Saturday, March 31, 2012

California Dreaming (part 2)

Kelly headed to the airport mid morning and smiled when she got a sweet text that said “have a good trip and try to enjoy New York, can’t wait for you to get back.”  She texted back “thank you, ditto.”  Alex longed to see her naked and wondered what it would be like.  His equipment worked he did not necessarily feel it all but the mind allows you feel things that are not even there.  It had been some times since a girl looked at him the way she did.  He had been far from celibate since his accident, there are always curious girls around and he loved sex, it made him feel useful and normal and it felt good, he rarely turned it down.  He thought her attitude toward the disability was something different it was refreshing but also concerning.  She was not hanging around out of curiosity or that nurturing pity crap.  He also remembered that she has a background in psychology so that may have something to do with her ease.  Regardless, he was falling for her and falling hard. 

Once she got to NY she checked in her hotel and left to meet her boss for a working dinner to go over the severance and some other details before they had to start the firing brigade in the morning.  He was impressed with her work but wondered where this smile was coming from.  Kelly mentioned casually that she had met someone but was not sure where it was going.  Steve was happy for her, he did think of her as a daughter and wanted her to be happy, he had moved her up very quickly and often wondered if that was not such a good thing.  He really thought San Francisco would be good for her.  Kelly went to try and get some sleep and wanted to get up early for a run in central park.  When she got back she got a text that said "are you busy".  Kelly replied "just got back, nope."  Alex called and said he wanted to make sure her trip was OK and stuff of that nature.  Kelly said it was fine, she was looking forward to 24 hours from now when the bad part was over.  He felt bad but knew this was her job.  They chit chatted and said good night.  She glad he called. 

She did the dreaded firing, the first was better than the last but that is how it goes.  At dinner that night she had a big martini and her boss did the same.  She barely ate so she was feeling a nice buzz.  They had one more day in NY and not much business so she could shop and do some other fun stuff.  When she got back to her room she thought she would call him.  So she did, he answered and asked how it went Kelly said "it went and now its over."  He could tell she was in a much better mood.  Kelly asked him what he was doing and he said "watching basketball and said how about you" and she said "I am just talking with my very hot San Francisco boyfriend."  Alex laughed and said “what’s he like” she said “hot and smart you know the total package.”  They both chuckled; he had a big exam in the morning.  She was excited because she did not have much work left and was going to meet up with an old friend Melissa for lunch and then some shopping.  Her plane did not leave JFK till almost , which was nice for the free time but she would not get to San Francisco till about midnight San Francisco time and she hated the time change.  Kelly could tell he was having trouble focusing on her and basketball which would usually annoy her but she was in a very good mood.  Alex said he felt like he had not seen her in a month and she said she agreed but that was weird because they had only known each other for barely two weeks.  She told him she dreaded when the novelty wore off, and he asked what she meant and she said you know when we are not counting the hours till we get to see each other again.  He said he could not imagine such a time.  Alex casually asked her if she wanted him to come over to her place tomorrow night and she said no, it will be so late and god knows she would be delayed JFK was notorious for delays.  She said she would catch up with him Friday at some point.  Kelly mentioned that she needed to go into the office for a bit on Friday and, also needed to get a good run in as she had the race on Saturday.  Alex told her she was crazy and Kelly agreed but said she was a creature of habit.  They chatted a bit longer and before they knew it two hours had passed, they said goodnight.  When Alex hung up he was not sure what it was but he was in a nice place for the first time in a while.   Alex needed to figure out what to do after graduation, his plan was to go home and work or to go to Washington and work for the UN but now, although it was premature he just wanted to see where this was going.  But then what if come fall Kelly had to move back to Ohio.  He knew it was way too early to discuss such things but it was starting to weigh on his mind. 

Kelly was up early the next morning and took a nice run through central park.  She packed up, thankfully Christy had arranged for a late check out because she was not leaving till later that evening and she wanted to be able to change again before heading to the airport.  She got dressed and headed to the NY office where she finished some paperwork and made a few phone calls and touched base with Christy.  Her boss had left the early that morning.  Kelly went back put on some jeans and met her friend from College Missy at a great little bistro for lunch.  She missed going out with her girl friends, Missy was a crazy girl, she was pretty much lived her life as if she were in an episode of Sex and the City.  Missy was a little off base but she was very happy.  Missy also had trouble finding someone and worried time was running out.  Kelly did not go into much detail as it was all still so new, but she said she had kind of ran into someone at a coffee shop and they were starting to date, but who knows where it would go.  She did not tell her about the wheelchair, but to her it was insignificant and she did not feel like discussing it, Kelly did not want Missy to judge Alex based on that, because you have to see him to realize that the disability is really just a small part of who he is, when she saw him all she saw was his gorgeous eyes and she loved the way he looked at her.  She also was not sure about the etiquette, do you tell or do you just assume it does not matter?  So after lunch they did some shopping, Kelly bought a cute shirt to wear out on Friday and some new shoes and she went to a great running store and got fitted for a custom pair of running shoes, they were pricey but she made a very nice living and had nothing to really spend her money on and she definitely indulged in shopping.  As expected her flight was delayed, she really hoped to get some sleep on the plane as her Friday was going to be very busy.  Kelly had no idea when she would see Alex.  While at the airport she got a text from Alex asking if she had taken off yet.  She texted of course not and gave him a call.  He was headed off to a bar exam study group class thing, he told her to call when she got in and of course she said she would but knew she would not, it was going to be late  and she knew she would be in a bad mood from the traveling. 

Alex had the bar exam in a couple of weeks, he was a very smart guy but the bar exam was perhaps the most important test he would ever take.  Kelly definitely was a distraction but a welcome distraction.  So when she was away he threw himself into his studies.  Alex hoped she would call but knew she would not.  He still, hung out with his friends from law school as they were forever studying, but he definitely was pulling away.  He was realizing Kelly was a tad moody at times, but thought what girls isn’t.  He had an aid that came a couple times a week to help with laundry, cleaning and some of his care.  He was happy that he had the help but it was not something he bragged about.  Alex wondered what Kelly would think of that, his aid was an older women that he adored.  Kim his aid came that evening and got caught up on all his laundry and cleaning which was nice.  His brother was due in the next morning, he was excited to see him, they were not close growing up but after the accident Mike had really stepped up and Alex saw a side of him that he never knew existed, they had become close friends.  Mike was getting married that summer to his high school sweet heart, although Mike was Alex’s little brother, it sometimes felt the opposite.  They had a great time together so he knew they would have fun Saturday night and he was really looking forward to showing Kelly off.  Alex had never dated anyone like her before and he knew Mike would be surprised and impressed.  His family always thought Alex dated strange girls but they always supported him.  The girls he had dated in the past were very free spirits, new age and were not always pretty they could have been pretty but for instance the last one did not seem very clean and she did not believe in deodorant.  Alex tended to look inward and see the good in people and because of his disability tended to settle, which was not the case this time.  He talked to his Mom briefly, he did not go into much but said he had met someone, she said that was great and asked for some details but he did not give too much information because he was still a little guarded as it was all so new.  His Mom was a very sweet women, she was kind and gentle but after raising two boys she had become a little hardened.  She could whip those boys into shape with a wave of her finger.  Alex was her baby, his accident shook her to her core.   They had lived in Colorado their whole lives and had nice home on a few acres.  His Dad was the superintendent of the school district and loved by all.  Alex’s parents had given them all they had to give over the years, when Alex had his accident he had to move home and he needed them to all but raise him again, they moved all over the country taking him from rehab program to rehab program all promising to make him walk again.  At some point he decided it was time to go out on his own and that is what lead him to California.
Kelly got up early the next morning and got a good run in, and headed into the office to tie up some loosed ends.  She was tiered and swore she was going to bed early that night, she wanted to do well at this race.  She texted Alex in the morning to say she had gotten in late and would talk with him later that evening.  He appreciated that she touched base, but really wanted to see her.  But he did not want to push, he needed to be cool.  She wanted to see him but felt very overwhelmed, she had more work to do at the office than anticipated.  Before she knew it was .  Kelly knew if she talked to Alex they would try to get together, but she needed some rest and eat some serious carbs, she wanted to place  in this race.  She was torn.  She continued about her day and thought maybe he would call, but remembered his brother was coming in and she did not want to seem like that type of girl friend.  By the time she picked up dinner and got home it was almost .  She was so ready to call it a night.  To Kelly’s surprise he had called and somehow she missed it, which was not like her.  She called him back and he said “Hi stranger.”  Kelly briefly went into how her day quickly spun out of control.  His brother had just gotten there and they were going to stay in and watch basketball.  Alex casually invited her over, but she said “ow we can catch up tomorrow, I am beat and I really want to perform well in the morning.”  Alex of course understood but was disappointed.  Secretly she hoped he would show up at the finish line again, but figured that was a long shot.  He figured he would show up at the race, she genuinely seemed to be happy last weekend, he hoped for a repeat. 

