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decided she needed to bring some new clothes over to Nick's
place so she packed an overnight bag. She had finished getting
ready for their New Year's Eve night out and was killing time.
Marybeth was in the shower and Sheridan was getting dressed
and putting the finishing touches on her makeup.
Angelina sat down
on her bed with a sigh. Her eyes scanned the room as she looked
over at the "Big Brown Bag" that lay by her closet
door. The girls had gone to Bloomingdale's yesterday and Angel's
credit card got a bit of a workout. She got up and took a look
in the mirror at her dress, elegant but sexy. The topaz charmeuse
dress flowed down Angelina's body, clinging to her curves in
all the right places. It accentuated her firm arms and the sweetheart
neckline enhanced her cleavage. The rhinestone straps glowed
with her new 'Hollywood tanned' skin. Her long legs flowed gracefully
beneath her as she walked in the high-tied sandal strap shoes
that adorned her feet. Wearing her usual amount of makeup and
her hair flowing down, she felt very secure in her appearance.
She left her bedroom and went to check on Marybeth and Sheridan.
As Angel walked out
of her bedroom, the phone rang. A smile crossed her face as
she read her sister's cell phone number. Sometimes Angel forgets
she's three hours behind her family's time zone.
"Hey May May,
what are you doing this New Year's Eve?" Angel could tell
her sister was out in a bar or at a party just by the background
"I just got
off a 12 hour shift and plan to ring in the New Year, then go
to bed before working another 12 hour shift tomorrow."
"Oh, hold on
sis." Sheridan poked her head out of her bedroom door,
"How much time do we have left?"
"Nick said they'd
be picking up us last. They'll be here around 7:30. You've got
about another half hour."
Sheridan walked into the bathroom as Marybeth went into Angel's
room to finish getting ready.
that. "Oh, those hours suck May May, especially over a
"Tell me about
it. But I'm making up for taking time off during Christmas,
so it's all good. But I wanted to tell you about a visit I had
Angelina sat down
on the sofa as she listened, "Really? With who?"
Angelina looked at
the clock and realized the limo would be picking up the girls
in twenty minutes. A.J. told them they had a dinner reservation
at 8 PM at Mr. Chow's Restaurant in Beverly Hills. "I don't
have much time May May, just tell me."
"Well, I ran
into your old boyfriend, Joey yesterday."
Why?..... What was he doing there?" Angelina stuttered;
she knew he would go to see her during the holidays. She was
very grateful they all flew back to Los Angeles when they did.
"He gave me
some lame excuse of meeting up with some clients in the area,
but I know he was just coming to see you."
was almost a whisper, "What did he say?"
he'd stop by to see you since he was in the area anyway. I took
great joy in telling him that you and your boyfriend had already
returned home to Los Angeles after spending Christmas with the
Angelina could sense
the wide grin on MaryAnn's face. "And what was his reaction
to that news?" The suspense was killing her.
didn't look too happy. Did you know he has this vein in the
side of his neck that…."
Angelina cut her
sister off, "Yes, I'm well aware of it."
anyways, I gave him a piece of my mind, told him you were no
longer interested in him. You've fallen in love with another
man who treats you like gold and would never hurt you."
Angelina's face lit
up, "What did he say to you after that?"
"He told me
to tell you goodbye and if you ever need him, you know where
to find him. He's not chasing after you anymore."
my New Year's present for ya! Okay, you gals have fun tonight;
I gotta get back to the party."
"What are big
sisters for, huh? I love ya Angel. Give your boyfriend a big
ol' hug from me and tell Sheridan I'll call her tomorrow night
when I'm done working."
"Okay, I will.
Take it easy tonight. I love you too MaryAnn. Bye."
Angelina hung up
the phone and had the biggest smile on her face. It was finally
over with Joey. "No more drama," Angelina started
to sing along to the radio with Mary J. Blige.
down the hallway to check on Sheridan and Marybeth. "C'mon
ladies, how long does it take you to get ready? You shower and
Both woman opened
up their respective closed doors and gave Angelina a look. "You
already have your man! You don't need to dress to impress him,"
Angelina raised her
eyebrow as she smirked at her roommate, "Oh really? And
just who are YOU trying to impress?" Angelina heard a mumbled,
"fuck you" through the now closed door.
