- Steele, Inc.-Atlanta
Steele in the
- Part 3
- Debra Talley &
(This story is part of the Brendan
- Remington and Laura shared a
bottle of cola as they walked around the grounds of the
observatory following Danny and his two friends. When they joined
the tour at the entrance, Laura quickly pointed out the sign which
said No Food or Drink
Allowed. Not wanting to
waste any of the cola, Remington finished off the bottle in one
- Remington and Laura soon found
themselves lagging behind the rest of the tour group. As they
walked along holding hands, Remington slipped his arm around
Laura's waist and stole a quick kiss. The guide frowned, but moved
on to the next exhibit. Remington and Laura lagged farther and
farther behind as they walked arm in arm whispering to each other.
The guide repeatedly cleared her throat in a futile effort to draw
- "Let's sneak away,"Laura finally
suggested, placing a kiss behind Remington's ear. "I know the
perfect place. We can meet up with the kids later."
Remington did not hesitate. They
quietly slipped off as the group moved on to a new exhibit. The guide
gave a sigh of relief and continued with her lecture.
Laura lost no time in leading
Remington to the observatory wall with the Marty Klopman/Laura Holt
heart painted on it. As soon as they climbed the wall and dropped to
the other side, Remington took Laura in his arms and kissed her
hungrily. He paused only long enough to murmur, "Remind me to send
Marty Klopman an extra big box of chocolate this Christmas."
- A while later, Remington and
Laura dropped down from behind the observatory wall and casually
brushed away the wrinkles in their clothing. The smiles on their
faces, however, were not as easy to brush away.
- Their timing was impeccable. The
tour had just ended and Danny and his friends were just exiting
- "Wow! That was some star show!"
- "Did you see the size of that
telescope?" one of his friends asked.
- "I did," Laura whispered,
caressing Remington's back.
- "Periscope, Laura. Periscope," he
- She only smiled wider.
- "How did you like the
observatory, Mr. Steele?" Danny's other friend politely
- "Oh, very much. There's something
very stimulating about an observatory," Remington admitted, his
grin even wider than Laura's.
- Suddenly Laura looked at her
watch and exclaimed, "Oh, no! If we don't hurry, we'll be late for
dinner. And you know how your mother hates to be kept waiting when
she's got dinner on the table."
- They all hurried to the waiting
limo. After dropping off both of Danny's friends, they headed for
the Piper home, where there found Donald standing in the driveway
looking for the family dog. As soon as the trio climbed from the
limo, the Piper patriarch gave Laura a hug, shook hands with
Remington and greeted his son.
- Then showing them the dog collar
in his hand, he said, "I got this new flea collar for Max, but now
I can't find the dumb dog to put it on him. Hold this for a
second, will you, Remington?" he asked, handing the collar to
- Donald then walked off,
alternately calling Max and whistling for him. Not knowing what to
do with the collar, Remington shoved it in his pocket and followed
Laura and Danny into the house.
- "Hi, Laura. Remington. Danny, go
wash up. We're ready to eat," Frances instructed as she met them
in the front hallway. "Where's Donald?"
- Just then he came in, saying, "I
still can't find that stupid dog. I'll look for him again after
dinner. Remington, maybe you can help me."
- "Be happy to, Donald," Remington
- Laura, suddenly remembering the
cola stashed in the limo, said, "Oh, Mr. Steele. Why don't you run
out to the limo and bring in a few bottles?"
- "Certainly. Donald, think you
could lend me a hand?"
- "Bottles? Sure. What did you
bring? A new wine?"
- "Actually, it's a new cola,"
Laura explained to Frances as the two men left. "It's not even out
on the market yet. We're protecting it until it's officially
- After Remington and Donald
returned with several bottles of cola, everyone sat down to enjoy
Frances' delicious dinner. The adults drank cola, but Frances
insisted the children drink milk. She did, however, agree to let
them have some later if they cleaned their plates.
- "How was your visit to the
observatory, Danny?" Frances asked conversationally.
- "We had a neat time," Danny
explained. "Aunt Laura and Mr. Steele let us ride in the limo! I
can't wait to tell the other kids about it tomorrow at school!
- "That's nice, dear. Laura, you
always loved the observatory when you were a teenager. Was it as
much fun as you remembered?"
