Hey handsome, Kyle held Charles up to get a better look at him.
Unable to repress the goofy grin that spilled over his features as he heard
Charles giggle, Kyle leaned forward to blow on Charless stomach once
again sending him into an uproarious bout of laughter.
Kyle stop, Heather swatted at him lightly moving in to pat him on the shoulder gently, Youre going to give him hiccups.
I am not, Kyle repeated the movement loving the sounds of Charles with his laughter. He glanced over at Sarah and smiled, What do you think Sarah? Does he want me to stop?
It doesnt sound like it, Sarah smiled at Kyle before her eyes cast a dark glance over at Diego. Immediately uncomfortable she cleared her throat uneasily, I think Im going to get a drink.
Diego watched Sarah leave keeping his silence for another moment longer before he cleared his throat as well, I think I could go for one too.
That sounds good, Heather nodded hearing Charles let out another squeal. She turned her attention to Kyle, Can you grab me a bottled water from in there Diego?
Of course, Diego nodded slipping into the kitchen with little to no questions from the rest of the group.
Would you look at him? Hes loving this, Kyle grinned blowing on Charless stomach again only to feel the small boy kick and howl with delight.
Thats because he knows hes in good hands with his Uncle Kyle, Heather replied with a smile of her own dropping down onto the couch beside Kyle.
Hell, who wouldnt want to be in those good hands, Kellen murmured with an appreciative grin. He felt Kipp poke him in the ribs and he stood up straighter, Im just saying
Yeah, well how about you help me by saying something else when I have you pulling the bags out of the car that we brought home? Kipp suggested motioning to the front door, Sound like a plan?
Any excuse to get alone with you, Kellen smiled greedily before waving at Heather and Kyle, Dont do anything I wouldnt do
Trust me Kellen, they dont make anything out there that you wouldnt do, Heather mocked with a tiny chuckle as Kellen shrugged.
Good point, Kellen acknowledged before following Kipp out into the front yard.
They seem to be getting along rather um, well, Kyle searched for the right words as he turned his attention away from Charles for a brief moment.
Very well, Heather nodded eagerly, which is good for both of them. Kellen brings out a cheery side in Kipp and they seem to enjoy one anothers company.
And you dont have a problem with that? Kyle arched a curious brow.
Why would I? Heather shrugged once again, I mean its not up to me what Kipp does with his life. Hes a grown boy and if he wants to play with other boys
Okay, lets just stop this one before it starts, Kyle pleaded with her redirecting his attention to Charles as Charles reached out for Kyles nose trying to pull on it. Charles clapped his hands together as if daring Kyle to tease him again. Kyle laughed before playing with him once again.
So what about you, Heather asked sliding her arm around the back of the couch, Whats going on with you?
You mean other than my falling completely head over heels in love with your little one, Kyle questioned smiling over at her, Hes really remarkable Heather.
I know he is, Heather nodded proudly, and each day he gets more handsome.
That he does, Kyle agreed feeling Charles reach for his finger squeezing it in his palm, and hes so very strong. Hes going to grow up to be a tough little man.
Thats okay, Heather decided pondering the thought, You have to be tough in this world to get somewhere these days. Itll be good for him to start young and with him having so many people around him who love and support him
You mean like Diego? Kyle questioned curiously wiggling his brow at her. I noticed that it looked like hed been here for a while when Sarah and I got here, so does this mean youre making progress with one another? Like maybe youre going to stop chasing idiots and youre going to settle down with a nice guy for a change? I mean not that Kipp is that bad seeing as he seems like an okay guy, but still
Well, obviously Im not getting together with Kipp because if I tried I think Kellen would claw my eyes out, Heather noted with a tiny giggle.
Yeah I kind of noticed that about him. Hes kind of the jealous type isnt he? Kyle questioned before shaking his head, Though I didnt peg Kipp for the type when I first met him
I did, Heather revealed in a small voice, I mean dont get me wrong. I know he had the hots for me, but there were signs there that he might consider swinging that way.
Heather, now thats no way to talk about the father of your son, Kyle tossed out at her in a hushed voice, I mean really
Oh come on. Anyone with eyes knows he and Kellen have something going and Im totally cool with that. I mean sure it mightve creeped me out a while ago, but now, well Ive moved on, she grinned proudly thinking about the night shed spent with Charles and Diego. Better things are around the corner for me.
I hope it works this time. Diegos a good man and I think hed be great for you and Charles, Kyle decided knowing how much Diego had done for him and Sarah in the past, He cares about you a lot Heather. When you were in the hospital, he was at your side night and day.
I know, she nodded, and despite the fact that I havent been exactly pleasant to him for the duration of our relationship, I see now that there really is something great about him. I mean its the first time since I returned from Hollywood that Ive fallen for a man not for his money or his prestige, but rather because he makes me feel like Im special--like Im someone who deserves love in her life.
You always have deserved love Heather, Kyle reminded her with a thoughtful expression, Its when you stopped loving yourself that the problem came in because the rest of the world always thought you were wonderful.
Stop, Heather waved her hand at him dismissively, because I know youre only kissing up to me because you want me to let you see my son.
Well of course, Kyle laughed lightly feeling Charles pinch at his nose, Hes my little buddy and I adore him, but I think youre pretty special too Heather.
She smiled at the comment before leaning in to kiss his cheek quickly. She could tell by his reaction that shed caught him off guard.
I happen to think that youre pretty special too Houston, Heather replied brightly, and who knows? Maybe soon you and Sarah will be able to have a little cousin for Charles to play with.
Id love that, Kyle revealed with a full smile bouncing Charles in his lap, Id love that more than anything, well almost more than anything.
Sarahs a lucky girl to have you Kyle. Youre going to make a great father one day, Heather added thinking about the way Kyle was with her son.
I sure hope so, though Im the lucky one. After Erin was born it got me thinking about things and I realize that I feel so blessed to be alive. Its given me a whole new perspective on things. I mean even now when I think about the things that have happened, it all really changes a person, Kyle admitted glancing over at her with a thoughtful expression, That sounds stupid, doesnt it?
Of course not, Heather shook her head stretching her arm out across the back of the couch to place her arm behind his shoulders. She let out a small sigh, Life altering experiences can change a person.
Yeah I realized that this year more than I imagined I would. I mean when I think about it with Sarah, well I always thought that after waiting so long for us to be together, well, I just thought that it would all fall into place. I always thought that our being together after everything would make life feel so worthwhile.
Heather watched him trail off seeing a lost expression behind his eyes, Why do I sense a but coming on here?
Lets just say that when my parents died I always kind of felt like I was on my own--kind of isolated from the world, but then it seemed like things got better only to fall apart, Kyle freely admitted tipping his head to the side to look at her, This year I learned a lot about myself and about the real heart of a persons character in those critical moments that matter.
People tend to show their true colors when tragedy strikes, Heather noted thinking about all that had happened to her over the last year, They say thats the true definition of character.
I dont doubt that for a second, Kyle focused on Charles once again reaching out to tickle him briefly, Thats why I think children offer hope and give people a new reason to believe again. I mean Im sure you know how that feels with Charles. I cant think of anything more incredible than this little guy. Or even Erin for that matter. You have no idea how great it was when I helped bring her into this world. I cant explain it, but well shes given me hope for a future and thoughts about a family. Holding her was an incredible experience after I helped her enter the world.
