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What Kendall Wants, Kendall gets
Zach Slater was a happy man. It was a great feeling, one he was still getting used to after a lifetime of loneliness. Kendall had given him that. And now he had something to give her. That was the reason for the spring in his step today. He loved it when he could fulfill her dreams. After all, she had already fulfilled all of his. He reached down and ran his hand over the box and envelope on the seat beside him. He literally held the answer in his hands. He couldn't wait to get home to his beautiful wife. He couldn't wait to see the look on her face.
Today was the day. Today he could finally give her the ammunition she needed to rid Fusion and ConFusion of the cloud that was hanging over it. Today was the last day Kendall would answer to Babe Chandler.
His mind went back to yesterday's meeting with David Frasier, his detective. In reality, Zach had been the one to do the real work. Frasier had been reduced to a flunky, just following instructions. Frasier had tracked Babe back to San Diego, but had been unable to dig up anything from her past that could be used against her. Petty crimes: shoplifting, truancy, even an accessory to car theft. Small time stuff. That's all he brought to his meeting with the boss, but he left with a lot more.
"That's it?" Zach said. "San Diego? Shoplifting?" He was more frustrated than angry. He expected - no demanded - more from the people he employed. Here he was, a man juggling eight casinos, a new wife and son, and a mother-in-law from hell (who he would have to deal with very soon. But how on earth could he tell Kendall? How do you tell your wife that her mother wants you dead?). Still he had managed to do what this guy couldn't. This guy who was supposed to have one sole purpose. He knew he'd have to be more careful about what he assigned him in the future. But even Frasier could handle this.
"San Diego should have been your starting point, Frasier, not your destination. That was your first mistake. Your second one was coming here this morning with nothing. You only get one more." Zach was sitting behind his desk with his hands folded on the desktop. "I made a few calls to some people I know in the area and was able to trace the Carey women all the way back to Reno. Turns out they were just a couple of grifters, working their way through the Southwest before crossing the wrong man in Phoenix. They snuck off to Reno to lay low and re-group. Bad move. There's nothing but trouble for a young girl with an ambitious mother in a place like that." Zach moved back and reached into his desk drawer. He took out a box and slid it across the desk. "I had these overnighted."
Frasier looked at his boss and then reached for the box. He opened it to find a stack of videos. "Babydoll in Vegas," he read, sifting throught the contents of the box. "Mama's Little Babydoll, Playing With Babydoll ... pornos?" he asked incredulously. He recognized the face on the front of each video. "How old would she have been when these were made?" "Doesn't matter," Zach said, leaning back in his chair. "At least not for our purposes. Considering these are videos and not dvd's, I'd say they are no longer in circulation." He reached into his pocket and pulled out an envelope. "That's where you come in. Here's what you are going to do. Take this," he said as he handed the envelope to Frasier. The detective listened, nodded his understanding and put the huge amount of cash in his pocket. "I'll take care of it, Mr. Slater.
"Honey, I'm home!" Zach called as he walked into the foyer of the home he and Kendall has recently moved into, courtesy of the Chandlers. He'd always wanted to say that. Not that it mattered. In a house that size, she would never be able to hear him anyway. Or so he thought. "Yay! Daddy's home," she cried as she ran toward him carrying Spike. She kissed him soundly and raised Spike up to him. "Tell Daddy hello, Spike," she said. Zach took the boy from her and kissed his fuzzy little head. He bent down and whispered something in his ear. Something Kendall couldn't hear. He did that often. "Guy talk" he always told her. It warmed her heart and always made her smile.
"How did you hear me from upstairs?" he asked, returning his attention to his wife. "Are you kidding?" she laughed. "Spike and I have Zach-dar. We can feel you coming a mile away." Before he could respond, Ryan walked into the room carrying the biggest diaper bag Zach had ever seen. And a small overnight case. And a huge stuffed bear that was Spike's favorite companion, at least when Daddy Zach wasn't available.
"Thanks for doing this is on such short notice, Lavery," Zach said. "No problem. No problem at all. I'll take any chance I can get to spend more time with my son. By the way, thanks a lot for letting me overpay for the condo next door just in time for you to move out. Real nice," Ryan said. He was frowning, but didn't seem too upset about it. "That's the problem with apartment living," Zach said. "You have no control over your neighbors. Kendall was feeling a little crowded." Zach kissed Spike again before handing him to Ryan. "Goodnight, sweet boy," he whispered. Kendall took turns cooing and crying, all the while kissing Spike over and over. The men exchanged looks, but didn't dare laugh.
