A/N: Here's an update. I know someone is reading this, please tell me what you think. I enjoy having opinions on what I write.
Pablo looked up to see Kris standing in the door of the restaurant and stood up to get her attention. When she saw him she smiled and came over to his table. "Hey" he said as he returned her smile and pulled the chair out for her. "Everything okay?" He asked because she looked like she was lost in thought.
"Yeah, Matt was just upset that our times are down." She responded without convincing him that was all that she and Matt had talked about.
"You just won the Kentucky Derby, how can he be upset by your times?"
"I told him that." She paused. "Ever since Jean died, there's been no pleasing him."
"It's tough to lose a parent." He commented softly.
"I know, Jean was like a mother to me." She said sadly.
"It's okay." He said in an attempt to comfort her as he sat down next to her. "Lets get some breakfast." He decided it was time to change the subject, before he began to dwell on the past. He still wasn't ready to talk about Jean, especially not with Kris. Not after he'd lied to her... "What's going on?" Kris asked him as she looked from Jeans body to him. He turned her away from Jean's body and stood for a moment in silence with her. "Pablo? Who is that?" Kris wasn't stupid, she knew that the saddle blanket covered a dead body.
"It's Jean..." He replied softly, not wanting to believe it himself. "I found her when I was checking the fences." He explained.
"What happened last night? I saw y'all ride out together, then I find Taz tied in the isle of the barn, now you tell me you found Jean dead this morning while checking the fences. Pablo?" Kris questioned his story.
"I went back early. Jean wanted to stay out alone for awhile. She was enjoying the evening." He paused. "I think the wolf scared Taz." He motioned to the dead animal that lay not far away from them. He didn't want to lie to her, but he also didn't want to make her cover for him. He didn't want to admit that he had been wrong...
"Pablo." Kris interrupted his thoughts.
"Yeah?" He asked, trying to act as if he hadn't zoned out completely.
"What do you want?" She motioned to the waitress that he hadn't even noticed.
"Oh, sorry." He smiled. "I'll have the breakfast special, easy over eggs and bacon cooked to a crisp."
"Got it." The young waitress replied, taking the menu's and walking off.
Pablo and Kris walked on the track, hand in hand. It was dark and no one else was around. "So, what did you and Matt REALLY talk about this morning?" He asked, deciding not to let it linger over them any longer.
"I told you." She responded without looking at him.
"No, you didn't. You told me what you thought I wanted to hear. Kris, what did you REALLY talk about?" She stayed silent for a moment and just as he was about to push the subject, she spoke.
"What REALLY happened the night Jean died?" Her question shocked him. Why is she asking this? "Pablo?" She questioned as she stopped walking and turned to face him. "I deserve to know."
"We were out riding together." He sighed. "I didn't really go back early." Admitting that meant he was admitting he'd lied to her. "She was riding Taz, he'd been jittery all night and we decided to head back." He paused, looking down the track to avoid making eye contact with her. "A wolf came out of the tree line and spooked Taz. He reared and Jean fell. She was dead before I could get to her." A tear streaked down his face.
"Why did you lie to us?" She said US, but he knew that what she really meant was HER. Why did you lie to her?
"Do you think, with my past conviction of manslaughter, it would be a good idea to tell the police I was with her?" He answered with a question, avoiding hers.
"Why didn't you go for help?" She was obviously angry at him, she had every right to be.
"I knew she was dead Kris! I held her in my arms and told her all the things I never had the courage to tell her."
"Matt blames you because you lied! Why didn't you tell him the truth?"
He sat with Jeans body in his lap, holding her close. Tears cascaded down his face. He heard hoof beats behind him and knew it was Matt. "Pablo?" Matt's worried voice questioned.
"She's gone Matt." He replied through the tears.
"What happened?" Matt's voice was tainted by tears and anger.
"The wolf scared Taz." He motioned toward the wolf that the horses had beaten to death.
"We have to get help." The young man said in a hopeful voice.
"No Matt. It's too late... She's gone." He looked up at the younger man with pleading eyes. "Let me stay with her. Please, I need this time." He begged.
"For what?" Matt questioned.
"I need to tell her how I feel about her." Matt didn't say a word as he rode off.
"Pablo?" Kris's soft voice brought him back from the memory.
"Matt knew the truth." Pablo answered her previous question as tears threatened to spill over. "I'll meet you back at the hotel." He told her as he headed for his truck.