Chapter One

Standing in line to get into the door at the Diamond Club downtown, Emma and Abigail observed the line and realized that they recognized a few people that were waiting to get in. As they approached the door, the bouncer checked their IDs' before they headed in. Once in the club, the girls went straight to the bar.

"For the line that is outside I thought there would be no room to move in here," Emma noted as they approached the bar

"It looks like they've just begun to let everyone in, so we should get some seats while we can, and some drinks!" Abigail said climbing onto a bar stool a few seats down from a group of what appeared to be regulars sitting at the other end.

Emma waived the bartender over to place an order for a gummy bear and strawberry margarita; instead, the bartender brought them both back soda and went on to tend to other customers waiting for drinks.

"Well this night is already a bust, seems like he doesn't want us drinking, or maybe he just cannot hear us over the music," Emma exclaimed

"He looked disappointed that we were drinking, but regardless that is so not cool, for now, we can drink this and try again when another bartender appears"

"Oh, do not worry about him ladies; we will get you taken care of," a guy sliding up behind the girls said to them before yelling over the bar "Hey Ricky you back there!" Suddenly another person came up from the back.

"What is up, dude?" Ricky asked

"I believe these two ladies were trying to order some adult beverages and Gus instead is playing his grandfather role"

"Ahh sorry about that Ladies, Gus tends to attempt to keep the single ladies from drinking for their own safety, it is nothing against you," Ricky said throwing a bar towel at Gus as he scolded him.

"Why thanks," Emma exclaimed still eyeing up the new guy that had appeared next to Abigail "Can I get a Strawberry Margarita on the rocks, and a Gummy Bear for her," Emma said pointing her thumb at Abigail.

"Thank you," Abigail said while Emma sat still checking him out.

He was around 6 foot 2 with a wide muscular frame, a chiseled jawline clear of stubble; he had a crewcut that was close cut but still showed his jet-black hair, and brown eyes that gave off a sense of a whimsical man.

"Anything for you ladies," he said showing them a bright white smile "So are you ladies from around here or just visiting?"

"That depends on if you are from around here," Emma said smiling back at him as Abigail rolled her eyes

The bartender handed the girls their drinks and told them it was on the house as he apologized for Gus again. Both girls picked up their drinks and began to stand in anticipation to go find somewhere to sit and let others waiting to approach the bar.

"I go to school here, so I guess you can say I am from here, I am Andrew," Andrew said with a smirk as he began checking both girls out.

"I am Emma, and this is Abagail, and yes we are from here," she said continuing to stand and talk as Abagail searched around for a seat.

The girls finally spotted a place to sit and headed over. Once seated Andrew slid up between the girls sitting and continuing to talk with them. Emma had a slow blush beginning to creep up her cheeks as she continued to drink. Abagail kept the conversation light and polite, as she really had no interest in the conversation.

"Can I get you, ladies, another round of drinks?" Ricky asked as he walked by from cleaning up a mess someone had made not far from where they sat watching the dance floor and listening to the DJ

"Sure, that would be great!" Abagail said as a new song came on "Hey I like this one you ready to dance?" She asked directing the question to Emma

"Yea let's go!"

Andrew sat watching as the girls went out to the dance floor, while his friends approached him carrying on with a conversation as they watched the girls. Emma had a slim frame, with a pear-shaped face, beautiful green eyes that were like candy apples, and dark brown long hair. She was wearing a pair of fitted jeans with white sandals and a white flowing blouse. While Abagail was almost the opposite, she was very curvy with full breast, a round ass, shoulder-length strawberry blonde hair and chocolate colored eyes that held a mystery behind them, wearing a navy-blue halter dress with black flats.

Finally, the girls left the dance floor for a drink. Coming back to the table, Andrew draped his arms over each of their shoulders giving them a slightly lopsided grin,

"So, ladies would you like another round of drinks?" Andrew asked smiling at each of the girls.

Emma accepted while Abagail shook her head, so Andrew heads off to the bar. While he was gone, the girls introduced themselves to the others that had gathered at the table. A few of them were paired off, but for the most part, they talked to themselves.

"Emma, I am not sure what Andrew is up to, but please be careful," Abagail said easily eyeing Andrew as he was talking back from the bar across the dance floor with a cocky stride,

"I will, you worry too much. I know what he is attempting to do and we both know that will never happen, but he can keep dreaming it will," Emma replied with a slight turn of her lips "Besides I agreed to move here with you so that I would come out of my shell, not hide, lets live a little!"

Andrew returned going back to draping his arms over the girls' shoulders while they all talked about things going on around town. The drinks kept coming and the girls went back to dancing after a while, with a few of the others joining in. Andrew came out with them and the girls giggled dancing around him making him be the middle person as they danced to the grove of the music. Back at the table, Andrew was being flirtier with them both, slowly Abagail shrugged his arm off her shoulder, trying to tell let him down easily, after she reached over for her drink moving a little further away from him she felt her arms break out in goosebumps, along with the vibe of being watched. She glanced around trying to see if anyone was watching her, but she did not see anyone, so she turned back to the table. She joined the conversation trying to shake the feeling away, knowing it was just her imagination.

A little while later another group approached the table from behind. As the conversation continued, talking Abagail began to feel the goosebumps breaking out all over her arms again, the feeling was beginning to make her feel a little on edge and slightly uncomfortable sitting at the table. Then from behind her, she heard what had been causing the goosebumps,

"Andrew I can tell you now that whatever tricks you are up to, it will never work with these two girls. They are a lot smarter then they let on," said a man with a deep husky voice laced with a little bit of humor from behind Abagail.

As he talked, Abagail closed her eyes all put choking on the sip of drink she had just taken. She would know that voice anywhere, but now she was unsure of if she should turn around or just ignore him. Emma making eye contact from across the table trying to get a reading on what Abagail wanted to do. Slowly she shook her letting Emma know that she was fine.

"What do you mean tricks, there are no tricks here! Just met these two lovely ladies tonight and figured I could show them a good time," Andrew exclaimed showing his cocky smile again as he looked at the man behind Abagail.

"Again, I am telling you it will never work, I know these two and you may think you have this worked out, but I promise you do not"

"Wait how do you know these two?" Andrew asked as the light bulb went off from what he was being told in his drunken state.

Finally, the man moved to Abagail's side giving her a side view of him. Abagail inwardly sighed as she saw that he still had a close-shaved haircut that allowed you to see his light brown hair, and a body even more sculpted than the last time they saw each other. Logan was just shy of being 6-foot-tall, but his presence was demanding of the attention in the room. She was taken aback when Logan finally looked at her with the fire burning in the depths of his eyes, the one that she used to yearn for, the one that took her breath away. Smiling down as he stood next to her seat, being close enough that she could feel his body heat, but far enough apart that they were not touching.

Emma cleared her throat gaining the attention of Abagail to let her know everyone was watching them as they looked over one another, as Abagail looked at Emma and then Andrew she could feel the heat rising to her cheeks. She had not looked at a man that way in so long, and she could not believe that she just blatantly checked out Logan with an audience of people to watch.

Logan and Abagail, where High School sweethearts, they were each other's first loves, first prom dates, Homecoming King and Queen. They did everything together, but after Graduation, they went their separate ways to follow their dreams. Abagail had not heard from him in almost eight years. She knew from his mother that he was attending the Naval Academy, but even living here, she never thought they would run into each other, it was such a big town. However, he was standing right in front of her.

"The better question is how you know Andrew?" Emma asked looking pointedly at Logan.

Emma continued watching for Abagail's reaction, so far other than a small blush Abagail was refusing to show any signs of the turmoil this man was stirring up in her just by walking up to her at a bar. Still, she sat quietly, not evening moving to take another drink.

"We attend the Academy together," Logan said calmly looking at Emma. "He can be a troublemaker, but I know you can handle yourselves well," Logan smiled before addressing Andrew "Dude I am telling you for the last time it will never work, just quit while you are ahead, besides," he said nodding towards Abagail "this one is off limits."

"How can she be off limits Logan, if she wants to be off limits I think she can tell me. Everything was going fine until you came over here!" Andrew huffed folding his arms over his chest like an overgrown toddler.

"Actually," Abagail said softly to the group as she looked down at her drink for a moment, "we knew your agenda the moment you decided to come to sit with us. While you have been polite, and we have enjoyed talking to you, you were never getting a threesome, it is just never happening" Abagail said finally looking up to Andrew with a smirk on her face.

"You knew? How did you know, I have not even suggested wanting sex from either of you!" Andrew said sounding a little hurt that his plan was spoiled.

"Do not be so ass hurt, you where the one being a man whore, buying girls drinks all night, it makes it a bit obvious that you want sex. Then it was not hard to realize that you wanted both of us, as you were treating us both, not just one" Emma said rubbing his shoulders as she tried to hide her laughter at his deflated expression.

"Besides if you are friends with this one" Abagail said addressing Logan's presence pointing her thumb at him "I really am off limits, what is that saying again" Abagail pondered for a moment "Oh yeah, Bro's before Hoe's, and sorry but that means I am in the 'no' zone" she said using air quotes to emphasize her point.

"How the only time that applies if he saw you first or dated you. I am most certainly sure I am the first guy, other than Gus, to talk to you girls when you came in," Logan said as he thought again and began smiling wildly as he placed his arm around Emma.

Emma, Abagail, and Logan glanced at one another as they let Andrew digest his own words hoping that he would realize that nobody was going to disagree with him on that. Logan looked at Abagail as she took a sip of her drink. He noticed how her hair was shorter and maybe even lighter than the last time he saw her, to most, you would think she dyed it, but he knew it was all natural with that added effect of the summer sun. He could smell her apple shampoo as he closed his eyes taking a deep breath savoring the smell. His thoughts were broken as Andrew abruptly stood up knocking his stool back a little, gaining attention from the people around them. Abagail had leaned closer to Logan startled by the sudden movement; the only person that had noticed was Logan as his hand was now resting against her outer thigh covered only with the thin layer of her dress.

"Your name is Abagail!" Andrew exclaimed looking at her wide-eyed, she nodded yes, as she tried to hide her laughter "if your off limits" Andrew continued thinking out loud "that means that you are his Abagail, as in the Abagail that Logan"

"Ok buddy, I think you have had enough to drink. But yes, this is Abagail" Logan said taking control of the conversation again glancing quickly at Abagail as she looked at him with curiosity now.

"Hey, do not worry Andrew, she may be off limits but I, on the other hand, am not. It may not be a threesome but I am still someone you can drink and dance with" Emma exclaimed picking up her drink and downing what was left "Besides it is still early and it is Friday night, one never knows what will happen" with that she got up taking Andrew's arm and dragging him back to the dance floor.

Abagail watched the two go on to the dance floor as a new beat came on. Logan hesitantly looked over towards Abagail as he rubbed at the back of his neck.

"Do you want to dance or," Logan asked trailing off as he talked to Abagail unsure what to really do, they had not had any contact with each other in years, and he knew no matter how she appeared
to outsiders, that she was flipping out on the inside.

"How have you been Logan?" Abagail said fidgeting with her straw trying to calm the nerves she was feeling at having him next to her.

"Good, I am a junior at the Academy now and things are going well it's a challenge, but I am enjoying it," Logan said taking the seat next to her as he nodded for his crew to carry on without him.

