Sleep had a hard time coming to either one of them, tossing and turning in their beds they lay awake looking at darkened ceilings. Rowan sat up in bed running her fingers through her dark tangled hair, swinging her feet out of the bed she gpt up and padded outside to her deck where when restless she would sit and wait for the sunrise. After an hour of pacing back and forth she jumped over the deck rail with her pit bull at her heels. She found herself opening the gate almost feeling like she was sleepwalking because she couldn't remember walking to the middle of the road. She was just about to turn around and go back when she heard the sound of hinges creaking, her name whispered on the calm night air made her turn, her breath caught in her chest at the vision walking towards her, Brandon wore a long white T-shirt that reached mid thigh showing strong muscular thighs, her long blond hair tousled.
She came toe to toe with her lover under the stars, gazing up in to the face that had kept sleep from claiming her, Rowan lowered her dark head meeting her part way, they shared a deep passionate kiss. Arms wrapped tightly around each other. The kiss ended with Rowan being led in to the dark house of her lover. with the dog guarding the bedroom door and candles lit the toe women made their way to the large bed taking their time exploring each others bodies, soft moans escaped their lips when hands found those erotic places. Rowan covered her lovers smaller body holding herself up on her hands she kissed her way from ear to breast, circling a hardened nipple with the tip of her warm wet tongue never touching the hardened nub, she treated it's twin the same way. Brandy was thrashing on the bed and moaning in sweet agony as Rowan worked her way down, she trailed her tongue down the crease from sternum to naval, which she circled with her tongue making quick dipping motions inside. Brandy's hands tangled in the bed coverings, her arms straining with tension making her shoulder muscles bulge. Warm breath touched the golden curls covering her twitching clit, at contact her hips jerked up. Rowan stuck her tongue out grazing the swollen nub when her lovers hips lowered, with her weight on her heels and shoulders Brandy pumped her hips each time feeling a fleeting touch then nothing. She groaned with frustration, Rowan watched as the lovers juices flowed out between swollen lips, she could feel her own wetness soaking her thighs with every beat of her heart, lifting small hips up she braced her elbows in to the bed holding Brandy at mouth level she teased everywhere but where she knew her lover wanted.
"Your gonna tease me to death, oohhh shit..." A soft tongue grazed her clit. "Please RJ make me come!"
Burying her face between quivering thighs she growled. "Not yet." Brandy couldn't stand anymore bringing her hand down to herself, she started to stroke her enlarged clit, Rowan knew drastic measures would have to be made next time. Pulling her hand away she pinned it to Brandy's stomach. With her other hand she spread the wet lips before her and circled the throbbing center finally pushing her tongue deep inside she felt muscles contract. "RJ, I want more please!" Pulling out her tongue she slid up to flick the tip of her lovers clit almost brining her to climax with that little touch alone. A loud moan rumbled in Brandy's chest. Slipping her middle finger in part way then retreating she felt Brandy's whole body tense, she continued doing this as she took the enlarged nub between her lips and sucked. "I'm coming...Ohhh Gods...harder..! With one last thrust Rowan pushed her finger in all the way piercing her thin veil, pain turned in to ecstasy as she went over the edge screaming Rowans name. Slight tremors racked her small frame, she lay exhausted and spent, sweat running down her temples and between her breasts, Brandy moaned when she felt Rowan slid up her body and straddle her thigh covering it with her juices when she rolled her hips forward. Brandy pulled her dark head down to her tasting herself on her lovers lips and tongue she deepened the kiss plunging her tongue deep inside and moaning when she felt her arousment start all over again. Grasping Rowans hips she pulled her closer, soon they were grinding together grunts and moans filling the silence. Rowans teeth sunk in to her lovers shoulder with the first ripple of her climax, her back arched she exploded nector flowing out to mix with Brandy's as she followed with her own earth shattering orgasm. They felt like the had been through a melt down, they fell into each others arms, their bodies still trembling and breathing ragged. Rowan whispered in to Brandy's ear. "I love you Brandon."
Brandy turned her head to look into shimmering silver eyes to see the love shinning through the tears. "I love you to Rowan." Kissing her gently. "I've always loved you!" Sleep claimed them still entwined in each others bodies. But poor Latisha was in his room with his head phones on blasting the Pointer Sisters in to his aching ears as he did push ups, His arms and shoulders gave out on him rolling to his back he looked to the clock on the bedstand, taking a chance he pulled one earpiece out and caught the last note of a scream then silence. "Those two are gonna drive me crazy!" looking back to the clock. "My my 2 hours and 13 mins, a new virgin record, I hope neither one of them can walk tomorrow, bitches!"
