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Nothing Gets Through Ch. 07

- Nothing Gets Through Ch. 07 © 2009 All Rights Reserved "Oh, wow," said Dee, throwing her head back on the sofa. "That was great. I'm so glad they won." Lani grinned. It was Monday night and Dee...

By: PennLady | Category: Love Stories | Score: 5| Added: 28 Oct 2011

Nothing Gets Through Ch. 08

- Nothing Gets Through Ch. 08 © 2009 All rights reserved Lani sat at her desk, eyes half-glazed as she scrolled through the table on the monitor. The numbers were stupor-inducing and she thought ho...

By: PennLady | Category: Love Stories | Score: 4.9| Added: 29 Oct 2011

Nothing Gets Through Ch. 09

- Nothing Gets Through Ch. 09 © 2009 All rights reserved "Lani, it wasn't your fault," Dee told her. They were in the makeshift break room at the office. Their non-profit was doing well, but hadn't...

By: PennLady | Category: Love Stories | Score: 4.9| Added: 30 Oct 2011

Nothing Gets Through Ch. 10

- Nothing Gets Through Ch. 10 © 2009 All Rights Reserved Lani curled up on the couch as she waited for Dom to come back with the wine. It was five days before Christmas, and the team's schedule was...

By: PennLady | Category: Love Stories | Score: 4.9| Added: 31 Oct 2011

Nothing Gets Through Ch. 11

- Nothing Gets Through Ch. 11 © 2009 All rights reserved "So how was it?" Dee asked. Lani sighed. "Great, so long as Jason and I weren’t in the same room." "Are you serious?" Dee asked. She sho...

By: PennLady | Category: Love Stories | Score: 4.9| Added: 01 Nov 2011

Nothing Gets Through Ch. 12

- Nothing Gets Through Ch. 12 © 2009 All rights reserved "Hey." Lani looked up from her laptop, blinking as her eyes adjusted from the LCD display to the real world. She focused on Dom standing in ...

By: PennLady | Category: Love Stories | Score: 4.8| Added: 02 Nov 2011

Nothing Gets Through Ch. 13

- Nothing Gets Through Ch. 13 © 2009 All rights reserved I will not cry, Lani told herself. I will not. She wiped at any tears that dared escape her eyes. So Dom blamed her, just like Jason d...

By: PennLady | Category: Love Stories | Score: 4.9| Added: 03 Nov 2011

Rhythm and the Blue Line Ch 01

- © 2011 All rights reserved "I gotta go, man," said Mark. "I told Hilary I'd meet her." "Right." Brody grinned. "You're just mad because I was kicking your ass at Madden." Mark rolled his eyes. "...

By: PennLady | Category: Love Stories | Score: 4.7| Added: 16 Nov 2011

Rhythm and the Blue Line Ch 02

- Rhythm and the Blue Line Ch 02 © 2011 All rights reserved "So, Mark, what's the story with Ryan?" Brody asked a couple of days later. They sat in the dressing room, lacing up their skates before p...

By: PennLady | Category: Love Stories | Score: 4.9| Added: 17 Nov 2011

Rhythm and the Blue Line Ch 03

- Rhythm and the Blue Line Ch 03 © 2011 All rights reserved "Hi, Mom," Ryan said. "Hi, sweetie. How are you? I've been worried about you. Maybe you should come home while you heal up." "I'm fine...

By: PennLady | Category: Love Stories | Score: 4.8| Added: 18 Nov 2011

Rhythm and the Blue Line Ch 04

- Rhythm and the Blue Line Ch 04 © 2011 All rights reserved Brody stared at the screen. " This is what you watch when you're upset?" "I warned you." Ryan reached into the bag of chips. "You're the...

By: PennLady | Category: Love Stories | Score: 4.9| Added: 19 Nov 2011

Rhythm and the Blue Line Ch 05

- © 2011 All Rights Reserved A week later, Ryan was pleased to be in a soft cast. Her ankle hurt far less and she was off her crutches, but she couldn't wait to be done with the whole damn thing. At l...

By: PennLady | Category: Love Stories | Score: 5| Added: 22 Nov 2011

Rhythm and the Blue Line Ch 06

- A few days later, Brody huffed out a breath as he dropped onto the bench in the dressing room. He grabbed some Gatorade and gulped it down, exchanging high-fives with his teammates as they filed past....