Abagail listened as he talked more about the academy and his life. At first, the conversation was a little forced but after a while, it became easier for them to talk. Abagail watched as he walked over to the bar to get another round of drinks. He was wearing a pair of dark jeans that hugged his hips, with a simple black scope neck shirt that fit him just right. She could not help but notice how every girl's eyes followed him in the club as he walked by. Logan had a way of gaining everyone's attention in the room without having to say a word; he carried a bit of a mystery that lured them to him. You could tell just looking at him, that he had a target and nothing or nobody would stop him from getting there. She thought back to the way things used to be between them, they were high school sweethearts, but by graduation, they were no longer talking to each other. Both had very different dreams for their future. Logan simply could not date until he was a sophomore at the Academy, and she needed to focus on her own education.

Now she was an attorney at the State's Attorney Office in Annapolis. When she got the job, she decided to rent a place down by the water and asked Emma to be her roommate. They both needed a change from without going too far from home and they had the bonus of there being a small city like atmosphere for them to enjoy. Logan was making his way back over to Abagail when a group of his friends stopped to talk with him. She watched in awe as he continued to keep watching her from just the corner of his eye, to anybody else it would appear he was not looking at her, but she knew he was as she could feel his gaze upon her face.

Continuing to talk to his friends he could not help but notice how Abagail's eyes held mystery behind them, her skin glowing beneath the lights as they danced across the club, the lush fullness of her pink lips as she sipped on her drink. Logan was not sure what was happening, he knew by looking at her that she was not the same woman he once loved, but now she was a puzzle that he wanted to know. Following her gaze, he noticed how she watched Emma and Andrew dance out on the floor. Quickly he excused himself from the conversation and made his way over to her setting the drink down on the table and pulling her up to her feet leading her to the floor.

"Come on we can talk later, for now, let's go dance," Logan said giving her a smile that had her grinning back as she took his hand following him to the dance floor.

Logan guided Abagail over by Emma. At first, she was hesitant to Logan's touch on her waist. He quickly found the beat and began moving to the song; Abagail glanced at Emma in a slight panic by what she was doing. As she made eye contact with Emma, she found her watching her back and she smiled encouragingly letting her know she was there if she needed her.

Finally, closing her eyes, she listened to the music and found herself automatically beginning to dance to the music, swaying her hips to the beat. As the song changed into one that was faster paced, Abagail opened her eyes to find herself dancing close to Logan so that they just nearly touched as they moved to the beat. Closing her eyes, she could still feel his hand on her hip resting with a slight grip. Slowly with each song that played, her worries slipped away, and nothing else mattered by the two of them dancing together. As they continued to dance, they became slick with sweat as it glided down their skin. Each new song that came on, they moved together effortlessly as if nobody was watching them.

Occasionally, Emma and Abagail would sing a few lyrics together as they danced next to each other. Mostly all Abagail could see was Logan standing in front of her guiding her with each step they took. After a while of dancing a slow song came on, without hesitation, her arms wound around his neck moving her hips to the rhythm of the song. Logan smiled at her as he tightened his hand on her hip, enjoying the soft silky texture of her navy-blue dress in his hands. Logan brushed his fingers up and down gently on her hips, causing a tingling sensation to run up her spine. Shivering a little from his touch, she leaned her head forward against his chest moving her fingers soothingly across his neck in a circular motion. When the song changed they continued to dance like that, she could hear his heart beating fast beneath his chest. Finally, Abagail pulled back some smiling up at Logan as she turned in his arms to dance. She stayed flush against his body continuing to move to the beat swaying her hips, grinding up against Logan. With each movement, his fingers would dig into her hips just a little harder as he moved with her.

"You are driving me insane," Logan growled in her ear, as a slow grin formed over her face.

Eventually, Emma griped Abagail's hand, pulling her to the table. As they left the dance floor Logan's hands remained on Abagail's hips smiling at Emma with a knowing look about him.

"I am hot it is definitely getting more crowded out there" Emma exclaimed fanning herself with her hand looking pointedly at Logan.

"All right I get it; I will be right back with some drinks. Andrew come help," Logan said knowing Emma's look as he went with Andrew to the bar to get drinks for everyone

"So, spill it woman what is happening," Emma asked placing her hand knowingly on her hip as she looked at Abagail

"I am not sure, but missy you have no room to talk, what about you!" Abagail said as she continued watching Logan's retreating form frowning slightly as she realized that with one night she already began to fall for him again.

"Oh, I am hoping something, he has been really nice and gentleman-like. He has not left me to go dance with anyone else, and we have talked a bit in between songs. Overall he seems nice even if his original attentions where a bit misguided" Emma said smiling as she thought about it.

"A little misguided?" Abagail asked turning her attention back to Emma "He admitted to wanting a threesome with us" Abagail said pointing a finger between herself and Emma

"I do not care what his original attentions were, at least he was honest once he knew that we knew what he was up to. He could have denied it and then went elsewhere to look for it, instead he continued to dance with me and get drinks when needed." Emma smiled sly at Abagail.

"Wait how many times have you come off the dance floor?" Abagail asked unknowingly

"About three or four times," Emma said grinning "we have been dancing for about three hours now"

"Oh, I had no idea, it had been that long, no wonder I am all sweaty and dam thirsty," Abagail said slightly shocked at how long she was out on the floor it had felt like only a few minutes, not a few hours.

"Well I guess we got back just in time then," Logan said from behind Abagail as handed her a bottle of water.

"Yes, it is" Abagail smiled politely as she took the bottle of water and drank half of it.

"Slow down or you will make yourself sick," Logan said as he placed his hand back on her hip.

"Sorry I really am thirsty I had no idea it was getting this late or that we had been out there that long," Abagail said as she leaned back into the comfort of Logan's chest

"No, I think you were a bit too preoccupied to care about time" Emma responded laughing.

"That is for sure, I thought we needed to tell you to get a room at one point," Andrew added giving a knowing grin to Logan as he wiggled his eyebrows suggestively at Abagail.

Abagail blushed realizing now that everyone could watch her grind up against Logan, but at that moment, she did not care, she had felt safe and comfortable dancing with him. She was not sure if that was a good thing or a bad thing, but for tonight, she just wanted to enjoy his company.

"Do you want to dance some more or just sit for now?" Logan asked as he moved his hand across her back hugging her tighter against him.

"I think I am good for now, when do you guys have to be back?" Abagail asked looking between Andrew and Logan.

"We just have to check in first thing in the morning so that they see we did not leave town and make sure we did not get into any trouble," Andrew answered as he took the rest of Emma's drink and finished it for her

"Hey that was mine jerk," Emma mocked giving him a dirty look.

As the two bickered about him taking her drink. Abagail looked at Logan with a slight question in her eyes. She really wanted to enjoy the night for what it was, but she was also scared of getting hurt. Her head was telling her that it was just a one-night thing that it was no big deal, but she also knew in her heart that he could break her all over again. Logan leaned down next to her ear and whispered gently;

"I am not sure what is happening either, but I do know that I would like to find out. I considered leaving you alone when you came through that door tonight, but something kept pulling me towards you. It is up to you for what happens after tonight, but for now I would like to just enjoy this," Logan said motioning between them

As he spoke Abagail turned to look in his eyes, as she did she watched him drop whatever persona it was that he wanted everyone else to see, and at that moment she got a glimpse of a man that was troubled, she was not sure if it was from what was happening or something else. Nevertheless, at that moment she decided that she was willing to find out.

"For tonight we will enjoy this, and tomorrow we will see what happens from here. I know that I am at least willing to be friends, but from there I am not sure," Abagail said being openly honest with him and allowing him to see the pain she was carrying around on her shoulders.

Logan harden at what he saw behind her eyes, he was not sure what it was, but he knew someone had caused her a deep pain. One that kept her from trusting others easily, he just hoped that maybe she could learn to trust him again. With that, Abagail took his hand leading him back to the dance floor. Deciding to dance the night away.

Chapter Two

Abagail woke up to a banging noise coming from the kitchen. She reached over picking up her cell phone it was almost noon. Sitting there for a moment listening to the banging continue, she thought about the events of last night. Never did she expect going out with Emma in the middle of September that she would run into Logan. Sitting up and pulling her knees so that she could rest her cheek against them she thought about everything that happened last night.

The way Logan touched her as they danced, how he never let her out of his sight even when he walked over to the bar or was talking with friends. It had been a long time since she could remember feeling so in harmony with someone. It was a great evening. The more she thought about it the bigger the smile on face became.

Finally, she threw her covers back picking up her black pullover hoodie as she went out the door to find Emma. Last night she remembered, Andrew and Emma disappearing just before closing. Andrew had told Logan something while dancing and then the next she knew they left. Abagail had no idea what had even happened until Logan offered to walk her home, so she was not alone.

"You lady have some explaining to do," Abagail directed at Emma as she entered into the kitchen noticing that Emma was already showered and dressed "and where are you going?"

"Yes, I have some explaining to do, but first nothing happened we just went somewhere to talk." Emma said pointedly at Abagail as she handed her a drink and something to eat "Second I have a lunch date" Emma announced proudly smiling at Abagail

"Really you are going out with him again today?" Abagail exclaimed as she picked at the sandwich Emma had made her "he must have really made an impression on you last night, or was the 'talking' that great" Abagail asked using air quotes as she tried not to laugh at Emma

"We seriously just talked," Emma said throwing a towel at Abagail "but yes he made a good impression, I get the sense that under that bad boy attitude he gives off is a really nice guy," Emma said smiling

"Well that is good, it is nice to see you going out and excited again, I know that the last break up sucked, but that does not mean they are all like Zach," Abagail said giving Emma a smile of encouragement as she took a seat at the counter,

"Speaking of guys, what happened after we left with Logan?" Emma asked curiosity lighting up her face

"Not much we danced until closing and then he walked me home, he did not even come upstairs" she responded nonchalantly

"Did you at least exchange numbers?" Emma asked

"Actually, no. But it was probably for the best, while it was good to see him again it is just not a good idea" Abagail said staring down into her cup

"It is a big deal, you not only saw Logan, but I have not seen you that happy in a very long time Abi," Emma said coming over to sit next to her. "I know that you are scared and that you have every right to be hesitating to get back out there, but you never know if this thing with Logan or any other guy for that matter will work if you do not put yourself back out there. I know that what happened with Travis hurt big time, but it has been over a year since it happened, and it is time to move on." Emma said rubbing her hand up and down her arms.

"I know but I do not think that anything will come from last night, it was just two old friends reconnecting. I mean hell he did not even bother to give me his number, or ask for mine," she said looking pointedly at Emma

"Maybe so, but from now on try to be more open with guys, not everyone is Travis," Emma said standing up and heading to the door "we will talk later but I need to get going," she said grinning wildly as she left

Abigail sat thinking about what Emma had said. She knew that not every man was like Travis, but that did not mean that she was willing to start dating again. After finishing her sandwich, she decided to go for a run to help clear her head, so she went and changed before she headed out.

On her way down the steps, Abigail got her earbuds in and began looking for the playlist she wanted. She had on a pair of Nike capris running pants, and a matching Adidas bra with a loose fitting running shirt, and sneakers. As she found what she wanted to listen to, she took off running. Each day she ran a different route, some days she just ran whichever way the traffic allowed her. If she came to an intersection, she went whichever way she could cross without having to wait. Today she was running to clear her head and enjoying the music. It was warm for late September, but it was just cool enough to keep her comfortable.

