Deidra stood outside the door to her apartment finding herself face to face
with Dean after the trip theyd taken with one another. Their time together
had been nice and while shed hoped that theyd take things to the
next level, she could understand his need to take things slow between them.
Even though shed hated to admit it, the truth was that until she dealt
with the issue she had with Andy, she really couldnt consider herself
on the free market. Sure the divorce had come up, but until it was finalized
she and Dean had decided to try to take things slow. Still as she stood before
him, leaning in against her apartment front door, she couldnt help but
find herself lost in his eyes.
Are you sure you dont want to come in, she questioned lazily drawing her fingers in over his shirt. She bunched up the fabric and pulled him in closer to her, his mouth hovering in just above hers.
Believe me Id be more than happy to come inside, Dean confessed his breath skimming in over her eager, waiting lips, but we both know its probably not such a smart idea.
You had me all to yourself for a while now and youve been behaving like a perfect gentleman, Deidra reminded him with a coy expression, What would be the harm in your coming inside for a drink?
The harm would be in the fact that back at the cabin, well, I had cold showers to curb my impulses, he explained with a slight grin.
Well, I have a shower in here as well, she explained in a flirty tone, and Im sure if things get too intense we can find a way to cool down together with that.
Getting you into a shower and picturing you naked, well that would be the last thing that would cool me down at this point, he confessed with a slight groan, feeling his body tighten and constrict at the very thought of getting her alone in such cramped quarters.
That wouldnt be such a bad thing you know, she thought aloud, fanning her fingers out over his shoulder to pull him in closer to her.
Im starting to think that temptation is going to have its way with me tonight if Im not careful here, he revealed.
So then let temptation reign supreme. I wont tell anyone if we bend the rules a bit, she suggested leaning in closer to him, her leg rubbing up against his thigh.
I think its very easy to forget the rules where youre involve, Dean revealed unable to resist the urge to taste of her vanilla flavored lips. His mouth dipped in over hers, kissing her with a soft sensuality, but soon the kiss transformed into something greater, something that was all about longing and need. Before either one of them knew it, hed pressed Deidra against her door, kissing her wildly as his hands explored all her savory curves. He could feel her hands traveling over him enticing him all the more, but as he thought of what hed promised her, he pulled back with a labored breath.
I really think I should get going, Dean managed to get out while attempting to put some kind of distance between them to keep from losing control.
I really wish you didnt have to leave, she mouthed, licking her lips as the taste of him still remained strong over her.
I wish I didnt either, but you have to trust me when I tell you that this will be worth the wait. When the time is right, he brushed his thumb over her bottom lip in a slow, exaggerated movement, itll be something special for us.
I know it will, she nodded in response, hating to break the contact between them, but unfortunately Dean had a point. Taking a step sideways she placed her key in the door unlocking it before throwing out one last longing look, Ill miss you.
Ill miss you too, but I promise Ill call you later, Dean leaned forward to kiss her lightly before she entered her apartment. They gazed at one another for a long moment before she blew a kiss in his general direction.
Ill be dreaming of you, she revealed with a small smile.
Ill be doing the same, Dean replied as she closed the door much to her own dismay.
Sinking in against the door Deidra closed her eyes thinking about the wonderful time theyd shared with one another. Never before in her life had she met someone so patient and caring, someone who was really trying to put her first above all else. Sure, with Andy hed tried to give off that illusion, but with Dean she knew it was the real deal. He truly cared about her and with each passing moment they spent with one another, she realized she was starting to fall head over heels for him. Their time together was something she found herself looking forward to more and more.
Oh Dean, she sighed trying to think of something other than the man who had managed to make her smile again after having spent so much time in a world of misery. Sure, maybe things were running their course for them slower than they both wanted, but maybe Dean was right. Maybe this time love was worth waiting for.
With that thought in mind, Deidra stepped away from her door only to hear a knock. Turning around to look at the door she felt a smile growing over her lips. So saying good-bye had been hard for Dean too. Well she could certainly understand that and as she reached for the door to open it, she figured maybe they could find a way to salvage tonight somehow.
Couldnt stand to be away from me, could you? she questioned with a bright smile ready to throw her arms around him.
Well hello to you too, Dave replied feeling her embrace him. He awkwardly held onto her before speaking up once again, But somehow I have the feeling that you werent thinking that Id be the one at your door, huh?
Angela popped her head into Nicks room attempting not to let things
get awkward between them after Kevin had walked in at the most inopportune
moment in time. She wasnt quite sure what had possessed her to want
to get close to Nick, but there was something about him that she couldnt
quite explain. Still it was no excuse to start acting like a crazy teenager
with a crush. She would just have to lay down the patient/doctor ground rules
You can do this, she told herself stepping into the room only to discover him standing by the hospital bed shirtless. She stood frozen for a moment watching him reach for the shirt that lay spread out across the bed. His arms flexed with the movement, his body twitching slightly with the movement as Angela found herself drawn to his chest. Unable to contain herself she cleared her throat to let him know he wasnt alone any longer.
Doctor Meloni, he smiled turning to see her as he held his shirt in hands, and here I was thinking youd probably be avoiding my like the plague after your boyfriend walked in on us.
Kevins not my boyfriend, Angela stammered a bit, I mean hes a friend and hes a guy, but were not never mind.
Oh, so youre saying that the powerhouse that follows you around isnt your significant other, he grinned at the prospect, Now thats something to get a bit excited about.
Not nearly as much as youre hoping for it to, she shook her head at him feeling a moment of his flirting get to her.
Tell me are you always wound up this tightly? he questioned taking a seat on the edge of the bed.
Only when my patients continue to flirt with me shamelessly, she nodded in response, because it makes me very uncomfortable on a professional level.
