Me: Hey everybody! I finally got in the best mood to write a story on Wild
Card. Go me! Well it's partially because I'm really in the mood to write
something but I'm totally stumped on my fiction Birds And The Bees, which
kind of sucks big time considering I haven't updated it in like forever!
Anyway, this story starts at the end of the last episode of Wild Card in
Season one....you know when Marcos like proposed to Zoe right after she had
finished kissing Dan in the elevator. Don't you just love when they do
cliffhangers like that on the season finale? I don't...it's a pain but I
soooo cannot wait until the next season comes on! It's gonna be great.
Anyway, I don't own the characters so don't sue me! Catch you afterwards.
Zoe sat in shock across from her tall, dark, and handsome boyfriend.
The beautiful diamond sat in the palm of her hand, soaking in back-washed
champagne. Marcos grinned at her waiting for a response and then lessened
his smile when she didn't say anything.
"Zoe?" He asked. Zoe didn't answer. Her mind raced at what to respond with.
Did she really want to marry Marcos? What about the very passionate kiss
with Dan? What was she going to do?
"Marcos." She finally said. The sound of her voice made his smile fade even
"Ma'am? Ma'am are you ok? I saw you practically choking and I got here as
soon as I could. Can I get you something?" A waiter said, interrupting them
"Yes. I'm ok." Zoe responded, now looking at the waiter.
"Was there something wrong with the champagne? Let me get you a new bottle
on the house."
"No, it's ok. I just...swallowed to hard." She said slowly. Half of her mind
was still concentrating on the ring in her palm and the other half was
concentrating on what the waiter was saying. Zoe placed the ring on the
table and picked up her napkin to dry her hand off. "I think I need to use
the restroom. I'll be right back." She said quickly and headed off to the
restaurant restroom without even a glance towards Marcos. When she got in
there she leaned against the counter and was breathing very hard. Next, she
pulled her cell phone out of her purse and dialed. Sophia answered.
"Sophia! Oh my gosh, help!"
"Zoe?? What's wrong? What's going on?!" Sophia asked concerned. She was
lying on her couch with her fiancé at her feet, massaging them.
"What?" She sat up now and Peter looked at her even more concerned.
"He proposed to me!" The words spilled from Zoe's mouth and another woman
entered the restroom, smiling, so she turned the other way and continued
talking to Sophia. "The ring was in the bottom of the champagne glass and I
almost choked on it! And then I spit it out and....."
"And what? What did you say?"
"I didn't say anything. The waiter came over and oh my gosh, Sophia, I'm a
mess right now."
"Let me guess. Because of a certain someone named Dan Lennox."
"You guessed right. Sophia, I don't know what to do. Dan kissed me. In the
elevator after work and oooh! it was such a great kiss."
"He kissed you?" Sophia asked, not expecting that. Peter kind of got the
gist of what the two females were talking about and decided to ignore them
by going into the kitchen but Sophia didn't care. She was more concerned
"He kissed me. And I'm not talking about a little grade school peck. I'm
talking passionate, long damn kiss with tongue. What am I going to do?"
"I can't tell you what to do Zoe. It's up to you. Are your feelings for
Marcos strong enough to marry him or not?" Zoe didn't answer. "Zoe? Zoe?"
Sophia called. "Are you there?"
"Yes, I'm here."
"God, I don't know." Zoe said and faced the mirror. She was wearing a
beautiful pink dress and her hair was done up so she would look perfect for
her date. "I got dressed for this date tonight thinking 'Oh it's just
another evening out with Marcos.' And then Dan kissed me and I thought
'Wow!' and now Marcos proposed to me. Sophia, I've never had these kind of
feelings for a man until Marcos and then Dan happened and I'm so confused
about my feelings for him. I know there's a connection. There is a
connection with both men. Marcos is so good with the kids and Dan is the
dream guy you know? I just don't have any clue on what I'm going to do."
"Well, obviously you can't say 'yes' to the proposal if you're this
confused." She responded.
"Yeah, I have to go. He's going to think I drowned in the sink or
something." Zoe said sarcastically and it made Sophia chuckle. "I'll talk
to you tomorrow."
"Bye." The two women hung up the phone. Sophia went back to Peter and Zoe
took a few deeps breaths before heading back to the table. Marcos was
holding the ring now, looking at it but not smiling.
"Yes, I am." She said while sitting. Zoe fidgeted uncomfortably without
looking at him.
"Zoe. You turned out to be more shocked then I thought you would be."
