By Mavis Applewater
Disclaimers: Yes, I know who they look like but trust me it isnt them. The story and characters are the sole possession of the author and may not be reproduced, posted or sold without the authors permission. So there! If for any reason real or imagined you do not wish to read a story containing graphic descriptions of two consenting adult women in a sexual situation then do not read this story or anything else I have ever written. If for any reason it is illegal for you to view such material you have my sympathy but you must go now. Come back when it is no longer a crime for you to view my work.
A big special thank you goes out to my beta reader, Brunnhilda.
As always this is for Heather.
Amanda was lying on her bed staring at the ceiling, pondering. Just how did she end up a patient in a mental institution? Her life had been so normal. She was married to a great guy. She had a good job. Data entry wasnt the most exciting thing to do for eight hours a day but it was reliable. Matt, her poor husband, drove a cab. They had been struggling to save up enough money so they could buy a house and start a family, something she thought the both of them had wanted. Now she wasnt sure about anything except that she had to get out of Pinewood as soon as possible.
She blew out an exasperated sigh as Jackie, another inmate, entered her room. "Hey Blondie." The tall brunette greeted her as she flopped down onto Amandas bed. She had grown fond of Jackie and her wit since she had been locked up. Strange thing was, most of her fellow inmates at times seemed more normal than the staff. "Whatcha up to?" Jackie inquired as she stretched out her long legs.
"Just thinking." Amanda responded.
"Must be easier since youve started pocketing your meds." Jackie noted.
"It is." Amanda responded brightly as she sat up and stared down at her companion. "Thank you for teaching me how to do that. I just dont understand how I ended up here."
"I dont get it either." Jackie agreed as she folded her hands behind her head. "Once you came out of the fog they had you in, you just seemed far too normal to be here. I know we all have our problems, but you dont belong here. When did it all start?"
"I guess it all started when I won the lottery." Amanda began as Jackie cast a suspicious look at her. "I did." She asserted firmly. "Im not like Fred who thinks he is Howard Hughes. I hit Megabucks for over twenty million dollars. Funny thing is, I never played before. Grace was buying a ticket and told me I should give it a try. What the hell, I thought, its only a dollar. I won, and now Im rich and locked up in the nut house. No offense."
"None taken." Jackie, the former financial analyst, laughed. "Trust me, when I was getting my MBA I didnt think it would end up landing me here at the farm." Jackie chuckled again as she used the nickname the patients had for Pinewoods. "Tell me everything, and lets see if we can figure out how you went from lottery winner to the lock ward of one the finest mental healthcare facilities on the East Coast?"
"You sure you want to hear this?" Amanda inquired as she leaned against the wall and looked down at her new friend.
"I was going to go out dancing tonight but since all the doors are locked and there are bars on the windows, I might as well just hang out." Jackie offered with a brilliant smile. Amanda just loved the way Jackie smiled. She brushed away the warm feeling and decided to tell her story. Jackie was, after all, the only person who had been willing to listen to her since she woke up and discovered that she was a patient at Pinewoods.
"Okay, here goes." Amanda began her story. "It all started when Grace, my best friend, and I stopped at the corner market on the way home from work. Grace and I worked together at McMillan & Associates. Shes an administrative assistant and I did data entry. She also lives in my building. Since Matt was always working at nights we would hang out at her place and watch the soaps she had taped while we were at the office."
Six Months Earlier
Amanda and Grace were standing in line at the tiny little store. "Amanda, why dont you give it a shot?" Grace encouraged her. "They think the jackpot is going to hit eighteen million."
"Ive never played before." Amanda confessed sheepishly. "Moneys been so tight. I dont understand how Matt can be working all of these extra hours and we have less money." Grace simply snorted in disgust. Amanda had long suspected that Grace didnt care for Amandas husband. "But with the economy being so bad, tips are way down." Amanda rationalized.
"Is that what Matt says?" Grace grumbled. "So are you going to buy a ticket or not?"
"All right." Amanda agreed. "What the heck, its only a dollar. How do I do this?"
"Just ask for a quick pick." Grace instructed her. "And hurry up so we can find out what happened on Days of Our Lives."
Amanda did as Grace instructed and bought her ticket. Later they sat in Graces tiny apartment catching up on who was sleeping with whom. Amanda didnt really care for the shows, but she loved Graces commentary. She loved to call all of the men pigs while she drooled all over them. Amanda thought the men were attractive enough, but certainly not enough to gush over the way her best friend did. "So how long is Matt gone for?" Grace asked as she fast-forwarded through the commercials.
"All week." Amanda sighed, wondering why she didnt miss him as much as she thought she should?
"Who did he go fishing with?" Grace asked casually. "Oh my God, this man is gorgeous." Grace swooned as she hit play. "Please take your shirt off?"
"Youre incorrigible." Amanda teased her friend.
"I think it sucks that you are sweating spending a dollar on the lottery and Matt takes off for a week of fishing." Grace commented in a snide tone. "Oh yes." Grace purred when the buff, young actor finally removed his shirt. "Crap, another commercial." Grace grumbled. "So who did he go with?"
"His buddy, Bob." Amanda responded offhandedly as she watched the commercials spin by. "Do you think this Mark is going to sleep with Carrie?"
"Bob Ferguson?" Grace asked in a worried tone.
"Yeah." Amanda answered with a shrug, wondering why her friends face suddenly looked troubled. "Why?"
"No reason." Grace responded distantly. "And no, Mark would never sleep with Carrie. But she is going to try."
After watching hours of attractive men and women trying to bed one another, Amanda went upstairs to her tiny apartment and went to bed. The following morning she met Grace downstairs and they began their walk to the office. "So are you a multimillionaire?" Amanda teased her friend.
"No." Grace grunted. "I didnt get one number. What about you? Did you hit for anything?"
"I didnt check." Amanda confessed with a shrug.
"What?" Grace screeched. "Do you have the ticket?"
Amanda searched her pockets and handed the ticket to her inpatient friend who proceeded to drag her into the market. Grace stared at the ticket and up at the large colorful sheet that listed winning numbers. "Come on, we are going to be late." Amanda grumbled as she checked her watched. She looked at her friend who was staring up at the board with her jaw hanging open. "What?" She demanded in confusion. "Did I win a free bet or something?"
