Artwork by Calli
To Protect and Serve
by T. Stratton
First in the Protect Trilogy
The office building Tyler Jones had her appointment in loomed before her. Inside the ten-floor office building was one of the largest Hollywood agencies in the world. It towered over the little park area in front like a watchdog protecting it’s ground.
The people that sat under its guard were the elite and most recognized in the industry of film and television.
The front walk contained expensive artwork by a well-known artist, and only after staring at it for endless moments and hearing the name ‘Lovers Embrace’ could people make sense of the entwined blue and green metal.
Tyler stood there and raised her hand to block out the sun that was in her eyes as she tried to get a good look and at the sculpture. “It just looks like a bunch of bent metal, that some one paid way too much for.”
The alarm on her wristwatch beeped. It let her know that if she didn’t hurry she’d be late, so she rushed to the overly large glass front door and pushed it open.
As Tyler walked up to the receptionist’s desk the sound of constantly ringing phones invaded her senses, along with a big, fake smile from a very beautiful redhead.
“Can I help you?” The red head asked with a perky voice and a pop of her gum. The well-polished fingernails tapped on the side of the phone as she waited for Tyler to speak.
“Yes, I have a ten o’clock appointment with Regal and Garland.” Tyler answered with her own fake smile.
“Okay, just go to the elevators and go to the tenth floor. A person will be there to show you the rest of the way.” The red head instructed and then went about answering the ever-present ringing phone.
“Thanks,” Tyler replied before she headed over to the elevators. “I bet she doesn’t have more than two brain cells and when they run into each other they scare the shit out of each other.”
The elevator doors slid open and Tyler walked in. She gave herself one last look over in the all mirrored box before she reached her destination.
Not that Tyler really cared what she looked like, but this appointment could mean the new beginning or the end to her personal security business.
Her grandfather had started the company twenty-nine years ago after he retired from the Marines. He decided to retire early after his wife Susan, their son Tom and his wife Sara were killed in a car accident. The only shining light of that time for him was that seven-year-old Tyler had escaped unharmed.
Tyler had Thomas Jones wrapped around her little finger from the moment she was born. All she had to do was look at him with her big green eyes and he’d give her the world. Everybody told him that he should be strict with her and not let her get away with everything. He just told them to leave him alone and not tell him how to raise his only grandchild.
Tyler grew up with all the love and compassion her Grandfather could give her. Even though she had whatever she needed and wanted she didn’t act spoiled and grew up to be a very compassionate person.
When Tyler was old enough she helped down at the Hideaway, a place teenagers could go and feel safe if their homes weren’t the safest place to be.
The kids loved and respected her. She wouldn’t make them feel like they were outcast and was able to show them what trust and love could be like. When she had to stop coming down so often after her Grandfather died of a heart attack some of the kids would show up at her office just to make sure that she was doing okay.
Her Grandfather made sure that everything was taken care of in his will. The business and the house would go to Tyler, plus all the money in the savings and checking account. The only problem that Thomas Jones couldn’t envision was that his clients didn’t think a five foot five inch woman could do the job. So they all left and that meant that she couldn’t keep her employees.
With no clients came no money, so the inheritance went fast. That’s why Tyler was here today. She was to be interviewed by Regal and Garland. They represented BJ Stanton, a well-known actress. Apparently some fan had decided that he wanted to make BJ Stanton his wife and he was willing to kill to make it happen.
With the ding of the bell to let her know that she arrived at her floor she gave herself one last look over. She had on a pair black hiking boots, nice crisp new blue jeans, and a white silk shirt that she wore for luck. Her Grandfather had given it to her for Christmas last year. Then a charcoal gray blazer completed her outfit. Her hair looked like a comb hadn’t touched it in days, but that’s how it always looked, and finally a little bit of makeup to make her green eyes stand out.
The doors swished open and Tyler took a deep breath, “okay lets do this.” She stepped out and was immediately approached by a tall man. He was at least a foot taller with sandy brown hair. The suit he wore didn’t hide the fact that he worked out. The polite sound that came out of his mouth didn’t fit the monster of a man in front of her.
“Hello, Ms. Jones. My name is Kirk Shadow.” He introduced himself and shook her hand. “Please follow me,” as he guided her down a long hallway.
The hallway was like any other hallway, but with one big exception. A picture of someone famous covered every inch of the walls. Movie stars from past and present, and music legends that will be heard on the radio till the end of time.
“Nice photos,” Tyler gestured with her finger when they stopped at the end of the hallway.
Kirk looked down the hallway like he missed something. “Yes, they are.” He opened the door and waited for her to walk through before he closed it.
“Nice talking to you to,” Tyler whispered under her breath when she heard the door close.
The small room looked like a doctor’s waiting room. Chairs positioned around the room all facing the center and a door that went to another room she thought must be where they’re holding the interviews. Against the wall to her right three men sat. They all looked alike with their black suits, white shirts, black ties and perfect polished shoes.
“Is this where the Men In Black meet?” Tyler joked as she took her seat.
The three just looked at her like she had a second head growing out of her shoulder. “You know that movie that starred Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones? About aliens and..Oh never mind.” She spat when they didn’t get what she was talking about.
As Tyler sat there she let the insecurity set in. She started to tap her foot on the table in front of her and tapped her hands on her lap. Even though Tyler knew she was the best and could better protect anyone no matter the situation. She still had to prove herself, because everybody thought she was too small and couldn’t do the job.
A cough stopped her thoughts and her movements. She turned her head and an older woman with salt and pepper hair stood with a clipboard and pen in her hand. “You must be Tyler Jones,” she said as she held the door open. “Please come in and have a seat.”
“Thanks,” Tyler stood up and walked towards the woman. She was waved in to a room with a long, brown table with brown leather chairs, plus another door at the opposite side of the room, “Where is everybody?” She asked as she headed to the table.
“They’ll be here in just a few minutes. There is coffee and pastries right here behind you if you are hungry.” The woman said and pointed to a table filled with all sorts of pastries. She went to leave but Tyler stopped her.
“I’m sorry I didn’t catch your name,” Tyler stepped closer to shake her hand.
The woman smiled and extended her hand, “Barb.”
Tyler grinned back and shook her hand, “nice to meet you Barb. Thanks for showing me in.”
” No problem. Hopefully I’ll be seeing you around.” Barb watched as Tyler went to get a cup of coffee. She immediately liked this young woman and hoped that BJ picked her instead of the stuffed shirts out in the waiting room.
Barb walked over to the other door, but before she opened it she heard voices. She turned back towards Tyler, “I think they’re coming now.” She said just as a slightly overweight man with balding gray hair opened the door.
“Hello, Barb, how are you today?” He asked as he kissed the back of her hand.
Barb smiled and her face turned red from embarrassment, “Hello Ronald, I’m fine and how about yourself?”
Before he could answer a voice teased him from behind them. “Will you get your octopus hands off my mother. We’ve got work to do.”
“Now BJ, Ronald was just being polite,” Barb responded and gave her daughter a hug when she walked into the room.
“No he wasn’t, he was being a horny old dog. It just sounded polite, but I know him too well and trust me it wasn’t anywhere near as polite as you think.” BJ winked at her Mom when the hug ended.
The three laughed and kidded each other for a few more minutes.
Tyler just stood back and watched the way they interacted. The love that shone in Barbs and Ronald’s eyes when they looked at BJ made her wonder if maybe her parents would do that if they were still alive.
She slowly made her way to the table with her coffee and pastry. She set her sweet roll on the table and grabbed her chair to pull it out. As she went to sit her foot got caught on the leg and she stumbled which caused her to spill her coffee all over herself.
“Shit, that’s hot,” Tyler yelled in pain. She quickly grabbed the front of her shirt to keep the scolding liquid from burning her skin.
“Oh my,” Barb quickly ran to the table and got a towel.
“Here let me help,” BJ grabbed the towel from her Mom and started to pat the front of Tyler’s body.
The effects of the liquid turned the shirt translucent. Tyler was stunned by the effects of the towel along the hand that would every once in awhile hit a now erect nipple. “Oh shit,” Tyler’s mind screamed as she looked up into concerned blue eyes. “I think I’m okay,” Tyler whispered and tried not to moan as the hand rubbed against her again.
“Are you sure?” BJ asked as she continued to wipe. “I know that coffee is extremely hot. I’ve spilt it on me more times than I can count.”
Tyler grabbed the hands to stop the assault to her senses. “Trust me, I’m just fine,” she reassured the tall brunette. “Way more than fine. Is it the coffee or is it hot in here.” Tyler asked herself.
“Okay then, let me introduce myself. I’m BJ Stanton and I’ll be doing the interview.” BJ tossed the towel on the table, “please have a seat and how about we begin?” She smiled and pulled Tyler’s chair out further so she could sit. ” Check out those eyes. I could spend all day looking at them.” Thought BJ as she held the chair for Tyler.
“Thanks, and I’m Tyler Jones,” she responded and took her seat. Her senses had gone off the scale from the touch of the tall brunette. So she took a deep breath and hoped it would help cool her down. “Damn, she’s even more gorgeous in person,” she thought to herself.
BJ walked over to get herself a cup of coffee and also got Tyler a fresh one, “Here you go and I hope you enjoy this one more than you did the last,” she teased when she put the cup down.
Tyler spoke before her brain registered what she said, “who says I didn’t enjoy it.”
BJ’s eyebrows went up under her dark bangs and she smirked. “Oh, really?”
Tyler’s mind finally caught up with her mouth. The deep red blush started from her neck and slowly made it’s way up her face. “Oh God, I can’t believe I said that. I’m so sorry,” she groaned and covered her face. “Maybe I can crawl away and nobody will notice.”
BJ patted her back, “don’t worry about it. I kinda enjoyed it myself too.” She laughed as the blush deepened.
Barb walked up, “excuse me. BJ can I talk to you for a second?”
“Sure,” BJ answered, “I’ll be right back.” She said and followed her Mom out the same door she had come in earlier.
Ronald watched as BJ and her Mom walked out into the hallway and closed the door. He didn’t like the way things were going with the small blonde woman that sat across from him. You would have to have been blind not to see the sparks fly off the two women as they interacted.
He and a selected few knew that BJ was gay, but the rest of the world didn’t have a clue. If they found out that the sexy star from hit movies like ‘Soul Connected’ and ‘Hearts Afire’ was gay it would be the end. Most people wouldn’t be able to get over the fact that their leading lady would rather sleep with a woman than her leading man.
He remembered a private conversation he overheard between mother and daughter. BJ had confided in her Mom that she was tired of living a lie. She wanted to find someone and settle down, maybe raise a family.
Ronald knew that time was running out and wanted to stall the inevitable for as long as he could. So he would make sure that the little slip of a woman wouldn’t get this job.
“Hello, Ms. Jones, my name is Ronald Garland. Can you tell me why we should hire you to be BJ’s protector?” He asked and took a seat with out breaking eye contact.
Tyler looked at Ronald and didn’t like the way he stared at her. “I don’t like this guy.” Something in his eyes sent a shiver down her spine. Not one to run from adversity she blinked once and gazed into Ronald’s cold eyes and answered with truth and conviction. “I’m the best, plain and simple.”
Ronald snorted, “really? I must say that’s quite a statement coming from such a small woman.” He knew that statement got a rise out Tyler because he watched as she gripped the chair with white knuckles. “This could be fun.”
Tyler stood up from her chair and glared at the man across from her, “are you saying that just because I’m a woman that I couldn’t do this job?” She slowly began to pace. “I wonder if I hit him if they’ll still give me the job?”
“I’m just saying, that just one of those men’s muscles outweigh your entire body. So how can you say that you’re the best when one of them could squish you like a bug?” He goaded as he watched her pace back and forth in front of him. He leaned so his elbow rested on the table. “So I guess I am saying that a bigger man could do the job better,” Ronald smiled.
Tyler couldn’t believe what was happening, she would lose everything because she didn’t have a dick between her legs.
Tyler tried to keep control of the anger that had built up from the loss of her Grandfather and soon the business he loved, just because this asshole was stuck in the forties was no reason for her to lose her temper.
The thoughts of her Grandfather reminded her that she really needed this job and she knew that she had to prove to this spineless man that a woman could do this just as easily as any man.
Tyler casually made her way over to Ronald. She grabbed the chair that was next to him and sat. Looking right into his eyes she asked, “what do I have to do to prove that I can handle anything anybody throws at me?”
Ronald was shocked to say the least. He expected the woman to storm out. He had to think of something quick, “well, the only thing I can think of is….what would you do if three men were to attack my client? For some reason I can’t see you defending her.” He gestured with his hand at her body.
Tyler looked dumbfounded at the man next to her. “What?”
Ronald stood up and walked towards the door that led to the waiting room. “I’m saying that I want to see you defeat the three men out here in a no holds barred fight.”
“Okay, I say again. What?” Tyler couldn’t believe the way things were going. “I really don’t think that’s such a good idea.”
Ronald stopped right before he opened the door, “really? Afraid that you might get hurt?” The smirk that crossed his face couldn’t be hidden. “Then I guess this interview is over.”
Tyler stood, “afraid I might get hurt? No…I just don’t want to destroy this lovely office you have here.” She stated boldly as she crossed her arms in front of her chest.
The fire in her eyes should have been a clue that he had pushed Tyler too far. “I really don’t think you have the guts or the skills to do it.” Ronald decided that watching this arrogant woman get some sense knock into her head would be fun to watch.
“You want a fight? Fine, bring it on.” Tyler spat as she took her jacket off. “If this guy wants a show I’ll give him one.”
She watched as Ronald waved in the three men from the waiting room. He gathered them around him in a tight circle. Not being able to hear what was said she started to stretch and focus on the task that lay ahead. “Well, Grandfather you did teach me not to take crap off of anyone. Just hope you like the show.”
BJ entered the room, “what’s going on?” She asked as she walked over to the small blonde. She didn’t see the angry flash of green turn towards her.
Tyler just looked at her. Not too sure if she should believe the confused looking woman. “You know if I was told that I had to put on a show I would have worn my sweats and a t-shirt.”
“What show?” BJ was confused. “Why are those three in here when it’s not their turn to be interviewed?” She asked and looked at enraged green eyes. “What had Ronald done now?”
“Why don’t you ask you friend over there,” Tyler responded as she rolled up her sleeves.
They stared at each other, but for totally different reasons.
Tyler couldn’t believe that BJ didn’t know what was going on. The soft blue eye that looked at her told the calm, cool part of her brain, that the tall brunette had absolutely no clue what was going on, but the pissed off angry part of her brain which was in total control at the moment wouldn’t listen to reason.
BJ was lost as her brain tried to catch up with her heart. She had never reacted this way to anyone before. It was like she lost herself in the intense green pools that seemed to stare right into her soul.
A loud cough broke the moment. BJ suddenly felt empty when the green eyes turned to look at Ronald who had a pissed off look on his face. She wondered what that look was all about, but first she had to find out what was going on.
“Ronald, can you please inform me what is going on?” BJ asked and walked over to the man. She noticed the three men had taken off their coats and ties. Then she glanced back at Tyler and finally took notice that she also had her jacket off and her sleeves rolled up. “How come I have a feeling I’m not going to like this?” She stated with a raised eyebrow.
“Oh, come on. This is a perfect way to see who is the best. I personally would rather find out now than later that I hired the best.” Ronald replied before he tried to walk away.
BJ grabbed his upper arm; “I would like to have a word with you, in private.”
BJ had known for some time how Ronald thought that all women should stay at home and be at the beck and call of their man. He had never treated her with anything but respect, but she knew the only reason for that was because of all the money she brought to his company.
She practically dragged him out of the room. She slammed the door with one hand and with the other she pushed him up against the wall. “Are you insane? Do you know that Tyler could sue us if she got hurt fighting those big apes in there?”
Ronald’s face started to turn blue from the pressure of BJ’s hand against his windpipe. “BJ..I..can’t …breath.” He gasped as the offending hand released him and sank to the floor. “I was only thinking of your safety. I don’t want anything to happen to you.”
BJ laughed, “Ronald my little friend, you and I both know that the only thing you’re trying to save is the money you’d lose if something happened to me.” She bent down and cupped his face. She wanted to make sure that the message would get into his pea-sized brain. “Now listen to me. You are not in charge of finding my bodyguard. Considering it’s my body and my life I want someone who I can trust. Not some stupid muscle headed prick who thinks that a woman should stay at home and cook dinner.”
Ronald gulped when he heard the last sentence, “why would you think that I would do anything to put you in danger? I just want the best.” He stood up and had to hold on to the wall for support. He tried to think of some way he could calm down BJ.
BJ stood up and pointed her finger at Ronald. “You know damn well how I came to that conclusion. You only think of two things, money and yourself and in exactly that order.”
She stepped closer so she was a couple of inches away from his face. She could see the perspiration form on his forehead. “Plus you’ve had more sexual harassment complaints than the whole state of California combined.” BJ responded and stepped back. She suddenly wondered why she had decided to stay with his company. “You know what?”
“What?” Ronald asked afraid of what she was about to tell him. He could tell that she had made a decision and he wasn’t going to like it.
Before she could answer him they heard a loud crash. They quickly ran to the door and flung it open.
“Oh, my God,” BJ whispered under her breath. She couldn’t take her eyes off of the three men who all lay in some very uncomfortable positions around the floor. Apparently the loud crash they heard from the hallway was the after effect of one man being thrown on the table. The force of his weight had broken it into several pieces.
Tyler stood at the end of the now broken table. Her once nice white shirt had blood on the front. The blood came from the broken nose and cut above her right eye. She turned her head and took a deep breath, “all you had to do was take a look at my record, but no.” She spat, “I’m so tired of people like you thinking just because I have tits and not a dick I can’t do the job.”
“Does this answer your question? I didn’t stay in the business to show people that I will get myself or the person I’m hired to protect killed. I stayed because people need me to help keep them safe.” Tyler finished and walked over to where her jacket lay on the floor. She flung it over her shoulder and headed towards the exit.
She stopped in front of a very embarrassed Ronald Garland. “I don’t care what I have to do to keep my Grandfathers business going, but I would rather see an asshole like you die before I work for you.” She poked him in the chest to get her point across. “It’s men like you that give the rest of the male population a bad name.” She snatched his handkerchief from his pocket and wiped some of the blood from her face.
She turned to BJ who was about to say something. Tyler stopped her with a raised hand, “I’m sorry this didn’t work out and I hope they catch the creep who’s been bugging you.” Tyler turned and walked out of the office.
BJ stepped up so she stood right next to Ronald. “Ronald, you’re fired,” She said and stormed out of the office.
Ronald stood there stunned. He ran his hands through what little hair he had and wondered exactly when his plan went haywire. He looked over at one of the men as he tried to stand up, “you couldn’t take one little female?”
The guy just looked and shrugged his shoulders.
“I want you to help your two friends and get out of my sight.” Ronald ordered and walked out of the room.
BJ pulled into a parking spot next to black Jeep Wrangler. The building before her was a two-story office building. A fire escape went up along the side of the building to one of the windows. BJ could tell that the upstairs was probably an apartment by all the windows with curtains. She figured that’s where the small blonde must live and the office space on the bottom floor was her business.
As she got out of her car the soft sounds of Enya filled the air. As she walked around the corner the music grew louder and seemed to be coming from inside the building. “Good taste in music, “BJ said to herself before she knocked on the old white door.
When nobody answered the fourth knock she turned the doorknob and stuck her head in, “hello, is anyone here?” She yelled over the loud music. When nobody yelled back she entered and started to look around. The first room she entered had boxes filled and stacked in the far corner. An old metal desk sat in the middle of the room and had papers stacked in little piles.
She knew that she shouldn’t look, but the large red stamp on one of the pages caught her attention. She picked it up and it was a notice that the electricity was going to be turned off some time today. BJ grabbed another and found it to be from the Phone Company, “well that explains why I couldn’t reach you by phone.”
It had taken two days for BJ to get information on Tyler Jones. Barb had tried to get the information packet with all of Tyler’s number on it from Ronald, but he said that they had lost them somewhere. He offered to find them, if she came back, but she not so politely told him to, “fuck-off.”
BJ set the papers back on the pile, and continued to look around. A few pictures that had yet to be been taken down covered one wall. She walked up and noticed that most of them were of Tyler and an older gentleman. The amazing green eyes that BJ remembered from the other day shined back at her from one of the photos of the Grandfather hugging Tyler as a young girl of about ten.
“That was taken at my tenth birthday party,” Tyler said from behind her.
BJ jumped and quickly turned around, “I’m sorry. I knocked and even yelled and nobody answered me. So I just thought I’d take a look around until I found you.”
Tyler laughed and put the box she had in her arm down on the floor, “well, I do like to listen to my music a little loud. It kinda takes the quietness away.”
BJ couldn’t help but stare. Tyler’s eyes were black and blue and the cut above her eye had a small white bandage over it. “Does that hurt?” She had o stop her hand from reaching up and caressing the bruised face.
“I’ve had worse,” Tyler replied and grabbed another box and headed down the hall, “Grab a box for me will you?” She yelled, “I have to get this done today. The landlord has to show it to someone tomorrow and wants me out of here.”
BJ picked up a box and headed to where she thought Tyler was, “I feel really bad about not paying attention to what Ronald was doing the other day. He wasn’t supposed to be doing the interviews, he was just supposed to sit and observe.” She informed Tyler has she walked into the room.
“Oh well, nothing is going to change the fact that because of him I didn’t get the job,” Tyler responded as she wrapped a vase in some old newspaper. She put the wrapped vase into the box, “Why are you here?”
BJ walked up and put the box near the one Tyler stood next to, “I’m here to see if you still wanted the job.”
“You’re kidding?” Tyler asked shocked.
“No, you’re the best one for the job. I’d be crazy not to. First you proved that you could handle yourself in a fight. Second your portfolio you gave to the agency was top notch,” BJ stated and grabbed some newspapers so she could help.
