Title: "The Long, Hot Summer"
Written by: Shawn
Chapter (1/5)

Summary: Tommy and Kim finally attempt to hash out their emotional
issues, but anger and bitterness leads them down a dark path neither
could have imagined.

Category: Erotica/Romance/Angst
Rating: Hard NC-17
Timeline/Spoilers: Summer of 1997 following the Power Rangers Turbo
season - Rangers have passed the Torch - Zack, Trini, and Jason have
returned from the Peace Conference. Billy is healed and fine.

Disclaimer: Saban owns it all again.

Authors Notes 1: Slightly AU timeline wise as Rangers are all 20 or so
here - Tommy/Kim never had their talk after the events of the Turbo
movie as she went right back to Florida. This story will span the
entire summer of 1997.

Authors Notes 2: Love, regret, passion, anger, and growing up are all
issues explored here.

Authors Notes 3: I will only post this when all five are done. Then I
will post each one day after the other.

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"In our minds, love and lust are really separated. It's hard to find
someone that can be kind and you can trust enough to leave your kids
with, and isn't afraid to throw her man up against the wall and lick
him from head to toe."
~ Tori Amos

"It is love rather than sexual lust or unbridled sexuality if, in
addition to the need or want involved, there is also some impulse to
give pleasure to the persons thus loved and not merely to use them for
our own selfish pleasure."
~ Mortimer Adler

"Lust is what keeps you wanting to do it even when you have no desire
to be with each other. Love is what makes you want to be with each
other even when you have no desire to do it."
~ Judith Viorst

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The home of Rocky DeSantos
Friday, June 2, 1997 9:00 PM
Angel Grove, Ca

When the creaky old basement door slammed shut and locked from the
inside behind her, Kimberly knew she'd been tricked. She was trapped
with no hope of escape. Trini had, in her own way, decided what was
best for her. The Rangers resident psychiatrist-of-sorts deemed her
most esteemed patient needed to finally deal with the emotional train
wreck she caused a little over a year ago.

Now as the heavy footsteps echoing down the staircase toward her
caused her heart to clench painfully, there was only one way out of
this basement and she knew she wasn't going to make it past him. She
had to finally face the music. To finally face him. "Did you put Trini
up to this?"

Tommy's first thoughts upon seeing her were that she always had the
uncanny ability to make simple look sexy as deadly sin. She wore a
short wine colored dress, sophisticated enough to make her look every
bit the confident young woman she was, and snug enough to draw the
attention of every man in the room. Her smooth, toned legs drew his
attention momentarily from the task at hand. Desire had never been a
issue between them, though they had never crossed that line. Trust...
it was everything and now it was lost. But at least he could get his
answers. "You ran out after the whole Maligore affair without a saying
a word. You never responded to any of my phone calls. You disappeared.
I just want to know why you don't you want to talk to me at all? Am I
really asking for so much when I ask for closure."

Her head bowed as this confrontation was now inevitable. Her arms
closed around herself. "Maybe I have nothing to say."

"You're a better person than that."

Her reply fell softly between them, "I'm not." She slowly turned to
him, her moody gaze fixated on his dark brown eyes as he stood at the
foot of the stairs, waiting for her. What they once shared was so
innocent and precious. Her first true love. So... beautiful. And now
it was utterly broken.

Anger swelled within him as he'd waited nearly a year for answers as
to why she broke his heart so viciously. What bits and pieces he could
put together about how she was doing across the country left him with
as many new questions as old. She was now a mystery to him, when once
she was his other half. "All I'm asking for is the whole truth,
whatever it is. After that you can keep on running."

Swallowing hard, her voice cracked with emotion. "And if it makes you
hate me even more?"

"So be it."

He doesn't know that she cringes at the thought of him hating her, and
she knows he did or still does. A part of her lived easier with the
guilt when he was out of sight, out of mind. But standing here with
him again, its intoxicating. She can barely breath. The absolute fear
of telling him everything has finally been eclipsed by the sheer need
to finally unburden herself. carrying all this around for so long has
worn her out. It had to end no matter what.

Summoning up all her courage, Kimberly boldly invaded Tommy's personal
space, standing as tall as she could to face him. Still he towered
over her, seeming bigger than when they dated. Darker. Older and more... just
more. He looked so damn good when he was angry. But he was hurt as
well, and that didn't make this easy. She hated herself enough
already. "You know his name."

Tommy nodded, his throat closing tight as the answers that have buried
him for the last year were about to be revealed. "James."

