“Alex?” I called out shutting the front door
“we’re in the living room” my dad said
“oh…” I said looking on at the scene of Alex with tears in his eyes and my dad with absolutely no expression on his face.
I am taking it didn’t go well…
“Alex…” I said going over to him and hugging him
He hugged me back tightly
“thank you” he whispered
“you knew about this?” My dad asked.
“Of course….” I said standing up again
“I can’t believe you didn’t tell me..” My dad said
“It’s not my place to tell you….it was for Alex to decide when he wanted to come out..”
“don’t use the term come out….I can’t believe my son is a -”
“don’t even finish that sentence…..I can’t believe you aren’t more accepting of him. I didn’t think you could be this way to your son”
“it’s not natural”
“mom didn’t think it was unnatural” Alex sniffed
“what do you mean?” I asked, my gaze softening at the mention of Mom….
“before she died…when she had gotten worse…I was already having all these feelings and I didn’t know who to talk to…so I talked to mom…”
“and she told me…that everyone is their own person. That if I chose to direct my life down that path, that no one could say anything different. It’s my life….just because I am attracted to men…it doesn’t change the person I always was…it just changes who I may fall in love with.” he finished with a sigh.
“you’ll never have children…a child of your own” my dad interjected.
“dad…I am Bi…not completely gay. I am still attracted to woman…but I may want to be with a man more one day. And you already have three grandchildren…and probably more one day if these two keep at it” he smirked pointing to me and Tom.
I blushed scarlet….I felt Tom’s hand on the small of my back…he pulled me to his side. I smiled into the fabric of his shirt.
“I just have to think about this…for awhile” My dad finally sighed his head in his hands.
“alright…” Alex nodded standing up
“hey look I am gonna head back tonight….” Alex said grabbing his coat
“No…Alex stay, we’ll drive back with you tomorrow”
“no…..I need the long drive to think” he smiled
He hugged me
“I love you sis”
“I love you too Alex…..drive safe” I smiled pulling away patting his head.
I sighed looking at my dad…
“I am tired I think I will head to bed…” I said
“Alright….night” he said
I grabbed Tom’s hand
“what are you doing?”
“he’ll sleep on the floor…”
“ok fine….” my dad sighed
I could tell he was stressed.
I shut the door to my room and locked it once Tom was in side.
I slipped off my clothes and got into my pajamas
“you okay?” Tom said as I slipped into bed next to him..
I shook my head ‘No’ as I felt the sobs escape my throat.
Tom wrapped his arms around me and cradled me to him.
He stroked my hair for a long time before I finally spoke.
“I didn’t think hearing what my mom thought about Alex…would have affected me this much…I wish she could have met you…I know she would have loved you….”
“I wish I could have too…” he smiled sadly brushing the tears away
“I just can’t believe my dad….” I sighed shaking my head.
“just give him some time…”
“I know….it still hurts that he called Alex not natural..”
“yeah…but look at it from your Dad’s perspective….His son…likes men. Every father’s dream is for his son to grow up and have children of his own…”
“yeah….but he could always adopt…”
“yeah….but there is something about your own flesh and blood….”
I nodded biting my lip in thought
“you seemed to have given this some thought…”
“I did…a long time ago before you….”
“so you’d want kids?”
“not right now maybe…..eventually…”
“it’s good we talk about this…..I never really knew where you’d want to let this relationship head into….”
I smiled down at the ring on my left hand, it glinted in the faint light.
“well obviously marriage” he laughed taking my hand in his
“well…obviously I figured that out tonight…..”
“what about that one time I asked when you were drunk…you didn‘t figure it out than?”
“Well I thought you were drunk…so doesn’t count..”
I sighed snuggling into him..
“I love you” I smiled
“I love you too…”
He pressed his nose to my head..and breathed in
I giggled as he moved down my face…he pressed a kiss to my temple…then buried his face in the crook of my neck. He breathed in deeply and breathed out.