Tyler stood there and started to laugh, “you’re the only person who thinks my portfolio is any good at all.”
“No I’m not. My Mom thinks so too and usually she’s right.” BJ informed Tyler as she continued to pack. “Where do you want these?” BJ pointed to the small figurines on a shelf.
Stunned Tyler could only look in the direction the finger pointed. She cleared her throat, “go ahead and put them in that box you’ve got there.”
The two worked for a couple of minutes in quiet before BJ asked, “so are you going to take the job?”
“Will I have to deal with Mr. Garland?” Tyler asked as she dumped some unimportant papers in a garbage can.
“No, I fired him and his agency right after you walked out the other day.” BJ replied before she headed down the hallway for another box.
Tyler stood there stunned again by what BJ told her. She watched BJ walk back in the room and start on another shelf, “why did you fire him?”
BJ turned around so she was looking right at Tyler, “because what he did was inexcusable and down right rotten.” She took a deep breath, “I’ve known that he’s a male chauvinist pig for some time and for some unknown reason I chose to ignore it.”
Tyler walked over to the tall brunette and stuck her hand out, “I’m glad you finally came to your senses.” She felt a warm comforting hand grab onto hers and shake, “I would be honored to work for you.”
“That’s great, now what do you say we finish with the packing,” BJ smiled and let go of Tyler’s hand. The loss she felt when the smaller hand dropped from hers was immediate.
“Why don’t you tell me about the threats and what has been done so far to protect you,” Tyler said as she walked back to the desk and began to dump more paper into the garbage.
Tyler grabbed her bottle of beer and sat back on the plush couch. Papers spread across the table in front of her. They were the letters and printed E-mails BJ has received on and off for the past six months.
First they started out just like any normal fan letters some said “you are the most beautiful actress were. Some said that she was “the most beautiful actress” and “I’m Your Biggest Fan”. Then they started to get more personal and possessive stating things like “I saw you today and I really like that blue dress you had on, but I didn’t like the way that one guy kept talking to you. You better let him know that you’re all ready spoken for. You’re mine and nobody else can have you.
The final straw for BJ was when a dozen black roses started to be delivered everyday. Little notes attached to them said; ‘soon my love and we will be together.’
So far the police and other enforcement agencies didn’t have a clue. They only knew that it was a single male between the ages of twenty-five and thirty-five. Which meant they had thousands of suspects.
A knock at the door broke Tyler from her thoughts. She took a drink as she stood; “I’m coming.”
The door opened and a dark head popped in, “It’s just me. I just wanted to make sure everything was okay.” BJ said as she walked the rest of the way in.
“Oh, hi come on in and have a seat. I was just going over all the letters,” Tyler responded as she waved BJ in.
BJ walked in and sat in the chair across from Tyler, “I just wanted to make sure that you were making yourself at home.”
“I am, and thanks again for letting me stay here,” Tyler said with a smile.
When BJ found out that afternoon that Tyler had rented a small apartment, because she had to sell the house her Grandfather left. She immediately offered Tyler the use of her guesthouse.
“It’s my pleasure,” BJ grinned and grabbed a letter that sat on the table. “Got any clues from my little love letters?” She asked as she laughed.
Tyler sat there and stared at BJ. She could see that even though BJ tried to hide behind humor that she was scared. The faint lines of worry around the eyes and the tightness of her muscles in her arms as she held the letter. The most revealing was the deep sadness in the blue eyes.
Tyler stood and walked next to BJ. “You have nothing to worry about. I won’t let anything happen to you,” Tyler reassured BJ.
BJ saw the look in the deep green eyes and knew that what Tyler said was true. She would protect her and keep her safe, “Thank you.”
Tyler smiled and patted BJ on the shoulder, “no need to thank me. That’s what you hired me for.” Tyler walked down the hallway to enter the kitchen; “you want something to drink?”
“Sure what ever you’re having is good,” BJ yelled at the blonde.
Tyler stepped out of the kitchen with two bottles of beer. She handed BJ hers and went to sit back on the couch. They sat in silence for a couple of minutes just enjoying the quietness of the evening.
Tyler tried to keep from staring at the beautiful brunette who was looking up at the stars from the window, but her eyes had different ideas. The way that BJ stroked the bottle as it rested on her bare thigh. The rise and fall of her chest as she took a deep breath and the little sigh that followed. “Oh man I think I’m in trouble,” Tyler thought to herself as she ran one hand through her hair and looked down at her other hand and noticed it shaking, “No, I know I’m in trouble.”
“What’s the plan for tomorrow?” BJ asked as she continued to look out the window.
When Tyler didn’t answer her BJ turned her gaze from the starry night to the small blonde who seem very interested in the bottle in her hand. She could tell that Tyler was lost in thought. It gave her time to look over the lovely body that sat in front of her.
The soft blonde hair that looked like a golden halo that surrounded the angelic face with deep emerald green eyes and soft pink lips. That seemed to be mumbling something she couldn’t understand, “what is she saying to herself?” BJ asked herself as she continued to admire her bodyguard.
At that moment Tyler looked up and green meet blue. She could feel the pull of her soul. It wanted to reach out and grab the one offered to her. Tyler pushed herself up and started to walk around the table, but a soft knock at the door broke the intense moment.
BJ blinked to clear her head as she watched Tyler walk towards the door, “oh boy, what the hell was that?” She whispered as she shook her head to clear it. “I’ve never had anyone make my heart beat this fast with just one look.”
Tyler rested her head on the door to slow her breathing down. “what just happened?” She thought as heard the knock again so she took a deep breath and opened the door.
“Hi, Tyler,” Barb smiled when the door opened. “I’m looking for BJ have you seen her?”
“Yep, she’s in here,” Tyler stepped away from the door so Barb could enter.
Barb walked in, “Thanks, I didn’t know where she went and was starting to worry.”
“I understand, especially with everything going on.” Tyler said as she guided Barb down the hallway to the living room. “Would you like something to drink?”
“No thanks, I just wanted to check on BJ,” Barb said and continued towards the living room.
“Okay, I’ll just give you two a few minutes,” Tyler said and walked into the kitchen.
Tyler headed over to the refrigerator and opened it up. She grabbed the ham, Swiss cheese and Miracle Whip, plus another beer. She sat the items down on the table and went over to the silverware drawer and reached in for a knife with one hand and grabbed the bread with the other.
“I could totally get lost in those blue eyes,” Tyler thought as she sat at the table to make her sandwich. “I can’t let myself think like that. She’s my boss and I’m here to protect her, not ravish her.”
After the sandwich was eaten and the mess picked up Tyler headed for the living room. She found Barb and BJ talking in whispers and nods. She cleared her throat and walked into the room. “Is everything okay?”
“Oh, yes everything is fine. I just wanted to let BJ know that Willis Hut called to confirm her appearance on his show next week,” Barb said with a smile. “He’s been trying o get her on his show for years.”
“Well, that guy is a slime ball,” Tyler grinned. “I remember one show where he was making fun of one of his guests about some affair she had. Which turned out to be false, and the husband jumped up from the audience and broke his noise.”
BJ giggled, “I remember that one. The husband was sued and had to pay Willis over One Hundred Thousand dollars.”
“What? No way,” Tyler sat down stunned. “Man that sucks.”
“Well, a week or so later Willis was attacked behind some restaurant,” Barb informed the other two women in the room. She let a small grin pass her lips. “It’s just a rumor, but some say the husband got his moneys worth that night.”
The three sat in silence for all of a second before they started to laugh. The rest of the night they went over what Tyler needed and what she expected from both of them.
Tyler told them that she wanted to meet all of the employees that worked here at the house and the ones that worked personally for BJ. She also wanted all the background checks redone and double-checked.
Tyler informed them that she would bring in a couple of her own people to help in the training she wanted certain people to go through.
Mike Archer was a friend who used to work for her Grandfather on a couple of assignments. He would teach Melvin Armstrong, BJ’s personal driver, how to get away from a dangerous situation and how to lose a tail.
Leo Frames would teach the staff self defense. Just in case the stalker decided to hurt BJ through her employees. He would also teach them to pay attention to the surroundings of the house more closely and see if anything was different.
Tyler was happy that she had a little back up. She knew that she could handle a job of this size, but it was always good to have someone at your back. Plus with the feelings that seemed to be rising with every look from BJ, Tyler knew that Mike and Leo would keep her head where it needed to be.
Over the next week Tyler had everything going the way she wanted it. BJ had not once questioned her about what or why she did things. Barb only threw a fit once when her rose bushes were transplanted from the backyard to the side of the large white brick house.
Tyler had calmed her down by promising that they wouldn’t be harmed and she would even let the older woman instruct on their transplant. Plus she had to bribe Barb with the promise to go and buy her some new rose bushes when things cooled down with the stalker.
BJ, Tyler noticed just stood back and laughed. The brightness of the smile and the music that was her laugh almost made Tyler faint. She had realized that every time BJ was near her heart would beat faster and her palms would sweat.
Mike and Leo weren’t as much help as Tyler thought they would be. Oh, they helped out a great deal with the staff, but they teased her whenever they knew BJ wasn’t looking. She threatened to fire them if they didn’t knock it off but the two men just laughed and walked away.
Tyler didn’t get mad she knew they only did it because they loved her. The two men had helped raise her ever since her Grandfather hired them.
Mike stood over six feet tall with short blonde hair and a well-manicured beard. The size of his arms usually scared the pants off of everybody, but his bright smile put them at ease a second later. His love for life could be seen in the way he worked and played.
In his house he had a wall filled with pictures of him doing extreme outdoor sports. Like bungee jumping off bridges and parachuting out of planes. Mike’s favorite sport was white water rafting. He had gone through some of the roughest courses in the world. Mike could have made a very good living through sponsors and doing commercials for the sport, but he fell in love and decided that it was more important to be with his soulmate.
Leo is the total opposite of Mike. He prefers to sit and read a good book and enjoy a glass of wine. His light blue eyes sparkle whenever Mike walks into his line of sight. He stands at five feet nine inches with a muscular body, and though he wasn’t built like Mike, he could hold his own. The most outstanding thing about him was his baldhead. Tyler would tease him whenever the chance arrived, which was almost every time they talked.
Barb walked onto the study looking for BJ. She quietly walked up behind her daughter to see what she was looking at. “I should have guessed.” The slight figure of the small blonde talking with Mike and Leo came into view; “I really like Tyler. She seems to know what she’s doing.”
“Yes, she does.” BJ answered with a nod of her head.
They both laughed as they watched Tyler bring her sunglasses down off her head and act like a big glare was shining off of Leo’s head. “Tyler is going to be in big trouble one of these days. Leo is going to get her back real good.”
“I think she’s just getting him back for yesterday when he tripped her and made her fall into the pool,” Barb laughed as she rubbed BJ’s back.
BJ giggled, “that was pretty funny.” “I especially like how the shirt stuck to her like glue when she got out and chased him al over the yard.”
The two grew silent and continued to watch the three through the window. They watched as Tyler and Leo went back and fourth arguing about something, but like the mature adults they were they stopped by sticking their tongues out at each other.
“You like her don’t you?” Barb asked. All ready knowing the answer.
“It shows that much?” BJ replied stunned as she turned to look at her Mom, “How could you tell?”
Barb smiled, “I’m your mother and I know you. Plus the way you try to catch glimpses of her when she’s around, and I’ve caught you watching her out this window for the past two days.”
“There’s just something in her eyes,” BJ turned and walked to the middle of the room.
Barb watched as BJ started to pace, “what do you see?”
BJ paced back and forth for a few seconds before she stopped and took a deep breath in and let it out slowly, “I can see my past and my future. I can feel the intensity of a love that hasn’t been touched in a long time. That’s begging to come out. It’s like my soul is calling out and Tyler is the one who has to answer.”
Barb stood there stunned beyond words. She had never heard her daughter talk about love like that. BJ had basically given up on finding her true soulmate and had just resigned herself to finding someone that could love her for her nothing more.
“She’s the one isn’t she?” Barb asked her daughter in a calm voice.
BJ walked back to the window and stood by her Mom and looked back out at Tyler, “yes.”
Barb turned to face her daughter. She could see the spark in BJ’s eyes as she watched Tyler walk with Leo and Mike to the side of the house. “You need to tell her how you feel.”
BJ shook her head; “I can’t do that. Not yet anyway.”
“Why in the hell not?” Barb yelled. She was tired of sitting back and watching her daughter hurt for not being the person she was. “Oh, BJ, please for once follow your heart.”
“You know why. In the entertainment industry it’s frowned on for the leading lady…” BJ started to say but was interrupted by her Mom’s hand over her mouth.
“I don’t want to hear that crap any more. It’s time for you to stop listening to all the assholes out there and listen to what’s in your heart. Life only comes around once. You understand? ONCE!” Barb yelled.
“It’s time you lived your life for yourself and be happy.” Barb finished and drew her daughter in for a hug. “The love you described to me should be grabbed onto with both hands and never let go.”
BJ felt tears run down her face. The emotions she felt scared her. It had been so long since she had been able to be the person she was without having to hide behind a perfect mask. Her Mom was right, now was the time to come out and be herself.
BJ stepped back and grabbed her Mom by the shoulders; “you’re the best Mom anyone could ask for.” She kissed the older woman on the cheek, “love you.”
“Love you too,” Barb smiled.
“The Security Company finished all the new hook ups. The windows are so sensitive now that the slightest touch will set them off,” Leo informed the two people that followed him to the side of the house.
“What about the extra set of motion lights for the front and the back?” Tyler asked as she inspected the work done. “I don’t want a mouse to move without the lights flicking on.”
“Trust me, not even a bug could get by without setting it off.” Leo assured Tyler.
“Great, thanks Leo. I really appreciate all the work you guys have done for me.” Tyler said and patted both men on the back.
“Don’t sweat it,” Mike replied. “We’re just glad that we could help.”
“That’s right, what good are friends if you can’t put them to work for little or no pay?” Leo teased and ducked quickly from the hand that was aimed for his head. “Just kidding little buddy.”
“Leo, knock it off. Tyler don’t listen to that boob.” Mike said as he stepped in front of his lover before Tyler could get another punch in.
“Hey,” Leo yelled from behind Mike’s back. He stood with his hands on his hips and puffed his chest out, “I’m not a boob.”
“Yes you are,” both Tyler and Mike yelled back.
Tyler stood there and glanced from one man to the other. A frown formed, “I know I can’t pay you guys much and I’m sorry for that. All the money that I’ll be making has to go to all the past due bills. Plus I have to save as much as I can so when this stalker is finally found I can get a place and start up the business again.”
The two men saw the sadness take over Tyler. Leo stepped out from behind Mike and wrapped the small blonde in a hug; “I’m just teasing you. Even if you offered us money we’d refuse. Mike and I think of you as part of our family. It just wouldn’t be right to take money from you.”
“You two are the only family I have left,” Tyler mumbled from Leo’s chest. “I thank God for you guys everyday.”
“As you should,” Leo replied before a small foot kicked him in the shin. “Ouch,” he cried out as he hopped on one foot. “I was just trying to lighten the mood.”
Mike walked closer to the two and wrapped them in another hug; “any time you need us all you have to do is call. Your Grandfather was a very good friend of ours and he would comeback and kick our asses if anything happened to you.”
Tyler stood there and let the emotions absorb into her soul. Some of the emptiness and loneliness inside her disappeared. She squeezed a little tighter before she stepped back and gave the two men a big smile. “Love you two.”
“Right back at you,” Mike replied as he wiped a lone tear off of Tyler’s cheek. “Now lets get back to work. We have a busy day ahead of us tomorrow.”
“That’s right, BJ has an interview on that one talk show,” Leo frowned. “Willis Hut is the biggest asshole ever born.”
“Ain’t that the truth,” Mike agreed. “He’s got the worst reputation in the business. I have no clue why he’s still on the air?”
“Because he can get a rise out of anybody,” Tyler said as they walked to the front of the house. “I just hope he doesn’t try anything tomorrow. BJ has enough crap to deal with.”
Leo and Mike stopped walking and stared at the blonde as she went off into her own world. “She’s doing it again.” Leo sighed and grinned up at his partner.
“Yep, do you think she even realizes she does that?” Mike asked as he draped his arm around Leo’s shoulders.
“Nope,” Leo laughed and wrapped his arm around Mike’s waist to bring him closer. “She doesn’t have a clue.”
Mike kissed the top of Leo’s baldhead. “What do you think she’ll do when it hits her?”
Leo snuggled closer, “cherish every moment of it I hope.”
“Just like we do,” Mike responded with another kiss.
Leo turned his and looked up at the greatest thing that ever happened to him, “yep, just like us.”
The two stood and stared into each other’s eyes. The sound of Tyler’s voice broke the moment and the two sprinted over to where the woman stood.
Tyler stood by the high metal fence that separated BJ’s house from the world. She watched as a suspicious car sat out front of the house. Inside the car sat a man with a camera ready to get any kind of picture he could get.
“I don’t think it’s our stalker, but I bet it’s a sleaze ball from some tabloid.” Tyler whispered when the men stopped next to her.
“What do you want us to do? He’s not breaking any laws,” Leo quietly asked.
“How about we put a little scare into him?” Tyler suggested with a gleam in her eyes.
“Count us in,” Mike answered for the two men.
Tyler huddled the two around her, “Leo go up to the house and make sure BJ stays in. I don’t want her to have to worry about this kind of crap.”
“Oh come on I want to be part of this,” Leo pouted and stomped his feet.
Tyler and Mike rolled their eyes at the man.
“Quit acting like a damn three year old,” Tyler scolded. “You can be in on the next one.”
“Promise?” Leo asked and stuck out his bottom lip.
“Yes, I promise. Now put that thing back before a bird lands on it.” Tyler responded as she pushed the offending lip back with one of her fingers. “I need Mike’s big muscles for this one. Your to puny to pull it off.”
“Oh please, I’ll have you know that under this fabulously expensive shirt is a body every man or woman would die to have.” Leo puffed his chest out and put his hands on his hips for added effect.
Mike and Tyler tried hard not to laugh, but the sight of Leo when he stood like that only made it ten times harder.
“Okay, if you say so,…..Mr. Clean.” Mike snorted from behind his hand. His entire body shook from the giggles that took over his body.
“All you need is the earring and you’ve got it made.” Tyler teased as her face turned red from over exertion from trying not to fall down and laugh herself to death.
Leo continued to stand there with a scowl on his face. “Okay, fine no sex for you,” he countered back as he pointed at Mike.
Mike stood up with a frown, “come on honey. You know I was only kidding.”
“I’ll just be going now,” Leo said before he turned and stomped up to the house.
Tyler slapped Mike on the back, “you know all you have to do is buy him a nice present and he’ll forgive you.”
Mike turned his head slowly around to look in to mischievous green eyes. “Lets get this show on the road so I can get my ass to the store.”
“Good, here’s my plan,” Tyler wrapped her arm across Mike’s shoulder and led him to the backyard so they could get around to the side without the guy in the car noticing them.
Barb and BJ were in the kitchen when Leo came in with a big smile, “what has you so happy?” Barb asked as she drank her tea.
Leo stopped grabbed a cup for himself and sat at the table, “I’m getting a present.”
“Really, what’s the occasion?” BJ inquired and poured some hot tea into Leo’s cup.
Leo grinned, “Mike and Tyler are outside right now scaring the pants off of some tabloid reporter. I wanted to have some fun to but they wanted me to come in and tell you to stay in the house.”
“What do you mean they are out there scaring some reporter?” BJ questioned as she stood up. “Why would they say for me to stay in the house. It’s not like I’m not used to having slime ball tabloid reporters creeping around my property.”
“Calm down, Tyler just wanted you to stay in the house because you have enough to deal with. She’s just doing her job protecting you.” Leo replied and sipped his tea. He glanced over at Barb who had a little grin form on her face when she watched the smile appear on BJ face.
BJ sat back down on her chair and drank her tea, “okay, now tell us why your getting a present.”
Leo went on to explain why he knew that Mike would get him a present. When he was done he got up and started to heat up more water, “so there you have it. I withhold sex and Mike gets me something nice to get in my good graces again.”
“You sure do have his number,” Barb laughed as she got up to get some cookies out of the pantry. “Chocolate chip or oatmeal?”
“Oatmeal,” BJ and Leo responded at the same time.
“Glad we all agree,” Barb laughed as she sat the bag on the table.
As Leo was about to pour the hot water into the empty mugs Mike and Tyler came walking in. Mike had a big grin on his face and Tyler had a scowl. The sight of blood on Tyler’s chin made BJ jump up to the blonde.
“What happened?” BJ asked as she wiped the blood off with a napkin.
Tyler lost all train of thought when BJ cupped her face. The warm feeling of BJ’s hands on her cheek felt like a probe straight to her center. “Damn, if she can get that kind of reaction out of me with a small touch to my face. I can’t imagine what it would be like if she touched other places.” Tyler thought and closed her eyes to relish in the sensation.
“I can’t believe that the sight of her bleeding has me so upset.” BJ thought, “It’s not like it’s something major. It’s just a little cut under her chin, but damn she cute standing there letting me tend to her.”
The other three in the room watched the interaction between the two women. They each sported the same knowing grin.
“What happened?” Barb asked as she continued to watch BJ and Tyler.
Mike giggled a little, “we just wanted to scare the guy. So we went out there and planned on pretending we were having an earthquake.”
Barb and Leo listened to Mike detail the events that happened outside. Apparently as Mike shook the back of the car Tyler would be walking by and start to sway towards the car. She then would reach in and grab the camera, but when Tyler tried to grab for the camera she didn’t see a little dog sitting on the lap of the man. The dog jumped up and tried to bit Tyler as soon as her arm reached in. It scared Tyler so bad she banged her chin when she jerked out of the window.
They tried real hard not to laugh when the story had finished, but they failed miserably.
