Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Unexpected 8


Chapter 8

The weeks after Labor Day weekend were busy for both Bryan and Meaghan, but they spent several nights a week at Bryan’s place.  He was tempted to ask Meaghan to move in with him; they were practically living together anyway and his apartment was big enough for both of them.  He just wasn’t sure how to pitch the idea to her; he didn’t want to push things too fast. Meaghan was important to Bryan and he didn’t want to lose her.

Meaghan smiled as she let herself into Bryan’s apartment. He’d given her the key not long after they arrived home from Oak Island and she’d given him a key to her place as well. They usually ended up staying at his place because it was more accessible to him; Meaghan’s place was okay, but her bathroom was small and hard to for him to move around in and he had everything he needed at his place. She had barely managed to close and lock the door behind her when Bryan came wheeling down the hallway toward her. He was wearing a pair of worn jeans and a plaid shirt and his feet were sock clad. The pressure sores on his heels hadn’t reoccurred, so he was back to wearing his AFO’s in bed.

“Hey babe,” he greeted her with a smile. He pulled her into his lap and kissed her senseless.

“I take it you’ve missed me,” Meaghan said with a teasing smile on her face.

“I always miss you,” he said with a smile. “You’re mine for the weekend, right?”

“Ditto,” Meaghan laughed. “No work ‘til Monday for me.”

“Awesome! Are you ready for some food?”

“Yeah, I’m starving,” Meaghan said as she stood up. “What are your plans?”

“I’ve got a treat ready for you,” he replied with a grin. “Just drop your bag off in the bedroom and join me in the kitchen.”

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Later that evening Meaghan was lying in bed, waiting for Bryan to join her. He was going through his evening routine, which included his bowel routine. She was half asleep by the time he wheeled out of the bathroom, dressed in a pair of sleep pants.

“Hey there,” she said with a smile as Bryan transferred to the bed. He grabbed his AFO’s from the floor beside the bed and handed them to her; knowing she enjoyed putting them on for him. He lay back against the pillows while Meaghan lifted his feet into the braces, placed the sheepskin padding over his feet and secured the Velcro straps on both of them. After she was done she pulled the covers over Bryan and herself, and curled up next to him.

“Thanks for helping me babe,” he said before he placed a kiss on her lips.

“Any day,” she said with a smile. “And in the morning I’ll do your stretches for you.”

“You’re amazing. What on earth did I do to deserve you?”

“Ditto,” Meaghan shot back as she placed a kiss on his lips.

“Ummm, Megs?” Bryan said, slightly hesitantly a few moments later.

“Yeah?”

“I’ve been thinking about something for a while; how do you feel about moving in with me? We practically live together and you hardly spend any time in your apartment.”
Meaghan was a bit take aback; they had been spending a lot of their time at Bryan’s place lately, but the thought of moving in with him on a permanent basis hadn’t crossed her mind.

“Move in with you? You don’t think that’s kind of rushed? We haven’t known each other for that long.”

“I wouldn’t have suggested it if I thought it was too soon, but you’re not ready to make that step it’s fine with me…” Bryan’s voice trailed off. It was pretty clear he wasn’t fine with it.

“It’s just not something I’ve put any kind of serious thought into, but you do have a point. It’s just that…I don’t know…it’s kind of sudden.”

“Take your time to think about it. No pressure.”

Meaghan still felt pressured, it was obvious that Bryan would be hurt if she declined and it would definitely have a negative impact on their relationship. “Let me sleep on it, okay?”

“Deal,” he responded with a slight smile on his face. Meaghan leaned over and kissed him on the lips. He pulled her closer and kissed her senseless.

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When Meaghan woke up Saturday morning Bryan wasn’t in bed with her and there was no sign of him in the bathroom. She noticed his AFO’s were on the floor on his side of the bed, so he had probably already showered and dressed for the day. After a quick detour to the bathroom she ambled down the hallway and was surprised when the apartment seemed to be empty. Bryan hadn’t mentioned anything about having an appointment or going to work, he’d said he was free all weekend. There was a pot of coffee ready, so she went ahead and poured herself a cup and headed back to the living room. She figured she’d catch up on the morning news while waiting for Bryan to return.  

She didn’t have to wait long; about five minutes after she’d turned on the TV she heard his key in the lock and he wheeled into the living room with a brown paper bag with the logo from the bakery down the street in his lap. It struck Meaghan how handsome he was; his dark hair was tousled and the dark shadow on his jaw revealed that he hadn’t shaved that morning. He was wearing a pair of black windbreaker pants, sneakers on his feet and a tight fleece jacket with what appeared to be a dry fit shirt underneath. She loved it when he wore dry fit shirts; they were tight and showed up his impressive upper body.

“Good morning,” he said with a smile. “I was hoping you were still asleep, I kinda hoped to bring you breakfast in bed.”

“Well, I can go back to bed if you want to, I just got up about ten minutes ago. You must have been in stealth mode this morning.”

Bryan chuckled. “Hardly, but sometimes being on wheels has its advantages. And you were still sleeping deeply, judging from your snoring.”

“I don’t snore, that’s your department.”

“You snore Megs. If you don’t believe me I’ll record it the next time I hear it.”

