Disclaimer: I don't own Vin or Jordan or any of the other things from The Fast and the Furious. I only own Tai,Tori and my imagination! LUv yall!
D O M I N I C........Vin Diesel
T O R I.......Anya Rene
T A I.......Kyle Draper
M I A........Jordan Brewster
A N G E L A........Aj Angel
As the driver stepped out of the car, paying no attention to any of his crew, he looked her over, studying her profile for later info. She was about 5'9, about 6 inches shorter than he was and wore her hair up in a white glittering clip. Her hair an unnatural though natural looking, blond, he could already see the roots of deep brown growing out and looked like it would be long when let down. She had sky blue eyes that were squinted with the sun and a medium sized body. Not slim, but not overly large. She looked like she didn't belong in a city like this, but niether did many of the people that lived here. She wore brown jeans that fit like a glove and a light green tank top with a sleevless black leather jacket over it, shorter than the shirt underneith. She also wore brown leather zip-up ankle boots with three inch heels. Over all she was a new sight to the crew. He had a funny feeling Letty wouldn't have liked her. But business is business, he thought. "Can I help you?" he asked. Most times noone came to this garage unless it was for exotic or racing parts or they were completely lost. Either way, they were business he took. She could feel his eyes on her from the moment she stepped out of the car. She was never what any of them expected. But then again, she was never what she would have expected either. Lifting her head up to meet the man approaching her, she took the silent moment to admire his physique. He was well muscled, usually not what she went for in a guy, but he was different. He had a shaved head and amazing features. He stood at about 6'3, 6'4 she figured and he walked like he knew the stage loved him. She could only imagine what he looked like when his ass was to her. Resisting the urge to lick her lips at that though, Tori simply gave him a small 'innocent' smile. "Can I help you?" God even his voice was incredible. "Yeah, actually. I was wondering if you knew a cheap place that my brother and I could hook up our trailer?" she asked in her kindest out-of- town voice. True they were only about 200 miles from home, but no reason not to act like it was a foreign country, she almost laughed at her own thought. It wasn't the question he was expecting. "Uh, yeah, I think there is one two blocks down the street on the right. Rents for twenty five dollars a night." he answered preparing to return to his work. "I was also wondering where I could get a new exhaust valve and replacment NOS intigrator for an RX-7." she said with a small grin. Dominic stopped dead in his tracks and turned to her, looking her over with undisguised interest. What in the world would she be doing with racing equiptment. Or even knowing about it. But then again, there had been Letty. She had known and Mia too. But they were....were family. This would be interesting. Maybe he could make more of a profit than he had origionally thought as an idea came to him. "Yeah, actually, we deal in those parts." he said walking back to her and wiping his hands on a rag before sticking it in his back pocket and extending his hand. "I'm Dominic. Dominic Torretto. At your service..." he deliberatly left it open. "Whitton. Tori Whitton." she replied taking his hand and shaking it. Hmm, strong. Turning, she motioned to the person in the car to get out as well. Dominic watched as a teenage boy got out of the car and walked toward them. He had dark brown spiked hair. Some of them had the remnents of white on them from where the boy had obviously tried bleaching his hair. It looked interesting. He wore an Adidas shirt and kahki pants with Dockers. He came up and took Dominic's hand as well. Yeah, he could definiatly see this one racing, but the girl? "And this is Tai. My brother." "You said you needed a place for hookup?" at her nod he continued. "Tell you what, I'll give you a deal. I'll help get you and install those parts AND I have a hookup round back that I can let you use for only ten bucks a day. All I want in exchange is the money for the parts and to know how the hell you two came apon racing....especially with those parts you requested. Most women I know wouldn't even know what those were, let alone ask to buy them. I assume you were going to install yourself?" he nodded toward the car being pulled along behind the trailer. Placing her hands on her hips in a relaxed gesture and nodding, Tori smiled. "Well, most women I know don't race." she replied with a secretive grin. "And thank you for the offer. I think we'll try that out. Sure beats twenty five a night." After pulling the trailer and car around back, Tori watched as Tai went to unhook the trailer from the racer. She felt before she saw Dominic come up beside her. "How old is he?" he asked, nodding toward Tai, who was busily working at the interlocked metal. "Fifteen three months ago. I kinda feel sorry for him. Being around all of this, learning and never really able to