The noise from the others in the room broke BJ and Tyler out of their own thoughts. “You want a bandage?”
Tyler shook her head and gave BJ a little smile, “no, that’s okay. Thanks.”
“Any time,” BJ whispered softly as she caressed Tyler’s neck.
The soft touches on her neck made her heartbeat faster and her inside turn to mush. Tyler wanted BJ to lean down and kiss her, but she knew that once that happened things would change and she wouldn’t be able to do her job. BJ had already made it really hard to concentrate going any further would definitely double that problem.
Tyler stepped away from BJ’s touch; “I really should be going.” She said softly and headed out the door.
“Bye,” BJ said to Tyler’s back.
Tyler decided to take her nightly walk early. For some reason she had been unable to take a nap like she usually did before going out.
Tyler slowly made her way out the side door of the guesthouse. She knew where to walk without setting off the security lights. Carefully she made her way across the back lawn to the pool. The moon reflected off the top of the water giving it a sparkle look.
A crunch noise made Tyler halt her progress at the backside of the house. She lowered herself to the ground so she could get a look around the bush that had been recently been planted. “Looks like a mouse has entered the trap,” Tyler whispered to herself.
Tyler watched as the dark form carefully hid behind bushes and trees. She bent her knees and got ready to strike as the body got closer to the sensors that would set off the alarms and all the lights.
Just as one foot hit the right spot Tyler threw herself and tackled the intruder. “Gotcha, you son of a bitch.” Tyler yelled as they rolled around on the damp ground.
The two fought for top position. Arms and legs were everywhere; grunts and groans broke the silence of the night.
Dressed in flannel pajamas, BJ ran from her upstairs bedroom with her Mom right on her heels. “What the hell is going on?” Barb asked as she tried to get her pink robe around her shoulders.
“Someone has set off the alarms.” BJ answered as she made it to the bottom of the stairs. “I wonder where Tyler is?”
“She’s around somewhere, let’s look out the front window and see if we can see anything.” Barb said as she headed for the big bay window in the front living room.
The two women knelt on the bench that sat in front of the big window. They saw two people rolling around the front yard. “We have to go and help,” BJ yelled as she jumped up and ran for the front door.
“BJ, you can’t go out there.” Barb yelled back at her daughter, but it was too late, the front door was wide open. She looked out the window and saw her daughter run to where the two bodies fought. “Damn that kid,” she said and ran to catch up.
BJ didn’t exactly know how she was going to stop Tyler and the intruder, but she couldn’t just stand there and watch either. “STOP..STOP AT ONCE!” She screamed at the top of her lungs.
“BJ?” Asked a deep voice from ground.
“Miles? Is that you?” BJ stepped closer to the two on the ground.
“Yes, it’s me,” Miles answered just as Tyler had gotten his hands behind his back. “Get this person off of me.”
“Why?” BJ sarcastically asked, “after what you did the last time you were here you think I should just let you enter my home?”
Tyler just sat on the man’s back and listened to the conversation. She wouldn’t let the man up until BJ gave her the sign that it was okay. “I wonder who this is?” Tyler thought to herself as she tried to catch her breath. “Apparently the know each other. Maybe he’s an old lover?” The thought made Tyler’s stomach twist into a knot.
“Ouch,” Miles growled into the grass as Tyler tightened her grasp on the man’s wrists. “Please, BJ, I promise nothing will happen like that again.”
Barb had walked up to the scene with the phone in her hand. “I called the cops. They should be here in a few minutes.”
“Please don’t have me put in jail,” Miles begged.
“You have got to be kidding me?” Barb sighed in frustration. “What are you doing here?”
“Would you believe I just wanted to drop by and say hello to my sister,” Miles replied as he tried to get comfortable with the weight of Tyler on his back.
“Sister?” Tyler asked as she looked up and met upset blue eye. “This is your brother. I didn’t know you had a brother.”
“Let’s just say I only have one when he needs money or a place to crash for a couple of days,” BJ growled and began to pace.
“Do you want me to let him up?” Tyler asked as she watched BJ get more upset.
“No,” Barb answered and walked back to the house.
“I take it your Mom doesn’t like you much,” Tyler replied as she watched the woman storm into the house and slam the door.
“She’s not his Mom. This is the product of when my Dad slept around on her.” BJ answered bitterly.
Tyler sat there and watched as different emotions ran across BJ’s face. Suddenly she stopped and hunched down next to Miles’s face. “If you so much as breath wrong, I’ll have your ass thrown in jail so fast that your head will spin. Got me?” BJ said as she gestured for Tyler to stand and let Miles up.
“Thanks, BJ. I really appreciate it.” Miles said as he stood and wiped off grass and dirt from his jacket and headed for the house. “You have any food?”
Tyler couldn’t stand it any longer. She had to know what the hell had just happened. “You want to give me just a small hint to what happened just now.”
BJ took a deep breath and let it out slowly. “That ever so nice person was my little brother Miles. Him and I have the same father. My Dad and his Mother were having an affair behind my Mom’s back. It had gone on for several years until my Mom found out and kicked my Dad out.”
Tyler guided BJ back to the house as BJ continued her story. “I was about fourteen when all this happened. Dad never came back after he left. Which really didn’t bother me, because he never really paid any attention to me anyway. We just went on with our lives. Then about five years ago Miles knocked at my door. Saying that he was my brother. Of course I didn’t believe him at first, but he had a birth certificate and countless pictures of him growing up with dad at his side.”
“Must have been a shock?” Tyler asked as she shut the front door and led BJ into the living room to sit on the couch.
“Understatement of the year,” BJ laughed as she brought her feet up so she could rest her chin on her knees. “You want to know what shocked me more?” She asked as she turned to look into caring green eyes.
“What,” Tyler responded in a soft whisper.
A tear fell down BJ’s cheek, “the way I felt when I saw those pictures of a loving caring father out with his kid. I wanted that, no I needed that.”
Tyler walked over and sat next to BJ. She watched as more tears fell and landed on the soft material of BJ’s pajamas. With loving care Tyler wiped the wetness off and cupped BJ’s face in her hands. “He didn’t know what he had. To have something this special and to just let it go proves that he wasn’t man enough to give you what you needed. I’m just sorry that he hurt you and made you feel like you weren’t wanted.”
They sat there for a few minutes and stared into each other eyes. Letting two souls connect again.
“If I had you I would never let you go,” Tyler said as her fingers continued to caress soft cheeks.
BJ stared at herself in the mirror. She could still feel the soft touch of Tyler on her face. She closed her eyes and remembered the way intense green eyes set a fire in her soul that only a kiss could put out. She thought of how Tyler had leaned in closer, so close that they shared the same air. Just as two sets of lips were about to touch.
“Damn, Miles just had to walk in,” BJ whispered to herself, totally frustrated with her brother once again.
“Excuse me did you say something to me?” The hair stylist asked as she brushed BJ’s hair.
“Sorry, no,” BJ responded a little embarrassed she had spoken out loud.
The stylist finished brushing and smiled up at the mirror, “not a problem. I get that a lot. People forget I’m around and just start talking to themselves.”
“I didn’t mean to be rude,” BJ quickly responded and sat up a little so she could turn to look at the woman.
“OH, I know. It’s just so calming when you get your hair brushed. It’s like a head massage,” The woman said as she picked up the brushes off the table and put them in a bag she stored them in. “It’s almost time for you to be introduced.”
BJ stood and shook the lady’s hand, “thanks, you did a great job.”
The woman’s smile grew, “any time.”
BJ headed out the door to the back hallway where she would wait for Willis Hut to introduce her. A movement to the side made her stop. When she didn’t notice anything she continued on.
From the spot she had to wait she could see into the audience. A couple of hundred laughing people filled the studio that taped the afternoon talk show. Three cameras sat in front of the raised audience to film the host do what he does best, “start trouble.” BJ thought to herself.
A man in a bright yellow shirt ran up and down the aisles joking and carrying on trying to keep the audience happy during the commercial break.
The band played some soft jazz as the host of the show sat and talked to his first guest. The fake laugh and smile raked across BJ nerves. “I really hate that guy,” BJ thought.
The host glanced over to where BJ stood and smiled at her. She noticed how the dark brown eyes undressed her from across the stage. She shivered at what the asshole might be thinking. Then she noticed how his eyes grew even darker and looked at something behind her, but before she could turn around a warm hand pressed on her back.
“Boy, if looks could kill,” Tyler said as she stared back, but she added a smile instead of a scowl.
“He thinks he’s God’s gift to women, but the only women he can get is the kind you have to pay for.” BJ laughed as she enjoyed the warmth created by Tyler’s hand on her back.
A man with a small black box and wire came up behind the two, “excuse me, Ms. Stanton. I have your mic to put on.”
“Here I’ll help her put it on,” Tyler offered and took the box and handed it to BJ. “Where do you want it to be attached to?”
BJ blushed, “I usually have it tucked in the back of my pants and have the wire come around my waist up under my bra and out the collar.”
“Oh boy,” Tyler shrugged her shoulders like it was no big deal. “Okay, turn around.”
BJ grabbed Tyler’s hand, “let’s find a place were not so many eyes are watching.” She tipped her head in Willis Hut’s direction. “I don’t even want him to think about us in that way.”
Tyler saw the lusting eyes follow every move they made, “I totally agree.”
The two went to one of the extra rooms that held some props and equipment for the show. They shut the door and stood there for a few seconds not sure how to proceed.
“I guess I should take my shirt off so we can get that thing on,” BJ said as she started to undo her pants to get her shirt loose.
“Okay,” Tyler squeaked. She stood and watched as a perfectly flat stomach emerged from under the soft red sweater. “I think I’m going to die.” Tyler thought as an exquisite, round breast held back by a silk red bra appeared before her eyes.
BJ folded her sweater and put it on a box that sat next to her. She knew what kind of effect she was having on Tyler by the way Tyler’s usually bright green eyes intensified with lust as she stared at the half naked BJ.
BJ walked up to Tyler with grin, “Tyler?”
“Hmm,” Tyler answered back. She was still enthralled with the sight before her.
BJ placed a finger under Tyler’s chin so that she could get her full attention, “Can I ask you a question?”
“You can ask me anything,” Tyler responded.
“Would you mind if I kissed you right now?” BJ asked as she lowered her head towards Tyler’s.
Tyler stepped back. The question brought her out of her daydream. “I can’t do this. I can’t be her protector and her love. She’ll just get hurt, people I love die and I don’t want that to happen to her.” Tyler looked into crystal clear eyes as she took a deep breath, “as much as I would love for you to, I don’t think that would be a good idea.”
“Why?” BJ asked as she stepped closer.
Tyler knew she would regret this moment, “I need to keep my thoughts on my job, and my job is to protect you not sleep with you.” She said as she stared at her feet.
BJ quickly stepped back and grabbed her sweater. The words felt like a slap in the face. “I’ll go have someone else help me with this.” BJ put her sweater on and walked to the door. She opened the door, but stopped before she went all the way through. “I’ll make sure that I don’t misunderstand what your job is again.”
“I’m sorry,” Tyler replied softly.
BJ didn’t respond she left with the door wide open. Tyler watched her go up to the guy who handed her the small mic and asked him to please help her. “I really screwed up.””
Tyler slowly walked out of the room. She gave a quick glance over to where BJ stood. She took a deep breath and walked in the other direction. Not wanting to have BJ out of her sight she stood behind a curtain where she wasn’t noticed, but had a clear view of the tall actresses every move.
The rest of the afternoon went by pretty quickly. Willis Hut lived up to his reputation by asking BJ all sorts of improper questions that had nothing to do with why she was there. All he got in return was a smile, and nothing more. Seeing that he wasn’t going to get any kind of reaction he didn’t ask her to stay till the end of the show. Which, BJ was very grateful for.
Tyler walked quietly in front of BJ and opened the car door for her. She stared at her feet until BJ was all the way in before she closed the door and headed to the front seat. “I’m such an ass.”
“Let’s go Melvin, and let’s not take our time.” Tyler ordered without any emotion.
Melvin didn’t ask any questions as to why she was up here with him, he just assumed it was to help look for anything inconspicuous. “No problem. I’ll have us home in no time.”
“Home..I wish. I lost that a long time ago.” Tyler thought as she stared out the window.
They were almost to the house when Tyler had Melvin continue past their normal turn, “Keep going for a few miles.”
“What’s up?” Melvin asked as he glanced around to see if he could spot anything,
“Second car on the left. It’s been following us since we left the studio,” Tyler responded as she reached for her cell phone. She punched in a number from memory. “Mike, we have a tail,” was all she said and hung up the phone.
“Get in the left lane, and when I say now I want you to make a sharp left turn.” She instructed the driver.
Tyler reached for a button and the tinted window that was up behind her slid down a couple of inches. “I need to make sure you have on your seatbelt.”
“It’s on,” BJ replied coldly.
Tyler let out a sigh, “please, make sure that it’s tight.” She pushed the button and had the window raise back up. “Life is so much fun sometimes.”
“Okay Melvin, on the count of three I want you to do your thing. One….two…THREE!!” Tyler held on to the dashboard as Melvin took a sharp turn. He didn’t decrease his speed as the car entered a back alley. She shifted in her seat so she could look in the side mirror. She noticed that the car that was following stayed with them, “good job. I want you to continue up for four blocks then turn left.”
“Gotcha,” Melvin answered with a little grin.
Tyler noticed that the car was far enough away that she could jump out quick and try to get some sort of idea what the suspect looked like. “After you take that left I want you to slow down enough so that I can get out of the car. Then I want you to head on home. Mike has everything set up just in case he decides to follow you all the way. I doubt he will he’s to chicken to pull a stunt like that yet.”
“Okay, Tyler,” Melvin responded back with another small grin.
Tyler just nodded her head and gave him a smile of her own as she got ready to jump from the still moving car.
The black window that separated the front from the back came down and BJ’s head appeared.
“Mind telling me what the hell is going on?” BJ ordered looking from Tyler to Melvin.
“We have a tail and as of right now we are trying to get him in a position where we can get some sort of clue as to who he might be, ” Tyler said. “Melvin is gong to take you straight home after he drops me off. I would like it very much if you would make sure you stay in the house with the alarms set. Mike and Leo have everything else set up.”
“Where is Melvin dropping you off and why?” BJ asked in a concerned voice. If this was the stalker it was the closest he’d ever gotten and she was a little scared.
Tyler turned around and patted BJ’s hand. She looked into troubled eyes, “I want to see if I can get any idea what this guy might look like.”
Remembering what kind of an ass Tyler made her feel like back at the studio she quickly took her hand away from Tyler’s. She saw the hurt in the green eyes, but didn’t care. “As long as you do your job,” BJ replied coldly and sat back and closed the window.
Tyler looked at her reflection that appeared as the window went up. “I really deserved that.”
The next day Tyler and Police Detective Burt Peck who was assigned the case sat in her living room. They were going over the evidence that had been collected at the scene where the car that had been following the limousine yesterday was found abandoned.
“So you didn’t see a thing as the car went past you?” Peck asked as he got up and went into the kitchen.
“Nope, he went by too fast. If he had stopped at the traffic light I might have gotten a good look, but he ran the red light,” Tyler replied with disgust. “Do you think its possible he knew the owner of the car he was driving?”
The owner of the car had been tied up and shot point blank in the back of the head. Pictures of the victim sat in front of Tyler. Her face had turned white as soon as she saw the first one, but she continued to look. Maybe, just maybe she could spot something that nobody else could see.
“No, I think he just grabbed the poor guy.” Detective Peck yelled from the kitchen. “Hey, Tyler?”
“Yes,” Tyler replied still engrossed in the pictures.
“You want a beer? How about a sandwich?” Peck asked as he stuck his head out to look at her.
Tyler glanced up and had to laugh a little, “apparently you have made yourself right at home.” She pointed to the sandwich and the milk mustache around the older mans mouth.
“What can I say, milk does a body good, and at my age I need all the help I can get,” Peck shrugged his shoulders and took another bite of is lunch. “So do ya want anything?”
“No, I’m okay,” Tyler sighed as she put the photos back in the vanilla envelope they came in. “I want to thank you for letting me look at the evidence.”
Peck walked back in the room and sat in the chair across from Tyler, “no problem, I figure if we help each other we will catch this guy sooner rather than later. I’m just sorry for that guys family. Him and his wife just celebrated their thirty-sixth wedding anniversary. They planned on going to Hawaii for two weeks. They would of left tonight.”
“Damn it,” Tyler shouted, “I want this guy so bad.”
Peck gathered the papers on the table, “you and everybody else does. He’ll make a mistake soon.”
“Not soon enough,” Tyler whispered as she rubbed her eyes. “You have to get going?”
“Yep, I have to get back to the station. Then I have to get my butt home. The kids are coming over for a family supper,” Peck said as he grabbed his coat off the back of the chair.
Tyler laughed, “missed the last one did you?”
“Yep, it wasn’t my fault though. Betty thinks I should be able to prevent all crime from happening on her family supper night.” Peck smirked as he put his coat on.
“You make sure you call me if you get any more evidence, ” Tyler said as she shook the gray-headed Detectives hand and walked him to the door. “Tell the family I said hello.”
“I will, you should come over some night for dinner. I know Betty would love to see you again,” Peck answered as he stepped through the door.
They both looked up when they heard soft music playing next to the pool. They saw BJ and Barb lounging around the pool talking and drinking ice tea. “She’s beautiful.” Peck said softly.
“Yes she is,” Tyler whispered so softly that Peck barely heard it.
He turned his head and watched the sadness invade the vibrant green eyes. Then he looked up and saw the same in the intense blue eyes watching them from under a straw hat. “Wonder what’s up?”
“So I’ll see ya later?” Peck asked as he hugged Tyler and headed off towards his car.
Tyler stood and watched BJ for a second before she lowered her head and headed back into the house. She shut the door, leaned against it and let out a big sigh. A tear fell down the soft skin of her cheek, she wiped it away with a quick motion of her hand. “Why am I crying? It was my choice to not start anything with her. I don’t want her to become one of my statistics of death. The farther away she is to loving me the better. I would rather have her mad and alive then dead and loving me.”
With her mind made up Tyler went to the spare bedroom she made into her office and booted up her computer. “Let’s see if we’ve had any hits today.”
Tyler brought up BJ’s fan club mail. After checking the hundreds of address and subject lines she found the one that she was looking for, “We’ve got mail,” she said as she opened it up and began to read.
“So are you going to tell me what’s going on between you and Tyler?” Barb asked her daughter as she put on sun tan lotion.
“What makes you think anything is going on?” BJ countered back as she drank her ice tea and took a quick look at her guesthouse.
Barb looked over at her daughter and saw the direction BJ glanced in. “Oh, I don’t know. Maybe because after she got home yesterday you stayed up in your room and didn’t bother to come down to see if she had any information on your stalker. Plus the way you looked at her when her and that Detective came out of the house. I could have sworn I got a chill.”
“Damn it, Mom, can’t you just leave things be for once?” BJ pouted as she sat back against the lawn chair with her arms crossed in front of her chest.
Barb looked at her daughter and laughed a little. “You look like you did when you were a child. Especially when you didn’t get something you wanted.” Barb also leaned back against her chair, “You know you want to tell me. So why don’t you break yourself out of your misery and spill it.”
A few quiet minutes went by. Barb thought her daughter might need some more coaxing and was about to say something when BJ started to talk.
“Yesterday at the studio we almost kissed,” BJ said in a calm voice. “She decided that it would be the wrong thing to do. Since she was hired to protect me and not sleep with me.”
Barb quickly sat back up and turned towards her daughter. “Oh honey, I’m sorry,” she said as she patted BJ’s leg.
BJ grabbed her Mom’s hand and held it, “I know she felt the same kind of pull I feel for her. I saw it in her eyes. I just don’t understand why she is holding back.”
“I’ll tell you,” a deep voice responded from behind Barb.
The two women were so preoccupied with their conversation that they didn’t hear Leo and Mike walk up behind them.
Then Mike grabbed a couple of chairs and gave one to Leo and he took the other, “she’s afraid of something happening to you.”
“What do you mean?” BJ asked totally confused.
Leo handed Mike a glass of tea and he took the other that Barb offered, “you see, Tyler thinks that everybody that loves her dies because of that love. I don’t know if you know anything about Tyler’s past?” Leo asked before he took a drink. “She was the only survivor in a car crash that killed her parents and her Grandmother. She sat in the car and watched each one of them die. She didn’t get a scratch on her. Which was a miracle considering what was left of the car.”
“No I didn’t have a clue. All I knew about was that she lost part of her family in a car accident. She never mentioned that she was in the car when it happened,” BJ replied as she thought about a small blonde girl trapped in a car with people she loved and watching them die. “How could someone so young carry on loosing her parent like that?”
“With the help from her Grandfather. That man was her rock. He always made sure that no matter what he was doing, even if he was away or in some important meeting she could always get through to him. He would drop everything if she needed him.” Mike informed the two women. “When he died Tyler was the one who found him. She tried to revive him, but it was already to late.”
“A couple of nights later we went to check on her, “Leo continued the story as he pointed to Mike and himself. “We found her in her office at the house drunker than a skunk. She was sitting in the dark crying. My heart broke at the sight.” Leo wiped a tear that fell onto his cheek.
Mike scooted his chair closer to Leo’s and put his arm around his shoulder, “she was a mess. We tried to get her to stop drinking and talk to us, but she would have nothing to do with that. It lasted into the next day until she ran out of alcohol. Then she sat there and said nothing until that night.”
“What happened that night?” Barb asked with concern. She couldn’t imagine anyone going through what Tyler had gone through.
Mike looked over at Leo to see if he wanted to tell the rest, “you finish it. You were the one that finally got her talking.” Leo said as he patted Mike’s leg.
