Would you listen to that? Heather mouthed stepping up behind
Kyle and wrapping her arms around his torso now that they were standing in
the living room with one another. Do you hear it?
Hear what? Kyle questioned lazily bringing his hands in over hers now that they sat on his abdomen. He laced his fingers in hers feeling her step up on her toes and placing a kiss on the back of his neck.
Its silence, she whispered in the back of his ear. Charles is asleep and there isnt anyone here to bother us. There arent any disasters taking place and more importantly there is no Paul sleeping on our couch snoring after a night of wanting to spy on us in our bedroom.
Gee, and here I thought you would be heartbroken that he got called back to New York for a few days to work on his new computer game, Kyle teased with a half smirk spinning around to face her and seeing delight building behind her green eyes.
I hope those kinks he needs to work out take a while because Im rather enjoying this whole newlywed lifestyle we have going, she mouthed in response sliding her palms flat over his muscled chest. Her fingers tapered off over the black t-shirt he was wearing while her grin expanded. I know that weve got a lot going on with work and this whole wedding thing youre forcing me to go to with you, but rather than dwelling on that Im glad that you and I can finally just think about us and be selfish for a while.
Selfish you say? he arched a curious brow feeling her pull at the bottom of his shirt for a brief second before sliding her hands in underneath the fabric to finger the lines of his body.
Very selfish, she nodded stepping up on her toes to nibble on his bottom lip eagerly. Charles wont be sleeping for too long, so I thought we should take advantage of these few minutes we have and maybe go for a quickie.
A quickie? Kyle arched an amused brow feeling her pull his shirt up over his body. He raised his arms to accommodate her movement until his shirt was discarded on the floor beside his feet.
I hope you dont have any objections to that, she stepped back smiling up at him and tossing her long blonde hair over her shoulder in a confident movement. Licking her lips, she dropped her hands down to the tie on her robe and undid the knot. Pulling open the sides of the silken garment she revealed her naked body to his eager eyes. I decided to come prepared to this one.
Smart thinking, Kyle mused with a reckless smirk reaching out to draw her to him again. His lips plummeted over hers, picking her up off of the ground and carrying her over to the sofa area. He moved to sit down only to feel her dig her thumb into his shoulder in protest.
Paul has been sleeping there lately, she wrinkled her nose at the thought, and given that hes been spying on us more often than not
Enough said, Kyle noted relocating to one of their chairs. He sank down onto it and pulled her over him, urging her thighs to straddle his while she worked to undo the tie on his jogging pants. You know we should probably just let him have that one when he gets a place of his own in town.
He is more than welcome to take it with him as long as he has a place of his own, Heather mouthed leaning forward and allowing her hair to fall over Kyles shoulder with a ravenous kiss. She knelt over him brushing her heated skin against his and longing for a few well spent moments between them now that their time had been rather limited lately. She felt his hands on her hips after shed managed to shift his pants down just enough to get him where she needed him.
Now youre sure that youll be okay with this whole quickie scenario, Kyle paused offering up a teasing grin as Heather hovered over him, because I dont want my wife going around telling people that Im falling flat as a husband.
Kyle if you dont do this right now, then so help me God Im going to divorce you, she whimpered in response closing in over him in anticipation wanting to lose herself completely in her husband.
Im not going to argue with that, Kyle promised clasping his hand around the back of her neck and drawing her in nearer to him hoping to savor their morning completion with one another. He kissed her with an intensity that went unmatched by any other kiss that theyd experienced and just as they were caught up in the moment he thought hed heard a noise.
Heather, he paused placing his hand up over her spine curving her in closer to him. Did you hear that?
No, she bit down on his lower lip roughly taking in every inch of him with every passing second.
Its not Charles, right? he questioned casually finding himself distracted by her.
The baby monitor is right over there, she nodded without bothering to look back where shed set it down moments earlier. Trust me if he was up, hed undoubtedly be calling for you.
And if that happened Kipp would probably kill me since Charles keeps calling me dad, Kyle recalled thinking about the explosion that had happened after that incident.
Kipps not here and Charles isnt awake, so I dont see that happening, Heather murmured dragging her nails over his shoulders and down his arms, but I am and I want you so bad.
I want you too, Kyle mouthed in response crushing her in over him and enjoying his wife to his full potential when another sound ripped through the moment.
Heather babes, I brought donuts, Kellens voice beamed excitedly from across the room, I know that I probably shouldve called first, but I know how you love surprises and since I know where you keep the spare key
Kellen, Heather yelped quickly pushing her robe together over herself now that she and Kyle were facing her friend. She saw his blue eyes widen and his jaw drop when he took in the scene between her and Kyle.
Kellen, where did you go? I was just Kipps voice mouthed as well as he too entered the living room to find Heather and Kyle in such a tentative position. Oh my God. Im so sorry. Kellen said that you were expecting us and
Well we werent, Kyle spoke up behind gritted teeth feeling increasingly uncomfortable.
Im so sorry, Kipps face grew red with embarrassment. He looked around the room hoping to find another focal point other than his friends, We were just coming over to see Charles and obviously we came at the wrong time.
Or the right one depending on the viewpoint, Kellen mouthed licking his lips involuntarily.
You know what, Kyle snapped glaring over at Kellen and wanting to rip his head off.
Were just going to get going, Kipp blurted out feeling the tension in the air. We can just leave and come back later.
No its okay. Im pretty sure the mood is over, Heather sighed knowing full well that her moment had passed with Kyle. If you two just want to wait in the kitchen, well be there in a few minutes and
Sounds good, Kipp nodded quickly before motioning to Kellen. Come on.
Oh we can stay here for a while and chit chat. I dont mind, Kellen waved his hand around in the air dismissively.
Now Kellen, Kipp reached out to tug on Kellens ear and pull him into the kitchen while Kyle groaned.
Heather Im starting to think that we need to move or else Im going to kill Kellen. If he interrupts us one more time, then I swear, Kyle groaned harshly sinking his head back onto the top of the chair. You say Paul is bad, but that man just ogles me every chance he has.
Kellen is harmless and you know it, Heather sighed trying not to be too upset about what had happened. Its not like he planned it and
He never plans it. Thats his problem, Kyle shook his head and frowned, Just once I would like to go through the day in being able to make love to my wife without interruption and
Keep your voice down, Heather pushed her hand over Kyles mouth to silence him. You know what will happen if Kellen hears you. Hell be so upset and
Maybe hell stop coming over at the wrong time if hes fired up at us, Kyle suggested with a wicked smirk before catching her small glare. Im just saying.
Well dont Kyle. I feel really bad that we cant tell him the truth, but hed be devastated if he heard what we did and didnt include him, Heather whispered in a muted tone. We just have to let him think were doing it like we said we would.
We wont be doing it at all if he keeps barging in on us like this all the time, Kyle pointed out with a huff. Im going to feel like I never get to be alone with my wife if this keeps up.
Well have time to be together after they leave, she promised with a sudden warmth, After all Paul isnt going to be around tonight, is he?
No, thank God for small miracles, Kyle replied reaching to adjust his pants again now that it was clear he and his wife wouldnt be entertaining the notion of any quickies or anything even remotely close to passion as long as her overeager best friend was around for the morning.
Hey Blake, Megan waved across the counter over at Blake as she
stood at the cash register ready to put in her morning order for coffee and
a pastry that would undoubtedly undo all the progress Blake had made during
her earlier jog, but each and every time Blake hit the front door of the small
coffee shop bakery she no longer cared, what can I get for you this
morning? The usual?
Im not sure yet, Blake confessed with her blue eyes surveying all the new arrivals underneath the glass before her. Whats this?
Its good, Megan motioned to the pastry that Blake had pointed to. They just whipped up this little concoction over the last few days from an old family recipe one of the owners had laying around in a closet somewhere and its to die for.
In that case, Ill try one, Blake grinned thinking about how good the pastry had to be if it was even half as delicious as it looked underneath the glass.
Youve got it, Megan opened up the door on the other side of the glass and pulled one out before a voice interrupted.
Better make that two and of course Blake will want coffee to go with that. Two sugars, isnt it? Blake stiffened as she immediately recognized Zacks voice. She took in a slow, calming breath before forcing herself to face the man that had been more of an irritation to her than anything else since hed returned to town again.
I was hoping to catch you here and now that I have, Im sure youd be more than delighted to share a snack with me, Zack motioned to Megan, who was watching the two of them closely. Frowning he snarled at the petite auburn haired woman, Well, what are you waiting for? I already placed an order for us
Thanks, but no thanks, Blake frowned focusing on Megan once again. Just get mine to go and Ill be on my way. Im not with him.
