Ed had attended the wedding and Julian seemed like a really nice guy. Zoe had sworn him to secrecy so he couldn’t reveal any of the details to his family and friends. ” That was Zoe’s voice so she must be in the construction office trailer. While Victoria was tall, svelte, and with her allure and class reminded Ed of a Hollywood actress of the 1940’s like Veronica Lake, the judge was small in stature and low in character. Her hair was under his nose and the scent of melon and something tropical tickled his sense of smell. He couldn’t resist the impulse to finally slide his fingers into her hair. Ed picked up the phone and held it to his ear as he looked at the weeping woman. He’d picked up two of the units as Carolyn’s home was built at the same time Stephanie’s was and the two buildings were identical in all aspects, aside from décor. William, her oldest, nodded and got the three others to help him collect the spilled food and put it in the trash. While they took care of the mess, Ed lifted Stephanie in his arms and carried her to the living room. Her second oldest child brought her a box of tissues. He wasn’t able to read all the expressions on her face but sadness was definitely involved. She was going to keep it to herself but the woman deserved to know as she’d have to deal with Jeff. You want to press assault charges against this man? Ed was looking at Stephanie who was still watching the door. She was every bit as playful as she’d always been but now she was more willing to leap in with both feet.
She wanted it to be a surprise when it was ready for ‘the big reveal’ as Zoe called it. The gate opened and Ed drove in and parked next to it. It took a long time as it’s such a complex installation but everything passed. He was both physically and mentally abusive, controlling, and deeply corrupt. He felt her trembling so he wrapped his arms around her. Victoria’s eyes closed in happiness at the feel of his touch and her gently smiling lips parted. She nodded to him and put her hands over her face as she cried. Both homes were a reflection of the women who lived in them. She must have taken the call while preparing dinner. He dabbed away her tears with a tissue as she looked at him. “I think changing the will was my parent’s last attempt to pit us against each other. She hadn’t let him do anything but lie back and enjoy himself and as he’d sprawled out on the bed enjoying the afterglow Stephanie said that she’d slept better that night than she could ever remember. After they’d checked out of the motel they’d visited the lawyer’s office and signed the papers on the way out of town.
Before she could surge forward he lifted her sweater up and pulled her arms above her head. He was embarrassed to be listening in on this very personal call so he made to leave. Jamie hugged her aunt and shook Ed’s hand giving him a shy smile. Stephanie sat once more and Ed massaged her shoulders as she seemed tense. This clumsiness made the other dancers around him grin as his look of concentration was fierce. Stephanie’s eyes widened as his right hand pulled back to hit her. “I mooned over Stephanie all through high school and through elementary school as well, though she probably never knew. You’re as stunningly beautiful as you were the day you left.” Gary said. No sense in moping about what might have been.” Gary said with a sigh. He never broke himself of the habit though he doesn’t do it to his wife and kids which is a relief to know.” “Well, he can spend the night in the drunk tank tonight. Angie gave Stephanie a high five as Rachel fretted over Ed.
He got the sweater off but held her wrists together above her head with one hand while his other hand explored her breasts through her blouse and bra. ” she gasped in surprise, reverting to her childhood responses instantly. Victoria quickly reached out and grabbed his arm to stop him. ” The man’s voice came back but it was deeper now and trembling. Finally the line dance ended and they made their way to the bar. Her breath caught painfully in her chest as she stood frozen. ” The man nodded with a smile as he bent down to cuff Jeff who was just beginning to uncurl on the floor. Gary, this is Ed Walters, my boyfriend,” she said in introduction. I’d finally worked up the nerve to ask her out when she disappeared.” Gary explained. “If you’d been this charming back then I might not have left.” Stephanie replied with a grin. “So your brother here got drunk and started swinging? He wasn’t happy that I came back and we were at the lawyer’s office hearing our parent’s will read to us today. She took a step away, wrinkling her nose in disgust. He’s still in the bar so I can’t charge him with public drunkenness. “Enough about my little bruise, what are you two doing here?
He rolled his shoulders, enjoying the lack of tightness the new coverall he’d just been given this morning now afforded him. “Sorry you had to deal with that jerk,” the older man said. I just ignored the other stuff.” Drakos smiled self-consciously. The large house was silent, accentuating its museum like ambiance. ” Ed tilted his head back and she looked up at him timidly. The tension and desperation in her voice was fading. Chapter 2 Sunday night found Ed at the top of a short ladder with the sound of laughing kids playing in the backyard behind him. The reading of the will.” Her sniffles were starting up again. “The will stipulates that all of the assets listed above be divided equally between the two heirs, Jeff and Steph-” “WHAT? Ed took Stephanie’s hand in his and gave it a gentle squeeze to let her know he was there for her. You cannot prove you have grounds for contesting it and in doing so you will lose your share.” Jeff leaned back and stared at the lawyer in stunned silence. He nodded to Jenny then smiled at the remaining people in the room. It’s an honest question,” Stephanie said to stop Jenny from chastising her daughter.
