DISCLAIMER: These characters look like two people we all know and love, but the characters are my own creation.
AUTHOR'S NOTE: I've had so many requests for a sequel to Promises, that I decided to do something about it. I'm not a big fan of sequels, so I'm writing a sequel of sorts. This story introduces new characters whose lives intertwine with those of Charlie and Megan. I hope you enjoy it and please feel free to let me know what you think. I need to thank Steve, my beta reader, for assisting me with the English language and teaching me more about it as the story continuous. Writing in my second language does proof to be difficult every now and then, but he has been there to help me over those hurdles and I'm very thankful.
ARCHIVING: Only with the permission of the author.

Promise Me Again
By Annie101


Part Eight

On Saturday morning Alli and Tracey were sitting at the breakfast table when Elizabeth walked in. "Alli, can we please go to Ratanga Junction today? I spoke to Charlie last night, and she said that she has never gone there before. How is that even possible?"

"Sure, that sounds like a great idea. What do you think Trace?"

"Sorry?" Tracey felt a sudden warmth rise over her when she heard Alli calling her Trace.

"I wanted to know what you thought about Elizabeth's idea of going to Ratanga Junction."

"It sounds like a plan."

"Great! I'll go and tell them," Elizabeth shouted as she ran to Charlie and Megan's room.

"That takes care of today's plans then. What do you think we should do with them tomorrow?" Alli looked at Tracey as she waited for her response.

"Maybe we need to do something that would allow me to get closer to Megan." Tracey didn't look up at Alli. She just kept on eating her breakfast.

Alli stared at Tracey, but eventually continued to eat when Tracey didn't look at her. She ate a mouthful before she talked again. "I suppose you're right. Maybe we should go on a picnic at Spier."

Tracey still didn't look up. "That's too open. Why don't you think of something that you and your sister can do, preferably with Elizabeth, and then Megan and I can stay at home and get to know each other better?"

Alli felt uncomfortable with Tracey's suggestion. She didn't feel like finishing her breakfast, so she got up to leave. "That sounds like a better plan than mine. I'm going to take a walk outside."

When Alli left, Tracey finally lifted her head and allowed the lone tear to run down her cheek. She was being torn in two. All the intimate little things that Alli did or said were drawing Tracey closer to her, but then reality set in, and Tracey realized that it was all fake and that she had a job to do.

Elizabeth knocked hard on Charlie and Megan's bedroom door.

"This had better be good…" Charlie swung the door open as she was tying up her dressing gown, but stopped her words when she looked down at Elizabeth.

Elizabeth rushed past Charlie to dive onto the bed where Megan was still lying under the covers. "But it is good! We're going to Ratanga Junction, so you two need to get up and get ready. This is going to be so much fun. I can't go on all the rides yet, because I'm not tall enough, but you won't have a problem Charlie. You can even go on the Cobra. I don't know if I want to go on the Cobra, even when I'm tall enough. It looks very scary. One of my friends at school said that she heard her older sister tell her boyfriend that she never wanted to go on the Cobra again, after she watched some scary movie about people falling out of a rollercoaster. I don't think I want to watch that movie either…"

Charlie and Megan looked at each other over Elizabeth's head as the child kept on telling them about Ratanga Junction. Megan wrapped the duvet more securely around her naked body as she tried to sit up. Their morning cuddling session had ended quite abruptly with the arrival of Elizabeth.

By the time Elizabeth left to give them time to shower and get dressed, Charlie just sat on the side of the bed with a smile on her face, watching Megan as she got out from under the covers. "Why are you staring at me with that goofy smile on your face?" Megan wrapped her dressing gown around herself while waiting for Charlie to answer her. When she didn't hear anything she looked at Charlie again, who still just smiled and stared at her. "What?" Megan lifted her eyebrow slightly as she once again waited for a reaction from Charlie.

"I want to have a child with you." Absolute silence followed Charlie's words.

Megan stared at Charlie for a few minutes before she slowly moved around the bed. When she reached the other side she wrapped her arms around Charlie and pulled her close. "I'm not going to ask if you're sure, because I can see it in your eyes, but I'm going to ask what changed your mind."

