Beyond Fire

This is an Eddie Vedder fan-fic. I claim no ownership over him or any of his REAL friends who also appear in the story. Nor over any other REAL celebrities who may be mentioned herein. I only claim ownership over characters made up by me and that are not REAL celebrities.

This story is not yet complete, but I haven’t decided yet if I want to finish it or rewrite it.

This story is Rated R for adult content.

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Cassidy was anything but surprised by what she had just walked in on…Criss was never faithful and he’d proved it repeatedly she didn’t know why she was in tears over having just caught him with another woman. Except that maybe it was the fact she had never caught him in the act before and that’s what hurt more than anything. She knew he couldn’t keep his dick in his pants but she had never actually seen him with another woman until now and it cut to the core. She loved him but she couldn’t live like this anymore. He was a womanizer he had done it to his ex-wife with her no less what on earth made her ever think he would be different with her she couldn’t figure out. He was coming down the stairs dressed now the blonde in tow. Cassie had no idea who she was thank God, so that made it a little easier.

Criss walked the girl to the door and Cassie overheard her telling Criss to call her, but he shook his head no, his long dark hair flowing freely. He turned around and looked at Cassidy, “Baby, I’m so sorry….” he began.

Cassie quickly cut him off, “Don’t you dare baby me after that.” She said through sobs. “And in my house Criss??? My bed??? How dare you! I want you out, I’m done, this is over, I can’t do it anymore…you’ll never change.”

“Cassie, please don’t just throw away what we have!?”

“We don’t have anything anymore…you made damn sure of that tonight didn’t you? Just get your shit and get the fuck out of my house!”

Criss listened and gathered his things and left thinking that once she cooled down she’d take him back, he had no idea this time would be different.

Cassie picked up her phone and dialed her best friend Christian, “Christian Kane’s house of pancakes?” Came his usual goofy answer.

“Can I come over? I need you broski!” Came Cassie’s response through her tears.

“Of course you can, what’s wrong? What did that bastard do this time?”

“I’ll explain when I get there.” She said and hung up on him but got in her car immediately, Pearl Jam instantly filling her ears, and she drove the 30 minutes between their homes.

She was about to knock on the door when it swung wide open and Christian pulled her into a tight bear hug.

“Seriously, I will beat the shit out of him!”

“No.” She squeaked from his tight embrace. “He’s not worth it.”

He led her in and sat her down, “you want a drink?” She nodded. “Your usual?” She nodded again. “So what did he do this time, Baby doll?”

She took a deep breath, “I came home to my house and caught him in my bed with some blonde whore!” She spit out as he handed her the drink.

“In your house, in your bed? You have got to be shitting me!”

She shook her head no. “I kicked him out and told him we’re done.”

“It’s about fucking time!”

They talked into the wee hours of the morning and Cassie stayed in the guest bedroom because she had too much to drink to drive home.

The next day Cassie was set to fly to Seattle to start filming her newest movie so she caught her flight and landed in Seattle at around 5pm. She was so excited to be back in the PNW. She wasn’t from the northwest but she had gone to college in Oregon and loved it here. Seattle was home of her favorite genre of music and favorite band Pearl Jam too…She had fantasized about meeting them forever so when she did a couple of years ago it was surreal…but that wore off and she and Eddie had become good friends. When he found out she was coming to Seattle for work he insisted she stay with him instead of in a hotel. She was thrilled to see him and just on time he was there incognito in his Cubbie’s baseball cap to pick her up at the airport.

“I could have taken a cab!”

“Don’t be ridiculous!” He said as he opened her door for her. His curls sticking out from under his hat the way they always did, his sparkling blue eyes alight with the smile that touched them. “I wouldn’t pass up the opportunity to spend time with my Cassie.”

She smiled at that…She had the biggest crush on this man since she was 12 years old and after meeting him thought she actually felt more, but having just broken up with Criss, she thought might not be a good idea to act on those feelings. And she was so much younger than him for all she knew he might just think of her as a silly kid. Though she wasn’t a kid really but she was 18 years younger than Ed.

Ed couldn’t get over how gorgeous this girl was and wanted so badly to tell her how he felt but she had a boyfriend a jerk who didn’t treat her right and took her for granted and Ed wanted so badly to show her what a queen should really be treated like. He had been single for a while himself. He’d had a few girlfriends since his ex-wife but nothing serious and now he found himself feeling serious things for this woman. He had for a while…She had become his muse, he wrote songs about her and how he felt, but he told no one they were about her. He knew she was considerably younger than him but age was just a number after all. “So how are things with you and Criss?” He managed to force himself to ask.

She looked a little serious now from the smile that had just lit up her face moments ago, “we broke up actually…last night, I caught with another woman in my bed and I kicked him out, I knew he had cheated on me before, but out of sight out of mind right? And then he throws it in my face like that and thinks I’d actually forgive him and take him back.”

“Wow, I can’t believe he would do that in your house let alone your bed!”

“I know right? Talk about stones! And then he calls me baby and tried to apologize and I just told him I was done and to get out of my house.”

“I’m so sorry you had to deal with that! He doesn’t know that he’s losing the best thing that ever happened to him!” And before he could stop himself it was out there.

She smiled that gorgeous genuinely happy smile again.

Just then they arrived at Ed’s house and got out and he helped her carry her things in and showed her to the guest bedroom she would be using. It was just down the hall from his room, Cassie loved that idea but cursed herself for having thoughts like that again. She felt her face flush and looked away from Ed in a hurry. Not fast enough though he saw the heat arrive in her cheeks and wondered what on earth could have made her blush so.

He loved her profile, she had the cutest button nose, voluptuous pouty pink lips and long eyelashes that stood out stark against her pale creamy white skin and bright green eyes. Long raven hair that came down to the middle of her back. She was wearing low-rise skinny jeans and a Doctor Who t-shirt that didn’t quite cover her belly. Her clothing fit snuggly in all the right places. She could see Eddie watching her out of the corner of her eye and wondered if he had noticed her blush.

“Anyway this is so great of you to let me stay here…I hate hotels, even the posh ones gross me out! ” she laughed at herself. “It’s like how many people’s bodily fluids are we sleeping on here?” She laughed even harder and turned back towards Eddie and walked over to him and stood on her tiptoes and reached up to hug him.

He swallowed hard and prayed she wouldn’t feel his desire growing inside his pants, he was rock hard and wanted her so badly. He knew she was vulnerable though having just broken up with Criss and was not going to be that guy. He wanted her to see him as a gentleman, someone who could truly love her and treat her right, the way she so desperately deserved.

