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SYNOPSIS: Lee takes Amanda to London for their second honeymoon.
TIMELINE: Set a couple of years after the end of the series.
Amanda Stetson walked slowly over to the hotel window and pushed the curtain aside to gaze down upon the hustle and bustle of the street below.
She sighed and a smile spread across her face as she heard the soft footsteps of her husband walking up behind her. The smile changed to a grin as she felt his arms slide around her waist and his head come to a rest, leaning gently against hers.
"Happy?" he murmured as he began to kiss her neck.
Amanda let the curtain fall back into place before turning around to face her husband. She placed her hands against his chest and lightly brushed her lips over his. "Very happy, Lee," she replied. "Thank you for bringing me back to London, it was a wonderful surprise."
Lee grinned. "Well, I remembered how much you liked it here and I couldn't think of anywhere better to start our second honeymoon."
"Our second honeymoon," Amanda repeated contentedly. "I still can't believe Mr. Melrose let us have the time off together," she continued as she wrapped her arms around him and snuggled against his chest.
Lee pulled her tighter and chuckled. "Well, after we finally came clean about our marriage, Billy practically ordered us to take this vacation. If I had known how he'd react, I would've told him earlier."
"I'm just glad everyone took the news so well. I was so worried about telling mother and the boys," Amanda replied, remembering the surprise on her family's faces when she'd told them Lee and herself had decided to get married during their last 'location shoot' away from home.
At first, Dotty had been understandably hurt that she wasn't there for the ceremony, but she had soon come around when Amanda explained that neither of them had wanted any fuss and they'd just felt that the time was right to make the commitment.
Surprisingly, Philip and Jaime had taken the news in their stride. Lee had been around for the last two years and the boys were now young men who were just pleased to see their mother so happy. All the jealousy's that had surfaced when Amanda first brought Lee home had long since vanished to leave a mutual love and respect between the three men in her life.
Amanda was brought back to the present when Lee lifted her chin and gazed down at her face. "I'm just pleased that I can do this without dreading that someone may walk in on us at any moment and I'd have to stop," he murmured before capturing her mouth in a deep, satisfying kiss.
They parted and Lee dropped a second, lighter, kiss on her nose. "So, what do you want to do with our first day here? See the sights? Shop?" He smiled persuasively. "Stay in?"
Amanda cocked her head to the side, her eyebrows furrowed as she pretended to consider the options. "Hmmm, well it was a long trip."
"Very long," Lee agreed and kissed her left cheek.
"And we do need to unpack."
"Absolutely," stated Lee and kissed her right cheek.
"And we still have two whole days here to see the sights and shop before we leave for the cottage in Dorset so…" Amanda paused and smiled invitingly at Lee.
He flashed her a grin. "I'll order a bottle of champagne while you freshen up."
Amanda grinned back then pulled away from his embrace and walked quickly over to their luggage to retrieve her overnight bag. "I'll be two minutes," she said over her shoulder as she disappeared into the bathroom.
Sunlight filtered through the curtains and provided a warm glow as Lee stirred from a deep sleep. Automatically, his arm reached across the bed and moved around the empty space next to him. Reluctantly, he opened his eyes as his brain registered the fact that there was no-one there.
"I wondered when you'd wake up," remarked an amused voice from the other side of the room. "Do you know it's 11.30?"
Lee yawned then turned onto his back and sat up with a long stretch. He smiled over at Amanda who was standing in the doorway to the bathroom, a silk robe for cover and her hair still wet from the shower she'd obviously just had.
His face took on a mock hurt look. "Why didn't you wake me?" he scolded. "You know how much I like to wash your back."
Amanda grinned and walked over to the bed. "I thought you needed the rest after yesterday 'and' last night."
As she came level with the bed, Lee reached out and grabbed her arms then pulled her down towards him. She let out a cry of surprise when he then flipped her over onto her back and half covered her body with his own effectively pinning her to the bed.
"Well, I can see that you've got your strength back," Amanda laughed before Lee bent his head and gave her a long kiss.
"Good morning, Mrs. Stetson, " Lee murmured when they finally broke apart.
"Good morning," she replied softly and gently smoothed his hair back from his forehead before placing a kiss there.
Lee moved slightly so that he was covering her more fully and leaned in for another kiss. Seconds later, he muttered a curse and rolled away from her to pick up the telephone which had started ringing.
"Yes," he snapped angrily down the phone. Amanda sat up and watched his face change from anger to surprise and then finally resignation. "What? Oh, yeah, yeah, put her through."
Lee turned to Amanda and held out the receiver. "It's your mother," he told her with a smile.
