Russ son, Im sorry that we havent talked about this sooner,
but your mother and I thought it was best if this never came up, Elliot
cleared his throat uneasily knowing full well that neither Russ nor Grady
would be happy about any of this. Grady was upset that Elliot had asked him
to leave, but right now Elliot needed to focus on Russ--on making him understand
the truth even if he himself hated to admit to it. Even now he found himself
facing the hardest challenge of his life.
Theres nothing to talk about dad, Russ shook his head in a strong state of denial, I know that Brant is just trying to pull something and
Hes not Russ, Cheryl broke her long silence tears still threatening behind her green eyes. She took a shaky step towards him, her gaze traveling between Russ and Elliot, Im afraid Brant didnt know anything about any of this. No one did
Except for your mother and I and its something that weve tried to keep from you for a very long time, Elliot explained poignantly reaching out to Russ, In my heart youve always been my son Russ, but the truth is
No, Russ shook his head refusing to listen to the nonsense being tossed out at him, Dad dont say it. Dont buckle to the pressure that the Ashfords are putting on all of us. I know its not true and
Russ, right after your father and I had Grady I took on another job, Cheryl blurted out hating to tell the tale, but in her heart she knew that the secret couldnt stay buried any longer now that the truth was thrown at all of them, I started working for Nicholas Ashford
Mom stop, Russ began shakily unwilling to hear what she was saying.
Son, believe me if we couldve kept this from you for the rest of your life, we wouldve, but its too late now, Elliot explained painfully, Russ please look at me.
Dad, I know this isnt true. I know that I dont want to hear this, Russells voice trembled as he looked to his mother, Mom please tell me this is just some misunderstanding.
I wish I could, but Cheryls tears finally overtook her as she fought to get the words out, After I started working for Nicholas your father and I started to have a strain in our marriage
We lost a child you see, Elliot began seeing Russells eyes so very lost as the truth fell upon them, Our marriage was on shaky ground
And I never, ever intended for anything to happen with Nicholas, but we I Cheryl wiped at her face remembering the most shameful point in her life, One night at the office when I was working late he came onto me and even though I knew it was wrong, we
Just stop! Russ ordered bringing his hands up to his ears, This isnt happening. This is not the truth!
Russ, son please, Elliot reached out to him feeling Russ flinch at his attempt to reach out to him.
If youre trying to tell me that any of this is true, then Im not your son, Russell blurted out with a pained expression, I never was
You were always my boy. Do you hear me? Elliot reached out to him refusing to let Russ walk away, In this case biology means nothing. Your mother and Nicholas never had the love that we have--the love that well always have
But how? Russ questioned tearfully, Mom how could you
I wish I knew Russ. I wish I could say why I did it, but even though I regret what happened with him--with the affair, Ive never, ever regretted you. I love you Russ. We both love you, Cheryl stepped in towards him wanting to reach out to embrace him as well.
No, Russ moved backwards, dont touch me.
Son, Elliot spoke up once more.
You lied to me, Russ looked between the both of them, My whole life has been nothing but a lie. All this time you raised me to hate the Ashfords--to despise what they are, yet you stand here before me and tell me that Im one of them--that my father is the worst one of them all
Its only biology, Elliot repeated once more his heart aching with each passing second, Russ you have always been my son. You and Grady will always be my sons
Except for the fact that bastard fathered me, Russ shifted his head to look at Cheryl, That man tried to murder me. He tried to kill me, yet knowing I was his son
He doesnt know, Cheryl explained tearfully shaking her head as her hands reached out to hold him. She dropped them at her sides before further confessing, When I found out I was pregnant I was terrified. Id hoped above hope that Elliot was your father, but when it got down to it, it didnt matter. Wed patched things up with one another and I quit working for Nicholas. I knew I was wrong
Then youre saying that what? That you found out when I was born and you decided it was something I didnt need to know? That no one needed to know? Russells eyes widened with shock and confusion.
We didnt ever want anyone to know Russ. It wasnt important because the moment you were born, there was no doubt in my mind about where you belonged. Nicholas has no right to lay any claim on you. You were and are a part of this family and while Nicholas may be your biological father, you are a Denton in every sense of the word. You are absolutely everything that I wanted in a son--everything I needed and you and Grady are my world. Ive done all that I could to protect you from this--from everything
And look where it got us, Russ shook his head mournfully overcome with a great many emotions. He looked to his mother with a pained expression, Tell me that he took advantage of you--that this was something that you never wanted--that it was something that
Im sorry Russ, Cheryl dropped her head, I wish I could say what you want to hear, but you need to know that when it happened--when I was with him, it was something random--something that I wish I could take back, but I cant. I cant take it back and on some level I dont want to because out of that came you. You are so very special and I love you. We love you so much
Dad, Russ called out to Elliot tears overtaking him.
Its going to be okay son, Elliot promised reaching out to embrace him despite Russells hesitations, You are my son. Do you hear me? This changes nothing! Nothing!
Thats where youre wrong dad. This changes everything, Russell replied embracing his father as he knew that life would never be the same for him ever again. Not now that he knew the truth about where hed come from--about the man who had fathered him and then years later tried to rip away his happiness forever.
Grady wait up, Deana chased after him seeing how upset he was
to be left out of the loop when something clearly important was going on with
his family. Grady please.
What? he spun around to face her with a scowl. What do you want? I thought that you werent one to take to wasting your time with me.
Look about what I said before, she bit down on her lower lip nervously, Im sorry about that. You just rubbed me the wrong way and
You didnt give me a chance to rub you. You just started to lash out at me, he pointed out with a sideways glance. Though I guess it doesnt say much when my family leaves me out of the loop there. It speaks volumes about my popularity level, doesnt it?
I think that they just needed to talk to Russ, Deana tried to explain to him thinking about what shed heard in the hospital room earlier, Clearly theres a lot going on right now.
Which is why they shouldnt have cut me out of the conversation, Grady shook his head in frustration. Russ has already been through so much that for Ashford to pull off a monster lie like this
Grady look I dont know whats going on, but right now you have to realize that this situation isnt going to get any better with you running off and pouting like this, she stated plainly giving him a pointed look. Yeah sure it sucks that you have to be out of the family moment for the time being, but Im sure that they will bring you back in as soon as you're ready.
Right, he rolled his eyes at the comment, Thats just how its always been with Russ. Ive always been second fiddle in my fathers eyes and this is just another shining example of it
I really dont think thats how it is, she frowned up at him, and Id be even as bold to say that youre behaving like a spoiled brat right now. Here your brother just returned home from the dead, hes found out the love of his life could die, only to have her come back to life if you will, give birth to their daughter somewhere in all of that chaos and then he has to deal with Brant. I think the last thing on his mind right about now is stealing the limelight from you.
