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rolling over to look at her alarm clock which read 11:12 AM,
Sheridan jumped out of bed. She had done it again; she overslept.
She grabbed the telephone and called Tom's administrative assistant,
Veronica, letting her know that she was still sick; apologizing
for calling in so late, explaining she had just woken up.
As she hung up the
phone, Angelina walked through the front door. "Hey Sheridan,
I didn't expect to see you home. Aren't you going to work?"
"Where were you?"
Angel walked into
the kitchen and grabbed an apple, "At the gym. Going away
for the weekend totally screwed up my routine. So are you going
to answer my question?"
"Only you would
miss working out," Sheridan rolled her eyes at Angel and
decided to make some coffee. "I called in sick. I've been
thinking of quitting and finding a new job."
"Well, you do have another job."
"Yeah, but that
will only last a few more months. I just can't stand running
into Tom at work everyday. I'm thinking I'll go back to work
on Friday when I know he'll be out of town. I can clean out
my desk and computer hard drive and tell Veronica I can no longer
work there, citing personal reasons."
"Are you sure
about this? I mean we can work out the expenses. I can cover
you for a while. Speaking of which, I need to get going and
get ready for work. We'll talk later, okay?"
Sheridan raised her
eyebrow, "You're working at the bar today?"
Angel shook her head
up and down as she took her final bite of her apple.
Suddenly the phone
rang. Sheridan reached over to answer it. "Hello?"
she said in her best sick voice.
you alright?" Nick asked with concern, "You sound
horrible." Kevin overheard Nick and leaned in closer to
listen. They were at the airport in the VIP lounge waiting for
their flight to Las Vegas.
"Oh, hey Nick.
Nah, I'm fine," Sheridan spoke in her normal voice, "I
didn't check the caller ID before I answered. I called into
work sick so I needed to play the part."
Nick looked at the
receiver with a confused look, "Okay. Is Angel home?"
"Yup, just flew
in the door. Hold on." Handing the phone over to Angel,
Sheridan then began making her coffee.
"Hey Nick. How
are you?" Hearing the intercom in the background, Angel
asked, "Where are you?"
Not that I've had a chance to catch up on my sleep, but I feel
pretty good. We're at LAX. I still wish you would have come
with me." Nick felt a pair of green eyes boring into his
head. Gently raising his head, Nick was face to face with Kevin.
As Angel replied, Nick mouthed, 'just kidding.' Kevin said,
"Uh huh, sure ya were," louder than he expected.
you sweet. But that would be a big HELL-NO. We need to keep
this relationship away from prying eyes, remember? The press
will be swarming that place. Is everything alright with Kevin?"
Sheridan's ears perked up and she decided to eavesdrop on Angel's
Nick replied, "Yeah,
just being his usual eavesdropping self." Nick's comment
made Angel snort.
Sheridan tried to
figure out what Nick said, although she could guess it was some
sort of smart-ass remark.
alright with Sheridan?" Nick continued, "She was cooped
up in that apartment all weekend and now doesn't want to go
to work. That doesn't sound like her."
very upset." Angel walked into her bedroom for some privacy.
'Well that sucks,'
Sheridan thought as she went over to the couch to see what was
"She's even thinking of quitting her job at the Insurance
"Are you serious?
Thinking of quittin'?." Nick said a little louder than
the rest of his conversation.
Kevin's head snapped
up, "Who's thinking of quitting?" Nick eyed Kevin.
"Which job?" Kevin felt bad for prying but now he
needed to know what the hell Angel just said to Nick.
Angel started laughing,
"Oh, this not knowing is probably going to drive Kevin
crazy. Nick, please don't let this get around. Sheridan has
a lot of pride and the only reason I'm telling you is… well,
I'm not sure why…but I know she wouldn't want everyone knowing.
You know what I mean?"
Nick smiled making
Kevin frown. "I sure do babe."
got to run and get ready for work. I had a hell of a workout
at the gym and need a shower badly."
Nick groaned just
thinking of Angel in the shower, "Thanks for the visual
Angel. I really appreciate it."
Angel cooed back,
"Oh, poor baby. I'm sure you'll see plenty of half naked
women in Vegas."
