Friday, February 28, 2014
Thursday, February 27, 2014
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Last week, we saw the finale of Kai & Renee's Hamlet movie night, and got to meet Vicky's mom.
This week I'm doing something a little different. I know, since the beginning, a lot of you have been clamoring to see how Jon and Kai reconnected.
So this week, we'll step back from the "current events" into a flashback episode set four years ago, in 1996.
This episode is also a little different, since it encompasses the span of a week instead of a single day, but I decided this was the best way to handle it.
In this episode, we'll see how Jon and Vicky first got to know each other, as well as Jon and Kai's first reunion after twelve years apart. I hope it'll give you some interesting insight into the characters, especially Kai, and their relationships to each other.
I will have another flashback episode that picks up shortly after this one leaves off, on Kai's 18th birthday, but I'm not sure yet when I'll be sharing that one.
As always, I value your feedback! Let me know what you think of seeing teenage Kai :).
Next week is a really important day for Kai and Re, and though it's long enough to split into two episodes, I haven't decided if I'll divide them up into two week installments or post them all together yet. We'll see!
Oh, and the Table of Contents has been updated, as usual.
Monday, February 24, 2014
Ariana put her arms around his neck and glanced at the two women who looked away embarrassed. Jason had no clue what had brought on the sudden seating on his lap, “What is it?”
Jason was surprised, “What are you talking about?”
“These chicks over there…” She looked in the direction of the two women.
Jason glanced around Ariana, “Those two women?”
“You are just imagining that.”
Ariana moved her head back looking him straight in the eyes, “Ah no, I am not.” She paused then added, “You don’t even realize how women check you out. I am really surprised you don’t have a girlfriend. I bet just in here, there are at least 5 women that would take you home in a heartbeat.”
She looked around the foyer. Jason looked around but couldn’t imagine who she was talking about and he felt she was maybe exaggerating.
He said, “Well, I could say the same about you. Guys check you out a whole lot.” Ariana just smiled.
Darryl was glad to see Jason feeling better again, “Do you think you can work tonight?”
Sunday, February 23, 2014
It was quiet in the trailer park when Jason wheeled along the narrow paved drive way toward their trailer. As he approached he saw there was still light on inside and he knew his dad had probably stayed up because of him. He wheeled up the ramp and just as he pulled his key out to unlock the door his dad opened, “Hey son.”
“Dad, you’re still up?”
He wheeled by his dad who closed and locked the door. In the kitchen Jason spun around and looked at his dad.
Darryl looked tired, “Yeah, I wanted to stay up to make sure you get home all right. It is almost 1 o’clock.”
Jason smiled, “Dad, it’s 12:30...and I am an adult. I am o.k.”
His dad sat down on a chair at the kitchen table, “I know Jay, but you know what I am talking about.”
Jason looked down, and then up at his dad with a nod, “I know.”
Saturday, February 22, 2014
This chapter has been bugging me a little, I have thought about rearranging it all and just taking stuff out but then again I want to have a realistic time line in Jason's and Ariana's interaction and I don't want to just jump from one meeting to the next and leave everything in between to everyone's imagination. I know you want to see them together and I won't leave you hanging too much longer! Thanks for reading!
Darryl nodded at Jason, “I am glad you are back. What’s this?” He glanced at the brown bag on Jason’s lap.
Jason answered lowly, “The rest of a six pack…”
“Are you able to go to work?”
Jason shook his head, and his dad added, “You have to call them.”
Jason nodded, he felt light headed.
Friday, February 21, 2014
Thursday Jason finally made his way out of bed in the morning. He did his bowel program, showered long and hot and finally felt refreshed after he was dressed, shaved and hair brushed. He sat in his chair looking in the mirror and tried to imagine himself without the wheelchair. He put his hands on the sink cabinet and for the hundredths time he pulled his body over a little, let his feet slip off the foot rest, adjusted them on the floor and then tried to push himself up on the vanity with all his strength. His arms were shaking; his eyes focused down on his legs and feet as he was breathing heavy and tried with full force to push himself up on his legs. Nothing happened, he didn’t succeed and once his arms gave in, he plopped back into his chair and with a fist he hit the counter and a curse came over his lips, “Fuck!”
