"Ah," Haley sighed as she threw herself down onto the couch. "They're both sleeping."
Nathan laughed as he sat down beside her, wrapping his arm around her shoulders. She instantly snuggled into the crook between his shoulder and neck, closing her eyes.
"How long do you think its going to last?" he whispered, not wanting to risk waking their two sleeping children up.
"Hopefully awhile," she replied, her eyes still closed.
Nathan ran his hand over her legs, which were thrown across his lap. Closing his eyes, he rested his head on Haley's and breathed in deeply. She smelled primarily of baby powder and of James's formula, but if he breathed in deeply enough, he could still smell the vanilla scent of her shampoo. It was an odd combination at first, but he had gotten used to it and had eventually grown to love it.
"Stop smelling my head, you freak." She said, moving her head to look up at him.
Nathan pouted, feigning a look of hurt.
"Well, I'm sorry, Hales. You know I love the smell of your hair. I didn't know you thought I was such a freak." He knew she was teasing him- he could see the mischievous glint in her eyes when he looked at her, so he just went along with it.
Of course, it helped that he also knew he that if he played hurt long enough, she'd usually end up kissing his pout away.
"Oh, Nate, come on. I was just joking."
"I know," he said, but he looked away, crossing his arms over his chest.
"Oh, baby," Haley said softly as she climbed into his lap, her legs on either side of his. She knew he was manipulating her, but honestly? She didn't really care. That was part of the reason she started teasing him in the first place- he was so damn adorable when he pouted, and she knew that he would feign hurt until she "gave in" and kissed him. "I'm sorry."
He looked at her then, the pout still planted firmly on his face. Haley laughed at the pitiful look he was giving her- he'd really gotten good at keeping it on his face and not smiling when he was trying to be "sad". Leaning in until she was a less than a centimeter away from his face, she whispered, "I'm sorry," again before kissing him gently on his bottom lip. "I don't really think you're a freak. Well…maybe just a little, but I love you for it." She said, kissing him again. Bringing her hands up to either side of his face, she leaned back slightly to look at him. "Do you forgive me?"
"…kind of," he said, smirking at her for a second before remembering that his feelings were supposed to be hurt, and replacing the smile with a pout.
"Oh? Just kind of? Guess we'll have to see what I can do about that, huh?"
"Mm-hmm," he responded, still pouting.
Haley laughed and shifted so she was leaning over him, bringing her arms to wrap around his neck and angling her mouth down on his. At first, she kissed his protruding bottom lip, pulling it between hers before the pout finally disappeared and Nathan kissed her back. Only then did she deepen the kiss, moving her mouth firmly against his as his arms came up around her waist to pull her even closer to him. When things began to get more and more heated, Haley pulled away and put her head on Nathan's shoulder, sighing.
"Dammit," she said quietly. Then she sat up and pointed at him. "Not fair!"
"What?!" he asked, eyes widening.
"You said high school!"
"That was high school!"
"Not if it had gone on for any longer- we definitely didn't do THAT in high school."
"Hales, I promise not to get too into it. I know you still have a few weeks before you can do anything."
"Yeah, that's nice and all, but its really not you I'm worried about, Nate."
"Yeah- are you seeing my problem here?"
"Not really, babe. Sorry."
"It's just… I can't really help myself when I'm around you, and it's really frustrating to start something and then know that it can't be finished!" Haley exclaimed with a huff, a pout of her own forming on her lips.
"Hey, c'mere," Nathan said softly as he brought his hands to either side of his face, bringing her forehead to rest on his. Looking at her, he continued. "I know how you feel, okay? But just think- when we're finally able to be together, it's going to be soo worth it," he finished with a grin. Haley started laughing and kissed him softly before climbing off of his lap and sitting beside him, yawning. Nathan wrapped his arms around her and leaned back, bringing her to lie above him, her head on his chest.
"What do you say we try to get some sleep, Hales?' he questioned quietly as he stroked her hair.
The only response he received was a small snore from the woman who had passed out on his chest.
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Hey sorry for the lack of updates and the crappy previous chapter…hopefully this one is a little better than the one before it…? Since this is just a fluffy fic, I'm running low on ideas of what should come next- any suggestions? )