Kellen sank onto the couch thinking about how he wouldve much rather been at home with Kipp on a night like tonight. Lately theyd had so many problems between them and it was getting hard to deal with each one now that they were compiling exponentially. Closing his blue eyes Kellen thought back to a happier time when he and Kipp were with one another--to a time when things seemed lighter, happier between them.
Dont look, Kellen urged seeing the way that Kipps curiosity was overtaking him.
Kellen, I have to get back to what I was working on, Kipp started to frown feeling his lover tugging on his hand gently while keeping him blindfolded. If I dont get all of those contracts looked over, then Heathers never going to be in business.
She can afford for you to take the time to enjoy yourself a little bit, Kellen urged him on stepping in behind him. He wrapped his arm around Kipps waist and smiled, Besides there is something to be said about having you this close to me and blindfolded. Its very sexy.
Kellen, Kipp tipped his head back a tiny smirk carrying out over Kipps lips, why did I know that this was going to be about your wanting to turn this into something sexy?
Who said I was going anywhere even remotely sexy with this, Kellen teased reaching out to drag his index finger over Kipps bottom lip. Just trust me when I tell you that youre going to love this.
Kellen, I really have a lot of work to do Kipp sighed again remembering his commitment to Heather and the company.
Believe me, this will take your mind off of work for a little bit, Kellen mouthed in response leaning in to stifle his lovers protests with a quick kiss. He felt Kipp respond to the kiss and before he could say anything further in response Kellen placed his index finger over Kipps lips, Just stay put. Ive got something for you, but it requires you dont move.
Kellen, Kipp sighed feeling Kellen move away from him. He waited for a few more moments before sensing that something had changed in the room around them. Kellen, where did you go?
Im still here, but youre going to have to just hold on a moment, Kellen adjusted the things hed had ready for Kipp. Just give me one more second and Im almost ready.
Thats it I cant take it anymore, Kipp reached up to tug at the blindfold on his eyes, Im taking a look whether youre ready or not.
Kipp, Kellen balked back at him with a huff.
Kellen, Im sorry, but Kipp stopped himself when he noticed that the lights were all off. Everything in the room was dark except for the small flickering flames on the oversized pink and blue cake that Kellen was holding. Blinking back at the glowing of the flames Kipp couldnt help but gasp. Kellen, what is all of this?
I did my homework, Kellen informed him honestly, I did a little researching and I discovered something that you didnt want me to find out.
You mean Kipp started finding himself at a loss when he noticed the writing on the top of the cake.
You didnt honestly think that I would be with you and not take the time to learn when it was your birthday, Kellen teased with a bright grin approaching Kipp. Sure, I know that you gave up celebrating birthdays around the time you turned eighteen, but I figured that this year you had a lot to celebrate.
Kellen, how did you Kipp blinked back at him. I mean I never really even thought about my birthday, but
Thats because you dont take the time to think about you, but this year I vowed not to let you lose sight of this moment, Kellen informed him placing the cake down on the countertop in front of Kipp. He reached for his lovers hand and brought it up to his lips in a chaste kiss, You do so much for everyone else, that I thought it was time for me to do something for you.
Kellen I Kipp started unable to repress the smile that carried over him, but its not my birthday yet. Its
In about twenty seconds, Kellen corrected noting the time. He reached out to Kipp sliding his arms around his waist, make that ten nine eight
Kipp grinned gently reaching out to touch the side of Kellens face finding himself touched by the thought and the effort that his lover had put into making this birthday special.
I just know this year is going to be a better one for both of us, Kellen mused leaning in to kiss Kipp.
It already is because I have you, Kipp responded warmly moving in to kiss his lover with the same tenderness that Kellen had offered up earlier. Although I have a confession to make about all of this
Whats that? Kellen questioned lazily his fingers trailing into Kipps hair.
I love the cake, but I dont think its nearly as sweet as you are, Kipp mouthed bringing his arms around Kellens muscled torso.
Okay stop, Kellen waved his hand in the air in front of Kipp, Now youre just being cheesy.
No Im being honest, Kipp brushed his fingertips against Kellens cheek, Ive never known anyone like you Kellen. Youve turned my life around in so many ways and I cant even begin to imagine what its like to not have you near me.
Ill always be near you, Kellen promised with a small shrug of his shoulders. I love you.
I love you too, Kipp whispered seeing Kellen take a step back and reach for the cake again.
Now blow out the candles silly, Kellen waved over at Kipp, so that way you can get around to opening your present.
Since you put it that way, Kipp leaned forward moving in to blow out the candles. He took a moment to collect himself before blowing out all of the candles in one puff. Kellen clapped his hands together after he set the cake down on the counter.
Thats my man, Kellen cheered excitedly moving across the kitchen to turn on one of the lights.
Well what can I say Im always excited at the idea of opening presents, Kipp shrugged his shoulders reaching for one of the candles in the cake and pulling it out of the frosting. He dipped it between his lips and took a taste of the frosting. What is it by the way?
Me, Kellen replied in a confident tone watching Kipp turn around to discover Kellen clad only in a strategically placed bow. Kellen tipped his head to the side and smiled, Do you like it?
I love it, Kipp grinned giving him a long once over, but Ill enjoy even more taking the time to unwrap it.
I thought you might, Kellen moved forward pulling his lover into an embrace as the two found themselves wrapped up in a celebration of their own.
Oh Kipp, Kellen sighed reopening his eyes and wondering how things could go from so good between them, to so frazzled now that Kipps new assistant was making their lives a living nightmare. Looking to the clock across the living room Kellen tried to stay focused--to think about anything other than the fact that he was stuck on Heather and Kyles couch while Kipp was off somewhere sulking about the way the day had gone. Even now all Kellen wanted to do was find his lover and reach out to him in the hopes of making things right.
You still awake out here, Kyles voice broke through Kellens thoughts as Kellen looked up to see Kyle standing behind the couch with a pillow in hand.
Yeah, Kellen paused for a moment, unless youre rethinking that whole beating me up thing in which case no Im sleeping.
Kyle couldnt help but laugh at the comment. He saw Kellens eyes widened as Kyle lowered the pillow towards him.
Oh God youre going suffocate me, arent you? Kellen brought his own hands up over his face to fend off Kyles attack.
Hardly, Kyle couldnt help but let out an amused laugh, Though it would serve you right for the way that you were doing what you were doing with Heather in that movie.
It was blocking pure and simple. Believe me the last thing I would want to be doing is sticking any part of myself inside of her and Kellen tried to offer up in the hopes Kyle wouldnt want to kill him all over again.
Okay stop before you start. Thats way too much information for me, Kyle groaned inwardly tossing the pillow at Kellen, Just make sure you dont ever think about anything like that again.
Believe me I wouldnt, Kellen shuddered at the thought, Heather isnt my type.
But Kipp is huh? Kyle eyed Kellen closely.
Kellen nodded back at him, Sure you might be nice eye candy, but Kipps it for me. Ive never felt anything for someone like I do for him. I love him Kyle and I cant stand the thought of losing him.
Are you going to tell him about the movie? Kyle couldnt help but ask.
I dont know, Kellen sighed closing his eyes for a moment, I mean how do you bring that up to the person you love? How is there a good time to say, Hey guess what honey? Im an ex-porn star and Ive had sex with the mother of your child. It just doesnt feel like a dinner conversation especially now that hes upset with me.
He seems like hes upset about a lot of things, but its not Heathers fault, Kyle sat on the back of the couch thinking about everything that had happened in one day, He said a lot of things he shouldnt have to her you know.
I know, Kellen nodded in response, and its probably my fault because I got him so worked up earlier when we were fighting. I was just so upset about that twit that he hired to work for him that I really railed into him.
It doesnt matter why he was feeling that way. The important thing is that he stops trying to hurt her. Shes been through enough already and to hear him threaten her with Charles, Kyle added feeling a tension carry over him.
He didnt mean it. He knows Heather is a wonderful mother. Hes not going to take Charles away from her, Kellen tried to assure Kyle. He tipped his head up to see the thought sweeping in over Kyle. He loves Heather in his own way and knows that doing something like that to her is unforgivable.
Its beyond unforgivable and maybe when you see him, you should remind him of that because I would hate to have to go to battle with Kipp over this, but I will if he hurts her. If he even thinks about taking out his anger on her with Charles, Kyle warned sharply making no mistakes about where his loyalty was. Hes not going to make her think shes going to lose her son again.
He didnt mean it Kyle. I know in his heart he didnt, Kellen offered up with a heavy sigh, Hell be fine in the morning.
See to it he is because as I said before Im not going to let him or anyone else hurt Heather. Were clear on that right? Kyle eyed him for a long moment before taking a step back.
