Yeah yeah I'm back blah blah no excuse for being gone so in so so in so. I do apologize but it's the way life has been lately just no time for some things. Gonna try and get this wrapped up for y'all. A few things to give y'all a heads up about. I'm currently about half way through my second edit of my original novel that I'll be publishing to Amazon soon (not to self promote just suuuuuper excited about it. Anyway I'm a bit out of touch with these characters so I hope I wrote them right, reread through the story twice to get the feel for it again.

Disclaimer: It's chapter 22 y'all know the drill already.

Chapter 22: Worries

Day 37 cont. (Freddie)

My mother looked…. Well the only word I could think of that would work would be calm. And yeah, to me that's a bit strange seeing as this is the woman who gave me daily tick baths.

"Well I'm honestly more upset with myself for not seeing this earlier, however…" My mom started as her eyes looked back and forth between myself and Sam sitting on the couch.

"However you're not going to go insane and build a wall separating ou- uh Freddie's room?" Sam asked and while I could tell she was joking I knew it was something my mom would have considered a month earlier. My eyes darted from her and back to my mom.

"No that would be architecturally unsafe as their isn't a proper supporting beam splitting the room in half," My mom said as she continued to pace and Sam and I shared a look of confusion. "Have you two done….. anything?"

"We've kissed, if that's what you mean?" I said omitting the Thanksgiving weekend. "We aren't stupid Mom and we know that us being chained together is a weird situation but it did help us work out our problems and fighting. Maybe it didn't take us 90 days to stop bickering."

"So maybe we talk to the judge? Get you two unchained early?" My Mom started and I could feel Sam clinch up next to me. Why was she worried about that?

"If that makes you feel better, but I can tell you that's not going to stop me and Sam from dating," I said confidently as I took Sam's hand in mine.

"Fair enough, I'll see if I can set up an appointment," She said as I stood up and pulled Sam up with me. "But you two, if I catch you two doing anything other then kissing in this apartment, I'll rip that chain off myself and give you both tick baths."

I gave her a short chuckle but part of me feels like she was being completely serious. I pulled Sam behind me as we headed over to Carly's place. I knocked politely as ever but Sam pushed past and opened the door. Carly was pacing back and forth in her living room apparently waiting for us.

"There you guys are! What's the verdict is she setting up the welding or er unwelding equipment? Maybe a hacksaw?" Carly asked looking over us to see any damage. Sam shook her head and gave Carly a positive smile.

"She actually took it really well, although she thinks since we are "fixed" without the 90 days she wants to talk to the judge to get us unchained," Sam said and I could hear a bit of sadness in her voice.

"Isn't that a good thing though?" Carly asked and I looked quizzically over at Sam squeezing her hand reassuringly.

"To be honest I like being with Freddie all the time, and well…" She started and I could tell she was being hesitant, "My mom moved away, and I didn't find out until a few days ago in a text message."

"Isn't that like abandonment or something?" I asked.

"Apparently not, she actually read over the whole contract involving this chain and theirs a loophole that makes your mother my legal guardian during the process of it since I'm living under her roof," Sam said sitting down on the couch and I sat next to her.

"And you don't want to move to wherever she is at right now?" Carly asked the question I most wanted to know the answer to.

"I definitely wouldn't, if I even knew where she moved too," Sam said and I could tell she was still struggling with this.

"Why didn't you tell me?" I asked my hand clenching on hers a bit harder now. "I could have helped take your mind off of it at least."

Sam didn't answer but I guessed that it was because she felt she had to take on her problems herself. Something I knew I had to train out of her, or at least help her figure out that she could rely on me for these kind of things. I squeezed her hand again and pulled her closer to me.

"My mom is reasonable, I'm sure the judge could make her your legal guardian permanently when he sees that your grades and quality of life have so heavily improved," I said giving her a smile which she returned.

"Yeah, but hey getting an appointment with a judge would take at least a few weeks so we have time to figure it out," Carly said and Sam seemed to brighten up a bit at the prospect. Sam smiled back at me and gave me a kiss on the cheek.

"So who wants to make Mama a sandwich?" Sam said and I could tell for now she would be fine. I pulled her up as I walked toward the kitchen to get some lunch meat out.

I started preparing the sandwiches and I felt Sam's hands wrap around my stomach and her head tuck into the space between my shoulder blades. I patted her hands and kept making the sandwiches for us.

"You know if you want to eat you'll have to let me go," I said which I heard a small growl come from behind me, "I'm not sure if that was your stomach or you growling that you didn't want to let go."

"Probably both unfortunately." Sam said as she let me go and grabbed her plate from the counter.

Day 38 (Sam)

I reached out and felt Freddie about the chains length away from me and I rolled over closer to him and snuggled into his chest. He was so warm and I fit quite perfectly into his arms. If it were up to me and I was able to do things my way I'd never have to not be 3 feet away from him.

My eyes opened slightly and I noticed the sun was only just rising so I closed my eyes and just wrapped my arms around him. I felt his arms pull me closer to him and I fell back asleep.

I wasn't sure what time it was when I woke up but I was still holding onto Freddie. I looked up at him and noticed he was still sleeping so I stretched up and kissed him lightly. His eyes opened up and he smiled down at me giving me a kiss back.

"Well good morning to you too," He said lightly. "If you're planning on always waking me up like that you can just move in here permanently." He added with a smile and kissing my forehead.

"Where's your mom?" I asked hoping we were possibly alone.

"My guess? At the courthouse setting up an appointment, she doesn't sit around on her crazy things," He said as he sat up and stretched. I followed him as he pulled me out of bed and he didn't bother to put a shirt on. I watched the muscles in his back as he looked around the apartment for his mom and there was no sign of her.

"Well looks like we have the place to ourself for the moment, what should we do?" I asked although I knew there was only one thing I really wanted to do.

"We could just go back and cuddle for a little while," Freddie suggested and I beamed a smile up at him. "I'm guessing I read your mind."

A few hours later we heard the apartment door open and we jumped out of the bed to not be found cuddling in front of his mom. He quickly pulled a shirt on and we walked out to see his mom.

"Apparently the judge doesn't have an open time until next Friday, so we will get to speak with him then." His mom said as she shuffled past us. "Can you two behave for a week or do I have to move the beds out into the living room?" she asked and I couldn't tell if she was joking or not.

"We've behaved when you didn't know mom we will behave even more now that you do know mom," Freddie said and gave my hand a squeeze and I smiled at him.

So we had a week to figure it out. It's a good thing…..

Right?

Did I nail the characters again? I think I nailed it. This was fun for me to do again. And if y'all want to thank anyone for a new chapter coming out feel free to thank Nature9000 for poking the bear and getting me back. I'll be back soon already working on the next chapter. As always R&R, ZBixby.