Nick whispered, "I
won't be looking. I got you."
Angel felt her stomach
doing flip-flops again and tried to brush off his comment as
well as her feelings, "Awe, you're so sweet quoting your
Nick knew Angel got
weird out when he spoke to her like this, and expected her smart-ass
comments. One day he would tell her how he feels when she does
that. But that would also mean he would need to tell her how
he really feels about her. Shaking his head to wipe out those
thoughts, Nick said, "Okay stinky. Go get ready for work.
I'll call ya later tonight."
a plan. Have a safe trip. Bye."
Nick rested his head
back a mile wide smile on his face. Kevin cocked his head to
the side and looked over at Nick trying to find out what was
"Yo, earth to
Kaos," AJ spoke after the others tried to get his attention.
When Nick shook his head back to reality, he realized all the
guys were looking at him.
Kevin calmly asked
again, "Is there anything we should know about?"
Nick looked at Kevin
with a blank stare and began getting nervous, "Wh-what
are you talking about?"
"I heard you
repeat Angel's words about quitting. What does that mean?"
Kevin leaned in a little closer.
Nick let out a breath
he didn't realize he was holding. He never realized that it
was a habit for him to hold his breath when Kevin was in his
personal space. Brian told him he did all the time. "Oh
that? Nothing. Has nothing to do with her."
what is Sheridan quitting?" Kevin raised his eyebrow and
the others looked on with interest, mostly wanting to know why
Kevin was so interested in Nick's conversation with Angel. If
Brian leaned any closer to Howie, they would be sharing the
"Ya know, it's
not polite to listen in on other people's conversations Train,"
Nick stood up and went to the restroom. Kevin looked at the
other three boys in shock.
Brian was the first
to reply, "He's right Kevin. What's the matter with you?
You've been acting strange lately."
Kevin hung his head,
'Christ. Spare me the lecture Brian,' he thought. "I thought
maybe one of the girls was thinking of quittin' our project
and I got nervous. We've got a lot riding on this movie and
I just don't want anything to screw it up. I'll go talk to Nick."
Kevin stood up, straightened out his pant legs, and headed to
Nick was washing
his hands as Kevin entered the restroom. Nick nodded his head,
acknowledging his presence.
I'm sorry. I didn't mean to eavesdrop on your conversation."
Kevin began to explain some of his reasons, but not all of them.
"Nah, it's okay
man. I just didn't want everyone knowing the girl's business.
Sheridan is thinking of quitting her day job at the Insurance
Company. It's too hard on her with Tom working there."
Kevin looked at Nick
in shock, "Really?"
been calling in sick since Tom went over to their apartment
"Guess Tom didn't
get a chance to talk to her yesterday, what a shame," Kevin
mumbled with a sly smirk.
"Huh? How do
you know he was there?" Nick questioned him. Drying his
hand, Nick watched Kevin like a hawk. "Better yet, what
do you know?"
"I bumped into
Tom when I went over to the apartment on Saturday." Kevin
described to Nick what happened that day. After reiterating
the details to Nick, he wanted to switch the conversation to
a different topic. As much as Kevin wanted to know about Sheridan,
he was also curious about how Nick was doing and how his weekend
with Angelina in the Keys went. "So, you gonna tell us
how it went with you and Angel this weekend? What did your parent's
think? How's Aaron?"
Nick had given the
boys a reader's digest version of what he knew about Aaron's
issues with his Mom at one of their meetings with Johnny before
he left for Florida. Johnny was a bit concerned about any publicity
and the impact it would have on Nick. Johnny had given him some
advice about what he thought Aaron should do. Nick was appreciative
of Johnny's words of wisdom. He was used to these sort of things,
Sadly, Nick stated,
"I'll tell ya later with the rest of the guys. I don't
want to say this more than once." Kevin put his arm around
Nick's shoulder as they walked back to the group.
The flight was uneventful.
