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or no?" Kevin openly invited her to stare at him. He was
enjoying playing the tease, but then he always had.
Sheridan began to stutter and covered her face with one hand.
This was too much. He knew she was attracted to him. She had
written about her attraction to him in her fan fiction. Neither
she nor Angel had lied about that.
Kevin grinned like
a cat that was about to eat the canary. Leaning into her, he
pulled her hand away. "Good, we're mutually attracted to
other. Now are you afraid of me or afraid of a relationship?"
Kevin held onto her hand as he felt her body stiffen.
need to be afraid of me," Kevin squeezed her hand.
'The smile he's wearing
makes me think I'm playing with Satan here,' Sheridan was screaming
in her head. Then she began to panic, she needed Angel to walk
in the door and save her from this. She actually looked at the
door, hoping someone would come through it. Sheridan rambled,
"The background check… Tom…. "
the background check was business. Tossing it in your face was
mean and I have already apologized for that many times and in
many ways. Tom was a necessity as well; he was using you. I
was brought up not to use women. The fact that he was using
a woman that I was attracted to made me do things that I wouldn't
Sheridan tried to
think as her foot bounced up down on the floor, "Being
mean to Patrick?"
"I just don't
like him, he's a player." Kevin refused to take his eyes
off her, even though she was refusing to make eye contact with
Her head turned and
their faces were merely inches apart. Talk about players, "What
about what I like?"
Kevin's smile went
from ear to ear, "I know what you like, you wrote it down."
Sheridan began to
rise but Kevin wouldn't let go. She jerked twice and then became
afraid. When Kevin saw her fear, he let go. Sheridan began to
walk back and forth in front of the coffee table. "It won't
happen again, I promise. I will make every flight on time."
Kevin licked his
lips, "We have already established that. So let us get
back to what we were talking about. I'm attracted to you and
I don't mean just sexually. I like you and we get along very
well. I want to be friends first."
Sheridan croaked back at him, now she really was confused. He
had just told her that he was attracted to her, not just sexually
either. Then there was the entire issue of Kevin being her boss,
now he wants to be friends. "I don't think this is a good…"
"I think it's
a wonderful idea and as your boss, this is what I want."
Kevin tilted his head at her, "Lovers should be friends
first. Don'tcha' think?" He was holding back a huge laugh
as he watched all the emotions play out on her face. For once,
he was grateful Angel wasn't here. There is no way she would
have let him do this to her best friend.
Sheridan placed her
finger by her ear and twirled it. "You're nuts."
Kevin shrugged and reached for his wine.
Sheridan paced some
more, "I don't get it. As my employer, you are demanding
that we be friends so that I might sleep with you?"
Kevin didn't like
the way it sounded, it was definitely terminology that a lawyer
would use for a big fat sexual harassment case against him.
He needed to reword his statement to protect himself, not that
he felt he needed too, but just in case. His self-confidence
could be his downfall sometimes. "Let's do it this way.
I'll give you the entire Utah trip to think about it. When we
get back, you can tell me how you feel. While we are in Utah
then we are strictly employer and employee. We'll work on the
friend part too." Kevin laughed in his head as he watched
her face almost slide to the floor, she definitely didn't see
that one coming.
"I don't understand,"
Sheridan's face had bewilderment and fear colliding with each
other all over it. "How will I know the difference?"
"I'll let you
know. Okay, employee meeting over with; now we are back to friends."
Kevin was getting too much pleasure from her bafflement.
"Wait a minute!"
Sheridan stomped her barefoot into the carpeting. "I don't
Standing up, he stepped
right in front of her as she began to wear a path in the carpet
again; she had to stop. He kissed her again but not as quickly.
"You'll figure it out. Now let's go pack."
Sheridan tried to
run right by him but it was too late as he stepped into her
bedroom. Kevin let out a low whistle. "Damn woman, this
is a mess."
Skirting around him,
she grabbed the sleeping set off the floor and placed it on
the dresser. "It's my mess!"
"I'll say! This
is what our bus used to look like." Kevin bent to pick
up the sandals. Hanging them off his finger, he stole a look
at her, "It's snowing in Utah."
she grabbed them and stormed to the closet door. Opening the
door, she tossed them in and shut it quickly.