Kelly was up early and ready to rock, she headed to the site and met up with her running buddies.  Feeling great she had her favorite ensemble on and thought she had a chance at the top 5.  While traveling she put together a new play list, she loved escaping into her ipod.  She loved music all kinds, she had metal, pop, oldies and country.  Alex arrived just after the race started, he had trouble figuring out where this particular park was.  He stayed back about 20 yards from the finish line, he wanted to actually see her run in.  He loved running and was definitely jealous but, understood her commitment and honestly it was a turn on.  He figured they would be coming in soon, some crazy running dude crossed the finish line first then this other women and a minute or so later  he saw her coming, she looked great, great form and she was moving as third place was almost hers.  Kelly had someone on her tail but he thought she could do it; he gave her a cheer as she crossed the line and was very happy for her.  Kelly did not see him at first, she was happy with her performance, her friends all came in soon after and she waited for them while she grabbed water.  She then scanned the place hoping he was there, and there he was.  She was smiling from ear to ear.  She walked over; she was very sweaty and probably quite red in the face.  She said "hey you" and he said "you were awesome."  She said she was happy he came, he said an "invitation would have been nice" and she said she loved the surprise.  Kelly said she would hug him but she was gross, he said he did not come just to look at her he wanted a kiss and he loved that she was a hot mess.  She leaned over and kissed him on the lips.  She went over to get her award and ribbon.  She won about $200 which she gave back to the charity, she did not need the money and she always gave it back.  She walked back over to Alex and sat down on the pavement and “I dread taking my shoes off” and he said “why” and she said “look” pointing at her feet.  Alex said “ow my god what happened” and she told him about her never ending runners toe.  He said “well I am thinking your feet need a break” she gave him a strange look and he knew not to go there again.  He asked if it hurt and she said not really just feels like I cut my toe nails too short.  She said “I know its gross” and he said “ow trust me I would never think less of you" and winked.  She said “so you will notice I don’t wear sandals much.”  He laughed and she said its not funny and hit him playfully.  Kelly asked if his brother had gotten in and he said yes but he was lazy and was sleeping in.  She asked what their plans were and he said they were going with a few friends to watch the game at a bar close to his place.  Just then the girls came over to confirm they would pick her up at 6.  They said hello to Alex and off they went.  He thought they seemed nice enough, they were a little older and had that mom look to them.  So he said “you still think we can meet up tonight” and Kelly said “definitely looking forward to it" she said they would just drop her off wherever he was and he said that sounded good.  Kelly said she could just take a cab home or something and he said ow we will figure something out.  So with that they headed to the parking lot. Kelly was was very happy that he came and he knew he got points for going so all was well. 

Kelly went home and did her best to salvage her poor feet, it looked worse than it was.  She knew that tonight might be the big night with Alex but did not want to get her hopes up.  She decided to go get a pedicure and maybe a Brazilian wax, just in case.  So off to her favorite spa she went.  She got home just in time to get ready.  Kelly wore her new black low cut  shirt and some sexy skinny jeans and of course ballet flats as her toes still were not up to par.  The girls picked her up and they were off to bistro 66.  She indulged with the ladies in a few martinis.  Meeting Alex’s brother had her a little nervous but excited as this was a good step.  Kelly had a nice dinner and had a good buzz going, this was going to be a good night.

Alex and his brother spent the day watching sports and catching up.  That evening a bunch of his friends decided to go to a local sports bar to watch basketball  Alex was excited for his brother and friends to meet his new lady, he knew they would be impressed as he still was pretty impressed himself.  He texted her where they would be and said see you when I see you as to not put any pressure on her, he knew she did not have a ton of San Francisco friends so it was important for her to have a girls night. 
After dinner she was feeling good, and not very nervous anymore thanks to her friend the pomegranate martini.  Jen drove and although the ladies had to get home to their families she appreciated that they drove out of their way to drop her off at what looked to be a very casual sports bar.  Kelly knew she was over dressed but that was fine by her, she wanted to look good when meeting Alex’s brother.  It was about and Alex had a few beers in him so his nerves were calmed and he was trying to play it cool as he had no idea when she would come.  When Kelly walked in she saw a large  group of people in sitting around a big table cheering on what seemed to be a basketball game.  She thought someone noticed her, but she put her finger up to her mouth as to say shhh….  She went up behind Alex and tickled the back of his neck and he looked up with a huge smile and said “there you are.”  Kelly bent down and kissed him as she was very happy to see him.  Alex sort of put his arm around her waist and on her bum, which did not bother her at all.  He went around the table and introduced her she was awful with names but she did recognize many of the faces from facebook.  They seemed nice enough.  There was a girl sitting next to him named Rachel that she knew he was tight with, so she was going to keep her eye on that one.  His Mike brother came up and shook her hand and asked what she wanted to drink and she said she would like a light beer.  There were not any seats open around Alex so she pulled up a chair and kind of made her way next to him.  They chatted about her dinner and what not for a minute, he told her she looked amazing and she said he looked great.

 His brother handed her a beer and she said “thanks you did not have to do that” and Mike said “it was nothing.”  Kelly said she could see the resemblance and they chatted a bit.  They were all very into the game, which was fine, but Kelly was not a very big sports buff.  His friend Nick asked her if she had any sisters in the area, he had a dry sense of humor and was very nice but he was had a dorkieness to him.  Kelly said no and the one she had was a full time job and not to mention she was across the country.  Alex seemed proud to have her by his side and she seemed to warm up to his friends, it was going good.  His brother had gone to get more beers and she asked where the ladies room was.  On her way to the bathroom room a random guy asked her if he could buy her a drink and she said no thank you and he said let me ask you something, “what is a girl like you doing with him.”  Kelly said “what” while looking preoccupied and he said “you should be with me I have everything you need.”  He was clearly drunk and a pompous jerk.  Kelly took a deep breath and said “wow, well if I have to pick between your disability and his I pick him every day and twice on Sunday, because what you have is much worse” and he said “what are you talking about” and she quite frankly said “you are ugly and I would much rather be hot and in wheelchair then have to walk around ugly for my entire life.”  He called her a bitch and she said “nice meeting you” with a sarcastic tone and walked away, she was not sure if Alex’s brother had heard the conversation or not as he was just a few people away.  Mike had in fact heard it and thought yep she is the one and from that point on he adored her almost as much as Alex.  Kelly did not think much of it, she got hit on a lot but found most guys to be after one thing and she was looking for the one.  You don’t meet your soul mate in a bar. 

When Kelly returned Mike handed her another beer. Kelly said “wow you are in for a treat if I continue to drink like this.“ Alex San laughed and said “you are not driving have fun.”  Mike put his arm around her and whispered in her ear “want me to deck that guy” and she said “no I can handle myself" and he said "apparently.”  Mike was this big guy you could tell he worked outdoors, he could have knocked that guy out with a look.  Alex grabbed her waist and pulled her to his San lap.  Kelly giggled and his kissed her neck gently.  He said “where have you been all my life?”  She said I could ask you the same thing Alex Miller.”  He put his hand on her back to feel for a bra and she said in his ear “you can ask if you want to know.”  He blushed and said “what?” she said “just ask me?”  He said all the while blushing “are they?” and she said “what do you think?” and he said “wow!” 
Alex was off talking with his brother and Nick.  It was getting late and people were slowly departing.  His friend Rachel was talking with him, she could tell Rachel liked him, but he truly seemed to just be her friend.  How could she not like him, wowza, those eyes sparkled.  So Kelly went over and butted in the conversation, obviously annoying Rachel.  Rachel was nice enough but did not have much to say to her.  When she walked away Alex said “so what’s it going to take to get you to come home with me?”  She said “ow Alex, your brother is here” and he said “so what, he will be out like a light in no time and he really likes you.”  Kelly said "I want to, I just don’t want you or him to think any less of me” and he cut her off and said "that could not happen trust me.”  He pulled her close and said "come on" and she said "OK."  She played coy but all along that was her plan, she could hardly contain herself she wanted him so bad.  At that moment she found herself wondering what if he can’t perform, she thought no there is no way he would have said something.  She thought well there is one way to find out.

