So what do you think Charles? Heather held up two poster boards
to her son as he sat in his chair watching her with wide eyed curiosity. Do
you like the pink or the blue one? Mommy cant decide.
Charles just eyed her blankly before letting out a laugh that wrinkled his nose.
Youre right, Heather set the pink layout for the advertisement down on her desk again before eyeing the blue one. Kyles favorite color is blue so this is certainly the one for us. We need to go with blue.
Charles giggled again before Heather heard a knock on her office door. While she knew full well that Kyle had a few things to do today, Heather decided rather than sitting at home being unproductive that she would find her way into working on something beneficial for her and the company. It lead her and Charles to her office and now that she stood at the side of her desk looking at potential layouts for her next big promotion she couldnt help but feel a bit enthused about the project at hand. Of course now she realized that she and Charles were no longer alone when she spotted Becca at the door.
Hey Heather, Becca waved over at her, I hope Im not interrupting.
No not at all, Heather shook her head and smiled, I was just putting together something for the premiere edition of the campaign I have rolling here. You can tell me which of these two you like better.
I like the blue one, Becca confessed joining Heather and Charles. I saw them both earlier in the art department and blue just seems to stand out to me.
Thats what Charles and I thought too, Heather admitted with a wide grin setting the blue one aside so that nothing could get it dirty.
I have to admit Im surprised to see you here. I thought that you would be busy with Kyle since it sounds like youve had a lot going on lately with wedding planning, Becca noted with an encouraging smile as her gaze fell upon Charles.
Well Kyle had a few things to do and I cant ignore the company. It is another one of my babies here, Heather stepped forward puling Charles out of his chair and into her arms. Of course it isnt nearly as important as this little precious one right here.
He really is too adorable, Becca noted watching Heather move over to the couch to take a seat. He looks more like Kipp each day.
He really does, Heather agreed touching a curly strand of her sons dark hair, He has his fathers big eyes and his beautiful dark hair.
Kipp is really proud of him. Hes always talking about Charles, Becca followed Heather over to the sofa and took a seat beside her so that she could play with Charles as well. There isnt a moment that doesnt pass where hes not bragging about him.
Im not surprised because Charles is such a good baby. Hes the best little boy in the world, Heather pulled him in to kiss his chubby cheeks. She heard Charles let out a giggle before she repositioned him on her lap. Of course while Charles takes after his daddy to some degree, I have to admit he gets his fun side from me.
Ill bet, Becca nodded again, Of course since were on the subject of Kipp, where is he anyways?
Kellen had some kind of mini-crisis come up, so he went off to take care of him, Heather explained tickling Charles in his stomach and watching him laugh. Though weve pretty much got the fort held down here, dont we cutie pie?
You know its really nice, Becca spoke up again after a moments contemplation. I mean with you and Kipp. I think its great that you two can get along so well.
Why do you say that? Heather questioned with a curious expression.
Well, I mean I read the story in the tabloids about the two of you being involved in some kind of heated custody battle over Charles, so when I met Kipp and found out that you two were not working together, I guess I just sort of assumed that you were together again. I know it might sound naïve, but I really thought that you two were a married couple when I saw you together, Becca continued to explain to her with a giggle.
Married? Heather repeated with a laugh of her own, No not Kipp and I. I mean we were engaged once, but I can assure you that Kipp is not the man Im married to. I mean, hes not the man I would marry
Obviously. I can see youve got quite the hunk in Kyle, but still its really interesting to see how you and Kipp have managed to overcome the things that you had between you and now youre friends, Becca searched Heathers eyes for a long moment. That usually doesnt happen with people who were in love and almost married to one another. Usually when things fall apart, someone gets angry and bitter and its a nightmare.
Kipp and I werent meant to be together. Sure, we thought we had something special and I guess in our own way we did because we have Charles, Heather redirected her attention to her son, but other than what we have in him, we were never meant to be anything more than friends. I think weve done well with one another. I love Kipp. I really do, but were just not meant to be in love with one another.
Still you do so much with one another Im sure it feels like you never split up, Becca added giving her another long look.
Oh I wouldnt go that far considering that hes got Kellen and I have, well I have Kyle now. Things have certainly changed, but for the better, Heather explained turning to Becca once again. Though Im surprised youre so interested in Kipp and I.
I was just making conversation. I mean its not very often you see so many nice guys in one place. I had a hell of a jerk that I was dating for a while and he broke my heart, Becca admitted with a long sigh, I mean I thought we had something solid--we were engaged to be married and then something happened. It just kind of fell apart and we had a bitter separation.
Im sorry to hear that, Heather offered up sympathetically.
I just thought he was the one, Becca added with a pained expression, He said that he loved me and that we had something special, but then I found him in bed with someone else. It killed everything that we had going with one another after that.
I can understand that one, Heather replied with a sympathetic nod, but you know while I might not be the best at relationship advice, what I can tell you is the guy sounds like a real jerk. Hes not worth your tears. Trust me on this one. I spent a lot of time going after the wrong guy until I finally allowed myself to be happy with Mr. Right. Now I dont even bother looking back because Ive finally found someone who makes all the other losers in my life seem irrelevant.
You mean all the losers other than Kipp, right? Becca couldnt help but tease with a wink.
Yeah Kipp doesnt count because hes my best friends boy toy, but still, Heather focused on her son once again, Given the kind of person I was I think I wound up really lucky and I thank God every day that I was given a second chance at doing things right.
So no regrets then? Becca couldnt help but ask her.
Oh sure there are a few of them that hit me every now and then, but the way I look at it, I have a great career in front of me, an amazing son and a man who loves me more than anything, Heather couldnt help but gush on how her life had transformed over the last few months. What more could a woman ask for?
I know I would sure love to have that kind of life. Instead Im stuck with a dumpy apartment, microwave dinners and the memories of the jerk that broke my heart. Its truly pathetic.
It doesnt have to be. In fact maybe I can help you out with some of that. What do you say to us taking a girls night out? We can go to dinner or something instead of being stuck in the office as long as you dont mind Charles tagging along with us.
How could I ever mind someone so adorable? Becca reached out to play with this tiny fingers. Hes too cute for words.
Then its settled well go out to dinner and discuss strategy on how to help you pull yourself out of this slump youre in. Believe me Ive been there myself more often than I care to admit, but who knows? Maybe while were out well meet some hot man who perks your interest. Sure, they are far and few in this town, but we may be able to wrangle up one.
Oh I dont know about that, Becca shifted on the seat uncomfortably, I mean Im still hurting about what happened.
Hey, the longer you hurt, the more you deny yourself a chance at Mr. Right. Trust me. This will be good for you, Heather decided wanting to help Becca find some happiness with someone as Heather found herself lost in a world of joy now that she had Kyle in her life after all these years.
What did I do back there? Kyle muttered to himself as he stopped
at a light after leaving Diegos house moments ago. Rubbing his cheek
slowly, he let out a long breath and shook his head slowly not believing that
he actually had told Diego all of those things about his family. Thats
just great Kyle, you try to keep it in, but you let it all out. In front of
Diego none the less.
Tapping his fingers against the steering wheel he looked down to his left hand to glance at his wedding band and a small sigh fell from his lips. For some reason, it was easier to talk to Diego about everything, whether it was Sarah or his past.
It must be the shrink in him, Kyle muttered with a small chuckle before shaking his head slowly and taking in a long shallow breath. Knowing that they both had to live with Sarah, he almost felt bad for Diego because he never got his happy ending. I got mine, but I dont know if hell ever try to gain his.
Either way, he knew that the both of them would be stuck with Sarah, somehow, someway. At the thought of Sarah doing all of this to them was still somewhat of a shock, it was hard to admit these days, but when Heather wasnt around, he really thought she was the one for him. She was the one he thought he loved until Heather really came back into his life, sure he dreamed about Heather, but Sarah was the woman he was supposed to be in love with back then.
