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Bennett, Cherie - Sunset Island 004 - Sunset Farewell

Bennett, Cherie - Sunset Island 004 - Sunset Farewell

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Sunset4-SunsetFarewellone"Hey,lady,couldIinterestyouinsomeveryprivateprivatelessons?"KurtAckermancameupbehindhisgirlfriend,EmmaCresswell,andwhisperedinsinuatinglyinherear.Sheturnedaroundandfacedhimwithalookoffeignedinnocence."Thatwouldbeswimminglessons,right?""Thatwouldbe,"heagreed,"unlessyouhavesomethingelseinmind.""Notme,"shesaid,shakingherhead."Ah,propertotheveryend,"Kurtsaidwitharegretfulsigh."Oh,really?"Emmasaid.ShegrabbedhisT-shirt,pulledhimtoher,andkissedhimhard."There,"shesaid,whenshehadlefthimcompletelybreathless."Thatwasaseriouslyimproperkiss.""I'llsay,"Kurtmanaged.ThetwoofthemwerestandingonthebackporchoftheSunsetCountryClub,whereKurtworkedasheadswimminginstructor.Becauseitwasarathercoldday,theywerecompletelyalone,buttheyknewthatsomeonecouldcomeoutandcatchthematanymoment.Kissingwhileondutywasfrowneduponforthestaff.Emmafeltratherproudofherself.ShehadcertainlycomealongwaysinceherarrivalonSunsetIsland.Haditreallyonlybeenafewshortweekssinceshe'dgottenofftheferryfeelingtotallyunsureofherselfandofwhatthesummermightholdforher?Emmathoughtbackonherdecisiontotakeajobforthesummer.AsaCresswell,oftheBostonCresswells,Emmahadneverworkedadayinherlife.Intherarefiedatmosphereinwhichshelived-educatedabroad,invitedtoallofthe"right"functionswithallofthe"right"people-thiswasacceptedbehavior.ButasEmmaapproachedhersenioryearatAubergame,herSwissboardingschool,shehadstartedtoseethingsdifferently.Shewasnolongersatisfiedtoacceptthingsthewaytheywere.Shedidn'twanttofollowinthefootstepsofherhypocritical,egocentricparents.Therewasawholegreatbigworldoutthere,andEmmawantedtoexploreit.Shehaddecidedtotakeajobasanaupair,andshe'dbeenhiredbyJaneandJeffHewitttocarefortheirchildrenattheirsummerhomeonSunsetIsland,offthecoastofMaine.Ithadturnedoutwell,actually.Shelikedthedown-to-earthHewittsandwasbecominglikeabigsistertothekids.EmmahadalsomadetwogreatfriendsinSamanthaBridgesandCarrieAlden,whomshehadmetatanaupairconventioninNewYork.Sheevenhadherfirstreallyseriousboyfriend.Theonlybadpartoftheexperiencewasthatshehadliedtoeverybodyatfirstaboutherbackground,notwantingthemtoknowshewasextremelyrichforfearthattheywouldtreatherdifferently.Later,whenhernewfriendsfoundoutthetruth,they'dbeenangrywithEmmaforlyingtothem.Well,nowthatsometimehadpassed,allofthatangerwasinthepast.Andshewasdelightedtofindthatscared,insecure,ever-so-properEmmaCresswellhadbecomeconfidentenoughtatakeKurtAckerman'sbreathawaywithakissonthebackporchoftheSunsetCountryClub."IguessI'dbettergetbacktothepool,"Kurtsaidwithasigh,"muchasIwouldratherstayouthereandletyoumolestme.""I'llmolestyoulater,"Emmasaidplayfully."How'sthat?""Promises,promises."Kurtcheckedhiswatch."Oops,Igottarun.""Okay.Whattimeareyoupickingmeuptonight?"Emmaaskedeagerly.SinceKurtwasgoingtocollegeandworkingtwojobs,herarelyhadaneveningoff.ForoveraweekheandEmmahadbeenplanningaromanticpicnicinthedunes."Eight-thirtyorso,"Kurtsaid.Emmawasdisappointed."Ithoughtyourlastswimminglessonwasatsix.""Ifwas,"Kurtsaid,"butDianaDeWittcamebythismorningandaskedmeifIcould
 