Rachel and Nick walked back with them as Rachel lived on campus and Nick’s car was at Alex’s.  They all came in for a minute, Kelly again went to the bathroom and Nick gave Alex the thumbs up and said “man you are lucky she seems all but perfect.”  Rachel ignored the comment and headed out Nick said he would drive her home and Alex said she should not walk alone it was too late.  By the time she got out of the bathroom they were all but gone.  Alex then excused himself and she sat and talked with his brother.  She asked about the wedding and his fiancĂ©.  He said he was marrying his best friend which melted Kelly's heart.  He teased her about Cleveland and she teased right back.  Alex was in the bathroom for what felt like forever.  She hoped he was not sick as that would put a damper on things.  She took her shoes off and made herself comfortable on the couch.  His brother called his fiancĂ© and a few minutes later Alex appeared and motioned her to follow him.  She hopped up and said goodnight to his brother.  She did overhear him say “she is perfect for Alex.” which made her happy.  Alex took her back to his room, it was a typical guy room, but it had some medical equipment in it.  Not a ton, but some.  There was a bathroom right off of it, she figured that was fitted for him.  She asked if he was sick and he said “ow no, sorry I should have told you it takes me a while to pee it’s a long story I will fill you in sometime.”  He would not even consider having that particular conversation now.  Then he grabbed her by the waist and she thought game on.  Kelly sat on his lap spread eagle and began to kiss him, she whispered in his ear that she had been waiting for this for what felt like forever.  She was not nervous, he was a little as he knew it would not be as easy as she thought, but he was in complete aw of her passion.  She said “I am asking” and he said “OK” she said “can you?” and he said “yes it won’t be text book but it works.”  Kelly said with a huge grin “that is all I needed to know, but I need you to talk me through it as needed and if I am hurting you please tell me.”  She said “I have to warn you I can be a little overzealous" and he said “I have been waiting for you my entire life.”  Then they kissed again and she put his hands on her sides but under her shirt and he began to lift her shirt off, she cut to the chase and threw it on the floor.  She put her bossum in his face and he was a happy boy.  At that moment she could feel his excitement and she whispered "ow yea it works."  He said "every time I am anywhere near you it works" she laughed and put her chest near his lips and he had some fun.  She told him to hold her and he did.  She motioned him to hop in bed.  She knew he could not undress her the way most men would so she took her pants off and was standing there in her underwear, he told her she was stunning and she was a little shy as she did not love her body but she knew she looked good.  When Alex got on the bed Kelly took his shirt off and ran her fingers down to take his pants off, he did not seem to flinch but he said “it’s going to feel odd, they are pretty lifeless” he began to spasm a little and she could tell he was embarrassed and she kept going, she did not want him to think it bothered her, because honestly it did not.  Kelly got his pants off and said “commando I see” and he said “its easier” she said “I like that.”  Alex put his legs in bed and she seduced him the best she could and he said “condom” and she said “I am on the pill but if you think we should” and he said yes because he gets UTI’s very easily.  Kelly said “sure” and he pointed to the dresser and he asked if she could he was a little shaky and once that was out of the way, she made love to him, it was hot and steamy, she was a talker and insisted that he hold on to her tight.  Alex was the opposite he was quiet, he said “ow my god” a few times and moaned a little, Kelly was very passionate, he had never imagined it would be this good although he could not feel it, he found himself so caught up that he felt something amazing.   She must have told him a thousand times that he was so hot.  Once they were done, she jumped up and said her cure for a UTI was to pee so she went to his bathroom that was clearly fitted for him the toilet had handles but she did not care she cleaned up and went back in.  He was sitting up and she said “did I hurt you I know I can get carried away.”  She asked if he had a t-shirt she could wear and he pointed to a drawer full, she put on one and he said she never looked so hot.  He motioned for her to come back to bed and he said “you were amazing and I am absolutely speechless.”  He said “I hope I did not disappoint you too much” she said “I had very little expectation as I did not know if you even could and when I say you exceeded them that is an understatement.”  Alex was glad, they sat silent for a minute.  He laid down and pulled her close and she buried her head in his chest and said “I fit perfect” and he said "that you do, that you do.”  Alex kissed her head and she kissed his chest and without much more talk they fell fast asleep.  A few times she felt some spasms but she was so tiered she rolled over and honestly passed out, she was very comfortable in his bed, it felt so good to just not be alone.  He watched her, he hated that he flailed that way but loved that she did not seem to notice.  He fell asleep as well.  At one point Kelly got up to get a glass of water, he woke up and she offered him some. He said no and she then again fell asleep on his chest.  Once morning came Alex was as tight as could be as he had not used some of those muscles in a long time.  Kelly was still pretty sacked out so he quietly got up and went to use the bathroom before she woke up.  It was processes so he wanted get it out of the way.  He then snuck out quietly as he figured his brother would be headed out soon.

Mike looked at him and said “you stud!”  Alex replied “holly shit she is amazing dude.”  Mike said” I have to agree she is very cool girl, nice job.”  Alex said “I am glad you like her, I was worried she is not like the girls I usually date”  Mike said “thank god for that.”  He asked how it was and Alex said like nothing I could have prepared for.  Alex said “the chair really does not seem to hinder her at all.”  Mike said “I know” and Alex said “what do you mean” wondering how he came to that.  Mike said “it’s something she said” Alex wanted to know what he was talking about.  Mike told him about the guy that hit on her and Alex was speechless.  His brother said “she is a cool girl Alex don’t screw it up.”  Alex was still speechless, no one had ever done that, he ran into jerks from time to time and he took it with a grain of salt that is probably why he hung with girls mostly, guys did not know what to make of him.  He just said “wow. “ His brother took off as he had a long drive ahead. 

Once Mike was gone, he saw her peek out in just his t-shirt and Alex said “its OK it’s just me.”  Kelly came out and looked a little rough, she said “I slept like a log, your bed is amazing.”   He said "only the best."  She said "Mike took off" he said "yeah he said bye."  He motioned her over and pulled her to his lap, he had basketball shorts and a t-shirt on and looked adorable.  He kissed her and said “my brother told me what happened” and she said “what” not sure what he was talking about.  Then it  hit Kelly and she said “ow that guy was an ass.”  He said “even so” and got a little tear in his eye, she said “Ow Alex I am sorry” not knowing if he was mad, embarrassed or sad.  He said “no, I have never  had someone do that and I am overcome.”  She said "Alex he was a jerk, I meet jerks all the time.”  He told her to stop and he pulled her close and buried his head in her chest.  She kissed the top his head and said, “Alex I am falling for you.”  He said “I fell for you the day I met you.”  Gently Kelly wiped that one tear away and said “no one messes with my boyfriend” and he laughed.  He said “you are hot and guys are going to hit on you, I know that but it’s good to know you can hold your own.”  Kelly said “trust me I can.”  She said “honestly I get so wrapped up in you I forget” and stopped Alex said “what that I can’t walk.”  She said “yea.”  Alex said “we really have not had to deal with it yet, so far things have been planned there will come a time when it frustrates you, trust me and I won’t take it personally.”  He said “I should have told you that in order for me to urinate I have to catheterize myself, do you know what that is?” Kelly said “I think” with an uncomfortable look on her face. Alex said “seeing how I don’t have the strongest or most steady hands it can take a while.  So if I disappear that is probably what I am doing.”  He said “the other I do a few times a week alone and you won’t be the wiser.”  She said “OK, I wondered where you went, I thought maybe you were cleaning you room or you were sick.”  Alex said “honestly I did not want to pee on you, and if I ever do, I apologize now, I wish I had more control but I do have accidents, not too often though.”  She did not know what to say what do you say to a grown man that is telling you he has accidents.  She just listened, and rubbed the back of his head.  They kissed and she wanted to change the conversation and said “I hope you don’t mind I stole some mouth wash” and he said she could use whatever she wanted.  He asked if she was hungry and she was but she wasn’t so she said no but a glass of water would be great.  He got her a tall glass of water and she said she drank too much.  Alex said she was fun and he hoped she liked his friends and she said ow of course.  Kelly said “I don’t think Rachel was too impressed with me”  Alex replied “I am not sure what’s up her ass these days.”  She said “I think I know” and he said “what”  Kelly said “its obvious she likes you.”   He said “that would never happen and she has never really tried.”   Kelly shook her head and said “well I am thinking she liked having you all to herself.”  He dropped that subject, which let her know he got it.  She sat on his couch and he put on sports center and asked if she minded and she said “no.” 

Kelly said “I probably should get home soon” and he said “of course I will drive you.”  It was Sunday and she said” if you are not busy I would love to make you dinner again.”  Alex quickly said “that sounded great.”  Rachel was supposed to come over to study but he could cancel that and given what Kelly said he probably should.  Kelly inquired if he liked fish and he said “of course.”  She said “great.”  She bent over and kissed him and said “thank you for one of the best night I have had in a very long time” and  Alex said nothing as he was speechless.  She went back to his room to try to assemble herself.  She yelled out to ask if she could wear the t-shirt home and he said of course.  She put her jeans back on and tried to make sense of her hair and put on some lip gloss and figured that was as good as it was going to get, he of course looked great as usual.  He led her to his car and drove her home, they talked about the week ahead and he said he needed to get some bar exam review stuff out of the way.  When the pulled up he told her he wanted to spend as much time as possible with her and she said that sounded good to her.  Which it did but Kelly knew it could not take over her life.  But it felt great to be with someone and not so alone.  Kelly loved that he had a soft side and Alex loved that she was tough, because to be with him you would have to be tough. 

Kelly got a shower and ran to the market to get stuff for dinner, she loved to cook.  He had a glow about him all day.  Alex went on facebook and changed his status to in a relationship.  Which of course led to a lot of emails and comments. as he had over 700 friends and everyone wanted to know who the lucky girl was. He ignored the comments and kept it a secret, Nick wrote congrats she is amazing.  Alex thought he could put who he was in a relationship with but he did not.  Kelly logged on later and saw that he changed to in a relationship and commented, who ever she is, she is one lucky girl.  Then changed her status as well.  Which did not set off such commotion but everyone liked it.  Her brother John wrote when did this happen, please call home.  So she did and she filled him in and told him how they met and John said “well that is a story.”  He was a doctor so he asked about his disability and she really did not know much, based on what she said he figured he was a quadriplegic and that he was high functioning.  John warned her that it can be a lot and she should not take it lightly or ignore it.  She said “whatever, I can handle it.”  She got dressed she just wore a t-shirt and jeans.  She made turbo with spinach and garlic. 

