You may have not heard me correctly, I said I was in charge,
Kevin pointed out pushing at the center of Camerons shoulder roughly
to get Cameron out of Brants face. I dont think you understand
me correctly Cameron. In a situation like this, Im in charge of the
twins and because they arent born yet, Im in charge of her also.
So if you think about it, Ill tell you what that means bucko. That means,
I pick and choose who stays and who goes and Brant isnt leaving.
Youre not going to do that to me Kevin, youre not kicking me out from being away from my sister when you know damn well she would want me here. Im not letting him stay, Cameron snapped right back seeing Kevin step in front of Brant to keep a distance between the two while Brant read over the document. I cant believe you would choose him over me after everything I have done for you Kevin.
I cant believe she would give you the right over the children and not me, Brant blurted out as Kevin looked back over his shoulder at him before turning to face Brant reaching for the photos. They are my children and surely not yours.
Brant, the only thing that is keeping you here right now is this. Do you not understand what Im saying? Kevin muttered sliding it back into his pocket before shaking his head slowly seeing Cameron smirking behind him. I dont understand why it makes you so upset considering Im saving the both of us here.
Kevin, come on, Cameron placed his hand on Kevins shoulder seeing Kevin glare down at his hand and Cameron took in a long breath squeezing lightly. I dont know why you are so upset over something like this. He is just being a baby about it considering she chose you over him. She knew that she could trust you more than Brant with the childrens best interest and that kills him inside.
Get off of me, Kevin hissed pushing away Camerons hand before shaking his head slowly and turning to look to Brant again who now stared out at him angrily. Brant come on, I told you. The two of you were broken up and ,
So what did you do to get her to sign something like that? Brant blurted out looking between Cameron and Kevin before shaking his head slowly. I cant trust either one of you, the both of you are trying to overtake everything I have with Angela. What did you do Kevin? Get her drunk? Sleep with her and make her sign this?
Excuse me? Kevin let out a small laugh before shaking his head slowly and pointing back at Cameron seeing Brant take a firm step forward. If I do believe so, this guy right here is the one that is trying to screw you over. Im the one that is trying to protect you, heaven forbid Im trying to do the right thing.
Kevin come on, my sister loves you dont try to lie to Brant when, Cameron went to place his hand in over Kevins shoulder again only to feel him spin on his heel and deck him square in the jaw sending him back against the hard floor. You son of a bitch, how dare you touch me like that.
You shut up and stay down, Kevin ordered seeing Cameron laid out on the ground on one elbow, holding onto his jaw tightly. Kevin turned toward Brant seeing the confusion behind his dark eyes. You need to understand, Angela is my best friend and youre a friend of mine too. Why would I do something to try and upset you when Im trying to save us here? How would it help me in the long run? I refused to sign this at first because I never wanted to imagine her getting hurt, but she made me sign it. I promised Angela Brant and I can not take back something I promised to her, shes my best friend, I cant do that.
I dont believe it, Cameron muttered as someone helped him up from the floor and Cameron shook his head slowly as Kevin turned to face Cameron again. This is my lawyer and I called him earlier and I demand that you show him those papers Kevin. I still cant believe my sister would trust you after all these years.
You cant believe she would trust me? Why wouldnt she considering she loved me more than anyone, Kevin began before cutting himself off and rubbing the back of his neck, seeing Cameron smirk before glancing over at Brant. That was until Brant came along, I was her best friend, it was a different kind of love. A trust love, you trust your best friend with everything.
Check these out, Cameron grabbed a hold of the papers as Kevin pulled them out and handed them over to the man seeing him look over the papers slowly before nodding as to if they were real. Fine Kevin, but Im being honest. Im not going to let Brant stay here, I have no problems with you considering you were the one I always thought she should be with. Youre her soul mate Kevin and Brant doesnt belong here.
I have every right to be here, Brant moved forward feeling Kevin grab a firm hold of him so he wouldnt start a scene in the middle of the hospital that would get them thrown out in the long run. I have more right than all of you to be here. Those are my children in there and Im the one that Angela loves. Do you hear me?
Stop it the both of you, Kevin pushed Brant back gently giving him a small glare as to warn him to stay back before he turned to Cameron again, folding his arms out in front of him. Brant is not leaving and Im not letting you take him out of here. If you keep behaving the way you are, I might suggest that your behavior will also effect Angie in a bad manner and you will never get to go in that room. Be a good boy and I just might see what I can do.
You cant do this Kevin, Cameron moved forward pushing at the center of Kevins chest roughly seeing Kevin close his eyes, trying to keep his cool to make sure that he wouldnt hit Cameron. After everything Ive done for you, Ive protected your background. I made sure it was you Angel was always with. Do you know how many times I protected your ass? How many people I had to deal with just to make sure you didnt get hurt?
I didnt get hurt? Hell Cameron, Ive been protecting you. Ive been shot how many times now? Youre such a , Kevin stopped himself before saying anything further and looked back at Brant counting to ten mentally before letting out a deep breath. You know what, you check those papers out because they are completely in order. Angie did it all, she thought of it all and took care of everything that needed to be. You can dig all you want, but after you realize they are real, you will for sure be pissed because to tell you something Ive made up my mind and you are gone Cameron. Ive had enough of you.
I will find something to get rid of this, Cameron snapped his fingers at his lawyer before glaring out at Kevin seeing the way that Kevin glared out at him with Brant by his side. Ill get payback on the both of you, Im not going to stand for this.
Whatever Cameron, go cry to someone else considering no one is going to listen because you will realize you dont belong here, Brant snapped seeing the way Kevin nodded before Cameron took in a long breath before quickly spinning on his heel in the other direction. You have five minutes to tell me exactly what the hell is up with those papers Kevin.
Wait just a couple of seconds, Kipp heard Kellens voice
call out as Kipp glanced through a few pictures while Kellen helped out Daniel
with his new look in the other room. Were almost done Kippy.
Honey, Ive been here the whole time, I dont think Im leaving now, Kipp replied with a small laugh hearing the voices of Daniel and Kellen talking to each other back and forth. If Daniel comes out looking like Kellen junior we are going to have some serious problems.
I wouldnt say that's much of a problem, Kellen muttered stepping in behind Kipp and placing his hand in over Kipps shoulder, startling him a bit before letting out a long breath and rubbing his hands together. We're finished and I think you need to sit down so we can give you the real feeling of modeling off something.
Whatever you say, Kipp chuckled lightly before sitting down on the middle of the couch and looking out waiting for Daniel as Kellen counted down with his five fingers. Um, where is he exactly Kellen?
Daniel, get your butt out here right now, Kellen frowned looking to his watch waiting for him to come out and show off his new look as Kellen rolled his eyes and stood up slowly. Okay, Ill be right back because someone is a little bit shy now if you realize.
Ill be right here, Kipp assured him with a small laugh resting his arms back on the couch and shaking his head slowly. Be nice to him Kellen, knowing what you did to him, Im sure I would be a bit nervous too.
Kellen, come on, let me change, Kipp heard Daniels voice echoing through the hallway as he spotted Kellen walking into the room holding onto Daniel by picking him up and carrying him through the hallway. Setting him down on the floor in front of Kipp, Daniel went to move only to run right into Kellens chest. I dont look like me.
Im your brother Danny, I wont make fun of you if thats what you think, Kipp promised standing up from the couch and rubbing his hands together as he saw Daniel turn to face him, rubbing his hand against the back of his neck as Kellen clapped behind him. Whats so wrong kiddo?
I look, not like me, Daniel explained glancing back at Kellen seeing Kellens blue eyes staring into his and Daniel let out a long breath. Looking down to his designer jeans, the white tank top and leather jacket that Kellen put on him. Running his fingers through his hair, Daniel cleared his throat uneasily feeling the gel that Kellen just put in it and he went to wipe it off on his pants before Kellen caught his hand. What?