She was a lucky girl to have you be the first man to hold her in your arms, Heather noted with a small appreciative glance.
I was the lucky one because she really got me thinking about my life and everything in it. She made me want to believe that there are second chances out in this world, Kyle confessed openly to Heather a look of sheer happiness washing over him, and I wouldnt trade it for anything. As it stands Im finally seeing things clearer than Ive ever been in my life and I owe that all to those moments at the Denton cabin when I was on the threshold of life and death. It was in those moments where I saw terror and pure happiness all rolled into one if you will. I realized that I still have those dreams of having a family and being a father and finding that love in my life that Ive always longed for. When that happens to me, well I know Im going to savor every single second of it.
You say that as if you havent found it yet, Heather mouthed giving him a long look, her green eyes focused more completely on him, Is that what youre trying to say Kyle? That you dont think youve found it with Sarah?
Do you think youve found that with Diego? Kyle turned the conversation around on her. Does he seem like the man that you want to spend the rest of your life with? The one that makes you want to share your hopes and dreams with him?
Oh please, she waved her hand dismissively, You know that I wouldnt share my hopes and dreams with any man. Im not that stupid.
You shared them with me once, he reminded her with a small smirk, I didnt think you were stupid then and I dont think youre stupid now.
That was before I knew what life was all about--before those defining moments if you will, Heather sighed sinking back into the sofa, I had a chance to have everything I wanted and I had this hope that when I left my dream would chase me and it never happened. What I was waiting for never became a reality so I stopped dreaming a long time ago. There just wasnt any point any more.
Do you hear that Charles? Kyle wrinkled his nose and pulled Charles in closer to him, Your mother is already so jaded, yet far too young to be this cynical.
Like you arent, Heather shook her head at him, Youre just feeling emotional because you almost died.
No, Im just being honest because Im with you, his dark gaze shifted upon her once again, And if you stop lying to yourself, you know deep down you still have dreams.
No, not really, she argued watching Kyle place his hands over Charless tiny ears.
Dont listen to her, Kyle mouthed in a small whisper, Its never good for your mother to lie especially in front of you, but she thinks shes good at it. Shes wrong though.
And youre being a pain in the Heather started feeling Kyle reach out to press his hand over her mouth to silence her.
Watch what you say, he warned giving her a stern look, It could influence what Charles says down the road. You dont want to make him be pessimistic this early on.
Im trying to be a realist, Heather muttered from underneath his palm over her lips. Kyle, let me go. You dont need to stifle my words
Sure I do, Kyle winked at her removing his hand from her lips, as long as you dont behave.
You used to stifle me in other ways, Heather winked back at him feeling a blush rise over her face at what slipped past her lips.
Yes, well Charles is in the room and hes not old enough for that yet, Kyle teased back with a flirty grin, but maybe in a couple of months we can discuss that further.
Dont tease, she wrinkled her nose at him and swatted his shoulder, Thats so not fair.
Who said anything about teasing? Kyle replied with a knowing look amused by the color in her face. I was being totally serious.
Then be warned, the next time you bring it up, Ill be totally serious about expecting it from you, Heather nudged him once again before falling back onto the sofa with a laugh. She shook her head at him, Youre crazy. I hope you realize that.
And youre still a hopeless dreamer who is waiting for the right man to come into her life and turn her world around, Kyle noted with a soft grin thinking about the Heather he knew growing up.
Yeah well when that day happens and if you find the guy, Id appreciate it if you pointed him in the right direction, Heather laughed lightly, because right now Im just looking for a good time.
Then dump Diego and run away with me to another country, Kyle wiggled his brow at her suggestively, Are you tempted?
If you were serious, Id be more than tempted, but then wed have Sarah chasing after us and we both know you dont want that, Heather noted with a frown thinking about her sister and her attitudes.
Trust me it would be fun to watch her missing us at each country and never finding us, Kyle laughed lightly thinking about his sudden distain for Sarah. It might be worth it to see her try to chase us down or to see us together.
Thanks, but Im not ready to sign my own death warrant, Heather looked to her son and laughed, As you can see your Uncle Kyle is carrying around with him a death wish not to mention he has this serious flirting problem.
Hey what can I say? Your mommy brings out the best in me. Kyle noted with a small laugh wondering if things would really have a way of working themselves out for him and Sarah. Turning to watch Heather once again he couldnt help but wonder if maybe he should stop joking and seriously find himself out of Coral Valley for a while to get his thoughts straight on just where his future was headed. Maybe all of the answers he was searching for were right in front of him, but he was too clouded up inside to see them.
Are you okay Sarah? Diego questioned, walking into the kitchen
behind Sarah seeing her rush over towards the cabinet to get a glass for some
Im okay, Sarah waved Diego off as she went over to the sink and turned the water on, I am just a little thirsty. There really isnt anything wrong.
I dont think thats the case Sarah, Diego walked in closer to Sarah, reaching out to place his hand over her shoulder as she turned off the water. I wish you would just talk to me we never used to have problems with talking to each other. You always knew that I would be there for you.
Diego, Im fine, Sarah assured him putting her glass of water down on the counter before turning to face Diego. A small frown appeared over her features as she looked down to Diegos hand. We were closer before
Were closer now Sarah, I just wish you would open up to me more, his dark eyes tried to read hers, but there was nothing showing him how she was feeling. Did something happen with you and Kyle?
No, Sarah shook her head slowly, hearing Kyle and Heather laughing in the background as a smile appeared over her lips. At least they are having fun these days. I mean, they deserve to have fun after all I have worked for.
Okay, so obviously something is wrong, Diego heard Kyle talking about Charles in the background before letting out another small laugh. They are just with Charles playing. Is everything working out with you and Kyle?
Im trying to patch things up with him, yes, she nodded feeling him slide his hand in against her shoulder once more. She looked back towards the kitchen door before looking back at Diego. We kind of patched things up the other night, but what about you and Heather? You dont have to tell me if you dont want to.
Nothing happened Sarah if thats what you were thinking, Diego informed her with a deep sigh, hearing Heathers voice in the background. I couldnt do that to myself when I am already hooked.
Did you really do something with Heather because it wouldnt bother me Diego--I mean we are just friends, Sarah pointed out watching Diegos dark glance seem to turn into a saddened expression. Right?
Right, Diego cleared his throat uneasily, pulling his hand away from her and folding his arms out in front of his chest. I think there is something else I should tell you too Sarah.
Go for it, Sarah shrugged her shoulders hearing a sudden silence come from the room Heather and Kyle were in. Interested she took a step in towards the door before hearing Diego behind her.
Sarah, I broke up with Cori too you know, Diego blurted out seeing Sarah look back at him with a shocked expression. I did it the other night after the cafeteria.
Diego, Sarah began speechless, turning around to face him. She took a few steps in closer towards Diego, seeing his dark eyes looking into hers. What kind of reasons would he break up with Cori for? There was only one valid reason that was running through her mind--in fact, it was probably the only reason he would do it. Was it because of me? Did you break up with her because of what we had together?
No, I broke up with her because I thought it was the right thing to do, Diego quickly answered leaning in against the counter as he saw her step in closer towards him. Ive wanted to do more things that were right, but I dont think they would work with me in return.