What happened to her? She seemed so normal and now, Kyle muttered to himself knowing that it would be hard to explain to himself. He heard the phrase that no one ever changes, but he was willing to accept the fact now, back then maybe he was giving her a chance and a hope. I should have known she would have never changed.
Even back then, he thought he had his whole life planned out with Sarah, but he couldnt thank God more that the things ended up the way they did because now he was married to the woman of his dreams and he couldnt be happier. Sure, Sarah was going to try, but she would never succeed in tearing the two of them apart. Heather was his destiny and he wasnt about to lose what was really meant to be his.
It was sad to see people like Sarah, not accepting what they have or realizing what they really have before them. They never cherish what they have, they never really realize what is best for them. They just always think there is something out there that could be better. Something that could shine more in their life and that one special person or thing is never enough. When people are losing the ones they loved, the people they thought they would share their future with, it just didnt seem fair.
With that thought, Kyle switched lanes as someone popped into his head and he was right around the area of where he thought they lived. Pulling up along the side of the street he parked in front of the apartments pulling his keys out before eyeing the scene before him carefully. Getting out of the car he smiled seeing Mindys blue eyes meet his as he started to walk up the grass, seeing Mindy drop the rope to the ground. Feeling her arms wrap around his neck tightly he pulled her in closer to him seeing the glance from the kid that he remember from the hospital. How are you doing kiddo?
Im doing okay, Mindy smiled moving back slightly and pressing her hand in against the center of his chest seeing his hazel eyes staring into hers. Kyle, what are you doing here? I didnt expect to see you.
Well, I was just in the area and figured I would just stop by, Kyle replied with a small smile taking a step back and looking around before shrugging his shoulders. If I would have known there was going to be party here I would have been here earlier.
Kyle, Brittanys voice caught his attention as he looked down to see the little girl at his side as he bent down to pick her up in his arms and hold onto her tightly. What are you doing here? Mindy usually gets all nervous before you come over and she was just fine before you got here this time.
Brittany, you know kids say the craziest things, Mindy let out a small laugh seeing the way that Kyle smiled as Mindy cleared her throat uneasily trying to come up with something to say after that before pointing to Jason. Dont hide back there Jason, come here. Kyle, you remember Jason, right?
Of course, Kyle carefully held his right hand out to Jason while still holding Brittany in his left arm. Shaking Jasons hand firmly he saw Jasons blue eyes glance into his for a moment before looking away. How are you holding up Jason? You doing alright?
Yeah, Jason sighed before glancing back toward the jump rope, clearing his throat uneasily he slid his hands into his pockets and shrugged his shoulders. Speaking up slowly he saw Brittanys arms wrap around Kyles neck tightly. You sure are popular here arent you?
I visit sometimes, Kyle answered with a small smile pressing a small kiss against Brittanys cheek before hearing her let out a small laugh and Kyle glanced over to Mindy again. So, you two on a date or something?
Us? No, no, Mindy quickly answered seeing Jasons blue eyes widen as he glanced over at her uneasily. Mindy let out a hesitant laugh before shaking her head firmly over and over again. Jason is a great guy and all, but we are just friends. Friends hanging out, right Jason?
Yeah, friends jump roping, Jason agreed softly before thinking of what to say next before rubbing at the back of his neck seeing Kyles eyes glancing over in his direction and it made him feel a bit uncomfortable. Can you jump rope pretty good? I kind of suck at it.
These girls have seen me try to jump rope, I need some ice right after because you get some harsh cement burns after falling all those times, Kyle honestly replied hearing Mindy let out a small laugh before seeing Jason smile and nod slowly. Obviously, he really knows what Im talking about. Its really horrible.
Ive got an idea, Brittany tapped on Kyles shoulder lightly seeing his dark eyes glance into hers and she nodded slowly after seeing him smile. I think you guys should play catch with the football because my show is on right now, but Ill be back later if the three of you would like, but if I dont go now, Im going to be late.
Alright then, Kyle carefully set Brittany down with a small laugh seeing her run over toward the football before throwing it to him and running up the stairs as Kyle shrugged his shoulders and took in a deep breath. So anyone up for some football and a little chatting?
I cant deal with this right now, Kevin took in a long breath
rubbing at the back of his neck walking out of the room, not caring too much
for the conversation Kellen was having right now. Rubbing at his rough cheek
he took in a long breath and paced back and forth slowly in the hallway before
feeling a hand move in against his forearm. Glancing over his shoulder, Kevin
saw Ria behind him as he turned on his heel to wrap his arms around her tightly.
Hey, Ria whispered feeling Kevins chin resting against the top of her head as she placed her hand in over the center of his firm chest, meeting the glance of his chocolate brown eyes. You alright? You sound upset.
I am, he answered truthfully feeling her fingers move in against the side of his neck, curling in over his shoulder as he reached forward to caress her cheek with his thumb. You want to get some air? I think this whole hospital thing is getting to me right now.
Sure, you want to go out in the front? Ria questioned seeing him nod slowly as she grabbed his hand in hers tightly, feeling his fingers squeezing hers softly. Walking toward the front, Ria led him out the doors before leading him to one of the benches to sit down. Are you going to be okay?
I just have a lot on my mind right now, thats all, Kevin chuckled leaning forward for a moment, pulling his hand away from her to run his hands through his hair slowly. I probably look horrible right now considering I havent shaved in a while and probably look really bad.
You just look tired, youre okay, she assured him honestly reaching out to touch his cheek, feeling the grizzle against her touch. Seeing his brown eyes glance over at her he let out a small laugh before shaking his head slowly. What is it Kev?
I just cant believe that Kellen is Angies husband, Kevin muttered seeing the way that Ria glanced over at him with a small smirk and he nodded slowly. I know, Angie married to the guy who always had it out for me. I was always the one he checked out when he walked in on me and Angie--hanging out, but honestly is that really possible? Just because you sign the marriage certificate you can be married?
Well, it happened so it must be something that isnt wrong. It was a big mistake, but it is kind of ironic, she nudged him gently hearing him let out a long huff before shaking his head slowly. Come on Kevin, just because he walked in on you and Angie, just hanging out which Im sure you were really going to say, doesnt mean he cant make a mistake himself. He didnt know.
Its not him Im mad at, I like Kellen--hes a good
kid. Its just that Im mad in general, I cant believe that
this whole time it was Kellen that Angie was married to, Kevin let out
a small laugh standing up slowly and shrugging his shoulders as he spoke.
If I knew that it was him she was married to, it would have been so
much easier to do everything that I did.
What exactly do you mean Kevin? she muttered seeing him smirk before sliding his hands into his pockets to look down at the ground. Did you mean to actually get with Angie? Is that what you're saying?
Ria, I still , Kevin caught what he was about to say before shaking his head slowly and taking in a deep breath. Pulling out his right hand he rubbed at his chin slowly before shrugging his shoulders. I just mean I killed her husband to save her, even though its really not her husband and now Im really thinking I didnt kill him because I have bad feeling about that one guy. Im just saying it would have been so much easier ,
To just get her to divorce Kellen and marry you? Ria offered up standing up from the bench catching the look in his dark eyes as she let out a small laugh and shrugged her shoulders. Regretting the fact that you never got married to her, isnt that right Kevin?
Ria, honey this isnt about you, Kevin blurted out realizing that wasnt what he meant to say, seeing her roll her eyes and go to leave as he reached for her hand pulling her back to him. I didnt mean that, its just--youre not getting what Im saying.
I think Im getting it plenty Kevin, no need to explain. You just had an opening this whole time that you never saw and youre ticked about it. I understand that, Ria went to walk away feeling his firm hold over her wrist as she turned to face him again. Kevin, let me go. Im going to go back in there.
Ria, youre not understanding me at all. Im saying that I did all this stuff for her to protect her from getting killed, when in the long run, even if Cary did try to kill her Kellen would have been the one getting the money. It would have been so much easier back then to stop Cary from doing anything or any further damage if I had that information, Kevin tried to explain to her seeing the anger behind her dark eyes as Kevin nodded slowly watching her bite down on her bottom lip. His eyebrows tensed together as he reached out to push back her dark hair softly. Im glad that everything happened the way it did because now I have you and thats all Ive ever wanted in my life.