- "Even more so," Laura told her
sister as she sipped her cola.
- "What about you, Remington? Are
you as fond of observatories as Laura is?"
- Remington grinned broadly.
"Absolutely. I've always had a great admiration for heavenly
- He stifled a scream as Laura
kicked him beneath the table.
- "What was that?" Frances
- "Ah, uh...As always, you've
outdone yourself once again, Frances."
- Frances glowed. "Thank you. It's
always nice to have your efforts appreciated. You know, Laura, I'd
be happy to give you some tips in the kitchen."
- "I'm discovering that Laura's
talents lie elsewhere, Frances," Remington quickly explained,
taking another swallow of cola.
- He swallowed even harder a moment
later as Laura's toes began inching their way up his leg beneath
the table. He gave her a warning look, but she just smiled coyly
and calmly took another swallow of her cola.
- "My little Frannie Pooh here
really knows how to cook --and I don't just mean in the kitchen,"
Donald said, winking at his wife.
- Frances blushed and swatted at
him, saying, "Oh, Donald. You're such a tease."
- "Yes, I certainly am. But not
nearly the tease you are, Sweetie Pie."
- As Laura watched Frances and
Donald cooing at each other, she decided to throw caution to the
wind. She began inching her foot higher and higher up Remington's
leg, enjoying the look of bemusement on his face.
- The kids by now had seen more
than enough lovey-dovey stuff from the adults.
- "Can I be excused?" Mindy begged.
"I've got homework!"
"Me, too," Danny and Laurie Beth
- "Since when do you have homework,
Laurie Beth?" Donald asked.
- "Not homework, Daddy. I just need
to give my dolly a bath," Laurie Beth clarified.
- "Yeah, and I said I'd help her!"
Danny blurted out.
- "You said you'd WHAT?!" Donald
asked incredulously, almost choking on his cola.
- "Don't you want dessert?" Frances
asked. "It's your favorite--chocolate cake with chocolate
- "Can we just have it for our
bedtime snack, Mom?!" Mindy pleaded. "Please?"
- "All right, kids. You're
excused," Donald said.
- The 3 of them hastily pushed back
their chairs and ran from the dining room, hoping to get out of
there before the adults started getting mushy again.
- "Just don't get near the dog!"
Donald yelled at their retreating forms. "I don't want fleas in
- "Let's skip dessert," Frances
whispered none too quietly into Donald's ear. "Better yet, I'll be
- They giggled at each other and
exchanged a long kiss. Remington and Laura, totally mesmerized by
this highly unusual display of marital affection, could only sit
- Frances suddenly came to her
senses, saw Laura and Remington staring at her across the dining
room table and quickly pulled herself together.
- "Yes...Well, give me a minute to
clear the table and I'll get the dessert," she said as she began
stacking the plates. "Why, Laura. You hardly ate anything. Is
anything wrong? Are you all right?"
- "I'm fine, Frances. I just wasn't
very hungry," Laura explained, looking first at Frances and then
- Remington could see by the look
in Laura's eyes that food would not satisfy the type of hunger she
- He tried to hide his
embarrassment by clearing his throat.
"Here, honey. Let me give you a
hand," Donald said, handing Frances the remainder of the dinner
"Laura, why don't you and Remington
go on into the living room," Frances suggested. "Donald and I will
bring out the cake and coffee in just a minute."
- Donald then pulled Laura and
Remington up from their chairs and practically shoved them through
the swinging door into the living room. They just looked at each
- As soon as they were alone,
Frances ran to Donald and gave him in a kiss which was full of
promise. As he put his arms around her, they toppled backwards on
to the table. Dishes rattled and a few pieces of silverware fell
onto the floor, but they didn't notice. Even if they had noticed,
they wouldn't have cared.
- When they were forced to come up
for air, Frances said, "Come on, Donald. Let's get out of
- "And go where?"
- Frances walked over to Laura's
purse, which was laying on the counter. Rummaging through it, she
located with Laura's keys. Holding them up for Donald to see, she
said, "Laura's loft. Remember all the fun we had there before,
- "Oh, Frannie!" Donald exclaimed
as he planted a big kissed on Frances' mouth. "You're as
outrageous as ever!"
- She grabbed his hand and started
dragging him towards the back door.
- "Hold on a minute! Shouldn't we
ask Laura first?" Donald asked.
