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5 part 2
could not help but to laugh as she watched the staff try to lug Elizabeth's
big trunk up the main staircase. She had warned them not to let the trunk
hit the ground, but they could barely lift it. They asked her what her
mother had in the trunk and she had just shrugged.
had just gotten to the top of the staircase when some one lost their grip
and the back of the trunk end up hitting the top step with a loud boom
that resounded throughout the entire house. Sheridan held her breath as
she waited for a roar to come from the trunk, but there was nothing. The
staff just rushed to pick up the back end of the trunk and rush it into
way to the room someone tripped sending the trunk forward and land with
a thud. Sheridan waited for the roar, but again there was nothing. She
did not know what was going on, but she was scared to find out.
all finally reached the room. The rest of Elizabeth's luggage had already
made it to the room, and had been on packed, all except one wrapped up
box that someone had carelessly left near the door. Again the trunk hit
the ground. Sheridan threw her arms up in the air.
leave it there!" She yelled at the staff, she knew that it wasn't their
fault, but she was going to get all of Luis's rage when he got out of
the trunk and she was scared. "Close the door on your way out."
that the staff left her and the trunk alone in the room. The room was
silent and then, "Sheridan Crane you let me out of this trunk right now
or I will-"
you'll what Luis? You need me to get out of that trunk, I have the key,"
She said playing her upper hand.
fine you win. Please let me out of the trunk Sheridan," Luis's voice was
gentle and soothing.
Sheridan put the key in the trunk and turned it.
should have known better. She should have thought twice before opening
the trunk, but she had not. As soon as the key and been turned Luis somehow
managed to jump out of the trunk like jack-in-the-box would jump out of
its box. The velocity of his jump sent him with such force towards the
bed that trunk had landed near that it seemed like he was flying. As he
flew towards the bed he took Sheridan with him.
had the wind knocked out of her, it felt like she could not breath for
an eternity, and as she was trying to force air into her lungs all she
could see was Luis's face with a mixture of amusement and anger, but there
was something else there too.
you thought it would be funny to run over every pot hole in Harmony on
your way here? That letting the trunk fall three times would just add
to my enjoyment of our trip?" Luis had her pinned, she could not move.
still could barely breath, "I did not . . . They weren't suppose to .
. ." She struggled against him and managed to get her arms free.
grabbed her arms, placed them over her head, and held them down with one
hand, "What's a matter Sheridan? Are you speechless? Well we are just
going to have to do something about that now, aren't we?"
moved his free hand down towards her stomach and Sheridan inhaled sharply,
"Luis . . . Don't-"
air supply was cut of again by a fit of uncontrollable giggles that Luis
was causing by tickling her. Sheridan squirmed and wriggled against him
but she could not get free. She tried to kick him but just ended up giving
him better access to her ticklish spots. He looked at her with an evil
grin on his face and she returned it with a grin of her own, she had just
gotten idea and if she planned it right she would be able to pull it of
and pay back Luis ten fold.
was thrown off by Sheridan's grin giving her the prefect opportunity to
execute her plan. She quickly twisted her wrist free of his grasp and
began to search for his own ticklish spot, but she was doing it such a
manner that the temperature in the room raised about 25 degrees. Her hand
slowly scanned his clothed torso looking for just the right spot to set
him of into a fit of giggles. It was not working, well at least the tickling
plan was not working.
you are never going to find my ticklish spot, if that's what you are trying
to do," he said suggestively.
shoved him playfully, "Of course that's what I am trying to do, what else
would I be doing? Besides, what do you mean that I'll never find your
ticklish spot? Are you saying that the almighty Officer Lopez-Fitzgerald
is not ticklish? Well that's just no fun." She pouted a bit.
leaned in closer to her, "I wasn't saying anything of the sort. Of course
I am ticklish, everyone is. It's just you are not going to find where
I am ticklish by doing what you are doing," Luis paused for a moment giving
what he was saying a double meaning that Sheridan was half scared to interpret.
"You are looking in the-" Luis was interrupted by the bedroom door opening
with such force that it slammed against the wall causing the room to shake.
