A couple of hours later we lay in each other's arms and I kissed his chest. I was so happy to be with him and lucky that he loved me enough even with everything that was going on. I propped myself up on my arm and smiled. "Rick, I want you to know how much I love you. You are the sweetest guy I have ever met and I am so lucky to have you in my life. I wonder what it is I have done to deserve someone as wonderful as you. I know that I have been a bit of a stubborn ass and I am sorry, I- I don't really have an explination as to why, but what I told my family is the truth. More than anything I want to be with you, all the time. I don't know how to thank you for being as wonderful as you ar-..."
His lips met mine and I wrapped my arms around his neck and held him close. I felt him chuckle into the kiss and I smiled. He pulled back and smiled at me. "Now Mara if you do that we will have a repeat of earlier, and I am not sure if my fragile body could handle so much loving from such a lucious woman. You amaze me Mara, just when I think you can't surprise me anymore you do. I really love you so much, more than I have loved anything in my life and I want you to know that I will do whatever it takes to have you in my life."
I felt tears running down my face as he held me to him. "You know I would really like that. I am worried about the kids though, if we move again I am not sure how they will adjust. We moved from Georgia's into our own place and to move them again might do more harm than good. I promise you Rick I am not trying to be stubborn, but it is the kids I worry about. You have bonded so well with them and I don't want you to just leave. Rick, I am so scared, so worried that you will one day leave us and they will hurt and their hearts will break, that I will also hurt and my heart will break."
He held me so close and so tight that the world felt right. "I won't leave, I won't ever leave you Mara, not you or them. Ever, and I mean Ever Mara. I love you so much more than I could ever explain. When I thought I lost you I lost my world. I took the kids home with me and kept them with me when I could. When I wasn't with them I was with you and those were the only two places that I wanted to be. Georgia came over to my place once and started to scream at me that I didn't know what I was getting in to but I didn't listen and I am glad I didn't. She was angry that I was taking you away from her and she went crazy. When she woke Tori up I shut the door in her face and put her back to bed. I love them because even though they are a part of you they are their own people and that makes them beautiful and unique. You guys are all amazing. I do have a confession though."
My heart started to race and I could feel pain in the pit of my stomach, but I steadied myself and took a deep breath. "What would that be?"
He laughed. "I have loved you for a while now. When we were friends and would hang out I was trying so hard to cover how much I cared for you. When you lost your vision I wanted so much to be there to comfort you. Mara you stole my breath the moment you introduced yourself to me, just how odd it was that you were so upbeat even though the odds were stacked against you. You amazed me every day with how you just kept pushing on through things that just kept coming at you."
I laughed. "When I had such a great friend in you, I knew I could turn to you if I needed to. Every time you hugged me, you took my breath away. I can still see your face clearly even though my world is dark. You have no idea what I would give to see the faces of my kids, to see your face again, and that of my family. I want so much to be back to normal and do the things I love to do. For that matter I would just like to dress myself."
He held me tighter and I could hear the smile in his voice. "When we get back I want you to call those doctors and ask them what the hold up is. Who knows maybe that will move them a bit. Tell them you aren't getting any younger. I want you to be nothing but happy. Now my love let's get what little rest we can, goodness knows your parents are probably going to have some things planned for us."
I nodded my head into his shoulder. "Probably, but they will give us some time to do something for ourselves. So how about you get out your swim trunks and we will steal off to the beach for a little while, just you and me. I will show you a little bit about the way that I grew up."
"Alright, sounds good to me. Tomorrow afternoon we shall steal away and relax in the ocean my love."
I curled up tighter into Rick. "Goodnight my dear, I love you now sleep before I don't let you sleep at all."
He turned my head and kissed me deeply. "Goodnight love."