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the group gathered in the conference room, Kevin shared a silent
conversation with Nick away from the others. The rest of the
gang missed their head's bobbing and sly smirks. Kevin saw Marybeth
walk into her office. He excused himself, stood up, and left
the conference room. He needed to speak with her alone.
Knocking on her open
door, Kevin poked his head in her office. "Hey Marybeth,
thanks again for all your help," Kevin said as he walked
further into her office. He was in such a great mood.
Kevin. I just hope it all works out. If not, the next six months
are going to be rough." Marybeth knew Gene would not be
too happy with her if he found out what she did.
about it. I've got connections and I know this is a good thing.
Have a little faith in me."
With a frown, Kevin
asked, "What's so funny?"
"Oh, I never
thought you'd be putting your faith in Nick and acknowledging
him as a good source of information."
Kevin blinked. Chewing
on the inside of his mouth, he replied, "Yeah, well there's
also Angel too. The two of them can't be THAT wrong. Right?"
"Oh Kevin. I
didn't mean to cause doubts. Ignore me. Everything is going
to be just fine." Marybeth tried to hide the smirk that
was creeping its way to her lips.
Hoping to change
the subject he asked, "So, did you enjoy dinner Thursday
night?" Kevin noticed Marybeth blush. Kevin spoke as he
walked out the door. "Just so ya know, I am very good at
reading people too."
Marybeth stood frozen in her office. 'Does he know?' she thought
to herself. Marybeth was brought back to reality when she heard
the elevator ding, letting her know the others had arrived.
After taking a deep breath, she picked up her belongings for
the meeting, and walked back into the conference room. She hoped
that Kevin's little plan didn't blow up in all of their faces.
Angel and Sheridan
arrived with John and Gene. As they entered the conference room,
they were all talking about something. Nick noticed the group
as they entered. Gene looked thrilled as he was speaking a mile
a minute. John looked happy; Angel and Sheridan shared a smile
as they took their seats. Howie and Brian didn't miss the little
goings on with the foursome either. Kevin was returning to his
seat and missed the entire incident.
Gene began to speak
as Marybeth entered the conference room and handed out folders
to the group. "Good Evening. Before we get started, I've
got some news to tell you about." The boys exchanged looks
of worry, surprise, and fear.
Nick looked at Angel
for some sort of reassurance. Slowly, she smiled and nodded
her head up and down. Under the table, he took her hand in his
and squeezed it. A.J. noticed Nick relax and found himself calming
down as well. Kevin, on the other hand, was tight-jawed and
nervous. His face mirrored Brian's as well as Howie's.
Brian couldn't wait
any longer, "Gene, what's going on?"
Gene continued quickly
noticing the reactions from Brian, Howie, and Kevin. "Well,
I've been recruited to work on a new documentary project that
starts immediately after Christmas."
A.J. shot a look
to Marybeth and noticed her face showed mixed feelings about
this news. Feeling someone staring at her, she looked up and
saw A.J.'s brown eyes watching her. His grin grew wide as he
gave her a wink, then he turned around to listen to the rest
of Gene's speech.
be available if you guys need me, but you've got John, Sheridan,
and Angel watching your backs. And Marybeth will be taking over
my responsibilities on this project."
Marybeth's head flew
up and she stared at Gene. A.J. noticed Marybeth's reaction
and concluded that this was the first she had heard of this
is going so well with your project. You don't need me anymore
and it's time to delegate some of my responsibilities on this
project," Gene said with a laugh.
Howie shook his head;
he understood it was time to get down to shooting the movie
and they really didn't need Gene as much anymore.
Leighanne had explained
to Brian that sooner or later, their project meetings would
be less and less when filming began, so this didn't surprise
him too much. Meetings and details would be hashed out on the
set with the director.
Kevin enjoyed the
security of their meetings and wondered how life with John Hughes
would be but was thankful Marybeth would be continuing on their
Gene continued, focusing
on Kevin's sour expression. "I know you don't trust too
many people with this project Kevin, and you trust even fewer
people with your expenses."