Luis who had moving in closer to Sheridan's ear lost his balance putting
both Sheridan and himself in a very odd position.
That! If he wasn't my grandson I swear!" Elizabeth said as she burst into
the room in such a state of rage that she had not noticed that her daughter
was in trapped underneath Luis Lopez-Fitzgerald. "He is absolutely unbelievable,
I mean he does not even love this Gwen, yet he is still going to marry
her. I can't stand this! I won't stand for it, I don't care how much Alistair
wants the Crane and Hotchkiss families to be united it's not going to
happen. We'll take over Hotchkiss Enterprises first! Why is he even working
for them, he should be a lawyer for Crane Industries not the Hotchkiss
family, where is his loyalty? Has Julian thought him nothing? Okay, never
mind that was a stupid question."
entire time that Elizabeth had been going on in her tirade about how awful
Ethan was she had just been pacing back in forth in the room and still
had not even noticed what Luis and Sheridan were doing, or rather what
they were not doing. Luis had tried to move off of Sheridan but after
listening to Elizabeth he could not move because he was laughing too hard
and Sheridan had been no help because she too could only laugh at her
finally looked at Sheridan and Luis lying on the bed and a look of horror
came across her face. She immediately turned her back to them, "The least
you could do is tell me that I am interrupting before I start pacing around
chuckled, "We tried to but you just kept going and going and going. Besides
you were amusing, and to tell you the truth, I am not all to fond of Ethan
somehow managed to elbow him, "You weren't interrupting anything Liz.
Just Luis torturing me for letting the house staff drop the trunk three
times. Now what has you so upset at Ethan?" This time when Sheridan tried
she was able to get out from underneath Luis and get off the bed. She
threw him a glare that kept him silent, because she knew that he was going
to say something about Ethan. Luis sent her back a look that said he did
not know what she was upset about.
just keeps saying how much he knows the wedding means to the families
and that he really does love Gwen and he knows they will be happy. It's
like he is trying to convince himself that he is in love with her. And
then there is the fact that he has a major grudge against Luis and has
a major chip on his shoulder. He can't do anything without worrying about
whether or not it will upset his mother or not. He is not ready for the
world Sherie, he is not ready for life, and he is definitely not ready
for marriage to a woman who he does not ever really love!" Elizabeth threw
her hands up in the air and began to start pacing again.
you have to claim down. I know Ethan. He and Gwen have been dating for
years now. He does love her. In fact he has never dated anyone else,"
Sheridan walked up to Elizabeth and tried to make her stop pacing. In
truth Elizabeth was starting to give her a headache with the pacing, even
though she knew that was how Liz was able to think, it was just making
was still mulling over things in her mind, "Sheridan why don't you go
get dressed for the party? Luis and I have a few more things to discuss
before he is to make his grand entrance," Liz forced a smile.
I'll go, but you two have to promise me that you won't be in here trying
to figure how to kill Ethan or Gwen," Sheridan looked at Luis pointedly.
won't dear, I promise. Now why don't you go get dressed," Elizabeth started
pushing Sheridan to the door.
don't trust either of you. I know you two are up to something. I am just
going to send one of the house staff to go pick up my dress and bring
it here to the main house, but I'll leave you two alone for a bit. Not
a long time, just a bit," Sheridan was trying to figure out what was going
through Liz's mind but she just could not. "I'll be back in a few minutes."
She walked out the door and yet out a yelp as she was almost run over
by Theresa and Whitney.
I am so sorry Ms. Crane, we didn't see you there. Please don't be mad,"
Theresa begged. Whitney looked a little scared too.
laughed but then realized that Luis was standing on the other side of
the door. "Theresa you have got to get out of here," she said in a low
shook her head, "I can't Ms. Crane, Ethan needs me here so that when Gwen
doesn't show up for the dinner tonight he can take me to the dinner instead.
That way your mother won't be so mad at him."
mouth dropped open, "Ethan is going to what? Whitney please tell me that
you are going to talk Theresa out of going to this dinner with Ethan."