Abigail had no idea how long she had been running for when she found herself down by the Naval Academy; she began to slow down taking in the scene on the other side of the gate. There where units doing drills as she stopped to watch, after a few minutes she went back to running heading back towards the harbor so that she could backtrack to her apartment. By now, she was guessing she had been running for at least two hours. As she ran past the main gate, she saw a group of people running from the Academy in their PT gear. Slowing her pace, she stayed behind them as they ran in the same general direction as her. She could not hear them over her headphones but ultimately was content to match their pace. As they began to cross a street she decided to take the longer route home and go directly along the water. As she did she felt someone come up close behind her. After a few minutes passed and they did not go past her, she pulled out one of the earbuds to be able to hear. They both continued to run but whoever it was never came up within her line of sight. Finally, she decided to look back, it was Logan running behind her. As they made eye contact, he pulled out one of his own earbuds as well.

"Hey, did not expect to see you out on my run today," Logan said as he moved his pace to match hers and run alongside her

"I can say the same thing, I was starting to think I had someone stalking me," Abi said reaching to turn her music down to hear him better

"Maybe you do have a stalker" Logan retorted smiling as they continued to run "mind if I join you on the rest of your run?"

"Sure, but I was actually heading back to my apartment I have been out here for a while" Abigail retorted looking at her fitness tracker "actually I have run almost 10 miles already"

"That is fine unless you do not want me to join you? We did PT first then finished with a run, I am about ready to be done" Logan said slowing his pace as they got closer to the inner harbor making it harder to run.

"That is fine; would you like to stop? I could really use some water," Abigail said as she slowed to match his run

"You can have the rest of this if you want," he smiled offering her the bottle he had in his other hand

"Are you sure there is not much left" she responded as she slowed to a walk reaching for the bottle

"Yes, if you have been running this whole time without water, you need it more than me" he gave her the bottle shaking his head

"I was a bit distracted when I left, I did not know I forgot it until I was too far to go back" she smiled drinking the last drop of water "thanks if you want you can fill it up at my place if you are going to go back" she said blushing as she realized she invited him over

"Sure, that sounds good, but do you mind if we walk the rest of the way. It would be nice to talk without everyone around or the loud music," he said throwing her a casual smile

Abagail shook her head as she smiled liking that he wanted to talk to her. She thought for sure that after last night she would not see him again. I mean they did not even have each other's number, why would she expect to talk to him again. Logan walked quietly beside her as she thought to herself. She glanced around taking in the scene and the view of the water out over the river. As she looked back up, she found Logan stopped standing a few steps behind her; she looked back at him and tilted her head to the side in wonder.

"Why did you stop?" she asked quietly looking back at the water

"I was just taking in the view, it's just really great today," he said as he continued to watch her as she watched the water smiling

"It is really nice out today, I don't think I have stopped to watch from down here in a while, now that I live here I kind of forget to appreciate what I have" she responded still watching the boats coming in and out of the harbor and the kids running around playing near the end of the dock.

"It is but that was not what I was talking about" he responded

As Logan spoke, he moved next to Abigail turning her face towards him smiling gently. As they sat gazing at each other, Logan reached his hand up moving a piece of hair that had fallen out of her ponytail. She smiled up at him as she found herself leaning into his open palm. Abagail began to think that maybe she could trust him, she could feel his openness towards her and she so badly wanted to trust in someone again. Abagail started to lean closer towards Logan as his hand caressed her cheek. Suddenly a car horn blared from the nearby street. Startling them both, waking Abagail out of the trance she was in as she pulled away from him.

"Guess we should finish walking back now," Logan said as he turned to start walking towards her apartment

"Ok," Abagail said softly

As they walked in peaceful silence Abigail continued to feel a little dazed and confused by his actions. One minute there were about to kiss, and the next minute it was like it never happened. Deciding to shrug it off she turned her attention back to the view and silently walked with him back to her apartment.

Arriving at her apartment, Abagail was a little hesitant at bringing him upstairs. She glanced back over her should at Logan as he followed her up and for once was hoping that Emma was home to maybe keep things from being awkward. After she unlocked her door, she let Logan enter closing the door behind him as he surveyed the apartment.

When first entering you come into one big room that is the living room, and the kitchen that has a bar style counter top with a few bar stools. They had never bothered to get a dining room table as it allowed more room for an additional love seat. To the right were two sets of doors, one led to the master bedroom, which was Abi's, and the other was the bath. On the other side were Emma's room and the closet that held the washer and dryer. It was not much but it was all they needed.

"Wow this is a really nice apartment Ab's," Logan said as he surveyed the space

"It is not much but it works for us and it has a nice view" she responded gesturing out the window where you could see the Naval Academy up the river and parts of the inner harbor.

"It would be better if you had a balcony since you are on the 4th floor, but your right it is not bad," Logan said walking closer to the window.

"Actually there is one off the Master, I have a small table and lounger out there it's really nice at night as you can hear the water hitting the pier and it is kind of calming." she responded smiling "Would you like a drink?" she asked as she walked over to the kitchen pulling out a bottle of water for herself

"Yes, one of those would be awesome since someone finished all mine off" he retorted with a devilish grin

"I warned you before I even took it so do not go there," she laughed tossing him a bottle before sitting at the counter to take off her shoes "do you care if I get in the shower really quick? I do not want to be rude and leave you out here alone, but my feet hurt, and I smell," Abi said throwing her sneakers over by the door.

"You do not smell, but yes I promise to be a good guest and not snoop through at least your underwear drawer" he responded smirking as he kicked off his sneakers before heading to sit on the couch.

Abigail shook her head at him as she headed into the shower. As she shut the door, she heard ESPN coming from the living room. Jumping in the shower as quickly as she could she started to wonder why Logan was even here. Was he just hoping to carry on from last night for the weekend, or was it going to go on for longer? While she needed to put herself out in the dating world again, she did not want to be taking his signals the wrong way. Logan could do so much more damage to her than Travis ever did, she had thought she was over Logan, but after last night so many feelings had resurfaced that she was not sure what to do.

Finishing rinsing the conditioner in her hair, she decided to try being open with Logan. All she wanted to know was what was happening, was this a weekend thing, did he want to be friends or something more. Finishing her shower Abi climbed out drying her hair.

"Fuck me" Abi mumbled as she looked around the bathroom hitting her elbow on the sink "Dammit" she murmured rubbing her elbow

"Everything ok in there," Logan hollered over the TV as she could hear him turning it down some

"Yes, just hit my elbow is all," she replied as she continued scolding herself

Before jumping in the shower, she forgot to get clean clothes from her room. Now she was looking around the bathroom trying to decide what to do. She had two choices she could put back on her running clothes or she would have to walk out of the bathroom in just a towel to go into her room to get dressed. Quickly she picked up her running clothes from the clothes basket, as she did she could smell the stench. Dropping them back into the basket, she realized the only thing she could do was go out in a towel. Slowly she finished drying off her hair running a brush through it quickly, as she did, she smiled at how light it had become from the summer sun. Finally, she took a deep breath as she looked down to make sure the towel was covering everything, before opening the door to go into her own room.

Thump, as she exited the bathroom she fell, landing face first on the floor.

"Are you ok?" Logan asked jumping up from the couch to move towards her

"Yeah I am fine," Abi said as she went to stand back up.

As she went to push up from the floor, she realized that amid tripping she had thrown her hands out to break her fall and had let go of her towel, as a result, her ass was completely naked and exposed. Quickly reaching to pull the towel back around her she looked down trying her best not to make eye contact with Logan.

"Are you sure you are fine Ab's?" Logan asked reaching out to help her finish standing

"Yes, just forgot to get my clothes, and well I didn't expect there to be something there" she responded still looking at the floor as her cheeks continued to burn red from embarrassment

"Sorry I thought I was moving my shoes out of the way, kind of forgot that you tend to trip over things easily," Logan chuckled "There is nothing for you to be embarrassed about anyway," he asked giving her a devilish smirk "I've seen it before"

"Yea well I am going to go get dressed now" she responded rolling her eyes as she walked into her room, making sure not to trip over anything else "I cannot believe I just did that," she mumbled under her breath as she closed her door

Sitting on the bed she pulled herself together and finish getting dressed. Then she headed back to the living room.

Logan was standing outside her bedroom door, leaning against the bathroom door frame when she finally emerged. Glancing down he took in the dark denim jeans that she wore with a seafoam scoop neck shirt, but what really caught his eye was her necklace.

Reaching out he picked up the necklace, running the pendant between his fingers gently.

"You still have this," Logan murmured softly as he continued holding the necklace in his hand

"Yea, it is still one of my favorites, normally this is the one I wear. I can take it off if you want," she responded softly looking into his eyes.

"No, I have always enjoyed seeing you wear this; I was just surprised to see that you still do. I would think that…" he responded trailing off as he looked into her eyes.

Slowly Logan laid the necklace back down on her chest, as he did he moved his hand grazing over her collarbone, moving his hand slowly up so that he was cupping her cheek. Abagail closed her eyes leaning slightly into his touch. Sighing she opened her eyes again meeting directly with Logan's.

"What are we doing Logan?" she asked so softly that he almost did not hear her

"Honestly I do not know, but when I saw you running by the Academy I just had to talk to you," he said gently still rubbing his fingers lightly over her cheek. "I would like to keep spending time with you, I do know that," he said moving his other hand to rest on her hip then slowly sliding his thumb under the hem of her shirt and grazing her skin.

"I do too, but Logan I just, this is a bit fast and sudden," she said tilting her head as she felt the heat of his small graze against her stomach as he moved his thumb in a rubbing motion.

"Ab's look at me please," Logan said gently as he continued rubbing his thumb over her skin. "I do not know who hurt you, but I can tell you that no matter what you can trust me, even if this does not work out, I would never break your trust," he said staring back at her searching hoping that she would believe him.

"I know you would not break my trust, you have always been honest. But that doesn't mean I won't get hurt" she said letting her walls down a little for him to see just how hurt she was.

"Maybe so, but you never know until you try Ab, I cannot help but feel like we need to try this again, there is something that pulled us to the same bar at the same time last night, and there was something at work when I looked up to see you running by the Academy," he said rubbing his thumb over her cheek again.

"You are still the only on that calls me that," she said finally giving him a small smile reaching out to touch his chest

"Really?" he said smiling resting his forehead against hers as he spoke, "So what do you say about giving this a try?"

Chapter Three

Shuddering under his touch, she closed her eyes as his forehead touched hers. Pondering the possibility, she wondered if it was possible for them to connect after all these years. She could feel the turmoil that was going through his body as he awaited her response. The only other person that could read her this well was Emma and that was because they had become more like sisters than friends.

As they sat awaiting her response, Abigail heard Emma's key in the door. She began to pull away from Logan, but he held onto her hip locking eyes with her as they waited and anticipated not only her answer but also what they both knew would happen once Emma opened that door.

"Oh my god, you will never believe how wonderful he is," Emma started right away not looking up as she came in, "as big of a player as he was last night he was really…" Emma stopped midsentence as she took in Abigail and Logan standing in the living room "um hi Logan I did not expect to see you"

"Yeah I know," Logan said finally looking away from Abigail momentarily as he spread his palm flat against her back.

"Well that's cool," Emma, added looking at Abigail finally tilting her head to the side "well I think I will go get changed into something else, it is a bit warm out," Emma said heading towards her room.

