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May 14, 1891
His blonde hair. It always fell into his beautiful azure eyes. She
wanted to brush the locks off of his forehead. He at times had always been
an orphan, but he rarely showed it, but when he did. Oh when he did she
always wanted to hold him and whisper everything would be all right.
Lexy Logan shook her head. She shouldn't be thinking of Jeremy
Bradford like that! He was like her brother. But yet he wasn't. He was her
best friend. He had been since he had shown up at the Logan's doorstep all
those years ago. He had been a 17 year old orphan, and Lexy had been a very
innocent 10 years old. When his mother had kidnapped her, God. He had
seemed so much more worried than even her father had. He tended to her
every whim when they had returned her home, he felt guilty for allowing her
to have been hurt like that. A few months later Lexy decided she wanted to
attend a writing school. Jeremy encouraged her to pursue it, and together
they talked to her father, Ned Logan. Ned didn't want to let her go, but he
eventually knew that this was what Lexy had wanted, and he had contacted
his in-laws in Boston, and Lexy had left for school.
She had since traveled to Paris and Rome, all the time improving her
writing skills, and growing up. She rarely made it home for things,
including her brother Sean's marriage to long-time family friend and
employee Marita. She felt pain when she heard of all of the grief they
where receiving for it. Marita was a former slave, and the race difference
alone made their relationship very taboo, but the two were in love and
didn't care. Lexy had made it back home briefly to see her sister Alice
marry her husband Jackson Fowler, and man of much power in Georgia, and he
had brought his family's ranching business to Kentucky, and had fallen in
love with Alice instantly. But Jeremy had not been there, and he didn't
return from a trip to see his mother till after Lexy had left. She sighed,
she wish she had been able to see the young man she had known as her best
friend. She still looked like she had when she had left home, but now, she
was afraid her family would not recognize her.
She was no longer the 11 year old munchkin she had been. Her long red
hair had been cut to fall in curls to her shoulder blades, and it had
lightened from a brown red to a fiery red. Her once brown eyes had
lightened to a deep green, flexed with gold. The freckles that had sprayed
across her nose and cheekbones had faded and left her complexion with a
creamy look. Her teeth had finally grown in and she had a beautiful and
captivating smile. No gaps were there where missing teeth had once been
when she was younger. She had grown into a fully blossomed woman. She had
caught quite a few eyes on her travels. She couldn't help but think of
Jeremy though when men had talked to her. After all she was now 20 years
old and he was 27. The age difference didn't seem as much anymore.
Lexy smoothed a red curl away from her eyes as the wind gently
stirred around her as the stage worked its way up her family's driveway.
She smiled. It was good to be home.
Ned came out of the house, his sons Clay and Sean behind him. He knew
that eventually his very pregnant daughter would manage to waddle out to
meet her sister. He watched with intrigue as the stage stopped and the door
opened. The person that stepped out took his breath away. It was only a
glimpse of what his youngest daughter used to be, and a full glimpse of
what her travels had made of her.
Lexy stepped down off the stage's step and smiled as she watched her
father and brothers' jaws drop with astonishment at the sight of her.
"Lexy," Ned whispered, his eyes feeling as if they were playing
tricks on him.
"Pa. I have missed you," Lexy said, smiling a hint of the smile that
had captivated so many men's hearts. She came forward to embrace her
"You are so beautiful," Ned whispered as he wrapped his arms around
the younger girl.
"She certainly is," Sean said as he stepped forward, the gold band on
his left hand glinting in the fading sunlight. Lexy smiled at him and
launched herself into her older brother's arms, holding on tightly. She had
missed all of them. She laughed as Clay scooped her into his arms to hug
her as he always had. The trip was shorter though since she was now taller.
"Lexy," she heard Alice say. When Lexy pulled away from Clay she felt
herself gasp and her jaw come apart. There her sister stood on the doorstep
of the home they had always known, her stomach swollen with child.
"Alice. Why didn't you tell me!" she asked rushing forward. Alice
smiled embracing her sister awkwardly.
"You never asked?" Alice replied. Lexy pulled away smiling at her.
