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|All Or Nothing
Episode 140: Empire State of Mind, Part Two
An All Or Nothing Mini-Series Event
February 26, 2012
setting sun had given way to the moonlit night as they made their way into Central Park. The night air was cooler than
either one of them had anticipated, but as they made their way back to the hotel the moment felt right.
“I want to take your sister and Ethan out to dinner one night before we leave,” Sam told Ryan. “My gesture of saying
thanks for the fiftieth time since we got here,” he smiled.
“You know that you don’t need to do that,” Ryan told him.
“I know but I want to,” he smiled. “Earlier today when we were checking in your sister gave me some words of advice in
regards to our relationship.”
“Seriously?” Ryan stopped walking and looked over at Sam. “For Christ’s sake…” he sighed, “I’m sorry she did that. I can
only imagine what she said to you.”
As they came to The Pond in the park they took a seat at one of the empty park benches and both looked out over the
water. The reflections of the night skyline reflected beautifully against the still pond. Sam interlocked his fingers with Ryan’
s and recalled his conversation with Brittany.
“It was actually quite sweet,” Sam finished.
“Brittany kills me,” Ryan laughed at his sister. “You know she has given that same lecture to every guy that I have dated
“You haven’t talked to me much about your relationship with Josh other than saying that you dated a long time ago,” Sam
said in hopes of getting more information. “Did the relationship end badly?”
Ryan shook his head, “I wouldn’t say it ended badly, but it did end awkwardly I guess is a better word for it.”
“You seem like you don’t want to tell me about it.”
“No…I’ll tell you anything you want to know about…just some other time,” Ryan assured him. “I would much rather talk
about something else that doesn’t include my ex-boyfriend or my sister,” he smiled. “We’re in New York City for crying out
“Well then…I have an idea.”
“Is that a fact?” Ryan ran his hand down Sam’s leg as they both leaned in for a kiss. “What is your idea?”
“I want to take you on a carriage ride through the park and then after that…”
“After that what?” he asked playfully, glancing at him.
“We’ll go back to the hotel and see what trouble we can get ourselves into there,” Sam said with a wink as he leaned in
for a kiss.
Garrett Bradshaw,” the Justice of the Peace began the ceremony, as Natasha beamed with happiness before Nicholas.
“In the years they have been together, their love and understanding of one another has grown and matured, and now they
have decided to live their lives together as husband and wife.”
Nicholas looked at both Jodi and April before his eyes rested on his future wife. Her blonde hair was in a fishtail-braided
topknot that Savannah had fixed for her only hours earlier. Her small veil clipped into her hair was a last minute touch
added by Miranda and he thought of her beauty and her radiance.
“Who brings this woman to be married to this man?” the Justice asked as April looked to Jodi.
“My sister and I, her daughters,” Jodi answered as she gave Natasha’s hand to Nicholas and then took her place at her
mother’s side as her maid-of-honor.
“True marriage is more than joining the bonds of marriage of two persons; it is the union of two hearts,” the Justice
began to read as Nicholas and Natasha gazed into one another’s eyes. “It lives on the love you give each other and it
never grows old…”
“You and I have overcome some great obstacles together. I love you Natasha. Our relationship feels right, at least
to me it does. I hope that you feel the same way.”
“Natasha…will you marry me?” he asked.
“Nicholas…I’m going to have you repeat after me,” the Justice instructed as Natasha handed her bouquet to Jodi, took
his hand and smiled at him.
“I love you,” she mouthed to him as her eyes began to sparkle with happiness.
“I, Nicholas, take you, Natasha, to be my wife, to have and to hold from this day forward…” she recited.
Natasha smiled to herself as she anticipated finally hearing those words come from Nicholas’s mouth. She held his
hand a little tighter as he began to recite his vows.
women in one place and she couldn’t help but smile at that thought. She closed her eyes and took the moment in.
“Grandma…you look beautiful,” Emily told her as the doors opened behind her.
“Thank you baby,” Natasha smiled. “I think that’s your cue my darling,” she pointed to the open doors.
Natasha watched as Emily made her way down the white carpet lined with lit candles and pink and white flowers.