I didnt mean it that way, Grady sighed heavily, I was just saying that
Youre angry and youre letting your emotions get you worked up in ways that youll regret later. Youre not upset with Russ or your parents. Its just the situation that is causing tension for everyone. Admit it, she insisted firmly, Youre upset because this is something that neither you nor anyone around you can control.
Youre right, he nodded in confession, and unusually when life gets out of control I
You what? she couldnt help but ask.
I find means of trying to regain my control, he confessed openly with a pained expression, Which only winds up bringing me further down into the misery that surrounds me.
Then why dont you end the cycle starting now and resolve to be there for Russ? she suggested with wide eyes. Rather than be pissed that youre not in the conversation, let the moment pass and be there when Russ needs you to support him.
Youre right. Youre absolutely right, he conceded with a small groan, I know that.
Of course you do, she tossed her long, blonde hair back over her shoulders and grinned up at him again, because Im always right. You should know that by now.
He couldnt help but laugh at her confidence even though the situation had him upset seconds earlier. There was just something about the way she looked at him that had him thinking about things other than what was happening with his parents and Russ.
Thats not true, he finally shook his head at her. Youre not always right. I mean look at what you thought about me. You said I was a miserable person and that you hated me.
And you think thats changed at all since Ive known you, she laughed lightly, a genuine smile spreading over her beautiful face. Im just doing my civic duty in talking you down. I dont want another fist fight to take place in the corridor. That would just get messy and Id have to clean it up
Right, he gave her a disbelieving look, Keep telling yourself that, but when it gets down to it, you like me. Admit it.
I never tell a lie, she shook her head at him, but what I will say is that what youve done for your brother, its a very honorable thing. Not many people would be that dedicated to their family.
Im not that dedicated, Grady paused thinking about his time with Avery, Im not as good as I should be.
Well I think youre good enough for Russ and he does too. Thats what really matters, she spoke up encouragingly ready to say something more when her pager went off. She reached for it giving it a long look before frowning. Look I hate to do this, but I have to go. Are you going to be okay?
Sure, Grady nodded, Ill be fine.
Good because Id hate to think that you wouldnt be while I was gone. You know just in case you wound up causing a fist fight again or something, she took a small step back giving him one last look.
Admit it Deana. You like me, Grady teased further watching her walk away.
Keep telling yourself that Grady. Who knows you might actually start to believe what youre saying which would make one of us since clearly Im not buying into that theory, she mouthed in response loud enough for him to hear it as she walked away.
You like me. I know it, Grady decided seeing her move around the corner of the hallway as his thoughts returned to Russ and his family. While he wasnt quite sure what was going on, one thing was for certain. He needed to be there for Russ through this difficult time and nothing was going to stop that from happening--not even his guilt over what had happened with Avery. As far as Grady was concerned he wouldnt stop supporting Russ even if that meant pushing everything that had haunted him over the last few months aside forever.
Say what you want to say, Don shrugged knowing that there was
something that Shannon wanted to say to him and he could tell by the look
on her face that it was something that wasnt going to be very good.
Ill tell you what I think of you Don, Shannon nodded slowly before reaching out to squeeze his shoulder roughly. I think you are an immature jerk.
For trying to help my friend? Don questioned with a small wince, trying to move her hand off of his shoulder. Shannon, I dont see what I did wrong?
You could have just ruined everybodys life if you would have kept the information away and locked up forever, Shannon pointed out seeing Don look away from her as she slid her hand up and under his chin to make him look at her. Don, do you realize what you could have done?
Avery belongs with Brant, not Russell, Don snapped, his blue eyes looking into hers as he spoke. He took a step back away from Shannon as he let out a small sigh. Whether Russell, Grady or that jerk Kyle wants to admit it.
You know these so called jerks are my friends and they are actually good people Don. I dont think you realize it, but they were the ones that were right in this situation--not you, she pointed out with a small shake of her head, folding her arms out in front of her as she thought about what to say next. There were so many angers that were flying through her head as of right now, she didnt know what to say to him first. When did someone give you the right to try and rule Averys life anyways? Who gave you the right to try and take away the choice of what she wants?
I was just trying to help her make the right decision, Don replied seeing the glare that Shannon was giving him right now. What am I supposed to say? Brant is dead in love with the woman and he would do anything for her.
That doesnt mean that Avery loves him just like that, she stated with a small frown seeing Don look over at the clock on the wall. I think its time that I take you home Don.
No, Don answered quickly, his blue eyes met hers as he shook his head quickly. I think I will stay here just a while longer. You know, I have to see if everything is okay with Brant and I think
Youre coming home Don, Shannon ordered, reaching out to grab him by the ear and tug him towards the elevator as he let out a small gulp. Brant can call you on the phone, thats what they were made for.
Okay, Don nodded slowly, bending down more as he followed her on to the elevator. He bit down on his bottom lip as he felt the pressure of her fingers over him. Ouch, thats a strong grip you have there.
It will be even stronger if you dont hurry up, Shannon replied with a small shake of her head, letting go off Don as he let out a small sigh. You still want to stay here?
You know, Don placed his hand over his ear, looking over at Shannon as he quickly shook his head seeing the look in her eyes. I think Hart has it all covered with Brant.
Good, Im glad you feel that way, Shannon smirked looking away from Don as she looked down at her watch, because I have something I need to show you.
Great, Dons eyes widened as he looked away from her and
up at the numbers of the floors they were going down.
He kept wishing to himself over and over again that elevator would slow down and save him some more time on his life because he knew that once he got home, Shannon was going to kill him for doing this. Hopefully there was a way he could somehow slow things down and stay in a public place so she couldnt kill him right away. Maybe he was wrong, but that was highly doubtable. There was always hope though.
Kevin looked out of the window of the jet thinking about what it would be
like to return to Ria. While he wasnt sure what he was going to expect
when he got back to Coral Valley, one thing was for certain. He couldnt
wait to reach out and hold her like hed never let go. Come to think
of it, maybe he wouldnt ever let go. He could just spend the rest of
his life in heaven with her in his arms. Yes, that sounded like a wonderful
You know if you grin any wider, its going to swallow up your face, Angela teased rousing him from his daydream of Ria.
Im sorry, he brought his hand up to his face feeling a warmth in his own cheek.
Dont apologize. Just share the good news so that well both have something to smile about, she wiggled her brow at him suggestively, So tell me whats on your mind?
Ways in which I can hijack this plane and keep you from going to Coral Valley, he teased with a small laugh.
Oh please, she rolled her eyes at him, Like youd have a chance. Besides why are you so insistent upon keeping me away from Coral Valley? I thought youd be thrilled to be returning to your family. Itll give you a chance to break away from me for a while.
