You honestly want to know what Im thinking? You are really ready
for what I am about to say to you? Don eyed her over carefully seeing
the way her brown eyes widened as he stood up and looked over at her with
a small frown. I dont know what you are expecting me to say, sookay.
Okay? she muttered with a small hiss as she stood up from the couch throwing her hands in the air. Looking around the room she shook her head slowly trying to keep her temper down. I spill my heart out to you and all you can say is okay?
You complain way too much, Don shook his head slowly reaching out to grab her hand in his and pull her in closer. Feeling her hand move in over the center of his chest he offered up a small smile dipping down to press a small kiss against her lips. Its a good okay Shannon, just make sure you never hurt me like you did again.
I promise, she muttered against his lips feeling his right arm tighten around her waist and her fingers tugged softly at his thick hair before feeling him move back a minute. I wont try to hurt you, I care so much about you Don. I dont want to lose you.
Do you know how long I've waited for you to say that? Don questioned seeing her smile as his thumb caressed her cheek softly, his blue eyes staring into hers. Im so glad I finally got to hear you say that.
Ive been waiting to say that, Shannon tipped up on her toes again to kiss Don feeling him pick her up in his arms and spin her around slowly before setting her back down on the floor. I love you.
This figures, Matt let out a long breath walking into the room to see Don and Shannon kissing and he walked over toward the side of the couch. I should really start charging for my services you know because I knew you two would be back together in a matter of time.
Yes, you should be, Don agreed reaching out to run his fingers through his sons hair before letting out a small laugh seeing the way that Matt shook his head slowly. You really are perfect, I hope you know.
I know, I hear it all the time, Matt let out a small breath before looking back toward Nates room and shrugged his shoulders after hearing Shannon and Don laugh. I think Nate is going to be okay, but he just really needs the love his family right now. All of his family that is, which means Shannon you shouldnt be leaving right now because that would be really bad for a big sister to do.
Youre right, that would be a horrible thing for me to do if I left, Shannon agreed reaching forward to grab her keys and hand them to Matt seeing the look he gave her as if he was confused. I want to be here for my little brother.
Good, Matt simply nodded before letting out a long breath and looking back toward Nates room. Im going to go check on Nate right now, I think that he really needs to be with someone right now. So Ill be in there if you need me.
Okay, Shannon nodded watching Matt put the keys in his pocket and walk off down the hall as she saw Don smile widely at the thought of his son being so protective of Nate. Do you think he is trying to keep me here?
I think so, Don moved forward wrapping his arm around her waist tightly hearing her let out a small breath as a smile moved in over his features and he pressed a small kiss against her lips. If you wont listen to him, maybe you will listen to me.
You know you really didnt have to drag me along with you,
Stacy mouthed looking around the various stores beyond where she, Lindsay
and Zane stood in the center of the mall. Zane was occupied with the pretzel
bites that theyd picked up on the way inside and Stacy and Lindsay were
now sitting by a water fountain just beyond the food court. She turned to
her friend again and let out a long sigh, I just hate being a third
wheel for you right now.
Youre not a third wheel, Lindsay assured her with a bright smile, Considering that I know full well that you wanted to murder your mom I think this is certainly a better outlet then letting you sit at home plotting ways to get back at her for upsetting you.
I think she thrives on upsetting me, Stacy groaned shaking her
head at the thought of her mother, I mean I dont understand what
the hell her problem is where she thinks that she has to have everything her
way all the time. All she cares about is her stupid television show and the
fact that people think shes so great. The thing is shes not great
at all though. She isnt even remotely close to being great and the whole
world is going to figure it out sooner or later.
What about your dad? Lindsay questioned thinking about the issues her friend was going through at the moment. Have you spoken with him lately?
The last time I called him his new secretary Yvette said that he couldnt be interrupted because he was in an important business meeting which probably means he was trying to forget my mom with some new intern in his company, Stacy rolled her eyes and groaned, I just wish that my mom would stop being so stuck on herself and start thinking about my dad and our family. He still loves her you know. I mean she treats him like crap, but he still would be with her in a heartbeat if she would just grow up.
It sounds like they have a lot to work out between them, Lindsay nodded listening to her friend talk about what was bothering her.
My mom is just so selfish that she wont do it. She would rather get divorced so that she can tell the world that she is single and unattached, Stacy rolled her eyes again thinking about her mothers newfound media popularity, In fact I heard her talking to one of the producers on her show the other day. They didnt think that I was there, but when they got to talking he actually had the nerve to tell her that it would probably be better for her ratings if she didnt advertise the fact that she has a teenage daughter. As if having me around is such a horrible thing. I mean so what if she was a skank when she was younger? Shes still a mom and really who cares if her male audience would like her better if she wasnt tied down with a family? That shouldnt matter.
No it shouldnt, Lindsay nodded in agreement hating to hear what her friend was going through, but hey why dont we just enjoy being here since were not with your mom?
Thank heaven for small miracles, Stacy sighed shaking her head again before turning to Lindsay, You honestly dont know how lucky you are.
Well actually there was a moment in time when I didnt feel all that lucky. I became friends with someone who only wanted to tear my parents apart. I didnt see that she was using me to get close to my dad, but Lindsay stopped herself realizing that it probably wasnt a good idea to start trash talking Cori to Stacy considering that Stacy was Coris niece. Lets just say that not everything in my life is totally perfect either.
Its sure as hell a lot better than mine, Stacy noted before shaking her head, So tell me about this friend were meeting today. Do I know him?
You might, Lindsay started clearing her throat before noticing that Daniel was approaching them. She suddenly felt on edge and forced herself to smile, Hes over there.
Where? Stacy questioned her gaze lingering over towards the direction where Daniel was walking towards them, Danny Ashford?
Yeah, Lindsay nodded taking in a calming breath, He wanted to meet up since we were both babysitting and
And I dont see a little kid with him, Stacy noted giving Daniel a long once over, which implies that maybe he wanted to see just you.
I doubt it. I mean were just friends and, Lindsay stopped herself once Daniel was in hearing range. Instead she just waved her hand at him, Hey hows it going?
Its going good, Daniel smiled down at her, How are you Lindsay?
Im good, she replied with a wide grin before nodding towards Stacy, This is my friend Stacy Warner
Yeah, weve met before, Daniel smiled over at Stacy before giving Stacy a long look, Youve gotten taller since the last time I saw you.
So have you, Stacy replied with a small laugh, but I think thats what happens when you spend a few years away from summer camp.
You went to summer camp together? Lindsay arched a curious brow before looking between them.
Yeah, it was the rich kids vacation spot or rather our nightmare while our parents were off enjoying the world, Stacy explained turning to Lindsay once again, My mom thought it would build character, but all it did was serve as extreme boredom.
It wasnt that bad, Daniel replied with a shake of his head.
Really it wasnt.
Thats because you liked living it up with arts and crafts and all your friends, Stacy tossed out at him with wrinkled expression, You all loved pulling pranks on everyone else especially with my cabin. This joker over here decided he was going to put together his own slasher horror film that he was shooting on his hand held camera and it scared the life out of me because no one mentioned that they were filming one day when I got back to my cabin. I found all of my roommates covered in fake blood and looking like they were killed
And you screamed better than anyone else that I shot footage of, Daniel piped in with a small chuckle, even though I didnt mean to scare you.
Yeah right, Stacy shook her head at him, You knew full well what you all were doing by leaving me out of the loop.
I honestly did not mean to get you worked up, Daniel placed his hand over his heart, I swear.
Right, Stacy wrinkled her nose again before turning to Lindsay, Youd better watch out for this one because hes trouble.
I am not, Daniel attempted to defend himself.
Thats what he tells all the girls, Stacy stuck her tongue out at him before looking over at Zane. You know I think Im going to take Zane for that ride on the carousal right now. Well be back in a bit. You two have fun.
But Lindsay started watching her friend walk off with Zane and suddenly leave her alone with Daniel.
I guess its just you and me, Daniel cleared his throat uneasily, Sorry Im late.
I thought you were bringing Charles, she replied wearily feeling a bit on edge after hed sat down next to her on the bench.
I tried to, but I couldnt get a hold of Kipp. He must be at work or something, so I figured it might be okay if I just brought myself instead, he paused before meeting her blue eyes, I hope thats okay with you.