She surveyed the ballroom and everything was as she had imagined it would be. She saw the altar adorned with flowers
and awaiting her there was the man she was supposed to marry. She had prayed for a sign and had not received
one…with her daughter by her side she told herself that this felt right, nothing could stop her wedding.
“Are you ready mom?” April took her mother’s hand. “I think they’re about to start playing your song,” she smiled.
“I’m ready…” she exhaled, “I’m ready to become Mrs. Nicholas Pierce.”
Nicholas explained as she looked at him with contempt and in that moment hatred.
“Justin and I were discussing Brandi’s parole hearing right before the wedding and how her released could impact
“You’re blaming your children for your asinine mistake and absolute disregard for my feelings?”
“Of course not Natasha,” he muttered uneasily. “I would never do that and you damn well know it.”
“No actually I don’t. Because suddenly there is a long list of things that I thought you would never do that has somehow
come to pass this evening,” her voice was laced with indignation and righteous anger, as only a Texas woman could
He chose to ignore her below the belt jabs at him and pressed on with his explanation, “Justin and I were discussing
Brandi’s parole hearing…”
“Clearly you are in need of having your hearing checked Nicholas,” she stepped toward him. “Because I told you that you
are not allowed to put this embarrassing fiasco into context to fit your agenda and I do not now, nor will I anytime in the
future care to hear your explanations.”
“Because…” she searched for the words but she said nothing. “I’m very busy. I have a fashion show…”
His lips brushed against hers as she spoke…
“Warren I can’t,” she managed to break free from his hold, leaving him standing there. The look on his face broke her
heart. He looked as though someone had just kicked his puppy and Audrey knew she should walk away and as she did,
it was then that she threw caution to the wind.
She stepped back towards him and in one fluid motion; she freely gave herself to him and they could both feel the
passion of their kiss. It was something that she hadn’t felt in years and she suddenly began to crave not only his touch,
not only his kiss, but much more. As she ran her hands through his hair she fought with herself to continue or to break
“What’s the matter?” he asked now holding her hands.
Audrey shook her head, “I can’t do this. I want to,” she assured him, “but I can’t.”
“Because…” she closed her eyes and shook her head, “any other time and any other place I could, but I can’t, not tonight.
I have far too much invested and far too many things riding on this fashion show tomorrow. You practically said it
“So that’s all that it is?” Warren asked her. “Because I feel something for you Audrey,” he told her. “Call it whatever you
want to call it, but I feel it for you. And I think you feel it for me too.”
Audrey shook her head, clearly rattled by the kiss that they had just shared. She took two steps backwards and told him,
“I’ll see you in the morning.”
Warren nodded his head, “I will see you in the morning…and just so you know Audrey,” his words stopped her in her
tracks, “I don’t intend to walk away from you like I did once before.”
She closed her eyes and smiled, “Good night,” Audrey called out to him, before turning back to him. “It was a pleasure to
see you again.”
arrival and walking in.
“Natasha…” he announced his arrival and said nothing else.
Her visor veil laid on the king size bed and Natasha stood staring out the window. The suite overlooked Central Park and
from the reflection of the window she could see him standing behind her. She pressed her hand against the cool glass
and glared at him without even laying eyes on him once.
“Natasha, I don’t even know where to start.”
“Not here…don’t start here,” she warned him.
“I don’t know how to even try to explain this to you.”
“That’s good, because you shouldn’t know how to explain this to me Nicholas,” she said as she looked away from his
reflection, smirking at the notion that he would even entertain the notion that his actions were explainable.
“You do not get to put a single thing into context,” she told him. “And you certainly do not get to walk in here and try to
explain yourself,” she turned from the window and met his eye.
in her hands.
“You need to hear me out Natasha,” Nicholas continued. “Because I love you and I need you to please understand…”
The ring fell to the floor – Natasha spun around to face him and without warning her hand smacked across his face so
hard that he stumbled backwards, nearly losing his balance.
“I am Natasha Garrett Bradshaw,” she roared the anger over it all finally set in, “and no man makes a fool of me the way
you just did!”
Her hands trembled as she took a step back away from Nicholas who stood holding his face.
