This is your punishment Nate, Matt decided walking into the store
from the mall hallway as him and Zane held onto his hands. Leading him into
the center of the store he heard Nate laugh and saw Nates green eyes
looking around his surroundings. What are you laughing at Mr. Pryce?
You take me to a toy store and this is my punishment for scaring you guys? Nate questioned with a small laugh seeing the way that Matt nodded slowly and Nate let out a sigh. Guys, you know me, this is like heaven to me just as much as it is to you if not more.
Well, you have to buy us whatever we want, Zane informed Nate with a firm nod seeing Nate shrug his shoulders and nod slowly before Zane let out a small gasp. You mean you really will do that?
If thats what you guys would like, Nate nodded slowly looking around the store and letting out a small laugh seeing them run forward as he followed looking at the toys as he went. You guys usually have some fun taste, it might be worth the buy.
You better keep that promise, Matt gently hit Nates leg before pulling out a few action figures and looking them over. Dropping one of the boxes he kicked it aside before seeing Nate staring down at him confused. I hate that guy, he got me in trouble a while back.
John Cena? Nate laughed seeing Matt rolls his eyes before going back to looking through the things and Nate let out small laugh when he picked the toy up and set it back on the rack. Yeah, I believe Don told me about that. You broke some kids CD didnt you?
Yeah, well we shouldnt even be listening to that this early in our ages, Matt pointed out pulling out one to show it to Nate seeing Nate look it over slowly. Hey Uncle Nate, this looks a lot like you except youre uglier.
Yeah, youre kind of right, Nate replied looking at the doll before hearing Zane start laughing out loud as Matt shook his head slowly and Nate let out a small gasp realizing what Matt just said. Hey, that wasnt nice.
What can I say? Matt looked into Nates green eyes for a moment before seeing Nate let out a small laugh and they walked down another isle as Matt pulled out a moon bounce. I never understood this thing. You put your feet on it and jump, but how do you stop from falling?
Its easy little guys, Nate watched Matt and Zane look back at him as Nate grabbed a foam cowboy hat and put it in over his head before shrugging his shoulders. Ill show you, look at this.
Be my guest, Matt handed Nate over the toy seeing Nate set it down and slowly get on top of it as Matt folded his arms out in front of his small chest. Leaning in closer to Zane he was quiet enough for only Zane to hear. It is going to be so funny when he falls on his face.
Youre going to fall on your face Nate, Zane blurted out seeing Nate smile and Matt glared at Zane for a minute before covering his eyes, shaking his head slowly. Zane let out a small confused laugh before looking down the isle. And its going to be funny, yeah.
Look all you do, is just keep your feet around the ball right here, Nate explained starting to bounce a bit before seeing Matt watching him carefully. Knowing that Matt was expecting to see him fall, Nate thought he would shock him once and started jumping knee high before seeing Matts eyes grow wide. Knowing what he was expecting Nate acted like he slipped on the moon bounce and fell back on his butt letting out a small laugh seeing Matt and Zane burst out with laughter. Okay, maybe that wasnt as easy as I thought it would be.
Its okay Uncle Nate, youre still my best friend ever and I still love you, Matt came over and patted Nate on the shoulder lightly seeing Nate smile and quickly stand up before pulling him into his arms. Im getting Nate sick again, I swear you swing me around and I feel like Im going to puke and one day Im going to do it all over you.
Well, Im your best friend, best friends let other best friends puke all over them, Nate reached for Zane pulling him up into his other arm hearing the boys let out a small laugh and he simply shrugged his shoulders. I think.
Whatever helps you sleep at night Nathan, Matt gently hit at Nates shoulder hearing Nate let out a small laugh before Nate led them over toward the video games. Oh my goodness, they have the new pirates of the Caribbean game. I told my dad I wanted that so bad, but we never got a chance to get it.
No way, Zane blurted out as Nate slowly set them down and let them pull the game off the shelf and Nate saw that they were excited about it. They have all three of them.
You so need to buy us these Nate, Matt looked back seeing Nate
looking over the back of the case and nodding slowly before handing the box
back over. This is the only thing I want, I only want this.
Sounds good to , Nate let out a small gasp as he stepped on the moon bounce that he forgot to pick up and lost his footing, falling back flat on his back on the hard floor letting out a small groan. Me.
He is funny, Nate looked to the side to see a little girl standing between Zane and Matt before he let out a small groan and shook his head slowly. I didnt really think he would be that funny.
Well Kayla, hes the king of being a comedian, Matt informed Kayla with a small laugh before seeing a hand placed against Kaylas shoulder and Matt shrugged his shoulders. Uncle Nate, this is Kayla and her Aunt Jewel.
Well its a pleasure to meet you Kayla and, Nate got to his knees glancing up as he spotted what Jewel really looked like and he gulped down slightly smiling. Aunt Jewel.
Russ stepped into his office and took a look around wondering what he could
do to get things rolling with the newspaper once again after the shock tactics
that Chris Foley had been using to make a statement in Coral Valley the last
couple of weeks. He was going to shoot a few ideas off with Kevin and bounce
them around, but hed noticed that Kevin wasnt in his office, which
was a surprise. Now that Russ was in his own office, he took a seat in his
chair and realized just how abnormally quiet things had been in the office.
Here are your messages, a girl from the temp agency explained walking into his office with her headphones on. Sorry I didnt bring them in earlier.
Thank you, Russ replied accepting the messages before giving her a look, Hey, wheres Mindy?
You mean you dont know the girl blinked back at him incredulously. You run this newspaper, yet you arent very in tune with the world around you, are you?
What is that supposed to mean? he frowned in response already wishing that he hadnt been dealing with a temp when he had wanted to touch base with Mindy about the office happenings.
Her boyfriend just died, the girl rolled her eyes at him as if hed insulted her, You would think that her own boss would care enough to think about that especially since hes in the news business.
You mean Russells jaw dropped as he realized how insensitive he mustve looked, Im sorry. I didnt have any idea that
And you wonder why all of the other papers are climbing in the sales while yours is going down the toilet, she rolled her eyes again before snapping on the gum she was chewing. Its a wonder that you havent hit bankruptcy yet at this point.
Thatll be all, Russ frowned watching the woman leave his office before his thoughts turned to Mindy. He had spent so long caught up in what was happening in his own life that he hadnt given a second thought to what might be happening with Mindy. Thinking about what she must be going through, Russ picked up his phone ready to call her and speak with her when something caught his attention from where it sat on his desk. Reaching for it, Russ skimmed over the message that had been left for him.
Angelas been in an accident. Shes at the hospital and things dont look good. Talk to you later. Kevin, Russ mouthed to himself hanging up the phone and vowing to call Mindy later. Right now he needed to get over to the hospital and see what was happening with Angela, he realized. Reaching for his jacket, Russ hoped that nothing was too serious because he knew full well if something happened to Angela Kevin would never be able to live with himself.
Avery opened the front door and greeted Jenna with a smile before looking
around the living room. She stepped back and waved for her friend to come
inside and join her.
Sorry about the mess, Avery offered up apologetically as Jenna stepped inside, Weve got a lot going on and its been kind of an uproar with moving and everything else.
I take it things with you and Russ are good again then, huh? Jenna noted curiously spotting one of Russells shirts draped over the back of the sofa.
Yeah, were good, Avery admitted reaching for the shirt and pulling it up in a quick movement. It took a little while to get on track again, but I think were finally working things out at last.
Thats good to hear considering that I know you both had a lot to deal with this past year, Jenna added moving around the living room. The new house is really starting to look great by the way. Not that it wasnt great before, but
Thanks, Avery smiled over at her friend, I wish I could take credit for all of this, but its all Russ. You should see the back. We have this sunroom out off of the porch and the yard, well its really fantastic. Erin is going to love playing out there when she starts running around. I know last time you were over we hadnt fleshed everything out yet, but well were getting there. Russ is talking about getting a swimming pool, but Im not so sure yet with Erin being so small and
Speaking of Erin, Jenna eyed the room curiously, Where is the little princess?
Sleeping, Avery admitted with a heavy sigh, She woke up really early this morning and was ready to start her day just around the time that I was ready to call it quits. Russ stayed up with her for a little while, but she still wasnt ready to go to sleep when he went to work this morning. She and I were playing around the house, watching one of those shows on the Disney Channel and that finally exhausted her.
