Sabrina broke out of the memory feeling Mark still holding her tight as Mike looked on.
“Dave, do you remember what happened after I left?” Sabrina stared at him.
“I remember sitting with Michael watching him tossing and turning after that is all cloudy,” Dave sighed as he looked at Mike. “It’s you buddy, you’re Sir Michael.”
“No I’m not,” Michael shook his head till he met Sabrina’s greenish blue eyes filled with tears staring at him. “Sabrina, please don’t look at me like that. It always tears my heart apart.” As Michael said the words, he cursed himself for letting her know he did remember their past.
“Mike, you do remember please tell me what you remember,” Sabrina ran out of Mark’s arm resting her hand against Mike’s chest.
“Not tonight,” Michael took her hand holding it feeling her warmth and softness. “I’ll see you in the morning.” He let her hand go returning to his room.
“I’m going to turn in for the night too,” Dave came over kissing Sabrina’s cheek. “Mark, can you go for a ride with me tomorrow morning? I want to show you something.”
“Sure Dave,” Mark nodded. “See you in the morning.” Mark watched Dave leave than returned his attention back to Sabrina sitting back on the bed looking exhausted.
“Why didn’t you tell me your brother was Michael?” Sabrina said softly looking down at the floor.
“I’m selfish. I knew I would lose you to him,” Mark kneeled in front of her taking her hand. “That night when I brought you back to our bed. You slept with me like always cuddled against my chest but it was his name coming from your lips as you dreamed. Your bond with him is powerful one I can never break. I just wanted to have you to myself for a few days.”
“Mark, we have a bond too,” she caressed his cheek. “We will be close just not in a romantic way. I hope you can understand that.”
“I do,” he touched her hand. “May I spend one more night with you? I promise I’ll be on my very best behavior.”
“Yes,” she laughed lying in the bed pulling the covers for him to get in. She turned on her side looking out the window at the stars. Mark cuddled next to her putting his arm around her waist.
“Good night Sabrina,” he kissed her cheek.
“Good night Mark,” she closed thinking of Mike across the hall.
Mike couldn’t sleep he tossed and turned in the bed. He kept staring at the door knowing he had hurt Sabrina tonight. He slowly got out of bed quietly going to the door opening it to the empty quiet hall. Mike listened to the low noise of Dave’s snoring from next door. He went across the hall to her door laying his hand on her door. He silently pushed it open enough to see her asleep in the arms of the Mark. Mike watched her sleep from the doorway her face illuminated by the moonlight. He was about to turn away when she started to stir.
“Michael, I love you,” she murmured. The words went straight to his heart trying to unlock the door holding his love inside for her.
“I love you too Sabrina,” he whispered. “My brother is the better man for you. I love you enough to let him have you again in this life.” Mike slowly shut the door returning to his room.
Sabrina woke in the morning finding a note from Mark saying he had gone for a ride with Dave and would see her later. She heard a knock on her door.
“Come in,” she pulled on her robe smiling when Susan opened the door.
“Hey Sabrina,” Susan said looking sad.
“What is wrong?” Sabrina hugged her little sister.
“Everyone keeps having dreams and remembering things about living here or around this castle before. I only remember little things. Randy was telling me he dreamed last night about us having a son together. He also remembered me getting very upset about something I heard while riding through the woods with Sir David. Why can’t I dream or remember any of this?” Susan pouted.
“I don’t know. You have to want to remember. I have an idea Randy gave you a place to start. You should go for a ride with Dave when he gets back,” Sabrina watched Susan shake her head.
“I don’t like horseback riding,” Susan frowned.
“Susie, just give it one try. I will ask Seth and Randy to entertain Rob while you’re gone,” Sabrina pulled her long hair up into a ponytail.
“Ok I’ll try,” Susan sighed noticing how distracted Sabrina was. “I heard about you and Mike last night. Are you ok?”
