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had never seen Sheridan lose her temper; he was now or at least,
he thought he was. The petite blonde's temper matched her size.
Anyone else would have blown up, her reaction was more like
a 'poof' and then it was gone. Kevin stood in the kitchen and
watched Sheridan search for words to say to Nick as she eyeballed
him. The words weren't coming. Finally, with an exasperated
sigh, she looked at him. "You are a guest in my home, regardless
if we are working together or not. Your outburst was unwelcome
and unnecessary. Please don't do it again."
A head with a mop
of blonde hair bobbed around. Kevin often referred to it as
'Nick's Muppet Routine.' Nick flashed her a killer smile. "I'm
sorry Sheridan. I won't ever do it again."
Sheridan's lips pursed
showing her disbelief along with her dissatisfaction. She had
spent the last five minutes explaining to Tom that Nick was
still somewhat childish at times and that he had been just joking
Kevin turned to grab
drinking glasses from the cupboard. It was obvious that Sheridan
didn't know Nick as well as she thought she did or she would
have seen through the little charade he had just pulled. Nick's
fingers crossed behind his back were amusing as hell. Grabbing
a glass from the cupboard, he mixed a drink of spiced rum and
Vanilla Coke. Handing it to Sheridan, he smiled. "I think
you'll like this."
Sheridan took a drink
from the tall glass that Kevin had handed her. She gulped and
closed her eyes as it burned down the back of her throat
"Ya might want
to slow down, that has rum in it."
Covering her mouth,
she coughed. "Thanks for telling me, afterwards."
Angel hovered in
the background taking everything in. "This is going very
nicely. She's smiling, she hasn't done that since she came back,"
she whispered as Nick dropped his ear next to her mouth. Nick
and Angel had formed a connection almost immediately, knowing
what each other was thinking was natural to them.
knock that off, the rest of the guys will be here soon."
Kevin admonished Nick and Angel as Nick leaned down and kissed
Kevin cast a wary
glance at Sheridan; her face was puckered up in a sour fashion.
Kevin clinked his glass on Sheridan's, "To new love."
"To new love"
Sheridan blushed and emptied her glass. She handed her glass
to Kevin for a refill and then turned toward the two that were
still kissing. "Will you stop that? You are making us uncomfortable."
Nick shrugged, "If
you were kissing Kevin, you wouldn't be uncomfortable."
Kevin groaned, Angel
groaned, Sheridan laughed. "Probably not. Sort of a double
date, teenage make-out session."
Angel turned her
head to look at Sheridan; Kevin's eyebrows arched at Sheridan's
remark. Nick started laughing. Angel began laughing very hard
too causing her to snort.
Now Kevin was laughing,
"You're such a lady Angelina. I'm glad that kissing me
wouldn't be a displeasure Sheridan."
face winced, "Ohh sorry. Fan moment." Her outstretched
hand reached for her second drink of the night.
used to the little relapses that you two seem to have now and
then. Let's get things set up for this meeting. I don't want
it to be a long one. The rest of the guys and Marybeth should
be here soon, with dinner I hope. I'm afraid Sheridan is already
tipsy," Kevin smirked at her.
"I'm a very
bad drinker. I can't handle it. My partying days are long over
with." Sheridan was waiting on her third drink.
Kevin took the glass
from her and re-filled it again with very little rum. There
was work to be done and she had to be sober to do it. A blush
crept over Sheridan's cheeks, when Kevin held onto the glass
a little longer then necessary. Being the gentleman that he
was, he withdrew his hand but not without first touching the
palm of her hand with his fingers. A little sizzle ran up his
fingers as he did so.
Suddenly, there was
a knock on the door breaking the tension in the room. Howie
and A.J., along with Brian and Marybeth, marched into the apartment
with dinner balanced precariously on top of the boxes they were
Details were fleshed-out
in the meeting and the shooting schedule was revised one more
time. The calendar would need to be reviewed by John and Gene
"Ya know, when
Gene said we weren't going to get much help, he wasn't kidding."
