Author's Note: Well, this is the last chapter. I almost just left it the way it was, but I couldn't let it go without reconciling all of the characters. As I have mentioned before, this will be my last ELR story. It's been good, and I would appreciate any reviews from you ghostly readers. Anyway, I do appreciate your support and I hope you enjoy this last installment.
Disclaimer: I do not own Everybody Loves Raymond, unfortunately.
Laughing Debra pushed Ray away as he bent in for another kiss.
"Stop it, Ray," she said as his mouth missed her lips and landed on her cheek. "We're supposed to be getting food, not making out in our kitchen."
"But you look so hot," he protested, wrapping his arms around her waist and burrowing his head into her neck.
"I'm serious," she replied as he started to kiss her neck. "We'll have time for this later."
With a huff, Ray let her go and grabbed a bowl of chips off the counter, "Fine. I'm holding you to that."
She patted his cheek and pulled a container of fruit from the fridge, "All right. Now, let's go. The rest of the family is waiting."
"Hey, Mom," Ally called from the picnic table in the back yard.
Debra smiled at her children as the twins threw a football to each other and Frank verbally abused them from the sidelines.
"Too much wrist!" Frank yelled at Michael.
Shaking her head, Debra said, "Frank, give them a break. They're twelve, not professionals."
"You have to break the bad habits now, or they'll be horrible when they get old enough to play for a team," Frank insisted, snatching a handful of chips from Ray's bowl.
"Frank, wait until we get all the food out here, and then you can eat," Marie admonished him, setting a large platter of hamburgers and hotdogs on the table.
"Hey, you guys!" Robert shouted as he walked into the yard with his arm around Amy.
"We brought chocolate cake for the dessert," Amy said as she handed the covered plate to Marie.
"Oh, you shouldn't have, Amy," Marie told her. "You see, I already made my special chocolate cake and a strawberry pie. But, I'm sure everyone will want a little piece of your cake, too."
Giving Marie a strained smile, Amy walked over to Debra.
"Always so nice and yet poisonous," Amy muttered to Debra.
With an uncertain smile, Debra asked, "So, how's the baby?"
"It's due in three months. Robert and I decided we don't want to know the sex of the baby until he or she is born. Robert secretly wants a girl," Amy told her as she rubbed her now prominent stomach.
Looking around, Debra asked softly, "Amy, we haven't talked in months. Is this your way of saying everything is okay?"
Amy shrugged, her smile faltering, "I don't know. I know that things have been so messed up, and I'm totally over everything that happened. I've really missed you, Deb. Do you think we can be friends?"
With a huge smile, Debra gave Amy a hug, "Of course. I've missed you so much. So, do you want a boy or girl?"
"They seem to be getting along again," Robert remarked to Ray.
Ray just shrugged and shoved his hands into his pockets, "I guess."
Running his fingers through his hair, Robert sighed, "Listen, Ray, we've both said some things to each other because we really mad, but I just wanted to say that I'm sorry. I'm sorry for everything I said and did, and I really want to move on."
"Good, because I do, too. So, we cool?" Ray replied.
Pulling Ray into a hug, Robert said, "You bet, Cubby."
"Hey, let me go," Ray protested, pushing Robert away.
"Aren't you two cute," Debra remarked as she walked over to where they stood.
"No, we're not," Ray replied, pulling her into his arms and giving her a kiss. "But you are."
"You boys having a good time, Yogi?" Amy asked Robert as she gave him a kiss on the cheek.
"Yeah. How about you?" he replied, his hand rubbing her back.
She smiled, "Of course."
"Hey, sappy lovebirds, get over here!" Frank yelled. "It's time to eat!"
Laughing, Ray and Debra joined hands as they walked over to the table, and Amy and Robert followed behind.