"Oh wow Momma's coming!" John Ross exclaimed as Miss Ellie delivered the good news. In the few days since she'd spoken to Sue Ellen, she hadn't told John Ross of the invitation she'd extended incase the young boy became too overwhelmed with excitement. He hadn't been able to spend much time with Sue Ellen over the last week, but because of the time he'd spent with his father he understood why. "What's that now?" JR said, entering the kitchen. "Daddy guess what?" John Ross said, running to his father's side. JR lifted him as he said, "Momma's coming to the barbecue today!" "Yes....I heard son! Mama?" "I hope you don't mind JR...I just thought it would be good for John Ross..." JR told himself that John Ross Junior was very happy about this but feigned indifference as he nodded and said, "Of course I don't mind..!" Although he was elated that he would see Sue Ellen today, JR knew that this had the potential to send Cally into hormone overdrive. As if she wasn't paranoid enough, Sue Ellen's presence could just push her over the edge. But it was a risk he was willing to take. Once he was sure his mother was out of earshot after helping Teresa perfect the chilli, he set John Ross on the counter top and said gently, "Now remember the plan boy? Remember what we talked about....?" "I remember Daddy!" "If you don't see me and your mama talking much today, you know why..." "I know Daddy...I'm just excited to see her!" John Ross said. JR smiled, his grin giving his emotions away. "So am I", he said with a wink. Despite his excitement at seeing his mother, John Ross still felt uneasy. He was a perceptive child and the vibes that he had been picking up within his home were confusing and frightening to him. He had grown increasingly resentful of Cally's presence and in his child like mind was just wishing every night before he went to sleep that she wouldn't be there when he woke up. He didn't fully understand the complexities of an adult relationship and he had innocently thought that Sue Ellen would be home within a few days. Sue Ellen too was feeling sick with nerves and incredibly anxious at being back at Southfork under such a set of different circumstances. She knew a confrontation with Cally over the hoax pregnancy that she had formulated with the girl, was long overdue. She could only hope it wouldn't happen today in front of John Ross and Miss Ellie. That did not mean that she wouldn't look stunning and knock the stripes off anyone else, Cally especially. The girl may have had youth on her side, but Sue Ellen was far from over the hill and she had something that Cally could never acquire. An inbuilt sexiness that no one, JR included, had ever been able to explain. She didn't have to try. It was just there. She exuded sex appeal. As she nervously pulled the car into the Southfork driveway, parking behind the hundreds of guests in attendance, she checked her make up one final time. She knew what she was doing and also had a pretty good idea how her appearance would affect JR. She wasn't stupid. She knew the man - knew how to drive him crazy and the fact that he wasn't going to be able to touch her was going to make it even more exciting. It seemed, however, that JR had had similar ideas. As Sue Ellen pulled the car into the driveway, she was so distracted by JR standing near the garages, cooly sipping a beer that she momentarily forgot where she was. She realised she wasn't breathing as her heart threatened to jump out of her chest. He was so handsome. It was rare to see him in anything other than a suit, and she did enjoy the occasions when he was more casual. The blue shirt he wore with a simple cowboy necktie complimented his already piercing blue eyes. And then of course was his trademark Stetson. Today he had chosen a cream colour, keeping in the mood of the tradition of the event. John Ross was dressed in a miniature outfit of his father, which made Sue Ellen smile. He was adorable. They both were. JR hadn't seen her yet as he chatted to what looked from a distance to be Jordan Lee. Taking another deep breath, she opened her car door, swinging one long leg out of the car, her tanned boots hitting the hot tarmack of what was already a scorching Texas day. "Mommy!" John Ross screeched and ran from his father towards her. JR looked from Jordan in the direction that John Ross had ran and suddenly the effect that he had just had on Sue Ellen, was reversed. Everything seemed to switch to slow motion as he watched her flick her tousled auburn hair in the light wind, and eyed her from the top of her head to the bottom. The white outfit she was wearing, a tight top with matching skirt, highlighted her supple figure and tan and if he looked just closely enough he could just make out that she wasn't wearing a bra. It was subtly done though, as if she'd done it only for