“Why didn’t you come?” asks Nicholas, as he enters Belle’s apartment. “Oh,” he says, seeing Gavin, “I see. Welcome back. We were getting worried.”
“Really?” asks Gavin. “Belle didn’t seem all that concerned to me.”
Belle rolls her eyes. “I can’t afford to lose my head over everything.” She turns to Nicholas. “Sorry, but I had to hear what Gavin had to say. And, as it turns out, it was best that I didn’t come to your rescue.”
“What do you mean?” asks Nicholas.
“I’m afraid you’ll have to be sacrificed to Ashley,” says Belle. “But we can’t make it too obvious.”
“What?” cries Nicholas. “You want me to give myself to that barracuda?”
“I’m sure,” says Belle, exaggeratedly, “as a man, you cannot possibly be that upset about it.”
“Be careful what you say. Even Gavin hesitated to get into bed with her given the chance. And he’s supposed to be an agent. You know they have few scruples about such things. I do not want to get shredded by her.”
“It’s true, Belle,” Gavin defends him. “There’s something so ruthless about Ashley that we have to be very careful.”
“But none of the men in the past had any problems. She slept with them and then got tired of them. I’m sure you could survive that.”
“Not if she still feels a rivalry with you,” says Gavin. “You cannot be seen to be around us without inciting anger and jealousy in Ashley. That’s why I say I have to tell her off. If those thugs follow us and find that I’m making up to her, we’re all in trouble.”
“And you had better get some writing done,” says Nicholas to Gavin. “I know she’s getting anxious about what you’re doing.”
“Don’t worry,” says Gavin. “I rushed something out on the plane.”
“Okay,” says Nicholas. “So, what’s the next step?”
“I think I’m really going to like it here,” says Clayton. “I’ll have more than one reason to get to work every day.”
“I will be moving back and forth between the two stables,” says Tara. “I will be spending a lot of time doing administrative work from the stud farm.”
“That’s a shame,” says Clayton.
Alex disrupts them as he comes over with a horse. “You’ll be in charge of Midnight Run.”
“Aye, aye, boss,” says Clayton, as he takes up the reins. He nods to Tara and walks away.
“Why do you encourage him to flirt?” asks Alex.
“I do not encourage him,” Tara responds. “Besides, what’s wrong with him wanting to flirt as long as he does his job?”
“So you’ll flirt with him in order to ensure that he does his job?”
“Are you a little jealous?” Tara asks.
“A little? That’s an understatement. I’d like to strangle him.”
Tara smiles as she takes his arm. “And why would you feel a little jealous?”
“I hear that things are getting a bit hot at Golde, Inc,” says Lisa.
Rick and Blanche look at each other. “Nothing we can’t deal with, honey,” says Rick.
“Well, you don’t have to be so secretive,” says Lisa. “I was over at Amanda’s when Marie came along and talked about the situation.”
Rick smiles. “I guess I forget still that you’re a member of that family.”
“Well,” says Blanche, “at least we can all conspire together to get rid of the Black sheep. This is going to be fun.”
“Don’t keep calling me,” says Melanie. “Why can’t you just leave town and stay out?”
“I just wanted to tell you that my plans have changed,” says Carl. “I’ll be staying for a while. At least, that will also give me a chance to keep an eye on you and make sure things are going well.”