A Collaboration between Bron and Suzie
the phone ringing as she unlocked the door, Angelina ran to
A little breathless as she shoved the door closed with her foot.
"Hello, is this
Angel?" a southern woman's voice drawled.
"Hi Angel, its
Leighanne Littrel. Did I catch you at a bad time? Are you working
"Oh no, I'm
off on Sundays. I just came back home from working out in the
gym. What can I do for you?" Angel asked as she put her
gym bag down on the floor.
"I was wondering
if you had any plans for next weekend?" Leighanne asked.
Grabbing her organizer and date book, Angel flipped through
her calendar. "Next Saturday, November 1st?" She walked
over back to the couch and got comfortable.
"Yes, well actually
from Thursday thru Sunday."
"Well, I sort
of have this movie project I'm working on…" Angel laughed
at her, "But you know that, don't you?"
"Yes, I know that. But are you planning on working at the
Bar that weekend?"
gone over our itineraries for next weekend yet so I have no
commitments to the bar yet, why?"
"Brian and I
were wondering… if you didn't have any plans… if you wanted
to come to our house for the weekend."
"Leigh, do you
need me to baby sit for the weekend? I can do that, no problem.
Are you guys going away?"
"Sort of. Actually,
we would all be going away for the weekend." Leighanne
said with a nervous laugh.
Brian and Leighanne
had discussed Nick's current relationship with Angel. Both could
see something special growing between them, whether Nick or
Angel knew it yet, they couldn't tell. They also knew Nick's
track record with women and they wanted to help him out. Nick
appeared to be the happiest when he was working, and more importantly,
when he spent time with Angel.
"We? Ah… I think
I'm missing something here Leighanne. Who is we? And going where?"
Angel was completely confused.
"I'm sorry Angel,
let me start from the beginning. Brian and Nick have a game
to play in Atlanta next Saturday, and I would love if you would
come along with us and keep me company."
Angel pulled the
phone away from hear and stared at it. Did she just hear what
she thought she just heard? Go away for the weekend to Atlanta?
I don't know." Pulling out her checkbook, she did a once
over of her finances. She did have some money saved after receiving
a couple of paychecks from "The Production Company."
Her extra shifts at the Bar were able to replenish her savings
account that was depleted by her car repairs.
what Angel was doing or thinking. "Angel?"
"I'm sorry Leigh,
I was just looking to see if I could afford a weekend vacation."
have already been bought and we would all be staying at our
house. So you don't really need any money. Besides, if you and
Nick watched Baylee for Bri and I one night while we were there,
we could call it even."
Angel's mind raced
'Weekend away? Tickets already bought? Nick? Did Nick know about
this?' As soon as the idea hit, she spoke aloud, "Does
Nick know you are asking me to go?"
"I do believe
Brian is telling him now as we speak." Leighanne could
sense the woman's hesitation, who wouldn't.
"Oh, I don't
know if this is a good idea, Leigh."
to me for a minute, please. We've known Nick since before he
began dating. Brian knows how to read Nick very well. I wouldn't
be asking you this if we knew it wasn't a good idea."
does Nick's dating history have to do with me going away for
the weekend with you guys?"
"We also know
when Nick likes a girl for more than a friend. Not to get into
his past too much, we know what he fears."
Angel simply replied
with an, "oh."
Angel's line beeped,
indicating she had another call, 'oh thank you God' she thought.
"Can you hold for a second Leigh?"
Angel pressed the
whatcha doin'?" he said with a smile in his voice.
"Hi Nick. I'm
talking to Leighanne. What are you doing?"
"I just finished
laying down some tracks in the studio and got a surprise visit
what did Brian want?" Angel tried to sound nonchalant,
but it was hard trying to keep her voice steady.
Nick's face fell,
"Did Leighanne talk to you about next weekend?"
called Leighanne to let her know that he talked with Nick and
all was good. Leighanne told Brian she wasn't sure how Angel
was going to take this. She was completely surprised by the
invitation, which was understandable.