Of course you are, Zack stepped forward reaching out to tug on Blakes elbow while urging her in closer to him, considering that you and I have oh so very much to discuss with one another after all of the little games youve been playing with me lately.
I dont know what youre talking about, but if you dont unhand me right now, Blake warned sharply, her blue eyes narrowing up at him with anger.
Oh you know exactly what Im talking about Blake, Zacks eyes flickered with a moment of anger and agitation. You knew full well that you werent going to just slip out of that situation undetected. You wanted my attention by doing what you did at the hospital, so now youve got it. Your little scheme worked Blake, so why dont you just be a good little kitten and take a seat with me so we can talk?
Forget it, Blake wrenched her arm away from him. I dont have anything to say to you Zack.
Fine, then Ill do the talking, Zack hovered over her, his words growing more menacing by the moment, What the hell were you trying to prove by sending me that little care package at work? Isnt it enough for you to refuse me on a daily basis? Or are you just so cold that youd like to take it one step further and humiliate me in front of my co-workers in your quest to make me flee from town?
I dont know what youre talking about, Blake lied realizing that Zack mustve gotten the little care package that Deana had selected for him. She bit down on her lower lip nervously as his eyes thrust out into her, as if he was trying to read her thoughts in that moment in time. She turned her head away and stepped back despite his hold on her. Let go of me Zack.
No, I dont think I want to, Zack wrenched her arm tighter as he pulled her away from the counter towards the back of the bakery near one of the tables. He pushed her towards the area near the restrooms before he glowered down at her. Tell me what you were trying to prove in sending me those kind of things Blake because all I saw was a desperate cry for attention from a woman who is in denial about her feelings for me.
Zack, I havent felt anything for you in a while, Blake reminded him stubbornly while tossing her blonde ponytail behind her shoulder. You havent even been an after thought.
Given that you sent me something very sexual in nature, Ill take your inability to fess up to what youve done as a sign that youve been thinking about us rather in depth, Zack bent down, his lips dangerously close to her face. Those were very personal, very erotic items that you sent Blake and perhaps it was a sign of what youd like me to be creative about in using them on you.
Oh please, she rolled her eyes at him and pushed at his chest. I dont know what the hell someone got you, but I can assure you that I wouldnt want anything to do with you on that level. I told you that the other day and that hasnt changed.
Because youre just so in love with Seth, Zack rolled his eyes at her. And just where is he Blake? I mean are you so bored with your perfect, little life that you have to keep finding ways to worm your way into my thoughts all over again?
Youre the one following me Zack and as far as I can tell youre on the borderline of stalking, she scowled in response turning to leave when she felt his fingers dig into her arm and yank her back towards him.
Youre not going anywhere, Zack snarled in response, his accusations now replaced with a rage that hed kept a lid on until that moment in time. Right now I want answers Blake and youre not leaving until I get them.
The lady doesnt have to be harassed by you. She can leave when she likes, a man snarled as Blake watched a strong, muscular arm coil around Zacks neck in a flash of an instant. Blakes eyes widened as Zack fell to his knees, gasping for air as the new arrival squeezed Zacks neck with his arm. I believe you owe the lady an apology for your rudeness.
Theres no way that Zacks face began to turn red as he gasped for air.
Blake found her eyes traveling up the arm to the familiar face before her and she couldnt help but feel a moment of empowerment upon her. She leaned up against the wall folding her arms in front of her chest.
I dont hear an apology, Blake tossed back at Zack, watching him writhe on the ground as Andrew Byrne had him in a choke hold.
Neither do I, Andy squeezed tighter and Zack let out a yelp.
Im sorry Blake, Zack finally cried out, giving up on his attempt to bully her. It was my mistake.
Youre right it was, Andy shoved Zack into the ground before kicking at Zacks leg and watching him fall face forward. Stepping aside, Andy spotted Megan circling around the counter with a bag in her hand as the others in the bakery were keeping a close eye on the situation.
Andy, I Blake was at a loss thinking about how Andy had come to her rescue. She glanced down at Zack, who was trying to shuffle up from the ground with the last ounce of dignity that he had left inside of him. He dusted himself off, looking as though he was going to lash out at Blake further, but when Zacks eyes fell upon Andy, he made a hasty exit from the bakery.
Problem solved, Andy rubbed his palms together before offering up a bright, white grin, which means that now youre free to enjoy some peace and quiet for a little while.
I dont know how I can thank you enough for that. Zacks just a jerk and Blake started thinking about how Zack had gone from being what she believed to be her dream man, to a guy who just didnt know when to quit.
I dont know what his problem was, but Im getting tired of seeing him treat women that way. At the hospital he thinks hes charming, but I cannot even begin to tell you how many nurses have contemplated sexual harassment charges, Andy informed her with a scowl. Its sickening to think that hes abusing his power and trying to force himself on women who arent interested.
I think he was just upset about the day going any way, but his, Blake flashed back to the moment she and Deana were ordering the adult novelty products on the internet. So maybe she wasnt all that innocent and Zack probably had some reason to be upset with her, but there was no point in sharing that with Andy. Thanks again for helping me out. I really appreciate it.
Then prove it by buying me a coffee, Andy suggested with another flash of a smile. In fact, if you do I might even buy something sweet to go along with it.
Hmm, well since you made such a delicious offer, who am I to refuse? Blake shrugged her shoulder and smiled realizing it was the least she could do for the man that had helped her in ridding herself of another aggravation brought on by Zack. Somehow now that Andy had arrived Blake had a feeling that her day was most certainly looking up!
I think I could get very used to this, Evie sighed stretching
out on the beach house deck, looking at the day beyond where she stood. She
could see people on the beach, a couple soaking in the sun between chasing
one another into the water and there was a child collecting sea shells near
the shore. It was like one of those movies that you see on television, but
never really believe youll be a part of for most of your life, Evie
realized as she kept her eyes on the little girl collecting sea shells. She
couldnt help but smile thinking about how she wouldve loved to
have been able to have had that kind of childhood. To have lived carefree
and in the middle of paradise seemed like a hell of a better option than where
shed grown up. Still she wasnt about to let her past cloud how
much she was enjoying the moment she was living in now.
Im almost finished packing up the cooler, JT explained walking out onto the deck and discovering her leaning towards the edge. With a grin, he approached her, sliding his arms around her waist before resting his chin on her shoulder. I hope you packed the sunscreen because today is going to be a scorcher.
I dont mind the heat, she leaned back into his chest, closing her eyes and savoring the warmth of his arms surrounding her. She tipped her head back just enough so that she could turn her head to the side and see his eyes over hers. In fact I welcome hot things in my life.
Thats because you just love to see people burn, he bent down to steal a quick kiss from her before pulling back, but you can rest assured that a sunburn around here is no laughing matter. I can tell you from experience that one year I thought it was no big deal to go out there without any kind of protection on and I was burned and chafed in places that I dont even want to think about for a long time.
All from not wearing sunscreen? she arched a curious brow before she giggled, Why do I get the feeling that had something to do with more than just not wearing sunscreen?
It was a hard lesson learned, he explained reaching out to touch her cheek gently. Their eyes connected for a moment until he reached out and pulled his sunglasses off the top of her head without hesitation.
She curled her lip in a pout, Hey, I was wearing those.
I realize that, but if were going to be out there, Im going to need them, he informed her with a teasing wink. He carefully hung the sunglasses over the front of his t-shirt. Besides, they were way to big for you.
I liked them, she objected reaching out to take the sunglasses back once more only to feel him step back.
But youll like these so much more, he assured her bringing another pair of sunglasses out of his pocket. I think these are more your speed.
Evie eyed the gift for a long moment, seeing that they were far more her style. She reached for them only to feel him draw them back again.
Say thank you JT, he waved them around in the air just out of her reach.
What are you the polite police? she gave him a look before snapping her fingers. Let me have them now or Ill just take yours.
Gee and here I thought youd moved beyond your rudeness, he joked only to feel her poke him in the ribs once she swiped the sunglasses out of his fingers.
Believe me Im being very polite, she assured him as she brushed past him in a movement towards the beach house again. She stepped inside feeling her eyes adjust to the change in lighting.
You couldve fooled me, JT laughed following her inside and looking around. I just need a couple more waters and then well be on our way.
I cant believe your brother has this place just sitting around empty most of the time, she confessed spinning on her heel and facing him again. I mean where I come from people would die to live in a place like this, yet he has it and it just sits here empty.