Cassie had been in Seattle for three weeks and staying with Eddie was amazing she wanted to tell him how she felt so bad, but was so afraid of what his reaction might be. She knew she was over Criss and this was definitely not going to be a rebound thing but she needed the timing to be right. And so far it had not been, but tonight might be different. He was in the kitchen cooking them dinner and had an open bottle of wine they had both been sipping from. Cassie was watching him and admiring his every feature. From his hair just starting to grow out again from another attempt at short hair to his blue eyes dancing in the dimly lit kitchen light to that smile that would dance across his face as he cooked and talked about some adventure the boys had while on tour. Cassie could listen to him read the phonebook that how enigmatic she found his voice. Dinner was ready and they ate, spaghetti and meatballs and drank more wine. They were both a little tipsy by the time dinner was over and when they carried their dishes to the kitchen and set them in the sink their hands brushed one another and it was like someone had shocked them both. Cassie turned toward him and took his wine glass from him, carefully setting them on the counter and then she took her hand and ran it through his beard and before he or her subconscious could stop her she stood tall on tiptoes and was kissing him. He didn’t stop her, quite the opposite in fact, he kissed her back. She could taste the wine on his lips and it was divine. They kissed passionately and deeply, his hands went down to her sides and then to her back and when they reach the small of her back where she has a faerie tattoo, she let out a soft moan into his mouth. This spot was her most erogenous zone and touching it sent waves of pleasure through her body. This kiss finally broke when they were both breathless. His hands made their way down over her ass next and to the tops of her thighs, he smiled down at her this syrupy sexy smile and grabbed and lifted her up wrapping her legs around his waist. They began to kiss again, her hands messing themselves in his hair. Wrapped around him now she could feel his want, his need, his desire for her and it thrilled her and turned her on even more. She wanted him so badly and knew he felt the same. He walked her over and set her on the kitchen counter though and broke the kiss and tried to back away but her legs held on tight. They were both breathless again.

She looked at him confused, “Whats wrong?”

“Cassie, I don’t want you to think I’m that kind of guy, I’m not trying to take advantage of you, you just went through a bad break up and I would hate myself if I ever did anything to hurt you!”

“Criss? Ed, I’m so over him it’s not even funny…I’ve been trying to figure out how to tell you for the past week how I feel about you….I have serious feelings for you Eddie. Very serious…they’ve been there for a while, since before I ever got back with Criss this time and I just didn’t know what to think or do with them…now I do…I can tell you want me as much as I want you!”

“Cass you have no idea, I’ve had feelings for you for a long time….” She smiled and reached up and touched his face. Her touch sent shocks of electricity through his body. “You’re my muse, you inspired half of this last album…hell, you are Lightning Bolt.”

Cassie was in shock at that proclamation…”you wrote a song about me?” She whispered.

He smiled his brilliant smile and nodded yes, “You are my lightning bolt!” He proclaimed again grabbing her face in both his hands. “You inspire me!” She leaned in and kissed him again pulling her legs tighter around him and pulling him to her she put her hands on his face and then in his hair again and kissed him with everything she had. His hands went to her back again as he wrapped his arms around her. He picked her up and carried her out of the kitchen and to the stairs, and carefully up the stairs and to his bedroom. He couldn’t argue with her point earlier about wanting her and now that it was all out in the open he felt better, he didn’t feel like he was taking advantage of a wounded girl. He laid her carefully down on the bed and she finally released him from her legs and he went back and closed the door. He came back and she was now standing and about to pull of her shirt. “Let me.” He said and he pulled it up and over her head surprised to find she wasn’t wearing a bra he admired the sight before him…then he started to pull off his own shirt.

“Let me.” She mimicked smiling and slowly lifted it from the hem and pulled it up over his taught chest and then his head and she too, admired the sight before her. He grabbed her in his arms and laid her down on the bed and he laid on top of her and kissed her passionately and deeply running his hands over her tiny frame finding their way to her breasts and teasing her nipples to life. Cassie moaned low into Ed’s mouth and he continued to explore her mouth with his tongue. His hands went down to the button on her jeans and undid them pulling them off in one swift move he kissed down her neck and then over her collar-bone and found his way to one taught nipple and played with the mate with his hand while the other hand slowly slid down the length of her side and to her hip and then over to her heated centered he could feel the heat radiating from her lotus blossom through her panties. He kissed down her stomach and then placed a kiss on her sexy hip bone and continued his southern route until he reached her heated center and he kissed it through her panties. She let out a soft moan as she felt his lips graze her most sensitive parts. He then grabbed her panties and pulled them off throwing them somewhere behind him. Then he spread her legs and traced small butterfly kisses up her silky thighs until he reached her center again and he traced his tongue gently over her entrance and she bucked her hips in response. She tasted so sweet, he wanted more and could tell she did too, he plunged his tongue into her silky depths and teased her until she moaned in ecstasy. His tongue making playful circled around what was now her central nervous system. She screamed his name as she came hard and her body trembled. He stood and in what seemed like minutes but she knew was only seconds he took his pants off and was on top of her hovering just above her, his cock teasing her entrance and her pleading with her eyes as he leaned down and whispered in her ear, “I want to make you mine!”

“Please!” Came her breathy reply and he slammed his cock into her tight wet depths. He thought he would lose it immediately so he slowed and caught his breath as he felt her explode around him and her body tremble beneath his. She dug her nails into his back as he began to move again, a perfect rhythm, it reminded her of the way he moved on stage which had always turned her on. And she couldn’t believe she was here making love to him now.

He leaned down as he moved in and out in quick hard repetition, “You feel so fucking good!” He whispered almost out of breath himself. He couldn’t count how many times he’d felt her explode around his shaft but every time she did it nearly drove him over the edge too, but he was holding on, not wanting this love-making to end and she came one last time and screamed “Oh God, Eddie!” At the top of her lungs, she had cum harder than she ever had before and now her body trembled from sheer ecstasy as he exploded inside her and collapsed on top of her.

She liked the weight of his body on hers. It felt safe and she hadn’t felt that way in a long time. He finally regained the ability to move and rolled over taking her with him.

“I love the way your body trembles when you cum!” He whispered as he stroked her back softly.

She looked up at him. “That was new…” She giggled, ” it’s never happened before!”

“Seriously?”

“Yup, that was all you, Baby!” She said smiling again. He continued to stroke her back and they both drifted off to sleep, him still sheathed inside her.

The next morning, Eddie woke first, Cassie was curled up next to him her naked body pressed against his and he could feel the desire pooling inside him already. He watched her sleep, a look of innocence adorning her face. He watched her for several minutes before deciding to get up and take a cold shower to relieve him of the predicament he currently found himself and he let her sleep on. She rolled to her other side as he slowly pulled away, a soft sigh escaping her parted lips and he smiled to himself.

Eddie took a cold shower and soon Cassie was stirring at the sound of the water running and his whistling the tune of ‘Lightning Bolt’. She smiled huge and rolled over, suddenly very aware of what had happened the night before, she was sore, but it felt so deliciously good she didn’t care. She got up and walked into the bathroom and slid the curtain back and joined Eddie in the shower and squealed when the cold water hit her, “Oh my God, why is it cold?”

He laughed, “Well I had to take care of something…” He winked at her turning the water up to a normal temperature.

“I thought that was my job now?” She asked biting her bottom lip in such a way that made him instantly hard again.

He pressed her up against the shower wall and kissed her deeply. She felt the evidence of his desire pressed against her belly and felt her own desire pooling inside her. The effect this man had on her was intoxicating and she loved it.

He lifted her up and before she could say anything he was inside her. He held her tight as he moved rhythmically in and out and she bucked her hips into him.

“Oh Eddie…” was all she could say as a wave of pleasure washed over her and she exploded around him he felt that tremble in her body and smiled. She came twice more before he joined her, his orgasm coming out in a low guttural growl, then he rested his forehead against hers, and whispered breathlessly, “You…are…mine…” She smiled at his words and nodded. They then finished their shower together washing each other gently.

