“Bill, is the meat almost done? Lee and Layne are going to be here soon!” Laura calls from the bedroom. She had just finished washing up because they had been outside all day and had been getting dirty. She had wanted to get the smell of dirt and salty sweat off of her skin.
As Laura is getting dressed, Bill makes his way into the bedroom and slips his arms around his wife’s almost naked body. Wrapping his arms around her stomach, he presses her close against his chest and sneaks a kiss onto the back of her neck. He feels her tilt her head to grant him more access to her neck. Sliding her bra strap off her shoulder, he places a column of light kisses down her shoulder and then slips the bra strap back on. “Yes, it’s almost ready. Could you finish up the vegetables while I hop in the shower?”
Laura turns around in his arms and looks up at him with a smile and a raised eyebrow. “Sure. And what was that all about?”
Bill looks down and chuckles. “Laura, I can’t help my reaction when I walk into our bedroom and see you like this. I can’t help but think how grateful I am that you chose me.” Gazing down at her, he smiles and presses a soft kiss against her lips. Turning around, he makes his way into the bathroom to go wash off.
The smile on Laura’s face never dies as she finishes getting dressed. Making her way out into the kitchen, she starts cutting up the vegetables that she had pulled from the pantry earlier. As the light from the windows begins to fade, she turns the lamps on and puts the vegetables on the stove, so happy that they finally have electricity. It only took them six months to build a power plant and run lines to their cabin. Pulling out the bread that she baked last night, she cuts it into smaller slices and places it on the table. Once she finishes this, she walks into the living room and pulls out a book to read, sitting on the couch. Just as she is sitting down, Bill walks back out into the living room, running his hands through his slightly damp hair. As he pulls the meat out of the oven, there is a knock at the door. Laura sets the book on the end table next to the couch and walks over to the door. Opening the door, she sees a noticeably pregnant Layne and a very happy looking Lee.
“Hi Lee, hi Layne,” Laura says with a huge smile on her face. She is so very happy that she’s still here to experience being part of a family like this.
“Hi Laura!” Layne says as she is pulled into a hug. “How are you? You look well.”
“Well, why don’t you both come in and we can talk?” Laura says. She motions Lee and Layne to come in and as Layne and Laura sit down on the couch, Lee walks back into the kitchen to say hi to his father.
Laura and Layne both sit down on the couch and Layne speaks first. “You have a beautiful home. Lee told me all about building it but I had no idea how nice it would be. I can’t say I’m surprised though, you two deserve a nice place like this.”
“Thank you, Layne. I’ve actually always wanted a cabin. In our free time, Bill and I would share our dreams about what we would want if everything turned out perfect. Though at the time, I never could believe that they could actually come true, at least not for me. But I’m certainly glad they did. It’s been absolutely wonderful living here. How has it been for you out exploring?” Laura tucks one of her legs up onto the couch so she can turn and look at Layne.
“Laura, you have no idea how happy everyone is that you’re still here. Word quickly spread throughout all the camps and when we’ve been there they’ve been talking about it and they are all so relieved that you’re here. I have to say, it’s been rather fun to be able to explore a new land. There are so many different types of climates and it’s been a joy to be able to see all the wildlife. We’ve seen animals that are absolutely stunning and the plant-life is amazing. This planet is so different from where we came from. And the people seem to be getting along just fine.”
“That’s wonderful to hear! I’m glad our people are doing well and that you’ve been able to see so much. Have you just stayed on this continent or have you taken a raptor and gone other places?”
“No, we’ve just stayed on this continent. We have taken the raptor though and gone to the inside and other edge of this continent. But we really just want to stay here for now because it’s near the big medical tent and all of that. Have you two gone out exploring yet?”
“No, unfortunately we really haven’t. We’ve done a little near here but nothing huge. Eventually we want to take a raptor and go up to one of the continents north of us. I’ve heard that it is absolutely beautiful and so green. It’s where Tyrol left to. We’ve been waiting until we know that I’m okay.”
“Speaking of, how are you feeling?” Layne wonders.
“I’m doing really well. I’ve been consistently checking for a lump and nothing seems to be appearing. Bill and I are just happy that it seems to have worked. I’m still gaining a little of my strength back but it’s mostly there.”
“Laura, Layne, dinner is ready,” Lee calls from the kitchen.
Both of them get up from the couch and make their way over to the dining area. Once they are all seated, Bill cuts up the meat for everyone and they start eating.
“This is really good, Dad,” Lee says. He then takes a bite of the homemade bread. “Wow, Laura, I didn’t know you could bake.”
“Thanks! I learned the basics from my mother. She always loved to bake. And then I had to experiment a couple times here but eventually I got it. I’m glad you like it. So, Layne, how are you feeling?”
“I’m actually feeling quite well. I haven’t been getting any morning sickness which is nice. The reason that we decided to visit for a couple days was actually because we were at the main camp anyway and we wanted to stop by. Cottle wanted me to have a check-up and he also was able to tell us the sex of our baby.”
“Well, the baby is doing great and it is a she. We are having a little baby girl.”
“That’s wonderful news!” Laura says and looks over at Bill with a smile. They are going to be grandparents to a little baby girl. She notices that Bill also has a huge smile on his face. She knows he always wanted a daughter and now is going to have a granddaughter to spoil rotten. “I know it’s pretty soon, but do you have any name ideas yet?”
“We’ve actually already decided on a name,” Lee says. He looks over at Layne and she nods her head with a smile. “She’s going to have two middle names. It’s going to be River Melody Roslyn.”
Laura looks at both of them with tears in her eyes. “Oh! I don’t know what to say. Thank you. It’s beautiful.”
“We wanted our daughter to have a little something of her grandmother since she doesn’t have your genes,” Layne says.
“Thank you. That means a lot to me,” she responds.
“So, Lee, are you excited to be a father?” Bill asks.
“Yes, I am. With everything that’s happened in these last years it’s going to be nice to have something extraordinary yet so normal happen. I’m really looking forward to being a dad and to have a little girl in my life.”
“I’m glad to hear that!”
Once they have finished eating, Laura helps Bill clear the table and put things away as Lee and Layne head to the guest bedroom to get ready for bed. As Bill and Laura get into bed, Laura turns the lamp off and then snuggles into Bill’s side.
“I’m so happy for them! They are both going to be wonderful parents,” Laura points out.
“Yes, they are. And we are going to be wonderful grandparents. Laura, you have no idea how happy I am that you’re here with me for this.”
“Bill, I think I know,” she responds. Placing her hand on his chest, she lightly pushes herself up and leans in towards Bill. Rubbing her hand over the side of his cheek, she presses her lips tightly against his, reassuring him that she’s also incredibly happy that she’s here.
Here is the next chapter. Hope you all enjoy it! And watch out for a reference in this chapter to another TV show that I absolutely love.