Luis arrived home later than expected. He and Jay had stayed
after everyone left for a friendly game of one on one. Jay wasn’t sure she’d still be in Harmony after the roof
repairs were finished and Luis had promised her a game. He smiled when he remembered how easily he’d beaten her
and she immediately wanted a rematch. Luis had laughed and promised her one if she was still around when the Youth
Center reopened or the next time she was in town. He always had a great time with Jay and today was no exception.
He hoped she’d be around for awhile, but he knew her life was now in Beverly Hills. He was glad that she still
made occasional visits to Harmony, because he didn’t know when he’d ever get out to California.
Try as he may, he never got back to the Book Cafe to send another email to KC. He felt terrible about that, but
had a feeling that getting away in the afternoon would be difficult. He immediately sat down at his computer to
send a note to KC when he saw he had two emails from her. A smile crossed his lips as he opened the first.
Thank you for thinking of me, but don’t put yourself out getting back to me this afternoon. I probably won’t get
a chance to read anymore mail till I get home this evening myself. Reading this one note from you is enough to
get me through the rest of the day. :-)
Guess what I found this afternoon? I found a Wonderwoman Pez Dispenser! Can you imagine? Of all the luck! I wasn’t
even looking for it, it was just there. They had quite a variety of them including Superman. I wanted to get it
for you, but I had no idea where to send it. I know you said you know where Harmony is, but I have no idea how
close that is. If you’re anywhere near here I got the Pez Dispenser at ‘Matushek and Company.’ I just thought I’d
save you the running around.
Speaking of which, are you ever going to tell me where you live? Or do I have to wait until we meet? Sometimes
I think you enjoy torturing me! LOL.
Well, I have to run. There is still work to be done.
Take care and I hope to hear from you soon,
"Oh KC, if you only knew" Luis laughed. "Matushek and Company?
That is too funny." Still smiling and shaking his head, Luis opened the second email.
Well, I’m home now and absolutely exhausted. I had no idea I could ever be this tired, but it’s a good tired. Tomorrow
promises to be an even busier day, as I probably won’t be home until late at night. By then I expect I’ll probably
drop right into bed! LOL.
I guess you didn’t have time to sneak away again. That’s ok, I’m sure you were really busy and I can totally understand
that. I guess this weekend crept up on both of us.
As much as I want to talk to you Pezz, I am really tired and will be going to bed shortly. If I wake up I’ll check
to see if you are on line, but I feel like I could sleep for a week right now! LOL. I’ll write again in the morning,
as I doubt I’ll be online at all tomorrow.
I’ll miss chatting with you, but I’m counting on Sunday to make up for it! :)
"I do too KC" Luis grinned. "As a matter
of fact, I know Sunday will make up for it. I have a feeling that Sunday will be a day I won’t soon forget."
Luis composed an email to KC and then decided he should probably turn in as well. After all, with the dance tomorrow,
he would be very busy.
Sheridan awoke feeling completely refreshed. She was also excited as today was the day of the big dance. All of
the families whose children attend the Youth Center would be there which was basically the whole town, with the
exception of the Cranes and their cronies of course. That was fine with Sheridan, however, as she much preferred
the kind of people the Youth Center catered to than the Country Club. There was just something so artificial about
the "blue bloods" she was expected to hob nob with. She chuckled when she thought about what a disappointment
she was to her family. Sometimes Sheridan really wondered if she wasn’t switched at birth. She, her father and
brother saw eye to eye on only one thing. Nothing.
After she cleaned up and dressed, Sheridan pulled an outfit from her closet that she’d worn to a fiesta several
summers ago in Spain. Marianna had helped her pick it out and told her she’d have every available male begging
her to dance. Sheridan blushed at the memory, as Marianna was right. She did have numerous offers that night and
when she went home after the festival, she had to soak her feet in hot water they ached so much from dancing.