Yeah were clear, Kellen nodded seeing Kyle return to the bedroom as Kellens thoughts lingered to the man he loved and he found himself wondering if he would ever truly be able to make things right again with Kipp after the fights theyd been having. While Kellen was certain that Kipp would come around to apologize to Heather, Kellen couldnt help but wonder if Kipp would forgive him for the things hed done. That in itself was enough to ensure that Kellen had one hell of a night lost in his thoughts now that fear of his relationship coming to an end was looming over his head.
Heather held Charles in her arms thinking about everything that had happened
over the last twenty four hours. Shed gone from being on the top of
the world to feeling like the walls were closing in on her. She hadnt
felt that way in such a very long time and now that it seemed life was finally
on track someone was ready to rip the rug right out from underneath her. Kissing
her sons head gently, she placed him in his crib before looking down
at him and thinking about how the news of her past could effect him.
Im not going to let someone destroy your future just because your mother made a bad decision in the past, Heather vowed feeling a hand on her shoulder. She tipped her head back to see Kyle standing behind her. He curled his arm around her waist and squeezed her in closer to him.
Well get to the bottom of this, he promised feeling her stiffen in his arms. She opened her mouth to say something before opting to just not. Reaching out to skim his fingertips over her soft skin, he couldnt help but want to erase the pain that he knew shed carried with her all of these years. Heather, its going to be okay.
I know, she nodded biting down on her lower lip before her green eyes met his again with a newfound mixture of determination and stubbornness that shed used as a defense mechanism for all of the years shed been on her own. This isnt going to ruin me.
No its not, he promised brushing his thumb over the side of her cheek.
If some jerk thinks that they can take me down by telling the world that I was in a few adult films, then let them try, she decided puffing out her chest now that a whole new spark of determination carried over her. She met her husbands eyes seeing the love and support behind them and in that second she felt herself overcome with a new sense of strength. She was no longer Heather the meek and mild. She wasnt a victim anymore and she was tired of falling into that role again and again. Yes, someone was trying to make her life hell, but they only were able to do so if she allowed it. Im not ashamed of who I am or where Ive come in my life anymore.
You shouldnt have to be, Kyle nodded surprised to see the shift in Heather after shed been a nervous wreck moments earlier. He stepped back watching her move around to pull open the blankets on their bed.
No one is going to bully me around by trying to manipulate me. Im done with that, she waved her arms around in the air, a new fury coiling throughout her body now that she pushed one of the decorative pillows off of the bed. I was young and stupid and I thought I had no other options. If you can accept my mistakes, then I dont give a damn what anyone else in this world has to say.
Kyle couldnt help but smile seeing the same bold determination that had made him fall in love with Heather all those years. Yes, she was stubborn and focused when she put her mind to it, but he also knew how shed been hurt and upset by the secrets that had been exposed.
No one else matters Heather. Charles loves you and I love you too which is why none of that is relevant to either one of us, Kyle continued watching her move over to his side of the bed to pull the sheet down. Still sensing that she was fired up, he walked over to her touching her shoulder gently, Hey
I just want to know what son of a bitch decided to toy with me, she admitted turning around to face him again, pushing a pillow into the center of his chest. Not a lot of people know about what happened back then and those that do, well they had better hope that its not them.
Who knows? Kyle couldnt help but ask before adding, Besides Kellen and I.
Well, theres Kipp, although he has no idea about Kellen being a part of whats happened, she pondered the thought for a long moment, and Douglas since that creep was trying to throw my past at me when I was pregnant. He kept calling me a whore and trying to buy me out of Kipps life.
I can see that got him real far, Kyle couldnt help but roll his eyes thinking about how Douglas had all but accomplished what he was hoping for in making Heather disappear.
He wouldnt be stupid enough to bring this up now even though he hates me, Heather deduced remembering the wrath of the movie producer who was bent on making her miserable. He would be stupid to do that considering that the last thing he would want to do is upset Kipp all over again. Sure, this might hurt me, but it would also destroy Kellen and in doing that, Douglas would further alienate himself from Kipp. Thats the last thing he wants now that each and every one of his children hate him.
Ok so if we can write out Douglas and Kipp, who is left? Kyle arched a speculative brow taking a seat on the edge of the bed. She sank down beside him and he placed his hand on her leg gently. Kellen wouldnt do anything because hes already afraid Im going to kill him.
Did you tell him that? Heathers eyes widened in response.
Of course not, Kyle fought to contain the smile that licked over him, but I have to tell you I think hes going to be very careful about walking in on us with one another if you catch my drift.
Kyle, youre enjoying this far too much, she tipped her head to the side before letting out a small groan, You cant terrify Kellen.
Im not terrifying Kellen, well okay, maybe a little, but when it gets down to it, I dont enjoy anything that upsets you, he reached out to her seeing her green eyes widen upon the first contact. Tiny impulses seemed to carry over them as her hand gently pressed into his chest, urging him in closer to her. It kills me when youre crying.
Thats because youve got the heart of a hero and youre always wanting to fix the world, she confessed in a low whisper, a soft smile touching over the corners of her lips. You never take the time to relax because youre always trying to save the world.
Thats because the girl of my dreams saved me when my world was falling to pieces. How could I not want to do the same for her? he questioned lazily, his hazel eyes focusing on the soft fullness of her ever-so-kissable lips. He noted the small, shivering exhale that carried over her, the way that her lips parted in anticipation reminding him all over again just how one look from her could send him to the edge only to come crashing down with nothing, but pure lust and passion guiding his otherwise steady logic.
You know I never anticipated that I would end up with someone who was so close to being a true Prince Charming who would rush in to save me from the fire breathing dragon, but you are, she arched her body in closer to him, her green eyes filled with longing and warmth.
What can I say? I always had you rescuing me when we were kids playing cowboys and Indians, so I figured that I had some making up to do there, he winked at her before offering the first hints of a sexy smirk.
I just think you liked the idea of being tied up in those ropes, she leaned forward, taking in the rugged scent of his cologne. Closing her eyes she tipped her head ever so slightly feeling the warmth of his breath cascading over her like a heavenly waterfall threatening to overtake her into a new world of desire. With his lips a mere breath away, Heather found herself anticipating the next touch, longing to memorize the impending kiss that they had ahead of them when a thought occurred to her. Her eyes snapped open and a gasp carried over her sending her back ever so slightly. Sarah.
Sarah, Kyle repeated opening his eyes to see her face twisted with a scowl. He tipped his head to the side, his forehead creased with lines of confusion, Why would you mention her?
What if shes the one who did all of this? I mean it would make sense that she would be out for revenge against me since she lost you, but Heather frowned thinking about all that her sister would do to destroy her life. I dont know how she couldve known.
Sarahs resourceful. Not too bright, but resourceful none the less. Do you think its possible that she knew about the movies? Kyle questioned seeing her think back to when Sarah couldve found out.
You know when she arrived in town, she did try to threaten me, Heather remembered thinking back to her sisters return into her life. She warned me if I didnt play by her rules that she was going to expose me for what I really was to my husband--to Cameron. Wait, Cameron knows.
Cameron knows about your past? Kyles eyes widened wondering why Heather would share that with Cameron before him.
He found out on his own, she explained as if shed read his thoughts. He taunted me with it the day he
The day he what, Kyle watched a darkness cloud over her.
The day he did what I told you about, she met his eyes with a knowing gaze. He was crazy that day--a madman and he threatened me. He told me if I didnt do what he wanted--if I didnt follow his rules then he would let everyone know what I did. He talked about William and how William had a whole string of movies set up for me--that if I didnt listen to what he was telling me to do that he would not only kill Diego, but that he would make sure I went down for what happened to William. He mentioned something about William having a private collection that he kept
What kind of private collection? Kyle couldnt help but ask catching the way her eyes fell upon him again. Suddenly he knew he didnt have to ask again, Did Cameron have access to this collection of Williams?
I dont know, but he and Thea were so smug, Heather felt a tiny shudder race over her, Its entirely possible that they got their hands on it and planned to hold it over my head. I mean Camerons changed now and he doesnt seem like hes that guy anymore, but even on the day he attacked me he was on a roller coaster of emotions there. One minute he was hitting me and kicking me, then the next he was telling me how much he loved me. Its entirely possible that something couldve snapped in him again, but why?
It sounds like he didnt need a reason why, Kyles jaw flexed with anger remembering the hell that Cameron had put Heather through.
Even so why would he risk putting his investment in jeopardy, Heather thought aloud wondering to herself. I mean it just seems like such a stupid move considering how much media spotlight were going to have in a few weeks.
Maybe hes hoping to generate more by getting a scandal going about your life. Plus, I think that Cameron hates that Kipp can pull his strings, Kyle thought back to what hed learned about Kipps shooting. Kipp has a lot of power over Cameron and Cameron knows that Kipp is going to protect your best interest.