You are so full of it, Ria placed her fingers in over Kevins lips after he moved forward to kiss her, seeing the confused look behind his chocolate eyes she shook her head slowly. I know thats a lie because you still love Angie, without a doubt I know that.
Again, I love her as a best friend, I thought Ive explained that to you, Kevin pulled her back to him again after she tried to walk away from him once more. Seeing her fold her arms out in front of her after he let go of her wrist and shook his head slowly. Im tired of you not believing me, you always try to find a reason for me to get in trouble with you when Im not even doing anything wrong.
Thats nice Kevin, Im sorry you have such a problem with me, Ria frowned letting out a small sigh seeing the way that Kevin rested his hands on his hips and glanced out at her. If you have such a problem with me Kev, I might as well leave you alone then.
Ria, honey, Kevin reached out to her seeing the way she backed away from him and small sigh escaped his lips. Pushing back his thick dark hair, he looked down toward the ground before meeting her dark eyes again. Listen, all Im trying to say is have a little faith in me. I love you more than anyone in this world and no one could ever replace you. Youre the only woman that I want to spend the rest of my life with. I thought you knew that.
Kevin, she went to say something more feeling him place his index finger in over the center of her lips as he stepped in closer to her, his fingers pressing in against her cheek caressing her skin tenderly. When he went to move forward to kiss her, she placed her hand in over his mouth again hearing him let out a small groan before stepping back. Ill just talk to you later, I dont feel like talking about this right now.
Ria come on, Kevin frowned seeing her start to walk away from him as he moved forward, turning her quickly to face him before cupping her face in his hands. Dipping down, he pressed his lips up against hers hastily feeling her fingers curl in over his shoulders. Baby, I love you and only you.
Kevin, she breathed against his lips feeling him suckling at her bottom lip over and over again as she pressed her hand in over the center of his chest. Seeing his brown eyes glazed over she saw him gulp down before moving forward to press another small kiss against her lips before wrapping his arms around her. Hugging her in close to him she rested her head against his chest feeling his fingers slipping in through her hair. I do love you, I really do. I dont mean to yell at you and ,
Baby, I was just being a jerk, Kevin muttered sliding his index finger in under her chin to lift her head up to him. Seeing her eyelashes flutter up at him he took in a long breath before shaking his head slowly. I have a tendency to be quite an ass and for that, Im sorry. Forgive me?
Of course, she nodded with a deep sigh seeing him smile before he dipped down to kiss her again feeling her fingers gently tugging at his dark hair. I only forgive you because I love you, I hope you know.
Baby, I love with my heart, soul and everything else between, Kevin smirked resting his forehead against hers before tipping in to press a quick kiss against her lips. If you ever hear me tell another woman that I love them, you have the total right to be mad at me. I promise. Right now we should be heading back in there because I might get yelled at.
We wouldnt want that, Ria smirked seeing him smile before wrapping his muscular arm around her waist and heading back for the door. Pressing a small kiss against her temple he smiled widely feeling her hand settle in against his abdomen. It sure has been a long couple of days.
Yeah, but I wish I had a video camera when Kellen found out he was married to a woman, Kevin chuckled remembering the look on Kellens face before he passed out. Opening the door, he let her go in first before wrapping his arm around her again. He fell in my arms, I know he planned that one, but can you believe it? Out of all the men in this world, I never thought he would be one to get married to a woman. The two, they just dont click. Hopefully tomorrow I dont find out that Im married to Kellen. Considering he did stand up at my wedding and you know, he was signing some papers with me at one point.
If that was the case, Ria teased pressing her fingers against the side of his body seeing him smile down at her before letting out a deep laugh. Shaking her head slowly, she bit down on her bottom lip and thought it over for a moment. That boy would be dead because youre my Adonis and only mine.
I cant even begin to imagine what Kevins going through
right now, Avery confessed as she and Russ stood down the hall from
Angelas hospital room door thinking about what was going on. I
mean yeah I know shes broken his heart, but to have her in the hospital
and no one can tell him whats going on with her
I know how he feels, Russ admitted turning around to face her, bringing her into his arms more completely. His green eyes sought out hers before he leaned in to kiss her tenderly. When Bruce did what he did to you I was so afraid that I wouldnt get to see you again--that Id never be able to tell you how much I loved you. I was so afraid that I wouldnt be able to share the life weve always dreamt of with one another because of what happened.
Things worked out for us though, didnt they? Avery couldnt help but smile feeling him touch her cheek gently. She leaned into his touch savoring the warmth before she caught some movement out of the corner of her eye. She spotted Brant walking down the hallway moving in beside the door to Angelas room. Of course things wouldve moved faster for us if someone hadnt been trying to manipulate the situation for us.
Russ caught her sarcastic tone and spotted Brant as well. He stiffened momentarily before taking the time to watch his half brother peering into Angelas hospital room looking like a lost, wounded dog. He couldnt help but feel sorry for him given what he knew Brant had to be going through as well.
I guess fate works in strange ways, Avery mouthed more to herself than Russ. Less than a few months ago Brant was the one who was trying to keep us from finding love again, yet there he is fighting for her and Cameron wants him to stay away.
I dont trust either one of them, Russ admitted with a small scowl, but in all honesty Angela is having his children and he has a right to be in there with her.
Just like you had a right to be with Erin, Avery shook her head feeling her anger and animosity bubble up at what Brant had tried to pull on her and Russ. He wanted to steal our daughter from you and now it seems that Cameron is ready to do the same to him.
Perhaps hes learning his lesson, Russ shrugged his shoulders before turning to face Avery again, though I have to admit its one that no father should ever have to experience. Ill admit that Brant is far from being my favorite person, but the guy has a lot on the line right now and no answers.
I dont believe this, Avery searched Russells green eyes, You almost sound like you care.
About Angela yes, Russ divulged not bothering to mask his feelings, and about those children, but not so much about Brant. Sure, I wouldnt want the guy to lose them and Im not about to go over there and talk to him, but for what its worth I do hope things work out for him. They worked out for us after all.
Yes they did, Avery nodded in agreement, her focus turning to Brant again. She watched him stand up taller, stretching out his arms before his gaze locked with hers. She felt a tiny shudder pass over her before she refocused on Russ once again. Honey, why dont we go talk to Kevin or something? Im sure he could probably use some support.
Sure, Russ nodded in response before seeing the way that Brant was looking at Avery. Hey are you sure youre okay in being here?
Im fine, she replied quickly, I dont like Angela or Brant, but this isnt about them for me. Im here for Kevin. Brant is just
Brant, Russ finished for her seeing a flash of anger behind her eyes. Hes out of our lives now.
I realize that, but Im not so sure about Angela. I dont want anything to happen to her, but I cant stop thinking about what Cameron said to me, Avery admitted with another small shiver. If hes telling the truth and shes my sister
Lets take this one step at a time, Russ suggested gently nudging Avery down the hallway before something happened to upset her all over again. They could worry about Cameron another time, but for now they were going to be there to support Kevin.
Chris pushed his way inside Camerons office not really caring what
he had to do or say when right now all he wanted more than anything was answers.
Thinking about the brief word hed gotten over the gossip line about
Angela being rushed to the hospital, he couldnt help but worry about
what was happening with her. Hed tried to work his way into the hospital,
but found that hed been pushed out with the rest of the media. Now hed
stopped over at Camerons office on the small chance that Cameron might
be at work to shed some light on the situation. Fortunately his gamble paid
off when he discovered Cameron at his desk.
Thank heaven I found you here. I have been trying to get into contact with anyone that could give me the word on Angel and Chris started as Cameron looked up at him with an agitated groan.
How did you get in here? Cameron questioned with a small huff.
