I still cant believe you did all of this for me Kellen,
Kipp smiled watching Kellen pull on his jacket slowly. I wish this night
wouldnt have to end.
Its not going to be the end just yet, Kellen replied with a small grin, looking back over his shoulder at Kipp who seemed to be wondering what Kellen was talking about. You see, right behind us is a really nice lake. So if youd like to join me, I would love to walk with you for a while.
I think I like the sound of that, Kipp nodded slowly, feeling Kellens arm wrap around his shoulders as they walked towards the door out of the planetarium. I really wish I could do something really great like this for you, but I think this topped everything. I dont think there is much I can really do to make something so special for you like this was for me.
Thats the thing Kipp, Kellen began as they reached the water and he motioned Kipp to sit down next to him, I really dont need you to do anything for me. I am happy with just having you next to me during the night. Kipp, Im happy with the feeling of your fingers holding mine.
I know, but I always think that you might need more, Kipp tried to explain the worries he held within. The worries that Kellen may get tired of him or Kellen might just think that Kipp didnt love him. I just
Dont worry about it, Kellen hushed Kipp placing his index finger over Kipps lips gently as he let out a small sigh. Nothing you could do Kipp would make me not like you anymore. Everything you do, just makes me like you more. I want to be able to give you what you havent got in life. I hope that I can be the one person that can be your everything. I want to make sure that you truly love me.
I do love you Kellen, Kipp glanced over into Kellens light blue eyes, seeing the way that Kellen looked down towards the ground. Kipp reached out to slide his finger in underneath Kellen chin, gently turning Kellens face to make him look up. Look at me when I tell you this Kellen. You are the only person that has proved they loved me. You dont have to do anything to prove it to me because I can tell by the way your beautiful blue eyes look into mine. You are the only person that has tried to fulfill my dreams and give me everything I need in life. Not only do I love you, but youre my best friend. Thats what I need in my relationship, someone that could be my friend--someone that I could trust and tell them anything. And still when the day is over, no matter what Ive said you--still tell me you love me. I love everything about you Kellen. I love your smile, your eyes, and even the way you snore at night.
I do not snore, Kellen frowned, letting out a small laugh as he saw Kipp let out a small smile.
You see, thats what Im talking about. I love your laugh. You just brighten up my day with what people would consider the smallest things, but to me they are the biggest things, Kipp informed him with a deep breath, running his hand in over Kellens muscular shoulder. I want to spend as much time as possible with you Kellen because I love you. What I feel for you is nothing less than love.
Im very glad to hear you say those words, Kellen smirked, his eyes looking out into the water before them. Kellen felt Kipps arm tighten around his shoulders as he let out a small sigh. You know, my mother once told me that life is like the water. You have to continue on with the current--whether its waves or smooth, just go on with it and follow the way you feel is right.
Its a good way to think about life and choices, Kipp agreed with a small nod seeing Kellen let out a small laugh.
Yeah, I always thought so. Though my mom is kind of loopy, I still think she knew what she was talking about, Kellen shrugged his shoulders thinking about all the things he learned in his life. You see, when I was younger I didnt have a lot of friends because I mean look at me, Im not exactly the type of guy that all the jocks want to hang out with.
And everyone was stupid because they missed out on an amazing person, Kipp assured Kellen with a small nod as he saw Kellen simply shrug. Believe me--youre amazing.
Thank you, I appreciated that very much. But when I did have friends,
I was so happy that I could keep them. Every friend I had, I paid close attention
to and I got a good friend one day. To this day, he is still my friend even
after I embarrassed the hell out of him. Around the time when my brother was
getting married I was probably nineteen, Kellen began with a small smile
as he thought of a way to explain what he was feeling to Kipp. I met
this one guy and I used to always look at him and think he was so stupid.
He was so in love with this one girl and he would never give up on her. I
kept asking him why he was doing it and every time he would tell me, I dont
know. He would say, I love her and thats where he left off. He would
do anything for her and I sat there watching him do this for years. I would
think to myself, why does he continue to do this? I always thought that this
guy is an idiot when it came to love, but when I met you I realized everything
he was doing is all about true love. I would wait years for you Kipp. I would
give my everything for you and thats what I feel about true love. I
will never give up on you, I love you and I always will.
I love you too Kellen, Kipp leaned over to give Kellen as small kiss on the lips. You never have to worry about losing me because I want to be with you for the rest of my life.
Heather paced around Kipps living room taking another look at the time.
While she was certain that Diego shouldve been here by now, she almost
wondered if hed decided to ignore her request. Granted they hadnt
spent much time together lately, but it was one of those spur of the moment
notions that had prompted her to call him. Now she just hoped that he took
the bait and paid her a long overdue visit. Pushing the curtain aside she
took one last look outside before turning around ready to call it a night.
She was halfway into the hallway when she heard a knock at the front door.
Just like clockwork, Heather grinned excitedly adjusting her sexy red satin blouse a bit before taking one last look at her appearance. She blew at kiss at her own reflection before going over to the door and opening it with a wide smile, Why Diego, its so good to see you.
Heather, I got your message, Diego replied his gaze traveling over the woman before him. He couldnt help but notice the outfit she was wearing from the sultry top to the very flattering black skirt that revealed far too much leg on one side with the slit--not that he was complaining, but still. He cleared his throat and refocused on her eyes, Whats going on? You sounded frantic.
I was at the time, she sighed heavily leaning in further against the door watching him, Kipp had just left with Kellen and I wasnt sure what I was going to do. Charles was upset and I couldnt get him to calm down. I tried, but it seemed he was so very upset and
Really, he replied with a doubtful expression wondering more and more if this was some kind of setup as she invited him inside. He looked around the living room seeing the shadows cast over the wall except for in the small area where shed had a small lamp on. There was an exotic scent in the air and it didnt take him long to realize it was her hypnotic perfume once she spun around and faced him again.
Yes really, she nodded with wide eyes, It was horrible Diego. I was worried that I wasnt doing the right thing and
And in motherhood Im sure you found that it all came to you eventually. He sounds rather calm right now, Diego noted watching her closely. She stepped forward her fingers teasing over the lapels on his jacket slowly.
For now, she nodded again her lips curving into a small arc, but I dont know what could happen later which is why I invited you over. I figured youre so wonderful with children that if Charles wakes up and hes upset again, youll know what to do.
Im sure youve figured it out by now, he mouthed his eyes dropping down to see her index finger curling in around his jacket over onto his shirt.
I might have, but I could always use a few pointers, she mouthed suggestively taking a step back, Can I interest you in a drink?
A drink, Diego repeated seeing the picture now clearer than ever before him, Heather, dont lie to me. Charles was never in any kind of trouble was he?
I never said he was in trouble. I said he was fussy, Heather corrected circling around to Kipps bar area, Theres a difference.
Right, Diego nodded seeing her reach for a bottle of champagne, Dont you think maybe you should wait on that since youre nursing?
Not tonight, Heather shook her head at him pouring herself a glass, Although if youre interested, Im sure we can find another good way to put my body to use tonight after a drink or two.
Heather, are you flirting with me? Diego questioned finding himself amused despite his vow to be completely miserable for the night.
If I was, would you flirt back, she replied sauntering over to him holding a glass of champagne out to him.
Im afraid we both know I cant do that, Diego frowned at her reluctantly stepping in closer to her.
Then have a drink, she suggested with a small wink, It might give you reason to let go of your inhibitions for a while. You might actually have fun.