Reach for a cloth or something, Kellen reached for a Kleenex to wipe off Daniels fingers seeing Kipp smile looking down at Daniels sandals before shaking his head slowly. You have to treat the clothes good too.
Do you honestly think this is going to make a girl notice me? All I got was a hair cut and some clothes, Daniel explained seeing Kipp glance over at Kellen before nodding slowly and it made Daniel walk over to the mirror in the back of the room. What if they think Im trying to be fake.
Well, Kipp heard the doorbell ring and saw Kellens eyebrows perk up and down before Kellen motioned him to go answer the door. Letting out a small laugh Kipp headed for the door seeing the worried glance on Daniels face. I guess we will have to see.
Dont even think about it, Kellen blocked the hallway so Daniel couldnt get away and he let out a small laugh seeing the way that Lindsay stepped into the house after Kipp motioned for her to come in. Lindsay sweetheart, we were waiting for you to show up. We were just having some time to hug here.
Hug? Lindsay chuckled seeing the way that Daniel tried to get around Kellen again as Kellen wrapped his muscular arm around Daniels shoulders pulling him closer to the door. Smiling as Daniel slightly waved at her she looked him over before nodding slowly. I love the look, did you cut your hair.
Yeah, Daniel simply nodded as he breathed in deeply and looked over at Kellen giving him a small wink as Kellen rubbed his hands together lightly. I guess I will see you guys later, thanks for everything Kellen. I appreciate it.
No problem kiddo, Kellen smiled widely after shutting the door and leaning his back against it as he heard Kipp laugh and walk back over to the couch to take a seat. Oh my, did you see how he looked? I think I did a great job, he looked like a teen male model, I did so good.
You did, I should have never doubted you Kellen, you are great, Kipp fed into Kellens ego seeing Kellen nod his head slowly and push back his short hair before coming over and sitting down on the couch. After turning on the television Kipp moved forward in his seat seeing something on Angela and he itched his chin slowly. Would you look at that?
Oh my goodness, its Angel baby, Kellen stood up from the couch reaching for his keys that were on the table seeing Kipps dark eyes staring up into his. Its Angel Kippy, shes in the hospital, come on.
You caught that in the ten seconds you saw the screen? Kipp questioned seeing Kellens impatient look over his features and Kipp nodded slowly standing up from the couch. Turning off the television he reached for his own jacket and pulled it on before nodding slowly and motioning Kellen to follow him. Okay, well go check on her. I have no idea whats up, but she is Camerons sister and I should check on her.
I wonder if shes going to be okay, Kellen pondered the thought as he followed Kipp out of the house and to the car as Kellen got in the drivers seat. Her, Kevin and JT were always like family to me, the more I think about it the more Im going to worry. I hope Angel baby is going to be okay.
You look really great, Lindsay admitted thinking about her surprise when shed first spotted Daniel at Kipp and Kellens place. I mean seriously I think I like the new look.
Kellen wanted to make me his new project, Daniel replied sheepishly feeling a bit more like a GQ model with the clothing that Kellen had pulled out of his closet for Daniel and Lindsays day out. He looked down at the pale blue shirt and the beige khakis that Kellen had insisted he needed to wear and a blush carried over his features, Normally Im more laid back thsn this.
I like the dressy look, she admitted with a hint of a smile, It looks really classy and I like what you did with your hair. Not that I didnt like it a little longer, but the shorter style just brings out your eyes.
Thanks, Daniel cleared his throat before shuffling on his feet, So what are you up for today?
Well I was actually Lindsay began ready to say something more when Stacy approached the two of them.
I was wondering if someone died in there, Stacy began swirling the car keys in her hand around until she spotted Daniel with Lindsay. Her eyes widened and she couldnt help but give him a once over, What happened to you? Were they having an Abercrombie convention in there?
As if, Daniel shook his head at her before giving her a once over, Nice pants Stacy. How many animals had to die to make those?
Its synthetic, she frowned looking to her fake leather animal print slacks, Besides, its way in style nothing that you know anything about.
I think he looks nice, Lindsay piped in attempting to keep the peace between her two friends.
Yeah if he was dressed by a gay man, Stacy couldnt help but roll her eyes before standing taller, So where are we going? I managed to sweet talk my uncle into letting me take his other car tonight, so where are we going?
I hadnt really thought about it, Lindsay turned to face Daniel once again, What did you have in mind?
Not this, Daniel mouthed to himself giving Stacy another look after disappointment carried over him at the thought that he and Lindsay wouldnt be spending the time alone with one another.
What was that? Lindsay glanced over at him once again clearly not having heard his comment.
I said anything you wish, Daniel forced a smile attempting not to let Stacy know that her presence had put a crimp on his plans with Lindsay. Though I have to wonder if you really trust her to drive. Shes kind of crazy.
I drive way better than you, Stacy protested with a huff, I didnt crash the car in drivers ed classes. That was all you.
There was a bee in the car and you were screaming about it stinging you, Daniel rolled his eyes remembering the class theyd been stuck in with one another. Then when you started ranting about your lipstick all over your face.
Which was your fault yet again, Stacy placed her hands on her hips and huffed, You were the one that slammed on the brakes when you saw me doing a touch up.
Make up shouldnt have been on your mind. You should have been paying attention to the road, Daniel tossed out at her with a roll of his eyes, It was drivers training, not beauty school.
Whatever. Youre just jealous because I didnt have to take drivers ed twice like you did because you failed your test, Stacy snubbed him again before turning to Lindsay, On second thought, what do you say we see a movie or something? Im sure that will keep him quiet enough for us to actually enjoy the day.
I dont know if that will work seeing as you have problems with popcorn, Daniel tossed back at her before looking to Lindsay, The last time I went to a movie with her she was so afraid that when a scary part was on, she practically jumped into the row in front of us. When she did that she spilled the extra buttery popcorn she needed to have so desperately all over me.
Its not like it caused any real harm. You didnt like that shirt anyways, Stacy mouthed in response rolling her eyes at him.
How do you know? Did you even think to apologize for that? Daniel questioned harshly shaking his head at her, You know maybe this isnt a good idea today Lindsay.
Yeah maybe its not, Stacy turned to leave, Ill just wait for you in the car.
Hold on a second, Lindsay held her hands up in the air to silence them both, You are both my friends and I want you to both spend the day with me. Im sure that you both can put whatever it is that you have between you aside long enough for us to have fun.
I dont think she wants to, Daniel folded his arms in front of his chest before glaring over at Stacy.
I can do it as long as you stop being rude, Stacy tossed back at him with a huff.
Youre the one who started insulting me, Daniel reminded her with a shake of his head, Youre the one who felt the need to start taking jabs at me.
Only because if I didnt, you would turn it around on me, Stacy replied wrinkling her nose at him.
Okay, well you both were being mean to one another and now its over, Lindsay stepped between the two of them, Today I want to go out and have some fun, so can you two just be quiet long enough for me to do that? If not maybe Ill go offer to baby-sit Zane again.
Hmm, that sounds like fun especially if Jasons there, Stacys eyes perked up at the thought, I vote for that one.
No, Im not going to baby-sit, but you both need to cool it, Lindsay warned the two of them before walking over to the car, Come on lets go before I change my mind.
Fine, Stacy remarked before glaring over at Daniel, Youd better watch yourself.
You know this was supposed to be my date Stace, Daniel informed her bluntly seeing the way that Lindsay was already at the car ready to blow the both of them off. I was hoping for some alone time with Lindsay.
Why? Stacy arched a curious brow, Its not like shes interested in you anyways. In fact if I recall correctly your last girlfriend pretty much summed it up when she said that you were far from being what a girl needs to have in her life.