Alex canceled his plans with Rachel which did not make her happy, but he did not care, she would come around.  He headed over with flowers again around 5.  She told him he did not have to bring flowers every time he came over.  They were daisies and they were very pretty.  Alex  said it smelled good.  Kelly said she was sticking with water and ice tea today but he was welcome to anything and he said “ow no water sounds about right.”  Alex went over and pulled her to his lap and said "have I told you that you are amazing."  Kelly said "not recently with a smile."  He said "well you are" and kissed her arm.  She said “you are going to make me mess dinner up, now stop it.”  They sat down and ate, he really enjoyed it and liked that she was eating, which probably meant she was getting more comfortable with him.  Kelly made brownies for dessert and she told him he was taking them home with him.  He said “no problem.”  They cleared the table and headed into the TV area.  He put sports center on and she did not mind she loved how the condo looked with him in it.  He hopped on the couch and she nestled into the nook of chest. He put his arm around her.  He soon realized Kelly had fallen asleep.  He gently kissed her to wake her up, she woke up and they began to kiss and she said “can we” and he said “no need to ask ever.”  He said there were condoms in his bag so she went over and he told her were they were.  So right there on her couch they made love, there was some spasms but she ignored it and kept going.  It was awkward maneuvering around him as he could not make accommodations for her.  She thought about suggesting they take it to the bedroom but did not want to draw attention to it.  When they were done Kelly  had a permanent smile on her face and went to the bathroom to clean up.  When she got back she said “on second thought a brownie would top the night off perfectly.”  She told him he was welcome to stay and he said he would love nothing more but his aid was coming in the morning.  She looked confused and said “I did not know you had an aid” and he said “I guess I had not mentioned it, sorry.”  He explained that a few times a week a women comes and helps him with his bowl routine and laundry and such.  Kelly said “ow” and tried desperately not to looked as shocked as he was.   Alex said “ask questions Kel, I know you have to have questions.”  She said "I don’t feel like its my business” and he said “I want take that back I need you to be comfortable with this, otherwise it will overwhelm you and you won’t want to be with me, trust me.”  She said she did not even know what to ask, she said “why do you need help” and  then said “what does she do?”  Alex said “I don’t need her I did it by myself for a long time, but it is very cumbersome and it takes me about triple the time it takes you to do most of my daily activities.”  He said “its not what you think, I am not slow per sea but imagine trying to load laundry from where I sit, and cleaning well let’s just say if I had to do it all I wouldn’t.”  He said “she does not really do my care as much as help me with day to day stuff.”  Alex then said “what are you thinking” as Kelly had gotten very quiet and had a pretty blank expression on her face.   Kelly said “I did not realize” and he said “of course not, I don’t complain, it is the way my life is.”  She said “Alex if you ever need my help, please don’t hesitate” he stopped her and said “you will not take care of me” and she went to say something and he said with a matter of fact tone “Kelly you will not take care of me.”  She looked stunned by his tone.  Alex said “you can’t be my girl friend and my care taker, it won’t work.”   Kelly said “ow I don’t want to but if I am there and you need something please ask me.”  He said “I know, you don’t realize it but you casually do help me without even knowing.”  He said  “as long as you promise to always just ask questions and be open with me, I don’t want to  lose you because of this, pointing to his legs if I lose you I want it to be because I am an asshole not because I am an asshole in a wheelchair, does that make sense?”  Kelly asked what he could feel and he said below the armpits was a crap shoot, as that is where the injury level is.  She said “so you would not know if I was hurting you” and he said “my body would react in other ways, spasms, pain elsewhere, and trust me you can’t hurt me.”  Kelly said ”I have a question” and he said “fire away” she knew she had mellow things out, she said “this aid you speak of, is she hot, does she see you naked?”  He said “she reminds me of my mother.”  She said “I don’t know if I believe you, I bet she is a Swedish model that you claim is your aid.”  He laughed and said “you can come meet her if that will put your mind at ease” and then he kissed her on her forehead.  

Kelly said “ow my Mom called today and she is coming to visit in a few weeks and I am trying to get  her to bring my niece Mia.”  He said” is she the older one” and she said “she is 3 and a handful but it would be so fun to have her here for a few days.  My mom is worried it will be too much, but I said I would take off and help, so I am hoping she gives in and brings her.”  Alex said “I have never been around small kids really” she said “ow you will love Mia, she is the best.”  He really had not been around kids and honestly sort of wrote them off as he could not imagine himself as a Dad.  But he could tell that Kelly wanted kids.  He figured for the right girl he would do anything.  Then he realized he would meet her mom soon and he was excited but nervous.  He went over and grabbed her Ipod while she was in the kitchen and thought he would check out what she listens to.  He was taken back as this girl listened to the strangest array of music.  There was everything, gangster rap, oldies, pop, alternative and a lot of country.  Who was he dating.  He said your “ipod is a bit crazy don’t you think?”  She went in and said well “mr. nosey, I like it all. “ He said “country, really.”  She said “don’t knock it till you tried it.”  Alex said “figuring you out is not that easy” and she said “I know and winked.” Kelly said “Mr. Miller you are dating a Yankee card carrying republican country music fan.”  He laughed and said and “I think I am falling in love with her.”  She blushed.  He said "how strong is this Republican nonsense.”  She said “ow, no you won’t change my mind on that stuff.”   He said there will never be a shortage of conversation that’s obvious.  She winked at him.  He casually mentioned that his dream job was to work for the government.  So with that she packed up the extra brownies and sent him on his way. 

On the way home he thought about how in a million years he never saw himself with a republican.  He was a very hard core democrat, he was a big Obama supporter.  He firmly believed that the science was there to get him out of that chair and he worried that by the time the government released the funding and science it would be too late for him.  He did not love that she was a Republican but he respected that she could stand on her own feet, there was nothing more annoying than someone who could not defend their beliefs, it actually turned him on a bit.”  He could see some heated arguments in their future.  He actually looked forward to it.  Alex started to wonder what he was going to do, he only a couple months till graduation and the bar then he would have to decide where to go.  Even before Kelly came he was not sure what to do.  He loved San Francisco because of the accessibility, weather and friends he had made over the past 5 years but longed to be back in Colorado, he had done an internship in there last  summer and thought he could see himself there but he also knew he wanted to get into government affairs.  He did not like Washington but if he could get a job in advocacy or international affairs that would amazing.  Although they had only dated a couple weeks, he did not want to make any decisions until he knew where it was going, was she even going to stay in San Francisco, in a few months would he or she be willing to follow the other.  He could not imagine her giving up her job, she must make six figures and seemed to genuinely like it.  He tried not to think about it too much but he was concerned.

She cleaned up and thought that they covered a lot of territory that night.  She was surprised at his interest in working in government but thought he would be good at it.  She thought she might ask soon where he saw himself going after graduation, it was early but she was curious, she still did not know if she would stay in San Francisco, but she was committed through the summer, was he?  Kelly called her mom to try to get her to bring Mia again, she thought she would bring her but was still hesitant.  Kelly said she would have Kristy make the arrangements in the morning and that she would get a car seat and it would be very easy.  She reminded her that she was going to meet up with some people she and her Dad use to work with and she would have to watch Mia and of course Kelly did not mind.  Her Dad died when she very young. Her mom adored him and she dated a little but he was the love of her life.  She went to bed and got ready for her Monday routine.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

California Dreaming - Part 3

California Dreaming - Part 3

When Kelly got into work Monday she put Kristy on the task of arranging her Mom’s and Mia’s travel plans.  She figured she would pick up a carseat sometime that week.  She was very excited to see Alex with Mia, she loved kids and knew she wanted a family someday and someday soon.  She could tell he had not been around kids much but Mia was hard not to like, she was the cutest thing ever.  She called Melanie her sister in law to see what other things Mia might need, she said she could sleep in a normal bed now and really the car seat and she imagined the stroller would come with them as it would be hard to navigate an airport with Mia on foot.  She told her she ate whatever and that Mia was super excited and she could tell Melanie was excited for the break, having two kids under 3 and a husband that worked a lot was hard.  Kelly was very excited.  She stared to look at her new merger in Boston and knew it was going to be a lot of work.  Which usually was a good thing, but now she had other things in her life, so this was going to be a juggling act.  Just as she was getting ready to head home she called Alex to see how his day was.  He was happy to hear from her, he said he had to finish a paper and crack down on the bar as it was coming fast.  He told her he had a reception to attend at the law firm he interned for and hoped to maybe extern for this summer while he did his job search but he wondered if she would go with him.  She said she would love to, he said its tomorrow night and she said wow, he said he was sorry he forgot about it.  She said no problem. 

Alex was thinking a lot about the summer and how he really wanted to give this a chance but he did not want to ask Kelly to make any commitments or decisions yet.  So he thought he could wrap up school and possibly extern for the summer with the firm he worked for one semester.  They liked him a lot and he knew it was not what he wanted to do but the experience would be good and honestly he had no idea what he wanted maybe then he could figure it out.  He called one of the partners and they liked the idea and said maybe something could be worked out and encouraged him to come mingle with the partners at the reception.  He one wanted to take Kelly to show her off but it would also show a commitment and hopefully could seal the deal.  He was glad he had a plan for the time being.  Kelly mentioned that Mia was coming and he was happy for her.  He said he had never babysat before and she said she would show him the ropes.  They were only coming for four days, but it would be great.  With work piling up it was going to be tough but she could work from home if she needed to.  He knew kids actually handled the chair better than most adults but really he had not been around many.  She said she was going to get a good run in since she was going to have to take tomorrow night off, he said “sorry” and Kelly said “no, it’s nice to have a distraction.”  Alex said he would pick her up around six and she said that would work. 

Kelly went home and looked through her closet to make sure she had something to wear and she did she had a great black sleath dress that would be perfect.  She got dressed and went for a 10 mile run, it felt great.  She ate dinner and talked with some friends from home, facebooked and went to bed.  Alex had not been on facebook much but she figured he was like her, a peeker.  He studied and finished his paper, Rachel came over to study, they had been studying together for some time, he could tell things were changing with them but he did not have time to deal with it.  Or he did not want to deal with it.  He adored Rachel but if nothing had happened in two years it never was going to.  He noticed Rachel was a little more dressed up than her usual sweats, but did not make anything of it.  Alex asked her what she thought of Kelly and
Rachel said “she is alright, nothing I would have ever put you with but she seems OK I guess.” 
Stunned he replied “well I did not see that coming, what’s there not to like”
 “Alex I am not gay so just because she is good looking does nothing for me.” 
Again stunned he said rather sharply “so you think I am dating her because she is hot”   “well, it’s obvious”
“Rachel I am not sure what to make of that”
“Alex if you are happy I am happy” she did not want to piss him off because then she would never see him. 
Alex said “that is more like it” and pretended to punch her in the shoulder. 