Sounds like she keeps you on your toes, Jenna noted with a small laugh.
You dont know the half of it, but you will, Avery laughed lightly motioning to her friends abdomen, So tell me how are things going with that? You ready for what comes next?
I think I can handle it, Jenna nodded placing her hand over her abdomen, Whether or not were actually ready for it is another story altogether, but were getting there. We talked about working on the nursery, but were kind of at a standstill with that one.
Why is that? Avery couldnt help but ask circling her finger for Jenna to follow her into the kitchen for tea.
We would like to be surprised, Jenna admitted with a small laugh following her friend into the other room. I know it sounds horribly outdated considering that it is probably smarter to know what youre having so that you can plan clothes and the nursery and the such, but still
Hey, theres nothing wrong with wanting to be surprised, Avery reached for a couple of mugs. She dropped a tea bag in each one before reaching for the hot kettle of water. I have to admit though that I couldnt do it myself because I cant bear the thought of having to wait that long to know the truth. Im horrible with surprises.
Yes, you are, Jenna agreed with a hearty laugh, but on the other hand there are so many things in this world that dont surprise me anymore given my line of work that I think Im ready for a good surprise.
I cant say I blame you, Avery nodded in response.
But its hell on nursery planning as I said before. Hart wants to go with something generic--something that isnt too feminine or too masculine, but as it stands there isnt really a lot on the market to accommodate that at this point. Its either pink and frills or sports and blues, Jenna pointed out with a small sigh.
I would have loved a sports room when I was younger, Avery moved over to the table to join her best friend.
Yeah, you and me both, but of course what we wouldve liked doesnt mean the next generation would like it and if we made the wrong decision and we have a girl who hates it, Jenna shook her head, I dont think I could live with the conflict that early on in being a parent.
Conflict is the name of the game. Besides, Avery shrugged her shoulders, You could always change it before the little one is too old to complain about it.
Maybe, but its not just that, Jenna sighed in response reaching for her mug, Hart and I have talked about moving too, but Im not sure thats the best idea either.
You mean to somewhere else? Like a house or something? Avery questioned curiously.
Jenna nodded, Which is a big step. I dont know if Im ready to take that kind of leap.
Considering youre about to have a baby maybe it is time to give up your apartment. It is kind of small and Avery paused giving her a long look, What about Harts place?
Hes still trying to get rid of it, but in all honesty thats made for a single man who is looking to keep entertaining the notion of single life, Jenna confessed thinking about the home Hart left behind. She shifted on her chair uncomfortably before speaking up again, Actually its not so much moving that bothers me, but the idea of what else will change should Hart and I take that leap with one another. I mean hes already asking about marriage and
Marriage, Averys eyes widened in response, Oh Jenna thats great. I think you two could have a beautiful wedding and
Slow down, Jenna held her hand up in the air to silence her friends gushing, Avery I dont want to get married.
What? Averys jaw practically dropped, Why not? I mean you and Hart seem so good together and youre going to have a baby and
And Im not arguing that. I think that its wonderful that we have one another and I love him, but Im just not ready for that, Jenna admitted with a long sigh, Marriage works for some people, but I dont think Im one of them.
Of course you are, Avery added supportively, You would really like being married.
Just like youve liked being married? Jenna arched a speculative brow seeing Avery frown. No offense Avery, but youve done it twice and you know how much chaos came from it.
Those were completely out of the normal circumstances in both situations. Russ and I should still be married and with Brant, well that never shouldve taken place, Avery added with a frown of her own.
Yes, but when it was over things got ugly. You and Brant stopped being friends, you lost your job and your whole world was turned upside down, Jenna continued to explain to her.
Well for starters you dont work for Hart. That wont be a problem for you and two you and Hart are in love with one another. I wasnt in love with Brant. Yes, I cared about him and I may have loved him on some level, but I was never in love with him. Russ was who I wanted to be with and that was the problem. Jenna, you cant base your future on your friends and their mistakes, Avery continued to offer to Jenna.
I realize that, but at the same time its not just what happened with you. I mean look at my mother and Preston. They arent married and they are completely happy together, Jenna tossed out at her.
Right, but Preston would be even happier if your mom would just marry him. Hes been trying for years and if I do recall correctly youve been one of the biggest supporters of them getting married, Avery wiggled her brow at Jenna.
I know I have, but Jenna stopped herself shaking her head decidedly, I just dont know if it is right for me. I mean what if I think it is, but then I see that its not and it turns into this situation where Hart and I hate one another. We start off great, but somehow it falls to pieces and then were left to end it and we bring our family into all of this and
Jenna no relationship is perfect. Married or not we all go through rough patches, Avery cut her off abruptly, We all have something happen that puts us in that turning point where we can look away or fight for what we love. Not marrying Hart isnt going to change that. Anything could happen at any time.
Thats what Hart keeps saying, but still Jenna trailed off with another sigh, I just dont know if Im ready for that step. He said he understood that and that he was okay with my decision, but now hes pushing for us to get married again. He keeps bringing it up offering me a list of all the reasons why it would be right for us, but right now, I just dont know.
Its really not that bad, Avery placed her hand on top of Jennas, You might find that you actually like it. I mean hey Ill be honest and tell you that I plan on doing it again with Russ and this time, well this time itll be forever.
This from the person who called me saying it was over between the two of you not so long ago, Jenna eyed her suspiciously.
I was jumping the gun like always and yeah, I was upset, but we love one another and we worked it out, Avery continued to remind her friend. This last year has been one nightmare after another for us and if we didnt have Erin, well I would say that I wish everything was different, but with her, it makes us ignore the bad. Shes the good that we needed and thats made all of this nonsense worth it.
A small sound rose from the kitchen and Avery couldnt help but smile hearing Erin talking over the baby monitor. She let out a laugh before pointing to it.
So much for napping, Avery laughed lightly getting up and out of her chair, Want to go see Erin with me?
I would love to, Jenna nodded in agreement wondering if perhaps she would ever be ready for the wedded bliss that Avery had seemingly found with Russ. Sure, there were a lot of perks, but at the same time Jenna knew full well about people who had been deeply in love with one another and lost that once their picture perfect romance fell to pieces in divorce. That in itself made her shudder as she vowed not to let her and Harts relationship become another statistic.
Coming, Mindy called out hearing a small knock on the door as
she got up from the couch after waiting a few for Jason to show up and she
quickly walked to the door to pull it open. Seeing his blue eyes meet hers
she smiled looking down to his arms seeing a huge white teddy bear in his
arms. Who is this?
Well, Jason slightly laughed slowly handing her over the teddy bear seeing her blue eyes looking over slowly and he shrugged his shoulders. I bought that for you considering when I was little stuffed animals always made me feel better. I know its tacky, but I was trying to ,
Jason, its great. Hes adorable, Mindy motioned for him to come into the apartment and Jason shrugged his lips slowly curled into a smile and he nervously shrugged his shoulders. I think Ill name him Jay after the great guy that got him for me. Its funny stuffed animals always made me feel better when I was younger too.
No kidding? he questioned with a small sigh seeing her nod slowly and he let out long breath before nodding too. I mean, I know it helps a lot of people, but I just figured that you might need a buddy and I know if I needed a bubby to lie with, I would have chosen him. To this day I still sleep with this one bear I got when I was little. I cant believe I just told you that.
Its okay, she laughed seeing the red brush in over his cheeks after he got embarrassed after telling her that and she reached out for his arm after setting the bear down on the chair. Leading him toward the door she saw him fix his baseball cap with his free hand before following her out. Trust me, Im going to be having him as a sleepy buddy later too. I love to cuddle.
Me too, Jason blurted out before rolling his eyes at his quickness and pulling his hat further down to block his eyes so she couldnt see him. So, where are we going? I didnt know what to wear considering I didnt know what you wanted to do today, so I just look like this. Maybe its a bit too casual, but I didnt know and ,
Jason, Mindy laughed seeing him let out a hesitant laugh before nodding slowly and she motioned him to follow her down the stairs and outside. Were just going to go for a walk over there and talk. By the park, its really nice and the water is over there so it looks really cool. Youre dressed perfectly fine for that.
Thanks, sorry, Jason cleared his throat before moving in beside her and walking at the same speed she was going. Glancing over at her he took in a long breath before sliding his hands into his pockets. So how have you been?
