I do not own any of the characters on the show Passions, nor do I claim to. I don’t own the singers of the songs
listed in this story either. In fact, I’m just a broke college student that doesn’t have two nickels to rub together.
So, if you would like to sue, I guess you’d get about one nickel, my textbooks, or a hefty stack of bills!
From the Past
Fan fiction and fond (mostly) memories
of soap days gone by
Sheridan walked into the Youth Center. She only had
10 more hours of community service left to serve, and they were flying by way too fast. The last couple of weeks
had been a mixture of highs and lows. The bright points were the ones she spent with Luis. She had had the best
time on their date and couldn’t remember the last time she’d had that much fun. Then, there was Hank. She always
seemed to get herself into a bind where Hank Bennett was concerned, and that was definitely a low. Granted, he
was a very nice guy, but she just wasn’t interested. He always seemed to be sneaking up on her and making her
feel awkward…especially around Luis. ‘Mental note to self…look before speaking!’ She also had to endure listening
to Beth ask Luis about their future…that’s the one time she was glad that Hank came around so she wouldn’t have
to hear the answer. She loved spending time with Luis, but she wasn’t sure what he felt, and that uncertainty
scared her to death.
Sheridan let out a sigh and walked into Luis’ office. She didn’t see him in there, so she made her way into the
gym. There was still no sign of Luis and she walked past the locker rooms. She felt her cheeks turn crimson as
she thought about when she walked in on Luis naked and the dream she’d had about them together in the steamy locker
room. "God it’s hot in here."
"Sheridan," Luis called from behind her.
"LUIS! Don’t sneak up on me like that! You scared me half to death."
Luis snickered at her and flashed his million-watt smile. "Sorry. What were you so deep in thought about,"
"Um, n-n-nothing." She felt her cheeks turning red again. "I just forgot to drink coffee this
morning, so I guess I’m a little out of it."
"Are you sure?" Luis asked.
"Yep. That’s it. In fact, I think that I’ll go to the Book Café and get a coffee right now so I can
snap out of this. You want one?"
Luis smiled at her and thought about how cute she was whenever she was acting nervous. "Sure, that would
be great. In fact, I can come with you if you want."
Sheridan was about to jump on the chance, but realized there was a possibility that they could run into Beth, and
she couldn’t stomach seeing her fawn all over Luis and say how perfect they would be together this early in the
morning. "No, I’ll just run over there really quick and bring the coffee back here."
"Okay, whatever you want to do," Luis replied.
"OK, I’ll be right back then…Bye."
Luis took this opportunity to pull himself together. Whenever he was around Sheridan all sense of reason seemed
to fly out the window. He hated the way Hank acted around Sheridan and didn’t want him to date her, but what claim
did he have on Sheridan? If he acted that way, he’d be just like Hank and he certainly didn’t want to act that
way. He and Hank had been best friends for as long as he could remember, but he was really getting tired of his
childish antics and the manner in which he pursued Sheridan. She isn’t a trophy to be won. ‘Don’t forget the
way he likes to flaunt it in your face either!’ Luis picked up the basketball and squeezed it pretending that
it was Hank’s head. He decided to shoot around until Sheridan got back.
Upon returning to the Youth Center, Sheridan found Luis in the gym shooting baskets. He didn’t see her come in,
so she decided to return the favor and sneak up on him. She sat the coffee and the muffins down and put her purse
and coat on the chair. She quietly walked up behind Luis and ran around stealing the ball from him and going in
for the lay-up. "Nice shot, sneaky!" Luis said.
Sheridan smiled sweetly at him. "It was wasn’t it? I still remember the last time we played."
"Yeah, well, you cheated," he said half mocking.
"I did no such thing, Luis…I will have you know that I worked VERY hard and I was so sore for three days that
I could hardly move." Luis smiled at her earnest attempt to defend herself. "What? What is that suspicious
smile for?" Sheridan asked.
"Nothin’…did you get the coffee?"
"Uh, yeah, that is why I went to the Book Café."
"Well okay smartass!" Luis teased.
"That’s Ms. Smartass to you, and don’t you forget it," she joked back. Luis threw the ball down on the
floor and they walked into his office.
"Here, I got you a muffin too."
"Thanks, Sheridan, these are my favorite."
"No problem, Luis. So, what is on the agenda today? I can’t believe that I only have 10 hours left."
At the mention of the 10 hours, Luis felt his heart sink. He knew that he could see her if he wanted to, but
it was the principle of her not being around all the time that made him sad. ‘Why can’t I just suck it up and
tell her how I feel before Hank gets in the way?’
