Be quiet and make sure you dont do anything that will make noise,
Sarah whispered as Kipp shrugged his shoulders defensively before shaking
his head slowly. We dont want to be caught for something like
Im not the one talking, now am I? Kipp questioned with a small frown hearing voices towards the front door as he turned away from Sarah. He slowly leaned forward and out from under the desk to look towards the front door to see who it was before he pulled back and hid under the desk again. Oh no. Dont say a word and be really quiet.
Why? Sarah quickly questioned, leaning forward as Kipp frowned because she wasnt listening to what he was saying. Who is out there Kipp?
The police if you must know, Kipp rolled his eyes, shaking his
head slowly before looking towards the door again, Just make sure that
they cant find us.
Oh great, Sarah bit down on her bottom lip, crossing her fingers as she prayed that two of them wouldnt be caught for doing this, Please, dont let us get caught.
Shut up Sarah and I think we will be just fine, Kipp replied with a small frown as he watched her nod slowly. He leaned against the desk to try and listen to what the officers were talking about. The officer that was speaking was very low toned and it was very hard to hear what he was saying, but he could just understand parts of what he was saying.
One of the guys must have left the lights on before leaving, they are becoming so lazy, one of the officers replied before looking around the apartment before them. Alright, lets see if we can find anything else that can lead us to anything else that this Susan woman had planned.
Right away, Im sure there is a little something here, the second officer nodded, walking back towards the bedroom while the other officer looked through the bookshelf.
What are they looking for? Sarah wondered as Kipp motioned her to be quiet while he listened.
With the sound of footsteps getting closer to the desk, he reached his arm out to pull Sarah even more back and away from the view from the officer. Kipps heart began to pound with worry as he saw the officers feet before him. He just knew that they were going to be caught. He should have listened to Kellen, this was a bad idea. Kipp let out a small sigh of relief as he heard the officers radio go off .
We need back up and quick, a voice over the radio as Kipp listened carefully.
Whats going on? the officer questioned quickly, turning around before he could see Kipp and Sarah.
At the bar there is a big fight going on, the person answered before going on, The two men are trying to resist. They are some guys named Kyle Houston and Grady Denton.
Alright, well be on our way, the officer declared before calling out to his partner, Come on, we have to go to the bar. There is another fight going on.
What did they say just say? Sarah questioned after hearing the officers leave. I could hardly understand a word that they just said. I swear I thought I heard Kyles name.
You did hear his name Sarah, Kipp replied, crawling out from under the desk before reaching his hand out to help Sarah up from the ground. He brushed his pant legs off before going on to what he had heard. I think something is up with Kyle and Grady again. They said they are in a fight at a bar.
A bar? They said they were at a bar fighting. A bar, like the place people drink? Sarah shook her head after what Kipp had just said to her before seeing Kipp nod slowly after she asked him a few questions in a row. Thats not possible. Kyle hasnt drank in years, he doesnt believe in it.
Well, whether he is drinking or not, Kipp began, resting his hands on his hips as he talked, he is still at that bar in a fight with Grady.
We have to get to him right now Kipp, Sarah began worriedly before shaking her head slowly, We have to help him before he gets any more hurt.
What are we waiting here for then? Kipp questioned with a small frown, reaching out to grab her hand in his tightly. Lets go and get there as soon as we can.
Okay, Sarah nodded, feeling her throat become drier by the minute. With what had been happening lately, made Kyle change completely. His anger could be switched with just one word he didnt like. Hopefully they werent too late.
Avery looked around the bedroom feeling as if the walls were closing in on
her. It wasnt long after Brant had left, yet it felt like an eternity.
Reaching for one of her sweaters, she wrapped it around her shoulders in an
attempt to stop the chill that had overtaken her. It wasnt doing any
good because she knew deep down that the thing that was bothering her--really,
really bothering her was his leaving without taking her with him. They were
on such bad terms that even now she couldnt help but worry that what
was happening was beyond repair.
Sinking down onto the bed once more, Avery fell back closing her eyes as the events of the last couple of days replayed in her mind. She knew that Brant was upset--understood that he wasnt happy with her, yet to think of him believing that Grady would be a problem for them. Why couldnt he understand that they were just friends? That Avery was doing what she needed to do in order to help him from going under? Surely he would do the same for his friends, so why was it so different?
Because his friends arent Grady, Avery reminded herself feeling an uneasiness settle in over her. She thought back to her tumultuous relationship with Grady over the years. There had been a time when hed been easy to be around--when he hadnt been so full of hatred and it was that Grady that had her returning to his side to help him. Sure hed told her that hed hated her, yet there was a time when theyd been the best of friends.
God I cant wait to get out of here, Avery remembered
looking around the gala her mother was putting on for Beholder. I feel
like all eyes are on me and its creeping me out.
All eyes are on you Avery, Grady leaned in over her shoulder to remind her, and it shouldnt creep you out. You should feel flattered considering that youre the new face of Beholder.
With an ad campaign that is so far from who I am, Avery tilted her head up to look at him, Just to think of what they did with those pictures
They were beautiful, Grady offered up supportively clearing his throat uneasily. I mean anyone could see why they chose that particular shot.
Yeah it was because the photographer was a pervert, Averys eyes scanned the room to locate the man who had taken great pleasures in trying to get her naked. She shuddered at the memory of the photo shoot her mother had put her on, which she simply hadnt wanted to go to.
Hey, I think it turned out okay, Grady offered up again knowing that she was less than thrilled to have all the recognition.
I suppose, she turned around to face him again, but I swear if he comes over here to try to talk to me
He wont because if he even thinks about it, Ill have to make sure that he learns the hard way not to dare think about you that way again, Grady promised her with a bold, sexy smile, After all as your personal escort tonight, its my duty to make sure that youre not put in a position where you feel completely uncomfortable.
Im already there, Avery confessed with a long sigh, I mean I wish that Russ couldve been here tonight. I know he had that interview but
But Im not chopped liver either, Grady joked lightly, I mean I know Im only a stand in for Russ, but Id like to think that Im worth my weight around here.
Youre more than worth your weight, Avery couldnt help but smile reaching out to adjust his jacket lapel, If I couldnt have Russ with me, then youd be on the top of my list.
Hmm, well I suppose I should be happy with that given that I know no one even holds a candle to my brother in your eyes, he grinned down at her reaching out to touch her cheek gently, but hey since were on the subject about my being on the top of your list, how about I try to rack up some brownie points by showing you a little fun? It might help you stop worrying
I dont know about that. Given who we are surrounded with, she began uneasily.
Come on Avery, he took her hand in his leading her out onto the dance floor, Lets dance.
Grady I cant. I really cant, Avery argued shaking her head as she tried to pull herself away from the dance floor.
Yes you can, he collected her into his arms, You can dance and enjoy yourself because this is a party in your honor. Its all about the new face of Beholder, who happens to be the most beautiful woman in the room by the way.
Grady stop, Avery felt a blush rise over her features, youre embarrassing me.
Im not trying to, he guided her onto the dance floor
keeping her close to him, Im just hoping youll see yourself
like everyone else here does--like the amazing woman you truly are.
Im not that amazing, she blushed dropping her eyes a bit.
Yes you are Avery, he curled his finger underneath her chin lifting her gaze to his, and if you cant see how special you truly are, then you arent hearing it nearly enough. As far as Im concerned you are the most remarkable, beautiful woman Ive ever known and any man who is lucky enough to be able to share your company is by far the luckiest man in the world.
Now moving back to the present Avery felt a heat rise over her at the thought of that night so long ago when Grady had accompanied her to her mothers party. While it had been purely platonic and simply because Russ hadnt been able to get out of that interview hed had set up with the board of directors at the college, there was something about that experience--something about that particular memory that had Avery uneasy.
Thats it, Averys eyes snapped open and she sat upright. Theres no more feeling sorry for yourself. No more trying to sabotage your future. You need to stay focused.
Getting up off of the bed Avery prepared to take destiny into her own hands--to make things right once and for all. Dropping the sweater down from her shoulders, she walked towards the door ready to take some action in her life. She opened the door only to hear the sounds of her cell phone ringing. She paused unsure of whether or not she should answer.
It could be Brant, she realized wondering if hed changed his mind about leaving her behind. She rushed over to the phone answering it in a haste. hello.
Avery, hey its Julian, the voice on the other end of the line began, Julian Kurts from the police department
Yes I know who you are, she nodded taking in a small breath, What can I do for you?
Well, weve brought Grady Denton into custody and I thought that since you were his lawyer he started.
Oh God, what has he done, Avery questioned with worry hearing the details leading up to Gradys arrest. Fearing for what mightve transpired between him and Kyle she quickly reached for her purse.
Ill be there shortly, Avery promised hanging up the phone and rushing out of the mansion in the hopes of saving Grady and Kyle from destroying their friendships and themselves forever. She just prayed that it wasnt too late to finish the damage that had been done.
JT walked through his apartment unable to contain his enthusiasm about how
well the day was going for him. The look on Dianes face when she left
was priceless. There was no way that the boy scout in Ben Walters was ever
going to consider taking her back. Shed made her bed and now she was
going to lie in it--preferably next to JT for that matter once everything
was said and done. Oh yes Diane had been eager to push him away, but hed
had the last laugh. Now victory would be his.
