THE BRASS RING
By Mavis Applewater
For disclaimers: See part one.
Thanks to my beta reader Joanne.
As Always For Heather
CC LAY on her bed staring up at the ceiling. The last twenty-four hours had been hell on earth. A young girl had died, something that despite her sense of reasoning she felt responsible for. Then she slept with Jamie. Not a bad thing. In fact it was very nice - too nice. She was kicking herself for that as well. She should have been stronger and not let that happen. But there was something about the way Jamie kissed. One touch of her lips and CC was lost, thinking with the wrong part of her anatomy.
The harshness of Jamies words hurt her deeply. She knew that the whole thing sounded unbelievable; still she had hoped that the feelings they had once shared would have made a difference. Apparently she was mistaken. CC was just lying there, fighting with the knowledge that Jamie had never cared for her the way she had cared for Jamie. "A part of me still does," CC admitted to the empty room.
A shy knock on the door disrupted her agony. "Come in, Stevie," she called out softly, hoping that the doctor had finally called. The door creaked as it opened slowly. CC sat up to watch it. "What the hell?" she muttered, wondering what her little sister was up to. She felt her body temperature rise slightly. Her crystal blue eyes widened as she watched the petite blonde step shyly into the room.
"It isnt Stevie," Jamie announced carefully.
"I can see that," CC concurred, a slight bitterness creeping into her voice.
"Stevie took Emma to the doctor," Jamie continued in an uneasy tone as she stared at the floor.
CC started to lift herself off the bed, her head pounding violently from the quickness of her action. "Ouch," she moaned as two hands placed themselves on her shoulders. "I need to go with her," CC protested as Jamie pushed her back down onto the bed.
"Shes already left," Jamie explained as she sat on the edge of the queen-size bed. "I took a look at Emma and it looks like she has an ear infection. I sent Stevie to pediatrician I know and trust."
"Is that serious?" CC asked impatiently. "Ear infections?"
"No," Jamie reassured her. "Its quite common."
CC lay back down, crossing her arms over her chest. She was trying to understand why was Jamie there. They sat there in a deafening silence. CC stared up at the ceiling as Jamie sat on the edge of the bed with her back to her. "I need to get my car at some point," CC muttered absently in an effort to break the silence.
"Me too," Jamie stammered.
"Why are you here?" CC finally asked as she braced herself for another outburst.
"Stevie took me out to the woodshed." Jamie chuckled slightly, still keeping her back to CC.
"Huh?" CC said as she shook her head. Her movements sent another jolt of pain through her head. "Ouch," she exclaimed as she began to rub her temples. "Never again," she moaned in agony. "Jose Cuervo and I are not friends."
"Stevie told me what happened," Jamie continued, the sadness evident in her voice.
"So did I," CC noted with a hint of bitterness.
"I know," Jamie conceded.
"Now you know." CC sighed. "Why didnt you believe me?" CCs voice grew harsh. "I was in love with you."
"I didnt know that," Jamie explained as she finally turned to her. CCs heart dropped as she took in Jamies drawn features and puffy eyes. "I thought you had used me."
"I didnt," CC replied softly as she took Jamies hand.
"Why didnt you tell me sooner?" Jamie whimpered. "God, CC! You were all alone."
CC couldnt stand to see Jamie hurting. She reached up and pulled her former lover down. Jamie instinctively curled up next to her and CC wrapped her arms around the smaller woman. "By the time I found you, it was too late," CC explained. "You had moved on and I doubted that youd believe me."
"Losing you hurt so much." Jamie sniffed. "I never really trusted anyone after that," Jamie said as she snuggled closer.
"Neither did I," CC confessed as she allowed her body to relax and enjoy the warmth of Jamies body. "Its over," CC offered tenderly as she rubbed Jamies back. Her stomach clenched as Jamies hand slipped under her T-shirt. "Maybe now we can save our friendship," CC said hopefully. Her skin tingled as Jamie rubbed her abdomen.
"I would like to try," Jamie responded honestly.
CC wondered why she had suggested friendship. The smell of Jamies shampoo was invading her senses. The feel of Jamies hand was causing her stomach to flutter. Not to mention they were lying so close together that CC could feel Jamies breath on her skin. At that moment, friendship was the last thing on her mind.
Her body tensed as she fought against the sudden awakening of her libido. Jamie lifted her head and looked at her questioningly. CC watched as the blonde opened her mouth to speak. Their eyes locked. Before she could think or stop herself, she kissed Jamie.
Their lips and bodies instantly melted together. CC could feel the years of anger and mistrust fading as their tongues met. The kiss deepened slowly as their bodies pressed together. There was nothing hurried in their movements. They explored the warmth of each others mouth as their hands slowly and softly caressed each others body.
Shyly they ended the kiss. Jamie traced CCs jaw line with her fingers. CC leaned into the touch. Suddenly old fears and demons emerged. "We cant do this," she said softly as her heart disagreed.
"I know." Jamie sighed deeply. "That was the past. Too many years and too much pain for both of us," Jamie said as she smiled sweetly. "I should go."
"No," CC responded tenderly as she pulled Jamie into her arms. "If your body feels as rotten as mine does, the walk back to your place will kill you." Jamie groaned in response. "Lets get some rest and then we can figure out just how were going to get our cars back."
"Okay," Jamie agreed as she snuggled against CCs body. "Im glad that youre back in my life. I would like to try becoming friends."
"Me too," CC concurred as she felt Jamies breathing deepen. She did want Jamie back as a friend. Now if she could just stop her lower anatomy from pulsating, everything would be all right. She felt Jamie clutch her T-shirt. Looking down, she realized that the doctor had drifted off to sleep. CC brushed her hair back. Holding the blonde a little tighter, she quickly fell asleep.
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