giveheraprivatedivinglessonatseven.That'stheonlytimeshe'sfree."EmmaknewDianaDeWittonlytoowell.TheyhadgoneallthroughschooltogetherinSwitzerland,andtheyabsolutelyloathedeachother.EmmahadchosenherjobonSunsetIslandthinkingthatshewouldneverrunintoanybodysheknewthere.ButitturnedoutthatDianawasafriendofanotheraupair,LorellCourtland,whohadinvitedDianato,spendsometimeontheisland.SinceDiana'sarrivalshehaddoneeverythingshecouldtomakeEmma'sMemiserable.She'devengoneoutofherwaytoputKurtdownforbeingpoor,andshehadtriedherbesttobreakthetwoofthemup.ThefactthatKurtwouldchangethetimeoftheirdatetoaccommodateDianaDeWittjustmadeEmmaseered."WehavetomissthesunsettonightbecauseofDianaDeWitt,ofallpeople?"Emmapickedupherbeachbagandslungitoverhershoulder."Itoldhernoatfirst,butshereallypleadedwithme,"Kurtexplained."Sheofferedtopaydouble.""Oh,sothatmakesitokay,"Emmasaidcoolly."Hey,Ineedthebucks,evenifyoudon't,"Kurtresponded.EmmaimmediatelyregrettedcomingdownsohardonKurt.Hereallydidneedthemoney.Hewasworkinghisbuttofftoputhimselfthroughcollege.Sometimesshewasthoughtlessaboutmoney,sinceshe'dneverhadtoworryaboutitinherlife."I'msorry,"Emmasaidsoftly,puttingherarmsaroundKurt'sneck."Eight-thirtyisfine."Shekissedhimlightlyonthelips."Willyouwearyourwhitebathingsuit?"Kurtaskedinalowvoice."We'renotgoingswimming,"Emmapointedout."Iknow."Kurtgaveheragrinthatmeltedherheart,thenwavedandheadedforthepool.EmmasmiledtoherselfasshewalkedintothegameroomtogetthetwoolderHewittkids.Tonightwasgoingtobefabulous."Hi.Youguysready?"Emmaasked,walkinguptosix-year-oldWillsandeleven-year-oldEthan."Iwonanextragame,"Ethansaid,nottakinghiseyesoffthevideogameinfrontofhim."Great,"Emmasaid.Shesatdownatanearbytabletowaitforhim.Willssatnexttoher."Ethanalwayswinsextragames,"hecomplained."Ineverdo.""Maybethat'sbecauseEthan'solder,"Emmasaid,"sohisreflexesarequickerorsomething.""Healwaysgetstobeolder."Willssighed."I'mafraidthat'strue,"Emmasaid,look-ingatWill'sdejected,freckledface."Butitwon'tmattersomuchlateron,"Emmapromised."Infact,whenyou'rebothgrownup,itwon'tmatteratall.""I'llneverbegrownup,"Willsdecided,restinghischinonhishand."Oh,it'llhappen,"Emmaassuredhim.ShereachedintoherbeachbagandpulledoutacoinpursecontainingthemoneyJanehadgivenhertospendonthekids."Here,"Emmasaid,handingWillsadollar."Gobuyyourselfsomethingatthesnackbar.""AnythingIwant?"Willsasked.Heobviouslyfeltthathehadtobesure,probablybecauseEmmausuallytoldhimjustwhathecouldandcouldnothave."Anythingyouwant,"Emmaconfirmed."Youdecide."Willslookedsidewaysathisbigbrother,whowastotallyabsorbedinhisgame."DoesEthangetadollar,too?""Justyouthistime,"Emmasaidsoftly."Oursecret.""Thanks,"Willssaid,breakingintoagrinthatrevealedhistwomissingfrontteeth.EmmawatchedWillsracetothesnackbarasherfriendSamwavedtoherfromthedoorway."Girlfriend!"Samcalled,rushingovertoEmma."Hi,Sam.Greatbathingsuit."Sam'sacidgreenbikiniwithblackpipinglookedterrificwithherwildredhair."It'snew,"Samconfessed."IspentmuchmoreforitthanIshouldhave.Iwasdepressed.WhatcanIsay?Doyouknowwhatit'slikespendingdaysonendwith
 
