Stretching out her arms, Mindy saw the sunlight coming in through the blinds,
shining in her eyes waking her from her slumber. Turning around in her bed
she reached for her pillow pulling it in closer to her and hugging it tightly.
Its too early, Mindy groaned looking at the clock and throwing the pillow over her head and trying to block the light out of her eyes. Even though she was tired, she knew that once she was awake there was no way she was going to be able to get back to sleep in the long run. Turning onto her back she let out a long breath pushing her hair back behind her ears after pulling the pillow away from her face. There is no winning at getting some sleep any day.
Thinking back to the earlier night she sat up in the bed looking around the room before taking in a long shallow breath. Last night when she had invited Nate to hang out with her and Jason they had gone out to the club even though Nate and Jason had warned her it wasnt a good idea. She just wanted a chance to break free from everyone worrying about her.
It wasnt that bad of an idea, she muttered to herself standing up from the bed walking into the bathroom to reach out and grab her toothbrush from the counter and turning the water on. Thinking back to before they left, she remembered dancing with Jason first, but then danced with Nate for what seemed like forever. He was so fun and such a goofball, in fact it was really nice for him to take them both home. Letting out a small gasp she finished up and walked out to her bedroom and grabbed her watch. Nate.
Walking out into the living room she remembered Nate wanting to stay over night to make sure she would be okay and not be able to get hurt. Wondering if he was still here she walked out into the living room to see that no one was on the couch.
Nate? Mindy saw that his keys were still on the table as a soft snoring noise came from the corner of the room and she saw someones feet stick out from under the table making her move in closer to him. Going to the other side she saw Nate sleeping on a pillow under the table and she let out a small laugh. Nate?
What? Nate questioned sitting up in a panic only to have his head collide with the table above him hearing Mindy let out a small gasp as he pressed his hand in over the center of his head. His green eyes stared up into her blue eyes as he let out a small laugh. Everything all right?
Yeah, with me, Mindy gulped down getting down on the ground and moving the chairs away from the table so she could lie down on the floor with Nate. Seeing him get on his elbow to stare out at her she looked up at the bottom of the table. Why are sleeping under the table.
I dont know actually, Nate laughed shrugging his shoulders thinking of an answer to try and give her a good one before shaking his head slowly. I actually have no idea how I ended up here. Its kind of a shocker for me too.
Seriously? Maybe sleep walking, she teased seeing him push back his sandy blonde hair before letting out a small laugh and shaking his head slowly. I do it sometimes, I would understand if that was what it was.
Maybe I just wanted something a lot firmer on my back? he suggested feeling a pain build up in his back before letting out a small laugh and pressing his fingers in over the small of his back. Something really rough on the back.
Well, how about some breakfast to make it better? Mindy offered up seeing the way Nate nodded slowly and sat up carefully making sure he didnt hit the bottom of the table. Not even realizing what he was doing she sat up only to feel her head collide with the table this time making her fall back into Nates arms. Okay, that does hurt a bit.
Now we can have matching bruises, Nate teased pressing his fingers in over the center of her head hearing her let out a small whimper as he led her out from under the table carefully before pulling her into his arms. Now, I think we should stay away from any low hanging poles and things like that.
I dont think we have any here, Mindy laughed rubbing at her head before motioning him into the kitchen as she walked over to the fridge to look things over. How do you feel about eggs and some orange juice.
Add some toast into the mix, he reached for the white bread from the counter before heading over toward the toaster. Unless of course you have something against toast. Then we wont have to have toast.
No, I dont mind, she chuckled seeing him shoot her back a small smile before she pulled out the pan and got everything else ready before turning to meet Nates eyes. She saw the way that way he was already staring out at her as she let out a long sigh. Whats on your mind?
I was just thinking about last night, Nate explained seeing her nod slowly as he stepped forward toward the cabinet seeing the way her eyes widened when he pulled out the peanut butter. I got hungry last night, so I knew where it was.
Oh, she whispered watching him shrug as he pulled open the drawer for a butter knife making her wonder how long she was really out for him to go through all that stuff. You like peanut butter on your toast? I do too.
Then I guess Im going to be putting it on all the pieces then, Nate shrugged seeing her nod before turning to face the scrambled eggs that were already done and he cleared his throat uneasily. Hey Mindy? Whats up with that Jason guy?
Jason? The one with us last night? Mindy muttered seeing Nate nod slowly before taking a small glance back at her over his shoulder with his green eyes. Hes just one of my friends, thats all I trust him with everything that I am.
You trust him? Well, I would think that you would trust him enough to tell you the truth. The guy obviously has it out for you, Nate muttered seeing the way that Mindy pressed her hand over her chest letting out a small laugh. No sweetheart, Im being serious. The way he looks at you is somewhat scary and obvious at the same time.
Nate, stop joking around, Mindy brought her hand against his shoulder hearing the way that Nate shook his head slowly before taking in a long breath. Hes my friend and thats all hell ever be. Trust me when I say that.
Jason, its time to get up so we can make some breakfast,
Deana knocked on his door hearing nothing from the other side as she opened
to see that he wasnt in his room. Hearing a noise coming from the living
room she tiredly walked in to see Jason holding onto the remote flipping channels
over and over again until stopping on the cartoon network. Did you ever
go to sleep last night.
I wasnt tired, Jason explained pulling his legs up on the couch and lying flat on his back as he saw Deana step in front of him to block his view. Deana, Im trying to watch cartoons. Please move?
Am I talking to Jason right now or am I talking to Zane? Deana questioned walking over and sitting on Jasons stomach hearing him groan out in the process. Feeling him move underneath her until he was comfortable with her weight over him he reached for the remote and switched on another cartoon channel. Why are you being so cry babyish?
Im not a cry baby, Jason pouted feeling her elbow dig into his chest as he let out a loud groan seeing the smile press in over her lips as he hissed back at her in response. Nothing is wrong with me, I just came home last night and decided I wasnt tired.
Youre acting like a baby, Deana pointed out again bringing her hand in the over the center of his chest, slapping at it roughly and hearing him let out a small whimper and glaring out at her. What did you do last night?
Would you stop beating me up? he begged seeing his sister shrug her shoulders before he took in a long shallow breath and shrugged his shoulders in response also. You know I hung out with Mindy last night and I was just going to the club with her and her guy friend before I came home. Thats all.
So you went to the club with Mindy, why would you be upset about that? You had fun didnt you? Deana questioned thinking about what he had just said before taking in a long breath and itching her chin. Is this because of the guy friend you mentioned? Are you jealous of a guy that was hanging out with Mindy?
No, why would you say something like that? Jason blurted out seeing her dark eyes widen as he took in a long breath and shook his head staying firm to his answer. Trust me, I was the one she decided to dance with first. Yeah, she danced with him to more songs, but thats because they were short songs. Its not like she likes him more than me.
Whoa, Jason. The more you babble on about why you are being a cry baby, the more Im starting to think you have a thing for Mindy, she pointed out seeing his blue eyes widen before letting out a small laugh and shaking his head slowly. Are you sure? You sound like a jealous little boy right now because Mindy is hanging out with someone else. Is that the case?
Dee, Im not sick, Jason blurted out seeing her nod slowly before staring him straight in the eyes when he shook his head slowly. I would never ever take advantage of someone who lost a person they cherished so much like that. I care for her too much to do that.
Of course you wouldnt do that, she mumbled sarcastically feeling him push her off his stomach and to the ground in a thud. Letting out a small groan she turned to face him with a laugh seeing the way that he looked out at her. Oh come on Jason, you can tell that you like her. You spend so much time with her that its obvious you have a crush on her. I know for a fact that you do, its clearer than anything youve done in a long time.
So what if I do? Jason blurted out seeing her nod slowly as she
sat up straighter watching him sit back up and shake his head slowly. You
cant help when you get a crush on someone. You know as well as me that
it just happens sometimes.
Are you sure that its something that should be happening though? Deana questioned seeing the way Jason shrugged his shoulders and looked away from her. She stood up slowly, shrugging her shoulders not sure what else to say to her twin as she took in a long breath. I dont know what to tell you Jason. I just hope you know what you are doing.
I cant believe this is actually ours, Blake mused with
a wide grin walking through the foyer leading to the front door now that Seth
and Grady had returned with oversized boxes in their hands. Her blue eyes
grew wide with excitement as both men breezed past her with the things for
the kitchen, I mean when I think about how incredible this place is,
I cant believe that it just fell into our lap like this.
What can I say, Seth set down the box he was holding before looking to Grady, I had a little help in getting things going.
Hey, you did most of the work, Grady laughed lightly before shaking his head, I just helped push the process through a little bit faster for the both of you. You got a good deal on it and since the family of the original owners were just looking into selling it so they could move down south, it only pushed the deal into concluding faster.
I still couldnt have done it without your help, Seth reminded him thinking about all Grady had done to make this new phase of his life with Blake possible. You were able to sweet talk them into bringing this to just the right price range and
And I would have done it for anyone I considered family, Grady assured him setting a box down before looking around the kitchen, though I have to tell you that youre going to have a lot of work cut out ahead of you with what youre planning to do in here with renovations. Personally I think things are great as they are, but I can see why you might want to upgrade a few things.
Weve decided that renovations wouldnt hurt, Blake glanced over at the kitchen sink, Especially in here. Dont get me wrong I love to cook, but I really think that were going to need to get the wiring checked out since there is a faulty outlet and well, shamefully I dont think I can make it without a dishwasher.
Good thing Grady was able to help us with that one as well, Seth informed her with a bright grin, He just finished redecorating his kitchen and was going to donate his old one. Its pretty nice.
It might not be an industrial one like you had at your old place, Grady began thinking about what was in the oversized Ashford kitchen, but its a pretty good one. I wasnt sure I would part with it, but Deana convinced me that it really didnt fit with the new look of the kitchen.
