Reed's Reckoning(113)

By: Ahren Sanders

Luke was dating casually, but I get the feeling he has finally met someone special. She’s been around for a few months now and his attraction is obvious. The best thing is she has no jealousy with the closeness Luke and I have. Since he started seeing her, I haven’t seen him with anyone else.

A day hasn’t gone by that Reed hasn’t showed me how much he loves me. I try to tell him that I’m the lucky one, but he disagrees. We found out I was pregnant again last week and this time no birth control was involved. We were able to safely remove the IUD the last time I was pregnant and I had an uncomplicated pregnancy. I never inserted another one. We started trying as soon as Katy turned one.

I couldn’t wait to tell Sophie and Luke because they took bets on how long it would take for Reed to get me pregnant again. Sophie won, it only took one month.

“Mama?” Katy reaches her chubby finger up to me. I put her in the high chair, knowing it’s time for dinner.

“Where is that husband who keeps knocking you up?” Sophie asks.

“Someone looking for me?” Reed walks in and immediately comes to me. One hand rests on my stomach while the other goes to my neck. He kisses me until I’m breathless.

“Really? I’m standing right here. And your daughter is watching.”

“I haven’t kissed my wife since this morning, get over it.” He tells her and bends down to kiss Katy on the forehead. “I’m hitting the shower.” He walks out and winks at me.

“Is that Reed speak for ‘join me in the shower’?”

“Probably, but I have a baby to feed.”

“Let me do it.”

Looking at her like she’s crazy but I’ve noticed the signs lately of her maternal instinct coming out. I hand her the baby food and watch as she sits down and takes over.

“Sophie, I don’t know if I ever took the chance to thank you. Because of your push to stop fighting against Reed, I now live the fairytale he promised me. I want that for you too.” I squeeze her hand tightly.

“Ari, babe, you give him the fairytale too.”

I want to argue but can’t. Through even the worst times, we have overcome the obstacles my grandma told me were worth it. She was right and my husband is living proof that even the most horrible situations can have happy endings.

I kiss her on the cheek and walk towards my bedroom. My husband wants me in the shower and he almost always gets what he wants.


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