Could anyone please explain to me why those in charge felt the need
to bring a jackass like Zack Vaughn back to the hospital? Ria questioned
slamming her charts down on the countertop. I mean really he was a substandard
doctor who thought he was the best thing to hit Coral Valley, but hes
always been far from it. I tried to ignore him the last time he was here,
but now, well now that his wife got smart and dumped him, hes an even
bigger pain in the
I take it youre enjoying the new hire just as much as the rest of the staff is, Don popped his head up from the papers he was thumbing through.
What? Did you not hear a word I just said? Ria shook her head with a heavy groan, I hate the guy!
Ria, relax, Don pushed the paper aside with a frown, I caught exactly everything that you said before. Havent you heard of a thing called sarcasm?
Ill tell you about sarcasm, she curled her fists at her sides before letting out a pinched squeal. If I have to listen to one more sarcastic quip or sexist comment Im going to puke.
Ah obviously youve been having run ins with Dr. Vaughn, Barbara joined the duo with a frown of her own. I was down with him in the ER earlier and Im not kidding about this one. He pinched my rear like four times while I was stitching someone up. I mean what nerve!
I honestly dont know why anyone thought to bring him back in here, Ria shook her head with heavy agitation. The man is a menace to this hospital and I swear if he even thinks about touching me like that, hes going to have a first class meeting with my scalpel and
Okay slow down, Don waved his hand in the air to silence Ria, while I cant stand the guy either from what Ive heard hes got a pretty decent track record with patients. Given that were always understaffed around here, Im sure thats why he was brought in. We might not like him, but he gets the job done.
If that means trying to get himself a blow job, then yeah hes well working on succeeding, but when it comes to patient care, Don you havent seen him, Ria frowned back at him with a shake of her head, Hes arrogant and thinks hes above doing what hes paid to do. I know that theres a lot going on with this whole Chief of Staff race, but if hes going to be in the running
Don couldnt help but laugh, Ria, he can try to be in the running, but its not going to happen. Ive already pretty much been assured the position once Dr. Reynolds retires and Im sure we can put all your worries to rest when that happens.
Obviously you havent been listening to the rumor mill, Barbara couldnt help but add clearing her throat, Don theres been talk about Zack and Dr. Reynolds being really buddy, buddy lately.
Im not worried about it, Don waved his hand again though his words werent as confident as they had been earlier.
Yeah, well in case you didnt notice, you should be, Ria tossed out a pointed look. Lets just say your little incident in trying to help Brant alter the results of a paternity test arent going to fare well for your promotion around here.
Thats pure speculation, Don replied quickly trying to put on a poker face, Theres nothing to indicate that I was involved in any such action and besides, the paternity tests werent tampered with.
Only because Shannon walked in and caught you red handed Don, Barbara pointed out giving him a look. She saved your career.
And rumors might kill my reputation simply because there is no truth in them, Don added catching the way the women were looking at him. Its the truth. Face it while I might be a bit unconventional people like me and I get the job done. I am here because Dr. Reynolds personally asked me to return to the hospital and take over his position. I was quite content where I was before, but
But before you werent up against Zack Vaughn, Ria added quickly, Even though hes a jerk, he has a way of kissing up that seems to land him in the good graces of those who count.
Yeah well he can count on this, Don mouthed ready to make a vulgar gesture when he spotted Zack and Dr. Reynolds with one another talking in the hallway. Immediately he sat up straighter in an attempt to look busy now that his boss was watching. So as I was saying you two can get right on that for me and Ill check with you later
What? Barbara tipped her head to the side seeing Dr. Reynolds before her, Oh of course Dr. Leveski. Ill get right on it.
Barbara scooted off rushing to the task that Don had assigned her before Ria glanced at Don and suppressed a smile.
Smooth one, she mouthed under her breath shaking her head at him as he began to collect his charts.
What can I say? I know the routine, Don explained seeing Zack step away from Dr. Reynolds. Now if youll excuse me I have a little ass kissing of my own to do.
Good luck Don, Ria watched him walk off and greet Dr. Reynolds with a bright smile. She had to hand it to Don considering that Dr. Reynolds seemed to perk up immediately at being approached by his old friend. Shaking her head she looked to her papers again, Damn youre good Don.
But not good enough, Zacks voice cut in causing her to flinch. She tried to keep her eyes on her work, but she could feel Zacks eyes penetrating her from behind. You know Ria it wouldnt hurt for you to try to make nice with me now that Im back here to stay.
Gee, where would there be any fun in that? she questioned not bothering to look back at him. It only caused him to stand in closer to her at her left side. She fought the urge to snap at him even though she wanted to choke the life out of him with the smugness in his tone.
You know, he hovered in closer to her, you could be talking to the next chief of staff here Ria and it wouldnt hurt for you to be nice to me. In fact the way I see it, it could only help your situation.
Ria felt his finger press in against her arm and that did it. She popped her head up to toss him an icy glare, Dont touch me.
What? Zack shrugged his shoulders innocently all the while keeping his finger on her arm.
Im warning you now if you dont remover your hand from my arm, Ill be serving you your testicles on my scalpel, she snarled at him watching him wisely take a step back.
You know you really need to work on this hostility thing Ria, Zack shook his head at her with a frown. That attitude could cost you your job if youre not careful.
Hmm, well since Im already in over my head, how about we just leave it with you can just go to hell, Ria suggested collecting her things and marching off in the other direction in the hopes of avoiding Zack Vaughn and all of his annoying mannerisms that she was convinced would be the end of her perfectly good career. If she had to put up with him much longer she was sure she was going to lose it!
Diego entered the visitors room fully expecting to see Grady seated
at the table waiting to speak with him, but instead he spotted Shannon near
the corner of the room looking into the mirror in front of her. He heard the
guard close the door behind him and he approached Shannon with a curious expression.
Ill bet youre surprised to see me here, Shannon noted catching his expression in the mirror.
To say that would be an understatement, he nodded in response making his way over to the table, but Im guessing that this isnt just a social call, is it?
Diego I just have to know, Shannon spun around to face him, Why is Cori doing this?
I honestly dont know, he replied sinking down into one of the chairs, and what makes this worse is that I cant get out of here until the bail hearing is set. For some reason theres been delay after delay.