Marybeth just watched
the exchange and began to laugh. "You two are like sisters,
In a devilish voice,
Angelina replied, "Uh huh. Are you almost ready?"
"Yup, just need
to get my lipstick from the bathroom."
Just then, the doorbell
rang. Angelina almost tripped in her shoes to answer the door.
As she opened up the door, she saw Nick standing there looking
hotter than hell.
Nick said as his jaw dropped open. "You look absolutely
beautiful." Nick completely forgot what the plans were
as he started to kiss Angel intensely. Marybeth had walked out
of the bathroom and was standing in the living room packing
her bag. She couldn't help but watch Angel and Nick then realized
they weren't stopping anytime soon. Sheridan walked out of her
bedroom and saw the happy couple; she also noticed Marybeth
standing awkwardly in the living room.
Angel sensed an audience
and stopped. Knowing she was probably quite flushed, she tried
to take a minute to compose herself. Nick looked up and saw
the girls, "Hey Marybeth and Sheridan," letting out
a low whistle, "Look at you gorgeous gals."
over to Nick in her pink, pleated chiffon flapper dress. "Why
thank you Nick. You are looking pretty good yourself Carter."
Looking over at Marybeth,
Nick gestured, "C'mere, I want to see the earrings."
Marybeth's drape neck, matte jersey black dress flowed fluidly
with its uneven hemline as she approached Nick. "Those
are really beautiful. Aje did a good job picking those out.
He showed me the cuff links you bought him. He's wearing them
tonight to show them off."
Marybeth shyly replied
her thanks. "And the bracelet you got for Angel is absolutely
stunning." Everyone looked at Angel's wrist.
Sheridan was feeling
a bit jealous again but before she could say anything, a beep
from below broke up the conversation; then Kevin's voice boomed
through the air, "Are they ready to go?"
Nick turned back
and yelled, "Yes. We're on our way."
Nick grabbed Angel's
overnight bag and commented, "Why don't you just pack a
suitcase with half your clothes and leave them at my place?
It would certainly make life easier, don't you think?"
Nick's suggestion warmed Angel's heart, "I'll think about
it," she said with a wink. Nick's grin could have lit up
the girls said in unison when they saw the white stretch Hummer
limousine that was waiting to transport them for the evening.
The driver, standing by the door, held the girls' hands as he
helped them in. A few of Angelina and Sheridan's neighbors were
slowly coming out of their apartments to see whom the limo was
for and who was in it.
Patrick yelled from
his doorway, "Happy New Year Angel and Sheridan."
Both women turned
around, gave him a wave, and wished him the same back. Marybeth
questioned, "Who's that?"
"One of our creepy, yet nice, neighbors. He's always looking
out for us, but it feels weird sometimes."
A.J. whistled as
the women entered the car, "Look at you beautiful women.
We are going to be the envy of every man we see tonight."
Angel sat next to
Nick, who was next to Howie and Leigh. Across from them sat
Kevin and Sheridan and diagonal from them were A.J. and Marybeth.
A.J. passed around some flutes filled with champagne and then
grabbed a flute of ginger ale for himself, "Here's to an
incredible year filled with success, love, and happiness."
A round of cheers
was expressed along with clinking of glass.
impressed," Sheridan purred as she took a sip. "Hmmm…this
is yummy," she continued as she downed the remainder of
were shot as soon as she sat next to A.J. She was trying to
stay calm, but she couldn't. As if on cue with Sheridan, Marybeth
gulped her champagne and tried to relax.
Angel sat with an
amused look on her face as she watched her roommate and friend
let the alcohol loosen them. Nick leaned over into Angel's ear
and whispered, "To us," as he gently clinked his glass
with hers. She turned towards his face and he understood the
feeling was mutual as she reached over to clink her glass and
give him a soft kiss. As she pulled away, she murmured, "To
The ride to Mr. Chow's
restaurant would be about 25 minutes from the girls' apartment,
depending on traffic. Their reservation was for 8 PM. A.J. figured
they would be done by 10 PM and had a reservation for 11 PM
at the Concorde nightclub in Hollywood. They would have a nice
leisurely drive in their transportation for almost an hour to
drink champagne and chat.
