I hate this, Ria warned sharply glaring out at Brant as the two
sat in the middle of his kitchen with one another. Brant had just finished
making them some tea to calm her nerves, but right now she wanted to be anything,
but calm. Right now she was out for blood--preferably Angelas. She turned
to watch Brant pouring some honey into his tea and she let out a groan. How
the hell can you be so calm when shes in there with him alone?
I trust Kevin, Brant shrugged his shoulders simply before issuing her a small glance. He set the bottle of honey down before motioning to the chair beside him, You know you might try doing the same considering that hes the man youre in love with.
I do trust Kevin. Its her that I dont trust, she huffed before reaching out to the chair and slumping down beside him. Can I ask you an honest question?
That all depends, he mouthed in response taking a sip of his tea, Do you want an honest answer?
I dont know. Am I going to get one from you? she questioned wearily before focusing on the mug in front of her. I mean really, what is it that you men see in Angela?
Gee, youre not asking a lot are you, Brant couldnt help but laugh lightly finding himself amused with her questioning. Where would you like me to start?
We can skip over all of the x-rated details, she rolled her eyes decidedly before meeting his gaze again. Above and beyond her being trampy, what do you like about her?
First of all shes not trampy, Brant shook his head at her words, and second of all I cannot speak for Kevin, but what I can tell you is that I love her because she and I have a connection that Ive never had with another living person before.
You didnt rule out dead there, Ria noted taking a quick drink of her tea, which is a good thing because she might end up in that position if she tries to bust a move on Kevin.
I would really appreciate your not killing her considering that I plan to marry her when this is all over, he replied with a small frown seeing her stand up again in order to pace around the kitchen.
I dont see why. I mean she has this thing about her. She cant be happy with just one man wanting her, Ria curled her fingers into fists and waved them around in the air, but rather she needs to have the whole world worshipping her. She has to be the center of attention and
I think youre being too hard on her, he offered thinking about the woman he loved, While I know she and Kevin have a long history with one another, thats all it is. Its history.
Brant, its not as much history as you think. She told me full well the first time I met her that she has the hots for Kevin and that she believes he wants her too, she spun on her heel to face him again and argue.
Do you believe he has the hots for her? he arched a curious brow leaning back in his chair to watch her.
Of course not. I mean no, she shook her head before bringing her fingers up through her hair, Its just that shes a manipulator and a nympho and
I wont argue about the second half, but as for being a manipulator, I really dont think that Angela has it in her. Shes an amazing woman with a kind heart and were going to have a family together, Brant offered up thinking about the woman he loved.
Thats pending her memory return Brant. What if she decides that she likes being with Kevin so much that she never gets it back? What if he decides that he wants her back and that she stopped herself realizing what shed said. Immediately she clasped her hand over her mouth in an attempt to shut herself up.
You know what you need, Brant stood up as well seeing her work herself into a furious pace again. He stepped in front of her reaching out to block her before she could start pacing again. Ria, you need to calm down.
How can I calm down when the man I love is alone with a woman who would like nothing more than to jump him? she gasped shaking her head furiously, Brant I dont like this at all.
I know you dont and I dont either, but we have to play it cool. If we go in there and blow this situation up, we could both lose a lot. Right now Kevin is trying to get Angela to sleep so that you and I can meet up with him later, Brant spoke up in a soothing tone hoping to keep Ria calm as her worrying was not helping him.
Really? she replied her eyes widening in response.
Yes really, he nodded issuing her a small smile, Kevin and I talked about it. Once Angela goes to sleep hes going to come over here and let me know whats up. Ill go be with her for a little while and then hes going to stay here with you. I already have a room made up for you for the night and you can settle in there more in the morning. That way you and Kevin can still see one another without any big commotion.
You really came up with all of that just for Kevin and I? she replied tipping her head to the side and giving him a strange look.
No, I did it for me too because theres no way in hell that I want her sleeping with Kevin either, Brant confessed honestly forcing a small smile, but not because I dont trust either one of them. Right now Angela doesnt know herself and she could do something that we would all regret. As for Kevin, hey I know that hes playing a part, but thats all it is. I have no doubt in my mind where his heart or his head is in all of this and thats with you.
You really think so? Ria felt a small breath escape from her lips.
I know so. I mean she was worked up yesterday wanting to be with him, yet he was with you and Im guessing you both had some private time with one another given you both had wet hair when you returned, Brant wiggled his brow at her suggestively. You dont have to be brilliant to figure out what you two were up to.
Id really rather not talk about that with you, Ria snubbed her nose in response feeling uncomfortable mentioning her sex life with Brant.
Hey Im jealous, Brant shrugged his shoulders seeing her eyes grow wide with confusion, because I wouldve loved for that to be Angela and I instead.
Oh right, Ria nodded before clearing her throat, So what do we do now? We just wait?
Obviously the tea wont help, but hey I have an idea on something that might, Brant motioned to the hallway, Want to try something completely new and different tonight?
You mean other than tossing my boyfriend into an up close and personal situation with his former lover? she folded her arms in front of her chest and frowned.
This is a good something, Brant reached for her hand and tugged on it. You might actually like this one.
Fine, but I dont understand how you can be so calm about this, Ria sighed heavily letting Brant guide her down the long hallway as she wondered what could be possibly happening with Kevin and Angela now that they were alone with one another. She just hoped and prayed it wasnt anything near what her mind was conjuring up because if it was Angela was a dead woman!
Your brother really lives in this place? Evie whispered feeling
JTs arm around her waist as they looked around Camerons library
waiting for him to join them. She stepped away from JT and ran her finger
across the binding of the books in front of her before turning to face him
again, I mean this place is huge. It looks like a museum.
This is home in Coral Valley for him, JT nodded in response seeing how in awe of things she was, but this isnt the biggest of the bunch of the ones he owns.
Far from it actually, Cameron voice echoed through the room as Evie spun around to see JTs brother standing in the archway leading to the library. This place is cozy and casual for when Im in the states, but my place in Italy makes this one suffer in comparison.
Cameron, JT smiled and greeted his brother before motioning to Evie to join him. She did as instructed and stepped up to JT, feeling him place his arm around her shoulders, I would like you to meet someone special. This is Evie.
Evie, Camerons dark gaze drifted over to her before a smile pressed over his lips, From what I can see youre quite special indeed and very beautiful.
Thank you, she replied feeling a blush rise over her as Cameron reached out to take her hand in his. He raised it to his lips offering a gentlemanly kiss before his dark eyes swept up to meet hers.
This is my brother Cameron, JT added seeing the way that Evie seemed impressed with his brother, and dont let his attempt at charming you fool you, hes just another one of the dorks like the rest of us men.
I would hardly consider myself a dork or you for that matter, Cameron mouthed in response to his brother before cracking a small smile, JT just isnt as refined as I am yet, but hes getting there.
I think Im fine the way that I am, JT added seeing the way that Cameron was eyeing Evie.
I would imagine youre doing pretty good so far to end up with someone as beautiful as Evie here, Cameron flashed her another smile before taking a moment to memorize her features, Though I must confess I feel as if weve crossed paths with one another before.
I would have remembered meeting you if we had, she replied politely leaning into JT as Cameron searched her eyes.
No, Im sure we have. Theres something about your eyes--something very familiar that I would never forget. Im good with faces and Cameron started before shaking the thought, Im sure Ill figure it out sooner or later, but for what its worth I think my brother is incredibly lucky to have someone like you at his side.
I feel like Im the lucky one, she hugged her arm around JTs waist before turning to him again, Hes my knight in shining armor.
Yep, thats the first time Ive ever heard that one about him before, but its adorable, Cameron walked across the room motioning for them to follow him out. He lead them down the antique filled hallway into the great room area before walking over to the bar, Can I get either one of you a drink.
Actually Ill take a Eve piped up seeing Cameron reach for brandy to pour himself a drink. She caught the way that JT was issuing a warning glance before she cracked a teasing grin, water if you have it.
Spring or imported, Cameron replied opening up the small refrigerator that he had set up near the bar.
Whichever is easier, she mouthed in response seeking out JTs hand and lacing their fingers with one another.
And what about you JT? Cameron asked bending down to select a bottle for Evie.
Ill have the same, JT noted as the two made their way over to the bar area.
So tell me something, Cameron stood up straighter offering them both their drinks with a smile, where did you two meet up with one another?
At work, JT replied quickly sensing Evie was uncomfortable with the question, She was with the wrong guy and I figured I should step in and make her see what she was missing.
Im sure, Cameron laughed lightly handing Evies bottle of water to her, In other words he chased you until you had no choice but to say yes in order to get him to leave you alone.
Something like that, she nodded in agreement, but for what its worth its been wonderful.
I would imagine it would have to be for JT to want to take you to paradise, Cameron leaned in over the bar top and wiggled his brow at her, which is truly what it is when you get out there. The beach house is perhaps my favorite of all of the real estate I own. Its like stepping into a dream world compared to all of this. Its really incredible.
It sounds like it, she smiled back at him opening her mouth to say something more when there was a crashing sound behind them. She turned around to see a frazzled looking blonde woman in the doorway glaring over at Cameron.
Cameron, there you are. Ive been trying to call you for at least an hour here. I need to talk to you now because Diego sent me these, she held papers up in the air and scowled before marching further into the room. Hes trying to take the baby from me and
Would you excuse us? Cameron smiled politely over at Evie and JT before circling around the bar to grab Sarah by the arm, Sarah and I will be right back.
Cameron this is serious business. Im telling you that she continued to rant as Cameron scooted her out of the room almost as quickly as she had entered it.
Whats that all about? she questioned with a frown seeing the way Cameron had scooted his guest out of the room.