She did huh? Blake couldnt help but crack a smile, It sounds like you depend on her for a lot these days I mean with having her help you redesign your kitchen and all
Shes pretty good at bossing me around, Grady revealed with a hint of a smile as he thought back to his previous night with Deana. Very good at it.
Which is what you need Im sure, Blake looked over to the table where one of the stray boxes sat on the center. She stepped forward and pulled it into her arms, This should go upstairs to the bedroom.
Ill take it up for you, Seth offered watching her shake her head.
No, I can handle it. You two get the big stuff, so I can manage this, she explained in a matter of fact tone before going to the staircase.
I guess that settles it, Grady pointed towards the doorway, Want to go get the dishwasher out of my truck?
Sounds like a plan, Seth nodded in agreement before walking out behind Grady. After a moment he thought about what Grady had been saying to Blake, You know I think its really great that you found someone again Grady.
Huh? Gradys green eyes widened in surprise, I mean oh yeah.
Deanas great, Seth confessed leaning in against the side of Gradys truck while he worked to bring the back door down. I mean I know that Im probably not the one you expected to be hearing it from, but shes got a lot of spunk. Shes witty and sarcastic, but in a good way. Shes a really wonderful person.
She really is, Grady paused long enough to look over at Seth, but that doesnt mean that I loved Jade any less considering that
I never doubted your feelings for my sister, Seth waved his hand in the air dismissively before standing up taller, Granted I didnt always approve of them when I thought you two were mismatched in the beginning, but I was wrong. I was just so afraid that she would get hurt entering into a relationship with you considering the age differences.
I wish I could have made life easier on her when she was with us, Grady sighed thinking about the obstacles that she and Jade faced with one another. I spent so much time dealing with my own demons that I missed out on so many special moments.
Every moment you had with Jade was special to her, Seth informed him point blank, My sister was used to taking on a big challenge and she had the greatest one of her life with you. You taught her what it was like to be loved--to have real love and experience happiness in her life. My only regret is that she lost it far too soon in her life, but Im grateful for the joy that you gave her when she was alive.
She was a miracle in my life Seth, Grady added reaching out to pat Seth on the shoulder as both men were overcome by their emotions in remembering Jade. If it wasnt for her, I wouldnt be the man that I am today. I wouldnt be able to open my heart to anyone else and experience any kind of love. Id be lost in my own self-loathing. Because of Jade I can finally break free of the hold that the past had over me.
Shed be so proud of you, Seth noted with a tiny nod, She loved you so very much that I know wherever she is right now, shed be happy to see that you are at peace with yourself. I know shed approve of Deana being the woman youre sharing your life with now. I know Jade wished it was her, but Im sure wherever she is now shes looking down on you and keeping you in her thoughts and prayers from above.
Shes been my guardian angel even at my low points, Grady leapt up into the back of his truck and motioned for Seth to get ready to grab the dishwasher. You ready for this?
Sure, Seth nodded in response moving in position to help ease the dishwasher off of the truck bed.
You have it? Grady questioned feeling Seth pulling the dishwasher further off the bed of the truck.
Yeah, Seth nodded as the two men maneuvered the dishwasher off of the truck and back into the house. They carried it over to the kitchen and set it down near where Blake wanted it to be installed. As they stepped back Seth looked to Grady again, You sure you know how to install one of these things?
My father taught me at a young age to be able to work my way around the house, Grady added with a small laugh, He had Russ and I trained to build a house with our own hands if we have to. Im sure I can set it up with my eyes closed if need be.
Was your father a contractor? Seth arched a curious brow.
Nah, he was more of a salesman through the years, Grady admitted with a small laugh, Though he would have made a lot more money if he was a contractor. He built our family cabin with only the help of his brother truth be told.
Really? Seth mused with a curious expression, That says a lot right there.
Yeah, that my father had way too much time on his hands when we were growing up, Grady teased hearing Blake walk down the stairs to join them again.
Sarahs here, Blake announced excitedly as she turned to the front door where Seth and Grady had walked in. Seconds later Sarah entered the house and made her way into the kitchen.
I see you have been busy, Sarah announced with a smile as her eyes shot over in Gradys direction. Her smile faded and she stood up taller placing her hands on her hips and glaring at the man whod helped Kyle set her up on her wedding day. Very busy apparently.
You know now that I think about it I think theres a box that I need to get from the truck for this, Grady blurted out quickly as he stepped past Sarah knowing full well that the last thing he wanted to do was get into a debate with Kyles ex-fiancée when he knew damn well that Sarah Marx was nothing but trouble!
Heather, Kyles voice pressed in over her ear as Heather
pushed away at him trying to get in more sleep for the morning feeling Kyles
hands press in over her hips. Come on baby wake up.
Kyle, go away, Heather pushed at his chest roughly hearing him let out a deep laugh before moving in over her and grabbing both of her wrists in his hands. Kyle, I want to sleep. Please leave me alone.
Im sorry, thats not in my agenda today, Kyle teased seeing the way her tired green eyes stared up at him as she tried to get her hands away from him. Letting out a small laugh he dipped down to press small kisses against her jaw line hearing her let out a small breath. I dont think thats really what you want either.
Kyle, you never play fair, Heather pointed out feeling the way his lips pressed in over the side of her neck as she arched up into him letting out a long sigh. One day, Im going to get you back for all this though.
Trust me, Im better off with less sleep. I get more things done anyways, Kyle pointed out feeling her fingers press in over his belt as he let out a long sigh shaking his head slowly. Sorry honey, thats not what I woke you up for. If we did that, I dont think your son would be very happy with me leaving him.
Whoa, wait a second, she pushed him off her roughly onto his back standing to her feet hearing him let out a small laugh as she pressed back her messy blonde hair. You left my son somewhere? Where is he Kyle?
In the kitchen, its been two minutes. Calm down, Kyle laughed seeing her worried green eyes now turn back to normal as he stood up and she moved over to him pressing at his chest. Go see him, hes just eating his breakfast.
You scared the crap out of me Kyle, Heather pointed out hearing him let out a small chuckle before shaking his head slowly and following her out into the room. Once walking into the kitchen she saw all the food that was spread out over the table. Letting out a small laugh she looked back at Kyle seeing the way he nodded and smiled. You know Im not much of a breakfast person.
Right, I know. You dont eat meat, but thats why I put that on my side of the table, Kyle replied pulling her seat out for her and letting her sit down. We both cant have eggs and we both cant have much milk, but that will be okay. I made you some waffles and look there are strawberries on top.
And they are shaped like a heart, Heather laughed seeing him nod slowly as she looked to Charless dark eyes watching the way her son ate the food Kyle placed out for him. How in the world did you do that?
Yeah, I know these are for cookies, but somehow I thought it might work and it did, Kyle picked up the cookie cutter he used hearing her let out a small laugh as his nose wrinkled laughing himself. Looking to Charles Kyle pointed to him seeing Heathers eyebrows arch up as he motioned her to wait. Ive been trying to get him to say mama and he has been getting really close.
Kyle, honestly, Heather reached out for him while seeing Kyle repeat his words over and over again before glancing over at her. I dont think he is ready to say it yet and ,
Mmmm , Charles got out trying to copy Kyle as he smiled and glanced over at Heather seeing her scoot her chair in closer to Kyle. Charles heard Kyle egg him on as he shook his head slowly letting out a loud laugh and covering his eyes.
Maybe if you make him say something else, Heather hit Kyle in the shoulder seeing him staring out at her with hazel eyes. Try and get him to say dada, that might be easier.
Kipps not here though and that would confuse him, I can try Kyle, he began seeing her nod slowly as Kyle scoot his chair forward seeing the way that Charles laughed at him. Come on kiddo, can you say Kyle. Say Ky holy shit.
Kyle, Heather snapped seeing him fall back in his chair and out on the floor as she turned to see Kellen walking into the kitchen as she heard Charles laugh at what Kyle did. Kellen, how in the world did you get in here?
Honestly Kyle, trying to get her son to say that isnt right,
Kellen pointed out seeing Kyle get up from the floor angrily as he threw his
hands in the air grabbing the seat next to Kyle and sitting down. I
knew that you guys never really locked the doors that much so I just decided
to come in and say hello. Didnt mean to scare you Kyle.
You didnt scare me, Kyle rubbed at his shirt before putting his chair back up and sitting down before hearing Heather let out a small laugh. You honestly just caught me off guard, thats all.
Sure honey, keep telling yourself that, Kellen chuckled looking over at Kyle with his blue eyes as he saw Kyle look the other way. Reaching out to pat Kyle on the shoulder, he shook his head slowly before taking in a long shallow breath. He reached down to grab a piece of sausage from one of the plates before taking a quick bite. Heather Babes, I have so many problems and right now, I really need to speak with you.
Are you sure that I cant get you a coffee or something?
Becca questioned watching Kipp yawn for the third time since shed entered
his office. The dark circles under his eyes were a telltale sign that he hadnt
had enough sleep and now that he was practically snoozing off in his chair,
she knew that he had to be exhausted.
No, but thanks for the offer, he waved his hand dismissively, Im trying to cut back on caffeine since I think Kellen should do the same. Hes always so bubbly and bouncy, but well lets just say that right now I dont think a coffee would really help.
Why not? she questioned arching a curious brow. I mean I could get you a soft drink or something. I think I have a Diet Coke or two in my office and
Thanks, but Im going to pass, Kipp replied with another yawn. I guess my lack of sleep is just getting to me these days. Last night was just really long and it left little to be desired in the area of sleep if you will.
Did something happen with Charles? she questioned worriedly.
No, not at all. Thank God, Kipp replied with a relieved breath before running his fingers through his hair. Truth be told I was at the hospital all night with Kellen.
Is something wrong? she arched a curious brow as she sat up straighter.
No, not really, Kipp paused for a moment before letting out an ironic laugh, Although if you ask Kellen about it, he might wind up telling you it was a major catastrophe that he lived through.