Do you really think Cameron would sink that low again? she frowned turning to look at her husband.
I wouldnt put it past him especially after everything hes done to hurt you, Kyle realized thinking about the man hed longed to teach a lesson to, Maybe its time Cameron and I had another talk with one another.
Kyle, I dont know if thats such a good idea considering she began thinking about the dangerous side of Cameron that shed witnessed first hand.
Lets just put it this way if the man even thinks about trying to intimidate me, Ill be more than happy to put him in his place and I can assure you hell never get up again, Kyle vowed promising himself that he wouldnt let the man who once tortured Heather relentlessly get away with hurting her again if he was in fact behind the veiled threats about exposing Heathers past. If Cameron was responsible, then Kyle vowed that there would be hell to pay!
Diane looked around the house thinking about how empty it truly felt without
Ben there with her. Reaching out to turn off the light in the kitchen after
shed gotten herself a bowl of ice-cream she prepared to settle in and
watch one of her favorite comedies to keep her from missing Ben. Of course
just the idea of spending the time on the couch cuddled up with only a blanket
to keep her warm, Diane started to realize just how much the blanket would
pale in comparison to what his arms could do for her. Sighing at the thought
Diane turned in the direction of the living room. She set her ice-cream down
before making her way over to the rack of DVDs hoping to find just the right
This looks good, she pondered pulling out Pretty Woman before her eyes fell upon the copy of Austin Powers that Ben had bought a short while back. Shed told him that the movie was beyond ridiculous and she never could quite understand why he was so amused by it, yet now that he was gone it served as a strong reminder of him. She slid the first DVD shed selected back into the rack before pulling out Austin Powers in the hopes of using it to keep her focused on what it felt like to be there with Ben groaning at how amused he was by each and every silly joke that was tossed into it.
Youd be laughing if you could see me now, she shook her head opening up the DVD case only to discover a small piece of paper carefully tucked inside just above the DVD itself. Reaching for it, she set the DVD case down on top of the television set. She slowly untucked the paper to see Bens writing scrolled on it.
Diane, she read aloud her eyes scanning over the page, I knew you really liked this one or maybe you just like me. Either way I love you and Ill miss you, but I promise Ill be home soon. Ben.
Oh Ben, she smiled wondering how he wouldve known that shed be tempted to pull out his favorite film. It was as if he was there with her now watching her and staying close to her. Brining the paper in over her chest she sighed again before getting ready to put the DVD into the player. She was just about to press the eject button when her doorbell rang catching her off guard.
What the she stood up straighter wondering if there would be another surprise in store for her now that shed already been rewarded by something Ben had left behind for her. Setting the DVD case down she walked over to the door and opened it half expecting to find herself met by his smiling face. Instead however she saw a bright, red dozen of roses spread out over the doorway.
Ben, she squealed excitedly reaching out to the flowers and finding herself thrilled that he was home again. He must have decided that the job wasnt worth the time away from her after all, so he must have hopped the first flight home, she reasoned. She moved forward ready to embrace him when she heard a small sound from behind the roses.
Not quite, but Ill take the hug, Andys voice mouthed from behind the cascade of roses.
Immediately she stepped back her eyes growing wide with suspicion now that
he stood before her with a flashy white grin. What? Arent you
going to invite me in?
What in the hell makes you think that I would? she stood up taller remembering the way hed threatened her at the grocery store. Youre not welcome here.
Dont tell me youre still upset with me about what happened at the store, he shook his head clearly disappointed in her, Diane, you and I both know you were pushing my buttons and asking for me to lash out at you. Top that off with the fact I was having a bad day and
Theres no excuse, Diane brought her hands up in front of her chest, No one treats me that way especially not you.
Look Im sorry, he motioned to the flowers in his hand, Thats why I brought you these. I thought they were a good step towards our making up with one another.
Im sorry Andy, but Im not just going to ignore what you did just because you brought me some flowers. Thats a cheap way to say youre sorry if I do say so myself, she frowned reaching for the door again to close it on him, but he placed his foot in the way to prevent her from following through.
Look Diane I said Im sorry. If you cant accept that, then its your problem, he frowned back at her, his blue eyes glaring down at her. Now let me in so that we can talk.
I cant, she informed him bluntly, Ben and I are about to watch a movie and we dont need you bothering us.
You are, are you? Andy arched a curious brow before nudging the door again with his foot. He used his hand to push on it and cause her to stumble back a bit when he entered the room. Lets just see about that.
Andy you cant be in here, she marched after him watching him weave his way through her house against her wishes. She frowned hating that hed called her bluff, but now as he looked around her living room she vowed to get rid of him one way or the other.
It doesnt look like hes here Diane, Andy spun around to face her curiously, In fact the more I look around this place, the more I tend to believe youre alone.
Im not alone, she lied again glancing over to the stairs in the hopes that Andy would believe Ben was on the second floor. Ben will be here any second and when he sees you here, hes going to be furious with you after what you did to me.
You told him? he replied with an amused laugh giving her a long once over. I seriously doubt that just like I doubt hes here with you now.
I dont care what you doubt. I want you gone, Diane informed him in a harsh, abrasive tone. You and I have nothing to talk about with one another. The way I see it youre not going to be my brother-in-law much longer, so we have nothing left to talk about with one another.
Ah yes, he cocked his head to the side and laughed, you would have to have me as a brother-in-law in order to be turned on by me, right? I mean thats the only way you get off when youre in a situation where youre taking someone elses man.
Get out of here, she snarled up at him, clenching her fists at her sides, I dont know what I ever saw in you. Youre pathetic.
Pathetic or not youre the one to play the moral high ground with me Diane. You loved every single second we were together, he licked his lips issuing her a very complete once over, Even now youre wishing that I would pick up with you where we left off on my wedding night.
Hardly, she rolled her eyes, I was young and stupid back then and I now have a real man. Im not blinded by your charms.
No I suppose youre not, his blue eyes replied with an amused expression, but that doesnt mean that youre still not wanting another taste.
As if, she groaned ready to lash out at him further, but before she could snap at him, she felt him reach for her, his hand coiling around the back of her neck possessively. She saw his smile expand and his blue eyes grow wild with determination. Frowning she felt him leaning in closer to her. Let go of me Andy.
Not until you admit you want me, he mouthed tipping down to take her lips in a rough, commanding kiss. She felt his palm slide down over her spine, cupping her bottom and pulling her up into his arms. His lips beckoned hers to fall to his bidding, to give onto him what hed been seeking out since hed pushed his way into her house.
Stop, she finally murmured against his mouth pushing away from the kiss. She wiggled in his arms feeling his iron grip on her, but it was of no use. She felt her gaze drop to his lips, her eyes growing big at the thought of what he was trying to do with her. Finally she let her own instincts take over and she sent her foot sharply into his groin. That did the trick, she realized feeling him release her and buckle over in front of her.
What the hell was that for Andy groaned clasping his hand over the center of his pants in an attempt to get a hold of himself after her assault.
I told you that I wanted you out, she started glancing to the side and reaching for a lamp, and I meant it. Go Andy or else.
Or else what? he questioned behind gritted teeth standing up straighter and glaring at her. He noticed the lamp shed held in her hands, What are you going to do with that Diane? Give me another love tap?
If you dont get out of here right now, then so help me she mouthed in response, her heart hammering in her chest.
Do you really think that Im afraid of a lamp? he questioned with a shake of his head making a small step towards her. Instinctively she launched the lamp out over at him crushing it over his head. He fell to the ground and she took advantage of the moment hearing him groan. Quickly she scooted off to the library where Ben kept his gun locked away in his drawer. Stumbling she pushed her way into the room and quickly located it. She could hear the sound of Andys feet sluggishly moving through the hallway as it was clear by his pants he was now in a full blown rage.
Youre going to pay for that Diane, he snarled turning into the room only to find himself facing down the barrel of the gun.
I told you to get out, she explained firmly, her eyes glaring up at him, Dont make me ask you again.
You wouldnt do it, Andy focused on the gun in his face trying to act tough, but he took a small step back.
Watch me, she spoke in a firm, commanding tone moving in ever so slightly towards him, Im going to give you to the count of three until
Fine Ill go, he raised his hands in the air retreating with a frown. He saw the fury behind her eyes before he shook his head, but just know that you made a mistake Diane. It didnt have to be like this. We couldve found a way to make things good for the both of us again.
The only good thing will be your getting the hell out of here, she followed him over to the front door doing her best to get him out of her house. Finally when he was on the porch she spoke up in a warning tone, Dont come back again.
Oh Ill see you soon, but next time, his blue eyes returned to the gun in her hand, Ill be the one calling all the shots.
