An: Sorry it took so long for this chapter. But thanks for the reviews! Oh, and there is a sort-of sex scene, but I didn't go into explicit detail with it. I tried to but it felt awkward for me to write it. Plus, then I would have to change the rating of this to M.

Don't worry there's a little warning if you want to skip over it.


Chapter 10-Shock & Awe

Anna was sure she had never been more nervous than she was now. She was excited as well, but more anxious than anything. Tonight, she and Griffin would make love as man and wife.

Since they had an overnight flight on the day of their wedding, Anna and Griffin barely had time to enjoy the beauty and sights of Paris once their plane landed. They hopped into the limo that David had arranged to pick them up and take them to their suite. After they made their way to the room, they both were sound asleep on the huge canopy bed for hours.

Once they awoke in the late afternoon, Anna dragged Griffin to a few of her favorite sights before having dinner at the restaurant in the hotel. Now the sun had set, and by the way Griffin kept eyeing her all day, she knew that she wouldn't get to sleep tonight.

She and Griffin had had sex before, about four months into their relationship, and a few times afterwards. But they had not slept together in almost a year due to Anna's schoolwork and the Paladins. But, tonight was different, since tonight was their wedding night.

So, to delay him and help relieve her nerves, she took her suitcase into the huge bathroom. She had already pre-packed some lingerie and tonight she was wearing a red-and black corset and garter set. She felt very sexy in it and once she teased her hair at the crown, she looked very much the vixen. For an added effect, Anna applied red lipstick.

Now, she just needed to take deep breaths and calm herself down. In and out, she repeated, in and out. Griffin knocked on the door and asked, "Is everything okay in there, babe?"

"Um, yeah, I'll be out in a minute. Just sit on the bed and relax,"
she replied in the calmest tone she could muster.

Her hands suddenly felt clammy and she wiped them on a towel on the rack. "This is it, just go out there and do it. You are married now, after all," she whispered to herself.

Then, she took a deep breath and opened the door. Griffin was surfing through the channels absentmindedly when he heard the sound of Anna clearing her throat. He turned around quickly, and had to do a double-take, because it was hard to believe that the gorgeous woman that had emerged from the bathroom was his wife.

*Warning! Sort-of sex scene below!*


Anna grinned at his stunned expression, and swayed her hips as she walked over to the bed. She hopped onto it and crawled to where he was perched. She began kissing his jaw, lips, and neck, and Griffin slowly emerged from his trance. He began kissing her back as her hands roamed underneath his t-shirt.

Anna slipped his shirt over his head, and smiled when she nibbled on his earlobe, a sweet spot of his. Griffin's hands went to the back of the corset and desperately tried to untie the strings. Anna rolled her eyes at her impatient husband and removed his hands. Then, she motioned to the zipper on the side. Griffin let out a huff and Anna smirked before she began kissing him again. Griffin pulled the zipper down her side, and removed it from her body.

Anna moaned as his hands roamed and groped parts of her body that she hadn't noticed in a while, and soon, the kisses became more passionate and hungry. Griffin assisted Anna with removing the garter as she helped him out of his sweats.

Once they were naked, they wasted no time reacquainting each other with their bodies, and Griffin swore that Anna made sounds that he had never heard before as their bodies blended together in near -perfect harmonization. Griffin was glad that his wife was enjoying herself, but he hated that she had to be so loud about it.

Once it was over, Griffin collapsed alongside Anna and pulled her close to him so that her head rested on his bare chest. Anna's hair was all over her head, but she didn't care, as she had never felt so happy and fulfilled than she did now.

Griffin stared up at the ceiling, a smile on his face as he traced tiny circles on Anna's back. "I love you, Griffin," Anna whispered as sleep started to overtake her.

Griffin glanced down at her and kissed the top of her head. "I love you, too, Anna," he replied before he fell into deep sleep himself.

*End of scene*


After that, Anna felt them fall into a routine for the remainder of their honeymoon. Wake up, make love, take a morning shower together, go to breakfast, go out sightseeing, have lunch, return to hotel, make love again, stay in and order room service, and make love once more before going to sleep. Then, repeat.

And to Anna's delight, neither of them said or mentioned the word: Paladin. But there wasn't much time for talking anyways.


A few weeks later, Anna was grateful for the wonderful honeymoon that David had arranged because now she was deep into medical books and notes. She wasn't even taking that many hours, since she still needed to make time for her family and husband, but she was exhausted and overwhelmed.

Luckily, Naomi was in the same boat as her, since she had returned to school as well. To make things easier, they both studied together almost every day, and Kyle, who graduated college two years ago with a degree in engineering, offered to help.

Griffin was proud that Anna was pursuing her dream, but now it meant less time with her since she left early for school and stayed up late studying. However, he soon discovered that sex was a great stress reliever for her, and he stopped complaining.

Besides enjoying his newlywed status, Griffin, David, Mr. Benson, and Joe were tracking a new development of the Paladins. They had shut down their facility in New York, but they were relocating.

But to where exactly?

"This isn't good. If the Paladins have decided to relocate, then there's no telling where they could have gone," Mr. Benson said as he looked at the monitor tracking a moving van that the Paladins owned.

"We might have to relocate ourselves if we can't find their new location," Joe suggested as he typed in some codes into the database.

"Is that our only option? To run?" Griffin barked.

"Griffin, we have to think of what's best for everyone. The young ones are doing well, but it's still too early and dangerous to start a full-on war. We need to keep a close eye on things and use what information we have to strategize a plan, as well as a backup plan," Mr. Benson replied.

"Um, Griffin!" Anna called from upstairs.

"Well, let me know what you guys come up with. Maybe they left something at their old place that we can use," Griffin said.

Griffin stepped out into the hallway and jumped into their old bedroom where Anna was waiting for him. She was pacing back and forth, and every so often, ran her fingers through her messy hair.

"What's up, babe?" Griffin greeted as he walked over to give her a kiss.

She kissed him back, but she wasn't fully into it. Something was distracting her; he could tell. "Anna, what's wrong? Are you hurt? Did something happen at your school today?"

She shook her head. "No. I'm okay. It's not that. It's just…um…I…" her voice trailed off.

Griffin searched her eyes for the answer he was looking for, but she wasn't troubled, not really. She looked sort of…happy. It was an expression that only graced her face whenever he or Ruby was around, as she had been so busy lately.

Griffin placed his hands on her face and said, "Anna, just tell me. Please."

Anna sighed, "Actually, I can show you better than I can tell you." Then, she took his hand and led him into the tiny bathroom in the back of the room.

On the sink, there were three sticks. Griffin came closer and examined every one of them. Anna bit her lip anxiously as she watched Griffin closely.

All of the sticks had pink plus signs on them.

Anna announced, "I'm pregnant, Griffin."


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