What do you mean? Becca couldnt help but ask now that her curiosities got the best of her.
I really shouldnt be getting into this, Kipp pondered the thought for a long moment before shaking the thought, Never mind.
No tell me, she goaded him on further. Id love to know what it is that Kellens done that had you out of bed all night at the hospital.
Its really not that big of a deal, Kipp pondered the thought for a moment, Though I have to admit Ive never seen Kellen so shocked and surprised before.
If you keep being so cryptic Im going to have to find a new way to wrangle the truth out of you, she tossed back at him with a frown, Spill it Kipp.
Fine, he reluctantly decided, but remember you didnt hear this from me.
My lips are sealed, she promised bringing her fingers over the center of her lips while pretending to seal them off.
Okay, truth be told Kellen was at the hospital checking in on an old friend when he discovered, Kipp paused another laugh erupting from behind his lips, It is rather comical when you really think about it.
So whats the joke youre not telling me? she urged him on further.
Well, it turns out that his friend was in an accident of sorts, which is no laughing matter, but as it turns out she was married to his brother--at least thats what everyone thought, Kipp divulged thinking about the expression on Kellens face when he talked about Angela, but it turns out that due to a minor legal snafu, Kellen not only didnt have this friend as a sister-in-law, but rather that she married someone else near and dear to him.
Who might that be? Becca arched a curious brow.
Kellen, Kipp couldnt help but laugh remembering the way in which Kellen couldnt get over the idea of being wed to Angela.
What? her jaw dropped at the admission.
Kellen was just as shocked as you are and then all night long he kept going on and on about how he was an adulterer, Kipp shook his head and chuckled, It turns out he signed a paper that he shouldnt have and because of it hes married to his friend Angela. Its really a very comical story, but Kellen takes it so very serious.
So youre saying he has a wife? Beccas eyes widened.
Yeah, but only on paper, Kipp added thinking about Kellens bride. Its not a big deal.
Is he going to stay married? she questioned curiously wondering if Kellen would be out of Kipps life soon.
I would seriously doubt it, Kipp waved his hand dismissively, especially since Angela is engaged from what Ive heard. Still its a funny story to tell someone especially someone who knows Kellen.
No kidding, she nodded in response before falling to silence again. After a second she spoke up, So what about his wife? How does she feel about being married to him?
Shes really not in a position to realize the situation yet, but Im sure shell have a laugh about it just like we all have thus far, Kipp blurted out thinking about Kellens situation. Still it makes for an interesting story at a party.
I would say so, Becca nodded in agreement wondering if Kellen being married would play into her favor. Before she could say anything further on the subject Kipps secretary buzzed in alerting them that the people they were meeting with for the afternoon had arrived.
Well be right there, Kipp explained before flashing Becca a smile, You ready for this one?
I was born ready, Becca smiled knowing only too well that she was about to get absolutely everything shed been hoping for since shed arrived in Coral Valley. She was certain beyond a doubt that Kellen would be the key to giving her absolutely everything that was rightfully hers starting with Kipp.
Evie walked out into the kitchen thinking about what had happened last night
after her talk with JT. Shed been so upset by what her father had done
that she hadnt been able to think straight--she couldnt think
about anything other than the threat hed made against her and JT. Even
now after JT had tried to talk her down, she couldnt help but feel as
if everything was closing in around her. Somehow shed let JT talk her
into staying there one more night as she fell asleep in his arms, but now
with the morning fresh in front of her, she found herself wanting to get as
far away from Coral Valley as possible.
Walking out into the living room she noticed that there were a few random suitcases around the living room. One was open and she realized it mustve been for her since some of the things shed bought earlier with JT were folded inside. She walked over to the suitcase thinking about what hed said to her last night about protecting her and she felt a warmth carry over her. JT really did love her and unlike what her father had told her JT was going to be there for her completely.
I thought I heard you wake up, JT popped his head from the kitchen area before curling his finger and motioning for her to join him. Im finishing up breakfast, but if you would like you could give me some company.
Whats all of this? Evie questioned giving him a strange look. I thought we werent leaving yet to go on our trip.
I changed my mind about waiting. After last night I thought it might be an even better idea, he explained leaning in to give her a quick kiss before finishing up with the food he had been working on. Why dont you grab the juice from the fridge sweetheart?
Okay, she walked over to do as instructed before she spun around to face him again. She watched him finish off the last set of pancakes, placing them on the plate before garnishing them with strawberries, strawberry syrup and whipped cream. Holding the plate up in his hand, he faced her with a smile.
Sit down, he suggested watching her reach for a couple of glasses before moving to her seat. She eyed the stack of pancakes with a bright grin.
JT, you didnt have to do this, she began feeling a heat rise over her features at what hed done for her.
I wanted to, he set the plate down in front of her before stealing another kiss from her, Besides I figured maybe this time we might get to eat them this morning.
I dont know, she laughed lightly remembering when shed made him breakfast in bed, We might get carried away again.
Which is why Im going to keep a hold on this, he walked over to the counter and swiped the bottle of strawberry syrup off of it before joining her. He set the bottle between them and winked, I remembered how you liked to have some pancakes with your syrup there since you like this stuff.
I dont like this stuff, she reached for the bottle and grinned widely, I love this stuff.
Somehow I already knew that, he sat back in his chair watching her for a long moment before reaching out to touch her cheek gently, How are you feeling this morning?
Still creeped out, she admitted honestly closing her eyes for a brief second, I cant stop thinking about what my father said to me last night. I know you think that we can stop him, but JT hes crazy. Hes out of his mind and wont have any problems hurting me or you because of my telling you what hes up to.
Sweetheart, I promised you last night that he wouldnt be able to hurt you. I meant that, he continued to explain to her with a small sigh, In fact I talked with my brother this morning and I told him a little about what went on last night. He said hed be more than willing to get whatever we need.
Really? her eyes widened in response before she took a bite of her pancake, but he doesnt even know me.
Yeah, well he wants to change that too, JT explained clearing his throat uneasily, I know that we were supposed to take off to the island, but I figured before we left you should meet Cameron. I really want him to have a chance to see you before we go because Ive told him how amazing you are. Plus if you really arent ready to go to the island I thought that we could stay at his place for a while. He has top notch security there.
JT, I dont want you to feel like you have to change your whole life because of me. I have far too many problems for you to take them all on. Im really no good for you and as long as my father is lurking around she started to protest thinking about the way her father waved his gun around in the air.
Your father doesnt scare me, but the thought of losing you does, he reached for her hand squeezing it gently. I know that Im probably the last guy in the world you would expect to hear something like that from, but things have always been different with you. I wasnt a very nice person before you came into my life, but now, well there isnt anything I wouldnt do for you. I love you.
I love you too which is why I dont want my father to hurt you. He has no problems killing a man because hes done it before JT. Ive seen him shoot someone, she divulged with a tiny shiver, He shot a man in cold blood when I was younger and I know hell do it again.
He wont get the chance to do it around us. I promise you, he squeezed her hand gently before lifting it up to his lips and offering a small kiss, Evie, you have to trust me. You trust me, dont you?
With all that I am, she nodded in confession seeing the honesty behind his eyes.
Then trust that I will protect you. Well finish packing up here and then well go to Camerons place. You can meet him and see that while hes a bit different, hell do anything to protect his family and that includes you. Youre a part of my life now and Ill be damned if I let anyone hurt you, he assured her as Evie wondered if JT would truly be able to take on her father and win. She hadnt seen anyone accomplish that yet, but she was hoping that soon that would turn around for her so that she could finally be free of her father.
Kevin rubbed his stiff neck as he looked up from where hed been seated
in the chair all night waiting for any further word on Angelas condition.
He glanced over at her bed finding it empty as he heard a sound rise up from
the other side of the room. His dark eyes snapped up at the familiar click
of heels on the floor. In an instant, his eyes were fixed on the sexiest set
of familiar long legs hed found himself lost in time and time again.
There you are, Ria grinned at him, her hands keeping the sides of her jacket closed together with one hand bunched around the front of it. Ive been waiting for you to wake up.
Ria, he spoke her name lazily seeing her stepping in closer to him. His gaze swept over her, feeling himself becoming more alert as she leaned in over him.
Dont say anything, she pressed her index finger over his lips. She leaned forward dropping her hold on the jacket shed been in to reveal that she was wearing a black lace bra and a matching pair of panties underneath. Immediately Kevin perked up.
Whats all this? he questioned his brown eyes skimming over her curves.
This is your morning wake up call, she mouthed dropping down to straddle his lap on the chair. She eased the jacket from her shoulders before wrapping her arms around his neck possessively, I thought we would let our bodies do more talking to one another this morning.
But what about Angela? What if she walks back in here and sees that we are Kevin stammered feeling his body heat up at the feel of her over him. He closed his eyes briefly losing himself to the rocking of her hips against his hard, male form until he felt as if he couldnt take it any longer.
Thats right Kevin, Ria nibbled on his ear gently, Show me how much you love me. Show me how much you need me.
But Angela he struggled to keep his thoughts on anything that sounded rational, but as he pressed his palms around Rias slender form, his train of thought had taken off in a new direction.
Shes out for some tests which means that Ive got you all to myself and I plan to enjoy that, she informed him sliding her hand down his chest before she backed away from him.
Ria, where are you he watched her stand up and circle around, doing a little dance for him. His eyes grew eager with anticipation as she traced her own curves issuing him a strip tease that made him hotter than hell. She turned away from him then backed up moving in towards him to brush her behind against his thighs before she turned to face him again.
Do you like what youre seeing Kevin? she questioned seeing him nod unable to find a word to communicate just how much. Smiling she bent down and reached for her uniform jacket. How much?
Very much, he gulped watching her set the jacket down on the ground in a folded position before she knelt before him.
