So after tea and bathing Marc, Iver put him to bed... well tried! Marc screamed the place down and in the end Iver had to take him through to the bedroom he once shared with Rumi .... noting that she had redecorated and even brought a new bed?
He lay on the bed with Marc until he fell asleep.
Laying on the bed... in the bedroom he had shared with Rumi was one of the hardest things he had ever done! Harder than anything he had en-counted in his job? (yes, spot the double innuendo)
After a while Rumi comes in and touches Iver on the shoulder feeling the electricity spark between them!"Time for bed... Marc that is.. I didn't mean... I was not thinking..." Rumi gets flustered.
"Not 'us'! You trying to say!" Iver grins, that wicked sexy grin the one he keeps just for her!
Rumi tries to not notice the way he is looking at her...with open lust in his eyes. She bends over and picks up the sleeping Marc and carries him through to his own bed hoping Iver did not notice in the semi dark the flush of her face?
She was hoping that Iver would follow her but turning she realises he is still laying on the bed. "Dame that man!" But Rumi has more on her mind than sex... she has a daughter... a FOURTEEN year old daughter?
"Iver I think it best we talk in the living room" she tells him.
"Well, you can't blame a guy for trying!" he gets up and follows her into the living room sitting down next to Rumi on the sofa.
"So what's she like? Where is she? I don't even know her name?" Rumi quizzes him.
Iver smiles "She's a lot like you! Gentle one minute and spitting fire the next!...."
Rumi interrupts " I'm not like that!"
"No? think about it! She's staying at a hotel in London with Luchia... her guardian...." Iver starts again.
"London? So what was she doing in a coffee shop in Hertford with you and.... Luchia?"
Now it was Iver's turn to look puzzled "Coffee shop? In Hertford? Oh, today! Luchia thought it would be a good idea to let Daisy familiarise herself with the area."
"Daisy? They called her Daisy? I was going to call her Daisy!" and now the tears start to flow.
Iver is uncertain what to do... does he try and comfort her and risk messing things up or sit and watch her cry and let Rumi think he no longer cares about her? He decides on the first option... even if she rebukes him at least he might get to cop a feel of her... even if only for a few seconds!
But she does not pull away from him she lets him hold her as she cries at first she is stiff in his arms but soon softens towards him letting him hold her while her body shakes with sobs. After a while she is all cried out and taking the tissue offered dries her eyes.
She turns to Iver "I want to meet her!"
"Yes, that's the idea! But we need to take things slowly don't forget she thinks her grandparents were her parents and still thinks Takeo is her brother!"
"So, what are you going to do? What's your plan?" Rumi looks into his eyes.
"God your sexy!.... Sorry I never meant to say that out loud!... Sorry!" Iver is surprised at himself.
But Rumi giggles "You still think I'm sexy?"
"Hell, yes! even with the shorter hair!" Iver replies
Rumi reaches up and touches her hair "Sorry, I know how much you loved my hair!"
"That's why you did it.... because I loved it!?!" Iver's looks confused.
"Is that a question? Yes, I got lashed one night and cut it! I have an appointment with JoElle next week to get it styled" Rumi looks away embarrassed.
Now it's Rumi's turn to look confused "JoElle... Jed's girlfriend!"
"Jed has a girlfriend? I didn't know!" Iver looks surprised.
"Have you not been in contact with Jed while you have been away?" Rumi is shocked.
"No! I lost my phone just after I arrived in Japan and we only got back yesterday!" he shrugs his shoulders.
"So you never got any of Jed's messages? You've not spoken to him yet?"
"No? Why? What happened while I was away?" Iver looks worried now.
"Oh, not a lot.... Sarah came out of hospital a sex maniac she went after every guy... and girl she clapped eyes on! Neal could not cope and started seeing Kyori again, then he had a fight with Kyori came home found Sarah in bed with some guy... had a row with Sarah and she fell down the stairs! The police thought that Neal had pushed her and put him in prison! The bullet in Sarah's neck moved and the doctors removed it but when she came round she had no memory of the last six months! It was left to Jed and Psyched to..."
"Psyched? What's he got to do with it?" Iver had been sitting with open mouth until Psyched name came up.