Diego, if you really loved Cori you shouldnt have broken up with her for what happened with us, Sarah reached out to touch the side of his face gently, running her fingers against his rough skin.
Who said I loved Cori? Diego muttered reaching out and wrapping his arm around her waist to pull her in closer to his body. The one I
Just wait a second baby Charles, Ill have your bottle ready before you can say the words, Kellen entered the kitchen, his blue eyes widening as he saw Sarah and Diego, what in the world are you two doing?
You did good mom, Russell whispered kissing Averys cheek
gently. He kept her wrapped in his arms as Erin lay sleeping in Averys
embrace. After a hearty meal, shed finally succumbed to the lazy exhaustion
that all that hard work had put upon her. Now lost in her dreams, Russ couldnt
help but admire his daughter. She looks like shes on top of the
world right now.
Im the one who feels that way, Avery revealed in a tiny voice tilting her head back just enough to see Russ gazing lovingly at their daughter, because Im the one who has all of her dreams coming true after a time when she thought they were all over with.
Are you kidding me, Russ curled his finger underneath her chin, The way I see it our dreams are only beginning Avery. Were together again and nothing can stop us.
You have no idea how hard it was for me being without you, Avery sighed sinking further into his warm embrace as he kept her and Erin in his strong arms, Night after night I would dream about you--wishing that youd return to me--that somehow Id be able to share our daughters life with you
Im here now, he promised squeezing her ever so slightly, and nothings going to keep you from having all of those dreams come true.
Russ, there is just so much that I know we need to talk about--so much
that has happened and
Avery began nervously feeling her stomach
tied in knots.
And nothing is more important than this, Russ leaned forward stealing a small kiss from her lips just in time to hear Erin move in her arms. He looked down to see his daughters big eyes fixed upon him. She let out an oversized yawn and he couldnt help but laugh, Are we boring you already little lady?
Nah, shes just interested in staying up to hear what her daddy has to say, Avery decided seeing Erin reach out for Russells hand pulling it towards her. She exchanged glances with Russ as she saw Erin nibbling on his finger, You dont think shes hungry again, do you?
Nah, Russ reached out for her carefully lifting her into his own arms, She just wants her daddy thats all.
Avery watched Russ place Erin carefully on the center of his chest. He snuggled in closer to Avery wrapping one arm around her to draw her in to him as well. Together the three of them lay cozily propped up on the pillows on Averys hospital bed just looking at one another.
Avery reached out to touch Erins tiny face gently, She already has your nose Russ.
Nah, shes got your nose, Russ shook his head, a grin spilling over his lips, Its all cute and perky
My nose is not perky, Avery objected giving him a small look.
Of course it is, he replied kissing the tip of her nose gently, and I love it. Just like I love all of you.
I love you too, she paused searching his green eyes remembering all the nights when shed believed that shed never, ever see them again. Even now as he held her it all felt too good to be true--too much like heaven for it to be real. She snuggled into him further, Please tell me that this isnt a dream
Its not a dream, he promised whispering warmly in her ear, at least its not the kind of dream youre thinking about. Its a dream come true.
You have no idea what it felt like not being able to do this--not being able to hold you--to touch you, her fingers tapered off over his chest, Russ, I was so lost without you.
Youll never have to be lost again, he promised kissing her head gently as he saw the exhaustion burning behind her dark eyes, Avery, Im not going to let anything else keep us apart.
I know, she nodded her eyelids growing heavy, Russ its just that
Shh, he instructed in a soothing tone, running his fingers over her spine in a small, tentative motion. He knew that she was tired. She was fighting it, but he was well aware of the fact that she was beyond any type of anything other than trying to rest. He felt her body fall to great ease in his arms and before he knew it he heard the soft sighs of her breathing changing alerting him that shed fallen asleep.
It looks like its just you and me princess, Russ whispered to Erin listening to the small sounds she made. Her eyes fixed on Avery watching her with obvious interest. Mommys had a long, hard week, but dont worry your daddy is here now. Im going to take care of you. I promised mommy that Id always be there for the both you being the kind of father you could be proud of. Im going to give you the world Erin and make everything right for us. Just you wait and see. Were going to be so happy now that were together again.
Erin let out another yawn before snuggling into Russells chest latching onto him as her head settled in over the center of his chest and she fell asleep listening to the sounds of his heart beating beneath her. Smiling at Russ held his girls he realized that life couldnt be anymore perfect than it was right here--right now. It was his own private piece of heaven and he would do anything in his power to hold onto it forever.
Grady moved through the hallway thinking about his night at the hospital.
While Russ had said that Grady could go home and rest if he wanted to, Grady
was well aware of the fact that he needed to stay close by. If Ashford gave
Russ half of the trouble that hed given Grady, then Grady was certain
Russ would need him there one hundred percent. Turning down the hallway Grady
spotted Jenna and Hart up ahead.
Well if it isnt the troublemakers brother, Hart assaulted Grady with his words, and here I thought you and your brother would be off gloating instead of sticking around the hospital. Then again I suppose you want to stay close to see the results of your handiwork.
Back off Steiner, Grady warned pushing past Hart in an attempt to ignore him.
No Im not going to back off--not until you tell me what your brother did to Brant last night. I know he did something and now whatever is happening to him is your brothers fault, Hart continued his eyes narrowing at him. I want to know what he did
Whatever is happening to Brant he brought it on himself, Grady remarked sharply before moving past Hart.
Im not finished with you yet, Hart grabbed Gradys arm refusing to let him leave, Not until you tell me what Russ did!
Hart stop! Jennas jaw dropped as she rounded the hospital corner watching the exchange between Hart and Grady. What are you doing?
Trying to get this jerk to be honest with me about what he and his brother have done to Brant. I know that they had to do something because this wouldnt have happened if they wouldve just left him alone, Hart continued to lash out at Grady, He and Avery are happy together, but you two cant accept that, can you?
You dont know what youre talking about and youd be wise to just keep your mouth shut, Grady warned sourly, Avery belongs with my brother and even Jenna can tell you that. They have a daughter together and
And nothing. Youve been trying to cause problems for Brant and Avery for months and now this, Hart shook his head at him, You both make me sick.
Yeah, well guess what pretty boy, Grady shoved Hart away from him, Youre not my idea of a good time either with all the unethical legal tactics youve pulled lately. I could have you disbarred for all that youve done.
Id like to see you try, Hart got up in Gradys face once more, because Ill bury you Denton.
I dare you to try, Grady matched him nose to nose.
Stop it both of you, Jenna pleaded with them, Just stop it!
Im not letting go of this until he tells me what they did to Brant, Harts voice shouted as he grew further agitated with Grady.
I didnt do a damn thing, but maybe its karma coming back to bite Brant in the butt for the awful things hes done to my brother. After the way he tried to sabotage Russ and Avery by trying to lie about Erin Grady asserted with a snarl.
He was just trying to protect his family. Avery is his wife! Hart snapped shoving Grady in the chest.
Avery doesnt love him, Grady shouted in return, She never did!
Thats enough, a new voice broke through the commotion, stop it both of you!
Jenna spun around to see Ken moving in between the two men. Both Grady and Hart bucked back in protest.
Im just trying to get answers out of him, Hart tried to explain to him.