Yeah, she cleared her throat again, I mean sure its great with me. I dont mind at all because youre still here.
Im glad to hear that because Im happy that youre here, he confessed leaning in closer to her as her eyes widened.
You know I think Zane would probably like for us to join him over there on the carousal. You interested?
Yeah sure, Daniel finally smiled back at her causing her stomach to get tied in knots. It sounds pretty fun.
Great, she replied springing up onto her feet. She started to rush off over towards where Stacy and Zane were, but slowed down enough to pace herself. She waited for Daniel to catch up before throwing out a small smile in the hopes that she would stop being so nervous and just find a way to enjoy her day with her friends. She glanced over at Daniel again and reminded herself that this was just two friends hanging out and not a date. She couldnt like him like that just yet because she had to stay focused on school and her future. Of course a boyfriend might be able to be a part of that, she heard a voice in the back of her mind saying to her. Shaking the thought she stepped forward reminding herself that right now she was just going to enjoy hanging out with everyone. There was no way she was going to read anything more into what was happening. It was just a day of fun with friends and nothing more.
Ill be right back, JT promised pulling up to his apartment
once again after he realized that hed forgotten something hed
wanted to take with him and Evie on their day out with one another. He turned
to face her in the car and smiled gently, I wont be more than
a few minutes.
Ill be waiting, she smiled at him seeing him slip into his apartment once again while she looked around the area. While she and JT had planned on spending the day out with one another, hed realized half way down the road that hed left something important inside. She wasnt quite sure what it was, but while he was gone she decided to take advantage of the summer day. Reaching for the door handle, Evie stepped out to sit on the hood of his car and enjoy the warmth.
Well I see you wont go away, Valerie scowled walking down the sidewalk with her mirrored sunglasses on. She was carrying a bag in her hands and her expression was tight with obvious animosity towards Evie. I thought that JT would get smart and get rid of you while he was out.
Last time I checked you were the one he told to get lost, Evie mouthed in response, a frown touching over her lips. I just dont understand how someone with half a brain like you cant get that JT just doesnt want you around.
Listen you, Valerie pulled her sunglasses off of her face, While you might think that youre something special the fact to the matter is that youre not. Ive seen plenty of women come and go and youre no better than they were. JT will get tired of you and toss you like he did the rest.
Right now it looks like the one hes tossing is you, Evie stepped down from the hood of the car to stand face to face with Valerie, and while I know you feel threatened by me, the fact to the matter is that JT doesnt want you around.
You know I dont get where you think youre so special, Valerie glared down at Evie, because youre not. I know full well that youve been working an angle with JT since you met him and its only a matter of time before he figures it out. Sure, he might be a sucker for a pretty face, but sooner or later he opens his eyes and realizes trash when he sees it.
Which would explain him throwing you out, Evie remarked smugly, a proud smirk crossing over her lips.
Do you honestly think I mean that little to JT honey? Valerie arched a curious brow, Because I have to tell you that I was the one giving him more pleasure than you can even imagine possible before you came into the picture. Sure, we might not be friends, but we are certainly roommates with benefits that hes taken to enjoying again and again.
Youre such a liar, Evie placed her hands on her hips and glared at Valerie, He wouldnt touch you.
No? Valerie laughed lightly bringing her fingers up over her lips, Well, you might think that, but I have to tell you theres just something about a man who knows what he wants sexually. Sure, JTs not exactly my type, but it is fun to watch him squirm and lose control when hes getting some action. Of course given what Ive seen from you its clear hes not having it from you. I mean thats obviously the only reason youre still around and hes still having his fun with me.
You bitch! Evie lunged forward reaching out to squeeze Valeries throat in a rage. You lie!
You wish, Valerie pushed her back shoving Evie back onto the hood of JTs car and pulling at her hair while JT rushed out of the apartment catching the fight between them.
Damn it! JT ran over to the two women and pried Valerie off of Evie. Leave her alone.
Oh come on. Your little girlfriend cant stand some healthy competition from the looks of things, Valerie ran her fingers over the center of JTs chest, and Im surprised you never told her about the two of us considering how much you enjoyed my attention on the couch not so long ago.
Get away from me, JT pushed her out of his reach as he turned to Evie making a small step towards her.
Mark my words sweetheart hell get tired of you very soon, Valerie laughed wickedly before heading off towards her car and ignoring the tirade that Evie was still on.
Im going to kill her, Evie shouted ready to go off and attack Valerie while JT held her back.
Shes not worth it, JT tried to reason with Evie holding her as Valerie got into her car and sped off. Shes less than worth your anger.
Shes such a bitch and with the things she was saying, Evie paused finding herself in a moment of contemplation before she met JTs eyes again, JT are you sleeping with her? She said that you two had been together and
Evie, I really dont think that now is the time to JT began clearing his throat uneasily as he saw something behind Evies eyes. Finally he let out a small groan, No, Im not sleeping with her, but there was one time when
When what? Evie questioned her eyes growing wide with disbelief. JT, what did you do with her?
I love you so much, Kevins thick voice whispered against
her skin as his lips pressed in over the side of her neck while her fingers
pressed in against his chest softly. Feeling her fingers gently tugging at
his thick hair, he moved back to look her in the eyes, his palm moving in
against her cheek. Im so sorry Ria.
Kevin, she breathed feeling him move forward to kiss her again as she placed her hand firmly over the center of his massive chest, seeing him frown as his fingers caressed her skin tenderly. Tipping up on her toes she moved forward to kiss him, gently nibbling at his bottom lip as she felt his arm tighten around her waist pulling her in closer to him. I need to know this is real.
What? Kevin chuckled seeing the way her brown eyes looked into his as he dipped down to press a small kiss in over her lips before smiling widely, his forehead pressing in against hers. I love you baby.
No, something more. Something where I know its you and not just a dream, she looked up at him feeling him move forward and turn her so she was pressed in against the wall. Reaching his index finger in underneath her chin he moved forward kissing her hungrily as she sighed against his lips feeling him grab a gentle hold of her hand, leading it to the center of his jeans. Okay, thats enough proof.
You believe me now? Kevin smiled leaning in to kiss her again feeling her softly push him back and thinking quickly he saw her body tense up, showing him that he was probably going to get smacked. He was going to let her hit him until he saw her leg start to move up and he caught her foot before she could kick him in the destination she wanted. Why do you always go to kick me there? Honestly, punching me, slapping me--those are good ways to make me hurt, but why take me down like that? Thats the spot you always go for first.
Because that seems like the only place you even care about, she felt him let go of her foot as she stared into his chocolate eyes seeing him frown and she threw her hands up in the air. What are you even doing here anyways? Youre an asshole.
Okay, fine go ahead an kick me there Ria, Kevin stood out spreading his feet out enough, holding his arms up in the air waiting for her to make her move as she stared at him like he was crazy. If thats going to make you start forgiving me in the least bit, kick me as hard as you want. Im willing to take the risk, just know that I will be stuck on your floor for about twenty minutes. So go ahead and just kick me.
Fine, Ria watched his eyebrows tense together when he closed his eyes and bit down on his bottom lip like he was trying to brace himself for her hit. Rolling her eyes she stepped back and grabbed a pillow from the couch seeing him standing there silent. Are you ready?
Yeah, Kevin felt something hit him and it just made him jump a bit in shock as he looked down to see the pillow she threw at him. Letting out a long breath of relief he saw her going over toward the couch to sit down, resting her head in her hands as he spoke up. I have something.
Seeing Ria look up at him he motioned her to wait as he walked over toward
the door that was still open and bent down to pick up what he set down on
the floor. Picking them up and rising slowly he felt a mass run into him from
behind causing him to drop the things as he quickly rushed to pick them up
seeing the other hand doing the same as Kevin grabbed a hold of something.
Sorry about that, Kevin apologized not knowing if he was the one that got in the guys way or if the guy just wasnt looking or what, but whoever he was had to have quite some muscle to take him down like that. Kevins eyes met the pair of eyes before him as he felt his heart stop and he fell back on his behind in the hotel room stumbling to grab his stuff. Seeing the person stand up he quickly moved into the room before shutting the door in a moment of quickness. Feeling Rias hand touch his shoulder he jumped making sure he kept his body weight pressed against the door. Im sorry, I was just seeing things.