"Luis…hello? Houston, come in Houston. Houston do you copy?" Sheridan asked as she waved her hand in
front of Luis’ face.
"Huh? I’m sorry, Sheridan, did you say something?"
"Yeah, space cadet, welcome back to Earth. Where were you just now?"
"Uh, I’m not sure," Luis lied. "I think that I need to drink more of my coffee. My brain is not
functioning properly today." Sheridan picked up the Harmony Herald just as Luis was going for it.
"Ha! Beat ya to it!" Sheridan teased.
"Hey…first you steal my basketball and now you’re stealing my newspaper?"
"Yup!" Luis started to pout, so Sheridan offered him a section of the paper. "Here’s half, Luis…don’t
be such a baby."
Luis looked at her and started to protest but decided against it. ‘She is unlike any woman that I’ve ever met.
She’s everything all rolled up neatly into a package…make that a BEAUTIFUL package…ARGH! Stop it Luis.’
Luis was shaken from his reverie at the sound of Sheridan squealing about something. "What is it, Sheridan?"
"Well, the Harmony Herald informs me that the Rialto is playing my favorite movie for one night only tonight."
"And what movie might that be?" Luis asked.
"Grease?" he asked. "That is your favorite movie?"
"Yes it is…well, one of them. I mean, who doesn’t like "Grease?"
Luis flashed his toothy grin at her. "I don’t think I’ve ever seen it."
"WHAT? Are you kidding? That’s almost sacrilegious, Luis…it’s like a rite of passage!"
Luis rolled his eyes. "You sound like Theresa. She loves that movie."
"So…" Sheridan said.
"So…?" Luis replied.
"So, do you want to go to the movies with me tonight, Officer?" ‘I can’t believe I just did that…wow!
I didn’t even think about it for once, it just came out!’
"Is Sheridan Crane asking ME out on a date?" Luis enjoyed teasing her. He found her to be even more
attractive when she was embarrassed.
"As a matter of fact, I am. Come on, whattaya say, Luis? My treat…I’ll even throw in popcorn and Goobers."
She smiled at him and waited for his answer. ‘Please says yes! Please say yes!’
"Well…I have to work at the station tonight, is there a late movie?" Sheridan checked the paper to see
if there was.
"Um, yeah, there is one that starts at 10:45."
"Make it Milk Duds and you’ve got yourself a date."
Sheridan giggled at him. "Great." Luis looked at her and couldn’t tear his eyes away. She met his
gaze and they got lost for a moment until they heard a knock on the office door.
"Hey Luis. Sheridan…good morning! You look radiant as always." Hank said cheerily as he walked into
the office. Sheridan rolled her eyes and Luis saw and tried to stifle his grin.
"Hey buddy," Luis replied.
"Hi Hank," Sheridan said unenthusiastically. Again, Luis tried not to laugh. The look on her face was
"So beautiful, what are your plans for this evening?"
‘God, please don’t let me throw up right now!’ "Well, Hank, Luis and I have a date. Don’t we Luis?"
‘That was kind of mean, but I’m sick of him. I’ll say some Hail Mary’s later, I promise.’
Hank glared at Luis. "Is that true, Luis? Did you ask Sheridan out tonight?"
Luis was about to respond but Sheridan chimed in. "Actually Hank, I asked Luis out tonight."
Luis was laughing inwardly. ‘She sure has a lot of spunk. I like it. I will apologize for this later, but I’m
glad that Hank got that smug expression wiped off of his face. That is annoying as hell!’
"You asked him out?" Hank asked.
‘Hello…are you hard of hearing?’ "Yes, I asked him out."
"Well, okay then. I guess I will see you guys later. Bye." Hank turned around and left without hearing
Once Sheridan heard the door to the Youth Center close she let out a groan in frustration. Luis busted out laughing.
He couldn’t hold it in any longer. "What are you laughing at, Luis?"
"Yeah, you. The look on your face was absolutely priceless when Hank came in. I thought I was going to choke
on my coffee."
Sheridan smiled at Luis. He was just too cute not to. "Luis, can I tell you something and know that it will
just stay between us?"
Luis stopped laughing and tried to be serious. "Sure, you know you can tell me anything. What’s up?"
Sheridan paused before speaking and took a deep breath. "Okay, here goes. Hank drives me insane."
Luis tried not to smile. "He always embarrasses himself around me and I just want to tell him to knock it
off because if he could see himself, I think he’d probably kick his own ass." At the mention of this, Luis
couldn’t do anything but laugh. Sheridan smiled. "Luis, I’m serious…there’s more."