Their arrival through the airport was uneventful, and checking
into their hotel was just as uneventful. None of them had ever
remembered a time when their lives were uneventful appearing
at a major award ceremony. In a way, this pleased them. They
didn't feel any pressure or stress; they could actually enjoy
Once the boys were
settled in their rooms, they decided to go out and about in
Las Vegas. Johnny instructed them to be seen and be cordial
to the media outlets. One such media outlet, Access Hollywood,
ran into the boys and wanted to know if any of them had seen
the Paris Hilton's sex videotape that was making the rounds
on the internet. Two of the men made comments. One would be
sorry he did later. The boys had fun hanging out, gambling,
and relaxing. Later that night, they hung out in Nick's room
as he explained what he knew from his visit to Florida. He told
them Angelina survived the visit too.
"What did Jane
say when you brought home Angelina?" Howie asked.
meet my mother, thank God. My mother is now living in Parkland
with Leslie. Angelina met everyone else though. Aaron and BJ
grilled her left and right the first day we were there. She
passed," Nick said with a smile, "We also celebrated
the twins 16th birthday too. It was nice to be there with them
"Wow," was all Brian could say as he mulled over the
Nick continued, "Angel,
MY Angel, made a delicious cake too. Damn, that girl can work
her away around a kitchen."
AJ was about to make
a smart comment, but decided not to. Nick didn't look like he
wanted to deal with any more crap.
Looking at the clock,
Kevin announced, "Why don't we call it a night? We've got
a busy day tomorrow and need our sleep."
The guys agreed and
left Nick's room. He was glad too because he wanted to call
Angel and hear her voice. Looking at his watch, he noticed it
was still relatively early; it was only 11:49PM.
Lying on her stomach,
Angel's hand stretched out from under her covers tapping on
the nightstand, searching for her phone.
She knocked over
her water bottle. Sitting up, she glared at the clock. Then
it dawned on her. It was Nick. Her Nick.
Escort Service. How may I help you?" Angelina answered
with a sexy, French accent.
Nick's first reaction
was to double check the number he dialed, "Who is this?"
giggling, "It's me silly. Just teasing; I knew it was you."
Nick laughed at himself,
'What an idiot,' he thought. "How was your day Babe?"
Stifling her yawn,
Angel replied, "It was alright. Busy, but good. The last
two hours dragged though. I was ready for bed."
Nick listened intently
to her description of how her day went. "How's Sheridan
Angel went on about
their night together and their conversation. Angel began to
say something but stopped suddenly, changed the subject, and
began talking very fast. "So how was your evening out on
the town with the guys?" Angelina asked.
Nick thought something
wasn't quite right. "Wait a minute. I must have missed
something. Who called?"
Angelina's mind raced.
She rubbed her hand over her face and through her hair. 'Should
I tell him the truth?' she thought. 'Why not? He may find out
and then wonder why I kept it a secret from him. Yeah, but I
don't want him thinking about this now. He has enough on his
mind.' She sighed.
called looking for you tonight?" Nick asked in a stern
Nick felt his blood
begin to boil with anger but remained in control, surprisingly,
"What did he say?"
"I don't know.
I didn't talk to him, Sheridan did."
"He didn't say
what he wanted?"
him what he wanted. He said he was sorry he missed seeing me
over the Thanksgiving holiday and wanted to know what my plans
were for Christmas," Angel's solemn voice echoed in Nick's
"What did she
say?" Nick felt an uneasiness wash over him.
"She told him
she would have me call him back when I was home."
There was a deafening
silence on Nick's end of the phone. "I don't plan on calling
him back Nick. I do not intend to see him, ever again."
"I believe you
Angel. I'm just curious why Joey is trying so hard to see you
again, that's all." In some ways, Nick understood why.
Joey was comfortable with Angelina like Nick was with Willa.
When life got stressful, he would go back to what he knew.
Nick had an idea.
"Ya know. I've been thinking about something," 'Okay,
little white lie,' Nick thought, 'so what if it just popped
into my head.' "What are your plans for Christmas?"
replied, "I-I don't know. I haven't really given it much
thought, I guess. I know I have to go home for a visit, but
I don't want to. I was hoping if I ignored it, I wouldn't have
to think about it 'til it was too late."
parents are going to want to see you," Nick being the voice
of reason, "I got an idea. Now just hear me out before
you say anything okay? Why don't you and I go back to visit
your folks in Pennsylvania, then we'll fly down to see my brother
and sisters, then fly back to LA for New Years."