Where I come from people I know thrive on the excessive and tend to be a bit wasteful in their approach, he shrugged his shoulders simply before motioning to an overpriced painting on the wall. I rest my case.
Thats beautiful, Evie moved in for a closer inspection. You would think that he would want that in his other home in Coral Valley.
I doubt hed have the time or energy to make room for it, JT shrugged, but for what its worth Cameron seems to have great taste. He just hasnt realized that there arent half a dozen of him to go around with each home he has.
He really has that many? Evie arched a curious brow.
JT nodded, He has more than I can count off hand and they are all over. Some on the east coast, some on the west coast and some in Europe. Hes big on being able to have a home away from home anywhere.
Wow, I cant even imagine being able to afford even one at this point in my life, she divulged turning her attention to him once again. All of my life I lived in an apartment. I thought we hit big time when my mom and I wound up getting a two bedroom apartment. Before that I was sleeping on the couch and believe me it wasnt pleasant.
You wont have to worry about that anymore, JT promised stepping in closer to her. He bent down to kiss the side of her neck tenderly, because the way I see it youll never have to go back to that again unless of course you refuse to be polite with me.
Hey, she jabbed him in the ribs and shook her head. You love me. Rudeness and all.
I do and its both a blessing and a curse, he joked motioning for her to follow him to the kitchen. He walked over to the cooler and opened it up, to make way for the final touches on his packing for the day.
You say that now, but youd be lost without me, she reminded him watching as he pulled a few bottles of water out of the refrigerator.
Youre right. I would, he nodded as a smile teased over the corners of his lips, but how about we forget about all of that right now and find a way to take advantage of this beautiful day to the fullest before it slips away on us?
I say youre on, she agreed reaching for her tote bag as he closed the cooler and the two decided it was time to finally enjoy all the things that paradise had to offer them.
Seth opened up the front door to find Kevin standing in the hallway looking
rather forlorn. Worried Seth stepped aside and let his cousin into his house
realizing that Kevins silence suddenly had him worried more so than
the expression on his face. Closing the door behind Kevins entrance
Seth turned around to see Kevin seated on the couch with his face buried in
his hands, his dark hair forward in his face.
Whats wrong? Seth questioned worriedly walking across the living room to take a seat across from Kevin. You sounded upset on the phone.
I didnt want to tell you this on the phone because I was hoping that things would change, Kevin explained in a low, uneasy tone. He tipped his head up to reveal the worry behind his dark eyes. Its Angie.
Angela, Seth replied with a curious expression before frowning, Oh no. Kevin what has she done now? Are you and Ria fighting again because she tried to pull something and ?
Shes missing Seth, Kevin blurted out in correction. I dont know how or why, but shes gone.
What do you mean gone? Seth questioned sensing Kevins upset.
Im saying that shes been staying at the mansion because of this whole amnesia shes had and now shes not there, Kevin continued to explain to his cousin. One minute she was in the guest house where Brant had last seen her and then the next my car was trashed and
Your car? Seth repeated confused by his words. What do you mean your car?
Someone trashed it Seth. They butchered the hell out of it and tore it to pieces, Kevin revealed with a tiny shudder remembering the impact the vandal had made on his prized possession. They pounded it up and then when Brant went looking for Angie she wasnt there.
Im sure that shell be somewhere, Seth tried to be positive knowing that Kevin wasnt in the mood for that at the moment. Maybe she just drifted off for a while and went out. Maybe she went shopping or
We looked at Camerons place, but nothing, Kevin shook his head somberly, but if she just left she would be back by now. Cameron claims he doesnt have her and all things point to someone taking her. I mean why else would someone destroy my car?
I dont have an answer for that, but you would think that someone would see a person lurking around the Ashford estate, Seth noted remembering the time hed spent there. They have good security and
And apparently this time it was gone undetected. No one can tell us anything. Brant is still searching, but its not looking that hopeful at this point. Kevin sighed heavily feeling an ache building in his temple.
Im sure she will show up. You know how Angela is. You told me all the time she used to pull little stunts in the past when she wanted your attention, Seth reminded his cousin. Maybe this is another one of them.
I dont think so, Kevin shook his head adamantly, I mean I just start thinking about the fact that right now she has amnesia. She lost a huge chunk of her life--of our life and if shes thinking that we are still together, then that means there are things that she cant grasp. She could be confused and out there hurting and
Hey, if shes there Brant will find her. He loves her and he will spare no expense to find her, Seth offered up supportively. Hes not going to let her disappear.
We never know. I mean you and I wouldve moved heaven and Earth for Jade, but Kevin trailed off hating to bring up a sore point for the both of them.
Losing Jade was a nightmare, Seth stated plainly, his eyes darkening with emotion. It was something that never shouldve happened and I hate myself every day for not being able to save her.
So do I. Its like losing my daughter all over again, Kevin revealed with a painful expression. Jade was someone I vowed to protect, but like the situation with my daughter I failed her too.
We both tried our hardest to find her, but no one wouldve been able to predict that woman would hurt her like she did, Seth recalled feeling an ache swelling up inside of him at the thought of his sister. If only I wouldve been able to stop it as well .
We both shouldve known, yet Kevin paused shaking his head firmly, This isnt about losing Jade or my daughter. I know that and coming here to hurt you like this by bringing up Jade and losing her
Kevin, shes our family. Its always going to hurt. There isnt a day that goes by where she doesnt cross my mind. When I think about how long I tried to save her--how I tried to help her reclaim her life again only to have it end like that, Seth gritted his teeth feeling a tension coil over him. It kills me.
It kills me too which is why I want to find a way to fix this situation with Angie before its too late. I shouldve been with her last night, but instead I was stupid and stubborn. Rias mom came into town and Kevin shook his head and frowned, I shouldve just checked on Angie instead of leaving her alone like that. It wouldve just taken five seconds to check and
Kevin Im sure she will show up. I mean if someone took her surely they shouldve left a clue, Seth tried to rationalize knowing how insensitive he sounded when it call came down. Someone would have to have seen something.
My car couldve been the clue, Kevin sighed sinking back onto the chair, and Im not reading it right. Angie could be out there needing me and Im doing nothing.
I dont believe that for a second, Seth frowned over at him shaking his head, Youre worried about her and Im sure youll do what you can.
I feel so helpless just like I did when I lost my daughter. I feel like everyone I love is being taken from me and, Kevin trailed off bringing his fingers through his dark hair. There is nothing I can do to stop it.
I wish I could help you, but I dont know anything about this, Seth offered up after a moment, though maybe there is something I can do for you that--well its not much, but theres something I need to show you. Something that I shouldve showed you a while ago, but I forgot about it until now.
What is it? Kevin questioned with a confused expression watching his cousin get up and out of the chair hed been seated in.
Youll see, Seth promised walking out of the room ready to retrieve the thing that hed been meaning to give Kevin since hed first obtained it. Now was as good a time as any to return it to him, Seth realized knowing how upset Kevin was now that he had guilt hanging over his shoulders.
Brant?" Don called out hearing the sound of silence filling his
ears as he looked around the foyer of the Ashford mansion. After hearing the
news that Ria had been telling him, he wished like hell that they had found
Angela and that she was alright. Running up the long winding stairs he moved
through the room knowing that he had to see if Brant was okay and if he was
home he knew hed be up there when it was so silent downstairs. Brant?"
Don?" Brant stumbled out of one of the rooms he was in and moved down the hallway to see Dons worried blue eyes staring out at him as Brant moved in closer to him. Don, I need to know. Did Angela come to see you? Ask about her amnesia? See if something is wrong? Did anything happen? Did you see her at all?"
No, she never came to see me? Ria told me what was happening. You guys still havent found her yet?" Don questioned seeing the paranoid look behind his best friends eyes and he reached out to place his hand over his shoulder. Ria told me that you and Kevin were looking for her and ,
I dont know where the hell he is right now, I just know that
hes not here. Even if Kevin was being the biggest asshole right now,
he would still call me to tell me that she was with him and that she was okay.
Which means he hasnt found her either, Brant moved away from Don
walking into his office to continue to push through papers before dropping
down on the desk. I dont know what to think, I dont know
where she is Don. She just disappeared. First thing I know I wake up to make
a special day for her and then we hear someone destroy Kevins car and
shes gone. With what happened to Kevins car, I dont even
know if something bad happened or if she just up and left. All I know is that
something isnt right Don.