Not good enough, she shook her head, her long hair spilling over her shoulders. She leaned forward skimming her breasts over his thigh before her fingers plucked at his belt. She quickly unzipped his pants before urging him up off of his hips. You can do better.
Im hotter than you can imagine baby, he blurted out feeling her push his boxers down before her lips skimmed over the bare skin of his abdomen.
You can do better, she insisted cupping him in her hand before stroking his length in a torturous motion. You can do so much better.
Ria, I he started feeling her lips close over him, taking him fully into her mouth. He arched his head back, a groan spilling from his now parted lips as she worked her charm over him, tasting him and teasing him with her unrelenting talents. His fingers tangled in through her hair, his heart pounding in his chest as she drove him wild with desire. It was like heaven. The ultimate fantasy that had given him quite the jolt for the morning, but that fantasy came to an abrupt ending when he heard the sound of Angelas voice.
Kevin, Angela called out to him, Kevin, can you hear me? Kevin!
Huh? Kevin snapped out of his dream state finding himself still in the cramped chair that hed spent the night in. He looked around the hospital room half expecting to find Ria across the room, making him mad with desire, but instead he found Angela in her hospital bed eyeing him curiously.
Why are you over there? she frowned at him, her dark eyes browsing him over before she patted the bed beside her, You dont have to stay over there. I thought that you would be here with your arms around me when I woke up today.
I um, Kevin fought to find the right words as he felt stiff and uncomfortable in the chair. He thought to the dream that hed been having about Ria and it only added to his nervousness. I think Im going to stay over here. I was sort of up all night and
Were you having a bad dream? she questioned curiously her eyes fixed on him, I mean you were muttering something under your breath and
I just feel a bit sick, Kevin admitted placing his hand over his stomach to keep from drawing attention to where his thoughts were headed in his dream.
The curse of the Mexican food continues? she questioned curiously offering up a sympathetic expression.
Mexican food, he repeated tipping his head to the side not knowing what she was talking about.
Last night when you got sick Brant said it was the Mexican food that had you feeling bad, she reminded him with a small frown.
Oh right, Kevin nodded quickly, Yeah it really kicked my butt last night and I just dont even want to think about it.
Im sorry for bringing it up, she stretched her arms out towards him, Why dont you come on over here and lay with me and Ill make you feel better?
Actually I really dont think that Kevin paused hearing the door open and seeing Brant step inside. He let out a breath of relief and waved over at Brant, Hey Brant its great to see you here. We were just talking about you.
We were? Angela burled back at Kevin with a confused expression.
Thats right. You were just saying how much you enjoyed seeing him last night--how it was great to have him spend time with you when I was getting sick in the bathroom, Kevin met Brants eyes with a firm, warning look.
Oh really, Brant smiled over at Angela, So tell me do you remember anything else about me?
Remember, she tipped her head to the side and frowned, Why would I remember anything else? We didnt spend that much time hanging out with one another.
So you were just thinking about last night, huh? Brant frowned realizing that his hopes for her memory to return to her obviously werent happening this morning.
Nope, not at all, but Kevin and I were just about to have a conversation, she snubbed Brant in the name of turning towards Kevin again, Why dont you come on over here and lay down with me? You look tired.
Actually, Brant interrupted clearing his throat uneasily, I wanted to talk to Kevin this morning. Theres something that we need to discuss.
Cant it wait? Angela frowned over at Brant, He just woke up and
Actually Angie, its kind of important, Kevin sprung up from the chair hed been seated in. I really do need to talk to Brant.
Now? she replied with a pouting expression, But Kevin
Ill be back, he assured her walking past her bed and feeling her reach out to take his arm in hers.
Hey, wheres my kiss? she looked up at him expectantly. You didnt really think I would let you get out of here without giving me that, did you?
Of course not, Kevin leaned in to kiss her forehead gently before motioning to Brant. We can go talk in the hallway. Ill be right back Angie.
Ill miss you, she waved as Kevin gave her one last look before moving out into the hallway with Brant.
What was that all about? Brant scowled over at Kevin thinking about Angelas attachment to him.
My worst nightmare coming true all over again. This is the last thing I want and need in my life right now, so please tell me that whatever it is you want to talk to me about, its something good--something that can help put an end to this charade were all stuck in once and for all, Kevin blurted out knowing full well that the last thing he wanted to do was pretend to be in love with Angela when his heart and his mind was with Ria.
Ria snuggled up on the center of her sofa wrapping herself up more in a blanket
while her thoughts lingered to the one man she wanted more than anything--the
man that should be there with her holding her and sharing the morning with
her. Instead, she found herself flipping channels on the television and he
was back where shed left him--back at the hospital where he was no doubt
tending to Angela and her needs. That thought in itself burned her to no end.
Thats it, Ria decided realizing she wasnt going to just leave Kevin at the hospital. If Angela wanted to have him around, then Ria was going to be there too. She tossed her blanket aside getting ready to get up when she heard the front door to her apartment open.
Where are you doing? Trisha questioned carrying a couple of bags in her hands. She glanced over at Ria briefly before breezing past Ria and moving into the kitchen area. You look like hell by the way.
Gee thanks, Ria rolled her eyes before switching directions and moving in to find her sister at the refrigerator putting things inside one at a time. What are you doing?
Im making Chase a romantic dinner tonight and since I know mom is supposed to be back home any day I figured I could just store everything here at your apartment, Trisha informed Ria with a wide grin before turning her attention to putting away the groceries once again. Im sure you and Kevin wont mind if we take over your place for a little while.
Um hold on, Ria held her hand up in the air, What is this? You just automatically assume that Im going to let you take over my apartment tonight when its, well mine.
Yep, Trisha nodded in response pulling out the bottle of wine that shed bought to go along with the meal she was planning. That was the idea.
Idea or not its not going to fly, Ria shook her head firmly, You cant just come into my home and start calling the shots about what youre going to do when Im the one who lives here.
Wow, what bug crawled up your butt and died today? Trisha frowned closing the door to the refrigerator and standing up taller to face down her sister. I mean honestly you dont have to get all moody about it unless
Unless what? Ria placed her hands on her own hips impatiently as Trisha let out a gasp.
You really are pregnant, arent you? You are having Kevins baby and Trisha glanced over Rias shoulder looking back into the living room area, Where is he? Is he here?
Trisha, Ria frowned watching her sister move out into the living room area.
Come on Ria. Where is he? I know he went to the hotel to find you. I mean I didnt want to blurt anything out, but he was all bossy and commanding, which by the way was kind of hot, but still. I knew that you said you might be pregnant so Trisha continued to search Rias apartment to congratulate Kevin on the good news.
Kevins not here, Ria sighed heavily leaning in the archway between the kitchen and the living room area.
What? Trishas eyes widened in astonishment, You mean you two havent made up yet? Why not? Ria if youre having his baby, then
Im not having his baby, Ria revealed with a heavy sigh, Im not pregnant. I never was.
Oh Ria. Honey, Trishas face shifted with the news and she walked over to embrace her sister. Im so sorry to hear that. I was so excited for you and Kevin and
It just wasnt the right time, Ria tried to shrug out of her sisters hug. She walked back into the living room and looked around, I mean how could it be the right time when hes at the hospital with Angela and Im here wishing he wasnt?
Wait a second, Trishas eyes widened as she stepped forward, What did you just say?
I said hes at the hospital with Angela. Apparently while we were away she was in an accident and got really hurt, Ria shook her head thinking about what had happened last night. She doesnt remember the last decade or so of her life and she woke up thinking she was in love with Kevin.
Who wouldnt want to wake up thinking they are in love with Kevin, Trisha noted with a ponderous expression, but still you have to be kidding me.
I wish I was, but Im not, Ria slumped back onto the couch again reaching for her blanket that shed had on earlier. Im trying to be mature about the situation, but I hate it.
How does Kevin feel about it? Trisha walked around to drop down into one of Rias chairs. What does he have to say?
That he loves me and he wants a future with me, Ria confessed closing her eyes and thinking back to when she and Kevin had made love the previous evening. When you sent him out to find me we talked about things and we made some progress with one another
Meaning you got back together? Trisha arched a curious brow.
We well, Ria couldnt help but smile remembering what it was like to have Kevins arms around her again. She glanced over at Trisha and finally nodded, Yeah we are back together. It was a bit of a difficult situation that got us talking, but then he got the call about Angela and
Of course he rushed over to help that witch, Trisha shook her head and groaned, I really dont get the appeal of that woman at all. Shes not even cute.
Trisha, Ria shook her head at her younger sister unable to believe what shed said. honestly.
Well shes not any cuter than you are. I mean you are so totally hot and Kevin loves you, not her, Trisha added brightly thinking about Rias relationship with Kevin. I mean why else would he come over here like a madman wanting to see you again?
I know he loves me, but there is just something about that woman, Ria clenched her fingers into fists and let out a long sigh, She drives me insane because she never lets go of Kevin. She keeps saying she is going to back off, but then something happens and always sucks him in.
Kevins just a good guy with a big heart. He doesnt turn his back on his friends, Trisha pointed out thinking about her sisters boyfriend.
I realize that, but she was more than his friend. Shes someone that he spent more than half of his life in love with so to speak, Ria admitted honestly, and while I would like to say I dont feel threatened by that, I do. Im jealous and I hate it.
Hey, at least youre honest about it, Trisha shrugged her shoulders simply. I wouldve just beat her ass and then owned up to being jealous once I was behind bars.
Thats the difference between being young and being rational, Ria shook her head unable to suppress that laugh that bubbled in the back of her throat at her sisters words. I cant just go attack a woman because I dont like her around my boyfriend.
Sure you can, Trisha shrugged her shoulders again, Just blame it on PMS and no judge and jury will question it. Trust me on that.
What I can trust is that while you mean well, no legal system would go along with that theory, Ria groaned inwardly before letting out a small chuckle.