Yeah like thats something Im excited about considering that youre going to be spending your time with Chris, Kevin frowned back at her sitting up straighter in his seat, You and I both know hes trouble Angie.
Hes just my friend, she waved her hand at him dismissively, Besides you know as well as I do that right now the last thing I want to do is get involved in any romantic entanglements considering that Nick left me like that.
Yeah about that, Kevin cleared his throat uneasily, You know maybe we should talk about him.
Why? So you can rub it in on how stupid I am when it comes to men? she questioned folding her arms in front of her chest, No thank you Kevin. I think Ill pass.
Angie, I know it hurts, but maybe if you let me tell you what I know about him, then maybe youll see why Kevin started hearing the pilot speak over the intercom to let them know that they were approaching some turbulent weather.
Wonderful, Angela sighed leaning back in her chair further, this is always something I dread.
Bad weather? Kevin questioned peering out the window to look at the clouds.
No bad weather on a jet with you, she replied readily remembering his phobia, Every time we hit a situation like this you always think the worst
Thats because youre always hearing the worst on the news, he frowned back at her feeling a bit shaky as his eyes were glued to the window, Its never good to be in a situation you cant control.
Life is full of situations you cant control Kevin, she explained getting up from where she was seated. She moved in over to take a seat beside him placing her hand on his leg gently, Like my spending time with Chris.
Angie, hes trouble, Kevins eyes darted towards her again, a scowl building on his lips.
I like trouble, she smiled at him leaning in closer, Besides, you know Chris is only small trouble. Theres nothing major about my being around him.
Theres plenty of things that are major when hes around. He almost landed you in jail more times than I care to admit and Kevin glanced down to see her fingers tracing over his thigh, Angie
Kevin, Ill be fine. Im always fine, she promised sliding in closer to him, You have to trust that.
What I trust are my instincts and those instincts are telling me that youre looking for something reckless--something dangerous to get yourself wrapped up in now that Nick is gone, he answered worriedly, You have a habit of doing this. You react before you take time to consider all angles of a situation
If you spend your whole life considering all the possibilities, then what fun is there? she countered sliding her hand further up his thigh, I thought spontaneity was a part of life--one that you rather enjoyed.
I do, but not at my friends expense, he frowned deeper than before. He felt her fingers dance over his muscled thigh before their eyes met in a dark glance, Angie, what are you doing?
Giving you one less thing to worry about, she promised in a low, sultry breath leaning forward to nibble on his neck. He felt her hand drop to the center of his lap, her fingers pressing in over his zipper as her hot, wet kisses continued to move over his now excited skin. I know how you hate storms Kevin.
Angie, he whispered her name in a tight, strained voice. He closed his eyes feeling her fingers slide in beneath his slacks seeking out his now very aware masculinity. He sucked in a sharp breath feeling the first, determined stroke of her hand over him and his body sprang to life. I really dont think that
You dont have to worry Kevin, she mouthed nibbling on his earlobe before her left hand traveled lazily into his hair. She tugged on it lightly before urging him to meet her lips in a frenzied kiss.
Before Kevin could say anything further, he felt her beneath him on the small couch, her fingers tearing at his slacks yanking them down his body. It was almost like the last time theyd taken a flight with one another. Well, not the last time really, but the last time theyd taken a flight together as lovers and if he didnt say something soon, this flight would be no different. He felt her leg curl around his waist, her body calling out to his--begging him to give into passion, yet it was in that moment when reality came crashing down upon him.
Angie wait, Kevin detangled himself from her embrace, we cant do this.
What? she blinked up at him clearly confused by his reaction to her, Why not?
Because youre hurting over Nick. Youre only doing this because youre on the rebound and he explained with a sharp breath spilling from his lungs.
So, whats wrong with that? Its not like we havent done this before when weve been hurting, she licked her lips her eyes returning to his ever-so-kissable mouth, and believe me Kevin Im hurting right about now.
And Ill be hurting more if I let us do this, Kevin sighed heavily placing a distance between them, Angie, Im in love with someone--someone special and I cant do this.
Since when, she frowned sitting up to watch him retreat, Kevin, its not like were getting engaged or anything
We arent, but I want to. I want to marry Ria and I cant let this get in the way of that. Im not saying that itll happen today or tomorrow, but one day I do want that to happen, Kevin explained matter of fact adjusting his pants as he looked to her again, Im sorry Angie.
Not nearly as sorry as I am, she sat up straighter to watch him closely, I hope you know what youre doing.
I do, and hopefully one day so will you, Kevin added seeing her move away from him, Im sorry Angie. I dont mean to hurt you, but I love her and we have a real chance at a future together--at a life.
Thats really all I ever wanted for you Kevin--for the both of us she nodded in response, Im happy for you--really.
Im so sorry that youre hurting, he offered up again seeing a sadness behind her eyes.
Ill be fine. Ill be just fine, she insisted further, You dont have a thing to worry about Kevin. Im fine
Angie I, Kevin blinked back at her with a startled expression. He felt the plane shaking around him a bit and he turned to the window with a worried glance.
Kevin its fine. Kevin, wake up, he felt a nudge on his shoulder. He sat up straighter practically jumping out of his chair as he looked up to see Angela hovering over him.
Hey Kevin, its okay, Angela mouthed worriedly, The storm has passed. Youre going to be okay.
Angie I he stammered a bit, his eyes trying to focus as it dawned in on him that everything hed just shared with her had been some kind of dream. He remembered the pilot talking about the storm, but then
You passed out, she explained matter of fact, We were talking and you did what you always do. You fell asleep at the first sound of thunder, which I suppose is a bonus since you missed the scary stuff.
Not exactly, he thought to his dream before a smile spread over his features, Although I did have an interesting dream.
About what? she questioned curiously.
My future, he smiled up at her realizing what his mind was trying to tell him, and it looks like its going to turn out just fine.
What about mine? See anything good there for me? Like maybe a single, sexy guy who will make me forget all about Nick? she wiggled her brow at him before smiling.
Not yet, but itll happen. Youll meet Mr. Right and when you do, hopefully he wont be in need of me breaking his neck, he smiled at her feeling her take a seat beside him. He wrapped his arm around her shoulders before hugging her close to him, I love you Angie. I hope you know that.
I do and I love you too, but Id love you even more if you tell me about that girl that youve been keeping a secret from me, she replied poking at his ribs lightly.
Not a chance, Kevin shook his head firmly knowing that while his dreams were leading him down a dark and dangerous path of the past, his subconscious had been smart enough to follow his heart. It did seem like things were finally turning around for him after all. He glanced down at Angela seeing her expectant eyes and he shook his head again, Nope, Im not saying a word
Youll tell me, she laughed lightly snuggling into him, Maybe not today--maybe not tomorrow, but sooner or later youll cave.
