Thank you all for reading and for all of your feedback! I'm really glad all of you enjoyed this story. Sadly, this is the last chapter for "Never Going to be Alone" but don't fret! I'm working on a new CSI: NY story featuring our favorite blue-eyed detective. Again, thank you all and I hope you like this chapter! Let me know what you think!
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"Is this really necessary?" I asked as Don carried me along the walkway leading to the Hawaiian villa nearly a year to the day that Don asked me to marry him. We were spending a week in Hawaii for our honeymoon while James was safe in the care of Elise and her fiancé, Edward. Edward had proposed to her on her birthday a month before Don and I got married and when I expressed my concern about taking a honeymoon, she told me that she'd watch James for us. She said she wanted to get a few days of practice under her belt so when she and Edward had their own children.
"Yes, it is necessary," he said with a chuckle and I rolled my eyes before a blush filled my cheeks when I heard the man leading us along the path and pulling the trolley with our luggage laugh lightly. I looked up at Don and kissed his cheek, which made him smile as he looked at me. The man came to a stop outside the beautiful tropical villa and he opened the door letting Don carry me inside.
"Okay, now you can put me down," I said and Don captured my lips as she slowly lowered my legs to the floor but maintained our kiss. I smiled against his lips and pulled away from the kiss as soon as my flip flop clad feet were on the cool floor. "We're not alone yet, Donald," I chided and slipped away from his arms to help the man unload our luggage. I heard Don sigh before he too helped the man and thanked him once our bags were sitting the foyer.
"If you require anything, just dial the main lodge," he said, his smile brightening his tanned face as he handed Don the key card to the villa. "The numbers are all listed by the phone."
"Thank you," I said as I pulled out some cash and tipped the man. He continued to smile as he nodded his head in thanks and pulled the trolley from the house and closed the door behind him. I turned around to explore the villa only to once again be swept into Don's arms and his lips pressed tightly to mine. I laughed into our kiss as he started to blinding walk down the hall to what I assumed was the bedroom. "Where are we going?" I asked breathlessly after I pulled my lips from his but before I found myself lying on the softest bed I had ever laid on with Don hovering above me.
"The bedroom," he said with a grin and I bit my lower lip as I looked up at him. He shifted his weight and brought his left hand to my hair, pulling my still far too long hair free from my clip.
"Aren't we going to look around first?" I asked and his grin remained on his face as he shook his head.
"It's been four months, Lin," he said deeply and he brought his lips down to my neck causing me to arch against him. "Four months, two weeks, and four days," he said against my skin before he pressed his lips to my neck again and then nipped at my ear. As he kissed my ear to sooth the ache from his teeth, I was slowly melting in his hands.
"You've been counting," I whispered with my heart fluttering in my chest as his hands tugged at the hem of my t-shirt and my right hand found its way to the back of his head as his lips continued their skill assault against my neck and collarbone. Just as his hands stared to pull my shirt from my body the sound of Don's ringing cell phone interrupted the moment. He groaned and pressed his forehead to my shoulder before he reached into the back pocket of his jeans and pulled out the shrilling device.
"Hello?" he said tightly after he raised his head so he was looking down at me with the phone pressed to his ear. "Yes you're interrupting something, Messer," Don said and I rolled my eyes before I took the phone away from him and pressed it to my ear.
"Hello Danny," I said and the man was still laughing on the other end.
"Hello, Mrs. Flack, tell your husband I'm sorry for interrupting but I just wanted to make sure you two made it safely," Danny said and I smiled. "Lindsey and I took Lucy to visit with Elise, Edward, and James; and Elise expressed her concern since you hadn't called." I chuckled at both Danny and the scowl that was on Don's face, but my laugh quickly died in my throat as Don returned his lips to my neck.
"You can tell Elise that we safely landed. We just got to our villa and are settling in," I managed. All the while I was doing my best from letting out a moan or any noise that would clue Danny in on what was going on.
"All right, I'll let you go," Danny said, his tone and soft laugh letting me know I wasn't doing a very good job. "Don't have too much fun."
"I plan on doing just that," I said a little too breathlessly and Danny's laugh only got harder.
"Bye Elina," he said and the line went dead. I turned off the phone before I tossed it away and heard it land somewhere on the floor.
"He said he was sorry for interrupting," I said as I sat up a bit and Don moved to his knees in between my open legs. Don laughed as he moved his hands to my face and held my head still before he placed a chaste kiss on my lips.
"He should be," he said as his hands moved to the hem of my shirt again and freed me from the confines of the soft pale yellow cotton.