Are you okay? Ria questioned worried by the way the color drained from Kevins face as he stood up to look out to see if anyone was at the door before turning back to face her. Kevin, whats wrong?
Nothing, it was nothing, Kevin cleared his throat uneasily knowing that his mind must have been playing games with him as he moved forward into the room more and he handed over the roses that he had brought her. I have some things I really need to show you.
Okay, Ria wasnt quite sure how to react after seeing him flip out a minute ago, holding the roses in close to her she looked to see that there were two dozen of them for her. Setting her flowers down she saw Kevin motion her to sit down for a moment and he smiled widely rubbing his hands together and bent forward to cup her face in his hands lovingly. What is it?
I heard about our baby Ria, Kevin informed her seeing the way she stared out at him as he moved forward to kiss her only feeling her press her hand in against his chest to stop him from coming any closer. Ria, dont you realize how great this is? Were going to have a family.
Im going to guess that Trisha told you I thought I was pregnant, Ria rolled her eyes seeing Kevin nod slowly as she rolled her eyes and shook her head in disbelief. You cant tell that little girl anything, she has such a big mouth and can never keep something silent.
If she wouldnt have told me Ria, I wouldnt have been here right now knowing what kind of life is ahead of us, Kevin knew that trying to kiss her right now might be a bad thing as he moved back and reached out for the large bag he brought with him. When I found out where you were, I went and got a plane ticket to come straight here, but while I was waiting they had this really great store Ria and I was having the time of my life.
Feeling Kevins hand reach out to hers she grabbed it softly feeling him squeeze her fingers in his tightly before moving down to press a small kiss against the back of her hand. Watching as he got to his knees and reached inside the bag she eyed him over slowly.
Ria, Ive wanted to be a father for so long and Ive loved you since I was very young. You know, the time you always used to beat the crap out of me, he tried reminding her seeing the way she laughed before nodding slowly and he smirked looking up at her with pure happiness. All I could think about was you when I was waiting and how much I wanted to get to you--share my life with you forever, with our baby. So this is one of the things I got.
Seeing Kevin pull out a book she saw him come over and sit down next to her on the couch, motioning her to move in closer to him as he wrapped his left arm around her shoulders.
A name book? she chuckled seeing him open the book before flipping through the pages, reaching forward to grab it she looked it over seeing how big it was. This thing is huge.
Well we have nine months to chose and I dont want to give my son or daughter a name that they hate me for you know. I want them to have a name that isnt that popular either, you know I want to give them something that does stand out, Kevin informed Ria with a wide smile seeing the way she looked over at him and he simply shrugged his shoulders pointing at a few names. They say picking the name is the most important thing so I figured this could help us out.
Right, Ria muttered seeing him set down the book and stand up quickly moving forward for the bag again before pulling out a teddy bear that was holding a heart in its hands that said the words daddy loves you in the center of the heart. Kevin, thats adorable.
I thought so, it was something that they could never really get old of you know. I still sleep with stuffed animals, he replied hearing her let out a small laugh as he shrugged his shoulders, reaching for something else. Of course though, you cant do great with just daddy, so I had to get a mommy one too. They connect and hold hands, look at this.
Feeling a smile press in over her lips she saw Kevin playing with the bears before getting them to the position where the two bears were holding hands with the hearts right next to each other. She saw the excitement behind his brown eyes as he turned to look at her.
Its pretty cool Kevin, she nodded seeing him smile and reach for the teddy bears handing them over toward her so she could hold onto them while he pulled out more stuff. How much more did you get?
Well, I know this is tacky, but I fell in love with it, Kevin pulled out a baby outfit for the New York Yankees and smiled widely turning it around showing her that it said player to be named later and he nodded slowly. I thought this would be the cutest thing ever and I realized, well what if I had a precious little girl? So I looked and they had a little dress with the cutest little bow to go with it and as soon as they are born we can put the name on it. Just go somewhere and get their name on the back. Then I got to looking for other clothes and I thought these were so cute for pajamas.
Kevin, she laughed feeling her eyes start to tear over at how happy he was to hear that she may be pregnant and she saw him look over at her and smile as he held up the duck pajamas. They were all yellow and had a duck on the front and duck feet at the bottom. Those are so cute.
I know, I love the ducky slippers and can you imagine the baby with them on? Kevin muttered before reaching inside the bag one last time reaching for the item he thought would be the most important. Coming over and sitting next to her on the couch he kept it behind his back for a moment. Then after a while of buying all of this, I realized there is one thing you have to hold onto forever. Memories. Something you can never let go of.
Whats this? she felt him carefully set something in her lap as she looked down to see the large photo album that had the words My family in big letters on the top. Feeling him nudge her to go ahead and open it she smiled opening it to the first page. Letting out a small laugh she already saw a picture of the two of them together when they werent even ten years old yet. Looking through the pictures she saw a couple of them as they got older until coming to the last picture of her and Kevin at the party Blake had thrown back in the day. Frowning as she flipped through the empty pages she looked up at Kevin for a moment. Why does it end?
It ends because we have to make our own future from here on out, Kevin muttered reaching to caress her cheek softly feeling her lean into his touch. Ria, I swear that if you still want to be with me, Ill give you the sun, the moon, and the stars. Just please, forgive me.
Kevin, she breathed in deeply feeling him moving in closer to her to press a small kiss against her lips as her fingers slid into his thick hair, her mind going back to thinking why she had originally been upset with him in the first place. If this is supposed to be the book of our future we might as well put a picture of Angela as the next photo.
Ria, Kevin frowned feeling her push him back away from her and he stood up folding his arms out in front of his chest shaking his head slowly. Ive done nothing wrong, I swear. Angela is nothing to me Ria, youre my everything. Angela has been my best friend, was my best friend, but shes nothing more than that. I love you and only you.
Thats bull Kevin, she blurted out seeing the sadness behind his chocolate eyes when he looked down toward the ground and shook his head slowly. I know thats not true, what about the woman that was with you when you answered the phone? The one that was playing with you, your big weird looking thing.
Hearing Kevin laugh out and stare out at her he turned away from her trying not to seem rude as he started to laugh louder as she stood up and pushed at the center of his back, seeing him turn to face her.
Whats so funny? Ria yelled seeing the way Kevin tried not laughing any louder as she pushed him back again seeing the way he held his hands up in the air. You find it funny breaking the heart of the person you love by sleeping with some other girl?
Ill tell you who it was, it was the only girl in my life that I love so much, Kevin informed her with a small nod seeing the way that Ria stared out at him and he shrugged his shoulders. Knowing that look on her face, he could tell he was about get that swift kick he was asking for earlier. It was Erin, she was playing with my nose. Im not quite sure what big, weird looking thing you thought I was talking about, but she was pulling on my nose. The whole time you left me, I was trying to get Russ and Avery back together because I thought two people who desperately belong together, should be together. Especially when there is a baby involved Ria. I would have never cheated on you, I love you and I never want to lose you again.
You get down here! Cameron shouted chasing Brant up the stairs
and rushing after him in the hopes of keeping him from Angela. Youre
not going near her.
You cant keep her here, Brant argued with him scanning the long hallway before speaking out again, Angela, where are you?
Thats enough Brant. I want you out of here, Cameron shouted in response reaching out to seize Brants arm.
Back off, Brant tried to shake Cameron from him, but Camerons grip intensified. He pushed Cameron away again before calling out to Angela, Angela, where are you?
Brant, is that you? Angela knocked on the door to the room she was locked in. Brant, what are you doing here?
Getting you out of here, Brant promised turning around to deck Cameron and send him to the floor. He rushed over to where he heard Angela knocking and tried to open the door.
Brant, whats going on, she questioned in a worried voice as Brant tried the door again.
Angela, its locked. Can you open up and let me in? Brant questioned listening to hear her voice.
Im locked in here. It locks from the outside. Theres a key and, she started to explain to him thinking about her earlier fight with Cameron.
Forget the key, Brant decided taking a visual assessment of the door, Back away from the door Angela.
What? she questioned in a confused tone hearing a sound on the other side of the door.
Move away from the door! Brant shouted again hearing some shuffling from behind the door, Are you away from it?
Yes, but she started to explain hearing a knocking noise followed by an even louder sound of Brant pushing himself into the door. A gasp fell from her lips when the sound continued until the door came open with a splintering crash and Brant pushed his way into the room.