And when I do youll be in for the shock of your life, he teased further feeling a smile tug at his lips. Yes, things were most certainly looking up.
Why isnt anyone saying anything, Brant frowned glancing
back over his shoulder at Averys room. I want to be in there with
Do you think shell listen to you? Hart questioned worriedly thinking about everything that had lead up to this moment in time. He saw the door to Averys hospital room open and Brant watched Richard walk out.
Its worth trying, Brant decided throwing out an apologetic expression at his friend, I have to go see her before Beth comes back and tries to keep me away from her
If I see her, Ill make sure she doesnt catch you in there, Hart promised watching Brant make his way over to Averys room. Taking in a small breath Hart hoped that Brant would be able to accomplish what he was hoping for with Avery.
There you are, Jennas labored voice called out to Hart. He turned to see her standing before him breathless.
Jen, I was just about to call you, he smiled at her taking note of her expression, I take it you heard about Avery.
Avery, she repeated blankly, What about her?
Well she was just brought in a while ago. She had her daughter and Hart explained knowing how happy Jenna would be to hear about her best friends good news.
Hart, I dont want to talk about that right now, she blurted out catching him off guard, I mean eventually we can get to that because I will want to pay Avery a visit and give her my encouragement, but right now, well right now I need to talk to you. We need to talk.
Okay Jen, we can talk, he touched her shoulders gently, Whats on your mind?
Sam, Jenna explained shamefully, My mom came over tonight unexpectedly and she saw the baby magazines. She realized that I was pregnant and she started laying into me
What is wrong with her, Hart scowled thinking about Dorothys strong hatred for him, Cant she see that this isnt helping anything? You dont need to be stressing out over her tantrum now that youre pregnant and
Hart thats not whats wrong, she paused drawing in a slow breath, Apparently she saw you and Beth together around the time of the earthquake and she overheard Beth say that Sam was your daughter. She said that she saw you and Beth and
And Im sure whatever she told you was so far from the truth over the situation. Jen, you know your mom hates me and shed do anything to make sure that you and I didnt stay together, he replied a tight scowl pressing in over his lips at the lengths that Dorothy had gone to time and time again to keep them apart.
Hart, thats not what Im worried about right now either. You see she started lashing out at me and she told me that she knew about Sam--that she overheard Beth telling you and Jenna began breathlessly.
And you already knew because I beat her to the punch. She couldnt shock you with that one considering that youve known for quite some time, Hart replied proudly thinking about how hed been able to keep Dorothy from sabotaging him. Sure, she thought he was evil and manipulative, but the plain fact was that hed always been honest with Jenna and it was that honesty that was saving him now.
No Hart, you arent getting it. When she said those things Wayne and Sam walked in and overheard she waved her hand in front of his face to snap him out of the daze he was in.
What? he replied his smile fading at her confession, Are you saying that
Sam heard everything, she blurted out with an exaggerated sigh, I tried to talk to her, but she was upset and
Where is she now Jenna? Have you seen her? Hart questioned worried about his daughter.
Wayne told me that she was coming here to speak with Beth. He said that she was pretty upset and Jenna explained quickly.
We have to find her. We have to talk to her before Beth makes this worse because I know she has a knack of doing that, Hart added thinking about his daughters well being.
I couldnt agree more. Wayne is parking the car, but when he comes up he wants to see Sam and Jenna started again.
I think I know where we can find her. Beth was in with Avery a short while ago, but Im sure shes back in her office now. If not, then were going to wait for her because I need to talk to Sam, Hart explained knowing that he shouldve said something sooner, but now, well now he had to face whatever it was that was waiting ahead for him.
Richard stepped out into the hallway thinking about everything his daughter
had told him about Brookes hand in her undoing. Only having it all reconfirmed
by his daughters tears and the proof that Russell had brought to the
table only further infuriated him. To think that his wife--that the woman
who had mothered his child had played such a malicious hand in destroying
their daughters life was far too much for him to take at a time like
Rick, Judy approached him catching him mid-thought.
Judy, he turned to face her, feeling a strain overtake him at the knowledge that hed been dealing with.
Rick what is it? she reached out to touch his shoulder feeling him tense up beneath her touch.
Its Brooke, Richard mouthed icily, I just found out what shes done to Avery. What shes been doing to her for years right under my nose.
I dont understand, Judy gave him a strange look.
Shes been hurting my daughter. She killed my grandchild--Avery's son or daughter and she tried to hurt Erin, Richard confessed hot tears of betrayal burning behind his eyes. She faked her kidnapping and has been working with Nicholas Ashford all this time. Shes the one who brought Bruce into Averys life and shes the one who has been sabotaging her again and again.
Rick youre not making any sense, Judy started seeing the hurt behind his eyes.
Thats just it, he let out an ironic laugh, feeling an anger stirring up inside of him unlike anything hed ever felt before, It doesnt make any sense at all and thats why it hurts so much.
Rick Judy felt him walk away from her pushing past her in the hallway. Where are you going?
I think its time that I have a word with my wife. It seems that she and I have a lot to talk about, Richard announced making his way to the elevators ready to go over to the nursing home to have a piece of his mind with Brooke once and for all after all of the nefarious things shed done to their daughter. Hed been tolerant of a great many things with Brooke for so very long, but after this last act, no more. Brooke was about to get absolutely everything that was coming to her and he was going to be the one to give it to her!
Hey, are you okay? Sarah questioned reaching out to touch Kyles
shoulder gently as he turned to face her. She saw the way that his dark, angered
eyes looked into hers as she let out a small frown. Whats on your
I just cant believe how much of a jerk that guy is, Kyle replied with a small shake of his head, thinking about all the things that Don and Brant tried to do to sabotage Russ and Averys relationship. They think they could walk around and ruin peoples lives. They take the one thing someone has that is good and they rip it right out of the persons hands. They take the one thing that makes them happy, the one thing that could make everything better for someone and they just ruin it. Its like Brant has so many problems, that he wants to make Russ hurt by going off and doing something that he knew would hurt Russ. I hate people like that.
Me too Kyle, but unfortunately there are people like that all around, Sarah informed him, reaching down to squeeze his hand in hers gently. We just have to get used to it--there is nothing we can do to change those kind of people.
There is something I can do, Kyle pointed out with a small smirk, pulling his hand away from hers slowly to look at his watch. I can push them out of my life. If someone intentionally does something to hurt me, they will be gone before they know it.
And you have the full right to, she agreed seeing Kyle look down the hallway to where he had seen Russell earlier. You worried about them?
