Evangeline couldn’t breath. The room was swimming as
she hurried to the restroom.
Did he know? She had made sure to be extra careful,
made sure she was never followed, she was sacrificing
a man she cared about deeply to do this. What was this
anyway? A chance to make herself feel better about her
own poor judgment in partners, or maybe it was just
another way for her to win, her need to always come
out on top.
Oh God, what am I doing? Sitting there with RJ had
made her uncomfortable, but the way he had looked at
her tonight, the way he said everything had just sent
chills up her spine. It was something she saw in his
eyes, something had changed. Before he had looked at
her lovingly, he seemed almost sorry for how things
had ended. But tonight was different, tonight the
caring tenderness had been replaced with something
darker, something that scared her, the little feeling
that had been there before was all gone. And when she
looked at him now, all the feeling was gone. All she
wanted to be somewhere else…with John. Oh, my God,
John. The way he had looked at her tonight, she had
died inside. The last thing she wanted was to hurt
him, she…loved him.
“Wow, there” she hadn’t been looking where she was
“Nora, I’m sorry…I-”
“Evangeline, what’s wrong you don’t look so good,”
“I’m fine I just,…” The two women had barely seen each
other the last couple of weeks.
Evangeline had made a point to avoid her. How was she
going to explain what was going on, that she was doing
this to RJ, someone Nora cared about.
“I’ve been meaning to call, things have just
“Are you sure your ok, you seem a little out of it, I
should get John.”
“No! I mean it’s alright, I’m just a little flushed,
tonight is something else.”
“Yea…it is,” she didn’t seem convinced, “are you
“Sure, I’ll be fine.” She managed to compose herself.
“Well, make sure you stop by and say hi, Daniel’s been
asking about you,” she giggled finally.
The two women hugged before Evangeline was finally
free to escape to the restroom. The moment she walked
in the first thing she did was check to make sure the
place was empty before she retreated to the sink. She
stared in the mirror, everything seemed so normal on
the surface but inside she was wreck. Evangeline
heard the door swing open as she bent over the sink.
“Evangeline…” she looked up with a start at the man
standing behind her,
He was suddenly next to her as his hand traced a path
down the side of her face, “what did he do?”
“Nothing…it’s just, RJ he’s…”
“That’s it; I’m pulling the plug on this thing.”
His eyes were still angry, but she could see the
The words left her mouth instantly,
“I have to finish this just tonight that’s it. He
trusts me now; this might be our last chance. Please…”
It wasn’t what she wanted but it would have to do, it
was now or never. Stupid, stupid, stupid, stubborn
“You don’t have to prove anything.” his voice lowered,
“not to me.”
“I know…just tonight and that’s it, promise.”
John buried his hands in a mass of her thick hair as
“There’s no fighting you is there.”
“I figured you would have learned by now…,” she put on
her best game face.
“What can I say?”
His breath was on her cheek,
“I’m a slow learner.”
His lips were soft as he tasted her; he had missed
this so much, feeling her melt like this, beneath him.
Evangeline parted her mouth as the kiss got deeper,
betraying how much she wanted to be with him. Her long
arms had snaked behind his neck, as John had pulled
her closer. The feel of his hands on her bare skin
weakened her will, all she wanted him was John, here,
right now. She closed her eyes, running her fingers
through his long hair as his arms supported her. He
tasted good, no he tasted amazing. She wanted to feel
him inside her, to be part of him. Touching him seemed
so right, being there in that place brought memories
back memories of the basement. It shocked her to think
she had managed to go without him for so long.
They broke away instantly, behind them Shannon McBain
stood waving at the door.
“Shannon, hi,” Evangeline made an attempt to look
“Hey, um…why don’t you two just get a room already?”
John shot her a look before his eyes returned to
“I should go, RJ will be wondering where I got to.”
She stole a look at John before she made a swift exit
from the ladies room.
Shannon grinned from ear to ear as she held the door
open for her cousin.
“Don’t say a word,” said John.
“What?” she shrugged playfully as she watched him walk
“Just cool it RJ, nobody’s accusing you of anything,”
Antonio and RJ stood face to face as Sonya and
Lindsey watched on in amusement.
“I dunno about you detective, but as an upstanding
citizen I would like to think I can go out and
socialize without any harassment from our local law
“What’s going on?” Evangeline took in the site of RJ
an Antonio, the tension was unbearable.
“I just asked him a few questions about the body we
discovered at the quarry.”
“No detective, you practically accused me of killing
that man in cold blood.” he spat.
“Well…did you?” Evangeline saw RJ clench his fists.
“Don’t push me Vega,” he hissed.
“Causing trouble again, Gannon?” Evangeline felt John
lightly brush against her as he walked up to the two
“Lieutenant, I should’ve known you wouldn’t be far
behind. Funny how you seem to pop up everywhere my
woman and I are,”
Evangeline watched RJ walk up to her before his arm
circled her waist. She didn’t miss the look John gave
“You know Lieutenant, given your history with
Evangeline one would be inclined to believe this was a
personal vendetta against an upstanding member of
“RJ maybe we should leave, “she needed to get some
damage control, before this things spilled out of
“Maybe we should, “he smiled down at her, “the night
is still young, why waste it here.”
“Goodnight,” Evangeline sighed apologetically avoiding
John’s stare as they left.