Thursday, February 20, 2014
She smiled at him, “Hey! I am glad you made it.”
Jason nodded and said a bit unsure, “Yeah, I am here.”
Her words came out hesitantly, “I know…it was a surprise for you. I hope you are o.k. with this. I want to be your escort for tonight.”
She lowered her eyes, “Yes and I hope I am to your liking.”
Jason shook his head with a smile, “Very much!”
Wednesday, February 19, 2014
In this chapter Jason and Ariana spent the rest of their night at the Venetian. It is a chapter about being together, enjoying each others company, having some more serious talks and longing to have much more of each other....Enjoy!
Tuesday, February 18, 2014
Monday, February 17, 2014
Ariana had ordered a brunch for room service at 11 o’clock and woke up from the knock on the door. She jumped out of bed. Jason shifted on his side of the bed. He blinked at her opening the door and saw a hotel employee bringing in the rolling tray with the food and beverages on it. He opened his eyes blinking into the room and watching Ariana hand the employee a tip and thanking him.
Sunday, February 16, 2014
In this chapter Jason finds out some bad news and also gets to know Britt a lot better. Enjoy!
Saturday, February 15, 2014
“No, Jason….don’t hang up on me please!”
He sat motionless at his desk, his head set on his ears but he stayed silent.
Ariana started, “Jason, I miss you.”
He could hear Ariana’s voice sounded slurry and she probably had been drinking.
When he didn’t reply she added, “Why are you not talking to me?”
He couldn’t stop his breathing quicken and even falling into a cough attack as he felt his lungs tighten.
Ariana asked, “Jason, are you sick?”
“No.” That is all he brought over his lips as he tried to get his cough under control.
“Jason, I want to be with you and I wish you could do this with me. I give you anything you want.”
Friday, February 14, 2014
Thursday, February 13, 2014
Wednesday, February 12, 2014
Last week had a couple of big revelations for both Kai and Renee and Jon and Vicky, and I'm really glad you guys enjoyed the double episode.
This week is the first of a two-parter featuring mostly Kai and Renee on their "second" official date together, to watch Hamlet movies.
I'll be back next week with part II. As always, I look forward to your comments and I'm really happy you are enjoying the way Season Two is going so far. :)
The Table of Contents has also been updated.
See you next week!
Tuesday, February 11, 2014
She leaned over him and said softly, “I love you!”
Jason took Ariana’s hand squeezing it, then holding it next to his body on the bed. She sat down on the chair next to the bed and asked, “I guess your dad wasn’t here yet today?”
Jason slowly moved his head from side to side at the question.
Ariana felt his warm fingers around her hand and looked at their two locked hands on the bed, then back over at Jason, who still had his eyes on her, “How are you Jason?”
She saw him nod slightly. Pulling the chair closer she asked him, “Are you still dealing with spasms?” He shook his head again.
Monday, February 10, 2014
Jason sat somewhat upright in his bed and he listened to the doctor telling him how everything looked good on all his lab work and that they would get him off the feeding tube the next day.
Jason didn’t like hearing this time frame at all and he was disappointed.
Dr. Shumar sensed his emotion and added in a serious tone, “Jason, we almost lost you and your body needs time to recover and get strong again. I understand that you want to get out of here soon but I won’t let you go until I feel you are ready. I want to make sure there will be no relapse and I can’t let you leave here with a good conscience if I am not certain you are all the way well.”
Sunday, February 9, 2014
Saturday, February 8, 2014
During the night Jason didn’t sleep well. He was uncomfortable just lying on his back but he couldn’t turn over with the catheter tubing and the sticky sensors on his chest still attached to him. Ariana’s idea of moving in with him and Darryl was also on his mind and as much as he tried to like the idea, it terrified him at the same time. Not getting enough sleep during the night possibly triggered the increase in blood pressure and he tried to relax to not have a set-back and pushing off his move to a regular room. He really wanted to move out of ICU on Saturday.