By: PennLady | Category: Love Stories | Score: 4.8| Added: 23 Nov 2011

Rhythm and the Blue Line Ch 07

- "Jason was a piece of work, wasn't he?" Lara shook her head as she drove them home. "He was." Ryan paused, trying to get a sense of Lara's mood. "No worse than usual, I guess, but he does get under ...

By: PennLady | Category: Love Stories | Score: 5| Added: 24 Nov 2011

Rhythm and the Blue Line Ch 08

- After going over a new song with Lara in the morning and grabbing an early lunch at the mall, Ryan made her way over to Crystal City to pick up a Zipcar. Working with Lara had kept her from dwelling o...

By: PennLady | Category: Love Stories | Score: 5| Added: 25 Nov 2011

Rhythm and the Blue Line Ch 09

- Brody drummed his fingers on his knee and bounced his leg as he sat on the team bus. They'd be on their way to Philly soon and few things got the Capitals pumped like a game against the Flyers, eve...

By: PennLady | Category: Love Stories | Score: 4.9| Added: 30 Nov 2011

Rhythm and the Blue Line Ch 10

- Saturday morning Brody woke up and groaned as his leg throbbed. He'd gone down to block a shot in the game against Philly, caught the puck above his knee, and it still hurt. Given that, he'd talked...

By: PennLady | Category: Love Stories | Score: 4.9| Added: 01 Dec 2011

Rhythm and the Blue Line Ch 11

- Brody waited for Mark and Hilary near the Foggy Bottom-GWU Metro station. He was looking forward to the show and seeing Ryan perform. When he thought about growing up, he always remembered music in th...

By: PennLady | Category: Love Stories | Score: 4.8| Added: 02 Dec 2011

Rhythm and the Blue Line Ch 12

- Brody debated what they might do now that the gig was over. It was fall, so a lot of places closed early. On the other hand, the weather was still decent, so he suggested they go to Old Town Alexandri...

By: PennLady | Category: Love Stories | Score: 4.8| Added: 03 Dec 2011

Rhythm and the Blue Line Ch 13

- A week later, Ryan was on the UMD campus. She walked over to the statue of the diamondback terrapin, symbol of the school's teams, and rubbed its head. The week had been hectic, including a tense dinn...

By: PennLady | Category: Love Stories | Score: 4.8| Added: 09 Dec 2011

Rhythm and the Blue Line Ch 14

- Three days later, on a game-free Tuesday night, Brody whistled as he flipped a zucchini pancake over. Mark eyed the contents of the pan warily. "What is that?" "A zucchini pancake with angel hair ...

By: PennLady | Category: Love Stories | Score: 4.9| Added: 11 Dec 2011

Rhythm and the Blue Line Ch 15

- The next night, Ryan was sitting with her guitar, deep into a song when she heard Lara come in. "So, how's it going with the boyfriend?" Ryan looked up to see her friend leaning against the wall, ...

By: PennLady | Category: Love Stories | Score: 4.7| Added: 12 Dec 2011

Rhythm and the Blue Line Ch 16

- Ryan gave herself a mental shake as she got her guitar out. It was Saturday, and in seven days, they'd be headlining at the 9:30 Club. She thought she must be excited; she kept telling herself the...

By: PennLady | Category: Love Stories | Score: 4.8| Added: 16 Dec 2011

Rhythm and the Blue Line Ch 17

- Brody tromped into the dressing room after practice. It had been a good day so far, he thought. He'd talked with his parents and they were coming East for Christmas, along with a couple of his sibling...

By: PennLady | Category: Love Stories | Score: 5| Added: 17 Dec 2011

Rhythm and the Blue Line Ch 18

- Ryan laughed to herself as she hung up the phone. She did feel a little guilty about conning Brody into bringing her food, but she reminded herself that they had had plans, and he likely would have ma...

By: PennLady | Category: Love Stories | Score: 4.8| Added: 18 Dec 2011

Rhythm and the Blue Line Ch 19

- Ryan sat at her desk, willing the time to pass. It was Friday and she was itching to get out of the office. She'd been distracted all day, thinking about the gig the following night. Plus, she wanted ...

