“Oh Dave,” she spoke his name, unable to keep her disappointment from
overtaking her. She looked down to the bag in her hands, peering
inside to see a VHS tape within. She reached inside ready to get
a closer look when she heard a faint tapping on the door behind
Nearly leaping out of her own skin Carly spun around to eye the door
intently. Her heart was hammering in her chest, her throat went
dry and in that instant she felt herself praying for a second
chance. Dave had come back. He had to have felt that they’d
done this all wrong. He was hurting too and maybe this was a
sign…maybe this was a way that they could fix the situation.
Unable to help herself, she pulled the door open hastily, “Dave.”
“Nope, sorry to disappoint you,” Ken replied immediately reaching out
to curl his arm around her, “but then again I’m sure knowing it’s me
won’t be much of a disappointment either.”
“Ken,” she spoke his name, her dark eyes fixed upon his.
“I missed you today,” he whispered leaning in for a kiss when he
noticed the tears over her cheeks. “Hey, what’s wrong…”
“It’s Dave,” she blurted out unable to hold back a moment longer, “Oh
Ken, I blew it today and I think it’s over--really over for good this
“Hey, it’s okay,” Ken brought her fully into his arms, listening to the
sounds of her tears as she rambled on about what took place in the
courtroom. Finally he tilted back enough to meet her sad
eyes. He brushed his thumb against her cheek wiping at her tears
gently, “It’s going to be alright. Everything will work itself
“Somehow I doubt that,” Carly shook her head disbelieving before laying
her had on Ken’s shoulder once again.
“Of course it will,” Ken mouthed with a tiny smirk realizing that while
it was troublesome to see Carly crying, the fact that Dave was going to
be out of the picture only made things all the more exciting for him.
From the looks of it, things were working out for Ken after all.
Gabe opened the door to the apartment surprised to see Jade standing
before him. Without any words, he let her inside as soon as he
noticed the tears in her eyes.
“Jade, what is it,” Gabe questioned reaching out to embrace her.
“Grady’s trial started today and it was horrible,” Jade sobbed into his
chest, “Gabe, if things keep up like this, then he’s never going to be
able to come home.”
“Now, that’s no way to think about this,” Gabe tried to soothe her, but
as he thought back to what he’d seen on the news earlier, he knew that
Grady had a bit of an uphill battle ahead of him. “It’ll be okay.”
“No, it won’t,” she shook her head before taking a step back, “and what
makes this worse is that I know this is all because of Cameron.
He wanted to have me, but I wouldn’t give in. I wouldn’t give him
what he wanted so now he’s taking it out on Grady. If only I
“Whoa, now stop right there before you say something that you’re going
to regret,” Gabe warned her, “Jade, you did the right thing in not
letting that son of a bitch win and Grady will get out of this.
When the jury sees he’s innocent…”
“If Cameron has his way, then they won’t see that. They won’t
know what really happened to Kipp Mahoney. They’ll only hear
Cameron’s warped version of the truth. I mean yeah sure I know
that Avery’s trying to help--she really is, but so many things are
against Grady…” she clenched her fists at her side, “I hate that
bastard! I swear I could kill him myself for what he’s doing.”
“Okay, that’s it,” Gabe pulled her more completely into the living
room, “while those feelings are completely justified there Jade, what
you need to do is calm down. This isn’t going to help Grady and
it’s certainly not going to help you either.”
“I’m just so angry and upset and I hate to bother you with this, but
there wasn’t anyone else I could really turn to. Seth is planning
his big wedding and the last thing I want to do is burden him with
this,” Jade rambled on feeling as if the weight of the world was on her
“Now I know that Seth would not consider any of this a burden. He
loves you Jade and he’s worried about you,” Gabe began.
“Yes, but I’ve already put him through so much. I mean he gave up
his life for me. He gave up his scholarship to go away to college
to stay behind and help me. He’s always doing things for me and
now that he’s finally found some happiness for himself, who am I to
invade upon it?” she questioned emphatically.
“Jade, it’s not about that and you know it,” Gabe shook his head seeing
that she was clearly lost inside herself. “It’s about something
that’s bothering you and Seth doesn’t look at it that way.”
“He doesn’t have to because I do. I mean he and Blake are so
happy. They’re planning this wedding and their working towards
their dreams, yet I feel like a scrooge because I keep thinking to
myself that right now I should be planning my own dreams. I
should be making my future with Grady top priority. We should be
the ones planning a wedding, but we’re not and when I think about how
much we’ve been cheated out of, I just get so upset…”
“Hey, it’s going to be okay,” Gabe reached out to curl his arm around
her as she continued to sob, “You have to trust me on this one
Jade. Justice will prevail.”
“I used to believe that once upon a time. I used to really think
that good things happened to good people, but after all the things that
have happened in my life,” she tilted her head up to look at him, “God,
I just feel like this is all my fault.”
