Chapter 2

Turning over, Jesse’s eyes landed on a set of neon blue numbers. “What is that?” He mumbled, rubbing his eyes and getting a better look. “Oh damn!” He yelped, jumping up and pulling on his jeans. Not looking back to check on Angie, he rushed downstairs to check on the food he had started on before he came up to be with Angie. “I bet it’s burned to a crisp,” he fussed, running into the kitchen.

“Yep. Thankfully the house didn’t burn down” Angie replied, turning around and smiling. “Hey, sleepy head.”

“I thought…” He looked behind him and then back at her. He could have sworn he felt Angie lying next to him. “How long have you been up? How long was I asleep?”

Angie pointed to the stove clock. It was damn near midnight. “About 2 hours. I came down earlier than that and discovered the food had burned. So after our last round,” she hinted with a wink, “I came down and started preparing dinner again.”

“Damn. Baby, I’m sorry. Tonight, was supposed to be about helping you relax and here you are cooking and cleaning up my mess.”

“You did help me relax,” she replied, grabbing a beer from the fridge and going to stand between his legs as he sat at the island. “Besides, it was no big deal.”

“Did I apologize for earlier?” He asked, softly. “You know for uh… for… You know.”

Laughing, Angie pecked his lips. “Yes and you made it up to me… Several times, I might add. Like I said before, it was okay. I’m a doctor and a grown woman, I know what happens when a lot of time passes if you…”

“Okay, alright, you get it,” he interjected, lightly pinching her cheeks.

“Good… You hungry?” She asked, going back to finish up their dinner.

“Starving! What you cooked?” He asked, getting up from the stool and going to stand behind her. “You know I love you, right?”

Smiling, Angie leaned back against him. “Yes, yes, I do. And I, Jesse Hubbard,” she replied, turning around. “Love you more. Thank you for this.”

“What?” He chuckled. “I didn’t do anything yet… I mean other than make love to you, but I—“

“Shhh,” she whispered, putting her finger to his lips.

“No, you shhh,” he spoke kissing her finger and pulling it down. “This wasn’t what I really had planned, but as always things don’t go the way I want them too. Anyway, tonight was just the beginning of so much more fun.”

“Oh really,” she replied, thoroughly intrigued.

Nodding, Jesse wrapped his arm around her waist and hoisted her on the island across from the stove. “Oh yea, Mrs. Hubbard… Hell yea.”

“Mhmmmm, I can’t wait, Mr. Hubbard.”

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Well into the next morning or more like early afternoon, Jesse and Angie were laying on the sofa feeding each other a late breakfast, still reeling from the activities of the previous night. “You know, Angela Hubbard, you never cease to amaze me.”

“Oh hush. Pass me a strawberry,” she ordered, rubbing Jesse’s legs and resting her head against his chest. “Mhmmm, you are a man after my own heart,” she teased.

Smirking, Jesse leaned Angie forward and started to move. “Excuse me, baby.”

“Where you going?” She asked, slightly turning her head towards him.

“I was going to go get some more orange juice.”

“Sit back, I’ll get it,” she replied, getting up and walking out the room only to hear Jesse groan and get up anyway. “Jesse, I said I would get I—“

Shaking his head, Jesse wrapped his arm around her waist, lifted her and placed her against the nearest wall. “Oh yea, you about to get it alright. Getting up and walking all sexy in your birthday suit,” he growled, closing in on her neck. “You know what you do to me?”

“Mhmmm, I think I h… have an ideal,” she moaned, digging her nails into his back and bracing herself for his love.

