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woke up feeling quite refreshed, better than she had in days.
While being at her parents' home allowed her to catch up on
her sleep and try to refocus, she still partied more than she
had in months. After two good nights sleep, she now felt like
she was back to her old self. Stretching, she shuffled out of
bed into the kitchen to begin her morning routine. While the
coffee brewed and the computer was booting up, she went to the
bathroom to clean up. Suddenly, the phone rang.
"Dear Lord, that better not be Kevin or I'll have to hurt
him." She finally talked to him last night and knew he
was flying back to LA today.
Picking up the phone,
she could tell whoever it was, was talking on a cell phone.
How are you feeling this morning?"
Rolling her eyes,
a sarcastic comment flew out of her mouth. "I'm feeling
just peachy Angel. How are you?" Hearing Angel breathing,
she asked, "Where are you?"
I'm fantastic. What a beautiful day this is going to be! I'm
on my way to work, just finished going for a jog with Nick.
We needed to take separate cars though. He just left. I'm waiting
for traffic to slow down before I turn off on to the road."
"A Jog? Why
didn't you go to the gym?" Sheridan walked out to the kitchen
to prepare her coffee.
"It was too
nice to stay inside. I wanted to enjoy the sunshine." Sheridan
pulled the phone away from her ear and looked at it strangely.
"What the hell
have you been smoking or drinking Angel? You sound awfully cheery
this early in the morning." Before Angel could respond,
Sheridan growled, "Never mind. I figured it out. You had
great sex with Nick last night."
Giggling, Angel replied,
"You could say that."
"Okay, I don't
fill you in tonight if you are going to be home. I'm headed
off to work part of James' shift so he can go to another audition."
Sheridan's ears perked,
"You're coming home tonight? Great. What's for dinner?"
A frown formed on
Angel's face, "You just use me for my culinary skills,
Sheridan could sense
the pout on Angel's face. Trying to make her feel a little bit
better, Sheridan responded, "Sorry Angel, I just thought
I wouldn't see you 'til New Year's, that's all. I'm psyched
you're going to be home. Nick has had you long enough. I've
been feeling like I live by myself lately."
"Well, you were
somewhat correct. I'll be cooking dinner and he'll be coming
over to eat with us too."
a plan to me. I'll talk to you later when you get home. Have
a good day at work"
"I will. You
enjoy your peace and quiet until Kevin's plane lands,"
Angel busted out laughing.
Sheridan yelled as she laughed and hung up on her roommate.
Angelina walked into
Barefoot's around 10:30AM. Craig looked up from his paperwork
that was scattered around the bar and greeted her with a huge
smile, "Nice to see you again before the New Year."
"You too. And
before you ask, I can't work the 31st or the 1st, under any
circumstances," Angelina winked as she put on her apron.
"Let me guess,
you've got a hot date."
"You could say that."
Looking around at
the bar stock, she noticed it was quite bare. "How did
the bar do last night in sales? This place is a disaster area."
Craig chuckled, "The
bar area has been ridiculously busy. I have no idea why. Before
I forget, a few people have been looking for you recently."
Angelina eyed him,
"Really? Who?" Suddenly, an uneasy feeling came over
But I heard James say something last week and then yesterday
afternoon, a patron asked me for your full name." Angel's
face paled. Craig quickly answered her unasked question, "And
NO, I didn't tell him anything. It appears they don't know your
name, but are trying to find out. They just described what you
looked like, that's how I knew it's you they were talking about."
"Was it a male
or female? Do you think it was the same person?"
"It was a man.
But Angel, please don't worry. I've added additional security
cameras just to keep an eye on things since business has increased
so much over the past few months. One of the cameras had been
added to the bar area. If it makes you feel better, we can take
a look at the tapes and I'll show you who it was."
Angel mumbled as her cell phone rang.
Angel pushed the
green talk button. "Hello," Angel's shaky voice squeaked.
Angel blew out a breath she didn't know she was holding. "Oh
nothing. I'm being silly and paranoid. I'll tell you later tonight."
was calling because I'm going to Malibu with some friends and
I may not be back until late. Would you mind if I took a rain
check on dinner?"
