Raging Horses by T. Stratton

Raging Horses
by T. Stratton

Part 1

“The last time I saw Marge Wilson was the last time I stayed at my grandmother’s house. My Grandma died when I was eleven years old so it will be fourteen years ago.” Jordan Martin said to her best friend and agent Mary Houseman.

“I’m glad you got a hold of her. You really needed a vacation Jordan. All of the work you’ve been doing. One movie after another is wearing you down kid. This is just what you need, slow things down and get some rest. Mary said to Jordan with a little smile.

Jordan looked over at the woman who was driving and smiled at her. She knew what Mary was saying was true. Jordan had been working hard lately but not for the reasons people thought. She was tired of people running her life, so she fired her manager, accountant, and all her assistants. Everybody, but Mary was gone. Mary had been the one to get her to take a step back and look at what she was doing. Jordan had soon realized that she wasn’t happy and needed to slow down, which is why she was going to see her grandma’s friend.

Two weeks ago, she had received a letter from Marge saying that it had been awhile and she would like the actress to come out and see her. She still lived on the same ranch she had always lived on. It was called Raging Horses. As soon as she was done reading the letter she called Mary and asked if she wanted to go with her. Mary jumped at the idea. She didn’t want to go with her husband on his fishing trip anyway. This would be more fun than sitting in a small boat waiting for the big one to take a hit.

“Well, if the guy at that gas station gave us the right directions we should be there in about one hour.” Mary said. Jordan nodded her head in agreement.

An hour away a gray hair woman sat on her porch drinking a cup of coffee. She had been waiting for this day for years. Marge always thought of Jordan as one of her family. She loved her like she was one of her own grandchildren (if she had, had any of her own). Marge tried to keep in contact with the little girl that used to follow her around like a puppy, but over time as family’s moved, addresses and phone numbers got lost they lost contact.

Recently, she had a free afternoon and had decided to go see a movie, boy was she shocked to see her little friend up on the screen. Marge nearly choked on her popcorn when she saw the tall beauty. Her hair was long and shiny black and she stood at least six feet high. Her eyes were the bluest she had ever seen. Her little tag along was all grown up and very gorgeous.

It took her a week to get the letter written and mailed. She was overjoyed when she got a phone call from Jordan two weeks later saying she would love to come to visit and could not wait.

The sun was starting to go down when the car pulled up in front of the ranch style house. The house was a light brown with gray shutters; a porch went around half of the house. It had a well-kept garden with all sorts of flowers growing in it.

“It’s so peaceful,” was the first thought Jordan had. She stepped out of the car and drew in a deep breath.

The air was crisp and clear. She felt a sense of peace here. It had been quite awhile since she felt that. Jordan heard the front door open and out stepped an older version of the woman from her childhood. This was the lady, who had told her she could do any thing as long as she put her mind to it.

Jordan had taken that to heart and it was because of that she was now one of the top actresses. “Well, as I live and breathe look who is finally here,” holding out her arms, Marge was not left empty handed, as the tall actress flew into them. “How is my puppy doing? It has been so long, you must tell me what you have been doing and how the rest of your family is?”

“First off, I want you to meet my best friend Mary Houseman. She is also my agent and as you can see my bellhop.”

Putting the luggage down Mary extended her hand, but it was pushed away and she was engulfed in a big hug. “It is nice to meet you Mrs. Wilson I can not wait until we can sit down so you can tell me all about Jordan growing up.” Mary stepped back and winked at the older woman.

“Don’t you worry; I have some of the best stories. Plus I even have some pictures. And you must call me Marge, my mother in law was Mrs. Wilson God rest her soul.”

“Okay Marge it is. Where would you like me to put these suitcases?” Mary asked.

“Hold on a second, and I will have Jimmy come and get them.” Reaching into her apron she pulled out a walkie-talkie. “Hey Jimmy are you around?”

From the corner of the house a big man with light brown hair and muscles from head to toe says, “I’m right here, mama.”

“Damn it, Jimmy, you scared the life out of me. What are you doing spying on us like that?” Marge asked with a gasp.

Jimmy looked like a three-year-old in trouble, ” Well Jay told me to keep an eye out for any trouble. I saw this car pull up and I have never seen it before. So I thought I should see what was going on.”
Marge just looked at him and put her hands on her hips, “I know Jay is a little jumpy with what is going on, but you still should not spy on people.”

“Yes mama, I will remember that, but I will also remember what Jay says to. You know when she says something is going to happen it usually does.”

Marge knew that Jimmy worshiped the ground Jay walked on. She also knew that Jimmy was right about when Jay got a feeling, bad or good, she was always right.

“You are right Jimmy. Jay is pretty good at knowing when something is going to happen, and thank you for looking after me.”

“You know if anything was to happen to you, Jay would go crazy. You and me are the only family she has left. I plan on keeping her and you safe and sound no matter what,” Jimmy said with a great big smile.

“Well, you have nothing to worry about here. These are my friends Jordan and Mary. They will be staying with us for a little while. So why don’t you go and get some more work done in the barn? I’m sure that horse of yours is just going wild that you are not there to fuss over it,” Marge gave her guests a smile as they watched Jimmy run off to the barn. “I forgot to ask him to help with the bags.”

“That’s okay Mary and I can get them.” Jordan replied.

Just as they turned to go into the house with the luggage, a blue jeep came racing into the yard and stopped in front of the garage. Out jumped an enthusiastic little blonde. She must have stood about five feet five inches with short hair that looked like she just woke up. It was flying all over the place. She had on a pair of old blue jeans and light green plaid shirt with a worn down jean-jacket over it.

She yelled at the top of her lungs, “Jimmy get me my gun and hurry up!”

“Jay what in the heck do you think you are doing? Why would you need your gun?” Marge asked Jay.

“Marge get in the house, please. We are about to get some unwelcome company;” Jay answered as she searched in the back of the jeep. “Damn! I know I put that other rifle back here. Where is it? Shit, oh here it is.” A hand grabbed her shoulder and spun her around. Her eyes met older brown eyes and for the first time the older eyes noticed the blood and bruises on the younger face.

“What happened to your face?” Marge asked as she tried to wipe some of the blood away.

“I ran into some of Mr. Blacksmith’s men out in the backfield. They thought just because they work for him that they could get on my land and take what is mine. Well I made them think differently. I kicked their asses and some just got in a few good punches that’s all.” You could see the frustration on Jay’s face and the anger in her eyes.

“Then why are you yelling at Jimmy to get your gun from the barn? And since when did you keep one in your truck?” Marge got madder with every word.

Jordan and Mary just looked at each other thinking the same thing. “What the hell is going on?”

Something else jumped into Jordan’s mind when she first laid eyes on Jay, “My God she is gorgeous.”

“One of the guys I kicked the crap out of was Mr. Blacksmith’s son,” Jay said has she took the gun from under a couple of blankets. “You know as well as I do he doesn’t take it well when he gets his ass kicked. Remember when it happened last year?”

“Yes I remember. I will get my guests into the house so they won’t be in any danger. I will also call the police. Here comes Jimmy; make sure he keeps his head down and his butt in one piece,” Marge said to Jay as she turned to usher Jordan and Mary into the house. When she reached the top of the stairs she turned around and yelled over to Jay, “You watch your back too. That guy is a snake and will do anything to get back at you.”

“No problem, there is no way he is going to win this time, Marge. Now hurry up and call Sheriff Bowden,” Jay said as she helped Jimmy load the guns.

Walking into the house, Jordan stopped before Marge and looked at her for an explanation. She wanted to know what the hell was going on and she wanted to know now.

Catching the look on Jordan’s face, Marge put her hands up to stop any questions, “First let me call Sheriff Bowden and then I’ll answer any questions you may have.” She walked into the kitchen and a few minutes later, returned with a tray filled with sandwiches and coffee. Setting them on the table and taking a seat she grabbed a sandwich and started her tale.

“For about the last ten years the ranch has been having money troubles. We had to sell over half of the land and let everyone go. But Jimmy, he had no place to go, so we just let him stay. Jay and I were about ready to sell the place. Let me tell you, this was the hardest thing we ever had to do. We decided to go to the bank on Monday,” She paused to take a sip of her coffee.

Jordan and her friend could tell that this was hard on the older woman. Jordan was just about to ask if she was okay when Marge started her story again.

“I have never seen Jay so heart broken. This is the only place she has ever called home. Her entire family is laid to rest in the meadow by the lake. She is the only one left and it was killing her to have to sell. Mr. Blacksmith and his son have wanted this land for years. They bought what land we sold and they couldn’t wait until we gave up on the rest of the land ” Marge stood up and walked to the window. Wiping off the tears that ran down her face. “Jay went out for what she called her last ride. While she was out riding, Jay came up on the ridge and was looking out for the last time, when a herd of wild horses came running below her.

As she was watching them the black stallion that was in charge stopped and looked at her. It came up in front of her and started to dance around. Jay thought for sure the animal had gone crazy or something. Then all of a sudden it stopped and just looked at her. If you ask her, Jay has no idea what happened next, but the horse came over to her and let her pet him.” Turning from the window Marge looked at her guests with a look of amusement. “If you know anything about horses, you know they don’t just come up to people, especially if the are very wild. Jay said an idea popped into her head. The answer to keeping the ranch was right in front of her. So instead of going to the bank the next day she went to the court house to do research. Finding the information on a government land act where the government pays us to watch over the horses since they are an endangered species. Within a month we had nothing to worry about.” Marge said as she sat back down on her chair.

“Let me guess, the Blacksmith’s were not too happy?” Jordan surmised.

“I have never seen anyone so pissed off in my entire life. Steam was coming out of Richard Jr. ears.” said a smirking Marge. She was about to say more when they heard a shot fired from outside. Making all three women jump in fright.

All three ran to the front door and looked out to see Jay and Jimmy standing with their guns pointing at six very big men. They all looked like they just got done rolling in the dirt. Jordan and Mary didn’t have to guess which one was Richard Jr. He had blood running from his nose and a set of black eyes forming. They could see the hatred in his eyes and his eyes were on Jay. Jordan had this urge to go and protect Jay, but she knew she should stay where she was.

“You fucking bitch. You broke my nose.” Richard yelled as he tried to wipe the blood off his face.

“If you stayed off my land then it wouldn’t of happened. When are you going to learn that you can’t just go on other people’s property and do what you want?” Jay said to him.

“Jay, when are you going to learn that my daddy runs this here county? No matter how long you stall, this here land will be mine and there will be nothing you can do about it. So, why don’t you give up and just hand it over? Maybe I will let you stay on and you can pick up all the shit.” Richard glared at Jay.

“You want to know something, Ritchie? I would rather die than see you or your asshole father get this land,” Jay raised her gun and pointed it at Richard and his friends. “Now, if you don’t get off of my land right now I will shoot your ass.” Pulling the hammer back she took aim.

“I will let you off this time. But you better watch your back, because next time I will get you.” Richard said as he pointed at Jay.

“I sure hope that wasn’t a threat, Mr. Blacksmith?” Sheriff Bowden queried as he stepped out of his car. “If it was, I would have to take you in and we both know your father would just hate to have to come and get you.” He stood in front of his car with his arms crossed over his chest.

“No, it wasn’t a threat, Sheriff. We were just having some fun. We’ll go now.” Richard and his friends got into their cars and left, throwing dirt and dust over Jay and Jimmy.

Coughing and trying to get the dust out of her eyes Jay turned to the Sheriff, ” Thanks for coming so fast, I wasn’t sure what they were going to do.”

“No problem. I knew something was going to happen one of these days, because it has been too quiet around here,” Bowden said as he helped wipe off the dust from Jay and Jimmy.

“Well Sheriff, why don’t you come in and stay for dinner?” Marge said in a shaken voice. “Jay, I want you to go and get cleaned up. Then get me the emergency kit so I can look at your cuts.”

“Don’t worry Marge I’m fine.” Jay said looking very exhausted.

“Look here, honey, you can act all rough and tough to fool Mr. Rich Boy, but you can’t fool me. You are hurt and I want to make sure for myself that you are okay.” Marge said in a caring voice.

“Yes Marge. I’ll be right over as soon as I get cleaned up,” Jay says as she turned and walked around the side of the house.

“Okay, now that that is settled, why don’t you all come on in and we can have some coffee and talk while I make supper. Oh and Jimmy would you please get cleaned up too?” Marge said to him in a motherly tone.

“Yes mama. I will do it as soon as I put the guns back in the barn.” Jimmy said with excitement.

****

Stepping into the shower, Jay let the hot water soak her hair. She felt all of the blood and dirt roll off of her body as she stood under the spraying water.

The headache she had had turned into a migraine. It usually started out as a minor pain behind her eyes then would over take her entire head by the end of the day. Jay knew she should go to the doctor’s, but that cost money and time. Both of which she had little of.

Slowly she eased her way to sit on the side of the shower stall. She knew she could not stay here for to long, because Marge would be sending Jimmy after her. So she sat there and tried to will the pain away.
After a few minutes, she stood up and started to wash herself. After rinsing the soap off she turned the water off and stepped out of the shower. As she toweled herself dry Jay looked at her reflection in the mirror. One of her eyes had turned black and blue, and she had a split lip. Jay carefully touched it and cursed for letting Dusty getting the drop on her like that.

Walking out of her bathroom, Jay looked around her small home. It had the all the basic stuff in it. A kitchen, which she never used except for the refrigerator. Jay had one addiction and that was soda pop, to be more exact she loved Diet Dr. Pepper. The pictures that hung in the small hallway were all she had left of her family. Her favorite one was the one of her and Jack, her younger brother.

A knock on the door told her she had better hurry up and get over to the main house. Taking one last look at the photograph, Jay, grabbed a gray t-shirt and a pair of jeans and got dressed. She looked for her boots and remembered that she left them on the small porch attached to her house. Opening her front door she grabbed them and took off toward the main house.

****

Walking into the house Jay called out, “Hey Marge, what’s for supper tonight? Hope whatever it is you made a lot. I missed lunch and right now I could eat a whole cow.” Stepping into the kitchen Jay froze in her tracks. Sitting next to Marge, she saw the most stunning person she had ever seen. Jay looked into blue eyes and they just captured her soul. Pieces missing for so long seemed to be found in the deep blue orbs.

Jordan had no idea what was happening. The green eyes that were staring back at her made her heart beat faster than it had ever beaten before. They looked into her soul, finding a home.

Jordan knew she had to get to know this feisty little blonde with the clearest green eyes she had ever seen. She liked the way the gray shirt Jay wore was tucked into the waist of her pants. It showed off a trim waist and the short sleeves gave her a nice view of very strong tan arms. She had to stop herself from going any further, when she noticed Marge get up from her chair.

Marge got up from where she was sitting and walked over to Jay. She grabbed her arm and pulled her to a seat by Mary.

Jay didn’t realize as Marge guided her to a chair as she never lost eye contact with Jordan.

Jay couldn’t believe the beautiful dark hair stranger sat at her table. She broke from the stare to glance down at nice full lips, that Jay knew once she kissed them nothing else in the world would matter.

So deep in thought Jay didn’t notice what Marge was doing until she jumped when something hit her eyebrow.

“OUCH!” Jay jumped off of the chair and looked right at Marge. “Why did you do that? That hurt like hell.” Marge glared at her. “Sorry Marge, I didn’t mean to swear at you. You should tell a person before you go and do something like that.”

“Well, if you were not paying attention it was not my fault. What is wrong with you any way?” Marge grinned. “Oh, by the way, let me introduce you to a friend of mine. Her Grandma was my best friend.” She walked around to stand behind Jordan and Marge put her hands on Jordan’s shoulders. “This is Jordan Martin and this is her friend Mary Houseman. They come here for a little peace and quiet and they walk into the OK Corral,” Marge said with a laugh.

“Hopefully that will be the only stand off we have while you are here,” She shook Mary’s hand, “It is nice to meet you.” She reminds me a little of my mom. Then she turned to Jordan to shake her hand too. “Welcome to the Raging Horses Ranch. May you find the peace you are looking for.” The instant their hands touched all other things ceased to exist. They each wondered if the other person felt what was happening. The way Jay would describe it later on, “Like two halves of one soul finding each other and
not letting go.”

Jordan heard a slight cough breaking her from the moment first, “It is nice to meet you Jay. I do believe I may find that peace.”

Getting her voice back Jay said, “Good, and if there is anything I can do to help let me know.”

“Now, why don’t you tell us the whole story of what happened today? Supper will be done in about 15 minutes and Jimmy is out showing Bowden something in the barn,” Marge said to Jay as she took her seat.

“Well, I was checking the back pastures for any flood damage…”Jay began her story to her curious audience.

*****

“One of these days, I am going to get that bitch,” Richard Jr. yelled as he kicked a cat that choose the wrong moment to pass by.

“We were on her property Rich. Maybe we should leave her alone for awhile.” Sam said in a weak voice.

Rich grabbed Sam by the collar of his shirt and slammed him up against the car, “Listen to me you shit-head. That land should be my fathers and mine. She took it out from under us. It doesn’t matter that it was hers first. All that matters is that it was supposed to be mine!”

“Come on, Rich let him alone. He’s a coward anyway. We’ll think of a way to get Jay Kramer off of that land. One way or the other. Accidents do happen, do they not?” Travis said as he held out a beer to him.

He looked over at his friend and releasing Sam grabbed the beer. He took a big swig and started to laugh. “Remember that one guy whose barn caught on fire and it jumped to his house killing his family? Well maybe another unexplained fire will be happening in the future.” While he wasn’t happy that they killed someone Ritchie got over it fast because his father was proud for a job well done.

Sam was not too happy with the way things were going. He was not sure why he hung out with Rich and his friends. They treated him like dirt. He knew he had to tell someone what they were planning before someone got hurt again. Sam knew he had to go to the Sheriff or to see Jay herself,
before anybody got hurt.

****

The next morning found Jordan seated on the porch swing as she watched the sun come up. She could not believe the colors that the sun threw across the sky. The orange and pinks along with the yellows were amazing. She could hear the birds meet the morning with their own song. Jordan had forgotten what it was like to wake up with the sound of nature instead of cars honking and police sirens wailing. There was nothing like peace and quiet to wake up to. Sitting there enjoying her morning she was startled out of her musing when a curse was heard loud and clear.

“MOTHERFUCKER, SON OF A BITCH!” Jay came walking around from the corner of the house madder than mad.

“Well I can see that you are not a morning person,” Jordan said in an amused voice as she continued to swing.

Jay stopped in her tracks and looked up at Jordan, “Sorry, didn’t think any one was up yet. My alarm clock didn’t go off.” she smiled shyly.

“That’s okay, I woke up about a half an hour ago. I think it was the peace and quiet, not being use to it and all.” Jordan said as she took a sip of her coffee. “So what are your plans for today? Mary won’t be up for a couple of hours, so I have time to kill.”

“First and for foremost, I need to get some of that coffee.” Jay answered with a yawn. “Then I have to go check on an expecting horse. She is due any second. After that the usual stuff clean stalls, feed the horses check the fencing, and the list goes on and on.”

Jordan looked at Jay with a smile. She had always wondered what it would be like to live off of the land. Not like a farmer but what Jay was doing. Putting blood, sweat and tears into something that was her own. Something that she can put her heart into and see it grow. Hopefully someday she would find it.

Not even realizing Jay had left to get a cup of coffee, Jordan continued thinking to herself. Why has it taken me so long to realize I was not truly happy in what I was doing? When did all of this doubt get into my head? Then it finally hit her. It all started when she was at her last movie location. Sitting on her balcony watching all of the people walking along the street. Jordan had noticed a couple walking hand in hand just smiling, with a look of total happiness on their faces. To be that content with someone else was something Jordan had not had in a long time. In fact maybe she had never really had that. All you have to do was look into their eyes and you knew that no matter what, they would always love you, and be there for you. Still thinking to herself Jordan jumped when the screen door slammed shut. Jay was walking out with a mug of coffee and a look of pure heaven on her face.

“I take it the coffee meets with your approval?” Jordan asked curiously.

Jay walked over and sat next to Jordan, “The coffee is great. Just the way I like it, but Marge is up and she just got done making sweat rolls. It’s the second best way to start the morning.” Jay replied with a knowing little grin.

“Oh really? What’s the best way to start the morning?” Jordan asked.

Taking a long sip of her coffee Jay turned her head and looked right at Jordan, “My mom told me once that the only real way to wake up in the morning is in the arm of the person who has the other half of our soul. To just lie there and feel the peace and quiet of the new day. To be able to just hear the person you love breathe and to feel their heart beat under your ear. It’s just the simple things that make it the best way to wake up.”

Stunned by what Jay had told her. Jordan was not sure how to reply, she was saved by Mary coming out onto the porch. “Hey, Jordan do you smell that aroma coming from the kitchen? My god I think I have died and gone to heaven.” Noticing the way Jay and Jordan were looking at each other. Mary could see that she had interrupted something. Trying to sneak back into the house, she got smacked in the face with the door as Marge opened it.

“I am so sorry, Mary, I didn’t see you there. I just wanted to say that breakfast was ready.” Marge said as she looked for any sign of bruising on Mary’s face.

Seeing Marge trying to check on Mary’s face while Mary tried to stop the older woman. Jordan said in a giggle, “Don’t worry about her head Marge it is made out of bricks.”

Hearing what Jordan said Jay started to laugh and spilled coffee on her lap. “Oh boy, that is hot.”

Turning to see what Jay did to herself, Marge grinned and said, “Now see what happens? What comes around goes around.”

At that moment Jimmy came out to see what was taking everybody so long. “If you guys don’t hurry up and get in here I’m going to eat all of these rolls.”

Hearing what Jimmy said, Jay started for the door with Jordan hot on her heels.

*****

After Jay and Jimmy left, the three remaining women sat around the kitchen table getting caught up on what had been happening in their lives. Mary was having a ball, hearing about some of Jordan’s antics while growing up.

“You have to be kidding me, she actually ran around the block buck-naked?” Mary laughed.

Marge laughed right along with her, “Yep she sure did.” She looked over at Jordan laughing as she continued her story. “We found out later the reason she did it was because of some bet she made with the neighborhood kids. Apparently she was the loser.”

“Well I always did pay off my debts.” Jordan said as she sat there with a big smirk and eyebrows wiggling.

“What was the bet over?” Mary asked Jordan.

“It really was not a bet. It was more like a dare. They wanted me to kiss little Peter. I said that I would rather run around naked than kiss him. So they dared me to do it and I did.” Jordan giggled.

Jordan had not thought of that summer in years and she still could not believe that she ran around the block naked as a jay bird. Wishing that life was still that easy and that no matter what happened she had a place to go and feel loved and not judged. Just because her face was well known and people saw her on the big screen they thought they knew her. Boy, were they wrong.

“So, Jordan, tell me what is going on in your life now?” Marge asked Jordan who was a million miles away.

Not hearing the question she sat there and continued to stare at her coffee. Jordan finally snapped out of it when Mary fingers snapped in front of her.

“What? Did you ask me a question?” Jordan asked looking up at Mary and then to Marge.

“I asked you what you have been doing with your life?” Marge asked and took a sip of coffee.

“Okay, I started in movies when I was 18 years old. You know just the little parts here and there. Then when I was twenty-three years old I got the lead role for this action movie called ‘Forrest Runner’ and it was a box office hit. Since then I have done six different movies. Work is all I have known for the past couple of years. Then it kind of hit me one night that I have not been living my life the way I really want to. Then I got your letter and called. The as they say is history.” Jordan replied with a small shrug.

“Well, you can still say so much yet say so little. I want to know what has been going on up here and here,” Marge replied and gestured with one hand to Jordan’s head and the other to her heart.

“Well to tell you the truth, I have decided to start over, to live my life the way I want. Plus I want to find what I have been missing for such a long time.” said Jordan with a smile.

“What would that be Jordan?” Mary asked wondering what Jordan could be missing.

“I want to find someone who will love me no matter what I say or what I do. Someone that will make me laugh and cry all at the same time. That no matter what may happen she will be there for me and value what my heart has to offer. I want to find peace within myself and share it with someone special. I am hoping this little vacation will be a step in the right direction.” Jordan said with all seriousness.

“It’s about damn time girlfriend!” Mary said as she slapped the tabletop. “All I have ever wanted for you was to be happy and I knew that no matter how much work you did it was not what you wanted. I cannot wait until I tell Bob about this. He is going to be so happy you finally figured out that work is not all you need in life.” She got up and gave Jordan a hug.

At that moment Jay walked in and saw Mary hugging Jordan with Marge smiling off to the side. “So what has got all of you so happy? Did the sugar rush from the sweet rolls take affect?” The three happy women looked at Jay and they just grinned. Jay just looked back at them and shrugged her shoulders. “I just came in to get some coffee. Jimmy and I will be fixing the back fence that I was checking yesterday. Not sure when we will be back. The river did some major damage and I want to get it fixed before shit-head and his friends come back.” She got a thermos and filled it. Jay also grabbed a couple of the last rolls and started to walk out of the house. She looked back to see the three still grinning. “Bye, and don’t you three girls get into any trouble today.”

“Don’t worry Jay we will be good. You just try to come home without any bruises. Okay?” Marge replied in a worried tone.

“I will do my best Marge. See you later.” Jay laughed as she left.

Mary took a glance at Jordan. Jordan didn’t even blink when Jay came in. Mary wasn’t even sure if she took a breath. The dreamy look on Jordan’s face when she looked at where Jay had just been gave Mary an idea. “Hey, Marge tell us about Jay.”

Hearing what her friend said Jordan looked over at Marge and said, “Yes Marge tell us about Jay.”

She gave a slight wink at Mary and started her story. “Jay Kramer is the most honest person you will ever know. She wears her heart on her sleeve, even though she can hide it pretty well. Her mom and dad got into a fatal car accident. Not only were they killed, but so was her brother. She would have been in the car too, but she stayed home with me because I had a really bad cold. She was devastated. She told me that afternoon that she had a feeling something bad was going to happen. I didn’t believe her and I will never forget the look on her face when Sheriff Bowden came out to the ranch. Jay knew right away that her family was gone. She didn’t come out of her room until the day of the funeral. I got worried that after it was over with that she would retreat back into herself, but she told me that she was done crying and had things to do.” Marge got a far off look in her eyes. She loved Jay as if she was her own daughter. Nobody could take her place. Marge only wished that Jay could find the one person who would make her life
complete.

Mary seeing the distant look on Marge’s face decided to change the subject. “Well, Marge, are there any good stores around here?”

Jordan still had many questions about the little blonde that had jumped into her heart, but knowing her friend had changed the subject to lighten the mood she realized she would have to wait, because it appeared that her two companions had shopping on their minds.

****

“Hey, Jimmy, will you bring the hammer?” Jay asked.

“Sure Jay, no problem.” Jimmy picked up the tool and ran back over to where Jay was. “How long do you think Mama’s friends will be staying here?” He asked.

“Not sure, why don’t you like them?” Jay asked curiously.

“No, I like them. I guess I’m just not used to having other people around.” Jimmy said shyly.

Jay stopped what she was doing and looked at her friend. “They seem to be nice enough, and Mary seemed to really like that joke you told at dinner last night.”

“Yep, you’re right Jay. Maybe it’s just that there are so many girls in the house now. Do you think I could spend the night at your place sometime?” Jimmy asked excitedly.

Jay looked at Jimmy and said, “Jimmy, you do know that I’m a girl too? So why would it matter if you stay with me or up at the main house?”

Jimmy stopped fiddling with the piece of grass in his hand. “Jay, you are not a girl. You are my best friend.” He said very seriously.

Not wanting to hurt his feeling Jay said, “You are my best friend too. And don’t worry, I’ll protect you from all of those girls.” She had to laugh a little at what Jimmy said.

“Thanks, Jay, you are a life saver.” Jimmy looked relieved.

“What am I saving you from?” Jay could only guess what Jimmy had in his head.

“Well, you should know Jay, I’ll never get into the bathroom with all those girls running around.” Jimmy said with determination.

Jay just stood there, until she had to let out the big laugh that was brewing. Jimmy was the only person who would come up with something like that. Calmed down enough she asked “Jimmy why in the world would you think they would take over the bathrooms?”

“Oh, come on Jay, you have to know that girls love to spend all of their time in there. And since we only have two bathrooms and they’re three of them I don’t have a chance.” He explained.

“Well, I can see where that could be a problem. We’ll see what we can do so you won’t be without a bathroom, Okay, buddy.” Jay said shaking her head.

“Okay, Jay, that would be great,” said Jimmy as he walked back to the jeep to grab a drink of water.

Jay watched Jimmy. She couldn’t help but love the guy. Too bad the way they got to know each other wasn’t under better circumstances.

The day after her family’s funeral, she went and asked Sheriff Bowden what happened. He told her of the drunk driver that had swerved into the same lane of her parents’ car. They had hit head on. Killed her Mom and Dad instantly, Jack had fought to stay alive but his head wounds were too bad. By the time he got to the hospital he was gone.

Jay also wanted to know what happened to the other driver. Sheriff Bowden, told her that he was at the county hospital. He had a broken arm and a few broken ribs. He also told her that a passenger was in the other car as well. It turned out to be the driver’s younger brother. He had major trauma to his head, and wasn’t expected to live.

Sheriff Bowden told Jay that people had seen the young man try to stop his brother, but couldn’t. So, he got in with him to make sure he got home okay. They were almost home when the accident happened.

The driver got out of the hospital and went straight to jail. Where he got a lousy 2 years for vehicular manslaughter. They last heard he was in California somewhere.

Jay went to see the younger brother at the hospital where she found out that after time he would be mostly okay. Just that all of his mental abilities wouldn’t be the same. So, Jay went to the hospital every chance she could. She figured that the young man wasn’t to blame and would need a friendly face. They got to be friends almost immediately.

When it came time for him to be released from the hospital. Jay, had an idea, since he had no family and it was clear that even though he looked like an adult, he had the mind of a child. Jay figured that even though it was his brother that had gotten them both in this circumstance, she would bring him out to the ranch to live.

Together with Marge at the center Jay and Jimmy became their own little family. She loved Jimmy like a brother and would not change him for anything.

Coming out of her thoughts Jay yelled at Jimmy, “Hey, Jimmy, look inside the jeep and you will find that I snagged a couple of sweet rolls from this morning for you.”

“Jay, you are the best.” Jimmy reached into the jeep and jumped for joy when he saw the treat.

****

“For such a small town they sure do have some good stores.” Mary said as she collapsed onto the chair.

“I haven’t had that much fun shopping in a long time.” Marge said as she sat on the couch.

“Hey do you guys want anything to drink?” Jordan asked from the kitchen.

“Sure, I’ll take a Coke.” Mary saw Marge nod her head in agreement “Marge will take one too.” she said.

“Okay, you too lumps just sit there while I get your drinks,” Replied Jordan.

Mary looked to see if her friend was out of earshot. She had wanted to ask Marge if she saw the way that Jordan and Jay acted around each other. She whispered, “Hey, Marge, have you noticed the way that our two friends have been acting around each other.”

“How could anyone miss it. The sparks that flew when Jay came in the house last night nearly knocked me over,” replied Marge with a big smile.

“How long do you think it will take one of them to make the first move? I’ll only be here for a couple of weeks. I don’t want to miss it when it happens,” asked Mary.

Marge took a glance toward the kitchen and said, “I don’t think it’ll be that long. I don’t know about Jordan, but Jay, has always said that she had no time for love. So she’s been doing nothing but try to get this ranch up and going.”

“Jordan has had a few girlfriends, but they never were never around long. She told me once that she had never felt that connection. Which I’m glad, because every single one of them just used her,” Mary explained.
Curiously Marge asked, “Used her for what?”

With a big sigh Mary answered, “every one of those women wanted her either for her money or her celebrity. Some even wanted both. Luckily she saw what was happening and put a stop to it.”

“Is she seeing anybody right now?” Asked Marge.

“Nope, not a soul. I don’t think it would matter with the way those two looked at each other. They have something and I can’t wait until it explodes,” Mary said excitedly.

Seeing that the tall woman they were talking about, was coming out of the kitchen they stopped their discussion.

Jordan had seen the two in the living room talking quietly. Wondering what they were talking about she asked, “So what are you two whispering about?”

Marge answered, “nothing dear, nothing at all.”

She saw the look they gave each other and replied, “some how I don’t believe you, but I’ll take your word on it.”

****

After dinner Jordan and Mary sat on the porch swing. Jordan looked at her friend and asked, “are you going to tell me what you and Marge were gossiping about this afternoon?”

“Why on earth would you think we were gossiping? Can’t two people carry on a conversation without being accused of something?” Mary asked in a playful voice.

“Not when the moment I walked in you two shut up like clams,” Jordan said with a giggle.

Mary was about to make a sarcastic reply when they saw Jimmy. He came running out of the barn. Then they watched him run around the corner of the house. A few minutes later Jay came stumbling from behind the house. She was trying to get her boots on and she was failing miserably.

Wondering what was going on, Jordan asked, “Hey, Jay where is the fire?”

Seeing the two women on the porch, Jay sat on the ground and fought to get her boots on. Finally winning she answered Jordan’s question like an excited three-year-old. “The baby is coming.”

“What baby, I don’t remember anyone being pregnant?” Mary asked getting excited.

“My horse the gray palomino is getting ready to give birth.” Jay said jumping up off the ground and running to the barn. Halfway there she turned around and yelled at the two women still standing on the porch. “Well, are you guys just going to stand there, or are you coming with me?”

Jordan and Mary looked at each other and then like a fire was set under them took off. They caught up with Jay, and all three ran to the barn.

Jordan felt the excitement as soon as she entered the barn. She watched Jay go to the last stall. Jay looked like an expectant father; the sheer joy and worry ran across her face at the same time. Jordan waited to see if Mary and her could approach. Not sure if their presence would disturb the expectant mother.

Mary heard footsteps coming up from behind her. She turned and saw Marge as she walked through the door. Smiling at the older woman and she said, “Well, it looks like you’re going to be a Grandma.”

Marge smiled at Mary and replied, “As long as this one is okay I’ll be glad to be called Grandma.”

Seeing the questioning look on Mary’s face Marge explained. “A couple of years ago Clouded Destiny had a very hard labor and we lost the little colt. Plus we almost lost her. Jay didn’t want to breed her any more after that. Then she ran away one night and apparently she hooked up with a mate. So that is why we are standing around here now.”

“Oh man, do you think the baby will be okay? Do you have any clues who the daddy is?” Jordan asked as she walked up.

Marge shook her head, “Yes; Jay said the black stallion that came up to her that one night is the father.”

“How do you know for sure? Did he send flowers or something?” Mary said as she giggled.

They heard laughing behind them and saw Jay as she walked up to them. “No, he didn’t send any flowers. He’s been coming closer and closer to the house lately. He knows that Clouded Destiny is getting ready to go into labor.” Jay looked behind them and said, “give me second will you?” She walked to the doors and threw them open. She looked right and then left. Then she waved for the three women to come closer to her. Jay pointed to the left and said, “See, he knows that he is about to be a father.” They looked
to where she pointed and about one hundred yards away stood the black stallion.

“My God he is enormous.” Mary gasped as she looked at the horse.

“He does have a presence about him that’s for sure.” Marge said.

The horse must have heard her because he suddenly reared up. Then he started to prance around getting all excited. Showing off for his spectators Than as suddenly as he started he stopped and looked at the barn. When they all heard a crashing sound they took off back into the barn.

Jay ran up to the stall and looked in. Clouded Destiny had kicked a hole in the side of her stall. Trying to calm herself she talked to the horse. “Shh shh, it’s going to be okay Cloudy girl. Just take it easy girl.
Nothing is going to happen to this baby, I’ll make sure everything comes out okay.”

Jay sensed that the horse was getting real close to delivering. She wanted to know where the vet was. She had sent Jimmy off to call the vet as soon as he told her it was time. Jay took one look behind Cloudy and could see the leg of the foal. “Damn, Marge go see what Jimmy is up too?”

“Sure Jay I’ll be right back.” Marge said as she took off out of the barn.

Jay stepped into the stall and came up to Clouded Destiny. She patted the horses’ side and tried to let her know that she was here to help. “Easy girl. Calm down everything is going to be okay.” The horse put her head on Jay’s shoulder as a sign that she knew why she was here.

“Look at that, Jordan. Have you ever seen anything this amazing?” Mary asked stunned by what she witnessed.

“It’s incredible.” Jordan looked at the way Jay communicated with the animal.

Jordan walked up to the stall and asked, “is there anything Mary or I can do to help?”

“Can you look and see if the foal is still coming out okay.” Jay replied with concern in her voice.

“Okay, but you will have to tell me what I’m supposed to be seeing.” Jordan said as she opened the stall door and walked in.

“The foal should have one leg out and then the head should be…” Before Jay could finish her sentence Clouded Destiny got very agitated. Jay grabbed the reins to try to keep Clouded Destiny still, but it wasn’t working.

The horse scared Jordan so much she almost jumped over the side of the stall. She saw Mary as she tried to open the door. She was not prepared for what Jay asked her to do next.

“Jordan I want you to get behind Clouded Destiny and help the foal out of the birth canal.”
Jay said as she still tried to calm down the excited horse.

“What are you nuts? Jordan don’t you dare get behind that thing. It might kick you in the head,” Mary yelled.

“She won’t hurt you Jordan. Trust me, all she needs is a little help. Mary why don’t you see what is taking Marge and Jimmy so long,” Jay said tiredly.

“Okay, I’ll do that, but Jordan don’t do anything stupid. You have no idea what to do.” Mary said as she turned around and walked out the door.

“Boy, she can be the bossy mother, can’t she?” Jay said has she looked at Jordan.

“You have no idea. That was very mild.” Jordan said with a little laugh.

“Do you always listen to her or do you think you could help me? I don’t know when the vet will be here. Jimmy was supposed to call him.” Jay said as she tried to calm down the nervous horse. “I don’t want to lose this foal and the only way I can think of helping is for you to grab the foal and pull.”

“You want me to what? I can’t do that; I might hurt Clouded Destiny. Plus what would happen if I did something wrong?” Jordan said in a voice.

“Don’t worry; just don’t pull unless she is having a contraction. I will warn you, you might get a little dirty.” Explained Jay.

“A little dirt never hurt anybody before. So lets get this thing going, and see what your new foal will look like.” Jordan said as she got behind Clouded Destiny. “Now you want me to grab it and pull, right?” She asked just to make sure.

“Yes, but don’t pull to hard. Just do it nice and easy,” Jay said.

They waited for the next contractions. She couldn’t believe what she saw next. The little foals’ head was all the way out. She saw its little head moving and told Jay, “I can see its head. Do I do anything?” She asked.

“Remove the membrane from its nose. That will help it breathe a little better when the cord breaks off.” Jay explained.

Jimmy came running in the barn as soon as Jay finished speaking. He came up to Jay and said, “The vet will be here as soon as he can. He is in emergency surgery.” He saw where Jordan was and asked, “is there something I can do?”

“Yes, go get some blankets and while you are at it get me a soda.” Jay said.

“No problem, Jay, I will be back in a flash.” Jimmy said as he ran from the barn.

Mary and Marge came into the barn next. Mary carried a tray of coffee and sandwiches. When Mary saw where Jordan was she nearly dropped it. Handing it over to Marge she walked up to the stall door and asked, “What in the hell do you think you are dong in there?”

“Calm down Mary, nothings going to happen. You should see this though it is amazing. Its head is out and I think its going to be grayish like its Mom ” Jordan said with enthusiasm.

“No way in hell am I going in there.” Mary replied as she pointed at the stall.

Jimmy ran past the two women and handed Jay her soda, “Thanks Jimmy just set it over there by the sandwiches.”

Jay wanted to see the foal born so she turned to Jimmy as he walked back over to the stall. “Jimmy why don’t you come over here and hold the reins. I want to see what is going on back there.”

Like a three-year-old in a candy store Jimmy jumped into the stall and took the reins. “Now don’t hold them to tight. I want her to have as much play as she needs. Okay, Jimmy” Jay said.

“I understand, Jay, I won’t let you down.” Jimmy said proudly.

“I trust you Jimmy. Just watch out in case she gets agitated. I don’t want you to get hurt.” Jay said as she passed by Jimmy.

Mary heard what Jay said and was about to say something, when Marge came up to her and shook her head. Mary looked at her with worry in her eyes and Marge said, “Trust Jay, she knows what she is doing. Do you really think she would put Jordan in a dangerous place?” Marge tilted her head in the direction of the two women. Mary looked and could see the electricity between them.

She thought, “Damn, look at that. I’m surprised that they haven’t jumped on top of each other yet. Jordan deserves this more than anyone I know and I hope Jay keeps her happy.” Mary heard Jordan laugh and looked at her friend. “Yep, Jay will make her the happiest person alive.”

Before Jay and Jordan knew it a baby foal was sitting in their laps.

“Well, how does it feel to be a Grandma, Jay?” Jordan asked as she laughed.

“It feels great, even though we are covered in some disgusting stuff ” Jay said with a great big smile. The foals head sat in her lap as Clouded Destiny came over to check on her baby.

“Jay are you going to tell us if it’s a boy or a girl?” Jimmy asked as he jumped up and down.

“You will have to ask Jordan, I have the wrong end,” Jay said with a smirk.

Not one to get embarrassed over such things she lifted the foals’ leg and took a look. “It would seem that we have a brand new baby……. boy ” Jordan yelled.

Jimmy and Marge started to clap and pump their hands up and down. Mary stood there shocked at the mess Jordan was in. She looked around and finally started to clap. Then she started to jump up and down and hugged Marge. She yelled “Congrats, my friend. He is beautiful.”

“Jay, what are you going to name him?” Jordan asked.

“Well, since you are the one who really helped pull him out. I thought about naming him after you.” Jay said in a sincere voice.

“I can’t let you do that.” Jordan said shyly.

“Yes, I can and I will. Everybody I would like you to meet the new member of our family ‘Jordan’s Destiny’. Jay said proudly.

Jordan was stunned. The look on Jay face when she announced the name made her want to gather her in a hug. The thought entered her conscious mind and before she knew it she hugged Jay.

Jay just stood there. She felt the shock to her system and almost fell over. If it weren’t for Jordan holding on to her she would have. When they pulled back their eyes locked and before they knew it they were kissing.

Mary and Marge looked at each other and gave the other a high five. Marge got Jimmy’s attention and waved him over, “Why don’t you grab the tray and we can sit on the porch and eat.”

They never noticed the others leave. It is a sweet tender kiss. A kind of kiss that made you crazy with want.

They ended the kiss at the same time. Jay put her head in Jordan’s chest and smiled to herself. She had never had a kiss like that in her life. Her heart pounded so fast she thought it would burst. Jay ran her hands up and down Jordan’s back. She could feel the muscles tremble with her touch. She had to know though, if Jordan had the same feelings.

Jay took a deep breath and asked, “Jordan? I have to know what you are feeling?”

“After that kiss do you really have to ask? I’m amazed that I am still standing. Your hands on my back are sending shock waves through my core I want to kiss you again, but I’m afraid I won’t be able to stop myself.” Jordan said with as much feeling as she could. “So, does that answer your question?”

“Oh boy, does it, and I am glad. That’s how I feel and I don’t think now is the time to continue either. We need to get to know each other better and we are kind of a mess.” Jay answered as she stepped out of Jordan’s embrace and looked at their clothing.

“You’re right, we should slow down. We need to take this nice and slow, but I really need to kiss you one more time.” As Jordan said that she stepped forward and kissed Jay gently with a whisper of a kiss.

Jay wanted more so she pressed closer and she clasped her hands around Jordan’s neck. Bringing her in for a stronger kiss. She ran her tongue over Jordan’s lip. Jay wanted to taste her mouth and nothing was going to stop her.

Jordan couldn’t believe what this woman was doing to her. She felt Jay’s tongue as it ran across her mouth. She invited it in and the duel began. Jordan brought her hands across Jay’s back and pulled her even closer Only the need to breathe broke them apart.

“I thought we were going to slow down?” Jay asked breathlessly.

“So did I, that was ..incredible. No one has ever made me feel the things you do with just one kiss.” Jordan replied as she took a step back.

Jay ran her hand through her hair. She looked over at Jordan who had a flush look on her face. She realized that this woman had entered her heart and made a home. How did that happen in such a short time span?

“Maybe we should get cleaned up? I smell really bad and some of this stuff is drying.” Jordan said as she sniffed herself.

“You go on ahead. I want to check Clouded Destiny and little Jordan before I go in.” Jay said as she looked at the horses.

“Thank you for naming him after me.” Jordan said as she stepped out of the stall.

“No, Thank you, for the help and for jumping into my heart. I kind of like you here.” Jay said as she pointed to her chest.

“Believe me, it’s my pleasure and just so you know. You’re in here too.” Jordan replied back as she covered her heart with her hand.

They smiled at each other. Neither one wanted to break the connection they had just discovered. It lasted a few minutes and would have lasted longer if a noise hadn’t broken the mood. They both looked over at the new mother and baby, and started to laugh. The colt had tripped over his mothers leg and hit the side of the stall, which caused the blankets Jimmy brought in earlier to fall and cover him up.

*****

A week had passed since Jordan’s Destiny was born. He was getting stronger everyday. He would prance around his stall like he was a king. Jordan came and visited him everyday. She loved how he knew she was coming. He would have his head stuck out a hole in the wall to watch her enter the barn. Jordan knew that they had some kind of connection, but everybody kidded her and said, “He just wants the sugar cubes you give him.”

The connection she had with Jay was getting stronger everyday too. They would meet on the porch swing and talk or just hold hands and watch the sun come up. This particular morning Jay interrupted the quiet musing when she asked Jordan, “Will you go out on a date with me?”

“Yes, I will go out with you. What kind of date are you thinking about?” Jordan asked curiously.

“I thought that we could go on a picnic down by the pond. I could introduce you to my Mom, Dad and my brother Jack. I figure they should meet the person who holds my heart.” Jay said with sincerity.

“I would be honored to meet your family. I’m even more honored that I have your heart. You must also know that my heart belongs to you.” Jordan said with love.

Jay cupped Jordan’s face and brought her down for a soul-searing kiss. They were interrupted when they heard a cough. They stopped and looked to see who would have the nerve to bother them.

Jay turned her head and saw Sheriff Bowden as he stood on the steps with an apologetic look on his face. “Something you wanted this fine morning Sheriff?” Jay asked as she took Jordan’s hand in hers.

“Sorry to interrupt, but I have something you need to hear.” When he said that he looked to his car.

Next to the car stood Sam Packet. Jay got up from the swing and slowly made her way to the end of the porch. Jay knew that Sam was a friend of Ritchie. She wanted to know what he was doing here, before she beat the shit out of him. “What is he doing here?” She said with venom.

“He has some information I think you will want to know.” the Sheriff said.

“That guy over there knows nothing I want to know. Get that piece of shit of my property.” Jay said as she restrained herself.

Jordan could see that Jay wanted to jump off the porch and pummel the guy. She got up and stepped behind Jay and put her hands on her shoulders. She could feel the tension roll off her. To help Jay calm down she started to rub her hands up and down her back.

The instant Jordan put her hands her back, Jay felt the mayhem leave her body. She knew that there had to be a reason why Bowden brought Sam here so the least she could do was hear him out.

Sheriff Bowden went and got Sam out of the car. Sam slowly got out and walked up to Jay. “Sorry for what happened last week. I really didn’t want to do it. They made me go with them. I had no clue that was what they had planned.” Sam rambled.

“Shut up Sam and tell me what you need to tell me,” Jay yelled.

“Jay, calm down. Sam is trying to help. Just let him talk,” Sheriff Bowden said as he guided Sam up the stairs to the porch.

“Okay Sheriff, he has five minutes to tell me what ever he needs to tell me.” Jay said as she tried to calm back down.

“Tell her what you told me, Sam.” said the Sheriff.

“Okay, they said that they were going to burn down your barn. You really pissed off Ritchie the other day when you broke his nose. He wants payback and he wants it bad.” Sam took a drink of his soda and continued, “I don’t have a clue when he is going to do it. I just didn’t want to be apart of all that. I came here to work and build things not burn things down. I just couldn’t leave with out saying something.” Sam admitted.

