Saturday, December 13, 2014

The Day After...

Early Morning that Friday after Thanksgiving, Ruby is up and no longer able to sleep anymore. Laura is exhausted, it was a long night dealing with Phoenix and Ruby.  Luke gets up and takes Ruby downstairs, so Laura can sleep in a little longer.
Luke makes them some pancakes to eat then they sit down, 
but Ruby has questions just like everyone else...
*Ruby* "Are you my Daddy?..."
*Luke* "I don't know for sure yet..."
*Ruby* "Why?"
*Luke* "Well...your Mother, she..."
*Ruby* "But, Mommy...she said you were my Daddy, she always showed me your picture...."
*Luke* "I'm sure she did but we still have to take a test to know for sure."
*Ruby* "Why?
*Luke* "It's the only way to know for sure...We have to go to
 the doctor and they will tell us."
*Ruby* "The doctor?! Do I have to get a shot?"
*Luke* "Um....I don't think so."
 *Ruby getting upset* "I don't wanna go! I hate shots!"
Luke tries to calm her down but dealing with young children is not something he is used to.
*Luke* "I said I don't know...Don't cry. It's the only way to find out, Ruby."
She begins crying louder, yesterday was a stressful event for her and Luke didn't help by his attempt at answering her questions. 
 He gets ups and picks her up, to soothe her before she 
wakes up Laura and the baby.
*Luke* "No shots, Ruby...you're not getting any shots...I promise. Okay?"
*Ruby sniffles* "Okay..."
*Luke* "Let's finish our pancakes before they get cold."
*Ruby* "Okay..."
So they sit back down and start to eat again. 
Luke is relieved Ruby let that go for now.
A short while later Laura comes downstairs with Phoenix.
She smiles when she sees Luke made pancakes.
*Ruby excited to see Phoenix* "Baby!...Hi baby!..."
*Laura* "You made breakfast?"
*Luke* "Just pancakes...you know my cooking skills are 
no where near yours."
Luke gets up to kiss her good morning and Ruby is 
ready to get down and play.
She busies herself with a basket of toys that is is the living area. 
Laura sits down to nurse Phoenix and Luke can see she's ready to talk about what happened last night.
*Laura* "Do you really think she could be yours?"
*Luke* "I....I...don't know. I don't know what to think anymore. 
If she is why would she not tell me sooner?"
Laura shrugs, she doesn't understand Rufus' insanity 
or what Luke ever saw in her. 
*Laura* "I don't know....guess a paternity test will prove that....What I want to 
know is how you knew who may have took her..."
*Luke runs his fingers through his hair* "I knew this was coming."
*Laura* "You can't expect me to ignore it!...."
*Laura continues* "You've obviously kept something from me...
I want to know what it is."
*Luke* "Just promise me you won't get mad."
*Laura* "Luke, just tell me..."
*Luke* "I'm guessing it's Cade cause Peter and I kinda told him to get her out of town."
*Laura in shock* "What?! Ohmygod! You had her kidnapped!"
*Luke shushes her* "Keep it down....Just let me finish."
Luke looks up to see Ruby is still keeping busy. She is having fun with the rocking horse they bought for Phoenix.
Luke feeling nervous about going on with it, he paces then stands against one of the chairs.
*Luke* "Remember when I was gone all night at the bar with Peter?"
Laura nods, and tries to curb her anger.
*Luke continues* "I thought I was just meeting Peter for drinks, but he tracked down Cade."
*Laura* "And?"
*Luke takes a deep breath* "Rufus was still calling me...she hadn't showed up anywhere, just kept calling...Peter thought that Cade could discretely get her out town, so she'd stop harassing me."
Laura feels heat flooding into her cheeks and Luke continues.
*Luke* "I'm sorry I didn't tell you but I didn't want to upset you, the doctor said no stress..."
*Laura sighs heavily* "Just keep going..."
*Luke* "Well, he agreed to do it, but what I didn't know was he was mad at her for blackballing him from getting anymore work. So, that morning after when we argued about the prenup...she called me. I thought it was you! I didn't even realize it till she spoke....I freaked out, she was convinced Cade wanted to kill her or something. So I went to go stop him..."
*Laura* "What?! Are you telling me you went to go rescue 
her after you...you agreed to the opposite!...."
*Luke* "Babe, calm down..."
*Laura* "Why didn't you just call the cops then?! 
*Luke* "Because I figured I could talk him out of it..."
Then Laura realize something and it makes sense.
*Laura* "That's why you had that bruise on your cheek! You stood here and lied to me! So, while you were off rescuing Rufus, I was here wondering if we were gonna make it or not!"
*Laura dips her head* "Ohmygod, Luke! Why can't you just tell me the truth when it comes to Rufus?"
Luke kneels at her side, he doesn't want to go on with the story anymore, knowing where it ends, with him in bed with Rufus.
*Luke* "Babe, I'm sorry....I never wanted to hurt you...
Please just understand."
*Laura* "Just stop. Stop saying your sorry! All I want is for you to be honest with me! 
And you just continue to lie..."
*Luke* "I told you...I didn't want to cause you more stress. Just hearing Rufus' name made your blood pressure go up."
Laura gets up she can't be in the same room with him anymore, she's heard enough for the moment.
*Laura* "We could have handled this together, Luke..."
Then she turns and heads upstairs, knowing there is probably more to the story but she can't listen to anymore at this point. 
 Luke lets out a huge gasp of air like he's been holding his breathe, he lets her go, and stays downstairs with Ruby. Now he is torn whether to tell her he had sex with Rufus or not and hope that it never comes out...Laura is tired of his lies and this one could end them if she finds out.
*Luke* "Sh*t!....What the hell am I gonna do?!"
*Ruby* "You said a bad word, Daddy..."
Then his phone buzzes. It's a message from Hayden, saying he'll be at their house in about an hour to pick up Ruby. So an hour later Hayden shows up, and has been talking to Luke for a few minutes.
*Hayden* "We located Mrs. Roberts like you said, she is flying in from Dallas should be here tonight."
*Luke* "Good, let's hope she can confirm if Ruby is my child or not."
*Hayden* "Well....you'll still need a paternity to know for sure."
*Luke* "I know...I'm just hoping she knows more than we do about Ruby."
*Hayden* "While we wait for her to show up, I need you to go ahead and 
come down to the station with me for a few more questions. 
*Luke* "Okay.....sure."
*Hayden* "Looks like you had a rough night..."
 *Luke* "Yeah...trying to get good sleep now is not easy. Adding 
another kid to the mix does not help..."Any word yet from whoever took Rufus?"
 *Hayden* "I got forensics heading to Rufus' hotel room. We'll see if anything turns up there....
Why don't we go ahead and head out."
Luke nods, and Hayden turns to Ruby.
*Hayden* "Hey pretty little lady, you wanna go for a 
ride in a police car?"
*Ruby* "Okay...can Daddy come too?"
*Hayden* "He already agreed to."
*Luke* "Babe?!...I'm heading out with Hayden, call you in a little while."
A faint distant "OKAY" is heard but that's it.
Then they all head out the door and Luke locks up behind them.

