Hey all! I'm BACK! Anyone missed me?

Sorry about the lack of updates... I've had nonstop exams and tests and to make things worse, I also lost the inspiration to write this story for awhile there.. but nothing to worry about! My inspiration came back and soon I'll have this story rolling once more!

I'd like to thank Kim (Therox4ever03) for responding to my email and for giving me great ideas for this story! (you've helped me out more than you'll ever know!) Thanks so much!

well.. enough of me talking.. i hope all of you won't find this chapter that boring.. i'll get started on chapter 15 soon! Enjoy!

Disclaimer: I don't own Passions. If I did, a lot of things would be WAY different!

Chapter 14: Invitation

Two weeks passed and before everyone knew it, Paloma had flown back to Mexico to finish up her school semester. Theresa was in her living room playing with Martin and Maria when the phone rang.

Placing the babies in their play pen, Theresa crossed the room, heading towards the phone and picked up the receiver. “Hello?”

“Resa… I’m bored. Can I come over?”

Theresa smiled, hearing Fox’s whiny voice at the other end. “Sure, you can come over if you want. I’m babysitting Marty and Maria tonight. Luis is taking Sheridan out for a romantic dinner and Miguel wants to spend some time with Kay.”

“Will they mind if I come over?”

“Of course not Fox! They like you.”

“Okay I’ll be over in about 10 minutes.”

Theresa placed down the receiver and went to check her reflection. Quickly tying her hair up in a long ponytail she settled down to play with Maria and Marty once more while waiting for Fox.

“Hey Theresa,” Luis said as he came into the room, fixing up his tie, “you’re sure that things will be okay here right?”

“Of course! I love spending time with my niece and nephew! Besides, Fox is coming over to keep me company.”

“Oh,” Luis remarked, “Fox is coming over huh?”

Theresa nodded, a smile forming on her face. “Yup. Where’s mama and Antonio?”

“Antonio and Beth are taking mama out to dinner at the Lobster Shack.”

“Oh,” Theresa nodded in understanding.

Right then, the doorbell rang and Luis headed towards the door to answer it. “Hey Fox,” he greeted inviting Fox in. “Thanks for coming over.”

“Thanks for letting me come over,” Fox replied.

Sheridan came down the stairs and after hearing wonderful complements from Theresa, she and Luis left for an evening of romance. Minutes after they left, Miguel and Kay left, heading towards the movie theatre.

Fox looked at Theresa. “What do you say we have some fun?”

After three straight hours of playing with Maria and Marty, Fox and Theresa finally put them to bed and collapsed down on the couch for some relaxation. Theresa leaned back with a contented sigh and closed her eyes, while Fox sat facing her.

“That was fun,” he stated with a grin on his face.

Theresa nodded in agreement, her eyes still closed. “It was.. but I never knew how much work went into taking care of children.”

“Think you’ll have kids of your own someday?”

She opened her eyes and glanced at Fox. “I’d like to have at least 3. And you?”

Fox looked thoughtful as he pondered the question. “Yeah I guess so. I never really thought about it though.”

“I think you’d make a great father Fox. You were great with Maria and Marty.”

He shrugged, and Theresa once again closed her eyes and leaned further back into the couch.

“Hey Resa?”

“Hmmm?” Her eyes opened and she gave him her complete attention.

Fox hesitated. His usual arrogant and confident smirk and playful expressions were gone and were replaced with a nervous look. He fidgeted around a little bit, looking unsure, while Theresa patiently waited to hear what Fox was struggling to say.

After what seemed like hours, but was only a matter of minutes, Fox finally spoke. “Would you like to have dinner with me tomorrow night?”

It was a full minute before Theresa realized what Fox had asked. Shock was replaced with excitement and Theresa felt a thrill of pleasure run through her body at the invitation. Her whole face lit up with delight as she answered, “I’d love too Fox! Causal date or Fancy date?”


Fox and Theresa smiled at one another as their dinner plans were made. Theresa was painfully aware of her heart pounding rapidly and loudly, and suddenly she was more than excited. She was ecstatic!

She grinned even wider as she saw Luis and Sheridan returning from their date, then she froze as a realization came to her.


Fox hummed as he finished getting dressed for his date with Theresa that night. ‘Looking good,’he thought, satisfied with his appearance, as he stared at his image in the mirror. He had spent the whole day making sure that their evening would be romantic and perfect. Theresa deserved nothing less. She was the hopeless romantic after all.

