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idea to have all the boys drive their own cars and meet at Gene's
office, then take a limo together to the airport worked out
perfectly. Now they all could go their separate ways.
As the couple headed
out to the parking lot, Nick grabbed Angelina's hand, spun her
around, and enveloped her into his arms. After holding her for
a few minutes, he released her, and bent down giving her a warm
Pulling away, Angelina
replied quietly, "I'm sorry I was a little bitchy."
She couldn't help but smile at him as her faced mirrored his
Nick joked. "I've been waiting sixty-eight minutes to hold
you," Nick's smile turned into a sexy smirk, "Hope
you are feeling better by the time we get home." His eyebrows
went up and down matching his playful attitude.
help but laugh. "Damn boy. What got into you? You were
in a piss-poor mood not too long ago yourself."
While opening the
door to his Escalade for her to get in, Nick answered her question,
"Cause I'm no longer working. No more Backstreet Boy Nick
Carter. I'm just Nick to you." He locked her door and then
Nick closely as he scurried in front of the car and got in the
driver's seat. "And were off," he said as if they
were in a race to get to his place.
Meanwhile, back in
the office, Marybeth was working on some reports and needed
this look right to you? I either can't read Angel's numbers
correctly or her numbers don't add up."
Leaning over the
desk Sheridan agreed, "Yup. That's Angel. She's forever
inverting her 7s and 9s. She rushed through that report this
afternoon after watching Access Hollywood. She was a bit preoccupied."
Sheridan bit her lip as she noticed Kevin walk into Marybeth's
"Thank you Kevin
and A.J.," Gene called out as he walked down the hallway
towards the elevators, "Have a good night ladies."
Marybeth and Sheridan replied simultaneously. A.J. walked into
Marybeth's office and sat down with a thud.
"Man, I'm hungry.
You guys want to grab a bite to eat?" A.J. looked at the
other three hoping one of them would join him.
Sheridan looked over
at Marybeth. 'Oh my, look at that. She looks like she's about
to faint,' Sheridan thought. Forgetting Kevin was there, Sheridan
asked Marybeth, "Want to? Angelina worked today and didn't
have time to cook dinner before we came to the meeting. I'm
Kevin chuckled while
watching the woman before him. "You didn't eat because
Angel wasn't home to cook for you? What are you going to do
over Christmas break when she's back east for a few days?"
"I'll be home
as well. My mommy will keep me well fed," Sheridan replied
sending Kevin a sheepish looking grin.
A.J. looked over
to Marybeth. Marybeth started to reply, "'Uh…well…um… I
guess so." She turned and looked at Kevin and Sheridan.
"No more work
for you. Let's go grab a bite to eat." Marybeth hesitated
for a moment. Going behind her desk and grabbing her hand, A.J.
said, "C'mon, my treat. Let's go, I'm hungry!"
Sheridan looked over
at A.J., "You're a bossy little thing huh?"
A.J. smiled, "Only
when I'm hungry."
go. But no McDonalds A.J. We are eating real food," The
'Kevin in charge' attitude was back and running the show.
Pulling into Nick's
apartment, Angelina helped him carry his bags and the dinner
they grabbed on their way home. Neither one felt like being
out in the public, especially Angel, she wasn't even sure she
could eat at all. Although some healthy food would do her body
some good after the past two days.
As Nick took care
of his luggage and listened to his messages, Angel set up the
table and spread out their dinner. She watched as Nick walked
into the kitchen. He was biting the inside of his cheek, making
him look like he was a million miles away in his thoughts. "What
do you want to drink?" Angel asked.
Breaking out of his
daze, Nick focused on Angel, "A beer please. Thanks for
getting dinner ready. I'm starved."
At first, the couple
sat down to eat with no conversation. Eventually, Angel couldn't
take the suspense any longer. "So, did you talk to Aaron?"
Nick nodded his head
as he finished chewing, "Yup. I have no idea what that
kid is thinking."
"Didn't he explain
what he was doing?"
"Yes, but it
doesn't make much sense to me. My parents aren't much better
at helping me understand it. It's turned into a he-said, she-said
blood bath. I am staying out of it. They can handle this mess
Angel had been debating
about bringing up the holiday schedule. In order to reserve
a seat, at a decent price, she needed to buy her ticket immediately.