Im not sure, but with Cameron its really best not to get involved, JT admitted motioning for her to follow him over to the leather sofa. He tends to have a knack for finding clinically insane women and taking them in. Im not sure what the appeal is but my brother has honestly never had a relationship with anyone normal.
I see, she sank down onto the couch cushion beside him, So how do you think things are going here?
Quite good, he replied reaching out lazily to touch a small strand of her hair that remained by the side of her face. Why? Are you uncomfortable?
No not at all, she shook her head in response, Its just Ive never been in a place like this before--at least not without worrying about the cops coming in to bust me.
Trust me its not as impressive as it seems. I grew up in places like these and they get old after a while, he divulged thinking about his childhood.
I dont know, she sank back into the sofa and took another look around, I could get used to living in a place like this when Im older.
If you want a place like this now I could arrange for one, he offered up seeing her eyes grow wide as she sat up straighter.
Are you serious? she blinked back at him, You would actually get a place like this for us?
He nodded, Sure, I mean if its what would make you happy.
But I dont understand, she gave him a strange look, You said that you dont have anything to do with your father and that he cut you off financially. You work at the bar and
And I own the bar, JT revealed with a hint of a smile leaning in closer to her, I have someone else acting like hes the owner, but when it gets down to it Im the boss.
Youre kidding, she gasped in surprise eyeing him closely, but how? I thought that
I was really screwed up when I was younger, but I made a couple of investments with what I had. Cameron helped me save some money after our mother died and while I hated doing that, well it paid off for me in the long run, he confessed with a lazy smile, I just like to downplay the situation.
So at any time you could leave that dump you live in and have all of this? she pointed to the room that surrounded them.
Its not that simply as I have most of everything tied up, but for what its worth, yeah it could be arranged, JT nodded in confession before leaning in closer to her, but I dont tell anyone about that. The more people think you have, the less they seem to be concerned with who you are as the whole promise of a fortune takes over.
So you pretend that you have nothing because, she started trying to process what he was saying.
Because people expect nothing then, he nodded in response before sipping his drink, Ive honestly never felt compelled to be honest about what I have with anyone before, but I feel safe with you.
And I feel safe with you too, but she glanced around the room once again, You would actually buy me a place like this if I wanted it?
Does that surprise you so much considering what we have together? he arched a curious brow before leaning in closer to her. Would you expect me to just keep you in the dark about everything and not include you in what I have?
Well no, but I mean its just that I told you about my father and she found herself at a loss.
Hey, I dont care about him. Only you, he inched in closer to her stealing a small kiss from her before smiling, I know it makes me a fool for love, but you have that effect on me.
You have quite the effect on me too, but truth be told I could live with you forever in the apartment and be happy, she blurted out thinking about all hed done for her. You wouldnt have to buy me all of this to impress me. Well, okay so it would impress me, but it wouldnt change how I feel about you. I loved you even when I thought you had nothing.
As long as I have you, I wont ever have just nothing, he mouthed in response moving in to kiss her again while they shared a few moments alone without Cameron now that he was preoccupied with Sarah and all of her drama.
I know that its not really something you want to think about,
but honestly Diego no one is going to take you seriously anymore after all
of this, Gabriella pointed out with a heavy sigh looking around her
brothers place, After what happened with Cori you said it yourself
that you have the review board at the hospital questioning your ethics. You
have pressure from administration to take a vacation and now
Dont you think I realize all of that? Diego couldnt help but snap at his sister finding himself increasingly frustrated with what was happening with his life. He ran his fingers through his hair before shaking his head, Gabby I know what Ive done and how its hurt me both personally and professionally, but you dont have to keep rubbing it in my face here.
Im just trying to get you to opening up your eyes about how far youve fallen since you were back home, she pointed out with a small scowl, This place has given you nothing but heartache and after Maria died life hasnt been the same for you. Admit it.
No it hasnt, but I still tried to keep pushing on helping those around me, Diego offered up with a heavy sigh thinking about all hed tried to accomplish with his career, I wanted to make a difference here.
And you have, but not in the ways that you were hoping. You let some woman play you for a fool and you compromised absolutely everything you are and for what? she questioned blankly shaking her head at him, Diego, what have you honestly had here that was worth holding onto other than Maria?
I have a life Gabby. I have something that was mine and Diego let out a long, frustrated sigh before getting up and pacing around his living room. I guess its not mine anymore, is it?
Not after you compromised all that you are, she added with a shake of her head before walking into his kitchen. Look Diego I cant tell you what to do, but maybe its time you get back to your roots for a little while.
If Sarahs having my child, then Im not leaving town. I want to be a part of my son or daughters life, Diego argued with her further, I want to have what was stolen from me with Maria.
Theres a difference though Diego. Maria loved you. Sarah loves herself and thats it, Gabriella informed him point blank shaking her head, Youll never have what youre hoping for with a woman like that even if she is carrying your child.
Maybe not, Diego sat back down on the edge of the sofa, but its worth at least contemplating.
Dont ruin what you still have left in your life Diego. Have some pride, Gabriella urged him again before walking fully into the kitchen and leaving him with his thoughts.
He looked around his living room thinking about all that he still had in Coral Valley. Sure, maybe his career was falling to pieces and he could use his medical license, but he still was alive. He still had that fighting spirit that hed carried with him, even if it was a losing battle and now Before he could get any further inside of himself he heard the doorbell ring.
That might be dinner. I ordered a pizza since you and I obviously cant be going around this town hanging out, Gabriella piped in as Diego rolled his eyes wondering how in the world his sister had just come in and taken charge of his life when the last time hed checked he was still very much an adult. With a groan he stood up and walked over to the door ready to just pay the pizza boy and be done with it, but instead he found himself face to face with Barbara.
Hey you, she smiled up at him, her welcoming eyes meeting his with a warmth and a friendliness that he hadnt experienced from anyone in town for a while. I missed you at the hospital, so I figured why not just stop on by for a visit?
Barbara I Diegos eyes widened as she held up a fresh baked pie that shed brought over with her.
Its apple. I hope you like apple, she explained handing it over to him before motioning to the room behind him, Are you busy or are you going to let me in?
Oh of course, he nodded stepping aside and moving out of the way so that she would enter the room. Im sorry about that. I guess its just been a while since Ive had any company, well other than Gabriella so you know I wasnt really anticipating anyone being here.
Is Gabriella still here? she arched a curious brow looking around his living room to see things were a bit out of place.
Shes in the kitchen barking out orders as always, Diego spoke up in a small whisper.
I heard that, Gabriella popped her head out long enough to see Barbara with Diego, Barbara, hey while youre here do me a favor and try to get my brother to listen to reason. Hes being impossible.
About what? Barbara couldnt help but ask.
Moving. Im telling him that he needs to come back home and get his life together since hes on the chopping block at work and has become the town pariah, Gabriella added knowingly before disappearing back into the kitchen.
I wouldnt say you were the town pariah, Barbara frowned in response her worried gaze returning to Diego. I think there are far more people who would easily take that title over you.
Still it doesnt change the embarrassment that I have caused the hospital when the police chiefs sister decided to take me out, Diego pointed out with a frown thinking about the hell hed received over that one. Theyve been tiptoeing around the issue, but I think its safe to say Ill wind up on extended leave very soon.
How extended? Barbara questioned worriedly.
Lets just say that I think my office will be a great place for the new resident lounge, Diego confessed at the thought, though its my own fault.
That you got shot? she replied with a strange look, Diego you cant help it that your girlfriend flipped out on you and shot you. No one blames you for that.
Even so Coris had a long history of mental health issues, so when it became such a public affair, he offered up thinking about the tentativeness of the situation.
You werent her therapist, were you? Barbara couldnt help but ask seeing his dark eyes filled with regret.
No, I wasnt, he answered honestly, but I instigated something that put a very public humiliation over the hospital. Some of the stories that the newspaper are running are very unflattering and
Again that is not your fault, Barbara added with a huff. Diego you cant let a bit of bad press get you down. I know that youre a good man and you just had a run of bad luck.
I appreciate your support Barbara, but you and I both know that I did some pretty rotten things that extend beyond Cori, he mouthed turning to set the pie on the coffee table before facing her again.
Last time I checked Diego having sex with someone elses girlfriend wasnt a crime. Sure, it might not be morally correct on some level, but at the same time its not like its something that your profession should hold against you. Hell, if all doctors were required to be saints, we wouldnt have anyone working at the hospital. And for the record I think Zack Vaughn would be the first to go, not you considering that hed slept with just about everyones wife that works there.
As chilling of a thought that it is you painted there about Zack, it still doesnt change what I did wrong, Diego sighed heavily feeling tension mounting in his neck and shoulders. I can honestly say that I dont see things improving for me. People will always wonder about my relationship with Cori and if I overstepped any ethical boundaries.
But she wasnt your patient, Barbara reminded him again, You said it yourself.
Even so Ive been under intense scrutiny and even if the rumors arent true, you dont need truth to have them destroy you, he continued to explain to her, Besides, the things that Ive done havent made me happy about myself. I hurt a good friend by betraying his trust and sleeping with the woman he loved and thats something I cant forgive myself for.
You made a mistake. We all make mistakes Diego, she argued with him further, Just because you picked the wrong person to fall for doesnt mean that you need to condemn yourself to a life of misery away from everything thats important to you. Your life is something you should continue to fight for. Who cares what everyone else thinks? You are a fighter and you cant give up and leave.
Barbara, he opened his mouth to argue, but stopped before he started, I dont know why youre even bothering with me. Hell, I dont even know why you care.
