This is unbelievable, Guy threw his hand up in the air pacing
around the hospital as he thought of the war that was taking place between
the two men his sister was involved with. Here Russ just returned from
the dead and Brant is acting like this is a fight over some kind of toy. The
both of them are behaving like children and this is my sisters life
thats on the line, not their stupid pride.
Guy, they both are just afraid right now. They both love her and Mindy tried to explain wishing that she could find a way to make the situation a bit less tense for her best friend. They are terrified and thats why they are acting out like this. They both dont want anything to happen to her.
So then whats the point of trying to tear one another apart? You know thats the last thing that Avery would want, he sighed heavily slumping down in a chair despite the nervous energy that was pouring over him. I just dont get why all of this had to happen in the first place, but with them making it worse
Maybe its a good thing that Avery isnt awake to see all of this happening, Mindy took a seat beside him. She saw the surprise that flashed behind his eyes before she explained further, Guy Im not saying that I want Avery to be in the state shes in right now, but maybe shes getting a break here. Youre right about the way Russ and Brant are acting. They both have their own set of good intentions, but rather than working together they are taking out their own worries and fears on one another.
Guy sighed heavily, I know. Its just when I think about how they are carrying on.
I know, Mindy placed her hand on his and offered up a look of understanding. They shouldnt be doing what they are doing, but both are afraid of losing her.
And when she wakes up one of them will, Guy noted tipping his head to the side to look at Mindy. Thats what it will amount to when Avery wakes up and they both know it.
I realize that, she paused thinking about the decision Avery was going to have in front of her. Shes loved Russ for all of her life
Yet Brant has been good to her, Guy couldnt help but add. Hes done things that has shown hes loved her and I think that she was falling in love with him too. I think she does love him.
Yes, but what about Russ? Mindy couldnt help but ask wondering about the situation. She has always wished hed return to her.
I know, Guy nodded again, which is something that will make this all the more complicated. I know my sister and I know shes not going to want to hurt either one of them, but its not going to work out that way. One of them is going to find their fears coming alive right before their eyes especially now that Avery is married to Brant and not Russ.
Do you think shell choose Brant? Mindy couldnt help but ask, I mean hes claiming to be Erins father.
I dont know about that one, Guy sighed again, Averys been so committed to Russ so I cant really see her sleeping with Brant back then, yet
Yet you think Brant might be telling the truth? Mindy couldnt help but ask.
I really dont know what I think, but one thing is for sure. When my sister wakes up shes going to have one hell of a decision to make, Guy sighed heavily closing his eyes for a long moment, I just dont get why love has to be so damned complicated.
Youre telling me, Mindy leaned back on the seat, I wish it was just one of those things that was as simple as picking out a pair of good running shoes.
In your case that wouldnt be simple, Guy couldnt help but smirk down at her. You and I both know it can take you weeks to pick out the perfect shoe.
Thats because if I dont get the right one my feet will be killing me, she let out a small laugh, and you know how I hate that.
Yeah, I do, he laughed lightly before tipping his head down to look into her dark eyes, So tell me something Mindy. Do you think you found the perfect one?
She sat up straighter, her breath catching in the back of her throat. She shifted on the chair feeling a moment of uneasiness overtake her, Are we talking about shoes or something else here?
You tell me, Guy challenged wondering if there was something more happening behind her eyes after the way shed kissed him in the church. Whats the story with you and Hunt? Does he make you happy?
Id like to think so, she nodded uneasily wondering what it was Guy was thinking as he sat beside her, What about you? Have you and Gabe finally come to the conclusion that you two are meant to be together?
Yeah, Guy answered seeing the disappointment behind her eyes, Im sure that hes the one for me. I love him very much and Id do anything to make it work.
Id be lying if I said I wasnt disappointed to hear that, she let out an ironic laugh, I know it sounds silly considering that I have this really great boyfriend, but I guess in the back of my mind I always thought that you and I would
Mindy if I was different if it was another lifetime then maybe he reached for her hand touching it gently.
Spare me the if you werent gay speech, Mindy rolled her eyes snapping at him ever so slightly while pulling her hand away from his. I think Ive already heard it more than Id like for this lifetime already.
Mindy, Guy called her name, but the damage had already been done. He watched her walk off and found himself even more uneasy about the situation around him. He hadnt meant to hurt her, yet he couldnt lead her to believe in something that wasnt there. He started to go after her, but then stopped himself realizing that right now he had to focus on his sister. He would just have to fix what was going on with Mindy later. He just hoped that she wouldnt hate him forever for being honest with her about the way he felt about things.
This is amazing Kellen, Kipp smiled sitting down on the ground
with Kellen before laying back against the ground. Dinner was great,
the stars are beautiful.
Speaking of stars, Kellen quickly got up off the ground and ran over towards the table to blow out the candles making the room completely dark around them. The only thing lighting the room was the stars that were up above. I have something special to show you and to give you.
Really? Kipp leaned up on his elbows as he looked back at Kellen who was now walking back over towards where they had been sitting. What is it?
Wait one minute and I will tell you, Kellen smirked slowly taking a seat on the floor next to Kipp before scooting in closer to him. He felt Kipp scoot in even closer to him as he let out another small laugh. You cant possibly be eager to find out what I have for you. Right?
Cut the games Kellen, Kipp lightly jabbed Kellen in the ribs, hearing Kellen let out a small laugh. Just cut to the chase, what do you have planned.
Well, the first thing is--I want to give you something, Kellen began with a small smile, pulling a large jewelry box out of his pocket. This belonged to my grandfather. I think you should have it.
Kellen, Kipp felt Kellen place the box in his hands, motioning Kipp to open it up. I dont think
Just open it up, Kellen placed his index finger over Kipps lips to silence him for a moment. Just please, open it up before you say anything else.
Alright, Kipp nodded slowly, opening up the box to see a gold chain watch before him. Kipp felt Kellen wrap his arm around his shoulders before leaning in closer to Kipp. Its beautiful Kellen.
I want you to have it, Kellen whispered, leaning forward to kiss Kipp gently before feeling Kipp pull away from him for a moment. What is it?
Kellen, Kipp took in a deep breath before shaking his head slowly and closing the box, going to hand it back to Kellen, I cant take this. Its your grandfathers. Its not my right to take this from you.
Its a gift Kipp. Let me explain why I want you to have it, Kellen pushed Kipps hands back slowly, making Kipp hold onto the jewelry box. This was my grandfathers and I didnt know my grandfather when I was little. I was a very lonely boy, who really had nothing to count on. My mother worked and I loved her dearly, but during the day my brother Cary wanted nothing to do with me. So, my mother realized I was kind of down on myself and my decisions were very seldom made rightly. My mother gave me this saying that every time I felt confused, I should hold onto this and open it up. Its supposed to give you that strength that everyone needs. My mother told me that when the day came when I was old enough and someone needed the strength--I would know when to pass it on to someone I love. And Kipp, you need this strength. Let me show you something.
Okay, Kipp nodded slowly, watching Kellen grab the jewelry box and open it up before pulling out the watch. Kellen pulled Kipp in closer to him before letting out a small sigh.
