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Bennett, Cherie - Sunset Island 003 - Sunset Dreams

Bennett, Cherie - Sunset Island 003 - Sunset Dreams

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Sunset3-SunsetDreamsone"SamanthaBridges,youareonefinebabe,"Samsaidtoherreflectionassheposedbeforethemirrorinherroom.ShelookeddownattheCosmopolitanmagazineonthedresser,andchangedherposeandexpressiontocopythecovergirl's."Incredible!Unbelievable!"shechantedatherself,tryingtofeelmoreconfident.Butsomethingwaswrong.Hereyesdidntlookright-notsultryenough.Sheclosedthemhalfway,andtossedherheadsothatherlongredhairshimmeredaroundhershoulders.Muchbetter.Sheleanedclosertothemirrortomakesuretheeyethingdidn'tlookstupidupclose,andnoticedablemishthreateningtoemergeonherchin."Ohgreat,that'sjustgreat,"shesaidindisgust,droppingherposeandlookingaroundfranticallyforhercoverstick."Yeah,theguyisreallygoingtomakemeintoasuperstarwithazitpoppingoutonmyface,"shemuttered,tryingtodisguisethebump.Okay,soI'mnervous,Samadmittedtoherself.Buthey,itwasn'teverydaythatagirlgottohavecocktailswithaphotographerfromUniversalModels,oneofthebiggestmodelingagenciesinthecountry.Itwasprobablythemostglamorousthingthathadeverhappenedtoher.Sofar,anyway.SamthoughtdreamilybacktohowshehadfirstmetFlashHathaway.IthadbeenatapartyatHowieLawrence'shouse.Flashhadtoldhisassistant,LeonardFuller,togiveSamhisbusinesscard.ThatwasjustbeforehehadtoldSamsheshouldbeamodel.Itwasn'tthefirsttimeSamhadbeentoldthat.Atfivefeetteninches,withherlong,slimframeandwildredhair,Samhadheardthatlineoftenenough.Butshehadneverhearditfromaphotographerfromatopmodelingagencybefore!"Yo,Sam,thecarserviceishere!"oneofthetwinsshouteduptoSam.ThetwinswereBeckyandAllieJacobs,totallyidenticalthirteen-year-oldswhomSamcouldtellapartonlybythebeautymarkoverAllie'smouth.Samwastheiraupairforthesummer.Thetwins'father,DanJacobs,hadhiredSamthroughtheNationalAuPairSociety.Lookingaftertwoteenagershadsoundedeasyenough,butthetwinsweresowildandprecocious(forexample,theyhadrecentlydecidednotto"date"anyguysundertheageofsixteen,becausethey'dbe"waytooimmature")thatSamreallyhadtowatchthemlikeahawk.SinceSamhadtakenthisjobtohaveawildsummerherself,watchingover"themonsters,"asshehaddubbedthem,wasnotherideaofagoodtime.Samcheckedherreflectiononelasttime.ShehadonhertiniestwhiteLycraminiskirtandaneon-orangebratopunderacroppedwhitejacket.Herhairwassprayedintoahugemassofredwavesandcurls,andherorangemattelipstickmatchedtheorangeofherbratop.Inherwhitehigh-heeledanklebootsshestoodoversixfeettall.Sam,youwillknockhimdead,sheassuredherselfasshegrabbedherpurseoffthebed."Wow,thatoutfitiswaycool,"AlliebreathedwhenshesawSamrunningdownthestairs."CanIborrowitsometime?""Nope,"saidSam,retyingthelacesonherrightboot."Howcome?"Alliewhined."Becauseit'stoooldforyou,"Samsaid,grabbingajacketincaseitgotcoldlater."Oh,right,"Beckysnorted,comingupnexttohersister^"I'dfilloutthattop
 
betterthanyoudo."Samrolledhereyes.UnfortunatelyBeckywasright.Thedriveroutsidehonkedthehornimpatiently."Yourdadwillbehomeinahalf-hour,"Samsaid,checkingherwatch.ShehadarrangedwithMr.Jacobstohavetheeveningoff,andhehadpromisedtobehomeatseven-thirty."Trynottowrecktheplacebeforethen."Samranoutthedoor,andBeckyandAlliestucktheirheadsoutthefrontdoor."Hey,Sam,goodluck!"oneofthetwinsyelled.Samsmiledbackatthemandgavethemawavebeforedisappearingintothebackseatoftheear.Theyknewshewasmeetinganimportantphotographerfromamodelingagency.Samwasgladthey'dwishedherluck.Eventhemonstershadtheiroccasionalsweetmoments.SamstaredoutthewindowasthecarheadedforCeleste's,averyupscalecocktailloungeandrestaurantwithabackdeckoverlookingtheocean.Samhadneveractuallybeentherebefore.Butwhenshe'dboldlycalledFlashtoinvitehimoutforadrink,she'ddecidedtonamewhatwasreportedlythemostsophisticatedplaceontheisland.Samclosedhereyesassherememberedthewarningwordsofherfriends.Bothofherbestfriendsontheisland,EmmaCresswellandCarrieAlden,hadcalledherwithinthepasthourtowarnher-again-abouthermeetingwithFlash.Samwastotallyexasperatedwiththem.Afterall,shehadjustseenthemthatafternoon,andthey'dtoldherenoughaboutitthen!EmmathoughtFlashwassleazy,andthattherisksofgettinginvolvedwithhimoutweighedthebenefits.Well,thatwaseasyforEmmatosay.Emmawasmega-rich,oneoftheBostonCresswells.Shewouldneverhavetoworryaboutmoneyinherwhole,entirelife.AndCarriehadatendencytobearealby-the-bookskindofbabe,aregulargoody-goody.Theyjustdon'tunderstandme,Samthoughtasshewatchedtheislandscenerywhizbyoutsidethewindow.Thesunwasjustbeginningtoset,andSunsetIslandlookedincrediblygorgeous.ThebeautyofthisplacemadeSamfeelshiverysometimes.Itwassototallydifferentfromherhometown,fromanythingshe'deverknown.SamthoughtbacktotheaupairconventioninthespringinNewYorkCity,whenshe'dfirstreadaboutSunsetIslandinheraupairbook.Ithadbeendescribedasasmall,upscalesummerresortoffthecoastofMaine,famousforeverythingfromthedramaticarchitectureofitssummerhomestoitssandybeaches.ThewordsupscaleandfamoushadcaughtSam'sattentionrightaway,sincesheplannedtobecomebothinthenearfuture.Howshewouldaccomplishthisshehadn'texactlyworkedoutyet,butrubbingelbowswiththe"haves"oftheworldhadseemedlikeagoodstart.SunsetIslandhadsoundedliketheperfectplaceforher.Samwastheolderoftwogirlsinaseriouslymiddle-classfamilyinthetinytownofJunction,Kansas.SamhatedJunction,shehatedKansas,shehatedjustabouteverythingaboutherlife.Sam'syoungersister,KuthAnne,lovedJunction,asdidherparents,andtheysimplydidnotunderstandSam'syearningforgreatadventuresinfarawayplaces.Everybodyinherfamily,forexample,hadbeensopleasedthatshe'dwonadancescholarshiptoKansasStateforthefall.ButtheideaofstayinginKansas,evengoingtocollege,madeSam'sskincrawl.Surelytherewasmorethanthatoutthereforher!Well,SamsaidtoherselfasthecarpulledintothecirculardriveinfrontofCeleste's,maybethismeetingwillbethefirststeptowardmy
 
