Ed’s clever fingers found the buttons on her blouse and quickly popped them open one at a time from the top. Ed was too close not to hear both sides of the conversation. Ed nodded to a few people he’d been dancing next to and they grinned and nodded back to him. Ed needed to observe some examples of how to be a good father but all Jeff seemed to be was a great example of the opposite. I needed to say one final goodbye,” Stephanie raged back. Stephanie watched the hand slowly drop and saw Ed was holding the wrist tight in his big fist. Stephanie stepped over her brother to take Ed into her arms. “I kicked him in the groin because he was going to hit me.” That got a nod from the officer. He was going to hit me as well but Ed stopped him and I… She was called by the Director of the Louvre in Paris, France who informed her of a special presentation for her on Saturday evening. She came by the house yesterday as she thought you’d be home by then.
She was seriously aching for his touch against her bare skin. Once they finished their drinks Stephanie pulled Ed out onto the floor as a slow tune was starting and he was much happier dancing to this song. The bouncer arrived and saw one man with bleary eyes and a flushed face. Jeff suddenly spun and flailed one of his arms back, catching the bouncer across the face with a clumsy but heavy slap. She took in his surprised expression as he lowered the whimpering man to the floor. She felt like an enormous weight had been lifted from her chest. Ed grimaced as he looked at Jeff and nodded as he now understood why Jeff fell down. She was going to ask you to join her in Paris as many of her peers are going to be there and she really wanted to share the moment with you.
It was black with chrome accents in a sports package look, whatever that was. It was simple and straight to the point but legally binding for all its brevity.
After a whirlwind romance she’d married a lawyer named Julian and no longer worked for her Dad. Gwyneth had dispatched him to a job in his own neighborhood. Ed enjoyed the challenge and had offered some innovated solutions for the unique build. Victoria Rutledge was the widow of Judge Nelson Rutledge, who Ed discovered was an evil little troll of a man. ” Suddenly she was crushed up against his chest, clinging to him with all her strength. Her yellow gold hair fell in relaxed waves around her face and over her shoulders. When Stephanie called to ask him if he could help her with it he’d gladly agreed. Ed took Stephanie’s hands and gently pulled them away from her face leaving them clasped in her lap. It still makes me sad though.” She looked at Jenny. “You should probably go to the hospital to confirm you don’t have a concussion.” Gary suggested which got him a slow nod in response. “You’ll live.” He hoisted Jeff to his feet and, with a final lingering look at Stephanie, led him from the building. Her head snapped around to stare at Ed who was watching her nervously. It takes a much stronger person than me to survive that.” “I think you’re amazingly strong! There had always been a little hint of hesitance or nervousness to her behavior but since this morning when she woke him with some delightful oral play, the timid Stephanie was gone.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.More the result of medical science than nature perhaps but eye catching in the extreme. He’s mine so I can say all kinds of nice things about him! She didn’t like how the man was always picking on Ed’s naiveté. ” “Final inspections of the systems we installed,” Ed replied. Don’t waste my time standing around here all day swapping spit with your girlfriend! Ed jumped and quickly made his way out of the trailer. Now she was in England with her parents but more importantly with her two girls, reunited after their tumultuously emotional separation. My leg hadn’t healed and I was restricted to office work. He sucked on her tongue aggressively and moved one of his hands down her back to her ass as the other gripped her hair. ” Victoria burst into tears and clung to Ed as her emotions imploded. The artifacts and textiles she’d collected in her field days accented her more traditional and maybe a little ornate furniture. ” Stephanie said and Ed nodded with a smile of his own. Stephanie and Ed got up and walked around the table. The young woman thrilled to feel Ed’s strong arms wrapped around her. I just haven’t been able to break the habit of wearing the ring.” “It’s a sweet gesture.” Stephanie said and patted his arm. Ed and Stephanie had a moment of silence while they stood looking at the cold charred remains of what had once been her home.Her breasts were large and round, larger than her small frame normally supported. Ed was an innocent and didn’t understand when someone was just teasing or being sarcastic or worse, lying. He heard Zoe’s raised voice as the door closed behind him. Victoria was getting the psychiatric treatment she needed from years of abuse from her husband. They were learning the truth about their family and how much they needed each other after the ordeal. ” she gasped, tears beginning to pool in her thick lashes. Victoria was gasping for breath as Ed’s hands and kiss made her so excited. She took his hand and led him up the long curved staircase to the second floor and down the hall to the master bedroom. Always something interesting to look at to stimulate your mind no matter where you cast your eyes in her home. Jillian immediately went to her aunt and gave her a warm hug which Stephanie returned. He made to kiss her cheek but Jillian turned her face boldly and his lips landed on hers. He just looked at her and saw she needed to unwind so he turned into the parking lot as she squealed with glee. There was a long bar and lots of tables and a huge dance floor which was currently occupied by a large number of people all dancing in synchronized step in rows. Ed was never very good at reading expressions but Stephanie’s face seemed to be swinging between grief and anger.Gwyneth was the new office’s dispatch / receptionist / human resources officer at Drakos Heating and Cooling. Ed wasn’t the only one Clint had given a hard time. Then you’re done here.” Ed moved forward and Clint stiffly slid the paperwork across the desk at him. “Then I should thank you for looking out for me.” “You going back to the office now? Once he was done he was in the master bedroom and his mind returned to the last time he’d been with the woman. This means I won’t tell anyone about our time together. Ed was delighted she’d relaxed her need to have her make-up airbrushed on to perfection. She’s crying too hard to speak right now but I’ll make sure she’s on that plane tonight.” “You were listening? “Yes, I’m terribly sorry for my intrusion but Victoria went through