Jordan knew it took a lot of guts for Sam to come here today. Maybe she could help the guy who seemed to be in the wrong place at the right time.

“Where are you going after you leave here?” Jordan asked.

“Well, I can’t stay here that’s for sure. I will never be able to find a job. The Blacksmith’s will see to that. Especially when they find out what I have done.” replied Sam with a sigh.

Jay saw a man who could have just left and not said a word, but he chose to stay and risk his life for a stranger. And Jay was that stranger. She looked Sam in the eyes; she could see that deep down he was a good man just stuck in a very hard place. So she decided to give him a chance.

“What kind of work do you do?” Jay inquired.

Sam looked at her funny. He wondered why she asked him that. “I do all almost everything. I can fix any kind of motor and I’m great with horses.”

“What would you do if I offered you a job here? I can’t pay all that much, but I can give you three meals a day and a bed at night.” Jay offered the man.

“You would do that for me?” Sam said stunned.

“As long as you give me you word that you won’t try anything. I’m willing to give you a chance. So, what do you say?” Jay said as she stuck her hand out.

Sam took her hand and shook it with excitement, “I give you my word that this is my new home. I will work hard for you and protect it like it was my own.” He said proudly.

“I have no doubt that you will be a good addition to our family. Why don’t you get your stuff and I will show you were you will be staying.” Jay said with a smile.

Jordan whispered in Jay’s ear, “That was very nice of you. I think you did a very good thing. I knew that deep down you were a softy.” Before she pulled back she nipped her ear.

A shot of electricity shot right down to Jay’s groin. She groaned and looked over her shoulder and gave Jordan and evil grin. “You keep that up and I will let you find all of my soft parts.”

Jordan’s face blushed. She turned her head so that Sam and Sheriff Bowden wouldn’t see her face as they walked up to the porch.

Marge came out as the two men hit the last step. She looked around and saw the look Jay gave Jordan and she also saw the red creep up her face. Wondering what was going on she asked, “What’s going on out here? Jay what did you say to Jordan to make her as red as a tomato?” Then she looked at Sheriff Bowden and asked him, “how do we rate to get the company of the Sheriff so early in the morning? And who might you be young man?

“Hello ma’am, my name is Sam, and Jay just hired me to work here at the ranch.” Sam said as he shook her hand.

“She just hired you. Welcome to the family. It will be nice having someone new to talk to around here. Come inside and I will introduce you to Jimmy.” Marge said as she grabbed Sam’s arm and guided him into the house.

“Well, it looks like my work is done here.” The Sheriff said with a smile.

“Do you really think Ritchie will try something, Sheriff?” asked Jordan.

Jay answered before the Sheriff could, “I know he will, but I just wish I knew when.”

“Don’t worry Jay, we’ll catch him. Than he won’t be able to terrorize this county any more.” Sheriff Bowden said with confidence.

“Lets just hope no one gets hurt before that happens.” Jay replied with a concerned voice.

Jay walked into the kitchen and saw that Marge was alone. She walked up behind her and grabbed her sides. Marge jumped a foot off the floor, “my God, Jay, you scared ten years off me.” She said as she tried to catch her breath.

“I’m sorry, Marge.” Jay said with a grin on her face.

“No you’re not, and you wouldn’t hesitate to do it again.” Marge matched the grin she saw on Jay’s face. “So tell me what has got you all fired up? Does it happen to have anything with a tall, dark haired guest of ours?”

Jay walked around to the kitchen table and took a seat. She looked at Marge with an expression of joy on her face. Jay meet Marge’s eyes and said, “I think I’ve found something, and I pray I’ll never lose it.”

“What have you found? I didn’t know you lost anything.” Marge teased.

“Marge, what was it like for you when you feel in love? “Jay asked very seriously.

“Jay, my girl, I’ll tell you this, falling love is different for everybody. For me my hands would shake and my heart would beat ten times faster then it usually did. I couldn’t think about anything else. Why don’t you tell me what you’re feeling?” Marge asked.

Jay got a far off look on her face. The smile that spread across her face was radiant. Jay’s eyes shone the love she found.

“How do I describe what I’m feeling? Every ounce of my body can tell when she’s around. The hairs on the back of my neck stand on end. Every waking moment I want to be near her, to feel her in my arms. The core of my heart has been over run by the love I feel for her. One life time isn’t enough time for me to show her how much I love her.” Jay finished and put her head down on the table.

“I hope that I’m enough for her.” Jay whispered from the crook of her arm.

“What do you mean enough for her?” Marge asked, but she knew where this was going Jay lifted her head and sat her chin on her arm, “Jordan can have anybody she wants. She has enough money to buy ten ranches the size of ours. Why would she want someone who has no money, or future on a ranch that might go belly up?” She stated as she shook her head.

“I don’t want to ever hear you say that again.” Marge scolded as she stood up and began to pace.
“This ranch will be here for a very long time, and it’s all because of you.” She pointed at Jay. “The Blacksmiths will never get any more of this land, because you’ve seen to that. There’s nothing they can do, because this ranch and all the land it sits on is protected.”

“I know, Marge, it’s just that I’m scared. I’ve never in my life felt like this. In a way I don’t want it to stop, but in the next second I want to run.” Jay confessed as she got up and put her head on Marge’s shoulder. “I don’t know if I could survive loosing someone else I love.”

Marge lifted Jay’s head and wiped the tears away. “Oh, sweetheart, you have nothing to worry about. What happened to your family was an accident, and nothing could’ve been done.” Marge looked into Jay’s misty green eyes, “Even though you knew something was going to happen. You had no clue that they would die. If you could’ve stopped it you would’ve. So, stop blaming yourself, okay?” Marge asked with a voice of love.

Jay saw the love on Marge’s face and knew she was right. “Okay, I’ll let Jordan continue to hold my heart. It wasn’t like I could really stop it or anything. I’ve never been in love before and it kind of scared me.” Jay said in a bashful tone. “Thanks, Marge, I don’t know what I would’ve done with out you.”

Marge broke down and started to cry. “Jay Lynn Krammer, you are the daughter I never had. I thank God everyday for you.” She kissed Jay on the cheek. Then wiped the tears off her face. “Okay, enough of this mushy stuff. What are you doing home in the middle of the day? Shouldn’t you be up to your neck in mud or something?” Marge teased.

“I asked Jordan if she would like to go in a picnic with me. I just thought that maybe I should, you know fix something to eat.” Jay informed Marge as she tried not to look her in the eyes.

“I think I might pass out.” Marge grabbed the counter and pretended to sway. “You, Jay Krammer, are going to fix lunch? Has hell frozen over? Are pigs flying?” She turned to Jay; “this must really be the one. I have never seen you want to cook for anybody.”

“Come on, Marge, will you give me a break? All I’m going to do is make some sandwiches. Maybe even chips,” Jay responded as she crossed her arm across her chest.

“You’ve got to be kidding me? You’re going to bring sandwiches?” Marge asked with amusement.

“Yes, what’s wrong with that?” Jay asked with a small frown.

“I want you to go and take a shower. Let me worry about lunch.” Marge told Jay as she reached into the fridge. “Go on, get out of here.” Marge ordered as she waved her hands to get Jay moving.

“But, I already took a shower this morning.” Jay pouted and lifted her arm to sniff. “And I wanted to make lunch for her.” Jay said as she moped.

“Trust me, Jay. Sandwiches don’t have an ounce of romance to them. I’ll fix something that will knock the socks off of you both.” Marge said as she went to the cupboard and got the picnic basket down. She turned to Jay who continued to stand still. “Now get going, I’ll have everything done in forty-five minutes.” She said and turned and ignored Jay as she stood there and sulked.

Jay knew when she had lost, and she had lost this lunch to Marge. “Okay, I’ll go, but next time I’m going to fix my sandwiches.” Jay replied and walked toward the back door.

“Do you want her to get food poisoning? Remember I’ve eaten your cooking before. I know my stomach will never forget it.” Marge yelled at the retreating back.

Jay stopped, turned around and yelled back. “Like it was my fault. Nobody told me that mayonnaise gets bad if it sits in the sun. Geesh, are you ever going to forgive me? Or are you going to hold it over my head for the rest of my life?”

“Well, hold it over your head of course. What else would you expect? I thought I was dying.” Marge replied back with a laugh.

Jay turned back around and headed to her house. She thought, “I guess I should let her hold it against me. That sandwich sure did make her sick. She turned every shade of green and I’ve never seen her run so fast in my life.”

Jay opened her front door and headed to her refrigerator. She grabbed a Diet Dr. Pepper as she remembered the look on Jimmy’s face, when Marge ran past him and knocked him into the bushes. “I’ll never forget what Marge screamed.” Jay thought and giggled. “Get out of my way Jimmy. I just know she poisoned me. Why did I eat that sandwich, why God, why, why?” Jay took a drink of her soda and walked into her bedroom. “It was pretty funny, but maybe she’s right, I should just stay out of the kitchen.”

****

“Hey, Mary, does this shirt look okay?” Jordan asked when she stepped out of the walk in closet Mary looked up from the magazine, “Well, if you’re going for the cowgirl, girl next door kind of thing? Then, yep, you got it.” Mary teased with a smirk.

“Come on, Mary, I want to know if Jay would like it. She is always wearing these flannel shirts and they look comfortable. So the other day I went and got me some.” Jordan replied with a shy grin.

“Is Jay the one?” Mary asked because it was killing her not to know.

Jordan wondered when her friend would get around to this conversation. “The first time I laid eyes on her, my heart was hers. From that instant nobody in the world mattered. When we kissed, I knew my soul had meet it’s other half.” Jordan stated with confidence. “You know what I mean?”

“Yep, that’s sort of how I felt when I meet Bob. Except I wanted to kill him.” Mary laughed. “Why on earth did you want to kill him?” Jordan asked, as she laughed along with Mary.

“Lets just say we had a crashing first date.” Mary replied laughing harder.

“What’s that suppose to mean? Crashing first date. What did he do? Hit you with his car?” Jordan was stunned when Mary nodded her head, yes. “No way.”

“You hit the nail on the head. He told me that he was so enthralled with me that he lost concentration and ran right into my new car.” Mary glanced up at Jordan with disgust. “I only had that car for two days, and he smashed in the front end.”

“Well, you must have calmed down because you’ve been married forever.” Jordan said with a smile.

“Yes, when I finally calmed down I took one look in his big gray eyes and fell in love.” Mary stated in a whimsical voice.

“Isn’t love grand? Well, Mary, I should go and meet Jay. She wanted me to be at her jeep around 12:30 and it’s 12:35 so I better be going.” Jordan said as she looked at her watch.

“Go on, leave me here with nothing to do, but read an old magazine.” Mary yelled as she watched Jordan close the door.

Jordan opened the door a little and stuck her head in, “You betcha, Jay kisses better than you do.” She quickly shut the door so the pillow that was thrown at her didn’t hit her.

Mary got up and looked out the window. She watched Jordan walk up to Jay and kiss her. She saw the look of pure bliss pass over Jay’s face.

Mary started to laugh when Jay walked to the drivers side door and fought to get it opened. When Jay decided that wasn’t going to work she took a step back and jumped over the door. “Guess having a jeep without a roof has it’s good points.” Mary thought.

Seeing the two kiss again Mary smiled and turned to the chair were her coat hung. She dialed a number from memory. When the other end picked up she said, “Hello, love, do you miss me?”

****

Jordan and Jay each grabbed a side of the blanket. They laid it in the ground under the big willow tree. “I’ll be right back,” Jay said with a smile.

Jordan watched Jay walk up the incline to the jeep. Then she turned and looked all around her. The view was spectacular. About twenty yards from where they had the blanket was a quiet pond. On one side of the pond was a flock of ducks. She watched them as the dived under the water. Then she turned her head and watched a turtle stick out it’s head and stare at her.

“That’s Tank.” Jay said as she stepped up behind Jordan. “My brother, Jack and I saw him one day, and a mountain lion was trying to have him for dinner. He just hid in his shell until the lion left.” She put her arms around Jordan’s waist and rested her head on her back. “We waited until the lion was far enough away and checked on him.

Jordan tried to get her mind off of Jay’s body that was pressed up against her. “Why is his name Tank?”

“Jack came up with the name. He said that his shell keep him safe like a tank did for a soldier. So the name stuck.” Jay laughed.

“How do you know for sure that’s Tank? Jordan asked as she brought Jay to stand in front of her.

“Well, he has a scratch along his shell.” Jay pointed. “See it’s right there.”

“Hmmm…”Jordan was too distracted to hear the question.

“Jordan, I really don’t think he’s in my hair. Not that I mind though.” Jay tilted her head to give Jordan better access to her neck. “That feels nice.”

“Do you have any idea how good you taste?” Jordan asked as she nipped and sucked on Jay’s exposed neck.

Jay opened her eyes as she turned in Jordan’s arms. A look of pure desire ran across the littler woman’s face. She pulled Jordan to the blanket. As she sat on the blanket she guided the actress to lay on top of her. Their lips meet before Jordan was completely down. At first contact she nearly fell the rest of the way down

Jordan wanted nothing more than to have Jay love her. She could feel her core vibrate with want, but she had to make sure this was the right time for both of them and not just the heat of the moment.

She broke from the kiss and looked into lust filled green eyes. “Maybe we should stop before we can’t.” Jordan whispered . “Making love to you right now would make me the happiest woman in the world, but not here and not now.” Jordan said trying to calm her body down.

Jay dropped her head and sighed, :”I guess you’re right. My mind say’s it’s to soon, but my body is ready to jump you right now.” She laughed.

Jordan rolled off of Jay and reached for the picnic basket. “So what goodies did you make?

“I suppose I should tell you the truth.” Jay said in a low voice.

Jordan wasn’t sure at first if she heard right. “What could Jay have lied about? Was it the way she felt about her?” Her heart jumped into her throat and asked, “What do you mean by telling me the truth?”

Jay didn’t see the look Jordan gave her when she asked her question. Jay grabbed the basket and sat it in the middle of them. “Well, I said that I’d make lunch. Marge, she had other ideas though. She didn’t want me to poison you like I did her. So she made lunch, I didn’t.” Jay confessed as she reached in and took out a plate with chicken on it.

What Jordan heard wasn’t what she expected to hear. She couldn’t believe she doubted Jay. Deep in her heart she knew Jay was the other half of her soul. So she kicked those insecure feelings out of her mind and thought to herself. “Jay, isn’t one of those money hungry bitches from my past . Jay has the most genuine heart and would never use me.”

When she came around it hit her what Jay had said about poison, “What do you mean poisoning her?” Jordan asked concerned.

“Let’s just say that I didn’t know that mayo spoils if it’s not refrigerated .” Jay looked up to meet amused blue eyes. “Don’t laugh when I tell you this and you’re not to tell a soul.”

“Okay, I promise not to laugh or tell another soul.” Jordan sat up straight and crossed her heart. Jay looked left and then right. She acted like she was about to tell a national secret. She lowered her voice to a whisper, “I can’t cook to save my life. Never been able too, either.

Jordan looked at her with an amused grin on her face. It soon turned into a full grown belly laugh. She couldn’t believe she thought it was something serious. The tall woman couldn’t keep herself up right any longer and rolled on the blanket.

“I don’t think it’s that funny.” Jay said a little hurt, because Jordan laughed at her. “I just never took to it. My mom tried every trick in the book and nothing worked.

Jordan tried to stop. She sat up and saw the hurt expression on Jay’s face. “Oh, sweetheart, I’m sorry. I’m not laughing at you.” Jordan grabbed Jay’s hand and brought it to her lips. “When you said you should tell me truth, my head went off in a totally different direction.

Jordan looked at the hand she held, “I thought you were going to tell me that this was a lie.” She waved her free hand between the two of them. “So many people have tried to use me. If it wasn’t for my money then it was for my fame.” Jordan looked right at Jay and continued. “I knew in here,” She laid Jay’s hand on her heart, “that wasn’t true, but here sometimes is stronger.” With her other hand she pointed to her head.

Jay grabbed the hand that pointed to Jordan’s head and placed it on her heart. “I trust you here, because the love I have for you is the strongest thing in the world. Plus, I usually don’t use my head when my heart is concerned.” Jay said with a little laugh. “People might say that’s not a good thing, but it has brought me this far, and it’s brought me to you.”

Jordan just looked at Jay. She knew Jay was right, so she reached behind the blonde woman’s head and drew her into a kiss.

The kiss shattered any doubts that lingered in Jordan’s head. Her soul soared through the heavens and didn’t want to come back down.

All of a sudden Jay leaned back and sniffed the air. She got up and looked around. “Do you smell that?”

Jordan stood up next to Jay. “No, I don’t smell a thing. What do you smell?”

“Smoke, I smell smoke.” Jay answered before she started to walk to her jeep, then she took off into a run. She stopped when she reached the top of the hill where the jeep was parked. “Shit, the Flats on fire.
Jordan came up behind her out of breath and asked. “What are the flats?”

“That’s what we call the pasture on this side of the hill. They’re the flattest part of the whole property.” Jay explained then turned to Jordan. “I need you to wait here and call Jimmy on the radio. Have him get the fire department. I’m going to see what’s going on.” The last part was said as she handed Jordan the radio and got in the jeep.

“I won’t argue with you. Just make sure you’re careful.” Jordan kissed Jay lightly on the lips. “I love you,” she said when she pulled back.

A smile plastered across Jay’s face. “I love you too, and don’t worry. I’ll be careful.” Jay said before she started the jeep and took off.

Jordan watched her go. She turned the radio on and called for Jimmy. “Jimmy, pick up, I need you to call the fire department. The Flats are on fire. Jay just went to check it out.” She clicked off the talk button and waited for Jimmy’s reply.

“We heard you Jordan, Jimmy is making the call. Tell me where you’re at? We’ll come get you.” Sam said on the other end.

“I’m at the top of the hill with the pond behind me,” Jordan replied as her hands began to shake.

“Is there a big willow tree there?” Sam asked to make sure he got the right spot.

Jordan turned toward the tree and remembered the peacefulness she felt just a few minutes ago, “yes, right by it. Just hurry will you.” She turned back towards the smoke that was getting thicker. “I can’t see Jay anymore.” She relayed in a worried voice.

“Don’t worry, we’re on our way. We’ll be there in less than ten minutes,” Sam replied back.

****

Jay drove down closer to the smoke. Half way there she had a twinge go down her back. “I hate it when I get that feeling.” She thought.

The smoke had gotten so thick that she couldn’t tell where the flames were located. So she drove through a patch of smoke. What she saw in front of her made her temper go over the edge. Three horses danced around scared out of their minds. “I have to get them out before they get hurt.” Jay thought as she leapt out of her jeep and walked slowly towards the horses.

She tried to guide them to go in the direction her jeep was in, but they’d rear up trying to protect themselves. “Come on guys, trust me. Let me help you.” She waved her hands up and down to try to get them to move.

When that didn’t work she started to yell and jump up and down.. “Get going, move it.” That seemed to work and the horses headed for the jeep.

“That’s it, keep moving. Go on, go on.” They finally made it past the jeep and took off to safety. “Finally.” Jay coughed.

Jay took one more look around to make sure she didn’t miss anything. “Don’t see anything else. Time to get my ass out of here.”

The smoke had gotten worse and Jay started to cough more. She noticed that the flames were visible so she started back to her jeep. A flash of something metal caught Jays eye. She went over and picked up a silver lighter with some initials engraved on it.

“Fuck…” She coughed, “that asshole has gone too far.”

Jay turned to get back to her jeep, when the sight before her stopped her in her tracks. The flames now surrounded her. “Now how am I going to get out of this? Jordan is going to kill me.” She said out loud as she brought her hand up to cover her mouth and nose.

The smoke grew heavier making it harder for Jay to breathe. A violent cough made her wish she had a bandanna. When she reached the jeep she dropped down next to it.

“I think I’m in trouble.” Jay said as she looked around at the flames that were getting closer and closer.

****

Ritchie and his friends had planned on starting a fire to catch some horses they saw on Jay’s land. Instead the fire trapped the three horses they were after.

Travis was the one who saw Jay drive straight for the fire to help the trapped animals not realizing the danger she was putting herself in.

Ritchie glanced at his best friend who he had known since first grade. “Do you think she saw us, Travis?” He asked out of breath from running to hide.

Travis’s bright red hair stood straight up as he ran his hand through it. He looked over at Ritchie with his crooked blue eyes and shrugged his shoulders. His five foot three inch frame hid the danger of who this man really was.

“I hope the bitch dies.” Ritchie spat coldly.

“You and me both.” Travis agreed with a smile.

“She must have a death wish. Why else would someone drive right into a fire like that?” Frankie replied as he watched for any sign of Jay.

Ritchie looked over at his skinny, buck toothed friend and shook his head. He had a face only his mother could love. They didn’t call him Ratface for nothing. “No, she doesn’t have a death wish. Jay’s just a noble little bitch.” Ritchie growled. “She’s someone who thinks of others before herself. Right at this moment our righteous little do-gooder is trying to save those horses and with any luck she’ll die trying.”

“No way,” Mark and Doug said at the same time. The twins looked at each other and started to laugh. They always thought it was funny when they did the exact same thing at the same time.

“Would you two muscle headed baboons shut-up.” Ritchie yelled as he slapped the back of their heads.

They sat and waited to see if Jay could make it out of the danger that they put her in.

Ritchie pulled out a cigarette and searched for his lighter. “Hey, who has my lighter?”

“Frankie had it last.” Doug said.

“Give it here shit-head. My Dad gave me that as a present.” He held out his hand and wiggled his fingers. “Give it back, now” Ritchie ordered.

“I don’t have it.” Frankie answered in a weak voice.

“What do you mean, you don’t have it? Where did you leave it?” Ritchie demanded.

“Well, when Travis yelled I dropped it.” He quickly put his hands up to protect himself from the punch. “Look I’m sorry. I’ll get you a new one.” A scared Frankie said.

“That’s not the real problem.” Travis yelled as he grabbed Frankie by the neck. “The real problem is they might find it and then they’ll be able to link us to the fire. You stupid son of a bitch.”

“There’s no way they’ll be able to find it after that fire.” Frankie croaked.

“You had better hope they don’t find it. Because if they do, you’ll be the first to know about it.” Ritchie said before he punched him.

“We better get out of here. I hear sirens.” Doug informed the group before he turned and ran.

Ritchie took one last look at the fire. “Rest in peace you fucking bitch. I’ll see you in hell one day.” He yelled and took off after the others.

*****

“Damn it, where are they?” Jordan asked herself out loud. “They should’ve been here by know.”

Jordan looked down to where she last saw Jay. Instead of the thick black smoke she saw glowing hot flames. “Oh, God Jay. Please be alright.” She wanted to take off down the hill and find Jay, but knowing that all she’d do is add more problems she stayed put.

She heard a motor and turned to see Jimmy and Sam about a hundred yards away. “It’s about damn time.” Jordan said relief. “Now they might be able to help.”

The truck finally pulled up beside Jordan and Jimmy jumped out before it actually stopped. “Which way did Jay go?” He asked as he looked down at the growing fire.

“She went that way.” Jordan pointed. “You’re going to help her aren’t you?”

“If we can, we will.” Sam said as he stepped next to Jordan.

“First they need to find a safe route down there, so we can get a fix of the whole situation.” A voice said behind Jordan.

Jordan twisted around and flew into Marge’s open arms. The tears that ran down her face were wiped off by Marge.

The older woman cupped Jordan’s face with both her hands and looked right into scared blue eyes. “Jay is going to be okay. She would be crazy to leave now that she’s found you.”

“Sometimes you can’t stop death.” Jordan replied as tears continued down her face.

“Do you really think Jay won’t come back to you? Because I truly believe she would walk through the fires of hell to get back to you.” Marge said with determination.

“She just might have to do that.” Mary suggested as she pointed to the raging fire.

“Oh, my God. Please Jay, come back to me.” Jordan whispered in disbelief. The fire had grown twice its size in a matter of minutes.

They watched as the growing fire devoured everything in its path.

“Look.” Jimmy shouted. “Three horses just ran out of the fire.”

“Come on, lets go down there and see if we can find her.” Sam grabbed Jimmy and took off towards the truck.

“Make sure you stay with in our sights.” Marge yelled after the two.

“Don’t worry Mama, we’ll be okay, and we’ll find Jay and bring her back.” Jimmy said back with confidence.

“The boys will find her.” Mary whispered in Jordan’s ear.

“I hope you’re right, Mary. God how I hope you’re right.” Jordan thought to herself.

****

“Damn, it’s getting hot.” Jay thought. “How in the hell am I going to get out of here?”

The smoke made it really hard for her to breathe and even harder for her to see.

Jay knew the fire was getting closer to her. She could feel its heat on her exposed skin.

Jay tried to get as close as she could to her jeep. She started to cough. “That is really starting to hurt.”

“I can’t drive the jeep out, because the fire might hit the gas tank. I really shouldn’t be sitting next to it for that very reason.” Jay continued to think to herself.

Jay sat there for a few minutes until she had an idea. “I know what to do.” She stood up and looked for a big rock. When she found one big enough she walked back to her jeep. “I hope this works.”

She quickly walked to the back of the jeep and searched for her shovel and fire blanket. When she found them she set the rock down and started to dig. When the fires got to close she stopped and looked at the small hole she dug. “That’s going to have to do.”

Jay then ran to the drivers side of her jeep and opened the door. She reached in and started the engine, then backed out and tried to get her belt off. Her hands shook and sweated so bad she had trouble grasping the leather. “Come on, damn it.”

When she finally got the belt off she tied it to the steering wheel. Jay then made sure the car was in neutral, before she put the rock on the gas pedal. With lightening speed she quickly shifted the jeep into drive and jumped out of the way.

Jay watched as it headed straight for the fire line. In an instant the fire devoured it and not much later an explosion sent Jay flying almost knocking her out. “Oh, great.” Jay said as she brought her hand up to feel the nice sized bump on the back of her head. She pulled her hand back when a sharp pain ripped through her head.

“It just keeps getting better and better.” Jay said as she stared at the blood covering her hand.

Jay stood up on wobbly legs trying to ignore the sick stomach feeling she got from the dizziness. She knew she had to hurry and get into the hole she had dug.

Finally she got to the hole and covered part of her body with the excess dirt and all of her body with the flame-retardant blanket. “Please God, let me live. I just found the other half of my soul and I want to live forever with her.” Jay prayed.

“I love you, Jordan.” Jay thought before she closed her eyes from the pain in her head and the intense heat.
Part 2
“Here come the fire trucks.” Mary said, “and it’s about damn time too.”

“No shit, what did they do stop for coffee?” Jordan agreed through clenched teeth.

Marge walked up to the two women and watched the trucks get closer. “Don’t get mad at them. They got here as quick as they could.”

“We know Marge, it’s just it feels like forever since this started.” Mary agreed.

The three women turned when Jimmy and Sammy drove up the hill. Jordan ran up to the side if the truck and opened the passenger side door. “Did you see anything? Was there any sign of Jay?” she asked in a panic.

“We followed her tracks right up to the fires edge.” Jimmy answered with a frown.

Sam jumped out of the truck and walked around to where Jordan and Jimmy stood. “We think that she got caught in the middle of the fire.”

“What do you mean, caught in the middle? How in the hell is she going to get out?” Jordan screamed in frustration.

“Calm down, Jordan, calm down. Getting mad won’t help her.” Marge said trying to settle Jordan down as her own mind screamed. “The firemen will be here in a second, and they’ll know….”

“Look, Jay’s jeep.” Jimmy yelled as he pointed to the vehicle that had just appeared.

They all turned and watched as the jeep flew out of the flames. The force of the blast threw them a couple of yards. They just sat there stunned. Shocked beyond belief at what had just happened.

“No, no, no.” Jordan repeated over and over as she shook her head.

Mary crawled up behind Jordan and wrapped her in a tight hug. “Shh shh,”

While Mary kept a hold of Jordan, Marge sat there. “My baby is gone. I can’t believe it, she’s gone.” She thought as silent tears ran down her face.

Jimmy and Sam ran down the hill. When they came up to the burning jeep, Jimmy dropped on his knees and started to cry.

The sound broke Sam’s heart. “Why did this have to happen to her? She didn’t deserve this kind of ending.” He thought as he ran his hand through his hair. Then something caught his eye and he stepped closer to the wreckage.

Sam’s eye caught the last bit of leather drop from the steering wheel. His eyes grew big as he looked for signs of a body and didn’t see any.

“Jimmy, Jays not dead.” He yelled.

Jimmy’s head shot up. “What do you mean she’s not dead. Can’t you see her jeep is on fire?” He cried.

“That’s just it, all we saw was her jeep. Jay isn’t in it.” Sam responded as he pointed towards the interior of the jeep.

“What?” Jimmy asked as he stood up and walked over to Sam.

“Do you see a body?” Sam asked as he put his arm around Jimmy’s shoulder.

“Shit, I have to go tell Mama.” Jimmy gave Sam a quick hug before he took off up the hill.

“Okay, Jay now that we know your not dead. How are we going to get you out of there?” Sam asked as he tried to think of a way to help his friend.

*****

Mary held Jordan with all her might. “I don’t think she’ll ever recover from this. The look on her face when the jeep went up in flames was heart breaking.” She thought as she too cried.

“Do you think she suffered?” Jordan whispered softly as she clung to Mary.

“No, honey I don’t think she suffered.” Mary answered quietly back.

“Mama, Jay, she wasn’t in the jeep. Sam and I couldn’t find her. She wasn’t in the jeep.” Jimmy yelled as he ran closer and dropped next to Marge.

Marge looked over at the other two women. She saw hope in Jordan’s eyes. “It doesn’t mean she’s out of trouble. We need to tell the firemen that Jay is still in there.” Marge got up and started towards the fire trucks.

Jordan and Mary bolted up and quickly followed Marge.

Jordan’s heart jumped for joy with the possibility of Jay still being alive. “We’ll get to you. Just hold on.”

By the time the three made it down the hill to the fire trucks, Sam had already informed them of the situation.

“Don’t worry, we’ll find her. Jays a tough girl, It’ll take more than a fire to slow her down.” The fire chief said with conviction.

“Let’s hope so chief, for her own sake and for hers.” Marge said as she pointed to Jordan.

Within a half an hour the fire was put out. Everything that had been in the circle of flames was destroyed. Everyone looked around for any sign of where Jay might be, but all they saw was a barren piece of land.

Jordan got up from her spot on the fire truck’s bumper and started to walk around. Jimmy quickly followed. They walked side by side looking for their lost family member. “We’re going to find her, Jimmy. She wouldn’t give up on one of us and I’m not going to give up on her.” Jordan said as she grabbed Jimmy’s hand and held on scared at what they might find.

“I believe you Jordan and you’re right. We will find her and bring her home.” Jimmy gripped Jordan’s hand tighter.

Jordan stopped and looked Jimmy in the eyes. “Yes, Jimmy we’ll bring her home and never let her go.”

`They continued to walk and got about five yards when someone yelled. “I found her, get the ambulance over here fast.”

Everyone ran towards the fireman who found Jay. Jordan pushed people out of her way, but stopped short when she saw the scene before her.

Jordan was horrified. The small figure that lay in the hole was filthy dirty. Her knees were up against her chest and her head rested on the top of the bent knees. Jordan dropped and slowly crawled up to Jay. With hands that shook she touched the soiled hair.

Jordan whispered softly in Jay’s ear. “Come on baby, stay with me. Don’t you dare leave me. Not when you just came into my life.”

Jordan’s tears fell on Jay’s dirty face. She wished that she could wrap Jay in her arms, but she didn’t know how bad Jay was hurt. “Where’s that damn ambulance?” She screamed

Marge walked up behind Jordan and rested her hands on her shoulders. She nearly fell over when she caught sight of Jay for the first time. “Oh, sweat Jesus, is she breathing?”

“Yes, I can hear her. It’s raspy and shallow. The smoke must have been unbearable. Plus she has a gash on her forehead.” The fireman who found her answered as he continued to check over Jay.

“Will she make it?” Jordan asked not real sure if she wanted an answer or not.

The fireman glanced over at Jordan then back down at Jay. “I have no clue ma’am.”

The ambulance arrived five minutes later. To Jordan and Marge it felt like hours. They watched as the paramedics worked on Jay.

Marge held on to Jordan’s hand as they watched them put a breathing tube down Jay’s throat. When that was done and an I.V. was started they brought over the gurney.

When the men lifted her up something fell on the ground. A paramedic picked up the golden lighter and turned it over. He walked over to Jordan and Marge. “She dropped this.”

“Thanks, but that’s not hers.” Marge answered looking at the small object.

“I know, but I have a feeling it belongs to the person who started the fires.” The paramedic replied with a raised eyebrow. He turned the lighter over and they saw the engraved letters R. B.

“Make sure the sheriff gets that.” Marge ordered.

Marge saw the blaze start to burn in Jordan’s eyes. She grabbed Jordan by the shoulders and shook her to get her attention. “Listen to me, Jay, needs you right now. We’ll get that son of a bitch.” Marge moved her hands to Jordan’s face. “Getting Jay better is the important thing right now. The only way she’ll come back to us is if you’re there with her.”

Jordan knew what Marge said was true. Jordan also knew that if Jay didn’t make it she wouldn’t hesitate to kill him.

Jimmy walked over. “They want to know if anyone wants to ride in the ambulance?”

Jordan didn’t even answer. She just walked over to the open doors and jumped in.

*****

It had been three days since the fire. Jay had to have a respirator to help her breathe. She had breathed in so much smoke that some damage was done to her lungs. They wouldn’t know if there was permanent damage until she woke up.

That’s what had everyone worried. The head wound she received from the blast was serious. It had fractured her skull, causing Jay’s brain to swell inside her head, which called for emergency surgery.

That was three days ago and Jordan hadn’t budged at all. Mary tried to get Jordan to come back to the ranch, even for a couple of hours to sleep, but she just refused with a shake of her head.

Sam and Jimmy came everyday after the chores were done. They usually stayed for a couple of hours, but one day Jimmy didn’t want to leave.

” I want to stay, she stayed with me when I was in the hospital.” Jimmy pouted. “Why can’t I stay? Why can’t I help her? I can read her books and magazines.”

Sam came up and put his arm around Jimmy’s shoulder and tried to explain. “Come on Jimmy you know you can’t stay. If anything changes Jordan will call us.”

“I know she’ll call. It’s just that Jay helped me so much when I was in here. She’d read and play games with me. I just want to do the same for her.” He started to cry. “She’s my best friend and I wish I could’ve saved her.”

Jordan walked up to him and pulled him into a big hug. “Oh, Jimmy we all wish that, but we couldn’t. There wasn’t anything any of us could have done.” She stepped back and looked into Jimmy’s misty eyes. “I need you to do something for Jay.”

Jimmy wiped his checks and stood tall. “I’ll do anything for Jay. Just ask and it’ll get done.” He leaned forward and whispered. “Even pick up horse poop, but don’t tell Jay that. She’ll have me do it all the time.”
Jordan giggled and whispered back. “Don’t worry, your secret is safe with me.”

“Good, I trust you. Now what do you need me to do?” Jimmy asked.

“Okay, I need you to make sure that the ranch is running the way Jay likes it. You’re the only one who knows how to. Because when she gets home she will kill if it’s gone to shit.” Jordan replied with a smile. “You know I’m right.”

“You are so right. She’d have our heads.” He turned and walked towards the door.

“Thanks, Jimmy. I knew Jay could count on you.” Jordan said as tears ran down her cheeks.

He turned and gazed into Jordan’s shimmering eyes. “No, thank you. I may not know a lot, but I know Jay is the luckiest person in the world. She’s got you and for that I’m thankful.”

Jordan walked to the gentle giant. “She’s got you too, but you know what’s better?”

“What’s that Jordan?” Jimmy asked a little confused.

“We’ve got her and that’s the best thing in the world. Don’t you agree?” Jordan leaned over and kissed his cheek.

He turned a deep shade of red and squeaked out,. “Yep, I sure do.”

“Come on, lover boy. Let’s go and get things ready for when Jay comes home.” Sam laughed as he grabbed Jimmy’s arm and led him out of the room.

****

The next morning Mary and Marge talked Jordan into going to the nurses lounge for a shower. Marge told her that she would sit by Jay’s side and not leave it unless it was to come get her.

After Jordan left the room Marge sat in the chair Jordan just left. She took Jay’s hand in hers
and squeezed. “Jay, honey, I know you can hear me. You need to wake up. Everybody is worried about you, and I know you hate it when people do that.” The gray haired old woman looked at the small hand that rested in hers. They were callused from years of hard work. On the top of one hand a scar stood out against the nice brown tan. Marge traced it with her finger remembering how Jay had gotten that.

Marge told the five year old not to get close to the dog when it was eating. Jay looked up with big green eyes and asked. “Why not, Marge.

“Because the doggie will bite little hands that try to steal it’s food.” Marge answered.

“The doggie won’t bite me. He likes me to much.” Jay said as she shook her head in disagreement.

“I know what I’m talking about Jay, now stay away from the dog. Come help me back in the house.” Marge walked back to the house.

A few minutes later Jay came in and looked at Marge. As tears ran down her face she said, “You’re right. That dog will bite me if I get to close.” She held up her hand and blood ran down her wrist and dripped on the floor.

The noise from the respirator broke her from her memories. She gazed up at Jay’s sleeping face. “You never would listen to me. Always had to find out for yourself. Never wanted people to tell you how you should do things. Damn, you are stubborn.” Marge shook her head.

“Damn it, Jay, if you don’t wake up soon you won’t be the only one in here.” Marge stood up and started to pace.

“You should see how Jordan looks. We had to force her to take a shower. She doesn’t eat and sleep is impossible. Jordan only sits here and watches you. If you even twitch she jumps up and gets the doctor.” Marge’s temper was getting the better of her. “I want you to wake your ass up now, Jay Lynn. She needs you and you need her, but the only way you can help her is if you open your eyes.”

The only answer Marge got was the noise of the machines. Marge sighed in defeat. “Okay, Jay, we’ll wait until your ready to come back to us.

About twenty minutes later Mary walked in. Marge looked up from the book she had in her lap. “Where’s Jordan?”

“I talked her into getting something to eat. She didn’t want to, but I threatened her.” Mary said with a grin.

“What did you say to her?” Marge asked curiously.

“I told her that I would send all the tabloids naked pictures of her.” Mary laughed.

“She believed you?” Marge giggled.

“Hell no, she knows I won’t do that. I instead said that Jay is going to need her to be strong. Plus I told her that if she didn’t eat I’d have the doctors throw her out.” Mary said with an evil smirk.

“I bet she started to run down the hall then?” Marge chuckled.

“First she gave me the evil eye. You know the one. Eyes half closed one eyebrow raised.” Mary tried to copy Jordan, but only succeeded in making Marge laugh harder.

Before they stopped laughing the doctor stepped into the room. “Must have been some joke.”

“Hello, Dr. Sheridan, how are you today?” Marge greeted the friendly doctor.

“I’m doing well. I have some good news. We’re going to take Jay off the respirator. We want to see if she has any trouble breathing on her own.” Dr. Sheridan informed the two excited women.

“That’s fantastic. When are you going to do this?” A overjoyed Mary asked.

“We’ll do it as soon as the respiratory physician gets here.” Dr. Sheridan said as she wrote something in Jay’s chart.

‘Thank God, does this mean she’s getting better?” Marge asked as she wiped tears from her face.

The doctor looked at the two women that she had gotten to know over the last several days. Dr. Sheridan wished she had news, but she didn’t want to give them false hope. “It’s good that she might get off the respirator, but that has nothing to do with her head trauma. That’s still a waiting game , I’m afraid.”

“We understand.” Mary answered softly.

Marge sat there and stared at Jay. Then an idea popped in her head. “Dr. Sheridan, what will be taken out of here if Jay can breath on her own? More importantly what will be hooked up to her.

“Well everything over here will be gone. The only thing that will be hooked up will be the I.V. lines, heart monitors, and of course the catheter. Why?” The doctor asked curiously.

“I have an idea that might bring Jay back to us.” Marge replied. “I read somewhere that touch is a big part of healing. Would it be okay if we fix the bed so Jordan can sleep in here with her?” Marge asked with hope.

Dr. Sheridan looked at Marge and asked. “Why did you think that would work?”

Marge got up from the chair and started to explain things. “You see they, Jay and Jordan, have some sort of connection. Theirs souls are one. They are lost with out the other, and right now Jay’s lost. Only Jordan’s half can find it.” Marge finished her speech and waited for an answer.

“You’re sure about this?” Dr. Sheridan asked. “I’ll be breaking all sorts of rules if I agree to this.”

Mary spoke before Marge could. “Dr. Sheridan, if you could have seen the sparks fly when they first met, you wouldn’t ever have asked that. Trust us, this might be the only thing that will work.” Mary said with confidence.

Jordan walked into the room at that moment. “What will work?” She asked.

Mary looked at her friend and smiled. “Tonight my friend you’re sleeping in a bed.”

“If for one minute you think I’m going anywhere, you’re nuts. I’m not leaving this hospital without Jay.” Jordan growled through clenched teeth.

“Nobody said anything about leaving the hospital.” Mary said as she rubbed Jordan’s arms to calm her down.

“How would you like to share a bed with a little blonde who seems to have lost her way and bring her back to us?” Marge smiled as she walked up to Jordan.

Jordan glared at the doctor. “Is this some kind of joke.

“Don’t look at me, it’s their idea.” The doctor said in her defense.

Jordan looked at the two in front of her and waited for an explanation.

*****

That night, all was quiet in the small hospital. In one room two people laid in the same bed for the first time. It wasn’t how they wished it would be, but Jordan took it.

Jay looked so peaceful. The rise and fall of her chest made Jordan happy as she remembered what happened this afternoon.

As soon as they took the tube out of her throat, Jay took a deep breath on her own. It surprised everyone there. They all expected her to have a little trouble at first.

“You showed them, didn’t you sweetheart.” Jordan said as she kissed Jay’s forehead.

“Now all you have to do is open those beautiful green eyes. I know you can do it.” Jordan caressed Jay’s hand and continued to talk. “Do you have any idea how much I miss talking to you. I miss our morning sunrise swings the most. Those will always be my favorite times with you. It was like no matter what the day brings, we will face it together.” Jordan stated through tears.

“That afternoon, before the fire. When we were under the willow tree. I really wanted to make love to you. I’m not sure why I stopped. If I knew then what I now know I wouldn’t have.” Jordan confessed.

“If you don’t make it.” Jordan hugged Jay closer. “I’ll die right along with you.”

“See, I’m not afraid to guilt you. I learned from the best, Marge. So if you don’t wake up soon I’ll turn her loss on you.” Jordan laughed.

“Well, honey, I’m getting tired. Which isn’t that surprising considering I’ve slept about six hours in the last four days.” Jordan yawned. “So I’m just going to hold on to you and fall asleep.”

“Good night my love. Please come back to me. I’m lost without you.” Jordan kissed Jay one more time before she closed her eyes and fell asleep.

****

A nurse walked in and saw how the two were sleeping. They looked so peaceful lying there, she hated to disturb them, but she had to check on Jay’s breathing.

The nurse shook Jordan a little. “Jordan, wake up. I need to check Jay’s vitals.”

“Boy, Liz do you know how to spoil a good dream.” Jordan mumbled still half asleep.

“Yep, that’s my job. Now move so I can do my other job.” Liz said as she slapped Jordan on the ass.

“I’m moving, damn don’t hit so hard.” Jordan said as she jumped from the bed.

Jordan watched Liz check over Jay. Every time she was finished with one check she’d smile over at Jordan. The last one was Jay’s breath sounds. That one seemed to take the longest. When she was done Liz wrapped her stethoscope around her neck and gave Jordan the biggest smile she had ever seen.

“Everything sounds great.” Liz happily informed Jordan. “Now why don’t you go and get something to eat. I have to give Jay her sponge bath.”

“No, I’m not really that hungry.” Jordan replied as she suddenly found something interesting out the window.

“Listen, Marge and your friend Mary stopped me yesterday and told me that you haven’t been eating right. If you don’t go down to the cafeteria and eat I’ll shove feeding tubes down your throat.” Liz threatened.

“You tell her.” Jay whispered softly.

“Oh, thank you God.” Jordan cried.

“Hi, honey.” Jay smiled.

“Shh, don’t talk.” Jordan ordered as she put her hand on her hips. “Do you have any idea how pissed off I am at you?”

“Sorry, I love you.” Jay cringed as she brought her hand up to her throat.

“Don’t you ever scare me like that again.” Jordan blubbered. “I love you and I never want you to leave me again, got it?”

Jay shook her head in agreement and held open her arms.

Jordan flew across the room and melted in the embrace. Her heart was back where it belonged. They didn’t move from their spot until the doctor came in to check on Jay. Even then Jordan held her hand and wouldn’t let go.

****

“Junior, I want to talk to you.” Yelled Richard Blacksmith Sr.

Ritchie answered back. “Be right there dad.” Then he looked at his friends. “You guys stay here and try to figure out what we do if they find my lighter.”

“Don’t you think they’d of found it by now?” Frankie asked. “I mean it’s been a week now.”

“For your sake,” Ritchie pointed at Frankie. “They better not. It’s all your fault that this is happening.”

“Hey, it’s not my fault that Jay decided to show up.” Frankie stated.

“No it wasn’t your fault that bitch decided to show up, but it was you that dropped the lighter. Now we have to come up with some excuse as to why it was there.” Pointed out Travis.

“There’s no way they will find it. The fire must have destroyed it, right?” Frankie asked hopefully.

Ritchie glared at Frankie. “I hope so buddy, because if they do find it we are in serious shit.”

“Richard get in here now. You know I don’t like to wait. So move it.” Richard Sr. demanded loudly.

“Shit, he sounds pissed off. I’ll be right back.” Ritchie took of up the stairs.

****

“Can I get out of here?” Jay asked the doctor when she came into the room.

“Why in the world would you want to leave such a wonderful place like this?” Dr. Sheridan replied with a smirk. “You get what ever you want when you need it and lets talk about the food.”

“Oh, lets talk about the food.” Jay agreed. “It’s runny and has no taste what so ever. The portions aren’t big enough for a baby. Plus all you let me drink is milk or juice. No soda of any kind. That there alone should be against the law.” Jay finished with a grunt.

“So you’ve said, about a thousand times.” Dr. Sheridan mumbles the end softly. “Okay, Jay, if your tests come back normal and there isn’t a problem you can go home.”

“Thanks, Dr. Sheridan. You’ve made my day.” Jay said as she put her hand behind her head and leant back into the pillow.

“It’s been my pleasure, Jay.” The doctor grinned.

“No way doc, it’s been all mine. I just don’t plan on coming back anytime soon.” Laughed Jay.

“Just don’t over do it when you get home.” Dr. Sheridan ordered. “Remember your body needs time to heal.”

“You don’t have to worry doctor. She’ll get plenty of rest. Even if I have to tie her to the bed.” Marge said as she walked in.

Jay laughed and asked. “Hey, where’s Jordan? She was supposed to be here an hour ago.”

Marge put her hand on her hips and got a disgusted look on her face. “What I don’t even get a, hi Marge, how are you doing?” All it is now is where’s Jordan? Have you seen Jordan? Is she all you think about?”

“I’m sorry, Marge.” Jay pouted. “It’s just that I miss her. I sort of got used to her being here.”

“I don’t see how you missed her.” Marge teased. “You had her on the phone all night long.”

Jay glanced at Dr. Sheridan. “Don’t you believe a word she says.”

“I have a feeling.” Dr. Sheridan winked at Marge. “I should believe her more than you.

“No, don’t trust her. She has been know to have hallucinations.” Jay said as she tried to cover herself.

Dr. Sheridan gave Jay a look of disapproval. “I thought I told you that I wanted you to get some sleep last night?”

Jay glared at Marge. “Thanks a lot Marge. I’ll remember this.” Jay knew what the doctor told her. She just missed the tall brunette and couldn’t sleep. “I’m sorry doc, but you’re the one who told Jordan she couldn’t stay.”