Kelly called and asked how the studying was going and he said it was going, Kelly could hear Rachel in the background she said “study date?” 
He said “what’s that  mean?”
Kelly laughed and said “I did not realize you had company, we can talk later.”  
Nervously he replied “OK we are just wrapping up”
Promptly she replied “whatever” trying to be very cool. 
When he hung up he thought she might be a little pissed, Rachel asked if that was Kelly and he said “yep, so are we good to go”
Rachel said “I guess, as good as its going to get tonight” with obvious sarcasm
With some angst he replied “what does that mean you girls are crazy tonight.” 
She told him she would see him the following day.  Once he got everything cleaned up he called Kelly and there was no answer which either meant she was pissed or asleep.  He went to bed.  Kelly was pissed but she knew she had no reason to be, she was just being silly, she thought it was best that she go to bed and wake up with a new attitude. 

She scooted out of work a little early to get ready and he was right on time picking her up.  She looked great, the dress was short but not too short and it was black and tactful, she wore her pearls and he had never seen a women so well put together.  He knew he could take her anywhere and she would be able to hold her own and fit in. 
He touched the top of her leg and said “wow your hot.”  She thought he looked fabulous in a tie responding with her eyes looking at her date “Well, you clean up nice Mr. Miller” 

He told her the firm was back near his place, she said she could have met him and he said no way.  He was so glad to have someone with him, he always went alone to this stuff, and he was use to it but it was very unnerving.  Nearly ten years later the stares still bothered him and he always felt like people pitied him.  Kelly had asked what the reception was for, and he said he was thinking about externing there this summer while he figured out what he wanted to do and so they were having a reception to mingle with all the potential intern and externs.  He said it was sort of an interview but without the pressure.  She thought, she really wanted him here this summer so by golly she was going to get him this externship. He parked and she waited for him to get out.  The firm was nice there were lots of people and other law students.  He was the best looking and she was a firm believer that you have to like the cover if you are going to buy the book so he had that going for him.  One partner Mr. Everton came right up and shook his hand and introduced himself.  Kelly turned it on, and carried a nice conversation with him; Alex was impressed at how comfortable she was.  It turned out that the attorney that worked with her on a lot of the mergers use to work there as a junior associate years ago.  She thought worst case she would have Carson make a call as he had done very well for himself and owed her a favor as she got him a lot of business over the years. 

They drank some wine and mingled for a couple hours, Alex thought he did not even need to go, she was on a roll.  She would keep her hand on his neck as to show some affection.  He was very turned on by her.  He knew a few of the students at one point her let he go on her own and chatted with them.  He realized why she probably did not date much, a lot of men would be intimidated by her especially this side of her, but he quite frankly found it to be one of her best qualities.  One guy commented on how hot his date was, and he said “I have to agree with you.”  When Kelly walked back over to him she overheard him saying that he hoped to get into government one day but he really liked working with that firm.  Once all was said and done they said their goodbyes and Mr. Everton told Alex he would be in touch and patted him on the back as they shook hands.  He also shook Kelly’s hand and hugged her lightly.  It was not uncommon in the business world for men to patronize women.  In fact, she expected it, she figured as long as she got what she wanted who cares. 

When they got to the car, as Alex was loading himself in
Kelly said “think that went well.” 
He said “yea I think I am in  and wow, I had no idea just how good you were, no wonder you are so high in the rankings for your age.” 
With a smirk she replied “I have to do this stuff all the time.” 
“they liked you more than me” and she said no she got the impression they liked him a lot.  He said “Everton liked you”
“ow he is just a dirty old man, no harm no fowl there” He did not know what to make of Kelly broke the awkward silence and asked “What do you have in the morning”
“Nothing till 10”  
“is the sweed coming over?”
With a chuckle Alex said “no and she is not a model trust me.” 
“Then stay at my place.” 
I thought you would never ask?
He would be out of his element but it was time.  He kept a supply of catheters and any necessary personal items with him so there was no need to run home.

 He parked in the handicapped space which she honestly thought was convenient.  She waited while he got out and thought wow that would get old.  They went up and she was very happy to take her heels off.  Alex casually mentioned “I never thought about that I bet your feet hurt”
she said “it’s part of the deal.”  He went over and put his hands on her thighs and said “thanks for coming, I am still in awe of how you can work a room, it was a big turn on.”  With a wicked tone she said “I am about to show you how I can work another room” and with that he was all hers.  She asked if he wanted anything and he said no he was fine. 

He followed her to her bedroom.  He pulled her down and kissed her.  Before they knew it they were half naked.  She realized her bed was a little high, it had high bed posts and a pillow top and he, he could see the panic
Alex said “not to worry.” 
Kelly tried to think fast and said “screw it and said lets try something new. “
He was interested.  She said “let’s christen the chair.” 
With a skeptical look he replied “it may look more fun than it is”
“so I would not be the first”
“I plead the 5th.” 
Kelly said “I am going to take that as a challenge.” She began to undress him and could not keep his hands off of her. She helped him get her dress off, while she worked on his shirt he enjoyed her breasts. 
She whispered in his ear “get ready for the ride of his life” he still was shocked at how wild she was. 
She said “OK talk me through it”
“I will but I doubt you need me to tell you how to do this.”  She grabbed a condom out of his bag and got it on.  He spasmed a little but he seemed to calm right down.  She then said “OK Alex Miller now you are going to see how flexible I really am.” 
She needed no direction from him, he at one point Alex said “Kelly don’t hurt yourself.”  She thought it was an adventure, trying something new with her new man.  However she secretly agreed that the thought of having sex in his chair was better than the reality, she was going to be sore.  When they were done she was very pleased he was lasting longer and longer and she was panting.  Right there in his chair he held her sweaty body against his and was speechless. 
She whispered in his ear “please don’t break my heart” and kissed him. 
He whispered in her ear “never.” 

When she came back out of the bathroom, she watched him struggle to get into her bed it broke her heart.  They laid there in silence and fell asleep, something about him put her so at ease.  He knew he had better go to the bathroom before he had an embarrassing accident.  He hated to do it, but he had to get up.  He tried not to wake her but she did, she asked if he needed help and he said he may, he was not sure how he got up there probably adrenaline.  He hated it but honestly he thought it would go a lot better if she helped. 
She said “one second happy to help” and went and put a night shirt on. 
Trying to sound confident and not concerned she said “tell me what to do”
he told her to just stand up and let him grab on to her shoulders for balance and support and prepared her that he was heavy, since his injury was incomplete he was able to use some muscles and could stand with lots of support. It did not go all that smoothly he sort of fell in the chair and
Kelly said “ow shit Alex I am sorry”
Not wanting this to be a big deal and feeling embarrassed he said“no its cool, I should have gone about this differently.” 
She said” I did not know what to expect.”  She felt awful for him, she knew she was getting a new bed ASAP.  He said he actually could walk with assistance for a couple steps, she said “ow yea.” 
“I dedicated a few years to doing everything in my power to walk again, I made some progress but it was not going to happen, it consumed my life, I choose to live my life,  I still work out and try to maintain what I did gain, but it was very tough, I know now I made the right decision.” 
He asked her if she needed the bathroom and she said no and off he went.  She asked if he needed anything and he said no, this will be fine, he said “god your bathroom is huge and that tub.”  She loved her bathroom.  She went out to the kitchen to get some water and she changed into some proper PJ’s and waited for him.  It took a good minutes but he came out and asked if she still had his shirt and she said of course and handed it to him. 
Alex said “if you want me to stay I think I may need your help, I have no idea how I made it up there.” 
“sure, but give me some better direction this time.” 
 “OK I am going to grab around your neck if you hold my waist and support me while you stand up and get me to the edge of the bed I will take it from there.” 
She nodded.  He really just wanted to go home, he hated her seeing all this, but he knew it would upset her and he needed to just put pride aside for the time being.  He grabbed around her neck, and said “now remember I am not light”
she said “no shit” and began to stand up and his head was in the nook of her neck,
he said with a softer tense voice “we are not close enough so you need to step towards the bed” and she did and she had no idea how heavy he was. 
He put one hand on the bed and he said “OK give me a second” and he said to hold on to his waist and she did and he got himself on the bed. 
Kelly said “whew”
“it’s not easy is it”
“I am in shape and no sir that is not.” 
He said “sorry”
“don’t apologize, please don’t, I am so happy to do it, it makes me feel more a part of your world.”  She sat next to him and he said “yea?”  
Kelly said “well you know, you trusted me, that means something.” 
He leaned over and kissed her.  She said “and so does that.” 
After a few tender moments she said “I will get better at it”
Alex said “I will figure out a way to get in this bed, don’t worry, I don’t want you doing that regularly.”  She curled up next to him and said goodnight, he followed and then she said it without thinking and without care she said “I love you” and he paused but repeated.  She fell asleep in his arms.  She woke up once to some spasms but it passed, she thought he might have actually slept though them. 

She was up early with her alarm.  She kissed him and said “I am so sore, I think I used muscles I did not even know existed”
“I tried to warn you” and after a pause said “my god its early” and she said she is very routine.  He told her she was nuts.  He watched her zip around and get ready, it was very entertaining actually.  She looked hot in her suit.  She helped him up and made them breakfast.  He used her other bathroom while she finished get ready.  She helped him up like she had done it her whole life and it did not phase either of them.  She told him she loved having him there he said he liked being there.  By they were out the door, he went his way and she went hers. 