Thats because my last girlfriend was a spoiled, little snot who thought that she could make her own rules in life, Daniel stepped forward his eyes focusing in on her once again, She thought it was easier to skip town rather than stay where she was and try to actually enjoy the kind of life that she had at home. Apparently it wasnt good enough for her.
She had her reasons, Stacy remarked sourly before tipping her head up to meet his eyes again, It was personal.
It was just because she was too pissed off at her parents to stick around and enjoy the good thing she had, but dont worry Stace, he stepped in closer to her lowering his voice a bit, Ive moved on and Im pretty sure if you decided to get over me sooner rather than later, youll be just fine.
I was over you before I even left town Danny, Stacy curled her lip in a pout, I just dont want to see you ruin my friends life like you tried to do with mine.
I was the best thing you ever had sweetheart, but dont worry because what we had wont ever be resurfacing again. Im so over you, Daniel informed her point blank before standing up taller and walking past her abruptly.
I was over you first, Stacy huffed in a feeble attempt to get the last word as she followed Daniel over to the car. She glanced over at Lindsay realizing that her friend was completely oblivious to the conversation shed just had with Daniel, which was undoubtedly for the best. Standing up taller Stacy unlocked the car and looked to her friend again, Youre totally riding shotgun Linds.
Fine with me, Lindsay replied before looking to Daniel again, Are you okay?
Yeah Im fine, Daniel nodded glaring over at Stacy while she got into the car.
Hey, shes just in a bad mood lately because of her family, Lindsay reached out to touch his arm gently, Dont take it personally. You look really good today.
Thanks, I appreciate that, Daniel smiled at Lindsay while making a silent vow to do his best to enjoy the day that he had to spend with Lindsay. Even if Stacy was there to annoy him, he vowed not to let her ruin what hed had in mind for getting closer to Lindsay. One way or the other he would find a way to make the most out of the day even if it meant spending most of it ignoring Stacy.
Nice place you have here Nate, Jewel mouthed reaching out to
place her hand over the center of Nates chest as the two stood together
in the kitchen. Ill bet that you have really great bedrooms here.
As a matter of fact I do, Nate grinned widely glancing over Jewels shoulder to see Matt, Zane and Kayla in the living room over by Matts drawing table. In fact if you just go down the hallway and meet me in the third door on the right, then I swear to you I can show you all the things that are really incredible in the bedroom.
I cant wait, Jewel licked her lips before leaning in to kiss Nate quickly. She winked at him before moving to the hallway. Kayla honey just color with your friends, okay?
Sure, Kayla waved over at Jewel before Nate walked out into the living room to speak with Matt.
Hey little man, Nate mussed Matts hair a bit, You think you can keep an eye on things in here for a little bit while I um, show Jewel something in the other room. I have something I want to show her and uh
Ill bet you do, Matt rolled his eyes before shaking his head at Nate, Do whatever you have to, but dont take too long because you promised my dad youd help with dinner.
Not a problem man. In fact, Nate glanced over his shoulder to Jewel as she slipped into the bedroom. He moved over to the kitchen again opening the drawer with the coupons in it. He returned with a handful of coupons and set them on the center of Matts drawing table. Knock yourself out ordering. Pick whatever you want Matt man. Its on me tonight.
Ill bet, Matt rolled his eyes at Nate before hearing him rush off down the hallway to join Jewel. Once the door closed Matt looked to Zane and Kayla, I swear adults are so juvenile.
Tell me about it, Kayla piped in with a roll of her eyes. This morning you would not believe how much agony that Jewel and Stacy gave me when they were fighting.
Whose Stacy? Zane questioned curiously looking between the two of them.
Shes Jewels daughter and she pretty much hates her guts, Kayla blurted out honestly shaking her head, Though I think its because Stacy thinks her mom flirts too much and she kind of does.
Obviously, Matt added with a heavy sigh, though it doesnt surprise me that Nate is eating it up since I dont think the guy can really get a date.
Is he really that hard up for attention that hell flirt back with the first pretty girl that flirts with him? Kayla questioned with wide eyes thinking about Nate and Jewel.
Trust me Kayla. Im sure they are doing a whole lot more than flirting right now, Matt rolled his eyes before looking to the coupons that Nate had thrown on the table. Though really I dont think Nate was too smart to give a kid something like this to work with.
He did say dinner was on him, Zane added with a wicked smirk his eyes growing wide with eagerness.
Yes he did my dear cousin, Matt laughed wildly, and while I tend to refrain from juvenile behavior most of the time myself, I think that its about time that maybe just maybe its time for me to give Nate a bit of a shock if you will.
What do you have in mind Matt? Kayla questioned curiously seeing Matt get up off of his chair and walk over to the ledge where Nates cell phone was on the counter.
Youll see, Matt teased with a hint of laughter in his tone, Trust me though. Its going to be a good one!
I cant wait, Zane giggled wildly before pausing, So what are we doing?
Hey, Matt walked back over to the table and reached for a coupon.
While I like the guy, hes got a lot to learn about leaving kids
in charge. I mean the craziest things could happen while hes off having
fun and not paying attention.
They sure could, Kayla nodded in agreement before a smile touched over her lips, Are you going to do what I think youre going to do?
Hey he said dinner was on him and he was paying for it, Matt grinned proudly, so Im just taking him up on his offer.
Thats cool, Zane piped in before tilting his head to the side, Wait, I dont get it.
Ill explain it to you while Matt orders dinner, Kayla pointed over to the game system set up in front of the television. Is that yours Matt?
Its my dads, but he lets me play it. Go have fun, Matt nodded watching Kayla lead Zane over to play with the play station that they had set up. With a wicked laugh Matt eyed the menu in front of him with obvious interest. Sorry Nate, but never tempt a man when hes hungry and not paying for it. It could get you in over your head, but hey, sometimes thats good for you. I know its sure good for me.
You know for one man, you sure have a lot of stuff, Heather started
pulling things out of the boxes Kyle had packed when he bought Russ and Averys
house and moved in. I mean honestly, look at this stuff. Its all
It all means something to me, Kyle added seeing her pull out a photo of him, Grady and his friend Paul together in their football uniforms. Its past, history, important things I suppose. Even though they collect dust, it doesnt mean I dont look at them.
It makes sense to me, she added with a small smile seeing Kyles short hair he had in the picture and the other guy that was helping hold up Grady. Who is this guy Kyle?
That guy right there? Thats my friend Paul, Kyle let out
a small laugh seeing Heather set the photo down on the dresser looking it
over carefully before walking back over to the box she was working on. He
is quite the man if I do say so myself. The scary type of man actually and
thats just me being nice.
You sound like a good friend, Heather teased seeing him hanging up some of his clothes in the closet before she pulled out his football jersey from when he was on the football team in college. Wow this is big, how do you think it would look on me?
Well, Kyle bit down on his bottom lip before pressing his hand in against his abdomen and taking in a long slow breath. I guess were going to just have to see how good you look in only that later.
You like stroking my ego now dont you, Heather arched her eyebrow up at Kyle seeing the way he paused in the middle of the room, feeling her hand slide up and over his bare abdomen making him take in a sharp breath. Or do you just like me stroking you.
Honey, you cant tease me like that, he reached out snaking his arm around her waist and pulling her in against him roughly hearing a small gasp escape her lips. Im going to take that chance if you offer it up honey.
Well my dear husband, who said I was offering it to you already? Heather questioned tipping up on her toes to kiss him before noticing something and turning away from him. Reaching forward for a tape she pulled it out seeing Kyle frown and shake his head slowly. What is this?
I dont know sweetheart, Kyle muttered sitting down on the bed seeing her walking over toward the television to put the tape in and turn the television on. You know it really wasnt nice to tease a man like that. Now Im all worked up and ,
Katie, Kyle heard a younger deeper voice of his as he perked up and felt his heart stop in his chest as he turned to the television seeing Heather watching it carefully. I can see youre all alone.