JT, is that you, a groggy Valerie questioned walking out into the living room to see the champagne bottle in his hand. She eyed him curiously. Where the hell have you been?
Making each and every one of my dreams come true, he replied with a wide grin, which is more than I can say for what youve done in your pursuit of Seth, but regardless today isnt about your failures. Its about my shining victory and Im in the mood to celebrate.
Dare I ask what brought this about, she couldnt help but ask watching him walk into the kitchen in search of a bottle opener.
Lets just say that Diane was finally caught at her own game, JT replied opening up a drawer and finding the bottle opener. He spun around to face Valerie, his eyes casting over her briefly, You look like hell.
I thought Id catch up on some sleep since you werent around, she mouthed dryly, her eyes tapering off towards the bottle of champagne, So are you going to share the details of your victory with me or just stand there gloating?
I didnt think you cared about my quest to win Diane over, JT raised a curious brow.
Well I dont not really, but at the same time I do know youre holding a very nice bottle of champagne there that I would really, truly enjoy sharing with you, she explained simply with a shrug of her shoulders, So what do you say? Care to make it a celebration for two?
Well I suppose we could considering that you are truly in need of a few pointers on how to get the job done, JT shrugged his shoulders before motioning to the table before her, Take a seat and learn a few tricks from the master.
I hardly would consider you a master, she rolled her eyes still moving over to the table to take a seat, but then again Dianes an idiot so it was no doubt childs play.
In a way yes it was childs play, but then again, there was a lot happening there, JT popped the top off of the bottle working with the cork before turning to Valerie, although I must admit the expression on Bens face was truly priceless when he learned the truth about his beloved Diane. Shes had him fooled about the kind of person she truly is, but I know her. I know the heart of the woman shes always been. I know her unlike anyone else has ever known her and sooner or later shes going to come to her good senses and see that.
And let me guess, Valerie watched him pour himself a glass of champagne, when that time comes, shes going to come running right back to you for her happily ever after, right?
Exactly, JT poured himself a glass of champagne holding it out towards her before thinking twice of it. He lifted the drink to his lips before flashing her a smug smile, and when she comes to me, shes going to see that she made a mistake in walking away from me all those years ago. Diane and I were meant to be together and now shes going to see first hand what bad can come of our being apart.
You really think that Bens just going to walk away from what he had with her? Valerie asked skeptically reaching out to swipe his champagne glass from his hand.
Oh Im certain of it, he nodded confidently, Today was just the beginning of the end of Ben and Dianes relationship. Very soon shell have no choice to accept that hes gone. Soon shell realize hes never coming back because when it gets down to it, he never really loved her.
Diane rushed through her front door seeing that it was open. Realizing that
it was in such a state only lead Diane to believe that Ben had returned to
her place. If he was here it could only mean one thing. He was ready to listen.
He wanted to be with her. What JT had done to try to tear them apart wasnt
going to make a difference. Hurrying inside she searched her apartment for
Ben eager to fix things between them.
Ben! Ben, are you in here? Ben! Diane rushed into her bedroom only to discover him by the bed packing up a duffle bag. A frown touched over her lips, Ben, what are you doing?
Leaving, Ben replied shoving another shirt into his duffle bag before looking around the room for his other things hed had laying around, I think its for the best.
No, its not for the best, she raced over to his side tugging on his arm urgently, Ben please you have to listen to me. You have to understand
Understand what Diane? Ben spun around to face her, his eyes filled with tears as the events of the night replayed in his mind over and over again leading up to the final moment of realization when hed discovered she had betrayed him. His heart was shattered into a million pieces, his dreams broken and now, well now he couldnt think--couldnt breathe straight as his mind and heart were full of betrayal. That you lied to me? That you slept with another man when you said that you loved me? That you cheated on me and never felt the need to say anything?
It was a mistake, she pleaded with him tugging on his arm once more, Ben, I never, ever meant for it to happen
But that doesnt change the fact that it did, now does it, he shot back at her icily. He choked up as he thought of the way JT had blurted out the horrible truth.
Ben, I wanted to tell you about it--wanted to explain, but she offered up tearfully her desperations mounting by the moment.
But what? You just felt it wasnt right? That it would be better to lead me to believe that Im this babys father? That Im the only one youve been with? his voice raised with emotion. He took a step back freeing himself from her embrace, Diane, I loved you with all that I had--with every ounce of my being and then to hear from JT about the lies
Ben, I wanted to tell you. Time and time again I came so close to telling you the truth. It was a one time thing. It was a mistake--one that I wished like hell had never, ever happened. I knew that it was wrong and right after I slept with him, I vowed to make things right. Ben, I never, ever meant to hurt you
Its a little too late for that now Diane, he shook his head at her unable to believe the way that shed been deceiving him, I wouldve given my life for you. You were my world--my everything
And I knew that. I know that you love me and I love you. Ben, you are the best thing thats ever happened to me. You are the only man who has ever truly loved me for me. With you I didnt have to lie or pretend to be something Im not with you. I could just be myself and you loved me in spite of my flaws. When I was with JT it all happened so fast. I was trying to help Jade and
Help Jade by hopping into bed with him? Ben questioned chocking on the words unable to believe the excuses. Do you really expect me to believe that?
No, thats not what I meant. What Im trying to tell you is that the night it happened, you and I had broken up. Jade was looking for help in clearing Gradys name. I went out with Patrick. You remember Patrick dont you?
Dont tell me hes in the running for being the babys father as well, Ben scowled down at her, his words coming out with spite and fury despite the fact his heart was aching to understand how she couldve betrayed him.
No, it didnt even come close to that. I only pretended to be interested in him--pretended to like him so that I could get him to open up about what Cameron was doing to keep Grady in jail. I tried to get the truth out of him, but all he wanted to do was be evasive and irritating. I started drinking to pass the time and
And what? Then you decided since Patrick was such a bore youd find a way to have some fun with JT? Ben demanded watching her mouth open before he shook his head, On second thought I dont want to hear it. I dont want to know anything.
Ben, you need to know the truth. JT was annoying me, but then I saw you there at the bar with Valerie. I saw you two dancing together and I was so angry and upset. Watching you two together it did something to me. I started drinking and then I drank some more and before I knew it she began weakly.
Let me guess, you just decided it was time to hurt me by sleeping with JT instead of asking me what was going on, right? I mean Diane, why didnt you just say something? You know Valerie is only my friend, he snapped back at her trying his best not to lose it, but finding it increasingly difficult.
Ben, you just broke up with me. You were so angry with me and all I wanted to do was deck her when I saw you two together. I felt irrational and upset and Diane insisted thinking back to the night that had changed her life forever.
So you decided to even the score by going home with JT right? You decided rather than approaching me about who I was with, youd retaliate and hurt me like I hurt you. Is that it? he questioned bluntly, his eyes still clouded with tears.
No, Ben thats not what I was trying to do. I honestly dont know how I wound up going home with JT that night. I dont know why I slept with him and if I could take it back, then I swear to you I would. I never, ever wanted him--never loved him and even now I cant even think of one reason why I wouldve done what I did, she continued still holding onto his arm despite his attempts to get away from her, Ben, the next day I left his place hating myself completely. I knew that Id made the biggest mistake of my life and Id felt horrible. I wanted nothing more than to put it behind me forever--to make myself suffer for all that Id done, but then when I got back to my apartment, there you were. You were ready to forgive me--to work things out and even though I wanted to tell you, Ben I wanted for us to be together even more.
So you thought what? That youd just keep up the charade and never let me know the truth? Ben asked in frustration, That I didnt need to know what happened?
We were happy and you asked me to marry you. Ben, youre everything that I wanted. Youre the love of my life--the man I know I was destined to be with. Youre my soul mate, she continued pouring her heart out to him, I love you more than I ever thought I could love someone. When we were back together everything felt so right--so perfect and I just thought
Thought what? he questioned shakily, That youd just sweep that night under the carpet and never tell me?
I wish I couldve, but I knew I had to be honest with you. I kept waiting for the right time to tell you--to be honest about what happened while we were apart, but I just couldnt bring myself to hurt you. I couldnt bring myself to risk losing you.
You just said you thought I was your one true love--your soul mate even, so why couldnt you just be honest with me? Diane, why couldnt you tell me the truth instead of leading me to believe that I was this babys father? he replied unable to contain the tears that overtook him. He bit back on his words as he fought like hell to keep from holding her. Despite the fact shed hurt him, she had his heart--she had his love and she was his one dream come true. Of course now that dream had fallen to pieces.
I tried to tell you Ben. I wished I couldve been able to do it, but once you learned I was pregnant--once you started talking about the baby--about our future and then with Jade dying nothing felt right. Nothing about any of this felt right, but I still wanted to be honest with you. Deidra told me to just be straight up with you about that night, but
Deidra knew? Bens eyes widened in surprise, You told your sister about this, but not me?
Ben I couldnt lose you. I couldnt risk your not loving me anymore. If you walked away from me Diane explained tearfully, her body shaking with emotional outpour.
