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When Ori was pointing to Belle, he wondered what happened to her knee, looking up at his daddy as if asking what was wrong. Belle tried to explain, but he just babbled and then he gripped onto Mason's shirt. When Belle asked him the question, he rubbed her head. [b "Ori is only a baby. His brain is still slowly developing. He'll be like you when he becomes your age"] he told her before he kissed the top of his head and kept their little boy in his lap.
Conrad understood that she'd do anything for Mason, after all she married him. He sighed but kept his mood normal as he agreed "If you don't want me near your kids that's fine too Faith. You probably still think I'm dangerous after what my uncle did. I don't blame you. I also don't blame you for moving on when you found me dead. I just wished that things turned out differently" he admitted and then he nodded. "It's fine. As long as you're happy Faith. I will be too eventually"
He stood up and then he headed out the door and said goodbye.
When Mason saw a car pass by and headed into the garage from the window, he placed Ori in his playpen and asked the twins to watch him before heading outside. He saw CHarrie on the porch and she looked devastated. [b "Baby it's okay"] he hugged her with his arms around her waist. When she spoke, he let her talk about what happened and he understood that what she did was horrible, but she did it for their family. Conrad just had to be the man stuck in the middle of it all.
[b "He's trying not to be upset because how could he blame you? You just did what any person would do when you thought they were dead"] he told her, kissing the back of her neck as he rubbed her shoulders.
[b "It's easy being with you. You did everything for our family. You had to sacrifice something and we always have to make sure our family is safe. Right now we have a nice home, the twins are safe at school, and Oreo and Ariel are growing up happy. I couldn't ask for more"]
Belle met Ori's eyes and noticed where he was pointing. "I got hurt Ori." He didn't really get it but he was curious on why there was on her knee. Belle saw his puzzled face and he tried to stretch his hand out to touch. "Daddy, why are babies not smart?" She peeked up at Mason.
There were little things he did, like he shifted or his expression when she mentioned how much she loved Mason, or mentioned her family. This...was a mess she created. She made this hard on him. Life could have been a lot different for him if it weren't for her. [b "Always." ]] She felt her own thoughts tighten her chest, but held herself visually together. He...at least knew she didn't want him to get in the way with her family. [b "I...only don't want things getting complicated for the kids.] As she listened, she could only guess what this meant.
Charrie nibbled down on her lip and then peeked down for a second, a sad smile flicking up for a second, [b "You blame me..." ] Her voice low, she made her eyes look back at him. Buried him. She didn't even think she would be able to handle being there any longer and having to see him really dead in the ground. Not that she even could if she wanted to. Her throat locked up and when she spoke, her voice cracked a little in the start. [b "Conrad, you looked very much dead. If I knew you were alive... I'm sorry. I couldn't be there and get be charged for murder and I don't even think I would be able to bury you even if I could because that would make it more real. I didn't know..." ]
She nodded, and managed to smile again. [b "No problem. "] She said goodbye and when she got home, she end up sitting on the porch, not being able to step in. She made someone believe she'd marry them, someone went through all of that because of her choices, and he wasn't even that bad of a person. She heard the door open behind her. She gave a glance back but looked ahead again, her knees pulled in. Her eyes were warm. She felt mason's arms wrap around her. She leaned into him.
[b "I'm okay... I just...really can't live with myself right now." ] She heavily breathed out, [b For the past three years he was recovering from the attack. He said... He said that he worked hard to recover for me. He couldn't really walk after, and now he's better. I can tell I broke his heart, that I hurt him. I used him...and he kept thinking about me and he wasn't yelling at me and seemed pretty accepting that I'm married and have kids but I know that maybe somewhere in his mind, he would think that would have been the future he'd have if I just didn't think he was dead. Even tho..." ] She realized she was ranting. She had to wipe her eyes.
[b "How could you even be with someone as horrible as I am?" ] She hugged onto him and didn't want to go back into the house and have their kids see her look upset.
Belle was hurt and Mason didn't hesitate to help her out at all. He loved their kids and he didn't want them to hurt. He carried little Ori in his arms and then went to get a bag of ice, helping Belle. He placed the ice pack on her knee and told her to hold it there before hugging her and then kissing her cheek. [b "It's okay baby girl. It'll be better soon okay. Next time be careful"] he rubbed her head and kept his arm around her as he held Ori in his other arm. He was sitting happily on his lap babbling and then looking at Belle, pointing to her knee.