She was in la la land all morning.  She went to work and over her lunch she went to a bedding store and got a new mattress and bedsprings that was much lower to the ground.  She figured she would make it a surprise and hoped he would not be upset.  She honestly did not like her bed as it too was rented now she actually owned something.  It was being delivered the next evening, which made her happy.  They did not talk till that evening and it was just casual conversation, he was busy with school and she was catching up with work.  Kelly said “hey can you sleep over tomorrow night” and he hesitated.  But he would have said yes to anything she wanted he just wanted to make her happy.  She asked if he liked sushi and he said yes so she said “then it’s a date I will bring home some sushi and we can have a slumber party.”  He thought it was odd but whatever.  The bed was delivered as scheduled and she even got a new comforter and sheets for it, it was nice to have something be hers.  She got a quick run in and picked up a plethora of sushi.  She was very happy to see him when he got there she hopped in is lap and kissed him he said “wow did not expect that welcome.”  He was impressed with the selection of sushi.  They ate and drank a beer, which was out of character for her but she thought it sounded good.  They watched a little TV and she caught up on her magazines, she had a passion for the gossip magazines,
Alex said “I can’t believe you read that stuff”
“I can’t believe Kate Gosselin thinks that her hair looks good”  he rolled his eyes.  She was tired so she said “lets hit the hay.” He followed her to her room and said “what’s different and he said ow you got a new comforter” she said “yep” and went in the bathroom.  She looked in and saw him wipe a tear from his eye.  She did not say a word and neither did he.  He went to the other bathroom and she was waiting for him when he returned.  He hopped in to bed with ease and she smiled, they still said nothing about it.  They made love and before she could fall asleep he whispered in her ear “thank you, I am overwhelmed.”  She kissed him and went to sleep.  This was the real thing. 

California Dreaming - Part 4

The next couple weeks passed, she would go over to his place he came to hers, it was harmony.  The awkwardness had passed.  He got the externship, they went out to celebrate she was thrilled he was staying. 
She said “this should be a great summer.”
 Alex quickly replied “speaking of which will you go to my brother’s wedding?” 
“I thought you would never ask. 
“Great I will make the arrangements this week”
 “why don’t we let Kristy do it, I have more miles than anyone my age should, seriously Alex let her do it.”  She told him to stop by the office and he could give the details to Kristy and she could also clear her schedule.  He had not gone to her office yet, but really wanted to.  He knew where it was but had never gone.  The wedding was about 3 months away thankfully she had some time to find something to wear. 

Alex had the bar that week and he was nervous but excited to get it out of the way.  He did not want her to make a big deal of it so he did not tell her exactly when it was.  She needed to go get a car seat she had mentioned it to Alex and he said he would go with if she would take him grocery shopping.  Weird request but she said sure.  He explained that he hated grocery shopping and then she thought about it and said “ow of course.”  She scolded him for not asking sooner or giving her a list as she goes about three times a week.  He said “that is a lot for someone who barely eats” and she said “shut up.”  When they went she critiqued his purchases and even helped him to pick out some healthy things.  For the first time she noticed people staring, it bothered her, but perhaps before she would have been one of them.  It did not seem to faze him, but it definitely annoyed her. 

Her Mom and Niece arrived on a Thursday morning.  She had taken the day off and went to pick them up.  She knew the time change would screw Mia up so she did not plan anything for that day.  Mia had grown so much, she was so happy to see them that she got a little teary.  She gathered them up, put Mia in her new car seat, which she was impressed with.  Mia fell asleep on the way to the condo and her and her mom got all caught up.  Her Mom had plans on Friday Night so Alex and Kelly were babysitting.  They got settled and went down to the beach to show Mia, and she loved it.  They relaxed and decided to order a pizza it was so nice to hang with her family.  She talked with Alex briefly and confirmed that he would come over Friday night and babysit with her.  He said of course but was nervous to say the least. 

She worked a little Friday and then met up with Mia and her Mom for lunch and some shopping.  Her Mom was almost out the door and Alex came, she introduced them and it went very smoothly.  Mia was very curious about Alex.  He said “hi” awkwardly and tried to shake her hand.  It was weird.  Kelly was going to make dinner while they got acquainted; pasta was one of the five things Mia ate so that was on the menu.  It was quiet in the other room then she heard Mia say, “did you get a boo-boo.” 
Alex said “what do you mean?” 
“well your legs have boo-boos right?”
Alex said with some surprise“well I guess they do,  but don’t worry they don’t hurt."  
With the innocence of a child her age she said “when I get a boo-boo I need a band aid” Feeling suddenly more relaxed he replied “sometimes I do too.” 
 “is that chair funest?”  
he laughed and said “well sometimes it is” 
Again with a completely innocent tone she said  “I wish I had one”
He quickly replied “no way your too pretty to sit in a chair all day.” 
Kelly’s heart was melting.  Mia asked if he slept in it and he said no I sleep in a bed just like you.  Mia said “good because I hate sitting down for long times, Mommy says I never just sit.” 
He laughed and said “you are smart.” 
She said “I go to school you know.”
He said with his eyes wide open and hands up “well excuse me.” 
She asked him to put on Dora and he said he would try Kelly yelled out the channel and he said thanks.  He watched Dora and asked her questions to the point where she said “Mr. Alex I am watching my show.” 
He came in the kitchen and said “seriously could she be any cutier.”
 Kelly said” I am glad you are getting along” 
“I was nervous at first but she is much easier than most adults.”  She kissed him and said he knew how to charm all the ladies and rolled her eyes. 

Dinner was ready, they sat down, Mia did not eat much but that was usually the case.  She asked Alex more questions about his eyes and his Mom and his school. 
Then casually Alex said “I took the bar today.” 
Kelly dropped her fork and said “what, seriously?” 
Casually while not making eye contact he said “yep”
Kelly said with a harsh tone “what’s wrong with you?” 
 “Don’t freak out I did not want you to make a big deal about it.” 
She said “Alex, I don’t like that.” 
“I know I am sorry, but I was nervous enough and I knew you make a big deal.”  He said he felt good about it and she said that was good and that she thought he was shady. 
Mia said “Alex you are in trouble and Aunt Kelly should put you in time out.”  He put his head down and leaned over to tickle Mia, she said firmly “Alex we are not joking”.

Kelly cleaned up and Alex and Mia went in the other room.  He took her for a ride, she heard her giggling, and it was music to her ears.  Kelly said its time for a bath and pj’s.  Alex said “you are on your own for that.”
Kelly hit him and said” just watch sports center” and he did.  They came back in and Mia had her night gown on and Alex said “well aren’t you pretty”
and Mia said “I am gorgeous.”  Alex was on the couch and Mia said with some concern in her voice “hey why aren’t you in your chair?”
 “because it’s not fun right now.” 
She said “did it hurt you” he said “a little” thinking it was not far from the truth, sitting for too long hurt in more ways than one. 
Mia hit the chair and said “don’t hurt my Alex” and she climbed up on the couch next to him. He put on a show for her before long she was asleep on his lap.  Kelly went to get her and he said “no leave her” Kelly grabbed her camera because nothing had ever been so sweet.  He fell asleep as well and she got a shot of that too.  Kelly then got Mia and put her to bed in her room. 

Kelly went in and kissed Alex till he woke up and he said he never imagined he liked kids.  He said “she was so sweet and innocent.” 
Kelly said “you are a natural” She told him he looked exhausted, probably for lying  about the bar, he said “you are not going to let this go.”   She gave him a funny look.  She was mad, but she sort of understood, but hated that he did not share that with her.  She let it go, with dig every now and again.  Before she knew four days had passed and it was time for them to go.  They were packing up and Alex stopped by to say goodbye.  He brought Mia a stuffed animal.  He helped them get packed in the car.  Her Mom told her that he was a very nice young man; she hoped she knew what she was getting into.  She said she had a pretty good idea.  She had told Alex that she expected him to come to Cleveland this summer or fall and he said “definitely.”  Mia gave him a kiss on the cheek and they were on their way. 

Alex realized that it was not likely that Kelly would ever be happy in San Francisco; she missed her family more than he thought and maybe more than she realized.  He understood he definitely could not see himself in San Francisco forever but more and more he found himself torn on how to make this work long term.  He tried not to think about it, he got the externship so he could stay for the summer and make some money and try to figure out where this was going.  He had this feeling that she was the one.  Graduation was just around the corner and his entire family would be in town.  He was excited for his parents to meet Kelly, they would like her.  Mike had told them a little about her.  She stopped by his place on the way back from the airport, he could tell she had been crying.  She said she missed her Mommy.  He pulled her to his San lap and said, he was sorry and asked what he could do.  She said “nothing.”  He had seen her mad but never really sad.  He asked her if she was hungry and she said no, she thought she would head out.  He said really, and she said yeah I have a big week.  I have to go to Boston for a couple days to get an idea what I am in for with this next merger.  She asked if he was ready to graduate.  He said “ow yea.”  She asked when he started the externship and he said the Monday after graduation, provided I passed the bar and winked.  She shot him a glare and he said “let it go.” 
She said well “I guess the million dollar question is what happens after summer, or when you decide what you want to do.” 
Alex did not say anything; Kelly said by September she needed to figure things out too.  She knew they were not going to keep her there on this free ride after this, if she was staying she was staying. 
He asked hesitantly “what are you thinking?”
Kelly said “honestly if I had to decide today as long as you were here I would stay, I want to see where this is going.  But knowing that you could be leaving changes things, I don’t fault you for that, but facts are facts.” 
He said he knew, he said the good news was they had some time, not a lot but some.  He told her he wanted to spend as much time with her as possible.  This conversation put her in even more of a slump.  She said she was going and headed towards her car. 
He said rather sharply “Kelly, why are you leaving, I have hardly seen you and your not leaving here upset.” 
She responded without making eye contact “there is nothing you can do.”
He said with a smirk “well stay for a while, hang out, don’t go home and sit around sad.  Be sad here with me.” 
With a pathetic pout Kelly replied “no you don’t want to be around me today, I get like this sometimes, no need to bring you down.” 
 “Kelly, you are not bringing me down, but this is me, if you can’t be yourself with me who can you be.” 
She said “it’s not that, it’s just” and trailed off
he said “what?” 
Kelly got snippy and said “I just need to be alone.”
Without hesitation Alex replied “OK but switch this situation around and you would be up my ass and not leaving me alone.” 
“You’re right, she said you are so right.”   
He said of course “I am” and she laughed. 
He said “you always fix me let me fix you”
she said “it’s not going to be nearly as easy.” 
“I know something that would help, come on let’s get out of here.”  He took her for ice cream; it actually made her feel a little better.  They spent the day watching TV and talking.  She knew he wanted to go to Colorado he just wouldn’t say it because there was nothing there for her. 

