Too Good To Last , chapter 13
Lee reached out and ran his thumb along Amanda's jaw line as she looked
into his intense hazel eyes and smiled at him shyly. They shared a slow and
tender kiss and then backed up a little from each other while still holding
"I love you. I'm sorry." they both blurted out at once.
"I don't understand. You have nothing to be sorry about. I've been so awful
to you . Why are you apologizing to me?" Amanda's eyes reflected the
confusion she felt.
"Because the first chance that I got to prove that I'm ready to be part of
your family I screwed it up. I should have taken Jamie out of there myself
not sent him by himself. I couldn't stop thinking about the other kids. There
were so few adults in there and some of them looked more scared than the
kids. The agent in me couldn't just leave and hope that it all turned out
okay." Lee looked down sadly and shook his head.
"Now you wait one minute, Buster. You risked your life to protect Jamie
and you did make sure that he got out safely. Jamie understands why you sent him out alone . You wouldn't be the man that we ALL love and respect
if you hadn't done what you felt you had to do " Amanda concluded.
" I think we need to talk about living like a family all the time but I think
Billy is gonna bust a gut if we stand here talking any longer. You should
take Jamie home and let me go with Billy to work things out with Metro.
I'll call you as soon as he drops me at the apartment."
"No" , Amanda responded to Lee's surprise.
"What do you mean ? I thought you want us to be a family." Lee replied.
" We are a family. When you and Billy are done here I want him to bring
you to the house. You're injured so you should spend tonight with your
family. You can sleep in my bed-"
"Really ? " Lee asked while wiggling his eyebrows suggestively at Amanda.
"Yes, really. I'll be sleeping on the couch in the family room . We shouldn't sleep in the same bed until the boys think we're married."
"Um, Amanda, we are married" Lee stated feigning impatience.
"We still have to work out how to let the family know about our secrets.
Please be patient a little bit longer " Amanda requested.
"I'll wait as long as it takes. I love you all" Lee answered with the depth of
his feelings obvious in his voice.
"I finally understand that" Amanda answered with a new found sense of
peace concerning all the new directions life was taking her in.