In that case, problem solved, he finally slipped into his shirt now making it a bit easier for her to concentrate without gawking. He rose up again before facing her with a look of all seriousness, because Im checking myself out of here.
Youre what? her jaw practically dropped in shock, You cant do that.
Sure I can, he replied with a nod, The way I see it theres nothing wrong with me.
Other than the fact that youre missing a huge chunk of your memory there. That in itself is a big problem Nick. It doesnt exactly make for good starting ground once you leave here.
Im not going far, he informed her with a small smile, Martha told me about a place for rent not far from here that she and her husband own, so Im sure that I can stay there for a while.
Thats wonderful, but just how do you think youre going to be able to afford something like that, she questioned bluntly.
Well, funny thing about being here. People are so eager to help and Martha also mentioned to me that her cousin owned the bar and was looking for help so
So you just thought that youd go over there and work until what? Until you remember who you are? she questioned placing her hands on her hips.
That was kind of the plan, he nodded in agreement, and then of course being that Im not longer a patient, well I was figuring that youd at least let me take you out to dinner tonight to celebrate my progress.
Nick, theres no telling what could happen to you when you remember everything youre missing. I mean theres a lot more happening than either one of us know about and Angela started to protest.
And nothing, he replied with a simple shrug of his shoulder, As Ive said before if its supposed to come back to me, it will. So far all I can remember is what Ive told you. We know my name is Nick and that I wound up here for a reason.
One that you yourself cant even begin to explain at this point, she pointed out with a scowl, Nick, theres no telling what is waiting for you outside this hospital.
Maybe not at this point, but I figure with your help, well maybe we can uncover the mystery together, he paused flashing her a sexy smile, that is if youre interested in being involved.
Why does it matter so much to you that Im involved in this Nick? I mean youve come on really strong since the moment youve awakened and I have to tell you that Im not really sure how to deal with something like that, she admitted still trying to figure him out.
Well, the truth to the matter is that Im not sure who or what I was before you found me, but since you saved me on the beach, well I cant help but think about you. Youve been in my dreams and surely that has to mean something, he stepped towards her, reaching out to take her hand in his, Right now youre the only person in this world that I can trust and
And Im your doctor, she pointed out with a small frown.
Not anymore. I checked myself out, remember? he wiggled his brow at her, Im just one of the general public now.
Nick, youre pushing my patience here, she gave him a firm look.
Angela, he threw her name back out at her pointedly, dont argue this.
How did you know my name? she questioned with wide eyes.
Youre not the only one who can work at solving a mystery, he motioned to her nametag, Besides, you didnt really think that Id be calling you Doc all the time, did you? Though if youd like, I can stick with that as long as you let me call you.
Youre not at all interested in getting better are you, she asked skeptically, I mean for all I know you could have your memory back and this is just a come on line, isnt it?
As much as I wish it was, it isnt. I really dont remember, but something tells me that theres a reason for that, he continued with a long sigh, If my life was so damned important before I wound up here, I wouldve found a way to hold onto it, wouldnt I?
I suppose, she nodded with a shrug, but Im not going to lie and tell you that I think you should give up searching for you past.
Fine, but when I do that, Im hoping that youll be here to help me with that--at least as a friend, his eyes pleaded with her, giving her something to think about.
As a friend, well, I think we can work on it, but you have to stop trying to undress me with your eyes every time I walk into a room, she threw back at him firmly, because thats not going to work for us.
Fair enough, he held his hand out to her, How about we start over again? Angela, its nice to meet you. My name is Nick Nick Smith.
Well Mr. Smith, its very nice to meet you, she extended her hand to his, welcome to the island.
It would be a much warmer welcome if you say yes to dinner with me tonight, he flirted with her, catching her hand in his.
Now youre pushing it, she moved to release his hand, but as his fingers connected with hers, she watched something happening behind his eyes. Nick, what is it?
Its nothing, he tried to shake the feeling that overtook him. He gazed at her face, seeing her caught up in a laugh, in a moment where he had his arms around her, holding her close to him.
Nick, she spoke his name once again.
Im fine, he steadied himself knowing what whatever it was about Angela that was drawing him closer to her had to be important. It had to be significant otherwise he wouldnt be thinking about her as hed been doing lately. She haunted his dreams, dominated his thoughts during his waking hours and as he thought of exploring his past, he had the uncanny feeling that getting closer to her was the key to uncovering what it was that he was missing from his life.
Kevin quietly shut the door to Angelas office as he walked to her computer.
Lets see what I can find on this Nick guy, Kevin sat down in the chair opening up some of the files. I dont really trust this guy.
He started looking through the files before his cell phone began to ring and he answered it quickly not trying to be noticed.
Hello? Kevin questioned answering his phone as he opened one of the drawers of the desk looking for any papers.
Kevin, Cameron yelled over the phone as Kevin rolled his eyes stopping what he was doing. What is going on out there?
What do you mean, what is going on out here? Kevin questioned a slight bit aggravated.
I mean how the hell did Kipp get off that damn island? Cameron wondered as he raised his voice getting angrier by the minute.
How are we supposed to know? Kevin questioned with a laugh before telling him what he knew, All I know is Kipp left with someone. We didnt even know when he left.
This is all Angels fault, I cant believe she let him get off that island, Cameron growled before shaking his head.
Hey dont you dare blame Angela on this, Kevin yelled pounding his fist on the desk, She had absolutely nothing to do with this, so dont you dare blame her.
Dont you tell me what to do Adonis, Cameron demanded before starting up again, And you are never going to use that tone with me again.
Cameron, I was just saying you shouldnt blame Angela for this, Kevin began to calm down as he shook his head, She was with me when it happened so it was my fault.
