- Steele Playing House
Date: Monday, February 04, 2008
- This is my first fanfic.
I am very nervous about posting it. I hope I
don't regret hitting the send button. Thank you to Nora Bolt,
Lori for your fabulous input and encouragement. Thank you to
Boggs for Beta-reading. Feedback is appreciated. To quote one
favorite authors, "silence is deafening."
- Standard disclaimers
apply . . . . . Permission to archive under the
name SusanRS. (Those are my real initials. Lucky me!)
- Steele Playing House
- It was only 11:00 on Friday morning,
but Laura was already preparing to
leave for the weekend. While she finished some paperwork, Mr.
paced back and forth in her office, desperately trying to find
solution to his problem.
- "Can't you call and cancel?"
- "No, I can't," she replied.
- Mr. Steele thought for a moment,
"Tell her you're sick."
- "Mr. Steele!" Laura scolded.
"She's my sister, and she
knows when I'm lying. Besides, it's only two nights. You'll
- Fine? Remington thought. He didn't
want to be fine. He wanted to be
with Laura. He had grown accustomed to waking up next to her
nights apart was two nights too many.
- "I promised Frances long before
we became lovers," Laura
continued. "She and Donald have been looking forward to
away alone together. She's counting on me."
- Remington tried once more, "Couldn't
she hire a nanny?"
- "Frances would never go for
that," she replied. "Why
don't you reconsider and come with me? At least we'll be
- Laura had invited him to join her
in babysitting her nieces and nephew.
It did sound like fun. Playing house with Laura again. He actually
enjoyed the children. But Laura insisted on no hanky-panky while
were there. The idea of sleeping on the couch when Laura was
just a few
feet away in the Pipers' guest bedroom was too much of a temptation.
He opted to stay home. Alone.
- "No. I'll just wait for you
to come home on Sunday night,"
he said, feeling dejected.
- Laura took her purse out of her
desk and walked over to him. "I love
you," she said sweetly, giving him a kiss on the lips.
- As Laura started to walk out of
her office Remington grabbed her wrist
and pulled her back into him for a deep, passionate kiss. He
breath away. "I love you, too," he replied
- It had become so easy for Remington
to speak those three little words to
her. Laura loved hearing it too. All those years of avoiding
love you and now it had become part of their normal, everyday
- Remington's eyes lit up. "I
have a great idea," he said.
"Why don't I drive you home and help you pack and then .
." He wiggled both eyebrows, "I could show you just
how much I
love you before you head over to your sister's place."
- "Nice try," she said with
a smile. "But I'm already
packed. My suitcase is in the Rabbit. I'm going straight there.
Frances and Donald are leaving at 1:00." She paused, ".
. . See
you in 48 hours."
- Laura gave him a quick kiss and
then turned and left the office.
- Remington thought to himself. 48
Hours. Nick Nolte. Eddie Murphy.
Paramount 1982. This was going to be the longest 48 hours of
- It was about 5:00 when the phone
rang at the Pipers. Laura went to
- answer it.
- "Hello, my darling," said
the sexy voice on the other line.
"What are you doing?"
- Laura hesitated to answer, ".
. . . . .I'm . . . . Making
- "Really?" he said, rather
surprised. "I thought you might
order in tonight." His curiosity was piqued. "What
making?" Remington thought she would say spaghetti, perhaps
to redeem herself in the eyes of the children.
- "Tuna Noodle Casserole."
- "What's that?!" He exclaimed.
Laura could hear the cringe
in his voice.
- She decided to play off of his obvious
disgust, "It's a
delightful dish. First you combine noodles, canned tuna, frozen
and canned mushroom soup. Then you crumble potato chips on top
until it's golden brown."
- Laura waited for his response.
- "Sounds. . . . . . Absolutely
. . . . Dreadful!" Remington
- Laura chuckled. "My mother
used to make it for me and I know
Frances makes it for her children. I haven't eaten it in years.
It's one of the few dishes I can cook. I'd be happy to make it
for you, if you like," she joked.
- "No, thank you," Remington
replied. "I think I'll
continue to do the cooking and you can continue to do what you
- Laura smiled. "And what exactly
is that, Mr. Steele?"
- "I think you know what that
is, but if you have forgotten, I will
remind you when you come home," he said with a lascivious
- He is so damn sexy, she thought.
Laura wished he was there with her.
Ever since they had become lovers a few short months before,
didn't want to be anywhere except in his arms, in his bed. So,
probably was for the best that he decided not to come with her.
didn't think that she could keep her hands off of him if he were
- "Laura?" Remington asked.
"Are you still there?"
- She snapped out of her reverie and
asked, "What are you going to do
- "Probably watch a movie and
then turn in early," he replied.
- "Which movie do you think you'll
watch?" she inquired.
- "I don't know," he said.
"Hopefully one that won't
remind me of you."
- "Good luck," she said
with a smile, knowing that most of the
movies he owned reminded him of her.
- "Call me tomorrow, Mr. Steele?"
