- Steele a Long Way To Go(Part
Date: Tuesday, May 02, 2000
- sue hantak <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Without even opening the envelop, he had an idea what it contained.
Remington slipped his finger under the flap and slowly opened
it. After reading it a third time he regretted how he treated
her. The letter dropped from his hands and he cradled his face
in remorse. Remington raked his fingers through his hair and
quickly glanced at his watch. He raced to the airport only to
find an empty gate with the plane already enroute to LA. Part
of him wanted to purchase a ticket on the next available flight.
The defensive part that devised the whole plan to push her away,
made the decision to return to the Ashford.. One thing for certain,
that afternoon when he signs over ownership of the castle to
the staff, he gladly be rid of it. It would only sadly remind
him of his one night with Laura.
Remington entered the grand hall looking quite depressed. In
his hands he still held Laura's letter. His fingers caressing
the folds absentmindedly. Mildred remained at the castle oblivious
to everything that transpired between Mr. Steele and Miss Holt.
When she didn't see them about, she just assumed they were 'honeymooning'.
She greeted him somewhat surprised by his demeanor, "Boss?"
"Ah, good morning Miss Krebs" he did his best to perk
"Is everything all right? Where's Miss Holt?"
"She decided to return home. You know how she hates being
away from the office for so long."
"Why didn't you go with her" Mildred scolded him.
"I need to dispose of this castle and go to London to settle
Mildred could sense his agitation and her instincts told her
something was up. "I guess I should head back too. She'll
probably need some help"
"That's an excellent idea Miss Krebs"
"Do you know when you might come back?"
Remington thought for a moment whether to tell Mildred the truth
of what happened between him and Laura The truth that he might
never go back. He was certain Laura would tell her soon enough
what a bastard he was. Like a coward, he simply said, "I'm
Laura tried to use the plane as an opportunity to get some sleep.
The bizarre wedding followed by the globe -trotting marathon
honeymoon took its toll on her. She mistakenly assumed that after
the night they made love, they could relax, spend some peaceful
downtime before returning to work. The next morning however he
abruptly avoided her like the plague. She didn't see that coming
at all. She also felt stupid that she insisted that he tell her
that he loved her. She further chastised herself for writing
She arrived at LAX very early in the morning. She just wanted
to go home, soak in the tub and sleep....for a week. When she
exited the tunnel she heard a disturbingly familiar voice call
"Tony?........My God, what are you DOING here?" Laura
sighed thinking this whole situation couldn't get any worse.
"I told you I would never give up on you" He extended
his hand holding a small bouquet of roses.
"How did you know I was coming home?" She ignored the
"I have a friend at the airline" he smugly replied
as he relieved her of her carryon bag.
She grabbed it back from him and started to walk away. He followed
after her, "Laura, at least let me drive you home."
"Where's your ....." he spit out the word with mix
of disdain and arrogance, "husband?"
She stopped in her tracks, turned and bluffed , "He had
to finish some personal business. In fact, I should call him
and let him know I landed." She walked over to a bank of
phones and pretended to engage in a conversation while Tony stood
"Hi sweetheart............I just landed.........It was the
longest flight of my life without you........Yes..........mmmmhummmm....(she
giggled for added effect).........Me too.......... .........Call
me tomorrow at the office..........I love you too, bye."
Laura reluctantly mused that she would likely be doing a lot
more phantom calls to the elusive Mr. Steele. She was a bit out
of practice, but she and Murphy pulled it off several years ago
and she could do it again. This time however, it wasn't her boss
that was always unavailable, she would have to fabricate excuses
for her 'husband'. That would certainly put an end to any chance
of her having any other boyfriends or relationships. Given the
fallout of the current one, that was the least of her worries
at the moment. In fact that could work in her favor right now
with Tony hot on her heels.
Tony followed her to the baggage claim. This time, too wore out
to argue, she allowed him to carry her bag to the curb where
she flagged a cab. When she arrived at her loft, her message
light was blinking. She skipped past several insignificant messages
only to be disappointed again by no message, let alone any kind
of apology from him.
Remington fought the urge to call her. He thought it was best
to end it quickly. Like removing a bandaid from a wound. He couldn't
explain it to himself, how could he explain it to Laura? He had
to get past the anguish of Daniel's death. Indulging in a loving,
physical relationship with Laura right now seemed somehow inappropriate
and selfish. Remington felt guilty and undeserving of such happiness.
Once in London, Remington arranged a memorial service for Daniel.
It had been a long time since he spent time in Daniel's house
and fraternized with his friends. Even in the midst of his old
cohorts, he still found himself looking for Laura throughout
the room. A disturbingly familiar voice called his name.
"Felicia." He nodded his head in her direction.
"Michael, it's been too long, and now to meet again under
these circumstances is so dreadful," She kissed him on the
cheek and pressed her body against his side. Remington wiggled
out of her grasp.
"What ?.......Afraid Lulu might see me with you......"
She looked around the room. "Tell, me where is your little
"She went back to LA already, duty called." Remington
tried to shake her by mingling with the other guests. Felicia
was intrigued by Michael's revelation that Laura went home without
him. She continued to follow him, "Michael, dear, don't
be upset with me, when she was the one who left you".
"Felicia, not now.......I'm in no mood ."
"Oh my! I must have hit a nerve..........So she really left
"You are the last person I'm going to confide in about this,"
Remington stormed out the door.
He walked the streets for hours. He heard nearby church bells
chime the hour. He checked his watch, did the math and decided
he should at least call her. His heart raced as he dialed her
number. Anxiously he waited.......two rings.....three.....He
rehearsed saying that he missed her and was sorry how things
ended between them. .....four....... Her machine picked up. While
he half-listened to her greeting, he looked again at his watch.
He recalculated the time zones and confirmed it was past midnight
in LA. *Where is she.?......Maybe she is screening her calls*.
The beep roused him from his thought and he fumbled with an alternate
message, "Laura? Hi it's me....I just wanted to check that
you made it home.... I'll try again some other time.... bye".
Laura was actually in the office at that hour. They had a temp
service taking messages and sorting mail in their absence. Laura
was wading through the huge pile they left behind. Focusing on
work kept her mind from rehashing the whole castle ordeal. She
was paying the bills when she realized she had a whole new problem
on hand. She was supposed to be married to Remington Steele.
Most of her clothes were still at his apartment. Too many memories
prohibited her from even going there to get her things back.
She couldn't stay at her loft while supposedly being married
to Mr. Steele. She would have to find a neutral place to live.
'Mr. and Mrs. Steele' would have to buy a house.
- End of Part 2
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