Conrad felt bad when she spoke about her family and Mason and how much she loved them. She already said yes to him....why couldn't she have waited or tried to bury his body or something? That question always stayed in his mind and upset him. "Ya you would naturally do what you can for the person you love" he smiled and then he just shrugged a little.
"I know you have a family and you probably don't want me to interfere. That's normal. I just....I wished you maybe had be buried or waited to see if I was okay to know I was alive Faith" he told her and then he just sighed softly. He felt disappointed and mad, but he didn't want her to know.
Conrad just nodded his head "Okay. I'll find a free space and just let you know when" he told her and then he slowly stood up after and paid for his share. "Thanks for meeting me today Faith. It was good to see you again" he stood up and then he watched her leave, heading back to his car for time being.
WHen Mason was watching TV, he saw the text and then he frowned. She must have felt really bad and was blaming herself. Mason saw a car drive in, but no one came inside. He slowly stood up and then he kissed Ori's head as he placed him in his playpen. He told Belle and Rick to watch Ari and their brother as he went to the door.
He opened it and then he looked to see Charrie sitting on the porch. [b "Baby? Are you okay? What happened?"] he leaned down and sat beside her, hugging his arms around her from behind.
Belle stared down at her bruised knee and flinched when she pressed the ice pack on it. [b "Okay, I won't daddy." ] She didn't like how her knee was hurting but she did like the attention Mason was giving her. Ori and Ariel always got the attention. She liked being hugged, and liked Mason rubbing her head. Belle leaned into Mason and watched cartoons with them.
Charrie half shrugged and smiled [b "Why wouldn't I? Naturally, if you love someone you want them to be happy." ] And...well that's why she let Mason still touch on chemistry, just not...being public about it. In the long run, it wouldn't lead a very happy life. [b "I know... I'm sorry this is the way it is. I have kids now...and I don't want to complicate this." ] She never thought he even saw her step back, because she really believed he was gone for good. She couldn't believe he was alive, in front of her, talking and hurt...
Her throat became a bit dry. [b "It's okay... I was in hiding, it would have been nearly impossible even if you were okay. I wish...I wasn't quick to judge that you were dead." ] Or more so, she wished she knew he was alive. She didn't know what it would be like to date someone out of the world she lived in, but she couldn't imagine it would be easy to even date someone normal...they wouldn't understand. One of the millions of reasons she was thankful for having Mason, at least understanding a good ton of it.
[b "It takes time, but you'll get there. " ] She thought about the location and nodded [b "Roof or gym is a good idea." ] Ah...she really didn't want him to live near. There was no telling what would happen. [b "Well, that's true. I do too. I know..." ] She couldn't possibly imagine what he had his mind, thinking he'd really marry her, the whole wedding thing and honeymoon. Oh, this was eating her up. [b "Thanks, I have to get back home and help take care of our toddler and baby, but it was nice talking to you again. Let's head out?" ] She suggested, getting up and stepping out of the restaurant, when they excited she smiled and said [b "See you next time." ] She hewas toward her car, and sat down there for a while.
She felt chocked up. She hated how he looked at her like he still cared so much about her, when she used him and loved and had a family with someone else. She pulled out her phone and messaged Mase [b [i I'm coming home. I'm a horrible person. ]] When she drove home, and parked the car, she hesitated to open the door, and end up sitting on the stairs that lead to the front door.
When Mason had Ori in his arms, he rocked him back and forth, trying his best to calm him down. He rubbed the top of his head and then he hugged him, letting him relax and watch TV for a while. He would babble and look up at his daddy, feeling more content as he snuggled into his lap. Mason heard Ari and when he glanced back to see BElle, he grabbed her an ice pack and then he handed it to her to place on her knee. He looked over her bruise and then he held the pack onto her knee and then he hugged her [b "It'll be okay Belle, just try not to run down the stairs"] he told her, rubbing her head because he hated seeing any of their babies cry.