As A.J. passed the
champagne bottle, they had arrived at the restaurant. Nick took
Angelina's hand as he helped her out of the Hummer. Out of the
corner of his eye, he saw flashes and immediately thought about
the paparazzi waiting along the entrance way. Needing to get
her inside as quickly as possible, Nick wrapped his arm around
her waist, and then dragged her into the restaurant, not waiting
for the others to go in together.
the matter with you? Why are we rushing to get inside?"
Angelina asked as she felt an uneasy feeling wash over her.
Nick looked down
at her and gave her his poker face, "No reason."
The rest of the gang
joined them inside. No one thought Nick's behavior was strange,
except Kevin, as they all carried on the conversation from the
vehicle. Kevin gave Nick a head nod to go and talk, but Nick
just shook his head no. Kevin figured Nick had seen an ex or
something and didn't want to cause a scene.
As they walked to
the table, Kevin debated as to whether or not he should grab
Sheridan's hand. Noticing some of the patrons turning their
heads towards the group he decided not to. Instead he placed
himself behind her giving her no choice but to move forward
with the rest of the party.
The hostess sat the
party down in a semi-private area. Marybeth, Sheridan, and Angelina
had never eaten here before so they were taking their time reading
the menu with interest. Leigh and A.J. made some suggestions
that they thought were pretty good. Kevin recommended a couple
of their drinks that were delicious but low on alcohol content.
The waitress came
by to take the beverage order while they all contemplated what
they were going to eat. Nick and Angel decided to split their
dishes since Angel couldn't decide what she wanted to eat and
after noticing the prices, she didn't want to waste food. Sheridan
and Marybeth thought the same thing as they were pursuing the
menu. A.J. had put in an order for some appetizers. Sheridan
gave Angel the signal to go to the bathroom.
"I'll be right
back," Angel said as she got up to go to the ladies' room.
Sheridan followed her lead.
Howie couldn't help
but chuckle, "Here we go again. Marybeth, Leigh, aren't
you ladies going to join them in the bathroom? We're very used
to it with them."
Marybeth smiled nervously
as she thought about sitting at the table with the Backstreet
Boys in public, "Yes, that sounds like a good idea Howie."
Before they knew what hit them, all the girls had vacated the
table, except Leigh. She stayed behind, not needing to use the
Kevin watched and
turned towards the guys, "If we did that, we'd be labeled
"No Kev, your
choice in outfits usually labels you gay," A.J. grinned
knowing damn well that he could almost get away with murder
tonight. All Kevin had talked about was Sheridan on the way
over. He had discussed his plan to pursue her with the guys.
Leigh having been around since the Black and Blue tour was now
considered one of the guys. She listened to Kevin talk and thought
maybe he was being a little too aggressive with his ideas considering
the person she had just met seemed awkwardly shy.
Sheridan waited for
some other patrons to leave the bathroom before she began talking
to Angel, "Did you see those prices?"
Angelina nodded her
head as she heard the door opening again. Noticing it was just
Marybeth, she continued, "Don't worry about it. I have
some cash with me. If Nick pays for us, which he always does,
I'll pass you some cash under the table if you need it."
Marybeth never thought
about what the girls' were worrying about, causing her to panic
as well. "Oh my goodness, I need to find an ATM before
we go to the nightclub. I didn't bring that much cash with me
tonight. I had no idea how much all this would cost. Did you
guys give A.J. money for the Hummer?"
A look of fear and
embarrassment crossed over their faces. "Shit," Sheridan
grumbled. "There is no way we can afford a night out like
this. My charge card is still stinging from buying this dress.
Oh God, what the hell are we going to do? We are so out of our
league." Sheridan sat down in a huff on the loveseat that
was in the lobby part of the restroom. "I don't think I
can order a meal. Hell, I'll be lucky if I can afford to pay
for my portion of the appetizers A.J. ordered and the drinks."
Angelina hadn't thought
too much about it. She never overindulged in her dates with
Nick, but he did always pay when they went out. "I'm sure
the guys know we don't have the same resources as they do and
won't expect us to pay for everything."
about what Angelina said. "I think Angel's right. A.J.
mentioned to me not to worry about the money for everything;
they got it covered."
