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A Love from the Past
by hot4luis

Chapter Three

The smell of pancakes and freshly ground coffee filled Sheridan’s room. ‘Pilar,’ she reflected ‘That is definitely the smell of Pilar’s pancakes.’ She put on her robe and walked to her kitchen. She saw Jordan standing over the stove wearing an apron and flipping pancakes.

" ‘Morning," she said without turning around. "Sleep well?"

"Yes. Thank you. How did you know I was watching you?"

"A good bodyguard has to be aware at all times. I hope you don’t mind I took the liberty of making breakfast." Jordan explained. Sheridan sat down as she put a stack of pancakes on the table. "Pilar’s famous blueberry pancakes, my absolute favorite. Luis gave me the recipe."

"They’re my favorite, too."

"I know. Pilar told me when she stopped by just now. She also told me ask you over for dinner tonight."

"I, um, can’t tonight." Sheridan stuttered. Pilar knew that Luis and her were on bad terms, why was she inviting her over? Then it struck her. Jordan. Pilar wanted Jordan over and she wasn’t allowed to leave Sheridan’s side. "I’ll tell her I can’t."

"Okay, you’re the boss. So what’s on your agenda today?" Jordan shrugged nonchalantly. "Anything special?"

"I have to meet my nephew, Ethan, for coffee at the Book Café." Sheridan said. "I really want you to meet him."

"Okay as soon as you’re ready." A half an hour later, Sheridan was introducing Ethan to Jordan.

"So you’re Jordan. Theresa was telling me about you." Ethan said shaking Jordan’s hand. Sheridan knew by the look on Ethan’s face that he thought Jordan was beautiful. "The idea of a female bodyguard isn’t that bad, I guess." Sheridan couldn’t believe it. Ethan was flirting with her. Ethan never flirted. He didn’t even know how.

"I guess not." Jordan smiled. "I’ll leave you two alone. I’ll be right over there, Sheridan. Nice meeting you, Mr. Crane."

" ‘The idea of a female bodyguard isn’t that bad’?" Sheridan mimicked as soon as Jordan was out of earshot. "Really Ethan, did you have to drool?"

"I wasn’t drooling! I was merely trying to make conversation," he protested "What’s with you today anyway? You seem sad."

"I’m fine. Quit worrying about me.’

"I like worrying about my aunt. Are you okay with this whole Jordan thing?"

"What do you mean by ‘this whole Jordan thing’?" Sheridan asked pretending to be confused. She knew precisely what he was talking about.

"You know what I mean. Jordan being Luis’s ex-fiancée and everything."

"Who told you about that? Oh wait, I know -Theresa." Sheridan said "Didn’t I tell you to steer clear of her?"

"Don’t try to change the subject, Sheridan. Are you okay with your bodyguard being Luis’s former love? I know that you are not over him yet." Ethan said sipping his coffee. Sheridan was going to reply but she saw the door of the Book Café open and in walked Luis and Hank. Ethan saw them too. "Speak of the devil. You want to leave?"

"No, I will not let Luis chase me away. I can handle it." Sheridan said but she could hear the doubt in her own voice. She watched sadly as Luis spotted Jordan and a huge smile spread over his face-the killer-smile that made Sheridan weak in the knees. The smile that she wished was reserved only for her. Sheridan felt Ethan’s hand on her own and felt a tear trickle down her cheek. She couldn’t hide anything from Ethan.

"Talk to me Sheridan." he urged. "Why can’t you just admit it."

"Admit what Ethan?" she asked. She wasn’t going to let her guard down. Not even with Ethan. She wouldn’t let herself become weak. She just wouldn’t.

"That you love Luis." he whispered. He said it as if it were an obvious fact.

"Because I don’t. Yes, when I was with Jordan last night and she was telling me about her life with Luis and how much they loved each other, I felt this unbearable pain in my heart but that was only because I know I will never share that kind of love with anyone. It had nothing to do with the fact that Luis was once in love with my bodyguard." she whispered fervently, "Luis is the furthest thing from my mind."

"Okay, okay, I’m sorry. I can’t stand to see you like this. And don’t you believe for one second that you will never find love. You will, just don’t look so hard for it. If you are destined to be with someone, you’ll find that person inevitably."

" Are you talking about me or you?" Sheridan asked with a small smile. She now doubted Ethan’s love for Gwen. She was starting to think he was in love with Theresa. "Ethan you have never loved anybody but Gwen, do you think that maybe you want to love somebody else? Like Theresa?"

"What is this with the Cranes and the Lopez Fitzgerald’s?" he said with a nervous laugh. "Is it in our destinies that are path should cross?"

"Repeatedly, might I add." Sheridan sighed and finally took a sip of her coffee.

"Do you think destiny is trying to tell us something?" Ethan said with playful skeptism "Or in Theresa’s words ‘fate’?"

"Well, whatever it is," Sheridan said and paused to look at Luis and Jordan, "Fate, destiny, serendipity-I wish it would stop talking in code."