Sheridan was so shocked that she hadn't realized that she had raised her
the other said of the door Elizabeth had been telling Luis how she suspected
that Ethan had fallen in love with the girl that had been helping him
plan his wedding to Gwen. How he had the gull to try to present the wedding
planner to her instead of his own bride to be, which just further proved
her point that Ethan was in love with this girl and not Gwen. Luis just
laughed at her but then he heard Sheridan yelp.
you hear something?" Luis asked her as he neared the door.
I did, it sounded like Sheridan." Elizabeth put her hand on the knob when
Luis stopped her. "What?"
put a finger over his lips to single her to lower her voice. The reason
he had stopped her was that he heard a voice that sounded a lot like his
did not know what Theresa sound like but she heard Sheridan say that Ethan
was taking Theresa to the dinner tonight. Which meant Theresa was the
wedding planner that she had just been saying Ethan was in love with.
She looked at Luis and could tell that he had made the same conclusion
but what she did not know was that Theresa was Luis's sister, and he had
been trying to keep her away from Ethan Crane forever. "Luis what is wrong?"
was about to explode, "What's wrong? What's wrong!" He hissed. "If what
you are saying is right then Ethan Crane is in love with my sister."
was still not seeing what the problem was, if she knew how much Luis did
not want have any of his family involved with members of the Crane family
she might of understood, but she only knew that Luis hated her husband
and son. "Okay, I am still do not understand the negative factor in this
situation. I think it is wonderful! I mean I'd rather have Ethan with
Theresa then that little social snob Gwen, I don't care how much Sheridan
and Ivy like her. From what I have read about her, she does not care much
for anything besides money."
negative factor in this situation! I hate the Cranes, that's what the
negative factor is. I mean it is bad enough that my mother has to work
for them," Luis had forgotten who he was talking to.
Hello? I am a Crane. Sheridan is a Crane. You can't hate the Cranes because
we all know that you love me," Elizabeth said pointing to herself. Then
added as an after thought, "Oh and then there is Sheridan, well everyone
knows you love her too. So there you go, you are in love with two Crane
women, how can you hate us?" She asked sweetly.
I don't know about Sheridan," Luis said jokingly which caused Elizabeth
to punch him. "Okay then, I hate the Crane men and if Ethan so much as
goes near Theresa I will tear his head off of his shoulders and then pull
his heart out though his neck."
put her hand to her neck, "Not that what you are saying is really possible
but I would prefer if you did not try to kill my grandson. You and I both
know that I like Ethan about as much as you do but Sheridan really does
care about him and sees him as a brother rather than a nephew. So I say
for her sake we drop our previous conceptions about the soon to be disinherited
Crane heir and give him a chance. Okay?" Elizabeth held out her hand in
order to make the deal with Luis.
looked at her incredulously but then took her hand, "Alright, deal."
nodded with satisfaction, "Good, now lets give your sister a real scare."
don't understand. She'll be scared enough when she see me at the dinner
tonight. What are you thinking of?"
let a sly smile cover her face, "Well I am guessing that you have repeatedly
told Theresa to stay away from Ethan and not to come any where near the
Crane Mansion," Luis nodded to show that he had. "Well let's say you open
the door right now and let Theresa see you.
smiled slowly, "She would die right then and there."
you tell that you are glad that she is here, but not to tell your mother
that you are in the house," Elizabeth talked with her grand hand gestures
prefect," Luis joined in her joy of playing a prank on his sister and
Sheridan. The two made the plan even more evil as they listened to Sheridan
tell Theresa that she had to leave the Crane Mansion as soon as possible.
you do not understand, if you stay here then it will cause a huge mess,"
Sheridan had been trying to convince Theresa to leave for the last five
minutes and half whispering the whole time so that Luis would not hear
looked confused, "I don't understand, what huge mess? And why are you
Sheridan had a chance to answer Elizabeth opened the door. Theresa looked
in horror at the person standing behind Mrs. Crane and tried to find a
quick way to exist before Luis tried to kill her.