"I think she'll
go if she knows Nick wants her to go too. I caught her completely
surprise me. She's been running around ragged for the past four
weeks. From what I've gotten from Nick, he's been taking it
very slow with her. He really likes her, but there's something
stopping them from getting it together."
"Did he say
what he thought it was?"
Brian looked over
to Nick on his cell phone with Angel, he was watching Nick's
face, which looked concerned.
"Angel, if you
don't feel comfortable, you don't have to go. Brian and Leighanne
just thought you might enjoy getting away," softly he added,
"It sounds like
fun, really. Leighanne just told me you didn't know about it,
and I wasn't sure if this was something you would want."
Angel said nervously while twirling her hair.
Nick smiled hearing
her words. Brian sighed a relief seeing his smile, "I think
you're right Leigh. It looks like this is going to happen."
"Angel, it will
be a blast. Of course I want you to come."
Grinning from ear
to ear, "Okay then. Atlanta, here we come."
Nick gave Brian the
thumbs up as he said his goodbye and closed his phone. Brian
told Leigh the news and said goodbye.
Angel and Leigh both
clicked back over at the same time. "Angel?" "Leigh?"
they said simultaneously.
Both laughed. "That
was Brian." "That was Nick." In unison and now
they were giggling.
"You go first,"
wanted to tell me that Nick loved the idea we had and he was
wondering if I had talked to you about it yet."
"I take it he
told you my answer, huh?" Angel got up off the couch and
went into her room. "So tell me Leigh, what's the weather
like in Atlanta this time of year?"
Angel had one more
road block, Kevin. She smiled as she spoke to Leigh on the phone.
"I really don't think I should do this. Kevin lectured
Nick twice now for having relations with the employees."
"Kevin needs to get a grip on reality and drop the act.
Trust me, he is either jealous or ticked off, because from what
I hear, Sheridan isn't thawing out like he is used too."
"Oh tell me
more," Angel cracked up laughing, this would be a good
thing for all parties involved.
home later that day. She had spent the morning with Howie and
A.J. trying to get their sets the way each of them wanted them.
Angel heard Sheridan
come in the front door, "Hey Sheridan, how did it go today?"
ask. You got it easy with Brian and Nick. Howie and A.J. are
too damn picky, especially Howie. Ya know, I am really afraid
to be the one who has to work with Kevin and his set. Can you
do it with him, please?"
Angel was laughing
at Sheridan watching her massage her feet as she told Angel
about her day. "Yeah, if you want, I'll go over it with
him and the designers, carpenters, and whatever else those people
Sheridan eyed Angel
as she spoke, "Okay, what gives? I didn't think you would
seriously do this with Kevin."
Angel walked into
the kitchen grabbing a soda, "What something to drink?"
Walking back into
the living room, Angel sat down in her beanbag chair. "Sheridan,
just because you wrote Kevin's character doesn't mean I can't
work with him, ya know. You've dealt with Mr. OC for five weeks
now. Let me work with him for a bit."
Noting the sly smile
on Angel's face, "Why am I not trusting that face you are
making? What gives?"
just think Kevin and I need some time to get to know one another,
Sheridan began, "Angel, by the way Kevin treated us the
last time, I really don't think he wants to get to know either
one of us very well. The man is all business. Kevin asks personal
questions but he doesn't answer them. I don't think we are going
to be best friends anytime soon. Kevin appears to be very private.
I'll hang in there. Oh, I talked to Gene this morning. Since
the guys all have personal engagements to attend to next weekend,
there is nothing for us to do. I'm going to catch up on some
things at work. I didn't know if you were planning on working
at the bar?"
got plans to go away next weekend."
With whom? Where? With what money?" Sheridan acted like
Angel's mom sometimes and it drove Angel crazy.
"Not that it
matters to you, but I'm going to Atlanta on Thursday with Leigh,
Brian and Nick." 'Wow,' Angel thought, 'that wasn't as
hard as I thought it would be.'