Yeah, I heard, she nodded moving in to take a seat at the table across from him, but since were stuck here, how about you tell me whats going on with you and Cori?
Nothings going on with us, Diego revealed with a heavy sigh, She and I split up a while ago and I havent really seen her since.
Then why lie like this? Why say that you attacked her if thats not the case? Shannon eyed him expectantly, That is the case, right?
Of course it is Shannon, he frowned back at her, I wouldnt hurt her or anyone. You should know that.
Diego, look I know that you and I havent exactly seen eye to eye on everything especially when you were trying to convince me not to keep fighting myself where my marriage was concerned, she paused thinking about how hed been a friend to her when she was less than cordial to Don. What Im trying to say is that while I know you and I have history, you can talk to me you can tell me anything. You do realize that, dont you?
Shannon its just, he paused feeling his frustrations mounting, I honestly dont know why Cori would say what she did. I dont know what happened to her and I wish that someone would figure that out. I didnt go anywhere near Cori that night.
Then why make all of this up? What happened with you two? Did it end on a bad note? she couldnt help but ask.
He nodded, And that is probably my fault, but still
Just because you dumped her doesnt mean that you should spend your life behind bars since she wasnt happy with the outcome of the situation, Shannon pointed out with a frown.
Honestly, Im starting to think its what I deserve. Like maybe this is karma coming back to bite me in the butt for the way I broke up with her, he sighed heavily slumping forward over the table. She really was a good girlfriend and I treated her like dirt.
Diego, you just said Shannon gave him a strange look.
What I meant to say is that I gave her no indication that there was any problem in our relationship, he stood up from the chair and began to pace around the room. She and I seemed to be fine, but then
Then what? Shannon couldnt help but ask.
Then I started thinking about someone else. Here I had a good thing going with Cori, but it wasnt enough for me, he brought his fingers up through his dark hair. I tried to fight it, but somehow one thing lead to another and then
Then what? Diego, what are you trying to say here? Shannon searched his face as he turned towards her.
What Im saying is that I ended things with Cori because I was with someone else. I slept with someone else while I was dating her and before I knew it I found myself falling in love with someone else--with someone that I never, ever shouldve been with in the first place. Now, well now maybe this is fate trying to pay me back for doing what I did. I shouldve given Cori more respect than that and
And now that she knows that youre sleeping with Sarah shes not happy about it and she wants to make you suffer, right? Shannon noted with an arched brow.
Im sure thats whats going on. Just the way that she Diego paused realizing what Shannon had just said to him. You said Sarah
Thats right, she nodded, because its her isnt it? I mean when it gets down to it, youre sleeping with Sarah, arent you?
You know, I dont find this as being fair at all, Nate grumbled
seeing Kyle shrug his shoulders before folding his massive arms out in front
of him. You cant do this--I know you dont have the power
to do anything like this Kyle.
I can do anything I want, Kyle offered up in a small grumble his hazel eyes glaring straight into Nates green eyes as he reached for his cell phone. You know, I could always bring Shannon into this if you would like. I mean, she is one of my very good friends and Im sure if I asked her over here she wouldnt mind coming.
Thats not fair, Nate reached out to close Kyles phone by closing Kyles fingers in over it. Kyles eyebrow arched up in curiosity as Nate nodded slowly. You know if she comes into this, I will get my ass kicked. Thats not fair man, didnt you have siblings?
Actually, I really dont know if I have siblings because I was adopted, Kyle began in a small whisper seeing Nates green eyes widen as Kyle shrugged his shoulders. All I can tell you is that I was adopted into a family where my parents only had me and taught me the values in life. Like saving an innocent man.
Give me a break, Nate rolled his eyes thinking about the subject with Diego, knowing that he promised his sister that he would keep an eye on Cori, but there was no way he was going to have someone threaten him over this whole thing. How about we make a deal? If you throw in a couple hundred and the early probation, then Im in.
How about I just break your neck instead? Kyle cracked his knuckles seeing Nate take a step back as he stepped forward. So, what do you say Nate? You up for the challenge?
You know what? Since you are talking about challenges, Nate cleared his throat nodding over towards the back seeing Kyle eye him over slowly. How about me and you in a boxing match. Whoever wins, gets what they want.
Youre being serious? Kyle chuckled seeing Nate not slowly and Kyle rolled his eyes shrugging his shoulders before nodding. What the heck, why not?
Take these, Nate slammed a pair of gloves into Kyles massive chest seeing the way that Kyle glared out at him before following Nate into the back. Nate got into the ring watching as Kyle pulled his black t-shirt off and then put on his gloves. You might want some head gear.
Trust me, Kyle replied rejecting the head gear seeing Nate move in towards the middle of the ring and Kyle did the same. I wont need it, but you need to keep it on.
One, two, three, Nate counted moving quickly in front of Kyle getting ready for the match as he saw Kyle stand there before him. Nate made an attempt to make Kyle jump only to feel Kyles fist slam into his face, making him fall to the ground. Kyle threw off the gloves and got down on one knee, pressing Nates face against the ring. This isnt fair Kyle.
You wanted to play like this, Kyle reminded him with a small shake of his head before snapping his fingers and motioning Nate to get up. I believe I won which means you owe me and you have to do what I tell you.
You didnt win yet, Nate sneered getting up and running in Kyles direction only to feel Kyle grab him and throw him into the turnbuckles of the ring making him let out a small hiss. Kyle locked his arm behind his back as Nate groaned out in pain. Okay, okay--you won.
Thats what I thought, Kyle chuckled going to walk away only to feel Nate jump onto his back, wrapping his arms around his neck and his legs around his back. What are you doing now?
Go to sleep big bear, go to sleep, Nate tightened his grip around Kyles neck feeling Kyle place his hands over his arms and Nate felt himself falling back when Kyle moved backwards. Nate felt the turnbuckles slam into his back as he let out a long groan and loosened up his grip before Kyle flipped Nate over onto his back. Okay, give me a second. I know I can do this.
Are you done beating me up yet? Kyle shook his head slowly and rubbed his chin bothered by the games that Nate was playing. Kyle felt Nate pull him forward and tugged on his pants as Kyle let out a small laugh. Are you trying to pull my pants down because kid, I have a belt on. Its not going to happen.