Because contrary to what you think about the world Diego, the fact to the matter is that I like you, she explained pointedly taking a bold step towards him, I like you a lot and maybe that makes me crazy, but I dont want to see you go anywhere for purely selfish reasons.
Barbara, I really dont think that this is a good idea, he started uneasily seeing the way that her eyes were focused on him. Im not the man you think I am.
Sure you are. Youre just having a hard time figuring that out, but if you stop putting yourself down for five minutes, you might see you as I do. You might see that youre the kind of person worth taking a chance on down the road, she informed him reaching out to touch his shoulder gently before her eyes met his again. You might even find it within yourself to stay and fight rather than run away and lose everything thats ever mattered to you Diego.
Its not that simple, Diego sighed in response.
Its only as simple as you make it and maybe you dont like haring me say it, but I think youre worth taking a chance on Diego. I think your life is worth fighting for because there are things out here in Coral Valley that are still waiting for you. There are people who still want you very much in their lives, but if you run away, well youll never know just how much of a difference you truly couldve made, she finished hoping that he wouldnt walk away from Coral Valley before she had the opportunity to be honest with him about the impact hed made on her in such a small time, Please Diego dont leave town. Dont run away.
Kyle, my man, Paul chuckled moving forward and patting Kyle on the shoulder letting out a small laugh seeing the way that Heathers green eyes stared over at Kyle. Moving in closer to Heather, Paul let out a small laugh seeing her go and hide behind Kyle as Paul let out a small laugh. Youll truly have to introduce me to this girl. She looks like a winner.
He looks like a freak, Heather pointed out seeing the way that
Kyle looked back at her before laughing and she wrapped her arms around his
waist. Squeezing him uneasily she let out a small sigh watching the way that
Paul looked her over carefully. Kyle, find out what he wants and make
Heather, Kyle laughed turning to face her seeing her still hiding behind his large frame as he let out a long laugh and reached out to hold her in his arms. Honey, he is never going to hurt you. Im here and he is my friend. He may be a bit of a freak ,
Hey, Paul blurted out seeing the way that Kyle looked over his shoulder at him raising his eyebrow in response as Paul let out an exaggerated sigh. Hearing Kyle laugh Paul frowned folding his arms in front of his chest and shaking his head back and forth. What?
Paul, you know youre a freak, Kyle turned toward his friend seeing his friend pouting before nodding slowly and letting out a small laugh.
I know man, I was just playing with you, Pauls deep laugh filled their ears as Kyle let out a laugh in return seeing the way that Heather still seemed to hide from Paul. Honestly girly, you belong to my boy here, so Im not going to pull anything on you.
Yeah, because he would take you down, Heather moved in beside Kyle seeing the way that Paul laughed and moved forward in closer to her and Kyle as she hid behind Kyle again. Right Kyle?
Trust me honey, Kyle turned more so that he could wrap his arm around her securely enough to make sure that she felt comfortable with him. As good of friends Paul and I are, I would kick his ass if he ever tried to hurt you.
Hey, thats not nice, Paul frowned moving toward the corner of the room and dropping down on the couch, putting his feet up on the coffee table. Seeing Kyle frown and move away from Heather, he felt Kyles knee nudging his off the table making him let out a small sigh. Honestly, is this anyway to treat the man that walked in on your naked ass all the time screwing girls in our dorm room?
Paul, Kyle snapped seeing Heathers green eyes staring out at him as he turned to face her. Hearing Pauls laugh fill the room Kyle hesitantly laughed before shrugging his shoulders. Hes just pulling my chain. He doesnt know anything.
Kyle, man, Paul leaned forward in his seat grabbing a hold of the vase that rested on top of the coffee table. Honestly man, the last time I think I walked in on you and how many chicks? Maybe four, I dont know how you entertained them all, but they always switched spots and ,
You are quite the big mouth joker arent you? Kyle snapped looking over at Paul seeing his eyes widen as he gently tugged at his ponytail avoiding all eye contact with Kyles hazel eyes. Turning back to Heather Kyle let out a small laugh before shrugging his shoulders. He sure is funny isnt he?
Oh yeah, real funny, she felt her jaw tighten in anger seeing the way that Kyles hazel eyes stared into her and she looked to his friend who seemed now to be amused with the ceiling fan above him. Dont worry about it honey, the past is the past.
It wasnt that long ago that, Paul went to say something seeing Kyles glare stare right through him. His blue eyes widened as he held his hands up in the air and let out a small noise. My bad man, I didnt know you werent opening up about your past.
Not as much as you obviously, Kyle pointed out motioning Heather to sit back on the couch with him as they took a seat on the leather couch. Wrapping his arm around Heathers shoulders he pulled her in closer to his muscular chest before letting out a long breath. Paul, honestly what are you really doing here?
I came here because I heard my wife found her way back, Paul informed Kyle with a long sigh resting his head back before putting his feet back up on the coffee table. Kyle rolled his eyes before watching his friend play with the vase Russ and Avery had left with the house. I figured we could crash for a bit thats all.
Crash as in you stay here or what? Heather muttered seeing the way Pauls blue eyes met hers as she pressed her fingers in over Kyles firm abdomen carefully. Kyle, does he mean what I think he means?
Hes not going to get away with this, Hart paced around
the room, feeling his blood boiling after the news Sam had given him about
Walts taking the initiative to make her dreams of London a reality.
Spinning around, he faced Jenna with a clenched jaw and angry eyes, Hes
only doing this to take her away from me Jen. You know that.
Hart, he is just trying to be her grandfather. You and I both know how much she wants this to fall through for her, Jenna tried to calm him down, but it was no use as she could see him searing with rage. Hes trying to make up for lost time and
No this is personal. This is his way of stealing my daughter away from me because I wont cave in and give him what he wants. He knows full well that hes in the wrong here, but he doesnt care, Hart raised his voice feeling his fury eating away inside of him, I told him the last time he came around that I was shutting him out of my life completely, but now hes using Sam as a tool to work his way back in.
Hart, shes come to you multiple times about whats going on with her and Wayne. You know how much this means to her, Jenna tried to reason with him seeing the way that hed moved around the room kicking at the couch before wincing in pain. Hart, come on. Dont be ridiculous about this.
Shes my daughter Jen. Shes my little girl and Im not going to let him take her away from me. Beth already kept her from me for far too many years and Im not going to just sit idle and watch her walk out of my life forever. Its not going to happen and I dont care what I have to do to make sure that Walt doesnt get away with this, he blurted out marching across the room and reaching for his jacket.
Hart, what are you doing? Jenna questioned worriedly seeing him scanning the living room.
Im going to go see Walt and then Im going to talk to Beth, Hart blurted out snatching his car keys up from the table top. Walt might have thought he made some ground here, but he hasnt. If Sam wont listen to me, then shell have no choice to listen to Beth and I about this. She is after all Sams mother.
I understand that Hart, but this means the world to her. If you tell her no and keep her from leaving, she could hate you forever, Jenna warned him seeing his eyes wild with upset.
I dont give a damn or not if she hates me. Shes my daughter and shes not leaving, Hart shouted back at her, making his way over to the door and leaving in a haste. He slammed it behind him causing Jenna to shudder as her worries about Hart grew exponentially. Knowing full well that he was out for blood, she reached for her own jacket and took off after him hoping like hell she could keep him from doing or saying something that he would live to regret down the road!
Whats on your mind sweetheart, Richard questioned patiently
awaiting Averys words as it was clear that something was on her mind.
He watched her exchange glances with Russ before Richard reached for Averys
hand. Whatever it is that you want to talk to me about, you know that
Im here for you.
I know, but this is she paused biting on her lower lip nervously, this is something that I really dont know how to bring up.
Its okay, Richard tried to coax her into speaking what was on her mind, just take your time with it.
Daddy, you see there is this woman in town--shes someone that Russ met when he had amnesia and Avery cleared her throat uneasily as Richard looked to Russ with a frown.
What have you done? he scowled seeing the way that his daughter appeared to be upset.
No daddy its not Russ. Its her. You see she looks just like me, Avery blurted out squeezing her fathers hand before he could get up and fight with Russ. If I didnt know better I would say that we are twins. In fact, I think that we are twins
What? Richard blinked back at her his focus returning to what she was saying.
Daddy a little while ago I saw her and I had a confrontation with Cameron Stone, she explained in a shaky voice closing her eyes for a brief moment before continuing. A long time ago I had spoken with Cameron before and he knew things about me--things that no one would know unless they were family.
Avery, you and I both know what kind of man Cameron is, Richard offered up thinking about all the hell Cameron had put on people in Coral Valley.
I know that daddy, but this woman I told you about--this girl that looks like me, well Im pretty sure that Cameron only knew those things about me because he knows them about her, she paused feeling a chill creep in over her, Daddy he claims that shes his sister and that I am his sister as well.
Thats preposterous, Richard shook his head firmly, Avery you know full well that youre my daughter and
Am I? she searched his eyes as if trying to read for another response from him.
Of course you are, he reached out to touch her face gently, Youve always been my little girl and its clear that Cameron is using this woman to try to get at you. There is no way that she could be your sister or that you are his sister when I know full well that you are my daughter.
I understand that, but still you havent seen her, Avery shook her head thinking about Angela, Dad she looks just like me.
She couldve had some kind of reconstructive surgery that was meant to confuse you, Richard offered up thinking about all of the plots that Cameron has pulled in the past. He couldve hired her to get you worked up and
I dont think so Rick. There are too many things for Cameron to have done that. Shes more than just someone who stepped in to hurt Avery, Russ explained feeling an uneasiness overtake him as he thought back to his time with Angela. They have too strong of similarities for this to be just some kind of plot by Cameron.