Brandy sat at the table with a stupid grin on her face watching her lovers T-shirt raise to show her bare ass everytime she reached up into the cabinets to get something. Rowan knew exactly what she was doing to her young lover, it was paybacks for all the hickeys she found covering her neck, she knew she had slept sound that morning but she didn't know she had been dead! Latisha stumbled in to the kitchen with bags under his bloodshot eyes, ears red with the imprints of his CD earphones and his arms hanging limply at his sides.
"Who's the screamer?"
Two sets of eyes took in his appearance, Rowan grinned as she pointed at Brandy.
"There's your screamer!"
Brandy turned pink, she covered her face with her hands trying to hide. Rowan watched Latisha try and swing his arm up to smack her in the shoulder, he barely moved his arm when a loud groan came from his lips.
"Are you ok?" Rowan asked.
"You mean after killing my ear drums with loud music or the hundreds of push-ups I did to keep myself from attacking the closet breathing thing!"
I guess we need sound proof the loft."
"Try stuffing her mouth with something!" He looked at the ring of hickeys circling Rowan's neck. "Looks like you tried that, next time use her underwear not your neck!"
Brandy was slowly melting under the table. A tiny voice reached the others ears. "Sorry L." She winked at Rowan. "But I did hold back on my screaming."
Brown eyes widened at her comment. "What!" Shaking his head. "We'll both need hearing aids if that's the case!" He exclaimed.
A few weeks had gone by with an agreement that if Latisha was there they would stay at Rowans house for their sex romps or he would storm the bedroom with the garden hose. Brandy was enjoying her job more and more, even though she was the assistant foremen she still got right in there with the crew and worked just as hard if not harder. The new crew had shocked her when they had all gotten out of their trucks weeks earlier, they were all women and so far they were a whole month ahead of schedule with completing the new houses. Rowan was estatic with the news, she knew it was because of Brandy, the little blonde seemed to infect everyone she came in contact with and when the crews see her working right along with them and just as hard then they push even harder. Rowan had started checking out the worksites, she talked to the crews wanting to know their problems. She did not want another situation like with Brandy, She was in the trailer that was used for the office going over invoices with Jake when chills went up her spine and a heaviness over came her. Shrugging it off as nothing she continued to work half hearted. Jake noticed the change in her expression, to him it looked like pain clouding her eyes.
"Rowan you ok?" He asked.
Clouded blue eyes looked up to him. "Yeah, it was just a twinge it's..."
The door swung open slamming in to the wall as one of the crew came falling in, she was in total hysterics with terror written all over her face, she could barely speak.
She forced out between gasps "Roof.....fell.....call...911!"
Rowan's face turned white and her heart started to pound in her chest when she looked out and seen the collapsed roof from the office door.
"Call 911 Jake!" She yelled on her way out the door. Fear pushed her to sprint the whole way to where the crew was running to the house. Searching for Brandy a tightness choked her when she couldn't find her. Rowan grabbed one of the workers by his shirt, picking him up off the ground she yelled. "Who was working on this house?" The man's eyes grew large at the silver eyes tearing in to him, his voice came out as a squeak.
The man fell to the ground gasping for air from the hold Rowan had on his throat. Rowan starts to look under the pile of lumber trying to find her lover, the tresses are twisted, some having fallen so that their tips are to the ground others are in pieces along with sheets of plywood. Panic seizes Rowan, she can't see anything under the mess, pulling pieces of plywood out of her way she starts yelling for help to move the stuff and for the foundation jacks to place underneath for stability. Her and one of the female workers had made it 1/4 of the way in when they heard moaning coming from Rowans right, where allot of the wood had fallen at an angle and leaning to one side, the plywood stuck up at weird angles everywhere along with 2x6's and 2x4's. Between the two of them they moved wood being careful so as not to cause it to cave in on who ever was under there. They heard someone yelling from the other end of the structure that they had found someone but Rowan knew deep inside that it wasn't Brandy because the tightness was still in her chest. Rowan pulled a sheet of plywood out of the way and seen two boots sticking out from under the wreckage. "Oh my Gods!" Recognizing one of the boots as Brandy's she screamed her lovers name. Hearing her the other workers came to help. She dropped to her hands and knees and crawled under to where her lover lay on top of Jenny looking as if she tried to protect her friend. Rowan rolled over onto her back to check to see how the wreckage was being held up. The 2x6's laying over Brandy and Jenny were of no consequence so she started sliding them out of her way, she was able to check on her lover and Jenny, Blood ran down Brandy's temple and from her nose but she couldn't check Jenny because of the way Brandy was covering her. She checked her lovers pulse and found it strong it giving her some relief.
