So, how are you feeling? Martha questioned as her and Angela
got some things to make for a small snack. Are you feeling any better
or are you still feeling down?
I think I am feeling a little bit better, Angela informed Martha with a small shrug as she thought about the time she had spent with Kevin. Kevin knew how to make me feel better. He knows how to get me to relax.
Yeah, hes a really good guy, Martha pointed out with a tiny smile as she looked around the kitchen, Speaking of the big guy, where is he?
I dont know where Kev is, Angela shrugged her shoulders as she heard steps coming in from behind her. Angela turned towards the door, seeing Kevin walking into the kitchen as he buckled his pants back up slowly. Hey, where have you been?
Finding some clothes to put on, Kevin answered with a small sigh as he held his shirt in his hand tightly. He gave a small shrug before pulling his white tank top on.
Did you find what you wanted? Angela questioned seeing Kevin shrug his shoulders. Kevins body was still wet from the bath, so the shirt he was wearing stuck to his muscles, showing the contours of his muscular body.
Damn kid, Martha turned around to look at Kevin as she placed her hand on her hip. What are you doing, getting more muscular by the minute? You look hot.
Yeah, right, Kevin laughed, running his hand through his wet, thick hair. Im just a normal guy.
Normal? Martha questioned with a small laugh as she stepped up towards Kevin. She pointed down to his abdomen where you could see the curves of the muscle in his stomach. Thats hot kid. Dont you think thats hot Angela?
Yeah, its very hot, Angela assured Kevin with a small laugh as she looked back at Martha. Kevin doesnt need someone telling him hes hot, he already knows that.
Not quite, but you know, Kevin paused for a second before looking down towards the ground. Thanks for the compliments though. It was nice.
Kid, as long as you keep wearing those shirts, Martha began with a small laugh as she watched a small smile appear over the corner of Kevins lips, you will always be steaming. Hell, youre always hot, but steaming with those shirts.
Well, thank you, Kevin chuckled with a small shake of his head before his dark eyes met Angelas. Angie, can I talk to you for a minute?
Sure, Ill be right back Martha, Angela nodded, noticing that Kevin probably wanted to talk to her alone without Martha. She grabbed Kevins hand and led him into the living room. She stopped in the middle of the room to look up at him as he squeezed her hand in his tightly. What is it Kev?
I know this is something you probably dont want to talk about right now, but I have to say something and get it off my chest, Kevin declared, letting out a small sigh as he ran his thumb over the back of her hand gently. I know this Nick guy meant something to you and Im sorry that this happened to you.
Kevin, it was something you couldnt have stopped, Angela pointed out with a small frown as Kevin placed his index finger over her lips gently.
Angie, what I want to say is that if I could, I would take away all the pain you are feeling right now, Kevin began, feeling her squeeze his hand in hers tightly. Hell, I would give up my own happiness, just so you could be happy.
Kevin, Angela looked up into Kevins eyes as she noticed a seriousness behind them. I know you would and thats why
Im your best friend, Kevin finished with a half smile before shrugging his shoulders. He brought her hand up to his lips as he laid a small kiss upon it. You know, I think you need to know that youre a very special person. All the guys who hurt you, dont realize how special you truly are. Youre a diamond Angie and those two losers acted like idiots. They act as if they can pick you up, use you to get what they want and then throw you away for something better. What they dont realize is that youre someone that they should cherish their whole life, there is nothing better. I know thats what I would want to do, cherish you for a lifetime.
Kevin, Im not really that special, Angela pointed out with a tiny laugh as he shook his head slowly.
You dont understand Angie, he began in a tight breath as he held her hand in his. He raised her hand up to his chest, placing it over his heart as he slightly smiled. Do you feel the beating of my heart?
Of course, Angela laughed, looking up into his dark brown eyes. Its a perfect feeling.
Well, every single thing I say is coming straight from my heart, Kevin whispered as he caressed her hand with his fingertips. He felt a warmth behind his body as he saw her dark eyes look into his and a smile crept over his lips. Every thing I describe you as, is what you truly are. Youre that gold that only one person is lucky enough to have. And if youre that one person, you are the luckiest man in the world.
Kevin, you make me sound like I am like a goddess or something, she laughed, sliding her hand in over his chest, still feeling the rapid beating of his heart. Im not that special.
If you dont believe youre that special, then you need to go take a look in the mirror woman. You are a true goddess. Youre beautiful, loving, smart, sometimes a little pain in the butt Kevin played before letting out a small sigh as she lightly poked him in the shoulder. I want you to know that you may not have Nick and you may not have no name, but youre always going to have me to lean on. And I promise, Im never going to leave you.
Youre the one person I can truly count on Kevin, Angela smiled feeling his right hand slide in over her cheek and caress it gently. She leaned into his touch as his hand slid into her silky hair slowly and pulled her in a little bit closer to him. I dont know what I would do without you.
Thats the one thing about me, Kevin took a minute to think over what he was about to say, Im never going to leave you and that is one thing I can promise. I will never leave your side. You need me, Ill be there. If you need a backrub, I got the hands. Hell, if you need money, I have the wallet. If you end up falling down and hurting yourself, Ive got the hand that can lift you up off the ground and I have strength to carry wherever it is that you need to be. If you want loving, caring, honesty, loyalty, trust, and friendship--I have the big old heart to give you that. All of those things and many more come along with having me, so you never have to worry about what you need because I can be the one to help you.
Kevin, Angela smiled, feeling his thumb caress her cheek gently. She reached her hand up and placed it on his wrist as she looked up into his dark eyes.
Angie, I came to the island so fast because of one main reason, Kevin informed her with a deep sigh before shaking his head. Angie, I
Yes? Angela questioned with a small smile as Kevin seemed to be stuck on his words. He looked down towards the ground and then back up at her. You what?
Angie, I Kevin stalled again before shrugging his shoulders, I just want you happy. I want you to be happy and I want you to live the life you deserve. I want you to be happy with a man of your choice and I want him to cherish you like I think you should be cherished. The way I would
I dont think thats going to be happening anytime soon, she pointed out with a small sigh, feeling him curl his finger in underneath her chin, making her look up into his serious, brown eyes. No guy seems to be that interested.
Dont ever say never, Kevin frowned, sliding his fingers in against her cheek again. I know that life hasnt always good and Ive seen what it can put the both of us through. Through your darkest moments in life and your best moments, there has always been someone who has always loved you. You think you may be down for the count and there may be no way out of it, but there is so much life ahead of you and youre bound for happiness.
You sound so confident Kevin, Angela declared, letting out a small laugh he looked down towards the ground. She reached her hand up to touch his cheek gently, motioning him to look at her. What is it Kevin?
I just dont understand what it is Angie, Kevin began with a small shake of his head. The thoughts of all the ways that Angie had been hurt ran through his mind as he felt a small pain in his chest. I dont know why all these guys are treating you like this. Its like every time someone says they love you, they just knock you down to the ground.
Its because they all turn out to be jerks, Angela added in as Kevin nodded slowly. There have only been about two people in my life I can count on.
And thats the thing Angie, you can count on me to help you up.
Anytime you need someone, I can be strong for you. I wish that it would be
as easy as me holding you in my arms and just keep holding you until the hurting
is gone. If you want fall apart, you can hide in my arms and I guess I could
try my best to help you get past that pain. I wish I could be the guy to just
make all that pain disappear for you, Kevin frowned, feeling as if everything
he had ever tried in the past had turned out to be somewhat of a failure.
He just wanted her to be happy.
You are Kevin, she tried to assure him as he shook his head slowly. He reached out to grab both of her hands in his tightly, giving the both of them a small squeeze.
If I was that man, I wouldnt have allowed all of those idiots to hurt you, Kevin stated with a small shake of his head as he felt her hand slide up his arm and in over his shoulder. His voice became tighter as he spoke up again. Angie, it breaks my heart every time you get hurt and I want you to be happy. Whether you have the man of your dreams or even m Kevin paused for a moment before shrugging his shoulders. Maybe a substitute, but no matter what--I want them to make you happy.
Kevin, Angela thought of something to say, but from all the things that Kevin was saying to her was actually choking her up inside. She held back the dampness behind her eyes as she felt Kevin step in closer to her. I dont know what happy is.
Maybe you should allow someone who loves you, to show you, Kevin suggested, wrapping his left arm around her waist and pulling her in against him gently. He reached his right hand up and pushed a piece of her hair away from her eyes gently before gently brushing his thumb in against her cheek. Her eyes closed as she took in the warmth of Kevin against her. A small breath escaped Angelas lips as Kevin leaned forward and pressed a small kiss against her cheek. Feeling him lean in closer to her, she wrapped her arms around his neck to hold onto him tightly. I think I should let you know a little something about happiness.
And what happiness is that? Angela questioned, feeling him lean back from her a small bit, resting his left hand in against her hip gently.
These two amazing children are the key to your happiness, Kevin replied, reaching down between them to caress her stomach with the back of his fingers ever so slowly. What I want you to know is that you may think you dont have a father for these children, but I will always be here to protect you and these two little miracles.
I couldnt let you do that Kevin, Angela pointed out with a small gulp as she felt a tear slip down the side of her face slowly. She felt him reach his hand up to brush away her tears slowly.
Thats what I would want to do Angie, Kevin insisted letting out a small smile as his thumb brushed in over the dampness of her cheek. When they are born, I would be the guy at your side for you, letting you break my hand in half because you were in so much pain. Id let you do it though, because I would think you are the bravest person Ive ever known. And my hand could always heal.
Im not that strong, Angela laughed, watching Kevin nod slowly. You think Im that strong?
Angie, I know youre that strong, Kevin pointed out with tiny smile as he thought about even further into the future. And when they get home, I can be that one man who will feed them for you and I can burp them. If they have little tummy aches, I can be the man they throw up on. The man that doesnt care if he gets thrown up on every two hours.
That would be a sight, Angela laughed, feeling the warmth rise in over her cheeks as Kevin continued to talk about the twins. A small smile appeared over his lips as he thought about the future and what it would be like.
