Ed slipped quietly out of bed the next morning, leaving a rose next to her
on the pillow. She woke up and reached out for him then looked around
sleepily when she didn't find him beside her. She smiled when she saw the
rose. She picked it up and smelled it as Ed walked back into the room with
a tray of breakfast.
"Breakfast in bed my love" Ed said leaning over and kissing her good
"mmmm, good morning" she said happily.
"Every morning I get to wake up with you is a great morning, then I walk
around all day smiling like an idiot. he said rambling.
"Ed" she said cutting him off
"Wha.." he started to ask but she shoved a piece of fruit in his mouth.
She laughed at the sight of him with his moth stuffed full of fruit. He
looked at her seriously. "What are you thinking about?" she asked
He smiled shyly at her "How happy I am"
She blushed and pulled him back down into her arms kissing him, they laid
in bed cuddling. "I love falling asleep with you in my arms and waking up
with you in the morning"
She smiled tenderly "I love it too, you make me so happy Ed"
He leaned over and kissed her again "So what if we fell asleep together
every night?" he asked.
"We do Ed, what are you saying?"
"I'm saying I want to live with you, I think we should live together"
"Ed, we've only been together a week, don't you think it's a little soon?"
"Well maybe but I've been in love with you for years so I figure it evens
out" he said smiling.
"Okay" she said.
"Okay? He asked, "You said okay?"
She nodded. "She said okay" he shouted kissing her. She laughed "Who are
you talking to when you do that?"
"I'm announcing my love for you to the world my lady!" he said grinning
So they moved in together, everything was great for a few weeks they spent
all their time together and were loving it, no fights, no nothing despite
Mike's warning that they would soon fall into a life of boring routine and
"real" life would take over.
One day Ed had a judgement in a big court case, he was very excited about
it and looked around the gallery for Carol. He frowned when he didn't see
her there, she knew how important it was to him, she had been there every
day before this though so he figured he could cut her some slack. Despite
her absence his spirit was still high, he had argued this case well and
felt sure he would win. The judge entered the chamber and everyone stood.
Ed was grinning like an idiot. His mood was soon killed when the judge
ruled in the defendants favor. He stormed out of the courtroom absolutely
livid, he went straight to the Goat to drink away his anger.
Carol came home later and was a little concerned when she didn't see his
Explorer in their driveway. She suddenly realized that the judgement in his
case was today and she had missed it. She rushed to Stuckeybowl to
apologize and explain why she hadn't been there. She walked through the
door and headed straight towards Ed's office. "Hey lady Stuckeyboss" Eli
said stopping her. "Hi Eli, I just need to talk to Ed" he looked at her
confused. "Ed's not here, we thought he was with you" Carol just looked at
him "He had his case today." she started to explain "Yeah we called the
courthouse, he lost the case, that's why we thought he was with you,
weren't you in court?" Carol looked down ashamed "No, I missed it. Oh my
God, I cant believe he lost the case, he must be so upset" she said sadly.
Eli didn't respond and she set off to find her man.
She drove by the house again just in case but he wasn't there, then she
checked the courthouse to see if he was sulking there or arguing with the
judge but he wasn't there either. She sighed as she realized that he was
probably at the Goat drinking alone.
She got there and saw him and rushed over to him. "Ed, I 've been looking
all over for you, I was so worried" she said hugging him.
He pulled away "You obviously weren't looking for me at the courthouse at
two o'clock today" he said sullenly.
"I know, I'm sorry I wasn't there honey, and I'm sorry you lost your case"
she said running a hand through his mussed hair
. He pulled away from her again "Not as sorry as I am, just leave me alone
Carol" he said angrily.
"Ed, I know you're angry."
"No you don't, you don't know anything!" he said throwing some money down
on the counter and walking out.
She looked around embarrassed then hurried after him. "Ed! Would you wait a
minute, let me explain"
"Explain what Carol? You weren't there for me when I needed you, just like
Liz" he said
She just stared at him no longer upset but now enraged. "You stupid jerk!
That's what this is about?"
"Yes! That's exactly what this is about, I thought you were different" he
She got right in his face "I am different Ed, I am not Liz and don't you
ever compare me to her again!" she said angrily pushing him and stalking
past him to her car.
She was crying and went to Molly's for support. Molly opened the door to
see Carol crying. "Carol, what's wrong? Is it your dad?"
Carol just shook her head no "It's Ed, we had a fight, he was so mad at me
for not being in court with him today and he yelled at me and said I was
just like Liz" she said wiping away the tears.
"Oh honey, did you tell him why you weren't in court?" Molly asked hugging
"No, I didn't get the chance. I was so angry at him for saying that to me,
I Just screamed at him and pushed him"
"I'm sure he didn't mean it" Molly said trying to comfort her.
"No he meant it, I could see it in his eyes" she said shaking her head.
The two friends talked for a while, Molly had finally been able to comfort
Carol who had since fallen asleep on the couch.
Molly snuck out and headed over to Ed's house. He was outside shooting
hoops alone, or more like throwing the ball angrily against the backboard.
He turned to see Molly coming towards him "Hey Molly, Carols' not here"
"I know she's not here dumbass, I know that because she's at my house, she
came to me crying. What the hell is wrong with you?" she said pushing him.
"Me? Nothing is wrong with me, look I know I shouldn't have yelled at her
like that but she should have been with me today, I needed her there" he
said forcefully throwing the ball at the backboard and letting it bounce
back away from him.
"Yeah well she needed you today too, the reason she wasn't there with you
was because her dad is in the hospital, he had a heart attack Ed"
He looked away sadly "She didn't tell me"
"Ofcourse she didn't tell you Ed! You were too busy screaming at her and
comparing her to your ex-wife! Why would you say that to her?"
He frowned sadly without answering. "Is she okay?"
"She cried herself to sleep" Molly informed him.
"And her dad?" he asked concerned.
"He's fine, luckily it was minor but Carol was pretty freaked out, she was
with him all day at the hospital"
"I have to see her" Ed said.
"I'll drive you" Molly said sympathetically.
They got back to Molly's, Ed stopped inside the foyer, seeing Carol
sleeping peacefully on the couch. A weak smile creeped across his face.
"Well I'm heading up to bed, goodnight Ed and good luck" she said patting
him on the arm.
He watched Carol sleeping there for a few minutes then he knelt down beside
her and touched her face. She opened her eyes sleepily.
"Hi" he whispered
"Hi" she whispered back "I was just dreaming about you"
He smiled then leaned down and took her into his arms holding her tight
"Molly told me why you weren't in court, I'm so sorry baby, I should have
been there for you and instead I was being a jackass and yelling at you"
She hugged him tight and breathed in his sweet scent. "Ed, it's not this
easy, we have to talk about what happened" she said pulling back to look at
"What you said.about me being like Liz, that really hurt me. I don't want
you to think that you and I aren't meant to be together or that I would do
anything to hurt you"
He stopped her by placing his fingers over her lips "I know you're not like
Liz, I didn't mean to say that, I was just angry and taking it out on you.
I love you, please forgive me"
"I love you too" she said pulling him closer into her arms.
"Come on, let's go home" Ed said taking her hand. They went home and
cuddled up I each other's arms.
"Are we okay?" Ed asked timidly.
She looked up at him and smiled "Yeah, we're okay" she assured him and laid
her head back down on his chest.