Nick spoke as the pile of paperwork grew taller and taller in
front of him. "I thought actors worked around what the
director wanted, not the other way around."
Kevin mumbled. "I am so disorganized, I can't stand it."
"Kevin, if everything
is not in the exact place that you left it, you have a coronary,"
Brian shuffled his semi-neat pile of papers.
"I do not,"
Kevin mumbled back as he searched the stack of papers for insurance
forms. "I can not stand this mess."
The papers in front
of him were scooped up and moved to the kitchen table. All of
them watched as Sheridan sorted and restacked for five minutes.
The papers were returned to Kevin in a crisscross fashion. "Insurance
papers, second from the bottom."
"Thank you Sheridan,"
Kevin grinned. "I love people who are organized. I see
the rum has worn off."
not organized. You should see her room. She has sex scenes scribbled
on napkins and bank envelopes. Chapters are lying around, story
ideas…" Angel, who was sitting next to Nick, squirmed as
his fingers pinched her arm. "Ouch," Angel cried.
Frowning at Nick,
Angel looked over to where he was pointing. Feeling guilty,
Angel muttered an apology towards Sheridan.
"Do I have a
target painted on me today?" Sheridan looked at Angel and
Nick. Both of them looked other places. Sheridan thought for
sure that Nick would start whistling any minute now.
"No, you don't.
It's that new love stuff we were talking about earlier."
Kevin spoke up letting Nick and Angel's relationship out in
the open. The rest of the guys all smiled. Kevin was cool with
Nick and Angel. It wasn't as if they didn't know about it, but
now it was nice to see it out there.
Pulling himself from
the chair, Kevin walked to the kitchen. He seemed to be playing
bartender for the evening, mixing a drink for himself and Sheridan.
Nick's cell phone
rang as the meeting was breaking up. He noticed it was Aaron
and asked Angel if he could use her room. She nodded 'yes' as
he walked into her room for some privacy.
Marybeth and A.J.
seemed too wrapped up in a conversation and oblivious to everyone
around them as the meeting broke up. A.J. helped Marybeth carry
boxes to her car. Brian and Howie had left before A.J. and Marybeth.
The headlights of their cars were streaking the parking lot
as they pulled out.
Kevin stood at the
window, watching. He nodded toward the couple in the parking
lot, as he spoke, "It would be great if they hooked-up.
She's a normal person, not looking for anything from him."
Sheridan joined Kevin
at the window. They both watched the couple down in the parking
lot have an awkward moment and then shake hands at they parted.
"That was cute."
Suddenly, they heard
Nick yell, "What?" then a loud bang from inside Angel's
room. Kevin turned to see Angel walking into her bedroom. She
told him she would find out what's wrong and disappeared into
her room, closing the door.
Angel surveyed the
room and saw Nick sitting on her bed with his head in his hands
trying to take deep breathes to calm down. She also noticed
that his cell phone was lying on the floor on the other side
of the room and thought to herself, 'that must have been what
we heard.' Kneeling in front of him, she put her hands on his
knees. "Baby, what's wrong?"
Nick looked up as
tears threatened to fall from his eyes, and just shook his head
back and forth. His lips pressed together tightly in a straight
line. He then took a deep breath and said hoarsely, "Later."
here tonight then," Angel said as she stood up taking Nick's
hand. He pulled himself up and gave her a hug.
he whispered as he tried to pull himself together before returning
back to the living room.
Angel looked up at
him with worried eyes; he just smiled back and said, "I'm
good. Let's go." The couple quietly made their way back
into the living room.
Kevin was a little too close to Sheridan as she stood next to
him. 'She smells good; she looks good, soft and pliant, very
ladylike, sophisticated, sweet,' a ton of words ran through
Nick giggled. He didn't miss the look on his big brother's face
as he and Angel stood back and watched. Kevin was taking in
as much of Sheridan as he could without getting busted for it.
Sheridan turned on
her heel and crossed her arms. "Sometimes you forget your
manners. You don't need to yell."
