A Collaboration between Bron and Suzie
worked a double Saturday night and didn't get home til two in
the morning. Sheridan had to try and wake her ass up and get
her out of bed, which was no small feat since Angel slept like
the dead, for their eight AM meeting.
Today was teleconference
day with Kevin in London. He was expecting a recap of everything
they had done so far to make sure they didn't miss anything.
Well, other than finding a director, that was still open. Gene,
Sheridan and Angelina were working on that though.
Kevin asked them
to meet at five o'clock, his time, so that was 8AM PST. Angel
was not happy about this but what could she do. Tell her boss
it wasn't convenient for her? She knew A.J., Howie, and Nick
weren't too thrilled with the time either and none of them said
anything, so she kept her mouth shut as well.
Time to get up." Sheridan said shaking Angel while ripping
away her covers.
"Ah man, why?"
Angelina whined as she rolled away from Sheridan, trying to
keep hold of her sheet, wrapping it around her body.
Time to meet the guys. We have a meeting this morning, remember?"
"I say we deserve
time and a half for being up at this ungodly hour on a Sunday!"
With a pout, Angel rolled out of bed, and went to the bathroom.
After brushing her teeth and throwing her hair up in a ponytail,
"Don't expect me to get dressed or anything. I'm going
as is. Screw Kevin." Angel said as she put on her flip-flops,
grabbed her coffee mug and snatched her laptop with a pout.
I see you rolled out of bed on your good side, " Sheridan
snickered. " This meeting should be lots of fun."
"Ha. Ha. Ha."
"I think I'll
drive." Sheridan got out her car keys and locked up the
front door. Taking her time, she caught up to Angel who was
still half asleep.
"Was it busy
last night? What time did you get home?"
"It was very
busy. Which was good, money wise, but my body is killing me."
with the amount of working out you do, you'd be in better shape
for a double shift." Sheridan said with a snort. Angel
shot her a look to kill, "Or not." Sheridan coughed,
'someone lost their sense of humor today.'
"I'm sorry Sheridan,
I'm not feeling too good. I got home a little after two, but
it's hard to unwind when you are running on adrenaline. I took
a shower to help relax me, but I was still up till three."
"Huh, and here
I thought I was dreaming of Tom and me making love in the shower."
you mind? That's just..…just……gross!"
"No booty call
last night?" Sheridan said with a snicker.
Angel gave Sheridan
a look, "They are not booty calls. We discuss the film.
It just so happens that Nick is a night owl too and does his
best work then."
Speaking under her
breath, "I bet he does."
Closing her eyes,
Angel put her head back. Ten minutes later, Sheridan pulled
her car into the parking lot and strolled up to the Mercedes
that was already there.
Brian and Nick looked
into the car to see a sleeping Angel, mumbling the words, "Cold."
Brian started laughing and Nick hushed him.
"Oh don't worry.
She won't hear a thing."
Nick said thinking back to when Angel stayed over his place.
She seemed to wake up easy he thought.
"Yes Nick, when
she's comfortable in her space, she can sleep soundly."
Sheridan gave Nick a wink; letting him know she knew what he
With a sheepish grin,
Suddenly, a white
Mercedes pulled into the driveway beeping like a madman. "A.J.,
you really know how to make an entrance, don't you?" Sheridan
liked yanking his chain ever since their last meeting.
"Well good morning
gorgeous." A.J. said pulling out some breakfast food type
container, "I brought something to help us maintain a sugar
high." He flashed them all a cheesy grin, showing off his
Krispy Kreme doughnuts.
Brian was the first
to comment, "You know Kevin is gonna have a shit-fit if
he sees those things you brought for breakfast."
Nick was laughing,
"Awesome. I haven't eaten yet. Hey, do we know if Marybeth
will be here with Gene?"
"God, I hope
so" Sheridan said wide-eyed, "For one, she's going
to have to take the minutes, cause sleeping beauty over here,
isn't even gonna be functional until at least ten."
A.J. spied in the
car window, "Whoa, someone had a late night. Who was the
Sheridan gave him
a look. "Angel worked a double yesterday. She's beat. Leave
Raising up his arms
in defeat, "Sorry. Didn't mean anything by it." As
A.J. was about to say something, another car horn was beeping
as it approached the group.
wonder your fans can find you. You are the loudest people when
it comes to you and your cars." Shaking her head while
laughing, Sheridan couldn't believe them.
