Perspectives Series (13th installment)
Copyright © December 2000
Disclaimer One: All these folks belong to me. They are a product of my wild
Disclaimer Two: Let’s see there’s sex between women in love, humor,
and a whole lot of other stuff that I’m sure you’re used to by now.
Dedications: To Catt for always seeing me in the right light. Thanks to God
Summary: None just read. You’ll like it. Takes place a few days after
Chapter XLIV: Morning Surprises
The keys hung limply from Barb’s hand as she hoisted up the bag on her shoulder.
The chirping birds saluted her as she forced the appropriate key into the lock.
It opened with a click and she pushed the door open. The brunette inhaled deeply
taking in the smell of the artificial air. She had actually missed it. She walked
slowly passed the cubicles seeing each person that frequented them in her mind’s
eye. I really have missed this place. Can’t wait to get my fingers back
in the bowl.
Barb came to the last row of cubicles and stood between them, staring at the contents
covering her blonde friend’s desk. She smiled at the Scooby Doo paraphernalia.
At least she hasn’t changed everything about you, Kid. You’re gonna
be in for a surprise this morning, and so is your friend.
Barb steered toward her own desk, swept the back of her skirt with a hand, and
sat down in the swiveling chair. She deposited her bag on the desk and let out
a sigh as she went for a spin on the faux leather just for the heck of it. We’re
partners again, Cory. Time to go out and tackle the world. She looked up at
the sound of the glass entrance door opening. Shelley headed down the path with
a little bounce in her step. The older woman stopped when she got half way, and
her eyes widened. “Well, didn’t know you would be back so soon.”
She paused. “Welcome.”
Barb nodded. “I thought it was about time. Don’t you think?”
Shelley shrugged. “Don’t know. Depends on what you’re planning.”
Barb’s eyes lit with amusement. “Just what is it you think I’m
The older woman smiled wanly. “I hear a lot, you know. Through walls, through
mouths. Either way, I hear a lot.”
The brunette crossed her arms over her chest. ”Then you know about them
”Not for sure, but I suspected as much. I think they’re good for each
”If you heard so much, then you know that she hurt Cory. Bad.”
”Yeah, but I know Taylor was hurting too. They made up and have been inseparable
”She’ll hurt her again.”
”She’s a big girl. I think she can handle it.”
”Well, as a friend I think I should make sure that doesn’t happen
before they get too close.”
”I think you maybe too late for that, Barb. She’s happy. Be happy
Barb mentally disregarded the last part and whispered, “Then, I’ll
do what I have to do.”
Shelley shook her head in disbelief, turned, and walked slowly to her own office.
Cory spread her legs wide, almost falling within the gaping space in between Taylor’s
longer ones, but she tightened her thighs and abs and held on. The blonde groaned
into the open mouth that clung to hers as she lifted her hips, teetering over
elegant fingertips. She lowered herself on to them with slow, torturous precision.
Her grasp tightened on broad shoulders in reaction. “Oh yesss . . .”
Inner muscles grappled the digits milking them before her lower body repeated
the same languid thrust over and over again.
Cory was beyond flying, beyond floating. She was soaring like a bird with the
largest of wing spans. Fire licked at her belly and scorched her insides, making
her cry out with each undulation. The kisses they shared were open mouthed, sensual,
complete with flicking tongues. They sat on the edge of the queen sized bed, bodies
grinding and sweating reaching for the ultimate pinnacle.
With a large open faced palm on her sweaty back, Taylor guided her lover’s
movements. The forearm of her other appendage flexed as she twisted and curled
fingers that were deeply buried in unbelievable wet heat. With her thumb, she
teased hardened flesh that was just as wet. It served to make her own sex throb
in passionate empathy. Her hips surged along with her lover’s. The admin
gave Cory what she wanted and took what she needed at the same time.
Their naked breasts and the pebble hardened middles scraped in tantalizing fashion,
providing a jolt of electricity with each movement of their bodies. It was enough
for Taylor---the wet heat, the naked skin, and the convulsing muscles, gave her
the same wings that her lover possessed. They soared right next to each other.
The admin loved being inside, craved it. There was no feeling like being nestled
in liquid fire. It simply felt like coming home, and she wanted to stay as long
as humanly possible. Taylor figured Cory felt the same as she continued the slow
thrusts despite the increase of wetness and quivering thighs. Close so close,
but yet so far. The brunette caught every breathy moan from the blonde’s
mouth and vice versa, of those there were many. “I love. . .you,”
the admin whispered brokenly, then groaned at the flood of wetness that bathed
Waking before the alarm, their morning had started innocent enough filled with
small kisses, light touches and enough murmured words of love to make them the
poster children for mushiness. But the admin had been right, once they made love
everything intensified—the need, the want, the rawness. Insatiable. So they
made it to the edge of the bed before the intensity wrapped around them and refused
to let go.
Cory whimpered enjoying the rush of dangling over the cliff she was on, but she
ached to be pushed over. “More. . .” she breathed into the brunette’s
lips. Taylor complied, adding a third finger as she pulled out slowly. Cory sank
on the digits and moaned loud, long at the feeling of being full, stretched. She
gritted her teeth but couldn’t fight the urge to impale herself on them,
causing her to whimper at the pleasurable explosion that resulted. The flesh of
her buttocks hit the skin of the thighs under her with a resounding smack.
Suddenly, unable to control her movements any longer, Cory scattered all over
the place, riding the admin like a bucking bronco. Every ragged breath was a whimper.
“God, yess!” The words spilled into the brunette’s mouth.
Observing her lover’s inability to maintain control, made the admin lose
hers. She groaned harshly at the abrupt change, catching the flames that lit the
blonde from within. The thumb that had just been pressing against the caseworker’s
erect nodule, began to circle it with fervor.
For Cory, oblivion didn’t seem that far away anymore. With each rough thrust,
pleasure exploded between her legs in short bursts until it all ran together pooling
in her belly and shooting all the way to her fingertips. Her body jerked, and
she cried out as spasms worked their way through her body.