Of course, Kyle nodded quickly before letting out a small sigh, not being able to see Russell or Grady. Where in the world did they go?
You know Kyle, Sarah slid her hand in against his cheek to make him look at her as she let out a small smile. She slid her hand in over his shoulder as he looked down at her hand. Maybe you should go home and rest, this might be something that only the family should be doing.
I am like family Sarah, Kyle stated, his eyebrows tensing as he spoke to her, this is the closest thing to a family I have left. This is my family.
Well, its obvious that something is happening between your family Kyle and maybe you can loosen up more at home, she suggested seeing him close his eyes as she squeezed at his shoulder lightly. Some rest might do you good.
Maybe youre right, Kyle stated with a small nod, thinking it over for a long moment before shaking his head. I cant go back to Russ and Averys place. I would be too worried.
You dont have to go back there, she pointed out with a small frown, leaning up to kiss his lips slowly. Her arms wrapped around his neck gently as she continued to kiss him before backing away slowly. You can always come back to my place. Kind of like old times sake.
Are you sure about that? Kyle questioned with a small frown seeing her nod without even thinking twice. He reached for her arms, unwrapping them from his shoulders slowly as he let out a small sigh. I guess that could work. Ill just lay down on the couch and come back in the morning.
You know, I think I left my wallet at the hospital. Ill just
go back and get it while you wait here, Don lied as they got home, turning
around towards the door to try and walk away from Shannon before she could
try anything on him. I promise it wont take me very long.
Hold on one second, Shannon grasped onto his hand before he could leave, pulling him in close to her. She slid her hand in against his jacket pocket, pulling out his wallet as she saw him slightly smile. You didnt leave it.
Hey, I thought I looked there, Don replied reaching out to grab the wallet from her fingers before putting it back in his pocket. He gulped down as he looked up into her eyes worriedly. Thanks for finding it for me.
No problem sweetheart, Shannon wrapped her arm around his as she led him to the middle of the living room before looking up at him. I think
You know, Don began with a small cough as he pulled away from her and started to back away slowly. There was no way he wanted to be alone with her right now and he was going to try and find away to stay away from her. I am really thirsty, I am going to grab a quick drink.
Sit down, Shannon ordered as Don heard a door open down his hallway as he saw Matt walk out of his room.
Matt, Don quickly walked over to his son, picking him up in his arms. Matt tiredly rubbed at his eyes as Don ran his hand along Matts back gently. What are you doing up?
I had a bad dream, Matt informed Don with a small frown, wrapping his arms around Dons neck tightly. Can I stay up with you for a while? Please?
Of course you can, Don nodded slowly, taking a look over at Shannon making him let out a long sigh. Ill be here for you, you have nothing to worry about. Nothing is going to hurt you when daddy is home.
Can we watch television together? Like a cartoon? Matt questioned with a small smile, reaching out to play with Dons hair. Can we daddy?
Of course little man, Don walked over to the couch and sat down,
feeling Matt cuddle in against his chest. What cartoon do you want to
You can choose, Matt yawned looking over at Shannon who was still standing in the middle of the room. Are you going to watch it with us Shannon? Come sit with us.
Yeah Shannon, come sit down with us, Don smirked patting the couch next to him as he felt Matts arms wrap around tightly. Everything is okay, Im here now little guy.
Everything was okay with Matt, he would never let anything hurt Matt, but the question was--how much longer was Shannon going to wait to kill him?
Well, I guess welcome back, Sarah shrugged walking into the house,
hearing Kyle shut the door behind them. Make yourself at home, you can
go take a shower if youd like or whatever.
No, I think I will just camp out on the couch, Kyle shrugged his shoulders, following Sarah into the kitchen as she motioned him to follow her. I just think some rest is what will do me good.
How about a drink? You want something to drink? Sarah looked back at Kyle as he simply shrugged his shoulders seeing her pull out a glass.
I guess some water could work, Kyle replied with a small frown, walking over towards the window as he slipped on the floor falling against the counter. The floor is soaked with water, I think I found the water I wanted.
Im so sorry about that, Sarah handed Kyle the glass watching as he slowly pulled himself up straight on his feet. I got some water on the floor the other day and I forgot to wipe it up. Sorry.
Its not a problem, Kyle assured her, taking another step away from where he slipped earlier only to slip against another wet spot. As he tried not to fall, his water splashed up and onto his shirt as he let out a small frown. Great.
Im so sorry about that, I really need to wipe that up, she watched Kyle as he looked down at his shirt that was now soaked, the material sticking to his muscular chest. I can put that in the dryer if youd like.
Sure, Kyle shrugged unbuttoning his shirt slowly, pulling it down his arms as he let out a small groan placing his hand over his hurt ribs. He handed her his navy blue shirt before nodding towards the living room. Im just going to go and sit down.
Here, hold on a second, Sarah motioned him to wait a minute as
she walked down the hall way and came back with an icepack in her hand. You
might need this.
Thanks, Kyle grinned walking into the living room as Sarah followed not far behind. He placed the icepack over his bruised ribs as he let out a small yelp. Thats cold.
Let me see, Sarah grabbed the icepack from his hands and moving it away to take a look at his ribs. This looks really bad Kyle.
Yeah, well thats what you get for risking your life, Kyle half chuckled, feeling his ribs tighten upon the feeling. He let out a small hiss as he felt her fingers run in against his hurt body.
Maybe you should have someone take care of you, Sarah leaned up to press her lips in against his gently, running her hands up and over his chest. A good nurse is what you need.
And what is the nurse going to do to me? Kyle eyed her over slowly, feeling her push him back onto the couch as he let out a small groan feeling a pain in his hurt thigh. The television turned on, making him realize he had fallen back on the remote as he pulled it out from under him giving it a small glance. Ouch.
Sorry about that, she smiled getting in over him as he leaned his head back against the couch, looking up at her with his dark eyes. I didnt mean to leave it on the couch like that.
Its not your fault, Kyle replied with a small sigh, feeling her fingers run in over his abdomen tracing the muscle in his stomach. Sarah.
Its okay, she hushed leaning forward and pressing her lips in against his. Her arms wrapped around his neck tightly as he pulled away from her slowly.
Dont you think this is a little fast? Kyle questioned letting out a small frown as she eyed him over slowly. I mean we just got back together and
It will be okay, let me take care of you, she whispered in his ear, gently nipping at his earlobe. Everything is going to be all better.
Kyle eyes looked over towards the television as he felt her lips in over the side of his neck. He watched the man on the television and saw the news saying that it would be raining later.
Oh crap, Kyle gasped feeling Sarah back away from him as he looked down at his watch. Did I close the sun roof to my truck? Its supposed to rain and I just got a new car, I dont need this one ruined too.