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While Luke spent his morning fessing up to most of what happened that day at Rufus' hotel room. Cade, and Fionna are working on hatching the next part of their plan.
*Cade* "How could you not know this, Fi?! You said you and her were close...
not once did she ever tell you about a child!?!"
*Fionna* "No! I told you already....she never told me!...Don't you trust me?"
Cade doesn't answer her question, and she should know the answer. Cade only trusts himself.
*Cade* "Is there anything in the news yet of her kidnapping?"
*Fionna* "No..I've been checking for the last hour, nothing has come up. 
Do you still plan to follow through with the next part."
*Cade* "Yes have to...by now cops are swarming her hotel room and 
should find the evidence we left there."
Cade walks over and stands over Rufus. 
Fionna gets up and follows him.
*Cade* "Who else knows your down here, Rufus?"
*Fionna* "Probably just her house keeper..."
She doesn't answer him, so Cade bends down twisting her head back, demanding she answer him.
Rufus screams, she can't see him and it's terrifying 
not knowing what he might do to her.
*Rufus* "She...she's right. Just my housekeeper, Margaret."
*Cade* "You better not be lying to me..."
*Rufus* "I'm not...That's it. I swear!"
*Fionna* "I guess you'll be heading out then?"
*Cade* "Yes...you stay here and make sure she doesn't get away. 
I'll be back in about an hour."
*Fionna* "Okay..."

So Cade leaves, while Fionna stays and 
watches over Rufus.