"You are so impatient," I said with a laugh and he grinned yet again. "We're here for a whole week. You don't want to take just an hour or two to look around?"
"Like you said," he said his hands moving to my back and to the clasp of my bra, "we'll be here a whole week. We've got plenty of time to explore." He expertly unclasped the back and pulled the nude colored lace from my body. "Right now, I want to explore you." My face heated as he smiled at me and I threw my arms around his neck, pulling his lips to mine. Tingles exploded all across my skin as the fabric of his shirt rubbed against my bare skin. The tingling sensation only doubled when he laid me back and I felt him unbutton my jeans as he continued the kiss. The kiss, however, didn't last much longer as I broke away from him and let out a small cry of surprise when his hand found its way between my underwear and my skin, touching me as only he knew how to. I suddenly had no problems with his desired exploration.
The sun was setting over the water as I leaned against the open door of the balcony, cup of tea in hand, and wrapped in the white cotton robe I had found hanging in the bathroom. My hair was still wet from my shower and held up off my neck and back by my clip. Don was still sound asleep in the bed where I had left him an hour earlier after an afternoon filled with lovemaking. It was the perfect beginning to our honeymoon, and even as I had showered I couldn't wash the smile from my face.
I explored the villa finding the small kitchen that held the groceries I had ordered when I booked the villa, hence why I was sipping on my favorite chamomile tea. I'd never seen a more beautiful place, and I was very happy that I listened to Ely's suggestion about the villas as a place to go on our honeymoon. Don hadn't been thrilled with the idea of me paying what I did for it, but our wedding had been a very small and intimate affair and I wanted our honeymoon to be just as special. The view in front of me was definitely worth every penny.
"There you are," came Don's sleep laced voice before his arms wrapped around me, pulling my back against his chest. I smiled as I looked over my shoulder and up at his face only to have him kiss me chastely.
"Did you miss me or something?" I teased and he chuckled.
"Terribly," he teased back before I looked away from him and at the setting sun. Only a sliver of the golden light was visible over the horizon of the water.
"I've never seen anything more beautiful," I said absently.
"I have," he said and I raised an eyebrow despite the fact that I wasn't facing him.
"What could you have seen that is possibly more beautiful than this?" I asked and he turned me around in his arm so I was no longer watching the sun disappear. He took my mug of tea from my hands and set it on the small table near the balcony and it was then that I noticed he was simply dressed in his boxers.
"You," he said and I laughed. "I'm serious, Lin. Every day that you've been in my life and every day that you've smiled at me or laughed, I've never seen anything more beautiful." Once again, my laughter died in my throat as the villa was cast in darkness as the sun was now completely gone from the sky.
"You know, for a cop you sure have a hell of a way with words," I said fighting the unexpected tears and he smiled at me. "I love you all the more for it." He laughed lightly and kissed me once more.
"I love you too, Elina," he said roughly, "and I will for the rest of my life."
Twelve Years Later
Twelve Years Later
"Daniel Donald Flack if you do not stop jumping on that sofa this instant you won't be having any ice cream after supper!" I exclaimed from my spot in the kitchen of the modest home Don and I had purchased to house our growing family. I could hear the six year old bouncing away and then the flop of his backside as it hit the sofa after my warning. Soon after we had James came Ella and then Daniel, who we named after Danny since he saved Don from a nasty fire two weeks before my due date, and then came Lauren, who was all of nine months and currently not wanting to eat the mashed carrots I had prepared for her.
Raising four children was definitely no easy feat; however, we were managing, even when Don's job had him more away then home. When he was home though, his children towed the line, not out of fear but out of respect, and I had to admit I loved it when he was home. I managed to get Lauren to eat three quarters of the carrots and she happily took her bottle after I washed her face. I laughed quietly as I rinsed out the bowl and washed off the spoon before I set it back in the sink to stick it in the dishwasher when I was done.
"Mom!" came the voice ten year old Ella and I sighed quietly as I heard her run down the stairs and then wrap her arms around me, staggering me a bit. Unlike James, whose auburn hair turned black as he got older, Ella's hair remained a rich dark auburn that suited her pale and feminine features perfectly.
"What's wrong, Ella?" I asked gently as I pried her arms from around me and squatted down so I was eyelevel with the little girl. Like James she got Don's blue eyes and right then they were lined with tears.
"James is being a butthead!" she exclaimed and I held back my chuckle at her choice of name calling. It wouldn't exactly help the situation.
"Sweetheart, what did I tell you about calling your brother names?" I asked and she pouted.
