The theme of Renee & Kai's Valentine's Day is honesty as the two grow closer despite all that Kai is going through.
I know there's been a lot of angst lately, and some pretty heavy emotions. There's still a lot of that "today," but there's also a lot of sweetness I hope you all will enjoy.
Previously on In/Exhale: Dinner with Frankie's parents affects Kai deeper than expected, pushing him to attempt sex with Nikki. The experience goes sideways, and the next morning David comes to pick him up since Kai is naked, confused, and manically cleaning Nikki's apartment. Convinced Kai attempted to OD, he ensures Kai is never alone for the rest of the day. Based on the fact that Kai has had two major blackouts in a weekend, plus his current mental state, Dr. Miller encourages Kai to push up his Harbinger stay to February 14, and his Valentine's celebrations to the 13th.
Kai spends the morning with Renee, and his emotional turmoil over the idea that he may have had sex with Nikki causes him to lash out at her more than once, but ultimately, they make peace. Kai's MLS pain has been severe since he walked too much during his Harbinger tour, and the idea that he may have OD'd has meant limited meds to control it. By day's end, Kai's physical and emotional pain cause him to be unfairly cruel to Jon.
This Week on In/Exhale: The day starts early, since Kai can't sleep due to his pain, anger, and frustration. David forces Kai to meet with Dr. Miller, and Kai finally admits why the dinner at Frankie's has upset him so much. After, Kai is determined to make today special for Renee, beginning with a home-cooked breakfast, although, as always, things don't go how he'd planned.
Next Time on In/Exhale: Valentine's Day continues, as Kai and Renee revisit events and places that are special to their relationship. Just when it seems like things are going perfectly, something happens that threatens to derail everything.
Sorry today's update is late. I had to travel to NY overnight to see my specialist (he's basically THE specialist for what I have since it's super rare) and it wiped me out. I thought I was posting on Thursday, too, so that didn't help. Anyway, better late than never, right? My doc is increasing the frequency of my injections so we're hoping that will help with my symptoms and quality of life, and I'm praying it will mean I can be more productive with my writing, which means more stuff for you guys to read with less waiting in between.
As always, I really appreciate your comments. I read and re-read them all the time when I need a little boost. I'm really glad that my story means a lot to those of you who take the time to read it.
PS - The Table of Contents has been updated, in case you need to re-read any previous episodes, or catch up.