Sheridan looked up
at both Angel and Marybeth, "Yeah well, you two are on
dates. I'm not."
Marybeth's eyes grew
huge, "I'm not on a date!" she almost yelled.
Angel hid her smirk,
"Oh will you two relax. I think both of you are on a pseudo-date.
If not, A.J. and Kevin would both have a date with them tonight.
It's New Year's Eve after all. Ringing in the New Year, the
first kiss with the one you care for at the stroke of midnight.
Dancing under the moonlight."
Sheridan's eyes rolled
as she interrupted Angel's fairytale. "Is there a pumpkin
in this little tale Cinderella?"
Angel stopped, blew
a wisp of hair out of her face, "No my evil stepsister,
Suddenly, the door
opened and Leigh walked in to see the three girls chatting in
the lobby. "Oh hello. I was sent in here to check on you
since you are taking longer than you usually do."
The girls each gave
Leigh a 'what the fuck' look. Leigh felt like she needed to
explain, "Howie is a strange man, what can I say?"
They all laughed
and silently decided they wouldn't worry about the night's events.
As the girls took their seats, Kevin mumbled, "It's about
damn time. We weren't allowed to eat this food 'til y'all came
Angel had just finished
taking a sip of her drink, "Well, isn't that mighty gentlemanly
of you Kevin. Sorry we kept you waiting, pumpkin." Angel
winked at Sheridan and Sheridan groaned inwardly.
Nick had food piled
on his and Angel's plate already, "Are we hungry?"
Angel asked noting the quantity and choices.
Nick grinned, "Oh
hell yeah, I haven't eaten since this morning."
Angel was grateful
A.J. ordered the appetizers as the meal took forty-five minutes
to arrive at the table since they had put in their orders. Sheridan
was now on her second drink when the food came, 'thank goodness,'
she thought to herself. Between the champagne and these cocktails,
Sheridan was well on her way to having her own private Happy
Once the group finished
eating their dinner and drinking their poisons of choice, they
assembled back in the Hummer. A.J. checked the time and was
pretty proud of himself. Everything was running on schedule.
The mini bar was
restocked and the group continued their conversation from the
Howie hadn't had
a chance to find out how Christmas in Pennsylvania went, "So
Nick, did you have a Merry Christmas?"
Wrapping his arm
around Angel, pulling her close, he smiled and casually replied,
"I had a wonderful time and Angel's family loves me,"
showing off his Carter grin.
Sheridan made a noise
from the corner of the Hummer. All eyes turned to her as she
played with the button on the console. "Everybody loved
him, as usual. Well, maybe not the Texas cowboy." At this
point, both Angel and Nick's eyes bugged out of their heads.
Angel knew Sheridan had drunk her quota of alcohol for the evening
and they weren't even in the club yet. Marybeth noticed Sheridan's
behavior as well and thought it was a little weird and out of
Kevin was suspicious
after hearing Sheridan's comment. Turning to Nick to find out
who the Texas cowboy was. Nick, being the blonde sometimes,
began telling the group of the Brad Pitt wanna-be that was Sheridan's
boy toy for the night.
At this point, Angel
froze hearing Nick's voice ring through her ears not believing
that he was actually beginning to reveal all of the sordid details
from that night. She decided a diversion was in order and began
to play with all the buttons in the Hummer.
Angel's antics distracted
Kevin's attention from the conversation. She was now bordering
on annoying and he needed to find out what happened over the
Christmas break. Nick had been talking about the bar and dancing
with all different men and the cowboy had just come into the
conversation. "What are ya doin'?"
"I want to stand
up through the sunroof and look at the city as we drive along."
"Can't you look
through the window like a normal person?" was Kevin's curt
Marybeth caught on
to Angel's game and joined her. The two of them were standing
in the middle of the Hummer with their heads out the window.