“It’s not your fault Jade. It’s far from it,” Gabe explained with
a small sigh, “Listen to me. Unfortunately there are people like
Cameron in this world who think they run the show. They think
that they can bully people around and play God with other’s lives, but
they can’t. They can try, but in the end they will get what’s
coming to them.”
“It doesn’t feel that way. It just feels like I’m going to lose
the man I love and nothing I do or say can stop that from happening,”
Jade replied breaking into tiny sobs all over again as Gabe tried to
console her wishing that there was something more he could do to take
away her pain.
“How are you feeling?” Brant questioned walking into Heather’s room and
“I’m doing fine,” she informed him before he spotted Diego in the
corner of the room and Brant scowled.
“What are you doing here?” Brant questioned quickly before Heather cut
“It’s okay,” Heather assured him with a slight sigh, “I also had Kyle
here earlier too.”
“You what?” Brant questioned with a slight laugh before seeing Heather
shrug seeming like she was caught on her words.
“Brant, calm down,” Heather began to explain with a slight sigh, “I
gave Kyle the security code to Cameron’s house.”
“Why did you do that?” Brant questioned thinking it over before she
began to explain herself.
“I gave it to him in hope that he would find something to help Grady,”
she declared seeing him nod slowly.
“So he is there right now?” Brant questioned seeing her nod, “What
“Well, I am hoping that he gets out of there before Cameron gets
there,” Heather stated before seeing Brant nod. “He is trying to find
some type of information on the case.”
“Hopefully he does,” Diego got out with a slight sigh before Heather
“Do you think Cameron caught him?” Heather questioned worriedly seeing
Brant shake his head.
“Are you kidding me?” Brant wondered with a slight laugh. “I think your
underestimating Kyle. I mean even if he did caught; I know he could put
up a fight. I know that personally.”
“I guess your right,” Heather smiled before seeing Brant nod slightly.
“Do you think he will find something?” Brant questioned seeing Heather
“I am almost positive,” she nodded taking in a deep breath walking over
and looking out the window to see if Kyle ever got back.
“Let’s just hope he gets back soon,” Brant sighed before folding his
arms out in front of him slowly.
“See, now I told you everything would be better,” Ken replied returning
to Carly’s room with a cart of room service, “In fact, I ordered a
surprise for us.”
“Ken, I’m not in the mood,” Carly replied with a small frown, running
the towel over her damp hair after the long shower she’d taken upon
“Trust me, you’re going to enjoy this,” Ken promised pulling the lid
off of the cart before him to reveal a bowl of strawberries and whipped
cream along with a bottle of champagne.
“Ken, I don’t know what to say…” she started with wide eyes, looking
over to him as he began to pour them both a glass of champagne.
“Don’t say anything,” Ken offered her a glass before taking a seat
beside her on the edge of the bed. He took a drink from his own
glass before setting it back on the cart again, “Just enjoy it.”
“Ken, I don’t know if I can enjoy anything right about now
considering,” she began in protest only to feel her words cut off by
the sweet, succulent taste of the berry he raised to her lips.
“Just eat up and enjoy this,” Ken urged her on, reaching for another
berry and dipping it in the whipped cream once more before offering it
to her parted lips. His other hand dropped down to her bare knee
that lay peeking out from beneath the robe she was wearing, “I know I’m
“Ken, it’s just…” she stopped herself indulging him when she took
another bite of the luscious fruit he’d offered her.
“It’s good isn’t it,” Ken smiled down at her.
“It’s very good,” she nodded in confession before her thoughts drifted
back to the courtroom, “but given the day I’ve had I don’t think I
should be rewarded for any of it. I think punishment is more
fitting for me…”
“Well we can work on that too if you’d like,” he teased his fingers
sliding in over the knotted sash of her robe. Swiftly he released
the knot before dipping his hand in beneath the cottony fabric to touch
her warm, glowing skin.
“Ken, I’m being serious,” Carly curled her lip in a pout feeling his
touch rise up and skim over her breast gingerly. She raised her
hand to stop him as a soft gasp pressed out from inside of her.
“So am I,” he confessed leaning in towards her using the weight of his
movement to push her backward onto the bed more completely. Using
his position over her to his advantage, he caged her in beneath him,
his mouth seeking hers out greedily, “I’ve been a very bad boy myself
and I need you to punish me.”
“You’re insatiable Ken,” Carly shook her head at him, slightly amused
with the wild expression behind his eyes as his fingers eased in over
the seductive lines of her body.
“You haven’t seen anything yet,” he assured her reaching out from
behind where they lay to collect another piece of fruit. He
placed it between his teeth before leaning forward to share it with
her. She readily accepted tasting the sweetly erotic combination
of the berry and him as their tongues tangled.