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Peter finally makes his way back home after spending the 
night at Willow's. He is surprised to see someone waiting for 
him when he gets home.
*Peter* "Ah, sh*t!...What the hell do you want, Cade?"
Peter goes rigid, he knows he owes Cade, but
 what does he expect him to do?
*Cade* "You owe me Peter, and now I've come to collect. 
Sit down, we need to talk...."
Peter sits at the table across from Cade and notices he 
brought something with him..
*Peter* "Holy f*ck! Is that weed?!!"
*Cade* "Shut up and listen, Morrissey." 
Peter shuts up and Cade continues...
*Cade* "I need you to plant this in Luke's office at his record shop....by the end of the day."
*Peter* "Hell no! I'm not f*cking doing that! He's my best friend."
*Cade* "Which is exactly why I need you to do it. He trusts you."
*Peter* "No f*cking way! Besides...from what we heard you and Fionna are working together! 
So I don't owe you...call it even now."
*Cade* "I'm aware of that. If you don't follow through, I might be forced to do something, it could be  that cute little blonde uh Hannah, right? Or maybe Cynthia?"  
*Peter* "You're a f*cking psychopath!!"
*Cade* "You've been warned...."
Cade gets up and walks over to the door.
*Cade* "By the end of the day, Peter...Or you may get an unsettling 
call from your sister."
*Peter* "C'mon, this is never gonna work!"
*Cade* "Just get it done..."

Cade leaves and Peter is left to contemplate
 what he is going to do. 

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Back at the place where Rufus is being held...
Fionna and Rufus sit in silence for a while until 
one of the decides to speak.
 *Rufus* "You and Cade will never get away with this..."
*Fionna*  "I realize now why Luke left you...Your such a self-centered  b*tch!"
*Rufus* "Oh please! You loved this self-centered b*tch when she was spending money
on you and treating you like a princess! Speaking of money I"ll pay you and Cade
whatever you want, just let me go!"
*Fionna* "Oh you are gonna pay us whatever we want and then some."
*Rufus* "What does that mean?"
*Fionna* "You'll see eventually, now shut up before I decide to gag you, 
I got work to do before Cade gets back."

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Later into the afternoon, Luke and Peter come hastily through the door, both a looking a little freaked out... 


*Luke* "Let's just get up stairs we can finish talking up there."
*Peter* "Don't you think we should call..."
But Peter is interrupted by Laura you has just finish 
coming down the stairs.

*Laura* "Call who? What's going on?...And where is Ruby?"
Peter quickly makes sure the wad of weed is pushed down into his pocket and out of site. Luke walks up to Laura...
*Luke* "Ruby is still with Hayden. I got something I need 
to take care of with Peter, then we can talk..."
Laura looks at him, she is not happy, she knows he is hiding 
something....again, but something tells her to let it go 
for the moment.
*Laura nods* "Okay, just be quiet, Phoenix is sleeping.
*Luke kisses her quickly* "We will. Babe..."
To Be Continued.... ^_^

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Thanksgiving at Bull Tavern...