"Having Elizabeth around on the farm was amazing, although I still didn't want to have a child of my own at that point, but when I saw her again the moment we stepped foot in this house, I knew my feelings where changing. This morning was just the cherry on the cake. Seeing you interact with her made me realize that I want that for us as well, and with you by my side, I know I will never regret my decision. You complete me and wipe away all my fears and insecurities as if they never existed in the first place. I want this for us."

Tears were rolling down Megan's face as she moved away slowly until she was able to look Charlie in the eyes. "I love you so very much."

"And I love you."

They held each other again. After a few minutes Charlie stirred and moved away a bit. "Can we adopt?" she asked as she stared deeply into Megan's eyes.

"That's the only way I want to do it." Megan smiled as she ran her finger over Charlie's lips.

"Then let's get ready, before a certain young lady comes charging in here, demanding to know why we aren't ready yet."

At the end of the week Megan and Charlie couldn't wait to get back home. They wanted to get the adoption process started as soon as possible. When they left, they invited Alli and Tracey to visit them on the farm again whenever they wanted to. As they watched the car drive away, Elizabeth ran into the house, shouting that she was going to have a milkshake.

Alli turned to Tracey who was still staring down the driveway. She couldn't understand the anger that she had felt all week towards Tracey, but looking at her now, Alli knew what it was. She was feeling jealous, and although she knew that there was no reason for her to feel it, she couldn't control it. "I'm paying you to act, not to really fall in love with her!"

Tracey's head shot sideways as she looked at Alli with absolute disbelief on her face. "I beg your pardon?"

"You heard me. It looks like you want to cry. Staring at the driveway long enough will not bring her back. I don't think you'll get anywhere with her anyway, because they are now going to adopt a child together. I don't want to do this anymore. If you want to go after her, go and do it on your own. I won't be helping you anymore. And what kind of an example is that to set for Elizabeth? Should you really be teaching her that it's OK to be someone's mistress…"

The slap silenced Alli's onslaught, and before she could react Tracey was gone. Alli raced after her, but as she reached their bedroom door, the door was shut in her face and she heard the turn of the lock.

"Open up this door." Alli's voice was soft, but filled with anger.

"Leave me alone."

"I'm not telling you again. Open the damn door!"

"You didn't buy me, and you're not my boss anymore, so stop trying to tell me what to do."

Alli started pounding on the door. "Open this door or I will kick it down."

Alli could hear Tracey hysterically laughing in the room. "You and what army? That door looks very old and solid to me. You'll probably hurt your little rich man's hands. Wait, I forgot, you pay people to do the dirty work for you. The only problem you'll have is that I'll be gone by the time you manage to close the deal and get back here."

Tracey heard the definite sounds of Alli kicking the door and just as she released the breath she had been holding since she heard the first kick, the door swung open and a steaming Alli walked into the room with a smug smile on her face. "You were saying?" Alli asked sarcastically as she stepped closer to Tracey who retreated slowly while trying to see if she could see a way out. When she could see none, she realized that retreating wasn't what she was supposed to do, so she took a step forward, but Alli was still coming towards her.

"You don't scare me. I haven't done anything wrong. You deserved that slap and everything else that's coming your way."

"Are you trying to scare me now?" Alli laughed sarcastically. "Trying to swing the situation around in your favor is not going to work this time."

"There isn't a situation. You insulted and fired me at the same time, so now I'm packing and going home." Tracey indicated the open suitcase on the bed, but Alli was still coming closer.

"I only spoke the truth."

"What truth?" Tracey yelled out. "I'm not in love with Megan!"

"Then why were you crying when they left? There was no one around to act for."

"That's my business."

"I know. You being in love with Megan is none of my business anymore."

"I told you that I'm not in love with Megan."

"Tell that to someone that will believe you. I'm going to warn my sister about you."

"What?" Tracey couldn't believe what she was hearing. "Are you even listening to yourself?"

"I know what I'm saying. I'm going to prevent you from hurting my sister."