Hot juices splashed onto the admin’s hand and thighs, and her own hips jerked
upward, harder than before. Emotion exploded inside her. Knowing she had caused
this and feeling it was all that was needed. “Ungghh!” She let out
a throaty cry and joined the blonde in oblivion.
They fell back on the bed, seemingly exhausted and sweaty. The alarm went off
as their bodies continued to shiver and hips to jerk. The loud static filled music
played for some minutes until a long groan filled the room.
Pushing sweaty blonde bangs away from her forehead, Cory climbed up her lover's
body until they were face to face. She was still somewhat breathless but able
to speak. "Mmm, way, way. . . up there on the whoa meter."
Under the blonde, Taylor stretched and chuckled. "I can agree with you there,
sweetie." Cory leaned down and brushed the admin's lips with her own instead of
commenting. The fair head ducked, and she buried her face in a damp neck.
After a minute, the caseworker popped up again with a crooked smirk plastered
on her dreamy features. "You'd think. . ." She hummed as large hands caressed
from the middle of her back to her behind. "You'd think this would take the edge
off during the day, but it doesn't. I can't seem to stop wanting. . .this--" Cory
spread her legs and captured a thigh between her own. Rubbing against it, they
both moaned. One at the feel of residual wetness coating her thigh, and the other
at the feel of soft flesh meshing with her swollen sex. The blonde gasped, "Every
time I look at you, even in the office." God, I can't get enough of her. Am
I sick? It's never been this way before.
"Mmm, I know the feeling." Taylor arched her leg a little and used large, elegant
hands to guide hips slowly moving against her. Is she okay with this? Or did
it just start because of what happened with that boy? "Is. . .this okay with
you? I mean. . .the way we finally made love?"
Cory stiffened. She doesn't think I used her does she? She knows I love her.
"It would have happened anyway, Taylor that night actually. I wanted it to. What
happened with Robert was just mitigating circumstances. It doesn't change the
fact that I love you and wanted to show you."
Blue gazed into green reading the truth in the depths. Taylor pushed a lock of
fair hair behind the blonde's ear. "I love you too." They smiled tenderly at each
other.I don't think I could even explain how much. Suddenly worried, the
admin asked, "Are you doing okay? I mean, after you told me what you saw--I want
you to know you can tell me if you feel a little funny in here. . ." She turned
them over to the side and tapped the blonde on the chest. "It would be totally
Ah, always worried about me. "I would tell you if I wasn't. I wouldn't
be human if it didn't get to me, but Dr. Zawid made me realize that not everything
is my fault. It's just nice to be able to try to do something this time instead
of always falling apart. I just wish the local government would say something
Taylor kissed the caseworker's forehead and chuckled derisively. "Oh, someone
will. I'd give it till tomorrow. They just wanted to see if all this would die
down. It hasn't. They've been talking about the case almost everyday on TV. They're
gonna have to do something."
"Mmm. . ." The sound of the alarm began to filter back in. "You're probably right.
You know more about that aspect than me." Cory untangled herself and sat up. She
raised her hands high above her head and stretched complete with mewing noises.
Taylor watched with a smirk as breasts arched and thrust forward. Nice.
She reached out a hand to touch, but it was smacked away as the petite caseworker
leaned to the right to turn off the alarm. "Nuh-uh, that's our cue. Time to get
ready for work." Looking over her shoulder, Cory gave her lover a teasing smirk
and put an extra sway in naked hips as she sashayed to the bathroom.
The tall brunette didn't waste any time. Almost immediately, she jumped up and
went after her. She leaned against the door of the bathroom and watched as the
caseworker turned on the shower. Taylor grinned inwardly, suddenly feeling more
than a little warm and moist. "Think we should shower together for the sake of
The blonde head turned toward her, and Cory appraised the admin with a raised
brow. "Oh, you do. Do you?"
Taylor smiled. "Unh huh, I'll wash your back. You need to be relaxed for the big
Stepping in the shower stall and sporting a knowledgeable smirk, the caseworker
asked over the roar of the water, "You don't think I'm relaxed enough after what
happened in there?"
Taylor sauntered over toward the shower and stood looking through the open door
as water slicked her lover's skin. She licked her lips. A quickie. Just a quickie.
Yeah, right. LS was now awake.
"A little more never hurt anybody." Lifting one impossibly long leg, she stepped
into the shower and closed the stall door with a snap.
A few minutes later, a breathy moaned filled the steam laden bathroom. "God. .
Getting one more teasingly sexy smirk and gaze in, Taylor opened the door to agency,
allowing the blonde to step through first. There had been a time when she came
in early because she cherished the quiet, but the cubicles bustled with activity.
Now, she cherished something or someone else. The admin was aware of eyes on them
but dismissed them as insignificant. Screw ‘em. They don’t have
the foggiest idea of what’s going on.
As they made their way to the back, Cory slowed as she got to Ray’s desk.
She gave him wink and a smirk before going forward again. Damn, forgot my tea.
Wonder if Shelley has some I could borrow? That stuff is like kryptonite to him.
The blonde chuckled inwardly.
As they neared the back, Cory felt the breath whoosh from her body and heard the
beginning of blood roaring in her ears. Green eyes widened and were riveted at
the desk across from hers—the desk that had been empty. It was now taken
by its original owner. Her heart thudded then stopped altogether. Trouble. It
was her first thought. Despite part of her being happy to see the older woman,
the majority of her screamed trouble. No, not now. Things are going so good.
This can’t be the other shoe, and it can’t be ready to drop.
Panic became a wide but tight band around her gut, making her struggle for breath
and making her palms sweat. She wanted to turn, gaze into pale blue and latch
onto her lover’s hand for extra strength, but the caseworker knew that it
couldn’t be done. The blonde peered into her friend’s eyes, knowing
hers must be frantic. She hoped to read acceptance but saw only a soft smile upturning
lips. It was a smile that didn’t reach the older caseworker’s eyes.
Anxiety took over completely, and Cory snatched her eyes away and was suddenly
glad that the bags she was holding hid her shaking hands. Trouble. Big trouble.