She packed a small bag with her costume and some needed accessories and grabbed a quick glass of juice before she
sat down at her computer to write to Pezz. Her heart began to pound when she realized that in a little over 24
hours she and Pezz would finally meet. It was the strangest sensation Sheridan had ever experienced. She was completely
exhilarated at the prospect of meeting Pezz, yet scared to death at the same time. She remembered promising her
internet buddies she’d bring a friend along, just to be safe and she hadn’t yet asked Jay to go with her. She made
a mental note to ask her first thing this morning.
Having finished her juice, Sheridan sat down and checked her mail. She sighed with relief when she saw she had
a note from Pezz and quickly opened it.
Thanks for being so understanding for my not getting back to you this afternoon and it looks like I missed you
tonight as well. I just got home a few minutes ago and I was hoping to catch you before you went to bed, but it
doesn’t look like I made it.
It sounds like you had a grueling day. Mine wasn’t much better, but I know how you feel about a sense of accomplishment.
I felt the same way after today. I wish I could do this all the time but it doesn’t pay the bills! LOL.
So things will be hectic for you too tomorrow? I wonder if we’re working on the same project? HA HA! Just kidding.
It’s just that we seem to have the same schedule these past few days. Then again, this is nearly the end of summer
and I imagine that there is lots going on all over the country never mind our sparsely populated state of Maine.
Thanks for the heads up on Matushek and Company. I know the place. It’s on 1st and Elm am I correct? LOL. How do
I know that you may ask? The same reason I knew about the red bench under the lamp by the flower garden in Lighthouse
Park. I told you I knew Harmony. ;-)
OK, time for a slight confession here. There is a reason I know Harmony, KC. It just so happens that I was born
at Harmony Hospital. As a matter of fact, I was raised in Harmony and still live there. Harmony is that small little
town I described to you when we first started emailing each other and it’s even smaller now that I know you live
here as well.
Do you have any idea what I’ve been going through since I found out you were from Harmony? Every woman I see with
blond hair and blue eyes that I don’t recognize I stop and stare at. They must all think I’m some kind of nut.
You know, you might have picked a better time of the year to come home. This is tourist season and there are lots
of unfamiliar faces. Had you come home in the dead of winter and I’d spotted you, I’d have known you in a heartbeat.
Just a few more hours KC. That’s all until we finally meet. Are you nervous? I hate to admit it, but I am. At least
I won’t have much time to think about it tomorrow.
Sleep well my Angel. Have a great Saturday and I’ll see you Sunday.
Take care beautiful,
"Pezz is from Harmony?" Sheridan exclaimed. "I
don’t believe it! This is unbelievable! I wonder if I’ve seen him?" So many thoughts were going through her
mind she almost forgot where she had to be today. She sent a quick reply to Pezz and flew out the door. The last
thing she needed was to be late... Again.
Sheridan arrived a few minutes late this morning and waited for her nemesis to lay into her. To her surprise he
said nothing. To confuse her even more, Luis brought a cup of coffee and a blueberry muffin over to where she was
sitting talking with Jay. Jay gave Luis an encouraging wink, while Sheridan politely thanked him, yet she was in
"Is he sick this morning?" Sheridan asked Jay when Luis turned to leave.
"No, he’s not sick" Jay laughed. "But I think that Pilar and I are finally getting through to him
and he’s starting to see past your last name."
"Well, that would be nice, but I don’t know if I can believe that just yet."
"I keep telling you Luis was really a nice guy. you just have to get past that gruff exterior he puts on for
"By some people you mean me?" Sheridan asked frowning.
"In this case yes, I do mean you Sheridan" Jay answered.
"We’ll see how long it lasts" Sheridan said hesitantly. "I’m not ready to let my guard down quite
"I can understand that" Jay said. "Luis hasn’t been the most pleasant person to be around where
you’re concerned, but it looks like he’s lightening up around you. I guess we’ll have to see how the rest of the
Before Sheridan could respond, music came blaring out of every speaker in the Youth Center causing both Sheridan
and Jay to cover their ears. As quickly as it started, it stopped.
"Sorry y’all" Chad grinned sheepishly. "I’m going to do a sound check now. I won’t let it get as
loud this time."
"Good idea Chad" Luis said as he walked over to where Chad was playing with his equipment.
"How many speakers does he have set up in here?" Jay asked looking around the gym.