What youre doing is making a mess of things, Ken warned sharply, and you, well I dont know what youre doing here Grady, but it would be best if you left.
I was on my way out when Hart started this, Grady explained smugly, but I dont expect you to understand that one Ken since you birds of a feather flock together. Just tell your brother when you see him to back off. No one wants his kind of drama. Tell him to stay away from Avery. She doesnt want to be with him and if hes smart, hell just leave her the hell alone once and for all!
A divorce, Brooke repeated with a haughty laugh, Richard
you cant be seriously considering believing that for a second there
is any validity in what you are saying to me. Wherever those ridiculous rumors
started they are just that. There is no proof that any of that has happened
Tell me that our daughter didnt try to defend herself against you when you tried to hurt her and Erin, Richard demanded with an abrasive tone taking a small step towards her, Or better yet, why dont we go back to when this all started? Back to her wedding day perhaps?
Look Richard I Brooke stopped herself, Erin? Whose Erin?
Thats Avery daughter. The daughter that you tried to steal from her and Russ just like you did the day she was supposed to marry him all those years ago, Richard threw his hands in the air, his hands shaking as his head and heart were wild with emotion, When I think about that day--about how our daughters world was torn apart when she lost her child.
I had nothing to do with that, Brooke insisted firmly, not willing back down on her position. She tried to reach out to him, but found herself motionless lost in the result of her last attempt on Averys childs life.
Liar! Richard shouted in a raw, vibrating tone, I know all about what you did to Avery back then and what youre still trying to do to her now.
This is insane, Brooke countered with a small huff, If you think for even one second that I could possibly
You more than possibly. You did Brooke, he accused harshly, You not only kept our daughter from the man that loves her, but you murdered our grandchild. Our own flesh and blood Brooke. You stole our grandchilds life from him or her all because of your own need to look out for yourself. You let your greed guide our daughter into the arms of a monster and
I didnt do that Richard. I never once tried to hurt Avery! I love her and, Brooke began again reaching out to him, You have to believe that.
What I believe is that youve been in this for yourself from day one. It wasnt good enough for you to control my life, but you had to find a way to do it to our children--to hurt both of them by your actions, Richard shunned away from her touch, You sicken me. When I think about how many years I spent with you--how many times I was ready to walk away, but I didnt because of Avery and Guy, then to hear that youre capable of this.
I didnt she started again forcing tears at his anger.
The hell you didnt! I know damned well that you killed our grandchild--that you tried to kill Erin as well, but Avery stopped you. She put you in this position because she was trying to save her daughter from you! She was trying to protect herself and Erin because you couldnt bear the thought of our daughter finding real happiness in her life. You were thinking about you, not her, Richard shook his head adamantly, You knew how much Russ loved her--how much he needed her and how she needed him, but it wasnt good enough for you. It wasnt good enough for her to just be happy with someone who loved her and wanted to give her the world
He could never give her the world, Brookes eyes narrowed up at him, Russ was the worst thing that ever happened to Avery and if you werent man enough to prevent our daughter from making the biggest mistake of her life, then I knew one of us had to be. Russell Denton had absolutely nothing to offer to our daughter other than a lifetime of pain and misery. He was a man going nowhere and I wouldnt dream of seeing our daughter throw her life away to be with someone like him.
So you killed our grandchild to make sure that didnt happen, right? Richards voice roared through the hospital room, Right Brooke?
I did what I had to do to get the job done, she snapped in response fury burning behind her dark eyes, Avery wouldnt listen to reason and I knew that she was capable of more. She had better things in front of her
Like your bringing your drug peddler into her life? Or the fact that you pushed a serial murderer on her until you found a better future for yourself, right? Thats where the idea to fake your kidnapping came in you were so afraid that people would see what youve done--that Bruce would spill the beans on your association with him, right? So you had to jump ahead of the game and find a way to make him unable to confess to what youd done to our daughter.
I didnt do anything to Avery that any mother wouldnt have done. The last thing she needed in her life was to be married to Russell and carrying his children when there were better things out there. She deserved a life of happiness and security--a life that only someone like Brant could provide her with.
Dont you mean someone like Nicholas could provide you with? I know all about your association to that man. I know how the two of you plotted to hurt Avery--to manipulate her into doing what you wanted, but guess what Brooke? It didnt work. The joke is on you so to speak because Russ is back and hes talking about what you did down to the last detail.
What? Brookes eyes widened in surprise, No that cant be.
Cant it? he arched a curious brow, You look so convinced like you knew all along what Russells fate would be. You appear as if you werent expecting him to ever resurface again.
He was in that accident. I know full well that Brooke began again.
You were wrong. You were dead wrong about having him ripped from this world just like you were about murdering Averys child. Youre going to pay for what youve done Brooke and Ill personally prosecute you myself if I have to just to make sure that you pay the full price of your actions, Richards jaw clenched with anger, As far as Im concerned I never want to see you again. You repulse me in every way imaginable and I swear to you if you even come close to our daughter again, then so help me God Ill kill you myself.
Richard please if youd only try to understand, Brooke begged of him.
I do understand Brooke and thats what makes it all the more sickening. You ripped an innocent life from this world all because of what you were hoping for--for whatever sick and twisted game youve been playing, but I have news for you. Im done. No more. The games are done!
You should be thanking me for what Ive done. Ive given our daughter a better life--a better place in this world and Brooke argued with him lost in her own anger.
All you did was destroy something precious in this world time and time again, Richard snarled down at her. You couldve had it all Brooke, but you destroyed everything.
That baby was nothing. It was only what Russ was using to hold our daughter down, but I freed her. I would have done it again if I could, but she was just too stubborn. She had no idea what marrying an Ashford could do for her. She didnt realize that by freeing herself of that hold Russ had on her that she would truly have it all--she could have anything beyond her wildest dreams and if I could go back to that chapel again I wouldnt stop with that baby. I wouldve made damn sure that Russell Denton wouldve gone down with it!
I dont believe this, a horrified voice gasped from the far corner of the room causing Brooke to look to see Guy standing before her with a shocked expression leaving her to wonder just how much hed heard.
Chris turned his car off as he pulled into the one of lots at the hospital.
Angela went over to see Cameron, leaving him alone with nothing to do so what
else could he do better with his time? The one thing that sounded best was
to go and see what was going on with Brant Ashford and what was going to be
their next move on what to do with him.
This is going to be a great story when I get all the information I need, Chris smiled looking in the mirror before a wide smile appeared over his lips. There was going to be something good he was going to get on Brant again. It was just a matter of time before he would finally end Ashford for good.
Chris got out of the car and walked towards the doors of the hospital before seeing something that caught his eye. A small smile appeared over his lips as he stopped and looked at the scene before him.
Cori was kneeled down on the ground as she messed around with one of the tires on a car. Ashford could wait while he tried to make himself look a little bit better after all the things he did around Cori and Diego. She needed some help with her flat tire and he was going to be the first man to step up to the plate and help her.
Hey there sexy blonde, Chris snuck up behind Cori, seeing her jump before looking back at him. Didnt mean to scare you beautiful, I just saw you over here in the corner--looking hotter than ever I might add in that little mini-skirt of yours.
What do you want Chris? Cori questioned angrily, feeling her heart racing after having Chris sneak up on her like that. Im kind of busy and
I noticed that you had a flat tire and I thought I could help you out a little bit, Chris pointed out seeing Cori roll her eyes and shake her head slowly. You dont need help?