Soon enough, they were all calmed down, just watching cartoons. Ariel was dancing and drawing at the same time, Ori babbled as he watched his sister, and Belle and Rick were talking about the episode.
When she finished her tart, Conrad was surprised to see that she was still so into dessert. He did find that side of her to be cute though. What didn't change made him somewhat relieved to know that she was still the same somewhat even if she didn't have feelings for him anymore.
"You're really sweet Faith. To think that you would want him to be happy. I'm amazed how different you've gotten and how much has stayed the same. I wish the feelings were returned back to me though" he admitted and then he nodded his head. "It was really hard when I saw you just leave. I tried to move, but I was just out of it. I wanted to send you letters or contact you, but I just wasn't capable yet" he admitted.
Conrad told her how old he had gotten and didn't think he'd play the dating game anymore. "I mean maybe, but I don't think I'll be playing the relationship card for a while" he told her and then wondered if they could at least be friends.
"If you don't have a place, we can always have a one on one session at my apartment. The roof should be open, they even have a small gym if we need it" he told her, thinking about visiting and living closer to her. "It's quiet, but a good kind of quiet too" he did want to be closer to her.
"I remember a lot of things about you Faith. We were supposed to get married. But I guess that works. I'll let you know when I'm free. I understand. You can let him know so that he isn't worried"
Ori calmed down once Mason' rocked him and kept on his lap to watch some TV. He got distracted and would babble at times, when Belle tripped down the stairs. Belle's lips wavered, her knee really, really hurt. She let Mason look at her knee [b "I and Rick were running and I tripped, and...it really hurts." ] She frowned and took Rick's help to sit on the sofa, Belle wincing. [b "Thanks daddy." ] She managed to smile when Mason kissed her cheek. She thought for a second she would get yelled at for running down the stairs.
She wiped her hands with the napkin after going through the tart so quickly. She took a sip of her coffee to take a thought about how she was going to respond. [b "I don't know... I'd rather have him happy, than change the world. He's much happier right now, so it might be for the best." ] She lightly smiled, and shrugged. Definitely couldn't notify him that Mason was touching on still working...just not inventing something that would catch attention and not putting his name on anything. She wasn't willing to take that chance. [b "I can't imagine how hard it must have been. I lost you and I broke down." ] She sighed.
Charrie leaned in and raised a brow, [b "You? Old? Conrad, you look amazing. I don't know, I think the older you get the more serious people take it. It's hard...but you'll get there." ] She wasn't sure if being friends would work but, he did a big blind favour to her for helping her out with protecting her family. [b "That does sound pretty nice. Is there any room for us to do some lessons there though? I could find some other place." ] A home...near their place. [i Note to self, make sure that place sells fast. ]
[b "A house by the beach is nice. I haven't been in an open house forever....but you won't be able to hear city noises there. It's really quiet." ] The waiter came by and Charrie ordered for their amazing kids...and some more for her too. Ah, if he only knew even before then her only focus was on her family. She laughed lightly [b "Yea, the perks of being a mom...at one point I never thought I'd never have kids." ] She blushed a little [b "So...you remember I love desserts. Maybe...one or two." ] She sighed. That part was always hard to hide about her.
[b "Sure, but we'll take it slow. I know...this isn't easy to register. I did tell Mason about you. I told him everything about our relationship, how we were engaged and that I thought you died. Now, he get's that you're not dead. I'm sorry if you didn't want me to." ] She paid for her side of the bill, [b "Um...message me the dates available for the one on one, and I can tell you when I'm free. I do have to ask Mason if he's okay with this first, I hope you understand." ]
When Ori lifted up his hands, Mason saw their cute, little boy and lifted him up, kissing his cheek and then brushing his fingers through his hair, not wanting him to cry. He felt his grip and then he kissed the top of his head [b "It's okay little guy. Daddy's here and Ari is happy again"] he rocked him in his arms and then he relaxed on his lap as Mason kept watching TV. They were enjoying the quietness when the twins came running down the stairs. Mason looked back and saw that Belle was on the ground. [b "Belle? What happened?"] he carried ORi and then he walked over, seeing the bruise. He heard ARi and then he walked over to the kitchen, grabbing some ice and then putting it into a bag and then walking over.