She also promised Sheridan she would talk to Nick about it tonight.
Nick watched her as she seemed deep in thought.
'I can't talk to
him about Christmas now. His family is in the middle of an ugly
dispute. I wonder if he'll even go to Florida? I'm not going
again, no way, no how. Okay, I guess I will if he asks me to,
but only if he needs me there. He may want to go alone anyways
so he can talk with them and not worry about entertaining me.
He needs to kick their asses is what he needs to do.'
"What are you
thinking about? Angel? Earth to Angel…." Nick leaned over
the table to hold her hand causing Angel's mind to refocus to
where she was.
"Huh? Oh sorry,
I was off daydreaming," Angel was mortified. 'God, you
are such a ditz.'
"What were you
Angel's mouth announced before her mind told her to shut up
and close her mouth.
"Oh yeah, we
have to make our travel arrangements for Christmas, don't we?"
Nick said as he jumped up to retrieve his calendar from his
As Nick walked back
into the room, "Angel, get your organizer. We need to make
plans before all the flights are booked." Nick was very
excited about meeting Angel's parents. Truth be told, he was
excited to stay away from his own family, and this was a great
"Are you sure
about this Nick?" Angel questioned, "It's just that…
well, my parents may make a bigger deal out of this… what I
mean is… they may get the wrong impression about us." Angel
couldn't find the right words and was stumbling horribly. "Augh…this
isn't coming out right."
Nick noticed the
deep blush penetrating her cheeks. It took a few seconds for
him to realize what Angel was trying to say, albeit not so eloquently.
MaryAnne, knows I'm bringing someone home with me, but I didn't
tell her your name. She's curious by nature, so I'm sure she'll
read you the riot act, unless I can get Sheridan to occupy most
of her time." Angel's mind wandered at her last thought.
tried to explain to them that you were coming and that they
shouldn't read into it. But of course, they are. They've already
asked me if we secretly eloped; if we are engaged or worse,
if I am pregnant."
Nick paled at the
"Which I'm not!"
Angel said with such defiance.
Nick let out the
breath he was holding.
Angel said as she put her elbows on the table and her head in
her hands, covering her face. "This is going to be a nightmare,
I just know it."
Standing up and taking
her arms away from her face, Nick pulled Angel up to him for
a hug. "If this is going to be too much for you, I don't
have to go."
'You are such an
ass,' her head screamed. "No Nick. It will be just fine.
This won't be as bad a trip as I'm making it out to be. I'm
sorry. Just as long as you understand what my parents are thinking,
it will be fine. We'll set them straight. God, I'm such an idiot
tonight. What the hell is wrong with me?"
"I know, PMS.
Angel laughed, "How
did you know? Are you keeping track?"
Nick grinned, "Um,
no. Sheridan told me."
Sheridan sat in a
booth next to Kevin; across from Marybeth and diagonal to A.J.
They went to the Saddle Ranch Chop House. Kevin wasn't too happy,
but A.J. argued since it was his idea, he could pick the restaurant
just as long as it wasn't McDonalds.
Marybeth looked around
the restaurant wide-eyed. She had never been here before and
was amazed at the scenery. A.J. made a comment about riding
the mechanical bull, causing her to choke on her water.
Kevin was closely
watching the couple across from him. Kevin turned to Sheridan
who was busy admiring the view herself. As her eyes wandered,
she locked onto Kevin's and trembled inside.
Trying to remain
calm, she whispered, "A little bit."
Kevin unzipped his
Adidas sweat jacket and began throwing it behind Sheridan, "Here,
put this on." Sheridan couldn't speak, so she just let
him wrap his jacket around her shoulders.
she croaked out.
A.J. and Marybeth
watched in amusement at the couple across from them. After the
food was placed in front of them and they all started eating.
Without even realizing
it, Sheridan noticed she could smell Kevin. Once she recognized
his scent was on his jacket, she sunk her head down towards
the collar. 'Nah, this isn't a good spot,' her mind thought.
After finishing up her dinner in a hurry, Sheridan pulled his
sleeves down over her hand and brought her covered jacket hand
to her face, as if she was leaning on it. 'This is much better,'
to herself as she realized what Sheridan was doing. Out of the
corner of his eye, A.J. watched Marybeth in amusement as she
was eating her dinner.