"Amanda, I dont think you need to worry about being late for work today." Grace stammered.
"So you won?" Jackie asked in amazement. "Wow, and you never played before?"
"No." Amanda confessed. "I always thought it was a waste of money. I won twenty million and some change. I offered to split the ticket with Grace. She refused."
"Now thats a good friend." Jackie noted.
"She really is, or was." Amanda said as her brow crinkled. "In the end, she let me buy her a condo and a new car. It doesnt make sense now, but once things started happening I never heard from her."
"Matt must have been thrilled." Jackie prodded her with a slight grimace.
"He was." Amanda explained. "Well, once he found out. I tried to contact him, but since he was fishing up in Maine, I couldnt reach him. After a few days of staring at the ticket I cashed it in, not wanting to leave it lying around. Since it wasnt what folks considered a really big jackpot, there wasnt a lot of press. But everyone I worked with knew I had won after I quit my job. I thought the money would be safer in the bank instead of having the not-cashed ticket in my sock drawer. I was just busting until I could tell Matt that we were rich."
"You mean you were rich since you cashed the ticket in without him." Jackie corrected her.
"We were rich." Amanda corrected her. "We are married. He was upset that I didnt wait for him to get home. But he was two days late coming back and like I said, I didnt feel safe having the ticket just lying around. He calmed down once he quit his job and we bought a new house. It was great. We even finally got to have a honeymoon. We couldnt really afford much when we got married."
"It must have been heaven." Jackie said with another smile that made Amandas heart skip a beat for some unknown reason.
"It was, except that I didnt see or hear from my friends." Amanda continued, still bewildered by the way people just suddenly dropped out of her life.
"Thats strange." Jackie noted. "Youd think after winning all of that money people would be coming out of the woodwork?"
"Thats what I thought." Amanda admitted. "But Matt said I shouldnt worry. So it was just me and him. Then the strangest things started happening."
"Like what?" Jackie encouraged her.
"I started hearing things at night when Matt wasnt around." Amanda began. "I was confused all of the time. It was like I was in some kind of fog. It was just weird stuff like phones ringing and no one on the other end. Then Matt would tell me the phone hadnt rung. Things got stranger and hazier. Matt finally took me to see Dr. Asher. But she didnt seem to be able to help me."
"Wait. Dr. Joyce Asher?" Jackie interrupted her. "Shes your doctor here? I didnt think she had a private practice. Tell me what happened next?"
"Not much to tell." Amanda continued. "I felt like I was in a fog and the next thing I knew I woke up in this room with you staring at me, asking me what I was in for."
"I remember." Jackie chuckled. "I had to explain to you where you were and that youve been here for over two months."
"That totally freaked me out." Amanda admitted. "I just cant understand how this happened. I feel fine now that Im off my meds. Matt and Dr. Asher tell me I need to be here. None of this makes sense."
Jackie looked up at her with a thoughtful expression. "What do you think?" Amanda finally asked.
"I cant believe that you would ask me after I told you what Im in here for." Jackie chuckled.
"I still find it hard to believe that you crawled across a boardroom table and tried to strangle your CEO." Amanda laughed.
"He pissed me off." Jackie reasoned. "Dont forget that I also tried to set my assistant on fire."
"I think you made that part up." Amanda teased her new friend as she poked the tall brunette in the ribs.
"Okay, I only threatened to set the little whiner on fire." Jackie admitted. "But enough about me and my much needed break down. Lets focus on you. Here is what we know. You were a happy little blonde with friends until you suddenly found yourself stinking rich. Prior to that, your only worries were financial, which could be said for most people. That, and your husband worked a lot of overtime and had no extra money to show for it."
"Right." Amanda agreed, before a troubling thought occurred to her. "Wait, what are you implying?"
"Ill get to that." Jackie promised. "So you win the lottery and up with more money than God, but it is all in your name. Suddenly you start to lose your mind and end up here at the farm. You are so out of it that you dont even know where you are until your doctor goes on vacation for a few weeks and your meds are adjusted."
"What?" Amanda blurted out in surprise.
"Its true. You came out of your haze during Dr. Ashers absence." Jackie informed her. "She came back right about the time the fog had lifted. How did you make Dr. Ashers acquaintance in the first place?"
"Matt knew her." Amanda supplied, suddenly feeling her stomach becoming queasy.
"Matt knew her?" Jackie responded in a sarcastic tone. "Your husband, the former taxi driver, hung out with a lot doctors? Did you ever ask him how he knew her?"
"Well, no." Amanda admitted. "It just never occurred to me to ask. But I was pretty out of it by then."
"Amanda I dont want you to get upset." Jackie began in a careful tone. "Well, anymore than you already are, but do you trust your husband?"
"Of course." Amanda protested despite the uneasy feeling that was creeping over her.
Jackies face grew sober as she sat up. "I should go." The brunette said as George, one of the other patients, peered into the room. "Paper or plastic?" The rumpled man shouted into the room before wandering off. They were the only words George ever said. It wasnt hard for the small blonde to surmise what sent poor old George over the edge. Jackie, on the other hand, was an enigma. She seemed perfectly fine, except that she tried to strangle her boss. But who hasnt pondered the thought on at least one occasion?
"Dont go." Amanda said in a pleading tone as she reached out and gently caressed Jackies arm. The warmth of the taller womans body made her own body heat in response. It always happened whenever she touched the tall, quirky brunette. It made her feel really good and really nervous. Maybe I am crazy? She wondered as Jackie sat back down on the tiny bed. "Tell me why you think Im here?" Amanda asked in a pleading tone.
"I would, but I think youd freak out again." Jackie responded in a solemn tone. "You dont want to end up in restraints again."
"Please." Amanda pleaded as she wrapped her arms around the brunettes waist. Jackie sighed deeply as she returned the hug. "I feel fine, but Dr. Asher says that Im not ready to go home." She felt Jackie lowering her down onto the bed and her body tingled from the close contact. "Please help me, I dont belong here." Amanda felt her stomach clench as Jackies body rested on top of hers.
"I am going to get you out of here." Jackie promised with a soft whisper.
Amandas eyes fluttered shut as she felt Jackies breath caressing her face. "First, I need to get a look at your file." Jackie explained.