Double shit. Taylor instantly saw the potential for a huge mess forming
right before her eyes. Barb was back, and for some reason the admin couldn’t
tell if the cryptic smile on the caseworker’s face was for her or Cory.
Right now, it didn’t matter. Everything she had tried at first to deny and
then later grasps with both hands dangled in front of her on a floss thin string,
waiting to be cut loose. A chill went down her spine, and she could only imagine
what Cory was feeling. Hold on there Bunch. Don’t loose it. Just hold
on. I love you, and we’ll get through this intact even if I have to kill
somebody. I won’t lose you, not now. Her heart cringed in pain at the
Instead of allowing the blonde to steer toward her desk, Taylor put a hand at
the small of her lover’s back, feeling the bunched, hard muscle. She led
them both to her own office and closed the door silently behind them.
With her back to the admin, Cory whimpered and turned to her lover. Green eyes
were full of fear, anger, and resignation. “What are we going to do? I can’t
go back out there.” She whispered harshly. Taylor deposited her briefcase
on the floor then walked up to the blonde. She took the two bags out of small
hands and let them fall to the carpet. Hands went back up to caress the blonde’s
”First, we breathe.” She took a deep breath and waited for the caseworker
to do the same. “Second, we play it by ear. She may be okay with this, with
us. We’ll have to see.” The admin held up a hand to the blonde’s
mouth. “Ah, ah, I can’t order her not to tell anybody, and I can’t
order her to be okay with us.” I can fire her for insubordination.
That’s the coward’s way out.
”We both just need to put out feelers first and compare notes.” Taylor
read the uncertainty on the blonde’s face. Believe in us, Cory. She
cupped her cheeks and leaned down for a lingering kiss. “Know that I love
you no matter what happens, and I’m not going anywhere. I know my place
is with you.” She kissed her again. “I need you to be really strong
right now like I know that you can be. I need you to go out there, Cory. You can
do this. Talk to her, and I will do the same later.” The admin took shaking
hands in her larger ones. Blue eyes held scanned green, hoping the blonde would
feed from her own conviction. “Believe me?” I will not lose you.
Cory took a deep breath. She seems so sure, and I know this is just a job.
She’s what is important. She let the breath out. I knew she was coming
back sooner or later. Shoulda been prepared for this. Barb, my friend, I can’t
let you destroy the best thing that ever happened to me because of misplaced feelings
or loyalty. Their gaze held for a few seconds longer before Cory nodded. “I
believe you.” She pulled her hands from the admin’s grip and wrapped
her arms around the taller woman. “And I love you.” Taylor returned
the hug, lifting her off the ground.
Taylor felt her heart slow. “Good.” She sat the blonde back on the
floor and reached up to tweak her nose. “Let’s do this.”
Barb tapped the sharp end of a pencil against her desk as she waited. I don’t
understand. She almost looked scared. That woman’s got you twisted, Kid.
I’m your friend, and I’m here to help so things can go back like they
used to be. Just please don’t make me do something drastic just to get you
to see. I’d hate for anybody to lose their jobs, but we can always get another
somewhere else. I just hope you hear me out. Her eyes squinted. She’s
the one that should be scared. Scared I’m gonna show what a conniving bitch
she really is. You hurt someone once you’ll do it again.
Cory came out of the admin’s office without looking back. She silently pulled
out her chair and pushed her bag under the desk, while keeping her purse over
a shoulder. Without hesitation, she walked to Barb’s desk and touched it
lightly with fingertips as she gathered her thoughts. Looking around and then
down, she met the other woman’s eyes and refused to look away. “Look,
um, we obviously need to talk, and we can’t do it here. Can we go to Subway
and get a cup of coffee or something?”
Barb smiled slightly and patted the hand on her desk. “Sure thing. Just
let me get my purse.”
They walked down the street in silence. It was the same way they entered the restaurant.
Cory picked a booth in the back. “Why don’t you go ahead? I’ll
get us some drinks.”
The blonde sipped on her coke as she sat the cup of coffee in front of the brunette.
She had a seat and continued to sip until the ice got in the way. Reluctantly,
she sat the fountain cup down. The petite caseworker opened her mouth to speak.
Barb beat her to the punch. “I heard you on the radio. They even talked
about you on the news. You did good, Kid. Surprised me though. I pictured you
doing a lot of yelling and calling it a day.”
Cory shook the cup causing the ice to crunch. She sighed, leaned in, and looked
up at the older woman. “I would have not too long ago. I’ve changed,
Barb. It was time to start doing something about the things I get so upset about.
Dr. Zawid helped me out, and so did Taylor. She was really there for me.”
Barb moved back and laughed cynically. “How long do you think that’s
going to last?”
”As long as we make it last.” She answered confidently.
The brunette’s eyes squinted. “You know, I’ve known you for
a long time, but I would have never figured you to be this blind. Of course, she
seemed okay at first, but she hurt you. How can you get past that so easily?”
Her voice dripped with sadness.
”Because I love her,” she said with conviction. “And I know
she loves me.”
Barb snorted ungracefully, causing unreadable green to snap toward her. “How
can you love someone that hurts you?”
Cory sighed. “You don’t even know what happened. . .”
Barb threw up her hands. “I don’t need to know what happened. I just
needed to know that she hurt you. You play tough, Cor, but you’re really
not. I’m your friend here.”
Impatience piled on top of the blonde, and her voice rose slightly. “If
you’re my friend you would listen to me! You do need to know what happened.”
Her voice lowered when they got stares from the few other patrons. “She
was scared of what she was feeling for me so she lied about her sexuality. Yeah,
it hurt, but I went home to my mom’s to think and saw it for what it was,
simple fear. I was scared too when she looked at me, touched me I came apart,
Barb, and it scared the shit out of me. It was something I couldn’t control.
. .” She pointed toward her chest. “I need her, and I don’t
think I’ve said that to another human being. Don’t you understand?
I look at her and I see. . .everything.” Her voice lowered to a whisper.