When they are a couple of months old, they might have sleeping problems, Kevin pondered for a minute before letting out a small laugh. I would be there to sing them to sleep. I could hold the both of them in my arms and sing to them the best I could, even if I do sound horrible.
Youre not that bad Kevin, she pointed out with a tiny chuckle as she still felt the gentle caress of his fingers against her stomach. Youre a lot better than I am.
Well, then I could hold one of them and you could hold the other, Kevin began with a small shake of his head, a small spread across his face. We could both try to sing them to sleep with a duet. And then they could fall asleep and most likely be awake in about two hours. So, I would be there to take care of them while their mother has her beauty rest.
You make everything sound so perfect Kevin, she sighed, feeling his left hand run up the side of her arm gently. What other things could you see in the future with you and the babies?
Well, as they get older, I could be the guy that takes them to their first day of school with you. They could be afraid at first, but we could convince them that everything would be okay. They would come home saying they hated the first day, but then they would go back and love every second of it. At night, they would have trouble getting to sleep and I would be there to read them to sleep and make sure that they were both tucked in tightly. I would give them both a kiss goodnight and then I would walk over towards the door, but I wouldnt turn off the light just yet. I would look back and look at how beautiful they are and I would realize that they are perfect in everyway possible. I could take one last look before turning off the light and then I would want to be there when they woke up each morning so I wouldnt be able to miss out on their life. I would want to be there for them every step of the way. I would do this over and over again every day. Eventually, they would grow up a little more and I would love to be the guy to take them to their little league game or their dance recital. I would try to be the best coach I could be, or I could I try to be the best dance partner. Either way, I would love every second of it.
You make it sound like a fairytale Kevin, Angela sniffed, unable to contain the tiny tears that fell from her eyes. You make it sound so perfect.
Because it would be, Kevin pointed out with a tiny smirk as he reached down to caress her stomach once more. Sure they might turn to teenagers and think Im not cool and I may be mean for not letting them out later then ten, but I would still love them like my own Angie. I would love to be the one to help you. It would be everything we ever wanted and dreamed of back in the day.
Yeah, it really would be what we wanted when we were younger, Angela agreed with a small nod of her head as she reached out to run her fingertips in over his cheek gently.
Angie, Kevin whispered, feeling her thumb run in over his bottom lip. He kissed the pad of her finger gently before grabbing her hand in his. He brought her hand up to his lips as he kissed the back of it once more. A small smile appeared over his lips as he looked into Angelas dark eyes. I have to do something that I havent done in a long, long time.
Whats that? Angela questioned, watching Kevin slowly drop down to his knees and reach out to press his hand in against her stomach gently. She felt him reach his arms around her waist and pull her in closer to him as he rested his head against her stomach gently. A small laugh escaped Angelas lips as she ran her right hand through his thick hair gently. What are you doing?
Im listening, Kevin began with a small smile as he gave her a small glance before pressing his ear in against her stomach once more. I think I hear something.
No you dont, Angela laughed, seeing Kevin look up at her with a frown. What?
How do you expect me to listen if you keep talking? Kevin eyed her over slowly before pressing his ear in against her stomach gently. Theyre telling me that they love their mommy and she is the best mommy in the world.
Yeah, I bet they are, Angela shook her head slowly before watching Kevin lean forward towards her stomach once more. She couldnt help but feel a warmth inside of her with the things that Kevin was doing. He was being so caring and so wonderful to her.
Hey you two, Kevin whispered, talking to Angelas stomach
gently, feeling Angies hand slip into his hair again. A small smile
appeared over his lips as he continued what was he was going to say. You
two are going to be very lucky. You have the best mother in the world. She
is going to treat you great and you two are going to love her because if I
do, you will too. I promise she will be great. Ive known youre
mommy for a very long time and I love everything about her. Just imagine what
it would be like when you got older. When youre born, everyone is going
to love you two. Just like I do right now.
Kevin, Angela grinned, feeling her tears returning again and she couldnt hold them back anymore as she felt Kevin lean forward and press a small kiss in over her stomach.
And a second one for both babies, Kevin smiled, kissing her stomach once more before slowly getting back up to his feet. As soon as he stood up, he felt Angela pull him into tight embrace as he wrapped his arms around her waist. Her head rested in against his shoulder as she felt him caressing the small of her back gently. A small sigh passed his lips as he leaned down to whisper something in her ear. I am going to do everything in my power to bring those two very special babies into this world and give them the life that they rightly deserve. You will always have me here Angie, always. I can love them just as if they are my own. I may have not been the guy that was there during the middle of your pregnancy, but I was the one that was there for you in the beginning. And I have to tell you, Im already in love with your babies Angie. I have been since the beginning.
Kevin, Angela lifted her head up from his shoulder as she looked up into his dark eyes. Her eyes were slightly red and her skin was damp from crying.
I didnt mean to make you cry Angie, Kevin frowned, reaching his right hand up to push a tear away from her cheek gently. Im sorry, I really didnt mean to upset you.
No Kevin, you didnt upset me, she assured him with a small sigh as she felt his fingers curve in under her chin gently. You actually probably made happier than I have been in a while.
So, youre okay? Kevin saw her nod as he leaned forward to press a small kiss against her cheek. He felt her hand run over the back of his neck gently as he went to back away from her, but felt her hold onto him. Is something wrong?
Nothing is wrong Kev, she whispered, leaning up on her toes to press her lips against his gently as she wrapped her arm around his neck.
His arm hesitantly wrapped around her waist as he felt the gentle caress of her lips against his. Everything he said to her was completely true. Every single word of it. Now that he was holding her tightly in his arms, he hoped she believed every word.
Angela sighed against Kevins lips as she continued to kiss him slowly, taking in the feeling of him holding her tightly. He felt her hand run through his hair as he pulled away from her and shook his head slowly, placing his index finger over her lips lightly.
Dont, Kevin whispered, leaning down to lay a small kiss on her cheek and another against her forehead. His fingers slowly ran through her hair as he took in all the beauty of her eyes.
I love you Kevin, Angela whispered as he held her in his arms tightly. She gave him another small peck on the lips before shrugging her shoulders. I dont know what I would do without you.
The same thing goes for me, Kevin pointed out with a small sigh as he held her tighter in his arms and rested his chin on her shoulder. Ill always love you.
I know that and thats why I want you to be my best friend forever, Angela whispered as he shook his head slowly feeling as if someone just kicked him right in the chest.
Best friend, he muttered to himself as he closed his eyes tightly. Youre going to have me for a very long time. I promise you that because I will always be your best friend.
Hey Angela, Martha called from the kitchen as she walked out into the living room to see Kevin and Angela hugging. I was just going to say you could help out now if you would like, but if you want--I can just do it myself.
No, Kevin let Angie out of his embrace as he shrugged his shoulders and pointed towards the back of the house, I have some things to take care of anyways. So, go ahead.
You sure? Angela questioned seeing him nod slowly as he walked towards the back of the house. Kevin?
Yeah? Kevin stopped and turned around to face her as he watched her search for something to say. What is it?
Thanks for everything, Angela smiled slightly before pointing towards the kitchen, I appreciated all that you said.
No problem, Kevin winked, watching as Angie walked into the kitchen. He let out a small sigh as he shook his head and spoke lowly. Thats what best friends are for, right?
Marry me Ria, the words swirled around in her head over and over
again. She eyed the oversized diamond in front of her thinking about how much
money something like that had to cost, but even now that didnt change
how she felt about the situation. Taking in a long breath Ria forced herself
to be honest with the man before her about how she really felt in this situation.
No, she shook her head firmly, Im not going to marry you.
Come on Ria. I know youve been upset lately, but he tried to appeal to her reaching for her hand in the hopes that the contact would remind her of all the things that they had with one another.
Im sorry, but I cant, she tried to pull her hand out of his reach. Her heart was fluttering, mind reeling with how horrible she must look in refusing, but deep down she knew full well she wouldnt even be able to look at another man when her heart was still very much with Kevin.
Ria, of course you can. We can just get married in Paris. It would be a beautiful, romantic fairy tale wedding and he stroked his index finger over her palm holding the ring up for further inspection.
No, Im afraid I cant do it. I know that for a long time I really thought that would be something that I wanted--that having you do this would be what I dreamt about and yeah maybe a few months ago I wouldve gone for it, but now, she shook her head a sigh spilling over her lips, I cant do it--especially now that my heart is elsewhere. The truth is that theres someone else. Theres someone that Ive loved for a very long time--even before you came into my life and I cant stop loving him just because of what we had. Hes someone special and
Someone special huh, he replied with a doubtful expression, and just where is he now?
She watched her former lover fold his arms in front of his chest, doubt clouding over him. While she wished that she could say that Kevin was back in the bedroom waiting for her to return with pancakes and strawberry syrup, she knew better. She knew that it wasnt as cut and dry as shed hoped for, yet that didnt change the way she felt.
So youre telling me that youre just going to throw away what we have for someone who clearly cant give you what you need? Someone who cant even bother to be here? he challenged reading the confusion behind her eyes, Well?
Im not throwing what we have away because when it gets down to it what you and I were doing was just wasting time until something better came along. I didnt want to believe that, but it took my finding Mr. Right to realize just where my heart truly was. It was in being with him that I realized what I truly want out of life, Ria added confidently.
And just what is that? Where is he right now? he questioned still doubtful of Ria and her words. The more she told him, the more it felt like he wasnt believing anything she had to say.
Hes Ria started only to hear the sound of her cell phone ringing. Reaching for it, she quickly answered grateful to whatever escape was on the other end of the line, hello.
Hello beautiful, Kevins voice rang over the line catching her completely off guard, yet captivating her in every way imaginable. At the sound of his voice she could feel a warmth that spilled out over every inch of her. While hed only said hello, she felt as if it was something far more intimate--something that was oh so very personal between the two of them and a blush spread over her cheeks.
Kevin, she smiled unable to help but sound gleeful as she held the phone closer to her ear, hey
Hey yourself, Kevin teased an uneasiness in his voice, Whats going on?
What? she blinked back glancing over her shoulder at her soon-to-be-ex-boyfriend.
I was just sitting here and I felt like something was wrong. I dont know what it was, but something inside of me told me that I had to call you--that you needed me, Kevin paused letting out a small, nervous laugh, It sounds crazy, doesnt it?