You see, you open this, Kellen informed Kipp, opening the watch to show Kipp the background of the watch that had stars drawn on it. And you look into the stars and dont forget to look at the seconds and minutes passing. As you look as these stars, notice the brightest one there. The north star, once you find it--you find yourself stuck a time. A time of your own, where you can be as open minded as you want to be. You get to be what you want to be. All the answers you are looking for, you can find just with opening this one watch. And I think you need this more than me Kipp. You need the strength and I know this can give it to you.
Thank you so much Kellen, Kipp smiled leaning forward to help Kellen slip it over his head and around his neck. Ill always keep this close to me. I promise.
I know you will, Kellen smirked before slowly leaning back and laying down against the ground. Come lay with me, I have something to show you.
Okay, Kipp laid down, resting his head against Kellens chest as he felt Kellen wrap his arm around his shoulders lightly. All the stars up there Kellen--theyre beautiful.
I know they are, but there is one beautiful thing out there I want
you to notice, Kellen reached into his shirt pocket, pulling out a laser
light as Kipp looked up at him with a small bit of curiosity behind his eyes.
I come prepared sweetheart.
I cant wait to see what you are doing here, Kipp chuckled, looking back up towards the stars above them as Kellen turned on the red laser pointed.
I want you to look right here, Kellen informed Kipp, pointing to one of the stars above them. Do you know what star this is?
Thats the north star, Kipp answered with a small smile, looking up to see Kellen nod saying he answered right. I thought I knew that star.
Very good, Kellen started, taking a deep breath as he tightened his arm around Kipps shoulder. Kipp, the north star is supposed to lead you home. Its said to lead you to the place you belong. When you are lost and have no one there to help you, you are supposed to look up at to the north star so you can find your way home and get the help you need. Well Kipp, I want to be the one thats your north star. I want to be the one person who will always be shining bright through the night for you. I want you to be able to trust me so I can help you with anything you need. I want you to come to me when you are feeling confused or sad because I want to be your north star. I want to help you find your way home.
Kellen, Kipp smiled leaning back up to kiss Kellen slowly, running his hand through Kellens dark hair. Kellens blue eyes seemed to reflect perfectly from the shining light of the stars as Kipp looked down at him. I love you so much and you have always been my north star.
Good, I hope you never think anything less, Kellen kissed Kipp once more before letting out a small smile. I love you so much Kipp and I always will.
Are you sure that I cant get up and get you anything else,
Deidra questioned from where she sat on the opposite end of the sofa from
where Dean was, Would you like some more juice or
Deidra Im fine, Dean reached out to touch her hand gently, Seriously why dont you just try to relax?
Im trying, but I just want to make things perfect for tonight since this is about our trying to start over again, she explained with a small smile, I just dont want to screw this up.
In that case, why dont you just come over here and let me hold you for a while, he paused seeing the expression that crossed over her face, Unless of course you feel like Im pushing it for our first date if you will.
First date you say, she couldnt help but smile at him thinking about how that sounded, Well since you put it that way then I must confess that its completely inappropriate for you to suggest that I kick back and relax in your arms like that.
Hmm, well then we are at a crossroads there. We have the decision to be on our best behavior, or to give into what were both thinking about, he patted the cushion of the couch beside him wiggling his brow at her suggestively.
I dont put out on the first date, she wiggled her finger at him offering up a small smile.
Good because I wasnt going to ask you to, he promised feeling her slide in beside him, Unless of course you really wanted to
Watch it, she warned tilting her head up to see him grinning down at her, Your bad manners are showing.
And does this really bother you, he questioned dropping his hand down over her hip.
It should considering that this is our unofficial second try at a first date, she turned in his arms to face him, a smile creeping in over her lips.
Well we could always put that unofficial second attempt at a first date off until Im up and running around again. I mean it couldnt hurt, right, he teased wiggling his brow at her.
Youre shameless you know that, she couldnt resist the urge to lean up and kiss her.
And Im glad that you appreciate that, he mouthed in response teasing her lips with his.
Tell me something, she murmured as their mouths parted, Something that I dont know about you, but you think I should.
Something like what, he watched her closely, Whats on your mind?
Well obviously there are a lot of things that we still have to talk about between us, but tell me something that is real--something that might seem silly to the rest of the world, but something that you know you can share with me, she suggested searching his eyes for a long moment.
You mean like I still leave a nightlight on when I go to bed there because Im trying to keep the monsters away, he teased with a wrinkle of his nose.
Youre such a liar, she shook her head at him, Im being serious Dean.
Alright, then how about I start by saying that you are by far the most beautiful woman Ive ever seen, he suggested reaching out to brush his fingers through her dark hair gingerly, Or how when Im with you I find myself wanting to be a better man?
Thats a start, but lets try something small--something simple--something that maybe you were embarrassed to tell me before, but now youre ready to share it with me, she suggested running her hand over his chest lightly.
Hmm, well in that case, I guess I should come clean and wipe the slate, he paused for a long, dramatic moment, The truth to the matter is that Im well an expert bowler. I was a champion three times in my youth league and that night we went to bowl, well I let you win on purpose.
You so did not! I beat you fair and square, she paused searching his eyes, Didnt I?
Wouldnt you like to know, he teased his eyes wild with laughter watching her glare up at him.
Thats so not funny, she couldnt help but crack a smile leaning in for another kiss, Youre awful.
Far from it and we both know that, he hugged her in closer to him kissing her once more before letting out a small wince. He pulled back a pained expression on his face.
Dean, what is it? she questioned worriedly.
Im just a bit tender I guess, he motioned to his abdomen. Its nothing to worry about.
Let me be the judge of that, Deidra replied pulling back enough to slide off of the couch. She reached for his shirt, peeling open the buttons as he took in a small breath. Her eyes widened as his skin was revealed to her. He was perfect--truly breathtaking, but when her gaze fell upon where shed stabbed him she felt a pang of guilt wash over her.
Im sorry, she blurted out unable to contain herself. I wish I hadnt done that.
Hey, its okay, Dean reached for her hand lifting it to his lips, Its the past.
Even so I wish I could take it back, she mouthed leaning forward to place a small kiss over his chest. She ran her fingers tentatively over the smooth muscle beneath her touch, her kisses following gently, I wish I could take it all back.
So do I, Dean reached down to place his fingers through her dark hair. He felt her fingers drop down to his belt buckle unhooking it readily and he cleared his throat, Hey I thought that you said that we werent supposed to fool around on a first date
I said I didnt put out on a first date, Deidra replied teasing his pants open with a small, twisted smirk, I never said anything about fooling around.
In that case, he reached out to her drawing her up into his arms again and kissing her heatedly, two can play that game.
I was fully intending upon it, she mouthed diving in for another kiss as she found herself longing to explore all the newfound intimacy between her and Dean now that they were ready to start over again with one another.
Thank you, Diane smiled over at Ben finding herself grateful
for the second chance that Ben had given her. You have no idea how much
it means to me to have you with me.
Only about as much as it means to me and besides I wanted to do something special for you since you were there for me when I needed you the most, Ben explained pulling into the driveway of the house he had bought for the two of them, I thought that this was a good start.
Diane looked to the house with wide eyes, Ben you brought me here?
He nodded, Thats right. I figured that tonight wed have something special in our home Diane because thats where we belong you know.