“Haven’t you ever felt that way?”
Barb shook her head. “I-I don’t know, but that’s not the point.
Can’t you see that? How do you know she’s not playing games? How do
you know she won’t hurt you just for the hell of it?”
Cory reached across the table and grabbed the other woman’s hand. “Because
of the way she looks at me; the way she reacts to my touch; the way she says my
name. I feel it, and I know it. I don’t think that I can make it any clearer
Barb scanned the blonde’s face. She seems so sure, but I’ve never
seen her like this. I can’t believe. . . How do you know she just didn’t
send you to talk to me to save her career?”
Cory took her hand away. “Look, I love my job and so does Taylor, but we
love each other more. Don’t let your misguided loyalty to me push us further
apart than we already are. You can’t make me choose between the job, you
and her. There’s no competition. She’ll win every time. I’m
happy, Barb. Happy, and you trying to break us apart won’t make us friends
again. It’ll make us enemies.” There’s got to be something
more to this why are you doing this, Barb? Help me understand. Cory pleaded
with her eyes.
Barb turned away. How could she do this to me, damn it! I need her! I can’t
survive this job without her. We were friends first. I can’t lose that I
can’t. There’ll be nothing. Her head jerked back to the blonde’s
face. The older woman’s eyes glittered, and she asked softly, shakily, “What
about me? After you two became chummy, you barely talked to me anymore. If I didn’t
disapprove, would you still be my partner in the field since I’m back or
would you dump me for her there too?”
She rubbed her hand over her chest and continued to speak. “What about me?
I need you too. I don’t have anyone else. He doesn’t understand what
I do or how I feel when I do it. Only you have. I’ve been at this job for
almost twenty years, and I’ve suffered in silence most of the time. Thank
God for vacations, but when you came along. I had somebody who understood, who
stood by me. Without you, I can’t do this anymore, and I don’t know
how to do anything else! So, What about ME!?” She shouted and her voice
broke. “You’re supposed to be my friend too!” Barb stood up
abruptly, almost toppling the table over. Jerking her purse over her shoulder,
she exited the booth and walked briskly toward the door.
Cory pushed her hands through blonde hair and hung her head sadly. You were
right. I should have seen this coming, but you can’t put that kind of responsibility
on my shoulders, Barb. I think you know that you should of gotten out of this
a long time ago, and yes, I was a bad friend because I never saw it. It was hidden
behind the sense of humor and teasing smile. Maybe I am blind, at least when it
comes to you. How did you get past a head doctor with the mess going on in your
head? Maybe you told ‘em what he needed or wanted to hear, eh Barb? The
big question now is what am I going to do about this. The blonde rubbed her
forehead and scrunched up her nose in deep thought. I have to see if I can
convince you to get some real help. Cory got up and deposited her cup in the
waste basket before making her way out.
Taylor swivelled her chair around to face away from the door. She heard a brief
knock before Shelley let herself in. “I’ve got your tea, but there
are no messages.”
”Thanks for the tea, and as for the messages, I don’t think I could
deal with anyone right now, anyway.” Her voice was low, guarded.
Shelley sat the steaming cup at the end of the admin’s desk. She had never
been one to pull punches, and she wasn’t going to start now. “I know
about you and Cory, or rather, I suspected.”
Taylor stiffened. Ah, geez, I really don’t need this right now.
Knowing the admin thought she disapproved, the assistant answered quickly, “And
I think you two are good for each other despite what the policy dictates.”
Taylor grunted outwardly, but on the inside, she sighed with relief. “How
did you know?” She ask curiously.
Shelley shrugged even though no one could see it. “There’s an intensity
wrapped around you two. A lot of people probably wouldn’t catch it unless
they’re really looking.”
”Mmm,” I wonder how many people are looking?
Don’t know. Just be careful. LS whispered in the presence of her
She turned the chair around, now facing the older woman. “Thanks for your
approval, but we didn’t need it. Although as a friend, it means a lot.”
Their eyes met and held. Shelley nodded and turned to go. She stopped when her
hand wrapped around he knob. “Barb knows.”
With troubled eyes, Taylor glanced at the assistant. “I know. I’m
trying to be positive about this. I told Cory that she would come around eventually,
but I really don’t know. The look on her face. . .” The dark head
shook in trepidation.
Shelley nodded again. “I know. She’s not seeing what she needs to
see, and I think something’s. . .torn inside. She’s been here for
a long, long time, and she latched on to Cory very quickly. Maybe the job is getting
The admin blew out a shaky breath and pinched the bridge of her nose. “Well,
Cory and her are out talking right now. When they come back, I’m gonna see
if I can open her eyes a little wider.”
Without another word, Shelley ventured into her own office. Taylor turned the
chair back toward the window and leaned back, waiting and hoping that this wasn’t
Barb charged through the glass door. The look on her face was one of determination
as she headed for the admin’s office. Once there she stopped abruptly at
the closed door. What am I doing? Did Cory really mean what she said? She
shook her head to clear it of questioning thoughts then knocked on the door.
Still not bothering to turn around, Taylor called out, “Come in.”
Barb let herself in and stood silently in front of the desk. What do I say
to you? How do I end this hold you have over her?
The silence at her back made the little hairs on the back of the admin’s
neck prickle. Without hesitation she swung around to face her visitor. Taylor
held her breath and released it slowly. Okay, let’s not make things worse.
I need to handle this with kid gloves. “Barb.”
The other brunette walked closer. “What did you do to her?” She asked
I knew this was coming. Maybe the truth would help. “I hurt her and
myself, and she loves me anyway.”
”What is she to you?” Barb moved closer, hoping to see in the admin’s
eyes with her own clouded vision.
”I love her. She’s done so much for me. . .” Taylor shook her
head. “She’s changed me.”
The older woman blinked in confusion. The other woman smacked of sincerity, but
it just couldn’t be. Her eyes held. . . “You expect me to just take
your word for that?” Barb spat out.