I would seriously doubt that, she snarled kicking the door shut and rushing forward to lock it. She couldnt help but feel her breath caught in the back of her throat now that she imagined him on the other side of the door. She took a step backwards holding the gun out and anticipating him trying to return, but a few minutes later she realized his car had pulled out of the driveway and in that instant she realized that maybe being alone in the house wasnt a good idea. Maybe it was time to find someone else to keep her company now that Ben was far away and Andy was out for trouble.
Come on, Ben hissed aloud resting back in his front seat of the car after sitting out in front of the destination he was told. Not only was nothing happening, but the thoughts of Diane continuously ran through his mind. He hated lying to her, he hated not being able to tell her the truth about what was going on. I cant believe I never told her, especially now.
Reaching for his phone he outlined the buttons wishing to hell that he could call her right now, tell her how much he missed her, but on the job he would know that was a horrible thing to do. It killed him inside for him to actually lie to her about what was going on. If she ever found out, he was sure it would kill her inside. If she didnt know what he was really doing, what he really was
If she knew I was in the CIA like my father, shed hate me, he muttered to himself running his fingers through his blonde hair before letting out a long sigh. He had been in it since the first moment he met her, but it was so hard to keep it from her. He was told he could never tell anyone, it was an order from his father. Who also specifically told him to never tell Diane, just for her safety. I wish I would have told you a long time ago, but now
Back when she found out about the DAs office he was trying to cover himself so she could never really find out about what he did. It was something that was ordered to stay secret and he had to cover everything from her. When she found out about the DAs office, he was never really specific so she never really got the hint. It was something he hated to do, but he knew he had to.
This is crazy, he adjusted the windshield wipers to a higher speed hearing the rain slamming down against his car. The weather was crazy where they had sent him out of Coral Valley. Trying to wipe the inside windows off with his sleeve he rolled his eyes wishing he was home right now. Id do anything to be in Coral Valley right now.
Arching up off the seat, he reached into his back pocket to pull out his wallet, opening it up and staring out at the picture of Diane inside. These were the days he hated, when something happened that caused him to be away from home. Sighing out loud he heard his partner calling him over the walkie talkie and he put the wallet back in quickly.
Have you come across anything yet?" Ben snapped pushing down the button as he looked across the street to his partners car that was stopped at a corner. Im bored out of my mind here and nothing is happening. Nothing at all.
Im bored here too partner, but what can we do? We were ordered to stay here for a couple of hours, his partner reminded him and Ben let out an exaggerated sigh. I dont know what else they expect us to see here.
Hey, all I know is that I really didnt want to be here in the first place, Ben blurted out resting his head back against the seat before letting out a long sigh. This is ridiculous, Im tired of waiting here for nothing.
Man, the last thing I want to be doing is sitting here waiting for absolutely nothing to happen, a groan came from the other side of the walkie talkie and something caught his attention. Sitting up straighter he saw the long pair of legs walking down the street, something that shouldnt have been there. Hey look at this, she is kind of hot.
She shouldnt have just come out of there, Ben sat up more in his seat seeing the woman look over her shoulder and in that moment he felt his heart freeze inside of his chest. What in the world is she doing here?"
Who is it?" he could hear his partner question and he pulled his keys out of the ignition. Making sure he had everything, he moved to get out of the car quickly. Dont look at something like this Ben, its not worth it.
Too late, I know her, Ben threw the walkie talkie to his seat next to him before quickly moving out of the car ready and bound to find out why the woman he knew was at a place like this. You dont belong here.
So what do you say pizza or Chinese? Dean questioned holding
up two menus one in each hand. He spotted Deidra seated on the center of the
couch eyeing him with a tiny laugh that now carried over her.
Please dont tell me that weve gotten that boring that the highlight of our night is pizza or Chinese and a DVD rental, she groaned inwardly shaking her head at him, If anyone knew how unenthusiastic we were about things wed be dubbed as pathetic.
We arent unenthusiastic. We just know that we dont have to go out and run into a bunch of people we dont like to have a good time, he confessed moving around to join her on the couch. Of course we could go dancing if you wanted to.
And run the risk of running into Andy, she wrinkled her nose in response, Its bad enough seeing him at the hospital and soon in court when he tries to push our not getting divorced.
Hey, it wont stick, Dean replied squeezing her leg gently, And you know if you want I can still bother you at the hospital. I mean its not like I have a lot on my plate right now that Im out on medical leave.
How long is that going to be? she couldnt help but ask thinking about Deans career being in limbo.
Truth be told Im starting to wonder if this is their fancy way of telling me that they would really rather me resign from my position with the bureau, he offered up with a small sigh bringing his fingers through his own dark hair. Shannon told me that they have this thing about dragging out punishments, but I never thought it was as bad as she made it sound until now.
But you saved my life. You were able to save a few lives in the case with Mathis and she frowned thinking about all hed done to help her.
The fact that I let it get personal and you and I wound up together didnt sit well with the higher ups, Dean admitted with a small frown, When they figured out that we were together I got a major lecture.
Because were sleeping together, she replied with a wrinkle in her brow.
I can handle them and I dont care if they know were in love, Dean squeezed her leg gently, I would rather have you in my life over the stupid job anyways. For so very long I let it control me--let it consume me after my sister was murdered by Mathis that I really didnt give myself chance to enjoy life.
Im so sorry you had to go through all of that, she frowned thinking about how hed held back on his demons for so very long. I wish that you never had to experience any of that.
I wouldve loved to have my sister here, but I know now that I cant bring her back. Even with Mathis being dead it doesnt change that. All I can do is hold out hope that there is something good in the future for me, he leaned in closer to her curling his finger underneath her chin, and with you I believe that. I think weve got a lot of happiness ahead for us.
I know we do, she leaned in closer to him ready to give him another kiss when the phone started to ring. Groaning she pulled away and glared over at the phone, If thats work, then I swear
Youll be on your way to the hospital to help, he finished for her with a small wink, Your career tends to bring about good things since you see life starting in this world instead of all of it ending.
Most of the time, but still she paused reaching for the phone and answering it, Hello.
Deidra, oh thank God I found you. Im scared. Andy just came over and he was acting crazy and Diane rambled into the phone catching Deidra off guard.
Hey, slow down, Deidra replied worriedly, Why dont you start from the beginning?
Deidra, Im alone right now and Ben is out of town. Andy mustve found out and he came over here to harass me. He pushed his way into my house and wouldnt leave. I didnt know what to do so I grabbed Bens gun and threatened him, Diane continued to explain to him.
You what? Deidras eyes widened in response.
I think I scared him. Dont worry I didnt shoot him or anything, but I really dont want to be alone tonight. Do you think you could come over for a while or I could come over there? Im really upset and afraid hell be angry and return Diane trailed off a shakiness in her tone.
Well be right over to get you, Deidra decided with a worried expression, Just stay put and keep the doors locked until we get there.
Okay, Diane replied as the two sisters said their good-byes to one another.
Whats wrong? Dean questioned seeing Deidra hang up the phone.
Diane had a run in with Andy and shes in a panic. Ill tell you about it on the way over there since I dont think she should be alone tonight, Deidra explained putting thoughts of delivery dinner on hold now that she found herself worried about her younger sister and the craziness that her husband could bring to anyones life especially Dianes.
Stacy felt an ache inside of her head as she opened her eyes. While shed
tried to stay alert after her talk with Kevin, she couldnt help but
find herself overcome with exhaustion. Now as she felt the bracelet hed
given her around her wrist, she couldnt help but smile thinking about
how it was probably the nicest thing anyone had done for her in a while. She
opened her eyes ready to say something to Kevin to apologize for falling asleep,
but instead she found herself staring up at a pair of familiar eyes.
Baby, youre awake! Jewel gasped reaching for Stacys hand and squeezing it tightly. Thank heaven.
Mom? Stacy blinked up at her groggily, Is that you?
Were both here kiddo, Paul added moving in at Stacys side as well. He reached for her other hand and smile down at her, Hows my favorite girl doing?
Daddy, Stacy squealed with delight thrilled to see her parents standing beside her, when did you get here?
I came in as soon as I saw you were in trouble, Paul explained with a wide grin, I told everyone at work that they were just going to have to wait to have me deal with things because my little girl always comes first.
Really? Stacys eyes widened in surprise.
Of course, Paul squeezed her hand again, In fact Im going to do what I can to see that we get you out of here. We can go back to the hotel and get you the best of room service. Maybe some ice-cream and some scary movies.
Well, not too scary because we dont want her to worry, Jewel corrected throwing a warning look out at her husband before turning her attention to Stacy again. We just want you to relax honey.
I will, Stacy paused drawing in a breath before looking between her parents. So did you two come here together?
