I'm pretty emotional right now. I loved writing this and I loved hearing from each of you who took the time to review and PM me. I hope I will hear from you again.
Thank you Stephanie Meyer
"WHAT TIME WAS HIS SHUTTLE SUPPOSED TO LAND?" I asked.
"He said it was due in at one o'clock but the rain is pretty bad," Burns replied.
"Well, at least it's not snowing."
Ian walked over carrying Hope in his arms. "Here you go Mommy. One freshly changed birthday girl." He kissed me.
I put Hope down on the floor next to Jessie and the two of them played with the toys. Ian hugged me. "Don't be sad. You know he would be here if he could."
"She's beautiful isn't she?" I commented to Ian.
"She's just like her mother."
Mel sauntered over. "So when are you going to have another one?"
I looked over at Sunny who was talking to Megan. "As soon as she gets pregnant. I want to go through it with her so she won't be so freaked out."
"What makes you think that she'll have a baby?"
"Keep this under your hat. She made a promise to Kyle that she would go off birth control once she said 'I do' and that she would give him one child under the condition that he get Ian to promise to be her personal trainer afterwards to get her back in shape."
"Then why are you taking so long in the planning of this wedding?"
"Because I want it to be perfect…like mine was. Besides she wanted a spring wedding."
"I have to admit you made my wedding pretty special," Mel pointed out.
"Yeah, but you were already married."
"So, I'm the only one who can say that I married my guy twice!" she crooned.
The door opened and a rush of brisk cold air blew into the room.
I ran over and hugged him. "I'm so glad you could make it."
"The shuttle port was a nightmare. Your mother sends her regards."
"I know. She called me. I was surprised that she made the call at all."
"Well, you know she's having a hard time accepting that her 'Pet' is gone."
"I know." I hugged him. "But at least I have you."
"You'll always have me. I love you."
I bit my upper lip to keep my emotions in check. "You must be starving. We were waiting for you and Nate."
"Here's a gift for the birthday girl and here's a little something for you."
"Daddy! You didn't have to do that." I opened the gift. It was a pair of boots.
"I saw you checking them out the last time we shopped. I picked them up for you."
"Thank you Daddy." I kissed him on the cheek.
Ian came over and greeted his father-in-law with a hearty handshake. "Well, I guess we should eat. No sense in waiting any longer."
"Okay," I agreed half-heartedly.
Ian announced to the crowd that the food was being served and everyone rushed to form a line. Ian got on line with his parents. I held back. I wanted to wait just a little longer. I knew that Nate would not disappoint me. Not him.
A minute later the door opened again and it was Nate. My heart skipped a beat. He was wearing his suit and he looked great in it. He walked right over to Hope and scooped her up off the ground.
"Hey! How's my favorite birthday girl?" She put her arms around his neck and hugged him. He walked over to me. "Hmmm. Nice boots. I'm sorry I'm late but my shuttle was delayed and then the drive back in the rain was no picnic."
I couldn't stop smiling. "I know. Daddy had the same problem. He just got here, too. I'm just glad you made it."
"I wouldn't have missed this for anything."
He held Hope in his arms. "Does Uncle Nate get a kiss?"
Hope kissed him on the lips.
He put her back on the floor with Jessie.
He came back over to me.
"Did you see Pamela while you were in Washington?"
"Yes, I spent an evening with her."
"You should have invited her to the party."
"I did. She said she'd come and see me some time next week but you know I don't think she's comfortable with being at an event where you are the center of attention."
"Well, it doesn't help that you introduced me to her as 'the one that got away' and followed it with 'I can always hope for divorce'."
"I was joking."
"No you weren't and she knew it. I'm surprised she didn't dump you right then and there."
"Well, there are plenty of other souls in the sea," he said nonchalantly.
"How can you be so controlled about your emotions with the people you date?"
He ignored the question and looked at me with those puppy dog eyes. They melted the frustration I had with him.
"Let's see. I've been gone three days, that's three kisses you owe me," he said sweetly.
I leaned in and kissed him on the forehead. "That's one." Then I kissed him on the nose. "That's two." And the last one I saved for his lips. It wasn't romantic or sexual. It was just a few seconds on the lips, but it meant so much to both of us. "That's three."
"Thank you, Beautiful. That'll do me."
Ian came over. "Still hitting on my wife, eh?"
"Till the day I die Ian, till the day I die."
Nate's Diary coming June 9, 2011