"Everyone stand back and get those supports ready!" She could hear sirens in the distance along with Jake yelling instructions. She pushed herself into a squatting position, bracing her hands on a 2x4 she started to rise pushing with all her strength on the wood, creaking was heard as the plywood slid down and wood pushed against each other. With a banshee scream she pressed the wood over her head and held it until she seen Jake position the foundation supports. The strain of what she just did got to her, with legs shaking she dropped to the ground trembling. "Get them out!" Jake stood starring at his daughter laying amongst the debris. "Please God not my baby!" He cried. Four of the workers were able to pick up the sheet of plywood that they were laying on and get it out of the structure with out having to cause any undo moving of their bodies. A short thickly muscled woman with long dark hair and golden brown eyes helped Rowan up, half carrying her she got her to where the paramedics were loading Brandy and Jenny in to the ambulance. The other woman had been checked out and one of the other workers had taken her to the hospital all ready. Jake was on his cell phone calling his wife Jenna, tears clouded his eyes and his voice was thickened with the unshed tears.
The ambulance left for the hospital which was only 4 miles from the worksite. Rowan and Jake were about to get in her truck when the keys were taken out of her hand. About ready to go ballistic on the person keeping her from leaving she looked down in to the same golden brown eyes of the woman who had helped her earlier.
"Get in I'm driving."
Hours later the three of them sat, still waiting for news from the doctors about Brandy and Jenny. The other woman had been released with only minor cuts and bruises. Rowan paced the floor like a caged animal, stopping mid stride when anyone in a white coat or scrubs came in to view. Her nerves were shot to hell she wanted to tear the place apart until someone would tell her something.
Jake and his wife sat holding hands, fear showed on their faces of the unknown.
The smaller woman who had drove them to the hospital sat over in the corner in a chair with her knees drawn up under her chin with her arms wrapped around her legs. Her gold eyes watched Rowan pace, she looked like she was watching a tennis match. He stoic features relaxed when Jennie came down the hall towards them. Rowan froze where she stood when Jennie stepped up to her.
"I want to thank you for what you did." Her hazel eyes filled with unshed tears held shimmering blue orbs. "If it wasn't for you and Brandy I know that I would have been hurt far worse than I was when we fell, she threw herself over me, I don't know why but I will never be able to thank her enough."
Rowan placed her hands on Jenny's shoulders. "How is she, they won't let me back there." After a deep breath to calm herself she tried to go on. "I can't...."
Jenny clasped her forearms. "She's ok, It'll be just a little longer."
Rowan nodded her head and went back to her pacing. Jake and his wife hugged their daughter to them, tears of relief flooded all their eyes. Rowan watched the small stoic woman standing in the corner wondering why she was just standing there. Her answer came when she watched her and Jenny embrace. Jake and Jenna glanced at them embarrassment showed clearly on their faces at the display of feelings between the two women as they shared a gentle kiss. Rowan knew she would have to have a much needed talk with Jake about his daughters life style.
Jenny walked up to Rowan hand in hand with her stoic girlfriend.
"Rowan, This is my wife Tonya you'll have to excuse her for not introducing herself, we just have a very hard time with people after they find out about us, my parents included, they feel uneasy with us around." Holding out her hand Rowan told them it was no problem and that she understood. She was alone in the waiting room and still no word of any kind about her lover. Brandy was throwing a fit at the Doctor and Nurse. "I don't give a fuck about hospital policy! I want her in here now!"
"Now Ms Chancellor calm down, we can't have non-related persons back here."
Brandy's face was a bright red, her green eyes flashing one blonde eyebrow raised along with the corner of her mouth. "Then you leave me no choice!" She screamed Rowan's name at the top of her lungs and loud enough to raise the dead in the morgue. Rowan's heart stopped and before it could beat again she was sprinting down the hall, she heard a commotion up ahead of her, coming to a sliding halt at one of the exam rooms she leaned against the door frame.
"You called?" The doctor and Nurse turned to see six foot of tall dark menace with silvery flashing eyes glaring at them.
"Either you let me out of here or I'll turn my wife loose on you!"
Rowan cocked her eyebrow at the term Brandy used to describe her. "But Ms Chancellor you have a concussion and I advise." The Doctor was cut off. "Advise this!" Brandy flipped him off and gave him a big smile to go with it. "And you have no idea who your are dealing with, RJ!" Pleading green eyes looked to her, Rowan walked in to the room with a feral look on her face. "Doctor, you have no idea how much money I give to this hospital every year? I can find other places who would be more than happy for the Sherwood Organizations Funds!" Both the Doctor and Nurse's eyes bulged with the dropping of their jaws at the moment the name hit a chord in their tiny little brains.