No, I dont, Cori snapped seeing Chris shrug his shoulders before walking away from her. I think I can handle it just fine.
Sure, okay, Chris nodded quickly acting like he was going to walk away, but snuck behind a car instead watching Cori curiously. There was something weird about the way she was acting around him, like she was up to something and when he watched her continue what she was doing he knew his accusations were right.
Cori let out an angered growl as she hit the side of the car roughly as Chriss eyes spotted the switchblade that Cori had shoved in the front tire. It was obvious that she was aggravated of the fact that the tired wasnt deflating fast enough for her.
Hey Cori, Chris stepped out from behind the other car seeing the way that Coris face filled with shock, knowing that Chris saw what she did. Hold on a second, I might be able to help you out a bit. If you put the knife down, I am pretty sure I can help you out.
Really, Cori folded the blade back up before seeing Chris kneel down in front of the tire and undoing the cap. She watched him do the same thing to another tire before standing back up.
It will be just as effective and takes less effort, Chris informed her, wiping his hands off on his pants. A small smile appeared over his lips as he watched her nod and take a step back. So what is this all about? Who pissed you off?
Only the biggest jerk in the whole universe, Cori answered with a small huff as she felt Chris come up from behind her and wrap his arm around her shoulders.
The universe is pretty big, so I am assuming only one person could have gotten you this mad, Chris automatically assumed before letting out a deep sigh. Im guessing his name is Diego.
You guessed right, Cori nodded feeling him lead her away from the car. Where are we going?
How about me and you go and get some coffee or something to chat about what happened, he suggested with a small shrug, seeing her look up at him. What do you think about that brown eyes?
Sounds good I guess, Cori agreed to it before looking back at the car once more, but only for a little while.
Where is he? Cameron heard a voice call from his office where
hed been busy stewing over papers on the latest project hed had
going. Hed promised investors results and soon now that BBK was working
frantically to one up him with this new miracle drug. However, when hed
pushed his sister for some kind of update on her research earlier, shed
seemed hesitant--almost worked up and now, well the more hed heard shouting
in the other room, the more he realized it sounded a lot like Angela.
There you are, Angela marched into the study with Franklin at her heels.
Sir, I tried to get her to calm down so that I could alert you that she was here, but Franklin began apologetically seeing the fiery brunette in front of him.
Franklin its Angel, Cameron explained in a small warning tone catching the look of surprise Franklin offered him. Clearly Franklin had thought that Angela was Avery as well, but now he understood.
Of course sir, Franklin nodded before leaving the two of them alone to talk.
Youve got a lot of nerve, Angela stepped forward shaking her finger at him, How could you even think to keep me in the dark about
Angel, Cameron ignored her words rushing over to embrace her almost immediately, Ive missed you. How did you find this place?
A friend of mine told me where to look, she replied sourly refusing to return the embrace, I took it upon myself to come over whether you wanted me to or not.
Why wouldnt I want you to come over? Cameron pulled back ever so slightly to take a long look at her, I wouldve sent you over a limo to pick you up had I known you were this close
Would you really? she questioned with a doubtful expression shaking her head at him. While she hadnt seen her older brother in quite some time, now she found herself highly agitated with him, See now I dont believe that exactly.
And just why not? he frowned back at her, Dont you know by now Id do anything for you?
Except tell me the truth, right Cam? she folded her arms in front of her chest taking a step back, When were you going to tell me that you were in jail?
Angel, I he stammered a bit before waving his hand dismissively and trying to offer up a small smile, It was nothing.
Nothing, she repeated with a huff, Cam I heard that you were in jail because they believed you kidnapped Kevins cousin. Why would you do that? Why would someone even begin to think that you could be capable of something like that?
Because this town is filled with idiots, which was part of the reason why I wanted to keep you away for so long, Cameron confessed reaching out to touch her cheek gently, I didnt want my little sister exposed to any of this.
Dont give me that crap. You didnt tell me because like daddy you wanted to keep me in the dark about what youre getting into, she stomped her foot down and glared up at him, So why dont you just come out with it Cameron? Tell me what youve done and why youve targeted Kevin?
I didnt target Kevin, Cameron objected with a frown, I had no idea that Jade was his cousin, nor did I have anything to do with what happened to her. She was an incredible, wonderful woman whom Id enjoyed very much. When I heard what Susan had done to her, I was just as shocked and horrified as you are right now. If Id known that she was Kevins cousin, then I wouldve found a way to keep her away from Susan--I wouldve tried to protect her further like Ive protected you
From what Cam? Angela couldnt help but ask, You keep telling me that you want to protect me, but then you shut me out of your life and then you expect me to be happy when the news travels about your not only ending up in jail, but having been married and that too you didnt bother to share with me I might add.
Thats because it wasnt important, Cameron frowned at the memory of his brief marriage, It wasnt worth being involved in.
Cameron, youre my brother. Dont you think that maybe just maybe you should share these things with me if for no other reason than youre all that I have left in this world? she huffed in response increasingly agitated with his lack of remorse over what hed done in keeping her in the dark, Cameron, what is it that youre into right now that you havent been able to be honest with me? Why have you kept me in the dark about so many things, yet now youre willing to let me in?
I missed you, Cameron insisted with a small smile, I missed your face and having you around. Things happening around here only reminded me of you and of how I longed to see you again. I knew you were safe while you were away and now, well now that youre here, we can leave town for a while. Well go anywhere that you want and we can catch up with one another
No Cameron, were going to stay right here and were going to catch up right now, she stated firmly, her dark eyes narrowing at him, Youre going to tell me everything that you havent been telling me up until now and Im not leaving from this spot until Im satisfied with the fact that youve told me the truth.
Avery looked up after hearing a knock at her hospital door. Seconds later
Elliot popped his head in seeing Erin and Russ sleeping with one another beside
Avery. She waved over at Elliot and motioned for him to come inside after
shed been keeping her eye on Russ for a while herself.
They looks so peaceful, Elliot noted with a proud smile, Shes daddys little girl already, isnt she?
Im sure of it, Avery nodded back at him before looking around the room behind him, Wheres Cheryl?
Shes out in the hallway. She didnt really want me to come in here and bother you three, but I couldnt resist the opportunity to come in and see my granddaughter, he pause an uneasiness following his silence. Avery picked up on it right away.
Well tell Cheryl we dont mind the interruption. Erin would love the opportunity to spend some time with her grandparents because she knows already who to go to for spoiling her, Avery smiled up at him hoping to convey that her feelings hadnt changed despite the latest things that had happened in the world around them.
Alright, Elliot replied with a wide smile before nodding, Ill tell her to come on in.
Okay, Avery nodded glancing over at Russ and Erin once again. She saw the way that Erin seemed so content wrapped up in her fathers arms and in that moment Avery couldnt help but find herself falling in love with Russ all over again. She felt the warmth of his body beside her, the ease at which things seemed to fall into place for them and as her eyes cast over the lines of his handsome face, she felt herself grateful to be sharing such a moment with him beside her.
Looking up once more she spotted Elliot talking a hesitant Cheryl into the room. Avery waved at them offering up a warmth through the room. Cheryl walked in behind Elliot in a small movement until the two had moved in closer to the bed.