"Now you sound
like Big Daddy." Nick covered his mouth as Kevin scowled
at him. Moving his hand away from his mouth, he winked. "You
need to relax Sheridan, unwind a little. I guess we are getting
on your nerves. It's a good thing we have meetings all week
with Johnny and we won't be bugging you too much."
Angel nearly crawled
up Nick's back in excitement. "Johnny? Johnny Wright, your
old manager? Are you guys finally going into the studio to record?"
Angel was shouting, not asking.
Sheridan titled her
head up towards Kevin. "Are you?"
"Yeah we are,"
Kevin grinned. "We're pretty excited. There is a lot happenin'
that we want to tell you, but we can't. Right Nick?"
say a thing," Nick said while he shook his head.
Angel's eyes were
beaming when Sheridan's locked on with hers. Sheridan began
to squint slightly at Angel. Angel only made that face when
she had a secret. Raising her hand, she shook her finger at
Angel. "We need to talk. They need to go home."
Angel sniggered; she was off the hook. Sheridan couldn't get
to her now.
that just leaves Kevin," Sheridan smiled, as she hooked
her arm through his, her fingers now tickled his.
"I think you
just want information from me Miss Sheridan." Kevin was
delighted with the feeling of her hand in his. Her skin was
warm and supple; the feeling caused another tingle as their
fingers entwined in one another's. Giving her as much rum as
he did, in the four rum and cokes she drank, seemed to have
an effect on her, Sheridan was loopy and relaxed at the same
"You bet I do,"
she smiled at him.
Pulling her hand
from his and her arm out from around his, he flashed her a rogue
smile. "I'm a little harder to get to than that."
"How hard are
you?" Sheridan frowned.
Once again, Angel
and Nick erupted with laughter. Nick was far worse than Angel
this time, holding his sides as he doubled over.
began to shake as he tried to hold in his laughter. "You'll
have to wait and see for yourself," Kevin winked and walked
to the door. "Good night ladies. Nick, we'll talk tomorrow,"
Kevin gave Nick a fatherly look.
Nick knew Kevin had
heard him in Angel's room when Aaron had called and was worried.
"I'll give you a call," Nick nodded knowing that they
would speak tomorrow.
As Kevin closed the
door, it finally dawned on Sheridan how her words had been taken
for a different meaning. "Oh my God!" squealed a drunken
Sheridan, "I didn't mean it like that."
"He knows, but
he was lovin' it," Nick laughed as he watched Sheridan
become mortified at the mere thought of where their conversation
"I'm going to
bed," Sheridan moaned.
Nick snickered as he watched her walk to the bedroom with her
hand still over her mouth and shaking her head.
Angel locked the
door behind Kevin. Crooking her finger, Nick loped behind her
like a pet puppy, laughing the entire way repeating Sheridan's
words, "How hard are you?"
Angel closed her bedroom door once he laughed his way inside.
As the door shut, Angel turned serious, "What happened
when you were on the phone with Aaron?"
Nick's smile faded
away. Torturing Sheridan made it easier for him to not think
about his phone call. They sat down on Angel's bed. Taking his
hand in hers, she waited for Nick to talk.
Biting his lip, Nick
told Angel what Aaron had told him about what his mother had
done. "Apparently, my mother took some money from Aaron's
bank account. I'm not entirely sure of the details or the amount.
He also has some bills left unpaid that he thought she had paid
for him." Taking a deep breath, Nick continued, "Aaron
has fired my mother as his manager. He plans on filing for emancipation
from her. He's now moved back in with my dad," Nick choked
out the last part of his sentence.
To say Angel was
shocked would be an understatement. Her jaw was hanging open
and she looked at Nick wide-eyed. "Are you serious?"
Shaking his head
slowing up and down, he asked, "Can I see our schedule?"
Angel kept Nick's
schedule in with her own. She pulled out her calendar and gave
it to him. "Thanks," He mumbled as he leaned down
to give her a kiss on her forehead.