do it. Stupid laws. Sure he can drive a Motorcycle, but that's nothing compared to the cars he's been eyeing like a dog without a bone. He practically drools." Tori snorted. Dom chuckled. "Yeah, it's hard getting started. So, what about you? How in the world did YOU of all people get started in something like this. Not that I doubt your abilities. It's just you look like you don't belong in something like this. You look like you were born for the better life." he said turning to her. Again, an unladylike snort came from Tori and she rolled her eyes before turning to him, her dark sunglasses covering her eyes. "Yeah well, that may have been the case at first, but you have to live with what you got. I love the race. It's my life...and his too soon," she nodded at Tai who was nearly done. "It's how we live." "So you race for the money?" "Yeah. That's part of it of course, but it's also for the rush. Racing, especially street racing, has an adrenaline rush you can't get doing anything else. Hell, I'd say even sex just might pale to it." she laughed, not noticing his amused gaze as she walked over to her brother, arms crossed. He watched as she talked to Tai, then helped him hook up the trailer's utilities. *** "So, how exactly DID you get into racing?" Dominic asked as he and Tori sat in lawn chairs just outside the trailer. Tai sat beside them not paying attention, but racing his own mini sized cars on his gameboy(tm). Tori sighed and sat back, relaxing under the shade of the canvas that stretched out six feet over their heads. "Well, when I was a little girl my father loved cars. He used to teach me all about them and take me to work with him. He was a pit hand at the local racing course. Hently Speedway. Real little place just outside of Los Angeles, about thirty miles. I remember he used to take me to work with him, show me off to the guys and the racers. I even remember once when they put me in the car while it was off and let me have a 'go'. They taught me everything about cars and how to race them. Daddy said I was gonna be one of the best women racers that ever lived. He was so proud of us. Those were some of the best years of my life. And when Tai was born it just got better." she smiled reaching over to press her hand down on her brothers head, which just moved away. Smiling she continued."But it didn't last. Nothing that good ever does I suppose." "What happened?" Dom asked, leaning forward and clasping his hands. "The worst day of my life happened. Tai was only four when it happened so it's vague to him, but me, I was 13, old enough to remember it in detail for the rest of my life. Sometimes I wish I weren't able to remember it so damned well, but it's there, permenatly burned into my memory." Tori paused and her mind seemed to drift back into time as she spoke. "It had been a routine day for us, drop daddy off at the races and then get dropped off ourselves at the daycare while mom went to work. I was a little old for the place but I insisted, always wanting to take care of Tai. I wouldn't leave his side." she smied briefly, "Anyways, four o'clock came and went and still no parents. It was around five thirty I think that the one of the owners of the daycare came to get us. She said she needed to talk to me and that maybe I could help explain it to my brother. I had no clue what she was talking about. So, she took me into her office and there were these men there. They were police men and I remember wondering what was wrong. I had only seen them on occasion when someone got hurt." Pausing again, Tori sighed, feeling the pain well up in her chest as she finished. "I think I knew before they actually told me. They said it had happened so quickly that they were sure mom and dad didn't feel a thing before they passed. The other driver that had hit them wasn't so lucky. He suffered an amputated leg and a few broken bones.....He was arrested for involuntary manslaughter and severe DUI when he was released, but he broke bail not too long afterwards. Last I knew he had split town and wasnt' coming back. After that, Tai and I were sent to a foster home, but that didnt' last long. The people that were supposed to be our parents took off whenever they felt like it and left us alone for as long as a week at a time. Sometimes longer. So, about two years later on the day of my birthday, I grabbed Tai, one of their many cars that I knew would get us the farthest the fastest, took some food and split. We've been on the road since. When we can't get money from racing, we do it with odd jobs or the little donations we can get. That's how we can afford to eat and to keep going." sighing yet again, Tori looked up at Dom, wiping her eyes. "And there you have it. Our life story. I know it's not exactly flowers and rainbows, but its all we've got." she smiled sadly. Reaching over, Dom pat her hand. "I'm sure you do just fine. I'm pretty damn amazed you made it this far without loosing it. I don't know if I could have lasted that long, especially with someone else besides me to look after. I mean I have Mia, but she's a grown woman and I know she'd be fine on her own." then he added with a