More or less, Paul replied quickly before squeezing her hand once more. Were going to be here as long as you need us. Isnt that right Jewel?
Of course, Jewel nodded, in fact anything you need all you have to do is name it.
Will you two both stay with me? Stacy questioned drawing in a breath. I mean since youre obviously both here, I would think that means that youre both
Here as long as you need us, Paul touched her cheek lightly. Just say the word and youve got it.
How about we just go back to the hotel and be like a real family? You know like it was back when I was like four years old? Remember when we used to just spend our time on the couch eating popcorn and watching cartoons with the volume down? You and mom would make those silly voices and the shows were so much more fun, Stacy smiled thinking about the way things once were with her parents before they both drifted off into their careers. Do you think we can do that?
We can do anything you want, Jewel promised leaning forward to kiss Stacys forehead as her eyelids grew heavy.
Id love for us to be a family again, Stacys words tapered off as she felt her eyelids growing heavy. She let out a small yawn before closing her eyes, Im so glad youre both both here.
Were not going anywhere kiddo, Pauls words whispered reassuringly as Stacy found herself dreaming about what it would be like to have them all together again now that it was clear her parents had made some ground with one another. Seeing them together at her side was enough to show her that theyd pushed their differences aside. She drifted off to sleep knowing that finally they were going to be able to be able to be a family again. Her parents were getting together and there wouldnt be anymore fighting. She just knew it, she thought to herself as she drifted off to sleep.
Kyle turned to his side looking across the bed to see Heather and Charles
beside him. After he and Heather had taken the time to discuss the possibilities
of who was behind taunting Heather, Kyle couldnt help but find his thoughts
returning to Cameron. While Heather had wanted to believe that Cameron had
somehow turned a new leaf, Kyle knew better. Men like Cameron waited for the
right moment to strike before crushing an unsuspecting innocent. It was all
too familiar to Kyle and as he turned his attention to his wife and her son,
a sudden uneasiness carried over him. He leaned forward to kiss Charles on
the forehead before touching Heathers cheek lightly. They were both
lost in their dreams undoubtedly unaware of the inner turmoil Kyle was facing.
Carefully Kyle stretched his arm out across his side of the bed to reach for
his cell phone.
Looking over at Heather once again, Kyle took in a small breath before pushing number two on his speed dial. After a few rings he heard a groggy voice answer on the other end of the line.
Did I wake you? Kyle questioned in a muted tone as his hazel eyes lingered over to Heather and Charles.
What time is it? Grady asked clearly still half asleep after his friends late night phone call.
Late, but I couldnt sleep, Kyle confessed knowing only too well that his worries about Heather would consume him if he couldnt speak about them.
And you didnt think your wife could help you with that? Grady questioned behind another yawn. I mean dont get me wrong Im flattered that you would think about me first, but
I dont want to worry Heather, Kyle admitted sliding out from beneath the blanket hed been covered in. He stepped across the room heading towards the closet area before speaking again. I just had a few things that I wanted to talk with you about.
Ok, Ill bite. Whats on your mind Kyle? Gradys voice grew more alert after recognizing Kyles tone.
Cameron Stone, Kyle admitted honestly feeling a stiffness carry over him at the mention of the man whod hurt his wife.
Cameron? Grady repeated with hesitation in his tone, Why?
Because I dont trust him, Kyle divulged with a scowl.
Well, its nice to know that youve joined the rest of us on that one, but why are we talking about Cameron at, there was a pause on Gradys end, well, far too late for me to want to bother with worrying about him.
I think hes up to something, Kyle explained pointedly, and while Heather doesnt think that hes going to cause her trouble, I get the distinct feeling that the man is somehow responsible for the drama thats been going around with her lately.
What kind of drama? Grady couldnt help but ask.
The kind that I really dont want to get into over the phone, but the fact to the matter is that while Heather thinks working for him is a good idea, Im starting to have my own reservations about it, Kyle confessed knowing only too well that Camerons generosity would go so far.
Working for him was undoubtedly the biggest mistake of my life. When I think about how he tormented Jade, Grady hesitated again, anger vibrating through his tone, I wish I hadnt put any of us through that.
I know Grady, which is why I know youre the one person who can help me with this, Kyle explained lowering his voice a bit as he saw movement on the bed. I cant get into too many details right now, but Ill call you in the morning. Maybe we can meet for coffee or something.
Sure, you name it and Im there, Grady promised his best friend.
Thanks I knew I could count on you, Kyle replied saying his goodbyes before slipping back into bed again.
Where did you go? Heather questioned behind a yawn, her eyelashes fluttering until they revealed her tired green eyes.
I just had to call Grady back, Kyle offered up thinking about enlisting his friend for help in dealing with Cameron. Everythings fine.
Ok, Heather yawned before snuggling in closer to Charles. I love you.
I love you too. Both of you, Kyle whispered sliding in closer to his family as it was clear to him that nothing could stop him from keeping them safe even if it meant proving that Cameron hadnt changed his ways. If Cameron was behind trying to destroy Heather, it would be his last attempt at hurting anyone ever. That much Kyle was sure of!
Brant squeezed Angela in his arms, feeling the tentative movement behind
her kiss. His fingers eased over her cheek, feeling her opening herself up
to the kiss between them. In an instant hed gone from feeling despair
to having her in his arms, feeling the warmth of her soft curves pressed into
his, longing to feel the connection hed been aching to have with her.
She nibbled on his lower lip, her fingers sliding through his dark hair and
urging him to continue, to explore the moist heat of her ever erotic lips.
He sighed, feeling his every impulse ready to delve deeper into what had sparked
between them, but remembering her earlier words he pulled back searching her
Why are you doing this? he couldnt help but ask his own worries mounting over the impending situation between them.
I dont know, she admitted honestly her fingers still curled around his arm after hed placed a distance between them. Her eyes were glazed over, her lips curled in a questioning moment of contemplation, It felt right I guess.
You guess? he searched her eyes again attempting to gauge himself for her reaction.
That sounds stupid doesnt it, she sidestepped out of his arms bringing her hand up to her lips in a small attempt to lock the taste of him over her. You must think Im a horrible person for doing that. Here I tell you about how much I love Kevin and then Im standing here begging you to kiss me. You must think Im a horrible person.
No, I dont think youre horrible, he admitted honestly thinking about how strong their connection had been moments earlier. Still given that she hadnt confessed shed remembered him, he felt the flicker of hope hed felt before when they were kissing fading away. Just confused.
Im very confused, she admitted taking another step back. She brought her fingers up through her hair and let out an ironic laugh, Im making a mess of everything, arent I?
I dont know. You tell me, he searched her features once again. Whats going through your mind right now?
The fact that I would never, ever in a million years be kissing you if I was completely happy with Kevin, she confessed with a small shiver bringing her hands up over her arms. Hes been so distanced from me lately that
That what? You wanted to kiss me to get back at him? he questioned fighting to suppress the urge to shudder that carried over him at the idea.
No, she shook her head firmly, I wouldnt use you like that. I know that sounds impossible to believe, but I wouldnt dream of hurting you that way. Its just
Just what? he asked again searching her eyes again.
I dont know. Brant, I honestly dont know whats wrong with me, she blurted out feeling tears threatening, Im sorry. I shouldnt have done that and I was out of line. Im sorry if I made you feel awkward or
Hey, its okay, Brant reached out to her pulling her into his arms. He felt her sobbing into his chest, the dull ache of knowing that shed done nothing wrong, yet it was clear that shed felt she betrayed a relationship that wasnt there in the first place. Instinctively he curled his finger underneath her chin urging her to meet his intense dark gaze. Angela, I kissed you back. I kissed you because I wanted to--because Ive been wanting to since you woke up in that hospital room and because I still want to
You mean she blinked back at him trying to process what he was saying to her, Brant are we are we having some kind of affair
I wouldnt call it that, Brant shook his head and sighed, but there is something between us
Something that she stopped herself a sudden thought occurring to her. She closed her eyes remembering the way that hed been holding her in the game room--the way his eyes had lovingly glazed over at the mention of her baby and in that moment a whole new picture painted itself inside of her mind. Oh my God.
What? Do you remember something? he questioned worriedly placing his hand on her shoulder, Do you feel like you could be having a memory?
Weve slept together havent we? her eyes widened in shock, a tiny gasp carrying over her. Thats why you were so concerned before--thats why you got so upset when I was talking about the baby because you believe that the baby isnt Kevins. You must think that
They are mine, he nodded in response hating to deliver her such a shock, but knowing that it was something he couldnt avoid any longer, Thats because they are Angela. They are our children, not yours and Kevins.
