The same evening of the family meeting, Noah and Sharlee were going out with Rene and Darion. Rene and Darion were in town looking for a home to buy. The construction on Noah’s Dealership was close to finishing and Darion had to be there to oversee a lot of details as manager. He also had to finish training.
Rene had earned her degree in early childhood education and she’d been hired to work as a first grade teacher at a local elementary school beginning in the fall. So they needed to find a home in Santa Fe as soon as possible. However tonight, the two couples were going out together to have some fun! Dale and Alissa were looking after Sky and Darion and Rene’s two children.
Skylar came into the greatroom carrying her backpack.
“I going too!”
‘Mommy, I wanna eat!’
She held up her arms to Sharlee. Sharlee was still breastfeeding Sky, but she was trying to wean her. It wasn’t easy for either her or for Sky because of the close connection they had while Sky nursed.
Dale had been in the room the whole time. He’d held back laughter at Sky’s behavior remembering how Sharlee used to do the same thing. He loved how Noah was with Skylar. Even though Skylar had Noah wrapped around her little finger just as she had them all, Noah always knew when to say no to her, and he always did it in a very loving way. Dale was glad to see that Noah had turned out to be a naturally good father! Dale couldn’t wait to see Noah having to cope with boyfriends when Skylar is older.
The thought made Dale laugh again. He had the feeling that Noah would be worse at handling it than Dale was with his girls. He had really grown on Dale, but Dale still wasn’t completely sure of Noah. He knew that worrying made him seem like an overprotective father, but at least he’d learned to keep his concerns to himself. He hoped that Noah continued to prove him wrong.
When they arrived at the nightclub, several people recognized Noah and Sharlee from their commercials and ads for Harley. They swarmed them, trying to get their autographs. Security came and led them to a VIP section of the club.
Darion looked at Noah. “So this is what it’s like to be a celebrity.”
Noah frowned. “Celebrity!”
“Face it Bro. You and Sharlee are celebs now.”
Sharlee and her brothers and sisters had been sheltered by their parents and grandparents from a lot of the negatives that came with being a celebrity. However, every once in a while, times like tonight happened. This was the grand opening of a new nightclub and lots of people from all around the county were there. So many of the people there at the nightclub that night didn’t live in Santa Fe and weren’t used to seeing Noah and Sharlee around town.
Noah and Sharlee didn’t like receiving that kind of attention, but at least they were no longer pestered by the press or paparazzi thanks to the new regulations. A few more people were allowed into the VIP section. It had a lounge area, a bar, a dance floor and a pool table.
“What, you do that?”
“I think the kids would have a great time! What do you think, Darion.”
Rene told Sharlee, “I can’t believe how much Skylar has grown since we last saw her!”
“Yes, she’s really growing quickly.”
“When are you going to give her a little brother or sister?”
Darion was looking at him intently.
Noah answered her. “No, I didn’t have to go to that one.”
Noah didn’t know what she was talking about. If Darion had gone to a seminar, Noah didn’t know what it could have been. Terry had given him a schedule with the dates for the remaining seminars that he and Darion would have to attend. There hadn’t been one scheduled for the previous week. Noah felt uncomfortable and wondered what was up with Darion.
“Thanks, Honey. I was thinking the same about you.”
After they had danced for a few minutes, they found themselves sharing kisses more than dancing. Because of their schedules, it had been almost two weeks since they’d last made love, and they were both feeling on fire with wanting each other. They were both taking some summer classes. Noah to finish his courses as soon as possible, and Sharlee to get caught back up. Also Sarge had Noah taking taekwondo classes to work out his anger and learn even greater control of it. Noah was still seeing him for therapy although it was now just twice a month.
Before they realized it, they were kissing again. As they kissed, they both were focused on just one another. Everyone else faded away, and they forgot where they were. Sharlee suddenly came back down to earth and flushed. Noah laughed at her. She still blushed when she was embarrassed. “Babe, I’ll be right back.”