Actually I think I should probably go, Diego cleared his throat uneasily thinking about what had transpired between him and Sarah. Suddenly guilt swept over him all over again for a new reason altogether, Given the kind of night Ive had, Im really not much company, so since theres no disaster here
But there will be, Heather added quickly, There will be a huge disaster if you leave. You see Ill be an absolute wreck Diego. Ive missed you and considering youre probably one of my only friends in Coral Valley, I dont know what Ill do if I have to spend the night alone.
Heather I dont think he began again seeing her wounded expression.
Diego please. We were friends once upon a time, werent we? You used to care about me at some point, right? she batted her eyelashes at him again this time depositing the glass in his hand.
We still are friends Heather, but he felt her fingers brush up against him causing him to think about all the things he should be doing--all the places he should be at instead of here with her. However, in the same thought he remembered Sarah and Kyle at the hospital with one another and how foolish hed been to think that something more couldve come from their being together. Finally he raised the glass to a toast she was starting, One drink, but then Im out of here.
Trust me, she smiled up at him sweetly, after one drink, youll find that you wont want to leave.
I think youre wrong on that Heather, Diego began sipping his glass of champagne as he found himself wondering how hed gone from living his quiet life of solitude to becoming a man with more romantic quandaries than he knew what to do with. It almost seemed unfair!
Sarah, Kyle walked into the wash room as he reached out to touch
her shoulder gently, watching her jump at his touch. Hey, its
okay. Its only me.
Sorry, I guess Im a little jumpy right now, Sarah let out a small frown as she watched Kyle step into the room slowly. I dont know why, but I am.
Its okay, everyone get s like that sometimes, Kyle pointed out with a small sigh, looking down at her with his dark eyes. I know I seem to get like that a lot lately. Are you okay? Did I hurt you earlier?
No, you didnt hurt me, Sarah shook her head slowly, letting out a deep sigh as she reached out to curl her fingers around Kyles tightly. Kyle, can I ask you something?
Sure, Kyle nodded slowly, shrugging his shoulders as he saw her look up at him with a worried expression. Whats on your mind sweetheart.
Do you still love me? Sarah questioned with a small sigh seeing the way Kyle looked away from her. I mean, do you really still love me? I still love you, but what just happened
I still care about you greatly, Kyle replied with a small nod, his dark eyes meeting hers in a small glance. I just dont think Im ready for that yet. Ive just gone through so many things, I just have to take things slow.
Which basically means you dont love me anymore, Sarah shook her head slowly as she let out a small frown. Good going Sarah, you always seem to ruin everything.
You didnt ruin anything, dont think that, Kyle pressed his index finger in over her lips gently. I just was thinking about how fast I moved things and I cant let that happen again Sarah. I played with my emotions and when things got hard we didnt work well together.
But you dont care about me anymore Kyle, Sarah pointed
out, reaching out to run her hand over the side of his face gently, feeling
the roughness of his small beard against her fingertips. I screwed up
big time. It was only a few months before we went apple picking. Do you remember
I remember that, Kyle nodded slowly, leaning into her touch and bringing his hand up over hers. I couldnt forget something like that Sarah.
But now you can, I hurt you Kyle, Sarah let out a deep sigh as she saw Kyle reach his hand to touch her cheek gently. You should
Sarah stop, Kyle cut her off, stepping in closer to Sarah pressing her in against the washing machine. You make it sound like you killed me--were fine.
Are you sure about that? Sarah questioned unsurely, seeing Kyle nod as she looked up into his dark eyes. I need something to know that Kyle.
Fine, if that will make things better for you, Kyle picked Sarah up placing her on the machine before him. He pulled her forward, pressing his lips in against hers, pulling her body in closer to his. Is this good enough to show you we are okay?
Kyle didnt even let her answer as he pulled her back into a kiss, feeling her hands run in over his neck slowly. He felt the gentle tug of her fingers at the chain on his neck as he pulled away from her.
Dont touch that, Kyle snapped as her eyes widened, watching him fix the chain necklace. Im sorry, I didnt mean to snap at you. Its just, I dont like people messing with that. Its really important to me.
I never really remember you telling me what that was all about, Sarah pointed out watching Kyle hold onto it tightly, closing his eyes as he set it back down. Who gave you that?
Someone very special to me, Kyle answered quickly, opening his eyes back up to look at her with a small frown. Someone that was supposed to change things in my life. It doesnt matter who its from, but I wear it to remember the time that should have been. I wear this because it reminds me of what I should have had.
Okay, Sarah stopped for a second trying to take in the information he had just given her. She tried to put together what he just said, but only shook her head in response hearing the timer going off. Your shirt is done.
Thanks, Kyle sighed seeing her grab his shirt and hand it over to him. You know, Im feeling kind of bad. You mind if I take a shower?
No, not at all, Sarah nodded slowly as Kyle walked over towards the bathroom. Ill wait for you out here.
Grady stepped into the hallway just outside of the nursery seeing Russ standing
at the window, not really going inside, but not staying away enough to indicate
that he was going somewhere. He just stood watching--looking in on his daughter
now that it seemed his tangled thoughts were eating away at him. With a heavy
heart Grady approached his brother saying nothing, but in standing beside
him he knew Russ could sense his presence.
How could they do this, Russ questioned lowering his head a sinking feeling carrying over him now that he remembered the horrifying confession that his parents thrust upon him, How could this be happening?
I honestly dont know Russ, but when it gets down to it, it doesnt matter what they say, Grady replied matter of fact standing up straighter all the while hating to see his brother upset, What you learned today isnt who you are
Grady, are you not getting it? They just told me that my father is a man that tried to kill me? That mom had something with that monster that raped Jade? That Im a part of that bastard Russ looked away his words coming out heavy and broken by emotion, How can you even look at me right now? How can you even be standing here next to me when weve spent our lives hating them all?
Because you arent one of them Russ, Grady reached out to pat his shoulder gently, Youre my little brother just like youve always been. Youre Russell Denton--the stubborn, spoiled brat who never listens to what Im telling him. Youre the same guy I shared a room with for almost ten years--the same guy that was with me at each and every one of my baseball games over the years--the same kid I taught how to ride a bike and the same guy who believed at the age of six that Avery Morrison was better than chocolate ice-cream, which I still dont understand even now
Russ couldnt help but smile at that comment, Thats because you never saw how truly beautiful Avery is. Shes incredible.
Grady felt a moment of remembrance come to him about Avery, but he pushed it aside, Shes an impossible one Ill tell you, but I can say with a clear conscience and an honest heart that she loves you--shes always loved you and only you, not for where you came from--not for who your parents are, but for who you are. She loves that man youve become Russ and nothing thats happened today changes that, Grady explained fully intending to lift his brothers spirits, Youre one remarkable man Russ.
Grady, I really dont need to be Russ started to object.
No you do Russ because the truth to the matter is that while youve spent most of your life looking up to me and trying to be like me, in reality I always wanted to be like you. You were always the one that was able to rise above anything that came your way. You were always the strong one--the one who believed in faith and love after Id just about given up on the world around me. You didnt let anything bring you down. You had a dream and you stuck to it. Hell, even when I tried to kick you down for believing that miracles can happen, you proved me wrong. You always prove me wrong Russ and now that youve got the whole world at your hands, I know that youre going to show me that happily ever after still exists in this world. You and Avery--youve got everything with Erin and that little girl doesnt give a damn who your father is because when it gets down to it, a father isnt about biology. I mean okay yeah that plays a big part in things, but its about heart and Russ you have a lot of it
But shes an Ashford. Im an Ashford, Russell gritted his teeth biting down on the horrible realization all over again.