No, she shook her head firmly, that cant be possible. I would never, ever do that to Kevin. There is no way I would cheat on him when
Think about it. Really think about it Angela. Deep down you can feel what we have with one another. If you look inside yourself youll be able to see that what we have together isnt just something that either one of us can ignore. I cant pretend that I dont care about you, he continued in a heartfelt plea hoping that she would remember everything they had with one another. He reached out to her feeling her withdraw from his touch.
Does Ria know? Does she have any idea what youre saying to me? she blinked back at him confusion coming crashing down over her.
He nodded, Yeah Ria knows how I feel about you.
And Kevin? Does he have any idea that you--that we she blinked back at him, a newfound worry carrying over her. No wonder hes been behaving so strangely. If you and I have been sleeping with one another, then he has to be furious with me. He mustve found out that we
Angela its okay, he reached out to touch her arm gently.
No, its not okay, she shook her head back at him, You and I have been hurting people that we love--people that love us and care about us because of
Because were in love with one another and were not hurting anyone, Brant continued to explain to her in a suddenly serious tone, Angela I asked you to marry me and you said yes. You told me that you wanted to spend the rest of your life with me--that we belonged together and
No, she shook her head firmly, I wouldnt have done that to Kevin. I wouldnt have hurt him when hes everything to me--when hes everything I could ever want and
If you really believed that, then you wouldnt have kissed me tonight. You wouldnt have felt it too when we were together. Admit it Angela you do love me, he prodded further knowing full well he was taking a risk, but he couldnt let the moment pass him by.
No, thats not it. Yes, Im attracted to you, but she stopped herself feeling her face flushed with embarrassment or was it desire? She stepped backwards shaking her head once again, I wouldnt cheat on Kevin. Its not like me to
To fall in love with someone? Someone that you yourself know you were meant to be with? he pushed the issue again feeling her turn away from him.
Brant, I have to go she started towards the door ready to get some air and out of the situation between them.
Angela wait, he reached out to her touching her arm before she could rush off. Angela please.
No Brant. You have to let me go. You need to give me room to think about this--to figure things out, she started to argue with him tugging on her arm gently. When she felt his hold on her constrict further, she spun around to face him, Brant please
Angela, you have to see the truth. You have to know that what youre feeling isnt wrong. Its something that neither one of us can afford to ignore considering how much is weighing upon your remembering us, Brant continued with an impassioned plea, Angela, just look at me. Please.
No, she shook her head turning her gaze to the floor, I cant.
Yes you can. Please Angela just look at me, he begged of her seeing the reluctance in her face, Im just asking you to see me--to see me as the man you love--the man that you want to share your life with. Please Angela stop hiding from the truth and open your heart up to me again.
Brant I she tipped her head up seeing the desperateness behind his dark eyes. She shook her head and sucked in a sharp breath, I cant. I just cant.
Angela, please just he began feeling her pull away from him. He watched her take a small step back and he released her wrist realizing hed pushed things too far--too fast. Dropping his head down he fought to contain his emotions, Im sorry.
So am I, she replied in a faint whisper making her way over towards the door. She realized hed made no attempt to go after her--no move to reach for her. She moved to open the door and leave, but he stopped her with his words.
Even if you dont remember me, Ill always love you, he mouthed in a soft, solemn tone. She stood frozen in the moment closing her eyes and remembering what shed felt when shed seen him earlier. She could recall the way in which her heart had done flip flops, the tenderness in his voice when hed spoke about her children and now as she stood in the middle of his kitchen surrounded by darkness, she couldnt ignore all that being near him had done to her.
Brant wait, she turned around to see him making a retreat towards the door, please.
Angela, he spun around to face her again, his brown eyes filled with remorse and upset. He awaited her words, hoping to hear her say something more, but instead she moved forward reaching out to him.
Just wait, she whispered catching him off guard as she wrapped her arms around his neck. He stumbled backwards surprised to feel her holding him after shed pushed him away.
I hate that Ive been hurting you like I obviously have, she confessed sliding her fingers through his hair. She moved up on her toes to kiss him, her lips tasting like the salt from her tears now that she clung onto him. Im so sorry.
The only reason Ive been hurting is because Ive had to face this world without you, he explained squeezing her in his arms. I dont want to lose you Angela.
I dont want to lose you either, she admitted realizing that there was more truth to her words than she cared to admit.
Running the underside of her palm against the side of his face, she watched as he closed his eyes and leaned into her touch. She could feel so much desire raging beneath the surface--so many things brewing to life beneath the man in her arms and in that moment she could fully see why shed been attracted to him. Brant was caring, considerate and sexy as hell. There was no denying the way shed felt around him and now that she was this close to him, she realized she didnt want to. Unable to hold back any longer, she leaned up into him kissing him as if shed never let go and knowing in her heart that shed never want to.
Walk with me, Kevin reached his hand out for Rias taking her fingers gently in his once they were dropped off at the mansion. Moving slowly up the driveway he let out a long sigh before moving in closer to press a small kiss against her cheek. You know, this world scares me sometimes.
You still thinking about her parents?" Ria questioned looking up and over at Kevin seeing him nod before letting go of her hand. Wrapping his arm around her tightly, she felt his bicep flex pulling her in closer to him. Maybe her parents will start to get a clue now.
I doubt it, he shook his head letting out a long sigh once they reached toward the center of the driveway. Turning to face to her he felt her arms slide in around his waist and he reached his palm up to caress her cheek lovingly. Sliding his fingers in through her hair carefully, he felt her right hand press in against the center of his chest. They seem like the kind of people that take miracles for granted. The kind of people that I never hope to be like.
You never will be, she muttered seeing a look in his chocolate brown eyes as she gently caressed her fingertips in over his chest before sliding her hand up in against his shoulder. We should feel good knowing one thing though, Stacy will always have Dave. I know he is a great man, hell always be there to take care of her.
Even at that, you can tell she wants her parents to be there for her. No parent on this Earth should ever treat their child like that, Kevin let out a long sigh feeling her fingers pressing in through his thick, dark hair tugging at it lightly making him let out a small sigh. If I was ever like that, I could never live with myself. I would feel like a total failure as a parent. If that happened to my daughter, if my daughter was still alive , Kevin took in a long breath thinking back to how many times he wished he could have his daughter with him right now. How much he begged for all of this to be a dream and he really had her with him. If she was still alive, I would dedicate my whole life to her. Making her happy, be there for her like a real father should. I would want to be the perfect parent, when she needed me I would be there.
Its people like you that would make great parents these days, she whispered to him tipping up on her toes to press a soft kiss against his lips feeling his breath press in over hers. Which makes me cant wait to have a family with you. Thats all I want, you will make a great father.
I sure hope so, he stated with a small sigh knowing that was the one thing he had wanted for so long. To start a family, to be able to be called father. To live happily ever after, if there was such a thing. Thats the one thing I would wish for the most in my life. I want a child of my own, I want to be able to be considered a good parent. Not like the parents they have these days, I want to be the best father possible.
And you will be, she promised feeling him tip down to kiss her as she let out a tight breath feeling his lips skim in over her jaw line. His tongue gently pressed in over her skin making her eyes close in a moment feeling him move back to cup her face in his hands. I cant wait to start my family with you.
Hopefully, we are already on the way, he smirked rubbing his nose in against hers playfully, pressing his fingers in over her stomach gently caressing it. Our child will be happy, they will never have to live the way Stacy is. Well always be there for our kids.
I have no doubts about that, she whispered against his lips feeling him kiss her tenderly as a small sigh escaped her lips. A small gasp escaped her lips as she felt him pull her in closer to his chest. I cant wait until that moment in time.
Neither can I, Kevin pressed his index finger in under her chin, arching her eyes to look up at him better. Pushing her long, dark hair behind her ear he let out a long sigh and looked up the driveway. I have to take care of a few things, but what do you think of me and you spending some time together? We can pretend like we never came home and
Is that something you really want to do?" she questioned seeing the smirk that pressed in over his features before he nodded answering her question. What about Angela?"
What about Angie? She isnt the one I want to be with right now, its you, he answered truthfully tipping down to press a loving kiss against her lips. Just let me do one thing and then we can spend the next few hours, together. Alone. We can come back later, but right now I just want to spend some time with you.
If you say so, she sighed deeply seeing a wide smile that pressed in over his bright features as she stared out at him. Feeling his hand press in against hers and lead her toward the back of the driveway, she saw a black car in front of her. Wow, this has to be Brants. Its amazing.
Its mine, Kevin laughed stepped in behind her nipping at her earlobe softly before moving excitedly forward, holding his hands up in the air. Brant has been letting me work on some things when I have time here, even if its not much. Its a black 1969 mustang convertible with black leather for the seats. Ive been fixing him up for quite some time now and Im just about close to finishing it. I just have to work a bit under the hood and itll be good as new. I remember getting this when I was eighteen, it was the best thing ever. It was a classic then and its a classic now, I just have to make damn sure I take care of it. I worked on this baby so hard.
