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stretching, Angel felt an arm draped across her torso and a
leg intertwined with her own. A smile tugged at Angel's lips
as she remembered she was with Nick in his bed. Her mind began
to recapture her evening with Nick. As she stretched some more,
her ass pushed back into Nick's penis, which was fully awake,
even though Nick wasn't.
"Don't do that
unless you plan on finishing what you started," Nick mumbled
into her neck.
Looking over at the
clock on the bedside table, Angel smiled, "Hey, don't blame
me. He got up all on his own. Our meeting is at nine, right?"
time is it now?" Nick questioned as he began stretching
his body, but had yet to open his eyes.
"It's only seven."
Angel answered as a thought crossed her mind.
Angel shifted her
weight away from Nick, causing him to groan, "Don't go,
I was comfortable and warm… Oh God… Angel," was all he
said as his head crashed back against his pillow.
Angel had slid down
on the bed and crawled between Nick's legs without him even
realizing it until it was too late.
She looked up at
Nick and said, "Just finishing what I started."
Nick opened up his
eyes, filled with desire, as a sly grin crossed his lips.
Twenty minutes later,
Nick and Angel were enjoying cuddling with each other in Nick's
bed. "Angel, if you plan on waking me up like that each
morning, Sheridan's going to need to find herself a new roommate."
Angel was shocked
to hear Nick's words but downplayed it, "Nah, don't get
too used to it."
Nick was cursing
himself after the words left his lips, but he continued to hold
Angel while running his hands up and down her back. If there
was a way to scare her out of a relationship with him, he would
end up doing it. Both were lost in each other's thoughts until
the ringing phone interrupted them.
Angel got up and
went to the kitchen to make coffee. She was grateful for a distraction.
As much as Nick's words excited her, it also made her very uneasy.
Angel was not a fool; she knew Nick's track record with females.
He says things, without really thinking about what he is saying;
usually he flew by the seat of his pants. Point in fact, telling
Angi, the DJ gal, to come to the boat races in Key West.
"Hey Nick, I
just wanted to remind you about the meeting today and make sure
you were up." Nick rolled his eyes as he listened to Howie.
yeah I remembered, and I've been up for a little while."
I thought you'd be sound asleep, its only 7:30." Howie
snickered, "How did it go with Kevin yesterday after I
Nick ran a hand through
his hair as he sat up on the side of the bed, "Everything's
cool Howie, don't worry. Just don't go treating Angel any different,
"Are you kiddin'
me? I wouldn't do that. I like her."
Angel walked into
Nick's bedroom with a cup of coffee for him. "Thanks babe,"
Nick replied in a soft voice.
"I'm going to hop in the shower, k?"
Nick nodded as he
watched her walk into the bathroom.
Howie could tell
Angel was there and a smirk crossed his face, "Ah, now
I know why you're up so early."
Nick started giggling
into the phone, "Shut up Howie. I need to hop in the shower.
See you in a little bit. Bye."
Howie was now laughing,
"Yeah, I'll see you both in a while. Be careful driving,
Nick looked at the
phone with a questioning look as he put it back on the receiver.
Angel was watching
TV while she waited for Nick to finish up. After seeing what
she had been dying to see, she quickly turned it off as she
heard Nick come bouncing into the living room.
Dropping a kiss
on Angel's head, "You ready?" he asked.
"Yup. Do you
want to stop and grab breakfast on the way to the meeting?"
Angel was fumbling with her pocketbook as she spoke.
Nick walked in his
kitchen and inspected his refrigerator and cabinets. "Yeah,
that's probably a good idea. I need to go shopping soon."
They grabbed their
stuff and were out the door.
As they approached
Nick's car, Angel's smile broadened. "Do you mind if I
drive?" Nick couldn't see her eyes since she had her sunglasses
"Uh yeah…I don't
care." Nick was puzzled why she asked but honestly didn't
care. As he sat in the passenger's seat, he kept glancing over
at Angel who was obviously amused by something or at somebody.
going on?" Nick couldn't take it any longer, he felt like
he was missing out on a private joke.