“I reserved the hot tub for us. We’ll have some privacy in here, and the manager said that we’re the first to use it. He said that we won’t be disturbed. This is the most exclusive area of the club. If we need anything we just use the intercom and buzz.”
“Wow, this is so nice, Noah. It’s cozy and romantic.
There were swimming suits and drinks for them. Sharlee was the designated driver for the night, and she was drinking virgin daiquiris.
“I don’t think we’ll need the suits. Do you?”
For her answer, Sharlee started pulling down the straps of her dress. It took them just a few moments to undress and then get into the hot tub. They weren’t at all interested in the drinks.
Then they dressed to rejoin Rene and Darion. This would satisfy them until after they got home and put Skylar to bed. Sharlee hugged Noah again before they left the room.
Darion laughed. “Still like newlyweds!”
Darion changed the subject. They stayed at the nightclub for a few more hours, and then left to pick up their children. They had a great time out together, but Noah and Sharlee were glad to pick up their Sky. They tried to spend as much time as they could with her despite their busy schedules.
After they’d been apart for a couple of months, Jamil went to see Miki in Bridgeport. “Miki, I’m ready to talk to you about how I feel. I wanted to talk with you face to face. You getting that abortion without even talking with me about it was a huge betrayal. It makes me think that you don’t really care about my deepest feelings or thoughts. I know that we agreed that we wouldn’t have children. Raising Crystal for the few years that we had her was great. However that baby was mine too!”
He paused gathering his thoughts.
“Yes, I understood that you did not want the responsibility of caring for a child, but I would have gladly taken on most of the responsibility. I would have taken paternity leave and become a Mr. Mom. We aren’t living in the 1950’s! I would have been happy to take care of my child, our child. That baby was a part of me and a part of you. Maybe for some people an abortion is the right choice, but I just don’t understand how you could have done that.”
“Please Jamil, believe me that I know what a selfish mistake I made! I would not handle it that way if I could do it all over again. I am so deeply sorry! I’m sorry if I’ve made you feel that you aren’t important to me. I love you, Jamil.”
“I love you too, Miki. But my life isn’t here in Bridgeport anymore. I like living in Santa Fe even though the pace is a lot slower than here in this big city. I’ve got a small townhouse, and I’m very comfortable. I really like my job at the studio. I oversee all of the stylists, and I’m Matthew’s personal stylist again. So, I have a promotion. I just felt that I needed to tell you in person how I feel. I’m not staying. I have a flight booked to take me right back to Santa Fe. I truly hope that you will be happy.”
Then he left. Miki feels an emptiness in her life without Jamil. Yes, her career is going great and she has her dream apartment. However, it isn’t the same without Jamil, and she misses him badly.
“I miss you so much.”
“I miss you too, but like I said, my life is here now, Miki.”
“It’s not as luxurious as the penthouse was, but I like it too. It has great views of the water.”
“I put the penthouse on the market. We can split the money after it sales.”
“Jamil are you seeing someone else?”
“Of course not!”
“I’m still in love with you, Miki. It wouldn’t be fair to see anyone else now. Are you seeing someone else? What is this about?”
“I’m still in love with you too. Do you think that you can ever forgive me for what I did?”
“I know that I love you, and I will always feel a loss for that baby. However, I do believe you when you say that you are sorry for handling it that way. What hurt just as much is that you didn’t even tell me that we were pregnant! It makes me wonder what else I don’t know about you and makes me believe that you don’t respect me enough to even consider my thoughts or feelings when they might differ from yours.”
“I can understand how it made you feel that way, but I promise you that this is the only thing that I’ve hidden from you. I will never ever again make a major decision that effects us both without consulting you.”
Jamil just looked at her silently and puzzled.
“I’ve never been more sure of anything. I love you Jamil, and I really want to marry you!”
“Then my answer is yes!”
“It was the same for me. I’m so relieved that you said, yes.”
Miki and Jamil decided to have a small wedding ceremony in a local park.
There were supposed to be more wedding pictures, but my game crashed on me. Here are some of the pictures that I was able to take before the crash.