By: PennLady | Category: Love Stories | Score: 5| Added: 19 Dec 2011

Rhythm and the Blue Line Ch 20

- Rhythm and the Blue Line Part 6 © 2011 All Rights Reserved The next morning, Ryan stretched and rolled over in her bed, but Brody wasn't there. She blinked awake and frowned, wondering how late ...

By: PennLady | Category: Love Stories | Score: 5| Added: 20 Dec 2011

Rhythm and the Blue Line Ch 21

- At the sound check, Ryan found herself more relaxed than she'd ever been preparing for a gig. It almost made her laugh. Jason's absence was liberating, and added weight to the others' argument that pe...

By: PennLady | Category: Love Stories | Score: 4.8| Added: 21 Dec 2011

Rhythm and the Blue Line Ch 22

- Ryan's phone beeped as she and Brody walked to the club. She checked the screen and touched the icon to see Evan's text message. I had to promise to come to dinner with Mom and Dad next week. You ow...

By: PennLady | Category: Love Stories | Score: 5| Added: 22 Dec 2011

Rhythm and the Blue Line Ch 23

- "They're good, Langer," Bax shouted over the crowd. "Really good." Brody nodded and watched his musician up on stage. She looked fantastic and the band sounded great. He wondered once more if she kn...

By: PennLady | Category: Love Stories | Score: 4.9| Added: 23 Dec 2011

Rhythm and the Blue Line Ch 24

- © 2011 All Rights Reserved Four weeks later, on a Friday in the middle of January, Ryan was at work but all of her attention was on Lara. "We got it?" Ryan kept her voice down as she gripped the p...

By: PennLady | Category: Love Stories | Score: 4.8| Added: 03 Jan 2012

Rhythm and the Blue Line Ch 25

- The incessant buzz of his alarm clock usually had Brody up right away, but this time it took him a good ten seconds of flailing before he found the button to shut it off. The team had played the night...

By: PennLady | Category: Love Stories | Score: 4.8| Added: 04 Jan 2012

Rhythm and the Blue Line Ch 26

- Ryan knocked on Brody's door, bursting to tell him about the tour. Word had gotten around, and she'd gotten congratulatory calls from Annette and others, but it wasn't quite the same. She was about to...

By: PennLady | Category: Love Stories | Score: 4.9| Added: 06 Jan 2012

Rhythm and the Blue Line Ch 27

- It was almost two weeks later before Ryan could find a night clear of hockey and basketball games, not to mention a time where she had no rehearsal scheduled. As they rode out to Chantilly in his ca...

By: PennLady | Category: Love Stories | Score: 4.6| Added: 07 Jan 2012

Rhythm and the Blue Line Ch 28

- The night after meeting Ryan's parents, Brody was playing pool with Drew, Bax, and Tolya at an Arlington sports bar. He took his shot, missed, and stepped back for Drew, and told them about the dinner...

By: PennLady | Category: Love Stories | Score: 4.6| Added: 10 Jan 2012

Rhythm and the Blue Line Ch 29

- Brody leaned forward on the bench and glanced up at the clock. Less than three minutes left, and they had a one-goal lead over visiting Toronto. The refs blew the play dead and everyone sat back and t...

By: PennLady | Category: Love Stories | Score: 4.8| Added: 11 Jan 2012

Rhythm and the Blue Line Ch 30

- Brody was quiet as he sat on the team bus the next day for the ride up to New York, still mulling over seeing Ryan the night before. This was one relationship area he had no experience with—the post-b...

By: PennLady | Category: Love Stories | Score: 4.9| Added: 12 Jan 2012

Rhythm and the Blue Line Ch 31

- March brought a lot of wind and rain, and Ryan felt like she'd walked through it all on her way home from work. She went into her apartment, hoping the quiet would alleviate her headache. It had been ...

By: PennLady | Category: Love Stories | Score: 4.9| Added: 13 Jan 2012

Rhythm and the Blue Line Ch 32

- Ryan had just saved her work log when her phone rang. She answered, hoping it wasn't a last-minute request for anything. She was anxious to finish up and get out; Brody was going to pick her up and th...