"How many tapes
do you have under here?" Kevin was on his hands and knees
looking under her bed. "Nick told me Angel keeps hers under
her bed." Kevin loved the fact that he had gotten into
Sheridan's bedroom. He hadn't missed the quick grab for the
silk and lace number that had been lying on the floor.
Sheridan dropped to the floor next to him. Lifting the dust-ruffle
on the bed with him, she muttered, "Nothing but some of
Reaching under, he
pulled a box out then lifted the lid. "Oh I like these.
When we go out, could you wear these?" Kevin actually held
up the stiletto shoe made out of very sexy black leather.
"Give me those,"
Sheridan yanked them from his hand.
Kevin hid his merriment
as his hand dived back under her bed. He liked Sheridan confused.
She wasn't cold hearted, just clueless most of the time, and
she hid behind a façade.
"I thought we
were packing," she said as she grabbed another pair of
shoes from him. She thought he was going to kiss her shoes,
the way he was looking at them. These were her newest acquisition,
a pair of Emilio Pucci stiletto thongs. She had bought them
with her first paycheck from Kevin. Her parents would kill her
if they ever found out that she paid over five hundred dollars
for a pair of shoes, hell Angel would kill her too but not before
she wore them. Sheridan laughed to herself at the thought.
Kevin wanted her
to wear those shoes for him. They had four inch silver colored
heels, the upper parts were made from metallic leather with
metal a chain and crystal shapes on the top. "We need to
find a dress for you that goes with those shoes."
him as she walked to the other side of the bed. The word 'we'
seemed to be the word of the evening for the man. She waited
for him to come out from under the bed with another pair of
shoes. When he did, she whipped the top of the suitcase open,
slamming him in the head with the lid. "Ooops," she
Kevin rubbed his head as he dropped the shoebox under the bed.
Now this was a new side to Sheridan
"Are we doing
this as Employer and Employee or is this as friends?"
Kevin scratched his
head as Sheridan completely emptied the third suitcase and placed
it next to her dresser. She picked up two suitcases and set
them by the door. "We're done."
was easy. You should have done that today and we'd be in Utah
already." Kevin stood up; he was disappointed this was
ending so quickly. His eyes soaked up the contents of the room.
This was the second time he had been in her bedroom and it lasted
just a little bit longer then the first time. His words haunted
him, 'clean lines and tight curves' as he watched her move to
the door. They had the same taste in furniture but none of hers
matched. It was of the same period but different tones, it wasn't
working for him.
Sheridan went out
her bedroom door and held it open. "I want to go to bed.
You have me confused and I'm tired."
grab the couch, set your alarm for six. Our flight leaves at
Sheridan's head turned
slowly from side to side. Kevin laughed openly, she looked like
a parrot. "The couch?"
Kevin leaned down to her. "My security company has been
notified that I left this morning so I've got no one around
to watch out for me. Not to mention, my luggage is in Utah.
I'm not going home and chance you missing our flight again."
Kevin emphasized the word 'again'.
blushed slightly. "You could sleep in Angel's room."
Kevin shook his head. "There might be Nick critters on
Sheridan imitated him.
"That was mature."
Sheridan rolled her
eyes; she was definitely getting cranky. "You could have
my bed and I could sleep on the couch."
"Nope, the couch
is fine." Kevin grabbed one of her pillows on the way out
knowing she wouldn't say anything after what they had discussed.
If he couldn't sleep with the woman, he could have the next
best thing, the scent of her. "Night," he leaned forward
and Sheridan backed up and shut the door.
on it," Kevin whispered as he walked back to the living
room and dropped on the couch. He grabbed the blanket that sat
folded in the chair on his way. "I'm done playing teenage
games with you Miss Anderson."
A hand reached out
and slapped the offensive alarm that buzzed in the room. Slowly
opening one eye, Angelina's pounding head resumed where she
left off the night before; or rather, earlier this morning.
Nick's body slowly
stirred and began turning towards Angel. As he stretched his
arms, he struck Angel in the face as she began to sit up in
"God, this is
a sign I should stay right here!" she moaned as her head
crashed back down on the pillow.
Feeling his fist
connect with skin, Nick immediately jumped up. "Holy shit
Angel, I'm so sorry. Are you okay?"
As Nick's head left
his pillow, Angel dragged it on top of her head. Mumbling, "I
know. I'm fine."
