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AB INITIO VII
"Hollys gone into labor...we have to leave." Rayne answered with a concerned sigh and looked at Lark.
Lark could see the anxiety in Raynes blue eyes and knew there was more to it by the tone in her voice and what she saw in her eyes. "Is she okay?" Lark asked with concern rubbing Raynes arm for comfort.
"No...its not good. Shes having complications and I dont know anymore than that. Mom sounded very upset." Rayne answered climbing out of bed and grabbing her bag to pack.
"I hope Holly will be alright." Lark answered worriedly and climbed out of bed. "Im gonna take a shower." She replied turning towards the bathroom.
"No...we dont have enough time." Rayne quickly answered. "You can take one on the plane. Dad has his private plane waiting to take all of us back so, weve got to get moving." Rayne answered urgently and hurriedly packed her bags.
"Okay...Ill be packed in a flash." Lark answered beginning to pack her own bags.
They finished packing in no time and were dressed just as fast. Rayne threw her baseball cap on and pulled her long hair through the back while Lark called down for a bellhop to help with their bags. "Rayne...Ill go down and check us out and then pull the car up front." Lark informed her somberly heading towards the door.
"Okay...Ill get everything on the cart and help the bellhop." Rayne answered grabbing their bags and carrying them to the door as the bellhop knocked.
Lark opened the door allowing him to enter and she exited into the hallway heading towards the elevator. Lark was lost in her thoughts of concern and worry for Holly. She hoped Holly and the baby would be fine. Her emotions went from being totally elated from their own plans of having a child to being very worried about Holly and the baby. Lark stepped off the elevator quickly advancing upon the front desk to check out and felt as though she was in a fog from everything happening so fast.
Rayne hurriedly stacked their belongings on the cart and quickly checked the suite again to make sure they didnt forget anything and headed out the door safe in the knowledge she had all of their belongings. Rayne too was lost in her thoughts from worry for Holly, the baby and her brother. She knew Shayan would be devastated if anything happened to either one of them, as would she. Rayne thought about how close she is with Holly and worried terribly about her health. "Maam this is the lobby." The bellhop replied snapping Rayne out of her thoughts.
"Oh, yeah...aah...take it to the front door please." Rayne stammered looking up and saw Lark opening the trunk of the car.
They quickly loaded the car with Rayne taking control of the car mashing the accelerator heading out of the hotel parking lot. Her thoughts were still with her brother and sister-in-law as she sped towards the airport. Lark knew how upset Rayne was by how quiet she was being. She slipped her hand into Raynes squeezing it and felt Raynes fingers lace with hers. Larks touch had such a soothing, calming affect on her and she looked at Lark giving her an appreciative smile before looking back to the road.
Rayne steered the car towards the hanger her fathers plane was waiting in front of noting everyone fervently loading the plane. She screeched to a halt and threw the car in park before exiting the car as her mother approached. "Mom...whats going on?" She asked nervously as Lark opened the trunk for the crew to gather their luggage and grabbed their carry on bags.
"Holly was having terrible labor pains so, they rushed her to the hospital and they are having complications." She answered worriedly and began to cry.
"Mom...shes two months early...is the baby going to be okay?" Rayne asked nervously.
"We dont know sweetheart." Her mother answered crying harder with Rayne drawing her mother into a comforting hug.
Lark saw her tall lover comforting her mother which brought tears to her eyes seeing the distraught look in her face and the tears that trickled down her cheeks. She wanted to comfort Rayne wishing she could take everyones pain away. Rayne wiped away her tears and helped her mother to the plane with Lark waiting at the stairs to the plane for them. Rayne helped her distraught mother up the stairs and Lark followed rubbing Raynes back to comfort her the best she could at that moment. She found it so touching how closely knit Raynes family was and even though Holly wasnt a blood relative they treated her as if she was... just like they did with her.
Rayne helped her mother to her seat and was engulfed in a hug from her father. "Dont worry sweetie...shell be okay." He whispered assuringly in her ear noting the tension in his daughters body and rubbed her back soothingly feeling the tense muscles begin to relax.
"Lets hope so Daddy." Rayne answered less assured and headed towards her seat receiving a hug from Jayce who had approached her.