Sheridan wanted to join them, but her legs were feeling like
gelatin and she didn't want to stand up for fear of falling
into Kevin's lap. She giggled as she thought where that could
have went if they were by themselves in the limo and not with
six other people.
what she heard Nick say. "Nick, he did look like Brad Pitt
from Thelma and Louise. All of him," she finished with
Kevin's eyes turned
dark and his lips pursed together in a straight line as he turned
to face Nick. Feeling the pressure, Nick stood up and joined
Marybeth and Angel. Meanwhile, the girls were talking as their
heads were outside. Neither of them seemed too concerned about
their hair since the limo was now making it's way slowly down
the boulevard. Marybeth told Angel she would spend the night
in their apartment and watch Sheridan so Angel could keep her
plans to stay at Nick's. Angel quickly told Nick the plan and
started to laugh as he dropped back inside the Hummer.
Sheridan stood up
between Marybeth and Angel, mindless of the fact that her rear-end
was now almost planted in Kevin's face. Kevin ducked around
the hips that swayed in front of him and took a deep swallow,
this was getting hard, and it wasn't the only thing getting
Nick was grinning
his ass off.
"What's so funny?"
Marybeth is going to stay with Sheridan tonight at the apartment."
Nick's eyes immediately looked at Kevin's face for some reaction.
He got just the reaction he knew he'd get. Kevin fully pissed
off but contained for the moment as his hands were now gently
resting on the hips that were encased in pink satin ruffles
Howie and Leigh,
who were very quiet watching the people around them interact,
couldn't help but laugh at the turn of events that unfolded
from the dinner table to now. Poor Kevin was going home alone
tonight as well as A.J.
Kevin was getting
pissed. "Alright you three, sit back down inside!"
The three women sat
with a whoosh in the limo. They were laughing and giggling.
Kevin felt a headache coming on again. Sheridan was spinning
the dials on the radio and settled on something. The volume
jumped up by ten.
the music and change the station," Kevin grumbled as he
tried to hide the pain he was feeling in the front of his pants.
A pout appeared on
her face, "You don't like my taste in music?"
Scrubbing his hands
over his face, "It's fine Sheridan. I can't get enough
of listening to Nsync but I'd rather we didn't."
A.J. was enjoying
watching Kevin lose control. He hated it and so did the guys;
the girls always managed to find a way to gain control over
whatever situation they were in. Kevin's possible plan of maybe
getting to take Sheridan home was blown-up by Marybeth. Now
the girls were calling the shots and playing around in the limo.
Angel sat back down
next to Nick and began to fix her hair that was now windblown.
She forgot to ask A.J. how his holiday was. She had only heard
Marybeth's reader's digest version.
"A.J., did you
have a good Christmas with your Mom and stepdad?"
Marybeth's body froze.
She started saying silent prayers that her name would be kept
out of the conversation especially with Sheridan's state of
mind at the moment.
great. But I had to fly back home to Orlando anyways."
A.J.'s face looked sad all of a sudden. Angel looked to Howie
who had his head down too. Not sure what was going on, she questioned,
"Everything alright A.J.?"
Lifting his head
up, he whispered, "Yeah, it will be….over time. My grandfather
Angel gasped and
brought her hand up to her mouth, "Oh A.J., I'm so sorry.
I didn't know." Angel turned to look at Nick who put his
head down. He leaned over to her ear, "I just found out
the other day and forgot to tell you."
Marybeth and Sheridan
were speechless; they had no idea either. Both expressed their
condolences, not knowing how to react to such news at this time.
Marybeth took A.J.'s hand and squeezed it gently, causing A.J.
A.J. could tell the
mood for the evening grew very solemn and he didn't want that
to happen. Noticing that they were approaching the club, he
announced, "It's time to party people. No gloomy faces
for the rest of the night."
A.J. handed out one
glass of champagne for one final toast before they were in public,
"To a successful comeback in 2004."
all the parties said in unison. A.J. noticed Marybeth putting
her glass down. She turned and noticed he was staring at her,
"I've reached my quota for the night," sending a smile
to warm his heart.
Smiling, he responded, "Yeah, and you may have your hands
full tonight with that one," he said as he looked over
to where Sheridan was sitting, fighting with Kevin over the
glass as he tried to remove it from her grip before she could
swallow the remaining liquid.
"You have to
go to work, remember," he tugged the glass from her hand.
have practiced this on New Year's of 1999, I've seen the video."
