Aurora smiled as Jay took her hand and she squeezed if affectionately sd he spoke. It made sense for them to look for something while they were nearby and she could really do with some more comfortable clothes sooner rather than later.
"Deal." She said with a smile. She didn't let go of his hand for some time then, just wanting to feel close to him.
After driving some more she knew they were close now and she looked over at Jay. "We are really close. About five minutes out." She said as she tried to read the expression on his face. "I'm here okay? Whatever you need to do, you do but remember I am here."
Jay was relieved to see her eat something, glad to know it meant she was feeling a little better. He had witnessed her throwing up before and was always there to hold her hair back, but he wasn't exactly fond of the idea out here on the dangerous open road.
Once they were moving again, Aurora asked him about the department store. He moved his eyes from the window to look at her. He thought for a long moment. He could probably use the distraction after he was done doing whatever he felt he needed to do. He nodded slowly.
"Yeah, alright," he said, reaching over to take her hand. They had the time and Aurora couldn't have too many things to help her through the pregnancy. And besides, it wouldn't hurt to start looking for some things for the baby. "But if it's overrun, we ain't riskin' it. Not with the third wheel in tow," he said with a small smirk.
Aurora laughed and Jay's comment about King. "I think he also thinks he is this baby's mother." She said with a chuckle before taking another sip of water. After a few more minutes Aurora was starting to feel a little better. Luickly she didn't actually throw up which was a bonus for her so as soon as she was feeling better she ate something like she promised Jay.
Soon enough they were getting back into the car and were on the road once more. "You know, there was a department store not to far from where we are going. If you are feeling up to it after, perhaps we could go...look for some things we might find useful?"
Jay was so lost in thought that he didn't hear her the first time. He finally looked over at her and nodded. He could use a stretch as well, and besides, he was glad she was taking breaks when she needed to. She worked herself so hard sometimes he got worried.
He got out with her and made his way over to her side so that they could stand next to each other. He shrugged when she offered him some food. "Of course he did," he said about King packing them food. "I swear he thinks he's my mother," he said as he tore into a slightly outdated bag of chips. They still tasted alright and he wanted to save the more filling stuff for later if they needed it.
"As soon as it passes you should eat," he told her, looking at her with concern in his eyes. He leaned in to kiss her cheek.
Aurora was more than happy to drive, not knowing if Jay would be able to and even if he knew the way, ir wasn't exactly good to drive with all the things going on in his mind. She would miss Harrison terribly but there were so many people who loved and cared for him now that they pretty much had an extended family.
A few hours into the drive and Aurora looked over at Jay. "Mind if we stop here for a minute or two? I need to stretch my legs and let this morning sickness pass. It just crept up on me." She smiled a little and when he agreed she pulled the car up on the side of the road and got out of the car, reaching into the back seat for her bottle of water.
"You hungry? King packed us some food." She said as she pulled out some snacks. Her face contorted slightly. "Not sure I can eat just yet."
The days passed slowly for once. Aurora took some well deserved time away from her duties and King was glad there was a reason to keep Jay relaxed for the time being until he was fully healed.
Aurora broached the topic of making the trip back to the prison for him. He knew King might try to talk him out of it, but coming from Aurora it sounded more like something he needed to do because she approved of it. And less like he was crazy.
When she came back with keys to one of the cars and gave a sigh of relief. He gathered their guns and told Harrison where he would be spending his night. He was worried for them, of course. And with good reason. Last time Jay went out he didn't come back. But he knew that wasn't going to happen this time. Everyone there was dead.
He asked Aurora to drive. He didn't remember the way. He had been unconcious both to and from the prison. And he needed to steel himself. As they left through the gates, he sunk low in his seat, looking out the window in silence, wondering what he would do when he got there.
Things were nice over the next couple of days. Aurora was closer to Jay than before not that they had shared themselves with each other. It seemed to fo wonders for their relationship and Monica even made a couple of jabs about them needing to practice safe sex which they both laughed off.
In honesty, Harrison's questions that night had been valid and she was worried about giving birth in a world that was seemingly growing more and more unsafe. She just had to keep telling herself that everything would be fine as long as she looked after herself and their child throughout the pregnancy.
After a few days Aurora approached King about borrowing a vehicle to take Jay back out to the abandoned prison. Although at first he didn't like it, he understood that Jay needed some kind of closure and if this could offer it to him then he willingly handed her the keys to a car and made sure they had bullets and supplies loaded into the car.
"I'll look after Harrison. We will have another sleep over. Two days though. If you ate not back in two days we will send someone out after you. Look after that baby you are growing in there Aurora."
She smiled and nodded. "Don't worry, I plan to."
That evening was exactly what Jay needed. They felt like a small family. Harrison called him Dad which was something he was still getting used to, but he enjoyed the feeling even if he felt like a fraud.
He leaned in the doorway when it came time to tuck Harrison in for the night. Perhaps in a normal world he was getting a little old to be put to bed, but in this one they just wanted to see his face before it hit the pillow.