themonsterstryingtobetheworld'smostperfectaupair?"Samwastheaupairforthirteen-year-oldidenticaltwinsAllieandBeckyJacobs.RecentlySamhadalmostlostherjobwhenMr.Jacobsfoundoutshe'dposedformodelingshotsinsee-throughlingerie.Sam,whowanteddesperatelytobeamodel,hadbelievedthatthephotoswereonlyforherportfolio.Thentoherhorrorshe'dfoundoutthatthephotographer,FlashHathaway,hadblownuptheshotsandexhibitedthemataprivateclub.EmmaknewthatwhatreallymadeSamangrywasthatshehadknownallalonginherheartthatsheshouldn'ttrustFlashHathaway,butshehadn'tlistenedtoherownbestadvice.Fortunatelyshe'dbeenabletogetthenegativesbackwiththehelpofJaneHewitt,whowasalawyer.Sincethatlittlescandal,though,shehadbentoverbackwardstobeperfectatherjob,whichmeantspendingallhertimewiththetwins,andEmmaknewthatwastortureforSam."SotellmeeverythingI'vemissed,"Samsaid,leaningforwardeagerly.Emmashrugged."Notmuch.IhaveadatewithKurttonight,andlastnightCarrieandIwenttothePlayCafetoheartheFlirts.Carriesaidyouhadtotakethetwinstoaballgame.""Aballgamefortwins,noless,"Samgroaned."Pictureit-dozensofsetsofidenticaltwinsincutesymatchingoutfits,allplayingbaseball.ItwasabenefitforthelocalchapteroftheNationalTwinSociety.Theirfatherjustkeptjumpingaroundsnappingpicturesofthem.Youknowthetwins-theyposedfortheirdadandthenflirtedwiththecoach,whoisacollegestudent."Emmalaughed."Justtherightageforthem.""Sotheythink,"Samagreed,thensighed."IwasseriouslybummedtomisstheFlirtslastnight."FlirtingwithDanger,ortheFlirts,wasthehottestbandaround.CarriewasgettinghotandheavywithBillySampson,theirleadsinger.Samhadjuststartedseeingthebassguitarist,PresleyTravis."WasKristythere?"Samasked.ShemeantKristyPowell,awildgirlofabouttwentywholivedontheisland.KristyhadmadeitveryclearthatshewantedPresleyandwoulddojustaboutanythingtogethim."Shewas,"Emmaadmitted,"butPresdidn'tpaymuchattentiontoher.""That'sgood,"Samsaid."Hehasn'tcalledme,though,"sheadded,"andforsomereasonIhaven'tcalledhim,either.I'minawait-and-seemode,Iguess.Sowhatelseisgoingon?""DidImentionthatIhaveadatewithKurttonight?""Yep,"Samconfirmed."Oh,"Emmasaid."Aren'tyougoingtoaskmeaboutit?"Samlaughedandpushedherredhairoutofherface."Gee,Emma,whatdoyouandKurtplantodoonyourdatetonight?"sheaskedinnocently.Emmaleanedforward."Canyoukeepasecret?"sheaskedeagerly."IsthepopeCatholic?"Samanswered."Well,"Emmawhispered,"Ithinktonight'sthenight."Samlookedconfused."Thenightforwhat?""Youknow,"Emmawhispered."Thenight."Thelightfinallydawned."YoumeanyouandKurtaregoingtofinallydoit?"Sampracticallyscreamed,"Shim!"Emmahissed,lookingaroundtoseeifanyonehadheardSam."Honestly,whydon'tyoujustgrabamikeandbroadcastitovertheP.A.system?""Okay,"Samsaid,"butIwarnyou,spectatorsmayshowuptowitnesstheevent.""Veryamusing,"Emmamuttered."It'sjustthatnoonebelievesthatgirlsasbeautifulasyouactuallyhavesex,"Samexplained."Wejustassumethatyou'retheproductofanimmaculateconceptionandthatyourchildrenwillbe,too.""Well,I'msohappyIdecidedtoconfideinyou,"Emmasaid,pushingherchairawayfromthetable.*A11right!Anotherfreegame!"Ethanyelled."Comeon,"Samsaid,stoppingEmma."I'msorry.I'llcurbmylevity,okay?""Mylovelifeisnothingtolaughat,"Emmasaid."I'llsay,"Samagreed.

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