Angel was speechless.
Of all the sweet things Nick had ever done for her, this was
certainly ranking up there as one of the sweetest. "Nick,
I appreciate your support, but you don't have to come to Pennsylvania.
I haven't quite told my parents about you yet, so you'll be
getting the third degree interrogation. You have enough stress
in your life, I don't want my family to add to it."
Nick thought about
what Angel said, "You're not embarrassed to be dating me
Shaking her head
as she spoke, "Oh no…not at all. What I said came out wrong.
I didn't mean it like it sounded. I would love to have you come
with me. I just don't think it would be quite fair to you, is
Nick sat back on
his bed, leaning against the headboard. "Angel, being with
you would make whatever interrogation your parents give me worth
Angel could picture
the smile on Nick's face, "Okay. Why don't we talk about
this when you get back to LA? I'm too tired to plan right now
and this will require strategy."
Nick laughed at Angel,
"You are making a huge deal over nothing Angel. This isn't
going to be stressful."
"Oh sure. Not
for you maybe, but you don't know my parents Nick."
Nonetheless, I look forward to planning this trip with you,"
catch some Z's. You've got an appearance to make tomorrow night."
Nick wished he could
talk longer, but it was already 1:08AM. "Okay, I'll try
and call you tomorrow. Are you working?"
and I are just gonna kick back and relax. We've got some shows
to entertain us."
I'll give you a call tomorrow. Sweet dreams."
"I will babe.
The next morning
the girls did their own thing. Sheridan called into work sick
again, while Angel had some errands to run. One of them included
going grocery shopping, mostly for junk food. Oprah started
at three o'clock; they gave themselves plenty of time to do
what they needed to do plus some time to relax and wait.
At 2:19PM, the phone
rang. Sheridan checked the caller ID and grinned. "Good
afternoon Nicky. How are those Vegas strippers treatin' ya?"
are you smoking Sheridan? You sound like you are in a good mood."
Nick replied while laughing.
I am in a great mood," Sheridan replied while putting together
her afternoon TV snack.
up?" Nick was now curious. The last time he heard Sheridan
speak, she sounded depressed. After his conversation with Angel
last night, nothing had changed. Obviously, something happened
to make her change between last night and this afternoon.
Nick. Nothing's up. Hold on, Angel is looking at me with those
puppy dog eyes, wanting to talk to you. Here ya go."
"Hey Babe, win
any money?" Angel said as she got herself a diet coke from
"I don't know.
I didn't pay too much attention."
I don't want to know," Angel shook her head. She couldn't
believe Nick didn't keep track of his money like most people
do. It was still a strange concept for her to understand.
Sheridan shouted from the living room, "Where is it?"
"What are you
talking about?" Angelina replied while leaving the kitchen
and walking back into the living room.
tape?" Sheridan asked again, losing her patience.
Nick asked Angel.
Kevin happened to
be walking by and wondered what was wrong. He mouthed to Nick,
"Is everything alright?"
Nick shrugged his
shoulders. Lately, Kevin was around him more than he wasn't.
"I don't know,"
Angelina replied to Nick.
Turning towards Sheridan,
Angel asked again, "What tape? We have thousands of tapes.
Which tape do you need?"
Sheridan let out
an exasperated sigh, "Angel, a blank tape. Ya know, to
The light bulb went
off inside Angelina's head, "OH….that tape. I thought you
were going to get it." Speaking into the receiver, Angelina
whispered, "Hang on Nick," as she slowly walked into
her room. She knew Sheridan was about to blow and didn't want
Nick to hear her.
"WHAT? YOU DIDN'T
GET ONE? YOU TOLD ME YOU WERE GOING TO PICK IT UP!"
Nick and Kevin said at the same time as they both heard Sheridan
yelling. Nick had pulled his cell phone away from his ear. They
looked at each other and then Kevin leaned in so they both could
that. So, what are you up to Nick?" Angel asked hoping
to change the subject as soon as possible. She wasn't in the
mood to be humiliated. As Nick began to talk, Sheridan pounded
on Angel's door.
pretty quiet so far. Just walking around, being spotted as Johnny
would call it," Nick laughed a bit thinking back to seeing
some fans. "We ran into a few fans; they were shocked to
see us all together."