“You humiliated me,” her voice cracked.
“And then show your face here begging and pleading for my forgiveness,” she lectured. “You of all people in this world
Nicholas know the history between Brandi and me. I confided in you…” her voice continued to shake, “I told you things
about myself, about my relationship with Brandi that I have never told another person about.”
“I know that Natasha and that’s one of the reasons that I love you so much. We can make this work…we can work this
“No,” she shook her head. “You could have called me any other name up there tonight,” Natasha told him. “Hell you could
have called me Audrey and maybe then we could work this out,” she mocked his tone, “but you called me Brandi…” she
paused allowing the realization of his actions to sink in.
“Brandi,” she repeated. “The name of the woman who is responsible for an accident that killed my son,” her voice
“I’m sorry,” he told her in a hushed whisper. “I am so sorry…”
“You called me her name,” she repeated in a catatonic tone. “I, Nicholas, take you, Brandi…” she repeated for him, “that’s
what you said.”
Natasha turned away from him and bent down to retrieve her engagement ring.
“And if there was any humor about this situation,” she spoke softly and calmly, “it’s the notion that you think I would still
marry you after what you’ve done. You humiliated me in front of my daughters, in front of family, in front of my friends…”
she paused and held out the ring to him.
“I, Natasha, do not take you, Nicholas as my husband…” she recited to him.
“You take your ring Nicholas…and you take your pathetic, pathetic self and you get the hell out,” she ordered him.
“Because not only will I never marry you…I will never love you again and I will never, never forgive you for this,” she said
turning her back on him for the final time.
He took the ring from her hand and watched as she opened the door to her suite. Their wedding ruined…their happiness
shattered and their relationship torn to a million little piece…
the runway with Audrey.
Audrey looked over her shoulder and smiled, “Yes, Warren, I think it’s all right if we’re in here. In case you’ve forgotten,”
she pointed at the name at the beginning of the runway, “I’m the King in King Fashion.”
He nodded his head and smiled, “I suppose you do have a point,” he conceded.
“Can I ask you a question?” Warren asked.
“That depends,” Audrey told him, “is it on the record or off?”
“Completely on the record,” Warren replied. “Insiders are saying that the Brittany King Collection is being considered the
comeback collection for King Fashion.”
“That’s a statement Warren, not a question.”
“My question is this, do you consider this collection a make it or break it moment for King Fashion?”
Natasha’s eyes immediately met his and she froze in the moment as several of those in attendance gasped in
completely and absolute shock.
“I, Nicholas, take you, Natasha…” he repeated quickly as Natasha’s hand dropped from his as she slowly realized what
had just happened.
“What’s the rest of it,” he demanded in a silent, yet forceful tone. “To be my wife, to have and to hold,” he suddenly
remembered the remaining words.
Jodi and April immediately took steps toward their mother who muttered under her breath, “Oh my God,” never breaking
eye contact with him.
“Natasha…Natasha…” he pleaded with her. “Please say something,” Nicholas begged of her. “I’m so sorry.”
“Oh my God,” she said under her breath for the second time. “Oh my God, oh my God, oh my God…” she looked to
Nicholas and then to the congregation of her family, her friends, his children and then back at him.
“Natasha…I am so sorry,” he inched closer and closer to her. “Please don’t let this…”
“Get away from me,” she ordered him as their eyes met again and gone was the sparkle of happiness. They were now
cold and destroyed.
“You called me Brandi…” she whispered to him in utter disbelief. "How could you do this to me?"
“And I’m sorry. I didn’t mean it.”
“You called me Brandi…” she declared in a faint voice allowing the revelation of it to sink in. Natasha slowly inched
further away from him.
She turned away from him and her eyes met with Sabrina’s…with Felicia’s…with Miranda’s…with everyone in the room
and she slowly began to walk down alone.
She had asked God for a sign that this marriage was a mistake and now here it was. Behind her she heard the
commotion, but said nothing, did nothing…she just kept walking.
“Dad you need to go after her,” Justin ordered him. “Make her understand that this was a mistake.”