"Oh nothing. Hey, have you spoken to Tommy Lee lately?"
Angel was now grinning like a Cheshire cat.
Nick questioned cautiously. Some how he knew in the back of
his mind where this conversation was going. "Angel?"
"In case you
didn't know, Punk'd aired last night."
Nick visibly sank
down in his seat as he covered his eyes with his hand. "And?
Go ahead. You might as well say it. Get it over with."
"I take it you've
seen the finished product?" Angel wasn't sure.
Nick mumbled a "Nope,"
as he now looked at her. "But I take it you have."
Angel nodded her
head up and down, "It was kind of mean what they did to
you. But the part with Tommy Lee is hysterical. Is he paranoid
Nick now threw his
head back onto the headrest saying a silent prayer that the
guys hadn't seen it yet. Although he knew Howie did by his comment
to 'drive safely.' Nick chuckled a little, turned his head to
face Angel, who had parked the car at a bagel joint, and was
now watching Nick.
"I'm such a
sucker sometimes. I should have known better," Nick said
Angel then spoke,
"I wonder if it was Kevin who set you up."
Nick looked at her
wide-eyed, "What do you mean?"
Angel then realized
Nick may not have thought about this before, "Well, since
he was punk'd last season; anyone who gets punk'd, gets the
chance to punk someone else..." Angel's voice trailed off
as she saw Nick make the connection.
Nick started shaking
his head as he laughed. Then he pulled Angel close and gave
her a big hug and a squeeze, "You're the best, you know
Angel looked at him
as if he was crazy, "Where did that come from?"
"I love that
you're a fan. You get the scoop and figure shit out before we
do, especially me. And for waking me up in the best mood, I'll
even buy you breakfast." Nick and Angel walked hand in
hand into the bagel shop.
"But I'm still
driving when we're done Carter."
Nick just laughed
and hugged her. "I don't care babe."
town, Sheridan was trying to calm her nerves. She didn't know
why, but she was incredibly nervous about today's meeting. She
knew Kevin played a major role in it, but couldn't figure out
why. She had had a pleasant evening. After Angel's confession,
Sheridan decided she needed a long, hot bath. Then she curled
up with a good book until around 9, then she immediately taped
and watched Punk'D. Sheridan had a good laugh at Nick's expense
on that one.
As she drove, Sheridan
couldn't help but think, "Poor Nick. He's not going to
be able to live that one down for a while. What a dumb shit."
As Sheridan pulled
into the parking lot, she noticed Kevin's car was already there.
She checked her watch and saw that it read 8:31. "Wow,
I'm thirty minutes early. Go me." After climbing out of
her car, adjusting her suit skirt, and pulling out her necessary
supplies for the meeting, she headed towards the entrance.
As Sheridan began
walking into the building she realized her nervousness was settling.
'I must be anxious,' she thought as she waited for the elevator.
Suddenly the elevator
dinged, Kevin turned around to see who had arrived. Part of
Kevin was still on London time; he was up early and had been
raring to go since seven.
A smile crossed his
face as he saw Sheridan step out, then he realized she was alone.
For a brief moment, his eyebrows became the unibrow. He knew
who Angel was going to come to the meeting with. Kevin began
hearing the speech his cousin gave him in his head. Taking a
deep breath, Kevin shook off his thoughts and greeted Sheridan
with a cheery, "Hello."
to be a bit startled, but she recovered well as her smile grew,
"Good morning Kevin. You're up early. How are you?"
'She's making small
talk. Holy shit,' Kevin's brain screamed. "I'm good. And
Sheridan replied. "Are you settled back into your California
schedule or are you still on London time?"
"A little bit
of both," he answered her honestly. The elevator dinged
letting them know more company had arrived. "I was up early
this morning and couldn't sleep so I thought I would start getting
back into the swing of things here."