"Okay, Sheridan…continue," he managed to spit out between laughs.
"I think that he is a really nice guy and he likes to have fun, but lately it seems as though he’s on a quest
to go out with me, and it really unnerves me…almost to the point where it creeps me out." She almost didn’t
go on with this next part, but figured she was laying everything else out on the table today, so why not this too.
"I also felt really uncomfortable when you came in the other day and he rubbed in your face that we had a
date. I’m sorry for that. It was really unnecessary."
"Sheridan, don’t worry about that. That’s how Hank is. He turns everything into a competition with me.
It doesn’t matter what it is, but he has to feel like he has the upper hand in everything where I’m concerned.
I mean, he has been one of my best friends for as long as I can remember, but that’s just who he is, and I accept
"I think he is a great guy too, Luis, but I don’t want to lead him on or give him the wrong impression. He
doesn’t take the hint too well does he?" Sheridan asked.
Inside, Luis was elated. ‘Sheridan doesn’t want to go out with Hank. Could that mean that she wants me? Oh,
don’t get your hopes up.’ Luis replied, "When Hank wants something, he goes after it. It’s not hard to see
why he would go after a beautiful and smart woman like you." ‘DOH! Why did I just say that out loud?’
Sheridan smiled shyly at him. "Thank you," she said.
"You’re welcome. Now, let’s finish these muffins and get to work." He smiled at her again.
"Okay, Luis. You’re the boss."
Sheridan was in the gym picking up the equipment that was left out from yesterday and Luis was in his office working
on some paper work. Sheridan thought back to when she was sentenced to serve 100 hours at the Youth Center. At
the time, she thought that many hours with Luis would seem like an eternity in the fiery pits of hell. She smiled
thinking about how much they had changed since then. She now wished that she had been sentence to 200 hours or
more so she would have an excuse to see Luis everyday. Luis was in his office thinking about the same thing.
‘I can’t believe that Sheridan only has 10 hours left to serve. Actually, she’d be done right now if I hadn’t
lied about how many hours she had. I’m not sorry I did that. I just didn’t want to think about her not being
around all the time.’ He was so lost in thought that he didn’t hear Sheridan come into the office.
"Luis? Helllloooo!" Luis didn’t look up and seemed to be spacing again. "LUIS!" she yelled.
Luis jumped and spilled some of his coffee.
"Damn. Huh? Oh, Sheridan, hey." Sheridan laughed at him.
"Luis, what is wrong with you today? I’ve never seen you like this."
"Um, nothing’s wrong, I just have a lot on my mind."
"Well, I guess what I wanted to talk to you about can wait then," Sheridan said.
"No, that’s okay, what did you want to talk about?"
"Well, I was thinking about how my hours are almost up, and I thought that I could plan something for the
kids before I leave."
At the mention of her leaving, Luis felt himself get sad again. ‘Luis, stop it. You are going to see her again.
Hell, you have a date with her tonight.’ "What did you have in mind?" he replied.
"I read in the paper about the big game between the Hellcats and the Vipers next week, and I thought that
after the game we could have a dance here."
"I think that’s a good idea, Sheridan." Luis smiled at her.
"Great. I will plan the dance then," she said cheerily.
"That will be my last project," she stated as the tone in her voice fell.
"Well, you’ve done a lot of work today, so why don’t you just take the afternoon off."
"Luis, I am capable of working more than three consecutive hours," she said a bit more harshly than she
"Sheridan, I’m very aware of how capable you are, and I wasn’t trying to imply anything by that. I just figured
that since you will be planning the dance, you might be pushing the limit on your hours."
"I’m sorry. I didn’t mean to snap at you. But, it doesn’t matter about the hours. If it takes me 20 hours
to plan the dance, it takes me 20 hours to plan the dance. It won’t bother me in the least."
"Okay. But you can still have the afternoon off if you want. I have to get to the station soon anyway."
"All right Luis. Seeing as you are trying to get rid of me, I guess I will go home," she teased. "So,
what time do you get off at the station tonight?"
"Around 9:00. What time do you want me to pick you up tonight?" Luis asked.
"You pick me up? No, no, no…I asked you out remember? I’ll pick YOU up."
Luis laughed at her. "Okay, so what time are you picking ME up?"
"I’ll be there about 10:15, so be ready." Sheridan replied.
"Yes ma’am. Now, get outta here," Luis said jesting.
"See ya tonight, Luis. Bye." Sheridan waved and walked out the door.
"Sheridan Crane." He thought about going out with her tonight and smiled for what seemed like the thousandth
time that day.