Flip Side of Yesterday-Chloe McDaniel was twin to Crystal. They went to a party at a friends house and both saw Ross Stephenson there. They flipped a 2 headed coin for dibs at introducing themselves to him. Chloe won because the coin was hers. They hit it off and she ended up losing her virginity that night during her first Thanksgiving break of college. She returned home and her and Crystal got in a fight over her actions. Crystal stormed out to her car and drove off. She died in a car accident. Chloe blamed herself and cut herself off from everyone.
It was 11 years later now and she was a geological consultant and one of the founding partners of Earth Science Education, Inc. She was hired by her state Senator to argue against the proposed Rye Beach Resort and Condominium Complex. It was being proposed by the president of the Hansen Corporation, Ross Stephenson. She was startled to see him.
She planned on returning home after the town hall meeting but her car wouldn't start. Ross took her back to the hotel where he was staying and got Chloe a room. They ate, talked, and kissed. They were both still physically attracted to each other but in Chloe's case, there was a lot of stored up guilt.
They went their separate ways and Chloe didn't expect to see him again but he showed up in town to visit with her. He was determined to get her attention and he did. He stayed close by over the weekend and they ended up sleeping together again. She was still hesitant to let the relationship go any further. They talked about the guilt she was still holding inside. He told her that it was time to accept the past and learn to live with it. Ross told her that she need to reconcile with her family and allow them back into her life. He also told her that he was in love with her and wanted to marry her.
Chloe let that sink in for awhile and knew that he was right, she was just slow about getting it done. He hired her firm as consultants for their firm and asked her to work with him. She reluctantly agreed but left her assistant to try and deal with Ross as much as Ross would let him.
Ross had decided that since they only had the one night together 11 years ago, they needed to get to know each other this time around. He spent as much time as he could spare with her. Her company accepted the job and she went to visit her parents. She spent Thanksgiving with her family for the first time since the loss of her sister. She and Ross talked about that too.
Chloe's business partner, Lee, told Chloe that it was obvious that she was in love with Ross and that she should admit it and tell him. Chloe told Ross that she loved him and that she would marry him.
Lilac Awakening-Anne Boulton's husband had died in a plane crash and she quickly tired of everyone asking about her and trying to take care of her. She was beginning to feel suffocated so she chose to take a week off and go to Vermont to get away. Shortly after she arrived, she found out that the real estate agent had rented the same cabin to Mitch. Mitch thought that one of his friends had set him up with a girl so he kissed Anne senseless. She struggled and he let up. It was raining outside and he was irritable. He told her that he wasn't leaving and she said the same thing. They stayed in separate rooms and decided to talk in the morning. She noticed that one of his arms appeared injured.
Morning came he was extremely loud in the kitchen and yelled at her for the arrangement of the pans and cooking items. He didn't seem to have any qualms about eating her food or criticizing her cooking skills. This lasted for a few days. She refused to budge on leaving so they both decided to stay but in separate rooms. Throughout the week they learned to manage around each other and even became friendly. It was September and he told her he would be back the week before Thanksgiving. She told him that she would remember that he was coming. Anne then headed back to her friends and family in NY.
She was nervous but she came back before Thanksgiving and they talked more. She was excited to see him. They talked about his wife and Mitch told her that she had also died. He told her there was a special person in his life and she wasn't a tall person. Anne and Mitch still didn't know each other's last names. He asked her to come back and she did in February. Each time they got to know each other a little bit more each time. They met again in March.
Her family noticed that Anne seemed to be healing from the loss of her husband. They were also putting pressure on her to sue the airlines for the loss. She mentioned this to Mitch. Mitch was fighting not sleeping with Anne. They almost had sex and he gave her the keys to the cabin and told her that he owned it. She spotted him once in New York. He was with his sister, she found out eventually. He noticed that she was acting slightly jealous.
They met again at the cabin just before they were supposed to meet with the airline attorneys. They finally had sex and she told Mitch she was in love with him. He seemed distant when they left and she didn't understand why.
She returned home and went with her father-in-law to meet with the airline attorneys. She found out that Mitch was Mitch Anderson who owned the airline. She was told that he was suing the manufacturer of the airplane because of a defect. Anne was very upset that he hadn't told her who he was at that point. She refused to see him. She didn't answer his calls and slammed the door on his face when he came by. He eventually used her parents to get her to agree to take a trip with them but it was Mitch who picked her up. He picked her up with his daughter in the car. She felt like she couldn't refuse in front of her. She went to the cabin and spent a week there with them both. Mitch's parents came and picked her up and they were now alone. He forced her to listen to his side of the story. He told her he didn't want to lose her. He had lost his wife and hurt his arm in an car wreck with him driving. Then the airplane crashed and he felt things getting out of control. He was scared. Anne looked at it from his point-of-view and admitted that she understood. He told her that he loved her and wanted to marry her. She again said she was in love with him and that it was time to introduce him to her family. She noticed that it was spring outside and the lilacs were in bloom and told him so. Reply