- "Count on it, Miss Holt."
- Saturday morning Laura awoke to
an unexpected but familiar smell. She
glanced at the clock---6:33. She quickly hopped out of bed and
robe on. Laura entered the living room and looked out the front
Nothing unusual. Then Laura made her way to the kitchen and was
delighted at what she saw. There was Mr. Steele making breakfast.
hoped he hadn't noticed the burnt casserole dish soaking in the
saw her when she came in.
- "Good morning, my love."
- Laura walked over and kissed him
on the lips, "Good morning,"
she said. "This is a surprise. You're up rather early."
- Remington stopped what he was doing
and slipped both arms around her
waist, holding her close. "Couldn't sleep," he replied
planted a hard, passionate kiss on her lips. It was a good thing
holding her, because she could barely stand up after that kiss.
wanted so badly to pull him into her bedroom, into her bed. But
children would be awake any minute.
- "Besides," he continued,
"We have eaten breakfast together
for the past 76 days. I didn't want to break tradition."
- Laura smiled at the thought of him
keeping track of how long they had
been sleeping together. "Been counting, eh?" She looked
and noticed several bags of groceries on the counter. "Planning
staying a while?"
- "Only as long as you are,"
he replied. Remington wiggled his
eyebrows and asked, "Are you hungry?"
- "Very hungry," she replied
in a deep, seductive voice. Laura
kissed him again and then pulled away. "I'm going to shower
get dressed and then I'll be back to eat."
- "Shower?" he said, raising
- "Don't get any ideas,"
she said, smiling.
- "Too late," he added.
- "I'll be quick," she said.
- "That's what you said yesterday,"
he said, recalling the
shower he interrupted and made them late for work.
- "That wasn't my fault!"
she said playfully. Laura kissed
him again and then headed off to the bathroom.
- When Laura returned to the kitchen,
Danny, Mindy and Laurie Beth Piper
were sitting around the table and Mr. Steele was dishing up their
plates. When they saw her enter, the kids started giggling.
- "What's so funny?" she
- Mr. Steele chuckled to himself and
shot a wink and a glance towards the
children. "Oh, nothing," he said. "Just a little
- "Well, if it's nothing,"
Laura said with a smile, "You
won't mind sharing it with me."
- "Perhaps, later," he said,
quickly changing the subject.
"Right now we need to get you some breakfast." Remington
her over to the table and like a true gentleman, pulled out her
for her. He brought her plate of food. Remington retrieved his
and sat directly across from her.
- "Aunt Laura?" Mindy asked.
"What are we going to do
- "Yes, Aunt Laura," Remington
mocked. "What ARE we going to
- "Well . . ." she hesitated.
"I thought we could go the
library or to a museum."
- The kids let out an audible groan.
Laura thought she heard Mr. Steele
say something under his breath.
- "What's that, Mr. Steele?"
she asked, a bit annoyed.
- "It's just . . . . The library,
the museum . . . . They're
so . . . . ."
- "So . . . . What?!" Now
she WAS annoyed.
- "So . . . . . Boring!"
He exclaimed. The children giggled.
- "Well, do you have a better
idea?" she demanded.
- Remington knew exactly what to say.
"Well, yes. When I was on my
way over here this morning, I noticed that the circus was in
- Laura's eyes lit up. "The circus?"
she said, joyfully. Her
- The kids quickly joined in. "Please,
Aunt Laura, may we go to the
- Laura thought for a moment. If she
couldn't have Mr. Steele, at
least she could fulfill her desire for cotton candy. "Sounds
fun!" she replied. "Go get ready."
- The children ran off to their rooms.
- Laura looked across the table at
him. Remington was staring back with
those beautiful blue eyes. He gave her a sly grin. He knew her
than anyone. She had always wondered where their relationship
once they crossed the line into the bedroom. The past 2 ½
shown her that things had changed, for the better. Her fears
unfounded. They fought less and played more. She didn't know
they were going, but she sure was enjoying the ride. She reached
for his hand and smiled.
- "Thank you for breakfast."
- They all piled into the Pipers'
station wagon and headed off to the
circus. Remington wasn't sure who was more excited to go, Laura
the children. He really got a kick out of her childlike excitement.
They had a wonderful time. They saw every attraction; the fat
sword swallower, the fire breather, the snake charmer and the
reader. Then they watched the main attraction under the Big Top.
ate corn dogs, French fries, popcorn, snow cones and of course,
candy. It was a lovely day.
- On their way home they picked up
pizza from their favorite pizza parlor.
After dinner, Laura helped the kids get ready for bed while Remington
cleaned up the kitchen.
- "They're all tucked in,"
Laura said, as she entered the
kitchen. "What do you want to do now?" she asked, sheepishly.
- Remington put the last dish away
and walked over to her. He put his
arms around her waist and gave her a kiss. "What do YOU
want to do
Aunt Laura?" He replied. Before she could answer he kissed
- He took her breath away. Laura could
barely speak. "What I WANT to
do and what I'm GOING to do are two completely different things,
Steele," she said breathlessly.