Im sick of this, Nate went to do something else before Kyle bent down and picked him up by his neck making Nate squeal out before he was thrown into the corner again. Hey now, I was just kidding with all of that.
Were you really? Kyle kept his hands loosely around Nates throat before tightening them a small amount. Im not kidding kid, you are starting to piss me off Nate and Im not liking it.
So, Nate wrapped his fingers around Kyles wrists seeing Kyle back off slowly. Nate pushed back his blonde hair before offering up a wide smile. Can I have your cell number, just in case anything comes up.
Good idea, Kyle grinned getting out of the ring and grabbing his shirt, watching as Nate got out of the ring. Pulling on his shirt quickly, he felt Nate smack him in the back as Kyle shot Nate a glare. I think you should get me some paper.
Good idea, Nate agreed walking towards one of the offices in
the corner and having Kyle follow him. Grabbing some paper, Nate let out a
long sigh before shaking his head slowly. Even though I really dont
find this fair, Ill still do this for you.
Kid, life isnt fair sometimes, Kyle pointed out taking in a deep breath, his hazel eyes narrowing in over at Nate before shrugged his shoulders. Ive learned to deal with it since I was a teenager, you better start.
Knock, knock, Sarah tapped on the wall seeing Blake turn to face
her from the computer she was sitting at before pushing away from the computer
and standing up. What were you doing on there? Anything good?
Nothing really, Blake shook her head slowly turning off the screen, not even bothering with telling Sarah what she was looking up because it didnt matter anyways. I was just looking things over, thats all. Whats up?
I dont know, I had some things on my mind, Sarah informed Blake taking in a deep breath before walking over towards the leather couch and plopping down. I was thinking you were really the only one I could talk to about all this so I came to find you.
Alright, well you found me, Blake shrugged her shoulders walking around the desk and sitting down on the edge of it. Blake saw the way that Sarah was trying to avoid eye contact making her wonder if something was really going on that Sarah wasnt truly hard up on talking about. Now whats up? I can tell you have something on your mind.
I dont know, I was just thinking about Diego, Sarah muttered looking up to see Blakes blue eyes fill up with anger at the very name Blake had told her to forget. Not wanting to get into a fight with all of this again, Sarah threw her hands up in the air and shook her head slowly. I mean about this whole getting arrested thing and being in jail. I just cant believe he is really in there for doing something I know he didnt do.
But you dont have to try and help him out, Blake added seeing Sarahs dark eyes glare over in her direction and Blake knew that Sarah didnt like that answer. You have other things to worry about right now--like your fiancé, your wedding, and your baby. If Diego didnt do all the things he is in jail for, then he will get out.
Its not that easy, its more complicated than you are making it sound, Sarah stood up from the couch seeing Blake watch her every move before she walked over towards the window to look outside before her. If you really think about it hard, this girl is really pulling this off great. I personally believed she couldnt pull all this off, but I think she is going to. I think she is going to put him away forever and that scares me.
You may be scared about Diego, Blake took in a long breath shaking her head slowly at her friends words showing her that indeed her friends worries were where she predicted they were, but what about you and Kyle?
What about me and Kyle? Sarah questioned turning to face Blake again, seeing that look of disappointment behind her best friends eyes and she knew that Blake wasnt happy. I havent done anything wrong with him.
You havent? Blake nodded almost unsure of Sarahs answer as she folded her arms out in front of her chest taking in the expressions on Sarahs face. So how are you and Kyle doing? You working okay as a couple?
Well yeah, well at least I think we are, Sarah bit down on her bottom lip pushing back her long blonde hair and walking back over towards the window again. I mean we havent had sex in a long time, but
What does that have to do with anything? Blake arched a curious eyebrow up in Sarahs direction seeing Sarah shrug her shoulders before moving in over towards the couch again. You know, sex doesnt make up a relationship.
No, but it sure does help it out sometimes, Sarah pointed out falling down to the couch before shaking her head slowly. I dont understand him anymore. He used to be so interested in me and I
Would have never cheated on him, Blake finished watching Sarah look away from her as Blake stood up from where she was sitting. Rubbing her hands together, she watched Sarahs dark brown eyes meet hers. You know, I just think you need to be careful and not get too wrapped over Diego. You should know that by now. I think you are failing to see the importance of that and its making yours and Kyles relationship on hot coals. You need to be careful.
Great work Alexander, Heather smiled stepping into the studio
just in time to see Seth finishing up with the shoot of the morning shed
had him scheduled to work on. I knew hiring you was the smartest move
Id made in a long time.
Youre just saying that because as of this moment you only have one other photographer on staff, Seth teased with a small smile motioning to the model that he was finished with the shoot.
So, she shrugged her shoulders, what can I say? Im the kind of girl that knows a good thing when she sees it and I try to hold onto it. The question is, can the same be said for Blake?
Yeah about Blake, Seth frowned turning his attention to Heather, with what happened the other day
Dont worry I wont hold that against you, Heather waved her hand dismissively at him, I realize shes the one who has a lot of growing up to do
Actually Heather I realize that you and Blake dont get along and I can respect that, but Id really appreciate it if youd lay off of her a bit, Seth stated bluntly knowing full well he could be getting into hot water with his new employer, but not really caring. Im here to do a job for you and I can promise you that Ill do it effectively and to the point, but with my personal life, Id really appreciate if you dont like my girlfriend to leave it at that and let it go while were at work.
Hey, as long as she doesnt get in the way of these great photos youre putting out, then Im not going to let it bother me in the least, Heather shrugged her shoulders, a curious expression crossing over her features. You know Seth you really do have a talent.
And it would be a pity to let it go unnoticed, Cameron added stepping into the studio with a smirk, Im glad that you followed my advice and kept with the best Heather. It would be a pity to let some other company snag Seth here when hes clearly a plethora of talent.
I dont have any plans of letting this one go, Heather bragged with a bright grin.
In that case, I would have to say youre making a smart business move considering that a man with Seths eye for the perfect shot goes unmatched on a great many levels, Cameron added keeping his eye on an obviously uncomfortable Seth.