It doesnt matter what you were saying, Cameron shot out before snarling, Dont you forget that I can make sure that you never see your best friend again.
Cameron, Kevin sighed as he rubbed the back of his neck lightly.
Dont Cameron me! Cameron yelled before getting back to his original point, Angel hung up on me and she wont let me come and see her.
Well maybe she wants some space, Kevin came up with an idea thinking to how Angela was.
I dont care if she wants some space, you need to talk to her, Cameron demanded as Kevin nodded.
I will do that, Kevin agreed before starting up again, I just think she isnt feeling really social.
Are sure you can handle a little thing like that? Cameron questioned sarcastically, Last time I put you and Angel in charge of something, you didnt handle it.
Cameron, I will talk to her, Kevin replied biting down on his bottom lip trying not to cuss him out.
You will? If you guys cant handle this stuff, I should come there, Cameron began before Kevin cut him off.
No dont do that, Kevin quickly got out before realizing he just blurt it out, I mean, we can handle this whole thing.
Im sure, Cameron rolled his eyes before thinking back to Kevin just freaking, Is there something else you arent telling me?
No nothing, Kevin lied before coming up with something to say, I just got into a fight with some guy.
What is new? Cameron wondered sarcastically before nodding, You will be hearing from me later.
Alright, Kevin sighed as he hung up the phone and shook his head. Cameron cant know about Angela not yet.
Kevin turned back to the computer pulling the files back up. He ran his hand through his hair lightly before looking at the picture of him and Angela on the desk and picking it up.
I cant let another jerk hurt her again, Kevin shook his head before going back to work.
Guys head rested on his shoulder as his eyes fought to stay open. One of Brookes fingers moved making him shake it off and stay and look at her. Was that real or was he imagining it? Her fingers once more moved making him jump to his feet in a hurry rushing to her side.
Mom, Guy quickly gulped down leaning over her as her eyes slowly opened. Oh my god.
Guy ran into the hallway looking for one of the doctors only to see a nurse.
Can you tell one of the doctors that Brooke Morrison is awake and to hurry? Guy questioned quickly almost skipping some of his words seeing the nurse nod.
Right away, she smiled before seeing him run back into the room and her eyes were still open.
Oh my god mom, you are awake, he laughed as he rested his hand on hers. You really are a fighter.
His mind got caught up in the middle of everything as he gasped realizing what just happened.
I need to call everyone, Guy stated before running the back of his hand against his forehead. They need to know you are awake.
Guy pondered what to do as he gulped down. He had to tell everyone right away.
I will be right back, Guy smiled leaning down and kissing her forehead lightly, I promise.
Guy quickly walked out the door looking for the phone.
Avery is going to be so surprised, Guy laughed before seeing the phone and picking it up to call everyone and tell them.
Avery what is it, Brant questioned worry evident in his tone
as he could see something was eating away at her. Whatever it was, he could
sense she was deeply troubled by it and with that worry in the front of his
mind, he lead her into one of the studies. Urging her to take a seat on the
sofa, he moved in beside her, taking her hand in his, Whatever is bothering
you, I hope you realize that you can talk to me about it. Anything you have
to say, its okay.
No, Brant its not okay, she shook her head at him, Its far from being okay and when I think about how stupid Ive been lately, well I just dont know how youll be able to even look at me after this.
Avery, Im sure its not that bad, he watched her drop her head down to look at her lap. She sniffled alerting him that shed started crying. Unable to bear the sound of her tears, he reached out to her urging her to look at his concerned face, Avery, please whatever it is thats hurting you, tell me so that I can fix it.
Brant this cant be fixed, she confessed in between broken sobs, I dont think this could ever be fixed.
Avery, now I know there are times when things seem impossible, but trust me this isnt one of them. Whatever it is you have to tell me, I wont judge you. I love you and you should know by now that I dont just offer that to anyone freely and without reason. Youre an incredible, amazing woman and I hope you know by now how much you mean to me
Brant stop, she pulled her hand away from his, Im none of those things and the more you keep saying that
Yes you are. Avery, I dont know what brought this on, but you are the most wonderful woman in the world. I love you with all that I am and Ill do anything and everything in my power to make life easier for you. Dont you know that by now? he questioned with a heartfelt plea to her.
That makes this all the more harder to tell you. Brant, I wanted more than anything to be the kind of wife you needed--the kind of wife you deserve. Youve been so good to me and Ive been horrible. Ive been nothing but trouble and Ive been holding back
Avery, I understand your reluctance and its okay with me. I havent exactly given you all the reasons in the world to trust me and I know that youre still hurting about losing Russ. Im not going to pretend that I didnt wish it was different, but I know where your heart was with him and Ive accepted that. Im just hoping that one day youll find it in you to see me the way that you once did. We had something special once, didnt we? I mean the chemistry was there, wasnt it?
It was more than there Brant. Its still there which is why for me to have gone and done what I did, well it just makes no sense. I really shouldve known better, but now her words were brought to an end as Brants cell phone started to ring.
Now what? he questioned ignoring the loud ringing of his phone. He reached into his pocket when he realized the caller wouldnt let up. He was about to turn the phone off when Avery reached out to him.
Brant, wait. It might be important, Avery insisted feeling a moment of panic overtake her as the thought of telling Brant about her night with Ken brought a whole new feeling of shame and guilt to her. Sure shed thought she was making love to Brant, but maybe on some level shed been able to sense the difference--maybe she had just been so blinded by her own neediness that it didnt matter.
Avery, nothing is more important than you are to me at this point in time, he extended his fingers out to wipe at her tears, stroking her skin gently, Youre all that matters in this world to me.