They locked blues and held one another without a word being spoken each knowing exactly what the other felt and wanted to say but didnt need to as they said it with their eyes. Rayne faintly smiled breaking the hug and patted his chest before sitting in her seat next to Lark. Rayne had a feeling her parents werent letting on the full gravity of the situation which worried her more. Rayne buckled her seat belt and leaned forward resting her elbows on her legs and held her face in her hands. She thought about her beloved grandmother who passed away recently and remembered how excited she was when Holly and Shayan told her they were expecting another baby.
All the pain she felt when her Grandma Taye passed away hit her like a tidal wave and she couldnt control her tears that flowed freely.
She felt Larks arm slip around her back and her free hand slid onto her leg as Lark kissed Raynes shoulder. Rayne felt the plane level off with Lark asking. "Do you want to talk about it?" In a whisper with Rayne wiping her face looking over her shoulder and meeting caring green eyes.
"No...I dont...Im going to go take a shower." Rayne answered softly sniffling back her tears.
"Rayne...please, dont shut me out again." Lark answered pleadingly lacing her fingers around Raynes long slender ones and leaned her forehead against Raynes cheek.
Rayne glanced at Lark loving her comforting closeness. "I wont Lark...just give me a little bit of time so I can come to terms with what Im feeling okay?" She asked softly with Lark looking into her saddened blue eyes.
"Promise me youll talk to me about all of this?" Lark asked worried that her lover would once again shut her out.
"I promise...I just need to be alone for a few minutes okay?" Rayne asked with Lark nodding yes in response. "I love you." Rayne whispered lightly kissing Lark and headed to the back of the plane to take her shower.
Lark sat back in the chair and wiped away her tears hoping that Rayne wouldnt push her away again. She worried about her as she had never seen her this upset before. She wanted to hold her, to comfort her and to take her pain away...if Rayne would allow her to.
Rayne stepped into the hot shower and let the water beat down on her head hoping it would soothe her emotions. She couldnt believe how raw her emotions were and she just wasnt ready to reveal everything she was feeling...even to Lark. She knew Lark had a right to be included and it wasnt fair to shut her out. Hell...thats what put them into that whole big mess with the other...supposed other woman in the first place. Rayne wasnt going there again, but needed a chance to collect and attempt to control her emotions without being a blubbery mess...that would embarrass her even in front of Lark.
Rayne had an undying need to always be stoic no matter what and this was making it very hard for her to maintain that composure. Her thoughts of her deceased grandmother kept creeping in and all she wanted to do was cry or beat the living hell out of someone or something as she was so mad about her death...even to this day she was livid about it.
She wondered why this health crisis with Holly triggered her thoughts and emotions over her grandmother. Maybe its because she still hasnt come to terms with her grandmothers death and who knows...she may never will or maybe its because shes not there with Holly and Shayan like she wasnt when her grandmother was gravely ill.
Rayne began to cry remembering the phone call she received from her mother when she was on an assignment out of the country saying her grandmother had taken a turn for the worst after heart surgery. ‘A simple operation. She remembered her mother saying when Rayne told her she would return right away. Her mother and Uncle Burt...who is a Cardiologist, convinced her that everything would be fine with her grandmother so, she stayed until the next morning. ‘Wrong decision... that Ill regret for the rest of my life. Rayne whispered to herself remembering their words.
Rayne rushed home to be by her grandmothers side but knew she was gone. She felt it; she had a dream about it. The realization hit her when she walked in the door and saw her father break down and cry when she asked how her grandmother was doing. She had never in her entire life seen her father cry like that and it wasnt even his mother...but his mother-in-law who he cried for because she was such a wonderful woman...whom everyone loved and adored...especially Rayne. Her heart was shattered...her grandmother was everything to her. They were best friends and were exactly alike. The best compliment she ever received was when her uncle told her mother that it was unbelievable how alike both her and her grandmother were.
She meant everything to Rayne and when her mother told her she would not have been able to do anything to prevent her grandmother from passing on...she couldnt accept it. Maybe it was her stubbornness, her ego or maybe it was the close bond she shared with her grandmother that made her believe that if she was there for her...just simply holding her hand she would have had more of a reason to fight harder and to...live. Rayne felt as though her grandmother was angry with her for not being there and gave up. She knew that train of thought was probably pretty stupid but she couldnt help the way she felt. Rayne didnt get to tell her how much she loved her or to say goodbye.