Kyle, you closed the sunroof, she assured him, leaning forward and kissing him once more. Her fingers ran in over his belt as she talked against his lips. I remember you doing it.
Kyle watched as she grabbed the remote and turned on a different channel trying to take his mind off the channel as she pulled down the zipper to his pants slowly.
Would you look at that, Kyle smiled widely, watching the television as she rolled her eyes looking down at him with her dark eyes. I should call Russ, the Red Sox won the game.
You can call him later, she placed her index finger over his lips gently as she leaned down to press a kiss against the side of neck. Her hand slipped into his pants, grasping his body in her hand tightly as he let out a small sigh.
Sarah, Kyle bit down on his bottom lip as his attention turned to the television once more seeing the thing that was cooking on the channel that was now on after Sarah had changed it once more. A small look of disgust appeared over his lips as he saw they were cooking sword fish. Maybe we should stop.
Sarahs grip tightened on him as he let out a small frown, feeling a
bit uncomfortable under her. Trying the best he could he tried to move her
away from him, but accidentally brought his leg up wrong and made her fall
back on the floor.
Oh my, are you okay? Kyle questioned, pulling the zipper back up on his jeans as he saw her slowly rise to her elbows. I did not mean to do that.
What happened? Sarah looked up at him with a small frown as she saw him button his jeans back up. Is something wrong?
No, its just--Im not really feeling it Sarah, Kyle tried to explain letting out a long sigh. He ran his hand over his aching neck, letting out a small frown as he tried to think of a way to tell her something. I got stabbed in the thigh
I dont think Im catching what youre trying to say, Sarah pointed out seeing him shrug his shoulders as he thought of something else to say.
Sarah, the plane just cant seem to be able to take off, Kyle motioned with his hands seeing her eyes widen at him, showing that it was obvious she still didnt understand what he was trying to say. The balloon just wont inflate.
What? Sarahs eyebrows tensed as she saw Kyle sit up straighter on the couch, running his hand over his hurting abs gently. Whats going on Kyle?
Sarah, I just got stabbed in the thigh. I dont think I am going to be able to get it up--especially now, Kyle pointed out with a small shake of his head as he watched her nod slowly. And truthfully, I really dont think its time that we start doing this kind of stuff. I mean we just got back together and I need to take things slow. I need to be able to be ready when it happens.
I understand, Ill wait for you forever Kyle, she nodded slowly, standing up on her feet as she pointed back toward the hallway. Im just going to go get your shirt.
Right, Kyle nodded slowly, watching as Sarah disappeared down the hallway. There was something different about the whole situation he was just in. Maybe he truly wasnt ready to take her back yet.
Samantha you have no right to talk to me that way. You have no idea
what Ive sacrificed for you time and time again, Beth snapped
at her daughter seeing the anger behind Sams eyes, but at this point
she was beyond listening to her daughters tantrum, Everything
Ive done Ive done it to protect you.
Protect me from what? From having a father that cares about me in my life? Hart has been nothing but nice to me, Sam replied sharply, Ever since I met him, hes been great
Thats because hes trying to spite me. Hes trying to rub it in my face that youll like him better--that youll run to him because Im the one who tries to enforce rules and regulations and
That has nothing to do with it mom. Harts a great guy and I dont know why you couldnt just tell me, Sam shook her head at her mother, Hes treated me more like an equal than you have.
Thats because you arent an equal Sam. You are my daughter and Ive treated you as such. Youre my child and you shouldnt be allowed to roam free and do as you will. Hart will offer you the world because he hates me. Hes ruined my life and hell stop at nothing to keep doing it. He wants to destroy me by turning you against me.
Hart didnt say a thing about my being his daughter. Hes kept your secret for you though Im sure you were hoping he wouldnt so that youd be able to throw this on my when it was most convenient to you, Sam snapped back at her hearing the sound of someone at the door. Moments later Hart popped his head in seeing the two women in a defensive stance.
And here he is, Beth rolled her eyes at his arrival, Father of the year who hasnt done a damn thing for most of her life
Beth, I think we all need to talk, Hart entered the room closing the door behind him in an attempt to be calm. His worried expression filled his face before he looked to Sam, Sam, honey we need to talk.
I have nothing to say to either one of you, she started to walk off, but Hart moved in front of her.
Sam wait. Please I know youre upset, but I really think we should all talk about this, Hart began again desperately.
You mean like you felt the need to talk to me about this situation the other night when you and Jenna told me that she was pregnant? Sam tossed back at him, Back when you were asking me tips on being a good father?
Sam I wanted to tell you, but your mother insisted that I didnt Hart started again before shaking his head, Thats no excuse. I shouldve just been honest with you from the start. I owed you that much.
Youre right you did, Sam replied sharply.
But its not like you could give it Hart seeing as honesty has never been in your vocabulary, Beth spat out from behind Sam.
You be quiet, Hart warned her sharply, and Sam, I have to tell you that you have no idea how much I wanted to tell you the truth--about how many times I came close to it, but then I thought about my father--about the failures I had with him and I didnt want to be like that for you. I know you love Travis and I didnt want to be the thing that upset your world.
Did you really think that my knowing you were my father was going to do that? she shook her head at him, Did you think I would hate you because of this?
When I was your age, I probably wouldve been cheering from the rooftop to learn Walt wasnt my father, but I know Travis isnt anything like my father was. I know hes been good to you, Hart tried to stay on topic, I knew you already had a family and
And you figured you wouldnt get in the way of that, right? Sam watched him for a long moment, But when it gets down to it Hart, from what Im gathering youve only known a short time. You only recently found out.
Ive known for a couple of months and Im sorry that I didnt say anything sooner. You shouldnt have heard it the way you did, Hart frowned thinking about Dorothys lack of tact. I wish I wouldve said something sooner.
So do I, but we cant take that back, Sam paused contemplating her words, Although I dont put this all on you. I put this on her.
Sam, honey Beth began moving in towards her daughter.
No mom, youre the one who couldve just told me the truth. Instead you wanted to keep playing games with me--to keep me on your leash Sam shook her head at her.
Im sure your mother felt she had her reasons, Hart offered up surprising Beth with that statement, When your mother and I knew one another before I wasnt the man I am today. I wasnt anything close to being who I am now. Jenna helped me grow up and Im sure that your mother held back simply because of that man I once was.
Beth stared at him for a long moment before scowling, The man youll always be. Youll never change Hart. Youll just go about making empty promises to Sam and shell believe in you, then youll leave. You arent any good for her--for anyone.
I wasnt before, but I want to be now, Hart looked to Sam with pleading eyes, I know that there are a million reasons why youd be a fool to take a gamble on me Sam, but I promise if you give me a chance to try again, I wont blow it like I did before. I wont let you down as long as I can help it. Ill try to be the kind of father you need--that is if youre willing to let me try. Thats all Im asking.