him. It was classy and non-deliberate. As she turned to close her car door, he got a glimpse of her back, the criss crosses making the lack of bra even more apparent, her bronzed back glistening in the sun as he traced the line from her spine to her curvy bottom. The only thing he couldn't see due to the length of her skirt was her beautiful legs, but that may have pushed him just over the edge. John Ross temporarily took Sue Ellen's attention away as JR waited, finding himself slightly frustrated that he couldn't have her immediate regard. She kneeled to embrace her son tightly. JR pretended to act cool, sipping his beer, trying to ignore the racing of his heart. He didn't want to overplay it, so looked back as they strolled towards him hand in hand. His bright smile still captivated Sue Ellen, as their eyes met and she smiled back at him. She had only about another 3 feet to go, before their union was crudely interrupted by the shriek of Cally appearing behind him. "JRrrrrrrrr!" she cooed. Sue Ellen stopped in her tracks as she watched the young woman appear in what could only be described as an 'Ellie May Clampett' style outfit from the classic tv show, The Beverly Hillbillies. Cally wrapped her arms around JR's waist. Sue Ellen inwardly cringed. JR looked at her with an apologetic glance mixed with annoyance. Sue Ellen held John Ross' hand tightly and made her way towards the guests who were familiar to her and who she knew would welcome her in this already tense and nervous situation. She had just started a conversation with Sly when she felt a cold hand touch her back. Jumping slightly, she turned around. Cally stood behind her. Sue Ellen was a veteran of Ewing events and it occured to her how close she was standing to the pool. Moving herself and John Ross with a quick step to her right, Cally followed with her and said, "Sue Ellen!!! JR told me you were joining us today! Welcome to our home!" Cally said in her thick Arkansas drawl. Sue Ellen couldn't quite believe what she was seeing - or hearing. Cally was speaking to Sue Ellen as though she had never been to Southfork or lived there for most of her life. She had known when she came here today that she would have to put on the best act of her life and she quickly put her thoughts aside and, ever the lady, said, "It's very nice to be here, Cally, thank you". "Can I get y'all somethin' to drink?" Cally asked. Sly and Phyllis were already looking decidedly nervous as they watched the two women. Sly glanced to JR over Sue Ellen's shoulder and although he didn't move, he was watching closely. "Yes...please..." Sue Ellen said as she watched Cally walk to the pop up bar behind which Joe was serving. "Mrs Ewing!" Joe said happily, quite obviously talking to Sue Ellen who winked at him, but Cally monopolised the conversation by saying 'You can call me Cally!" directly to the man who went on to look just as confused as pretty much everyone else who was in their immediate area. Sue Ellen turned heads wherever she went and it was obvious she was quite a sight not only owing to her beauty but by the fact that a lot of the people who were guests today, had also been guests at JR and Cally's recent non-nuptials. It crossed Sue Ellen's mind that Cally may try to poison her, so she was glad that Joe was doing the serving. Sue Ellen quickly removed the ginger ale that she had requested for John Ross from Cally's hands and gave it to the boy. John Ross looked at his mother as if asking for help to get away from the woman he now despised. Sue Ellen took her cool lemonade from Joe and thanked him. Joe gave her a quick wink back, which didn't go unnoticed by Cally. Sue Ellen sipped the lemonade which helped cool her down in the now sweltering heat which she wasn't sure was from the sun or from her nerves. JR continued to observe from where he had been standing. He cursed the fact he still hadn't got to speak to Sue Ellen but knew that he couldn't make it obvious how much he wanted to be near her. It was clear that Cally was playing a very clever game today, or at least trying to. She wasn't that clever. JR could see right through her and he was sure Sue Ellen did too. "You wanna see around the house, Sue Ellen?" Cally asked wide eyed. Sue Ellen wondered what the girl was playing at but she politely replied, "I'm familiar with the house Cally." Then quickly corrected herself by saying, "Maybe later. Thank you". "Oh I knowwwwwww" Cally drawled. "It must be painful for you to be here again...I'm sorry". Sue Ellen felt the hairs on the back of her neck stand up and although she understood why JR was keeping his distance, she wished to God he'd hurry up and rescue her. "It isn't painful at all", Sue Ellen said, cutting Cally off. "I have many wonderful memories here. I just want to spend some time with John Ross today, if that's