"Of course my mistake Ms Sherwood, it'll be just a moment!" Once outside Rowan pulled Brandy in to her arms kissing the crown of her golden head, that was tucked under her chin. Pulling slightly away she caressed the bruised cheek as she looked in to the black ringed eyes. Brandy's nose was swollen at the bridge, dark bruising ran across it to lay under each eye. Pushing her bangs away Rowan kissed her forehead below the sutures that showed black against her pale skin.
"I look like a raccoon huh?" She asked.
Pressing a soft kiss to her lips Rowan gave a small laugh. "I like raccoons, especially their talented little paws."
"Oh I have talents you would not believe, so how about we get out of here so I can show you, that is after you feed me, I'm starving! My stomach is getting louder than the pounding in my head."
Rowan woke to the sound of groaning in her ear. "You ok?" Concern laced her voice. "My nose hurts along with everything else, who got my red shoes when the house fell on me?" Rowan chuckled at her lovers thinking. "I don't remember any house falling on any munchkins and Dorothy better be able to kick my ass if she wants my red shoes!"
"That's funny, now I'm a munchkin huh?"
"Yes but your my munchkin." She hugged her lover nuzzling her neck. "Why did you tell the Doctor last night I was your wife?" She asked while holding her breath, she hoped that her feelings were shared.
Brandy raised up on to her elbow and tried to focus with swollen blurry eyes. "Because that's how I think of you, is that all right, I mean if you..." Her words were stopped by a finger being placed against her lips.
"There is nothing I want more for us than to be that to each other, you have my heart and soul!" She slipped her pinky ring off and slipped it onto Brandy's finger. It was silver and gold entwined together to make a series of Celtic knots. Brandy looked down at her finger, tears clouded her eyes. "That ring has been handed down from mother to daughter from what I have been told for centuries, If you want I can get you another one."
"No." kissing her softly Brandy rubbed her fingers across Rowans lips before she captured them in a kiss that showed all the love in her heart. Pulling back she whispered in a deepened voice. "It feels right, like it was made for me, does that sound weird?"
"No not at all, I love you Brandy."
"I love you to."
Brandy took on a pensive stare, for moments she was silent. "You know I always looked for my tree in the forest, little did I know that the one I would give my heart to was named after one." Smiling in her impish way that caused her nose to wrinkle. "Even your last name suggests trees."
Rowan rolled her eyes. "Don't remind me, I went through hell in school because of it!"
"Did the guys want to play in Sherwood's forest and see if they could shake the Rowan tree?" Brandy asked with a devilish glint in her eyes. "Oh yeah. and then they found out that this forest can kick ass and no man can shake the Rowan tree!"
"But I can fell the whole forest can't I?"
"In more ways than one."
That day was spent with neither one of them leaving the warmth of the others embrace for very long. Building inspector swarmed all over the site, all construction was called to a halt until they were done. Rowan continued to pay her workers even though they weren't working, she knew they all had families to take care of and the loss of money would hurt them. The reports came in the next day from the inspectors office, Brandy heard the roar all the way to her house, by the time she got outside Rowan was already in her truck. Brandy ran up to the open window and reached inside to grab a thick forearm.
Silvery blue eyes pierced her, the cold rage sending chills up her spine. A deep growl rose from deep in Rowans chest escaping through clenched teeth. "Rowan!" Small hands cupped her face pulling her head down to warm loving eyes that had a way of melting the coldness, her dark head was pulled further down to feel soft lips touch hers. Murmuring against her lips Brandy spoke to her. "Together for ever." Before she knew it Brandy was climbing through the window and crawling on to her lap where she straddled her thighs.
"I'm going with you and like it or not your gonna tell me what is wrong!"
Defeated by a munchkin, oh all right!" Pinching her on her rear. "You win!" Brandy moved over after giving her a quick kiss and a grin. On the way she read the report she had found laying on the seat. "What the fuck!" Flames leapt to green eyes her cheeks turning red with anger. "Their saying that the site was sabotaged? The supplies were inferior and the roofing materials were not up to code?"
"That's what were going to find out."
They walked through the wreckage of the house with the collapsed roof.
Brandy flinched at her lovers rolling cuss words, joining her she seen what she was looking at. "It looks like someone used a chainsaw to me?" She replied.
"Exactly, enough of them to make it collapse from weight!" Standing up Rowan brushed her hands off. "Enough damage has been done around here to put us behind schedule and make us look bad if word gets out!"