Sheridan quipped as she exited the limo in a huff. Reaching
back, she grabbed her purse off the seat. As she did, she came
in contact with Kevin's eyes, which were full of hell bent fury.
Leigh muttered as they exited the limo last.
"Wow is right,
they both are going to explode if they don't get in the sack
with each other. She wrote all of his parts." Howie chuckled,
watching Sheridan and Kevin go back and forth was the best entertainment
he had had in ages.
Leigh giggled. "Who wrote you?"
"I don't know.
I'm hoping you'll find that out for me," Howie planted
a kiss on her cheek as they walked into the restaurant hand
in hand behind A.J. and Marybeth.
had made it to the door just in time to catch Nick and Angel
embracing at the entrance and Nick planting a kiss on Angel's
Once inside the club,
the music vibrated through Sheridan's ears and she felt the
dance floor calling her name. Grabbing Angelina's hand, she
shouted, "Let's go. I want to shake my bon-bon."
Angel said as she told Nick where she was going and to find
out where they would be sitting. Handing him her purse, he gave
her a look. "What?"
"Can you take
this for me? I don't want to go out on the dance floor with
He gave her a silly
look before telling her he was going to put it back inside the
limo where it would be safest. Giving her a kiss, he whispered
that A.J. planned to have them dropped off last so they could
have the Hummer all to themselves.
"Oh really?" Angel asked with excitement in her eyes.
"Are you prepared love?"
Nick raised his eyebrows,
"I'm always prepared."
Sheridan stuck her
head between them, "Are you done yet? I want to go dance!"
Marybeth came back
to the group and pointed out where they would all be sitting.
Sheridan grabbed on to her wrist as well, "C'mon, let's
Nick gave a kiss
to Angel and whispered, "Don't use up all your energy out
on the dance floor. Save some for me later."
as she turned toward the dance floor and began burning off her
dinner with the girls.
Howie whispered over
to Leigh, "Did you want to go dance too?"
Leigh smiled, "Marybeth
asked me if I wanted to join them, but I said no. I'm dying
to be a fly on the wall as Kevin sits here watching."
Kevin sat down in
a huff and kept his eyes glued to the dance floor. A few women
approached him, but he politely declined any of their offers.
As he drank his fourth whiskey shot, he seriously began contemplating
Nick had returned
with A.J. sometime before and just sat and watched Kevin fight
with himself, an inner turmoil brewing between his groin and
After three songs,
Angel returned for some refreshments, which Nick had ordered.
Wrapping his arm around her shoulder, he pulled her in close.
Just then he began telling the fellas that A.J. and him ran
into a couple of fans outside the club. A.J. had gone back to
the limo with Nick to ask the driver to remove the remaining
alcohol with one exception for Nick and Angel later. They also
switched the order in which they would be returning home.
Turning into fan
mode, Angel spoke before her brain filter was in use, "Oh,
the fans will be happy to know that you two spent New Year's
Howie and Leigh began
to laugh. Howie chimed in, "Oh yeah, the gay rumors will
be back in full effect then."
Angel grinned, "Only
if Kevin was there."
Kevin tore his gaze
from the dance floor below to give Angel a questioning look,
was the drunken video you were in with David LaChapelle that
was quite amusing to the fans for awhile."
A.J. almost spit
out his ginger ale, "What video was this?"
"Remind me sometime
A.J. and I'll show you. I have it on tape."
Kevin mumbled, "I
bet you do. According to Sheridan, you guys have more videos
than our families probably do."
Angel purred, "Well,
I don't know about that Kev. But I'd love to see the videos
from your camcorder that you carried around with you while on
Kevin was highly
amused, "Oh, I don't think so. What happens on tour, stays
on tour. Last thing we need is shit like that to get out for
the fans to see."
Putting her hand
on Kevin's knee, she leaned over, whispering, "I wouldn't
show it to anyone, promise."
Nick was highly amused
at his girlfriend's antics; "Fans would just be able to
read about them over the internet because of your roommate."
Nick pointed to Sheridan on the dance floor. It seemed that
she had acquired a partner in the scant few minutes that she
was on the dance floor by herself.