She turned her head slightly and her smile warmed and grew larger as she
saw the very person she had been waiting to see.
Jeremy strode softly from the doorway, his eyes never leaving Lexy as
he descended the steps. He couldn't believe this was the small girl he had
encouraged to leave her family and grow up. This couldn't be the girl he
had claimed as his best friend. He stopped a breath away from Lexy, his
blue eyes scanning her cherubic face. The innocence and yet womanhood that
blossomed from the depths of her green eyes. He felt a sudden urge to brush
away the curls that flowed around her face, and kiss her lips tenderly.
Lexy felt herself drowning in his eyes, her own green ones sparkling
with her normal mischief, something that had not changed the more she had
grown up. It felt like an eternity, when it had only been a few seconds
before Jeremy wrapped his arms around the younger girl, drawing her to his
hard chest. Lexy felt her heart flutter as she felt Jeremy's arms close
around her. They were so strong, and her body so soft compared to his.
Never before had she felt like a woman, even with the men she had been
courted by. Suddenly Lexy cringed inwardly. The annual debutante ball was
coming up, and Lexy being of that age, she was expected to go.
"I came home at the right time didn't I?" she said turning to her
father and brothers, her voice cool. Ned raised an eyebrow watching his
youngest daughter. She had grown up so much; he still couldn't believe it.
"You don't have to go to the debutante ball if you don't want to," he
said. Alice whirled around.
"Wait a minute Pa! When I was Lexy's age I had to go!" she began to
argue. Lexy smiled at her sister's outburst, she turned her sparkling smile
to where Jeremy was standing and felt her smile falter. If she wasn't
mistaken, she saw a very familiar glint of desire and a deeper emotion in
Jeremy's eyes as he watched her. She turned away her fairer complexion
showing her slight embarrassment. Sean watched the exchange between the two
and smiled. He had always seen a little spark between Jeremy and Lexy, even
before his little sister had grown up. He had always felt that it was
right. That Jeremy and Lexy belonged together. But now, how to get them
there? Sean smiled. This was going to be an interesting three weeks. Sean
suddenly frowned. Damn. Lexy was only going to be home for three weeks,
unless she had a reason to stay for good. Sean cocked his head to one side.
He was going to need his wife's help.
"Lexy I would love to stay and talk about your travels, but I need to
pick up Marita in town, but we'll be back in time for supper, okay?" he
said as he stepped forward and laid a gentle kiss on his sister's forehead.
"Okay. Tell Marita I can't wait to see her when you get back," Lexy
said. Sean smiled and nodded and he turned around the corner of the house.
Lexy watched her brother as he disappeared. Things were so different now.
Her brothers and sister were married. Her sister was expecting a child as
well! She sighed. Things weren't like they used to be.
"So Clay, how is Vivian?" Lexy asked sincerely. Clay's face fell
"Um, Vivian is gone right now. We have been having problems," he
said. Lexy frowned.
"I'm... I'm sorry," she mumbled. Lexy looked down at her gloved
hands. She was vaguely aware of Clay and Alice heading back into the house.
She looked up as Ned walked in front of his daughter.
"Hurry inside sweetheart. We have some catching up to do," he said
softly before kissing his daughter's forehead lightly. Lexy smiled at him
and nodded. Ned disappeared into the house, leaving Lexy to look at the
She was not even aware Jeremy had stayed behind. Lexy looked from the
horizon to her hands again. She was startled when she saw Jeremy's strong
hand slide across hers and intertwine their fingers. She looked up into his
blue eyes, her green ones confused. He smiled at her.
"Let's go inside," he whispered his voice husky. Lexy smiled at him
and patted his hand with her other and let him lead her into the house.
May 17, 1891
"What?!" Lexy screeched as she stood in front of her father.
"I don't want you going back to school! Alice and Jack are going to
be finding there own home and I need someone to care for the house. I need
you home Lexy," Ned said. his eyes diverted down to the scroll he was
"Then get married!" Lexy said. She never let her father answer, or to
look at her. She stormed out of the room and headed out of the house. her
steps quickened until she was at a dead run, heading for the barn.
