Illustrated(scrap scene)
Date: Wednesday, October 25, 2000
sue hantak <>

Illustrated Steele(unedited)

by Suejue

(Laura too, saves valuable things from the trash)

It was very late in the office. Remington for once had his desk covered and he was doing all of the work. Drawing after drawing of his Dick Darkside were scattered, constructing a storyline designed to expose Raymond Kelly's murderer. Laura picked one up from the edge of his desk.

"These are really good. I'd say you had more than a dash of training." She assessed, in an obvious questioning tone. He chose to ignore Laura's probing. She returned the drawing to his desk and let out a defeated sigh. He took his most recent drawing, scowled and discarded it to the trash can. Laura rescued it. She looked at the familiar, handsome features of Dashing Dave, "You mind if I keep this?"

"Why do you want it?"

"I don't know," she shrugged, "It's good...I'm always amazed how anyone can do this."

"Laura it's just a stupid sketch."

"Given your artistic talents, my 'Lover's' sculpture must have given you a good laugh."

"Whatever happened to that anyway?"

"I moved it to my garage when my mother thought the carpet cleaners left a machine behind. I guess the explosion did the artworld a favor on that one."

"I rather liked it."

"I'm just not good at anything." Laura lamented as she turned her back to him and flopped on the sofa.

"You said you were downhill champ?"

"I was ten and it was downhill champ of my skiing class. There were only four of us." Laura confessed turning up her nose.

"I've heard you sing."

"Outside the shower, that doesn't have many practical uses."

"Well, if you're looking for an audience, I'd be happy to join you in the shower at any time," he offered wiggling his eyebrows. He rose and joined her on the couch. "I'm sure you have many other hidden talents." He snuggled closer to her and spoke with deliberate choice of words, "We just haven't uncovered them yet."

Just as their lips were about to meet, Laura pulled back , "What about you Mr. Steele? Any other talents that you're not showing me?"

"I'll show you mine, if you show me yours." He kissed her quickly before she could object.