"How are you going to do that?" Amanda asked as she felt Jackies thigh slipping between her legs. The small blonde suppressed an unexpected moan as her small hands began to absently roam up and down Jackies back.
"Break in after hours. Greta will help me." Jackie explained. "In the meantime call your friend Grace and start asking her about why she was so interested in Matts fishing trip."
Amandas body chilled as Jackie raised her body and moved off of the bed. "I dont have phone privileges." Amanda explained as Jackie held out her hand. Amanda accepted the brunettes hand and allowed her to help her to her feet. Since she had awoken in the hospital, it just seemed completely natural for her to accept the comfort in being physically close to the taller woman.
"Dont you find it strange that you are not allowed to use the phone or have visitors? Since the only thing wrong with you is that you were a little out of it?" Jackie pointed out as they made their way out into the hallway.
"Yes." Amanda agreed. "Since you have those things, and you tried to kill someone."
"Whore." John, who was strapped to a wheelchair, muttered as they passed. John called everyone that, so they simply ignored him. It troubled Amanda that she was becoming so accustomed to the others strange behavior.
"Until we can figure things out, I think you should act like your meds still have you gorked out." Jackie explained quietly as they entered the occupational theory room. "If Asher figures out you are off your meds there could be trouble."
"But shes my doctor?" Amanda questioned her, as Jackie led them over to one of the tables where the patients would create whatever arts and crafts project the staff threw at them in an effort to keep them busy.
"Just trust me." Jackie grumbled as she pretended to help Amanda into her chair before sitting next to the constantly mumbling Greta. "Think of it this way, the nurse wont expect you to finger-paint if youre napping and you might just get your meals in your own room."
"Okay." Amanda agreed as she looked down at the paints waiting for her to play with. She decided that Jackie might not have a bad idea.
"Greta?" Jackie whispered to the preoccupied woman. "I have a mission for you."
Amanda couldnt hear what they were saying as Elvis and Batman sat down to join them. Amanda let her head fall forward as she pretended to be out of it. Jackies idea turned out to be a good one, which spared Amanda from painting some silly picture while she tried to hold up her end of a conversation with the King and the Caped Crusader.
Amanda must have nodded off. Jackie poking her playfully in the ribs awaked her. Amanda yawned as she slowly opened her eyes. "O.T. is over." Jackie informed her quietly as she helped her out of her chair. "Have a nice nap?" Jackie whispered as they made their way back to Amandas room.
"Yes." Amanda confirmed with a yawn as they stepped into the room.
"Keep the door open." Laura, one of the duty nurses, scolded in Jackies direction.
"What are they afraid of?" Amanda grumbled as she flopped down onto the bed.
"That I will take advantage of you." Jackie informed her flatly as she crawled up onto the bed with Amanda.
"You wish." Amanda teased as Jackie stretched out next to her. It hadnt taken the little blonde long to figure out that Jackie was gay. It didnt bother her in the slightest; in fact she really enjoyed flirting with the attractive brunette. Of course, that was when she didnt think about it for very long.
"Hmm." Jackie responded with a sly smirk as she closed the distance between them. "Greta is going to help me break into the doctors office tonight." She whispered.
"I want to go with you." Amanda whispered in response.
"I dont think so." Jackie protested softly.
"Why not?" Amanda argued softly.
"It could be dangerous." Jackie responded. "What you can do for me is give me your friend Graces telephone number."
Amanda leaned closer and whispered it into Jackies ear. It wasnt uncommon for the two of them to be seen snuggling. They used the misconception that there was something going on between them as a cover, so they could plot against the staff.
"Break it up." Bruce, one of the doctors, requested politely as he peeked his head into the room.
Amanda rolled over and pretended to be sleepy. "Spoil sport." Jackie grumbled as she climbed up off of the bed. Amanda had already learned that Bruce was one of the nicer people who worked in the locked ward but still she had no idea who she could trust. "Hes gone." Jackie informed her as she knelt beside her bed. "I think we could trust him, but you dont want him telling Asher that you are doing better. Not just yet anyway."
"Thank you." Amanda said softly as she rolled over and looked at her new friend. "Why are you doing this?"
"Doing what?" Jackie asked her in confusion.
"Helping me?" Amanda further explained.
"Because you are stinking rich, plus you have a nice ass." Jackie quipped playfully.
"Youve been helping me from the moment I woke up." Amanda pointed out. "You didnt know I had any money until today. Besides, I could be making that up or only think I have millions tucked away somewhere."
"Must be your nice ass then." Jackie retorted with a sultry purr that sent a delightful jolt down Amandas spine. "Im going to call your friend Grace and see what she knows. Ill meet up with you after lights out."
Amanda continued pretending to be thoroughly sedated and went to bed. She tossed and turned as troubling thoughts regarding Matt and Dr. Ashers intentions plagued her. Once she did manage to fall asleep, her dreams seemed to soothe her. Not for the first time she dreamt about Jackie; not just Jackie, but getting to know the leggy brunette in an intimate manner. Even though the dreams relaxed her while she slept, she found herself confused and agitated when she woke up. Dreaming about touching another woman wasnt uncommon for her. It was something she had accepted years ago. What troubled her now was that dreaming about Jackie was so constant and led her to believe that perhaps Matt and Dr. Asher were right and she really did need help.
That night, as visions of caressing Jackies body filled her sleep, she felt a hand gently caressing her shoulder. In her sleep she leaned over and captured Jackies soft lips. It felt so real that she moaned in her sleep as suckled the brunettes bottom lip. The kiss deepened as their tongues engaged in a sensual duel. Amandas heart was racing as she felt her desire growing.
Amandas eyes snapped open she felt someone pushing against her shoulders. She was stunned to see she had her arms wrapped around Jackies neck and shoulders. "Not that Im complaining but what was that all about?" Jackie panted.
"Sorry, I was asleep." Amanda stammered as her eyes drifted to the lips she had just been kissing.
"If you kiss that good when you are asleep, you must be amazing when you are awake." Jackie offered softly.
Amandas body was still reeling from the kiss, and before she could think about what she was doing she pulled Jackie back towards her and reclaimed her lips. Amanda parted Jackies lips and began to explore the warmth of her mouth. Both of them moaned deeply as she felt Jackie lowering her down onto the bed. Amanda pulled the brunette down on top of her as their tongues wrapped around one another.