There is no other explanation for it, Richard shook his head firmly before turning to Avery, As much as your mother and I have had our differences, Ive always been sure about you. Youre the best thing thats ever come out of our relationship and
I know that daddy, but still Avery started to explain again only to hear the sound of Erin waking up in the other room. She glanced over at Russ before looking to her father again.
Avery, youre worrying unnecessarily about something that isnt there, Richard tried to persuade her as Erin let out another small sound. In fact, I want you to stop thinking about the lies Cameron has told you because it simply is not the case. You and I both know that youre my princess and youll always be my princess. In fact, why dont you go get Erin so that you and Russ can see what I bought for her?
But she started to protest before finally nodding, Okay, Ill be right back.
As Avery walked out of the room Richard glanced over at Russ and frowned, Please dont tell me that youre allowing these lies Cameron has told her to fester inside of her. I thought we already discussed that she has more than necessary on her mind already.
Rick Ive tried to tell her not to worry about it, but Cameron made a very strong case with Angela, Russ paused thinking about what hed learned before hed lost his memory, and theres something more--something I think you should know about Brooke before you discount any of this either.
What do you mean? Richard questioned arching a curious brow.
When I was taken from Coral Valley I discovered something--something that could quite possibly change everything for the future, which is why I havent mentioned it to Avery, Russ divulged moving in closer to Richard, but its something that I cant keep from you any longer. You deserve to know the truth!
Lindsay slumped over on her side of the booth watching as Jackie played with
her pizza, moving it around in her hand in such a way that it was all over
the place. She couldnt help but frown when Daniel offered Jackie his
napkin, moving in to help her clean up some of the sauce that was on her cheek
before reaching for his glass of Coke.
Jackie you are such a slob, John noted with a frown seeing the way that his sister let out a loud burp upon taking a drink of her Coke.
Oh my Im sorry, Jackie gasped bringing her hand up over the side of her face and laughing, Boy that was bad.
Nah, we all do it, Daniel reached for his glass and took a sip from the straw before offering up a burp himself, See its okay.
Man, that was weak, John took his drink and followed suit burping as well while Lindsay rolled her eyes.
Thats so nasty, Lindsay blurted out with a frown catching the way that Daniel was watching her.
We were just playing around, Daniel admitted setting his drink down again. He slid it over towards his plate before nodding at Lindsay, but I can stop if it bothers you.
Why would you want to stop Danny? Jackie laughed lightly reaching down to pat her hand on his leg, I dont mind it and neither does Lindsay. Shes just playing around, right Lindsay?
Well I Lindsay paused seeing the way that Jackie slid in closer to Daniel. Feeling jealousy sweep over her, she pushed herself off of the seat she was in and motioned to the bathroom. Ill be right back.
You okay? John questioned worriedly as Lindsay nodded.
Yeah Ill be fine, Lindsay replied rushing off before Daniel watched her closely.
She doesnt look okay, Daniel noted with a frown of his own thinking about how unusually quiet Lindsay was on the ride out to the restaurant.
Im sure shes just nervous about skipping school, Jackie added thinking about Lindsay being with them. Its not like her to just up and do something against the rules. She doesnt believe in that.
Yet she was out here today because you gave me the car, John noted with a frown.
You were the one that picked her up, Jackie tossed out at him with a huff. So its your fault.
I wouldnt have picked her up if you wouldnt have gone off with that loser. Speaking of which, how did that one end up for you? John questioned smugly as Jackie glared over at him.
Lets just say that I cant even remember his name at this point, Jackie wrinkled her nose at her brother before glaring in warning.
Hmm, then I think its safe to say he wasnt worth your time in the first place, Daniel added fighting to suppress the need to laugh after knowing full well how things played out at Toms apartment.
Lets just say I realized that I dont need an old man around me when I could have much more fun with someone my own age, Jackie admitted with a small slur, batting her eyelashes over at Daniel. I really dont mind taking the time to experience the thrills of dating someone that I can relate to.
Im sure youll find someone like that for you very soon and hell treat you right, Daniel nodded in response bringing his arm out to stretch it on the back of the seat. He leaned into the wall a bit and smiled, I mean all guys arent jerks you know.
Maybe not, but the ones I pick up are. They just dont know how to treat someone, she sighed heavily sinking back into her seat. I mean they are nothing like say you are.
Im not that great, Daniel shrugged his shoulders and laughed throwing a knowing glance over at John, I do a lot of shady underhanded things every now and then.
I seriously doubt that, Jackie scoffed in response reaching for a loose piece of pepperoni on her plate.
Im skipping school right now, arent I? Daniel wiggled his brow at her suggestively. He reached for his drink and took another sip. That should tell you what kind of rebel I am.
Ill have an even better indication of that if you let me play with your balls, Jackie blurted out with a wide grin causing Daniel to spit out the drink hed had in his mouth.
Excuse me, Daniel blinked back at her in astonishment.
Balls, you know like over there, she nodded over to the ski ball machine across the play area, I remember you mentioning once that you were pretty good at that game and now I want to put you to the test.
Oh well, um, Daniel offered up a nervous laugh before finally nodding, Sure, but I should warn you that Im really, really good at that game.
Im sure Im better since I know how to handle the ball very well, Jackie confessed sliding out of the seat and waiting for him. You might find yourself surprised by the time were finished.
Youre just full of surprises, Daniel offered up before turning to John, Want to join us?
Nah, Ill just wait for Linds, John waved his hand dismissively watching as his sister walked off with Daniel to go play a game. Frowning he thought about how Jackie was proclaiming her love for Tom a few hours ago, yet now she was hitting on Daniel right in front of Lindsay, who was obviously upset.
Sorry about that, Lindsay approached the table seeing only John, Hey where did everyone go?
My sister, the whore, is over there trying to make a play on Daniel, John motioned over to where Jackie and Daniel were side by side at the ski ball machine. You should go over there and stake your claim before she makes an unsolicited grab at his crotch.
She wouldnt do that, Lindsay frowned moving in to sit beside John once again, Would she?
Linds, shes on the rebound right now. My sister never handles that well, John admitted thinking about Jackies erratic behavior. For most people you learn from something like what happened earlier, but for Jackie, she never gets a clue. I mean yeah she might take a fraction of a hint, but its not long before she moves on to her next project.
And you think Daniel is it, huh? Lindsay sighed seeing Jackie swatting Daniels arm playfully. She slid in behind him tickling his ribs as he tossed his ball, causing it to go flying into another lane.
Yep, unfortunately I do, John nodded in response before turning to look at Lindsay, The question is what are you going to do about it?
What can I do about it? Its not like Daniel likes me, Lindsay paused thinking about the few times she and Daniel had been with one another. Shed thought there was chemistry--that there was something happening between them, but now as he was with Jackie, she couldnt help but find herself doubting everything.
Of course he likes you. What guy wouldnt Lindsay? Youre smart, beautiful and really fun to be with, John continued to remind her enthusiastically. Anyone would be crazy not to want to be with you. Youd be the perfect girlfriend.
You say that now, but I dont see it. How many dates have I had? she tossed out at him with a sigh watching Jackie coax Daniel into moving in behind her and helping her throw the ball shed been playing with.
It doesnt matter about the quantity, but rather the quality, John pointed out with a nod, Just because Jackie has gone through more boyfriends than most people have gone through toilet paper doesnt mean shes any better at catching a guys eye than you are. Hell, if I wanted a girlfriend right now I would ask you out, but you know with my focusing on my music and everything
Ah yes you and the love for rock and roll, Lindsay shook her head at him. Sometimes you confuse me John. You just seem so out of the loop with dating and
Trust me if there was a girl in school who was worth dating well other than you I might consider it, but for now I prefer my guitar and keeping you as my best friend, he nodded towards Daniel once again, Plus a guy doesnt stand a chance as long as hes around. Its clear that youre crushing.
I am not, Lindsay protested watching Jackie spin around to hug Daniel enthusiastically, At least not when I know its something thats not worth my time.
Thats a defeatist attitude. How about we work on changing that? John decided nudging her to move out of the seat. She did reluctantly and he followed reaching for her hand. He pulled her in over towards where Daniel and Jackie were. Give my sister some competition. She needs it.
Im hardly on Jackies level, Lindsay whispered in a muted tone ready to say something more when Daniel approached them.
Hey, I was wondering where you were, Daniel announced joining John and Lindsay, Jackie and I were talking and we were thinking about maybe getting together with a few more friends and making a night of it. I know you have to get to the train station John, but Lindsay I was hoping that maybe you might want to do something tonight. We can call up Stacy and a few other people and hang out.
Seriously? Lindsay replied with wide eyes.
Yeah, I think it would be cool. Dont you? Daniel questioned flashing her a bright smile.
Yeah, Lindsay nodded feeling a moment of confidence carrying over her, I think it would be totally cool.
Great, then lets do it, Daniel decided motioning to Jackie, Ill just have her call Stacy after a few games and we can get on it.
Great, Lindsay nodded watching Daniel return to finish his game.
See and you thought that there would be trouble. Lindsay, sweetheart, youve got this one nailed in the bag, John whispered in her ear hoping that his friend would realize just how amazing she was now that it was clear she was doubting herself around Daniel. If Daniel wasnt smart enough to see how incredible Lindsay was, then he was the idiot indeed.
I didnt know you came to the gym, Jason boasted proudly
rubbing at the back of his neck seeing the way that Nate tried to avoid total
eye contact with him while Mindy looked down at the ground. Is something
wrong with you two? Did I miss something?
No, nothing at all, Nate replied quickly seeing the way that Jasons blue eyes stared into his as Jason smiled widely. Reaching out to gently nudge Mindys shoulder he saw her blue eyes stare out at him. So Mindy, hows it going. You working those guns there?