Why couldnt you tell me Diane? Why couldnt you just be honest with me? Why did I have to hear it from JT? Ben questioned clearly shaken as he too was on the verge of tears. All I asked from you was for you to love me and to trust me. I wanted you to know how much you mean to me--how much I love you
I do know that, Diane watched him turning away from her. She reached out to him again, I know that more than anything. Ben, you are my everything. You are the man of my dreams--the man I want to share my life with. Youre my best friend and my heart
Yet you couldnt find it in you to be honest with me about this Diane. When were you ever going to tell me? Ben countered seeing the expression on her face, You keep saying that you wanted to, but was it really ever in the plan for you?
I wanted it to be. Ben I came so close to telling you so many times, but I just couldnt bear the thought of you walking away she continued hoping and praying that JT didnt cause her to lose the one true love of her life.
So you decided that it was best to keep me in the dark--to lead me to believe that the baby youre carrying could be mine Ben added his voice rising with emotion, That everything was okay with us?
Ben, the baby Im carrying could be yours, Diane insisted placing her hand over her abdomen, We could still be having a child together
That is if JT isnt the father, right? Ben shook his head at her, You know for so very long everyone told me what kind of woman you were. Time and time again they all tried to warn me, but it didnt matter to me. I loved you with everything I had in me. Even now I still love you--I still want you
And I want you too. I know if we give this another try that we can work this out that we can be together and she begged of him squeezing at his hand. We can still be together. Our love can make it through this
Diane with no trust, theres no love, Ben sighed heavily the realization weighing over him, How can you even begin to think that we can have something together when you cant even feel safe in sharing your secrets with me?
You never wouldve forgiven me for what happened with JT. You wouldve walked away from me, she explained thinking about all of the fears shed harbored, If Id told you the truth I wouldve lost you forever
If you wouldve told me the truth we mightve been able to work through it. We mightve been able to deal with this, but to hear it from JT, Ben trailed off his heart breaking all over again. He pulled away from her walking over to the bed to zip up his duffle bag, well, I guess well never know what mightve been for us if youd only told me the truth.
Ben, I love you. I love you so much that I cant live without you. Please dont let this be the end of us. Please dont walk away from me when
I need time to deal with this Diane. I need time to take this in, he replied tearing his eyes away from her for fear of what seeing her pain and sadness would do to him. I need to think to get away
Ben, we can work through this together. I know if youll just listen she reached for him again.
Diane, I cant do this now, he shook his head at her forcing himself to meet her dark eyes, The only way Im going to be able to deal with this is under my own terms. You keep saying you love me, but you didnt trust me enough to be honest with me. You didnt believe that my love could go without limits
I slept with another man. What reason would I have to believe that you would still be with me? she stated the obvious watching the hurt return to his dark eyes.
Would you have still wanted to be with me if Id been with another woman? If Id hurt you like that Ben asked his voice raw with emotion.
It would hurt like hell, but I would still want you Ben. I would still want for us to be together, she replied immediately without thought to the subject. Youre all Ive ever wanted
Then why wouldnt you expect the same out of me when I told you how much I loved you? Ben shook his head at her, The betrayal would take some time to deal with in knowing that you slept with JT, but as you said we were apart at the time. We werent together and that changes things
Ben, are you saying that we can work this out? That you and I can try to she questioned a smile lifting over the corners of her lips as hope filled up inside of her.
Im saying that I mightve been able to get over the fact you slept with JT, but knowing that you continued to keep up the charade even after you believed there was a possibility that you could be having JTs child, well thats what hurts. If Id only heard the truth from you instead of JT
I wished you had, Diane sighed heavily, tears falling down her face.
So do I, Ben hoisted his bag over his shoulder before walking towards the door.
Ben wait, Diane pleaded with him feeling her world come crashing down around her as he moved to the door. Dont go.
Diane, if you love me--really, truly love me, then please dont try to stop me. Let me deal with this in my own way, Ben replied painfully closing his eyes as he refused to turn around and face her once more.
But Ben I love you she cried out knowing that shed finally lost the one thing that mattered in her life. Here he was walking away and there was nothing she could do to stop him. Realization came crashing down upon her.
And I love you Ben mouthed glancing over his shoulder to look at her before walking out of the apartment ready to deal with the consequences of this betrayal.
Diane heard her apartment door shut and in that moment her heart sank. She felt her entire relationship with Ben flash before her eyes only to fade away from her. An emptiness surrounded her as she could almost feel him walking further and further away from her. Unable to hold it together any longer Diane fell to the bed overcome with tears at the knowledge that her one mistake was about to cost her everything that had mattered in her life. Ben was gone and she feared that she may never find a way to get him back again.
When is daddy going to be home mommy? Kayla questioned with a
small frown, tapping her fingers on the kitchen table as her and Carly waited
for Dave to get home.
Im not sure, Carly shrugged, thinking things over for a moment before hearing footsteps walking towards the kitchen, but I promise as soon as he gets home I will let you know.
Okay, Kayla shrugged before hopping down out of her seat, I am going to go play a game in my room.
Okay sweetheart, Carly smiled watching as Kayla skipped out of the kitchen. Her smile was soon faded into a frown as she saw Deidra walk into the kitchen, Need something?
Actually, Deidra began slowly, folding her arms out in front of her chest, I was hoping we could talk.
Talk? You want to talk? Carly questioned with a small laugh before shaking her head slowly. What is it you want to talk about angel?
Listen, I dont want things to be bad between us, Deidra declared with a small gulp, looking up into Carlys eyes that seemed to just tear right through her with hatred. I was kind of hoping that we could be friends.
Friends? You want to be friends with me? Carly questioned, watching as Deidra nodded slowly. This was really starting to make Carly sick. Having Deidra staying at the house was more than enough for her to handle, and now that Deidra was standing before her was way too much. What do you want Deidra? Do you want to get something on me so you can try and take Dave away from me or something?
No, its nothing like that Carly, Deidra replied, holding her hands up in the air defensively, I was just hoping we could just be cool with each other. I dont want to live my life hating one of my good friends wife.
Youre good friends? You treat Dave like crap and somehow he still is your good friend, Carly shook her head slowly, angrily resting her hands on her hips, I dont know why Dave just doesnt throw you out of his life forever.
What do you exactly mean by that? Deidra wondered, frowning at Carlys remark. I care about Dave, he has always been there for me and
And you treat him horribly, Carly cut Deidra off before angrily throwing one of her hands up in the air, When Dave loved you for some stupid reason, you hurt him as bad as it comes. All you ever do when he tries to help you is hurt him. Personally, I dont like you and I really dont know why he likes you because I think you are simply a piece of trash.
You dont even know me, Deidra tried to stand up for herself before shaking her head slowly, I cant believe you would say something like that to me when I was only trying to be nice to you Carly. Dont you think you could lighten up a bit?
Did you ever lighten up on Dave? Carly questioned, shaking her head as she spoke. I dont think so. And you cant tell me that now that you know Dave and I are together, you cant help but feel some jealousy. You wish you could have had that chance to take a shot at Dave dont you? Just admit it Deidra, you are a user and a bitch that wants what everyone else has.
Wait a second here, Dave is your husband and I would never try to do anything like taking him away from you, Deidra protested, taking a deep breath, Just listen, I knew this was a big mistake coming here.
Yeah, it really was, Carly agreed, biting down on her bottom lip angrily, Personally, I really dont know what Dave was thinking. He never even asked me before bringing you here.
If you dont want me here, then I guess I should leave, Deidra began, not being able to finish her sentence as Carly started to cut her off.
God, now you are finally starting to think smart arent you? Carly chuckled watching Deidra walk into the guest room and grab her things. Deidra walked towards the door as she laughed. Dont let the door hit you on the way out.
The door closed behind Deidra as Carly smile to herself. Well, that certainly got rid of her problem.
Diego kept his eyes on the ceiling thinking about the turn of events that
lead him to this moment in time. He felt a breath escape his lips as he turned
to look at Cori. She lay beside him clad only in the thin white sheet on his
bed. Her eyes were closed and her long, blonde hair cascaded around her shoulders,
reminding him all over again how truly beautiful she was. Sure, they hadnt
planned on making love tonight, yet when it happened there was something about
it--something so very unexpected and so
Not right, Diego sighed immediately hating himself for not being able to give her what shed needed.
Quietly he slid out of the bed beside her reaching for his robe and making his way into his kitchen. He reached for the light ready to turn it on when he thought twice about it. Instead he made his way over to the table, pulling out one of the chairs and taking a seat in the darkness. Bringing his fingers up through his dark hair, he tried to keep from focusing on the things he couldnt change--on the things he couldnt take back, yet his mind was on overload even now.
After hed left Heather, hed been worked up--hed been upset and agitated and frustrated with himself for caring so damned much about a woman who clearly wasnt ready to give him a second thought. When shed kissed him, hed damn near lost his mind. Hed wanted to kiss her back--hell, he had kissed her back. Hed kissed her back with such an energy and an enthusiasm that hed scared himself. How hed ever found the strength to pull away he wasnt sure, but now as he sat in the center of his kitchen guilt tugged at him.