Oh Ben, she squealed leaning in across the front seat to hug him excitedly, I love you so much.
I love you beautiful, he replied squeezing her in his arms, a smile lifting over his features. He kept her close to him taking in the sweet scent of her as his arms drew her in nearer to him, Of course I have a surprise in there, so how about we go inside?
Seriously? she replied before nodding quickly, Ill race you to the door.
I think I might let you win since Im feeling a little weak still, he teased seeing her rush out of the car. Unable to repress the smile that had taken over him, Ben thought about everything that had happened between them and he knew he was doing the right thing. Even if JTs presence in Dianes life may never go away, he knew in his heart that he couldnt walk away from her. Stepping out of the car he followed her up to the house with a tiny chuckle, Youre fast arent you?
Not really, she shrugged her shoulders spinning around to face him again, at least not any faster than I should be.
Hmm, well I might argue that point given how you pursued me relentlessly, but he felt her place her hand over his mouth to silence him.
Given that you moved at a snails pace, I had to find a way to make up for it, she explained matter of fact, We even each other out if you think about it.
Yes we do, he nodded in confession, we really do.
So in that sense were perfect for one another, she added brightly leaning up on her toes to kiss him before stepping back, Now how about we go inside because its getting a little chilly out here and I missed this place?
Why dont you open the doors, he suggested handing her his keys. She quickly shuffled with them before popping the key in the lock. When the door opened up, he heard a small gasp fall from her lips.
Oh my, she glanced over her shoulder to look at him, Ben, how did you ?
Lets just say I phoned in a couple of favors, he shrugged his shoulders following her into the house only to take pleasure in seeing the way her eyes lit up. She stepped further into the house taking a look at the candles that lit up the path before her. There were rose petals scattered on the floor leading up to the dining room where a romantic candle lit dinner was waiting for the both of them.
But I dont understand. When did you find the time to she trailed off casting a glance over her shoulder with heavy uncertainty.
As I said I had a little time on my hands and a few friends who owed me a favor or two, he explained casually stepping in behind her and wrapping her up in his arms, You like?
Oh do I ever, she nodded emphatically before tipping her head up to see him over her, but I have to admit that I love you even more.
I love you which is why I want tonight to be the beginning for us. I want this to be the start of a second chance for us to be happy together. I know that there are things that well have to deal with in regard to JT and he started with a small frown feeling her press her index finger over his lips to silence him.
Well get back to that later, but for now, well lets not talk about him or anyone else because I want tonight to be only about us, she mouthed releasing her finger and replacing it with her lips over his as she vowed to enjoy every single second of this night with Ben sharing this time with him in their new beginning with one another.
Heather stood on the front porch of Chriss new place on the water thinking
about how nice this quiet spot actually was. It was classy and sophisticated,
which were two very important traits Heather had felt Chris was lacking until
now. Of course since it was a great place, Heather decided she didnt
mind paying Chris another visit. This time shed brought dinner with
her. Reaching out for the security keypad shed typed in the code shed
seen him put in earlier and she reached for the door walking inside with a
Chris, I sure hope youre here, she blurted out hearing her footsteps echo through the foyer. Quickly kicking off her heels, she started down the hallway hearing small sounds from his library. She let out a small laugh remembering the fish tank hed had in there, Figures.
She stepped in closer to the library ready to tell him about the great things shed brought with her when she heard his voice from behind the half opened door. He had let out a small laugh and as Heather leaned forward to press the door open further she heard another unexpected sound.
So what do you say, Chris teased as Heather peered in to see him on the telephone. Shall I put something on ice and prepare myself for a night of passion between the two of us? You know that youre tempted to give in to this particular persuasion since its been far too long for us already.
Heathers eyes widened as she leaned in further.
Really, Chriss voice seemed to perk up as Heather noticed him sit up straighter, excellent, then Ill see to it that Ill be in your favorite outfit when you get here--which if memory serves me correct would be, well nothing unless of course youd still like me to dig out that red ribbon and tie it in a bow for you.
Another laugh followed before Chris let out a long sigh, Okay Angel, then Ill see you when you get here. Yes. It has been wonderful catching up. Ive missed you too beautiful and I cant wait to see you again. Sure thing sexy, he finished hanging up the phone as Heather cleared her throat to alert him to her presence.
My you are a shameful flirt, arent you? she blurted out watching him spring out of the chair hed been seated in, And here I thought that all your affections and indecent proposals were solely directed at me.
Heather I um Chris cleared his throat uneasily eyeing her as if he was a deer stuck in the headlights. He cleared his throat again before rubbing his hands together in front of him, hey what are you doing here? On second thought, dont you knock?
Apparently Im going to have to learn how to do so, she noted crossing the library to set the bags shed carried with her onto the coffee table, especially since I wasnt sure if I was walking in on a booty call or some kind of kinky phone sex, which hey if youre into thats fine and dandy but I really wouldnt have wanted to catch wind of that right before dinner.
Ill have you know thats not at all what was going on--not that its any of your business, he added scratching his head lightly, I was just catching up with a friend and
And judging by your tone and what you were saying, Im sure that youd like to be doing a lot more catching up with one another on an intimate level, she wiggled her brow at him her eyes casting over him with a very thorough once over, She must be something special.
Shes something very special, he revealed with a small smile, but unfortunately were just friends. Thats all weve been for a while now.
It doesnt sound like you were laying out a friendly proposal there--unless of course you like to get naked for all of your friends, Heather eyed him curiously noting the color that rose in his face.
Well, I dont make it a habit to do it for all of my friends, but if thats an indecent proposal youre working towards, I would be more than happy to get naked for you Heather if that would make you happy, he wiggled his brow at her spinning the situation around.
Hmm, and make Ms. Phone Sex feel like shes just second best, she let out a heavy sigh, I would hate to do that to her. She thinks youre only pining away for her.
I might be pining away for her, but that doesnt mean Im stupid, Chris stepped in closer to her, Im well aware of the beautiful woman I have standing in front of me. Id be a fool not to notice her.
And what makes you think that Id want to get, she reached out to him curling her finger over the center of his chest. She batted her eyelashes up at him a coy expression on her face as she scratched her nail lightly over him, naked with you given your inclination to whisper sweet nothings to some mystery woman on the phone?
Because I can promise you if you did give into the inclination, he leaned in closer to her, a smile ticking over the corners of his lips, then I would give you a night that would make you forget all about that Dino youre pining away over.
Diego, she corrected curtly taking a step away from him, and I have to tell you that it would take a lot for me to forget what kind of man Diego is. Hes every womans fantasy and he knows how to make a woman feel like shes something special.
And what am I? Chopped liver? he blurted out seeing her open her mouth as if she was going to dish out an answer, On second thought, dont tell me. Lets just forget this conversation altogether and lets get back to the matter at hand. Lets talk about that dinner youve brought with you.
Well I hope you love Chinese because thats what I was in the mood for, she explained redirecting her attention to the bags shed carried in, I got a little bit of everything since I was feeling like a change
Hmm, well youre in luck because I happen to love Chinese and beautiful company as yourself too, he moved in beside her catching the look she gave him.