She stared back at him for a long moment wishing like hell that she could find a way to fix all the things that had happened recently, but she knew there was no turning back. Brant had so readily welcomed her into his life and she had kept him at arms length. Shed tried to fight letting him in, but now, well now as he sat before her ready to give her his undivided attention she felt her nerve slipping away. Turning out of his touch, she spoke up in a small voice, Brant, you really should answer the phone. It could be Kyle.
Kyle can wait, but you cant, he tried to explain again, but she wouldnt hear of it. Grabbing his phone from his lap she answered it in a haste.
Hello she spoke into the phone, her voice still shaky with emotion, Guy? What are you doing calling Brant? What?
Brant watched her pace around the room talking to her brother. Somehow something was troubling her deeper than hed imagined and as she moved about he vowed to figure it out. He closed his eyes for a moment taking in a slow breath when he heard the crashing sound of his phone hitting the floor. Immediately he looked up to see her shaking before him.
Avery, whats wrong? he questioned rushing over to her side, Avery, talk to me.
That was Guy. He called to update me on Brookes condition. she replied shakily her face twisting as if shed seen a ghost, Brant, shes awake.
Gabe looked down to the envelope that Marc handed him. While Marc had a confident
expression on his face, Gabe knew that anything Marc would have to offer would
come at a price that Gabe simply wasnt willing to pay. Instead of taking
a look at what was inside, Gabe tossed the envelope back at him.
Im not interested in this or in having you here Marc, Gabe replied sharply, You can take whatever it is you think you have with you and leave because youre not wanted here.
Now Gabriel, you cant tell me that you hate me so much that youd turn away the help I could offer you, Marc gave him a small once over, We certainly havent hit that point of no return, have we?
We had the point of no return years ago, but youre the one who refuses to acknowledge it. Im not interested in whatever gimmick youre working with here, Gabe moved to close the door on him once again.
Im not working a gimmick. Im merely trying to help you keep whats yours. I know what its like to have someone threaten to take your child away. I went through it myself as youre well aware of when I faced losing Cathy, Marc pointed out with a frown.
Yes, but Im also well aware of how you dealt with that situation. Im not going to chart into that territory with Noelle, Gabe remarked sharply.
Then that would be your first big mistake there. If you dont at least take a look at what Im offering, then you stand no chance in going up against Noelle and winning, Marc informed him bluntly.
Im willing to risk it, Gabe replied unwilling to let his fears about losing his daughter shine through where Marc was concerned. As I said before, you need to leave now.
You dont really want that Gabriel, Marc started again hoping to capture Gabes undivided attention, but instead his words only enraged Gabe further.
Gabe threw open the door stepping forward in an attempt to push Marc out into the hallway, I said leave.
Daddy, Brittany looked up to her father from where she stood in the hallway with Mindy. The two girls looked at Gabe and Marc and it was obvious that Gabes movement had surprised the both of them.
Hey princess, Gabe refocused his attention to his daughter opting to ignore his growing animosity with Marc. He reached out to Brittany scooping her into his arms, How was the trip to the video store?
Mindy and I got Dirty Dancing, Brittany boasted proudly.
She twisted my arm, Mindy confessed turning her attention to Marc momentarily. She could sense the tension between the two men and as she thought about what she read in the magazine, her anger flared just a bit.
Daddy, what is he doing here? Brittany questioned tugging on her fathers shirt as she asked the question that Mindy had on the tip of her tongue as well.
He was just leaving, Gabe promised his daughter before glaring over at Marc expectantly, Werent you?
For now, Marc nodded before flashing Brittany a smile, It was nice seeing you again Brittany.
Can we go inside now, Brittany questioned ignoring Marcs words and holding onto Gabe tighter.
Of course we can princess, Gabe assured her curling his arm around Brittany tighter before carrying her back into the apartment.
Mindy watched from out in the hallway a minute longer seeing the smug expression on Marcs face as he watched Gabe. She saw there was something brewing behind his eyes and in that instant she realized she liked him even less than she liked his daughter. Taking a step forward, she tried to pass by Marc, but he stood in her way preventing her from going inside the apartment.
It must be hard on you living with this, Marc motioned to the door before him, In coming so close to what you want, only to know that it can never be yours.
That sounds more like your game, not mine, Mindy pushed his arm aside, Now if youll excuse me.
Of course, he nodded watching her enter the apartment slamming the door behind her. While Gabriel had turned him away today, Marc was certain there would come a day when Gabriel realized that there would be no other in his life that he would need more than Marc. Soon that day would come and when it did, Marc vowed to savor every last second of it.
Well, I guess we are going to be leaving soon, Ben frowned before rubbing his hands together.
Well, I cant wait to see you two again, Cassie smiled before seeing Ben.
Believe me, you will be seeing a lot of us, Ben informed her as she hugged him tightly.
I will miss you, Cassie smiled before looking over to Diane and hugging her, I would love to have you in this family.
I would love to be in this family, Diane blushed as Cassie backed away and Alan wrapped his arm around his wife.
It would be an honor for you to be in this family, Alan repeated the words his wife just said.
It would be great to be married to Ben and have a family like this, Diane declared feeling Ben wrap his arm around her.
Speaking of marriage, Cassie squeaked before seeing Ben roll his eyes, Any plans yet?
Not now mother, Ben pleaded with a sigh, Dont scare her and make her run away.
I wouldnt be scared to marry you, Diane shot back before smiling, That would be my dream come true.
So what do you say Ben? Cassie questioned seeing Ben shrug as Diane elbowed him in the side.
Im just saying that when I do get married to you, it is going to be perfect, Ben replied slightly blushing, Just like you.
Diane, I have the perfect dress for you, Cassie informed her taking her hand, I will show you before we go.
Okay, I would like that, Diane nodded as Cassie led her to the room.