"Who would do this?" Brandy braced her hands on her hips looking around at the uncompleted houses, her one brow raised, tilting her head to one side she looked to her lover. "The ex-foreman Davidson?"
Rowan pulled her cell phone out of her pocket, as soon as someone answered on the other end Brandy had to put her fingers in her ears to save her ear drums from the screaming.
"I don't give a fuck! I want them on my desk by noon!"
Small hands covered her lovers hands which were shaking so bad that she almost dropped the phone. The rage in her eyes could out match Medusa's.
"What are we going to do next?" Green eyes tried capturing the changing blue of her lovers, her jaws were clenched so tight that her molars were grinding making an awful noise. Brandy felt like she was watching a volcano getting ready to erupt. Not knowing what else to do she circled Rowans neck then wrapped her legs around her waist, pulling their bodies close together. Burying her face against the warm skin of her lovers neck she held on tight until she felt arms come around her back and a hand start to caress her hair. Mumbling Brandy told her they would get the ones who were responsible for the damage. Rowan didn't know what to do, she had never had anyone willing to stand by her like Brandy and it scared her. "I don't want you to get involved in this, it's going to be dangerous!"
Brandy pulled back and came nose to nose with her, love and determination showed in her eyes. "Just stop, I choose to be with you no matter what and if it gets dangerous I refuse to sit at home and worry my head off about you being out there all alone!"
She leaned forward and gave Brandy a gentle kiss that soon deepened washing away all her doubts. They sat in Rowans office at home with papers all over the floor and on every available surface. Tall dark and snoring laid on her back with one leg on her desk chair the other bent at the knee with a little blonde using it as a backrest and her socked foot as a seat. With a file folder teepeed over her face Rowan's light snores did not go unnoticed.
Brandy turned her head the left eyebrow cocked. "Excuse me?"
"You said asshole, whadya need?"
"Look at this, this guys a fucking liar!" She laid the papers on her lovers chest and rubbed her strained eyes trying not to hit her still swollen and sore nose.
"You found it!"
Before she could do a thing Rowan moved her leg causing Brandy to fall backwards to end up with her head laying on her stomach. "What?" Rowan reached over and grabbed an application off the floor and held them side by side in front of Brandy.
Different names same SSN.
David Jackson Jack Davidson.
"Oh, well that's not what I was talking about." Pointing to the area where it listed prior jobs and reasons for leaving it read.
Chancellor Construction Asst. Foreman better pay
"This asshole David Jackson, my dad fired him for stealing from the worksites and doing the exact same thing he was doing to you! Gods I'm dense why didn't I recognize him? After all my Dads bitching about him, I remember when he found out about it, oh was he pissed, then word got out to everyone and within a years time my dad had to sell the business or loose everything including our house."
"I know." Rowans downcast eyes showed of pain. "How do know?" She asked.
"Because I bought his company, I'm sorry Brandy I should have made the connection."
Brandy moved to her knees and tilted her lovers face up to hers and spoke softly. "Don't be, there's nothing to be sorry about, if not for you we would have been homeless and some of that money put me through college. I feel stupid because I didn't see it." A low growl rumbled in her chest. "No wonder I got all the shit jobs, that mother fucker knew who I was!"
Two weeks later all the proof was brought together and charges were brought against Davidson, and to make sure his son didn't feel left out Brandy brought charges against him and his father for sexual harassment, destruction of personal property and defamation of character.
A pensive look danced in Rowan's eyes, her bottom lip was being worried by her top teeth while she sat on her swing with Hecate at her feet. Her past came back to haunt her of all the wrong she had done, the under bidding for contracts, buying favors from politicians to get zoning rights, buying up smaller companies that she had destroyed by her under bidding to take out the competition and all this for the hunger of power. And what did it bring her, A loss of one life by death and many others by loss of their livelihoods. And after 3 yrs of punishing herself she has a second chance to set things right. And someone tries to take it all away again. Never again, she will die trying to protect what is hers. Plans formulate in her head. Brandy may not like it but she'll just have to get use to it.
After hours of love making the two exhausted women lay in each others arms. Rowan had been trying to breach her plans all day but with getting everything up and running once again at the worksite and firing Davidsons coconspirators she hadn't had time to talk to Brandy and discuss it. No she thought to herself your just a chickenshit and your afraid of what she's going to say, so just do it and see what happens.
"Brandy I'm relieving you of your position." A mumbled "Ok" came from the little blonde laying on her chest, a smile formed on Rowan's face. "That was easy!" She thought to herself. "What, your firing me!" She was on her knees straddling her lovers hips, her hands were on either side of her head. "I can't believe your doing this!" Fire shot from her eyes. "Why what did I do!"