Angel was sitting
on her bed Indian style trying to process everything that had
happened over the past few weeks. She was lost in her thoughts
thinking about Nick's phone conversation with his father from
Thanksgiving, when she heard Nick's voice pull her back to the
present. "Huh?" she questioned.
Nick chuckled with
tears in his eyes, "I told you I had a fucked up family
of people have fucked up families," Angel said as she leaned
up against him and gave him a hug.
afraid of meeting mine?" Nick questioned.
Backing up surprised,
she raised her eyebrows and replied, "No. Why, should I
Nick half smiled
and pulled her closer to his body, "I'm glad to hear that.
Would you come back to Florida with me Friday night for the
Angel gazed into
Nick's piercing blue eyes, "Please?" he whispered.
Angel looked at her
calendar then back up to Nick. "Do you think the rest of
your family would want me there at a time like this Nick? I'm
sure your Dad and Aaron will have a lot to talk about with you
and may not appreciate me being there. They don't know me."
Pushing her hair
back behind her ears, Nick caressed her face, "I don't
care what they think Angel. It's my house, well not technically
anymore. Regardless, I want my girlfriend there with me. I need
you there Angel." He said just before his lips crashed
After a few seconds
passed, Angel pulled away. She smiled and raised her eyebrow,
Nick grinned, "Guess
I should have asked you before jumping to any conclusions huh?"
A few tears fell
from her eyes as Angel shook her head, "Nah, it's okay
Nick. Everybody else thinks that's what we are anyways. Now
that you've said it out loud, the realization of those words
just hit me… I liked hearing those words more than I thought
I would," Angel's honesty made Nick feel more at ease,
"And yes, I will go to Florida with you." Angel said
as she wrapped her arms around him, giving him a hug and holding
him for what seemed like an eternity.
Angel readied for
bed while Nick called his travel agent to book the tickets.
A short time later, they snuggled up to each in her bed. Nick
was playing with Angel's hair as her head rested on his bare
"Angel, I trust
you. I know you'll never repeat what is said this weekend. My
family will too. But I am warning you, they will tease us both
to ease the tension. I can guarantee you that your presence
will be used to take the focus off of my Mother."
Angel looked up at
Nick and smirked, "I think I can handle that."
"You're a good
person Angelina, thank you," Nick kissed her again while
rolling her onto her back. Slipping her hands behind his neck,
she held him close.
Both broke away breathless,
Angel whispered, "Let's get some sleep. We've got a long
week ahead of us."
Angel turned sideways
while Nick spooned up against her and whispered in her ear,
"and an even longer weekend," Nick sighed.
The men spent the
rest of the week in meetings with their record label, their
new manager, as well as John and Gene. The bulk of the shooting
for the film would take place after Christmas. The time they
spent in their meetings with John and Gene consisted of them
pouring over the budgets and other business related items.
Sheridan had made
another attempt at patching things up with Tom. It was not easy.
Work was full of tension and when she was home, Tom was on the
telephone trying to patch things up, which seemed to be making
the situation worse, instead of better.
Angel thanked God
for her cell phone. At least she could talk to Nick when he
needed her. Angel didn't want to let on to Sheridan that there
was something going on, not yet anyways. She knew it wouldn't
be long until Nick told everyone, probably after they returned
from Florida. Knowing Jane, it wouldn't take too long 'til it
hit the gossip mill in the press either.
Since Monday, Angel
had intercepted a few of Tom's phone calls. She could see how
hard things were on Sheridan. On Wednesday evening, the girls
sat together and paid their bills. Angel filled in Sheridan
briefly about her weekend plans.
nice of Carter. Geez, I would love to get away for the weekend,"
Of course, Angel
left out the details surrounding the reason why Nick needed
to go to Florida. 'Oh, it's not what you think.'Angel thought.