I walked up here, but thats beside the point, Chris waved his hand dismissively. Whats happened to Angel? I saw on the news that she was in the hospital and even though I have a few contacts around this town, no one knew anything more than the brief headline that was on television. I figured you would know what happened to her.
Its none of your business Chris, but I will tell you that you are right about Brant, Cameron frowned over at him before pushing a few papers into a briefcase, I wish you had come to me sooner so that I couldve prevented this disaster.
I told you as soon as I was aware of the fact that they were involved with one another, Chris stepped forward his fears mounting over what Cameron wasnt telling him, Cameron, what did he do to her?
Ill take care of it, Cameron snapped reaching for his briefcase and attempting to brush past Chris.
Wait, I want to help. Cameron, you know how much Angel means to me and Ill do anything that I can to help her. Im sure that together we can find a way to Chris started once again.
There is no we. Youre not going anywhere near my sister. I refuse to let you bother her, Cameron announced with a huff glaring over at him, Youve already done more than enough.
I want to help you keep her away from Brant. She deserves better than that man and if you tell me whats hes done Chris started once again.
Do yourself a favor and back off Chris, Cameron warned him sharply, I strongly suggest you dont get in my way.
Im not trying to get in your way. Im trying to help Angel and Chris began again in a desperate plea to have Cameron help him get back into the loop once again.
If youre smart youll stay the hell away from my sister, Cameron informed him bluntly, because I dont want someone like you in her life.
What the hell is that supposed to mean? Chris scoffed in response.
It means that youre lower than pond scum and my sister was slumming when she invited you into her life. You caused her far too many problems already and she already has too many losers in her life. Ill deal with Brant, but dont make me deal with you, Cameron snarled at him before walking out of the office and leaving Chris to his thoughts about what was truly going on with Angela. Standing up taller Chris looked around Camerons office with a frown.
Sorry Cam, but not even your threats will keep me from finding the truth. I will discover whats going on with Angel whether you like it or not, Chris explained with a newfound determination ready to make his way into the hospital again in the hopes that this time he might get one step closer to discovering the truth about Angela and what happened to her.
Lets see, Nate stepped into his bedroom looking around
the room and letting out a deep sigh before sinking his teeth into the slice
of pizza he was holding onto. Finishing up the piece he shrugged his shoulders
before setting the box of pizza he took with him on the dresser next to his
television. I need to clean this place up.
Moving over toward the bed he pulled at all the sheets before holding them all in his arms tightly, looking around the room for a place to put them. Noticing his open closet, he dropped the sheets in the corner and then reached for the extra pair of sheets that Don had gotten him just in case.
Lets see, Nate rubbed his hands together quickly before hastily putting the sheets in over his bed, rubbing at them until then were good enough for him. It may be messy, but I think it says Nate all over it.
Walking back toward the television, Nate turned it on and grabbed the pizza box in his hands before walking over to one of his beanbag chairs and plopping down. Taking out another piece of pizza he stretched out his legs, hearing a small knock on his door.
Come on in, Nate called out seeing the door open a small amount before Matt stepped into the room and Nate motioned him to come in further. Seeing that Matt had another pizza in his hands Nate smiled and patted the beanbag chair next to him. Take a seat kiddo, I have one more.
Well, I cant stay long because the other two are still here, but I wanted to talk to you, Matt moved over toward Nate dropping down on the green beanbag chair before letting out a small noise. Trying to get comfortable her turned toward Nate, seeing his green eyes staring out into his. After all this Nate, are you mad at me?
Mad at you? Nate questioned with a mouth full of pizza realizing that perhaps it was possible that Matt didnt understand him when a laugh escaped his lips. Setting the pizza box on the floor, Nate rubbed his hands together before swallowing the last of his food. Why would I be mad at you kiddo? Honestly?
Well, I know what I did wasnt cool, Matt took in a long breath seeing Nates eyebrows arch up as Matt shrugged his shoulders and looked back toward the bedroom door. I just dont want you to be mad at me you know because you are my best friend.
Hey, how was that not cool? I have never seen someone order that many pizzas, that is so cool little man. I would have totally done the same, I was just being an idiot. Its something you do when you are an adult, Nate tried to explain seeing Matts eyes get wide before nodding slowly and Nate let out a small laugh reaching for Matt to come sit with him. Feeling Matt adjust in his lap Nate took in a long breath. Matt, no matter what you do, I will never ever be mad at you. Kiddo, youre my best friend too, I love you.
I love you too Nate, Matt smiled resting his head against Nates chest feeling Nate press a small kiss against his forehead as Matt gently tugged at Nates blonde hair hearing him laugh. I just never want to lose you. Other than my dad and my god father, youre my favorite person in the whole world. Id be lost without you, I want you to be my uncle forever.
Hey kiddo, you are never going to lose me, Nate replied with a small frown, pressing his index finger in under Matts chin to make the blue eyed boy stare up at him. You should know you are never going to lose me Matty. Even if Im not your uncle, Im always going to be your best friend. Ill always be here to cause trouble for you father and Ill always be here for you. I love you too much kiddo to leave you.
Okay, Matt wiped at his eyes seeing Nate get all teary eyed in the process as Matt shrugged his shoulders and sniffed in feeling Nate hold him in his arms and hold him in closer. Letting out a small laugh Matt snuggled his head in against Nates chest, feeling Nates chin rest against the top of his head. Can you tell I just saw a really sad movie?
Sad movie or not, I still love you kiddo, Nate smiled hugging him close before pressing another kiss against the top of his head, running his fingers through Matts hair. You got me all misty eyed now.
Im sorry, Matt wrapped his arms around Nates neck to hug him, feeling Nates hand press in against his back as Matt took in a long breath. I didnt mean to.
You have nothing to be sorry about because I think the tickle monster has come for its dues, Nate grumbled seeing Matts blue eyes grow wide as he went to move, but Nate held him in place tickling at his stomach over and over again hearing Matt howl out with laughter. Going to stop he shook his head moving in again to tickle at Matts stomach more hearing him giggle out with laughter even harder. Well, I think that about pays for it.
Nate, you always use my ticklish side to get to me, Matt wiped at his eyes letting out a small laugh before looking out at Nates arms seeing one of his tattoos sticking out from under the arm. I would assume that these hurt a lot.
Yeah, I was stupid when I got them. I like them, but boy little man--the first time I was crying like a baby, Nate rolled up his sleeve to show Matt seeing his blue eyes look it over carefully before grabbing a hold of Nates arm to look at the tattoo on his inner forearm. What do you think?
I think whoever did it has some talent, but he sure was lucky because he got to work on the greatest Nate in the world, Matt smiled seeing Nate smirk before hugging him tightly hearing Matt let out another laugh. You know Nate, I dont think Im up for anymore movies, maybe a video game will do. What do you think? Would you want to come out there with us and play? There are still a ton of pizzas out there.
Food and video games, that won me over, Nate slowly stood up with Matt in his arms feeling Matts arms tighten around his neck as he moved over toward the door. I'll only have another pizza under one circumstance.
And whats that? Matt questioned with a small laugh feeling Nate gently tickle at his stomach again and Matt shook his head slowly. Nate?
As long as you share it with me, Nate replied seeing Matt smile and nod slowly before Nate held Matt up in closer to him before walking back toward the living room. This is a pigs dream you know, all these pizzas. I think Im in heaven with all this food. I'll play a quick game with you guys, but I forgot that I have to go to work soon, but afterwards. I'm totally there with you little man, okay?
"Trust me Nate," Matt felt Nate set him down before letting out a small laugh seeing the way that Nate smiled down at him before reaching for another piece of pizza to chew on before sitting down on the floor with him. "If it's waiting for you I have to do, you're worth it. Trust me."
Hey kiddo, Don grinned seeing his younger sister standing outside
the door to his house as he looked behind where Lindsay was standing to see
Stacy and Daniel waiting for her in the car, Whats this?
Im here for Kayla, Lindsay explained glancing over her shoulder to where her friends were waiting, We were told she was here so
So you figured youd pick her up and take her out on your, Don paused dramatically before turning his attention to her once again, date?