I would also think that the wedding would be in the summer, what do you think? Cassie questioned as Diane nodded.
I always dreamed to have my wedding in the summer, Diane informed her to hear Ben sigh.
Mom, just make sure you have her back soon, Ben yelled out before shaking his head, We need to go home sometime.
Dont worry son, Alan laughed wrapping his arm around his sons shoulder. Your mother will eventually be tired of talking.
That is going to be a long time, Ben smiled watching Diane and his mother disappear into one of the rooms.
Blake got up to hear rapid knocking on the door opening the door to see Kyle come into the room in a flash.
Kyle, Grady got out quickly as he stood up and Kyle looked around the room to see Seth sitting with his hand over his eyes.
What is going here? Kyle questioned seeing Blake bite down on her lip hard.
Jade is gone, Seth sighed before looking the other way, We cant find her.
Where could she be? Kyle wondered as he saw Grady shrug and walk closer to him.
I dont know, Grady stated with a shrug, The police are already on it, but I knew you were the best so I called you.
I want to help, Kyle nodded before gulping down, She is one of my friends.
Well you are the professional, Seth sighed before shrugging, What do you suggest we do?
Did you guys already search the house for clues? Kyle questioned seeing Grady nod.
Yeah about twenty times, Grady informed him, And nothing.
Well now that I am here lets look one more time, Kyle sighed before pointing to Blake. You search the bathroom for anything. Grady and Seth you look in the back rooms and I will look in here.
Fine, but we arent going to find anything, Seth replied as Kyle shook his head.
No, dont give up yet, Kyle, demanded as the other walked into the rooms and Kyle looked around the room.
He saw nothing so he decided he would get on the floor to see if he could find anything. He looked around until something under the couch caught his attention.
Would you look at that, Kyle smiled grabbing the item and getting up, Guys come here.
What is it? Grady questioned running into the room, Did you find anything?
I found her cell phone, Kyle held up the cell phone as the others entered the room.
Well check whom the last person she talked to was, Seth suggested as Kyle nodded looking into the information on her phone.
It was this guy, Kyle showed Grady as Grady sighed.
Maybe she is with Gabe right now, Grady declared dialing the number as the group stood around him.
Hello? Gabe answered his phone, but he didnt have anytime to speak as Grady began talking.
Is Jade there with you? Grady wondered hoping to god that she was there.
Grady calm down, Gabe hushed before starting up, No Jade isnt here. What is wrong?
No one can find her, Grady informed him as Gabe began to shake his head. Her purse is here and everything.
What? Gabe questioned unable to believe what he was hearing, This is a joke right?
Im sorry about before, Deidra apologized once again as
she entered the living room with a tray in hand, I really am happy to
see you Dave. Its been too long.
That it has, he nodded in response watching her set the tray on the coffee table, So where have you been?
Wouldnt you like to know, she teased with a tiny wrinkle in her nose.
That would be why I asked, he reminded her with a small, sheepish grin.
Well I could tell you, but Id much rather keep you in suspense for a bit longer, she decided with a simple shrug of her shoulders, but what about you? Whats been going on while I was away?
You dont want to know, he groaned inwardly dropping his head back on her sofa, I think my life is falling apart piece by piece.
How so? she questioned folding her legs underneath her. She leaned forward reaching for a mug of coffee and held it out for him to take it.
Because I really dont think that someone upstairs likes me, he confessed taking the mug from her. He saw the strange expression she made at his words, No, not the apartment above you, but I mean on a more karmic level.
Okay, Ill bite, she decided sipping her own drink, who did what now?
Who didnt, Dave shrugged his shoulders again before letting out a groan.
Okay Dave, if you want to talk about it, youre going to have to give me a little bit more to work with then these vague responses. Whats been going on? she questioned in an authoritative tone, her eyes demanding an answer.
Grady Dentons trial was what was going on, Dave revealed with a groan, and it turned out to have a few more twists and turns than expected.
I thought I heard something on the news today in the car about it coming to an end. Something about Kipp Mahoney being alive, she added with a curious expression.
He nodded, Yeah well that was the plus side of it, but the downside was that I lost my credibility during the trial. At least in the eyes of a great many citizens of this town I think I have.
Why would you say that Dave? she questioned blankly.
Because the prosecution ripped me to shreds on the stand. I thought that I was in control of the situation, but then, well then I was obviously wrong, he shook his head, and the worst part of it is that normally Im prepared for something like that, but then with Carly
Whoa, back up. Did you say Carly? As in Carly Matthews?
He nodded once again, Yeah, shes back in town. I didnt tell you that?
No, I dont think you did. I think I wouldve remembered something like that well, maybe I mightve overlooked it, but thats not really relevant to me unless shes somehow trying to sink her hooks back into you, Deidra added catching note of the way his features shifted, Oh God, dont tell me that you and Carly are back together again. Dave, you cant be serious about thinking that
I didnt say we were together, he paused before frowning, though I had thought about it. We kind of bonded after she and Ken got into a car crash with one another.
She and Ken were in a car crash? How did that happen? she blinked back at him, Dave, what in the world was going on here while I was away?
As I said I think all hell broke loose. To make a long story short Ken and Carly are fine. Well Carly is at least. Im not sure about Ken given that hes been on this war path after Caitlin died. I mean I know hes been hurting, but its like everything has become personal to him. Hes bent on blaming the world for his problems and hes even targeted me.
Ken? Deidra repeated in astonishment, Dave, that doesnt sound like him at all.
Yeah, well youd be surprised at how much hes changed lately. Its kind of like it was when he and Susan Denton were having their affair.
You mean hes gone back to being reckless?
And self-loathing, Dave nodded, I thought it was bad after Wendy left, but this time its a whole hell of a lot worse.
