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Anastasia settled on the bed as the female doctor brushed in and sat with her.
“Where’s Willow?” She asked breathlessly and the female doctor shook her head, [i “No time to worry about that, my lovely. You’ve got a little one to meet after all! Now you need to listen to me, very carefully and just breathe right now.”] She cooed and hushed her a little as she began running over all the routine checks.
Anastasia was honestly terrified and she just wanted a friendly face by her. She followed every instruction to a tee and breathed deeply. She was in a lot of pain and her emotions were all over the place, what if she wasn’t ready? What if something went wrong?!
Justin stares at the stables.
“Willow!” He didn’t even think twice as he just ran into the flames, covering his mouth as he saw her under a beam.
“Willow- Willow! Stay awake, you hear me?!” He shouted above the flames. His eyes stung awfully and he coughed as he used all his strength to move the beam, he let the horses out so they wouldn’t be burned alive and he scooped Willow up, carrying her outside.
He lay her down in the snow and looked her over
“Willow? Willow! Come on, answer me!” He begged as he wiped her face free of Ash and soot. Was she going to die?! Not like this surely not.
“Come on, you’re stronger than this!” He said, his heart was hammering in his chest as he panicked and wiped soot from his own face, hiding a cough. The stables soon collapsed on itself with a crash and he shielded her from the wreck as he held her in the snow.
[left [pic http://i.imgur.com/R9bcGpC.jpg]] Willow was so focused on grooming her horse and beaming over the happy news that she was pregnant that she hadn’t noticed that one of the lamps had been knocked over by another horse at the other end of the stables. While she had been scared of the prospect of pregnancy, she was now completely and utterly besotted with the idea of having Justin’s child. So much had changed in the last year and her priorities had shifted and now she couldn’t wait to add ‘mother’ to her growing list of titles.
Her horse seemed to notice the spreading fire before she did, and she reacted in a way that showed that she was frightened, kicking and trying her hardest to get out. [b “What is it girl?”] She asked with a concerned voice as she backed up slightly, not wanting to get hurt by a scared beast. However, when she had moved out the way, the horse had managed to kick down one of the beams that was holding up the stables and parts of the building was starting fall around her. She had no time to react of get out of there before pieces of wood were starting to keep her trapped in the stables that was now fully on fire.
She couldn’t cry for help, no one would hear her and as a piece of wood kept her pinned to the floor, the smoke began to fill her lungs and she was finding it harder and harder to breathe.
[right [pic http://i.imgur.com/gb7q260.jpg]] Jobe smiled down at her as she spoke of their child. He remembered what it was like to feel the movement of the legs or the arms. It was a truly magical experience and he couldn’t wait to finally meet their baby. It could happen any day now and he was just glad to be home with his wife they waited for the arrival of their child. Jobe moved quickly when she saw her try to move, with every intention of helping her out of the seat. However, he stopped dead when he saw that she seemed to be in pain.
[b “Is everything alright?”] He asked, a new concern upon his face as she seemed to have a second wave of pain. Her heart rate started to increase as he began to realise what was happening. He called for one of their servants to help. [b “I’ll get the doctor right away.”] He said as he looked over to Justin in hope that he would take care of Willow.
He was nervous and excited too and, in that moment, he felt useless. All he could do was get the doctor and she didn’t take long to get here.
Anastasia watched Jobe come in and she smiled a little. She felt Jobe’s hand and his kiss and she looked to him.
“Fine.” She assured him softly,
“Quiet, not as much movement today.” She said to Jobe. She did miss him awfully when he was away for the long days at the factory but she knew it had to happen. He was making a successful life for them as a family.
Anastasia went get up and it was like she pulled a muscle and she exhaled sharply and took a moment. She waited for the pain to subside but it didn’t.
“Jobe-“ She murmured, looking both happy and terrified at the same time.
“You need to get the doctor and Willow.” She said as she struggled to stand up. She winced and cringed as another ave of pain latched onto her and she clenched her teeth as she took a few moments.
A lady servant came to her immediately and helped her upstairs to the room, ushering soft comforts as she got her settled in bed as she went for the female doctor who would help her give birth, a midwife of sorts.