Actually, Ria faced her the man in front of her completely, No. It really doesnt. I was just trying to tell someone to leave and
Someone, Kevin repeated tightly, his voice shifting after a moments contemplation, Would that somebody happen to be that somebody that never deserved you in the first place? That somebody that I told repeatedly to leave you alone because you werent interested?
Well Ria started uneasily not really knowing how to answer him.
Put him on the phone, Kevin suggested with dark undertones.
What? Rias eyes widened at the mere suggestion of Kevin talking to him again.
I said put him on the phone, Kevin repeated smoothly though his voice hinted at something much, much darker, I think Id like to talk to the man who blew it big time so that I can thank him for paving the way for me to be happy with the woman I love. Let me have a few words with him.
Kevin, its really not a good idea, Ria began again seeing curiosity brewing behind her former lovers eyes.
Is that him? he asked his eyes perking up, Ria, is that the man that youre willing to toss us away for?
Look Kevin can I call you back? I can just Ria stammered a bit feeling like she was in the middle of something that could turn suddenly very ugly.
Let me talk to him, Kevin urged again causing a shiver to race up and down Rias spine at the authoritative tone behind his voice.
Does he want to talk to me? the man in front of her asked.
Ria nodded, But I dont really think its a good idea considering that
Trust me Ria. Ill take care of this one, Kevin pleaded her with her once more, his voice making a desperate appeal. Let me talk to him.
Alright, Ria finally nodded handing over the phone to the man in front of her. She watched him raise the phone to his ear and she took in a breath fearing what might transpire now that shed opened up the door to conflict between the two men. While she wasnt quite sure where she stood with Kevin right about now, there was no mistaking the tone in his voice as he prepared to go one on one with a man that Ria shouldve left behind a long time ago.
Oh, hey Cori, Carly smiled, opening the door slowly as she motioned
Cori to walk in. Im sorry about calling you like that, Kayla just
left her bunny rabbit and she was worrying.
Its no problem, Cori assured Carly with a small shrug of her shoulders as Carly shut the door behind her. Where is Kayla?
Aunt Cori, Kayla yelled, running down the hallway quickly and over to Cori, wrapping her arms around Coris legs tightly. You finally made it.
Hey there, Cori smiled, leaning down to pick Kayla up in her arms as she held out the bunny that Kayla had left in her car. You missing something?
Rabbit, Kayla giggled, grabbing the bunny from Coris hands and then snuggling it in her arms tightly. Thank you Aunty Cori, I thought he was kidnapped.
Nope, it looks like rabbit just wanted to go on joy ride with your aunt, Cori played, reaching out to tickle Kaylas stomach gently. So, how is my little niece doing?
Im doing good, Kayla replied with a tiny shrug as she felt Cori put her down gently. I am so glad you found rabbit. I dont know what I would have done if I lost him.
No problem, Cori smiled, kneeling down on the ground as she reached out to push a piece of hair behind Kaylas ear. You know, when I was younger, I used to have a teddy bear just like that, except him name was Diego.
Diego, Kayla repeated, seeing Cori nod slowly, Speaking of Diego, I got the coolest Dora the Explorer game with her cousin Diego--you want to see it?
Of course I do, Cori answered with a tiny laugh as she watched Kayla run down the hallway. She slowly stood to her feet and turned around to see Carly staring at her.
So, I guess I could take that you two are kind of serious now huh? Carly questioned, watching as Cori pondered the answer she was going to be giving.
Oh yes and its wonderful, Cori informed Carly with a small sigh as she walked over towards the couch and took a seat. Diego is a perfect guy and I dont know what I would do without him.
I know what you mean, Carly agreed, taking a seat on the couch next to Cori. I feel the same exact thing for Dave. I could never live without him.
Now that were on the subject of Dave, Cori looked around the room before shrugging her shoulders, Where in the world is he?
He had to go to work, Carly informed Cori with a small shake of her head. Its this whole Bruce Mathis case, I dont know if you heard about that, but Deidra had gotten attacked.
Oh, Cori thought there for a moment, thinking about what Carly had just told her. Does that Bruce guy ever give up?
Are you going to answer me? Diego questioned with a small frown
as he tried to get Sarah to speak up some how. Do you really love him
Sarah? You can at least answer that for me.
Diego, if I truly loved him and you truly loved Cori, neither one of us would have done that last night, Sarah pointed out as Diego shrugged his shoulders. Why are you getting so worried Diego? I mean, really. When is the last time you even talked to Kyle anyways?
Around the time I promised him I would talk to you, Diego informed her with a small shake of his head. He really loved Sarah, but there was a guilt inside him that made him truly wonder if what they did was wrong. I went to see him and he told me that he loved you Sarah. He told me that he loved you more than anything in this world. For a while I believed he was a bad guy, but the other night
Diego, if he truly loved me, she paused for a moment to think of something to say. Her words came to a stop when Kyle truly ran through her mind. He would have called me to try and make things better. He would apologize to me.
Theres a part of me that believes that too, but Diego began only to feel her press her index finger in over his lips.
Then believe it because he would have done at least something, Sarah declared, watching Diego shrug his shoulders as she spoke. Diego, dont worry about it. We cant turn back time, anyways--do you feel that what we did was truly wrong?
Well, I really wanted to be with you Sarah, he explained, pondering all the possible answers that he could be giving her right now at this point. I just dont want to hurt anybody. There is Kyle and then there is Cori.
Listen, I wish things were different with Kyle, but he isnt going to change, Sarah explained with a sad expression, holding her hands up in the air as she spoke. I want Kyle to get better, I really do, but its something he is never going to get past. All he is going to do is dwell on himself.
Dwell on himself Sarah? Diego questioned with a small frown as a small sigh escaped his lips. He thinks his child just died, give him a break.
Well his child didnt die and he needs to get over it, Sarah rolled her eyes before reaching out to squeeze Diegos shoulder gently. What I think you need to understand is that you shouldnt be feeling bad.
But we could hurt people Sarah, he pointed out once more, throwing his hands up in the air. There is Kyle and Cori. We could hurt the both of them extremely bad.
Cori? Sarah questioned with a small laugh as she shook her head slowly. You really feel bad about doing this to Cori. I would say she had something like this coming her way.
Sarah, you dont understand the circumstances, he pointed out with a small sigh as he remembered all the things that Cori had admitted to him a few nights ago. Cori really isnt that bad and I think she truly loves me.
But the point is, you dont love her, Sarah stated, nodding slowly as she spoke. What Diego was worrying about, she didnt know. She could just tell that he was worrying way too much. Diego, I think last night proved that you didnt love Cori. You just might want to rethink the whole Cori situation.
Cori is actually a very sweet person, Diego informed her with a small sigh as he thought about all the years he had known Cori. There were so many things that could have shown him that Cori liked him in the past. He shouldnt have gone that far with Cori, he knew it would only lead him to more trouble. Anyways, its not like you want to be a couple right?
You remember this place? Ken questioned, closing the door behind
him and Wendy once they walked into the mansion. I miss having the memories
with you here.
I remember what it was like here, Wendy nodded slowly, looking around the big area before her. Her memories of when they were younger passed through her head as she stood in the middle of the room. I guess I could say I have missed being here with you too.
Good, because I was hoping you would stay here, Ken informed her with a small smile as she looked back to look him over. He simply shrugged his shoulders, knowing that she was probably wondering what he was talking about.
What do you mean stay here? she wondered, taking a step towards Ken as he stepped in closer to her. He reached down for her hand and grasped onto it tightly.
Wendy, I want to make sure you never get away from me again, Ken began, taking in a deep breath as he spoke, I want you to stay in the mansion with me. With all of us. Before you start saying no, I would like you to know that we have plenty of room.
I couldnt let you do that on my behalf, Wendy muttered, feeling Ken place his index finger in over her lips gently. You shouldnt have to do all this for me.
I want to do it Wendy, please dont tell me no, Ken begged, letting a deep sigh out as he spoke. He wanted to spend every possible minute with her from here on out and he was about to do whatever it took to make that happen. We can make it happen, all you have to say is yes.
But what about Brant and Blake, Wendy suggested his brother and sister, trying to get him to think about the others in the family. Dont you think they would have a problem with me being here all the time?
No, Ken answered with a small shrug as he thought about Brant and Blake. Brant went all that way to bring you back to me and Blake loves you Wendy. Shes missed you for so very long, please say yes.
Ken, I dont, Wendy started to reject the offer before seeing the saddened look behind Kens eyes. Ken--I guess I could, but before I do you have to talk to everyone to make sure its alright. I dont want to be here when someone doesnt want me here.
Everyone would want you here Wendy, Ken pointed out with a small shake of his head. He reached his right hand up to caress her cheek gently as she let out a small sigh. If I am happy with you here with me, they would want you to be here. Brant likes you and so does Blake. I dont think there would be any problems in this household.
Are you absolutely sure about that? Wendy eyed Ken over slowly as she watched him simply nod. Then I guess I could say that is a wonderful idea.
Thank you Wendy, Ken reached forward to pull her into his arms tightly. He held onto her before reaching down to grab her hand in his lightly. Lets go upstairs, Ill show you around, just in case you forgot where everything is.
Sounds like a good idea, she smiled, watching the smile on Kens face grow bigger. They walked up the stairs as her memories came back to her all over again. Maybe staying here might be a good thing.
Hart opened the front door to Jennas apartment feeling exhaustion weighing
over him after the trip that hed made. He slipped out of his jacket
still finding himself proud of a job well done now that he, Don and Brant
had done their best to get Kens life back on track again. Sure, it had
been one hell of a ride, but when hed seen the way Ken looked when theyd
come back to Coral Valley with Wendy, Hart was certain that things were looking
up. Kicking off his shoes he prepared to tell Jenna the details of his adventure
when he heard the sound of laughter coming from the living room.
What the Hart paused listening again to hear the sounds before curiosity got the best of him. He rounded the corner seeing Jenna and Sam seated on the couch in the middle of the living room playing Xbox with one another. Unable to help himself he let out a small laugh, Well, what is this?