Graduation was in two weeks and she thought she knew what she wanted to get him but she had to get some help from Kristy.  He had this old backpack that he carried on the back of his chair, she really was not sure what was all in there, but it was always there.  She thought it was not appropriate for when he started working.  So she decided to have a nice leather briefcase type thing made that had his name on it with esq next to it.  Kristy found someone who could do it but they needed to know some measurements and the make of his chair.  She thought this was not going to be easy and as always there was a crunch for time.  He was coming over for dinner that night so she thought if he stayed she could get something.  He usually stayed a few nights a week and she would stay weekends at his place as there was more to do on that side of town.  When he fell asleep she tried to sneak and get some measurements but it was dark and she was a klutz.  She gave up and in the morning asked him to come to the office to give Kristy the info for the wedding.  He said that sounded good, he would bring her lunch, she said that would be a nice treat.  She figured Kristy could give it a go. 

Alex was excited to go see where she worked.  He knew she was important and had a great job but it would be nice to see it.  Arriving promptly as always, Kristy was so happy he was coming in, she wanted to see him for herself.  He was charming as always, and looked great.  Wearing khakis and a pale pink button up shirt, Kristy adored him.  Her office was amazing it had glass all around the one side and she had quite a view.  She also had a leather couch and a very big desk.  She said it was an old VP’s office and it was hers temporarily.  He was impressed, but she was always a class act.  They had lunch in her office and he gave Kristy the necessary information and he said there were certain seats they gave him.  She said not to worry she would take care of it and she would, if she could she would pack for them both, she was amazing.  Somehow someway she got what she needed for the bag.  Kelly told him she was taking off very early in the morning so she would call him from Boston.  He wanted to know if she would be up for going out on Friday night dinner and then meet up with some of his friends.  She said sure.  Kelly wondered what was up, but they had not really had a date in some time so it would be nice regardless. 

She was up and on her way to Boston by 7 AM.  Hoping she could get done what she needed to in two days, but that meant it was going to be busy.  She went straight to their offices in Boston and met up their Human Resources director Phil.  He was a very handsome guy, about her age.  He was great; he gave her what she needed and was extremely helpful.  She thought she was getting signals from him and honestly hoped she wasn’t, he seemed nice and she did not want to have to be mean.  Just as she was leaving Phil said “do you have plans for dinner?”, he knew she was out of town and he also knew her boss was not coming till the morning.  Kelly did not respond right away. 
He said “well I was thinking we could cover some more of this over dinner and try to get you out of here early tomorrow.” 
Now that she liked, maybe she was wrong he could be married for all she knew.  She said “that sounds great.”  He said he would pick her up at her hotel at 6 and she said no just tell me where and I will meet you, she insisted and he said fine.  He said he knew a place where they could work and get a great meal.  Whatever, she wanted to get back to San Francisco; she was obsessing over what was going to happen with Alex.  She was way too type A for all this uncertainty.  She could not imagine loosing Alex. 

When she got back to her room, she called Alex.  He sounded busy.  Graduation was coming, so she knew he had a lot on his plate.  He said he missed her.  She told him how she thought she may even get home early. 
He said “how did you finagle that?” 
She quickly replied “well Phil the HR director here is going to work with me on some of the stuff tonight.” 
Just as quick Alex asked “what?” 
She did not like his tone, he said “tonight Kelly?” 
“Ow Alex, he just suggested that we work tonight and I want to get out of here to see you silly.” 
He said “who is this Phil?”
she said “the HR director here.”
he said “No who is he, how old is he?” 
Sounding confused and distracted she replied “I don’t know maybe close to our age.”
Sounding very annoyed Alex said “yea I bet he wants to have dinner with you.” 
She had no idea what got into him, she should have never said anything.  She said “Alex I think you are way off but even if you are not I am a big girl, trust me I can handle it.”   
Alex said “I know but don’t be naive, that guy wants one thing.” 
With a sharp tone Kelly said “I am not naive Alex.” 
He did not know why this bothered him, it was one thing when guys would hit on her right in front of him, and come to think of it she is a little naive, but the idea of her being so far away and fully knowing that this guy wanted in her pants, enraged him. 
She said “seriously Alex, we talked so little that I could not tell you anything about him, he could be married with 8 kids for all I know.” 
Then she said “I cannot believe you are acting like this.” 
Alex said “you’re right I am sorry, I just know how hot you are and well your mine.” 
Kelly said “Alex, if I can trust you with all your little coed girls that hang on your every word, you can trust me with some dork of an HR director in Boston.” 
He said “you know I have eyes for only you.”
Kelly said in a softer tone “yes but I know Rachel and Cara have big eyes for you.”  She said “I should not have said anything”
Again sounding annoyed he replied “maybe you should not have.” 
Kelly said “Alex” with a screech in her voice.  He was not happy.  If she was being honest she would admit she liked the jealousy.  She did not want to end the conversation like this so she asked about their date and he said it was top secret.
Trying to keep things light Kelly asked”what in the world are you up to.” 
He said sounding slightly more relaxed “nothing you need to worry about, just promise me you will call me when you get in tonight.”
She said “I would have no matter what you lunatic.”  She said she loved him and hung up. 

She met Phil for dinner and was a little curious if he was after her.  She wore jeans and button up shirt and he was casual as well.  She said she had been in the suit for like 12 hours and she needed to be comfortable.  He told her she looked great.  She said thanks and changed the subject.  He suggested ordering and then working.  She got her usual chicken salad and ice tea.  He tried to be chatty and she was polite but did not encourage it.  She felt like Alex was watching her on some hidden video on his computer in San Francisco.  It turned out he was a bachelor.  When he inquired about her status she said she was dating a lawyer in San Francisco.  He asked if he was the one and she said “god I hope so.”  Once he realized she was in a relationship, he backed down big time.  So they worked and by about ten they were wrapping things up.  While working she found some mistakes in his work and realized she may not get out early after all.  He was mortified, but she told him it happens all the time, and that is why she was there.  When they left the restaurant Phil said “if you were single I would be all over you.”  She said “but I am not.” They parted ways. 

She got back and took a shower, she was so tiered.  Kelly called Alex and said “hello psycho.”  He said “so was I right” and she thought should I be honest or just tell him he is married and end the whole thing.  She was honest because she was an awful liar.  She said “you were right, but once I told him I was dating a hot lawyer in San Francisco he backed down immediately.”  Alex called him an ass hole and she said “Alex stop it, you are a piece of work tonight and if I did not feel like my eyes weighed a thousand pounds I would give you a piece of my mind.”  He said “so I am saved by exhaustion.”  She said pretty much and she said good night.

She met up with her boss Steve the next morning and gave him the run down and her thoughts, she thought there was a definite possible merger.  She said it would be more work than she anticipated but very doable.  He took her to lunch and asked how things were and if she had given any thought to staying in San Francisco.  She briefly told him her situation.  He said “well you have till September then I need to give you roots somewhere.”  He told her he had really hoped San Francisco would be a perfect fit.  Kelly said “it maybe, it is right now.” 
He said he felt like he should meet this Alex.  She said ow that is not necessary. 
Steve said “yes it is.” 
Kelly hesitated and said “next time you are in town you can meet him.” 
He said” the secretary’s all say he is very attractive.” 
Kelly said “that he is.”  She told him if he wanted this merger to happen this fiscal year then she needed to get busy.  He told her to get to it.  So she went back and worked like a dog.  She had to stay one more night, there was no way around it.  She texted Alex that she was staying another night as her boss gave her the go ahead.  He did not reply which meant he was mad.  She was getting annoyed with his behavior.  She worked through dinner and when she got back she called Alex, she was wondering why he had not called her at all.  He did not answer, that’s had never happened before.  So about an hour later she called again, no answer.  She texted him, and got a text back that said “how is Phil?”  She wrote back “seriously.”  She was furious.  He had gone out with Nick and was pretty drunk.  He convinced himself that she was staying to be with this Phil guy.  She could not believe Alex was acting this way still.  She wrote back “you need to get a grip, this is crazy.”  She said “Good night.”  She was mad.  She logged on to facebook to see if it said anything.  Alex had something about freaking basketball but nothing out of the ordinary.  She had a friend request from Phil but dear god she would not dare accept it, which was very silly in her opinion but why make things worse.  She figured she would deal with Alex when she got back. 

Rachel had stopped by and talked with Alex a bit, he told her about Kelly’s trip and Phil.  Rachel did not help as she said he definitely had reason to worry.  Alex again said “what do you have against her. “ She did not answer.  He passed out in his chair and had one of his rare accidents.  Kelly tied up a few loose ends and Kristy managed to get her out of Boston by .  When she got back it was about 3 in the afternoon.  She wondered if she should go to the office or to Alex’s.  When she got off the plane she saw she missed a call from him.  He texted “call me please.”  She decided to have this conversation in person.  She drove to his place not knowing if he had class or not.  He was not there, but his aid Martha was there.  She was a very sweet women maybe in her mid 40’s.  She said Alex would be back soon, he had to go sell some books back.  She said she would wait.  They chatted while Kelly returned some emails from her Iphone.  About 40 minutes later Alex came in, he saw her car so he knew she was there and he did not know what to say.  He knew he was out of line, but he also knew about her temper.  This was not going to be their first real fight; this would just be the first time he was completely to blame.  He looked like hell so that was actually in his favor. 