Justine watched Anastasia and eyes the turn of events.
“I’ll get Willow.” He assured her as he helped her up and then left her in the capable hands of the older maid. He looked to Jobe,
“I’ll be right back! Alright? Just... don’t panic!” He said as he darted off to find Willow, calling her name as he went out into the snow.
He nearly slipped and he jogged around to the stables.
[left [pic http://i.imgur.com/R9bcGpC.jpg]] How quickly a year seemed to pass. Willow still couldn’t quite believe that they had been here in this time for a year. Justin had spent time tampering with the device that got them here in the first place, but she told him that he should give up. She was settled here, and she was happy to spend the rest of her life here with him, even if it meant that they had left behind their jobs and everything else. Every single day Willow had grown to love Justin more and she could not imagine her life without him now.
The two of them still lived with Jobe and Anastasia and the four of them had become closer over the course of the year. However, Justin and Willow had started to establish themselves in this era more, knowing that they were settling completely. The school room has been built before Christmas last year and as soon as the new year came around she had taken to teaching quickly. Many of the workers were now able to read and write and she was starting to teach them other things. Anastasia had helped for some time but now that she was almost ready to give birth it was only right that she was home resting. Willow was sure that she was giving birth to twins with how big she had got but she wasn’t going to say anything in case it scared her or got her hopes up. With no ultrasound, there was no way to tell.
Willow had her own happy news to share now. She had wanted to make sure first, but it was now her third month of missing her cycle and the last couple of mornings she had spent being sick was more than enough indication to her that she was at least four months pregnant now. The soft swell of her belly was only just beginning to show but it was not too noticeable yet. She smiled as she placed one hand over her stomach as she brought up the brush to her horse. Willow needed to spend some time in the stables so that she could figure out how she was going to tell Justin that he was going to be a father. While she had not wanted to say anything, she had been rather disappointed that it had taken this long for her to get pregnant. Now she was practically glowing, ready to share the news.
Her horse moved her nose towards Willow’s hand on her stomach and started to sniff around. [b “It’s probably going to be a few months until I can ride you again girl. It’s not completely safe while I am carrying a child.”] She said with a smile as she stroked her horse gently. [b “But I will not neglect you. Don’t worry.”]
[right [pic http://i.imgur.com/gb7q260.jpg]] Jobe still remembered the day that Anastasia told him that she was pregnant with his child. The moment was equal to that of their wedding day and he had been elated ever since. He had been so careful to ensure that everything in the pregnancy could go as well as possible and followed a lot of Justin’s advice. Apparently, they knew a lot more about pregnancy in the future and he had recommended some foods for her to avoid as well as some that were good for her and the baby. He just hoped that he had not been overbearing.
That morning, Jobe was at the factory preparing for the time that he would be away. He wanted to make sure that everything would run smoothly while he spent the first couple of weeks at home with his wife, helping her to adjust to life as a mother as well as getting used to be a father himself. All he needed to do now was to make sure all the relevant paperwork was signed off and that people knew they were to answer to Justin in the meantime. He trusted him more than anyone and it made sense for him to take control of the factory for him while he was at home with his wife and new child. The thought of such made him smile as signed the last piece of paper required. He was not going to waste another minute here when he could be at home, waiting for Anastasia to bring life into the world.
It did not take him long to get home and when he did he found Anastasia staring out at the snow that had begun to settle on the ground. He wrapped his arms around her, placing his hand on top of hers and kissed her cheek. [b “And how are my two favourite people doing?”] He asked with a smile. Anastasia really suited pregnancy and the glow made her even more beautiful. He could barely pull his gaze from hers.
It had been a long few months. Almost a year in fact. Things had been a lot to adjust to but it seemed like finally they were settled and more at ease in this era. It was coming up for their second Christmas with Jobe and Anastasia. There was snow settled on the outside and the air was cold and dry. It had been a wonderful year and honestly, Justin was excited.
Anastasia had fallen pregnant very quickly and was due to give birth any day now, whereas Willow has taken a little longer to fall pregnant, most likely because her system still had contraception in it, that’s probably why she hadn’t fallen pregnant. He was honestly relieved though and he was excited for the prospect of a child. Their child. He had been working as a well respect private doctor for Jobe, and of course had helped out some of Jobe’s closer business partners with his services. It felt like they had independence as well as being with Jobe and Anastasia and he had to admit, he had adjusted well.