some pretty awful treatment from Judge Rutledge. She needs her mom and dad and she needs her daughters so I’ll get her packed and on that plane.” “You- you know what that man did to her? “Not the details, but I saw some pictures and I can see how hurt she is inside. He was at Stephanie’s home installing a new motion sensor spot light by the rear patio door. “After everything I did for them they fucked me over for you,” he growled quietly. You’ll receive a copy of the will and any other documentation regarding the progress of the probate and final distribution of the estate. “For years I tried to love Jeff as a sister should love her brother but he’s pushed me from his heart. He’d learned a lot about Stephanie on his visit to Kansas and he felt even closer to her now as a result.She’d ordered the new coverall to give his new larger, harder muscles some space to breathe. Ed added his signature to the appropriate places and stood back. He remembered her lovely blonde hair spread out over the mattress under her, the flush in her cheeks from their lovema- he struggled to push the memories away as he began to stiffen in his tight clothes. That also means I won’t speak about theirs with you,” he said gently. She really was beautiful but now she looked human, not like a perfect porcelain doll. It must have been awful for her,” Ed replied and Victoria clung to him tighter as her gasps got louder. I- we were under the impression that she was alone,” the man said, his voice continuing to wobble. He heard a choking sound from the other end of the phone and the sound was muffled. The old one had given up the ghost and installing a new one was a job of only a few minutes. Feel free to contact the office if you have questions or concerns. My parents made us compete for their love and attention. He was really mean to me and I had to leave to survive. I was just lost in the ‘what might have been’ memories. Feeling a little warm and fuzzy he smiled over at her and she returned it.It was all Ed could do to keep his hands out of her long ebony locks and off those curves as he greeted her with a kiss on her sensual mouth. He took a deep breath and entered the trailer one last time. Drakos leaning across Clint’s desk barking at the man. He smiled at her as he gently moved his fingertips over her blouse from front to back gradually working her sweater up her torso. ” A sob leaked out and Victoria held her hand over her mouth. “Yes.” There was a muffled gasp at the other end as emotions overflowed. He knelt beside her as the kids gathered in the doorway. “I’m sorry Jeff treats you so poorly and I’m sorry your parent’s did this to you both.” “Thank you. “I think you’ve been very strong and very brave in a very difficult time. They decided to drive to the next town to a restaurant Stephanie knew of and was delighted to find still existed. As they passed through the town Stephanie spotted a bar that also had line dancing. He knew the order and timing of each step but putting it into practice with his body was where his difficulty was. Their expressions went from delight to dismay when they saw the bruise on his chin. “Ed’s chin met my stupid drunk brother’s fist last night,” Stephanie said contritely.She purred as she pulled her lips back from his and took in his new coverall. When his fingers passed over her breasts she moaned with need and looked deeply into his eyes. Ed picked up the sound of a woman crying in the background. Take care and if you ever need to talk please feel free to give me a call at this number,” Stephanie replied as she handed the woman her number on a slip of paper. The closest he could get was one or two beats off the mark. “Yes it was but I see life has treated you very well! That would give me a chance to woo Stephanie away from you! “It’s ok though because Jeff’s balls met Stephanie’s foot then practically met his own chin.” Ed teased.Even though in two days it would only be the first of May the temperatures were higher than normal and he’d been able to go without a jacket for the past week. Or if she’ll be back at all,” Ed replied with a little shrug but his face looked sad. Drakos just patted his shoulder and made his way to his car to drive back to the office. A friend of Victoria.” “Thank you for being there for our little girl. ” “Yes, ma’am.” Victoria desperately pulled the phone from Ed’s hand and held it to her ear. ” The two women burst into tears again and tried to speak but it was no good. The family was knitting back together and she was healing. ” she asked in a little girl voice as she looked at him, her eyes pleading. “The family home is too badly burned to salvage but I understand the insurance company has agreed to a full payment of the policy as the cause of the fire was determined by the Fire Marshal to be a faulty electrical outlet.” Jeff nodded stiffly and Stephanie’s eyelashes pooled with unshed tears. THIS BITCH GAVE UP ANY GOD DAMNED CLAIM SHE HAD TO ANYTHING FROM THIS FAMILY THE DAY SHE ABANDONED IT! ” Jeff barked as he allowed himself to be pulled back into his chair by Jenny. They created the will at their own request without outside influence or duress. I suspect they were aware of your feelings in this matter and included the clause to negate the option. “How long will this probate period be,” Jeff said tersely. If all goes well the probate period could be over in six to eight months, twelve at most.” Jeff’s expression soured considerably hearing how long it would take. A year of waiting for the bitch to cut our throats. My apologies.” “No need for you to apologize to me Jenny. As I’ve said, it was one of the main reasons I fled when I did,” Stephanie said with a weary voice. I have four children of my own to ensure the future for and my parent’s contribution to that would be welcome,” Stephanie explained to the lawyer who gave her another nod. We could stop by on the way out if the document could be ready by no later than 9am? “I can come by in the afternoon.” Jenny said, slightly dazed.His work coverall was plenty warm enough on its own. I know some of the other guys didn’t like him but I didn’t have to like him to work with him. Ed drove his truck up the hill to the top, not much of a distance from Zoe’s really, and let himself into the mansion with the key Victoria left him with. She had no idea when she would return but at least she sounded happy. She dabbed at them absently with a tissue Ed handed to her. ” he yelled as he jabbed his finger at Stephanie who stared back in surprise at his violent reaction. If you proceed with contesting the will let me assure you that you will lose. “I’ll have the document for the farm ownership transfer prepared by my assistant. Her remaining questions were moot with the transfer of Stephanie’s share of the farm to her.