Chapter 4.66 – Skiing and Confessions

“This is gonna be a piece of cake,” said Tyler once he and Veronica got to the bunny hill. There’s hardly any slope to it at all, he thought, how hard could it be? Tons of people do it everyday.

His comment was met with full on laughter by Veronica. “We shall see my sweet,” she said in a cackling voice that made him think of the wicked witch of the west.

True to her word, he fell – a lot – in the beginning before he figured it out.

Veronica walked over to him after he fell yet again. “Okay big guy,” she said, “wanna take a break before we take the lift to a real slope? You’re doing pretty good, just need to work on stopping.”

He laughed as he picked himself up off the ground. “Nah, I think I got it now, let’s do this,” he said. He had to admit, it had been a bit harder than it looked, but once he got his balance, it was fun. Besides, he was embarrassed being there with the little kids.

“Alrighty then, just do as I say, not as I do, okay?” instructed Veronica. Then she chuckled. “I’m sure you’ve heard THAT before, probably from your dear old dad. Let’s go.”

After a couple of tries, Tyler finally managed to make it down the mountain and stop without falling. It was exhilarating, even on the easy slope. No wonder she loves to do this, he thought, I could do this every winter.

He watched as Veronica slowly skidded to a stop at the bottom of the hill. She’s so graceful and makes is look effortless. He was shocked when she ran over to him and jumped in his arms nearly knocking them both down. “I’m so proud of you. Holy guacamole, you did great Tyler!”

He laughed as he involuntarily swung her around to keep from falling. “Thanks, wanna go again?” he asked emboldened by his success.

“Nah, we can do it again tomorrow when we don’t have to spend most of the day on the bunny slopes. Why don’t we try out the sleds and then we can get food and jump in the hot springs. It’ll feel amazing and keep you from getting sore.”

“The sleds do look fun,” he agreed, “Together? Or alone?”

Together. Alone is no fun! Unless you wanna race,” she added and waggled her eyebrows.

“No, I’ve learned my lesson where you’re concerned. You’re a natural athlete. Together – please.”

They made it almost to the bottom of the hill before they crashed and he fell on top of her. “Veronica, are you okay” he asked before he realized she was laughing, not crying.

“Holy fishsticks Tyler,” she said as he helped her up, “that was some wipeout! That was more fun than the slide down the hill!”

“I’m so glad you’re okay,” he said, “you scared me for a minute.

“I’m fine, it’s all about controlling the fall. I’m starved, why don’t we go back to the lodge and grab some food before we both pass out.”

“I’ve had more fun today than I’ve had in a long time, maybe ever,” said Tyler when they got back to the condo, “I can’t thank you enough for bringing me here and teaching me to ski.”

“It’s my pleasure. You’re a good sport, and I must say the workouts helped.” She let out a soft sigh. “I guess it’s time for bed, we do have an early day tomorrow.”

“I’m not ready for the day to end, maybe we can find a movie before we turn in?”

Veronica smiled. “Yeah, I’m not ready either, as long as its not a war movie or western.”

“Hmmm, and no rom-coms either,” replied Tyler, “so what does that leave? Action? Sci-Fi? Horror?”

“Ohhh. I’m up for a little Sci-Fi.”

They settled on a movie and before long Veronica slid down and scrunched up on the couch.

Tyler paused the movie. “Why don’t you go on to bed? I’m gonna stay up and finish it. I’m too keyed up to sleep yet.”

“No,” she protested, “I just need to lie down.”

“Then here,” he said and patted his lap, “stretch out and put your head right here.”

“You don’t mind?”

“Is that a trick question?” he asked joking but then quickly added, “it’s just that you looked so uncomfortable.” She laughed and playfully slapped at him, but laid down anyway. It wasn’t five minutes before she was breathing soft and even, her long eyelashes fanned out over her cheeks.

Being with her is so easy, he thought, I never knew it could be this way, probably because everything with Keira was hard. Maybe it’s because Veronica thinks I see her as a friend and there’s no pressure. But friends don’t hold their friend’s hand like she is, even in their sleep. Walker’s words came back to him,she has it bad for you‘. Well, I have it bad for her too, seriously bad.

He looked down at her sleeping. Tomorrow, he thought, when we get back from skiing, I’m going to tell her how much she means to me. After a few minutes, he found himself yawning so he reached down and gently nudged her. “Ronnie,” he whispered, “wake up sleepy head.”

“Mmmm,” she said and turned to look up at him. “Oh fishsticks! I fell asleep, I’m so sorry for spoiling your movie.”