You know I think Im going to go take these rolls of film down to the lab, Seth cleared his throat uneasily before moving past Cameron and Heather into the hallway without waiting for a response.
That was strange, Heather frowned slightly watching Seth walk off out of her line of vision.
Well, I think its safe to say that our young photographer still isnt rather fond of me, Cameron noted with a mild shrug, but fortunately for the both of us I find myself not being at all interested in that considering that you are why I am here today.
I am? Heather arched a curious brow. Really?
Thats right, Cameron nodded flashing her a small smile, I must admit I was less than thrilled about the outcome of our date the other night. I know I promised you a good time, but when youd taken off with Kellen
Im sorry about that, Heather started to apologize, I was feeling a bit under the weather
No explanations, Cameron held his hand up to silence her, Im sure that we both had good reasons not to go home with one another, but I was hoping that we could set something up where that will all change for us. Say perhaps you and I having dinner with one another at my place? What do you say Heather? For old times sake?
I cant believe that jerk, Ria fell back against the counter
pushing back her long hair, thinking about all the things that Zack had done
to set her off. After all the time he has been gone, he comes back and
thinks he can treat me like that?
Hey, dont worry about it, Deana hushed stepping in closer to Ria, placing her hand on Rias shoulder seeing Rias dark eyes look up in hers. Zack is obviously an asshole and you really shouldnt let him bother you. I have had to deal with a great many assholes in my life and I know it sucks. You have to trust me though, things get better eventually.
Im not worried about that, Ria replied moving away from Deana for a moment reaching out to grab her water bottle from the table. Its just sometimes I cant believe the ways he treats me. Its like I just want to rip his neck off.
While you hate Zack, Deana chuckled watching Ria squeeze and the neck of her water bottle tightly, hearing the plastic making a crinkling noise. I dont think your water bottle needs to suffer. It wasnt really the one that pissed you off, its trying to help you out.
Im sorry, Ria let out a small laugh setting her water bottle back down on the table before shrugging her shoulders and taking a seat at the table. Its just--you dont know how much he upset me today.
I think I have quite an idea, Deana added seeing Ria rest her arms against the table and lean forward. Deana was trying to brighten the topic as she picked up the water bottle and shrugged her shoulders. I think the water bottle forgives you by the way. You didnt kill it completely.
Gee, that makes everything better, Ria let out an exaggerated sigh as Deana sat down in the seat next to her and Ria rested her head down against her arms. Everything was going perfectly today so far and then he had to ruin it.
Is this you and your boyfriend? Deana questioned as Ria lifted her head to see Deana playing with Rias phone that she had sat out on the table in a hurry. Deana turned the phone to show a picture of Kevin with Ria, cheek to cheek. Is that you and your boy toy?
Yeah, thats Kevin, Ria nodded slowly letting out a small laugh thinking about the picture and how Kevin had been wearing a hat that day. Every time he had a hat on she hated it because she loved his dark hair, it was one of his best qualities. Thats kind of an older picture though.
You two are cute together, Deana added pressing the next button to see the next picture where Kevin was shirtless and flexing for the picture. Oh wow, I can see why you picked him. Hes very cute.
Who is very cute? Deana heard someone behind her as she felt someone grab the phone from her hands and lift it up. Deana looked up to see Grady behind her with a wide grin spread out over his features as he looked at the picture. Hey, its Kevin. I bet this is her favorite picture.
Give me that back, Ria reached for her phone seeing Grady pull it away before pushing the next button a few times. Ria reached to grab his arm, feeling him holding her back as he looked at the pictures. Deana would you get your boyfriend to give that back?
You have pictures that are all him, Grady chuckled feeling Ria snatch it away from him quickly and put it back her pocket. Oh wow Ria, what is this? Do you have like a bad picture in there or something? Is that what?
Actually, yes, I do, Ria declared patting her phone through her pocket carefully, seeing Grady reach his hand out to her motioning her to give him something. What do you want?
I want to see the picture, show me it, Grady demanded hearing both women let out a small laugh as Deana tugged at his arm gently. What?
Honey, youre a man and you want to see a bad picture of another man? Deana pondered the thought before letting go of Grady, seeing his green eyes narrowing in panic. Thats kind of weird if you ask me.
I didnt mean it like that, Grady pulled his back noticing the way Deanas dark eyes were looking into his. You know I didnt mean it like that. Kevin would have probably done the same thing to you if he had the chance. To tease you with pictures and
Somehow, I dont think Kevin would want to see a picture of you naked though, Ria added seeing Gradys green eyes widen as he took a step back and held his hands up in the air. Deana, I think your boyfriend has some problems.
How do you know Im her boyfriend? Grady questioned stepping in next to Deana, wrapping his arm around her gently and smiling widely. Is it really that obvious that we fit perfectly together?
I just see it when you walk into the room, her face lights up, Ria answered truthfully sitting back down before shrugging her shoulders. Its the same face I put on every time Kevin is around. Its just something that girls do, you wouldnt understand.
I cant believe this is happening, Dave paced around the
living room thinking about the accusations that Cori was throwing out at Diego,
I mean its bad enough weve been down a road like this once
before, but to have to endure this again
Dave you need to relax, Carly stated plainly seeing her husband working himself to a frustration. She crossed the room hoping to get him to stand still long enough to try to relax a bit now that his worries mounted over his sister. She could see the reflection of his concerns pooling in his dark eyes and tentatively she reached out to brush her finger tips against his arm gently, Dave you need to stop fretting over this one. Im sure everything will be okay.
Carly, Im just not sure. I know how Cori is. She gets obsessive and has this need for attention that, he paused trying to grasp the right words for what was bothering him. Its just
Just what? she questioned eyeing him intently, Dave, what is it? Are you still thinking that she could be making this up?
I honestly dont know. Cori has never taken rejection well, Dave admitted thinking to his sisters troubled past, She finds someone to fixate on and then once she does she wraps her whole world around that person. She builds the relationship up to a point that she has no other place to fall other than coming crashing down with a haste. Its something that is very hard on me as a brother to watch, but even harder for her to experience. Ive seen her do it again and again and it gets worse each time.