Hey Ive seen people win cases based on a whole lot less. Hell, with the right lawyer you could not only get out of jail time, but you could also find yourself getting some compensation for your frustrations and time you missed out with Kevin, Trisha added with a wave of her hand, You could chalk it up as causing mental and sexual anguish given that you couldnt be with your stud muffin boyfriend.
I seriously dont think that would work. Besides its not an option even if it sounds fun, Ria laughed lightly bringing her hand up through her hair before something Trisha had said had occurred to her. Did you say that mom is coming home soon?
Trisha nodded and then groaned, Yeah I got a message on the machine earlier from her. She warned me not to junk up her place because shes having a real estate agent coming in later in the week to put it up on the market.
So shes really coming back to sell it huh? Ria shook her head before dropping it back on the sofa. Why does that not surprise me?
Because shes a self-absorbed person who is more interested in saving the world then in letting her daughters have a place to stay, Trisha tossed back at her with a roll of her eyes.
Correction Trisha. I have a place to stay, Ria noted meeting her sisters eyes once again.
So what, Trisha curled her lip in a pout, If mom is going to make me miserable, then shes making you miserable too.
Why dont you just tell her that you would like to rent the house? You never know. She might actually agree to those terms since shell be off in another country. If you present it to her as a business deal where she will gain, she might consider letting you have it.
I seriously doubt it. Besides it doesnt help with my problem for tonight you know, Trisha pointed out with a small frown, I promised Chase a romantic night and how am I going to give him that when mom walks in and starts spouting off about what needs to be fixed around the house?
Do you honestly think Im going to tell you that you can bring your boyfriend over here to fool around in my apartment? Ria arched a speculative brow at her.
It wouldnt be the first time we have, Trisha mouthed in response catching the glare Ria gave her. Oh come on Ria. Please I wont ever ask you for anything again. Please.
Thats a lie, Ria noted with a shake of her head.
No its not. I swear. If you just let us hang out here tonight, then I promise you that I will make it up to you. Hell, Ill go beat up Angela if you want if you say yes, Trisha rushed over to take a seat beside Ria on the sofa, Ria please.
Are you sure that mom is really coming home tonight? Ria questioned uneasily.
No, Im not sure, but if she does the last thing I want is for her to meet my boyfriend, who is a stripper, Trisha explained with heavy emphasis.
Yeah about that, Ria fought to suppress the grin that tugged at her lips, Hows that going for Chase?
Ha ha, next subject, Trisha informed her with a shake of her head, Come on Ria. You know this would mean a lot to me.
And it would mean a lot to me to have my apartment to myself tonight since Im obviously not going to be around Kevin, Ria tossed back out at her.
Please, Trisha tugged at her arm and started to whine, Ria Im begging you. Please just do me this one favor and I swear Ill owe you huge. Ill do whatever you want.
Oh now thats a loaded promise, Ria teased before finally letting out a sigh, Oh alright, but I swear to you if I come home and find anything kinky left around as a reminder of what went on, then I swear Im going to kill you.
You wont. I promise, Trisha hugged her tightly, Thank you. Thank you so much.
And dont you dare take him into my bedroom, Ria warned sharply before closing her eyes and wondering if she wasnt setting herself up for trouble by saying yes to her sisters urgings. Though at this rate, what else could go wrong, she thought to herself as her concerned returned to Kevin and the situation taking place with Angela.
I cant believe that you totally schooled dad like that,
John frowned watching his sister circle around to the drivers side of
her car after shed pulled off at a McDonalds to change back into
her skirt in the bathroom. Now as he sat on the passenger side of the car
he rolled his eyes at her before taking a bite of the hash browns hed
gotten himself while waiting for her.
What dad doesnt know wont hurt him, Jackie decided with a grin reaching over to snatch his orange juice from him.
Hey, John spoke up in protest watching her guzzle his juice. Finally he stole it back from her, Youre so buying me another one since you drank most of it.
Whatever, she rolled her eyes and pulled her car out of park opting to head over to the drive thru window, but if I buy it for you, then youd better not tell dad about my changing.
I dont know why you did it, John groaned shaking his head at his sister, considering you looked fine in what he made you change into.
John, I paid eighty dollars for this skirt, she motioned to the outfit she was now in, I wasnt about to let dad tell me that I couldnt wear it especially considering that
He said it because you look like a whore in it Jackie, John couldnt help but roll his eyes at her. I mean honestly, the only reason a girl dresses like that at school is because shes looking for the wrong kind of attention.
Oh trust me Im looking for the wrong kind of attention alright, she grinned widely tapping her fingers on the steering wheel before pulling up to order John another orange juice and a few things for herself. Once she finished she smiled over at her brother, but its not from any high school boys because believe me Im not that trivial. I dont date children.
Here we go again, John groaned inwardly. Um newsflash Jackie, but youre a child yourself.
Tom doesnt think so, she replied with a haughty laugh looking in her rearview mirror to check her lip gloss.
Thats because Toms a total perv and doesnt care where he gets it as long as he gets it, he rolled his eyes again wondering how in the world his sister could be such a complete and total moron about things in life.
Yeah well regardless of what you think about Tom, he and I have been planning this trip for weeks now and if you open your mouth about it to dad or mom, then I swear she waved her finger in his face with heavy warning.
Believe me I wouldnt dream of ruining your sex-a-thon with a guy that should be jailed for even considering going out with you. I mean my God Jackie, hes like what? Thirty five? John tossed back at her as she rolled her window down and got their food from the drive thru window.
Hes thirty two, Jackie informed him with a small scowl. She handed his juice over to him before pulling open the bag shed been handed and collecting her hash brown, but age is irrelevant.
Thats what they say on Court TV when they are toting someone away to jail, he quipped in response taking a long sip of his new juice.
Trust me thats not going to happen. Toms very intellectual and he likes me for my wit and she started to spout off to her brother.
Your wit doesnt have you in that miniskirt hoping for his attention, now does it? he replied with a shrug of his shoulders. Though I dont know why Im worried because youre so going to get kicked out of school once they see you in that.
Im not going to school you child, she informed him point blank, I told Tom that I would meet him at his place in twenty minutes and
And what? Are you expecting me to just cover for you? John questioned with a huff. You told mom and dad that youd take me to the train station.
And I will, she explained turning down the road. She pulled her car to the side of the road, putting it into park before turning it off. She reached into the ignition and handed the keys over to him, because youre going to take my car for the weekend.
Wait, what? his eyes widened in response, Jackie I cant
You can and you will, Jackie dropped the keys into his hand before munching on the rest of her food. You have a permit. Im sure you can handle it.
Um Jackie its a permit, not a license, John reminded her sharply, If dad finds out
He wont, Jackie shrugged her shoulders before seeing Tom pulling down the road. Quickly she popped the trunk of the car before reaching for her bag of breakfast. Just make sure that you dont crash it or anything.
But Jackie wait I dont think that John called out after her watching his sister rush out of the car to pull her bag out of the trunk. He turned to look over at her only to see her bouncing into Toms car. Once inside she rolled down her window and motioned for John to do the same.
Jackie, I really dont think John began again only to see her flash him a grin.
Dont bust up my car and dont be late for school because I swear that if I get caught, then youre so going to get it, she warned before waving at him. She rolled up her window and leaned over to steal an explicit kiss from Tom before Tom honked on the horn of his car and drove off with Jackie at his side.
Great. This is just wonderful, John groaned to himself knowing full well that his sister was going to be the key to his getting in far more trouble than hed ever anticipated.
I dont know how you honestly talked me into going here with you,
Mindy complained looking over to Nate after they had pulled into a parking
spot at the gym. Seeing his green eyes staring into hers she threw her hands
up in the air. I just dont know if Im really a gym kind
Mindy, you can kick my ass any day, Nate added reaching out to squeeze at her bicep playfully before letting out a small chuckle. Reaching to unbuckle the seatbelt he shrugged his shoulders before grabbing his keys firmly. Trust me you are a gym person and I would love to have my friend with me for a while. Sometimes it gets a bit boring.
Well gee, thanks, Mindy got out of the car meeting him around the other side as they walked toward the doors when Nate locked his car up. Im just a case of helping you to not be bored, I sound like something so important. How did you even have to start working here anyways?
You are that important, more than that actually, Nate smirked gently nudging her in the shoulder seeing a smile curl in over her lips as he let out a small laugh. You know what I did wrong, I already told you all of this. The only lucky thing that happened for me was that I got Dons father liking me there, so Rob gave me a full time job and is actually paying me. Its not supposed to be like that, but he gave me a trainer job and preferably I would like to train you right now over anyone else.
Im glad you picked me because right now, I dont think there would be anyone else I would want to train with, Mindy let out a small yawn before pressing her hand in over her bare shoulder knowing that they had already done some stretching after putting on the workout clothes. I see why you made me do the stretches.
I dont want you hurt now, do I? he questioned arching his eyebrow in response before reaching for the door to pull it open for her letting her in first. Now come on, I think we should start on the
Weights, Mindy cut him off seeing the way that Nate shrugged his shoulders before following her over toward the mirror making him let out a small laugh. How much weight do you think you could lift.
Honestly Mindy, Nate spoke up in a teasing way flexing in front of the mirror and lifting up the front of his gray tank top shirt to flex his abdomen. Its not all about the weight, its about taking your time and gradually starting up so you dont hurt your muscles.
I bet I do what you can, Mindy pushed at his arm hearing his deep laugh fill her ears, watching him push back his sandy blonde hair. Seeing Nate looking over the single armed weight he shrugged his shoulders before looking to her again. Come on, I want to do what you can.
Without killing myself? Nate questioned seeing her nod slowly before walking over toward the hundred pounds and nodding slowly. I swear I can, its so true. Try that Mindy.