When he came in, she looked up from her phone and said “hey you look awful”
He replied rather pathetically “I feel awful” just then Martha took off. 
Alex said “you look pissed”
Kelly said” I am not sure if I am mad at you or if I feel bad for you.” 
He said “the later would work best for me.” 
She gave him a glare and said “so who was that last night.” 
“I was pissed you were not coming home”
She said “sorry Alex that is my job.”
He said “let me finish.”  Alex said he went out with Nick to watch the game and he definitely drank way too much, he said I was very jealous and I created this idea that you were sleeping with him in some hotel in Boston texting me to cover your ass. 
She looked flabbergasted, he went on and said “I know I was wrong, I do trust you, I just sometimes still wonder why you are with me, you could have anyone and given how loose our plans are.” 
Kelly interrupted and nearly yelled “now that is enough, I was very honest with you and when I say nothing happened that is an understatement, she said I found all kinds of flaws in his work and he was so worried I was going to have him fired he did not give me another look the whole trip.  Which I would have told you but you were too busy being a child, I had no idea you felt this way.”  She paused and continued “you know you are crazy right?”
Alex said “I guess.” 
Kelly kept going and said “absolutely everything I have done since we met has had something to do with you.  You are all I think about, you are where I want to be, you mean more to me than any other man I have ever been with.  I thought you knew that”
Alex said “I do I just am a jerk, I was not thinking and I am so sorry, it will never happen again.” 
She reiterated that she thought there was a double standard going on, she reminded him of his 600 female friends on facebook and all the visits from girls and calls.
Kelly she said “I have bitten my tongue so many times because I trust you completely, I know you are with me and I hate that you don’t have that same trust.” 
After a short pause he said while looking down at his lap almost looking like a child “cut me some flack, I have some insecurities that you don’t have to contend with “ 
Kelly quickly said “don’t give me that shit.” 
He said “you still refuse to admit that I am different.” 
She rolled her eyes.  He said “don’t do that”
Still annoyed and not backing down Kelly said “I am very well aware that this is different, but I don’t know why you can’t get that it does not bother me.  I feel like you want me to tell you that it bothers me and I am not sure if I want to be with you because you get around in a chair and pee on a schedule.  You meet all of my needs, you would do anything for me, you make me feel so special, you are crazy hot, you meet all my needs, you’re the smartest guy I have ever met, you’re a lawyer, you could have a ton of girls but you choose me, I can be me around you, you meet all of my needs, I love you but this is a Alex issue, not a Kelly issue.” 
Alex paused and then said “Kelly I have never met anyone like you, you look at me in a way that one else does.” 
Kelly said “please Alex I am not up to have the same fight over and over.” 
He said “I honestly believe that you sometimes forget I can’t walk or do a million other everyday things, but I worry that you are ignoring it and hoping it will go away and it’s not.” 
Kelly sat back and threw her hands up and said “are you kidding me?”
Alex said “Kelly I am just being honest this stuff worries me, I don’t want to lose you because one day we can’t get into a restaurant because there are stairs and it finally hits you, I have lost too much already I don’t want to lose you.”  
She told him to shut up.  He went to say something and she said “shut up, if you think I am that self centered and that I am not completely aware then you are crazy and we should not be together because I am not going to spend the rest of my life trying to prove something to you.  You are right I honestly rarely think of you as disabled, you make it easy, it really has not affected all that much.  When I tell people about you I don’t tell them you are in a chair and not because I am ashamed or embarrassed because I forget.” 
Alex said “ but Kel it is a huge part of who I am.” 
Quickly she replied” Alex it does not define you and it does not define us.”    
He took a deep breath and said “I love you so much, you are right this is my issue and I do trust you.” 
With a hush in her tone said “I don’t know about that.”  There was a silence and then Kelly said “you know I have never cheated on anyone.” 
He said “that does not surprise me.”  He came over and said “forgive me, please forgive me. I just wish I could erase the whole thing, it was stupid and I am a fool.” 
 “Don’t patronize me Alex Miller.” 
Alex said “I am not I just want to wake up and forget it happened.” 
Kelly said “of course but from now on just be honest with me, don’t act out like this.”  He said “you are the only thing that matters to me right now, and that scares the shit out of me." 
She said “ditto” and they kissed. 
She said “well the last fight we had we did the whole make up sex thing and I am not doing that this time, one because I don’t reward negative behavior (smirking)  and more importantly you look kind of gross.”  “I am going to go, I need to drop t his stuff off at the office and get home.” 
He said “I am going to bed just as soon as you leave.” 
She said “are we still on for tomorrow?” 
Alex said “definitely, I will pick you up at 7.” 

She went home from work the following day and realized she had no idea where they were going, she texted him and said how should I dress he said casual which made her very happy, she put on jeans and very pretty pink silk halter top.  As usual he was right on time, except he came up to her door which was weird.  He came in and she said “well you look better.” 
Alex said “I still feel pretty bad about doing that to you.” 
She said “well Kristy and I came to the conclusion that you are a guy and you were bound to screw up sometime.” 
He pulled her onto his lap like he always did and said “I promise it will never happen again” he said he needed to give her more credit as she was not like anyone he had ever met and there was no excuse for his behavior. 
Kelly said “OK, I am over it promise.”  He kissed her.  She actually felt bad for him, because she was really over it. 
She said “you could have told me that in the car.”
Alex said “no there is one more thing” and he pulled out a box and said “don’t panic its not that box.”  He said “give or take a few days tonight is the 3 month anniversary of our fist date.”  She had no idea.  He said “I just wanted to thank you for the 3 best months of my life.”  She was overwhelmed.  He said “this is just a small token of my affection.”  It was a gorgeous necklace with a pearl pendent.  He said “I know you are not big on jewelry but you almost always have your pearls on, so this is so you can switch it up.”  She loved it and loved how much thought he put in it.  He was right; she always had her pearl earrings in and wore her necklace whenever she could.  She said “thank you, thank you so much.”  They both had little tears in their eyes.  She said she felt the same and hoped it was just the beginning.  As always wanted to break the silence, she said ”Alex” and he said “what” she said “I am starving” and he said “my bad sorry lets go” with a grin that melted her heart.
He took her back to where they had their first date.  She was happy because a margarita sounded fabulous after this week.  She had two margaritas in her before dinner and she was feeling good.  He said he would take one for the team tonight, she said “I bet you will.”  Kelly noticed he was spasming a little more than usual, and she asked if he was OK and he said yea last night was wreaking havoc on his body still.
She said “do you want to go”
Alex said “no, no I feel great, my body just has not gotten the message yet.” 
She said “that is interesting”
he said “what?”
Kelly said it is like “you and your body are separate entities sometimes.” 
Alex said with a smirk “yea, we have not been on the same page for a long time.” 
Kelly put her hand over his and said “you  know we are a team and if something is bothering you I want you to let me be there for you as much as you think I turn a blind eye to all this, I am very aware.  I see every grimace, I know when your pride is crushed, I know you are so annoyed sometimes you want to scream, I am so aware Alex, but it does not do you any good if I feel bad for you or baby you, that is not what you want, but maybe I could do a better job of making sure you know I am here for you.” 
He paused and then said “I know you know I see it in your eyes, and I love that you don’t let this define me or us.”  Then she like always she felt the need to switch it up and said she saw a speech Obama had made about health care and they started to debate that oddly there were pretty much on the same page.  They ate and he said “I promised a bunch of people I would stop by and provided that we are graduating and I may never see them again, I would like to stop” and she said “I am up for anything.”  Kelly said ”I am so excited for graduation he said “you know so am I.” 

They went to a dressed up campus bar.  It was nice but not too nice.  In the back there was a large group of what looked to be young adults so they headed back.  It was pretty packed which frustrated Alex, but he trudged through.  It was not too bad once they got to the back.  They were all happy to see Alex and he introduced her and she knew she would not remember one name.  Some random guy asked them what they wanted, Alex said what the heck and got a beer and she did the same.  Kelly struck up a great conversation with a very nice group of girls.  They told her they all adored Alex and thought he was one of the nicest guys around and she said you know and he is wonderful in bed and then apologized as the margaritas had caught up with her, but they all laughed and said she would fit right in.  They talked fashion, Kelly was in heaven as she never finds anyone who cares about the same stuff she does. Alex came over and they said Alex where have you been hiding her and he said under a bridge and winked.  He asked if she needed anything and she said no she was good.  She did shots with the girls and Alex sat back and loved seeing her so happy.  She went over and sat on Alex’s lap and whispered in his ear that he was the sexiest man in the entire bar and she was going to have her way with him.  He teased her for being so drunk and kissed her.  She was in her very happy place and Alex knew it was time to go. 

When they go to the car she said “Alex, I told the girls you are good in bed I hope that is OK.” 
When he got in the car he said “what did you say?”
 She said “well they said how nice you were and all that and I said and he is amazing in bed.” 
He laughed and said “that is why I love you.” 
Kelly sort of slurred “because I think you are good in bed.” 
He said with a huge grin “yes and then some.”   
Alex said you are “staying at my place.”
Kelly said “OK whatever.” 
He knew she was going to pass out soon.  When they got back he gave her a glass of water and took her to his room.  She got up on the bed and passed out on his side of the bed, which was fine.  He had never seen her like this so he thought it was a treat.  He threw a blanket on her and took her shoes off and watched some sports center and went to bed.