As she walked behind Logan she stopped and mouthed to Abagail 'what did I miss,' Abagail just shrugged. Once her door closed, Abagail looked back up at Logan still unsure of how to respond, she felt pulled in multiple directions. Logan began walking her backward into her room; he knew Emma was trying to listen in some and wanted to give Abagail a bit more privacy so that maybe she would answer him. She hesitated as they began walking backward not really wanting to be in her room with him.

"We can go out to the balcony if you want, I want to make sure you do not feel pressured into any answer," he whispered as they kept going

As they went out to the balcony, she leaned against the railing taking in the view surrounding them. She loved the view of the Academy from here, it was the main reason she had chosen this apartment. Being able to come out here gave her a sense of serenity and peace. Logan sat in one of the chairs pulling her gently into his lap, she sat stiff as a board at first, then slowly relaxed laying her head down on his shoulder.

Logan took the time to see how well she had sculpted her body, in high school, she was always curvy, but now her curves even more sculpted, and her hair was much longer then she used to keep it. Life after high school had done her well; he just wondered what happen to cause the storm hiding in her eyes. Whatever it was he knew it caused her a lot of pain and was the reason she was so disdained.

"What is going through that pretty little head of yours?" he said softly pressing a kiss to the back of her head

"Sorry, I think I trailed off into la-la land more than anything. But I do think I have made a decision" she responded slowly turning in his arms to face him

"What would that be?" Logan asked studying her trying to read what she was thinking

"Well first you need to go get cleaned up so that we can go eat, then I will answer," she said smiling

"You really are going to make me wait?" Logan asked as she smiled down at him "Ok, I will bite. Can you drive me back to the Academy? So, I can take a quick shower, and then we can leave from there," Logan asked slowly standing up and setting her on her feet in front of him.

She agreed to take him back to base and asked where they would be going to eat, so she knew if she needed to change. Logan told her she looked fine and took her hand to lead her inside. Abagail picked up her cell phone and saw a few messages from Emma. She wanted to know what was going on while she was at lunch. Smiling to herself, she picked up her wallet, keys, and a sweater before heading out the door.

Logan followed Abigail down to the parking lot as she led the way over to her car. Once they got in, she headed towards the Academy, making sure to ask which gate it was easier to go in for him to get back to his dorm. Logan told her where to go, saying that he had town liberty the rest of the weekend and that he did not have to report until dinner on Sunday night. Once they got on base Abagail parked as Logan ran up to take a shower. Abagail decided to walk around the closer buildings while she waited, it had been a long time since she was on campus.

The campus was still just as stunning as the first time she had seen it. Circling back around she sat on a bench near her car pulling out her kindle to read while she waited, she was lost in the book Brady Remington Landed me in Jail by Tijan, when Logan came back out and slowly approached her.

"Nice to see that something's are still the same," Logan said sitting next to her gesturing to her book "you still get lost in those things, don't you?"

"Yes, I do, I love reading it takes me away from whatever trouble is going on in my real life, this authors' books really just take me away altogether it is as if I am the characters in her book" she responded smiling as she turned off her kindle.

"Well that is a good thing, it is something that allows you to relax," Logan smiled as he stood back up reaching to pull her with him "Have you ever been to Sam's on the Waterfront?" he asked as he released her hand turning towards the car

"No, but I have heard really good things about it, is that where we are heading?" she responded following him over and leaning against the driver side door

"If that is ok with you, gets us out of town without going too far and it has a waterfront view, hence the name" Logan smirked at her over the roof before climbing in

"Sounds like a plan to me" she responded climbing in and turning the car towards the restaurant.

As they drove to the restaurant the casually talked about different things, still trying to catch a bit in each other's lives. Logan kept his full attention on her as she drove, taking in every detail and noting how important her job really had become to her. He was mesmerized by the way she talked about different things that she did on regular bases, how much detail she could give, yet there was still an air of mystery to what she did and whom she was helping. Their conversation carried all the way until the restaurant.

Once there Logan came around to her side of the car placing his hand on the small of her back as he followed her inside. Walking into the restaurant she watched as Logan asked for an outside table for two as the hostess attempted to flirt with him, while his hand was still on her back. As they got seated outside, it was on a deck that was against the bay looking up into the harbor. Logan smirked as he took in her expression.

"What is so funny" she finally snapped picking up the menu scanning its contents

"Nothing, other than the amount of jealousy written all over your gorgeous face" he quickly retorted as his grin grew bigger

"I am not jealous" she responded looking down at the menu as a deep blush crept up her neck

"Sure, you're not" Logan mumbled going over the menu himself

After the waiter took their order Logan gently reached over taking her small hand into his rather large one in comparison. When she did not pull away from him, he took that as a good sign. They continued to sit in more silence watching boats come in and out of the harbor, as they finally ate their dinner Logan decided it was time to know her answer,

"So are you going to give me my answer Abagail or do I still have to wait" he prodded feeling this pull to make the hurt he saw in her eyes go away as she finally met his gaze.

"Logan, we have not seen each other in nearly eight years until last night," she said pulling her hand away and placing it in her lap instead as she cast her eyes down to the table.

"You do not know anything about me anymore. I am not the same girl you left behind in high school, that girl is long gone, she is broken, first by when you choose to leave without giving a thought as to what I wanted and by so much more" Abagail responded her voice rising as the tears began to fall freely.

They sat in silence for a moment or so, as Logan waved down the waiter for the check, so they could leave. Quickly pulling out some cash and setting it on the table he stood up reaching for her hand and pulling her to her feet as she quietly cried. Guiding her out to the car he kept his hand intertwined with hers, refusing to let go when she tried to pull away and his other on her back.

"Let it out Ab, you may not think I understand but believe me I do," Logan said running a soothing hand up and down her back. "I know it was my decision to leave you back in high school, but neither of us are the same people we were back then."

Slowly Abagail calmed herself down, picking up her head she used her sleeve to wipe off her face. Looking up at Logan, she sighed as she really contemplated what to do. Her head was telling her that while they had grown up since high school, that she did not know the man in front over her anymore. Too much time had passed. Another part of her still held some love for the man standing before her. But after eight years apart and only one night together, there was no way they still knew each other or had anything in common. They had both followed their dreams and those dreams did not cross together, they just did not fit. That was the problem the first time around, their careers were more important to them.

"Maybe you are right Ab we are not the same people that we were back in high school. Let us first start with trying to be friends. No pressure, no guarantee of any future. You can always use another friend, can't you?" Logan said lightheartedly looking down at her.

"No gimmicks, just friends?" she said looking at him surprised slightly in his change of mind, but thankful "Go back to being friends like we use to be?" she said still not sure she was understanding him correctly

"Yelp just friends no weird dynamics, nothing more than friends that spend time together and hang out when they want to," Logan said as he stuck his hands in the front pocket of his jeans standing up straighter emphasizing just how broad he was.

"I think I can handle that," she responded stepping from behind the car as she pulled her keys from her pocket.

They drove back in peaceful silence to the school, where she dropped him off at the school where they exchanged cell numbers and discussed running together again tomorrow afternoon.

Chapter Four

It had been two months since that night at the bar. True to his word, Logan and Abagail had become good friends again. Anytime he could run off base they ran together agreeing on a meeting point most days then running in mostly silence along each other listening to their feet pounding on the pavement and the music from there headphones.

They had started learning things again, Abagail found it a bit strange at first how easy it was for them to get into a routine together, and even stranger that she felt instantly comforted by his presence, whenever he ran up beside her. They did not need to speak to each other; they just were able to read the others body language.

Last weekend they went out with a group of his friends, including Emma and Andrew who were now officially dating, celebrating the upcoming holidays Thanksgiving was only around the corner. It had been a fun weekend, Abagail had enjoyed getting to know some more people that lived around the area, as not all the guys' friends were from the Academy, and she enjoyed having a night out without worrying about the caseload sitting on her desk.

It was now the Saturday before Thanksgiving and Abagail had gotten up earlier than usual, so she went for an early run on her own. Now she was curling up on her balcony with a cup of coffee and her laptop deciding to try to catch up on all her work emails from clients and work on trial prep for the week. It was a brisk morning, so she had brought out a blanket to drape over her legs to keep the chill off.

As she got into the case reviewing the paperwork that her client had given her as well as the history of the defendant she began to write out her opening argument beginning by showcasing the history between the client and the defendant. Waiting until rebuttal for the full effect of the issues and reasoning behind the charges, how her client was mistreated by the defendant repeatedly until being beaten by the defendant. She enjoyed being able to help victims find a light at the end of their tunnel. Not every case was easy to prove, this one had been particularly difficult, as the only witness was that of a child, but with evidence and previous history, she was sure the case would be easy to prove to the jury.

"Hey, I thought I would find you out here!" Emma said poking her head out the sliding glass door, "How long have you been out here for? I was starting to think that you had left without saying anything," she said pulling her bathrobe tighter against her as she stepped out onto the balcony.

"Um I have been out here since 8, what time is it now?" Abagail answered looking at her phone for the first time "Oh wow guess I have been out here for a while, I did not know it was past lunch already!" she responded setting her notebook down on the table as she stood to stretch.

"Yeah, you have definitely been at it for a while making any progress?" Emma asked leaning against the wall that separated our balcony from the neighbors

"Loads I have the opening argument for this week done and am almost through my second draft of the notes for trial, once done those I just need to finish up my closing argument and leave notes for any adjustment's I might need to make on the day of" she said as she began to put everything in a stack together to take back inside

"That is good, both her and her child deserve to get justice, and I have really enjoyed working with them" Emma responded picking up the blanket and now empty coffee mug to follow back inside "but I think you have done enough work for one Saturday, how about trip to the mall after lunch, my fall wardrobe could use a little pick me up"

"I agree with enough for today, I enjoy that I have had fun the last few weekends and have managed to leave work at work for the most part. It has been all I have done since long before graduation, it is nice to relax. As for shopping both of us could use some new fall clothes, we never splurge. Let me just get a shower first. I never bothered when I got back from my run this morning" Abagail said as she put all her work back into her briefcase and closed her laptop down

"Was wondering what that smell was, did you get to run with Mr. Hottie again or no?" Emma asked picking at some lint on the bed as she sat

"Na not this weekend. It was nice to start my run as the sun went up though, you should really start coming with me it would be good for you" Abagail responded as she headed towards the shower leaving her bedroom door open,

"Ha that is never going to happen, if I am running then I suggest you best hall ass because something or someone is chasing me and trying to kill me" Emma responded making a face as she rinsed out the coffee mug and headed towards her own room to get dressed for lunch.

Abagail shook her heading laughing as she quickly got a shower and blow-dried her hair. The girls decided to hit a local back corner restaurant that most of the tourist did not know about. They served amazing pizzas and good fresh subs. As they arrived the saw a table full of Naval Academy students in one corner and a few other local college students in the other. They opted for a table in the back with a good view of the front door and most of the seating area.

"So, tell me what has been going on with Andrew. I feel like I hardly ever see you anymore, you sneak in late most nights and you leave for school before I get back from my morning runs. I want details," Abagail said leaning on the table some raising her eyebrows at Emma across the table.

"Oh well, he has been very nice! We have gone out to dinner several times and each time he has been a perfect gentleman. He is a year above Logan, but they are the same age. Apparently, it is why they have gotten along some; they are both one of the oldest in their respective classes. It also means he gets more time off campus than the rest, hence why we go out to dinner a few times a week and he has even brought me lunch a few times at school!" Emma said as she folded the napkin in front of her.

