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A year later
Christine sat on the front porch swing Erik had rigged up for her. He sat beside her grinning at her and their two-month-old baby, Eloise, who was sleeping for once.
Erik inched closer and wrapped his arms around her neck. She smiled at him, "happy?" he asked.
She nodded. "Incandescently."
His brow rose, "well, I'm glad to hear that?"
She leaned forward and whispered, "I've a surprise for you."
Erik nodded. "As have i. what is it?"
She shook her head, "oh no, you're not winkling my anniversary present out of me!"
"Really?" he said, leaning forward. "Are you sure?"
She nodded and turned her head. "Positive."
Erik laughed, "I'll get it out of you tonight."
She shook her head, "no you won't."
He grinned, "man, are you feeling sassy tonight!"
She smiled and nodded, "yes. For God's in his heaven and all is right with the world."
And everything was right with the world.
Erik had officially retired from running the ranch and let Gil favor run the cattle business and signed over the papers in his name so Gil could own the ranch. Rowdy was in love, as always, but she knew he still had to mature for he hadn't met the girl yet who could knock him off his feet yet.
Erik had moved them back out east to New York and bought them a house on the sea. Three weeks later, Eloise had been born. Erik had finally gotten up the nerve to send some of his songs into a publisher and that day he sold several songs and every single song was a success. He was now working on a musical and she had no doubt that it would be a success as well.
Since both were famous, reporters always swamped them. But when one tripped her when she was carrying Eloise, Erik gave the man a lesson he never forgot and reporters avoided them now.
Her mother had just married Hadley three months ago and from the letters, she knew they were very happy. Both were keeping their eyes open for a possible heir to the throne. Her grandfather had gone back to Switzerland with them and he was staying until everyone involved with Charles plot were captured and dealt with. Her mother also mentioned a countess that might do, but she shook it off. For her grandfather had loved her grandmother so much and he had every opportunity to marry in America, but he never took the chance.
Erik reached for Eloise. "Stay here, I'm going to take my gorgeous and desirable wife along for a walk on the beach." At her frown he said. "I engaged Maria for the evening. She won't mind, you know how she loves Eloise."
At that moment, Maria came up the stairs. Erik handed her their daughter and she thought back to the day when she'd gone into labor. Her water had broken and Erik had an important meeting and she was invited and she wanted to go too. But an hour later in the meeting, it was no good.
She let out cry and gripped the table. All eyes swiveled to her and she blushed. Erik immediately walked over.
"Christine are you all right?"
She shook her head, "I'm sorry. My water broke this morning."
Erik's eyes bulged then he yelled. "THEN WHAT THE HELL ARE YOU DOING HERE?"
"I wanted to come!" she said as he picked her up.
"Oh, you're frustrating."
She smiled and waved at the board of men behind her, "I'm so sorry gentlemen. He'll be back soon."
"I will not!"
"Oh yes you will!"
"NO I WILL NOT! Good day gentlemen."
Erik had stayed by her side and had threatened to scalp the doctor when he told him to leave the room. Christine had made him go and he followed, but she could imagine him pacing the stairs. The moment Eloise cried out, Erik stuck his head in she watched as tears filled his eyes.
"Christine?" Erik said, taking her arm. "Are you ok?"
"Yes." She smiled. "I was just thinking."
"Really, about what?"
"About when you fainted at the sight of Eloise."
He picked her up and rolled his eyes, "I did not."
She laughed, "oh yes you did."
"Have it your way!" he said running towards the ocean. "But I did not faint."
She shrieked as he ran into the ocean and clung to his neck. "Erik!" He didn't listen to her. He was listening to the ocean's roar and she inhaled its salty scent. Stars lit the Black Sea like diamonds on black velvet.
Erik set her down in the water, and he pulled her closer. "You're right, God is in his heaven's tonight. And all is right in the world with you in my arms."
He kissed her and she clung to him. For the time being, heaven could wait. For they found their little slice of heaven together.
Final segment. I will try to have another story up in a few days. Don't forget to review!