"Ahem!" A loud voice startled them.
They quickly broke away from each other and found Bruce glaring at them from the doorway. "What is going on in here?" He demanded in frustration as Amanda tried to calm the rapid beating of her heart and Jackie bolted off of the bed.
"What does it look like?" Jackie challenged him.
"Come on Jackie, youre getting out of here soon." He chastised her.
"Youre leaving?" Amanda gasped in horror.
"So they tell me." Jackie confessed shyly.
"What is that?" Bruce demanded gruffly as he pointed to something on the floor that Amanda couldnt see in the darkness.
"Nothing." Jackie blurted out as they both tried to retrieve the object.
"Jackie, what is going on?" Bruce pleaded as she snatched what appeared to be a large file from his grasp.
Amanda looked on as the two them glared at one another. "Bruce, can we trust you?" Amanda finally asked in an effort to end their standoff.
"Of course you can trust me." Bruce vowed in a sincere tone.
"I hope so." Jackie muttered softly. "Why did you come in here in the middle of the night?" Jackie inquired in an accusing tone.
"I heard voices." Bruce explained. "And since Im pretty certain that Amanda isnt MPD I thought she might have a guest, which is against the rules."
"MPD?" Amanda asked.
"Multiple Personality Disorder." Bruce explained.
"You know, like Wendy down the hall." Jackie supplied.
"I thought her name was Lucy." Amanda said.
"Occasionally." Jackie responded. "And on occasion its Larry."
"Enough about . . ." He paused for a moment. "Whats her name? Do the two of you want to tell me what is going on? If your deep, dark secret is that the two you have the hots for one another then, Duh? Just hold off until you get out of here, or Im not on duty."
"Thats the problem." Jackie said. Amanda tried understanding why Bruce was convinced that there was something going on between her and Jackie. "Not the hots part," Jackie quickly explained. "Amanda is never going to get out of here."
"What are you talking about?" Bruce asked in a weary tone.
"Just close the door and listen to what we have to say." Jackie instructed the exhausted physician.
"I dont think so." Bruce protested. "Being alone in a patients room with the door closed, especially in the middle of the night with two female patients in their pajamas, wouldnt be very good for my career. We can go to my office."
Jackie wasnt thrilled, but since Bruce and Melinda, one of the nurses, were the only ones on duty that night, she finally agreed. "Getting paranoid on me Jackie?" Bruce teased her as he sat down behind his desk. "I wish you wouldnt, since I have enough problems dealing with Dianes fear of ice and the CIA."
"Trust me, Im still the burnt-out executive who had a break down and tried to stab you with a pen." Jackie reassured him as Amanda chuckled.
"What do you think about Amanda?" She asked him directly, ignoring both his and Amandas teasing.
"Shes very nice and I hope the two of you will be very happy together after you get out of here." He explained stressing the last part.
"So you think that someday she will be well enough to leave?" Jackie pushed, as she handed him the file.
"Yes." Bruce concurred as he looked at the file. "Do I want to know how you got your hands on this?"
"No." Jackie said with a cocky smirk.
"Is that my file?" Amanda asked with curiosity.
"Yes." Jackie confirmed. "What is your diagnosis of Amandas condition?"
"Shes not my patient." Bruce argued.
"Fine, just look at her file." Jackie pressed.
"I cant; it would be unethical." Bruce protested.
"Amanda, do you mind if Bruce looks at your file?" Jackie inquired in a sarcastic tone.
"Fine by me." Amanda agreed.
Bruce seemed hesitant but finally nodded in agreement as he opened the file. "Anything to get the two of you to go back to your own rooms and behave." He grumbled, as he began to flip through her file.
"Does Dr. Asher have her own practice?" Jackie asked in a casual tone.
"No." Bruce grunted as he continued scanning the file. "Why do you . . .?" He voice trailed off as he began to study the file intently. "This cant be right."
Amanda looked over at Jackie who was smiling at her. The blonde felt her stomach flip as she stared deeply into Jackies crystal blue eyes. Bruce was tearing through her file like a mad man as Amanda was trying to understand why she had kissed the brunette. More importantly, Amanda wanted to know why it felt so good?
"Amanda, please tell me youve stopped taking your meds?" Bruce asked in a panic. "According to this you only became responsive when a resident changed your meds while Dr. Asher was away."
"I havent taken anything since I came to and discovered I was here." Amanda confessed shyly.
"Thank God." Bruce said with a sigh of relief.
"I feel a lot better since Ive stopped taking them." Amanda offered.
"Why did you stop?" Bruce asked.
"Someone convinced me that Id feel better if I simply pretended to take them." She offered sheepishly.
"Jackie you may have saved her life." Bruce congratulated the brunette in a grim tone.
"What?" Amanda stammered fearfully as Jackie reached over and clasped her hand. The brunette gave her hand a gentle squeeze. "Bruce, what exactly is wrong with me?"
"According to this, everything." Bruce explained in frustration. "The diagnosis is all over the place. Plus the meds you were on would have kept you behaving like a zombie and could have eventually killed you."
"Why?" Amanda gasped.
"Id like to know that myself." Bruce agreed.
"Maybe I can help." Jackie offered.
Bruce and Amanda stared at the brunette in wonderment. "First, Amanda won the lottery." The brunette began in a careful tone. Bruce looked at the both of them suspiciously. "Its true. I talked to a friend of hers this afternoon. By the way, Grace didnt just drop out of your life. Every time she tried to see or talk to you, Matt told her you were out or sick. Matt is her husband." She added for Bruce. "Oh, and she explained the reason she was curious about Matts fishing trip is because she saw the guy you said he was away with the morning before."
"Wait, if she saw Bobby the morning before, then who was Matt fishing with?" Amanda asked in confusion. Her face turned red as she finally put all of the pieces together. "That bastard." She spat out bitterly. "He was screwing around."
"Apparently." Jackie confirmed with a slight grimace as Amanda tightened her grip on the brunettes hand.
"All right, this is all very informative, but it doesnt explain why Dr. Asher had you brought here for care?" Bruce reasoned. "Wait, your husbands name is Matt? Was he a cabby by an chance?"
"Yes." Amanda growled. "Let me guess, Dr. Asher is dating someone who was a taxi driver until he struck it rich."