Amanda rolled her eyes and mouthed 'sorry' to him as she took the phone out of his hand.
'Later', he mouthed back with a wink and got out of bed.
Amanda's eyes roamed hungrily over him as he walked into the bathroom totally oblivious to the affect his nakedness was having on her. It wasn't until he shut the door behind him that she realised the receiver in her hand was making strange noises.
"Mother," she gasped and put it to her ear.
"Amanda! Amanda, are you there?" came Dotty's anxious voice over the line.
"Yes mother, I'm here. Sorry, I was side-tracked for a moment."
"Oh, that's alright. I'm just surprised to find you still there. I was going to leave a message but when the receptionist said you were in, well, I just had to speak to you. So, are you enjoying yourself, dear?" Dotty asked excitedly as she quickly caught her breath before continuing. "How's Lee? Is the hotel nice? Have you done any sightseeing yet? Imagine; England for your honeymoon!"
"I'm having a wonderful time, Lee's fine, the hotel's lovely and no, we haven't done any sightseeing yet. We plan to go today."
"That'll be nice. You will remember to send a postcard won't you, Amanda? You know how I always wanted to visit London."
Amanda continued to listen for a few more minutes and then Dotty rang off as she had to get dressed then get the boys up for school. With a wry smile and shake of her head, Amanda slowly replaced the receiver.
She heard the shower start running and sat herself down at a large, gold trimmed, ornate dresser. There was a mirror at it's centre that she used while she dried and styled her hair. By the time she was satisfied with her appearance, Lee was dry, out of the bathroom and almost dressed.
"What did Dotty have to say?" he asked, shrugging into a dark blue shirt and fastening the buttons.
"Oh, nothing much. She just wanted to know if we were having a good time, then she reminded me to send her a postcard. She also let me know how the boys were."
Lee chuckled. "She does have great timing."
"That she does," agreed Amanda ruefully. She quickly dressed in cream trousers and blouse then stood up and turned to him. "You ready to go?"
"Yeah." Lee held out his hand for Amanda to hold and together they left the suite.
They exited their hotel, which was situated in Regent Street, and soaked up the warmth of the early afternoon sun that was burning down. Traffic was moving steadily by and the city had the usual air of barely contained excitement about it.
Hand in hand, they strolled along the road heading towards Oxford Circus. "Have you any idea what you want to see first?" Lee asked.
"As a matter of fact I have," Amanda replied as she let go of his hand and rummaged about in her handbag.
Lee's look of amused puzzlement turned to one of pure horror as she pulled out a thick book and held it triumphantly aloft for him to read the title. 'The History of London: Places of Interest to Visit.'
"Oh my god," he groaned.
Amanda beamed at him. "I bought it at the airport while you were arguing with that man about our luggage."
"I wasn't arguing with him, Amanda," Lee began indignantly. "I was simply pointing out that he had our cases."
Amanda raised her eyebrows and stared at him expectantly.
Lee looked sheepish and then suddenly frowned. "Well how was I supposed to know I was at the wrong pick-up point?" he said defensively. "I mean, you've got to admit that his cases were the exact same as ours."
Amanda laughed and shook her head. "Well, we got the right bags in the end, that's all that matters."
He nodded his agreement and Amanda fought the urge to laugh harder at the offended look on his face. Deciding to change the subject, she opened up the book she was still holding to the contents page and ran her finger down the paper. "Let's see, where should we go. OK, first I thought we could visit The Tower of London, I'd really like to see the Crown Jewels. Then we could go onto Tower Bridge and take the tour there, then I thought we could walk down to Westminster…."
With each place she read out, Lee looked more and more horrified. "Amanda," he said, trying to interrupt her. "Amanda!" he repeated more forcefully.
She stopped talking and looked up at him in surprise. "What?"
Lee smiled cajolingly and put his arm around her shoulder. "We don't have to see everything in that book do we?"
"Well, not everything," began Amanda.
"Good, because I've got plans for us this evening," he told her as they started to walk again.
Amanda closed her book and smiled up at him. "You have?"
He nodded. "But it's a surprise."
"Can't you give me a hint?" Amanda pleaded.
"Not even a little one?" she entreated.
"Not even a hint of a hint," Lee replied firmly.
Amanda shook her head and put the guide book back in her handbag. "You know it 'is' my job to find out secrets."
"Not this one," he answered and tapped her nose playfully. "You're going to have to wait until tonight." Before Amanda could press the issue Lee continued, "Now, let's go and visit The Tower of London."
END CHAPTER ONE