How can you ask me something like that? Sarah snapped at Diego
taking a step closer to him. She lowered her voice to a hushed whisper before
shaking her head at him, Are you out of your mind?
Sarah, you cant deny what happened between us even if you are trying to forget, he groaned in frustration, I know you are with Kyle now, but
But nothing, she scowled up at him, Diego I made my choice and I chose Kyle. Hes the man I worked very hard to spend my life with and I cant let this get in the way of my plans for my future.
Im not trying to get in the way Sarah, but the more I think about that night Diego began clear conflict burning behind his eyes, Ive tried to forget but
But nothing, she hissed in response dropping her hands to her side, Diego what we had with one another was a mistake. It never should have happened in the first place, but neither one of us was thinking clearly. We were both caught up in the moment and
And I dont regret it, Diego confessed immediately regretting the words as soon as they came out. He looked away from her feeling his stomach tied in knots, I dont regret a second of what we shared even though I know it was wrong.
It is wrong. Its very wrong Diego and you have to forget about it, she pleaded with him, her heart hammering in her chest, I have a new life now. Kyle and I are together again. Susan cant keep him from me. No one can keep us apart and as long as I think about the future and not the past
Sarah, I didnt mean to bring this up, but when I see you he began again a sad expression sweeping over him.
You cant think about it. You cant dwell on the past. Its the past and thats all there is to it, she paused biting on her lower lip as she found herself lost in contemplation. In fact, maybe its best if we dont see one another. We should spend some time away from each other--that way we can take the time to let these feelings between us fade away. We can just get on with our lives and never look back.
Sarah, I dont think I can do that. I cant ignore the way I feel, Diego pleaded with her in a low, yearning tone, Sarah, I cant help but remember what it was like to hold you, to touch you.
Diego stop, she pleaded with him taking a step forward, Dont do this to yourself because you and I both know that this cant go anywhere. For you to think like that is just counterproductive and its going to end up leading you to a dead end road.
Dont you think Im well aware of that? Sarah dont you realize I know full well that this is a mistake, he ran his fingers through his dark hair, I never planned on this and I hate the idea of what Im thinking--what Im feeling
So stop, she urged him on with a frown, Stop thinking about yourself and start thinking about whats best for everyone. Whats best for me--for Kyle
What about Kyle? Kyle questioned walking up to the two of them and causing Sarah to jump up in the air. His hazel eyes swept over her curiously, Sarah, what about me? Whats going on here?
Oh man, Kellen leaned back against the arm of the black leather
couch before letting out a small groan. He let out a small wince as he felt
Heather put an ice pack on his head. I dont know what went wrong,
I did it right before.
Before you were at a club, Kipp pointed out seeing Kellens light blue eyes looking up into his as he sat on the edge of the couch, running his fingertips along the Kellens cheek gently. Now you are just at my home where if you bump things, they will fall on you.
Well, how was I supposed to know that? Kellen groaned arching his back up on the couch before letting out a small sigh. He looked up at Heather, noticing the small smirk that was still over her features as he frowned. How was I supposed to know that he had a candle that is in a very dangerous glass jar on his desk?
Youre also forgetting the fifty CDs that fell on your head too, Kipp pointed out with a small chuckle feeling Kellen push at his shoulder, making him laugh out even more. Kellen come on--it was kind of funny. Be thankful that the jar didnt break over your head.
Be thankful that I was nice enough to pick up all those CDs too Kellen, Heather chuckled from the corner of the room walking over towards the couch and grabbing the icepack away from his eyes--seeing the red mark that spread over the side of his face. I was nice enough to do that for you.
Gee, you were nice enough to pick up CDs for me and I am your best friend. I would hate to see what the nicest thing you would do for me was, Kellen joked feeling her push at his shoulder when he let out a small yelp since that was the spot he hit on the corner of the desk. Ouch.
Oh, I am so sorry, Heather felt a bit guilty--getting down on her knees to gently rub at his shoulder hearing him let out a few fake cries. Come on Kellen--I didnt mean to.
I know, I just dont want to imagine what is going to happen to my face, Kellen frowned fixing the icepack so it was more over the sore spot on his face. He couldnt figure out what he did wrong, he did everything that Kevin had told him to do at one point in time so how come it didnt work. I cant think for the life of me what I did wrong, Kevin can do it perfect. I know I can do it just as good as him.
Well, here is a little guess, Heather thought for a moment before letting out a small laugh, maybe Kevin is just simply better than you Kellen. You know--that happens sometimes.
But he is so much bigger than me, Kellen pointed out seeing them nod slowly, I dont mean he is fat or anything, but he is so muscular. How can a man like that--do something better than me?
Well, one--hes probably been doing it longer than you, Heather added to Kellens thoughts seeing him nod slowly before she continued to go on. The big thing though--I would imagine when he does it though, he doesnt do it on carpet. I would think that he himself would be more professional than that and when he does it--I would assume his legs dont fly everywhere and kick over a table in the opposite corner of the room he started in.
Stop making fun of me, Kellen chuckled seeing Heather shrug her shoulder before her green eyes widened. Okay, so maybe he thought he was a lot better than he really was, but it was still the thought that counts. At least I know I am better than you.
Who said that? Heather shook her head slowly and let out a small laugh. I think if I did it, I would be smart enough to know not to leave a shiner right on the center of my face.
Hey, I can do a back flip--I know you cant do that, Kellen pushed the point farther seeing her nod slowly. Kellen sat up slowly letting out a small groan as he leaned his back against the arm of the couch. Prove to me you can do it right here and right now.
In these clothes? Heather chuckled at the thought before shaking her head slowly. Heather stood up off the couch showing off her clothes before shaking her head slowly. I dont think so.
Good, point. That is such a cute shirt by the way--where did you get that? Kellen patted the couch next to him to get Heather to sit down next to him. He looked at her shirt before clapping his hands together, I hope they have this in pink.
Well, they did, but I thought the blue looked better, Heather pointed out hearing the doorbell ring as both her and Kellen looked over at Kipp who seemed to be just staring out in space. Arent you going to get that?
Oh, yeah of course. I mean, since the two of you are here too and had no sleep today--I dont mind, Kipp shook his head slowly letting out another small laugh as he got up from the couch and shrugged his shoulders. I wouldnt want to you know--just interrupt the conversation the two of you are having.
Neither would I sweetheart, Kellen waved off Kipp before looking back at the shirt Heather was wearing. Heather babes, we so have to go to the store and go shopping together. You have the best taste and
The sound of Kipps voice yelling erupted through their ears as Kellen and Heather both got up quickly walking over towards the door to see Kipp standing in front of Cameron who was trying to talk peacefully with Kipp.
Whats going on here? Kellen questioned limping over towards the two of them feeling Heather wrap her arm around his shoulder as they approached the door. Why are the two of you fighting?
Im not fighting with him, Cameron tried to stand up for himself giving Heather a small glance, I was just coming to talk to her because I wanted to set some things straight between the two of us. I swear Im going to be peaceful and he just started yelling at me.
She has enough shit in her life already Cameron and she doesnt need you making it worse, Kipp pushed Cameron back as Cameron held his hands up in the air. Just go away.