"Nick, of course
it's fine. You haven't seen some of your friends since before
the holiday. I've had you for almost a week. Go and have fun."
mad?" Nick asked skeptically.
"Why would I
be mad Nick? Besides, I'll be with you tomorrow night, right?"
miss ringing in the New Year with you babe."
Angel smiled hearing
his low sexy voice. "So you talked to A.J. about the plans
going to have a blast. Be sure to wear something sexy."
"Sexy? Oh lord
Nick, please tell me we aren't going to the Playboy mansion
Nick laughed. "No,
no meeting Hugh, this time anyways."
"Is Kevin coming
"I think so,
as long as Mama Richardson lets her baby leave Kentucky."
Looking at her watch,
Angel told Nick she had to go and get ready. "Why were
you so weird when I first called Angel?" Nick asked with
"I was just
being paranoid. Craig just told me some patrons have been asking
about me. It creeped me out, but I'm fine Nick."
"I don't like
the sound of that Angel."
"It's fine Nick.
Craig is going to show me the guy who asked about me yesterday
using the security camera tape, after my shift is over so I
can see if I recognize him from somewhere. Don't worry about
me. I'm perfectly safe."
"Okay, but if
you need me for anything Angel, you call me okay?"
"I'll be fine
Nick. If I need you, I will call."
"I mean it Angel.
I know you 'Ms. I-can-handle-myself'."
Angel chuckled. "I
promise Nick. I'll call you as soon as I get home from work,
okay? Now go and have fun with the guys."
I love you."
"Love you too,
bye." With a goofy grin, Angel clicked off her cell phone
and went about the bar stocking up on supplies.
Nick shut his cell
phone thinking about what Angel told him. Looking at his watch,
he realized he was running late himself. He needed to pack up
his SUV and head off to Malibu.
Betsy what could he want this time?" Sheridan answered
her ringing telephone. "Hello Kevin."
"How did you
know it was me?" Kevin's face sported a quizzical look.
"It's the caller
ID," Sheridan laughed. This would really get him going,
his name and number always showed up private name and private
number, but then he was the only one that called the apartment
when that message was displayed so it had to be him.
"My name and
number are blocked. You'll need to check into that when you
start work." Kevin stared at the phone as if it had revealed
a great unknown secret to the entire world.
Sheridan closed her
eyes and then laughed, "It's just says Private Name and
Private Number. You are the only one that calls here that it
comes up that way so I know it's you."
rubbed his chin as he checked the flight board. "It's snowing
so I'm late getting out of here. I don't want you to pick me
up at the airport, I'll get a cab."
"That's good because I didn't know I had to pick you up
Kevin closed his
eyes; her laugh could cause little flutters in his stomach.
Leaning on the corner of the couch in the executive section
of the airport, he smiled. "Just one of your duties Sheridan.
Are you ready for New Year's?"
"Um about that,
is this social or business?" Sheridan chewed her bottom
lip with the thought she may be a tad out of line. Kevin didn't
seem to like to have questions posed to him, especially personal
ones but this involved her.
A waitress in the
airport lounge watched a tall dark haired man smile with satisfaction
and then suddenly frown, which then turned into a grimace. "Did
you ask the fellas that when y'all went clubbin' when I was
Sheridan's eyes widen,
she had just hit a sensitive spot with her new boss. "Um…
no. I was just asking so I knew what to wear. Something business,
casual, or ummm."
"It's fun Sheridan.
All of us getting together and having fun. No business on the
first but you better not drink too much, you start on the second."
A hand patted him on the shoulder to alert him that his flight
was going to leave soon. "Listen I gotta go. I'll call
you when I get in and settled. Don't bother going to the grocery
store, I'll do it tomorrow. I forgot to leave you a list."
Grabbing his carry
on, he was directed to his boarding gate. Normally he would
have been seated last after the coach section had been ushered
onto the plane. After the first delay, he had requested to have
his seat change to the far side by the window and to board first.
The flight attendant informed him it wouldn't be a problem.
Getting settled, he checked his palm pilot while the others
boarded. He needed to get organized and review his schedule
for the next few weeks.