So you believe that because Diego broke up with her, this is her way of lashing out at him? she questioned seeing something flash behind his eyes, Dave, why would she do that though? I mean we both saw that she was bruised up
I know, he paused wondering just what had happened to his sister, but I know shes also desperate for attention. I want to believe in her, but its so hard to when I know how she can be. She cant just let go of something when it doesnt turn out in her favor. She has to hold onto it so tight that when the time comes for her to move on, she refuses to do so digging her heels in with every step shes forced to make. Im just afraid that when it gets down to it shes going to wind up making a mess of things around her and that worries me.
I guess then all you can do is hope that she makes the right decisions somehow, Carly offered up with a small voice hating to see her husband so wound up over what was happening with Cori.
I seriously hope so because I dont know if this family can take her going off the deep end all over again, he confessed in a low voice thinking about all his sister had put them through in the past. He opened his mouth to say something more hen he heard the sound of someone at the door. The bell rang and he looked over at Carly.
Were we expecting company? he couldnt help but ask seeing her open her mouth to say something. However rather than waiting for an answer he rushed over to the door thinking that perhaps Cori had changed her mind about going home with someone else and opted to stay with him instead. He opened the door ready to greet his sister, but instead he found himself face to face with one of the last men he wanted to see.
Andy, Dave scowled seeing his old friend standing before him with a smug expression on his face, what are you doing here?
I was hoping to see Carly since I have a divorce to get working on, Andy replied with a quick nod, You dont happen to have a problem with that partner, do you?
As a matter of fact I do, Dave replied his eyes narrowing in on Andy as it was clear that this was the last thing hed needed on a night like tonight especially now after things had gone to pure insanity with his sister!
Why would you say that Shannon? Diego tried to cover fearing
that hed given himself away in more ways than hed wanted to. However
judging by the expression on Shannons face he could try to deny the
truth, but she was already well aware of it.
Anyone with eyes knows you have the hots for her, Shannon continued to explain to him. It doesnt take much for someone to figure out that you two have something going on. The question is, does Kyle know?
No, Diego shook his head poignantly, at least Im pretty sure that he doesnt. It wasnt like we planned it
But you slept with her regardless? Shannon arched a speculative brow.
Like I said we didnt plan on it happening, Diego tried to explain himself with a frustrated breath. She and Kyle had broken up and I convinced myself that we were just friends--that I could be there for her, but one thing lead to another
And Cori got the boot because Sarah took her place so to speak? Shannon finished for him watching him closely.
I didnt intend to fall for Sarah, but it just sort of happened out of nowhere. I mean one minute I was trying to convince myself that I could stay away from Heather--that I could deny what I was feeling for Heather and then the next I see everything that I ever wanted in Sarah. She was so much like Heather, yet
Everything that Heather couldnt be, right? she couldnt help but ask.
Something like that, Diego nodded again, You must think Im a horrible person for doing this.
That all depends, she shrugged her shoulders leaning back in her chair to watch him closely, Is it still going on with Sarah?
Shannon I Diego stammered a bit.
Ill take that as a yes, she frowned back at him, So youre sleeping with Sarah while shes engaged to Kyle and Cori is spinning a tale for revenge, yes?
Look Im sure that sooner or later everything will fix itself. If not maybe being in here is what I deserve, he blurted out painfully. I mean its probably the best thing that could happen for Sarah and Kyle considering that when Im with her I cant stop myself. When were alone together Im not thinking about Kyle, but rather about what it feels like for me to be happy. Im stealing another mans future and for that maybe I deserve this.
Or maybe its a sign that his future wasnt something he was meant for in the first place, Shannon couldnt help but add thinking it over, If Sarah is with you, then she doesnt have any business being with Kyle.
She loves him, Diego reminded her bluntly, bringing his hands up through his hair once again, and if Id stop being so damned selfish then Id just let her go and be happy with him.
If she wanted that, then she wouldnt keep coming back for more, Shannon stated the obvious knowing that this news would destroy Kyle when he found out. You want my honest advice?
Do I have a choice? Diego couldnt help but ask with a weak grin.
I think that you need to stop thinking about Sarah and start worrying about how to get Cori to fess up that she lied. If she thinks that youre going to run off and find happily ever after with someone else, she sure isnt going to blurt out that shes lying about you. No one likes to see their ex move on and be happy even if they dont want them anymore.
So what are you saying? That I should just pretend that Im not with Sarah and tell Cori that I love her? Diego questioned in confusion wondering where Shannon was heading with her suggestion.
No, its more like Im trying to tell you that Sarah is going to land you in trouble right now. Kyles been trying to help you and the last thing you want is to piss him off too, Shannon added with a frown.
Dont you think I realize that? Hell, dont you think I see how much of a jerk I am? Kyle is a great guy and hes always ready to help anyone who needs it, so how do I repay him for all hes done? I sleep with his fiancée time and time again. Every time shes around I know I should stop things, but
But instead you choose to get more in over your head, she frowned again, Diego, did it ever occur to you that maybe just maybe Sarahs to blame for this too?
She didnt mean for any of this to happen, Diego sighed heavily.
Maybe not, but the moment she promised Kyle that she would marry him was the moment she made her choice. She shouldnt keep running back to you when times are tough with Kyle, she pondered that thought for a moment. Sarahs pregnant and Oh my God
Shannon, I know that look, Diego began worriedly seeing something cross over her face.
That baby could be yours, couldnt it? her eyes widened over at him. You said that you two were together when she split up with Kyle and
And I dont want you telling him any of this. If he had any idea, then Diego started in a panic.
Diego, how can he not? How fair is it for him to believe that child could be his when you could very well be the father? she shook her head at him, Diego, cant you see that Sarah is playing the both of you? She promised Kyle she would marry him, but when hes turning the other cheek shes rushing off to your arms. Shes a manipulative, vindictive slut and
Sarahs not a slut, Diego defended the woman he loved. Shes just confused.
And youre an idiot, Shannon shook her head at him finding it hard to believe that someone so smart could be so blatantly stupid, Shes using you Diego and youre eating it up. She knows that you care about her and every time she wants someone to pamper her she rushes to the man who is willing to give her that. If Kyle isnt providing her with what she wants, shell just hop over to you because you cant say no, right?