"Hey guys. Sheridan,"
Howie said as he approached the group. Looking around, he noticed
some people missing, "Hey where's Angel?"
Pointing to the car,
"I'll let her catch some last minute z's before Gene and
Marybeth get here. She was cranky this morning when she first
Smirking Howie asked,
"She have a late night, last night?" A.J. shook his
head back and forth signaling him to stop. "What?"
"No Howie. She
was at the restaurant from ten yesterday morning until two this
"Why so long?"
Nick asked with concern.
up some hours Nick."
"If you guys
need money, Gene can get a payroll advance," Brian was
Sheridan muttered. "Listen, I didn't say a thing. Please
don't bring it up again, okay? Angel will be none to pleased
with me," Sheridan mumbled the last part.
Howie piped in, "We
don't want you guys burning the candle at both ends, especially
with the holidays coming up. There's enough stress without the
added pressure of financial stability."
Sheridan rubbed her
temples feeling a headache beginning to form. "Please guys.
We'll be fine. It just takes some getting used too, okay? Don't
say anything today. If Angel seems to be overdoing it, I'll
bring the offer up to her, okay?"
Nick stared at Sheridan,
"That means you too."
Looking at him, her
lips turned up slightly "Fine. I'll take that into consideration."
The thought that Kevin probably wouldn't be so freewheeling
with his cash rumbled around in her head.
Finally a black tinted
Ford Excursion pulled into the parking lot, Gene rolled down
the window, "Hey guys. Sorry we are late. Marybeth's car
broke down on her way here."
to be a trend lately with this group," Brian commented
and then continued on with a chuckle, "I think I'll take
my car in for preventative service some time this week."
"Hey, no jinxing!"
Sheridan teased. "We'll be right in. I just need to wake
up the dead."
"Can I have
the honor?" Nick asked with a grin.
Looking around, Sheridan
noticed Howie's face, "You wouldn't pull any practical
jokes on her would you Carter?"
A.J.'s cackling could
be heard as he yelled, "Don't count on it Sheridan. You
can't trust Carter as far as you can throw him."
Nick's face took
on an unreadable sign and gave A.J. a glare, then turned towards
Sheridan. "I won't do anything, I promise."
Walking into the
conference room, Angel staggered to her chair. Nick dropped
off her laptop in front of her with a smile. Smiling back, she
Sheridan looked at
her roommate with disbelief. She actually smiled.
"I didn't know
this was a pajama party Angel," Howie said with a grin.
"Go to any local
college for first period class, and you will see this as a fashion
trend," Angel replied while sticking out her tongue.
"You guys are
late!" Came blaring through the speakers making everyone
afternoon to you too Kevin," Sheridan replied nastily.
"Hey, I've been
waitin' here with my friends, say hello baby. Everyone say hello
to… to… what's yer name again?" Kevin mumbled to his guest.
They watched the
screen as a rather scantily clad young woman leaned over to
Kevin's ear. Her breasts almost falling out of her shirt, if
it was a shirt that she was wearing.
Kevin winked at her
and then at the guys, "Rachel, Oh yea, say hello to Rachel."
Howie, Gene, and
A.J. were wide-eyed; they couldn't believe Kevin's behavior.
Brian almost choked on his coffee, "Ah, Cuz…this is a private
"Oh don't worry
about these two…"
shouted Sheridan not too happy.
"Like I was
sayin', these two gals won't say a thang." Kevin was smirking
and down right drunk.
Leaning into the
conference table, Nick mumbled to Marybeth, "Please tell
me you are videotaping this meeting, I'll give you my first
"I 'eard that
Carter," Kevin bellowed. "Ah Angel, we really got
to work with you on your meeting apparel," Kevin said with
Gene sensed the tension
almost blowing the ceiling off the room. "Oh no,"
was all he said before Angel said her piece.
Shooting Kevin a
look to kill, "Bite me Richardson."
The four remaining
guys doubled over in laughter; Kevin seemed quite amused, "Oh
you're a feisty one today, huh Angel."
Sheridan was clearly
annoyed with Kevin's behavior, "What's wrong with you today
Kevin? You don't seem quite like yourself."
"We had a belated
birthday celebration," Kevin blew a birthday horn.
