All rights belong to E. L. James; story line is mine as are any additional characters therein.
I'm standing at the kitchen sink, after having just made everyone's lunch and have almost finished cleaning the mess my husband made, it's taken me hours. I start reliving this morning and can't help but release a little giggle, shaking my head at the absurdity of what Christian went through trying to make our girls breakfast when a pair of arms circle my waist with a rumbling moan.
"Mmm what are you giggling at Mrs. Grey?" He asks as he kisses my neck.
"Just your eventful morning Mr. Grey." I respond with a snigger, he grips me tighter and bites down on my shoulder before laving the teeth marks he left with his tongue.
"Hmm, it was quite a trying morning baby, I'm sorry I made such a mess in here. I now have a greater understanding of everything you do for our family every day… but please, lets never mention it again. I almost had a damn heart attack when the smoke alarm went off!" He grumbles good-naturedly. I turn around and snake my soapy hands around his neck before kissing his lips soundly.
"Okay, we'll never mention you struggling to make toast every again." I say quickly and attempt to get out of his hold but unfortunately for me, I can't. He immediately starts wiggling his fingers under my arms and my ribs mercilessly as I try and wriggle away from him, giggling and squealing the entire time. It isn't until I call uncle that he eventually stops—the both of us breathless from all the laughing.
"So dear husband, what do you want to do this fine Sunday afternoon? Your parents are at a function so there will be no Grey Sunday dinner and that means we are totally free. Oh, and it's teacher training day tomorrow so the kids don't have school… do you have any thoughts on how we should spend the day?" I as him as I pepper kisses along his chin and jawline.
"Baby, right now I know what, or rather… whom I want to… do, and it's nothing involving our children that's for damn sure." He growls into my neck as he licks a long line up my carotid artery and nips at the right side of my jawbone.
"I know sweetheart, I feel the same." I murmur as he kisses me slowly and deeply. I sigh with need when he pulls away.
"How about we make use of our home theater for a change. I know Gracie is just dying to have her friend come over again, we could call up Ellie and ask if Lexi can stay over tonight. Ted can have Tony to stay over with him." He says to me while placing a quick kiss on the tip of my nose before grabbing my hand and leading me to the living room.
"I'll give Ellie a call, I know that Linda and Anthony were taking the kids away for the long weekend, so Tony won't be available. Maybe he'd like Ava to come over, he's still not speaking to Simon because of the way he's been treating Tony."
"Okay baby, you call Ellie and I'll call my brother." He grins at me before handing me my blackberry and picks up his own before dialling the necessary digits. I quickly scroll through my ever-expanding list of contacts until I find Ellie's cell phone number. She text it to me a few days ago so that I don't have to deal with her vapid employer. It barely rings before she answers with a cheery greeting.
"Hi Ellie, it's Ana."
"Oh hi Ana… how are you doing?"
"I'm good thanks, how are you?" I respond in like.
"I'm great… really great." She replies and I can almost hear a smile in her voice.
"I'm glad." I giggle before continuing. "Well I was calling to see if Lexi was available for a sleepover tonight, Gracie has been begging me for a few days to call and see if Lexi could stay with us again… I thought with the kids being off school tomorrow that it would be as good a time as any?"
"Lexi and the boys have been staying with their dad for the weekend, but Michael is right here so just give me a sec and I'll ask him if he's alright with losing pip overnight!" She laughs before she starts talking to someone in the background, so I'm assuming that it's Lexi's father.
"He said it's fine, what time should I drop her off at your place?" She asks me.
"Um… let's say in an hour. I also wanted to know if you'd like to stay for a bit and have some tea, or coffee with me?" I ask, feeling decidedly nervous to hear her answer.
"I'd really like that Ana. I guess we'll see you in an hour then!" She responds and hangs up after we say a quick goodbye.