[b "Let me see Belle. You two just relax here on the couch with daddy for a while"] he told the twins, giving Belle the ice pack to put on her knee for a while as he kept holding Ori. [b "It'll be okay Belle, it's just a bruise. It will go away soon"]] he told her, kissing her cheek.
Conrad was jealous that she had a family, more than two of her own kids even. He did want to meet them because Faith was someone special in his life. HE wanted to get closer, but with this new found information about her having kids and being married already, he was so disappointed. How did he miss his chance to become her husband.
That thought made him upset, but since he was eating with her, he didn't want to ruin the mood so much. He tried to just ask about her family, how her and Mason were doing. "Oh is he? That's disappointing. He could really change the world with that mind of his. Still, I get how he feels. I remember when I lost my wife too" he shook his head and then he ordered himself a small muffin.
Conrad was surprised to see her staying in one place. He always thought she was the type of girl that was always on the move. "I don't know Faith. I'm getting old too. It's hard to find genuine girls nowadays" he sighed and then he asked to be friends, hoping she'd let him. "I actually live in an apartment in the center of town. I like the sound of the city. It keeps my mind clear. "Although I did see a home having an open house near your place. I was going to check it out" he saw her buying a box of tarts and it amazed him to see Faith act so motherly.
"You've changed a lot. Now you're thinking about your kids, rather than yourself. Just make sure that box of tarts isn't for you" he laughed, asking the waiter for the bill. "I'll take you up on that one on one class Faith. I know we can't really be more than friends, but I do I like spending time with you. I wonder if you've told Mason about me?"
Ori stuck one hand up, whining to Mason to lift him up. Once he was in his arms, he quieted down, his fingers balling up while holding his shirt. He stared blankly at Mason when he spoke and then looked over at the TV. He still felt a little upset, but with Mason's rocking, he calmed down on his lap and would occasionally babble loudly. Everything was at peace again. Until, the twins were running down the stairs, and Belle tripped the last step and fell onto the ground and yelped. Rick tried to help her up, "Belle are you okay?"
She fought the tears, and nodded "But it hurts." She sat down and her knee was bruised, from hitting the stair while she fell. Ariel gasped, seeing Belle and ran up to Mason "Daddy, daddy, Bew!" She pointed.
Charrie sighed happily, [b "She is. They do, but sometimes they also get a little tiresome. Oh!- Sure. I'll see what I can do." ] She didn't really want their kids to get familiar with Conrad. It would get so complicated and she didn't know if things would change and if Conrad turned out to be a threat. He...acted like he was at least sane. She felt worried telling him this information, of what he might do with it. He knew where she was if he didn't keep quiet...than this would start again.
[b "Mason is doing better. No... He quit after his wife died and he still has some...problems. He gets royalties from the healing water he made. He still thinks it was his fault." ] She shrugged.
Charrie laughed lightly, [b "Really? I wish I was still like that. Now, I stay in one place." ] She glanced up and then nodded. [b "You really were. I really admired you for that... No that's not what I meant. I meant, you can handle so much and still get back up. But...I think anyone would have fallen for that, so, don't be too hard on yourself.] Nope, it was her fault that he went through all of that.
[b "I know so." ] Charrie grinned and nodded [b "Because if you will...treat someone like how you treated me, then...they'd fall for you in a heartbeat. It'll take time. I missed you too." ] Charrie finished up her tart, and wished this heavy feeling in her chest would loosen up. [i I hurt him. ] He should hate her, rather than sitting in front of her and looking like he deeply cared about her, or maybe...just want her.
Charrie nodded, [b "Yea, we can give being friends a shot. ] Oh...that wasn't going to be easy, but it would allow her to keep a good eye out on him. [b "Where do you live around here? You know where I live, it's only fair." She laughed a little. The waiter came by, and asked if they needed anything and Charrie asked for a box of tarts. [b "It's for my kids." ] She mentioned.
He hugged their little girl and he was glad to be spending time with their little babies. HE loved them so much, but when Ori accidentally ripped ARi's picture, he felt sad that she was crying. He didn't want any of them to cry. Mason did his best to fix up the picture, showing Ari and the main picture was still okay. He cut off the corners and then he showed it to her, seeing her stop crying and then he hugged her in his arms. Mason kissed her cheek and then he kept her beside him as he looked down to see Ori had calmed down.
