Two months had passed by so quickly. It’s funny, but Jimmy had become part of the household, even having J.W. finally warmed up to him… but Jimmy bringing his guitar out and working with him didn’t hurt either. So now he was helping pick the boys up from school and preschool, helping out with dinner, baths, and bed, even read the boys stories at night.
She found that the longer he was around, the more she realized how much she had missed him. He really was the Jimmy she had fallen in love with all those years ago, and she was already thinking things about him that she never thought she would think about again.
After the second night of her practically jumping Jimmy’s bones, the two of them had taken it easy, which was a good thing. But every time she saw the man, she wanted to strip off all his clothing and give him a thorough examination. She groaned at the stoplight wishing she could make her mind and body behave like she wanted them too. She wasn’t some teenage kid anymore, she was a mom, and a doctor damn it! She should have no problems doing this… she operates on people for a living! But then sighed. “But you’ve always had a soft spot for Jimmy. And now I’m afraid I’m falling in love with him all over again.” She admitted to herself.
She pulled up to her home and saw the red suburban in the driveway and couldn’t help but smile. Jimmy said he would take the boys to school, and pick them up for her today since she was going to be in surgery most of the day.
She just sat back in her blue scrubs, and took a breath, letting her mind try not to think about what she wanted to do to the man in her house at the moment and went to turn down the music, but stopped. It had been years since she had listened to the guy’s music, would it be okay to give it a listen now?
“I wonder.” She murmured, picking up her cell, and going to the music store. She typed in Death Ever After and found their newest album. She sat there looking at the cover art not sure what she wanted to do and then hit the buy button on the most popular song.
She thought it was going to be a fast kick-ass song like she remembered the guys always had, but it wasn’t, it was a ballad. It was a simple song that was heartfelt and sounded like it was just Jimmy and his guitar. She turned it up listing to the words, then it hit her and who he was singing about. Her breath hitched as her hand flew over her mouth and shook her head.
Soon tears started to fall as she heard the pain in his voice, but also the conviction of every word he sang. He was sorry, he missed her, he still loved her, and she was still his world even though she was gone.
Once the song was over, she hit play again. She listened to every word that was blaring in the truck, so caught up in the moment, when someone knocked on her window, she practically jumped out of her seat.
Her head quickly turned to see Jimmy standing there, and by the look in his eyes, he heard what she was listening to. They stood there just staring at each other for must have been two minutes before she turned off the truck and the music along with it before opening the door.
“Have you heard that song before?” He asked, but she didn’t say anything, just wiped some tears from her face and shook her head. “What did you think of it?”
“It was beautiful.” She whispered.
“Most of the songs I’ve written since we broke up have been about you, you know.” He admitted.
“You mean, you didn’t know that? I thought for sure you would know I wrote them for you.”
“I quit listening to the radio after I left California.” She could see by the look on his face he didn’t understand what she meant. “I haven’t heard any of your music in the last six years. It was too hard to hear your voice.” She confessed, turning away from his gaze. “Tell me something, did you mean everything you said in that song? I mean, it’s been six years Jimmy… do you really still love me after all this time?” She whispered.
He took her face in his hands and then kissed her. Her hands grabbed on to his shirt as he thoroughly tasted her. Only after he had left her breathless, did he pull back to answer that question. “You know I love you, Addison. I think I fell in love with you since the first day at Mary Beth’s place where you knocked Nickels on his ass.” He chuckled, pulling her into his arms. “ I only let you go baby girl because it’s what you wanted… don’t get me wrong, you had every right to want to leave me. But my feelings for you haven’t changed, ever.”
“I missed you.” She whispered.
He pulled back wiping some tears from her face. “I missed you too.” He said, kissing her lips once more. “I think its time for J.W. and little Justin to get used to me sleeping in your bed.” He growled.
“I don’t know Jimmy…”
“Do you love me, Addie?” He asked.
“That has nothing to do with it.”
“It has everything to do with it.” He answered, taking her chin in hand so she would look at him. “If you don’t love me, or our one-night together is all you want then tell me now because I want so much more than that. I want to marry you, raise those two little boys with you, maybe even give them a brother or a sister. But first I need you to tell me if that’s even a possibility for us anymore. So, Addison, do you still love me?”