"Run that by
me again? You are going back East to Atlanta? Why?" Sheridan
paused, "Oh never mind, I know why. Nick and Brian are
playing in that basketball game right?"
Angel shook her head
up and down. She was waiting for the twenty questions from Sheridan.
This was the girlie weekend and now Angel just added more fuel
to the fire about her relationship with Nick.
"So how was
dinner Thursday night? I've always wanted to eat there. Did
you see any celebrities?" Sheridan's inquisition began.
Angel told her all about her dinner and then when they went
back to Nick's place to watch the movie. This was almost too
much for Sheridan to bear.
Sheridan smiled as
she began, "Time to spill Angel. What the hell is going
on with you and Nick?"
is going on."
"Do you honestly
believe that I would believe you? I know you Angel. Confident,
sexy, horny woman that you are. You are attracted to the man
and you are going to tell me nothing is going on."
Angel thought about
what her roommate had said. It was true. Angel would have slept
with him by now, no doubt about it. Looking over at Sheridan,
"You're right. You are totally right. It's not that I don't
find him attractive. I find him very attractive, and sweet,
and sexy," Angel's lips made a goofy grin, "He's smart,
and caring, and what the hell is wrong with me?" She said
the last part a little louder than the rest causing Sheridan
Now Angel was pacing
back and forth, mumbling words and throwing her hands in the
air. Sheridan sat and watched, amused.
"Come to think
of it, Nick has never even tried to kiss me yet. Oh sure, on
the cheek. Hell, I kiss Howie on the cheek. That doesn't mean
her hand up to cover her ever-growing smile with each word Angel
"I can't figure
him out. I honestly think he and I are just friends. Nothing
slept in his bed."
"So, I've slept
with my men friends and didn't have sex with them. They were
my sleeping buddies."
she was stunned, "Angel, I don't think you and Nick are
just friends and sleeping buddies. I see the way you look at
him when he's not looking."
Angel blushed and
put her head down.
"And I also
see the way Carter stares at you when you aren't looking."
Angel's head snapped
up, "He stares at me?"
Angel. God, and people say I'm blonde. Getting back to next
weekend, how did that happen?"
Angel filled Sheridan
in on her earlier phone calls. For the remainder of the afternoon,
they had their girlie time together with some pizza, beer and
a movie. Oddly enough, Angel chose "The Banger Sisters."
After the movie,
Angel asked Sheridan about what had been going on with her and
hard to say. Just when it's getting on the good track, something
always seems to push us back to the bad track. I honestly am
not sure. But I do know one thing, I'm headed off to meet his
family during our Thanksgiving break."
Angel choked on her
beer hearing the last of Sheridan's words. "Seriously?"
"Yes, I'm the
first girl he's ever brought home."
'I bet I know why,'
Angel thought. "Sweet. Have you made your hotel reservations
nervously in her chair before speaking, "No, not yet, Tom
is going to do it. Hell, maybe something will happen finally.
Are you going to fly home for Thanksgiving?"
"Angel, if it's
the money, I know..."
Angel cut her off.
"It has nothing to do with money Sheridan. I don't want
to talk about it." Getting up from the beanbag chair, Angel
went into the kitchen to get another beer.
Sheridan was hot
on her heels, "Why Angel? This isn't like you. What's going
going on,I just don't want to talk about it, that's all."
"God, you are
stubborn. What the hell is keeping you so damn afraid to go
to see your folks…." Sheridan stopped mid-sentence, her
eyes lit up. "Joey's going to your parent's house, isn't
Trying to stay in
control of her emotions, Angel replied softly, "Yes."
Pulling out the blender
and Tequila, Sheridan walked over to the freezer to pull out
some ice. "Okay, that's it. Enough of this bullshit. We
are going to drink and talk, and drink and talk, til you tell
me what the hell happened." Sheridan mixed a blender full
of frozen margaritas.