Oh hey Hart, Sam waved up at him briefly before continuing to place the pod racer game that Hart had picked up for Jenna. The two were engaged in a heated race until finally Sam was victorious. Excitedly she let out a small cheer.
Youre just too good, Jenna chuckled setting her controller down, No wonder Wayne never wants to play with you.
Hes just a chicken, Sam laughed lightly thinking about Jennas brother for a second, Hes never quite grasped the concept of this game and he hates that Im better at him at it. I have tried to teach him though I will admit.
Yeah and Ill bet hes still frustrated, Hart added with a smile, I still suck at this game. Jenna always kicks my butt at it.
You mean youre not just letting me win, Jenna questioned with curious eyes.
Are you kidding? Honey you know Im one of the most competitive people out there and his words were silenced as she reached for his tie tugging him down for a kiss. Their lips met for a brief moment before Hart hopped over the couch to join the two women. So whats the score?
Well Sam has pretty much won every round there so I think Im about to call it quits, Jenna eyed her controller curiously, then again maybe not.
Hmm, well since Im not the only loser in the house tonight, how about we deal me into this, Hart wiggled his brow watching Jenna pull out the other controller. He glanced over at Sam before looking to Jenna, So whats the slumber party about?
Beth and Sam werent exactly getting along tonight so she thought shed crash over here. I figured you wouldnt mind, Jenna threw out a pointed look letting him know without saying a word that she saw tonight as an opportunity for Hart to get closer to Sam.
Not at all, Hart nodded in understanding grinning over at Sam, That is if she doesnt mind this old man crashing the party.
Well, I suppose not, but only if you promise not to eat all of the pizza we ordered, Sam shrugged her shoulders.
Hmm pizza, Hart wiggled his brow, How I love pizza. Did you get it with ham and pineapple?
Of course I did, but not for you. For Sam, Jenna explained matter of fact. Thats her favorite.
Really, its mine too. And I suppose youre also going to tell me that you like extra sauce, light cheese, Hart added curiously.
But of course, Sam nodded, With pizza is there any other way?
Not for me there isnt, Hart added with a tiny laugh, and since were having a fun time tonight, how about I let you all hear about my day?
I was wondering when that would come about, Jenna noted watching Hart rise up from where he was seated.
Oh trust me this one is a good one, Hart waved his hand around in the air excitedly before glancing over at Sam, but trust me you dont want to try this one yourself unless you have professionals like my friend Don, Brant and I backing you up.
Uh oh this sounds pretty serious, Sam replied exchanging glances with Jenna.
Oh but it is, but trust me tonight Im going to tell you a tale of how we saved a friends life just when he was in his darkest hour, Hart chuckled eager to tell the tale of his latest adventure with his best friends, though I will warn you by the time this story is over neither one of you is ever going to look at Don Leveski the same again. Thats a promise!
To your being the most convincing straight man to ever stage a gay
act in the name of friendship, Brant held up his glass to toast his
friend with a small round of laughter. Though from what Hart said you
were so good at it that he too was almost believing that you had the hots
Harts so full of shi Don started catching the expression on his friends face. I was just doing what I needed to do in order for us to stall for time and it worked. You cant tell me that you wouldnt have done the same.
Honestly, Brant sipped his drink before shaking his head, No I dont think I would. I mean I love you man, but I dont think Id start making out with you to stop the wedding.
Youd be surprised what desperate times do to a person. I had to think fast and it was all that I could come up with, Don continued to explain himself further. Mark my words Brant. One day youll be in a situation where impulsive thinking is needed and youll be throwing all logic and rationality out the window.
Perhaps, Brant shrugged sipping his drink again before chuckling further, but I dont think itll ever involve slipping the tongue to any of my male friends there.
Hey, I did not slip him the tongue, Don paused a strange look crossing over his handsome features, At least I dont think I did. No Im definitely sure that I didnt. I was just
I know, Brant patted his shoulder gently before growing suddenly serious, and for what its worth, I owe you a huge thank you for saving my brother from ruining his life completely. I dont know what I wouldve done without you and Hart helping me. I hate to think about what could have happened.
Fortunately for us we wont have to worry about it getting to that. I think its safe to say that Michelle is history, Don rubbed at his jaw lightly thinking of the attack Michelle had made on him. I cant say Im disappointed about that at all.
You and me both, Brant nodded drinking again, Though I have to tell you I really hope that Ken and Wendy can work this out. It was a long shot in finding her like I did, but
But I think theyll be happy, Don added hoping to assure his friends worries. They have a lot to work with between them and Im sure when it gets down to it, they will remember the love they have for one another.
Which once again was something that my father was more than ready to steal from them, Brant sighed heavily thinking about the nightmares his father had hung over all of their heads. It feels like even in death that man keeps finding a way to stick it to all of us.
Hes gone now Brant. You wont have to worry about that anymore, Don patted his back supportively.
Youre right, Brant nodded. I know youre right. If I would quit trying to dwell on the negative and focus on the positive, then I would see that this is a time for celebration and good times. Of course its too bad that Hart had to duck out on us early.
Yeah it wouldve been nice to have him here with us, but you know how it is when duty calls or rather the little lady, Don teased with a small wink.
The little lady, Brant repeated his thoughts returning to Avery and how hed been anything but close to her lately. Hed kept her entirely out of the loop in his plans for saving Ken and even when hed had an opportunity to call her, hed kept from doing so. Something still felt off in their situation, yet he wasnt sure what would be needed to be done to fix it.
Thinking about Avery, huh? Don noted eyeing him intently.
Yeah, Brant confessed, I cant help it. She and I kind of parted on bad terms. I was a real jerk to her and I said a lot of things that I didnt mean. I did some pretty horrible things too.
Such as? Don questioned giving him a long look.
Lets just say Ive been acting like the man I dont want to be with her. She tried to make an effort with me and I treated her like she was just another girl of the moment, Brant sighed heavily, We had a really bad parting of ways.
Then maybe its time you follow in Harts footsteps and start getting home to fix things, Don suggested supportively. I know you love her and if you give as much effort into fixing it as you did into our helping Ken, then you two can move past this slump youre in.
Im not so sure about that. I mean there has been so much tension lately and Brants words were interrupted by the sound of the news report on television. Brant saw a picture of Bruce flash on the screen followed by one of Avery. He leaned in over the bar top and reached for the television set.
What are you doing? the bartender asked pushing him away from the bar.
Turn this up, Brant snapped seeing the man doing as instructed. A few seconds later there was word about Bruces return to town and the story spoke about how hed gone after Avery and while there were no details at this time, there was apparently another murder.
Oh God, Don watched the color drain from his friends face.
Brant stood stunned realizing what was happening.
I have to get to her.
Ill drive, Don decided worriedly. We can call Shannon and see
Just do it. I need to know, Brant pleaded watching his friend make the phone call. A few minutes later Don hung up the phone.
No luck, Don shook his head solemnly. I just got her voice mail.
Come on, Brant reached for his jacket. We have to find Avery. I need to know that shes alright.
Im with you man, Don followed hoping that this time Bruce wasnt successful in his mission to take Avery away from the rest of the world forever.
Whats taking so long, Russell questioned from where he
sat beside Avery holding her hand in his, Just hold on baby.
Hold on, Avery repeated in a labored breath, Russ, do you have any idea what this feels like? No, I dont think you do. You dont have the first clue what it feels like to be in labor do you?
No Avery, I dont, but Russ felt her clamp down on his hand as another squeal escaped from her lips. This time however she wasnt alone as Russ joined in the shout. Grady, where the hell are you?
Im right here, Grady replied returning and moving in to the other side of the bed. He placed a damp washcloth over Averys forehead seeing her face twisted in agony as she turned to look at him. Her brown eyes fixed on his for a long moment and he couldnt help but touch her cheek gently. Its going to be okay.
Would you all stop saying that, she shouted arching her head back into the pillows, This isnt like its a beauty pageant here where Im in a race for first prize. Im having a baby in case no one noticed here and I dont know what washcloths are going to do to help anything.
Avery, look at me, Russell curled his fingers of his free hand underneath her chin forcing her to meet his gaze, You have to calm down.
Calm down? she repeated wincing at the thought, Russ it hurts
I know sweetheart and if there was anything I could do to take that pain away from you, you know that I would, he promised stroking her cheek gently, If there was something that I could do to ease your pain, then I promise you that I would. I would gladly take your place in bringing our daughter into this world if God would have it that way. I would
Russ its not supposed to hurt this much. This is because of Bruce. Because he drugged me and Avery started in a panic feeling as if she was being torn apart from the inside out. She let out another pained wail squeezing Russells hand tighter than ever so much so that Grady couldve sworn that Russ was turning blue in the face.
Avery, hey were all here for you, Grady offered up his hand hoping to help alleviate some of the pain his brother was going through, Nothing is going wrong. Its okay.
Would you stop saying that? Avery snapped at him tossing out an icy glare in Gradys general direction.
I think Ive got this one covered Grady, Russell reached for his wifes hand running his finger over the top of her palm in a soothing fashion, Avery look at me. Please
Russ it hurts, Avery bit down on her lip fighting to repress the pain that was building inside of her. She felt his fingers skim over her cheek gently before they slid into her hair. She watched Kyle take a seat beyond the edge of the bed and she let out a shriek, What does he think hes doing?
You wanted me here with you, so hes going to help, Russell glanced over at Kyle briefly, Hes going to help us here
He cant do that, Avery shrieked raising her voice urgently, You cant do that Kyle! You cant be there. Russ, he cant be there. He doesnt know the first thing about delivering a baby. He doesnt know what hes doing!
How hard can it be, Kyle shrugged his shoulders not entirely sure he was ready for this himself.
Oh please Kyle, you cant even find your way around a road map. How am I supposed to believe that you can help bring my daughter into the world, Avery spat out at him fighting to keep it together despite the pain she was in.
Avery, trust me Im not going to let anything happen to the baby, Kyle tried to assure her with a half smile knowing first hand that he didnt have the first clue what he should be doing, I mean I was a boy scout and they pretty much teach you to be prepared for anything.
All eyes were on him for a long moment of silence and he shrugged his shoulders, What?