incrediblefuture.AfterSampaidandtippedthedriver,adoormanhelpedSamoutofthebackofthecar.Samgavehimalittlesmile,andwonderedfranticallyifshewassupposedtotiphim,too.Probably.Richpeopletippedeverybody.WhenthedoormanheldthedooropenforSam,shegavehimadollarbill.Helookedatitwithamusementandhandeditbacktoher,curlingherhandaroundit."Havealovelyevening,miss,"hesaid.Oops.Okay,somaybeshewasn'tsupposedtotiphim.Ormaybeshesimplyhadn'ttippedhimenoughmoney,andhehadreturneditbecausehewasinsulted.Samjusthopednoonehadseenherhandhimthemoneyandhimhanditback."MayIhelpyou?"saidthetuxedoedmaitred'."Yes,I'mmeetingMr.HathawayofUniversalModels,"Samsaidinhermostelegantvoice.ShehadbeenpracticingsothatshecouldsoundmorelikeEmma."IbelieveMr.Hathawayiswaitingforyouatthebar,"themaitred'saidwithasmallsmile.ThankGod!Ifshehadtogointothebarbyherself,shedidn'tknowwhatshe'ddo.SamsawFlashfromacrosstheroom.Whocouldmisshim?HehadonmoregoldjewelrywithhissilkdesignersuitthancouldprobablybefoundonallthesheiksinKuwait.Hissilkshirtwasunbuttonednearlytohisnavel,andtenorsogoldchainswerelostinhisforestofchesthair.Samsuckedinherstomachandstuckoutherchest,thentossedherhairbackoverhershouldersandheadedforhim.Flashsmiledatherandsippedhisdrink,lookingherupanddownasshewalkedtowardhim."Youarelookingmightyfine,babe,"Flashsaid,risingtokisshercheek."Thanks,"Samsaid,maneuveringtositonthestoolnexttohim."Let'sgetatable,"Flashsuggested,takingherbytheelbowandleadinghertoatinytableinadarkcorner."What'llyouhavetodrink?"Flashaskedher.Emmahadwarnedherthatshewouldn'tgetservedinabar.Butwouldn'titlooktotallychildishtoorderaCokeorsomejuice?"I'llhavewhatyou'rehaving,"Samsaid.Flashsnappedhisfingersandthewaitresscametothetable."I'llhaveanothermartini,andoneforthelady,"Flashsaid.ThewaitresslookedatSamasthoughshewasabouttoaskforID.Theclubsontheislandtendedtobeverycarefulaboutchecking,sincethereweresomanyunderagekidsontheislandreadytoparty.Flashwinkedknowinglyatthewaitress,whojustsortofshruggedandwentofftogettheirdrinks."SheknowsI'llleaveherabigtip,"Flashexplained."Youpickedagoodspot,babe.Notmanytwinkiescomeinhere.""Twinkles?"Samasked."Theyoungbabes,theoneswhodon'tknowthescore,"Flashexplained."LikeifwewereattheBayVieworsomething,you'dgetcardedforsure.Youpickedarealhigh-classspot."Hesippedathismartiniandlookedheroveragain."So,Flash,howlonghaveyoubeenaphotographer?"Samasked.Shedidn'twanttoseemasifallshecaredaboutwashavinghimgetherintomodeling,evenifitwastrue."Eons,babe,"Flashsaid."Universaldoesn'tworkwithjustanyJoe.Yougottohavethebackground,nottomentionthetalent."Samnodded."Andyousurehaveboth,right?"Flashgrinned."Yougotit,But,hey,youdidn'tcallmetotalkaboutmyclimbtothetop,youwanttotalkaboutyourown,amIright?""Right,"Samadmitted."Good.Hey,nothin'fornothin',ifyouknowwhatImean,"Flashsaid."Imean,youdon'tgoafterwhatyouwant,youain'tgonnagetit.Youfollowin'me?"Samnodded.

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