Maybe I should talk to him, Deidra thought it over before sipping her drink once again, I saw how broken up he was at the hospital, but I guess I just kind of figured that Ken would bounce back again.
Oh hes bounced back and this time it seems like everyone who tries to help him winds up getting hurt in the process, he replied thinking about the blows Ken had delivered to him over the last few weeks. Remembering all too well the wounds Ken had opened up in digging the knife in Daves heart about Deidra, Dave suddenly felt on edge. He shifted in his seat a bit before attempting to change the direction of things, I really didnt come here to talk about Ken.
Then what did you come to talk about? she asked patiently.
Carly. I mean I know its not exactly one of your favorite subjects, but Dave began hoping to refocus.
Dave, you can do so much better than that opportunistic viper, Deidra decided with a small frown, I know that you thought you two were happy together once upon a time, but there was never any real place for you in her life as her career was everything.
It wasnt everything Deidra, he defended Carly, She was just very ambitious at a time when I was as well.
And she chose to leave after you offered her the world, she reminded him pointedly, That in itself tells you where her priorities are.
We all make mistakes Deidra and as much as I hate to admit it I wasnt the best with Carly either. I did a lot of things that caused a considerable strain in our relationship, he thought aloud knowing that hed gone out of his way at times to make Carly feel like she was second best in his life.
Carly didnt care enough to want to try to work it out. Dave, I honestly dont know why you ever got involved with her in the first place. She wasnt at all your type, Deidra insisted reaching out to pat his leg gently, You deserved so much better.
Yeah well I loved Carly and besides my dream girl was already taken, so I guess I kind of had to find someone else in my life, he replied bringing his hand in over hers and taking the time to savor the chaste touch between them.
Dave, Deidra pulled her hand away uneasily.
Deidra, Im kidding, he offered up a small smile half meaning it, Seriously with Carly, she and I had something special and when she almost died, well it got me thinking about how much I missed her. I miss what I had with her and I was kind of hoping that wed find a way to get it back.
Thats just it Dave. When its over you cant get it back. You can only move forward, Deidra added bringing her fingers through her own dark hair, The fact that she tried to make you look bad in court should speak for itself. Shes not about trying to make peace. Shes clearly got some issues shes carrying with her still
I think Im the one with the issues as I cant just accept the good things that life brings my way. I always dwell on what can never be or what was, he tilted his head to the side to look at her, but what about you? Do I get to hear about your mystery vacation now?
Well, its nothing to really get too detailed about, she confessed unable to suppress the smirk that spread over her face, Okay, so maybe its something worth gushing over, but still
So who is the lucky guy? Dave questioned not really sure he wanted to hear the answer, but he was doing his best to be her friend.
Dean Carlisle. You know the doctor from the hospital, she explained gleefully, He whisked me away to this cabin on the water and it was like heaven. We had the most romantic, wonderful time together and it was so quiet, yet I really felt a connection there. Im really starting to fall for him Dave.
So soon? Daves eyes widened, Deidra, dont you think its a bit soon for you to start thinking that way about him?
I know it sounds sudden, but there was just something about him the first night we met. He kind of swooped out of the shadows and saved me from Bruce, Deidra sank back into the couch, a dreamy expression on her face, and life hasnt been the same since.
I can see how you might be feeling grateful to him, but Deidra, you have a lot going on in your life right now. Dont you think that maybe just maybe you should slow down a bit? You have this thing with Andy to take care of and
And Im ready to let go, she confessed her voice full of determination, Dave, I didnt think I was going to be able to make it through this divorce because even though I hated Andy for what he did to me, well I had a major setback when I met Bruce Mathis, but Dean changed that for me. Theres just something about him that makes me feel like being myself--makes me feel comfortable with who I am and Im loving every minute we spend together.
I can see how youre excited to have someone around, but maybe you should take things slow. You shouldnt get ahead of yourself until youre really sure. You dont know much about him at this point given that you havent known one another too long
I know enough to know that Deans something special. Im sure of it, Deidra proclaimed happily as Dave wondered if his friend really knew what she was getting into in jumping into a new romance with a man that hadnt made all that much of an impression on Dave. Still Dave knew it wasnt his place to talk her out of happiness, but he didnt have to like what she was getting herself into.
So what do you think? Nick questioned leaning in the archway
between the sitting room and the kitchen area of the small beach house that
Martha had set him up in. He felt a piece of the wood crackle beneath his
touch and the piece broke off sending him face forward to the floor.
Well, I can see it can use a little work, Angela couldnt help but laugh lightly realizing that this trip with Nick to his new place was exactly what she needed. She watched him shuffle around attempting to salvage some of the cool and composed image hed been going for, but it was too late to be suave after hed fallen on the floor like that.
A little work never hurt anyone, he laughed holding up the piece of wood framing that hed taken down with him. He looked at it for a moment before tossing it aside.
Even so, I can see how you got a good deal on this place, she eyed the place intently, taking the time to take in the obviously outdated decorating in the place, Martha really mustve not liked you.
Oh I think she was just trying to give me another chance at a life since mine is gone, he shrugged his shoulders dusting himself off as he staggered to his feet once again.
Yeah well I think it had more to do with the fact that no one else was interested, she laughed heartily turning around to see him standing directly behind her. She took a step away from him, clearing her throat uneasily, So what is it that you hope to accomplish here exactly?
Im not sure, Nick confessed with a shrug, but when I find it, Im sure Ill know.
Either that or youll hope that your memory returns to you first, she walked over to a window to look out at the beach. She had to admit that while this place was a dump on the inside the view was absolutely beautiful. She could lose herself for hours at this very spot if the moment ever arose for her.