By: PennLady | Category: Love Stories | Score: 4.7| Added: 14 May 2012

Rhythm and the Blue Line Ch 33

- "Remember this place?" Rick clapped Brody on the shoulder as they entered the bar. "I don't know—wait." Brody looked around. "Is this the place you took me when I turned twenty-one?" Rick grinned....

By: PennLady | Category: Love Stories | Score: 4.9| Added: 15 May 2012

Rhythm and the Blue Line Ch 34

- Ryan ignored her cell phone and focused her attention on sorting through clothes to pack for the tour and clothes to store. "Hey, you going to answer that?" Lara stood in the doorway. "Nope. It's ...

By: PennLady | Category: Love Stories | Score: 4.9| Added: 16 May 2012

Rhythm and the Blue Line Ch 35

- Brody opened the door and laughed when Ryan threw her arms around him. "I missed you, too." He hugged her with one arm while closing the door with the other. Ryan looked up at him. "I can't believe ...

By: PennLady | Category: Love Stories | Score: 4.9| Added: 17 May 2012

Rhythm and the Blue Line Ch 36

- Brody hung by the blue line, waiting for his defensemen to get to the puck out of the corner. Time slowed as players jabbed at the puck, trying to free it from under skates and sticks. After what seem...

By: PennLady | Category: Love Stories | Score: 4.8| Added: 26 Jun 2012

Rhythm and the Blue Line Ch 37

- Ryan downed the soda she'd ordered at the bar. They were in Hartford, Connecticut. She felt the stage fright creeping up but ignored it. Once they'd gotten through the first couple of shows, her anxie...

By: PennLady | Category: Love Stories | Score: 5| Added: 27 Jun 2012

Rhythm and the Blue Line Ch 38

- Game five back in Washington was even more tightly-contested than game four in Montréal. Brody saw the puck sliding to the corner and charged after it. He caught a flash of white out of the corner o...

By: PennLady | Category: Love Stories | Score: 4.9| Added: 03 Jul 2012

Rhythm and the Blue Line Ch 39

- After watching Brody suffer his concussion, Ryan could not sleep. She laid in bed and dozed fitfully at best, giving up around seven a.m. She dressed quietly to avoid waking Lara and went for a walk. ...

By: PennLady | Category: Love Stories | Score: 5| Added: 04 Jul 2012

Rhythm and the Blue Line Ch 40

- Ryan found herself with time on her hands. The sound check was finished for their next show and she'd had lunch. With a few empty hours in front of her, she considered a swim in the hotel's pool. Upon...

By: PennLady | Category: Love Stories | Score: 4.8| Added: 05 Jul 2012

Rhythm and the Blue Line Ch 41

- Brody checked the lasagna while he waited for Ryan. He hoped she hadn't gotten stuck in traffic, although he figured she'd call if something like that happened. It seemed strange that the six weeks w...

By: PennLady | Category: Love Stories | Score: 4.7| Added: 06 Jul 2012

Rhythm and the Blue Line Ch 42

- Lara looked at Ryan over the top of her latté. "You guys fought over a tour again?" "Well, we didn't exactly fight," Ryan said with a rueful smile. "I got out before it became a fight. But there wa...

By: PennLady | Category: Love Stories | Score: 4.8| Added: 09 Jul 2012

Rhythm and the Blue Line Ch 43

- "Did you have a good time?" Brody asked. "Yeah, I did. Thanks for taking me." Ryan smiled to cover the awkwardness she felt. It had been a nice evening, despite the undercurrent of tension between ...

By: PennLady | Category: Love Stories | Score: 4.7| Added: 10 Jul 2012

Rhythm and the Blue Line Ch 44

- Brody was bored. He stared up at the ceiling, wondering just how bored he could get. It was the middle of July and no one was around. Mark was gone for the summer, Bax and his family had returned to ...

By: PennLady | Category: Love Stories | Score: 4.8| Added: 11 Jul 2012

Rhythm and the Blue Line Ch 45

- Ryan covered a yawn as she walked into the hotel lobby. The show had gone well and she was beat. Tired enough, she had decided, to head back to her room while the others hung out somewhere. Her fatig...

By: PennLady | Category: Love Stories | Score: 4.9| Added: 12 Jul 2012