Mike gave him a small smile. “Well, I went to see if she was sleeping. When I walked through the door I was nearly hit with a flying lamp. Tyler was like a mad woman, throwing this and that everywhere. Books littered the floor and papers flew around like it was raining. I ran over to her as she was about to put her fist through her computer.”
Mike stood up and got the pitcher of tea. He continued his story as he refilled empty glasses. “Never let the size of a person confuse you to what they could do to you. As soon as she felt me grab her she screamed at the top of her lungs whipped her head back and broke my nose.” He sat back in his chair.
“Ohh,” Barb and BJ gasped at the same time.
He smiled at them, “I didn’t let go though and just held on, because I knew that once I did she would have done something terrible to herself.”
“Poor Tyler,” Barb whisper softly as she grabbed a tissue from the table and wiped her eyes.
“It was bad, but a couple of hours later she started to talk. At first I didn’t understand because she just mumbled. Then she started to sober up, that’s when it all really came out.” Mike stood up and started to pace, ” I just listened to what ever she had to say. I knew she had to get it out or it would most definitely kill her. What stopped me in my tracks was when she said that we, Leo and I, should get away from her. She believes that being around her will get us killed.”
Leo interrupted, “she called us a statistic of death. That’s what she calls everybody who has died or is yet to die that she loves.”
“What,” BJ asked shocked. “I don’t understand. Everybody loses people that they love.”
“You’re right, they do. Tyler just has it in her head that if she loves someone they will be killed because of her.” Leo answered with a sad smile.
Barb held up her hands, “wait a minute. She thinks that her Grandfather died because of her. Didn’t he die from a heart attack?”
“Yes he did,” Mike replied and sat back down. He looked at two confused faces. “She was supposed to take him to a doctors appointment that morning. She had to call him and have him reschedule because one of the kids at the place she volunteered at needed her help.”
“So she thinks that if she had taken him to the doctors, they might have caught it in time?” BJ filled in the rest of the story.
Mike and Leo just nodded their heads in agreement.
Over the next week Tyler had intercepted four e-mails from the stalker. She had decided that she wouldn’t tell anyone that they had been sent, because instead of them saying things about BJ they said stuff about Tyler. “The stalker now see me as some sort of threat.” Tyler thought as she took her nightly walk.
A flick of light caught her attention. She looked up at the house and saw a shadow walking around BJ’s room. “Can’t believe what a jerk I’ve been lately. She’s tried to apologize for the way she acted last week and all I do is shrug her off.” Tyler walked up to a big pine tree that grew in front of the house and watched the shadow. A tear ran down her face and fell onto the ground.
BJ sat in the living room with a book in her lap. Unable to get past the first paragraph she sat there and thought of Tyler. It wasn’t the first time her thoughts had gone there over the past week and she doubted it would be the last. “I understand why she shut me out. To live through something so traumatic at such a young age, nobody should have to go through that. Now the question is how am I going to break through to Tyler? I’ve tried to apologize, but she just shrugs it off. She’s all business now, we don’t talk like we used to. I really miss that…I really miss her.”
“BJ?” Barb yelled from upstairs.
“What, Mom?” BJ yelled back as she stood up and walked to the front window. She sat down on the bench and grabbed one of the pillows and hugged it to herself.
“Do you know where I left that sweater I showed you earlier today?” Barb asked from the top of the stairs.
“It’s was in my room the last time I saw it,” BJ answered back as she looked out the window to the dark night.
A movement caused BJ to look closer to the tree that sat in her front yard. She knew from the shape of the figure that it was Tyler. She watched as Tyler leaned up against the tree. The light from the moon gave her enough light to see Tyler face. “Damn, she’s beautiful.”
BJ continued to watch when she noticed Tyler wipe her hand across her face. “She’s crying.”
BJ stood up and tossed the pillow back on the bench. “I will not let this crap go on any more. Someone has to break through that tough hide of hers and I’m just the person to do it.” She said out loud as she walked to the door.
By the time she was out the door Tyler was already gone. Knowing that if she tried to follow she’d set off all he security alarms, “Damn it! I feel like a prisoner in my own home.” She then decided that going through the house would be the better idea. So she stormed in the house and quickly walked past her Mom who had just come down back from upstairs.
“Where you going in such a hurry?” Barb asked curiously.
“I’m going to go knock some sense into a certain bodyguard we know.” BJ yelled as she went through the kitchen and out the back door.
Barb smiled, “you go girl.” She walked back up the stairs and got ready for bed.
Tyler made her way from the front yard to the back. A figure sat on one of the pool chairs drinking some wine. “Don’t you have anything else to do?” She asked the silent man.
“Nope, this is what I do best.” Miles answered with a slur before he downed half of his glass.
Tyler walked up to the man and ripped the bottle out of his hand, “you need to get off your ass and get a job. Not live off your sister. If you were my brother I’d have kicked your ass a long time ago.”
Miles stumbled out of the chair and tried to stand up straight. The vein in the middle of his forehead bulged out as his face turned red with anger. “Listen here you fucking bitch. I’ll do what I want when I want to, and not a moment before. So why don’t you go fuck yourself.” He said as he swung a fist at Tyler.
Tyler knew what he was going to do and easily side stepped the swing and watched him land on his knees. She set the wine bottle on the table closest to her. “Is that all you can do?” She taunted him and kicked him in the ass before he could get up. “Why don’t you tell me what you’re really doing here.”
Miles growled, “what the hell are you talking about. I’m here visiting my sister.”
“Bullshit! Want to try again or do you want me to let you in on what I figured out,” Tyler asked as she walked in front of the kneeling man.
Miles looked up at Tyler. He saw the smirk and swallowed. “Is she just pulling my chain? Does she really know?”
“Come on Miles, I know you’re not that stupid,” Tyler responded. She waited a few seconds and when Miles decided to be quiet she spoke, “See, Miles, I have been receiving some disturbing e-mails. It really doesn’t bother me that this crazy son of a bitch has now decided to take his frustrations out on me instead of BJ. But what really gets me is that he knows just about every movement I’ve made the last week. Even when I haven’t left this house.”
“So what does that have to do with me?” Miles asked as he crawled over to the chair not giving Tyler the chance to kick him down again.
Tyler grabbed a chair and sat down and leaned her elbows on her knees so she was face to face with Miles. “Before you got here he didn’t know what he knows now. He mentioned that he could get me on one of my nightly rounds. Care to tell me how he knew that?”
Miles tried to grab for the wine, but Tyler was quicker. He pointed a shaking finger at Tyler, “listen you, I don’t have a clue what you’re talking about or even why you think I have anything to do with what’s going on. He could just be guessing that you prowl around in the dark.”
“Oh, really? He seemed to know exactly when I go out,” Tyler lied, but wanted to see if he would stumble and give her some clue.
Miles just stared into Tyler’s intense green eyes. “She playing with me. Hoping that I’d slip up. Well, I’m not that stupid. If this guys plans work I’ll be on easy street for a long time.” He stood up and managed not to topple over, “you have to go find yourself another escape goat I think. I’m not falling for it.” He turned and walked to the house not seeing BJ standing in the shadows.
Tyler stood up and grabbed the bottle of wine. She dumped the rest of the contents into the grass. “Well, that went better then I thought it would. I know he knows something, it’s just not a coincidence that the stalkers emails imply that he knows more of what goes on around here.” Lost in thought Tyler didn’t hear or see BJ until she stood right in front of her making her jump.
“You scared me,” Tyler said as she set the empty bottle in the trash can.
“Sorry. What were you and Miles talking about?” BJ asked. She wanted to see if Tyler would tell her even though she overheard most of the conversation.
“Should I tell her that I suspect Miles is working with the stalker?” Tyler looked at questioning blue eyes, “she has a right to know.”
“Well?” BJ asked as she sat on the chair Tyler had sat in earlier.
Tyler knew that this would not go over well. She took a deep breath and decided that the only way to go was to tell BJ everything. “I suspect that Miles is working with the stalker in some way. How I don’t know yet, but I will find out.”
BJ already figured that out, but to hear Tyler say it out loud to her hit her hard. “How can that be? He’s my brother. How did you come up with this idea?”
“Shit, I don’t want to tell her about the emails.” Tyler knew that she had to tell her everything when she looked at BJ. “I have received several emails from the stalker. He knows things that he shouldn’t know. I think Miles is giving him information in exchange for cash.”
BJ stood up and began to pace, “it could be anyone.”
Tyler walked up to BJ and put her hands on her shoulders. “If it was someone else they would have started a long time ago. This just started after he got here.”
“What are you going to do?” BJ asked scared what Tyler’s answer might be.
Tyler lead BJ back to her seat. She knelt down so she faced BJ straight on, “I plan on using him. From this point on he will have a tail wherever he goes. Hopefully he will lead us to the stalker and you can get on with your life.”
Tears ran down BJ’s face as it got redder and redder from the anger. “How could my own brother do something like this. I trusted him and gave him a place to live and even gave him money when he needed it.” She jumped up and knocked Tyler on her butt.
“Where do you think you’re going?” Tyler asked as she quickly got up and followed BJ.
“I plan on kicking his ass,” BJ responded with pure hatred as she made her way to the back door.
Tyler grabbed BJ by the arm and swung her around. “You can’t do that. At least not yet.”
BJ glared at Tyler. “Why not?”
Tyler swallowed hard. The anger was so intense her skin crawled. “Believe it or not we need him. This is our chance to get the sick fuck that wants me dead and you for his wife.” “Whoops!”
“What do you mean he wants you dead?” BJ asked barely above a whisper. Then she remembered what Tyler said about receiving emails. “He threatened you. Didn’t he?”
“Damn it, why didn’t I keep my mouth shut.” Tyler let go of BJ. She turned around and looked up at the stars that twinkled down at her. “Grandfather hope you’re enjoying the show.”
“I have gotten a handful of emails. They basically say the same thing, but instead of just wanting you he sees me as a threat and wants me dead.” Tyler confessed with a slight shrug. “As long as he tries to get rid of me.”
Tyler didn’t get to finish because her arms where filled with a very upset brunette, “I know it’s your job to protect me, but I can’t loose you.”
“I can’t hide myself from her any more.” Tyler knew that no matter how hard she tried to deny her feelings for BJ it was a lost cause. “I don’t plan on going anywhere. This is where I belong and this is where I’ll stay.”
BJ stood perfectly still unsure if she heard right. She slightly stepped back and gazed into sparkling green. “Does that mean what I hope it means?”
Tyler nodded her head. “I was stupid to even try to fight it. You’ve had me since you helped me with my coffee.”
BJ smiled and brought her head down. Her lips softly connected with Tyler’s. A shock of energy went from one to the other making the hairs on their arms to stand on end. “WOW!” They both thought as the kiss continued.
Unbeknownst to them Miles had watched the whole scene from his bedroom window. “You won’t have time to enjoy your new found love sister of mine.”
Over the next couple of days Tyler and BJ spent as much time together as they could. They talked for hours and cuddled, but they never went any further than kissing and hugging. Everybody was happy to see that everything worked out.
“Is she a good kisser?” A soft voice asked next to BJ’s ear as she stared out the widow.
“Damn it, mother, stop sneaking up behind me.” BJ replied as she tried to stop her heart from beating out of her chest. “And I’ll never tell.”
The smile she gave her Mom was all the answer Barb needed. “Okay, I won’t ask again, but don’t you think that smile gives you away?” She teased as she sat down on the sofa.
“Does it?” BJ asked herself. A tap on the widow made her turn back to the window. The smile grew on her face.
“Lunch?” Tyler asked as she pointed to herself and BJ.
BJ agreed with a nod of her head and held up one finger to let Tyler know what time.
Tyler gave her the thumbs up and took off to finish some stuff before her date with BJ.
BJ’s eyes followed the agile body until it went out of sight. “Who cares if it does. I love her and I want to tell the world.”
BJ turned around and walked over to sit next to her mom on the couch. “Do you want to go shopping this afternoon?”
“Sure, we haven’t done that in ages.” Barb replied.
“How would you like to take a small vacation. Maybe up to the summerhouse. We haven’t been up there in a couple of years and now would be as good a time as any.” BJ suggested as she brought her knees up to her chest.
Barb looked across the couch into her daughter’s soft blue eyes. She saw a happiness that was never there before. “Thank you Tyler.”
“Well?” BJ asked again.
“That sounds great. When do you want to go, so I can call up there and have Mr. Coal get everything set up.” Barb asked already thinking of what she needed the old caretaker to arrange.
BJ smiled, “I was thinking about this coming weekend. I wanted to go earlier, but I have that guest spot on P.D. The shooting will only last two days, three at the most. We can leave either Friday night or early Saturday. I’ll let you choose.”
“Great, now tell me something.” Barb wiggled her eyebrows at BJ.
“Mother if you really want to know if she kisses good, go kiss her yourself.” BJ responded back with a straight face not seeing Tyler walk in.
“I can’t believe you would give permission for another woman to kiss me.” Tyler sounded hurt, but winked at Barb.
BJ’s face turned red at being caught suggesting that to her mother, but after a few seconds she started to laugh. “Well, she keeps asking so I just figured that she should try it out for herself.”
Tyler looked from one woman to the other, “okay, sounds good to me.” She said as she walked into the room and around the couch.
“What are you doing?” Barb curiously asked as Tyler cupped her face in her hands.
Tyler raised an eyebrow; “I’m going to kiss you.” She stated and leaned closer to Barb.
Before Tyler could lean any further BJ grabbed her shoulders and shoved her back. “The only lips yours will be touching will be mine.” BJ glared, “Got it?”
Tyler grinned, “wouldn’t have it any other way.” She then captured BJ and kissed her.
Barb scooted down the couch and quietly left the room. “Damn, wish someone would do that to me. I need to get out more.”
Tyler stood by the front of the store as BJ and Barb shopped around. Every once in awhile she’d be caught staring and BJ would just grin at her. She would smile back with a wink.
Even though BJ had talked and talked to Tyler about her fear that nothing would happen to her because Tyler loved her. Tyler still felt it in her gut that something would happen and she would not be able to stop it.
“I have to get my mind back on my job. I know now that I can’t stop my feelings for BJ, but I can’t let that blind me either. I have to keep my head together and focus. I have so much more to loose if anything does happen to her .I wouldn’t be able to pull myself out of the darkness I fell into after Grandfather died. She is my soul and I will stop at nothing to keep her safe.” Tyler thought as she walked in between the racks and shelves of clothing.
Barb watched Tyler maneuver herself around the store. She watched as her face turned from worry to one of conviction and determination. “Wonder what’s going on in that mind of hers?”
“Hey, Mom how does this look?” BJ asked as she stepped out of the dressing room rubbing her sides to flatten the black fabric.
Barb turned to look at her daughter. “You look gorgeous. Black has always been your color.”
“You really think so? Do you think Tyler will like it?” BJ inquired softly. “I was thinking of taking her out on a date and I want it to be romantic.”
“I know just the place. I’ll call my friend and set everything up.” Barb responded with excitement and reached into her purse for her cell phone. “Damn, where is it. I know I put it in here this morning.”
“Your cell phone is gone?” BJ asked as she watched her mom dump the contents of her purse on a nearby table.
“Yes, I put it in here this morning and now it’s gone.” Barb replied with disgust.
“What’s wrong?” Tyler asked as she walked up to the two women.
“My cell phone is not in my purse.” Barb said as she stuffed her things back into her handbag.
“She put it in there this morning and now it’s gone.” BJ replied, “Do you think you might of just thought you put it in there and set it somewhere else?”
“No, I was in the kitchen trying to be civil to Miles. I took my phone off of the recharger and put it right in here. I had to go to the bathroom and left it on the counter.” Barb replayed in her mind and out loud.
“You left your purse on the counter with Miles in the room?” Tyler questioned.
“Yes, why?” Barb stood up and looked at Tyler. “Do you think that weasel stole my phone?”
“Damn, damn, damn..I want you to get ready to leave,” Tyler pointed at BJ as she grabbed her cell phone off her hip.
“He was the only one that had the opportunity. Tyler had the phones in the house bugged along with his cell phone. He must have figured it out and decided to take yours.” BJ replied and quickly got into her own clothes.
Tyler walked up to the closed door. “I called Leo he says that Miles left a few minutes after we left. Mike is following him. I want to get you two home where it’s safer.”
BJ and Barb opened the door; “Do you think he’s going to meet the stalker?” BJ asked suddenly scared that he might know where they are at right now.
Tyler shook her head, “no, we didn’t have a set plan, but just in case lets hurry.”
The three left the store and headed for the car. It took about a half an hour before they entered the gates to BJ’s home. Noticing that Mike’s car was still missing Tyler headed to where she knew Leo would be.
“Heard anything from Mike?” Tyler asked even before she was in the room.
“He just called. Miles is at some bar by the railroad tracks. He’s been in there for about an hour now.” Leo informed Tyler. “Do you want him to go in or stay in the car?”
“Have him stay in the car. Give me the address. Call him and tell him I’m on my way.” Tyler ordered and turned to leave.
“You be careful.” BJ said as she walked up to Tyler and kissed her softly.
“I will,” Tyler whispered before she kissed BJ one more time and left.
Forty-five minutes later Tyler sat in Mike’s car watching the bar. “Should we go in?” Mike asked from behind dark sunglasses.
Tyler was silent for a few minutes thinking what the best plan would be. “I want you to stay here. I think I can get in and not be noticed.”
“Okay, but take one of these little radios with you. The minute you think you’ve got trouble beep me by pushing the button on the side a couple of times.” Mike ordered as he handed Tyler the piece of equipment. “The first sign of trouble.” He repeated before she was out the door and across the street.
Tyler’s senses were invaded by the smell of old cigarettes and stale alcohol. Her eyes took a few seconds to adjust to the dark interior of the bar. Behind the counter sat a big man with more muscles than God intended anyone to have. She just smiled and continued walking up to one of the stools that went from one end of the counter to the other.
“Give me a beer.” Tyler shouted over the loud music.
The bartender didn’t even get out of his chair as he reached into the cooler and brought out a bottle and opened it. “$4.50”
Tyler reached in and handed him a fifty. “Keep them coming.”
She took a drink and watched the action from the mirror that spanned the entire wall behind the bar.
Not seeing Miles didn’t surprise her at all. Even though it was the middle of the day the bar was pretty busy. She could see people playing darts and shooting pool off to the right and closer to the back some were dancing. Most just seemed to be in their own world, lost in the never-ending cycle of alcohol, drugs and sex.
“Damn, how do people get like this? I bet most of these people had loving caring families at one point in their lives. To be that lost to where all you care about is the next drink or drug.” Someone shoving her brought Tyler out of thoughts.
“Watch it buddy,” Tyler yelled as she turned around.
“You know I ‘m going to kick your ass.” Spat a guy that looked like he’d never seen a shower.
“Why would you do something like that? I don’t even know you.” Tyler responded as she slowly slid off the stool she sat on.
“Doesn’t matter. I just feel like it.” He said before he swung a dirty fist at Tyler’s stomach.
She dodged the punch by backing up into a person that wasn’t there before. “Are you causing my friend here trouble?” He questioned Tyler as he shoved her back at the dirty man.
“All I’m going to say is you better back off.” Tyler shouted before she ducked another punch. “Fine have it your way.”
Tyler grabbed the beer bottle and hit the dirty man that started the fight and knocked him out cold. The other man would be a little tougher. He wasn’t as drunk and seemed to have half of his wits about him.
“You know for hitting my buddy there I’m going to have to really hurt you.” The man smiled a toothless smile and lunged at Tyler.
He caught her around the waist and brought her to the floor. He threw punch after punch at Tyler’s mid section.
Tyler brought her feet up and managed to kick the man off of her. She quickly got up, but not before she realized that he had bruised if not broken some of her ribs. “You are so dead now.”
Tyler walked over and punched him in the stomach. The pain that erupted cased her to yell. “Oh my God, that hurt. What the hell is he made of? Bricks?”
The man just laughed and pulled up his shirt. A cutting board he had stolen from behind the bar was tucked in his pants and gave him more than enough protection from Tyler’s attack. “You like? I got this idea from an old movie I used to watch.”
“It’s pretty bad that you have to use that to protect yourself from such a small woman like me,” Tyler taunted.
“Oh I don’t usually need this, but a friend of mine said that you weren’t like any other female. Something about a black belt in jiu-jitsu and a bunch of other foreign shit like that.” He laughed, “I really don’t see what’s so special. You’re just like all the other women I have fun with.”
Tyler was totally disgusted. “You’re telling me that you have to beat women to get them to go out with you?”
“They all like it when I get done.” He laughed harder.
Tyler ran at the man and wrapped her arms around his waist. The momentum of her body and his propelled them through the window and out onto the sidewalk.
Mike had just taken a drink of his coffee when he heard the crash. “All I asked was for her to beep me if she had trouble, but nooooo.” He jumped out of the car.
“You no good Son of a bitch.” Tyler screamed at the man. “When I get done with you you’ll wish I’d have killed you.”
As soon as they hit the ground Tyler started hitting him in the face. Then she stood up and kicked him in the groin. Everyone who saw cringed.
Mike grabbed ahold of Tyler and lifted her away from the moaning man. “Calm down, it’s over with.”
He could feel the fight leave Tyler’s body. He put her down and held on. He had never seen Tyler fight like that. Usually if her opponent were down she would walk away. “What happened?”
“Let’s just say that he deserved this and a whole bunch more.” Tyler said and tried to get at the man again.
“Cool it, cool it..it’s over.” Mike quickly grabbed Tyler’s arm and walked over to the bartender who was having a fit about the window and how it was going to come out of his pocket. Mike grabbed his wallet and handed the man two hundred dollars. “This should cover it.” He said and walked towards his car.
He guided Tyler to the passenger side and made her sit. He walked to the other side and slid in, “are you cooled down enough to tell me what the hell happened in there?”
Tyler’s heart was still pumping like crazy. The emotion that erupted when that guy degraded the women he had abused, like they asked him to do that to them. “I wish I had a gun. I’d blow his pecker off right now.”