This isnt what you planned on, he thought to himself his gaze lingering to the table beside him. Unable to help himself he thought back to the time hed almost given into passion with Heather in this very room. Big mistake, he thought again rising up from his chair. Here he was with Cori, a beautiful, incredible wonderful woman who was fun and exciting--a woman who had made no qualms about letting him know that she thought the world of him, yet where was he after theyd made love?
In the kitchen acting like an ass, he mouthed to himself dropping his head as he leaned in against the kitchen sink, his hands pressed out over the countertop.
I thought I heard you get up, Coris voice beckoned him from his silent contemplations. He spun around to see her standing in the doorway, her long blonde hair hanging over his shirt that she was now wearing. Her worried eyes reached out to him as she took a small step forward, Is something wrong?
No, Diego lied hating himself almost immediately after the word fell from his lips. He opened his mouth to say something further, but nothing felt right.
Dont tell me no, she frowned up at him, Diego, I can see somethings bothering you. Is it because of what just happened between us? Are you upset that we
Cori, its not that. I mean its just he strained to find the right words--to say the things that were on his mind, but he found himself at a loss.
Youre thinking about Maria, arent you? Cori couldnt help but ask moving forward and sliding her arms out around his waist. Is that whats bothering you?
Cori I Diego found himself at a loss. Looking down into her beautiful brown eyes he couldnt help but feel a certain sense of appreciation for her. There was a warmth and a breath of life that filled him when she was around. She was beautiful, easy-going, fun to be around and when they were together, he found himself loosening up a bit. She was good for him. She made him laugh--made him smile it was a good thing in his life.
I know that you loved her a lot, Cori began placing her fingers over the center of his chest, I know that its been hard for you since she died
That it has, he nodded dropping his head just a bit. She was very important to me.
I know that, she curled her finger underneath his chin urging him to meet her eyes again, and thats why I want you to know that Im not trying to replace her. I know that youll always hold a special place in your heart for her and for what the two of you had together. By our being together youre not betraying that memory. I just thought you should know that.
I do Cori, but Diego sighed heavily unable to find anything that seemed to fit in that moment between them, Im sorry that I just got up without saying anything to you.
Its okay, she replied with a small shiver, I mean its not like you werent coming back, right?
Of course not, he reached out to touch her cheek gently sliding his fingers through her long blonde hair. She really was special. She had something about her that any man could easily fall in love with. She was a breath of fresh air in a world full of darkness and Diego would be a fool not to acknowledge that.
Good, she placed her hand atop of his, her lips curling upward in a small smile, because I was hoping that wed have a bit more to discuss back in bed.
Discuss, he repeated arching a curious brow.
She nodded eagerly, her arm curling around his waist, Well maybe not us doing a whole lot of talking, but Im pretty sure that well be able to communicate with one another and well be using our mouths a lot.
Is that right? he couldnt help but smile at her enthusiasm. Even if he was an idiot hooked on a woman that was certifiable there was just something about Cori--something about being with her that made life seem better. She was beautiful, fun and hed enjoyed being around her. She was the friend that hed been missing out on for a very long time.
Uh-huh, she nodded her fingers dropping down to the sash on his robe, and once I get you out of this, we can further explore whats hidden beneath our psyches together.
Well actually, Diego placed his hands over hers.
Actually what, she questioned tilting her head to the side, Diego, what is it? Did I do something wrong?
No, not at all, he promised with a reassuring smile, I guess Im just a bit new at all of this. I havent well I havent truly been with a woman since Maria and
And you were doing just fine back there, she replied with a bright grin, better than fine.
Well, thats good to know, he paused in a moment of awkwardness, I think.
Oh trust me it is, she tipped up on her toes to steal a kiss from his lips, youre even better than Id imagined youd be.
Youd imagined this? he questioned wrapping his arms around her slender waist.
Night after endless night, she nodded in confession a blush rising over her features, In fact I had this oversized teddy bear that Id named Diego.
You did? his jaw practically dropped at the admission.
Thats right, she eased her hands in underneath his robe to feel the warm lines of his chest, and each and every night I would ask him to accompany me to the fairy princess ball that I anticipated us going to. You see in my fantasy you were the handsome prince and I was the princess trapped in the castle tower to be rescued. I had this whole fantasy weaved out in my mind about you coming to save me--to whisk me off to your castle where we would dance the night away at a ball in my honor and then spend the rest of our lives together lost in a world of love. Of course back then you didnt give me the time of day, so all I had was Diego the bear.
And Im assuming he was a good companion right, Diego couldnt help but crack a smile.
Well, he did step on my toes a few times when we danced with one another and he wasnt nearly as great of a kisser as you are, but he helped me through the rough patches, she confessed with a certain twinkle behind her eyes, He helped me through a lot of hard times and I guess in my own way I always held out hope that one day youd see me like he had.
Cori I he began feeling another jolt of guilt rush over him.
It sounds stupid doesnt it, she turned away feeling embarrassment flood over her, I never shouldve told you about that. I mean even thinking about it now it makes me sound borderline obsessive and psychotic
No, you dont sound that way at all, he replied unable to refrain from smiling at her admission, Its charming in its own way.
No, its creepy. Admit it, she tilted her head up to look at him again, You think Im a nutcase, dont you?
On the contrary, he pulled her into his arms, you look like a beautiful princess who has waited far too long to have this dance with me.
But Diego, there isnt any music, she reminded him feeling him moving around the kitchen area with her in his arms.
No? Cant you hear it? he questioned brightly spinning her around in the darkness, Its all around us Cori. Its part of tonight--this is in your honor as you are the most beautiful princess in the land and I am merely the humble servant who has been honored with a dance.
No Diego, she shook her head her arms sliding in around his shoulders, Youve always been the handsome prince--nothing less than the handsome prince.
Then tonight, this handsome prince will do his best to make your happily ever afters come true, he promised tipping down to kiss her tenderly, because you deserve nothing less than that.
I have all Ive ever wanted--all Ive ever needed right here in my arms, she whispered hugging him tightly.
Diegos eyes cast over to the table briefly--his memories of Heather fading from his mind as he thought to Coris dreams for them. Only a fool would walk away from something so promising--so close to everything a man could ask for. Cori was someone hed waited a long time to find and tonight he would give her the kind of night shed always dreamt of. No more obsessing about something that would never be.
My beautiful princess, Diego whispered kissing the top of her head gently. He turned his attention away from the table to focus completely on her--on only her.
My handsome prince, she tilted her head up, her eyes sparkling with a look of love.
Diego smiled at her, his fingers easing in over her cheek gently. He felt her lean into his touch and as their mouths meshed again, he felt the warmth of her wrapped up in his arms. The sweet seduction of her tantalizing lips, the look of love burning behind her brown eyes was enough to carry him further into the roll of her dream lover. Scooping her up in his arms, he carried her out of the kitchen and back to his bedroom vowing to give Cori a night shed never forget. From here on out making her happy would be his top priority and he wouldnt accept anything less from himself. Tonight he would do his best to make her fairy tale dreams a reality for the both of them to hold onto from here on out. No more looking back.
Can I get you a drink or something? Kellen questioned after Heather
set Charles back in his crib slowly after he had just fallen asleep. Some
water or something?
Sure, Heather nodded slowly, following Kellen into the kitchen as he grabbed two glasses, Does this mean that the two of us are over with all the fighting?
Depends, Kellen shrugged, filling the glasses up with water, It depends on the way you act. I want to make sure that you dont try and start anything.
I dont really think I am in the mood to start anything with you Kellen, Heather sighed, shaking her head slowly, I am through with all that.
Good, Kellen grinned, handing her water to her before leading her into the living room. He sat down on the couch and motioned her to come and sit next to him. So, lets get to know one another. I want to know more about Heather Gibbons.
Oh god, Heather groaned, leaning back into the couch as she looked over at Kellen, I thought we were going to be friends, not best friends here.
Come on girl, Kellen smirked, nudging her in the shoulder gently, Tell me something interesting. Tell me something like, what happened earlier with you and that Diego guy.
Me and Diego? Heather questioned seeing him nod slowly as she shrugged her shoulders. I really like him. There was one point in time where I could have had him, but I was really stupid.
God, I couldnt have guessed that, he replied, feeling the back of her hand smack his chest lightly, Hey, I was just saying. Not trying to sound mean here. Go ahead with what you were saying.
Thank you, she laughed before going on with what she was saying, I realized that he really was a great guy and well, now I guess you could say I want him.
Well, I guess you could say he is a little cute, Kellen agreed, before shrugging his shoulders, Hes not my type, but hes got beautiful eyes.
That he does, she agreed with a small laugh as she shook her head slowly, I am going to get him back Kellen, I am really going to get him back.
Alright sweetheart, Kellen frowned, pulling at the collar of his shirt slowly, If you ever plan on that really happening--you really have to stop being yourself because it just doesnt work for you. It really doesnt look that good either.
Screw you Kellen, Heather jabbed her elbow into his ribs and he yelped out, You deserved it.
I dont deserve to be in pain, he complained before shaking his head slowly, That is one of the qualities you are definitely going to lose. You have an angry side to you.
You think so? she questioned, seeing him nod with a small laugh. How am I supposed to change that one? If you can help me go ahead because what I am doing doesnt seem to work.