“I already broke the rules when I did let her stay. Maybe I should have you stay one more day? Just to make sure everything is okay.” The doctor threatened.

Jay’s eyes nearly popped out of her head. She couldn’t believe what the doctor just said. “No way, you wouldn’t do that to me? Would you?”

“Would who do what?” Jordan asked as she entered the room. She saw the look on Jay’s face and wondered what was going on.

“They want to keep me here one more night.” Jay explained with a pout.

“What? Why would you want to do that? Did she have some sort of relapse?” Jordan asked as she walked over to Jay and took her hand

The doctor heard the concern in Jordan’s voice. “No, Jordan nothing like that. It’s just that I told her that she needed to get some sleep last night.”

“And she didn’t?” Jordan asked confused.

“No, apparently she was on the phone all night.” Dr. Sheridan stated with a knowing smirk.

Jordan lowered her head. “I guess that would be my fault Dr. Sheridan. I had trouble sleeping and she was just talking to me until I got tired.”

Marge stood in the corner and tried not to laugh. She couldn’t fight it long. “You should see the look on your faces. It’s priceless.” Marge bellowed.

Jay and Jordan looked at Marge and the now laughing Dr. Sheridan. “They sure got us.” The two thought as they eyed the two laughing women.

“Paybacks are a bitch.” Jordan stated as she crossed her arms in front of her chest

“No doubt.” Jay agreed with a smile. “Okay, now that you’ve had your laugh. When do I get out of here?”

****

A knock on the door told Richard Sr. that his son had arrived. “Come in Junior.”

Ritchie opened the door and looked at his father. He hoped that one day he would follow in his fathers’ foot steps. Not only in business, but in looks as well. Richard Sr. stood over six feet tall with broad shoulders and a muscular body. When he walked into a room, he demanded respect. Which he got because people feared him. Richard Sr. knew this and used it to his advantage, as long as it got him what he wanted it didn’t matter.

Ritchie walked in when his father waved at the seat in front of his desk. “Is there something you needed Dad? The guys and I were doing something.”

“I wouldn’t have told you to come in here if there wasn’t something I needed to talk to you about.” Richard stated with authority.

“Yes, Dad, sorry. What can I do for you?” Ritchie asked as he leaned back in the chair.

Richard looked up from his papers and stared at his son. He wanted his son to be like him, and the apple didn’t fall far from the tree. Richard taught his son that if you wanted something bad enough you got it by any means possible.

“Well, son I want to know if any progress has been made on the project I gave you?” The older Blacksmith asked.

Ritchie looked back at his father and answered. “It’s going slow. You know Jay is stubborn and pig headed.”

“What about the fire?” Richard asked curiously as he reached across his desk for a cigar.

“The fire almost did the job, even though that wasn’t planned.” Ritchie stood up and paced. “All we were trying to do was capture some horses. The guys and I had no clue that Jay was anywhere nearby. It’s just too bad that she survived the experience.” He finished in disgust.

“Yes, too bad for us. The land would be easier to get if she wasn’t here.” Richard agreed as he puffed smoke into the air.

“I have something to tell you and you’re not going to like it.” Ritchie said. “Frankie dropped my lighter. The one you gave me for my birthday.” He confessed in a small voice.

Richard couldn’t believe what he just heard. He got up and went over to the liquor cabinet and took out a bottle of scotch. He poured himself a glass and drank it down in one gulp. He thought that all the hard work they had done was going to go down the drain because of a stupid idiot like Frankie. “Well, son, you need to make sure that nothing comes of this.” He poured another drink. “Do you understand me, find a way out of this.”

“Yes, Dad I understand. Is there anyway that you can find out if they did find it?” Ritchie asked as he came up and grabbed a glass.

The older man took the glass and filled it with the strong liquid. “I’ll get my guy on the police force to check it out.” Richard informed Ritchie.

“Thanks, Dad.” Ritchie glanced at his father and drank his drink. Then turned and walked towards the door.

“I want that land Ritchie.” Richard turned and looked at his son who stopped when his father spoke. “I always get what I want. Anyway that I can.” He declared.

Ritchie knew if he screwed up his father would kill him. He saw the determination in his dad’s eyes. Nothing was going to hold him back. Especially a little blonde who didn’t know when to let go.

“Don’t worry, we’ll get that land. Even if I have to kill Jay with my bare hands.” Ritchie said as he clenched his hands into fists.

“It might just come to that, son.” Richard replied with an evil glint in his eyes.

*****

“Home at last.” Jay announced when she stepped out of the car. “First thing I’m going to do is take a shower and wash the hospital smell off of me.”

Before she even had a chance to turn towards her house Jimmy ran up to her. “Hey, Jay, I’m so happy that your home.” He said before he grabbed her and picked her up in a big hug.

She hugged Jimmy back with the same enthusiasm. “So am I Jimmy. Did you and Sam take care of everything for me?”

Jimmy put her down and stood straight. “You bet we did. Sam and I took care of everything.”

“I knew I could count on you. You’re the best.” Jay said with pride.

“You bet you can Jay. I’d do anything for you. Just name it.” Jimmy replied as he went around the car to help get the bags.

“Thanks Jimmy. I really appreciate it.” Jordan said when Jimmy took the bags she had in her hands.

“No problem Jordan. You can help Jay in the house. Marge wants her to stay up at the main house.” Jimmy informed Jordan with a small smile. “So I’ll bring these in.” Jimmy took off towards the house at a fast pace, because he knew once Jay heard where she was staying all hell would break loose.

“Did I hear that right?” Jay asked as she watched Jimmy go.

“It all depends on what you heard.” Jordan countered and grinned.

“I will not stay up at the main house.” Jay responded as her voice grew louder. ” Want to sleep in my own bed. In my own house.”

“Come on Jay, think about it. Marge just wants to make sure your okay.” Jordan pleaded. She knew as soon as Jimmy told her where Jay was to go that there would be an argument. Jordan ran her hand though her hair and blew out a breath. “Please, you can sleep in my bed.” Two seconds passed. “With me.”

“Oh, boy.” Jay smiled. “I like that idea. Let’s go.” She grabbed Jordan’s hand and tugged her towards the house.

When they reached the porch Marge stepped out to greet them. “Jay I don’t want any grief from you, but you’re staying here at the house.”

“No problem.” Jay said as she and Jordan walked by.” That’s one of the best ideas I’ve ever heard. Thanks, Marge, I love you.”

Jordan let Jay guide her past Marge and right up the stairs. They didn’t stop when Mary walked out of the kitchen. “Where are you two going in such a hurry?” Mary asked as she sipped her coffee.

“We have some important things to discuss.” Jay yelled and continued up

Jordan turned and winked.

Mary saw the gesture and winked back. “Young love is always the best.

Marge walked in at that moment and saw the amused look on Mary’s face. “What’s so funny?”

“Those two.” Mary pointed up to the second floor. “They’re so good for each other.”

“I agree, they seemed to have found each other at the right moment.” Marge took Mary’s hand and pulled her into the kitchen. “Come on, lets get dinner started. If I know Jay she’ll want dinner very shortly. Especially since she hasn’t had a home cooked meal in a week.”

“Shit, do you we have enough food in the house to feed her?” Mary asked then burst out laughing.

Marge looked at her. “God I hope so. I just went shopping yesterday.” When she said that Mary laughed harder.

*****

“Do you have any idea what you’re doing to me?” Jordan asked between kisses.

“The same thing you’re doing to me, I hope.” Jay said as she kissed down Jordan’s long neck. The soft moan fueled her to continue. She started to pull Jordan’s shirt out of her pants, but a her hands were stopped.

“As much as I want continue this, we need to stop.” Jordan said even though her insides screamed at her.

Jay stopped and rested her head on Jordan’s shoulder. She knew Jordan was right, this wasn’t the time or the place. “Oh, okay. I’ll stop, but one of these days…” Her sentence was cut off by a set of warm lips.

“Mmm, I thought you said we should stop?” Jay asked as she tried to get her breathing under control.

Jordan shook her head in agreement. “I did, but I had to kiss you one more time.” Then she started to giggle. “Do you know that you make me feel like a teenager? That every nerve in my body is standing on end., waiting for and wanting your touch.”

“Your slightest touch makes me quiver and my legs are holding me up by pure will.” Jay replied as she tried to calm down her hormones.

“How about we crawl into bed and just snuggle.” Jordan suggested as she walked over to the bed and sat down.

“That sounds like a good idea. It’s been a long week. Plus I’m getting a headache.” Jay replied and sat on the other side of the bed.

Jordan got up and walked around to stand in front of Jay. “Do you want me to get you something?” She asked as she ran her hands through Jay’s blonde hair.

Jay shook her head. “No.” She looked up into concerned blue eyes. “Don’t worry if it gets worse I’ll take something, but right now I just want to hold you.”

“You promise, to wake me up if you need anything.” Jordan knelt down and took Jay’s shoes off. Then gently nudged Jay to lay down so that she could cover her up.

“I promise, now get in here with me.” Jay ordered in a tired voice.

“First let me go down and let Marge know that we’re going to take a nap.” Jordan replied before she kissed Jay’s forehead.

Jay closed her eyes, but before she fell asleep Jordan heard her say. “I love you.”

Jordan walked out of the room and whispered. “I love you too.” As she shut the door.

*****

As Jordan walked down the stairs, tears ran down her face. All the emotion Jordan had kept inside her decided at that moment to break loose. It really hit her that Jay could have been killed in the fire. She was scared at the way her soul would have shriveled up and died without her. “I would never be the same. My life would have ended right along with hers.”

Jordan sat down on the step and rested her head in the palms of her hands. “In such a short time span Jay has become my whole life. Everything I thought was important before is nothing compared to what Jay is to me. We haven’t even made love yet, but there’s other ways Jay touches my soul.

The way Jay would do little things, like she would surprise me with a rose and a poem on my pillow. The poems usually were only a few lines, but what they’d say would grab my heart. I remember the last one she left me.

My every heart beat is for you.
My every breath is for you.
My only soul is for you.
My love is for you.

Now and Forever, Jay

Jordan continued to sit on the steps and cry. After a few minutes she took a deep breath and glanced upstairs. “Jay is upstairs right now. Safe and sound. Everything is going to be okay.”

“That’s right, she’s upstairs sleeping.” Jordan said out loud to herself. “And that’s where I should be, not sitting on the stairs crying like a baby.”

Jordan wiped the tears from her face and stood up. She took another deep breath and started to walk to the kitchen. When Jordan stepped into the bright room she saw her two friends deep in conversation.”

“What are you two doing?” She asked as she helped herself to some coffee.

Marge looked up from the paper and saw red blood shot eyes. “What’s wrong. Is Jay okay?” She asked with concern.

“She’s fine, Marge. It’s just sort of hit me how lucky I am.” Jordan replied with a big smile.

“And that made you cry? Come on Jordan out with it.” Mary begged as she guided Jordan to sit next to her.

Jordan looked from one face to the other and couldn’t help but laugh. “You guys are like two mother hens watching over their hatchlings.”

The two looked at one another. “We are.” They both said in agreement.

They laughed until Mary asked again. “Are you going to tell us or are we going to have to resort to bribery?”

“Oh and what would you bribe me with?” Jordan asked as she raised her eyebrow. “You have nothing I would want.”

Mary looked at Marge and winked. They both moved closer to Jordan and said. “Oh, but we do.”

Jordan stared back at them. “Oh, you do, do you?” With a smirk. “Let’s hear it girls

Mary took the initiative. “Okay, what is nice and brown on the outside, and red on the inside?”

Jordan thought about what Mary said. Then she got a look of joy. “No way,” “Jordan looked over at Marge

Marge grinned and nodded her head. “You bet your sweet ass.”

Jordan quickly explained how she felt. How scared she was that her life would have ended that afternoon if Jay had died. That Jay was her heart and soul and life would be nothing if she wasn’t in it.”

*****

Jay and Jordan checked on Jordan’s destiny after dinner. Jay was very happy to see how much little Jordan had grown. He would definitely take after his father. She could see the defiant nature as he pranced around the stall.

Jordan was the only one who could get close to him. No matter what they tried he’d run from everybody else. But as soon as he saw Jordan he would come over and beg for attention. Jay was pleased she chose to name him after the beautiful brunette.

“I can’t believe how big your colt has gotten.” Jay said to Jordan. She wondered if Jordan would catch her wording.

“I know….” Jordan stopped when it hit her what Jay said. “What?”

“I said I can’t believe how big…your…colt has gotten.” Jay repeated herself and smiled.

“No way, I can’t let you do that.” Jordan replied shocked at what her love said.

“Yes, you can and I did.” Jay informed Jordan as she took out some papers from her back pocket.

Jordan reached for the paper. Her hands shook as she read over the documents that said she was the owner of ‘Jordan’s Destiny’.

Nobody had ever done anything like this before. Usually she was the one everybody expected to give. She looked over at Jay who had a big smile on her face. Jordan couldn’t stop herself at that moment if she wanted to.

The kiss she gave Jay was nothing short of earth shattering. The emotions that ran through the two was like lava erupting from a volcano.

“Jay, I don’t want to stop.” Jordan whispered between kisses. She started to unbutton Jay’s flannel shirt. Then she reached in and pulled the t-shirt free of Jay’s jeans.

Jay felt Jordan work her shirt loose. When she felt Jordan’s hands touch her skin she knew that there was so stopping. “We need to find someplace private.” Her breath caught in her throat when Jordan started to nip her neck. “NOW!”

Jordan agreed. “Fast , very, very fast.” She barely got out before Jay kissed her again.

Jay tried to think of a place where they could go and not be disturbed. Marge and Mary were in the main house. Sam and Jimmy were in hers. That only left one place, the barn.

Jay grabbed Jordan’s hand and ran for the barn. When they entered she guided Jordan to the ladder for the hay loft. Before Jordan could climb though Jay stopped her. “Are you sure?”

Jay’s answer was a kiss and a look of pure unadulterated lust. “Oh thank God.”

“Follow me.” Jordan ordered in a deep voice filled with desire.

“To the ends of the earth.” Jay replied as she climbed. Before she reached the top of the ladder she saw a blanket lying over one of the stalls walls. “I better grab that. Hay sure can scratch the shit out of you.”

When Jay reached the top of the ladder, Jordan had already made herself comfortable on a stack of hay. Jay laid the blanket over some fallen hay that was on the floor.

Jordan stopped Jay from advancing. “Wait, I want to remember every second of this moment. This is the most important thing ever to happen to me.” She whispered. “I’m about to make love to the other half of my soul.”

“I feel the same way. Nobody has meant more to me than you.” Jay stepped closer. “I’m so scared right now. I hope that I can make all your dreams come true, and be able to give you everything you deserve.”

“Right now my only dream is to hold you and make love.” Jordan stood up slowly and walked over to Jay.

Jordan heard Jay’s breath catch as she ran her hands in between Jay’s shirts. She slowly pulled the top shirt off to fall on the floor. Then she finished un-tucking the t-shirt out of Jay’s pants. Jordan bent over and kissed Jay’s now exposed stomach as she lifted the shirt over Jay’s head.

The sensations of Jordan’s lips on her skin made Jay tremble. Never had anyone made her feel so much with just one touch.

“I won’t be able to stand much longer.” Jay moaned as Jordan pinched her nipple.

Jordan trailed kisses down along Jay’s neck to her shoulder. “Don’t worry, I won’t let you fall.” Jordan whispered before she hooked her fingers under Jay’s bra straps and tugged them down. “Your skin is like silk. So soft.”

Jay stood there lost in the feelings Jordan was afflicting on her body. When the cool air hit her breast as they were released from her bra a tremor went through her body.

Jordan bent down and slowly ran her tongue around the right nipple before she slightly sucked on it. The other breast wasn’t left alone, she rolled and pinched until the nipple stood out and begged for the same attention the right was getting.

“Oh, baby that feels so good.” Jay moaned as her head rolled back.

Jordan looked up and saw Jay’s head roll back. She knew that Jay couldn’t stand much more with out buckling to the floor. So she ran her tongue across the nipple once more before she kissed her way to Jay’s ear.

“I’m going to make love to you now. Once I do that you will be mine forever.” Jordan purred as she licked the ear close to her mouth.

“Forever sounds great to me.” Jay agreed as she brought her hands down on Jordan’s waist. She realized that her soon to be lover had on way to many clothes.

Jay felt around until she had the end of the sweatshirt and lifted it off Jordan in one move. The sight that greeted her was stunning. “You don’t have a bra on.” Jay mumbled and ran a finger down the center of Jordan’s beast

“Mmm Hmm.” Was all Jordan could say as she began to kiss Jay’s neck.

Jay guided Jordan back to the hay stack. She gently nudged Jordan to sit. “We have way to many clothes on.”

Jay took Jordan’s shoes off and then knelt in between her legs. ‘May I?” She gestured towards Jordan’s zipper on her pants.

“Please.” Jordan begged with pure lust in her eyes.

Jay undid the button and slowly unzipped the pants. She kissed the skin as it was revealed. White lacy underwear stood out against tan skin. “Nice.” Jay said softly as she ran her fingers along the soft material.

Jay ran her hands down the long leg and when they reached the bottom of the pants in one swift motion the were against the far wall. Ever so carefully Jay hooked her finger under the elastic of the undergarment and pulled it ever so slowly down to reveal the present it hid..

The sight of Jordan’s naked body lying on a blanket in front of her stopped Jay in her tracks. “My God, you are the most glorious thing I’ve ever seen.”

With one hand Jay slowly caressed Jordan’s stomach. She watched as goose bumps formed all over the soft skin. Jay could smell the aroused state Jordan was in as she lowered her lips to kiss Jordan’s belly button.

Jay slowly made her way up to Jordan’s breast and ran her tongue over the nipples that were asking to be touched.

Jordan gasped for breath when her sensitive nipple was nipped. “Oh, yes. That feels wonderful. Please don’t stop, don’t ever stop.”

“I never plan on stopping.” Jay said as she continued to feast on Jordan’s breast.

Jay ran her hand up Jordan’s thigh. She felt the muscles twitch to her light touch. The next thing Jay ran her fingers between moist lips, gently pressing on an enlarged clit.

“You are so wet.” Jay moaned as she brought her wet finger to her mouth. “Oh, Jordan you taste like a treat from the gods.”

Jay shifted so that she laid in between Jordan’s legs. She lifted Jordan’s legs so that they rested on her shoulders. She liked the way Jordan heals rested on her back. “I’ve wanted to do this since the first time we met.” Jay said before she kissed her way down the thigh and ran her tongue across Jordan swollen center. The feeling of Jordan’s convulsing encouraged Jay. She sucked the clit gently in her mouth and flicked it with her tongue.

Jordan gasped at the intense sensations Jay sent through her body. She grabbed Jay by the hair. “Yes, Jay just like that.”

Jordan knew she wouldn’t last long with this kind of attention, but she didn’t mind she wanted Jay to claim what was hers. “Please, Jay, I want you inside me.” She begged.

Jay not one to be told twice entered Jordan with one finger. The muscles contracted at the sensation when Jay started to move in and out.

Jay wanted to give Jordan more pleasure so she added a second finger. The wetness increased so Jay added a third finger. The feeling of Jordan’s body as it shivered brought a smile to Jay’s face.

The feeling of the fingers and the friction of Jay’s tongue sent Jordan over the edge. Lights flashed behind Jordan’s closed eyelids. It was like a thousand shooting stars flying across the night sky. “YES, OH GOD, YES” Jordan screamed as she gripped handfuls of short blonde hair.

Her legs contracted trapping Jay. She didn’t mind though as she licked up every last drop Jordan’s body gave her.

As the last of the convulsion passed through Jordan’s body, she felt Jay crawl her way up her sweat soaked body. She shivered when Jay licked sweat from her body. “I love you, my heart

Jordan opened her eyes and saw passion filled green staring back at her. “Damn, that was incredible.” She brought her head up and claimed Jay’s lips. She tasted herself and at the moment wanted to know what Jay tasted like.

She broke the kiss and grinned. “It’s my turn now.” Jordan said to Jay and in one swift movement Jay was on her back.

Jay laughed. “Well if you have your heart set on it. I’m all yours.”

“That’s right, you’re all mine. Nobody is ever going to do to you what I’m about to do”. With that said Jordan captured Jay’s lips. Her tongue asked for entrance and Jay opened willingly.

When they broke off the kiss Jordan kissed her way to Jay’s ear. “You’re the best thing to ever come into my life. I plan on showing you exactly how I feel.”

Jay took a deep breath and nodded her head. “Mmm, that sounds wonderful.”

Jordan cupped Jay’s breast with her hands as she kissed down Jay’s neck.

Jay arched her back at the feeling of Jordan kissing her way down to a pert nipple. As soon as a warm wet tongue hit her sensitive nipple Jay moaned. “Oh, Jordan. Ohhh.” When Jordan sucked harder then let go and latched on to her other nipple a bolt of lightening shot down to her center. “Baby please, I need you.”

Jordan looked up at the most exquisite sight she had ever seen. The look of raw desire on Jay’s face made her insides flip.

With a smile she lowered a hand down Jay’s stomach. When it hit Jay’s jeans she sat up. “You are way over dressed.” She said in a husky voice.

“Forgot them.” Jay replied short of breath.

Jordan undid the buttons of Jay’s 501s. The sight of smiling faces greeted her as she pulled them down. “Well, that’s a nice surprise.”

Jay sat up on her elbows and looked at her underwear. Then smiled at Jordan. “What can I say. I like Taz.”

Jordan raised an eyebrow. “You’re a nut

“But I’m your nut.” Jay grinned as she started to take her pants and underwear off all the way.

Jordan heart stopped when Jay’s was finished. “That you are. My very beautiful nut.” Jordan said and kissed Jay.

Jordan brought her hand up the inside of Jay’s legs. She could feel the wetness as soon as she touched Jay’s pubic hairs. Jordan ran a finger through the curls and rubbed the swollen clit.

The contact made Jay’s body jump up off the ground. “YES.” She moaned.

As Jordan caressed Jay’s clit she would every so often move her finger to her lovers opening. Entering just a bit, then pulling it out to rub the nub again. Then in one swift move she filled Jay completely.

Jay’s body shuddered. “That feels so good. Faster…Mmm

Jordan whispered in jay’s ear. “Come for me, love.” She then accelerated her movements and sucked one of Jay’s nipples into her mouth.

The feeling of Jordan’s lips on her breast along with her fingers moving inside her sent Jay to the heavens. Her body surged up and she screamed. “JORDAN, YES, YES, YES. ILOVE YOU.”

Jordan felt the last of Jay’s orgasm subside. She carefully extracted her fingers from their warm cocoon and brought them to her mouth. As she licked the juices off she moaned. “Mmm, good. Just like I knew you would.”

When Jordan didn’t get a comment for what she said she looked up at Jay. She saw tears running down Jay’s cheeks. “My heart, what’s wrong? Did I do something that hurt you?” Jordan asked as she wiped the tears away.

Jay shook her head. “No, you did everything right. It’s just that I love you so much.” Jay cried as she grabbed Jordan into a strong embrace. “Promise me that you’ll never leave me.”

“You have nothing to worry about. Not even the devil himself could get me to leave.” Jordan said in a reassuring voice. “I love you and will never intentionally hurt you. Got it?” Jordan shifted so that Jay rested next to her.

“I got it.” Jay replied and rested her head on Jordan’s shoulders. “Sorry to sound like a baby. It’s just that every person I have ever loved has left me for one reason or another.” Jay said quietly.

Jordan ran her fingers through Jay’s soft hair. She took a deep breath and replied. “There’s no way I could leave even if I wanted to. You’re my heart and without you I can’t survive. My life would cease to exist.

Jay squeezed Jordan and cried some more. Jay felt so lucky to have this woman love her. Sure she had Marge and Jimmy, but its not the same thing. Her heart would shatter if Jordan ever did decide that Jay wasn’t what she wanted. Deep down she knew that would never happen.

Jordan hung on until Jay calmed down. Her heart was over flowing with the love she had for this little blonde. She thanked Jay’s parents for bringing this wonderful creature into this world. She wished that they were alive to enjoy their daughter and all the love she had to offer.

Jordan’s parents were alive, but she knew how she’d feel if they weren’t. Tears started to form as Jordan understood why Jay was feeling the way she was. As she laid there and thought she felt Jay’s body move and heard a giggle sound.

“What’s so funny?” Jordan raised her head to look at Jay.

Jay laughed harder. She glanced up into amused blue eyes. “Oh, I was just wondering.”

“Wondering what, my little Tasmanian devil?” Jordan teased.

“Hardy, har, har, boy aren’t you the funny one.” Jay slapped Jordan’s stomach

“Hey now, I’m not the one who has Taz on my underwear.” Jordan laughed as she caught the hand before she got slapped again and brought it up to her mouth and kissed the palm. Then she lowered it to rest on her heart. “Now tell me what’s so funny.”

“I was just wondering, if this was your normal reaction to getting a present.” Jay answered and kissed the breast next to her lips

“Well,” Jordan gasped as she felt Jay take claim of her nipple. “It’s not everyday someone gives me a horse.”

“If that was all it would have taken I would have gotten you one sooner.” Jay giggled as she caressed lower down the shivering body.

“Trust me, it took more than a horse to get me here.” Jordan replied.
“Oh really, and what would the more be?” Jay asked as she continued to play with the growing nipple.

“The most precious thing in the world.” Jordan took a deep breath in. “You.”

Jay stopped her hand and looked up. No matter how many times or ways Jordan said she loved her it would stop her in her tracks. “I love you so much.” She said before all thought but bringing Jordan to the highest highs were lost.
Part 3
The next morning Mary and Marge were in the kitchen. They had just finished doing the breakfast dishes and were heading out to the porch. Both had a cup of coffee in hand.

“What a wonderful day.” Marge said as she sat on the swing “Everyone is safe and sound.”

“Thank God.” Mary replied as she sat next to the older woman.

They sat there enjoying the peace and quiet. Both knowing that it wouldn’t last long. The person who had started the fire was still out there, even with the lighter showing the identity of the arsonist, they still needed more proof.

“Has Jay asked about the lighter?” Mary asked as she sipped her coffee.

Marge shook her head. “No, I don’t think she remembers finding it.” She took another sip. “Sheriff Bowden called last night. He said that he’s going to come out here and talk to Jay. I guess when he talked to her the other day she didn’t remember anything that happened while she was caught in the fire. He’s hoping that since she’s had some time it might come back to her.”

“Let’s hope it does. It should help keep the Blacksmith’s off this land.” Mary replied.

They sat there for a few minutes enjoying the peace and quiet, when they saw Jay and Jordan walk out of the barn holding hands and whispering into each other’s ear.

“I wonder what those two are up too?” Mary asked with a knowing smile

“I’ll bet they weren’t in there cleaning stalls.” Marge laughed with Mary joining in

As Jay and Jordan walked closer they heard the two women laugh. Wondering what had the women laughing so hard they headed towards the steps and over to the swing.

Marge and Mary laughed harder when they got a good look at Jay and Jordan

“What in the world has gotten into you two?” Jordan asked with a raised eyebrow.

“Nothing, so what’s up with you two?” Mary replied as she tried not to laugh at the little bits of straw that stuck out from their hair.

“Not much.” Jay said casually with a smile. “We just fell asleep in the barn.

That statement got the two on the swing to laughing again. Jay looked at Jordan. “Was it something I said?”

“Who knows with these two. Come on lets go get cleaned up.” Jordan grabbed Jay’s hand and led her into the house.

Before they were all the way in the heard Mary yell. “Hey, Jay, I think you got attacked last night. You have a big bruise on your neck.”

Jay stopped and looked back through the screen door with a grin. “Yep, I sure did. I even tried to fight off my attacker.”

“I bet you did. You just didn’t try hard enough.” Marge replied with a laugh.

“Of course I did, but after I got a good look at my attacker….WOW. You should have seen it. “Jay shook her head. “It was the most gorgeous thing in the world. When it bit me all I could do was lie there and let it do what it wanted

“You don’t seem like the type to just lay there.” Mary responded and took the last sip of her coffee.

Jordan stuck her head out and answered before Jay could say anything. “Believe me, she’s not. I have some bites to prove it. She was just nice enough to hide them.” She said as she grabbed Jay’s hand again and headed up the stairs to the bathroom.

“You better watch out Jay. I’ve a feeling you’re about to get bit again.” Mary yelled.

The two women heard Jay’s muffled yell. “God, I hope so.”

*****

Later that morning after their shower where Jordan did indeed give Jay a few more bites, but was kind enough to place them in a more discreet place, they sat and had some breakfast. They decided that they wanted to run into town, and just as they were walking over to Jordan’s car the Sheriff pulled up.

“Hi, Sheriff Bowden.” Jordan said with a wave.

“Hello, Sheriff, what brings you out to our neck of the woods?” Jay asked as she shook the Sheriff’s hand.

“Marge didn’t tell you that I was coming out? I called last night to make sure you’d be around.” Sheriff Bowden replied as he took off his cowboy hat and scratched his balding head.

Jay shook her head.” No, she never said a word.” She gestured towards the porch so they could sit down and talk.

Jay and Jordan took a seat on the swing while the Sheriff sat on the porch rail

“I came out to talk some more about the fire. To see if you might remember anything now.” He asked as he scratched his head again.

Jay grabbed Jordan’s hand and started to push the swing gently back and forth. “I’m starting to remember bits and pieces

Jordan squeezed Jay’s hand and looked at her with concern. “You are? Why didn’t you say anything?”

Jay sighed. “I didn’t want you to worry. It hasn’t been much, just flashes here and there.” She shrugged her shoulders a little.

“Jay, you can tell me anything. The only way I’d worry is if you keep things from me. So please don’t. Even if it’s something small, I want to know about it.” Jordan leaned closer to Jay and kissed her, she felt Jay nod her head in agreement.

Sheriff Bowden cleared his throat. “Okay, now that we have that settled. What exactly do you remember?”

Jay sat there and tried to put the pieces together. “I remember going down the hill and finding three horses trapped by the fire. I remember the intense heat and a lot of smoke. It hurt to breathe.” She tried not to cry, but the tears started to fall down her cheek.

When she felt soft fingers wiping them away she looked up into passionate blue eye that caressed her soul. ” I also remember that I would never be able to kiss your hands.” Jay brought the hand to her lips and placed a soft kiss on the palm. “I would never be able to kiss your beautiful lips.” She traced Jordan’s lips with her fingers. “Most importantly tell you how you are everything to me. I love you Jordan.” Jay finished before she kissed Jordan and with that the Sheriff was forgotten

Sheriff Bowden stood up to leave, but before he got to the steps Marge stepped out of the house. “Hello, Marge.”

“Hi, Sheriff, I just remembered to tell Jay that you were coming over.” Marge glanced over at the two on the swing. “Did you get a chance to talk to her?”

“Just a little bit. She still doesn’t remember finding the lighter. I’m not sure I want to tell her.” Sheriff Bowden stated with a big sigh. ” I know she’ll go after him, instead of him going to jail she’ll…” He didn’t finish the sentence.

“You’re right about that. Plus I think Jordan would be right at her side.” Marge replied as she continued to watch the two.

“I just wish we had more evidence.” Growled the Sheriff. “Then I could arrest that ass and his punk friends.”

Marge reached out and rubbed his arms. “I know, we all wish that. This county would be better off without the Blacksmith’s and their cronies.”

“You happen to have any coffee in there? I sure could use a cup.” The Sheriff asked with a little smile. “I still need to ask Jay a couple more questions and you do make the best coffee around

“Come this way kind sir.” Marge waved her hand towards the house. “Your drink awaits you

“Thank you, my lady.” Sheriff Bowden walked by a smiling Marge

****

Later that day Jordan and Mary were upstairs packing. Mary had an early flight the next morning. Bob had called and told her that he had fallen trying to get out of his boat and broken his leg.

“I still can’t believe he broke his leg. Now I have to listen to him belly ache every time her tries to do something.” Mary said in disbelief. She looked over at her friend. “So are you going to move out here or put your house up for sale?”

“I thought I’d keep the house. Besides Jay and I haven’t talked about what we are going to do.” Jordan replied as she continued to fold clothes. “I don’t want to assume that I’ll be staying here.” Jordan shrugged her shoulders. ” I kinda want her to ask.”

“She’ll ask, I have no doubt about that.” Mary said as she put the last of her stuff in her bag. “Jay is so in love with you she can’t see straight.”

“I know, and I love her too.” Jordan took a deep breath. “I never thought I’d ever feel this complete. She just makes everything perfect.”

Mary watched the emotion play in Jordan’s eyes. Jordan deserved this kind of love, Mary had prayed everyday that Jordan would fine someone to make her smile, and she finally found it, in a little spitfire blonde.

“Do you have any idea how happy I am for you?” Mary asked as she walked up and gave Jordan a hug. “You’re like my own daughter.” She said with tears in her eyes.

“Oh, Mary, you have no idea how much your friendship has meant to me. Thank you, for being there for me when I needed someone.” Jordan replied as her own tears ran down her cheek.

“Now, no more crying.” Mary stated as she wiped off her face. “I’ll see you in a couple of weeks. Remember you have to come back to do the interviews for your last movie.” Mary reminded Jordan.

Jordan ran her hand across her face and blew out a deep breath. “I know, I just don’t want to go back. I’m so happy here. Here I’m Jordan Martin friend and lover. Not, Jordan Martin the wealthy actress.”

“Oh, that reminds me. I want to know what it’s like?” Mary asked casually

Jordan looked at her friend and raised her eyebrow. “What, what was like.”

“You know,” Mary said as she waved her hands. “What was it like to do it in a barn

Jordan laughed. “You aren’t serious, are you?”

Mary nodded her head and smiled. “I’ve never done it in a barn. I’m thinking maybe it might be fun.”

“Let me just say, it was mind blowing.” Jordan informed Mary as she wiggled her eyebrows.

“Hey, are you two ready to eat?” Marge asked as she stuck her head in the room. She noticed the shocked look on Mary’s face and the evil grin on Jordan’s. “What are you two talking about

Jordan pointed at Mary. “She wanted to know what it was like to have sex in the barn.”

“Well, I’ve never done it anywhere like that before. So I just wanted to know.” Mary replied. “Maybe I can talk Bob into trying it out. Lately the only way I can get him to look at me is if I have twenty dollars wrapped around my neck with a fishing line.” Marge laughed as she walked to sit on the bed. “I remember this one time during a storm. We, my husband Patrick and I, went to check on the horses. The storm got so bad we decided to sleep in the barn.” Marge smiled at the memory. “It was the best decision we ever made. The storm passed and we didn’t even know it.” Marge fanned her face with her hand. “It was mind blowing

“That’s what she said.” Mary mumbled as she walked by Jordan. “I need to find some fishing line and a twenty.”

“You really need to get you some.” Jordan laughed and patted her friend on the back.

“Damn straight I do.” Mary stopped at the door and turned around. “Just my luck, Bob can’t do a damn thing with his leg in a cast.” She muttered in disgust. “Men, can’t live with them and can’t live without them.”

“Speak for yourself.” Jordan said with a grin. “Now come on. I’m hungry.” She hooked her arm around her friends elbow and guided her out the door

Marge got up off the bed and followed. Even though she had never meet Bob, Marge felt sorry for the guy. He was in a world of trouble and he didn’t do a thing. “Maybe he should get off his ass and do something.” Marge said out loud to herself.

****

“Where did this scar come from?” Jay asked Jordan as she ran her fingers over her chest.

“I was about twelve. My older brothers and I were pretending to be pirates.” Jordan said as she shivered when Jay kissed her scar. “Lance, he’s three years older than me thought he’d go in for the kill. So he stabbed me.”

Jay stopped her inspection of Jordan’s body. She looked up and met sensual blue eyes that could stop her in her tracks. “Tell me about your family.”

“What do you want to know?” Jordan traced Jay’s lips with her finger

Jay closed her eyes and enjoyed the feeling of Jordan’s touch. The sensations of just one touch made Jay thank anybody who would listen for bringing Jordan into her life. “I want to know everything about you.” Jay grabbed the finger with her teeth and slowly ran her tongue across the tip

Jordan felt the tingle run from her finger down to her core. She looked at Jay and smiled. ” First things first.” Jordan grabbed Jay and flipped her over onto her back.

“Ohhh, yes, first….things….first.” Jay barely got out before she was screaming Jordan’s name.

****

“Okay, now lets get to the second thing. Tell me about your family.” Jay said as she laid her head on Jordan’s shoulder.

“Well, my Mom’s name is Cindi and Dad’s name is Joe. They’ve been married for thirty-five years. They raised us in a regular small town. You know picket fence and maple trees along the road.” Jordan felt Jay nod her head. “We used to have the run of the neighborhood. Always chasing each other from one yard to the next.”

“How did you get along with your brothers?” Jay asked as she rested her chin on Jordan’s chest.

Jordan smiled. “When I was younger I used to follow them around constantly. I drove them nuts, because I could always find them. Once Lance tied me to the tree in our front yard, because he had some date. He didn’t want to ruin it by having his tag along sister with him.

“I can see you all tied up. What did your mom and dad do?” Jay asked as she giggled.

“They weren’t home. It didn’t matter though. I wiggled my way free and found him. Just as he was about to get a kiss, I jumped out and scared the crap out of him.” Jordan laughed. “Don’t tell him this, but that same girl that was going to kiss him, kissed me a year later.”

“You dog you, stealing your brothers girlfriend.” Jay slapped Jordan on her stomach.

“Hey I was thirteen, and they weren’t going out at the time. We just happened to run into each other at a movie.” Jordan innocently replied.

“Okay, I’ll believe you.” Jay grinned. “Now continue.”

“Then we moved to San Diego. My dad got a great job at some advertising firm. He worked hard to make sure we had everything we wanted, but family always came first. Nothing was more important to him than sitting in some bleacher somewhere cheering us on. He’d always say, family is what makes life worth living.” Jordan closed her eyes and remembered all the times she could hear her dad yelling and cheering for her.

“What about your mom?” Jay asked softly.

“My mom is the all American mom. She stayed at home and took care of the house and us. All the kids in the neighborhood knew were to get the best chocolate chip cookies. They use to stand at the back door and wait for her to pass them out. Everyone called her Mama C.” Jordan said as she scratched Jay’s lower back.

“You do that any longer and you’ll put me to sleep.” Jay whispered softly.

“Do you want me to continue? I can finish telling you more about my family tomorrow.” Jordan responded.

“No, keep going.” Jay replied.

“Okay, let see where was I?” Jordan thought a moment. “Oh, yes, my mom was the first person I told I was gay. She smiled and hugged me. Told me that as long as I find someone that makes me happy she’d be happy.”

“That’s so cool. I never got a chance to tell my parents. I don’t think they’d mind, just as long as I was happy.” Jay sat up and grabbed her can of soda. “Damn, you want anything to drink? Mine is empty.”

“Sure, I’ll take what ever you’re having.” Jordan answered as she got up and headed for the bathroom. “Nice view by the way.”

Jay wiggled her butt as she walked down the hallway. “Thought you would. I want to know whom you got your good looks from? Your mom or dad?” Jay asked as she opened the refrigerator door.

“My dad, which my mom thanks god for everyday. He stands at six feet three inches with the lightest blue eyes I’ve ever seen in my life.” Jordan said as she walked out of the bathroom as she dried her hand on a towel. “Mom says that the first time she ever laid eyes on dad she thought he was a god. Then when he came over to talk to her she almost fainted. He asked her out on a date for the next day, and they’ve never been apart since.”

“Didn’t you get anything from your mom?” Jay asked as she walked over and handed Jordan her drink.

“Yep, we all got her sense of life.” Jordan took a big drink of the cold diet Dr. Pepper. “You know this stuff is pretty good.”

“Don’t I know it.” Jay smiled. “Nothing better than sitting here naked with my girl and a cold pop.”

Jay sat her can on her end table and jumped back in bed. She grabbed her blanket and leaned her back against the headboard. “Now I want to hear about your brothers.”

“Okay, I’ll start with Garrett, he’s the oldest. He went to UCLA on a football scholarship. He could have gone pro, but he turned down every offer and joined the police academy. He graduated first in his class.” Jordan climbed on the bed and rested her head on Jay’s lap.

“That’s cool to have a brother be a police officer. I bet he fixes all your speeding tickets.” Teased Jay.

“Try two brother that are police officers. And, no they don’t fix my speeding tickets, because I don’t have any.” Jordan replied as she grabbed the hand that was distracting her thoughts. ” I thought you wanted to know about my brothers.

“Sorry, go ahead.” Jay said and held on to Jordan’s hand.

“All his life Lance heard Garret talking about how cool it would be to catch the bad guys. So when he followed in Garrett’s foot steps nobody was surprised.”

“Your parents must be so proud of you and your brothers.” Jay said as she sat there watching Jordan.

“They only wish that they’d settle down and give them grandchildren.” Jordan giggled.

Without thinking Jay replied. “Maybe we can give them some.”

“What?” Jordan asked as she raised her head off Jay’s lap

“Grandkids.” Jay said as she waited to see what Jordan’s reply would be. When none came she opened her eyes and saw a stunned Jordan. “What? You don’t want any kids?”

Jordan had always wanted children, but everybody she ever went out with thought she was crazy. They tried to explain to her that that it would lower the caliber of roles offered to her and for some unknown reason she listened to them. Now she was glad she had listened to them, because she had finally found the right time and better yet the right person to start a family.

“Come on Jordan, you’re scaring me.” Jay wiped tears off Jordan’s face. “I’m sorry if I said something wrong. If you don’t want any…” Jay stopped as two fingers pressed against her lips.

“I would be the happiest person in the world to have a family with you.” Jordan stated. “I’m just a little shocked that’s all.” She sat up and ran her fingers through Jay short silky hair. “We’ve only known each other a short period of time.” She said as she cupped her hand behind Jay’s neck and tugged her closer. “In that short time, I’ve never been so happy, but most of all more loved.”

Jordan lightly kissed Jay then looked into passion filled eyes. “It’s been my dream for a long time to settle down with the person I love and have a bunch of kids.”

Jay lowered her lips to Jordan’s neck. “Just think, we get to practice.” Another kiss, but on the lips. “Practice.” She nipped an ear. “Practice, until we get it right.”

Jordan’s mind and body were on over load. When she felt a hand go between her legs she moaned. “That’s the best part.”

The two lovers met the morning in each other’s arm. The both had smiles on their faces, but for different reasons. One was for the family she would find again and the other for the family yet to come.

****

Jordan wanted to take Mary to the airport herself, so Jay and Marge waved as the car headed down the lane.

“So, how many sweat rolls did she sneak into her bag?” Jay asked Marge when they turned to walk up the porch steps.

“I saw her grab six before she even took a shower.” Marge informed Jay with a smile.

“Did you know.” Jay raised her eyebrow. “Jordan and I saw her grab at least that many when we walked in this morning.”

“What a sneak.” Marge giggled as the two walked in the house.

Marge was about to head for the kitchen when Jay stopped her. “Can I talk to you for a second?” She asked softly.

Marge saw the shy look Jay gave her. “Sure honey, let me go in and get us something to drink.”

“Okay, I’ll meet you in the living room.” Jay said as she walked in the room and sat down.

A few minutes later Marge walked in with a tray that had a cup of coffee and a can of diet Dr. Pepper. The thing that caught her eye was the plate covered with a napkin. When she tried to sneak a peak Marge slapped her hand “Ouch.”

“Hold your horses.” Marge said as she sat the tray on the table. “I hid a few of these when she wasn’t looking.” She grabbed the napkin and unveiled her prize.

“Great, I only got two this morning.” Jay replied as she grabbed the closest cinnamon roll.

Marge sat down in her chair and watched Jay eat. She could tell that something was bothering her and that she was stalling. “Okay, spill it.”

Jay stopped chewing and looked up to the loving eyes she had known all her life. She looked at this woman not really as a friend, but more like a mother. Jay took a deep breath and asked, “What kind of parent would I make?”

Marge was shocked. “Why would she wonder that?”

Jay glanced over at Marge and saw the look on Marge’s face. “Jordan and I talked about having kids.”
Marge sat back and took a drink of her coffee. Her eyes met wondering green and she smiled. “Don’t you think you maybe should make a honest woman out of her first?”

Jay let the breath she held out through a big smile. “Yes, I want to give her my mother’s ring.” She looked over with tears in her eyes. “Do you think my parents would approve?”

“Why would you ask something like that?” Marge stood up and walked over to sit next to Jay.

Jay fell into the hug the older woman gave her. “Would they approve of my lifestyle? Not many parents would like the fact that their daughter fell in love with another woman.” She cried

“Oh, sweetheart, your parents wouldn’t give a rats ass about who you loved. Just as long as you’re happy.” Marge kissed the soft hair below her chin. “You would have made them so proud.” She looked down into misty pools of green. “Look at what you’ve done with this ranch. Where most people would give up and sell, you found a solution for it to grow into something. Your parents would be the proudest people in the world. I bet at this moment they are looking down on you with pride and joy.”

“I wish that they could be here so that they could meet Jordan.” Jay said as she wiped the tears from her face.

“They may not be here physically, but look around you. Everywhere you look there are little things that remind us of them. So they are here in memories.” Marge patted Jay’s chest. “And they are here in your heart.”

Jay grabbed Marge into another hug and cried. She cried for the family she had lost and for the family that had just begun

****

“Hey, Mary, would you call me crazy if I said I wanted baby?” Jordan asked as she drove down the highway.

Mary looked over at her friend. “Why on earth would I think you’re crazy? I personally would think it would be great. You’re super with kids.”

“Good, because Jay and I decided that we want them.” Jordan stated.

“Really? You two only just got together, isn’t it a little early in the relationship to be thinking about kids?” Mary asked with concern.

“Of course it is. It’s not like we’re going out to a clinic tomorrow. It’s just nice to know that she wants them. ” Jordan turned her head and glanced at Mary. ” It was her idea.”

“How did you get on that conversation? Shouldn’t you be all busy having incredible sex?” Mary teased.

“Well,” Jordan cleared her throat, “well, we do have incredible sex. The things she does to me would make your head spin.” Jordan winked at Mary. “It does mine, that’s for sure.”

“Do tell, my friend, do tell.” Mary begged like a schoolgirl whose best friend just went on her first date.

“You really want to know?” Jordan asked as she saw Mary nod her head yes. “Do you want me to go into detail?”

“Well, not explicit details, just the over view. I’ve got to at least know someone who is getting some, because it sure in the hell won’t be me.” Mary replied as she reached for her travelers cup filled with coffee. As she took a sip she raised her eyebrows to give Jordan permission to talk.

“Okay, no explicit details,” Jordan took a deep breath and let it out slowly. “You know when you’re dreaming and you feel like you’re flying?”

“Yes, At first you’re enjoying flying around through the clouds and then you start to fall. I hate that kind of dream. I wake up with a jerk and can’t fall asleep again.” Mary answered.

“Well, that’s what it’s like with Jay. I feel like I’m falling, but instead of falling I just keep on floating around.” Jordan explained as she thought of last night. “She sends me to the stars over and over again. The feeling of her hands on my skin makes me quake from the outside in.”

“Sounds pretty intense.” Mary said. “Wish Bob would make me feel like that.”

“Intense doesn’t even come close.” Jordan said as she continued down the road trying to think of the best way she could explain what Jay does to her. “It’s like Jay puts every single cell of her body towards making me feel the love she has for me. The heavens above can’t compare to the love I see in her eyes every time she makes love to me.”

Mary stared at her and shook her head back and forth. “I really need to get Bob back on track. I’m so jealous of you and at the same time so happy.”

“Don’t worry you’ll get Bob back on the ball.” Jordan smiled as she reached out and squeezed Mary’s hand.

Mary squeezed back, “She’s that good is she?” She asked as she grinned.

“She’s better.” Jordan said in all seriousness.

“Damn girl, you’re so lucky.” Mary replied happily.

“Yep, I sure am.” Jordan said as she took the exit ramp to the airport.

****

“Hey, Marge, when do you think Jordan will be back?” Jay yelled as she walked down the stairs.

Marge walked out of the kitchen wiping her hands on a towel. “There is no need to yell. I’m right here.”