Hey grandma, Avery smiled up at her before motioning to Russ, What do you think? Is this the perfect time for a picture or what with these two?
I wish I had a camera, Cheryl confessed bringing her hand up to her chest while taking a moment to appreciate the site before her.
I have one on my phone, but I dont know if itll work in here, Elliot piped in reaching into his pocket, I know youre not really supposed to have these in here, but
Itll be our little secret, Avery winked up at him watching him snap a photo of Russ and Erin.
What secret? Russells eyes lazily opened and he looked up to see his father standing in front of him. Dad
Hey son, Elliot smiled down at him, We were just taking our time to admire that pretty little girl of yours.
She is beautiful, isnt she, Russ tipped his head down to take a long look at his daughter. He felt her curl into him further and a warm, wonderful feeling swelled up inside of him, Shes being lazy just like her daddy.
She has your nose, Cheryl added as Avery threw out a knowing look to Russ and stuck her tongue out at him.
Told you so, Avery laughed lightly.
She actually looks a lot like both of you, but with the way Russ is holding her right now, it reminds me of him when he was little, Elliot confessed thinking about his son, When he was first born he was a bit fussy, though hell swear he wasnt. We tried to get him to calm down at times, but nothing worked for a while. The only thing that really did the trick was my holding him just like that. After that he seemed to be content every time.
He just wanted to feel close to his father. Elliot was the only one who could really put him at ease, Cheryl added, her gaze traveling over to Russ. She felt a heat rise over her features remembering that the last time shed seen him he was in a great deal of pain. Fearing he was still angry with her, she braced herself for his reaction.
Thats because my fathers always been one of my best friends, Russ finally blurted out with a small smile tipping his eyes up to Elliot, Right dad?
Thats right son, Elliot nodded tears glistening behind his eyes as Erin let out a tiny yawn. Moments later her eyes opened and she stared at the new arrivals in the room watching Elliot wave at her.
Would you like to hold her? Avery questioned noting the expression on Elliots face.
Oh I dont know if shed be happy with that right now considering that Elliot stammered a bit.
Im sure if it worked for me, then it will work for her too dad, Russell finished with extra emphasis on the last word, I know Erin would love for her grandfather to hold her.
Well since you put it that way, Elliot smiled down at him, Id love to.
Okay, then why dont you come on over here, Russ suggested motioning to his side of the bed, and mom you can help him out here. If you two just pick her up like this then
Ive got her, Cheryl explained reaching out to take Erin in her arms. Shes so beautiful Russ.
Thanks, but while Id love to take all the credit, its this beautiful woman right here who did all the work, Russ curled his arm around Avery hugging her to him, Shes the reason were all here today sharing this moment.
Im not the only one, Avery reminded him placing her hand over the center of his chest, After all you rescued us at a time when we needed you the most.
And Id do it again in a heartbeat, Russ informed her leaning in to kiss her tenderly, I love you.
I love you, she replied her dark eyes turning to her in-laws as she found herself struck with a new sense of hope that somehow everything would find a way to work itself out for their family.
Guy, Brooke gulped surprised to find her son standing there.
Suddenly fear swept over her followed by panic at the thought that he couldve
heard her and Richard fighting, son I can explain
I think you just did, Guy took a step forward shaking his head at her, I came over here to see if it was true--if all of the rumors had any weight upon them and now
Sweetheart, its not what you think, Brooke curled her fingers out towards him seeing the raw hatred behind his eyes.
No its worse. A hell of a lot worse, Guy mouthed biting back on the numb feeling that coiled over him.
Son, I really dont think that you should be here right now, Richard spoke up not wanting to see his sons world destroyed after all Brooke had done.
Im every bit a part of this family as anyone else. You arent the only one she betrayed, Guys eyes burned with obvious emotion, How could you do that to Avery? How could you kill her baby?
Guy, theres more to it than that. It was a situation where I had to act fast or else watch your sister lose herself to a less than satisfactory life. She was barely pregnant and Brooke tried to rationalize her actions knowing full well that her son wasnt hearing it.
That was a life--a baby Mum, he managed to get out feeling an ache crawl in over him, All of these years everyone said that you were this horrible person, but I was convinced that they were wrong. I believed that you were someone to look up to--someone who just needed to be loved, but now
I am all of those things Guy. If you could only hear me out, Brooke pleaded with him once more trying to lean over the side of her bed.
All I see when I look at you is someone who had everything, but let greed get in the way. I thought that you loved me--that you wanted to keep our family together. I even went so far as to deny the man I was in order to make you happy and this is how you take care of those who love you, Guy threw his hands up in the air. No more. Im not going to be able to sit back and defend you any longer. Im finished.
Guy, Richard reached out to his son.
No, Guy shrugged his fathers touch off of his shoulder, After all these years I spent hating you--thinking that you were the monster, the reality is that she is. Shes the one who has done everything to tear us all apart
I just tried to give you and Avery the kind of life I never had. I wanted nothing but the best for the both of you. I wanted you to find love and be happy and Brooke insisted pleadingly.
And I have that. Just like Avery did, but like Avery I had to hide that from you--I had to hide who I am because it was never good enough, but Im not going to do that anymore, Guy announced standing up taller and glaring down at his mother, Im done with impressing you--with trying to live up to your expectations. Im finished with all of the lies and the deceptions. For years Ive let you manipulate me just like youve done with Avery only I was worse. I willingly let you dictate my life, but no more.
Guy I love you. Ive loved you from the moment you came to me and Brookes face was clouded with tears.
And what? Dont you think Avery would have wanted to have that in her life? That maybe she wouldve loved to be with her son or daughter as well? Shes happy with Russ and Guy argued with her further rage pouring out from within.
Russ would never make her happy. Hes a second rate citizen with a second rate career and a life thats leading him no where, Brooke sneered over at Richard hating him for opening this conversation in front of their son.
No mom. Russ is exactly everything you wanted for Avery, Guy let out an ironic laugh seeing how deluded his mother truly was.
Hes far from where I wanted my daughter to be in this world. I wanted her to find a good husband who could give her a wonderful life and Brooke tried to reason with her son.
And what is it about him that makes you want to do what youve done? Richard questioned in a gruff tone, What is it about Russ that you couldnt just let him make our daughters dreams come true?
What kind of dreams could she have with someone like him when hes from nothing? Hell be nothing and hell always keep weighing her down Brooke argued with her husband unable to quell her opinions about Russells place in Averys life. Hes nothing just like the rest of his family
Thats where youre wrong mom. Hes an amazing guy and he thinks the world of Avery. He can give her absolutely everything shes ever wanted. Hes her everything and it was never, ever your place to steal that from her, Guy shouted his voice cracking with anger.
He would only drag her down. You must understand that when you are a parent you only want what is best for your child. I want whats best for Avery much like I have always wanted for you, Brooke attempted to appeal to her son once more, I just want you to find a good woman you can love and have a family with and
And its never going to happen Mum. Its not going to happen because its not what I want to happen, Guy blurted out no longer holding back on his heart, because Im gay.
What? Brooke replied with a pinched expression. She blinked back at him before letting out a small laugh, Oh Guy I know that youre mad at me, but really why say such ridiculous things when ?