Rayne had called the night before her surgery but the medical personnel had already moved her to ICU where phone calls werent allowed so, she wasnt able to talk with her. She asked her mother to let her grandmother know that she loved her and to wish her luck with the surgery... she wasnt sure if she told her or not. She felt guilty that she wasnt the one to tell her because a message relayed through her mother just wasnt the same as what it would have been coming from her. Rayne couldnt hold her emotions in any longer and broke down crying at the memories...the guilt, the pain and the sadness she felt at that time and now as she was reliving everything again.
Rayne put her hands against the wall to brace herself and cried so hard she nearly threw up. She turned the ice cold water on to snap her out of her hysteria which eventually helped calm her down...as well as her nausea. Rayne couldnt and would never be able to forgive herself for not telling her grandmother how much she loved, adored and cared for her before her surgery. She hoped that it would get easier to deal with after six months but it was just as hard now as it was the day she died. Thats the reason she shut herself off from everyone especially the most important person in the world to her...Lark. She just couldnt deal with the guilt and pain...she knew she would have to now.
Rayne thought about how her grandmother simply adored her nephews and looked forward to the birth of her great-granddaughter...the one she would never get a chance to meet. Hell, she might not get to see her niece she thought sadly as her tears flowed harder. "Gram...please watch over Holly and the baby...dont let anything happen to them...I love you." Rayne replied softly wiping her tears and hoping the dead could really hear our thoughts. She frequently spoke to her Grandmother as a prayer...you might say. She wasnt the praying type but she would ask for her grandmothers guidance with certain situations.
She wiped the remaining tears and felt a little better. ‘Maybe a good cry was all I needed. She thought finishing her shower and drying off. Rayne dressed in a pair of khaki ‘Old Navy shorts and a black short sleeved v-neck cotton shirt before running gel through her raven hair allowing it to stay in the place it fell...draped over her shoulders her bangs nearly reaching her dark eyebrows.
She exited the bathroom just as Lark entered the room. "Are you okay?" She asked concerned and looked into Raynes reddened eyes rubbing her side to comfort her sidling up close to Rayne.
Rayne smiled and kissed Lark on the forehead. "Im better thanks."
"I wont be long." Lark answered with a soothing smile feeling somewhat left out from the fact that Rayne wouldnt discuss her feelings with her. It pained her to see Rayne in so much pain and to not be able to comfort her. Lark entered the still steamy bathroom and was engulfed by the fresh scent of ‘juniper breeze lotion that was so specific to her lover. She smiled happily knowing she would have that wonderful greeting in her life every time she entered the bathroom or cuddled up close to her lover once again...the simple pleasures in her life that meant her lover was there to stay...once and for all.
Rayne saw Jayce and her mother huddled next to their father who was on the phone. "Whats going on?" She asked worriedly and saw the look of anguish they all possessed on their similar features.
"Were on our way son...we should be there shortly...hang in there...we love you." He replied and clicked the phone off and looked at his equally anguished family with cloudy blues. "Aah..the baby has fallen asleep in the birth canal." He answered softly inhaling deeply to collect himself.
"Oh, my god!" Maria exclaimed horrified and began to cry harder.
"Dad...what does that mean?" Jayce asked confused and anxiously.
He looked at his wife, his son and then his daughter. "They told Shay not to expect either one to make it." He answered solemnly with tears trickling down his cheeks.
"No!" Jayce exclaimed angrily and stood up with his own tears streaking his face and stormed towards the cockpit. "Make this plane move faster!" He demanded angrily and punched the wall in frustration.
Rayne was speechless...she felt like someone kicked her in the stomach and she felt like she couldnt breath. Her knees became weak and flopped into her seat gasping for air which she finally inhaled. Rayne couldnt believe what was happening and she felt terrible about it.
Rayne imagined the pain and fear Holly and Shayan must be feeling which overwhelmed her. She is very close to both of them and looks at the child as if it were her own. She wanted to be there to comfort her brother and to tell them both she loved them. Holly was the sister she always wanted. Dont get her wrong...she loved her brothers and wouldnt trade them for anything, but she always wanted to have a sister and Holly was just that to her.
‘Come on Holly fight...fight. She replied sending out a silent request to her sister-in-law. Rayne leaned back in her seat her heart and mind racing with fear from the dire situation. She was taking it seriously hard...everyone was but Rayne especially. ‘Shay must be beside himself. I dont know what I would do if that was Lark. Rayne thought to herself as she thought about hers and Larks conversation about having a baby. ‘No!...I dont want Lark to be put into that position. Rayne told herself angrily and fought to keep out the negative thoughts of what she would do if Lark were in Hollys situation.