Jeremy and Sean were working in one of the close corrals and looked
up when they saw Lexy racing for the barn, and a few moments later as she
galloped out of the house on Cherub, her old horse. Sean and Jeremy's eyes
"You go after her," Sean said. Jeremy looked at him oddly.
"Why?" he asked. Sean smiled slightly.
"Trust me," was all he said. Jeremy got the meaning and he smiled. He
hurriedly raced for the barn and got his horse, racing after the girl.
Lexy stopped her horse a few meters from the river as she dismounted
her horse. She walked to the edge of the water, barely aware of the hoof
beats she heard coming upon her. She slowly turned around, and gasped. She
hadn't expected Jeremy to follow her. He smiled sadly at the girl, walking
toward her. Lexy turned around, her green eyes scanning the water looking
for her answers.
"What's wrong Lexy?" Jeremy asked. Lexy sighed and looked at him
"Lexy come on, what's wrong?" Jeremy prodded. Lexy's green eyes flashed.
"I told you nothing!" Jeremy was taken aback, and a hurt look washed across
his handsome face. Lexy's face immediately softened.
"I'm sorry Jeremy, I didn't mean to yell at you," she said. Jeremy smiled.
"It's okay. But now I know something's wrong, so please tell me," he tried
again. Lexy sighed and for a moment Jeremy thought she was going to ignore
him, but finally she turned her sad eyes to him.
"It's Pa. He doesn't want me to go back to school," she said softly. "He
wants me to stay here and take care of him." Jeremy looked away from her.
"I just don't understand why I have to give up something I want to do to
take care of him. I mean Alice and Jack live with Pa."
"But they are also expecting a baby," Jeremy reminded her softly. Lexy
turned to him.
"What do I do Jeremy?" she asked, a pleading look on her face. Jeremy got
up and walked toward her. He focused on something behind her before he
focused on her face. She was so beautiful! Her coppery hair flowing around
her, her green eyes so bright, and her clear complexion so smooth.
"Stay here," he finally said. Lexy's eyes darkened and her lips set into a
"You are with Pa! You don't want me to be a better person!" she said,
getting ready to flee from him. Jeremy grabbed her arms.
"No! This has nothing to do with me not wanting you to leave to become a
better person, this has to do with me wanting you! Lexy I want you to stay!
I can't handle it if you leave again!" he ground out, his face inching
closer to hers.
"Jeremy, you are my closest friend, but I need....," she began.
"What about what I need? I need you Lexy, this has nothing to do with our
friendship either! My heart can not take you leaving again," he whispered
huskily. Lexy pulled her head back slightly, enough to look Jeremy in the
"What are you saying Jeremy?" she asked her voice cracking. Jeremy released
her arms, just to take her face softly between his hands.
"I don't know what I am saying. All I know is what I am feeling," he
said to her,
is voice barely audible.
"What are you feeling?" Lexy asked him, circling his strong wrists with her
"I can't form it in words, I can only show you," he said, his breath
caressing her lips.
"Then show me," she breathed. Lexy closed her eyes when she felt Jeremy's
lips on hers, caressing them softly. She moaned as she felt his tongue run
along her lip, demanding entrance to her mouth. Jeremy plundered into her
mouth when she opened it slightly, allowing him to kiss her deeper. Lexy
groaned as she felt Jeremy pull away, their breathing heavy. Jeremy leaned
his forehead against Lexy's.
"Please Lexy, think about it. Don't leave. If not for your Pa, then please
don't leave me," he whispered.
"Jeremy...," she began. But Jeremy placed his finger on her lips, silencing
"Please think about it," he whispered. He felt Lexy nod, and he pulled away
"I'll see you at the house," Jeremy said, walking to his horse. Lexy
watched him leave, and as he left, she brought a shaky hand to her lips,
touching them, as if she could still feel Jeremy's lips on hers. Lexy
walked back over to the lake and sat down blindly, replaying the events
over in her mind.
"Where's Lexy?" Alice asked as she placed a bowl of food on the table.
