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[story] Adventures of Hannah episode 9

Episode 9

Joe woke early. He rubbed his tired eyes

and

stared at the ceiling. So much for the

blissful

escape of sleep. Hannah came to him every

night. If he couldn’t have the real Hannah,

he’d

settle for a dream of her, even if it was

driving

him crazy.

He glanced at the alarm clock. Just after

6:00am. Great. The kids had stayed at his

mothers last night since he worked late due

to

staffing problems. He’d arranged to pick

them

up at midday, which left him with a whole

size

hours to fill.

He rolled out of bed and reached for his

jeans.

Barefoot and bare chested, he walked to

collect

the newspaper from the mailbox. He was

scanning the front page when he heard the

low

rumble of a motorbike engine in the

distance.

His head came up and his muscles tensed.

Which was silly, because there was no way

it

was Hannah.

The engine noise grew louder as he started

towards the house. He glanced up over his

shoulder, his pace slowing. Sure enough, a

motorbike turned into the street.

His hands tightened around the newspaper.

He

stopped in his tracks and turned and stared

as

the bike slowed and then stopped in front of

his

house.

It was her. It had to be her.

He barely stopped himself from breaking

into a

run as he made his way down the driveway,

dropping the newspaper behind him.

Hannah

slid off her helmet, shaking out her hair. He

stopped in front of the bike.

“You’re back, ” he said.

“Yeah. ”

It occurred to him that something pretty

serious must have happened to bring her

home

early.

“Is everything all right? ” he asked. “Is

Robyn

okay? ”

“She ‘s fine. I came back because I forgot

something ……..”

There was a look in her eyes …

“What did you forget? ”

She held his gaze and stepped closer, so

close

her jacket brushed his bare chest.

“This,” she said. “I forgot to do this.”

She reached up and curled a hand around

the

back of his neck and pressed a kiss to his

lips.

For a moment he was blown away by her

return, by the fact that she was kissing him,

that this was real. Three weeks of dreams.

Three weeks of calling himself an for letting

her

go without even trying to get her to stay……

Hunger and lust and relief rose inside him

in

equal measure. He wrapped his arms

around

her, her mouth opened under his.

She tasted of sunlight, like salvation, a new

beginning. Hope.

After long, breathless moments they broke

apart to stare at each other.

“Come inside? ” he asked.

She flicked a glance towards his house. He

knew what she was thinking, what she was

worried about.

“The kids are with mom ”

She sighed in relief. “That’s great. Because

I

don’t think I can wait a minute longer. ”

He lost track of time for a while. The world

became only her and him and soon they

were

touching one another, exploring,

encouraging,

discovering……….

Pleasure rushed through him and he tried to

hold off, but it had been so long and he’d

been

dreaming of this for weeks. It had been a

long

time since he’d held anyone or been held.

“I missed you, ” he said.

“I could tell.”

He curved a hand around her cheek. Thank

God

she came back. He thought to himself.

She lifted a hand and traced his lips with a

finger.

“You have the best smile. When I first saw

it my

knees literally went weak.

“When I first saw you, I thought you were a

man, ” he said.

She gasped and punched him on the

shoulder.

He laughed and caught her hand.

He kissed her, and things soon became

heated

all over again. Afterward, she fell asleep in

his

arms, he must have drifted off as well

because

he woke to a gentle nudge in the ribs.

“Wake up, sleepyhead, ” she said. “What

time

did you say you had to pick Ben and Ruby

up? ”

“Midday. ”

“Well, its eleven. ”

She rolled toward the edge of the bed.

“Ruby will jump out of her skin when she

hears

you’re back, ” he said.

“Yeah? ”

He watched as she pulled on her underwear.

“How do you think she’ll feel about this? ”

she

asked, her gesture taking in the rumpled

bed

and him lying in it.

“I don’t know. There hadn’t been anyone

after

Beth. Probably the best thing for us to do is

to

take things slowly, ” he said.

She nodded. “Sure. ”

“Maybe you should come out for dinner

with us

tonight. Let the kids get used to you being

around them again. ”

She smiled. “That sounds good.”

She zipped her jeans and tugged her tank

top

on. He stared at her, barely able to believe

that

the past few hours had really happened,

that

she was here. That she’d come back for

him.

For a moment, all his doubts and

uncertainties

fell away.

Hannah was home. The rest they could

make

up as they went along.

Hannah was nervous as she got ready that

night, sweaty palms, shaking hands all for a

casual dinner at Joe’s.

The thing was she had thought about Joe

and

hiskids the whole of her journey. She’d

thought

about the way Ruby looked at her with so

much

trust. If things work out between her and

Joe,

she would be stepping into some pretty big

shoes, and it would be foolish to assume

that

everything would go smoothly. She couldn’t

believe she was standing in her mothers

house

thinking about becoming a stepmom.

