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Sherry
by JulianCrane1

Chapter Four

Sheridan walked into the Youth Center Monday morning. She had woken up early, eager to see Luis. She hadnít seen him yesterday because she was busy running errands for the dance and he had a lot of work to do at his house. He called her last night and they talked forever. The more they got to know one another, the more she knew she couldnít imagine life without him. Their talk last night really helped them both sort things out for now. They had agreed to keep things low key around others until they figured out what was going on. Neither wanted to admit that they were falling head over heels for the other, but they knew that something amazing was happening between them.

Sheridan walked into Luisí office with two cups of coffee. "Good morning, Officer."

Luis smiled upon hearing her voice and looked up to meet her eyes with his own. "Good morning, Miss Crane."

She shut the door and handed Luis his coffee. "Here you go."

"Thank you, Sheridan. By the way, I have something for you as well," he said as he raised his eyebrows.

"Do you?" she asked coyly. He looked around her to make sure the door was shut and no one could see them. He walked over to her and kissed her. "HmmÖthank you." Sheridan gently wiped her lipstick off of his lips. He just stood and gazed into her eyes. He didnít know how he was going to get any work done being around her all day. He was about to kiss her again when they heard someone coming. Sheridan walked away quickly and went to the filing cabinets.

Hank walked in. "Hey Luis. Hey Sheridan. Did you get my message this weekend?"

ĎDamn, how am I going to get out of this one?í "No, Hank, did you call?"

"Yeah, I called to see if you wanted to go out Saturday night. I left you a message on your machine." Luis found himself growing jealous, but he knew he didnít have a reason to be because he had spent the entire weekend with her.

"Oh, Hank, my machine eats my messages sometimes. Sorry." She turned back to her "work" at the filing cabinet. Luis tried not to laugh. He knew that she hated to lie, but he was glad that she didnít tell Hank they were together all weekend and she deliberately deleted his message. It was far too early to deal with Hank this morning.

"Okay, well, anyway, there is a delivery guy outside, Luis. Iíll help you with the boxes."

"All right. Sheridan, I left a list of things that need to be done around here on my desk." He turned to look at her and his eyes told her it was just to keep Hank from playing 20 questions and embarrassing himself.

"Bye beautiful," Hank called to her as he was leaving the office.

"Oh bye Hank." She rolled her eyes and went to look for something to do.

Sheridan decided to make copies of the flyer for the dance, and ran a bunch of them off. She hung some of them up around the Youth Center and realized she should take some to the high school and the Book Café to post as well. She noticed that Luis and Hank were still busy carrying in boxes. She caught Luisí eye and held up the flyers and mouthed that she would be right back. He winked and smiled at her and continued to help Hank with the boxes. When Sheridan returned from the high school, she found that Hank had left. ĎOh darn.í She walked into the office, but there was no sign of Luis. She heard noise in the gym, so she walked in there and found Luis helping a kid shoot baskets. She smiled at this sight. He was so good with the kids. A woman walked into the gym and announced that it was time to leave. The little boy thanked Luis, and Luis gave him high five before he took off running for his babysitter. Luis didnít see her and shot a few baskets. He looked at his watch and put the basketball away. When he turned around, he saw her watching him and he stared back before flashing the grin she loved so much. "Were you planning on telling me you were back, or were you just hanging around padding your hours?" he said playfully.

"Cute. Very cute, Luis." She smiled and turned to walk into the office, but Luis grabbed her arm. He looked around to make sure no one was around and he kissed her. It was a sweet kiss on the lips, but it quickly intensified. Sheridan knew she had to pull away soon. When she did, she smiled at him. "You know Luis, if you treat me this well, I may never leave."

"Well, thatís the plan." She kissed him quickly and then walked into the office.

Luis followed her. "Hey, we need to get our costumes for the dance, Luis."

"Thatís right, I almost forgot. He looked at his watch. Iím afraid I canít today because I have to shower and get to the station."