"Easy Baby, let me finish, actually I can show you." She pulled out a bunch of papers from under her pillow and handed them to her.
"These are contract papers."
"Yeah, for our new architect company and a full partnership in the construction company, that is if you want to?"
Tears flowed down her cheeks dripping onto Rowans chest. "There's one more thing though." She ran her hands up Brandy's muscular thighs. "I want you to move in with me completely and make this our home and will you marry me?" She was answered with a passionate kiss to rival all others.
Something's changed others didn't, the debate was over as to who's bed they would use, Rowans waterbed won by a longshot while the domain of the kitchen became Brandy's, no more nuckerfood or char grilled cheese sandwiches. They had just come back from the grocery store so they could fill the empty cabinets with real food when Brandy went back outside to get the bag of catfood when she saw The Pig standing on her doorstep pounding on her door. She tried to sneak away but was stopped by a warm body in her way. Blue eyes narrowed at the disgusting little dweeb. "Time to get rid of The Pig for good!" All that she could think of was that Rowan was going to kill he Pig and have a BBQ for Hecate. Her timing was perfect, just as he turned Rowan dipped her head and gave her lover a knee buckling breath stealing kiss, picking her up she put her on the open tailgate of her truck, her hands found their way under her T-shirt to fondle her breasts. The Pigs jaw dropped open and his feet stuck to the ground as he watched his dream woman being kissed and fondled by that huge amazon bitch. He was about to put an end to it thinking Brandy needed saved when he heard her voice.
"I need to feel your skin now!" Then the tearing of material as Rowans shirt was being torn to shreds right before his very eyes, he couldn't believe it his women sucking on the amazons tits! Rowan dead at him with lazer blue eyes, all she said was "She's mine!" In a very deep voice then raised her wives hand to show him the gold and silver wedding ring on her finger.
"But Latisha's free!" That was all it took to send him home in a blur. They made it as far as the front yard before they tumbled to the grass laughing which then turned in to peace shattering climatic screams of ecstasy. They were surprised at where you could get grass stains. They turned the loft in to their designing room with two drafting tables facing each other, a huge antique desk with a computer desk to make the work area in the shape of an L, a computer with everything they would need and since Rowan hated answering phones the hired the perfect secretary, Latisha. Clients were surprised by his apparel when they met him in person. word got around and pretty soon they had more work than they had time for. Then the phone call came from the lawyers office.
"The Davidsons didn't show up for their trial hearing and when the sheriff went to their house he found an empty box of 38 shells and a box that once had road flares in it in the driveway. Rowan called Jake and told him to get the amazons, the name Brandy gave to the female crew out to the site and she would meet him there.
"Stay here, I think their gonna torch the worksite, I'll leave Hecate here with you, if they show up turn her loose she'll protect you."
When Rowan got to the worksite Jake was in the office with Jen. Checking in with him, she went back to her truck for her cell phone. The amazons were armed with what ever they had in their trucks or what they picked up at the site. Hours went by with no sight of them or any trouble. Rowan was restless, she paced the floor in the trailer driving Jake nuts.
"Rowan go home if any thing happens I'll call you."
Glass shattered and bullets ricocheted though the office, Brandy hit the floor at the first sound, pulling the phone off the desk she found no dial tone, then the lights went out leaving her in total darkness. She could hear them downstairs tearing the place apart by bullets. Terror tore through her chest. Rowan was just pulling on to Rt9 when a sharp pain pierced her chest, bending over the steering wheel she clutched her chest and gasped for air. She tried to take deep breaths to keep focused, not caring that she could be having a heart attack all that mattered was getting home to Brandy. sweat soaked her shirt and hair a cold clamminess settled over her body. She was 10 minutes from Brandy but she didn't think she could make it.
Brandy was huddled against the far corner near the door to the deck, taking a chance she peaked around the edge of the wall, she could see dark figures carrying what looked like gas cans. The smell of gasoline reached her nose. "I'm gonna die here if I don't get out!" There was only two ways out, either she took her chance and jumped from the upper deck and risk getting two broken legs or she take her chances and try to go down the stairs and out one of the doors without being seen. She screamed from within for her lover, not knowing if she would look in to those blue eyes ever again.