“Sorry, I just wanted to know when Jordan might be back?” Jay repeated as she grabbed her coat. “I want to run into town to the jewelers before she gets back.”

Marge stepped closer to help Jay with her coat. “If you leave now you should have plenty of time.” She said as she patted Jay’s back.

“Good, I want to get Mom’s ring sized to fit Jordan.” Jay said as she opened the screen door. “Is there anything you need from town?”

“No, you just go ahead and get what you need done. If Jordan gets back before you I’ll just tell her that you went for a ride.” Marge responded as she watched Jay walk to her car. “When do you think you’ll go looking for a new jeep?”

“Maybe Jordan will want to do that tomorrow. I’ll ask her tonight.” Jay said as she started the engine. “See ya later.”

“Bye, honey, drive careful.” Marge ordered as Jay pulled away.

****

Jordan decided that instead of going straight to the ranch she’d stop in town and look for a special gift for Jay. She wanted to get something that would show the blonde how much she loved her.

Jordan parked her car and decided to walk around to see if anything popped out at her. As she went from one store to the next nothing jumped out at her, and her hopes of finding something faded quickly.

When she stepped in front of a jewelry store she saw a necklace with a Celtic knot with two gems that met in the middle. One gem was a green that matched Jay’s eyes and the other was blue that matched hers.

“YES!” Jordan’s mind screamed. As she walked to the door she looked up through the glass window and was shocked to see Jay already in there. What shocked her more was that Jay had someone wrapped around her neck, and that woman was kissing her all over her face.

“What the hell?” Jordan questioned as she backed away from the window.

Jordan’s heart was beating a million miles a minute. The woman she loved more than life itself was kissing and hugging another woman. Jordan started to walk back to her car as tears ran down her face. She did nothing to hide them from the people that passed by her.

“Are you okay dear?” An elderly woman asked.

Jordan just shook her head and continued to walk down the sidewalk. She barely made it to her car before her trembling legs collapsed. “Oh, God.”

Fumbling with the key with shaking fingers she dropped them to the ground. “OUCH.” Jordan yelled when she bent over and hit her head. “Can this day get any worse?” As soon as she finished that thought the clouds opened up and drenched her. “Fucking great.” She said as she looked up into the sky.

Jordan took a deep breath to calm herself and steady her hands so she could open her car door. When she finally got the door open she jumped in and started the car. She felt the cool air from the vent and shivered as she quickly turned the button to heat. As she waited to feel the warm air she rested her head on the steering wheel.

“Why is it every time I fall in love I get slapped in the face?” Jordan asked herself.

“Why? Why? Why?” She yelled as she hit the steering wheel with the palms of her hands. “It felt different with Jay. Nothing like what I had with Elizabeth.”

“At least with Elizabeth, Mary saw through her charms. She tried to get me to break up with her all the time. Shit everybody wanted me to break up with her.” Jordan snorted to herself. “I kept telling them that we were in love.” Jordan turned her head and saw a couple exit a store in front of her. They kissed before they ran into the rain towards their car. “Shit, if love is messing around with someone else while your so called partner isn’t around, then I have loads of it.”

Jordan sat there and watched drops of rain race down her windshield. ‘Crap, where in the hell am I supposed to stay? I can’t go back to the ranch and I don’t want to drive back to the airport in this weather.” She looked around until she noticed a sign for a motel. “That will work. I’ll call Mary and have them send me my stuff.”

Jordan took a deep breath before she started the car and set out to the motel.

****

“You can stop attacking me now. As I just told you I all ready have someone.” Jay laughed at her childhood friend. “Besides what would Brent say if he walked in on us right now?”

Betsy kissed Jay one last time and stepped back with her hands on her hips. “You know damn well what he’d say.”

“Let me get my video camera.” They said at the same time before they burst out laughing.

“Okay, you said that you found the love of your life and wanted me to size a ring for her.” Betsy asked as she tried to catch her breath.

“Yep, she’s the most gorgeous woman that ever lived. She sets me on fire with one look.” Jay replied with a big sigh and a smile.

“It’s about damn time.” Betsy thought as she noticed the far off look on Jay’s face. “I’m so happy for you my friend. It was about time for you to have some happiness in your life.”

“I can’t believe it.” Betsy said as she walked behind the counter. “I was wondering when your princess would ever find you.”

“I can’t believe it myself. She is the total opposite of me. Jordan’s tall with long dark hair. The bluest eyes you’ll ever see, I get lost in them so easy.” Jay remembered the way those eyes looked into her soul right before she was sent into oblivion. “I’m the luckiest person in the world.” She finished with a big smile.

“Okay, enough of the mushy stuff, let’s get to the jewelry. Show me what you want me to size so I can get it done and you can give it to your girl.” Betsy said as she wiggled her fingers palm side up so that Jay could place the ring on her palm.

“Be careful, this is my ring. I want to give it to Jordan and ask her to marry me.” Jay informed Betsy as she reached into her pocket and pulled out the ring.

“It’s beautiful.” Betsy whispered as she examined the ring. ” I remember it from when your Mom wore it.” Betsy grinned. “May I?”

Jay nodded her head. “Go ahead, because the next time you see it, Jordan will be wearing it.”

“It’s just how I imagined it would look.” Betsy replied.

They watched as the light sparkled off of the two and a half caret diamond ring.

“Damn, this Jordan person is one lucky lady. Not only does she get you, but she gets this spectacular ring as well.”

“No, I’m the lucky one.” Jay stated matter of fact. “So when do you think it’ll be done?”

“I’ll put a rush on it. My guess would be two days.” Betsy answered as she took the ring off and put it back in the box. “Do you know what size you need?”

“No, I don’t.” Jay mumbled and scratched her head.

Jay stood there and tried to figure out how to get Jordan’s ring size. A feeling of dread washed over her body that made her frown. “Damn it, what’s going to happen now?”

“Don’t tell me you got that feeling.” Betsy asked softly.

Jay nodded her head as she looked around. She noticed a car drive past that looked like the one Jordan had rented. She raised her hand to stop Betsy from asking any questions. “Hold on a sec. I thought I saw someone.”

Jay ran out the door and tried to get a good look at the car. The wind and the rain made it impossible. “Shit, why would I that feeling and then think I see Jordan’s car? Plus there is no way it could be her. She would be coming from the other direction and she has no need for a motel.”

“Jay, get out of the rain before you catch a cold.” Betsy yelled from the doorway of the jewelry store.

Before Jay turned to go she took one last look down the road. She shrugged her shoulders “Maybe it’s just my instincts running wild with everything that’s going on.”

****

Jay paced in the dark across the porch. Not caring that a full-blown thunderstorm raged a few feet away. “Where is she?” She asked herself that as a fifty mile per hour gust of wind blew her bangs away from her eyes. A bolt of lightening streaked across the sky making the hairs of Jay’s arms stand on end.

Marge walked out of the house with Jay’s coat in one hand and a cup of hot chocolate in the other. “Here put this on.” She said as she held out the coat. “I talked to Sheriff Bowden a little bit ago, there hasn’t been any accidents reported.”

“What could have happened?” Jay asked as she put her coat on. “I should have gone with her.”

“You know she wanted to take Mary to the airport herself.” Marge replied and held out the steaming cup. “Here, drink this.”

“No thanks, Marge. I’m not thirsty.” Jay mumbled as she looked down the lane for any signs of a car.

“Jay, you’re going to get sick if you don’t keep warm. Remember you just got out of the hospital a couple of days ago.” Marge reminded Jay as she walked up and rested her head against her back with her arms around her waist. “I don’t want you to get sick standing out here.”

“What ever happens to me doesn’t matter. Jordan could be out there hurt.” A shiver ran down her back. “Or worse.”

“Nothing has happened to Jordan. You have to think positive about this. She might have just had a flat tire or maybe engine trouble. We won’t know until she gets here.” Marge replied softly.

When they saw the headlights coming down the road Marge could feel Jay’s heart beat faster.

“She’s here.” Jay ran down the porch steps, but when the car got closer and she saw the red and blue lights on top of the car she stopped in her tracks. Jay waited until the police car came to a stop before she walked up to the door. “Have you heard anything Sheriff?”

Sheriff Bowden looked at the now drenched Jay. He could see that she was fighting her emotion. “I’m sorry Jay, nobody knows anything.”

Jay nodded her head. “I’m going to go to the barn. I can’t stand waiting here with nothing to do.” She turned and walked towards the barn not even noticing the lightening and thunder raging over head.

The Sheriff watched her go before he headed up the steps to stand next to Marge. “Isn’t there anything we can do?” Sheriff Bowden asked.

“I’m afraid not, the only thing that will help is Jordan driving up right now.” Marge stated as she gestured towards the swing. “Care to take a seat?”

“Thanks.” Sheriff Bowden sat down next to Marge. “I have every available person out looking for her car. It’s like she just disappeared.” He informed Marge as she took off his hat and scratched his head.

“Well, for Jay’s sake I hope nothing happened, because she’ll never be the same.” Marge said as she saw the lights go on in the barn. “Did you…” Before she could finish her question the phone rang. “I’ll be right back.” Marge jumped up off the swing and quickly answered the ringing phone

A few minutes later Marge walked out of the house with a grim look on her face. “You can call off your search. That was Mary, apparently Jordan called her and asked her to give us a call.”

“What? Where is she? Is she okay?” Sheriff Bowden asked in a rush

“Oh, she fine. It’s just she didn’t want to come back here.” Marge replied still shocked by the conversation she just had.

“Why not? I thought things were going great between her and Jay.” Asked the equally shocked Sheriff.

“So did I, but apparently she got this stupid idea that Jay played her for a fool.” Marge said as she shook her head. “Where she got that idea from I have no clue

“Damn, what in the world are we going to tell Jay?” Sheriff Bowden asked as he wiped his hand across his face.

“I don’t, she picked up the phone in the barn. She heard everything that Mary said,” Marge said softly as tears ran down her face. “I heard her heart break over the phone.”

The Sheriff looked over at the barn. “Should we go over?”

“No, I doubt she’d even know we were there. Right now she needs some time alone.” Marge wiped the tears off her face. “She’ll come to us when she needs us.”

“Do you think she’ll hurt herself?” Sheriff Bowden asked concerned.

“No, Luke, I don’t think so. She may go a little nuts for awhile though, but you can’t blame her.” Marge took the hand that rested on her leg. “Did you know Jay went to the jewelry store this afternoon to get her mother’s ring sized to fit Jordan?”

“Yes, I stopped in at the jewelry store to get my watched looked at and Betsy told me.” The Sheriff squeezed the smaller hand he held. “Do you know that is the first time you’ve called me by my first name.”

Marge looked up and smiled, “yes, we’ve known each other for years now, and I thought it was about time I called you something besides Sheriff.”

The two jumped when the barn doors burst open. At first they both thought it was the wind from the storm, until they heard an engine fire up.

“What in the world is that?” Luke asked Marge.

“Oh no, she wouldn’t dare.” Marge said as she slowly stood. “It’s the old dirt bike we keep in the barn.”

“You don’t think…” He didn’t get a chance to finish as Jay raced out of the barn.

Because the rain had turned the driveway into one big mud puddle the dirt bike slipped and slid all over the place. Finally getting the bike under control she took off down the road. Throwing mud everywhere.

“Shit,” yelled Luke, “she’s going to get herself killed riding in this weather.”

“Damn her, if the weather doesn’t kill her I sure in the hell will,” Marge replied angrily. “Is there anyway we can follow her?” Marge asked as she headed to the steps.

“We’ll put out a A P B on her. She won’t be able to hide from us long.” Luke informed Marge as they stepped into the rain and ran to the car.

When they reached the car a call came over the radio from one of the Sheriff’s deputies. “Go ahead, this is Sheriff Bowden.”

“Sheriff, we found that car you were looking for. Do you want me to do anything?” The deputy asked.

“No, I’ll take care of it.” He replied back and looked over at Marge. “You want to go pay someone a visit?”

“You bet I do.” Marge strapped her seatbelt on. “Let’s go.”

“Okay,” Sheriff Bowden responded as he started the car.

****

“How could I believe that someone as sophisticated as her could love a person, who has nothing and will be nothing like her.” Jay thought to herself as the rain pelted her face and mixed with tears.

Jay stopped the dirt bike and looked around. She noticed that she was on the out skirts of town. Skunk’s Place lit the darkness with its fast blinking red and blue lights. “I feel like having a drink. She decided as she gunned the engine and drove over to the bar parking lot.

Jay sat there after she turned off the motor and watched the lights illuminate off the side of the building. A crack of thunder made her jump. “Damn weather.” She said as she walked to the double doors.

“Hey, Skunk, you around or is it serve yourself night?” Jay yelled as her senses were bombarded with the smell of old cigarettes and beer.

“Are you crazy? Do you think I would let anyone else behind my bar.” Skunk said as he walked into the room with a box in his arms. The reason everybody called him skunk was very apparent. A white streak of hair ran down the middle of his head of black hair.

“Then get your ass over here and get me something to drink.” Jay ordered as she sat down on a stool.
“What in the hell are you doing out in weather like this?” Skunk asked as he walked behind the bar. He grabbed a towel, “Jesus, Jay, dry yourself off. Your getting everything wet

“Thanks, now give me something that will make me forget who I am.” Jay said as she dried her hair.

Skunk looked at Jay, “are you sure? You’ve never drank anything stronger than a beer before.”

“Shut up, and give me something to drink.” Jay shouted and threw the towel on the bar. “NOW!”

“No problem, coming right up.” Skunk responded as he reached for a bottle of tequila. He grabbed a shot glass and poured her a shot.

“Leave the bottle,” Jay ordered as she grabbed the mans arm.

“Okay,” Skunk let the go of the bottle. “Does Marge know were you’re at?”

“I don’t have to tell Marge where I’m at all the time. Shit, I’m a grown woman and I don’t need anyone.” Jay poured another shot and quickly drank it. “Nobody needs me, so why would I need them. They just smash your heart into a million pieces and jump all over your soul.”

Skunk started to get scared. He’d never heard Jay talk like this before. “I better go and call Marge.” He thought. “Hey, Jay watch the place for me for a second. I have to take a leak.” He lied.

Jay downed her sixth shot, “No problem. I’ll take care of things for ya, until you fix that leak.”

“This is so not good.” Skunk mumbled as he walked into his office and picked up the phone.

Skunk listened as the answering machine picked up after the fourth ring. “Damn, nobodies there.” He scratched his ever-present five-day-old beard. “I’ll call the sheriff, he’ll know what to do.”

He grabbed the phone and quickly dialed the police station and left a message with the dispatch office letting the sheriff know where Jay was.

Skunk hung up and stared towards the front of the bar. “Now all I have to do is make sure you stay here.” When he stepped out of his office he noticed that the bottle of tequila was almost gone. “And not drink herself to death.”

****

“Thanks, Mary, I owe you big time.” Jordan said as she sat down on the bed.

“You bet your sweat ass you do,” Mary replied from the other end. “Are you sure you saw Jay kissing another woman? It doesn’t sound like something she’d do.”

“I know what I saw, and I will not go through that again.” Jordan yelled as she slapped the top of the bed with her hand. She realized that she had no right to yell at Mary. “Sorry, didn’t mean to take it out on you.”

“Hey, isn’t that what friends are for?” Mary took a deep breath, “go talk to her. Find out what is going in.”

“No way, why should I put myself through that?” Jordan replied as she stood to pace.

“Sit down and quit pacing. I’m not even there and you’re making me dizzy.” Mary ordered from over the phone. “The reason you would put yourself through that is because you love Jay and even if you don’t think she loves you, I do.”

“Damn it, Mary.” Jordan screamed, “I saw what I saw.”

“Some things aren’t what they seem. Did you ever think of that?” Mary asked calmly. She knew that yelling back would only make things worse.

Jordan was about to answer her friends’ question when she heard a knock on the door. “Listen I have to go now. My dinner has arrived. I’ll call tomorrow with my flight information.”

“Jordan, please think about this,” Mary pleaded.

“Bye, Mary, we’ll talk more tomorrow.” Jordan hung up her cell phone and answered the door

“You have some explaining to do.” Marge said as soon as the door opened all the way.

“What are you doing here?” Jordan asked stunned that the older woman and the sheriff stood outside her door in the pouring rain.

“Are you going to invite us in?” Marge asked as she crossed her arms in front of her chest

Jordan knew when to stand and when to bend when it came to Marge and now was defiantly a time to bend.

“Please come in,” Jordan gestured to the middle of the room with her hand.

“Do you have any idea what you’ve done to Jay? She’s broken and I don’t think she’ll ever be the same. The person who she gives her heart to just ups and leaves her for no reason what so ever.” Marge yelled before Jordan even got the door closed.

Jordan let the anger take over. She no longer cared that Marge was one of her Grandma’s friends. “What I’ve done?” She took a deep breath, “you ask me what I’ve done? I did nothing. I’m not the one who, as soon as my girlfriend leaves jumps into another woman’s arms.”

“What in the world are you talking about?” Marge asked very surprised.

Jordan walked up to Marge, “I’m saying that I saw Jay with another woman.” She stepped back and waited to see how Marge would react.

Marge shook her head; “you’re crazy. Jay loves you. Why in the world would she be in another woman’s arms?” Marge sat on the edge of the bed. Her own anger slowly left her body at what Jordan just told her.

“Where and when did you see this?” Sheriff Bowden asked from by the door.

“I saw her when I was window shopping this afternoon. I saw this necklace in a window I wanted to get Jay. Before I went in I saw this woman hugging and kissing Jay.” Jordan said as she walked over to the little table in the room and sat down with her face in her hands. ” Considering the big smile on her face she seemed to enjoy it.” Jordan crossed her arms on the table and buried her face in the crack and cried.

Marge stood up and walked over to sit in the other chair at the table. She reached over and placed her hand on one of Jordan’s arm.

Jordan looked up with blood shot eyes at a smiling face. “You find this amusing.

“No, I find this totally ridiculous.” Marge stated matter of fact. “Can you tell me what the name of the jewelry store was?”

Jordan sat up and looked at Marge like she had grown a third eye. “How did you know it was a jewelry store? I never said that is was.”

“I’ll tell you as soon as you answer one more question.” Marge said as she sat back in the chair. “Did this woman have red hair? Red curly hair to be exact.”

“How did you know that?” Jordan growled, “you knew she was involved with someone else, didn’t you?” She accused Marge.

“Jay and Betsy involved?” Marge paused and when she had Jordan’s whole attention she answered her own question. “No, fucking way on this world or any other would those two be together.”

Marge stood up and walked around the table so she stood right in front on Jordan. She cupped Jordan’s face with her hands and looked her straight in the eyes. ” Jay and her went to school together. They’ve been friends for years. Plus Betsy is the straightest woman that ever lived.”

Jordan gazed into the older brown eyes of her childhood friend. She only saw truth and honesty.

Then it hit her. Jay wasn’t the one to do the hurting; she was the one who hurt Jay. “What have I done? I have to find Jay.” Jordan jumped out of her chair nearly knocking Marge down to the floor, if it wasn’t for her quick flexes she would have.

“Slow down.” Marge said as she tried to catch her breath.

“Where is Jay? I need to talk to her.” Jordan asked as she still held on to Marge’s arms

Marge looked over at Luke with a frown. “Uhhmmm…”

Jordan saw the look, “what’s wrong?” She glanced from one to the other. “What aren’t you telling me?” Jordan asked scared at what they might say.

“We don’t know where Jay is.” The Sheriff replied quietly.

“I don’t understand.” Jordan replied confused and walked over to stand next to the bed.

Marge followed the tall brunette; “Jay picked up the phone when Mary called.”

“Oh, God,” Jordan slumped to the bed. “Tell me what happened.” Jordan begged as tears ran down her face falling on her chest.

Marge sat next to Jordan while Sheriff Bowden walked over to sit across from the two women.

Sheriff Bowden leaned over and placed a sympathetic hand on Jordan’s knee. “When you didn’t come home from the airport, Jay called me.”

“I’ve never seen her so worked up.” Marge interrupted as she put an arm across Jordan’s slumped shoulders. “All she could do was pace back and forth on the front porch.”

“That’s what she was doing when I pulled up. The look of disappointment on her face when she saw that it was me broke my heart.” Sheriff Bowden whispered.

Marge finished the story as the three sat there. Jordan cried harder when Marge told her how Jay rushed out of the barn into the raging storm with nothing more than a light jean jacket on.

“It’s all my fault. If I had just gone in and confronted Jay, none of this would have happened.” Jordan cried after Marge finished talking.

“True, you could have gone in and talked to Jay, but you don’t have anything to do with her getting on that damn bike.” Marge stated as she pointed at Jordan. “And when I find her she’ll need a cushion to sit on for a week.”

Jordan took a deep breath and stood up. “Lets go find Jay and bring her home. I have some big time explaining to do.”

“All right, we’ll take the sheriff’s car.” Marge said.

Jordan grabbed her coat and opened the door to the hotel room. “Sounds good to me. I’d get lost in this weather.”

The three ran to the car and jumped in.

“Let me radio the station and see if they’ve heard anything.” Sheriff Bowden said before he grabbed the mic. “Station one, this is Sheriff Bowden. Do you copy?”

“Go ahead, Sheriff,” a female’s voice answered back.

“I’m back in the squad car. Do you have any information for me?” He asked as he sat his wet hat in between him and Marge.

“Yes, sir, Skunk called and said that Jay was down there. He has called about four times now. He said that she’s pretty drunk,” the voice informed them.

“Okay, thanks. If he calls back let him know that I’m on my way.” Sheriff Bowden responded.

“All right, station one out.” The voice said.

“I guess we don’t have to look far.” Marge sighed.

****

“Hey, Skunk get me some more.” Jay ordered as she tried not to slide off the chair she sat on.

“Don’t you think you’ve had enough?” Skunk asked as he tried to get the empty bottle away from Jay.

“Don’t touch,” Jay yelled and slapped his hand away. “That’s mine.”

“Come on Jay, I have that soft cot in the back, you can rest there for awhile.” Skunk said as he walked around the bar and tugged on Jay’s arm.

“No, no, no…just give me another bottle.” Jay replied as she pulled her arm away from Skunks grasp causing her to lose her balance and fall backwards. “Uhh, that’s gonna leave a bruise.”

“Damn it, Jay did you hurt yourself?” Skunk asked as he bent over the drunken blonde on the floor. “Come on, let’s get you in the back.”

Jay took Skunks hand and let him help her up. “Is there any way you can stop this carnival ride?” Jay said as she stood up and stumbled around the room.

“Would you let me help you.” Skunk begged as he tried to help Jay, but as soon as he got close she’d walk away from him.

“No, get your hands off me.” Jay yelled, “I don’t need help from you or anyone else.” She turned towards the front doors, but was stopped by two arms circling around her waist.

“There is no way I’m letting you go out there.” Skunk grunted from behind Jay. “So just let me take you in the back so you can…OUCH, SON OF A BITCH!” Skunked screamed. “You broke my nose.” He brought his hands up and tried to stop the blood.

“Well, you broke my head,” Jay replied back as she held her head in her hands. “What in the hell do you think you were doing

Skunk glanced with watery eyes, “trying to stop you from getting killed.” He replied and stood up to sit at a table as he grabbed the towel that was in his back pocket. “Damn look at all the blood.”

He moved the towel away from his face to see how Jay was, but all he saw was the front doors to the bar wide open. “Shit, Jay, don’t do anything stupid.” He stood up on wobbly legs and stumbled over to the doors. He saw the dirt bike still parked in the same place in front of the building. “Thank God for small favors.”

Skunk walked out into the rain and looked in every direction to see if he could see Jay.

“My friend I wish I knew what had gotten into you.” He thought, as he saw no sign of the small blonde.

****

“This weather is crazy.” Marge said as she walked into Skunks bar. She shook her head to try and get some of the water from dripping on her face. “I feel like a drowned rat.”

“You and me both,” Jordan agreed.

The Sheriff walked up to the bar. “Hey, Skunk you back there?”

“Hold your horses. I’m coming,” Skunk yelled from the back.

“The bike is still out front, so Jay should be around here somewhere.” Sheriff Bowden stated as he turned to lean against the bar.

“Nope, she left about ten minutes ago.” Skunk informed them as he walked into the room.

“My God, man what happen to you?” The Sheriff asked as she walked towards the bloody man.

“Oh, this little incident happened when I tried to stop Jay from leaving.” Skunk replied sarcastically. “Anyone want a drink?” He asked as he went to get one for himself.

“Are you okay?” Marge walked up to the bar to get a better look at Skunk’s face. “Is it broken?”

Skunk poured himself a double and quickly downed it. “At first I thought it was, but it’s not. I’m just going to look like a fucking raccoon tomorrow.”

“Where did Jay go?” Jordan asked as she walked up.

“I don’t know. After she head butted me she left.” He took another drink. “I went out and tried to see which way she went, but there wasn’t any sign of her.” Skunk replied as he reached inside a cooler for some ice.

“What are we supposed to do now?” Jordan began to pace, “she’s out there somewhere hurting because of me, I feel so helpless.” Jordan screamed and punched a wall.

Marge walked up behind Jordan. “Do you feel better?” She asked with raised eyebrows.

Jordan glanced behind her as she carefully rubbed her knuckles, “a little bit.”

“Uh, huh, let me see.” Marge ordered and waited for Jordan to show her, her hand.

“Fine, here,” Jordan raised her hand to show Marge. She made a fist and tried to hide the grimace.

Marge grabbed the hand and examined the knuckles. A nice sized bruise was all ready forming. “That’s definitely going to hurt in the morning.” She said sarcastically.

Jordan slipped her hand out of Marge’s grasp, “don’t worry. It’ll be okay in a couple of days.” She smiled and hooked her arm with Marge’s. “Lets get some coffee.”

“Hey do you have any coffee back there? We sure could use a cup if you do.” Jordan asked Skunk as he pressed a bag of ice to his face.

“Sure, hold on and I’ll make a fresh pot.” Skunk mumbled from behind the cold compress.

“Thanks Skunk, and I’m sorry for what Jay did to you. When we find her and get her sobered up she’ll feel really bad.” Marge said as she patted his hand.

“I don’t hold anything against her. She’s just hurting and wants to make it stop for awhile.” Skunk stated. “I just hope she has one hell of a hangover tomorrow.” He smiled and walked off to make the coffee.

“I hope that’s her only problem.” Marge thought to herself

Sheriff Bowden walked up stood beside Marge. “I’m going to go and use the phone in the office. I want to call around and get some more people out looking.”

He glanced over at Jordan who had her head on the top of the bar with her hands over the top of her head. She shook her head slightly back and forth. A little prayer could be heard coming from her.

He looked up and caught Marge’s stare in the mirror. “I’ll be back in a little bit and then we can head on out again.”

Marge smiled and nodded her head in agreement.

****

Jay’s body shivered as the cold rain and wind pounded against her body. “Where is the hell is my jeep?” Jay asked as she stood there and glanced around. “Oh, that’s right. It got blown up.” She laughed.

Jay started to walk when a pair of bright lights shone out of the darkness. “What in the hell is that?”

The sound of a loud engine invaded Jay’s alcohol laden brain. She realized that the sound came from a diesel engine, as the sound grew closer.

“Well, well, well, look what we have here.” A voice yelled when the truck stopped and the door opened.

“Oh, shit,” Jay said right before she was punched in the stomach.

“How does it feel bitch?” Ritchie spat as he grabbed Jay by the hair, “it’s time you paid up for making my life hell.”

Ritchie’s fist connected with Jay’s jaw. It sent Jay flying a few feet where she landed in a mud puddle.

“Fuck me,” Jay whispered, “that hurt.”

“What a sight, the great Jay Krammer sitting in a puddle like a animal.” Ritchie laughed. “To bad I’m the only one that got to see this.”

“Why don’t you wait until I’m feeling better and then we can continue this conversation.” Jay said sarcastically as she stood up on very shaky legs. “Or is this the only way you’ll ever be able to beat me.” She asked then spit in Ritchie’s face.

Ritchie wiped the blood and saliva off with the back of his hand. “This is going to be so much fun. I really wish my friends were here.”

Jay was ready for the kick to her left kidney. “Yep, it’s too bad. They would love to see me kick your ass again.” She tugged on the leg she held with her hands. Ritchie landed in the puddle she just got out of. “How do you like it? Shit head.” Jay asked then tried to knee him in the face.

Ritchie saw the move and quickly grabbed it before it could connect with his face. He twisted his body so that Jay would land on the ground next to him. “Not this time,” Ritchie quickly stood and delivered a kick to Jay’s ribs.

Jay got ahold of Ritchie’s foot, but not before he got a few good kicks in. “You are such an asshole.” She gasped. “Why don’t you crawl back under your rock.” Jay kicked her leg out and tripped Ritchie so that he fell face first on the ground.

“Not until I kill you first, bitch.” Ritchie shouted back as he tried to get the mud off his face.

Jay laughed, “you should have found me earlier. I would have gladly obliged you.” She took a deep breath and winced at the pain it caused. “Now..I’m just pissed off.”

Ignoring the pain Jay jumped on top of Ritchie. She punched any body part she came in contact with.

The light from the truck bounced off the fighting couple. Groans and grunts could be heard as one or the other received a well-placed punch.

Ritchie got away from Jay and ran for his truck. He whipped open the door and reached inside for something on his dashboard.

Unsure if her ribs were broken or just bruised Jay lay there and tried to catch her breath. The pain in her side was making her see stars behind her closed eyelids. “This is such a bad day.” Jay thought.

“Fuck, fuck, fuck, that really hurts.” Jay yelled as she raised herself to a seated potion. “What else could go wrong today?” She asked just before she noticed the gun barrel in her face. “I just had to ask.” Jay mumbled as she sunk back down to the ground.

“I’m finally going to get rid of you. I should have thought of this before. One bullet and all my worries are over with. “Ritchie waved the gun in front of Jay’s face.

Jay could see the insanity in Ritchie’s eyes.

“You don’t have to do this,” Jay pleaded as the rain splashed over her face.

“Oh, yes I do. With you gone I’ll get that land I deserve.” Ritchie shouted just as a crack of thunder boomed over head.

Jay saw her opening when Ritchie jumped and the gun momentarily moved away from her face. She brought her leg up and kicked the hand that held the gun.

“You damn cunt, I’m going to put a hole in your head.” Ritchie chased after his gun that flew a couple of yards away.

Jay quickly got up and ran the way she had come. “How do I get myself into messes like this?” She asked herself.

“Run, bitch, run. I’ll get you,” Ritchie yelled furiously. He picked up the gun and turned around and aimed it in Jay’s direction and pulled the trigger. “Take that you, fucking bitch.” He said and pulled the trigger again.

****

“What was that?” Jordan asked as she brought her head up.

Marge looked over at Jordan, “what was what?”

Jordan stood up and glanced around. “I thought I heard something that sounded like a gun shot.” Then she heard it again, “tell me that you heard that.”

“I sure did and it did sound like a gun.” Marge agreed as she headed for the back of the bar to the office. “We better get the Sheriff.”

****

“Damn, that hurts,” Jay moaned. She pulled her hand away and watched as the rain mixed with the blood that seeped from the hole in her shoulder. “I have to get inside and call the Sheriff.” She leaned against the side of the building as the pain ran down her arm.

Slowly Jay walked along side the building. “Oh, thank god,” Jay breathed a sigh of relief when she saw the sheriff’s car parked in front of her. “I have to get inside.” The blinking lights guided her to the doors.

“Don’t you dare move,” Jay heard from behind her as she reached for the door. She turned around and saw Ritchie breathing hard.

“I knew tonight was my night.” Ritchie mocked and wiggled his fingers that had Jay’s blood on it from where she smeared it on the building’s wall. “What’s a matter? Did you finally get what is owed to you?” Ritchie walked closer. “You have been a thorn in my families side for years.” A wicked grin appeared on his face. “Now I’m about to pull that thorn out once and for all.” He aimed the gun right at Jay.

Even though Jay was in extreme pain she moved quickly and pulled the door open.

The sudden movement and the door hitting him made him squeeze the trigger. The two bullets hit the sheriff’s car window. The others hit Jay’s dirt bike’s gas tank making it explode in a burst of flames.

The blast sent Jay flying through the opened doors and onto the floor. She lay there and tried not to move, because moving meant pain.

Jordan and the other three ran out from the back office when they heard the explosion. They couldn’t see Jay on the floor because of the thick black smoke rolling in the building.

“My bars on fire,” Skunk screamed as he ran for the fire extinguisher behind the bar.

“This is Sheriff Bowden, we have a fire at Skunk’s Bar. I repeat we have a fire at Skunk’s Bar.” The Sheriff said into his mic on his shoulder.

“We need to get out of here,” Marge stated as she grabbed Jordan’s arm and pulled her to the back. “I saw an exit by the office.”

The Sheriff grabbed Skunk as he ran by with the extinguisher. “That won’t work. It’s not enough to put out that out.” He gestured towards the growing flames. “Help will be here any second, let’s go.”

“But…but it’s my bar.” Skunk muttered as he watched the flames eat at his business.

“I know,” The Sheriff said softly. “Let’s go.”

****

Ritchie was thrown back against the wall and was stunned for a few minutes. “Shit, what in the hell?” He asked as he glanced around. He saw his gun on the ground a few feet away from his leg so he crawled over and grabbed it. Slowly he stood up and tucked the firearm into the waist of his pants.

“Wow, this is cool.” Ritchie said as he began to walk around. When he came closer to where the doors used to be he looked in. He saw Jay lying on the floor not moving. “You lived through one fire I set, but not this time.” Ritchie laughed evilly before he jumped through the flames and into the building.

The four ex-occupants of the building came around the corner just in time to hear Ritchie’s confession. They couldn’t get to him in time to stop him from entering the burning building. All they could do was watch as the flames closed off his entrance.

“Why in the world would he jump in there?” Skunk asked as he coughed.

“You heard what he said, didn’t you?” Jordan looked at Marge and the Sheriff. Knowing deep in her gut that Jay was in that building.

They both look at her until it hit them.

“Oh, shit. You don’t think Jay’s in there, do you? How would she get in there? We were just in there and she wasn’t in there.” Marge said in a rush.

Sheriff Bowden ran to where Ritchie jumped in. He tried to get close, but the heat was too much. Through the flames though he could see Ritchie and Jay exchanging words, but what caught his attention was the gun Ritchie held.

Sheriff Bowden clicked on his mic, “This is Sheriff Bowden, I need back up at Skunk’s Bar. We have a man with a gun. I repeat man with a gun.” He said as he turned to see Jordan standing right beside him.

“You’ve got to help her.” Jordan pleaded to the Sheriff. Seeing that he wasn’t going to do anything she started towards the building, but the Sheriff stopped her. Jordan shook his hand off her arm. “Let me go. I have to help her.” She growled as she fought the hands that tried to stop her again.

****

“Ritchie, think of what’s going to happen if we don’t get out of here.” Jay said as burning wood snapped and popped all around them. “It’s no fun, trust me.”

Ritchie waved the gun in front of Jay. “Trust you. You must be nuts.” He yelled, “I’m going to collect what’s mine.”

“I’ll give you anything you want. You want my land? You can have it.” Jay stumbled on the debris that covered the floor. She noticed the Sheriff standing beyond the flames, but what got her heart going was seeing Jordan right next to him.

“So now you’re just going to hand it over? I should have just shot you sooner.” Ritchie replied as he scratched his chin with the gun. “Why didn’t I think of it before? It would have saved us so much time.” He bent over and laughed at his discovery.

“Because you are a stupid fuck, that’s way.” Jay yelled as she grabbed a barstool and threw it at Ritchie.

Ritchie stopped laughing and raised his gun, but the impact of the stool made him fall against a table.

Jay ran over to the bar and grabbed one of the bottles she had emptied earlier. Then she stepped over to Ritchie and hit him over the head. “Here have a drink on me.” She said as she watched Ritchie’s body go limp. ” Hope it makes you feel as good as it did me.”

Jay leaned over and grabbed Ritchie by the legs; “you might have wanted to kill me.” She gasped as pain made tears form in her eyes when she tugged on the dead weight, “but I’m no killer.”

****

Jordan and the Sheriff watched Jay slam the bottle against Ritchie’s head. This made Jordan struggle more.

“Calm down, help is coming.” Sheriff Bowden said as he fought to keep a hold of Jordan

“She needs help now, not later.” Jordan screamed at the man. “Let me go.” She repeated again as she tried to wiggle free.

“Look she’s dragging him towards the back.” Sheriff Bowden said as he pointed.

Jordan finally struggled free and took off towards the back. She stopped as she came closer to Marge.

Marge let the tears run down her face. She nodded her head, “go get our girl.” She whispered in Jordan’s ear as she quickly hugged the taller woman.

“I will,” Jordan said before she took off.

“Please, God watch out for them.” Marge prayed before she fell into the waiting arms of the Sheriff.

“They’ll be okay,” He reassured Marge as his own tears ran down his face.

****

“You weigh a fucking ton,” Jay groaned as she dropped the legs she had in her hands. She noticed that one of Ritchie’s pant legs was covered in her blood, so she looked at her arm. It was saturated right through her jean jacket. “Shit, that’s a lot of blood.”

Jay took a deep breath and looked at the rising flames. She reached for Ritchie’s legs again, “let’s get out of here. It’s getting a little to hot for me.”

Jay tugged Ritchie a few feet, “what is it with me and fire anyway?”

“I’d also like the answer to that question myself.” Jordan answered as she stepped up and took the legs out of Jay’s grasp.

They stood there for a few seconds and stared into each other’s eyes.

Jordan could see the hurt in Jay’s eyes. Knowing that she put it there she said what her heart screamed at her, “I love you.”

Jay saw the truth in Jordan’s eyes as she said those three words. “I love you too, but we need to talk.”

Jordan smiled and leaned in to place a kiss on Jay’s lips. “First lets get out of here. Then we can talk.”

Jordan pulled Ritchie the rest of the way to the back door. As soon as she opened the door a fireman ran up to her and grabbed a hold of Ritchie and carried him off. A minute later another came up and asked if she was okay and she nodded her head as she tried to catch her breath. “I’m fine.”

“Then that’s not your blood?” The paramedic asked as he pointed to Jordan’s hand.

“No, it’s not mine.” Jordan replied as she raised her hand seeing the blood for the first time. “It must be his,” she pointed over at Ritchie.

“Nope, it’s not his. That’s why I came over to see if you’re hurt.” The medic informed her.

“If it’s not his and it’s not mine, it must be….”Jordan turned around and saw Jay lean against the wall and gradually sink to the ground.

“Get a stretcher,” Jordan ordered and hurried to Jay’s side.

When she reached Jay she saw the small pool of blood next to Jay and she noticed that Jay’s face wasn’t the usual pinkish, but a sort of ashen color.

“Where are you hurt?” Jordan asked as she ran her hands over Jay’s upper body. She pulled her hands away when the warm blood coated both her hands. She watched as the rain mixed in with the blood and dripped off her fingers. Jordan sat there in a trace until she realized Jay didn’t answer her.

Jordan looked up into unfocused gaze of Jay’s eyes. “Where is that stretcher at?” She yelled. “Baby, look at me please.” Jordan begged as she lightly patted Jay’s face with her palms.

Marge ran over when she saw where the two women were. She bent down next to Jordan and tried not to start crying when she saw the state Jay was in. “Oh, my, what happened?” She asked as she rubbed Jay’s leg.

“I don’t know,” Jordan replied nervously. “All I do know is that she’s bleeding from somewhere.”

“Help me with her coat.” Marge directed Jordan.

As soon as Jordan lifted Jay’s left arm she moaned out in pain. Very slowly Jordan pulled the arm out of the sleeve. The two women saw the huge stain mostly on the left side of the shirt. Marge reached up and carefully pulled down the collar to show the exit wound.

“She’s been shot,” Marge said horrified.

The minute Jordan’s brain fully understood what Marge had said she wanted to kill little Ritchie Blacksmith. She stood up and turned towards the ambulance. “Stay with her,” Jordan said in a cold tone.

Marge jumped up and grabbed Jordan’s arm. “Don’t he’s not worth it. You’re not going to be any help if you’re in jail.”

Jordan carefully pushed Marge’s hands off and walked very calmly to the opened doors of the emergency vehicle. She stepped in and sat down next to Ritchie.

Ritchie noticed her as soon as the paramedic moved away from his line of sight. The coldness of the blue eyes made him shiver, but being the stupid person he was he couldn’t keep his mouth shut.

“I find it kinda funny,” he took a deep breath to calm his fears, “that I’m nice and dry while that bitch is out there bleeding in the rain.”

Jordan leaned in as close as she could putting her elbow right on his penis. “You know what I find funny?” An evil smirk appeared across her face.

“No, What?” Ritchie squeaked.

Jordan twisted her elbow a little. She enjoyed the pained expression on his face. “That you, are going to spend a whole lot of time being some guys joy toy.”

“Aren’t you going to do anything?” Ritchie screamed at the paramedic as he tried to get Jordan off of his penis, but the excruciating pain that shot through every nerve stopped him.

The paramedic shook his head; “I don’t see a thing.” He sat back with a wicked glare.

“What…are you blind?” Ritchie couldn’t believe it. Some maniac Amazon had probably killed his chances of ever having children while this jerk just sat back and watched.

“Someone should’ve kicked your ass a long time ago,” the paramedic turned to Jordan. “Let me know when you’re done. I always hated to see a grown man cry.” He said before he turned and left.

“Okay, where were we?” Jordan asked with a smile and a raised eyebrow.

****

Jay knew she had blanked out, because she didn’t remember how she got on the ground. She watched as the flicker of red and blue lights from the police cars and fire trucks ran across the side of the bar. She lay there hypnotized by this action.

A shadow moved over Jay’s face and broke her concentration. She focused on the old brown eyes that caressed her face, “hey,” she croaked.

“Ssh, don’t talk.” Marge cried. “Just lay there. You’ve been hurt pretty badly.” She said as she wiped the rain off Jay’s face.

“Where’s Jordan?” Jay asked as she relished in the touch from the older woman.

“Hmm, she just had to ..umm..go set some thing straight with someone.” Marge glanced over her shoulder at the ambulance Jordan stepped into a few minutes ago. “She’ll be back in a bit.”

The paramedic that stepped out of the ambulance brought over the things he needed to start transportation. “Excuse me ma’am, I need to get her ready for transport.”

Marge stood and walked to stand over the man. She watched as the young man began his routine to get Jay on her way to the hospital.

****

“Well, look who decided to come back for a visit.” Dr. Sheridan said when she noticed Jay’s eyes were open.

Jay tried to sit up, but several sets of hands held her down. “Let me go. I need to find Jordan.”

Dr. Sheridan leaned in so that she was face to face with Jay. “Don’t you dare move a muscle. You’re being prepped for surgery. The gunshot wound to your left shoulder is pretty serious. If we don’t get you up there and see what kind of damage is done you might lose all use of your arm.”

Jay stopped moving and lay there. “Will you please let me see Jordan?”

“I will send her in for just a second before we take you up to surgery.” Dr. Sheridan informed Jay with a pat on the stomach.

“Thanks, Doc,” Jay replied and closed her eyes.

****

The Sheriff had his arm resting behind Marge as they sat in the uncomfortable waiting room chairs. She rested her head on his broad shoulders and held on to his hand.

They both watched Jordan burn a path from one end of the room to the other. Every time she got close to the doors that separated her from Jay she’d glance through the small window.

“Jordan would you please sit down for a second. You’re making me dizzy with all this pacing.” Marge pleaded.

“Come over here and take my spot. I’ll go and get us some coffee and something to eat.” Sheriff Bowden offered as he stood up.

Jordan looked over at the concerned face of her friend and walked slowly over to Marge. “I’ll take some coffee, but I’m not hungry.”

“I can’t believe we’re sitting in this damn place again.” Marge said as she took a deep breath and blew it out slowly.

Jordan nodded her head as the guilt that ran through her intensified by the minute. “If only I had gone in there and confronted Jay none of this would be happening. Why did I have to run like a scared child?”

“Stop that kind of thinking.” Marge ordered.

Jordan lifted her head, but she couldn’t stop the tears from falling. Marge gently wiped the cheeks and cupped the scared woman’s face. “It’s not your fault. Trouble just seems to find that little shit in there,” Marge said as she gestured towards the double doors. “So stop blaming yourself. Just get past it and work it out.”

Jordan brought her own hands up to grip Marge’s. “If I had gone in and confronted Jay when I thought she was kissing that other woman, no one of this would have happened.”

“Oh, that is a bunch of crap. If Jay hadn’t got on that damn bike. If Ritchie hadn’t been out riding around. It’s all a bunch of ifs.” Marge’s voice slowly grew louder as she got up and walked to the doors. “Life sometimes throws you a bunch of shit.” Marge turned and gazed into Jordan’s eyes. “The only thing that you can do is hold on and pray you’ll survive. The only thing that makes that ride even worth going through is the love you have for the other person, because you know in the end that they’ll be there to love you and forgive anything that happened.”

Tears started down Jordan face again. “”Do you really think Jay will forgive me for running off like that?”

“I have no doubt in my mind that she will.” Marge stated matter of fact.

The doors open behind Marge and Dr. Sheridan walked through them.

Jordan saw the doctor and ran up to her. “How’s Jay? Is she going to be alright?”

Dr. Sheridan put her hands up to stop the questions. “Hold on Jordan. Take a breath and calm down a second.” She guided the two women to sit back down in the chairs and started to explain what was going on. Then it took a few minutes to answer the questions Marge and Jordan each had, but as soon as she told Jordan that she would be allowed to see Jay before the surgery all questions stopped as Jordan stood and walked to the double doors.

****

Jay felt someone hold her hand. She slowly opened her eyes and the sight that greeted her made her heart jump out of her chest. The woman she loved more than anything in the world was crying and mumbling something she couldn’t understand.

“If you want me to understand you may want to get a little closer so I can hear you.” Jay tugged on Jordan’s hand. She really wanted a kiss and she wasn’t going to get one if Jordan wasn’t closer to her.

“I’m so sorry, so, so sorry.” Jordan cried as she looked at Jay lying on the gurney that had a blood soaked sheet under her.

“Why are you sorry?” Jay asked as she tugged a little harder to get Jordan to bend over

Jordan let go of Jay and began to pace. “It’s all my fault that you’re in here. If I hadn’t run off like some scared stupid kid you wouldn’t be here.”

Jay ‘s eyes followed Jordan’s movements. Every time she’d get close to Jay she’d try to grab her arm. “Do you love me?” Jay asked interrupting Jordan.

Jordan stopped and slowly turned so she was facing Jay. “What did you ask me?”

“I asked you if you loved me, because I sure do love you.” Jay said with a big smile.

Jordan slowly made her way back over to Jay, the woman who held her heart and soul in the palm of her hands. “I loved you from the first moment we meet.”

“Good, now would you please give me a kiss so I can go get this damn shoulder fixed.” Jay begged.

Jordan bent over and placed her hands on Jay’s cheeks. She felt a slight shiver when her lips touched Jay’s.

They both knew that this wasn’t the place or the time to let things get out of hand, but emotions of the day came crashing down.

Tongues fought for dominance and hands tried to touch all they could.

“Oh shit baby, I’m sorry.” Jordan said when she accidentally pressed on Jay wound and the injured woman hissed in pain.

Jay laid there for a few seconds grinning. “It was well worth the pain. Why don’t we try that again.” She wiggled her eyebrows.

The sound of the door opening stopped Jordan from getting closer. “I guess we’ll have to wait.”

“I guess so, since it’s time for my appointment with a man with a scalpel. Why don’t you go get something to eat and get a little rest.” Jay said after she was placed on the other gurney.

“Okay, maybe I could do with a little nap. I’ll see you when you get out.” Jordan smiled as Jay was tucked in for her ride to the operating room.

As the two orderlies began to push Jay she had them stop and asked them to give her just a second. When they stepped out of the room, Jay entwined her fingers with Jordan’s and kissed her knuckles. “I want you to stop feeling guilty, okay. Sometimes life throws you a curve and you just have to hang on. We are together and nothing will separate us again.”