I think I know just the thing, he decided, rubbing his hands together before shaking his head slowly, but before we start working on you, we have to make some sort of an arrangement for the both of us to we get what we want.
Really? Heather eyed Kellen slowly, watching him nod as she took another sip of her water. What might that be?
Babe, I will help you get a wonderful personality makeover and I will teach you how exactly to get the man of your dreams, he began with a small smirk before shaking his head slowly. That is, if you will help keep Sarah away from Kipp.
Kellen, honey, she started with a deep sigh before shaking her head slowly, I really dont think you have a thing to worry about.
How do I not have something to worry about? Kellen questioned quickly, shrugging his shoulders as he spoke. Have you seen the way Kipp just falls at her feet?
Listen to me Kellen, Sarahs boyfriend is really hot, Heather declared, letting out a small sigh, Like more that hot. I dont think she would go for these other guys because she has the perfect guy waiting for her.
Believe me, I know that Kyle is hot, Kellen blew out a small breath as he remembered what Kyle looked like, Now if that man was gay, I would make him my own personal playground.
Okay, that sounded really wrong, Heather tilted her head, trying not to imagine what Kellen had just said, I dont think that is going to be happening anytime soon.
It probably wont, but you cant help but dream you know. Those biceps, those abs, that smile, those eyes, that butt, Kellen went to go on as Heather held her hands up to stop him from going on.
I get the point Kellen, her eyebrows tensed as she nodded slowly, Kyle is hot, I understand that. Anyways, you shouldnt be talking like that Kellen. You have Kipp remember?
I know, I was just saying that Kyle was hot. I mean Kipp is more my type, Kellen shrugged with a small sigh before getting back to his original subject, Getting back to what I was saying.
Good, that was kind of scaring me, she stated with a small chuckle before taking another sip of her water, What makes you think Sarah is going to steal Kipp from you?
I just have a really bad feeling about Sarah and Kyles relationship, Kellen leaned back into the couch, feeling that feeling in the pit of his stomach, Call me psychic, but I think something is going to blow up between those two. It's just bad feelings I guess.
Honey, this is Kyle. Where my sister is concerned, he doesnt have bad feelings, Heather pointed out with a small shake of her head as she thought about Kyle and Sarahs relationship. Trust me, you really dont have a thing to worry about. He always runs back to her arms. He always has and he always will.
I guess, Kellen watched Heather as she raised her glass to his, This is to our dreams coming true I suppose.
You bet, Heather winked, tapping her glass against Kellens, You better be good at this stuff Kellen.
Believe me sweetheart, Kellen chuckled, rubbing the back of his neck slowly, I am perfect. Absolutely perfect. I guess you could say that I am good as it comes when it comes to these types of things. All you have to do is trust me.
I cant believe I am stuck in a jail cell with you, Grady
groaned, kicking at the bench before him as he heard Kyle groan out from the
back of the room, What is your problem?
Will you please just shut up? Kyle begged, trying to get the sounds of Gradys voice out of his ears. Stop kicking that damn bench Grady.
Make me, Grady snapped, watching as Kyle looked up at him with a glare, What? Did I hit a nerve in that pea brain of yours? Are you going to come after me now?
Did you just call me a pea brain? Kyle questioned with a small laugh, shaking his head slowly. You seem to be forgetting that I am smarter than you Grady. Im what? I graduated high school two years early.
Oh thats right, Grady watched Kyle as he shook his head slowly, Your parents probably paid off the principle or something. God, what a bunch of jerks.
Dont talk about my parents Grady, Kyle growled, wiping the blood that drizzled down the side of his face, Dont you ever talk about my parents again.
Im trying to remember what happened to them again, Grady
began, biting down on his bottom lip, Oh thats right, they got
shot down like animals.
Shut your mouth, Kyle quickly got up from where he was sitting, wrapping his fingers around Gradys neck tightly, Do you know when to shut up? Do you realize how easily I could kill you?
Do it Kyle, Grady smacked Kyle in the side of the head as Kyle
closed his eyes, Come on Kyle. Do you not have enough balls to do it?
Maybe you will have enough when you think about Susan. How she lied to you
about having your child. How you turned on me, how you turned your back on
I never turned my back on you, you killed my child, Kyle scowled, gripping tighter at Gradys neck as he pushed him against the wall. He raised Gradys feet from the floor as he bit down on his bottom lip. Do you realize how much I want you dead right now Grady? Do you?
Kyle, Grady gasped for air, feeling his face began to turn red as he tried to undo Kyles grasp of his fingers, Let go of me.
Beg me, Kyle smirked, grasping his fingers around Gradys neck tightly, Beg for your life Grady. Try and save the breath that I am stealing from you every little second. Tell me something that will want to put you down.
Screw you, Grady swung his knee forward, kneeing Kyle in the groin as Kyle fell to the ground along with Grady. Grady fingers ran over his burning neck. Is that good enough begging?
Get away from me, Kyle hissed, trying to push Grady away from
him as Grady got in above him and smacked him in the face a couple of times.
I have a few questions to ask you, Grady declared, standing up and placing both of his feet on Kyles wrists so he couldnt move, So, since the bitch died--who have you been with? I know its not Avery and I am pretty sure that it isnt your girlfriend. Damn, that Sarah is a fine one. You know, she was hot back in college. I dont know what she ever saw in you. Oh well, who knows?
You stupid son of a, Kyle groaned out in pain before bringing his knee up and getting Grady in the back. Grady fell to the ground next to him as Kyle slowly got to his knees. He leaned forward and grabbed Gradys neck in his hands. Did you ever ask Jade who she was with when you were in jail? She was always with me. And in fact, when that bomb went off, I was the one to save her life.
The hell you were, Grady snapped, grabbing Kyle by the collar of his shirt as the button from Kyles button down white shirt ripped open, You were just as much the person that killed her.
I risked my life for her and you over and over again, but you cant even have the common good to let my baby exist, Kyle growled, hitting Grady square in the jaw.
What in the world? Julian questioned, watching as the two men exchanged punches over and over again with each other. Kyle and Gradys fists were swinging at each other over and over again. Finally, Julian got the cell open and he went into the cell before grabbing Kyle and pulling him off Grady. What in the world do you think you two are doing?
I think you need to get that animal in chains, Grady snapped, wiping the blood away from the corner of his mouth, I think he may be on steroids or something.
Damn you Grady, Kyle tried to get out of Julians grasp, but it didnt work. Let me go Kurts.
Houston, Julian snapped, pulling him back as he looked up at Kyle. Kyles shirt had been ripped open and the wounds from the glass that he had gotten earlier were now bleeding again. What is going on with you? Calm down. We both know he is trying to get to you.
I know, Kyle frowned, pulling his tucked shirt out from his pants, Sorry Kurts.
Its okay, Julian assured him, looking down at Grady who was now standing, I dont know who was stupid enough to put you two in here, but it was a very bad idea. It said that you two were taken in here for being drunk.
He is, Im not, Kyle defended himself, shaking his head slowly, I guess I just got blamed for being drunk because I was at a bar. Grady on the other hand is pretty much all the time drunk.
Do you want to start something Kyle? Grady questioned, taking a step forward, as Kyle reached up and wiped a little more blood away from his eyes.
Something started between us a long time ago Grady, Kyle declared, clenching his fists at his sides, It just took a jump start when you let my baby die.
Trisha pushed Rias front door to her place open as she took a look
around. When she had left earlier, she hoped that Kevin and Ria would have
a nice night together. Hopefully the surprise was good and it made quite an
She heard noise coming from the kitchen and small laughs as she shook her head slowly. She walked into the kitchen to see Kevin standing behind Ria as they mixed a pancake mix together.
Hey you two, Trisha smiled, leaning against the wall as Kevin turned his head to look at her, I see you two are making some pancakes.
What else would we be making? Kevin questioned with a small laugh, reaching his hand up to rub his forehead. With one swipe, he covered his forehead in powder. Trisha began to chuckle as he frowned. What? What is it?
Wait a second, Trisha chuckled, covering her mouth with her hand, Nothing is wrong Kevin.
You are such an idiot, Ria rolled her eyes, looking back at Kevin before letting out a small laugh. She handed him a towel as he moved away from her. You might want to wipe your forehead.
Oh, Kevin chuckled, wiping away the powder before trying to get off the subject, So, would you like to have some breakfast with us Trisha?
Depends, Trisha shrugged before taking a step forward, Breakfast isnt going to turn into something kinky is it? Because I have a weird feeling that every time Kevin has pancakes, something bad happens.
What would give you that kind of idea? Kevin questioned with a small smile, adjusting his jogging shorts before shaking his head slowly. Im a good boy, Im sure you can eat breakfast with us.
In that case, sure, Trisha shrugged, taking a step forward, What kind of pancakes are we having today?
The normal kind, here Ria replied, grabbing one from the plate to throw it at Trish. She heard Kevin let out a small gasp as Trisha totally missed the pancake. Whoops.
Whoops? Kevin questioned with a small frown. A perfectly fine pancake just got wasted there. All you can say is whoops.