Im getting you out of here, Brant explained reaching out to pull her into his arms and embrace her tightly, Youre coming home with me.
But she looked up at him confusion settling in over her dark eyes, Brant, whats going on? I heard shouting and
Your brother wants you to believe his lies, but thats all that they are, Brant touched her cheek gently, Angela I love you and I would never, ever do anything to hurt you. You mean the world to me and I realize that you arent sure about anything, but I swear to you that I love you and I would lay down my life for you if it meant that we could be together. You are everything to me and if I lost you it would be the end of me.
Brant, I hear what youre saying, but when Cameron told me she started to argue with him feeling a tension creeping in over her.
Cameron lied to you. Thats what hes been doing since he found out that you and I were in love with one another. He hates my family so bad that hes willing to lie to you and turn me into a villain so that you leave me. He wants to hurt me by using you to do it.
Hes full of lies Angela, Cameron staggered into the bedroom wiping blood from his lower lip, Hes ready to destroy our family at any cost and he knows full well that if you listen to him, he will succeed in burying our family.
No thats not true and you know it, Brant snapped back at Cameron turning around to place himself between Cameron and Angela, I love her and you hate the fact that she loves me too.
She was taken in by your manipulations, but when she opens her eyes and sees you as you truly are my sister wont be fooled any longer. Shell see you as the monster you truly are, Cameron shouted in response lunging towards Brant.
Cameron stop! Angela cried out watching her brother plummet onto Brant and start pounding away at him. Cameron please.
Hes not going to tear you away from me Angela. He isnt going to take away all that we have left of our family, Cameron explained pounding his fist into Brants jaw line before Brant punched him in the stomach causing Cameron to topple over onto the ground.
I didnt do anything to destroy your family even though you want to destroy mine, Brant punched Cameron one time then again for good measure before pushing back. I dont manipulate people for my bidding Cameron. Thats your role in all of this.
Brant stop, Angela cried out seeing Brant ready to strike Cameron again. He had his fist raised in the air, but at Angelas urgings he lowered it and pushed Cameron aside.
Youre not worth it, Brant spat out staggering up from the ground again and moving towards Angela. He wiped at the blood on his own face trying to clear it as he spoke to Angela again. I came here for you because I want to be with you. I love you and I know that if you just hear me out we can be happy together. You and the babies are everything to me and I want for us to have what we should have had before Cameron lied to you. Angela, I didnt hurt your father and I never would do anything to
Liar, Cameron sneered rushing towards Brant and charging at him. He pushed Brant out into the hall again, limbs flying everywhere as Angela watched in horror fearing that her brother and the man she loved were going to tear one another apart!
I think its that time of the month for Kellen, Kyle closed
the door as he walked back into the house seeing Heather glare at him for
a moment before letting out a small laugh and going over to sit down on the
couch. Honestly, or he has his panties in a bunch, Im not quite
sure what it is with him lately.
I dont blame him though, he just feels intimidated, Heather added seeing Kyle roll his eyes before walking over to the coffee table to pick up the bottled water, taking a sip of it before holding the bottle tightly in his hands. If someone was all over me, I would hope you would feel the same way.
Well right, he agreed tugging at the top of the bottle slowly, letting out a long breath as he spoke up about what was going on through his head at the very idea of someone all over Heather. But I know I would be worried because I know Im all the man you need.
Gee, no ego there, Heather rolled her eyes seeing him shrug his shoulders and slide his hands into his pockets when Heather stood up from the couch. You honestly wouldnt get jealous if Kipp was all over me?
No, Kyle answered truthfully shaking his head slowly before biting down on his bottom lip seeing the look in Heathers green eyes and he let out a small laugh. I know you wouldnt let it happen because I know Kellen is your best friend and you love him. You wouldnt let something like that happen.
Okay, what about Diego? Heather mentioned seeing Kyle pause from
pacing back and forth in the room, his grip tightening around the top of the
bottle. You wouldnt at least be jealous of him? Or maybe Kevin?
Stop, Kyle blurted out feeling a heat move in over his body as he felt the anger building up inside of him and he let out a small laugh. I know that Diego and Kevin arent your type.
You sure about that Kyle? You seem to be getting worked up about those two, I mean Kevin is a good looking guy and Diego is a smart one, she moved in closer to Kyle pressing her hand in over the center of Kyles chest seeing his hazel eyes looking into hers. Though, you are right, I have absolutely no interest in Kevin or Diego because Im had over heels in love with you.
Well, in that case, Kyle snaked his arm around her waist tightly hearing her let out a small gasp as he rested his forehead against hers, seeing her green eyes staring into his. I should let you know, I guess I could be a bit of a jealous guy once in a while. I wont lie to you.
Thats a very good thing, I dont want a liar for a husband. I just want you, she tipped up on her toes to press a small kiss against his lips feeling him move in closer to kiss her as she moved back. I am becoming a liar to Kellen though and I know he is going to hate it.
I guess you feel really bad about him not being there, right? Kyles eyebrow perked up at Heather seeing the way she looked out at him and nodded slowly. Keeping your best friend in the dark doesnt feel too great, does it?
I don't want to right now, I mean I want to tell him soon, Heather paused stepping away from Kyle, just holding his hands in hers and giving them a tight squeeze. Just right now it might be for the best if we keep silent about it because he just might murder us.
I dont know if we would be the first on his hit list, he teased further seeing Heather shrug her shoulders and he could tell that she felt bad about keeping Kellen out of this whole situation. Whats up with this Becca girl anyway? Why is Kellen so worried about her anyway? You think its something I should look into for him considering that is kind of my job.
No, its really okay, Heather tried to assure him moving over toward the window to glance out into the world around her and she let out a long breath. Honestly, Kellen just doesnt trust her, but of course, who else does he trust thats a woman?
He trusts you, Kyle breathed against her neck after moving her hair back and wrapping his arms around her waist tightly. Feeling her lean back into him, Kyle smiled widely before pressing a small kiss against her temple, picking her up in his arms tightly. Just right now, Id rather not think about Kellen and start off where we were that time Kellen called.
Really? Heather eyed him over slowly as he set her down against the top of the couch and moved in over her carefully, feeling her hands move up and over his muscular back. Sounds like a good idea to me.
Wow that was incredible, Becca squealed excitedly after she and
Kipp returned to his office, That was amazing.
It only gets better, Kipp assured her with a proud grin tucking all of the contracts hed been working on earlier into his filing cabinet. The first rush is great, but once you get into the swing of things around here, I promise youre going to really enjoy everything that is involved in working here.
I already do, Becca explained stepping in behind Kipp. He spun around to see her standing in front of him and he smiled back at her politely.
Im glad to hear it, he nodded brushing past her only to feel her reach for his wrist.
Im enjoying everything about this place and it has everything to do with you Kipp, she informed him honestly, her voice softening to a low, sultry tone, Youre one of a kind. I hope you realize that.
Yeah, well what can I say? They broke the mold with me, he teased back facing her again.
They sure did, Becca reached out to touch his shoulder lightly, and Im so lucky that you hired me in like you did. With you taking me in under your wing its turned my life around.
Kipps gaze dropped to where shed placed her hand on his shoulder and he cleared his throat uneasily, Its nothing that I wouldnt do for anyone else here.
I realize that, but I just wanted to say, she paused reaching out to touch the side of his face smoothly, urging him to meet her eyes again, thank you. It means a lot that you believe in me Kipp.
As I said before its not anything that I wouldnt do for anyone else here, Kipp cleared his throat again taking a small, uncomfortable step back before motioning to the door, I have to go. I promised Kellen I would meet him for a late dinner and
Of course, she waved at him and smiled, Ill just see you tomorrow then. Im going to finish a few things around here and then Ill be heading out too.
Sure, Kipp nodded taking another look around, Just make sure you lock everything up when you leave.
Sure, she waved at him seeing him make his way to the elevators and leave the offices. Once he stepped into the elevators Becca took a long look around his office taking in everything inside of it that spoke of Kipp and the man he was. Smiling to herself she walked over to his desk and picked up a paperweight. She held it in her hand before taking a seat on the corner of his desk.
Yes, this is nice. Very nice indeed, Becca mused to herself sliding onto his desk to check things out further when a thought carried over her.
A little look around couldnt hurt anything, she popped open the top drawer to his desk and spotted a set of keys inside. Reaching for them she shuffled through the key ring until one in particular caught her eye. Bingo.