I can see, Ria moved forward seeing the proud smile that pressed in over Kevins features as he leaned back against the almost perfect car that he had been working on for so long. Pressing her fingers in against the leathers seats she felt him move in behind her. This is amazing, of course with the added material like the tires and some bonuses, this is an amazing classic Kevin.
I know, he proudly replied moving in behind her as she pressed her hands against the car and he pressed her hair back before pressing small kisses against her neck. You want to go for a ride in the car?"
Id love that, she watched him move over toward the passenger side to open the door for her and she moved into the car seeing the wide smile that pressed in over his features. Watching him move in toward the front seat and start to pull out of the driveway, she scooted in closer to him feeling his right arm wrap around her shoulders softly. So, where are we going?"
Im not quite sure, I just figured for a little ride since I dont have it all worked out yet, he answered only to feel her lips press in against the side of his neck before nipping at his skin heatedly. Letting out a hiss as he drove he felt her fingers pressing small circles in over the inner part of his thigh. Maybe somewhere private.
I might like that, she muttered hearing him let out a groan as her hand centered in over his jeans nipping at his earlobe before giving it a small tug. Very private could work.
Yeah, he gulped down feeling her hands pull apart his belt while he drove, her fingertips popping open the button on his jeans and then the zipper. Gulping down he felt her hand dip beneath the denim and he let out a small whimper. Do you honestly think I can drive like this?"
You better find that spot you want to be at then quickly, she whispered feeling him warming up more and more to her touch. Seeing him gulp down hard she smiled moving forward to press her lips against his, gently tugging at his bottom lip with her teeth. I was thinking that we could help get started on that whole family thing.
Ria, honey Kevin gulped down feeling her move away a bit from him before tipping down toward the center of his lap and he let out a small gasp. Swerving a bit he tried to keep good posture before letting out a nervous groan. Ria no, do you want to die? Get back up here, no
Calm down, she laughed rising back up to press a small nip against his neck hearing his breaths heavy as he tried to keep control of the car. I know you drive good, it just depends on how long you want to keep driving Kevin.
Sounds fair, he breathed in deeply feeling her tongue press in over his earlobe before he stopped the car where his original destination was. Turning the car off he turned toward her, cupping her face in his hands tightly pressing a long, heated kiss against her lips. You are so evil.
Thats you honey, she teased her nails in under his shirt scratching them down the muscular planes of his abdomen, feeling his lips in over the side of her neck. She heard him groan as she pressed her fingers in over his back, scratching at his skin temptingly. Pressing him back, she saw the protest in his dark eyes before she adjusted and moved in over him watching his chocolate eyes stare up at her. This is a nice place, where are we?"
Its that park we used to hang out at with Seth, except up on the hill, he muttered letting out a long breath feeling her fingers plucking open the buttons on his shirt, her lips pressing in against the skin that soon became exposed. Watching her amused expression, he saw her move up to kiss him while her fingers slid small lines up and over his muscular torso. So we could have a little privacy.
I think I like that, she whispered feeling his fingers tugging softly at the bottom of her torn shirt, watching her raise her arms enough for him to pull her shirt off her and to the side. How bad do you want a family?
Do you even have to ask?" Kevin muttered seeing the look on her face as he arched up for her enough to pull his pants a bit down his thighs. Her arms wrapped around his neck as he moved up, teasing his lips in over hers while teasing the tip of his tongue against hers. I think its kind of obvious Ria and I cant wait to share that moment with you. Thats all Ive ever wanted and it will be my dream come true.
Moving through the hallways of the hospital, Shannon knocked softly on Dons
door to his office. Knowing that people had told her about him being at the
hospital with Stacy, she let out a long sigh before shrugging her shoulders.
Don was probably upset about a few things and it would make her look like
she was worried about him, it was something he deserved right about now. It
wasnt on the top of her list of things to do, but he deserved to be
checked on and made sure he was okay.
Don?" Shannon whispered knocking softly at the door again hearing a shuffling noise behind the door before he finally opened up the door. His hair was a bit messed when he motioned her to move into the room while he pressed back his hair. How are you feeling? I heard that there were some problems and
There were quite a few problems around here, he grumbled shutting the door once she moved into the room and moved over toward his desk. Pushing through a few papers he felt Shannon move in behind him, wrapping her arms around his abdomen tightly and felt her chin rest against his shoulder. Im sorry Im so tense, Im just having some problems.
Its okay, I understand how you feel, she pressed a soft
kiss against his neck feeling his fingers gripping on to hers softly before
straightening up and turning to face her. Feeling his hand press in against
her face lovingly and tangle slowly into her hair she turned up toward him,
feeling him press a small kiss against her lips. Its okay to feel
that way sometimes.
I just couldnt believe any parent would not watch their child, Don whispered resting his chin against the top of her head as she rested her head against the center of his chest. You should have seen Jewel and Paul while they were here. They were fighting over whose fault it really was that she was hurt, not even caring that their daughter was in the hospital bed, sick. They didnt care about her, all they cared about was who was right and who was wrong. Some asshole took advantage of that little girl and all they care about is who is right.
Don, Shannon watched him pull away from her and angrily swipe something off his desk and she saw it crash into the wall with a thud. I know thats its hard to believe, but most of the world is like that. If not, they are sometimes even worse.
And thats what scares the hell out of me, Don blurted out shaking his head over and over before folding his arms out in front of his firm chest. Im having a son growing up in this world and my sister is the same age as Stacy. How can someone take advantage of someone so young? Someone so innocent, I hate what people have become. Its rare to find someone who cares about themselves, but also cares more about the other people in their life. I respect anyone who can feel for other people, the people in this world today are selfish.
Well, at least you dont have that in your life, Shannon pointed out seeing the way Dons blue eyes stared out at her before he laughed and shook his head slowly. Sitting down on the edge of his desk he pressed back a few things before shaking his head slowly. What is it?"
I just realize that no one could ever be like me. Im a person that loves everyone, cares about the people in his life. Is someone around here willing to do things around here? No one seems to impress me other than the ones I love the most, Don stated firmly before letting out a small sigh and standing up to face Shannon. Are you like me Shannon? Are you willing to make the sacrifices Ive made?"
No one can make the sacrifices you have, she pointed out seeing the way his blue eyes narrowed out at her and she let out a small sigh. Reaching out to touch his arm, she watched him watching her every move before letting out a small sigh. You are a good father, you are a good brother and overall a great person Don. No one I have ever met is just like you, you are special. You are someone that stands out in the crowd. You are a great person and thats all you need to know.
I know Im a great person, its the one thing I know about myself. Ive never doubted that in my whole life, Don muttered biting down on his bottom lip before seeing the way that Shannon looked at him. Trying to see something in her eyes, he watched her turn away from him and in that moment he realized something he never did before. I can own up to my life because I know Im a good brother and a good person, I dont think its me that needs to find myself.
What the hell are you doing here? Cameron snarled walking into
his library to find Andy standing over by the bookshelves. I thought
I told you that I would contact you when I was ready to hear about your progress.
Yeah about that, Andy pushed the book back in the shelve that he was tinkering around with earlier. I thought I might let you know that the situation turned out different than you were hoping for. Dianes insane and I really dont think its worth pursuing. She pulled a gun on me tonight.
I dont care what she did. I brought you back here to get a job done and I want you to finish what you started, Cameron warned sharply glaring over at him, You were paid hefty to take care of the situation.
From where I stand it looks like your brother moved on, so why bother with Diane? Shes irrelevant, Andy shrugged his shoulders once again looking around the library.
Irrelevant or not, no one messes with my family. She needs to learn that very important lesson, Cameron paused eyeing Andy closely now that the man moved around his library. You were paid well to make sure she learned, but if you cannot produce, then perhaps its time that you learn that lesson yourself.
Look, Ive done my best, and I just think its a lost cause, Andy frowned over at him rolling his eyes, but if youre going to get all snippy about it, then Ill give it another try, but itll take some work. Shes not as easy to manipulate as she was before.
I dont care what you have to do. See to it that you do what you were meant to do, Cameron reminded him sharply before turning to leave, Now if were done here
Actually, considering what happened tonight with her trying to shoot me, I dont think it was enough, Andy explained with a bold determination in his tone. When you called me in I didnt expect any attempts on my life and now that there are, its going to cost you.
Cost me? Cameron laughed in his face, Ive yet to see any kind of results.
Ill give you results, but when I do I want to have another advance. I want you to pay me double what we agreed on because this is going to be a big job, Andy mouthed with a tight scowl, You owe me that.