Sheridan, I did not realize you were still here. I thought you were going
tell some one to pick up your dress. Who are this two lovely young women
that you are talking to?" Elizabeth did her best to act surprised by seeing
Sheridan standing in front of her door talking to Theresa and Whitney.
tried to speak but nothing would come out of her mouth. The same thing
was happening to Theresa and Whitney. They were all waiting for Luis to
go on a rampage and drag Theresa out of the Mansion.
only moved to stand in next to Elizabeth, "This is my sister Theresa and
her friend Whitney Russell, Mrs. Crane. Are you two here to see Mama?"
Luis did his best not to laugh that the girls' look of horror and Sheridan
was not making his job any easier.
yes Luis. That's why we are here. To see Mama, but we almost ran into
Ms. Crane so we were apologizing to her," Theresa's voice was shaky.
well just don't tell Mama that I am here. It's suppose to be a secret
until right before the party begins to night," Luis smiled at his sister.
there is going to be a party tonight and you are going to it. But you
hate the Cranes Luis, I would think that you would not be caught dead
at one of their social events," then Theresa realized that two of the
Crane women were standing in front of her, "No offense Mrs. Crane, but
my brother is not fond of your family."
waved her hand to dismiss what Theresa said, "Don't worry about dear,
Luis and I were just having a talk about his so called hatred for my family.
You know what Luis, I think that your sister and her friend should stick
around for the party, I am sure they would love to see it, Crane parties
are always outrageous," Elizabeth looked at Luis questioningly.
nodded, "That is a great idea, it's just to bad that Miguel could not
be here too. Although I think we would have a hard time getting him away
from is girlfriend, right Theresa?"
smiled nervously, "No we wouldn't. Luis you really want me to stay for
shrugged, "Well it is up to you but it's going to be a lot of fun, right
it is going to be tons of fun, dancing, food, and all sorts of surprises.
Hopefully that fool grandson of mine will be able to get his fiancé to
come to the party, if he doesn't, well now is not the time to talk about
this. Are you and your friend going to come to the party tonight Theresa?"
Elizabeth asked turning to them.
I would love to come if it is okay with Luis, but Whitney has tennis practice
that she has to go to. It is okay, right Luis?" Theresa was still not
sure what to make of everything that was happening.
it is okay, it will be fun, just remember, do not tell Mama that I am
here, okay?" Luis was about to burst out laughing and he knew that Elizabeth
was going to do the same. They both needed to get back into the bedroom
before they blew their cover.
was overjoyed, "Thank you Luis," she gave he brother a huge hug. "I promise
that I won't tell Mama you are here and I'll be on my best behavior. I
won't embarrasses you or Mama at all."
just remember one thing," Luis said pointing a finger at Theresa once
she had ended their hug. Whitney, Sheridan, and Theresa were sure that
Luis was going to tell Theresa to stay away from Ethan, which would cause
a major problem. "Have fun tonight, and don't tell anyone that I am here,
was beaming with happiness, "I understand. Well Whitney really has to
get to her tennis practice, I will see you later Luis, bye Ms. Crane.
It was really nice meeting you Mrs. Crane. I see you guys later!" Theresa
shouted as Whitney dragged her to back staircase.
just happened there?" Whitney asked her once they got away. "Are we in
the Twilight Zone or something? Since when does Luis catch you
near anything Crane and not go crazy. For that matter when did he start
going to Crane events or how did he get on first name basis with Mrs.
was so happy she did not care about anything Whitney was saying, "I don't
know Whitney but I really don't care. I will get to go to the party tonight
and Luis can't say anything about it!"
I am going to get out of here before anything else happens. Have a nice
time Theresa, it will probably be the last night you'll get to go out
in a long time once Luis finds out that you are going to the party with
Ethan. Bye Theresa!" Whitney quickly left the Crane Mansion.
Whitney!" Theresa called after her. "Well everything is going to be perfect.