Hopping off of the desk Becca made her way down to Heathers office and slipped the key into the door. It opened without protest and as she walked into the center of the office, she couldnt help but smile.
So this is what the high life is all about, she mused to herself circling around the office and thinking about everything that she had ahead of her at the company. She walked over to Heathers desk and took a look at the things on top of it. She thumbed through a couple of papers before sinking into the chair.
This is very nice indeed, Becca thought aloud reaching out to open the top drawer. She spotted a photo of Heather and Kyle from what was clearly a few years ago and her grin expanded. She traced her fingers over their faces thinking about what it was she saw between them in the photo especially after what shed learned about Heather and Kyle, Very nice if I do say so myself.
What are you doing in here? a voice roused her from her contemplation as she looked up to see Kellen standing in the doorway.
Well I um Becca started a worried expression on her face.
Yeah you um better start explaining, Kellen warned sharply, his blue eyes glaring in over at her, because you have absolutely no business being in here like this especially after hours!
Seth. Blake. Sorry were late, Grady began apologetically approaching the table where Blake and Seth were seated. He motioned to Deana and smiled at the both of them, This is Deana. Shes a friend of mine and
Youre a nurse at the hospital, right? Blake noted with a warm, welcoming smile, Jasons sister, yes?
Thats right, Deana nodded in response, and youre Blake Ashford, Brants sister.
Unfortunately its true, Blake teased lightly welcoming Deana to the table, Sorry that we bothered you.
Oh its not a bother at all, Grady explained reaching into his pocket and pulling out some of the papers that hed drawn up for Seth, I know that you said that you wanted this to be quick and painless, but it doesnt look like Valerie is going to give you that. Granted what you told me about her, well it makes me believe that any judge wont force you to stay married to Valerie, but it might take a little while.
The sooner its over the better, Seth noted eyeing Deana curiously, So what about you? What prompted you to spend time with this loser?
Oh well you know hes just Deana felt her face grow red with embarrassment.
Ignore him. Hes just being nosy, Blake waved her hand dismissively before motioning over towards the bar area, Why dont we get a couple of drinks while they talk legal stuff?
Okay, Deana nodded opting to leave Grady and Seth alone for a few minutes. She followed Blake over to the bar and felt a bit of relief as she saw Blake smiling at her.
So how long have you been dating Grady? Blake questioned point blank catching Deana off guard.
What? Deana blinked back at her.
I didnt buy the whole friend thing, so really, how long has it been, Blake questioned curiously.
Not too long, Deana admitted with a nervous laugh, Were taking things well I dont know its been interesting.
Ill bet, Blake nodded motioning for the bartender to get them a round of drinks, but rest assured you have nothing to worry about in dating Grady. You dont have to be nervous because Seth wants him to be happy.
Well thats good, Deana gave her a strange look before Blake explained.
Hes Jades brother, Blake informed her surprised that Deana didnt know.
Oh you mean as in Gradys Jade, realization dawned in on Deana, Oh right. I had no idea that Seth was I mean if I would have known, then I never would have come over here with him and
Im glad that you did, Blake insisted with a warm and welcoming smile, This is good for everyone because well there has just been so much misery in town lately that its good to see things are finally on track again.
I heard about Seths sister and Im sorry for what happened, Deana offered up apologetically, I cant even begin to imagine what hes going through.
Its been hard on him and with Valerie bothering him, shes only complicating things further. Then with this jackass I used to date back in town its been a real trip, Blake groaned further, Maybe youve met him. His name is Zack Vaughn.
You dated Zack Vaughn? Deanas eyes widened before she let out a groan, Oh Im so sorry. He is such a creep that I cant see how any woman would willingly go out with him.
Call it temporary insanity, Blake admitted with a winkled expression, but fortunately I came to my senses and found Seth. Life has a funny way of working itself out from time to time.
So Im seeing, Deana nodded in agreement watching Grady and Seth with one another.
But hey as I said before Im glad youre here. Youll find that were a little bit screwed up from time to time, but we always welcome someone new into the scene especially someone related to Jason, Blake added with a hint of a smile, Did I tell you when I was younger I had the biggest crush on him?
Really? Deanas eyes widened in response.
Yeah, it sounds silly because it was only a few years ago when I first met him at that party Don was having, but I thought he was so cute. A little too young for me, but cute nonetheless, Blake laughed lightly.
Meaning he probably did something disgusting to turn you off right away, which is typical for Jason, Deana offered up in response thinking about her brother and letting out a small laugh as she and Blake got to know one another a little bit better.
Valerie stepped off of the hospital elevators and made her way over to Zacks
office knowing full well she would find him inside no doubt wasting his time
as usual. She knocked on the door and listened hearing a bit of shuffling
from within until the door opened and a cheap looking blonde woman walked
out almost into her.
Oh Im sorry, the woman replied apologetically adjusting her clothing before scurrying off.
Figures, Valerie frowned marching into Zacks office and finding him readjusting his tie, Having fun?
I was until you showed up, he frowned back at her shaking his head, You have horrible timing you know that, dont you?
I really dont care considering that you, Michelle and I all talked about how we were going to get what we wanted. I thought that we had this great plan, yet Michelle is off doing who knows what and you clearly arent working on Blake, Valerie threw her hands in the air before approaching him, If your interests have tapered off, then let me know because I need someone who is going to help me get what I want with Seth. This waiting is beyond ridiculous.
So was your coming over unannounced, Zack frowned back at her, Cant you see Im working?
Yeah on obviously feeding into your libido which isnt bringing me any closer to being with Seth. I thought we all had an arrangement, but obviously Im the only one who is serious about what she wants, Valerie huffed stomping her foot on the ground again, I mean really what did you two think that you were going to accomplish in doing nothing? Do you not want Blake back?
Of course I want Blake back, but Im a man with needs and I cant ignore them just because you havent done a good enough job in persuading Seth into wanting you again. Its not my fault that you cant hold his attention long enough to cause a rift between Blake and Seth, he tossed back at her icily.
I can hold his attention, but I need you to hold back his little pit bull since she never leaves his side, she hissed in response glaring down at him, and if you werent busy with every other woman in town Blake just might find you worth her time. At this rate however she is never going to want you back.
Spoken like a true loser, Zack rolled his eyes at her, Did you ever think that maybe just maybe Seth no longer has any interest in you?
Oh he has interest in me. Every man does, Valerie puffed out her chest noticing the Zack watched the movement.
Ill admit you do have some finer qualities, but Blake is innocent and pure and thats a real turn on for a guy like Seth, Zack wrinkled his nose at her, Thats something you fall short on every time.
Yeah well why dont you do us all a favor and stop worrying about me and start thinking about what you can do to help me get what I want before I get angry, Valerie snarled at him before spinning on her heel and marching out of his office. Half way in the hall she found herself pressed into a wall of muscled man before her.
Im sorry, he spoke up before she felt him touch her arm as she looked up to see a man with blue eyes in front of her.
Dont be, she grinned up at him, It was my mistake.
No, your mistake was thinking that a jerk like that could help you get what you want, he pointed back to Zacks office, Hes not good for anything more than a headache. I on the other hand am a man of action and I couldnt help but overhear your dilemma.
Is that right? she arched a curious brow watching him nod.
Thats right, he nodded once more, and if you really want someone to help you get what you want, look no further because Im your guy.
And why is that? she couldnt help but ask wondering what hed heard of her fight with Zack.
Because unlike Zack in there I guarantee results in ways that you never thought possible, he offered his arm to her, So what do you say? How about a drink?
You buying, she questioned curiously.
But of course, he nodded in response seeing her eye his nametag.
Then youre on Dr. Byrne, she decided accepting his arm with a smile wondering just what he could do to help her get what she wanted at long last.
I think this is enough for me to stay, Shannon let out a small
laugh pulling away from Dons kiss for a moment, feeling him wrap his
arms around her tightly and she rest her head against the center of his chest.
I am so sorry that it took me this long to realize how much you meant
to me Don.
Dont worry about it, Don hushed with a small smile curling his finger in underneath her chin, urging her to look up at him as he moved forward rubbing his nose in against hers. Im just so happy you finally realized you did love me. I was worried for so long that you would never feel the way I felt about you.