Rayne knew she wouldnt be able to deal with that at all knowing Lark would be in such distress. She looked out the window at the clouds her tears flowing freely and thought. ‘A baby is not a good idea. She told herself knowing that she just got Lark back in her life and didnt want to lose her again...especially not during childbirth...something that could be avoided. Rayne leaned her head against the side of the window resting her elbow on the armrest and her chin against her hand staring out the window lost in her thoughts.
Rayne sadly thought about Brandon and Cole...how tragic it would be for them to grow up without their mother. She thought about how it was bad enough that they would miss out on knowing what a wonderful woman their great grandmother was and for their mother along with their unborn sister to meet their grandmothers fate was unbearable to think about. She imagined what she would say to their own child if something like that happened to Lark. She didnt want to have to do that to a child and certainly didnt want Lark to be put in that type of danger.
Jayce met Lark as she exited the bathroom and told her what happened. Lark was devastated and knew that Rayne would be too. She rushed over to their seats and sat next to Rayne noticing the blank stare she possessed along with her motionless state. If she didnt see the slow, steady rise and fall of her chest she would be convinced she was dead. Her heart filled with sadness looking at her distraught lover and her tears streaked her face. She took Raynes hand in her own who was oblivious to her presence. She didnt even realize Lark was holding her hand. Larks heart ached for her saddened lover.
"Baby...Rayne...look at me." Lark pleaded softly rubbing Raynes arm and shook her hand to break her trance with no response from Rayne. "Rayne...youre scaring me." Lark answered anxiously and pulled Rayne toward her who finally looked at her when her trance was broken. Rayne looked deeply into Larks warm, green eyes and engulfed her in a hug. She held her so tight Lark could hardly breath. "Rayne...honey, youre hurting me." Lark gasped in the missing air when Rayne released her and knelt before her on the floor now at eye level with Lark.
Rayne grasped Larks hands and held them locking blues with greens. "Lark ...I dont want you to ever be put in the same position as Holly...we need to reconsider having a baby." Rayne explained with a pensive expression and tear streaked cheeks.
Lark was stunned, shocked and saddened all at the same time. "Rayne...just because this happened to Holly doesnt mean this will happen to me." Lark answered trying to assure Rayne.
"I dont want to take a chance on losing you like that...no way. I just got you back and I dont want to take any unnecessary chances." Rayne answered adamantly shaking her head side to side to emphasize her point.
"Rayne...stop it." Lark demanded firmly and held Raynes face in her hands. "Baby...I could die in a car accident just as easy. Im not going to live my life in fear and you shouldnt either...youll drive yourself crazy if you do." She answered concerned.
"Lark...Ive lost too many people who were very close to me and it petrifies me to think about losing you too." Rayne answered honestly her heart catching in her chest at the thought of it.
"Honey...we are not immortal...Im going to die one day and thats a fact. I accept that, but Im not going to go through life trying to avoid certain situations that may do harm to me...thats not a happy life and certainly not one I want to live."
Rayne looked at Lark and knew what she said was the truth. "Rayne...a baby assures us that our legacy lives on once we have moved on to another lifetime...thats what I want...a baby." Lark answered honestly and sincerely.
"Im sorry Lark...Im just very scared." Rayne answered seeing the sincerity in Larks green eyes and sat on the floor at Larks feet. Rayne laid her head in her lovers lap and wrapped her arms around Larks waist holding her tightly before closing her eyes.
"I know sweetheart...were all scared." Lark answered running her fingers through Raynes dark hair to sooth her angst.
Raynes anxiety began to calm from Larks soothing strokes and decided she should talk to Lark about her feelings. She stood up holding Larks hand and guided her out of the chair leading her into the sleeping quarters of the plane. Lark sat on the bed with Rayne lying back resting her head in her hand with her elbow leaning against the bed in a sidelying position. Lark turned to look at Rayne who slipped her hand on Larks stomach and guided her down on the bed next to her leaving her hand resting where it lay.
Lark looked concerned into Raynes saddened blue eyes. "Baby...Ive never seen you so upset." And rested her own hand on Raynes resting on her stomach.