His tone of voice was as if the word tasted like acid. She couldn't
blame him. "Yeah, he was two years older than me and from Arizona, so
he was far from his family too. We were both homesick and pretty overwhelmed by
all the media attention and expectations. I thought I was prepared for
professional gymnastics, but the training and dedication was so intense. He was training for
the Triathlon and we both ran on the same track each morning. That's
when we started talking a lot."

With the loud music of Rocky's birthday party blaring overhead,
Tommy's face grew as cold as ice. "Couldn't you have made some female
friends?"

She didn't wince, but she wanted too. More than anything else, she
wanted to run. "I did."

"Then why not turn to them when things got tough? Why not turn to your
friends here? Or your mom? Or me?"

She sighed, knowing this was going to be a defining moment in her
young life thus far. She thought of lying to him so that he would
never know the truth. Maybe tell him there was no guy at all. But
she'd done enough lying already. Whatever he was to think of her
character after this talk, she knew she had to get this off her chest
once and for all. And there was no way to sugar coat it or protect him
from the pain to come.

At some point she just had to do the right thing.

Suddenly, everything came out at once. "Here's the deal, Tommy. He was
there and so was I. We were both going through the same crap and I
wanted someone with me. I needed someone there and you weren't. That's
not your fault and its not fair and there's nothing more you could
have done. I started to fall in love with James because of his caring
and personality. I hated that I felt that way and purposely began
pushing you away, even though I knew I was breaking your heart. I wish
I would have broken up with you before I actually cheated, but I
didn't. It was a month before I got up the courage to write that
stupid letter, but at that point I was near a nervous breakdown from
the stress of preparing for the Pan Global Games, keeping my grades
up, worrying about you and the others each time the news came on about
a Ranger fight, being homesick, and dealing with my conflicted
feelings for someone else. I was a total mess. Someone I don't think
you would even recognize."

Tommy absorbed her words as if they were physical blows, but he'd
expected this all along. She was giving him exactly what he asked for,
even as his jaw tightened and he fought off the raw emotion of now
knowing she just didn't want him anymore. He'd known that fact before
tonight, but never heard from her own lips. And still she meant so
much... to much to him and he hated that and her and everything about
this. But a part of him still felt something more. He sincerely wished
he could tear that part of himself out his body with his bare hands.
"Go on."

Once upon a time he felt closer to her than she ever imagined she
could let someone in. Now the distance between them felt
insurmountable. She knew that she had fallen so far from where he had
always placed her in his heart and the feeling sank darkly within her.
But at least she knew he deserved truth. All of it no matter what. "I
regret hurting you more than anything in the world," she began softly.
"But I fell in love with James. It wasn't right to cheat on you, but
it happened. I can't undo what's been done. As for our relationship,
it was really good. He was patient and understanding."

"And I wasn't?" Tommy snapped loudly.

Kimberly flinched. He'd never sounded so angry when talking to her
before. She accepted it, nonetheless. She couldn't blame him. "You
were wonderful to me."

"Just not wonderful enough to remain faithful?"

He verbally slapped her. "That was my mistake alone. It wasn't your
fault." He shook his head angrily, and then began circling her, his
right hand grazing over his chin as if he couldn't decide what to do
or how to feel. She felt exactly the same way. "I'm sorry."

Her apology didn't fix a damn thing, but what more was she to say?
Tommy wasn't sure he could even accept it. At the end of the day she
had chosen someone else. That was what killed him inside. When once he
was her everything, now he wasn't anything and he didn't remember
changing. "Was it worth it? Were you happy?"

"For a long time, yes, I was." She knew that wasn't what he wanted to
hear. He suffered while she moved on happily and that wasn't something
a man ever truly made peace with. "We were a good match," she paused
before announcing, "But four months ago he broke up with me." Tommy's
strong arms crossed, his only reaction. "He wanted to further his
education abroad in Paris more than continue a relationship with me.
And he accused me of my heart not being in it with us anymore."

"What, did you cheat on him too?"

That verbally stung like a motherfucker. Her inner pit bull wanted to
tear him a new one, but he'd suffered over this. Her broken heart
tried patience. "No, I never cheated on him."

"I guess he didn't deserve that."

"Neither did you."

"Then you should have never done it!"

"Don't you think I fucking know that!" she shouted at him, thankful
for the loud music and dancing taking place over their heads. "I'm
sorry. What more can I say? What more can I do?! Would you like to
hear that I cried my eyes out for days, because I did. Wanna hear how
humiliated I felt for getting dumped for a freaking school? Or that I
can see in your eyes you look at me like I'm a slut."