Shannon, I really dont want to talk about this, he started uneasily his gaze shifting to the far corner of the room. Right now I need to think about these charges and
Right now you have to stop thinking about Sarah like someone who is kind and generous and you need to start seeing her as the user she truly is. If shes playing both you and Kyle, then that should tell you something right there. She has to know that you could be that babys father and for her to lie
She was afraid. She didnt know what to do and Diego began in a desperate plea, Shannon you have to let this go.
I cant do that Diego. Kyle is my friend and I cant let him believe that the woman he is going to marry is going to be faithful to him when shes not. Nor can I sit back and watch you destroy yourself and be taken through the ringer because Sarah likes to play games, she decided with a tight scowl. In fact the more I think about it, the more I realize that maybe its time that Sarah and I have a chat.
Shannon you cant say anything. You have to promise me that you wont tell anyone what you know, Diego begged of her, his worries mounting.
Im not going to make any promises Diego because I dont have any loyalty to Sarah. You and Kyle are both my friends and I dont like to see anyone hurting either one of you, she explained matter of fact, and as for Cori, Ill have a talk with her and see if I can smooth things over. Maybe if I get her to open up shell see that shes making a mistake.
Shannon, I cant afford to let you talk to Sarah or Cori at this point. I think I should just let the chips fall as they will and Diego tried to reason with her.
Diego right now you need to start using that brain that God gave you and let go of Sarah. You need to stop thinking about how much you care about her and start realizing that shes gotten you in over your head in a situation you dont want to be in. You need to start thinking like a rational adult and maybe just maybe when you do youll see that the only real solution to all of this is to be honest. Kyle deserves the truth and you deserve a shot at finding out if thats your child shes having. If it is, then what you do at that point is your problem, but right now you need to stop trying to protect Sarah and start thinking about yourself. If being with her got you into this situation with Cori, then youd better make damned sure that someone can find a way to get Cori to come around.
Shannon none of that is really relevant to whats happening here. I mean yes Cori might suspect that Sarah and I are Diego offered up with a small worry in his brow.
Trust me on this one Diego. If something doesnt happen soon, then Coris going to be the one to spill the beans on you and Sarah to Kyle. When people see that you lied about that and that shes telling the truth, then its going to only be a matter of time before they think that shes telling the truth about your beating her up. Youll already look like a liar and by then it might be too late to help yourself. Is keeping Sarah safe really worth your life?
If shes happy then so be it, Diego finally replied with a small nod. I wont let this hurt her.
Then youre an even bigger fool than I realized Diego Hernandez, Shannon sighed wondering what in the world Sarah had done to take her perfectly logical, sane pal and turn him into a lovesick idiot. It was sickening to watch it happen, but as Diego argued with her about why he needed to protect Sarah, Shannon vowed to find a way to smooth over the waters with Cori and put Sarah in her place all in the same breath.
What do you think your problem is? Don questioned seeing Ria
run off after Zack tried pushing himself around on her. You dont
own this hospital and you sure as hell cant tell one of the best doctors
this hospital has to go do what you want. Shes one hell of a doctor
and I would never let her listen to an ass like you.
Donny boy, Zack smiled reaching out to smack the side of Dons face gently feeling Don grab his wrist tightly. Zack winced before pulling back his wrist and shaking his head slowly. Donny, this is the kind of thing that is going to make you look bad.
Whats going to make me look bad you loser? Don snapped seeing Zacks eyes staring out into his and it made Don shudder. There were so many people out there that didnt understand what it meant to be a good person and the people usually never saw great talent when it was right before him. I dont care what you have to say Zack. All Im telling you is that you dont go around telling one of our top doctors what to do. She is one hell of a woman and I wouldnt be a man if I didnt tell you to back off.
See, thats exactly what your problem is, Zack edged Don to be more angry as Don stepped in closer to him. If Zack could get Don to blow up in front of everyone in the middle of the hospital, he was sure that it would put Don out of the running and make him get that job. You are too much of a friend. If you want to be the Chief of Staff you have to have a set of--grapefruits on you. You cant always be Mr. Nice Guy because if you are, youre going to make people think you cant handle something. Obviously, Im right when I look at you and think you are just a ball of friendliness. You have to be able to yell at someone to get the job done and even if it is your friend--you have to do it.
I dont have to do anything you tell me to do, Dons blue eyes narrowed in at Zack knowing that Zack was just trying to accomplish the one thing Don would never give him the pleasure of having. I know what you are trying to do and it isnt going to work. Why dont you just go and do whatever it is you do best. Just leave Ria alone because she doesnt need someone like you pushing her around in her life. You have no right to talk to her like that and in fact--you have no right to talk to me like you are either.
Don, I can say whatever I want to and hell--I can even do what I want, Zack gloated seeing Don clench his fists at his sides as Zack tapped Don on the chest roughly. Big man, no one is going to believe you over me. I can say and do whatever I want because you are worthless and Im not. Youre here because you were lucky, I mean look at yourself. Youre not doctor material, you should have just gone into the bodybuilding business because there you dont need brains. You would fit in perfectly.
You know what? You can say what you want, but thats not going to change the truth, Don stepped back angrily shrugging his shoulders as he spoke. I know Im a better man than you and I know Im smarter than you. Sooner or later people are going to see you for what you are.
So I guess that this means that were okay now, Brant half
questioned, his voice hopeful and urgent as he held Angela in his arms now
that theyd talked with one another.
I think it means that were on the right track, she squeezed her arms around his shoulders diving in for another kiss between them. Though Im sure that we still have a long way to go before we iron out all the kinks in the relationship there.
I thought you liked the kinks, he teased with a small wink feeling her press in against him.
Not nearly as much as you do, she dropped her hands down to his abdomen grazing her nails lightly over his skin. Tell me something Brant how do you feel about our going back inside and grabbing whats left of breakfast and taking it back to bed?
If I didnt know better Id think that you were trying to get into my pants again Ms. Meloni, Brant teased back nibbling on her lower lip for a moment before inching away.
Would that be such a bad thing, she questioned dangling the tie on his pajama pants between her fingers. A small smirk lit up her face as her brown eyes snapped back to his, Of course there is something to be said about exploring the morning outdoors.
