Randy continued to race around the house, collecting random items before throwing them into the large duffle bag. He cursed at himself silently after stubbing his toe against the large couch, before continuing, throwing magazines and papers from the coffee table.
It had always been an mindless habit of his to lose his car keys or cell phone, and in this case, he had lost both. He and Aurorah had decided on a weekend get-a-way and leave the hectic life behind, at least momentarily. Of course, he was running behind schedule, and he knew, without a shadow of a doubt, Aurorah was on time, packed and waiting for his arrival.
It was one of her traits he loved the most.
He stopped suddenly, hearing the distinct ring from his cell phone somewhere nearby. As he flipped the cushions from the couch, a smile spread across his face when he finally saw it. He picked it up and answered, knowing the ring tone instantly.
"This is Randy." he spoke clearly.
"Randy! How are you?" the voice rang from the other end.
"I'm good, Vince. Real good. How are things at the office?" he asked with a chuckle.
"Things here are going well." Vince replied, before clearing his throat. "I received a report from your advisor. He says your classes are going well and you are about finished."
"Yeah, that's what they tell me. I have one more before it's completed." Randy confirmed.
"Well, I was calling to set up your return date. I know things are still a little shaky back home. I talked to your dad and he filled me in a little. When do you think you will be comfortable in returning?" Vince asked.
"Honestly, sir, there's been so much going on, I hadn't given it much thought." Randy said, sitting down and exhaling a deep breath.
"Really?" Vince asked, a hint of concern coming from his voice.
"Not that I don't. It's not like that. But, with classes and appointments and..."
"Aurorah." Vince finished for him.
"My dad has a bigger mouth than I thought." Randy said, laughing.
"He mentioned her in conversation. I'm happy for you." Vince replied.
"Thank you, sir." Randy said sincerely. "I have a few more appointments I have to meet by the end of the month for my daughter before I can really set anything into stone. I am excited about returning, though."
"Glad to hear that. How 'bout we schedule an appointment for next weekend, say..." Vince began, as he trailed off. "...next Wednesday for 4:00. Does that sound good?"
"Yeah, yeah. Sounds good." Randy said, shaking his head in agreement.
"Alright, we'll see you then." Vince replied. "Oh, and Randy?"
"Have fun this weekend." Vince said, laughing.
"My dad, right?" Randy asked, knowing before he even asked.
"How'd ya guess?" Vince said laughing deeper. "We'll see ya next week, son."
"Alright. Bye." Randy said, snapping his phone shut.
He wasn't sure how to bring it up with Aurorah that he would be returning soon, especially since they had just got together. Things were going great for the pair, and he didn't want to risk losing anything with his return. They had only been dating for six weeks, but it was the best six weeks he had had. He knew deep down she would understand, but the fear of the unknown was still there.
He shrugged his shoulders, giving himself a mental note that he would talk with her about it before the end of their weekend. As he stood back up, he noticed his keys sitting on the entertainment stand and grabbed them before snatching his suit case and heading for the door.
His parents had agreed to watch Alanna for the weekend, which they couldn't be more excited about. Randy had hoped their weekend together would go well together, and for some reason, he was sure it would. He couldn't explain the feeling that overwhelmed him, but he sensed something big was going to happen.
She emerged from the bath and wrapped the large, terry-cloth towel around her body. Randy had told her to dress semi-formal and she was hoping the silver and black, form-fitting dress she had chosen would amaze him.
Randy had pulled out all the stops so far. He had spoiled her rotten the entire afternoon, between her trip to the spa, where she got her hair, make-up and nails done, to a shopping spree and body massages. It was more than she felt she deserved, but after he insisted, she finally relented and enjoyed herself.
Randy had departed from her some time before, telling her that they would meet up in the lobby the evening. She only needed a minor touch up on her make-up, and after glaring at the clock, she realized she was slightly behind in time, more than she would have liked to be.
She slipped the satin dress on and fixed her make-up in the bathroom mirror. Her mind quickly traveled to Randy, and she felt her nerves starting to swim. She had something huge to tell him, and she couldn't wait no longer. She knew had to tell him sooner or later anyway, but his reaction was what scared her the most.
They had spent weeks of bliss together, and she didn't want to risk that at any cost. The thought of being without him frightened her to limits she had never known. She realized the importance of Randy in her life was just as important as breathing; he had became such a huge part of her life. Not just because she was in love with him, but he had healed the biggest part of her heart she felt was lost forever.
He had picked her up when she was down, been the shoulder she needed to cry on and been her saving grace many times; and for her, this all happened before they were officially together. She had forgave him for the reading of her dairy entry, but had he not done that, she couldn't help to think if he would have ever questioned her. She had thought about it time and time again and still, she wondered if the dairy hadn't been the ice breaker for them.
She knew they would have eventually ended up together, but the way things happened between them, she didn't regret a single thing.
Her heart was aching to see him, but at the same time, she had to rethink her words in her head. She figured a few hours alone would help her do that, but it only made it worse by the overwhelming amount of feelings she had by wanting to see him.
As she slipped her heels on, she sighed and grabbed her purse. She was going to be a few minutes late, but after thinking to herself of his usual lateness, she didn't feel too bad about it. It only made her snicker at her own joke.
She slipped the white envelop into her purse before shutting the door behind her and stepping into the elevator. Her heart still ached as she watched the numbers counting down, and to her, it seemed like years before the doors would open again. But, finally, they did and as she stepped into the lobby, her eyes met his.
A smile plastered across his face, she couldn't help but run into his awaiting arms and plant a sweet kiss against his neck. He shivered slightly before picking her up, clinging to her, signaling he had missed her just as much.