Nick slowly picked
up the pillow, "I'm really sorry."
Turning her head
to face him, "I know. Me too." Leaning down, Nick
gave Angel a good morning kiss. Before anything sexual happened,
Nick leaped out of bed, "C'mon we need to get ourselves
dressed and ready to go. I told Andrew we'd meet him at the
Seven Jeans Club around 8."
Rolling over, Angelina
yawned, "Have fun. Tell Drew I said hello."
You're not going to come with me?" The pout on Nick's face
was too much for Angel to resist, she'd give in every time.
"I'm not looking
at you Nick. Your pout won't work on me today. I still have
a headache from listening to that music last night."
"It wasn't that
bad," Nick volleyed.
Pulling the pillow
off her head; "Not that bad? Christ Nick, my ears were
"I'll go get
you some Advil and food then you'll feel better soon, okay?"
"I have Advil
in my bag in the bathroom." Thinking for a moment, "Can
we order room service too?" Angel said hopefully. The thought
of food was very appealing.
Leaning down, Nick
gave her another kiss, "Of course. Whatever you want babe."
Raising her eyebrows,
Angel flirted back, "Whatever I want?"
Seeing the look in
her eyes, Nick licked his lips, "Whatever you want."
"Hang on to
that thought. I need to go to the bathroom," Angel said
as she got out of bed.
Angel said as she began walking to the bathroom.
with your feet?" Nick couldn't figure out why she was walking
bow-legged. They didn't have sex last night that he could remember,
'Wow, I didn't think I was that drunk."
Angel yelled from
behind the bathroom door, "Remind me not to wear those
damn boots until they are broken in."
Nick laughed to himself,
'I would have remembered having sex.' Nick grabbed the phone
and dialed room service. "Hey, at least you were close
to my height."
Nick hung up the
phone after ordering their breakfast. Walking over to Angel
who slowly strode back to their bed, he pulled her in for a
"Oh yeah. I
should have stayed short so my face won't be in those damn pictures."
Sitting back down on the bed, Angel admired her feet. "I
think my toes are permanently pointed."
Nick looked at her
toes but couldn't see what was wrong with them.
"Throw on some
tennies. They'll be fine." Nick stood up and stretched
again, without injuring Angel.
Angel began to walk
towards the bathroom with her clothes but Nick stopped her.
"Don't take a shower now. We'll take one later."
face shut him up, "Or you can take it now. Hurry up before
breakfast arrives. I'm not saving you any if you take too long."
Putting her hand
on her hip and raising her eyebrow, Angel cried, "Since
when do I take a while to take a shower?"
Scratching the back
of his head, Nick knew he was just digging himself into a hole.
"Nah, you don't. C'mon we'll take it together and be done
in no time at all."
"You think taking
a shower WITH me will make it go faster?" Angel said with
a flirt in her eye.
Nick groaned. He
hadn't thought about his libido getting in the way of their
plans. "Nah, I'll control him. Let's just hurry up and
get this done before food arrives. I want to go meet up with
Angel didn't hear
a word Nick had said as she was already in the shower, minding
her own business.
Nick answered the
ringing suite phone, 'Ello."
"Hi Nick. I
just wanted to remind you and Angel to meet me in my room in
a couple of hours. Kevin and Sheridan should be arriving then."
Marybeth hated calling so early in the morning, never knowing
if she would be interrupting anything.
going to meet an old friend of mine, Andrew Keegan. We should
be back around 11. Do you want to come with us?"
I have a meeting with the Project Manager for the Sundance Institute.
I'll see you later," Marybeth replied
Nick said as Angel came out of the bathroom dressed with her
hair wrapped in a towel. "C'mere you," Nick said as
he reached for her hand. "Thanks for coming with me."
"No need to
thank me Nick. This is like a dream come true for me to be here
Shaking his head,
Nick replied, "Not that. For getting ready to come and
meet Drew with me. It means a lot." Leaning in, Nick planted
a gentle kiss on her lips. Suddenly, the alarm clock went off
beside the bed.
Both began laughing.
"I guess you really wanted to make sure you woke up early
huh Nick?" Angel ragged on him as he got up to turn it
off. "Two alarm clocks PLUS a wake up call?"