Seeing that he had a mask on he realized what it was as he quickly got off the bed and pushed eject quickly grabbing the tape before she could see the rest.
You really dont want to see that, its quite embarrassing, Kyle explained seeing her reaching for the tape as he let out a hesitant laugh and held it up the air so she couldnt reach it. That was a tape we did back in college. Grady had this film class and he was trying to write a script and unfortunately Im a good friend and did just about everything for him. So, I was his lead character that just happened to be a psychopath that wore a mask all the time.
Well that sounds hilarious, I want to see it, she reached for the tape seeing Kyle moved back in against the wall until she heard the doorbell ring and stepped back slowly. Her green eyes stared into his as he let out a long breath and shook his head slowly. Saved by the bell.
Thankfully, Kyle let out a long breath seeing her walk down the hallway and he quickly he threw the tape up on top of the shelf in his closet before covering it with a few pieces of clothing. Walking out into the hallway he pulled his shirt in over his shoulders before slowly starting to button up his shirt. Who is at the door honey?
Kyle, Sarahs voice boasted as Kyles hazel eyes met Heathers angered green eyes when Sarah pushed forward into the house and wrapped her arms around Kyles torso while Kyle held his hands up in the air. Its so good to see you.
What are you doing? Get off of me, Kyle pulled away from her with a small scowl hearing Heather slam the door shut and Kyle wiped at his shirt before finishing buttoning it up. What the hell are you doing here?
Shes obviously here to start something, like always, Heather came over wrapping her arm around Kyles back, placing her hand in over the center of his abdomen, before tipping up on her toes to press a small kiss against Kyles lips to show that Kyle was hers. Just get through with whatever you want.
I can see you are enjoying my leftovers here, isnt that right Heather? Sarah questioned with anger behind her tone as she felt a bit jealous, pressing her hand in against the center of her chest. Honestly though, thats okay. I really only came over here to see Kyle, so we could talk about our baby. You know, the one Im pregnant with.
Russ stepped off of the elevator ready to further investigate what was going
on with Angela. After reading Kevins message he couldnt help but
be worried about what was happening. Sure, maybe it wasnt his place
to investigate, but he couldnt help but be concerned. Spotting Ria down
the hallway he approached her hoping to get some word on the situation.
Ria hey, Russ called out to her with a wave, I was looking for Kevin. Have you seen him around here?
Hes in Angelas room, which Im guessing is why youre here as well, Ria gave him a once over. You want to check in on her?
Russ nodded, How is she doing?
She could be a lot better, could be a lot worse, Ria admitted with a heavy sigh feeling tension carry in over her neck and shoulders. Kevins been here all night with Brant.
What happened? Russ couldnt help but ask her. Kevins message was rather vague.
Im not sure about the details, but apparently Brant and Cameron got into a fight. Angela tried to intervene and fell down the stairs, Ria informed him with a heavy sigh.
Oh my God. Is she okay? How are the babies? Russ questioned with a worried expression. Hows Kevin holding up?
Hes doing what he does best in trying to protect her, Ria offered up with a sad smile, This is hard on him seeing her like that and I know it.
What about you, Russ couldnt help but ask knowing that it wasnt any of his business, but still he worried about his friends romance with Ria. How are you holding up?
Im fine, she offered up a small smile, Why wouldnt I be?
Ria, I know that you and Kevin have had a few situations arise because of Angela, Russ paused knowing full well that he was overstepping his boundaries, but the man loves you. Hes been spending the last few days before all of this happened at my house with Avery and I. Hes been really upset about the two of you being apart.
I know, she nodded in response, and Im glad that he had the two of you to talk to. Youre both very important to him.
Not nearly as important as you are, Russ added with a small smile, and I just wanted you to know that. Kevin might always feel the need to protect Angela, but his heart is with you. Im sure of it.
So am I, Ria admitted finally with a small shake of her head, It just kills me that hes had to endure so much in being her friend. Shes put him through hell and back and she doesnt understand how good she has it with him. I mean when Kevin cares about someone hell move heaven and hell to do what he can for them.
I realize that, Russ nodded thinking about what Kevin must be going through now that Angela was hurt. Hes a good man.
He really is, Ria added in response before glancing over at Russ again, So what about you? You here because this means that you and Avery are together again? You mentioned that Kevin was spending time with the two of you, so am I to assume that things were able to work themselves out between you?
Kevin told you about what happened huh, Russ questioned feeling a bit foolish as he looked to her.
I knew about you and Angela a long time ago, she nodded in confession, but I was kind of pulling for you and Avery to work things out there.
We have, Russ replied with an ironic smile, and its in part to Kevin. Sure, at one point in time I hated him, but now, well hes probably one of the best friends I have here in town lately. Strange huh?
Nah, Ria shook her head, Kevin just has that effect on people and I hear hes got quite an effect on your daughter.
I think Erins got a big crush on him, Russ admitted with a small smile, She just lights up each and every time hes around. I dont know what it is, but she just gravitates towards him.
I know, Ria laughed lightly, He just loves her too.
Hes going to make a great father one day, Russ offered up thinking about Erins attachment to Kevin.
Yes he will be, Ria replied thinking about how she and Kevin almost had come to the point of being parents with one another. For that brief instant it felt like they had the world at their hands, but then in one second of reality the idea of being parents was taken from them along with any hope of having any alone time with one another. Now as Ria thought about Kevins attachment to Angela she wondered just where this current situation would lead him now that his friends life was hanging in the balance.
You know if youre this worked up about it, why dont you
just call Russ? Grady suggested motioning over to the telephone after
Avery had calmed down a bit. You could see what hes up to.
And let him think that I was spying on him, she shook her head in refusal slumping down onto the couch again. No I cant do that.
Avery, I dont think hes going to believe youre spying on him if you give him a call. I mean its not like you dont call him all of the time anyways, right? he wiggled a brow at her seeing her hesitance.
Now you make me sound like a nag, she frowned over at him shaking her head again, I cant call him now.
And you say Im impossible, Grady sighed leaning back onto the chair once again. You know youre going to make this situation a whole lot worse by thinking about why. I know you enough to know youre going to stew over this situation until it drives you out of your mind. Admit it.
All Im saying is that Im not exactly comfortable with the idea of Russ being around that woman, she finally gave up trying not to sound too full of complaints. I just dont trust her.
Thats a given, Grady couldnt help but roll his eyes. If I didnt figure that one out when I first walked in here, I would know it by now after your ranting.
You dont get it Grady. Its not just about the fact that Russ was with her on the island, she confessed with a heavy sigh, but rather that I know that shes trying to pull something on us. In fact the other day I caught her kissing Russ.
What? Gradys jaw practically dropped. When?
He was at a restaurant. Kevin set it up so that Russ and I would be forced to face one another. He wanted us to talk and he took me to this Italian restaurant that Russ and I loved. I didnt really realize what was going on until I walked in and saw that woman with her arms around Russ and her lips over his, she shuddered at the memory a flicker of anger carrying over her. I was furious.
And what did Russ do? Grady couldnt help but ask finding it hard to imagine his brother kissing anyone but Avery.
He pushed her away and then chased me after I left the restaurant. I was so upset seeing him with her that I lost it, she ran her fingers through her long, dark hair. I was out of my mind thinking that shed somehow gotten to him again and I hated it.
And what did Russ say? Grady arched a curious brow.
He said that she kissed him. That he didnt want to be kissing her, but that she was doing it to make Kevin jealous somehow since they used to have a relationship with one another, Avery explained with another sigh realizing how ridiculous she felt about getting worked up over Russ going to the hospital.
And you believed him then, yes? Grady further inquired.
Of course I did, she added quickly, Why wouldnt I?
Well, why wouldnt you believe him now, Grady tossed back at her, In fact, if you really think shes up to something again, we could always go investigate.
What do you mean? she arched a curious brow opening herself up to his suggestion.