Im gay, he repeated with more determination behind his voice, I always have been, but youve been too wrapped up in you to see it. Ive been seeing someone for a while and hes everything I ever couldve asked for.
You couldnt possibly mean that, Brooke practically choked on the words, No son of mine could be
I am and Im proud of that fact. For so long I thought that I could just hide it long enough for you to understand, but when it gets down to it, youre never going to understand because all you care about is you. I tried to change myself to make you happy, but no more, Guy threw his hands up in the air, After what you did to Avery, I dont think I can even stand to be in the same room with you. You make me sick!
Guy wait, Brooke watched her son rush out of the room in a haste leaving her behind with a stunned Richard. She turned to snarl up at her husband, Now look what youve done to our son. Youve upset him to the point that he has to lash out like this.
Hes not lashing out. Hes being honest Brooke. Hes been right here underneath your nose all of this time, but you never once took the time to look at him and see him as he truly was, Richard shook his head poignantly, Just like everything else we once had. You never saw how truly blessed you were, but now youll know. Now that its all leaving you, youll see that life wasnt nearly as mundane as you felt it to be.
Where are you going? Brooke questioned in a panic watching Richard walk over to the door. Richard!
I think you already know that answer, Richard glanced over her with pure apathy, and if you dont well then youre even more lost than Id thought possible. And for the record you were wrong about Russ--dead wrong and its going to cost you absolutely everything.
Richard! Brooke shouted calling out after him in the hopes of having him return to her, but her screams were falling upon deaf ears now that her lies were exposed. It was only a matter of time before everything caught up to her and suddenly Brooke found herself surrounded by an altogether new emotion for her--fear!
So tell me everything that happened to you, Chris helped Cori
sit down before going over to the other side of the table and sitting across
from her. What did Diego do that made you want to ruin his tires like
He broke my heart, he tore it right out of me. There was another woman in his life and he it doesnt matter, Cori shook her head hating the fact that Diego treated her like he had, but she still couldnt find herself hating Diego like she wanted to. Ill be getting him back though, it doesnt bother me that much anymore.
Youre taking him back? Chris questioned spitting out some of his coffee as he let out a small gasp feeling the hot liquid travel down his chin. He wiped it off quickly, seeing Cori shrug her shoulders after his question. How could you take a cheater back?
Well, it wasnt his fault, Cori tried to explain seeing the way that Chriss eyes widened seeing her shrug her shoulders once more. I mean it was all the other womans fault, she tricked him into doing it. When I get him back we will be together forever.
Cori, once a cheater always a cheater, Chris choked, not believing what he was hearing. He always believed that if a person cheated on you, you should never ever get back with them or like them again. He would never--well, maybe for once exception in his life that happened a long time ago, but still. I thought woman were smarter than this. How do you think slashing his tire is even going to be making you two get back together?
Thats where the smart part comes in, Cori began, taking a sip of her coffee as Chris eyed her over slowly. She thought about the plan she had made a few days back over and over again. When he walks out those doors and goes to his car, he cant avoid. I can talk to him and
Brown eyes, I dont think that is going to be happening anytime soon, Chris pointed out the window to the hospital parking lot. Thats not Diegos car you slashed the tires to. Thats the Chief of Staffs car.
You have to be kidding me, Cori gasped watching the Chief of Staff kneel down looking at the tires, looking upset by the way his were deflated. Thats not good.
I suggest you dont try and talk to that guy, Chris let out a small frown before a smile appeared over his lips. You might want to second think another plan too while you're at it.
A thick silence filled the room surrounding Cameron and Angela as he stared
her down. He saw her demanding answers from him, but knowing what was at risk,
he refused to budge. He took a casual step towards his desk.
Im not getting into this with you Angel, he explained matter of fact, I cant do it.
Cant or wont? she followed after him not bothering to back down to her brother like shed done in the past, Cameron, you tell me right now what youre getting yourself involved in. You promised me that once our father died, you would walk away--that youd stay away from the trouble hed gotten himself into.
I know what I said Angel and that hasnt changed, Cameron sank into his chair, his dark gaze traveling to her eyes, Im not involved in what he was involved with--at least not directly.
In other words thats a lie, Angela shook her finger at him not allowing him to blow her off, Cameron, what is going on? Youve been running hot and cold for months
And you havent been, he tossed back at her smugly, First you want to see me, then you cant be bothered and now you prance into my home tossing out angry words at me. Angel, thats not a way for us to delve into a family reunion.
Right now Id rather delve into what youve done thats made you public enemy number one in this place, Angela explained with a heavy sigh, Cam, whats going on? You used to tell me everything, but now I feel out of the loop with you and even Kevin. He didnt even tell me about his cousin and
Really? he arched a curious brow, And why not?
I dont know, but thats not important. What is important right now is that youre lying to me and I want the truth Cam. What are you doing in Coral Valley and why havent you told me about it? she continued her dark eyes flashing with hints of anger.
Lets just say Im doing what I swore to you Id do. Im protecting our family, Cameron leaned in over his desk, I swore to you that I would take care of you after our father died and thats what Im doing Angel. Im taking care of you--of us
Are you or are you on a suicide mission, she questioned seeing something familiar in his eyes, Oh my God. Cam, youre here because you want revenge, arent you? You came to this place seeking out something darker than just a new start.
Im doing what I need to in order to close the past behind us forever and you would be best to stay out of it. Business was never a place for you Angel and Cameron reminded her bluntly.
Business my ass. Cam, youre here because you found out what happened to our father, didnt you? Youre here because youve found the person who did this to him, arent you? she asked her voice raising with her questions, Is that why youve kept me away?
I wont let them take you from me as well. I know how awful it was when they Camerons words came to an abrupt half when his eyes fell upon her abdomen. Suddenly he lost all train of thought as he noticed the soft swell before him. Immediately his eyes shot up to hers again, What is this?
What is what? she questioned catching his stare and taking a step back, Cameron, we need to talk about
About you, he rose up from his chair moving in closer to her, Angel, what is going on?
Nothing, she shook her head, Dont distract me Cameron. Right now I want to talk about you--to talk about what youve been keeping from me and
And Im obviously not the only one keeping secrets, am I? he arched a speculative brow, Youre pregnant, arent you?
Whether Im pregnant or not isnt relevant to the conversation were having right now, she ignored his question, I want to talk about you and
And youre pregnant, Cameron pieced it all together, thats what has kept you away for so long. Youve been moody and anxious and I dont believe this. Youre having a baby.
Cameron, I dont want to talk about that. Right now I want to talk about you--about what youre doing and
Of course thats what you want, Cameron shook his head off of her, because you dont want me to go off and murder Kevin for doing this to you again, right? I mean thats why youre so upset. It makes sense now. When Kevin was here before he seemed different--upset and
You saw Kevin? her eyes widened.
He nodded, He paid me a visit while he was here before and I noticed that he was moodier, but I had no idea that you and he were expecting that
Cameron, youre doing it again. Youre changing the subject, Angela interrupted with a frown, Youre turning this on me when I want answers from you. Tell me about your wife--about your arrest and
Why would we want to bother with that since the real topic at hand is how did this happen? When were you planning on telling me that you and Kevin were expecting? Thats why he came to me isnt it? He was going to ask for your hand in marriage, Cameron started to pace around the room, He wanted to come to me for permission and
Kevin wasnt going to ask you permission to marry me, Angela rolled her eyes at him, He knows he doesnt have to if we want to get married.