She’s always thinking about me, he thought, that’s why it’s so easy to be with her. I just can’t help but love her. Damn, that’s what this is, I’m already in love with her. “Hey, it’s okay,” he said quickly, “we should get to bed, you have us booked for an early day tomorrow.”

“You sure you don’t mind?”

“Not at all, we can watch another time. I need you fresh in the morning so you can show me what to do so I don’t break my neck.”

When they stood up to go to bed, suddenly everything seemed awkward. Neither of them knew what to say, clearly afraid to acknowledge how intimate it had been with her sleeping in his lap. Should I kiss her cheek or maybe her lips, but it’s way too soon for that. Maybe I should hug her or just say goodnight and go to my room, but that seems wrong too. Fuck.

Then he realized, she’s waiting on me, and decided on a hug. He held out his arms and Veronica easily fell into his embrace. Damn, she smells so good. “Goodnight, sleep tight, don’t let the bed bugs bite,” he said and immediately wished he could swallow back his dumbass words. What was I thinking?

Veronica started laughing as she pushed away from him. “Yes Daddy,” she said using a little girl voice. “If they do, will you come chase them away?” she teased and batted her eyes at him.

The air in the room suddenly thickened and it was hard to breathe. Hell yeah, he thought and had to take a deep breath to get himself under control. “Promise,” he said, his voice an octave lower than normal, “now git.”

“Yes sir!” she said, still giggling like a little girl and skipped off to her room.

Tyler let out a relieved breath when the door closed behind her. Keira never would’ve laughed and joked like that, he thought, she would’ve sneered at me and rolled her eyes. God, I need to stop comparing Veronica to Keira, there is no comparison, because I’m in love with her. “Night Ronnie,” he whispered to her closed door then turned and went to his own room.

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Tyler woke up to the smell of fresh brewed coffee and followed his nose to the kitchen. Veronica was already dressed and in the process of cooking something on the stove. “Morning Ronnie, what can I do to help?”

“Morning lazy bones! Can you grab the plates and pour some coffee? Cream and sugar for me. I’m making French Toast, it’s not much, but we need to eat before we get started or we’ll pass out.”

“No kidding,” he said and grabbed the plates, “I don’t think I’ve ever been as hungry as I was yesterday.”

“Right, how you feeling this morning – sore?”

“Actually no,” he said, “I guess the workouts did their job.”

She raked him over with her eyes. “I’ll say,” she said and quickly turned around to grab the French Toast.

Maybe I should tell her now, he thought. “Veronica?”

“Hmmm?” she said as she placed the steaming platter on the bar.

“I … thank you. I would never have done this if not for you.” Damn, that’s not what I wanted to say he thought as he busied himself with the coffee.

“You’re welcome,” she said with a warm smile, “I wanted to do it.”

When they sat down and began eating in silence, he decided to try again. “Veronica,” he said, at the same time she said his name. They both laughed. “You go first,” he offered and knew he was still stalling because what if Walker was wrong?

“I just … oh fishsticks Tyler … do you like me?” she asked and her face turned crimson.

“Of course I do,” he replied, holding his breath and hoping she meant as more than just friends.

“No Tyler, I mean …”

Thank fuck, he thought as his breath whooshed out. “Yes, Veronica, I like you, very, very much. I’ve been trying to work up the nerve to tell you all week.”

“Oh thank God,” she said, “because …”

Tyler stood up and pulled her to him. “Shhhh. Stop talking Ronnie so I can finally kiss you.”

She made the cutest little noise and Tyler nearly laughed. But he needed to kiss her badly, so he focused on the lips he’d been fantasizing about and sipped her mouth. He felt her sigh and relax into him. His heart began to race as he continued to move his lips softly over hers. When she darted her tongue out, he took the hint and deepened the kiss.

Once their tongues tangled, the noise he heard came from him this time, so he reluctantly pulled back, resting his forehead on hers. “I think we need to be on the slopes in a few minutes,” he said, his voice still husky with lust, “we probably should eat before it gets cold.”

“Okay,” she said with a cute little pout and sat back down. She looked at him from under her lashes. “Tyler, that kiss … it was the best ever, I really mean it.”

Tyler immediately grinned at her remark, she was just so damn cute. “Agreed,” he said, “the best ever, because I was kissing you, and I’m sure with a little practice, it’ll get even better.” She made that little noise again making him chuckle. “But right now, let’s finish eating. I want to hurry and get back out there so I can show my new girlfriend how much I’ve learned.”

Veronica’s smile lit up the kitchen. “You said girlfriend.”

“Yeah, I think that kiss pretty much solidified that moniker.”

“It did, boyfriend, so I suppose that means we’re officially dating then?”