The phone rang a
few minutes later. The caller ID read, 'Tom Miller.' Sheridan
shook her head back and forth. The girls let the telephone ring
until the answering machine kicked in. Tom's voice was controlled,
but the anger was instantly recognizable. "I'm really sick
and tired of the Backstreet Boys! When are you going to spend
time with me instead of the man in your head!" It wasn't
heard as a question, but as a statement
Angel's jaw slid
from side to side as she watched Sheridan shrink in stature.
Tom was berating Sheridan again, getting his own way, and pushing
himself on her. Angel's mind began to come up with ways to get
even with the man. It wasn't the right thing to do, but Sheridan
just couldn't seem to see what a shitty relationship she was
Angel thought back
to Monday night when Nick yelled out as he and Kevin came into
their apartment. "Sheridan, what did Tom say Monday night
when Nick yelled out while you were on the phone with him?"
doesn't matter," Sheridan stuffed a check into an envelope.
"Yes it does.
I want to know what Tom said," Angel had a good idea what
he had said.
"He has just
been acting strange since that night. Work has been really tense.
If I didn't need the money or if I had the time, I would look
for a new job." Sheridan moved to the next check she had
"Did he say
anything else?" Angel gave her a flippant smile.
Sheridan rubbed her eyes with her fingertips. "Nick is
nothing more than an overgrown teenager, he's sure that A.J.
is using again, the rest are strange, and Kevin is gay."
Sheridan laughed at the last remark Tom had made. "I told
Tom, 'You have no idea how not gay he is Tom,'" Sheridan
remarked. "Then Tom hung up on me."
announced, "I'm going to bed. I can't do this anymore tonight."
Sheridan left everything on the table. She left Angel sitting
at the table frowning.
The telephone calls
persisted the next night. Sheridan would only speak to him at
work. She had told Tom that she needed time to re-evaluate their
relationship. The straw that broke the camel's back was the
last call that Angel took for Sheridan on Friday afternoon.
"You made work difficult for her today. We have a meeting
tonight with the guys so she is lying down."
"Get her up.
I want to talk to her."
growled to Tom.
out of it." Tom was beginning to detest Angel as much as
he did the men that his girlfriend worked for.
You're using her; I can feel it. Besides, I told you we have
a meeting tonight, it's at seven."
nobody, has a meeting on Friday night!" Tom yelled back.
"Well why don't
you just show up and I'll prove it to you!" Angel yelled
back then hung up the telephone still fuming at Tom. Angel was
pacing around her room as she finished packing her belongings
to go away for the weekend.
Angel was so upset.
She called Nick to let him know what had happened. She wanted
to tell him that, most likely, they would have a visitor at
the meeting tonight. Angel didn't want to dump more on Nick
than was necessary; he was dealing with enough already.
"I don't think
he'll show up. It takes a lot of balls to do that." Nick
spoke into the telephone as he pulled clothes from the dryer
to finish his packing. "It's a good thing Gene isn't going
to be there. This meeting could get pretty bad if he does show
"I doubt he
will too. Not only is he gay, he's a chicken-shit too."
Angel seethed on the inside. She wanted Tom to show up and she
wanted her best friend to know the truth, but how in the world
could she do that? She had been trying for months to get Sheridan
to see that she was being used as a cover, a 'beard' as they
"I'll be there
as soon as I can." Nick hung up the telephone and headed
to the shower. He debated whether or not he should let the others
in on what was going on. He chose not to, "It's better
if they figure it out themselves. This way Sheridan can't say
that it was a set-up later if he does show up."
An hour into the
meeting a knock interrupted them. Angel went to get the door
but Nick jumped over the couch to beat her to the door. Sheridan
never gave it a second thought since she, Kevin, and Howie were
involved in a conversation over the budget.
"Can I help
you?" Nick smiled. He had never met the man standing on
the other side of the door, but he knew who he was. Making a
quick assessment of the clothes, all his doubts were erased.
The man was dressed in high quality designer duds. Angel was
wrong, he did show up, but she was right about his lifestyle.
Nick stepped aside, allowing Tom into the room. There was no
way he wasn't getting into that apartment. He wanted to see
Sheridan with her employers and a heard of elephants couldn't
keep him out.