They both got dressed and Eddie wanted to take her to breakfast at his favorite little diner up the street. She had the day off from filming thankfully and was more than happy to spend it doing whatever he wanted. They went to breakfast and a sweet old waitress came over to take their order, “Well Ed, it’s been a while,” she said, and noticed they were holding hands, “Well, are you going to introduce me to your friend or do I have to do it myself?” She laughed.

“Cassie this is Thelma, the best waitress in the whole world! And Thelma, this is Cassie, the most amazing woman in the whole world!”

Cassie smiled her trademark smile, “It’s nice to meet you, Thelma!” She said shaking the waitresses hand.

“Likewise! I’ve been waiting years for Ed to bring a girlfriend in here!” She laughed “it’s usually just him and the boys! Well what can I get for you two lovebirds?”

“I’ll have the buttermilk pancakes and a side of bacon.” Cassie said.

“I’ll have my usual.” Was Ed’s answer.

“Your usual?” Cassie asked

Ed smiled, “Denver omelette, and hash browns.”

He sipped his coffee and Cassie took his hand again. “So what should we do after breakfast?” She asked.

“Anything you want!” He said.

She bit her lip again thinking, “really, my choice?”

“Yes, but you’re going to have to stop biting that lip…” He said with a wink.

She giggled, and then said emphatically, “I’ve never been up in the space needle!”

“Then up it we shall go!” He said just as their breakfast arrived.

“Yay! I’m so excited! “She said and stuffed a huge bite of pancakes into her mouth.

Ed laughed.

“What?” She asked.

“You’re just too damn cute!” He told her and began to eat his breakfast too.

After finishing breakfast they got in Ed’s car and he headed towards the space needle. “Its been years since I’ve been up in the space needle too actually.” He told her, “so this should be fun.” He drove with one hand on the steering wheel and one hand on Cassie’s leg she had her hand on top of his. They drove for a long time down the Seattle freeway to get to the space needle. And then there was a long wait. So they bought their tickets and waited their turn out in the cool Seattle air. It was cool, but clear and not raining on this crisp fall day. Ed reached out and pulled Cassie to him. At 5’4″ she came just to his chest when wearing her flat tennis shoes, he held her to him and rested his chin on top of her head.

She could feel herself desperately wanting to scream, “I love you” but she thought it too soon to say those words, so she clamped down and kept them inside. She could hear his heart beating and was in a trance when finally it was time for their turn to ride up and she heard him saying her name over and over…

“Cassie….Cass, come on, it’s our turn, hello, earth to Cassie!”

“Sorry,” she said, shaking her head waking herself from the trance.

They walked hand in hand into the lift that would take them up to the top of the space needle, luckily everyone going up was either too mesmerized by what was happening, or just really didn’t recognize either one of them and they were left alone. They reached the top of the needle and got off the lift and walked around the circle slowly, Cassie’s eyes were huge, you could see for miles in every direction out across the Seattle skyline.

“I bet I could even see your house from here, which direction is it?” She said laughing.

He looked at everything through her eyes, like he was seeing it for the first time. And was actually quite refreshed to find it was impressive. They stayed for a while up there and decided to eat lunch at the restaurant up there. Sky City was the name. And lunch was magnificent, Cassie was used to being treated to five-star restaurants, but the atmosphere made the meal even better, not to mention the company.

After lunch they visited the gift shop where Ed bought her a space needle t-shirt and teddy bear. Then they rode the lift down and walked to the car. It was still not raining so they walked slowly hand in hand.

“Anything else you want to do, my love?” He asked.

She smiled at his wording, and was struck dumb for a moment and then shook her head and said, “I really don’t know anything else to do in Seattle, why don’t you pick something.”

“Why don’t we go back to my place, take a dip in the Jacuzzi, and then I can take you out for a night on the town?”

She loved the sound of that and nodded her approval, with that they headed back to Ed’s house.

Cassie went to her room and changed into a little red bikini and a t-shirt as a cover up just then she heard the phone ring and when she walked into the kitchen Ed was standing there in his trunks and talking on the phone. He had scratched a note out on a pad of paper sitting near the phone, it read in his famous chicken scratch, ‘it’s my brother, go ahead, I’ll join you in a few…’

Cassie sauntered past him and out onto the deck where Eddie had already turned the Jacuzzi jets on and she slipped the t-shirt off and slowly sank into the hot tub. Eddie’s eyes never leaving her as she did so. He was only half listening to his brother at this point, his eyes ablaze with lust for Cassie. He felt his shorts get tighter as he caught his breath. “Bro, I gotta go..” He laughed, “there is a beautiful woman waiting for me in the Jacuzzi and I’m wasting time sitting here talking to your ugly mug!” His brother laughed and feigned hurt feelings.

“By all means, don’t keep her waiting!” Was Chris reply.

Eddie hung up the phone and slipped out onto the deck unheard over the jets of bubbles in the Jacuzzi and watched Cassie as she laid her head back, eyes closed and he took in the sight of her in her string bikini, and her exposed throat. He slowly stepped down into the water, she didn’t hear him, but felt the water move and looked up just as he came to sit next to her. He reached an arm around her waist and gently pulled her to him and kissed her lips with a passion she had never felt before. He made her head swim. She swung one leg over his lap and was now sitting astride him, facing him and she could see the fire in his blue eyes dancing. A fire she knew burned for her. She kissed him again running her wet hands through his beard and up into his messy tendrils. She pressed her body against his and could feel his need for her. She loved how turned on he was by her. Their kiss finally broke leaving both breathless and Cassie let out a small giggle, “I want you so bad!” She whispered.

“Baby, I want you too.” He whispered back. His hands coming up and lifting her bikini top exposing her perfect breasts then his hands went to work on them loving them gently and his tongue was again worshipping her mouth. Her nipples budded despite the intense heat of the water and the next thing she knew she was wriggling out of her bikini bottoms and then she watched as Ed disposed of his trunks and she was back on his lap. He guided his cock inside her silken folds and let out a gasp when he was all the way inside her. She was so tight and it felt like she exploded around his shaft immediately. She let out a sigh and bit her lip to keep from screaming in please as her first orgasm overtook her. Her body trembled for a few moments and he waited for her to still before beginning his rhythmic thrusts in and out. She began bucking in response as well, and was riding him for all she was worth. Orgasm after orgasm washed over her and she had to keep from screaming every time so as not to let the neighborhood in on their lovemaking in the backyard. Eddie held out as long as he could every time Cassie came though it nearly sent him over the edge. Finally he could take no more and with a final thrust he ended his own sweet torment and exploded inside Cassie with a low growl that she knew signaled his orgasm as she also felt his hot seed fill her. She kissed him again and they stayed joined, they stayed this way for a long time, she laid her head on his shoulder and nuzzled into his neck and he stroked up and down her back. They stayed, joined in the hot tub, long after the bubble had shut off and the sun was going down now.

“Well, we better get out of here if I’m going to show you that night out on the town.” He said.