"I don’t know but I swear the building shook" Sheridan said as she looked around as well. "If that
keeps up the Youth Center is going to need more than a few roof tiles." Sheridan couldn’t believe how elaborate
the sound system was. She saw speakers in every corner of the gym as well as spread across the ceiling at just
about every other rafter. The music sounded again and although it wasn’t quite as loud as the last time, it was
still deafening. As Sheridan covered her ears, she saw one of the speakers in the center of the Gym’s ceiling shaking
with the music. She nudged Jay and pointed at the ceiling. She tried yelling but there was no way she could be
heard above the music.
Jay looked over at Sheridan but wasn’t sure what she wanted as the music was so loud she couldn’t think straight.
Sheridan held her finger up signaling to Jay that she’d be back in just a minute. Sheridan got up and walked over
towards Chad. She kept her eye on the speaker as she walked over to the sound system to have Chad stop the music.
Luis was right in her path but not looking at her. He was trying to get Chad’s attention to turn down the music.
Chad had a funny look on his face as he tried to make out what Luis wanted. Sheridan kept her eye on the speaker
and it began swinging dangerously from its position. Suddenly she saw the speaker break loose and begin to fall.
It was positioned directly over where Luis was standing.
Without thinking, Sheridan broke into a run and with all her might she pushed Luis out of the path of the falling
speaker. Chad finally got the hint and turned down the music. When the shock of the situation was over, Sheridan
found herself lying on top of Luis.
Luis still wasn’t quite sure what happened, but couldn’t let this opportunity pass him by. "Why Sheridan"
he said in a seductive whisper. "I never thought you’d be the dominating type. You know, all you had to do
was ask." He gave her a quick wink.
Sheridan was completely taken aback by his reaction. She blushed at his insinuation and quickly got up from her
position. Chad and Jay had come running over when they saw the speaker fall. "Luis! Luis!" Jay yelled.
"Are you all right?"
"Of course I’m all right, why wouldn’t I be?" Luis asked.
Sheridan had completely walked away from the scene. She was embarrassed. Chad glanced quickly at Sheridan and then
returned his attention to Luis. "Maybe because that speaker missed your head by a few inches man" Chad
said as he pointed to the speaker which lay on the gym floor in the exact spot Luis had been standing before Sheridan
shoved him out of the way. "Sheridan, she saved your life man."
"What?" Luis asked. He stared at the speaker, then looked at Sheridan, then at Jay who nodded acknowledging
what Chad had told him. The reality of the situation finally hit home. It then dawned on him what he’d said to
Sheridan. He’d accused her of coming on to him when all she was trying to do was save his life.
Luis looked over at Sheridan and felt like the biggest heel there was. Somehow, it didn’t matter what the circumstance,
he always managed to think the worst or try to make Sheridan out to be the enemy. He couldn’t believe that she’d
actually pushed him out of the way of that falling speaker. Luis picked up the speaker from the floor and felt
its weight. He knew without a doubt that if that speaker had landed on his head he’d have been killed for sure.
Despite what he thought of Sheridan, or rather her family, he owed her an apology.
Sheridan had returned to where she’d been sitting with Jay and was sipping on her cup of coffee with her back turned
to Luis. Luis quietly approached her, preparing himself to apologize to her once again.
"Sheridan?" Luis called out softly.
Sheridan turned to face him and immediately her defenses went up. "Don’t worry Officer" she said icily,
"I won’t come near you again. I wouldn‘t want you to misinterpret anything else I might do."
"Look, Sheridan, I’m really sorry. I know this probably sounds pretty lame, but I was only kidding. I had
no idea what you were doing and it was the first thing that popped into my head."
"I’d hate to think what you might have accused me of had you actually been thinking Officer" Sheridan
"Well, I wanted to say thank you" Luis said sincerely, managing to look directly into her deep blue eyes.
"I really am sorry for what I said back there and I don’t think there is anyway I can ever thank you enough
for saving my life."
Sheridan stared back into his golden brown eyes. There was something in his eyes, in the way he looked at her that
was so familiar. There was also something that told her he was telling the truth, that he meant every word that
"You’re welcome" She finally said, her tone softening considerably.