And Im an alcoholic. Id much rather be in your shoes, Grady offered up with a small smile, I mean hey youve probably got a huge trust fund out there somewhere because of that. No one pays me to go to AA, so youre one up on me again.
I highly doubt that, Russ shook his head at his brothers attempt at humor, Grady, you know this changes everything. Its changing everything weve known--everything that well be
Only if you let it Russ, Grady pointed out hoping that his brother would listen for a change, Granted you were delivered some pretty horrible news today, but its not like this wasnt something that just happened.
Grady saw the way that Russ glared over at him.
What I mean is this isnt something you can change. Its not affected who youve become and as long as you remember who you are in your heart, it wont change you, Grady continued with an impassioned tone, I mean hey, sure this might be something that were all going to deal with--that were all going to have to face given that our parents lied to us, but it doesnt make them any less our parents. You know that dad loves you. Youve always been his favorite
Hardly, Russ shook his head at his brother, Youve always been his favorite and we both know that now. After all youre his son and Im
Giving him his own share of ulcers seeing as both of his sons are impossible, stubborn jackasses at times, Grady finished for him not willing to let his brother slip into a dark spot over this news. I mean hey weve always been the Denton brothers against the world and its always going to stay that way
But Grady we both know that Im not Russ sighed heavily, his gaze returning to his daughter again.
Youve got the heart and soul of a Denton and that will always be with you, Grady patted his brother on the back. You wont be changing from that. Its not going to happen.
And what if it does? What if I turn into one of them? Russ questioned worriedly.
Then I knock you on your butt and we start working on fixing that, Grady explained with a simple shrug, Besides youre missing the big picture here.
And what might that be? Russ inquired turning his attention to him again.
Well, the way I see it, you mightve been given this news which is upsetting, but you were also given the best news in the world, Grady added further.
That Erins your daughter. No matter how much Ashford tried to skew this battle in his favor, Erin is yours in every sense of the word and if anything, this news about you being an Ashford is another setback for him if you want to be technical, Grady continued a small smirk curling up over his lips, After all when in this town has an Ashford been denied anything hes ever wanted?
Grady are you suggesting that Russells jaw practically dropped at his brothers insinuation.
Hey, it might suck to have the title, but why not use it to throw your weight around a bit? Especially if it means that at the end of this farce hes trying to control you and Avery wind up in one anothers arms with my niece there, Grady suggested with a wide smirk, What do you say? You ready to do battle Ashford style?
Just the thought makes me cringe, but if its going to get things back to where they should be, Russ finally nodded knowing that he had to take something with him that could put a positive spin on the situation. Its time for me to get things back on track with my family--with Avery and Erin starting now!
Theres the spirit! Grady cheered him on, So are you going to stop whining and go do something about all of this?
Youre damn right I am. Im going to see Avery right now and I dare anyone to try to stop me, Russell announced marching past his brother ready to take on the world if it meant reclaiming his life all over again.
Theres the spirit little brother. Theres the spirit, Grady watched him approvingly hoping that hed done the right thing in giving Russ the pep talk about things. More than anything he wanted his brother to be happy and he wasnt about to let anyone take that away from Russ. Not when Grady knew himself what it was like to lose the one woman who mattered more than anything to him. Grady looked to Erin again and smiled, Thats right Erin, your dad is going to make everything all better again. Just you watch.
Brant I, Avery started biting on her lower lip nervously before
she finally spoke up once again. She forced herself to face Brant, her dark
eyes searching out his once more, I know that you didnt have anything
to do with what happened to Russ.
You do? his eyes widened a smile spreading over his lips, Oh Avery I knew if youd just hear me out, youd see that I knew nothing about what had happened
When Russ mentioned your father, you looked just as stunned as everyone else. Given what I know about him--about what hes done to you, I dont believe for a second that you would ever work with him for any reason especially not to hurt me, she revealed remembering all that shed learned about Brant during the last few months, I know that you arent capable of that kind of evil even if the world wants to believe otherwise. You are a warm, kind man with a heart of gold even if its buried in there a bit deeper than most
Thats right, he nodded encouragingly squeezing her hand in his, and its that heart that loves you with all that he is. Avery, I know that weve shared some incredible things with one another over the past few months and when I married you, I know you didnt feel the same way about me that I did about you, but over time we evolved, didnt we?
Yes, we did, she replied quietly thinking about their marriage, Brant weve had some good times together.
Better than good and I wanted for us to have forever. I know you planned on it with Russ, but Avery while I know Im not the man he is, I can promise you that Ill be all that you need--all that you wanted. As it stands youre my wife--were the ones that are married and he continued to plead his case.
But you lied to me. You tried to make me believe that wed made love--that Erin was your daughter and she paused thinking about the blurred visions that shed had of that night in question, We really didnt make love, did we?
No, he shook his head guilt riding over him. His eyes dropped to the floor as he spoke up again, I went home after youd passed out, though right now I wish I hadnt because more than anything I wish that Erin was my daughter not his.
You shouldnt have lied about it, Avery sighed heavily feeling her heart full of so many mixed emotions, Brant, if only youd been honest
Avery, when I left town I had no idea that all of this would take place. I thought that we needed time to figure things out--time for us to get our priorities in order. You were so focused on Grady and Brants words trailed off, If I had any idea what I wouldve come back to, I never wouldve gone.
Brant I Avery stopped herself straining to remember the turn of events that lead to the here and now. She could remember the tension between her and Brant--the way shed been a mess when hed left--the letter shed gotten from Grady and how shed been searching for him in the hopes that she would keep him from doing something stupid. She could remember seeing Grady with the gun--seeing him so close to the edge and then Then all she could remember was waking up at the cabin with Bruce and the rest of the ordeal was a blur. She tilted her head to the side looking at Brant closely in an attempt to remember why hed left, How did it go?
How did what go? he questioned seeing the strange expression on her face.
Ken. Is he is he okay, she questioned tentatively remembering his reasoning for leaving.
Brant nodded, Don, Hart and I stopped the wedding with a little help from Shannon. I brought Wendy home and I think they have a chance--I think hes going to find happiness finally.
Im so glad, she smiled back at him, her brown eyes filled with a warmth and admiration, Youre such a good brother.
I try to be, but I know I have room to improve, he reached for her hand again, Of course right now Id rather like to know how I rate as a husband. Am I good husband Avery?
One of the best, she confessed without a moments hesitation, Brant, youve done so many things for Erin and I--things that I could never repay you for and
Do you love me, he questioned reaching out to slide his fingers through her dark hair. She felt him move in closer to her as their eyes connected. Tell me Avery, am I wrong to think that you still have something for me in your heart? That a part of you is as much with me as it was with Russ? That somewhere inside of you theres a part of you that wants to share your life with me?
Brant I Avery stammered suddenly feeling very put on the spot by what he was asking from her. She started to pull away from him only to feel him urge her closer to him.
Avery I love you more than I ever thought I was capable of loving another person in my life. You make me want to be a better man. You give me hope and reason and without you, well I just dont know what would happen to me I just dont think that that I could do this that I could make it without you
Brant please she felt her breath catch in her throat, Dont
Dont what? Dont tell you how I feel about you? Avery, youre my wife and I dont want to let you go. Not now, not ever, he announced reaching out to her and pulling her in for a desperate kiss hoping that somehow he could keep her remembering the love and the magic that they shared between them.