Fine, she rubbed her hands together seeing him step back for her and fold his arms out in front of his chest watching the way that she bent down. Seeing him reach his right hand up and itch at his chin, motioning her to go she let out a small laugh before reaching forward to grab the weight. Letting out a small groan she picked it up to only see it drop to the ground and she jumped, grabbing a firm hold of her arm. There is no way that you can do that.
Yes there is, Nate reached out to pick up the weight only to do the same response that she had after picking it up, only stumbling forward and almost losing his balance. Hearing her laugh fill his ears he shook his head slowly before taking in a long breath. I was just kidding if you really think I was being serious.
Yeah, right, Mindy went to tease further only to see him push back his hair again before reaching down to grab a firm hold of the weight before him picking it up and starting to flex his arm over and over after curling it in close to him. You stupid show off.
I told you, Nate laughed seeing her roll her eyes before setting down the weight carefully and running his hand in over his muscle letting out a small groan. I usually tend to keep it lower though because that kills. If we want you to start working on something I would suggest twenty-five. I know you think you can take more, but thats all Im going to let you do right now.
Gee, thanks dad, she walked over toward the weight picking it up slowly before starting to lift it again and again seeing the expression over her face as she grunted. What am I doing wrong now?
No, its just the style of how you are doing it, Nate moved in behind her wrapping his left arm around her abdomen, pulling her in closer to him to straighten her up. Grabbing her wrist in his softly he saw her staring at him in the mirror as he rested his chin on her shoulder. Do slow curls and more careful.
Like this, she took in a long breath seeing him nod slowly, feeling his breath in her ear as he counted the reps of all the times she did it. She felt him pause her before wrapping his right arm around her waist and making her put it in her left palm. Why did you do that?
Do you want one arm bigger than the other? Nate questioned letting out a small laugh seeing the way she blushed and shook her head slowly. Moving in closer to her he pressed his hand in over her stomach, his fingers grazing her stomach softly by accident as he felt her knees give out on her a bit making her drop the weight. Catching her in his arms he stared out at her in the mirror seeing her gulp down, having a pale color in over her face. Are you okay? Am I using too much weight for you?
No, I dont know what happened to me, Mindy explained seeing him frown as he turned her in his arms carefully pressing his left hand against her hip, his green eyes staring into hers. His thumb pressed in against her cheek softly before pushing back a strand of her dark hair. Wow, I dont know why that happened.
Listen, I know Im damn sexy to look at in the mirror, but come on girl. I didnt think that would actually make you weak in the knees for me, Nate teased feeling her hit at his chest as a smile curled in over his lips when he smiled in response feeling her hand press in against his neck pulling him in closer to her softly. Pulling away quickly Nate looked to his tattoo on his arm seeing her left hand pressing in over it. So, you like my tattoos? The guy that did them did a really nice job, didnt he?
What? Oh yeah, he did, Mindy nodded gulping down damning herself for even making that kind of movement toward Nate as she looked toward the other side of the room seeing someone familiar before her. Hey, its Jason.
Your friend? No, he didnt do my tattoos, he answered only to see her move forward over toward the other room as he saw the guy from last night sitting with Chase Hastings. Taking in a long breath he threw his hands up in the air before following her over toward Jason. Mindy I seriously ,
I dont know how she would feel, Jason muttered taking a sip of his smoothie as he leaned back against the wall making both Nate and Mindy stop to listen to what he was saying. They were around the corner so he couldnt see them as he continued to talk. I dont know what it would be like to lose someone you loved that much, someone who was going to ask you to marry them. I mean yeah, I had Bruno that one time, but honestly that doesnt count.
Bruno? Nate muttered to himself seeing Mindy go to gasp as he covered her mouth and pulled her back softly away from the situation so she couldnt speak her mind. Hes gay, I guess I was wrong.
That was just my dog though, I mean yeah. I lost my parents too, Jason continued to ramble on with Chase hearing something around the corner as he turned to look seeing that he must have been imagining it. I just dont know how I would feel hanging out with someone if I just lost the love of my life. I used to like this one girl, but she wasnt anything that special. I just cant imagine someone losing the person they loved.
Do you like her? Chase muttered seeing Jason shrug his shoulders before itching at the back of his neck and taking in a slow breath. I didnt believe there was an answer of I dont know. Its either yes or no.
Well of course I like her, Jason muttered seeing the way that Chase nodded slowly running his fingers in through his short hair. I have to be honest with you though, I just dont know if she likes me like that. I feel really bad about it too. It makes me feel like Im making decisions like a jerk would and I dont think Im doing the right thing in hoping that she might like me too. I just dont know Chase, I dont know what to tell her at all.
Im surprised to see you here without your partner in crime, but
I suppose he doesnt have any time for you now that hes screwing
my sister, Sarah mouthed walking up behind Grady after hed brought
a box in from his truck. She watched him set it down before he turned around
to glare at her.
Wouldnt you love to know what hes doing right now since its clear youre just seething with jealousy? Grady stood up taller dusting off his hands before his green eyes glared over at her. Though I guess thats what you get for sleeping with someone else when you had the best. You couldve been the one in his life right now, but apparently your sister was the smart one. After all shes the one Kyle chose.
He chose me first Grady and he would still be with me if Heather hadnt spoiled everything, Sarah snapped watching him turn away from her, He loves me.
No Sarah, Grady stopped to turn around and face her once again, He used to love you, but that was when he thought you were someone else. It was when you tricked him into believing that you were someone decent and worthy of being loved
Kyle has always loved me and my sister is just his sloppy second reject relationship because hes angry with me, Sarah hissed in response clenching her fists at her side. Kyles always wanted me and sooner or later hes going to come back to me.
I would seriously doubt that considering that, well truth be told Sarah, while he mentioned you back in college when we were roommates, sure he said things that made me think he was interested, Grady took a small step towards her noting the smug expression on her face, but it was Heather that he had on his mind more. The stories he told me about her, well anyone with eyes could see that she was the sister he always wanted. You were just the one that he settled for because his dream girl was out of reach--though if memory serves me correct that was your fault too when you tried to keep Heather from him.
Kyle didnt need to ruin his life chasing after her. She wasnt worth his time or his energy especially considering what a slut she was, Sarah cut back sharply, glaring over at him, I did him a favor in the long run.
Thats right. In your own way you did because with all you did to him it only motivated him to find someone who was worthy of his love. After having spent time with you, you showed him exactly everything that he didnt want in a relationship, so on that level yes you did him a huge favor, Grady shot back icily shaking his head at her, You know youre really a piece of work Sarah.
Oh like youre one to talk, she rolled her eyes at him. At least I knew that Kyle loved me and I didnt go around pretending to be my sister to get his attention like you did when you were trying to fit into Russells shoes with Avery. Tell me something Grady, how did that work out for you? Oh wait I already know the answers. She didnt choose you when she thought he was dead and shes still not choosing you now.
Thats right Sarah. Keep talking, Grady waved her on before rolling his eyes at her, because youre only making me more relieved that Kyle didnt decide to marry a self-serving bitch like you. Hes really a smart guy.
Smart or not, he still has a big responsibility on his hands, she placed her hand on her abdomen smugly, He cant avoid this even if he wants to pretend that he can just move on with Heather and play house.
Sarah, in all honesty do you really expect anyone to buy that Kyles that babys father when its clear youve had your legs open longer than the doors at 7-11. Give me a break, he rolled his eyes before turning away from her to go retrieve another box for Seth and Blake.
You know you think that you are cute, but youre not. I mean lets face it Grady, youre just a loser like everyone else Kyle spent any time with, she shot back at him marching in towards him, I mean really why else would Kyle want to be your friend considering that youre a pathetic excuse of a man who has nothing to offer this world. Your only hope for happiness was to chase after your brothers wife because you werent man enough to step up to the plate for your fiancée when she needed you. Though Im assuming shes in a much better place right now because I would imagine being dead takes a much better place over being stuck in a relationship with you.
You know what, Grady spun around to face her, his green eyes wild with anger. His jaw flexed as he fought to contain the rage that carried over him, but instead of blowing up like hed felt coming on, he stepped back. He took in a breath before shaking his head at her, You really are pitiful Sarah and if youre smart, youll just move on. Kyle already has.
Sarah watched him walk back out of the house to go join Blake and Seth at the truck and she sneered. Clenching her fists at her side she spoke up under her breath. Ill never move on and so help me God Ill make damn sure that neither does Kyle. If I cant be with him, then theres no way Heathers going to have him. Not when he should be mine!
So anyways, I go to the hospital and find out that Im married
to Angela, Kellen blurted out hearing Kyles laugh fill his ears
as Kellen shook his head slowly throwing a piece of sausage at Kyles
head. Seeing Kyle shrug and grab it before taking a small bite Kellen rolled
his eyes looking over to see the laughter in Heathers eyes. Its
not funny guys.
Its funny for me about your luck, Kyle chuckled seeing the way that Kellen rolled his eyes and pouted in the chair across from him before taking another piece of sausage. Honestly kiddo, I feel bad for you. When I met her, boy was she a bitch.
Well thats your opinion, but honestly. If anyone, I would guess that Kevin would be married to her. Hell I could even see you married to her first Kyle. Honestly, women and me just dont mix, Kellen blurted out looking to Heather only to drop his head to the table in a thud hearing Heather laugh before reaching out to squeeze at his shoulder. People are going to start confusing me for a straight man and thats so horrible Heather, what am I going to do?
Trust me Kellen, I highly doubt that anyone is going to confuse you for a straight man, she chuckled thinking about her best friend before seeing the way that Kellen sat up again reaching for another piece of sausage. I have to be honest with you Kellen, its not the end of the world. Just get a divorce.
Its much more complicated than that, Kellen blurted out seeing Kyle stand up and walk over the fridge pulling out the orange juice to get himself another glass. Hearing the way that Kellen groaned Kyle let out a small laugh and Kellen glared back at him. Kyle, if you woke up married to Kevin or Grady what would you do?