"Baby, Elliot is bringing Ava by in a little while. Is Lexi coming over?" He asks as he wraps his arms around my waist and leaves a loud, wet kiss on the side of my neck.
"Lexi will be here in an hour, I asked Ellie to stay for a cup of tea so we could get to know each other better. What are we planning to watch with the kids?" I ask him as I scratch my nails over his scalp, earning me a groan of pleasure.
"Right now baby, I don't really give a flying fuck. I want you." He murmurs against my neck before biting down on the soft junction between my neck and shoulder.
"I want you too sweetheart, but we can't." I respond to his amorous kisses with a passionate one of my own.
"Tonight…" It is not a question but a promise filled with pure carnal intent.
"I can't wait. Now Mr. Grey, you can go tell your little princess that you finally convinced her terribly forgetful mother to call her friend and that they're going to have a sleepover." I giggle as he blows a loud raspberry on my neck.
"I'll do that Mrs. Grey, I'm going to head downstairs and start up the popcorn machine and fill up the slushy machine. Then I'm going to see if I can persuade my son to allow me to play Mario Kart with him and I'll see you in a little bit." He kisses my neck once more and then backs away before turning around and heading off to find Gracie.
"Hello Ms. Ana… Ellie said I'm stayin' with Gracie tonight!" Lexi beams up at me before wrapping her arms around my legs in a four year olds version of a hug.
"You sure are kiddo, Gracie is super excited to have you come for a sleepover again. In fact, she's waiting on you upstairs in the den, she even has some of your favorite PB&J sandwiches and a glass of milk waiting for you." I tell her as I twirl her long brown locks between my fingers. She runs and gives Ellie a hug before running full pelt down the hallway to the stairs.
"Be careful!" Ellie and I both yell at the same time as she climbs the stairs and we both chuckle at the mothering tone we used.
"So Ellie, are you a coffee or tea kind of girl?" I ask as we make our way to the center of every home… the kitchen.
"I usually drink coffee but tea sounds really nice right now." She responds as she takes a seat at the breakfast bar, wincing slightly when she sits down. I quickly grab two cups and put the kettle onto boil.
"What do you take in your tea, milk, lemon, sugar, honey?" I ask as I grab the box of Twining's English breakfast tea.
"One spoon of sugar and a little milk to color it." I work quickly, handing Ellie's tea over to her before dipping my teabag into the cup and swirl it once before fishing it back out and toss it into the trash.
I take my seat opposite Ellie and wrap my hands around my cup, blowing the curling steam away gently before taking a grateful sip.
"So how have you been since I last saw you?" I ask her, tentatively drinking my hot tea.
"I've been great actually, really grate. What about you? I just want to apologize once more for the situation with Diane. I shouldn't—"
"Hey, it wasn't your fault… Diane is accountable for her own choices. It was her that chose to strip naked and proposition my husband… not you." I place my hand over hers with what I hope is a reassuring smile.
As we chat back and forth I start to notice that something about her is different, new but I can't quite put my finger on what it is, so I decide to ask her about it.
"You seem different Ellie… I don't know what is different but there is definitely something there. It's like you're happier or something." I bite my lip as I contemplate what it is. It isn't until she blushes a deep puce that I realise it's something to do with a guy.
"Ahh… so Miss Baxter has a new man in her life, huh?" I giggle, as her cheeks seem to get impossibly redder.
"Um yeah… it's very new though and I'm scared it's all going to fall apart and blow up in our faces." She whispers as her eyes fill with tears. I immediately grab her hand and give it a squeeze.
"Listen Ellie, I'd really like us to be friends and if you ever need to talk about anything you can come to me. Anything that we discuss together will stay between us okay. Plus, you know what they say… a problem shared is a problem halved." She smiles before heaving a heavy sigh from deep in her chest.