“Officially and exclusively, not just hanging out as friends anymore. Ronnie, I’m sorry, I should’ve said it a while ago, I guess I move like a snail.”

“Hey, it’s okay,” she said softly, “we’ve both chosen wrong one too many times to move fast. But Tyler, I really believe that this time, we got it right.”

A shiver ran down his back at the truth in her words and he gave her a lopsided grin. “Hell, I don’t think Veronica, I know, now eat up, I’m gonna at least try to keep up with you today.”

She burst out laughing. “I’m sorry I laughed, but good luck with that!”

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The air was thick with sexual tension when Veronica and Tyler finally made it back to the condo. She was more than ready for this next step in their relationship. That’s all she thought about all day after that toe curling kiss this morning, plus a dozen more while skiing – on the lift, waiting in line, at the bottom of the run, after helping him up off the ground, and any other time the opportunity presented itself.

I think I’ve been in love with Tyler since high school, thought Veronica as she watched him light the fireplace, there’s just something innocent and endearing about him that draws me in. Maybe he seemed like the underdog, but now that he’s out of college, in his own place, with a good job, he’s even better. His new found self-confidence looks sexy as sin on him.

“What are you looking at, do I have food in my teeth?” he asked as he came to sit next to her.

“I’m admiring my new boyfriend. Wanna know a secret?”

“Good or bad?” he asked.

“I’ll let you decide. I’ve had a crush on you since high school. When we found each other again, and you wound up with Kiera, I was a green-eyed pile of jealousy and envy all wrapped up together. I tried to stay out of it, but it was freaking hard watching her treat you like some milksop. Anyone would deserve better, but especially you.”

“Milksop?” asked Tyler and frowned. “Don’t be too hard on her, a lot of it was my own damn fault. I’d never been in a relationship before and I definitely learned a few things from the experience. She was so demanding it made it hard for me to refuse her. When I was with her, I did things I knew I shouldn’t, and really didn’t want to do. I’ll never, ever let anyone upset me so much again, that I make dumb ass choices like that.” Tyler’s face clouded over with his last words making her heart ache.

Fishsticks, said Veronica to herself, why did I have to bring up Keira? “Tyler, whatever it was, I’m sure she goaded you into it. So let it go, okay?”

Tyler let out a frustrated breath. “Things with her were just – hard, no good memories there, not really.”

I need to fix this, she thought desperately. “Ty, let me tell you another secret then,” she said softly.

“What?” he barked, still upset.

“It’s not a bad thing, at least I don’t think it is, unless ….” she paused for a minute, then decided she didn’t care, he needed this from her. “Tyler, I don’t just like you, I’m in love with you, have been for awhile.”

His mouth opened and closed like a fish as he searched her face. She saw the moment he found what he was looking for. “Ronnie, I think … no, I know, I love you too.” He rubbed his chest. “That’s what this feeling is – right here – when I’m with you, or even think about you, I get this feeling here, in in my heart.”

That was the sweetest thing anyone ever said to her and it sent chill bumps down her arms. “Me too,” she replied tenderly, “a warm feeling that makes my heart sing,” she added, praying they’d exorcised Keira’s ghost once and for all. She knew Keira used sex to try and control Tyler, and because she hoped that’s where they were headed tonight, she wanted him to know she would never do that, but wasn’t sure how to verbalize it.

“Yes, exactly,” he agreed, as he put his hand over hers and inched closer. “I was afraid you didn’t feel the same.”

“Oh I do. Maybe, we can sit her and snuggle while we watch the fire,” she suggested.

“And maybe kiss a little?”

“Or kiss a lot,” she said, “you know, practice, to make it better.”

A slow lust-filled grin spread across Tyler’s face as he put his arm around her. “Definitely should practice,” he said, his voice husky as their lips met in a sensual kiss.

He suddenly stopped kissing her. “What’s wrong?” she asked worried.

“I never once told Keira that I loved her, I couldn’t say the words. But with you, Veronica, I have no doubt what I feel is real. It’s not just words, here, feel my heart, it’s beating so hard.” He put her hand over his heart and he wasn’t wrong.

Veronica leaned her forehead against his and sighed. ”I love you too, very much,” she said, “but you’re gonna have to make me a promise right now Tyler Murdock, promise to never mention her name again.”

“I’m sorry,” he stammered, “it’s just I wanted you to -”

“I know, I get it,” she said saving him from himself, “the end. Now Tyler, please, let’s practice some more.”

“Good idea,” he said and pulled her into his lap, “that’s much better.” He whispered the last part with a feathery kiss to her forehead making her feel cherished and loved.