A.J. cackled, he
didn't even try to hold in his laugh as it rose out of his mouth.
Howie put his head
down, but his shoulders shaking indicated to Kevin that he too
found this quite funny.
Marybeth spoke in a timid voice, "Kevin, if you'd rather
hire someone else within the corporation, I would understand."
"Marybeth knows all about this project and how the backend
of this business works. She's worked with many other people
who have been in my position before. In fact, she's the one
who's been guiding me with this project from the start."
Kevin cut Gene off,
"It's okay Gene. Marybeth will be fine. I don't want any
more new people on this project than necessary." Kevin
didn't want to offend Marybeth, especially after all the help
she had given him.
John raised his eyebrows,
clearing his throat, the director finally spoke, "When
the filming commences, you will see many new faces on the set,
people who are part of my crew."
"That's fine John. You use whatever crew you need to film.
I was referring to the behind the scenes part of this movie,
as in the corporate logistics." Kevin turned his head towards
Angel and Sheridan. He heard one of them snort.
Sheridan shook her
head 'no' and pointed towards Angel. Sheridan wasn't in the
mood to bang heads with Kevin; her day had been rough enough
Do you find something humorous?" Kevin questioned; the
irritation in his voice was apparent.
Angel looked up in
surprise. She hadn't realized she made any noise. She looked
at Nick and saw him laughing behind his hands.
Angel questioned Kevin.
Kevin repeated himself,
"I said, what do you find humorous?"
Angel looked over
to Sheridan and grinned. Sheridan knew some sort of smartass
comment was about to leave her lips.
"One less testosterone
male and the estrogen levels for this project are almost equal."
Howie spoke up next,
"Let's hope not. We'll need a bigger bathroom if that's
at Howie's observation, even the females of the group.
John cleared his
throat. "If we could discuss one thing before we leave
Angel tuned out John's
speech. She was thrilled to have Marybeth onboard. The girls
knew she was doing most of the work for this project, not Gene.
Well, at least not anymore. In the beginning, he was more hands
on, but lately, it was all Marybeth.
As Angel's mind wandered,
she unconsciously reached for Nick's hand and held it on his
thigh. Not that he minded one bit, but he could see she was
a million miles away in thought. He wondered what she was thinking
about. He was staring at her until Kevin cleared his throat,
causing Nick to refocus on John.
Kevin began thinking
about his plan with Sheridan. His thoughts turned to his meeting
with Jacob tonight. He prayed Jacob didn't screw it up for him
or Kevin would make his life in the acting business a living
hell. Kevin was going way out on the proverbial limb on this
one; he could see everything crashing down rather quickly if
his plan failed.
Sheridan was also
lost in her own world of private thoughts. She was nervous about
her luncheon meeting tomorrow. 'Even if I don't get the job,
at least I'm having lunch at The Ivy.'
Howie, Brian, John,
Marybeth, and A.J. were all engrossed in a conversation as the
other four joined in one-by-one.
As Angel slowly began
to refocus, John announced for everyone to have a great holiday
season and a wonderful but safe new year. After John and Gene
left the conference room, all eyes turned to Marybeth who looked
like she was still in shock.
Sheridan and Angel
were the first to congratulate her and gave her welcoming hugs.
"You so deserve this."
The guys followed
I'm still shocked; Gene didn't say anything to me."
Kevin nodded, "I
don't think he thought you would have to consider taking the
A.J. was the last
one to congratulate Marybeth. As he pulled her in for a hug,
he whispered in her ear, "Guess you'll be staying in LA
for Christmas huh?"
replied, "Yeah. I guess so."
A.J. beamed, "Great!
Then you can come to my house for Christmas. I'll give you the
The boys heard A.J.'s
announcement and all smiled. They knew he would be fine this
holiday season with his mother, now that Marybeth would be joining
him. A.J. still had some battles to fight and loneliness was
a big one for him.
Angel wished Sheridan
good luck on her interview luncheon tomorrow as she stood up
to leave. Howie and Brian overheard their conversation and asked
what it was for.