He lifted him up and then he hugged him in his lap. [b "It's okay champ. Daddy fixed it. Next time don't touch Ari's things okay?"] he brushed his fingers through his hair and rocked him a little before seeing Ari continued to draw as she watched TV.
Conrad liked hearing about kids. Especially Faith's kids. SHe was someone special to him and he did want to meet her family. "She sounds cute. I know that kids can lift up your mood too when you're feeling down. I'd like to meet them someday if that's okay" he told her and then he took another sip of his coffee.
He was surprised to hear that she had taken in Mason's kids. To think that she was able to just be with Mason "Wow, that's amazing. It's good to hear that Mason is okay. I know how much my uncle wanted to get him. Has he still been working as a chemist?" he wondered, thinking about maybe if she was also trying to make use of his techniques.
"No the dancing wasn't it. There was just something about you. Your smile? The way you agreed to go on crazy adventures with me. All of the above" he told her, feeling happy that she was glad he was okay. "Was I really that strong? I mean I'm back now, but if I didn't fall for my Uncle's tricks, I wouldn't have been here and now" he told her.
It upset him to hear the words that she wanted him to be happy. After all of his hard work, it was wasted with the fact that she was married and happy on her own. "You think so? I don't know. I'm not really looking for anyone right now. I just wanted to see how you were doing. I really missed you" he sighed and figured that once this was over, she probably didn't want to be dealing with him in a romantic way.
"So can we at least.....stay as friends? Or would that not be possible either?"
"Okay daddy." Ariel hugged him, glad that he was here with her, and that she had him to talk to. But Ori ripped a part of her picture and she couldn't help but burst into tears. Her picture was ruined and now she couldn't show Charrie. She rubbed her eyes and pulled her knees against her chest.
Ori whimpered and began to whine hearing Ariel cry. He was sat down on the play pen and end up crying too because Ariel was crying. Ariel would take a peek through her teary eyes to listen to Mason. She yelped when he saw the scissors, thinking he'd make it worse, "No, no." But as he watched and saw Mason make it better, she wiped her eyes and stopped crying. "Daddy fix." Her eyes widened and nodded. She hugged him "Tank you." She loved Mason's attention, having her kiss checked and being hugged by him. Ori quieted down when Ari quieted down, but he crawled to the end of his play pen, wanting to be picked up.
Charrie smiled, [b "Thanks. She actually likes to draw and color a lot." ] Ariel was probably doing just that at home. She wanted to be there and hold her. Their kids really did so much for her, making everything she has done so worth it. She mentioned Belle and Rick because she knew he already knew about them from when they talked in the past, and even if he didn't remember, he'd find out.
[b "Yea... we do. It was tough at first, but they're really good kids, and helped their dad a lot through hard times, and still help around with our youngest. They call me mom now.] Ugh, how she hated talking about the twins as if they weren't her own babies.
[b "So, I'm guessing it definitely wasn't my dancing that charmed you." ] She joked and was reminded of what she caused. He could have been killed, and now that he wasn't, he had a hard time recovering. Her smile faded, feeling so horrible and guilty. [b "I'm really glad you recovered, it must have been so hard, you're really strong, just like how I remember." ]
She watched the way he smiled when she mentioned the ring, and wanted to pout at how nice he was. She kept it, as a reminder, that he helped her out do something that protected her family. For...all she knew maybe he would have said yes to helping her if she even told the truth in the first place. Because she knew he liked kids, and knew he would want to protect a kid if he had a chance because of what happened to his wife and kid before...
[b "Okay, I guess I'll have it with me, a nice reminder of the time we spend together." ] And then she shrugged, [b "I didn't know I could wait. But, I want you to be happy Conrad, I'm glad you worked so hard, and I want you to keep at it, because you can built something amazing too. Mmm, thanks. I think I'm pretty lucky too to have him." ] It was probably better to let him live in a lie that she wanted to marry him than tell him the truth. Sometimes...the truth was best kept away. She definitely didn't think he deserved to be hurt by knowing, besides she had a family to protect.