Mentally, he reviewed
the list he had stored. He had the New Year's Eve party and
was glad he didn't have to dig up a date. It was a group gathering
and everyone was just hanging out. With his feelings growing
stronger for Sheridan, he didn't really want it to be a date;
he just wanted the chance to get to know her better. After the
party, Sheridan would start working for him and then filming
would start on the 3rd. To start, the crew would meet with the
director and his crew. Costume designers will touch up wardrobes
where need be and the scenes at the University would commence
the first week in January since most of the faculty and students
are gone. The boys were also scheduled to be in the studio on
January 26th to work on the CD. Sundance and A.J.'s birthday
were squished in between all of this.
A light touch from
the flight attendant told him it was time to turn the palm off
for take off. Settling back in his seat, he concentrated on
his first set of scenes that were scheduled to be shot the week
of the 19th, after he returned from Park City, Utah. His thoughts
lingered on that subject until they were in the air and he could
go back to work. Meetings for the album would be tucked around
everything else. When they returned from Sundance, the real
filming would begin.
he glanced out the window. The big love scene with Jaime Pressley
would come not long after they returned. It made him nervous
and he felt awkward about it. It was one thing to act; it was
another to make love to a woman. But it was something entirely
different putting the two together and putting it on film in
front of an audience, or rather a film crew. The mere thought
of it made him break out in a cold sweat. All those people around,
the guys, and the girls. He groaned as he thought about it.
He groaned loud enough that the person sitting next to him asked
if he was okay. Turning he smiled, "I'm fine, just fine.
Kevin scanned the
woman's magazine, it was a gossip paper and he gritted his teeth
hoping so many things: one, that none of the guys or him were
in it; and two, that people didn't actually believe the crap
that was printed on the pages.
Kevin shuffled his
paperwork and placed the palm back in his backpack. Grabbing
the novel he had bought in the airport, he began to lose himself
in the pages. He found himself surprisingly critiquing the work
and then laughed. The girls must have somehow managed to set
a standard with him. Chuckling he returned the book to his pack
and settled for just closing his eyes and getting some extra
sleep until the plane landed at LAX.
Craig kept his eye
on Angel as the bar area was mobbed with an unusual luncheon
crowd for a Tuesday. She was holding her own, but definitely
was running her ass off. Part of him was making sure that no
one was bothering her.
Angel walked back
into the kitchen area to pick up some food. On her way, she
grabbed an ice tea, and chugged it down then wiped the sweat
from her brow.
"Remind me next
time I'm asked to fill in to decline. My feet are killing me."
Angel rattled to Tony.
"Aw Ditzy, just
think of the money you've made. James is going to be jealous
again when he sees how busy it was during his shift and he had
to go to an audition. It's almost like the crowd knows you're
working and decided to come to lunch."
Tony. I have worked so sporadically since I started working
at my other job, there's no way anyone would know that I was
going to be here today."
"True. But it
sure looks that way sometimes." Angel shook the thought
from her mind, 'that's impossible.'
James walked in around
2:30PM and noticed Angel stocking the bar. "Hey Angel,
thanks again for helping me fill in at the bar."
"Not a problem.
Glad it was worth my time money-wise," Angel said with
it must be your boobs! This never happens to me. Look at your
tips." James' eyes were glued to Angel's hands as she counted
As he began to get
ready for his shift, he mumbled, "Must be nice." James
returned from the break room, only to find the bar completely
restocked and cleaned. Angel returned from the kitchen and passed
on her good wishes that he busts his ass as bad, if not more,
than she did.
She sat down next
to Craig as he filled in the luncheon report, "Okay Craig,
I'm ready whenever you are." Part of Angelina was scared
to see who this person was, but the other half was dying to
They walked into
Craig's office where he had the tape all set up and ready to
go. Grabbing the remote, he clicked play. Angel sat and watched
the tape a couple of times but didn't recognize the man at all.
"I'll keep an eye out for him next time he comes in."
Craig tried to reassure her that she wasn't alone.
Angel smiled, "Thanks
Craig, but I'm pretty sure this man is harmless. I just find
the whole situation strange, that's all."
"Well, I definitely
think it's strange since this has happened more than once Angel.