"When I went for my interview with the Fosters, I was immediately drawn to Michael. Everything about him called to me on some elemental level but I knew he was off limits so to speak. When you first sign on to a nanny agency one of the first rules you're taught is to never fall for the husband. When Ellie was born I immediately fell in love with her. Michael hovered over us for two whole months, constantly making sure she was okay and cared for. Sometimes I'd be holding Ellie in the rocking chair humming or singing to her and I'd feel like someone was watching us, and sure enough when I finally looked away from the prettiest baby in the world I'd find Michael standing at the door, watching us with the softest expression I'd ever seen. Whenever I'd see him interact with Ellie or the boys, it made my heart melt and I fell in love with him. I've loved him from afar for over three years, never once stepping over my boundaries even though I could tell that he hated Diane… I could never do that, you know… be the other woman—so I accepted that he would never be mine and that at least I got to be around him every day." She swallows the lump in her throat as two tears leak from the sides of her eyes. I grab a paper towel and give it to her while she composes herself.
"Last Saturday night I was watching TV. Diane had met some guy on the Friday and brought him home. Michael had the kids; after he'd left Diane he'd decided that he'd take the kids every weekend and return them to me on the Sunday night. He called me to inform me that Lexi was sick and was crying for her mommy, of course he knew she was referring to me and not Diane." She tells me after taking another sip of tea.
"You don't have to continue if this is too painful for you to talk about Ellie." I grab the plate of cookies Gail made earlier and take one for myself before offering them to Ellie.
"I need to talk this over with someone Ana. I feel like I can trust you." She says with a small smile and takes one of the cookies.
" So I went over there, after getting Lexi settled back down and asleep, I started to leave but he said it would be easier if I just stayed over there… in case Lexi woke up and needed me." She sighs and shakes her head as if she can't believe what's going on but she is smiling and looks so, very happy.
"Ana, to cut an extremely long story short he confessed that he'd fallen in love with me over the years. He told me that his intentions were to take full custody of the kids and he wants me with him, not as a nanny though… he wants to be with me, eventually making me his wife. He also plans to ask the other girls to move in and slowly fade themselves out so that it doesn't hurt the boys, loosing the only women they've known as mothers would be two traumatic for them. Anyway, one thing led to another and we ended up sleeping together. Michael and Diane are legally separated, but they're still married Ana. The worst part is that I've never been happier than I am right now, I feel more comfortable in my own skin but I am so scared that this is all going to fall apart and I'll lose everything. I can't bear to lose Lexi, I couldn't… but I don't think I can let him go either." She whispers and I can tell that she is barely holding herself together right now. I get up and wrap my arms around her as she cries.
"It'll be alright Ellie… everything will work out how it's supposed to. You love Michael, right?" I ask her as I brush her hair back from her forehead. I feel her nod mutely against my shoulder.
"And he loves you?" Again, I get another small nod. "Ellie, love is always enough… I know that better than most people." I pull back and take her hand, giving it a squeeze before sitting down on the stool next to her.
"What is it that you're most worried about?" I ask as I hand over another tissue.
"If Diane finds out… if she even suspects for a moment that Michael and I have been seeing each other, she won't hesitate on cutting me out of Lexi's life, she can say that Michael and I were having an affair while they were still together and Michael could lose his chance to get custody of the kids." I chew on my bottom lip for a few seconds as I contemplate what the hell we could do to make this easier for them.
"Listen… I know Michael has the funds for a good legal team but Christian and I can help put you in touch with the best attorney in the state. You both have to try and keep this under wraps right now, just until their divorce is finalised. Why don't you give Michael a call and ask him to come over here tomorrow with you for dinner and drinks? Gracie and Teddy are going to stay with their grandparents tomorrow night since they didn't get to see them today, what do you think?" I ask her and she gives me a genuine smile in response.
"I think that would be great. Michael would love to meet the parents of the little girl his daughter talks about all the time. I'll give him a quick call and see what his plans are. I'm sure Leah and Brianne will take care of Lexi for a few hours." She responds before fishing through her purse, I'm assuming she's looking for her cell.