Nick went directly
to the kitchen for a drink; he wanted out of the fray that would
undoubtedly take place.
Sheridan stood up hastily and took his hand. "Everyone
I would like you to meet Tom Miller…"
Tom looked at the
men standing in front of him, "I'm her boyfriend."
Sheridan slapped him mentally for that one. She had left that
part off intentionally since she didn't really see how that
would matter at this point. A small sinuous laugh escaped from
her as she ignored his comment, "Tom, this is Brian, Howie,
A.J., and Kevin. You met Nick, he answered our door and you
"You are in
a meeting," Tom stood looking at the five good-looking
males. Angel made a snorting sound and got up to go into the
kitchen for a bottle of wine.
Tom knew who each
and every one of the men were. Long ago, he had discovered Sheridan's
secret little fetish and had made it a point to learn what he
could about the men. His girlfriend's mental tryst stood up
and offered a hand to shake. Kevin was wearing a casual pair
of black slacks and black turtleneck. Tom inhaled; he recognized
the scent as Armani, one of his own personal favorites.
As Kevin shook Tom's
hand he looked at Angel who was walking back into the room,
her wine goblet filled to the rim, and smiled, "Beep."
Angel did an about
face and rejoined Nick in the kitchen trying not to laugh because
Kevin now sounded like the microwave with his series of beeps.
Sheridan eyed her roommate suspiciously.
Moving around the
room, Tom introduced himself to each one of the guys. He spent
approximately three minutes with each man. Then he made his
way back to Kevin.
Tom looked at the
beeping man in front of him. "So you played football in
Brian's eyes bulged,
'Oh Lord, here we go again.' They had seen this so many times
and it was always Nick or Kevin that they went for. Swallowing
hard, Brian focused on Sheridan and the pinked cheeks she was
sporting. Either the woman was blind or very in love with this
"Yeah, I played
football," Kevin closed his eyes for a second, more out
of necessity than anything else. Tom was practically stroking
his arm and Kevin was almost sure he certainly wanted to stroke
something else that wasn't his arm.
Nick and Angel rejoined
the group in the living room. Angel was sitting on Nick's lap
as they watched in awe.
"My Dad is the
coach of a Division one Team. I love sports, especially football."
"I enjoy watching
the Wildcats when I can," Kevin didn't want to be rude,
but couldn't figure out how to stop the small talk with this
man. "Sheridan, do you like any sports?"
Tom answered for
her, "Nope. I've tried to have her come out with me to
a sporting event or to watch a game at a bar. She won't go with
me." Tom almost appeared to be pouting a little.
Howie and A.J. exchanged
surprised looks as they listened to Tom lather Kevin up for
the inevitable date. "Maybe you would like to go out with
me sometime to watch a game?"
"Nah, I don't
go out in public much, the fans and stuff." Kevin never
had a problem with homosexuals. Kevin had been approached many
times in the past. However, being approached by the boyfriend
of someone he was interested in, put a whole new spin on things.
Inside, Kevin was
boiling mad because of all the information that had been told
to him by Nick and Angel. Kevin's eyes momentarily slid to Sheridan,
whose cheeks were flaming red.
my place." Tom couldn't take in enough of the tall, suave,
dark-haired man. Angel almost choked on her wine. Nick stood
up, pulling her up while patting her back as she tried to catch
her breath. Once she was able to focus, she noticed Sheridan
Sheridan's eyes rolled
around inside her head as Angel steered her to a chair so she
didn't fall down. "Did you hear that? He just asked him
out. He asked him to his house." Sheridan mumbled as Angel
guided her into the chair. Being flabbergasted, she could only
think of one thing. It had taken Tom months to ask her to his
place and here he was just inviting Kevin over, like a date.
Kevin smiled, he
was embarrassed and made up some excuse to decline Tom's invitation.
Tom continued like
a possessed man on a mission. He rattled on about playing high
school football and acting in the drama club. "I was in
the chorus too."