"That is amazing Emma, I am happy for you. If he is being nice and not taking advantage or using, you I see no problem with it! It is nice to see you dating again,"

"He has been very much a gentleman and he has not tried for sex even once, or remotely hinted at going down that path, which is slightly odd given his first impression. There really is a nicer side of him under that bad boy attitude. I think he just uses that to let go of some of the rules he has gotten so used to having to obey at the Academy" Emma said reaching for a slice of pizza after the waiter left from seating their food down on the table, "Now what about you, I feel like when I do get up in the morning you have been out with Logan or already at work"

"Well, for the most part, we have just been running," Abagail said reaching for her own piece of pizza "But it has not been awkward as you would think, it's been well nice," she said smiling slightly "he has been true to his word on just keeping things friendly. He texts me when he is not busy in class or doing something of that nature. It has been nice to have another friend to talk with and rant with "

"Well that is good, have you thought any more about moving from the friend zone with him again?" Emma asks nonchalantly as she picked at the toppings on her pizza

"Honestly a few times, yes, but outside of running and going out with friends, we have not done much that has been just the two of us. I know a bit more about what he did after high school but before the Academy. Right now, I am content to just take things slow " Abagail said taking a bite of her pizza

"Well I know you said you run mostly in silence, but what do you talk about then?" Emma asks

"We have talked about my job, it is nice to have someone that understands my passion behind work. We both know that to me it is not just a job but something that I enjoy. He listens, well as much as one can on a topic they're not actually involved in, but honestly, he seems to understand why I do what I do and does not judge me like some other guys have done before; nor does he ask me to not talk about work. Logan seems to genuinely want to know what I am doing and takes some interest in it as well. Like yesterday when we ran he asked me how trial prep for next week was going and how I thought the outcome would go." Abagail said trying to hide her wide smile as she took another bite from her pizza

"Aw look at you trying to hide how happy you are. It is nice to see you smiling again, I was never a big fan of Logan, but he has a way of making your whole face light up when you talk about him. Besides from the little bit I have seen of him since September, he seems to have gotten his selfishness out of his system. Not to mention that amazing smoking hot body he has now. His body just seems so well defined and muscular now, I mean don't get me wrong he was never ugly, but he never had that much definition to his obliques before" Emma said fanning herself for empathizes as she smiled at Abagail "You sure do know how to pick them" she laughed

"Oh my gosh, you are so embarrassing sometimes. Like who says stuff like that" Abagail laughed reaching for another slice of pizza

"Oh, you know you would say the same thing if it was reversed. Andrew is good looking, but he is not near as well defined as Logan. Regardless though I would love to get to see what is down below if you know what I mean" Emma said laughing at her own joke

"You never give up do you." Abagail responded laughing as she shakes her head, "Enough chit chat and more eating so we can go get out shopping on! Then maybe we can hit a movie before we go home tonight"

"Sounds good to me!" Emma said digging in for another piece herself

They both finished up their lunch before leaving. At the mall, both girls hit the stores looking for new outfits without breaking the bank. As they walked around they discussed more what was going on in their lives outside of boys.

Emma was entering her last year of schooling before she would have her bachelor's degree in social work. Things were beginning to come into play for her, she is looking for a full-time job and wanted to possibly continue school to get her master's as well. Working with Abagail at the State's Attorney Office over the summer had given her the desire to be able to help kids in bad situations. With her master's she could work as an expert for attorneys in these cases. From there they discussed more random things going such as their siblings,

"So, Abi how is Mark doing with the new baby in the house? Are he and Lyndsey adjusting to parenting life all right?" Emma asked as she picked out another sweater to try on with a matching blouse

"I believe so, last time I talked to him he was just ready for mom to go home. You know how over barring she can be" Abagail laughed as she pulled out a pair of jeans for herself to go with the boots she had already purchased

"Ha, your mom is still up there! I was wondering why we had not seen her in a few months. She has been there for like four months now" Emma laughed heading towards the fitting rooms

"Oh, I know Mark keeps asking me to come up with some excuse as to why she has to go home. But I just cannot do it. Right now, she is out of my hair, hell she has hardly called me." Abagail laughed following behind Emma

"That is true. I bet being a grandma now is making her happy though, she never thought Mark would settle down let alone have a kid" Emma laughed over the changing room

"Oh, yeah, that kid is being spoiled and is not even old enough to care yet. I honestly think she is overcompensating things though. Just to make up for the fact that Dad will never be able to play with her" Abagail responded sitting on a nearby couch waiting for Emma

Five years ago, Abagail's father was struck and killed by a drunk driver on his way home from work one evening. Since then her mom had become more protective of all three of her kids, making sure she knew as much as possible about what was going on in their lives. But the older they each got the harder it was becoming for her to do so. Mark her oldest brother now lived with his wife in Connecticut, Morgan was out in sunny California working for the FBI, and so that left Abagail her youngest and only daughter for her to nag over the most since she only lives a few hours away from home.

"Never thought of it that way, how has she been doing up there?" Emma asked walking out and placing what she did not want on the rack before they made their way to the checkout

"Mark said she seems more like herself then she has in a long time, he is happy to see this side of her. But he wants his space, he just cannot figure out how to tell her without upsetting her at the same time" Abagail responded by handing the cashier her credit card

"I am sure if he just told her they think they're ready to handle things on their own that she would understand. But it would be better coming from him than for you to make up some reason that she needs to come home. That would send her into a full panic, just to get here and find out nothing is wrong" Emma responded taking her bags as they headed back out into the mall

"Very true" Abagail added shifting most of her bags to one hand to reach for her ringing phone "speak of the devil it is mom calling," Abagail said moving to the side to answer her mom's call

After Abagail got off the phone with her mom, who was just calling make sure that she would not reconsider driving up to join them for Thanksgiving dinner this week. The girls decided to head home for the night. The plan was to order dinner on their way home and curl up on the couch with a Netflix movie. Emma text most of the way home saying that dinner was ordered and should be there not long after they would get home.

Once home the girls dropped their bags in the living room, just deciding to leave them for tomorrow to deal with before grabbing a bottle of wine and two glasses to go with their dinner.

"I will get it" Emma yelled to Abagail in her room as the delivery driver knocked on their door

Abagail could hear faint whispers coming from the entryway but continued changing into something more comfortable before coming out to get her food. She heard Emma close the door just before she came out of her room. As she walked to the kitchen readjusted her shirt, she finally looked up to find that there were two unexpected guests standing in the entryway, one was holding the dinner, the other a case of beer.

Chapter Five

"Oh, hi guys did not expect you to be here," Abagail said addressing Logan and Andrew who were standing in the kitchen with Emma.

"Andrew messaged me on our way home that he wanted to come over, and I figured this would be a good way for you to get to know him as well, and well he Logan decided to join," Emma said smiling flirtatiously towards Andrew.

Logan was leaning coolly against the wall by the kitchen as he watched Abagail trying to hide her erect nipples under the thin pink shirt that she had on; out of the corner of his eye, he could see that Andrew was getting an even nicer view right down her shirt as he stood a good foot tall than her. Slowly Logan pushed himself off the wall setting down the case of beer on the counter before making his way over to Abagail positioning himself between the two.

"I hope it is ok that I tagged along with him, but when he was texting Emma I was with him and thought a nice movie night in sounded good," Logan said moving beside her gently brushing his chest against her arm.

"No that is fine, just did not expect to have company is all" Abagail said shivering from his brief contact and realizing that her arms where doing little to hide her breast "Why don't you three go ahead and pick a movie, it's a bit chilly in her I am going to go get a sweater" Abagail responded turning to head back into her bedroom for a sweater.

As she came back out they got to work on everyone grabbing a plate of dinner for themselves and a drink before heading to the living room to watch a movie. Emma and Andrew head to curl up on one of the love couches, leaving the adjoining couch with for Logan and Abagail. As Logan sat down settling into the couch Abagail decided to sit on the floor, leaning her back against the couch next to Logan instead placing her food and wine glass on the table in front of her.

"Any request in what we watch tonight?" Emma asked flipping through the movie list as she sipped her wine.

"As long as it is not a horror movie I am down for anything" Abagail responded taking a bite of her pasta.

"What about that," Andrew asked gesturing towards the newest Avengers movie on Netflix, "the next one is about to come out it would be nice to re-watch this one first," he said settling back into the couch draping his arm around Emma

"Sounds good to me" Abagail responded in between bites

They turned on the movie and everyone settled back into their seats. Logan readjusted on the couch moving so his leg was now resting against the side of Abagail as she leaned back into the couch, giving him a better angle of the tv screen.

He could feel her stiffen at his touch but decided not to move his leg, he had done as she had requested for the last few months and had remained friends throughout, now he wanted to see how far she was willing to push that boundary. As the movie played on Abagail slowly relaxed against his leg more allowing him and the couch to hold her upright.

Halfway through the movie Emma got up to get each of the girls another glass of wine and brought back another beer for Andrew. After drinking some more wine Abagail moved to lean against Logan's knees with her head laying against him as the movie continued playing, Logan was not focused on the rest of the movie has instead focused on Abagail as she leaned against him, enjoying the feel of her warmth from the contact.

Her hair was beginning to darken in color as the fall leaves began to head into winter taking away from the amount of time she spent outside. Her body in the last few months had managed to become more sculpted and her abs more defined but still giving leaving her with well-defined curves of her hips and breast. About a month into their runs, he had decided to start working out some of his other exercises into the routine, and she had joined in just going with the flow that he created. The more they worked at it each exercise the more intense their runs had become, traveling more of the hills and going further with a faster pace. The pullover she had on was a bit big hiding her perfectly firm round tits from his direct view, but he knew from running just how large and firm they were. She had on a pair of leggings that hugged the curves of her toned thighs and had pulled her legs up closer to her body as she relaxed back against him.

At the end of the movie, Abagail got up to use the bathroom and then it was decided to watch another movie as it was not late. She brought back a bucket of popcorn for everyone and handed Logan a bottle of water before settling on the couch next to him. As she got situated, Emma raised one perfectly manicured eyebrow at Abagail as she studied her change in the seating arrangement. Abagail's only response was to roll her eyes, as she laid back into the couch as Logan snickered at the exchange. Smiling he drank some water then rested his arm across the back of the couch behind her.

About halfway into the second movie Abagail drifted off to sleep resting her head on top of Logan's shoulder.

"We are going to head back to bed when you leave the door will automatically lock behind you" Emma whispered to Logan as she handed him a blanket from Abagail's room,

"Thanks," Logan said softly as he draped the blanket over Abagail's small frame as she laid curled up in his side, her face tilted up towards his,

"Logan," Emma whispered again just before following Andrew into her bedroom "Whatever you do, please do not break her, I do not know if she would be able to recover again," Emma said looking him in the eye as she quietly awaited his response,

"I promise I won't break her not again, I did not know how much I needed her back in my life until I saw her at that bar, but since then I have had no thoughts of ever letting her go again" Logan responded gently looking down at Abagail's sleeping figure,

"Good night Logan," Emma said glancing at the two of them on the couch once more before heading into her room and closing the door behind her.

Logan continued to sit on the couch just watching Abagail sleep in his arms. Whatever caused her so much pain was not shown on her face as she slept. She looked at peace with the world, almost angelic with no care or hurt from the outside world. It was then that he realized that even though they were becoming friends once again, she still had not fully let him back in. He knew he would do whatever it would take to break down the walls in which she was using to keep everyone else out, he wanted to earn her trust and make her feel that there was good in the world again. If along the way she was able to fall for him, he would make sure to never let anything come between them again, he knew now what he did not know all those years ago, they could both have their careers and be happy, but neither would ever truly be happy if they did not have someone to share it with.