The food is ready, the bar is set for a Thanksgiving feast and almost everyone has gathered for this large celebration. 
Scott, Krystal, Justin, and Ellie sit together and talk while they wait for a few more to make their way to the bar....
Behind them sits Aric, Benjamin, Michelle, and Roxie they enjoy each others company and relax. It's nice to not have the bar open and just take a breather...
Across the bar sits Luke, Laura, Peter, and his newest lady friend Willow. Peter and Luke chat, while Laura breaks the ice with Willow. Everyone continues to mingle around and much on some of the appitizers  that were set out on the bar. 
After snacking a bit, Luke an Peter decide to play a game of pool.
*Luke* "Where'd you meet Willow?...she seems nice."
*Peter* "At the grocery store...of all places.."
*Luke laughs* "Oh yeah?!..Since when do you go grocery shopping?"
*Peter* "I do...sometimes."
The girls have gathered and are chatting away. Over at the bar Benjamin talks with Aric while he holds on to his rambunctious little sister, who is trying to grab herself a soda.
 *Madison* "I want a soda!"
*Benjamin* "Mama said no, Maddy..."
*Aric* "So...when are you popping the question?"
*Benjamin* "Shhh! Can't talk about that here..."
*Aric* "Just give me a date.."
Benjamin knows he is not gonna let up about it but before
 he can say a word the door swings open...
Colton comes in with Erica on his arm. Roxie turns smiles
and says hello. Benjamin sees her and immediately tenses up...
Michelle turns to her sister.
*Michelle whispering* "I think that's Grandma..."
*Laura* "Well you better go say hello, then."
Back by the bar, Erica greets Benjamin and Madison.
*Erica* "Well hello there, Miss Maddy!"
*Madison* "Hi Nana!" 
Erica turns to Benjamin...
*Erica* "So where is this girlfriend of yours?"
*Michelle* "I'm right here..."
Everyone turns to look at her.
*Erica* "Oh my goodness...Look at you!"
*Erica continues* "You look just like your father...He was a handsome young man."
*Michelle* "You knew my father when he was young?"
*Erica* "Of course....C'mere and gimme some suga dear.."
Erica gives Michelle a big hug as her way of saying hello. Benjamin passes off Madison to his brother Colton.
*Benjamin* "Take this kicking chicken..."
*Erica* "Shall we sit down and eat?..."
*Benjamin* "Yes, of course..."
While Benjamin was making sure Grandma behaved herself.
 Kenzie and Jacob finally come strolling in through the door. 
*Kenzie* "It's amazing! This guy is like a walking encyclopedia about music!...
This one is a keeper Colton..."
Kenzie grabs Madison and goes to sit down with her.
*Jacob* "I think I'm the lucky one...I got me the most 
eligible bachelor in town."
Colton smiles then they turn to say hello to Aric.
*Aric* "Hey Colton! How's it going?"
*Colton* "Good...the bar is looking great."
*Aric* "Thanks...I din't know you two were uh.... When did this happen?"
*Colton* "When Kenzie worked at Vintage Vinyl over the summer."
*Aric* "Ah! Okay...yeah...I forgot Kenzie worked for Luke."
Later after everyone has settled in and are enjoying each others company after turkey and all the trimmings. Someone stands outside in the shadows getting the nerve to go inside and face him.
Why she is choosing to do it now...I don't know. Maybe she feels safer springing this news on him in front of his friends and family or maybe she feels its the only why to get back at him for how callously he treated her that day in her hotel room.
She looks down at the silver cross in her hand, takes a 
deep breath and gets ready to go inside....
Back inside, Benjamin takes a moment alone with Michelle.
*Benjamin* "So what did you think of my Nana?"
*Michelle* "She seems sweet...I can tell she loves you very much."
*Benjamin* "Sweet? Ha! I guess so...."
*Benjamin* "You ready to go back to the cabin again?"
*Michelle smiles* "I can't wait to go back! 2 more weeks to go..."
Across the room Luke and Peter talk while drinking more beer and playing another game of pool.
*Peter* "I must say man, you seem pretty happily married."
*Luke* "That's because I am..."
*Peter* "Good...I know I give you a hard time but I'm glad to see you're happy 
after all the sh*t that has gone down."
*Luke* "I don't even wanna f*cking think about it...I'm just glad she finally got the message."
*Peter* "You think your outta the woods it's been what like 5 months?"
*Luke sighs* "Yeah...I f*cking hope so..."
But little do they know, she is standing right outside bull tavern
poised to make her entrance...
But before Rufus can get a grip on the door handle.
Cade grabs her and knocks her out with a hit of ether.
Fionna stands by on the lookout...luckily the street is quiet 
and a lot of the other businesses are closed.
*Cade* "Quickly Fi! Grab her legs!...."
Fionna doesn't speak she just does as she's told. They need to get out of there quick if they don't want to be seen.
They scurry quickly and as quietly as they can, but..
as they are moving her they don't notice the cross 
fall from her hand and hit the ground. Cade grunts as he heaves her over his shoulder.
*Cade* "Damn! She's gained some weight!  Quick, 
get the trunk open we need to get out of here..."
So, Cade and Fionna secure her into the trunk of a car and speed off. Everyone inside is oblivious to what has just happened outside of the bar and continue to enjoy their evening.
About an hour later after Rufus' plans to interrupt Thanksgiving were thwarted by Cade and Fionna kidnapping her, Laura and Kenzie sit and talk quietly while she nurses Phoenix. 
*Laura* "So you plan to work at Vintage Vinyl again this summer?"
*Kenzie* "Yeah! Definitely, I had a lot of fun working there."
*Laura* "That's good....Luke would love to have you back working there."
While Laura sits in the back Luke comes to 
say hello to Jacob and Colton.
