Jay had expected a story. An ex-boyfriend maybe. But this? His face fell. He slowly sunk onto the bed beside her and leaned forward, thinking, studying the wall. He wished he knew what to say. He didn't, but he would have to try, otherwise Aurora would think he was upset, when he wasn't. He was just... shocked. And worried.
"You say you were protecting Harrison... so you didn't want him around him," he said softly. "So why the hell was he following you across the country?" He looked up at Aurora, squinting as he thought. Then he looked away again and clasped his hands together. "King is thinking about what to do with them... He's no exception. You know that, right...?"
Aurora watched as Jay moved out of the bed and changed his shirt. She wished that last night never happened. She wished that they could have spent the morning in bed together and just enjoyed being a family for a little while but Mitchell had to ruin that. She sighed and kept her yes on Jay's as he moved around the bed and came closer to her.
"He is from San Francisco where I am from. He...he must have followed me out here before everything...went to shit." She looked up at him and sighed once more. "He is the reason I left in the first place. I thought I was protecting Harrison, that he deserved better." Aurora brought her hand to her face and ran it over. "He's Harrison's biological father."
Jay smiled at the kiss on his cheek and watched Aurora's face fill with love as Harrison left the room. When he closed the door behind him and she returned her eyes to his he sighed softly. He wished they could live blissfully in the happiness of their mornings all the time.
He sat up with her and got out of bed to head over to their wardrobe. He was still wearing his clothes from the day before, but he figured he could at least change his shirt.
"I just want to be prepared for anything he might use against us," he said honestly, pulling his old shirt over his head and pulling a new one on. He looked over at where she sat on the bed. "And... Maybe I am a little curious," he added softly with a smile as he finished buttoning up his clean shirt. He stepped over to her side of the bed and ran a hand through her hair. He leaned in to kiss the top of her head.
Aurora smiled the moment she heard Jay's voice and it didn't take Harrison long to climb over her and straight into Jay's arms which warmed her heart she rolled over and watched the two for a moment until Jay met her eyes and announced that they needed to talk. She nodded, knowing that he wanted to talk about Mitchell and who he was.
"Harrison, can you be a good boy and go read your book for a little while? We won't be long but as soon as we are down we will take you to see Gabriel okay?" He smiled widely at that and nodded but before he climbed over Jay to get out of bed, he placed a kiss on both of their cheeks. Aurora chuckled shd watched him leave and then sat up in bed and sighed.
"You want to know how I knew him." It wasn't a question.
Jay woke slowly to the sound of Harrison and Aurora speaking quietly. A small smile came to his face when he finally looked over at them.
"You sure it ain't gonna be a girl?" he asked sleepily, announcing he was awake. Harrison instantly crawled over his mother to wrap his arms around Jay and Jay hugged him back, pulling him under the covers and tickling him with his beard. Harrison giggled and squirmed until he stopped.
"You know you've been really good lately. While your mom and I deal with things. Jack and Monica both say so." Harrison gave him a bashful smile. "We might need you to keep that up, is that alright? Just like Jack has to fix the cars and Scarlett has to help the doctor. You have to just keep being a good boy, alright? That's your one job."
"I can do that, easy, Dad!" Harrison said with a smile.
Jay smiled back. "Good," he said softly and turned his attention to Aurora. "We need to talk..." By the look in her eyes she knew what about. He needed to know who the man was. And if he was important enough to change the fate of all of his group. "Then we'll talk to King again."
Aurora nodded at his words and kissed his cheek before cuddling back up to him so they could sleep. She slept well in his arms as she always did but she still had that worry in the back of her mind about Mitchell. That worry remained when she woke up the next morning. She needed to talk to Jay to make sure that he was clued in with who he was and she had no idea whether she planned in telling Harrison.
She looked at Jay's sleeping form and ran her hand down his arm gently before looking up at the sound of the bedroom door opening.
"Come on in honey." She whispered as she rolled over and lifted the covers for him to climb in. The moment she did she hugged him close. "How are you doing kiddo?"
"I'm okay. I thought they were going to hurt Jay."
"I wouldn't let that happen." He nodded and hugged her tighter and then put his hand on her stomach.
"Morning little brother." Aurora chuckled and rolled her eyes.
Jay nodded. He appreciated her words. But there was still an entire childhood of abuse he had yet to overcome.
"I wish I could believe that," he said quietly. "But you were there. When this all started. When Scarlett asked me to kill him. I did without hesitation. Without regret. Maybe that just means he meant that little to me. Or maybe it just means I have enough of him in me that I..." he trailed off.
"It doesn't matter. You're right, anyway. I'd never hurt them. Or you. I'd kill myself first." He looked her in the eyes so she knew it was true. "We should sleep," he added softly and smoothed her hair. "I love you."
Aurora blushed slightly at his compliment. It had been a long time she felt remotely close to being beautiful but when she saw the look on his face she believed his words completely. She chuckled at the way that he buried his face in the pillow and she smiled happily for a moment until his smile started to fade.