Chapter Six

As the sun began to shine into the living room. Abagail stirred on the couch, quickly freezing as she felt the hard-warm surface of a body pressed underneath her. Slowly she listened, feeling the steady rise and fall of Logan's chest as he continued to sleep. Enjoying the moment, she snuggled closer to him feeling his arm tighten against her hip, keeping her pulled close against him. Opening her eyes, she looked around the living room. It was just the two of them out here, she must have fallen asleep during the second movie.

Finally bringing her attention back to the man lying under her she studied how peaceful Logan looked in his sleep, she took a moment to study just how well sculpted his body was underneath her. His chest was rigid, and she could feel the well-defined abs beneath his t-shirt, slowly looking up at his face she was able to see the small scar just below his eye that she did not remember him having. She reached out tracing the scar as it ran down in over towards his ear. At first, she did not realize that his steady breathing had changed until he spoke pulling her further onto his lap, as he adjusted himself.

"Got that during boot camp before I got in the Academy. Some idiot on the rope course. Got lucky it did not take my eye out." Logan murmurers eyes still closed as his arms remain wrapped around her.

"I never noticed it before, but I have always found your scars kind of sexy and some of them have a new mystery about them" Abagail said blushing at her bluntness as Logan opened his eyes watching her as she continued to trace over his face looking for other scars "Like this one I remember, you got it our first year of high school when someone from the other team got you under your helmet during a football game" Abagail said tracing the small scar by his chin that was even harder to see now unless you knew it was there

"Yeah, I remember that one I wanted to knock that ass down, he knew that move was illegal as fuck," Logan said as he moved his hand gently beginning to skim up and down her leg, his fingers grazing over her soft skin that was peeking out from where her shirt had risen in her sleep.

"Yeah Coach was not happy about that either" Abagail responded snuggling against his chest shivering from his touch "I am sorry you had to sleep on the couch sitting up, you could have woken me up," she said laying her head against his shoulder playing with the blanket between her fingers

"Hey," Logan said moving his hand up to tilt her face towards his "I know I could have woken you up, but there was nowhere else I would have rather been last night," Logan said gently as he looked in her eyes seeing a glimmer of the full pain she hides behind.

"Where did Emma and Andrew go?" Abagail asked glancing back towards Emma's still closed door.

"They went to bed together after the end of the second movie" Logan responded watching her as she snuggled back up against his chest.

"Oh, ok," Abagail said as she let out a yawn and closes her eyes.

Abagail snuggled back into Logan moving one hand against his lower stomach while the other rested on top of her leg. Slowly she began to drift back to sleep comforted by his embrace as he wrapped his arms around her pulling her deeper into his chest. As she drifted back to sleep he gently kissed the side of her forehead before resting his head back onto the couch.

A little while later they could hear Emma and Andrew beginning to move around in her room getting up for the day.

"Want to go for a run this morning, or would you like to get some more sleep," Abagail asked softly, her lips moving against his neck where she had curled up closer against him in her sleep "we can go into my room"

"I could use some more sleep, but I can stay out here," Logan murmured not opening his eyes as he spoke enjoying the feel of her lips against his skin.

"No, they will come out here in a few minutes and then you will never get any sleep, come on" Abagail said slowly standing up letting the blanket fall back down to the couch as she took Logan's hand pulling him up from the couch and leading them into the bedroom with her hand still within his.

"Whatever you say, Boss," Logan said intertwining his fingers with hers.

Abagail led them into her room turning to lock the door behind them. As they both moved towards the bed, she let go of Logan's hand pulling off the sweatshirt before crawling into bed pulling back the covers for Logan to join her.

"I hate sleeping in a sweatshirt, they are too bulky" Abagail murmured as she scooted back once he climbed in the bed, pressing herself against him now being able to feel his skin burn through her shirt as he wrapped his arm around her, trapping her against him.

"Go back to sleep women we can go for a run later today," Logan mumbled as he snuggled his face into the back of her neck trying to stifle a yawn.

Abagail never did fall back asleep but after a little while, she could hear Logan's steady breathing as he drifted to sleep. Hearing Emma and Andrew moving about the kitchen, they were talking quietly about how Emma thought that Logan had gone home and about what she thought was going on between herself and Logan. Andrew finally got her to let it go before the TV could be heard. Drowning out anything else they were about to say.

She thought about what was going on between her and Logan, she asked for just friendship, but she could feel so much more between them. Things just were, they did not have to think about their actions towards each other they just happened. Emma had said it, they both had changed and were different people then they were in High School but still, they had different career paths. She was a new Attorney and while she had managed to get an amazing job right out of school, she still had a lot of work to do to prove that she could make it as an attorney and that she was right for the job.

As for Logan he still had another year and half of school before he Graduated, and then who knew where he would be sent to. But she could not help but feel the comfort and security that he brought as she laid there in his arms while he slept curled up with her, or how well rested she felt after just sleeping in his arms for one night.

Slowly she rolled over in his arms and pressed her cheek against his bare chest, looking at the ever-detailed outline of his sculpted abs. Tracing her hand up his arm that was still draped over her waist, then following back down his broad chest to his abs, continuing with the defined outline of the 'V' that disappeared under the waistband of his shorts. As she got closer to the waistband of his pants Logan's grip tightened slightly on her waist pulling her flush up against his chest. Lifting her head, she met his cloudy lust filled eyes, as he gazed down at her from his spot on the pillow.

Logan raised his hand, capturing the side of her face in his palm as he brought her closer pressing a kiss just to the side of her lips, then again on the other side, before finally dragging his lips across hers gently before pressing a kiss there. At first, the kiss was gentle and soft; then quickly it deepened turning into a passionate frenzy not caring about coming up for air, swiftly Logan rolled fully onto his back pulling her with him as his tongue demanded entrance. Granting it she felt as his tongue tangled with hers, she pawed at Logan's side as she straddled him, wanting to get closer but hating the barrier that their clothes where creating. His hands remained against her waist, his fingers gently digging into her skin.

"Abagail if we do not stop now, I am not sure we will," Logan said finally breaking the kiss as he sucked in some air then began trailing hot kisses down her exposed collarbone.

"Then don't," Abagail said panting as she recaptured his lips with hers, her hands running back down to the waistband of his shorts.

Slowly Logan rolled Abagail onto her back pressing one of his legs between hers, as they continued to devour each other with their mouths. Gently he took hold of both her hands pinning them above her head with one of his own, as he slowly kissed down her neck biting gently at her soft skin before rising above her, hovering, looking down into her eyes seeing the same desire and lust within her as he felt within himself.

"Do not think I do not want to do this, man do I" Logan said shifting his weight gently so that he remained pressed against her without crushing her with all his weight, "but I do not want you to regret this, so for now I am putting a stop to this" Logan breathed leaning down and nipping at her lips once more before releasing her and rolling back onto his back next to her.

They both remained there sitting in silence, still trying to catch there breathes. Abagail sat thinking about what just happened and how much she did not want this to end. With that decision she rolled over deciding it was time to take a chance and see just where things could go if she let them. Rolling over she glanced up at Logan smiling softly as he reached over brushing a strand of hair from her face. As his palm cupped her cheek she let her walls fall allowing Logan to briefly see all the pain and heartache that she held back from everyone else.

"I can tell you see the pain that I am trying like hell to hide, but I no longer want to hide it from you, I do not feel as if I need to. So, if you are ready to go down this path with me knowing that there is baggage and being able to accept that I am not ready to tell you what happened to me" Abagail said tilting her head pressing her cheek closer into his open palm as she glanced up at him meeting his gaze, "then I would like to see where this leads to if you are willing"

Smiling down at her Logan took her hands within his, his gaze never once leaving her questioning eyes,

"Abagail, I accept you, all the good and bad that comes with, it just makes you who you are as a person and I would not want it any other way," Logan said smirking as he winked at her before saying "I knew you could not resist my good looks and charm" he said gesturing down his body

"Sometimes you can be a real jackass Logan," Abagail laughed as she rolled out of the bed

Logan's smile grew as he watched her change into a pair of running pants and a sports bra, then grabbed her by the waist pulling her back down onto the bed on top of him before kissing her one more time.

"So, with that decision finally made, do you want to see what Andrew and Emma are planning to do today and just hang out with them or would you like to continue what you started here in bed" Logan suggested waggling his eyebrows suggestively with a cocky smirk on his face.

"I think I heard them earlier talk about going go out to the movies or something, which I do not really feel like doing. How about we go for a run and get a bite to eat uptown?" she suggested getting up from the bed again and moving out of his reach before pulling her hair into a ponytail.

"Sure, we can do that, want to see if they want to join us?" Logan asked, pulling his eyes away from her as he pulled his own shirt back over his head

"We can ask, but I do not think Emma will go, she only wants to run with me when she is really bored" Abagail chuckled reaching for the door to head into the kitchen

Just before she could open the door Logan put his hand above her pressing her firmly against the door as he trapped her there grazing his lips over her neck causing her to arch her back and press up against him. Gently he nuzzled her as pressed short hot kisses against her neck before moving to press a gentle kiss to her lips. As they continued to kiss his hand moved down to her hip locking her further in place as his fingers grazed against her skin, just under her shirt leaving a hot molten trail of desire in his wake.

"We have not even been dating officially to you for more than a minute and already you want me all to yourself" Logan teased against her lips left just an inch between them as he spoke.

"Maybe or maybe I just want to go for a run, so I can escape you already" Abagail panted as she brought her free hand down to his chest where she rested it feeling his heartbeat under her palm.

Logan grunted before her pressed another kiss to her lips pushing her even harder against the door as he ground out against her core. Slowly he began to explore her kissing a hot trail down to her exposed breast nipping at the overspill from where her sports bra pushed them up together running his hot tongue across the top leaving her breathless and wanton. Suddenly he dropped her hand stepping away from her body before he moved her back, catching her from falling from the sudden absence of his body pressed against hers, he pulled open the door leaving her standing their face flushed and confused in the bedroom.

After a few moments she broke from the spell he wove over her and headed into the kitchen behind him ignoring Emma's smug look as she sat in the living room snuggled against Andrew.

"Do you two want to go running with us?" Logan asked his smirk tenfold as he caught the look the girls where sharing.

"Sure, that sounds like a great idea" Andrew answered causing Emma to whip her head around to face him glaring.

"Why would you think I want to go running. It's not even 11 am yet," Emma huffed sitting up fringing disgust

"Because we need to build up your stamina, so you can keep up with your extracurricular activities" Andrew responded waiving a hand over himself as he smiled imperturbably down at her.

"Are you saying that my stamina is not high enough for you, because I am pretty sure I remember last night being the other way around" Emma said standing up with her hands on her hips "but fine we can go running, as long as we can stop to eat on the way back" she said turning towards Abagail's room

"You know we will, and it is in the back of my closet," Abagail said as she watched Emma disappear into her room

"It always is, I would have to use them more it not to end up at the bottom" Emma responded as you could hear her digging through the closet shuffling things around.

Logan and Andrew looked at her puzzlingly before they both began to get ready themselves.

"She hardly ever goes running, so she always steals my things to use" Abagail responded pulling a bottle of water from the fridge for herself after getting her shoes on.