Outdoors, Brant repeated his grin growing wider, My you have gotten bolder since I first met you.
Maybe I just had a good teacher, she embraced him once again tipping up on her toes to kiss him. I learned quite a few tricks from you that day on the beach.
Its a bit different than the garden would be, Brant couldnt help but play along, dropping his hands down to her ample bottom and squeezing it lightly. I just hope that you could handle whats in store for you.
Believe me whatever youve got up your sleeve I can handle it and more, she promised in a low, sultry tone moving in to ravish him with another kiss when a groan sounded from over by the doorway.
Okay if you two start going at it right now, Im going to puke, Kevin announced from where he stood with what looked like the breakfast theyd been making in his hands. He took another hearty bite of the food on the plate and grinned. You know this stuff is good. You should really try some.
We were making that for breakfast before we got interrupted, Brant frowned watching Kevin take another bite of the food.
Yeah well I can guess why you got interrupted there, Kevin moved over to the patio table and took a seat. His brown eyes shifted between Brant and Angela before he took another forkful of the omelet. I take it your date went well last night since you didnt return to the hotel and youre in his clothes there huh Angie?
Things went fine, Angela felt color rise over her cheeks at Kevins words, although theyd be better if you gave me back my breakfast. Im kind of hungry.
Yeah I guess I can do that, Kevin watched her walk over to steal the plate from him. He handed her the fork before leaning back in his chair, Im not really all that hungry considering that I just had breakfast myself. Of course I was completely dressed in doing so, but still.
Thank you for the play by play Kevin, Brant grumbled watching Angela take a seat at the table across from where Kevin was. She dug the fork into the food and took a hearty bite.
Oh God, this is as good as I remembered it being when you made it for me on the island, Angela hummed unable to resist taking another taste. Its almost orgasmic in itself.
Ah, yes I shouldve known the great Brant had made it given how much I know everything you have to offer Angie is more than willing to go for, Kevin mouthed giving Brant a very complete once over. He couldnt help but crack a grin at meeting Brants eyes again, And judging by what you look like, you clearly have no problems keeping up, do you?
Was there any doubt? Brant shrugged simply before taking a seat beside Angela. So tell me Kevin, how did you get in here?
I just told the butler I was a friend of the family, Kevin explained with a proud smirk, and it seemed to do the trick. You know this is a nice place you have here. Its not as nice as the one Angie had back home when she was younger, but itll do.
Really, Brants eyes perked up with interest, What was that place like?
It wasnt worth getting into right now, Angela held out the fork to offer Brant a taste of their breakfast. Here try some.
Thank you, Brant mouthed accepting the bite before turning to Kevin. So what brings you to the neighborhood?
Actually I was hoping to get a chance to talk to the both of you, Kevin explained growing suddenly serious. He sat up straighter and cleared his throat, You see theres something important that I think all three of us should talk about before it gets out of hand and thats why Im here.
Dave, honey hold on a second, Carly stepped forward placing her
hand on her husbands shoulder gently, maybe you should go check
in on Kayla. I know its been a long night and
And his being here only makes it longer, Dave frowned thinking about how much he hated having Andy around. He glared over at his former friend before his gaze traveled back to his wife again. With a heavy sigh he realized that maybe hed had more than his fair share of chaos for the day and he stepped back. Maybe I will go check in on Kayla after all.
I wont be long, she promised reaching for his hand and offering up a light squeeze. She leaned forward to place a kiss on his cheek before smiling at him, Ill find you when were finished.
Okay, he nodded in response glaring over at Andy before grudgingly walking out of the room to leave Carly to speak with Andy about his case.
He really hates me now, doesnt he? Andy frowned glancing over at the direction Dave had walked off in. I mean its hard to believe that we used to be best friends once upon a time.
Hes had a lot going on lately, Carly offered up in response hoping to keep Daves hatred for Andy from getting in the way of her work. Its taking its toll on him.
Obviously, but Im sure that he hates that youre helping me with my divorce case, Andy refocused on her, his blue eyes searching her face again, It must be trying on your marriage.
Carly couldnt help but offer a small laugh at the mere suggestion, You would be surprised what a good marriage can endure. This is nothing in the grand scheme of what could be going wrong.
I suppose its not, Andy nodded in response giving her a quick once over, I mean Im the one who is going through the messy divorce here.
It doesnt have to be messy. You can make this quick and painless for the both of you since you both want out of it, Carly suggested attempting to shift gears towards work again.
Tell me something if you and Dave split would you do that for him? he questioned stepping in closer to her.
Do what? she blinked back at him, her dark eyes raising to meet his.
Make it quick and painless or would you want something more from it? Would you want him to suffer? To feel the agony you went through when you realized that everything you had and everything you thought you wanted fell to pieces? he couldnt help but ask making a small movement towards her, Would you really just walk away or would you seek some kind of retribution?
What kind of retribution are you talking about? she couldnt help but ask seeing something flicker behind his eyes, Andy, is there something that you arent telling me about what youre hoping for with the divorce?
Other than my freedom, he shook his head firmly, then no there isnt another thing I want from Deidra. Shes already dragged me down enough already, though with her on the market again you had better keep an eye out on Dave. Hes weak when it comes to her.
Hes happy now Andy, Carly added motioning for him to follow her into her study to take a look at the beginnings of the papers shed drawn up so that they had all their bases covered. While Andy was obviously in the midst of a bitter divorce, Carly knew full well that Deidra being on the free market again wouldnt put a thorn in her marriage, or would it? As the thought hung over her, she felt a tiny moment of a shiver creep over her spine, but she soon dismissed it knowing that even if she was working with divorce around her, she and Dave would not become another statistic. What they had was far too strong for that.
What do you mean be careful, Sarah blurted out quickly getting
up from the couch and throwing her hands up in the air not caring how Blake
had felt about this whole situation. There is absolutely nothing going
on between me and Diego.
You know Sarah, I would love to believe you, Blake pointed out shaking her head slowly and watching Sarah do everything she could do to keep eye contact away. But somehow, I just cant find myself believing you. I need to know that you love Kyle because right now you sure as hell arent acting like it.