*Luke* "Hey Jacob!...Hey, Colton."
*Jacob* "Hi Luke..."
*Luke* "When did you two hook up?"
*Jacob* "This summer...We met when Kenzie started working there."
*Luke* "Oh yeah...Of course....Sorry, I hadn't even realized. Why didn't you say anything?"
*Jacob* "It's no big deal....besides you've been pretty busy lately."
Luke leaves their table then heads to the bar, to 
get yet another mug of beer.
*Luke* "Can I get another beer?"
*Aric* "Sure..."
While Luke stands at the bar with Aric and Roxie. Just 
outside on the other side of the door.....
Two little feet make their way up onto the sidewalk. They 
stop, pick up the cross and chain that was dropped.
Back inside the three continue to talk...
*Luke* "This was really nice of you two to offer to host thanksgiving, especially
 after hosting the reception last month."
*Roxie* "We were happy to do it...Right honey?"
*Aric* "Yeah! Definitely it was nice to get us all together again.
Back outside, those two little feet make their way to the door, and reach up on the tips of their little toes....
Grab the handle and pull the heavy door open far 
enough to squeeze through.
*Luke* "Yeah it was nice..."
Luke feels a tug on the back of his pants leg.
Thinking it's Madison at first, he doesn't pay any attention...
but then the little girl speaks and he realizes 
it's not Maddison's voice.
*Girl* "Excuse me...."
Luke spins around to look down at her.
*Luke* "How? Where did you come from?"
*Girl* "Have you seen my mommy?"
*Luke* "I don't know, what is your mommy's name? Is she here?"
*Girl* "Rufus..."
Almost everyone in the room now has their eyes on 
the little girl wondering where she came from.
*The girl continues* "Mommy dropped this when a scary man took her away!"
Luke can't seem to find any words, he's speechless.
The little girl wraps her arms around his leg and cries.
*Girl* "Are you my Daddy? Mommy said she came to get my 
Daddy but that scary man took her!"
Roxie swoops in and picks up the little girl who is in full tears now.
She can see Luke is in shock and doesn't know what to do or say.
*Roxie* "What's your name sweetie?"
*Girl sniffling* "Ruby..."
*Roxie* "Did you say some one took your mommy?"
*Ruby still crying* "Yes it was a man and a lady."
*Luke* "Sh*t! I think I know who it was...."
Roxie sits down with Ruby and Luke sits down across from her.
*Aric comes over* "You should call Hayden. If she was kidnapped you gotta call it in!
  If you know who it might be...that could help with finding her."
*Roxie* "Ruby? Are you hungry?"
*Ruby nodding sadly* "Mmmmhmmm...."
Luke looks at his phone debating to call, then realizes it's the right thing to do. Laura finally makes her way over to Luke's side.
*Laura* "Did she say her mother was Rufus?"
*Luke* "Yes she did..."
*Laura* "That means you...you could.."
*Luke* "Be her Father..."
Luke makes the call and a little while later Hayden shows up and Ruby tells him what she saw from inside the car, while she waited for Rufus. Everyone begins to leave in the meantime as the evening dies down, Hayden finishes up outside with Luke and Peter, getting as much info as he can.
Inside Laura straps in Phoenix while talking to Michelle.
*Michelle* "You really think she could be Luke's child?"
*Laura* "Well, the possibility is there, and she looks to be the age their child would be..."
*Michelle* "What if she is? You really think you can handle having to deal with Rufus on a regular basis? You know this is gonna put tension between ya'll"
*Laura* "As much as I hate the idea...there is nothing I can do to change it, if it's true.  
It's not Luke's fault if she kept this all from him."
Roxie stands and chats with Willow, while Ruby finishes 
eating the plate that was made for her.
*Willow* "This has got to be the craziest Thanksgiving dinner I have ever been to."
*Roxie* "Tell me about it..."
By the bar Benjamin and Aric talk quietly...
*Benjamin* "There's never a dull moment around here is there?"
*Aric* "Ain't that the truth! Good thing your Nana didn't spill the beans."
*Benjamin* "Sh*t! Even still, that wouldn't top what just happened!"
Outside Hayden finishes up with Peter and Luke.
*Hayden* "Okay well that's it for now. I'll have her car towed and 
I'll be in touch with you tomorrow. 
*Luke* "Where is a...Ruby gonna go?"
*Hayden* "I'll take her to the foster care facility for now..."
*Luke* "You really think that is best? Her mother is a well known musician.."
*Hayden* "It's all I got at the moment."
*Luke* "What about the media? You think they'll get wind of all this?"
*Hayden* "I'll try to keep it on the down lo, but if they get a whiff of something then they'll be on the hunt to find out answers, so be prepared..."
The guys head back inside and Hayden announces he is done 
and gonna take little Ruby with him. Laura interrupts....
*Laura* "Wouldn't it be better if she came with us? At least for the night..."
*Hayden* "Standard procedure would be for me to send her to foster care."
*Laura* "Yes I know, but it's late and she's scared..."
Hayden thinks for a moment, sending her to foster care might alert the media sooner as to what has happened.
*Hayden* "Okay, fine but just for tonight. Tomorrow hopefully we can get her next of kin located...like a grandparent or aunt."
Luke steps forward and faces his wife.
*Luke* "Are you sure about this? I...I mean we don't know for 
sure what is going on here yet."
*Laura* "Luke, even if she isn't...we just can't abandon her...I know we all have 
more questions than answers right now but she is just a little girl."
So Luke and Laura head back home with Ruby. Laura seems to be taking  it all quite well at the moment. Where as Luke is a little more, 
leery about all of it.
*Laura* "Okay...it's late so lets get you ready for bed..."
*Ruby* "Can I sleep with you?"
*Laura* "Sure..."
  
The End!
^_^