Howie came walking
in and said his 'hellos' to Kevin and Sheridan.
the grin on Howie's face as he sat down in his chair. Sheridan
was surprised to see two Backstreet Boys chipper so early in
the morning. Something was up; she could sense it. Her nerves
decided to come back, making her focus on her work and ignore
the men in the room.
Howie noticed Sheridan's
facial expression and physical appearance take a complete turn
into her usual introvert self. He wondered if his appearance
changed it. He figured he would make small talk with her. "So,
how was your weekend Sheridan?"
Sheridan was a bit
startled by Howie's question, but answered him anyways, "Quiet.
I had a lot of time to myself. It was nice. How was your weekend?"
I went with AJ back home to Orlando for his mother's wedding."
Kevin's head swung
up, "Oh shit, I completely forgot about that. How did it
"It was nice.
Very low key," The elevator dinged a third time. Laughter
could be heard as the door opened and continued to get louder
as the group approached the conference room. In walked four
laughing faces and one annoyed baby expression.
AJ, Marybeth, Brian,
and Angel were flushed as they tried wiping their tears. Nick
sat down in his chair with a thump with his arms crossed over
his chest and a small pout.
caught on, as did Howie, and both began laughing.
Kevin sat down and
was completely clueless, "What the hell is so damn funny?"
Kevin looked all around the room and his eyes settled on Nick.
"Nick, what did you do this time?" Laughter roared
Angel made a snort
sound and even Nick couldn't help but laugh.
Gene walked in to
the conference room without anyone noticing he had arrived.
None of them heard the elevator bell.
Gene was happy to
see all of them laughing. He had wondered how this first meeting
would turn out, especially after the teleconference, but it
seemed to him, his fears were unfounded. "Well kids, let's
get to work shall we?
Kevin raised his
hand, "Wait a minute Gene, I still don't know what's so
funny!" Sheridan began to smirk, Kevin was still in the
dark on this one.
Angel excused herself
to use the restroom.
Kevin looked around
the conference room and realized only Nick had stopped laughing.
"What's up Nick?" Kevin asked as he began sipping
my Punk'D episode aired last night."
Kevin spit out his
coffee hearing this news. He didn't even know Nick had been
you dawg?" Kevin had a gleam in his eye.
Angel walked back
into the conference room.
Nick looked at her
to YOU, I was Punk'd," Nick was grinning.
Kevin knew he was
busted. He looked at the girls and they knew how Nick got his
ass Punk'd, it was all over their faces. "Well, payback's
are a bitch Nick, what can I say. What did they make you do?"
much. Just made me think I hit someone while I was driving.
Then I got to punk Tommy Lee."
Kevin's eyes saw
red. "Are you fucking serious? That's cold. That's almost
as bad as strippin' down to your drawers."
it's over with. And it looks like I'm not allowed to drive anywhere
anymore." Nick's hand touched Angel's knee as a sly smirk
graced his face.
Kevin watched Nick
basically blow it off; Kevin was floored. He didn't even know
he was smiling until he looked at Brian who gave him a nod and
'Damn, when did he
grow up?' Kevin thought.
Kevin watch Nick. She knew Kevin was trying to accept this 'relationship'
or whatever you wanted to call it between Nick and Angel.
Angel was in a fog
as to what was going on around her as she was catching up on
her emails. With all her traveling, she had neglected many of
her duties. She just needed a few hours and she'd be caught
up in no time.
Gene started the
meeting by going over what had been completed on the movie sets
and what needed to be done next. He went into detail on some
items John Hughes, the director, had suggested, as well as the
final casting call lists. The exterior shots that were filmed
were ready for Kevin to review at his leisure.