Jay dropped crossed his arms and dropped his eyes as Harrison began to worry. He wasn't the only one concerned about these things, but they had to remain strong for him. Aurora promised him she wouldn't be going anywhere. And Jay wanted to tell her that she couldn't make that promise... but he also wanted to believe it himself. So many things could go wrong and he was afraid of losing her.
Harrison finally felt soothed enough by her promise and he leaned back in bed. They bid him goodnight and closed the door to let him sleep.
That night while they lay in bed, Jay felt closer to Aurora than he ever had before. They had shared so much of themselves that day. While they had shared the bed before, it was never like this. He held her close and whispered that he loved her before he let his eyes close.
Aurora almost rolled her eyes when he commented on the fact that she hadn't been giving herself enough attention. Scarlett had been telling her to slow down every day since finding out that she was pregnant but she wasn't sure she even knew how to do that now. The world was different and so was sure.
Still, when he came and put her arms around her she relaxed against him, letting out a satisfied sigh when he kissed her neck. She smiled then, looking down at his hand on her belly.
Soon enough Harrison returned home and they spent the evening together without any disruptions from anyone else and for a little while, they forgot that they world out there was a cruel place. When it came to Harrison's bed time they both put him to bed together.
"Mom, will my brother or sister be okay?"
"What do you mean honey?" She asked as she stroked the hair from his face.
"Well, don't pregnant ladies usually have to go to hospital a lot? We don't have hospitals anymore." He pouted a little and Aurora glanced up at Jay before looking back down at him.
"We have Scarlett and the doctor, they will make sure the baby is safe I promise."
"What about you? Will you be safe? I heard someone talking today. They lost their wife because she gave birth. Mom, I don't want you to die." Aurora didn't hesitate to pull him into her arms and she closed her eyes tight.
"I'm not going anywhere Harrison. I would never leave you."
Jay sighed softly, watching her slide out of bed. He remained for the moment, watching her hunt for something to wear. His eyes trailed her body in a way so different than Kris or any of the other men. He put an arm behind his head and chewed a nail.
"That ain't it," he said softly. "Well... not all. You ain't giving yourself enough attention either."
He finally pulled himself from bed and wrapped himself around her now dressed form. He moved her hair to kiss the back of her neck. "I know you won't take my advice, cause it ain't you, but just... take a day every once in a while to relax. For the both of you." His hands went to her belly and he kissed her neck once more before letting go to find his clothes once more and pull them on.
"Then we will go in a few days." She said as she let the silence fall over them for a moment. It wasn't long before they were both brought back to reality though, Jay mentioning Harrison. She let out a long sigh and nodded, shifting from under the covers.
"You are right. We should moving." Aurora climbed off the bed and looked around for some clothes, deciding that she didn't want to be uncomfortable in the bra that was too tight for her changing body.
"We should spend some time together as a family tonight. You are right, I've been throwing myself into everything and not even paying enough attention to either of you."
Jay knew Aurora supported him, but he hadn't expected her to be so on board with his unpredictable needs. He helped her pull the covers up slightly, feeling the chill as well now.
"Soon," he said. "In a few days." It would just be another way to prove he was fully healed. And he knew King would not deny him this, either.
Jay let his fingers toy with hers for a moment before he squeezed them tight. He let his thoughts come back to her and away from tye horrors he had endured. He pressed his lips to her shoulder. "It's getting late," he whispered. "Harrison will be back looking for dinner."
And yet he didn't want to move. He wanted to stay like this for days.
Aurora ran her hand down his arm and kissed where her fingers had been. She wanted to make him feel loved and she planned on doing so every second of ever day. She pulled the duvet over her a little better and allowed her head to rest on the pillow properly.
When Jay said he needed to go back she looked over at him. She didn't fully understand why he wanted to go but she nodded, wanting to be supportive of him. "I'll go with you." She said as she took his hand in her hand again, bringing it to her lips for a minute.
"When do you want to go?"
Jay eyed the freckles on her shoulder as she spoke. He sighed. "That was a long time to have hope," he said softly against her skin, then fell into a long silence.
He wondered if he would ever feel closure. If years from now he might not even think about the months he spent locked up like an animal, being abused. But a part of him didn't want to forget. Because that meant forgetting Miguel. They had become like brothers. They had held hands when they were at their worst. And then he had been erased and the only way he was still alive was in Jay's memory.
"I need to go back," he said. "I need to see that place again." He knew she might not understand. Hell, he hardly did himself. He had no idea what he would do when he got there. But he needed to feel in control.
Aurora shouldn't have needed to hear the words from his lips but for some reason she did. Hearing them offered her some relief and she closed her eyes a moment as she allowed them to wash over her, followed by the kisses he trailed over her before he came to rest his head.
For a long while they stayed that way and she was glad that they could take advantage of this time alone together. She promised herself that she would take advantage of this more often because these were going to be the moments that made them remember that they had each other when everything else around them was falling apart.
When he spoke again, she met his eyes with her own and she placed a hand in his hair. "I thought about you every second of every day. When they came back and you were not with them...the only thing that stopped me from falling apart was my determination to bring you home. Jay, I'm so sorry for what they did to you and to your friend."
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