"But Mom, he said he won't let me play baseball with him and his friends when Daddy and Uncle Danny take us to the park tomorrow!" she wailed and I sighed quietly and smoothed the top of her head and the strands of hair sticking up on top of her head and from the ponytail I had put her hair in that morning.
"Now why did he tell you that?" I asked before I glanced at Lauren when I heard her giggle. She had somehow managed to get some of the juice from her bottle onto the top of her tray and was splashing it around.
"He said girls can't play baseball, but Uncle Danny lets Lucy play and she's a girl!" Ella exclaimed.
"I'll talk to your Daddy and he will let you play, Ella," I said. "He knows you like to play when you all go to the park." She smiled at me and nodded her head once before kissing my cheek.
"Thank you Mommy!" she said sweetly for all but skipping out of the kitchen. I sighed as I stood and looked at Lauren and walked over to her high chair that was settled next to the island in the kitchen.
"What am I going to do with you?" I asked and Lauren let out a loud giggle as she splashed in the juice a little more, but with her dry hand she rubbed at her eyes. It was time for her nap and once I washed her up and got her settled in her bed I needed to start dinner for the rest of the brood.
James and Ella were setting the table in the dining room while I finished making dinner and kept glancing at the clock every few minutes. Don was running late and he usually called when he was late, so, me being me, I started to worry that something had happened. However, I also knew that if that was the case someone would have called me by now and he really wasn't that late, only thirty minutes. He could have been late because of traffic for all I knew, but I worried my lower lip all the same.
"What's wrong Mom?" came James' voice from my right as I mixed the salad for dinner and I smiled at our thirteen year old son. He was tall for a boy of thirteen, nearly as tall as me, and willowy. However, I had a feeling he was going to turn out a lot like his father because he still had a long way to go before he was to his full potential.
"Nothing, James, I'm just worried about your father," I said and he frowned. "He's late and he hasn't called."
"You worry too much, Mom," he said. "Dad will be home any minute." Just then a soft cry on the baby monitor drew my attention away from James to the white monitor sitting on the counter. "I'll take care of her," James said and I looked at him. "You're busy."
"She'll need her diaper changed," I said and James made a face but nodded.
"I'll do it," he said and I laughed before I kissed the top of his head. He gave me a smile before he padded out of the kitchen and into the hall.
"Mommy, I'm hungry!" Daniel exclaimed as he came into the kitchen and I laughed.
"Well, go and wash your hands because dinner is just about ready," I said and he smiled a toothless smile at me. "Remember to count to thirty while you scrub the soap on your hands."
"Okay!" he shouted before he too rushed up the stairs to the bathroom. Just then the door off the garage opened and I turned my eyes to the door only to see Don saunter in, loosening his tie as he did so. Time had been good to him, slowly turning his dark hair into a beautiful silver. It was still black and it was peppered with silver, but it wouldn't be that way for much longer. Forgetting the salad, I rushed over to him and threw my arms around him, kissing him soundly. He chuckled against my lips but started to kiss me back. We pulled apart and I playfully smacked his chest.
"Call me when you're going to be late," I chided and he smiled.
"Sorry, Lin," he said before he moved his right hand from behind his back and held out a single dark red rose. "Happy Anniversary," he whispered and I smiled as I took the flower from him, a smile on my face.
"You didn't forget," I said softly before I smelt the flower and he laughed quietly, raising my chin so I was looking at him.
"I didn't forget," he confirmed. "You're present's upstairs tucked away, but you'll have to open it later." He leaned in and kissed me chastely. "It's not really something the kids should see." I raised my eyebrow at that and he laughed again. "It's more for me to really enjoy." I blushed and he laughed again before he kissed me again and I wrapped my arms around him.
"Ew, Daddy don't eat Mommy's face!" came Daniel's voice and the two of us laughed as we pulled apart and looked down at the brown haired little boy.
"I wasn't eating Mommy's face, Daniel, I was kissing Mommy," Don explained and Daniel made a face. "Come on, kid," he said as he stepped away from me and scooped Daniel up into his arms. "Let's let Mommy finish up dinner." Daniel laughed as Don tickled him and paused in the doorway that led to the hall to look at me with our giggle six year old in his arms. "Later," he mouthed with a grin and I blushed yet again before I smiled and nodded my head. He winked at me and disappeared down the hall.
My heart raced in my chest as I laughed and got a glass of water to put the flower in. Even after all the time we'd been together, four children, and the craziness life had to offer; he still made my heart race and revert back to blushing like a little girl. However, I wouldn't have it any other way.