"Uhm, yes." Bruce confirmed with a hard swallow.
"How long?" Amanda demanded as she felt the veins in her forehead bulging.
"A year or two." Bruce mumbled quickly. "But still, that doesnt explain going to this much trouble. He could have just left you and still walked away with half of the money."
"Except that Amanda cashed in the ticket alone." Jackie explained. "And if you were smart, you opted for being paid in installments, just a couple of million a year?"
"It made sense for tax purposes." Amanda confirmed with a groan.
"All Matt would have gotten was alimony. The most he could hope for was half." Jackie continued. "But in the scheme of things and if you had a halfway decent lawyer, he probably would have settled for very little. So instead, they gas lighted you and then tossed you in the loony bin, kept you knocked out on drugs so they could have all of the money."
"Nice guy." Bruce added. "Okay, first things first, we need to get you declared competent and I need to bust Joyce."
"We need to move quickly or else Amandas money and those two weasels are going to be long gone." Jackie pointed out. "How long will it take to get Amanda free? I dont know much about these things. The big board was my specialty."
"I need to start right now." Bruce responded eagerly. "Time to wake up the director and see what I can do. In the meantime the two of you need to go to bed and not together."
"Bruce were not . . ." Jackie tried to explain.
"Lets go." Amanda cut her off as she squeezed her hand tightly.
"Looks like you will be rejoining the world soon." Jackie said as they strolled back to their rooms. "Im going to miss you." The brunette confessed in a shy voice.
"Youll be out soon too." Amanda offered brightly as Jackie finally released her hand. Amanda instantly missed the contact.
"I hope." Jackie sighed. "I know Im better. I just snapped."
"What happened?" Amanda asked, not wanting the night to end. She leaned against the wall hoping that Jackie would stay and talk for awhile longer.
Jackie sighed heavily as she appeared to be organizing her thoughts. "I worked so hard. All those years I put in for the company, just crunching numbers and making money meant nothing. The market was down and so were the profits. Mr. Crandall, the CEO, was an aging figurehead who just wouldnt step down. Day after day he berated us about our profit margins. I just couldnt make him understand that there was nothing anyone could do. I blew a gasket and climbed across that long table and throttled the miserable old bastard."
"Didnt anyone try to stop you?" Amanda asked in amazement.
"No." Jackie responded with a light laugh. "I think they wanted me to kill him. Finally one of the other VPs pulled me off of him. I stormed into my office and my assistant Roger starts whining about being over worked. I threatened to set him on fire and he still wouldnt shut up so I smacked him upside the head with the months-end report. Then I walked over to the copy room and ran my Armani suit through the shredder. Then I strolled back into the boardroom and quit."
"That must have been quite a sight." Amanda laughed as she mentally pictured a very naked Jackie standing in the boardroom.
"It was great until the cops hauled me off." Jackie chuckled. "I wouldnt have ended up in the lock ward if I hadnt tried to strangle Mr. Crandall."
"But youre better now." Amanda encouraged her.
"I am." Jackie admitted. "I realize that I hated what I did for a living, and that my career made me tense and bitter. Cracking up was probably the best thing to happen to me."
They fell into a comfortable silence. "Why did you kiss me?" Jackie broke the silence in an uneasy tone.
"I wanted to." Amanda confessed. "Im really confused right now."
"Dont think about it." Jackie said in a comforting tone. "You have enough to deal with right now."
"Yeah, like a divorce, and seeing if I can have my husband and shrink tossed into jail." Amanda groaned.
"Try to get some sleep." Jackie offered as she gave Amandas shoulder a gentle squeeze.
"I liked it." Amanda confessed as she relaxed into Jackies touch. "The kiss, I really liked it."
"So did I." Jackie responded with a slight blush. "We can talk about this later, in the meantime we need to get you out of here before Greta starts making sense to you."
"I dont know how to thank you for everything youve done for me." Amanda said as her gaze drifted up and down the leggy brunettes body.
"You dont have to thank me." Jackies deep voice snapped the blonde out of her overt ogling. "It was nothing, just a little breaking and entering. Greta is really good at it."
"What is Greta in for again?" Amanda asked, suddenly curious about the older woman who was constantly muttering.
"According to her, she was trying to overthrow the government." Jackie supplied, with a bright grin that warmed Amandas body.
"Okay." Amanda responded with a wide-eyed expression. "Well, when you get sprung, at least let me buy you dinner. And if its possible, you can be there when I give Matt his walking papers."
"Oh yes, please." Jackie responded enthusiastically.
Over the next few days, Amanda, Jackie, and Bruce were very busy making plans to have the blonde released before Dr. Asher or Matt could find out what was happening. Unfortunately, all of their planning proved not only that Amanda was competent, but Jackie was as well. Which meant she would be leaving before Amanda. They sat on Amandas bed the night before Jackie was to be released. "Im going to miss you." Amanda said as Jackie wrapped her arms around the smaller woman.
"Youll be out soon enough." Jackie reassured her. "Once your rat-bastard husband and the good doctor get caught, we will get together for dinner. I can still be there when you tell Matt to take a hike, cant I?"
"Of course." Amanda agreed. "I just wish I could make sense out of all these feelings I have for you."
"No, we agreed that you dont need to think about that right now." Jackie cautioned her. "Once the dust settles, then we can have a nice long talk."
"Talking isnt what I have in mind." Amanda said as she snuggled closer to Jackie.
"Me either." Jackie whispered hotly in the blondes ear. "But we need to wait until you get your life back. As much as this place has helped me, I dont think I can stick around."
The sound of Bruce clearing his throat made them quickly separate. "Ladies." The tired looking man greeted them. "Jackie, are you all packed for tomorrow?"
"Yes." Jackie answered him in a sad tone. "Cant we put this off until Amanda is ready?"
"No." Bruce informed them in a hushed tone. "But dont travel too far from the hospital tomorrow morning. Amanda you are having a competency hearing in the morning."
"Really?" Amanda responded brightly.
"Yes, but we have to keep it quiet." Bruce cautioned her. "The cops want to catch your husband and Dr. Asher off guard."
"You pulled it off?" Jackie congratulated him.
"Not yet." Bruce responded in a tired voice.
"Thank you." Amanda said as the man scurried out of the room, but not before cautioning them against any hanky-panky.