Luis flashed her his signature smile and nodded his head. Sheridan couldn’t stop a small grin from forming as she
looked into his handsome face. Right now he was acting like the Luis she first met, the Luis Pilar and Jay talked
so much about. It lasted only a moment, as Luis turned and went back to the sound system. He had to hurry and fix
all those speakers to make sure none of them would come down at the dance.
Luis, Buzzy and Chad worked hard for the next few hours removing all the speakers from the ceiling. It was the
best course of action to prevent a tragic accident from occurring. Once the speakers from the ceiling were removed
and the others rearranged, Chad one again performed his sound check. The music was still loud, but by no means
deafening. Luis seemed to be in a playful mood because he grabbed his mother and then Jay and began twirling them
around the dance floor. Sheridan smiled as she watched the trio spin and whirl about the dance floor. She was amazed
at how much fun Luis seemed to be having. She noted he had about the most beautiful smile she’d ever seen. She
hadn’t had much of a chance to see him smile until today. Usually she was looking at him as he yelled at her through
gritted teeth. She found herself almost wishing he didn’t hate her family so much because maybe...
"Sheridan, what are you thinking?" She said out loud as she shook herself from her thoughts. "Just
remember, tomorrow at this time you will be meeting the man of your dreams." She smiled again when she imagined
meeting Pezz and fought the thoughts that were threatening to surface that Pezz would look like Luis. As much as
that man annoyed her, she couldn’t help but admire his good looks. A person would have to be blind not to notice.
By late afternoon just about everything was ready and Jay suggested that she and Sheridan shower and change so
they would be ready when the kids all started to arrive. Jay took Sheridan to the locker room and got her everything
"You go ahead and get started Sheridan" Jay said. "I need to get something out of my car."
"Sure thing Jay" Sheridan smiled as she grabbed her stuff and headed towards the shower.
Jay put her things in a locker when she heard Luis call her from outside the locker room.
"Yo, Jay are you in there?" Luis called.
"I’m getting ready to take a shower Luis" Jay answered as she walked towards the doorway. "What’s
up?" She said when she finally reached him.
"Oh nothing really" Luis said with a huge grin on his face.
"What are you up to Luis?" Jay asked suspiciously.
"Up to? ME? Jay,
I’m hurt!" Luis said holding his hand over his wounded heart.
"Then get out of here Luis" Jay laughed as she gently pushed Luis out of the doorway of the woman’s locker
room. "I have things to do if I'm going to be ready in time to greet the kids" Jay told him. "I
suggest you go get yourself ready while you've got a few minutes free."
"Good idea Jay" Luis agreed. "I think I’ll go do that right now." Luis smiled at Jay and headed
into the men's locker room. Jay watched the door of the men’s locker room for a moment, half expecting Luis to
pop back out.
After waiting a few minutes and no Luis, Jay decided the coast was clear and ran quickly to her car to retrieve
her costume which she’d left there earlier.
Luis waited several minutes inside the men’s locker room. "I think I’ve given her enough time" Luis said
with a foxy grin on his face. "I wonder how she’ll react to an ice cold shower?" He walked back to the
door of the men’s locker room and peered out to make sure no one was watching him. He then quietly stole away to
turn off the hot water heater, thus giving Jay a surprise cold shower.
Sheridan stepped into the shower and turned the handle to hot. She placed her hand under the spray of water and
adjusted the handle until she’d reached the precise temperature she wanted. She was never so happy to take a hot
shower in her life as she was hot and sticky from all the work they’d done that day and her muscles were already
beginning to ache.
Jay returned to the locker room and Sheridan was already in the shower. Since it was only the two of them in there,
Jay decided to go over to the other side, thus allowing each of them plenty of space.
Jay hung her costume up in a locker and put her purse and the rest of her stuff in it as well. She then went and
grabbed a couple of towels for herself from the shelf and returned to the bench in front of her locker to undress.
She’d only gotten as far as her shoes when she heard Sheridan start to scream.