I gather the empty cups as she lifts the cell to her ear, and mere seconds later a brilliant smile graces her face.
"Hey you… I'm fine Michael I'm still at the Grey's place. Listen, Ana asked me to call you and invite you over for dinner tomorrow, what do you think… can you make it?" She asks as she picks at an invisible mark on her jeans. "Yeah I told her… don't worry we can trust the Grey's—I told you what Diane done to Christian, honestly I think they hate her more than you do and that's saying something! Yeah… did Leah pick up the boys… so you're alone? I'll be over as soon as I can, I promise." She chuckles and talks with him for a few more minutes before saying her goodbyes. She slowly comes back over and takes her seat at the breakfast bar as I load the rinsed cups into the dishwater.
"So are you both coming to dinner tomorrow?" I ask her, drying my hands before squeezing a little of my daily moisturizer onto my palm and work it into my skin. The dish soap dries my skin out and it gets really itchy and sore.
"Yeah, he said that would be great, just tell me what time—can I bring anything over? I make a mean chocolate cake."
"I think that Christian will be your best friend for life if you bring chocolate cake. He has such a sweet tooth. If you come over for seven-thirty, is that okay?" I ask with a grin.
"Sure, seven-thirty is fine. I'm going to head over to Michaels place now, he's alone—so yeah." She blushes and giggles. I note that when she gets up she winces again, just like when she sat down.
"Feel free to tell me to mind my own business, but was Michael your first?" I ask and she nods shyly.
"Christian was mine too, and it's still my most treasured memory. This will be hard on the both of you, and I'm sure there will be tears and fights but keep that memory close on your hardest days and it'll get you through." I tell her just as a familiar arm wraps around my waist. I turn my head to the side and find Christian holding Matthew against his chest with one arm
"Did I hear someone mention chocolate cake? I love chocolate cake." He whispers into my neck then leaves me a kiss before pulling away and dotting several kisses against his son's soft copper hair.
"Yeah you did, Ellie and Michael are joining us for dinner tomorrow when the kids are at your parents." I give him a look that says 'I'll tell you later.'
"Great, it'll be good to actually spend some time with adults that aren't related to us in some way." He chuckles before passing Matthew to me.
"You are such a cute baby, little Grey." Ellie says to Matthew as he grabs onto her finger with his tiny baby fist. "He looks so much like you Christian." She tells my husband who has a shy smile on his face.
"Well I better hit the road, could you give Lexi a shout for me Christian, she'll never forgive me if I don't say goodbye to her."
"Yeah sure, I'll be back in a second." I can't stop myself from turning to watch my hotter-than-hell husbands fine, fine tush as he makes his way upstairs.
"I hope Michael and I will be half as happy as you and Christian are. More than anything, I want us to be a family and maybe, in a few years we can add another baby to the mix." Her eyes glistens with unshed tears and I really hope that they'll be happy together.
"Do you want to hold him?" I ask and she nods before reaching out to take my baby boy. As soon as she takes him in her arms she puts her nose to his head and inhales deeply. I giggle at the sight and she joins in with me.
"It's something you just have to do when you hold a newborn baby, I swear if you could just bottle that scent!" She snuggles Matthew to her chest and kisses his forehead as he suckles on his clenched fist. He must be getting hungry. A few minutes pass while we chat when Christian comes back down with Lexi on his shoulders. When he reaches the hallway he sets her on her feet and she runs over to hug Ellie, again… around the legs since she can't really reach anywhere else.
"Here, lets give you back to mommy little man. You are such a good little boy, yes you are." She tells him before kissing his little chubby cheek and passes him over to me. She reaches down and swings Lexi up into her arms and gives her a big hug and a kiss.
"You'll be a good girl tonight, right?" She asks.
"I will be good mommy, I promise. Will you come pick me up tomorrow?" Lexi asks as she plays with Ellie's hair.