Well, Im living, Mindy teased seeing Jason glance over at her and she frowned taking in a small breath and shaking her head slowly. Okay, that was a bad answer. Im okay, Ive been better is all I can say though.
I know how you feel, he watched as they came up to the park and she stopped at the monkey bars and he saw her start to climb up slowly before pulling herself up on top of them. Seeing her position herself right, his blue eyes widened when he saw her motion him to come up with her. Dont you think that is kind of dangerous. I mean these monkey bars are kind of high up and my goodness.
Jason, just come on up, its the one place where I find it the easiest to just be myself and be comfortable, Mindy reached her hand out to him seeing him start to climb up before looking down toward the ground. I take it youre afraid of heights.
No, Im a risk taker, its just the falling on my butt that scares me, Jason muttered pulling himself up on top and resting his legs over on each side before letting out a long breath. This is nice and comfortably hard.
Youll get used to it or your butt will go numb, one of the two, Mindy teased seeing him slightly laugh as she reached for his hat seeing him stare out at her as she dropped it to the grass. Id like to see your eyes. I feel like Im just talking to a hat.
Sorry about that, Jason half laughed seeing her shrug her shoulders before Jason positioned himself differently trying to find a better way to sit more comfortably. So you like it up here?
It was something Ive done my whole life, I have something on my mind, I just go on up here to think, she informed him seeing his blue eyes staring out into hers showing her that he was listening. You know, its easier to talk to you youre like one buddy I know I can count on after what happened. If only you knew I wasnt as great as I seem to be.
What do you mean? Jason questioned seeing her trying to avoid looking him in the eye as he shrugged his shoulders and looked to the ground again to see his hat. I mean if you really dont want to tell me anything I understand, but Im not going to run off and tell anyone what you tell me. I hardly know anyone in Coral Valley, I just got here.
I cant really explain myself, Mindy tried to tell him about how she felt toward Hunt, but took in a long breath and shook her head slowly. With Hunt, I realize now that after he is gone, Ive always used him as like my back up and I feel like Ive always treated him horribly.
Im sure that was never the case, the way he talked to me about you, he was thinking of something to say when he saw her frown and look away and gently pressed his hand against her knee. Mindy, he never doubted you for a second, he knew that you loved him. Thats all that matters. The past is the past you know, you dont have to keep letting this thing eat away at you.
Well, I just think about it, Mindy sighed remembering what it
was like to be with Hunt and to really be thinking about what it would be
like if Guy would ever come back to her. Maybe I think that sometimes
Hunt was just my biggest mistake.
I doubt that Mindy, Jason pointed out seeing her blue eyes stare out into his and he felt her hand move in over his and he shook his head slowly. A thing I always hear and believe firmly is that everything happens for a reason. No matter how sad it is or no matter how happy a thing can make you, it always happens for a reason. It takes time to realize it and its not fair sometimes, but its something thats been a known fact.
Trisha stepped off of the elevators ready to do whatever was necessary to
get Ria to agree to let her borrow the slinky red dress that Ria had tucked
away in her closet. While Trisha could very well easily go over and take the
dress on her own, she couldnt help but find herself attempting to do
things the right way in asking this time. Of course that was probably due
to the fact that the last time Trisha had tried to borrow the
dress Ria had a fit and warned her against doing so. However, Trisha was confident
that she would find a way to get her sister to agree to the terms now that
Trisha knew that Ria was back home again.
Where are you? Trisha tossed her hair over her shoulder, looking around the hallway for a moment before spotting her sister near the nurses station. Taking in a breath Trisha held her head up higher and put on her best bargaining face. She would get a yes out of Ria. She was sure of it. Quickly Trisha walked across the hall ready to pull out all the stops including offering Ria tickets to a concert that was coming to town if Ria would agree to the terms of the dress loan.
Ria, Trisha called out to her sister brightly in the hopes that she would catch Ria in a good mood. However, when Ria turned around, Trisha realized that perhaps this was not the time to get into the semantics of why Ria should loan her the dress. The lines on Rias face spoke for themselves as did her tired eyes. Feeling her own smile fading Trisha gave her sister another once over before speaking up again. Why do I get the feeling that whatever it is that youre about to tell me isnt good news? Please dont tell me that you found out what happened to your silk blouse because I can totally explain that
This isnt about my blouse, Ria paused for a moment before giving her sister a sideways glance, unless of course there is something to tell me.
No of course not, Trisha lied before shifting on her toes, I was just testing you. Seriously, whats up?
Nothing. Everything, Ria shrugged her shoulders, I dont know.
Thats rather vague, dont you think, Trisha noted with a shake of her head, Surely you arent wearing the Im upset face unless of course it has something to do with perhaps Kevin? Oh man, what has he done now?
Nothing this time, Ria rubbed her palms together before her eyes cast out across the hallway.
Then why are you so upset? Trisha questioned worriedly. She reached out to touch her sisters arm gently, Ria, you know that you can talk to me.
Its just that, Ria paused as Trisha realized Ria was straining for the right words, I mean you know how I said that I wanted Angela out of his life forever?
Well, duh, Trisha nodded before an eerie thought occurred to her, Oh Ria, please dont tell me that you finally had enough and just killed her?
Of course not, Ria frowned before a sigh fell from her lips, Although maybe in a way Im responsible for this because I always kept saying that I wished Angela would get out of his life once and for all. Maybe in some subliminal way my wishing wound up causing all of this and
Hold on. Back up, Trisha blurted out seeing that her sister was about to take a turn down a path that she was certain Ria wouldnt want to go down. What happened to Angela? You never specified when we talked before.
She was injured. There was an accident at Camerons house and she fell down the stairs and Ria began to recount the details to a confused Trisha.
Oh my God, Trisha gasped horrified, What about her children? Are they ?
From what Ive heard they are going to be alright, but with Angela, Ria shook her head again and turned to look at the floor away from Trisha, They dont know whats going to happen to her.
Trisha waited a moment for her sister to continue before a though occurred to her, And let me guess Kevin is tore up about this.
Why wouldnt he be? Ria glanced up again. He spent more than half of his life loving her and Im sure the idea of losing her is killing him.
Hes not going to lose her, Trisha offered up hoping to alleviate her sisters worries, and when she gets better hes not going to be wrapped up in all of her drama anymore.
We cant ever escape it Trisha. Its like no matter how far we come together, there will always be this pull that she has on him. There will always be this hold she has over him. Just when I think that, Ria threw her arms up in the air alerting Trisha to her inner struggle, What am I saying? Lets face it Trisha this shouldnt be about Kevin and I, but rather about Angela pulling through whats happened to her.
Im sure she will, Trisha noted watching Ria circle around the table beside them, and so will you and Kevin.
I want to believe that, but if she dies or worse Ria trailed off a lost expression on her face.
Shell make it through this Ria. Im sure that she will be just fine and you and Kevin can pick up where you left off before, Trisha continued refusing to allow her sister to slip into her worries. Things will fall into place now that youre talking about a family and
Im not pregnant Trisha, Ria blurted out quickly, I never was. Kevin and I arent having a baby.
But I thought you said Trisha saw the sadness behind her sisters eyes.
I was wrong, Rias shoulders slumped. I made a mistake and
I know youre not pregnant Ria, but you said you and Kevin still wanted to keep trying, Trisha added thinking about what her sister had briefly mentioned to her in passing. I thought that you both agreed that it was what you wanted together.
It is, but how can we really have that when hes always rushing to her aid? I know that this time we couldnt avoid it, but think about it Trisha. Im always going to be his second choice because his first choice is in a hospital bed fighting for her life, Ria dropped her head and sighed. Its never going to be like Kevin and I hoped for it to be with us.
It wont be if you give up on what you have going for you. Think about it Ria. Kevin flew all the way out to be with you even after you two broke up. He loves you so much that he was willing to drop everything to be with you, Trisha added brightly hoping to talk some sense into her sister.
Thats because he thought I was pregnant, Ria tossed out at her.
He was missing you long before he thought there was a baby in the picture, Trisha insisted with a heavy frown, I mean yeah sure I know you and Kevin are pretty kinky together to the point that you put Chase and I to shame, but its more than that. You have a love thing going on and anyone with eyes can tell that youre it for Kevin.