Alright, Ria nodded slowly, watching as Trish picked the pancake up, Whoops, I didnt mean to do that.
Here Kev, Trisha held the pancake up towards him, Its been on the floor, but Im sure its good enough for you to eat it.
I will eat any type of pancake, but, Kevin began, grabbing the pancake before throwing it into the trash, I have to follow the fifteen second rule. I cant believe we just wasted a pancake.
Here, stop complaining, Ria shoved a small piece of pancake past his lips, Good?
Very, Kevin nodded before swallowing down the pancake, Now its time to say something that I love saying every morning. Lets eat.
Hey, Ria frowned as he let out a small chuckle and leaned forward to give her a small peck on the lips.
And of course I love you, he whispered before reaching past her to grab a few plates from the cabinet. Especially youre cooking. Thats really good.
I think the I love you would have been enough, Ria replied with a small laugh, watching as he set his table. She was starting to like mornings like this. Having Trisha and Kevin here with her was a great thing. It was nice for a change to have people over with her for breakfast.
Honey, Im home, Dave looked through the bedrooms, noticing
that no one was in their bedrooms, Carly? Kayla?
In the kitchen Dave, Carly called out, watching as Dave walked into the kitchen and leaned against the wall. You are finally home, we have been waiting for you.
Have you? Dave questioned with a small smile, leaning down to give Kayla a small hug. So, where is Deidra?
Oh, she left, Carly replied, taking a sip of her water before shrugging her shoulders, I guess she decided that she just didnt want to be here anymore. It was a good choice in my opinion.
You have to be kidding me Carly, Dave groaned, standing up as he shook his head slowly, What did you say to her that made her leave? What did you say?
I just told her what I thought about her, Carly replied, shrugging her shoulders, It wasnt like I was lying to her about anything Dave.
I cant believe you did this Carly, Dave sighed, shaking his head slowly before walking towards the front door. Cant you just do this one thing for me? All I asked was for you to get along with her and you cant even do that?
Where are you going? Carly questioned with a frown, watching as he turned around and shrugged his shoulders. Dave, if you were in my position you would feel the same exact way as I do right now.
No I wouldnt, Dave declared, thinking things over for a moment before going towards the front door, I will be back later. I have to go out.
And do what? Carly questioned angrily as he held his hands up in the air and frowned at her.
I have to go find Deidra, now that you kicked her out of my house, Dave declared before walking out the front door to go out and look for Deidra.
I hate how he does that, Carly scowled, shaking her head slowly. It was like he would do anything just for Deidra. Just once, she wished he could finally give up on that girl and truly realize what she was. A person who was just using him for his feelings. Dave was too nice to notice it, but she was totally using him. It was obvious to everyone else, so how come Dave couldnt see it?
Her thoughts were pushed aside as she heard her phone begin to ring. She
shook her head before walking towards the phone to answer it. Knowing her
luck, it was probably Deidra calling to ask for Dave or something like that.
Hello? Carly answered her phone, not even bothering to look at the caller id because she already had an idea on who it could be.
Carly, Andys voice beamed over the receiver as she smiled to herself. Okay, so maybe everything wasnt turning out so bad. Im glad I caught you. I was hoping that I could still touch base with you about this whole divorce thing.
You bet we can, Carly smiled, switching the phone to her other ear, I am as ready as possible to stick it to Deidra at long last.
Deidra walked around the park knowing full well that it might not be the
smartest thing to do considering that Bruce Mathis was still out there on
the loose, yet after her confrontation with Carly, the last thing she wanted
to do was stick around Daves house and get wrapped up in more chaos.
Carlys words swirled in her mind over and over again. While she hated
to admit it, maybe on some level Carly was right. She did have a habit of
returning to Dave time and time again when a problem arose. Maybe this was
really no different for her.
I can take care of this on my own, Deidra reasoned looking around the crowded park area. It was broad daylight and while Bruce was crazy, she didnt really believe that he was crazy enough to strike during the day. She was safe here--at least she hoped she was.
Deidra, she heard a voice call out to her. She spun around to see Dean standing before her with a bag in hand. Reading the name on the bag she realized he mustve come out of the store across the street just a little less than a block away from here. Thats when it hit her. He lived only a couple of blocks away. Chances are that he was on his way home and then for them to run into one another like this She was uncomfortable, but she tried to play it cool and even.
Dean, what are you doing out here? she couldnt help but ask her gaze dropping down to the area at his abdomen where shed stabbed him only a short time ago. To see him up and running around seemed so out of character--so impossible at this point.
I needed a few things and it was a nice day, he shrugged his shoulders before offering up a small smile, so I decided to go for a walk.
You shouldnt be out here walking around like this, she frowned at him, the doctor in her taking control of the emotions she vowed not to reveal, I mean with your stitches
Im a pretty quick healer, he replied with a small shrug, Besides I think I was going out of my mind with cabin fever if you will inside my place. Since Im out on sick leave for a while, theres really nothing else to do
Sick leave? she repeated with a surprised expression.
Im a bit out of commission so the higher ups have suggested that I take some involuntary vacation time, he nodded quickly his eyes darkening a bit with the confession, but hey I guess that means itll give me some time to catch up on the soaps or something. I hear Days of Our Lives is pretty good lately
Then you heard wrong, she acknowledged with a small smile, because last I heard it was pretty awful.
Hmm, well in that case I suppose it means Ill be spending more time at the computer playing solitaire, he shrugged his shoulders again, unless of course theres a small chance that maybe just maybe I can tempt you into dinner or something.
Dean, she felt her breath catch in the back of her throat. He really had no idea just how badly shed wanted to say yes, but remembering everything that had transpired between them--remembering the deceptions and the lies that had nearly cost him his life, she knew that the man before her was nothing more than a stranger. I dont think so.
Why not? he took a small step forward, I know youre upset, but
You have no idea how upset I am, she cut him off abruptly refusing to allow any emotion to show, Upset doesnt even begin to cover the way I felt in knowing that you lied to me. You lead me to believe so many things and
And while I lied about what it was that I was doing here in Coral Valley, I never lied about the way I felt about you. Deidra I love you he offered up in a heartfelt plea.
Dean stop! she cut him off abruptly raising her hands in the air. I dont want to hear it. I cant listen to this--not now
Deidra, I understand youre upset, but he began again taking another small step towards her.
But nothing. I cant deal with this right now Dean. Given everything else thats happened, this is the last thing I need in my life, she blurted out fighting to contain her tears.
She rushed past him knowing full well that shed hurt him with that admission, but right now the last thing she wanted to do was fall back into old habits. Shed been notorious for letting liars into her life first with Andy, who had broken her heart in the first place, then with Bruce, who had deceived her and now with Dean. Sure he wasnt nearly as bad as Andy and Bruce had been, but she couldnt let herself fall again. She couldnt be deceived. She couldnt let it happen--keep happening again and again. Once she was certain that she was out of Deans line of vision, she found herself overtaken by tears hating herself all the more because even though hed lied to her, the hard part in all of this was that she still cared about him. She still wanted to be with him more than anything and she knew full well what a mistake that would be to let him in again.
Ben pulled into the driveway at the home hed purchased for Diane. While
he knew this was the last place he should be at a time like this, he couldnt
help but find himself drawn to it. He could clearly remember the emotions
hed been feeling--the joy and satisfaction hed felt in putting
money down on the home that he intended to begin his new life with her at.
Turning the engine off on his car, he walked out onto the sidewalk. He looked
at the house thinking of the plans and dreams hed had ahead of them.
They all seemed like a fading notion now that he thought about what had transpired
between the two of them.
Making his way into the home, he tried not to let himself get caught up in the idea of how things shouldve been, but when he passed over the threshold, he thought of all of Dianes enthusiasm when theyd come here with one another. He walked up the staircase thinking of how excited she was--how excited they both were as they looked to the future with their family.
Stopping at the end of the hallway, he closed his eyes remembering clearly how wonderful it had been to share all of this with her. Hed taken everything hed had in his savings account and put the down payment on the house ready to begin a whole new life with Diane. Hed wanted it all to change--wanted to find a way for them to start anew. It had been something hed hoped for between them for a while now.
Oh Diane, he sighed opening up the door to the nursery. He thought of his dreams about being a father--about his plans for his future with their son or daughter, but now the realization that the child she could be carrying wasnt going to be his overtook him. He sank down to the floor burying his head in his hands as he tried to deal with the fact that all the things between them were falling apart. As much as he hated to admit it, he still loved her--still wanted to have a life with her above anything else, but knowing that she felt she couldnt be honest with him about what shed done--about what had happened when they were apart, he knew that things would never be the same for them again.
Hearing his phone beep to alert him that he had a voice mail message Ben pulled it out from his pocket. He noticed that the missed message was from Diane. He was tempted to turn the phone off entirely, but his heart wouldnt allow him to do that. Bringing the phone up to his ear, he dialed voice mail listening to hear her voice again.