“Absolutely not,” April who stood barely over five feet tall declared, stepping in between him and her mother. “If you think
you’re going after her Nicholas, then so help you God, you’ll do it through me first.”
“April, please step aside. I need to go to your mother and explain,” he tried to reason with her. “I made a huge mistake
and I need to make her understand that.”
“The only thing that you need to do right now Nicholas,” Jodi stepped next to her sister, “is go straight to hell…” she drew
back and fired her hand across his face.
“Jodi,” Felicia scowled her niece. “That is not helping the situation at all.”
“I knew this wedding was a mistake,” Jodi told Nicholas, her glare as cold as ice. “I knew from the moment you showed
up in Dallas,” she declared. “You’re a bastard Nicholas Pierce!”
“Well that may very well be Jodi,” he seethed with frustration, “but I have a right to talk to your mother and no one in this
room is going to stop me.”
He pushed past the sisters and raced down the aisle and into the lobby where he saw Natasha boarding the elevator.
“Natasha! Natasha!” he called out to her. “Natasha please let me explain…” he begged as their eyes met yet again, just
as the elevator doors closed.
could have ever left the city for a place like River’s Edge. She spun around on her stool and surveyed the patrons to see if
there was anyone in the room that caught her attention.
“Of course,” she said underneath her breath, “nothing worth my time.”
As Warren Spencer entered the bar all he could think of was the kiss he had just shared with Audrey. Forty-plus years
later she still made him weak in the knees and he couldn’t help but to think that all of this wasn’t more than a coincides.
“Manhattan Dry,” Warren sat down at the bar as Madison made one last survey of the room.
Her eyes immediately landed on him and she polished off her drink. Madison slowly made her way down the bar and
stopped when she arrived at the empty seat next to him.
“Seat taken?” she asked in a soft, seductress voice.
Warren looked at her from head to toe and knew in the back of his mind that this girl who was barely the same age as his
daughter was complete and utter trouble.
He shook his head no and offered the seat to her.
“Thank you,” she smiled at him. “I’m Madison…”
“Warren,” he replied. “What are you drinking?”
“I’m sure whatever you’re having Warren will be perfectly fine,” Madison said with a smile and a wink.
“I saw Justin in the lobby downstairs earlier and he said you would be here,” Emily explained. “Are you going to ask me
“Sure,” he told her as she entered Miranda’s suite.
“Is your sister here?”
“She and Savannah went to see if they could find my dad,” he told her. “Do you still think you’ll be able to come to the party
tomorrow night with me – you know considering that my dad didn’t marry your grandma?”
“I don’t know for sure,” Emily told him, “I’ll have to ask my mom and see what she says. And what was your dad thinking
tonight anyway? He called my grandma your mom’s name.”
Lewis rolled his eyes. He was only fifteen years old and he knew what a cluster this whole night had been. He couldn’t
help but hear the conversation between Justin and Nicholas about Brandi’s parole hearing in the back of his mind.
“I don’t know what he was thinking,” he finally said to Emily as he sat down on the sofa and leaned forward. “How’s your
grandma? She looked pissed when she left the wedding.”
Emily shrugged her shoulders, “My mom and Aunt Jodi are with her right now I think. Have you heard anything from your
He shook his head, “Nope. Miranda just brought me up here right after everything happened and told me not leave.”
Everyone else had already left and the minutes ticked away.
“I hate to press the issue,” the Justice of the Peace said, “but it is getting late and if the wedding is going to continue I’m
more than happy to wait, but if not I should probably be going.”
Ethan looked around the room as if though he was looking for an answer to magically appear. “You know I think the
wedding will eventually happen,” he remained optimistic, “but I don’t think it will be tonight.”
“I think Ethan’s right,” Brittany chimed in. “Let me get my purse and I’ll pay you for coming out.”
Ethan watched as she walked to retrieve her purse and then began walking down the aisle to them with her checkbook
and cell phone in hand.
“It’s an out of state check so I apologize,” she explained. “But you shouldn’t have any trouble cashing it at the bank. And I
would like for you to take one of our cars home,” she offered.
“That’s not necessary Mrs. Pierce,” the Justice assured her. “I’m fine catching a cab.”