Thats because anyone with eyes isnt seeing how much he cares about Angela. Shes his first love and Ria protested much to Trishas dismay.
About to have twins with someone who isnt Kevin? Ria, in case you havent noticed no matter what her issue is, Angela is in love with another man. She isnt going to want Kevin, which by the way proves shes an idiot because he truly is an Adonis, but still, Trisha explained pointedly, Angela isnt going to be back in his life again.
Because she doesnt want to be, but who knows when that will change? Ria explained dejectedly as she brought her hands together again, I feel like my relationship is on borrowed time lately.
Then its time for you to let everyone know that youre not going to back down from a fight. If you think that Angela has a hold on Kevin, then you remind him that youre the one he loves. You let him know point blank that there is no way in hell that youre letting him walk away again. Hes your man and you need to prove it to him even if it involves trying him down and teaching him a very vital lesson about love, Trisha tossed back at her with a wicked smirk, Ill even supply the rope.
Ria cracked a grin at the thought, What youre talking about borders on perversion Trisha.
Even if it does, it got you intrigued by the thought, Trisha let out a relieved smile, Plus it got you to laugh.
Yes it did, Ria nodded.
And for what its worth I think youre underestimating Kevins love for you. He was miserable when you were gone and I dont see him moving away from that with you gone, Trisha reached out to embrace her sister, Face it hes got it bad where you are concerned and neither one of you will be happy until youre together.
Maybe youre right, Ria hugged Trisha in response.
I know Im right, Trisha added brightly before taking a step back and meeting her sisters eyes again, Im great at giving advice.
Youre okay, Ria smiled again.
Im better than okay. Im so good at it in fact that you will let me borrow that really hot red dress that you have tucked away in your closet for a rainy day, Trisha began searching for the opening that shed hoped for when shed arrived at the hospital.
Youre not that good at it, Ria cut back shooting down Trishas idea.
Oh come on. You know I wont do anything to destroy it, Trisha pleaded again hoping to persuade her sister to let her borrow it. Ill even have it dry cleaned after I finish with it.
Hmm, just like the silk blouse you were worried about before? Rias eyebrow tipped with doubt causing Trisha to shift uneasily on her feet. Speaking of which, what was it you wanted to say to me about that before?
Nothing, Trisha gulped knowing full well that her sister was about to prod for answers. However, she was saved by a man approaching the two of them with an oversized bouquet of roses.
Dr. Merhan? the man questioned from behind the bright crimson colored buds.
Yes? Ria replied turning to face him as Trisha immediately found herself curious about the delivery boy in front of them.
These are for you, the man explained offering the roses out to Ria before following up with a clip board. Sign here.
Ill do it, Trisha announced reaching for the clip board and jotting down her signature before handing it to him.
Have a great day, the man tipped his head before returning to the elevators that hed come from.
See, I told you that Kevin loves you, Trisha boasted proudly watching Ria carry the roses over to the table. Hes just full of surprises.
Yes he is, Ria added with a sudden color in her cheeks. She reached for the card and began to open it.
Well, what does it say? Trisha leaned over the desk snatching the card from Rias hands.
Hey, I didnt get to see it yet, Ria protested, but it fell upon deaf ears as Trisha read the words aloud.
Ive been thinking about you since our last encounter. My mind has been swirling with fantasies of the two of us together in an intimate setting lost in one another, Trisha paused her eyes darting over to Ria again, See the ropes werent a bad idea after all.
Give me that, Ria reached out across the desk to snatch the card back.
Come on. That was getting good, Trisha attempted to pull it away from her sister once more without any luck. Come on, what does it say?
Its for me, not you. Ria pointed out as Trisha watched her skim the card over.
Thats so not fair, Trisha reached for it again only to discover the color had drained from Rias face. What is it? Ria?
Its nothing, Ria replied tearing up the card and walking over to the trash can. She shoved it inside as Trisha started to follow.
Dont tell me its nothing, Trisha demanded thinking about the racy message in the card. What was it?
These arent from Kevin, Ria explained in a cryptic tone before reaching for the vase on the table top.
Wait, what, Trisha watched her sister walk over to the trash can once again and deposit the flowers. Ria, hold on. What are you doing?
Putting these where they belong, Ria announced breezing by Trisha while clearly flustered. Trisha started to go after her, but paused for a second as she found herself wondering just what it was that had Ria so worked up. Turning to the trash can once more, Trisha rushed over to it and pulled the flowers out. She set the vase on the desk before reaching for the pieces of card that Trisha had deposited inside of the can. They were scattered, but Trisha was able to pull out the bottom of the card with three words clearly printed on the bottom.
Your Secret Lover, Trisha mouthed to herself wondering who in the hell would be sending her sister such a personal, intimate message if not Kevin. Suddenly Trisha found herself wondering if there was more going on than her sister had mentioned before. With about a million and one questions in her mind Trisha followed after the direction Ria went in while wondering just what it was that was happening with Ria. Something told Trisha that Rias complications went well beyond Kevins fixation with Angela and Trisha found herself wanting to get to the bottom of it.
I want them out of here, Cameron pointed towards Brant and Kevin,
waving at the guards to do what was necessary to get rid of both men. The
guards stepped further into Angelas hospital room and Brant stepped
up to face down Cameron.
Im not going anywhere. You cant make me leave her even if you wish you could, Brant snarled in response clenching his fists at his sides. Regardless of what you want to do to control her life, you heard it right from Angelas lips that she wants to be with me Cameron. She loves me and those are my children shes carrying.
Shes my sister and Im her power of attorney. I have no clue whose children she is having, but Im certain they arent yours, Cameron remarked sourly, glaring down at his enemy. You have no rights to be in here bothering my sister when her health and future is on the line.
Bothering her? Brant repeated in astonishment. Cameron I love her and Im not leaving her. No one is going to make me leave her.
One of the guards approached Brant, who swiftly tossed out a glare at them. The man seemed to be a bit intimidated and took a small step back.
Did you hear what I said? Cameron chastised the man, I told you to get them out of here. I want my sister to be able to rest and have peace and quiet. She doesnt need either one of them in here trying to harm her.
The only one trying to harm her is you Cameron. Youre just so full of rage and jealousy that she found someone who makes her happy. Unlike you, she isnt a miserable, evil person who lies and manipulates their way through the world to get what they want, Brant shot out further, She saw through your lies Cameron and she knows that we belong together.
What my sister knows is that youre a very persuasive man. You may have fooled her, but I know full well that you murdered our father and if you think for one second that Im going to let you ruin her life as well, then youre sadly mistaken, Cameron informed him bluntly snapping his fingers again and motioning to one of the guards. Why dont you stop wasting my time and start doing what you were hired to do?
Do you have any idea who I am? Brant questioned glaring at the man in front of him. Im Brant Ashford and if you even think about pushing me out of here, then so help me God you wont have a job by the end of the day.
There you go again throwing around the Ashford weight, Cameron rolled his eyes in response taking a small step closer to Brant. It mightve worked in this town thus far, but its not going to work with my sister Brant. I wont let you destroy her just like your family has destroyed everything in ours.
This is ridiculous. Even for you, Brant huffed pushing past the guard and glaring directly at Cameron. If you have a problem with me, then lets deal with this one on one. Forget about all of the muscle Cameron because we can settle this once and for all right now.
No one is settling anything, Kevin announced moving in between the two men, because this isnt happening. We arent leaving and if you don like that Cameron, then tough. Youll have to learn to deal with it.
The hell I will. Im not about to let either one of you hurt Angel anymore than you already have, Cameron snapped his fingers again as the taller of the two men stepped towards Kevin and Brant.
If you even touch me, youll lose a finger, Kevin warned with a snarl watching the guy move back to his corner in the room. Taking advantage of the momentum shift Kevin looked to Cameron with a snarl. While you might think that youre calling the shots on this one Cameron, youre wrong. As it stands youre just about the last person in the world that would have any kind of control over Angie and I can prove it.
What the hell is that supposed to mean? Cameron glared over at Kevin watching Kevin move in closer to him.
It means that youre getting out of here right now and dont even think about trying to stop me from making it happen, Kevin warned vowing to clear up some of the negativity that was in the room with Angela because all of the fighting was the last thing she needed at a time like this!