"You look..." Randy said breathlessly, as his sentence hung in the air.
"Thank you." she whispered. "You clean up nice yourself."
"I try." he shrugged, giving her a smirk before extending his arm. "Care to join me?"
"Yeah! I don't want anyone else snatching you up!" she said, smiling.
"Baby, you have nothing to worry about." he said, as he leaned in towards her ear. "I'm yours."
The words rang through her head, making her heart jump and race even more. She couldn't help but smile brighter as he led her to a secluded part of the hotels restaurant and helped her into her chair.
"You really do look amazing." he said, as he sat across from her.
"Thank you, again." she said, smiling.
"You alright? You look a little pale." he asked, his hand reaching across the table to grab her shaking hand. "You're shaking. Rorie, are you okay?"
"Yeah, I'm fine." she said, shaking her head slowly before making eye contact with him. "I've just got a few things to tell you and something I wanna show you, that's all."
"Is it something bad?" he asked, as he bit his lip.
"No, no!" she said quickly before exhaling deeply. "I don't think so."
"Baby..." he said quickly, before taking the seat next to hers and pulling the chair closer to her. "...tell me. What's wrong?"
She knew she couldn't hide it any more, as she released her hand from his, giving him a soft smile. He watched her intently, his heart racing wildly. She pulled the envelop from her purse and handed it to him. He gave her a confused look and went for it, until she pulled back.
"Before... I give you this." she said slowly, pulling it back slightly. "Please know that I love you, Randy. This doesn't change anything on my end, alright?"
"Alright..." he said uneasy, still giving her a confused look.
"Say it, please." she said, closing her eyes.
His lips touched hers gently before he pulled back and cupped her face in his hands, causing her to open her eyes and stare at him. He tilted his head to the side, smiling weakly.
"I love you, sweetie." he said, kissing her softly once more, before she handed him the envelop.
She began wringing her hands together, the sweat forming on her forehead. He continued to look at her as he unsealed the envelop and pulled the content from inside and laid it on the table. His eyes finally feel to the item before his eyes grew huge.
His body crashed into the back of the chair, his eyes not leaving the applicator that lay a few inches in front of him. She closed her eyes, not knowing what the expect. She felt the warm tears threatening to fall, but she warranted them off. She rested her elbows onto the table, her hands covering her mouth as she opened her eyes slowly, her attention resting on Randy.
"What..." he whispered, as he finally looked up at her, a look of shock written on his face.
"I... I don't know." she stumbled, as she ran her fingers through her curls.
"Oh my God." he said softly, before he ran a hand through his hair.
"Is this good or bad?" she asked, not really wanting to know, afraid of a negative response.
"How.... and... when?" he asked, still confused.
"I... don't know." she whispered again.
"But...." he started, still not being able to form a sentence.
She sighed heavily, becoming agitated by his lack of words. She bit her own lips, realizing her news was being taken worse than what she thought.
"So, is this how you acted when Sam told you?" she asked, finally finding her voice.
"What?" he asked, bring his eyes to meet hers.
"I mean, this is good, at least I think it is. A little quick, but sometimes, you don't plan these things to happen. And... I thought you loved me." she asked, her thoughts coming quickly.
"Aurorah, I do. I love you." he said, grabbing her hand and bring her palm to his lips, kissing it gently. "I'm just.... shocked."
"Yeah, among other things." she said haughty.
"I just don't know what to say. I mean, I'm numb at the moment." he said, shaking his head.
"Is this good for you, Randy?" he asked.
Her question took him by surprise, as he pulled his hand back and looked at her. He couldn't believe she would ask such a question, but he realized his reaction to the news wasn't received the way she had expected, either.
"Of course this is good. I mean, shocking, but..." he said, a smile finally playing at the corners of his mouth. "...very good."
"Yeah?" she asked, her nerves finally relenting some.
"Yeah. Are you sure?" he asked, smiling bigger.
"Yeah, I think so. It's been 3 weeks." she replied.
He grabbed her from her seat, picking her up and spinning her around. She giggled against his neck before he placed her back down and kissed her longingly. As they parted, she noticed the tears falling from his eyes and smiled.
"So, you're happy?" she asked, as they sat back down.
"Yes!" he said, shocked. "Of course, I'm happy! I'm gonna be a daddy, Rorie!"
"I know Randy!" she said, laughing.
"How do you feel?" he asked, rubbing her stomach gently.
"Queasy, tired and... excited." she said breathlessly. "Layni's gonna be a big sister."
"I know. And this pales in comparison what I was gonna ask you." he said, taking her hand once more.
"And what were you going to ask me?" she asked, curious about his question.
"Would you move in with me?" he asked, still smiling.
"Yeah, I think that could be arranged." she said, smirking.
"This happened so quick, didn't it?" he asked, sitting back.
"Do you still love me?" she asked, giving him a serious look.
"You're gonna have to do a lot more than being pregnant for me not to love you, Rorie." he said, laughing before his lips claimed hers.
She moaned against his lips, realizing she had missed his touch after being away from him for so long. He rested his forehead against hers, the two enjoying the moment before Randy grabbed her hand and led her towards the exit.
"What are you doing?" she asked, laughing slightly.
"We can order in." he said, grabbing her waist and bringing her towards him once they entered the elevator. "I wanna be alone tonight with the mother of my baby."
She smiled up at him before touching her lips ever so slightly against his, sending chills to course through his entire body.
"Thank you." he whispered into her mouth.
"For what?" she asked, pulling back slightly.
"For giving me another baby, for making me a daddy for the second time...." he said, kissing her softly. "...and for showing me what true love is." he finished as his lips caressed hers once more.