Hey kiddo, Don frowned rubbing Matts back gently with his
hand as he let out a small sigh. You seem to keep falling asleep on
me little buddy. I think it might be time for bed little body.
Come on daddy, can I please stay with you for a little while? Matt begged looking up into Dons blue eyes as Don looked over at Shannon who seemed to be watching him angrily the whole time. Please can I?
If you stay up much longer, I dont think you are going to be able to stay up for what I have planned for you tomorrow, Don stayed with a small smile as he saw Matt look up at him with a wide smile. I can let you stay up, but
Alright, I will go to sleep, Matt felt Don hold onto him tighter as Don stood up from the couch. Matt wrapped his arms around Dons neck tightly as Don walked down the hallway towards Matts bedroom. What do you have planned tomorrow daddy? Is it something really cool?
That my son is a secret, Don replied laying Matt down in the bed gently as he started to tuck him in slowly. I can assure you that you will love it though sweetheart. Though, the faster you go to sleep the faster you will get it.
Can you at least read me a bed time story? Matt questioned with big eyes, looking up at Don with a small frown. Please daddy. Can we ready the Perfect Little Piglet?
Of course we can, Don looked back at Shannon who was standing in the doorway watching Don with Matt. How about we all get in this bed and Shannon reads it to you?
Yeah, Matt laughed pointing over at Shannon as he motioned her to come into his room. Can you read me the story tonight Shannon? I would really like it if you did.
Of course I will, Shannon grabbed the book as she watched Don slide in the bed next to Matt. Matt rested his head against Dons chest as she walked over towards the bed with the book in her hand.
Lay down with us, Matt made room for Shannon as he watched her get into bed with them. I love this story. I love the both of you.
We love you too little guy, Don kissed his sons forehead gently, holding Matt tighter in his arms. Dons blue eyes met Shannons as he let out a small frown. How about that story?
Kevin walked out of the elevator and towards Rias apartment door as
a wide smile appeared over his lips. There were so many things running through
his mind as of now with how he was going to talk to her. How was he going
to approach the situation of their proposal. He promised her all of those
wonderful things, he was going to stay true to that. Things should be going
This is going to work, Kevin assured himself with a small nod as he stopped in front of her apartment. A small hiss escaped his lips as he itched at the center of his chest and then his abdomen slowly. His skin had been itchy since he had been on the plane earlier. This is so weird.
Not bothering with it, Kevin took a step up to Rias door and knocked on it gently hearing a rustling behind it before it opened.
Baby, Ria smiled widely as Kevin walked through the door, feeling Ria jump up into his arms as he kissed her quickly.
Im home sweetheart, Kevin smiled widely, feeling her hands run through his hair as he kicked the door shut with his heel. I missed you so much Ria.
I missed you too Kevin, Ria kissed Kevin over and over again, missing the feeling of having him with her every day. Dont ever leave me like that again Kevy.
I wont, I promise, Kevin spun her around his arms, a wide smile appearing over his lips as he tried to go on with what he had originally planned on doing. It felt so wrong not having you with me, but I do believe I promised you something.
Why yes, you did, Ria wiggled her eyebrows a wide smile appearing over her lips as Kevin kissed her once more. Kevin pulled her tighter against his chest, spinning her around once more.
Oh god, Trishas voice groaned from the corner of the room as Kevin looked back at Trisha coming out of the kitchen. You two really need to wait two minutes before you are all over each other. Its sick you know.
And the promise is ruined, Ria frowned feeling Kevin let her down back to her feet, watching as Trisha walked over towards them.
Its nice to see you too Trisha, Kevin smiled reaching out to hug Trisha in his arms tightly. Sure, he planned on coming home and fulfilling the promise he made to Ria over the phone, but he had some time on his hands. There would be plenty of time to do that later. Whether you may be happy to see me or not--Im very happy to see the both of you.
I missed you too big Kev, Trisha nodded looking over at Ria, smiling widely as she spoke, but Ria missed you so very much. Her days were horrible without you.
Yeah, funny, Ria sarcastically laughed walking over towards the couch as she motioned Kevin and Trisha to follow her. Come sit down, I want to hear what happened while you were away.
Well, Kevin itched at his stomach again as he heard the doorbell ring, stopping him from sitting down. Ill go get that.
Kevin walked to the door and opened it to find a blonde man before him holding a sweatshirt in his hands.
Who the hell are you? Kevin questioned with a small frown, looking out at the blonde as he took off the sunglasses covering his blue eyes.
Oh, Im sorry, the man extended his hand out to Kevin as Kevin looked down at the hand. Im Chase.
Well Chase, why dont you cut to the chase and tell why youre here, Kevin began feeling Trisha push him back and away from the door. Whoa.
Sorry about that, Kevin gets to be a bit intimidating sometimes, Trisha apologized feeling Kevin step in closer behind her. Whats up?
Well, you left this with me and I figured I would give you it back, Chase reached out to give Trisha the sweatshirt only to feel Kevin snatch it from his hands. Are you her big brother or something?
No, but thanks for the Chase, bye, Kevin went to shut the door, grabbing it by the handle before feeling Ria hold it open. Ria?
Why dont you come in Chase? Im sure Trisha would love to have you in for a while and I am sure Kevin would love to meet you, Ria pointed out, looking up at Kevin seeing a frown appear over his features as he began to itch at the center of his chest once more. Isnt that right Kevin?
Yeah, Kevin looked down at Chase seeing Trisha allow him room to come in. Thats perfectly fine.
So this is Casa de Foley, Chris explained setting Angelas
bags down in the foyer before turning around to face her, What do you
I think its more certainly a step up from that run down place you had back in France, she laughed lightly thinking to her brief time with him overseas, then again I think you had what was it again, buckets to keep the water from coming in through the roof?
It was actually paint cans, but thats a whole lifetime ago, he waved his hand dismissively at the thought of the past before offering his arm out to her, In fact, lets just skip over part of that time altogether and take a look at the aquarium. I know youre going to love it.
Hmm, you never do you, she teased lightly giving him a very complete once over, Youre always trying to tempt me with your big fish.
And you love every second of the temptation, Chris replied with a sparkle behind his eyes, After all now that Ive got you alone with me without Kevin threatening to tear me to bits, you have no idea just what it is I plan on doing with you.
Chris, sweetheart, I dont have to know what you have planned to know that just by thinking it Kevin would gladly tear you to bits, she teased with a playful wink following him into his study, Oh Chris, its beautiful
See, I knew youd think my taste was improving, Chris watched her move over to the fish tank, Now I know that its a bit excessive given there are so few of them in there right now, but
Its amazing, she replied watching the colorful fish swim around happily. She glanced over her shoulder to wink at him, So tell me how many women do you bring to your aquarium with less than noble intentions?
You mean within the last week or does just today count? he wiggled his brow at her suggestively.
Im almost afraid to ask, she offered up with a small laugh, although I probably should thank you for not showing up at the airport donning only that red ribbon. Kevin mightve died on the spot there if you had
Yeah well I figure since the big lug doesnt have a ring on your finger, youre still open territory, Chris motioned to her hand seeing the pearl on her finger, Unless of course Im too late and he proposed as a precautionary factor.
What? Angela looked down to the ring she was still wearing and a crimson blush of embarrassment rose over her features, Oh this well, this uh
Yes? Chris eyed her expectantly taking a seat on the couch. He patted the cushion beside it before motioning for her to join him, Tell your good buddy Chris just what the story is behind that ring.