Jordan gazed down at Jay and she could tell the drugs that Jay was given before she came in were taking effect. “Do you and Marge have a speech worked our or something?” She saw the little smirk and giggled, “I promise to work on the guilt thing.”

“Good, that’s all I wanted to know. Plus we have a lot to talk about.” Jay replied before she started to fall asleep.

Jordan bent over and gently kissed Jay’s lips and whispered. “I love you and I promise that we will talk and nothing will scare me away from you again.”

Jordan called the two orderlies back and she walked next to the gurney for as long as she could. With one last kiss she watched Jay head off to surgery. “I love you with all my heart and I pray that our lives will be nice and quiet from now on.

****

“He’s where?” A groggy voice yelled into the phone.

“Ritchie is in the county jail.” Travis repeated.

“Do you have any clue as to what my fucked up son did to get there?” Mr. Blacksmith asked his son’s best friend.

“All I know is that somehow Jay Krammer is involved and she is in the hospital with a gun shot wound.” Travis had to take the phone away from his ear as the man on the other end screamed. After a few seconds he carefully put the phone back up and listened as the man gave him instructions on what he was supposed to do.

“You don’t have to worry Mr. Blacksmith I’ll do all I can to help. “Travis replied and hung up.

“Well, son it looks like you have ruined my plans again.” Richard Sr. said as he got up and walked to his closet. “This time was the last time. Even if you have to spend some time in jail for you to learn your lesson.”

As he walked out of his closet dressed and ready he glanced at the picture of his last wife. “Our son certainly took after your dumb ass family didn’t he.”
Part 4
Jay woke up when she heard people arguing outside of her room. Knowing that one of the voices belonged to Marge the other one sounded familiar, but she couldn’t place it.

“Wonder who Marge is arguing with?” Jay asked herself as she tried to sit up. Her left arm was strapped to her body to keep it immobile so she wouldn’t tear out any of the stitches placed inside her body.

“Damn it, that hurts.” Jay grunted as she tossed the blankets aside and hung her legs over the side of the bed. She slowly lowered herself to the cold floor. “Brr, need to ask Marge to bring me some socks.”

Jay used the bed to help steady her aching body. Carefully she let go and shuffled her feet until she made it to the door. “I feel like an old woman.”

Jay pushed open the door and took a deep breath and released it slowly. “Is there something you needed Mr. Blacksmith?” She asked as she walked out into the hallway.

“I just wanted to make sure that you were okay.” Mr. Blacksmith said as he stepped away from Marge and over to Jay.

“Since when do you care if I’m okay.” Jay asked sarcastically “I would think that you would be at the courthouse bailing out your son.”

“What my son did was wrong.” Mr. Blacksmith frowned and shook his head.

“Shit, the only thing you think he did wrong was get caught.” Jay stated with a grin. “We both know you encouraged him and his friends to push people into doing things they didn’t want to do. You are just mad that I didn’t bend like everyone else.”

Richard Sr.’s face turned bright red with anger. He stepped even closer to Jay, “you listen here, you brat.”

“No, you listen.” A deep voice said from behind him. “You step any closer to her and I’ll personally throw you out.”

Jay glanced over the man’s shoulder and smiled, “hi.”

“And who do you think you are?” Mr. Blacksmith turned around and found blazing blue eyes glaring at him.

“I’m the woman who’s going to stop you from ever hurting anyone else in the county. You and your son went over the line. First your son and his friends nearly kill her by starting a fire and then again when he shoots her. I have friends in high places and your end is near.” Jordan stated as she walked up and put an arm around Jay’s shoulder.

“This is none of you concern.” Mr. Blacksmith replied coldly.

“I made it my concern the day I nearly lost her. I’m not going to sit by and watch you and your family hurt her any more. You might as well leave now while you still can.” Jordan grinned and started to guide Jay back to her room.

“If you think this is over with it’s not. Not by a long shot.” Mr. Blacksmith yelled.

Jordan turned around with Jay still in her arms. “Don’t even think of doing anything. Because if you do it will be the last thing you ever do.”

“Is that a threat?” Mr. Blacksmith asked a little frightened.

“No, that’s a promise.” Jordan said matter of fact and turned back around.

“You don’t scare me. I will get what is mine, just you wait and see.” Mr. Blacksmith looked at Marge. “Just wait and see.”

“We heard you the first time.” Marge replied and followed Jay and Jordan.

“My time will come. I’ll just have to do it myself.” Mr. Blacksmith thought before he walked down the hallway.

****

“You stay in this bed,” Jordan scolded Jay as she helped her swing her legs up on the bed. “I brought you some socks for your feet.” She reached inside her pocket and pulled out the white and gray socks.

“Thank you,” Jay replied as she laid her head down on her pillow.

“What were you doing out of bed anyway?” Jordan asked as she put one sock on and then reached for the other foot. “You could have pulled out your stitches or something worse.”

“Sorry, I heard Marge arguing with someone and wanted to know what was going on.” Jay mumbled. She was enjoying the feeling of Jordan’s hands caressing her feet through the socks.

“I was trying to protect you from having to deal with him. That’s what you heard us arguing about.” Marge walked over to the side of the bed. “He thought he could walk in, like he owned the place.”

“Thanks, Marge, but I would rather deal with him than put you through that kind of crap.” Jay replied with a smile.

“Don’t you worry about me. I can take care of a snake like him.” Marge patted Jay’s stomach. “I’m going to head on home. You make sure that you stay in bed and get some rest.”

“Don’t worry about that I’ll make sure she doesn’t move.” Jordan replied as she stood.

“I know you will,” Marge walked towards the door. “I’ll see you later and I’ll bring dinner with me.”

“That’s great, no hospital food.” Jay replied happily.

After Marge left the two women sat in silence. Not really sure where to start the conversation they both knew needed to happen.

Jay took a deep breath. “How are you?”

Jordan nodded her head. “I’m doing okay, considering.”

“Good,” Jay answered softly.

After another minute of silence Jay couldn’t take it any longer. “Why?” She asked as she brought misty green eyes up to sorrowful blue.

Jordan saw the hurt when her eyes connected with Jays. She lowered her head. “I saw you in town. At the jewelry store. I saw that other woman kissing and hugging you.”

“That was Betsy. She’s been a friend of mine for years.” Jay said as she leaned over and grasped Jordan’s now still hand.

“I know that now. Marge told me.” Jordan informed Jay. “When I saw you and her hugging I lost it.”

“Why?” Jay ran her thumb across the top of Jordan’s hand.

“My last girlfriend her name was Elizabeth. I loved her and I thought she loved me. We were together for over a year. I thought I had found the person I would spend the rest of my life with.” Jordan took a deep breath. “I came home early. I wanted to surprise her with dinner and a night of dancing, but when I got home she was in bed with another woman.” Jordan tried to stand up.

Jay tightened her grip on the hand she held. “I can’t believe someone would do that to someone they loved.”

Jordan started to laugh, “she didn’t love me. In fact the person she was in bed with was her girlfriend. They had schemed a plan to get me to fall in love with Elizabeth and support her. Then she would get me to some how get her in one of my movies and after she made it big she dump me.”

“Oh my god,” Jay muttered shocked at how someone could be so cold.

“So when I saw you and Betsy yesterday. I immediately thought that you were using me too.” Jordan confessed as tears started to fall down her cheeks.

“Oh, baby, I wish you would have just stormed in and confronted me.” Jay said as she wiped the tears away with her hand.

“I wish, I had too. Then you wouldn’t be here.” Jordan whispered as she brought Jay’s hand to her lips to kiss the bruised knuckles.

“You listen.” Jay scooted closer to Jordan. “Me being here is all my fault not yours. I shouldn’t have gotten on that damn bike. I shouldn’t have gone to Skunk’s and drank. More people could have been hurt besides me and dip-shit Ritchie if I had gotten on that bike a drove off.”

“But you did, because I wasn’t strong enough to stand up for myself.” Jordan broke away from Jay and stood up.

“I do think you are learning.” Jay laughed. Then explained when she saw dark eyebrows rise. “The way you stood up to Mr. Blacksmith.”

“He was trying to bully you. I wasn’t going to stand there and let him.” Jordan walked up to Jay and cupped her face. “I love you and that family has hurt you enough.”

Jay relished in the feeling of Jay’s hands caressing her face. “How about you do all the standing up for me I do all the standing up for you.”

“Some how I think I’m getting the better part of that deal.” Jordan bent over and kissed Jay softly. “I will never doubt your love for me again. I won’t let the past inter fear with our future.”

“If you do ever have doubts, I want you to come to me and tell me. That way I can prove to you that they are misplaced.” Jay said as she kissed down Jordan’s neck to the collar of the shirt she was trying to unbutton with one hand.

“I promise,” Jordan moaned as she rolled her head back.

“Mmm, good girl,” Jay growled has she got one and then another button loose.

The two were so lost in the feeling of each other they didn’t hear the door open. “I really don’t think that’s a good idea.” Dr. Sheridan stated with a grin.

“Well crap, you have such good timing.” Jay groaned.

“Thanks, that what my girlfriend thinks too.” Dr. Sheridan walked to the front of the bed. “Would you mind if I checked my lovely handiwork work?” She asked as she crossed her arms in front of her chest and smiled.

“Sure why not.” Jay sat back against her pillow as Jordan quickly button her shirt back up.

Dr. Sheridan carefully pulled off the bandages that held Jay’s arm to her chest. Then she pulled the hospital gown down to bare a white bandage with a little bit of blood soaked through.

“Is that normal?” Jordan asked as she pointed to the red spot.

“Yes, its just a little seepage from surgery.” Dr. Sheridan explained as she lifted the bandage and looked over the dark stitches that ran across Jay’s shoulder. “Are your fingers tingling or numbing at all?”

“The tips feel kinda numb, but that’s all.” Jay replied as she carefully moved her fingers.

“Hopefully that will stop when you start physical therapy.” Dr. Sheridan offered as she re-bandaged the wound.

“How long?” Jay asked softly.

“I don’t like to give a time line, because if I say a week and it passes and you’re still not one hundred percent it will slow down your recovery.” Dr. Sheridan stood and threw away the old bandages.

“When will her therapy start?” Jordan asked as she walked up to help Jay with her gown.

“He should be here any second now. That’s why I didn’t secure her arm to her body.” Dr. Sheridan walked over to the bed again after she washed her hands in the sink. “I will be discharging you tomorrow morning, but you will have to come back everyday for your sessions.”

“Great,” Jay said with a big smile as she grabbed Jordan’s hand.

“Okay, then I’ll leave you two to get back to your conversation.” The doctor turned and headed towards the door. She stopped with her hand on the handle. “Just make sure you don’t strain you shoulder.” Dr. Sheridan kidded.

“I’ll make sure she’s very careful.” Jordan winked at the doctor.

“I bet you will,” Dr. Sheridan laughed. “I’ll see you later on my afternoon rounds.”

“Bye,” Jay and Jordan said at the same time.

****

“Well, things certainly look better.” Tom smiled as he slapped Jay on the back.

Jay grinned back, “I owe it all to you. Two weeks of hell and my shoulder is almost like new.”

“All I did was show you what had to be done. You did all the work.” Tom replied as he went to pick up the weights he had Jay using a few minutes ago. “I think you should be able to go with Jordan to California, but I still want you to be careful. When you get back I want you to make one more appointment just to make sure that things are still healing nicely.”

“Thanks man, I was wondering if you’d give me the okay. Jordan was going to put off going for as long as she could until you said it was okay.” Jay jumped down off the table and grabbed her flannel gray shirt.

“You have got yourself one hell of a woman and boy can she act. My wife and I bought one of her movies last night and watched it.” Tom informed Jay.

“Believe it or not I’ve never seen one of her movies.” Jay confessed with a shrug.

“Really, wow you sure are missing out let me tell you.” The physical therapist stated. ”

Jay thought for a few seconds as she buttoned up her shirt. “No, everybody else is missing out on what I get to see everyday of my life. Not that I’m willing to share or anything.”

“Good, because I don’t want to share it with anyone else either.” Jordan agreed as she walked in and gave Jay a kiss. “Ready?”

“Yes, and he gave me the okay to go with you.” Jay finished tucking in her shirt into her pants.

Jordan stepped over to Tom and hugged him. “Thanks, I wasn’t real happy about leaving her here.”

“I understand,” Tom blushed.

“Let’s go.” Jay said as she headed towards the door. “Bye, Tom, I’ll see you in a couple of weeks.”

“Later, you two make sure you stay out of trouble.” Tom waved. “Wait until I tell my wife Jordan Martin hugged me.”

****

“My plan is going great. Nothing like having friends in the government to bend a few rules and regulations for you.” Mr. Blacksmith grinned as he poured himself a drink.

“Once I get that endangered land act reversed I will be able to buy the land out from under Jay’s nose.” He walked over to a window. “She won’t know what hit her and if I ever meet that friend of hers I’ll make sure she knows who is the top dog around here.”

The phone rang and he walked over to answer it.

“Blacksmith,” he stood there listening and soon a big grin crossed his face. “Fantastic, thank you Governor, you make sure you come and visit soon. We’ll have to talk about me supporting you on your next campaign run.” He hung up and walked over to get another drink.

“Soon everything will be in place.” Mr. Blacksmith cheered as he saluted himself with his drink as he saw his reflection in the mirror by the bar. “Life is good.”

****

“Life is good,” Jay moaned as her body relaxed after her orgasm.

Jordan placed kisses along Jay’s collarbone, “Yes, it is.”

They lay there is silence just enjoying the connection they had together.

“Could I get you to do me a favor?” Jay whispered.

Jordan looked up from the shoulder she was resting on. “I’ll do any thing for you.”

Jay smiled, “would you run down stairs and get me a diet Dr. Pepper, please.”

“Okay, let me run to the bathroom quick.” Jordan replied before she gave Jay a kiss and jumped up off the bed and walked to the bathroom.

As soon as the door was closed Jay scooted over to the bedside table and opened the drawer. She reached inside and pulled out a little black box. Jay flipped the lid open and gazed at her mothers’ wedding rings. “I hope you’re proud of who I chose to give these to.” Jay thought.

“Honey, is my robe out there?” Jordan asked from behind the closed door.

Jay looked around, “yes, it’s on the floor by the chair.” She quickly closed the lid and shoved the ring box under her pillow.

“Thanks, do you want anything else while I’m down there?” Jordan asked as she opened the door and walked over to pick up her robe.

“How about a sandwich or something.” Jay suggested, as she needed a few minutes to get the room ready.

“That sound good. I am a little bit hungry.” Jordan stepped out of the room, but not before she turned around and blew Jay a kiss. “Love you.”

“Love you too.” Jay jumped out of bed as soon as the door was closed. She ran to the closet and grabbed the box she had put in there earlier in the day.

Jay sat the box down on the chair and opened it up and grabbed several small candles. She placed them all over the room lighting them as she went. Then she bent over and reached under the bed for the two dozen long stem red roses she hid there.

“Perfect,” Jay said as she sniffed the wonderful scent.

Jay set the flowers on the bed and hurried into the bathroom. She opened the cabinet under the sink and grabbed the vase she placed there. She filled it up with some water and ran back into the room and rearranged the roses so they were the first things Jordan noticed.

Jay quickly dressed in a pair of shorts and a t-shirt. Then she reached under her pillow and set the box on the table before she straightened the messy bed.

Jay looked around to make sure that everything was in place. “Looks good.”

A kick to the door let Jay know that Jordan needed some help. “Hold on.” She yelled as she grabbed the box off the table and ran to open the door.

“Here, let me take that.” Jay offered as she blocked Jordan’s view until she could get the tray.

“Thanks,” Jordan said as she handed Jay the full tray. ‘I made ham sandw…iches” She mumbled as she caught sight of the room.

“Please, come in.” Jay whispered into Jordan’s ear before she kissed her check.

Jordan stepped up to the flowers and ran her fingers over the soft red petals. “These are beautiful.”

“They don’t even compare to the beauty that stands before me.” Jay stated with all honesty. “Please, have a seat on the bed.”

“What are you up too?” Jordan asked as she turned to Jay.

Jay raised her eyebrows, “nothing.” She gently took Jordan’s hand and guided her to sit down.

Jay stared into sea blue eyes. Her heart filled with all the love that she saw shining back at her.

She knelt down so that she was on one knee. “The day I meet you my soul cried for joy. It had finally found it’s other half.”

“Ohh, Jay,” Jordan cried as she brought her hand up to cover her mouth.

Tears started to run down Jay face as well. “You have no idea how lonely I was before you came into my life. Sure I had Marge and Jimmy, but nothing could fill the hole I felt right here.” She rested her hand on her heart. “You filled it with the love you show me, every day since we met.”

Jay opened the small black box she hid behind her back. “Jordan Martin, would you do me the greatest honor of becoming my wife?” She brought her hand up so that Jordan could see the ring.

Jordan sat there with tears running down her face. She reached across and caressed Jay’s face. “I would be the one honored to wear your ring and be called your wife.”

Jay pulled the ring out of the box and places it on Jordan’s ring finger. “This belonged to my Mom.”

“It’s exquisite. I’ll cherish it like I do you.” Jordan knelt down next to Jay and kissed her. “You have made me the happiest person in the world.”

Jay hugged Jordan and began to cry. “Thank you.”

“Why are you thanking me?” Jordan asked as she rubbed Jay’s back.

“For loving me,” Jay confessed softly. “I honestly never thought I’d find anyone to love me like the way you love me.”

Jordan began to kiss her way along Jay’s neck up to her pink lips. She cupped Jay’s face and wiped away the tears that fell with her thumbs. “You never have to thank me for something that comes as natural as breathing.”

Jordan stood up and pulled Jay with her. She lifted Jay’s shirt up and over her head then hooked her fingers in the waist of the shorts.

“I stand before the woman I love and pledge my heart and soul to her and to her alone.” Jordan kissed Jay with passion. Slowly she caressed her hands up Jay’s sides until the she reached the curves of Jay’s breast. “To her alone I will love and cherish until the day I die.”

Jay pulled Jordan’s robe apart and delicately pushed it off Jordan’s shoulders. “I promise to the woman who stands before me that my heart and soul are hers and hers alone. That I will forever love her and take care of her until the day I die.” Jay ran her hands down Jordan’s arms. When she reached her left hand Jay brought it up and placed a kiss on the ring. “Forever and always.”

Jay bent over and placed a kiss in between Jordan’s breast. “I love the way you smell.” She brought her hand up and cupped the supple breast and ran her thumbs across the nipples that all ready stood out.

“Let’s get on the bed,” Jordan moaned as she grabbed Jay’s shoulders to steady herself.

Jay guided Jordan to sit. She kissed her and gently lowered her to lie on the bed. “My dreams have come true.”

Jay trailed wet kisses down to her target. Slowly she slid her tongue into Jordan’s center tasting the sweet juices that coated the thighs that surrounded her head.

“Oh, Jay,” Jordan squirmed. “I need you inside me.”

“As you wish,” Jay circled Jordan’s opening with two fingers before she tenderly entered her. “I love the way your body feels.”

“God, yes just like that.” Jordan moaned as she rocked her body to meet Jay’s thrusts.

With her other hand Jay reached up and pinched a nipple that stood out. She watched as the body below her twitched and moaned with pleasure.

Jay’s own body hummed with excitement as she watched Jordan.

“I want us to come together,” Jay moved her way up Jordan’s body with her fingers still inside. She straddled Jordan’s leg rubbing her swollen clit against well-formed muscles.

“You’re so wet.” Jordan said as she grabbed Jay’s backside intensifying the movement on her leg.

Jay leaned up so she was face to face with Jordan. She could feel the walls tighten around her fingers. “So close,” Jay whispered as she quickened her hand. She watched as the eyes below her drifted off into the world of profound pleasure. That sent her crashing over.

“God, I love you,” Jordan said as she hugged the smaller woman on top of her.

“Love you too,” Jay replied back from the crook in Jordan’s neck.

“We really need to get to sleep.” Jordan reached for the blanket to cover their naked bodies up.

“Yep,” Jay sleepily agreed. When she tried to move off of Jordan she was stopped.

“Please don’t move,” Jordan begged. “I like having you this close.”

“I will always be close to you,” Jay kissed Jordan. “But if you want to be my body pillow then who am I to stop you.” She laid her head back on Jordan’s chest and closed her eyes.

“Good night, love,” Jordan smiled and kissed the soft blonde hair.

“Love you,” Jay responded and quickly fell asleep.

****

“When are you two heading off to the airport?” Marge asked when she noticed the two women walk in the kitchen.

“We should leave in a couple of hours.” Jordan replied as she sat at the table smiling up at Jay who had poured her a cup of coffee.

“Are you sure that you and Jimmy will be okay?” Jay walked over to stand next to Marge so she could steal a piece of sausage.

“We’ll be fine.” Marge slapped the hand that crossed in front of her.

“I know you will be, it’s just that I’ve never been this far away before and,” Jay stopped talking to look up into eyes she’s known all her life.

“And nothing. You just go and have a good time.” Marge leaned closer to whisper to Jay. “Besides you need to make sure that the wolves stay away from your girl.”

Jay looked over at Jordan who hadn’t heard Marge because she was reading the paper. “I don’t have to worry about the wolves Marge. Not with Jordan wearing the ring I gave her.”

Marge stopped all movement, “you asked her?”

Jay nodded her head, “she said yes.”

“Hot damn,” Marge, yelled surprising Jay and making Jordan spill coffee all over the paper.

Jordan grabbed a towel and began to clean the coffee up, “what the hell?”

Marge practically ran to get a look at Jordan’s finger. “Oh my, doesn’t that look magnificent.”

Jordan now understood the reason for the outburst. “Yes, it’s a perfect fit.”

“Yes, it is,” Marge said as tears ran down her face. “I’m so happy for you two.”

“Thanks,” Jay said from behind her with a piece of sausage she snagged between her teeth.

“When is the wedding going to be?” Marge asked when she hugged Jordan.

“Haven’t really talked about a date yet.” Jordan confessed.

Marge pulled back and cupped Jordan’s face. “I’m so happy.”

“We are too, Marge.” Jay walked up behind the older woman and hugged her.

****

“How was the flight?” Mary asked after she hugged her friend. “Where’s Jay?”

“It was okay.” Jordan offered with a smile. “She asked the flight attendant if she could see the cockpit.”

“Are you kidding me?” Mary laughed.

“I wish I was. She now wants to have lessons and someday get her own plane.” Jordan laughed along with her friend.

They turned and laughed harder when they saw Jay walk over to them.

“What’s so funny?” Jay questioned the two.

“Did you ask for that or did they just give it to you?” Mary pointed to the plastic pilot’s wings Jay had on her collar of her shirt.

“I asked for it of course.” Jay grinned.

Jordan stepped over to Jay and draped her arm over her shoulder. “Can’t take her anywhere.”

“Hey,” Jay giggled and kissed Jordan on the cheek.

“Well, you two lets get your luggage and head out of here.” Mary quickly hugged Jay before she led them to the baggage claim area.

As they walked Jay noticed that people stared and pointed at Jordan. “Honey?”

“Yes?” Jordan gazed over to Jay.

“Everybody is looking at you.” Jay informed the tall brunette.

Jordan looked around her and shrugged her shoulders. “That’s what happens when you have a beautiful woman walking next to you. They are all thinking what a lucky person I am.”

“Oh, knock it off.” Jay slapped Jordan playfully.

“You do know that little slap will now be on every tabloid in the world saying that I’m in a abusive relationship.” Jordan teased.

“What!?” Jay asked and quickly looked around for anyone with a camera.

“Jay, honey, I’m in the movie making business. Part of it is that I have to deal with people invading my privacy and taking pictures of me constantly. They will print anything and everything to sell a magazine. Only one percent of it will be true. The other ninety-nine percent of the time it will just be made up.” Jordan guided Jay to where Mary was standing holding the elevator door.

“Come on you two, lets go.” Mary yelled smiling at the people passing by her.

“All you can do is ignore it and let it slide off your back,” Jordan gripped Jay’s hand.

Jay tightened her hand; “I’ll do my best.”

****

“So how is Bob?” Jordan asked as she watched the people pass in front of them at the stoplight.

“He’s okay,” Mary replied looking over at her friend.

The sun peaked through the clouds catching the diamond ring on Jordan’s finger. “Oh my God,” Mary screamed.

“What?” Jordan sat up and looked around.

“I think you forgot to tell me something.” Mary gestured towards Jordan’s hand.

Jay leaned forward smiling. “She’s my wife.”

Mary quickly looked around to make sure that she could pull over without causing an accident. “You two got married and I wasn’t invited?”

“Do you honestly think I’d do something like that?” Jordan responded with a raised eyebrow.

“We haven’t had a ceremony yet, we just pledged our hearts to each other. We plan on doing the official act of joining in a few months.” Jay informed Mary.

“Let me see,” Mary wiggled her fingers at Jordan. “You’re lucky, other wise I would have had to really hurt you.”

“You scare me so much,” Jay laughed as she sat back.

“Watch it blondie,” Mary giggled back. “This is beautiful. I’m so happy for you.” She said and hugged her friend.

“Thanks Mary,” Jordan smiled. “I was wondering if by chance you’d be my maid of honor?”

“Hmmm, let me think on it for a bit.” Mary sat there and pretended to think with her finger tapping her chin.

Jordan sat back and crossed her arms over her chest and waited. “If you don’t want to I’m sure I could find someone else.”

“No, you don’t have to. I’d be very happy to.” Mary smiled slowly. “Wait until your mom and dad find out. They’re going to freak.”

Jay jumped forward, “is that a good freak or a bad freak?”

“Trust me honey, it will be a very good freak.” Mary pulled back into traffic. “It’s the brothers you have to worry about.”

“Oh, shit,” Jay gulped.

****

“Okay, Mom we’ll expect you and Dad sometime tomorrow. Love you, bye.” Jordan hung up the phone. “Jay?”

When she didn’t receive an answer she started to look around.

“Hmm, I wonder where she went?” Jordan thought as she began her search.

Jordan walked into the kitchen and only saw her housekeeper. “Hello, Ellen.”

“Hi, Ms. Martin. How was your vacation?” Ellen asked as she made dinner.

“It was the best,” Jordan smiled as she walked closer. “Mmm, that smells great.”

“I figured I’d make my rigatoni special,” Ellen replied as she added more garlic to the red sauce.

“Perfect, I love that stuff.” Jordan dipped her finger into the sauce for a taste. “Have you seen a little blonde running around?”

“Yes, she came in looking for something to drink. She was very pleased to see that her favorite soda was in the refrigerator.” Ellen laughed. “She even did a little dance.”

“Jay is a little obsessed with her cola.” Jordan stated. “Which way did she go?”

Ellen pointed out the window. “She went out back. Saying that she’s never seen the ocean.”

Jordan glanced out the window and spied Jay standing on the beach watching the waves roll over the sand. “Thanks.”

****

“This is awesome.” Jay mumbled as she watched a sailboat skim across the water.

“Like it out here?” Jordan asked as she wrapped her arms around Jay’s waist.

“It’s breath taking.” Jay leaned back. “I never imagined it would look like this.”

Jordan rested her chin on Jay’s head. “This is what sold me on this place. To be able to see one of the earth’s most magnificent beauties every time I stepped out of my back door.”

Jay turned around and gazed into Jordan’s eyes. “You know, I’ve never done it on a beach before. Want to give it a try.” She asked as her hands reached under Jordan’s shirt to caress a strong back.

Jordan captured Jay’s lips as she guided her to the ground. “You do know that we are going to have sand in some very uncomfortable places when we get done.”

Jay’s hands found their way to the front of Jordan’s shirt. “Then I guess we’ll have to take a nice long hot shower afterwards.”

“I like the way you think.” Jordan lifted her arms so that Jay could take off her shirt.

“I love it when you don’t wear a bra.” Jay smiled before she lifted her mouth to suck on an exposed nipple.

Jordan arched her back and threw her head back at the sensation on Jay’s mouth on her. “Ohhh, God.”

They were so lost in what they were doing they never noticed the shadow from behind the tree or the sound of a camera clicking as picture after picture of a private moment between the two lovers was invaded.

****

“When will they be here?” Jay whispered from the soft shoulder she laid on.

Jordan ran a finger down Jay’s back. “My guess, before lunch.”

“That’s only, four hours away.” Jay sat up and looked at Jordan. “We have to get ready come on.”

Jay jumped out of bed and ran to the bathroom. Then she ran back out and stopped to look at Jordan who was still lying in bed. “Would you get up already.”

“Like you just said we have four hours before they get here.” Jordan leaned up on her elbow. “What is the matter?”

“I’m a little nervous about meeting your Mom and Dad. You are their baby and I don’t want them to think that I’m some sort of sponge sucking you dry of your money, or using you for the soul purpose of getting my big break.” Jay dashed to the big walk-in closet. “I want them to know that I will be taking care of you, not the other way around.”

Jordan got up and walked over to Jay as she was holding up a couple of shirts. She grabbed them and hung them up, then she pulled Jay out of the closet and made her sit on the bed. “I already told my parents all about you. They can’t wait to meet you.”

“But…”Jay started, but a finger on her lips stopped her.

Jordan smiled, “no, buts. They know you are nothing like Elizabeth.”

Jay took a deep breath. “I guess I’m going a little crazy.”

Jordan raised her hand and spread her thumb and finger apart about an inch. “Just a little, but that’s okay.”

“Want to take a shower with me?” Jay asked as she ran her finger up the inside of Jordan’s thigh.

“Now that sounds like a good way to spend a couple of hours.” Jordan agreed as a shiver ran through her body.

Jay stood, “let’s go.”

A knock on the door stopped their progress.

“Yes,” Jordan coughed out.

“Ms. Martin, I think you need to come see something.” Ellen said from the other side of the door.

“Wonder what’s going on?” Jay asked as she grabbed Jordan’s robe and handed it to her.

“Not a clue,” Jordan replied as she covered herself up. “Don’t you think you better get something on?”

“Hold on,” Jay mumbled and quickly found a pair of sweats and t-shirt.

Jordan waited until Jay was done before she opened the door. “Good morning, Ellen. What did you want me to see?”

Ellen handed her the morning paper. “I thought you’d want to see this as soon as I saw it.”

“Oh, fuck,” Jordan yelled. “How did they get these?”

“What?” Jay asked as she looked over Jordan’s shoulder. She snatched the paper out of Jordan’s hand. “Oh, my God. I’m going to kill someone.” Jay fumed at the picture of her and Jordan making love yesterday on the beach.

“How did you get this?” Jordan asked Ellen.

“It was in the mail box this morning.” Ellen informed her boss as she watched Jay stomp around.

“Thanks, Ellen,” Jordan closed the door and walked to a very upset Jay.

“Honey,” Jordan said softly. “I’m sorry about all this.”

“Who did this?” Jay asked as she twisted the paper in her hands.

“Let me see the paper.” Jordan held her hand out. “Usually the person who took the picture has his name under the picture.”

Jay handed the wrinkled paper over to Jordan.

“The name under it says, Jacob Trainer.” Jordan stated as she looked up to meet Jay’s smoldering green eyes. “He’s a well known asshole. He does what ever he can to get the pictures he wants.”

“Well, when I get through with him he’s going to be real sorry.” Jay announced coldly.

“Jay, there is nothing we can really do to stop him.” Jordan hugged Jay. “If we just ignore him he’ll leave us alone.”

“How long will it take for us to ignore him?” Jay mumbled from Jordan’s chest.

“I hope not very long.” Jordan prayed. “Now I remember something about a shower.”

“Oh, yes a shower,” Jay licked the soft skin she exposed as she pulled open the robe.

****

“Good afternoon, Ellen,” Cindi Martin said when the door was opened.

“Afternoon to you too, Mrs. Martin.” Ellen replied as she opened the door all the way taking the luggage the older Martin woman had in her hand. “Where is Mr. Martin?”

“Oh, he had to make sure that no reporters were snooping around.” Cindi Martin responded.

“He doesn’t have to do that ma’am. Jay has walked to the property at least five times this morning.” Ellen guided Cindi into the living room. “If you want to have a seat I’ll tell Ms. Martin you are here.”

“Where is my daughter?” Cindi asked as she sat on the couch.

“She’s up on the phone talking with Mrs. Houseman.” Ellen grinned. “Apparently Mrs. Houseman is having a fit about the picture in the paper. She wants Ms. Martin to sue or something or other.”

“I bet she does.” Cindi laughed. “That woman is a bit bull when it comes to stuff like this.”

“Hi, Mom,” Jordan said as she walked in. “Where’s Dad?”

“Doing what a father does best.” Cindi replied and stood up to give her daughter a hug.

“And what is that?” Jordan stepped back with a smile.

“Checking to make sure that nobody will be getting any more pictures of his baby in a compromising position.” Cindi looked up into her daughters blue eyes and saw something she’s never seen before. “Peace.”

****

Jay stood out on the beach searching for any kind of movement. “I’ll be damned if that freak is going to get any more shots of Jordan and me.” She headed up but stopped suddenly when she saw a man walking towards her.

“Gotcha,” Jay grinned as she hid behind a tree. She waited until the man was a step away from her before she jumped on his back. “You son of a bitch.”

Joe Martin didn’t know what hit him. One minute he was walking along the next he was face first in the dirt. “What the hell is going on?”

Jay jumped up and kicked dirt into the guys face. “You had no right to take those pictures. That was a very private moment between the person I love and you are so lucky I promised her this morning not to kill you.”

Joe tried to get up, but a foot in the middle of his back wouldn’t let him budge. “If you would let me up I could explain who I am.”

“I’ don’t think so,” Jay shook her head. “I let you stand and you’ll take off. The police are going to be called and I’m going to make sure that you spend some time in jail. This is private property and you are trespassing.”

****

Jordan and Cindi jumped a little when Ellen came running in from the kitchen.

“You need to come quick. Jay has Mr. Martin pinned on the ground.” Ellen informed the two women.

“What?” The two Martin women yelled at the same time.

“In the back. I saw them through the window.” Ellen said as she followed them down the hall.

Jordan ran up to the window. “Oh, shit.” She gasped before she headed for the door.

****

“I’m not trespassing, this is…” Joe didn’t get a chance to finish his sentence because Jay flipped him over and hit him.

“Bullshit,” Jay yelled.

“Jay get up off my Dad,” Jordan screamed as she ran closer.

“What!?” Jay turned to see Jordan. “This is the guy who took those pictures of us.”

“No, that’s my dad,” Jordan repeated.

“No way,” Jay stepped back finally getting a good look at the man she just punched. She noticed the striking resemblance between Jordan and the bleeding man. “I’m in such big trouble.”

“Dad are you okay?” Jordan asked as she bent down to wipe the blood away from his lip.

Joe nodded his head, “I’m okay. Just help me up.”

Jay stepped over to help but Jordan gave her a look so she stepped back and lowered her head.

“Let’s get you to the house and cleaned up.” Jordan suggested as she brushed off some dirt from her dad’s back.

Jay watched as Jordan and her dad walked away from her. “Damn it, I messed up big time. How could anyone forgive someone for beating up their father.” She thought before she turned and walked back towards the beach.

****

“Honey, are you okay?” Cindi asked as her husband took a seat at the kitchen table.

“I’m fine, just going to be a little sore that’s all.” Joe smiled. “That’s one hell of a girl you got there Jordan.”

“I can’t believe she did that Dad. I’m sorry.” Jordan walked over with the first aid kit that Ellen handed her.

“Nothing to be sorry about. She was just protecting someone she loved. I’m really impressed that such a small woman has a punch like that.” Joe rubbed his jaw. “She stronger than she looks.” He noticed a glimmer of light bounce off the ring on Jordan’s left ring finger. “What do we have here?”

“It’s all the work she does on the ranch.” Jordan stated with a grin.

Cindi glanced around the room, “Jordan, where is Jay? Didn’t she follow you in?”

“I thought she was right behind me.” Jordan responded as she noticed that Jay wasn’t anywhere to be seen.

“She’s sitting on the beach.” Ellen informed them.

Jordan and her mom stood and looked out the window towards the beach.

“I better go talk to her.” Jordan headed to the door. “She wanted to make a good impression so that you’d like her. I bet she’s beating herself up about this.”

“Maybe I should be the one that goes,” Joe suggested and stood. “Since I’m the one she beat up and all.”

“That’s a good idea. Just wave or something if she’s being hard headed okay.” Jordan kissed her father and moved out of the way.

****

Jay was so lost in thought that she didn’t hear Joe until he stood blocking her sun.

“I’m real sorry, sir. I thought you were some sleazy reporter trying to get some more pictures of Jordan.” Jay stood up and wiped off the sand on her pants.

“You know, besides someone from her family nobody has stuck up for Jordan’s dignity. I want to let you know that there will be no hard feelings as long as you continue to protect her like you did today.” Joe stated as he stared right into Jay’s eyes.

“You have my promise that I will until I die.” Jay stared back.

“Good, now tell me is that an engagement ring I saw on my daughters finger?” Joe questioned seriously. “Because if it is you better be planning on having it real soon.”

Jay gulped, “yes, sir. I asked her to be my wife and she said yes. The ceremony will be in a couple of months back at my ranch.”

“Do you plan on taking care of her properly?” Joe continued on kind of enjoying the nervous stance Jay shifted into.

“Well, I’ll do the best that I can. By no means am I rich, but we do okay.” Jay scratched the back of her neck. “I know that Jordan could have anyone she chooses, but for some reason she chose me and I will try my damnedest to make her the happiest person in the world.”

“I just have one thing to say.” Joe stepped closer to Jay. “Welcome to the family.”

“You don’t hate me then?” Jay asked stunned that the man was so calm after what she had done.

“I could never hate anyone who would beat the crap out of someone to protect my daughters honor.” Joe stuck out his hand. “Thank you.”

Jay smiled and shook his hand. “No, reason to thank me, sir.”

“Either call me Jo or dad, no more sir. Makes me feel old.” Joe hooked his arm around Jay’s elbow. “Come on let’s go see what they are having for lunch.”

“I think I heard Ellen saying something about ham sandwiches,” Jay smiled with tears ready to fall, “Dad.”

Joe stopped and looked at the tears that shone in Jay’s eyes. “I like that. I always did want another daughter.

“I always hoped to find someone who would let me call them dad. It’s something I’ve missed.” Jay confessed.

“I am very honored to be that man.” Joe hugged Jay.

****

“What’s going on?” Cindi asked as she tried to look over Jordan’s shoulder.

“They’re hugging.” Jordan smiled as she moved out of the way.

“I wonder what they said to each other,” Cindi asked as she wrapped her hand around Jordan’s.

“Knowing Dad it was just exactly what she needed to hear.” Jordan offered with a knowing grin.

Cindi nodded her head in agreement. “She’s the one isn’t she?”

Jordan raised her hand and showed her Mom the engagement ring. “She asked me to marry her and I said yes.”

“Oh my, I finally get to throw a wedding for my daughter.” Cindi jumped up and down as she hugged Jordan.

“Mom we don’t want a big wedding. Just something small with family and a few close friends.” Jordan hugged her mom back.

“What ever you want I don’t care.” Cindi cupped Jordan’s face. “My baby is getting married and I’m so happy.”

Jordan smiled as she received kiss after kiss from her mom. “Life is good.”
Part 5
“How did you get those pictures?” Jasmine Lee asked as she sat back in her chair.

“I was in the right place at the right time, that’s all.” Jacob grinned as he fidgeted with his camera.

Jasmine leaned forward and rested her arms on her desk, “you better be careful, buddy. You’re getting way to cocky and soon you’ll make a mistake and get yourself in a whole lot of trouble.”

“Don’t worry about me. I have the golden touch.” Jacob raised his hand with a camera in it. “Whatever I shoot, it becomes a money maker.”

Jasmine looked at the smug looking man and shook her head with a smile. “That is true. Just watch it, nobody stays at the top for long and you’ve been there for quite sometime.”

Jacob brushed some unseen lint from his gray slacks. “Like I said don’t worry, I plan on being here for a little while longer.”

“Where do you plan on going today?” Jasmine asked as she brushed her straight black hair out of her eyes.

“I’m planning on getting some shots of Jordan Martin and her friend. Those two brought in some big bucks with the last ones.” Jacob shifted in his seat as he remembered what he watched happen between the two women.

“Don’t forget I get first pick of anything you get,” Jasmine stated as she shifted some papers into a pile. “My boss loved the last ones, by the way.”

“I know he did,” Jacob stood, “he sent me a little bonus with my payment.”

Jasmine looked up in surprise, “really? Wow, I’ve never heard him do that before.”

“It was a very pleasant surprise,” the brown haired photographer grinned. “I’ll see ya later.” He said as he walked to the door.

“Later,” Jasmine yelled back. “If he’s not careful he’s going to get himself in a whole lot of trouble, but I guess that’s why he gets the good shots.”
****

“I’m sorry for what I did to your dad,” Jay apologized as she ran the wash cloth she had over Jordan’s back.

“Jay would you please stop that. I have already forgiven you or wasn’t I convincing enough for you?” Jordan replied as she closed her eyes when Jay caressed her backside.

“No you were very convincing. I just feel so bad about what I did.” Jay stepped closer so she could wrap her arms around Jordan’s soapy body. “I love you and I don’t want to ever again have you look at me the way you did when you came and got your dad.”

“What look?” Jordan asked as she turned around.

“When you walked past me, you gave me a look.” Jay shrugged her shoulder wishing now that she had kept her mouth shut.

“I don’t remember doing that.” Jordan confessed as she thought back to this afternoon.

Jay kissed along Jordan’s collar bone. “It’s okay, no harm done.” She gently pushed Jordan into the warm spray of the shower so the water could wash away the soap.

“If it didn’t bother you, you wouldn’t have brought it up.” Jordan nudged Jay away. “If I hurt your feelings I’m sorry.”

“You didn’t hurt my feelings. I just never expected to see you look at me like that.” Jay stated honestly.

“I was just concerned with my Dad. It must have been a reflex I have when someone hurts a member of my family.” Jordan cupped Jay’s face. “And it doesn’t matter who that person is. You should have seen some of the looks I’ve thrown my brothers.”

Jay looked deep into the blue eyes that held her soul and smiled. “Pretty bad huh,”

“Worse than you could imagine.” Jordan leaned over and kissed soft lips.

“Let’s get out of here, the water is getting cold and I want to make sure you stay heated up.” Jay shifted so she could turn the water off.

“I have no problem heating up when you ‘re this close to me,” Jordan cupped Jay’s breast’s together and licked both nipples.

“I love it when you do that,” Jay moaned as she grabbed Jordan by the waist so she wouldn’t fall to the floor.

Jordan guided Jay up against the shower wall not once stopping the nipping and sucking. With her knee she nudged Jay’s legs apart. “Ride me.” She whispered.

Jay lowered her head and moved her hips against strong thighs, “oh, fuck.”

Jordan kissed her way up Jay’s neck nibbling an ear lobe playfully. “I love how you feel,” she moaned as she grabbed Jay’s ass to have Jay move faster.

“So close..” Jay groaned, “I want you to be inside me.”

Jordan lowered her leg and slid two fingers inside Jay’s wet center. “Hang on to my neck.”

Jay clasped her hands together behind Jordan’s neck. She met each thrust with her own, “Yes, baby that’s it.”

“Come for me,” Jordan begged as she held on to Jay’s quivering body.

“OHHH, GOD,” Jay yelled as her body fell over the edge.

Jordan slowly pulled her fingers from Jay and brought them up to her mouth, “better than chocolate.”

“My turn now, but I want you on the bed,” Jay took a hold of Jordan’s hand and guided her out of the shower. “Forget the towel, I want you all wet.”

“Believe me baby, I’m very wet.” Jordan informed Jay as she ran the small blonde’s fingers through her wetness.

“You sure are.” Jay grinned as she moved so she was against the tall strong body, “crawl up on the bed, but stay on your hands and knees.”

“Okay,” Jordan kissed Jay before she got up on the bed. “Like this?”

Jay stepped around so she could get a good view of Jordan’s ass. “Damn, you are gorgeous.” Then she crawled up behind Jordan and caressed her smooth round butt. “Absolutely gorgeous.”

“I want to feel you,” Jordan pleaded.

Jay moved up closer and wrapped her arm around Jordan’s thigh and began to stroke Jordan’s wet lips. She circled around Jordan’s enlarged clit rubbing across the tip every once in a while. Which caused Jordan’s body to twitch.

“Ohh, baby, Ohh yes,” Jordan moaned in the pillow she held on to.

Jay used her other hand and teased the opening that begged to be filled. “You want me?”

“Forever,” Jordan answered breathlessly.

With that answer Jay entered Jordan. The feeling of Jordan’s muscles contracting around her fingers intensified Jay’s movements.

“FASTER,” Jordan screamed loudly, “OHH, YESSSS!”

Jay knew Jordan was close so she added another finger.

Jordan’s back arched as she threw her head back, “JAY, YESSS BABY, YES!” She yelled as she sank to the bed.

Jay followed her down lying on top of her kissing her back. “I sure hope your room is sound proof.”

****

“Good morning Mom and Dad,” Jordan said as she walked into the kitchen.

“Good morning, honey.” Cindi replied as she poured herself a cup of coffee. “What are the plans for today?”

“Well, I have to go and do a couple of interviews this afternoon.” Jordan walked up to the cupboards and grabbed a bowl. “I was wondering if you could maybe keep Jay company while I’m gone. I sorta want to get her something special.”

“Like what?” Cindi asked with a grin.

Jordan sat down next to her dad, “Did you know it was her mothers?” She gently rubbed a finger across the top of the ring. “I just want to give her something that is as special.”

“Let me come with you this afternoon. I know just the thing.” Cindi walked up behind her daughter and hugged her. “Something I’ve been meaning to give to you, but wanted to wait until the right time.”

“What is it?” Jordan turned to her mom.

“Just wait,” Cindi patted Jordan’s nose with her finger.

“Okay, fine. So Dad will you keep Jay busy?” Jordan asked her Dad as she turned back around to face the table.

“I’d be happy too,” Joe answered with a smile.

“Would be happy to do what?” Jay asked when she walked in and walked up to Jordan and gave her a kiss.

“I asked Dad to keep you company while I’m gone this afternoon doing interviews.” Jordan responded before she gave Jay another kiss.

“No need, I’m going with you.” Jay stated as she walked to the table and took a seat. “Where’s Ellen?”

“Day off, and you want to come with?” Jordan questioned. “You’ll be bored out of your mind. All we do is sit there and talk. In fact I usually get asked the same questions over and over again.”

“That’s fine. I won’t mind,” Jay smiled. “I’ll just sit and watch you.” She wiggled her eyebrows.

“Why don’t you come with me,” Joe asked. “I really wanted to show you around.”

Jay glanced over at Jordan who begged her with her eyes to go with her dad. “Okay, Dad.”

“Good, we will have a great time.” Joe slapped Jay on the back.

****

“I’m so glad Jay didn’t come with me today.” Jordan took a deep breath. “That slime ball Jacob Trainers was there.”

“Was he the one who kept snapping off pictures every few seconds?” Cindi asked as she leaned back against the leather seat of the limousine. “You sure do travel in style.”

“One of the perks,” Jordan sighed back. “Even though all I do is sit there all day, it totally runs me to the ground.”

“Well, you were right about the same questions being asked over and over. My god why can’t you just get a list and send each person a recorded message.” Cindi grabbed a bottle of water from the small refrigerator next to her seat. “Want one?”

“Sure, thanks,” Jordan bent forward and grabbed the plastic bottle from her mom. “Where are we headed now?”

“To the bank.” Cindi responded.

“Okay, to the bank,” Jordan muttered around the water bottle.

*****

“What are we doing here?” Jay asked as she put her hands on her hips. “If you wanted to go to the beach we could have walked out of Jordan’s backdoor.”

Joe nodded his head, “true, true, but does Jordan’s beach have something like that?” He pointed his head over at some very attractive women playing volleyball.

“No, no it doesn’t,” Jay lowered her sunglasses as she watched the game. “What are we going to tell the wives we did today?”

“We’ll just tell them that we sat at some café and people watched.” Joe mumbled as he opened his lawn chair.

“Well, it’s not all a lie,” Jay replied as she copied the man.