He was in no rush for children
It was early evening and Justin was looking through his books, medical books of the time so he could brush up on this and that. There wasn’t pills and medicines like he was used to but he had done very well at making do and helping with some simple techniques. Good hygiene tended to be the answer to a lot of sicknesses but of course they had to be careful. He had helped Anastasia throughout her pregnancy and he knew Anastasia was due any day. He couldn’t wait, he was excited to meet Jobe and Anastasia’s one.
Finally Justin left his study took and stretched, looking around the house and wondering what time it was. His eyes gazed around as he grabbed a hot drink and looked outside from the conservatory, looking at the crisp clean layer of thin snow and he smiled a little to himself. They had done so well and he adored Willow, just the same as the day they married. She had never changed in his eyes, she was still as beautiful as ever. He took a drink and set his cup aside.
Anastasia has been overjoyed upon finding out she was carrying Jobe’s child. Justin has helped with all necessary arrangements but she was very particular about having a female doctor present for the birth and Willow when she was ready to give life to Jobe’s child. She had no idea she was carrying twins.
Anastasia has been helping Willow with her teaching, mostly just assisting but as her pregnancy had furthered she had stopped helping the past few weeks in Doctors orders of course. As much as she felt useless but she knew it was for the best and for the safety of her and her growing infants. Justin has prescribed her bed rest over the last few weeks but Anastasia couldn’t waste away in bed.
Anastasia came downstairs and sighed out as she saw Justin. She took a seat in the conservatory and honestly she was ready for her child to be born because it was exhausting carrying around a child. And of course she was excited. This was her and Jobe’s creation, a life perfectly balanced between them and she just prayed there were no complications for them. She settled and rested a hand on her bump, relaxing a little and sighing out. She smiled to Justin a little, she enjoyed the quiet as she watched the snow on the ground. How beautiful winter could be and she was honestly glad her child would be born in such a beautiful setting.
[left [pic http://i.imgur.com/R9bcGpC.jpg]] The way that Justin returned her kiss was intoxicating and all evidence of her fatigue seemed to melt into something else entirely. Now all she felt was the desire and the need to have him overcome her. She laughed as he pulled back from her for a moment. [b “I was tired but now I want something else.”] She said, almost seductively as he pulled her in for another kiss. Both of them were breathless and it was clear that there was a tension building between them; one that needed a release.
Willow giggled as the two on them made their way into the room and towards the bed. Justin was able to make sure that he lay her down properly after carefully removing her dress. Even the process of doing that seemed to set her body on fire and she wanted nothing more than to have her fill of him right then but even so, he stopped to make sure that this was alright. She smiled and nodded, coaxing him fulfil something that both of them needed. He looked at her with a new intensity now and for a moment she found herself feeling vulnerable. While she was not inexperienced in the bedroom it have been quite some time since she had gone to bed with a man or even had anyone look at her the way he was looking at her.
It wasn’t her first time but it was the first time going to bed with a man she actually loved. The whole experience was something she would never forget. He was attentive and explored her body as much as she explored his until the two were finally connected as one, sharing in pleasure and love.
Being this close to a man so soon after making love was also new to her but she enjoyed the sensation of having the heat of him next to her as they both tried to catch their breath. Willow smiled up towards him and pressed a kiss against his cheek. [b “And I love you. Impossibly more than I did yesterday.”] She said with a laugh as she allowed her arm to fall over him as her head came to rest on his chest.
[right [pic http://i.imgur.com/gb7q260.jpg]] Anastasia was right. It had been an exciting few days for them but that also meant that it was extremely tiring and they would all benefit from a good night sleep. He closed his eyes as she moved behind him and simply breathed in the scent of her as she kissed his cheek. He smiled before sliding out of his seat and followed her upstairs. The two got themselves ready for bed and when he saw his wife’s form laying in the bed he found himself rushing his clothes off just so he could be near her. There was nothing sexual about his desire to have her close. He just wanted the closeness.