"I don't think that."

Fire laced her response, "I got my heart run over by a fucking train
just like you did, so feel free to thank Karma for repaying me the
pain I caused you. I am not happy or satisfied or in love or prancing
around like life is wonderful." Her mouth quivered as she fought her
feelings tooth and nail. "I'm all alone and I'm sorry."

Her gut-wrenching apology should have reached him, but it didn't. He
could barely breath, as if the air around them was stifling. "Did you
sleep with him?" The light in her eyes dimmed before his and then she
looked away, painfully. He knew what he asked wasn't his business, but
her initial silent answer burned him alive.

"We were together for over a year, Tommy. Yes, we slept together."
When he turned his back to her she felt stained and dirty, as if she'd
lost something she could never replace in his eyes. "I'm sorry for
cheating on you. I'm sorry for breaking your heart in such a dumb,
foolish way. I'm sorry for avoiding you and not having the courage to
face you sooner. I'm sorry that... I'm just sorry."

Glancing over his shoulder wearing a grim expression, Tommy pondered,
"I thought you felt something when we saw each other again."

"I did," Kim declared emotionally. She knew shouldn't have admitted
that and regretted the second she did. But something new simmered just
beneath the anger and pain as they held each others stare. "Ever...
ever since the whole Divatox thing I... something in me changed," she
tried to explain with her hands. "I'm not sure if it was being with
you again or seeing you with Katherine. I don't know."

"Is that when things with James began to change?"

Her voice fell as faint as a whisper. "That's not a fair question."

"This isn't a fair world."

She faced him head on, her own anger rising. "Seeing you with
Katherine shook me up, alright," she admitted. "I've never seen you
with another woman before. It hurt me." She impatiently waited for his
response, but he only stared at her. Through her. "There, are you
happy?"

"Yes." His chest felt as if it were imploding as horrible images of
her making love to a faceless man tore him up inside. "I hate that you
fucked him."

His words were crude, so unlike him. Pain could do that to a guy. Kim
was no different. "Yeah, well, I'm not exactly keen on you sleeping
with Katherine either. And don't deny that you did."

"I won't," he replied, trying not to enjoy the jealousy written all
over her face. And then something dark and hot swept over him as they
faced off. "Was he good?"

Tommy didn't need to elaborate further on what he meant. And Kim
wasn't backing down anymore. "Was she?"

"I asked first."

Rolling her eyes, Kimberly looked away. "It doesn't matter."

Who were they, Tommy thought to himself? They never, ever talked this
way to each other before. How had things changed so drastically
between them? Weren't they friends once, or were they in love before
they even realized it? He felt so many damn things for her it hurt his
head to think about them all. "Why don't you fight for James?"

Her mouth opened, and then clamped shut. Her mother had asked the
exact same question. There was no use in lying. "I thought about it,
but when he was about to leave some part of me felt we'd gone as far
as we were supposed to go. I grieved for what we had, but I knew it
was over. Maybe he sensed it before I did..." She mentally walked
through what was and where she had been. "I don't seem to be a
relationship expert."

Why did the mere sight of her still draw him ever closer. Tommy was at
odds with himself even as he invaded her personal space, now gazing
down into her eyes. "Sometimes I hate you."

"I know," she replied defiantly. "I wish I could forget the way you
made me feel."

"I want to kill James."

Since the unaltered truth seemed to finally be free, she fired away as
well. "And I want to run Katherine over with my car for ever touching
you."

"You're not the woman I thought you were?"

"... must suck that I'm still the woman you want?" What on Earth
possessed her to say that? She nearly swore under her breath, and when
his eyes darkened she swallowed hard in the back of her throat. She
didn't mean to notice he was aroused despite their argument. She
didn't know why she was as well. "If I had to do it all over again, I
would have broken up with you before cheating. But I'm sorry, I don't
regret my relationship with James. I needed to go there in order to
get here, where I am now in my life. I have my regrets, but I love the
life I've made for myself."

Her toughness used to charm the socks off him. Now he only glared at
her beauty. "Did you love him more than you ever loved me?"

Kimberly blinked, suddenly floored by his query. "... that's."

"Answer me?"

"Fuck you!" When she attempted to turn and walk away he grabbed her
forearm. "Let me go!"

It was now or never and he knew it. "Answer the question?"