Now I just have to find a dress. Ethan said that one of his sisters had
some new dresses that I could use, but wouldn't it be prefect if I could
get a dress from Mrs. Crane?" Theresa decided that she was going to push
her luck and go back to Mrs. Crane's room and ask for fashion advice.
who had been too dumbfounded to speak during Luis and Elizabeth's discussion
with Theresa and Whitney, finally found her voice, "Luis you are going
to let your little sister go to the dinner tonight, I mean you must of
heard us out here. Isn't that why you to came out? Because you heard me
talking to Theresa and Whitney?"
could not talk because she was too busy laughing so Luis took over, "Yes
Sherie, we heard you out there and my sister too. I know that she is going
to the dinner with Ethan and I am not happy about it, but Elizabeth and
I made a deal and I had to follow through with it."
to made a deal? A deal to kill Ethan and Theresa the minute the walked
into the dinning hall?"
Elizabeth acted as if she was taken aback by what Sheridan said. "We decided
that we were going to give Ethan a clean slate and a chance to redeem
himself. Isn't that right Luis?"
is right. Yeah I figure is the least I can do. I mean Elizabeth has been
so nice to me, I don't want to kill her grandson right on the spot. Besides
which Elizabeth says that Ethan happens to be in love with Theresa." Luis
acted as if the whole thing was not a big deal at all.
would not be a good thing, no not at all. I still do not understand how
you missed that Ethan was in love with your sister, it is so obvious!"
Elizabeth shook her head.
is in love with Gwen! He is going to marry her. Have both of you forgotten
that?" Sheridan really wanted to kill both of them.
gave Luis a look which said, what on earth is she talking about. Luis
just shook his head. "Sheridan do not tell me that you haven't noticed
the way your nephew gets when he talks about her? He gets all dreamy and
stuff. When he talks about Gwen he practically cringes, like he is talking
about the most awful thing in the world."
I have kind of noticed that too," Sheridan started to mull over the times
she saw Ethan and Theresa working together, but then she came back to
reality. "That still does not explain why you to have suddenly decided
to change your mind about him. I mean Luis you always said you would hate
it if anyone in our family got involved with someone in my family."
looked at Luis and he just shrugged, "Well I guess I don't think it is
such a taboo thing anymore. I mean I don't hold a grudge for the rest
of my life, it's not health for a guy to do that," he smiled at her.
was fed up with them, there was something else going on but she knew she
was just going to wait and to find out. "Whatever! I am going to tell
someone to get my dress, I don't want to leave you two alone for any longer
then I have to. I am sure that I don't trust the two of you planning something
as Sheridan was going to turn to leave Theresa called to them, "Excuse
me Mrs. Crane, but Mrs. Ivy said that I could borrow one of her daughters'
dresses, but I don't know where I am suppose to get them from. Do you
have any idea?"
daughters? Oh no, I can't let you go around wearing something of theirs,
the probably have the same awful fashion sense that she does. No you will
just have to borrow something of mine. Sheridan, since you don't trust
Luis and me enough to leave us alone for more than a minute I have a dress
for you too. I was going to give it to you later, but I suppose now is
just as good," Elizabeth was practically about to burst from joy over
her plan. It was going so well.
I am glad you guys got that all settled. Elizabeth you said that I could
shower and change here?" Luis asked before the women went into a tirade
of trying to find the prefect thing to wear.
yes, the guestroom next door to us is empty, you can go there. I'll have
someone put your suit in the room so it is ready for you when you are
ready for it. Umm... you and Sheridan are not going to come to the party
right away, once you are done getting dressed come back to my room. Theresa
and I will already be gone, but Sheridan will still be there. She is going
to escort you to the dinning hall when the time is right. You'll only
miss about ten minutes of the whole thing. Sound good?" Elizabeth had
started rambling again and knew from the look on Sheridan's face that
she should have tried to take a breath at some point during her instructions.
fine. See you later Theresa, remember, have fun," Luis entered the guestroom
leaving Elizabeth to fashions victims.
you two, time to find you something to wear, figure out what we are going
to do with your hair, and other such things. Wow, I am really out of it.