Carly looked around her office knowing that she would have to put a lot more
together to make this place truly feel like hers as it still had traces of
Hart Steiner in it. Yes, shed taken Ken up on his generous offer, but
even now she couldnt help but wonder how Dave was going to take the
news. Yes, he would support her, but to what degree she would soon find out.
Still she was hoping to make a fresh start in this place.
Hey beautiful, she heard a voice call out to her. She spun around to find Andy standing the doorway giving her a long once over, This place looks like it will suit you just fine.
Its a start, Carly smiled over at him curling her finger to invite him into her office, Take a seat. You mentioned that you wanted to talk about the divorce.
I do, Andy nodded in response surveying her office for a moment. He walked over to one of the shelves and pulled a photo off of one of them. He pointed to Dave and Kayla, The perfect family, huh?
Id like to think we have our own happiness to us, she nodded in response reaching for her photo. Getting married was a great thing for us.
Its nice that it can be for some people, Andy reached for her wrist capturing it gently between his fingers before his eyes searched hers for a long moment. Though I have to tell you that I wouldve been a hell of a lot happier if I wouldve left Deidra to Dave and took a chance at having you.
Carly cleared her throat uneasily. Well, um how about we get back to what you called me about? Ive already drawn up the papers and
I wont need them, Andy stepped back sensing her uneasiness about the situation.
What? Carly blinked back at him confusion carrying over her, But I thought you agreed to the terms and
Ive been thinking lately, Andy circled around the office to take a seat in one of the chairs as shed instructed him to do earlier. The truth to the matter is that Im not sure Im ready to give up on the whole marriage thing. You see Deidra and I have been separated for a while and its got me thinking about my vows. Now that I see her with someone else, I realize that maybe I blew it.
You do? Carly couldnt help but question with a puzzled expression, But I thought that you said that
I know what I said, but I was wrong, Andy shrugged his shoulders simply, If she wants to move on with her lover and get out of our marriage without any opposition, then shes got another thing coming to her.
Wait a second, Carly blinked back at him, You are the one thats been cheating on her, yet you arent going to give her the divorce because shes found someone else.
Pretty much, he nodded in response before letting out a small laugh, I mean she is my wife after all and now that its clear weve both made mistakes I think the playing field is more even. Wouldnt you agree?
I dont know if I would go that far Andy considering that its probably best if you just end things now, Carly offered up not really knowing what to say to him as she took a seat on the edge of her desk. I thought that you were just ready to get past this point in your life.
I was, but then something hit me, he admitted standing up from the chair hed been seated in and moving in towards her. I got to thinking about the real meaning of marriage. I vowed to share the rest of my life with her and I think its only fitting that we spend the rest of our lives together. She made the to death do us part vow right along with me, so I cant see going back on that.
I understand, but Carly blinked back at him, You were so insistent upon ending things before.
I know, but I was wrong, Andy admitted his blue eyes narrowing in on Carly. He stepped forward, a smirk touching over the corners of his lips. Though maybe I really wasnt all that interested in a divorce to begin with.
Thats not what you said before when you asked me to help you. I invested a lot of time into this and she started with a small frown finding herself completely thrown by his news.
Maybe I used it as an excuse to get closer to you, Andy mouthed casually reaching out to brush his fingers against her shoulder gently. His gaze dropped down to the neckline on her blouse and a grin widened over his lips. After all I always did enjoy the spoils that Dave had to offer. Deidra was nice, but Im sure youre a whole lot better.
I beg your pardon, Carlys dark eyes widened up at him. Andy youre out of line.
So, he shrugged sliding his hand down over her arm before stepping in closer to her, You cant tell me that Dave does it for you. You cant tell me that you dont find yourself craving a walk on the wild side. Dave is a nice guy and nice men only go so far in this world. Guys like me on the other hand
Need to get your ego in check as you walk out the door, a voice interrupted causing Carly to leap up and away from Andy. Her dark eyes darted over to where Ken was standing in the doorway glaring at Andy.
Maybe you didnt pick up on the ring on her finger or the fact that unlike you marriage means something to her, Kens eyes narrowed at Andy as he entered the office, but let me make it clear to you Andy. Shes not interested and shes never going to be.
And just why is that Brant? Andy questioned with an amused expression, Because youre going to claim her too?
Brant, Ken repeated tipping his head to the side and giving Andy a strange look, What the hell is that supposed to mean?
It means that Andy stopped himself a moment of panic flashing over him before he cleared his throat. He quickly covered. It means that youre acting like your brother Ken thinking that you can sweep in and tell the world what to do.
From what I gathered a few minutes ago you wont be needing Carlys services, so why dont you just pack it up and call it a day? She has real work to do around here and since youre wasting her time, obviously you dont need to stay around, now do you? Ken added with a small glare.
I suppose not, Andy took a step back offering up a shrug before turning to Carly. Thanks for your time and trust me when I tell you that I will be sending you your fee in the mail.
Yeah, sounds great, Carly nodded quickly finding herself at a loss as Andy pushed past Ken without so much as a good-bye. Once Andy was gone, she caught the way that Ken was looking at her.
Care to tell me what that was all about? Ken couldnt help but ask curiosity getting the best of him.
I have no idea, Carly brought her hand up through her hair and sighed. One minute hes telling me that he cant get divorced fast enough and now, well Im assuming what you saw.
Ken nodded a frown touching over the corners of his mouth, And I didnt like it which means Im sure Dave will feel the same way. Look Carly, I know I dont have any business telling you what to do with your life, but Andys trouble. Hes not exactly the kind of guy you want to spend any alone time with considering that youre a beautiful woman and
And what? she folded her arms in front of her chest stubbornly. You think that I would actually throw away what Dave and I have to be with him?
I wasnt saying that, but I know he can be persuasive, Ken offered up in response, his brown eyes sweeping over her.
Persuasive or not, Im happily married and nothing is going to take me from that, she countered firmly making her point clear in the moment.
I understand that, but there are times when, something flashed behind his brown eyes before he looked away. I just dont want you to get in over your head and lose the ground that youve made with your husband. I know how much you love him.
Then you know I would never cheat on him. Just like you would never cheat on Wendy, she added catching his eyes for a brief moment before she circled around to her desk avoiding any further exchanges between them.
Look all Im saying is something is strange about Andy, Ken began again before finally sighing. You know what. Forget about Andy. Lets talk about this--about our work situation. How does Dave feel about it?
I thought we already went over this Ken, she finally faced him, a frown carrying over her. He supports my career.
But what about this, he motioned between them taking a small step towards her desk. What about us?
There is no us Ken, she stated plainly dropping down into her chair. I thought we already covered that one when we ended things.
We did, but Ken paused not sure how to respond to where the conversation was heading. Its just I havent forgotten
Carly remained silent for a long time before speaking up again, Neither have I, but that also means I remember why we split up. It was something that we both needed at the time and now its over. I dont have a problem with it unless you know you cant work with me and ignore what we shared.
Im not going to say I can ignore it, but I do love Wendy. Shes the world to me, Ken glanced over to the framed photo Carly had of Dave and Kayla.
And they are everything to me, so I really dont see myself going out of my way to do something to lose all of what I worked so hard to have in my life, she added their eyes meeting once again, And I sincerely doubt that youre going to risk the time you have with Wendy to try to jump into bed with me again.
I love her too much for that, he nodded solemnly. I lost her once and Im not going to go through that again especially now.
Then were fine, she added with a thoughtful expression, Once we make that clear to the world around us, we can be friends again. Who knows? Maybe even you and Dave might mend fences.
If he slept with the woman I love, I dont know if I could be able to get over that, Ken admitted guilt riding over him at the memory of what hed done to his former best friend. But for what its worth I hope youre right.
Yeah me too, Carly sighed glancing over at the photograph again in the hopes that her husband would truly support this latest decision shed made with her career.
Dave took in a breath and looked around the visitors room thinking
about how many times in the past hed come to this particular hospital
to check in on someone that was brought in on charges. Never in a million
years did he think that his sister would be one of the patients that would
be here seeking out an alternative to what jail would provide her with. Even
now as he thought about how Cori had gone off the deep end, he couldnt
help but worry about her wishing there was more he could do to help her.
Well, look who decided to remember he had family, Coris voice snapped at him. He tipped his head up to see her glaring at him with angry brown eyes. Let me guess youve decided to let them throw me in the gas chamber since that might be more humane.