Marybeth handed out
a folder to everyone and passed along four binders to be shared
among the group. Kevin pulled his chair close to Sheridan's
so they could share; AJ and Howie grabbed another binder; Nick
and Angel took hold of the third folder and Brian and Gene shared
As the groups flipped
through the binders, they saw pictures and bios of potential
cast members. Each cast member had their own section and a list
of which cast member would fit each available role.
wanted to see if Kevin's nemesis was the one Angel had suggested.
Sheridan and Angel had spent many hours going through B list
actresses and actors to fill in the movie characters.
Sheridan looked up
at Angel to see her staring at her with a grin. Angel winked,
then looked at Kevin's face. Sheridan looked over to see what
Kevin was reading. He was reviewing the film's budget thus far.
Sheridan rolled her eyes; Kevin the, business man, was crunching
A.J. and Howie wanted
to know which hot actresses would be involved in the movie.
Angel heard Howie mumble a 'yes,' then pointed to something
so AJ could read it.
A.J.'s face lit up
and a huge grin crossed it. "Are all these actors and actresses
on board for this project? AJ asked Gene.
"Yes A.J., everyone
is on board. Not all of the contracts are signed yet, but they
will be by the end of the week. Baring no complaints or concerns."
Gene turned to Marybeth and she nodded her head up and down
to indicate that the information was correct.
Sheridan was trying
to focus on the information in front of her, but she couldn't
stop thinking about Kevin. Suddenly his knee touched her knee.
Sheridan inhaled slowly as she felt her entire body becoming
very warm. Her head felt dizzy and she closed her eyes.
Kevin felt Sheridan's
knee against his. He began to feel a sensation of warmth overcome
him. Carefully he looked over toward Sheridan and saw her eyes
looking down. He didn't know it, but they were actually closed.
He wondered if she felt anything.
Sheridan was wondering
the same thing.
Nick knew he should
have been paying attention to what he was reading, but was having
a hard time concentrating. He was holding Angel's hand and was
gently rubbing his thumb across hers as his mind recalled their
Angel's mind drifted
back to her massage the night before and was lost in her own
thoughts. She appeared to be reading the information in front
of her, but appearances can be deceiving.
mind came back to the present, and she wanted to see who would
be playing Nick's 'girlfriend' in this movie.
Nick sensed her attitude
change and was quickly catapulted from his thoughts. He watched
her fingers gently turn the pages to his section.
Nick was reading
the name, Venessa Lengies. It sounded familiar, but he couldn't
figure out where he knew her from. He started reading her bio
and then realized she was one of the actors in the television
show he guest starred in, American Dreams.
It hadn't occurred
to Nick that this might put a strain on his relationship with
Angel. He knew he didn't have a lot of screen time, especially
alone with his female co-star, but he didn't know Angel all
that well. He didn't know what her jealousy factor would be
like. Hell, neither Nick nor Angel discussed exactly where their
relationship was headed or even what to call it. 'I think this
is something that definitely needs to be discussed and soon,'
Angel looked him
in the eye and said, "She'll be good in this role I think.
How was she when you worked with her on American Dreams?"
Nick looked at Angel
with a surprise, 'not showing any signs of jealousy, this is
"She was nice. Did her job and looked like she was enjoying
what she was doing. She'll be fine I think." Nick smiled
realizing his fears would be for nothing.
Leaning into her
ear, Nick whispered, "Do you have any plans for dinner
Angel shook her head
'no' as she watched his face.
"I wanted to
talk to you about some stuff, so if you don't have any plans,
I was thinking we could do something together."
As much as Angel
enjoyed spending time with Nick, she was missing home. "I
need to go home and take care of some things. Why don't you
come over? I'll make us all a nice home cooked meal and we can
you," Angel shrugged. "Maybe Tom. I haven't had a
chance to talk to Sheridan to find out what her plans are."
cool. Let me know what time and what I can bring," Nick
felt giddy. For the first time, in a long time, relationships
in his life were falling back into place, with his brothers
and now a girl.
Sheridan had overheard
Nick and Angel's conversation. She didn't even realize she had
a goofy grin on her face until she heard Kevin whisper in her
ear, "So, are you going to invite me over for dinner too?"