"I will pick you up sweet-pea but I am going out for a little bit tomorrow night. I will ask Leelee or Bee if you can snuggle in with them tomorrow when you're going to sleep okay?"
"Okay mommy, I love you." Lexi leans in and kisses Ellie before they rub their noses together.
"I love you too Sweet-pea, remember and be good and do as you're told okay."
"Okay, bye mommy." Ellie sets her down on her feet and she immediately takes off back upstairs without so much as a backward glance.
"She's calling me mommy more and more… I just don't have the heart to correct her anymore." Ellie sighs as she meets my gaze.
"Eventually you won't have to." I smile and give her a hug before Christian, Matthew and I walk her to the front door. We wave as she pulls out of the driveway and stay there until she drives out of sight.
"So, how about we go sit down for a bit and you can tell me why we're having dinner with Ellie and Lexi's father?" Christian asks with a raised brow.
"Sure, I need to feed this little guy anyway since he's suckling on his fist pretty hard." I feel him place his hand on the small of my back as we head into the family room. I kick my shoes off and tuck my legs underneath my butt while Christian grabs the nursing pillow and a blanket. He hands it to me and helps get Matthew and I situated before sitting down beside us so that he can play with Matthew's feet as he nurses. As soon as I offer my hungry little boy my nipple, he latches on and settles in my arms, his little palm grasping my breast.
"I noticed something was different about Ellie today, I know I've only met her twice briefly but… there was just something new, she seemed happier somehow so I asked her about it. Michael has been taking the kids every weekend since he left Diane—and remember how we thought that Diane's husband was just as bad as she was… well we were wrong. Michael is a very good father according to Ellie. Anyway, she told me that when she first started working for the Fosters, she was always drawn to Michael but she knew that ultimately it wouldn't go anywhere… even though she knew that he was far from happy with Diane. After he left, he took the kids every weekend without fail and last Saturday, Ellie got a phone call saying that Lexi was really sick and wanted her mommy. So Ellie went over there and after they got Lexi settled down he said that it would be better if she just stayed over there for the night in case Lexi woke up. He confessed that he'd fallen for her, that he loved her and wanted her to be with him. He's planning on taking full custody of his kids, and wants Lexi with him, you know to be with him." I sigh as I rock Matthew gently in my arms and my husband places soft kisses on my hair and shoulder.
"Ellie is really worried that if Diane finds out about them being together, she'll try to accuse them of having an affair while Michael was with Diane. I looked in her eyes Christian… she was telling the truth. Things between them hadn't changed until last week. I told her that though we know that Michael can afford good counsel, we could refer them to the best attorney in the state. I told her that they'd have to be extremely careful over the next ninety days, you know… no going out in public and all that jazz." I tell him with a small smirk. Carrick Grey is definitely the best, and getting on his roster of clientele is impossible without a referral.
"So you asked them to come here for dinner, knowing they could be affectionate with each other and socialise without worrying that they'll be seen?" He asks me, brushing a stray lock of my hair behind my ear.
"Yeah, I know I probably should have discussed it with you first but god Christian… she just looked so defeated. I have this feeling that they'll be great together if they could just be given the chance to just… be." I chance a look at my husband and he has such a sweet smile on his face, it's impossible not to return it.
"What am I going to do with you Mrs. Grey, my hopelessly romantic and sweet wife?" He leans forward and captures my lips in a sweet kiss before resting his forehead against mine.
"So you don't mind that I kind of just unilaterally invited them over without asking for your opinion?" I ask as I bite my lip.
"Don't bite that lip Mrs. Grey, it's mine to bite—and no, I don't mind. I think it's sweet, you're sweet." He tells me as he wraps his arm around my shoulder and tucks me into his side.
"I think your son needs burped daddy, that's your job." I pass Matthew over to him and he tosses the burp rag over his shoulder and quickly burps our little boy.