When it became obvious that Kendall wasn't anywhere near winding down her assault, Zach reached out and grabbed her by the shoulders. "C'mon sweetheart. He's not going off to boot camp. He's just going to spend the night with his father." "He'll be fine, Kendall. I promise," Ryan assured. Zach put his arm around her and pulled her into his side. They stood side by side in the doorway and watched until Ryan had driven out of sight.
"So, Mrs. Slater," he said as he closed the door. "You ready for date night?" Kendall dried her eyes and looked up at him quizzically. "I think so. I'm not sure what to expect. You and I have had two weddings, but not very many dates," she laughed. "Second time's the charm," he said as he leaned down for a quick kiss. "Where are we going?" she asked. "To the living room," he replied. She couldn't tell if he was serious or joking. His face gave nothing away. She decided to just go with it and see how it played out. "Okay. Boy, we sure are a couple of cheap dates, huh?" "Disappointed?" he asked as he pulled her into his arms. "Never," she answered. "I'll go anywhere and do anything with you. Living room included." He gave her another quick kiss and told her to send everybody home for the night. Tonight would be just the two of them. "Dress casual," he said to her back as she hurried from the room. He headed upstairs to change into something more comfortable, but not before retrieving the box and envelope he'd left on the table in the foyer.
"Okay, Hubby. What's the plan?" Kendall asked. She and Zach had just finished a nice quiet dinner that Zach cooked. "Don't get used to it," he'd warned. They were now settled on the couch in front of the television. "The plan," he said, "is simple. What comes after dinner on most dates?" "Sex?" she guessed, trying to look innocent but failing miserably. "No, Kendall, not sex. At least not yet." He smiled at her and gave her a look full of promise before reaching over and picking up the remote. "Movies. that's the plan. First dinner, then a movie. Then dessert," he said. The look in her eyes told him she had her heart set on dessert first. "Now?" he asked. She just nodded and giggled. "You really are a cheap date," he said as he scooped her up and carried her up the stairs.
"How was dessert? Did you get all you wanted?" Zach asked the woman lying beside him with her head resting on his chest. "Hmmm ... my favorite," she answered, running her hand up and down his arm. "I'm satisfied for now. But I might want a midnight snack later." "Count on it," he said as he jumped out of bed and grabbed his robe. "Now, about that movie." "Movie?" Kendall was astounded. "Zach, I've never known you to sit in one place long enough to watch a movie. What's so special about this one?" "I happen to know you are really going to like it," he said as he headed for the door. He'd rendered her speechless. He was out the door and halfway down the hall by the time she recovered. "Are you out of your mind?" she asked. He answered without ever breaking stride. "Must be," he called out over his shoulder in a gratingly cheerful voice.
"This must be some movie," Kendall said as Zach fiddled with the remote. They were snuggled up in bed again, warm and content. "Trust me," he said as he pulled her closer. Kendall watched the television screen come to life, curious to see what had him so preoccupied. Zach watched Kendall. The preview trailers alerted her to the fact that it was an adult movie. She looked at Zach, surprise showing on her face. "I thought you said sex was after the movie, not during the movie," she smirked. He looked back to the screen and fast forwarded through the previews. "Just wait," he said. "Your patience will be rewarded." "Looks to me like you're the one looking to be rewarded," she muttered as she settled herself up against him. "He pinched her, but otherwise ignored the remark.
"Finally," Kendall said as the feature presentation screen came up. "Let's see what is so great about this particular porno." Zach said nothing. He continued to watch Kendall closely. He didn't want to miss the exact moment she caught on. He didn't have to wait long. Her eyes got wide and her mouth dropped open. Then a huge smile spread across her face. She turned to him and laughed. Loudly. She was suddenly jumping up and down on the bed, climbing all over him. Her joy took his breath away. This was what he'd waited for. This is how he wanted to make her feel every day.
"Oh my God, Zach!" she cried. She threw herself at him and squeezed him so tight. "Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!" she said, kissing him between each exclamation. "You're welcome," he said in a calm voice. One that belied his true feelings. Her enthusiasm was certainly contagious. And God how he loved to hear her laugh.
Kendall was finally brought back to earth by the noises coming from the television. She looked back at the screen and was both thrilled and repulsed. But mostly thrilled. She put her hand over Zach's eyes and reached for the remote. "Um ... that's enough of that, mister." She stopped the tape and removed her hand from his face. "Tell me, Zach. Tell me everything. How? When? Where? Are there others? I wonder if JR knows..." She had a million questions. He had all the answers but one. "I don't know if her idiot husband knows or not, but I can tell you the rest." He reached down beside the bed and picked up the box he'd place there earlier. He handed it to Kendall. She looked inside at all the different titles. They all featured an actress named "Babydoll" who looked exactly like Babe. She had her this time. Thanks to Zach she really had her. Kendall looked back at Zach, who was holding a large envelope in his hand. "There's more," he said.
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