Well, lets think about this. Lets look at the car and see if we can find anything and then lets try and play out Angela like we know her for, Don saw Brant nod and motion for him to follow him back toward stairs. There had to be some kind of information that could lead them to finding Angela. No one just disappeared off the planet without a trace. There was always a story behind it waiting to be found and they were going to find it and bring Angela home. Well find her. I know we will.
Yeah, well I need to know where she is first. We talked to Cameron and that son of a bitch is acting like he doesnt know anything. I dont know what to do Don, Brant tried to explain as he stepped outside feeling his best friend stepping in next to him. He felt Dons arm wrap around him, squeezing him in closer as they moved over toward Kevins wrecked car. There is nothing thats leading me to her and I feel helpless and its not a good feeling Don.
I know Brant, but were going to find her and oh my God, Don stared out at Kevins car letting out a snort as he looked it over seeing the letters dug into the hood. Looking it over he took in a long breath before placing his hand over his mouth and moving around the car to survey it. Did maybe one of Kevins exs come to screw with you guys or what? It would take a cold heart to kill a classic like this and I would assume it would be done by and upset woman.
And you know that how?" Brant ran his fingers over the word liar and took in a long breath. He never really thought to ask Kevin something like that, but how would someone know that Kevin was here when he could have been in different places? Anything is possible I suppose. Why would they take Angela though?"
You tell me why they would take Angela, Don looked up at Brant with his blue eyes seeing Brant shrug and take in a long shallow breath. Ive seen Kevin at his best with Ria and if his background is as good as what people say he was, hes with Angela right now pretending that she was his wife. If a girl is bitchy enough, trust me shed do it.
Yeah, but most people in this town other than Angela herself knows that its just fake. Its just a game. God damn it. Why did we have to do that. If she just would have known the truth, no one could have taken her away from me. She would have been in my bed, in my arms, Brant came off as furious as Don glanced back at him after taking a long look over the car. She knew she was in love with me, she was just stuck into thinking that Kevin was the man she was in love with. If Kevin would have stayed with her, none of this would have happened. Hes supposed to be her bodyguard damn it. Where the hell was he when she disappeared?"
I really dont know, where was he?" Don muttered seeing the look in Brants eyes as he moved forward and brought his foot into the center of Kevins car. Moving over he noticed the dent in Kevins car and simply shrugged his shoulders. It already had the shit beat out of it, there is no problem with a little bit more damage. This is going to cost a ton to fix anyways--he can do it. So let out your rage buddy.
Tell me one thing. Why in all of this was I the man screwed? Kevin was with his fiancée this morning when Angela disappeared, but every other day he wakes up in bed next to the woman thats carrying my children, Brant snarled simply thinking about the thought that if anything bad happened to Angela that Kevin was the one that had spent more time with her and he didnt even have the love of his life thinking that they were together. I was the one that got screwed in the long run.
Well if Kevin was with Ria this morning, Don tried to tease seeing the way that Brants frown deepened and Don took in a long breath simply shrugging his shoulders. Hey man, Im just saying. By the sounds of what Ria said, it seemed like both you and Kevin were upset about her missing. Im sure hes out there looking for her too. That seems to be the only logical thing that he would do and I think if you want to find her you and I should do the same thing. Maybe she got her memory back and wanted to blow off some steam. We just need to find her and assure her that everything is okay. Once that happens everything will be better. I promise.
Yeah, I really hope so Don because I seemed to be screwed the last few months with everything, Brant kicked his foot at the beaten up car again aiming at the tire to try and get some of the rage out that was built up inside for so very long. There was worry, doubt, hopelessness--all those feelings building up inside of him and the only way it would get better is if he had Angela in his arms. This whole game they had going on was going to stop once she got home. Everything was going to be okay, he hoped. I dont know what Im going to do if something really bad happened to her Don. I dont want to los ,
Were going out to look for her, Don hushed his best friend stepping in closer to him and patting him on the side of the neck. His blue eyes staring into the worried dark brown eyes before him. I promise Brant I dont know where she is, but I will help you find her. No matter how long it takes, no matter what it takes--Im going to help you. We will find her, I swear on it.
How much longer will it be until we are there? Angela questioned
looking over at Craven now that the two stepped out onto the small airstrip
where their plane had landed a few short minutes ago. She looked around taking
in the tropical environment as a small breeze carried over her. She felt a
familiarity in the air with the sun hanging over her, yet something was different.
It had changed since her last memory had taken over her from this place. Things
Not much longer, Craven assured her motioning to the men who were waiting for them with her bags. He pointed to a car that hed planned on taking her to the beach front estate with and smiled. Soon everything will be as it always shouldve been.
I hope youre right because if my father is hurt by any of this, then I dont know how I could live with myself. I always wanted to keep from disappointing him, yet she glanced down to her swelled abdomen briefly before turning to look out over towards the water that surrounded the island, I feel as if everything has been a great disappointment lately.
The only disappointment your father has been experiencing is the one in which he has felt in himself for not seeing you any sooner than now, Craven offered up in a smooth and even tone. He hates the thought that you have been separated from one another for so very long and now he is hoping to bring about a remedy to that particular issue at hand.
I hope that things come off in a positive light, she smiled over at Craven, because truth be told I have been missing him as well. It felt so strange to wake up at the hospital and not have him there. Both Kevin and Cameron mentioned that he was busy, but I never anticipated hed be too busy to pay me a visit. After all we were always kind of one anothers top priority.
Trust me Angel, hes been working on something that is in your best interest. Its something that weve all been working towards for years and when you see it, you can rest assured that you will finally understand the full potential behind what your father has set out for you. Youll be surprised when you discover just what it is that is in store for you, he promised placing his hand on the small of her back before meeting her gaze again. Shall we get going?
Sure, she nodded in response feeling a small shudder carry over her at the contact of his fingers to her spine. She gently pushed herself away from him before forcing a small smile in his direction.
You have nothing to worry about my dear. Everything is going to be just perfect. Craven mused seeing her uneasiness carry over her.
I hope so, she whispered under her breath as if trying to convince herself of the situation at hand. The sooner I see my father the better it will be.
There we are in agreement, Craven nodded with a proud smirk ready to deliver on all of the promises that hed offered Angela from the moment hed reconnected with her again. She certainly was eager to be reunited with her father and if all played out in his plans, he would make damn sure that he gave her just that.
Softly closing the door behind her Sarah tried to tiptoe into Camerons
place knowing that she was going to have to tell him about what happened between
her and Douglas. Did she want to tell him? Hell no she didnt, but if
Douglas got to Cameron first--Cameron would be furious and that was unacceptable.
She had to take the heat now before Cameron got the truth from Doug.
Cameron?" Sarah looked around to hear the snarling sound of Camerons anger filling the area around her as he slammed something against the wall. Feeling every muscle in her body cringe and tighten, she wondered if his anger was an indication that the truth had hit him already before she'd had her opportunity to come clean with him. Damn.
She had rushed home as fast as she could to try and tell him herself, but it seemed like she was too late. She contemplated making a quick route for the upstairs to lock herself away from him for a little while, but she decided to stick downstairs for a bit to face his wrath and try to work beyond it somehow. It might have been for the better to get it over with rather than having his anger building up all night. He wouldnt hurt her though, not with the possibilite that his baby was growing inside of her. That would be the last thing he would ever plan to do when it got down to it. They had a mutual agenda and the ideas they had worked up together thus far proved it.
Son of a bitch, she heard Camerons voice moving in closer to her as she heard something else shatter in the corner. By the sounds of it, it seemed to be a vase of some kind in the hallway. He was coming closer, possibly looking for her and when his dark eyes met hers upon reaching the staircase she knew he was pissed off. What the hell are you doing on the steps? You just having fun listening or what? Why didnt you tell me you came home?"
Youre in a real shitty mood right now, Sarah stood up from the stairs where she had taken a seat for that small amount of time she's spent in contemplation hoping he wouldnt notice her for a few minutes more. What crawled up your ass and died?"
I dont need your nonsense right now, Cameron shoved her aside causing her to stumble into the railing before she watched him move up the stairs. He heard her moving in behind him, following him to try and find out what was bothering him. Feeling her hand wrap around his wrist he pulled away from her, his eyes burning through hers. I said back off and leave me alone.
What the hell is wrong with you today? I want to know why you are acting like this, she glared at him looking to his hand that was now bleeding.
"Cameron you're hurt," Sarah noticed the thin line of blood on his palm. She reached out to it only to feel him retract from her touch.