"He's completely zonked out baby, I don't think he'll take any more—and maybe, just maybe there will be some left over for me tonight!" He whispers salaciously in my ear, before sucking the lobe into his mouth.
"Come Mrs. Grey, let's take Matty into his nursery and grab the kids so we can watch a movie." He holds our son securely against his chest as he rises to his feet before offering me his hand.
"Are we all agreed, we're watching… Lilo and Stitch?" Christian asks the kids, groaning at the movie selection for this evening. I stifle my laughter but the kids don't.
"Dad, it's funny… trust me you'll like it if you just give it a chance." Ted gives his father the patented Grey men smirk before doing his impersonation of Stitch.
"Aw me so coot and fluuuuffy." Ted recites before looking at Gracie who is sitting on the sofa with Lexi.
"Ohana means family, family means no one gets left behind." Gracie adds solemnly in her own version of Stitches voice.
"Or forgotten." Ava adds and Christian groans even louder.
"I guess we're stuck watching Lilo and Stitch. Ted you grab the DVD from the movie wall then we'll all go downstairs to the theater. Christian flips the lights on in the box-office section and Lexi's eyes widen as she takes in the room, I set Olivia on her feet and she wanders around, touching everything she can get her little chubby hands on. There is a fully functional concession stand with every kind of candy a kid can dream of. There's a freezer filled with mini tubs of Ben & Jerry's ice cream. We also have a popcorn stand, a hotdog maker and a slushy machine, which serves four different flavours at any given time. We also have a soda machine.
When Gracie was born, Ted went through a faze of wanting to go to the movies like all of his little six year old friends—he obviously didn't understand why we couldn't take him. After Christian and I discussed it at length—in other words, we argued about it for days—we sat Ted down and explained that it wasn't safe for us to go to movie theater's because of the paparazzi. Christian convinced me to get a theater built down in the basement and when I saw our little boys eyes light up at the prospect of having a movie theater in our home, I knew we'd made the right choice. Christian gets the latest releases straight from the movie studios in LA so that the kids have the best of both worlds.
"Ted, Ava, Gracie you know the rules, pick out what you want. While you guys pick out what you want, I'm going to fill up one of the large popcorn boxes for everyone to share." Christian says and the words have no sooner left his mouth when Ted and Gracie are immediately picking out their candy choice.
"Okay Lexi, we don't want any of you to have a tummy ache so you can only pick one piece of candy from the stand over there, you can have one of the little tubs of ice-cream and a small slushy. Do you want me to help you pick out your candy sweetheart?" I ask her as I twirl her hair around my finger.
"I can do it Ms. Ana… can I go now?" She asks as she tilts her head to look up at me.
"Sure Lexi, if you can't reach I'll help you. What flavour of slushy do you want, we have strawberry, blue-raspberry, lemon and lime or cherry?" I ask and she ponders it for a few seconds.
"Mommy can I haved the blue one?" Gracie asks as she holds a box of milk duds in her hand.
"Yeah can we have blue-raspberry too mom?" Ted asks as he and Ava stare at the candy stand.
"Sure, I'll get them for you. What do you want Lexi, have you made your mind up yet?" I ask and she nods before telling me she wants the same as Gracie. Ted and Ava end up grabbing a pack of Strawberry Twizzlers to share and Lexi grabs a packet of Skittles while Gracie decides she wants some Reece's peanut butter cups. I then give them their little tubs of Ben & Jerry's while Christian puts the DVD on the big screen. I smirk as I hand him a tub of vanilla ice cream then grab a tub of Ben & Jerry's frozen yogurt for Olivia who is currently scaling her fathers legs.
