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Two years had now gone by and
Lauren, Gordon's eldest daughter,
was now on board with the firm. Though she and Tori were not as close as Tori
had been with Brett, they still were very good friends. Now that they
were older, they seemed to find a camaraderie that they had not possessed
before. One day Lauren mentioned that she was going to
It had been a few years since
Tori had seen Brett. But somehow they had kept tabs on one another.
Even if they didn't speak to each other personally. When Tori received
the invitation, she agreed to come with Lauren. She had many thoughts that
inundated her. What would it be like to see Brett after all these years?
Had they changed that much throughout the years? Would they still have the
bond that they possessed so many years ago?
With a gulp, Tori spoke, "Hi... is there something I can do for you?"
"Hi...I'm sorry to interrupt. But I see you're studying for Ethics class. I've seen you in class and I thought I'd come and introduce myself. I'm Erika Breslin." She extended her hand and Tori courteously took it.
"I'm Victoria Hull. My friends call me Tori."
"My friends call me Eri. And..... I would very much like to be yours." Erika knew that she was playing with Victoria, but she was helpless to stop.
Tori almost fell out of her chair with Erika's forwardness. She was immediately attracted to her. However, she wasn't completely sure that what she felt from Erika was correct. "I think she's flirting with me. Maybe I should test this." Tori thought.
"Well, that all depends on what kind of friendship you have in mind." Whoa where did that come from? Tori heard the words but was amazed that it came out of her mouth.
"Well gorgeous. I guess that
really depends on you?" Erika had seen
Erika Breslin, sole heir to
the Breslin Fortune, came from a world similar to
The two had become good
friends. Unlike many people that Erika had set her sights on and then
became disinterested in, she had truly come to care for
Lauren and Tori arrived at the airport, rented a car and were on their way to the apartment. Tori's heart was beating so hard, she was sure that Lauren could not only hear it but see it as well. They found the apartment and knocked on the door.
Alexi came to the door. Letting out a screech that could be heard a mile away, " You're here!!!!!!!!!." Running into Tori's arms she gave her an exuberant embrace. "Gosh Tori, I can't believe you're her!!!!! We haven't seen you in...I can't remember the last time we've seen you. Where have you been girl?"
Tori took in Alexi's shoulder length, curly brown hair and deep brown eyes. Alexi was such a giddy person. She always had been. When you were around her you couldn't help but feel happy too. She was the only child of Michaela and Antoine Filenni. Her family had a chain of furniture stores and spent most of their time lavishing their daughter with love. They had hoped that Alexi would take to the family business but wasn't surprised when she informed them that she wanted to be a child psychologist. They supported her fully and were just happy to have her in their lives. The Filenni's were told they would have difficulty having children. When after years of trying, the doctor informed them that Michaela was indeed expecting. They vowed to give the child everything his or her heart would desire. You would think that Alexi would grow up being a spoiled brat. But she was the most generous person you could ever want to meet.
They were still standing at the door yapping when Alexi finally remembered where they were. "Oh my gosh!!› Where are my manners? Come on in! Brett and the girls just went to the groceries and liquor store for the party tonight."
Grabbing Tori into a hug again, she took a long appreciative look. "You look... well... you look........ innncredible!" Tori wasn't sure but she could have sworn that Alexi was........ checking her out. Strange...what was that about?
Alexi grabbed their bags and headed for the stairs. "I hope you two don't mind sharing the guest room. We only have the one."
Lauren watched as
When Lauren had asked
Once they reached the top of the stairs, they could see that the doors to the bedrooms were open. All the bedrooms were upstairs and there were only three. Each of them had one queen-size bed in them. As they reached the last bedroom, Lauren knew that Tori was formulating a problem in her head. She's a damn genius! Of course she is going to figure it out.
Tori decided to let them off the hook. "Look...Alexi.› I'm sure Lauren would agree. We wouldn't want to kick someone out of their bed. We could always stay at a hotel."
Alexi glanced at Lauren with a questioning look. Not knowing how much Tori knew.
Lauren gave Alexi a nod from side to side. Alerting Alexi that Tori was not aware of the apartment's sleeping arrangements.
"Umm...... yeah. Well..... no one uses this room and it really isn't a bother. As long as you don't mind sharing." Alexi started to feel uncomfortable. She knew that Lauren knew the score but wasn't quite sure how Tori was going to take the news.
"You know I was baking Brett's cake when you came in. I had better go see how it is doing. I don't' think Brett would appreciate Cajun Cake for her birthday. " Laughing at her own joke, she motioned for them to come down stairs.
Now Lauren could practically see the smoke coming out of Tori's ears from thinking so hard.
Just as Tori was about to ask, "What the hell did Alexi mean no one used the guestroom?", the apartment door opened.
Green eyes met blue ones and an uncomfortable pause set in. Not a sound was heard for what seemed like an eternity as the two souls met again. Their hearts were beating so fast it was as if they were racing to try and get closer to the other. It had been so long and tears began to form in each of their eyes. How could they have been apart for so long?
A very jealous Jenna Carlisle interrupted the moment. She was the first to break the silence not liking what was happening between her lover and this tall stranger, "Baby... maybe you would like to introduce me to your ...friend."
Brett just stood there speechless. What do I say? Brett thought not hearing a word of what Jenna had just said. She was lost in her thoughts. After all this time Tori, you can still leave me weak in the knees. I still love you so.
Jenna stepped forward and decided enough was enough. "Hi. I'm, Jenna. Brett's... partner. I'm taking a guess that you would be.... Tori."
Tori was still reeling. Here
she was after so many years standing in front of the love of her life.
Oh Brett... I don't care how hard it is. I am finally gonna tell you
how I feel. I love you so much. I don't care if you can't return my
feelings. I just can't lie to you anymore. Just then,
TO BE CONTINUED. Installment Three