"Good question," Ned said, looking around. They heard the door close and
hurrying footsteps. Lexy scurried around the corner.
"I apologize for being late. I fell asleep by the lake," she said, scooting
into her seat next to Jeremy. Sean noticed that they seemed a bit
uncomfortable with one another.
"Are you feeling better Lexy?" Ned asked cautiously. He now knew that his
daughter's temper must flare from her fiery red hair. Lexy nodded and the
family enjoyed a quiet dinner. Jeremy kept watching Lexy out of the corner
of his eye. He knew he loved her. He always had, but it truly hit him when
she came home. He sighed. But could she love him?
Lexy sighed as she looked in the mirror a few days later getting
ready for the debutante ball. Why did she even have to go? She straightened
a wrinkle in the deep green skirt. Everyone else's lives had been going
well the past few days. Vivian had returned to Clay, loving him as much as
she had the day they married. Marita had found out she was pregnant. Alice
had a beautiful baby girl that she named for her Aunt Alexis. But the one
person she wanted to be happy did not seem to be. Jeremy. Lexy sighed and
sat at her dressing table. Why couldn't she just admit to him that she
loved him and stay? Because you don't know if he loves you back! That's
why! You are a coward! Her thoughts told her. Lexy shook her head, tears
welling in her eyes. A knock sounded at her door. She quickly wiped the
"Come in," she called. Ned came into the room. He smiled gently at
"Lexy. We need to talk," he said. Lexy turned gazing at her father;
still very handsome despite all that the years had wrought upon him.
"What is it Pa?" she asked.
"I've been thinking. Maybe you where right. Maybe I should get
married. I shouldn't rely on you girls to take care of me and the house
anymore," he said. Lexy frowned slightly.
"Pa what are you saying?" she asked.
"I'm saying, you don't have to stay," he said, his voice cracking a
bit. Letting his daughter go the first time had been hard. Letting her go
now, especially knowing how Jeremy felt for her was breaking his heart. But
he needed to let Lexy figure out for herself where she belonged. Be it with
Jeremy here, or off somewhere being a woman of the world.
"Pa, I…" she stammered. But Ned held up his hand silencing her. He
said nothing, but he stepped forward brushing a kiss on her forehead, and
with a smile he was gone. Lexy got up and strolled out to the balcony of
her room. She gazed at the land she had grown up on, wondering when it all
had changed for her. She once thought that this was what she wanted. When
she had traveled she thought that this had all been a childish dream that
was nothing compared to everything else, but now. Now she wanted this. All
of this. This was her destiny. And so was Jeremy Bradford. Lexy closed her
eyes, tears finally falling freely.
"Oh God Jeremy! I love you so much," she whispered harshly.
"I love you too Alexis Logan," his soft whisper said behind her. Lexy
whirled around, wiping her cheeks. There before her stood Jeremy completely
decked out much like he had been when he had escorted Alice to the
debutante ball ten years before. Lexy felt her breath catch in her throat
at the sight. Jeremy fished into his pocket and pulled something out
slowly. It was a velvet box. He handed it to Lexy.
"This is for you," he said softly. Lexy looked at it and slowly
opened it gasping. Nestled in the velvet was a beautiful clauddaugh ring
with diamonds making the crown, the heart held by the two hands was rubies.
The white gold of the ring sparkled in the fading sunlight. Lexy brought
her eyes up to meet Jeremy's. He kneeled before her, and Lexy bit her lip
to keep from crying.
"Alexis Elizabeth Logan, I love you with my heart, and soul. You are
my soul mate and my best friend. Would you do me the honor of becoming my
wife?" he whispered to her. Lexy was momentarily speechless.
"Oh Jeremy! Yes! Yes I will!" she whispered, her tears falling
freely. Jeremy got up, and took the time to slip the ring onto Lexy's slim
finger before whirling her in his arms, kissing her breathless. He stopped,
setting her down. Jeremy gazed into Lexy's face, memorizing every detail of
"I love you Lexy," he said. Lexy smiled.
"I love you too Jeremy," she said. The two kissed, sealing their
futures in that one instance.