"Okay kid's lets get settled so we can watch the movie." Christian says as he opens the door into the movie showing section. Each of the seats recline and have cup holders but they are much more comfy than regular movie theater seats, that's for sure. Christian lays a towel down on the seat then plonks Olivia down since we know from experience that she gets super messy when she eats ice cream. Gracie took pillows and blankets from her room so that she and Lexi can snuggle while they watch the movie and I have Olivia's pink blanket with me since I know that she'll fall asleep. She's cutting her back molars and I just gave her some child Tylenol for the pain before we came down here. Hopefully the frozen yogurt will help soothe her gums also.
Once we're all situated, Christian sits Matthew's monitor on the side table at the end of the row in case he wakes up from his nap. He lowers the lights, leaving only the tiny twinkle lights that illuminate the stairs to each of the three rows of seats. Christian hands me Olivia's frozen yogurt just after he switches the movie on and I sit and patiently feed it to her.
"Mama… sore." She tells me as she points to her mouth but her eyes never leave the screen.
"I know it's sore sweetheart, is the ice cream making it feel better?" I ask in a whisper and she nods, still engrossed in watching the movie.
"Pudge mama!" She claps her hands as Lilo swims through the ocean after feeding pudge his daily peanut butter sandwich. I have watched this movie so many times, and I still laugh at Stitch's antics, especially later in the movie when he dresses up like Elvis. He's such an adorable little abomination. Once Olivia is finished her frozen yogurt, and I've wiped her face she climbs up onto my lap and quickly falls asleep after twenty minutes.
"Do you want me to put her in her bed so she's more comfortable?" Christian asks as he leans down and kisses his baby girl's forehead as it rests against my breasts.
"I'll just recline her seat with the pillow and blanket. I don't want her to sleep too long or she'll never go down after dinner." I tell him as I grab one of the pillows Gracie brought down while Christian reclines the seat. I slowly lay her down and give her a kiss on her chocolate curls before covering her up with her pink blanket.
"She's so adorable when she's asleep… you'd think she was an angel and not the little terror that she is." Christian laughs before lifting the armrest between our seats and snuggles me into his side. I feel pretty damn tired myself but this is my favorite Disney movie so I resolve to stay awake and enjoy it.
"Baby… Ana wake up, you fell asleep watching the movie, it's finished now." He whispers as he runs his fingers through my hair. I open my eyes and see that the credits are indeed rolling. Damn it, I missed the last twenty minutes.
"So dad, did you think it was good?" Teddy asks as he stretches once Christian's turned the screen off and turned the lights back up.
"Yeah it was pretty funny, especially when Stitch took off on the mean girl's tricycle and kept cycling all around before Lilo told him that it's nice to live on an island with no large cities, with her face totally deadpan." He says with a chuckle before lifting Olivia up into his arms, carefully kissing her flushed cheek as she wraps her arms around her daddy's neck.
"Come on peanut, let's get you upstairs. Is your mouth still sore?" He asks her as he rubs her back.
"Uhuh daddy, sore." She tells him with a pout in her voice.
"Oh we can't have that can we, daddy will give you a Popsicle after dinner, will that make you feel better?" I smirk and shake my head as I lift the pillows and blankets from the seats and follow my husband and the trail of children behind him. Little miss Olivia has him wrapped around her little finger and boy does she know it.
"So what are we doin' tonight after dinner and tomorrows mommy?" Gracie asks as she stuffs chicken into her mouth with her fingers.
"Gracie, use your fork and stop eating with your fingers—it's bad manners." Christian shakes his head as he lifts her fork and stabs a piece of the chicken onto it before handing it over to her.
"Well, as for tonight… I'm sure I head Lacy and Uncle Luke say that if you all ate all of your vegetables at dinner, they were going to come over and take you for a walk with the dogs and play with you in the playground."
"Yay, I'm gonna eat all of mine. What if Ted doesn't eat all of his?" Ted shakes his head and scoffs.
"Believe me, I'm gonna eat them. I want to go." Ted says with a slight smile and I can't help but bite my lip and try to hold in my laughter. I look over to Christian and he's smirking at his son.