I knew youd like this spot, he moved in behind her, tipping his head down to catch the expression on her face, It was a selling point for me.
When did you have time to really investigate this here? she questioned still watching the water as it rolled in over the beach.
I didnt, but something told me I wouldnt be disappointed, he confessed gently, and truth be told Im not at all disappointed with what Ive found.
So following your instincts has paid off, she half questioned turning around to see him watching her.
So far, he nodded in confession, bringing his hand up over the side of her face. His fingers teased over her cheekbone, turning her in towards him as his lips descended in over hers anticipating the taste of her.
Nick, she breathed his name, finding herself wanting to kiss him as well, which in itself brought back a whole flood of memories to a time when shed allowed herself to be seduced by a man whod gone and broke her heart. Feeling him inching in closer to her, she turned her face, feeling his lips graze her cheek tenderly. She closed her eyes wishing like hell that she didnt want those soft, sensual lips over hers in a kiss.
Angela, what is it? he questioned feeling her slide out underneath his reach. She walked to the opposite end of the room, bringing her hands up over her arms as if to ward off a chill that had overtaken her, Im moving too fast, arent I?
No, youre not. I mean you are, but its not you, she forced herself to face him, her dark eyes full of turmoil, Nick, its just that well... Look, its not that Im not attracted to you because heaven knows that I am, but this well, this just isnt going to happen. I mean weve only known one another a few days and I was your doctor and
And I cant seem to stop thinking about you, Nick made a small move towards her, but not large enough to make her feel trapped, Surely that has to mean something.
It means that youre feeling close to me because I helped you she closed her eyes trying to still the racing of her heart, Thats all it is.
No, if thats all it was, then I wouldnt be feeling it so strong. Angela when youre around, I feel like that missing piece of me isnt missing anymore. If that at all makes sense, he extended his arm out as if he was going to touch her, but instead he brought his fingers through his own dark hair.
Nick, listen to me. If this was another time under other circumstances, maybe something might happen--maybe we mightve she trailed off taking in a slow breath, The truth to the matter is that I made the mistake of giving in to this kind of attraction once before. I met someone once and it was an instant electricity, but it soured almost as soon as it started. I cant go through that again.
I dont think that whats going on here is going to be like that. I wish that you didnt feel like I was coming on so strong, but theres just something about being with you even in the brief moments weve shared he began as if he too was trying to make sense of whatever driving force had him coming closer to her.
Nick, Im pregnant, she blurted out watching his expression as the words fell from her lips.
But I thought that he gave her a strange look, You said that you and Kevin werent
We arent, she confessed painfully, but there was someone in the past--someone not that long ago and well
That someone was the man you were talking about before, wasnt it? he took note of the expression on her face.
She nodded, Im not one to get into casual affairs, but it was Christmas time and we both kind of found one another when we were hurting. We had this well, I guess you could call it a fling for a lack of a better word there. I shouldve known what I was getting myself into, but I was stupid and by the time it was almost over, I started to get attached to the guy. I mean I know it sounds crazy given that well we were strangers who just came together for physical comfort. It was just in some of the things he said--in some of the things that he did, I just thought that maybe just maybe it would become something more.
A moment of silence passed before she let out an ironic laugh, I guess in its own way something more happened now that Im knocked up, but still it was a situation that I refuse to go on repeating. As attracted as I am to you Nick, it has to end there. I dont know anything about you--hell, you dont even know yourself at this point so for us to jump into something blindly like this
Angela Im sorry, Nick reached out to her, taking a bold step towards her despite the fact he knew that she was obviously hurting, I didnt mean to come off like Ive been doing. If I wouldve known about your situation, then
Then maybe we couldve avoided this moment of uneasiness, she added with a poignant smile, but now you know where Im coming from and well, I hope you can respect that.
I can, he promised her, as long as you dont hold this against me. I mean, well I can see how you wouldnt want to fall into something with a complete stranger. I know Im practically a stranger to myself here as well, but I cant lie to you and tell you that Im not attracted to you. Even knowing what you just told me, well it has me wanting to get to know you better--to know more about the woman you are
This has nothing to do with the woman I am and everything to do with the man you are, Angela reached for his hand, taking it in hers, I want to help you find that man Nick.
Id like that, he confessed squeezing her hand gently before lifting her fingers to his lips. He kept his gaze locked upon hers as he saw a whole world of hurt that had been hidden behind the doctor part of her before today. Still as he pressed his lips against the top of her hand in a chaste kiss, he realized that there was a whole world of information to uncover about the woman before him, yet even knowing what he did, he wanted to take his time finding it all out.
Maybe we should go outside, Angela suggested after a long pause between them.
He nodded, Yeah, that would probably be a good idea given that Im a bit of a newbie to these parts. Maybe youd be willing to give me the grand tour, he suggested watching her expression change a bit, We can even take Kevin with us if it would make you feel more comfortable.
Thanks Nick, she smiled up at him hoping that maybe just maybe she could relax around him now that he knew the truth about her situation. However, given the sparkle that still remained behind his eyes, she wondered if she would be able to control herself around him because as much as she wanted to push him away, part of her hoped that she could find a way closer to him. Shaking the thought, she looked to the door, We should probably get going now.
Youre probably right, he agreed moving ahead to open the door for her.
The two got back into Angelas Jeep unaware of the eyes upon them from across the beach. Setting the binoculars down, Kevins clenched with anger as he wondered what kind of game Angelas latest find was playing with her. If the man was out to hurt her, well Kevin would make sure that it was the first and last time he ever got the chance to do so.
Brant, I dont know if I can do this, Avery stopped mid-step
reluctant to get off of the elevator at the hospital, What if coming
here was a big mistake?
Trust me Avery. Were going to get through this one, Brant placed his hands on both her shoulders, Its going to be okay.