“Yes, I just really wish he would talk to me. I have to find some way to break through his walls,” Sabrina rubbed her face feeling nothing but frustration.
“Good luck sis. I’ve known Mike for a few years and he is still a mystery to me,” Susan slightly shivered.
“He is one mystery I’m definitely going to solve,” Sabrina deeply sighed as Susan hugged her.
“I know you will. True love always finds a way,” Susan watched Sabrina returning to her bathroom finishing getting ready. Sabrina decided to wear a light blue tank top and blue jeans. She picked up one of the flannel shirts Mark had left in her room putting it on. She checked her reflection one more time in the mirror as Susan watched deep in thought.
“Wait a minute Sabrina, I have a better idea. Put Mark’s shirt back,” Susan smiled broadly. “Go ask Mike for a flannel shirt to keep you warm.”
“I can’t do that. What if he gets mad?” Sabrina’s eyes went wide at her sister’s idea.
“Yes you can do it,” Susan pushed Sabrina towards the door. “Also get that big boy to come down to the garden for breakfast. I know you can do it and don’t worry about a thing I’ll make sure everything is set up in the garden.”
Susan grinned running down the stairs leaving Sabrina alone in the hall. She took a deep breathe lightly knocking on his door unsure about Susan’s idea. She was about to walk away after the second knock when the door slowly opened. Mike peered out at her surprised to see her. He looked irresistible shirtless his long hair still damp from his shower. Sabrina felt her pulse quickening at how sexy he was.
“What do you want?” Mike said softly.
“I’m sorry to bother you for such a silly request but can I borrow a flannel shirt?” she pleaded with her eyes.
“I guess come on in I’ll see what I have,” Mike opened the door letting her in. He went through his suitcase handing her a navy blue flannel shirt.
“Thank you Mike,” she smiled at him making his heart pound out of his chest.
“Where is Mark?” Mike asked watching her put his shirt on over her tank top. He smiled thinking she looked incredibly sexy in his shirt even though it was huge on her.
“Riding with Dave,” she said watching him pull his navy blue t-shirt on.
“I’m sure he will be back soon then you can continue your memory lane trip with him,” Mike turned away from the hurt rising in her eyes running a brush through his hair.
“I’m not worried about him,” Sabrina moved close to Mike reaching up touching his shoulder. “You’re the one I want to remember the past with.”
“Why would you want to do that? Just let the past stay where it belongs,” Mike turned staring deep into her eyes.
“I can’t do that. There are too many unanswered questions,” Sabrina said trying not to feel nervous under his stare. “I really need you. Mike, please don’t push away.”
“Don’t I scare you?” he touched his scars.
“Why would be I afraid? I know you,” Sabrina put her hand over his heart. “I know how loving your heart is and you would never hurt me. Who knows maybe soon you’ll stop pushing me away.”
“You don’t want to get close to me,” Mike pushed her hand away. “I’m not the same man I used to be. His soul isn’t in this body.”
“Mike, will you make a deal with me?” Sabrina twirled her hair nervously around her fingers.
“What deal?” Mike sat down on the bed across from her.
“Spend the day with me. If by the end of the day you still want to push me away than I’ll respect your wishes and leave you alone,” she hoped he would agree.
“I don’t think that is a good idea,” Mike looked away from her hopeful eyes. He was surprised when she quickly stood gently touching his chin making him look at her.
“Mike, it’s just one day. What harm can it do?” Sabrina ran her fingers lightly along his neck. “Are you afraid I’ll break down your tough walls and you‘ll have to stop pushing me away.”
“I push you away because I love you. I don’t want you to have to love a monster,” Mike sighed touching her cheek running his long fingers along her face.
“If you love me, than spend the day with me. Let me see this terrible monster you claim to be,” she smiled.
“Ok Sabrina, I am yours for the day,” he smiled.
“Thank you Mike,” she caressed his hand. “Come on downstairs with me.” She held his hand tightly pulling him downstairs.