Kevin? Id kill myself. Grady, I would probably laugh knowing I got totally wasted when I was in college and then I would get a divorce, Kyle explained seeing Kellen frown before letting out an angered sigh and Kyle shrugged his shoulders. Honestly Kellen, its not as bad as it sounds.
Yes, it is. Im married to a woman, I hate women. I mean yeah, they make good friends and stuff, but honestly I cant stand them when it comes to sex and stuff. They have no idea what they are doing, Kellen blurted out seeing Kyle cover his eyes and shake his head slowly before letting out a small laugh. Kyle, Im sure you are eating this up, but right now its just not funny to laugh at my pain.
Im not eating up your pain, Kyle pushed Kellens hand away from the last piece of sausage that he had cooked before Kellen ever showed up. Youre the one eating up all my sausage.
Honey this is the point where Im showing you that Im not eating your sausage, Kellen saw Kyle get up and walk away from the table for a moment before Kellen shrugged his shoulders and reached for Kyles orange juice. I would rather be sucking on your sausage if you get my point.
Oops, Kyle faked a gasp as he took off the cap he had on his full gallon of milk dumping it over Kellens head as he heard Kellen gasp out only to feel the rest of the milk slide down his shirt and get him soaked with milk everywhere. I hope you get my point. Damn milk, you should know Im lactose intolerant.
Kyle, Heather gasped watching Kyle throw the empty jug to the counter only to hear Charless laugh fill the room when he watched the white drips fall from Kellens hair and face. That was so mean.
And yet full of calcium, Kellen let out a small laugh licking his lips as he looked to the floor seeing the milk all over the floor and his clothes. Now Kyle, now that you did that it got my head clear of everything. So good job, but now I hope you know not only do you have a huge mess to clean up but I have to use your shower and get some of your clothes.
Gee, its better than you talking about sucking on my so called sausage, Kyle pointed out hearing Charless laughter next to him as Kyle let out a small laugh reaching out to pick up Charles hearing him let out another loud giggle. He happens to think that was the funniest thing hes seen all day.
It was kind of funny, Heather added seeing Kellen nod slowly before standing up and shaking his head slowly sending milk drops flying from his head all over the room getting all three of them with the milk. Hey hold on a minute, Charles is not liking this.
Hes laughing now, arent you Charles? Kellen reached out for Charles hearing the way that he laughed as he brought him in against his soaked chest. You dont care if Im covered in milk because I know you love me and you would never hate me.
No one here hates you, Kyle pointed out seeing the way that Kellen looked back at him as Kellen cuddled Charles in closer to his chest. I like you, I just like to give you a hard time sometimes. Especially when you are giving me hard times.
This is nice. Dont get me wrong I dont mind all of the
work in the boardroom, but a little break can do us some good every now and
then, Becca sighed heavily sinking back into the chair shed been
seated in now that she and Kipp were finally out of the offices. I thought
we wouldnt ever see the end of the paperwork.
Welcome to my life, Kipp laughed lightly issuing her a small smile, Its a never ending series of chaos.
Yet you love each and every second of it, dont you? Becca questioned reaching for her water glass and seeing him lean back in his chair. He placed his arms behind his head to stretch out before he flashed her a grin.
Guilty as charged. I wouldnt trade it for the world, he admitted with a small laugh, I know it sounds stupid, but its really the first thing in my life that Ive done for me. I mean sure I couldve gone into Hollywood and probably done decent based on my fathers reputation alone, but I wanted something different--something more rewarding than the glamour and glitz of Hollywood.
You gave that all up and traded it for legal papers, eh? she shook her head at him and laughed again, Some would say that youre insane.
Perhaps, he sat up straighter shrugging his shoulders before he reached for his drink, but Im not into games of superficial people.
Yet you work in an ad and modeling agency, she arched a curious brow catching the expression on his face.
You do have a point there. It does sound like a bit of a contradiction of what Im saying, Kipp pondered his words for a moment, I mean okay so Im working at this modeling agency if you will, but thats not exactly the same as what you would get out in Los Angeles. Everyone out there essentially wants to be a star. Every person that I encountered wanted an audition--wanted the shot to become the next big star and then they would systematically step on anyone and everyone that crossed their paths in the process. It was brutal.
Sounds like it, she noted with a small nod before cracking a tiny grin. She leaned in closer to him, her gaze locked on his, So you gave it all up for the oh so much more ethically moral business of practicing law.
Well you know what they say. Lawyers are the bottom feeders of the world or so they tell me. At least in law things are more concrete and people dont pretend to be out for the greater good of all men and women. We know that were slimy and snakes, so we dont have to deal with all the charades in pretending to be the down home boy who wants to be everyones sweetheart, Kipp admitted with a hint of a smile, I just call it like it is now and I dont have to kiss ass to do it.
Is that right? she arched her brow once again, So youre saying that youve evolved out of Hollywood, yet you have a son with a woman who at one time was a starlet on the rise.
Heather isnt like everyone else in Hollywood. She was never cut out for that place even if she believed that she was, he admitted thinking about Heather. I mean sure, she can pull off bitch to the highest degree if need be and shes tough. Shes a real fighter and puts up one hell of a battle when shes out to get something she wants, but beyond that shes so much more. She has a softer side--a genuine side that most people dont see. In Hollywood they would suck that right out of her.
Sounds like you have a lot of respect for her, Becca noted watching the way Kipps eyes lit up at the mention of Heather.
How could I not? Shes given me more in the small time that Ive known her than anyone has ever given me my whole life. Shes the reason I have Charles and hes the absolute best thing that has ever happened to me, Kipp divulged a raw emotion in his voice at the mention of his son. Having him in my life really put things into perspective for me because before I had Charles, I wasnt exactly the greatest of men.
I sincerely doubt that Kipp. You seem like youre an amazing guy and I can see why it was easy for Heather to fall in love with you, she added with an admiration in her tone.
Heather never fell in love with me, Kipp laughed lightly at the suggestion. He reached for his water and took a sip of it before shaking his head, I never pretend to admit that she and I had this great thing going. When we met we were both looking for something and we took advantage of what we thought we could get out of one another. I thought it was true love, but she was thinking about bigger and better things. Deep down I think I always knew it, but in the end she broke my heart.
So you were in love with her, she mouthed in response seeing something flash behind his eyes.
Im always going to love Heather, but it wasnt meant to be for us. She will always have a special place in my heart because shes Charles mother, but thats where it ends. Now Im just happy that were friends, Kipp noted thinking about how far he and Heather had come with one another.
Still it has to be a strain given your history and then with you and Kellen, well he must feel a bit nervous about your relationship with Heather, she added searching his features.
No, not really, Kipp laughed lightly shaking his head, Actually I think that they are even closer than Heather and I are. I mean they are always together, well when Heather isnt with Kyle. They are shopping buddies and sometimes I think Im the odd man out.
I cant see that happening for you, she reached out to place her hand over his, I mean who would want to leave you out of anything when youre so much fun?
Actually, Kipp cleared his throat before issuing her a polite smile, I dont see why we keep talking about me. What about you? Youve been working for me a few weeks and I still know next to nothing about you other than youre one hell of a great worker.
Well there isnt much to say. I mean sure, I have a past, but who doesnt? she shrugged her shoulders before tossing her long, blonde hair over her shoulder.
Thats awfully cryptic for someone who was asking me about my personal life, he shook his head at her, That doesnt seem fair.
Maybe I am hoping to keep a little air of mystery between us so that it will keep you guessing and wanting more, she suggested wiggling her brow at him suggestively.
Well if mysteries are what youre into, then you and Kellen would have a great time with one another. He thinks hes the next Nancy Drew or even Cupid most of the time, he laughed thinking about his lover for a long moment.
So hes a romantic, then huh? she mouthed in response.
He would like to think so, Kipp shook his head thinking about Kellens side projects, but most of the time he winds up in over his head with our friends. Still he means well and he just wants to look out for those he loves.
What about you Kipp? What do you want? she tipped her head to the side and eyed him intently. What is it that youre searching for?
A short and beneficial agreement with the next contract we start, Kipp teased with a small laugh feeling her place her hand over his again.
No Im being serious. I mean so far you say that Kellen does all of these things, that you have a lot to say about Charles, but what about you? What is something about you that you have that makes you a bit of a mystery? she prompted further.
If I told you it wouldnt be a mystery and as you said before where would the fun be in that, he wiggled his brow back at her before grinning.
Hmm, well since you put it that way, how about a dance, she motioned out to the dance floor where a couple of other patrons had taken to moving to the music.
A dance? he repeated tipping his head to the side to give her a strange look. Now?
Sure, why not, she shrugged her shoulders before standing up and offering her hand out to him. Come on Kipp. Im not taking no for an answer.
I dont really think now is the time to dance considering that he felt her pull at his arm urging him up and out of his chair.
We just had great negotiations today. I think weve earned it, she pleaded with him tugging on his arm once again.
Well okay, but dont get the wrong idea here, Kipp couldnt help but tease finally caving in to her suggestion, Im not going to give you a raise if I step on your toes because Im telling you first hand Im a terrible dancer.
Ill take my chances, she added in response hoping that soon she would make her way into Kipps life beyond a business partner. A dance partner was a good start, but soon she vowed that she would make it into his life as a whole hell of a lot more. It was only a matter of time!
I still dont know about this JT. I mean what if my father finds
us and he tries to hurt you, Evie questioned watching JT zip up the
last one of their bags to take into the car with them. He picked it up off
of the bed and turned around to face her with a smile.
Trust me on this one, he began setting the bag down before walking over to her and placing his hands on her shoulders gently, Your father can try to find us, but it cant be done. Plus even if he knew where we were going, which he doesnt, then my brothers people would have to find a way to get rid of him.
You keep saying that, but Evie bit down on her lower lip nervously. She shook her head and sighed, You dont know how resourceful my father is.