Then she thought about the way Joe had

looked

standing in the street this morning wearing

nothing but jeans. The look on his face, the

hope in his eyes ….. this was about more

than

s*x. This was real. And more than anything

she

wanted it to work.

A knock sounded on the door and her

mother

popped her head in.

“I knew you’d come back! I knew you were

too

smart to throw away something so good, ”

Robyn said throwing her arms around

Hannah.

Hannah met her mom’s eyes. “Thanks for

being

so patient with me, Mom. ”

“I had a feeling about Joe the moment I

met

him, ” Robyn said. “He’s a good man. I

think

you can make each other happy. ”

“I hope so.”

“And those children need you so much,

Hannah. ”

“They have to get used to their dad dating

me

first.”

“I’m sure they’ll be fine with it. It’s not like

you’re some stranger he’s bringing into the

home.”

“Maybe. Anyway, we’re going to take it easy

to

start with. I’m meeting them for dinner as a

friend, that’s all.”

Her mother frowned. “You mean you are

going

to lie to them? You gave up your dream for

him.

What more does he want? ”

“It’s okay. Really. I understand his kids

have to

come first.

Hannah grabbed her purse and left.

Joe was waiting for her up front when she

arrived. Inside, Ruby was sitting on the

edge of

her chair and she shot to her feet the

moment

she saw Hannah. Her arms wrapping

around

Hannah ‘s waist.

“You’re back, ” Ruby said.

“That’s right .”

Ruby’s arms tightened and Hannah had to

blink

back tears. It wasn’t until that moment that

she’d realized exactly how much she’d

missed

Ruby.

Ben had remained with his father, but he

offered her a shy smile when she and Ruby

finally made their way to the table.

“I thought you’d planned your trip for years,

I

thought it was your big dream. ” Ben said

frowning.

Hannah met Joe’s eyes for a moment

before

looking away. “It was. But it turned out that

I ‘d

outgrown that old dream. I realized I

wanted to

be here more than I wanted to be there. ”

The conversation shifted to food and

Hannah let

out a silent sigh of relief.

She’d thought the evening was going well

until

Joe and Ruby left to check the cake and

Ben

turned and nailed her with a direct stare.

“Are you and my dad going out with each

other?”

**********??**********

Hannah blinked, her mind a complete blank

for

a long, long moment. She’d always been a

crappy liar, one of the many reasons why

she

preferred sticking to the truth. She felt

particularly bad lying to Joe’s child. “Wow.

Where did that come from?” she finally said.

“I known you like him,You look at him all

the

time.” Ben said.

“I think your dad is a really cool guy. But

we’re

just friends at the moment,” she lied. It was

what Joe had asked her to do, after all.

Ben stared at her for a moment longer

before

shrugging. “Okay. Whatever.”

When they walked out to the street after

their

meal, Joe let the kids go ahead and caught

her

hand in his in the darkness.

“How’re you doing?” he asked quietly.

“Good. How about you?”

“All good.”

she took a deep breath, “You should

probably

know ___ Ben asked if we were dating when

you

and Ruby went to check out the cakes.

There was a short silence.

“What did you say?”

“That we were just friends.”

“Thanks for that.”

She shrugged. “Well i will see you guys

later,”

she said.

“Can I come over tomorrow to work on the

bike?” Ruby asked.

“Sure, sweetheart.”

Ruby kissed her goodbye, Ben gave her a

wary

nod, Joe raised a hand in farewell. When

she

got home, Joe had slipped a note beneath

the

garage door.

MEET ME OUT FRONT AT 10:30?

She’d been waiting for ten minutes when

she

heard Joe’s front door close later that

night.

she

straightened from her position. He smiled

when

he saw her.

“You came.”

“Yep”.

He stepped closer and slid his arms around

her.

They kissed long and sow, taking their time.

“You taste good,” Joe whispered near her

ear.

“So do you.”

They fooled around a little more until they

were

both hot and bothered. Finally Joe broke

their

kiss and let his forehead rest against hers.

“The kids go to school at eight thirty on

Monday,” he said. She could hear the

frustration in his voice.

“You wouldn’t happen to be setting up a

booty

call, would you, Mr. Joe?”

“I’m interested in a lot more than your

booty.”

He tucked her hair behind her ear, his

fingers

caressign her neck. “Thank you for tonight.

For

your patience. I know it’s not easy—-”

“Don’t. You don’t have to apologize or

explain.

This is going to be tough for Ben and Ruby.

I

get that.”

He gazed at her, warm with appreciation.

“Have

I mentioned yet how happy I am that you

came

home?” There was a serious not to his

voice.

“It’s good to be back,” she said.

“Hannah, You drive me crazy, you know

that?”

he said.

Posted by on February 15, 2019.

Categories: /Literature/Stories

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