"I know...its hit me all at once especially whats happening with Holly. I promised I would talk to you and thats what Im going to try to do Lark. Im not one to show my feelings...you know that and I...aah...tend to hide them and Im sorry for that." She paused to calm her emotions which swelled within and inhaled deeply to settle them.
"Rayne...you and I share the most intimate moments two people can share. You dont have to be so mysterious with me and you dont have to believe Ill think less of you if you cry in front of me. I love you and I want to be there for you...to comfort you when you need me. I love you no matter what." Lark answered sincerely rubbing Raynes arm comfortingly.
"I know Lark and I appreciate that..Im trying. Its difficult for me to bare my soul...but I promise I will try harder to with you." Rayne answered honestly and looked Lark squarely in the eye.
"At least its a start." Lark answered with a small smile and kissed Rayne.
Rayne smiled briefly which then turned serious. "You know how close I was to gramma Taye and how her death devastated me. I refused to believe that she was truly gone and its still hard for me to accept that fact. I didnt deal with her death like I should have and I just pushed everything deep inside instead, choosing to withdraw. That was easier for me to handle. I cant even bring myself to visit her grave because I dont know if I can handle that finality." Rayne explained solemnly with Lark seeing Raynes blue eyes fill with tears. "I have an overwhelming amount of guilt because I didnt get a chance to say goodbye to gram or tell her how much I loved her before she passed away. I feel like if I had been there that she would have fought harder to live. This is so hard." Rayne explained sadly and looked down at the bed inhaling deeply her tears flowing harder and subconsciously traced circles on Larks stomach from her nervousness.
Rayne collected herself and looked up at Lark. "I feel like my gram gave up because I didnt care or love her enough to be there when she needed me. I just know that if I would have been there to hold her hand and to tell her I loved her she would have fought harder." Rayne answered crying harder as Lark gathered her into her arms pulling her to her chest to comfort her with her own tears flowing harder. Lark held Rayne and kissed her head as Rayne clung tightly to her.
"Babe...Gram knows how much you love her and care for her. She knew that then and she knows it now. The dead can hear our thoughts and I know that gram didnt think that you didnt love her honey. You were the apple of her eye and she adored you." Lark answered lovingly and kissed Raynes head.
Rayne looked up at Lark. "How did you know that?" Rayne asked with a proud half smile.
"She told me every chance she got darlin and I could see it when she looked at you."
"Gram really liked and loved you a lot Lark. She used to tell me...you better not break her heart!" Rayne answered pointing her finger and imitating her grandmother with a slight laugh.
"She was a fantastic woman Rayne...I loved her so much too." Lark answered with a loving smile fondly remembering Raynes grandmother.
"I feel bad that Brandon and Cole will miss out on what a wonderful person she was and so, will...the new baby...well, if they make it." Rayne stammered sadly and flopped on her back feeling completely overwhelmed by everything. She wasnt used to being so open with her feelings and rubbed her face with her hands her thoughts going back to Holly and the baby. "Aah!" She exclaimed frustrated.
Lark rolled on to her side and looked down at Rayne. "Babe...theyre going to be fine...have some faith okay?" Lark replied encouragingly moving Raynes hands away from her face.
"I wish I could be as optimistic as you Lark." Rayne answered with a slight smile feeling so much relief since she talked to Lark and just from the mere fact of looking into Larks beautiful green eyes.
"I have enough optimism for both of us. Listen, you can let Brandon, Cole and the baby know what a wonderful great-grandmother they had just by telling them stories about her. I also want you to let our child know about her too. I hope youre still not adamant about us not having a child." Lark answered worriedly wiping away Raynes remaining tears.
"No...I want us to have a child but Im going to drive you nuts with worry...Im letting you know ahead of time." Rayne answered with a chuckle holding Lark against her tightly. "Thanks for being there for me...I feel a lot better." Rayne whispered in her ear before Lark looked up.
"I love you Rayne and Im always here for you...always." Lark answered smiling and sealing her profession with a soul searing kiss.
Rayne was surprised by how much better she felt and knew it was because Lark was with her, holding her, comforting her and kissing her. She made a mental note to never hold back her feelings from Lark again...it was very liberating and she wished she had done this a long time ago...but she didnt and she regrets that now. Lark broke the kiss and lay her head against Rayne who held her tight loving every minute of her closeness with Lark.