“I insist,” Brittany handed her the check, “thank you for coming out. We appreciate it.”
“Of course,” she turned to leave.
“Wait!” Ethan said in a loud voice as he turned to his wife. “I have an idea,” he smiled.
“Renew our vows,” Ethan repeated. “This is the perfect time to do it Brittany,” he told her. “Our life together is changing –
we have a baby on the way,” he smiled, “we should do this.”
“You’re serious?” she asked him as she wrapped her arms around his neck. “You never, never cease to amaze me
Ethan Pierce,” she beamed with happiness.
“So that’s a yes then?”
She shook her head, “Yes of course it is! Well that is if Eileen here is able to stay and perform the ceremony,” Brittany
looked to the Justice of the Peace.
“It would be my honor,” she smiled.
“Okay…” Brittany said breathless. “There is just one thing that I need to do before we start…I need Ryan here,” she told
Ethan who shook his head.
“Ryan?” the Justice questioned.
“That’s my brother,” Brittany explained. “Let me go call him really fast and I’ll be right back,” she smiled as she walked
into the lobby to call Ryan.
“You’re quite a lucky man Mr. Pierce,” Eileen told him as she began walking towards the front of the ballroom. “Just make
sure you say her name correctly and not do anything as stupid as your father,” she advised with a laugh.
was going, but he did know that he didn’t intend to stay in the room where he was supposed to be with his wife.
As the elevator doors closed the ringing of his cell phone caught him off guard. He looked at the caller ID and rolled his
eyes at the sight.
“What in the hell do you want Patricia?” his raged filled voice echoed in the elevator.
“Well for starters,” she spoke matter-of-factly and to the point, “for you not to speak to me in that unforgivable tone.”
“I’m in no mood tonight to deal with you Patricia,” he informed her.
“Nicholas, darling…I understand that your wedding didn’t go as you had planned and I’m very sorry about that,” she
apologized. “However, I don’t give a damn. I’m just calling to tell you that I expect my money first thing tomorrow morning.”
Nicholas shook his head at the notion of paying anything, “You know what Patricia…go screw yourself and then…go to
hell,” he said as he ended the call and the elevator doors opened to the hotel lobby.
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Fashion never went anywhere, so there’s no reason to make a comeback.”
“Now you’re just talking in riddles Audrey. You know what I mean. King Fashion was nearly destroyed three years with
Nicholas’s collection and everything since then has been…”
“Has been what?” she cautioned him.
“Mediocre,” he told her.
Audrey shook her head in disapproval, “Nothing that has ever walked the King Fashion runway has been mediocre,” she
hissed at him. “And you can quote me on that Warren Spencer.”
“I didn’t mean to offend you Audrey. I was simply making an observation based upon…”
“Upon what Warren?” she questioned.
“The facts as I see them,” he said as he began to inch closer and closer to her with every word. “You know if memory
serves me you once walked a King Fashion runway.”
Audrey cut her eyes and shook her head, “You know damn well that I've walked a King Fashion runway once or twice in
“Show me…” he said as his mind went back in time to the day they first met at the debut of Kenneth King’s first fashion
line under the King Fashion label.
“What were you thinking about just now?”
He looked into her beautiful brown eyes and smiled, “The first time that I met you. Do you remember?”
“Of course,” she slowly exhaled. “It was at the Beverly Hilton…it was daddy’s first collection and I…”
“You were the showstopper,” he finished for her. “It was where the world and I fell in love with you,” Warren confessed.
Audrey brushed her hair away from her forehead and blushed, “It was hardly where the world fell in love with me,” she
told him. “It was however, where the world fell in love with my father.”
“You are just as beautiful today as you were then,” he wrapped his arms around her midriff.
“Warren…” she resisted his advances, “I can’t…” she said as she pushed away from him.
“Grown-ups suck Emily,” he told her as she took a seat next to him on the sofa. “Grown-ups suck…”he repeated.
“What do you think we should do tonight since clearly there won’t be a wedding?” she asked him.
“Runaway,” he suggested.
“Lewis you’re silly,” she slapped his leg. “I was thinking more like watching a pay-per-view movie and ordering tons of
“Charging it to my dad’s credit card?” he laughed.