The noise echoed
through the speakers, "Ouch, Kevin man, don't do that again."
Howie scolded the older man.
"Y'all are a
bunch of party poopers," Kevin sounded hurt.
A.J. piped in, "You
didn't like your stripper the other night man?"
Sheridan groaned, and Angel busted out laughing.
"Oh I see Grumpy's
turned into Happy mentioning strippers. I bet you like that,
huh Angel?" Kevin replied snickering at her.
Gene started to panic;
Kevin was just insulting now. He knew what Kevin wanted to talk
about in this meeting, but, not while he was drunk. This was
only going to get worse.
"Why don't we
start, shall we?" Sheridan's teeth were grinding away inside
her mouth. How dare he show up drunk and with women draped over
him like wet towels. Her eyes narrowed, she could have sworn
a pair of pantyhose had been wrapped around his neck.
"Yes why don't
we," Kevin agreed cheerfully. His hand rested on one of
the woman's rear end's as he patted her butt to move off his
"I thought we
could discuss the problems that arose," Sheridan began
while going through her notebook, while Angel was typing away
on her computer.
Both Sheridan and
Angel exchanged a knowing look, yep they knew what was rising
on the other side of the ocean.
I'd like to discuss some information that has come to my attention,"
Kevin began as he grabbed some papers.
The remaining four
boys looked at each other with a puzzled look. Gene now had
a line of perspiration forming on his brow. Marybeth excused
herself to get some more coffee for the crew.
"Hey Rach, can
I have another one of those thingy mawasit drinks you made?"
"It is a Mimosa
darling," a chirpy little voice bounded out of the speakers.
"I think you've
had quite enough Cuz." Brian spoke sternly, "What
are you talking about? What information?" Brian squinted
hoping the woman wouldn't speak again, his ears ached.
is Marybeth? MARYBETH!!!!" Kevin was screaming at the top
of his lungs as his face loomed into the camera.
Nick backed his head
up; Kevin looked too big, even for him on the television monitor.
Coming around the
corner with coffee and A.J.'s goodies, "I'm right here
Kevin." Marybeth fumbled with the tray, seeing Kevin's
face that close on a movie screen was just, well, spooky.
"Did you make
copies of the reports for the guys?" Kevin leaned forward
in his chair as if he were in the room with her, watching her.
"Is this something
Angel and I need copies of Kevin?" Sheridan was a bit miffed
she was in the dark about something.
asked Nick and Howie simultaneously.
"Hold your horsies,
you'll see," Kevin was now grinning with a smirk.
Marybeth looked at
Gene who just shrugged his shoulders.
Angel was getting
agitated, "Will someone tell us what the fuck is going
on? Alright Kevin, tell us about your precious fucking reports
so I can go back to bed sometime before nightfall."
Gene blinked in shock
at Angel's outburst. He wished he was the one in London and
Kevin was in his seat. She was going to blast them for doing
this he just knew it.
"Ah, and the
feistiness grows. Is that how you got written up during your
freshman year in College Angel? Let me see here..." Kevin
was flipping through some pages, "Oh, here we go, underage
drinking, smoking in the hallways, sneaking a man into your
room, drunk and disorderly conduct, foul language, and fighting
with your Resident Assistant." Putting down the papers,
Kevin spoke clearly, "You can be trouble Miz Angelina,
big trouble. We don't need bad press."
hand grip her shoulder, Angel remained in her seat, shocked
and speechless. Marybeth was handing out green folders to the
guys. The four of them scanned quickly through what was just
given to them.
Angel was still staring
at Kevin and then glared over to Gene.
the quietness, "Why the hell do we have this information
Kevin? Who decided we needed this? I don't recall us ever talking
about doing security checks on the women."
Nick was confused
and looked to Brian for some answers. Brian shrugged, he didn't
understand this either.
spoke up. "Well? If there is nothing else, I think Angel
and I will be going back to our apartment. I think you guys
need to have a meeting, obviously without us. We can do this
another time, maybe when Kevin is sober and a little less occupied."
Kevin stuck his tongue
out at Sheridan, "You're just jealous!"
breath and the words, "I want to kill him," reached
Brian's ears, since he was sitting on the other side of her.
her brief case closed. Yes, she was jealous but she wouldn't
tell him that, he wanted the damn meeting and nothing was getting
done due to his current state.