- "She won't mind," Frances
insisted, once again pulling him toward the back door.
- "Frannie, wait! What about the
- "They'll be fine!" she insisted.
"Laura and Remington chase crooks and capture murderers every day;
Watching three children for a few hours should be child's play
compared to that!"
- "Still, don't you think we should
let them know we'll be gone?"
- Frances poked her head through
the swinging door and hollered, "Laura, you and Remington don't
mind watching the kids for a few hours, do you? We won't be
- She was gone before Laura or
Remington could utter a sound.
- "It's all set. Let's go," Frances
explained as she tempted Donald with caresses as they headed once
again for the back door. "Oh, and grab the cake!"
- Donald grabbed the cake and
rushed out the door behind Frances.
- "I sure don't know what's gotten
into us," he said as he unlocked the door to the limo with Laura's
- Frances sighed wistfully,
"Neither do I. But whatever it is, I like it!"
- "Me, too, Honey Lamb," Donald
agreed, throwing the limo into reverse and backing out of the
driveway. "Me, too."
- Laura and Remington sat primly on
the couch in the living room, trying desperately to behave
- "Care to tell me what we're
supposed to do with three kids for a couple of hours?" Laura
asked, not at all pleased by Frances and Donald's sudden
- Remington reached over and
lightly touched her cheek. "I don't know, Miss Holt. But I know
what I'd like to do with *you* for a couple of hours."
- "Oh? And just what is
- He gazed at her with such
intensity and longing that she suddenly felt weak. Sighing, she
crossed her arms and moved to the far end of the couch, saying,
"We can't. The kids, remember?"
- Remington sighed reluctantly.
"Oh, yes. We're playing house. "
- Laura glanced at him, focusing on
his words. He hadn't meant it as an innuendo, but that's how she
took it. Inching herself back over in his direction, she said,
"Playing house... Hmm...I hadn't thought of it in quite that way,
- Remington never had a chance to
respond. Laura tackled him, pinned him beneath her on the couch
and began kissing him. But before things could progress further,
all three kids walked into the room. The embarrassed couple
hastily straightened themselves, hoping their charges hadn't
- "Can we watch TV?" Danny asked.
"Our homework's all finished."
- "I didn't have any," Laurie Beth
- "Uh, yeah. Sure. That'll be
fine," Laura responded, having no idea whatsoever what the
- "Where are Mom and Daddy?" Mindy
- "Uh...They stepped out for a
moment. Had to take care of an urgent errand," Remington replied.
Then suddenly he got an idea which lit up his entire face. "Say,
kids! I noticed one of those small carnivals set up in that big
vacant lot next to the shopping center. How about if Miss Holt and
I take you down there? We can drop you off and pick you up in
say," he glanced at his watch, "a couple of hours. How would that
- "Mommy doesn't let us go out on
school nights," Mindy informed him.
- "Oh, but this is a special school
night," Remington said. "I'm sure your mother would
- "But I want to watch TV," Danny
- "Reruns. All reruns," Remington
- "I want to go," said Laurie
- "Of course you do," Remington
encouraged. "You all do. Come on, kids! Everybody into the car!"
Not giving them a chance to protest further, he began ushering
them towards the door.
- "Mr. Steele, what are you doing?"
Laura demanded, grabbing him by the arm before he could follow the
- "Giving us an opportunity to be
alone," he explained. When she looked at him like he had lost his
mind, he explained further. "It's simple, Miss Holt. We drop the
kids off at the carnival and then we come back here for a few
hours of uninterrupted bliss. Afterwards, we'll simply go back and
pick up the kids."
- Remington took a quick look
outside and saw the kids climbing into the family station
- "Well, I guess we won't be taking
the limo," he groaned. "It appears Donald and Frances confiscated
your loft *and* the limo."
- "My loft?"
- "Certainly. Where else would they
go for a romantic interlude?"
- "A motel?" Laura
- "Frances and Donald? Really,
Laura," Remington said, horrified by Laura's suggestion. "Now,
back to the situation at hand. With the limo gone, we'll just have
to use the family station wagon. But I'd really rather you drive.