“Or we could talk about that text message you sent me earlier, before the wedding started,” she said.
He shook his head no, “I don’t want to talk about that,” he told her. “Why don’t you text your mom and tell her that you’re
here and I’ll tell Miranda our plans.”
“Okay,” she began texting, “just leave out the part about room services – let that be a surprise for your dad,” Emily smiled.
“Hey what’s going on?” he asked her.
“Oh there you are,” Brittany opened her arms for a hug. “It’s a long story, but Nicholas and Natasha’s wedding didn’t go
exactly according to plan,” she explained.
“Why? What happened?”
“Like I said it’s a long story,” she repeated. “What’s important and the reason that I called you,” she smiled, “the Justice of
the Peace was about to leave when Ethan asked if I would renew our wedding vows.”
“Tonight?” Ryan asked.
Brittany shook her head, “Yeah tonight. And I told him that I would, but I needed you here with me, so that you could walk
me down the aisle.”
“Just like the first time?” he questioned. “I would love to be here with you. Let me just call Sam really quick so that he can
come down too.”
“No…” Brittany told him. “I like Sam, I do, but I want it to be just you here with Ethan and I,” she told him as Ethan and the
Justice of the Peace appeared in the doorway of the ballroom.
“Are we good to go Brittany?” Ethan questioned.
She shook her head and introduced Ryan to the Justice of the Peace, “Eileen this is my brother Ryan O’Keefe.”
“Pleasure to meet you,” he extended his hand. “This was quite the last minute event,” Ryan laughed.
Eileen looked at the three of them and gestured toward the altar, “Shall we get started?”
Ethan took Brittany’s hand and smiled over at Ryan, “I think we’re ready,” he said.
“We are gathered here tonight in the site of God and family,” the Justice of the Peace began, “so that Ethan and Brittany
can reaffirm their love...” she recited as the doors of the ballroom burst open.
said that everyone had left,” he continued to explain. “April left her purse…”
“Josh?” Ryan stood up and turned around to see him standing there.
Josh closed his eyes and shook his head, “You’ll are renewing your wedding vows and I totally just barged in like a bat
out of hell…I am so sorry.”
Brittany looked over at Ryan who acted as though he wanted to say something, but held back and it was clear to her that
he was holding back for her sake.
“Why don’t you stay Josh,” Brittany announced. “We should probably have two witnesses anyway,” she conceded.
He took an abrupt step forwards and finally spoke, “I didn’t mean to interrupt Brittany. I’m sorry…I can go.”
“I asked you to stay,” she repeated. “Please join us.”
As Josh took a seat next to Ryan, the Justice of the Peace continued, “We are gathered here tonight in the site of God and
family,” she repeated, “so that Ethan and Brittany can reaffirm their love to one another.”
that there was a time in my life when you weren’t part of it. The truth of the matter is that before you came into my life I was
lost. You found me and you have made me a better man for loving me and allowing me to love you. I look forward to the
life that we’re continuing to build,” he smiled, “and recommit myself to you here and now – for better or for worse, for rich
or poorer, in sickness and in health and forsaking all others, until death do we part,” he recited their original wedding
She kissed his hand as Eileen looked to her for her renewal vows. Josh and Ryan sat side by side, their hands slightly
grazing one another’s as Brittany began her vows.
“Ethan…I too adore you,” she told him. “Perhaps more than I even should admit, but I can’t help it, I love you so, so much.
And you say that I’ve found you when you were lost…well my darling you saved me when I needed to be saved. You
restored my faith in love and in marriage when it had previously been destroyed,” she smiled. “And the wonderful thing
about our relationship is that you love me unconditionally, with complete trust and without question. You are truly the
greatest man that I have ever known, because you put up with my insecurities, with my quirks, my habits and with me.
And tonight I recommit myself to you and to our relationship – for better or for worse, for rich or poorer, in sickness and in
health and forsaking all others, until death do we part.”
“By the power invested in my by the state of New York, I know pronounce you husband and wife – again. You may kiss the
bride,” Eileen declared as Ethan kissed Brittany.
running for a few minutes when she finally leaned forward and filled her hands with some mildly cool water.