"Well, I could always pick one out for you. You do trust me donít you?" Sheridan asked him sweetly.

"I donít knowÖwhat if you pick out some clown costume for me to wear?"

"Luis, itís a sock hop, not the circus. And besides, youíre my date, I donít think I will be picking out anything that would embarrass you, or myself for that matter."

"Oh, I see. Well, then yes, I trust you."

"Good. Iím going to go over there now. Call me later?" Luis just got an idea in his head for the dance as a surprise for Sheridan. He couldnít wait until Friday so he could see her reaction. He also couldnít wait to see what she would pick out to wear to the dance. He was sure she would look adorable in a poodle skirt, but then again, he thinks that she looks good no matter what. "Hello? Anyone home?"

"Sorry Sheridan, what did you say?" She laughed at him. "Why do you always space out when Iím talking to you? Do I not hold your interest or what?" she said playfully.

"No, thatís not it at all. You know that you can hold my attention. I was just thinking about the dance and how much fun it will be."

"I agree it will be a good time. Well, go take your shower and get to work." "Yes maíam." She kissed him on the cheek and started to leave. He grabbed her by the waist and pulled her back.

"Hey, youíre not getting away from here that easily." Sheridan giggled. He pulled her in and gave her a juicy kiss. When he pulled back, he was short of breath, as was Sheridan. "There, now you can go," he said grinning at her. "Iíll call you when I get home. Have fun picking out costumes."

"I will, bye Luis."

"Bye Sheridan."

Sheridan walked into the costume shop and started looking around. She knew exactly what she wanted to get she just needed to find it. She found the fifties costumes and started rifling through them. She found a black leather jacket for Luis and it had ĎT-Birdsí on the back. She conjured up an image of Luis wearing jeans and a tight white T-shirt with the jacket over it in her mind. She smiled and knew he would look sexy, but then again, he always did. She started looking through the selection of poodle skirts and finally decided that she liked the red one the best. She took those to the front and told the clerk that she needed to find one more before she left and asked for her help. The clerk helped her find what she needed and Sheridan couldnít wait to see Luisí reaction.

The rest of the week seemed to go by rather quickly. It was Thursday afternoon and Sheridan arrived at the Youth Center to start working on the dance. She was early, but she got there so she could see Luis. They hadnít had many chances to see each other this week because they were so busy. She couldnít wait for the dance and she hoped that it would go off without a hitch. Luis had wanted to see his costume, but Sheridan told him he had to wait. She walked into his office carrying his costume in a bag. In the bag there was also a present for him that she hoped he would like.

She noticed that he was on the phone, and he seemed to be stressed by something. He was not happy with whomever he was speaking to and his forehead was crinkled up. She walked behind him and started rubbing his shoulders. He was so tense. He finally hung up the phone. "Ugh. What a day."

"Are you okay?" she asked, still massaging his shoulders.

"Mmm, better now that youíre here. Iíve just had a long day. How was yours?"

"It was good. I came in early so I could see you."

"Iím so glad that you did. Hey, you missed a spot," he said pointing to his neck.

"Oh I did? Well, Iím so terribly sorry," she teased as she worked her hands up and rubbed his neck. "Better?"

"Much. So, whatís in the bag? Is it something for me?" he asked.

"Nope, itís for the guy Iím seeing after work."

Luis laughed. "It is huh? Can I see whatís in the bag anyway?"

"HmmÖwell, I suppose so."

Luis opened the bag and found his jacket inside for the dance. He pulled it out and saw ĎT-Birdsí on the back. He really liked it and he smiled indicating his appreciation. "This is great, Sheridan. Does this mean you want me to be your Danny Zuko?"

Sheridan laughed. "Something like that. Iím glad that you like it."

"So, when do I get to see your costume?"

"HmmÖnot Ďtil tomorrow at the dance."

"How about I pick you up for the dance?"

"I thought Iíd just change here since weíll still be setting things up. Is that okay?"

Luis sighed dramatically. "I suppose."

