Christmas With Family
Chirstmas With Family
Sequel to Flight To Paradise
Sarah watched AJ go, then looked back at Brian, who had a similar look
of confusion on his face.
"Was it just me or did AJ just act responsibly all day, then leave us alone
when you glared at him?" Sarah asked Brian.
Brian nodded and wrapped his arm around the small of her back, bending
his head and resting it on her shoulder. "Yeah, he did. That
Sarah looked down at Katie, who was gurgling and blabbering a mile a minute,
reaching up and tugging on her necklace. Sarah smiled and walked
to the fridgerator, opening it and taking out Katie’s dinner. She
sat down at the counter and pried open the jar of baby food, placing it
in front of her and taking the baby spoon out of the drawer behind her.
She proceeded to feed Katie, who smiled and giggled as she devoured the
puree substance happily.
"You’d think she enjoyed that stuff," Brian said, walking up behind Sarah
and watching over her shoulder.
"But she does," Sarah said, spooning more into Katie’s mouth. "Just
like you did when you were a baby."
Brian shook his head and Sarah saw a disgusted look on his face out of
the corner of her eye. "No way, that stuff looks worse than I bet
Sarah glanced at him quickly, then set down the spoon and grabbed a napkin,
wiping a little food off of Katie’s chin. "You mean to tell me that
you’ve never really tried this stuff? I bet you have, you just don’t
Brian looked at her strangely and Sarah tried to control her laughter as
she picked up the spoon and dipped it in the small jar, then brought it
to Katie’s mouth. "Of course not, that is disgusting," Brian said.
Sarah chuckled and Katie finished the jar. She handed the baby to
Brian and got up, carrying the jar and the spoon to the sink, washing them
both. She set them in the drain and turned to see Brian washing Katie’s
hands and face carefully, humming quietly to her. Sarah stood back
and smiled, watching. When Brian was finished cleaning the baby off,
he rubbed her back gently, still humming, and walked slowly to the living
room with her. Sarah followed
and watched as Brian sat in the recliner with Katie, still humming as she
yawned and relaxed against him, no longer kicking her legs and giggling.
Sarah watched from the doorway as Katie fell asleep against Brian’s chest,
clinging lightly to the chain of his gold cross.
"You know, I think you have a special touch when it comes to babies," Sarah
whispered as she came up behind him.
Brian looked up at her and smiled. "I don’t know, she just is so
sweet and cooperative, I just somehow knew that she would do that, she
just fell right asleep."
Sarah nodded and sat on the arm of the chair, carefully reaching forward
and smoothing the short, soft hair of Katie’s head down, trying unsuccessfully
to straighten the curls she’d inherited from her father. She leaned
forward and kissed Katie lightly, then kissed Brian.
"I’ll go put her upstairs, I’ll be right back," Brian finally whispered.
Sarah nodded and got up, watching as Brian walked quietly out of the room.
She sat on the couch, thinking about the night before and what they’d done,
along with what they’d done that morning. ‘First, breakfast in bed,
then he sang to me, and then he had to pull me into the shower with him,
he just had to,’ Sarah thought, running her hands through her hair at the
memory. He definitely made her feel different, he’d made her feel
complete and whole, and he made her realize that she was almost empty when
he was away. She didn’t want him to ever stop loving her the way
he was, he showered her with endless affection, just like he did when they
spent the week together a few years ago.
"Sarah? Are you ok, honey, you looked lost on another planet," Brian
asked as he came back in the room, making Sarah jump slightly in surprise.
"Uh, no, I mean, yes, I’m fine," Sarah replied quickly, looking up at him
where he was standing behind her, on the other side of the couch.
She smiled up at him and saw him return the smile. "Why do you ask?"
Brian hopped over the top of the couch and plopped next to her, pulling
her into his lap and tickling her waist quickly. "No real reason,
I just wanted to see you smile," he said, laughing.
Sarah squirmed and tried to wriggle out of his grasp, but he wouldn’t let
her. She laughed hysterically as his hands tickled her sides and
ribs, tingling sensations shooting though her body, both pleasure and humor.
"Stop, stop, I can’t breath!" Sarah exclaimed through fits of giggles.
He slowed his pace and finally stopped, helping her sit up as she breathed
heavily. She leaned her head on his shoulder and took a few deep
breaths, practically sighing.
"Baby?" Brian asked. Sarah looked up as his lips met hers.
"I love you," he whispered, kissing her again, deeper. Sarah got
involved in the kiss with him, the passion from the night before resurfacing
as his hand ran down her waist and to the top of her thigh, lifting her
legs and pulling her closer. They were too preoccupied to notice
as Jackie, Harold, Nick, and Maggie came in the room.
"Ahem, Brian, Sarah."
Sarah broke apart from Brian and looked behind them where everyone was
standing in the doorway.
"Oh, sorry," she mumbled, clambering off Brian’s lap and walking around
the couch to everyone. She felt herself blushing as she tried to
get into the hallway past them, going to the kitchen and out the backdoor
and into the chilly night. She hugged herself as the cool December
air hit her and sat in a lawn chair. She was at least thankful that
they couldn’t see where Brian’s hand was, they were hidden from view by
the top of the couch. She sighed as she looked up at the near-full
moon, remembering from the calendar that hanged in the library above the
desk where the fax machine was sitting that the full moon was on Christmas
It was Christmas Eve.
Sarah shivered again and heard the sliding door open behind her and a blanket
draped over her shoulders.
"You shouldn’t be out here, you could get sick," Brian said, hugging her
Sarah smiled contentedly, closed her eyes, and leaned her head on Brian’s
arm. "But its so beautiful out," she said quietly, opening her eyes
and looking back up at the moon.
"Still, baby, come inside," he said, standing up and walking in front of
her, blocking her view of the moon.