Believe me if I told you, youd think that I lost my mind, she groaned inwardly sliding in to sit beside him.
The mere fact that you didnt marry me when I asked you to only proves that youve lost your mind Angel, he reached out to tuck a loose piece of her dark hair behind her ear. So tell me, whats the scoop?
Believe it or not, I found myself believing in romance all over again Chris and it was the stupidest thing Ive ever done, she sighed dropping her head on his shoulder, Well almost the stupidest thing
And so the tale begins. Give me all the juicy details and I promise Ill find a way to make you feel better about this revealing were going to be doing with one another, he promised curling his arm around her and holding her close to him, Tell me Angel Babe all about the man who broke your heart and about the one who lead you to think that you could find romance with Mr. Wrong when Mr. Right has been right here waiting for you in Coral Valley all this time.
The end, Shannon whispered seeing that Matt was already sleeping
against Dons chest. There was an obvious sign that Matt was out and
would be for the rest of the night. Ill give you a minute.
Okay, Don nodded watching Shannon walk out of the room and into the hallway. I love you Matt.
He felt Matt shift in his arms as he let out a small smile looking at the way his son slept in his arms. A small amount of guilt passed through his body as he thought about what he had done with Russell. Everything inside of him wanted to be with Matt, he wouldnt be able to live without Matt and if someone took the privilege of him being with Matt, then he wouldnt be able to go on. Now he realized what he would have done to Russ and what it would have made him feel.
It was for the best, Don tried to assured himself, gently moving Matt out of his arms and tucking him in gently as he got out of bed. Good night son.
Don tiptoed out of Matts room and shut the door quietly, walking towards his bedroom. The thoughts and worry were passing over his body as he thought of what could possibly be happening to him with Shannon.
What are you doing? Don heard a noise in his bedroom as he pushed open the door and saw Shannon packing a bag that was on the bed. Where are you going?
Im going away for the night, Shannon informed him as Don walked into the room, throwing his hands up in the air. Im sorry, but I cant be with you right now. I cant be like this with you.
Shannon, come on, Don begged, grabbing her by the wrist as he tried to get her to stop walking. Would you listen to me for a second?
Listen to what Don? Let me go, Shannon pulled out of his grasp and went back to packing as Don tried to think of something to get her to stop from leaving. All I hear from you is crap Don. You should be smarter than this.
Shannon, I understand what I did may seem wrong, Don tried to explain, resting his hands on his hips as Shannon continued to pack, but I did it for my best friend. You wouldnt do something like that for Kyle if the circumstances were the same? I know you would.
You dont know anything Don, Shannon snapped stopping in her pacing to look up into Dons blue eyes. I would have known it was wrong and I would have told Kyle it was wrong. I wouldnt have gone through with that. I cant continue to be around you.
Of course you can, Don snapped grabbing her by both wrists and pulling her in against him. Whether you want to admit it or not, you know part of me was right. And Im sorry, but you arent leaving.
You cant make me stay, Shannon began only to feel Dons lips smash in against hers before pushing her back against the bed. Don, Ill stay only under one condition.
And whats that? Don looked up into her eyes, seeing that one look and he knew what it was she wanted. Are you serious Shannon? Come on--I mean, fine. Okay. What ever you want--you can have. Just to make sure you stay, Ill do anything for you.
This is just great, Sarah let out a small groan, flipping through
the channels on television while she waited for Kyle to get out of the shower.
Hey, Kyles voice awakened her thoughts as she saw him walk into the room, holding a white towel around his waist. His body was still dripping from the water as he flipped his wet hair back. Do you happen to have any of my old clothes or anything like that?
Of course I do, Sarah nodded slowly, getting up from the couch and motioning Kyle to follow her into the bedroom. What do you need?
I dont know, something I can sleep in I guess, Kyle shrugged, following her into the closet to see her looking through clothes. She handed him a pair of pajama pants as he nodded slowly. These will work great, thanks.
No problem, Sarah nodded as Kyle stood there for a moment and looked out at her. Is something wrong?
Could you turn around for one second? Kyle questioned seeing her nod slowly before turning and doing what he asked of her. He quickly pulled on his pants before walking over towards the mirror on her dresser. Okay, you can turn back around.
I hate to tell you this Kyle, but Ive seen you naked before,
Sarah pointed out with a small nod seeing him look back at her. Are
you really okay?
Im absolutely fine, Kyle assured her, looking at his cuts and bruises in the mirror. A small hiss escaped his lips as he ran his fingers over the side of his arm gently. Just a little bit achy.
I guess its a good thing I told Heather no about coming over then, Sarah went over and sat down on the bed as Kyle looked back at her with a tense expression.
What do you mean by that? Kyle questioned, fixing the chain around his neck and wiping it off with the towel he had been wearing earlier. Why didnt you want to go over and see Heather?
Give me a break Kyle, all she wants to do is find out more things about Diego, Sarah looked up into Kyles dark eyes as he looked down towards the ground. She said she wanted to know if I would like to see Charles
I would have loved to see Charles and Heather, Kyle informed Sarah in a tight breath before looking back at himself in the mirror. I wish you would have said yes, I would have done anything to see that little guy. Especially after what happened.
Im sorry, Sarah frowned watching as Kyle picked up one of the cards on her dresser. I mean, I can call her back if you would like me to.
No, Ill call her in the morning. I think Id like to talk to her, Kyle replied in a deep breath as he walked over towards the edge of the bed and sat down next to Sarah. You see this card?
Yeah, Sarah nodded slowly seeing him roll the card between his fingers over and over again. What about it?
Its kind of like a dream or a life you wish for, Kyle continued to roll it between his fingers, letting out a deep sigh. Its rolling on and you keep living your dream, until one day--it disappears.
How did you do that? Sarah watched as the card disappeared and left her stumped. Kyle shrugged his shoulders before watching her eyes look his hand over.
And then you think its gone and hope it comes back, only to find that its lost somewhere in time, Kyle explained flipping the card back to his fingers as she stared at it for a long time. The one object that makes someone happy can show up and appear, but the feeling you once had for them could be gone and make no changes in life for you no matter how hard you try. Even when someone like me wishes it could.
Where did it go? Sarah watched the card disappear once more as Kyle stood up from the bed and to his feet. Okay, that was kind of different.
Well, Im going to go hit the couch. Good night Sarah, Kyle waved at her walking towards the door. He turned around to face her, pressing his arm in against the doorframe as he let out a small sigh. You might want to take the card out of your pocket.
What? Sarah reached into her right pocket to find the card that Kyle had been playing with. The king of hearts.
The king that stabs himself because of the heart, Kyle looked her over once more before shaking his head slowly. Unfortunately for him, he cant change his past or his future. Lucky for people like us we can change our futures. Good night Sarah.
Sarah watched Kyle walk out of the bedroom as she held the card in her hand looking over the design. What was Kyle just hinting at there?
I really think I should get going, Diego cleared his throat uneasily,
his gaze traveling down to Heathers long legs curled beneath her on
the sofa. Shed made no qualms about what her intentions were throughout
the evening and with each suggestive comment, Diego found himself even deeper
in a world of guilt over what had happened with Sarah. Here hed been
attracted to Heather from the get go, yet shed been too reckless--too
dangerous and yet hed taken the biggest risk of his life in bedding
her sister. It was all too much--far too overwhelming. He sat up straighter
on the couch finishing off his glass of champagne, The drink is gone.