Please, I just want to talk to her, Cameron replied with a small frown shrugging his shoulders as he spoke up, You and Kellen can stand out here and watch the two of us for all I care--Im not going to do anything bad I promise.
Kipp, Heather grabbed Kipps shoulder before he could fight any further with Cameron. She gently pushed him back towards Kellen before nodding slowly. Its okay--you two just go inside for a minute and I will talk to him alone.
Are you sure? Kellen questioned his worried blue eyes looking into hers. I mean--my eyes are always going to be on him, but are you sure you want to be alone?
Yeah, Heather watched Kellen nod slowly before pulling Kipp back into the house and shutting the door slowly behind him. Heather turned back around to see Cameron standing before her, his dark eyes looking into hers. What do you want Cameron?
Look, I have been thinking about a lot of things lately, Cameron cleared his throat uneasily before reaching out to touch her shoulder feeling her pull away from him. Right, you dont trust me yet. Listen, I know I was a real jerk to you and I just wanted to say that I was sorry.
You think I am just going to forgive with sorry? Heather muttered with a small laugh shaking her head slowly and folding her arms out in front of her chest boldly. I dont think so Cameron--you were more than a jerk to me and I will never forget the things you did to me.
I know that and I am really sorry Heather, Cameron tried to find ways inside of him to apologize to her before he shrugged his shoulders and spoke up again in a small whisper. I keep thinking about what I did to you and it was wrong. So very wrong and I finally realize what I did hurt you and I cant stop thinking about it. Heather--I want to make things right between us. I once promised you that you could have the full reign of the cosmetics company I created for you and I still want you to have that now. Even if you arent married to me anymore I still want you to have that. So, what do you say Heather? You still interested?
You think our getting married is the best thing for both of us?
Angelas eyes widened in astonishment fully grasping what Kevin said
to her once the initial shock wore off.
Yeah, I do, he nodded in confessing seeing the way she was staring at him in astonishment. Oh wait a second. Did you think I was trying to say that I think you and I getting married to one another is the best thing for both of us?
Well isnt that essentially what you just said? she blinked up at him confusion sweeping in over her.
God no, Kevin blurted out in a grumble, Im not that stupid to think that would be a good idea anymore.
Youre not? she blinked back at him a bit offended by his tone.
Are you kidding me, he chuckled with mild amusement, Our getting married would be a complete and total disaster especially considering that Im in love with someone else. Speaking of which
Wait a second, she frowned up at him, So youre saying if you married me it would be a nightmare.
Um yeah, Kevin nodded in response before offering up a small laugh, Neither one of us are that naïve or stupid to believe wed make a good match with one another especially now that were older and wiser.
Well yes, but, she paused giving him a long look, Did you just come over here to insult me today?
Actually no, Kevin placed his hands in his pockets, I came over here to tell you that its clear you have gotten back into old habits by making life for those around you complicated.
What is that supposed to mean? she frowned up at him.
It means that if you would learn to keep your mouth shut, we wouldnt get into so many problems with one another, he waved his hand between them a frustrated sigh spilling from his lips, Angie you are my best friend yes, but in my being around you I seem to find myself in a whole world of trouble--trouble that I would really rather not get into if you catch my drift.
You lost me, Angela shook her head at him, If this is about Cameron saying we can get married
No its not about that, though to set the record straight, I wouldnt want to get married to you--not when I found someone who loves me for me and doesnt give me so many situations to deal with. I have someone that sees just what she has in front of her--who recognizes love right in front of her face.
And just what is that supposed to mean? she huffed back at him stomping her foot impatiently.
It means, Kevin paused realizing that talking with Angela was never going to make a difference because she would always stay the same, never mind. Its not worth getting into this right now. The fact to the matter is that youre an idiot and youre always going to be clueless if you dont start using your head.
Using my head? she replied with a tight scowl, Kevin youre the one who came in here tonight causing a scene. All I did was
Create more drama than either one of us needed, Kevins frown intensified, You have no idea what the last few days have been like for me all because of you.
Because of me? Ha, you always find yourself in trouble Kevin and that rarely has anything to do with me. Youre the one who puts yourself into a situation and she shot back at him with a glare.
Im the one, he laughed lightly, Angie, you may as well change your name to trouble because youre the one who is always in it.
Now come on you two, Chris intervened making his way to step between the both of them, Is this really necessary? I mean really why do we need to argue? Its clear that neither one of you is getting married and certainly not to one another.
Thank God, Kevin scoffed catching the way Angela glared at him.
Oh like I would want to marry you now, she added with a hiss.
Believe me sweetheart it wouldnt matter how much you wanted it because it would never, ever happen, Kevin threw his hands up in the air before letting out a long breath, On second thought to hell with this. Im not even going to bother to touch this one. Chris, I hope you enjoy having her around because shes your problem now, not mine and Angie, well dont call me, if I feel compelled Ill call you.
Yeah like Ill answer, Angela snapped seeing him stomp out of the area while Chris looked between the two of them.
What just happened here? he couldnt help but ask confusion pouring out over him.
I dont know, Angela admitted with a small shrug folding her arms in front of her chest, but if he thinks Im going to chase after him or go apologize for something that I didnt even do, then hes got another thing coming.
Um okay, Chris replied not really sure what had transpired between the two of them, but on the bright side it left him the opportunity to be alone with Angela for a while and that was something that he was truly looking forward to.
I was going to call you earlier and tell you about it, Shannon
tried to explain what was happening with Nate as Don gently moved her off
of him and stood up slowly. I just figured I would explain it to you
when you got home.
Well, why is he here? Don questioned zipping his pants back up before beginning to button his shirt back up. He watched Shannon stand up slowly as he took another step back. Shannon, what is that kid really doing here?
Well, he just got in some trouble and I am the only one that can help him out around here, Shannon tried to explain following Don into the kitchen as he pulled some milk out of the refrigerator. I didnt think you would mind.
As long as he doesnt steal anything, I will be okay with it, Don informed her with a small smile seeing the way that she looked back at him and his smile soon turned into a frown. He isnt known for stealing is he?
Well, there was one occasion when he was in high school, but thats when he was a freshman. We all do stupid things when we are younger, Shannon replied with a small shrug seeing Dons eyes widen in disbelief before he let out a small sigh. You can trust him now though, it has been a long time since he is gotten into trouble. Other than just now, it has been about six months.
Six months? Don blurted out seeing her shrug her shoulders at his response. Don reached out to grab her shoulder before looking down the hallway. If he has killed someone in the past--I need to know.
Please, my brother is just a little booger, Shannon chuckled seeing Don look out at her, his eyebrows tensing as he continued to watch her try to explain her way out of the matter. Don--dont worry about it. He is more afraid of a spider than you will be of him. The only thing the idiot has done is get in some accidents with his car and he tried stealing stupid stuff. Like some gum and what do you know? He just happened to get caught.
I dont care if he really stole some gum or whatever it was he did, but I just have to say--I just have to say Don fell short for words as he thought of something to tell her. He snapped his fingers a couple of times and pointed towards the bedroom before holding his hands out in the air. I dont know what I have to say, but you better take good care of that kid because if he steals something--I swear to you I swear Ill
You swear, what? Shannon questioned moving her hand in a circular motion seeing Don walk away from her and pour himself a glass of milk. You never finished your sentence.
