"Are you going to help Mac take the bags to the car?"
Janice asked her husband as she placed the breakfast
dishes in the dishwasher.
"Yep. I'm going to give them a few more minutes to
make sure that they have everything packed." Robert
looked the kitchen window at the heavily falling snow
and remarked, "But they really should get on their way
soon. The weather will be awful for driving."
Turning on the dishwasher, Janice assumed her most
nonchalant tone of voice to suggest, "Maybe you can
talk them into staying a bit longer, or at least until
after the storm passes." She knew that initially
she'd given Mac a hard time but during the last 48
hours she and Robert had sincerely enjoyed Mac and
Dara's company, and she secretly hoped the snowstorm
would force them to delay their departure.
Moving behind Janice, Robert snaked his arms around
his wife's waist and kissed her on the cheek. He knew
that he pride would prevent her from coming straight
out and saying that she didn't want Mac and Dara to
leave yet so he voiced her feelings for both of them,
"I would love for them to stay another day also but I
think that Mac has plans for Dara that don't include
having you or me in the room down the hall." Robert
laughed out loud when Janice's jaw dropped upon
hearing his knowing comment. "And short of an
avalanche I don't think anything will make Mac and
Dara stay another night. Don't worry. Port Charles
isn't that far away, so let plan on visiting them
there soon, O.K.?"
Hearing the guests come down the stairs, Janice and
Robert quickly left the kitchen and meet Mac and Dara
in the foyer. The couple had already donned their
winter coats and boots and since they were traveling
with only 2 small suitcases they'd brought the luggage
downstairs without any assistance.
"You know," Janice said as she hugged her friend, "we
did get a lot of time to talk, just the two of us.
You give me a call as soon as you get back to Port
Charles and we can have some time for just girl talk,"
and Dara agreed.
"We've really enjoyed ourselves this weekend," Mac
told Robert, shaking his hand. "You're must visit
Port Charles soon and let Dara and me return your
wonderful hospitality." Mac then looked at Janice and
throwing caution to the wind he quickly embraced her.
"Goodbye Janice. It was nice finally meeting you."
"Goodbye Mac. Take care of Dara." Janice's parting
words whispered to Mac were tinged with a slight
warning tone. She had no doubt that Mac cared for
Dara but she wasn't completely convinced Mac was the
right person for her friend. She fervently wanted Mac
would prove her wrong because Dara seemed genuinely
happy with Mac and she hoped that it would always be
that way. After a few more final hugs and waves of
goodbye, Mac and Dara departed.
The drive from Buffalo to Union Springs normally would
take 3 hours, but Mac slowed his driving speed
considerably due to the hazardous driving weather.
The conditions were almost blizzard-like and despite
the best efforts of the road cleaning crews, the
highways were covered with a minimum of 3 inches of
snow due to the heavily falling precipitation. About
20 miles outside of Union Springs Mac steered the SUV
onto a two lane road. An approaching Honda Civic
driving far too fast for the road conditions spun out
of control and crossed into the lane of Mac's SUV,
veering directly towards the SUV. Telling Dara to
brace herself, Mac maneuvered the SUV out of the
Civic's path but in the process of avoiding the Civic,
the SUV plowed onto the shoulder of the road and
eventually skidded into a fence post. The large
amount of snow on the ground actually cushioned the
SUV's impact. Shaken and unnerved, Mac and Dara
sustained no injuries from the accident and though the
SUV's right fender and headlight were damaged, it was
still drivable. They alighted from the SUV and
immediately walked several yards to the Honda Civic.
Mac surmised that the driver of the car, Donald Bender
from North Carolina, probably had a cracked or broken
rib but on the whole he was fine, considering that the
Civic was totaled after it ran into a tree. They
helped him to the SUV and Mac used his cellphone to
contact the Union Springs police. After dropping
Bender off at the local hospital and completing a
police report of the accident, the couple was almost
ready to continued to Mac's cabin.