There you go back to flirting again, she shook her head at him, Can you go for five minutes without trying to charm a woman?
Hmm, well I cant think of a moment when Ive tried, but then again I really wouldnt want to, Chris shrugged his shoulders before motioning to the table, Now how about I get some plates and chopsticks then we can enjoy this meal you brought for us?
I think that sounds like a plan, Heather nodded up at him watching his exit from the room. Okay, as much as she hated to admit it, he did make quite an exit given that the view from behind was
Dont you even think it, she warned herself wondering who he had been on the phone with. Somehow while Chris was flirty she hadnt at all thought that hed had someone in his life. He seemed to be that single guy who was always throwing out bad lines and no one was biting, yet given the way his voice had sounded when shed stepped into the room, she was certain there was someone who sparked a fire inside of him. Despite the fact that Heather was certain she didnt really care about his after hours activities since shed only needed him to help her win Diego back over, she tried to not reflect upon it. Of course it didnt really hurt to know what her partner in crime was wrapped up in. Then again, if she pushed the issue she knew she could come off as a jealous person, which she was certain that would only spark Chriss further interest thinking he had a shot with her. Hed want to find a way to win her over and she most certainly couldnt have that. Diego was the grand prize and he was, well he was just Chris.
Ready for a night of adventure and excitement? Chris questioned breaking through her thoughts and holding up the chopsticks in his hand.
Heather smiled up at him sweetly, Hmm since I cant have all that, Im more than willing to settle for dinner with you.
In that case I shall cherish the opportunity to try to make you see all the reasons why youre wrong about thinking that this night will be any less than exciting. By the time Im finished with you Heather, you will be singing my praise and falling head over heels in love with me. Just you watch, he winked at her before grinning in what she thought mustve been his best attempt at seduction.
Fat chance Chris, but if you want to keep trying, go right ahead, she laughed lightly knowing that tonight would be very interesting indeed. Perhaps somewhere along the way shed learn a little bit more about the man who was promising to help her get back the one thing that she wanted more than anything in the world--Diego!
Can I come in? Kevin knocked on Angelas bedroom door lightly
as he heard a rustling coming from behind it. Angie?
Come on in Kevin, Angela called out, hearing Kevin open the door and take a step inside. She walked over towards her dresser pulling some things out before walking back over to the bed where her suitcase was. What is it?
What are you doing? Kevin questioned taking a step into her room, closing the door behind him. I thought you said you werent going to Coral Valley.
Well, I guess I changed my mind, she shrugged walking back and forth between her room, grabbing certain things she needed to pack. Something just clicked inside of me and I realized I want to go.
Excuse me? Kevin grabbed Angelas wrist in his hand as he pulled her in towards him. She was moving back and forth so fast, he was having a hard time keeping track of her. What made you change your mind?
Well, I was talking to Chris and Angela began seeing the look on Kevins face as she mentioned Chriss name.
Chris? Chris made you change your mind? Kevin repeated seeing the look behind her eyes as he spoke. He shook his head slowly before letting go of her wrist. I cant believe you. You listen to that little prick over your best friend? Or is he your best friend now because I seem to no longer be the best friend around here.
Kevin, Angela frowned, feeling him placed his index finger over her lips gently to make her stop talking.
Dont Kevin me, this loser has gotten you in trouble time and time again. Do I have to remind you how many times I had to get you out of jail because of him? Kevins eyebrows tensed in anger as Angela looked away from him. He slipped his finger under her chin, forcing her to look at him as he spoke. Angie, he knows nothing about you now. No one knows you better than me--no one. So, for once would you just understand that you should stay home. Its not good for you to travel Angie.
Stop it Kevin, Angela pulled away from him, shrugging her shoulders as she went back over towards her briefcase. Chris didnt make me do anything. I decided this on my own. I am going to Coral Valley Kevin and there is nothing you can do or say to stop me. So, I suggest you pack some bags and go with me or you can stay on the island. The choice is yours. Plain and simple.
You have to be kidding me, Kevin groaned, walking over towards her bed and falling back against it. You are so hard to understand sometimes. I just dont get you. I tell you that I dont think something you are doing is right and then do you listen to me? No. You just start in your little whiny voice saying Im going to do what I want to do. Im in charge of my life, but when it comes to your life Kevin--Ill make your choices. When you try to help me Kevin, I dont want to listen.
Please, thats far from the case, Angela grabbed a shirt to change into before pulling her other shirt off. She threw it at Kevin, watching as it landed over his head. You know the truth is so much further than that.
Yeah, right, Kevin stood up from the bed, walking over towards her as he looked her over. I have to admit Angie, you dont look good.
Excuse me? Angela questioned with a gasp, feeling Kevin get behind her and rest his hands on her hips gently. What do you mean by that?
What I mean is, Kevin moved her forward towards the mirror, running his hands in over her bare stomach. He caressed her stomach gently as he let out a small frown. You are lacking on the weight. When you were pregnant before you were a horse. Now youre having twins and you are a skinny mini.
I was a horse, she looked back at Kevin seeing him shrug his shoulders as he spoke. I find that a little rude.
Well, you were pregnant with one child back then and now youre pregnant with two. I think we should make a doctors appointment for you before you even consider getting off the island, Kevin began, feeling her elbow him in the ribs gently.
Nice try Kevin, Angela walked over towards the bed, grabbing her shirt and pulling it on as she saw Kevin frown. I know I am going to be okay for now. Anyways, maybe you are gaining the weight I am supposed to be gaining.
What? Kevin questioned with a small frown, his eyebrows tensing as he looked back at her. I am not fat.
I dont know, Angela shrugged, seeing Kevin quickly pull his shirt off as he looked at himself in the mirror. She let out a small laugh, seeing him throw his shirt to the bed as he ran his fingers over his abs slowly. It may be all those pancakes you have been eating lately.
Ive been working out like crazy--I think my abs look fine, Kevin protested with a small frown, running his fingers over the hard muscle in his abdomen. I still have an eight pack, so why are you telling me I am fat?
I was kidding you idiot, Angela chuckled seeing the way that Kevin looked back at her over his shoulder. Cant you take a joke? I mean, really.
Im going to get you for that later, Kevin frowned shaking his head slowly as he flexed his bicep, looking at himself in the mirror. I think I look really good.
Yeah, right, Angela threw a pillow at Kevin, hitting him in the
back of the head with it. Now come help me pack before your ego gets
What if I said I didnt want to help you pack? Kevin questioned, feeling her throw an empty luggage bag at him.
Oh well, Angela shrugged letting out a small laugh as Kevin frowned at her. You still have to do it anyways.
So, how are you feeling right now? Chase asked Trisha as they
walked out of the café after getting their coffees. Excited?
Scared? Hate me?
No, I dont hate you, Trisha laughed, walking down the sidewalk as Chase walked next to her. I feel kind of weak in the knees. From excitement, its a good feeling of weak in the knees. I think I like it.
The whole weak in the knees thing is going to be there for the first couple of times, Chase informed her with a small smile as he reached his left hand up to push his hair back behind his ear. Eventually its the thrill that makes it all worth it.