I shivered as his breath washed over me…
“cold?” he said suddenly pulling away
“no…not really…” I smiled
He brought the comforter up closer around us and wrapped his arm around me.
I felt into a hazy sleep.
The knocking on my door became persistent.
“go away dad!” I yelled
“get up…..” he yelled back
I turned over to Tom who was already out of bed….freshly showered and slipping a button up shirt on over his t-shirt.
I watched as he slipped into his jeans….
I grinned getting out of bed…..going up behind him.
He jumped as I slid my arms around his waist
“good morning” he smiled
“morning…” I said burying my face into his back.
He chuckled, the sound rumbling in his chest.
“I am so glad to be going home…” I said slipping around his front so I could face him.
“home…” he murmured, smirking
He leaned down and kissed me slowly.
I reveled in the hint of mouthwash that still clung to his lips.
I leaned up on my toes, deepening the kiss.
“we should get going, the snow is getting worse..” he smiled running a hand into my hair.
I kissed him again…he groaned into my mouth
I shuddered as his tongue parted my lips.
“ok….” I nodded pulling away from him to go get dressed.
I swayed a little, light headed from the kiss.
“Don’t fall over, love” he laughed resting a hand on my shoulder.
I got dressed and packed up.
Tom lugged our bags down the stairs…
My dad was standing in the living room, waiting for our departure.
George and Jenny went back home…leaving my dad completely alone.
I felt extremely horrible that he still lived alone….George did only live 10 minutes away, but still.
“Well…we’ll be back for Christmas” I smiled hugging my dad
“Tell Alex…I’m sorry..”
“Dad…you need to tell him yourself..” I sighed
He sighed, nodding his head
“it was nice to meet you sir..” Tom said
“Take care of her…” My dad smiled shaking his hand
“I will..” Tom said…
And than we were off.
The drive back to the city took, a little over an hour.
I shut the door behind me and collapsed on the couch.
“sorta, just glad to be back…and happy to have a better bed to sleep on”
Tom came and sat down behind me.
I leaned into him.
I closed my eyes.
My phone started to vibrate.
I groaned getting up and going to my purse.
“Hey Rose…yeah I just got in…”
“ok good! I was wondering if you want to go out and get drinks…your brother told Brig and I the news about the engagement. We thought we would go out and get dinner as well..”
“uh…maybe tomorrow.. I am tired. I think we want some time to ourselves.”
“oh I see….you didn’t have sex at your dad’s house…making up for lost time. I get it.”
I laughed flushing red.
“alright….well call me tomorrow…or tonight if you change your mind..”
“Alright talk to you later” I said hanging up.
“and?” Tom said
“She wanted to go out to celebrate the engagement.”
“ah…I see..” he said as I came back over and sat down in his lap.
I sighed resting my head on his shoulder…
“I can’t believe you are leaving soon.”
“it will go by quick…”
“how long are you staying?”
“well I am going over after New years…and I may stay until March”
“you could always come with…”
“you’ll be gone three months!”
“come on Aimee….you live about an hour away from your family…mine is across the ocean…I haven’t seen them since last Christmas..”
“yeah…” I nodded feeling bad.
“I am just overreacting aren’t I?”
“no….I know it’s going to be torture for me to be without you that long…”
“I would love to come with…it’s just. The new job and it’s Alex’s first big shoot in January. I want to be there for him.”
“I know….maybe we can visit my family this summer or spring..”
“yeah that’d be fun…” I smiled playing with the hair at the nape of his neck.
He purred in his throat, leaning in and attacking my neck with his lips.
His hands rubbed along my arms.
He leaned in capturing my lips.
I sighed weaving my hands into his hair.
“I think….we should move this to the bedroom..” he said against my lips.
His voice was husky and his eyes were darkening every moment.
He scooped me up into his arms and dropped me gently onto the bed.
“I think you should wear the purple nightie to bed” he smiled
“Maybe I will” I smirked.
He leaned down and kissed me again.
We soon were making up for the weeks we spent apart and for a night interrupted in the car.