Note from Misty...
Because there were so many requests for a sequel, I enlisted a little help. Tao Kitty was nice enough to write the second part for me. With her permission, I changed the very beginning so it would serve as a sequel to the alternate ending I wrote in the original fic. The rest is hers.
Please, send any feedback to: taogurl37 at yahoo dot com (sorry, I had to write that out, it wouldn't accept it any other way)
I am only putting the fic on here so that those of you who wanted to read the sequel could do so. Thanks! :)
Ben & Jerry (II)
Archive: As long as my name's on it!
Daniel hurried over the vent. 'This cannot be happening!'
Slowly, Daniel took the cover off the vent and peered into the opening in the floor. With a relieved sigh, he retrieved the golden band from the bottom of the shaft. That was close.
Daniel sat there looking at Janet wedding band. It really was a shame that she couldn't wear it anymore. In one swift move, Daniel was off the floor and bolting down the stairwell and into the living room.
"I'm going out for something. After I change..." He laughed, gesturing at what he was wearing. "All right?" He held her shoulders. Janet nodded. "Okay."
Running back up the stairs to their room, he started thinking about what he was going to do. After changing, he went to say good-bye to his wonderful, very pregnant,
wife. He kissed her, caressing her back. Finally breaking apart, they were both gasping for air.
"Everything's okay now. We got your ring back, and I've got an idea. Everything's fine, Sweetie. It's okay." He pulled her into his embrace, rubbing his hand on her stomach. "All three of us are going to be fine. Okay?"
Again, she nodded. He turned, heading for the door. As he was about to open it, he heard a soft moan.
Turning around, he looked at his wife. "What's wrong?"
"Nothing. Just...please hurry back."
He smiled. "I'll be back before you know it." Lovingly, he tucked her hair behind her ear.
"I'm just missing you already." She whispered.
"I know." With that, he kissed her forehead and left.
After leaving, he drove to the nearest grocery store. Gold or silver? I don't know... Cassie! She'll know. He fished for his cell phone and called Cassie.
"Daniel? Is something wrong? Do you want me to get Mom?" She sounded worried.
"No, everything's fine. I just needed to ask you a question. Gold? Or silver?"
"Umm...I'm getting a necklace for Janet. What do you think she would like more…gold or silver?"
"Always gold. She loves gold."
"Thanks, Cass. Don't tell your mom, all right?"
"Yes, sir!" She said, mockingly.
"Thanks. Bye." He laughed.
He looked at the clerk in front of him.
"I'll take the gold one, please."
He nodded, wrapping to gold necklace in beautiful gold paper, then handed it to him.
'Now,' he thought. 'To the freezer section.' He headed over to the other side of the store.
'Ben & Jerry, Ben & Jerry, Ben & Jerry. Ah!'
"There you are!"
He looked at all of the flavors. Chunky Monkey, Cherry Garcia, Phish Food, and more. Smiling, he grabbed one of each, and three of the Phish Food, remembering it was Janet's favorite.
He headed to the cash register. After he loaded all of his purchases on the conveyer belt, the cashier looked at him curiously.
"Having a party?"
He shook his head. "No. My wife. She's pregnant."
Understandingly, she nodded. "Yeah. I know Phish Food was my favorite when I was pregnant."
He paid, then left, his arms full of bags of ice cream, the necklace in his pocket.
When he got home, Janet was worried, and tried to help him with the bags he had, but he wouldn't hear it.
"No, Janet. Sit down. I'll be right back, okay?"
She nodded. He went to the kitchen and started putting everything away. All that was left was one container of Phish Food, two spoons, and the small, gold package.
Before he'd come in, he had unwrapped the necklace, and carefully put the wedding ring on it, then wrapped it back up just as the clerk had.
He went back out to his wife in the living room, making her gasp. "Daniel...Thank you."
She then saw the package. Daniel was beaming. "Daniel...?"
He gave it to her.
She did. "Oh, Daniel! It's gorgeous!"
He took it from her, went behind her, at fastened the clasp. "Now you'll always have it near your heart."
She stood on her tiptoes, and kissed him. After parting, they sat down and he said, "And now... It's time for you to get reacquainted with your friends."
She laughed. "Thank God for you, Daniel." Smiling even wider, she added, "And…for Ben & Jerry!"