You were a boy scout? Grady couldnt help but ask.
For about three months, but what relevance is time in the grand scheme of things? Kyle replied watching Avery go into another panic.
We cant do this. He cant do this. Russ, he doesnt know what hes doing. None of us know what were doing. We should be at a hospital--not here at the cabin--not in this bedroom when Avery started her voice shaking with fear and worry mixed in with the pain of the moment.
Listen to me sweetheart. Do you remember the first time that we were here together, Russ questioned watching her trying to focus on his words instead of what was happening, Do you remember when we were alone together at this cabin?
Yeah, you were trying to get into my pants even then, she huffed impatiently her attention returning to what was going on around them. Russ
Avery, come on focus, Russ pleaded with her stroking her hair gently, You know as well as I did when we were here together something beautiful happened. We stopped worrying about the world around us and we started to focus on each other--only on each other
Russ, I Averys pained expression shifted a bit as she looked to him.
Its okay baby, he lifted her hand to his lips kissing it tenderly, We were afraid back then too, but look at what happened back then. Think about everything thats brought us to this moment in time--to now where were about to bring our little girl into the world. There isnt a more fitting place for her to come to us. This is the place where we first fell into love with one another--the place where we found our way back to each other at times when it seemed that we werent going to make it and even now, this is the place where our hearts have always been together. Ive spent my whole life loving you Avery Morrison-Denton and I cant think of a more fitting time and place for us to be together sharing this miracle with one another.
Russ, I love you. Ive loved you for so very long and when I thought I lost you, she inhaled feeling her words choked up by the tears in her eyes, Russ, you have no idea how much it hurt to think that Id never have you with me again--to think that you were dead and I lost you.
It hurt about as much as thinking that I would never see you again--that we would never be together, but here we are against the odds with one another as it always shouldve been, he promised kissing her gently, Avery our love brought us to where we are today and our little girl is a sign of how right we are together.
But what if something goes wrong? What if this pain is a sign that she started to panic again only to feel him press a kiss over her forehead.
The pain isnt any worse than it was when we thought wed never be together again, is it? he searched her dark eyes wondering how in the hell hed been able to keep away from her for so very long.
No, its not, she admitted honestly knowing full well that the pain of losing him had been a different kind of pain, the kind of pain that lead her to believe that shed fallen to an emptiness into a despair that would never leave her. This pain was something new--something that alerted her to what was in their future--to the dreams that they had ahead of them for their daughter--for their life with one another.
I think were ready to do this, Kyle blurted out reaching for the bottle of vodka at his side.
What are you doing with that? Grady frowned glancing over at Kyle curiously. He watched Kyle lift the bottle to his lips and take a long, solid swig of the burning liquid.
Look theres no way in hell that Id be down here doing this unless I have something to drink. This isnt exactly a view of Avery that I want to remember after today, Kyle confessed thinking about how hed readily offered to be the one to help deliver the baby.
I said I could handle it, Grady frowned in response his eyes shifting between Russ and Avery.
I can do it, Russell sighed heavily feeling Avery squeezing down on his hand harder than ever.
No, you cant leave me. Russ you cant go away, Avery begged of him another contraction racking over her body harder than the last.
Okay, Im right here. Im here just hold on, Russell pleaded doing his best to keep his voice warm and comforting. He stroked her face gently knowing that this was about to change everything for them but in ways theyd always dreamt about.
Avery I see something at least I think I do, Kyle admitted dropping the bottle he was holding to take a good look at what was going on.
Let me see, Grady moved over to assist Kyle causing Avery to let out a groan.
Russ, please dont tell me that were going to have to forever remember this day as Kyle and Grady bringing our daughter into the world. This is absolutely the last thing I wanted for Averys words were cut off by another urgent need to push.
Avery, shes there, Grady blurted out excitedly, I can see her. Come on you can do this!
Shut up Grady! Avery snapped at him catching the way his green eyes were fixed on her for a moment.
No Avery you shut up! You stop acting like a stubborn little bitch and just do something right for a change! Grady remarked sourly catching the first spark of anger behind her eyes. Yes, mission accomplished, I mean really here you are whining about like a girl when obviously this is something a man could do without complaint.
A man could do without complaint, she repeated with a huff, her fingers curling into the sheet beneath her on one side, the other squeezing Russells hand, Ill have you know that you couldnt even begin to imagine how much this takes out of a person.
Yeah, but I know if I was the one doing it I wouldnt be sitting there bitching. Id just get the job done like a man does, Grady taunted her further seeing that the distraction was working for her.
Grady stop! Russell snapped at him not really sure where Grady felt justified in doing what he was doing to Avery.
No Im not going to stop. If she wants to act like a whiner, then shes going to be treated like one. Here she is mumbling about how much pain shes in, about how much misery shes in, but damn it if she would just spend less time complaining and more time getting the job done then we could all go home and call it a night, Grady continued moving in to the other side of Averys bed. I mean thats really what it gets down to, doesnt it?
You son of a, Avery reached out to him, clamping her arm around his collar and pulling him towards her with homicidal intent when she felt another rush of urgency flow over her. She released Grady almost immediately turning her attention to Russ who had his arm around her shoulders. He spoke encouraging words one right after another to her and before Avery could let out another word the room was filled with sounds of another set of female lungs in protest.
Oh my God, Kyle gasped as he held the baby that had one hell of a time making her mother miserable. Despite the fact that Kyle was certain he was completely unqualified for this job as he held Russ and Averys daughter, he found himself overcome with a mixture of many emotions.
Grady moved in beside him, doing his best to cover the baby as her screams filled the room. He couldnt help but smile down at his niece thinking about everything that lead to this point in time.
Oh Avery, shes beautiful, Grady looked up at his brother and Avery watching as she sank into Russells arms overcome with exhaustion.
You did so good baby, Russell whispered in her ear kissing her temple gently. His fingers massaged her shoulders feeling her against him as Kyle stood up holding their daughter in his arms.
Your daughter would have to agree, Kyle carefully moved around the bed to carefully place the baby into Averys waiting arms. Once he was sure that Avery had her, Kyle placed a kiss on Averys cheek, You did a beautiful job mom.
Thank you Kyle, Avery smiled at him feeling a warmth fill her heart as her eyes dropped down to take a first look at her daughter.
Look at her Avery, Russell whispered reaching out to touch her little fingers. She kept screaming until she finally realized that she was in her mothers arms. Instinctively she clamped onto Russells finger wanting to bring it to her mouth as her lips started flapping eagerly.
Hey baby, Avery smiled down at her daughter forgetting about the pain shed been earlier now that she had her little angel in her arms, Russ look at her.
I think shes hungry, Russ couldnt help but smile, feeling his heart swell with love for the beautiful little angel in his wifes arms. Up until now hed dreamt about what this moment would be like, but nothing had prepared him for the pride and happiness that filled his heart as seeing his baby girl in Averys arms. It was as if everything that had happened was no longer relevant. All that mattered was the miracle theyd had with one another. Unable to help himself Russ kissed Averys face again, I love you Avery. I love you so much for making all of my dreams come true.
I cant take all the credit here, Avery smiled tears of joy replacing the ones that had earlier stained her cheeks, Russ, shes so beautiful.
Just like her mother, Russ touched her cheek lightly watching as their little girl attempted to nibble on his finger, I think shes perfect in every way.
Of course she is. Shes ours, Avery added thinking about how long theyd waited for this day--to be together with their daughter. She closed her eyes for a moment thinking about how shed thought this moment would never be and tears began to fall harder from her eyes, Oh Russ we did it. We really did it.
Yes we did, Russ assured her keeping his arm around her shoulders while his other hand was at his daughters disposal, Everything is perfect well almost everything.
What do you mean almost, Avery questioned tipping her eyes up towards him.
Well, in all the chaos we havent really had much time to think about what were going to call her--other than beautiful that is, Russ teased with a sexy smile, the warmth of his green eyes melting Averys heart as she hoped to remember this moment in time for the rest of her life.
Yeah about that, Avery glanced down at their daughter thinking about how close shed come to losing her. If Bruce had succeeded in hurting Avery, then her daughter wouldve been taken away forever. If it wasnt for Russ and Kyle showing up with Grady, then Avery tipped her head up seeing the way that Kyle and Grady were both watching the little girl clearly in awe of her. Smiling Avery realized the answer to her husbands question, Russ, I know what we should name her.
Whats that? Russ asked pushing her hair away from her eyes to get a long look at her.
Erin Leigh. Erin Leigh Denton after the two men who helped us bring her into the world unharmed, Avery glanced over at Kyle and Grady, That is if they dont mind sharing the honors with her.
Mind, are you kidding? Thats awesome, Kyle grinned goofily nudging Grady in the ribs, Do you mind?
Not on your life, Grady nodded eagerly.
In that case, Russell smiled proudly focusing completely on his daughter, who was now cooing in his wifes arms, Welcome to the world Erin Leigh. Its been a wild ride getting to have you with us here and now, but its been wonderful knowing that at the end of everything were here with you. Youre everything that we ever couldve asked for baby girl.
And everything that kept us believing for so very long, Avery added snuggling in closer to Russ as they looked at Erin realizing that her birth brought about a new beginning for all of them. Things were finally as they should be at long last.
Do you think what we did makes us together? Sarah questioned
in a whisper as she saw Diego shrug his shoulders. I mean, I dont
know. Do you think that were a couple?
Well, its not really up to me, Diego explained with a small sigh. He thought about everything that had happened between them before shrugging his shoulders, I would think that we were something. Maybe not a couple, but something.
I thought we were friends, she added her point, seeing Diego look over at her with different kind of expression. By that very look, she could tell he didnt like that answer. Then what would you categorize us as?
I dont know, but I know for sure it isnt friends, Diego answered with a small frown as he folded his arms in front of his chest. He leaned back against the cool brick as he saw Sarah stand up slowly. What do you think?
Well, I was in a relationship with Kyle, Sarah began, thinking about everything happening in their lives at this moment in time. You are in a relationship with Cori. I would say we have a lot of work to do.