ok". There was no hiding Sue Ellen's meaning and Cally seemed to catch on quite quickly. "Yes, I understand...bein' away from him must be so difficult for ya...." "I'm glad you understand", Sue Ellen said biting back. "It is very hard being separated from someone you love. I'm sure in time you will have your own experience of that..." Sue Ellen feigned sadness as the penny seemed to drop with Cally before saying, "Excuse me Cally..." JR laughed as he saw Sue Ellen walk away and roll her eyes. By Cally's expression, he could only guess that Sue Ellen had delivered one of her famous one liners to the girl. Sue Ellen deliberately walked closer to him, but stopped to speak to Punk and Mavis Anderson, who immediately embraced her. Cally felt stung by how popular the ex-Mrs Ewing still was amongst people whom she had hoped would soon be her peers. John Ross held tightly to his mother's side, but looked to his father who gave him a quick wave. He was growing impatient. Being this close to Sue Ellen was excrutiating as he wasn't able to do anything about it. He found himself walking in her direction. Although she could see him out of the corner of her eye, she didn't react immediately. "Well how's everybody doin'?" JR asked as he sidled up alongside them. "Hello JR!" Mavis said, hugging the man she had known since he was a child. Punk and JR shook hands and then JR did something which amazed Sue Ellen. He tipped his hat, bowed his head and kissed on her the cheek. He knew Cally could see them, but if she was going to play games with him, he was damn well going to do it back. "Hi Sue Ellen..." he said with the sexy drawl that never failed to make her go weak at the knees. "Hi JR...." was all she could manage. He saw the effect it had on her and grinned. "Damn him..." she thought, although secretly thrilled he'd done it. John Ross hopped up into the safety of his father's arms, glad to have some visual height advantage over the grown-up crowd and to see what was going on around him. He felt much calmer and protected near both his parents and away from Cally. "And how are you John Ross?" Punk asked. John Ross shrugged, "I'm ok..." Mavis could tell the young boy wasn't himself and looked at Sue Ellen who smiled softly. Although Mavis and her husband were oblivious to what was going on behind the scenes, she hoped that the display of genuine affection between JR and Sue Ellen boded well for their future and for that of their son. Meanwhile, Cally was fuming. Why was JR kissing Sue Ellen in front of everyone? It had only been on the cheek but still. As far as Cally was concerned, JR should be by her side and not over there with Sue Ellen and whoever that old couple were. She resented Sue Ellen being here at all, but JR had told her that she was here to see and be with John Ross as he found these events difficult without her. Cally had been left with no choice but to comply. Cally began to walk, quite briskly for a crowded event, towards Sue Ellen. Mavis could see her and pre-empted what was coming by saying, "Sue Ellen, can I borrow you? I want to ask your opinion on a dress for a wedding I'm going to in a few weeks...." "Of course Mavis!" Sue Ellen said and turning to John Ross said, "I'll be back soon, sweetheart. Stay with your Daddy ok?" "I will Momma", John Ross said proudly as JR and he made cute faces at each other. JR watched as Sue Ellen walked away and then for the second time that day, was forced out of his daydream by the maddening accent that was becoming part of his everyday life. "JR!" Cally exclaimed. "Why in the hell are you kissing Sue Ellen?" JR dropped John Ross gently to his feet and ushered Punk to take the boy away. "You leave my Momma alone you hick!" John Ross shouted. "John Ross!", JR chided although secretly impressed by his son's gumption. Cally looked shocked and shouted after him, "Don't you talk to me like that John Ross!" JR grabbed Cally by the arm and although he kept the smile on his face, pulled her out of sight and to the side of the garages. "Don't you ever dare think you can reprimand my son little lady...!" JR warned. "But.." "And before you ask, I kissed Sue Ellen on the cheek and don't think I didn't see you pretending to get closer to her earlier either." "I was offering her a drink!" Cally protested. "Uh-huh" JR said sarcastically. "I've told you before. Stay away from her". Cally looked like she was going to cry. JR knew he had to try to pull this back if he was ever going to be free of her so he went on, "Now look, let's just go and have a nice day, with no more arguments..." Cally nodded. She was obviously shaken as anyone who had just had a confrontation with JR Ewing would be. They walked back to the party, Cally curled her arm through JR's and although he winced, he didn't stop her. Keeping her quiet today would be his goal.