Emma finally came out changed into a pair of tight-fitting running pants and a sports bra with a teal shirt pulled over the top. She grumbled some as she finished pulling up her hair and joined the rest at the door to head out for their run. As they began running the girls fell in step in front of the guys, Abagail running in pace to Emma.

As soon as there was enough distance between the two groups, Emma began grilling Abagail about what happened. Abagail replayed most of the morning from waking up on the couch, to the decision to finally actually start truly dating, leaving out some of the better details. Emma squealed in delight as they continued running sticking to the quieter streets along the water's edge. As they approached the Academy, Logan and Andrew came up to run alongside the girls guiding them onto the base. Once they got through the gates, they set a pace running as a full group instead of two. The guys took them along one of their normal runs adding in a few strength training exercises as the girls kept going. Once they approached the far side of the academy, it was decided for Emma's sake to head back towards the deli to get a bite for lunch before heading back to the apartment.

Chapter Seven

A week after Thanksgiving Abagail and Emma were asked to join her mom for dinner, she had gotten back from Connecticut earlier in the week, after something happened at Mark's house where she declared 'it is time for me to leave them be'. As a result, it was asked that they both meet her at the country club, dressed appropriately of course.

"Any idea why your mom wants to meet with us for dinner?" Emma asked as she touched up her makeup in the visor as the girls pulled up outside the Country Club at Woodmere, which was known for its elite and high-class members.

"Do we ever know why she wants to do anything?" Abagail asked as she parked her car where once again she was reminded of the world she grew up in. Her Audi stuck out amongst all the high dollar BMWs' and Mercedes' "she probably just wants to see us since we have not spent much time with her the last few months, you know how she gets, she has to know every detail" Abagail exclaimed climbing out of the car and adjusting her tea-length sweater dress and knee-high boots before heading towards the club.

"Look" Emma exclaimed pointing towards one Mercedes that stood out from the rest, "Dear old Dad is here, I wonder who the mistress of the week is," she said rolling her eyes as she walked towards the main entrance of the club

"Lord only knows who it could be this time, she must not be from around here because I think he has managed to go through every single woman within 100 miles, or married women for that matter," Abagail said throwing her head back as she laughed walking beside Emma to the hostess stand

Calvin Prescott, CEO of the country's largest Chemical company, and Emma's father; was known for his womanizing ways of acting like a teenager in heat. Ever since his wife, Emma's mother decided to leave him when she was about five years old, he had gone from one mistress to the next. It never surprised the girls when they got to his place to find some new women walking around the house thinking that she was going to be the next Mrs. Prescott. But they never lasted more than a few weeks if that, and then he was on to the next women.

"Good Afternoon Miss. Cartwright, Miss. Prescott" the hostess said as he greeted the girls taking their coats "Mrs. Cartwright mentioned that you would be joining her for lunch she is right this way" he said as he hand the coats to another waiting staff member and lead them through the dining hall to the back private room with a view of the golf course and concourse

"Is Mr. Prescott here?" Emma asked glancing around not seeing her father in the main dining room or at the bar

"Yes, I believe Mr. Prescott is on the golf course with a few other gentlemen" he responded stepping aside for the girls to enter the room

Emma nodded her responses as a small thank you before following Abagail into the room. Once in the room, Abagail came to an abrupt stop, causing Emma to almost walk into her. Sitting in the dining room was not only Emma's mom, Katherine Cartwright but also Mr. Carter Hampton and his oldest son Ethan.

The Hamptons owned not only this country club, but 80% of the ones on the East Coast, and several other businesses. Mr. Hampton was good friends with her father before his passing and was a shark in the business world, he did not care who he had to go through he would get the job done, by any means necessary, he was a rather scary man. Then there was his son Ethan who is meant to one day take over the business and known to be just as ruthless if not more so than his father, again the few times the girls had interacted with him he came across as scary and evil in his own way.

"Hi Mrs. Cartwright, it's been a long time since we've seen you! How was the trip to Connecticut?" Emma asked as she quickly hugged her before finding her seat taking the spot across from Ethan "and it is nice to see you both as well" she nodded in greeting

"Hey Mom," Abagail said greeting her mom and quickly taking the seat between Emma and her mother as she nodded towards the Hamptons "Mr. Hampton, Ethan it is nice to see you again" she greeted as she placed her napkin over her lap trying to hide her confusion at the situation.

"Thank you for joining us girls" Mrs. Cartwright responded "The trip was amazing it was nice to be able to spend so much time with Mark and getting to play with Gigi, but I was ready to come home" she smiled as she waived the waiter over to take the girls drink orders and pulled out a few photos

"I need to get up there to see her again, but with my caseload, it's been difficult to get time off" Abagail smiled looking at the pictures her mom had pulled out to show them

"A young lady with your connections should not be working so much" Mr. Hampton responded taking a drink from what Abagail assumed was whiskey "There is no reason you should not have a man supporting you so that you can travel and do as you please, you should be organizing fundraisers and raising the children, like your mother did" he further comment

"Dad, that might have worked in your time, but I am sure Abagail would much rather be working than sitting at home organizing fundraisers for the likes of high society people" Ethan interjected before Abagail or Emma could respond

"Yes, I enjoy my work and find it much more rewarding then sitting at home" Abagail responded trying to keep her calm as her mother shifted in her seat beside her as she took a drink from her water trying to calm herself down before she lost control in front of her mother.

"Well, what is everyone's plans for Christmas," Emma asked glancing around the table trying to ease the tension that had grown quickly.

The topic of conversation picked up as the Hamptons discussed their upcoming holiday plans to travel to their home in the Hamptons where they would spend the next month between Christmas parties, and hosting their annual charity gala to close the year. As they spoke Abagail glanced at Ethan before shifting to face Emma and then darting her eyes back to the Hamptons. Emma just shrugged feeling just as confused as her about their presence at the dinner. It would not be the first time her mother had tried to set one of them up with a son of another club member, but generally, their parents were not included.

As they ate their dinner, which consisted of a three-course meal and took forever it felt like, Abagail kept stealing glances across the table feeling Ethan's stare as he continued in the conversation around the upcoming gala.

The gala was always a big production and would include the most popular names you could think of, all of them came from big money, but each event was the same, fake smiles and small talk, with lots of high dollar checks about who had the bigger wallet. Abagail hated attending the events and was glad that she had been able to get out of attending the last few years due to her college studies. It would not be long before her mother requested her presence at another event, the only thing that made it bearable was that Emma was always with her. Travis had loved attending said it was our way to get into whatever law firm we wanted, she should have known then that they would never work out, but she ignored the signs even in the beginning. Whereas Logan hated attending events of this nature, regardless of how he could benefit, they use to laugh about the events back in high school after a night of attending.

"Emma how is school going?" Katherine asked as she finished her second course wiping the corners of her mouth with her napkin

It is going well, we have finals this week and then will have a break until the middle of January, this will be my last semester before graduation" she responded setting her fork down before reaching for her drink

"That is good, I bet your father is so proud of you, will your mother be coming over for the graduation ceremony?"

"You could say, as for my mother, she has every intention for flying in for the graduation along with my aunt. I believe they're going to use the trip to go site seeing as well"

"That is fabulous you will have to let me know when she is in, I would love to get together with her for lunch"

"Will do Mrs. Cartwright" Emma responded glancing out the window at the golf course before nudging Abagail in the side and nodding towards the window.

Both girls snickered as they saw Mr. Prescott outside groping some leggy brunet that was wearing way too short of a skirt for the December weather.

"Will you excuse me for a moment," Emma said as she pushed back her chair standing to head outside

As everyone nodded their acknowledgment, Abagail smirked to herself. Mr. Prescott was about to get an earful and he had no idea that his beloved daughter was about to be the one to air out all his dirty laundry not caring who saw or heard.

"Well while we are waiting for them to bring out the third course," Mr. Hampton said placing his napkin on the table as he leaned his elbows on the table reaching for her mother's hand "We have an announcement to make" smiling around the table as he laced his fingers with Katherines

"Dear we said we would wait until after we were done dinner" Katherine responded smiling fondly at him

"Yes, well now seems as good a time as any," he responded returning her smile before looking back towards Abagail and his son "we have decided to get married" he announced showing off the ring on her mother's finger

The only sound that could be heard in the room was that of Abagail's quick intake of breath as she sat in shock and the faint sound of the yelling between the Prescott's outside.

"Well would one of you say something," Katherine said after a few more moments of silence

"Why" Abagail responded saying the first thing that came to mind as her mother frowned at her for her lack of manners, "I mean when did you two even start dating," Abagail asked not caring how much etiquette she was breaking at the table

"Well not that it is any of your business" Katherine responded with a shrill tone "But when I first got up to Connecticut I ran into Carter at a dinner someone was hosting. Then things proceeded from there. Thus, when he proposed last week at Thanksgiving I could not think of any reason why not to get married" she said smiling at Carter

"Does Mark know about this?" Abagail asked as she looked over at Ethan for his response, he seemed just as flabbergasted as she was

"Yes, he does honey, I asked him to let me be the one to tell you girls" Katherine responded giving her daughter a stern look disapproving her rude behavior

"Well then I guess congratulations are in order Dad" Ethan finally said smacking his father on the back "and I guess this means welcome to the family Mrs. Cartwright, Abagail" he added with a forced smile towards Abagail and her mother

"Please call me Katherine" she responded smiling at him as Emma rejoined the table

"Sorry, about that I wanted to speak with my father for a moment" Emma said as she rejoined the table looking around in puzzlement, "What have I missed?" she said placing her napkin back on her lap

"Mom and Mr. Hampton just announced their engagement," Abagail said cavalierly to Emma as she picked up her fork to stab at the steak that was set down in front of her.

"Oh! Well, um, congratulations" Emma said smiling in bewilderment at the news, "shall we celebrate with a bottle of champagne for dessert," she said plastering on a fake smile as she reached for her own fork

"That is not necessary, but thank you for such a wonderful idea, Miss. Prescott" Mr. Hampton responded joining the rest of the table in finishing his dinner.

The remainder of the meal was spent with Katherine and Carter carrying on the conversation, while the rest of the table ate in silence. Ethan looked across the table a few times watching the girls. At the end of lunch, Emma informed the table that herself and Abagail where expected to meet with her father for a night cap before heading back home.

The girls said their farewells. Abagail was informed that she would have dinner with her mother next week just the two of them. Abagail cringed knowing that if her mother wanted to have dinner with just her that she was in for an earful for her unacceptable behavior at the table, and even more so in public.

"How bad was it" Emma whispered as they waved once more before leaving the private room and entering the main dining area

"Oh, I definitely put my foot in it, but what I think I am more upset about is that Mark knew and did not bother to give me a heads up. He knew that I would not react well to this, I mean I knew at some point she would move on, but never did I think it would be with a slimeball like Mr. Hampton or that it would be so quickly, I did not even know she was seeing anyone" she said shaking her head in disgust

"Well at least you know he is not after her money" Emma shrugged in response before turning in the direction of the parking lot

"Thought we were meeting with your father," Abagail asked following her

"No" Emma snorted in amusement "even I wanted out of there, it was so tense you could cut it with a knife." She said stopping as they waited for their coats

"The man started out lunch by insulting our choice to work and not be trophy wives, not even my father is that stupid; then announced unexpectedly he was going to be marrying mom" she said as she pulled on her coat, "don't look now but your future step-brother is coming"

Chapter Eight

Abagail turned watching as Ethan made his way through the dining room. As he came across the room he drew attention, but his was not like Logan's it was not an air of mystery that brought attention, it was that of his power that brought their gazes to him, he commanded the attention even without them realizing they were doing it. As he rounded the last few tables he made direct eye contact with Abagail, as she returned his gaze his eyes turned darker in color and he straightened his shoulders to emphasize his fullest height as he approached. Coming to stand in front of them Abagail mimicked him, standing to her fullest height of five foot six inches. Refusing to let him hold whatever power he thought he might have over her.