As in? Diegos eyes looked up into hers as he saw her shrug. He rolled his eyes before taking a step forward. Sarah, we have to come up with something to do here. Im with Cori and I know you probably still have feelings for Kyle.
Screw Kyle, I really dont care whats going on with him right now, Sarah declared, throwing her hands up in the air as she thought everything over. You know, Kyle, Heather and Cori could all go away for all I care. All the three of them ever cause in my life is chaos and I dont want that anymore.
What would you consider us Sarah? Diego questioned, watching Sarah shrug her shoulders. He reached out to help her up off the ground as he looked into her dark eyes. Sarah, I dont know what it is, but something tells me that if Kyle asked you to come back to him--you would.
No, I wouldnt, Sarah shook her head, thinking about all the things she had been through with Kyle. Kyle was someone who obviously didnt want anything to do with her, so she didnt want anything to do with him. Kyle is too into his friends to even care.
Thats what a good guy does Sarah, Diego pointed out with a small shake of his head. A good guy takes care of his friends, his family, and the one he loves. Thats what I want to do with you one day, but I have to know, can we be together--or are we only meant to be friends?
So whats really up Cori? Carly couldnt help but ask
noting that Daves sister seemed to be a little bit out of sorts the
more that they talked with one another. Something was certainly bothering
Cori and while she hadnt said much, it was clear in her posture that
something was going on. What it was however was another matter. Still, Carly
was good at reading people and if things were ever really able to get normal
around the family, she figured now was as good a time as any to offer a helping
Nothings up, Cori paused contemplating her words as her thoughts lingered back to what shed walked in on with Sarah and Diego. Okay, so maybe thats not entirely true, but still
Want to talk about it? Carly suggested seeing that something was bothering Cori.
Well not really, but Cori bit on her lower lip for a second contemplating her words before letting loose. Okay, so maybe this is going to sound silly, but I cant stop thinking about Diego and his friendship with Sarah Marx.
Sarah Marx? Carly gave her a strange look.
Yeah, shes Heathers impossible sister and I dont know what her problem is, Cori continued in a small rant, I mean it was bad enough that Heather was trying to sabotage the relationship Diego and I have going, but now it seems like Sarah picked up right where Heather left off. I mean Sarah has this whole good girl act going that it seems most men eat up with a spoon, but I can see right through her. I know full well that shes trouble and shes trying to get between Diego and I.
I thought you said that things were going good between the two of you, Carly noted seeing the anger burning behind Coris eyes.
I thought they were too, but after we made love he started to get all strange on me. Im not sure why, but he started finding reasons to put me off--to go see Sarah and deal with all of her so-called issues, Cori rolled her eyes at the thought of Sarah. I mean yeah I get that hes a psychiatrist and he needs to help people, but I think this goes above and beyond the call of duty.
And let me guess. Shes a need queen that wont let things alone right? Carly thought to her own situation with Dave when it came to Deidra. Have you said anything to Diego about it?
Ive tried, but hes impossible, Cori added with a huff. I mean he just cant see how shes manipulating and using him, but its so clear to me. Her boyfriend broke up with her, so naturally shes looking for someone to latch onto and that someone tends to be my boyfriend.
Im so sorry, Carly frowned realizing how close Coris words were to what she herself was feeling about things lately. Maybe you should try talking to Diego again and explain to him that this is really bothering you. Maybe if he sees how much time hes spending with Sarah is upsetting you, then hell try to fix that. Maybe hell try to make things right between the two of you and stop putting Sarah first all the time.
Like Dave does with Deidra, Cori couldnt help but roll her eyes ever so slightly. Seeing Carlys wounded expression, she relented a bit. Im sorry. I dont mean to attack you. Its Sarah Im pissed at, not you.
No, trust me I understand where youre coming from and youre right, Carly sighed sinking back further onto the sofa thinking about her situation with Dave. I have been less than effective in getting my message across given that Deidra is one of his best friends. At least thats how he views her.
Well hes an idiot, Cori blurted out with a wrinkled expression. My brother never sees how she uses him and unfortunately I think Diego is the same kind of guy there. He thinks hes doing these good and noble things for Sarah, but shes just using him. Shes just latching onto him until Kyle comes running back and then
Do you think that he has feelings for her? Carly couldnt help but ask immediately recognizing the expression on Coris face.
I dont know, but I think shes got some kind of feelings for him, Cori noted with a frown. I mean Im not saying that shes going to want a relationship with him, but shes vindictive enough to make sure that he cant have happiness because it would interfere with his catering to her when she wants him on call.
Well my best advice is just to let Diego know how you feel about him and hope that hell understand where youre coming from. You just have to approach the situation in such a way where he doesnt feel like youre attacking him, Carly sighed heavily shaking her head at the thought. Men never respond well to a situation where they feel like they are having accusations thrown at them even if they are behaving like idiots.
Yeah tell me about it, Cori sank back into the seat she was in. She curled her legs up underneath her thinking about how long shed waited to finally have something with Diego. His behaving in this fashion was never part of the program. That bothered her--immensely.
Who knows? Maybe it will find a way of working itself out? Maybe Sarah will start talking to Kyle again and shell leave well enough alone, Carly tried to be helpful though she had to wonder if that would ever really be the case in those kind of situations. She thought about Dave and frowned. I guess all you can do is hope that it works out for the best and that Diego proves to be what you need in your life.
And if he doesnt itll be like all this waiting has turned out to be for nothing, Cori reached for a throw pillow on the couch hoping that Sarah Marx wouldnt be the key to ending her dreams of a happily ever after with Diego.
Hello, Kevin began taking in a breath as he prepared to clear
the air between him and Rias ex-lover once and for all. While he wasnt
quite sure what he was going to say to that man, just the idea of Ria being
alone with him had Kevins blood about to boil. That in itself made him
very uncomfortable as he began to address the man before him, You dont
know me, but I think its time that we had a formal introduction here.
Im Kevin Adonis.
Well Kevin, the man before Ria began speaking into her cell phone with a condescending tone, I suppose youre the person that I should file a grievance with considering that I was just asking Ria to marry me tonight, but much to my dismay she refused.
Of course she did, Kevin quipped in response, After all why would she marry someone like you when she has someone like me in her life.
Someone like you, the man pondered his gaze upon Ria once more, and just what is it that someone like you brings to the table for someone as extraordinary as our Ria?
A whole hell of a lot more than you ever could, Kevin answered flatly jealousy pouring out over his body, Shes happy with me and from what I saw you never gave her that.
I could give her that and more if shed let me, but shes under some strange misconception that you are the proverbial knight in shining armor ready to sweep her up into your world of fairy tales and make all of her dreams come true, he turned away from Ria and lowered his voice a bit, but deep down we know that simply isnt the case because Im going to take a guess that a man like you couldnt simply appreciate all that there is to indulge in with our Ria here.
Ive indulged in far more with her than youll ever know and Im warning you now, if you dont walk out of there and leave her alone, then youll find out just how easily I can crush your head like a melon effortlessly if need be, Kevin snarled in response being met by an uproarious laughter.
Oh that is wonderful, the man turned to face Ria with a chuckle, Why Ria you never let me know that you were trading in a man of sophistication like myself for a brute like this one you have on hand here. Honestly what do you see in such a Neanderthal?
Believe me Im far from being a Neanderthal and if you keep pushing your luck, youll see exactly why it would be wise for you to back up and leave my girl alone permanently, Kevin warned sourly, his voice cracking with anger.
Your girl, the man bust into another round of laughter, Oh you are ever so amusing and Im sure whatever it is you think that you possess about you that makes you so damn special will in time wear off. Ria will no doubt sooner or later see through your mirage that youve worked around her and when that time comes into fruition I have no doubt that she will return to her senses and wear the ring that I have for her finger. Of course as I stand here I dont see that youve given her one, so perhaps thats a way of proving just how far your loyalty truly runs for her.
Listen you son of a Kevin snapped wanting to reach through the phone and snap the guys neck. He heard shuffling on the other end of the line and before he could let out another word Ria spoke up breathlessly.
Okay thats enough, she mouthed as Kevin heard another kind of shuffling. There was a muffled sound before he thought he heard a door slamming. A silence followed until Ria spoke into the phone again, What did you just tell him?
Nothing more than what I promise to own up to and act upon when I get back to Coral Valley, Kevin replied meaning every word he was saying now that jealousy and rage swept over him.
Dont you mean if you ever plan on returning to Coral Valley, Ria challenged locking the door in front of her after shed managed to take advantage of the situation when Kevin was on the phone with her former love. Shed tossed him out into the hallway and reclaimed her phone before closing the door in his face. Now she looked around her apartment thinking about the memory of Kevin that still hung over her.
I am coming back Ria, Kevin tried to appeal to her, his voice softening a bit, I didnt mean to leave like I did.
Somehow youll have to forgive me if I have to tell you I find that hard to believe. One minute you were looking for Bruce Mathis in the hopes of helping Trisha and then the next I get a phone call telling me that you have to get back to the island and youll explain more later, she let out a frustrated sigh, hurt weighing down over her, What gives Kevin?
Ria Im sorry, he paused his voice full of regret, You deserved better than that and
I deserved a hell of a lot better than that especially considering that I really believed that you loved me. I mean I know I told you that I would be patient--that I would wait for you, but do you have any idea how it felt to come home and discover that youd left without so much of a good-bye?
I didnt have a choice Ria. I found out things about the man Angie was going to marry. He wasnt at all who she thought he was. He was married and he attempted to plead his case with her.
And of course you had to ride in to the rescue and be the hero. Tell me did you save her from marrying him? Is the wedding off now? Ria questioned abrasively feeling jealous of the fact that hed run back to the woman who had been a threat to their relationship.
Yes, the wedding is off and Angies upset about that, Kevin paused as if lost in his own contemplations, but that doesnt change anything for us.
Doesnt it? she blurted out before she could really think about what she was saying.
Ria, I wish that I could make you see whats going on--that I could make you understand, but he trailed off feeling lost by the distance that was obviously between them.
But what Kevin? Here I had a man asking me to marry him tonight--a man that I stopped feeling for when you walked back into my life and there you are the man that I love with all that I am thousands of miles away with someone else. How am I supposed to feel?