Cassie looked up at him and smiled, she had no idea what he had planned, but was excited to find out. “Ok, I need a shower real quick,” she said and got up slowly not wanting to break their bond. He grabbed her and kissed her again as she did so, a deep and passionate kiss like the one earlier that had taken her by surprise, and this one weakened her knees, she almost didn’t make it off his lap. He caught her by her hips lifting her the rest of the way off of him but never breaking the kiss until both were breathless again. Cassie grabbed her bottoms which were floating near her and slowly got out of the tub and quickly ran inside before a neighbor caught sight of her. She ran upstairs and jumped in the shower quickly washing the chlorine from her body and hair and jumped back out. She hollered to Eddie, “How fancy do I need to get?”

“Wear a sexy dress…” He said with a wink.”I wanna show you off tonight!”

She smiled to herself as she rummaged in her bag for her little red dress. It was a sexy halter dress with a plunging v neck and it showed off her entire sexy back. She has matching red heels to go with it and a ruby necklace that had belonged to her mother that she liked to wear with it. She pulled her hair up into a messy bun with loose tendrils hanging down around her face and neck. She walked out of her room and met Eddie in the hallway, he sucked in a sharp breath when he saw her, she took his breath away, she was simply the most beautiful woman he’d ever laid eyes on.

When he regained the ability to speak, “you look ravishing!” He told her as he took her hand and pulled her close to him, and inhaled her sweet, yet spicy cinnamon like scent.

“Where are we going?” She asked a smile playing on her face.

“To dinner first, I called my favorite restaurant and they saved a table for us. Then I’m taking you dancing.” He smiled impishly.

They headed to the restaurant in Eddie’s Camaro. She had never been in such an old sports car and loved the smell and feel of the old leather. They got to the restaurant and valet parking took the car and Eddie walked Cassie in to the beautiful little bistro. They were quickly seated but Eddie knew all eyes were on his girl as they were led through the restaurant and he held her hand and kissed her when they reached the table and he knew he was the envy of every man in the place. They sat and chatted through dinner getting to know each other better. They talked about their families, Cassie told him more about how she had lost her’s. He felt an ache in his heart at the fact that she was alone in the world. She assured him her family now was Christian and Steve and their respective girls, Sofia and Lana. And he hoped him soon too. They finished dinner and Ed paid and then they fetched the car from valet and he took her to a club for some salsa dancing.

“Do you know how to salsa?” He asked.

She smiled and nodded.

“I thought with a body like yours, you must!” He laughed and lead her onto the floor where they began to dance. Their bodies were pressed against one another and they could see the fire dancing in each other’s eyes. They were having a blast and their libidos were quickly lighting a fire of their own. His hands on her skin left scorch marks in their wake. She was out of breath by now and it was getting late. She was ready to get him home and take full advantage of him. Ed could tell that Cassie was ready to go…she was telling him with her body and her mouth on his. They walked out of the salsa club and were hit by the cool autumn night air and both gasped. Eddie pulled her close to him as they walked to the Camaro and felt her shiver. She hadn’t worn a jacket over her dress and was now regretting that. Eddie got her into the car and cranked on the heat for the drive home. They drove home in a comfortable silence, Eddie with a smile on his face he couldn’t shake and he stole glances at Cassie at every red light, her profile was a true thing of beauty. When they got home he rushed her inside the warm house and grabbed her by the arm and captured her in a kiss that rocked them both to their core.

“I know it’s sudden, but I can’t hold it in any longer…Cassidy Lynn Levesque, I am so in love with you.” Eddie announced with a huge grin on his face, the grin that melted her into a puddle of girly goo.

She wrapped her arms around his neck so she wouldn’t fall to her knees and whispered back “I love you too!” And again they kissed a kiss that rocked them both nearly off their feet. Once it broke, Eddie steadied himself and then picked Cassie up and carried her to his bedroom and that night they didn’t just fuck, they made deep, passionate love for hours, and then drifted off to peaceful sleep in each other’s arms.

Cassie woke first the next morning and lay there for a while watching Eddie sleep, he looked so peaceful, she wanted desperately to kiss him, but she didn’t want to wake him. She finally slipped quietly from bed and went to her room in search of some comfortable clothes and a hair tie. She pulled on some yoga pants and a cami and pulled her long messy hair up into a pony tail and then went downstairs. She was going to make them breakfast. She got out everything she needed to make pancakes, her mother’s recipe. And she began to whip up the batter and cook them.

Soon the smell of heated syrup and pancakes drifted up to Eddie’s nose and roused him from his slumber, his stomach growled. He found his basketball shorts and slipped them on and went downstairs to the kitchen. She looked radiant cooking and he walked up behind her and nuzzled her neck, “mmmm, good morning, baby!” He said as he placed a kiss where his mouth was, it sent heat to her core.

She turned around to face him and smiled up at him, “Good morning, indeed!” She said with a wink. “Get a plate and help yourself!” She said pointing to the pancakes.

“I think I will,” he said just as his stomach let out another rumble and Cassie laughed. As he grabbed a plate from the cabinet above her he locked her in a heated kiss.

They ate breakfast together and then cleaned the kitchen together and decided since it was pouring to just stay in for the day. Eddie worked on some writing he’d been doing for song idea’s and Cassie grabbed her kindle and played on it and read all afternoon.

Finally in the early evening the rain let up, “I’m going to take a dip in the Jacuzzi, if that’s alright with you?” Cassie asked.

Ed smiled and nodded, “I’ll join you!” He said happily.

Cassie smiled and bit her bottom lip and that made Eddie instantly hard. They walked upstairs together and Cassie started to go into her room and Ed stopped her, “You can move your stuff into my room.” he told her with that syrupy sexy smile.

“Really?” She beamed up at him, almost shy.

He nodded, “I’ll help you, let’s do it real quick before the Jacuzzi.” So they went into Cassie’s room and picked up all her things and she shoved them back in her suitcases and they lugged the three suitcases and her overnight bag into Ed’s room. Then Cassie rummaged in her bags for another bikini and pulled out a green one this time that set her eyes off. She changed and Ed changed into trunks and they walked hand in hand out to the Jacuzzi. They sat next to each other and she snuggled up against Eddie and put her legs up on the seat next to her and closed her eyes and relaxed any tension in her body melting away as he put his arm around her middle. “I could get used to this!” He told her.

She smiled, ” mmhmm, me too,” she said back.

Eddie laid his head back too and just relaxed, he had the girl he’d been dreaming about for almost two years finally in his arms and she loved him, life couldn’t possibly get any better than this! Eddie stroked his fingers over the bare flesh of her stomach which, despite the heat of the water, sent scintillating chills through her body. It was the most delicious feeling. Finally when she could take no more and the heat pooling within her core was too much to bare she turn over and kissed him, he grabbed her by the hips and pulled her onto his lap. Careful not to break their kiss. When their kiss did finally break he whispered breathlessly, “I love you.”

“I love you too!” Came her breathy reply. And he stood taking her in his arms and carried her out of the hot tub and set her down and grabbed the towels he’d brought out for them and they dried off and went inside.

“Let me cook dinner for you, ” he said with a smile. She smiled and bit her bottom lip, “but you really have got to stop biting that lip!” He added with a laugh.

She smiled and bit it again just to tease him and with that she turned and went up the stairs to their bedroom to take a shower and change. He just got dressed again and could hear Cassie in the shower singing Lightning Bolt and he laughed to himself and smiled. After her shower she dressed in a tight pair of skinny jeans and a cute baby doll t-shirt. She could smell something fantastic already but had no idea what it was so she walked downstairs to join Eddie in the kitchen. “What are you making?” She asked as she took a deep breath of the aroma.