Cheeks flaming red,
Sheridan replied, "Honestly, I don't remember which job
I am interviewing for tomorrow. I believe it's for a personal
assistant opening. But, I have no idea who I'll be working for.
I'm meeting his assistant."
Kevin raised his
eyebrows, "That's not a very smart idea Sheridan. You better
about it taking place in a public area and that she would be
perfectly safe. Kevin seemed to like to father everyone, even
Howie jumped in,
"Well, that's good. Try and get as much information from
this assistant as you can. Some people in Hollywood are very
eccentric. You shouldn't be afraid to ask him how he likes working
for his boss."
I'll do that." Sheridan was feeling a little bit better
about tomorrow. Having support from her friends definitely helped,
questions were rolling around in her mind. The most important
one being, who she was going to work for.
As Nick and Angel
left the conference room hand in hand, she tried to find out
what movie they would be watching tonight. "Aw, c'mon.
Please tell me Nicky?"
"Oh man, another
whiner," Kevin was right behind the couple, "I don't
think I've ever heard you whine Angel. You and Nick may have
more in common than I first thought." Kevin looked over
to Nick giving him a wink; Nick wasn't too happy with his comment
but knew better than to argue the point with Kevin.
The elevator doors
opened and they filed in. "So, what are your plans for
'Kevin is in an unusually
good mood,' thought Angel. She gave him a puzzled look.
Kevin asked innocently.
Looking at him from
the corner of her eye, she replied, "Nothing. I'm not sure
what plans I have tonight. Someone is keeping it a secret from
"You won't mind,
trust me," Nick said with a chuckle.
Kevin gave Nick a
look and glared at him, "I don't need to hear this."
"I'm not saying
Angel, who was now
pouting, replied, "Me either. Especially since I don't
know what we're doing."
Kevin chuckled, "Is
that a tough one for you Einstein?"
Angle flipped him
off in return for the remark.
As the elevator landed
in the lobby, the trio walked to the parking garage. "Nick,
what time do you have?" Kevin asked.
Smiling, Kevin said,
"Excellent. See you kids tomorrow."
As Nick and Angel
got into his Escalade, Angel questioned Nick about what Kevin
was up to. Shrugging his shoulders, Nick answered, "I don't
know, maybe he has a date or something." He didn't want
to lie to her, but this wasn't something he could tell her considering
it had to do with her roommate and friend.
Nick had gone shopping
earlier in the day. He wanted to surprise Angel with a little
Christmas décor. He knew Sheridan and Angel weren't decorating
their apartment because they weren't going to be home for very
long and they didn't have much time to do it with their jobs.
Pushing his apartment door open, he held it for Angel to walk
in. Her eyes lit up as she took in his Christmas decorations.
In the corner stood a naked Christmas tree with boxes of ornaments
stacked in a pile beside it.
She stood still as
she took it all in. Nick came up from behind her and wrapped
his arms around her waist. "Maybe tomorrow morning you
can help me decorate the Christmas tree," Nick whispered
in Angel's ear. A chill ran up her spine as his voice melted
her. Not able to speak, she shook her head up and down. She
turned around in Nick's arms and kissed him gently. Moving his
hands up her body, he held her head as their kiss became more
urgent. After a few minutes, both slowly stopped as their foreheads
In a hoarse voice,
Nick asked, "What would you like to drink?"
cold," Angel wasn't too picky at this point. Her senses
were completely out of whack.
"I'll be right
back." Nick walked into the kitchen, still trying to calm
down. She took his breath away and made his body react in ways
he still wasn't quite accustomed too. Lust was a feeling he
was used to, but this felt different to him, emotions were attached
to it and that was new.
When Nick returned
to the living room, he witnessed Angel sitting quietly staring
at the tree, which was now all lit up.
Not taking her eyes
away, she said, "I hope you don't mind. I turned off your
lights and turned on the tree."
Sitting down next
to her on the couch, Nick put his arm around Angel and pulled
her close so she was leaning on his chest. "Not at all,"
he whispered. The two sat there for quite awhile, each lost
in their own thoughts watching the lights twinkle, until Angel
spoke. "This is nice."