She had sent Jodi and April away, telling them that she would be fine and ordering them to leave her alone for the night.
As she splashed the water against her face she suddenly felt calm, refreshing feeling come over her body.
After drying her face with one of the hand towels and wrapping herself in a white terry cloth bathrobe she went into the
bedroom of her suite and called the front desk.
“Yes…hello…” she said in a hushed tone, “this is Natasha Garrett…would it be possible to arrange for a car within the
hour?” she questioned.
“Going where?” she repeated as she looked across the room for her luggage, “JFK…” she answered, “I’m leaving New
Ethan and Brittany had just left followed quickly by the Justice of the Peace. The candles were burning low and a few of
them had even burnt completely out.
“Your sister seemed happy,” Josh continued. “I was completely shocked that she asked me to stay,” he admitted.
Brittany up there,” he gestured towards the altar.
“I didn’t know what to think,” Josh admits. “Especially after everything that has happened tonight.”
“Yeah what happened with Nicholas and Natasha’s wedding anyway? Brittany said that it was a long story and never
really told me anything else.”
“Oh God,” Josh shook his head as he recalled what had transpired. “It was a disaster of epic proportions.”
“Really? Was it that bad Joshua? Because you know you have a habit of over dramatizing things.”
Josh glared at him, “Nicholas said and I quote, I Nicholas, take you, Brandi…not Natasha,” he paused and repeated, “but
“I’m not even sure what to say about that,” Ryan laughed.
“Well it’s not funny,” Josh scolded him. “Natasha is devastated,” he said. “Anyway…I should probably get back upstairs
and see if April needs help with anything.”
“So you came with April?”
Josh shook his head, “Yeah. I know you weren’t expecting me to be here were you?”
“No I wasn’t,” Ryan admitted to him.
“Ian had a last minute schedule conflict and wasn’t able to come so she asked me,” Josh explained as they made their
way closer to the door.
“Are you feeling okay?”
Josh nodded his head and said with easy defiance, “Nope! I am not thinking, talking or worrying about the cancer this
week. I’m in New York City on vacation and I’ll worry about all that when I get home,” he smiled.
“Spitting in the face of cancer I see,” Ryan teased.
Josh slowly nodded his head and locked eyes with Ryan, as another candle burned out, “Something like that yeah,” he
“Well…I should…probably…” Ryan stuttered as he inched closer to Josh and without a second thought he moved
forward their lips met.
Josh was shocked at his own eager response to the touch of Ryan’s kiss that he dropped April’s purse to the floor and
grabbed Ryan’s head, running his fingers through his hair, bringing him closer to him…as Sam stood in the doorway of
the ballroom watching speechless.
couldn’t help but think of her father…his legacy…her children…their legacy and most of all she couldn’t help but think that
Nicholas had in fact married another woman – she had lost him once again.
She was lost in her own thoughts that when Nicholas threw open the ballroom doors she nearly jumped out of her skin
“Oh my God!” she gasped. “Nicholas…you nearly gave me a heart attack,” Audrey told him. “What are you doing here?”
Nicholas looked around the room – the runway was set, the chairs were in place and the only thing that was missing
was Audrey and Brittany’s collection walking the runway.
“I came to make sure everything was ready for tomorrow,” he explained with little emotion in his voice or on his face.
“What are you doing here?”
“The same,” she told him. “Why aren’t you with Natasha?”
He moved across the room to where Audrey stood, with only inches separating her lied to her, “Natasha called off the
wedding tonight. We didn’t get married.”
“What?” she questioned. “I don’t understand, why would she do such a thing?”
“Does it really matter if you understand or not?” he asked as he put his hand on the small of Audrey’s back and pulled
her closer to him.
Her heart jolted and her pulse pounded as she managed to ask, “What are you doing?”
As his hand moved up her back and as he pulled her even closer to him, he leaned in to kiss her and whispered, “Isn’t it
“I want to hear you say it,” Audrey was breathless as she spoke.
Their lips met and between kisses he replied, “What I should have done years ago.”
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