This Is Forever (third book in series)

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Romance  |  House: Booksie Classic

Chapter 16 (v.1) - chapter sixteen

Submitted: July 17, 2017

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Submitted: July 17, 2017

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“What will you do without me?” I ask when I see his reflection in the mirror walking past. He chuckles and walks back over to me to kiss my head. 
“I told you, I’m gonna go work out,” he says with a smile. I sigh and continue faffing with my hair. “Kate, why are you being so weird about this?” he asks as he sits on the edge of the bed and ties the laces of his running shoes. I sigh and turn around to look at him. 
“I don’t know. I don’t feel like being away from you today.” 
He stands and cups my face in his hands.
“Go have lunch with your friends, Kate. Then come home and we'll make up for the time we spent apart.” He kisses me hard on the lips then looks down at me. “Deal?”
“Deal.” I nod and smile. He kisses me again, a loud and dramatic kiss then walks into the bathroom. 
I bite my lip and watch his back. He looks mouth watering good in his work out clothes. It's just making it even harder to leave him to go out to lunch with Kate and Sloan. I’m excited to see Rachel though. I went from seeing her every day to not seeing her in a week. It doesn’t feel right. Plus I always have so much fun when I am with Sloan and Rachel. 
I turn back to the mirror and finish with my hair. Then I walk into the bathroom as Tristan is walking out. He smiles and winks at me as he lets me walk in first then slaps my ass as he walks out. I smile and pick up my toothbrush. 
I begin to walk to the door but change my mind, ignoring Sloans annoyed groan and wrapping my arms around Tristan again. We normally spend our Saturdays doing lazy things so I guess that’s why I really don’t want to leave him. Oh and my hormones of course.
“I love you,” I say again as I lean up to kiss him. 
“I love you too. Now go have fun with your friends,” he says and nods towards the door.
“Ok,” I say but don’t let go of him. 
“Just remember our plans for when you get back,” he says as he grabs my shoulders and turns me towards the door. I nod and walk back over to Sloan. 
“Can we go now?” she asks impatiently.  
“Fine,” I grumble as I push the elevator button. “Have fun at the gym, Handsome,” I call as the elevator doors open. 
“I will, Beautiful,” he says with an adorable wave. Damn, I love him. 
Sloan and I sit down at a table in a small cafe down the street from the apartment. I’m still laughing from our awkward encounter with Adam when we walked past his desk. 
“It wasn’t that funny, Kate,” Sloan says as she picks up the menu. 
“Kate! Sloan!” I stop laughing and smile when I hear Rachel’s voice. Sloan and I jump up from the table and turn to where Rachel is walking through the cafe. She hugs Sloan then does the same to me.
“I missed you so much,” she says into my hair. 
“I missed you too,” I cry back. 
Don’t cry. Don’t cry, I speak sternly to my hormones and swallow back the lump in my throat. 
She releases me then sits on the third chair at the small table that Sloan and I picked. 
“So, Sloan how is it staying with the lovebirds?” Rachel asks as she takes her coat off and puts it on the back of her chair. 
“Not too bad. I didn’t get much sleep last night though.” Sloan looks at me and smiles. 
“Yeah,” Rachel says with a chuckle. “They get pretty loud,” Rachel says and I’m beyond mortified when she raises her eyebrows at me and smiles.
“We were dancing, you perv,” I say and roll my eyes. 
“Yeah, I didn’t hear any sexing going on but a lot of screaming. Unless that was what I was hearing.” Sloan looks at me and waits for me to explain. 
“That was Tristan singing.” We didn’t have sex last night because our room is right next to Sloans and I really didn’t want her to have the chance to speak to me about the noises I make later on. We did make up for it in the showers this morning though. 
I can’t help but smile thinking about last night. That was amazing. My mind drifts back to the cafe when I realize that they are both staring at me. 
“Uhh, I hate love,” Sloan groans and picks up her menu again. 
I get two very confused looks from across the table when I order a water instead of a coke, I decide it’s time to tell them. 
“Is that all?” asks the waitress. 
“Yes, that’s all,” Rachel says and the young girl nods and walks away. 
“Why did you order water?” Sloan acts like I’ve done something terrible. 
“Am I not allowed to drink water?” I ask with raised eyebrows. 
“You never prefer water over coke.” 