Sheridan's head snapped
up to see Kevin's face mimic the same grin she had. She blinked
her eyes and looked at Angel, who was lost reading her binder,
then looked back at Kevin. "Ah… I um… I ah… I'm not sure,"
Sheridan finally stuttered. Trying to compose herself, "Let
me check with Angel and see what her plans are."
"I think you
know Angel's plans, as well as Nick's, just like I do."
Kevin's eyes peered into Sheridan's and his eyebrow arched.
'He loves to eavesdrop
on conversations,' she thought. "Yeah….but I haven't heard
how yesterday went after you came to our house. And I don't
want to invite you if it would upset Angel," Sheridan spoke
softly and then lowered her gaze.
Kevin nodded his
head, he understood where Sheridan was coming from and he respected
her decision. "I understand," he said as he lowered
his head and sighed. He was trying to fit in with the group
that already grown together.
Sheridan saw Kevin's
reaction and immediately felt bad. "Angel?" Sheridan
whispered across the table.
Angel looked up at
Sheridan and asked, "What?" in a similar tone.
"Come to the
bathroom with me," Sheridan replied.
Angel just nodded
Howie saw the two
girls leave and turned to Marybeth, "Don't you need to
Marybeth gave Howie
a confused look and answered, "No. Why?"
"I don't get it. Why do girls go to the bathroom together?"
"I don't know. To keep each other company?"
AJ watched in amusement
at this conversation.
Gene laughed under
his breath then said, "Why don't we take a fifteen minute
break. Then we can finish up with the cast members and go to
lunch. After lunch, John should be stopping by to meet with
all of us."
Down the hall, Sheridan
and Angel started their break a bit early. After three cups
of coffee in ninety minutes, both ladies needed to use the restroom.
Sheridan's patience was wearing thin and she wanted to find
out if asking Kevin over for dinner would be a good or bad idea.
'I better start by focusing her mind on something else first'
Sheridan thought, "So, how was last night?"
Angel was using the
toilet next to Sheridan's, "It was great."
Sheridan sat there
waiting for more than one adjective. "Great? Just great?"
Angel giggled, "Nah,
it was more than great. But I can't find the words to describe
it exactly. Heavenly. Wonderful. Fantastic. They don't quite
fit it, ya know what I mean?"
She knew what Angel meant and part of her was jealous for it.
"Yeah, I know. I'm happy for you Angel. I really am."
Angel was washing
her hands, but could hear the sadness in Sheridan's voice. Angel
decided to change the subject, "Hey Sheridan, do you have
any plans for dinner?"
Sheridan's ears perked
up, 'Angel must be reading my mind' she thought. "Nope,
but I was hoping I'd get to spend some time with you and maybe
have a home cooked meal?" Sheridan gave Angel a little
pout as she washed her hands.
Angel bit her lip,
wondering if having company would be okay. "Is Tom coming?"
"No. Why is Nick coming?"
Hearing the grunting
sound made Angel nervous, "Well, if you didn't mind… he
hasn't had a chance to go shopping with all his traveling… and
he hasn't had a home cooked meal in like … forever." Now
it was Angel's turn to use her best puppy dog sad eyes, pout
Sheridan smiled back,
"I don't care Angel. That's fine."
Angel gave Sheridan a big hug.
"Uh Angel, it's
your apartment too. You don't need to ask me. I never do with
Tom, do I?"
Angel thought about
it and realized Sheridan was right, "Yeah…true."
she had nothing to lose if she just came right out and asked.
Besides, they were done and about to walk back to the conference
room. "Ah Angel, can I ask you a question?"
Angel stopped walking
and waited for Sheridan in the corridor. "Sure. Anything."
"Would you mind
if Kevin came over for dinner too?"
Angel's eyes bulged,
While the women were
gone, the rest of the guys slowly got up and stretched. Brian
and Nick went to the restroom while Howie, A.J., and Kevin talked
about what had happened yesterday at Angel and Sheridan's apartment.