"It's nothing," he mouthed dismissively holding his hand up in the air to inspect it himself before before dropping it to his side. His hands slid in over his hips as his jaw clenched in anger and his brown eyes met hers.
Who caused this?" she pushed again wondering if his fury extended
to what had transpired between her and Douglas. She reached out for his shoulder
to feel him tense up beneath her and pull away.
I dont know who you think you are right now, but one--you dont touch me like that, Cameron informed her seeing the way she stared out at him as he nodded. Moving back toward his office he plopped down in his chair pushing a few papers aside. He opened his drawer only to shove it back to a slamming close. Looking up he saw Sarah standing in the doorway and he snarled at her once again. Piss off Sarah.
No, Im not going to leave until you tell me what has you so infuriated, she muttered almost amused with the way he was acting knowing that it could be because of her that he was being like this. He was stomping and pouting earlier like a child, which was a clear sign of jealousy. Surely he had to know about her and Douglas and he was feeling something. He was envious that she had found someone else to spend time with and thats what made it all the better to see that she had him worked up. I want to know what has you so uptight.
Im looking for my sister damn it, Cameron snarled pushing away from the desk and standing up from the chair. He moved over toward her with a scowl. His eyes flashed with something she couldn't quite read as he approached her. His features shifted and a moment later she felt his hand press into the into her shoulder pushing her in roughly against the door frame making her whimper out. I have no idea where my sister is right now and Im kind of pissed, so back off before someone hurts you.
Your sister is missing?" she frowned feeling a momentary second of relief about his not being angry at her. However, for a brief second she'd been hoping that all this was him worked up over what she did and now she knew what it was all about it made her kind of upset actually in knowing he wasn't jealous of who she spent her time with. Taking a step back and knowing how much his sister meant to him, she realized that she had to leave him be. This was not the right time to try and tell him what happened. Having him this upset would really rock his boat and maybe it was time for her to keep her mouth shut about things. Fine, Ill leave you alone.
Great, one thing you never seem to be able to do, Cameron snapped right back in her face moving down the hallway toward the room he left Angela in when she was at the place. Pushing through the closet he found nothing, not a clue as to maybe where she went. Damn it Angel, where are you?"
Douglas looked around the hotel room hoping that he would be able to finally
put the traces of the night spent there behind him. Of course there would
be a need for a clean up crew and what not, but still. He stepped in closer
to the bed straining to remember all that had taken place, but there was a
part of him that hoped he never retained that memory. Hearing a knock on the
door Douglas moved to answer it and found his assistant Larry standing on
the other side.
I got over here as soon as you called me sir, Larry explained stepping into the hotel room and taking a look around. He turned to face Douglas again with a puzzled expression. Sir, whats going on here?
Something that Im sure the paparazzi would like to jump on top of, but I would much rather avoid that if it is at all necessary, Douglas paused contemplating the situation at hand. Remembering Sarahs stubbornness he turned to Larry again watching his assistant pull out his cell phone. Douglas moved to stop him, On second thought tell me something. In places like these is it customary for them to have surveillance cameras on the guests?
I would imagine in the halls and the elevators, Larry nodded quickly with a puzzled expression. Why sir?
Lets just say that I think it would be in my best interest if you were able to obtain all said surveillance tapes that may have been present from two thirty on I am guessing, Douglas pondered trying to predict when he had made his move over to the hotel. Hed spotted his watch on the ground earlier. It had stopped working around two forty and cracked indicating it had met some kind of collision in the hotel room. He could only imagine what it would have been to cause the impact, but that was another concern altogether.
Alright, but that is going to take some time. Im sure that a hotel isnt going to just hand over its tapes to us without the proper motivation, Larry added with a frown, They have them for a reason and
And Im sure if you entice them with the right proposal, then they will surely see it in their best interest to comply with our wishes, Douglas mouthed in response pacing around the hotel room.
Okay we have a big problem, another voice entered the hotel room causing Larry and Douglas to turn around to see Larrys assistant Leia in the doorway. Does anyone want to tell me how in the world we wound up in this kind of media storm?
Media storm? What are you talking about? I told you to bring a crew up here and Larry frowned at Leia ready to snap at her when she pulled out her cell phone and snapped it open. She shoved it in both Larry and Douglass face and huffed at them.
Look at this! Someone took this in the lobby downstairs where Mr. Mahoney and his bride were wed in one of the private conference rooms in an impromptu ceremony, Leia scoffed at the both of them before her gaze narrowed in on Douglas. Hard copy is already on this and stories are buzzing on the internet about you and your mystery bride.
Really? Douglas arched a curious brow, a sudden amusement carrying over him.
Yes really. There are reporters downstairs already salivating at the bit for the story since someone tipped them off to the fact that you hadnt checked out of the hotel, Leia explained further shaking her head at him, So if you called us to make all of this disappear somehow
On the contrary I called you over here to obtain the surveillance videos before any other information is leaked to the press and Larry, Douglas turned to the portly looking man at his side, I want you to go downstairs and tell the gossip mongers that I will be making an official press release to the media in a short while about my new bride.
Excuse me? Larrys eyes practically popped out from behind his glasses. Are you serious?
Very serious, Douglas nodded further a proud smirk carrying over him. If the media would like to exploit my situation, then I think it is only fitting for them to hear from me first hand about my newfound union. Wouldnt you agree?
Well yes sir, but what about your bride? Larry looked around the room with a sudden uneasiness. Shouldnt she be with you for the press release? You know kind of as a good faith that things are off to a good start?
Lets lead the media to believe that shes camera shy, Douglas shrugged his shoulders simply, since she is off doing a few post-nuptial errands.
Im not so sure thats a good idea since Im pretty certain they are here to see the new Mrs. Mahoney, Larry added in a jittering tone looking around the hotel room once again. If they saw all of this.
Lets see to it that only a select few on the staff come in here and clean this, Douglas decided after a moments contemplation. We dont want to shock everyone too soon. Plus my wife is bashful. We dont want everyone knowing what kind of a hellcat she is in bed just yet.
They wouldnt expect anything less from you sir, Larry added brightly stepping up to his new task.
Exactly and Leia, Douglas looked to her again. Id appreciate you getting on those tapes and also putting out that image from the nuptials. See if you can find the original photographer and if you do offer him compensation for that and any other photos he or she might have with them.
Will do, she nodded before leaving the room as Douglas took a long look around realizing that while marrying Sarah was perhaps one of the most unsavory, low points of his life, this new twist on the situation was going to be one that would serve far more interesting purposes than hed ever imagined possible.
Ok, Ive just got to know, Andys grin expanded as
he set down the Styrofoam cup hed been sipping out of a moment earlier.
He pressed his hands down on the table top before giving Blake a long once
over, Whats the story with you and Zack?
Theres not really a story, Blake shrugged her shoulders before leaning back in her seat a bit, At least not one worth telling.
Ok, let me clarify, what is someone as bright and beautiful as you are doing being anywhere remotely close to that slime dog? Andy prompted further, his blue eyes filled with a new curiosity about what hed walked into with Blake.
Honestly Im surprised the rumors havent spoken for themselves at this point, Blake sighed thinking about her confrontation with Zack. Remembering how Andy had swooped in to her rescue, she couldnt help but oblige with the truth. He and I were sort of seeing one another for a brief moment in time the last time he was in town.
Would that be attributed to a bout of temporary insanity? Andy wiggled his brow with laughter while Blake shifted on her seat uncomfortably. Frowning he spoke up once again, Blake, I was joking
Zack and I were just, she strained to find the right words, a mistake. I mean I guess I always thought it would be something more than it was, but when it got down to it, I shouldve skipped over that part of my life completely.
You learned something from it, right? he tossed back at her with a pointed expression. I mean isnt that the name of the game when you try dating someone.
I suppose, she pondered the thought for a moment, although I think men like Zack should come with warning labels so you could just skip over that part of them altogether.
If we had warning labels, then Im pretty certain there wouldnt be a man on the planet who would get a date given that our flaws would be far too obvious to generate interest in the woman of our choice, he informed her with a sly grin before reaching out to touch the top of her hand gently. Were all dogs Blake.
I dont believe that, she replied glancing down to where his fingers had skimmed against hers. She sat up straighter and pulled her hand back momentarily before speaking up again, I mean you came in and played my hero today, so I think if you were wearing a label it would have to say courageous and wonderful.
I havent heard that in a long time, he paused for a moment, if ever actually. I dont think many women share your view.