****

“Mom do you think you could get Dad to take you out for dinner.” Jordan asked her Mom as they pulled up to the bank.

“I don’t think I will have a problem doing that,” Cindi stepped out of the vehicle. “Considering I know where he’s taking Jay.”

“Oh, really, and where would that be?” Jordan looked at her Mom.

“He took her to the beach,” Cindi said before she walked to the door and held it open for her daughter.

“Why in the world would he take her there?” Jordan asked as she stepped in the building.

“Why to watch all the half naked women running around.” Cindi replied calmly.

Jordan stopped and turned to face her mom, “what?”

“Oh, he does it all the time.” Cindi informed Jordan as she stepped closer to her. “It keeps him out of trouble and gets him out from under my feet at home.”

“I can’t believe it,” Jordan muttered as a tall man walked up to them.

“Is there something I could help you with?” He asked politely.

“Yes, I need to get in my safety deposit box,” Cindi informed the man.

“Sure thing ma’am. Please follow me.” He turned and headed towards another man who sat at a desk. “This is Mr. Willard, he will help you.”

“Thank you,” Cindi shook the man’s hand. “Good afternoon, I would like to get into my safety deposit box.”
“Certainly ma’am, please follow me. Do you have your key with you?” Mr. Willard asked as grabbed a set of keys before he stood.

“Yes, I do,” Cindi smiled.

“All right then, this way please.” He walked over to where a door with a plaque saying private was attached. “We will get your box and then you may go in this room so nobody will bother you.”

“Thank you,” Cindi looked back at Jordan and smiled at the still stunned expression she had on her face. “Don’t worry dear, they just like to look.”

Jordan didn’t know what she hated worse the knowledge of her dad watching half naked women running around or Jay sitting there with him…watching. “Definitely Jay, yep most definitely.” Jordan thought has she followed her mom.

****

“Is it noticeable?” Jay asked Joe as she lowered the bottle of water she held up against her eye.

Joe grinned, “no, not really.”

“Are you sure?” Jay carefully touched the sore spot with her fingers. “It feels kind of swollen.”

“You could always say that you tripped over a garbage can.” Joe suggested with a shrug.

Jay turned to look at him, “you know this is all your fault. If you had just taken me to see the walk of fame instead of some half naked women this wouldn’t of happened.”

“I wasn’t the one who got asked to play. So don’t go blaming me for this.” Joe gestured to Jay’s face.

“I’m dead aren’t I?” Jay groaned as she brought the water bottle back up to her eye.

Joe patted her on the back, “I think that is an understatement.”

****

“My mother gave this to me the day I told her that I was going to marry your father. Her mother did the same to her, so now it is my turn.” Cindi reached into the metal box and pulled out a small black box. “The family would be very honored if you would give this to Jay.”

Jordan held out her hand as her Mom handed her the box. Very carefully she opened the lid. “Oh my, Mom this is beautiful.”

Inside the box laid a gold chain with a pendant. On the pendant were two jewels, one of the colors matched the softness of Jordan’s blue eyes and the other was a perfect match to Jay’s emerald green.

“She’ll love it.” Jordan gasped as she removed the necklace. “The green matches her eyes.”

“And the blue matches yours,” Cindi stepped around the table and hugged her daughter. “It’s about time you finally found someone worth your love.”

“Thanks, Mom,” Jordan cried. “I’ve never been so happy.”

“Oh, honey,” Cindi wiped away the tears that ran down Jordan’s cheeks. “Let’s go so you can give that to Jay.”

****

“They should be home any time now,” Joe informed Jay who had just walked down the stairs.

“Thanks again for doing this,” Jay walked up to Joe who was looking our the window next to the front door.

“No problem, since you getting that was sorta a little bit my fault.” Joe smiled. “It doesn’t look so bad now.”

“Sure it doesn’t,” Jay nudged Joe in the ribs. “My face always looked good with a big purple and blue bruise.”

“I say it gives you character,” Joe teased as he noticed the limo pull up. “They’re here.”

“Oh shit, she’s going to kill me.” Jay mumbled as she went to the living room for a quick drink.

“I’ll protect you,” Joe yelled.

“Like you could. I beat the crap out of you and I’m way smaller than you.” Jay bellowed back.

Joe nodded his head, “true, but you surprised me. This time I know it will be coming.”

Joe turned around when the door opened and his wife and daughter walked in. “Well hello you two. How was your day?”

Cindi and Jordan stopped and looked from one another to the grinning man in front of them.

“What’s wrong?” Cindi asked suspiciously.

Joe shrugged his shoulders, “what makes you think something is wrong?”

“I’ve been married to you for a long time and I know you so well, so spill it.” Cindi ordered.

“Well, there was kind of a little accident,” Joe scrunched his face.

“What happened?” Jordan asked, “and where is Jay?”

Jay walked into the room and took a deep breath, “I’m right here.” She gave the two women a small wave.

“Oh my, what happened to your eye.” Jordan questioned as she walked over to Jay.

Jay pointed at Joe, “it’s all his fault.”

****

“I can’t believe it.” Jordan paced back and forth.

Jay sat on the bed with her head lowered, “what was I supposed to do?”

Jordan stopped and looked at Jay, “saying no comes to my mind.”

“True,” Jay agreed. “I seem to be saying this a lot since we’ve been here, but I’ll say it again. I’m sorry.”

“You know sometimes sorry isn’t good enough.” Jordan fumed and began to pace again. “You know I think I need to take a bath and be alone for awhile.” She walked off not even looking at the shocked expression on Jay’s face.

“Okay,” Jay said to Jordan’s back as the bathroom door closed. “I really screwed up.”

Jay stood and walked to the bathroom door and ran her hand over the dark wood. She took a deep breath, “I’m sorry……again.” She walked out of the room and down the stairs.

“Still mad is she?” Joe asked when he saw Jay.

Jay just nodded her head.

“”Sorry about all this,” Joe replied sincerely as he gave Jay a hug. “She’ll calm down.”

“Hope so,” Jay mumbled and walked into the living room plopping on the couch. “So where are you taking the misses?”

“Well, she’s pretty mad at me too, so I was thinking about this new expensive restaurant that we heard about.”

Jay sat up and thought out loud, “maybe I should do something like that.” She looked at Joe, “do they deliver?”

“Only one way to find out,” Joe grabbed his cell phone..

Jay smiled up at him as she waited until he was done on the phone.

“They said that they could have a fantastic dinner for two here in an hour.” Joe informed Jay as he hung up. “Plus this is all on me, because it is mostly my fault she’s mad at you.”

“You’re right and thanks,” Jay agreed and stood to shake Joe’s hand. “Now I have to get some other things ready.”

Joe watched Jay head of to the kitchen. “Daughter you sure have got a good one. Don’t stay to mad at her.”

“What are you doing?” Cindi asked her husband as she walked into the room.

Joe leaned down and placed a soft kiss on her lips, “making things right with our two daughters.”

“Good for you. Now take me to dinner.” Cindi ordered and grabbed Joe’s hand.

“Yes dear, lets go,” Joe followed his wife out of the room and out the door.

****

Jordan stayed in the tub thinking about what happened and realized that she acted a little too hard on Jay.

“Jay, honey?” Jordan said as she stepped out of the bathroom drying herself off.

“She must think I’m a bitch,” Jordan muttered as she reached for her robe that laid on the bed.

Jordan noticed a folded white piece of paper with her name on it sitting on top of her dresser. She walked over and flipped it open.

You are my heart.
You are my soul.
Please forgive me.

Love, Jay
Please met me down stairs.

“I wonder what this is all about?” Jordan asked as she walked out of the room and down the stairs.

****

“Okay, everything looks good.” Jay said as she rearranged the dozen roses she had picked out of the garden.

“Oh, my,” Jordan gasped as she walked into her dining room. “This looks wonderful.” She looked up at Jay and noticed the tight black jeans with a light green silk shirt. “You look wonderful.”

“Thanks, I wanted to do something special for you.” Jay smiled as stepped up to Jordan and placed a soft kiss on her lips. “Still mad at me?”

“No, and I’m sorry for acting like a bitch.” Jordan brought Jay closer so she could give her a hug.

Jay shook her head, “let’s forget all about today and think about tonight.” She hooked her arm around Jordan’s waist and guided her to sit in one of the two chairs that were at the table. “I like this.” Jay whispered in Jordan’s ear as she caressed the silky material of the robe.

“I could always go even more casual,” Jordan teased as she loosened the robes ties.

“If you did, no way in hell would we even get a chance to eat this wonderful meal.” Jay replied as she lifted the lids that covered the plates.

“Wow, where did this come from?” Jordan asked as she gazed over all the delicious looking food.

Jay sat down across from Jordan, “what makes you think I didn’t cook this?’

“Jay, you yourself told me about the sandwiches you made Marge,” Jordan offered with a grin.

“Oh, that’s right,” Jay laughed. “If you must know, your dad ordered this in.”

“Trying to get on my good side is he?” Jordan took a bite of the salmon and rolled her eyes in pure pleasure. “This is good.”

“Mmm, it is,” Jay agreed as she took a bite.

****

“Damn it, sometimes this job sucks.” Jacob cursed as he slapped at a bug that buzzed by his ear.

Jacob continued to crawl through the bushes getting poked every once in awhile by a twig or a thorn. He wanted to see what was going on in the house, because he had seen the delivery car bring in all the packages for a romantic dinner for two.

With a quick move he looked up through the window to see the two women sitting eating dinner, “oh, how lovely.” He raised his video camera and pressed record, “this is better than pictures.”

****

“Are you ready for dessert?” Jay asked as she stood up and gathered their plates.

“That would be great,” Jordan replied as she sipped her wine. “Do you want me to help at all?”

Jay shook her head, “no, you stay right where you are.” She kissed Jordan’s head as she walked by. “Love you.”

“Love you too,” Jordan waited until Jay was in the kitchen before she took off up the stairs. “I can’t believe I forgot about the necklace.”

In her room she searched around for her purse, “Where did I put that damn thing.”

“Jordan, you up there?” Jay shouted up the stairs.

“I’ll be down in a second,” Jordan yelled back as she spotted her purse hanging on a hook behind the bedroom door. “Gotcha!”

“If you don’t hurry I’m going to eat your dessert along with mine.” Jay stated as she walked back to the table. “I love strawberry short cake.”

“Me too, so don’t touch,” Jordan took a deep breath as she walked in the room. “First I want to give you something.”

Jay turned and looked at Jordan with raised eyebrows, “something for me?”

“Yes, something for you.” Jordan grabbed her chair and sat down next to Jay.

“What did you do?” Jay questioned softly.

Jordan smiled and reached for Jay’s hand. “You gave me something that connects me to your family. I wanted to get you something that could show you that I love you as much as you love me. I asked my mom to help me go and pick something out, but she had a better idea.”

Jay watched Jordan bring her hand up dangling a gold necklace with a pendant attached to it. “The colors matches our eyes.”

“Yes, they do. My mom says that this necklace has been passed down from one generation to the next. Mom says that it was time she gave it to me so I could give it to you.” Jordan stood and unclasped the chain. “When the time is right you will give it to our own daughter.” She walked around and placed the necklace around Jay’s neck.

Tears ran down Jay’s cheeks and she lightly touched the pendant. “I will cherish it until that time.”

Jordan placed a tender kiss where the necklace rested on Jay’s neck. “You are my heart . You are my soul. Forever I’ll love you.”

“I like that,” Jay moaned when lips once again touched her neck.

“Stole some of it from a very good poet.” Jordan whispered softly into Jay’s ear.

“You should pay her some sort of royalties,” Jay responded as she stood up and turned to Jordan. “Will you do me the honor of dancing with me?”

“I would be happy to,” Jordan stepped up and wrapped her arms around Jay’s neck.

“Don’t you want any music?” Jay asked before she kissed Jordan’s long neck.

Jordan turned her face so that Jay would kiss her lips, “I think we can make our own music.”

“Mmmhmm,” Jay mumbled around Jordan’s lips.

****

“This is getting good,” Jacob smiled as he zoomed in on the happy couple. “These two are money in the bank.”

Jacob nearly bumped the camera into the window when Jay untied Jordan’s robe so she could let it fall to the ground. “Why are the good looking ones taken?”

He sat there for a few more minutes with the camera rolling until he was sure that he had enough. “Okay time to go,” Jacob placed a kiss on his hand and then rested it on the window, “thanks you two for a lovely evening.”

****

“Thanks for dinner, but you’re still in trouble.” Cindi teased as Joe pulled the car into the driveway.

“You’re welcome,” Joe responded as he turned off the engine. “I hope Jay had more luck with her dinner than I did with mine.”

Cindi looked over at her husband and smiled, “maybe you’re not in that much trouble.” She leaned over and placed a kiss on Joe’s check, “that was sweet of you to have dinner sent over.”

“I had to help the poor girl. She looked so lost when she came down stairs.” Joe opened his door and walked around to help his wife out. “I think Jordan has found her match.”

“I can’t wait to see how the boys react to her,” Cindi laughed softly.

Joe grimaced with that thought, “poor Jay. Those two won’t leave her alone for a second.”

“Not to worry, Jordan will stop them from acting like the over protective brothers that they are.” Cindi stated with confidence.

“Here you go dear,” Joe opened the front door and stepped aside so Cindi could step through.

“You are always a gentlemen,” Cindi ran a finger across Joe’s chest.

Joe smiled, “always for you my love.”

“Why don’t we go and have a night cap?” Cindi suggested as she dropped her coat and purse on the table near the front door.

“Good idea, why don’t you go pour I will be back in a second,” Joe kissed his wife softly on the cheeck and headed upstairs.

“Hurry back,” Cindi called up to him as she headed towards the living room. She turned the corner and stopped dead in her tracks. “Good evening girls.”

“Oh shit,” Jay mumbled as she turned around making sure she stayed in front of a naked Jordan.

Jordan raised her hand a waved at her mom, “hi, Mom. You’re home early.”

Cindi shook her head, “not really, we’ve been gone for three hours.”

Jay used her foot to push Jordan her robe, “so how was dinner?”

“Not as revealing as yours is, but give me time,” Cindi winked at Jay as she walked over to the small bar in the corner. “I’ll just grab a couple of glasses and be on my way.”

“Okay, we’ll be heading up to bed now,” Jordan grabbed Jay’s hand and tugged her to the stairs.

“Night girls,” Cindi said with a laugh.

“Night,” Jay and Jordan responded back as they ran up the stairs.

****

“I can’t believe your Mom caught us,” Jay sighed as she sat on the bed. “I’m very glad your dad wasn’t with her.”

“Now that would have been funny,” Jordan giggled and fell on the bed next to Jay.

“You know since we’ve been here I have embarrassed myself in front of your family at least a dozen times.” Jay pouted. “The thing is it’s just been your parents. What am I going to do when your brothers come for a visit.”

Jordan pulled Jay down to lay next to her, “you just think that you’re doing embarrassing things, honey,” Jordan moved closer so she could place soft kisses on Jay’s neck.

“So you’re telling me that attacking your father on the first day or when I walked in on your mom when she was in the shower wasn’t anything to be embarrassed about?” Jay shivered as fingers started to unbutton her shirt.

“Mom should have locked the door, and Dad is quite proud of you. Protecting me and all.” Jordan ran her hand across Jay’s stomach. “Baby?”

“Yes,” Jay moaned when hands caressed one of her breasts through her bra.

“No more talking about my parents,” Jordan ordered as she crawled up on top of Jay’s body.

****

“Wait until you see what I have,” Jacob beamed as he walked into Jasmine’s office the next morning.

“What did you get?” Jasmine asked before she took a drink of her morning coffee.

Jacob tossed a tape on her desk, “put that on and see.”

Jasmine sat her cup down and grabbed the tape, “this must be good with that smile your flashing this early in the morning.” She walked over to the television and VCR combination and loaded the tape.

As the picture began to form of Jordan and Jay a big smile formed on the oriental woman’s face.

“I see you like it as much as I do,” Jacob nodded his head as he rubbed his hands together. “I want you to get this on every tabloid show on TV.”

Jasmine didn’t even take her eyes off the screen in front of her, “you might get in a lot of trouble for this you know.”

“I don’t give a shit,” Jacob stood and began to pace, “I just want this to be the biggest payday anyone in the business has ever had.”

“I have no doubt about the amount of money you’ll get,” Jasmine shut off the VCR and ejected the tape, “but the proves that you were on private property invading their privacy.”

“Since when did I give a shit about that?” Jacob glared at the small woman. “I do what I have to do to get the job done. If they don’t like it then damn it they should stay out of the lime light.”

“You don’t have to jump down my throat. I’m in the same business as you remember?” Jasmine sat back down in her chair and grabbed her cup. “You better just watch your back.”

“Sorry and I will,” Jacob yawned. “I’m heading home to get some sleep. See ya later.”

“Bye,” Jasmine waved then set her cup down and picked up the tape. “I have a feeling this is going to back fire on you my friend.”

****

“Hi Marge,” Jay said into the phone. “How are things back there?”

“”I’m fine thank you for asking,” Marge teased as she sat down on a kitchen chair.

Jay laughed, “I did say hi first.”

“Yes you did so I forgive you and the ranch is just fine,” Marge informed Jay. “Jimmy will be very disappointed he missed your call.”

“Well I’ll make it up to him. I bought him a pair of those red swim trunks that match those guys on the on show he loves to watch.” Jay tugged on Jordan’s shirt sleeve. “Say hi”

“Hi Marge,” Jordan yelled then planted a kiss on Jay’s cheek.

“Hi Jordan,” Marge laughed back. “What have the two of you been up too?”

“Not to much in the last couple of days. Jordan has been doing a bunch of press junkets.” Jay smiled when Jordan handed her a can of diet Dr. Pepper.

“I heard about those, sound pretty boring.” Marge stated as she swatted a fly that buzzed past her. “When will you be coming home?”

“Hold on I’ll ask?” Jay turned to Jordan who was about to take a bite out of her sandwich. “when do you think we’ll be heading home?”

Jordan grinned, “I like the sound of that.”

“Of what?” Jay asked confused.

“Home,” Jordan sighed.

“I like that too,” Jay leaned over and kissed Jordan.

Marge who heard everything just smiled and drank her ice tea. She started to hear moans and other thing she shouldn’t be hearing she yelled, “Jay would you leave your woman alone for two seconds.”

“Jay,” Jordan mumbled between kisses.

“Yes,” Jay kissed Jordan again.

“Marge,” Jordan groaned as a hand caressed her thigh.

“What about her?” Jay continued to explore Jordan’s neck.

“Phone, she’s on the phone,” Jordan muttered as she pushed Jay back and pointed to the object in Jay’s hand. “Phone.”

Jay looked down and blushed, “sorry Marge.”

“Don’t worry about it. Now when do you think you’ll be home?” Marge asked again killing another obnoxious fly. “Gotcha you little bugger.

Jay raised her eyebrows at Jordan, “home, when?”

Jordan thought for s second, “I’m thinking sometime next week.”

“Next week sometime, Marge.” Jay relayed to Marge.

“Okay, just let me know,” Marge glanced up at the clock. “I have to let you go. Luke will be here in a little bit for dinner.”

“So I guess you are finally making your moves on our town sheriff?” Jay winked at Jordan who had her eyebrows raised.

“You bet your sweet ass.” Marge laughed “I’ll talk to you later and make sure you stay out of trouble.”

“I’ll do my best. Bye and I love you,” Jay said as she stole a chip from Jordan’s plate.

“Love you too, and bye,” Marge hung up and took a deep breath. “Time to get ready for my date.” She stood up and walked over to make sure dinner was cooking before she headed for her bedroom to put on that new dress she bought.

****

“This is nice,” Jay mused as she pushed in Jordan’s chair.

“It’s my brother’s favorite. So every time they come for a visit I take them here.” Jordan said before she took a sip of her water.

“Waiter,” Jay waved the man over. “I need a double scotch and she will have a white wine, thanks.”

“Would you calm down,” Jordan patted the seat next to her. “Sit down, everything will be fine. They’ll love you.”

“At least I won’t make an ass out of myself here in a crowded restaurant.” Jay sat down and glanced around the room.

Jordan reached over and held her hand. She felt the slight tremor so she ran her thumb across her palm, “look at me.”

Jay turned her head, “I’m being a brat.”

“No, honey, you’re reacting like everyone who has ever had to meet their lovers family.” Jordan brought Jay’s hand to her mouth and placed a tender kiss to her knuckles. “I’m going to be right here for you so please calm down.”

“Okay,” Jay answered as she got lost in the soft blue eyes that held her soul. “I love you.”

“And I love you,” Jordan responded in a soft whisper.

The two didn’t even notice when Lance and Garrett took there seat next to them.

“Nice to be noticed,” Lance said as he took a drink from his sister’s water.

Garrett shrugged his shoulders, “love, it does strange things to you.”

They sat there for a few more seconds waiting.

“Should I?” Lance gestured towards the glass that was half full.

“By all means,” Garrett sat back and watched as brother very carefully tipped the water so it would splash over Jordan and Jay’s entwined hands.

“What the hell?” Jay jumped up when she felt the cold water hit her skin. She looked over at the two grinning men. “Are you two nuts?”

“We could be,” Garrett teased with a chuckle.

“That wasn’t nice,” Jordan crossed her arms over her chest. “Apologize.”

“We’re sorry,” The two brother said with a smirk.

“That’s better, now give me a hug,” Jordan laughed and held out her arms.

Jay watched as the two big men picked their sister up and hugged her. They didn’t care that the whole restaurant stopped and watched.

“Guys, I want you to meet Jay Krammer,” Jordan said after she was put back on her feet.

“Hi, I’m Lance and that bonehead over there is Garrett,” Lance stepped over to shake Jay’s hand. “You’re smaller than I pictured”

“Why would you say that?” Jay questioned as she shook the hand offered to her.

“Well considering that Dad is about one hundred pounds heavier than you and you took him down. I just figured you to be a bigger person.” Lance replied before he took his seat.

“Oh God, he told you,” Jay lowered her head shaking it back and forth.

“No actually Mom did, I don’t think I’ve heard her laugh that hard in years,” Garrett stepped up and offered his hand. “Nice to finally meet the woman who stole our sister’s heart.”

“Nice to meet you too,” Jay glanced over to Jordan, “I’m going to go to the bathroom.”

“Do you want me to go with you?” Jordan asked.

“No, stay and talk to your brothers.” Jay bent down and gave Jordan a soft kiss, “I’ll be right back.”

“Okay,” Jordan watched as Jay walked over to the waiter.

“I like her,” Garrett said before he reached over and stole Jay’s drink. “I like what she drinks too.”

“Please don’t tease her to much guys. She’s really nervous.” Jordan begged.

Lance looked at Garrett and Garrett looked at Lance, they both nodded their heads, “okay, just for tonight. After that we get to tease and torture her about the pictures we saw in that magazine.” Lance answered with an evil grin.

****

“I hope I make it through the night,” Jay thought as she washed her hands. She turned off the water and grabbed a paper towel. “I’ll just order another drink and be as quiet as I can.”

Jay tossed the wet paper away and walked out of the restroom. She looked around and decided to stop for a fresh drink.

“I’ll have a double scotch,” Jay ordered when the bartender walked up to her.

“Be right back,” he said before he walked off.

Jay sat on the stool and looked around at all the people. She noticed that everyone looked perfect. “I wonder if the amount of money these people have spent to look perfect would support a small third world country?”

The sound from the TV caught her attention. It was some blonde reporter talking about some star being caught on video in a private moment. “Wonder who….” Jay stopped talking when she saw Jordan walking around in her silk robe. “I’m going to kill that asshole.”

Jay stormed around the bar and shut it off.

“What do you think your doing?” The bartender asked as he tried to turn it back on.

“Leave it off.” Jay yelled as she fought with the guy.

The bartender wrapped his arms around Jay and threw her over the bar knocking over several stools. “Get out of here before I call the cops.”

“Just leave the TV off,” Jay ordered as she kicked a stool out of her way and headed over to where Jordan sat with her brothers.

“Jay what’s wrong?” Jordan asked when she saw Jay storm over to the table.

“I want to know how to find out where this Jacob Trainer is at?” Jay fumed as she sat down on her chair.

“Why?” Jordan questioned.

“Last night when we were having dinner,” Jay started to say but she was stopped when two sets of hands grabbed her out of her seat.

“You are out of here,” the man said to Jay as they guided her towards the door.

“What’s going on?” Lance jumped up to stop the men.

“She caused some trouble over at the bar,” one man said as he tried to hold a struggling Jay still.

“All she did was go to the bathroom,” Jordan said as she followed the group out the door.

“No she ran behind the bar and fought with the bartender,” the first man informed the three before him and the other guy tossed Jay to the ground. “I wouldn’t come back anytime soon.”

“No way in hell would I ever step in your place again,” Jay yelled back as she stood up and wiped the dirt off her pants.

“Jay would you please tell me what in the hell is going on here?” Jordan walked up to Jay and grabbed her by her shoulders.

“You want to know what’s going on? I’ll tell you.” Jay took a deep breath, “last night while we were having a nice romantic evening alone. We weren’t alone. That scum bag Jacob Trainer taped the whole evening.”

“What!?” Jordan asked stunned. “You mean he taped me and you dancing around our living room.”

“Yes,” Jay replied, “I want to know where this guy is at.”

“We could help you with that,” Lance stated with a grin as he draped his arm over Garrett’s shoulders. “We are cops and I know a few people that owe me a favor.”

“When can you get this information?” Jay asked as she walked up to the two men.

“Give me a few days,” Lance said with a smile. “It’s about time that guy got his world rocked.”

“I’m the one who’s gonna do it too,” Jay stated with glee.

“Promise me you won’t do anything illegal.” Jordan begged as they started to walk to their cars.

“Not to worry,” Garrett replied, “we don’t have to break the law to get this guy.”

****

Jordan laid there and watched Jay sleep. “Love you,” she whispered before she quietly got out of bed. She stood there and watched as Jay’s hand searched for the absent body, “she’s so cute.” Jordan carefully moved her pillow so that Jay had something to hang on to.

Jordan silently put on a pair of sweet pants and a t-shirt before she opened the door and headed down to the kitchen. “What am I going to do about Jacob Trainer. I don’t want Jay to do anything and get into trouble.”

“You know talking to yourself is a good sign of insanity,” Lance said from the kitchen table.

“Damn it, you scared me. What are you doing up?” Jordan asked as she walked to the refrigerator for something to eat.

Lanced laughed, “sorry, and I was kind of hungry.” He took a healthy bit of his sandwich. “what has you up at this hour?”

“Same as you, plus I’m kind of worried that Jay is going to go ballistic if she ever does meet Jacob Trainer.” Jordan confessed. “Where did you get the lunch meat?”

“Bottom shelf,” Lance mumbled around his bite.

“Thanks,” Jordan found the ham and then grabbed the cheese.

“Your welcome, and don’t worry about Jay. Garrett and I will make sure she’s doesn’t get into trouble.” Lance stood up and walked over to get Jordan a glass. “Milk?”

“Thanks,” Jordan nodded her head as she made her snack. “What do you three have planned anyway?”

“Well, I want to see what kind of history this jerk has.” Lance poured Jordan a glass from the gallon that sat at the table. “Then Garrett has some friends at the local electric company.”

“You are not going to have his electricity shut off?” Jordan laughed when Lance nodded his head. “Too funny.”

“We thought so,” Garrett agreed as he walked in.

“What are you doing up?” Jordan looked at her brother with a smile.

“Same as you two, hungry.” Garrett stepped over to her sister and kissed the top of her head. “How’s Jay?”

“Okay, I guess.” Jordan shrugged her shoulders. “I’m just worried about her. Since I’ve met her she’s been hurt in a fire, and shot in the shoulder. I wanted her to have a nice quiet vacation away from all the shit, but is it quiet here?”
“No,” Jay mumbled from the hallway, “but this is better then getting shot any day.”

“Honey, you were sleeping when I left.” Jordan walked over to Jay and gave her a soft kiss.

“I woke up the minute you shut the door. Thought you’d be back, so when you didn’t I came looking.” Jay said as she let Jordan guide her to sit down at the table. “Hi guys.”

“Hi,” Lance and Garret responded.

“Want a sandwich?” Garrett asked as he held up two slices of bread.

“Sure, thanks,” Jay smiled over at the tall man.

“I’m going to get ahold of my attorney and get a restraining order against Trainer. Then call and have a better security system installed.” Jordan informed the group as she sat down with her sandwich. “Might even get a big dog.”

“That’s a good idea,” Lance nodded his head. “I know a guy who knows all about what systems are the best. I’ll call him tomorrow.”

“Good, thanks,” Jordan smiled over at her brother.

****

“Hi, Mary” Jordan said to her friend when she opened the door.

Mary marched in, “why didn’t you call and tell me what happened. When I get my hands on that snake I’ll beat him with in an inch of his life.”

“Can I watch?” Jordan giggled at the animated woman.

“This is not funny. He’s this close to stalking you and Jay with that damn camera of his.” Mary yelled, “what are we going to do about it?”

“I called my lawyer. He’s having a restraining order put out against him.” Jordan walked into the kitchen, “coffee?”

“Yes, please,” Mary began to pace. “You know guys like that won’t let a small piece of paper stop him from getting what he wants.”

“I know,” Jordan agreed. “That’s why Jay and my brothers are going to make his life a living hell until he stops.”

Mary stopped and gave an evil grin to Jordan, “what are they going to do?”

“Just shut off his electricity and have him pulled over when ever he gets into his car. Plus they are having his record checked for any little thing they can have him arrested on.” Jordan motioned Mary over to the table. “I just hope they don’t get into trouble doing this.”

“If I know your brothers they are going to make sure that it won’t be traced back to them.” Mary sipped her coffee. “Where is Jay?”

“She’s out side with the security system guys.” Jordan shook her head. “She’s making sure that they don’t miss anything.”

“Good for her. I bet this has really gotten under her skin.” Mary grabbed a muffin that sat on a plate in the middle of the table.

“You have no idea,” Jordan frowned.

Mary patted Jordan’s hand, “everything will be okay. You only have a little over a week and then you can get your butts back to the ranch.”

“Like that’s any quieter.” Jordan laughed. “If it’s not one thing it a million others.”

“At least you can’t say that your life is dull,” Mary pointed out with a smirk.

Jordan stood and walked over to the coffee pot, “true, but I would like, ohh, I don’t know a week or two of nothing but peace and quiet.”

“Take Jay on trip,” Mary suggested as she stuffed the last of her muffin in her mouth.

“Can’t she has to get back and run the ranch. Maybe I can talk her into it after the wedding.” Jordan brought the pot of coffee over to the table and refilled Mary’s cup.

“Hi, Mary,” Jay said as she walked into the house. “It looks like everything is set for the new security system.”

“Great, did you get them to go about twenty miles out to the ocean with their sensors.” Jordan teased the small blonde.

“Nooo, funny girl,” Jay grabbed Jordan’s cup and took a drink.

“That’s mine,” Jordan reached up and took her cup back.

“I though what was yours was mine and what was mine is yours,” Jay asked with a raised eyebrow.

“Not when I really need my coffee,” Jordan winked. “But you can have what ever else you want.”

“Oh baby,” Jay waved her hand in front of her face. “You make me so hot.”

Mary laughed, “you two are a riot.”

Jay looked over at Mary, “so did you get you some?”

“Shit,” Mary spat, “I wouldn’t know a penis if it jumped out and rubbed itself on my leg.”

“Not bitter are we?” Jordan questioned casually.

“Me bitter?” Mary pointed at herself, “hell yes, I’m bitter.”

The phone rang and Jay walked over to answer it, “Martin residence, Jay speaking.”

“Hi, honey.” Marge said.

“Hey Marge, what’s up?” Jay asked as she reached for her own cup.

“Well, you’ll never guess what happened here,” Marge sighed into the phone.

Jay could tell something was wrong, “what’s the matter? What happened?”

Jordan and Mary stood and walked over to Jay as she listened to Marge. They waited until Jay hung up before they started to ask questions.

“Is Marge okay? Did something happen on the ranch. Is Jimmy okay? What about Sammy?” Jordan and Mary rattled off.

“I guess sometime last night Blacksmith suffered from a massive heart attack. He died this morning.” Jay said as she sat down.

“Oh, my,” Jordan came up to Jay and rubbed her shoulders.

“I’m finally free of him,” Jay whispered. “I’m sorry he’s dead, but now I don’t have to worry about what him and his son are going to be doing.”

“Do you think you’ll be able to get the land back that he bought from you?” Jordan asked as an idea popped into her head.

“I doubt it. The land is way to expensive.” Jay answered as she reached up and held on to Jordan’s hand. “I’m going to go and take a walk. I’ll be back in a bit.” She stood and opened the door.

“Okay,” Jordan gave Jay a small smile and watched her walk out.

“I don’t think she knows what to do about this. All her life she has fought with that family for everything. Now at the drop of the hat it’s gone.” Mary said as she watched Jay through the window.

“True, I think she feels for Ritchie even though she hates his guts. She knows what it’s like not to have her parents around. Now he does too,” Jordan took a deep breath. “Mary I want to find out how I can buy me some land.”

“What land might that be?” Mary asked even though she pretty much knew.

“I want to give Jay the best wedding gift and the land that Blacksmith got from her would be it.” Jordan stated as she wrapped Mary in a hug. “I want to make Jay’s dream’s come true.”

“My friend, I think you did that the day you met her.” Mary hugged Jordan tighter. “I know you did, by that smile she gets when ever she watches you.”
Part 6
“I know I shouldn’t feel this good that someone died, but damn it sure feels good not to have to worry about what’s going to happen next.” Jay thought as she threw a piece of driftwood into the surf. “Maybe some day I’ll even be able to get the land I lost to him.”

“Hey,” Jordan said as she wrapped her arms around Jay. “You’ve been out here for a while. How are you doing?”

Jay turned so she could hold on to Jordan, “I’m okay.”

“You’re sure?” Jordan kissed the top of the blonde head that rested under her chin.

Jay nodded, “yep, I’m fine.”

“Good, now come in side. Ellen has lunch ready.” Jordan guided Jay across the sand and up the path to the back door.

****

“Everyone wants in,” Jasmine stated as she jumped up and down.

Jacob smiled as he moved out of the way so that she could enter his apartment, “I know. Isn’t it great.”

“Plus everyone is so jealous of you. They keep calling me wanting to know how you keep getting these great shots.” Jasmine said as she sat down on the couch. “Turn the TV on and see how many times we can find your video being plugged.”

Jacob walked over and tossed Jasmine the remote before he hit the on switch. “You do the honors. I need another drink. Want one?”

“Sure, give me whatever your having,” Jasmine flipped through the stations, only stopping on one if they were playing Jacob’s video “So far I counted four.”

“Here you go,” Jacob handed Jasmine her drink and sat down next to her. “I’m making a fucking mint.”

“Hey, remember I’m the one who helps you out,” Jasmine grinned. “So you going to share?”

“I know you helped me and yes I’m going to share,” Jacob smiled, “hey did you turn the TV off?”

“No,” Jasmine said as she tried the on/off button on the remote, “It’s not working.”

“What?” Jacob grabbed the remote, “let me see that.” He reached over and flipped the switch to turn on the lights.

“Didn’t you pay your light bill?” Jasmine teased.

“Yes, I just sent it off last week.” Jacob fumed as he ran around his apartment flipping switches. “Would you get that?” He yelled from his bedroom after his doorbell rang.

“Sure,” Jasmine walked over and opened the door; “can I help you officer?”

“Is this the home of Jacob Trainer?” The police officer asked.

“Yes, please come in and I’ll get him,” Jasmine waved the officer in and shut the door. “I’ll be right back.”

“No problem,” replied the officer.

Jasmine quickly walked down the hall and shut the bedroom door; “it’s a cop.”

“What do you mean it’s a cop?” Jacob spat as he grasped Jasmine by the shoulders.

“At the door, a cop, is here to see you,” Jasmine poked Jacob in the chest.

“Oh man, what does he want?” Jacob lowered his head and rested it on Jasmines shoulder. He took a deep breath; “okay lets see what he wants.”

Jasmine walked over and opened the door, “after you.”

Jacob just smiled and walked down the hall to the officer, “is there something I can do for you?”

“Jacob Trainer?” The officer asked as he turned from looking over the photographs.

“That’s me,” Jacob smiled.

“This is for you,” the police officer handed Jacob an envelope. “Please make sure you follow everything that letters says.” He stepped to the door, “have a good day,” and left.

Jacob ripped open the envelope; “this is a restraining order against me. I can’t get within one hundred yards of Jordan Martin or her property.”

“You knew that was going to happen sooner or later,” Jasmine replied as she poured herself another drink. “How are you going to get your prize shots now?’

“Shit they have to catch me first,” Jacob tossed the paper on the table. “I have to call the electric company and find out what the hell is going on.”

“I’ll just be going now,” Jasmine drank the rest of her drink. “Thanks for the drinks.”

After about an hour of people not knowing what Jacob was talking about he slammed down the receiver, “Fuck, what the hell is going on?”

****

“You sure this is okay to wear tonight?” Jay asked as she held up a white t-shirt and black jeans.

Jordan stepped out of the bathroom brushing her hair, “yes, I’m wearing basically the same thing.”

Jay grinned and moved closer to Jordan, “you look sexy.”

“Thank you, but we don’t have time for that.” Jordan bent over and kissed the pouting lips. “I’ll make it up to you tonight.”

“I’ll hold you to that,” Jay grinned as she caressed Jordan’s bare shoulders. “You’re so soft.”

“Don’t,” Jordan smiled, “I wish we could stay, but I have to go to the premiere. You can stay home if you want.”

“And miss the chance of running into Jacob Trainer, I don’t think so.” Jay backed up and grabbed her shirt and jeans, “I’m going to take me shower now. I’ll be out in a few minutes.”

“I have a feeling that this is going to be a night I will never forget.” Jordan thought out loud as she turned to her closet.

****

“Ms. Martin look this way please.” Yelled one reporter after another.

Jay was glad that Jordan suggested she wear her sunglasses, “damn, how does anyone ever get through this with out their eye sight going bad.”

“Annoying isn’t it?” Jordan yelled into Jay’s ear, “you could go with Mom, Dad and the boys.”

“Not going to happen,” Jay yelled back and held on to Jordan hand tighter. “Together no matter what.”

It took them a while to finally get to the doors to the theater and meet with the rest of their family.

“How do you get used to that?” Jay asked as she took a deep breath. “It’s tiring.”

“I know, all those people screaming and wanting to talk to you,” Jordan teased as she tugged Jay to where they would be sitting.

“You’re so not funny,” Jay laughed as she followed Jordan. “Where are we going?”

“To my own box,” Jordan smiled back to her lover. “Privacy.”

“Ohh, I really like the sound of that,” Jay quickened her pace.

“Follow me,” Jordan winked.

“Always,” Jay stated matter of fact.

****

“That was a good movie,” Lance said to everybody when they stood to leave.

“You were great in it,” Jay bent over to give Jordan a kiss.

“Thanks,” Jordan grabbed Jay’s hand as she stood up to follow everyone else.

“What parties are you going to?” Garrett asked when the reached the lobby.

“None, I’m going to go home.” Jordan informed her family.

They stood off to the side waiting for the people to thin out before they headed to the limousine.

Jordan smiled and nodded her head as people passed her letting her know what they thought of the movie. When she turned to say something to Jay she noticed a man standing off to the side with his camera poised to take a picture.

“Look who decided to show up,” Jordan motioned with her head.

Jay looked around, “who?”

“Our lovely photographer,” Jordan acknowledged.

“Where?” Jay demanded as she scanned the room once again.

Jordan held on to Jay for fear that she would dash off and pummel the man to death, “he’s over behind the potted tree over in the corner.”

“Can I have my hand back please,” Jay asked as she tried to wiggle her hand free.

Jordan looked at Jay with concern; “I don’t want you to get into trouble because of that twit. So please stay here.”

“If I promise not to do anything will you let me go,” Jay responded as she looked deep into Jordan’s eyes. “I promise not to touch a single hair on his head. I just want to have a little talk with him.”

Jordan new it was a bad idea, but she trusted Jay so she let go, “okay, but please take Lance or Garrett with you.”

“I will,” Jay walked over to Lance and grabbed his hand. “Come with me.”

“Where are we going?” Lance asked as he was tugged into the crowd.

Jay turned to look at him with an evil eye, “to have some fun of course.”

“What kind of fun?” Lance asked with raised eyebrows. “Won’t my sister be jealous?”

“Get your mind out of the gutter,” Jay scolded with a smile. “We have a certain reporter that needs to have his manners put back in place.”

Garrett stepped up behind his sister, “where are those two going?”

Jordan turned around to face her brother; “they are about to cause some trouble.” She pointed over her shoulder at Jacob.

“I want to go too,” Garrett pouted and started to head in the direction Jay and Lance went.

Jordan grabbed his arm, “no way, you’re staying with me. I have a feeling even though Jay promised to be good I’m going to need you to help me get them out of here and fast.”

“Lance always has all the fun,” Garrett crossed his arms in front of his chest.

“Stop being a baby,” Jordan laughed at her brother.

****

“I still can’t believe you two did that,” Joe laughed. “The look on his face when that plant came crashing down on his head was priceless.”

“Well, he wasn’t listening to reason,” Jay shrugged her shoulders as she tried not to laugh. “Maybe he’ll get some of his own medicine and have his face plastered across every magazine.”

“We can only hope,” Jordan rubbed Jay’s back. “What exactly did he say that made you do that anyway?”

Lance growled, “you really don’t want to know.”

Jordan looked over at her brother, “oh, yes I do.”

Jay took a deep breath and let it out slowly, “he didn’t like the fact that we confronted him. We told him if he didn’t back off and stop following us around making our private lives very public we’d do more than have his electricity shut off.”

“Oh, boy that did it. He started saying things about free speech and a bunch of other stuff that slimy reporters use so they can print what the want and not feel guilty.” Lance said as he rolled down the window a bit to let some fresh air in.

“That’s when we said that video didn’t count. It was an invasion of privacy and that we were going to sue him and all the people that were in on it.” Jay continued as she grasped Jordan’s hand. “Then he started saying shit about you and that’s when we decided the plant would look better on him than in it’s pot.”

“What did he say about Jordan?” Cindi asked from her spot next to her husband.

Jay lowered her head; “I really wouldn’t like to repeat it.” Jay squeezed Jordan’s hand, “he was just an ass and trying to push my buttons.”

Jordan bent closer and kissed Jay on the head, “love you.’ She whispered.

“He’s lucky all he got was a plant in his face. I could see the rage in your eyes. You wanted to punch him.” Lance smacked his fist into his palm.

“You have no idea how that would of made me feel,” Jay grinned a nodded her head, “but I promised Jordan I wouldn’t kill him.”

“I wouldn’t have been too mad had you maybe hit him just once,” Jordan informed Jay with an evil smirk.

“Now you tell me,” Jay rolled her eyes. “You couldn’t have informed me of this..oh say…before I went over to talk to him.”

“Sorry,” Jordan responded before she brought Jay’s hand up and kissed her palm.

Jay brought the entwined hands to her lips, “nothing to be sorry for.”

“You two make me need a big glass of milk.” Garrett said as he watched his sister and Jay.

Jay looked at him with a raised eyebrow, “what in the hell does that mean?”

Garrett laughed, “milk always makes something that is way to sweet go down better.”

“Hardy har har,” Jordan stuck her tongue out, but quickly put it back in her mouth as Jay tried to grab it.

****

Jordan rested her head on Jay’s stomach and traced the muscles that twitched, “Honey?”

“Hmm,” Jay stretched.

Jordan turned to place her chin on the top of her hand, “what did Trainer say to you.”

“Baby, I really don’t want you to know what he said,” Jay replied honestly.

“I want to know,” Jordan sat up and sat crossed legged next to Jay. “Please.”

Jay sighed, “are you sure?”

Jordan nodded her head, “yes.”

“Okay, he said the only reason you were still doing any movies was because you slept with anyone and everyone. Plus he said the only reason you were with me at all was because I had something you wanted.” Jay pushed herself up so she was leaning back against the headboard. “What really got me was when he said that you even slept with him just to get your picture in the paper and he laughed when he said that’s when you turned to women. He said that he ruined you for all men.”

“That son of a bitch,” Jordan cursed as she slapped the bed.

“He continued to say some other stuff, but by that point I just snapped and you saw what happened.” Jay rubbed Jordan’s knee.

“Why do people pay attention to crap tabloids put out?” Jordan questioned as she laid her head on Jay’s lap.

“Not sure maybe,” Jay ran her fingers through Jordan’s long dark hair. “Some people need the distraction from their own boring lives. They want to see people who they think have it all brought down to their level.”

“That’s just plan stupid,” Jordan responded as she shut her eyes.

Jay nodded her head, “Yes, it is.” She watched as Jordan drifted off to sleep. “Next time he better watch out. I don’t plan on being so nice about him bad mouthing you.”

****

Jacob sat in his car next to Jordan’s driveway. “You just wait.” He took another drink from his bottle of alcohol; “I will get you for embarrassing me like that.” He gunned the engine and squealed the tires leaving two long black streaks on the cement.”

****

“Good morning Ellen,” Cindi said as she walked into the kitchen.

Ellen turned and smiled, “morning Mrs. Martin. How was the movie last night?”

“It was good. Maybe her best yet,” Cindi informed the housekeeper with a smile. “What are you doing?”

“Oh, this is for Ms. Krammer. She asked me if I could make a picnic for lunch for everybody.” Ellen said as she cut a sandwich in half.

“Ohh really, that sounds like a great idea,” Cindi smiled as she poured herself a cup of coffee.

“I think that Ms. Martin and Ms. Krammer make a great couple. You can tell that she just adores her,” Ellen stuffed the now wrapped sandwich into the basket.

“Who adores who?” Cindi asked with a knowing smile.

“They adore each other,” Ellen stated matter of fact.

Cindi laughed and nodded her head; “you got that right. They’re like two peas in a pod.”

“What about peas?” Jordan questioned as she walked into the room and over to her mom giving her a kiss on the cheek. “Hello Mom.”

“Hello, dear. And we were talking about Jay and you.” Cindi patted Jordan on the shoulder. “You two were meant to be together.”

“Yes we were,” Jordan agreed as she reached for a cup. “She rocks my world.”

“Believe me dear, we know that already,” Cindi moved away from her daughter. “You forgot to close your door and the whole house heard how she rocked your world.”

“Oh, God.” Jordan blushed and lowered her head.

“That’s what you said last night,” Cindi teased as she ran from the room.

“MOTHER,” Jordan yelled. “I can’t believe she said that.”

Ellen had to grab the counter to stop herself from falling to the floor, “I love your family, Ms. Martin. They sure do know how to have fun.”

“We sure do,” Jordan leaned against the counter taking a sip of her coffee. “Is that the lunch Jay asked you to fix for our picnic?”

“Yes, it’s all ready to go. I’ll put it in the fridge until your ready.” Ellen grabbed the handle of the basket and opened the door to the appliance. “Do you think you’ll need anything else?”

“No, that should do it.” Jordan replied, “why don’t you take the rest of the day off and come with us.”

Ellen closed the door and smiled, “that would be great. Thanks.”

“Well, you are part of this family after all,” Jordan acknowledged as she walked up and gave Ellen a hug.

“That makes me very happy to hear that,” Ellen wiped tears that began to fall.

“Don’t start crying. It will only get me going,” Jordan sniffed as she too started to cry.

Jay stepped into the room and looked at Jordan and then Ellen, “what’s going on? Why are you two crying?”

“We’re just so happy,” Jordan responded as she wiped her nose on her sleeve.

“That’s gross,” Jay pointed at Jordan’s sleeve. “I’m not coming anywhere near you until you change your shirt.”

****

“So Jay where are we going?” Cindi asked as she stood by her car.

“Mary told me about a park near by.” Jay replied as she opened the door for Cindi. “I always loved picnics and thought it would be a great idea for us to go and do something as a family before we left to go back to the ranch.”

“That’s very thoughtful of you, and it is a perfect idea,” Cindi kissed Jay on the cheek before she slipped into the passengers seat of her car.