Sam stood in silence looking between her mother and Hart before she finally nodded. Id like that. Id really like that.
Before Hart could utter a reply he felt her reach out to embrace him. Instinctively he embraced her back feeling as if the weight of the world had been lifted from his shoulders. He eyed Beth for a moment seeing her heavy disapproval, but he didnt care. Right now he was sharing a moment with his daughter and nothing in the world could compare to what he was feeling here and now. It was the closest to heaven that hed been in a very long time other than when he was with Jenna. It was almost perfect.
Look I promise I will be there as soon as possible, Deana explained
into the phone in a muted voice. I know that I said Id be there
a little while ago and Im sorry about that, but Ive been tied
up at work. Yes, I swear Ill be there as soon as I can. Of course. I
love you too.
Deana finished with her good-byes and hung up the phone thinking about the day shed had. She never intended on having such a full schedule, but that was work for you. Nothing ever seemed to go as planned and even if life outside the hospital was waiting for her, she knew that she had to keep up with things here. Being that it was a new job the last thing she wanted was to screw things up even if she had an inside connection. Still she refused to let that be the key to her keeping her job. She wanted to prove herself--to show the world that she wasnt an impossible loser and even if that meant putting in a little more effort at the hospital so be it. She wasnt that same reckless, stupid kid she once was and she was out to prove it.
Ill do fine, she insisted bringing her hand over her abdomen before making her way down the hallway. She stopped outside Christys office seeing the head of PR swiftly packing up things on her desk. Curious she knocked on the door catching Christy off guard. Something wrong?
What? Christy looked up at her with a worried expression, No nothing is wrong. Why do you ask?
You just look a bit upset. Anything you need to talk about? Deana questioned curiously.
No not at all, although I have to say I probably wont be around here much longer, Christy added quickly pushing another few things into a box. I think its time for me to move on.
Move on? Deana gave her a strange look. What makes you say that?
Lets just say I made a fatal mistake in falling for the wrong guy in this town, Christy replied cryptically. I thought I was going to live the high life, but now Ill be lucky if I get out of Coral Valley with my life.
Whats wrong? Deana couldnt help but ask her. Is there anything I can help you with?
No, this is my mess, Christy finished with her things pulling a box up into her arms, and I have to fix it. Though if youre smart youll listen to me about one thing.
Whats that? Deana couldnt help but ask thinking about how she knew so little of Christy other than theyd had lunch with one another earlier.
Dont fall for the first guy in this town that tries to charm you. It always works out in a bad way. Even if they seem cute and charming it always spells trouble, Christy mouthed cryptically before walking out of the office and leaving Deana with that warning.
Dont worry, Deana thought to herself remembering Gradys come ons with her. Im not that stupid--at least not this time.
Deana took one more glance around Christys now empty office and let out a long sigh knowing only too well how falling for the wrong guy could very well turn a womans world apart. Frowning at the memory that swept over her, she vowed never to go down that route again. It was a mistake shed lived through once and shed be damned if she did it again. She promised herself a new life in Coral Valley and even if she had to fight for it tooth and nail that was exactly what she was going to have. Shed make sure of it!
Grady paced around the hallway after finishing up his conversation with Deana.
While he wanted to burst in through the door and see what was going on, hed
tried to keep from letting his first instinct guide him into making a bad
situation worse. Hed hated to be excluded from the family especially
now when his parents owed him and Russ a great many answers to the questions
that Shannon had brought to the table with those damned DNA tests.
What is going on in there, Grady mouthed to himself before finally breaking his vow to stay calm. He marched into the room finding his brother embracing their father tears overtaking him. He turned his eyes to see Cheryl standing in the corner of the room arms wrapped tightly around herself as tears were falling from her eyes as well, Russ
Grady, Russ stood up turning to look at his brother. In that moment Russ had a flashback to the moment in time when hed learned about how Jade was raped by the Ashfords--about how the Ashfords had gone out of their way to destroy anything beautiful and in that moment Russ realized whether he liked it or not he was a part of that. He remembered when Nicholas had tried to murder him--had tried to take his life away and in that moment of realization, the irony hit him that Nicholas already had. Feeling the walls closing in around him Russ took a step back.
I need to get out of here. Im sorry, but I just cant stay here. I cant Russ stumbled backward before rushing past Grady in an attempt to get away from the situation.
What did you say to him? What did you do? Grady questioned in an accusatory tone thrown out at his parents, Please tell me that you cleared all of this up--that you told him those tests were rigged.
Grady, I think maybe its time we all have a talk. Maybe you should sit down, Elliot suggested his worried glances turning towards the door where Russ had just run out of.
No, I dont want to sit. I just want to know the truth. Tell me that Russ is not an Ashford, Grady demanded his eyes shifting between his two parents. Tell me this is a misunderstanding.
We cant do that son, Elliot explained seeing Cheryl fall to pieces in front of him, As much as we want to
Then what? How can this be possible? Gradys green eyes lingered to his mother, Mom?
Im sorry. Im so sorry, Cheryl sank into the chair behind her burying her face in her hands. Her tiny sobs broke through the silence in the room.
Are you saying that she that you and Nicholas Gradys jaw dropped in horror. He shook his head feeling a sick unsettling movement in his stomach. The thought of his mother and Nicholas Ashford together was enough to Russ cant be his son!
Im sorry Grady, but we wanted to avoid this Elliot offered up thinking about the number of years that he and Cheryl had worked to keep the truth about Russells paternity a secret.
How could you do this to him? How could you both do this? Grady questioned shaking his head disapprovingly before turning to walk out of the room.
Grady wait. Please dont go. I dont want to lose you too, Cheryl explained in a small sob.
You havent lost either one of us, but you shouldnt have lied. You shouldve told him the truth before he had to go through this. He never shouldve found out this way. He never shouldve had to face that in front of that crowd. This shouldve been a family thing--between us, Grady turned to leave again.
Grady wait! Elliot called out to him hoping to appeal to him.
Im going to find my brother because Im damn certain he needs me right now. Hes just been to hell and back and Im not about to let him go over the edge--not when hes got the whole world in front of him. He needs me right now and thats where I plan on being, so dont try to stop me, Grady warned his parents before exiting the room leaving Cheryl and Elliot to deal with the fallout of this situation theyd brought on by keeping their sons in the dark about what they were hiding all of those years.
Brant slipped into Averys room knowing that at any moment his presence
could be detected and hed end up in a world of trouble, but right now
he didnt care. Right now all he wanted was to be able to see Avery and
explain himself to her. He stepped further into the room seeing her looking
out the window as he felt a heaviness in his heart. Slowly he approached her
watching her turn to look at him when he stood beside her bed.