“I promised you that things would get better,” he reminded her in a
heated whisper, using his mouth to explore the curve of her neck while
his hands carefully parted the material of her robe to free her body up
to his hungry explorations.
“Ken, if I didn’t know better, I’d say you were trying to seduce me all
over again. I thought we agreed the other night that there
wouldn’t be anymore of this,” Carly tossed up at him in a feeble
attempt to dissuade the situation from expanding, but as Ken shrugged
out of his shirt, freeing up his body to her gaze, her words were lost.
“Don’t look at this as a repeat of the other night,” Ken assured her
reaching for a thick berry and carefully smothering it with whipped
cream. “Think of this as an altogether new and arousing
“It still leads to the same outcome for us,” Carly reminded him
pointedly, feeling his fingers curl in underneath her heel. She
watched him as he carefully guided her foot back over the sheet so that
her knee was tilted up towards the ceiling. Their eyes connected
for a brief moment before she felt his lips press in over her thigh.
“There’s nothing wrong with indulging in pleasure with one another,”
Ken murmured against her smooth, silken skin before he traced her inner
thigh with the creamy berry leaving a line of sugary sweetness over
her. His gaze lifted to her once again and he watched as she bit
her lower lip appreciatively. He smiled for a brief moment before
teasing his tongue over the trail of slick seduction he’d left upon her.
“Ken,” she cried out his name feeling him move in between her thighs
touching her in all the right places as she arched up to him. She
felt his hands press in over her hips guiding her body further towards
his hungry explorations. She writhed, whimpered and reached out
over the bed for the sheet trying to stay grounded as Ken weaved his
magical spell over her. Tangling her fingers in the blankets
beneath her Carly bucked up towards him, unable to hold back any longer
as the fire he’d ignited in her was threatening to burn her alive.
“You’re so delicious,” Ken mouthed moving away from the bed long enough
to take a long look at the beautiful woman before him. Yes, last
night he’d been with Avery while leading her to believe that he was
Brant, but with Carly, well it all came so naturally. Seeing her
writhing before him, so ready to accept him, to embrace all of him, he
knew that this wasn’t at all the same thing. Sure, maybe it had
started off as revenge, but by God now that he’d had a taste of her, he
couldn’t get enough.
“Ken,” she breathed his name, her skin a flushed color as she extended
her arms out to hold him once again. Eagerly, she yanked him onto
the bed with her, their mouths meeting in a whirlwind of fervent desire
as their bodies came together in a moment of desperate need. Her
nails scratched his back, raked over his shoulder and as he looked into
her eyes feeling the intensity of what it was like to be making love to
her all over again, he realized that this was where he belonged.
With her was the only place he wanted to be. Now that Dave was
out of the equation, he vowed to find a way to keep this feeling alive
for as long as he could hold onto it. Carly was his safety net--she was
his fire, his temptation and there was no way in hell that he would
ever let go.
Kyle quickly ran up to the doors of the Ashford mansion knocking on
them frantically. Brant opened the door motioning him to come in as
Heather came down the stairs and Avery walked into the hallway.
“Good you’re here,” Brant smiled as Kyle watched Heather walk towards
“Did you find anything?” Heather questioned quickly seeing him nod and
“Did I find anything? I think I found a lot,” Kyle nodded seeing Avery
with a slight bit confused expression on her face.
“What are you guys talking about?” Avery questioned seeing Kyle walk
over to her and place his hands on her shoulders lightly.
“Avery, I think I found something that could get Grady out of jail,”
Kyle informed her with a wide smile taking away Avery’s breath, as she
“How? What?” Avery questioned still slightly confused before seeing
“I found some files on Cameron’s computer Avery. I found a location
that Kipp might be, but I have to leave town quickly,” Kyle stated
seeing Avery smile.
“I knew you would find something,” Heather declared with a slight smile
before seeing Kyle look over at Avery as she began to talk again.
“When do you have to leave?” Avery questioned seeing him shrug and
shake his head.
“As soon as possible,” Kyle stated with a slight smile before feeling
Brant’s hand on his shoulder making him turn around.
“If you want to, you can take the company’s jet there,” Brant informed
him with a slight smile before seeing Kyle nod and grin.
“Okay man, I would like that,” Kyle nodded before looking over at Avery
who began to speak up again.
“So you are telling me that you can find something that will Grady off
this?” Avery questioned seeing Kyle nod as she walked over to him
hugging him tightly.
“Grady is going to be a free man,” Kyle promised as a hugged her
tightly in his arms.
“What about Cameron?” Heather questioned as Kyle let go of Avery and
“He walked into the house and almost saw me, but I got out before he
caught me,” Kyle stated thinking back to when Cameron almost saw him.
“So he didn’t see you?” Heather wondered seeing him nod slowly with a
“He never saw a thing,” Kyle informed her with a grin thinking to the
future, “I can’t wait to see the look on that bastard’s face when Grady
is proven not guilty.”