smile."I'm glad you ended up here. Glad I got to meet someone like you." Tori smiled then stood. "Well, we'd better get going if we want to find a place to eat. Come on, Tai." she said, tapping her brother on his head. "Yeah, yeah, I"m comin." he grumbled, not looking up from his game. Dom sat for a moment before standing. "Hey!" Turning back, Tori covered her eyes from the sun. "Yeah?" "Why don't you come over to our place. Mia and I can make you guys something good. Something homemade. Not that cheap fast food shit." he grinned. "Well, with a smile like that who could resist?" Tori laughed, walking back toward him. *** "So where are you two from?" Mia asked the girl and her brother. Her own brother had brought two strangers in for dinner, the least he could do was let her know a little about them. So far all she knew was their names and that they were brother and sister. Oh and that they raced. "Little town about Thirty miles from L.A. Hentlyvillle. I'm sure you haven't heard of it. Population is pretty near none." Tori laughed. "Can you pass the corn, please?" Tai asked through a full mouth which got him a glare to which he simply shrugged and ignored. Mia laughed at this as Tori replied. "Sometimes he can be a handfull." "Aren't all brothers?" Mia laughed to which Dominic mumbled a 'hey!' around his food. Tori laughed and stood with Mia, grabbing a few of the empty plates to help her take them into the kitchen. Tai looked at Dom and nodded the direction the girls had gone then rolled his eyes. Dominic gave an answering smirk. "Interesting sister you got there." "Yeah, she's interesting alright. Kinda wonder if she's a little crazy." Tai snickered. "Nah, she's just looking out for you. I know how hard that's gotta be, especially on the move all the time. You two move around alot don't you?" "Yeah, I don't think we've ever stayed in one place for more than two months at a time. It's always 'gotta move' or 'there isn't any more money for us here' or 'there's something better out there, Tai, I just know it.'. She's always gotta be on the move, she's always searching for something. I think she's still searching for dad." at the look he got, Tai elaborated. "I mean, she has this thing. This...theory if you will. She thinks that if she goes fast enough she's gonna see him again. On some level she's gonna be able to be with him for a minute. I don't think she can face the reality that it's not gonna happen. He's gone." Tai sighed, looking back toward where his sister went. "It's gotta be a little easier for you, not really knowing him or anything." Dom said understanding. "Yeah, I mean, she talks about him every now and then and you'd think he was a god. I wish I had gotten to know him. Maybe then I'd understand this little quest of hers." Tai paused. "It may just be that she doesn't even really think he's gone. After all this time she still may think they all got it wrong and their out there somewhere, waiting for her...for us to come." he dropped his now bare chicken bone down on his plate. Dominic looked at Tai, then to where his sister and Tori had gone. Now he understood a little more. That would help. There were still alot of things he wanted to know, but there was time. He had a feeling she wasn't going anywhere soon. Tori awoke to the sounds of machinery whirring outside. Ratchets, electric bolt screws and various other mechanical noises roused her from her peaceful dream. In an attempt to block it out, Tori moaned and flipped over onto her stomach, covering her head with her pillow. In the process, she knocked half of the covers off of the bed and her bare leg was hit with the cold air of the fan blowing through the trailer. It had become a nightly thing to turn it on because the metal trailer felt like an oven during the night. With a small screech, she reached down off the bed for the rest of the covers, scooting carelessly closer to the side of the pulldown bed. Not being awake enough to judge the distance she was scooting, Tori screeched as she was caught off guard being on the edge of the bed and fell with a loud thud to the floor. She quickly sat up, her left shoulder and lower right leg covered in the thick comforter she had been grasping for. Her hair was strewn all across her face and shoulders. The door swung open and Dom, Tai and Mia rushed in. It was then that Tori remembered that she slept in a night shirt and panties, which just happened to be leopard pattern. She gave a small squeak as they came to a hault, wide eyes at seeing her sitting on the floor, three feet down from the bed, knees up and partially open as her feet were spread for balance and leaning back on her hands, hair everywhere as well as comforter benieth her and part on her. In the next few seconds, Mia turned red, Dominic turned, eyes wide and stepped out of the trailer and Tai burst out laughing, bending over and grabbing his stomach. Tori turned red and stood quickly, wrapping the comforter around her waist. Mia grabbed the laughing Tai and gave Tori an amused and sympathetic look before exiting the trailer with a still giggling Tai behind her. With a sigh, she plopped down on the edge of the