Kevin soon caught
on and a smirk crossed his lips. A.J. looked up at him and winked.
Kevin couldn't help but smile and blush.
A.J. asked, "So
Sheridan, how's Tom been treatin' ya?" then got kicked
and elbowed by the other two companions at their table.
Sheridan closed her
eyes, willing herself not to fall apart. Taking a deep breath,
she stated, "I haven't seen him all week. I've been calling
in sick." Now that she said it aloud, she felt ashamed
of herself. She shouldn't let Tom make her feel this way. She
should be strong enough to deal with this; but she wasn't. "It's
not the most mature way of dealing with it, but it's my way,
A.J. looked at Sheridan
like she had two heads. "So how long are you going to call
in sick?" Kevin was grateful A.J. asked that question.
He had been dying to know what was going on in her head and
what her plans were.
Looking at her dinner
companions, she sighed, "Honestly? I don't know,"
shrugging her shoulders as she said it.
"Have you been
looking for another job?" Marybeth questioned her.
"I have. I've
got a couple of interviews lined up next week. My plan is to
quit the insurance company, go home for the holidays, and hopefully
start a new job in the New Year." As Sheridan laid out
her plans, she felt more confident and hopeful that all would
work out in her world.
Kevin sat beside
her and listened to her upcoming plans. He knew the economy
wasn't that great right now, but she did have a lot of talent
and skills that could take her places, but probably wouldn't
give her the flexibility to work on their movie project.
these job interviews for full or part-time work?"
Sheridan turned to
Kevin, "Full time. Why?"
"I was just
wondering how you are going to be able to finish up our project
and have a flexible schedule with a new job that's all."
Kevin said as he took a sip of his beer.
Sheridan's face turned
into a frown as she went into deep thought. 'Shit. I knew I
had forgotten something. I'm trying to think long term and towards
my future. Thanks to Kevin for always thinking things through,
A.J. noticed her
demeanor change, "Don't worry about it. It will all work
out in the end. There's no need to stress before Christmas.
Speaking of which, what are your plans?"
"I'm going home
with Angel and Nick."
Kevin's head shot
Marybeth and A.J.
snickered. Kevin was a little jealous of Nick and his relationship
with Angel. But he certainly didn't envy the boy's family.
Sheridan said hesitatingly, "Nick's going to spend a few
days with Angel and her folks, then they're planning on going
to Florida for a day or two, then head back to LA for New Years."
"Oh good. I
was hoping we could celebrate New Year's together," A.J.
said while rubbing his hands together.
Marybeth looked over
at A.J, "What are your plans for the holidays?"
A.J. replied, "I'm
staying at home. My mom and her new husband are coming to visit
me for a couple of days. Nothing special, just hanging out."
Marybeth looked over
at Kevin, "Are you going back home to Kentucky Kevin?"
"I have to.
I promised my Mom. She'll kill me if I don't. You know how Moms
are. As far as my Mom is concerned, the only excuse you can
use for not being home for Christmas is a death certificate
and it had better be your own," Kevin said with a chuckle.
Sheridan smiled at
Marybeth, "What are your plans Marybeth?"
Shrugging her shoulders,
"I'll probably visit my folks in Chicago for a few days,
then fly to Arizona and spend some time with my sister and her
family. But I can't make any plans until Gene finds out if he
received another project. If he does, then I'll only have enough
time to visit my parents for Christmas, maybe. I might need
to stay here in LA too. It's all up in the air."
A.J. grinned, "Hey,
if that happens, you, me, Nick, and Angel could make plans for
New Years. Better yet, if you get stuck here in LA, you can
come to my house for Christmas dinner. I'm cooking plenty of
food and you can help distract me from my mom," A.J. said
with a toothy grin.
Upon hearing A.J.'s
plans, Marybeth froze. 'Oh my God. Please don't let me say something
stupid.' Speechless, Marybeth shoved a forkful of mashed potatoes
in her mouth while she shook her head up and down. The others
snickered at her response; Sheridan made a mental note to talk
to Marbeth later about her behavior.
Kevin turned to Sheridan,
"So have you made your flight arrangements yet?"
"Not yet. I'm
waiting to hear from Angel. She was going to talk to Nick tonight."
