Date: Saturday, November 04, 2000
sue hantak <>

Sensitive Steele(unedited)

by Suejue

(They solved the case at night and were still there the next morning. The only possible explanation is another scene omitted by PAX)

"I can't believe Sonia would go to such great lengths to shut down the spa. I guess we didn't communicate as well I thought, " Gerald surmised sadly. He then realized this was not the best time for such introspection and changed topics, "Regardless of the outcome, Mr. Steele, I do want the thank the two of you for your help." He extended his hand to both of them in gratitude.

Laura shook it and announced, "Well, it's late, we really should be getting home." She wanted nothing more than to escape from the spa and all the heartache that surfaced here.

"Given the hour, you are certainly welcome to stay tonight." Gerald offered.

Remington's blank expression made it Laura's decision. She couldn't bear another sleepless night listening to Remington humph and grunt trying to get comfortable on that lumpy couch. It was also obvious to her from his distant posture all day, that she was the last person in the world he wanted to be with at the moment. Laura weakly replied, "We're not comfortable sharing a room. It's a little awkward for us since we're not know." She made a vague gesture as a substitution for the word. Remington felt a dull ache in his gut in response to Laura inference that they were no longer together.

"Oh, of course. Forgive me, I just assumed." Gerald stammered then offered, "This session isn't full. I could have Ursula take you to a spare room, Miss Holt."

"I'll go get my things." Laura went back to their room leaving Remington with Gerald.

Most of her things were already packed. Ursula arrived shortly with another key. She wrote him a brief note:

I'm in Rm 212. I'll be ready to go first thing in the morning.

I'm sorry I ambushed you at this place. Blissfully neurotic isn't all bad,


Leaving the note on the desk, Laura then went to pick up her travel alarm clock . As she reached with her left hand she was reminded that she was still wearing her Peppler ring. She dolefully twisted it off her finger and set it on the nightstand before closing the door.

(Back to Gerald and Rem)

Gerald apologized to Steele, "I hope I didn't offend her, I really thought the two of you were in a relationship."

"We are, but...." Remington too, was at a loss for words at the moment.

"I am a practicing psychologist. Even though my own marriage is no testimony to my abilities, I may be able to help you on the right path. "

"Let's just say Laura and I both have the same destination in mind, but we are taking different routes most of the time."

"Can you tell me about it?"

"No offense, but you're not the one I need to tell.....and I think I know where to start. Goodnight." He hastily returned to his room on a mission. He went directly to the desk in search of a piece of paper and an envelop. He read Laura's note and declared to himself, "We can be better than blissfully neurotic." He then got down to the nitty-gritty. He reread the list one last time before sealing it in the envelop. Satisfied and emboldened, he place the finely tuned letter on the nightstand. After showering and getting ready for bed, he climbed into bed. Reaching for the lamp, he saw his letter along with her wedding band. Remington picked up her Peppler ring. He ran his fingers lovingly around the curve then gently kissed it. He slipped off his own ring, placed Laura's inside his and set them both on top the letter.