Cori, Im sure its not that bad in here, Dave began trying to keep his voice neutral. They are trying to help you
Trying to make me crazy is more like it. Dave, what did I ever do to you to cause me to be in this situation, she questioned staggering over to the table and taking a seat across from him. Why are you so eager to hurt me like this?
Im not trying to hurt you Cori. Im trying to help you get back on your feet again, he explained reaching for her hand only to feel her pull away from him.
Youre a liar. You dont care about me, she hissed in response glaring over at him, All you care about is your reputation and keeping the news about your crazy sister out of your life.
Cori, you shot a man, Dave reminded her with a groan.
A man who deserved worse than that, she shot back icily, Diego ruined my life.
When you tried to kill him you almost ruined your life Cori. Diego didnt make you do that, Dave pointed out with a small groan, You made that choice to go into that church and do what you did.
I didnt do anything wrong, she argued with him with a huff, Diego was asking for it and I did the world a favor. I helped other women he would hurt.
Cori, you couldve killed him. Dont you understand how wrong that was? he searched her eyes for a long moment seeing that there was nothing even remotely close to remorse behind her eyes. He leaned forward and lowered his voice, Cori you cant just behave that way.
Everyone keeps talking about the way I behaved, but what about Diego? What about the things he did to me? He told me that he loved me--that he wanted to share his future with me, but then at the last second he decided that being with Sarah was so much better, she let out a small laugh, Only she didnt want him. She never loved him like I did.
The best thing that you can do right now Cori is forget about Diego. You need to let go of what it was that you thought you had and focus on getting better, Dave suggested hating to see her so upset.
What I need to do is find someone who will listen to me when I say Im not crazy. I dont belong here, she stood up and began to pace around the room nervously, Do you have any idea what kind of people are in here? Last night I watched a woman try to eat her hand. Her own hand Dave! And another man was convinced that aliens were rotting his brain through the television. He tried to throw himself through the television set to make it stop.
Cori, Im sorry that you have to be in this place, but Dave began again.
But nothing. You were the one who put me here. You were the one that said this was okay. I thought you loved me Dave. I thought you of all people would understand what it was like to lose absolutely everything. When Carly cheated on you with Ken everyone in this town knew it--they knew how she tore your heart out, but you dealt with it. You kicked her to the curb and made her crawl before taking her back, Cori informed him with a sudden seriousness, You made her see that she needed you and that she was nothing without you. You showed her just like I was trying to show Diego.
First of all Carly never cheated on me and second of all I didnt try to shoot her Cori. Thats the big issue here. You could have killed him, Dave insisted once again, Thats something that you cant just ignore.
I wasnt trying to kill him. Castrate him perhaps, but not kill him, she shrugged her shoulders simply, That wouldve been far too easy of an out for him.
Cori, its that kind of talk that is going to keep you here. You have to try to help yourself, Dave began in a desperate attempt to get his sister being logical.
I want you to help me. Youre the chief of police. You can make a few phone calls and get me out of here, she informed him point blank.
No, Cori I cant do that, he shook his head firmly.
Why not? I know you can pull a few strings, she curled her lip in a pout, You can just phone in a favor or two and
The only other alternative at this point is jail because you shot Diego. Cori, Im sorry but this is the best that we can do right now, Dave reached out to take her hand again, I love you and I want to find a way to help you pull through this.
Screw you Dave, she swatted at his hand before glaring at him, I hate you.
Cori, he watched her push away from the table and walk over to the door to pound on it. I know you dont mean that.
As long as Im stuck here and you arent going to help me, then yes I do. As far as Im concerned I dont have a brother anymore, she snubbed her nose at him as the man in white opened up the door. Take me back to my room please.
Cori, Dave started once again realizing his words were falling upon deaf ears now that it was clear his sister wasnt about to listen to logic or reason. He just prayed that sooner or later she would come to her senses and try to help herself before it was too late.
Nice fall, Jewel teased seeing Nate slowly get to his feet and
shrug his shoulders before shoving his hands back into his pockets, biting
down on his bottom lip. It looked like it really hurt.
Well yeah, but, Nate shrugged his shoulders taking a step forward seeing her blue eyes staring into his as he reached his right hand up and pushed back his blonde hair. Im sure it hurt more for you.
Oh no, Matt rolled his eyes grabbing a hold of Zane and Kaylas hands before tugging them forward and toward the toys. This is the point where we need to leave and give Nate his time to be an idiot.
Hes cute, Nate felt a blush rise up in his features before he cleared his throat uneasily and shrugged his shoulders, resting his elbow against this wall. I mean it must of hurt when you fell from heaven honey because you look just like an angel.
Very nice, Jewel let out a small laugh seeing Nate smile, his dimples showing nicely as he shook his head slowly and she reached out to press her hand against the center of his chest. You seem to be quite the cutie.
The cutie? Nate smirked seeing her looking him over and he stood up straight offering up a bright smile before shrugging his shoulders. Im that and then some if you get what Im saying sweetheart.
Is that so? she eyed him over once more as Nate nodded slowly
and reached up to press his fingers in through his hair to push it pack. I
guess I would just have to believe your word on that then.
You dont have to just trust what Im saying you know, Nate straightened up before clearing his throat and stepping in closer to her seeing her blue eyes staring into his as he offered up a wide smile. I could show you if you would like. Ive got quite the package if you want to see.
Well, Jewel glanced over at Matt, Zane and Kayla playing with the toys and she fluttered eyelashes at Nate seeing another cocky smile move in over his lips and she slid her fingers in over his shoulder. I think I would really like that.
You would? Nate questioned bluntly seeing her smile and he cleared his throat trying to act cooler and laid back as he shrugged his shoulders. You could come over my house if you like, its not far from here.
Sounds good, Jewel smirked seeing Nate smile widely before looking down at his watch as she curled her fingers in down his back and pressing her fingers against his bottom feeling him arch forward. Ill just follow you back.
That sounds absolutely great, Nate nodded over toward Matt and Zane before grabbing the video games and everything he wanted to buy as Matt walked in behind him. Were just going to buy this stuff quickly guys.
Fine Nathan, Matt rolled his eyes before looking back at Jewel and letting out a small sigh. Seeing Nate pull out his wallet and pull out some money he began to speak up again. Just thought I would let you know that Kayla is coming with us.
Sounds good to me kiddo, just hold hands until we get to the parking lot, Nate grabbed the bag and threw it in over his shoulder before grabbing a hold of Zanes hand and Matts hand while Matt held onto Kaylas hand. Stopping at the car he helped the three get in properly before feeling Jewel step in behind him. Were just going to go home and play those new video games you wanted kiddo.
Hey, Jewel smiled seeing Nate close the back door slowly and she saw Kayla sitting between Zane and Matt. Ill follow you, just make sure you drive slowly.
Nodding slowly Nate showed off another cocky smile before getting in the car and checking in the mirror to make sure that Jewel was ready to follow them as he looked back at Matt.
He is such a teenager sometimes, I swear, Matt shook his head slowly at Nate realizing what was going on as he held tightly onto Kaylas hand seeing her roll her eyes. I swear, adults can be so absent minded sometimes.
Absent what? Zane muttered itching his head in confusion as they pulled out of the parking lot of the mall and back onto the road. What does that mean?
It means, well, to make it easy for you Zane, Kayla spoke up before looking over at Matt seeing Matt shrug his shoulders and let out a small sigh. It just describes Matts Uncle Nate and my Aunt Jewel.
So absent something another means Nate, Zane played it out in his head before smiling widely and nodding as he spoke. And your aunt, I got it. Thats easy, I knew that.
Yeah, well sometimes you can feel like a total jerk in doing so,
Mindy blurted out seeing Jasons light blue eyes staring into hers and
she shrugged her shoulders. I mean, if everything happens for a reason,
it should end correctly, right?
Sometimes it doesnt, Jason cleared his throat uneasily shifting on the bars before shaking his head slowly. Fighting to say what he wanted he shook his head again thinking of something to tell her. You see, when I was little I was a twin obviously, I told you that and our father was always at work. Well as we grew up I found out that he had another family and I was a teenager when I found out and the last thing I ever told him was that I hated him. After that, he died and you wish you can change something, but you never can. As Ive said though, it takes a while to realize, but everything happens for a reason. No matter how it ends.