It was time for her to tell him the truth, but it was no longer just her heart and her life she was committing to with the answer… “Yes, I still love you.” And before she could say anything else, he pulled her from the truck and kissed her hungrily.
He pushed her up against the truck molding his body to hers and growled before letting go of her. “I better stop now, or we’re going to give your neighbors one hell of a show.”
“Yeah, we don’t want to start gossip. I can’t imagine what the ladies in the neighborhood would say if they knew who you were” She smiled as he took her by the waist walking her into the house.
“By the way, were meeting Nickels and Lynn at some club tonight. Margie already said she’d watch the kids for us.”
“What is this, a date?” She teased.
“Let’s say it’s the first date of us celebrating getting back together, so go get sexy for me baby girl.” He said, smacking her ass when she walked through the front door.
“Don’t you think we should talk to the boys?”
“Addison, I’ve been living here for two months with you guys… their smart kids, they’ll figure the rest out.” He chuckled.
Later that night, they dropped off the kids at Margie and Jones place and went downtown. It had been a long time since she’d been out to have some fun. She even put on the sexy little red dress she loved and her black stiletto heels. Jimmy, on the other hand, even in black jeans and a casual black jean button-down shirt… made her heartbeat out of her chest.
When they stepped into the club, the place was packed. Jimmy put his arm around her waist as they walked, and she could feel all the women staring at the man next to her. Winston was a gorgeous man, and women would always look at him, but she knew that he had eyes for only her, but Jimmy? He was a famous, and women threw themselves at him every single day… and there was a time in her life where she knew what he was doing with those women.
She had forgotten what it was like to be out with him, or maybe it was because now she lacked the confidence in herself that she once had? But she shoved all the self-doubt in the back of her mind when she saw Lynn waving at her.
“I’m glad you made it!” Lynn shouted over the music, giving her a hug.
“Yeah, me too.” She smiled and then looked around. “Where’re Nickels?”
“Over at the bar with Dax and some brain dead cow.” Lynn chuckled pointing where they were and then waved to get their attention.
Nickels, Dax, and some tall blond came over. “Hey, you two, glad you could make it out tonight.” Nickels winked taking Lynn by the waist.
“Yeah, Margie and Jones were happy to have the boys over so their little ones could be entertained for the night.” She smiled.
“Hell, I’m sure Jones is hogging up the race track and eating all the boy’s junk food!” Jimmy laughed, making everyone laugh, but then he glanced over at Dax. “Hey, when did you get back into town?”
“Yesterday. Nickels wanted to talk to me about some stuff.”
“Yeah, like what? Is there something I should know about?”
“No, Jim, it’s nothing about you.” Nickels said.
There was a weird undercurrent going on between the guys, and she could feel Jimmy’s arm tense after what Nickels said…so she decided to change the subject. “So, are you going to introduce us to your friend Dax, or just have her stand there all night?” She chuckled.
Dax frowned and then smiled. “Yeah, sorry chipmunk. Keria, this is Addie… she’s like my baby sister. And I’m sure you remember Jimmy.”
“Hi, it’s nice to meet you. How long have you been seeing Dax?”
“Since the last tour. We had some fun together so when he asked me to come out to his place in Nashville, I thought why not.” Keria said chomping on her wad of gum.
“Oh, okay.” She answered, glancing over at Lynn, who rolled her eyes at the woman’s statement. “So, Dax, I haven’t heard from you lately. I normally have to tell you to go away… everything okay?” She asked.
“Hell yeah, it is Addie. Just giving you and Jimmy some time to get to know each other again before I come back over and start working with J.W. with the guitar.” He grinned.
“Yeah, I’ve been working with him on that. Damn that kid is really good.” Jimmy chuckled.
Dax’s grin fell. “You’ve been working with J.W.?” He asked, and then the smile came back to his face, bigger than before. “That’s great. How’s he doing?”
“Dax, can we go and dance or something… I’m not really into this kind of stuff.” Keria whined.
“Sure thing, baby. Well, guys, see you later.” Dax winked walking them off into the crowded dance floor.
She had no idea what was going on, or why Dax was acting so strangely, but when she looked over at Lynn… she must have had some idea because her eyes were on Jimmy and then slid back to her. “So, how’s life sweetie?” Lynn asked.