"Do you have anyone you need to call Dara? There
isn't a telephone at the cabin and the cellular
service in the area is almost non-existent," Mac
explained. When Dara replied there was no one she
needed to contact, Mac used the speed-dial function on
the phone to call Port Charles. Luck was with Mac in
this instance; he'd hoped Felicia would not answer the
phone and was rewarded when he heard Robin say hello.
To his chagrin, Maxie and Georgie were not at home and
Mac asked Robin to give them his love. He briefly
mentioned the mishap on the road and that he planned
to be back in Port Charles tomorrow night, weather
permitting. It saddened Mac to hear the somewhat
surly responses from Robin, who was no doubt still
angry he was not spending more time with her, and Mac
promised to spend as much time as he could with her
before she returned to France in a few days. Noting
that it was becoming dark and anxious to arrive at the
cabin, Mac ended the call and proceeded to drive the
last few miles to their destination for the night.
"It's a shame we're arriving after dark," Mac
commented as they drove along the unlit snow covered
roads. "You can't see it from here in the dark but
Lake Cayuga is less than 50 yards from the road.
We'll be able to see it together tomorrow morning
right from the window of the cabin."
The quiet and serene atmosphere of the area was
apparent, even in the dead of winter. "It is really
peaceful and secluded up here," Dara noted, folding
her arms and rubbing them from shoulders to elbows.
"The forests and hills must be beautiful in the
spring, summer, and fall. You don't come up here
often, do you?"
Mac admitted, "Not nearly as often as I would like. I
bought the cabin shortly after coming to Port Charles
because the area reminded me of some of the more
remote locations in Australia. But other than
bringing Robin up here once, I've only come up here
once every year or so by myself." Within a few
minutes the headlight shined on a rustic cabin. "Here
we are," Mac announced. Even though Dara relished
being away with Mac, no one who knew her well would
describe Dara as the rugged, outdoorsy type of woman
and with a tiny bit of apprehension, she entered the
The cabin was quite large with virtually everything
located in 1 huge open space. It primarily consisted
of a fully functional kitchen, a dining area with a
round cherry wood table and 4 chairs, and a living
room with a caramel-colored leather couch and
fireplace. The interior had a Knotty pine walls and
everything was spotlessly clean, a surprise
considering the fact Mac rarely occupied the cabin.
About a dozen stairs lead to an open loft platform,
located over the dining area, which was used as a
bedroom. A queen-size bed, a 3-drawer chest, and a
tall chest with doors used for storing clothes on
hangars were the only pieces of furniture in the
bedroom. Every piece of furniture in the cabin was of
the highest quality and would last for generations.
Mac beamed as he brought their luggage in and watched
an awe-struck Dara walk around the cabin. Mac
approached Dara from behind and wrapped his arms
around her waist, hugging her close to him, whispering
in her ear, "It's not what you expected, is it? Do
you like it?"
Dara shook her head and grinned sheepishly. "It's not
at all what I expected and I love it. I really
thought that we'd be roughing it out here in the
woods. The cabin isn't luxurious but - how much did
it cost you to furnish it?"
"During my PI days I handled a case for a fine
furniture maker based in Maine. When I completed the
case successfully for him, he agreed to furnish this
cabin for me in lieu of paying me cash. I dare say
that if I had to buy this furniture today, it would
cost twenty or thirty thousand dollars."
"At least," concurred Dara. "And the cabin is so
warm, even without the fireplace burning," she
observed, still dressed in her down parka and boots.
"I had an acquaintance in town have someone to come in
and clean up the place, deliver some food and
supplies, and turn on the heat before our arrival."
Turning Dara around so they were now facing each
other, Mac said, "I wanted everything to be perfect.
I just wanted to be here with you and for us to spend
time together and not worry about anything - not work,
or ex-spouses or ex-boyfriends." Placing her hand in
Mac's hair, Dara gently pulled his face to hers for a
"Everything is perfect," Dara said when they broke the
kiss. They quickly settled in, discarding their
winter outerwear and unpacking a few items. The day
had been long and tiring, due to the difficult drive
and then the unexpected accident. Breakfast at the
Williams' home in Buffalo was a distance memory and
the couple went to the kitchen in search of
nourishment. Prepared dishes of barbequed chicken,
roasted potatoes, grilled salmon and shrimp, tossed
green salad, fresh fruit, and pasta awaited them.