Kevin swallowed hard. He knew what was coming next, it always
played out this way.
"Maybe we could
get together at the Here Lounge some time. I don't know if you
are familiar with the place, but I know you won't be bothered
by your usual throng of female fans."
The entire room fell
quiet for a few short seconds. A.J. and Howie burst out in laughter.
Brian managed to move next to Sheridan and sat patting her hand.
The woman looked like she was going to pass-out when Tom uttered
Angel was fuming;
Tom had just made a pass at Kevin. She stared at Tom who now
abashed, understanding that everyone in the room knew that the
Here club was a gathering place for alternative lifestyles.
Angel was unable
to speak to Tom directly for fear she might just double up her
fist and punch him. Slowly and very delicately, she turned to
Sheridan. Opening her mouth in front of everyone, she hissed,
"Honey, your man is gay; bi at the very least."
Tom's jaw dropped
as he went to stand in front of Sheridan. What happened next
he didn't see coming or he wouldn't have gotten so close. Sheridan
flew out of the chair with the energy of a defensive lineman
on the field and punched him in the mouth. "You bastard!
You used me!" Sheridan yelled.
Kevin stepped in
between Sheridan and Tom. Nick stood beside Angel who had grabbed
onto Sheridan's upper arm. Angel let Nick hold her as she walked
toward the front door.
bitch! You are gay! Is that why you kept pushing me away? You
didn't want to sleep with me because you don't like women. Why
the hell would you do that to someone?"
Kevin was now seeing
a flash of Sheridan's real temper.
Tom stood holding
his jaw and wincing in pain. What could he say to make this
any better? His glare settled on Angelina who was pointing at
the door. She raised her arm showing him the way out.
Tom walked slowly,
holding his jaw. He wasn't even sure if his crown was still
in place. Sheridan had never been prone to violence before,
but then again this type of thing didn't happen everyday. He
could fix this, he could fix this Monday at work. She only needed
some time to think things over and everything would be okay.
Monday would have to do, he wasn't up to explaining everything
to her in front of a group of people.
Once again, he turned
to the source of all his problems with Sheridan, "Thanks
a hell of a lot Angel, I could've had the best of both worlds.
You fucked it up for me."
The door shut slowly
and without noise. Every eye in the room was now honed in on
Sheridan, she was so humiliated and embarrassed. She looked
to the one person she could for help, Angel. Help for what happened,
help for an explanation, help with anything. Inhaling deeply
she squeezed her eyes shut waiting for someone, anyone to say
Angle knew Sheridan
needed a friend right now; Tom would prey on her again. Angel
was pretty sure of that fact, so maybe Sheridan needed to hear
something that maybe she didn't want too.
Kneeling in front
of Sheridan, Angel began "Honey, he did it to protect his
image with his father. Didn't you say there were all those boys
at his parents? You said that all of your time was being spent
with others and you had no alone time scheduled together. If
you were alone, he wouldn't have had anymore excuses. Tom only
took you to his parents' home for a cover. I'm sorry Sheridan.
I didn't want you to find out this way."
Sheridan didn't care
who was in her home as she ran down the hall, bawling, and slammed
her bedroom door shut. She was now heartbroken. Sheridan not
only felt deceived, but violated by Tom. At this moment, she
wanted to hide and never come out of her room again. She didn't
want to face the people that had witnessed her embarrassment.
hook," A.J. mumbled as he began to pick up the meeting
notes and pack them away for the evening. The meeting was over
and everyone left promptly.
Angel stood at Sheridan's
door, her hand in mid-air to knock. When she heard the loud
sob come from behind the door, she shook her head. "Sheridan,
I'm so sorry. Would you like to talk about it?"
"Go and enjoy
your weekend Angel. I'll be fine."
Angel felt a twinge
of guilt over what had happened, but not much. It was something
that would have happened eventually. Part of her wished she
wasn't leaving for the weekend. Angel knew Sheridan needed her.
But she also knew Nick needed her as well. For once in her life,
Angel felt torn.
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