"I bet they
were," Angel said just as Sheridan pounded on her door.
What are you doing? We only have thirty-five more minutes and
I can NOT go out just in case someone from my office sees me!!!"
Sheridan was near hysterics.
Kevin tilted his
head and had a 'what the fuck' look on his face.
Nick was clueless.
"Angel, what is Sheridan so upset about? What didn't you
Angel opened up the
door and glared at Sheridan. Angel's finger was pointing to
the phone receiver then she brought her finger up to her lips
signaling for Sheridan to be quiet!
Sheridan glared at
her. "DON'T SHUSH ME! It's all YOUR fault. We're not going
to be able to tape it now! AHHHHHHHHHHH!"
Nick asked again,
"What's your fault?"
NICK," Angel punctuated his name so that may be Sheridan
would get the hint to be quiet.
her roommate, walking into Angel's room, she went straight to
her closet. She remembered that Angel put her BSB tapes in her
trunk. Sheridan yanked open Angel's closet doors and pulled
out the trunk, Sheridan looked at each tape to see if there
would be enough room to tape the one-hour Oprah show. As she
inspected, Sheridan went on a tirade, tossing the full tapes
aside, all over Angel's floor. As she tossed the tapes out of
the trunk she yelled out the titles they were written on each
"Of all the
times you forget to do the ONE thing I ask of you, you pick
this time. A simple tape, but do you remember? NOOOOO! And here
I am, waiting on pins and needles for almost 4 weeks since we've
known they taped this stupid-ass show and do you remember a
blank tape?? NOOOO!!! I want to see Kevin!"
A smile formed on
the male lips on the other end of the phone. Suddenly, Angelina
heard Kevin's voice in her ear, "So whatcha gonna watch
Angelina's eyes bugged
out of her head and she went over to Sheridan to give her a
dope-slap upside her head, hoping that would quiet her down.
Angel was trying not to step on any of the tapes that were now
scattered all over her floor.
Sheridan froze. She
slowly turned towards Angel with a look she hadn't seen before.
She quietly exited Angel's room but slammed the door shut loudly.
"Put 'er on
the phone," Kevin laughed but in a way that made Angel
sort of warm up inside. It was a sweet seductive laugh.
"I can't. She
just left, that noise was my door being slamming closed."
Angel looked in the mirror and saw her face turning red. The
men were not even present and she was blushing. Thank God they
weren't in front of her now.
Kevin came again with a sultry voice in her ear.
Angel squinted her eyes closed.
Kevin stifled the grin as he watched Nick prance to get the
phone back from him.
Angel nodded in the mirror trying to convince herself. Somehow
the reaction Kevin was getting from her was a cross between
complete humiliation and a turn on.
"I want to ask
you one more question and I want you to answer me honestly."
Kevin paused, "It's me she writes about, isn't it?"
'Nick already knew
this. He must have kept the secret,' Angel thought. However,
Sheridan shooting her mouth off just now erased all doubts for
Kevin. Angel covered her eyes, "Uh-huh."
I'll let you talk to Nick now. We are going to have a little
chat when we get back; just you, Nick, and me. Here's Little
Man for ya." Kevin handed the phone over to Nick and strutted
out of the room.
Nick waited a minute
and then he spoke as he watched Kevin strut like a damn peacock.
"Hey Angel, Kevin knows that it's… Sheridan… doesn't he?"
"Yes, I'm afraid
so. She was yelling and she just blurted it out." Angel
didn't know what to say.
Nick smiled into the phone.
His voice reached
Angel's ears all sweet, warm, and honey coated. "The man
is going to hunt her down. He's had feelings for her. He just
needed to know that she had feelings for him too. He chased
Tom away from her when we were in the Keys."
"Are you kidding?"
Angel grinned. "How sweet. What a gentleman."
Nick cleared his
thoughts, "By the way he just waltzed out of here, I don't
think it was a gentlemanly thought that Kevin was having."
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