Lark was happy Rayne finally confided in her and she felt like Rayne had made a major break through by doing it. It hurt her to see Rayne so upset, but she was happy Rayne didnt shut her out and allowed her to comfort her. "Hey!" Jayce replied stepping in the doorway. "Were getting ready to land."
Rayne and Lark both looked at him. "Okay...thanks." Rayne answered as they both sat up. Rayne clutched Larks hand tightly to keep her connection with her blonde lover standing up and heading back to their seats to prepare for landing.
The plane landed without incident and was met on the tarmac by a limousine to escort them to the hospital. Everyone rushed into the hospital and saw Hollys parents at the end of the hall trying to contain the overactive young Donnovan boys...Brandon and Cole. Brandon looked up and saw Rayne walking towards then hand in hand with Lark. His face lit up at the sight of his aunt. "Auntie Rayne!" He yelled and squirmed free from his grandmothers clutches and ran towards Rayne who scooped him up in a hug as he wrapped his small arms around her neck tightly.
"Hey buddy." Rayne replied softly rubbing his back and loved the feeling of having him in her arms.
He looked at her with saddened blue eyes that mirrored her own. "Mama and the baby are sick. Theyre going to be okay arent they?" He asked with a furrowed brow.
Rayne looked down at Lark who put her hand on the small of Raynes back for comfort. "Im sure of it buddy...you keep thinking good thoughts okay?" Rayne answered hoping to reassure him despite her torn feelings and reality that...the situation just wasnt good.
Raynes parents hugged Hollys parents as Jayce comforted Cole. Rayne, Brandon and Lark walked towards the group who discussed Hollys condition. Hollys mom informed them that the doctor explained that her condition had improved and theyre working to deliver the baby much to everyones relief. Rayne sat down next to Lark to wait for any further word on her condition with Brandon refusing to relinquish the vice grip hold he had on his tall aunt. She hugged him and rubbed his back until she felt his tense muscles relax.
Lark loved to watch Brandon and Rayne together. They were just like two peas in a pod and she thought they were absolutely adorable together as well as her and Cole. Maybe it was because she was biased...nah, it was the close bond they shared Lark thought smiling and watching them interact. Rayne absolutely adored her nephews as they did the same to her. Lark watched them lovingly and thought about how she couldnt wait to see her gorgeous lover holding their own child in her arms.
Lark rubbed Brandons back and looked at him before kissing his forehead. "What happened to you hair Auntie Lark?" Brandon asked quizzically.
"I got bubble gum stuck in it and had to cut it all off." She teasingly laughed eliciting a giggle out of him and lifted his head up to look at Rayne to see if she did it.
"Dont look at me...I didnt put bubble gum in her hair." She teasingly answered and tickled him causing him to giggle more.
He stopped laughing and looked at Cole. "Cole...Auntie Lark got bubble gum in her hair and had to cut it off!"
Cole ran up to Lark surprised. "You did?" He asked with a wide-eyed look.
"Thats the rumor." Lark teased with a laugh.
"I love it!" He answered excitedly and wrapped his arms around her neck tightly with Lark engulfing him in a hug.
"Auntie Rayne!...I love your necklace." Brandon exclaimed with excitement playing with her necklace and staring at it intently.
"Thanks...Auntie Lark gave it to me." Rayne answered glancing at Lark smiling and flashed a wink her way before looking back at her nephew.
"I really like it. I want one...can you get me one?" He asked hopeful and looked at Lark.
"Brandon...thats not nice to beg for something." Rayne replied sternly.
"It seems I remember someone begging for something just last night." Lark whispered mischievously in Raynes ear and received sideways glance from Rayne.
"Im sorry ...but its really cool."
"Its okay...I knew you would like it so, I got both of you one. But, Ill have to give it to you when I get unpacked." Lark answered with a smile as Coles head shot up and looked at her excitedly.
"Yes!" They both replied exuberantly with Brandon looking at Rayne his demeanor turning serious. "Shes staying this time right? She wont be going anywhere will she?" He asked with trepidation his blue eyes staring into Raynes.
Rayne and Lark both laughed. "Im not letting her go anywhere." Rayne answered smiling and kissed his forehead lacing her fingers through Larks sending a flush of warmth throughout Lark who smiled happily.
"Auntie Lark can we come stay with you and Auntie Rayne at your house?" Brandon asked excitedly.