Its not a date, Lindsay replied quickly feeling a nervousness overtake her. As you can see Stacys here.
And if shes anything like her mom is, then its going to be an interesting night for you, Don added worriedly before allowing her into his foyer. You know Linds, if you ever want to talk about anything, Im always here for you.
Why would you say that? Lindsay couldnt help but ask suspiciously after the way he kept looking at her. Don, whats going on?
I just heard a rumor that it might be worth keeping an eye on Daniel since he seems to have a problem keeping his lips to himself, Don blurted out as Lindsays eyes widened in surprise. A frown soon followed.
Youve been talking to dad, havent you? she questioned folding her arms in front of her chest.
He might have said a little something about that guy not being able to stay to himself, Don nodded before tossing out a stern look, Youre far too young to get wrapped up in the whole sex thing.
Hey, Im not the one that mom and dad need to be worried about, Lindsay tossed back at him with a huff. Youre the one who is overly obsessed with the sex thing from what Ive heard around town.
You heard wrong, Don corrected countering her accusation, People around town dont know what they are talking about. Besides, this isnt about me. Im old and youre
Youre old? Lindsay couldnt help but laugh. Don, if youre old, what does that make our parents?
Concerned that you might be getting in over your head, Don replied with another frown, Lets face it Linds. Most teenage guys are all about one thing.
And what might that one thing be? Lindsay fought to mask her amusement.
The one thing that will land him on a one way road to castration if he lays a hand on you. They are all predators because they arent sensible enough to be smart about things, Don offered up again thinking about how the idea of his sister dating frightened him. Trust me on this.
Spoken from experience? Lindsay arched a curious brow, Look Don, if youre really worried about me getting into something over my head, you dont have to. Im not ready to start thinking about having a child, so I cant even imagine stepping into that kind of situation. I mean sure I know that by doing that I wouldnt necessarily get pregnant, but right now I dont want to take the chance. Its not where my priorities are right now.
Good girl, Don reached out to pull her into an embrace, Keep it that way.
Dont worry, she couldnt help but tease him, I dont plan on taking after you anytime soon.
Try never, Don pulled back before hearing Kayla approaching, and remember if he tries to pull any funny stuff, you just call me and
Don, its not like that, Lindsay assured him confidently, Hes a nice guy and I like being around him. Hes a friend.
A friend who better not be putting you into any lip locks anytime soon, Don warned sharply.
Man, youre worse than dad sometimes, Lindsay couldnt help but laugh at his warning, but rest assured Ill make sure that my virtue is still very much in tact.
Im going to hold you to that Linds, Don added pointedly before seeing Kayla approaching with her backpack over her shoulder.
Hi Lindsay, Kayla waved excitedly, Im ready to go and have fun.
Good, Lindsay offered her hand out to Kayla, because were going to have a great time.
Awesome, Kayla smiled up at her before taking Lindsays hand in hers.
Not too much fun though, Don warned as Lindsay laughed again.
Trust me Don, itll be fun. Innocent fun, Lindsay finished with a small wave before walking out to the car again.
Thats what they all say, Don mouthed under his breath wondering if Daniel Ashford could be trusted with his little sister. He certainly hoped so because if not, Don would have to enlist Brants help in ensuring that Daniel realized that messing with his little sister was not an option.
So you know, I was just coming over to see how you were doing,
Kyle mentioned stepping back a bit as the three spread apart in the front
before Kyle threw the ball to Mindy seeing her catch it and nod slowly. So
how are you holding up kiddo?
Im doing pretty good, Mindy answered throwing the ball to Jason who caught it before throwing it back to Kyle, seeing the way that Kyle glanced at Mindy. Mindy shrugged her shoulders before looking over at Jason. Jason and I have been spending a lot of time together lately just hanging out, Ive really loved his company.
Is that so? Kyle questioned seeing Mindy nod slowly as Kyle threw the ball roughly at Jason seeing him catch it, but not before it slammed into his stomach making him hunch over and let out a small groan. My bad.
Damn, Jason coughed throwing the ball lightly to Mindy feeling like he had the breath stolen out of his lungs as he kneeled down to try and catch his breath. You have one hell of an arm.
Kyle used to be a football player and a baseball player, so he does have a pretty good throw, Mindy explained throwing it to Kyle who threw it back to her softly giving Jason some time to catch his breath. I know its hard to roll with the big boys Jason, but ,
Oh hey, its nothing, I just wasnt ready, Jason muttered standing up straight seeing the way that Mindy glanced at him with her blue eyes before throwing Kyle back the ball. Motioning Kyle to throw the ball Jason nodded slowly before letting out a small laugh. Come on big guy, give me your best.
No, I wont do that, but Ill give you something, Kyle threw the ball seeing Jason catch it but spin on his heels to clutch his stomach, coughing as Kyle glanced over at Mindy who was glaring at him. Shrugging his shoulders Kyle noticed Jason spin on his heel quickly to throw the ball and Kyle held up his hand catching it one handed. Throwing it back right after he caught it, Jason was hardly ready when the ball nailed him in the nose making him fall back to the ground. Ouch, thats going to leave a mark.
No, no, Jason slowly got up seeing the way that Kyle went to help him up and Jason shook his head slowly. Glancing over at Mindy, he saw the worry in her eyes before shaking his head slowly over and over. Wiping at his nose he double checked to make sure that there was no blood coming out of his nose. Dont worry about me. Im still good for this.
You sure? Mindy questioned seeing Jason nod before throwing the ball back to her. Glancing over at Kyle she saw him shrug before letting out a small laugh and she rolled her eyes. Okay, the guy that catches this one is the coolest guy in the whole world.
Mindy threw the ball up in the air randomly seeing it go up and both Kyle and Jason got ready for it, seeing it start to fall somewhere in the middle making them both dive for it. The two collided mid air making Kyle fall back to the ground and hit his head before Jason fell on his side making him let out a deep groan.
Obviously, neither one of you are the coolest guy, Mindy teased seeing Kyle and Jason roll out on their backs before she looked down at Kyle seeing him slowly rise up to a sitting position. Id hate to be the person married to you.
What? Kyle questioned thinking it twice before shaking his head slowly and letting out a deep sigh pressing his hand in against his back. Im getting too old for this kiddo, I could show off when you were twelve, but this is hard. Jason, you okay?
Im fine, Jasons voice came out in a deep breath as he slowly looked up from the ground and gave Mindy a thumbs up sign seeing the way she laughed. I just need to get the air back in my lungs.
Ill be back with two huge bags of ice, Mindy promised seeing both Jason and Kyle nod slowly before she stopped at the stairs seeing the both of them sitting now. Be nice to each other.
No problem kiddo, Kyle winked before glancing over at Jason once Mindy started to walk up the stairs. Seeing Jason frown and look back toward the ground, Kyle stood up reaching for Jasons hand to help him up. So, whats the deal? You have the hots for Mindy?
Thats not really the case, I just want to be her friend, Jason grabbed a hold of Kyles hand feeling Kyle help him up off the ground and to his feet. Wiping off his pants, Jason shrugged his shoulders before nodding over toward the stairs. What about you?
Kiddo, Ive got a girl at home who I love dearly. Mindy is like a little sister to me and I dont like seeing guys move in on her when she is hurt and feeling bad, Kyle informed Jason seeing Jason take in a deep breath before Kyle reached out to place his hand in over Jasons shoulder. She honestly doesnt need a prick like that in her life at this moment.
Kyle, Im not like that. I swear, shes a friend of mine, Jason insisted seeing Kyles hazel eyes glance over at him before Kyle wiped at his nose obviously feeling like he may have done something in the process too. I dont have a lot of those, so I cherish the ones I have.
Well, hopefully Ill be able to trust you enough to call you my friend Jason, Kyle held his hand out to Jason seeing him glance up for a moment before accepting the hand shake firmly. Just dont let me down and dont hurt Mindy. Thats all I ask of you to consider you my friend and if you let me down, I promise--you wont like it.