Kevin shifted in
his seat, unsure if he should join her and boot the man out
of his territory or not. Folding his arms across his chest,
he just watched. He made eye contact with the man and shot him
Angel pulled Nick
to the dance floor for a few dances. She was surprised that
he was eager to join in. Soon they were joined by A.J. and Marybeth
who seemed to move together flawlessly to the beat of the music.
Dancing a little
closer to them to say hi, Angel heard Marybeth tell A.J. to
call her anytime he needed to talk about what was going on in
his life. She had a good ear and would listen to anything he
had to say, even if he felt like it was nothing.
Nick whispered in Angel's ear as he danced her away from them.
But the huge hug that Marybeth received couldn't be missed by
anyone, neither was the quick kiss on the cheek.
Feeling uneasy with
the attention, Marybeth watched Sheridan make her way back to
the table. The song had ended and Marybeth was going to make
a break for the table since some fans had spotted A.J. and she
didn't want to be involved in that side of his life, even though
she herself was a fan.
Sheridan and Marybeth
returned to the table to refresh themselves before midnight
struck. A.J. hastily followed after talking to the fans and
beat both of them back to the table. Dropping down in a seat,
A.J. pulled Marybeth onto his lap, causing her to scream. Luckily,
the music was loud enough that no one could hear it. Sheridan
sat down between Angel and Nick. Kevin was pissed Angel had
scooted over towards him to make room for her. He was secretly
hoping to have Sheridan beside him at the stroke of mid-night.
Angel leaned in towards
Kevin, "Give her some time Kevin. She's not ready to deal
with any relationship issues that are complicated in nature.
And you would definitely be complicated to the Nth degree."
"Why do you
say that?" Kevin said hopefully.
the obvious, you are also her boss in two capacities. Give her
some space and when you least expect it, I guarantee you it
will be worth the wait and a nice welcomed surprise." Leaning
back into her seat, Angel glanced around the table noticing
the private conversations taking place.
As she turned her
head, Angel spotted a few celebrities. She loved to people watch.
Leigh and Howie were very quiet and certainly didn't display
any signs of PDA. Of course, Angel didn't think Nick was that
type either, but he's proved her wrong on many occasions, not
that she minded at all.
Leigh decided to
strike up a conversation with Sheridan. She figured with her
loose tongue, she could find out who wrote Howie's parts.
Sheridan leaned into
the table and lost her balance. Nick helped hold her still as
he looked over to Angel and Kevin talking. Catching his eye,
Kevin watched closely as Nick helped Sheridan.
Leigh didn't pull
any punches, "Sheridan, can you tell me who wrote Howie's
parts for this movie?"
"Well, we weren't
going to tell but it was both of us. We also consulted with
some of our friends who are huge Howie fans. Unfortunately,
Angel and I aren't really up on Howie's affairs and whatnot,
so we took a chance. He had a reputation of being a playa in
the early days of the group, such as having a different girl
waiting in each city as he passed through. So we figured we'd
continue with that path for him."
Leigh smiled, "He
better not be a player anymore." As she sat down, she gave
him an elbow and whispered into his ear. At first, Howie's skin
color drained from his face but slowly came back.
Howie was going to
address Sheridan over what she had said when suddenly, the DJ
interrupted their conversation to announce the countdown had
begun for the West coast. On the giant TV screen, they saw the
ball being lowered as a girl ran across the stage flashing the
audience. A.J. began cackling, "Damn, those were fake."
Marybeth was quite stunned at the display that had just occurred
and felt a bit weird sitting on A.J.'s lap while a girl flashed
her boobs at the audience.
The table began chanting,
"10…9….8…7….6." Sheridan was looking for her glass
of champagne and screwed up the numbers. Kevin's shoulders began
shaking as he tried to ignore her antics, Sheridan was beyond
wasted. "5….4….3…2…1. HAPPY NEW YEAR!"
falling from the ceiling and champagne splashed out of glasses
from the patrons sitting around them.
As Nick leaned over
Sheridan to get to Angel, Sheridan took his champagne glass
out of his hand to have another drink. Leaning back, Angel and
Nick shared their first kiss of 2004.
Needing to get better
access, and make it look casual, Kevin stood up and went around
to all the girls, giving them all a New Year's kiss.
After he kissed Sheridan,
she slid to the floor and passed out.
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