No longer being able to wait and tease, Jesse gently pushed forward and buried his head into her chest. It felt just as good as it did oh so many passionate hours ago. Hugging him, loving him in the way only she knew how. “Ohhhh,” he groaned, as they danced a dance only meant for them.

~~~**~~~**~~~

“Good Afternoon! Welcome to Shi Beauty! How may I assist you?”

Angie looked up at Jesse as he pointed to a woman towards the back of the Spa/Beauty Salon. “She has a 4 o’clock appointment with Tania.”

“Jesse! Hey, so good to see you!” Tania greeted, rushing up to him. She spotted him and his wife when they walked in. “Hello, Mrs. Hubbard, I’m Tania.”

“Hello,” Angie replied, shaking her hand. “I’m sorry, I don’t know what’s going on. Jesse, what are you doing?”

Turning to her, Jesse pulled her close to his side and smiled. “I told you, I’m spoiling you this weekend… Tania, I want you to make my wife look even more beautiful than she already does.”

“If that’s possible,” Tania replied, looking Angie over and then smiling at Jesse. “She’s already full of beauty!”

“Okay, okay, you’re right. Well I would like for you to take care of her. Do her hair, nails and make-up, whatever my angel wants, she gets.”

“Jesse, you don’t have to do this. Spend all of this money,” Angie jumped in.

Ignoring her fuss, Jesse pecked her forehead and pulled her to stand in front of him. “Do your thing and I’ll be back around 7, sounds good?”

“Easy peasy! C’Mon, Mrs. Hubbard, let’s get you started.”

Angie looked back at Jesse with questioning eyes, but he just continued to push her forward. “Have fun, relax, I’ll be back before you know it.”

“Jesse.”

“Love you!” He called, as Tania pulled her away and down the hall. Once they were out of sight, Jesse left his number with the lady at the front, afterwards he walked out and headed to the cleaners and then later to the yacht club.

“Hey! I didn’t think you were going to make,” Cedrick said when Jesse finally made it to their reserved table.

Taking a seat, Jesse took a sip of his pre-ordered water. “Sorry, me and Angie had a late start. No kids, no work, we decided to sleep in.”

“Riiiight, sleep in. Which is why you have that mark on your neck.”

“What? Where?” He started reaching, he hadn’t seen anything when he and Angie were getting dressed earlier.

Laughing out loud, Cedrick lightly hit the table. “It was that serious?”

“Man, shut-up! What you needed to talk about? If it’s what you spoke to me about yesterday, I haven’t had a chance to talk to her.”

Cedrick straightened up and lowered his voice. “I know I said to take your time, think about it, talk to Mrs. Hubbard, but… They called me this morning, they need your answer by Tuesday coming.”

“What?” Jesse sighed. “I had 2weeks to figure this out and now I only have 3… No, 2 days?” Shaking his head, Jesse took another sip and cleared his throat. “I’m going to tell you the same thing I told you yesterday, breaking Angie is not going to be easy, it was going to take me those 2weeks to get her on board. What, you think it’s going to get easier now that I have 2 days? Oh, hey, sure baby, go ahead,” he imitated. “No!”

“Jesse, it’s the opportunity of a lifetime!”

Shaking his head, Jesse scoffed. “Yea, opportunity to lose my life within an hour’s time,” he replied, already hearing Angie say those exact words before she told him hell no and walked away. “Look, your wife, she’s more lenient. She didn’t lose you or live without you for 20years because she thought you had been killed in the line duty. You didn’t have a son go to war and nearly get killed. Twice. I may not like the hold she has, but at the same time I can see her pull.”

Cedrick nodded before looking out the ceiling to floor windows and sighing. “So, you told me what Angie would say, how she would feel, but you never once mentioned what you want to do or how you feel about going,” he hinted, now looking back at Jesse with a look in his eyes that spoke volumes.

“Ced, don’t do that, c’mon man, don’t,” Jesse warned.

“I’m just saying.”

“You know damn well how I feel about it, you know what I want… But at the same time, my wife’s…” Jesse stopped talking and looked away. He didn’t need to feel to explain himself yet again! If anybody knew how Angela was, it was him. He’d witnessed it first hand when a cop was shot and killed, his wife would come in in a frantic. Once he consoled her, she could be heard in the pit fussing about how she hated this job decision. This wasn’t new news to anybody in Pine Valley!

“Think about the money! Look, you got a job here and all, but imagine how much more money you could be bringing in. What woman doesn’t like that!?”

“You’re still young, you don’t understand.”

“I think I do… Besides, if you had the money and was able to open that private practice, she would be more inclined to let you do it,” Cedrick hinted, speaking of Angie’s little dream.

“How in the hell you know about the private practice? Nobody knew about that,” Jesse fussed, staring him down. Angie spoke of her dreams of owning a private practice to him in the privacy of their own Minnesota home.

Sitting back and crossing his arms, Cedrick tilted his head back. “I know things… I even know things you don’t know, but your daughter does,” he hinted.

“What the hell is that supposed to mean?” Jesse bellowed.

“Look, just… For once, put your foot down and tell her what it’s going to be. That’s it!”

Long after meeting with Cedrick at the yacht club and later going up to check on he and Angie’s room, Ced’s words stayed on repeat in his mind. “Just what in the hell he meant by that, I know things you don’t, but your daughter does?” There wasn’t anything he didn’t know. Whatever his family knew, he knew and whatever he knew, they knew, excluding this little job opportunity. “But that’s different,” he said to himself as he pulled up to the Spa/Salon and walked in with his hand behind his back. “Hello, I’m back,” he greeted.

“She just finished up, she’s in the back changing now,” Tania said, coming from behind the front desk. “Let me tell you, she was shocked and pissed at the same time when that guy dropped off the bag.”

“I knew she would be. Tania, thank you so much for helping me out. I owe you!” He said, reaching her his card.

“Just promise to help me keep my nephew in line and we’re all good.”

Jesse nodded. “I can do that. Hey, tell him I’ll be at the game Thursday and…” Whatever else Jesse was going to say quickly died on his lips when he saw Angie sauntering down the hall looking like a million dollars. About a week ago, Jesse was going through their closet and found a dress she had not yet worn, more than likely forgot it existed. Well when Angie agreed to a relaxing weekend just the day before, he immediately knew this long lost dress was the way to go, he ran home before picking them up and dropped it off at the cleaners. “Damn,” he mumbled, lips instantly falling apart the closer she got to him. The round collar, long sleeve, knee length, blue and white patterned dress hugged every curve of her body in the way he wanted to do in that exact moment.

“Hey,” Angie greeted with a blush when she made it up to him. “You like it?”

“Ye… yea… Whew, is it hot in here or is it just me,” he said, taking deep breaths and fanning himself with his free hand. “Damn, it’s hot.” Laughing, Angie went to hug and kiss him when he pulled a bouquet of daffodils from behind him. “Distance,” he whispered with a smile, but meaning it something deadly. The way Angie was looking to him now was once again threatening the plans he had in place. “Did they treat you right?”

Looking to Tania, Angie gave her a little hug. “They treated me like a queen… Thank you, Jesse and Tania, thank you for doing all of this.”

“It’s no problem… It’s what I do.”

“Thank you, Tan… Let Jr. know I’ll be at the game. You about ready to go?”

“Yes, I am. What else you have in place for my pleasure Mr. Hubbard?” She teased, walking out the salon hand and hand.

“Oh I have a lot in place for your pleasure,” he teased right back soon helping her into the truck.

A/N: Now what in Sam Hill does Natalia know that Jesse doesn’t?? Something smells fishy here