Maybe not, but my brother is someone who has a bit of a reputation in this town, he paused thinking about what he hadnt told her about Cameron. Taking her hand in his, he moved back to the bed urging her to take a seat beside him, Evie, I know that you and I have tried to be honest with one another about everything in our lives. Ive told you about what I was like in the past and you know about my father, but what I havent told you, well its kind of important.
What do you mean? she searched his dark eyes not sure where he was headed with their conversation.
My brother Cameron, well theres really no other way to put this than to be honest with you about it, he hesitated struggling to find the right words, You see his father was a bit of gangster of sorts.
A gangster? she repeated giving him a strange look.
I know that sounds like a really lame way of putting it, but you see Camerons father kind of ran the underworld crime scene on the East Coast for a long time. He was the kind of guy that people didnt want to mess with. Think the movie the Godfather. You have seen that, havent you?
She nodded, Parts of it.
Well thats what Camerons father was like when he was alive, JT confessed remembering the little that he knew about Cyrus Stone. He had unlimited power and wasnt afraid to use it if someone crossed him. While I didnt know Cyrus all that well, I knew that he was a feared man--one that my mother never dared to cross even after they had split up. You see Cameron and I have the same mother and I guess she left his father to be with mine. To make a long story short, even my father who seems like the man who fears nothing was afraid of Cyrus. He never said it, but I could see the fear in his eyes each and every time that Cyrus was around. Granted Cyrus was good to me even though I wasnt his son, but like I said I didnt get close to him like some did.
So what are you trying to tell me, she asked nervously feeling him squeeze her hand again.
When Cyrus died everything he had went into Camerons control. Hes the one who held the power over all of Cyruss businesses and dealings. Granted he shifted things around a little bit finding legal loopholes to continue with business and hes been able to hire people to take over the less than savory parts of his fathers legacy while he controls it all in shadow. Hes more the face of things rather than the enforcer, but still that power and ability to reign supreme that Cyrus had still surrounds Cameron. Though he tries to keep his hands clean when something arises, he knows people who can take care of things--people who dont take too kindly to those who do things to upset Cameron, he explained to her trying to be gentle about his brothers dealings. With your father all I have to do is say the word to Cameron and your father is history.
JT, I dont know if thats such a good idea considering that, she paused searching his eyes for a long moment, I mean have you ever
Ever what? he questioned seeing a flicker of fear behind her eyes.
Killed someone? Have you done that? she couldnt help but ask.
No and if youre wondering Ive never had anyone killed either, he promised squeezing her hand again before his palm pressed in against her cheek, Ive never been driven that far before, but after what your father did to you. If he ever hurt you again I wouldnt be able to live with myself.
JT, I just dont know if she leaned into his touch closing her eyes and remembering her fathers threats.
Trust me Evie. If he comes back again hes a dead man, but I dont think it will come to that, JT promised her reaching out to pull her into his arms. I think once your father realizes that Cameron is my brother that will be all that it takes for him to back off. He wont bother you again after that. I swear to you.
I just dont want you hurt, she hugged him tighter than before, If I ever lost you
You wont lose me, he promised kissing the top of her head gently, Im never going to let that happen sweetheart. No matter what anyone does to try to keep us away from one another, its not going to happen. No one will ever hurt you again.
But JT dont you see that if you stay with me it could hurt you? Thats what scares me, she admitted tipping her head up to meet his concerned gaze. If my father does something to destroy you then
The only thing he could do to destroy me is hurt you or take you away from me, he brushed his index finger up against her soft lips, Other than that he cant do a damn thing to me. Alright?
She nodded before leaning in to steal a kiss from him, I love you JT.
I love you too, he squeezed her one last time before motioning to the last of their bags. You ready to go meet my brother?
She nodded again before smiling, I just hope I make a good impression because otherwise I might be in trouble after what you told me.
Trust me, he leaned in to kiss her again, hes going to love you because I do.
I hope youre right, she mouthed in response watching him reach for their bags. She grabbed her purse and followed him out to his car preparing herself to finally meet his brother. As they got into JTs car, she wondered if they could truly escape her past now that her father was on the move to destroy her. However, as she tried to think hopeful thoughts, she had no idea that the man whom she feared more than anything was watching her every move waiting in the shadows to follow her and JT as he planned to put his scam into finally get his hands on everything that always shouldve been his!
What took you so long in getting here? Kevin frowned once he
and Brant were alone with one another in the hallway. Do you have any
idea how hard it has been for me to keep dodging her all night? Shes
been asking me to lay with her in bed and
Hey, do you think I like this situation anymore than you do? Brant snapped at Kevin, exhaustion shining behind his brown eyes. Ive been out here on the phone all night calling specialist after specialist in the hopes that someone can give me some damn answers about whats going on with her. No one seems to know anything and its just been one frustration after another.
Ill tell you about frustration, Kevin tossed his hands up in the air, I should be with Ria right now--I should be home with her working out things with her, but instead here I am trying to pretend that Angela and I are still together. I have a big problem with this one Brant.
And so do Kevin, but Don told me last night that if we arent careful with this situation it could have a really negative effect on Angela. Shes already been under so much stress and with the accident, not to mention her two miscarriages, Brant reminded his friend sharply, Kevin if we lost our children, then I dont know what I would do. I dont know how I could live with losing them when
Youre not going to lose them Brant, Kevin sighed letting go of his own frustrations as he thought of what Brant had to be going through. Im trying to get her to remember, but nothing seems to be working. Shes just stuck in the past and
And it kills me to see her this way. I mean do you have any idea what it is like to walk in there and see the woman you love looking at you like youre nothing more than a random stranger? Brant questioned with a pained expression. To see her hurting, yet there isnt a damn thing you can do about it because she doesnt recognize you? Its killing me Kevin.
I know Brant and Im sorry. I really am, Kevin sighed heavily bringing his thick fingers up through his dark hair, Believe me if I could do anything to change this, then I would.
So would I, but for now it sounds like were stuck in this situation for a while. Until she remembers we have to play along with this even if we both hate it, Brant hesitated before another look crossed over his face.
What arent you telling me Brant? Kevin couldnt help but ask sensing something else was bothering Brant.
Last night as Cameron was leaving I heard him discussing having Angela released from the hospital and taken back to his place. If that happens Kevin, then shes never going to remember me. Cameron will do absolutely everything to make sure that she still forgets and I cant let that happen, Brant paused searching for the right words, which is why I need your help.
Brant, you know I would do anything for you. Just say it and Ill do what I can, Kevin added knowing full well that the last place Angela belonged at a time like this was with Cameron.
I want you to move in with me, Brant blurted out watching Kevins eyes widened in response.
Excuse me, Kevin burled back at him stunned at Brants suggestion.
I want you and Angela to move in with me, Brant added seeing Kevin finally get what Brant was trying to say to him. She thinks that you two are together and on your way to being married so naturally it makes sense for you and her to be living together right now.
Brant, I cant just move in with her. I have Ria and Kevin shook his head firmly, Itll never work because Angela would never buy that we were living with you.
You wont be living with me. Well, not exactly. You see I have a guest house on the property and I want you to stay there with her. That way she is close enough to me that I can try to work with her--to help her find herself and Cameron wont be able to interfere. Youll be right next door so to speak and it will be perfect for helping her get back to herself again, Brant continued thinking about the plan hed come up with for them. I already have someone working on doing what they can to get the guest house ready for this and
Youre forgetting about one major thing in all of this, Kevin held his hand up in the air to silence Brant, Ria will never, ever go for this. She hates the idea of me spending all this time with Angie and the last thing she will go for is my moving in with Angie. She would kill me for even discussing it with you.
Maybe I can talk to her, Brant suggested with a shrug of his shoulders, I mean maybe we can work something out. Ria doesnt have to be left out of the loop. Hell she can move in with me if she wants. The mansion is big enough for half of Coral Valley and I think at one time we had almost that many people with us. Ria can stay there so that way she can keep a close eye on whats happening with Angela.
Brant, I really dont think that Kevin started to argue once again.
No its perfect. I can have Don talk to Angela and tell her that Ria is going to look after her. Ria can stay with me and then she can keep an eye on whats going on with Angelas condition while you two can find ways to sneak off and spend time together, Brant felt a grin touch over the corners of his lips, Its perfect because it gives me the chance to be with Angela while you and Ria can still be together.
Shes still not going to like it man and plus, what happens if Angela sees Ria around the place? What are we going to tell her? Kevin couldnt help but ask. I dont think shell buy that her doctor is visiting all of the time.
She doesnt have to, Brant pondered the thought for a moment, because Ria will be living there as well.
Yeah I understand that, but Brant Angela will never believe shes just floating around your place Kevin started to further argue with him.
She will if she thinks that Im dating Ria, Brant blurted out with a sudden inspiration carrying over him. If she thinks that Rias the woman that Im in love with and that you are with her, then she wont question it. You can tell her that youre staying with me until you get your new place done. Tell her that you want to surprise her with a new house or something and its still in a construction phase.
No way. No damn way. Youre not getting even remotely close to my fiancée. Even if Ria went for it, which Im sure that she wont, Im not going to allow it, Kevin answered firmly, his lips curling into a deep frown.
Why not? Youre spending time with mine, Brant tossed back at him with a huff. She thinks that you two are in love with one another and that shes having your baby. Ria and I both would know full well whats really going on and from where I stand thats a hell of a lot more secure than what you have going on. I know Ria isnt interested in me and vice versa. If anything Im the one who has the most to lose in all of this.
Brant, I just dont know. I mean I understand why youre asking, but still Kevin shifted on his feet uneasily.
Kevin please. Im begging you. If we dont do this, then Im sure that Cameron will take her away from me and I cant lose her. Please Kevin--do this for me--for the twins, Brant pleaded with Kevin as Kevin suddenly found himself getting in over his head in a situation that he truly did not want to be stuck in!
...to be continued...