Boy, I thought I had it bad, Mindy frowned seeing Jason frown and look away from her for a moment and Mindy bit down on her bottom lip looking for something to say. I guess this means that we were meant for each other. Two people just needing a friend to lean on, Im glad I found you.
Well, Im glad I found you too and its nice to have a real friend, he nodded slowly before offering up a small smile and shaking his head slowly. I know how people sometimes feel about things and honestly, I know I can trust you. You seem like a person I can tell everything to.
Hey, a voice startled Jason as he jumped and heard Mindy laugh as Jason looked down to see a teenage kid staring up at him and Jason let out a small breath. I saw the two of you sitting over here, you looked kind of bored. Do you two want to come play some baseball or something? Wed love to have you play with us.
Jason? Mindy glanced over at him wiggling her eyebrows up and down hearing him let out a small laugh and cover his eyes for a moment before taking in a deep breath. Do you want to go and play some ball?
Sure, Jason agreed to it seeing the kid nod over the field and slowly started to move off the bars before hearing the kid tell them to just come over when they are ready. Jason watched as Mindy just jumped from the top to her feet and his jaw dropped. What did you just do?
Its how I get down, just come on down, Mindy motioned for him to jump as he gulped down and nodded slowly faking a smile before jumping hesitantly from the top. Landing on his feet he slipped on the gravel and fell back on his butt letting out a small groan. Well have to work on that together.
I might need some ice if we keep going up there, Jason slowly
got up from the gravel and wiped at the back of his pants, dusting himself
off before reaching for his baseball cap. Im going to have some
serious burning on the booty later if you get my point.
Im sure we can ice it when we get back to apartment, Mindy motioned him to follow her over toward to the field where the kids were already waiting for them. Rubbing her hands together she saw Jason fix his hat and put in on backwards. Alright, so where do you want us to go?
Hey dude, the kid looked over at Jason seeing his blue eyes widen before nodding slowly when the kid threw a glove over at him. Do you think you could be the catcher? You look like you could be okay with it.
Sure, no problem, Jason easily agreed before going over to home plate and looking over at Mindy, winking over at her as he saw her laugh. So where does the girl go?
Well if you want to be on your boyfriends team, you can be, the kid offered up seeing Mindys eyes widen as she let out a small laugh and saw the kid shrug his shoulders. Or you can be on the opposite team and go up to bat first.
Well since I think my boyfriend needs to feel what its like to be a real ball player, Mindy walked over to home plate picking up her bat and seeing Jason smile before shaking his head slowly. Ill be on the other team, isnt that right boyfriend?
Sure is girlfriend, Jason teased back seeing the kids run out to their positions and Jason got into position seeing that Mindy was ready for the first hit, but missed when the kid threw it. Throwing the ball back Jason shook his head slowly before laughing. I thought you were showing me how to be a real ball player.
Watch this, Mindy bit down on her bottom lip hitting the ball as it came, watching it fly out into the grass as she let out a small laugh. That baby is going far Jay.
Run, Jason urged her as she flung the bat back and it bounced off the ground as Jason watched her start to run only to feel a strong force hit him right in the center of the head as he fell back to the ground in a thud. Hearing the gasps of the kids around him he saw the circle around him and Mindy moved between the kids before letting out a small laugh.
You clobbered him with that bat, the kid informed Mindy seeing her blue eyes staring down at him worriedly as the kid let out a small laugh before seeing Jason trying to shake it off. Holding his fingers up in the air he watched Mindy get to her knees and caress his cheek softly. How many fingers do I have up?
I have no idea, Jason groaned feeling Mindys fingers caressing his cheek slowly as he let out a small breath trying to shake it off as he started to sit up only to fall back again. Im alright, its all good.
Here, Im just going to take him back to the apartment, Mindy laughed pulling Jason up carefully, wrapping his arm around her shoulder, but waited to make sure he could walk with her. Come on big guy, just slow steps. Well get you some ice for real, just stay with me Jason.
Im okay, Jason lied feeling a pain in his head before letting out a long breath and a small laugh. Remember? I said everything happens for a reason, no matter how much it hurts. Its okay, Im good.
So tell me Avery, now that you and Russ are finally where you were
hoping to be with one another with this little girl, whats next?
Jenna questioned looking to Avery who was holding Erin in her arms. Erin was
holding one of the little bunny rabbit stuffed toys that Kevin had bought
for her and she seemed to be mesmerized by the ears bringing them to her mouth
to chew them.
Honestly, Avery couldnt help but smile trying to distract her daughter from eating the toy. I think were ready to take it one day at a time. Though I guess you could say there are a few things that I would like to figure out along the way.
Such as? Jenna couldnt help but ask seeing something flash behind Averys eyes.
Theres this woman, Avery hesitated not sure she wanted to bring up the one subject that still bothered her where Russ was concerned. Shes the one that Russ was with on the island and
I thought you two worked past that, Jenna frowned almost wishing she hadnt started this conversation with her friend.
We have I mean were trying to, but you see Jen theres something I didnt tell you about her. I told you how Russ slept with her and almost married her, Avery glanced down at Erin again before contemplating her next word. What I didnt tell you is that shes with Brant now. Apparently shes having his babies and
What? Jennas jaw practically dropped, How in the hell did that happen?
Im not sure, Avery replied honestly, but Jen theres more than that. This woman looks just like me.
Wait a second, Jennas eyes widened in response, Are you telling me that Russ and Brant were both with this woman that looks a lot like you?
No Im telling you they both found their way to this woman who could be my sister--my twin sister, Avery hesitated once again, and while I dont give a damn what she does with Brant at this point, something about her bothers me a bit.
I can see why, Jenna added with a small shudder, I dont know how I would feel if Hart was seeing someone who couldve passed as my double if he was in the situation Russ had been in.
I think shes related to me Jen, Avery blurted out her concerns remembering the confrontation shed had with Cameron not so long ago. I think that shes more than related to me in a distant sense. Jen, I think she might be my sister.
What? Jenna shook her head before letting out a small laugh. Just because you two look alike doesnt mean that
Cameron said something to me a long time ago. When he was in jail he talked about my birthday and a birthmark I had that he couldnt possibly know that I had. He said things that he couldnt have known unless Avery trailed off before taking in a long breath, And then when he told me about Russ and Angela, well there was something else. He said that I was his sister. That she and I were sisters and
Camerons a liar. Hes a manipulative creep and Jenna frowned at the mention of a man shed grown to be leery of. Anything he says is fiction and
Jen, if you ran into her you would think she was me. You would think that she and I were twins. Im telling you that I dont think hes lying, Avery stopped herself again, a tiny shiver racing over her, but if hes telling the truth--that Im really her sister and she is mine, then
Then what? Jenna couldnt help but ask seeing Averys face drain of all color.
Then that means that Im Camerons sister, Avery finished with another shudder.
That cant be possible because you have been with your parents your whole life and Jenna tried to reason with her friend.
Think about my mother--about the things that Brooke has done. Ive heard that she tried to keep Judy and my dad apart for years, so who is to say that she didnt get pregnant with someone else and try to pin it on my father so that he would marry her? Avery tossed out at her friend. What wouldve stopped her from lying to him to get what she wanted when she knew full well that I wasnt his daughter?
Avery, now youre just talking crazy, Jenna shook her head at her friend, You and your father have the same blood type. Remember?
Jen, half the world probably has the same blood type as me, Avery added with a small frown. You of all people should know that means nothing.
You really think that theres a chance that Richard isnt Jenna shook her head, No, never mind. This is just a game Cameron is playing. He probably hired that girl to come in and screw with your head. She probably had some reconstructive surgery or something as this is his latest scam to get us all worked up. Hes always working an angle and
And Im not so convinced this time, Avery let out an ironic laugh, Of course given that Russ just learned Elliot isnt his father, it would be poetic for me to learn that my father isnt mine. That my mother truly ruined his life all of these years in forcing him into a marriage he never wanted with a child he never wanted either
Avery, if I know one thing about your father its that hes always put you first in his life. He loves you more than anything and I know hes always wanted you, Jenna could see something in her friends eyes. Youre his world.
But maybe I wasnt meant to be. Maybe thats what Brooke wanted him to believe. Maybe she tried to cover up her lies and Avery started again, another shudder passing over her.