“Chicken cacciatore,” he said with a smile.

“I’ve never had that! But it smells divine!” She said with a smile.

“Another first!” He said with his dazzling smile that made her weak in the knees and she had to catch herself on the counter, as she nodded. “I like having firsts with you!” He added.

“I like having them with you too!” She said with a smile that stole his breath away.

She sat on the bar stool at the counter and watched him while he cooked. He had opened another bottle of wine which they shared again. He sure likes his wine she thought with a laugh to herself.

They ate dinner and had more wine and laughed and laughed. She told her some stories about crazy stuff she’d done with Christian and Steve and he laughed at her antics. “Of course, Christian would never let me do anything “dangerous”” she said it in air quotes. “He thinks of me like a little sister and protects me like one!” She added with a laugh.

“Now you have me to protect you too!” He said and she could see the love in his eyes. He leaned over the table and kissed her. And then they both got up and he took her by the hand and lead her out of the kitchen and when he turned towards her again she saw the fire lit in his eyes, desire burning there, desire for her and her alone.

She felt heat pool at her core again and it felt like he turned her insides to liquid. She wanted no one but this man in front of her. He was so beautiful from the top of his head where his curly mop lay to the tips of his fingers and toes. She captured his mouth in a heated and passionate kiss, then he turned and pushed her up against the wall by the stairs. Lifting her hands up above her head and pinning them to the wall as their kiss deepened. Then one hand went to the bottom of her t-shirt and lifted it up and over her head throwing it somewhere behind him. They moved up a couple of steps toward the bedroom and he pinned her to the wall again. This time his hands fumbling with his own shirt and pulling it up and over his head so he could press their bodies together and feel the heat radiating from her. They again moved up a few steps and then he pinned her again another kiss to take away their breath and he undid her bra and pulled it from between them and tossed it. Then his hands went to work on her pants and undid the button and zipper but they didn’t come off quite so easy as they were skin-tight. And he laid her down on the steps and pulled them off of her she was left now in just her panties and he scooped her up and carried her the rest of the way to the bedroom.

He laid her down on the bed and then closed the door behind them and again joined her. He took his own pants off so he was naked now and then pulled her panties gently from her body. He laid on top of her and kissed her again with such force she thought she’d melt right into the bed. He lifted her hands above her head and laced his fingers with hers. Then he slowly lifted his hips and spread her legs with his knees and then slowly entered her silken depths. And as if on cue she came undone as he entered her the first wave of pleasure overtaking her body and she trembled beneath him. Once she had stilled, he began to slowly moved in and out their kisses continuous until they were both breathless and begging for air and as soon as they’d gotten enough air their mouths found their way back to each other. Eddie continued to move in and out slowly but his slow pace didn’t keep Cassie’s orgasms at bay, she came deliciously around him every time. He was so enraptured with their lovemaking that he lost himself in Cassie completely. He moved in and out of her slowly and every time she came she screamed his name and he loved it. Finally he could take no more and with a few finally thrusts into Cassie he exploded inside her collapsing on top of her and whispering in her ear, “You are mine?” Only this time instead of a command it sounded like a question.

So she smiled and answered him “I am yours!” She whispered back.

The next few months of filming went by quickly, too quickly for Cassie, she would have to go back to LA and leave Eddie and the thought made her sick. The morning the was set to fly out she awoke to find Eddie watching her sleep.

“Good morning, gorgeous!” Came his sexy voice with a smile.

Cassie tried to force a smile but found the action too difficult, “Morning!” She said sounding very somber.

“What’s wrong, baby?” He asked her.

“I don’t want to leave you!” She said a single tear escaping her eye, but more threatening.

He wiped away her tear and kissed her, “It’s ok, but listen, I was thinking I could drive down and join you in LA for a while since you have to work.”

“Really?” Was all she could say.

“Yeah, I mean the band isn’t touring and all were doing now is working on our own stuff and song idea’s for the next album. We don’t all need to be in the same city for that. And I don’t want to be away from you either.” He told her.

She smiled huge and wrapped her arms around his neck. “I would love that!”

“Perfect! I’ll pack up and leave today and be in LA by tomorrow afternoon.” Her heart soared, she felt so much better, she knew there would be times when they would be apart, but she just wasn’t ready for that yet, it was too new to be tested like that already. She jumped up and got in the shower and Ed joined her, they stood under the hot water cascading over them just kissing for a long time until they remembered she had a flight to catch. They got out and got dressed and he helped her pack her bags back up, she just hurriedly shoved things in and said she’d deal with them when she got home. He laughed at her. They carried her bags down stairs and Ed put them in the trunk of his car then they had breakfast together, bowls of cereal was all they had time for after wasting so much time in the shower.

They drove in a comfortable silence to the airport, which wasn’t that far from Ed’s house. And he parked and walked her in with all her stuff and she checked her bags and then he walked her to security. “I’ll see you tomorrow, remember, so no sad faces!”

She smiled at him though her heart was sinking just a little, “Ok ok, no sad faces, I’ll see you tomorrow afternoon! I’ll leave a key under the mat for you in case I’m not home from the meeting yet.” She said and stood on tiptoe and wrapped her arms around his neck and kissed him deeply. “I love you so much, Eddie!” She whispered after their kiss had broken.

“I love you, too, baby, so so much!” He assured her. “Now you better get through security and to your gate on time.” She could tell he was holding back a few tears of his own now.

“Ok, til tomorrow!” She smiled and walked away slowly still holding his hand until their fingertips parted.

Once at her gate Cassie pulled out her kindle and plugged in her headphones and listened to Pink. She knew if she listened to Pearl Jam right now she would cry. She couldn’t believe how much she had come to love Eddie is such a short time, she had never felt this way before, she had cared deeply for guys before and she had loved Criss, but none of that was anything in comparison to what she felt for this man. He turned her inside out, he made her laugh til she cried, he could melt her with just a smile. She had to do everything she could not to lose him.

Eddie drove back to his house to pack, he couldn’t believe how hard he had fallen for Cassie in just a few short months. She had turned his world upside down and he didn’t think he’d ever want it to go back. He wasn’t going to lose this girl. He packed some things into a suitcase and an overnight bag and headed for his truck and headed out he just had to stop and fuel up. He hadn’t told the guys he was leaving so he thought he’d better at least call one of them, as he fueled up. The phone rang and voicemail picked up, “Hey Jeff, it’s Ed, I’m going to LA to spend time with Cassie there…you can reach me by my cell if you need me, tell the rest of the guys please, thanks, love ya bro!”

With that he finished pumping the gas and got back in the truck and headed towards the freeway.