We better get started, there is only an hour left till the party!"
ushered the girls into her room and they started taking apart her wardrobe
in order to find Theresa a dress. After looking for fifteen minutes Elizabeth
finally found something that she thought would look good on Theresa. The
dress was too youthful for the female head of the Crane Empire to wear
but it was just prefect for Theresa. It was a red dress with an empire
waist and had an had shear shell on top of the dress base that give it
made it seem to be draped at the top but flow at the bottom. Sheridan
wore crimson a sleeveless stretch velvet dress with a low squared neckline,
an empire waist, which because of its slinkiness had a slit which almost
reached mid thigh on each side in order to allow for walking and dancing.
The slits where placed in such a manner that you could not tell they were
there until Sheridan actually started to walk. Elizabeth was wearing what
looked like a typical Renaissance style dress that was made of a dark
burgundy velvet material. The dress had a square cut neck, typical of
the era, which almost went too low but was still respectable despite how
form fitting it was, just below the bust line the dress began to flow
out with a upside-down V in the center that showed a crimson under skirt.
The dress was not over flowing with material like most dress that were
designed after the Renaissance period and was sleeveless. If you asked
Elizabeth, Sheridan looked the best out of all of them, but then that
was the point. Elizabeth was married so she did not have to worry about
wearing clothes to please anyone but herself and Alistair liked her usually
taste because she always looked elegant in what she wore.
I give up on trying to figure out what to do with my hair, don't you have
someone here that can do it for me, I mean this is the Crane Mansion,"
Elizabeth said exasperated and put down her brush.
had just finished her own hair and was working on Theresa's, "Just hold
on a second and I'll do your hair. It would be a lot easier if you just
wore something that everyone else wore. No, you have to go and out do
everyone when it comes to style and elegance."
smiled, "Hello? This is suppose to my homecoming party, I am suppose to
look wonderful Mrs. Crane," Theresa gushed as Sheridan finished up her
thank you Theresa. I just wish Alistair could be here," She sighed sadly.
"He'll be here for the wedding though. Gosh, I have only been away from
what like a day? I miss him already."
laughed, "Well I guess that what happens when you are in love. Now come
over here and sit still so I can do your hair."
waited patiently and helped Theresa pick out some jewels to go with her
dress. She asked Theresa to bring the jewelry box to her so she could
find something for Sheridan to wear. She handed Sheridan a simple ruby
pendent with a silver chain and ruby earrings to match. "They are not
flashy or anything but they will look good with your dress." Elizabeth
said as she instructed Theresa to put the pendent on Sheridan so that
she did not have to be interrupted from Liz's hair.
that's it. I can't take this anymore. It looks fine Sheridan. Ethan is
going to be here any minute to escort Theresa and me downstairs," Elizabeth
stood from the chair she had been sitting in.
have a really low tolerance for sitting still. How do you get through
half the social events that we have to go to I will never know," Sheridan
turned her eyes heaven wards.
Elizabeth had a chance to answer there was a knock at the door. Theresa
half ran to the door to answer it, which caused Elizabeth to laugh at
her excitement. These events were often fun for the first ten minutes
but afterward became dull and boring, but Theresa did not know that and
was looking forward to a night of dancing with Ethan.
I did not expect to find you here. I am glad I did, I have been looking
all over for you, I thought you had backed out on me," Ethan told her
as he entered the room.
could never do something like that Ethan. Mrs. Crane was just helping
me find something to wear and I got ready in here instead of one of your
sisters rooms," Theresa explained to him.
nodded, "Well I see you have already met our wedding planner Theresa.
She has done a great job with everything since Gwen has been away."
real god send, am I not correct?" Elizabeth asked with a hint of sarcasm.
yes she has been. She has kept me sane through out all of this," Ethan
replied more than a little annoyed with his grandmother.
me Ethan, where is Gwen?" Elizabeth picked up on Ethan's annoyance and
was going to use this to her advantage.
could not make it back. There are just too many things going on for her
to get up and leave," Ethan backed down because he knew that his grandmother
was going to make sure that he show her the proper respect. He knew that
she would not let him get away with anything else. Besides which Sheridan
was giving him a look that said that he better put out and act nice or
he would not just have to worry about Elizabeth making his life hard,
he would have to worry about her too.
will talk about her later. Come it is time for you to take Theresa and
me to the party," Elizabeth she knew had won the war that might have caused
a rift between her and her grandson. He had realized that she was to be
respected, feared, and loved. Elizabeth moved to the door but Ethan did
not follow her.
about Aunt Sheridan?" Ethan seemed puzzled. Theresa looked like a cat
that ate the canary, but she did not say anything. Ethan was starting
to pick up on the fact that the women were not telling him something.
