Kris woke up to beeps, voices, and cotton mouth. She felt warm hands, hands of different sizes on her arms and she was confused. “What…” She managed to croak.“Can I have some water please?” She opened her eyes to find a room full of smiling people.
“Sissy!” Izzy and Cole yelled as they gently attacked her with hugs.
She couldn’t help the quiet laugh and the wince that followed. “Hey brats.” She held them close as tears streamed down her face.“It’s so good to see you guys.” Everyone else got their chance to hug her as well. “You guys look like hell.” She said jokingly to Jonas and Quinn.Both men laughed and they winced as well. “How long have I been out?”
Quinn sat on the bed beside her and took her hand in his. “We came in yesterday afternoon so not long.How do you feel?”
“I hurt like hell.” She said honestly. “But I’m guessing that is to be expected and that everything is ok?”
He nodded and kissed her hand. “Yeah.Thank God everything is going to be ok.”
Janice knew some things need to be said so she rallied everyone that didn’t need to be there. “Now that she’s awake why don’t we go get her some real food?This hospital stuff is disgusting.” The kids cheered and everyone laughed.
Jonas stood opposite Quinn while Elliot took a spot at the foot of the bed. “So it’s finally over?” She asked as she looked at the three men.
“It’s finally over.” Quinn said as he watched her for any sign of how she was feeling about them.
She hurt too much to be angry with them at the moment. “This is your only get out of jail free card.” She looked between the three of them again. “All I have ever and will ever ask is that you don’t lie to me. We could’ve avoided all of this if you guys had just been honest. And let’s just skip the inevitable apologies please.” They all smiled sheepishly as they agreed.“Is O’Dwyer dead?”
“Yes.” Quinn said as he sat down on the bed again. “Toni put a bullet between his eyes. He’ll never bother us…you again.”
Kris looked to Jonas and Elliot. “Can you guys give us a few minutes alone please?”
“Yeah. Of course.” They said as they left the room.
Quinn waited until the door closed. “I’m so sorry Kris. I know I shouldn’t have…”
“You’re damn right you shouldn’t have.” She said angrily and then winced in pain. “Shit Quinn.I trusted you more than I’ve trusted anyone in a long time.”
He felt like she had punched him in the chest. “I know.”
She wiped the tears away. “Then why would you do the one thing that I despise?”
He stood up and paced around the room. “Because just like you told O’Dwyer, you do whatever you have to do to protect your family. You’re my family Kris. You and Jonas. I love you. I’m so crazy in love with you that I would do anything to protect you.”
“Quinn.” She called for him as he paced around. “Quinn!”She had to practically yell this time because he wouldn’t stop moving. His words knocked all of the hurt and anger out of her. “Please stop and come over here.”
It took him a second to let what she said sink in. When he sat beside her she took his hand. “Kris, I…”
She pulled him in for a gentle kiss. “No more apologies ok?” She kissed him again.“And no more keeping secrets.”
He laughed as tears ran down his cheeks. “Yeah.Absolutely.” They kissed a little more then he pulled back and said. “I hope you’re not going to forgive Jonas like this.”
Kris laughed as she punched him lightly. “That’s just gross.”
“I’m going to tell him you said that.” He laughed and leaned in to kiss her again.“I really do love you, you know?”
“I know.” She sighed and let him gently wrap his arms around her.“I love you too you big idiot.”
The rest of their family came back from getting food a few minutes later. Only one person could stay after visiting hours and everyone decided it would be Quinn. She spent a week in the hospital then they all took a much needed vacation to Savannah.
Cole and Izzy set up a beach chair and umbrella near the water. “We’re so glad you’re here Sissy.” Izzy said as she hugged her gently. “We’ve missed you so much.”
Kris had never been more proud of anyone in her life than she was of her brother and sister. Izzy wanted to be a lawyer and Cole; well he was only eight and still figuring things out but she was still very proud of him. “I love you guys so much.I’m sorry I haven’t been around much lately but I’m going to make up for it.The doctor says I can’t go back to work for at least two months.So Quinn and I are going to be here for a while.” The kids cheered.“I’m pretty sure you’ll be tired of us in a couple of weeks.” She pulled both kids into a hug. “I’m so proud of both of you.”
After another hug from both kids they ran back down to the water. Kris envied everyone because there was nothing she’d love more than to get into the water but for now she could only get her feet wet. She laughed lightly as she watched the kids attack Jonas and Quinn, trying to dunk them.
She felt Janice before she saw her sit down in the chair beside her. “It’s nice to see them together. They love the guys so much.”
Kris’s heart felt full as her family laughed and squealed. “They love the kids too. After what happened with Elliot I wasn’t sure I would ever bring anyone but Jonas back here again.”
Janice had been heartbroken for her eldest when she’d received the call. Elliot had cheated on her and when she’d found out he tried to lie to her about it. Unfortunately there was too much evidence against him for her to believe him.The woman he cheated with showed up at the station to tell him she was pregnant.Of course the other woman had no idea that she was telling him this in earshot of his fiancé.
Janice reached over and squeezed her arm. “Quinn’s a good man. Have you guys talked things through?”
Kris nodded and smiled. “Yeah.I think so. Even though he’s an idiot he’s the best and I’m very lucky to have him. I’m still unhappy but I forgave him because I understand.”
“Good. You can’t let what one person did ruin what you guys have.Believe me, I know true love when I see it and that man is crazy about you.” Janice patted her arm and stood up. “I’m going to go see what this water is all about.”
A few minutes later she watched Quinn make his way up the beach too her. “Hey babe. You doing ok?”
She smiled brightly at the man that owned her heart. “I’m jealous as hell because I want to get in the water but I’m good. Looks like you’re having a lot of fun out there.”
He chuckled as he knelt in front of her. “They’re great. Maybe one day we’ll have some that are just as awesome.”
Kris sighed happily and pulled him a little closer. A future with Quinn was what she’d wanted pretty much since their third date. “You’d like that for us?”
Quinn pulled back and looked at her with a smile that melted her heart. “Absolutely. I’m not perfect and I probably never will be but I love you. All I want is to make you happy. I think we have a great life together and I want it to go on for as long as you’ll have me.”
Kris cupped his face and pulled him close. “I’m definitely not perfect either and never will be but I think we’re pretty perfect together. There’s nothing I want more than to spend the rest of my life with you.”
They spent the rest of their time there spending time with the kids and going on dates when the doctor released her for light activity.
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