I dont know what I will do, but it will be real bad, Don warned taking a sip from his milk before setting it down. He turned around to face Shannon, seeing her start to chuckle as he folded his arms out in front of his chest. What are you laughing at?
Nothing, Shannon let out another small laugh seeing the milk
mustache Don had over his top lip as he looked out at her with his light blue
eyes. Nate wont do anything, dont worry about it.
Im just a big ball of worry Shannon, Don replied throwing his hands up in the air before letting out a small groan hearing her laughing at him again. Shannon--please what are you laughing at? I really hate when someone keeps me out of the loop.
Hey, thats exactly how I feel, Shannon pointed out with a small nod, reaching out to squeeze Dons shoulders in her hands tightly feeling him move out from her grasp. I like to be in the loop too, which is why I want to know what you are doing with Brant.
Shannon, I swear--I dont know what you are talking about, Don lied once more going to take another sip of his milk before finishing the last of his glass off. He turned to face Shannon once more hearing her let out an even louder laugh as now his milk mustache was twice as visible. What?
Listen, Nates voice echoed through the kitchen as he walked in seeing Don glance over at him with a small frown. Nate let out a long yawn stretching out his arm as he spoke up again. I heard you guys talking about me and you have nothing to worry about Don, everything here is too ridiculous to steal. Other than that big screen TV over there, nothing really catches my interest, but I dont see myself walking out the door with that my friend.
You know, you seem really comfortable in my home, Don emphasized his words seeing Nate walking through his kitchen in only his smiley face boxers. Really, really comfortable that is.
Yeah man, Nate walked over towards the refrigerator grabbing the milk that Don had pulled out earlier. He took off the cap before shrugging his shoulders and drinking some of it straight from the bottle. He heard Don gasp out as he finished of the last of it and glanced over at Don who seemed to be staring out at him. Nate let out a long belch before patting his ripped stomach gently. You know, it seems to amaze me how I can keep such a good perfection with my body. Im only ten percent body fat you know and I cant eat anything and never gain a pound. Speaking of eating--do you have anything good to eat around here?
Yeah, things I like, Don shook his head slowly before patting Nate on the back, just try not to eat everything I own. I tend to like my milk, but you already took care of that one. Just stay away from my animal crackers. I have to go--Ill be back.
Don hold on, Shannon called out to Don seeing him walking over towards the door before opening it up quickly and walking out as fast as he could. Don come on
Looks like he didnt want to be around you today, Nate stepped in beside her at the door wrapping his arm around her shoulders gently before giving her a small squeeze. He watched Don pull away before taking a bite out of his apple. Well, you got what you always wanted. A true man that is afraid of you Shannon.
Very funny Nate, speaking of which, Shannon turned to face Nate seeing him look out at her with a small smile. Get dressed and get dressed now because you have a big day ahead of yourself.
Avery felt a hand on her shoulder as she opened her eyes and let out a small
gasp. Looking up she saw Augustus standing over her with a worried expression.
She wiped at her cheek before sitting upright after realizing she mustve
fallen asleep at Brants bedside.
You should be resting, he noted catching her tired eyes, Were you in here all night?
I was trying to be here if he needed anything. After what happened yesterday I was worried about him, Averys eyes fell over Brant again, I still am.
Avery, sweetheart, I think that maybe you should take a step back from all of this, Augustus decided with a heavy sigh, I mean Im sure that Brant appreciates all of your concerns but he wouldnt want you running yourself thin like this. You should go get a bite to eat, maybe spend some time with Erin and let Brant rest on his own for a while. Im sure that nothing will happen to him.
Well that does sound like a good idea, but she paused with a small frown, Im not sure I should really leave him now.
Avery, hell be alright, Augustus offered up a small smile, Ill be around if you would like. I can sit with my grandson for a while. Perhaps that will help.
He would like that, Avery smiled back at him, Brant really looks up to you.
I highly doubt that, but I appreciate your trying to make me feel better about all of this, Augustus replied his eyes casting over Brant again, In a great many ways I feel as if Ive failed each and every member of my family, but Im hoping one day I can remedy that.
This isnt your fault Augustus, Avery offered up with a small sigh, None of this was your fault. If anything Im the one who has turned Brant into this. Im the one who brought all of these complications into his life and Russells as well.
No, Augustus shook his head at her, unfortunately their father was the one who really caused all of this chaos. My son is a very cruel soul and if he is still out there, Im afraid he wont stop until he gets what he wants from his children.
What does he want, she couldnt help but ask.
To bring misery to those around him so that he can feel as if he isnt the only one trapped inside his misery, he explained with a poignant expression reaching out to take her hand in his, Im going to try and stop that though. Im hoping that perhaps Russell and I can speak with one another later because there is something important that I need to share with him--something I feel he deserves to know about our situations.
Im sure hes around, she replied guiltily thinking about how shed neglected Russ after everything went crazy with Brant. Knowing full well that Russ wouldnt be happy about her spending all this time with Brant, she realized maybe she should go look for him herself.
Why dont you go find him, Augie suggested reaching out to touch her shoulder once more, Things will be okay in here for a while.
Alright, she finally decided giving Brant one last look before making her way out of the room in the hopes of finding Russ and spending a little time with him before returning to check on Brant.
So, how are the two of you doing? Blake sat down next to Seth
on the leather couch in the library, looking out at Ken and Wendy as she spoke.
Since everything had been so hectic lately, she hadnt found time to
herself to get to talk to her brother and her old friend. Everything seemed
to have her out of loop lately and she wanted to know how everyone was doing.
How are you feeling Wendy, I havent talked to you in a long time.
Well, Wendy thought about telling Blake the truth before shrugging her shoulders and deciding to leave the hard news out of the whole conversation. Im doing pretty good, but I was talking to Ken and I heard you were putting some big plans together about making a house for the children. Tell me more about this.
Well, I was just thinking of it as a group you know, Blake looked up at Seth, seeing his dark eyes looking into hers before she glanced back over at Wendy, I have talked about it a couple of times with him in the past.
More than just a couple of times, Seth pointed out with a small laugh feeling her gently elbow him in the ribs as he let out a chuckle. She is very excited about the idea and thinks its a very good thing.
So, what are you planning on doing to make it work? Wendy found herself getting more interested as she leaned forward in her seat, feeling Ken lean forward with her and wrap his arm around her shoulders gently. I mean--what are you planning on doing to make it work?
Well, nothing is final, but I was thinking of having a party for starters, Blake began to explain leaning back in her seat before holding her hands out in the air. It could be a charity where we could get all the community in on it. You never know what a real community can do until they come together.
Which could be hard sister considering people arent that nice anymore, Ken pointed out with a small shake of his head before looking out at her with a small frown. I wish someone would just up and call to make everything possible, but a lot of people are selfish these days.
Now thats no way to go, Wendy pointed out with a small frown shaking her head slowly at the last comment. She looked across at Blake before offering up a small nod, You should believe in it because someone could actually change for once. You never know what could happen.