Nick just gave her
a pout, "Stop pickin' on me woman! It was just two alarm
clocks. That was Marybeth on the phone!"
was restless; she was so confused and unsure. Kevin, well Kevin
was strategizing most of the night, he hadn't slept well either.
Kevin heard the alarm clock go off in the back of the apartment.
He thought it was strange, he never heard an alarm clock unless
he had to.
Knocking on Sheridan's
door, he entered without waiting for a response. Kevin's head
went back at the sight in front of him. Sheridan was gaping
as she stood in her camisole and tap pants. "I… Ah…,"
he couldn't talk but he couldn't pull his eyes off that body
wrapped in the silk and lace. 'Lord have mercy,' his voice howled
in his head. "I'm gonna take a shower, okay?" he garbled.
Mother teach you manners? You knock when a door is closed and
wait for an answer!" Sheridan snarled as she covered herself
with one hand, "Go ahead."
"Uh… Ah… Good…" Kevin slammed the door shut. Now he
would be even more lost today. The mental image would hang with
him for a couple weeks at the rate he was going.
all the way to the airport. They checked her luggage and headed
to the VIP section to wait. They boarded the plane last and
waited for it to take off. As soon as they noticed they could
use their equipment, they grabbed for the electronics. Kevin
pulled out his palm pilot and Sheridan pulled out her laptop.
She began to go over some scheduling for the movie. Kevin gave
up working on his palm and put it in his carryon bag. He leaned
over Sheridan's shoulder and watched her. Then she tapped a
few keys and his personal and business schedule came on her
screen. "What's that?"
Sheridan leaned away from him only to have him lean closer.
"You have some conflicts that I'm going to have to clear
This was the first he had known about it. His head dipped down
next to hers. "Damn, how did I do that?"
"I'll fix it."
Sheridan shifted a few things and then reached into Kevin's
carry-on and retrieved his Palm. Sheridan hit a switch and then
pulled a cord from her laptop bag. Plugging one end into the
palm, she then plugged the other into the laptop. Punching a
few keys, she tried to turn her head to talk to him but couldn't.
He was so close, she couldn't move.
"What are you
doing?" Kevin pulled back.
your schedule in your palm." Sheridan tapped her fingernail
on the side of the computer as she waited.
"You can do
that?" Kevin was impressed.
away and then removed the equipment from the machine. She handed
him his palm. "I just did."
leaned back in his seat and checked his new schedule. "Hey,
this is good." She shifted things around so that he wasn't
running back and forth across town all week. "Thank you
Miss Anderson," Kevin's lips curved.
"You are welcome
Mr. Richardson," Sheridan fumed. He kept calling her different
things. At breakfast, it was Sheridan, on the way to the airport
it was buddy, now it was Miss Anderson.
After a smooth flight and touchdown, they landed in Salt Lake
City. Making their way to baggage, Kevin grabbed Sheridan's
hand in panic. He hated airports; fans always caught him at
the airport. Since the 911 tragedy, they could no longer fly
under alias names. Sheridan turned her face towards him. "Do
you think they at least got my luggage and took it with them?"
"I'm sure Angel
has your things Mr. Richardson," Sheridan grabbed one of
her bags off the conveyer belt.
"My name is
Kevin," he grinned at her and grabbed the other suitcase
and Sheridan's free hand with the other.
"We need to
figure out a better way to do this," Sheridan tried to
pull her hand away from Kevin's grasp as he towed her out of
the airport. A limo pulled up and the driver jumped out. He
nodded at Kevin. Kevin dropped the bags on the curb and climbed
in, dragging Sheridan with him.
"I need a nap
when we get there," Kevin yawned and Sheridan just looked
annoyed. She needed to talk to Angel. This was weird, but Angel
would help her; she always did.
Kevin checked in
but held onto Sheridan's bag. Sheridan wanted to bolt to her
room; she needed to talk to Angel. "Just a minute Miss
Anderson," Kevin snickered as he shoved his wallet back
into his back pocket.
"I have a room,"
she tried again to remove her luggage from his grasp.
"We're not done
yet. We need to get you settled in and then we have to meet
up with Nick, Angel, and Marybeth." Kevin walked to the
elevator. What choice did she have? He had both of her suitcases
instead of letting a bellhop bring them up.
on the elevator's carpeting. There were two other people with
them and she was happy about that. She charged off the elevator
when the door opened as Kevin smiled at the other two people
and quickly exited.