Jobe slid into the bed next to her and pulled her close, running his hand up and down her arm as they settled in for the night. [b “I do not think I could ever get bored of this.”] He whispered softly as he kissed her head and let out a satisfied sigh. [b “I love you.”]
Justin smiled a little at her and he was about to make a quick remark when she tugged his tie and pressed her lips to his passionately and he brought his hand up to her cheek, cupping it softly as he returned her passion. He pulled back momentarily and smiled a little,
“I’m starting to think you’re not as tired as you’re making out.” He laughed breathlessly and pressed his lips to hers again, wrapping his arms around her and bringing her closer again.
With careful steps and movements, he moved her to the bed, fingers dancing to remove the wedding dress she wore and consummate their vows from earlier. For the briefest of moments he paused to look at her, as if questioning if she was truly alright with this and when he found no objection, he laid over her. For a small moment he drank in the image of her, every inch of her skin and body, her face and the glint in her eyes. He leant down, pressing kissed to every inch of her that he could find. They had waited such a long time for this and he knew it wasn’t something to be rushed through but something for them both to be savoured as he took Willow as his, holding her close and letting himself explore every inch of her body.
Justin lay beside her and drank in her image, loving every inch of her flushed skin as he wrapped an arm around her and brought her close to her side.
“I love you.” He said softly as he kissed her forehead.
Anastasia thought for a while.
“Perhaps we should retire too. We could all do with catching up on sleep.” She said to him and smiled. She sighed softly as she pushed herself up. Anastasia was gently in her movements as she moved behind him and wrapped her arms around his shoulders, kissing his cheek softly before heading upstairs.
Anastasia stepped into their room and the lamp was already lit and the curtains already pulled as she got into bed and yawned, stretching her slender form, her hair not longer pinned up, instead loose down her back. She rubbed her eyes and felt the blankets immediately warm her up, the house was warm but there was something comforting about being under the weight of the blankets with her loving husband.
[left [pic http://i.imgur.com/R9bcGpC.jpg]] The last thing Willow wanted was to appear rude but it seemed that most around the table were relatively understanding about the situation, knowing that she had a very busy week. While she was fatigued she still managed a smile as Justin pressed his lips against her head. She nodded and rose from her seat, echoing Justin’s gratitude as she told hold of his hand and allowed him to escort her out of the room.
Willow laughed and shook her head. [b “I’m not [i that] tired. I’m pretty sure I can make it up the stairs without falling asleep.”] It was strange knowing that she was about to retire to her own room but she was happy knowing that they know shared and room as man and wife. She looked around, noticing that her things had been placed around the room. This was their home and their base now and she couldn’t have been happier.
She turned to face Justin and smiled. [b “Yes husband. Bedtime.”] She said with a raised eyebrow and she grabbed hold of his tie and used it to pull him closer to her so that she could kiss him with a deep-rooted passion.
[right [pic http://i.imgur.com/gb7q260.jpg]] [b “Well that is good because I am always amazed by you.”] He said, stealing a kiss from her lips as she asked what he had in mind.
[b “Anything you want my love. We can go to bed, take a walk around the gardens, read by the fire...the possibilities are endless my love.”] He said with a smile. He would be happy doing anything with her as long as she was happy and whatever she wanted to do, he would follow her lead.
[b “I love you Anastasia. Anything that makes you happy my love.”]
Justin watched Willow and laughed a little,
“I think Mrs Gallway needs a good rest.” He said and nodded in agreement with Jobe as he kissed the side of Willow’s head.
“Come on, my live, let’s get you to bed.” He commented and stood.
“Thank you both for a wonderful day.” He said to Jobe and Anastasia as he offered Willow his hand to help her up.
“Don’t go falling asleep on me before you’re in bed.” He said to Willow as he lead her up the stairs and to his room. Her things had been moved here and he smiled a little.
“So, wife, bedtime?” He wasn’t trying to spark any funny business because he knew tiredness if ignored could lead to real sicknesses and such.
Anastasia watched Willow and smiled. She waved them off and looked to Jobe.
