Sharlee awakened before Noah and checked the monitor on her side of the bed. Noah had one built into his nightstand too. They always raised the monitors to view during the night. She and Noah really liked the security system that they had installed throughout their home.
“Good morning, Handsome.”
“Last night was–” Noah broke off when they heard Skylar on the monitor.
Noah turned and looked at the monitor.
She no longer slept in a crib. They had given her a toddler bed. She loved being able to easily get in and out of her bed without any help. They knew what she was going to do next.
Logan was still sleeping. They had had to teach Sky not to awaken Logan, but to let him wake up on his own. After she saw that Logan was still asleep, Sky turned away from the crib. Then she called loudly to her kitten. “Zoey!”
“I got it, Babe!”
He rushed out of their bedroom.
“I sorry, Logan! I not mean to wake you up!”
Sharlee smiled as she watched them together. Logan was just 6 weeks old, but he and Skylar already had a bond and loved each other.
Aiden and Joy burst out laughing!
Skylar ran to the nursery. She came back carrying one of her favorite bears that she always kept at her grandparent’s home.
“Skylar, thank you for offering to share Blinky with me. You know that I love you a lot don’t you? How much?”
Skylar spread out her arms wide. “Bigger than the whole world!”
Alissa knelt down and kissed her on the forehead.
“Bye baby girl. I love you!”
“Love you too, Mommy!”
Sharlee gave Logan a kiss goodbye and left the house.
“I’m probably over-reacting, and she’s probably fine. It’s just that she’s three hours late picking up the children, and she hasn’t called since earlier in the day. She usually calls several times to check on them and talk with them, but today, she’s only called once.”
“They’re fine. Skylar’s out in the pool with Aiden, and Joy has Logan. Logan was a little fussy, and I know it’s because he’s missing Sharlee. Sharlee left enough bottles, but she said she’d be back in time to nurse him. You know how important that is to her.”
Noah felt his stomach muscles tighten in anxiety. This wasn’t at all like Sharlee.
“Dale will be home early, and he wants to spend time with the kids. So I asked Sharlee if you all would like to have dinner here. She said she’d talk with you about it, and she was going to pick up some things from the farmer’s market for me and bring them back here to cook. That was three hours ago.”
“Thanks Noah. I’ll keep trying her phone.”
“Alright Mom. I’m leaving now. I’ll call you soon.”
Noah tried to reach Sharlee again, but he got her voicemail. He pulled up the home security cameras with the ap on his phone. Her car wasn’t there, and she wasn’t in the house. Noah grabbed his keys and a shopping bag from his desk. Then he quickly left the building. He broke speed limits getting home, but that didn’t matter to him.
He found it on the floor in the kitchen. It was wedged with one of her lipsticks against the counter. He guessed that she had dropped her purse and hadn’t noticed that those two items had fallen from it.
Then he left the house to continue searching for her. Mom had said that Sharlee was going to the farmer’s market. He drove there first. He kept telling himself that “nothing was wrong. Sharlee was fine! She’d just lost her phone, and he’d see her soon.”
After he arrived at the market, he spoke with several of the vendors. They all knew Sharlee. She shopped there weekly to buy fresh, natural foods and ingredients for her recipes. They told him that she had been there a couple of hours ago, but they didn’t know where she was headed after that.
Noah thanked them and went back to his chopper. Now his anxiety was over-whelming. He forced himself to calm down and think clearly. Should he call the police? He knew that they would say it was too soon to file a missing person’s report. He called around to their friends and other relatives. No one had seen or heard from her. Dale called him to find out if he had heard anything. When Noah said no, Dale told him that he was leaving to search for Sharlee too.
Noah thought hard. “Babe where are you!” He wracked his mind trying to think of where to look next. Mom had said that she was shopping for something to cook for the barbecue. So after she left the market, she would probably have headed to her parent’s home to cook and to nurse Logan.
Finally he saw her! She was off on the side of the road kicking the tire of her car. The tire was flat. Noah felt himself relax for the first time since he’d learned that she was missing. If this anxiety was the way she’d felt during the days that he was missing, he didn’t know how she’d borne it!
“Darn tire went flat, and I lost my phone! I was just about to give up and start walking.”
Sharlee could see how worried Noah had been. She wished she had paid better attention when Noah had tried to teach her how to change a flat tire. She’d thought that she could always call AAA automobile club to do it for her, but now she knew that it was best to learn how to do it for herself. She’d have him show her again soon. It didn’t take Noah long to change the tire and after it was changed, they drove to her parent’s home.
When they got home that night, Skylar had already fallen asleep in the car, and so Noah took her straight to bed. Sharlee got Logan settled in the nursery for the night and then went into the master bedroom. Noah came into the room. Sharlee went over to her dresser and smiled in pleased surprise. There was a lovely red rose and a card from Noah. He had written: “Last night was amazing! I can’t believe how much I love you more and more each day, Babe. I’m so happy and thankful to be your husband and lover.”
The night before had been their first night making love since before Logan’s birth and it had been extremely sensuous and passionate for them both.
“Thank you, Honey! I feel exactly the same way about you.”
“You just wanted to be close to Mommy. You don’t have to nurse to be close to me.”
“Am I still a baby, Mommy?”
“Even when you’re as old and creaky as Daddy, you’ll still be my baby!”
“I ready to read now, Daddy. You can give Mommy Logan.”
Sharlee held onto her and tickled her.
That was one of Skylar’s favorite games and so she happily started playing it with her mother. Sharing attention with Logan was also something that they were going to have to steadily help her adjust to doing.
Noah went to work the following morning. At lunchtime, he told his secretary that he would be gone for the rest of the day. He went home for lunch with Sharlee and the children, and then went to Sarge’s office for his appointment. Noah was dreading it.
There will be another update next week. It takes up where this chapter left off. It’s almost finished! 🙂