"Is there something we can help you with?" Abagail asked as Ethan glared down at her with a sneer on his face as he glanced once at Emma before returning his eyes to her

"Yes, you can let your mother know that she will not be touching any of my father's money" he snarled crossing his arms over his chest empathizing his broad shoulders as she he continued to glare down at her

"Well as much as I do not like you or your father, there is nothing we can do about it. Besides my mother could careless about his money, first we have our own, second you do not know my mother if you believe that is what she is looking for" Abagail said "So instead of coming over here to lecture me, why don't you speak with your father, or better yet just stop thinking she is the one with the agenda, maybe it's your father that is after something from her" she retorted turning to leave with Emma

As the girls headed out of the club the both looked at each other and busted out laughing. While she might not agree with what she feels is a sudden engagement, she knows that her mother would not be with someone just because of how many dollar signs are beside their name. While Mr. Hampton made billions, her mothers' wealth was much more, and was not just from how much she brought in from her businesses. No, her parents came from wealth it was an in heritage and made to become even more by all the investments and businesses that her parents started over the years. It just was not known to the public, everyone just assumed it was because of her parent's business ventures as they did not throw their money around like some of the other wealthy families in the area did.

Just as Abagail was reaching to open her door she was yanked backwards by an arm wrapping around the top hers, pulling her against a stone hard cold chest.

"You dare laugh at me" Ethan growled in her ear tightening his hold as she whimpered from the pressure he was using

"Let go of her" Emma ground out from across the car as she turned in response to Abagail's scream, one that she had not even known she let out.

"Tell your mother to get lost or I will show you what happens when someone screws with our family" he growled in her ear just low enough for her to hear before he shoved her forward into her car as he released her just as quickly as he had snatched her

Abagail glared behind her as Ethan made his way back into the club, rubbing at where he had held onto her arm.

"Are you ok" Emma asked as she watched his retreating form wanting to go another round with him instead of her father this time

"Yeah, I am fine, nice to see that he is the same asshole trying to scare people that he was in high school" Abagail responded as she finally climbed into the car turning up the heat.

"That is for sure, he always has made my skin crawl. I know he is only two years older then us, but he acts like he is our father. I cannot believe that he had the nerve to come out here and but his hands on you. What does he think that is going to achieve? I mean how big of a douche do you have to be?" Emma responded as she pulled her seat belt on reaching for her phone out of her purse. "Andrew called me, Logan is trying to get ahold of you"

"Ok I will call him, I left my phone in the car while we had dinner with mom. He knew I was coming to meet with her tonight"

"Speaking of, did you even tell your mother that you are dating again, let alone that you are dating Logan again?" she asked as the girls headed towards the highway

"Nope did not feel it was appropriate with strangers at the table, I honestly thought at first she was trying to set one of us up with Ethan. Could you imagine dating him, I mean he thinks that he can threaten me, and it will result in my mother leaving his father. Seriously who does he think he is" she exclaimed slamming her hand on the steering wheel as she drove.

"Wait he threatened you" Emma asked softly turning to face Abagail as she drove shaking her head in response "Abagail, maybe we should go see my father. I know what you are going to say but, I have heard enough rumors to know that a threat from the Hamptons, any of them should not be taken lightly. I mean maybe his Dad really is trying to use your mom for something?"

"No, I am not going to ask you father for help. I know the rumors that the Hamptons money is really through some secret society. It does make sense, his businesses are vast, but he is worth more then they could ever bring them. Regardless, it was just an empty threat, Ethan, has no reason to threaten me or my mother just because they've decided to get married. Who knows they might not even make it that far, maybe they will change their mind. Ethan just wanted to have control over me and I am not going to let that happen. "

"Ok, if you really think so. But if you change your mind you can always call him as well" Emma said turning her attention back to her phone "Hey can you drop me off somewhere, Summer wants to do something tonight, or you can come with us this time" Emma asked still looking at her phone texting Summer

"I can drop you off, but how are you getting back? I must get home I am behind on my caseload at work from the overflow that came in over Thanksgiving. Nothing says family like fights and having the cops called." Abagail responded turning the car towards Summer's beach front house down in Chesapeake Beach.

"I'll use the car service, its not that big of a deal. Dad will be surprised since I do not use it as much as I did at one point. But its still transportation that is safe. Besides I am sure Tom would love getting to pick me up and see me, I swear dad's driver knows me better then he does." Emma exclaimed chuckling at the thought

"Sounds good to me" Abagail responded

"So back to our original topic of discussion. I get why you did not tell her about Logan, but you are also stalling any other guy and you would be gushing to tell your mom regardless of who was at the dinner table" Emma asked pointing her finger

The girls further discussed the topic. Abagail knew that her mom never liked Logan, he did not come from the same background as them, while he went to Woodmere Academy with everyone else. His parents did not come from the same wealth as Emma or Abagail, his grandparents had paid for him to have a great education, while his parents worked middle class jobs. Katherine did not feel he was worthy of her daughter and she did not believe that he truly cared about her future. The only reason her mom allowed them to continue seeing each other in high school was because she was sure that it would not last past that.

To make matters worse her mother never understood why she called things off with Travis, to her you were meant to keep your dirty laundry private and that was what his cheating was to her, a private matter. That maybe if Abagail learned to better meet his expectations he would not have felt the need to seek it else were.

Abagail never understood her mom's logic, it had been the first real hard topic since her father passed and generally she would talk to him about her problems. Not her mother, she cared sometimes more about appearance and appeal then she did about being truly happy. It was a wonder her parents ever got married in the first place.

Smiling she remembered when her parents would joke about how wonderful an arranged marriage really could be. That you got the same end results, without having to go through all the hassle of finding someone that you could trust and bring into the fold. They joked about how their own marriage was arranged and that with out being forced they never would have known how much they loved one another. That it truly removed all the standards of dating and allowed them to truly know one another.

It was hard to see her mother moving on, but as shocking as it was, if it made her happy then so be it. She just planned on making it known that she should not be expected to get along with any of the Hampton boys. Getting along and being civil where different things. Abagail knew that while Ethan might have tried dating her in High School and again during undergrad, that they had no real connection or things in common, other than their family connections and going to the same schools.

For now, she just wanted to get home and finish some work before calling it the end of a very long night.

Chapter Nine

Logan

Standing against the wall next to the apartment door I listened as I heard Abagail approaching, her keys jingling in hand as she came up the steps to open her apartment. I had stood against the balcony hand railing as I watched her pull in to park for the evening.

Emma had messaged him that it had been a long dinner and that she would not be home for the evening. Since he needed to talk to Abagail in private and she had not answered any of my text, I decided to stop by and wait for her to get home.

"Hey" he said as she came around the last corner heading towards her apartment, she instantly jumped back wide eyed at his sudden appearance

"Good grief Logan, are you trying to give me a heart attack I had no idea anyone was lurking in the dark hallway" she responded as she finished approaching him reaching around him to unlock the door as he continued leaning against the wall chuckling

"Well if you would have responded to any of my text messages tonight, you would know I wanted to talk to you" he laughed reaching above her to hold open the door as the filtered into the apartment

"Sorry I forgot to even look at my phone after we left dinner. I dropped Emma off at Summer's and came right home it has been a really long night" she said dropping her purse and keys on the table by the door as Logan kicked shut the door locking it behind them

"So, Emma mentioned, I am guessing dinner with dear old mom did not go well" He asked helping her finishing taking her coat off before following her further into the apartment where he leaned against the kitchen counter with his hip as he watched her reach in the fridge for two bottles of water passing one to him

"You could say that, things have been strained between me and mom since Dad passed away. Tonight, things just got weird, she is not only dating Mr. Hampton, but they wanted to announce that they are getting married" Abagail turned facing him as he burst out laughing

"You're kidding right, I know I have never gotten along with your mom, but seriously Mr. Hampton, as in Ethan's father, the guy that did not care that you were not interested in him in high school but still kept trying to date you anyway. Those Hamptons?"

"Yelp those Hamptons and I wish I was kidding but apparently this is really happening. She told Mark last week, I think it might have been why she came home. You know how much him, and Morgan hate the Hampton brothers, both at some point tried to hit on me. Neither cared that I was not interested or that I was with you at the time" she said leaning against the counter across from him

"No, they really do not have respect for any women or anyone else for that matter. I could not imagine any of you are happy about this. But on a more positive note, you looked gorgeous tonight." He said pushing off from the counter as he stalked towards her a smirk playing on his face

"Why thank you, I just put on the first thing I did not think Mom would complain about me wearing" she said tilting her head up some to look into his eyes as he braced both his hands on the counter behind her trapping her against it.

Slowly Logan lowered his forehead against hers smiling at her as he leaned in kissing her gently against the lips. As the kiss deepened she slide her arms up around his neck pressing the water bottle still in her hands up against his back holding on to it as she molded her body up against his. Gently Logan began pulling back smiling as he laid his head to rest in the crock of her neck.

"I have missed you this week" he said softly kissing tenderly at her neck

"I missed you, I have been so busy with the back log of cases that came in last week that I have hardly had time to do anything else" she smiled leaning her head gently against his as she placed the water bottle on the counter behind her "what did you want to talk about by the way" she asked running her hands gently up and down his back in a soothing motion.

"Oh well I wanted to ask you about your plans for the week before Christmas." he asked as he sat up running his hands along the side of her waist "I know you have been busy and things are a little crazy at work. But I was asked to see if you would want to go on a camping trip with my family. I spoke with mom earlier this week and when Katie found out that we were back together she had mom ask if you could come with us." He said looking at her as her eyes lit up from the gesture "you do not have to go, I know this is not in your general wheel house of things to do, and that it will be the beginning of winter but Katie and the twins wanted you to come, as well as mom" he said leaning back a little as he ran the pad of his thumb across her bottom lip

"I would love to go on a family camping trip with everyone" Abagail beamed smiling up at him "Let me know the dates and I can rearrange my work schedule starting tomorrow, I think it would be fun and it's nice to know that your family still wants something to do with me" she chuckled as she reached back up tangling her hands in his hair as she began gently massaging the back of his scalp

"Ok" he responded bending back down to be on direct eye level with her "now on to other non-family related topics" he smiled cockily before capturing her lips with his.

As they continued kissing his hands began exploring her body ever so slowly, running down her waist reaching the bottom hem of her dress. His fingers curled around the bottom as he began pulling the dress up slowly with his other hand running along her side. Moving to kiss at her neck just below her ear she sighed, lifting and wrapping one of her legs around his waist.

"I am going to make you forget all about this horrible night" Logan whispered in her ear as he reached under her ass lifting her further up him as she grinned back pulling his lips back down to hers

They continued kissing each other exploring one another with their mouths as Logan carried them to her bedroom. In the back of her mind she heard the soft click of the door as it shut before Logan laid her down on the bed and did as he promised. He showed her just how much he cared and made he forget all about the Hamptons until late into the night, when they curled up with her arm across his chest, his hand on her waist anchoring her to him and their legs tangled together in the sheets.

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