Right, Blake was about to say something else before she felt her cell phone begin to go off and she motioned everyone to give her a second. She took a minute to look at the number before letting out a small frown. Well, thats odd.
What? Seth looked down at the number as she looked up at him with her blue eyes. What is it sweetheart? Whats wrong?
Nothing is wrong, Ive just never seen that number before, Blake shrugged before answering her phone, taking the chance at not knowing who was on the other end. Hello?
Must be someone important, Ken listened to the beginning of Blakes conversation before seeing her face drop like something big had just happened. What? What is it? Who is it Blake?
Can you give me a minute please? Blake asked the person over the phone before resting the phone against her chest before letting out a small laugh. You will never believe who it is.
Thats why I was asking, Ken pointed out with a tiny chuckle shaking his head slowly, I have no clue who is on the other side of the phone and by your reaction I wouldnt be able to find out that easily.
Well, Blake took in a deep breath holding it out to the very end before letting out a small laugh, its an investor and he is interested in my idea.
Richard stood at the door seeing Judy seated beside Dianes hospital
bed now. Carefully he opened the door in an attempt to be quiet now that Diane
was clearly sleeping and at ease for the time being. Gently he pushed the
door to a close before seeing Judys head pop up to make eye contact
Richard, she smiled offering up a small wave and motioning for him to join her. She stood up from the chair shed been seated in and met him half way, I wasnt expecting to see you here today.
I was hoping I could have a word with you, he paused glancing over her shoulder at Diane, You know maybe we should go out in the hall to talk so we dont wake her.
Thats probably a good idea, Judy nodded in agreement following his lead back into the hallway. She watched him close the door to her daughters hospital room before he turned to face her again. Unable to repress the urge she reached out to touch the side of his face seeing how tired he looked, How are you feeling?
Ive had better days, he admitted with a heavy sigh bringing his hand up over hers, Though in some ways today has been a day of awakenings. The past few months have been for me actually. Its caused me to take the time to really sit back and reevaluate the way that my life has been. Ill admit that Ive been in a state of turmoil for a while, but now I finally have clarity.
I dont understand, Judy began not really sure where Richard was headed when he released her hand and reached into his pocket.
After all the things that Brooke has done to my family, to my children it only reaffirms what I knew in my heart to be all these years, he confessed with a pained expression, Back when I married her I knew that I had married the wrong woman and while I dont regret the fact that I have Avery or Guy there has always been something in my life that has eaten away at me year after year. Its always been that one mistake that has haunted me, but Im hoping that after today it will haunt me no more.
Rick? Judy tipped her head to the side seeing him pull a small, black box out of his pocket.
Im divorcing Brooke. Ive already started with the paper work and nothing can keep me with her. Ive already got plenty reason for this divorce to go through with or without her approval as there isnt a judge in the world that would force me to stay with her. In my being without her, it clears the way for me to be with the one woman I have longed to share my life with--the woman that I had dreamt of having a future with, he reached for her hand taking it in his gently. He lowered himself to his knee in the middle of the hospital with all eyes on him, Judy you are the only woman I have ever truly loved in my life and it would be my greatest dream come true if we could finally share our lives together.
Rick I she blinked down at him surprised by his sudden declaration.
You know that my heart is true--that my feelings for you are real, he opened up the box to reveal a diamond ring from within, Ive had this for you for a long time now and nothing would make me happier than to be able to put this on your finger and call you mine. Judy, what Im trying to say is that I want you--as my partner, my best friend and my soul mate. You are indeed the great love of my life and you will always be. Weve been through so much with one another over the years and I know that as long as we are together things can only get better. I love you unlike any other woman I have loved and I want to spend the rest of my time on this planet showing you just how much you mean to me. I dont want to live in a world of regret any longer. I want you for always, which is why I am asking you--no begging you to say yes--that youll be my wife.
Rick I Judy stammered feeling tears burning behind her eyes before she nodded eagerly, Yes oh yes.
Really? a smile spread across his face as he pulled the ring from the box and slipped it onto her finger.
Yes, yes, yes, she nodded reaching out to him and pulling him into an embrace as it seemed that their dreams of happiness with one another were finally becoming a reality after a lifetime of being apart. Nothing could stop them now!
So really what are you doing here Diego? Kyle questioned his
dark eyes filled with a sudden curiosity at seeing Diego at the Ashford Estate
of all places.
The hospital thought it might be a good idea for me to come over and check in on Brant, Diego explained in a cool and even tone despite the fact that he was still very wired after he and Sarah had started their conversation with one another. There was still so much to say, so much to discuss.
Wow, well thats really nice of you, Kyle replied bringing his arm around Sarahs shoulders for a small hug, although I have to tell you I dont know how much good its going to do given that Russ and I are kind of working on the theory that Brant is faking all of this. Although you know maybe you can help. Were trying to prove that he is faking and with you being a psychiatrist and all maybe you can call him at his own game.
Im not so sure that, Diego started uneasily.
Diegos not really in a position to pass judgment on Brant. I saw him before Kyle and hes really looking like hes in bad shape, Sarah offered up interrupting the conversation at hand.
Even so it wouldnt hurt for Diego to take a look at him and see whats going on. I mean you could do that, right? Kyle questioned with an eager expression.
Sure, Ill see what I can do, Diego nodded before casting a dark glance over at Sarah, Ill talk to you later.
Yeah, she replied looking away as Diego walked off in the direction of Brants room leaving her alone with Kyle again.
Hopefully hell find the proof that we need to get Brant to stop faking it, Kyle noted glancing over at Sarah once more, you know for a while I wasnt sure about him, but hes a pretty good guy.
Brant? she questioned giving him a strange sideways glance.
No Diego, he replied with a small smile, I mean I wasnt really sure about him with his being a head doctor and all, but he has turned out to be a really good friend. Im sure that he and Heather will find a way to find happiness with one another soon. Hes exactly what she needs right now to help with this new start shes making.
Shes the last thing that he needs, Sarah blurted out with a tight scowl, Diego deserves a lot better than that conniving witch.
Whoa, back up, Kyles eyes widened in surprise at her sharpness, Thats your sister youre talking about there.
Im well aware of who it is, she scowled up at him, and trust me shes the last thing that Diego needs in his life. Shes cold and manipulative and
And I think youre being a bit harsh there Sarah, he frowned down at her, Heather is really making some attempts to turn her life around and you cant condemn her for that.
Of course I can because its all an act to bait everyone in, she shook her head at him thinking about her sisters ploys at getting Diego to pay her attention, Heather is like a chameleon. She changes to fit the mood of the moment, but when it gets down to it, she cant hide from her true colors.
Sarah, I think youre being too hard on her. Shes had a rough year, he tried to reason with her knowing that Heather had endured a great deal of torment over the last year.
Im not nearly hard enough. Trust me Kyle I know my sister, she warned him with uneasy eyes.
And so do I which is why I think you should cut her some slack, he defended Heather once again, She might have gone down a different path for a while, but shes getting her priorities in order. Shes a good mother to Charles and
Like she gives a damn about him. I mean really, where was she when he really needed her? She was off tending to her own issues, she informed him bluntly thinking back to the time shed arrived in Coral Valley, The only reason Heather even fakes caring about Charles is simply because it gets her attention from the men around her. I mean even look at you. Youre obviously fooled by the wool shed pulled over your eyes. A few sweet words and a flirty smile and everyone around her turns into an idiot, even you.