Studying the other woman, the admin canted her head to the side. She’s
only seeing what she wants. “No, I expect you to take Cory’s word
for that. She’s your friend, isn’t she?” Taylor took her hands
from the desk and let them hang over the sides of the chair as they opened and
Barb shrugged and sank down into one of the chairs. “She’s supposed
to be, but she forgot about me.”
The admin shook her head. “No, you’re wrong there. She talked about
you all the time. She said she even called you, but you wouldn’t return
The shorthaired brunette let her head hang. She didn’t have an answer for
Taylor continued. Am I getting to her? “You know she was going through
her own problems and was just cleared to go back in the field. Wasn’t it
okay to concentrate on herself for a little bit? I wanted to stay away, but I
couldn’t. She’s under my skin.” The other woman still hadn’t
looked up. “What is she to you, Barb?”
The older caseworker heard the question reverberate through her head. A friend.
A savoir. A crutch that keeps me going in this mess. Slowly, she moved her
head back to a natural position. Her voice was soft, craggy. “She’s
the only one that understands what we see day in and day out. I can’t go
to my husband. He has no idea. She cares so much about these people. I wish I
could still do that. I need her.”
Taylor rewound what Shelley had said a few minutes earlier. ’Maybe it’s
the job.’ ”Maybe Cory didn’t understand the field as much
as you think. I think she does now. She did care too much, and she couldn’t
separate herself from it. It’s vice versa for you isn’t it? You care
little but are so wound up in it that there’s no way out.” She added
What is she saying? “I don’t understand what you mean.”
Sitting up straight, Taylor leaned forward. “I’m saying that Cory
isn’t your way out. She maybe your way in deeper, and you have to find your
own way.” Maybe you hit the nail on the head with this one, and she needed
to hear it.
Barb’s eyes widened. Is this true and I couldn’t see it the whole
time? She brought her hands together in her lap and wrung them. “I don’t
know. I just don’t know.”
Hoping she was getting through, Taylor added, “Look this is all up to you.
You have to decide to get the help you need or to destroy a friendship. Either
way I’m not leaving her, and you shouldn’t either. Think about this.”
Barb said nothing as she leaned forward and pillowed her face in her hands. The
admin waited patiently, hoping the outcome would be a good future for them all.
Cory entered the building and made her way down the rows of cubicles. She stopped
to speak with caseworkers that called her and turned down cases for the day. She
had Barb to handle, to help.
The blonde made her way to the back and saw that her friend’s desk was empty.
Her eyes zeroed in on the admin’s closed office door. Are you in there,
Barb? Are you turning this into a bigger mess than it already is? You need help,
my friend. Maybe I can help you see that.
Without preamble, Cory knocked on the door then opened it without waiting for
an answer. Almost immediately, pale blue captured her gaze. With that one look
they spoke volumes, telling each other, “I’m glad you here. I need
Barb had not turned around, but she figured from the admin’s silence that
it was Cory. The brunette waited to see what was going to happen. A second later,
her body jerked in surprise, when small hands encased her shoulders then squeezed.
Cory held on a minute more before letting go. She kneeled beside the chair and
looked up at her friend. “Barb?” Eyes turned to her. “I see
where you were coming from, but it’s not the right way. Do you see that?”
Brown eyes glanced upward to catch pale blue before they steered back down. “Yeah,
I think I do.” The caseworker answered quietly.
A little shocked, Cory looked up at her lover in surprise. “Then you understand
that you can’t help anybody this way, especially yourself. Taylor didn’t
take me away from you. I was always here, only dealing with my own mess. Now,
we have to deal with yours, and I promise to be there too. You have to get some
help, Barb from the right doctor this time.”
The brunette nodded. “I know, but I just don’t want to do it alone.”
Her voice was soft but full of emotion..”
Cory grasped the arm closest to her. “No, and you won’t be. I’ll
be here, and so will Taylor if you let her. She’s pretty good with this
kind of thing.” Two sets of eyes held azure ones. The admin nodded and smiled
slightly. I’ll do whatever I need to do.
The blonde stood up, but not before taking her friend’s hand. “My
doctor is good, but it would be a conflict for you to see her. Maybe she can recommend
someone. I cancelled my appointment for this afternoon, but she should still be
in. I’ll call and see if she can help.”
A couple of phone calls later. Cory had gotten Barb and preliminary evaluation
by Dr. Kane for the next morning. “We were lucky.” She put down the
phone. “He had a cancellation for tomorrow. I’ll go with you if you
Barb nodded, feeling shame set in. Her head hung. “I can’t believe
you two are doing this for me after what I tried to do. I’m so sorry about
that. I guess I was lying to myself the whole time I was seeing Dr. French. I
told myself the monsters were getting smaller.” She let out a bark of derisive
laughter. “When the whole time I guess I was just becoming. . . more blind
to the whole situation.”
She glanced at them both. “I’m not going to lie, but I’m jealous
of what you two seem to have. I think because I never allowed myself to really
open up to you, Cory. I guess it’s something else I just need to get over.”
Cory walked behind the admin’s desk and leaned against her lover’s
chair. “Whatever it is and whatever you need. We’re here.”
An awkward silence fell on them, and Taylor was the first to break it. “Barb,
you are free to stay out the day at your desk or you can go home.”
The other brunette smiled wanly. “Thanks, but I don’t think I need
to be here right now.”
Cory added, “I can trail you home if you want?”
”Yeah, thanks.” The caseworker got up to leave with Cory close behind.
As they exited the door, the blonde turned, “I’ll be back in a little
bit. I think we have some talking to do. Whatever you did, thank you so much.”
The petite caseworker gave her lover a bright smile and was out the door.
Taylor watched it close. “I did what I needed to do, sweetie.” She
They sat at the kitchen table, talking of old times, old cases, and old laughs.
Before long, the talk became serious. “Would you really have ended our friendship?”
Cory nodded sadly. “Things were all wrong with what you were saying, so
I’d have to say yes. Taylor’s very important to me.”
Barb swallowed. “She means that much to you so soon?”
