|One For Cal
Author: Kate Manoso PM
Stephanie is over Joe and Ranger. Could Cal be just what she needs? Chapter Thirteen is up! Story complete. I may be able to start a second story off of the end.Rated: Fiction T - English - Mystery/Romance - Chapters: 13 - Words: 15,724 - Reviews: 47 - Favs: 40 - Follows: 10 - Updated: 08-03-07 - Published: 07-29-07 - Status: Complete - id: 3690190
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Disclaimer: JE owns the characters. I own the story.
St. Frances Hospital.
"There's my hero," Cal said with a big smile as I entered his room.
"Word travels fast," I said with a smile. "Did you hear that Ranger made Binkie my new partner?"
"Try not to kill him," Tank said with a smirk from the chair next to Cal's bed.
They had finally moved Cal out of ICU and up to the fourth floor. He was looking a lot better. The color had finally come back into his face and he was more alert. He looked devilishly handsome. He was wearing a button down Hawaiian print shirt that he left unbuttoned, revealing his bandages across his chest. He was also wearing matching Hawaiian print shorts. That's good. They're letting him out of bed to use the bathroom. The cast on his right leg was white and blank.
"No one's signed your cast yet?" I asked.
"No," Tank said angrily. "He won't let anyone sign it until you do."
"Me?" I asked looking back at Cal. "I didn't cause the damage to your leg."
"You didn't. But, seeing as I doubt that Ribisi is going to sign it, I thought that you should have the honors.," Cal said with a grin as he held out a red sharpie.
I sat the box that I was carrying down on a chair and walked over to Cal's bed. I took the marker and stared at his cast. I leaned down with a smile on my lips and wrote on his cast at an angle that allowed him to read. Once I was done, I leaned back to admired my handy work.
I'll never ignore them again. A little heart that I colored in. Angel.
"Is that the box that arrived with your flowers?" Tank asked, bringing my attention back to the eighteen inch square box that I had put in the chair.
"The very same," I said with a big smile as I picked the box up and put it on Cal's lap. "You have to see what Harry gave me as a 'thank you' present. I just have to warn you… it's a little frightening. But, I thought that it might cheer you up."
"This is your present, Angel," Cal said eyeing the box right along with Tank.
"You have to see this," I said as I took a couple of steps back from his bed.
"Ranger said that you were guarding this box with your life. Why are you letting Cal see what's in it?" Tank asked.
"I didn't want Ranger to take it away before Cal got to see it. I'm gonna show you guys and Hal and then I'll call Ranger to come and get it."
"I get to see, too?" Tank asked with a big smile.
"Of course," I said with an even bigger smile. "Stand right next to Cal while he opens it. I promise. This is not something that you're gonna want to miss."
"You're up to something, Angel," Cal said as he sized me up.
"Just open the damn box," I said as I rocked back on my heels and stuffed my hands in the back pockets of my pants. "You're gonna love it."
Tank moved to the side of Cal's bed and helped Cal open the box. They both stood there, mouths hanging open, as they stared at the contents of the box. Tank reached in and pulled a large zip lock bag out of the box and sat it on the table that was next to Cal's bed.
"Is that what I think it is?" Cal asked in awe.
"Yep," I said with a laugh.
"Are you sure?" Tank asked as he leaned down to get a better look.
"I'm positive," I said. "That's Giovanni Ribisi's head."
"This is disturbing, Angel," Cal said as he looked at the head.
"No, Cal. That's proof," I said. "You missed the best part of the present. Look in the bottom of the box."
Tank finished repositioned the head so that it was looking right at Cal and then peered back into the box. Cal looked at Tank and then turned his gaze back into the box.
"There's over a hundred grand in there," I said.
Tank and Cal both turned and looked at me. In unison they shouted, "ONE HUNDRED GRAND?"
"Yep," I said with a huge grin. "Read the note inside."
Cal pulled out the note that was sitting on top of the money and held it out so that they could both read it at the same time.
Thank you, once again, for helping me. There was a little extra in the bank. I thought that you should have it. Call me if you ever need anything.
"Oh my God," Cal whispered. "He gave you all of this money?"
"I guess I made a good impression," I said as I walked over to the side of Cal's bed and looked into the box at the money.
"Can I go scare Hal with the head?" Tank asked.
"Sure. Then you can take it to Ranger," I said to Tank.
I watched as Tank slid the zip lock bag under his shirt. He gave me a sideways hug and a kiss on the top of my head before he turned and made his way to the door. Just before he opened the door, he stopped and turned around.
"Hey, Steph. What are you gonna do with all of that money?" Tank asked as he pointed at the box.
"I'm moving out of RangeMan first thing tomorrow morning," I said. "I don't know what I'll do with the rest."
"I can think of a few good ideas," Cal said quietly.
"What do you have in mind, Cowboy?" I asked as I turned back to look at Cal.
He put the box on the table next to his bed and then pulled me into his arms. He looked over my shoulder and nodded at Tank. I heard the door open and close as I looked into Cal's eyes and smiled at him.
"Our casts will be off in six weeks. We could take a trip," Cal said as he lightly turned my head so that he could nibble on my neck. "We can take the next six weeks to… get to know each other and then get away when we're all healed up."
"That sounds like a nice idea. Do you have any others?" I asked as my lips trailed kisses over his forehead.
Cal pulled my lips down to his and softly kissed me. I parted my lips and welcomed his tongue in my mouth. Look, Stupid Stephanie! Smart Stephanie whispered. Fireworks! They were right. It was like a thousand fireworks explored in my head. Cal deepened the kiss and I was lost to him. This is what I've been waiting for.
I broke the kiss and pulled back to look at Cal. Cal? YES! Stupid and Smart Stephanie shouted at the same time. They were right. It's always been Cal. I climbed up on the bed and straddled him. I wiggled my butt and got comfortable. Cal's whole face lit up as he laughed.
"I'm not well enough for that kind of action, Angel," Cal said as he put his arms around my waist.
"I know that. I like your idea about the trip," I said as I looked into his eyes. They were crinkled in the corners because of the smile on his face. I'm definitely lost.
"Where do you want to go?" Cal asked as he reached up and started playing with one of my loose curls.
"I've always wanted to go to Europe," I said with a shrug.
"Then Europe it is."
"I have a condition for the trip," I said as I took his hands in mine.
"I knew it," Cal said with a laugh. "What do you want, Angel. I'll give you anything."
I sat there silently looking at Cal. The man of my dreams. The man in my dreams. The man in my heart. What if he says 'no'? I asked the Stephanie's. He won't. Smart Stephanie said. I took a deep breath and blew it out.
"You have to marry me right before we leave," I whispered.
"Deal," Cal said without a moments hesitation and then pulled me forward and kissed me.