"It doesn't matter," she complained, resenting his refusal to back off.

"It does," he practically snarled, and then drug her against his body,
refusing to let her go. "Answer?"

Her chin lifted defiantly, brown eyes boring into his. "Yes, I loved
him more than you." Her best effort to sound convincing failed
miserably. She wished more than anything to get Tommy out of her
system, but the reality was when she saw him again last year a flood
of emotion roared back to her. He glared, and then a ghost of
something dark crossed his eyes. She felt it too. They were on the
precipice of...

Bending down to her ear, he whispered, "Liar."

She hated her body's reaction to the warm, solid body pressed against
her. "To hell with you!"

"I truly, deeply loved Katherine more than I ever loved you." When she
slapped him with force, the audible crack echoed around the room. She
was beyond pissed at him, her chest heaving, and her response was his
heaven. "Did I touch a nerve?"

"You've never 'touched' me," she fired back seductively. "Not like
James did... so many times." She jerked her arm, but he was to strong
and wouldn't let her move away from him. He was to damn close and so
warm and God... she just wanted... "Either let me go or..."

"Or what?"

The mood was electric, raw, and vibrant with sheer emotion as they
breathed in each other, their eyes locked in a wage of wills until
Kimberly uttered the words that detonated the moment.

"Go for it."

Incited by some midnight aspect of his soul that had forever wanted
her, Tommy's mouth slanted down on over hers so hard she swooned,
sealing their lips with a deliriously powerful kiss that left her
woozy with intense need. Her arms clutched tightly around his neck,
fingers digging into his soft dark-brown hair while her tongue fucked
his mouth so ravenously his cock jerked hard with jealousy between
them. He easily lifted her off her feet with his strong arms, holding
her around her slender waist as her heels slipped off her feet onto
the floor.

The desperate hunger with which they fell to the floor, wrenching and
tearing off their clothes with reckless intensity set them on fire.
Reason and consequences be damned, their angry thirst for each other
consumed them whole as they moved over the carpet until that
incredible moment when he settled over her, between her thighs, poised
at heaven... and then the very first time his cock parted her
liquid-smooth sex until she owned all of him inside the heated
confines of her body.

Wild, wide-eyed stares left them both speechless as the one line they
had never crossed was forever erased! They trembled as one, unable to
believe what they were doing. Her senses were on red-alert as she
never, ever thought she would have him this way. Throbbing and so damn
hard inside her that her lips parted when he gave her that last sweet
inch that locked them fully together. Her body clasped around him, and
the lustful expression that he wore was one she would never forget.
She bit her bottom lip while groaning his name as his body covered
hers fully.

Blinded by the sheer awe of being inside Kimberly at long last after
so many years of wanting her more than anything in then world, Tommy
couldn't fathom pleasure this absolute existed as he was buried inside
her so deeply he silently prayed for control.

The blaring base of the music upstairs had nothing on the sheer beat
of their hearts as Tommy and Kim became one over and over again. They
couldn't steal their eyes away each other for even a second, gauging
every little nuance, treasuring every hungry sigh as his muscled body
moved over hers. They weren't conscious as to how this even happened.
But they couldn't stop. God help them, they couldn't stop to save
their lives!

"Oh God," Kim softly breathed over his warm mouth as their bodies
rocked together in a age old rhythm of hungry mating. She felt his
heart thunder over her chest, even as she felt so full of him tears
wet her eyes. Mindless to everything except how exquisite she felt
wrapped around him, Tommy captured her mouth in a soul-stirring kiss
when her inner walls flexed hotly around him. She tasted so damn good
he swore against her probing tongue. Slow thrusts saw their low moans
become grunts of passionate exertion as they were lost in each other,
kissing so deeply while fucking over the carpet.

"I... I hate you you were with Katherine," Kim hissed through clenched
teeth, her slick sex wetly suckling around the hard shaft spreading
her flesh so deeply. Mercy, the sounds their bodies made aroused her incredibly.
Her pink nails grazed over the hard muscles of his back, memorizing
every inch of the man she's always desired. "God, I hate it," she
swore when his warm mouth closed around a taut nipple, his tongue
lashing her until her back arched before suckling
powerfully. His teeth nipped at the peaked tip, and then his mouth
drew harder and harder, sucking it fully. Pleasurable shivers roared
through her body each time his cock grazed the sensitive ridge of her
clit as he claimed her in the dim light of the basement. Carpet burns
on her back be damned, if this was the one and only time she would
have him, would allow him to have her, then she would murder every
memory he had of anyone before than her. "This is so wrong."

