Asrai Devin

Kiss me, and you will see how important I am.” ― Sylvia Plath

Mandy and her meddling ways

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If you haven’t read Home is where Corey’s heart is, this might not make much sense.

“He bought a ring?” Mandy grinned and kissed Lucy’s head as the little girl snuggled against her half-awake.

“I was shocked. I thought it would take a few trips to various jewelry stores before he’d commit. But he snapped up the first one he saw. Said it was perfect.”

“Do you think he’ll actually propose? Oh god, I want to call him and volunteer to babysit so he can take Nicole out for a nice romantic supper.”

“Mandy, you swore you’d stay out of this one.”

“I don’t remember saying those exact words.”

“You promised you wouldn’t meddle. We were in bed, you were trying to convince me to try for another baby.”

“I was under duress.”

“Because I wouldn’t agree to another baby?”

“Because you were doing that thing with your finger.”

“Right. Even so, you agreed.”

“I don’t think you can hold me to what I said during sex.”

“I can and I will. I would take you upstairs and prove it to you but Miss Lucy seems to be waking.”

“She is. And our sex life will never been the same again.”

“But she’s gorgeous. She must take after her mother.”

Mandy leaned toward him for a kiss. “You think if you sweet talk me enough I’ll forget about Corey?”

He kissed her and held her close, Lucy squirmed between them then smiled up at her dad. Kip gave her a kiss as well. “I hoped.”

“Not likely. Was it a big diamond?”

“It wasn’t huge, but it was big. Bigger than you’d like. Probably not as big as the one I got you.”

“Which I’ll wear again when I’m not afraid of taking off skin.”

“And when your fingers stop swelling.”

“Well, you said you want to wait a bit longer.”

Kip lifted Lucy from Mandy’s arms. She snuggled into his chest. “Maybe it’s been long enough.”

“Do you think so?”

“I know I want a gaggle of kids with you?”

“Maybe not a gaggle. But a second boy would be really fun. I know you love Cole, but a Turner boy.”

“Yeah. I’d like that. Or another little girl who looks like her momma, and I can scare off all the boys who come knocking.”

“Hopefully, they are in a little better shape than I am.” She would always be self-conscious about the extra weight she carried. Her weight had been a sore spot her entire life. Since she no longer had to worry about making a living and caring for Colton on her own, she had time to go to the gym and care for her body.

“Babe, I love you just the way you are. I have always loved your body. And I have always loved your mind.”

“It took me a long time to accept your appreciation.”

“So no matter what Lucy turns out like, I know she will find someone who loves her exactly the way she is. Did you ever think Corey would find someone who would love him exactly the way he is?”

Mandy smiled. “I didn’t think he’d ever come around to accepting that he could be loved, no.” She kissed her husband’s cheek. “You are right. Lucy and any other children we have will be just fine, because they have you for a dad. I don’t know if I want to get started right away on another baby, I didn’t get much sleep last night due to teething.”

“We’ll hire a nanny after the next one.”

Mandy smiled indulgently. She would not be hiring a nanny, she would raise all her children. “We will talk about that.” She patted his face. “I’m glad you are home. And I’m glad you indulge my whims.”

“As long as you will abide by your promise to stay out of this engagement business with Corey. I know you think you know what’s best, but you need to let him work this out. He managed last time.”

“Fine. The only thing I’ll say besides nice ring is: I can babysit.” She put up her palms in response to his glare. “If they need someone to watch Tanner and Jess. We owe them for all the times they’ve taken Colton to get him away from a screaming baby.”

Kip kissed her. “Too bad I missed nap time.”

“Trying to get started on the third baby?”

Kip smiled down at his daughter. “Yeah.”

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