Disclaimer: I do not own any of the Plum Characters, they are the property of Janet Evanovich, I have just borrowed them. Any other characters that you don't recognize are mine.
Not Quite Right
My name is Kole. I am obsessed with the Stephanie Plum novels. So one day when I saw a shooting star I just had to wish to be her, to be in her world. Well, I didn't really expect it to work.
So when I woke up in a hospital bed with a very attractive Italian man calling me Stephanie you can imagine my confusion.
"Who are you?" I asked.
He looked shocked as he said, "Joe, Cupcake, I'm Joe. Don't you remember?"
Whoa. Freaky. Hot Italian man, named Joe, calling me Stephanie and Cupcake. It cant be happening. As much as he looked exactly like I pictured him, I just couldn't believe it. Joe Morelli.
"Who am I?" I asked. Just wanted to see if I was thinking the right thing.
"Stephanie Plum." he answered, looking sad.
Oh My God. Stephanie Plum! I cant believe it! I'm Stephanie Plum! My wish came true. I was doing a little happy dance in my head when something occurred to me. What book am I in?
That thought made me worry a little. As much as I enjoy the books, there are some I really don't want to be involved in. Never mind, I'll figure it as I go. I have all the books memorized so it shouldn't be hard to stop the bad parts from happening. But I do want to change some things.
"I'm getting the doctor." Joe started to leave.
"No!….don't. I'm fine now. What happened?" I asked.
He looked unsure for a second then answered, "You were chasing a skip and he threw you against a wall."
Ouch. No wonder my head hurt. I was excited to start being Steph. Although it is going to be weird being called that. Hopefully people don't realize that I'm not her.
"I drank a bottle of Maalox when I heard about this." Joe said. Jeez, no are you ok?, I was worried?
"Your job is too dangerous. When are you going to quit. This is getting ridiculous! When are you going to grow up?!?…" he started yelling. I tuned him out. So this is how Steph feels when he starts in on her. Why does she stay with him?
There was a knock at the door and in walks the most gorgeous man I have ever seen. In all black SWAT-like clothes and his long dark hair pulled in a ponytail. Defiantly, Cuban sex god.
"Ranger." I breathed.
"Babe." he said, amused.
"You, ok?" he asked.
"Peachy keen." I replied, smiling at him. He almost smiled back. Now I understood what Steph said about the ghost of a smile thing he did.
"Oh sure. You remember him. I'm gonna take you home, Cupcake. So you can get some rest." Joe said, clearly angry. Me and Ranger both turned to look at him. Ranger still looking at me as well.
Well, I wasn't Stephanie and I don't take crap from people.
"No Joe. I'm not going home with you. You haven't even asked if I was ok. You just started in on how me getting hurt affected you. Well, you don't have to worry about that anymore, Joe." I said, calmly.
"What do you mean?" Joe asked, his eyes narrowing.
"I mean, I'm done Joe. I'm done settling. You aren't what I want and I'm not what you want." he started to interrupt, I held up my hand to stop him. " I know you love me and I love you too but not the way I should. And you don't really love me either, you love who you think I should be." I said.
"I'm not what you want?" he ground out through his teeth. "This is because of him isn't it?!?" he screamed while pointing at Ranger. I wanted to laugh I really did.
"See Joe. That's my point right there. After all I said to you, you only heard what you want to hear. And no its not because of Ranger. Its because of me." I said getting off the bed. Luckily I was still in my clothes, well Stephanie's clothes.
Joe looked furious and dumbfounded. I walked up to Ranger and asked him to drive me home. He nodded. With a smile we walked out of the hospital. I was going to have some fun here, I thought my smile widening.
Now I just have to figure out what book I'm in and make Ranger fall in love with me. Muah hahaha. Sorry random evil laughter. I do that sometimes.
As we walked out of the hospital doors, Ranger put his arm around my shoulder and said, "Proud of you, Babe"
I almost died of happiness right there. Too bad I wasn't who he thought I was. He helped me into his black Porsche. I sunk into the seat and sighed. Man, I love this car. He got in the drivers seat and drove me to a building I'm assuming is my apartment, in his zone. Hunh, he really does go into a zone. He helped out of the car and handed me a big black bag, I'm guessing is my purse.
He walked me up to my door and walked in. Probably to check for Psychos. I walked into the kitchen and looked at the small apartment. He really was exactly how Janet described it. Bare. I would do something about that. As soon as I got money that is.
Ranger walked out of what I'm assuming is the bedroom and backed me up against the counter. His lips almost touching mine. I thought I might have a heart attack.
He tucked a stray hair behind my ear and said, "Be careful, Babe" then he left. Grr, why didn't he kiss me? I have been imagining a kiss from Ranger for so long and I almost had it. I sighed and then walked over to the cage on my counter. Rex. Yep he was in there, looking at me with his beady little eyes.
I shook my head at him and went to the bathroom and got a shower. After looking at myself in the mirror for a long time, trying to get used to the new me, I finally collapsed into bed.
My last thought before I fell asleep was, God, I hope I can do this.