After a whirlwind romance she’d married a lawyer named Julian and no longer worked for her Dad. Gwyneth had dispatched him to a job in his own neighborhood. Ed enjoyed the challenge and had offered some innovated solutions for the unique build. Victoria Rutledge was the widow of Judge Nelson Rutledge, who Ed discovered was an evil little troll of a man. ” Suddenly she was crushed up against his chest, clinging to him with all her strength. Her yellow gold hair fell in relaxed waves around her face and over her shoulders. When Stephanie called to ask him if he could help her with it he’d gladly agreed. Ed took Stephanie’s hands and gently pulled them away from her face leaving them clasped in her lap. It still makes me sad though.” She looked at Jenny. “You should probably go to the hospital to confirm you don’t have a concussion.” Gary suggested which got him a slow nod in response. “You’ll live.” He hoisted Jeff to his feet and, with a final lingering look at Stephanie, led him from the building. Her head snapped around to stare at Ed who was watching her nervously. It takes a much stronger person than me to survive that.” “I think you’re amazingly strong! There had always been a little hint of hesitance or nervousness to her behavior but since this morning when she woke him with some delightful oral play, the timid Stephanie was gone.
Ed had attended the wedding and Julian seemed like a really nice guy. Zoe had sworn him to secrecy so he couldn’t reveal any of the details to his family and friends. ” That was Zoe’s voice so she must be in the construction office trailer. While Victoria was tall, svelte, and with her allure and class reminded Ed of a Hollywood actress of the 1940’s like Veronica Lake, the judge was small in stature and low in character. Her hair was under his nose and the scent of melon and something tropical tickled his sense of smell. He couldn’t resist the impulse to finally slide his fingers into her hair. Ed picked up the phone and held it to his ear as he looked at the weeping woman. He’d picked up two of the units as Carolyn’s home was built at the same time Stephanie’s was and the two buildings were identical in all aspects, aside from décor. William, her oldest, nodded and got the three others to help him collect the spilled food and put it in the trash. While they took care of the mess, Ed lifted Stephanie in his arms and carried her to the living room. Her second oldest child brought her a box of tissues. He wasn’t able to read all the expressions on her face but sadness was definitely involved. She was going to keep it to herself but the woman deserved to know as she’d have to deal with Jeff. You want to press assault charges against this man? Ed was looking at Stephanie who was still watching the door. She was every bit as playful as she’d always been but now she was more willing to leap in with both feet.
With her caramel skin, abundance of gold bangles, earrings, and necklaces, some of which were disappearing into her deep cleavage, she was pure sexiness in a compact package. Considering how meticulous he was during the installation and how critical he was of the work done during his inspections he was pleased with the result. When his large hands slid under her sweater over her stomach she gasped aloud and her eyes flew open. The handset for the kitchen phone was also on the floor. Unaware of Jenny’s cheeky move, Jenny was giving Stephanie a hug. “Have I told you how much I love you for coming here with me? I don’t think I could have faced Jeff without you by my side.” Ed smiled and dipped down to kiss her sweet lips tenderly. They rested for a couple of hours then grumbling stomachs demanded to be fed. Stephanie quickly mastered the sequence but Ed was having trouble getting his muscles to follow the pattern he’d observed. Ed blinked when he saw the smiling faces of Rachel and Angie waiting for them. Angie gingerly turned his face so she could get a better look.
It was all Ed could do to keep his hands out of her long ebony locks and off those curves as he greeted her with a kiss on her sensual mouth. He took a deep breath and entered the trailer one last time. Drakos leaning across Clint’s desk barking at the man. He smiled at her as he gently moved his fingertips over her blouse from front to back gradually working her sweater up her torso. ” A sob leaked out and Victoria held her hand over her mouth. “Yes.” There was a muffled gasp at the other end as emotions overflowed. He knelt beside her as the kids gathered in the doorway. “I’m sorry Jeff treats you so poorly and I’m sorry your parent’s did this to you both.” “Thank you. “I think you’ve been very strong and very brave in a very difficult time. They decided to drive to the next town to a restaurant Stephanie knew of and was delighted to find still existed. As they passed through the town Stephanie spotted a bar that also had line dancing. He knew the order and timing of each step but putting it into practice with his body was where his difficulty was. Their expressions went from delight to dismay when they saw the bruise on his chin. “Ed’s chin met my stupid drunk brother’s fist last night,” Stephanie said contritely.
The first stories are read in the following order: 1 One Who Understands, 2 The Most Valuable Gift, 3 To Walk a Mile. It had lots of other toys too but he hadn’t really played with them yet. The truck was a present from some of the ladies he loved. A glance over at her brother saw a look of contempt on the man’s face.
A quick flick of his fingers and the clasp on her bra parted. ” she breathed as his fingers found her stiff nipple and gently squeezed and tugged on it. They danced to a few more slow songs interspersed with faster numbers and Stephanie’s smile was wide and relaxed. Before they reached it their way was blocked by a grim looking drunk. The thock noise was clearly heard above the music and the big man went down hard. He looked at the big man with the bruised chin and the two men on the floor. Rachel and Angie just grinned at him and Stephanie began to smile as well as she saw what was happening. He was still stunned by how quickly he’d been turned around and sent back into the airport for his flight to France.His work coverall was plenty warm enough on its own. I know some of the other guys didn’t like him but I didn’t have to like him to work with him. Ed drove his truck up the hill to the top, not much of a distance from Zoe’s really, and let himself into the mansion with the key Victoria left him with. She had no idea when she would return but at least she sounded happy. She dabbed at them absently with a tissue Ed handed to her. ” he yelled as he jabbed his finger at Stephanie who stared back in surprise at his violent reaction. If you proceed with contesting the will let me assure you that you will lose. “I’ll have the document for the farm ownership transfer prepared by my assistant. Her remaining questions were moot with the transfer of Stephanie’s share of the farm to her.He rolled his shoulders, enjoying the lack of tightness the new coverall he’d just been given this morning now afforded him. “Sorry you had to deal with that jerk,” the older man said. I just ignored the other stuff.” Drakos smiled self-consciously. The large house was silent, accentuating its museum like ambiance. ” Ed tilted his head back and she looked up at him timidly. The tension and desperation in her voice was fading. Chapter 2 Sunday night found Ed at the top of a short ladder with the sound of laughing kids playing in the backyard behind him. The reading of the will.” Her sniffles were starting up again. “The will stipulates that all of the assets listed above be divided equally between the two heirs, Jeff and Steph-” “WHAT? Ed took Stephanie’s hand in his and gave it a gentle squeeze to let her know he was there for her. You cannot prove you have grounds for contesting it and in doing so you will lose your share.” Jeff leaned back and stared at the lawyer in stunned silence. He nodded to Jenny then smiled at the remaining people in the room. It’s an honest question,” Stephanie said to stop Jenny from chastising her daughter.She squeaked in surprise then cooed as his large hand slid under the lace to cup a breast. Her knees wobbled and she might have fallen except for Ed’s undeniable grip on her wrists. “If it isn’t the bitch and her boy toy,” he slurred. Go home.” Stephanie said loudly and heads turned in their direction. That man gestured to a big guy standing by the front door. While Ed was distracted watching the bouncer fall Jeff swung his fist back and connected with Ed’s chin. The ladies got him a first class ticket on a red eye flight and they’d even brought him a suitcase of clean clothes for the trip.His hand left her breast and moved to the zipper on her slacks. ” she gasped in shock as she looked in his eyes with compassion in hers. Ed’s head snapped back and he fell down between the tables. He just transferred his toiletry kit from one suitcase to the other and he already had his passport.