Thinking of the possibility of Mac and his guest being
snowed in at the cabin for more than a day, Mr.
Blutner left enough food and supplies to last them at
least 4 days. Mac started a fire as Dara brought the
food to the table and they feasted on the excellent
dinner and wine by candlelight and listening to the
music on a portable radio/CD player. When Dara
announced that she wanted to take a bath to relax Mac
responded, "I was going to suggest the same thing for
myself. Why don't you go on and start the bath water
and I'll bring in our robes?"
Without any further prompting, Dara went to start the
bath and within 5 minutes she had discarded her
clothes and was soaking with her eyes closed in
wonderfully warm bath water.
"Who needs to go to a spa to relax when you can come
somewhere like this?" Dara murmured to herself.
Almost on the verge of drifting asleep, Dara wondered
what was taking Mac so long to join her in the bath.
Upon opening her eyes she saw Mac wearing his bathrobe
and standing just inside of the bathroom silently
watching her. He had already hung her robe on the
clothes hook located near the door. Dara's heartbeat
quickened as she saw Mac's eyes grow dark with desire.
"I'm sorry. I didn't mean to stare at you. You
looked so lovely and peaceful just lying there that I
didn't want to disturb you."
"I was become disturbed by not having you in here with
me," was Dara's saucy retort. Her taunting demeanor
quickly and subtly shifted to shyness as Mac removed
his robe and stepped into the bathtub. With incredible
difficulty, Dara forced her eyes to focus on Mac's
face as he settled himself in the water. Even though
more than a month had passed since they'd become
lovers, Dara sometimes found it difficult to not stare
at Mac's toned, muscular body. She smiled coyly as
she realized Mac had no inhibitions whatsoever at
gazing openly at her body. Dara lathered a washcloth
with a bar of soap and gently used it to wash Mac's
chest and arms.
Mac pressed his lips together to suppress a groan. As
much as he missed not making love to Dara during the
last 7 days, he wanted to take his time and slowly,
tenderly express his love for her tonight. Since
entering the cabin he consciously restrained himself
from sweeping Dara into his arms and putting an end to
this love drought. Mac gasped with pleasure as Dara's
hands moved lower, slowly sensuously sliding over his
manhood. As Dara raised herself onto her knees and
learned towards him so that she could lather his back,
Mac could not take any more of the torture. Her
glistening brown skin and full breasts were only
inches from his face as Dara lathered his back.
Tightly gripping her hips with both hands, Mac pulled
Dara down until she straddled his lap and pressed his
lips to hers in a searing possessive kiss.
"Dara, darling, I need you now," Mac groaned fiercely
as their lips parted. "I can't wait any longer."
"I know," Dara confessed. "I want you too."
Without further delay, Mac lifted Dara and brought
their bodies together in a single swift movement.
Dara welcomed Mac's lips to hers as she opened her
mouth and they moaned in unison, as their bodies
started moving, first slowly but within minutes the
movements became frantic and uncontrolled. Soon they
lovers were crying out from the emotional and physical
satisfaction that claimed them. For many minutes
afterwards they held each other in silence, just
enjoying the pleasure in being in each other's arms.
As they were drying each other Mac cupped Dara's face
with his hand and murmured, "You're far too desirable.
That wasn't what I had planned."
Putting on her robe and tying the belt, Dara smiled
broadly and blushed, thinking that their lovemaking
had just been perfect. "Maybe the unplanned events
turn out better than the planned ones," she teased.
Mac gave Dara a look that could melt the snow outside
and said huskily, "O.K. You tell me which is better."
With uncanny ease while his lips continually
feathering kisses on Dara's face and neck, Mac pinned
Dara against the bathroom wall and opened her robe.