So Ill pour you another, Heather flounced over to him practically coming crashing down on his lap, Let me just refill it.
Heather, I shouldve stopped letting you refill it two glasses ago, Diego cast a knowing look over at her, It really is getting late.
Diego, do you not find me attractive anymore? she questioned tapering her fingers over the back of the couch sliding nearer yet to him. I mean at one time you looked at me like you couldnt take your eyes off of me, but now, well now Id say that weve been playing a game of cat and mouse all night.
Heather, I dont think we want to go down this road again, Diego tipped his head up to watch her closely, his dark eyes reading the messages she was sending him, I think you know where I stand on this issue between us.
Actually no I dont, she shook her head tossing her long, blonde hair over her shoulder, because your first reservation about me stemmed from the fact I was a married woman.
She held her finger up to show him that it was now bare, One problem solved and then there was that matter of your thinking I was somehow a patient of yours. Given that we never truly went through therapy with one another, I think its safe to say that you cant hold that against me either.
Heather, Im not holding anything against you, but I can promise you that what you think you want and what youre going to have happen between us are two very different things, he sighed heavily knowing that he would have to fight whatever craziness it was that she always stirred up inside of him. He closed his eyes briefly remembering the first time hed kissed her--the first time hed really, truly kissed her when they were at the childrens hospital. Even now that kind of fire stirred up sparks of passion inside of him, but almost as soon as he found himself lost in that memory, he thought of Cori--of hurting her and of Sarah--of what theyd fallen into with one another. Something like that just couldnt be erased especially not when he was sitting next to Sarahs sister thinking very similar thoughts about Heather.
Be in control. Youve done it this far and youve already slipped up once., he thought to himself, Dont do it again.
Dont do what again? she asked curiously pulling him out of his own inner conflict. He looked down to see her leg casually pressed in against his thigh and he cleared his throat uneasily.
Heather I really have to get going, he leaned forward to set the champagne glass down on the counter, but before he could move out of her reach he felt her hand press into the center of his chest.
Not so fast, she explained firmly, I think were going to have a talk before you go running off on me. While I realize that you might not feel comfortable around me lately, I think its time we get down to the heart of the matter. The reason why I called you here tonight
I think thats fairly obvious, he nodded towards her blouse spotting the fact that shed opened a few more buttons at the top.
Diego, she shook her head at him before curling her finger underneath his chin and urging him to meet her eyes once more, While you might think you know everything, I want to know why youve been ignoring me. Why is it every time were alone in a room together, youre ready to go running in the opposite direction? Come to think of it before tonight, I cant really remember when youve been alone with me for more than five minutes.
He saw her frown and he couldnt help but offer a nervous smile, Thats because youre dangerous Heather.
So because of that youre saying that Im not worthy of your time? she replied with a curved smile.
Thats not what Im saying, he argued shaking his head at her, Im just merely stating that weve obviously got the lines blurred in this relationship here and I dont want you to get the wrong idea
You mean you dont want someone like me to think that for a second you might actually be inclined to admit to any kind of attraction between us given that Im so bad, she raised her hands in the air offering up a tiny shudder at the sound of it, when youre so noble and above the rest of us being a goody.
I never said I was better than anyone Heather, he frowned over at her, and if thats the impression that I gave you
The impression that youre sending off is that you arent at all interested in my company, well, no thats not entirely true because given the way your eyes seem to undress me when they get the chance, I can see youre interested, but youre keeping me at arms length. Why? she replied straight to the point.
Heather, I think you and I have a long and complicated history with one another and he started in a feeble attempt to offer up an explanation.
Thats a lie and we both know it, she finished off her glass of champagne, Im no stranger to this game Diego, so why dont you just put it out on the table as to why someone like I am not worthy of someone like you when I can clearly see that your latest plaything was no where near as stimulating as I could be.
Cori wasnt a plaything, Diego frowned at her insinuation, Shes a sweet girl, but
But youre all for the bad girls every now and then. Every good guy secretly dreams about being ravished by a bad girl once in a while, Heather whispered hotly over the side of his neck sliding in beside him to the point where her leg was firmly pressed in against his, admit it.
Who said I was a good guy? Diego questioned matching her tone and tipping his head to see the fire burning behind her eyes. Their lips were a mere fraction of an inch apart as he wiggled his brow at her, Im not as noble as you make me out to be Heather.
Oh yeah, she couldnt help but smile licking her lips with an anticipatory promise before her eyes drifted to his ever-so-sexy mouth, well, if thats really the case, then prove it.
Before Diego could offer a witty response to their repartee he felt her finger slide through his thick, dark hair tipping his head in closer to her. Her soft vanilla flavored lips touched his with a hint of blueberry and champagne in a slow, tentative kiss. He felt her palm press him back into the sofa, using the leverage from her movement to climb into his lap. Without thought or reason, he slid his arm around her waist offering her a fulcrum as she tipped down to taste his mouth more completely.
Mmm Heather sighed, her soft sound buzzing against his lips. Her fingers further tangled through his hair tugging on it ever so slightly while tipping it back against the top of the couch. With that movement his lips parted just enough to offer an entrance to her sensual temptation. Her tongue dipped inside his mouth tasting and teasing him with even more sweetness to savor.
Heather, he mouthed her name feeling her fingers drop down over the center of his shirt. So much for Heather being shy or timid. She was a very cut to the chase--matter of fact woman and with each planned movement over the center of his shirt, he felt her fingers falling in beneath the material to his muscled chest. Heather wait
What? she questioned opening up his shirt enough to allow it to slide down over his shoulders. She leaned forward the ends of her long hair dropping down to tease over his bare, bronzed skin.
I dont think we should be doing this. No, I know we shouldnt be Diego started to object feeling her press her finger to his lips to silence him.
Of course we should, she spoke up encouragingly, I havent forgotten what it was like the last time we were this close and judging by that kiss you havent either. Of course I will have to tell you that this time I look much better looking naked than I did the last time
Heather, its not that. Its he felt her nibble on his lower lip, tongue darting quickly in over that sensitive spot on his bottom lip before she suckled on it for a moment of tortured emphasis. He closed his eyes letting out a small sigh of pleasure before he focused again, Heather we cant just
Diego if this is about that girl youve been dating, then forget about her and think about me, she challenged with a sexy smile, You know youre dying to know what this feels like for us.
Heather, Im not going to deny I want you, he answered feeling her movement over his lap causing a whole other set of sensations rocking through him. This was positively the last thing hed needed yet ironically something hed wanted for a long time--even before hed met Sarah or reconnected with Cori, yet
You couldnt deny it if you tried Diego, she pulled back just enough to peel her blouse off and discard it to the floor. She shook her hair out letting it fall from her shoulders over onto him. Sliding her arms around his body, she leaned forward to sink her teeth over his earlobe in a sultry movement, We both are far too aware of the attraction.
I do want you Heather he blurted out without thinking feeling ready to kick himself for not being more level-headed and focused around her.
Then problem solved, she tore his shirt down his shoulders caging his arms beside him on the couch.
Heather, this is a really bad time for me. Trust me. This really isnt the time that we should be doing this especially considering that we havent connected in a while and he tried to reason with her feeling a small amount of logic burning into his brain.
And what better way to reconnect than this, she offered up once more, bringing her fingers in over the front clasp of her bra. She opened it, taking her time to slowly reveal herself to him. Despite his protests, she could see that shed captured his attention and when her bra joined the blouse on the floor she rolled her shoulders back giving him a better view of her body, See now I told you things were looking better now that Im done with that whole pregnancy thing.