I cant wait to do it again with you Chase, Trisha began with a small sigh as she looked over at him with a smirk. I have never felt so fresh, so
Scared out of your mind? Chase offered up with a small laugh seeing her shrug her shoulders before letting out a small laugh. I think you would have killed me at the beginning if you could have.
Maybe, I doubt that, but maybe, she laughed, seeing the way his blue eyes looked into hers. After it was finished I realized how cool it really was and I cant wait to do it again.
So, you do want to go on another date with me? he questioned with a small smirk seeing her nod slowly as he let out a small laugh.
Of course I do, Trisha answered with a small nod, seeing the way Chase looked away from her and down towards the ground. There is something about you Chase Hastings that I find amazing. I really like you.
Good, Chase smiled widely, looking into her dark eyes. I think I like something about you too Trisha Merhan. Actually, I think there is more than just one thing I like about you Trisha. Im very glad that I met you.
Me too, Trisha sighed, realizing they were now standing in front of Rias place. Well, this is my place. I guess you can call me or Ill call you.
Yeah, Chase nodded slowly letting out a small laugh as he leaned forward to press a small kiss on her cheek lightly. One of us will end up calling. Ill try to call you tomorrow night--if thats alright?
Thats perfect, she waved goodbye walking over towards the front doors of the building before turning around to look back at him. I had a great time with you Chase and I cant wait to do this again.
Have a good night Trisha, Chase winked, making sure that she got in carefully before walking away.
Oh my, Trisha placed her hand over her chest as she let out a small sigh. She walked up to Rias apartment before letting out a small laugh and opening the door.
Trisha? Ria looked back at Trisha with a small frown as she paused the tape and looked back at Trisha who shut the front door behind her. What are you doing here? I thought you had a date to go on?
I did, I told him I lived here, Trisha informed Ria with a small sigh, walking over to the couch and sitting down on the couch slowly. I couldnt really let him know where I lived.
So, you let him believe you lived here? At my place? Ria questioned seeing Trisha nod slowly as Ria rolled her eyes. You are weird.
I know, but what can I say? Trisha shrugged, noticing the picture on the screen before her. What in the world is that?
Me and Kevin on Halloween when we were younger, Ria answered with a small smile as she pushed play on the remote. Cute isnt it?
Yeah, you say Im the one that is weird, Trisha rolled her eyes, leaning back against the couch as she looked at the screen before them. Kevin looked so small back then.
I love him no matter what, Ria pointed out with a small shake of her head as she looked back at Trisha with a small smile. You want to tell me what happened while you were out?
Its a long story, Trisha laughed shaking her head slowly as Ria raised up to her elbows.
Well, we have a while, Ria stopped the tape before turning to face her little sister. So, tell me absolutely everything that happened.
I cant believe the nerve of that woman, Blake frowned thinking
back to Valeries arrival at the restaurant. Just thinking about the
scene shed made leading up to Ria decking her was more than enough to
get Blake worked up as well, When is she ever going to get a clue that
its over with the two of you?
Probably when she gets the divorce papers, but even then I get the feeling were going to have trouble, Seth hated to state the obvious, but it felt like each and every time he saw Valerie she slipped further into some state of delusion, I honestly dont know whats happened to her.
Shes a nutcase, Blake blurted out watching Seth push his key into the door, Plain and simple I think shes got some serious issues going on there.
Yeah, I dont doubt that, but there was a point in time when she was a nice person, Seth paused thinking back to his younger years, Well maybe not, but still I know there was something I thought I liked about her.
Yeah I can guess, Blake groaned inwardly thinking about how Valerie was always coming onto him, She seemed like she was cheap and easy and girls like that always got attention when I was younger.
They mightve, but not with me, Seth replied honestly, Although when Valerie and I were friends, she was nothing like this. She was just one of us having always put her friends first. I mean yeah she had dreams of being a big star, but it wasnt like this.
Was that when you fell in love with her? Blake couldnt help but ask watching him slip the key into the lock of the apartment.
Blake, I dont know how many times I have to say this, but I wasnt in love with her, Seth pushed the door open before turning around to face her, I know you think that Im only saying that to make you feel better, but its the truth
Then why is she holding on so hard, she couldnt help but ask him.
Because I think she stopped being rational a long time ago, he sighed heavily, When she and I were around one another she was one of my closest friends. She was there for me at a time when I was upset over what had happened to Jade. She offered me a shoulder to cry on and I wasnt like I am now. I was young and stupid and
You fell for her, right? Blake couldnt help but ask her worries mounting.
Yes I fell for her. I thought I cared about her--even thought that it mightve been love, but it wasnt anything even close to being love. I didnt know what real love was until I met you, he touched her cheek gently, Blake, you were and are the only woman that makes me feel like I am on top of the world. I feel like when Im with you I have almost everything I need in this world. You and Jade were and are the only people who truly understand me and love me for me. You and my sister are both the most important people in this world to me
And yet Jades no longer here, Blake sighed heavily thinking about the loss Seth had faced.
No shes not, he replied poignantly, But that doesnt mean that Im not going to do everything that I can to hold onto you. Valerie is my past. You are my future.
She just doesnt seem to grasp that and as long as shes your wife she shook her head letting out a small groan.
She can think it all she wants but I swear to you as soon as I realized that she and I had tied the knot, I made a quick run to get the marriage annulled. It wasnt something that I was particularly proud of or that I wanted. There I was a kid myself and the last thing I wanted to do was be married, he slid his fingers into her hair gently, and Im glad that I waited to want that because I wasnt ready for any of that until now
Yes, but what happened back then is keeping us from having that now, Blake sighed heavily her heart sinking at the thought of the wedge that Valerie had put between them.
Hey, were working towards having it all, Seth curled his finger underneath her chin, I mean hey the way I see it, you and I are making a great start towards having that family were wanting.
I know, she smiled up at him lightly, and believe me Ive been enjoying that.
Then how about we try to focus on that right now instead of Valerie, Seth decided kissing her gently before pulling her into the apartment with him. What do you say?
I say its an excellent start for us in forgetting all about that woman, she nodded in confession sliding her arms around his shoulders. She took a step forward into the apartment feeling something beneath her foot and she stumbled forward into his arms. What the
Blake, are you okay, Seth questioned worriedly his eyes falling to the floor where Blake had tripped. There before them were scattered photos that now spread out all over the carpet.
What in the Blake detangled herself from his arms bending down to pick one up. What she saw made her frown. There one after another were pictures of Valerie and Seth with one another with a note attached to them. Blake tipped her head up to look at Seth reading the note aloud, I know you cant forget this and neither can I.
Blake, shes desperate, Seth offered up bending down to help clean up the mess Valerie had left for them.
Ill say, Blakes eyes narrowed at the picture of Seth and Valerie with one another clearly taken at the beach. Valerie was clad only in a skimpy bikini as Seth sat beside her an arm around her slender waist. As Blake turned her attention to another photo she could see the laughter behind Seths eyes as he held onto Valerie. Seth
Its the past Blake, he pulled the photo from her hand seeing the pain that flashed behind her eyes. These are nothing.
They dont look like nothing, she replied doing her best to contain her jealousy at the idea of Valerie sharing something with Seth.
Well they are, Seth collected all of the photos ripping them in half before rising to his feet. Valerie isnt a part of the picture for me anymore. Shes the last woman in this world I want to be with. You should know that by now.