And yet her strong, toned legs locked harder around him, her ankles
clasped over his lower back as he fucked her harder on the black
carpet of Rocky's basement. The air filled with the wanton scent of their coupling as
the party roared over their heads. Her hands roamed, and then grasped
the heaving curves of his backside as he moved inside her. She clasped
tightly around him when his teeth bit at her neck, marking her. The
heady sounds of his heavy breathing, the dark warning that lit his
passionate gaze left her so wet as he glided smoothly in and out of
her. This was the thrilling, fiery, so wrong-its-right passion they
tried to fight, but at last gave into the years of unresolved sexual
tension they shared.

Exerting powerfully between her slender, smooth thighs, Tommy mouth
closed over the regal column of her throat, then lazily lashed his
tongue over her pulse. She was so tiny and soft beneath him. Yet so
strong and hot and so snug his eyes squeezed shut as fucking her was
beyond the most incredible pleasure he had ever known. Her soft,
flushed skin was so perfect he could scarcely believe it. "I hate
James," he groaned as their bodies collided rhythmically. "Can't stand
that you were with him!" One hand gently cupped the back of her head,
his fingers tangling in her chestnut locks. "Hate the thought of
you... Fucking hate it!"

"What about Katherine?" Kim fired back hotly over the shell of his ear
while clenching hard around his every withdrawal. She moved in wicked
tandem with him, taking as she gave, one her fists locked around his
ponytail, yanking it just to hear him grunt. Her toes curled when his
thrusts sped up. "She was hot for you even before I left town. I hate
you slept with her. Want to kill something just thinking about you
and... ahhhh Tommy..."

"Wanted... wanted it to be you first."

"Should of been me always." Her small hands filled with the firm
cheeks of his toned ass, loving the way they felt in her grasp as his
fucked her so damn good. Her hands traversed his back and shoulders,
peppering mindless kisses all over his face even as she knew this was
the biggest mistake of her entire life. They
were kissing again, mating hungrily in the dark, their tongues wildly
caressing each other. "But I fucked up," Kim moaned as they switched
positions, with her now seated fully over his lap, his throbbing cock buried
balls-deep inside her. She rocked back and forth, rising high only to
drown him in wet-heat as she descended until her backside rested over
his thighs. Both her hands reached behind his head, holding onto his
ponytail as she grind-fucked to the rhythm of the music playing
upstairs. She loved the way his body tensed beneath her, the sensual
sounds he made as she took him. His hands grasped her ass hard as she
rode him at a steady gallop. "I don't love you..."

"I know," Tommy began counter-thrusting, lifting Kim's petite frame,
bouncing her hard on his cock. Her lips parted in ecstasy. She was all
flushed cheeks and wild eyes, more beautiful to him than he had ever
seen before. "You're a liar." He rose, sitting up, kissing her
thoroughly as they fucked just like that.

Grinding hard over his lap, Kimberly tugged at his ponytail to reveal
his throat. She sank her teeth into his skin, rolling her slender hips
in tight circles as she rode him. His strong arms held her so tight,
the sensation so exquisite. Her sex wept all over his cock as they
kissed hungrily through every lush impact of their bodies. This wasn't
love making. This was hot, end-of-the-world fucking. "I don't want
you!"

"They why," Tommy moaned angrily, "Is my cock," he turned them over
again, his large frame covering hers, "Buried inside you?"

"Fuck you!"

"Exactly!" he proclaimed, claiming her as his and his alone. "You're mine!"

"Never," squeaked from her kiss-swollen lips even as her sex swallowed
him whole, drawing snug around him. Even as her body roared toward a
delirious climax that she knew would cripple any before it. She was
being pounded into the floor, rug burns no doubt on her back and his
knees. They were grinding harder, straining towards each other,
glistening with sweat and exertion and anger and regret and so many
damn conflicting emotions she couldn't think straight. Didn't want to
think, just feel. Feel and fight and take! If it weren't for the party
upstairs someone would no doubt hear them. "Better enjoy this while it
lasts. Won't...God, won't ever..."

Her thighs tightened around him, as he found her mouth a addiction he
couldn't live without. He kissed her again, grazing hotly over her
soft lips. "You can go back to James for all I care."