Lark glanced up at Rayne to find out how to answer the question and Rayne winked at her. "Sure...and Ill even go fishing too." Lark answered smiling with Brandon, Cole and Rayne all looking at her speechless and bewildered.
"You three behave...I like to fish I just dont like touching them or the bait!" Lark answered arching an eyebrow at Rayne and Brandon who looked at one another mischievously.
"Princess." They both answered in unison as everyone laughed.
"You mister...need to stop hanging around your Auntie Rayne. Youre becoming incorrigible just like her." Lark teased tickling Brandon who giggled incessantly.
"Auntie Lark...were glad youre going to be living with Auntie Rayne again." Cole replied happily and hugged Lark.
"Me too...sweetheart...me too." Lark answered smiling and squeezed Raynes hand that still held her own.
Shayan walked through the door with tears in his blue eyes looking completely wiped out. Everyone stood up with nervous trepidation as Lark squeezed and held Raynes hand tighter in anticipation of the impending news which they hoped would be good.
"Theyre both fine and we have a new edition to our family...a beautiful baby boy." He answered with happiness and joy as he began to cry.
Rayne released the breath she unconsciously held and smiled happily. "Youve got a baby brother!" She replied excitedly looking at Brandon when it finally dawned on her. "Hey, I thought you were suppose to have a little girl?" Rayne asked confused with everyone realizing the same thing as they approached Shayan.
"Well, a little something was hidden in the sonogram I suppose." He answered proudly and was engulfed in hugs from everyone.
"Congratulations Shay...Im so happy for you." Rayne replied sincerely hugging her brother tightly and kissing his cheek.
"Thanks...we appreciate it." He answered before kissing her and breaking the hug. "Lark!...hey!" Shayan replied surprised to see her and hugged her. "I love your hair." He answered with a chuckle.
"Congratulations Shay. Im so happy for the both of you." She answered happily holding him tightly.
"Im glad you two are back together...youre meant to be that way." Shayan whispered breaking his hug and kissing her cheek before taking Brandon from Rayne.
"Hows mommie?" Brandon asked excitedly.
"Very tired...but she said to tell you two she loves you." Shayan answered with a loving smile and leaned down to pick up Cole.
Rayne put her arm around Lark who slipped her arm around Raynes waist. Rayne pulled Lark closer and kissed her head. "You were right babe...I should have been more optimistic." Rayne conceded with a smirk.
Lark smiled and hugged her tighter.
"Im glad I was right." Lark answered filled with joy and happiness that Holly and the baby were going to be fine. She thought about how much she loved Rayne and her family as if they were her own. She was happy to be back and apart of that aspect of Raynes life.
"Oh, baby...I should call Elaine and let her know Im back in town so, she doesnt look like a fool if the paparazzi sees me here and comes up with some stupid story for the National Enquirer or something. I also need to call my parents...theyll want to know about Holly and the baby." Lark responded patting Rayne on the butt and broke her hold on her.
Rayne pulled Lark back and kissed her. "Hurry back...Ill miss you." She whispered lightly kissing Larks lips again. Lark smiled and winked breaking off the kiss and walked away.
Rayne watched as Lark walked towards the nearest phone to make her calls with Rayne thoroughly appreciating everything about her lover. ‘Hmmm...very delicious. Rayne thought mischievously feeling a nervous tickle in her stomach.
"Easy Romeo...you might want to put your tongue back in your mouth before someone walks all over it." Jayce teased leaning against his sister and laughed both watching Lark talk on the phone.
Rayne laughed and looked at her brother. "Dude...what do you think about your god son?" She asked with a proud smile.
"I was so worried and now, Im so excited...I cant wait to see him." He exclaimed with pure joy written all over his face.
"Yeah...me too. I bet hes gorgeous." Rayne gushed happily glancing back at Lark unable to keep her eyes off her sexy blonde lover.
"How could he not be...look at his bloodline." Jayce answered with a cocky laugh which was shared by Rayne who looked at her brother.
Rayne crossed her arms over her chest. " Well...thats true for me but I dont know about you. I cant get over the fact that you still dont believe me when I tell you mom and dad found you in a dumpster and brought you home to live with us."
"You think youre funny dont you?" Jayce asked laughing and looked at his sister.
"Im serious Jayce...they found you in a dumpster." Rayne answered with a look of total seriousness but secretly laughing inside...she loved to rag her brother and remembered how he got so upset when she told him that when he was younger.
