Sabrina DeLane gently rested the back of her hand on a feverish brow.
She moved it to an equally warm neck and shook her head.
With an ease borne of years of practice, she grasped her patient's wrist within her fingers and felt for a pulse. As she counted the rhythmic beats against the second hand of her watch, it was easy for anyone to see that this came naturally to her.
gently lowered the wrist she held. Her
face was somber and she sighed deeply. "You
are one horny bitch."
the other women assembled around the table cried.
Her wide-eyed look of innocence left them all laughing. "There's not a woman here who doesn't qualify as
Dara jerked her
wrist from Sabrina's grasp. "I'm
not *horny*," she delicately uttered the word.
"Just because I miss my
Faith agreed. "Why deny
it?" She hastened to qualify
her assertion. "About all of
us, I mean. Hadn't you noticed that
everything we said took our minds to the gutter?"
sat quietly and tried to remain in the background.
Being in the company of the four older
women was daunting enough. But
after several drinks and a loosening of inhibitions, Keesha was, well, in shock.
There was no topic considered taboo among them.
She didn't know if she was ready for that kind of openness.
think we've overwhelmed our guest," Ellen observed.
She noted Keesha's dazed expression and was a little amused.
gave a sly smile. "Keesha just
needs some time to adjust."
Dara said, ever the fair-minded one, "our conversation has gotten a little
caught Keesha's eye. "I'm sure
it's nothing she hasn't heard before. Or
done, if those cries emanating from my
are any indicator."
gasp could be heard across the restaurant.
of guards turned toward the table of women before relaxing and returning to
their careful observation of the restaurant.
want to die," Keesha mumbled, dropping her head in embarrassment.
Sabrina, Faith and Ellen
all looked at each other before bursting into raucous laughter.
Keesha's head flew up and she stared at them in confusion.
Faith said between laughs, "Sabrina was just baiting you.
And you fell for it."
knew that she was out of her league with the four women
surrounding her. Nonetheless, she
felt honored to be included in their midst.
got a Cassadine man, Keesha," Faith smiled a
secretive little smile. "Getting
a little noisy is part of the package."
you go gurl!" Ellen and
Dara's a singer. So you know she
must cut loose when things get a little...heated with her
made a face. "Well, you're
just nasty. So I know your
have to stuff something in your mouth, Sabrina."
yes, he does..." Her comment sent the women once more into gales of
one the guards rose from their posts. A
handsome, exquisitely tailored gentleman
strode quietly up to the table where the women sat still engaged in their
discussion. For a moment he simply
stood and appreciated the abundance of beauty there before him.
"Sabrina," he said, bringing the conversation at the table to a
was used to such a thing happening. But this felt different.
Why, he wondered,
did he get the feeling that his ears should be burning?
evening, Ladies," he intoned, nodding at their greetings.
should I wait for you?"
dearest," she struggled to keep a straight face.
"I'm going to stay here a while longer.
Girl talk, you know."
bemused man nodded
and turned to walk away. As he moved out of hearing distance, the sound of their
laughter rang once more through the room. He
shook his head. "Be
afraid," he murmured, thinking of the other men associated with the
assemblage of women behind him. "Be