It wouldn't look proper for Remington Steele to be seen driving
such a symbol of suburbia. "
- "Really, Mr. Steele," Laura
sighed, rolling her eyes. "Even if I *did* agree to drive, we
can't just leave the kids at the carnival by themselves. If
Frances ever found out they weren't being supervised, she'd kill
- "Um, I suppose you're right,"
Remington reluctantly admitted after he had thought about it for a
moment. "I'm open to suggestions, Miss Holt."
- "Well, you did promise them the
carnival. And since you are a man of your word, I suppose the
carnival it will have to be."
- "We go with them," Laura
- That obviously did not sit well
- "And we take them on all of the
rides," she added.
- That sat even worse with
- "You know, Laura; somehow I get
the feeling this is your idea," Remington said as Laura locked the
front door and they headed for the car. "You want to go to that
carnival as much as the kids do."
- She didn't mention that the kids
didn't even want to go in the first place. She merely shrugged and
patted his chest, saying, "Well, you know how I love circuses and
carnivals, Mr. Steele. Cheer up; it won't be all bad. Maybe we can
find a Tunnel of Love --or at least a dark, secluded
- "Knowing you, the mood will
probably strike while we're on the roller coaster," Remington
grumbled, getting into the passenger side of the car while Laura
got behind the wheel.
- Just then, a large furry dog
bounded up to the car.
- "Max!" all three kids
- "Max?" Remington and Laura
- "I'll bet he's been in that patch
of poison ivy in the backyard near the fence--the one Mom told Dad
to dig up," Danny explained. "Max always acts this way when he's
been in it."
- "Jumping higher than the car, eh?
Must be some poison ivy," Remington remarked as Laura drove off,
leaving the dog to his antics.
"No Tunnel of Love. Not even a
dark, secluded corner," Remington grumbled for the fourth time in
the past half hour. "And this place is even noisier than your
But Laura didn't seem to mind. She
and the children were enjoying themselves.
- "Why don't you get us something
to drink, Mr. Steele?"she suggested as they all came out of the
- "I'll go back to the car and get
some cola," Remington offered. "The refreshments here are too
- "We brought the station wagon,"
Laura reminded him. "The cola is in the limo. Remember?"
- Remington smiled. "Actually,
Donald and I put a couple of bottles in the station wagon when we
went out to the limo before supper."
- "What an unexpected pleasure!"
Laura exclaimed with glee. "I don't know what it is about that
stuff, but it does begin to grow on you after awhile."
"Yes, it does," he agreed. "It's not
exactly Dom Perignon, but it does have advantages of its own."
"You certainly weren't complaining
last night in the limo," she teased.
"Shh...not in front of the children,"
Remington quickly warned, pointing to the kids walking behind them
happily munching on cotton candy.
"Of course," Laura quickly agreed.
"We'll just go ahead and get in line over at the ferris wheel. You
can meet us there after you get the cola."
A few minutes later, Remington was
working his way through the ferris wheel line to where Laura was
standing with the kids.
- "Uh, pardon me. Excuse me. Watch
you backs. Excuse me, ladies. Coming through."
- "Hey, who said you could cut in?"
a large man bellowed, giving him an icy stare.
- "I'm not cutting in. Not really,"
Remington tried to explain. "My associate...I mean, my wife is up
there holding our place in line. That's her with our three little
That did the trick; the man let
"What took you so long?" Laura
asked when Remington finally caught up to them. "We're almost to
the front of the line."
"The crowd is terrible, Laura. Very
hostile," he explained, handing her a cola. "Here, you'd better drink
fast if you want to ride on this round. They won't let you on with
"Didn't you bring the kids anything?"
"There were only two bottles, and I
already drank mine."
"Then I'll have to share mine with
the kids. Find me some cups somewhere," Laura instructed
Luckily, the kids had noticed a water
fountain earlier and remembered there were paper cups beside it. They
gave Remington directions and he took off running, barely making it
back in time for Laura to pour each of the kids a few swallows. She
quickly finished off the rest just as it was their turn to climb
aboard the ferris wheel.
The kids crawled into the first
enclosed basket while Remington and Laura crawled into the next one
as it came around. They were the last ones allowed on the wheel
during that round.
"Lovely view," Laura commented as
they were lifted high into the air and began going around. She
snuggled closer to Remington as the wind began to ruffle her hair. He
slipped his arm around her, savoring this rare carefree side of
herself she was providing him with.