Well for starters you want to know whats going on at the hospital, so why dont you and I just head on over there and see whats going on? he tossed out at her in suggestion. That way youll see whats going on with Angela and youll also realize first hand that my brother isnt doing anything that he wouldnt normally be doing. Hes just being Russ and looking out for someone--not looking for an out with you.
I never said he was doing that. Youre twisting my words, she frowned back at him.
What can I say? I like doing that, he shrugged his shoulders before offering up a laugh. While were at it, why dont you let me call my mom? I can have her come on over and keep an eye on Erin while we go to the hospital.
Fine, she paused contemplating his offer, but wait wont Russ think Im spying on him for sure if I just show up unexpected?
Hey, youll have an excuse to be there, Grady shrugged in response offering up a small grin.
What might that be? she asked curiously.
My girlfriend works there. Thats reason enough for us to go to the hospital, he beamed with enthusiasm thinking about seeing Deana again. Itll work.
For you maybe, but not for me, she mouthed with a small frown once again. Russ will think Im spying on him and that I cant trust him. I promised him that I would try to give our relationship another chance and that included putting all of my faith in him.
So tell him that I stopped by to pay you a visit. We called the office and heard he was at the hospital and since you cant keep yourself away from his sexy body, you just had to escort me to the hospital so that you could get your hands on him and ravish him in an empty hospital bed. Im sure that will work, Grady teased with a small wink seeing a smile tease over the corners of her mouth, Yeah I thought you might like that one.
Not nearly as much as your brother would, but it works, Avery offered up with a tiny laugh getting up and off of the chair to get ready to go see Russ. Are you sure your mother wont mind watching Erin?
Are you kidding me? She adores any chance she has at getting to see her granddaughter, Grady watched Avery move around the room. Its something shes very proud of.
Erin enjoys seeing her too. Thanks again Grady. I really appreciate the pep talk, well if you can call it that considering that you were more in the mood to argue with me most of the time, Avery pondered the thought for a long moment before looking over at him again.
For what its worth youre welcome. Now go get ready so that I can see my girl, Grady waved at her dismissively hoping that once he and Avery got to the hospital she would find herself less worried about Russ and Angela and more concerned with all of the good things that were ahead for her and Russ with one another.
Why are you getting so mad Brant? I would hope to think you trusted
me more than Cameron, Kevin blurted out throwing his hands up in the
air and resting his hands against his hips as Brant looked down toward the
floor. What have I done that has showed you Ive tried to manipulate
your relationship with Angie and the twins? Honestly, she chose this, not
me. Right now, I think it is a good idea that I have power over the twins
because Im the one that makes the choices.
Thats just it, you shouldnt be the one that makes the choices Kevin, Brant stepped forward seeing the way that Kevins eyebrows tensed together as Brant stepped forward firmly. Shoving his fingers in over the center of Kevins firm chest. Im the one she loves, you have nothing to do with Angela right now. Nothing, all you are is a side piece to making her life a bit brighter, youre not even much of her friend anyways.
Get your hands off me, Kevin shoved Brants hand away from his chest as Brant glared up into Kevins angered eyes and Brant let out a small laugh. You have no right to get upset with me when I didnt even choose this Brant. I made a promise and I am keeping it. Dont ever insult my relationship with Angie because you will never, ever do the things I have done to protect her. I have just as much right over her as you do right now Brant. I think you should be in there, I know you should be in there. Why are you acting like such a jerk?
Well, you do kill all of the competition, dont you Kevin? Brant saw the way that Kevins jaw flexed in anger Brant folded his arms out in front of his chest and nodded slowly. I figure, you get closer to her and ,
Shut up, I dont even want hear this from you. I took you in as a friend because Angie loved you. I consider you my friend and here you are standing in the middle of a hospital while Angie is in there in a coma acting like this, Kevin shook his head slowly before letting out a small laugh and rubbing the back of his aching neck. Im trying to do the right thing, Im trying to be there for my best friend. If you cant respect that, Im sorry.
Kevin, Brant called out suddenly realizing that he was overacting a bit as he watched Kevin walk over to glass window that looked in upon Angelas hospital room and watch her with a sad expression. Reaching out to touch Kevins shoulder, Kevin didnt even bother looking back as Brant stepped in beside him, resting his hand against Kevins shoulder. Listen, I know you mean well and I like you man, youre a good guy. No offense man, I really like you, but I should have the rights to my own children Kevin. Im surprised you dont understand that.
What am I supposed to do Brant? I cant change what she asked of me, Kevin turned toward Brant with an upset expression seeing the way that Brant bit down on his bottom lip. I lost a child with her once Brant, I dont want her to lose these children too.
Which is why you need to understand, I should be in charge of my own children Kev. Why dont you understand that? I dont think its right, Brant patted Kevin on the back seeing Kevin glance over at him with his tired brown eyes. Which is why Im going to have to call Hart.
What? Kevin snapped turning to face Brant seeing the way that Brant shrugged his shoulders before stepping away toward the center of the hallway. Why cant you trust me with your children? You think Im going to take over the life of daddy or something? I cant smart one, in case you havent noticed she loves you, I love Ria. Why are you being such a pain in the ass about the situation? You want a rule go ahead and make it, Ill voice it and its my rightful choice. Do you understand me?
I hear you loud and clear Kevin, but Im just not going to settle for that, you would do the same if it was your children too, Brant pointed out seeing the way Kevins eyes darkened over with anger. Im sorry Kev, but Hart will be here and I will have it my way before the end of the night.
So how long are you planning on staying in town, Lindsay couldnt help but ask sipping on her drink while she and Daniel sat at one of the picnic tables with one another. Stacy had gone off to talk to one of the guys working at the refreshment stand thus giving Lindsay and Daniel a few minutes alone with one another.
I honestly dont know, Daniel admitted with a small shrug of his shoulders, Im hoping its for a long time, but with my mom she moves around a lot.
I would imagine shes pretty busy with her publishing company, Lindsay took another sip of her drink, her blue eyes focused on him again, That must be pretty interesting.
I guess, he shrugged his shoulders and looked around at the bumper cars that were racing on the track just beyond where they were seated. Im not really into all of that like she is, so for me its a bit stiff. Ive always been more interested in whats been going down here. Im more into the whole Hollywood scene.
Thats right. You talked about making a movie, Lindsay nodded thinking about their earlier conversations with one another.
I hope to one day be like Kipps dad. That man is brilliant and Ive always been a fan of his even before I knew he was my brothers father, he paused for a moment before laughing lightly, If that makes sense.
It does, she nodded back at him, I think its cool that you dream about doing that. I dont know a lot of people who know what it is that they want and I think thats really respectable.
Its okay, he shrugged again, I mean its fun and its something that keeps me busy.
So Ive heard, Lindsay couldnt help but laugh remembering Stacys rant about the horror movie that Daniel had put together, Im sure if you stay in Coral Valley you could learn a lot from Kipps dad.
I hope so, Daniel replied thinking about what hed been hoping for, Kipp said that hed have a word with his dad and maybe I could get a job interning on one of his sets this summer.
That sounds really cool, Lindsay smiled over at him, Im sure it would be lots of fun.
I hope so and maybe my mom will decide that we can stay here for a while. Or at least Im hoping I can. The estate is so big that even with everyone staying there, I think that it can be comfortable, Daniel thought about his being at the Ashford mansion.
That must be kind of strange being with all of your family all of the time like that. Not that I dont love my family, but I know that they are all a bit she paused searching for the right word.
Eccentric? Daniel arched a curious brow.
I was thinking of something a bit more polite, but that will work, Lindsay laughed lightly, I think I remember my parents telling me that Don practically spent all of his summers over there spending the night. He had a lot of fun there.
Brants got this awesome game room and there are a lot of things to do there, Daniel paused for a moment, Though Im pretty sure if we do stay my mom will want her own place. She talked about it before, but then things took off with work.