I can see you have been, Mindy blurted out seeing him smile and look down at the tank top he was in before flexing his arm for her. Feeling her reach out to touch his arm muscle and give it a small squeeze. You like that?
Oh yeah, Mindy moved in closer to Jason feeling his muscle tighten more underneath her fingertips as she smiled. Oh my, Jason you really are a big boy. I like what I see, you take care of yourself very nicely.
Everyone at this gym does here honey, Nate pointed out gently touching Mindys wrist softly seeing the way her blue eyes looked over at him for a moment. Clearing his throat uneasily he saw Jason run his fingers through his messy hair before letting out a long breath. So whats on your mind Jay?
Well, this is directed toward Mindy, Jason spoke up softly seeing her nod before fixing her hair a bit. Jason kicked at the ground softly looking back in the direction of the windows to the parking before speaking up in almost a whisper. I was kind of sort of wondering if you would want go out sometime.
Oh yeah, she nodded seeing the way that Jason smiled, his dimples growing more and more with each not she gave. I mean do you want to go like something or something? I know a great store in the mall that would have some awesome stuff for you to wear.
Yeah, we could go shopping if thats what you would want to do. Anything youre up for, Ill do anything for you Mindy, Jason whispered seeing her smile before rubbing her hands in over her shoulders letting out a long sigh. And for the wearing clothes thing, I would love to wear whatever you pick out for me. Any ideas you have, Im there.
Sweet, I already think I have an idea for you, she pushed a strand of hair behind her ear before pointing back to the smoothie bar. How about I buy all three of us a round of smoothies? Strawberry sound good.
Are you sure? Jason questioned looking over at Nate who already gave her a nod for it being okay as Jason shrugged his shoulders. Sure, I would love to. Strawberry sounds great, thanks honey.
Strawberry works, Nate gave her the okay before looking back at Jason with a new curiosity. Seeing Jasons eyes widen by the way that he was looking at him, Nate simply shrugged his shoulders. You know Jason, I never really pegged you to be a fruit, but its cool I guess. Ill get the table for us to chill at.
Wait, Nate, Jason called out his eyebrows tightening as he watched Nate drop to a chair at a table and Jason looked around the room before shrugging his shoulders. What is a fruit?
Jason looked back to Nate again before letting out a long sigh moving across the room to help Mindy with the drinks so she couldnt drop them. Just for the life of him, he couldnt seem to realize why or what Nate meant in calling him a fruit.
Honey, Im home, Don chuckled stepping into his home expecting
to see his wife before him only to find his son and Zane in front of the television
playing a video game. Closing the door behind him Don dropped the bag on the
floor before moving in closer to his son. Hey kiddo, where is Shannon?
What do I care? Matt replied looking up to see the look in his fathers blue eyes and Matt pushed the button to pause the game from continuing with the playing. Shes in the kitchen father and Im just playing with Zane before Aunt Dee comes over and picks him up.
Okay, good boy, Don kneeled down pressing a small kiss against Matts forehead before rubbing at Zanes hair softly hearing Zane let out a small laugh. You boys play fair and nice. I dont want to be breaking up any wrestling fights here.
Hearing his son chuckle one last time Don smiled moving into the kitchen seeing Shannon staring out the window into the backyard. Carefully moving in behind her, he knew she couldnt hear him as he wrapped his arms around her hearing her gasp erupt through the air.
Hey sexy girl, Don muttered pressing a small kiss against her neck feeling Shannon relax in his arms a bit as she pressed her hands in over his. Do you know you look almost as good from behind as you do from the front?
Do you know how much you sound like a freak right now? she teased turning into his arms to stare into his blue eyes as he caressed her cheek softly. I would rather stare into those sexy eyes than have you behind me.
Oh, I think I like the sound of that more, Don tipped down cupping her face in his hands softly before pressing his lips in over hers in a tender caress. I think this is much better than staring at you from behind.
I couldnt agree more, she whispered placing tiny nibbles against his bottom lip as he pulled her in against his chest letting out a long sigh making him kiss her with more passion behind it. I missed you today Don.
Oh god are you two doing what I think youre doing? Matt groaned from the corner of the room seeing his father drop Shannon back to the ground as she quickly moved over to the sink. No, no. Dont let me interrupt, Im just getting some juice for us.
No, we were just talking about how Deana was planning on picking up Zane soon, Shannon continued to wash her hands seeing Matt roll his eyes before walking back into the living room with the juice in his hands. Don and Shannon followed him not far behind as they saw Matt walking toward the bedroom. Where you going kiddo.
Were playing the game Clue, Matt informed his father and Shannon before shrugging his shoulders and letting out a long sigh. The boy believes that somehow he can beat me when I always hammer him and win, but I figured Id let him have another try.
Well be here Matty, Don called out seeing his son nod as Don let out a long breath pushing his hand through his dark hair before dropping down on the couch. Today honey, you would not imagine the things that have been happening with Brant. You see, Brant and Angela are having problems because ,
Don went to say more only to see Shannon going to pick up the bag he had dropped in the corner of the room as he got up off the couch. Reaching for the bag he saw Shannon glare out at him as she pulled it away moving behind the couch.
Shannon, you dont want to look at that, Don pleaded watching the way she opened it and pulled out what he thought to be a slutty Victorias Secret set out of the bag. Clearing his throat Don shrugged his shoulders before speaking up again. I swear I was talking to Jewel today and she wanted me to give that to your brother. I swear to god thats what it is.
Are you sure? Shannon dropped the lingerie to the ground seeing Don holding his hands out in the air in a pleading motion as she bit down on her bottom lip angrily. Is that what this is Don? Is this really something for Nate or is it honestly something for you and you are just standing her lying to me? I know how you feel about Jewel, so huh? Is this for you or is it really for Nate?
I really dont know sweetheart, Kyle looked down at Heather
for a moment before looking back into Pauls blue eyes as he leaned further
back into the seat. Seeing Paul grab the pillow next to him and hold it in
his arms tightly, Kyle cleared his throat moving forward and letting Heather
go. Are you trying to say your staying here?
Well yeah, I mean I have my bags in the car man. You have your own house. I could chill on the couch, its really not that bad, Paul explained seeing the worried look in Heathers eyes as Kyle stood up. Bringing his foot across the table he heard the vase he was playing with shatter to the ground as he let out a small yelp. My bad man, my bad.
Its quite alright, Kyle muttered under his breath seeing the way that Heather went to get up and Kyle motioned her to sit back down. Paul, I really cant have you just coming here man. I mean notice maybe, but I dont know what to say.
Just say yes man, I mean honestly Ive done things for you, Paul pointed out seeing the way that Kyle stared out at him and he nodded slowly. I let you do a ton of things and I was always there to hold you up. So why cant you be mine?
Paul, I just cant all of a sudden drop everything to let you move into my house, Kyle protested feeling Heather step in behind him and press her hand against his shoulder. I mean look at it, you already got my coffee table dirty with your shoes and you already broke a vase. I cant deal with that Paul.
Well now, look at the one who is whipped these days, Paul stood up from the chair hearing Heather let out a small gasp as a small smirk appeared out of the corners of Kyles lips. I mean here I was thinking I was whipped by Jewel considering she was my wife, but honestly. I think everyone is whipped by her, even you were back in college that one time.
Sadly Paul, Kyle nodded watching his friend walk over toward the couch and lie back against it as if he was getting comfortable enough to sleep on it. I dont know if we can really do this right now considering she has a baby.
You got her pregnant. Hot dong gone it, Paul laughed out seeing the look on Heathers face knowing that she didnt understand a word he said as he let out a small laugh. You had a baby Kyle? Whats its name?
He isnt Kyles, Heather informed Paul seeing him pacing back and forth in the living room. I got pregnant before Kyle ever came back to Coral Valley, but hes like a second dad to Charles.
Exactly, Kyle nodded feeling Paul grab a hold of his shirt and felt Paul tugging his toward the door as Kyle let out a small noise. Looking over at Heather he saw her green eyes staring into his as he let out a small whimper. Where am I going?
To help me get my stuff and to talk, Paul pulled Kyle out of the door and saw Kyle shrug his shoulders to Heather before following him out onto the lawn. What is going on with you man? Youre not the same Kyle you used to be.
Im no party animal anymore Paul, you have to be careful what you say, Kyle pointed out seeing Paul grab a few things throwing them in his direction. For a moment he had a hard time trying to hold onto everything right before grabbing a firm hold of the bags. Seeing Paul move forward with just one Kyle let out a small hiss. Paul, seriously. We need to start rethinking whats going on here.
What is it Russ? What is this so called truth that youve uncovered?
Richard questioned wearily seeing the expression on Russells face. Tell
When Nicholas and Brooke teamed up with one another to get rid of me, I was stuck in this place for a while where I was given information, Russ paused thinking about the hazy memories that carried over him. I wasnt given the information really, but rather I found it when I was trying to escape. You see Nicholas kept some kind of files on the people that he had around him. He was keeping tabs on everyone of interest in his life and he had this file on Brooke
Wait a second. Youre saying that Nicholas had files on everyone here in town including my wife, Richard tipped his head to the side giving him a strange look.
Thats right and I got my hands on the one he had for Brooke. It turns out that shes been manipulating for years. In fact that night that Avery found me in bed with Heather that was her doing. Brooke and Douglas Mahoney teamed up to drug Heather and I and make it look like we slept together so that Avery would run to Brant and Kipp would leave Heather, Russ explained in a low, quiet tone hoping that Avery wouldnt return too fast. Bruce had supplied her with the drugs--the same drugs that she had used in the past on another occasion.