I do, but Blake trailed off watching him move to throw away the photos. She noticed one on the floor that theyd overlooked and as she pulled it up, she eyed it for a long moment wondering if Valerie would truly be able to find a way to screw things up for her and Seth. Granted Blake believed him when he told her that she was the only woman for him, yet given Blakes track record when it came to happiness, she feared that Valerie could be the one element who could send her world crashing down around her once again stealing happiness from her life all over again.
Cori pounded on the front door to Daves house not caring who she woke
up or what attention she was bringing to herself from Daves neighbors.
After Diego had pretty much obliterated her heart, she found herself enraged
in ways that she hadnt thought possible considering how much shed
given to their relationship. Not only had he made a fool of her in public
again and again, but he dumped her for the twit who clearly didnt care
about anyone or anything other than herself. She pounded on the door again
ready to go for another round when the door opened and she saw Carly standing
Cori, whats wrong, Carly questioned seeing the tears pouring down Coris face. She opened the door wider to invite her inside, Oh honey, what is it?
I hate men! Cori shouted in a high pitched squeal, Every single miserable one of them. All they care about is the slut who will give them what they want. They dont care about substance or anything worthwhile in a relationship. They want what they cant have and what they do have, well let me tell you they treat that like its nothing. I mean really, whats so wrong with me? Do you see anything wrong with me because I most certainly didnt see anything wrong with me. I thought I was a great girlfriend. No, a better than great girlfriend and what do I get for it? Does he see how special I am? Does he treat me like I should be cherished? No of course not because some bimbo walks by whining about all her emotional issues and there he goes ready to be her stepping stool and he cant even see what a witch she truly is. Shes using him and hes clueless. Hes not only clueless, but hes also giving up the best thing thats ever happened to him
I take it you and Diego are fighting right now, huh? Carly couldnt help but conclude from Coris rambling.
Fighting implies that were having some kind of disagreement that we can somehow pick up the pieces from and work it out. Whats going on with Diego and I is horrible,, Cori continued to sob harder than before. I mean what is so wrong with me that he cant see how good we have it together? What did I do that was so wrong other than loving him? Here I gave him everything and how does he thank me? Ill tell you how he thanks me. He broke up with me.
What? Carlys eyes widened in surprise, But I thought things were going so well.
I did too, but then that bitch stepped in and she manipulated him into thinking that he didnt need me and now Cori felt her words trembling as she looked to Carly with a pained expression. What am I going to do?
Oh honey, Im sure well find something, Carly reached out to embrace Cori. If he isnt smart enough to see how great he had it with you, then hes the fool.
But why? Why did it have to be like this Carly? I thought that he loved me. He told me he loved me and that we had a future with one another. He let me believe that I was someone special, but now Cori broke down unable to contain the pain that swept over her.
Sweetheart, why dont you come with me into the kitchen? Ill put on some tea and we can talk for a while. Maybe it will help, Carly suggested hating to see Daves sister so upset. Dave will be home in a little while, so if youd like to talk to him, then you can.
I actually came over to see you. I dont really have anyone else in this town that I can talk to and I figured that you might understand since you know what its like dealing with idiot men, Cori mouthed with an emphatic sigh, I just dont understand why Diego wouldnt just give us a chance.
Hes a fool Cori and Im sorry that he broke your heart, Carly replied supportively hating to see Daves sister in such an uproar. As she walked with Cori over to the kitchen, she realized it was going to be a long night. She just hoped that somehow she would be able to help Cori through the loss she was experiencing right around now that Diego had shattered Coris dreams of a happily ever after to bits.
Hey, hold on a minute, Kyle laughed, pulling away from Sarah
as she started to kiss him more roughly. Remember what I said? Take
Sorry, Sarah frowned, running her hand over his muscular shoulders gently. I just missed you so very, very much Kyle.
Diego, Kyle spotted Diego at the other side of the hallway before smiling. Kyle motioned Diego to come over by him and Sarah as he let out a small smile. I havent talked to you in a while Diego? How are you doing?
Oh, Ive been better, Diego replied, seeing Kyle reach his hand out to shake Diegos lightly. How about you? How are you feeling Kyle?
Well, worried I guess, Kyle answered with a small shrug of his shoulders. This whole thing with Avery and Russ. Erin being born
It must be pretty hard on you, Diego pointed out, seeing Kyle shrug his shoulders as he spoke. Diego folded his arms out in front of his chest, feeling a bit uncomfortable as he looked at Kyle and Sarah before him.
Well, Im living, Kyle stated with a small laugh, shrugging his shoulders as he spoke. I guess thats a good thing to say because well, I couldnt have been here at one point in time.
And I dont know what I would have done if I lost him, Sarah wrapped her arms around Kyles torso as Kyle wrapped his arm around her shoulders slowly. Im so glad he is still here.
That makes two of us, Diego glanced up at Kyle as he saw Kyle look down at Sarah. The way Sarah looked up at Kyle made him realize something else was going on between the two of them. So, are the two of you back together now?
Uh, yeah, Kyle nodded slowly, looking up at Diego with a small grin as he shrugged his shoulders. We talked things over and we came to decision. We are going to try and make this relationship work.
Congratulations, Diego offered up with a fake smile, feeling like there was a dagger getting stabbed into his chest. Diegos dark eyes met Sarahs as Diego looked away from her. So you both came up with the idea?
It was more Sarah that had the idea, Kyle answered, feeling her hold onto him tighter as he looked down at her. She thinks this relationship might be able to work, so I say--why not? We can give it a try.
Wow, thats really good news, Diego frowned, seeing the way that Sarah looked up into Kyles eyes. Really, really good news. Im happy for the both of you.
Jenna took note of the time wondering what the hold up with Hart was. Hed
been brief in telling her that something had come up and Don needed to see
him for a while, but he really hadnt explained that it would take all
day long. They had talked about doing something around the apartment--possibly
planning what came next in terms of living arrangements since clearly Jennas
apartment was going to be too small for a family, yet when Don had called
Hart promised they would have to rain check on that talk. Now hours later
Jenna found herself bored beyond belief.
This is pathetic, she groaned inwardly trying to remember when shed be in a position where shed waited around all day for a man to come around. Okay, so shed taken a nap and caught up on checking her e-mail and a little work related reading, but now, well now it wouldve been nice to have Hart home since her days off were always so far and few.
She looked at the clock again before reaching for a magazine wondering if she should call Wayne and Sam since theyd mentioned they were thinking about coming by later. Shed told Wayne it wouldnt be a problem because Hart would enjoy having them around, yet when Hart hadnt come home, she was starting to wonder if having a small gathering was such a good idea. Reaching for the phone Jenna began to dial her brother when she heard a knock on the door.
Finally, Jenna hung up the phone ready to greet Hart when the doorbell rang. Okay, so maybe it wasnt Hart. Maybe it was Wayne and Sam which meant with or without Hart Jenna was going to have to entertain. She could to this. After all she always had fun with her brother and with Sam lately.
Hello, Jenna opened the door to greet her company only to discover her mother on the other side.
Jen, Dorothy cleared her throat uneasily, hey baby. Can I come inside?