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A/N – Sorry for no NSFW warning. I figured everyone would know what was coming before you got there and didn’t want to spoil it. Forgive me.

34 thoughts on “Chapter 4.66 – Skiing and Confessions

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  2. Well! This was a wonderful chapter 💖
    I think Tyler and Veronica are perfect together 💕
    Tyler looks very grown up with his new hairstyle and well-trained muscles. He is very handsome.😍

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    • Tyler has finally come of age and is figuring out that life can be good. Veronica definitely brings out the best in him. She treats hims so well, although she was getting tired of waiting on him to make a move. But once they both confessed their feelings it was easy to move forward. Neither of them have had good luck in relationships. He’ll treasure her no doubt.

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  3. Awww, such a sweet chapter.
    Beautiful images too, and I really liked that they inched toward it all slowly, rather than rush in and step on each other’s many hangups, ruining it all. Love Tyler’s new hairdo, best one yet!
    They are a perfect couple, complete each other. Opposites do not always attract, in this case they are very much alike, which makes it work.

    Good call on the no NSFW warning, those really give too much away sometimes and this would have been one of those instances.

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    • Yes! I figured the NSFW warning would totally ruin the chapter. And it was a sloooow burn so everyone knew at the end where it was going and could’ve shut it down if needed. It was food they went slow. Of course Veronica got tired of waiting. I wonder if when she asked him to go skiing this was what she hoped would happen. I’m not so sure. I think she was getting their fast though. Tyler feels like he’s truly come of age and is quickly maturing. I love his new look! The hair and the body that Veronica helped sculpt. 😍😍😍

      They aren’t so different are they? Veronica’s a bit nerdy and so is Tyler, but she has more self confidence than he does. She just does stuff. And he’s learning it’s okay to do new things with someone supportive by your side. I do love them together. ❤️❤️❤️ She totally gets him because she is much like him in a lot of ways.

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      • I think the reason why Veronica just does stuff and Tyler doesn’t has to do with different experiences. Had she been through what he – well, let’s be honest – partially inflicted on himself, incl. almost being abducted by human traffickers then straight into Keira’s tentacles, all that as a nerd from a broken relationship, where the mother so clearly chose his sister and pretty much forgot about him, she would probably be a lot more shy as well. 🙂

        Oh yeah, he definitely hunked up big time, with her help. I would give her a lot more credit, had it not been mostly self-serving by her. (j/k) 😉

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        • Yes. Very different experiences but both from broken homes. After he got back from running away, he basically became a bit of a hermit. He definitely honked up and yes, it was mostly self serving by Veronica! Lol.

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  4. Niiiiice!

    Our boy Tyler is all grown up! *Sniff* And now he’s with the perfect girl, fishsticks and all. She really sounds like a southern bell. Lol!

    I love Snowy Escape! It’s great to get away! Especially in those nice cozy furfilled beds. 😏

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    • Tyler is grown up! That sweet tortured child has become a man. Took him a little longer than most, and he has a little more to go, but he’s making lots of progress with the help of Veronica and her crazy self. She does seem like a southern bell! 🤣🤣🤣

      Snowy escape is awesome! I love watching them learn. It’s so cute. ⛷⛷⛷⛷. A great get away for sure. I’m sure these two will come back over and over.

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  5. Wow wow wow – that really makes me want to play the sims again and especially Snowy Escapes. I’ve hardly played that pack and prob haven’t played sims yet this year! You got some amazing pics from it!

    What a sweet chapter. Those two did move at a snails pace but once they got started they really made up for lost time. So lovely to see the two characters getting it on and I’m very glad you left out the NSFW warning. As I’ve said a few times now I’m so surprised how much Ty has grown on me. Veronica might have a part to play in that. It’s nice also to see some people with less issues than Sam (As much as I love her <3).

    Then are gonna make some super cute blue eyed babies. Love Ronnie's style too.

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    • Snowy Escape is so much fun. And I didn’t do everything there was to do! I just kept snapping pics and had to consolidate to get them all in so I’m happy you enjoyed them too!

      It was sweet. I have to say, I love their chemistry. And yes, they made up, but a Tyler really couldn’t have gone any faster, and I think Veronica suspected he was trying to tell her and kept chickening out. So she gave him a nudge. I debated on the NSFW warning because it would’ve totally spoiled the chapter. And everyone that reads knows by k ow, I occasionally have sexy time. While Veronica has a few issues, they are non existent next to Sam’s. And she is helping Tyler grow and I have to say he’s grown a lot! And yep, they would no doubt have gorgeous blue-eyed babies!