Are you talking about the drugs she used that had caused Avery to lose your child before, Richard questioned his jaw clenching at the memory of his wifes deceptions.
Russ shook his head feeling something build up in the pit of his stomach, It was something different--something shed used when she was much younger--something shed used on you.
What? Richards eyes widened in response before he shook his head, Russ thats impossible.
Think about it Rick. You were in love with Judy. You two were engaged to be married and then out of the blue you threw that all away to be with Brooke. Judy found you and Brooke in bed with one another and then you had no choice but to end things with Judy, Russ added thinking about what he knew about Averys father. When I see you and Judy together I know full well that you always loved her and you wouldve never chanced what you had with one another to be with Brooke.
Brooke was pregnant with Avery and I wasnt going to abandon my daughter. Im still not going to, Richard huffed in response finding himself increasingly uncomfortable on the sofa.
I understand that, but Rick, Brooke drugged you. She knew that you werent going to be with her, so she took action. She made sure that you had no choice, but to be with her by getting herself pregnant, Russ added further shaking his head, She manipulated you just like she manipulated everyone else over the years.
Oh my God, Richard gasped thinking back to the night hed lost everything hed had with Judy. I cant believe that
I know this is hard, but Russ started again.
You said you havent mentioned this to Avery, yes? Richard questioned turning to look at Russ with worry behind his eyes. She doesnt know what her mother has done.
I thought what Brooke did to Avery and Erin was more than enough to put her through, Russ confessed with a nervous expression, I just couldnt bring myself to destroy her and I still cant.
You cannot say a word to her about any of this, Richard informed him point blank, While Brooke and I might not have anything together, there was a point in time when I was with her.
Yes, but if she lied about what happened the night Judy found you two together, then what else has she lied about Richard? Is it possible that Cameron might know something about Brooke and Avery that none of us had anticipated? Russ questioned mirroring Richards thoughts as Avery entered the room with Erin in her arms.
I told Erin that her grandfather was here and shes excited to see you, Avery explained brightly keeping Erin close to her chest. She is just as eager to see what you brought for her as we are.
I know shes going to love it, Richard pushed Russells conversation aside long enough for his thoughts to focus on the beautiful little girl in his daughters arms. In fact why dont we have Russ help us open it up?
Alright, Russ walked over to the gift and looked over at it, Look Erin its got a big bow on it just for you.
Russ pulled the bow off of the package and walked over to place it on top of Erins head seeing her big eyes move up towards him and she let out a tiny giggle.
I think she likes it already dad, Avery laughed lightly as Russ carefully opened the package to pull off the top of it.
Um okay, Russ held up a smaller box that had a tiny cash register inside. Whats this?
Since her mommy is so good with numbers I thought that Erin would like to have an opportunity to play with her own grocery store, Richard informed him with a smile, I know its a little grown up for her, but I have the rest of the store out in the car. Its a little play town that I know shes going to love when she gets a little older. If Russ wants to help me we can carry the rest of it inside.
Oh daddy its great, Avery replied brightly seeing Erin watch her father with great interest.
Thats not all though, Russ pulled out a stuffed puppy dog and moved it around in the air in a dance. Erin look what else grandpa got for you.
Erins tiny fingers pinched out as she wiggled in Averys arms trying to reach for her stuffed animal. She started to whine when Russ wasnt close enough for her. He laughed lightly before giving her the new friend her grandfather had given her and within a matter of seconds she was nibbling on the dogs ear.
I think this one is a keeper dad, Avery added watching her daughter completely in awe of the toy Richard had bought her. She loves it.
Shell love the rest of it too when your strong man over there gives me a hand, Richard teased with a small wink walking over to kiss his granddaughter gently, There isnt anything I wouldnt do for you or your mommy Erin. Youre both my little princesses and dont you ever forget it.
We wont, Avery smiled in response feeling a bit relieved to have her father over with them.
Good keep it that way, Richard touched Averys chin lightly before looking to Russ, You ready to lend me a hand Mr. Muscles.
You bet old man, Russ teased back walking over to the door to join Richard over by his car.
As the two men stepped out onto the front porch Richard pulled Russ aside stopping him before they could get the rest of Erins presents.
Look Russ about what we discussed before, just dont say anything to Avery, Richard urged him again with an apprehension in his features. The truth to the matter is that I realize Brooke had manipulated all of us, but I dont care about how Avery came into this world. All that matters to me is that I have her and shes mine.
I understand sir and Russ paused before letting out a long breath, its just what Cameron said and with Angela
I dont know what thats all about, but Ill look into this Angela thing myself. As for Avery, Russ I can tell you without a shadow of a doubt that shes my little girl. There isnt a doubt in my mind that shes mine because I was sure of it since the day I first learned that she was coming into this world, Richard added with a newfound confidence in his tone. You dont need to question that and neither does she.
Of course, Russ nodded wondering if everything was as black and white as Richard wanted it to be. Hell, he knew it wasnt that easy, but given how much Richard and Avery meant to one another, Russ just hoped that Richard could do a good job of convincing everyone else that there wasnt reason to worry about what Cameron had said. For Averys state of mine, Russ hoped that Richard would be able to accomplish all that and more!
So now all youll have to do is know how to turn it on after its
full and youll be good to go, Grady tapped the countertop thinking
about the job he and Seth had run with one another in installing the dishwasher
in Blake and Seths new kitchen. He smiled over at Blake before offering
up a teasing wink, That is if youre ready to step into the role
of manual labor here with dishes.
Very funny, Blake folded her arms in front of her chest and huffed, Ill have you know that Im quite capable of doing dishes. I might have lived a pampered life, but it wasnt that pampered.
Hey I didnt know how to run one of these things until my first marriage, Grady admitted honestly, Truth be told my dish collection consisted of the kind you could toss into the trash and never reflect upon once again.
See now I wasnt able to have that luxury growing up, Seth admitted thinking about his childhood. We had a set of about four mismatched plates, bowls and chipped cups that had to last us for a very long time. Truth be told I remember how worked up my mother was when Jade and I were doing dishes one time. We were just goofing around and wound up crushing two of the mugs and making a mess. At first my mother looked like she was about to explode. She started to rant about it until Jade started crying and then she changed her mind about being mad. In fact, she reached for one of the remaining two mugs and decided to throw it to the ground to show that she wasnt upset with us.
Really? Grady replied thinking about the woman hed once loved.
Yeah, I mean at the time we wound up laughing it off, but then when Jade and I realized the importance of what little we did have, we decided to make it up to her. We both worked at a carnival for a short time one summer and Jade and I were able to pool together enough money to buy a real set of dishes. Sure, they werent anything special, but you should have seen my mothers face when we gave them to her, Seth sighed closing his eyes and thinking back to his mothers reaction, You would have thought wed handed her a winning lottery ticket. It was really something special.
It sounds like it, Blake noted stepping in closer to him. She eased her arms around Seths waist before smiling up at him, which is why I made sure to pack those plates away in the China cabinet so that they wouldnt be broken in the move.
You did? Seth arched a curious brow before watching her nod.
I figured they were something special, Blake nodded once more, so I made sure that Sarah and I put those away along with the ashtray that Jade made in junior high that you showed me not that long ago.
Jade made an ashtray? Grady arched a curious brow.
Seth nodded, Yeah, she was so proud of it that when she made it my mother embraced it and set it up on display even though she wasnt a smoker herself. It was red and orange with a yellow base and I can show it to you if youd like.
Do you mind? Grady felt a tightness in his chest at the thought of Jade.
Not at all, Seth replied simply before motioning for Grady to follow him. It should be over here.
Top shelf, Blake added walking past the room to return to a box shed started sifting through in the living room.
Here it is, Seth explained reaching out onto the top shelf and pulling out Jades clumsily put together ashtray. He turned to show it to Grady, who laughed in response.
Yeah, I could see how it might be hard to decipher what it is, Grady admitted as Seth held it out to him.
Jade never stayed within the guidelines on projects, Seth explained watching Grady carefully curl his fingers around the ashtray, She always made her own rules.
You arent kidding, Grady mouthed with a thoughtful expression as his fingers traced over the engraving where Jade had carved her name into the bottom of the ashtray.
She was always stubborn about things, but it never kept her from following her dreams or her heart, Seth reminded him with an air of sentimentality in his tone, You know Grady even though I didnt take the time to say it so much when Jade was alive, the truth to the matter is that you really did make her happy. For so long she felt so empty inside. After those monsters tried to destroy her life, she was shut off in so many ways. She stopped believing in love and happiness and if you two hadnt crossed paths, theres no telling where she might have been.
Your sister was a survivor Seth. She would have been fine without me. Better than fine Im sure, Grady felt a lump forming in his throat at the mention of Jade.
Thats where youre wrong because it wasnt until she found you that I started to see the real Jade return again, Seth explained fighting to contain his emotions, It wasnt until you found each other that I really saw that she would be okay. It wasnt until you were together that I felt like my sister had really found her place in this world. Loving you made her whole again and even if she was taken from us far too soon, thats something that will always stay with me.
Your sister was the one woman in this world that made me believe in happy endings, Grady confessed with a pained expression, She refused to let me bury myself in my demons and Ill always love her for that.
I know you will, Seth replied as there was a sound in the other room alerting them that someone had arrived.
Thanks Seth, Grady offered up handing the ashtray over to Seth once again.
For what? Seth questioned curiously.
For seeing beyond the disaster you thought I was and allowing me the chance to love your sister. If I hadnt had that opportunity, I would never know how to love, Grady explained further as his green eyes cast out into the other room where Deana was with Blake. I would never know what it is to need someone and want to have the things that mattered most in this world.