A.J. started, "So
Kev, what happened after we left you and Nick yesterday?"
Kevin looked around
the room before speaking quietly, "Nick basically told
me to stay out of his personal life, that this would have no
effect on the movie… and he was truly happy so I better not
ruin it for him. Then he told me to call Brian in Atlanta and
stormed out to go make a few phone calls. So I called Brian
and we talked about Nick and what's been going on in his life
- personal and professional - and then Brian told me about their
weekend in Atlanta."
Howie and AJ exchanged
"Get this, Brian told me to let Nick's relationship with
Angel go… to ignore it. Don't add in my two cents like I normally
AJ looked perplexed,
"Rok said this? To you?"
Kevin nodded, "Yeah.
Brian told me he thinks this a good thing. I don't know where
the hell he gets that idea from, but I gave him my word I would
try and stay out of it."
Howie looked shocked,
Kevin looked from
AJ then to Howie, "Yeah. What else am I suppose to do?
Speak my mind and look like a fucking jerk? I don't think so.
I'll let Nick learn this lesson all on his own. Mixing personal
and business relationships is a dangerous combination."
Suddenly, the three
men turned their heads towards the conference room door when
they heard a female yell 'WHAT.'
Meanwhile in the
men's bathroom, Nick and Brian were chatting away. "So
tell me, how was last night?" Brian had been very patient
waiting to get the details of Nick and Angel's first evening
out together after sex.
Nick looked up thinking
about their date and the rest of their evening alone. "It
was great. I owed her a massage from when she was sick a few
weeks back, and that was probably the best part," Nick's
eyes sparkled as he spoke.
"So, what are
you two?" Brian knew they were good for each other, but
both were afraid to speak of any commitment to each other.
"Rok, it's too
early to tell. I like her, a lot. I think she likes me a lot
too. I just don't want to rush into anything, ya know?"
Nick bit his bottom lip.
"Don't be a
shit and not give her any signs of how you feel. And I don't
mean when you two are in bed either." Brian was reading
Nick's mind, causing him to blush.
Quietly, Nick responded,
"Yeah… but I'm afraid Rok. I really like her. If I tell
her how I feel, and then she tells me how she feels, and it's
not the same way, I'm not sure how I'd handle it… I'd feel stupid….
I don't want to jeopardize this film in any way. I already gave
Kevin my word that I wouldn't. He'd kill me."
Brian patted Nick's
shoulder, "I don't think you need to worry. C'mon big guy,
let's get back to the group."
As Brian opened up
the door, they heard a female yell 'WHAT.' Brian looked back
at Nick, "that doesn't sound too good."
Nick nodded his head
Angel looked at Sheridan
with big eyes, "Are you serious? You want to ask Kevin
to dinner? To our apartment?"
her shoulders, "Yeah."
Angel mimicked Sheridan,
"Yeah. Just like that?"
"Uh huh. Angel,
he just got back from London and I think he feels left out of
the group." Sheridan spoke quietly as she heard footsteps
from behind. She looked up to see Angel's face and could tell
it must have been Nick by her expression.
whatcha doin'?" Brian asked as he put his arms around the
Just having some roommate talk, that's all." Sheridan didn't
want anyone else to know what her plans were.
Angel pulled Nick's
head down towards her mouth, "Would you care if Kevin came
over for dinner tonight too?"
Nick looked at her
in shock then his eyes softened, "I don't care but what
made you think of inviting him."
"Not my idea.
It's Sheridan's." Nick's head snapped back to look at Sheridan.
She flashed Nick a pout and battered her eyes. He laughed and
grabbed her shoulders, giving them a squeeze. "What have
you done to our Sheridan?"
it would be nice, that's all." Sheridan demurely smiled.
Nick and Brian bought
it, Angel knew better as she nodded a yes to her roommate.
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