Hecate was going nuts the pit bull sensed something was wrong, she ran from door to door trying to get out. The youngest Davidson was laughing as he threw gasoline all over the side of Rowans house. "Teach you you fucking cunt, you didn't learn the first time I burned your house down!" He had the flare in his hand and the gas can in the other, holding the can up so he could pour it on the back door he felt something hit him full force in the chest knocking him down on the gasoline soaked deck, the gas can emptied all over his chest soaking him further. He got up halfway when her heard a low growling coming form in front of him. Backing up all the way to the rail he stuck the uncovered flare in his back pocket and reached for the 38 he had in a shoulder holster. Seeing the flash of teeth coming at him he fired and heard a yelp then nothing. Putting the 38 away he never seen the blur lunge at him only the sharp pain in his groin alerted him that he was in trouble. He screamed and struggled trying to get the pit bull off of him, when she let go he felt himself falling over the rail, he landed on his back on the flagstone walkway igniting the flare in his pocket, within seconds he was engulfed in flames and running through the yard like a human torch to finally collapse in the grass.
Rowan was weaving all over the road, she miss judged a turn in the road and went off in to the gravel burn, jerking the wheel she pulled herself out of a slide then to a shuddering stop. Brandy was halfway down the stairs when she seen movements in the kitchen, the smell of gasoline was over powering in the living room, she sprinted towards the front door. Davidson seen her blonde hair at the last second, her fired twice at her as she went out the door, the bullets lodged in the frame. Brandy tucked and rolled at the sound of the first shot, getting up she slammed in to the side of her truck with her knee, stars shot before her eyes. Crawling away she managed to get to her feet. Davidson was out the door, he saw her heading towards a small shed at the side of the house, 2 more shots rang out and missed her.
Rowan hit the last turn coming up the road to fast, the back end of the truck slid off the road and down in to the ditch, she tried putting it in to 4 wheel drive but it was useless it wasn't coming out. Jumping out of her truck she cut through the woods towards home. Brandy fell from the pain in her knee, laying on her side she gasped for air trying to clear the fog from her vision. Davidson loomed over her the shinning of the 38 in his hand. "I guess I get to kill another one of her Bitches!" Brandy stared up at him in confusion. That Kathy was a real screamer to, the dyke begged when me and my boy gang banged her but I don't have time tonight, so I'll just put a bullet between those green eyes of yours!" He puled the hammer back and started to aim, a low growl and a blood curdling yell came from all around him. Rowan spotted the dark figures at the side of the shed then a flash of metal sent a bolt of rage through her, she heard the click and knew she would never make it in time.
Davidson spun at the shape coming at him before he could level the 38 he felt his arm being crushed in strong jaws, the gun went off sending the bullet at Brandy. Rowan heard her lover groan right after the shot rang out. She lunged at Davidson her body taking him down, she rolled clear of him and as she got up she heard his screams, they sent chills up her spine. She watched Hecate tear his throat out.
She pulled Brandy into her arms her tears dripped on to her lovers face.
"Your getting me wet." Brandy's voice reach her ears her breathing stopped as she looked down in to her lovers face, her tears changed from those of grief to ones of happiness.
"I thought I'd lost you!"
Brandy kissed her trembling lips. "I'm not going any where." she groaned. "except to the hospital."
Fear hit Rowan again. "Are you hit?"
"No but my knee cap is laying over there by my truck somewhere. Where's Hecate?"
Rowan looked over to see her dog standing on Davidsons chest, daring his corpse to move. Brandy followed her eyes. "Is he?"
"Yeah, Hecate took care of him, come here girl." The pit bull hopped to her mistress holding her rear leg in the air. "Rowan she's hurt!"
Rowan carried Brandy towards their house with Hecate hopping behind, before she got to the gate flashing lights and sirens came towards her along with a whole line of trucks. One sheriff ran to the back yard wit a fire extinguisher and the other came towards Rowan as she was laying Brandy on the gurney. Seeing who it was the sheriff told her he would get her statement in the morning and not to worry he would take care of everything.
Jenny and Tonya ran up to their friends, Jenny was the first to ask if they were all right and what happened, between the two of them she learned the story. They learned that one of the amazons is attached to here scanner and that was how they knew there was trouble at their house. After Brandy and Hecate were released from the hospital that night. One in a full leg brace the other with half a dozen sutures in her hip from a bullet. Rowan was about to call a cab when her truck pulled up outside the hospital doors, Tonya jumped out and came up to them. "We pulled it out for you, and I'll warn ya there's an amazon cleaning party on the mountain, your house is ok but the office is a mess and is going to need lots of work and Latisha is pissed!!"
Brandy covered her eyes. "Oh shit the dragon Queen is loose, he hasn't killed anyone yet has he?"
"Well, not yet but I think Jake is at the top of his list?"
Rowan gave her the keys back, "Tonya you drive, I'm in no shape."
"Guys did the Vet fix Hecate up?"
Brandy laughed at the grin on her lovers face. "Nope she had the bed next to Brandy." Tonya just shook her head.