"Who are you? Did you escape from an insane asylum and replace the real Alli?"

"I'm as real as can be."

"Then I must be caught in some kind of twilight zone, because I could swear that hurting your sister was the highest priority on your agenda, not mine!"

"Well, flirting with my sister's soon to be wife, seems to have been the highest priority on your agenda this past week."

"Of course it was. That's what you paid me for! But it was only an act. I'm not in love with her, and why would that bother you anyway? If it was true, it would ultimately help you to achieve your goal."

"Well, my goal has changed."

"Well then, it would have helped if you told me that. Then I wouldn't have wasted my time and your money."

Alli's jealousy had truly taken hold of her. She knew she was being unreasonable, but couldn't stop herself. "Just tell me one thing. Did you sleep with Megan?"

"Are you insane?"

"Did you do it in our bed, or did you have the decency to use another room?

"How can you say all those things? How can you even think them? This was your plan. You dragged me into it. You might have paid me to do a job, but this wasn't part of it. Just step out of my way and let me leave. You're going to pop a vein or something if you keep on like this."

"Don't you be worried about me, just give me an answer to my question."

"So what if I slept with Megan or not, or if I did it in this bed or another? You're still insane."

"Just give me a damn answer." Alli closed her eyes to try and control herself.

Tracey felt like crying, but she was so angry and hurt, that she stopped caring what she was saying. "Yes. I slept with her right here in this precious bed of yours. Is that what you want to hear, even if it's not the truth? Do you want details as well? Do you want to know how I made her scream or how she made me cum all over your bed? Surely it's not the first time your bed has been used for sex, or is it? Are you still a virgin or is it that no man has ever taken you in your own bed? What is it? If I had to make a guess, I'd guess it to be the first. You even kiss like a virgin. Now wouldn't that be funny if the whole corporate world had to find out that the powerful Alison Palmer was a virgin of all things. That could make for entertaining reading in the tabloids. How much do you think they would give me for such information…"

One moment Tracey was still raging on, but the next her words were cut off by Alli's forceful lips moving on hers. At that point Tracey was so beside herself, that she just gave in and kissed Alli back.

Alli didn't know why she lunged forward and kissed Tracey, but like her jealous rage, she couldn't stop this either. It felt like they were devouring each other and nothing else mattered.

The kiss got deeper and deeper and they needed to get closer. Alli was the first to start unbuttoning Tracey's shirt. After battling with the second button for way too long, Alli started pulling at the shirt and eventually ripped the shirt, causing the other buttons to go flying. It only took a few seconds to get Tracey's bra off and once it was gone, Alli wrapped her tongue around Tracey's one nipple while cupping the other with her hand. She sucked and played with the nipple in her mouth until it was standing out hard, before she moved to the other and did the same. Alli felt like she couldn't get enough of Tracey's breast, but Tracey pulled Alli's face back up for another searing kiss with tongues twisting and fighting for dominance.

Alli's hands were roaming over Tracey's back and traveled down to cup her ass and pulled her even closer. Tracey moved her mouth away from Alli's lips and along her cheekbone. She made her way to Alli's neck and suckled on it. She continued this along Alli's shoulder and back up again towards her ear. The moment Tracey took Alli's earlobe in her mouth, she knew that she had found Alli's sensitive spot. She kept her attention on it and it was driving Alli wild.

Alli could feel her own wetness starting as Tracey kept on sucking her earlobe. She worked her arms in between them to find the buttons on Tracey's pants. She undid them quickly and let the pants fall to the ground then she got hold of Tracey's g-string which she pulled down quickly before she once again got hold of Tracey's ass and pulled her closer.

Tracey was beyond herself. There was no mistaking the effect she was having on Alli or the one Alli was having on her. Once her underwear was off, Tracey felt her own wetness. This made her even wilder. She pressed herself into Alli and started to feverishly work on getting Alli out of her clothes.

Once Tracey got Alli naked, she pulled her back into a kiss. Alli pressed Tracey backward and onto the bed before following her. They continued the kiss while their bodies started the age-old rhythm together as if they'd done it a thousand times before.