Cassie’s flight was boarding now and she was really on the verge of tears even though she knew Eddie was coming to LA she was also going to miss Seattle. She got on the plane and sat in her first class seat and let the sound of Pink’s voice envelop her. The song was ‘Please Don’t Leave Me’, one of her favorites. Cassie’s flight was only a few hours but she drifted off to sleep listening to her music anyway. When the flight attendant woke her to let her know they were about to land Cassie came to and snapped out of her dream where she’d been snuggled in Eddie’s arms. The plane landed with a thud and Cassie gathered her belongings and deplaned. She was used to traveling and lugging her suitcases around by herself so she went to baggage claim and waited for her bags to appear and got them and went out to her car in long-term parking. There was her baby, her bright orange Dodge Charger. She got her suitcases in the trunk and got in to hear Pearl Jam cranked up loud. She couldn’t help but feel happy and sad at the same time. She missed Eddie so much already and it had only been a few hours. But hearing his voice come over her speakers singing Porch made her smile. She pulled out of parking and went to the exit to pay for her long term parking, it was expensive as usual but she didn’t care she liked having her car there to drive instead of being picked up or grabbing a cab. She got home and lugged her bags into her home. She was tired but realized the sheets hadn’t been changed since Criss’ indiscretion, so she stripped her bed and pulled out clean sheets and put on the bed and decided she could afford to throw that set away. She was never using it again. Then she went and listened to her answering machine…there were dozens of messages from Criss, she had blocked him after the first couple times he called her cell, so he must have just continued to call her at home even though she was out-of-town. Just then there was a knock at her door and she went to answer it but when she looked through the peephole she saw it was Criss and decided not to.

“Cassie I know you’re in there your car is here, come on please just talk to me? I miss you, I’ve tried calling you for months and got nothing…I love you, baby!”

At that she whipped open the door, laughing, “Love me? Love? Criss you wouldn’t know what love was if it jumped up and bit you on the ass!”

He stepped towards her and grabbed her and tried to kiss her but she pushed him away and stepped back.

“Like hell! Look I’m with someone else now Criss, you need to leave.”

His big brown eyes looked hurt and full of shock, “What do you mean with someone else now?”

“I’m with Ed now.” She said emphatically.

“As in Vedder? Who you were staying with? He has the balls to try to take you from me?” He was fuming now.

“He doesn’t have to take me from you, we’re not together anymore!” She yelled shoving him out the door and slamming it in his face as he tried to say something else.

“This isn’t over!” He yelled.

“Oh but it is!” She yelled back as she locked her door and heard him slam his car door.

Cassie went around making sure all her doors and windows were locked, she didn’t trust Criss when he was angry and she knew she had made him angry. She went and turned on the radio in her bedroom and decided to get into some PJs and lay down in bed. As she laid down her phone rang, “Cassie’s house of blues…”

“Hey baby doll, welcome home!” Came Christian’s reply with a smile she could tell.

“Hey hunny, how are you?”

“I’m great! Been working hard, filming Tinker again now, just been crazy busy! But enough about me, let’s hear about you! How was Seattle, how’s Ed? You didn’t kill each other did you?” He said with a laugh.

“Oh God Christian, I have so much to tell you! No we didn’t kill each other, quite the opposite in fact, we are a thing now…”

“Shut up! You and Ed?”

“Uh huh, and I am so in love with him Christian, oh my God, I never knew love could be like this! Not to mention the sex!”

“Whoa now I don’t need to hear that!” He said with a laugh. “But for real you and Eddie Vedder? Huh?”

“Yes, me and Eddie Vedder, crazy isn’t it? And he loves me too, so much!” She said and Christian could hear the smile on her face.

“I’m happy for you baby doll! Lord knows you deserve some happiness after all Criss put you through!”

“Oh and he was here tonight, thought he could sweet talk his way back in…I slammed the door in his face!”

“Good for you!” He told her…

Her phone started beeping, “oh hey Christian, that’s Eddie, can I call you later?”

“Sure thing sweetheart!”

She clicked over, “hey baby, how’s the drive?”

“Good, just stopped for dinner and thought I’d call you and check in.” He told her, “how was your flight?”

“Fine, I slept the whole way. I can’t wait for you to get here, Criss stopped by and tried to barge in and I had to force him out.”

“Are you ok?” He asked, she could hear the concern in his voice.

“I’m fine babe, I was a little rattled, but I made sure everything is locked and he doesn’t have a key, and Christian called and talking to him calmed me back down.”

“Ok, good, I’ll be there tomorrow and if he comes back, I will put him in his place.” He told her sounding very protective.

That night Cassie fell into a deep sleep dreaming of only Eddie.

The next day Cassie had a meeting regarding her next film which was set to start filming in a week in LA. She was meeting with the director and some of the other cast and their agents, her agent Nick was also there. She was completely distracted, however, and couldn’t stop thinking about Eddie arriving in LA. She had safely tucked a key under her mat that morning for him and texted him and let him know it was there. And that she would be home as soon as she could get away. When the meeting broke for lunch at 1pm, she had a text from Ed that he had safely arrived at her place and was waiting for her and might take a nap. She was grinning ear to ear.

“What are you so happy about little girl?” Came Nick’s curiosity.

“Well, Nicko, you know how I was staying at Ed’s in Seattle instead of a hotel?”

“Right.”

“Well, we kinda started seeing each other…And he’s here to stay with me now, he just got to my place.”

“Really? You and Ed, huh?”

“Yeah, oh Nicko, we are so in love!”

He laughed at her girlish enthusiasm, “I’m so happy for you baby doll!”

“He’s amazing and sweet and says I’m his muse.”

“Really, has he written you a song yet?” He asked teasing.

“Actually yes!” She said, “its called Lightning Bolt! And he says I inspired half of the album.”

“Oh wow, that’s incredible!”

And then it was time for the meeting to resume. The meeting dragged on until 6pm and finally Cassie blew that popsicle stand and raced home to see her man. He was in the kitchen cooking some chicken for dinner when she ran in and threw her arms around his neck. They kissed deeply and passionately as if they’d been apart forever.

“Mmmmmmm, I missed you!” He told her smiling.

“I missed you, too.” She said running her hands through his beard and into his messy tendrils.

What she didn’t know was that Criss was sitting outside watching their interaction and was steaming mad now.

Cassie walked over to the bedroom and in and changed her clothes into some yoga pants and a cami, and walked back out to Ed in the kitchen as he was dishing up the chicken on plates for them.

“I ran to the store because you didn’t have much in the fridge, baby, so I got some salad to go with this if you wanna get that out.” She reached into the fridge and pulled out a Caesar salad mix.

“Mmmm, Caesar, my favorite!” She dished up salad onto both plates and set the dressing on the counter and got out the Arnold Palmer, Eddie had bought her and one of the beers he bought himself.

They sat down at her table to dinner and enjoyed each other’s company and conversation. Criss was still outside watching, stewing in his anger.

“How dare he think he can swoop in and steal her from me…” He whispered to himself.

After dinner Eddie picked up their plates and carried them to the kitchen and rinsed them and put them in the dishwasher. Then he walked back to her and picked her up and she wrapped her legs around his waist and they kissed, deeply. She messied her hands in his hair again. Ed fell back against the counter as their kiss continued.

“I love you, Cassidy!” He said in a deep, sexy voice.

“I love you, too, Eddie!” She said in a breathy voice.

With that Criss got out of his car and stormed up the steps to Cassie’s door and pounded on it. “Get out here Ed, face me like a man, you think you’re going to just walk in and steal Cassie from me think again…now face me asshole!”

Cassie had jumped when the pounding started and wrapped herself around Eddie tighter. Eddie set her down, “Calm down, baby. Let me handle this!” He walked to the door and opened it and Criss took a swing and Eddie ducked and came back up swinging himself and clocked Criss who stumbled backwards off the stairs and landed on his ass. “I didn’t steal Cass from you, you fucked another woman in her bed and she dumped your sorry ass, now get the fuck out of here and don’t come back!” He walked back in and slammed the door and saw Cassie standing there looking like a timid mouse on the brink of tears. “Baby, it’s ok, it’s ok…” He said taking her in his arms just as her tears started to spill.