Sheridan snickered at him. "Thereís another surprise in the bag for you. Two actually."

"Wow, this is turning out to be a great day after all," Luis said. Sheridan had one present in a small gift bag and the other one was wrapped.

"Open the wrapped one first."

Luis unwrapped the package and when he saw what it was, his face turned bright red, but he started laughing. "West Side Story? You just canít let that go can you?"

Sheridan smiled. "Well, if you donít like it, I can always return it. But my thought was that you could come over and watch it sometime."

Luis remembered watching movies with her and knew he couldnít wait to do that again. "I think I was being too hasty. I like the movie, thank you."

"Youíre welcome. Now, open the other one."

Luis smiled like a little kid on Christmas. Luis pulled the tissue paper out of the gift bag and found a CD. Luis didnít recognize it and turned it over to read the back. It was a CD that Sheridan had burned for him.

"Itís a CD of all my favorite Springsteen songs.

"This is so great. You didnít have to do this you know, but Iím happy you did. This is exactly what I needed to cheer me up. Thank you," He said sincerely. He stood up from his chair, wrapped his arms around her and hugged her close. Sheridan returned the hug and the two just stood holding each other for what seemed like forever. Luis pulled back slightly to look into Sheridanís eyes. He loved those eyes. They were like staring into the ocean. They continued to just gaze at each other and didnít hear people walking into the Youth Center.

Miguel walked into the office with Charity, Kay, Simone and Reese close behind. Miguel stopped when he saw Luis and Sheridan. "Uh, I hope weíre not interrupting anything here, Luis."

Hearing Miguelís voice made them jump and pull away from each other. "Miguel! What are you doing here withÖeveryone?"

"I called Miguel and asked if they would help us set up for the dance," Sheridan told him.

"Yeah, so I told her that I would, and I enlisted the help of others."

Luis looked at Sheridan, "Youíre just full of good ideas arenít you, Crane?"

"I do my best, Officer." Luis started to lean in towards her, but remembered that they had an audience. Luis and Sheridan looked over at the group of teenagers and saw them smiling. Sheridan wasnít embarrassed; she didnít want to hide her feelings for Luis. Luis, however, was a little embarrassed and Sheridan saw him blush and look down at his feet. "Iíll show you where the decorations are and we can get started," Sheridan told everyone. They all nodded and followed her, but Miguel stayed behind to talk to Luis.

Miguel stood and looked at Luis and smirked. "What?" Luis asked his little brother.

"Youíve got it bad, bro! Iíve never seen you look at anyone that way before."

Sheridan forgot the scissors and the tape when she left the office and started to walk back in. She stopped when she heard Miguel and Luis talking.

"Youíre right, Miguel. Iíve never felt this way about anyone. Sheridan is unlike any woman that Iíve ever met, and I love every second that I get to spend with her."

Sheridan was elated and felt the butterflies in her stomach. She knew she shouldnít be eavesdropping on them, but she couldnít pull herself away. Kay came up to her and startled her.
Sheridan whirled around. "Kay, you scared me."

"Iím sorry, Sheridan. I just came to see what was taking Miguel so long. What are you doing?"

"I heard Miguel and Luis talking and I didnít want to interrupt."

Kay smiled. "What were they talking about? You perhaps?" Sheridanís eyes lit up and she nodded. "You really like him donít you, Sheridan?"

Sheridan nodded again. "Yes, very much. He is wonderful." Luis and Miguel were about to leave the office when they heard Sheridan and Kay talking.

"Iíve known the Lopez-Fitzgerald family for as long as I can remember, and Iíve NEVER seen Luis act the way he does when heís with you. I hope that someday a guy will look at me the way Luis looks at you," Kay said.