Thats because most women dont know you like I do, she smiled over at him. I grew up seeing how kind you were with my brother and anyone around you. Youre a doctor and you arent like Zack with an enormous ego. You pride yourself on helping people and
Blake, as much as I would love to glorify what Ive done, I work in a field where beauty is the name of the game. I take in people who feel their imperfections are in need of an alteration, he couldnt help but smirk. Id hardly consider my career a case of altruism even if there is an occasional patient with a real need for my services.
Youre more than that and dont try to downplay yourself, she waved her hand in the air dismissively. I remember what you were like before when you wanted to save the world. Sure, you might have a specialization, but Im well aware of all the other ways youve saved lives in the past.
People are more appreciative of what these hands can do now, he raised his hands in the air and looked between them. At least now I know they want me to be working on them instead of feeling as though they have no choice.
Youre far too modest, Blake decided pushing a piece of her blonde hair behind her shoulder. You really are a nice guy Andy and its too bad people dont appreciate that.
You mean people like my soon-to-be ex-wife? he arched a curious brow at the sound in her voice.
Well yeah. I mean Ive heard the rumors, but she paused as if contemplating her words. I dont buy too much into them considering that there are probably half a dozen of them circulating about me at this moment in time.
Given who you are I would say that there are probably at least three dozen, he added with a playful wink, but for what its worth, part of what youll hear about how my marriage fell apart is truth, while the other part is fiction. Deidra and I were just two people who thought we knew what we were doing when we got married, but we didnt have a clue.
I guess thats always how it goes, doesnt it? she frowned as a darkness clouded over her beautiful features. She turned her attention to her coffee again and felt Andys hand over hers once again.
Marriage doesnt have to be a bad thing, he coaxed her to meet his concerned eyes, As long as its with the right person. You just have to be sure that when you make that decision in your life that you arent investing in someone who doesnt share the same dreams as you.
Is that how you felt about Deidra when you realized it was falling apart? she couldnt help but ask with curiosity in her tone.
Deidra and I were good together. We had a solid foundation, but then she had mood swings and then eventually, he paused contemplating his words in such a fashion that he would be able to spin the situation in his favor. I think she liked to lash out at me only because it gave her an excuse to find someone else, who would be willing to take in her sob story. When she left town before she didnt give our relationship a second thought before she wound up in her new boyfriends arms.
Im sorry about that, Blake frowned at the thought. Im sure its killing you to see it day in and day out.
Not nearly as much as it did before, he shrugged before giving her another once over. Although I will admit there was a time when I felt terrible, but something happens and life changes.
Tell me about it. When I met Seth it was like my world was turned upside down completely. We had so many things thrown at us, but now, she grinned widely, its the first time in my life that I can honestly say I feel alive. He makes me so happy.
And youre sure that someone like Seth is really what you want? he arched a curious brow while watching her nod.
Hes nothing like Zack. Hes strong and generous. He makes me laugh and hes so noble, she began to gush on the man she wanted to share the rest of her life with. Hes amazingly loyal and
You make him sound like a Golden Retriever, he teased catching the small frown upon her lips.
Theres a lot more than that, but Im sparing you all the sordid details of my love life, she explained with a tiny giggle as Andy noticed a hint of color in her pale cheeks. Hes just by far the most amazing man Ive ever known. I dont know what I would do without him.
If hes so incredible, then why hasnt he snagged you up yet and made an honest woman of you? he asked the million dollar question knowing full well it was a sore spot for her. Her smile faded and her blue eyes flashed with disappointment. In that moment he knew hed found a way in.
Its complicated, but were working on it, she informed him, her eyes focused on the empty plate in front of her. It will happen though.
Sounds like youre not quite convinced, he reached out across the table to take her hand in his, Care to talk about it?
No, not really, she shook her head firmly.
Blake, you can talk to me. Id like to think that were friends, he coaxed her once again.
Of course we are, but its far too complicated to get into right now, she refused to reveal what was obviously troubling her, although Andy strongly suspected that Valerie Madison was a source of the change in her.
Im a good listener, he urged her on once more. Im sure if youve got something on your mind, then
Right now I just want to talk about something else, she explained stubbornly, I mean you dont need to play my therapist as well after you were my bodyguard earlier.
Hmm, bodyguard. I think I like the sound of that, he winked over at her, I suppose that could be a job I would be really invested in if I was watching you all of the time.
Youd be bored out of your mind, but for what its worth, thank you, she offered up with a nod. I dont know what I wouldve done if you werent around.
Probably kicked Zack and taken him down another way, he laughed lightly as his hand finally squeezed hers in his, but for what its worth youre welcome Blake. And if you ever need anything--anything at all, then Im your guy.
I appreciate that, she returned the squeeze on his fingers. I dont have a lot of friends who are willing to help, so when someone does, it means a lot to me.
Hey, what can I say? Any sister of Kens is like a sister to me, he explained in a welcoming tone, wondering if she had any idea just what hed been planning for her once he eliminated the competition. Sure, he might be telling her that he viewed her as a sister, but the fact to the matter was that once he had Blake where he wanted her, not only would he enjoy the fortune that she had waiting for him in her trust fund, but he would also take great pleasure in introducing Blake to the world of passion shed been shielded from. Yes, she mightve been involved with Seth Alexander, but women like Blake needed the kind of pleasure that only he could provide them with. Once he had her, hed provide Blake with the greatest thrills of her life before finishing what hed started years ago with his first wife.
Thanks Andy, I appreciate that, her words broke through his thoughts as she released his hand.
So do I Blake, he nodded reaching for his drink again as it was clear that it was only a matter of time before he had Blake Ashford eating out of the palm of his hand.
Well that was quick. I thought the rising sun might have needed a wash
down, Kellen teased seeing the glare that Kyle shot him with his hazel
eyes as he took a step back leaning further into the counter and shrugged
his shoulders. It always seemed to amuse him when he walked in on Heather
and Kyle. Kyle was like a child, so cute when he put on a pout and got all
grumpy. I see the grumpy sun walking out with a frown.
Maybe I would have walked out happy if you let the sun set if you get my point, Kyle blurted out feeling Heather hit him in the chest to silence him as he shrugged his shoulders and moved toward the refrigerator to pull out some orange juice. Moving toward the cabinet where the glasses were, his shoulder sharply bumped into Kellens sending him further into the counter with a yelp. Oops.
Oops my ass you did that on purpose, Kellen frowned running his fingertips in over the small of his own back feeling the skin a bit tender underneath his touch as he took in a long shallow breath. What put him in a shitty mood for the last few weeks?"
You see, I seem to be a in a very good mood every day and all day. Well, that is until I run into you Kellen, Kyle informed him setting the glass down on the countertop while shrugging his shoulders as he spoke. Reaching up he pushed back his long blonde hair before running his fingers in over his goatee taking in a long breath. You wonder why I constantly get pissed at you and get so upset when youre around? Maybe its because you give me no personal time alone with Heather.
Thats not true you can have all the personal time you want with Heather. Just because I enter the room doesnt mean you have to stop you know. I dont at all mind the sight Im getting and , before Kellen could finish another word he felt a hand move firmly in over his lips to silence him. Kellen let out an over exaggerated noise to make his point across as Kipp patted him on the shoulder. I was just trying to make a point.
Well honestly Kellen, I dont think we want to know your point right now. None of us really do and I think thats kind of obvious, Kipp stated seeing the way Kellen looked back at him with his wounded blue eyes and Kipp shrugged. Moving forward he placed his hand in over Kellens muscular chest and shook his head slowly. Honey, I love you hear what you think most of the time. Youre often amusing, but right now you just keep digging yourself a bigger hole and no one is going to want to help you out.
Yeah, Id rather grab a shovel and help, Kyle blurted out only to feel Heather softly hit him in the stomach again making him let out a snort of laughter. Taking a long sip of his orange juice Kyle looked out to Kellen and thought of something to say. You just cant walk into someone's house like you have been Kellen. Its just not right, there has to be some kind of warning. A sign to let us know and ,
Dont worry Kyle, youll be able to have a piece of Heather later. There are no worries, Kellen moved over tapping Kyle on the arm seeing Kyles hazel eyes follow his movements. Kellen took a step back upon seeing the dark glare he got when he touched Kyles large shoulder. Its not like you dont do it all the time anyways.
I think Im going to , Kyle felt his whole body tighten, his fingers clenching into a balled up fist as he moved in closer to Kellen. He felt Heathers fingertips slide in up his back and over his shoulders to keep a good grip on him knowing that he was getting upset. Closing his eyes he thought of what Heather urged him on to do when Kellen upset him and that was count to ten. Breathing in deeply he got to ten and wrapped his arm around Heather casually before shrugging his shoulders. Sorry, not worth talking to because it goes in one ear skips the brain and goes out the other. No use.