I see, Lindsay glanced over his shoulder to see Stacy laughing with the guy behind the counter, Well it would be great if you were staying and going to school here.
Yeah, I think Id like that, Daniel paused turning around to see what Lindsay was looking at. Frowning he watched Stacy flirting with the guy behind the counter for a moment before he spun around again reaching for his cup roughly.
So why dont you like her? Lindsay couldnt help but ask watching him take a long swig of his drink. I mean I know shes a bit over the top sometimes, but shes a pretty good person.
You dont know her like I do, Daniel groaned inwardly before shaking his head.
What is that supposed to mean? Lindsay couldnt help but ask curiosity pouring over her.
Lets just say since our parents seemed to gravitate in the same areas, we were able to know one another for a long time, he paused not really wanting to get into the conversation with her, Stacy just tends to do things that puts herself at risk. She is too impulsive and always wanting to blame her parents for everything that is wrong in her life.
It sounds like her parents arent really involved in her life, Lindsay spoke up in Stacys defense, My brother said that both her parents are too involved in themselves to think about her.
That doesnt mean other people dont care about her, but Stacy would much rather focus on the attention that shes not getting from her parents, Daniel couldnt help but roll his eyes, It is almost an obsession for her.
I guess I dont know what I would do in her position. I mean my parents and I are really close, so for me to even think about what it would be like for her, she paused before thinking about Stacys problems, I just want her to be able to make some friends here in town and find a way to feel better about herself.
Youre a really sweet person. You know that? he couldnt help but smile at her, I dont think Ive ever met someone as nice as you are.
Im alright, Lindsay shrugged her shoulders simply, I guess I just live by the rule that I treat other people the way I want to be treated. It doesnt always work out the greatest, but at the end of the day I know I tried. I know I did all that I could to try to make a difference.
Thats really a great thing, Daniel smiled over at her, Most people cant even bother to think about helping other people.
Im not like most people, which makes me the butt of a few jokes, but I dont care. Im not going to compromise who I am just to be like everyone else, she informed him point blank, I dont need to pretend to be someone Im not in order to get noticed.
You shouldnt have to because I like you the way you are, he reached out across the table to squeeze her hand gently, So what do you say? Want to take a lap or two on those?
The bumper cars? Lindsay replied with wide eyes watching him nod.
Sure, why not? I mean its clear that Stacys got other plans right now, so why dont we just have some fun for a while? he suggested after a moments contemplation, Im sure youre great at them.
Actually Im better than great, she couldnt help but boast, My brother taught me how to ride those like a pro.
Good, then lets do it, he stood up wiggling his brow at her, We can have a race.
A race? she repeated giving him a second look.
Yeah, and well put a wager on it. If I beat you, then I have to do anything that you want me to do for a day, Daniel suggested a flash of determination behind his eyes.
And if you win? she couldnt help but ask curious about his terms.
Then you have to let me kiss you, Daniel explained with an overwhelming confidence, and promise me that we can have a date without anyone else with us.
I told you that I dont date, Lindsay started to protest.
If you lose, then youll have to make the exception, he paused before issuing her another teasing grin, Unless of course youre afraid that youre not as good as you say you are. If you really are worried that youll lose
I wont lose, she finally decided standing up with a newfound confidence, and when I smoke you out there youre going to wish you didnt offer yourself up as my personal slave for the day.
When youre kissing me after I win, youll be glad that I put the bet out on the table, he flirted with her stepping around the picnic table to move in closer to her.
The only thing youll be doing is eating your words because I will win, she assured him with a wide smirk ready to show him just how good at racing she truly was. Even if the idea of losing was a bit tempting, she knew full well that today she was going to prove a point to him one that he would never forget. That much she was sure of.
Don pulled down the street leading to his house and found himself thinking
about the day ahead of him. He checked the time and realized that while he
would have to be back at work in a little while, it was good enough for him
to take some time to be with Matt. Hed picked up one of Matts
favorite movies from the video store and decided to surprise his son with
it early in an attempt to keep Matt busy while Nate was watching him. Don
wasnt quite sure that Nate would be able to handle both Matt and Zane
on his own, but hed offered to give Nate the benefit of the doubt. Now
of course Don was doing the parent thing in checking in.
Im sure everything will be fine, Don thought to himself pulling into the drive and spotting an unfamiliar car parked in beside him. He looked to the opposite side of his driveway and realized that it was a pizza delivery car judging by the sign on top of it.
I guess Nate really does have things under control, Don mused to himself wondering how he could doubt his brother-in-law. Getting out of the car Don walked up to the house and it was then that he got the first look at the man with the pizzas.
So that comes to three hundred sixty two dollars and fifty nine cents, the man explained as Don looked beyond the man into his living room to see at least twenty boxes piled up on the floor behind where Matt stood at the door tipping his head up to meet the pizza mans gaze.
What in the world is this? Don couldnt help but ask as he moved in closer and spotted even more boxes in the living room.
They were having a special, Matt shrugged his shoulders before reaching into his pocket.
I hope that you dont expect me to pay for this one because there is absolutely no way that I would let you order this much food when, Don started to frown only to witness his son extract a charge card from his pocket and hold it out to the pizza man.
I hope you accept Visa, Matt arched an expectant brow at the man in front of him.
Yeah, Visa works great, the man nodded taking the charge card from Matt and completing the order. A few seconds later the man handed the card back to Matt and walked down the drive to get back into his car and drive off.
Don watched the man leave in astonishment before turning to face his son with a frown, Matthew I swear if you broke into my wallet again and stole my Visa to get yourself something on Ebay and host some kind of party
Relax dad, Matt shrugged his shoulders and grinned motioning for his dad to follow him into the living room. This pizza party is on Nate. See.
Matt held up the charge card again to show his father that Nates name was clearly printed on the front of it. With a puzzled expression Don swiped the charge card from his sons small fingers and took a long look around. He spotted Zane over in the corner of the room seated on the middle of the floor with a large cheese pizza spread out in front of him.
Dont get any of that on the floor Zane, Don warned seeing his nephew reaching for a thick, cheese covered slice in front of him.
Dont worry Mr. Leveski. I have napkins, Kayla piped in walking out from the kitchen with a few plates and napkins in hand. Are you going to have dinner with us? We have plenty to go around.
I can see that, Don nodded unable to believe what was taking place in his living room. His blue eyes fixed on his son and he nodded towards the kitchen that Kayla just walked out of. You and me need to have a conference in the kitchen right now.
Fine, but I dont see what the problem is, Matt shrugged his shoulders swiping a box of pizza under his arm and walking into the kitchen with a determined stride.
Okay Matt explain to me whats going on, Don finally said watching his son walk over to the table and set a box down.
Its called dinner Dad and you should try it sometime, Matt set the box onto the table top before pulling out a chair and hopping up onto it. Once he was kneeling on the kitchen chair, he pushed the pizza box back further onto the table and opened up the top of the box. I got extra sauce and bacon for you just like you like it.
Thank you Matt, but Don glanced out into the living room once again, Why do we have at least twenty five other pizzas out there?
Nate told me to order dinner so I did, Matt simply shrugged his shoulders before reaching for a piece of pizza of his own. He told me to have fun, so I figured I would. Its no big deal.
Matt son while I understand that you dont quite understand what this many pizzas means, I can tell you right now that there is no way were going to be able to eat this many pizzas not in the next month at this rate, Don frowned stepping forward to reach for a slice of the pizza his son had offered him regardless.
So take some back to the hospital, Matt suggested with a wide grin. Im sure Nate wouldnt mind since hes in the mood to be generous.
Yeah right, Don rolled his eyes before taking a bite of his slice of pizza. Oh this is good.
Told you, Matt watched his father take another bite before he sank his teeth into his own slice.