She jumped and then
looked back him. "I have to use the ladies room."
Kevin slid the card down lock, "Boy is that a lie."
He followed her to the room she was supposed to share with Marybeth.
Kevin announced as he entered the room. Naturally, Nick and
Angel were there with Marybeth. "We have arrived."
light in the luggage department Kevin," Marybeth laughed.
Nick, where is my shit?" Kevin snapped.
Angel laughed as
Nick eyed Kevin. "What shit?"
Kevin glared at him.
"You have shit?"
Nick elbowed Angel trying to get her to join in on the game.
"He has shit."
Angel was more concerned
about Sheridan blasting into the room and directly into the
bathroom. Angel saw Nick recognize something in Kevin. Nick
instantaneously headed for the suite door. "Let's go get
"Did you see
that?" Marybeth asked Angel.
mind control. I have to have Kevin teach me how to do that.
Two brows arched and then Nick took off." Angel walked
to the bathroom door. "They're gone."
"The man is
psycho!" Sheridan yelled as she threw open the bathroom
"So how was
dinner?" Angel jumped on her, causing Sheridan to fall
on the bed. Angel ended up rolling off the bed and falling on
the floor on the other side.
Propping her elbows
on the bed she looked at Sheridan, who was very upset. "I'm
great, the flowers and the wine confused me… then he said we
were employee and employer… That he was attracted to me… More
than sex… Lovers should be friends first… I can think about
it…. I'll let him know when we get back…"
Angel jumped on the
bed where Sheridan had fallen, "WHAT?"
"I'm so confused;
he gives me a headache," Sheridan put her hand over her
eyes. "I need to sleep."
Marybeth and Angel
eyed one another, both thinking about what Sheridan had just
Angel shoved at Sheridan,
"Tell me minute by minute everything that happened."
The girl talk had begun.
the entire story to Marybeth and Angel. The story was interrupted
many times by, "He said that?" "You have got
to be kidding…" It ended with Angel's final comment. "What
the hell is he doing? He's being a player. I'll fix this."
Sheridan sat up in the bed. "Let me sort it out first."
Angle snorted, "That
could take awhile."
Sheridan shot a look
from hell at Angel. "I'll manage."
Marybeth looked at
both of them. "You can't beat Kevin up Angel, he's bigger
than you. He did not take advantage of her, it's quite the opposite.
From what I just heard, Kevin just told Sheridan how he felt
and where he wanted their relationship to go. It's called communication
and that's pretty rare when it comes to men."
another shower since I can't nap," Sheridan settled both
suitcases on the chest of drawers. Grabbing clothes, she walked
into the bathroom and closed the door.
Angel picked up the
phone and called Nick. "Is he still there?"
Nick laughed, "Ah
Kevin hovered by
the telephone anticipating the beat-down he was going to get
from Angel once the details were given to her.
Angel heard Sheridan
singing in the shower, Kevin had definitely done a head number
her. "Put him on."
her cell. A.J. was on the other line and had been talking to
Kevin who had just hung up on him. "What's goin' on?"
"Oh I think
we're trying to get Sheridan to understand that Kevin likes
her." Marybeth smiled as Angel's mouth ran a mile a minute
reaming Kevin out for screwing with Sheridan's head.
"I didn't screw
with her head. I was very honest," Kevin was not going
to let Angel back him down for nothing. He had been playing
by her rules and wasn't getting anywhere, now he would play
by his rules and get what he wanted. His cell was ringing in
his hand, it was Brian. This was a call he wasn't going to take
"You did to.
You brought her dinner, wine, and flowers. Then you said you
wanted to be friends. You know she is fragile right now."
"She isn't fragile,
she's afraid. Tom burned her. He was her boss, and he was gay.
Yes, I said I wanted to be friends but I have always felt that
you should be friends before you become lovers." Kevin
couldn't stand to be tied to the telephone, he usually paced
when he was on the phone out of habit. He swung the cord on
the phone to work off his irritation.
"How fast can
you make friends with someone? Did you use that line on all
of your one night stands in every city?" Angel hung up
on him. She recalled an earlier conversation with Nick. The
suite telephone rang again; Angel refused to pick it up. It
rang and rang; she still wouldn't answer the telephone.