The sheriff showed up the next afternoon having taken their statements that morning to let them know that the case was closed and that no charges would be brought against her for Hecate Killing the two men. And also to let her know that the case from 3 yrs ago was being closed. Brandy was in the dark about the previous case so Rowan told the story about her lover being burned alive in their house and that she had blamed herself because she had gotten home late that night and to late to save her. the police never found out who set the fire and if not for Davidson confession to Brandy it would still be a mystery.
"Did you love her?" Brandy asked fearing that there would always be pain where Kathy was held in Rowans heart. Cupping her lovers face in her hands she looked deeply into her eyes. "Yes I loved her for a long time, I thought I was in love with her until I met someone else." rowans eyes changed to a deep blue "I fell in love with you the first time you stepped on this mountain. and that will never change!" Coming together they kissed with a new kind of passion one from deep in their souls. After hours of love making Rowan was at the sink filling the coffee pot while Brandy sat at the table with her eyes closed and her splinted leg on the table.
"So that's what one of those looks like, I always wondered!" Latisha stood in the doorway. "And it's shaved to!"
"And it's mine!" Rowan tossed over her shoulder.
"You know girls." He sat down in a chair next to a brilliant red Brandy. "There's such a thing as cloths!"
"We know but we prefer each other naked." Replied Brandy. "Plus this saves time."
Later that day all the workers showed up with their trucks filled with supplies, you name it they had it, and of course a couple of cases of beer. It was like an old fashion barn raising. With everyone working on the repairs Latisha decided to do a BBQ for them, with two grills set up she sent Jenny and Tonya to the store to pick up some stuff. The Queen was in his element, entertaining.
Latisha found Jake inside supervising the work and he just about jumped out of his boots when Latisha whispered in his ear from behind him.
"I've been looking for a real man."
He slithered up his back, the older mans face showed fear, his eyes wide, mouth set in a grimace, he leapt forward and spun around to face Latisha.
"I ahhh well...oh shit!" He stuttered as he looked for an escape route but L. would not be denied, with his hands behind his back he swaggered forward to trap the little man against the wall. His voice low sultry and teasing.
"How good are you with weenies?"
Jake's face went pale especially since all the amazons were now watching them, his mouth opened but nothing came out. Latisha was having the time of his life.
"Because I have a big one and it's all for you!"
He whipped out from behind his back a big polish sausage, tongs and a chiefs hat and apron. Jake was dumbfounded.
"Now big boy better get cooking before the Queen does." He spun on his toes and flung his arms in the air to wave over his head and started singing.
"Well, there was a time when they use to say, behind every great man that had to be a great woman. He sang gyrating his hips all the way outside. Jake stood behind the grill flipping the food with a dayglo apron on that had the saying. "Some like them long!" across the front with a picture of a foot long hot dog in a bun below it. After everyone had eaten what Brandy was generous enough to leave them, they now sat all around the front yard on make shift chairs. Jake and Jenna sat together in lawn chairs that Jenna had brought with her, she was teasing him about his apron when the music changed from country to none other than he Virgin herself Madonna. Latisha made his entrance dressed in leather, his biker hat tilted rakishly over one eye and covering long blonde hair. With a whip in hand he made his way through the amazons singing Like a Virgin on his way to his victim Jake. Dropping his bull whip around Jake's neck he sat down in his lap facing him.
"With your heat beat next to mine!"
Jake's face was buried in Latisha's leather bodice where he couldn't get free from L's grasp. He sang the last chords and looked to Jenna with a bright smile on his face, she had tears of laughter running down her face and Jake was bright red with embarrassment. Latisha leaned over and gave Jake a big kiss on top of his bald head.
"How'd ya like your first lap dance big boy?"
He then kissed Jenna's hand and got up to go inside, one of his best performances was done that night on the Harpers Ferry Mountain. By the end of the day the house was done and Jake and Latisha were sitting together with their arms across each others shoulders laughing like old friends. Jenny, Tonya, Brandy and Rowan sat together under a tree. Brandy was cuddled up in her lovers arms with her head resting against her chest, and Jenny sat the same way against Tonya. Rowan spoke softly to the three women.
"Sometimes it only takes one person to change the way others think and feel and I know Latisha has done that with your parents Jenny. I should know but it was a little blonde who did that for me." As she looked down in to sea green eyes with all the love in her heart showing from her blue eyes. Hugging Brandy to her she kissed the top of her head. "I love you Brandy." Cuddling further in to her lovers chest Brandy mummer. "I love you too, Rowan." Jenny and Tonya looked over at Jenny's parents and Latisha and knew what Rowan said was true.
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