Don, you were amazing and I treated you so bad, she muttered feeling him grab her hand in his softly and bring it up to his lips to press a small kiss against it. I just was blind for so long that I could never see how truly wonderful you really were. I think its obvious to every person in this town how great you are.
I wouldnt say everyone in town agrees with you, Don let out a small laugh realizing that Shannon was just trying to convince him that he was great enough for her. Reaching out to press her blonde hair back behind her ear he moved forward to press a small kiss against her forehead. Im not really that great either.
Don, my little brother fell in love with you and your family. Your son came from your genes and he is the smartest little boy Ive ever met. In fact, he makes me feel stupid, Shannon pointed out seeing Don laugh before nodding in agreement because she knew that he agreed with her. Youre a great dad and everything you do is to help someone else, you never doing anything for yourself and that shows how much of a caring guy you are Don. Youre great.
While I know my father is great, Matts voice interrupted them once more as Don let out a loud laugh and turned to his son seeing the way that Matt carried a big jug of ice-cream and two spoons. You two should probably come see Nate for a while. I thought some ice-cream would work since all of you adults seem to think that is the miracle cure.
Okay kiddo, Don nodded slowly letting go of Shannon for a moment and pressing his hand in against his sons back leading him toward the hallway so they could go see Nate, with Shannon following them not far behind. Knocking on the door he saw Nates green eyes look up as he set down the remote for a moment, reaching out to help Matt back up on the bed with him. You okay with us coming in here?
I think we have enough room, Nate decided scooting in toward the middle with Matt as Don sat next to Nate and Shannon sat next to Matt. Feeling Matt set the ice-cream down in his lap Nate let out a sharp exhale before letting out a small laugh. What are you trying to do? Get fat and feel better about myself as I roll myself down the hallway with all this ice-cream.
Well, I know you like the ice-cream, Matt started handing out all the spoons to everyone, showing that he brought four for all of them so they could all share it. Right now though, this is all we have--it may not be much, but its all we can hold onto. We have to be a family, no matter how torn it is. We all have to stick together.
Couldnt have put it better myself kiddo, Don motioned everyone to move in closer to Nate as they all reached out and gave him a hug making him let out a small groan. Group hug.
Oh no, Nate gasped letting out a small laugh as he felt Matts arm squeezing around his abdomen and he couldnt help, but still laugh. Thank you guys, I would be so lost without you. I love all of you.
And we love you too little brother, Shannon muttered seeing her brother's green eyes look up into hers as Don and Matt moved back for a minute, Matt crawling into Dons lap as they watched Shannon and Nate together. Reaching out for her little brother she wrapped her arms around him tightly, resting her chin on the top of his head. I love you kiddo and I always have. Im always going to be here for you.
Thanks for picking Kayla up, Zane mouthed excitedly now that
his friend was able to hang out with him, Lindsay, Stacy and Daniel. Youre
Thanks buddy, Daniel smiled rubbing his hand over Zanes head before motioning over to where Kayla was inspecting one of the tubes in the childrens play zone area at the restaurant the group was at, Now go have fun.
Oh boy will I ever, Zane squealed excitedly before rushing off to join Kayla. He was halfway to where Kayla was standing when he tripped over his feet and fell to the ground.
Oh my God, Lindsay gasped opening her mouth to say something more and go over to help him, but Zane just dusted himself off and rushed up to his feet again. He raced over to Kayla clearly unaffected by the fall.
Obviously nothing is going to stop him, Stacy joked with a small laugh seeing how Zane leapt into the tube head first not giving it the thought or caution that Kayla clearly did before leaning in to inspect it again. Hes kind of a wild kid.
Reminds me of Don, Lindsay couldnt help but laugh shaking her head at Zane again, He just leaps into the world around him and doesnt think about what will happen next until its already happened and trouble follows.
Stacy laughed thinking it over, Don doesnt seem wild and crazy.
He is, Lindsay replied as she took a seat at the table watching Kayla and Zane interact, though from what Ive heard he was worse before I was born.
It must be pretty cool having had your big brother around growing up, Daniel noted thinking about his own brother, I only recently learned Kipp was my brother and its clear we missed out on a lot with one another. Of course were trying to get close now.
Dons been a fun brother, Lindsay confessed thinking about her relationship with her brother, When we were younger everyone used to think that he was my dad, which was kind of embarrassing, but he had fun with it I guess.
Really? Stacys eyes widened with curiosity, People thought he was your father?
Yeah, Lindsay laughed lightly, I mean I guess its because we have such a huge age gap between us where it might seem like hes a parent to me, but
Wow, that sounds crazy, Daniel noted with a shake of his head, Like Don could be old enough to be your father.
He could be old enough, Stacy piped in catching a look from both Lindsay and Daniel, I mean you did say that he was wilder when he was younger, right Lindsay?
Well I suppose, but I really dont want to think about the idea of my brother having a kid around the time I was born. I mean hes older than me, but still, Lindsay wrinkled her nose at the thought, I cant even begin to imagine what Don wouldve been like as a dad back then.
Hes really good with Matt now, Stacy noted with a thoughtful expression, I bet he wouldve been an awesome dad back then too.
He was way too young to be a father, Lindsay corrected with a wrinkled expression, Just like us. Were all way too young to even consider the thought of having our own kids.
For sure, Daniel nodded in response, I mean babies are cute and all, but I want to wait a long time before I get into that. I have my whole movie career in front of me.
And what a fine start you have on it now dont you? Stacy couldnt help but roll her eyes at the thought. Scaring the hell out of campers really makes for great fun.
Hey, it was the whole basis of the Friday the Thirteenth series and besides, Ive evolved as a filmmaker, Daniel played with the collar on his shirt before winking over at Lindsay. Im far more mature now.
You mean you dont video record your own burps? Stacy challenged with an arched brow, Or have farting contests on film?
Oh please, that wasnt me, Daniel objected with a frown, Ill have you know that I didnt ever do that kind of stuff on film.
No of course not. You just bribed your friends to do it so that they looked like the morons instead of you, Stacy scoffed folding her arms in front of her chest and rolling her eyes again.
Exactly, Daniel grinned proudly thinking about his younger accomplishments before remembering that they were with Lindsay. Clearing his throat he sat up straighter and turned to Lindsay once again, but it was when I was way younger.
Of course, Lindsay nodded with a laugh of her own noticing the color that grew in Daniels face. His cheeks were red with obvious embarrassment as he tried to ignore his conversation with Stacy.
You werent that much younger, Stacy noticed glancing over at the children again, Hey, where did Zane go?
Huh? Lindsay snapped out of her daze to see Kayla playing in the center of the tube, but Zane was nowhere to be found.
He couldnt have gone far, Daniel offered up ready to go look for him when he heard Zane let out a loud squeal.
Help! Help this thing is trying to eat me alive! Zane shouted as it was clear he was stuck in one of the tubes at the end of the play area. His head was out, but the rest of his tiny body was wedged between the tube and some kind of toy that hed been carrying with him, Help me!
Im on it, Daniel announced rushing forward to help Zane with the predicament he was in.
Its killing me, Zane sighed with an exaggerated groan waving his hand around in the air, Its killing me!
Its not going to kill you, Daniel promised as Lindsay and Stacy followed.
I dont think he can go anywhere without getting into trouble, Lindsay noted thinking about how Zane always seemed to find his way into a situation that required help.
He must get that from his parents, Stacy laughed lightly before shaking her head, I mean Deana seems cool, but his dad mightve been a bit out there.
I guess, Lindsay shrugged her shoulders before watching Daniel rescue Zane from the tube. She watched Zane throw his arms around Daniels neck relieved at what had happened.
Thanks man. Youre a life saver, Zane let out an exaggerated breath before rushing off to rejoin Kayla in the tubes again.
Five bucks says hes stuck before the end of the hour, Daniel couldnt help but tease rejoining Stacy and Lindsay once again. He wrapped his arms around both of their shoulders and gave them a quick squeeze, But rest assured Im here to save the day as always.
Oh please, Stacy rolled her eyes tossing Daniels arm off of her before wrinkling her nose at him, Im going to get a drink now. Want one Linds?
Sure, Lindsay nodded in response.
Bring me back something too, Daniel called off after Stacy.
If youre lucky, Stacy tossed out a glare before leaving Daniel and Lindsay alone with one another.