bed, again misjudging the distance and bounced right back on to the floor on her ass. Simply putting her head down to let out a snorting laugh, Tori realized this would be one of those days. "Interesting way of getting our attention this morning." Dominic commented in the afternoon as Tori and he bent over the inside of her car, installing new and upgraded parts. Truth was, he couldn't get the image of her laying there with nothing but her panties and that small tshirt on, out of his mind. Tori immediatly turned an interesting shade of red, making him laugh. Putting a hand on her shoulder, he simply smiled and shook his head then stood and walked around to the Pepsi machine to grab them both a drink. He pushed a button and banged his fist into the box, grinning as his drink fell into the slot. Grabbing it, he did it once more then headed back, handing Tori hers before going back to the car. Tori had dressed in blue jeans that were fading and a dark blue tank top, her hair up in a ponytail. Tai came running in and stopped behind them. He almost tripped on his shoelaces, which were untied. He had on knee-length tan shorts with unnumbered pockets and a green t-shirt. "Hey Tigger Butt."He said to his sister in reguard to her underwear that morning. Tori glared at him as Dom laughed and wiped his hands on a red rag."Hey, Dom, there's some chic out there askin for ya. She has the coolest pink bug....not that I like pink, just the bug." Tai quickly put in, making Tori smile, then follow as Dominic made his way out to the front of the garage. There, leaning against an Easter pink 2001 Volkswagon Beetle was a girl about Tori's height. She wore short black jean short, combat boots with two inch platform bottoms and a light blue unbuttoned shirt over a white tube top. Her dark dirty blond hair reached down to her shoulders and curled outward a bit. A smile was on her face as Dom approached. She pulled off her oval RayBan sunglasses and stuck one of the earpeices down inside her shirt, effectivly letting the glasses hang in front of her bust. She crossed her arms. "So how come you never call me, Dom? I gave you my number you know." she grinned. "Yeah, well, got lots of things to do, work, race....you know." he grinned back, crossing his arms as well. Tori watched with amusment and slight jealousy as this woman openly flirted with Dominic. He obviously knew her well enough to smile when she did. "Yeah, that's true, lots of shit going down lately. Especially with these stupid cars, you know, they just keep messin up on me, bringin me back here all the time. Not that I mind seeing you, cause, " she looked him up and down purposly taking her time "I don't." she grinned almost evilly. Dominic rolled his eyes. "Get to the point, Angela." "Yeah, yeah. It's this bug. It's bumpin. Jerkin me nearly out of my seat. So I thought I'd bring it in to you to see if you knew what was doin it. Do whatever you need to, you know I got all the money I need." she gave that seductive smile again. Dom walked around to the front of the car and popped the hood up, propping it up on the small stand. Leaning over into the car, he moved his hands around a bit checking with his eyes and hands for what was wrong. Angela walked over and stood unnervingly close, her shorts riding up purposly as she leaned forward near him, not really looking much into the car. Moments later, Dominic came up with a dirty spark plug in his hand. "Found the problem, Ang. You got a spark plug or two that need cleaning. Angela, you know all about cars, you could have fixed this yourself." he said, unamused by her attemps. "Yeah, but then I wouldn't have gotten the chance to see you, now would I?" she smiled, moving a little closer. He reached down and took her hand and she smiled until he placed the spark plug in her hand. "I've got things to do, Angela, don't fuckin waist my time." he said lowly. Angela frowned. "Yeah, like what?" she asked following him as he walked back to the RX-7 inside the shop where Tai still waited, looking around inside the top of his car. He smiled back at Dom as he smiled at him, walking up to the car and picking up where he left off. Angela followed still, Tori not far behind her, but walking at a slower pace. She kept walking toward Dom even when Angela stopped just inside the garage doorway. It was time she worked her way back into the conversation. "So, how's the car coming?" she asked walking around Angela up to the car on the right side and inspecting the engine. "Pretty good. Almost got the injector reinstalled. That one was pretty messed up. Must have been a long time since you've changed it." Tori laughed. "You have no idea." Angela crossed her arms and sighed harshly. "Well, like you said, got better things to do. See you at the races, Dom. And this time, your gonna loose," she smiled. Turning to Tori, she walked up to her. "I'm Angela by the way." Tori took her extended hand warily. "Tori." she pointed at Tai. "That's Tai." "This your ride?" Angela asked, walking part way around the car, very aware of the warning look Dominic was giving her and ignoring it. "Yeah. Sure is." "Nice. Gonna race it next