“Well don’t you look handsome,” a voice cooed from the doorway. Gwen pushed the door wide open and grinned. “Going somewhere Fox?”

The Crane heir narrowed his eyes in suspicion. The pregnant woman looked a little to happy for his liking. “Why do you want to know?”

“Just wondering why you’re so dressed up,” Gwen countered innocently.

Fox turned his attention back to the mirror. “Well if you must know,” he paused as he fixed his tie, “I’m taking Theresa to the Seascape.”

Gwen grinned happily hearing those words. “You two have gotten really close huh?”


“Okay I’ll leave you alone so you can finish getting ready. Have fun tonight Fox.”


Gwen left the room and Fox continued getting ready. He smiled. Tonight was the start of a brand new beginning.


Whitney sat on Theresa’s bed thumbing through a magazine as Theresa raced around her room in panic. Frantically searching through her closet, Theresa pulled out every dress she owned. One dress after the other, she held it up to her chest in front of her mirror, only to wrinkle her nose in disgust.

“Okay I take back what I just said. I have NOTHING to wear!”

Whitney paid no attention to her best friend as she kept flipping through the magazine she held. “Man, Brad Pitt is hot,” she vaguely commented.


The tennis star tore her attention away from the article she was reading and glanced at Theresa. “Honey, you own a lot of nice dresses. You look great in all of them!”

Theresa turned away from the mirror to face Whitney and gave her a look. “I don’t want to look great Whit. I want to look fantastic, desirable and downright sexy!”

Whitney sighed and shook her head, “Theresa, he’ll like anything you wear.”

“You don’t know that!” Theresa exclaimed.

“Theresita are you alright?” Pilar walked into her daughter’s room only to see the piles of clothes thrown everywhere. “What happened in here?”

“Theresa’s just nervous about her date with Fox tonight,” Whitney explained seeing as Theresa was still frantically looking through her closet, “she wants to look perfect.”

“What am I going to do?!” Theresa wailed. “Fox is coming in one hour!”

“Calm down mijo,” Pilar soothed. “I have just the thing.” And with that Pilar walked out of the room. A moment later, she returned with the most beautiful dress Theresa had ever seen.

It was a long red gown. Very simple but also very beautiful. Theresa fell in love with it instantly. “Oh mama,” she breathed, “can I wear this?”

“Of course Theresa. I bought this especially for you.”

“Oh thank you mama!” Quickly giving her mother a hug, she rushed off to get dressed. When she came out, she was absolutely breath taking.

“Fox is going to faint when he sees you,” Whitney announced.

Pilar had tears in her eyes as she gazed at her daughter. “You’re all grown up now.”

Theresa twirled around. “I feel like a princess!”

“Alright, let’s do your hair now, Fox will be here soon.”


Just as Whitney finished styling Theresa’s hair, the doorbell rang. Immediately Theresa froze. “Oh my god, he’s here!”

“Well, don’t just stand there girl! Go out to meet him!” Whitney encouraged.

Slowly, Theresa walked out of the room. She was getting more nervous by the second. As she walked down the stairs, her nervousness increased as she saw Fox chatting with her mother.

Fox looked up and stared as he saw Theresa standing at the top of the stairs. ‘She’s beautiful!’

As Theresa walked down the stairs, she was so nervous that she didn’t see the last step and tripped.

Right into Fox’s arms.

Both Whitney and Pilar bit back a laugh as they watched the interaction between the two.

“You alright?” Fox asked softly.

Theresa blushed and nodded. “Yeah, just nervous.” She tried making a joke of it, but Fox only shook his head.

“Nothing to be nervous about. You all ready to go?”

Theresa nodded still blushing. “Yup.”

Fox grinned shyly. ‘I’m glad I’m not the only one that’s nervous.’ “Alright, let’s get going! Don’t worry Pilar, I’ll take good care of Theresa.”

“I don’t doubt you for a moment,” Pilar said smiling as she waved them out the door, “Have a good time you two.”

“Bye mama!” Theresa called, taking Fox’s arm.

Pilar shut the door and then joined Whitney at the window. They watched as Fox opened the car door for Theresa, and then hurried to get into the car himself and drove away. “They make a great couple don’t they?” Whitney said.

Pilar nodded, feeling like a proud mother should. “Yes. As Theresita would say, 'it’s fate'. I have a feeling things will turn out well for those two and I wish them all the best.”

“Same here Mrs. Lopez-Fitzgerald.”