There is no if about this Angel. If Kevin is the man who did this to you, then he sure as hell better be planning on marrying you or else heads are going to roll, Cameron replied sharply spinning around to face his sister again now that he realized they were presented with this whole new situation.
Cameron, you dont understand Angela shook her head at him taking a step forward.
Of course I understand, Cameron replied after a long moment of contemplation, and right now, well even though Im not happy with how it came about, I must admit that Im beyond thrilled to have the Stone Legacy continue. Im happy for your Angel.
Cameron I Angela started to explain only to feel him embrace her. Sure, shed thought about what it would be like to have Cameron learn that she was pregnant, but never in her wildest dreams did she imagine it would end up like this once Cameron learned about the babies. Still feeling him hug her tightly, she realized that shed missed this connection with her brother. Wrapping her arms around him, she hugged him in response before whispering in her ear, I still hate that you lied to me Cam.
Im sorry, but I did it to protect you Angel. Everything Ive done, its been to protect you, Cameron whispered in response promising himself that now he would find a way to end the nightmare that had hung over them since their fathers demise. One way or another he would find a way to make those responsible pay. Hed already paved the road for the ultimate repayment and soon nothing anyone in Coral Valley did or said would have an opportunity to change that!
Back off Denton, Hart warned again watching Grady step away from
Look, why dont you both cool down? Ken offered up looking between Hart and Grady, None of this is helping anything. Grady, I realize you and my brother havent been seeing eye to eye lately, but what is between Brant and Avery isnt any of our business. Theyve had their share of problems, but
But nothing. Im not going to let him stand back and destroy my family for his own twisted pleasure, Grady argued with him, Hes already done enough to confuse Avery, but
Shes his wife, Hart interrupted catching an elbow in the ribs from Jenna.
Stay out of it, she urged him on worried that he would erupt over his friends troubles.
I cant just stay out of it especially not when he and his brother are Hart started to respond to her.
His brother, Ken spun around to face Hart confused by what he was hearing, What do you mean his brother?
You mean you havent heard the news yet? Gradys eyes widened in response, And here I thought news traveled fast in this town. The reason why hes talking about my brother is because my niece was born and my brother just so happens to be
Ken, there you are, Don interrupted walking out of the doors in front of all of them, I was looking all over for you.
Hows Brant? Have you heard anything? Hart asked, but judging by the expression on Dons face, it was obvious he had. What is it? Don, whats going on?
Its not good, Don sighed heavily bringing his hands up to his neck and shoulders, In light of everything thats just happened I think Brant took it harder than anyone couldve imagined. I was just in with his doctor and we see now that Brant has slipped into a catatonic state. Its as if hes had a complete meltdown
What? Kens eyes widened in astonishment, Don, what are you saying?
Im saying that physically he looks like everything should be fine, but mentally, Don shook his head poignantly, Hes had a complete meltdown and nothing is snapping him out of it. Im afraid all of the pressure has finally gotten to him. Ken, Im sorry
Im not interrupting anything am I? Kellen questioned with
a wide smile, folding his arms out in front of his chest as he watched Sarah
move away from Diego. What are you two up to?
Nothing, Diego answered quickly, a nervous crack behind his voice as he saw Kellens blue eyes narrow over in his direction. We were just talking about Charles and everything.
Charles, Kellen nodded slowly, looking over at Sarah before smiling widely. You guys have been in here for quite a while. Arent you worried or caring about what is happening in the room with Kyle and Heather while they are with Charles?
What are they doing? Just holding Charles or playing with him? Sarah muttered seeing Kellen tilt his head to the side before wiggling his eyebrows up and down. What does that mean?
It means, I think something more is going on here, Kellen pointed out walking in towards Sarah. He looked over at Diego seeing him looking more nervous than she was. So, why dont you tell me what exactly was going on in here.
Come on Kellen, where is that bottle? Heather walked into the kitchen, breaking the tension between everyone as Kellen glanced over his shoulder to see Heather standing in the doorway. I sent you in her a while ago, where is the bottle slow poke?
Im sorry, I got a little caught up with something mysterious, Kellen wiggled his eyebrows up and down once more, a wide smirk appearing over his features. He felt Sarah push past him and out of the kitchen around Heather as a small gasp escaped his lips. Would you look at that.
Whats with her? Heather looked back after seeing Sarah push her way out of the kitchen. She glanced over at Diego seeing him shrug his shoulders before looking down at the watch on his wrist. She could have said excuse me you know.
I just think someone has her panties in a bunch. Maybe she isnt getting any, Kellen simply shrugged his shoulders before letting out a deep sigh and walking towards the door. Kellen stopped before leaving the kitchen as he looked back over his shoulder at Diego. Or maybe she is.
Who knows, Diego nodded seeing Kellen leave the room before he glance over at Heather who was now staring into his dark eyes. What is it?
I know what this is, Heather began with a small laugh, looking down towards the ground and shaking her head. I know why she was so upset. I know exactly what you two were talking about. I cant believe I didnt see it before this moment, but now I know it. After talking to Kyle, he knows it too.
I cant believe Kellen, Sarah let out a deep sigh, walking
into the living room pacing back and forth slowly. She had to get away from
everybody in that kitchen, all of them were making her nervous. Mainly Diego
by the way he was acting and talking to her. How could I do something
Do something like what? Kyle questioned from behind Sarah as she turned around to see Kyle standing by Charless room, holding Charles in his arms tightly. What did you do Sarah?
What I meant was, Sarah paused for a second seeing the way that Kyle was staring her down carefully. She took a step in closer to Kyle as she tried to explain herself. I was just worried about something I did. I forgot to call Blake earlier and I felt really bad.
Really, Kyles eyebrows tensed as he looked down at Charles, who was now feeding on his bottle and looking up at Kyle with his big eyes. So why did you have a hard time telling me that? It took you long enough to tell me that you know.
You think Im lying to you? Sarah questioned seeing Kyle looking up at her with his dark eyes look into hers. Kyle, you know I wouldnt lie to you.
Do I know that? Kyle watched Sarah closely, seeing the way that Sarah seemed to be getting more worried by the moment. If you are telling me the truth, then why are you getting nervous. Do you see me getting nervous in front of you?
I told you that I was thirsty Kyle, its just a little hot in here, Sarah tried to explain seeing the look of disbelief spread over his features. What do you think Im hiding from you?
Im thinking, I know Sarah, Kyle explained with a small shake of his head, seeing Sarahs eyes grow wide as he spoke up. Did you think I was dumb? Did you think I was blind? I mean come on, how much of an idiot do you think I am?
Kyle, listen before you think anything I have to explain something to you, Sarah tried to explain seeing Kyle cut her off with a small shake of his head as he looked down at Charles.
Please Sarah, Heather told me, Kyle frowned looking up at her with a small shake of his head. He held Charles tighter in his arms before letting out a small laugh. I know I must seem like a big idiot to you and you may think the same thing about Heather, but were smarter than that Sarah. I know exactly what you and Diego have going on.
Sarahs heart skipped a beat as she watched Kyle look at her with his dark eyes. How did they know about everything? Was it Diego? Better yet, what was she going to say to Kyle to make things better?
...to be continued...