- "How about watching a movie?"
Remington suggested. "I
brought some of our favorites."
- "Sounds lovely," Laura
said, relieved that he seemed to be
changing the subject. "Which ones did you bring?"
- "Casablanca, Gone With the
Wind, Charade, Barefoot in the Park and
- Damn, he's good, Laura thought.
All of her favorite romantic
movies. Remington knew what would happen if Laura watched them.
knew he knew it.
- "Is that it?" she asked.
- "I did bring a couple of others,
but they are for the kids."
- "Well then, on second thought,
I think I'll just turn in,"
she said, reluctantly. Laura leaned in and kissed him. "I
some bedding on the couch for you." Laura could see the
his eyes. "Only one more night," she said before kissing
again and heading off to bed.
- Remington went into the living room
and made up the couch. He thought
of the many times he had slept on the couch or a chair when Laura
only a few feet away. He had hoped those days were over. Remington
Casablanca in the VCR and settled under the blankets with the
control in hand. A few hours later, he woke to static on the
He searched for the remote and turned the television off.
- Laura was sleeping soundly and didn't
even hear him enter her room.
Remington quietly crept into her bed and snuggled up behind her.
snaked his hand around her waist and under her pajama top. He
caress her soft, smooth skin. Remington leaned into her and began
nibbling and kissing behind her ear.
- "MMmmmm," Laura began
waking up. "Am I dreaming?" she
whispered, knowing full well it wasn't a dream.
- Remington didn't say anything. He
just kept up his ministrations.
She opened one eye and looked at the clock---2:17. "I thought
told you we weren't going to do this here," she said quietly.
- Remington whispered in her ear.
"Ever since you said yes, I have
had a hard time taking no for an answer."
- Laura smiled. "It hasn't been
easy for me either." Laura
was tingling all over from the touch of his hands and lips, the
his body, the heat from his breath and the sound of his voice.
wanted to taste him.
- "I'll make you a deal,"
he said softly, right into her ear.
"You keep your eyes closed and when you wake up in the morning,
promise I will be back on the couch. You can dream the whole
was never here."
- Remington expected another rejection
or at least for Laura to let him do
all the work. But he was pleasantly surprised by her reaction
proposition. She immediately said "Deal" and in one
silent movement she turned towards him, pounced on top of him
kissing him passionately, all with her eyes closed. One day of
desire was released.
- When Laura woke the next morning,
she rolled over and smiled. He was
gone. She never imagined being happy about waking up alone in
put on her robe and padded out to the living room. She found
sleeping peacefully on the couch. Laura kissed his forehead and
went to take a shower.
- After her shower, Laura stripped
the sheets from the guest bed and put
them in the wash. She could hear Mr. Steele and the children
playfully in the kitchen. His idea to go to the circus yesterday
wonderful, but she needed to let the children know that she had
ideas too. Laura bounced into the kitchen.
- "Morning, morning, morning!"
she said, with an extra amount of
- "Good morning!" they all
- "Who wants to go to the zoo
today?" she asked, enthusiastically.
- The children looked at her with
disappointment on their faces, as if she
had asked them to clean their rooms or do their homework.
- "Aunt Laura," Danny offered.
- Laura hadn't even looked outside
yet. Sure enough, it was raining
cats and dogs. There was no way they could do anything outside
Now what? she thought. Remington knew what she was thinking.
stopped making breakfast for a moment, walked over to her and
in her ear. She smiled.
- "How would you like to have
movie day?" she asked the children.
- "Yay!!" they cheered.
- When the kids weren't looking, Laura
mouthed the words "Thank
you" to Remington.
- After they finished breakfast they
all went into the living room to
watch the first movie, It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World. Laura
the kids that this was their Grandpa Holt's favorite film.
Remington was surprised that she shared this personal memory
father. When they started the next movie, Chitty Chitty Bang
Remington went into the kitchen to make lunch. He brought it
out on a
tray and Laura spread out a blanket. The kids were thrilled to
picnic on the floor. Laurie Beth got scared when the children
movie were snatched by the evil toymaker. Laura was pleasantly
surprised when she went to Mr. Steele for comfort. She told Laurie
that this part of the movie frightened her when she was a child,
- After the movie ended, the children
wanted to play a game while they
waited for their parents to return. Remington wasn't in the mood
play games, so he went into the kitchen to start dinner while
the children decided which one to play. Laura, Danny, Mindy and
Beth all sat around the kitchen table to play cards. Laura tried
Remington to play with them.
- "Are you sure you don't want
to play?" she asked. "Have
you ever played UNO?"
- UNO? he thought. Never UNO. But
he would like to play dos with Laura
again very soon.
- "Never heard of it," he
replied, and gave her a very lascivious
- Laura smiled back at Remington.
She didn't know what he was
thinking, but she was sure it was naughty.
- "I'll just work on dinner,"
Remington said, smiling.