week?" "Um...yeah, I guess, if it's ready by then." Tori said, starting to get nervous around this girl. "Ah well. Good luck. Your gonna need it." Angela whispered the last as she walked by Tori and out the garage door, yelling a 'bye, Dom' on her way. Moments later, a reving engine could be hear then the sqeal of tires as she left. Tori walked out of the garage to let Dom do his work and over to where Mia leaned against the pole outside by her trailer. "What was that?" Tori asked in a quiet voice. "That? That was Angela doing what she THINKS she does best." Mia laughed. "She's been after Dom for years and she's still not comin close. Course I wouldnt' worry about her, she's never serious. Had guys on and off for years now, she happy that way. Major player, but Dom never even thinks about her that way." Mia grinned looking over at Tori, who wasn't really paying attention, but staring over at where her brother was. She had a feeling Tori would be staying longer than the woman had originonally planned. ***** Dominic slammed down the hood of the RX-7, now upgraded, making sure the top stayed down and wiped his hands togather, then turned to Tori who now leaned against the side of the car with her arms crossed, a small smile apon her lips as she sipped on her pepsi through a straw. She and Tai had been there now for over a week and a half. Every day they ate at Dom's resturaunt in front of the shop and every evening they ate at the house with Mia and Dom. Every night, they slept in the trailer, despite her new friend Mia's attempts to persuade her and Tai to sleep in extra rooms in the house they had had for Vinny and Jesse, who were no longer around. Dominic had explained the incident and how Jesse had been shot and after all the trouble with the group, Vincent decided it would be better to join Letty in Mexico. Tori had also learned about Dominic's last relationship and how terribly it ended. After sending her on a plane to Mexico, he got a call, about a month later, much later than he expected. She explained how she loved him, but if it meant watching people she loved die and being at risk of dying herself it just wasn't worth it. And with a 'sorry and take care of yourself and Mia for me', she was gone....out of his life forever. He had taken it pretty hard, shutting out people at first and that's when he lost Vincent. His friend pretty much told him the same thing Letty had and joined her in paradise. She felt bad for him, but knew what he needed now was to forget the past and look forward to the future. "Done." he said in a quite voice. Tori just stayed there smiling and rolled her eyes and her head off to another part of the garage, the smirk still playing on her lips. Dominic stood up fully from leaning over on the car and walked around, then leaned forward over her, placing his hands on either side of the car. Tori was now backed up and almost sitting on the edge of the car, her smile still partially in place, but fading. "You wanna tell me what's so funny?" he asked in a low seductive voice, leaning in further so that their faces were barely apart. He leaned forward a bit more, tilting his head and eyeing her lips, following her tongue as it wet them. That did it. Swooping in, Dominic captured her lips with his, the warmth almost searing him. He felt her small gasp against his lips and pressed deeper. She tasted so sweet, almost like a smooth liquid honey and cinnimon with the slightest bit of pepsi flooding off of her tongue as he touched it with his own. Tori felt the can slip from her hand and fall to the ground with a splat of the dark liquid inside. Her arms found their way to the sides of his arms,running across his thick tight muscles and ran their way tentivly around inside to his sides. Her long fingers gripped the sides of the sweaty white tank he wore. She could feel the muscles underneith it and moaned slightly as he slid his tongue further into her mouth. She felt his arms move closer to each other behind her back as he moved himself in closer, pulling away only slightly to reset his mouth more firmly against hers. His mouth was so sensual, so delicious..... "Hey guys!" Tori and Dominic abruptly broke apart as they heard Tai, just noticing his footsteps running toward the very open and exposed garage side. He came to a stop in front of the door, taking in the scene. "Hey, Tor, drop your coke there?" he pointed down to the fogotten can, spilling out Pepsi all over the floor. "Uh, yeah..hehe, must have slipped. Butterfingers, huh?" Tai looked at her weird. "Uh yea....butterfingers. Well hey, Mia sent me to tell you guys that lunch is almost ready. We're havin burgers and chips. Come on." he said, taking in the two one more time before shaking his head in bewilderment and running off to eat. Tori looked down to the ground and after a few minutes, when Dominic didn't leave, took a chance and glanced up at him. He had a smirk that just screamed trouble, but it was cute and Tori couldn't help but smile back. Moments later the two were sharing a light laugh and Dominic threw his arm around Tori's back and guided her with him to the house. MORE TO COME VERY SOON!......