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  6. Snowy Escapes Pack pictures were wonderful, from Bunny Slopes skiing to sledding, from Easy Slopes to Hot Springs and a movie. Tyler was defined by his handicap. Rejection by his mom, doing poorly in school until diagnosed properly by Taysia and working hard to catch up and overcome his handicap until as he graduated. He gained patience, self respect, habits of hard work and not shirking responsibility. Learning the bunny slopes to Easy slopes in 2 days shows how resilient he was. Yes, he learned the hardway from his mistakes (running away never solves problems, almost abducted by trafficers). All this left him behind his peers in emotional relationships in high school until Snowy Escapes. He made alot of stupid high school age type of mistakes with Kiera his first, and finally growing up emotionally in communication, self control, self respect, consideration and patience. Finally catching up or going beyond his peers. Veronica was as active as Tyler as this getaway showed, she was patient and coached Tyler via bringing up do you like me. So Tyler can say how he feels in an encouraging environment. Nice sunshine to surprise NSFW in pictures and writing craftsmanship. i enjoyed it alot.

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    • Thank you so much! Snowy Escape is just gorgeous so it was easy to take great pictures! But yes, this whole chapter really highlighted how much Tyler has grown and how much of a positive influence Veronica is on him. She just gets him and gives him the space he needs while gently prodding him to continue to grow. She knew he wanted to move forward but was hesitant. So,she helped him along gently, like she does everything with him. He’s come a very long way and has learned a lot along the way. Sorry about the surprise ending… I just couldn’t spoil it for everyone. 😊

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  7. Yay! Looks like Tyler finally got his happy ending (in more ways than one 😈) and Veronica too! Very sweet and sexy chapter! It was nice to see these two finally get together ❤️

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  8. Well, well, well! That was definitely a pleasant surprise at the end I wasn’t expecting! They were getting hot and steamy like salsa there 😏🔥 just what I’ve been wanting to see.

    I freaking loved this chapter! You can tell Tyler is actually happy with her. Everything came together smoothly and beautifully, and not bumpy and awkward like Keira. I’m really hoping they stay together for good. I’ve gotten to like Ronnie alot. And damn, that girl works out doesn’t she? I didn’t expect her to look so fit and muscular (nope, not jealous at all, nope! 😭) Lol.

    I’m seriously so happy everything worked out, I hope things work out for the rest of the family too. Looking forward to the next chapter!

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    • Yes a sweet surprise at the end. There was nothing awkward at all. Just two people very happy to be together and a slow burn to where it ended up. He’s totally hooked on her as she is on him.

      Oh yes she does work out. And is so flat chested! lol. I didn’t realize how flat until … well you know! Lol. But she’s cut and so is Tyler, even more than he was. All that prep. Lol

      We shall see the rest of the family soon!

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  9. I actually read this on the day you posted, but I wanted to reread it so I didn’t comment. Daaaww. This chapter is the sweetest! Tyler’s new hair looks really good! He looks much more grown up now. I agree with Tyler that Veronica does always seem to be thinking about him. When he successfully made the slope, she was watching too. And she played along with his very awkward good night wish hehe! Am so glad they finally got together. Tyler would be mad to let Veronica go. I don’t think even he would take care of himself so attentively like that.

    Anyway, woo! 🥰 There we go!

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    • Awww. That’s so heartwarming that you read it twice. It was a sweet one. Tyler has officially transitioned into adulthood.

      Getting his own place then and going on this so trip with her was so eyeopening for him. His confidences at an all time high. She pays attention to him, eases him over the awkward spots and celebrates his wins. He’s needed this for so long. And she’s a little goofy too so it just works. I think he worships her. Lol. I doubt he has any plans to let her go. ❤️

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      • Ah yes. I like revisiting chapters. But comment-wise I have to find a time/day when my headspace is not too cluttered to write.

        Ah yup I read the painting chapter twice too. I think Veronica is very, very good for Tyler. I’m not sold that Tyler is good for her though, partly because Veronica is always making the first move. I hope we get to see more of their relationship play out where Tyler’s confidence is an all time high and he can show us/Vern that he’s the best guy for her. 😀

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        • Yes. I agree the relationship has seemed very one sided. I do hope his new found confidence after the ski trip will bring out the best in him and he begins to contribute more to the relationship.

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  11. Well, FINALLY! Chapter 66!
    Veronica sometimes reminds me of Pinkie Pie, which is a good thing because she’s my favorite because I identify the most with her.
    They’re right. They hit the jackpot. That was destiny, Ty, that shivered up your spine. (or was it down? eh, ykwim)

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