Angel put her hand
up to stop Sheridan from leaving. She was going to get to the
bottom of this right now. "So, what exactly do you want
to know Kevin?" Angel said in a reserved voice.
Gene raised his eyebrows
in surprise. He expected her to keep on yelling. He knew the
girls would be pissed, and rightfully so; he dreaded bringing
this up to them. He thought Kevin would keep his mouth shut
since there was nothing in their files that caused a threat
to the boys or this project.
side to this wild and crazy night?" Kevin enjoyed playing
cat and mouse. The reason being is that he had to get through
Angelina to get to the mouse named Sheridan hoping she would
open up a little.
"Why would you
care about what I did five years ago is beyond me, but I will
tell you. My roommate's boyfriend and one of his friends came
up from Connecticut to Boston to visit her. A group of us went
out to a bar and were drinking, obviously. A few hours later,
we went back to our dorm room. It was after visiting hours,
we tried to sneak the guys in our room since they were in no
condition to drive home. We got busted by the RA who was a bit
of an asshole and a womanizer to begin with. He tried to hit
on me, offered an exchange of sorts. I told him what I thought
of him and began to walk out of my room with a cigarette down
the hall to another friend's room. Hence, I was written up for
smoking in the hallway. Does that satisfy your curiosity Kevin?"
Angel stared the entire time at Kevin's face on the monitor.
was reading through the pages in the folder with A.J. trying
to make sense out of what the hell was going on.
Sheridan yelled, "You have our damn phone records since
we moved out to Los Angeles?"
"Ah yes, and
here is the one who calls home to Mommy and Daddy every Sunday
night at eight pm sharp. You are so predictable Sheridan. Looking
through your file, you are about as boring as Al Gore and as
naïve as a young girl."
Sheridan sat in shock
at the name-calling.
Gene finally spoke
up, "Kevin, that's enough." Gene then focused on Sheridan
and Angel. "Listen, I ordered a background check on you
and Angelina right after you signed the contracts. I needed
to have some evidence to reassure Kevin you ladies were legit
and had no hidden skeletons in your closets that would potentially
ruin this project."
Angel questioned still staring without any emotion.
Nick felt bad and
wished he could think of something to make this meeting end.
right Kevin. Why don't we let the girls get going and we'll
talk about this." Nick could tell nothing about the project
would be accomplished at this point.
While sipping on
another drink, Kevin casually propped his feet up on the table.
"Oh, but why Nickolas?"
obviously aren't going to get anything accomplished this morning."
Brian frowned at the antics of his cousin. Kevin was drunk and
he had women present in a private meeting. He could see hands
roaming around Kevin every now and then and he would push them
away in agitation.
"Oh, but I disagree.
I think we are clearing the air, airing out their dirty laundry,
exposing skeletons from their closet." Kevin said with
a raised eyebrow. "Ya see, you girls have a lot of information
on us from a few years of being in the spotlight. I just wanted
to even the score."
"All of the
information we obtained was posted on public websites on the
internet or from magazine stories and interviews. There is nothing
shady about our information and you know it Kevin." Angel
Sheridan was infuriated
that he would do this. All of this had to do with the stripper
information they had gotten. "Hand over your personal video
tapes, and I'd call us even."
A hearty laughed
echoed through out the conference room. "You wish lady,"
Kevin leaned into the camera.
A sneeze broke up
Brian said while handing Angel a tissue.
Sheridan stood up
and paced the room, her anger building but not wanting to lash
"Is there anything
else Kevin? Because I'd hate to think that one night that happened
five years ago has gotten you this excited," Angel said
with a smirk. Kevin's chest was being patted by a well manicured
hand wearing garish red nail polish.
"There are a
couple of other things, for instance, your shoplifting charge?
Tsk… tsk… tsk." Kevin was going to give it to her now;
she didn't have any problems crawling under his skin when she
wanted too. "Then there's the job you turned down in Boston
for that television station. Why did you turn it down Angel?"
Angel's eyes glassed
over as she bit the inside of her mouth.
"I mean look
at you now. That job could have made you a somebody in the filming
industry but instead, you are a bartender who writes fan fic
stories. Why is that?" Kevin had a shit-eating grin on
Angel started to
read it; it sounded strange.