"Marcos." Zoe hesitated. "That is such a beautiful ring and this is so
"But." He said, knowing what was coming.
"I'm just not ready. This is all too much for me to handle right now." He
frowned and looked at the ring. "Marcos, I think you are such a great guy
and I really enjoy being with you and having you spend time with Taylor,
Cliff, and Hannah."
"But you're not ready for marriage. For commitment." She nodded in response
and looked at him apologetically. There was a long pause before he spoke up
again. "Ok. I can wait."
"It's going to practically kill me but hey, love does that right."
"Love?" She asked.
"Yeah, love. What? Did you really think I would propose without loving you?
Zoe...you're the first girl that I've loved in a long time and you know that.
Maybe I didn't come out and flat out say 'Zoe, I love you.' But I hinted
and I thought you got that." Zoe kept quiet for awhile and eventually the
food came and the waiter could sense some tension between the couple.
"You know, I really don't feel that hungry anymore." She said staring at
"Well then we can just talk." He responded, taking another sip of his
drink. Zoe nodded nervously. "What were you saying before you almost choked
on well....the ring." He finished the sentence quietly.
"Huh?" She responded. Once again, her concentration was on two different
"You said that something funny happened at work. What was it?" He asked.
Zoe's eyes widened. She had been about to tell him about the kiss she had
with Dan before he proposed, but then she had completely forgotten about it
when he did. "Zoe?"
"It was nothing, just something stupid that doesn't matter." She lied
trying to cover it up. There was another long, awkward pause between them.
"You know Marcos. This is really uncomfortable right now. I think I just
"Oh, ok." He responded slowly. Zoe stood up and grabbed her purse and then
looked at him again.
"I'm sorry. I really am Marcos." She said before turning and half running
to the exit of the restaurant. He watched her leave and then pulled out the
ring he had placed in his pocket after she said no. Marcos had a real look
of disappointment on his face and people where staring at him from all
directions, even some of the waiters.
Zoe had tears running down her cheeks on her drive home. The night
had completely taken her by surprise and she had no idea on what she was
going to do. She knew that she hurt Marcos by turning down his proposal but
he told her that he would wait. But then what about Dan? It wasn't that
late but it was past Hannah's bedtime so she had expected at least the
youngest child to be asleep when she got home. Before entering her home,
Zoe wiped away the tears as much as she could. Taylor was sitting on the
couch with Julian, the next door neighbor and Cliff and Hannah were no
where in site.
"Aunt Zoe? You're home early."
"I didn't feel well and we were tired so we ended the night shorter than
usual." She partially lied, heading for the stairs. Taylor got up and
walked over to her before she was completely out of the room. Zoe's mascara
had run down half of her face from the corners of her eyes and Taylor could
tell she had been crying.
"I don't think that's what really happened." She said while pulling her
aunt back down the steps she had taken. Julian got off the couch and joined
them. "What did happen Aunt Zoe?"
"I don't want to talk about it right now ok." Zoe said annoyingly and
started back up the steps. Taylor let her go and looked back a Julian.
"I should go see what's wrong. This has got to be big."
"Ok, then I'll just head home."
"Thanks for helping me baby-sit Julian. I appreciate it."
"Anytime Taylor, you can count on me."
"Thanks." She said again and they looked at each other for while.
Eventually he made a move and gave her a hug and then left. Taylor stood
there for a while and then headed upstairs. She knocked on her aunt's door
and walked in when she got no response. Zoe was sitting at her desk, still
in her dress. "Aunt Zoe?" Taylor asked.
"Taylor." Zoe answered in an annoying voice. "Did I not make it clear that
I don't want to talk right now."
"You just seemed so upset. I just wanted to be there for you like you were
there for me when that whole thing with Ryder happened, you know?" Taylor
"I know sweetie. I'm sorry, I just didn't have a very good night."
"I can tell that much. What happened?" She asked concerned. Zoe hesitated
and then turned around.
"Marcos proposed to me."
"Oh my god! Aunt Zoe!" Taylor's eyes got wider and she ran to sit across
from her Aunt on the bed. "What did you say?" Zoe looked at her niece and
"I said no." They were both silent for awhile.
"Is it because of Mr. Lennox?"
"Why does everybody think it's always because of Mr. Dan Lennox?" Zoe
asked. Taylor just looked at her. "Ok, is it that obvious that it's because
of Dan?" This time, Taylor nodded. "Oh god...." Zoe sighed and went into her
"So, how did he take it?" Taylor asked.