“Tyler? What happened in there? Why didn’t you beep me?” Mike questioned as he shook her by the shoulder.
“Sorry, I didn’t have time to. They came out of nowhere.” Tyler answered as she continued to replay what was said to her by the bigger guy.
“Okay, but why did you throw that guy along with yourself out the window?” Mike inquired as he reached behind his seat for his gym bag. “Here, clean yourself up.” Handing her a clean towel.
“He deserved more then that. He is the kind of man that uses women for his own pleasure. Not caring for them at all.” Tyler glared over at Mike. “He is the lowest form of species out there. How can someone do that to another human?” She asked as she tried to get her temper under control.
Now Mike understood why Tyler was so mad. There were a few things that could set her temper off and the abuse of women was at the top of the list.
“How about we head back to the house? I’m sure everybody is wondering what’s going on,” Mike suggested. “Do you want to take your car or get it later?”
“Leave it, I’m not in the mood to be driving.” Tyler sighed and laid her head back.
“Let’s go then,” Mike started the car and headed off down the road.
The two in the car didn’t see the figures appear from the inside of the bar. One was scared and he wanted to run, but the other just smiled as an idea popped into his head.
Tyler and Mike arrived at the house a little while later. Tyler headed straight for the guesthouse. Mike just stood by the car and watched her go. “Oh Tyler, you need to learn that you can talk to people and not keep it in.”
Mike shut the car door and headed into the house. He found BJ, Barb and Leo sitting around the kitchen table drinking tea. The sight of the phone in the middle of the table made him feel guilty for not calling. “Sorry I didn’t call.”
“What happened?” They all jumped up and asked at the same time.
He held his hands up and waved them back to their seats. “When Tyler got there she decided that she’d go in. I stayed in the car, but I gave her a small radio to beep me if she had trouble. Well,” Mike stalled and scratched the back of his head.
“What happened.” BJ asked impatiently.
“Her and some guy crashed through the window. When they landed on the sidewalk, she started to beat the shit out of the guy.” Mike looked at BJ. “On the way home Tyler remembered the guy said something about being told she was a good fighter and that she had black belts in a different assortment of fighting styles. In particular jiu-jitsu.”
“So what?” Barb replied. “I don’t get how that’s relevant.”
“The only people that really know that are us and anyone who has seen her file at Regal and Garland. She just received that belt a week before she sent her resume.
“So you’re saying that someone working at Regal and Garland might be the stalker?” Barb questioned as she poured more tea into her cup and watched Mike confirm with a nod.
“Damn, that means I might know who this person is. I might have seen him everyday for years.” BJ was scared. The fact that someone who she trusted and worked with could do this to her and her family had her really concerned.
“Did Tyler see anything while she was in there?” Leo asked curious as to where the small blonde was right now. “Where is Tyler anyway?”
Mike looked down to his feet. He took a deep breath in and let it out slowly. “No she didn’t see anything and as soon as we got here she went to the guesthouse.”
“Why would she not come here and fill us in?” BJ asked very concerned. “She’s not hurt is she?”
BJ stood up and started for the back door. Mike grabbed her arm to stop her, “give her a few minutes. She sorta lost it with that guy today.”
“What do you mean lost it?” BJ asked overwhelmed by the need to make sure Tyler was okay and the need to understand what happened.
“To get an idea why Tyler pounded the crap out of the guy today. You must know that she will put up with a lot of stuff. You can call her any name in the book or punch her around, but the thing that gets her to snap is when anyone treats a human being like he or she is nothing better then a piece of meat.” Mike guided BJ back to her seat. He grabbed a cup for himself and sat next to her.
“The guy today, basically told her that he was going to have fun with her just like he does with all the other women he gets. And in typical Tyler style she jumped him and pounded him to a pulp. If he will ever be able to ‘get it up’ again it will be a miracle.” Mike cringed as he remembered watching Tyler kick the guy. “I’ve never heard anyone scream that way in my entire life. I hope I never do again.”
BJ stood back up, “thanks.” She said and walked out the door and to find Tyler.
BJ quietly entered the guesthouse. All she could hear was the ticking of the clock on the wall in the living room. “Tyler?” She called out softly.
Not hearing any reply she continued further into the house and down the hallway where the bedrooms were. Knowing which one Tyler slept in she headed straight for that door.
She tapped lightly on the door and entered. The only light that could be seen in the dark room came from the bottom of the door that led to the bathroom. BJ quietly knocked, “Tyler, can I come in?”
A soft voice gave her permission to enter.
The foggy atmosphere the shower gave the bathroom did nothing to hide the figure who sat on the floor next to the toilet. BJ stepped all the way in and closed the door. “Are you okay?”
“I’ve had better days.” Tyler responded without emotion.
BJ turned the shower off and sat down next to Tyler. She grabbed her hand and even though it was fairly warm in the room Tyler’s hand was like ice. “You want to tell me about it?” She asked as she lightly caressed over the bruised knuckles.
BJ wasn’t sure if Tyler was going to answer her, but then Tyler gripped her hand and began to speak.
“The first week I started volunteering at the shelter for runaways a young girl and her mother walked in. The Hideaway usually only took in teenagers, but we could tell that if we didn’t allow this woman in she would not survive long.” Tyler said as she scooted closer to BJ and rested her head on her shoulder.
“I was working the day George Walters came walking in. Unbeknownst to any of us he was the woman’s husband and the young girls dad.” Tyler wiped a tear from her eye, “He said he was looking for his daughter that had run away. He told us that him and her had a stupid fight and just wanted to make sure she was okay.” Tyler laughed, “he wasn’t the first one to try that and he won’t be the last so we didn’t believe him. We said that nobody that fit that description or the name was here. Usually that worked and they would leave. It would have worked this time if the mother and daughter had not walked in the room at the same time he turned around to leave.”
Tyler stopped talking as she remembered the look of terror in the mother’s eyes and the events that took place in the span of five minutes. She began to shake and grip BJ’s hand tighter in hers.
“Tyler it’s okay. Whatever it is it’s in the past. It can’t hurt you now.” BJ reassured the small blonde. “Can you finish telling me what happened?”
Tyler loosened her hold and took a deep breath, “he had a gun in his coat pocket. We tried to stop him, but they never had a chance. It took three of us to get him on the ground. When he landed on the ground the gun went off and hit him in the chest. He died instantly, but the poor mother and daughter suffered for a couple of hours before they succumbed to their wounds.”
“Oh, my God, how horrible.” BJ sobbed.
“We found out a couple of days later that Julie had married George after he got her pregnant from a date rape. Her parents didn’t believe her and forced her to marry him. She had a little girl and she named her Jenny. From almost the moment they brought her home George abused her. Julie tried to stop him, but she was not enough. When Jenny turned ten he started to molest her. She told her mom and that’s when she finally got the strength to leave. That’s when they came to us.” Tyler stood up and started to pace back and forth in front of the sink. “A lot of good it did them.”
BJ jumped up off the floor and grabbed Tyler by the shoulders. “It was not your fault. It wasn’t anyone’s fault but the asshole. He was a sick bastard and all the blame should go where it belongs. You gave those two lost souls a place they felt safe. I bet they laughed and smiled more there than they did anywhere else.”
Tyler smiled as she remembered the little girl who laughed at cartoons she had never seen and the mother who laughed right along with her, because she never seen her daughter so happy. “You’re right they were pretty happy there.”
“Good, now lets get you cleaned up.” BJ smiled as she helped Tyler get undressed and into the shower.
“You want another sandwich?” A robe clad BJ asked Tyler as she buttered some bread.
“I think three grilled cheese is my limit.” Tyler sat back and patted her robe-covered stomach. “Do you want me to start a fire? The news said it was going to get chilly tonight.”
“That sounds like a great idea. I’ll join you as soon as I finish up here.” BJ answered and continued to make her last sandwich.
Tyler walked into the living room and over to the fireplace. She thought about how she had opened up to BJ. “I’ve never felt safe enough to do that. She takes me into her arms and it feels like nothing can break that hold. It’s where I belong and it’s time I show her exactly how I feel.”
“Whatcha thinking about?” BJ asked as she walked into the room.
The sight of BJ walking in the room made Tyler’s mouth go dry and her heart jump to the moon. “When I see you I can’t breathe. Your beauty is unmatched by anything in this world and I’m so happy that you share it with me. My heart loved you from the first time it saw you, my soul has loved you since the beginning of time.” Tyler walked over to where BJ had stopped walking. “I know I have nothing great to offer you. I don’t have a lot of money and right now I don’t have a home, but…” A finger on her lips made her stop speaking.
Tears ran down BJ cheek as she smiled at Tyler. “You have given me the best thing a person could get.” She placed her hand on Tyler’s chest over her heart. “This is the greatest gift I will ever receive and I love you too.”
The kiss was soft and sensual. One mouth opened slightly and asked for entrance. Which was quickly granted. Hands caressed skin that was suddenly exposed when the robe was taken off.
“Off,” BJ moaned as she felt hands caress her naked body. She reached for the knot that held the fabric in place. “We need to find someplace to lay down.”
Tyler led her to the floor in front of the fireplace. She sat on the floor and guided BJ to lay on top of her. “I promise that you will always be safe in my arms.” She whispered as she looked into soft blue eyes.
“I promise that I will always protect your heart.” BJ leaned down and placed soft kisses all along Tyler’s neck and collarbone.
Soon both were lost in the sensations of touch and taste. They spent the night teaching each other the great things each body held for the other.
Tyler woke as the morning sun shone through the opened curtain. A smile formed on her face as she saw black hair cover her chest and an arm across her stomach. ” It amazes me that this woman who could have anyone chose me.” She brushed her fingers through BJ’s hair. The softness of it reminded her of the way it felt when BJ had kissed her way down her body. “The way it tickled and caressed my sensitive skin as BJ placed butterfly kisses on just the right spots. Whoever taught her that I will thank them until the end of time.”
Tyler sighed as she snuggled closer to the still sleeping BJ. ” It’s still pretty early so I’ll just stay here for a little while longer.” Tyler thought before she fell into a light slumber.
Tyler woke the second time to soft kisses on her neck. “Hmm, now that’s the way to wake up. How do you feel?”
BJ continued to kiss Tyler’s neck and up to her mouth. She traced the lips with her tongue until it was granted entrance. The kiss was deep and passionate.
“Does that answer your question?” BJ whispered as she trailed kisses across Tyler’s chest.
“Mmm,” Tyler moaned as her nipple was sucked into a warm mouth.
“Well look at that.” Barb said as she looked out the back door to the two people coming out of the guesthouse. “I’ve never seen BJ smile like that in all my life.” “Good for her.”
Leo walked up to Barb. A smile formed to match the older woman’s. “Don’t they make such a cute couple?”
“Yes they do and if you two don’t stop staring at them Tyler will kick both of your asses.” Mike said from the table where he was eating his lunch.
Leo and Barb glanced at each other and decided Mike was right. They both walked over to the table and sat down. A few seconds later the two women walked in holding hands and smiling.
“Good morning everybody.” Tyler said as she walked in.
“You mean good afternoon, don’t you?” Barb teased.
“As long as I wake up with BJ in my arms I don’t care if it’s morning or afternoon.” Tyler said and guided BJ to a chair. “Do you want something to eat?”
“I’ll have whatever your having.” BJ replied with a smile and watched Tyler walk to the refrigerator.
She turned to look at the three other people at the table. “So what’s on the agenda today?”
“We’re getting things organized for when you get to the set tomorrow. You’ll be out in the open with a lot of people around. It makes it harder for us to keep you close and out of harms way.”
“You think things will get worse after what happened yesterday?” Barb questioned.
“It could. The guy knows we know that Miles is working with him.” Tyler said as she walked to the table and set a plate in front of BJ. “It will either make him try harder or make him step back.”
“You don’t thinks it’s the latter do you?” BJ asked as she bit into her sandwich.
Tyler looked from one face to another before her gaze fell on BJ’s. “No, I think what happened just gave him another reason to take you away. Plus really pissing him off that we found out about Miles so fast.”
“Boy, don’t you look like shit.” Tyler noted when BJ walked out of make-up with a black eye, cut lip and blood all over her clothes.
“Since it’s the abused house wife turned murderer look, I’ll take that as a compliment.” BJ laughed and walked up to guide Tyler to her dressing room. “You want to go and fool around? I don’t have to be on set for another half an hour.”
“As much as I would really enjoy that. I want to make sure I keep my head straight, and thoughts of you kissing me makes my head go straight to the clouds.” Tyler whispered so that no one around them could hear.
BJ smiled at her lover, “I’m sorry. I just want to be alone with you and ravish you.”
Tyler blushed as she imagined BJ doing exquisite things to her body. “Just think in a few days you’ll have your chance. Now lets go get something to drink.” Tyler guided BJ over to where craft services were set up.
Standing behind a trailer stood a dark figure. He watched as the two women walked over to a table that held an assortment of drinks. He continued to watch as they grabbed a drink and sat at a table away from other people. What he noticed next made his blood boil and his anger rise. “She’s holding her hand under the table. I can’t believe she’s disgracing me and my love for her by doing that”
He heard BJ’s name calling her to the set. He watched as they both stood and walked over to where the filming was being done. “Soon I’ll have you. But first your little friend will have to be taken care of.”
BJ decided that she wanted to have the summerhouse and Tyler all to herself the first night. So she and Tyler drove up Friday in Tyler’s jeep as soon as shooting was finished.
“Turn left here,” BJ said as she pointed to a dirt road.
Tyler slowed the jeep down, “are you sure it’s a road?” Tyler asked as the headlights lit the way down a dirt path.
“Sure I’m sure,” BJ slapped Tyler lightly on the arm. “In a few minutes will be lying in front of a fire drinking wine and making love.”
Tyler looked over at BJ with a big smile. “I like the sound of that.”
BJ leaned over and kissed Tyler. “So do I,” she purred.
They came up to a fork in the road. “Which way?” Tyler asked.
“Take a right, we have to cross the old bridge and then it’s just a mile and we will be there.” BJ happily said not noticing the frightened look Tyler gave her.
“I can do this. I’m not a little girl any more. It’s only a bridge and nothing is going to happen.” Tyler thought to herself as she turned down the road to her biggest fear.
Not more than a minute passed before Tyler stopped at what looked like a bridge that was built hundreds of years ago. “You’re sure it’s safe?” She asked as calmly as she could.
“Oh you bet,” BJ stated with confidence. “We had some construction done on it. It may look like it would fall over with a good wind, but trust me it’s safe.”
“I can do this. I can do this. I can do this.” Tyler repeated in her head as she started towards the bridge.
When she got with in twenty feet she stopped the jeep. “BJ?” Tyler squeaked from suddenly dried lips.
“Yes?” BJ turned to look at the small blonde. She saw the look of total fear across Tyler’s face. “What’s the matter?”
Memories flashed in Tyler’s mind. The sound of metal, hitting metal. Her Mother and Grandmother screaming as the car tumbled over and over. The sound of water splashing and the feeling of cold water surrounding her.
“I can’t breath. I have to get out.” Tyler gasped as she tried to undo her seat belt.
BJ tried to grab ahold of Tyler’s frantic hands. “What’s wrong? Tyler talk to me. I don’t understand what’s happening.”
“The water is so cold. Have to get out. I can’t breath.” Tyler repeated as she fought with the belt that held her in place.
BJ quickly undid her own belt and jumped out of the car. She ran around to the driver’s side and opened the door. She fought with flinging arms and hands to finally get the seatbelt off of the frightened blonde.
Once Tyler was free BJ scooped up the frightened woman and held her close. “Tyler, please talk to me. I don’t know what to do.”
“Just hold me,” Tyler whispered as she held on to BJ’s shirt. “Don’t let me go.”
BJ had tears running down her face, “never.”
After a few minutes BJ could tell that Tyler had calmed down, because Tyler had loosened the grip she had on her coat.
“Can you tell me what happened?” BJ asked softly.
“The accident that killed my family happened as we were crossing a bridge. A drunk driver came into our lane hitting us head on. The force of it flipped us over the side and down the embankment. We landed in the water. I remember being so cold and scared.” Tyler shivered as her body remembered the feeling. “We didn’t sink too far, because of the rocks, but it still took them a long time to get me out of the car.”
BJ held on to Tyler tighter. “Oh honey, I’m so sorry that you went through that.”
“The worst part was waiting for them to get me out.” Tyler continued, “Dad died before we even came to a stop. Mom on the other hand didn’t. She kept looking back at me. I was still strapped into my car seat and didn’t have a scratch on me. I realized she was dead when she didn’t blink after a few minutes.” Tyler stood up and began to pace. “My Grandmother died a little bit later. She never regained consciousness, but she’d moan every few seconds. I remember hearing a gurgling sound and then nothing. I later learned that she had died by drowning, because her lungs filled up with blood.”
BJ still couldn’t believe how Tyler had survived the crash without so much as a scratch. But she figured Tyler got the worst out of it. She had to live with the fact that she lost most of her family and all she could do was sit there and watch. “Do you want to go find a motel and then head back home in the morning?”
Tyler stopped and looked from her concerned lover to the thing that made her nightmares so real. “Do I want to let this thing control me for the rest of my life?” She thought. “No, it’s time to face my fears and get on with my life.”
“If you drive I think I can make it.” Tyler smiled at BJ. “I want to spend my night making love to you in front of a big fire. Not in some cheap motel.”
BJ walked over and cupped Tyler’s face. She leaned down and kissed the lips that she loved so much. “If you’re sure?”
“Yes, I’ve never been more sure of anything in my life. I’m tired of being afraid and I know you will always be by my side.” Tyler said as she caressed BJ’s neck. “Thank you.”
“By your side always sounds good and I love you. So no need to thank me for doing something that comes naturally.” BJ smiled and led Tyler over to the passenger side of the car. “Now close your eyes and I’ll let you know when we are across.”
“You call this a summerhouse? How big is this place?” Tyler asked shocked at the size of the log cabin.
BJ laughed, “it has four bedrooms, two bathrooms, one big kitchen. Plus a small library and a family room were we watch movies or television. Let’s not forget the living room where a nice big fire will be in a few minutes.” BJ watched as a knowing grin formed on her lover’s face.
“Let’s get going,” Tyler said as she jumped out of the jeep.
They each grabbed a bag and headed for the house. They walked up the big wrap around porch to the large wooden front door. Before BJ could get the key into the lock the door flew open and an old man stood there with a smile on his face.
“Well, look who finally decided to come for a visit.” He teased as he grabbed the bag BJ held in her hand. “It’s been what, two years since you’ve been here?”
“Hi, Mr. Coal and yes, it’s been about that long.” BJ answered before she hugged the smiling man. “How’s Mrs. Coal?”
“Oh, you know her. She’ll still be moaning and groaning until the end of time.” He kidded about his wife. “Now who’s your friend?”
“I’d like to introduce you to my bodyguard and most importantly my friend, Tyler.” BJ said and smiled.
“Nice to meet you, sir” Tyler replied as she shook the man’s hand.
“Like wise. Well, I just wanted to double-check everything. So I’ll be on my way. The wife will be expecting me home now and I don’t want her to be on my ass about being late.” He said as he walked down the porch stairs and around the corner.
“Bye,” Both women said at the same time before they shut the door.
“Let me show you where our room is.” BJ said and guided Tyler over to a spiral staircase. “The only room up here is my bedroom. The rest of the rooms are down that hallway.” She said as she pointed off to the left.
Tyler stepped up on the last step and stopped in her tracks. She had never seen a bed like this in her entire life. The bed was made from old logs with what looked like a feather mattress in the middle of it. It was so big she bet that five people could sleep in it and still have room. “My God, where did you ever find a bed like this?” She asked as she walked closer.
BJ who was putting her things away in a dresser drawer turned. “I had them make it out of some of the trees they cut down to build the house. I wish I could have one made for the house in the city, because that’s the best place to sleep in the world.”
“Can’t wait to try it out.” Tyler replied as she sat on the edge.
“Oh trust me we will have plenty of chances to try it out.” BJ purred into Tyler’s ear from behind.
“You bet we will,” Tyler responded and turned to grasp BJ around the waist. She bent down and kissed BJ along the long inviting neck. “How about we give it a try right now?”
BJ grabbed the back of Tyler’s shirt and pulled until it came out of her pants. Then she pushed Tyler up so she could get ahold of the front and pulled until it went flying across the room. Her hands went to the button of the jeans that hid what she wanted most. “Off, now.”
Tyler rolled off of her and quickly unbuttoned her jeans and kicked them off. She was about to take her underwear off but an already naked BJ stopped her.
“Let me?” BJ asked as she bent over Tyler and kissed her. “Just lie back and let me love you.”
Tyler could only nod her head and laid back. Tyler shivered as BJ kissed across her shoulder to her neck. She stopped there and sucked on the fast beating pulse point. “Do you have any idea how good you taste?”
Not really expecting an answer BJ kissed her way down to the silk covered breast. She ran her tongue over the material feeling the nipple pucker waiting for more attention. She hooked her finger under the strap and brought it down so that just one breast was free.
“MMmmm,” Tyler moaned when BJ suckled and nipped her nipple. The sensations BJ was giving her just from doing this one act alone made Tyler go over the edge. “Ohhh yes,” she cried between clenched teeth.
BJ kissed her way over to the other breast making sure she gave it the same loving treatment as the other. She kissed her way up Tyler’s neck to her mouth. “Do you know that I love you with every breath I take?” She said as she brought her hands to cup the perfect breast that she just loved.
“I do, and I feel the same.” Tyler said with her eyes still closed.
BJ smiled and began to kiss Tyler again. She broke the kiss and started a trail down Tyler’s chest to her stomach. She could smell Tyler’s excitement and could not wait any longer to feast on what Tyler offered her.