Meaghan just shook her head and raised her hands in defeat as she stood and headed back to bed. If Bryan wanted to treat her to breakfast in bed she was happy to let him.

About twenty minutes later he arrived in the bedroom with a tray in his lap, it appeared he had prepared a real feast. There were chocolate croissants, sliced fruit, bowls of yoghurt, a carafe of fresh squeezed orange juice and bagels filled with fried eggs and bacon. He carefully placed the tray on the bench at the foot of the bed.

“I’ll be right back, I just have to fetch the coffee,” he said as she wheeled out of the bedroom.  He returned with a thermal pot filled with coffee, two mugs and two glasses in his lap. After setting it on his nightstand he transferred to the bed and Meaghan retrieved the tray with food while he arranged his legs. She placed the carafe with orange juice on her nightstand and then she put the tray down between them on the bed.  They were both hungry and polished off the bagels pretty fast. Bryan had a sip of his juice and leaned back against the headboard.

“Have you thought about what I asked you last night?”

“Moving in with you? Not really, I’m barely awake.”

“I don’t mean to push you, I just like having you around.”

“I like being here too. It’s just…I love my place and it took a lot of hard work to get it to where I want it. It was a complete dump when I bought it.  And, please don’t take this the wrong way; I’d hate to have start all over again if for some reason things don’t work out with us living together. I’ve done it once and it sucked.”

“I totally understand that babe. I was thinking maybe you could try to let the place for a few months? The hospital is always looking for apartments to rent; we have a lot of doctors and other staff that come here to work for shorter periods of time. Most of them prefer to live in apartments instead of hotels. I’m sure we can find you a tenant.”

“I hadn’t thought about that, it’s not a bad idea at all.”
Bryan couldn’t stop a self-satisfied smirk from spreading across his face. Meaghan slugged him in the arm. That didn’t wipe the smirk off his face.

“So, you’ll move in with me?” he asked.

“I’m willing to give it a try.”

“Awesome!” Bryan’s grin was so wide it looked like his face was about to split in half.

“You really want this, don’t you?”

“Yeah, I don’t really like living alone. I…I actually feel a bit lonely. I know it’s weird…I mean…I have friends and I my family isn’t that far away, but it’s not the same as having someone to share my everyday life with.”

“I don’t think it’s weird at all,” Meaghan assured him. She placed a kiss on his lips before she grabbed a chocolate croissant. “Pour me a cup of coffee?”

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Later in the morning, after they’d cleaned up after breakfast together and Meaghan had showered and dressed, she helped Bryan with his range of motion exercises. While she manipulated his legs like a pro a smile spread across her face.

“What are you smiling about?” Bryan asked when he noticed her practically beaming.

“I don’t know. Everything. Nothing particular…I’m just happy, happier than I’ve felt in a long time.”

“Me too,” Bryan assured her.  “You’re getting really good at this by the way. It’s nice that I don’t have to struggle with it myself anymore.”

“Well, you’re a good teacher and I’m happy to help you.”

“I’m glad you feel that way. God knows I’ve spent plenty of time after my accident worrying about finding a woman that don’t see my disability as a burden. And that isn’t freaked out about it.”

“You should know by now that I don’t see you or your disability as a burden and I’m not freaked out about it. Not even the pack of protective undergarments in your bathroom. After your big speech to Jennifer about not wearing diapers anymore a few weeks ago I have to admit it wasn’t something I expected to see.” Meaghan had stumbled across the pack that morning, when she looked for his hairdryer.  Bryan sighed. He wasn’t surprised that she had found them, and it wasn’t like he’d tried to hide them, but he wasn’t exactly thrilled about his girlfriend finding a pack of what was essentially adult diapers in his bathroom.

“I generally don't need them, but at work it can be a challenge to catheterize myself every four hours, my workdays are very unpredictable. I tried to wear a condom catheter with a leg bag to work right after my accident, but for some reason I struggle to get them to stay on. I usually don’t have accidents, I monitor my fluid intake, but wearing protective undergarments at work means I don’t have to worry about wetting my pants in front of a patient. Most patients have some reservations about having a cripple for a doctor, and I’m sure an incontinent cripple isn’t higher on the list.”

“I guess it’s better to be safe than sorry, right?”

“Exactly,” Bryan said, still appearing somewhat uneasy about the whole conversation.  Meaghan finished the exercise she was doing and lay down next to Bryan on the yoga mat. She leaned over and kissed him gently on the lips. He wrapped his arms around her and pulled her closer, while kissing her senseless. She reciprocated she sensed him getting less tense as their make-out session escalated.


6 comments:

  1. Great chapter! It's so good to B and M moving closer together.

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  2. I so miss you! Great chapter.

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  3. Missed your story and delighted to see an update. Any lemons in the near future for our couple???

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  4. Great installment. Sure hope you heal quickly and feel better soon!

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  5. I was thinking about your story this morning, I had a crazy day and this was such a great surprise!!! Glad you are feeling better!!

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  6. Great new chapter. ..Bryan and Meaghan seem to be getting really serious which is awesome. Thisbstory has a wonderful flow to it and I am definitely looking forward to the next chapters and seeing where the story goes.

    Ps: Hope your wrist heals soon :)

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