Wait a second, Kyles eyes widened, Are you calling me an idiot now for wanting to give your sister a chance?
Im just saying that Heather leads people to believe one thing, but when it gets down to it, shes as cold and heartless as ever. Diegos had enough misery in his life. He deserves a woman of good character--someone who can love him like he needs in his life. He needs someone who can put him first and with Heather, there isnt room for anyone else in her life beyond her ego.
Come on Sarah. Is that really necessary, he frowned again wondering what had sparked such a passionately angry response from her.
Unfortunately with Heather it is and the further she stays away from Diego the better, she paused realizing she was starting to sound catty, but right now I dont want to talk about her. I just want to focus on getting things back in order in my life. I have to make calls to the insurance company about my place and
Im here if you need me, he squeezed her hand gently in his writing off her crabbiness simply as stress over having lost almost everything in her home, Ill be here every step of the way for you. I hope you know that.
I do and Im so glad I have you here, she reached out to embrace him hugging him tightly as she tried not to focus on the idea of Diego and Heather finding something with one another. While she had no reason to care about them finding something with one another, the more the idea haunted her, the more she hated the thought of her sister getting close to Diego especially now more than ever!
Don stood outside Jennas place ringing the bell in the hopes that hed
get a few words in with Hart before they had to go back to the mansion and
work on helping Brant in his current situation. He rang it once more and was
greeted by Jenna.
Don, hey, she waved at him lazily clearly a bit tired, how are you? Come on in.
Is Hart around, he looked around her place realizing that this was the first time hed really taken in the time to visit his friends new home. This place was completely unlike the condo, yet he could see how Hart would find himself at ease there with Jenna.
Hes still sleeping, but I can get him if youd like. Just give me a minute, she held her finger up before disappearing down the hallway.
Don walked over to one of the tables and noticed a photo album on top of it. Unable to contain himself or his curiosities, he opened it up and skimmed through a few pages seeing Jenna and her family over the years. He flipped to another page seeing a photo of her with Avery and Russell and he let out a small groan.
Don hey, Hart walked out into the living room shirtless and in a pair of gray sweatpants. He ran his fingers through his dark, messy hair before pulling a white t-shirt up over his chest, whats up?
I was wondering if you were ready to get moving on that little project of ours, Don began giving him a knowing look. I was curious to see if you made any progress on it.
Project, Hart repeated still a bit tired as Don nodded again.
Yeah you know the one about, Don leaned in closer to him and whispered, Brant and getting rid of this.
Rid of pictures? Hart watched Don tapping on the photo album.
No this, Don showed Hart the picture of Russ and Avery with Jenna, Did you figure out what were going to do about it?
About what? Jenna questioned walking out to see the two men huddled over in the corner of the room with her album, Hey, is something up?
No, Hart lied shaking his head and stealing the album from Don, I was just showing Don how cute you were in some of these. You know how I cant resist the urge to brag about you at every given moment.
Right, Jenna nodded with a disbelieving expression before walking over to take the photo album out of his hands, So whats really going on?
Nothing, Don gulped motioning to the book in her hands, there are some great photos in there.
Thanks, she replied eyeing the both of them carefully, So what gives? Whats the meeting about this morning?
Don came over to discuss that case I was telling you about earlier, Hart blurted out throwing Don a warning look, Hes the one who brought it to my attention and he was seeing if Id been able to come up with anything to help out the situation.
It sounds serious, she noted turning her attention to Don, Is it one of your patients in some kind of trouble?
Something like that, Don nodded back at her, and I was hoping to steal your husband for a bit and poke at his brain since hes far more into the legal jargon than I am. You know medical school only does so much.
So I keep hearing, Hart interrupted clearing his throat quickly, but really Don I was working hard on it for a while, but I finally gave it a rest for now.
A rest, Don repeated looking a bit surprised, are you sure thats a good idea? I mean this is something that really shouldnt have a delay on it and
And Im doing my best to iron out all of the details, but given the sensitivity of the situation, well thats going to take some time, Hart continued glancing over at Jenna, Its boring stuff really.
Boring stuff or stuff you just dont want me to listen to, she threw out at the both of them not pretending that she wasnt aware of their need to be alone. Ill be in the kitchen in case either one of you need me or want to fess up about something?
They watched her walk away before Don spoke up surprised.
How does she know? I mean seriously what is it with women? Do they just have this sixth sense about them that makes them ultimately know when were up to something? Don couldnt help but ask.
No its just with you Don youre beyond obvious about everything, Hart shook his head at his friend, Im honestly surprised that Shannon hasnt blurted out whats going on yet and blown us all out of the water given youre horrible at this secret thing.
Im not horrible, Don frowned back at him, I mean okay maybe sometimes Im not the best, but with Shannon, well youd be amazed at how easy it was to keep this one from her.
Fear of bodily hurt enough to make you keep your lips shut, Hart arched a speculative brow.
Something like that, Don shrugged, but seriously I know she hated Brant and Im sure that shes not happy about my being there for him, but its just part of who I am.
And you really think shell just accept that answer? Hart chuckled shaking his head at Don, You really dont know your wife all that well then, do you?
Hey, just because she and I dont always see eye to eye on things doesnt mean that were not close, Don objected with a frown, I mean sure she spends most of the time complaining or yelling at me or threatening to kick my ass somehow, but its meant in a loving fashion Im sure.
If you say so, Hart laughed lightly, Ill never understand the demented side of that relationship. You two have issues.
Yeah and were going to have even more issues between us if you and I cant help find a way for Brant to fix this situation before it spins out of control. Granted we both know hes done an amazing job acting here, but sooner or later hes going to have to take things to the next level.
Which means eliminating Russell Dentons constant lurking, Hart noted with a nod.
Hey you know maybe Jenna might be able to help with that, Don thought aloud, I mean she knows a lot about Russell, right?
Were not getting her involved with this. You and I both know that shed never go for this considering that Avery is her best friend and I would never, ever ask her to turn on Avery. You know full well if we asked her to help, shed be like Shannon in making sure this was over before it began to turn in our favor, Hart grumbled in response.
Im not suggesting that we let her in fully Hart, but more so that maybe we fish around for some details--maybe see if theres a chance that she might slip up and offer any kind of information that might prove to be useful in tipping the scales our way. I mean maybe she knows something about Russ that we can use against him and Don thought further.
No, Hart shook his head insistently, Were not bringing her into this. If were going to help Brant, then were going to have to use our own resourcefulness and not rely on anyone else. Well need to be able to pull this off all between the three of us without leaving any trail of evidence.
Think we can pull that one off, Don questioned with a worried expression, You said it yourself that its like a ticking time bomb were dealing with here.
I know, but well figure out something, Hart tried to assure him as he too wondered if Brant would truly be able to pull off the biggest gamble of his life!
Is this some kind of sick joke, Heather couldnt help but
ask looking at Cameron as if hed completely lost his mind. In all of
the time shed spent with her ex-husband, she hadnt known him to
be even remotely gracious or showing any signs of humility yet now that he
stood before her offering her the world that he once did, she couldnt
help but feel a warning flag coming up.