Um, sure, Jenna moved out of the way letting her mother into the apartment, Mom what are you doing here?
I thought Id pay you a visit since I havent seen you in a while. You never stop by anymore and you dont call, Dorothy frowned turning around to face her daughter, so I figured Id take it upon myself to check up on my little girl.
Well Ive been busy, Jenna answered feeling a bit guilty about not having taken the time to see her mother.
Busy in general or with Hart, her mother folded her arms in front of her chest expectantly.
A little bit of both, Jenna revealed, Harts moving out of his condo and moving in here, so its been busy for us. Plus with work
Were you planning on avoiding me forever? Dorothy questioned with a small frown thinking about how she and her daughter had been anything, but close to one another lately. For most of Jennas life they had been the best of friends, but now to feel the wedge between them, it was a tad bit overwhelming.
Mom, its not that its just Jenna shook her head a small sigh spilling from her lips, Honestly its not worth getting into since I really shouldve called. Why dont you sit down so we can catch up with one another?
Id like that, Dorothy smiled back at her, Ive missed you Jenna.
Ive missed you too mom and youre right its been far too long since Ive had you over, Jenna decided moving in to take a seat alongside her mother, Wayne said he might be stopping by later so itll give us all an opportunity to catch up.
Is he back in town? Dorothy questioned with obvious surprise, I thought that he was going away for some research for a while.
I think he was, but he decided to return early, Jenna shrugged her shoulders, He was able to finish earlier than expected.
Hmm, well it wouldve been nice to know he was back. We couldve had a family dinner and Dorothy began thinking it over.
Im sure well have plenty of time for that, Jenna added with a small smile, I have a few days off next week coming up and Im sure that we can all get together for something special.
That would be nice. Its been so long since we Dorothys words trailed off when she noticed the book on top of the coffee table. Leaning forward she reached for it with a horrified expression. What in the
Mom I can explain, Jenna started realizing that she hadnt thought about tucking her parenting book away. Of course now that Dorothy saw that mixed with a few other pregnancy magazines Jenna knew she was in for it.
Jenna, please dont tell me that youre Dorothys eyes widened horrified.
Pregnant? Jenna finished for her catching her mothers expression, Yes mom I am and if youve got a problem with it, then youre going to have to get used to the idea.
Get used to the idea, Dorothy repeated choking on her words, Jenna do you have any idea what being pregnant entails?
I do, Jenna nodded with a small smile, and I have to tell you I cant wait. Ive seen Avery do it and she looks radiant.
Yes well thats because shes married and has a husband who Dorothys eyes widened further, Oh Jen, please tell me that Hart isnt the father. Please say that you and Devante reconnected there and that this child is
Mother! Jenna gasped at her mothers statement, How can you say such a thing?
Because it would be the only way that this pregnancy will be good for you. You couldnt possibly want to have a child with a man like Hart Steiner. Hes no good and hes Dorothy started to rant.
Nothing like my father was, so why dont you do us both a favor and stop this rant before it starts? Jenna suggested knowing full well that right now she didnt want to get into it with her mother about Hart. If her mother didnt like it, then that was too bad because Jenna wasnt about to change her life because her mother didnt like it.
Whats taking your friend so long, Russ frowned thinking
about Deanas promise to get him back inside to see Avery, She
said that shed be right back and
And Im positive that shes doing her best working on whatever it is that she has up her sleeve. She told us to wait and I think we can trust her to give us what we need to get back in there, Grady decided feeling a renewed faith for his latest ally.
I hope youre right, Russ rubbed his palms together thinking about the damage that Brant could do while Russ was out here trying to find a way back to Avery. Knowing full well what the Ashfords were capable of had Russ more than on edge.
There you are son, Elliot called out to Russ pulling him out of his daze. He turned to see his father and mother approaching.
Mom, I thought you were with Erin, Russell frowned slightly.
Your father came to the nursery looking for you and when I told him how upset you were, he thought we should find you. Guy is still with her, Cheryl explained simply, He and Mindy are staying at her side and no one else is going to be able to get near her until we come back.
I just cant believe that this is happening, Russ threw his hands up in the air before looking to his father, Did mom tell you what that son of a bitch did? He lied and made me think that Erin was kidnapped so that he could place a guard on Averys door and keep me out of there!
I cant believe this, Elliots features darkened, Of all the deceitful, evil things
Oh come on dad. Lets face it. Everything you ever said about the Ashfords was right. They are all liars. They manipulate, steal, cheat and hell they would even commit murder if it got them what they wanted and where they wanted to be, Russells gaze traveled over to Averys door wondering what it was that Brant was doing inside to pervert her mind even if she was still unconscious. If there was a way to turn Avery against Russ, then Russ was determined to believe that Brant could and would do it. When I think of everything that family has done thus far
Son, I promise you that they wont get away with this, Elliot insisted firmly hating to see his son so upset.
Emotions are running wild right about now. Im sure that Brant is just as up in the air as you are. Im not saying what hes doing is right, but hes been living as Averys husband since almost the time you left. Hes probably confused and upset himself and Cheryl tried to be the voice of reason to her son.
No mom, you have no idea what that family has done to me--what they are still trying to do, but I swear to you with God as my witness I will do whatever it takes to destroy every last one of them if they keep thinking they can keep me from Avery and Erin, Russell vowed raw hatred burning in his tone as Deana reappeared wiggling her finger towards Russ and Grady.
Shes back, Grady pointed her out. Come on. Lets go see what she came up with.
Okay, Russ threw out an apologetic expression to his parents, I have to go do this. I have to stop the Ashfords from ruining my life. Im sorry.
Russ wait, Cheryl stepped forward feeling an ache inside of her at the way her son was fueled by his rage. She closed her eyes knowing that things were only getting more complicated by the moment.
And here you thought that now would be a good time to tell him, Elliot shook his head at the thought, That would kill him Cheryl. It would do him in for sure.
I was just trying to help. I thought that maybe if he knew the truth--if they all knew the truth, then they could reach some kind of understanding within themselves, she confessed spinning around to face her husband, I thought it might make them be reasonable somehow.
Theres nothing reasonable about that family, Elliot blurted out with a huff, Cant you see what this is already doing to our family? What this situation is doing to Russ?
I know, but Elliot if they were able to see this with a different spin on things, she stammered choked up in the moment.
Cant you see how much Russ hates Brant? Russ had a happy life--a good life, but that was stolen from him. He comes home after having to endure things that Im sure well never know about and he gets this. He finds out that Avery is married to Brant and Brant is doing everything in his power to exploit the situation. Hes not going to just let Avery be with Russ simply because we wish it so. Hes going to be just like his father and try to cling onto something that he cant have--something that was never meant to be his!
This isnt the same situation, Cheryl saw a flicker of anger and pain in her husbands eyes, This isnt like then.
Youre damn right its nothing like then and it wont become anything like that was because I wont allow it to get out of control. Im not going to let Russ fall like I did, Elliot continued shaking his head at her, He doesnt deserve what happened and I cant let that haunt him. I cant let my son have the one thing hes holding onto blow up in his face. Hes not ready for any of this.