"What’s going on?" Jay asked herself immediately after Sheridan’s scream. She then got up and walked
around the far side of the lockers about to check on Sheridan when she found herself stopping dead in her tracks.
She jumped back a bit to keep from being seen.
"What happened?" Sheridan said wiping water from her eyes as she came out of the shower in nothing but
her birthday suit. "The water suddenly turned to ice and I couldn’t find my..." Sheridan stood still
when she saw Luis standing there looking like the cat who ate the canary holding her towel. At the moment he wasn’t
looking at her, he was laughing uncontrollably.
"Well, well, well" Sheridan grinned slyly. "I see you’ve applied for the position of towel boy Officer.
The job suits you."
Luis looked up only to see a very naked Sheridan in front of him. Sheridan’s blue eyes danced mischievously when
she saw Mr. Macho turn about six shades of red. Nudity was not something that bothered her since in Paris it was
widely accepted and she‘d spent most of her life there, but apparently it was affecting the very provincial Officer
Lopez Fitzgerald. "Sh-Sh-Sheridan!" Luis exclaimed in complete shock.
Jay held her hand over her mouth so her giggles wouldn’t be heard.
"Is there something you wanted Officer?" Sheridan asked in a very sexy voice making absolutely no move
to cover up. She loved the idea that Luis was so embarrassed over this situation that HE created.
She decided to use it to her advantage. She found it exhilarating to have the upper hand where Officer Lopez Fitzgerald
Sheridan’s grin grew wider when she remembered what Luis had said to her earlier in the day. The temptation to
give it right back to him was too great to pass up. "You know Luis" Sheridan said in the voice of a true
temptress, "If you really wanted to see me like this, all you had to do was ask."
Try as he might, Luis couldn’t help himself. He swallowed hard as his eyes appreciated a full view of Sheridan’s
perfect body. Despite his constant bickering with Sheridan, Luis knew she was beautiful, but he never imagined
she was this beautiful and sexy at the same time. Hell, he never dreamed he’d be in this predicament. "No,
I...I...I...I think this is all a big mistake" he finally sputtered.
"Oh?" Sheridan asked with disappointment in her voice. "You mean you didn’t come in here to give
me my towel? How disappointing."
Luis finally managed to unglue his eyes from her voluptuous curves and held the towel out for her to take. "Here...
Here is your towel" he said forcing himself not to look at her. Even though he wasn‘t looking at her with
his eyes, the vision of her magnificent body was tattooed to his mind’s eye .
Sheridan walked towards Luis and took the towel from him, but not without making sure she touched his arm. She
let her fingers linger on his arm just long enough to make sure he was affected by her. She raised a brow when
she heard him inhale sharply. "Why thank you Officer" Sheridan smiled devilishly. "I’d love to give
you a generous tip, but as you can see, I don’t have any pockets right now. Come see me later, will you big boy?"
Jay couldn’t take it any more. She was about to split a gut laughing. Not being able to hold it in any longer,
Jay came out from behind the lockers laughing uncontrollably. "Oh Luis! If you could only see the look on
your face right now!" Jay laughed.
"What are you doing over there, Jay?" Luis asked angrily. "You were supposed to be the one who got
the cold shower!" Though his tone was angry, if the truth be known he was very pleased to have Jay there as
a distraction from this mortifying moment.
Jay walked up to Luis, still laughing. She gave him the once over and whispered in his ear, "don’t look down
big guy, but it looks to me like you’re the one who needs the cold shower!"
Despite her warning, Luis looked down and again turned several shades of red. Sheridan had put her towel on, so
she was now covered, but Luis was still very much aware of her presence. "If you’ll excuse me, I’ll go turn
the hot water heater back on. Sorry Sheridan!" He yelled over his shoulder as he literally bolted out of the
women’s locker room.
Sometime later, Jay and Sheridan finished dressing and were just about ready to leave the locker room.
"Well Sheridan" Jay said as she put the final touches of her make up on, "This is it. It’s time
for us to show this town who puts on the best End of Summer party."
Sheridan laughed as she fixed her jewelry. "I don’t know Jay, the story I heard about Luis’ friend Hank and
last year’s party seems like it will be pretty tough to beat."