Nick yelled for the third time since he had begun searching
for flights. "This is ridiculous Angel. We'll spend most
of our time in a plane or in airports at this point. That's
not how I planned on spending our Christmas."
Walking over to Nick,
Angel put her arms around his shoulders from behind, giving
him a hug as she looked over his shoulder to the computer screen.
phone rang. It was Jane, his mother. As Nick began to yell,
Angel grabbed a beer and went out onto the balcony off of Nick's
bedroom. She turned to look back in his condo and she could
still hear him. He was now in his room. He saw her and shook
his head while running a hand through his hair. He left the
room, as his face grew red once again. 'Oh boy,' thought Angel.
Looking out to the
skyline, Angel was lost in her thoughts and didn't realize Nick
came out to join her. Startled, she jumped a little in her chair.
She noticed Nick had a smile on his face. This confused her,
"Why are you smiling?"
"Oh, I just
figured out a solution to our holiday plans."
Nick ignored her
questions and walked back through his bedroom and into his living
room, where his laptop was set up. Angel was hot on his heels
interested in what their holiday plans would be.
"We will arrive
in Erie on the 23rd and fly back to LA on the 27th. Spend a
few days just the two of us, and then spend New Year's with
whoever else is back." Nick grinned as he thought it all
Angel's mouth dropped
open, "NICK! What about your family? You have to try and
see them on Christmas." Angel began pacing the floor, pushing
her hair behind her ears, "Was that what you were fighting
about with your mom?"
"Only at the
end of our conversation," Nick said with a smile, "Right
before I hung up on her."
your mother. C'mon, we'll find a way to make it there to see
them." Angel didn't want Jane to think that she was keeping
Nick away from his family.
Shaking his head,
Nick replied, "NO, we're not Angel. We'll have a great
time in Pennsylvania and then come back to LA to par-tay."
Nick finished his sentence as he danced his way over to the
Nick sat back down
at the computer and began his quest. "This one's perfect!"
he began writing on paper and clicking on the keyboard. Pulling
out his phone, he called his assistant. Angel went to use the
bathroom. As she came out, she heard the rest of Nick's conversation.
you an email to buy three first class, round trip tickets. Thanks,
I owe ya one."
Angel walked back
in to hear the end of his conversation. Nick looked up and smiled,
"We're all set. Better call Sheridan to let her know our
"You know she's
not going to be too happy that you took care of this already,
you know that right? She's a control freak, much like Kevin
is, and this may not be too pretty." Angel was jabbering
as she dialed Sheridan's cell.
Where are you? It's very noisy."
A.J. kidnapped us to go out to dinner to some saddle back place."
Angel started laughing,
"Make him ride the mechanical bull."
Nick made a face
to Angel. She lowered the phone to fill him in.
He came over and
they both listened to Sheridan's conversation.
A.J. to jump on the bull and try it out. He'll probably do a
lot better now that he's sober," Nick cackled as he listened
to Sheridan repeat Nick's request.
Kevin's head came
up hearing Nick was on the phone. "Can I talk to him for
Sheridan handed Kevin
the phone, "Dawg, whatcha doin'?"
Angel cocked her
head sideways to look at Nick, "He's starting to speak
ghetto now too?"
Nick replied nonchalantly,
"Nah, he's been drinking."
Just finished dinner and making plans for Christmas. Who's there?"
"Just me, Sheridan,
A.J., and Marybeth. So you're headed to Erie huh?" Kevin
said as he rubbed his temples with his free hand. "When
you seeing your folks?"
"I'm not. Hey
put Sheridan back on the phone so I can tell her she's all set.
I want to spend some quality time with my woman."
Kevin moaned, he
didn't need to be left with that visual. "Thanks Nick.
Fine, hold on. Sheridan, it's Nick for ya."
the foul face Kevin made and wondered what the dynamic duo said
"Hey Nick, A.J.
and Marybeth say 'hello.'"
Angel's eyes grew
wide, "Ohh…are you all on a double date?"
quickly and loudly, making her dinner guests look up at her,
"NO!" Sheridan mumbled a 'sorry.'
Nick continued, wanting
to end this call, "Okay, here's the deal. Our tickets to
Erie are all set. I'll email you the itinerary when I receive
it. Talk to ya later. Bye."
Before Sheridan could
get a word in edgewise, Nick hung up the phone.