Nick was confused,
"What's nice? The tree? It isn't even done yet."
Shaking her head
back and forth, Angel replied, "No, not that. Well, I mean
the tree is very nice with the lights on. I mean just sitting
here, quietly in each other's company. It's not uncomfortable.
It's very relaxing."
Nick thought about
what Angel was saying and couldn't agree more. "Yeah, it
After what seemed
like hours, but was more like thirty minutes, Nick suggested
they watch the movie. Angel was excited to see what he picked
out. "Sounds great! What are we watching?" she asked
as she sat on her knees waiting.
"Pretty in Pink.
I heard the director wasn't too bad," Nick said with a
"Nope, not bad
at all," Angel agreed as they cuddled on the couch. The
tree definitely wouldn't be decorated as the two fell asleep
wrapped in each other's arms.
Back at the apartment,
Sheridan was having trouble sleeping. She tried taking a bath
to help her relax, she even tried watching a movie. Nothing
worked. Eventually she climbed into bed with a book and finally
met with Jacob as planned and went over what was expected of
him at his luncheon with Sheridan. Marybeth had pre-briefed
Jacob so he had all the material memorized that Kevin had sent
to her. Marybeth had made extra notes to go along with Kevin's
but he was told to keep that set of notes to himself. It was
a few pages of information that she had added to Kevin's. When
Jacob had asked her why, Marybeth's simple reply was, "Women's
intuition," these are the kinds of questions Sheridan might
ask and you wouldn't know the answers because Kevin didn't list
Kevin went to sleep
after his meeting with Jacob, relaxed and satisfied that everything
would go according to the plan. Jacob would meet with Sheridan,
and then of course, she would meet with her new boss.
Morning came too
early for Sheridan; she had tossed and turned all night. Cold
sweats had set in due to anxiety; her nightgown now clung to
her. After taking a leisurely shower, she hung onto her coffee
mug to settle her nerves. Her eyes wandered over to the chair
where she had laid out her interview outfit. When she had come
home last night she ripped her closet apart looking for something
to wear to the interview. A run-of-the-mill interview suit was
not going to work for this one; this one was at The Ivy. As
much as it killed her, she found a pair of black pinstriped
pants and paired with a white halter, a wide black belt and
some sandals that matched perfectly, even though they were out
of season. Her suit coat would finish off the ensemble.
As the hour grew
late she hesitantly dressed, she felt excited but apprehensive.
Slipping on her shoes, she headed out for her appointment with
Jacob. Turning up North Robertson Boulevard, her teeth clenched
together. She needed to calm down or she would blow this interview.
After parking her car, she casually entered the restaurant and
looked for the host or hostess. Whispering her name, the man
smiled, grabbed two menus, and took her to a seat inside the
bar area. Relief seemed to wash over her, as she knew that Jacob
had yet to meet her and they were inside and not on the patio.
She did not want to be interviewed out in the open. After being
a handed a menu she smiled, her little dilemma began, should
she order or not? "A glass of water for now, until my party
A curt nod from the
waiter and he was off to fetch water. Opening the menu, she
looked down the lists, her eyes almost rolled out of her head
at the prices.
Miss," a voice came from next to her.
Sheridan jumped out
of her chair, collided with the waiter, and upturned the water
glass down the front of her shirt. She groaned and mumbled an
apology, while the waiter did the same as she did, they wiped
each other off. Sitting down abruptly, Sheridan frowned. A loud
sigh and a quirky smile, she offered an apology to the young
man. "I'm sorry. I have an interview today and I'm very
the kid smiled at her and left her with her menu. Now her dilemma
started, should she order or not. If she did, she would go through
the entire interview with some piece of food stuck in her teeth.
The sound of someone
clearing their throat caused her to raise her head ever so slowly.
She began to rise out of her seat for some inexplicable reason.
The man standing next to her evoked some type of respect from
her immediately. He was dressed in a finely tailored Kenneth
Cole suit, and a dress shirt that seemed to compliment the suit
very well. Her eyes traveled up and down his arms, his cuffs
were neatly pinned closed with cuff links. Swallowing hard she
ventured a word, "Jacob?" Mentally she kicked herself
for addressing the man by his first name but she didn't know
his last name.
as he reached for her hand.
