Well everyone, here is the long-awaited sequel to 'Better Than Paradise'! This is entitled 'Better Than Paradise II: Love, Friends, and Family'. It's a continuation of Charlie and Claire's story after being rescued from the island. Hope you all enjoy!
Disclaimer: I do not own Charlie, Claire, her baby, or anything else from Lost. Not the people, places, or polar bears. Enjoy!
Chapter One: Peanut Butter Kisses
2 months later
"Charlie, can you grab some more diapers?" Claire asked. The couple was in the grocery store buying what they needed.
It had been two months since Claire had given birth to Camille. Speaking of Camille, she was asleep in her carrier that Charlie was carrying. Aidan sat in the little seat in the cart playing with a toy.
"Do we really need anymore diapers?" Charlie asked throwing them in the cart.
"Well, yeah when both our children are in them I'd say we'd need them for awhile longer," Claire said pushing the cart down the next aisle.
"That's alright because soon, I'm going to teach Aidan how to use the toilet like everyone else," Charlie said.
"No, you mean I'm going to have to show Aidan," Claire said. Charlie smirked at her and kissed her cheek.
Charlie walked over to the shelf and picked up his and Claire's favorite food. Peanut butter. Claire smiled as Charlie brought over a jar of it and put it in the cart.
"Once the kids are asleep tonight, why don't you and I spend the night eating some peanut butter and smooching?" Charlie whispered in her ear. Claire smiled and turned to look at him.
"Doesn't sound like a bad idea," Claire said smirking as Charlie kissed her softly.
"Well, this isn't a first to see you two making out in public." Charlie and Claire broke apart to see Jack standing there.
"Jack! What are you doing here?" Charlie asked. Aidan reached up desperately for his Uncle Jack.
"Well, I wanted to surprise you officially but I moved down here two days ago. Surprise!" Jack said picking up Aidan.
"Thanks for telling us," Claire said hugging him. "Where are you living?"
"I got an apartment about 5 minutes away," Jack said. "Hey did you hear about Kate and Sawyer?"
"How did you find out?" Charlie asked. They had kept it a secret from Jack because he still liked Kate.
"Well, Sawyer told me," Jack said. Claire looked at him sympathetically. "No, it's okay. I'm fine with it, I realized on that island Kate and I were just going to be friends. How long have you guys know?"
"Two months," Charlie said.
"Five months," Claire said. Jack and Charlie looked at her. "Sorry, I was the first one she told."
"It's okay," Jack said.
"You should come over for dinner Jack," Claire offered.
"Nah, I've got unpacking to do," Jack said.
"Yeah, Claire what about what we were going to do later?" Charlie implied. Claire rolled her eyes and Jack laughed.
"I got to go, but before I do, I want to see little Cammie," Jack said as Charlie lifted the carrier up to Jack. Jack played and talked to Camille for a little bit. "See you guys later."
"Bye Jack, call us sometime for that dinner," Claire said.
"Will do," Jack said. "Bye."
"Bye," Charlie called. Aidan waved bye to his uncle before going back to play with his toy. "Come on Claire, let's finish shopping so we can go home and eat peanut butter."
Claire carried in a crying Camille while Charlie carried in a sleeping Aidan. Charlie placed Aidan in his crib to sleep and Claire went to go nurse Camille before putting her to bed.
Claire loved spending time with her babies when she was nursing them. Aidan had gotten too big and now drank out of sippy cups. She was happy to have Camille to hold and talk too.
"Cammie, it's okay my love. No more tears," Claire said sitting down in the rocking chair in Camille's room. Camille wasn't satisfied until Claire started nursing her.
Claire then remembered something; Charlie's birthday was coming up on March 1.
"Cammie, we are going to have to do something special for daddy, he's turning 26 in 10 days. What should we do?" Claire asked Camille who looked up at her mother with her blue eyes. "It's okay, I'll think of something." Claire giggled and took up Camille's hand and kissed it.
Claire rocked back and forth and started singing a song that Charlie always sung to her when they started going out.
"Come stop your crying, it will be alright. Just take my hand, hold it tight. I will protect you from all around you, I will be here don't you cry," Claire sang softly. Camille slowly closed her eyes and released her hold from Claire's breast. Claire covered herself back up and stood to put Camille in her crib.
"Cause you'll be in my heart. Yes you'll be in my heart, from this day on, now and forever more. You'll be in my heart no matter what they say. You'll be here always," Claire said as she covered Camille up. Claire leaned down and kissed her forehead. As she did so, she felt a hand across her back.
Claire stood and Charlie leaned down and kissed Camille's cheek softly. Claire then laid her head on Charlie's shoulder.
"How come you never sing that song to me anymore?" Claire asked. Charlie looked at her.
"I don't know, I thought you didn't like it," Charlie said. Claire looked up at him and smiled a little.
"Charlie, I loved that song. It fits us perfectly," Claire said cupping his face and kissing him gently. Charlie smiled during the kiss and lifted Claire up in his arms.
"Why can't they understand the way we feel?" Charlie sang when the kiss broke.
"Charlie," Claire said smiling.
"They just don't trust, what they can't explain. I know we're different, but deep inside us, we're not that different at all," he continued to sing as he carried Claire down the hall and down the stairs.
"And you'll be in my heart. Yes, you'll be in my heart. From this day on, now and forever more," they sang together as Charlie sat on the couch with her on his lap. Claire rested her head on Charlie's shoulder as he rubbed her neck.
"I love you," Claire said after a moment of silence. Charlie kissed her forehead.
"I love you too," he said. He reached onto the table next to him. "Look what I have." Claire looked up and saw the peanut butter, she giggled. "Come on, it's the best bloody peanut butter we've ever tasted!"
"Okay Charlie," she said taking it from his hand. She unscrewed the lid and stuck her finger in it and let Charlie lick it off. He did the same for her. Claire put some more on her finger and then smeared it all over Charlie's lips.
"Thanks love," he said. Claire laughed and then kissed his lips clean of the peanut butter. He then did the same for her.
"Charlie!" she squealed. She pulled his face in for a kiss. He laid her down on the couch and started lifting her top off.
Claire pulled his shirt off and they continued kissing. Charlie reached to undo her jeans but she stopped him.
"If we're going to do this, we're going to do it in the bedroom, not on the couch where everyone sits," Claire explained. Charlie nodded and picked her up and carried her to their room.
Charlie then proceeded to undo her jeans and she undid his. Soon it was just them in between the sheets and nothing else as they spent the night giving each other peanut butter kisses.
Song: 'You'll Be in My Heart' - Phil Collins
Sorry, if this chapter was boring. I didn't know how else to start the story out. Hope you all enjoyed the first chapter of the sequel. Please read and review!
Until next time,