This is of course, dedicated to Alli. She's my master, I'm hre bitch. She asks, I write.
He hated these things. Parties. Fundraisers. Charity Events. Whatever they wanted to call them they were still the same thing. The supposed who's who of Pine Valley in the same room ,forced to coexist in the name of good will to others. It was all the biggest load of bull shit he'd ever seen. No one in this room liked each other. Hell, on any other night of the week they'd go out of their way to avoid one another. But tonight, they plastered on a smile. Made idle smile talk, and pretended to care that the other was in attending.
He was only here because he had to be. He was only here because the hospital was working with Teens Against Addiction to build better programs and better education for children. A worth while charity at least. He sight and pulled at his tie, still standing outside the Valley Inn dinning room entrance. It was bad enough that he had to come, but he was going to walk in alone. Anna was working late. Or so she said. He figured she was probably just avoiding spending time with him.
That's how it had been for the past few weeks, since they'd reconciled. She wanted to take things slow. Learn to trust one another again, the usual. And he was fine with that, he really was. If that was going to make her happy, that's what he'd do. He tugged at his tie again. He loved her. And you made sacrifices. He was supposed to be happy that she was going to give him another chance. He was supposed to be happy that they were getting back together. And he was. He really was. Maybe he was just extra stressed and exhausted from work. Sleep deprivation was a sin, he was sure of it. Not to mention the deprivation of other things. Like sex. Sleep deprivation was a sin, sex deprivation was a sin, sex depravation should be illegal.
He understood why she was having them wait, and to a point he even agreed with the decision. That didn't make him less…well, yeah, he was about ready to jump out of his skin. She wanted to wait another week, wait until they'd been back together for an official two months. Sex did complicate things, she was right, but that didn't make him not want…
" Dr. Hayward." A voice said, jarring him from his thoughts.
Her. The only other woman who had ever had his heart, standing in front him. " Miss Kane." He replied, nodding in her direction, a smile instantly playing on his lips.
She smiled back at him, and flipped her hair, " Word around town was that you boycott any event that requires you to interact with your fellow Pine Valley citizens."
" How could I boycott an event that you're hosting?" He said, flashing her his brightest smile. She was definitely a highlight of his night. She looked radiant as always. But there was something about her tonight that made him shift his hips.
Maybe it was the black cocktail dress she was wearing. Maybe it was the fact that it fell just far enough over her thighs to keep her curves covered. Or maybe it as the fact that it was cut just low enough to reveal the top of her breasts and some barely there, but still tantalizing cleavage that was playing host to a beautiful diamond pendant. Or maybe it was soft, light curls that fell against her shoulders. Maybe it was the way she smelled. Like cinnamon and something sweet, something, sinful, something….he'd give his last breath to sink his teeth into.
" You may not be welcome here, by most." She started, " But you money always is, David." She said, beaming at him. Her mind flashing back to the first time she'd said that to him.
" I never thought otherwise." He said back to her, his smile wicked and delicious now. " I have heard rumors of the highest donator winning some sort of prize." He half asked, half said raising a curious eyebrow at her.
" Well," She started, nodding' t" here will some incentive announced later to encourage people to donate." She told him, flashing him her own wicked and knowing smile.
" Incentive?" He replied, nodding as he crossed his arms his chest, " I've always known you to be a wonderful
Her cheeks pinked slightly, and she swallowed hard, " Hopefully you won't be disappointed in my negotiating skills."
He shook his head, " I know how much Teens Against Addiction means to you, Erica. I have no doubt that you will raise all the money you want, and more."
She flashed him a genuine smile this time, " Thank you, David."
" You're amazing Erica. Teens Against Addiction is lucky to have you." He told her, the honesty in his voice catching them both off guard.
Her eyes met his, and they held each others gaze. This silent communication number that they always did, was dangerous. They were saying more without words then either of them could ever muster with words. He still missed her. And she still missed him. He still wanted her. And she still wanted him. She still didn't trust him. And he wanted nothing more then for her to trust him. There was still so much left to be said. And yet, there wasn't anything that either of them could say to fix things.
" Miss Kane," Another voice sounded behind her, and she jumped slightly, being thrown back into reality long before she was ready. She liked it lost in his eyes. " It's time to start." He told her, moving to stand on her right side.
" Oh yes, yes, I'm coming." She said nodding his direction. By the time she'd turned her eyes back on David, the spell was broken. She sighed softly, and flashed him one last smile, " Enjoy you evening David."
" You too." He replied, " And I look forward to seeing your negotiating skills being put to the test again." He said, with a raised eyebrow.
She swallowed hard again, and the man who was trying to get her to the stage tugged at her arm, " Goodnight David."
" Goodnight, Erica." He offered, watching the man pull her away. Just like that the spell was broken, and she'd walked out of his life again. They'd been apart longer then they'd been together, and he really was happy with Anna. But he'd never get over her. He's never stop missing her. And a part of him, a part of him would never stop wanting her. He wasn't foolish, he knew that all he'd ever have were glimpses and occasional moments like tonight. But he'd take them, and hold out hope that one day, fate would bring her back into his arms, at least for one night.
He pulled at his tie one last time, hearing the commotion of the start of the Fundraiser in the dining room. He closed his eyes, ran a hand through his hair, and shook his head a little. The sooner he went in, the sooner he could make his donation and get the hell out of here.
Erica name was announced and he watched her with hungry eyes as she walked towards the podium. He cocked his head a little, and his ears
perked up, along with a few other things as she started her speech. He was suddenly very anxious to go inside and see if her negotiating skills were anything
like he remembered. Besides, he had a strange feeling that it might finally pay off that he was forced to come make nice to all these people. He smiled a
little, his eyes locked on Erica, as he headed into the dining room, maybe this wouldn't be to bad after all.
To be continued….