Things were serious then. Aurora placed her hand on his cheek and shook her head. "I promise I will...but that's not going to happen. I...don't know much about your past but I can tell that your father wasn't the best. You are not him do you hear? I see the way you are with Harrison. You couldn't be that way."
Jay shook his head at her question. "It's good. That we have something to be happy about in this world," he said softly, moving a piece of hair from her face. "If it is a girl, I bet she's gonna be a beautiful as her mom," he said with a little smirk, knowing how cheesy it sounded.
Her next words made him swallow hard and she shook his head against the pillow before burying his face in it momentarily, mumbling incoherently about how she had to be wrong. But when he emerged his face was blushed slightly and he had a smile on his face. It faded a bit. "I don't ever want to be like my dad was..." he said. "If i ever... ever start showing signs of-of... you know... i just... i want you to talk to me. Promise me..."
Aurora chuckled a little and shrugged. "It's just a feeling that's all. I had a similar feeling that Harrison would be a boy. It's just intuition I guess." She said sleepily. She pulled back from him a little then so that she could look at him, wanting to look him in the eye for a moment.
"Is it wrong that I am excited about us having a baby together?" She asked. Of course she had her fears but recently her excitement was overshadowing that, although of course having Mitchell here would cause some complications if he was allowed out and around their home after King decided what to do with him.
"I think you are going to be such an amazing father."
Jay sighed softly at her kisses. He still could not wrap his head around how he had managed to obtain the love of such a woman, but he was not about to look a gift horse in the mouth. Not again. He smiled softly as she nuzzled herself into him and he kept his arms tight around her.
"I know," he finally whispered, kissing the top of her head. "That's twice now you've saved me."
He let those words hand in the air for a moment. Then he spoke again. "You keep calling the baby a girl. You're so sure...?" His thumb traced small circles over his shirt on her stomach. She had grown even more over the last couple months and he couldn't ignore his fear. His fear that something might happen to Aurora or the baby. His fear that he wouldn't make a good father... but there was excitement as well.
Aurora smiled towards him when he turned towards her and pulled her close. She wrapped her arms around him as best as she could before he spoke. She shook her head a little.
"I would never have survived if I didn't change. Finding out I was carrying your baby...and I didn't know if I was ever going to get you back...I had to be for her." She said as she placed her hand over his on her stomach. "I want to be able to protect our family as much as you do Jay. I can do it, I know I can."
Aurora kissed him softly and then trailed a few gentle kisses down his jaw and stopped when she got to his neck before nuzzling into him. "I will protect you always, we will protect each other."
Jay laid down immediately. He didn't even kick off his shoes. A part of him wanted to be ready in case something else happened. The other half was just that tired. His eyes closed before Aurora even climbed into bed, but when she did he turned onto his side to face her. "I love you, too," he whispered.
The look on her face told him it was safe for now. He wanted to be with her. He hadn't just simply been there in bed with Aurora for days and he craved that. So he finally kicked off his boots and pulled the covers up. He pulled her close and closed his eyes.
"I was hoping I could protect you," he said softly. "I was hoping i could take on the brunt of the force and you could get by without having to change much. But... I was wrong." He opened his eyes again and looked into hers. "Whatever happened when I was away... it made you strong." His hand found her belly then.
When she finally left Harrison to sleep peacefully she placed the living room for a little while, unable go get her head around the events of the evening. Of course she was glad that everyone was safe but it was certainly unexpected and seeing Mitchell again made her blood boil.
When Jay came home she looked up at him, smiling back. She knew that she had a lot she needed to talk to him about. He was probably expecting her to tell him how she knew Mitchell because their conversation would have made it obvious to everyone that they didn't know each other. She watched for a moment as he went to see Harrison and then he was moving back towards her and taking her hand.
She listened to him with her eyes closed as she rested her forehead against his and she nodded. Aurora allowed him to tug her towards the bedroom and she started to undress so that she was more comfortable for bed and when she was ready she climbed under the sheets.
"I love you Jay."
It turns out that King was just as conflicted about what to do as he was. They weren't killers. At least not cold blooded ones. They killed when they had to. Jay argued that this would only come back to haunt them if they didn't just end it here and now, but he understood King's hesitancy. Once they gave up their morals, who were they?
Jay made his way back to the apartment after the long, yet unproductive talk. He knew it would take time to come up with something, but he had a feeling they didn't have much time to work with. He stepped inside just as the sun was rising. He had been up all night. Most of them had. Aurora had already put Harrison to sleep and he gave her a half-hearted smile when he saw her. He had to poke his head into Harrison's room just to see him alive again before closing the door slowly once more. He turned back towards Aurora.
"King has more men than even I think is necessary on those guys... so we should be alright for now." He took her hand and slowly drew her near. He rested his forehead against her own. "Come on," he said softly. "I don't want to talk about it anymore. I don't wanna gear about that man you knew or any of it... not right now. Just..." he tugged on her arm gently. "Come nap with me. It's been a long night."
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