I smile and look at them. 
“Well if you must know, Tristan and I read that you shouldn’t drink soda when you are pregnant,” I say and watch and their faces change from confusion to shock then they are both smiling at me.
“Oh my God. Oh my God!” Sloan screeches.
“You're pregnant?” Rachel asks. I smile and nod. They both jump up and hug me around the shoulders at once, squealing as they do. 
The waitress comes back and interrupts our hugging. They both quickly sit back down and we tell her what we want, all smiling like fools. 
“Oh my God,” Sloan says for the third time when the waitress is gone. “You know, I thought you were gaining weight but I just figured you gave up since you are getting married now.” I scowl at Sloan then rub my bump that is getting pretty obvious even with the flowy outfits I have been wearing.
“I am so excited,” Rachel squeals. 
“Me too,” I say with a smile. I am so excited and I find that the more people I tell the more excited I get. 
After we have finished our lunch Sloan and Rachel drag me into the baby store two doors down. I keep telling them that we don’t know if I am having a girl or boy yet and that we want to wait until we know before we get clothes but they still find almost a whole cart of things. I’m too busy trying to convince them to leave to see what they are throwing into the cart. I open my mouth to tell them how pointless this is for the millionth time when the most adorable hat catches my eye. I can’t stop my legs when they start walking towards it. I pick it up and smile. It’s strawberry red and neutral enough I guess. I can see both a girl and boy wearing this. It’s knitted and soft under my fingers. I jump when I feel Sloan's hand on my shoulder.
“Hormones?” she asks gently. I laugh and keep staring at the mini hat that is still in my hands.
“You have no idea.” I reach out to put the hat back, deciding that getting clothes can wait. Sloan snatches it from my hand before it reaches the shelve. I turn to her and she smiles then walks away with the hat still in her hand. 
I have a bag and Sloan has two by the time we make it back to the apartment. I was very disappointed when Rachel announced that she couldn’t come back with us because she has a dinner at Sean’s family’s house. I’m also very disappointed when we come home to an empty house. I am horny and plan to rip his clothes off when I see him. 
I show Sloan the nursery and explain to her that someone is coming up on Monday to take away the bed and two dressers that the baby won’t need. We place the bags on the bed and I decide that I don’t even want to know what Sloan and Rachel have bought yet. I’ll save that for later. 
We both lie back on the bed and look up at the ceiling. 
“So, I know I don’t normally get all sensitive and shit but I just want you to know that I know you will be an awesome mom.” She flips on her stomach and smiles when she sees my hand laying on my stomach. “Do you remember when we used to talk about kids all the time? You always said that you wanted to have ten.”
“Yeah, I don’t know about that anymore. I’ll stick with the one for now.” 
She smiles and watches me. 
“I’m really happy you came this weekend,” I say.
“I’m happy I came too. Actually seeing how in love you and Tristan are convinced me to not give up on school.”
“How did our love change your mind?” I ask.
“You know I don’t want to fall in love until I get a steady job as a teacher. I mean that has always been my plan.” She flips on her back and looks up at the ceiling again. 
“Have you met anyone special?” I ask and she laughs.
“No, my classmates aren’t really my type and all the guys I meet outside of school are just one night stands. Besides, I still want to stick with my plan. Teaching first, love second.”
“Ok, then I’m happy we could help,” I say and smile. “And I’m happy that you aren’t giving up on school.” 
We lay in silence for a few moments. 
“I miss Peter and Matt,” I mumble.
“They miss you, too. Do you want me to tell them everything that’s going on with you?” 
I would have liked to tell them in person but I don’t think I have the time and neither do they. Maybe when I quit my job I will make sure to go see them. When will I quit my job? Oh God, I can’t think about that right now. 
“Could you? I feel awful that they don’t know.” 
“Oh, and by the way, I have to leave early tomorrow morning. My mom wants me to go out to lunch with her.” 
“What did you do?” I ask.
“Who knows,” she sighs. I smile and sit up when I hear the elevator arrive and Tristan’s footsteps.
“Jesus Christ, Kate,” Sloan moans and I laugh. 

 


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