“You never cease to amaze me.” She murmured quietly. All of his endless generosity and kindness, it seemed limitless. She watched Willow and Justin head upstairs and looked to Jobe.
“It’s good to see them finally United.” She said to him quietly.
Anastasia pressed a kiss to Jobe’s cheek softly as they were left alone.
“What did you have in mind to do, Hm?” She said to him quietly and the past few days had been very busy for them all and full of excitement and love.
[left [pic http://i.imgur.com/R9bcGpC.jpg]] Willow was overwhelmed with the thoughtful nature behind the meal and she couldn’t help but smile as she moved towards the table and started to lower herself to a seat. The rest of the day was truly perfect, far beyond anything she could have expected and she was happy to finally be married and content, regardless of the fact they were stuck. She hadn’t even thought about that for days, seemingly only concerned with being happy now rather than going home.
By the time the sun had gone down they had all consumed wine and ate until there was no more room for food and she noticed that the time was drawing nearer for them to share a room. She was excited by the prospect of not having to sneak around but she couldn’t deny that she would miss sneaking around and stealing breathless kisses in the hallway. Now there was a whole new excitement to their relationship.
She yawned without any warning and laughed shortly after and shook her head. [b “Apparently I’m not yet recovered from the busy week.”]
[right [pic http://i.imgur.com/gb7q260.jpg]] Jobe looked over towards Anastasia, noticing that she had been lost in thought and he smiled softly towards her. He took her hand and pulled it up to his lips. It had been a much more relaxing day and he enjoyed their company.
[b “I honestly feel as though I have my entire family in this room.”] He said with a smile and looked to Justin and Willow, laughing at her yawn. [b “Well the wedding did ruin your plans to spend the next week in bed. Perhaps you should retire and get some rest?”] He asked before looking back to Anastasia. [b “I’m sure we can find something to do.”]
Justin watched Willow and smiled a little. She looked happy and honestly, he was relieved. He looked to Jobe and smiled,
“Oh you even get cake!” Justin smiled to Willow and tickled her sides lightly before thanking Jobe. Willow had wanted a quiet affair and it had been wonderful. But now they could relax as man and wife with their close friends, eat cake and relax.
“Also the cake and good meal was Jobe’s idea, I had nothing to do with it.” He confessed and smiled to Willow. He was honestly elated that she was now Mrs Gallway, after everything and even the disaster of being stuck in a different era, Justin was still the happiest man in the world right then!
Anastasia smiled softly as she watched and sat down. It was lovely to see them finally married and who knew? In a years time they may well be a proper little family with a child to call their own. Anastasia hoped they would be happy, whether they wanted children or not because she knew it was different in the future. She was quiet as she thought about it and busied herself with water and food.
All of them were young and there was still plenty of time for them to really get in invested in things like children and and babies. But in this era there was no time to mess around. She came back from her daydream and blinked, looking back to the table.
[left [pic http://i.imgur.com/R9bcGpC.jpg]] Willow was glad that the ceremony was over. While she was used to speaking publicly at lectures and appearances, this was completed different and she felt vulnerable throughout the whole service.
She smiled towards Justin. [b “I love you too.”] She said before the two shared an intimate kiss. Now they didn’t have to hide or shy away from their affections because now they were married and it felt good to know that no one would judge them for sharing such a kiss. When they parted from their kiss she found herself laughing quietly to herself in disbelief as Justin pulled her into an embrace. She was beyond happy at this point. The priest congratulated them and a member of the staff came to escort him out of the house. [b “Thank you.”]
She then turned to Jobe and Anastasia, both looking pleased at what they had just witnessed. [b “Justin is right. Thank you so much.”] Willow took hold of his hand and beamed up at him. [b “Husband...it’s got a nice ring to it.”]
[right [pic http://i.imgur.com/gb7q260.jpg]] Jobe started to lead them all into the dining room when he had the staff organise a small celebratory dinner and he stopped just before they went in. [b “I know you said you didn’t want a fuss made but I couldn’t let you have a wedding day without a good meal and a cake.”] He said with a smile, pleased with himself that he hadn’t gone too crazy but still managed to surprise them with something.