"Marcos?" Zoe asked and she nodded. "I knew he felt disappointed and
everything but he said if I needed time, that's what he would give me,
which makes this even harder because that is so sweet...." The two women were
silent while Zoe got dressed into her pajamas. "I need some sleep." Zoe
said after a while.
"Yeah, I should get some to." Taylor stood up and made her way to the door.
"Goodnight Aunt Zoe, I love you."
"I love you Taylor, goodnight." Zoe responded and then shut off the light
and went to bed.
The next morning Zoe came into work as usual but this time she felt
awkward being there. She was a bit worried and nervous about seeing Dan
after that amazing kiss they shared the night before. Dan saw her come in
and go into her office and then decided to join her.
"Goodmorning." He said while standing at the door, holding his coffee. Zoe
had been turned around putting papers in a file cabinet when he had greeted
her and it made her jump. "Off to a bit of a rough start today Zoe?" He
asked, laughing at her.
"Very funny." She said now facing him. They fell silent as he stood there
and looked up and down her body. She had decided to dress plain that day so
she didn't make herself look too sexy in front of him. A black and blue pin
striped suit with a light blue scarf around her neck and her hair hanging
around her beautiful face. Dan seemed to think she looked even sexier
because he knew what she was trying to do.
"So, how are you?" He asked finally.
"Fine." Zoe walked towards the door and past him. He followed her as she
made her way to the coffee to get some for herself. Nervously she poured
the hot, black liquid into her cup and added some sugar and cream.
"Not your usual talkative this morning Zoe. Is something wrong?" He asked.
"You're really getting a kick out of this aren't you?" She asked now
looking up at his face and into his eyes.
"Why, I have no idea what you're talking about Ms. Busiek." Zoe rolled her
eyes at his response and headed back to her office, slamming the door
behind her and shutting him out. She sat down in front of her computer and
signed into her email account.
"You've got mail." The computerized voice said and it startled her. There
were two messages in her email. The first one she opened was from her best
friend Candy. It said:
Hey Zoe! Girl, I just got back to Las Vegas and started my job today. It's
ok but it is nothing like when I used to work with you. I'm sorry things
happened the way they did when I came to visit you. You know I am and you
know that I would never intentionally hurt you Zoe. You are my girl and you
always will be. So, how is Dan? I think there is something you should know
Zoe............when I was dating him for that short period of time well, something
happened. We were kissing one night and getting pretty.....you know...into it
and he said your name. He said, "Oh Zoe." That's how I knew that I wasn't
the right woman for him. You are Zoe.....you are and I know you have Marcos
and you are really started to fall for him and I also know that you have
that connection with Dan that you told me about and...Zoe I may be a blonde,
but I'm not dumb enough to not realize the connection between you two. You
tried to cover it up because I took interest in him but now that's over
so..honey he's all yours and I just want you to be happy Zoe. You know I
love you and all that I want is pure happiness for you. So.....I guess what
I'm getting at is..what are you going to do?
Love forever and always from your girl, Candy!
Zoe read the letter twice and couldn't believe that what happened
between Candy and Dan really happened. Did he really say her name in the
middle of kissing her best friend? Zoe saved the email because she wasn't
in the mood to respond right away and moved on to the next one. It turned
out just to be a work bulletin. A few minutes later she was getting ready
to sign off when the computer made the noise, telling her that she had
another email. The sender was Dan Lennox. Zoe's head snapped in the
direction of his office but his mini-blinds where closed. Nervously, she
opened the email and started to read.
I know that kiss between us caught you by complete surprise but I
thought it was worth it. Will you meet me tonight for dinner at my
apartment around 7:30? I think we need to talk.
Zoe started at the email and thought it through. After a few minutes
Yes. I will meet you tonight for dinner at your apartment because I
think we need to talk about this. A lot of things have happened the in the
past twenty-four hours and I need to sort through them. I'll see you this
evening at 7:30.
Yours truly, Zoe
Dan received the email and sat back with a grin on his face. 'Yes.'
He thought. 'Finally.'
That night, Zoe went home early to get ready for her date with Dan.
She was extremely nervous about it since she had just turned down a
marriage proposal from her boyfriend. She showered and dressed. Hannah came
in when she was spraying her best perfume. Neither Cliff nor Hannah knew
about what happened the previous night.
"Oh boy, Cliff she's putting on her best perfume."
"She must have another date with Coach." He said entering the room with
Hannah and Zoe there.
"No, I do not have a date with Coach." She responded.
"Then who?" Hannah asked curiously.