"Amanda, you could be out tomorrow." Jackie beamed as she tightened her arms around the small blonde. Amanda couldnt resist pressing her body closer to Jackies. "I should go back to my room." Jackie said in a labored breath. Amanda held Jackie tighter as she nuzzled the brunettes neck. "Amanda?" Jackie squeaked out, as the blonde was busy inhaling the soft delicate scent of her skin. "Amanda." Jackie protested in a weak tone as Amanda began to place soft kisses on the brunettes neck. "We should wait." Jackies voice trembled as she spoke.
"Why?" Amanda whispered into the crook of Jackies neck.
Amanda could feel the rapid beating of Jackies heart, as the brunette seemed to be struggling to breathe. Amanda looked up and was captured in a fiery blue gaze. They moved in unison until their bodies melted together. Soon Amanda found herself lost in the most passionate kiss she had ever experienced. The blonde allowed her tiny hands to roam across Jackies body as they slipped down onto the mattress.
She covered Jackies body with her own as the brunettes hands began a gentle exploration. Kissing deeply, they began to caress each other. "Ive never felt like this before." Amanda confessed as they both gasped for air.
"Neither have I." Jackie answered as she reached up and captured Amandas face in her hands.
Amanda felt alive from the loving touch. "We have to stop." Jackie repeated in a weak voice. "If we get caught now it could mess up both of our releases."
"Okay." Amanda reluctantly agreed, as she climbed off of Jackies body. The brunette took a moment to compose herself before kissing Amanda goodnight and stumbling off to her own room.
Over breakfast Amanda and Jackie formulated a plan. The first thing they did was to enlist Gretas aid. Greta readily agreed, claiming that she lived to cause anarchy. The older woman climbed up on one of the dinning tables and started screaming and throwing things about. Since she was Dr. Ashers patient the good doctor rushed over to calm her down while Bruce collected Amanda and her belongings and rushed her out of the ward and to the courthouse.
Amanda breezed through her hearing since there was nothing wrong with her in the first place. Her only regret was that Jackie wasnt released until after she was taken to the courthouse. When she stepped out of the judges chambers with Bruce, she was a free woman. A bright smile lit up her face the moment she found Jackie waiting for her.
"Its almost over." Amanda squealed as she jumped into Jackies arms. "The cops like our idea and told us to go for it."
"They are going to put a wire on her." Bruce explained. "And they helped shut her husband out of her bank account the moment the judge signed the order. What about Asher?"
"I was sprung about twenty minutes ago. Greta was still going full force and she got Batman, Larry, and Marvin to join in. Asher was so flustered by all the flying food and screaming she had no idea that Amanda was gone." Jackie proudly informed them. "Hopefully, she still doesnt know and we can beat her to Matt."
"The police have been keeping an eye on him and said he went out for breakfast and isnt back yet." Amanda said, thankful that once the police and the DA heard what had happened, they jumped in immediately.
"I have to get back to the hospital." Bruce informed them. "The police are going to take the both of you over to Amandas. Im glad this all worked out."
"Thank you again." Amanda said and gave the stunned man a hug.
"Go on, you two have a lot to do." Bruce said with a blush.
The police rushed both women over to Amandas house and instructed them on what to do and what they needed to hear on the wire that Amanda would be wearing. Amanda let herself into the house while Jackie followed closely behind her. The blonde changed into her favorite evening gown, which still hid the tiny microphone the police had taped to her body. Much to her delight, Jackie stretched out across her bed and watched her every movement.
"I dont know what I enjoy more, watching you take all of your clothes off, or seeing you in that dress?" Jackie said with an appreciative sigh.
Amanda blushed as she looked down at the black evening gown. "The police heard that." She informed the brunette.
"Oops." Jackie grimaced as she rose and crossed the room. She wrapped her arms around Amandas tiny waist. "Promise me, if it looks like this isnt going to work, or if he gets violent, just give him the money. Your safety is far more important."
"You wouldnt care if I was flat broke?" Amanda inquired as Jackie tightened her hold on her.
"I dont care if we end up living in a cardboard box." Jackie assured her. "So long as we are together. I told you before, Im in this because you have a nice ass." The brunette cupped and squeezed Amandas firm backside to emphasize her point.
Amanda released a throaty growl as she laced her fingers through Jackies long dark hair and guided her down to her. They exchanged soft kisses until they heard the sounds of someone downstairs whistling. "Hes here." Amanda gasped as they released their hold on one another.
"Ill be right here waiting for you." Jackie vowed. "Just be careful."
"I will." Amanda promised, then stepped out of the bedroom.
She walked along the banister and looked down to see her loving husband in his jogging shorts reading the newspaper as he whistled. He was completely unaware of her presence. She almost didnt believe that he had actually done all those horrible things until Dr. Asher let herself in the front door. Amanda remained at the top of the staircase watching them.
"Matt, shes gone." Joyce Asher blurted out.
"What are you talking about, darling?" He asked in confusion as he set the paper down.
"Amanda." She bellowed. "Shes gone. There was a disruption in her ward and while I was taking care of it, someone helped her escape."
"Calm down." He instructed her. "Well just call the police and once they find her, they will lock her up again."
"What if they dont find her?" Asher said frantically.
"So, the checks will still come." He reasoned in cold manner.
"You should have let me give her an overdose." The skinny blonde fumed.
"No." Matt spat out as Amandas chest tightened. "If shes dead, then the checks stop. If the stupid little bitch had taken all of the money at once then we could have killed her without a problem."
Amanda had heard enough and she hoped that the police had heard everything as well. She started to descend the staircase. They were still bickering as she came closer. Suddenly Matts head snapped around and he saw her.
"Hello honey, Im home," she addressed him in an icy tone.
"Amanda?" He choked out before he flashed her his trademark boyish grin. "Why did you run away from the hospital? Ive been worried sick about you."
"Of course you have," she snickered. "I didnt run away."
"What?" Asher stammered as her face paled.
"Im sorry, did you miss that, doctor?" Amanda toyed with both of them. "Ive been released."
"No, you couldnt have been." Asher protested as she rolled her eyes in disbelief. "Now, we need to get you back to the hospital."