"He works with Jed now.... no one knew when or even IF you would be back! Anyway they found a hidden camera and got Neal released. So now we have the old Sarah back and Neal is home!" Rumi finishes.
"Oh! I see... I think? and how's little Ben and Dawn?" (Remember Iver helped Neal find Ben and his birth mother)
"Ben and Dawn are wonderful both doing very well... Ben is almost as big as Dawn now! Oh, his mother Overdosed and died and her parents tried to get Ben, but I think they were more interested in money? Anyway Marco chased them off! Oh, yes and my father's back in our lives! Jed persuaded us to give him a chance and until you said he knew about Daisy things were going well! I think that's it?" Rumi pulses for breath.
"WOW! that's quite a lot! You went through all this without me... I'm soooo sorry Rumi!" Iver is contrite.
"It's OK, Psyched was a rock!... As was Jed and Kandy... and my dad!" she ad's hastily seeing Iver's thunder face.
"Psyched! Always sticking it where he's not wanted!" he frowns.
"I gather you don't like him?" Rumi is curious now... what's not to like?
"No! he's not top of my Christmas card list!" Iver looks away and Rumi can feel his body tense up next to her. She puts her hand on his arm and notes his slight jump? What on earth had happened between these two to make Iver react like this?
Iver senses Rumi's change in attitude towards him and feels he is at that now or never stage... should he just go for it?
So he wraps her in his arms and kisses her at first gently and then when she does not pull away with more passion.
Then with one swift movement he picks her up in his arms and carries her through to the bedroom!
Rumi wakes the next morning a smile on her face she stretches out her arm expecting to find Iver asleep next to her she remembers with joy their night of passion and is stunned to find her bed empty? Was it all a dream? What about the baby?... well not a baby now, her fourteen year old daughter Daisy? Another dream? No, surly life can't be that awful?
Rumi jumps out of bed the tell tale signs of a romantic evening evident around the room... so had he done a runner?
Putting on her dressing gown and some panties she opens her bedroom door to be greeted by the smell of bacon frying and the sounds of Iver singing.... yes SINGING along to the radio?
Entering the kitchen she is greeted by Iver frying bacon.... naked! (well, apart from one of her aprons) While an almost naked Marc runs around spilling juice as he goes!
"Ahmm? what are you two up to may I ask?" she says in her best stern voice.
Marc stops mid flow a guilty look on his face. He knows mummy has very strict rules about running in the kitchen... and with juice! Oh, and will he be in trouble for not having any clothes on? But then daddy has no clothes on either.... not even his shorts!!!!!
Iver just looks up and grins winking at her "Sit down I won't be a sec... coffee is ready!"
Rumi does as she is told pouring coffee into a cup then turning to Marc she scoops him up and kisses him all over blowing raspberry's on his belly.
"You can do that to me later if you want?" Iver remarks "but maybe a little lower down?"
"Iver!" Rumi feigns shock "Whatever do you mean... and in front of our son too!"
Iver brings over the eggs and bacon putting a plate down in front of Rumi.
"Thanks... are you going to put your naked butt on my chair?" Rumi asks.
"Well, I was planing too?" Iver is halfway sitting when he stops looking down at the chair "I guess it might be a little chilly?" so he turns his piny around and sits down "That's better!"
"Ooow! Yuck! please make sure you put that in the wash before you go!" she tells him while her mind thinks 'thank god he cooked bacon and not sausages!'
"Go? your throwing me out?" Iver's face goes all serious.
"Dada stay! Dada stay!" Marc begins to cry.
Iver scoops Marc up into his arms "It's OK, son.... if daddy has to go he will come back every day and visit!"
"Is that what you want?" Rumi looks upset.
"NO! I want you and our son... and one day Daisy too! I thought... the way you talked... that you wanted me gone?"
"I've had a long time to think while you was away and I don't want to mess around any more I want us to be a family... a proper family though.... one where I meet your family too!" she gives him a half smile not sure of his response?
Iver grins from ear to ear "You bet!" he stands still holding Marc and pulls Rumi to him.
"Hay, hay... Marc squished!" Marc giggles.