Wednesday, October 19, 2011
Studio Time: Eighteen
49 Windward Cove, Bay View 10:18PM
Dani rinsed her teacup and set it aside. She spent the better part of her day shooting print ads for her signature perfume, and the rest of the day, she was on the phone with her agent discussing the contract for TV commercials. It had been a long day and the only thing she wanted to do was climb into bed and read. Flipping the light switch off, she turned the corner to go upstairs when a shadow at her front door startled her. It didn't take long for her to recognize the silhouette in her doorway and her heart began to pound for a whole other reason.
"Alex, what are you doing here so late?" She opened the door a crack and willed herself to keep from immediately inviting him in.
"I wanted to see your new place, baby. You never did invite me over. Can I come in so you can give me a private tour?"
Dani wrinkled her nose. Alex was stinking drunk but she relented and let him in. She was never able to turn him away. The door shut with a soft click and when she turned around to face him, he slid his hands along her bare arms, kissed her and then attempted to maneuver his way up the stairs. Alex faltered, lost his footing and instead ended up on his ass. Recovering, he propped his leg on the step and grinned. "Why don't we start the tour in your bedroom?"
"Why don't we go upstairs and talk instead? Then I can give you the tour if you still want one." Under any other circumstance she would have jumped at the suggestion. Tonight however, she hesitated.
She led him upstairs and they sat among the pillows she had scattered on the floor. Dani heard about the auction fiasco from some friends. If things were going south with Beth Stanfield, she didn't want to ask but it was the only explanation for him showing up at her door drunk and wanting sex. He hadn't called her since he and Beth had gotten together so what other explanation could there be? Running her fingers along his jaw sent sparks of awareness through her as she turned his face toward her.
"Alex, are you in love with Beth Stanfield - are you considering marrying her? Because, you know, your track record with wives isn't so good. If you decide to marry her because you want to stick it to Cooper, it will only end badly and if you really love her or if she loves you - please think about what you are doing." So much for avoiding the subject but she needed to know.
Alex shifted until his head rested in her lap, looked up at her and laughed. "I'm pretty sure Beth doesn't love me yet but I'm not going to stop trying with her. I just had a minor set back."
"Then why aren't you with her tonight?" Dani twirled a lock of his hair between her fingers.
Alex stretched and exhaled, sending another strong whiff of alcohol at Dani. "Because she is on her 'date' with Rob."
"I see. So you decided the best thing for you to do was come here and sleep with me?" Dani knew Alex well enough to know when he was covering his feelings, hiding the truth. She wasn't sure what was happening, what he was hiding, but she felt a pang of sympathy for the woman she didn't know. He wouldn't be here if he was in love with her.
She stood, walked to the windows that looked out on the ocean and folded her arms. Alex followed, resting his head on top of hers and they stood there for a long time, neither one saying anything.
Dani drew a breath finding the courage to ask what was in her heart for years. "Alex, I want a baby. I've considered a sperm bank but the baby I want is yours. I know you don't want children and I am not asking you to be involved but - you should know I'm not on birth control right now. If we have sex I might possibly get pregnant."
Alex turned her in his arms. "You know me Dani, I always come packing." He tapped the pocket of his jeans and smiled.
She wrenched herself out of his arms and glared. "I'm serious Alex. I'm asking you to father my child. You can walk away afterward - I'm not asking for your commitment or involvement. We can draw up papers and make it legal or whatever. If you say no, I'm sure I can find someone else willing but I want yours." Dani prayed he would buy into that bluff - he was drunk so he might - and if she ran out of options, she would do it, follow through on the threat.
However, if there could have been anything that would have sobered him, Dani was sure that was it. His hands glided slowly down down her arms, a soft caress, until he took her wrists and held them. The feel of his touch ignited her desire for him further, causing her knees to tremble. If he had not been holding her, Dani thought she might collapse under the weight of her desire. She loved him with her every fiber - she would never get him out of her system.
Alex leaned in until their foreheads touched. "Dani, what you're asking - it's complicated."
Their entire relationship had been complicated. She wanted complicated if he was part of the package. "I understand what I am asking of you. Out of all your wives I was the only one you married for love. I know this in my heart. I'm asking you to give me the one thing that will make me happy. Alex, please?"