The guy that asked James about you last week was a different
"Are you sure?
I mean, is James sure?" Angel felt a chill run up her spine.
Craig nodded his
head, "Yeah, I'm positive. I had him take a look at the
tape to verify him right before he relieved you from your shift."
Craig. I'll be careful. I've got my can of mace and I still
remember my self-defense moves." Looking at her watch,
Angel felt the need to race home, put on some pj's and order
a pizza for the night. "See you next year," she added
with a wink.
Craig laughed as
he watched Angel leave his office. He sat back and sighed while
staring at the man's face frozen on the screen. This was too
odd, even for Hollywood. Craig hoped this guy wasn't a stalker.
Nick sat on the dirt
bumming around with his friends on the hillside. It was too
cold to go surfing so they sat and talked. He told them about
his family situation and how his relationship with Angel was
going. They knew he really liked this girl and hoped to meet
her soon. They were laughing their asses off as Nick told them
about his Christmas vacation in Pennsylvania. They drank from
a brown paper bag while enjoying each other's company. Although
in the back of his mind, Nick was worried about what Angel said
about some people asking about her at work.
home and Sheridan was never so happy to see her. She was trying
to decide what to wear for New Year's Eve and needed another
opinion especially since she knew Kevin would be there.
how was work?"
Angel shrugged her
shoulders, "It was alright. How was your day?" Angel
walked into her room and looked around making sure everything
was where it was supposed to be. 'God, now you're paranoid.
Get a grip Angelina,' she scolded herself.
Poking her head in
the doorway, Sheridan asked, "Are you alright? You're acting
kind of weird….well, more weird than usual."
Sighing, Angel replied,
"Yeah, I'm just being paranoid. Guess what Craig told me
today at work?" Angel filled in Sheridan and even Sheridan
felt like the situation was very odd.
a pizza. You want anything?" Angel announced.
"You mean you're
not going to cook dinner tonight?" Sheridan pouted. "I
thought Nick was coming over. When did all the plans change?"
Nick's hanging out with his buddies in Malibu and I'm taking
a long, hot bath, putting on my pajamas, and then eating pizza
while watching TV, I'm not moving one muscle."
"Did you guys
have a fight?"
Laughing, Angel answered,
"No, quite the opposite actually." Angel had a silly,
lopsided grin remembering last night. Pulling her thoughts back
to the present, she questioned, "What makes you think we
had a fight?"
"Nothing I guess. Just that he chose his buddies over you."
just pissed that I'm not cooking and you're trying to make something
out of nothing in order to get your way."
"Okay, I'll split a pizza with you."
"And a salad
too!" Angel yelled from the bathroom.
"Oh, alright. A salad too. To bad you can't order chocolate
from a pizzeria."
Once Sheridan knew
Angel was in the bathtub soaking, she contemplated calling Nick
to see if he knew about this. 'If Angel didn't tell him, he'll
wonder why. Then he'll end up worrying too. Angel will kill
you for gossiping.' Sheridan's mind had a conversation with
The phone ringing
made Sheridan jump. "Hello?"
is Angel home yet?"
got in a few minutes ago Nick. She's running a hot bath for
herself. Hold on, I'll go get her." Should I or shouldn't
I rolled around in her head.
okay. She'll call me after she gets settled in," Nick sounded
"Yeah, she told
me she'd call me as soon as she got home. When I didn't hear
from her, I started to worry."
knew. "She told you about the people asking for her at
'Yeah, and I'm afraid
I know who they might be,' Nick thought to himself. "Yeah.
I don't want her to feel like I'm checking up on her. She'll
call when she's ready. Thanks Sheridan."
Nick. Talk to you later." Sheridan thought about her conversation
with Nick. He seemed odd as well, more so than usual.
Emerging from the
bathroom, a refreshed and relaxed Angel snuggled up on the couch
with a glass of wine. "Did you order yet?" she yelled
be here in 5 minutes." Sheridan walked out of her room
in her pajamas and sat across from Angel. "Guess who I
spoke to today?"
Rolling her eyes,
Sheridan replied, "Besides Kevin."
"I don't know,
"Oh, how did
the Christmas dinner, meeting the parents thing turn out?"
