“Table for 4?” The hostess said looking at the four of us. I nodded as Taylor rubbed my shoulder where his hand lay. “Follow me please.” She led us over to a table with four chairs. “Here you go.” Taylor looked at the table.
“You can sit next to Fin Taylor.” I said looking at the table. He shook his head.
“Can we have a booth please Ma’am?” She sighed nodding leading us over to a booth.
“Is this good?” She asked looking at him with a blank face.
“Yes it is. Thank you ma’am.” She turned around and walked looking at us over her shoulder again before shaking her head and going back to what she was doing. I sat Fin down at the restaurant into a high chair and buckled him in. He was looking at his father he hasn’t seen for months with wide tired eyes.
“I’ll go in so you can sit next to him.” He nodded as Dad slid in across from us as I slid in the opposite side of him. Taylor slid in next to me grabbing my hand pulling me close to him.
“I spent almost 7 months away from you. I want you by my side for at least a week.” He whispered in my ear making me smile.
“I wouldn’t have it any other way.” I smiled leaning my head onto his shoulder. He kissed my head as Fin stared at him.
“Hey Buddy.” He smiled at Fin. We all watched Fin as his face scrunched up and he reached for him.
“Daddy.” Taylor lifted him up and held him close rubbing his back.
“Daddy is here Buddy. Daddy is here.” He kissed his head. He looked at me.
“Puppy?” He pushed his little lip out pouting at us. Taylor smiled kissing my head happily smiling at him.
“Soon Buddy.” He looked over at Dad and smiled as the waitress come over and pulled out her pad.
“Can I take your order?” Taylor nodded putting Fin back in the high chair strapping him in.
“Can I have a cup of black coffee please?” She nodded looking over at me.
“Can I have a cup of chocolate milk?” She looked at me weirdly before shaking her head and looking at Dad.
“Same as him.” She nodded.
“Is anyone ready to order?” She said in a bored tone.
“Can I have 4 eggs with American cheese with bacon, sausage, and hash browns? Oh also can I have a side of pancakes with chocolate chips and strawberries.” She looked at Dad.
“You know what I’ll have the same.” She looked at me.
“I’m good just with my milk.” I said closing my menu as she took all the menus and walking away.
“What’s wrong Baby?” Taylor asked looking over at me pulling me to him.
“I’m just not really hungry.” He kissed my head.
“You’ll just share my mountain of food.” He whispered into my ear looking away from his coffee the waitress just put down for them.
“I’m just not hungry Taylor it’s nothing big.” I leaned my head up to kiss him. He gave me a nod; even though I could see it in his eyes he did not believe me. “So where’s Skylar?” I asked him changing the topic.
“He said he just wanted to spend some time with the family so he flew out straight to California.” I looked up at his face.
“Is everything alright Taylor?” He nodded.
“Every things fine. I guess we just miss them.” I put my hand on his cheek making him look down at me.
“Do you want to go back home Taylor?”
“Sure I want to see my parents and my brothers and sisters. But you and Fin are my family now and what’s best for you two is what’s best for me.” I looked over at Dad as he took a sip of his coffee looking over at Fin as He drank from his bottle.
“Why don’t we let everything settle down before we go visit them? Let Fin get used to you being around before we take him to see his grandparents.” Taylor put his chin on top of my head.
“I love you Bailey, so much.”
“I love you too Taylor.” I smiled at him taking a sip of my chocolate milk happily. The waitress brought over Dad and Taylor’s food before walking away as Fin started to cry again making the people at the table next to us turn to glare at us. Taylor unhooked him and held him as he reached for me. I took him out of Taylor’s arms and held him close as he closed his eyes and stopped crying as I rubbed his back. I went into the diaper bag and pushing his favorite pacifier into his mouth as he curled up into me. Taylor watched me as I cuddled him close whispering to him. Taylor smiled taking a bite of his eggs watching us. When dinner was over we were making our way towards the apartment and walking up the stairs.
“I should get going.” Dad said looking at the two if us. I nodded.
“Alright Daddy. I’ll see you soon? Come bring Harley over?” He nodded kissing my head before leaning down to kiss Fin’s.
“Love you Buddy. Love you Bailey. Yeah of course Kid.” He smiled kissing my head one more time.