"Yes, it's me,"
she replied and then groaned slightly as she looked at the man's
hand. His nails looked better than hers did. This man took care
of himself; his nails were obviously manicured.
sit down and get this underway. Shall we?" Jacob pulled
out a chair and took a seat across from her. Setting a briefcase
on the table, he opened it, and pulled out a legal manila folder
with her name neatly written across the index tab.
in her seat, as she peeked into the briefcase trying to see
how many folders were in it besides the one with her name on
them. The case was snapped shut quickly by a hand. Clearing
her own throat, she managed a weak smile as Jacob's intense
gray eyes locked on hers.
your resume you appear to be qualified for the position. You
have worked in an office, so you can handle the secretarial
duties." Jacob's eyes dropped to the folder. "You've
done some writing for local papers in your hometown, that will
help with the PR portion of the position. I see you are presently
employed." Glancing at her he smiled, the woman seemed
overly nervous, "What kind of time frame will you need
to leave your present position if you do get hired for this
opening?" Jacob hid the smile, of course, he already knew
the answer, but he was supposed to make this seem like a legitimate
"Oh… um… well.
I recently left that position so it shouldn't be a problem.
I'm down to one employer at the moment." Sheridan prayed
in her head that he wouldn't ask why she had left.
Jacob thought back
to what Kevin had told him, make it a tough interview but not
too difficult. "Your current employment. Can you tell me
anything about it that would sway me to recommend you for this
"Truthfully, I'm under contract so I can't reveal any information
about the position."
Jacob frowned but
on the inside he was smiling, Kevin had told him that if she
said she was employed by anything other than an insurance company,
he would have a problem with it. If she didn't reveal anything,
it was a bonus for her. "I see." Jacob stopped speaking
as he waved the waiter off and told him to wait. "Confidentiality
is very important in this position. My employer values his privacy."
Jacob glanced at the papers in front of him, he had no idea
where to go with this now.
"I'm very good
at keeping things to myself," Sheridan offered since the
conversation now stood frozen. "Could you tell me more
about the position?"
Jacob sighed on the
inside. "You will be a personal assistant. You will be
on call for all types of duties, at all times. You will be doing
correspondence via mail and email. You will answer his phone,
if necessary. Sometimes you may have to do some shopping for
him or possibly track things down for him. The job entails many
aspects of many jobs. I believe that is how the moniker of 'Personal
Assistant' came about."
blinked. 'It's a man,' she thought to herself.
Jacob could see that
she was feeling overwhelmed and maybe a little daunted by all
the information. He needed to lighten this up before things
went belly up on him. He decided to go with the perfect question
for any woman that he had ever met, "Do you like to shop?"
be doing some shopping at times for him, if he doesn't have
the time to do it himself." Jacob saw the sudden change
and thought he would offer a little more information for her
without revealing too much. "Clothes, home, and of course,
grocery shopping on occasion."
Sheridan heard grocery
shopping and wanted to cry. She didn't shop, Angel did. She
couldn't cook either. "He isn't looking for a cook is he?"
laughed, "Not at all. He is rarely home." Again the
waiter interrupted, but Jacob did nod a yes and placed his order.
Once he placed his order and then glanced to Sheridan. "And
you will have?"
Sheridan shook her
head no, "Nothing please, but thank you."
"It's on your
new boss," he grinned.
Hearing her stomach
growl, Sheridan placed her order. Thinking over what Jacob had
said to her, she gasped, "I got the job," her eyes
"In my eyes
yes, but the final decision is his. You are more than qualified
to be his glorified gopher." Jacob paled, 'that really
didn't come out of his mouth, did it?'
Sheridan looked at him a bit shocked.