She really hates me, doesnt she? Daniel couldnt help but ask thinking about the way Stacy was with him.
She doesnt hate you, Lindsay began trying to keep the peace, I think she just remembers the not so great things right now.
I wasnt that bad to her, Daniel blurted out in his own defense.
Im sure you werent, but shes having a rough time with her mom and dad getting divorced, Lindsay paused for a moment, I shouldnt have said that.
No, its okay, Daniel started again, I mean Im glad that you felt that you could share with me. Not that Im glad that Stacys having problems, but
I knew what you meant, Lindsay smiled over at him, Shes just been a friend of mine for a long time even if we havent talked in a while.
I like her, Daniel explained with a hint of a smile, I always did. Shes really cool.
You do? Lindsay fought to hide the disappointment in her voice, You mean you like her, like her?
Yeah, Ive always considered her a friend, he nodded before giving her a once over, What did you think I meant?
Just that, she turned away trying to hide the heat that rose over her features at the thought of him having a thing for Stacy. I mean its cool. Stacy could use all the friends she could get right now.
It sounds like it, he noted seeing her step away from him, But what about you? Are you looking for another friend or maybe something more?
More? she turned around to face him again, her blue eyes widening with shock and embarrassment with his question. She watched him step forward reaching out to touch her shoulder gently.
I really like you Lindsay, he began in a timid tone ready to say something more when the sound of Stacy approaching broke the moment.
I got you a Sprite and I got Daniel a Coke, Stacy announced before looking between the two of them, What? Did I miss something?
No not at all, Lindsay lied ducking out of the moment as she wondered if she could really think about having a boyfriend at a time when a boyfriend should be the last thing on her mind. Still as she thought of how much she enjoyed being around Daniel she wondered if perhaps she would find it in herself to break her fathers strict no dating rule that he had for her. Perhaps Daniel was worth the risk after all.
I dont believe this, Evie threw her hands up in the air
before stepping away from JT. You actually let her do that.
Its not like I wanted it, JT tried to defend himself bringing his fingers through his own hair as he wondered why hed felt compelled to deliver Evie with complete and total honesty. She caught me by surprise and one thing lead to another and
And you didnt tell her to stop? Evie shuddered at the thought of what JT had told her.
I was afraid she was going to hurt me, JT offered up in his own defense knowing how pathetic it sounded, Look, I dont expect you to believe me, but its the truth. It was before I met you and Ive never lied to you about the kind of person I was. I wasnt exactly a nice guy and yes, what shes been saying about me is true. I was someone who went through women like nothing, but it was before we hooked up. Evie, you have to believe me when I tell you that Im not that person anymore.
How can I believe you when you have been completely misleading me about her, Evie questioned in a pinched squeal, Youve lead me to believe that she was this annoyance that simply wouldnt go away!
She is an annoyance that wouldnt go away. She came around when I was still hung up on Diane and yes I did some pretty awful things. I dont deny that, but that changed when I met you, he stepped in towards her softening his voice a bit as he reached out to her. Evie, youre not like anyone else Ive been with before. Youre special.
Special or not special enough? she asked arching a curious brow. Considering that each and every time I try to touch you, you bolt like its a bad thing Im starting to wonder if you really like me or youre just thinking of me as some charity case that you can fix to make up for the fact that you feel you made mistakes in your life.
No, thats not how I see you, he shook his head at her trying to reach out to her again. He touched the side of her face gently before meeting her dark eyes, Evie I like you--a lot. Hell, Ive never felt this way about anyone before because yes I was all about using women for what I needed from them until I moved onto the next one, but with you its so different.
Different how, she questioned with a disbelieving stare trying not to respond to the way his fingers felt against her cheek.
When Im with you, I cant help but think about what it would be like to make love to you. To not just have sex with you, but to really be with you in every sense of the word, JT admitted his thumb brushing over her now quivering bottom lip. Ive never felt that way about any other woman, but with you well theres just something about the way you make me feel that I cant ignore.
Youve been doing a pretty good job of holding back with me, she admitted thinking about her frustrations in their relationship.
Thats because if I acted upon what I was feeling it wouldnt be nearly as special as I want it to be for us, he explained sliding his fingers into her dark hair, When I make love to you I want it to be something to remember--something that we can both keep with us, not just some random shag in the backseat of a car or something tacky like that.
Weve had plenty of opportunity to make it special JT, she stepped in closer to him, sliding her arm around his waist, Do you have any idea how much I want you right now?
I want you too, but if we screw this up and things dont go as they should, JT felt her tremble in his arms, Damn it I dont want to lose you because in all honesty the smartest thing you could ever do is walk away from a loser like me and never look back. Im no good for anyone especially someone as special as you.
Would you stop saying that? she huffed shaking her head at him, Youre exactly everything I ever could have wanted in my life. No one has ever cared about me the way you do. Hell, not even my parents wanted me around when I was a kid. My father was always off doing his own things and only came around when he wanted to use me to pull off some kind of scam and my mother, well shes always so high and strung out that she doesnt have five minutes to see whats going on with me. I grew up alone and on the streets and Id still be there if you hadnt tried to help me.
Evie I he stopped himself thinking about the admission shed made to him. He paused giving her a sideways glance, Is that what you were doing before I found you?
No, I was living it up on the hill with all of the other rich people, she rolled her eyes at his question, I just stole for kicks and fun.
Evie, Im being serious, he frowned searching her eyes again.
And Im being serious when I tell you that all my life everyone has disappointed me. I havent found anyone who cares about me like you do. Each and every guy Ive met has had an agenda and they are all about their own needs, but with you, I can see that you feel something for me. I feel it too and when Im with you, well I think that maybe there is hope for all of that sappy romance crap that Ive been trying to avoid all of my life, she blurted with a heavy sigh.
That makes two of us, he confessed leaning in to kiss her tenderly, which is why tonight I have something very special planned for us--that is if youre interested.
If youre involved, Im always interested, she replied squeezing her arms around his shoulders and kissing him again, because youre all that I need and want JT.
I want you too, JT whispered warmly, his words buzzing against her lips, which is why tonight I promise you that youre going to have magic in front of you. Believe me on that.
I do, she replied kissing him once again as JT vowed not to ruin the good thing he had with Evie by acting like his usual jerk self.
If you would just open your eyes and look at me right now, Kevin
reached out, sliding his fingers in underneath her chin to get her to look
him in the eyes. Youd see that Im just a desperate man completely
in love with you, wanting to start a life with you and just you.
Thats hard to believe, Ria went to turn away from him feeling him cup her face in his large, rough hands making her look him in the eyes as she shook her head slowly. Im being honest Kevin, the last thing I see is you making out with the woman that used to be the love of your life.
Thats complicated Ria, like a final goodbye. Something that happened so long ago, he tried to explain thinking back to the moment when he kissed Angie at Chriss house and should have realized that something bad would become of that. I swear, I love you Ria and the thing I want the most in life is just to be a father. To know what its like to have a family and share it with the woman that you love the most in your life. Ria, you are that woman for me and I want to have a ton of children with you. I want to have a big family, a baseball team or a basketball team. Anything, whatever youd like because I want to spend the rest of my life revolving around you.
Hearing the buzzer to the pregnancy test she had set the timer for go off, they both looked over to it sitting on top of the coffee table. She went to move before feeling Kevin pulling her back down to the couch, his body moving in closer to her while his warm breath skimmed in over the side of her neck.
I want to wake up every morning with you in my arms for the rest of my life, Kevins voice filled her ears as she closed her eyes, feeling his lips pressing in against the side of her neck gingerly, his tongue slowly caressing her skin. Youre everything to me Ria.
I have to check that Kevin, she pulled away from him for a minute seeing the way he looked up at her with his chocolate brown eyes. Watching the way he nodded and pushed back his thick, dark hair slowly she saw him reach for the name book again. What are you doing?
Not sure, Kevin bit down on his bottom lip seeing her look him over as he flipped through the pages looking through the names. If we had a girl--there is Amanda, no. Kelly, reminds me of Kellen so no way. Ashley, that would be horrible. Erin, I like that one, but of course I think its obvious why. What if we had a boy though? There are names like Cody, Kurt, Jared--I want something that sticks out. Something that doesnt ,
Kevin, stop, Ria blurted out looking over the pregnancy test as he reached for the Yankees jersey he bought pressing it out against the table before looking her in the eyes. Kevin?