The ride was soon over. The kids were
deposited on the ground and Remington and Laura were waiting for
their turn to disembark. Something, however, went wrong. The wheel
jerked and inched backwards, putting Laura and Remington back on the
very top of the wheel. The operator pulled and pushed on the wheel's
workings, but nothing happened. The ferris wheel would not
"Don't worry, folks!" the operator
yelled up at Remington and Laura, who were the only two people still
aboard. "We'll have you down in a jiffy! I'll go get some help, so
just sit tight!"
Remington looked at Laura and
shrugged as the operator ran for help. "Well, you heard him," he told
her. "Just sit tight."
"I guess that's about all we can do,"
Laura agreed. "Unless you'd like to climb down another ferris
- He shook his head. "Not tonight.
Besides, like you said, there's a lovely view up here."
- "Really, Mr. Steele," Laura said,
blushing slightly under his penetrating gaze.
- Remington leaned over and kissed
her. Laura responded, returning his kiss with very evident
enthusiasm. If the ferris wheel had been powered by passion, it
would have begun spinning wildly. Because it was such a tight
squeeze, it was a very unlikely spot in which to 'trip the light
fantastic.' But as Laura and Remington were very aware, where
there's a will, there's a way. They certainly had the will and
they somehow made a way. The enclosed basket came dangerously
close to tipping over several times, but Remington and Laura were
oblivious to everything except each other.
- The operator returned shortly
with a maintenance crew. For a minute, the men just stood on the
ground watching the swaying basket. They were clearly undecided
what to do regarding the couple at the top. Should they bring them
down now and risk embarrassing them, or leave them up there until
they were more composed?
- They began working on the wheel
slowly, hoping that by the time the ride was repaired and in
working order, the couple would be ready to come down. It wasn't
too long before the gears began to grind and groan. Following a
series of jerks, the wheel began to move again.
- Remington and Laura braced
themselves as the wheel started up and began bringing them down.
They were surprised to hear the crowd applauding as they finally
stepped out of their basket, but they assumed it was because they
had been safely rescued. Little did they know they had been the
most fascinating sideshow at the carnival that evening. It
wouldn't be until later that they would realize exactly what they
had been doing, where they had been while doing it and how very
dangerous it had been.
- "Splendid job, gentlemen. Thank
you very much," Remington told he maintenance crew. "Please, carry
- "He certainly has been,"
commented a crew member under his breath.
- At the first sign of Remington
and Laura's antics, the Piper children had retreated in
embarrassment. After frantically searching the crowd, Laura and
Remington finally spotted them sitting by themselves on a bench in
a far corner of the park.
- "Ah, there you are!" Remington
exclaimed. "As you can see, we're safe and sound."
- "Why did you run off?" Laura
scolded. "We've been looking all over for you! Why didn't you just
stay put by the ferris wheel? You knew they'd get us down
- Mindy replied, "Aunt Laura, Mr.
Steele, can we please go home now? We're tired."
- "Yeah; real tired," Danny
- "So soon?" Remington asked,
surprised. "Well, I suppose if you're really that tired, we should
- The kids bolted for the car,
running with their heads down.
- "They don't seem that that tired
to me," Remington said as he and Laura hurried to keep up.
Frances and Donald still weren't back
when the gang returned to the house. The kids left Laura and
Remington to themselves and headed to the den to watch
"I worked up quite a thirst on that
ferris wheel," Remington said as he headed into the kitchen. "How
about you, Miss Holt?"
- Laura nodded, so he poured them
each a glass of cola. Taking their glasses into the living room,
they sat down on the couch.
- "You know, Laura," Remington idly
commented, sipping his cola. "I rather enjoyed myself tonight at
- "You mean you enjoyed yourself on
the ferris wheel," Laura said, snuggling up to him.
- "Well, yes, that too. But you
know, I never knew what a truly unique experience it would be
accompanying children to an amusement park. Taking them on the
rides...Feeding them cotton candy...Seeing the joy on their faces.
It's something I wouldn't mind doing again in the future."
- Even though Laura was barely
listening, she had caught the words "unique experience." Nuzzling
Remington's neck, she said, "Our day has been filled with unique
experiences, hasn't it, Mr. Steele?"