Hurt and upset, he replied catching her off guard with his response.
Gee thanks Kevin. Thats refreshing, she rolled her eyes at that comment.
No Ria I only say that because thats how I feel right now. When I think about him being there and my being here, well it only makes me realize how much I need you--how much I want to be there with you. Ria, I love you and I wish like hell that I couldve done things differently, he trailed off poignantly his heart growing heavy at the idea of being so very far away from her.
But you didnt do it that way, did you? We didnt follow that path, she felt tears stinging at her eyes. She closed her eyes trying to hold back on the emotions eating away inside of her--at the memory of being so close to him, loving him and holding him and having him near her only to feel him slip away.
Go into your bedroom, Kevin pleaded with her. Ria, are you there?
Yeah, Im here, she wiped at the tears that strayed down over her cheeks, but I dont think going in there is such a good idea because every time I do all I can think about is you.
Thats exactly why I want you in there, Kevin pleaded with her once more, I need you to go in there for me
Kevin I she started to argue with him before letting out a long sigh, fine, but just this once.
One time will be all it takes for me to convince you of what it was that I really had in mind for us, he waited hearing her move through her apartment. He thought he heard a door and he talked to her again, Are you in there?
Yeah, Im in here looking at the beautiful disaster that we made of my room, she confessed choked up on her tears, Are you happy now?
Not yet, Kevin replied hating to hear her cry, Ria, now you have to do me another favor, but you have to do it exactly like I tell you, okay?
Kevin please, Ria begged of him hating to be bowled over by the way that being back in her room reminded her over again about the time theyd shared in this apartment. Oh if he never came back, she was certain she would have to move out because this would drive her mad.
Go over to your dresser--you know the one near the closet Kevin prompted breaking through her thoughts, Ria, are you listening?
Of course Im listening, but I dont see the point, she shook her head at him, Kevin this is pointless considering that
Just do it, Kevin instructed further hearing hesitation behind her soft breath. He closed his eyes imagining the way it felt to have that same breath fall upon him after theyd made love--in the aftermath of passion with her arms wrapped around his shoulders holding onto him--loving him as if that emotion would never end. Are you there yet beautiful?
Im here, but why, she asked pausing as she saw her own reflection in the mirror before her. She tucked a strand of her dark hair behind her ear before spotting the box of treasures shed pulled out of her closet when shed been reminding Kevin of their past with one another. Unable to help herself a smile lifted over her lip as she fingered the lid.
I take it youre by your memory box, Kevin noted as if he was right there watching her standing beside her and taking in her every movement.
How did you know, Ria toyed with the lid starting to open it before stopping and releasing it.
Because thats where I wanted you to be, Kevin mouthed a small smile teasing over the corners of his lips, Open it up.
Kevin, I dont really think that she began again.
Just do it Ria. Trust me, he urged hearing shuffling once more, Are you doing it?
Im working on it, Ria opened up the box only to discover a homemade card before her with a series of pink and red hearts on the front of it. She reached for it seeing in two of the larger hearts there were two names in them. Kevin and Ria and then in a heart below it the word Forever was printed out.
Did you find it? Kevin asked hearing nothing but silence on her end of the line, Come on Ria. Read it to me.
Kevin I, she felt her vision blurred by tears as she opened the card to see sloppy words scrawled on the paper before her.
Read it to me Ria, Kevin insisted further needing her to understand what he truly had wanted for them.
Fine, she began choked up on the things happening inside of her. Tears still continued to flow, her heart heavy and full of love for him, Roses are red, violets are blue, no matter how hard I try, Ill never find another love like the one I have with you. I love you Ria Merhan.
Kevin opened his mouth to speak again only to hear her break down into tiny sobs on the other end of the line. He could hear her breaths broken by her tears and he wanted more than anything to reach out and hold her--to take her into his arms and be with her sharing that moment with her instead of being thousands of miles away.
Theres more, Kevin couldnt help but reveal as Rias sobs seemed to die down.
Oh Kevin, she found herself at a loss not knowing what to say as she held the tiny token of his appreciation.
I know Im not the best at coloring there, but I tried to stay within the lines, Kevin explained with a tiny laugh, Its not the best
Yes, yes it is, she blurted out wiping at her face now that she looked like an idiot overcome with emotion.
Even so, theres something more. Keep reading, he prompted hoping that she wouldnt miss the rest of what was waiting for them.
Okay, she nodded reaching for a Kleenex from the box that sat atop of her dresser. She saw another round of fine print in a black crayon and she read aloud again, I know this isnt as special as the first ring, but I hope that it will be as special as its a token of what our future has in store for us.
It was then that Ria noticed the tiny pink and red ribbon tied to the card. It appeared that Kevin had put a hole punch to the top of the construction paper and carefully tied ribbon that lead back into the box. She opened the lid again and followed the ribbon until it lead to a small velvet box.
Did you find it yet, Kevin questioned hearing a breath escape her lips, Yeah you found it.
Kevin, what in the Ria reached for the small jewelry box unable to believe what hed left for her.
Open it up Ria, but before you do know one thing, Kevin paused thinking about how hed wanted to be there with her to see the look on her face when she finally saw what hed had for her.
Whats that? she asked feeling as if she would crumble to pieces at the romantic gesture hed made for her.
This is something that should show you how I feel about us, Kevin explained matter of fact, the warmth of his voice sending shivers racing up and over her, This should show you just where my heart is. Open it.
Right now, she replied wondering if she was just imagining all of this.
Right now, he encouraged her hearing a small whimper in the back of her throat and in that moment he was certain shed done as hed instructed her to do.
Kevin its Ria found herself at a loss once her eyes fell upon the heart shaped pink diamond before her. It sparkled with an intensity unlike anything that shed ever seen before in her life. There was something about it--something about the sentiment behind it that mirrored the same hearts Kevin had put on the card for her.
Its the key to our future, Kevin explained simply, and while I know you werent expecting it, that jerk reminded me of why I needed to share this with you. I wanted to be there to do this in person, but this will have to do. Ria, I want you to take the ring out of the box.
Kevin, I dont know if she stammered a bit unable to take her eyes off the beautiful gem before her.
Ria, just do it, he waited for a moment hearing her shuffling with the box, and I want you to put it on your finger.
Kevin she moved to put it on one of her fingers before hearing him clear his throat.
Your ring finger Ria because when I get back to Coral Valley only then do I want to take that ring off of your finger, Kevin explained causing her to stop what she was doing.
What do you mean you want me to take it off when you return, she replied puzzled by his request.
What I mean is that when I return I want you to take it off your finger because when I come back I want to be the one to put it back on you when I ask you to be my wife, Kevin replied his words coming out in a small, seductive whisper, After we make love for hours I fully intend to slip that ring on your finger and remind you of how truly beautiful you are in my eyes. Ill try to get the words out, but Ill be a bit flustered and a bit scared like we both will be when the moment finally hits us
And then, Ria sat down on the mattress on the floor not caring that she nearly toppled over in the process.
Then Ill kiss you, but not with just any kiss. With a long, drugging kiss that leaves us both breathless and well probably end up making love again after that, but once we do, Ill take your hand in mine and Ill gaze into your beautiful brown eyes and ask you the question that weve both been waiting a lifetime for, he paused closing his eyes as he imagined himself with her right then and there, I'll say Ria Merhan, will you share your life with me? Will you trust in my love for you and in our future with one another sharing your hopes and dreams with me? Will you let me be the man youve waited a lifetime to find--the kind of man that you would consider having children with? Sharing your life with? And then as you start to cry, Ill reach out and touch your cheek wiping at your tears. Ill lean forward kissing them away starting with your eyes, then your cheeks and the tip of your nose that always wrinkles when youre so happy that you cant help but be bowled over with emotion
Kevin, she couldnt help but smile at the thought of all those things he was sharing with her.
And then Ill kiss your lips--Ill kiss you in one of the most romantic, most incredible kisses that any man has ever given to a woman and only then will I ask you to be my wife--to be the one to share my forever with
And when that day comes Kevin, there is no doubt in my mind what my answer will be, she sighed her heart overflowing with love for him.
And when you give me that answer I will slip that ring on your finger just like you are doing now and it will be the beginning of our pledge to one another--the beginning of our life together, he continued laying back on the couch hed been seated on, his eyes still closed and imagining how beautiful she must look right now.
And then everything will be perfect, she mouthed in response sliding the ring on her finger, and I wont take it off until I see you again.
You better not, Kevin smiled thoughtfully, Of course you might have to take it off when we have pancakes the next time, but well try to work that around the proposal.
I think we can find a way to do it, she laughed lightly wiping at her face as her mind focused only on him, though I will tell you I stocked up on strawberry syrup.
Hmm, then I suppose itll be up to me to bring the pancakes this next time, Kevin teased lightly wishing like hell he could be holding her right now instead of sitting in the middle of the room without her.
How about you just work on bringing yourself Kevin, she placed his card over her heart holding it as if it could bring her one step closer to Kevin.
I promise you Ria. I will be back and when I am, nothing is going to stop us from being together, he swore to her wishing more than anything that their dreams of a future together would one day become a reality.
Ill be here Kevin waiting for you wearing your ring and knowing what we have ahead of us, she mouthed in response another sigh escaping from her now parted lips.
I love you Ria. Dont ever doubt that, he whispered warmly over the line.
I love you Kevin. Deep down I know Ive always loved you and that wont ever change regardless of where you are, Ria promised opening her eyes to look at the ring she wore proudly on her finger knowing full well what its impact would mean on her life now that she and Kevin had shared this moment with one another. If there were ever any doubts about his love for her, they were now erased by the gift that hed left for her. She snuggled back into her mattress closing her eyes again as Kevin began to weave another fairy tale of their reunion to her somehow leading her to believe in the promise of happily ever after that was still waiting for them.
Oh my God are you serious? Jenna doubled over with laughter after
Hart recounted the tales of his misadventures with her and Sam. Shannon
is so going to flip when she learns that Don did that. I can only imagine
the look on your face when he planted a kiss on Ken.