Cody Adonis, Kevin pondered looking over the jersey before shaking his head slowly and looking to the skirted jersey of the Yankees he got if it was a little girl. Deciding that he wanted to tease a bit Kevin looked out at her while standing up and shrugging his shoulders. What about Ria junior for a girl, that would be cute, but of course then the both of you would ,
Why dont you just go back to planning things out with Angie in your life and what you want to with her, Ria snapped seeing the look behind his brown eyes as he held onto the Yankee costumes in his hands tightly. Im not pregnant Kevin so you can stop all of this right now, I dont need your bull.
Youre not , Kevin began seeing her shake her head as he dropped the pajamas to the floor, running his fingers through his hair shakily as he walked over toward the other side of the room trying find a way to calm himself down. Tensing his hands he bit down on his bottom lip before hitting the wall and hearing Ria let out a small gasp as he slid down to the ground and rested his head in his hands. Damn it.
Kevin, she moved over toward him kneeling down to reach out to
him feeling him pull away from her as he stood up shaking his head slowly,
wiping at his eyes as he walked over toward the test. Kevin, what are
It has to be wrong, Kevin reached for the test, looking it over before reaching for the box to read what everything meant before he threw the box behind him. You have to take another test, this one isnt right.
Kevin, they are all going to say the same thing, Ria tried to get him to calm down seeing the way he tried to hold back his emotions from her seeing him cry as he turned away from her pressing his arms up against the wall, hitting it with a balled up fist. Kevin, please.
Its not fair, he blurted out sliding back to the ground feeling his emotions overtake him as he started to cry, his heart breaking with every second of knowing his dream and hopes were crashing in around him knowing that his wish wasnt coming true. Why does everyone else get to be happy and have a family and I dont? I was so excited, so happy to hear that I was going to have son or daughter and then this--I keep losing every dream I have. Having hopes like that--is exactly like losing my daughter all over again. I just want a family, I want a complete family that I was never able to have. I want a child to call my own, I want someone to love me and ,
Kevin, I do love you, she got to her knees seeing the way he stared out at her and she moved forward reaching out to push his dark hair out of his eyes, her fingers pressing in against his damp cheek. You will have a family, I promise. You have to look at the good in life, see that you can still have a family.
I try to see the good in life Ria, but sometimes it is so hard to find. This is all my fault anyways, if I wouldnt have been an asshole, Kevin bit down on his bottom lip roughly looking away from her and shaking his head slowly. We would have never had to gone through this, I cant keep pushing you to do it over and over with me. I try to do it right every time, but I always end up screwing up and digging myself in the ground more and more. Youre my only one Ria and I keep screwing my life, losing my dreams. Im losing the one woman that ever loved me for me and ,
Youre not losing me, Ria hushed moving forward quickly pressing her lips in against his feeling his muscles shaking against her fingertips as she tried to get him to calm down. Caressing his damp cheek, she felt him not respond to her kiss, just sat there. Kevin please, its not over yet.
It will be, I always screw myself over, he went to say more feeling her press small kisses in against his cheeks, her lips moving in against the side of his neck making him tilt his head up a bit while she gently nipped at his neck. Feeling her fingers pushing the material of his black t-shirt up his abdomen he shook his head slowly not budging his arms. Ria, no.
Kevin, please? she begged wanting to prove to him that she loved him as he slowly lifted his arms for her to tug it up and over his muscular abdomen before dropping it to the ground. I want to be with you, I want to start over because I love you.
I dont deserve you Ria, dont you see that? he felt her pull him in close to her, her lips pressing in against his in a loving manner as her fingers slid in through his dark hair, this time getting him to kiss her back. I always hurt you and Im never going to change. I dont deserve what Ive always wanted because I always let you down. Im just like the rest, Im not better than the ones before me.
Yes you are Kevin, she reached out for his belt seeing the way he looked down as she pulled it apart slowly, his gaze meeting hers when she finished. Youre better because I love you and I always have. I was wrong to get mad at you because youre wonderful Kevin and I love you.
Im not wonderful enough to have a family with, Im always going to stay the same Ria. Battered and bruised, always confused with my next moves. I cant stop what happens, Im always trying to ruin everything good in my life, he was soon interrupted by the way her mouth roughly pressed in against his and he kissed her back, feeling her fingers caressing the muscles in his abdomen over and over again. Ria.
Stand up, she ordered seeing him stare up at her when she got up from the ground in front of him and she reached for his hands, seeing him stand up by himself. Reaching forward she unzipped his jeans, tugging at them as she watched the material drop around his ankles. Ive always loved you, I dont know how you think I cant.
Im not lucky enough to deserve you, Kevin stated with a small shake of his head seeing the way she pulled off her shirt and moved forward to kiss him again. From the moment you walked into my life, you showed me what was right and Ive been trying so hard to get to that place.
Just tell me you love me, Ria begged quickly getting out of the rest of her clothes as she made him sit down on the couch, pressing him against the couch as she moved in over him. Thats all Im ever going to need to hear the rest of my life because I dont want to lose you.
I love you, Kevin whispered kissing her slowly, letting out a small breath as she lowered herself in over him and he rested his head back against the couch for a moment before moving up to kiss her again. So very much.
Stop it both of you! Angela rushed out into the hallway in the
hopes of keeping Cameron and Brant from tearing one another apart. She watched
in horror as Cameron held Brant by the neck of his collar and held him over
the banister ready to throw him off of the ledge. She rushed forward seizing
her brother by the shoulders, Cameron stop it! Let go of him!
I cant let him destroy us Angela. Hes taken too much from us already and I refuse to let him poison you as well, Cameron shook Brant ready to shove him further off of the ledge when Angela leapt onto Camerons back and squeezed her arms around Camerons neck.
Cameron stop it! Cameron, I love him. Dont hurt him! Angela shouted tugging on her brothers throat in an attempt to get him to ease up on Brant.
You dont know what youre saying Angela, Cameron released Brant, bringing his hand up over Angelas in an attempt to get her off of him. Hes manipulated you and
I love her. Ive always loved her from the day that I first met her. Shes been everything to me and I want to share forever with her, Brant added in an impassioned tone seeing Cameron stop moving long enough to stand still and stare blankly at Brant.
I love you too. I know that I might not know everything, but my heart is telling me that we belong together, Angela released Cameron and stepped down from his shoulders. She moved in between both men and her dark eyes fixed on Brants again, I know that someone is lying, but my heart keeps telling me that you and I are the ones who clearly are meant for one another. Brant I do love you and I know that you would never hurt me.
No Angela, hes just saying all of this so that you will blindly put your faith in him and trust in his lies, Cameron shook his head stubbornly, Hes trying to use you to get his ultimate revenge on me.
No Cam, she shook her head spinning around to face her brother, He does love me. Im sure of it.
Hes only fooling you like Cary did. He doesnt mean any of it Angela, Cameron shot back at her watching her shudder at the mention of her late husband.
Would you stop trying to keep her from finding happiness? Brant marched forward pushing himself between Cameron and Angela. She loves me so get it through your head that were going to be together whether you like it or not.
The hell you are, Cameron sneered reaching out for Brant again and shoving him over to the ledge once more. Ill kill you before I let it happen.
Cameron stop it! Angela rushed forward trying to keep her brother from making the biggest mistake of his life. Leave him alone.
This is the only way youll ever see. The only way well finally be free of him, Cameron explained choking Brant with his hands as he fought to get rid of Brant once and for all. His grip on Brants throat constricted and as Brant tried to pry Camerons hands off of him, Angela moved forward in an attempt to intervene.
Cameron stop it. Cameron please! Angelas voice squealed with horror as she reached for her brother again.
Angela let go of me, Cameron pushed back in an attempt to steer her clear of the situation when he heard a loud, thumping sound from behind him. She made a pinched noise before Cameron spotted something out of the corner of his eye. He released Brant and spun around just in time to see Angela fall to the lower landing of the staircase.
Oh God, what have you done, Brant gasped horrified as Angela lay on the ground before them after Cameron had inadvertently pushed her down the stairs. Without waiting for a response Brant pushed Cameron aside and rushed down to Angela praying that she was alright as it was clear that the situation had spun out of control in such a way that everything was about to change forever!
...to be continued...