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A Love from the Past
by hot4luis

Chapter Five

"She’s not here yet, buddy." Hank said handing Luis a beer. He refused it.

"Joey doesn’t like it when I drink." he explained to a nonplussed Hank.

"Whoa! This chick has you eating out of the palm of her hand. Are you sure you’re not in love with her? ‘Cause you don’t let anyone tell you what to do."

"That’s not true. Mama tells me what I can and can’t do." he argued. Hank opened his mouth to say something when Luis spotted Sheridan and Jordan. He waved and the two headed for his direction. They both looked sensational. Casual, but definitely sensational. Sheridan was in a red tank top and a denim skirt and Jordan in a white T-shirt and cut-offs. When they reached him and Hank, Luis commented "Always the tomboy huh, Green?"

"Are you saying you don’t approve of my attire Lopez Fitzgerald?" she teased.

"Oh I approve. I most certainly do." he said with a seductive grin. ‘Yes, I am still attracted to Jordan, but who wouldn’t be? She’s gorgeous. But I don’t think we can ever go back to how we were. So many things have changed. My feelings…heck, I don’t know what I’m feeling.’ He glanced somewhat guiltily at Sheridan. She looked back, making brief eye contact until he averted his gaze.’ And then there’s Sheridan… what about her? You want her out of your life, don’t you?’

"You ladies want something to drink?" Hank asked interrupting Luis’s thoughts. They both nodded and Hank went away to get them. Luis stared at the two women.

"So are the FBI around?" he asked no knowing what to say.

"Yeah, they’re mingling with the crowd but have the area secured." Jordan replied while Sheridan looked down at the ground. ‘What is wrong with her?’ Luis wondered.

"You feel safe Sheridan?" he asked before he could stop himself. Her head jerked up and she nodded slightly. "Good." Hank came back with a Snapple in each hand.

"Luis tells me you don’t drink." He said handing the women a bottle.

"Alcohol is just bad. I can’t stand it." Jordan replied and shrugged "It tastes awful. I don’t know how you do it Hank."

"Do what?" Beth said as she came up from behind Sheridan. Hank explained what they were talking about and then all of a sudden Sam and Grace Bennett and T.C and Dr. Russell came by to say hi.

"So this is the mysterious woman from Luis’s past." T.C said looking at Jordan.

"Joey, meet T.C Russell, his wife Dr. Eve Russell, Grace Bennett and my boss, Chief of Police, Sam Bennett." Luis introduced with a laugh.

"Nice to meet you all. I’ve met Chief Bennett already. You really are sure about this FBI thing aren’t you? I mean I can take care of Sheridan but I’d feel safer with other agents around." Jordan asked as she shook hands with Sam.

"Relax Agent Green, this is a picnic. Sheridan will be fine won’t you?" Sam said.

"Yeah." Sheridan replied unenthusiastically.

"Well, I can’t believe what a coincidence this is. I mean Sheridan’s bodyguard being Luis’s ex-fiancée. It’s like as if it were destined." Grace stated and everyone laughed. "I didn’t even know Luis was engaged."

"No one did." Hank added, "How many other past women are there Luis?" Luis blushed knowing how embarrassing it was for Jordan and him to be mocked like that.

"I hope I’m the only one." Jordan joked charmingly. That was one of the things he loved about her-she could handle any situation with poise and grace. They exchanged idle chitchat for a couple of minutes and then the married couples left. Luis noticed Sheridan was still feeling uncomfortable. He really wished she would talk to him and tell him what was bothering her. She looked so sad. He willed his gaze away from her.

"So tell us how Luis proposed to you Jordan." Hank said. Luis also wished Hank wouldn’t talk about his past with Jordan in front of Beth…and Sheridan.

"It was just very romantic, I don’t really want to go into the details. It’s sort of a sacred memory." Jordan answered tactfully and Luis knew she knew he felt uncomfortable. She knew things had changed and the past would remain in the past. There was so much heartache for the both of them and he didn’t want to resurrect it.

"Wow! It really must’ve been incredible." Hank, who apparently had no tact, said, slapping Luis on the back. He decided to change the subject and suggested they all get something to eat. The afternoon was going smoothly, and Luis tried on the way to rid himself of thoughts of Sheridan but she just seemed to pop up. The five joined in on the baseball game and the three-legged race and had a real good time and a bunch of laughs. Sheridan actually laughed at one of Luis’s jokes and they successfully avoided Hank’s imposing questions. Around dusk, Chad Harris, started playing some music and couples danced around in the garden. Suddenly Luis heard a familiar tune…

"If I should stay, I will only be in your way, so I’ll go but I know I’ll think of you every step of the way…" sang Whitney Houston. Jordan and him had danced to this song under the stars and near the lake right after she told him that she couldn’t marry him but would always love him. Luis turned to Jordan who was smiling fondly at him.

"You remember this?" he asked. She nodded reflectively.

"Our song."

"Dance with me." Luis whispered. She looked at Sheridan who looked away. "We’ll be right here." He led her about two feet away from where they were standing and wrapped his arms around her, their past flooding back to him. She looked up at him with affection. He still loved her. He knew she loved him. Maybe not romantically, but they had been through so much together that he could never stop loving her-she was his best friend, his confidant, his past.

"I hope life treats you kind and I hope you have all you’ve dreamed of and I wish to you joy and happiness but above all this I wish you love…" Jordan sang, her voice exactly like he had remembered it. "… and I will always love you." The song finished and he looked at her for a minute and then they hugged. He saw Hank and Sheridan watching him but he didn’t care. He knew how he felt about Jordan. The reason she had come to Harmony to protect Sheridan was because they were destined to tie up the loose ends they had left off years ago. To assure him of her love for him and to remind him of all the wonderful things love brought along with it. She made him realize not to give up on love, like he had ten years ago. "Luis, will you be honest with me?"

"Always. You know that."

"What’s going on between you and Sheridan Crane?"

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