“Sucking up to our mother are you?” Lance kidded Jay as she opened the back door of the car.

“You will learn one day that it’s the only way to go.” Jay lowered her voice, “see if you can keep the mother in law happy then no matter what happens to her daughter and you she’ll always love you.”

“I heard that,” Cindi yelled from the front of the car. “And she’s right.”

Jay and Lanced started to laugh.

“Are you guys going to have Ellen ride with you,” Jordan asked as she walked up to the car.

Lance nodded his head, “yes, she’ll have more room with us. You have all the stuff in the back of your car.”

“Okay, now we are just waiting on those Dad, Garret and Ellen.” Jordan said as she walked over to her car. “Jay are you driving?”

“No, you can. I’m not used to all the crazy drivers here.” Jay replied as she walked over to Jordan’s car. “We’ll go on ahead and pick out a spot.”

“Okay, that sounds good.” Lance agreed as he waited for the rest of the family. “See you in a few.”

****

“Do you know where we are supposed to meet Jay and Jordan?” Garrett asked from the back seat.

“Yes, I talked to her earlier and I know the place she was talking about.” Joe responded as he drove. “Looks like an accident up ahead.”

“Sure does,” Lance leaned forward to get a better look. “Dad you should pull over and let Garrett and I out so we can help until the police arrive.”

“Good idea,” Joe turned on his signal and pulled off the road.

Lance and Garrett got out of the car and walked over to the car that was crumpled and leaking fluids every where on the ground.

“This guy smells like he swam in a bucket of booze.” Garrett informed his brother as he reached in to check the man’s pulse. “I got nothing here.”

A man ran up to Lance, “you have to help the ones in the car that he hit. They went down the embankment.”

“Okay, show us.” Garrett quickly followed the man and looked down when he pointed at a car that sat upside down about twenty yards away from them. “Did you see what happened.”

“Yes, he just came out of no where and slammed into them.” The man yelled over the sirens from the emergency vehicles that were arriving.

“What do you have Garrett?” Lance asked as he ran up to his brother.

Garrett pointed over the edge, “that guy hit that car and sent it over the edge.”

Lance glanced over and cringed. As he looked a little longer he noticed the color and the make of the car was the same as Jordan’s car. “Oh God,” He yelled as he saw the license plate. It read ‘JM 1′

“What?” Garrett asked concerned by the way his brother’s face paled.

He started to go down the embankment; “it’s Jordan’s car.”

“No,” Lance ran after his brother.

The two men skidded down the hill trying not to cause to many rocks from sliding down with them.

“You go and check on Jay,” Lance said to Garrett.

Garrett just nodded his head.

This was every police officers nightmare. Coming up to an accident scene and finding out your family was involved.

Lance moved around to the driver’s side and bent over on his knees to see how his sister was. “Jordan can you hear me?”

No sound came from Jordan so Lance reached in and checked for a pulse. He found one, “thank god,” he let out a breath of relief. “I got a pulse here.” He heard Garrett repeat what he said. “How’s Jay?”

“Hold on a second. Her window is in the way.” Garrett yelled back as he tried to open the door. “I need your help. I can’t get the door open.”

“Okay,” Lance quickly hurried around the car. “On the count of three. One…two…three.” They pulled and finally the door gave way so they could check on Jay.

“I got a nice strong pulse.” Garrett informed Lance.

“You two need to get out of here,” A fireman ordered them.

“We are police officers and the people in this car are our sister and her partner. No way in hell are you going to get us out of here until they are out.” Lance screamed back.

“Okay, calm down. Now tell me what we’ve got.” The fireman asked as he stepped over to the car.

“Two females, both are still unresponsive with strong heart beats. They both have on their seat belts and that’s what’s keeping them in place.” Garrett informed the man.

“Let me call up and tell them what we need,” the fireman said as he switched on his walkie-talkie.

After they got the right equipment down where the car was it only took twenty minutes to get Jordan and Jay out of the car.

“I need to go and tell Mom and Dad what’s going on,” Lance said as he wiped his hands off on his pants. “You go ahead and ride with Jordan I’ll hurry up and go with Jay.”

“Okay,” Garrett stepped into the ambulance that would take Jordan to the hospital.

****

“Oh here comes Lance,” Cindi pointed out the window. “He doesn’t look so good. Some body must have been hurt pretty badly.”

“He had some blood on his shirt,” Ellen noticed as the man came closer.

Lance walked over to his Dad’s side of the car and bent over to rest on the open window.

“Are you okay honey?” Cindi asked as she looked at her son.

Lance shook his head, “no,” He looked up into his mother’s eyes. “Jordan and Jay were in one of the cars. I need to hurry so I can ride with Jay to the hospital. Garrett is with Jordan. They were both unresponsive, but they have a strong heart beat. You need to follow us and meet us there.”

“Okay son, go be with Jay.” Joe replied trying not to loose it. He grabbed Cindi’s hand and held on tight as he watched his son run off.

“Ohh my,” Cindi cried.

Joe turned engulfed his wife in a hug; “everything is going to be okay.”

“Why? Those two have been through so much shit already.” Cindi cried on her husband’s shoulder.

Joe reached back and grabbed ahold of Ellen’s hand; “I don’t know honey, but those two will be alright. Let’s get going.”

“Okay lets hurry,” Cindi sat back and wiped her face.

****

Cindi and Ellen walked into the ER and looked around to see if they could spot Lance or Garrett.

“Over there,” Ellen pointed.

They walked up to the two men who were talking to a doctor.

“What’s going on?” Cindi asked as she stepped up to her sons.

“Mom, this is Dr. Bates he’s just got done examining Jordan.” Lance wrapped his arm around his mom’s waist.

“Mrs. Martin, like I just told your sons. We had to take Jordan up for emergency surgery. She had internal bleeding, we will know more when they are done. Plus she has a broken left leg and a dislocated left shoulder.” Dr. Bates informed the group. “Now if you will please excuse me I have other patients.”

“Wait, what about the woman that was brought in with her?” Ellen jumped at the man grabbing his white coat by the sleeve.

“You mean the small blonde?” Dr. Bates asked.

“Yes,” they all said at the same time.

“She’s fine, just a broken arm and a bump on the head. She has a mild concussion, but she is awake and waiting for a room.” The doctor motioned towards a curtain. “She is over there if you want to go see her.”

“Thank you doctor,” Lance shook the man’s hand then turned to follow his family.

****

Jay lay there with her eyes closed. She had tried to sit up but the pain shot up her arm and made her sick to her stomach.

“What the hell happened?” Jay asked the nurse who stood by the bed.

The nurse smiled and answered the question again; “you have been in an accident. Your right arm is broken and you have a mild concussion.”

“Okay,” Jay lay there and tried to get her stomach to calm down.

“Oh, how are you doing honey?” Cindi asked softly as she stepped up to the bed.

Ellen, Garrett and Lance stayed out in the hallway to wait for Joe who was parking the car.

“Hey, Mom. Just a bump on the head.” Jay smiled at her then she started to look around. “Where’s Jordan?”

Cindi looked up at the nurse with concern.

“Part of having a concussion. I’ve told her she’s been in a car accident four times.” The nurse stated before she stepped out of the make sift room.

Cindi walked up to the bed and brushed Jay’s blonde bangs out of her eyes. “Honey, she was in the car with you. They had to take her up for emergency surgery.”

“What?” Jay tried to sit up but Cindi’s held her down. “Stay right where you are. All we can do is wait.”

“How bad was she hurt?” Jay mumbled as she tried to stay calm.

“Her left leg is broken and her left shoulder was dislocated. The worst of it is she has internal bleeding. That’s why she was rushed into surgery.” Cindi caressed Jay’s cheek as tears fell down her own.

“She’ll be okay? Right?” Jay questioned softly.

“All we can do is pray.” Cindi said as Joe stepped in the room.

“There is a police officer out here that would like to talk to Jay,” Joe stepped up to stand by his wife and grasped Jay’s hand, “hey, how are you doing?”

“I’ll be better after I find out how Jordan’s doing,” Jay responded as she squeezed Joe’s hand.

“We all will be,” Joe smiled. “Do you want me to tell him to come back?”

“No, let’s get this over with.” Jay said, “it’s not like I can help a whole lot. The last thing I remember is going to bed last night.”

“I’ll go get him,” Joe released Jay’s hand and moved the curtain and waved the police officer over.

“Hi, I’m Officer Chadwick and I need to ask you a few questions about the accident.” The policeman took out a small notebook and pen. “What can you tell me about what happen earlier today?”

“Nothing, I don’t remember any of it.” Jay replied as she closed her eyes.

“Nothing at all ma’am?” Officer Chadwick questioned.

“Sorry, everything is a blank,” Jay replied feeling like crap because she couldn’t remember anything to help. “Did anyone see what happened?”

“We have several witnesses,” Officer Chadwick acknowledged with a nod of his head.

“What happened?” Cindi asked.

“Your car was hit on the drivers side by a drunk driver. He ran a stop sign and made the car you were in flip over an embankment.” He informed the two women. “Do you have any more questions?”

“No,” Jay whispered quietly.

“Here is my card. If you have any questions don’t hesitate to call.” Officer Chadwick said as he handed Cindi and small white card.

“Thanks officer,” Cindi put the card in her purse.

Officer Chadwick walked out of the room leaving the two alone.

“I can’t lose her. She is my life.” Jay started to cry as the reality of what happened crashed down on her.

Cindi tried to comfort Jay without hurting her arm, “ohh, honey. Jordan’s going to be okay. She’s just a little banged up is all.”

“You know since Jordan’s met me she’s spent a whole lot of time in a hospital. Maybe it’s a sign that she’d be better off without me.” Jay cried.

“No, don’t you even think that for one more minute.” Cindi scolded Jay. “I have never seen my daughter this happy. You make the light in her eyes shine brighter than I’ve ever seen it.”

Jay nodded her head and was about to reply, but an orderly pushed open the curtain.

“Ms. Krammer?” He asked as he pushed in another gurney.

“Yes,” Jay answered.

“Hi, my name is Norris and I’m here to take you to get a cast on your arm then take you to your room.” He gently helped Jay scoot over to the other bed. “She’ll be in room 710.”

“Thank you,” Cindi smiled. “While your getting that done we’ll get an update on Jordan.”

“Okay,” Jay whispered.

Cindi walked up to Jay and rested her hand on Jay’s shoulder. “You keep thinking positively. Jordan and you belong together.”

Jay closed her eyes and tried to believe those words. “Belong together.” She thought, “Maybe, maybe not.”

****

Jordan heard someone call her name. “Hmm.”

“She’s coming around,” Lance said with excitement. “Jordan open your eyes.”

“Lance leave me alone,” Jordan mumbled softly.

“Honey, open your eyes,” Joe asked his daughter as he grabbed her hand.

Jordan turned her shifted a little and gasped out in pain, “what the hell?”

“Don’t try to move. You’ve had major surgery.” Joe informed Jordan. “I have someone who’s been very impatient to see you.” He motioned for Garrett to wheel Jay closer.

Jay reached out and placed Jordan’s cast covered hand inside her hand very carefully, “hey baby. You’re going to be just fine.”

Jordan shook her head to clear the fuzziness when she opened her eyes. She saw her dad and mom on her right side and smiled, “hi.” Then she looked up and saw her brothers and smiled at them. She then turned and saw Jay, “who are you?” Jordan asked confused.

“What?” Jay asked as she slipped her hand away from Jordan’s.
Part 7
Jay sat out in the hallway staring at the white door that blocked her view of Jordan. She lowered her head and let the tears fall.

“She doesn’t remember me,” Jay thought. “What’s going to happen now? Is it better to let her go and start over or do I stay?”

Jay’s head whipped up when the door opened and she tried to see in the room, but the portly nurse got in her way.

“Can you tell me what’s going on in there?” Jay asked hoping that the nurse would give her some kind of clue.

“I’m sorry, I can’t,” the nurse smiled softly before she walked down the hall.

“I understand,” Jay replied to the nurses back.

“Maybe this is some sign that we really aren’t meant to be together?” Jay grabbed the wheels of the wheel chair and gasped out in pain from her broken arm. She stopped a nurse and asked her to help her back to her own room.

****

“What is the last thing you remember?” Joe asked as he stood by the bed.

Jordan looked up at him; “Mary and I making plans to go see Grandma’s friend Marge.”

Cindi brushed the dark bangs that had fallen into Jordan’s eyes, “honey that was a couple of months ago.”

“No way, not possible.” Jordan looked from one face to another.

“I’m afraid so,” Lance said from a chair in the corner.

“Why don’t I remember? And who was the woman who was holding my hand?” Jordan asked confused.

“You must have hit your head harder than we thought,” Joe explained, “and the woman who was here, her name is Jay Krammer. She’s has become a very good friend of yours.”

Three sets of eyes looked at him wondering why he didn’t tell Jordan of her deeper relationship with Jay.

“If she’s as good a friend as you say why don’t I remember her?” Jordan questioned.

“Maybe it’s the trauma of the past couple of weeks. Your brain has shut itself off to take time to put everything in perspective.” Cindi suggested as she slightly shrugged her shoulders.

“Maybe,” Jordan mumbled as the pain medication the nurse gave her started to take affect.

“Sleep now,” Joe bent over and placed a kiss on Jordan’s check.

“I’m going to go and check on Jay,” Garrett whispered as he gave his mom a hug.

“I’ll go with you dear. She must be heart broken.” Cindi followed Garrett to the door. “We’ll be back.”

“Okay,” Lance and Joe said together as they watched the dark haired woman sleep.

****

When Cindi and Garrett didn’t see Jay outside the door they walked up to the nurse’s station.

“Excuse me,” Garrett said, “I was wondering if you might have seen a small blonde woman in a wheel chair.”

“She have a broken arm?” One nurse asked as she closed a file she was looking at.

Cindi stepped up next to her son, “yes, she did.”

“One of the other nurses helped her back to her room.” The nurse informed the two Martins.

“Thank you,” Cindi replied and quickly headed off to talk with Jay. She stopped at the elevators, “Garrett I think that maybe you should stay here.”

“Are you sure?” Garrett asked as he rested his hand on his Mom’s shoulder.

Cindi nodded her head, “yes.”

Garrett leaned over and kissed her check, “okay.”

****

Jay turned her head when she heard the door open, “how’s she doing?”

“Okay, considering,” Cindi answered as she made sure the door closed.

“She doesn’t remember anything about me does she?” Jay asked as the tears began to run down her face again.

Cindi shook her head; “the last thing she remembers is getting ready to go visit Marge.” She stepped up and rubbed Jay’s leg. “This won’t last forever. She’ll get her memory back and everything will be fine.”

“I hope so,” Jay cried. “I feel so helpless not being able to do anything for her.”

“We all feel that way,” Cindi drew Jay into a hug. “Give it time. Things will work out.”

Jay nodded her head, but didn’t share her feelings. “I’m not so sure about that.”

****

After six weeks of being forced to stay in the hospital Jordan was very happy to see her house when they removed her from the ambulance.

“Home sweet home,” Jordan grinned. “My own room, my own bed, my own everything.”

“It’ so good to see you home,” Ellen said as Jordan was carried past her and Jordan’s parents.

“Good to see you too, Ellen,” Jordan replied with a small wave. “Hi, Mom and Dad.”

“Welcome home dear,” They smiled at the daughter.

The two paramedics carried Jordan up the stairs to her room. They gently transferred her from the gurney to her soft king sized bed.

“Heaven,” Jordan moaned as she made herself as comfortable as she could.

“Now Ms. Martin make sure you stay in bed for another two weeks.” One paramedic said as he flipped through her file.

“Like I’m going any where with two broken legs and a broken arm,” Jordan wiggled her fingers at the man.

“True, just be careful okay. The doctor said you are healing nicely. You don’t want to cause more harm by moving around to much, okay.” He smiled, “we’ll be going now. Take care.”

“Not to be mean or anything, I hope I never see you again,” Jordan teased.

“Same goes for us, bye,” With a quick wave he walked out the door.

“So how does it feel to be out of that crummy hospital?” Joe asked his daughter as he walked in.

“Great,” Jordan responded cheerfully. “So where is everyone?”

“Well, your Mom went to get you something to eat. Lance and Garrett are working and plan on stopping by sometime tomorrow. Ellen is with your Mom, and Jay is probably sitting on the beach like she has been everyday since she got back from the hospital.” Joe stated not to happy with the last.

“Why has she been out there everyday?” Jordan asked. Jay had come to visit her a couple of times while she was in the hospital, but she never stayed to long or really talked about herself. Jordan could see that something was hurting Jay, but nobody would tell her what was going on. “I wish someone would tell me what’s going on. Supposedly Jay has been a friend of mine and even though I don’t remember I would still like to be her friend.”

Joe wanted to tell his daughter that Jay was more than a good friend. He wanted to tell her that Jay was the one she had fallen in love with, who she had given her heart and soul too, but Jay thought it best to not put that kind of pressure on Jordan.

“I hope you’re hungry, because you have a tray full of your favorites.” Cindi walked in with Ellen behind her. Both had trays in their hand. “We decided that it would be a good idea to have lunch up here with you.”

“Good,” Jordan said still looking at her dad with a raised eyebrow.

Joe was glad that his wife chose that moment to enter the room otherwise he would have talked, “Great.”

“Oh here,” Ellen walked up to Jordan after she put her tray down on the table. “One of those paramedics gave me this. I think it’s all your personal effects.”

“Thanks Ellen,” Jordan reached for the large brown envelope and laid it on the pillow next to her.. “I’ll look at it later.”

“Let’s eat,” Joe clapped his hands together, “I’m starving and that sure smells good.”

“I will find out what everybody is hiding and why.” Jordan thought as she watched the three busy themselves with setting up lunch.

****

“I suppose I should go up and see her,” Jay said to the waves that tickled her feet. “It’s just hard, not to be able to show her how much I love her. To take her in my arms and kiss her, touch her….love her.”

Jay slowly turned and walked back to the house. “I need to know what to do.” She stopped and looked up to the blue skies, “give me some sort of clue as to what I should do.”

When nothing happened Jay continued her walk up to the house. When she opened the door Ellen meet her with a smile.

“You didn’t get your cast wet again did you?” The housekeeper put her hands on her hips.

“No, and get yelled at by you again, no thank you,” Jay teased the woman. “How is she?”

“Okay, she’s having lunch with her parents right now. Would you like something?” Ellen asked as she started to get a plate down from the cupboard.

“No, I’m not to hungry,” Jay walked past Ellen and started for the stairs.

“You will not be any good to anyone if you don’t start to eat,” Ellen yelled to Jay.

Jay stopped and lowered her head. “You’re right Ellen, but I just can make myself eat when I’m not hungry.” Jay thought as she took a deep breath and slowly started up the stairs. “Maybe it’s time I left.”

****

“So Mom what are your plans?” Jordan asked her Mom before she took a bite of her food.

Cindi sipped at her tea; “we will stay here until you get up on your feet.”

“That could take months,” Jordan replied with her mouth full.

Joe nodded his head, “yes it will, but we aren’t going anywhere.”

“Thanks Mom and Dad,” Jordan grinned. “Family is great.” She thought as the large envelope caught her attention. Jordan reached for it and began to open it.

“Hi, ” Jay said as she walked n the room.

Jordan looked up as she dumped the stuff in the envelope next to her. “Hello, and what have you been up too?”

“Not too much,” Jay responded with a smile. “Just bumming around.”

“That’s what I’ve been told,” Jordan tossed the envelope on the floor and began to look at what she had next to her. “What’s this?” She asked as she brought up the ring that Jay had given her.

“It’s your ring,” Jay stated as she grabbed a seat next to the bed.

Jordan looked at it confused; “it looks like an engagement ring.”

Jay made a decision, “it is.”

Jordan turned it and read the inscription, “you gave me this?”

Jay nodded her head and asked for the ring by placing her hand palm side up. “I gave this to you because I love you. You might not remember our love, but I do.”

Joe had motioned to his wife that they should go. They silently stood up and left the room closing the door after them.

Jordan placed the ring on Jay’s palm, “what are you saying?” She was becoming upset.

Jay placed the ring on the bedside table next to her. Then she reached up and unclasped the necklace Jordan had given her. “You gave me this and I really shouldn’t keep it until you can remember the love you have for me.” Jay reached for the ring and placed it on the chain with the pendent. “I want you to keep these together until you get your memory back.”

“I still don’t understand what’s going on?” Jordan began to cry. “You and me?”

“Yes, you and me. I know this is the cowards way out. My heart can’t take you not knowing any more. That’s why I decided to tell you and let you get on with your life. If you ever do get your memory back you’ll know where to find me. If not…well you just won’t remember.” Jay stood up quickly, “I’ll leave these on right here.”

Jordan watched Jay place the necklace and ring on the table by the bed. Her heart jumped into her throat when she saw Jay wipe tears away with the back of her hand. “Where are you going?”

“Home,” Jay answered softly as she turned around and walked to the door. Before she opened the door she turned to get one last look at Jordan, “I love you,” she said looking straight into Jordan’s lost blue eyes. “Bye,” Jay stepped out of the room.

Jordan watched Jay walk out of her room. She lay there trying to understand what just happened.

“Jay and me, together? That’s what everybody has been hiding from me.” Jordan thought as she got mad. “Why in the hell didn’t they tell me?”

“We didn’t tell you because Jay did want to pressure you into something that you might not want any more.” Cindi told her daughter as she walked back into the room.

“Mom, go get her and bring her back here.” Jordan yelled. Mad that she couldn’t get up and get Jay herself.

“I won’t do that to Jay.” Cindi sat down on the edge of the bed. “She hurting right now and if she feels like this is what she needs to do then I can’t stop her.”

“You agree with her just walking in here and laying this at my feet. Then walking out of my life,” Jordan slapped the bed with her hands.

“I never said I agreed with it. This is all a surprise to us too. We had decided that we’d wait to see if you’d remember. I don’t know what made Jay change her mind, but there is nothing I can do about it.” Cindi frowned at the helpless look her daughter had on her face.

“I know I don’t remember her, but I feel like my heart is breaking into million pieces.” Jordan cried. “I don’t understand what the hell is going on and there isn’t a damn thing I can do about it.”

“I know sweet heart, but maybe it’s for the best. Jay has been lost without being able to help you and I think this is just her way of trying to protect herself from any more pain.” Cindi said as she reached for a tissue on the bedside table. She noticed the necklace lying there and picked it up. “She gave this back to you?”

Jordan nodded her head, “Jay said I gave it to her and that she shouldn’t keep it until I remember my love for her.”

Cindi unclasped the chain and pulled the ring off, “she didn’t take the ring with her?”

“No,” Jordan wiped her face off with her hand.

“This belonged to her mother. She was killed along with Jay’s father and brother. They were killed by a drunk driver several years ago.” Cindi informed her daughter as she put the ring back on the necklace and turned to place it around Jordan’s neck.

“Will you tell me more about Jay,” Jordan asked as she touched the jewelry.

Cindi smiled, “sure honey.”

****

“Where are you going?” Joe ran up to Jay.

Jay stopped, but didn’t turn around; “I can’t take it any more. I feel like I’m dying every time I look at her. She doesn’t remember me and I know this is the cowards way out, but what am I to do if she never remembers the love we shared.” Jay turned around and looked at Joe with tears running down her face. “Be her friend and watch her find someone else? I honestly don’t think I could survive that.”

“What if she falls in love with you again?” Joe stepped closer to Jay and tried to bring her into a hug.

Jay put her hands up to stop him, “don’t, please. I wanted to believe that might happen, but it hurts too much right now.” She turned back around and headed down the stairs. She stopped on the last step and looked over her shoulder, “thanks.”

Joe nodded his head and smiled. “My pleasure.” He knew Jay wasn’t thanking him for letting her go, but for being something she hadn’t had in many years. A father.

****

“Jay?” Marge called as she waked out on to the porch. She saw Jay sitting on the swing staring off into space. “Honey, why don’t you call and see what’s going on. It’s been eight months now. Maybe she remembers something now.”

“If she remembered she’d come back.” Jay said softly.

Marge walked up to Jay and stood in front of her making her stop the swing. “I can’t believe you’ve sat here doing nothing. You let the one thing go in your life that finally broke those damn walls you built up after your parents died. I thought that you were a fighter.”

“How in the hell am I suppose to fight something I can’t see? I could always see the Blacksmith’s coming at me. What happened to Jordan is something that the love I have for her can’t win. Nothing will bring those memories back.” Jay stood up and began to pace.

“You didn’t stick around long enough to find out,” Marge stopped Jay by grabbing her shoulders.

Jay stared straight into Marge’s eyes; “it hurt to much. It just hurt way to much.”

Marge hugged Jay and started to cry, “I know, but sometimes life hits you in the gut and you have to take it, but it’s your choice to stand up against it again or let it win.” Marge cupped Jay’s face in her hands, “are you going to let it win?”

“It already has,” Jay reached up and pulled Marge’s hands off her face and walked off.

Marge watched Jay walk to the barn. Her heart broke at the way Jay had looked. “Defeated and broken.” She thought as she wiped tears away from her eyes.

****

“Hi, Jay,” Jimmy said when he saw Jay walk into the barn.

Jay looked up at her friend, “hi.”

Jimmy went back to mucking the stall and watched Jay stand in front of the stall that held Jordan’s Destiny. After a couple of minutes Jimmy rested the pitchfork against the wall and walked over to Jay.

“What are we going to do with him?” Jimmy asked as he stood next to Jay.

Jay looked up at him, “what do you mean?”

Jimmy shrugged his shoulders; “he doesn’t belong to us.”

Jay nodded her head, “you’re right, he doesn’t. What do you think we should do about it?”

Jimmy scratched his chin as he stepped up and leaned against the stall door, “we need to give him to Jordan. He belongs to her even if she doesn’t remember him.”

“You’re right,” Jay agreed, “how do you think we should get him there?’

“Sammy and I could take him,” Jimmy responded. “Maybe it would help her to remember after she saw him. After all he was named after her and Jordan’s destiny is to be here with you.”

“What makes you think that. Maybe what has happened is for the best.” Jay spat as she kicked a bale of hay.

“If it wasn’t meant to be then you wouldn’t have named this horse after her.” Jimmy turned to Jay. “Plus anyone who has ever seen you two together would know that. I’m not the smartest person in the world and I could see that you two belonged together.”

“I’m not so sure any more.” Jay confessed.

Jimmy patted Jay on the back, “I’m sure.”

“So you think you could talk Sam into taking a road trip with you?” Jay questioned Jimmy with a smile. She figured that if Jimmy could see the right side of things the least she could do was look too.

“I know I could,” Jimmy jumped up and down. “When do you want us to leave?”

****

“Boy you look good,” Joe said as he watched his daughter walk down the stairs. It had been two weeks since Cindi and him had gone back to their own house and he was happy to see that Jordan’s progress was right on track.

“It’s all the physical therapist doing. That man is a bull when it comes to making sure he gets what he wants.” Jordan reached her dad and gave him a kiss. “Where is Mom?”

“In the kitchen with Ellen,” Joe guided Jordan by the arm into the living room.

“Do you know why Mary wanted to meet us all here?” Jordan asked as she sat down on the couch.

Joe shook his head, “not a clue. We were only told to make sure that we were here by ten.”

“I hate it when she does stuff like this,” Jordan crossed her arms over her chest, “hi, Mom.” She said when her mom walked into the room with a tray with glasses of ice tea.

“Hello dear, how are you doing?” Cindi set the tray on the coffee table and sat next to her daughter. She leaned over and gave Jordan a hug and kiss.

“I’m fine,” Jordan replied as she reached for a glass. “Is Lance and Garrett going to be here?”

“No, they both had to work.” Cindi informed Jordan.

“That’s to bad,” Jordan responded before she took a sip. “Mary better get here soon. This is driving me nuts.”

“Well, here I am,” Mary stepped into the room with a box in her hand.

“What’s in the box?” Jordan asked quickly. “Is that why you called this little meeting?”

“What no hello how are you?” Mary sat the box on the floor and put her hands on her hips. “I just might leave and not tell you what’s in the box.”

“Sorry,” Jordan stood up and stepped over to her friend and gave her a hug, “hello Mary, how are you this fine day?
“I’m just fine thank you,” Mary hugged her friend back.

“Now will you tell us what’s going on?” Jordan grabbed Mary’s shoulders and shook her.

“Okay, okay, you win.” Mary laughed. “If you would be so kind and follow me.”

“Why?” Jordan questioned as she watched Mary go to the front door.

Mary stopped and turned around, “you want to know why I called this meeting?”

“Yes,” Jordan answered.

“Follow me,” Mary opened the door and stepped outside.

Joe and Cindi walked up to Jordan and each grabbed an arm.

The three Martins stepped out of the house at the same time and watched as a truck pulling a trailer pulled up in front of them.

“What’s this?” Jordan asked as some guy jumped out of the truck and looked at her. “Hello.”

“Hello,” Sam tipped his cowboy hat at Jordan. “Where do you want him?”

Jordan raised an eyebrow, “him who?”

“This way please,” Sammy gestured for Jordan to step around back.

“Oh my God,” Jordan gasped as she saw the hind end of a horse. “What’s going on?”

“He’s yours,” Sam stated as he helped get Jordan’s Destiny out of the horse trailer.

Jordan looked over at Mary who had a big smile on her face. She marched over to her soon to be dead friend; “you bought me a horse?”

Mary laughed, “what are you crazy? Why would I buy you a horse?”

“Then what is going on?” Jordan fumed.

“We thought it was a good idea that you have him. Since she did give him to you.” Jimmy said as Jordan turned towards him. “Hi, Jordan.”

“Hi and do I know you?” Jordan asked as she looked at the big man.

Jimmy nodded his head and frowned, “yes, but you don’t remember.”

“Sorry,” Jordan moved closer to him. “And who gave him to me?” She pointed to Jordan’s Destiny.

“Jay,” Jimmy answered softly.

Jordan stopped, “what?”

Jordan had spent an unknown amount of time trying to remember the small blonde who had left several months ago. She tried to place what her mom had told her in her memories, but nothing would emerge. That made Jordan sad, she knew that Jay loved her and she hated the fact that she couldn’t remember the love she had for her.

“Jay thought it would be best,” Jimmy stated as he held up the reins for Jordan to take the horse.

“What would be best?” Jordan questioned not accepting the reins.

“That you keep him.” Jimmy answered pulling Jordan’s Destiny closer to Jordan. “She gave him to you because she loves you. Please don’t hurt her any more than she already is.”

Jordan looked at the man and nodded. She reached out and grabbed the reins. “Thank you.”

“Don’t thank me, all I did was bring him here. I’ve never been this far from home in all my life.” Jimmy smiled as he went to stand next to Sam.

“Pretty exciting, huh?” Jordan grinned at the man’s excitement. “Where are you two staying?”

“We have to find a hotel room. We wanted to get him to you has soon as we got into town.” Sam said. “The box we gave Mary has all the papers of ownership. Plus some stuff Jay thought you might want.”

“Okay, thanks.” Jordan began to walk Jordan’s Destiny around the house towards the beach. “I’ll be back in a little bit. You two are more than welcome to stay here until you head back.”

“Thanks,” Sam and Jimmy replied as they closed the trailer doors.

“Let us know when you’re done with your walk and we’ll transport him to your stables.” Jimmy said as he tightened the latch.

Jordan stopped and glanced over at Mary who had a big smile on her face, “stables?”

Mary laughed, “yep, when Jay contacted me about all this I knew you couldn’t keep him here.”

“Right,” Jordan rolled her eyes. “You know pay backs are a bitch?” She didn’t wait for Mary’s response and began to take her new pet for a walk.

“If it works out like I hope my friend,” Mary mumbled as she walked to the house.

“Hi, Mary you didn’t forget me did you?” Jimmy asked shyly.

“No big guy, I didn’t,” Mary hugged Jimmy and waved at Sam. “Hi, Sam.”

Sam waved back, “I really hope this works.”

“Me too,” Mary smiled as she stepped back and guided the two men into the house. “If you want to get something to eat go into the kitchen and ask Ellen to make you something.”

“Cool, I’m starved,” Jimmy took off in the direction Mary pointed with Sam following him.

Joe and Cindi stopped her before she could go with the two men.

“You want to let us in on this plan of yours,” Cindi waved between her and her husband.

“Even though I know Jordan can’t remember Jay her heart can and is missing that connection. I’ve been trying to come up with some plan, but nothing seemed right. Then Jay called me out of the blue. She wanted to see if I’d help her get Jordan’s Destiny settled here.”

“What were you and Sam talking about?” Joe questioned as he moved into the living room. “What do you hope works?”

“When I talked to Jimmy he had this idea,” Mary sat on the couch and grabbed a glass from the tray. “He doesn’t think Jay naming the horse after Jordan was just a coincidence.”

“What did Jay name the horse?” Joe asked as he sat next to Mary.

“Jordan’s Destiny,” Mary nodded her head as she watched the smiles form on the two faces of Jordan’s parents.

“Do you think it might jog her memory?” Cindi asked as she got excited.

Mary shrugged her shoulders; “it couldn’t hurt.”

****

Jordan stood in front of the horse and looked deep into its eyes. “I forgot to ask what your name was.” Jordan’s Destiny nudged Jordan’s shoulder. “Don’t worry I’ll ask when we get back to the house.”

Jordan ran her hands up along the horses’ neck. “Jay gave you to me.”

Jordan’s Destiny gave a slight nod making it look like he understood what Jordan was saying.

“How’s she doing? Is she okay?” Jordan asked the horse.

He looked at her and Jordan could have sworn she could saw sadness in those big brown eyes.

“I’m sorry for what happened. I know we had something but I can’t remember it. She was right to leave. I would have done the same. I don’t think I would have stayed as long as she did. I could tell that every time she looked at me something was eating her up inside. I didn’t now what it was then, but now I do.” Jordan stepped closer to Jordan’s Destiny and hugged the strong horse’s neck. “I can feel it deep in my soul that something is missing and I know it’s Jay, but I don’t know what to do.”

Jordan’s Destiny stood still letting Jordan get her grief out.

****

“What she doing?” Jimmy asked Ellen as he watched out the window.

Ellen came up behind Jimmy and looked, “she’s crying.”

“Why? I thought that seeing Jordan’s Destiny would make her happy.” Jimmy questioned as he went to sit at the table.

“I guess Jordan is sad because of the things she doesn’t remember.” Sam replied before he took a bite of the sandwich that Ellen had made him. “You see even though her mind might not remember Jay her heart does.”

Jimmy sat there thinking then all of a sudden he jumped up and ran into the other room. Joe, Cindi and Mary looked up at him when he rushed into the room.

“Hi, I was wondering if you might have that box I gave you?” Jimmy asked with excitement.

“It’s right there,” Mary pointed to the brown box on the floor.

“Cool, thanks,” Jimmy grabbed the box and ran back the way he came.

Mary looked at Joe and Cindi with a raised eyebrow before she jumped up and took off after Jimmy. Cindi and Joe were hot on her heels.

****

“Jordan,” Jimmy yelled as he ran down the path to the beach.

Jordan lifted her head off the horse and looked up at Jimmy. She quickly wiped off her face with the back of her hand. “What do you need Jimmy?”

Jimmy came to a stop in front of her and raised the box up for Jordan to take. “You need to look in here.”

“Why?” Jordan asked as she took the box out of Jimmy hands and set it on the beach.

“Trust me,” Jimmy bent over and pulled the tape off and opened the box.

Jordan smiled, “I trust you.”

“Good, then sit down. You can let him loose he won’t go to far from you.” Jimmy knelt down on his knees.

“How do you know he won’t go far away?” Jordan let go of the horses’ reins and walked over to Jimmy.

“Because you and him have this connection. You were the only one who he’d let get close to him when he was younger.” Jimmy stated as he continued to look in the box.

Jordan looked at Jimmy then at Jordan’s Destiny. She watched as the horse roamed around but never letting the tall brunette out of his sights. “Hmm, that’s kind of cool.”

“You thought it was funny, because every time Jay would try to touch him he’d run or try to bite her.” Jimmy moved so he was sitting crossed legged with several pieces of papers in his hands.

Jordan sat in front of Jimmy and watched him look at the paper. He wasn’t reading them just staring at them. “What have you got there?”

“I wasn’t supposed to bring these. Jay thought that it would be wrong.” Jimmy lifted his head and looked Jordan right in the eyes. “I told her no that I had to let you see these. It shows the amount of love Jay has for you. That it might be just enough for you to come back to us.” Jimmy started to cry. “Jay has been so lost without you. She says she okay, but I can tell she not.”

Jordan gently pulled the papers toward her. “What are they?”

Jimmy smiled through the tears, “poems. Love poems that Jay wrote to you.”

“Ohh,” Jordan gulped flicking the ends of the papers with her fingernail.

“Jay didn’t want you to see them. I think she might be afraid that you’ve found someone else, but I know you and her are meant to be together. The sparks that flew when you two were together. WOW”

Jordan smiled and nodded her head. “Would you mind if I read these by myself?”

Jimmy jumped up; “I’ll take Jordan’s Destiny with me.”

Jordan turned to look at Jimmy, “what is his name?”

“Jordan’s Destiny, Jay named him after you.” Jimmy grabbed the reins and tugged on them to get the horse walking. “Bye.”

“Yep,” Jordan gave Jimmy a little wave as she started to read the poems.

****

“What did he give her?” Cindi asked Sam as they watched Jimmy walk away.

“I don’t know. The only things that I know were in the box were ownership papers and some stuff she left there.” Sam shrugged his shoulder. “I’ll be right back.” He walked out the door towards Jimmy who was walking up the path.

“What was so important that you ran out of the house like your ass was on fire?” Sam asked Jimmy as he walked up to him.

Jimmy lowered his head; “I wanted to help Jay.”

“What did you do?” Sam questioned.

“I gave Jordan those poems Jay wrote her.” Jimmy lifted his head and looked right at Sam. “I don’t want her to hurt any more. I want Jordan to come back with us and live with us.”

“Jimmy Jay told you not to bring them. What are you going to do when Jay finds out?” Sam yelled.

Jimmy shrugged his shoulders, “I don’t know?”

Sam took a deep breath and let it out slowly. He smiled and patted the bigger man on the back, “come on. Lets get him settled in the trailer and find out where we are supposed to take him.”

“Okay,” Jimmy replied softly.

“I’m glad you had the guts to do it. I was to chicken too.” Sam confessed as they walked around to the front of the house.

****

Jordan shifted through the papers unsure if she should read them or not. She looked up into the sky. “What am I supposed to do? I don’t want to pry into Jay’s personal life.” Jordan clutched the papers to her chest. “But she did write them to me. So I guess it wouldn’t really be prying.” She took a deep breath and started to read.

****

“What was in the box?” Mary asked Sam and Jimmy as they walked into the kitchen.

“You know those poems Jay would write and leave for Jordan?” Sam asked as he sat at the table.

“Yes,” Mary nodded her head.

“Well, it seems our boy here decided not to listen to Jay and brought them here for Jordan to read.” Sam informed the group of people.

“Way to go Jimmy,” Mary jumped up and down and ran over and gave the man a big hug. “You are the greatest friend.”

Jimmy blushed, “I just wanted Jay to stop hurting and Jordan is the only answer.”

“You’re right and for what you did I think you deserve a great big ice cream cone.” Mary offered. “Anyone else want one?”

“No, you go on ahead.” Joe shook his head. “I think we might be needed here.” He gestured with his head to the beach.

“You’re right, come on Sam I’m buying,” Mary entwined her arms around the two men’s elbows and walked out of the room.

****

“Wow, that was amazing.” Jordan wiped off her face as she put the poems back in the box. “The love that it took to write those. No wonder it was so hard for Jay to stay. I mean damn I knew she loved me, but not to that effect.”

Jordan grabbed the box and headed up to the house. “I felt my soul opening up and feeling the words as I read them. Was that how I felt when she gave them to me?”

Jordan walked into the kitchen but nobody was around. “Hmm, I wonder where everyone went?” She walked into the living room and saw her Mom and Dad sitting on the couch each reading a book. “Hi, did Mary go home?”

“Yes, she left about an hour ago.” Joe rested his book on his lap. “You’ve been out there for quite some time.”

“Really?” Jordan looked up to the clock that was on the wall. “Damn three hours I sat there reading?”

“How are you?” Cindi scooted over to make room for Jordan.

Jordan sat down and rested her head on the back of the couch; “she loved me so much.”

“I’m willing to bet she still does.” Joe replied softly, “the question is do you love her?”

“I don’t even remember our time together. If it was so special why would I choose that to forget?” Jordan turned to look at her father.

“Who knows, the mind does what it has to do to survive and in the last couple of months before the accident you’ve had to live through a lot of very stressful things.” Cindi patted Jordan’s leg.

“I guess,” Jordan yawned and stood up. “I think I’m going to head up to bed. I’ll see you two tomorrow.”

“Night honey,” Joe stood up and gave Jordan a hug and kiss. “Sleep well.”

“I will,” Jordan bent over and gave her Mom and kiss and hug. “Night Mom.”

“Night,” Cindi hugged her daughter. “Pleasant dreams.”

“Did Sam and Jimmy get settled?” Jordan asked before she left the room.

“Yes they did. I think they plan on heading home tomorrow though.” Joe informed Jordan as he lifted his book up to read.

“Okay,” Jordan said and walked up the stairs.

****

“The best way to wake up in the morning is in the arms of the person who has the other half of your soul. To just lie there and feel the peace and quiet of the new day. To be able to just hear the person you love breathe and to feel there heart beat under your ear.” Jordan sat up and looked around her room and saw nothing but darkness. “Just a dream.” She said as she put her head down and closed her eyes. As soon her mind started to fall back asleep flashes of light burst in front of her eyes.

Flashes of Jay and her with a newborn horse resting in their laps. They each have a big smile on their face. Then it changes to a meadow being scorched by fire. A jeep flying out of the flames and crashing to the ground. Then one of Jay curled into a ball covered with blood on her head.

Jordan gasped and sat up trying to breathe. “Oh my God, I remember.” She whispered as more flashes go through her mind of Jay waking up and talking for the first time in days. The relief she feels at the sound of the voice. Another one of Jordan kissing Jay after she gave Jordan the papers of ownership for Jordan’s Destiny.

The most precious one to her though was the first time her and Jay made love. The smell and taste of Jay as she came and the feeling of pure love they had for each other.

“Ohhh, thank you God,” Jordan cried as she quickly got out of bed. She grabbed her robe and ran out to the hallway. She knocked loudly on her parent’s bedroom door and walked in. “I remember,” She screamed, “I’m going back with Sam and Jimmy tomorrow.”

Cindi jumped out of bed and hugged her daughter, “I’m so happy for you.”

“Will you help me pack?” Jordan asked her Mom.

“You bet lets go,” Cindi grabbed Jordan and guided her out of the room.

Joe up at the ceiling, “thank you.” He smiled and sunk back down to get some sleep.

****

“What did Luke want?” Marge asked Jay when she hung up the phone.

“Ritchie was just running off at the mouth last night at some bar. He just wanted me to know so I could watch my back.” Jay replied as she sat down at the table and began to eat her breakfast.

“I still can’t believe he go out of jail.” Marge shook her head in disgust.

“I know,” Jay sighed, “I guess it’s good to have friends in high places. I can’t wait until the damn trial starts so we won’t have to worry about the Blacksmith’s anymore.”

Marge nodded her head, “me either.” She took a sip of her coffee; “damn it’s way too quiet with out the boys here.”

“They’ll be her sometime today and then you’ll wish for peace and quiet again.” Jay laughed as she stood up and placed her plate in the sink.

“What are you’re plans for today?” Marge asked.

“I’m going to go to the flats,” Jay rinsed off her plate and put it in the dishwasher. “Tell me the truth, you really like this thing don’t you?”

“I didn’t think I would, but I do.” Marge made a face. “I was sure surprised when Luke pulled up with that thing though.”

“I know you were. I heard you yelling all the way from the barn,” Jay grabbed her hat and coat. “I’ll see you later.”

“Have a good day,” Marge yelled to Jay’s back as the door closed.

****

Marge sat reading the newspaper trying to figure out the crossword puzzle when she heard the engine of a truck as it pulled up in front of the house. She stood up and walked to the window, “good, my boys are back.” She said happily.

Marge set her paper on the coffee table and walked to the front door. She opened the screen door and saw Sam getting out of the truck, “did you bring me anything from the big city?”

“Would I do?” Jordan asked as she slid out after Sam.

“Ohh, my word,” Marge brought a hand up and covered her mouth. “You remember?”

Jordan just nodded as she walked up to steps to give Marge a hug.

“Jay is going to be so happy,” Marge cried as she kissed Jordan on both cheeks before drawing her into a hug.

“Where is she?” Jordan begged.

“Out on the flats, but my guess is you’d find her sitting under that big tree by the pond.” Marge stated as she looked into Jordan’s eyes. “You go to her. She’s lost with out you.”

“Just as I am without her,” Jordan took off down the steps and jumped into the truck. Jimmy and Sam had already unhitched the trailer and were getting Jordan’s Destiny out of the back.

“Life is good again,” Marge said out loud before she walked into the house.

****

Jay was so lost in thought that she didn’t hear the truck pull up and park next to her jeep. She kept throwing small rocks into the water and watching the ripples spread out until they stopped.

“Careful, you might accidentally hit your friendly neighborhood turtle,” Jordan said as she walked over to Jay.

Jay stopped in mid throw and lowered her head.

Jordan saw Jay’s shoulder shudder as she began to cry. “Oh, baby don’t cry.” She ran over and knelt by Jay hugging her.

Jay grabbed ahold of Jordan’s shirt; “you’re not a dream?”

“No, I’m not and I’m here. To stay if you’ll have me?” Jordan moved so she could sit down next to Jay.

“Forever and always,” Jay turned her head and kissed Jordan with all the love and passion she had held in her since they were separated. “God, I love you.”

“I love you too, please make love to me.” Jordan moaned as Jay kissed down her neck.

Jay reached up and unbuttoned Jordan’s shirt. She kissed the skin that was revealed as she went. “You have no idea how much I’ve missed this, your smell your taste.”

“You God,” Jordan mumbled as her body vibrated with need.

Jay opened the shirt all the way but didn’t bother to take it off. Her hands were already busy caressing soft skin. She saw the scar where Jordan had surgery and ran a trembling finger across it. “Does it still hurt?”

Not sure what Jay was talking about Jordan looked down, “no, it’s sensitive, but it doesn’t hurt.”

Jay raised an eyebrow, “sensitive, huh?” She leaned over and ran her tongue where her finger had just been.

Jordan’s whole body shivered and she rolled her head back. “I like that.”

“Me too,” Jay gently guided Jordan to lie on her back as she continued to kiss around the pink scar.

“Ohhh, Jay, I want to feel you too.” Jordan said as she reached down to pull Jay on top of her. “I want to do this together.”

“Sound good to me,” Jay smiled and bent her head to kiss Jordan. “Help me take my clothes off?”

“Like you need to ask,” Jordan reached around and pulled Jay’s shirt from her pants and continued until it was laying somewhere next to them. She then unclasped Jay’s bra and took it off her.

“Still beautiful,” Jordan cupped Jay’s breast and twisted the nipples that perked out wanting attention. She raised her head and sucked one of the nipples into her mouth.

“I’m going to explode,” Jay arched her back and moaned. “It’s been so long.”

Jordan let go of Jay’s nipple and waited until Jay looked down at her, “you haven’t slept with anyone else?”

“No, why would I when you’re my heart. Just because we weren’t together doesn’t mean that I stopped loving you and being your wife.” Jay smiled as she trailed kisses across Jordan’s chest.

“Hold on a second,” Jordan reached into her shirt pocket and pulled out a small bag. “I want to give you this before we go any further.”

Jay moved off of Jordan and sat next to her. She watched as Jordan pulled out the necklace and ring they had given each other.

“May I?” Jay motioned towards the ring.

Jordan unhooked the clasp and removed the ring and handed it to Jay.

“Can I do this first?” Jordan asked softly.

Jay nodded her head and waited.