Over the winter months he’d gotten back into his workout routine and discovered he’d increased his muscle mass to the point where his already form fitting coverall had become constrictive. “I guess I’ve just become a little over protective of you.” Ed smiled at the man. “I should check on Victoria’s place while I’m here, then I’ll head back.” “You’re still doing that? Ed made his way through his routine of inspecting the home for any sign of damage from water damage to broken glass. “One of the things you can depend on me to be is discreet. Ed locked up the house and made his way back to the office. He’d enjoyed his two days off, there hadn’t been a crisis at the office after all, and this was the only work he’d been faced with. “I’m so sorry for your loss.” She nodded jerkily and clung tighter to his hands. Then he looked at Stephanie and his expression darkened. “Having met the requirement of a ‘reading’ I’ll proceed with the process following more current practices. ” Jamie asked, causing her mother to look crossly at her. She looked at the girl and saw she had the attention of all of the kids. “Of course we can.” Chapter 5 Their flight was beginning its decent and Ed was looking forward to getting home to Grace and the others.
His hand left her breast and moved to the zipper on her slacks. ” she gasped in shock as she looked in his eyes with compassion in hers. Ed’s head snapped back and he fell down between the tables. He just transferred his toiletry kit from one suitcase to the other and he already had his passport.
His fingers were just too nimble as he had the pants sliding down her legs in seconds and his hand sliding over the thin panties on her ass before she was aware he had her undressed. ” When his lips met her nipples she cried out in bliss. As if drawn there her eyes moved back to the thick appendage hanging down between his legs. ” Beneath the incredible tingles she was floating in she noticed a deep, deep ache and realized this would probably be very uncomfortable later. Angie stuffed some Euros into his wallet for incidentals she said.
A quick flick of his fingers and the clasp on her bra parted. ” she breathed as his fingers found her stiff nipple and gently squeezed and tugged on it. They danced to a few more slow songs interspersed with faster numbers and Stephanie’s smile was wide and relaxed. Before they reached it their way was blocked by a grim looking drunk. The thock noise was clearly heard above the music and the big man went down hard. He looked at the big man with the bruised chin and the two men on the floor. Rachel and Angie just grinned at him and Stephanie began to smile as well as she saw what was happening. He was still stunned by how quickly he’d been turned around and sent back into the airport for his flight to France.
She squeaked in surprise then cooed as his large hand slid under the lace to cup a breast. Her knees wobbled and she might have fallen except for Ed’s undeniable grip on her wrists. “If it isn’t the bitch and her boy toy,” he slurred. Go home.” Stephanie said loudly and heads turned in their direction. That man gestured to a big guy standing by the front door. While Ed was distracted watching the bouncer fall Jeff swung his fist back and connected with Ed’s chin. The ladies got him a first class ticket on a red eye flight and they’d even brought him a suitcase of clean clothes for the trip.
He walked inside and she rushed over to get a hug and a kiss. I- I came in to do the sign off.” Ed said blinking at the two men. He’d killed a man Victoria had had an affair with and was going to kill Ed when he believed she’d bedded him as well. Ed found his mouth on hers and he was kissing her deeply and sensually. Stephanie’s choice in furnishings was clean lines and contemporary design with playful accents. Ed turned his face to her kids but they weren’t crying. She had the loveliest blue eyes which were now glassy with tears. I don’t believe they had a change of heart at all.” “That’s awful! “Yes, it is and it was like that my entire life until I left home.” There didn’t seem to be anything else to say. “I took your advice last night and I had a long talk with Mama. I called my friend Diane Mc Allister and she said with her mama gone she said I could get a job at the restaurant. They’d made a quick stop at Stephanie’s parent’s farm first. They parked on the shoulder of the road in front of the property and looked at what was left of the home which wasn’t much.
At 5’ 3”, Zoe Sandoval may have been petite in stature but her curves were breathtaking. He had no idea why they were so angry with each other. “Ed was working since he arrived today because he’s a professional. Ultimately Victoria had killed the judge with his own gun and spent some time in prison before her lawyer found evidence to prove her battered wife syndrome. She gasped and clung tighter as her tongue plunged into his mouth. Delightful on the eyes, soothing to the soul plus the gift of laughter. Carolyn’s anthropologist background made her choice of décor lean towards a more Bohemian style. When Jack graduates next year he and I are going to sign up for college and find a place we can share the rent on while we study.” “That’s wonderful! I’ll call his wife to let her know she can pick him up in the morning. The fire damage was extensive and her parents had pretty much been cremated in their own home due to the intensity of the blaze.
She squirmed, cooed, and panted as his touch triggered wave after wave of pleasure to course through her body. Ed looked at the surprised look on Victoria’s blissed out face. They ordered some drinks, Ed opting to stick with water while Stephanie had a beer. All her childhood memories flashed through her mind, all the terrifying and painful moments when Jeff had beaten her, driving her to the ground again and again. Her own rage from all those years of abuse suddenly exploded and she screamed as she drove her foot up into his testicles lifting him up onto his toes. That done he stood and faced her with a broader smile. Gary considered the younger man and smiled as they shook hands. Jeff got an unpleasant surprise and this is how he responded. Stephanie looked down at her brother who was on his stomach and… If you want to charge him with assault I could do that,” he said looking at Ed whose chin was now a lovely shade of purple. ” he said with a smile as he pulled Rachel in for a hug and kissed her.