"Im not falling for that one like I did when I was a kid. I thought we put that to rest in Greece. Besides, we look too much alike."
"Purely coincidental...but suit yourself and dont believe me dumpster boy." She teased leaning into him and pushing him with a laugh.
"I will pay you back for that one!" He guaranteed.
"Ooh, Im scared...like you did when we were in Greece Mr. Pink belt." Rayne teasingly laughed with her brother putting his hand on her shoulder.
"Hey, you two...we are going to the nursery." Their father informed the pair.
"Okay...well be there in a minute." Rayne answered looking over her shoulder watching her family head down the hall out of sight. Rayne and Jayce looked back at Lark who hung up the phone and turned to walk back towards them. "A complete vision of loveliness." Rayne replied admiringly releasing a breathless sigh watching her lover stroll sexily towards her down the long hallway.
"Oh, yes...she is." Jayce agreed with a smile. "She looks uncomfortable that we are staring at her though." Jayce observed with a chuckle noticing Lark look down at the ground as she continued to walk towards them.
"Yep...I bet I know what shes thinking too." Rayne answered surely with a smile.
"Ill take that bet and I bet she is plotting her revenge as to getting us back." Jayce answered with a laugh.
"Nope...shes saying to herself that she cant believe how much of a pig I am just like you." Rayne answered with a chuckle and looked at her brother.
"A pig huh?...she thinks Im a pig? Im so hurt, but I do resemble that remark so, Ill take that bet for fifty dollars." He teased laughing.
"Youre on dumpster boy." Rayne agreed with a chuckle as her brother pinched her firm backside causing her to laugh harder and move her butt away from the offending gesture as Lark approached with an embarrassed look on her face.
"Well...hello there sexy." Rayne drawled cockily and flashed her lover a sexy smile.
"You two are so damn bad." Lark replied pointing between the two of them.
"Who?...Us? How ever do you mean Lark?" Jayce asked teasingly.
"Yes...you two are a couple of pigs and I dont want to know what you were both saying to each other either." She firmly stated flashing a stern look.
Rayne laughed and looked at her brother. "Thats fifty bucks you owe me!" She teased pointing at him before slipping her arm around Larks waist.
"Damn!" Jayce answered disappointedly with Raynes laughter becoming more intensified.
"You were both being pigs...right?" Lark asked with disgust and tried to move away from Rayne who pulled her closer to her.
"No...we were making a bet as to what you were thinking and I guessed correctly. So, dumpster boy here lost more money to me. I could retire happily from all the money he owes me." Rayne explained laughing.
"Rayne...didnt you listen to your mother in Greece when she told you to stop calling him that? Youre terrible." Lark admonished her with a grin on her face.
"Thats who he is Lark...come on lets go see our new nephew." She answered with a chuckle slipping her hand into Larks all heading down the hallway towards the nursery.
Jayce slipped his arm over Larks shoulder and looked down at her. "Do you really think Im a pig?" He asked with a quizzical smirk.
"Yeah...but a very cute one." Lark answered with a laugh pinching his cheek.
"Are you sure I cant convince you to switch teams and be with me?" He asked teasingly.
"Fat chance handsome...Ive got the woman of my dreams right here in my arms and Im not letting her out of them." Lark answered smiling lovingly and stopped pulling Rayne closer to her. Rayne smiled and leaned down allowing Lark to capture her waiting lips for a soul searing kiss.
Jayce just stared at the pair stunned briefly ...his trance broken when Rayne pushed his head away from her and Lark never breaking her kiss. He chuckled and walked ahead leaving them alone. Rayne broke the kiss breathless and looked dreamily into Larks eyes. "Im never allowing you out of mine either babe." She answered sexily and kissed Lark passionately again.
Lark ran her hands through Raynes raven hair resting them on Raynes face and broke the kiss breathless. She smiled lovingly locking loving greens with blues admiring Raynes sphinx like gaze her heart aflutter and asked, "I love you baby. Are you ready to begin the next step of our life together?" Smiling happily as she lightly traced the contours of Raynes lips with her finger waiting for her answer.
"Absolutely." Rayne answered in a sincere sultry tone flashing a sexy smile before pressing her lips against Larks. "I cant wait to start our new life together...I love you." Rayne whispered through her kiss and deepened it holding the love of her life tightly.
To be continued....
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