Heather look I realize that Ive hurt you and even in doing this--in letting you have total control of the company, I know its not enough to make up for how I treated you, he took a step forward watching her move back wearily, Heather, Im sorry I hurt you.
Sorry isnt going to make it go away Cameron, she replied bringing her hand up over her chest as a chill passed over her.
Maybe not but by telling you that Im giving you free run of the finances for your company all coming out of my pocket, well maybe that might be a good starting ground for us. I know Kipp worked out a deal for you, but it wasnt nearly enough. I see that now, Cameron sighed reaching out for her, but then thinking twice of it before dipping his hand into his pocket, Heather I realize that I have a long way to go before regaining your trust, but I would hope that somehow we could find our way to being friends.
Whats it going to cost me? she couldnt help but ask, I mean really what is it that you want from me?
Nothing other than to see you happy and successful, Cameron smiled down at her, That in itself would be the greatest victory for me.
Right, she rolled her eyes at his comment, Pardon me if Im not exactly thrilled about any of this or about the idea of our being involved with one another again even if only on a professional level.
Heather listen to me, Cameron took a small step forward, his voice strained and broken a bit, I know I was horrible to you. I know how much I hurt you and I was wrong to do what I did. I treated you as if you were property--a pawn in my game and quest for revenge and that was wrong of me. I never, ever shouldve dragged you into my war against Douglas.
No you shouldnt have, she nodded watching him wearily, You were wrong for that.
Yes, yes I was, he sighed dropping his head down a bit, but I was dealing with a lot of rage and anger there. I shouldnt have pulled that into what we had, but I cant take that back.
Cameron, do you really expect me to believe any of this? Do you expect me to take this at face value and accept your apology and your business youre claiming to want to hand over to me? she watched him closely.
Well I was kind of hoping that you would. I mean the way I see it, we would only have a win/win situation on our hands, he flashed her a small smile, We were always good together on that level.
We didnt get a chance to really explore that level with one another given that you took to berating me and hurting me, she mouthed sourly.
Well, what if I told you I want to find a way to make the hurt end? That I wanted to find a way for you to stand on your own and prove to this world that youre a fighter? he urged her again, Heather, I realize that the world has given you a raw deal, myself included, but I want that to change. Im trying to make up for my mistakes and I was hoping that you and I could find a way to remedy the ill feelings between us.
Cameron, I dont know she paused biting on her lower lip nervously as she weighed out her options. If Cameron truly offered her the business, it was the beginning of fame and fortune at long last, but if there were strings attached.
I wont ask anything of you in return, well other than you do what youre good at in terms of business and you make us both a fortune. Think you can handle that? he questioned with a small, apologetic smile.
Well, I suppose if youre really being honest about this, then she started to accept his proposal, but before she could finish Kipp marched out onto the back porch.
Shes not agreeing to anything until we get it in writing, Kipp moved in between the two of them not trusting Camerons intentions at all, Heathers not going to agree to it until you put your money where your mouth is.
Kipp, Kipp, Cameron shook his head at him, I thought you of all people would know where I stand on business issues.
Im well aware of where you stand and as your corporate attorney, I feel that its my business to make a say in all of this, Kipp stood taller knowing that he was standing up to Cameron even though theyd been on shaky ground with one another in the past. The mere fact that Kipp still worked for Stone Corp came solely from his own instincts to keep Cameron and Thea at bay, Im also representing Heathers best interests and
And if you want it in writing, consider it done, Cameron waved his hand at Kipp, Hell, Ill even let you handle the legal aspect of the affairs since youll be on hand for both of us. You are after all one of the best and Im certain given your history with Heather, youll be able to keep a good eye on the progress the company makes.
Seriously? Heather watched him closely.
Of course, Cameron nodded. You and Kipp work out the details and its yours under your terms. No lies or gimmicks with this one. Whatever you want, consider it yours.
Wow, I cant believe you actually decided to be nice to me today,
Nate let out a small smile as he took another bite of his breakfast seeing
Shannon watch him eat. I mean, when was the last time we actually had
A very long time ago, Shannon answered with a small nod taking a small sip of her water before leaning back further in her seat. It would have been longer too if I could have made it happen that way.
Shannon come on, you know you dont hate me, he pointed out with a small frown holding his piece of French toast in the air as he spoke before taking another bite of it, I mean, you love your little brother and you always have.
Right, Shannon watched him with a disgusted look on her face as he finished off the last of his food and took down a big gulp of orange juice. You really do eat a lot.
What can I say? I was raised that way, he pointed out seeing her nod slowly before reaching for the bill and looking it over. It is so nice that you were polite enough to buy me breakfast. Maybe in about three years I can return the favor and buy you an ice-cream or something.
Dont worry about it little brother, Shannon whispered a small smile appearing over her features as she looked out across the table at him. I dont want you to be late for you first day of community service.
Oh, Nate groaned throwing his napkin down on the table before shaking his head slowly. Please dont remind me about this now I was actually thinking we were having a good brother and sister moment. Didnt you? I thought I felt the good vibe there.
Nate, Im being serious here, Shannon frowned seeing her brother watch her carefully as she shrugged her shoulders and looked over towards the cashier. You really do have a bad attitude and you will have to serve more time of community service if you are bad and you know what that means?
More time with having to deal with all the idiots in this town? Nate offered up with a small laugh before seeing Shannon frown at his comment. I was just pointing out the obvious because truth be told sis, the only person I like in this town so far is that kid Matt. Other than that everyone has been just
Just what? Shannon questioned seeing Nates eyes get wide as he stared out in front of him and let out a small smile as he stood up from his booth. Where are you going?
My list just went from one to two, Nate informed Shannon walking away from the table and over towards a woman that had just entered the building and was turned towards the other direction. He stepped in behind her before letting out a small smile. Boy miss, are you hurt?
Excuse me? the woman turned around seeing Nate standing behind her as she took a step back and his smile widened. No, why?
Well you look like an angel right before me, Nate stated with a small grin placing his hand over his chest before looking up towards the ceiling. Which means you must have fallen from heaven because God was trying to find my life an angel.
Trisha, a man walked up from behind the woman, wrapping his arm around her protectively before taking off his sunglasses. Is this guy bothering you right now?
Chase, dont worry about it, Trisha placed her hand over the center of Chases chest to hold him back gently. Hes just someone new here obviously.
Sorry Chase, Nate apologized taking a step back before shrugging his shoulders and smiling widely, I was just trying to beat you to the chase and have your girlfriend go out with me for one night."
Well, why would she want to chase someone like you when she has someone perfect like me? Chase replied with a small smirk, wrapping his arm more securely around Trisha's waist. "Now why don't you just get over it and leave before I have to chase you out of here."
So whats going on with you and the big man lately? Chris
couldnt help but ask Angela after Kevins departure from his home.
He seemed a bit hostile this morning.
Oh no hes not hostile, she rolled her eyes, hes in love.