"She had a wonderful
time. She was glad she went and guess what A.J. got her for
Shrugging her shoulders,
Angelina didn't have a clue.
"A pair of gorgeous
pearl earrings and a gift certificate for a spa someplace, I
don't remember where, but you should see these earrings. They
"What did she
Sheridan sat and
thought about it. She couldn't remember, "I'm not sure.
She's coming over in an hour, you can ask her then or wait and
ask him tomorrow. Has A.J. talked to Nick since Christmas?"
"Yup. I was
told to wear something sexy for New Year's, but I have no idea
where we are going. I've ruled out the Playboy Mansion."
Angel laughed at Sheridan's facial expression.
"God, I hope
not! Shit, I was hoping you would know. Kevin didn't tell me
either. He just said not to drink too much because I would be
starting work bright and early on the 2nd."
"So, how's that
Sheridan looked at
Angel skeptically, "What do you mean?"
"I mean, how
is it working for Kevin, the man you've dreamt about for so
long, the man you fantasized about in and out of your bed, the
man you've written about "performing" in bed, how
is it going working for him?" Angel asked casually.
Sheridan gave her
a look, "It's not like I asked him to hire me. And it's
not like I've actually worked for him yet. I officially start
on the 2nd." Sheridan crossed her arms over her chest triumphantly.
"Uh huh, and
how many times have you talked to him since he officially hired
As Sheridan's cheeks
turned red, she mumbled, "He's called about every other
day… BUT it's to check on some of my preferences for my office
and to tell me not to do things that I'm supposed to be doing
"Uh huh, you
keep telling yourself that," Angel said as she got up off
the couch to refill her wine glass. She certainly needed it
after the day she had at work.
The doorbell rang.
"Dinner is served," Sheridan yelled as she brought
their meal to the dining room table.
"I can't believe
we are eating Pizza," Sheridan muttered as she stuffed
a slice into her mouth.
"Oh, c'mon now,
this isn't that bad. Besides, I haven't had pizza for a while."
right? Didn't you just spend yesterday with Nick?"
"Yeah, so what's
your point? Do you think we only eat pizza?" Angel started
laughing at the absurdity of Sheridan's allegation.
"Yes, I do."
"For your information,
we both prepared our dinner last night. We had steak, potatoes,
and salad. It was a very relaxing dinner," Angel smiled
"I bet it was,"
Sheridan half snarled, she didn't get a decent meal unless Carter
was hanging around. "Okay, enough about your wonderful,
romantic life. What am I going to wear tomorrow night? And,
before I forget, you need to help Marybeth find an outfit as
Angel could tell
Sheridan wasn't in the mood to hear her good news about Nick
and last night, so she didn't bring it back up. She would tell
her some other time. "Good question. I was thinking of
maybe wearing a dress, either black or red."
"Are we going
shopping for this stuff or are we tearing apart closets?"
Sheridan asked, "Because Marybeth will be here in an hour."
"I don't want to go out shopping tonight. I'm too tired.
Why don't we go to the Grove tomorrow to find something?"
"Are you planning
on staying at Nick's tomorrow night?" Sheridan questioned.
Angel pushed Sheridan's
buttons. Either Kevin or Sheridan would need to make a move
soon. The heat that rolled off the couple when they were in
the same room would melt glass. "Why? Are you planning
on inviting company over to the apartment?" Then again,
she would need to see how Sheridan was going to handle things,
she would make a decision after the big party.
Giving Angel the evil eye, Sheridan replied abruptly with a
"NO" then took a huge bite of her pizza indicating
the subject was to be dropped.
For several minutes,
each was lost in their own thoughts.
The ringing of the
doorbell brought the women back to the present. Getting up,
Sheridan mumbled, "That must be Marybeth, she's early."
Flinging open the door, she motioned the person in without looking
and then shut the door. "Pizza's on the table, wine is
on the table, help yourself. We have to get Angel up and on
her feet. She's spending too much time on her back lately."
you're very funny today. Funny, pissed-off, and jealous too,
I might add." Angel gave Sheridan a cocky grin.