Dara moaned as Mac moved provocatively against her and
pressed his groin into her hips. Still pressing her
against the wall Mac slowly lowered himself to his
knees, kissing and sucking her breasts and stomach on
his slow, tortuous descent. Grasping the nearby
doorframe for balance when Mac lifted one of her legs
and rested it on his shoulder, Dara nearly delirious
with passion asked in a rasped voice, "Are we going to
make it out of the bathroom anytime soon?"
In lieu of a reply, Mac used his fingers to invade and
caress Dara's body as he kissed her raised trembling
inner thigh, causing her to cry out loud. Continuing
to caress her and hoping to give her a fraction of the
pleasure she had given him moments earlier, Mac looked
up at Dara's face and he seductively promised, "Not
for quite some time if I can help it."
Mac's slow, steady breathing and the sound of the wind
blowing outside were what Dara heard as her eyes
fluttered open. It was 3 a.m. according to the travel
alarm clock sitting on the dresser. Dara looked over
at Mac who was sleeping peacefully on his stomach with
his arm draped around Dara's waist. She sighed and
thought of all the things he had done this weekend to
make it special for her - not canceling their trip
because of Robin's surprise visit, winning over
Janice, serenading her at the club Chances Are on
Friday. But tonight, she was most touched when he
brought champagne, chocolate-covered strawberries, and
several photo albums to the bed with him earlier. The
photo albums contained pictures and mementos from
Mac's life before he came to Port Charles - pictures
of his parents, family members, friends, and
colleagues - Mac's world before he met Dara. They
only made it through one album but Dara had the
feeling that this was a side of Mac very few people
knew, and he felt it was important to share this part
of himself with her, and this gesture of his meant
more to her than she could ever express.
Shifting her position slightly, Dara's movement
disturbed Mac's sleep and his hand lazily stroked
across Dara's lower stomach. It never ceased to amaze
Dara how the slightest touch from Mac could trigger an
erotic response on her body. And Dara swore she was
going to check Mac's luggage for evidence of some
popular blue pharmaceutical tablets, chuckling
silently to herself as she replayed instances of Mac's
stamina earlier in the night.
"What are you thinking?" Mac asked sleepily after he
observed Dara's smile through half-closed eyes.
"I was thinking what a perfect night is has been," was
her honest reply.
"It's not over yet," Mac said seductively as he
nuzzled her neck and his hand began roaming Dara's
curvaceous body. Dara involuntarily gasped in
surprise when Mac's body moved closer to her and she
realized that he was fully aroused. Giving her a
devilish grin, Mac's mouth found Dara's as he gave her
a thoroughly possessive kiss. Rolling on top of her,
Mac took her arms and positioned them above her head,
molding her fingers around the openings of the design
in the bed's headboard. As he moved down her body,
Mac reminded Dara in a breathy whisper, "I do believe
that I suggested for you to get a lot of sleep in
After a day of persuading and entreaties, Felicia
finally convinced Robin make the 80-mile drive from
Port Charles early Monday morning and show her the
location of Mac's cabin. Mac's car accident and the
awful weather were the pretexts Felicia used for going
to the cabin unannounced and uninvited - that and her
insincere comment, "Mac really needs me right now; I
can feel it." Felicia argued the snow had gotten
worse overnight and it was possible that Mac and Dara
were stranded there with a damaged vehicle with no way
to contact anyone. And despite the state of their
marriage at the moment, she proclaimed she would
always be there for Mac, just as Mac would always be
there for her and the girls.
Felicia hoped that the unexpected arrival of his wife
and niece would force Mac to face how unseemly his
affair with Dara was and would pull Robin more to her
side. And in the unlikely case that Mac still
wouldn't come home, her pal Bonnie Fitzgerald would
run a follow-up story of how Felicia's unselfish good
deed turned disastrous when she found her husband and
the ADA in the getaway bungalow. Grimacing at the
thought of actually have to see Dara in the cabin,
where she herself should rightly be, Felicia told
herself that it would all be worth it if Mac would
come home soon. With luck, she and Robin should
arrive at the cabin by 11 a.m. at the latest.