Avery, if this girl was your sister, then how could your mother not know about her? How could she just go undetected by your mother or by your father? I know Brooke well enough to know that she would never willingly give up her child. Shes very selfish and if she thought she was having twins, it would help her hold onto Richard even more, Jenna continued to ponder with her friend.
Maybe she didnt know. Maybe she had no idea that she was having twins. Maybe my real father--Camerons father, Avery shuddered at the thought, Maybe he knew what she was doing and he wouldnt stand for it. Maybe he wanted revenge on her for what she did or hell maybe she did give one of us up willingly. Heaven knows she wasnt above killing my baby or trying to kill Erin, so maybe she was offering up some kind of consolation prize to Camerons father by giving him one of us while she got my father and his money.
Avery, do you know how ridiculous all of this sounds? I mean Im sure this woman isnt at all related to you. Cameron is probably just preying on your fears right now and Jenna offered up again when she felt her pager go off. She paused reaching for it and frowning. I have to take this.
Go ahead, Avery nodded motioning over to the phone for Jenna to take her call. As her friend walked away Avery thought about all the things that had happened in her life. She knew full well what her mother was capable of first hand and that thought in itself had her wondering if her entire life had been a lie. Brooke was desperate to have Richard marry her back in the day, so Avery knew full well that her mother would lie to get what she wanted. The question was, how far had her lies gone? How many times had Brooke done the nefarious thing and lied to the world around her? There was only one way Avery would have her answers and with a tiny shudder, she pondered what she would have to do to learn the truth.
I dont want to see her again, but I may have no choice, Avery whispered to a now sleeping Erin. She felt another chill sweep over her when she heard Jenna returning.
Im sorry about that, Jenna whispered to her friend, Its work. They are having some issues finding some paperwork that I left for my replacement and
Its okay, Avery nodded thoughtfully before motioning to Erin, I think Im going to put her down and then call Russ.
I hate to leave you like this, Jenna began again worried about her pal.
Ill be okay, Avery offered up a small smile, I mean regardless of whats going in in my head right now, I know its going to be a while before I have answers. Besides, its not like this Angela person is in my life. Russ swore to me that everything was over--that it was a mistake and knowing that Im convinced that I dont have to deal with her for a long time if ever at this point.
I dont know if I would go that far Avery especially if Cameron is trying to mess with your head, Jenna frowned in response. I dont want to sound like a pessimist, but if hes working a new angle
Then it means that theres more around the corner, Avery finished for her friend hoping that was as far from the truth as ever. Still with the way that the year had gone, Avery found herself wondering if she would ever truly find a way out of the craziness that had surrounded her life lately.
Chris whistled a tune to himself while walking through the news offices.
Sure, he knew he was in hot water lately with some of his antics hed
pulled, but right about now he didnt care. Right about now he knew full
well that he needed to stick around the offices especially after hed
learned about Russ and Angela being an item. Sure, he knew that Angela wasnt
interested in Russ and that Russ was no where near thinking about a reunion
with Angela, but it would work to help Chris put his plans into motion to
get Angela back in his life. If Chris could spin some doubt, then he was sure
Brant would bail on Angela and then she would see full well that the only
man she was meant to be with was Chris.
Its almost too perfect, Chris mused to himself walking by Russells office only to discover that the lights were off. He glanced down at the blonde who sat at Mindys deck snapping on her gum incessantly. He watched her playing with the pencil sharpener assaulting each pencil on the desk in front of her--drilling it to a small point and then tossing it aside. After watching her going through half a dozen pencils, Chris decided that he had enough and he cleared his throat to catch her attention. Excuse me?
Huh? she looked up at him with a bored expression.
Wheres Mr. Denton? he pointed to the office door and waited for her response. She snapped her gum a few times before shrugging.
How the hell should I know? Do I look like his secretary, she scoffed in response reaching for the headphones shed had on earlier. She placed them over her ears before going back to the pencil sharpening.
Of course not, Chris rolled his eyes giving her one last look and seeing that she wasnt at all interested in what was going on at the office.
Yet again another score for the temp agency, Chris thought to himself rolling his eyes and walking past her into Russells office. He shut the door behind him before looking around wondering what he could get his hands on to put his plans into motion. Moving in over towards Russells desk he searched through his messages until one caught his attention.
Whats this? he thought aloud pulling it up to read the message from Kevin. Once hed finished he felt a moment of worry and panic sweep over him at the idea that something had happened to Angela. That was the last thing hed been hoping to discover, yet when he noticed the time of the message, he realized that had to be where Russ had drifted off to. Hell, right now Russ was probably at the hospital trying to find out what was going on.
Which could work in my favor, Chris decided realizing that he was going to drop down to the hospital to check on his favorite girl in her time of need.
He folded the message and tucked it into his shirt pocket getting ready to leave Russells office when the phone on the desk rang. Chris stood up taller, looking around the room and contemplating just leaving to go check in on Angela when a thought struck him. He eyed the temp sitting outside of the office with her headphones on and decided it wouldnt hurt to see what else Russ had going on.
Hello, Chris answered the phone in a thick, disguised voice, Russ Dentons office, how may I help you?
Hi this is his , Averys unmistakable voice began with a moment of hesitation, Um, is Russ there?
Actually he just stepped out of the office, Chris confessed taking a seat on the corner of the desk and reaching for the message in his pocket. He unfolded it thinking of how he could use this news to his advantage as Avery spoke up again.
Oh, well do you know when hell be back in? she couldnt help but ask with disappointment in her tone.
Im not sure. His girlfriend was rushed to the hospital in an accident, Chris explained into the phone hoping to push all the right buttons. I think its safe to say that hell be at the hospital with her all day.
His what? Averys voice cracked before she tried to cover. Im sorry, but I think youre mistaken.
No, I was here when he got the message. His girlfriend Angela was rushed to the hospital and he left just as soon as they called him. She was asking for him and pretty upset from the sound of things, but if you would like I can take a message and Chris didnt have to finish as the other end of the phone clicked alerting him to the fact that Avery had hung up. Smiling he hung up the phone as well realizing that his plans were now falling perfectly into place and soon it would only be a matter of time before he had Angel back where he wanted her with him.
What do you think you can do to stop me from getting rid of the both
of you? Cameron challenged seeing Kevins defiant stare. As
it stand Im holding all of the cards in this situation with my sister.
Im not about to let the two of you destroy her. She needs to recover,
not to be bothered by the likes of you two
I love her and Im not leaving, Brant stepped forward ready to take on Cameron if necessary. Nothing you can say or do is going to change that for me. Whether you like it or not, she loves me and I love her. Were going to have a family together and
Enough of this, Cameron snapped his fingers at the security guards he brought into the room with him. I want them out of here now.
No, Kevin moved in between Brant and Cameron. Were not going anywhere. You cant make us leave.
Thats where youre wrong Kevin. I can do whatever I please in this situation, Cameron argued further his dark eyes narrowing in at Kevin, Just because you think you have earned some place in my sisters heart doesnt mean that your thoughts and opinions overrule mine.
In this particular situation yes they do, Kevin hesitated before reaching into his pocket and pulling out an envelope. He held it up in the air and waved it in front of Cameron. According to these Im the one who has complete control of this situation.
And just what are those? Cameron questioned with a small laugh, What could you possibly have that could outweigh what I think is best for my sister?
Papers that Angela had me sign giving me power of attorney of the twins in the event something happened to her, Kevin blurted out watching Brants face drain of all color.
What? Brant reached for the envelope tearing it open to get a look at it himself.
Brant, it was before you two found one another again, Kevin started watching Brants eyes scan over the legal documents in his hand. Kevin glanced over at Cameron again, Im sure she did it because she was afraid of what could happen should Cameron have an opportunity like this to throw his weight around. She knew that I would have the twins best interest in mind if she wasnt around to make decisions for them. I gave her my word that I would do whatever was necessary to ensure that they were okay when she wasnt able to do so herself.
But Brant tipped his head up to see the smirk that now crossed over Camerons features.
Gee and even then my sister was smart enough to see that you werent good enough for her. I knew she would come to her senses sooner or later, Cameron eyed Kevin with a wide smirk, I guess that means that youre staying, but with Brant, well hes out of here whether he likes it or not!
...to be continued...