Looking at her phone
shocked, Sheridan moved her head up to look at her dinner companions,
"The little prick hung up on me."
A.J. chuckled, and Kevin laughed, "You better get used
"Oh the hell
I will! I don't like people taking control of my life,"
Sheridan spit it out so fast, she didn't realize what she said
until it was too late. Her finger jamming the redial button
as fast as her words were coming out.
A.J. couldn't resist
commenting, "No wonder you and Kevin don't get along."
Kevin gave A.J. a
hurt look, "Hey, we get along just fine!" Kevin put
his arm around Sheridan's shoulder and pulled her in close,
find her voice, making Marybeth laugh out loud. A.J. looked
at her, "What's so funny?"
"Oh I was just
thinking of Nick, Sheridan, and Angel sitting together on a
plane for 8 hours on their flight back east."
Nick hung up the
phone, "Sheridan's all set,"
Angelina walked into
Nick's bedroom with a questionable look, "She's all set
how? That you told her the plans and she's okay with it? Or
that you told her what the deal was and didn't give her time
Nick was sitting
on his bed turning off his phone, and then he pulled the cord
to the house phone out of the jack. Looking sheepish, Nick replied,
"I hung up before she could say anything. I shut this one
off, re-dial won't work."
Wrapping her arms
around Nick's shoulders, Angel sat on his lap and kissed his
nose, "Good boy."
As he pulled Angel
against his chest, Nick wasn't sure if Angel would go along
with his plan, "I don't plan on being good tonight."
He watched for her reaction.
cause I don't want a good boy. I want a bad boy. A very, bad
"Ask and you
shall receive," were Nick's last words before he began
manipulating and taunting Angel. Not that she was a virgin to
roughness, quite the contrary - she enjoyed it very much, every
once in a while. However, sometimes Angel did have some flashbacks
to when rough sex wasn't very enjoyable or pleasant.
Nick woke with a
start. "What the hell?" he thought.
Angel had pulled
all the covers off the bed and was thrashing her body into Nick's
side in her sleep. Gently, Nick tried to grab onto Angel and
help soothe her back to sleep.
Angel tensed up when
she felt herself being grabbed and began yelling in her sleep,
"Stop it Joey. Please don't. NO!" Angel began crying.
Nick froze. He wasn't
sure what happened between Joey and Angel in their past, but
he had a good idea which made his skin crawl. Leaning over towards
Angel's ear, he began whispering to her, calming her down. Feeling
her relax, he held onto her for a long time. When Angel's breathing
returned to a steady rhythm, Nick carefully got up and put the
sheets back on the bed. He was definitely going to talk to her
about this in the morning.
Across town, Kevin
was having trouble sleeping thinking about Sheridan's job situation.
He also wanted to know more about Tom and what the hell he was
up to with her. Thinking of a plan, he smiled to himself, rolled
over, and fell asleep instantly.
The smell of coffee
hit Angel's senses waking her up. She felt achy and stiff. Stretching,
she got out of bed and walked into the kitchen. There she observed
Nick sitting at the kitchen table deep in thought. Immediately,
Angel thought it was something having to do with his family.
Angel leaned down to give Nick a kiss on the cheek.
He gave her a weak
smile, which made her think something was very wrong. "Hey."
alright?" Angel thought it would be best to question the
positive, rather than the negative. Grabbing a mug of coffee,
she sat down and prepared it while carefully watching Nick.
Nick stared at Angel; watching her every move. Angel felt completely
naked and exposed with his eyes gazing at her.
"Why are you
staring?" she questioned.
"We need to
talk," Nick replied, never blinking.
"Why do I have
the feeling I'm not going to want to talk about whatever it
is that you want to talk about?" Trying to change the subject,
"What time are Aaron and Angel coming today?"
and they're not coming."
"Why not? Something
else happen?" Angel was hoping to focus the conversation
on his brother and sister.
back to the subject you are trying to avoid."
Angel cringed. She
hated not knowing what was going on. Nick read her facial expressions
and decided he needed to calm down and be more inviting if he
was going to have this conversation with her.
know that I really like you right?"