Somehow I had the feeling youd be back, Avery noted curling her fingers around a Kleenex in her hand that shed picked up after her father left.
I couldnt stay away from you, Brant replied tentatively taking a seat beside her on the bed, I know that you probably wish I would, but right now there are things I need to make clear to you.
I think they were clear enough when Shannon came in here, Avery cut back sharply, her dark eyes filled with a sudden flash of pain.
No they werent. They were so far from being clear that I knew I couldnt let that one pass us by without further conversation, he reached out for her hand feeling her withdraw it from his reach, Avery please. Look at me.
I cant, she shook her head refusing to meet his gaze, I cant look at you when I know in my heart about all of the lies--all of the deceptions.
Up until today I have never deceived you. I have always been honest with my heart--honest about what it was that I wanted for us. I have never tried to shield what it is that I want between us. I have never tried to pretend to be something that I am not, he watched her tip her head up to see her dark eyes reflecting so many of his own emotions behind them, until a little while ago.
Like when you lied about Erin, Avery challenged watching his reaction.
Avery, I didnt want to lose you, he reached for her hand once more this time feeling her stay still beneath his touch. He ran his index finger over the top of her palm before speaking up again, I still dont want that.
I think this situation kind of presents itself as quite obvious to us Brant, she replied stiffly her words hoarse and cracked. She squeezed the Kleenex in her hand tighter fighting to keep herself cool and even despite her raging emotions.
No Avery its not, Brant shook his head adamantly, While Ive done a great many things in the hopes of making you happy--in the thought of making a future for us, I have never, ever done anything to hurt you. I never tried to take Russ away from you. I never played a hand in that.
Brant, after what Russ said before, how can you even Avery started again tearfully.
Because its simply not true. I had nothing to do with what your mother has done and Im finding it hard to believe that my father could be alive, Brant replied his dark eyes filled with raw honesty, You were there when he died--you know how I feel about him
But I know how you felt when I married Russ. I know you love me and Avery spoke up again.
I would never do that. I would never, ever do that Avery! he explained adamantly, I might be a lot of things, but I am not a murderer. I would never, ever hurt you or Erin or Russ for that matter. Im not going to lie to you and pretend that it doesnt terrify me that Im going to lose you now that hes back, but at the same time I swear to you I had nothing to do with him being missing. If I had any idea at all that he was still alive, then I wouldve done everything in my power to bring him back
Right, she mouthed up at him, Like I should believe that.
If you look inside your heart youll know its the truth, he reached out boldly to touch her cheek gently, Avery, I love you and in loving you Ive been willing to let you be happy--to push my own heart aside and give you what youve wanted, but never in that wanting you to be happy did it include me sabotaging your life. I was there when Brooke hurt you. I did everything that I could to protect you, so why would you believe that I would take part in anything that twisted? In anything that she couldve done to harm you?
Brant, I hear what youre saying, but Avery started finding herself at a loss.
Avery, youre my wife, Brant reminded her honestly reaching for her hand and bringing it up over the center of his chest, You are the second half of my heart, so why would I go out of my way to harm you? To hurt you?
Brant, its just with what Russ said she began again.
Im not denying that Russ wasnt through one hell of an ordeal. I cant even begin to imagine what it is that hes going through, but right now its you that I need to explain myself to. Its your belief in me that I need. I need you to trust that I would never, ever hurt you--that I wouldnt destroy what we have between us. Avery, I love you and I dont want to lose you. I need you in my life, but if you cant trust me--if you cant believe in me, then what hope do I have for holding onto you? I know you love Russ and I know that up until he died he was always your first choice, but after we were married, I know you fell in love with me. I know that we have something special and I know that you cant just discard me without thinking about this--without knowing that our marriage is real. Its solid and its something that we can both hold onto if youll look inside your heart and see that Im all of those things you once believed I was. Im your husband and I love you. Ive been in love with you since I first met you and if youll just remember what weve shared with one another, youll see why I could never do those things that Russ accused me of. Youll see that Im someone who is worthy of your heart--of your love and youll think twice about letting go of me. Youll know in your heart that this isnt something you can just walk away from please Avery Im begging you. Just hear me out.
Oh my you are a sight for sore eyes, Chris rushed forward to
pull Angela into his arms excitedly, Youre more beautiful than
Chris, its so good to see you, Angela hugged him in response feeling him scoop her up into his arms as Kevin watched on with a heavy frown.
And here I figured youd be the size of a house when you said very pregnant, but youre barely even showing, Chris set her down taking a long look at her, Youre hot Angel.
And youre just full of it like always, she shook her head at him before feeling him lean in to kiss her cheek.
Im full of a lot of things when youre around, he mouthed with a smirk before his eyes fixed upon Kevin, And I see you brought the baggage boy with you.
Chris, Kevin addressed him with a heavy look of disapproval, here I was hoping youd get lost on the way over here.
Who me? No never. I have this great new navigation system in my car that gets me where I need to go without any problems. Its really kind of interesting because itll give you information on just about anything and I so want you to check it out Angel, Chris leaned in closer to her to whisper in her ear, Please tell me hes not going to be joining us.
As much as Im sure youre getting ready to spend the day with me and Angie, Kevin cleared his throat uneasily, I have somewhere I need to be.
Ah, and we get back to the heart of the matter, Angela spun around to look at Chris, Kevin has a mystery lover and it seems hes being rather tight-lipped about the affair.
Really? Chris arched a curious brow, That is certainly something worth talking about.
And its none of your business, Kevin pointed out with a frown, Neither one of you, so why dont you both just get it out of your heads that youre going to dig up information on the woman Im meeting with. Shes smarter than to spend time around the likes of you Chris and Angie, well eventually youll meet her.
Why not sooner rather than later, Angela suggested with a wiggle of her brow, She can have dinner with us and Chris.
Now we all know Im smarter than that, Kevin replied with a small wink reaching for his one bag, but I will warn you now if you wind up getting Angie into any kind of trouble Chris, I will have no hesitations about killing you.
Point noted, Chris saluted Kevin before turning to Angela, You ready for a night youll never forget?
In more ways than you can imagine. Just let me she began turning to look at Kevin only to discover hed already started off towards the airport exit. Just as well she decided knowing that he was in a dark mood lately. She couldnt put her finger on it, but eventually she would get it out of him one way or another. Now however as she looked to Chris she found herself ready to face her next adventure. Let the fun begin.
After you, he smiled down at her, Your chariot awaits.
Im all yours, she replied glancing over at Kevin one last time before preparing herself to make the most of her time in Coral Valley. Something told her after this trip life would never be the same for her ever again!
...to be continued...