"Oh, but Dr. Asher, I dont need to go to the hospital since a very nice judge and three of your colleagues agree that Im quite sane." Amanda carefully explained. "It wasnt hard since I stopped taking the pills you prescribed. In fact, everyone agreed that I was never crazy in the first place. I think your boss wants to talk to you."
"Were screwed." Asher choked out.
"Nonsense." Matt disagreed with a shrug. "Amanda, Im happy that you are better."
"Shove it, Matt." Amanda spat out in disgust.
"Fine, have it your way." Matt shrugged again before he grabbed her roughly around the throat. "You wanted to be home and now you are." He hissed.
"Matt, let her go." Asher screamed as Jackie came barreling out of the bedroom.
Amanda was struggling to breathe and to free herself from her husbands grip. "Shut up, Joyce," he yelled at his lover. "Ill just keep you doped up here." He informed her in a cold voice. "Better this way. Fewer witnesses."
"Let her go." Amanda heard Jackie growling.
"You?" Asher said in confusion as the police finally poured into the entryway.
"Mr. Farmer, let go of your wife." One of the detectives informed him.
Before Matt could comply with the instructions Jackie had already grabbed him and pulled him off of Amanda. The room filled with a flurry of activity as Jackie cradled Amanda in her arms. "Its over." Jackie whispered in her ear over and over again as Amanda clung to her.
After Matt and Joyce were arrested and carted away, Amanda endured an endless stream of questions and had to give her statement. Hours later, after everyone was gone, she was still sitting on the staircase clinging to Jackie. "Are you all right?" Jackie asked her carefully.
"Im free." Amanda said as she blew out a sigh of relief. "Im sure that this is all going to hit me later, but right now, all I feel is how good it is to be free and how good it feels to have your arms around me."
Amanda took another deep breath before she stood and held out her hand to Jackie. The brunette gave her a curious look before accepting her hand. The blonde smiled as she led Jackie up the staircase. "I thought we were going to have a long talk?" Jackie said cautiously as Amanda led them to the bedroom.
"Later, right now I want to thank you for saving my life." Amanda informed the taller woman as she turned to her and rested her hands on the brunettes hips.
"I think you just want to get fresh with me." Jackie teased as she caressed the smaller womans shoulders.
"I do." Amanda agreed as her hands slid up the taller womans side. "I think that Ive wanted to get fresh with you from the first moment I woke up in the hospital."
Jackie kissed the blonde once again as she led them over to the large canopy bed. Amanda felt nervous as she began to unbutton the brunettes blouse. Jackie captured the blondes trembling hands in her own. "We dont have to." Jackie said gently before she kissed Amandas trembling fingers.
"Yes we do." Amanda explained as she looked up at her lover. She almost felt like crying as she saw the love reflected in Jackies eyes. "You have no idea how much I want you. How much I need you."
"If it is half of what I feel, then it is everything." Jackie tried to explain. She released Amandas trembling hands and gently cupped her face. "Let me make love to you?" Jackie pleaded softly as she guided the still trembling blonde down onto the bed.
Amanda was so overwhelmed with emotion and desire she could only nod in response. Jackie stared deeply into her eyes as she ran her fingers through Amandas long blonde hair. Amanda released a tiny whimper as she felt Jackies fingers caress her neck. Jackie kissed her gently as her hands began to explore Amandas body. Amanda melted into Jackies touch with a craving to feel the brunettes hands touch her everywhere. The kisses grew deeper as Amandas hands once again returned to the buttons on her lovers shirt.
Amanda fumbled slightly as she tried to remove her lovers clothing while Jackie continued a slow gentle exploration of her body. Jackie pulled away from her slightly and looked down at the trembling blonde. "We have all night." Jackie reassured her as she removed her shirt and cast it aside.
"I need to feel you." Amanda whimpered as Jackie nodded in understanding and climbed off of the bed.
The brunette propped Amanda up against the headboard and supported her with a large pile of pillows. Amanda tried to reach for her lover only to have her playful advances brushed aside. Jackie stood beside the bed and slowly removed her clothing. Watching each article of clothing vanish from the beautiful brunettes body was pure torture. Amanda tried to calm her breathing as she watched, fighting against the urge to leap off of the bed and ravish the brunette.
Amanda kicked off her high heels as Jackie crawled up onto the bed. "You are so beautiful." Amanda gasped as her lover moved closer until she was hovering dangerously close to the small blonde. Amanda was surprised to see the blush emerge on her lovers chiseled features. "Didnt you know that?" Amanda questioned her in amazement.
Jackies eyes shifted in embarrassment as Amanda captured her face in her tiny hands. Amanda felt her heart warm as Jackie leaned into her touch. The brunettes gaze drifted down the blondes body as she ran the tip of her finger in the same path. Amanda inhaled sharply as she felt Jackies finger brushing along the edge of the vee-cut top of her gown. Amandas body began to burn with a needy desire as she felt the material of her gown being brushed aside and Jackies touch running along the swell of her breast. "Does this hurt?" Jackie asked in a breathy tone as she was gliding her finger over the reddish mark left by the tape that had held the microphone in place.
Amanda looked down at the small blemish. "Not really." Amanda struggled as she fought against the urge to touch the naked woman resting beside her. "I could kiss it and make it better?" Jackie whispered hotly in the blondes ear. The feel of Jackies breath and her hair caressing the bare skin of her shoulder invoked a shiver, which ran through the tiny blondes body.
"It hurts." Amanda lied as she laced her fingers through Jackies hair and guided her down to her breasts.
Amanda cried out as she felt Jackies tongue tracing her breast. She tightened her hold on Jackies head as the brunette began to lick and kiss the bruised flesh. Amanda was whimpering as Jackies mouth left her skin. "Why did you wear this?" Jackie asked her softly, once again her breath caressing the blondes skin as she spoke. Amanda quivered, trying to process her lovers words.
"Uhm." She cleared her throat as she fought to respond. "Because Matt gets very distracted when I wear this dress. I thought it might keep him off center if I was wearing this instead of a pair of dirty old sweats.
"Good call." Jackie panted before running the tip of her tongue along the valley between the blondes breasts.
As Jackies mouth continued its exploration, one of her hands drifted down the blondes body and came to rest on her hip. "Youre driving me insane." Amanda said as she felt her lover massaging her hip. Jackie released a light laugh against her body.