Friday, February 7, 2014
“You will be moved to the Progressive Care Unit during the morning and I will come over there in the afternoon to see how you are doing. Do you think you can do it?”
“Yeah, I am ready.”
Jill smiled, “He has been ready for days.”
Jason smiled at her sleepily. Dr. Shumar signed some papers and then turned to Jason, “Jason, the attending physician over there is Dr. Chapman. He will also see your transfer and be in charge of you over there. I will still come by later to check on you. Take it easy o.k.!”
Jason nodded, “Thanks doc.”
Jill adjusted Jason’s sheet, which was hanging somewhat low over the side, “Are you excited?”
He replied with a grin, “I want to jump for joy.”
Jill looked up at him with a smile, “Joking already. I think there is a really sassy guy in there.”
She put her finger on his chest and poked him softly. Then she fluffed his pillow a little and said, “I am going to check your vitals once more and then it’s Good Bye, my friend. I am going home in about 30 minutes.”
Jason pushed his head rest up a little with the remote and sat up some, “That sounds so final.”
Jill smiled, “I will try to come by over at PCU to see you. Cara will be in shortly. We will miss you here but we are happy you are moving on, Jason. I really don’t want to see you in here anymore.”
She laughed a little, “Seriously though, take care of yourself Jason and I hope you will get to go home soon. It was nice meeting you and a pleasure making you better.”
Jason smiled, “Thanks for everything, everyone was really great here. You have a good team here.”
She moved over a bit, “Thanks. Can I give you a hug?”
Jill leaned down and they hugged.
She then turned away quickly, “Bye Jason! Get well soon and Best wishes for you.”
She was already at the door and Jason looked after her leaving out his room.
This episode will mark a bit of a break for me from Cambridge Connections. I've already written up to Chapter 22, and I have a map of the whole story (don't worry), but I feel like I need a bit of time to re-write and re-work them so that it fits together a bit more nicely for you.
So I hope Chapter Seventeen will keep you going for a while. As ever, your thoughts are very welcome, and very helpful.
Keep an eye out for more, thank you for your support and kind comments so far, and I hope I won't be away for too long. Here's the updated Table of Contents too.
Bye for now,
Thursday, February 6, 2014
Just as Ariana leaned down to kiss him she caught a glimpse of a sudden movement under his sheets, “What is going on with you?”
Jason shrugged his shoulders lightly, “Spasms ...I don’t know why…”
Ariana sat on the edge of the bed and took his hand into hers, “Does your nurse know you are having spasms?”
“It just started about half an hour ago.”
Ariana stroked strands of hair from his forehead, “You should call the nurse.”
“I think it will be all right, maybe they will go away on their own without meds.”
Jason sounded frustrated and she stroked his cheek knowing he needed cheering up, “You will get well and you will get home soon, baby. I am sure of it. Until then I am here for you.”
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Wednesday, February 5, 2014
Jason finally gets to leave his bed for the first time after a couple of weeks and he is moving right along hoping for a discharge very soon. Another message to Britt and some serious conversations between Ariana, Jason and Darryl take place.
Tuesday, February 4, 2014
Darren released his embrace but left his hands on Ariana’s upper arms, “You look beautiful.”
Beth smiled and put her arm around Ariana, “Come have a seat.”
Darren turned to her from the coffee maker, “You want some coffee, honey?”
Ariana took the paper and realized it was a check written out to her for over two thousand dollars.
She was awe struck and looked up at Darren and Beth, who said softly with a smile, “Connor Ridgeway really enjoyed the night with you Ariana. He called here yesterday and told us how much he enjoyed your service and that he would recommend our service to anyone interested.”
Ariana was surprised, “Wow, it was like $ 1500 charge for the service…”
Darren nodded, “Well, he wanted to make sure we will give you his generous tip, he actually called here after he made the payment to let us know. I calculated it out, subtracted our percentage and this is what is left for you.”
“Well, it is all right as long as we know you are o.k. I know business has been good for you and we have all happy clients. Ariana we are so happy to have you with us.”