Sheridan smiled at her and put her hand on Kayís shoulder. "Kay, Iím surprised that you donít have guys lined up around the block for you already. Youíre a beautiful young woman, and you will find that special one someday. Believe me when I tell you that when a boy looks at you the way that Luis looks at me, itís the most indescribably wonderful feeling." Miguel looked at Luis and saw his eyes sparkle listening to Sheridan. Miguel also wondered why he had never noticed that Kay grew up. She had been his best friend for years, and never knew this side to her. He brushed it off and walked out of the office.

"Hey Kay, hi Sheridan. Iím going to go help the others with the decorations now." Sheridan watched as Kayís eyes followed Miguel.

"Iím going to go help too," Kay said as she walked off.

Sheridan smiled and knew exactly how Kay felt. ĎIt must be the Lopez-Fitzgerald charm.í She walked into the office and ran right into Luis. "Luis, Iím sorry."

"You like to run into things donít you?" he said as he wrapped his arms around her waist.

"Ha, ha, ha! Very funny Luis. I just came in here to get some scissors and tape."

"Is that all? Are you sure thereís no other possible reason for you coming into my office?"

ĎThis man is so irresistibly charming. Letís not forget gorgeous!í "Hmm, I have to think," she said innocently as she put her finger on her lips pretending to be deep in thought. Luis just watched her. "Oh, I just thought of the other thing."

"You did?"

"Yes, but you have to lean in closer so I can tell you." Luis leaned in and she reached up and kissed him.

"Is that what you had to tell me?" he asked.

"Yep, thatís it."

"I donít think I heard you very well, do you think you could repeat yourself?" he asked slyly.

"I think that could be arranged. Come here." Sheridan kissed him again, this time with more intensity.

Luis pulled away, "You have a way with words, Sheridan."

"I try," she said coyly. "But, Iím never going to get this dance done if we stay in here like this all evening, Luis."

"I know, and thatís why Iím leaving." Sheridan looked puzzled and was about to ask him where he was going. "Donít worry, Iíll be back. I just have a few things I need to get for the dance tomorrow."

ĎWhat is that suspicious smile for,í Sheridan wondered. "What are you up to, Officer?"

"I guess that is for me to know and you to find out. Bye."

"Bye." Sheridan watched him leave and then she finally got the scissors and tape that she intended to get 20 minutes before.

Luis walked into the music store and started looking through the CDs. It took him awhile to find what he was looking for, but he finally found it. He hoped that Sheridan would like his surprise, and he couldnít wait to give it to her.

Meanwhile, Sheridan and everyone else were decorating the gym for the dance. The place was really starting to come together. She told them they could all go home because they had done so much already. She thanked them all for helping and told them she would see them at the dance tomorrow. While she was putting up decorations, she couldnít help but notice the way that Kay kept staring at Miguel and how annoyed she got when Reese was around. She smiled to herself and she was glad that she was out of those awkward teen years, but she still felt like a teenager at times when she was with Luis. Sheridan was leaning up against the ladder lost in her thoughts when Luis walked in. She didnít hear him because she had the radio on and she continued to stand there until Luis walked up to her.

Luis put his hands on her shoulders and started to rub them for her. He felt Sheridan jump at first but then relax into him. "Hey. This place looks great, Sheridan."

"Thank you. Did you find what you were looking for?"

"As a matter of fact, I did. Itís a surprise for you actually, but you will have to wait until tomorrow to get it."

"Luis, no fair," she whined. "But, if I have to wait, then I have to wait." Luis gently caressed her cheek and looked at her. Suddenly, "Canít Fight This Feeling" came on the radio. "Luis, will you dance with me?"

"Of course." Sheridan led him out into the middle of the floor and she wrapped her arms around his neck and looked up at him with her big blue eyes.