Charrie lit up a smile [b "You can do it. It's tough but if anyone could do it, it would be you. I bet you never thought you'd be okay after what happened to your wife, but then you asked me and, it'll happen again, and this time it's not going to be as complicated. As long as it's not too hard for you to be around me and you take this all in, we can do some one on one, but-at your place." ]
When Ariel was looking back at Mason and her picture, he saw her frown and he didn't want to see her cry. He felt so bad that their mom was only gone for a little bit and their two little ones were already so sad. He didn't want them to be. He wanted them to have fun with daddy. [b "It's okay. Mommy is coming back soon. Let's just play until she comes home okay?"] he kept his arm around Ari and then he felt Ori leaning in more. He didn't pull him back in time when he grabbed the picture and now ARi was crying.
Mason shook his head [b "No Ori, your sister worked hard on that"] he pulled his hand back and then he set him down in his playpen for now, letting him relax as he helped Ari. [b "It's okay baby girl look. We'll fix it"] he told her, grabbing some scissors and then he sat down with her, cutting the corners of the picture to match the other corner so it looked like a framed picture. [b "There, see? Mommy will love what you did"] he kissed her cheek, holding her in his arms as he hugged her, seeing Ari slowly began calming down, looking at the picture curiously.
When Conrad spoke about a new life here, he saw that FAith ordered some dessert for breakfast. It was so her. He missed being around her and wanted to know how much she's changed or how similar she was. "They are? They seem really cute. Your daughter looks just like you" he smiled and remembered when he met Mason at the diner with Ari.
He did wonder if she still taught classes though. Maybe he could take some classes. When she said Mason's kids, he nodded "Oh right. He was married to that director. So do you get along with his other kids?" he wondered, seeing her smiling with each bite of dessert.
He felt so sad that she had moved on without him. If only he didn't disappear or maybe sent her letters or something. Maybe she wouldn't have moved on. "You were a bad dancer, but you were so pretty that night" he thought about it and then he laughed a little. "Yeah, I've been trying to get in shape. I was hospitalized for a while and then I had to go through therapy for my legs. My uncle got me good. I'm just really lucky I can walk normally again" he admitted.
But when she mentioned his ring, he had a smile on his face. "I want you to keep it. You'll always be the FAith I fell for" he told her, frowning when she said he was gone. "I...was hoping that if I worked hard and came back...you'd still be waiting for me or looking for me. It's disappointing but I'm glad you're happy. Mason's a lucky guy" he told her and then he thought about dating again.
"I don't know. I don't think I can do the dating thing again. It's tough after all that happened" he told her, thinking about making another girl happy. It was hard enough asking her to marry him. "So what about those one on one classes. I could use some lessons to sharpen up"
Ariel's eyes wandered back and forth between Mason and her picture. She frowned. "I miss mommy." Her head rested on Mason's shoulder. Ori kept leaning over, stretching his little fingers out enough to reach the picture. His fingers gripped onto the picture, and accidently ripped the corner of the paper. His eyes grew wide, and he tossed it off. Ariel burst into tears and a cry , "Whyyy!" She wanted to show that to her mom.
Ori froze, and whimpered at Ariel's sadness, his eyes warming and cheeks turning red, set out crying with Ariel.
A drop of guilt struck her when she saw how happy Conrad looked when she took a seat.
"It is. I know what you mean, I started a new life here." She ran her finger around the rim of her coffee cup, and then took a bite of her dessert, not worrying about looking like a pig.
"Hmm," A smile formed her lips, "They are, aren't they. They are pretty shy with new people though. I'll see what I can do." Nope. Nope. Nope. She didn't know how stable he really was or what he was up to. The reminder of her kids made her lightly laugh to herself, because of last night and the 'Charrie cupcake gene.'
[b "I only do one on one classes actually, over at their house. Unless it's kids, I train them along-Mason's kids." ] Oh...this chocolate tart was good. She needed to bring some for their kids. [i You probably shouldn't be thinking about that right now. ]
Just him mentioning it, put her back to when it was so hot, with gentle warm breezes and the sun radiating and glimmering it's reflection in the water. The way he looked at her, was how she imagined Mason would look at her if he was there with her. How patient he was with her... Even Mason wasn't that patient about getting his hands on her, but-she liked that about him now. [b "I remember...we had a good time. And I, was a horrible dancer. But you weren't that bad in martial arts" ] She lightly laughed. 'Good times', she didn't see it that way but he was definitely the best part of the hell of being away from her family.