She smiled, “I have been very fortunate to work for you and Beth.”
Beth leaned her head sideways a bit, “So what is going on in your life?”
“Well, I have been really occupied with my boyfriend and being there for him. He is still in the hospital and I go to see him every day.”
Beth nodded, “How is he?”
“He is getting better, we hope he will get discharged by this weekend.”
Darren nodded and then said lowly, “Ariana, are you sure about all of that with him?”
Ariana nodded now, “Yes, very sure. I also wanted to talk to you guys about my job.”
Darren sighed and put his hand on his chin, his elbow resting on the lounge chair armrest, “Please don’t tell us you are going to quit.”
Ariana nodded, “I do, very much.”
Darren smiled, “I hope we can meet him sometime.”
“I will bring him by when he is well again. He has been very sick.”
Darren turned serious, “So, are you going to try to get away from escort all the way then?”
Ariana shrugged her shoulders, “I don’t know yet, there is a lot on my mind lately so for right now I want to stay with you guys if you let me, just no overnights anymore.”
Darren smiled and got up to sit next to Ariana as well, putting his arm around her, “Anything you need, let us know. I really want to meet Jason sometime; he must be a special guy.”
Ariana smiled and nodded, “He is.”
He didn’t finish as Ariana pressed her pointing finger on his lips and shook her head, “Pssssttt!”
She then whispered with a smile, “I didn’t put lipstick on yet so I can kiss you.”
He still felt somewhat insecure so close to her at the moment, she seemed like a different woman to him when she really wasn’t.
Ariana smiled at him still, “You look good baby…I missed you.”
Jason put his hand on her waist and smiled, “You look…like from another planet…”
Ariana laughed softly, “What does that mean?”
Jason looked down shyly and then back up at her, “Just unbelievable. I am without words.”
He let his hand glide softly over her cheek, “Ariana, you are so beautiful.”
Jason looked at her seriously, still holding her close to him, not giving her much wiggle room and commanded, “Why am I the only guy for you? Tell me!”
“Hopefully on Friday.” He let her sit back down on the edge of his bed and Ariana said lowly, looking down on their hands, “I don’t do overnights anymore Jason…at the escort service….”
Ariana looked up at him with shiny eyes, “I had a last one the other night and I am done now. I talked to Darren and Beth. They understand.”
Jason shifted again in his bed and asked tensely, “The guy didn’t hurt you or anything, did he?”
Ariana shook her head some more, “No, not at all Jason…He was very nice about it and very compassionate. He wanted to know about you and he said he may be able help us out with jobs and stuff.”
Jason was caught off guard now, “What the….?”
Ariana sighed and said lowly, “Jason…listen! He is a wealthy business man and his company is going to open an office here in Vegas. They are in real estate, brokers. He lives in LA.”
Jason watched her silently and Ariana continued, “Maybe I can get on with them or something.”
Ariana said softly, “Well, like for us to move back to Northern Cali again, helping us find a place.”
Jason didn’t really know what to say about this but he was surprised to hear Ariana talk about moving back to Northern California, apparently he being part of her plans.
His dark eyes moved up slowly meeting her emerald eyes fixed on him. Her red hair framed her face like fire, “Jason, you and me, that’s how it is and that’s how it’s going to be for a long time. I love you more than anyone and anything and I will figure out a way for me to get out of escorting but until the day I get out of it, I need you to be strong and never forget how much I love you, Jason. You are all I want and all I need, the way you are is the way I want it to be and there is nothing else. We were meant to be together. I can’t believe I thought it would not be an issue and the way I came into this would be no problem…Gosh, I was so freaking wrong Jason. I don’t want to be without you in my life again, never. You are my life and I want strings attached!”
He held her close to him and they were quiet and felt so much love for each other.
Jason just nodded.
The doctor looked over Jason’s records, “Well, it looks like your vitals have been stable and I see you got out of your bed two days ago and all that went well too.”
He then looked over to the wheelchair standing over by the window and said, “You’re ready to get mobile again with your ride over there?”
“Yes, very much.”