The blonde chuckled, “Yeah, I think it started from the first day we met
and just took off from there.”
The brunette’s mouth opened, closed, then opened again. “I want to
be happy for you. I am somewhere inside. It’s just hard right now.”
Cory took the other woman’s hand and squeezed it. “I know, but I’m
gonna be here regardless.”
The older woman gave her friend a soft smile in response before adding. “You
see this face, Kid? This is my Thank you face. I’m going to be wearing it
for a while so get used to it.” Barb squeezed the blonde’s hand back.
Soft chuckles followed.
A little over an hour later, Cory let herself into the admin’s office. Eyes
met, without saying a word, the blonde sauntered around the desk and sat in the
brunette’s lap. She looked down at the chiseled face and traced from eyebrow
to chin. “You’re unbelievable do you know that?”
Taylor blushed but didn’t do a thing to hide it. I love how you see me,
Cory. Makes me feel so tall and humble at the same time. She smiled slightly.
“If you say so.”
The blonde leaned forward until she was a whisper away from full lips. “I
know so.” She brushed the admin’s lips with her own. Smiling into
the kiss, she murmured a ‘thank you’ and brushed lips a few more times.
Taylor chuckled when the kiss broke. “You know, if someone comes in here,
we’ll be caught with our pants down so to speak.” She raised a brow
at her lover.
Cory tapped the brunette’s chin. “After all that just happened, I
don’t think I really care anymore.”
Taylor wrapped her arms around the caseworker. “I know what you mean. After
that scare and what came out of it, everything else is cake.”
”Yeah” Cory paused for a minute. “What did you say to Barb anyway?”
Taylor shrugged, “Probably nothing you wouldn’t have said during an
intervention. Shelly helped out a lot.”
A fair brow rose in perfect parody to her lover’s. “Intervention?
And which Shelley are we talking about?”
”Yeah, intervention sort of without the loved ones. A singular intervention
I guess if there is such a thing. Many skills. . .uh from college that I don’t
use, and Big Shelley. . the one, um, in there.” She stuttered under the
green gaze and pointed toward the side door. As an afterthought, she added, “She
knows about us.”
Cory smirked. “Ah, she knows a bit of everything just like I’m beginning
to think you do, sweet—tie. Somebody is a real smarty. Many skills, yeah
I believe it.”
Trying to change the subject from herself and nerd status, the admin interjected,
“Um, so you ready for this afternoon?”
”Don’t you dare. . .” She poked her lover in the shoulder. “Try
to change the subject, but yeah, I think I am.”
Devising another way to switch topics, Taylor grasped the back of her lover’s
head and leaned up to capture still moist lips. Cory whimpered at the tongue begging
for entry then opened her mouth with a gasp. By the time the kiss ended they were
both winded. “Wooo, um what were we talking about . . . again?” The
blonde asked breathlessly.
Taylor smiled cryptically. ”Don’t know.” Mission accomplished.
Chapter XLV: A Tangle with Red Tape
They entered the doors of the Merrilville Library and found their way to the meeting
rooms. Still outside the room, Taylor gave her lover a pat near the small of her
back for support, as she pushed to door open. The room was bustling with activity
that seemed to die down as the pair entered. Cory immediately felt a sinking feeling
assaulting her stomach. Something’s wrong here.
The Board members that were up, silently found their seats as Cory pulled out
her own. Burton, the Chairman, cleared his throat and banged his gavel. “Okay,
let this meeting come to order with a reading of the minutes and conclusion of
any old business.” He loosened his expensive looking tie and leaned back
in his seat.
Everyone was silent as the minutes were read, and they were just as so when there
was a call for old business. Taylor resisted the urge to fidget in her chair.
Something is just not right. Hang in there, Cory. She wanted to wrap her
arm around the blonde but smiled down at her instead. Green eyes looked up at
her, hesitantly, and Taylor read what was in them. She feels it too. Whatever
is going on here.
Burton cleared his throat once more. “For new business, some of you have
brought to my attention, Ms. Donovan’s actions on June 16th, and its impact
you think it could have on the agency.
Cory stiffened. What the hell is going on here? Impact? Curious and wary,
Cory leaned forward to hear better. Out of the corner of her eye, she saw the
admin do the same.
”Yes, I do.” Myra said through pursed lips and pinched face. “While
we didn’t see what Ms. Donovan saw that day, I think we can all agree that
she or Ms. Wilson probably shouldn’t have been there that day at all. It
was a CPS matter, and because of her out burst, the whole situation could shine
badly on us.”
There was a loud murmur as someone else spoke up. Gavin, a younger but just as
polished member added, “I for one don’t agree. We don’t know
the circumstances to begin with, and what Ms. Donovan did could not possibly reflect
badly on us. She stood up for children and called for reform within CPS, not us.
I don’t see how it has any bearing on us at all.” There was another
murmur, and then shouts of agreement and disagreement.
Cory watched the back and forth action like a patron in a tennis match with mouth
hanging open and eyes wide. This is the biggest crop of bullshit I have ever
heard. The blonde caseworker turned to her lover, seeing the muscle ticking
in her jaw. She was just as incredulous. Taylor took it all in with flaring nostrils
and growing anger. What the hell is wrong with these people? They want to help
but not too much if their asses are hanging too close to the fire. She moved
her legs allowing their thighs to brush, hoping to provide some stability in the
There was a banging of the gavel by the Chairman. His voice boomed. “I think
we should hear from Ms. Donovan before we proceed any further on this matter.”
Cory stood up. She didn’t mask her anger, but she did put a leash on it.
“Thank you for allowing me to speak before I’m completely buried in
this.” She pushed her chair in and began to pace. “ We work closely
with a myriad of agencies in this region, and CPS is a major one, and I was called
upon by a colleague to do a consult. Frankly, it sounded suspicious so I conferred
with Ms. Wilson.” She touched the back of the admin’s chair.