I can't fight this feeling any longer
And yet I'm still afraid to let it flow
What started out as friendship, has grown stronger
I only wish I had the strength to let it show

I tell myself that I can't hold out forever
I said there is no reason for my fear
Cause I feel so secure when we're together
You give my life direction
You make everything so clear

And even as I wander
I'm keeping you in sight
You're a candle in the window
On a cold, dark winter's night
And I'm getting closer than I ever thought I might

And I can't fight this feeling anymore
I've forgotten what I started fighting for
It's time to bring this ship into the shore
And throw away the oars, forever

Cause I can't fight this feeling anymore
I've forgotten what I started fighting for
And if I have to crawl upon the floor
Come crushing through your door
Baby, I can't fight this feeling anymore

Sheridan and Luis both thought of how perfectly this song fit them. Sheridan rested her head on Luisí shoulder and felt his grip on her tighten. They continued to slowly sway to the rhythm of the song.

My life has been such a whirlwind since I saw you
I've been running round in circles in my mind
And it always seems that I'm following you, girl
Cause you take me to the places that alone I'd never find

And even as I wander I'm keeping you in sight
You're a candle in the window on a cold, dark winter's night
And I'm getting closer than I ever thought I might

Sheridan could hear Luisí heart pounding in his chest. Her heart was racing every bit as fast as his was. She had never felt this way about anyone, not even when she was engaged to Jean Luc. It terrified her that she didnít have control over her emotions, but at the same time, she didnít want to try to control them. What she felt was real and raw emotion. Luis felt like his heart was going to beat right out of his chest. Whenever Sheridan Crane came within ten feet of him, he always had this same reaction. Sheridan lifted her head so she could look at Luis. He gave her a faint smile and lowered his head and rested his forehead against hers. Sheridan closed her eyes and wrapped her arms snugly around his neck.

And I can't fight this feeling anymore
I've forgotten what I started fighting for
It's time to bring this ship into the shore
And throw away the oars, forever

Cause I can't fight this feeling anymore
I've forgotten what I started fighting for
And if I have to crawl upon the floor
Come crushing through your door
Baby, I can't fight this feeling anymore.

When the song ended, they didnít pull apart. Luis raised his head to look at Sheridanís face. She slowly opened her eyes and met his. She couldnít believe the connection she felt with Luis. Luis brushed a strand of hair out of her eyes and slowly leaned in and brushed his lips over hers. Sheridanís body tingled at feeling the touch of his lips. She started thinking about her bad track record with men and how strongly she felt whenever she was with Luis. At that moment, she became frightened of her own feelings for him. She had NEVER felt this way about anyone and no one had made her feel the way he did. She didnít know what to expect from him, and she loved that, but there was an air of uncertainty surrounding her. At that moment, it was as if all of her insecurities were unleashed. She felt tears welling up in her eyes. She broke the kiss and pulled herself away from Luis and turned her back to him.

Luis looked dumbfounded by what just happened. ĎDid I do something wrong?í He saw Sheridan reach up to wipe her eyes and he had a sinking feeling in his stomach. Sheridan walked over and sat down on a bench and put her head in her hands. Luis followed her and kneeled down as to try to look at her face. "Sheridan, whatís the matter?" Luis asked softly. "Did I do something wrong?"

Sheridan shook her head. "No Luis, you didnít do anything wrong. In fact, you did everything right," she said as her voice cracked.

"Then what has you so upset? You were fine a few minutes ago. Please tell me, I want to help," he said as he rested his hands on her knees.

He was so caring and gentle with her and that made Sheridan cry harder. ĎGod, pull it together Sheridan. Luis is wonderful, why are you acting this way?í She wasnít sure of where to begin, but she had to try. She owed him that much. Sheridan felt her crying subside and slowly lifted her head to look at Luis. When she did, she found his eyes looking at her with so much concern and compassion.

"Luis, Iím scared," she said in a whisper.

"Scared? What are you scared of, Sheridan?" Luis reached up and gently brushed away the tears that were trickling down her face.

She wasnít sure of where to begin. "Iím scared of this, of us." Luis didnít know how to respond. He wasnít quite sure of the context in which she meant that and was sporting a confused look on his face.

"I donít understand," Luis told her.