[b "You really look it." ] Charrie nodded. The way he spoke was different...pausing between words, and looking so hurt. She could only guess that being hurt would make him stop acting like the confident and hiding all that sadness. A lump formed in her throat. She doubly blinked and drank her coffee to give herself time for her voice to work again.
[b "I...still have the ring you gave me." ] Charrie quirked up a little smile. [b " If you want it back, let me know. It was hard...to accept that you were gone." ] Her voice cracked at the end. She shrugged, and couldn't meet him in the eyes [b "I can't believe it's been three years. A lot changed." ] She nodded and inhaled a deep breath and looked at him [b "You gave me a lot of good memories and helped me in ways you don't even know." ] Like, blindly assisting her to protect her family. It was true that she didn't even know if she would have ever been able to protect them if she didn't have Conrad to use.
[b "Thanks, I really am. I have all I can ask for. You deserve to be happy too. You're going to make some girl feel extremely lucky some day, like how I felt." ] Her voice waivered. She felt lucky she had him to help her protect her family, and that he wasn't an asshole she had to work with.
He saw Charrie smiling and he loved seeing her happy. To think that she made all of these sacrifices for their family, the least he could do was make sure that he could make her happy. He held her in his arms and was glad that no matter what, he was all hers and she was his. He smiled at her words and met her soft lips when she spoke. [b "I'm glad we're all safe like this. I don't want him to change a thing"] he admitted and then he hugged her, wondering if they could keep Conrad away with something better.
[b "If he takes his eyes off of you, everything will be better"] he smiled and then he saw their little girl, hugging her close and falling asleep. In the morning, he saw that no one was around, so he headed down into the kitchen. He could tell that this was weighing on Charrie's mind and he didn't want her to be so stressed. He hugged and kissed her before she headed out and then he carried little Ori in his arms. Their little grumpy baby was so adorable. [b "It's okay Ori, mommy will come back soon"] he kissed his cheek and then he led him and Ari to the living room to watch TV.
When Ori saw Ari's picture, he grinned and babbled, reaching his arms out to see. Mason held him close and then he nodded [b "See your sister is so good"] he smiled and then he told Ari how great she was. Their little girl was grinning and then she was walking around to the TV, drawing more. Ori was bouncing in Mason's lap, babbling as he sat on his bum and played with his toes. Mason rubbed his head and laughed, watching how cute their toddlers were. [b "Mommy is coming back soon. You can show her when she comes okay? Mommy will like it"] he told her.
Conrad was sitting at the table waiting for Faith. WHen she came, he had a huge smile on his face. "I'm doing okay. I actually just moved into town, trying to get myself settled in. It's nice here, by the beach, a small town. I like it. It let's me get away from the life I used to live" he told her, taking a sip of his coffee.
He saw Faith ordering dessert and was surprised to hear she just got married. "Oh really? Um....congratulations! I'm glad that you're feeling safer. I'd love to meet your kids. THey looked adorable" he told her, thinking about when he met Mason and her toddler.
"Or maybe I can enroll in your class. You used to teach me martial arts before. Remember when we were in the Philippines? How we danced on the shore? Those were the good old days" he tried to tell her. When she said he looked great, he smiled "Thanks! I've been working out. I want to get back into the shape I used to be in" he then slowly fell silent for a while.
"So....I'm actually disappointed the engagement couldn't go through" he rubbed the back of his hair and just felt really bad. "But...I'm glad you're happy. WIth your family...you deserve it!"