“Oh my gosh Lynn, you know it’s good. Especially since I see you practically every day.” She laughed.
“Yeah well, enquirering minds want to know…” She grinned. “So, Jimmy, is life really that good or is it fucking fantastic?” Lynn pushed.
But before Jimmy could answer Nickels took Lynn by the waist pulling her to the dance floor. “Come on, sweetheart, let’s dance.”
She watched Lynn and Nickels start to dance when a hand went around her waist. “I think dancing sounds like a great idea.” Jimmy chuckled.
Jimmy pulled her up against him as they started to dance. It had been so many years since they had been like this. She could still remember the first dance he took her to, the first time he held her hand to let everyone at school know that they were dating, and the first time he kissed her on her eleventh birthday. His hands ran down her back as his eyes bore down on her with desire. She felt like her body was going to explode with just the way he was looking at her.
Her arms went up around his neck, loving how he felt up against her, and tonight she was going to let him back into her bed. “It’s been a long time since we’ve danced together like this.” His voice rumbled.
“Yes, it has.” She whispered, then laid her head on his chest as they swayed to the music. “A long time.”
It was quiet, a good kind of quiet, one when two people don’t have to say anything and still feel comfortable. But then Jimmy broke the silence with a question. “Addie, I want to ask you something.”
“Where’s Mindy? I mean, I haven’t seen her at all. Is she okay?” He asked.
She glanced up at him and then put her head back where it had been. “Yeah, she’s fine. She’s living in Las Vegas with her husband, Paul.”
“When did this happen?”
“I guess about a year ago. Paul is great, and you should see her baby, so cute.” She smiled.
“Well, I’m happy for her than. But was there a reason for her to move away from all of you? Her and Tia where close. I couldn’t see her wanting to move away from her.” He stated.
Her head came up off his chest, knowing there were multiple reasons why Mindy left, but the main one was to get away from Dax after what he confessed. “Her husbands an MMA fighter you see, and Vegas is where it’s massive.” She offered.
Their dancing had stopped, and he was about to ask another question when an arm went around her neck. “I’m taking your woman to go powder her nose.” Lynn winked.
“I’ll be right back, okay.” She smiled, giving him a quick kiss.
Once they were near the restrooms, she laughed at the quick pace Lynn was walking. “Lynn, what is going on with you?”
“I wanted to know how it’s really going with Jimmy.”
“I told you today that it’s great.” She shrugged.
“Addison, spill it. I can tell somethings up.” Lynn pushed.
She sighed leaning up against the wall and shook her head. “After work, I bought a song from the guy’s album and listened to it.”
“You did not!”
“But I did… and then he asked me if I loved him and, I told him that I did. I love him,”
“So, how do you feel about that?”
“Confused, excited… scared as hell. He told me that he wants us all to be a family and that he wants the boys to get used to him being in my room at night, starting tonight.” She hinted.
“I think that’s great. You and the boys deserve to be happy.” Lynn nodded.
“In truth, I’m nervous. I know he’s changed, but there are a lot of scars that were left behind. Walking in here tonight seeing all the women looking at him… it’s not going to be easy for me, Lynn. It’s a lifestyle that I never wanted and haven’t missed these six years. I really love the quiet life where no one knows me except being Dr. Malloy.” she admitted.
“Well, I can’t tell you what to do. Only that you know what you want. Either you follow your heart, or you don’t. But we both know the truth, don’t we?”
“Then just own that shit! Tell him what you want Ad, don’t pussyfoot around it.” Lynn laughed, heading to the bathrooms. “Go out there and have fun, and when you get home tonight, take that man to your bed and fuck the ever-loving shit out of him. If you call me tomorrow telling me you don’t need an Ibuprofen and a heating pad from your night in the sack… then you didn’t fucking do it right!” Lynn laughed.
“Oh my gosh… your mouth!” She smiled, but then something caught her eye. Her hand shot out, stopping the door before it shut, seeing a man push his way through the crowd that she could have sworn was watching her and Lynn. “That’s weird.”
“What was?” Lynn asked, looking over her shoulder.
“I could have sworn some guy was watching us.”
“Of course, he was… we’re fucking hot. Now let’s power our noses and get back to our men.”
“Yeah, sounds good.” She agreed but looked out into the crowd one last time before following Lynn.