"Oh I know you will Tedster, you never let an opportunity to hang out with Lacy pass by." Teddy's eyes widen and a bright blush passes over his cheeks and he honestly looks like he's going to cry so I kick my husband in the ankle and give him the look.
"OW! Um… and Uncle Luke, you didn't give me time to add the uncle Luke part woman, jeez. That shi—hurt." Christian leans down and rubs his ankle where I kicked him.
"Really dad, nice save." Ted gives his father a raised brow and shakes his head before rubbing his hands through his hair. He looks so much like his father whenever he does that.
"Stop being a big baby, I didn't kick you that hard." I tell him and he looks at me with a glint in his eye, and before it registers fully he's up from his seat and has tipped me over his shoulder spanking me as he jogs around the kitchen.
"OW! Christian put me down! Stop! Please put me down, OW!" I choke out between giggles.
"Oh stop being a big baby Mrs. Grey, I didn't spank you that hard!" He repeats my words back at me in a mocking voice and I look at the kids who just love this turn of events. I manage to wiggle my arm free and start spanking his butt too.
"Oh just you wait Christian Grey, I am so getting you back for this!" I grunt as I try to wriggle my way free but I'm just tiring myself out.
"I'm counting on it baby." He whispers in a low seductive voice before sliding me down his body and lays his lips softly against mine. "I love you." He whispers as he wraps his arms around my waist.
"I love you too, even when you throw me over your shoulder like a caveman." I giggle and pinch his butt. My butt is on fire, the bastard.
"Okay kids, go play in the den until Uncle Luke and Lacy come over." I tell them just as Gail comes back into the kitchen.
"Are you all finished already?" She asks with a grin.
"It was delicious Gail, thank you. We'll do the clearing up since—" I start to say but I am silenced with her glare. I immediately lift my palms up in surrender, giggling the whole time.
I grab the glass of wine I've just poured and head into the family room; I am comfortable in a gorgeous floor length silk nightgown in blush pink with the matching robe. Christian always prefers me to be in satin or silk. I bite down on my bottom lip as I gaze at my husband, who is wearing only a pair of pyjama bottoms while sitting on the floor with his legs stretched out in front of him and leaning against the sofa, with soft music playing in the background from the iHome. The room is bathed in a warm flickering glow from the lit fire and I instantly relax.
"Here, I took the liberty of pouring you a glass of wine." I tell him as I walk over and hand it to him.
"That's just what I need, thank you baby." He says after taking a sip and lays the glass on the coffee table.
"Come here Mrs. Grey, I want to make out with you." He takes my hand and pulls me down to sit on his lap so I can straddle his legs before wrapping my arms around his neck.
"You are so god damn beautiful Ana." He whispers as he cups my cheek and presses his lips upon mine. His hands slide down my back until he reaches my behind; he pulls me closer, squeezing each cheek so that I can feel the hard bulge in his sleep pants.
"Feel me baby… oh fuck." He grunts as I circle my hips, rolling them back and forth to maximise friction.
"I feel you… kiss me please?" I smile shyly before his mouth engulfs mine. I can't help but moan loudly.
"Can I make love to you right here in front of this fire Mrs. Grey, are you okay with that?" He asks me, nipping and sucking at my earlobe with his teeth.
"Yes, I am so okay with that." I whisper, and we get completely lost in the passion we have for each other.
A/N:Sorry this has taken so long; I have finally finished school until the fall so I should have a lot more time for writing… yay!
Ana's inner bitch makes another appearance when Diane Foster tries to cause problems for Ana. Also the dinner with Michael and Ellie is coming up.
I hope you are all still enjoying this and thanks for sticking with me. I will try to update The Foster Family too but this is my priority right now. I don't think this story is going to be as long as Broken Hearted! I'm trying to make this as long as I can since I know you all love the long chapters lol.
Please let me know your thoughts in the review box bellow, I am anxious to know if you are all still with me or have completely lost hope that I was ever going to update? :(