"Nice to know
your connections can get into sealed court documents from my
teenage years Kevin. As for the job, I would like to humor you,
but that is NONE of your goddamn business. I'm outta here,"
Angel pushed herself away from the table. As she opened up the
conference room door, "Hope you had a happy fucking birthday
Kevin. Because I'm sure you will be fucking soon."
The slamming of the
door rattled the windows as everyone looked around, wondering
what the hell to do next.
A.J. turned to Sheridan,
"She gonna be alright?"
"Yeah, she needs
some time too cool off. Besides, I drove here. She's not going
tell me about the main man in your life who took off with the
head cheerleader from the high school. It's such a shame he
left you stranded in the middle of your vacation on Lake Erie?"
Sheridan closed her
eyes, she had long ago forgotten about Elijah. They were high
school sweethearts, college lovers, then when it came for a
commitment, he dumped her for a teenager from the local high
school. Opening her eyes, she stared intently at the man who
had a busty blonde hanging all over him. She could do one of
two things, get angry or let it go. Ely was in her past, her
future lies with Tom. At the moment, she was upset with Tom
but things would out, they really cared about each other. She
loved Tom more than she did Ely, she had to leave home and every
thing familiar to her to figure that out. Being in California
had been one of the happiest times of her life.
Kevin waved his hand
at the camera, "Sheridan, are you with us?"
"No Kevin I'm
not. You want to bring up the past, fine go ahead, but you see
my future is with the man that I am seeing now."
"Oh yes, Mr.
Miller, how could we forget about Mr. Miller, your boss."
Kevin was slightly peeved that the investigator hadn't checked
out their friends and associates but he also understood that
this had been a very quick and tidy thing.
"I haven't Kevin.
A as a matter of fact, I'm late for a luncheon date with him
I'll be going now." Sheridan picked up her brief case and
"Dang they are
no fun, no fun at all," Kevin grumbled as he looked at
the hell did you do that?" Brian stood up and yelled at
"Cuz, I wanted
to show them that they can't get one up on us. We have the money
and the power to do what we want."
Gene felt he needed
to interceded and now, "If you had that much power and
wealth Ron Howard or Spielberg would be your director, you wouldn't
be financing the project yourselves, and you would have hired
Nick shook his head
at the camera and walked out of the meeting. He didn't speak,
he didn't say goodbye.
"He better not
score with one of them while I'm over here."
In the next five
minutes the only one left in the room was Brian. "What
the hell is wrong with you?"
A woman stood behind
Kevin's chair and ran her fingers through his hair as he spoke.
say nothing, you don't act like that. Why are you taking it
out on them?"
"I'm not takin'
anythin' out on them." A woman dropped in his lap and he
"Oh your head
is getting to damn big."
head...." Kevin snickered.
Brian left him flat
with the last remark.
like to play with me anymore girls. Ya'll play with me, won't
The camera flickered
off to the sounds of females giggling naughtily.
Angel sat quietly
in the car on the drive home. Sneezing every few miles, Sheridan
cussed all the way home. A Backstreet song came on and Angel
thought Sheridan might rip the radio completely out of the car.
"That rat bastard."
"I say we get
even," Angel sniffled.
Sheridan squinted as the sunshine shown in her eyes.
"I don't know,
we could write a visual or something and post it on the net.
Obviously he is aware of the site now so maybe, just maybe he
will read it."
Sheridan smiled. "I have the perfect idea too." Nothing
made Sheridan happier than tormenting Kevin in her stories.
They hashed out their
idea on the way. Of course, both of them knew that they really
couldn't post since they were under contract, but that was a
short sight on their parts. They could revel in what they wanted
to do, write it, and then enjoy it.
As they entered their
apartment a call came, but they let the machine get it; it was
Howie. He was profusely apologizing for Kevin's behavior and
said that it might be because Kevin was lonely for family. "He
gets depressed certain times of the year, then he drinks and
it gets worse."
The girls refused
to answer the phone and the answering machine picked up their
calls all night. Each one of the men tried to get in contact
with them to offer their apologies and an explanation for Kevin's
behavior. The one call that didn't come was the one that should
have come from the person that had started all the bullshit
in the first place.
Sheridan closed her
eyes as she curled up in her bed with her satin comforter. What
had happened today she could have never foreseen. As she drifted
off to sleep, she silently thanked Kevin for opening her eyes
and showing her how much she cared about Tom. If Tom wanted
to slow things down, then she would.
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