Upon entering the dining room, they were greeted with a feast of food and he smiled back towards Anastasia before looking to Justin and Willow. [b “I am so happy for you both. It was such a lovely ceremony and I can see the appeal in having such an intimate one. We were honoured to bear witness to the promises you have made to each other. Willow, I’ve already had your things moved to Justin’s room so you don’t have to worry about any of that.”] He said with a smile and gestured for them to take a seat. [b “Now let’s enjoy a good meal.”]
Justin was quiet through the ceremony, still in disbelief but when the priest finally announced them as husband and wife, he looked to Willow and smiled,
“I love you.” He said softly as he leant down and took his lips with his own tenderly. He could hardly believe they were now Mr and Mrs Gallway!
He laughed and wrapped his arms around her tightly as if wanting to bring her so much closer. He looked to Jobe and Anastasia as they gave their congratulations and he thanked them both for it.
“Thank you both. You’ve both been amazing friends, we wouldn’t be here without you.” He said to them and smiled.
“Wife, eh?” He laughed a little, feeling giddy and elated all at the same time!
Anastasia watched the ceremony and she had to admit it was beautiful and intimidate. She wiped her eyes when they were finally announced as married! She congratulated them and smiled at Justin’s words. Although she didn’t quite believe them, she was so glad they were finally married!
She hugged them both and watched their reactions. They were so in love and honestly it was beautiful to witness such like between two people.
[left [pic http://i.imgur.com/R9bcGpC.jpg]] Willow glanced out of the window and smiled as she noticed that the weather had been kind to them. [b “Best to make the most out of it while we can. I hear the winters can be quite hard here. Although I am really looking forward to a proper winter!”] She said with a smile, knowing that the only reason she kept talking was because she was stalling. Willow smiled towards Anastasia as she took hold of her arm and started to follow her out of the room.
[b “I’m glad I have you.”] As they neared the space where she would meet Justin, she found her heart was beginning to pound at a quicker rate and her breathing was heavy but she had to focus on Justin now, just like Anastasia told her before taking her place. She closed her eyes for a second and took a deep breath before working up the confidence to walk towards the Justin who waited for her. Seeing him stood there made her nerves melt away, suddenly they were replaced with happiness, joy and excitement for the fact that today she would become his wife.
When she stopped beside him she looked up at him and smiled before the priest began the ceremony. It was a beautiful and simple service, one that echoed the fact that they did not want to make a fuss about anything. Soon enough the priest was pronouncing them man and wife and she turned to face him with a smile dancing upon her lips.
[right [pic http://i.imgur.com/gb7q260.jpg]] Jobe smiled towards Anastasia as she walked down the aisle and took her hand as she stood next to him and then glanced towards Willow as she walked towards them. [b “That dressmaker really knows her clients huh?”] He said in a low whisper, taking note of how the dress suited her perfectly like Anastasia’s had. Jobe was smiling the whole way through the ceremony. While he had his own wedding two days ago, he still enjoyed the beauty of such a ceremony.
He wished that they had decided to have more guests but that was not his decision to make and Justin and Willow seemed happy enough with their decision. When the ceremony was over he looked down at Anastasia and squeezed her hand. [b “What a lovely service.”] He looked up and the new husband and wife and congratulated the two of them.
Anastasia giggled a little,
“Yes. But I had you and you have me so we’ll get you down that aisle!” She said with determination. She glanced out the window.
“It’s even a beautiful day for you!” She smiled and watched Willow.
“It’s scary but I promise by the end of the day you’ll wish it would last forever!” She promised and looked to her, offering her arm.
“One step at a time!” She said as she walked with her and fixed the odd bit and bob there for her as they did.
She paused and looked to Willow,
“Now. Just focus on walking and meeting him. You’ll be completely fine.” She promised as she walked to stand in her place and she turned to watch Willow with a bright smile on her face.
Justin felt his heart beating fast as he stood at the end of the aisle and he watched Anastasia, knowing full well that meant Willow was on her way too and he drew in a breath as she joined him and he watched her. He was completely stunned by her. He didn’t ever think she could get more beautiful and yet she surprised him again!
“You look.... angelic.” He breathed quietly before looking to the priest as the ceremony began and he couldn’t wait.
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