**********(Skipping forward to take a fresh direction with this storyline jumping from April to September - New Season... since the show is taking on a new coach... pushing the story in that direction.)*********
Rex, TK and Anna are dining at an upscale bistro which has become a bit of a weekly tradition. The
tradition has been a bit more frequent with the chaos that has ensued since Coach's heart attack. The
new coach… is hard to get used to… If they wanted the anti-coach… they managed to find him.
The three have formed a bit of a three stooges style relationship this season. Anna was quite in the
mood for this tonight given the past few weeks. Between the incidents at the last home game to
Coach's sudden heart attack, she has been run ragged. She hasn't even had time to hook up with
Harvey since on top of everything else she has been babysitting for Matt.
TK still stands by his theory that that Anna is a total player since the revelations about her long ago
engagement to Mark Cuban and her dalliances with the high powered attorney and Zak Fletcher. He
finds her to be a bit of a kindred spirit at a time when he needs one. Anna and Rex have become good
friends as a result of Raphie and Jim's friendship and bonding over the baby shower for Matt.
The three are chatting away as a gentleman approaches the table. "Doctor Adrianna Starr… it has been
far too long." Anna looks up with a measurable look of surprise that both Rex and TK acknowledge
with an exchange of glances. "Connor… This is a pleasant surprise."
She smiles as the man leans down and kisses her. "Connor McClane… I am sure you already know these
gentlemen." He leans forward and shakes their hands. "Of course I do… TK, Rex… how are you."
"Would you like to join us?" Anna offers and motions toward the empty chair. "I would love to my dear,
Annabelle, but I am just on my way out. Are you free for dinner say on Thursday?" Anna winks at him.
"Absoultely." He winks back at her before saying goodbye and heading for the door.
As he departs, both TK and Rex give Anna… "THE LOOK". She takes a sip of wine with a laugh. Rex is
the first to make a move. "So… Annabelle…" He looks down and then up at her with a wicked grin. She
looks them both up and down. "Believe it or not, gentlemen… I am not sleeping with every handsome
and powerful man who I happen to know." Rex looks up with another wicked smile. "Oh honey… why
not." TK smacks him. "Put away the wand, Tinkerbelle… but damn girl, how the hell do you know
Conner McClane?" Anna takes a few bites of her dinner. "We have a professional relationship." TK
gets his wandering eye look that is the giveaway that he doesn't believe her. TK makes a bowing
motion. "The King is dead… long live the Queen… man… You are like the ultimate playa… I'd sleep with
Connor McClane." She rolls her eyes at him. "I have a long standing professional relationship with him.
I have told you before… this is not my first rodeo in pro sports." What Anna doesn't realize that TK has
picked up on something subtle. Mr. McClane called her Annabelle. The only people that he has heard
refer to Anna as Annabelle… have been her brothers… Mark Cuban and Matt. There is more to this
story than Anna is ready to reveal.
After dinner, Anna meets Harvey for a drink. He is dapper as ever as Anna spies him at the bar and that
smile… sigh. They have been on and off for decades. Truly, friends with benefits… When they aren't in
relationships… they somehow find themselves together. She can't help but laugh. She was introduced
to Harvey by Raphie at a Harvard v Yale football game. They were at law school and she was at Yale.
She has known Raph since they were kids. What a long strange road it has been.
This time… Anna needs a favor. A favor that she does not want to ask for but she knows she has to. She
knew she owed Marshall a favor. What she didn't expect was the price she is paying in return to a dead