Uh… um she's in the living room. Sleeping." he managed to get out.
"Yeah. Man she was so drained that she just fell asleep while I was holding her."
"Yeah, it's been a hard day." she sighed "She was crying when she fell asleep wasn't she?"
"Yeah. She well…"
"Come on Eddie, tell me."
"Girl she is really upset. She really thinks that she has lost you."
"Ed she hasn't, but I just really need to talk to her."
"Well she's right in there" he nodded toward the living room.
"Would you mind… um… giving us some space?"
"Oh I see how it is. You want a brother to leave." he gave her a small smile.
"Yeah but only for a little while till me and Rae are ok again." she grinned
Eddie walked over to Chelsea and gave her a hug.
"Good luck girl. I hope that you two sort everything out."
"We will don't worry. Bye Eddie."
Eddie walked out the kitchen door.
Chelsea stared at the door leading to the living room.
"Just beyond that door is the woman I love" her hands were shaking slightly "Come on Chelsea don't lose your nerve now.
Taking a deep breath she walked to the door. She placed her hand on the door knob and paused for a second.
"It's just Rae. You love her and have talked to her a gazillion times."
She slowly turned the knob and pushed the door open. She walked quietly over to the couch where Raven was sleeping.
"Chels…. Chels…" Raven mumbled in her sleep as she shifted slightly to her side.
Chelsea kneeled down on the floor next to the couch. She brushed a few strands of hair off from Raven's face.
"Rae" she said shaking her gently "Raven wake up."
Raven opened her eyes, looked at Chelsea and then shut them again.
"I'm still dreaming" she mumbled.
"Rae I'm really here and I have something that I need to say." she kissed Raven softly on the cheek "But you need to wake up so that I can tell you."
Raven opened her eyes again and looked at Chelsea. She reached out and cupped her cheek.
"Your really here? I'm not dreaming?"
"Yes, I'm really here and no you aren't dreaming."
Raven sat up on the couch and Chelsea sat down next to her.
"Rae, are you awake enough to here what I have to say to you?"
Raven couldn't look at Chelsea. The happiness of Chels being there when she woke up was mixed with the fear of Chels telling her what she had to say.
"What is it that you wanted to tell me?"
"Rae, she turned so that she was facing Raven "Look at me please."
Raven hesitated but finally turned to face Chelsea.
"Rae I love you. You mean everything to me. I never want to be without you, never." she paused to take a breath.
"But the kiss Chels. That kiss will always be there you wont.."
Raven was stopped mid sentence by the softest kiss that she had ever received.
"Rae I believe that you didn't kiss him. That he kissed you." she looked Raven in the eyes and held her gaze. "I believe you."
Tears slid down Raven's face.
"Rae, trust is something that we have always had. The shock of what I saw sent me into a world of confusion, but once I thought about how I could believe what you said I realized that I already believed you. I just didn't see it until I really thought about it. I tried to call you on my way home, but my phone was dead. But even if I didn't see it before I got home I would have after Devon talked to me."
"Devon!? What did he say when did you see him?"
"When I got home he was sitting on the steps. At first I thought he was you and then he stood up. He told me that he kissed you, that he really screwed things up between us and that he was really sorry about it. But Rae, I knew that I believed you before he got there. I did a lot of thinking on the drive home. We have always had trust. Why should it be any different now?"
"Chels, I love you more than anything else in the world."
Raven leaned over to Chelsea and kissed her gently, she pulled back and looked into her eyes and then wrapped her arms around Chelsea."
"I thought that I lost you baby. I really thought that I did."
"Same here Rae, but you know when you love someone they are worth fighting for. And sweetie I love you more than anything else in this world."
"Aw Chels" Raven's eyes started to tear as she pulled Chelsea into another hug. "I'm never going to let you go again girl."
"Yeah I'm not going to let you go either." Chelsea sighed "It's just too bad that our night together was spoiled though."
"Girl, it's not spoiled. Sure it wasn't what we expected, at all, but we are together right now and tonight was supposed to be about us being together. Right?"
"So stay with me."