So what about him? Heather questioned motioning over towards
one of the waiters at the restaurant that she and Becca were at with Charles.
Is he more your type?
I dont really have a type Heather, Becca laughed lightly shaking her head as the man in question passed by. I mean hes cute, but
Too short right? Heather finished for her with a wrinkle of her nose. Perhaps youre more into tall, dark and handsome. Plus you probably dont want to get wrapped up with a waiter. They are insatiable flirts and usually play with that to get big tips.
The last thing I need is someone in my life who is a big flirt with the rest of the world, Becca shuddered at the thought before looking at Heather once again. I just want a really nice guy who wants to have some kind of future to build on. You know--someone who wants to have a wife and children and just be the man of my dreams.
Dont we all want that, Heather laughed lightly thinking about what shed had in Kyle. Here she had the dream that each and every woman was hoping for and she couldnt tell anyone about it. Her thoughts drifted back to her wedding day and to the time she and Kyle spent with one another. It was perfect for them, yet they had to keep quiet until they could go through the motions of another wedding just so that she didnt upset her best friend.
Oh come on. Im sure you have your prince there with Kyle, Becca mused with a grin, I see the way he looks at you. Hell, I bet you could have Kipp that way if you wanted him too. He gives you that look as well.
Kipp? Heather repeated snapping out of her daze. She turned to Becca and offered up a small laugh, Trust me Kipp does not look at me that way. If he did, then Im sure Kellen could quite easily scratch his eyes out.
Hes pretty possessive, huh? Becca inquired as Heather thought about her best friend.
More like protective of those he loves, Heather explained reaching for a forkful of her salad that was in front of her. You see hes just very loyal and over the top at times. He goes on his instincts and in doing so, well Kellen can be a bit hard to take at times.
I think its safe to say that the man hates me, Becca frowned in response bringing her hand up into her hair. I dont know what it is, but he seems to be ready to take my head off each and every time Im in the same room with him.
He just doesnt know you yet. Give him time and hell warm up to you, Heather waved her hand dismissively before stabbing a cherry tomato with her fork and dropping it into her mouth.
I just dont know about that. I mean it seems like every time Im with Kipp he just explodes. He starts throwing out these crazy accusations and the other day, well I didnt want to say this, but he exploded at me because I wore a perfume that you did, Becca lowered her voice a bit before looking around the restaurant. He actually pulled me into a corner and lectured me on how he didnt like me wearing that perfume because it was one that you wore. He went so far as to say he hated that I was wearing it as well because it was something that drove Kipp crazy when you wore it.
What? Heathers green eyes widened in surprise, That doesnt sound like Kellen at all.
Like I said the man hates me. He told me point blank that Kipp loves that perfume on you and that its a bit of a turn on. He got all up in my face about how I shouldnt be trying to toss out reminders to Kipp about what he had in you, Becca divulged with another tight frown, I mean I honestly didnt know it was something that you wear Heather. I didnt realize that my perfume would upset Kellen so much and after he snapped at me, well I really felt awful.
He was probably just having a bad day, Heather concluded wondering why her friend would behave so strangely. He really is one of the most laid-back easy going men you could ever meet. Im sure in time hell stop being so uptight around you.
I seriously doubt that, Becca sighed heavily ready to say something more when there was a crashing sound beside them. She looked up to see Sarah standing beside the table glaring down at Heather.
Well isnt this lovely, Sarah snarled down at Heather. Here you are stalking me yet again. What is it about this time Heather? Ready to steal my lunch right out from under me just like you stole Kyle?
Stole Kyle, Heather repeated with a sarcastic laugh, Oh Sarah you know full well that you were the one who blew things with Kyle. I didnt steal anyone. He went to where his heart always was.
No Heather, he just settled for second best because he wasnt man enough to hold onto his dreams, Sarah hissed in response, her dark eyes narrowing in on Heather. Just like every other man in your life hes just wasting his time until he can find something better. Once our baby is born hell see that he has something better and Im sure that youll realize how stupid you were to think that you could take him from me.
I seriously doubt that baby is Kyles, Heather snubbed Sarah in an attempt to ignore Sarahs rudeness. Besides, if you are having his son or daughter youre going to find that Kyles going to do what he can to get custody of his baby. He wouldnt leave his son or daughter to be raised by a witch like you.
On the contrary Heather once our baby is born, hes going to come running back to me, Sarah placed her hand over her abdomen proudly, Hell realize that you were nothing more than a little slut
Isnt that kind of like the pot calling the kettle black there Sarah? Heather arched a curious brow before shifting her eyes between Becca and Sarah. I mean unlike you Im not the one currently sleeping with half the male population in Coral Valley.
Why you Sarah started to lunge forward reaching out as if she was going to choke the life out of Heather.
Back off witch, Becca stepped up placing herself between Heather and Sarah before Sarah could finish the goal shed set out to do.
Who the hell are you? Sarah grumbled back at Becca, her dark eyes full of rage.
Someone who could make your life a living hell if you dont back off now. Leave Heather alone or Ill make you leave her alone, Becca warned sharply, a firm, warning glance carrying over her.
I dont know who you are, but you dont scare me, Sarah moved to push Becca aside only to feel Becca reach for her arm and yank it up behind her back to immobilize her.
Wrong answer, Becca kept Sarah at bay bending her arm in an uncomfortable fashion once again before shoving her away from the table. Now get lost before I have you thrown out.
This isnt over, Sarah huffed straightening out her blouse and rubbing her arm before walking away from the table with a stomp.
Where did you learn that? Heather couldnt help but ask surprised at what she saw when Becca took down Sarah.
Lets just say dealing with jerks in my life taught me how to take care of myself. Besides, she was totally asking for it, Becca explained reaching for her glass of water. She lifted it to her lips before pausing. I hope you dont think I was out of line there.
No not at all. I mean I probably couldve dealt with her, but for what its worth. Thank you. Heather replied with a bright smile thinking about how quick Sarah had left the restaurant after Beccas warning. While Kellen might not like Becca, Heather realized that maybe Kipps new assistant wasnt nearly as bad as Kellen had made it seem. Perhaps Becca was worth giving an opportunity to prove herself with Kellen.
Jewel stepped into the visitors room at the hospital Cori was under care
at and found herself met with an eerie feeling. While she didnt mind
being out in the public, the people that surrounded her left her with an uncomfortable
sensation that she couldnt quite shake. Her high heels clicked on the
marble flooring while her short skirt felt skin tight in the thick, air conditioned
room. Sure, she knew full well that shed raised a few eyes, but this
wasnt exactly the place to do it.
Cori, where are you, Jewel muttered under her breath spotting Cori across the room over by one of the windows. With a confident grin Jewel crossed the room ignoring the way a few men at one of the tables had been watching her. Sure, they could look all they liked, but even Jewel made a point not to date mental patients. With that thought on her mind, she stopped right beside Cori, who had a coloring book on the table in front of her.
How are you feeling? Jewel broke through Coris silence after she took a long glance at the book on the table. The word Diego was written over and over again in thick, red crayon and there were black scribbles over his name that extended onto the table. Jewel wrinkled her nose at what she saw, I take it youre still fixated on the guy who dumped you. What a pity.
Shut up Jewel, Cori mouthed in a low, snarl of a tone. Her long, blonde hair was tangled and mussed as she pulled her head up to shoot a dark glare at her sister. You dont know what Ive been going through here.
Maybe not, Jewel frowned taking a seat beside Cori and snatching the coloring book away from her. She held it up in the air to show her sister what a mess shed made, but I do know that this is counterproductive. They are never going to let you out of here if you keep obsessing over some jerk who ditched you. Its not worth your life Cori.
I love Diego and Diego loves me, Cori replied tightly her brown eyes wild with rage and confusion. He wants to be with me, but Sarah manipulated him.