Tracey and Alli both froze as they heard the knock on the door. "Mom?"

Tracey and Alli both grabbed the sheets and got in under them in a flash.

"Mom, can I come in?"

Before Tracey could say anything, Alli answered. "Come in Kiddo."

Elizabeth came running into the room. "Hey Alli." Elizabeth jumped on the bed and sat next to her mother. "I was looking everywhere for you guys, but luckily I ran into Angela who said that you two were in the bedroom."

Alli and Tracey looked at each other in shock. They knew that for Angela to have known where they were, she must have heard them yelling at each other, but there was no way of knowing how much she had heard.

Elizabeth looked from one to the other. "I wanted to know if we can go to the Waterfront tomorrow to watch Ice Age 2?"

"No we can't Sweetheart. You and I have to get packing, because we're going home today."

"Aaaw Mom." Elizabeth looked like she wanted to cry. "Can't we stay just a little bit longer? You won't mind, will you Alli?"

Suddenly it became desperately important to Alli that Tracey and Elizabeth not leave, and she found her tongue running away with her.

"Your mom's just misunderstanding things Kiddo. You guys aren't going anywhere, and yes, I'll take you to watch Ice Age 2 tomorrow."

Alli could feel Tracey stiffen under the covers. "Why don't you run along and play outside for a bit Sweetheart. It's such a lovely day, and I have some things to discuss with Alli before we leave. We can discuss the movie later." Tracey was smiling at her daughter and at Alli, but Alli knew what was behind that smile.

"OK." Elizabeth jumped off the bed before running out of the room. She pulled the door closed behind her, but pushed it open again as she looked at them from around the door. "Alli, do you know your door is broken?"

"No, but thanks for telling me Kiddo. I'll get it fixed."

When they could hear Elizabeth running down the hall, Tracey turned to Alli. "You son of a bitch! You not only insulted and fired me today, you also tried to molest me and in the same breath promised my child the world. And by the way, I thought you weren't into women! You're a lying, two faced…"

Alli still didn't know where she was going with this, but now her temper was up. "Hey, there was no molesting going on here. If I remember correctly you were participating just as much, and if it wasn't for Elizabeth, we would still be horizontal."

"You bastard!"

"What happened to your vocabulary today? I'm your girlfriend. Aren't you supposed to call me things like angel, honey, sweetheart, darling and so on?"

Tracey hit her fists on the bed in frustration before she got out of bed while completely naked, but she didn't care. She pulled on her pants, but gave up on her shirt when she saw the state it was in. She walked over to the cupboard to get out another one. When she turned around, Alli was still lying on the bed with a smug smile on her face.

This just made Tracey more upset. She walked over to the bed and picked up the suitcase which had landed upon the floor during their brief moment of passion. She slammed it down on the bed and threw open the cupboard doors. As she took the first stack of clothing, she heard the suitcase close behind her and froze.

"I wouldn't do that if I were you," Alli said calmly.

Tracey turned around and was faced by a completely naked Alli sitting on the bed, next to the closed suitcase. "And why not?"

"Because I can make your life hell. One word from me, and no one who is anyone will ever hire you. That means that you will once again be in a difficult financial situation, and we don't want that because that would mean that Elizabeth might end up in some foster care somewhere."

Tracey looked at Alli in shock. "Why on earth would you do something like that?"

"Because, I love Elizabeth as if she's my own child and I want her to live in this house, and if that means that you have to stay here as well to make it happen, then so be it. This will be your home from now on."

"If you love Elizabeth so much, then how can you hold her future as a bargaining chip?"

"Because I hold all the cards. I know enough people to ensure that I can adopt her if she lands in foster care. So, her future is not the bargaining chip. She will end up with me; it just depends on whether you'll be there or not."

Tears were running down Tracey's cheeks as she ran out of the room. What she didn't see was the pain on Alli's face as she dug her fingers in her hair.

'What have I done? Why did I just do that to her? Why am I forcing her to stay with me? How the hell did I almost have sex with her? What's happening to me?' Alli could only sit there shaking her head, trying to find the answers in the day's events.

Part 9

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