None of us are Elliot, but if it can help him with Avery--if it can help him find his way back to her, Cheryl added curling her fingers at her side, If theres a chance
No! Elliot snapped back at her, Theres no chance and like I said before you would be best suited to leave that where it belongs--in the past. Cheryl I know that its hard for you to be dealing with all of this because you and I have been blaming ourselves for months about what happened to Russ, but now is not the time. There will never be a time for this. Brant is the enemy and thats the only way Russ is going to see it. Its the only way I ever want him to see it.
But Elliot we both know she began again her words coming out a bit shaky.
Hes my son Cheryl and hes going to do like I taught him. Hes not going to stand back and let someone destroy the only love hes ever known. I wouldnt do it, so why would I expect anything less from him, Elliot cut her off abruptly knowing full well that the last thing Russ needed was anymore entanglements with Brant Ashford especially now when so much was on the line there.
Shh, its okay sweetheart, Brant whispered feeling Avery
sink into his arms. Her tears had died down, but now that he held her on the
bed he felt her collapse into him giving herself over completely to the warmth
and protection of his arms.
I had this horrible dream, she revealed clinging onto him with her eyes closed, I was trapped--Bruce was back and he had me held hostage. I was so afraid Id never see you again because he was trying to kill me and my baby. He wanted to kill my daughter and
Averys eyes snapped open as her hand pressed in against her abdomen. Suddenly a fear washed over her. She tipped her head up to Brant, her dark eyes filled with a sudden horror. She started to shuffle a bit on the bed, her worries mounting as Brant tried to keep his hold on her.
Avery, shes okay, he promised still holding her in his arms, You are okay and your daughter is fine. You gave birth to a beautiful, healthy little girl.
You mean shes Averys eyes clouded over with tears again, You mean that I didnt imagine it?
No, you didnt imagine it, he promised with a small smile wiping at her tears, Shes a beautiful little girl just like her mother and shes already worked her way into the hearts of everyone around her.
Oh Brant, when I had that dream I thought that she closed her eyes again feeling flashes of her dream coming over her. She could see Bruce--see herself being tied down to a bed there were faces and voices and
Avery, its okay. Now that youre awake everything is going to be okay. Bruce cant hurt you anymore. Hes dead, Brant explained smoothly seeing the way her face twisted with worry, Hes never going to get the opportunity to get near you and Erin again.
Erin, Averys eyes opened and another jolt of realization pressed in upon her, In my dream I named her Erin. She was born after Bruce drugged me. After Kyle, Grady and Russ No, thats not possible. Russ couldnt have been
Brant stiffened at the mention of his rival. While he knew full well he couldnt hide the truth from Avery about her dead lovers return to Coral Valley, he didnt quite want to welcome the thought of him back into her mind just yet. He reached for her cheek urging her to meet his gaze again.
Avery I love you and I promise you that Im going to take you and Erin home. Were going to have that life what we talked about with one another. Were going to be a family now and Brant began seeing her blink as if struggling to grasp something in the back of her mind.
It just felt so real--so powerful like it could be happening, but it couldnt be, she exhaled slowly, Bruce drugged me and I was hallucinating. Maybe it was all a hallucination considering that
Avery look at me, Brant instructed watching her eyes reopen as he took in a small breath, Avery I promise you that everything is going to be okay, but before we talk about whats in front of us, we need to talk about the past about us.
The past, she repeated blankly seeing something flicker behind his eyes, Brant what is it?
Im afraid theres no way around this. Avery I lied to you and Im a horrible, horrible person for what Ive done, but I cant keep you in the dark any longer. I need you to know the truth about what Ive done, Brant explained drawing in another slow breath, Im afraid that Ive failed you and I cant keep up with the deception any longer. You deserve the truth.
The truth? she repeated with a strange look, What truth Brant?
The truth about the night we came home after our trip out to see Steven Davies, Brant blurted out shamefully dropping his head down so that he wouldnt see the confusion behind her eyes. He inhaled again feeling the breath burn deep into his lungs, About the night I took you home when you were drunk
What about that night, Avery asked still not very clear on the situation he was speaking of.
Avery, that night when I took you home, well, as much as I hate to admit it, something more happened between us, Brant continued watching her face closely. If he was going to get it out, then he had to be direct about it. He couldnt avoid the subject any longer. Do you remember when I told you that you were drunk and I left you there after you passed out?
Vaguely, Avery confessed straining to remember the event that he was telling her about, Why? Why are you even bringing this up now?
Because theres something I need you to know. Avery that night that I took you home you asked me to make love to you. You took me into the apartment and you tried to seduce me and the next day I told you that I left because I didnt want to push you into something that you werent ready for, but that wasnt altogether the truth. It was just that I was embarrassed about how Id let myself get out of hand--about how I couldnt resist you because you were everything that I wanted and
And what? her eyes widened as he trailed off. Brant, what are you trying to tell me? What are you saying?
What Im saying is that night I didnt leave after you passed out. I was going to and I did for a split second, but after I thought about it, I was worried about you--really worried about the idea of leaving you alone, so I came back to the apartment to be with you, Brant continued to explain, his dark eyes flickering with hints of guilt, When I got to the apartment you were still sleeping and then before I knew it you were awake again and one thing lead to another and
And what? she questioned again in a pinched voice pulling herself up a bit in his arms.
We were together that night at your apartment, Brant blurted out in a shaky voice, Despite the fact that I knew we shouldve waited because Id always promised you the world when we were finally together, something happened between us. You started kissing me and we started saying things--making promises to one another. One thing lead to another and we made love Avery.
Where do you think she just went? Hart couldnt help but
ask pulling himself off of the floor after Shannon had knocked him down in
I honestly dont know, Don coughed realizing that his wife was a woman possessed. While hed tried to reason with her, he could see that reasoning was the last thing on Shannons mind. She was unhappy with him and there was going to be hell to pay for it afterwards.
I cant believe you just let her walk out of here with those papers, Hart huffed with an impatient scowl. Do you have any idea how much trouble were going to be in if Shannon shows those to anyone else? Itll be like an apocalypse around here.
Oh come on. It wont be that bad, Don tried to dismiss his friends worries, but he too was concerned about what would happen once Shannon spilled the beans on Dons shocking find.
Don you and I both know that the moment Shannon shows those to anyone else were going to be in some hot water. Each and every one of us is going to go down all because you cant control your bitch of a wife, Hart snapped at his friend disapprovingly.
Hey, shes not a bitch, Don defended his wife catching Harts glare, At least not most of the time. She just thinks she means well.
Yeah well whatever her intentions are, we have to find a way to stop her before this comes out and blows absolutely everything apart. You do realize that, dont you? Hart continued to rail into Don. If you could have a little control over her rather than letting her walk all over you all the time, then maybe just maybe she wouldnt be out there right now running around with those papers in her hand and
Do you realize what youre saying? Don gulped in a moment of complete understanding. Hart shes out there with those papers while were in here arguing about her. Shes going to show them to someone and
Dont say it. Hell, forget about us arguing. Lets get the hell out of here and stop her before she does something well both live to regret by letting those results be known, Hart rushed over to the door as Don followed.
Im right behind you, Don mouthed praying that his wife wouldnt do something so completely stupid that it would change life for almost everyone in Coral Valley from here on out!
...to be continued...