Heather I Diego shrugged his arm out from his shirt in an attempt to reach out and pull her off of his lap, but once her lips collided with his, he found himself holding her, wanting her--delving into his more primal side in squeezing her closer to him. He felt her fingers pulling open his belt, ready to continue to take this passion to the next level for them when the baby monitor sounded alerting them both that Charles was awake.
Charles, Heather murmured against his mouth sitting up straight to listen. After a few seconds she heard her son cry out again and she glanced over at Diego with apologetic eyes, I really need to check on him--to make sure that
I understand, was all he was able to get out between the hot, desperate breaths that were escaping from his now swollen lips. He felt her pull up off of him offering him a bit of relief from the situation theyd gotten themselves into. What was he thinking? Even now as he watched her collect her blouse from the ground and quickly put it back on he knew he was getting into a whole new world of trouble.
Ill be back in a few minutes. Im sure hes hungry or in need of a change or Heather offered up again in explanation.
Hey, your son comes first. Besides I think we needed a cool down, he replied grateful for a moment to collect his thoughts. He watched her open her mouth to speak as if she was going to say something more, but before she finished the thought by vocalizing it, she nodded and went off towards Charless room.
Hearing her walk away Diego sank his head back onto the sofa wondering what in the world was wrong with him. How hed come from being calm and rational to being exactly the kind of man hed always told his patients to try to avoid if it was damaging to their self-esteem was beyond him. He closed his eyes hearing the sounds of Heather with Charles and he couldnt help but smile.
Whats wrong my handsome little man, Heathers voice cooed to her son, Did you have a bad dream? Well dont worry mommys right here. Ive got Uncle Diego out there and even though he and Mommy were a bit busy, were never too busy for you baby boy. Come on. Lets get you changed up.
I knew youd come around, Diego smiled realizing that Heather had adjusted to the role of mother more than she wanted the world to believe. Listening to her for a few more seconds, he couldnt help but feel a relief over him now that shed seemed to put some of her priorities in order. However, as he thought about how screwed up his were lately in between hurting Cori and falling for Sarah, well he knew that he couldve botched it up even worse if Charles hadnt bailed him out. Sure, there was no denying he wanted Heather. He had since hed met her, yet was this because of that desire or because he was well aware that Sarah was with Kyle--no doubt with him right now sharing a reunion and
I think Ill just have that refill on the drink after all, Diego decided reaching for the bottle of champagne in the hopes that hed be able to keep his head clear enough to make it through this visit with Heather in one piece.
I dont think I trust that Chase guy, Kevin walked into
Rias bedroom, sitting down on the bed after he watched Trisha walk out
of the house with the Chase guy to go on a walk with him. Something
doesnt seem right about him.
No guy Trisha dated ever felt right to you, Ria pointed out with a small smile as she got on the bed behind Kevin, wrapping her arms around his shoulders tightly. I think Tommy Patterson learned that when Trisha was in third grade. Youre like a big brother Kevin--you dont want her hurt.
Well, yeah. Everyone seems to be stupid when it comes to men these days though, Kevin shook his head slowly, itching at his stomach once more as he let out a small frown. Almost everyone.
I take it Angie was that bad? Ria questioned seeing Kevin nod slowly and let out a small sigh.
She is stupid when it comes to men. You throw a guy in her life for three days and make her sleep with him--not even knowing him a little bit and she says she loves him. You throw in a guy that has amnesia and likes her because she looks like someone, but only leaves her. Throw in another psycho who has the hots for her and throw in a nice guy that would do anything for her--that has been there for her forever. I got to the island thinking she is going to be upset about this Nick guy, when she starts obsessing over some stranger she had a sexathon with months ago.
Well, some people just like different things I guess, Ria replied placing a small kiss on the side of Kevins neck hearing him let out a small groan.
Yeah, she likes the ridiculous choices, Kevin closed his eyes, taking in the feeling of Rias lips against his skin. She is so stupid when it comes to guys. I dont even want to think about it right now.
Then dont, Ria whispered, moving her fingers to the buttons on the front of Kevins shirt, unbuttoning them slowly. I have an idea to get her off of your mind.
Really? Kevin leaned back, tilting his back enough to press his lips in against hers gently. What is it exactly you have in mind to take my mind off of things?
I was thinking that maybe me and you could go and make some of our own pancakes in the kitchen, she offered up with a wiggle of her eyebrows. What do you say?
I say, I like that idea, Kevin nodded with a wide smile as she got off the bed and walked over towards the door. Ill be right there.
Okay, Ill start them and I will give you a minute to put your stuff away, Ria nodded slowly, opening the door as Kevin stood up from the bed. Im only giving you a minute though.
A minute it is, Kevin smirked watching her walk out of the bedroom as he itched at his stomach once more, letting out a small hiss. What in the world is going on?
Kevin walked over towards the mirror and slowly slid his shirt off his shoulders as he looked in the mirror, his eyes widening at what he saw before him.
God no, Kevin gasped looking over his chest and his abdomen. Kevin looked over his chest and his abdomen that had a rash spread over it. He outlined the rash with his fingers as his heart beat began to speed up. A heart, a butterfly--Angie was here with an arrow pointing to my
Kevin walked into the bathroom and grabbed a washcloth and wet it down quickly. There was no way that could have left him with a rash. This had to come off or else a friendly game between Kevin and Angie was about to become his soon death.
Youre getting it in my mouth, Kevin coughed feeling her turn his head back to face Angie as he felt her hands continue to rub it on his face. Gentle Angie. I may be rough, but I have skin that needs to be treated gently. You know Im allergic to most of this stuff.
Oh great, Kevin gasped wiping at his rash over and over again trying to get it to go away. Ria isnt going to believe this was a game. It says Angie is here with an arrow pointing down to my oh hell no. I cant let her see this.
Kevin quickly walked back into the bedroom and pulled out a black tank top pulling it over his torso and over the rash over his body. He walked back into the bathroom before letting out a deep sigh.
I cant believe of all times, this is happening now, Kevin groaned lifting the tank top up to see his abdomen. Oh god, I know that wont go good with the sun tattoo. Ria is going to kill me, I cant let her see this. I didnt do anything, Im screwed. Oh man, what do I tell her if she sees it? It was just a game and then she is going to come back with saying it was some kind of sick sex game. Oh god, take control Kevin. Dont let her get you out of the shirt--its that easy. Im eating pancakes, thats not going to be easy at all. What am I going to do?
Kevin? Ria called out as Kevin pulled his tank top back down covering his abdomen that had the rash of what Angie wrote on him.
Ill be right there sweetheart, Kevin called out trying to think of how he was going to go through with this. This is going to be just great.
So you never reconnected with him huh, Chris sighed heavily his
arms wrapped around Angela as they lay together on the floor in a heap of
No, she shook her head and sighed, and I guess its for the best since he was married.
Married or not, I never wouldve let you go, he replied reaching out to stroke her cheek gently, I was a fool to accept no for an answer when you wouldnt marry me
Chris, you know why I couldnt marry you, Angela reminded him with a small sigh, It wasnt right for us then
But what about now? Chris countered propping himself up on his shoulders to feed her a piece of licorice hed brought down to the floor with them once theyd started talking.
Now I think its probably better if we skip this conversation altogether, Angela sat up once more reaching for one of the pillows shed been laying on, I dont think you and I would ever do well in marriage.