"What I meant wasÖ" her voice trailed off. ĎDonít hold it back, just tell him. Be honest with your feelings.í "Iíve never felt this way with anyone Luis. No one has ever made me feel the way you have this past week. When I was engaged to Jean Luc, I thought that I was in love with him, but this special feeling that I get when Iím with you makes me realize that I was fooling myself. As you know, I have this wretched history with men but I always knew how to act with them because I half-heartedly knew what to expect. And over time, part of me just became closed off because I put up a wall to protect myself. But with you, you are nothing like those men. I donít know what to expect from you, I donít know how to act, and that is what scares me." She started off strong, but at the end, her voice was wavering. She felt the tears well up again and a few slipped out.

Luis sat and took everything in. ĎWhy did all of those men use her and hurt her like that? Damn them.í Sheridan put her head down unable to look into Luisí eyes anymore for fear of what he might say.

Luis sat on the bench beside her and turned her towards him. "Sheridan, please look at me." When she didnít look up he gently lifted her chin so she would look at him. She finally looked him in the eyes and he placed one of her hands between his. Luis wasnít sure where to begin. "Sheridan, this past week has been one of the best weeks of my life. And the reason it was so great was because of you. The more time that I spend with you makes me think about how those other men have used you in the past and I wonder how they could have been so foolish. You are an amazing woman, and I learn that more and more with every second that I spend with you. I know youíve been hurt in the past, and Iím SO sorry that ever happened. I know what you mean about the way that you are feeling because I feel it too. If I said that I wasnít a little scared, then I would be lying to myself and to you. Iíve never felt the way I do with anyone the way I do when Iím with you. It seems like so much has happened between us so fast, and that is a little scary. Itís like you want to think it out and have a logical explanation for what is happening, but when you canít rationalize it in your head, youíre unsure of what to do next." Sheridan nodded her head because she felt the same. "I pride myself on being able to think things through all of the time, but when Iím with you, Sheridan, thinking flies out the window. I just feel."

"Itís just so complicated, Luis."

"It doesnít have to be. I know that we may have a lot of strikes against us if you look at things from the perspective of the outside world, but does that really matter?" Sheridan shook her head slightly. "What you and I have may never be simple, but that doesnít mean weíre not going to be scorching," Luis said. Sheridan felt tugging at her heartstrings and she felt the corners of her mouth turn up into a slight grin. "Hey, thereís that beautiful smile." Luis grinned back at her and Sheridan gave him a big, genuine smile. Sheridan felt so much better after talking to Luis. They really hadnít discussed what was happening between them yet, and that is exactly what they needed to do.

Sheridan wrapped her arms around Luis and hugged him tight. "Thank you, Luis. I feel so much better now."

"Good. I think that we needed to talk about things. I feel better now, too."

Sheridan pulled back slightly and kissed Luis. She broke the kiss after a minute and grinned at Luis. "So, you think weíre going to be scorching huh?"

Luis smiled at her. "Definitely." He kissed her again. "Why donít we get out of here and take a walk?"

"I would love too," she said, "letís go."

Sheridan got her coat and found her compact in her purse to make sure her mascara wasnít running. Luis saw her using the compact that he bought for her and he smiled. They walked out of the Youth Center and Luis locked the doors. "Luis?"

"Yeah?"

"Can I have a hint about my surprise?"

"Nice try, but sorry, you will have to wait." Sheridan stopped and stuck her bottom lip out. He turned around and saw her and he thought that she looked so adorable. He wasnít going to give her the surprise until tomorrow. "You canít have your real surprise, but Iíll buy you an ice cream cone, and you can have all the colored sprinkles that your little heart desires."

Sheridan flashed him a big grin and ran and jumped on his back causing Luis to laugh. She wrapped her arms around his neck to keep from falling and she kissed his cheek. "Thank you," she whispered into his ear.

"Youíre most welcome."

Sheridan hopped down and then stood in front of Luis. "I canít wait until tomorrow," she told him.

Luis hugged her and swung her around causing her to giggle. "Me neither, Sheridan." He put her down and they walked hand in hand to get ice cream.

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