Kyle, Heather looked up at him feeling him edging her forward toward the living room and over toward the leather couch to sit on the end with her close by. Turning on the television he saw Kellen take a seat on the same couch and Kipp carefully sit down on the leather chair in the corner. You cant expect him to change over night.
I expect him to get better over a small time period. Not worse, Kyle stated looking over at Kipp before taking in a long breath. It was time to move onto another subject before they got into a tiff about this again. It just wasnt worth the waste of time in fighting with Kellen again. It happened one too many times and it was getting old. How are things going for you Kipp? How is life?"
Well, Im getting better. Rough days are pretty much gone, just work life is rough. The usual, Kipp tried to explain seeing Kellen yawn as Kellen stared out at the news channel they had on and rested his arm back against the couch. Leaning forward in his chair Kipp heard the peaceful sounds of his son through the baby monitor while he was sleeping and a smile formed in over his features. Charles been good?"
Oh yeah, he has , Heather looked up to see Kellen stand up from the couch, his jaw dropped as Heather glanced at the television and then back to her best friend. Looking to Kyle she saw him shrug as she nudged Kyle in the stomach. What? Did you turn on a Harrison Ford movie or something?"
No, its just the oh my God, Kyle muttered turning his attention to the news as he saw Douglas talking over the news and saw Sarahs photo pop up. Gulping down, he looked to Kipp who seemed to have caught the same thing that was going on. Please tell me thats not ,
His father talking about marrying Sarah?" Kellen finished off now knowing that he wasnt the only one seeing this. This wasnt some kind of dream he conjured up to make some drama for the few seconds he was watching the news. This has to be some kind of
Oh you have to be kidding me, Kyle watched Kellens legs give out on him and saw Kellens body fall to the ground in a thud making some of the things on the table in front of him rumble, but not tip over. Seeing Kipp going to get up Kyle motioned him to stop and shook his head slowly. Make him lie there, he has done this so many times. He just needs to sit there and lie on the carpet. Its comfortable enough, this is bullshit. I dont need him waking up and throwing a fit.
Hey, I cant believe this either, Kipp held his hands up in the air standing and looking out at the flat screen television Kyle had. Resting his hands on his hips he thought about this father and the things that had happened with Sarah over the periods of time. What the hell is my father thinking now?"
First we need to think of something or somewhere that could lead us
to her. Was there a place that she liked while she had amnesia? Maybe something
happened that led her there or maybe were just missing some common evidence,
Don tried to edge his friend forward knowing that just standing here and getting
upset would fix nothing and end nothing. They had to get going on the time
they had to try and find her. She had to be here somewhere, she couldnt
just disappear and not be found. Angela was stronger than the average woman--even
with her amnesia she was a stinker and he knew it. There was no way she would
be taken easily and he just knew she had to be around somewhere. We
just need to look in common places.
Don, believe it or not right now my brain is trying and its flying all over the place with thoughts. Random thoughts and possibilities, but I have no idea where the hell she is right now. Nothing is coming to me and thats what is killing me the most right now, Brant blurted out throwing his hands up in the air before he ran his fingers through his hair nervously. He felt his hands shaky, his arms weak and his whole body tight with aggravation of not knowing. Angela needs me and here I am lost. I have no answers, I cant think of anything Don and something could be happening to her right now and I wouldnt know about it. I couldnt stop it and
Brant, stop. Stop right now, its okay, Don tried to hush him seeing the way that Brant stared out at him and Don shook his head slowly. Placing both of his hands in over Brants shoulders, Dons assuring blue eyes stared into his as he nodded. Were going to look for her Brant. Were going to find her and she is going to be home with you. Everything is going to be okay because you love her and she loves you and Angela is one strong woman Brant. Face it or not, she could even kick my ass. Amnesia or not, shes strong hearted and nothing is going to happen to her. Nothing bad will because we both know that she will put up a fight and she will win. No matter how big the guy she is taking on is if something is really going on. I dont think thats the case though. We just have to go out and look for her Brant. Thats all we have to do and well find her and it will be okay.
I know we have to find her Don, but what if Cameron really doesnt have her? To be down right honest with you, I would feel so much more comfortable knowing that Cameron had her. I know that way I could win her back and have her with me again Don, but what if someone really does have her then? Don, what if my father has her? What if this is some kind of sick game?" Brant spun on his heels pacing back and forth on the cement. His hands pressing in over his eyes as he thought. This was terrible, this was something he never ever wanted to think about. This shouldnt have been happening. When I talked to Cameron earlier Don, he had this look in his eyes. I know he didnt know what the hell I was talking about. He seemed as shocked as I was Don and thats wrong. Thats wrong because this cant be right. Shes out there and if she just did this. If she walked off by herself then she would have been back by now Don. I dont know what to do because I cant lose her. I dont want to think something is bad, but something had to have happened. Something bad, I can just feel it in my gut and I cant get the feeling out.
Brant, Don pressed his hands firmly in over the sides of Brants face seeing the lost dark eyes staring out at him. Listen to me when I tell you this Brant. Were going to find her. Do you think doing this is going to help in finding her? We need to worry later and go out there and look. We will find her, nothing is wrong. I promise you, shell be okay. Well get to her and shell be just fine. I swear, you have to have faith. Not negativity. Life has been crazy lately and I know that, but we have to move forward and look for the key in our life for that light. Angela will be found if its the last thing we do. Do you understand me? No more worrying, were going to go out there and find her. Okay? Well find her. I promise.
Whats going on Seth? Kevin questioned upon his cousins
return. He watched Seth take a seat again before Seth spoke up in a low voice.
We all make mistakes Kevin . I mean take me for example. The other day I was out with Blake at this club and I dont know how or why, but I saw this girl with JT and something struck a chord with me, Seth explained with a heavy sigh thinking about the encounter. I dont know what had possessed me, but when I saw her I swore I saw a ghost.
Saw a ghost, Kevin repeated confusion settling in over his brown eyes. Why?
At first when I saw her with JT I was convinced my mind was playing tricks on me, yet there was something about her. I watched her kissing JT and it reminded me of all those years ago when Jade had been trying to pull her life together again--of that time when she wound up getting herself into trouble. I could remember clearly that time when she was dating JT and he caused her so much grief, Seth shook his head and frowned. I was overcome with such a bitterness and a strange sense of hope that even though I knew it couldnt be Jade, I had to go over there and see. I grabbed her and realized I was wrong. It wasnt Jade.
Seth, its okay man. I mean I probably wouldve done the same thing. Given all thats happened--hell all thats happening now I still probably would do it, Kevin offered up supportively seeing something happening in his cousins features.
Thats not it Kevin. I mean sure that was embarrassing enough, but then, well I noticed that she had on this bracelet and maybe that was part of what had me drawn into her. I saw that she had it and I flipped out on her. I mean I went really crazy screaming and shouting at her and really going off on her because I was convinced it was Jades, Seth continued with a heavy sigh. I screamed at her so much that I think she felt bad and she finally gave it to me.
So whats the story? Was it Jades bracelet? Kevin tried to piece together what his cousin was saying to him.
Thats just it Kevin, Seth further explained remembering the strange encounter. After I came home I went to go through Jades things and I found Jades bracelet. It was exactly where I had left it--just as it had always been after it was sent home to me once we lost her.
So you made a mistake. Things like that happen, Kevin reasoned with him hoping to alleviate whatever trouble was going on in the back of Seths mind.
Even so, what puzzled me was the fact that even though it wasnt Jades bracelet it had our family crest on it Kevin. It had almost identical markings to Jades and theres more, Seth reached into his pocket and pulled out the bracelet. I know maybe this isnt the right time, but I wanted you to have a look at it since you were the one that got the bracelet for Jade all those years ago. It might sound strange, but you mentioned that you had them custom made and
Let me see that, Kevin snatched the bracelet from Seths hand almost immediately. He held it up for inspection and felt a sudden hammering in his chest. His head tipped up and his eyes met Seths again.
Its uncanny isnt it? Seth nodded towards him.
Uncanny isnt the word for it Seth, Kevins jaw tightened as he fingers clenched the bracelet tightly. He turned it over knowing full well what to expect on the back side where there was an engraving--one that hed taken great consideration to see to it that was put there. Immediately adrenaline pumped through his veins, a new unsettling feeling carrying over him as he turned to his cousin. Where did you get this?