[b "They are really carefree, aren't they." ] Charrie smiled, being in his arms and pressing her body against his. Mason was so warm, he was home. She loved sleeping in the same bed, waking up in the same bed. [b "I can't live without you." ] She kissed his lips, and she knew how much they loved her too and that they needed her, not just because of protection but because they were family. [b "He'll have to. I want it to stay like this. I love you all so much..." ]
Help him? She hadn't had a clue how to help him. She's never exactly...moved on when it came to love. But, he's only known her for a year, and she's known Mason since she was a baby. Did...years matter? Mason had always been there...she wouldn't really know what it was lie. [b "Yea, we could try to do that. Good idea." ]] She smiled, and saw their baby girl come in. The snuggled her in between and fell asleep soundly.
She felt a little stressed in hte morning. She saw Mason and gave him a hug, really thankful of him, how understanding he was being. [b "Okay, just...call if there's anything. I mean it." ] She heard Ori's little squeal and she knew Mason would comfort him and make him all happy again. Charrie left, looking over her shoulder for a second before taking the car. Ori was a lot more comfortable and happy with being in Mason's arms.
Ariel got so focused but was curious after a while. She turned her head, [b "Owi see?" ] She grabbed her picture and showed her picture of sponge bob and Patrick. She sat down and wondered [b "Daddy where mommy go? I wan mommy see draw." ] She pointed at her picture she did.
Charrie arrived, and she caught sight of him by the table. She sat across from him and felt a little nervous of how this would all go. [b Hi. Sure, as long as you tell me how you're doing." ] She peaked down at the menu and ordered coffee and tart for herself because she needed dessert if she wanted to get through this.
[b "I'm doing really well now. Mason and I officially got married not even a few weeks ago...and our family life feels perfect. I feel safe again... The most exciting thing that happens is when our little kids learn a new word. I still work as a martial arts instructor... But, how's life been like for you the past three years? You look pretty good." ] Charrie gently smiled. He didn't look too much different than how she remembered him. That year she was gone, was tough but in some way, being around him helped push the day forward. She...did pretend to be his girlfriend and then fiancé for a while and it was pretty surreal.
There order came in and, she had a cafe mocha, with cream. It tasted good..at least sweet tasting stuff would help her relax.
He smiled when he heard little RIck saying that he was a lot like him. He wanted to be a good role model for the twins so that when they grew up, they were also good people. Sure him and Charrie weren't exactly the greatest people in the world, but everything they did was for each other and for their family.
After the movie, Ari was falling asleep too, so Mason helped tucked her into bed along with the twins before heading back to his room with Charrie. He climbed into bed and just laid back, relaxing because he felt so tired. He smiled and leaned into her, his arms around her waist as he held her against his chest. [b "Yeah, I just want to see them carefree and not having to worry about anything"] he admitted and then he met her lips.
[b "I know you love us. I don't think I can live without you Charrie. Our kids and I always need you and we love you so much. HOpefully that Conrad guy can see how much you love your family too"] he kissed her cheek and thought about what she did. [b "Maybe we can do something nice for the guy? Help him move on or start a good life on his own"] he thought and then he heard the door open.
When he heard little Ari, he smiled and snuggled her in. They all fell asleep and it wasn't until morning that Mason woke up. He saw that no one was beside him anymore and when he came down, everyone was at the table. He sat down and met Charrie's lips, smiling down at her. [b "Okay, I'll look after Ari and ORi"] he looked at Ori and rubbed his little head as he watched Julian take the twins to school.
Conrad texted her back that he'd meet her at the location in half an hour and then he headed out.
Mason saw Charrie leave and then he carried ORi in his arms [b "It's okay champ. Daddy's here"] he kissed his cheek and helped ARi out of her high chair. He led them to the couch and then Mason kept Ori in his lap. He turned on the TV and then he saw ARiel looking at it and drawing the cartoons.
Mason had Thomas looking over them and the house as well, keeping watch. Ori was bouncing in Mason's lap, looking at his sister and then babbling as he looked up at Mason. He hugged their baby boy and nodded [b "Yeah, your sister makes cook pictures huh?"] he snuggled into him and Ori would grip onto his shirt, pointing to Ari.
Conrad made it to the restaurant, already having a table for two by the window. He was wearing a casual plaid flannel shirt and jeans. His hair was brushed off to the side as he waited for Faith.
WHen he saw her enter the restaurant, he waved her over and had ordered himself a cup of coffee. "Hey. I'm glad you were able to come out. I want to talk to you more, get to know how you're doing now"
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