"Yeah, who else is there now Aunt Zoe?" Cliff stated sarcastically.
"For your information, she has a date with Mr. Lennox." Taylor said
entering the room.
"Kids, can we please not do this." Zoe pleaded, heading for her purse and
checking herself once more in the mirror. The three kids all shrugged and
followed her downstairs and into the foyer. She grabbed her coat. "Taylor,
you're babysitter again. No Julian this time please. He's a nice boy
but....just not tonight all right?" Zoe said and Taylor nodded. "Cliff,
Hannah, be good for your sister. I don't want any complaints. It's Saturday
so you shouldn't have any homework because you should have done it
yesterday when you got home from school, right?" The two younger children
looked away in guilt. "Finish it so I can check it tomorrow all right. I
have no idea when I will be home but it shouldn't be too late. If you are
asleep when I do though, goodnight and I love you guys ok." Zoe said
quickly, heading for the door.
"Have fun." Taylor and Hannah said while Cliff was silent and watched her
go. When they heard the car drive off, Taylor immediately reached for the
phone and dialed the number of one of her closest girlfriends, Cliff went
back upstairs and to his room questioning how his Aunt could do that to his
coach and teacher, and Hannah went to the TV with a bag of chips.
Zoe arrived at Dan's apartment building within fifteen minutes of
driving there. On her way up in the elevator she thought about how she
needed to find out which guy she wanted and she had to do it fast. A gut
feeling told her that Marcos wasn't going to wait around forever and if Dan
turned out to be the guy she rejects, she doesn't want to go back to Marcos
and have him not be there. Dan answered the door with a smile and two
glasses of white wine. She set her purse down in the foyer and accepted the
drink. Zoe was still extremely nervous about being there. The two didn't
talk much while eating dinner. They hardly spoke a word that involved
anything besides work. After dinner they placed their dishes in the sink
and Dan poured them some more wine.
"I finally got you alone Zoe." He said quietly.
"What do you mean?"
"Well, every time I tried to ask you out for coffee or anything, we always
seemed to be interrupted somehow."
"Oh." She said slowly. They fell silent again. "This was a lovely dinner
"Thank you. I enjoyed preparing it for you." He responded and inched closer
to her. "They stared into each other's eyes for minutes and they both
started breathing a little heavier and faster. "Are you thinking what I'm
"Maybe. What are you thinking?" Zoe asked nervously.
"I'm thinking about kissing you." He said and his face got inches away from
hers as he took the wineglass out of her hand and set it on the counter.
She nodded in agreement and he knew it was time to make his move. Dan's
lips slowly touched Zoe's and his hands held her arms. The two had shared
two other kisses before but none like this. The other two were long, fast,
and passionate while this one was long, slow, and romantic. Zoe loved it
and it showed her that he could do all styles of kissing a woman. They
broke from each other and a deep sigh came from her. "I've wanted to kiss
you like that for a long time Zoe." He said eventually. Zoe looked up at
"Do it again." She said with a smile and he kissed her again. She rapped
her arms around his neck and his went around her torso. Slowly, their pace
increased. Dan led her to the living room area of his nice apartment and
slowly laid her down on the couch and placed his own body on top of hers.
They're kissing didn't stop and her hands slid up the back of his shirt,
rubbing his bare back. He had muscle and she liked it. Dan's hand moved up
and down her sides and eventually down her thigh, while the other one held
her face, neck, and hair. Zoe couldn't believe what was happening. Her
heart raced along with her mind. All of a sudden she pushed him away.
"What?" He asked confused. Zoe looked at his face and her lipstick was all
over his lips. "What's wrong?"
"I can't do this." She slid out from under him and straightened her
"Why not? Is something wrong?" He asked. He already knew something was
obviously wrong, he just didn't know what. Zoe was quiet as she headed
towards the foyer to get her coat on. "Is it me?" He asked as he followed
her to the foyer. She turned around with her coat on to find him standing
only a few inches away from her.
"No, it's not you. It's me. Dan, you're a sexy man who I want to do that
with, but I just can't. Not right now anyway." She said and then picked up
her purse and placed her hand on the doorknob. "I'm sorry." It was the
second time she had said that in the past day and she was sick of it. Zoe
looked at him one more time and then headed out the door. Dan stood there
confused with his clothes tangled and lipstick on his face.
Me: Hey everybody! That's chapter one! How do you like it so far??! It's
taken me forever to write because I've had so many distractions but I did
finally get it done and I hope you guys like it. Reviews are welcome and