Sarah sighed and started getting up when
Brian grabbed her hands and pulled her to her feet. Sarah lost her
balance and fell forward into Brian’s arms.
"How did I know you were going to do that?" He asked her hypothetically,
wrapping her in his arms. Sarah relaxed against his touch and sighed
"I don’t know, I think it’s just that you know me too well," she said teasingly,
pulling away from him. Brian smiled and kissed her forehead, then
wrapped the blanket around her again. He sat on the lounge chair
she was just in and pulled her into his lap, wrapping his overcoat and
the blanket around her, making her curl up on his lap.
"Nah, I just knew," Brian said, smiling.
Sarah smiled and rested her head in the crook of his neck, closing her
eyes and relaxing in his embrace, listening as he breathed, smelling his
cologne that drove her senses up a wall.
Sarah opened her eyes and saw Nick standing in the doorway.
"I’d hate to interrupt you two, but dinner’s ready, and Brian, you have
a phone call," Nick said, almost tentatively. He walked back inside,
closing the sliding door behind him without another word.
Brian and Sarah looked at each other, shrugged, then got up. They
walked inside together, Sarah leading the way. She walked into the
dining room and sat at the table while Brian walked into the kitchen and
picked up the phone.
"Sarah, where did you and Brian go last night?" Jackie asked her
as she placed dinner on the table.
Sarah looked down at her lap, then around the room. There was no
one else in there, they were alone. ‘Maybe I can tell her, we’ve
been able to talk before, although I don’t believe our private sex lives
have ever become a topic before. Its not like I’m going to go into
details, but still.’ She took a deep breath and looked back up at
"We went out for some time alone, we kinda needed it," Sarah said hesitantly.
She saw Jackie nod and nearly sighed with relief, she knew she wouldn’t
press for more than anything she didn’t want to say, but it was a sensitive
"Sarah, honey, could you pick up the extension in the living room?"
Brian called from the kitchen. Sarah stood up and walked down the
hall and into the living room, sitting on the couch and picking up the
phone, holding it to her ear.
"What’s up, Brian?" Sarah asked, curling her legs under her and getting
"Hey, Sarah, its Kevin."
"Oh, hi, Kevin, what’s up?"
"Umm, Sarah, could you do me a really big favor?" Kevin asked haltingly.
"Depends on what it is," Sarah said cautiously, listening for him to answer.
"Well, I know how close you and Nick are and everything, do you two still
talk a lot?"
Sarah furrowed her eyebrows and nodded. "Yeah, I was talking to him
today, in fact."
"How is he? And Maggie and Sheryl?" Kevin asked quietly.
Sarah bit her lip, unsure if she should tell him. Her honest side
won over and she took a deep breath.
"Maggie’s ok, but Sheryl…" She couldn’t quite finish what she wanted to
say, it was stuck in her throat, it was so difficult to tell someone something
"Sheryl left him, Kevin," Brian finally interjected after a few moments.
Sarah winced and braced herself for Kevin’s explosion. It never came.
"I know, are Nick and Maggie ok?" Kevin asked.
"You might say that," Sarah said slowly. She could hear him breathing
slightly heavy, angry. She knew that Kevin was still
protective of everyone that was in the group, he was the oldest and he
still felt that fatherly instinct inside. He was always especially
protective of Nick and, even though Nick practically pushed him away, he
still felt very responsible over him and protective, unable to not care.
"What happened, Sarah, he’s my little brother, this can’t be happening,
not to Nick," Kevin said, anxiety seeping in his voice.
Sarah took a deep breath of her own and explained slowly, making everything
as clear as possible. She heard Nick and Maggie coming down the stairs
behind her as she finished explaining and suddenly felt panicked.
"I’ll be right back," she said into the phone. She put it on the
cradle and stood up, walking over to Nick and Maggie, smiling.
"Aunt Sarah! Guess what?" Maggie exclaimed, running into Sarah’s
"What, Maggie?" Sarah asked, letting a more relaxed smile come over
her face. She carried the little girl into the dining room and sat
her in the chair reserved for her with the booster seat so she could reach
"Daddy took me to the toy store and he got me a big tiger like in New York!"
Maggie exclaimed, grabbing the cup of water as it was set in front of her
Sarah looked up at Nick and raised her eyebrows. "Hey, what did you
want me to do, she wanted it," Nick said in defense.
Sarah shook her head and knelt down next to Maggie’s chair, looking at
the little girl’s bright blue-green eyes and contrasting black hair.
She could see a younger version of Sheryl, except Sheryl’s eyes were violet
instead of ocean blue. Maggie’s eyes shone back at Sarah, looking
just like Nick’s eyes when he wanted something and was about to get it,
a mischievous look that made Sarah laugh.
"And what else did Daddy get you?" Sarah asked her.
"A new doll, a basketball, a new video game, a new teddy bear, another
board game," Maggie said, ticking things off on her fingers, looking up
at the ceiling and thinking.
Sarah cut her off and looked at Nick, who looked down at the ground, trying
to avoid Sarah's glance. Sarah shook her head and went into the kitchen
where Brian was still talking to Kevin on the phone.
"Yeah, ok, I’ll see you tomorrow, Kev. Ok, give my best to Elaina.
Bye," Brian said a few moments later. He
hung up the phone and pulled Sarah into his arms, holding her head against
"I just wish this could go away," Brian said in her ear, running his hands
through her hair.
Sarah smiled and threaded the curls on the back of his head through her
fingers. "Me too, but its almost over. Tomorrow’s Christmas,"
she said, her smile growing wider with the thought.
"Yeah, Christmas, I can’t wait, Katie’s first Christmas," Brian said, pulling
away and looking in Sarah’s eyes. He kissed her forehead and led
her to the dining room where they sat down and prayed before starting dinner.