Ben, hey its me she started clearly overtaken with tears, I know that you have every reason in the world to hate me right now--to turn away and never come back, but just know above all else I love you. Ive always loved you and Ill never stop loving you. Youre truly the only man who has ever really loved me for me and if I lose you please tell me that I havent lost you forever. I need you
Her words were cut off by the beeping to indicate that time had run out on her. Perhaps it was a good thing, though Ben couldnt help but find himself replaying the message over again just to hear the sound of her voice. As much as it pained him to say it, he missed her and wished like hell that he could take back the last few months. However as he remembered the smug expression on JTs face once JT had delivered the bad news to him, he knew full well that none of them could ever take any of it back. Reality was that the nightmare was only beginning. Of course the way Ben saw it he had one of two choices, he could walk away or stay and fight for what his heart truly wanted. He just wasnt sure what felt right anymore.
Brant sat on the Ashford jet thinking about the way hed left things
off with Avery. While hed never intended to leave without the two of
them being on good terms with one another, he was starting to wonder if they
would ever find that with one another again. Hed hoped above all else
that their finally being together would mean a chance for happily ever after,
but with curve after curve being thrown at them, he wondered if that was ever
really in the realm of possibility for them.
Closing his eyes he thought back to how hed wanted her for so very long. Shed been the impossible dream--the one woman he couldnt have, yet hed never given up. Hed held out hope that she would be his. Again and again he kept up in his pursuit promising himself that she would be it--that Avery would be the key to a normal life--to what he needed to finally settle down and be happy with a family. Night after endless night hed thought of ways to make her his--to make her into that perfect vision of what he believed happily ever after to be, yet as he thought to everything that had been tossed in their direction, he wondered if hed ever truly gotten what hed been hoping for with Avery.
A woman like Avery will always be out of your league, he could hear Caitlins voice taunting him right before shed delivered the news to him that Avery had married Russell. Sure hed taken it hard, but before hed known, hed found himself in another place with another woman who had added a warmth to his heart.
Angela, Brant mouthed to himself looking out the window. He closed his eyes again remembering how hed found her on the beach--how hed been convinced she was just a figment of his imagination, yet the time theyd spent with one another outweighed any of his fantasies of Avery. Thinking back he couldnt help but feel a warmth at the memory of their time together.
Even now he could remember the distinct feel of the waves crashing beneath him as he opened his eyes to see Angela after theyd spent endless hours making love to one another. The sunlight was creeping into the half opened blinds across the room and he could remember quite clearly how hed been awakened to a dizzying state of disorientation. It hadnt taken long however for him to register the waterbed he was laying on as his eyes fixed upon the beautiful sleeping woman at his side. Her dark hair cascaded around her face as her eyes remained closed in the peaceful slumber shed found herself in after their hours of passion had finally done them both in.
The memory of Angelas soft form drifted into a vivid image leaving him to recall the movement hed made on the bed beside her. He recalled how he couldnt help but take a moment to memorize her beauty as in her sleeping hours, she looked truly remarkable--so very much like the woman hed dreamt about waking up beside time and time again. Even now as he repositioned himself on the water bed, he couldnt help but think about how last night had been something of a fantasy hed had for so many months now, only this time there had been a beautiful, warm body beside him as it played into life. Sure, Angela wasnt Avery and on some level he knew that, but as he found himself fixated with the way she lay beside him, he couldnt help but feel a twinge of sentimentality creep in over him.
Unable to contain himself Brant had reached out to touch her cheek sweeping a strand of dark hair from her face as he leaned in towards her kissing her forehead gently as her eyelashes fluttered open and she stretched out from underneath the thin, silken sheet that covered her. She seemed startled at first to find him next her, but as his lips teased over her soft skin, she closed her eyes once again and a smile pressed over her features.
Good morning beautiful, he spoke gently as he curled his arm around her pulling her in close beside him.
Good morning, she murmured in a faint whisper as she snuggled in closer to him, feeling the waves of her water bed bump beneath her as the warmth of his body invited an even closer embrace between them, though I have to admit I half expected to wake up alone this morning considering that last night seemed more like a dream than anything.
A very erotic dream at that, Brant coaxed her into his arms as she lay her head upon his chest, but one that I was certain shouldnt be ending so soon considering that well, that I wasnt finished with you yet.
Ah I see, she traced her finger over the center of his chest, you thought youd ravish me one last time before rushing out the door and leaving my life forever, huh?
Actually I was thinking about something more along the lines of, Brant began hearing a sound from outside of the bedroom as Angela seemed to stiffen in his arms.
Ang, a male voice rumbled through the house as Brant turned his eyes down to see the shock and surprise that washed over her features, Angie, where are you? Come on. I know youre upset, but at least talk to me
Who is that, Brant questioned curiosity brewing over him as he felt her tense up in his arms. She pooled the sheet around her body before lifting her head off of him.
Brant, its , she bit on her lower lip, well, its my publisher--George.
The guy from the beach, he raised a curious brow as she nodded and a frown touched over his features, Whats he doing here?
Well this house is actually owned by the publishing company and I was just staying here for the duration of my research for the she shook her head as her dark hair dropped down over her shoulders, that doesnt matter right now. He shouldnt be here. I mean sure I knew he had a key because of the company, but
Hey, Brant sat upright reaching out to touch her cheek as he saw the panic behind her eyes, Dont worry about this. Ill get him out of here
Brant, I Angela began watching him hop out of bed as he followed the sound of Georges voice finding him in the living room snooping through some of Angelas things before Brant cleared his throat making his presence known.
I dont think you should be doing that, Brant announced
as the man looked up in confusion to find a very naked Brant standing before
Who the hell are you, the dark haired man before him frowned as he set down Angelas purse, Wheres Angie?
Shes busy right now and you shouldnt be in here, Brant marched forward glaring at the guy, She doesnt want to see you, so why dont you just turn around and get lost.
Look buddy, I dont know who the hell you think you are, but Angie and I have some work related business to attend to, the man stood taller puffing out his chest as he glared back at Brant from behind the thin rimmed glasses he was wearing.
Whatever business you had with Angela, well its over, Brant decided pushing his way in front of the man who quite possibly couldve held a few inches over him in height, It ended the moment you hit her on the beach and now Id strongly suggest you turn around and get out of here before things get ugly.
Look Romeo, you dont know who youre dealing with, George replied shoving his hand into Brants chest as Brant seized the mans arm throwing him down against the coffee table before him. With a simple twist, Brant had the man immobilized as the man tried to struggle against the hold Brant had on him.
No. You dont know who youre dealing with now, do you? In fact given that you know very little about me, well it would be in your best interest if you play close attention to what Im about to tell you Brant began in a menacing tone.
Go to hell, George growled back at him despite the disadvantage hed had in this particular arrangement as Brant shoved him harder against the top of the coffee table.
Nope, wrong answer, Brant hissed, a darkness in his tone as he pushed on Georges arm just a bit to give it a little extra effect, Now you listen to me buddy. I strongly suggest you leave Angela alone because I swear to you if I ever hear about you laying a hand on her--if you even think about touching her, doing anything to hurt her or hell even looking at her the wrong way, well youre going to have to answer to me and I swear to you if I find out that youve done something to her that isnt on the up and up, Im going to hunt you down and make sure you feel the hurt you think you can press upon others. Do I make myself clear?
Brant, Angela gasped as she stepped into the room with the sheet wrapped around her unable to believe what was happening, What are you doing?
Just getting better acquainted with George, Brant explained fishing into Georges back pocket for his wallet and releasing him as he took a good, long look at Georges drivers license.
Youre insane, George hissed rubbing at his elbow as he turned to Angela, and you, well you
Go to hell George, Angela huffed in response bunching the sheet up around her body tighter, The deals off as Im not going to do that article for you. Nothing you can offer me is worth what youre trying to do here.
Youre going to regret this Angela, George threatened as Brant reached out to him again seizing him by the collar as he lifted him up off of the ground.
Im already not liking your tone George, Brant threw him a menacing glare, which means its time for you to apologize.
When George remained silent, Brant shook him for effect before George belted out in a slow whimper, Im sorry Angela.
Tell her that you realize you made a mistake with your offensive behavior and youre never going to lay a hand on her again, Brant ordered in a more abrasive tone.
I was wrong Angie and words cant even begin to express how sorry I am, George muttered fearfully as Brant glanced over at Angela awaiting her response to the situation.
Apology accepted for now, she answered with a nod of her head as Brant dropped George sending him crashing to the ground before Brant tossed his wallet at him right into the center of his chest.
Get out of here, Brant grumbled in response watching George stumble around on the ground as he followed him out towards the door, and remember I know where you live which means if I find out that youre screwing with her in any way, youre a dead man. Do I make myself clear?
Crystal, George nodded quickly rushing off of the property
as Brant slammed the door shut behind him.
Rubbing his hands together Brant returned to Angela with a proud smile beaming over his handsome features, That felt good.
That was good, she couldnt help but grin in awe of him as she rushed over to him throwing her arms around his neck excitedly leaping into his arms as her sheet fell to the ground, and I dont know how I can thank you enough for that as I never had the balls to just tell him where to stick it
Thats what you have me here for, Brant curled his arm around her spinning her with each step he took as a laugh bubbled over him, Itll show him not to mess with you
God, I dont think Im going to have to worry about him ever again as you came on like a wild man with the way you dealt with him, she boasted proudly, Oh I just cant believe how good you are. I mean you stepped into the role of the perfect heroic type telling him where he could go and
I did, didnt I, Brant grinned excitedly, and damn that felt good.