With one quick motion the underwear was on the floor somewhere. BJ lay in between Tyler’s open legs. Enjoying the view and the smell that over powered her senses. “God, I love this woman. Every single heart beat is for her until the day I die.”
Tyler jumped when a warm tongue entered her. Her body twitched with delight and all her other senses shut down. The only thing that mattered at this moment was the feeling the woman she loved was giving her.
BJ sucked the overly sensitive clit into her mouth. Loving the reaction Tyler’s body had when she did. With two fingers she slowly entered Tyler. The muscles grabbed hold and BJ had to wait until her lover’s body wanted more. The muscles soon loosened and she started to pump in and out.
“Just like that. Oh yes it feels so good.” Tyler moaned as she grabbed the sheets in her fist. She could feel the orgasm begin to build in the pit of her stomach and grow in intensity.
“Come on baby, let it go.” BJ whispered.
Tyler’s body reacted to the words and the movement inside her. “YESSS, OH GOD OH GOD,” Tyler screamed over and over again until her body came crashing to the ground.
Tyler’s body wasn’t ready to let BJ go so she left her fingers where they were. She kissed her way back up until she was face to face with Tyler. “Please open your eyes.” She said and waited until unfocused green eyes opened.
“That was amazing. I can’t believe what you did to my body.” Tyler said softly as she tried to catch her breath.
BJ felt Tyler’s muscles relax so she carefully extracted herself from Tyler’s body and brought her fingers to her mouth. “Believe me, it was my pleasure.”
“I don’t know about that. I do know that it’s my turn.” Tyler said as she flipped BJ over to her back. “Now lay there and enjoy my love.”
BJ didn’t have time to respond as her mouth was otherwise occupied.
Tyler let her hands roam over the naked skin that was so soft and silky. She brought her knee up to rub against BJ’s center. It was immediately soaked with her lovers juices. “You’re so wet.”
“All for you,” BJ moaned when Tyler increased the pressure.
Tyler sucked and nipped BJ’s neck. Leaving little red marks as she made her way down to the ample breast. She loved the way BJ’s nipples felt between her lips. And the way BJ made little grunts and groans with every pass her tongue made across sensitive skin.
Tyler supported herself with one hand and caressed her way down to BJ’s wet center. Her fingers slid over the engorged clit. With smooth circular strokes Tyler felt BJ’s body convulse. “It’s my turn to see if you can reach the stars.” She whispered as she began her way down BJ’s body.
Not moving her finger from its task she guided BJ’s legs to drape over her shoulders. She loved the feeling of being surrounded by her lover as she feasted on her.
“Ohh, my,” BJ groaned when Tyler’s tongue made first contact to her sensitive clit. “Please baby, I need more.”
Not wanting BJ to come to quickly she ignored her begging. The sweet tastes rocked her senses. She had never tasted anything this exquisite in all her life. “It just keeps getting better and better.”
“Tyler please baby, please…” BJ moaned as her body jumped off the bed when Tyler nipped her clit. She glanced down through half closed eye lids to hazy green. “Please baby.”
Tyler smiled and gave a slight nod. She entered her at the same time she sucked her clit into her mouth. The sensation to her clit and the movement from being filled sent BJ over the edge screaming her lovers name.
“TYLER, OH TYLER,” BJ felt like her body had electricity shooting out every pour. Stars flew past closed eyelids and Tyler’s head was caught in a vice grip.
Even though she couldn’t move her head Tyler continued to suck and stroke BJ’s clit. Her fingers only stopped for a second before they too kept up their vigorous movement.
BJ didn’t have time to calm down from her first orgasm before the second claimed her body. It wasn’t as intense as the first but it still knocked her for a loop.
Tyler lowered BJ’s legs back to the bed. She licked her lips as she made her way up to lay her head on BJ’s shoulder. “You taste so sweet. Just like candy from the gods.”
BJ opened her eyes. She was surprised by the intensity of her emotions at that moment. Tears formed and glided down her cheeks.
A soft sniffle made Tyler look up into misty blue eyes. “What’s wrong?”
“Nothing,” BJ cried.
“Something must be wrong if you’re crying.” Tyler whispered as she wiped the moisture off of her lover’s face. “I didn’t hurt you did I?”
“Oh, no. You made me feel so much in such a short time. I just can’t believe I found someone to love me for me.” BJ replied as she closed her eyes so she could enjoy Tyler’s touch.
“I do love you for you, and being a big time movie star has its plusses too.” Tyler said with a kiss. “My ego is doing a happy dance all over the place. I never imagined someone who could have anyone in the world would choose me.”
BJ opened her eyes and kissed Tyler on the top of the head. “Baby, no one compares to you.”
Tyler turned so she could rest her chin on BJ’s shoulder. The smile that appeared on her face could have lit the sky in the middle of the night. “I love you.”
“No more than I love you.” BJ replied as she caressed Tyler’s back. “Guess I didn’t get that all the way off?” She said as her fingers hit Tyler’s bra strap.
“You better take care of that right now.” Tyler suggested with a grin.
“You’re right, I better.” BJ responded with raised eyebrows.
The rest of the night the two memorized every inch of the others body. Bringing the other to the point of oblivion over and over again.
The next morning Tyler woke up with the need to go to the bathroom. Slowly she got up not wanting to wake her sleeping lover.
She finished in the bathroom and decided that breakfast was in order. “Considering that we missed supper last night. I wonder were the kitchen is anyway?” She thought as she searched for a t-shirt and sweat pants. She looked up at the still sleeping BJ. “Damn she’s gorgeous. I’m the luckiest person in the world”
Carefully she tucked the blanket around BJ’s shoulders and headed down the stairs.
“Okay if I was a kitchen where would I be?” Tyler asked out loud to herself.
“I’d be in the back of the house, down that little hallway.” A voice from behind informed her.
Tyler jumped out of her skin. She turned quickly around ready to defend herself.
“Sorry, didn’t mean to scare you child.” An old woman said as she raised her hand up in surrender. “I give up.”
“Who are you and what are you doing here?” Tyler asked as she tried to get her heart out of her throat.
“I’m Mrs. Coal. I’m the housekeeper here at Summer Field.” The older woman answered as she walked down the hall she said the kitchen was in. “You look like you could use some coffee. Follow me and I’ll get you some.”
Tyler followed Mrs. Coal. The view that greeted Tyler as she walked into the kitchen took her breath away. One entire wall was nothing but windows and beyond the window was a meadow with a small creek running in the middle. A mother deer and her twin fawns eating grass and drinking the cool water. Flowers of all sorts of different colors danced as a light wind brushed across the open land.
“I’ve never seen anything this serene in my entire life.” Tyler whispered as she walked to get a closer look. “I only thought things like this were painted in pictures.”
Mrs. Coal watched Tyler’s face. She really liked a woman who could appreciate Gods gifts. “How do you take your coffee?”
“Black is fine.” Tyler replied as she turned and walked over to sit in a chair. “Thanks.” She said as Mrs. Coal handed her a cup of hot liquid.
“Not a problem,” Mrs. Coal responded as she took a seat next to Tyler. “So my husband says that your BJ’s bodyguard.”
“Yes, ma’am. I am BJ’s bodyguard.” Tyler answered before she took a sip. “Good coffee, what kind is it?” She asked hoping the questioning would stop here.
“Just some store bought brand. Now tell me why does she need to hire someone to be her bodyguard?” Mrs. Coal continued not fazed when Tyler tried to steer the questions away from her.
“Is there anything here to make breakfast? I would like to surprise BJ with breakfast in bed.” Tyler tried again. “Boy lady take a hint.”
“Of course there is. I have eggs, bacon, and a bunch of fruit I had Harry bring yesterday. What did you have in mind?” Mrs. Coal asked as she got up and went to the refrigerator.
“You go ahead and sit back down. I want to make it.” Tyler responded and got up to take the eggs out of her hands. “You have cheese right?”
“Ok dear, just give me a yell if you need me. And yes, it’s on the shelf inside the door next to the butter.” Mrs. Coal said as she filled her cup again so she could watch Tyler cook.
BJ woke when she felt soft kisses being placed across her back. “That feels wonderful. I’ll pay you a million dollars if you don’t stop.” She moaned when lips placed a kiss on each of her butt cheeks.
“If I can eat your breakfast to, you’ve got yourself a deal.” Tyler answered as she rubbed her hand in small circles on BJ’s back.
“You made breakfast?” BJ asked very happy that her lover was a little bit of a romantic.
“Yes I did, and you better eat it before it gets cold.” Tyler bent over and kissed BJ when she turned over. “Good morning.”
“Morning.” BJ kissed her back. “Now where’s my food.”
“First I wanted to give you something.” Tyler reached down to the floor. “It took me all morning to try to find a flower that compared to your beauty. I couldn’t find one so I settled for these.” Tyler brought up a dozen fresh cut red roses.
“They’re gorgeous, Tyler. Thank you so much.” BJ kissed Tyler with all the passion she felt inside.
“If you keep that up we’ll never get to eat breakfast.” Tyler said breathlessly when the kiss broke.
“I see a very nice breakfast sitting right next to me.” BJ purred and tried to kiss Tyler again.
“Nope you need more sustenance than me, my love.” Tyler replied and quickly went to get the tray that sat on the dresser. “But keep that thought, because after you eat…” Tyler wiggled her eyebrows to finish her sentence.
“Wow, this is some house.” Leo said as Mike pulled up next to Tyler’s jeep.
“BJ had it built several years ago. We’d come up here to get away from the city.” Barb said as she climbed out of the car. “We haven’t had the time lately. Been to busy with everything that has been going on.”
“Thanks for sharing this with us.” Mike responded as he opened the trunk to get their bags out.
The three walked up the steps to the porch. Barb didn’t bother to knock she just walked in. The house was nice and quiet.
“My guess is if they’re not in bed.” Barb grinned, “they’re on the back deck.”
They left their bags in the front hall and headed for the kitchen.
“Yep there they are.” Barb pointed at the figures sitting in chairs. “Why don’t you go on outside. I’ll get some drinks and bring them out.”
“Thanks,” Leo replied as he grabbed Mike by the hand and led him outside.
“Good afternoon you two,” Leo called as soon as he stepped out the door.
Both women turned and smiled.
“It’s about time you guys got here. Where is Mom?” BJ asked and stood to give them each a hug.
“She’s getting us something to drink.” Mike answered after he sat down and stretched. “This is some view you got here.”
“Thanks, I’m going to go in and help Mom.” BJ kissed Tyler and walked off towards the house.
Tyler didn’t turn her head. She already knew Mike and Leo were both sporting matching grins.
“How was the drive up?” Tyler asked hoping that they wouldn’t tease her.
“It was okay,” Mike replied and looked over at Leo.
Leo winked at him, “so, did you get bit by a bug?”
“And the teasing begins.” Tyler put her head in her hands and shook her head. “Why me?”
“Hi, Mom.” BJ said as soon as she walked into the kitchen and saw her Mom standing talking to Mrs. Coal.
“Hello, sweetheart how are you?” She asked with a smile. “By the look on your face I guess you’re doing great.”
BJ kissed Barb on the cheek; “I’m so much better than great. I can’t even describe how I feel at this moment.”
“Love is a wonderful thing.” Mrs. Coal smiled. “I always knew you’d find your heart. You wouldn’t settle for less.”
BJ turned to look at Tyler through the window. “She is my heart.”
Barb and Mrs. Coal watched the unguarded expression of love on BJ face. They both smiled at each other.
“So honey, did you get bit by some bug last night?” Barb asked and winked at Mrs. Coal.
BJ brought her hand up to cover her neck. “I’m going to kill her.”
“You should have put some bug spray on. I put an extra bottle in your bathroom under the sink.” Mrs. Coal said as she tried to stop herself from laughing.
“Those look like a pretty big bug did that.” Barb replied as she tried to move BJ’s hand. “Did you get the super sized bottle?”
“No, but I can get it and bring it in tomorrow. Do you think she’ll be safe until then?” Mrs. Coal kidded through hands that tried to muffle a laugh.
“Oh, aren’t you two just too funny.” BJ stood with her hands on her hips trying to be mad. “Just to let you know there isn’t any kind of spray to keep this bug away. And I like it that way.”
“From all the screaming I heard this morning I could tell.” Mrs. Coal laughed when BJ blushed.
Barb had to sit at the table or she’d fall on the floor. “Way to go, I haven’t seen her turn that color in a long time.”
“I’m going to kill her.” BJ repeated out loud.
“Do you know I was teased about these lovely bites you gave me.” Tyler pouted to BJ as they walked along the creek.
“Well, I did have to get you back for giving me mine. Anyway I was teased too.” BJ smiled as she watched Tyler walk ahead of her. “My woman, my heart, my soul. God I’m the luckiest person in the world.”
“This looks like a good spot. We should be able to see the sunset perfectly.” Tyler laid the blanket on the ground. She held out her hand to help BJ sit. She bent over and kissed BJ. “Love you.”
“Love you too.” BJ whispered before she grabbed Tyler around the waist and pulled so that Tyler was on top of her. “I wish we could stay here forever. Just you, me and our love.”
“Me too,” Tyler lowered her lips to BJ’s. “I would love stay here and let the world go on without us.”
“Mmm hmm,” BJ moaned in agreement. She let her hands roam under Tyler’s shirt. She could feel the muscle twitch when she ran her fingers down Tyler’s back.
Tyler needed to feel more of BJ than just her hands on her back. “Can we be spotted from the house?” She asked as she broke the kiss and nipped BJ’s ear.
“Who cares,” BJ moaned as she lifted Tyler’s shirt up over her head. “I want you now and if they want to watch let them.”
Those were the last coherent words spoken as they lost themselves in each other.
From behind a tree the dark figure watched through binoculars. “You should have listened to me. You will be mine by tomorrow night. I will punish the little devil for making you do things that you didn’t want to. Then we will be happy when I make you mine.”
He turned and walked to were he parked his truck. “Tomorrow.”
A couple of hours later BJ and Tyler lay totally content under a blanket of stars.
Tyler kissed the soft breast next to her head. “We should head back.”
“Don’t want to.” BJ answered with her eyes still closed. “I like it just fine here.”
“I feel the same way, but my dear it’s getting a little chilly.” Tyler replied as she sat up to find her clothes. “Where did you toss my underwear?”
“It’s somewhere over there.” BJ pointed towards the creek. “I think.”
Tyler stood up and tried to see her missing garment. “Next time we bring a flashlight. I can’t see anything.”
“Well maybe next time you’ll be like me and not wear any at all.” BJ responded with a grin as she remembered Tyler’s response at finding out she had gone commando. “I’ll have to do that more often.”
“Aren’t you the funny one.” Tyler turned around giving up the search. “Now where are my pants.”
BJ fell back on the ground and laughed.
After a long search they found every piece of clothing Tyler had lost except her underwear. They were heading back to the house when the hairs on the back of Tyler’s neck stood up and she got a feeling that they were being watched. She tried to see if she could spot anything, but all she saw was darkness.
She grabbed BJ by the elbow and guided her along the path.
BJ could tell that something was wrong from the way Tyler kept looking around. “What’s going on?”
“We are being watched. When I say run I want you to run and not stop until you get in the house.” Tyler ordered as she had BJ quicken her steps.
“What about you?” She asked concerned as her heart started to beat faster.
“Don’t worry about me. Now…RUN..” Tyler yelled as she began to run behind BJ. She heard footsteps running behind her getting closer and closer. “Get to the house.” She yelled before she stopped to face the threat.
Mike and Leo sat on the couch in front of the fire as Barb poured them another drink.
“Thanks,” Leo smiled as he took a sip of his drink.
Barb smiled down at him. “You’re welcome.” She responded and looked up at the clock that sat on top of the mantle. ” It’s getting late don’t you think we should go look for them?”
“I’ll give them a few more minutes and then I’ll grab a flash light and go find them.” Mike offered. “But I bet they will be here any second now.”
Just as the words left his mouth BJ came running in. She quickly closed the door and locked it. “Ty…Tyler..someone chasing us.” BJ said as she tried to catch her breath.
The three ran up to BJ and guided her to the couch.
“Calm down, take nice deep breaths.” Mike said as he helped BJ sit. “Where’s Tyler?”
BJ had tears running down her face. “She told me to run. I did. I should have stayed with her.”
Mike and Leo looked at each other. Knowing something must have happened and Tyler wanted BJ to get out of harms way. “Did you see anything?” Mike asked as he started to walk out of the room seeing BJ shake her head.
BJ shook her head and continued to cry. “No, all I did was run.”
Leo knelt in front of BJ taking her hands in his. “You did what she wanted. She wanted you safe. Tyler can take of herself. We will stay here and Mike is going to go out and find her.”
Barb had her arm wrapped arm BJ’s shoulders. “It’s all going to be okay. Listen to Leo, he knows what Tyler is capable of doing. She’ll be okay.”
“Leo, come and lock the door after me. Don’t let anyone else in, but me or Tyler.” Mike said as he checked his gun.
“Be careful.” Leo said in a whisper before he kissed Mike.
“Promise,” Mike turned to BJ when she walked up to him. “I’ll find her.”
“Please,” was the only thing BJ could think to say.
With one last look at the three. “Remember nobody, but me or Tyler.” Mike opened the door and glanced outside then he quickly ran out the door.
“Come on you son of a bitch. I know you’re out there. I can hear you breathing. ” Tyler yelled into the darkness. “I’ll give you one free shot, and then I’m going to kick your ass from here to prison.”
Tyler heard a twig snap off to her right. She could feel eyes on her. Watching every step she took. “What’s the matter too chicken to face me face to face? Have to hide in the dark like a coward.” She jumped when another twig snapped but this time it was closer. “Really wish I had a flash light.”
“Do something already will you.” Tyler taunted. “COME ON, COME ON….”
The weight of her stalker sent Tyler flying to the ground. She tried to get the weight off, but it was useless.
“Oh shit, this guy weighs a ton and he’s all furry.” Tyler thought. “Furry?”
Tyler stopped fighting and felt the object on top of her. That’s when her attacker decided he had won and licked Tyler’s face. “A fucking dog.”
“Sure looks that way.” Mike agreed with a smile as he walked up to the scene before him. He shined the light at the big black dog that sat on Tyler’s stomach. “Seems to me like you got yourself a pet.”
“Shut up and help me up.” Tyler yelled from the cold ground.
When Mike started to walk towards Tyler the dog started to growl. “Easy boy, I’m a friend.” Mike said with his hands up. He started towards her again, but the growling grew louder. “You are on your own.” Mike laughing all the way down the path broke the silence of the night.
“Gee thanks,” Tyler replied sarcastically as she pushed the furry creature off of her.
“Do you think they’re okay?” BJ asked for the tenth time since Mike left.
A knock was heard and all three people jumped for the door.
“Who is it?” Leo asked as he tried to see out the little peep hole.
“Its Mike, let me in.” The voice said from outside.
Leo quickly opened the door and let Mike enter. “Where’s Tyler?”
“Yea, where is she? You promised me you’d bring her back.” BJ yelled as she stormed up to the tall man.
Mike backed up with his hands in the air. “Hold on, I did find her. She’ll be here in a minute.”
“Is she okay?” BJ asked relieved at what Mike told her.
Mike laughed, “she’s more than okay. Leo will you get the camera out of my bag please.” He asked his lover.
“What’s going on?” Barb questioned curiously with her hands on her hips.
“Come and stand on the porch. You will just love this.” Mike responded with a big smile as he opened the door.
Leo walked up as the rest stepped outside. “Mike, why do you need your camera?”
“Because, I want to get the next couple of minutes on film.” Mike grinned and stepped out the door. “Nothing like black mail material.”
A few minutes later a pissed off Tyler emerged from the darkness. Every few steps she would look behind to see where her canine companion was.
BJ started for the steps, but was stopped by Mike. “Hold up a second.” He wasn’t sure how the dog would handle someone charging at Tyler.
BJ gave him a look that would have put him six feet under, “why would I want to wait.”
“Because of that.” Mike answered and pointed at a very big furry object walking behind Tyler.
“What is that?” Barb asked loud enough for Tyler to hear.
“Hope you like dogs, because it looks like he’s coming with me.” Tyler said just before the dog jumped on her back knocking her down. “Get off of me.”
Mike focused his camera and started to take pictures. Every few shots he’d have to stop to catch his breath from laughing so hard.
“Can someone please get this thing off me.” Tyler shouted from the ground.
Before Mike could stop her BJ walked down the steps and called the dog. “Come here big guy, come on.” She said as she slapped her legs with her palms.
The dog stopped licking Tyler’s neck and looked up at BJ. He jumped off and headed towards BJ.
“That’s a good boy, come here.” BJ’s smile left her face when she realized that she was about to end up like Tyler. “Oh, Shit.” She said as she flew through the air landing on her back trying to stop the dog from licking her to death.
Tyler quickly stood and ran over to BJ and the dog. “Get off her.” She ordered loudly as she grabbed the dog by the scruff of the neck.
The dog stopped and sat next to his new friends. He looked from one to the other with his tongue hanging out.
“Stay,” Tyler yelled as she helped BJ off the ground. “You okay?”
BJ took Tyler into a neck-breaking hug. “You scared the crap out of me.”
“Sorry.” Tyler croaked, “I can’t breath.”
BJ loosened her grip and stepped back. “I take it that our stalker this evening is that thing there?” She asked with raised eyebrows. “And I see it doesn’t like Mike or Leo.”
Tyler turned and looked as the two men carefully stepped back on the porch when the big dog growled at them. “”Good boy.”
“So what are you going to do with him?” BJ asked as she watched Tyler bath the dog in a big plastic tub.
“I think I’ll keep him.” Tyler relied as she scrubbed behind the dog’s ears. “It’s okay with you isn’t it?”
“You don’t need my permission to have a pet.” BJ stated. “You’re a grown-up and can make your own decisions.” She teased and threw a towel over Tyler’s head.