“And she agreed with me that we should proceed cautiously. When we got there,
we could both see that the situation was already out of our hands. We called the
police and handled it. I talked with the casemanager from CPS told her of the
events I’m sure she suspected were going on, but not to that degree. She
was overrun with case after case, and this particular one had fallen low on the
priority list.” Cory walked away from the admin’s chair and latched
her hands behind her back aware of eyes following her.
“She told me what should have been obvious to this Board and all that work
with CPS. They are grossly underpaid, overworked, and understaffed. I chose to
comment on this matter to the press. What’s that saying? The people have
the right to know.” The blonde stopped and took a breath, amazed at her
control even though her insides were boiling. She wanted to yell and shake each
one until their eyes swam back in their heads. She swallowed it all in the face
of diplomacy. Taylor had taught her well. “What I said and what CPS has
become does reflect on this agency because we work with them, but isn’t
it our responsibility to point out those flaws to whoever will listen so things
can be changed?”
Cory shrugged and spread her hands wide. “I mean, what happened didn’t
just make CPS look bad, it reflected on all social agencies. We should have been
working together a long time ago to talk with the mayor, local government as well
as the state to make these changes happen. That little boy is hot in the news
right now, and a lot of people are talking about him. But, what about the little
boys and girls the press never talk about? I don’t even understand your
concerns. The publicity isn’t going to stop referrals or people from the
community from coming in, or are you just worried about how you look period?”
Myra jumped up. “That was out of line Ms. Donovan. It’s not our responsibility.
Cory interrupted, “How can you say that when it reflects how we help people.
If other agencies aren’t up to par, who the hell are we helping when we
refer clients to them and vice versa? I don’t understand what there’s
even to discuss.”
Gavin stood up and adjusted his tie. “Are you saying that we’re really
not out to help anyone but are just going along with the prestige it brings us?”
He asked incredulously.
The blonde caseworker crossed her arms over her chest. “I didn’t,
but you just did.”
The gavel banged as Burton stood up. That is enough, Ms. Donovan.”
A little alarmed, Cory scanned the room to see hostile eyes. She found a pair
of pale blue that radiated pride. It pushed her on. “No, it’s not.
You can call me out of line, but I mean to finish what I’m saying. You people
say you want to help, but before Taylor came along you were running archaic groups
with out dated material, and doing a number of other things that seemed a little
detrimental to the cause. It’s the same thing here. Something needs to be
changed because kids shouldn’t be dying. With all the clout that’s
sitting here, surely one of you can and want to do something about it.”
She glanced at them all accusingly. There was dead silence.
After a moment, Cory sat back down and sighed as a familiar hand gripped her thigh
under the table. She put her hand over the admin’s and squeezed. Cory watched
and waited as silence permeated the entire room. Heads hung in what she hoped
was shame and not anger. The Chairman finally spoke. “Well, Ms. Donovan
had a lot to say some of it very valid and some of it out of line. I think her
point is well taken. I for one am not here for the status it brings me in the
community. You all know the situation with my son. That’s why I’m
here. I don’t know about the rest of you.” He nodded his head toward
the blonde caseworker. “Ms. Donovan, I’ll be glad to see what I can
There were mumbles and shifting as two Board members, Myra and Gavin, got up to
leave. They all watched them go without a word. Burton banged the gavel. “Shall
I assume that the remaining members are interested in this situation?” Nods
and smiles came from the five remaining members. “Good, good. We may need
to start by putting a fire under the mayor. As for the presentation planned for
today, it can not happen without all members present. Maybe next time Ms. Donovan.”
Once back in the car, Taylor looked over at the petite blonde with a satisfied
smirk. “You’re the one that’s unbelievable. I wanted to jump
up and pummel them all for even calling you out like that.” She reached
over to grasp a hand, bringing it to her lips for a kiss. “But, I knew you
could handle it.” Glad you’re on my side now. “You did
real good, Cory.”
The blonde blushed. “I don’t even know how I did it. At first, I wanted
to kick a few heads, but I don’t know. I just knew that screaming and yelling
wouldn’t get my point across. Some of those people back there respect professionalism.
It’s what I had to give them.” I learned it from you. Cory
squeezed the hand holding hers. “You’re rubbing off on me, you know?”
Taylor raised a brow. How does she do that? “Why do you do that?
One minute I’m telling you how great you are, and the next you’re
making me feel ten feet tall.”
Cory shrugged and smiled. “Don’t know. I guess I’m trying to
show how you affect me. You make me feel like I could tackle anything, change
The admin kissed the blonde’s palm again. “I know what you mean.”
The caseworker scrunched her brow as the admin started the car. She rewound what
the Chairman had said. “What happened to his son?”
The brunette pulled out of the parking lot. “I don’t know all the
details, but apparently he ran away. Got all the way to another county before
they picked him up as a runaway, but no one knew who he was. There was no APB
or anything put out on him till later. Burton’s wife wouldn’t face
up to it, and he was out of town himself. She never contacted the police. He did
when he got home, but it didn’t help.”
” The kid had disguised himself and ended up in foster care. Whatever family
he was with, he was there about a month. By that time the foster father had beat
him so much he barely talked anymore. He sort of got lost in the shuffle with
the county CPS. By the time they put two and two together, the kid was pretty
mess up. Burton got him back, divorced his wife, but the kid been in intensive
therapy since then.”
Cory cringed. “Damn, no wonder he was eager to help.”
”Yeah, no wonder.”
Chapter XLVI: The Wonder That is Morning
Taylor’s groan was deep, soulful and breathless, “Cor-y. . .love you.”
Her body continued to jerk in reaction as it came down from heights she was fast
becoming accustom to. She detached trembling hands from the headboard and searched
for any kind of contact with her lover.
Cory placed one last kiss on damp, dark curls. She licked the residual sweetness
from her lips and crawled up the admin’s body until her head found a home
pillowed on the dewy skin of the brunette’s abdomen. A small hand snaked
down, cupping Taylor’s sex and grinding down slightly, enjoying the whimpers
that ensued as the admin’s large hands found purchase in blonde tresses.
The caseworker placed a small kiss in the middle of her lover’s ribcage
and whispered. “Love you too.”