"…So then Luis decided he was Superman and ran across the dock, tripped on a crack and fell into the water, his arms flailing, his entire body in an awkward position. It was to die for!" Jordan exclaimed as she told Hank and Beth about her times with Luis at the summer camp. Luis smiled sheepishly as he remembered the moment. Hank and Beth doubled with laughter.

"It wasn’t funny." Luis retorted amused. The trio laughed even more.

"Oh my god I can’t imagine Luis trying to pull a stunt like that and actually failing! He was very athletic in high school you know." Beth said, her giggles subsiding. "What I wouldn’t have done to see that!"

"We’ve had our share of laughs haven’t we, chocolate eyes?" Jordan asked a dreamy expression glazing over her incredible features.

"That and a lot more." Luis replied, still awed by how much she hadn’t changed.

"Chocolate eyes?" Hank exclaimed "I’ve heard Luis been called a lot but this a new one. How’d you come up with that?"

"Well his eyes look exactly like chocolate. The first time I saw them my heart just went ‘yum!’" Jordan said and wrapped an arm around his shoulder. "You remember the first time we met don’t you?"

"Vividly." Luis said smiling. He noticed that Beth had left. "When I saw you in that towel, I swear my heart stopped. You looked gorgeous." Jordan blushed and Hank spit out his coffee.

"Okay, how exactly did you two meet?" he asked astounded. Luis went on to explain, but was interrupted by a squirming Jordan.

"What is it Joey?" Luis asked annoyed.

"Sheridan." Jordan said. "Where’d she go?"

"Huh?" Hank asked. "Sheridan’s here?"

"Well, I am her bodyguard, I would be here with her." Jordan said getting up and frantically looking for the blonde. "I told her to tell me before she went anywhere."

"Well she’s not one to follow orders." Luis said but deep down he was worried about her too. "Who was she with?"

"Ethan Crane. I’ll go ask him." Jordan said and made her way to Ethan. They talked for a couple of seconds and then Jordan went to the ladies room. She came out minutes later with Sheridan right behind her. Sheridan stopped to say something to Ethan and then headed to the door with Jordan. They passed Luis’s table and Sheridan paused again.

"Hank, Luis." she greeted, refusing to look at Luis.

"Sheridan." Luis said matching her cold tone. Hank, however, greeted her with a kiss on the cheek. While he and Sheridan talked, Luis turned to Jordan. "You leaving, Joey? Are you coming over for dinner?"

"I wish I could stay but Sheridan wants to go." Jordan replied picking up her purse from the table. "Sheridan can’t make it to dinner tonight, so I guess another time. I’ll be here for a couple of days."

"You promise?" he asked like a little kid. She squealed with laughter, drawing odd glances from Sheridan and Hank. She cupped Luis is face in her hands.

"With a face like that? How can I say no?" she said solemnly "I promise." After the two women left Hank put his hands on Luis’s back and said

"Man, we must be the luckiest guys in Harmony. You’ve got the beautiful Jordan and I have the sensational Sheridan. Thank you, God!"

"Hold your horses buddy, I haven’t ‘got’ Jordan, what we had was a long time ago and you definitely don’t have Sheridan." Luis retorted annoyed with Hank’s empty claims. Hank looked at him confused.

"What’s wrong pal? I thought you didn’t want anything to do with Sheridan."

"Look, this has nothing to do with her. I just don’t want to see you get hurt. Sheridan is so unpredictable, you may regret it." Luis covered up. He actually didn’t like the idea of Hank and Sheridan.

"Look man you don’t have to worry about me." Hank said as they sat down again to finish their breakfast. "You have to worry about Jordan."

"Look, I told you already Jordan and I are just friends. Nothing more."

"Oh come on Luis, I see the way you look at her." Beth said coming up with a coffee pot. "Stop lying."

"Hey what is it today? Pick on Officer Lopez Fitzgerald day?" he asked defensively. "Leave my love life to me, please."

"Okay, at least tell me this, when you met Jordan, you had just broken up with me, right?" Beth said and Luis saw the pain in her eyes. "Was your family the only reason you broke up with me?"

"Yes, Beth. It was the only reason." Luis said gravely.

"Then how come you were ready to marry her?" Beth asked. Luis glanced at Hank for some help. Instead, Hank started to get up.

"I think I’ll leave you two alone." he said and left. Luis sighed as Beth occupied Hank’s place. Beth looked at Luis expectantly.

"Well?"

"It had been a few months since we had broken up, seven to be precise, and when I met Jordan I had no intention of falling in love with her, it just happened. I couldn’t stop what I was feeling and I asked her to marry me three years after we broke up." Luis explained then reached across the table and held her hands in his. "Beth, I care a whole lot about you. You are one of my best friends and nothing will ever change that."

"Boy," Beth said taking her hand out of Luis’s "First there was Sheridan and now Jordan. Who’s next?" She left in a huff and Luis felt horrible about what had just happened.

"There’s nobody, Beth." Luis whispered to himself. "Not Jordan and certainly not Sheridan. Why doesn’t anyone understand that?"

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