"Forget Hank! Forget last year!" Jay dismissed with a wave of her hand. "This year will be one for
"You don’t have something sneaky planned do you?" Sheridan was suddenly alarmed by Jay’s complete confidence.
"No, of course not" Jay smiled. "I just have a feeling that everyone is going to have a wonderful
Sheridan had finished putting on all of her jewelry except for one item. She furrowed her brow deep in thought
wondering what she could possibly have done with her ring? She absentmindedly played with her finger that at one
time her favorite ring decorated and couldn’t imagine what happened to it.
Jay noticed the worry on Sheridan’s face and wondered what happened to change her mood so suddenly. "Sheridan?"
Jay asked, "What’s wrong?"
Sheridan shook her head in complete frustration. "Nothing really, it’s just that I can’t find my ring."
"Are you sure you had it on this morning when you came to the Youth Center?" Jay questioned.
"Positive" Sheridan answered. "I never take it off except when I’m in the shower."
"Well, do you remember taking it off when you showered here?"
"That’s just it Jay" Sheridan told her, "I don’t remember taking it off."
"Let me go look and see if maybe you left it in the shower." Jay walked over to the shower and looked
inside. A few minutes she came back holding a sterling silver ring between her fingers. "Is this it?"
Jay asked as she examined the intricately designed ring.
"Jay! You found it!" Sheridan squealed with delight.
"I don’t know Sheridan" Jay said as she read the inscription on the ring. "This has someone’s initials
on it and I don’t see an "S". Jay struggled to read the inscription. "It looks like the initials
Jay looked at Sheridan and tried to hide the shock on her face.
"That’s mine Jay" Sheridan grinned. "Actually it was my mother’s ring and every time she wore it
when I was a little girl I always wanted to play with it. I would always take it off my mother’s finger and read
"KC" to her, even before I could read. Several years later, after she died, one of the family lawyers
handed me the ring. I was willed most of my mother’s jewelry, but I wasn’t allowed to touch any of it until I was
of age, but this one ring was given to me immediately. I remember how thrilled I’d been to receive it. When I looked
at the ring to read the inscription, KC, all I could see was my mother smiling at me like she always did when I
took the ring from her. My mother always teased me that I was definitely Katherine Crane’s daughter and after awhile
she started calling me KC’sGirl." Sheridan fought back her tears as she remembered her mother fondly. Her
death had been the saddest part of Sheridan’s life
"KC stands for Katherine Crane. Those are my mother’s initials" Sheridan finished her thoughts.
"That’s a very nice memory Sheridan" Jay said quietly as she handed Sheridan the ring. Jay fought back
the urge to yell "YES!" Now she had the proof she’d been looking for. Sheridan Crane and KCGirl were
the same person.
As Sheridan thought about KC’sGirl she suddenly remembered she had something important to ask Jay. "Oh Jay!"
Sheridan exclaimed excitedly. "I have a favor to ask you."
"Sure Sheridan" Jay answered. "What is it?"
"Remember that cyber guy I told you about?" Sheridan asked, her cheeks blushing slightly.
"Yes, I remember" Jay said not letting any emotion show on her face.
"Well, I am supposed to meet him at Lighthouse Park tomorrow at noon and I was wondering if maybe you’d come
with me?" She asked hopefully.
"I see you’re considering my advice and being cautious about meeting a stranger?" Jay grinned.
"You might say that" Sheridan smiled.
"I’d love to go with you Sheridan" Jay answered. "I’ll tell you what we can do. We’ll meet for a
late breakfast at the Book Cafe and then we can walk over to Lighthouse Park from there. I’ll stay in the background
and only come out if it looks like you’ll need some back up."
"That sounds wonderful Jay!" Sheridan said excitedly. She gave Jay a quick hug of thanks. Tomorrow would
definitely be a day she’d remember. "Thank you so much!"
"Anytime Sheridan" Jay laughed. Jay had a feeling that Sheridan was definitely going to need some assistance
after she met her cyber pal. She could almost see the fireworks now.