"Alright, what is going on here?"
is going on Ethan," Sheridan said as reassuringly as possible. She knew
that she had to come up with some good excuse so that Ethan would not
ask anymore questions. "I was just-"
was helping me with my dress and hair so she did not have time to finish
with her own. She'll be down later. Besides it would look bad if you were
to walk down with all three of us. We need to make sure that people know
that Sheridan is available," Elizabeth covered. Both Theresa and Sheridan
glared at her, but what was she suppose to do, just tell Ethan that Luis
was in the house and he was the one that was taking Sheridan.
decided that he should not question his grandmother anymore and just get
out of the room while he was still in one piece. "Well if ladies are ready
to go, I guess we will see you later Sheridan."
forced a smile, "I'll be down in a few minutes." She was going to kill
Elizabeth later for her comment about making it known that she was available,
it made it seem like she was some sort of product to be sold. Despite
the fact that she knew that Elizabeth had just come up with the best lie
she could at that moment, she wished that her mother had something that
was a little less demeaning.
winked at Sheridan on her way out and whispered, "You know I was just
joking right, I would never do something like that to you."
just nodded, she was not going to let Elizabeth off that easily. Oh no,
Elizabeth was going to get what was coming to her.
that Ethan took Elizabeth and Theresa downstairs to the dinning hall,
have of which had turned into a ballroom. Ethan wanted to ask Elizabeth
about her dress but decided it was best not to push his luck.
noticed that Ethan was nervous about his grandmother and wanted to reassure
him that everything was going to be okay but before she had a chance to
speak they reached the top of a mini staircase, which lead to the dinning
hall floor. There, Julian joined them and looked at his mother's odd choice
am glad that you finally decided to show up, Ethan," Julian added his
son's name when he saw the look that Elizabeth gave him. "My I say, you
look absolutely ravishing Mother and Theresa you are as beautiful as ever."
Mr. Crane," Theresa looked down at the ground shyly.
everyone here yet Julian?" Elizabeth asked as he extended his arm out
for her and she accepted his offer.
Mother dear. All of the guests are here, the only person not here is my
sister, Sheridan. Oh and Ivy gave Pilar the night off and invited her
to the party like you asked. I must say it was extremely nice of you to
held up her hand to make Julian stop talking, "Just hold off with your
kissing up for right now. I would like to be formally introduced to everyone."
course. Follow me," Julian lead them down to the dinning hall floor and
Elizabeth prepared to put her plan in action.
began to pace nervously, if Luis did not hurry up and get over here someone
was going to come looking for her and force her to come downstairs. "And
they say that woman take forever to get ready," Sheridan sighed and continued
to pace. Just then she heard a knock on the door, "Who is it?"
me, open the door before someone sees me standing out here and throws
me out of the house," Luis said in a voice just barely above a whisper.
it took you long enough to get here. What were you doing?" Sheridan opened
the door to see Luis standing in the doorway holding out a bow tie.
tie for my lady," Luis gave a little bow as he handed her the tie.
laughed, "Well the all knowing Officer Lopez-Fitzgerald does not know
how to tie a simple bow tie?" Sheridan took the tie from Luis and started
to loop it around his neck when she noticed that he was still holding
his left hand behind is back.
are you trying to hide from me," Sheridan asked as she finished putting
the tie underneath his collar.
have know idea what you are talking about," Luis replied innocently.
pulled on the tie with such force that Luis had to bend over and Sheridan
was able to see what was behind is back. It was a simple white rose that
was attached to a barrette.
just ruin the one little surprise I have for you. Oh, and let's not forget
just try and choke me to death," Luis voice was full of amusement. "Here,
take it." He handed it to her over his head. "Will you let me up now?"
let go of his tie and he actually stumbled forward and lost his balance,
"Luis!" Sheridan bent over to help him up, "Are you okay?"