I thought he lost his damned mind, but I couldnt argue it. Not if we were going to make sure that Ken didnt marry that woman. He was dead set on doing it and Don knew that we needed to stall for time until Brant arrived, Hart chuckled unable to get the image of Don kissing Ken out of his mind. If only he wouldve had a camera it wouldve been something he wouldve tormented Don with for every day from here on out.
Unbelievable, Sam shook her head wiping at the tears of laughter that had overtaken her, And here I thought that my friends were nuts. Yours take the cake there.
Yeah well what can I say? We were all little boys who refused to grow up for a long time, Hart slid onto the couch beside Jenna wrapping her up into his arms, But now weve evolved. Though if you ever think about dating someone like me, youd better watch out. Men like me are dangerous.
Dont I know it, Jenna jabbed at his ribs playfully.
Well I dont have to worry about that. Wayne has just the right sense of adventure in him without being insane, Sam sighed heavily sinking back onto the sofa she was laying on, Hes completely romantic and wonderful.
Im glad to hear you say that because if he wasnt Id have to kick his butt, Jenna teased lightly, No seriously Wayne is a good guy.
I know and Im lucky to have someone like him in my life. Hes really good for me even if my mother refuses to see it, Sam frowned up at the both of them, I mean yeah she hates the idea that Im tied down as she puts it, but I dont see it that way. I see Wayne as someone who makes me happy and when were together I feel like the luckiest woman alive. How can that ever be wrong?
Its not Sam, Hart added thinking about Beths attitudes about life in general, If you find someone who makes you feel special--someone who is a good influence and makes you want to improve your life, then that cant ever be wrong as long as youre happy.
Im very happy with Wayne and I just wish my mom would understand, but maybe she just doesnt because shes so miserable. My dad left her so long ago that I think its just made her bitter, Sam shrugged her shoulders, I mean sure she dates every now and then, but shes on this all men are jerks mode. I used to buy into it, but now I know better.
Thats good because if you didnt, Id have to be in some serious trouble here tonight since Im outnumbered, Hart added with a small laugh, But seriously I was one of those jerks before the right woman came along. Now I know its not often you hear a guy admit to being such a creep, but it took the right woman to change my ways. You were just lucky you found a guy who had his priorities straight.
Yeah thats what I tell my mom, but she just doesnt get it. I dont think she ever will, Sam sighed heavily, Which is really too bad because Wayne is amazing.
Hey if youre happy, then who the hell is she to judge, Hart offered up encouragingly hearing the doorbell alerting him that pizza was there. He got up to answer the door leaving Jenna and Sam alone.
Hes really great, Sam blurted out with a grin, Youre lucky Jenna.
I know, Jenna replied thoughtfully.
Hes going to make a wonderful dad one day, Sam added thinking about the fun shed had when she was with Hart and Jenna.
Someday is a bit sooner than you might think, Jenna began thinking about everything that Hart still had to tell Sam. If ever there was a more perfect time to tell her the truth
Thats right, Hart added coming in with pizza, Jenna and I are having a baby.
A baby? Sam looked between them, Seriously?
Thats right, Jenna nodded excitedly, We werent exactly planning on it, but surprise were pregnant.
Which means I have to get into the practice of this dad thing right away starting now, Hart sat on the edge of the couch after putting the pizzas on the table top. He eyed Sam for a long moment as if he was contemplating the truth hed been harboring.
Well Im willing to help with that if youd like. I mean youre on a great start to it, Sam confessed opening the pizza box, I wish my parents were more like you two.
Jennas eyes perked up and she glanced over at Hart trying to get him to say something. He shook his head at Jenna letting her know that he wasnt prepared to disrupt Sam right about now. She frowned but opted to let him run the show.
Well thank you and as for the parenting tips I think I could enjoy that, Hart plopped down on the couch more completely, The way I see it I can use all the help I can get in most anything these days.
Isnt that the truth, Jenna chuckled feeling him toss a pillow at her as the three of them settled down for a night of pizza, games and good conversation. Life didnt seem to get any better than that.
Avery, Avery are you here? Brant questioned rushing through the
upstairs hallway at the Ashford mansion hoping that by some off chance his
wife was in the bathtub or the shower or just some place where she couldnt
hear him. He pushed open the door to their bedroom seeing no signs of her.
No one had heard anything and as he tried her cell phone again only to get
nothing more than her voice mail his worries mounted. God, where are
Brant, Dons voice rolled up the hallway. Brant rushed out of his bedroom to see his friend pushing up the stairs.
Tell me you have something for me. Did you find her, Brant asked worry in his voice. As he thought back to what hed witnessed on television about Bruce Mathis being in town, he feared that this trip hed taken had been the key to giving Bruce the freedom to come in and hurt Avery. If something had happened to her while Brant was away, then hed never forgive himself. He hated to think that she could be hurt that she could be
Not exactly, Don hesitated something behind his blue eyes that made Brant stop and take notice. While his friend hadnt said anything, it was obvious that there was something that Don wasnt saying.
Frowning deeper Brant took another step closer to his pal, What do you mean not exactly?
I mean I didnt find her in the house, but I called Shannon and Don paused not really sure how to break the news to Brant on what was going on.
And what? Don, if you know where my wife is and youre not telling me, then Brant warned a scowl touching over his lips.
Youre not going to like it, Don explained with a heavy sigh, I called Shannon and even though she couldnt talk long, she told me that she was on her way to see Avery. That when Bruce came to town she called Avery and found her with Grady. Shannon asked Grady to make sure that Avery wasnt in town and now Shannon is checking in on them now.
Wait a minute, Brant paused thinking about what Don was telling him, My wife is with Grady Denton?
Don nodded, I told you that you werent going to like it.
Well, why the hell would she go away with him, Brant questioned almost finding the answer within himself as he thought back to Gradys incessant need to be with Avery all of the time.
Brant, Im sure they were just thinking about her safety about what was best for her with Bruce in town since we were helping Ken. Im sure thats all it was and with Shannon going to find them now, Don tried to alleviate his friends worries.
Where are they Don? Where did Shannon say that they were? Brant questioned trying to fight the nagging feeling in the pit of his stomach. While hed wanted to believe that everything was okay, something told him that his wife was in no better hands with Grady then she wouldve been with Bruce. Both were predators that preyed on her emotions in a great many ways and if Avery was alone with Grady then Brant was positive that she was anything, but safe. Looking over at Don, he spoke up with a tight voice, Call Shannon back. I want to know where my wife is starting now.
We did it. We really did it, Russell whispered proudly unable
to keep his eyes off of the two most beautiful women in the world as he sat
beside Avery seeing her with Erin. They were truly everything hed waited
his whole life to have and now that he was able to be with them again--able
to share his dreams for his future with them, nothing could be more perfect.
Hey look what I found, Kyle laughed lightly holding up an old camera that he pulled out of a closet, Its even got film in it.
If you even think about taking a picture right about now, I will jump out of this bed and kill you Kyle, Avery sighed heavily, her body overcome with exhaustion.
Honey, I think he should take a picture so that we can remember this for always, Russ touched her cheek gently feeling that her face was burning up. A frown touched over his lips as he looked to her, Avery, honey how are you feeling?
Like I was just run over by a truck, she replied breathlessly feeling Kyle snapping away at the camera. She tilted her head to the side glaring at him, Kyle I swear Im going to
Her words came to a staggering close as Russell felt her fall back into his arms. Kyle lowered the camera seeing his friend grow limp against Russ and immediately worry settled in over him.
Avery? Kyle stepped towards the bed seeing that she was unconscious. Russ, what happened?
I dont know, Russ reached out to her feeling the heat burning over her skin as Erin started to cry out. Russell reached for his daughter carefully holding her out to Kyle, Take Erin. Somethings wrong.
No problem, Kyle nodded accepting the little one in his arms as Grady looked up from where hed been seated.
Whats going on? Grady questioned groggily still feeling lightheaded after Bruces attack on him. That on top of the bullet in his shoulder and he was really starting to feel the after effects of the day. He stumbled to his feet seeing Avery in his brothers arms, Russ, what happened to her?
I dont know. Shes not responding to me, Russells voice rose with panic, Avery honey. Avery wake up!
She said Bruce drugged her, Kyle remembered doing his best to keep Erin from crying, You dont think that
We have to get her out of here. We have to get her to the hospital, Russ decided getting up off of the bed and leaning down to pull his wife into his arms.
Ill drive, Grady decided seeing three versions of his brother standing before him. There was a sharp, throbbing sensation in his head and he felt a bit off balance.
No Ill drive, Kyle remarked watching Grady stagger across the floor.
You hurt your leg. You cant Grady took another step forward before falling face first onto the floor.
Another sound slammed into the house and Kyle looked up to see Dave and Shannon in the front doorway. The moved through cabin cautiously and Kyle could see that they both had their guns pulled.
In here, Kyle shouted out cradling Erin in his arms. Dave appeared and Kyle motioned to the floor, Grady just passed out and Avery needs to get to the hospital.
What about Bruce? Shannon replied her eyes suddenly upon Russell Denton and she let out a yelp, How the hell
We dont have time for this, Russell hugged Avery closer to him, We have to get my wife to the hospital. Somethings wrong. Bruce drugged her and
Where is Bruce, Dave questioned kneeling at Gradys side.
Hes dead and hes over there, Kyle motioned to the body face down on the floor just beyond the bedroom. You dont have to worry about him coming back anymore.
Even so Id like to check, Dave replied wearily seeing Bruce beyond where he knelt.
Forget about Bruce! Russell snapped commanding everyones attention. Dave looked up and it finally registered what he was seeing, My wife needs medical attention and I cant afford to have anyone stall any longer.
Shannon, you take Russ and Avery to the hospital, Kyle suggested squeezing Erin in his arms, Ill let Dave take my car and Grady with us.
Alright, Shannon nodded not needing to ask anymore questions
as she lead Russell out to her car.
Kyle watched Dave nudging a now conscious Grady. It seemed that he was alert enough to be moved and realize what was going on. Kyle heard Erin let out a small cry and he kissed her head gently.
Dont worry baby. Everything is going to be okay, he promised hoping that was the truth now that everything seemed to be falling to pieces around him.
...to be continued...