Days had turned into weeks, weeks into months and still the doctors were stumped on why they couldn't find a matching donor for me. I didn't worry about it too much, Rick and I had gotten into a routine. Each sunday he would pick out the clothes for the kids and hang them up within easy reach. Kids dressed themselves as I moved around the kitchen to make coffee and grab the paper. Molly was ever constant by my side, a ghost of protection and made sure I was always taken care of. As I set the paper out for Rick and then head into the shower. When I get out I go to the bed and find my work clothes on it. I smile to myself and get dressed.
I walked back into the kitchen and smell a breakfast that is just amazing to the senses. I sat down at the table as a plate was put in front of me and a fork in my hand. I dug in to the sensuous smells and enjoyed every moment of the blissful bounty that assulted my tongue. It was like an orgasm in my mouth. I moaned into the mouthful causing Rick to laugh. I could feel the blush creep into my cheeks.
"You know if you didn't have to go to work soon I would say that we needed to go have a bit of fun. My question is, why do you want to go back to that crappy job. There are networks and districts that want you, yet you go back to that job like it did something for you."
I looked in his direction. "Rick, it did do something for me. After I lost my vision they didn't fire me. I worked hard to train this new girl into what I need I don't want to have to do it again." I put my hand against his cheek. "I love you honey, but you have to understand what it means to me that even with my disability they trust me enough to let me still work there."
I could feel him nod against my palm. "I just worry about you. I don't want Dan to hurt you anymore. He can get to you there, you are vulnerable."
I laughed. "Rick, I have never been vulnerable. Trusting to an extreme yes, but never vulnerable. I can kick ass if I need to I just didn't want to do it. So breathe my love and understand that I got it alright."
He nodded again and huffed out a breath. "Doesn't mean that I like it. Now let's get going so that you aren't late. This chick doesn't pick you up for work and that kinda sucks."
I laughed and nodded. "Yes I know but it is a job and we need the money. Here soon I will be able to take myself so don't worry alright. I know this is going to be a strain for a while, but I have confidence that the doctors will pull through for us."
He grasped my hands and pulled me close. "I don't have a doubt in the world that they will. Now let's go wait for the bus and then get you off to work."
The kids ushered out the door and to the bus and kissed me goodbye. I hugged them both and then started to meander down the road. I could feel Rick beside me and it was a comforting feeling. He didn't have to touch me for me to know that he was there. Each step he took resounded through me and deep into my heart. It was a course and step I was so sure of it had become a part of me. I felt his hand reach for mine which told me I was close to his truck. I smiled as he led to me to the door and we got in. It was at that moment my phone decided to ring. My caller ID didn't pick up a name but I answered anyway since I didn't have my new co-worker's number.
Guy* Maribella is that you?
Me* Tate, h- how did you get this number.
Tate* I called your work and told them it was an emergency.
In the seat next to me I could feel Rick shift back and forth, then his hand was on my shoulder. "Is everything alright Mara?"
I nodded my head in his general direction.
Me* Tate what the hell do you want. I thought this was all over and done with between us. We settled everything that needed to be settled in court, right?
Tate* Then how come I never get to see my children?
I let out a quick bark of a laugh.
Me* Really Tate. After all this time you finally want to see the children that you decided weren't worth your time over four years ago. Why now, now that they are settled and have a dad in their lives?
Tate* What the hell do you mean they have a dad in their lives. Mara they are MY children and I won't stand for anyone else raising them. Of course in your condition I bet I could get those kids taken from you.
Me* Tate, just because I am blind doesn't mean that I can't take care of them. Don't even think of taking my children from me. You signed them over to me when you went into the military. They won't give the children to you so it looks like they would go to my mother.
Tate* I think not, I have a power of attorney that states they go to my mother.
I laughed at that one. I could feel Rick's fear as his hand gripped my shoulder.
Me* Tate you don't have custody so your POA means nothing at all. I have a living will that states if anything happens to me they go to Rick. Any contesting of that means you drop to the bottom of the list you scum sucking cock juggler. Now go back to the crypt keeper and leave my family the hell alone. While you are at it lose my number and don't try to find it again.
Tate* Don't think that this is the last of it Mara. We will meet face to face and then everything will come out in the open. Even your little quirks that your boyfriend doesn't know. By the way Merissa and the rest say hi.
Me* Good times, good times. Tell them I said hi back and don't worry my fiance has nothing what so ever to worry about.
I hung up the phone and sighed. "Well to make a bad situation worse, pitbull Tate is now on my case."
Rick sighed as well. "Who is Tate?"
I put my head in my hands and almost started to cry. "He is my ex husband, the children's sperm donor for lack of a better word."
I felt Rick's body language change. "Do what? Why didn't you mention this before?"
I shrugged. "The last time we saw each other there was a court room and a restraining order against him."