Jacob's mood lightened,
now he would drop the snobby attitude he had been 'acting' and
just let the rest of the interview flow naturally. "Miss
Anderson, I'm moving on and I need someone who is amiable, proficient,
and professional to replace me. I think you are all of those
things. Yes at times, I feel like a gopher." Jacob smiled
and thought he was doing a damn good job now.
began to tingle, something wasn't right about this. "Tell
me about the man I'm supposed to work for. What type of person
is he? What are his personality quirks? Are there any do's and
Jacob chuckled and
was very happy that Marybeth had given him the extra information
on the sly from Kevin. He had met Kevin and thought the guy
was nice and really going out of his way to make sure his friend
had a paycheck. What confused him even more was that he couldn't
figure out why someone would go through so much effort. By looking
at the petite, pretty blond sitting across from him, he thought
maybe Kevin should move her into the house and get it on with
her. Although she wasn't the type he preferred, he could see
why Kevin would be attracted to her. He couldn't help but wonder
why the man was going so far out of his way to do all of this.
Jacob dabbed salad
dressing on his salad lightly with a spoon. He was pretending
to think seriously about Sheridan's questions.
intently she had seen those mannerisms before, in Tom. "Is
your boss gay?" she blurted out.
"Do you have
a problem with gay people?" Jacob was slightly flustered,
this was a job interview but he had felt that stinging little
barb. Yes, he was gay but what did that have to do with anything.
"No, not unless
I'm dating one," Sheridan's slip came out with so much
anger attached to it she could have scorched the tablecloth.
Jacob set the dressing
and fork down, "Meaning?"
"I just want to know if he's gay."
Jacob shook his head,
"No, he's not gay." Jacob thought of his first impression
when he met Kevin. The man was neatly dressed, seemed concerned
about his appearance. His home was neat and orderly, very clean.
The decorating was at a minimum. "A definite metrosexual."
Sheridan half smiled. "I'm sorry if I offended you with
my question. I just recently had some confusion in my life."
Jacob had been in
the gay circles for a long time. Kevin had filled him in on
what had happened with Sheridan simply out of curiosity. Kevin
wanted to know if Jacob knew Tom Miller but Jacob wasn't allowed
to reveal this, obviously. Even though he hadn't met the man,
Jacob and Kevin had a long discussion over the whys of what
had happened to Sheridan. "Confusion can breed many things,
what you need is to understand why it happened."
quirked together and then went into high peaks. The words popped
out, "It happened because he didn't want to be outted."
Jacob's lips puckered
together, he was not supposed to know what she was talking about.
How the hell was he going to handle the conversation if it went
her babble, this conversation was inappropriate for a job interview.
"Anything else I should know about my elusive future employer?"
"He is prone
to temper tantrums, he's a control freak, his trust isn't given
freely, it's earned. He can be difficult." Jacob watched
Sheridan's face crinkle up. "Problem?"
sighed, "One of my employers that I'm currently working
with is just like that. Moody as can be too."
Jacob had to laugh,
when these two people met on Monday, he wished he could be there.
"Are you still interested? Out of all the candidates that
I have interviewed so far, you are the only one that is qualified."
Okay, it wasn't an outright lie, he had only interviewed her.
Sheridan was having
misgivings. She still didn't know much about the man she was
going to work for; was he a freak or eccentric, like Howie had
said. "Is he old?"
Jacob shook his head
no as he broke off a piece of bread.
"Not a Howard
Hughes kind of guy right?"
Jacob closed his
eyes, this girl was very uneasy and he couldn't blame her. She
was being hired by a phantom employer. "No, he's not a
Howard Hughes type of person. Howard Hughes should have been
a little more 'metro' from what I hear. I think he's is an upstanding
guy who would do anything for the people he knew and cared about."
Sheridan chewed her
lip, "Okay, I'll meet him on Monday. Just so you know I'm
going away on a Christmas vacation. I can meet him on Monday
but I'm leaving on Tuesday and won't be back until after Christmas."
"Not a problem,
he is going out of town also so I don't think he will need anything
from you other than how to get in touch with you." Jacob
slid an information sheet, and tax forms towards Sheridan. "Fill
these out and we'll be set. I can almost guarantee you the job.