We might, Chris sat up beside her reaching out to drape his arm over her shoulders, I mean if you think about it we were really good at a lot of the things that marriage entails and I think if you allowed us to get naked for a while, youd see that were still good at it.
Is sex the only thing that you think of, she wrinkled her nose at him before stealing another piece of licorice.
Chris sat silent for a long moment before finally nodding, With you it pretty much dictates whats on my brain, but seriously Angel if those two idiots couldnt see how good they had it, then who needs them? Youre far too beautiful, too smart and too intelligent to get sucked into their drama.
And here you are being my own personal pep squad, Angela laughed lightly shaking her head at him, Youre too good for me Chris.
I know, but hey dont worry. One day youll be doing the same for me when Im crying my eyes out about a woman who wasnt smart enough to see the prize she had in me, Chris shrugged his shoulders before scratching his head lightly, Naturally youll have to bring the Kleenex and the condoms to make me feel better and
In your dreams Romeo, she rolled her eyes at him before laying back down on the floor with a large sigh, I think Ive just about given up on sex altogether.
No say it isnt so, Chris replied with a gasp, Now I know thats the bad experiences talking. Just because you met two failures who have corrupted you to believe sex is no fun any longer
I never said it wasnt fun, she cast a glance over at him, but I dont think its worth the hassles anymore. I mean I think if you take a long look at me there are two very big examples to prove to the world that going off and having a wild fling with the sexiest stranger youve ever met is a bad idea. Not that I regret the fact that Im going to have these two, but Chris, I have to tell you his not being in the picture doesnt make it any easier. Then again I dont even know his last name so
Maybe if you told me his first I could help you track him down. I mean you still seem to remember him rather well and other than the over exaggerated adjectives about how wonderful he was or any references to his manhood, well, then you could try to lay it on me and I could do a search, he suggested rolling onto his stomach and stretching his arm out to pull another piece of licorice from the bag and hand it to her. I mean its the least I can do to find this guy and shake him down for hurting you like he did.
Right now Id just settle for something good to eat and a warm bed to sleep in, she replied closing her eyes for a brief moment before sensing him opening his mouth to say something, Alone Chris.
Hey, get your mind out of the gutter. I wasnt going to go there about your sleeping in my bed--at least not tonight, but rather I was thinking that since Kev-O ran off and did his own thing, then I really see no reason why you cant spend the night here. I mean heaven knows that this place is big enough and Im going to assume that youre not going to go run off to Cams place just yet, right?
Not a chance, she shook her head reopening her eyes to look at him. I dont think Im up for that one just yet
So stay here, he repeated once again, Im being serious about this. I will lock my dirty mind in a closet long enough to make this an enjoyable trip for you. We can continue to catch up with one another, be roommates for a little while and maybe we can get working on that situation you wanted me to help you with where your mom was concerned. I already started looking into it and
Find anything? she perked up at the thought that maybe Chris had been able to uncover more than she had.
Not yet, but Im still working on it. Besides, the way I see it, your being here is good for me. It keeps me motivated and out of trouble, Chris continued to plead his case, You can stay in a guest room and I can stay in line. You know Ive never been any good at that
All the more reason to stay somewhere else, she teased back with a small laugh.
Trust me Ill be the perfect gentleman--well, maybe not perfect, but good enough for now. Hey maybe even tomorrow Ill take you down to my office or something and you can see just how dull this town really is, Chris suggested with a bright smile, You know Im just looking for an excuse to bring some enthusiasm and excitement back to my life and youre just the ticket.
Well since you put it that way, she finally decided with a bright smile, I accept, but I warn you at the first sign of any funny stuff
Funny? Who me? he feigned innocence before crossing his eyes and sticking his tongue out at her, Never.
Youre such a dork! Angela threw a toss pillow at him before falling into laughter realizing that while she had been avoiding old friends for a while, it was nice to be there with someone who could make her laugh yet be totally outside of all the drama she was going through for a change. It felt nice--very nice!
Russ stood outside Averys hospital room ready to make his move. There
was no way that he was about to let Brant keep his family apart any longer.
Regardless of what Russ had been given to deal with earlier, it didnt
change the way he felt about a future with Avery--about a family with her
and Erin. It was something he was going to fight for--something that he was
going to keep holding onto even if Brant hated the idea of Russ reuniting
Were going to have it back again Avery, Russ promised opening the door to her hospital room just in time to see Brant laying a kiss on Avery. Without hesitation Russ rushed forward reaching for Brant and pulling him up by the collar in a fierce sweep. Brant hadnt seen it coming, but before he could response Russ shoved him across the room.
You stay away from her! Russ warned sharply glaring down at his long time nemesis.
Russ, Avery gasped horrified as Brant pulled himself up off of
the ground dusting himself off.
See Avery, I told you that this wasnt really what you wanted, Brant glared up at Russ, I mean why would you settle for a brute like this when you could have a husband who understands you and gives you everything youve needed.
She already has that in me, Russ lunged towards Brant as the two men started to fight with one another.
Moment by moment the fight intensified especially when Brant punched Russ in the face. Russ returned the favor knocking Brant forward into a tray and things fell to the ground. However, Brant recovered and punched Russ in the stomach bringing his knee up to Russells chest as he was bent over while Avery watched horrified.
Stop it! Avery shouted out seeing the two men she loved tearing one another apart. She reached for the nurses call button hoping that someone would come in soon, but no one seemed to be there listening. The fight intensified and Avery tried to shuffle herself out of bed to keep them from killing one another.
Russ please! Brant stop! Avery shouted at the both of them pulling them from their fight long enough to show them the worry in her eyes. Russ seemed to react almost immediately pulling away from Brant and reaching for Avery just as her knees buckled in causing her to fall forward.
Ive got you, Russ replied gallantly rushing over to hold her in his arms.
Avery, you should be in bed, Brant mouthed moving in to the other side of her helping hold her up as both men urged her back into bed.
You have to stop this. Both of you. You cant just go killing one another Avery pleaded with them, her dark eyes shifting between the two of them, I cant let you do this.
He started it, Brant replied sourly glaring at Russ. He had no right to come in here on us when we were having a moment as husband and wife.
Thats bull and you know it. Avery is my wife and regardless of whatever youre trying to pull on her, she belongs with me. She loves me, Russ argued with him.
As much as youd like to think youre the only one knucklehead she loves me too and shes not about to throw what we have away to be with you even if you tricked her into getting pregnant in the first place, Brant slapped back at him with his biting words.
I didnt trick her. I love her. Avery and I belong together, Russ added glancing over at Avery, Tell him. Were soul mates.
And Im the Easter Bunny. Avery and I belong together. Shes my wife and Im not about to stand here and let you destroy what we have. Avery cares about us both, but in her heart I know she wants to be with me. Shes my wife and Brant started to take a step forward before he froze where he stood. He looked to the both of them for a second before falling to the ground with a thud.
What the Russ watched Brant drop and Avery let out a horrified gasp.
Oh my God, Avery cried out leaning forward once more, Brant? Russ, what happened?
Hes just faking. He was fine and, Russ paused seeing Brant now laid out on the ground, Brant get up. Ashford get up!
Russ, I dont think hes faking, Avery replied horrified as she looked to her second husband on the ground clearly unconscious. As she saw him laying there before her, she found herself filled with a sudden fear worrying that in her hesitance to explain her heart shed pushed both men too far to ever take that hesitation back again.
...to be continued...