No sweetheart, Sarah blew his mind in ways we really shouldnt get into here and he got lost in the moment. You, on the other hand, are making this far worse for yourself then it has to be. Here you could just get over Diego, say youre sorry for shooting him and then get out of here, Jewel closed the coloring book before setting it down on the far end of the table. Youre far too good for this place Cori and we both know it.
He said he loved me. He said that he cared about me and I know he does, Cori insisted shaking her head furiously. She raised her hands up to the side of her head balling them into fists as Jewel noticed the red and black crayon over her hands.
Sweetheart. Hes a man. Men like sex. They dont care who they get it from, just as long as they get it. Diego is no different than anyone else. You just wanted to believe that he was something special, Jewel reached out to pry Coris hands away from her ears. Cori, I know you dont want to hear it, but its time to move on. You need to stop obsessing over someone who wasnt all that great anyways.
He said he loved me Jewel. We were going to have a life together, Cori sniffled tears threatening behind her eyes. He made love to me and told me I was his princess and
Cori, he just took advantage of the fact that you had a crush on him all of these years. I mean I hate to be the one to break it to you, but he wasnt that great of a guy, Jewel hesitated before shooting Cori with a dose of reality.
No, he thinks Im special. He loves me. Hes always loved me even when I was younger. He thought I was beautiful, Cori insisted curling her lip in a pout. He thinks the world of me. He always has.
Cori, he slept with me a long time ago when we were younger, so I can assure you that he wasnt thinking about you back then, Jewel informed her bluntly watching Coris brown eyes twist with rage.
You lie! Cori shouted lunging forward and reaching out to choke Jewel.
Cori, what are you doing? Jewel gasped trying to move out of the way before Cori plowed her down to the ground. Within a matter of seconds Cori sprung on top of her wrapping her hands firmly around Jewels neck and squeezing.
Liar! Cori shouted capturing the attention of two of the orderlies in the room. They rushed over to pry Cori off of Jewel, but she was too strong. Jewel coughed and writhed beneath her sister trying to break loose, but before she could get the upper hand an orderly returned and injected Cori with something that caused her to spring back in a fury.
Get away from me you jerk, Cori swung around to punch the orderly right square across the jaw before the other man finished giving her the injection. Seconds later, she was being carried off by the two orderlies that had rushed to Jewels aid.
Oh my, Jewel gasped bringing her hand up over her chest as she saw her sister carted off out of the room. She reached for her purse still finding herself seated on the floor when she felt a hand move beside her.
Let me help you, a voice offered up as Jewel adjusted her purse so that it didnt come open. You know shes been making great progress lately and shes just a bit wound up. She didnt mean to do that to you.
Oh she meant it. Shes lost her damned mind and, Jewel accepted the hand feeling it pull her up off of the ground before she came face to face with the owner of the hand. Suddenly she perked up smiling at him beyond recognition. Nate.
Jewel, he spoke her name flashing her a small smile before nodding, What are you doing here? I didnt expect to see you here.
I came here to see my fruit loop sister, Jewel motioned to the doors where Cori was taken out of the room, but you see how well that one went.
Well, um Nate cleared his throat uneasily, I didnt realize she was your sister.
Yeah surprise, Jewel shrugged her shoulders, tossing her long, blonde hair behind them, I come from a bit of a strange family.
I dont think its that strange. As I said Coris been making great progress and Nate watched her step forward to place her fingers over the front of his chest while she smiled.
You never told me you were a doctor here at the hospital, Jewel mouthed taking note of what he was wearing. I just thought you were some cute little surfer or something
Well I um, Nate cleared his throat again, finding himself very aware of the nearness of Jewel. He flashed back to the last time hed seen her and he grinned proudly, Well I dont like to brag about that.
You have plenty of reason to brag, Jewel licked her lips, a wide grin sweeping over her, So much so that I have a confession to make.
Whats that? Nate practically gulped unable to deny how hot she was standing in front of him.
Truth be told Ive always wanted to have sex with a doctor while he was at work. You know--kind of a thrill of being caught in a closet or something, she wiggled her brow at him suggestively, her palm sliding down to his abdomen, and since youre a doctor and at work
Are you trying to say that Nate gulped again feeling her hand press in against the center of his pants.
Doctor I have an ill that only you can cure with your big, hard stethoscope, she blurted out in a brazen tone pushing herself up against him. Think you can sneak away for five minutes and we can pick up where we left off the other day?
Um, Nate surveyed the room seeing one of his supervisors glaring at him. He was in there watching a few of the patients while they were taking some vocational classes, but now that Jewel was right in front of him just begging for him to show her a good time, he found himself ready to blow his community service altogether to have another shot at Jewel. His eyes snapped to hers again, Tell you what. I have to finish with a patient in here, but if you give me five minutes I can promise you that Ill find a way to make that fantasy a reality for us. Come to think of it, how about we meet out near the lounge in say five minutes?
Five minutes, Jewel repeated with another bright smile before nodding, I like that. Five minutes it is.
Great, Nate felt her lean forward to kiss him on the cheek before she stepped back. She threw out a wave before walking out of the visitors room. Nate glanced over at his supervisor seeing that the man was clearly preoccupied with something else and Nate took the opportunity to make his exit. He thought about what was waiting for him and couldnt help but be excited.
He passed by the doctors area before turning around and walking back into the room. He listened for a moment making sure he was alone before walking over to the locker area. He waited for a moment before pulling open one of the lockers and grabbing a few things from one of the doctors bag to ensure that Jewel would truly be able to have her fantasy of being with a doctor. Grabbing a stethoscope, he wrapped it around his neck and vowed that he would have something to remember that would tide him over for a long time.
Whats really going on Dave? Carly questioned snuggling
in closer to her husband as they sat in the middle of their living room enjoying
the lunch break that theyd taken away from the rest of the world. While
theyd talked about going to one of the restaurants by her office, hed
decided that hed much rather spend the time with her at home at least
for a little while. Feeling her touch his shoulder gently, he couldnt
help but feel guilt eating away at him. Honey?
Im sorry that I overreacted earlier, Dave apologized thinking about his animosity towards Ken, I know that I promised I would be supportive about you wanting to take a step in a positive direction with moving forward in your career, yet
The idea of me being around Ken isnt one that youre exactly thrilled with, she finished for him knowing full well where their conversation was headed.
I wish I could say that I would be perfectly fine with all of this, but that isnt the case, Dave sighed meeting her worried dark eyes again. I wish I could say that Im over what Kens done, but when I think about all of the hurt he inflicted upon all of us.
Ken was hurting himself. It doesnt justify his actions, but he was in a dark place for such a long time, Carly placed her hand over the center of his chest before snuggling in closer to him.
I know, he sighed closing his eyes and finding his thoughts lingering to Cori, When someone is in that position, its easy to lose yourself if you arent careful. I know I should try to be more open minded and forgiving, but when I think of all Kens done
Ken wont be a problem, she promised him before tipping her head up to meet his eyes again. Dave, whats really going on? Is this about Ken or Cori?
Am I that obvious, Dave reopened his eyes and met her worried glance, Carly, I wish I could say that I felt everything was going to be alright, but Im worried about her. When I think about what shes been through in her life already, it just makes this even more difficult.
Shes getting help Dave, Carly massaged his chest gently, I know that she doesnt see it right now, but being in therapy in the hospital will be good for her. It might give her the tools to pull her life together again.
I dont know if thats ever going to be possible, he sighed feeling a tension carry over him before he looked to his wife once again, Coris been hurt so much already at this point and I feel like Im turning my back on her by putting her in there.
Its better than the alternative. If Diego decides to go forward with pressing charges against her, then Carly noted thinking about the man Cori had shot.
I know what that would mean, Dave cut her off abruptly, but this isnt entirely Coris fault. Shes been looking for someone to latch onto for years and unfortunately Diego was just the unlucky fool who thought that being in a relationship with Cori would be okay for him.
They seemed good together when I first met him, Carly admitted thinking about Coris former boyfriend. I dont see how they could have fallen so far so fast.