And if Brooke wakes up and starts talking about she began worry washing over her.
Shes not going to. I promise you that Ill take care of everything, but right now we have to be here. Guy would think something was up if we didnt show up like this, Brant reminded her reaching for her hand and taking it in his, Trust me on this one Avery. Everything will be okay.
I wish I could believe that, but I know better Brant. Things very seldom work out like I want them to, she explained in a low, tense whisper.
Trust me. This time things are going to be okay. Would I lie to you Avery? he questioned curling his finger underneath her chin to get her to look into his eyes.
No, you wouldnt, she replied hoping that he was right about what came next. Without another word, she felt him take her hand in his as he lead her down the hallway towards Brookes hospital room.
Averys heart was pounding furiously in her chest when they made their way to the door. Not only were they here to see Brooke, but so were the authorities. She recognized a few of the FBI men before her and in that moment Averys face drained of all color.
I cant do this Brant, she froze where she stood, We cant go in there.
Yes we can, he tried to coax her into moving knowing that they both had no idea what was waiting for them inside.
Avery, Guy beckoned her as he emerged from Brookes room, Oh thank God youre here.
Guy, Avery half smiled wondering if her brother knew the truth. Judging by his reaction to her arrival, she had her doubts, but still she didnt know how long her secret would remain untold.
Im glad you came here as soon as you did. Mum just started talking and the FBI is in there ready to question her. I think its too much, too fast, but well, they are persistent and Guy began in a frenzy.
Ill take care of it, Brant declared marching into the room ahead of them.
Avery looked to the door with a worried expression. She thought back to her last encounter with her mother and in that moment she felt the walls closing in around her. What Brooke did was beyond forgiveness, yet as Avery replayed the moment in time, she wished like hell there wouldve been another way around it--that there had been some kind of solution that wouldve been easier than what she was facing today. However, as Guy lead her into the room, she felt as if shes stepped outside her body. Her mind was elsewhere as she followed her brother into the last place she wanted to be. Silently she entered the room and in that moment that her and Brookes gazes locked, Avery knew that this was about to mark the beginning of the end for her. Once Brooke told the authorities what shed done, Avery knew that she could kiss her freedom good-bye forever.
I should not have listened to Kyle, I should have gone with them to go look for Jade, Seth stated before shaking his head.
You are the one who knows her the best Seth, thats why you need to stay here and tell the police what you know, Blake encouraged him running her hands along his shaking arms.
I know, but I just wish I could be doing more for her, he replied quickly sitting up, I just dont want to sit around and wait.
It is going to be okay Seth, Blake hushed him running her hands on his shoulders soothingly, They are going to find her I am sure.
No you arent, he shook his head denying her every word, You really dont know if she is okay or if they are going to find her. She could be gone forever, but you still wont admit it.
Seth, you need to take it easy and not think the worst, Blake suggested as he shook his head.
How could I take it easy? he questioned angrily, My little sister is out there alone and I cant do anything about it.
Kyle and Grady are going to find her, Blake replied still trying to convince herself the same thing.
All I can do is hope, Seth sighed before shaking his head, At this point, I dont even think that is going to help.
Dont say that, Blake shook her head, Dont give up, not this early.
The phone rang as Blake saw Seth run quickly to the phone and pick it up.
Jade? he questioned, but he was disappointed to not hear Jades voice on the other end.
Seth, it is Diane. What is wrong? Diane questioned noticing the worry that was in Seths voice when he answered.
Is Jade with you? Seth questioned before explaining his question. She is missing and we cant find her, please say she is with you.
No she isnt with me, Diane gasped as her heart beat a little faster. Is she okay, do you have any idea where she is?
No I dont, Grady and his friend Kyle are out there looking right now, Seth informed her as she gasped.
I hope they find her, Diane wished as her heart beat faster hoping her best friend was going to be okay.
I hope so too, Seth agreed running his hand along the back of his aching neck, I really do.
We have to find her Kyle, Grady sighed looking out the window of the car Kyle was driving.
I know Grady, I know, Kyle nodded keeping his eye on the street as they drove to go meet up with Gabe.
I dont know what I would do without her man, Grady stated sounding a little choked up as he saw Kyle look over at him.
Dont worry Grady, we are going to find her if its the last thing I do, Kyle promised as he saw Gradys face turn pale.
It will be the last thing I do, Grady replied before taking in a deep breath, I cant live without her.
You wont be living without her, you will have her back in a little while, Kyle promised as he tried to convince himself that everything was okay, She is okay, I can feel it.
I hope you are right, Grady wished before looking over at Kyle who nodded.
I know I am, Kyle stated before seeing Gradys eyes widen as they reached the bridge.
What is that? Grady questioned as they reached the bridge and saw a car hanging over the side.
Oh my god, Kyle gasped as Grady quickly got out of the car and Kyle got out right after him.
Thats her car Kyle, Grady yelled as he tried looking inside of it and Kyle followed.
Be careful, Kyle shouted as he grabbed onto Gradys shirt as he leaned over the edge trying to look in the car.
I dont see her in there Kyle, Grady yelled as Kyle looked up into the night sky.
Nothing? Kyle questioned hoping that there had to be something there.
Absolutely nothing, Grady declared as he suddenly gasped, That means she is down in there.
Down where? Kyle wondered seeing Grady look over the edge of the bridge.
She is in the water Kyle, I have to save her, Grady replied as he got on the edge.
Grady no, Kyle yelled out trying to catch him, but was to late when his friend jumped off the bridge and into the water. Grady!
Kyle couldnt sit back and wait for Grady to drown in the water and die. He quickly got on the edge and jumped into the water after Grady. Hopefully he wasnt too late.