Love eh? Chris paused eyeing her for a long moment, Um, does this mean that you two
No, she cut him off abruptly, Kevin would be absolutely the last man that I would be involved with right about now. I think Ive screwed up his life enough over the years and I meant what I said about not wanting anymore romantic disasters. I think Ive messed up enough lately.
That doesnt sound too reassuring, Chris stepped in closer to her, want to talk about it?
No, not really, she decided taking in a long slow breath, right now I dont even want to worry about Kevin or all the issues weve had with one another. I just want to focus on something else like whats going on with you
You know Im not an expert on relationships--far from it, but if you and Kevy are having some problems, you might want to fix them. I know youre good friends and he began again.
Trust me. This will blow over eventually, she sighed looking up at him, but what about you? How did the pajamas work out for you?
Hideous as ever, he displayed them proudly, Just like yours.
Good Im glad to hear it, she laughed lightly, It is nice to see that even when the world is twisted and chaotic we have color and originality around us given that I dont think anyone else in the world wouldve bought these.
Probably not, but hey at least we were doing our part to help out the designer, he winked at her, but seriously hey I hate to see you so unhappy. I know how important Kevin is to you and
Trust me Chris, its so not worth getting into. I mean with relationships, you and I know how complicated they can be, she stepped in closer to him, You know full well what a headache they are.
Actually now that you mention it, theres this guy, he groaned inwardly, I dont know what it is about him, but
Wait a second, she paused giving him a strange look, Chris dont tell me theres a guy youre interested in.
No, no nothing like that, he shook his head readily, but rather theres this woman and shes stunning. Breathtaking really and theres just something about her, but every time I get close to her its like Im taking one step forward only to be twenty steps behind. Shes obsessed with this jackass and no matter how many times I try to get her to see that hes stuffy and would suffocate her entirely, she still goes running to him.
Hmm, well it sounds like its her problem, not yours. If she cant see how great you are, then clearly shes not worth the effort, she offered up patting his arm lightly, Besides it cant be true love given that you keep trying to get into my pants.
Angel I would continue to try to get into your pants until the end of time there if I could, he reached out to curl his arm around her, because nothing beats being with you.
Oh God, she rolled her eyes, Now youre doing it again.
What? Can I help it if I think youre incredibly sexy and well worth the effort, he tipped his head down to kiss her neck in a feathery light motion.
Chris, maybe this is your problem, she curled her finger underneath his chin to lift his face up enough for her to see his eyes, Youre quite raunchy in your approach and no woman wants that. They want to be romanced and seduced, not to feel like another notch on the belt there. They want dinner and romance and beautiful words
If I recall correctly all it took in the past was take out and a trip to that little spot on the mountain where we would he began feeling her place her hand over his mouth to silence his words.
Trust me you were far smoother back then, she replied with a pointed expression, and if you stop trying to be a comedian all of the time, someone might actually take you seriously.
Why? he pulled her hand off of his lips, You dont.
Chris, look I could give you what youre looking for, but would a day of completely mindless, no strings sex really be what you need right about now? she tossed out with a disapproving stare.
Well, it couldnt hurt, he felt her poke him in the ribs, Okay, okay so maybe its not what youre looking for, but I wouldnt mind it.
Chris, its been ages since weve slept together. I can assure you it wouldnt be as thrilling as you remember it being, she shook her head at him.
You never know, it might be more exciting than before, his fingers tapered off over the back of her spine. He wiggled his brow at her, What do you say? Want to try to find out and see how it measures up?
Werent you supposed to be trying to cheer me up here? she questioned lazily feeling his finger slip in underneath the back of her pajama shirt. The first touch of his cool finger against her spine caused her to jump forward into his chest more completely.
I thought that this might be a nice start, he mouthed leaning down to brush his lips to hers in a faint, casual caress. She tipped her head up further her fingers curling over his shoulder as his palm flattened out over the small of her back. As their lips parted he rubbed his nose against hers in a subtle movement, See that wasnt so bad.
That was no where near where youre wanting this to go, she mouthed feeling his hand fall down to her pajama bottoms. He squeezed her lower half in against his before diving in for another kiss. This unlike the last time was a bit more urgent, a bit more demanding and she knew if she didnt put an end to it soon, hed coax her into falling back into old habits. Placing her hand against the center of his chest, she pulled back ever so slightly, Chris, I cant do this.
Are you sure? he searched her eyes, Really really sure?
Yeah, she nodded taking a small step back and detangling herself from his arms, Im sure. I think maybe its time for me to find a place of my own to stay at from here on out.
Angel wait, he reached out to take her arm before she could walk away from him, Look Im sorry. I was completely out of line and
No this was my fault. I was flirting and leading you on, she let out a long sigh, Im notorious for doing that and I only wind up hurting people I care about that way. Im sorry I gave you mixed signals.
Well Im sorry that I acted like a classless jackass. Look, maybe we can just put this past us. I mean I really like having you around because hey if youre not here, who is going to help me evolve from a low life pervert to a romantic chick magnet, he pleaded with his blue eyes, Angel please stay. I swear I wont joke about sex or anything even close to it if you give me another chance.
Chris, now I know youre lying. You wont be able to resist, she tossed out a pointed look.
Okay so maybe Ill joke, but I swear I will hold true to a hands off policy if thats what you want, he held his fingers up over the center of his chest to swear to her, so what do you say?
I say that I still think its dangerous for me to stay here because if this comes up again, she started still unsure about how to deal with the matter at hand.
If it does, Ill move myself out and let you stay here, he replied with a tiny grin, I swear Ill be a perfect gentleman.
I seriously doubt it, she smiled back at him, but maybe with a little work we can make that happen.
Who knows? I might even become one of the moral elite, he tugged at the collar on his pajamas a bit before standing up taller.
I wouldnt go that far Chris, she couldnt help but laugh at the idea of him being respectable at long last, but its a fun thought.
Fun enough for you to consider giving me one more shot at being a gracious host? he arched a hopeful brow.
For now, she nodded after a moments contemplation, but youll have to make me something for lunch to make up for it.
Ill do even better. Ill take you out to one of Coral Valleys finest dining establishments tonight to prove to you that I meant what I said. Ill be on my best behavior from here on out, he promised leaving her to wonder if he could really hold true to the promise. Still with her and Cameron being so strained lately she didnt want to go rush to his place and with Kevin, well right now they seemed further apart than theyd ever been, so she wasnt going to go crawling to him either. Chris was the best option she had and as she thought of his promise she realized that maybe they could find a way to make it work after all. Stranger things had happened!
Is there anything I can do for you, Kyle questioned as he and
Sarah walked over to the area they were staying at during their visit to the
Ashford mansion, Maybe I can make a few calls and
No Kyle, really its okay, Sarah began her thoughts lingering to Diego still being in the mansion. Worry pumped through her blood and she started to think up ways that she could spot Diego again and get him to leave before he and Kyle crossed paths again. Fear washed over as she felt Kyle touch her shoulder again.
You sure everythings okay, he couldnt help but ask his dark eyes fixed on hers.
Yeah, I just really need to do this on my own. I need to fix this so that I can pick up the pieces again, she replied hating to lie to him, but given what had happened, she didnt think that now was a good starting point with the truth. Technically they were apart when shed slept with Diego, but now
Hey you two, Russells voice called out to them catching Sarah off guard, yet his presence offered her a moment or relief.