“Why won’t he just leave me alone?”

“He’s not going to keep this up if I have anything to say about it….ok? I promise!” He wiped away her tears and kissed her, “You’re mine and I will do whatever it takes to protect you!”

He walked back to the door and checked to make sure it was locked tight and then he picked her up again and carried her to the bedroom. He laid her down on the bed and laid on top of her, which made her feel safe, “we don’t have to have sex if you’re too upset, baby,” he told her as he pushed her hair out of her face.

“I want you to fuck me!” She whispered to him.

“Your wish is my command!” He said as he kissed her, running his hands down her sides and then pushing himself up he pushed her cami up and pulled it over her head and then pulled her yoga pants off of her in one swift move. He kissed down her body his hands gently playing with her nipples and teasing them to life. Then down her stomach and down over her hips and down to her lotus blossom where his lips placed a soft kiss on the outside of her panties right above her opening. She was throbbing now. He pulled her panties down and off and then kissed up her creamy thigh to her heated center again and licked up her slit and she let out a moan. He began to swirl his tongue around her central nervous system and she was soon bucking her hips and moaning softly, soon her body was trembling from the orgasm that overtook her.

“Fuck me, please!?” She begged. And Eddie stood stripping his own clothing from his body and laid down on top of her hovering just above her opening.

“Is this what you want?” He asked, teasing her, pushing into her just slightly.

“Oh God Ed, yes, please?” She begged again.

With that he slammed into her with a force neither of them had expected and he kept it up fucking her harder and harder.

“Oh God, baby, you feel so amazing!” Cassie was bucking her hips to meet his thrusts, hard and fast. She screamed his name as she came, and then trembled, he slowed only long enough to let her recover and then began his hard fast pace all over again.

“Oh yes, Eddie fuck me, harder, you feel so good, Ed, don’t stop, please….don’t…stop…” She stammered as she came again, this time he didn’t slow down to let her recover he kept his pace up and her orgasms came one right after another. Ed rolled over pulling Cassie astride him and she rode him long and hard, his hands on either side of her belly.His hips bucked to meet hers now and they kept up their love-making long into the night. She forgot all about Criss and what had happened that night while she and Ed made love.

After Ed finally came a last time Cassie laid on top of him and snuggled up against him as tight as she could. He pulled the blankets over them and pulled her tight and held her. He knew despite them ravishing each other she was still upset though she wasn’t letting on, he knew she had to be at least rattled. They soon drifted off to sleep in each other’s arms.

A few weeks passed and they didn’t hear from Criss, much to their relief and shock. Cassie hoped Eddie had chased him off for good, but something in her gut told her otherwise and she knew he would be back.

One night they were sitting on Cassie’s back porch, watching the waves roll in on the ocean and just relaxing with a beer in Ed’s hand and Cassie with her usual Arnold Palmer iced tea. It was quiet until they heard gravel crunching in the driveway. Cassie’s dread was apparent on her face immediately.

“Are you expecting anyone, baby?” Eddie asked.

“No, but I think I know who…” and before she could even finish her sentence Criss kicked in her front door and his brother Cody was in tow.

“Cassie where are you?” Criss cried sounding genuinely concerned, as though he had any reason to be.

Eddie stepped up and walked through the deck doors, “what the fuck are you doing here? I told you not to come back!” Cassie right behind him staying hidden behind him like a scared child.

“Cassie is my girl! I don’t know who you think you are coming in here….”

“You’re a cheating bastard, and she dumped your sorry ass! Get over it and walk away!” Eddie shouted, “she’s with me now and there is nothing you can do about it.”

Criss finally saw Cassie hiding behind Eddie and he lowered his voice, “Cassie, baby, come here, please?”

She stuck her head around Eddie, “No, I want you to get out of my house and leave me alone. Listen to Eddie, I’m with him now.” She steps out from behind Eddie, feeling more confident as she spoke, “you cheated on me, in my own home and my own bed and I caught you red-handed and I want nothing more to do with you Criss, I’ve moved on, why can’t you?”

He grabbed her by the arm now and pulled her to him. He pulled a knife from his pocket and flipped the blade up, and had Cassie pulled against him her back to his stomach, his arm around her shoulders tight and he pressed the knife to her throat. “If I can’t have you no one can.”

Cody spoke up for the first time, “Woah Criss, what the fuck are you doing, put the knife down and let her go, are you out of your fucking mind?”

Eddie drops to his knees, “Please, man, just listen to him, let her go, please don’t hurt her.” Tears start threatening his eyes and he’s shaking now, he sees how crazy Criss is.

Criss pressed the knife to Cassie’s throat tighter, cutting it slightly

Cassie had an idea but she can barely breathe, so scared of Criss right now but she had to find a way to talk some sense into him. “Criss” she whispers, he releases the blade a little so she can talk, “can we go out front, just you and me and talk, please?”

He looked at her and then back at his brother who nodded and Ed is still on the ground, but he says nothing. Criss releases Cassie from his tight grip and she takes him by the hand and leads him out the front door, she turns back in “do not call the cops yet, let me talk to him.” With that she closed the door. They go down the steps and down the driveway and to Ed’s truck where she opens the tailgate. “Sit.” She told him and he did. He still holds the knife in his hand. She sits next to him. “Criss there was a time when we were friends, when we really cared about each other and…” he tries to interrupt her but she holds up her hand, “let me finish what I’m saying before you jump in….anyway, we were friends and we cared about each other and what the other wanted, before all the lies and cheating and I do believe that there was a time when you did in fact love me. Now remember what we did to Victoria, and she let you go, because she loved you and she knew you wouldn’t be happy with her because you were in love with me…” he nodded  “and she loved you, and she let you go, now I’m sitting here in front of you asking you to do the same thing…if you really do love me like you say you do…even a fraction of how much you did back then, let me go and let me be happy, because I am happy with Eddie.”

“It’s so hard to let go though, Cassie, you’re my everything, and I know I’ve treated you badly but I want to change I want to be a better man for you.”

“But Criss, I have heard that all before and in the end where did we end up? Me, walking in on you in my bed with some tramp.”

“But…”

“No buts, Criss, do you still love me?” He nodded, “then let me go and let me be happy even though that’s not with you and stop trying to ruin everything.”

Tears are streaming from his big brown eyes now and he nods, “You’re right.”

Eddie is pacing the floor inside, “they’ve been out there forever, what is going on?”

“Calm down man, if anyone can get through to my brother it will be her.”

“Now put that knife away, and let’s go back inside and you and Cody go home.” Criss fold the knife and put it back in his pocket and nodded. They walked back inside and Cassie went straight into Eddie’s arms.

“I’m sorry man, I’ve been way out of line and I won’t be bothering you two again, I promise.” Criss said to Eddie.

“I, uh, appreciate that.” Eddie says.

Criss and Cody leave.

“What the hell did you say to him? That was a complete 180…” Eddie inquired.

“I reminded him of how his Ex let him go even though she loved him, and asked him if he really did still love me, to please just let me go and he agreed….reminded him that there was a time when we were friends and cared about what the other wanted…” she explained.