I told you at the club Blake and I were at the girl had it and Seth recounted the details again only to have Kevin cut him off.
With the girl who was with JT I know, but whats her name? Did she tell you where she got this? How she got this? Kevin questioned standing up and looking around the room. He walked over to one of the lights and held it up underneath. Whats her name Seth?
I dont know. She was with JT and like I said I think I scared her and Seth began again sensing Kevins sudden unrest.
She should be scared. She should be terrified because she stole this from me. Its not hers, Kevin snapped clenching the bracelet in his hand firmly. It never was hers and I want to know how she could have this. It shouldnt be with anyone other than me.
Kevin, hey calm down, Seth watched his cousin move to hit something, but think twice about it. look she gave it to me and
And she never shouldve had it in the first place because it doesnt belong to her. It belongs to me or more specifically it belongs to my daughter, Kevin blurted out harshly. I bought it for her when I found out that Angela was having her and I want to know how in the hell some girl hanging out with JT wouldve been able to steal this from me. I want to know how she got her hands on it and I want to know now!
It cant get any better than this, Evie purred curling her
toes out into the sand that stretched out just beyond the edge of the multicolored
striped towel that she was laying on.
She was on her back with a pair of sunglasses on feeling the suns rays shooting down over her now that she was in her tiny blue bikini with JT at her side. Lazily she reached out to tease her fingers down over his spine before tipping her head to the side to look at him. She smiled watching him beside her rested carefully on his stomach and she placed her hand on the center of his spine gently nudging him.
Did you hear me? she curled her lip in a pout realizing that his eyes were closed behind his sunglasses.
Yeah I heard you, JT murmured in response not making any kind of movement now that he too was soaking up the sun. I was just taking it all in.
It looks like you were falling asleep, she turned on her side to scrutinize him more carefully.
No I wasnt, he yawned keeping his head down on his discarded t-shirt that he was now using as a pillow of sorts.
Yes you were, she poked at his ribs again, and if I didnt know better I would say that youre still trying to sleep.
Not at all love, he lowered his sunglasses ever so slightly to wink over at her. He issued her a small smile before putting his sunglasses on again and dropping his head back down on the shirt.
Youre such a bad liar, she wrinkled her nose swatting at his spine again before a wicked notion carried over her. Though if you did fall asleep I could always leave my hand here so that you would have a handprint on your back leaving a tarnish to your perfect tan.
You wouldnt do that, he mused with a hint of laughter in his tone.
I could do that and a whole lot worse if you arent careful, she scooted in closer to him on the blanket her finger nails teasing over his spine.
Oh really? he arched a lazy brow still not making any movement.
Thats right, I could grab your sunscreen over there and write my name on your back with it so that everyone would see it imprinted that your gorgeous body belongs to me, she added brightly leaning over him and reaching for the bottle. In fact I think I like that idea very much.
Not so fast, JT wiggled beneath her rolling around onto his back just in time to snatch the bottle from her hand. She laughed lightly seeing the mock worry behind his eyes. You think youre pretty smart, dont you?
I know I am, she leaned down to steal a kiss from him before settling in beside him. Although now that you have that lotion in your hands maybe youd consider rubbing some over me since I feel like I could use another round of it.
I think I can arrange that, JT nodded eagerly sitting up on the towel and watching her stretch out beside him reaching for the glass of lemonade shed discarded a few minutes earlier. Somehow I think this was all a part of your master plan.
Who me? No never, she feigned innocence rolling onto her stomach and feeling him moving in over her. Though I will say if youre going to put it on I dont want any tan lines, so Im thinking you should probably untie my bikini top while youre back there.
Excuse me, he blinked back at her catching the wide grin that carried over her. She tossed her hair over her right shoulder to the side of the towel and arched up to look over her left shoulder at him.
Tan lines, she wrinkled her nose at him, I dont want any of them and besides from what Ive seen around here its not a crime to go without a top.
It may not be a crime, but I would prefer you kept yours on, JT confessed openly taking a look around the beach. I wouldnt want any other man getting the wrong idea about you when youre here with me.
Hmm, jealousy, she purred with delight at the notion. She arched up further reaching for the strings to her bikini herself. I think I like that idea.
You wont when you get burned later and it hurts like hell, he placed his fingers over hers to stop her. She turned just enough to pull herself up into a seated position where their eyes met again.
It wont hurt if you put the lotion over me, she challenged with a wiggle of her brow. She reached for his hand and curved it around to cup her soft fullness between his fingers. All over me.
If I started doing that Im pretty sure wed get arrested, he brought his other hand up to touch the side of her face, which is probably something that you really dont want me getting into right now considering that well, were in a public place.
Like I care, she teased with a hint of mischief in her tone arching in closer to him. The way I see it were on the island now JT and all bets are off. You made me a promise and I intend for you to keep it.
I will, but I dont think getting arrested on our first couple of days here is part of the plan, he whispered leaning in to kiss her tenderly. Besides sand can be so unsavory for making love.
So then lets bypass the sand and the sun and you take me back to the beach house, she whispered warmly against his lips, I saw a nice cushiony bed that had our names written all over it.
And here I thought that you mightve actually learned the art of patience, he teased bending down to kiss her once again when a sound from the distance caught his attention briefly. He noticed a dark colored car pulling up to the house just down the beach from where they were.
Patience is a virtue Ive been told, but right now I think Ive earned the opportunity to be selfish, she whispered collecting his lips in another kiss before discovering that he was distracted. Frowning she pulled back ever so slightly and glared up at him. JT!
Sorry, he apologized turning his attention to her once again.
Its just that I think I know that woman, he lowered his
sunglasses again to take a good look at the people exiting the car. Hell
I do know her. Thats Camerons sister.
Camerons sister, Evie repeated tipping her head to see what he was looking at. Where?
Over there, JT pointed to where Angela was standing near the front of the car looking around the beach area. What is she doing here? I thought that Cameron said we would have privacy at the beach house and now
Well that isnt the beach house, Evie pointed out with a frown not really concerned with the woman JT was talking about. It looks like shes staying over there, so she wont be intruding on our private time together, right?
I suppose, he nodded in agreement seeing the man with her disappearing into the house while Angela remained outside, but Im not so sure considering that
Who cares about her? Weve already let so many people ruin our fun, so why add her to the list? she shrugged her shoulders leaning in to nibble on his lower lip gingerly. I think today should be dedicated to us and only us. Forget about her.
I will once Im sure that I go talk to her and make sure that Cameron isnt trying to screw this vacation up for us somehow, JT noted getting up off of the towel and dusting himself off. Come on. Ill introduce you to her.
JT I dont really care about Camerons sister, she pouted feeling him pull on her hand and drag her up off of the towel.
Come on. It will only take a few seconds, he pulled her into his arms wrapping them tightly around her slender waist. Then when were done we can go back to the beach house.
Promise? she curled her lip in a pout while bringing her arms around his neck and squeezing him in closer to her.
You have my word on it. Now lets say hello, he suggested lacing his fingers in hers and guiding her over towards where Angela was standing near the car. They were halfway there when JT felt Evie push her feet into the sand and stand frozen.
No. Im not going over there, she blurted out firmly, a pinched hiss escaping from her lips. I dont want to.
I told you it would only be a minute, JT frowned over at her sensing her hesitance. Shes friendly and
No JT. Im not going over there and nothing you can do can get me to go over there, she stated boldly looking over towards the woman in front of her. She felt her gaze press beyond the woman who was near the car to the man who was now exiting the house. She watched him descend from the stairs on the deck to rejoin the woman again. Shaking her head adamantly she felt her stomach tied in knots and a sudden sense of fear carry over her. JT Im not going over there.
Why not? he questioned in confusion seeing her shaking in front of him. Evie, what is it? Whats wrong?
I just want to go to the beach house, she wrapped her arms around him burying her head in his chest. Please JT cant we just go there now?
In a second. I just want to say hi to Angela and he stopped himself feeling her hot tears burning in against his chest. Evie?
Please, she begged of him tipping her head up to meet his concerned eyes. JT, please dont make me go over there because I dont want to see him.
See who? he questioned in confusion.
Him, she nodded again over to where the man with Angela was leading her up the steps to the house.
Why? Do you know him? JT questioned blankly surprised by the reaction he was getting out of her after their movement from the towel on the beach.
She nodded emphatically before speaking up in a small, frazzled voice. Of course I do JT and he scares the hell out of me. JT, hes my father.
...to be continued...