Marybeth stood rooted
in her spot; she hadn't known the girls to be this mean to each
other, ever. "Hello."
Two grunts acknowledged
Sheridan opened her
mouth only to have it closed when Angel began thinking her very
"I know you're
pissed off because I haven't been around to cook and you're
starving. You're jealous because I'm spending way too much time
with Nick. Add to the fact that you have to fly three thousand
miles to get laid over Christmas vacation when what you really
want is your boss… would put me in a pissy mood too." Angel
"I hate you
some days," Sheridan grabbed for another slice.
Angel munched and
then talked with her mouth full, "No you don't and you
Sheridan poured a second glass of wine, while Angel cast a glance
at her. "I can handle two glasses of wine."
An evil plan unfolded in Angel's head. Getting Sheridan tipsy
before shopping would make shopping a lot more fun. Maybe she
would get a little daring. An enticing outfit possibly. The
plan just unfolded faster than she could get a handle on it.
"By all means, drink up Sheridan, then we'll all go shopping."
Looking at Marybeth
standing next to the front door with a shocked look on her face,
Angel went into hostess mode. "C'mon in Marybeth. Help
yourself to dinner. Would you like some wine?"
Marybeth looked at
the pizza and salad put on a plate by Angel and replied, "Yes
please." Coming back from the kitchen, Angel placed the
wine glass on the table in front of Marybeth and filled her
"I'll be right
back ladies. I need to make a phone call." Angel said as
she skipped into her bedroom.
Marybeth and Sheridan
exchanged a look of confusion. Sheridan looked back at Angel's
bedroom door and said, "She's been acting a bit strange
"Oh, she's acting like somebody completely, totally, head-over-heels
in love. She wears it well too."
Sheridan's jaw dropped,
"How do you know? Did she say something to you?"
written all over her face, especially in her eyes." Marybeth
and Sheridan continued eating in silence waiting for Angel to
Angel picked up the
phone and hit the speed dial number. Nick's cell phone rang
in his hand as he was staring at it, almost willing it to ring.
Nick smiled when
he saw the caller ID. "Hey baby. How did it go today?"
Curling up on her
bed and snuggling in her pillows, Angel smiled, "It was
wicked busy, but the time flew by. James' convinced I make better
tips because of my boobs."
Nick laughed uneasily,
"I hope he doesn't look at your boobs often Angel. You
be sure to tell him they're mine."
Angel began giggling
like a school-girl, "I'll let him know."
Nick didn't want
to bring it up, but it was killing him not to know. "So,
did Craig show you the tape? Did you know him?"
A frown formed on
Angel's face, "Nope. And I found out more bad news."
Nick ran a hand through
his hair, "What?"
"The man who
asked Craig about me yesterday wasn't the same man who asked
James about me last week."
Nick mumbled, "Angel, I know you don't work that often
there, but maybe its time to quit." Nick held his breath
as he waited for her answer. He knew this was not something
she would do.
"Are you kidding
me? I can't do that. Besides, it could be just a coincidence.
I hardly doubt these men are harmful in any way. It's a pretty
respectable restaurant & bar I work in. We have celebrities
in there all the time. I'm completely safe and besides, I work
the day shift. If I worked the night shift and got out at all
hours of the morning, then maybe I'd consider it for my safety,
but I'm fine Nick."
Nick bit the inside
of his cheek, 'She didn't yell. This is good, communication.'
"I know you can handle yourself Angel. I just worry, that's
all. Especially after last night, I don't want anything to happen
Angel smiled, "I'll
be extra careful."
Sheridan's loud voiced
boomed through the door, "Hurry up Angel. Let's go shopping."
Nick's ears perked
up, "Where are you going shopping?"
"I'm not too
sure. We need to find someplace to buy clubbing outfits for
tomorrow night. Marybeth, Sheridan, and I are going to hunt
for some sexy clothes."
Nick and Angel said
their goodbyes. After getting dressed, Angel walked into the
living room, all dressed and ready to go. "Let's go girls."
Sheridan and Marybeth
had finished off the wine bottle and started on another. Angel
grabbed her keys, "I'm driving. Be sure you have your credit
card ladies. This is going to be fun."
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