“I know that.” Tyler scowled at her lover as she tossed the towel on the floor. “It’s just that I don’t even know if you like dogs. I don’t want to keep him and then have you hate him for being around.” Tyler said softly hoping that BJ didn’t hate dogs.
BJ jumped down off the bench she sat on. She knelt by Tyler and began to help her wash the dog. “No I don’t hate dogs. If fact I love all sorts of animals. The only one I really hate is a spider.” BJ shivered at the thought. “Anything with eight legs just isn’t right.”
“So what do you think we should call him?” Tyler asked with a smile.
A long wet tongue kissed BJ’s check. “How about Tongue?”
“Bandit, get off the bed.” BJ yelled as she walked out of the bathroom. “Go to your blanket.”
The dog jumped off the bed and walked over to the blue blanket that lay in the corner. He walked around in a circle a few times and sniffed in the folds before he chose a spot and laid down.
“Good boy,” BJ praised the dog as she climbed in her own bed.
They decided that Bandit was a much better name. Tyler said that it fit his personality better, and because of how he always stealing stuff. hard it was for her to see him in the dark.
BJ grabbed a book she sat on the dresser before she went to get ready for bed. She opened it and started to read, but her mind kept going to how scared she was for Tyler earlier.
“I have to get a handle on the fact that this is what she does. I want to ask her to quit, but she loves doing this. I don’t want her to resent me for stopping something she loves doing. I’ll have to figure a way for me to live with the fact that I may lose her at any time.”
“No I won’t.” BJ yelled out loud. “I love her and I don’t want to sit around and wait to be told that she died protecting someone.”
“What am I going to do?” She asked herself as she shook her head.
A couple of minutes later BJ heard Tyler walking up the stairs. She spotted her lover carrying a tray loaded with all sorts of goodies.
“What do you have there?” BJ asked curiously as she put her book back on the end table.
“I just figured that you need to be pampered a little bit tonight.” Tyler informed her as she walked across the room and laid the tray on the edge of the bed. “Don’t touch until I get back.”
“I’ll try to restrain myself,” BJ looked at the tray. “It will be hard considering strawberries and champagne are my favorites.”
Tyler walked over to the bathroom but stopped before she closed the door. “Don’t forget the chocolate,” she said with a wink. “and the oatmeal cookies.”
“How could I have missed the chocolate.” BJ softly said to Bandit as he walked over to see if there was anything for him.
“Sorry boy, nothing here for you. Tomorrow we will get you something.” Tyler said as she stepped out of the bathroom wearing only a robe.
BJ scratched behind his ear and gave him an oatmeal cookie. “Here one won’t hurt you. Now go lay down and be a good boy.”
Bandit quickly munched on his treat as he trotted over to his bed.
“Hey that was mine,” Tyler pouted as she crawled across BJ’s legs to sit on her side of the bed.
“I’ll make it up to you.” BJ said before she kissed Tyler’s bottom lip.
“He can have all the cookies if you kiss me again.” Tyler whispered as she wiggled her eyebrows.
BJ grinned and reached down to grab a strawberry. She dipped it into the smooth chocolate. “I’ll give you more than a kiss just for giving him one.” BJ replied and brought the fruit to Tyler’s waiting mouth.
A drip of chocolate landed in between the opening of Tyler’s robe. Not one to waste food BJ sat up and licked the spot clean. “I think I found something better to dip my chocolate in.”
Tyler shivered as she felt BJ’s breath caress the spot she had just licked.
BJ, reached down and untied Tyler’s robe, separating the material and exposing her firm tan body. BJ lifted the bowl of chocolate off the tray and carefully dipped her finger into the smooth treat. She traced a pattern around each of Tyler’s nipples down to her belly button.
“Don’t move,” BJ quietly said as she put the bowl back on the tray. She sat up and lifted the tray to put it next to the book on the bedside table.. Then she stood up and removed her clothing knowing Tyler watched her ever move.
“You like what you see?” BJ asked as she ran her hands across her silky skin. “First I want to taste all of my dessert.” She purred as she crawled across the bed taking in the view of her almost naked lover.
Tyler had her hands above her head. The chocolate trail BJ put on her earlier looked so inviting BJ couldn’t wait any longer. “Mmmm good,” BJ moaned as she took her first lick.
“So good indeed,” Tyler purred as her nipple was feasted upon.
They spent the rest of the night devouring each other. Not realizing the danger less than a mile away.
The next morning Tyler woke as a wet scratchy tongue licked her face.
“Stop it, Bandit,” Tyler whispered to the dog. “You have to go out?”
The dog jumped and whined before he sat and wagged his tail.
“Give me a second,” Tyler said as she stretched.
She sat up and looked over at BJ. “I should train Bandit to wake her up and not me.” Tyler thought to herself. “Naw, I’d miss seeing her sleeping and most importantly waking her up.”
Tyler got up off the bed and went into the bathroom. After she was done she found a pair of sweat pants and an old shirt that belonged to BJ.
“Come on boy,” Tyler said softly to Bandit as she headed down the spiral staircase.
She walked through the living room to the kitchen. The quietness of the early hour added to the effect of the sun bouncing off the morning dew on the grass in the meadow. “Absolutely gorgeous,” Tyler said quietly as she walked up to the window.
“Thank you,” a still groggy voice said from behind her. “Here I thought Mike was just biased.”
“Damn it,” Tyler yelled and turned towards Leo who had a small grin on his face. “You scared me half to death.”
“Sorry,” Leo replied not too convincingly because the grin never left his face.
Tyler just turned around and opened the door. “Go on boy,” she said as she waved the dog through the opening.
“How’s BJ this morning?” Leo asked as he started a pot of coffee.
“Okay, she’s still sleeping.” Tyler responded as she grabbed the orange juice from the fridge. “Hand me a glass would you?”
“Sure,” Leo replied as he grabbed a glass and a mug for himself. “Here you go.”
“Thanks,” Tyler said, but when she went to grab the glass Leo didn’t let go. “What?”
“BJ was pretty scared last night.” Leo informed Tyler.
Tyler looked at Leo. “I was too, it could have been the stalker. Luckily for us it was just Bandit.
“Luckily, yes. I was wondering if you have ever thought about doing something else?” Leo asked not wanting to beat around the bush.
“Why would you ask a question like that?” Tyler questioned. Her temper beginning to rise as it’s the first time its been mentioned.
Leo knew Tyler would get pissed off, but he didn’t want her relationship with BJ to suffer because of Tyler’s job. “You have another person to think about and putting your life in danger and taking risks doesn’t only effect you now. BJ is in the picture and I don’t want her to loose you because of your job. I don’t think you do either.” Leo said as he poured himself a cup of coffee.
Tyler stood there staring off into space. “I don’t want BJ to have to go through the anxiety of me dying every time I go off to do a job. But this is what I know, this was my Grandfathers life’s work”
Tyler walked over to the window. She watched Bandit chase a rabbit. “I promised myself that I would keep this business going for my Grandfather. If it’s going to cause BJ pain to see me doing the work I have always done then, maybe I shouldn’t be with her.”
That thought almost made Tyler drop to her knees. “I can’t do that. I would die without her.” Tyler rested her head against the cool glass of the window. She closed her eyes trying to think of what she should do.
Leo knew it wasn’t his place to say anything, but he loved Tyler and BJ. And he knew that BJ would never want Tyler to stop doing something she loved even though it hurt her.
“Have you ever thought about opening a place like the Hideaway?” Leo asked as he walked up behind Tyler. He put his arm around her shoulders. “You will still be helping people. Just in a different way.”
Tyler opened her eyes and looked up at friend. “Thank you, for looking out for her. I don’t want to cause her any kind of pain and if my job does that I’ll find something else to do.” She kissed him on the cheek, “I’ll go talk to the people at The Hideaway to see what I can do.”
“Good girl, I always knew you were a smart one.” Leo teased as he hugged Tyler.
“BJ, watch out.” Tyler yelled as she ran towards the actress.
“BANG” BJ heard as Tyler slammed her body into her.
With the wind knocked out of her BJ laid there gasping for breath. “Tyler get off me I can’t breath.”
When Tyler made no effort to get up and she felt something warm and sticky spread across her back BJ started to get scared. “Tyler?”
As BJ rolled over Tyler’s limp body slipped off of her. Blood covered the entire front of Tyler’s shirt. “Oh Tyler, wake up baby. Please wake up. I can’t loose you.” BJ yelled as she ran her hands over Tyler’s chest to try and stop the bleeding. She withdrew her hands and saw them covered in her lovers blood.
“NOOOOOOOOO…..” BJ screamed as she shot up in bed. She wiped sweat covered bangs away from her eyes. “A dream. It was just a dream. Thank god.” She thought and slumped back on the bed.
“You okay,” Tyler panted after running up the stairs.
Tyler had heard BJ scream as she was on her way up.
“Just a dream,” BJ said casually. “Nothing to worry about.”
Tyler sat down next to BJ. She grabbed her hand and caressed her fingers over a sweaty palm. “Must have been some dream. You’re all sweaty and you’re breathing hard.”
BJ didn’t want to tell Tyler what her dream was about. She didn’t want Tyler to hate her for wanting her to quit her job and finding something safer. “It was nothing, just a stupid old dream.”
Tyler knew BJ wasn’t telling her the truth. “Come on, tell me what it was about.” Tyler nudged BJ’s leg with her elbow.
BJ tried to stop the tear that ran down her face, but the image of Tyler’s bloody dead body filled her head. “I don’t think I can.” She said softly as she wiped the tear away.
“Come on, honey,” Tyler said as she crawled under the covers so she could hold BJ. “I need to know. Maybe I can help.”
BJ snuggled into the safety of Tyler’s arms. She took a deep breath and told Tyler about her dream. Tyler held onto her tighter when she began to cry.
“There was blood everywhere. All over your body and my hands. I couldn’t get it off.” BJ cried.
“Everything is going to be okay. I promise you that.” Tyler whispered into BJ’s ear. “I want you to know that no matter what I’ll never leave you. I’d fight my way back from hell to be with you. Nothing will ever keep us apart. Not even death.”
“You of all people should know that’s not true. Once your dead you never come back.” BJ cried even harder.
Tyler tried not to flinch at what BJ said. She knew that BJ was just acting out because she was scared. “I do know that, but the love we share is stronger than death will ever be.”
Realizing what she said BJ sat up and looked into misty green eyes. She cupped Tyler’s face with her hands, “I’m so sorry for saying that.” She leaned in and kissed Tyler. “I don’t want to loose you.” She said before she kissed Tyler again with all the passion and love she had.
“You know if you keep kissing me like that we’ll never leave this room.” Tyler informed BJ as she enjoyed the light butterfly kisses BJ was now placing along her neck.
“That’s my plan.” BJ replied as she lifted Tyler’s shirt over her head.
“God, I love you,” Tyler moaned when her nipple was nipped. “Ohh, boy do I love you.”
BJ shifted so that she was straddling Tyler’s leg. The wetness she found pressed against her own leg made her moan. “Your so wet.”
“It’s what happens when the woman I love kisses me.” Tyler declared honestly as she caressed BJ’s sides.
BJ started to kiss her way down to Tyler’s wet center, but Tyler stopped her. “I want us to cum together.”
BJ slid up and began to kiss Tyler. Her tongue was granted entrance as soon as it touched soft lips.
Tyler cupped BJ’s breast as she ran her thumbs over the now erect nipples. She broke the kiss so she could take a waiting nipple into her mouth.
The sensation rocked to BJ’s center. “I need you, now.” BJ groaned with pleasure.
“Together,” Tyler whispered around a nipple.
“Ohh yes,” BJ moaned as she moved so she was lying next to Tyler.
With knowing fingers they each entered the other at the same time. With even strong strokes their wetness increased.
“Look at me,” Tyler whispered before she kissed BJ.
BJ opened her eyes and intense green gazed back. She could feel the love that was held in those eyes and it was all for her. “Mine forever and always,” she stated as the beginning of an intense orgasm held her still in time.
Tyler heard BJ as her own body reacted to BJ’s loving touch. “Forever,” she moaned when her body fell over the edge.
Eyes still locked with tears running down checks. They laid there not ready to loose their connection.
“I would do anything for you.” Tyler spoke softly. “After we catch this guy I’m going to quit and find another job.”
“I can’t ask you to do that.” BJ said even though her heart wanted to jump for joy.
“You didn’t,” Tyler replied. “I don’t want my job to cause you pain. I still want to help people. I just have to find a different way. In fact I already have an idea.”
“Why don’t you tell me your plan while we take a nice hot bath.” BJ recommended with a kiss.
“Sounds good to me.” Tyler agreed as she carefully slipped her fingers from their warm spot. “MMmm,” She moaned as she licked her fingers.
“Maybe we can discuss your plans after we take a nice warm bath.” BJ suggested with a wiggle of her finger.
Tyler’s body twitched from the fingers still inside her. “Sounds like an even better idea.”
“Good afternoon, Mom,” BJ said as she walked out of the house.
“Hi, honey. How are you feeling this morning?” Barb asked as she got up from her chair to give her daughter a hug. “Where’s Tyler?”
“She wanted to go take a walk.” BJ replied with a smile.
Barb raised an eyebrow. “Really, I would’ve guessed that she’d be way too tired to do much of anything.”
BJ looked at her mom confused. “Why would you say that?”
Barb tried not to laugh. “With the sounds coming from your room this morning.” She winked at her daughter. “I’m just surprised either of you have the energy to stand, let alone walk.”
BJ blushed. “What can I say?”
Barb patted her daughters hands that were fidgeting with a napkin. “You’re in love. Not much more needs to be said.”
BJ nodded her head and gave her mom the biggest smile. “You’re right, nothing more needs to be said. Where are the guys?”
“They went into town to get Bandit some dog food.” Barb answered as she sat back.
“They didn’t have to do that. Tyler and I were going to go this afternoon.” BJ responded.
“I think Leo wanted to check out some little store or something he saw when they passed through.” Barb replied. “You want something to drink?”
“No, I’m okay. I just had a glass of juice.” BJ answered and looked across the grassy meadow. She saw a fleck of blonde hair glimmer in the sunshine. She smiled thinking of the way Tyler had driven her to the height of passion over and over again.
Barb watched her daughter look at something behind her. She could tell by the expression on her face that BJ could see Jay somewhere behind her.
“Come on, boy, lets go.” Tyler yelled at the dog who ran off after something.
When Bandit didn’t return Tyler walked in the direction of where he went. After she walked a couple of yards she noticed Bandit sniffing at something next to a tree.
“What ya got there boy?” She asked as she walked up to the big dog and looked down. There next to the tree where two deep imprints of someone’s boots.
When she bent over to get a closer look at the foot prints her hand ran across something on the tree.
“What the hell?” Tyler asked out loud. “Well, boy it looks like we have a guest. Come on lets get back to the house.” She said and took off with Bandit running right behind her.
“He found us. How?” BJ asked in a shaky voice. “No one knew we were coming here. Not even Miles.”
“I don’t know,” Tyler replied as she paced. “You are not to go any where with out me. If I can’t go take the dog, even if it’s to the bathroom.”
“Okay,” BJ replied as she petted Bandit’s head. “We’re leaving tomorrow?”
“Yes,” Tyler answered as she saw Mike and Leo walk into the house.
The two men knew something was wrong by the expression on BJ’s face.
“What’s going on?” Mike asked as he set the bag of dog food on the floor.
“We were followed up here?” Tyler replied as she went to sit by BJ.
“What?” Mike and Leo asked at the same time.
“I took Bandit for a walk a little while ago. He found a pair of foot prints next to a tree. I could tell that they were recent but it could just be some kid or something. Then as I was bending over to take a closer look my hand ran across something.” Tyler put her arm around BJ. “Carved in the tree was BJ’s name and the initials K. S.”
“Do you know anyone with those initials?” Leo asked BJ as he walked over to a chair and sat down.
“I don’t know. Right now my brain is going a million miles a minute.” BJ said frustrated with herself.
Barb sat across the room deep in thought. She knew those initials, but she couldn’t place them. She searched her mind until it finally hit her. “Kirk Shadow.”
“Who?” Mike asked as he stopped pacing.
“He works for Regal and Garland. In fact he’s Ronald’s assistant.” Barb informed the entire room.
Tyler jumped up and started to pace. “That son of a bitch. I remember him. He was the one who showed me where the interviews were being held.”
“Okay, now that we think we know who the stalker is. Can you tell us what he looks like?” Mike asked as he walked over to Barb.
Tyler walked up the stairs to find BJ laying in the middle of the bed curled around her pillow.
“How are you doing?” Tyler asked as she sat next to BJ and gently rubbed her back.
“How do you think I’m doing? The person who’s been stalking me is right outside these walls waiting.” BJ replied coldly.
“I won’t let him get anywhere near you.” Tyler promised as she shifted so she could hold BJ in her arms.
BJ turned in Tyler’s arms so that she could lay her head on her shoulder. She grabbed a hold of Tyler’s shirt. “I know you will do your best, but…”
Tyler moved so that she looked right into upset blue eyes. “No buts about it. He gets within a foot of you I’ll kill him without a second thought.”
BJ nodded her head before she snuggled closer. “Can we go home tomorrow?”
“We’ll be leaving first thing in the morning.” Tyler assured and kissed the top of BJ’s head.
BJ and Tyler laid there in silence for a few minutes. The sound of someone clearing their throat made both women turn towards the stairs.
“What do you need, Mike?” Tyler asked calmly.
“I just got off the phone with Peck and he has been trying to get a hold of you. They found Miles’ body in an alley behind that bar he went to the other day. He was shot twice in the head.” Mike said softly.
“Do they have a suspect?” Tyler asked even though she was pretty sure who killed him.
Mike shock his head. “No, but they got a description. It matches what Barb told us earlier about Kirk Shadow. I told him what was going on here and he said that it might be enough to get a judge to give him a search warrant.”
“Okay, thanks. I’ll be down in a few minutes. I want to make sure everything is secure for the night. Plus we’ll all be staying in the same room.” Tyler stated as she watched Mike agree with a nod of his head and left.
“I’m sorry about your brother.” Tyler said and hugged BJ.
“Nothing to be sorry about.” BJ replied as tears ran down her face.
The figure carefully looked up into the window. The curtain was closed, but in one tiny spot he could see through. He saw Barb and BJ sitting on the couch with a blanket wrapped around their legs talking softly together.
He glanced towards the two men who stepped into the room with their bags. They placed them next to the bags already in the room.
“Leaving early are we?” Kirk whispered softly. “Now where is that bitch Tyler?” He asked through clenched teeth.
“Right behind you,” Tyler answered as she raised her gun and pointed it at his head.
“How nice of you to come out here and welcome me.” Kirk said as he turned.
“You know I should kill you right where you stand.” Tyler said as the anger within her boiled.
“No, I don’t think so.” Kirk responded with a smirk. “You’re not a cold blooded killer. You can’t take a life unless you have a reason.”
Tyler walked closer to Kirk and pressed the gun barrel to his forehead. “My reason is that you caused the woman I love pain.”
The kick to her stomach and a knee to her face knocked Tyler off her feet. The weight of Kirk as he sat on her chest and the hands that tightened around her neck made it hard for her to breath.
“BJ is mine and only mine. She loves me, you just poisoned her mind and turned her away from me.” Kirk yelled as he slammed Tyler’s head into the ground repeatedly.
Tyler reached up and pressed her fingers into Kirk’s eyes. She felt him move just enough that she could buck up and flip so she was on top. “You’re never going to get her. Not as long as I’m alive.” Tyler screamed and punched.
Kirk tried to stop the fists that kept making contact with his face and chest. Out of the corner of his eye he saw the gun Tyler had dropped when he had kicked her. He quickly reached over and grabbed the handle. He brought it in between his body and Tyler’s.
Tyler saw his hand move off to the side, but she realized to late what Kirk had grabbed.
“Oh, shit.” Tyler said as she tried to get away, but a hand holding on to her shirt kept her in place.
“It looks like never has arrived.” Kirk said as he pulled the trigger.
Tyler froze as she felt hot metal rip through her body. She looked down into the menacing eyes of the mad man who just shot her. She grabbed his shirt collar in her fists. “You won’t touch her.” She said as blood dripped out of her mouth.
Kirk smiled up at her and pulled the trigger again. “Oh, yes I will.” He said and shoved Tyler’s now limp body off of him.
The two women on the couch jumped when they heard the gun go off. Bandit started to bark and growl at the window where the sound came from.
“Oh, God Tyler.” BJ yelled as she headed for the window.
Mike quickly grabbed her around the waist. “No wait. Let me look.” He ordered as he handed BJ over to Leo. “Stay here.”
Mike walked over to the window and grabbed Bandit’s collar. “Hold on boy,” He glanced out and saw Tyler straddling a man. Then he heard another shot and watched as Tyler’s body went limp. He closed the curtain, but didn’t turn around. He kept a tight hold on Bandit’s collar.
“Don’t you be dead. I’ll kill you of you are.” He thought as he tried to get his emotions under control.
“Did you see anything?” Leo asked, but already knowing the answer by the way Mike held himself.
Mike took a deep breath and turned around. “I need to go and check it out. I want you to make sure the door is locked as soon as I step out. Under no circumstance do you let anyone else in.”
“What did you see?” BJ yelled as she fought Leo’s strong grip.
“Nothing,” Mike answered and walked to the door.
Barb came up behind him to lock the door. She could tell Mike had lied when he said nothing. “Watch yourself and bring Tyler back.”
“I hope I can.” He replied without thinking.
“What?” Barb questioned softly.
“Just keep her away from the window.” Mike said then opened the door and quickly stepped into the darkness.
“I will.” Barb said to the closed door. Making sure the lock was in place. “God watch over our protectors.”
The three sat on the couch listening for any sounds that might give them a clue as to what was going on outside.