Blake, I have loved Kyle forever. Ever since I was a teenager I have wanted nothing but Kyle, Sarah stated clearly turning to face Blake while all the while she was trying to convince herself of the same thing. I would never want to hurt him and I would never have done something to hurt him in the past. Diego is just a pure past moment that I never want to remember again.
Are you sure thats all? Blake muttered seeing Sarah nod slowly before Blake stood up and held her hands out in the air not knowing if she could truly trust her best friend at all. It seems like something else may have gone on. You and Diego only happened one time?
Of course, Sarah lied through her teeth seeing the way that Blake nodded slowly before walking away. I only want to be with Kyle and Diego isnt anything compared to Kyle, but
But still you cant help but find yourself dreaming about him, Blake added seeing Sarahs dark eyes meet hers as Blake nodded slowly. Ive seen soap operas before Sarah, you are just like every girl in them. You arent getting what you want from the man who wants to marry you, so you move on to another guy while all the time you think you can keep them both. Its not going to happen, one of them isnt going to like this.
Dont you dare say that, Ive never cheated on Kyle. It was just that one time Blake. Just that one time, Sarah repeated again seeing Blake calm down before gripping onto the edge of the desk looking away from Sarahs dark eyes. Soon Im going to be Mrs. Kyle Lee Houston and no one is going to get in my way of that. Do you understand me?
Yeah, I understand, Blake took in a deep breath looking over towards the window before moving forward reaching for her jacket and her purse. You know, I think we both could use something to distract us. I think we should go see Seth at work for a while or something.
Yeah, Sarah nodded slowly reaching out to grab her jacket before shrugging her shoulders. I need something to get my mind off things. Youre right.
Dinner? Heather repeated with a small gulp noting the way that
Cameron was looking at her. While she hadnt intended to give him the
wrong impression about their spending time with one another the other night,
she could see the interest behind his eyes and that made her a slight bit
nervous. I dont know if thats such a good idea considering
that were sort of business partners now.
It wasnt a problem for us the other night when we went to that party with one another, Cameron reminded her boldly, and while I must admit that I behaved poorly, that doesnt mean that Im not interested in making it up to you.
I understand that, but she stammered not really quite sure on what to say to him as they stood alone in the studio with one another.
Think about it Heather. I know we had our share of ups and downs, but together we have made an unstoppable force. Besides, its only dinner. Its not like Im propositioning you for anything more, he paused eyeing her curiously, unless of course you have something along those lines on your mind.
I try not to mix business with pleasure, she informed him with a polite yet dismissive smile, It tends to muck things up and thats something Im not really ready for now that Im working to establish a name for myself.
I see, Cameron gave her a very complete once over, So dating the boss who also happens to be your ex-husband is out of the question, yet getting involved with our head of security is completely acceptable.
Im not involved with the head of security, Heather corrected feeling her face grow hot at the mention of Kyle. Immediately her pulse started racing, memories of his lips over hers flooded upon her and she knew she had to look like an idiot thinking about Kyle at this time of all times. It was highly inappropriate.
Right, Cameron noted with a look of disbelief, Thats why he decked me the other night in front of everyone, right?
Kyle decked you? Heather questioned unable to repress the surprise that carried over her voice. When?
When you were, Cameron paused searching for the right word, Out of sorts. Needless to say I will concede to the fact that I was very preoccupied that night, so I could see how it would be easily construed that I was a less than satisfactory date to you
I really dont think that was Heather stammered a bit trying to recall the moment in time when Kyle could have hit Cameron. Had she been that drunk shed missed it?
Ive been worried about my sister you see and Cameron continued despite her interruption.
Sister? Heather repeated suddenly snapping out of her daze. I didnt know you had a sister.
Well I do, Cameron replied with a small sigh, and she is certainly a piece of work. She keeps me on my toes and right now shes getting into more trouble than Id thought possible. Ive been trying to reach out to her, but with each move forward of progress I make, she takes ten steps back, which admittedly was part of the reason I was hoping youd join me for dinner.
Because of your sister? she couldnt help but issue him a strange glance. You want me over to help you with your sister?
Yes and no, Cameron revealed to her, You see she has a new life that shes working on with someone that I feel is completely wrong for her. Shes involved with a very dangerous man and
I really dont think that youre one to give the lecture considering, Heather tossed back at him without thinking. She immediately recovered, I mean well what I meant to say was
Youre right, Cameron waved his hand dismissively, I am a very dangerous man Heather in a lot of ways, but this man in particular that my sister is seeing, well hes worse than I am.
I see, Heather fought to contain her thoughts.
I know what youre thinking. Youre wondering how someone like myself could pass judgment on a man that my sister decides to spend her time with, but if you knew more about the situation, then he offered up with a concerned look.
Be able to help somehow? she arched a curious brow. In all honesty Cameron I dont see how my coming to dinner tonight could help you with your sister and this man in her life. It doesnt seem to me that this is really an area of my expertise given that
Trust me Heather, Cameron reached for her hand taking it in his pleadingly, You are the only person in this world that Im confident can help me with this problem. I realize that this seems like a strange request, but if you have dinner with me tonight, I can assure you that I will make it painfully clear to you what is really going on with my sister.
Cameron, Id like to help, but I dont know, Heather pondered the thought for a moment feeling him brush his index finger over the palm of her hand.
Heather, I know weve had our share of ups and downs, but I can assure you that tonight when we have dinner with one another, youll see a whole new side of me--a side that Ive been too afraid to show anyone until now, Cameron divulged a sudden seriousness in his tone, There are things that I couldnt explain to you when we were married, but I can share them with you now. If you have dinner with me tonight, then I promise you an evening that will surprise the both of us. It will be a night youll never forget.
The hell it will, Kyles voice rumbled as he marched into the studio seeing the way Cameron was holding Heathers hand.
Kyle, Heather gasped seeing him standing there looking ready to tear Cameron apart limb for limb.
Ah, I see we have company, Cameron mused with a sudden smirk seeing Kyles displeasure in finding him with Heather.
And just in the knick of time it would seem, Kyle stepped forward making his large presence known over Cameron. Because the way I see it, Heathers not doing anything with you let alone being baited into some shady dinner you have planned for her. So with that thought in mind, let me save you the trouble of begging her to join you because the answer is no! Plain and simple.
...to be continued...