"She makes all the difference. I don't know what I'd do without Kate."
And Damon intended to start with Kate McKee's expectations!
"It's almost two in the morning in Athens." He sighed
"I am coming to New York." A dramatic pause
"And I am bringing Marina."
"Indeed? And did she tell you I won't tolerate adultery."
"The more fool she. But I know different."
"All about you. And Stephanos."
"You didn't meet him at the Plaza Hotel last Wednesday?"
"I don't want to marry Stephanos! I don't even like him! He makes me sick!"
"Go on? With what? You want me to tell you what he did?"
"Ms McKee!" His voice cracked through the air like a whip. "Sit down."
"Of course not! Do you think I'm a complete idiot?
"I'll cross | that bridge when I come to it."
"Ah. I see. Your mother and my father."
"She found her? The Alexakis Bride?"
"Damn it! Of course I like women!"
"Oh. I see. You mean you'll be. . getting it. . elsewhere."
"Six months. A year. I don't know." Kate shifted restlessly
"What then? Not love again?" His tone gave the word a bitter twist
Her baby and Sophia's. Those were the images that stayed in her mind
Or someone like Damon Alexakis
"Kate? Attractive?" She looked at Damon closely
"Exactly what I want her to think--that I'm mad about you."
"It's a city. In Nevada."
Your sisters. My father. Jeffrey. "
"Of course not. I want to sleep in my own bed." Kate yawned hugely
"Maybe you're right. OK. One night."
"I'm not hungry." His Voice was flat
Get along fine? Sure. Right
It opened again. Damon poked his head around the corner. He grinned
"I just found out I have to fly to Paris tonight. I'll be back on Friday."
"That's all right. He's mentioned Marina."
"Here you are at last. Mama and Marina have been waiting." "Where's Kate?"
Kate gaped. She felt Damon stiffen next to her
"Don't be silly. Mama. We don't need a honeymoon."
"Kate is helping out here. She's Sophia's nanny."
"Damon! Do not argue with your mother." She paused
Your father and I --' "Kate and I are nothing like you and Papa."
"I have things to do her^Y Want things."
"We don't need time ak^ ^gether!"
"Stop smiling. This isn't funny. I don't know why I agreed to this!
"Then I guess we go to the Bahamas and make them think it's real."
"I can handle Jeffrey if I have to. Can you handle Mama and Marina?"
"I can't tell you how happy I am that at last Damon has found his bride."
"Surely you want children?" For the first time Helena looked worried
Joe's eyes bugged. Then he clapped Damon on the "houlder and pumped his hand
"You got him to the' altar That says it all. You got it made."
"She shy?" Teresa demanded of Damon
"That belongs to Sophia and Stephanos."
It was darling. It was charming. It was homey. It wasn't big enough
"You think I don't know that!" Damon almost shouted at her
"Or shouldn't I ask?" Another grin
"WhatT He stumbled over a root and crashed into her
"How long you and Mr Damon stayin'?"
One of them gave Kate a sly grin before turning his gaze to meet Rebecca's
"You an' Mr Damon wanta go fishin'?" Silas said as she passed
The awareness. The tension. The desire
She remembered Bryce. Always she remembered Bryce
"Ah. good. He finished." Teresa grinned
"My mother?" Damon looked so horrified that Kate almost laughed
"Damon! Get up. It's time to go to bed."
"Let go! Get up and get out of here. Now!"
"No. Too damn tired. Here--' he shoved over slightly '--your space."
"Noises?" That wasn't the way he remembered it. "Maybe I was kissing you."
"I reckon I don't have to tell you that. Keep those clothes dry now."
"How was I supposed to know that? You should have said no."
And Damon smiled back. He levered himself up and off her
"I'm sorry. I was restless. I didn't mean to disturb you."
Kate wanted to protest. She didn't dare. What was she going to say?
"I took a break. They don't have long attention- spans." He winked
"Damon! Stop it! They're watching!"
"Have I?" There was a note of strain in Damon's voice
"After Thanksgiving. When we're home again. What do you want them to think?"
Beyond that. . Kate hoped. She dreamed. She was afraid to ask
So did Damon. He didn't sleep
"Where in East Hampton is she?"
"Where's Kate?" Damon demanded
Finally he dumped Eleni on Electra and asked once again for his wife
Ask Sophia Electra advised
" Where's Kate? Isn't she back? " Damon asked his sister
"But you had to go to Montreal. I thought Sophia and Stephanos. . ."
"Would you? Just for an hour or so." Sophia yawned
"What lesson. Papa?" Christina demanded
She kissed the baby and hugged the girls. She smiled. She waved
No warning. No discussion. Nothing but a terse little note
"Post-honeymoon jitters? Never heard of them." Stephanos had said
She lasted a week. Barely. Then she went home
"Kate? Is that you? Open up!"
"He doesn't eat. He doesn't sleep. He doesn't shave. He doesn't work
"Why is Damon drinking himself sick?" He gave her a gentle smile
Risk it. Go home. It worked for me. "
Damon wasn't working. Damon wasn't eating. Damon wasn't sleeping
The voice was hoarse. Ragged. Damon's
"I'm fine. I asked you a question. What're you doing here?"
"Pandora's friend. The one who came to see the baby with her. You remember."
"So I should want her?" He still looked confused
Neither did Kate. She waited. She prayed. She hoped
"When I married him. He didn't love me."
"You thought I was pretending you were Bryce?" She was astonished at his nod
"Never. I never it was never like that with Bryce."