After a few minutes of total quietness Bandit’s ears perked up and he sniffed the air.
“What is it Bandit?” Leo asked as he continued to hold BJ in his arms.
The dog looked over at him and then the kitchen. The hairs on the back of the dogs neck stood straight up as he started to growl.
The sound of glass shattering filled the house making the three in the living room jump up.
“Bandit, come here.” BJ yelled at the dog who growled.
“We need to get somewhere where we can block ourselves in.” Leo whispered as he lead the two women away from the couch. “We’ll go up to your room.” He said as he pointed to BJ.
Barb and BJ both nodded and followed Leo. Bandit had come up to BJ, but kept looking back towards the kitchen. “Good boy, stay next to me.”
They made it to the steps. “Barb go on up first. Then BJ and I’ll follow. Bandit will be the last one up.”
“Okay,” Barb replied and headed up the steps.
Just as BJ was about to follow her Mom a laugh interrupted her. She turned and for the first time she faced her stalker.
“Where do you think you’re going?” Kirk laughed evilly as he scratched his chin with the gun.
Bandit lunged through Leo’s legs tripping the man.
“Bandit, NOOOO..” Leo and BJ yelled at the same time.
Kirk pointed the gun and fired it at the black dog. “Just like his master.” He said and looked into scared blue eyes. “She had to be put down too.”
It took a few minutes for BJ to understand what Kirk had said. “No, you’re lying.”
“Oh, my love she really has your mind warped.” Kirk replied softly as he stepped over Bandit’s body.
“Don’t take another step.” Leo ordered as he stepped in front of BJ. “Just stay away from her.”
“You can’t keep me away from something that is mine.” Kirk spat as he raised the gun.
“Wait, don’t shoot him.” BJ begged coming up behind Leo. “I’ll come with you if you just promise to leave them alone.”
“BJ, no” Barb yelled from the top of the stairs. “You can’t go with that bastard.”
“I will if it means that you and Leo will be safe.” BJ responded and stepped around Leo.
“I knew you would see it my way.” Kirk smiled happily and quickly grabbed BJ by the arm when she got close enough.
BJ saw bruises and blood on Kirk’s face. Then she noticed one large blood stain on the front of his shirt.
Kirk looked down, “don’t worry it’s not mine.”
BJ slowly looked into deranged eyes. The feeling of being scared quickly left her and was replaced with pure hatred. “If that’s Tyler’s blood I will kill you personally.”
“Oh honey, don’t say things like that. Once I get you to a safe place, where I can show you what love really is you’ll forget all about that blonde bitch.” Kirk replied.
“If you think for one minute that I’d ever forget Tyler you’re crazy. She holds my heart in her hands. My soul is empty when she’s not around and if you think a sadistic ass like yourself will ever be loved by me you’re crazier than I thought.” BJ yelled as she kicked the man in the groin.
“BJ!” Barb screamed as she ran down the stairs.
“Leo, grab Mom and get her upstairs.” BJ said as she squirmed loose of Kirk’s grasp. She saw the hand that held the gun and kicked it. She watched as the gun went flying across the room to land under a table.
“What are you doing. Why are you hurting the man that loves you and would do anything to keep you.” Kirk asked trying to get out of BJ’s reach.
“Love? You call what you’ve done love? You killed innocent people just so that you could torment me. That’s not love, love is what Tyler and I have. You’re just some poor excuse of a man, who needs to terrorize the person you think you love.” BJ replied as she watched for any kind of movement out of the man who laid on the floor staring at her.
“But I love you,” Kirk repeated again.
“Get this through your thick head. I DON”T LOVE YOU!” BJ stated loudly and with force.
It was like a light finally went off and Kirk understood what BJ had said. “Too bad then. I’m just going to have to kill you.”
He kicked BJ’s feet out from under her. She landed on her back knocking the wind out of her.
Kirk ran in the direction the gun he had gone. He crawled on the floor and ran his hand under the table until he grasped it. Kirk stood up and pointed the barrel of the gun at BJ who had just sat up.
“You know since you just broke my heart. I would like to return the favor.” Kirk said as he walked closer to BJ. ” Get up.” He ordered with a wave of his gun.
BJ quickly stood up on wobbly legs. “What do you mean? Return the favor.” She asked very frightened with the way things were turning out.
“I’m going to show you what I did to your little girlfriend.” Kirk smirked with a twinkle in his eyes. “Unlock the front door and head to the back yard.”
BJ walked slowly over to the door. With shaky fingers she unlocked the door and opened it.
“Now, I want you to go very slowly. One wrong move and I’ll shoot you.” Kirk said and grabbed BJ by the arm again. This time squeezing hard to get his point across.
As she began to walk BJ saw Mike hiding behind a tree. Hoping that Kirk didn’t see the man too she asked. “Why didn’t you just ask me out. I might have said yes.”
“Don’t even go there now.” Kirk spat and continued to march BJ to the back of the house.
As they rounded the house Kirk stopped BJ and looked at the ground.
“Where is she? I know I left her right here, dead.” Kirk mumbled as he walked around trying to find any clue as to where Tyler might have crawled to.
BJ felt the hand on her arm loosen. Knowing it might be her last chance to get away she pushed Kirk and ran towards where she saw Mike.
Kirk raised the gun and fired a shot.
The pain Tyler felt as her body laid there in the dark was unbearable. Every time she tried to move it felt like flashes of electricity shot through her body. ” Damn, I can’t believe I let him get the better of me.”
“I need to get myself up and help them in the house.” Tyler thought as she tried again to move. She held her breath and bit her lip as she maneuvered herself to a sitting position. She could feel the blood ooze from her side down to the ground.
“I have to stop the bleeding or I won’t be able to do anything.” Tyler looked around trying to find anything she could use as a bandage.
The sound of footsteps made Tyler look up. “Fuck he’s coming back.” She looked around to find a weapon, but could only find a branch from a tree. She picked it up and held it like a bat. “Better than nothing I guess.”
“Tyler?” She heard whispered and then she saw Mike peak around the corner of the house.
“Thank God, it’s you.” Tyler said relieved as she dropped her weapon. “I need your help.”
Mike carefully walked around the house. ‘Where is he?” Mike asked as he came closer.
“I don’t know. ” Tyler responded. “Take your coat and belt off.”
Mike saw the large fresh blood stain on Tyler shirt. “Shit, that’s bad.” He said and quickly took off his belt and coat.
“If I use your coat and belt as a bandage and tourniquet, I should be able to stop some of the bleeding.” Tyler informed her friend as she held the coat with her bloody hands. “Tie it as tight as you can.” She said and held out the belt for Mike to wrap around her.
“We need to get you to a doctor.” Mike stated as he did what Tyler asked.
“First things first we catch that crazy fucker before he hurts anyone else.” Tyler said as she tried to stand.
“Here let me help.” Mike tucked his hands under Tyler’s arms. Carefully he lifted her up and held on until she could stand with out swaying.
Tyler was about to tell Mike her plan to trap Kirk when they heard a loud crash. They both looked over to where the kitchen was. “Looks like he found a way in.”
“What should we do now?” Mike questioned.
“Do you have your cell phone?” Tyler smiled when Mike nodded his head, “Good, I want you to call the police. I’m going to go and see if I can see what going on in there.”
“Okay, but you wait for me before you enter the house.” Mike replied as he walked away to get a good signal.
Tyler stumbled her way over to the opening. As she looked she heard a gun shot and a whimper. “He shot my dog.” She was about to enter when she heard BJ voice. No, baby stay away from him.”
“What’s going on? I heard a gun shot.” Mike asked when he came up behind Tyler.
“He shot Bandit and now BJ is giving herself to him so he won’t hurt anybody else.” Tyler informed Mike softly. “We need to get in there.”
“Let’s wait until they get outside. That way we have the element of surprise.” Mike suggested even though he wanted to barge in there just as much as Tyler.
“Okay, but I want to listen for a few more minutes to see if he might tell us his plans.” Tyler responded as she looked back into the house.
The both listened as BJ and Kirk fought. They entered when they heard BJ yell and start to fight with Kirk. They weren’t fast enough and had to carefully back track out the broken window. They heard Kirk say that he was going to show BJ what he did to Tyler.
“You get over there and hide behind those trees.” Tyler whispered as soon as she made it out the window. “I’m going to go find a place to hide where he shot me. Hopefully he’ll be so confused that my body isn’t there it will give me a chance to jump him.”
“You’re hurt, so why don’t you hide behind the tree and I go there and jump him.” Mike suggested.
“No, this way you can get BJ away from him. I know I can keep him occupied long enough for you and her to get out of here. Her safety is more important than anything. No matter what you hear or see, you just make sure she gets out of here.” Tyler looked him straight in the eye to make sure he understood what she wanted. “Besides I owe him.” She finished as she held up her bloody hands.
“You just make sure that you come out of this or I’ll have BJ kick your ass.” Mike teased seriously.
“Don’ t worry. I have no plans of going anywhere.” Tyler smiled before she hugged Mike. “Okay lets get in position.
Tyler walked over to the spot she had landed after Kirk shot her. She could see a small pool of blood which made her shiver. Tyler looked for a bush that would give her a perfect view of the area. She found one not more than five feet from where she stood and it was tall enough so she wouldn’t have to bend over. For that she was thankful, because she didn’t think she’d be able to get back up again.
Tyler saw BJ and Kirk walk around the house. She watched the confused look come over Kirk’s face as he noticed the now empty yard. She couldn’t hear what he said, but that didn’t matter, because she noticed BJ’s quick movement.
In slow motion Tyler saw Kirk lift the gun. With every once of strength she had left she ran towards the man. She knew she didn’t have enough time to stop him, but maybe it might throw him off just enough.
Tyler tackled Kirk and tried to knock the gun out of his hand. They wrestled around until Tyler got in a knee to the groin. She tossed the gun deep into the bushes.
“I’m going to kill you.” Tyler stated as she grabbed Kirk by the neck and squeezed. “How does it feel?” She asked coldly as she pounded his head onto the ground.
Kirk noticed the bloody bandage and punched. He quickly scrambled away when Tyler’s body fell off him.
Tyler moaned as pain shot through her entire body. She pressed her hand on the bandage and could feel warm blood spread over her skin. “That’s not good.”
Kirk stood up and stormed over to where Tyler laid on the ground. He noticed a branch on the ground and picked it up. “This time I’ll take your head off. There’s no way even a bitch like you could survive.” He said as he drew back his weapon.
“Don’t you even think about it.” Mike yelled with his gun pointed at Kirk. “I’ll shoot you faster than you could swing.”
“I seem to have forgotten about you.” Kirk laughed as he lowered the branch.
“Put the branch down and step away from her.” Mike ordered forcefully. “Or I shoot your ass.”
Kirk looked up and caught BJ’s frightened eyes. Knowing that everything he had worked for was for nothing he made his mind up. He looked down at the small blonde he hated more than anything in the world. “I did it all for love.” He said and raised the branch over his head.
Tyler closed her eyes.
The sound vibrated through the night until all was quiet.
BJ started to walk slowly to Tyler’s still body, until she saw a slight movement and then she ran.
“Oh, God.” BJ cried as she slid down next to Tyler. “Don’t you die on me.”
Tyler moaned and blinked her eyes. The sight of BJ leaning over her brought a smile to her lips.
“You okay?” She asked as she brought her hand up so she could caress BJ’s cheek.
“I’m okay. It’s you I’m worried about.” BJ responded and kissed Tyler’s bloody palm.
“I just called to see where the police were at. They stopped at the bridge and were waiting until we called. They’ll be here any second, so hold on.” Mike said as he bent over to check Tyler’s wounds.
BJ saw the massive amount of blood Tyler had lost. It was all over the make shift bandage and her clothing. She glanced back up to Tyler’s ash white face and closed eyelids.
“Tyler, you have to wake up for me. Come on open your eyes.” BJ begged as she lightly slapped Tyler on the face. “Please, you have to open your eyes. Let me see those gorgeous green eyes that make me hot with just one look.”
“She’ll be okay.” Mike tried to reassure the shaking woman.
BJ looked over at Mike. “She not moving and look at all this blood.” She said as she raised her hands in front of her.
He could see that she was totally lost and didn’t know what to do. He grabbed her hands and put them back on the bloody bandage. “Keep pressure on it. It will help slow down the bleeding. I’ll go get more bandages and your Mom and Leo.”
“Okay, but hurry.” BJ replied softly.
“I will,” Mike said before he took off running towards the kitchen so he could enter through the broken window.
“How long have they been in there?” BJ asked again as she paced the white room.
Barb glanced at her watch and sighed. “It’s been about four hours now.”
BJ stopped to look out the big picture window. The reflection that stared back at her looked nothing like the woman she had been. This new woman was different because she had been through hell and back. “I never thought it would change me. Sure I’d be more careful around people that I didn’t know, but to actually know the person who killed just to be with me. How do I trust anyone ever again?”
Barb walked up to her silent daughter and wrapped her arms around her waist. “What are you thinking about?”
BJ turned so her Mom could see her reflection and pointed. “That’s not the same person you knew. She’s changed in ways I can’t even understand yet.”
“Oh, I don’t know about that. She might have changed up here.” Barb said as she pointed at BJ’s head. “But, here nothing has changed except maybe her love for the people in her life.” Barb finished as she now pointed towards BJ’s heart.
BJ thought about what her Mom had said. She turned so that she was facing her Mom. “You might be right.”
Barb just smiled and hugged her daughter.
Leo and Mike walked into the room with a doctor. BJ was the first to see them.
“How is she doctor?” She asked as she ran up to the three men.
“She’s not out of the woods yet, but if she doesn’t contract any infection she should be out of here in a week or so.” The doctor informed everybody with a smile.
“When can I see her?” BJ asked after she hugged the man.
“She’s in recovery right now, so I’d say in about an hour.” He replied with a blush.
“Thank you,” BJ responded and she turned to her Mom. “She’s going to be okay.” She said before she broke down and cried.
BJ entered the room and saw her lover hooked up to a bunch of hospital equipment.
“Don’t let all those big machines scare you. There just there to help her breath and monitor her heart.” The nurse informed BJ. “You can talk to her and hold her hand.”
“Okay, thanks,” BJ whispered as she drew closer to Tyler.
“I’ll give you some privacy. If you need anything just push that button.” The nurse said before she walked out of the room.
BJ sat in the chair next to the bed, and carefully lifted the small hand and placed it in between her own. Tears started to run down her face. “I love you so much that it’s hard for me to think of anything else. I need you like I need food and water.”
The fingers in her hand twitched. “I know you can hear me and I want you to know that the day I meet you was the greatest day of my life. No wait, the night we made love for the first time was the greatest day in my life. The way we gave ourselves to each other totally and completely. It was the most wonderful thing in the world.”
The fingers twitched again and that brought a smile to BJ’s face. She sat there the rest of the night talking and caressing any part of skin she could touch.
Barb slowly opened the door and looked in. Her daughter was sound asleep with Tyler’s hand clutched in her own. Then she glanced up into tired green eyes and smiled.
“Hi, how are you feeling?” Barb asked quietly not wanting to wake her daughter.
“Okay considering.” Tyler replied. “Could you get me something to drink. My throat is dry.”
“Sure, I’ll go fill up this pitcher with some water.” Barb offered and walked to the bathroom.
She stepped out and poured some into a plastic cup. “Let me open a straw. It might be easier.”
“Thank you,” Tyler said after she took a couple of big sips.
“No, thank you” Barb tried to stop the tears. “I could have lost my daughter last night, but you and your friends wouldn’t let that happen. For that I am very grateful.”
“Mike is the one who stopped Kirk. I didn’t do to much, but get hurt.” Tyler replied as she lowered her head. “I wish I could have done more. I promised BJ that I wouldn’t let him anywhere near her. I failed her.”
Barb walked closer to Tyler. She tipped Tyler’s face up with her finger. “You listen to me and you listen good. He didn’t get a chance to hurt my child because you stepped in and stopped him. You might not have able to stop him from getting close, but you taught her how to defend herself. You brought your friends into our lives to help you and they didn’t have to do it, but they did. For free even. The most important thing is that you brought the greatest thing in the world to my daughter……YOU.”
“You know she’s right and you should listen to her.” BJ said groggily as she rubbed her eyes.
“”Well, I’m going to go and see what Mike and Leo are doing.” Barb walked out of the room, but not before giving both girls a kiss.
“I love your, Mom.” Tyler said as she turned to look at BJ.
The intense blue shimmered with unshed tears.
“Please don’t cry.” Tyler begged as her tears threatened to fall. “I hate it when you cry.”
BJ laid her head on her hands that still held Tyler’s hand and cried harder. “I thought I’d lost you.”
“Me? Never I’m to stubborn to go that easy.” Tyler replied trying to calm BJ down with humor.
“It’s not a joke.” BJ snapped her head up. “You almost died last night. Shit, your still pale from all the blood loss.” BJ let go of Tyler’s hand and rubbed her hands as she still felt the warm blood spread over them.
“I’m sorry, you’re right it’s not a joke.” Tyler responded softly.
After a few minutes of silence Tyler started to feel a little sleepy. She covered her mouth and yawned. “Could you do me a favor?” She looked over at BJ who nodded her head yes. “I’m getting tired and I know I’ll sleep better if your next to me.”
“Sound like a great idea., but I don’t want to hurt you.” BJ gestured to the bandage sticking out the top of Tyler’s hospital gown.
“I have so much drugs in me right now I could run a marathon. So you lying here next to me isn’t going to bother me a bit.”
Tyler lifted the blanket and waited until BJ crawled in next to her and laid her head on her shoulder.
“This is so much better than the chair.” BJ yawned.
“Yes, it is.” Tyler whispered before she fell asleep.
BJ lifted her head and rested her chin on Tyler shoulder so she could watch her lover sleep. With a gentle touch she traced Tyler’s face. She watched as the muscles twitched as she touched Tyler’s soft lips. “I love you.” She whispered before she laid her head back down and fell asleep.
Tyler sat on a recliner chair next to the pool. She watched as the night sky filled with sparkling white stars. Out of the corner of her eye she spotted a shooting star and quickly closed her eyes and made a wish. “I wish BJ would let me make love to her tonight.”
Tyler had been released a week after she was shot. The doctor said she was healing nicely and shouldn’t have any lasting repercussions from the wounds. That was almost a month ago. Now the only reminder she had been shot was the two round red scares on her chest and stomach.
Unconsciously Tyler rubbed the spots through her shirt. As she remembered the last several weeks. BJ had been attentive and loving. She was there when ever Tyler needed her help or just to sit and talk. Which was okay with Tyler until she started to feel better and wanted to do more than talk.
“I need more than just a kiss here and there. I wish she’d talk to me, but every time I try to bring it up she quickly changes the subject or leaves the room saying she has things to do. Maybe she doesn’t love me anymore?” Tyler thought as tears ran down her face. “Maybe it scared her so bad when I was shot that she just stopped loving me.”
Barb found BJ staring out the window at Tyler who was looking up at the sky.
“Why aren’t you out there with her?” Barb asked turning towards her daughter.
BJ lowered her head and closed her eyes. “I’m scared.”
“Why?” Barb questioned softly.
“I don’t know.” BJ answered as she grabbed her Mom’s hand.
“Do you still love her?” Barb asked.
“What kind of question is that. Of course I love her.” BJ yelled at her Mom.
“I’m not the one who you need to tell.” Barb pointed to Tyler. “You need to stop pushing her away.”
BJ looked back at Tyler. “Is that what she thinks? Of course it is. If she didn’t want to make love with me that’s what I’d think.”
BJ turned and kissed Barb on the cheek. “Thanks, Mom.” She said before she opened the door and walked over to Tyler.
“Mind if I sit with you?” BJ gestured with her hands to the spot on in between Tyler’s legs.
“No, I don’t mind.” Tyler spread her legs so that BJ could sit.
BJ sat down and scooted so that she was able to lean back against Tyler’s chest. She grabbed Tyler’s arms and brought them around her body. “I wanted to say that I’m sorry. I have been pushing you away and I didn’t realize I was.”
“It’s okay, I understand.” Tyler replied enjoying the feeling of BJ so close to her body.
“No you don’t, because I don’t understand it myself. I didn’t even realize I was doing it until Mom said something to me.” BJ confessed through tears.
“I do understand. Scared so much that even though the person is right in front of you and touching you that it might all be just a dream. I feel the same way, but you went one way while I went the other.” Tyler informed BJ as she hugged her tighter.
BJ turned to look at Tyler’s loving eyes. “What do you mean?”
“Your mind decided that it was safer to disconnect from me. Don’t get me wrong you didn’t do it on purpose. It’s just your bodies way of protecting it’s self.” Tyler spoke softly.
“What about you?” BJ asked understanding a little bit of her actions towards Tyler.
Tyler bent her head and softly kissed BJ. “I wanted, no needed to reconnect with you in the most personal way. To hold you and love you when your most vulnerable. I need to make love with you to show you that I’m still here and that I’m not going anywhere.” She said and kissed BJ again.
BJ closed her eyes and smiled at the way her lips tingled after Tyler’s kiss. She felt fingers combing through her hair and lips caressing her skin softly on her face.
“Will you let me love you?” Tyler whispered into her ear.
BJ’s mouth found Tyler’s and they kissed with the passion that had been built up.
“I want you too love me.” BJ moaned between kisses. “Let’s go inside.” She said as she stood and offered her hand to help Tyler stand.
Tyler grabbed BJ’s hand and pulled herself up. She then pulled BJ closer to her body and wrapped her arms around her neck. “I love you.”
BJ smiled and kissed Tyler, “I love you too.”
Barb watched the two women walk towards the guesthouse. “Ain’t love grand.” She smiled and turned to make herself a cup of tea.
“Come on, Bandit, let’s get you an oatmeal cookie.” Barb said to the dog who got up off the floor and followed her with a slight limp.
Continued in To Protect My Heart