“Hi, Deacon! Bernie’s indisposed at the moment. Picked up a stomach thing. What you need?”
He told her his problem in detail. “I’ll pay you back, Maxie, I swear. Will you please pay the rent for this month? When this play opens, I’m coming up to clear it out.”
“You’re moving? Since when?”
“I’m toying with the idea of moving down here. I like it, it’s peaceful.”
“You’re sure? If you want out of the business, Bernie and I will borrow the money to buy you out….”
“Listen, what I wanted to mention, maybe I could do some of the work down here. I can set up a studio and you send me what you want done. I do the basic design, you or Bernie revise it. We work like that anyway.”
He could almost hear her smile on the other end. “You got all the angles covered, don’t you?”
“Like a fall spot, Max.”
“I’ll have Bernie call you when he’s not so much in the john. You can iron out details. I’ll get that rent paid tomorrow. Don’t you worry!”
“Thanks, love ya, Maxie!” He hung up.
Kacy’s expression was hard to read. “You really mean it, don’t you?” She seemed genuinely surprised.
“There’s nothing to hold me there.”
“I might not be staying after the show opens.”
Deacon looked disappointed, but not despondent. “That’s your choice. But I hope wherever you go, you’ll have room for me in your life. I know I want you in mine.”
“Deacon, I want that very much.”
To say their embrace was highly charged and passionate, would not begin to describe its intensity. Neither of them had ever experienced anything like it before. Later, after a long, hot shower, they lay side by side.
“Wherever you are, Deacon, that is where I want to be.” She cuddled next to him, her hair tickling his chest. “I love you, Deacon,” she whispered.
“I love you too, Kacy.”
They slept peacefully until the phone rang the next morning, startling them both. Deacon answered it, since it was on his side of the bed. Dino’s cheerful voice greeted him, far too loud for the early hour.
“Did I wake you? Sorry about that! Listen, take the day off. No power until the company comes out and fixes that pole. Might not be done until tomorrow.”
“Wow! I don’t know what we’ll do with ourselves! You can’t take a couple workaholics, and cut us loose!”
Dino’s laugh was so loud, Kacy could here it three feet away. “Go to Orlando to a theme park. Catch a movie, go to a museum! There’s plenty to do!”
“Dino, let me ask you something real quick. My ex had my assets frozen, palimony suit, some such shit. Can I get a small advance on my pay?” He was terribly embarrassed, but Dino laughed sardonically.
“Been there and feel for you, buddy. No problem. I’ll drop by before I leave for practice. See you kids in a few.” He hung up with an audible click.
“That was embarrassing,” Deacon rubbed his eyes with one hand, leaning on his side. “I feel like a dead beat. I shall gladly pay you Tuesday for a hamburger today.“
“Dino’s been through three palimony suits. Nearly every woman he has ever dated has been after his money. None of them have won, of course, but still…. He needs a nice woman, someone who isn’t a gold digger.”
“He needs someone like you.”
Her blush went far down her chest and all the way up to her scalp. “I’m not perfect, Deacon.”
He touched her hair softly, pushing it back from her forehead. “You are for me.” His lips had hardly touched hers when there was a loud knocking at the door.
“That’ll be Dino,” he said, looking for his boxers. He couldn’t find them, so put on his jeans, zipping them with care, thankful he wore them loose.
“Ewg, I don’t know how men can stand that,” Kacy said, rolling over and sitting up on the edge of the bed.
“I don’t usually go commando,” he said, hurrying to the front door. “Too great a risk to Mr. Sparky.” With a wink, he walked rapidly to the front door.
Dino was standing there in his director’s togs, holding an envelope bulging with money. Handing it to Deacon he said, “I was going to write you a check this week anyway, but thought given the circumstances, you’d prefer it all in cash. Kacy’s is there too. I also gave you the name of my lawyer, give her a call, she’s great. And if you need a hand with the retainer, let me know.”
“Thanks, Dino. Much appreciated!”
“Later, Deac!” Grinning, he waved goodbye and left.
Deacon’s eyes grew wide in amazement as he counted the hundreds in the envelope. Dino had thoughtfully put in a few smaller bills, too. Kacy’s check was just as handsomely padded.
“Wow!” she said, staring in amazement when he handed it to her. “When he said a little something, I wasn’t thinking this much!”
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