Sheridan didn't want
to think, she just wanted to perk herself up a bit from the
sleepless night she had had. Throwing on a little make-up she
opened the door to a room of ringing telephones. Angel's cell
was ringing and the suite telephone was ringing. Marybeth was
on her cell phone and Sheridan's cell was ringing. Checking
the number, it was her mother. She answered it and assured her
mother that she had arrived safely in Utah. It took a little
more effort than normal since her mother had called last night
and she wasn't there. "I'm sorry Mom, I missed the plane.
It happens sometimes. Yes Mom, Angel went ahead without me."
Sheridan became annoyed as she looked at Angel who was grinning
her ass off. "I don't need Angel to hold my hand all the
time Mother!" Sheridan quickly apologized for yelling at
her mother. The suite phone ringing in the background was driving
her crazy; she pointed to Marybeth and then motioned her to
Marybeth went to the suite phone and said 'hello.' "Hold
on," Marybeth was hysterical with laughter on the inside.
Angel was talking to Nick and then Sheridan's mother, trying
to calm Sheridan's parents down. Sheridan was getting upset
and feeling defensive that her parents thought that Angel was
"Hey babe, what's
going on?" A.J. laughed into Marybeth's telephone hearing
all the commotion.
Marybeth rolled her
eyes at the scene in front of her, "You wouldn't believe
me if I told you…." The knocking on the suite door didn't
seem to faze Sheridan or Angel as they were fighting with each
other and with Sheridan's parents on the phone. Nick was still
on Angel's cell from what she could tell.
Marybeth spoke to A.J. on her cell phone and Kevin on the suite
telephone before walking over to the door and opened it, room
service was here.
hung up from her mother and looked at Angel. Angel held onto
her telephone but wasn't really talking to the caller. Angel
licked her lips and watched Marybeth push the food service cart
in the door.
Once the door closed,
Angel grabbed Sheridan's hand and led her to the bed. She set
her cell down on the nightstand between the two beds and next
to the suite telephone. "Look I just want you to make sure
that you want to have a relationship with Kevin. Nick and I
have been talking and he told me that Kevin could put a lot
pressure on a girl if he wants her. I know that you can handle
it but that is not what scares me."
Sheridan sat listening
to Angel. Angel was her grounding force and her sounding board
when life wasn't right.
"This will change
everything. You would be together constantly. I know you like
your privacy." Angel tired to give Sheridan some things
to think about. She wanted them to get together but not just
for a hook-up. Sheridan's self-esteem and self-worth would be
devastated if that happened. Angel paused, "Like Nick said,
you need to be sure this is what you want. You have written
about Kevin for a long time. You feel you know him intimately.
Nick likes you Sheridan and you know I love you, but Nick is
afraid that because you think you know Kevin, that maybe when
you finally…….. You know."
"You know what?"
Sheridan looked at Angel.
Marybeth interjected. She had told A.J. to listen and he was
albeit cackling in her ear too.
turned three shades of red, "What about it?"
"Like I said,
Nick thinks that maybe sex with Kevin wouldn't be like you thought
it would be. That maybe Kevin would be a disappointment…"
came blaring out of suite phone. It echoed out of Angel's cell
phone. It also resonated down the hall of the hotel.
WHY YOU LITTLE……!"
could be heard for three miles.
A door slammed loudly
in the hall.
A.J.'s laughing made
Marybeth move and move quickly as she hung up the suite telephone
and then closed Angel's telephone, then snapped her cell closed.
"Do you girls want to do lunch? The room service suddenly
doesn't look that appealing." Marybeth didn't know what
to say, but she didn't have to say much as Angel and Sheridan
both grabbed their purses and Angel grabbed her shoes. She yelled
for them to go. They ran into the elevator as they watched Kevin
pound on Nick's door. "I WILL KILL YOU… YOU LITTLE…"
"I should stay
and support him. He's my boyfriend." Angel blinked nervously
back at the two women as she absently put her shoes on.
Marybeth went to poke the floor button with her finger.
Angel gulped, "I think Kevin should cool down a little
I never thought of that," Sheridan mussed aloud. Her brows
wrinkled as she contemplated the entire scenario.
Angel and Marybeth
bit their lips to keep the laughter inside.
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