"Tell me..." Her body worshiped his cock as the wicked sound of their
flesh slapping violently speared the air. "When you fuck Kat, you ever
think of me?" No reply save his teeth sinking onto the other side of
her neck. She cried out, "Ever wish it was me beneath you? Ever wish I
was the one bent over your bed?"

"Never!"

"Liar," she didn't ask, she declared, as Tommy's body stiffened. "You
wish she could make you feel like this. But you only want me, still.
Even after everything and all this time," she pressed her lips to his,
and then whispered, "You hate that you love me so much."

"I hate you ever came back to town." Tommy left marks on her neck that
weren't there before the party. And faint bruises on her inner thighs
from how hard they were fucking, straining into each other, drowning
in the fiery heat of mating hungrily.

"I'm in your bloodstream just like you're in mine!" Kim dug her nails
in his back, wondering who would catch them? Who would notice they
were gone and look downstairs? Maybe Jason or Trini trying to find out
how things went? Would it be Katherine, a dark voice chanted in her
ear about his currently ex-girlfriend. Would his precious Kat see the
vicious truth that only Kim could please him? Did she want that, or
just not care enough and wanted Tommy? Their clothes were strewn about
the floor, and the scent of fucking hung thick in the air as did their
grunts and moans and the sounds of their bodies colliding. She
couldn't help rocking her hips at him, forcing him deeper while
squeezing so hard around him.

"You'll never forget this night!" he declared roughly in her ear, to
which she answered. "You're easily forgettable!" He pounded her into
the floor, uncaring for anything save forcing her to cum. To bath his
cock in her juices until she couldn't see straight. "You're mine!
Always been mine!" She wrenched at his pony-tail, glaring into the
dark pools of his eyes.

"Never yours!"

"Keep lying to yourself." His mouth covered her as their bodies
trembled violently. He sucked her tongue into his mouth, hard, His
thrusts rubbed over her clit at such a exquisite angle she began
bucking wildly beneath before excruciating pleasure burned through her
with the sweetest agony. Groaning with each gasping breath, her sex
squeezed rapidly around him, drawing his climax until he roared into
the crook of her neck as his seed surged out of him into her in
violent bursts that stole all his strength until he had nothing left.

Minutes later they laid side by side, gazing at the ceiling in shock.
Their clothes were thrown everywhere, while they each felt as if
they'd been in a fight moroso than had sex. Sweet loving making or
passionate sex wasn't what they shared tonight. They fucked each other
as rough and hard as they could as if it was the only way to deaden
the pain of all they lost.

Sore all over, her hair a complete mess, and uncomfortable to say the
least, Kimberly slowly sat up. "I'm on the pill. Zordon provided me
with something special."

Tommy's eyes shut as he hadn't even thought of the consequences of
their actions. He could only nod, but not look at her. What they just
did, the things they said, it wasn't them. It was them, but not who
they were. And he wasn't sure he liked who they became. He couldn't
wrap his mind around some of the things he said to her, or her to him.
This night was a huge mistake and... and it was everything he had ever
wanted. "I'm not going to thank you for giving me the truth and
closure I deserved anyway."

Scrambling for her clothes, Kim struggled to her feet as muscles that
hadn't been used for months got the workout of a lifetime tonight. Her
knees nearly buckled as she moved. She wanted to clean up in the
basement bathroom and get the hell out of here. "I'm done apologizing
for all of it."

Tommy sought his clothes, as neither looked at the other for a couple
of moments. "I don't ever want to think about what happened here."

"And don't you dare ever tell anyone," Kim pointed at him, and then
brushed some of her hair back. His neck was covered in marks and
bites, while his shoulder had two long scratches. She could only
imagine how bad she looked. "This was a mistake."

"We finally agree on something."

She nodded, even as her heart didn't seem to know what to feel. He was
the mystery and the light and everything she wanted to forget and
never could. "Don't think about me when I'm gone."

"I wasn't thinking about you while you were here." He wanted to hurt
her, and his words did as he recognized it in her eyes. There was that
familiar ache to ease any pain she felt, alongside the anger that she
broke his heart. "Do you have anything else to say?"

"Did I scream James's name when I came? That's what I'm used too."
What she said was meant to enrage him. Mission accomplished as he
scowl said it all. "This will never, ever happen again." Turning, she
gathered the rest of her things and walked toward the bathroom.

"Good. Because I don't want it or you ever again."

******

The End of Chapter 1

Chapter 2: A blizzard buries Angel Grove as Tommy battles his
feelings and lust for Kimberly.

ps: this entire story is done and ready to be posted.