Cory ignored her own renewed arousal because giving pleasure was its own type
of satisfaction. She hummed and her head turned to the side to peer at the clock.
Thirty minutes until the alarm went off. They had time for a little more sleep.
The blonde heard her partner’s breathing slow and felt her heart beat returning
to normal, knowing sleep would soon follow. Cory closed her eyes basking in the
afterglow and the closeness they shared. It gave her strength to face the world
in the morning to know that she was loved like this, cherished like this. You
make me feel almost invincible. Her own breathing slowed as the sandman did
They both jumped with a start when the blonde’s phone rung minutes later.
Cory let out a little squeak and tried to burrow into the admin’s chest.
Taylor tried to slow down her now racing heart as she got accustomed to the waking
world. She felt the caseworker clawing into her but successfully calmed her with
a shhh and a touch. The phone rung again and as if it were customary, Taylor reached
Cory looked up at her lover bleary eyed. “It’s got to be my mother.
No one else would call this early unless something happened with Barb.”
The admin brought it to her ear and mouthed, “We’ll see.”
The brunette cleared her throat. “Hello?”
”Well good morning. I trust my daughter is there with you, and you’re
treating her well?” Brenda Donovan asked cheerily.
Taylor’s eyes widened, and she opened her mouth to speak while looking down
at the very naked caseworker. “Well, um, she’s. . .”
Hearing her mother’s voice, Cory snatched the phone and gave the admin a
look that would curdle milk. She put her hand over the mouth piece and whispered,
“No comments about my nakedness this morning thank you or about what we
The admin bit her lip and blushed sheepishly, knowing that she had no idea what
was about to come out of her mouth. She pursed her lips and listened, hearing
things like—“Oh, she’s fine. She’s a little tongue tied
but says hi, and we’re doing great.” There was also some laughter,
and by the time the phone call ended, the alarm went off blaring the static filled
music. Taylor sighed in exasperation and reached over to change the radio to a
The admin wrapped her arms around the blonde’s torso as the lounged leisurely.
With her chin propped up on her hands, Cory peered past perky breasts to blue
eyes. “So my mom says hi, and hopes that you’re not too tongue tied
next time to talk to her.” She stated with laughter in her voice.
Taylor chuckled. “Uh, sorry about that. I think it’s something about
our situation when she calls that throws me off. Maybe next time you hear from
her, we’ll have some clothes on.”
The blonde kissed her way up the brunette’s torso. “Mmm, maybe, but
I like as many no clothes activities as I can get with you. So, she may be out
With gentle, fingertips, the admin moved soft, blonde bangs from her lover’s
forehead. “Mmm , okay. That I don’t mind at all, but right now we
need to get up.”
”Yeah, I know. I have to go with Barb to the head doc’s, and I have
a couple of cases I need to check on. You with me?”
The admin shook her head regretfully, “Can’t this morning, but I’m
free this afternoon. Can go with you then.”
Cory reared up and straddled the admin’s body. “Sure thing.”
She pushed her hands toward the ceiling and stretched sensuously complete with
cat-like noises. The blonde pushed the hair out of her eyes and smiled down at
the admin. “Hey, let’s do something this weekend. Go out or something.
Taylor traced from outside of the blonde caseworker’s breasts to her waist
and smiled at the resulting shiver. “Mmm-hmm, whatcha got in mind?”
”Ohh, that felt good. Um, I don’t know. Let me think about it. We
can. . .”
The admin shushed her and reached over to turn up the radio at the sound of Robert
Akins’ name. They listened quietly as the radio announcer went over the
information about his death. Both blonde and ebony brows shot up when they heard
that Mayor King had prepared a statement on the matter. They stared at each other
in surprise at the sound of his voice.
”This issue is not an old one but a delicate one. I’ve consulted with
my staff as well as leading concerned members of this community, but they did
not tell me anything that I wasn’t already aware of. Children are our future,
and none of them should die at the hand of sick people masquerading as caring
foster parents. I would like to see stricter guidelines for them as well as extensive
background checks to better ensure the safety of the children.
As for the matter of overworked casemanagers, I would like to reiterate to all
department heads that there are mandatory vacations that city workers have to
take. It is against the law to deny them of this.
We are just one city in a county, and we must work together to make sure this
doesn’t happen again. Ideas like this should be taken to the state level
as well as be passed on to other states who are experiencing the same problems.
This can not keep happening, and I will do what I can to make sure it doesn’t.”
The speech was interrupted by the announcer, reminding listeners of Cory’s
interview days before. After a few seconds more, it went to the weather. Cory
crawled off her lover’s body and sat on the edge of her bed. “Well,
that was interesting, and I guess it’s a start. He can’t really promise
anything, but I guess it is something. Burton works fast, huh?”
Taylor scooted until she was beside the blonde. She draped an arm over her shoulder.
“Yeah, he did, and it is a start, Cory. Maybe not much of one, but it’s
gotten a little more attention.” She paused for a minute to think. “Maybe
we could check to see if there are any bills on the floor of state legislature
about this. We could talk to lobbyists for the cause if there are. Maybe get some
insight on where things stand?”
The blonde patted a naked thigh. “Sounds like a plan. We could get on the
net this weekend and check things out.”
”Good idea, but I’ll go one up on you. Let me throw my position around
and call some people this morning. See what I come up with.”
Cory smiled and leaned in for a kiss. “You’re good to have around.
I think I’ll keep ya.”
Cory stood outside her own car as Barb got into hers parked in her own driveway.
“You sure about this. I’ll be more than happy to drive you and wait
Barb shook her head as she opened her car door. “No, I appreciate you going
with me because I’m a little nervous about this new doctor, but I think
I need to leave under my own steam.”
Cory nodded and continued to study her friend. “If you’re sure? Then
let’s get going. Remember I’m just a page or phone call away.”
The brunette smiled slightly. “I know, Kid, but I have to start somewhere.”
The blonde caseworker watched the older woman get into her car as she opened her
own car door. I hope we end somewhere good.
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