"Dont knock insanity." Jackie murmured as she began to lower one of the straps of Amandas gown down her shoulder. "If I hadnt gone over the edge, we might have never met."
"Uh huh." Amanda choked out as she felt the other strap being lowered.
Amanda cried out and her body arched, when she felt her lovers mouth moving up to her overly sensitive neck and then down along her shoulders. Jackies mouth worshipped her neck and each of her shoulders and back down to the valley of her cleavage. Amanda squirmed beneath her lover as she tried to press her body harder against the brunettes.
She was fighting to control her breathing as she ran her hands up and down Jackies back. "Turn over ,baby." Jackie instructed her in a husky tone that Amanda feared was going to kill her. She stifled a whimper as she turned over onto her stomach. She felt her body being guided down from the pillows and she clutched at the bedding as the zipper of her gown was lowered.
She could feel herself burning as Jackies mouth caressed every inch of newly exposed skin until the zipper was fully opened just above her backside. She released a cry into the comforter as she felt Jackies tongue running along the elastic waistband of her panties. Her clit was throbbing as she felt her lovers nipples brushing against her skin.
"I love your body." Jackie said softly as she guided the small blonde up into a kneeling position. Amanda trembled uncontrollably from the feel of her lovers naked body pressing against her as her gown was lowered down. Once the fancy dress was pooled around Amandas waist she felt Jackies hands begin a slow exploration of her skin. She moaned as Jackies hands ran up the side of her body and past her ribs until Jackie was feeling the weight of the blondes breasts.
"So beautiful," Jackie murmured. She began to kiss Amandas neck and shoulders while she cupped the blondes breasts. Amandas body arched again in response as Jackie teased her nipples with the palms of her hands and feasted upon her neck and shoulders. "Tell me what you want?" Jackie inquired in a sultry tone. She teased Amandas nipples with her fingers and their hips began to sway.
Amanda pressed her backside into her lovers body urging her to touch her. "I dont know." Amanda confessed weakly, grinding harder into Jackies body. "Ive never felt like this before." Amanda had never been with a woman and feared that she would fail to please her lover. Jackies touch seemed to quiet the blondes fears as she rolled her erect nipples between her fingers. Amanda groaned in protest when she felt Jackies hands leaving her breasts and drifting back down her body.
Amanda was ready to explode as she felt the gown being lowered past her hips and her lover guiding her to lean forward. Amanda reached out and gripped the headboard of the bed tightly in an effort to steady herself as she felt the last of her clothing being removed. "Oh God." The blonde cried out when she felt her lover kissing her way up her legs. Her hips swayed urgently as her clit began to pulsate in a demanding rhythm. Jackie kissed and tasted the back of her knees.
Certain that she was going to die or pass out, Amanda tightened her grip on the headboard as she felt Jackies hands and mouth moving up along the back of her trembling thighs. Instinctively, the blonde parted her thighs and felt her wetness painting her skin. Her body began to rock wildly when she felt Jackies tongue licking away each drop of her wetness from the inside of her thighs.
Amandas entire body arched when she felt her lovers tongue running along her sex. "Yes." Amanda pleaded as Jackie dipped further into her wetness. Her lover parted her further as she began to feast upon Amandas desire. The blonde thrust her body against her lover as she begged her for more. She cried out in desolation as she felt Jackies mouth moving away from her aching nub.
Soon she was once again moaning in pleasure as she felt Jackies fingers replacing her mouth. Jackie dipped her fingers further into the blondes wetness and kissed her way along the curves of Amandas backside. The blonde was ready to collapse as she felt Jackies thumb brushing against her throbbing clit and her tongue trailing a tantalizing path up along her spine.
She felt Jackies wetness pressing against her as the brunettes fingers teased the opening of her aching center. She felt Jackies hot breath in her ear as the brunette entered her. Amanda felt the walls of her center tighten against her lovers fingers as the brunette filled her. Jackies desire painted the firm flesh of her ass while the brunette stroked her clit and wiggled her fingers inside of her.
She thrust her body against her lovers hand. Jackie slowly began to plunge in and out of her as their bodies moved in a slow sensual rhythm. As Amanda rode against her lovers touch and felt Jackies body melting against her own, she felt complete for the first time in her life. They thrust harder against one another, each demanding more. Amanda was lost in the feel of her lovers body melting into her own as she gave herself over to Jackies touch. Amandas ears were ringing as they bucked against one another wildly. She knew that she was crying out but was completely unaware of what she was saying as her body began to convulse. She climaxed against Jackies touch as she felt her lover exploding against her.
Amanda had never felt her body explode with such intensity before, and expected that was all the brunette had to offer. But Jackie continued to plunge in and out of her until they were once again crying out in ecstasy. Amanda found it hard to breathe as they continued to explode against each other until they both collapsed onto the bed.
Amandas body was still on fire as she straddled her lovers body and kissed her deeply. Soon she was kissing her way down the brunette. She savored the taste of her lovers skin as she teased Jackies nipples between her nimble fingers. Needing to feel more of the beautiful woman squirming beneath her, she parted Jackies thighs with her knee as she captured one of her nipples in her mouth.
She suckled her lovers nipple eagerly and felt Jackies thigh pressing against her wetness. She mirrored her lovers actions and soon they were rocking against each other. Amanda sucked her lover harder as her clit brushed urgently against Jackies. She felt the brunettes body arching against her as she thrust harder. Amanda released Jackies nipple as her own body arched and her head fell back.
She continued to sway against her lover and looked down at the woman who had captured her heart. The sight of Jackie lost in the throes of ecstasy drove the petite blonde closer to the edge of oblivion. Jackie was clasping her hips tightly as they became one. They climaxed in unison, each trying to cling to the others body, until they collapsed into one anothers warm embrace.
Amanda felt the sweat rolling off of both of their bodies as she rested her head against her lovers chest. She felt the rapid beating of Jackies heart as the brunette gently ran her fingers up and down Amandas body. Content to stay where she was, Amanda nestled her body even closer to Jackie. She knew that there were a great many things they had to talk about. None of it mattered at the moment, as she felt Jackie guiding them under the covers. Amanda curled up in Jackies arms. It felt right to be held by Jackie and whatever questions or problems lay ahead of them would just have to wait until morning. Sighing happily, Amanda drifted off to sleep while listening to the steady breathing of her lovers heart.
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