Try being on this end, she laughed in response feeling excitement curl over her down to the tips of her toes, I mean you had it going on Brant. You were just like the protective boyfriend stepping up to save the woman he loves and she paused as a moment of reality fell upon her and her smile faded, though youre not the boyfriend
Maybe not, but well, he hesitated before he squeezed her in against him dropping a tender kiss upon her lips, Maybe its a role I might be interested in researching on for the future.
Seriously? her eyes widened in surprise, Brant are you saying
Im saying that last night was hot, but Im thinking that maybe tonight we could try the traditional approach. You know a little dinner, maybe some candle light and some romance his kisses teased over her neck, maybe a little dancing and all that small talk that we skipped over before.
Youre serious? she repeated again unable to believe what she was hearing as he held her.
Yeah, I think I am, he nodded in confession setting her down again as he cupped her face in his hands kissing her tenderly, because you know I got to thinking that maybe you and I can give this a go--that maybe just maybe we might have something here that goes beyond, well beyond how adorable you are when I have you screaming in ecstasy, he teased with a wink.
Brant, I I dont know what to say, Angela admitted feeling a lump form in her throat at the prospect of dinner and a real date between them, I mean yesterday and last night were and this, well this is I mean its I just I dont I dont know what to say considering
I was thinking that yes might be a good start, Brant reached out for her once again bringing her body in against his as he kissed her hungrily, I mean considering how good we fit together in the bedroom and the living room, not to mention the patio
Brant, she swatted at his chest as a laugh bubbled over her.
I just well, I just think its a good start for us, he admitted teasing his lips against hers once more, Wouldnt you agree?
I think its a very good start, Angela agreed with a nod, though you know if were going to take this a step further with one another we should probably move beyond that whole first name status here.
In good time, Brant promised tipping down to kiss her once again unable to get enough of her soft, supple lips, but first I was thinking about having you join me for a shower to get the day going.
That would be wonderful, she decided curling her arms around his waist, I think thats an excellent idea considering that right now Im so completely pumped after what you did to George.
The jerk had it coming to him and I only wish Id done it sooner, Brant confessed nibbling on her shoulder, No one gets away with treating my girl that way.
Your girl huh, Angelas cheeks lit up at the thought as she felt Brants kisses upon her skin.
Well, unless you have some other guy on the side tucked away until I leave, he teased as his fingers danced over her spine.
No, theres not, she shook her head adamantly, There hasnt been anyone else in a long time and Brant
Yes, he questioned lazily squeezing her bottom as he pulled her in flush against his already aroused form.
Its Meloni, she whimpered in response to his bold movement.
Huh? he looked up from her shoulder meeting her dark eyes.
My last name is Meloni, she smiled up at him, I mean since youve already done something amazing for me here this morning, well, I figure its the least I can do for you
Meloni huh, he grinned in response brushing his thumb over her bottom lip, well I have to say I think thats a beautiful name for an amazingly beautiful woman, Angela Meloni. Now what do you say you and I take that shower and get working on getting off on the right foot this morning.
I say youve already gotten things to a great beginning, she replied feeling his arms drop down around her waist once again as he hoisted her over his shoulder carrying her back into the master bedroom directly into the master bath. He set her down for the briefest of moments before he quickly worked with the dials on the water temperature for the shower. After a few minor adjustments, he reached out to her drawing her completely into his arms with a hungry kiss as he pulled her into the shower with him.
Even now Brant could remember the heat between them--the raw, unadulterated
passion that had consumed them over the holiday theyd spent with one
another. Angela Meloni--the enigma--the mystery that hed never truly
been able to unravel. How hed tried to find her--tried to figure out
how it had been possible for her to vanish without a trace. Heaven knows hed
spent thousands of dollars trying to find her again even knowing full well
that hed had Avery.
Looking to his wedding ring once again, Brant felt a moment of guilt tug at him. Here hed been blaming Avery for helping Grady, when hed spent months searching for the woman whod awakened his wildest fantasies--the woman that had proven to be so very much like Avery in a great many ways--except with Angela there was something entirely different. Granted their time together had been brief--far too brief for Brants liking, yet when he thought back to the way she felt in his arms--to the way it had felt to be gazing into her eyes as theyd made love--as theyd finally let loose on all levels with one another holding nothing back, he knew there was a world of difference between Angela and Avery.
When Angela was in his arms, shed looked at him in such a way that made him feel like he was the only man that mattered--the only one who came even close to having all of her. There was something so perfect about their union, so right about the way that it had felt to be with her--to love her in every way imaginable. She was wild, uninhibited and ready to give herself over to Brant completely no questions asked. There was just something about her--something that Brant had never gotten out of his system and even now he felt himself longing to find a way to feel like that again.
With Avery, hed always been number two in her life. Russ would always be the man that shed wanted--the man who she would be with now if Susan hadnt stepped in and set that bomb off at the airport. She had let him know under no certain terms that Russ would always be the only man ever in her heart. There was no getting her to want him the way he wanted and needed her. Hed thought life with Avery would be happily ever after--that their being together would be perfect, yet now that the thought about all that happened he couldnt help but wonder if hed let the best thing walk out of his life on that island with Angela by his obsession with Avery.
Could things have been different for us, he pondered aloud remembering how hed really felt a connection to Angela--how hed found himself wanting to be with her at the end of the time theyd shared with one another. Now as he looked to his wedding ring thinking of all the events leading up to his marriage to Avery he wondered if perhaps hed been pushing for the perfect dream with the wrong woman after all. Given all the blows that had been delivered to his relationship with Avery, the more he thought about it, the more he feared that things would never find a way to be right between them. With each passing second he felt his dream slipping further and further out of his reach and he feared that he may never truly be able to get it back again.
So, what happened here? Kipp questioned after bailing Kyle and
Grady out of jail. What did they get into Julian? I dont really
understand what happened.
I dont know, they got into a fight, Julian tried to explain, shrugging his shoulders, I dont really know what happened to those two. Not even a couple of months ago, Houston was in here trying his best to get Grady out of jail and now well this is happening.
Kind of ridiculous if you ask me, Sarah began, shaking her head before feeling someones hand touch her shoulder lightly. She turned around to see Avery before her before sighing. Avery, hey.
Sarah, Avery frowned, watching as two officers brought Kyle and Grady out from the back in handcuffs. What happened here? I feel like I am watching a movie or something.
They got into a fight, Kipp answered for Sarah before shaking his head slowly, They were both at the bar and somehow the two of them got in fight. I dont know what started it, but I cant seriously tell you what else happened.
I bet I can take a guess at what happened, Sarah frowned, seeing Kyle turn to face her after he got his handcuffs off of him. She saw the cuts over his face as she quickly ran over by his side. Oh my god, are you alright?
Im fine, Kyle replied, letting out a small groan as he rubbed his wrists where Grady had stomped on them earlier, Just dandy.
Come on Kyle, Kipp urged Kyle towards the door, but it wasnt good enough. Kyle watched Grady walk out from the back. We should go.
We need to have a little chat, Kyle declared, pointing towards Grady as Avery and Sarah gave each other a worried look as Kyle and Grady took a step outside with one another. The three followed Kyle and Grady out, just to make sure that nothing bad happened.
What do you want Kyle? Grady questioned, taking a step forward towards him as Kyle looked down at him with anger behind his features. You had something to say, now say it.
Okay, Kyle nodded slowly, thinking things over for a moment, I want to let you know something. My whole life, I spent trying to save you over and over again. When you were in jail, I nearly got killed by someone because I was trying to find Kipp just so you wouldnt be put away. I tried to put you and Jade back together. I saved Jades life. If I do recall, I have saved your life a couple of times Grady. I almost died, trying to help you. I got hurt because I was trying to help you. Susan nearly killed me and I was only going to talk to her so I could help you. You would think that when I needed your help once Grady, just once--you would help me.
What do you want me to say Kyle? Grady questioned throwing his hands up in the air. Thank you for saving my ass. Would you like me to get on my knees and kiss yours for you?
You just dont get it do you? Kyle questioned angrily, his jaw tensing as he spoke. I loved you and Russell my whole life. You were like my family, I would have done anything for you two. I wanted something that I could never have. That was a family Grady. You took away something that could make my whole life better. I loved you like a brother Grady and well, now--I cant even stand to look at you. It makes me sick to look at you because the only thing I keep thinking is that you are as good as dead in my eyes. I dont even care anymore. So dont let me see your face again because you are dead to me. Dead to my memories and my heart because I had a trust with you. You threw it out and proved I never meant anything to you.
Come on Kyle, Sarah wrapped her arm around his as he took one last look at Grady before turning around and walking towards the car with Kipp and Sarah.
Maybe we should leave, Avery suggested, touching Gradys arm gently as he pulled away from her. Grady?
I dont want to go yet, Grady replied, never taking his
eyes off the scene before him.
Avery looked up at Grady as he watched Kyle walk towards the car. It was obvious that the friendship that Kyle and Grady had been having for so many years was now over. Forever.
...to be continued...