'Okay, never told
me that before. Hoped you did, but you never told me.' Half
her mind screamed. 'Will you focus on this conversation? Nick
looks serious.' Her other half chimed in.
your reaction, I guess I haven't and I'm sorry." Reaching
across the table, taking her hand in his, staring into her eyes,
he began, "Angel, I really do like you and I would never
she replied weakly. Shifting herself in her chair, she felt
a jolt of pain and recalled their encounter last night. Warning
flags went off in Angel's head.
"I had an amazing
time last night," Nick began blushing, he hated talking
about sex, "And I hope you did too." He waited for
her to answer.
Slowly she shook
her head up and down as she began to panic. Closing her eyes,
she licked her lips and began to take deep breaths. Finally,
she mumbled "A-ha."
Sensing a panic attack
in her future, Nick moved closer to hold her, "I need for
you to know that I will keep you safe. I won't ever hurt you
or harm you in any way."
After hearing where
this conversation was going, Angel felt foolish for over-reacting,
"Nick, I feel very safe with you."
"Good, I'm glad
to hear that." Taking a deep breath, Nick continued, "Because
you sort of… well, you had a nightmare last night. You yelled
out for Joey to stop."
Angel's head dropped
to her chest as her hand moved to muffle the cries that she
knew would come. She may have been able to keep her cries quiet,
but her shoulders began to shake. Nick pulled her into his embrace
and held her close whispering in her ear, "It's okay Angel.
Everything's going to be alright."
Pulling away, Angel
smiled and said "Thanks. I guess talking about the holidays
and having Joey call my apartment… it's just bringing my past
to my present and I hate the thought. I want to focus in the
present and look forward to the future."
Nick grinned at his
girlfriend liking her explanation, "I like the sound of
that" was all he said leaning down to give her a kiss.
"I'm sorry about
last night Nick."
Putting his fingers
on her lips, signaling her to be quiet, "Not another word
about it Angel unless you want to talk about it. Just know you
are safe with me and nothing or no one is going to harm you
Tears trickled down
her cheek as she kissed him again whispering, "Thank you."
Rubbing her back,
he murmured, "Anytime Baby." Suddenly, Nick's phone
rang causing the couple to jump up.
"Guess you plugged
your phone back in huh?"
Both laughed as Nick
"Hey Nick. I
need your help."
Rolling his eyes
at Angel, Nick replied, "What's up Kevin?"
Angel blew Nick a
kiss as she went into the bathroom to take a shower. She was
going to head to the gym, but first needed to wash the smell
of sex off her body. Not that she minded, but others might.
Nick poured himself
more coffee as he listened to Kevin rattle off his new plan.
"Are ya sure that's a smart thing to do Kev? I mean, if
Sheridan finds out, she might be upset. Look how upset she got
with you when you did the same thing to her and Angel."
"This is different
Nick," Kevin reasoned, "This is to keep her safe."
"Safe from whom?
Tom? He couldn't hurt her. Not to mention, Angel would kick
"Just do me
this favor Nick, please? Find out from Angel and I'll forever
be in your debt."
"I'll ask Kevin,
but don't think Angel won't wonder why I'm asking."
Well, if she gives you a hard time, you can explain it to her.
She has kept secrets you have told her before to herself, so
I know can trust her."
Nick was going to
say something to defend himself, but decided to let it go. It
was the truth, no need to lie. "You got it Kev. I'll call
ya later. Bye."
Angel walked out
of Nick's bedroom dressed and ready to go. "You off to
the gym?" Nick questioned looking at her sweats and t-shirt.
"Yes, I need
to check in with the bar first though." Angel walked over
to her bag. Pulling out her cell phone, she called her boss,
Craig. Writing down her schedule, she looked over at Nick who
was watching her. Turning her thoughts back to Craig, she informed
him of her holiday plans and that she would be unavailable until
the New Year.
As she hung up the
phone, Nick called out to her. "Hey Angel, do you happen
to know where Tom lives?"
"I think in
the Hills. Not sure of the exact location. Why?"
"Kevin was interested."
Angel chuckled, "Why,
did he agree to meet him for his date?"
Nick smiled, "No,
smart ass; he was just curious. Have a good day at work. I'll
call ya later. Maybe we can grab a late dinner?" Nick gave
a hopeful look.
I should probably spend the evening with Sheridan. If anything,
may be you could come over for dinner."
Leaning down to give
her a kiss, Nick answered, "Okay."
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