Russ, hey man, hows it going? Kyle greeted him with a small smile, Having a better morning than yesterday?
Id be lying if I said I was, Russell frowned again thinking about what was troubling him, Last night Avery went in to see Brant, but then she never came back to the room. I was with Erin and, well, this morning I went down to Brants room to check on her, but shes not there. Someone mentioned that she might be in the kitchen having breakfast, but when I looked she wasnt in the dining area either.
Maybe she needed some air, Kyle suggested, Did you try out back?
I looked, but no one has seen her or Erin, Russ explained in a panicked tone, Shes not in the nursery and
Hey, well find her, Kyle promised thinking about his friends worries, This is a big place. Im sure shes around here somewhere. She wouldnt just up and vanish with Erin especially not now.
Then why havent I been able to find them, Russ questioned fear sweeping over him as he thought of all that had happened over the last few months, Kyle Im worried. If something happened to them
It hasnt, Kyle assured him before turning to Sarah, Im going to help him look.
Ill look too, she promised feeling him squeeze her hand before Augustus walked into the hallway.
Whats this? Augustus questioned with a small smile, A town meeting on perhaps another party tonight?
Actually were looking for Avery, Kyle explained to the older Ashford, Shes missing and we cant find her or Erin..
Oh well, I think I can help you all out with that one, Augustus turned his attention to Russ, Im pretty sure I know where she is and Id be more than happy to tell you.
Avery looked around the living room wrinkling her nose in disgust as she
saw the remains of the wreckage that had clearly taken over her and Russells
home. Whatever Kyle was doing had made a profound impact on the house and
not in a good way. Bending down she picked up a photograph that had been knocked
off one of the tables in whatever hurricane had passed through the Denton
I am so going to kill you Kyle, Avery mouthed shaking her head at the mess, Youre such a slob.
She continued to walk through the house making her way into the master bedroom now that Erin had taken to napping in the nursery. Originally shed come over to pick up a few things, but now, well now she couldnt help but find herself swept up in the memories that this house held for her. Walking over to the window she closed her eyes and thought back to another time and place.
Get that sexy butt of yours back in bed Denton before you find yourself on the receiving end of some serious backlash, Averys voice rose through the haze that surrounded her thoughts.
And just what are you going to do to make me, Russell challenged spinning around to look at her after hed spent long moments of contemplation near the window.
You dont want to know, she sat up straighter keeping the white bed sheet wrapped around her body. She curled her index finger over at him encouragingly, Now be a good boy and get over here.
Say please, he taunted the corners of his mouth tipping up in a small smirk.
Im not going to beg you to get back into bed, she curled her lip in a pout, Im telling you Russ. This isnt a request, but merely an order.
And what if I refuse, he wiggled his brow at her being surprisingly stubborn as she bunched up the sheet and stepped out of bed.
Then youre going to have to answer to me, she announced standing in front of him. Their eyes met as she saw the playful defiance burning behind his green eyes. She thought of a verbal lashing shed issue him, but instead she reached for him tangling her fingers through his dark hair and pulling him roughly towards her for a kiss. She felt his fingers reach for the sheet pulling it away from her soft curves and she broke the kiss off swatting at his hand, Oh no you dont get the opportunity to kiss up now.
And just why not? he leaned in attempting to kiss her again, You know you couldnt resist moving over here to see me.
Thats where youre wrong Russ. Im not wanting to see you, but rather Im highly agitated that you dont listen, she scowled up at him, I had plans for us, but alas you waited and the moment is gone.
The moment is never gone, he curled his arm around her pulling her in against him in one solid sweep, Besides, the way I see it, your coming over here reminds me of how Ive decided to devote the rest of my day to you
Again kissing up, she shook her head at him wrinkling her nose.
On the contrary, his lips dropped down over her neck in a hot, smoldering breath, I intend to spend the day kissing you all over.
Russ, she purred his name feeling him pull her off of the ground and depositing the sheet before they made their trip back to bed where hed followed through on his promise again and again.
Turning around Averys eyes fell to the bed remembering all the special moments she and Russ had with one another. Yes, they had a fire about them--a passion that neither one had been able to resist, yet there had been so much time that theyd spent apart--there were still so many things that were uncertain even after his return. Closing her eyes she took in a small breath wondering if the tension would ever leave their lives completely. As each day went on she was starting to wonder if they were really ever going to be able to hold onto that happiness that always seemed to be one step out of their reach.
Kevin sat in his rental car staring at the house ahead of him. While hed
vowed not to get swept up in all of Angies little dramatic moments,
he knew there was still something unfinished that he himself felt he had to
take care of. When hed first pulled up to the house he was convinced
of it, but now, well now he was determining the best course of action.
Hed spotted a car in the driveway so he knew someone was there and that someone was undoubtedly going to be the man that hed come to call out. Sure, hed promised Angie that hed let things go, but given what hed done to upset the balance in all of their life, Kevin realized he wasnt going to let Nick Smith or rather Russell Denton get away with what hed done. Kevin had been convinced from day one that his amnesia line was a bunch of bull and now he was going to call him on it. If things got ugly, then so be it.
Youre going down Denton, Kevin mouthed stepping out of his car and marching up across the lawn. Hed been here once before so he knew full well what to expect inside. Even if that Kyle guy was still around, it wouldnt stop Kevin from doing what hed set out to do. Russ was about to pay and see first hand what it was like to have his life uprooted and ripped to shreds. If nothing else Kevin owed Angie that much.
Standing on the porch Kevin reached out to the doorbell waiting a moment as he tried his best to look casual and unthreatening. That would come later of course and maybe if Russ begged for mercy, Kevin might be willing to show him a little bit of it, but he seriously doubted it. No one screwed with his friends or even his life and got away with it. Russell would certainly be no exception. He reached for the bell again ready to keep ringing until the little man answered, but before he could press the button fully, the door started to open.
I said I was coming, Avery groaned opening the door to come face to face with a surprised Kevin. Oh, hello can I help you?
I um Kevins eyes practically popped out of his head as he couldve sworn that it was Angela standing in front of him except she had longer hair and oh there was no and. Give or take a hairstyle and it was an exact replica for the woman hed spent most of his life in love with.
Can I help you? she asked wearily, her hand curled protectively around the door as if she was going to close it in his face.
Actually, Kevin tried to regain his bearings, um I have a question for you. Are you ?
Am I what? Look if youre trying to sell something now really isnt a good time and, she started to close the door on him.
No wait, he put his foot in between the door and the frame to keep her from closing it on him, Look Im looking for Mrs. Denton. Mrs. Russell Denton. Is that you?
Avery stood silent for a long moment before finally speaking up, Yes, yes I am. What is it you need?
I need to speak with you, Kevin blurted out without a moments contemplation still trying to recover from what his eyes were now fixed upon--to ignore the fact that the face in front of him was exactly like Angelas. That her eyes had that same sparkle about them and He stood up taller attempting to remember his objective, I flew a long way to find you and Im not leaving until I do just that. I have something to tell you about your husband and Im afraid it cant wait.
...to be continued...