Even so, Don tried to stay focused, You need to tell me where Nate is. I left him in charge of things for a while and I come home to find this. Something isnt right here.
No something isnt right here at all, but Im sure you can let Nate explain it to you since hes the one who is hard up for attention, Matt groaned inwardly before shoving the rest of his piece of pizza into his mouth.
Is he even here? Don couldnt help but ask before a thought occurred to him. He didnt try to jump off of the roof again, did he? I mean Im not going to find him dead in the bushes, am I?
Dad, do you really think that I wouldnt call 911 if that was the case? Matt shook his head with a look of heavy disapproval. Im smarter than that and you know it.
I do son, but what about Nate? What did he do now? Is he unconscious in the back yard? Don questioned once again. Is that why he left you and Zane alone with Kayla? Speaking of Kayla, how did she get here?
Yeah, well, um about that Matt offered up ready to explain as Jewel walked past the kitchen door and waved.
Hey Don, Jewel smiled at him before walking past the kitchen area.
Hey Jewel, Don mouthed leisurely his focus still on his son and the explanation that Matt had to offer. A second later Dons blue eyes widened and he turned to the door again before looking to Matt. Did I just see Jewel here?
Talk to Nate about that, Matt scooped up his pizza box before thinking twice about it. On second thought you keep this one since I have at least five more like this in the living room. Dont forget to take some with you too so it doesnt go to waste. Oh and yeah Kayla is staying over for a while since I said it would be okay if she hung out with Zane and I. Love you dad.
Matt hold on, Don spun around to say something more to his son. However, once Don spotted Shannons younger brother in the doorway to the kitchen, he realized there was someone else he was about to question.
Whoa, when did the party start in here, Nate questioned looking around at all of the pizzas as he adjusted the drawstring on his sweat pants. His shirt was unbuttoned and hanging loosely over him as he turned to Don, Were you hungry or something?
Not exactly, Don cleared his throat uneasily trying to process what hed just witnessed upon walking home. Though you did pose an interesting question there. When did the party start Nate and why in the hell did you think it was okay to let three five year olds run wild in my house when I left you in charge?
Well you see I was handling everything. I had it completely under control and then I ran into Jewel and Nate stammered a bit, finding himself increasingly uncomfortable as Don glared at him.
Just stop right there. I dont want to hear it, Don held his hands up in the air to silence Nate. No on second thought I do want to hear it, but since there are more pizzas than I care to think about in my living room no doubt getting grease on the carpet, Id like to get them up off of the floor and in here first before I kill you.
Don, really I can explain Nate started once again.
Explain after we get the pizzas in here and after Ive had a few pieces myself. Then when were finished with that, well then Ill kill you, Don decided knowing full well if Jewel was somehow involved with what was happening in his house it was going to turn out to be a very long night indeed!
Our baby? Kyle laughed itching at his chin with his free hand before pulling Heather in closer to him, feeling her wedding ring press in against his skin. Sarah, youd be lucky if it was our baby by the way you resemble the grand canyon.
Ha, funny Kyle, Sarah chuckled sarcastically before seeing the way that Heather glanced up at Kyle and Sarah folded her arms out in front of her chest angrily. You know you slept with me, we slept together more than a couple of times and I know this baby is yours.
Let me tell you something, Heather moved forward feeling Kyle step in front of her to block her from putting some kind of attack on Sarah because he knew that would turn out into a bad day. Why dont you just leave before I beat your ass.
Heather, Kyle hushed pressing his fingers in over her lips trying to keep her calm for a moment as he saw her green eyes stare into his and he nodded slowly. Listen Sarah, I dont know if you are trying to start something here because I am with Heather now ,
Kyle, you cant deny that you slept with me, Sarah added seeing the way his hazel eyes stared into hers as she flashes a smile in over at Heather who glared at her for a moment before turning the other way. I dare you to lie to my sister and tell her that you didnt sleep with me.
Sadly, I did and it was the worst point of my life. I made a mistake because I was blinded by the fake view of a future, Kyle explained clearing his throat uneasily before pressing his hand in against the side of his face. You know what, I have something to tell you here. If that is my baby which I highly doubt ,
Only because you are blinded right now, Sarah cut him off quickly seeing the way that Kyle half laughed before pushing back his blonde hair and taking in a deep breath. You just have to face the facts Kyle, you know that you can be the father because I did sleep with you. It complicates your relationship, but you cant just give up on your child Kyle.
Sarah, if that is my kid, I will be there for the baby day in and day out, it's something I will never stop doing, Kyle explained seeing the way she smiled proudly as Kyle stepped forward looking down into her brown eyes. I have to tell you right now though, if it is my child, I am going to take full rights of the baby. No matter how many people it takes to back me up. Think of the people like Kipp, Avery, Grady, honey the list can go on. I promise that I will have control of your rights and our child will only be seen by you when I say so. The only thing is before I make any plans like that sweet thing, I need you to take a paternity test just to make sure it is mine. I do know you for being quite a liar Sarah and I know the safety precautions fail sometimes, but now I know Sarah, I cant trust you.
And what when you find out that it is yours Kyle? Sarah questioned firmly watching the way that Heather glanced over at Kyle when he looked back at her. Moving in closer to Sarah, Kyle faced her staring her in the eyes as Sarah smiled moving in closer to him. What are you going to do then?
Ill have to think about it when that time comes if it comes, Kyle explained grabbing a firm hold of her arm before gently motioning her over toward the door, opening it up before staring her straight in the eyes. With the whole paternity test, let me know when you make the appointment because I will happily take part in that and hey--Ill even pay the bill Sarah. Until then, screw off.
Kyle, Heather gasped seeing the way that Kyle shut the door in Sarahs face and locked the door before turning to face Heather again with a worried expression. I hate when you have that face, it means you are upset.
I am Heather, what if that child is mine that is growing inside of Sarah? I love you honey, you are my wife, I dont want to lose you, Kyle felt her step in closer to him and press her hand in against the side of his face, caressing his rough cheek slowly. Heather we need to talk about whats going to happen if that child really does end up being mine. I need to know whats going to happen to me and you if that really is my baby.
So are you going to try to sneak in there and see her? Ria questioned
realizing that Russ hadnt made any attempts to go down to Angelas
I was thinking about just waiting here for Kevin, Russ admitted glancing over at Ria once again. I dont think Im exactly welcome in there considering that Brant and I cant be in a room for more than five minutes with one another without wanting to kill each other.
Its still that bad, huh? Ria arched a curious brow thinking about what Kevin had told her about the rivalry between the two brothers.
Lets just say that we wont be hosting a family reunion anytime soon, Russ sighed heavily bringing his hand up through his dark hair. Its still hard to believe that man is my brother. I mean after all of this time of hating him and wishing the worst for him
You find out that the joke is on you and that youre the one who is stuck with him for the rest of your life, right? Ria offered up with a knowing expression.
Something like that, Russ nodded in response. That sounds terrible, doesnt it?
No, not really, she shook her head after a moments contemplation. I mean from what Ive heard hes tried to pull a lot of things to keep you and Avery from being together. I think when someone steps in and tries to ruin a relationship when its clear that two people are in love with one another, its just wrong.
Yes it is, Russ agreed with her before giving her a second glance, but are we still talking about Brant, or about Angela?
Why would you think Im talking about Angela? she gave him a sideways glance.
Maybe because I know shes been a sore spot in your relationship with Kevin, Russ suggested seeing her shift uneasily from behind the desk. Tell me something. Has it really been that bad?
From the first day I met her she was spouting off about Kevin and they have all this history with one another, Ria let out an ironic laugh, I know its foolish to be envious of what once was, but I cant help but think about what they have shared. I mean she and Kevin have been together on and off for a long time. She had his baby a while ago and even though their daughter died, they will always have that bond with one another.