Jade always wanted you to be happy, Seth nudged him further before he glanced over at Deana, Shed be proud that you were able to achieve the joys she longed for you to have.
I just wish she could have shared them with us, Grady sighed as he watched Seth put the ashtray back on the shelf.
She is in her own way, Seth nodded to the ceiling before offering up a sad smile, Shes still watching us and screaming at us for our mistakes while trying to point us in the right direction at the same time.
Somehow that wouldnt surprise me, Grady added with a laugh, Jade would take it upon herself to be bossy with the man upstairs if she got her mind set on something.
Shes probably driving everyone in heaven crazy, Seth replied with a poignant smile before hearing the sound of Blake and Deanas laughter in the other room. In fact, what do you say we go and give her something to smile about?
Let her know that were doing what she would have wanted? Grady arched a curious brow.
Something like that, Seth explained with a nod moving out into the room to join Deana and Blake.
Grady stayed behind for a moment and once again turned his attention to the ashtray on the top shelf of the china cabinet. A smile touched over his lips as his eyes traveled to a photograph of him, Jade, Blake and Seth that was taken a while ago. He thought back to that moment in time and found himself touched by a warmth that could only mean one thing. Jade was still there with him in his heart and his soul and he knew that hed never truly lose all that they had with one another.
Thank you for not giving up on me, Grady whispered to himself knowing that Jades faith in him had kept him from falling to pieces time and time again. He closed his eyes for a moment thinking about the woman hed once loved when he felt a hand on his shoulder.
Grady? Deana questioned worry evident in her tone, Is everything alright?
Everythings fine now that youre here, Grady replied turning around to pull Deana into his arms. He reached out to touch the side of her face before offering up a warm smile, Better than fine.
Are you sure? she searched his eyes for a long moment, I mean Im sorry Im late. I tried to cut out of my shift earlier since I knew you would need my help here, but
I love you, Grady mouthed moving in to cut her off with a kiss. He pulled her into his arms completely and took his time to appreciate the softness of her lips against his. His fingers fanned out over the side of her face before he reluctantly eased away from her. He took the time to memorize her features before smiling down at her, I hope you realize that.
I love you too, she replied with a blush carrying over her features, You sure, youre alright?
Now that youre in my life, Im pretty sure I will be, Grady reassured her while pulling her into an embrace again as he thought of how fate had blessed him with another chance at happiness in his life. As he held onto Deana, he knew that he wouldnt have been able to experience the love hed felt for her if it hadnt been for Jades interception in his life. Now he had the whole world ahead of him and he vowed not to fall into the same traps that had caused him so much grief with Jade. This time he was going to savor each and every moment that life had brought his way.
Here, let me help you, Mindy felt a warmth behind her as she
saw Jason reach forward to grab two of the smoothies before smiling down at
her. I dont want you to drop these you know, they are some pretty
Tell me about it, Mindy looked down for a moment before hearing Jason clear his throat and look away from her. She could tell by the look on his face something was on his mind and when his blue eyes avoided her she really knew that was the truth. What is it Jason?
I was just thinking, Nate said something to me and I just dont understand it, Jason began to explain seeing her nod and look over in Nates general direction before letting out a long breath. He called me a fruit Mindy, what in the world does that mean and why did he say it?
He really said that to you? Mindy questioned in an angered voice looking over at Nate seeing him avoiding all eye contact with her as she reached out to touch the side of Jasons face. Listen, dont think about what he called you. Hes just being a jerk right now. I think its cool what you are Jason.
Well, thank you, he bit down on his bottom lip feeling her push back his hair behind his ear as he let out a small laugh. Looking back to Nate he saw him somewhat jealous by the way he was staring. I think.
No really Jason. I really like you and Im glad I met you. I know a couple of great guys like you and I would never not like you for who you are, youre amazing, she leaned forward up on her tippy toes to press a small kiss against his cheek seeing the confused look behind his blue eyes. I would love, love to hang out with you more. It would be absolutely amazing because you are a great guy and Im happy that I can call you my friend.
Yeah, me too but, Jason went to say something else before pausing and taking in a long shallow breath. Mindy, I dont know if Im missing something here. I dont know whats going on with me or you. I just am thinking all the wrong things.
And thats okay, but right now I want you to know Im used to being around guys like you and I feel so comfortable being around you Jason. Youre amazing, she whispered moving forward and wrapping her arms around him tightly as he softly wrapped his arms around her still confused. I really do like you Jason, a lot. We need to make sure Nate understands that.
Um, okay, Jason nodded slowly watching the way that Mindy walked back to the table with Nate as he let out a small confused breath. I still dont even understand what in the world that fruit is supposed to mean. I have no idea whats up right now.
Moving back toward Nate and Mindy Jason set the drinks down on the table watching Mindy look up at him with a smile as he set her drink down. Somehow, he really didnt think that he was going to find out what was happening at all today.
Becca, Kipp tried to worm his way out of her arms as she continued
to kiss him. He felt a heat rise up in him from his toes to the top of his
head as his cheeks filled up with color in embarrassment. He reached out to
steady her shoulders and pry her away from him, but it proved to be a difficult
challenge, I think youve got the wrong idea.
No, I dont think I do, she slurred reaching out to tease her fingers through his dark hair once again, You cant tell me that you didnt feel chemistry between us when we were on the dance floor together.
We were just having fun and while I appreciate and respect your friendship, I just dont Kipp began again taking in a sharp breath when he felt her move in for the kill once more. She planted her palms in around his shoulders before tugging him in for another bold kiss. Her tongue swept out across his bottom lip offering up another alluring proposal when Kipp felt his pulse race in a panic. Just as he reached out to push her away once again he heard a shriek from across his office.
Why you little tramp! Kellen squealed with a rage marching forward and glaring at Becca. You get your hands off of my man right this instant before I knock your teeth down your throat and rip your arms off and beat you with them.
Kellen, Kipp spoke his lovers name as he found the strength to finally push Becca away from him. He turned to face Kellen as Kellens blue eyes flashed with rage.
Just what do you think youre doing missy? Kellen accused marching over to step in front of Becca. Are you just plain stupid or do you not get a clue when its clear that Kipp is taken?
I dont see a ring on his finger, Becca tossed back at him flippantly, so I figured that if Kipp was disinterested hed take the opportunity to let me know. Of course that moment never arose between us.
Well actually Kipp began to voice his opinion only to realize that Kellen was moving forward with the full intention of choking the life out of Becca. Before he could follow through Kipp reached out to slink his arms around Kellens muscled torso and draw him back. His dark eyes darted over towards Becca, before he through out a pleading look, Becca I think its best if you leave right now.
Oh no that hussy isnt going anywhere, Kellen announced struggling against Kipp, The way I see it, shes about to get that smug smirk knocked off of her face and
Take it as you will Kellen, but clearly you dont have the kind of appeal that a woman does with your man, Becca whispered in a low, mocking tone before glancing over at Kipp once again, Well continue this later.
The hell you will! Kellen hissed turning around in the direction that Becca was in and taking Kipp along with him. Kellen got two feet closer to Becca before Kipp leapt up on his shoulders and pulled him back. Kellen brought his hands up to pull Kipp off of his shoulders, but found that he couldnt accomplish the task at hand. Get off of me Kipp!
I cant let you do something that youre going to regret later, Kipp pleaded with him as Becca left Kipps office and made her way over to the elevators. Kipp watched her leave as Kellen started to circle around the office in a fury.
Im going to kill her! Kellen snarled waving his arms around in the air wildly. If she thinks she can put her nasty little lips on you and get away with it
Kellen, it was just a misunderstanding, Kipp offered up in a small breath only to feel Kellen dislodge his arms from around him. Kipp landed on his butt in the center of the floor as Kellen charged out of the office, Kellen!
Kipp watched as Kellen made his way over towards the elevators. However, in seeing that Becca was gone, Kellen turned right around and stomped back to Kipps office. He slammed the door shut behind him and placed his hands on his hips to look down at Kipp, who was still on the floor.
Do you care to explain why that whore had her fuchsia colored, dime store lip gloss lips on yours? Kellen tapped his foot impatiently before glaring down at Kipp.
She made a mistake, Kipp offered up attempting to pull himself off of the ground, and if you would have waited a few seconds before coming in here on the attack I would have set her straight about the situation.
And just what situation is that? Kellen folded his arms in front of his muscled chest and huffed. The one that involves the two of you making out in your office when Im not around? Tell me Kipp what kind of assistant did you hire her for?
Kellen, come on, Kipp groaned in response before shaking his head, Shes just new in town and clearly she took my friendship to be something that it wasnt
Is that right? Kellen tossed his head back before frowning deeper than before, So you expect me to believe that you were just being nice to her and she decided that meant you wanted to make out with her?
Well, when you put it that way Kipp cleared his throat uneasily. She was just confused and
Confused or not I want her gone, Kellen stomped his foot down. You cant have her as your assistant any longer.
Kellen, look while I realize that what she did was inappropriate, shes been good for the company and Kipp started to explain how the simple misunderstanding between him and Becca wasnt something that should get her an automatic dismissal.
And your ego, right? Kellen arched a pointed brow. I mean thats what it is all about right?
Excuse me, Kipp blinked back at him, What are you trying to say?
That even though you said that she was the one to instigate things, you werent exactly shoving her away. Im sure on some level it must have thrilled you to see that there was still a woman in the world who had some kind of interest in you, Kellen rolled his eyes at the thought, I mean you must have felt like a big man in being able to turn the heads of someone of the opposite sex.
Oh please, Kipp rolled his eyes once more, Now youre just being ridiculous.