You just have to make sure that my boss approves. He usually
will follow what I recommend."
Pulling the sheets
towards her, she glanced down and noticed that her new employer
was asking for information that would allow him to contact her
whenever he needed to, no matter where she was. "Shouldn't
I wait to fill this out?" Sheridan was flustered. This
was very personal; the only thing lacking was the date of her
"I told you
the job is yours." Jacob needed her to commit. "The
interview with my employer is not really an interview. It's
more of 'Let's get acquainted meeting', he doesn't have time
for these things."
Grabbing the pen
that was shoved towards her, she filled the sheet out while
Jacob waited for her. She didn't touch her food and was beginning
to feel starved. Finally, she finished and handed the sheets
back to Jacob.
the sheet, a little longer, giving the woman a chance to take
a bite of her lunch. "Perfect, he'll see you Monday."
Placing everything in the briefcase, he closed it quickly. "Now,
lets enjoy the boss's expense account. Don't do this too often,
he scrutinizes everything."
Sheridan dug into
her cob salad, confident but nervous as well. If her new boss
was anything like Jacob, she would be just fine. Sheridan finished
dining alone; Jacob had excused himself telling her he had a
meeting for his new employer. She ate leisurely, not in any
hurry to return home. She was going to spend some time shopping
with what little money she had then go home and start packing.
Angel always teased her when she packed, because she always
over packed. 'I bet she decorated a tree with Nick this morning.
He told me he was going to get a tree for her,' Sheridan thought.
Strolling into her
apartment, she dropped her bags on the floor. The packing could
wait until tomorrow; all she wanted to do now was soak in a
huge hot bath. Placing her packages in her room, she hid the
ones she had bought for Angel under her bed while the tub filled.
The bathroom smelled like spring in full bloom, the scent of
lilacs mixed with vanilla hung in the air. She had lit some
candles just to relax, the day had been long. Instead of calling
Angel like she had planned, she called it an early night.
The phone ringing
at nine the next morning woke Sheridan up from an erotic dream
featuring a dark haired man with green eyes. She moaned as she
picked up the phone next to her bed. "Hello."
it's Kevin," he could tell he had woke her up by the mumbled
Sheridan's eyes flew
open, "That was weird."
Kevin questioned back to her.
Sheridan covered for herself.
"I need a favor,
somebody has to go over the numbers that Angel did the other
night. God, I hope they are wrong." Kevin wasn't pleased
that he had to call someone to his aid, he hated admitting that
he needed help. "I emailed them to you."
let you know," she hung up the phone and then suddenly
realized she hadn't said goodbye. She tried to call him back
but he didn't answer. "Oh well," she went to the kitchen
to start her coffee and her day while her computer booted up.
She spent the rest
of the day going over the numbers and all of the details. The
big problem seemed to be some transposed numbers. Once she had
emailed Kevin back, it was late in the afternoon. By that evening,
she tried to call Angel but she wasn't picking up on her cell
or at Nick's house. Frustrated, and maybe a little jealous,
she settled for getting some writing done.
to get up, we have to pack!" Angel yelled loud enough for
the neighbors to hear, as well as make Sheridan fall off the
couch. It was Sunday morning and the girls would be heading
home in two days. Sheridan realized she had fallen asleep on
the couch while writing.
Were you lost?"
Angel laughed, "No,
"You could have
called to see how my interview went on Friday. I could have
been meeting a nutcase or something."
"I was just
having some alone time. If your interview had gone bad, you
would have called me."
"I tried to
call you, you didn't answer," Sheridan frowned as Angel
made the coffee. "You can make breakfast too. I had to
deal with Kevin all day yesterday."
some numbers in his budget. I thought the man was going to have
Angel smiled; she had done it on purpose. She had lain low all
weekend hoping Kevin would call Sheridan. "So did Kevin
"Yes, once and
he emailed me. Repeatedly, I might add." Sheridan handed
Angel the pan, she wanted breakfast, a good one. "You owe
me, I ate popcorn for dinner."
Angel grabbed the pan. "Then we pack and you aren't over
"I don't over
"You do too!"
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