Cori just leaps in over her head with everything she does. She gets obsessive and before anyone knows it shes ten steps ahead of the rest of the world. Shes ready to take everyone on and make things fit into her picture perfect idea of how things should be, but it doesnt work that way, Dave revealed with another exaggerated sigh, Shes been hoping to find a normal life for so long that she goes to the extreme and it always costs her more than she should risk.
Dave, I know this last time when she shot Diego it was intense, but Carly started again only to see him shake his head in refusal to allow his thoughts to consume him.
I dont want to get into this. Right now I want to focus on you and on how good it feels to hold you like this, Dave squeezed her in closer to him, Its been far too long since weve been able to share this with one another. I missed this.
So have I, Carly sighed snuggling in closer to him, It seems like our house hasnt been our own in a long time with everyone coming and going.
Im starting to feel like Im a child again and my sisters are still with me, only there is the added bonus of having you around, Dave tipped his head in to kiss her tenderly, If I would have had that then maybe just maybe I might have found myself enjoying life a lot more back then.
Im sorry I cant change what happened back then, but maybe I can help work on whats going on right now, she suggested tipping her head up towards him, her dark eyes narrowing in on his lips for a long moment. Finally she brushed her mouth against his in a feathery light kiss, Now this is more like it.
Indeed, Dave murmured bringing his arm around her waist and pulling her into his lap. He eased his fingers up through her hair crushing her in closer to him when his pager began to vibrate. Groaning he pulled back and sighed, I dont believe this.
I do, Carly shook her head while fighting to repress her disappointment in the real world calling to her husband, It was too good to be true.
Im sure its nothing, Dave reached for his pager only to discover it was the station, Damn it.
I have to get back to work anyways, Carly sighed sliding off of his lap and readjusting her skirt while she sank onto the couch cushions. Well just have to schedule this in for later.
I hate that we have to schedule this time in together, his frown intensified as his pager went off again alerting him to the fact that he was needed back at work.
Itll be worth the wait, Carly reached for his hand squeezing it gently before leaning in to steal a quick kiss from him, I love you.
I love you too, he whispered in response wanting to savor the moment however brief it would be before reality kicked in. I promise things wont be so hectic sooner or later.
Ill be here regardless of how hectic it is. At the end of the day well always come back home to one another, she promised kissing him one last time as she hoped that somehow things would pick up for her husband and bring on a more positive spin. Come on. You can drop me off on the way back to the station.
I hate the idea of taking you back, but I promise you that later well make up for this, he assured her standing up and reaching for her hand to help her up as well.
I know we will, she smiled back at him before the two left to go face the reality that was waiting for them back at work. Even though their time together had been brief, it was a nice change from the typical craziness that the day in Coral Valley could provide them with. Perhaps later they might find their way into a bit more of the quiet time together. At least she was hoping that would happen.
Kellen, can I talk to you, Brant stepped back into the room that
Kellen was still regrouping in. He moved in beside him and spoke up with a
small voice. I know that youre still adjusting to all of the news
that was tossed onto your lap, but I need to talk to you about Angela.
Brant, I am so sorry about all of this, Kellen reached for Brants hand squeezing it gently. I know how much you and Angela were looking forward to being married and now that she and I are
Its okay, Brant offered up a small smile, I dont think that this will be a problem for us. If anything this is a help since youve given me something to hold onto. That is if you will let me in to see her. Right now I need to be with her and while I know youre still trying to regroup, I need you to let me go in there with her. Cameron wants to throw me out and
I know how much you love her. Believe me I know full well how much you love her and she loves you since I saw it first hand, Kellen mused thinking back to when hed walked in on Brant and Angela at the party. His blue eyes shifted over to Kipp and he grinned widely, He loved her quite well actually.
Yes I did, Brant nodded in agreement, but right now I want to be in there with her and my children. I need to be close to her so that I can be there when she wakes up. Cameron wants to keep me away from her, but I dont want to leave her. Up until we learned that you were her husband they were trying to kick me out, but now, well now youre my key to seeing her. Kellen you have to let me in there. Please tell me that youll let me see her.
I dont have a problem with that, Kellens eyes shifted over to where Kevin now stood in the other corner of the room. You dont either, do you?
Kevin stayed silent for a long moment before finally nodding, No I dont have a problem with it. In fact I would like to go in and see her as well.
Then go. You have my full permission, Kellen waved his hand on at the both of them before pausing. You dont need that in writing or anything do you because I really dont have a pen at this point.
I dont think its necessary at this point there Kellen, but well let you know if we need it, Kevin patted his shoulder gently, Just take it easy and get better, okay?
Okay, Kellen nodded in response watching the two men head off to Angelas room before he focused on Kipp. I just cant believe that this is happening. I mean I never expected that I would be the one that married Angela. I never thought that I would be married like this to any woman for that matter.
Its okay, Kipp replied massaging Kellens shoulder, Once Angela is in the clear I can work up the annulment papers and you can work on becoming a single guy again.
I honestly can tell you that day cant come fast enough. Well, I wont be exactly single because we have one another, but still, Kellen let out an ironic laugh. I have to tell you if Cary was here he wouldve died on the spot. Can you imagine how pissed he wouldve been?
To be honest with you I really dont remember too much about your brother other than he and Angela had a terrible marriage, Kipp admitted thinking back to the years when Angela and Cary had been together. He wasnt well liked by Cyrus either from what I recall.
Thats because Cyrus and even Cameron saw through my brother. He was always working an angle and even with Angela he was looking out for himself, Kellen frowned thinking back to his older brother, If he was alive today not only would he be ready to murder me, but Angela would be in some serious danger. He wouldnt take her moving on too lightly and that worries me.
Hey, you dont have to worry about it. Cary is gone and you, well soon youll be a free man again, Kipp embraced him as Kellen let out a long sigh.
I cant wait for that day to come, Kellen revealed as his thoughts lingered back to the brother that had made his life miserable. Seeing Andy had reminded him of Cary, but now well now he knew full well that the past wouldnt come back to haunt him again. Cary was long gone and that in itself was a great relief.
Michelle stepped out of the shower reaching for her towel as she thought
about the plans shed had with Valerie. While both of them had been plotting
to recapture Kevin and Seths attention, they had both been batting on
empty with one another. To top it off she was getting sick and tired of all
the run ins with Ken and his little saint of a girlfriend. It was bad enough
that Brant had dug her up out of nowhere to humiliate Michelle on her wedding
day, but to now have to endure Ken and his holier than thou attitude was enough
to make Michelle want to puke.
They arent going to win, Michelle vowed reaching out to wipe the steam away from the mirror in front of her. She pressed her hand to the mirror and let out a gasp when she spotted someone standing behind her. She spun around with a horrified expression only to see a pair of familiar blue eyes staring down at her.
You looked a whole hell of a lot better without the towel, he explained his gaze sweeping in over her curves. Lazily he reached out to touch a strand of her damp, blonde hair before smiling, but then again you always did look better naked.
How can you be Michelle blinked back in confusion feeling his hand press in over her damp skin. She felt his arm curve around her waist drawing her in against him before his thick grin expanded.
Baby the hows and the whys arent important, but what is important now is that Im back and better than ever, he replied curving his palm around the back of her neck. Ive missed you.
Cary, but how she blinked back at him, surprise registering over her face. The last time I saw you was that night that Kevin did what he did and
You thought I was dead huh? he let out an amused laugh before shaking his head. Not even close, though it felt that way the last few years, but for what its worth Im back and ready to pick up right where we left off sweetheart starting with you and me finding a way to get rid of that towel.
But, Michelle felt his lips come crashing down over hers while he yanked at her towel and pushed her up onto the counter top. She pulled back ever so slightly watching him pull his shirt over his head before he started to kick out of his pants. I just cant believe that youre here. I just thought you were gone and
Im not going anywhere ever again, he promised stepping forward and taking her into his arms again knowing full well that the time was right for him to stop pretending and start reclaiming what was rightfully his starting with Michelle and his plans for the future!
...to be continued...