Ridiculous in thinking that you might be amused by the idea of a woman taking interest in you especially when shes beautiful in her own little trashy way and blonde like Heather, Kellen continued to rant with a wounded expression, I know how youve been feeling like you havent been able to turn many heads in the female population and
I dont believe this, Kipp threw his hands up in the air, Kellen, why would I even look at another woman when youre all the drama queen I need and more? Do you honestly think I would want to bring a woman into my life when youre already more than over the top?
Over the top, Kellen huffed bringing his hand up over the center of his chest in a wounded expression, Ill show you over the top Kipp. Ill have you know that I might not be all woman, but Im full of more passion and more life than that anorexic twit could ever be. Just because she has breasts doesnt mean that shes better than me.
I never said that she was, Kipp groaned outwardly, Kellen, youre blowing this way out of proportion.
As if you wouldnt respond in the same fashion if you walked in on me making out with someone you couldnt stand. How would you feel if I was making out with Kyle when you walked in the front door? Kellen tossed out at him flippantly.
Confused and oddly aroused, Kipp attempted to throw humor into the situation.
Face it Kipp. Youve been just wasting your time with me because Heather Babes is with someone else. Youve been around me because shes been what youve wanted, but now that Beccas offering up a savory alternative Kellen waved his hands around in the air wildly.
Kellen, I dont want Becca. She just kissed me because our signals got crossed. It wasnt nearly as horrible as you are making it out to be, Kipp groaned once again. He stepped forward reaching out to touch Kellens shoulder only to feel Kellen swat his hand away.
You have no idea how much it hurts me to hear you saying that because I warned you that Becca was trouble, but youre too eager to get your ego stroked by her to listen to my warnings, Kellen sighed emphatically, and if thats the way you want it, then you let her keep on doing it because Im done stroking your ego and everything else that goes along with it.
Kellen, Kipp stepped forward only to watch Kellen march over towards the door in a huff.
Dont bother coming home Kipp because this drama queen has had more than her fill of you and your constant quest for attention, Kellen paused to glance over his shoulder at Kipp once again, You think about this long and hard because its either us or her. If she means so much to you as your stupid assistant, then obviously you dont care about the damage that shes been doing. You have to choose.
Im not choosing between the two of you because there isnt a choice. She works for me and you Kipp groaned again realizing that Kellen was obviously in the mood to rant on and on.
Arent important enough to make a sacrifice for. I get it Kipp and Ive got news for you. You arent that damn special anyways, Kellen spat back before flipping his head once again and marching towards the elevators in a huff.
Yeah, well youre just Kipp stepped out after him ready to vent his frustrations as the elevator doors closed and Kellen left the offices. Kipp took a step back and sighed while bringing his fingers up through his own hair. He leaned in against the side of the elevator doors and closed his eyes thinking about Kellens outburst, impossible.
Angela flipped on the light switch to the bedroom taking a long look around
before she glanced over her shoulder at Kevin. While she couldnt quite
place her finger on it, hed been distant tonight--more distant than
shed remembered and now that they were finally alone with one another
she was hoping to get to the heart of what was bothering him. Walking over
to the bed, she sat down and bounced on it gently before smiling up at him.
Kevin, you should sit down, she ran her fingers across the top of the bedspread, Its pretty comfortable right here.
I think Ill just stay over here, Kevin replied with a small gulp moving over to the far side of the room to look out of the window. His gaze swept over to the main house as he wondered what was going on with Ria and Brant inside. Right now he wanted to be there instead of in the bedroom with Angela.
Kevin, weve both had a really hard day, why dont you just come on over here and join me? she patted the bed again, her brown eyes beckoning him to join her. Kevin, are you listening to me?
Yeah right. Sure, Kevin replied thoughtlessly his mind lingering to where hed been less than twenty four hours ago with Ria at his side.
Really, then what did I just say? she frowned seeing hed made no attempt at getting closer to her. Finally she rose up from the bed and walked over to the window pressing her hand on his shoulder. He jumped at the contact she made with him. Kevin, you feel so tense.
Im sorry, he spun around with a panicked expression on his face, What are you doing over here? I thought that you were going to bed. You need your rest and
I would rest a whole lot better with your arms around me, she snaked her arms around his waist squeezing him in closer to her.
Angie, I really dont think that now is he attempted to detangle himself from her embrace, You really just need to rest.
Kevin, what I need is to spend some quality time with the man I love, she felt his resistance but reached for his hand. He grudgingly let her guide him over to the bed before she nudged him backwards. Sit down. Its really comfortable.
Angie I he started only to feel the comforter beneath him, Oh wow that is really comfortable.
I told you so, she smiled down at him leaning forward to move in closer. She wrapped her arms around his neck before stepping around his thighs to take a seat on his lap. Of course this is even more comfortable.
Look Angie he cleared his throat feeling her lips descend towards his.
Ive missed you Kevin, she mouthed in a hot whisper going in for the kill as he carefully picked her up in his arms.
I really dont think that now is the time, he started in an apologetic tone carefully rolling her back onto the bed beside him before standing up. You need to rest.
Ill rest better with your arms around me, she curled her arms out towards him, You always make me feel better after weve made love.
Were not making love tonight, he informed her point blank watching her sit up at the edge of the bed.
I know youre worried about me, but Im fine, she leaned forward her fingers pressing in over the front of his pants in a seductive movement, but if you dont want to make love Im sure I can find other ways to keep you entertained.
Angela, he squealed her name backing up after shed attempted to get into his pants. He set them back to right again before shaking his head, the doctors told you that you needed to rest tonight and youre going to do just that.
What I need is a little loving from my handsome man, she stood up straighter sauntering over to him. I mean come on Kevin. You dont have to be shy about it.
Angie, were staying at a friends home and right now you shouldnt be, he started to protest feeling her put her finger against his lips.
Of course we should. I feel fine and besides Im sure Brant and Ria are doing the same thing that well be doing once they get back to his big, old mansion. Im sure right now hes got her in some extremely erotic setting and she started to muse thinking about their host.
No way, Kevin shook his head firmly, Not a chance.
Why not? Brant looks like a guy who knows how to please a woman and Ria seems quite content with him. The way that he tugged her out of here only indicates to me that he couldnt wait to be alone with her, Angela continued as Kevin felt his blood boil. Before he could say anything Angela stepped up on her toes and planted a kiss on his lips.
Im going to be sick, Kevin mouthed retreating into the bathroom before she could stop him. He quickly locked the door behind him before his thoughts turned to Ria.
Kevin, are you okay honey? Angela tapped on the door. Kevin, open up.
I would really rather not, he replied leaning forward to press his head in against the wall. He closed his eyes and tried to keep his mind from thinking about what could happen with Brant and Ria alone together. Sure, Angela had fallen for Brant that first night, but there was no way that Ria could be
Kevin, come on. I can help you feel better. If you feel like youre going to throw up, I can be with you and she knocked on the door again.
Its not that kind of sick Angie, Kevin forced a groan before turning on the vent in the bathroom. Just lay down. Ill be out in a few minutes.
Kevin, really I she started once more.
Angela please, Kevin begged of her hearing her walking away from the door before his eyes darted to the window in the far corner of the bathroom. He paced around the bathroom for a second fighting to repress his fleeting urges as his thoughts kept lingering to Ria and Brant.
Rias fine with him. Hes a good guy. He loves Angela and thats all I need to know. He wants this situation over as much as I do, Kevin paused remembering that it was Brants idea to swap partners for the sake of saving face. He frowned, Or does he?
No, you cant do this, Kevin tried to talk himself out of his irrational thoughts and ideas. His eyes shifted between the door and the window and finally he took in a deep breath.
Like hell you cant, he blurted out moving over to tear open the window. There was a screen on the other side of it, but with one lightening quick movement he popped it out and climbed out of the bathroom. He was halfway across the lawn when he felt foolish about his concerns. Still it didnt hurt to check in on Brant and Ria. He had promised to meet up with them after Angela was asleep, so what was so wrong about him being there now?
Ill just tell Brant I cant do this and well figure something else out, Kevin mouthed moving around to the back of the house where Brant had left the door open for Kevin as promised. We can end this tonight. Ill just tell him we have to come up with something else and
Oh Brant, he stopped where he stood hearing Rias voice call out as he looked around the kitchen trying to decipher where the sound was coming from. Thats right big boy, you whip out the big gun and let me put you in your place.
There isnt a trick you could show me tonight that I dont already know Ria. Im on fire and Im the master of this game, Brants voice echoed through the hallway. I do it hard and fast and youll never know whats hit you by the time Im finished with you.
Hard and fast, Kevin repeated tipping his head to the side to listen more in the hopes of following the sound. There was a small grunting sound that carried through the hallway and Kevin felt his blood boiling even further.
Is that all you have big boy? Ria taunted as he heard Brant let out a pinched sound. If you want to prove to me that you can conquer all of this, then youd better pick up the pace.
I can more than pick up the pace. Im going to stick it to you so hard Ria that you wont even be able to think twice about what hit you, Brant promised again as Kevin moved down the hallway that their voices had emerged from.
Oh you are good. In fact, while you may not be the best Ive ever encountered you do have skills, she mouthed in a breathless gasp, You might even be better than Kevin at this one.
Better than Kevin, Kevin frowned hearing another gasping sound from behind the door as his fury built up in the pit of his stomach.
Truth be told youre a hell of a lot better at Angela as well, Brant teased with what Kevin felt was a flirty tone and that did it. Before he could hear another word, he pushed his way through the door ready to rip Brant to shreds for setting him up in this game to ruin his life.
Ashford youre a dead man! Kevin snapped vowing that there would be no mercy for the man who was moving in on the woman that Kevin loved more than life itself!
...to be continued...