I have kinda gotten used to you causing me bodily harm," Sheridan elbowed
him. "Ouch! See what I mean? You know you would think you would be nicer
to me after all the times I have saved your life, forgiving you for throwing
me in jail, and after I just give you a present," Luis threw up his hands.
smiled at him, "It's beautiful, and it looks so real."
that's the way it is suppose to look. That way people won't know that
it isn't real but actually silk and it will never die. Come on put it
on. We haven't got all night you know," Luis teased her.
glared at him but went to a mirror to put the barrette in hair. She fiddled
with it until it was perfectly placed and turned to Luis. "Well?"
now let's get out of here before Elizabeth tries to introduce us and we
are not there for her to introduce," Luis paused for a moment thinking
about what he just said. "Alright that did not make any sense."
but I got your point. Liz will be pissed if we aren't there at the right
moment," Sheridan sighed.
we?" Luis held his arm for her.
knew from that moment that she would not be able to stop smiling all night,
they walked to the dinning hall Luis made a comment about what Julian
would do when he found out that Luis had been released from jail with
the aid of his new mother. That she single handled managed to change things
in Harmony forever in only the matter of a few hours.
Julian will realize that he can no longer go around messing up people's
lives. I think the marriage will have a good affect on Alistair, I mean
you can already see some evidence that points to Elizabeth changing him,"
Sheridan still a little uncomfortable with idea of her best friend being
the wife of her father.
it sounds more like you are trying to convince yourself. I already know
that Alistair has changed, I mean he let Elizabeth have me released from
jail, but I understand what you must be feeling. I am sure I would have
a lot issues with Hank if he just decided that he wanted to marry my mother,"
Luis almost shuttered at the thought.
but at least you would know that Hank actually loved your mother and did
not marry her for money. I don't have any clue when it comes to Elizabeth,
with anything she does. Everyone of her actions has some hidden purpose
behind it," Sheridan shook her head. "I love Liz to death but you just
never know with her."
I happen to think that Elizabeth really does love Alistair with all of
her heart. Early she told me that money couldn't buy you happiness but
that it could help and the way she said it made me think she really knew
what she is talking about. She is happy with Alistair," Luis squeezed
her had in reassurance. "Now are you ready to knock the socks off your
brother?" He asked as they reached the doors of the dinning hall.
laughed, "Julian is not the only one he is going to throw a fit. Ethan
is going to go in to totally shock, especially since he will be with your
I guess it is a good thing there will be a couple of doctors at this party.
Just in case both Ethan and Julian decided to try to check out on us,"
Luis gave her a wicked smile.
thought you were going to give Ethan a chance to redeem himself, since
he is in love with your sister and all," Sheridan teased.
rolled his eyes, "Please don't remind me about that small fact. Do me
a favor? Do not tell Theresa what you and your mother think, it will send
her hopes so high, I am afraid to think about what she might do."
hath no fury like a woman in love?" Sheridan asked changing the old proverb
around a little so that it would fit the situation.
if I know Elizabeth, and I do, I would dare to guess right about now she
is about to tell everyone that she is not the real guest of honor tonight.
You ready to cause a half a dozen people a heart attack?" Sheridan giggled.
and willing," Luis still had a sly smile on his face. "This little town
is in for a big shock tonight."
and Sheridan stood at outside the doors and waited until they got some
single to enter. Then the doors opened and they could see the lights and
beauty of the dinning hall. They stepped through the doorway ready for
whatever waited from them on the other side.
I know the ending to this chapter sucks but that's what happens when I
write 24 pages in two days. What ever happened to grammar? Do not ask
me, you should know that by now if you have been reading my story. No
sneak peeks this time. I have been too busy working on getting this one
done in order think down the line.
it? Love it? Wanna kill it or me? Help me out here people, tell me what
you think and I'll see wait I can do to improve my writings.
Lennie Marie Inc. (don't mess with me! :) )