Jordan cleared her throat, “I knew the moment I first laid eyes on you I loved you. The tough cowboy I saw jumping out of her jeep cussing and madder then hell. I wanted to protect you and love you. The first time we made love, up in the barn was the most magical night I have ever had. You showed me that my heart and soul was safe in your hands.” Jordan reached over and wiped a tear that fell down Jay’s check. “I’m sorry that I didn’t keep yours safe.” She stopped Jay from talking by placing two fingers over her lips, “please let me finish.”

Jay kissed the fingers and held on to them in her hands.

“I know it wasn’t my fault, but still I feel guilty. I knew you were hurting and I couldn’t help you.” Jordan reached around Jay’s neck and clasped the necklace in place. “I would be the happiest person in the world if you would wear this again.”

Jay cupped Jordan’s face and kissed her, “It would be my great honor to wear this, but know this I never plan on taking it off again.”

“Good, I like it that way.” Jordan kissed Jay back. “I love you.”

“My heart shattered that day in the hospital when you didn’t know who I was. I honestly didn’t know where my life was going to go. Sure I had the ranch and Marge and lets not forget Jimmy and Sam.” Jay laughed as she scratched her chin.

“No let’s not forget Jimmy since I think it was him that helped me get my memories back.” Jordan smiled, “I’ll tell you later.”

“Okay,” Jay coughed and took a deep breath. “Without you, my life was nothing. It was normal and ordinary. You made everything better. The sky is bluer and the grass is greener. My eyes are open again to what the world really looks like.”

Jay sat up on her knees and gestured for Jordan to do the same, “Forever and always is how I see this. You and me together until it’s time to go into our next life time together. Would you do me the greatest honor of wearing my ring?”

“Forever,” Jordan cried as Jay slipped the ring back on her finger.

“You and me together until time stand still,” Jay kissed the ring on Jordan’s finger. “Now where was I?”

“Here and here and here and here,” Jordan pointed at several spots on her body.

Jay tackled Jordan and as they lay on the ground Jay gave Jordan and evil smile, “how could I forget.”
Part 8
Jay ran a finger in between Jordan’s breast. “You have the softest skin.”

“Thanks,” Jordan whispered as she relaxed from the mind-blowing orgasm she just had.

“We better be getting back home,” Jay said as she kissed along Jordan’s collarbone.

Jordan smiled, “I like the sound of that.”

Jay looked up, “sound of what?”

“Home,” Jordan sighed as she caressed Jay’s back.

“Yep, you and me and our home,” Jay sat up and reached for her shirt.

“I’m so glad Jimmy decided to sneak those poems to me,” Jordan said as she stretched before she sat up.

Jay turned her head around and raised her eyebrows; “Jimmy gave you those poems I told him not to take?”

“Yes, he did, and I’m glad he did.” Jordan grabbed Jay’s hand and squeezed it. “I think with having Jordan’s Destiny and then the poems they reached inside my head and brought those memories out. I will forever be in his debt.”

“I guess I owe him too,” Jay kissed Jordan’s soft lips. “He brought you back to me.”

“Yes, he did,” Jordan jumped up, “come on. I’m getting hungry.” She quickly grabbed her clothes and threw them on.

Jay copied Jordan and got dressed, “Meet you at home.”

“You bet,” Jordan smiled as she ran to the truck.

Jay walked to her jeep and watched Jordan drive away. She looked up and grinned, “thanks.”

****

“You better watch it buddy,” Travis said to Ritchie as he stumbled to sit on the couch. “You’ve already got your ass in the sling for shooting her. I seriously doubt what you have planned will work.”

“This is my last chance. I know I’ll be going to jail for what I did. I just want to make sure Jay gets what coming to her.” Ritchie replied as he finished off his beer. “My father died without getting what he wanted. I’m doing this for him, to show him that I can get things done.”

“He’s dead Ritchie let it go,” Travis mumbled as he kicked his boots off and put his feet on the coffee table. “If you play your cards right and suck up to Judge Cross he’ll let you go with a warning.”

“I doubt that. Sure he was a friend of my fathers, but he is known for following the law in his court room.” Ritchie stood up and stumbled over to the little refrigerator Travis had in his room. “You want another while I’m here?”

“Sure toss me one,” Travis held up his hands. “I don’t think you should do anything now that your father is dead. Shit the only reason you’re not in prison waiting for the trial to start is because of your dad’s friend.”

“No, I will not let Jay Krammer win that easily.” Ritchie tossed Travis his beer and grabbed one for himself. “You sure have mellowed out lately. Why?”

Travis shrugged his shoulders, “don’t know.” He replied as he twisted off the beer cap and took a drink. “Maybe it’s that we always had your Dad’s backing and I knew we’d get out of things. Now it’s just us and them and they seemed to be having all the luck.”

“My friend,” Ritchie walked over to sit next to Travis. “It’s time the tables were turned. Don’t you think?”

Travis sat there and thought for a minute. A big evil grin formed after a few minutes, “okay, we can call this our last hurray.”

Ritchie raised his beer and yelled, “to the last hurray!”

Travis clinked his beer bottle with Ritchie’s before he took a drink. “Watch out Jay, because here we come and this time everything will be different.”

****

“These have been the best two days,” Jordan said as she walked into the kitchen with a big smile on her face.

“I would hope so,” Marge turned to Jordan. “With all that screaming I heard coming from you two the past couple of nights.” She said before she winked.

“What can I say, we’re making up for lost time.” Jordan giggled as she sat at the table and flipped through the mail.

“Where’s Jay? Did you wear her down and leave her to recuperate?” Marge teased as she poured herself and Jordan a cup of coffee.

“She’ll be here in a minute. I left when she was getting out of the shower,” Jordan picked up an envelope that had Jay’s name on it. “Wonder what this is about?” She thought as she read the name of Jay’s attorney.

“What have you got there?” Marge asked as she set the cups down on the table. She took a seat next to Jordan.

“A letter for Jay. It’s from her lawyer.” Jordan showed Marge the front of the envelope.

Marge nodded her head; “he’s probably letting Jay know when the trial will start.”

“What trial?” Jordan questioned.

“The one for Ritchie Blacksmith. They’ve been putting it off for months now for some stupid reason after another.” Marge replied as she added sugar to her coffee.

“I totally forgot about that.” Jordan put the letter on the table, “Why wasn’t I informed about this. I am a witness.”

“Sure you are, now, but after the accident you couldn’t remember so Jay made sure that you wouldn’t be bothered by this.” Marge informed the brunette.

“God, I love her,” Jordan mumbled around her coffee cup.

“I know and she loves you,” Marge patted Jordan’s shoulder. “You yelled it enough times last night for everyone within a hundred miles know it.”

“What can I say,” Jordan laughed.

“Say about what?” Jay asked as she walked into the room buttoning up her shirt.

“Nothing dear,” Jordan lifted the letter up and handed it to Jay. “You got a letter from your lawyer.”

“Good, hopefully this time they’ve set a date and I can finally get done with the Blacksmith’s.” Jay ripped open the letter and read it. “Good, we go to court next week.”

“I want you to see if I can be a witness,” Jordan said as she stood up and gave Jay a kiss. “I was there and I remember it now and would like to help put that asshole behind bars where he belongs.”

“Okay, I’ll call Fred and let him know,” Jay kissed Jordan back but she didn’t stop there and started to nibble down Jordan’s long neck.

Marge walked up to the two and smacked Jay on the back of the head, “give that girl a break. Get ready to eat.”

Jay waited until Marge turned towards the stove before she reached over and pinched Marge’s butt.

“Hey, stop that,” Marge slapped Jay’s hand away. “Go sit.”

“Yes, ma’am,” Jay grabbed Jordan and gave her one quick kiss. “So what’s the plans for today?”

“I think I’m going to go into town and do some shopping. Marge you want to come with me?” Jordan asked as she sat down.

“Sorry dear I can’t. Luke is coming over for lunch and I want to get all dolled up.” Marge replied as she set two plates filled with eggs, bacon and hash browns in front of them.

“You got yourself a hot date do you?” Jay teased as she dug into her breakfast. “You got a diet Dr. Pepper running around in that fridge of yours?”

“Yep,” Marge answered as the phone rang. “Hello.”

Jordan slapped at Jay for trying to steal a piece of her bacon. “Stop that.”

“Shhhh, she’s on the phone,” Jay pointed at Marge.

“Okay, let me get her for you. It was nice talking to you and I can’t wait for you to come visit.” Marge nodded her head and smiled. “Okay here she is,” She covered the mouth piece and held it out for Jordan, “It’s your mom.”

Jordan walked over and kissed Marge on the cheek, “thanks,”

“Your welcome,” Marge said as she walked over to the table.

“Hi, mom,” Jordan smiled as she spoke. “Yes everyone here is fine, when will you be coming for a visit?”

“Well I was just talking to your father about that and would next week be to soon?” Cindi asked from her kitchen table.

“That would be great,” Jordan jumped up and down with excitement.

“Super I’ll give you a call and let you know the details. Plus we’ll need directions to the ranch.” Cindi replied as she sipped her hot tea.

“Okay Mom, well see you later.” Jordan responded.

“Bye and we love you,” Cindi smiled.

“Love you too and tell Dad that I love him. Bye,” Jordan hung up the phone a walked back to her seat. “Mom and Dad will be coming for a visit next week.”

“Cool, I have missed them.” Jay ate the last of her breakfast. “Well, I’m off to check on a bunch of stuff. You have fun shopping.” Jay kissed the top of Jordan’s head. “And you make sure the Sheriff keeps his hand to himself.” She pointed at Marge.

“He’ll keep his hands where ever I tell him too,” Marge smiled over her cup of coffee.

“You are so bad,” Jay laughed. “I’ll see you later ladies.”

“Bye,” Jordan and Marge waved at Jay.

****

“Good evening ladies,” Luke said as Jay and Jordan joined him and Marge at the dinner table.

“Hello Luke,” Jay said as she held Jordan’s chair out for her. “Where are Jimmy and Sam?”

“They decided to go see a movie and have dinner in town.” Marge answered as she set two plates on the table filled with great smelling food.

“That looks wonderful,” Jordan sat down, “and hello Sheriff.”

“No more of that Sheriff stuff. You can call me Luke just like everybody else here,” Luke smiled over at Jordan. “It’s good to see you again.”

“It’s good to see you too,” Jordan grinned back. “Now tell me about your day.”

The foursome ate their dinner telling each other what happened during their time away from each other. Quickly the food was gone and dishes done.

“I’ll be back in a little bit. I’m going to go and check on Jordan’s Destiny.” Jordan said as she grabbed her coat.

“I’ll join you in a little while. I want to talk to Luke about the trial coming up.” Jay walked over and gave Jordan a kiss. “I love you.”

Jordan leaned over a bit and kissed Jay back, “love you too. See you in a bit.” Jordan wiggled her eyebrows a little letting Jay know that she had plans for her in the barn.

“I’ll make it really quick,” Jay whispered.

“Make sure you do. I don’t want to start without you,” Jordan ran a finger across her chest.

Jay growled, “you are so wicked.”

“You love it,” Jordan winked and headed out to the barn knowing full well that Jay watched her every step.

****

“Are you two sure about this?” Doug asked as he followed Travis and Ritchie into Jay’s barn.

“Would you shut up,” Travis growled.

“Yes, we’re sure. We’ve watched them and for the past two days she comes out and checks on the horses.” Ritchie informed Doug from the corner they decided to hide in.

“I should have gone with Mark,” Doug whispered more to himself than the other two.

“I’m starting to wish the same thing,” Travis hit Doug on the back of the head. “Now shut up. She should be showing up any time now.”

A few minutes later Jordan walked into the barn and headed for Jordan’s Destiny’s stall, but before she even reached it Travis wrapped his arm around her neck and pulled a knife from his back pocket.

“Look what we found,” Ritchie spat as he came into view.

“Are you nuts? You get caught here and Jay will kill you,” Jordan yelled as she tried to get loose.

“Stop struggling,” Travis growled in her ear.

Ritchie stepped closer and ran a finger across Jordan’s cheek to her chin and down her neck. “You know it’s a shame that such a beautiful creature like yourself is shacked up with a bitch like Jay. You need a real man to show you what you’re missing.”

“You’re crazy,” Jordan lifted her foot up and slammed it down on Travis’s foot. She felt the arm around her neck loosen. “JAY!” She screamed as she brought her elbow up and connected it with Travis’s nose.

****

“Shit,” Jay rubbed the back of her neck.

“What’s the matter?” Marge walked up behind Jay and patted her back. She saw the look on Jay’s face and knew what was going on. “You got that feeling don’t you?”

“Yes,” Jay stood up and began to pace when a new sensation grabbed her heart. “Ohh, shit.” She bent over at the intensity of it.

“Jay you okay?” Luke asked as he came up next to her.

Jay shook her head, “No, some things really wrong.” She suddenly had a vision of Jordan flash in her head.” Jordan” Jay took off out of the house with Luke and Marge watching her run out of the house.
Jay jumped off the steps and ran across the driveway to the barn. When she reached the barn doors she pushed them opened.

What she saw made everything go black. There on the floor was Ritchie holding Jordan down on her stomach trying to get her to stop moving. “You will die.” She picked up a piece of two by four and swung it at Ritchie’s head.

Ritchie ducked his head, “I suggest you stop or I’ll kill your girlfriend.” He yelled as he pulled the gun he had hidden inside his coat pocket and pointed it at Jordan’s head.

Jay dropped the board and stepped back. “You hurt another hair on her head and I’ll ram that thing up your ass.”

Travis started to laugh; “I don’t think so.” He walked over to Jay and punched her in the stomach, which caused her to drop to her knees. He grabbed her by the hair and forced her to stand up. “I owe you for what you did to my friend.” He pushed Jay’s head down to connect with his knee.

“Leave her alone,” Jordan screamed from the floor.

“Shut up, we’ll get to you in a second.” Ritchie motioned for Doug to come over and help him pick Jordan up. “Here hold this,” he handed Doug the gun. “Move her over to that bench and tie her up. I want to have her watch us then we’ll have a little fun with her.”

Doug grabbed Jordan by an arm and forced her to sit. He looked into frightened blue eyes and made up his mind that this was not what he wanted to be doing, “listen, I’m going to pretend to tie you up. When they aren’t looking run.” He whispered as he acted like he was securing Jordan to the bench.

“No, I will not leave her,” Jordan whispered back.

Doug heard the determination in Jordan’s voice. He nodded his head and put the gun Ritchie had given him next to her leg. “Use this to protect yourself. I will try to help as much as I can.” He lowered his head. “I’m sorry about this.”

“Later, we have to help Jay,” Jordan growled.

Doug stood up and walked over to the other two men who were taking turns either punching or kicking Jay. “Hey, guys don’t you think that’s enough?” He stepped in front of the two.

Ritchie shoved Doug, “get out of our way asshole.”

****

“Go back to the house and call this in,” Luke whispered to Marge. They decided that they needed to follow Jay after they realized that something was really wrong. “I’m going to go around and go through the side door and try to stop them.

“Okay, you be careful,” Marge kissed Luke before she ran back to the house.

Luke glanced one more time to make sure that they weren’t spotted. Then he turned back around and quickly went to the side of the barn. When he reached the door he sent up a silent thank you that it was partially opened. Luke squeezed through the small opening and crouched down so he could look around the edge of the stall wall that hid him.

“You son of a bitch,” Luke whispered to himself.

Wishing that he had brought his gun Luke looked around for something to use against the three men. “This will have to do.” He reached up and grabbed a pitchfork that hung on the wall and waited for the right moment to jump in without getting everybody hurt, or worse, killed.

****

Jay tried to get away from Ritchie and Travis, but whenever she tried to stand she was knocked back down again.

“What’s the matter can’t take us on any more?” Ritchie taunted as he kicked Jay again in the stomach.

Travis bent over and grabbed Jay by the hair forcing her to look at him, “I think it’s time we had some fun with your girl friend. Show her what it’s like to have a real man.” He let go of Jay’s hair and punched her in the face.”

“You better not touch her,” Jay spit out a mouth full of blood.

Ritchie and Travis started to laugh.

“What are you going to do about it?” Ritchie nudged her shoulder so she was lying on her back.

“You hurt her in anyway and I’ll make it my life’s mission to kill you very, very slowly.” Jay growled as she tried to sit up.

Travis stepped behind Jay and wrapped his arm around her neck cutting off her air supply. He flicked his knife in her face and traced it along her cheek; “maybe I’ll kill you first. I do owe you for what you did to my friend.”

Jay was feeling light headed and black spots danced in front of her closed eyelids as she tried to break Travis’s hold on her.

“That’s enough guys,” Doug yelled as he tried to get Travis off Jay.

“I told you to stay out of our way,” Ritchie moved to Doug and shoved him back. “I don’t know why I even wanted you to come. You’re such a fucking pussy.”

“I don’t know why I came either. You’re nothing but a spoiled asshole and I’ll be glad when you go to jail.” Doug took a swing at Ritchie.

Ritchie stepped out of the way of Doug’s fist. He picked up the board Jay had and swung it at Doug’s head hitting him across the forehead. Doug went down like a ton of bricks.

“What a fuck up,” Ritchie tossed the board back on the ground and crouched next to Jay. “Let up some. I want her to see what I do to the beauty over there.”

“You won’t be doing anything,” Jordan pulled the trigger of the gun before she rested the barrel against Ritchie’s head.

Luke made his move when he heard Jordan’s voice. He stood up and ran towards Travis who still had a firm hold of Jay around her neck. He lowered the pointed end of the pitchfork and embedded it in Travis’s thigh.

“FUCK ME, THAT HURTS!” Travis screamed as he let Jay go and clutched at his bloody thigh. The knife he held was dropped next to a still kneeling Ritchie.

Luke quickly grabbed a piece of rope next to one of the stalls and tied Travis up as best he could.

Jay gasped and coughed as she tried to fill her lungs with oxygen.

Ritchie quickly grabbed the knife up off the ground and took a swing at Jordan. He sliced open her shirt and nicked her stomach causing her to gasp out in pain and fall back against the bench.

“You son of a bitch,” Jay yelled as she tried to get to her feet.

Ritchie turned to face Jay. “It’s all your fault,” he pointed the knife at Jay. “You’ve been real lucky, but not this time. I’m going to gut you like a pig.” He stepped closer to Jay.

Jordan brought her hand away from her stomach and noticed a good amount of blood on her hand. She looked up when she heard Ritchie’s threat. Knowing only one way to stop this from going any further she raised her hand that held the gun and aimed.

“No,” Jay shouted as she saw Jordan point the gun at Ritchie. “Jordan don’t do it.”

Ritchie stopped and looked over his shoulder, “Look what we have now. You going to shoot me beautiful?” He taunted as he stepped closer to Jay. “Think you can do it before I slice your girlfriend up into little pieces?”

Jordan swallowed and tried to stop her shaking hand. She knew that it was now or never. “If you take one more step you’ll find out.” She said as she stood up and walked closer to the man.

Ritchie turned to face Jordan and the gun. “Go ahead pull the trigger. I know you really want to.”

Jordan didn’t say a word. She just kept the barrel of the gun pointed at Ritchie’s chest.

“I’m the one who has almost killed Jay not once but twice.” Ritchie held up two fingers. “It felt good to know that I have caused her so much pain.” He laughed.

Jay finally stood up on wobbly legs she crept closer to Ritchie. She didn’t want Jordan to shoot him. Sure he deserved it, but Jordan didn’t deserve that kind of pain.

Jordan saw Jay stand and slowly make her way up behind Ritchie. She gave her a slight nod when Jay held a finger up to her lips. Jay tapped Ritchie on the shoulder and jumped out of the way before he turned the knife on her.

“What?” Ritchie yelled as he turned and saw Jay. “Ohh, come to get some more? You know it’s to bad you came out here a little too early. If you’d waited about a half hour longer you would have seen me giving your girlfriend something she is sorely needing.” He reached down and grabbed his crotch.

Jay swung at Ritchie so fast he didn’t see it coming. His head snapped back and a crack was heard. He dropped like a sack of potatoes.

Jay stared into Jordan’s misty blue eyes and ran over to her. Carefully she lowered the gun and extracted it from the tall woman’s hand. “It’s okay honey, it’s all over with,” Jay said as she held the shaking woman.

“They were in here waiting for me. They tried to….to..” Jordan collapsed to the ground crying.

“Ohh, sweetheart. I’m so sorry,” Jay whispered to Jordan.

Luke walked up to the two women and patted Jay on the back. “Lets get you two out of here.” He helped Jay lift and guide Jordan out of the barn and to the house.

“Oh my god, I’m calling an ambulance.” Marge said as the three stepped into the house.

“That’s a good idea. I want to get Jordan to see a doctor.” Jay agreed as she settled Jordan in a chair.

“No, I’m fine,” Jordan mumbled softly.

Jay knelt down in front of Jordan and grasped the shaking hands in hers and looked up into lost blue. “I want to make sure that you weren’t hurt. Will you please do this for me?”

Jordan looked down into scared green eyes and noticed all the bruising and blood that still trickled down from a cut on Jay’s forehead. She reached up and ran her finger across Jay’s eyebrows and down to her split lip. “Only if you do it for me.”

Jay smiled up at Jordan, “you ask and I’ll do anything.”

Marge went to the phone and called while Luke went back to the barn to see how the three men were.

****

Marge and Luke waited in the waiting room. They both were exhausted and wanted nothing more than to crawl in bed and go to sleep.

“Well, big guy. It looks like this might finally be the last we hear from the Blacksmiths.” Marge patted Luke on the leg as she sipped her lukewarm coffee.

“I know for sure that Ritchie and Travis will be going away for a long time. Doug will more than likely get a slap on the wrist. He did help Jordan out and try to stop them from beating up Jay.” Luke stretched his legs out to try and get the muscles awake. “Look here comes Jordan.”

Jordan walked over and sat next to Marge. She rested her head on the older woman’s shoulder. “Dr. Sheridan is wrapping Jay’s ribs up. They aren’t broken just bruised badly.”

“That’s good to hear,” Marge wrapped her arm across Jordan’s shoulders. “What about yourself?”

Jordan closed her eyes and took a deep breath in, “I’m okay. Just tired.”

Marge kissed the top of her head; “You two sure have been through a hell of a lot.”

Jordan nodded, “tell me about it.” She shifted her head and looked into to Marge’s brown eyes. “Will it ever be quiet?”

“Ohh baby, I sure hope so.” Marge smiled. “But as long as you two have each other nothing will be hard to handle.”

“I hope you’re right.” Jordan sighed as she closed her eyes again and enjoyed the comfort Marge was giving her.

****

“I would like to keep you over night,” Dr. Sheridan said as she placed a white bandage over the cut on Jay’s forehead.

“Not gonna happen doc,” Jay shook her head. “I hate hospitals and you know that. Plus I need to make sure Jordan’s okay.”

“She’s fine,” The doctor stated softly as she helped Jay get her shirt on.

“She might be physically, but I’m not sure about mentally.” Jay dropped her hands to her side and looked at the doctor. “She was almost raped tonight.”

Dr. Sheridan walked up to Jay and placed a hand on each of Jay’s shoulders. “I gave her a number to call and the name of a good doctor. She said she’d make an appointment and go and talk to her.”

Tears stated to run down Jay’s cheek. “She should have stayed away. She was safer away from all this crap that I pull her into.”

“Don’t start thinking like that. All it will do is ruin your relationship with her. Put the blame where it belongs.” Dr. Sheridan reached into her coat pocket and gave Jay a tissue. Now wipe your nose and go home. Just make sure that you come in if anything doesn’t feel right.”

“Okay,” Jay wiped her face. “Thanks Dr. Sheridan.”

“No problem,” the doctor said as she headed out of the room. “Oh and Jay?”

“Yes,” Jay looked up as she continued to button up her shirt.

“Take it slow. She might not realize exactly how she’s feeling.” Dr. Sheridan stated softly.

****

Jay opened the car door for Jordan to slide in. “You hungry?”

“No,” Jordan responded as she sat down.

“Okay, we’ll head home then,” Jay smiled softly before she closed the door and walked to the other side.

“Do you want to get your pain medicine now or wait until the morning?” Marge asked as she held up Jay’s prescription.

“Might as well go now,” Jay sighed. She knew that in about four or five hours her whole body was going to be killing her.

“I’ll go and get it.” Marge said as she walked back towards the hospital.

Jay nodded and opened her door. She sat down and looked over at Jordan who had her head resting against the back of the seat. “We’ll be going in a second. Marge is getting my prescription filled.”

“Okay, are you in much pain?” Jordan mumbled softly as she turned to look at Jay who tried to get comfortable. “I wish I had stayed in the house then she wouldn’t be in this much pain and I wouldn’t have put myself in that predicament. Damn, why does this stuff keep happening?” She thought as she turned to look out the window.

“No, but I will be in several hours.” Jay closed her door and stared out at Luke who was waiting for Marge. She glanced sideways at Jordan noticing the way that Jordan kept wiping her hands across her pant legs. Slowly she inched closer and took the cold sweaty hand into her own and just held on to them.

Jordan looked down at the entwined hands and grasped on to Jay like her life depended on it.

“Thank you,” Jordan whispered.

Jay squeezed the hands and looked up into lost blue, “no need to thank me for loving you. Do you want to talk about it?”

“Not right now, maybe tomorrow.” Jordan answered casually as she looked into the caring green eyes of her lover.

“I’m here for you. Just let me know when and where,” Jay assured Jordan.

****

Two days later and Jay started to worry about Jordan. Every time she tried to get Jordan to talk about what happened she’d say not now. Not wanting to push Jay backed off, but after being woken up by Jordan hitting her in the side she knew Jordan either had to talk to her or talk to someone else.

Jay walked up to Jordan who was swinging on the porch swing. “Hey, honey can I talk to you?”

Jordan looked over at Jay, “sure.” She watched as the small blonde slowly made her way closer. “It’s all my fault that she’s in so much pain. I should have done more to stop them from beating and kicking her.”

“I don’t want you to get mad at me, but I would really like you to talk to someone.” Jay said as she tried to take ahold of one of Jordan’s hands.

“What do you mean?” Jordan asked as she shot Jay a look.

Jay winced at the cold eyes. “You need to talk to someone about what happened the other night. I know you weren’t raped, but still you came close and it’s eating at you. I got that card Dr. Sheridan gave you and made you an appointment for tomorrow morning”

Jordan stood up and faced Jay who stood up right with her.

“What gives you the right to do that? If I wanted to talk to someone I would do it on my own. I don’t need you to take control away from me like that.” Jordan shoved Jay.

Jay tried not to groan out in pain, “Jordan stop.” She brought her hands up to protect her bruised body.

Jordan didn’t hear her through her anger and kept shoving, “control is what everybody tries to take from me. I want that control over my life you can’t have it. I’ll fight you tooth and nail for it.” With one last big shove she pushed Jay to the ground.

Jay couldn’t stop the tears. She knew that Jordan wasn’t mad at her, but it still didn’t stop the pain as she landed on the porch. The hurt lost look in the blue eyes she loved so much broke her heart. “I wish it was me that they had done this to so you wouldn’t hurt any more.” Jay cried.

Jordan stopped and the anger receded to the back of her mind. All she saw now was Jay lying on the ground crying and in pain. “Ohh God baby. I’m so sorry.” She knelt down and cradled Jay in her arms and they both cried.

“I’m sorry for not getting there sooner so I could protect you.” Jay mumbled from Jordan’s arms.

Jordan took a deep breath, “I don’t want to hear you say that again. It’s not your fault what happened. You saved me from a horrible nightmare that could have been much, much worse.”

Jay grabbed her side as she tried to sit up; “they were after you to get to me. So this is sort of my fault.”

Jordan cupped Jay’s face, “put the blame where is goes. Ritchie and Travis are the ones to blame. No one else put them up to it. They did it all themselves.”

Jay smirked and nodded, “now the only person who needs to understand that is you.”

Jordan closed her eyes and lowered her head to rest against Jay’s arm. “You are so bad.”

“You better believe it,” Jay laughed and then groaned as the pain in her side increased. “You would be my best friend if you got me a couple of pain pills.”

“Only your best friend?” Jordan raised her head and looked at Jay.

Jay shook her head, “no, not just my best friend. You’ll be the best thing that ever happened to me.”

“Good answer,” Jordan carefully helped Jay to stand. “Let’s get you some medication.”

****

“How’s Jordan been?” Jimmy asked Jay as she straightened her shirt.

“Okay, she had a doctors appointment yesterday and Dr. Peterson said she’s doing great. In fact she doesn’t want to see Jordan until after we get back from our honeymoon.” Jay smiled as she looked at herself.

“That’s awesome,” Jimmy walked up to Jay and patted her on the back. “I’m so happy for you.”

Jay turned and smiled at her friend, “thanks buddy. That means a lot to me.”

“So are you ready?” Jimmy asked as he started for the door. “We have to be there in about ten minutes.”

“Hold on let me double check everything,” Jay replied as she turned back and looked at herself.

Jimmy rolled his eyes, “come on. You look hotter than shit and you know it.” He grabbed her arm and tugged her out of the room and down the stairs to the jeep. “I get to drive.”

“Shit, make sure we get there in one piece will ya,” Jay teased the happy man.

“You are so funny,” Jimmy laughed as he turned the key to start the engine.

****

“Honey you look beautiful,” Cindi cried as she looked at her daughter.

“Thanks Mom,” Jordan responded as she looked down at the dress she had on. “I’m so nervous.”

Cindi stepped up to Jordan and gave her a hug; “I was exactly the same way when I married your father.”

“You about ready?” Marge asked as she and Mary stepped into the room.

“Yes,” Jordan smiled at Marge. “Is Jay ready?”

“I think so. I just saw her and Jimmy take off in the jeep,” Mary walked all the way in the room.

Jordan nodded as she took one last look at herself before she decided that nothing else could be done. “Let’s go get me married.”

Marge, Mary and Cindi followed Jordan out of the house and towards the carriage Jay had fixed up for Jordan. “This is just like I described to her.”

Marge grasped Jordan’s hand; “she worked on this for over a week to get it just like you told her it looked like it your dream.”

“You are one lucky woman,” Cindi acknowledged happily.

“Yes, I am.” Jordan took a deep breath and stepped over to the white and blue colored carriage. “Hello, Sam.”

“Hello, Miss Jordan,” Sam took his top hat off and put it under his arm. “It would be my pleasure to drive you and these three lovely ladies to this special occasion.”

“Thank you kind sir,” Jordan took his hand and stepped up and sat down. She watched as Sam helped her mom and Marge in before he took a seat in the drivers’ spot.

“We will be there shortly,” Sam said as he put his hat back on.

****

“I feel like I’m about to pass out,” Jay said as she tried to calm her heart down.

“If you fall on your face we’ll laugh,” Lance stated before he and Garrett laughed.

“You two are so not nice,” Jay replied as she put her hands on her hips.

“I’ll help you if you fall on your face.” Jimmy patted Jay on the back.

Jay hugged Jimmy, “thanks.” She stuck her tongue out at the two men who stuck their own tongues out at her.

“Would you three knock it off,” Joe scolded the three. “Here comes your bride.” He pointed at the slow moving carriage.

Jay tried to see what Jordan looked like. They hadn’t slept in the same room the night before because Jordan’s mom had said it was tradition. Jay tried to sneak down the stairs and out of the house to see Jordan, but Marge had caught her and made her go back to bed.

“Can you see what she looks like?” Jay asked as she jumped up and down.

The four men laughed as Jay continued to jump like a rabbit.

“Stop already,” Joe put a hand on each of Jay’s shoulders. “They’re almost here. Let me go and bring my daughter to you.”

“Thank you,” Jay smiled up at the man.

Joe patted Jay on the cheek, “why are you thanking me?”

Jay stood up on her tiptoes and kissed Joe, “because you brought the most amazing person into this world.”

“Why did you have a say something like that?” Joe used the back of his hand to off the tears that fell.

“Because it’s true and I promise that I will do my best to make her the happiest person in the world.” Jay stated with conviction.

“I know you will.” Joe wrapped his arms around Jay and hugged her. “Welcome to the family and you better stop calling me Joe, its Dad.”

Jay squeezed Joe for all she was worth, “Okay, Dad.”

“I better get up there,” Joe pointed up the small hill. “Your bride awaits.” He let Jay go and walked up to meet the carriage.

****

“I think Jay is a little bit excited. I just saw her head bouncing up and down.” Mary pointed towards the small gathering of people.

“That’s cute,” Cindi laughed as she stood up a little bit to watch the blonde head disappear and then reappear several times.

“She tried to sneak out last night,” Marge stated with a shake of her head.

“Did she now?” Mary stared at Jordan with a raised eyebrow.

Marge saw the look Mary gave Jordan, “you had a problem too?” She asked Mary as she turned to look at Jordan.

“I caught her trying to sneak out the window when she thought everybody was asleep.” Mary crossed her arms over her chest and tapped her foot.

“What?” Jordan looked from one face to another. “Okay fine I was supposed to meet her in the barn.” She lowered her head and pretended to be ashamed of herself.

“I knew it,” Marge held her hand out and waited.

Cindi and Mary both reached into their pockets and withdrew five dollars each and slapped them into Marge’s hand.

“You three took a bet on whether Jay and I would sneak out?” Jordan looked from one face to another and watched as they all nodded in agreement. “You guys are so bad.” She laughed.

“That we are,” Mary agreed with a smile.

The carriage stopped and Sam jumped down from his spot, “ladies if you please.” He swung open the small door and helped Mary and Marge down.

Cindi stood up but before she exited she bent over and gave Jordan a kiss and hug, “I love you and I’m so happy for you.”

“Thanks, Mom,” Jordan mumbled as she tried not to cry.

“You ready?” Joe asked as he stepped up to the carriage.

“Yes,” Jordan nodded at her Dad.

“Give me a second before you head down. I want to get as many pictures as I can” Cindi reached for Joe’s hand as he helped her down. “Sam, would you do me the honor of walking me to my spot?”

Sam flipped his hat off and put it under his arm, “it would be my pleasure.” He waited until Cindi grasped his elbow before he guided her down the hill and to the waiting group of people.

“Well sweetheart your future awaits you,” Joe kissed Jordan hand as she stepped to the ground.

“Thanks Dad,” Jordan hugged him.

“I think we better get going before Jay passes out from nerves.” Joe laughed softly as he wrapped an arm around Jordan’s waist. “You look fabulous.”

“Is she that nervous?” Jordan questioned her dad as they started to walk.

Joe gestured with is chin, “look for yourself.”

Jordan glanced up and she almost started to laugh. Jay was rocking from one foot to the other as she wiped her hands on the back of her black slacks. Her eyes were closed and she looked like she was talking to herself.

“That’s cute,” Jordan whispered as they reached the small gathering.

Everyone stood in a small group. Luke and Marge held hands and were whispering to each other as they pointed at Jay. Betsy and her husband Brent both smiled at her. She had gotten a chance to meet them a couple of months ago and really liked them both. Her mom stood next to Sam as she held up her camera and snapped photographs. Mary was next to her husband Bob; they each had a slight smile on their face. “I think Mary finally got a chance to test out the barn.”

****

“You might want to open your eyes,” Jimmy poked Jay in her side.

Jay jumped, “what?”

“You don’t want to miss this,” Garrett said as he began to walk over to where everybody else was standing.

“She looks unbelievable,” Lance stated as he followed his brother.

“Oh my God,” Jay’s mouth dropped open as she watched Jordan glide down the hill on her dad’s arm. “She’s the most beautiful thing that ever walked.”

Jay’s eyes caressed the wonderful sight before her. Her eyes followed the curvy outline of the light blue dress that fit perfectly on Jordan’s body. A white lace jacket covered bare shoulders. Long black silky hair flowed in the wind. Jay noticed that a slight curl made the hair seem more bouncy.

“Wow,” Jimmy mumbled as he patted Jay on the back.

“You said it,” Jay began to take a step closer to Jordan.

Jimmy grabbed her arm, “you’re supposed to stay here.”

“Huh?” Jay looked at Jimmy. “You’re right, thanks.”

“It’s my job,” Jimmy responded proudly.

Jay laughed, “your job?’

“Yes, Jordan asked me to make sure you didn’t run away.” Jimmy said.

“Run away?” Jay raised an eyebrow at Jimmy.

“Yes, but I told her that was not going to happen.” Jimmy stated casually. “Because you love her too much.”

“Good,” Jay laughed. She knew that Jordan just wanted to make sure Jimmy had an important role in them getting married since it was his actions that helped them get back together. “I never did thank you for not listening to me about that box of stuff.” Jay reached up and cupped Jimmy’s face and placed a soft kiss on his cheek. “Thank you.”

Jimmy’s face turned every shade of red imaginable. “You took me in when you should have not even bothered with me. You gave me a home and more importantly a family that I can be proud of. For that I would do anything for you.” Jimmy said as tears ran down his face. “Jordan is here.”

Jay turned around, “hi.” She held out a hand for Jordan to take.

“Hi,” Jordan kissed her Dad then entwined her fingers with Jays.

The two walked over to an area where a priest stood with his bible.

“Good morning ladies,” He said with a soft voice.

“Good morning,” the two women said together.

“Are you ready?” The priest asked.

“You bet,” Jay replied loudly.

The priest laughed, “good to hear. Please everyone gather around.” He raised his hands up and motioned for everyone to move closer. When everyone was a few feet closer he smiled at the couple. “Lets get started.”

“Yes, lets” Jordan took a deep breath and tried not to cry. She looked into misty green eyes that held her heart.

“This is a time to be happy. The two people before me stand before you and God to let all know that they love each other and want to spend the rest of their lives together. They have informed me that they wrote their own vows.” He motioned for Jordan to begin.

Jordan brought Jay’s hand up and placed it next to her heart. “This is my heart and it beats for you and you alone. The love I have for you is stronger than anything in this world. It gives me strength to be who I am and that is to be your fried your wife and lover. I promise that together we will be forever and ever.”

The priest smiled and then motioned to Jay.

Jay brushed a tear away that ran down her cheek. “First I want to say that you are the most amazing looking woman I have ever seen.” She kissed Jordan’s palm. “I’m shocked that you chose me to spend the rest of your life with. I never thought that I would be this happy, but the day you came into my life everything changed. My life was complete. I promise that together we will be forever and ever.”

“It is my greatest pleasure to announce you married,” the priest said. “May God bless you for the rest of your lives.”

Jay stepped closer to Jordan and wrapped her arms around her waist. “Hello, wife of mine.”

Jordan rested her hands on Jay’s shoulders, “not yet.” She leaned over and kissed Jay with all the passion she held within her. Then she took a step back and smiled. “Now we are married.”

“Yes, we are,” Jay moaned as she tried to kiss Jordan again, but was stopped by her friends and family rushing in to congratulate the couple.

****

Jordan walked up to Jay who was talking to Lance and Garrett. She bent over so she could whisper in her ear, “are you ready for the wedding night?”

Jay shivered, “you have no idea how ready I am.” She turned around and kissed Jordan.

When the kiss ended both women were breathless.

“Damn you sure can kiss,” Jordan moaned as Jay ran a finger across her collarbone.

“Let’s go,” Jay whispered as she trailed kisses after her finger.

Jordan grabbed Jay’s hand and guided her out the door towards the small house in the back that they would be using until they had to leave in the morning for a week’s honeymoon in Hawaii.

As they entered the house the sight that greeted them made them smile. Someone had come in and placed candles and flowers everywhere around the house.

“I wonder who did this?” Jordan asked as she went to smell one of the vases filled with flowers.

Jay shook her head; “I have no idea.”

“Well, we shouldn’t let all this go to waste now should we,” Jordan slowly lowered the lacy jacket and let it fall to the floor.

“No, no wasting it at all,” Jay walked over and cupped Jordan’s face. “Why don’t we go to the bedroom.” She said and kissed Jordan.

Jordan nodded her head; “I want you so bad.”

Jay grabbed one of the roses and handed it to Jordan. She grabbed her hand and gave her a gentle tug in the direction of the bedroom. “You read my mind.”

The bedroom looked like the rest of the house except the bed was turned down and rose petals scattered across the top of silk sheets.

Jay walked Jordan over to the bed and had her sit down. She knelt in front of her and slipped both shoes off Jordan’s feet. “I wanted to get you something special for tonight, but I couldn’t think of anything that that was special enough to give you.” Jay ran her hands up under the dress hem and caressed the soft skin underneath. “So I made up a poem for you.”

“Ohh, Jay you don’t have to give me a thing. Just having you here next to me is all I’ll ever need.” Jordan bent over and placed a whisper of a kiss on Jay’s mouth.

“I know that, but I wanted to,” Jay moved up closer to the bed. She felt Jordan hook her feet behind her back. “My world is in your eyes. My life is in your every heartbeat. Your laugh makes me smile as it caresses my soul. Your kisses cause nothing to exist but you and me. I’ll love you until the day I die and beyond.”

“Honey that was beautiful,” Jordan cried. “I have something for you too.”

“I have you that’s all I need,” Jay proclaimed as she kissed Jordan.

“Actually this has always been yours it just was taken away from you,” Jordan helped Jay up from the floor and had her sit on the bed. “Wait here a second.” She left the room quickly. When she came back in she had an envelope in her hand. “Here.”

Jay accepted the envelope and looked up at Jordan, “what is this?”

“It’s an envelope,” Jordan winked as she sat down next to Jay. “You have given me so much. I just wanted to do something special for you. So open it.”

“Okay,” Jay opened the envelope and unfolded the papers. As she began to read tears started to fall down her cheeks. “You did this?”

“Well, Mary helped me,” Jordan replied as she wiped the tears off of Jay’s face.

“I’ll only accept this if you become co-owner of the ranch?” Jay said as she turned to look at Jordan.

“I’d be honored,” Jordan hugged Jay. “So it looks like you have all your..” Jay’s placed a finger on Jordan’s lips.

“Our land. Yours and mine and what it says here is a lot more then I sold to Blacksmith.” Jay raised her eyebrow as she waved the papers at Jordan.

“I know,” Jordan nodded. “I figured you deserved the land more than anyone.”

“You’re the best,” Jay proclaimed before she kissed Jordan.

Jordan unhooked the black belt that wrapped around Jay’s waist. She tugged it through the black belt loops of Jay’s black slacks. “Have I told you yet that I love you in these pants with this shirt?”

“You looked like an angel today when you walked up to me,” Jay nibbled down Jordan’s long neck as she reached for the zipper in the back.

“I love you,” Jordan said as she guided Jay to lay on her back. With slow sure fingers she unbuttoned the white silk shirt Jay had on. “So soft,” she whispered as she ran her hands over the skin that was exposed.

Jay gently pulled the dress down to Jordan’s waist and kissed along the tops of Jordan’s bare breast “heaven on earth.”

Jay flipped her over so that she was on top. Then she began to kiss her way down to the now erect nipple of Jordan’s left breast.

“I love it when you do that,” Jordan moaned as her body shivered when Jay nipped on the sensitive nipple.

“Mmm,” Jay hummed then let go of her treat and kissed her way up to a waiting mouth. “We have to get out of these clothes.”

Jordan lifted Jay’s shirt off her shoulders and pushed it down her back. Caressing soft muscular skin as she went. With one swift movement she unsnapped Jay’s pants and reached in and squeezed Jay’s butt.

“Stand up,” Jordan groaned into Jay’s ear. “I want to watch you finish getting undressed.”

Jay stood up and finished undoing her pants and slowly slid them down her legs. Without breaking eye contact Jay bent over and removed her boots and slipped her feet free of her pants.

“Now it’s your turn, but I’m going to help you.” Jay stepped closer and stopped when her thighs touched the side of the bed.

Jay leaned over and began to kiss the delicate skin between Jordan’s breast. Trailing kisses down a tan stomach until she reached Jordan’s navel and the dress. Jordan lifted herself up to help Jay’s hands slide the dress down until it fell on the floor.

The sight before her took Jay’s breath away and tears started to form, “I thank everyone who brought you into my life.”

Jordan brought a hand up and waited until Jay grasped it and then she tugged Jay to her. “I do the same thing,” Jordan then cupped Jay’s breast and pinched the nipples. Then she wrapped her long legs around Jay’s body and hugged her close then flipped them so that she was sitting on top of Jay. She put a hand on each side of Jay’s head and let her hair fall forward tickling Jay’s face.

Jay reached up and gathered the dark hair into her hands and held it out of the way so she could kiss Jordan’s cheeks and up to her ear.

Jordan started to move in a small circle on Jay’s stomach muscles. Jay let the hair go and moved her hands down to Jordan’s hips. She slid her hand into Jordan’s underwear and cupped her butt causing Jordan to groan.

“Need to take them of. I want you to touch me,” Jordan raised her hips up so Jay could slide the garment down her legs. Then she lifted one leg up at a time so she could take them off. Jay tossed them on the floor next to the bed. “Much better,” Jordan moaned as she sat back down.

“Much,” Jay agreed as she ran her hands up the inside of Jordan’s thighs. “You’re so wet,”

Jordan nudged her knee in between Jay’s leg so that she could rest her body fully on top of Jay. She kissed and sucked on Jay’s neck leaving little red marks, “You get me so excited. All you have to do is look at me and I’m wet.”

Jay was lost in the sensation of Jordan’s lips and hands that squeezed her breast. Slowly Jordan traced Jay’s collarbone with her tongue until she moved lower and sucked on a nipple.

Jay’s fingers wrapped themselves in dark hair as her back arched up. Her body hoping for more contact from the warm wet mouth.

With a pop Jordan let go of the nipple and started to kiss her way down the small body under her. She positioned herself so that she could kneel on the floor and reach her target. She ran her tongue through wet curly hairs licking up the moisture that collected there.

“I need you,” Jay moaned as she grasped the sheet above her head.

Jordan placed two fingers at Jay’s opening circling it until she entered her slowly causing Jay to tremble.

With strong even strokes Jordan moved within Jay as she used her other hand to unveil the enlarged pulsating nub. With a tender touch she ran her tongue over the top of Jay’s clit before she sucked it into her mouth.

“Ohh God,” Jay twitched as a fire of sensation grew in the center of her body and flew out to every cell in her body.

Not stopping her movement Jordan continued to pump into Jay. Gradually she moved up Jay’s body sucking and nipping. “You look so damn good when you come.” Jordan whispered.

Jay growled as her body once again fell over the edge.

Jordan waited until she felt Jay’s body loosen up so she could remove her fingers. She brought them up to her mouth and cleaned the sweet juice of her wife off each finger.

“Finger licking good.” Jordan smiled

Jay laid there unable to move, “what you do to me is unbelievable.”

Jordan rested her head on Jay’s shoulder and watched as Jay took several deep breaths. “This is how we will always be.”

“How’s that honey?” Jay asked as she ran a finger across Jordan’s back.

“In each others arms. Knowing that no matter what we love each other.” Jordan kissed the shoulder under her head.

Jay nodded her head; “you know what time it is?”

Jordan thought for a moment then shook her head, “no, what time is it?”

Jay pounced on top of Jordan causing her to laugh, “it’s my turn to show you how much I love you.”

“You do that every time you look at me,” Jordan stated before Jay kissed her and cupped a hand around each breast.

Jay rested her body in between Jordan’s spread legs. She could feel the moisture against her skin; “I can feel how excited you are against my skin.” She mumbled softly through the kiss.

“It’s what you do to me,” Jordan moaned as Jay ran her tongue down her neck to her left nipple. “Ohh, yes,” Jordan moaned when her breast was engulfed into a warm mouth and a couple of fingers slipped up inside her.

Jay let the breast go and watched the beautiful face below her. “Open your eyes,” she whispered before she placed kisses along Jordan’s neck and up to her ear. “Please baby. I want to see the universe in your eyes when you come.”

Jordan opened her eyes and saw the unbelievable thing called absolute true love held in the green eyes above her. Tears started to fall as her body burst with incredible sensations of love. She tried to keep her eyes open for as long as she could, but the feelings coursing through her body was too much for her to handle.

“I love you,” Jay whispered so softy Jordan wasn’t sure she heard it.

“Now and forever,” Jordan kissed Jay’s cheek.

 

THE END
2003

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