“Love you too Dad.” Fin was fast asleep on my shoulder as Dad turned to look at Taylor.
“You call if you need you anything alright? We will watch Fin if you need or anything.” He nodded at both of us.
“I know Dad. We will. Tell Mom I love here and to get home soon.” Mom was out with the boys with Grandpa Cooper at his farm for a little bit.
“I will sweetheart.” He smiled grabbing his keys before leaving closing the door behind him. Taylor looked at me.
“Come on let’s put him to bed.” Taylor said as we walked to Fin’s room and laying him in his bed. I pulled the blankets up and handed him his blanket leaving his pacifier in his mouth. Taylor looked at me as I kissed his head and turned to look at him as he pulled me to him kissing me as he walked into our bedroom closing the door and pulling us down onto the bed. “God I missed you so much.” He moaned as kissed him running my hands down his chest. He pulled my shirts off and threw it on the ground next to the bed.
“I missed you too.” I said between kisses as I pulled his uniform shirt off and pressing kisses to his chest.
“Wait, Baby.” I stopped and sat down on his waist.
“Why?” I asked cocking my head to the side.
“I need a shower.” I looked down at him before looking at his face again.
“But I don’t want to wait Taylor.” I said biting my lip looking at him. He moaned as I moved my hips.
“I know trust me Baby I don’t want to wait either but I need this shower.” He lifted me up off of him easily. “I’ll be right back I promise.” I sighed nodding. He ran off to the bathroom leaving me sitting on the bed in just my jeans and my bra. My phone beeped making me freeze and look over at it. I picked it up biting my lip and looked at the front screen. It was a text message from the same unknown number. I took a deep breath and opened it. I closed my eyes calming myself before I opened my eyes to look at the message but it was blank. Not a word written on it. I thought it would calm me down but it only scared me more. “Bailey?” I heard making me look up. Taylor stood looking at me in just a towel and his dog tags. “You alright?” I closed my phone and nodded at him. I slipped the phone onto the nightstand and looked at him.
“Yeah I’m fine.” He came over to the bed and put his knees on it before slipping his towel over getting on top of me. “Now where were we?” I said at him giggling felling safe in his arms.
“Oh I think you know where we are.” He smiled biting his lip leaning down to kiss my naked shoulder. I threw my arms around his neck as he leaned down to pull my jeans down happily after too long of being separated from each other…
I was fast asleep when I heard Taylor calling my name. “Bailey. Bailey wake up.” I opened my eyes to look at Taylor. He was standing next to the nightstand in a pair of shorts holding my cell phone.
“What time is it?” I sat up holding the top sheet to my naked chest. He held up my cell phone and looked at me.
“What the hell is this Bailey Williams? What the fucking hell is this?” I looked up at him with tired eyes.
“My cell phone.” He glared at me.
“Thank you Captain Obvious. I mean what the fuck is with this message?” I froze.
“Miss me Bailey? I hope you didn’t think I was gone since you haven’t heard from me for so long. Well you might not have heard from me but I have been watching you. You will get to meet me again soon. I know I can’t wait to get to talk to you again. See your face up close. I know that Baby would just love it. I can’t wait, but I will. You won’t know when I will come till I’m there. So be ready sweetheart.” I closed my eyes fighting the tears at hearing the words said out loud instead of read in my head. “Who that fuck is this Bailey? Who the fuck is stalking you?” He almost yelled at me.
“I don’t Taylor! I don’t fucking know!” I cried out to him making his face soften. “I don’t fucking know who it is. I don’t know. I just don’t know.” He crawled onto the bed pulling me to him. “I don’t know. I don’t know.” I crying clinging to him tightly. He pulled my tear stained face and kissing me.
“Shhh I’m sorry. I didn’t mean to yell at you.” I pushed my head into the crook of his neck. “I was just mad that someone was bugging you. Mad that I didn’t know who it was. And mad because I felt like I wasn’t protecting you like I should be.” I closed my eyes even though I couldn’t see anything other than his tanned skin.
“I love you.” I sobbed into his neck.
“I love you too.” He whispered holding me tightly. “I will always protect you. I will protect to my last breath. No matter what.” He closed his eyes as the tears started to roll down his face. “No matter what.” He whispered holding me even closer to him…
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