- As they began to share another
kiss, they heard a slight cough. Looking up and seeing Laurie Beth
standing in the doorway, they lost no time in moving to opposite
ends of the couch.
- "Ah, yes. What can we do for you,
Mary Beth?" Remington asked.
- "*Laurie* Beth," Laura corrected
with a laugh.
- "Tommy's at the back door,"
Laura's youngest niece said in a small voice. "He wants to know if
he can come in and play for a while."
- "Who's Tommy?" Laura
- "He lives next door."
- "Well, I don't see any harm in
that," Remington replied.
- "But only for a little while,"
- Laurie Beth scampered off and
returned shortly with a boy a few years older than herself. They
waved to Laura and Remington as they headed to the family
As soon as the children were safely
out of sight, Laura began cautiously inching her way back into
Remington's arms. She would have made it, too, if Mildred hadn't
suddenly walked into the room.
"Mildred!?" Laura exclaimed in
- "Where did you come from?"
Remington asked, slapping Laura's hand away from his leg.
- "Nobody heard me when I knocked
at the front door, so I went around to the back and came in with
that kid Tommy," she explained. "Care to explain why you two
didn't hear me knock? I mean, you *are* sitting right by the
- Laura opened her mouth to
explain, but Mildred stopped her. "Never mind; I don't think I
want to know."
- "That explains how you ended up
in the living room, Mildred, but it still doesn't explain what
you're doing here, " Remington said.
- "You're not going to like this,
Boss," Mildred said hesitantly. "And I really hate to have to tell
you about it, but..."
"Mildred!" Remington said
impatiently, encouraging her to get on with it.
"Okay. Ralph and I were out earlier
this evening and we stopped for a minute at the market so I could
pick up a few things. So we were at the checkout counter and Ralph
noticed that evening's issue of The L.A. Inquirer, hot off the press. Afraid you two made the
cover again," she explained, holding it up for them to see.
- Both of them gasped as they
looked at the latest edition of the daily rag.
- "At least the headline isn't as
large as the other one. And the picture isn't quite as...
revealing," Mildred pointed out, trying to look on the bright
- "Let me see that," Remington
said, snatching it out of her hands.
- Beneath a picture of Remington
and Laura on the upper corner of the cover was the caption
Snub Splits Remington
Steele Pair. Remington
turned to the page and began reading aloud: Detective Remington Steele outraged
secretary Laura Jolt when at the last minute, he refused to join
her as presenter at an awards bash. The coordinator of the event
dumped Ms. Jolt and brought in three actresses from a popular soap
opera to hand out the awards. Ms. Jolt was steaming."
- Hoping there was nothing more but
fearful there was, Remington flipped through the rest of the
tabloid. "Oh, no," he groaned as he encountered yet another
- He made no protest as Laura
grabbed it from him and read it aloud: Famed P.I. Remington Steele Checks Out
Another Ladies' Room.
Well, at least it can't get any worse," Laura rationalized.
- "I'm afraid it can," Mildred said
as she pointed out a picture of Remington with a the bandage on
his forehead. The accompanying blurb had him claiming that Laura
had caused the injury by hitting him.
- "That was a joke, Laura,"
- "We know that," Laura sighed,
"but unfortunately, no one else does. Everyone will think we're
having a feud and that I get my kicks beating you up. "
- Remington sighed remorsefully.
"Even worse, everyone will think I get *my* kicks by going into
- "Yeah, Boss. They'll think you're
a some sort of a pervert. Or at the very least, a peeping Tom,"
- Remington glared at her.
"Mildred, is it really necessary to elaborate?"
- "I guess not," Mildred answered
sheepishly. "Guess I should just leave now, huh?"
- "Just a minute, Mildred," Laura
said as she suddenly got an idea. "Would you mind staying with the
kids for a little while? They're in the family room watching
- "Well, actually, Miss Holt, Ralph
and I ..."
- "Thank you *so* much, Mildred!"
Laura said as she grabbed Remington's arm and began pulling him to
the front door. "Mr. Steele and I will only be gone a few minutes.
The kids won't be a bit of trouble!"
- Laura gave Remington a shove and
pushed him out the door before rushing out herself a moment
- Mildred never had a
- To be continued...
This story copyrighted 1982-2002 by
Debra Talley. The characters of Remington
- are used without
permission. It is purely for entertainment purposes.