Im not going to argue that point with you, but what I will say is that I can see that Kevin loves you. Hell, he wouldnt have been camping out at my house miserable if he didnt, Russ reminded her once again with a small smile. You mean everything to him and just by talking to him you can see that.
I know, but she still has this hold on him, Ria sighed heavily touching the side of her face. I know its foolish to try to compare the two relationships, but I just feel like she is constantly trying to sabotage Kevin and I. I mean she has Brant and they are going to have two children together, but it doesnt seem like its enough for her. Its like she has to have Kevin in an uproar before shes able to be content. She just likes to manipulate the situation and drive me crazy I think.
I dont believe she planned falling down the stairs, Russ added with a knowing expression.
I realize that, but still Ria shook her head once again a foolishness carrying over her. I sound stupid for even talking this way when shes in there fighting for her life, dont I?
No, you just sound like youre cautious, he noted with a sympathetic expression. The fact to the matter is that youre not going to be trusting Angela any sooner than Im going to be trusting Brant and thats okay. I mean hey someone wise once told me that you shouldnt try to like everyone in the world around you because no matter what you do there is always going to be someone that cant stand you and someone you cant stand.
Isnt that the truth, she couldnt help but smile at his words. Though I have to tell you it would be a lot easier if Angela was married to Brant. If they were together, then maybe Kevin would see that Brant is there to take care of her. Hell, maybe Angela would even let up on Kevin a bit. Im not saying that I dont want him to be a part of her life, but well I just wish that she wouldnt hold onto him so tight.
I know Ria, Russ patted her hand gently, and you have to trust me when I tell you that day will come.
I hope so, Ria sighed once more before tipping her head up to meet his gaze. You know if you want me to go in there and get Kevin I can
Actually I think Im going to call Avery and check in with her. I didnt exactly tell her that I was coming over to the hospital and I should probably let her know that Im running a bit behind today, Russ explained reaching into his pocket for his cell phone. Ill just go outside and
You can use the phone here, Ria motioned to the phone on the desk. Just dont be too long.
I wont, he assured her picking up the phone and starting to dial.
You need to push nine first for an outside line, she explained hitting the button before stepping back. Ill give you a few minutes.
Thanks, he replied with a small smile before dialing home. After about three rings there was an answer on the other end of the line.
Hello, he heard his mothers voice.
Mom, hey I thought I was calling home. I mustve dialed you instead, he offered up apologetically.
No you didnt dial the wrong number. Im babysitting Erin, his mother explained as he heard Erin giggle in the background. Shes playing with her toy rabbit and having a good old time.
It sounds like it, Russ noted unable to repress the grin that touched over the corners of his lips at the sound of his daughters laughter. Is Avery with you or did she go somewhere?
She said she was going with Grady for a while. Something about they needed to pay Deana a visit over at the hospital, Cheryl informed him quickly. They didnt really get too detailed.
Great so then shes on her way over, Russ realized with a breath of relief. Thanks Ill just catch up with her when she gets here.
Are you at the hospital Russ? Is something wrong? Cheryl questioned with a worried tone in her voice.
Not exactly, but I promise Ill be okay. Give Erin a kiss for me mom, Russ offered up not wanting to get too into what was going on with his mother since the situation was complicated. He said his good-byes and hung up the phone opting to wait for Avery and Grady to show up before he tried to contact Kevin and find out what was happening with Angela. He just hoped whatever it was that she would be okay when everything was said and done.
Brant Im telling you Im not going to make this any harder
on you than it already is. You really dont need to have a lawyer here
considering that, Kevin began trying to put his friends mind at
ease as it was clear that Brant was upset about the latest turnabout in this
Kevin these are my children and everyone here is trying to tell me that I dont have any rights to them, Brant shook his head adamantly. While I know you mean well buddy this leaves me out of the loop and right now that is the last place where I want to be. I love Angela and she loves me. If that jackass over there hadnt hurt her like he did, then she and I would probably be on our way to being married to one another. We would undoubtedly be planning what were going to do next with our children. I wouldnt be here trying to defend myself and my rights as a father to anyone else.
I understand that Brant, but Kevin offered up again seeing that another man had joined the situation. With a frown Kevin puffed his chest out and glared at the man, And just who the hell are you supposed to be?
Im here to represent Mr. Stone and from what Ive seen in these papers it is clear that Cameron is Angelas brother the man explained in a neutral tone as he carried a bored expression on his face.
Big deal. Hes the one that pushed her down the stairs, Brant snapped in response finding it difficult that anyone would believe that Cameron should be anywhere near Angela given what hed done. Hes hurt her and I want him out of here.
I understand what youre saying Mr. Ashford, but the fact remains that Cameron is her family, the man cleared his throat before nodding towards Kevin. And it is clearly stated in this set of papers that if anything should happen to Ms. Meloni that she explicitly ordered that Mr. Adonis be the one to make the decisions pertaining to the well being of her children. These papers verify that and
And nothing. Im their father. Kevin cant step in and make decisions for me when Im the one who should be calling the shots here, Brant argued further reaching for his cell phone as he found himself ready to call Hart now more than ever.
Mr. Ashford, I realize that you arent happy with this situation and I cant blame you one bit, but there is one thing that all of you are overlooking here, the man informed all of them point blank. He handed the papers Kevin had offered over earlier back to him before he looked between the three men. The fact to the matter is that while all of you have a right to be here in your own way, there is only one man who should be standing here making the decisions for Ms. Meloni and thats her husband.
She doesnt have a husband. Hes dead, Kevin mouthed with a tiny shudder thinking about the man that Angela had married a while back.
According to these papers she is married to a Mr. Meloni, is she not? the man arched a curious brow after hed extracted another set of papers from his jacket pocket.
She was married to a Mr. Meloni, another voice added as Kevin looked over to see Kellen joining the group. But hes been gone for a long while thank God.
Not according to these, the lawyer in front of them started to get an indignant expression on his face.
Trust me hes gone and thats where he needs to stay, Kellen sighed heavily before turning to look at both Brant and Kevin, How is Angela? Is she okay? Whats happening? I saw on the news that
According to my papers Ms. Melonis husband is neither an ex-husband or is deceased, the man explained in an impatient tone. There is no death record.
Even so, Im sure hes dead, Cameron piped in breaking his long silence.
Yeah, hes dead, Kevin muttered under his breath feeling a tiny shudder carry over him.
Not according to what I have on file, the lawyers voice raised in protest.
Of course he is because I know full well that my jackass brother Cary Meloni pissed off the wrong guy and, Kellen spun around to glare at the lawyer after he found himself increasingly irritated at being interrupted by the man behind him. So why dont you just pack up your little briefcase and your little suit and go back to your expensive foreign car that Im sure you drive and
Ms. Meloni was never married to Cary Meloni as you can see here, the man shoved the papers out in front of Kevin, as you can clearly see that her husband is not Cary Meloni, but rather a Mr. Kellen Meloni.
What? Kellens eyes widened as the man shoved the papers in his face. No that cant be right.
Let me see that, Brant marched forward snatching the papers from the mans hand. He scanned it over before his jaw dropped in astonishment, I dont believe this.
Are you saying that Kellen is really her husband? Kevin looked to the papers that Brant held up indicating that in fact Kellens name was the one on the marriage license.
No that cant be possible. I wouldnt have married Angela. I couldnt have married Angela when Kellens blue eyes widened as he thought back to the day that his brother had married Angela. He remembered that talk hed had with the priest in the shuffle about signing a set of papers and then suddenly something hit Kellen. Hed thought hed been a good best man, but suddenly the room around him started to close in on him. I cant I just
Kellen, are you okay, Kevin questioned seeing Kellen stammer around until finally Kellen fell backwards into his arms passing out in a moment of shock.
Kellen, oh damn. Kellen, Kevin tried to call out to Kellen, but it was too late. The damage had already been done!
...to be continued...