Angel smiled at Sheridan's
plan, "Thanks anyways Sheridan. I'm really not in the mood
to talk about this. I'm actually quite tired. I'm going to bed,
good night." Angel turned and entered her room, quietly
shutting the door.
went well," Sheridan thought as she took a sip of her frozen
drink. "Hmmm… good batch if I do say so myself. I need
to get loaded, I have to deal with Kevin face to face very soon.
Angel offered but it isn't fair when she puts in as many hours
as she does. Hell who am I kidding," Sheridan drank the
rest of her triple strength beverage and went for a refill.
"I'm jealous." An hour later Sheridan fell into her
bedroom, toasted and happy. "I think I know my way around
the kitchen well enough," she giggled as she slipped out
of her jeans.
Sheridan tried all
week to reconnect with Angel. They were close as roommates,
they got along well but neither of them had really discussed
with each other their pasts. Bits and pieces would come out
of Angel as she fretted about her upcoming weekend with Nick.
Little things that didn't seem right such as Joey going to Angel's
parents home when they weren't even together.
When Sheridan wasn't
meeting with the guys, answering Kevin's mail, or meeting with
everyone else, she managed to get some time with Tom. Wednesday
night they set a date for him to come over for dinner. They
would rent a movie and kick back and relax. Tom had wanted to
take her to dinner but Sheridan begged to stay home telling
Tom that Angel needed her.
What do you mean she needs you?" Tom's suspicions grew
by leaps and bounds at the remark.
"Angel is going
away this weekend and she is a little uptight about it."
Sheridan quipped as she sat at the computer typing up the forms.
"If you have a problem with that, then you can stay home."
"I want to spend
time with you, not you and Angel." Tom gave her a puppy
the point in that be Tom, it's not like we do anything that
can't be done in front of others." Sheridan's dry remark
Hands slowly worked
her shoulders back and forth. A whisper in her ear, sent chills
down her spine. "Whatever you want honey."
"You know what
I want Tom, I couldn't have made it any clearer." Sheridan
grabbed the stack of papers that had just spewed out of the
printer. "I have to run these over to O'Rourke and then
I'm going home. I'll see you at six."
Tom was blown away
by Sheridan's loss of shyness over the last few weeks. "Two
jobs and two men, that's your problem honey. Well one of them
is going to be eliminated tonight."
Going into his office,
he shut the door and made a few calls. He found a day spa that
was the plushest in town and booked it for Saturday and Sunday
for both of them. With Angel out of the way for a few days he
had a chance to get Sheridan back to the way she was before
her hormones seemed to drive her every move and every date they
A call from the main
desk was put through to his office. He literally glowed when
he was told who was on the other end of the telephone line waiting
to speak to him. It was his Mom. "Hello Mom, how are you?"
Tom danced around
the uncomfortable conversation he was having with his ultra-conservative
mother. Then and always then did the guilt kick in, it weighed
so heavily on his heart where she was concerned. When his father
picked up the spare line and they began to talk football, Tom
"I had an offer
to be head coach at the University," Tom's father Ralph
spoke to his son.
Tom hesitated, great
just what I need, my dad the head jock coach at the university.
All those men around him, the stature, the press. What else
could go wrong?
"Your Mom says
that you are bringing a gal home. Is that true?"
Tom just realized
what else could go wrong, "Yes Dad I am."
"Is she the
one for you son?" The knowing father presented the question.
Tom's voice replied with a small lilt and a high pitch.
the voice became distant. "I'm happy for you."
"I have to go
Dad, I have a meeting." Tom had to stop the conversation
now before things became heated like they always did.
"Sure son, see
you at Thanksgiving."
Tom hung up the phone
like it scorched his skin. "Dammit!" Tom grabbed the
phone and made one call. "Are you home?"
I answered." The voice was not Sheridan's either.
"I need to talk
to you." Tom was about to hang up the phone.
"I thought you
had a date with your girlfriend tonight."
"I do dammit,
but things are getting messed up, please?"
"Fine but it
will have to be short, I have things to do."
Tom raced out of
the office and to his car. There was one person he could talk
to about this before he went over to see Sheridan.
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