Dr. Chapman smiled, “Well, I think you are just about ready for discharge. How does Friday sound to you?”
Dr. Chapman continued, “Well, the only thing is your eating. You have to put on some weight and should really try to eat a little more. I want to see you get some more food inside before Friday and we will keep an eye on that. How about catherization?”
Jason felt awkward to talk about catherization in front of three other people besides Dr. Chapman and thought for a moment, “Yeah, I’m ready to go back to intermittent.”
“So you think you will be o.k. with that again?”
“I want you to stay hydrated, eat enough and we can probably remove the catheter as well and let you get back to intermittent. Do you feel you have enough strength?”
Dr. Chapman smiled, “I knew you would say that. I will be back tomorrow on my rounds.”
He then turned to Nurse Rose, “I will put in all the orders for Jason and maybe we can get him in his wheelchair today so he can get used to being mobile again.”
Rose nodded, “Yes, of course doctor.”
Rose patted Jason’s arm softly, “I will wait for Dr. Chapman to enter the orders. I will also have the CNA’s come for you and we will get you in your chair today if you want.”
Jason nodded, “Yeah, I can’t wait. Maybe I can be out of my bed before my girlfriend gets here today. I want to surprise her.”
Rose nodded with a smile, “I think we can arrange that. When will she be here?”
He didn’t really know when Ariana was planning on coming and he would have to text her, “I am not sure and I will let you know as soon as I know.”
Rose smiled, “O.k.”
Jason replied, “Thanks!”
Michael came up to the bed, “You been sleeping?”
Jason nodded and shifted a little. Michael lifted the lid on the breakfast plate and said at the same time, “Did you eat?”
When he saw the plate he added, “Good, looks like you got some bites down.”
Jason nodded and just looked over at Michael. Michael then pushed the table out of the way and said to Jason, “Your nurse will come in here in a bit, she is with another patient right now but she has the orders from Dr. Chapman getting you off the catheter. Are you ready?”
Jason nodded, “Hell yeah!”
Michael laughed a little, “Well, once she is done with that, I will come back in and get you into the bathroom for a shower again and all of that. We have to get you moving again so you can get out on Friday! I know you want to get in your chair today, right?”
Jason asked looking around in the room, “Mike, do you know if I have any other clothes here, like another T-Shirt and sweats or something?”
Michael replied, “I can check if we have some clothes for you. Maybe your dad brought some.”
“That would be great. I don’t want to be half naked when my girlfriend comes today and I am in my chair. I want to surprise her. I don’t want to be in the bed when she gets here.”
Michael smiled, “Understandable! I see what I can find for you.”
Michael left again, “I will be back in a little while.”
Ariana looked in the mirror for a moment, meeting Dillon’s eyes, “I really like it; I think it is a nice car, not too big, not too small.”
Dillon added, “You are right about that; this model is a nice medium size car. Are you still going to get it modified?”
Ariana nodded, “Yes, not yet though. I want my boyfriend to be able to make that decision with me.”
Dillon remembered Ariana telling him about her disabled boyfriend the first time she was there and he still didn’t really understand how such a women could be with a disabled man but he held his thoughts in and nodded, “That is probably a good idea.”
Ariana smiled in agreement and eventually they pulled back onto the car lot and Ariana smiled over at Dillon, “I think I will take it.”
Rose smiled at him, “Be glad I didn’t pick the pink tape.”
Once she was done she came back over to the bed and looked at Jason, “Michael will come back in now and he will help you in the bathroom and get you dressed again and into your chair, o.k. honey?”
Jason nodded and said softly, “Rose, thanks!”
She made a gesture with her hand, “It was nothing, no problem, hon! I will be back after Michael.”
“Maybe you should lie down in the bed again.”
“I want to surprise my girlfriend today being back in my wheelchair when she gets here.”
Michael laughed, “Oh, I see what’s going on. Yeah, well you should get some rest and then you can get in the chair in a little while. Push the button for me if you need help for the transfer.”
Jason nodded, “I think I will be o.k. Thanks Mike!”
“You are welcome; get some rest now, o.k.!”