Ed shook his head unable to believe that it worked…”let’s go to bed, I’m drained.” She nodded in agreement.

Cassie woke up in a cold sweat that night, from a nightmare of the night’s events playing out horribly different. She sat bolt upright in bed which woke Eddie, too.

“Baby, are you ok?” Came his sleepy question, ” what’s wrong?”

She looked at him through tears streaming down her face, and laid back down and snuggled as close to him as she could get. “Just a really bad dream.”

“Tell me.” He urged.

“It was everything that happened tonight but it didn’t end so peacefully, it ended with him slitting my throat just like he was threatening to do.”

Eddie pulled her to him tighter, “it’s ok, you’re safe here with me, he left, he promised he wouldn’t be back.”

“I know, I just can’t help what my mind does though…I was so scared when he had that knife to my throat too, I have never been so scared in my whole life.”

“I have never been so scared in all my life as I was at that point either, the thought of losing you crippled me. I can’t lose you, Cassie.” He pulled her to him as tight as he could and they laid in silence until they drifted back to sleep.

The next morning Cassie was up first she was inspecting her front door and the damage that Criss had done when he kicked it in. “Who do I even call to fix this?” She asked Eddie as he joined her in the living room.

“A carpenter would fix the surrounding damage, and a locksmith to change the broken locks and we can go pick out a new door for them to install.”

She sighed, “alright.” She tried to smile.

“Besides I had an errand I need to run today.” He added with a devilish smile.

“What’s that?” She asked with curiosity.

“I can’t tell you, it’s top secret.” He said with a wink and a smile.

“That’s dirty pool!” She said giggling as she ran after him and tackled him in the hallway. He grabbed her and pushed her up against the wall and kissed her passionately. They kissed for a long time until both were breathless. And then she was giggling again and smiling up at him. “I love you, Ed!”

“I love you too, Cassie!” He smiled that sexy syrupy smile down at her and she melted into his arms and he picked her up and carried her to the bedroom. He laid her down on the bed and laid on top of her.

“I love the way you feel on top of me!” She told him smiling, “it makes me feel safe.” He smiled back at her as his hand began to wander to the hem of her tank top and then pushing it up slowly he bent down and began to trail kisses across her belly. And then up between her ribs and then between her breasts and a hand found one and his mouth found the other and she moaned as he began to tease her nipples to life. Then his mouth moved to the other giving it an equal amount of attention. Then he pushed her tank top off the rest of the way and kissed up over her collar-bone and neck and then her jaw bone and back to her mouth where she eagerly greeted him with a kiss. She wrapped her arms around his neck and her legs around his waist and pulled him to her tightly. She could feel his desire through their clothing. Which turned her on even more and she bucked her hips grinding into it. “Make love to me.” She whispered breathily when their kiss broke. Her hands pulling at his shirt and yanking it off of him. He then stood and took off his shorts and then pulled off hers and leaned back down hovering just an over her entrance. He slid two fingers into her to make sure she was ready for him first and she was more than accommodating. She moaned, and moved her hips and he slid them in and out and he watched her body move ever so slightly begging for more. Then all at once he pulled his fingers out and before she could protest, he slid his cock into her and she let out a louder moan and writhed beneath him as he filled her pulsating lotus flower with his hardness. He pumped in and out of her slowly as she writhed in delicious ecstasy and she came over and over again. She was holding onto his hips and begging for more, “please don’t….stop” she begged. With this slow rhythm he was able to keep going as she requested. He rolled over and pulled her atop him and she began to ride him with the same slow movements his hands found their way to her hips and held on for dear life as she continued the slow assault on his body. He reached up and took her face in his hand and pulled her down to him and kissed her softly and gently but the kiss went on and on. She continued to ride him slow but her thrusts got harder and harder as the kiss went on until he could take no more and came inside her with a growl into their kiss. Their kiss broke when Cassie giggled at him.

“What?”

“You growled in my mouth!” She said fits of laughter overtaking her again.

“You know, I’ve never growled like that with anyone else, you do that to me!”

She blushed, “I’m glad!” She said biting her lip.

“We should go shower!” Eddie said smiling with a wink.

They showered and made love in the shower again, but did finally manage to get ready.

“You go pick out a new door and I’ll go run my errand and we’ll meet back here.” Eddie said.

“Ok, I think I want a red door!” She said with a laugh.

With that they left in their separate directions, Cassie went to home depot first to look for a red door and when they didn’t have what she wanted in stock she went to Lowe’s. Where she found the perfect red door in stock and it could be delivered that day. So she paid for it and went home. When she got back Eddie was already there and when she walked in the front door there were candles lit and rose petals scattered across the floor leading to the back porch. She couldn’t believe he’d had time to get this all done. When she got to the back porch Eddie was sitting there with two glasses of champagne, he handed her one and she looked at it and then at him and did a double take back to the glass and then back to Eddie. She couldn’t find words. As he dropped down to one knee Cassie tried to swallow the lump in her throat.

“Cassidy Lynn Levesque, I love you more than anything in this world and I can’t imagine my life without you, last night really made me realize that I would do anything to keep you safe and I would be lost without you. Will you make me the happiest man on earth and marry me?”

Tears were streaming down Cassie’s face as she looked at Eddie on one knee and she tried to will her mouth to work but couldn’t get anything to come out so she nodded her yes. He jumped up and took the champagne from her he could tell she was overwhelmed and he set the glasses down on the table next to the bottle and kissed her.

“I love you so much!” She was finally able to say after their kiss ended. Eddie took her glass of champagne and gave it back to her and she downed it fast and got the ring out. “Holy shit, Ed, it’s an ice rink…” She said, “I love it, but damn,” her eyes were huge and he laughed at her.

“I love you,” he told her, pulling her into his arms. They stood there for a long time until there was a knock on the front door. She jumped.

“Oh my new front door!”

“Oh, is it red?” He asked laughing knowing the answer already.

“Of course, but I had to go to two places to find it.” She told him as she opened the front door for the deliver guy.

“Wow someone really did a number on this door.” He says as she greeted him.

“Yes! And now I’ll have my brand new door. You’ll install it right?” She asked.

“Yes ma’am. I will take the old door away too if you like?”

“Oh yes please,” she told him.

Eddie walked up behind her and wrapped his arms around her. “You need to call a locksmith, baby.”

“Oh yeah, let me go do that…” She turned in his arms to face him and kissed him softly and then went to find the number of a locksmith. A locksmith was called and came out and installed new locks in her new door and she called a carpenter who would be out the next day to take a look at the damage to the surrounding walls and see what needed to be done. Once all that was taken care of Cassie suggested they go out to dinner to celebrate. She wore her red dress that she knew drove Ed crazy and put her hair up in messy bun with curly tendrils hanging all around her face and neck. They went to dinner at a nice restaurant where the paparazzi followed them to and caught pictures of them coming out.

By the next morning news of their engagement had hit all the magazine’s, newspapers websites and was the most talked about water cooler gossip at most offices.

“Thanks a lot TMZ!” Cassie giggled. “It’s everywhere! At least we had one afternoon before the whole world knew…” She laughed.

Ed just smiled, “They’re happy for you, for us! You’re America’s sweetheart!”

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