I dont owe you anything, Cameron remarked sourly, and if you keep coming around trying to push my buttons youll see first hand what it means to experience my wrath. Get the job done and if you do an adequate work with it, then youll get a bonus.
I want one now, Andy paused seeing Cameron turn away from him again, Of course if you arent willing to give me one, maybe Ill get one with your sister.
Cameron stopped moving long enough to stand up taller. Slowly he spun around to glare over at Andy. What did you just say?
I said I saw that Angela is out of the hospital--that shes not under the care of CV General any longer. I thought it odd that in her departure, you werent one of the ones listed on the need to know basis there. Hell, the more I hear about what happened, the more Im starting to believe that you and Angela arent nearly as close as youve lead us all to think you are. If she had any idea what kind of man you are Andy offered up in a taunting tone seeing something flash behind Camerons eyes.
Look I dont know who the hell you think you are, but Cameron paused taking a good, hard look at Andy as it dawned in on him what he hadnt seen before. He stepped forward eyeing Andy intently, Why do you care about my sister?
I dont, but I know you do and if you dont pay me, then Ill tell her what youve asked me to do for JT. Im pretty sure she wont approve, Andy taunted further seeing the way that Camerons eyes skimmed over him, looking into him as if hed seen a ghost.
Listen you. Ive run an extensive search into your background Dr. Byrne and I know things that could bury you, Cameron added realizing that while Andy looked very close to the man Angela had once married, there was no way Andy and Cary could be the same. He hadnt picked up on it at first, but in hearing Andy try to manipulate him, Cameron was reminded of Angelas ex. Only unlike what he was seeing with Andy now, hed seen Carys cold, lifeless body first hand after his accident so he knew full well that Andy couldnt be the man Cameron had sought out to destroy. Still given the heavy similarities appearance wise Cameron made a mental note to keep Andy away from his sister for her sanitys sake.
Not as much as I know about you, Andy matched his tone his blue eyes narrowing down at Cameron. Dont push my buttons.
Just do what I paid you to do or else, Cameron warned once again waving his finger at Andy before retreating to the hallway. Ill have the butler show you out.
I can find it myself, Andy huffed watching Cameron leave as he vowed that one way or another Cameron and his family would pay him what hed rightfully deserved.
Diane sat perched upon the center of the chair, her legs tucked beneath her
as she wrapped her arms around them. She closed her eyes and took in a long
breath. She tried to dismiss the thought of Andys arrival, but it was
still clearer than ever. She could see the determination in his eyes, the
way his breath fell upon her and it brought shivers to her once again.
Hes gone, she tried to remind herself as her eyes snapped open. She found her gaze turning to the gun that shed set on top of the coffee table after Andys departure. While she was certain that she wouldnt need it, she hadnt felt secure enough to put it back in the drawer. Even now she felt a shiver race over her at the idea of how close shed come to shooting Andy. At first she hadnt believed she was capable, but then when he looked at her with his penetrating blue stare, she found herself wanting more than anything to just put an end to his taunting.
This is ridiculous, Diane blurted out with a groan, You wouldnt have shot Andy. He got the point. Hes gone and
A noise erupted from the other end of the house causing Diane to sit up straighter. She listened for a moment before moving in closer to the coffee table. Reaching for the gun, she contemplating going to investigate when another sound filled the room.
Diane, are you here? Deidra questioned popping her head into the room to see her sister in such a frazzled state. Deidras eyes widened as she saw the gun in Dianes hand. Immediately she took a step back, Diane, what are you doing?
Nothing. I just Diane found herself at a loss as it occurred to her she was clenching onto Bens gun. Immediately she set it back down on the table top before Deidra entered the room with Dean at her side. She brought her own fingers up through her hair before offering up an apologetic expression to Deidra, Im sorry. I was just upset because Andy was here earlier and
You mentioned that on the phone, Deidra nodded toward the table where the gun was located. Dean replied with a nod of his own before making a movement towards the gun to get it out of Dianes reach now that it was clear she was upset, Where did you get that?
Its Bens, Diane offered up weakly, and I really hadnt intended on taking it out, but then when Andy wouldnt take a hint.
You wont be needing this anymore, Dean explained picking up the gun and looking around the room. Where does Ben keep this locked up?
Over there, Diane motioned towards the drawer that shed pulled the gun out of earlier. I wasnt planning on bringing it out, but then Andy started acting all crazy. He kept saying such vile and disgusting things and when he realized that Ben wasnt here
Its okay, Deidra replied moving in to embrace her sister in the hopes of calming her down. Andys a jerk and Im sorry that you had to deal with him today.
Im sorry that I ever thought to try to get in the way of your marriage before. I shouldnt have tried to win him away from you, but rather I should have spent my energies in trying to talk you out of marrying him, Diane groaned outwardly. I dont know what I was thinking.
We all make mistakes, Deidra assured her giving her another quick hug.
And its a good thing that you didnt shoot him because we would have had a hell of a time hiding the body and getting the blood stains out of the white carpet here, Dean teased with a hint of laughter in his tone only to receive a glare from Deidra, What? Im just saying.
Putting a bullet in him wouldnt have done any good, Diane sighed heavily, He should be made to suffer after all the years of misery that hes put us all through.
Andys only going to wind up making himself miserable with the way he carries on, Deidra explained with a small frown. Hes only hurting himself in trying to be a creep. Though Im sorry that he decided to target you. He shouldnt have done that.
He didnt intimidate me at first, but then with my being alone in the house while Ben was away Diane trailed off fidgeting with her fingers, well, I just panicked and before I knew it I had the gun and
You handled the situation just fine, Deidra informed her with a smooth tone, and calling me was an even better idea. Im glad that you did because it just shows me that you could use some company. If Andy knows that youre alone, I dont want him coming back to bother you. In fact, Dean and I talked about it and we both think its a good idea for you to come and stay with me.
I cant do that, Diane shook her head firmly, I cant impose upon you.
Sure you can. I mean its been a while since I had a roommate and with Dean having a few things planned this week for work, well it only makes sense that we stick together. You know the whole power in numbers situation? Deidra tossed back at her with a welcoming smile. We can face whatever Andy is ready to throw at us as a team.
We would be pretty unstoppable, Diane had to admit with a small grin of her own. Together he would see that he cant bully us around.
Exactly, Dean agreed adding his opinion. Plus when you two are there, itll give me some time to work some of my charm on the both of you and show you that all men arent awful.
I know they arent all awful, Diane corrected with a frown, Just the ones that I used to date. Im such an idiot.
Technically I married him, so I think that makes me in the same position if not worse, Deidra added with a frown of her own.
Neither of you are idiots. Andy is just one of those guys who plays a situation to his advantage. Hes a jerk that makes the rest of us look bad, Dean offered up his input on the situation. Were all not like that though. Some of us actually have hearts and dont want to bully women around.
I know that, Diane sighed sinking back onto her chair once again. I just miss Ben.
I know you do honey, but dont worry about it. Well keep you so busy that you wont have time to realize he was gone, Deidra added brightly hoping that she and Dean would be able to find a way to keep Diane out of harms way where Andy was concerned until they could find a way of properly dealing with him and making sure that he wasnt a problem for any of them again.
Where did you go?" Ben looked around the area before him in the rain knowing that she had to be around here somewhere. When he ran out of the car, he wasnt quite sure what would happen. He just knew that he had to find out why she was here, he never thought about thinking it through, he just had to find her. Come on.
Moving through the streets he pushed through a few things noticing that his partner was still in his car watching him carefully. Hearing his phone ring he jumped at the sound before turning around and waving his hand in the air.
I said Im okay, Ben snapped opening the phone knowing it was his partner on the other end. Listen to me when I tell you something because I know this woman. I have to find her and then we can get to what we need, but for right now leave me alone.
Closing his phone he shoved it back in his pocket before moving forward again trying to find the blonde that he was following earlier. Looking through the alleys he let out an angered groan knowing that there was no way she could have just disappeared out of his sight.
Where did you Ben went to say something more only to feel something strongly hit him in the back sending him to the ground on his hands and knees. Groaning out loudly he felt it hit the back of his head as he collapsed to the ground, rolling over to his back pressing his fingers against the back of his head. Oh man
Listen, I dont know who you are, but why are you following me?" the blonde he had been following earlier pressed her foot in over the center of his neck as he coughed at the pressure she was putting on him. Talk now before you will never able to talk again.
I was going to ask you the same thing, he grumbled seeing her step away from him so that his face was in the light. Getting up to his elbows he rubbed at his throat before shaking his head slowly. What are you really doing here?"
Ben?" she questioned finally noticing who it was before her as she pressed her hair back behind her shoulder dropping the object she had to the ground. Is that really you? Are you really here?"
...to be continued...