- Steele in the Dumps 1/?
Date: Saturday, September 07, 2002
- notunagirl <email@example.com>
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Here's my first attempt so I'm closing my eyes and taking a flying
Steele in the Dumps 1/?
Standard Disclaimers about these characters, who aren't mine.
Thanks to Robyn for Beta reading!
It was quiet in the castle when Remington awoke. There was no
in the room and he didn't feel the need for one. He felt the
of Laura's body next to his in the bed and smiled. It had taken
long time but he had finally experienced that full connection
her. He was elated that their lovemaking had been so passionate.
had both admitted their feelings for each other and released
desire that had been held back for four years. Yet somehow, he
felt a hole inside. There was an empty space and he didn't quite
what belonged there. Laura moved in the bed to get closer to
warmth and slightly opened her eyes.
"Go back to sleep love." Remington whispered. He kissed
and she hugged him, returning to her slumber. He wanted to get
didn't want to leave Laura so he lay in the dark with his thoughts
and his feelings.
*Oh Daniel, all those years you were there and I never knew.
you found me. I just wish we'd had more time to talk about the
I didn't know." Maybe Daniel couldn't have helped him anyway.
had a nagging feeling that after missing out on so much as a
that he was missing out all over again.
Laura yawned as she stretched and reached up to kiss him.
"Good morning. You're awake early aren't you?"
"Yes, just enjoying you next to me and thinking about Daniel."
"Laura, there's nothing for you to be sorry about. I had
with Daniel as an adult than the years I missed as a child. I
knew him and yet I didn't."
"I know. I `m just sorry that you won't have more time with
glad he found you, that you found your way to me. Somehow though,
feel selfish. All of that was for this moment, this time to be
"Selfish, eh? Well, I know how you can give something of
make that guilt go completely away." He pulled her closer
her deeply. Their kisses turned into passionate expressions of
the pent up feelings from the last four years. Laura pulled away
breathless. "So last night wasn't enough for you, your lordship?"
"I'll never get enough of you, Laura." Remington whispered
resumed kissing her, planting small kisses on her neck and moving
"I must admit Mr. Steele. I seem to have a voracious appetite
Laura and Remington met Mildred for a late afternoon lunch to
their plans. Remington suggested that Mildred look over the
arrangements for meeting with Daniel's solicitor and plans for
return to LA. After much thought, they decided that Mildred would
return to LA while they began their real honeymoon to return
Their time at the castle was so pleasant they promised the staff
they'd return another season. Remington quietly thought to himself
that returning to the castle would only remind him of Daniel's
until he saw Laura walking across the grounds. Laura had changed
life and given him an identity that gave him a sense of security.
finally she had given him her love. He smiled as he realized
castle would always have a special place in his heart for it
where he and Laura had finally consummated their love.
Laura could see Remington sitting in the flower garden from a
distance. The scenery enhanced how handsome he looked. His coal
black hair was shining in the sunlight. His wool sweater fit
perfectly, showing off his form. He looked so serene. Laura's
took a leap. She loved this man with abandon. She noticed his
she got closer. He had been quiet since breakfast. While Laura
Mildred reviewed arrangements for getting the agency in order,
made some excuse about needing to pick up something from the
chemist. She knew he hated taking pills. Perhaps his time alone
use an interruption.
"Penny for your thoughts?" Laura asked Remington as
she walked up to
"Hmmm? Just thinking about Daniel. C'mere, what flights
of fancy have
you found to amuse yourself?"
"Oh, just going over things with Mildred. I thought we'd
be ready for
a normal life after lounging around here for a couple of weeks.
I interest you in a walk?"
"Hmmm. Why don't we just sit here for a bit? I thought we
dispense with the usual activity and catch a nap before a quiet
dinner. Maybe we can wrap things up here and head for London
I'd like to show you around while we're at --- Daniel's ---flat."
Laura heard his hesitation. The look in his eyes was far away.
wanted to take him in her arms and soothe him, but she didn't
intrude. He seemed determined to work his way through the grieving
process alone. Their relationship had finally gotten to the point
shared physical intimacy, but they hadn't quite worked out all
"Of course, Mr. Steele, London with you sounds wonderful.
or not it will be wonderful to have a few slow days without so
twists and turns."
They sat silently, Laura wrapped in Remington's arms leaning
back on his chest." I'm sorry that you didn't have more
The silence had grown and when he spoke it was as though his
breathing was labored. "So am I. I had so many questions.
I did have
time with him. If û if only I had known. I should have
should have looked for something. How's that for the great Remington
Steele. Mystery of my life under my nose and I don't have a clue."
"You can't blame yourself. He took great pains to keep it
Perhaps some things are best left in the past."
""Is that my Laura speaking? Are you so ready to forget
"People can change can't they Mr. Steele? As long as your
doesn't come to bother us, I don't see why we can't leave it
"That's what I love about you Laura always leaving room
He kissed the top of her head and held her close, almost desperately
it seemed to Laura, and as though somehow letting her go would
"What's say we retire to one of these drafty rooms, your
"I am at your service your lordship."
"Really? I like the sound of that."
Mildred saw them come quietly into the main foyer toward the
staircase and was about to interrupt. They were both holding
heads down in thought, holding hands walking gingerly up the
She thought better of it. The plans would keep. They needed time
adjust to each other with all the changes of the last few weeks.
Mildred headed to her room to pack. She was about done with the
appointments she could schedule for the Steeles. They could wrap
their excursions in Ireland. She was ready for a little relaxation
It was late morning and Mildred was packing to leave when she
rap on her door.
"Mr. Steele! How are you boss? Isn't it a little early for
"Morning, Mildred, I just wanted to take time to thank you
you've done. If it hadn't been for you, I might have missed those
last few moments with Daniel. You're a sly one when you want
"Oh, boss, he loved you in his own way. It didn't matter
didn't know he was your father, he knew you were his son. I just
helped you find that part of you that remembered you cared for
"Well, I don't want to miss the people I care about, anymore.
a dear to me and I appreciate it. I just wanted you to know that."
Oh, thanks, Mr. Steele." Mildred blushed and gave him a
his arm. "Maybe you can convince Mrs. Steele to take some
to relax. It'd be good for you two to have a real honeymoon."
He kissed her on the cheek. "Believe me, Mildred, I'll use
powers of persuasion."
Laura and Remington saw Mildred off to the airport.
"Well, there should be fewer interruptions," Laura
calls had ceased and with Mildred gone, they should have some
Remington broke their silence, "For the first time, I don't
mind Mildred's interruptions."
"That's because she's leaving and we're not kissing,"
"That can be easily rectified, Mrs. Steele," he replied
as he took
her in his arms. She was surprised at his unabashed public display
affection, but she welcomed his affection. They shared a brief
then headed to the castle to pack for London.
To Part 2