An hour later, Storm helped Talya out of his SUV, up the driveway and into his house. It was airy and bright with large windows. The entrance led into the lounge. Behind that was the dining room and the kitchen was at the end. It was all open planned. To the left of the kitchen was a flight of steps leading up to the bedrooms.
“Oh Talya, you’re home.” Lebo’s voiced filled the house as she rushed forward from the kitchen and locked Talya in a tight hug. Aromas of roasted potatoes, sizzling lamb and warm bread filled the air.
“I’ll have lunch on the table in a second.” Lebo said when Storm finally pulled her away from Talya.
“Thank you Lebo.” Talya smiled.
She was feeling a bit woozy. Storm led her to the couch and made her comfortable. Lebo returned to the kitchen to check on the meal.
A moment later, the front door opened to reveal Mike and Teddy, their arms laden with stuff.
Hey... that’s my stuff! Talya realized with surprise.
“Upstairs,” Storm ordered. “Second bedroom on the right.”
“But that’s your bedroom Boss...” Mike stated, surprised.
“Yeah, I know DeLuca.” Storm replied.
Mike’s response was a wicked grin as his gaze shifted between Talya and Storm. Teddy looked at the floor. He was clearly uncomfortable with this whole thing. Storm glared at Mike and took a step towards the younger agent.
“Right Teddy, you heard the man.” Mike quickly said as he and Teddy headed up the stairs.
“You knew I would agree?” Talya asked Storm.
“I hoped you would.” Storm replied. He looked like he wanted to kiss her.
Could that be real or is it just wishful thinking... Talya sighed.
“I don’t need to move into your room, Jason. A guest room will be fine.” Talya said. She was touched by his gesture none the less and half hopeful that he planned to share his room with her.
“My room has an en-suite bathroom. You’ll be more comfortable in there. I’ll be in the room right next to you.”
So much for sharing a bed with you...
“Lunch is served!” Lebo called out.
Storm helped Talya to the dining room table. Mike and Teddy joined them. Everyone ate in silence. Lebo smiled with joy. Mike smirked with mischief. Teddy swallowed his food too fast and ended up with a coughing fit.
As soon as lunch was over, Storm ignored the rest of the team and led Talya up to his bedroom. It felt so intimate, to be in his personal space. His room was neat boasting a king size bed, a dark wood headboard and matching pedestals. Night lamps sat on each pedestal. Opposite the foot of the bed, was a chest of drawers. One wall was lined by cupboards and the other opened up into a baby blue and white bathroom. The shower was big enough for two. There was also a bathtub, a sunken basin in a long cabinet and a white toilet. He showed her where all the toiletries and linen was and told her that he had changed the bed sheets and towels that morning. Returning to the bedroom, Talya stopped in her tracks.
“Mike!” Talya gasped. Her numerous bras and panties lay in a heap on the bed. “I will kill him.”
“I ordered him to bring your stuff over.” Storm reminded her as he took her hand and slowly pulled her into his embrace. She went into his arms her gaze locking with his. Neither said anything as they stood that way for a long time.
“Rest now." He caressed her head."I’ll be back in an hour to help you pack your stuff into the cupboards.” He kissed her brow, then led her to the bed and tucked her in.
You make me feel so cherished...
Oh Jason... What do you really feel for me...?
Despite the clean sheets, his scent lingered in the room... surrounding her... enveloping her... cushioning her ... as she drifted off to sleep.
The cramps started just as the sun was setting that evening. They were of the achy, throbbing kind and Talya wondered if she would make it down the stairs to the kitchen. On the other hand, she had slept far longer than expected and was surprised to find all her stuff packed away. She blushed imagining Storm touching her intimate wear, folding it and placing it in a drawer.
“Oh!” She gasped as the cramps became worse.
That’s it...I’m going to stay put...
At that moment, the door to her room opened and Storm quietly stepped in. He held a tray with an assortment of food on it. Talya masked her pain and gave him a smile.
“Hey, you’re up.” He greeted.
“Yes.” She said. “I didn’t mean to sleep that long.”
“You were exhausted and needed the rest. But it’s time you ate something.” Storm placed the tray across Talya’s lap and sat down on the edge of the bed.
You really meant it when you said you would take care of me...
Oh, Jason you are so adorable...
“Thank you. This is just what I needed.” Talya smiled and dug into the meal, while keeping a tight rein on her discomfort.
“Where’s the rest of the team?” she asked when Storm gaze made her feel suddenly warm.
“They’re down stairs, having supper.”
“What did they say about our mmm arrangement?”
“Good luck.” Storm replied.
“They support us then.”
“Yes Talya. They want to be there for you, for both of us as we do this.”
“I’m so relieved. I was afraid they’d make it awkward for you.”
“They’re our family Talya. They wouldn’t judge us. DeLuca might have a few things to say, Matthews will be flabbergasted most of the time, Lebo will be exuberant and Manie will be the voice of reason, but they’re all there for you, us.” Storm replied.
Talya nodded. She was amazed at this extended family she had gained since moving to South Africa. She cared for each one of them and now she was reassured that they cared for her just as much. And the man she loved had agreed to give her the most amazing gift of all... a child... his child. She ate the rest of the meal in silence, with Storm watching her. When she was done, Storm gave her, her meds and moved to remove the tray.
“Awe!” Talya gasped, her hand wrapping around her tender middle. She couldn’t mask the pain any longer as now it was shooting from her side down to her pelvis.
“How long?” Storm asked, placing the tray on the chest of drawers opposite the bed.
“About an hour.” Talya replied, breathing heavily.
“Move forward.” Storm ordered.
Talya looked at him, puzzled by his request. When he nodded for her to obey, she did. To her utter surprise and delight, he moved to sit behind her. Wrapping his arms around her, he pulled her back into his embrace. His, work roughened hands, settled on her lower abdomen and he started to massage in slow delicate circles.
Talya wanted to cry... this was so beautiful... She had taken care of herself from such a young age, never letting her guide down. And now to have someone else take care of her... comfort her... she just felt so ....
“Owe!” she moaned as a particularly sharp pain shot through her pelvis.
“Just breathe through it, Baby.” Storm whispered, his circular movements becoming firmer and his fingers trailing lower towards her pelvic bone.
“Jason.” Talya whispered moments later.
“It feels so good.”
“Talya, I need to ask you something.” Storm whispered his breath against her ear.
She turned to look at him. Their eyes collided, their breath mingled and their senses heightened.
“Talya....” Storm whispered, his gaze flickering from her eyes to her lips. She sighed and lifted her lips, registering the surprise in Storm’ body. He wrapped his arms around her and lowered his head.
The kiss was beautiful, tender, and sacred! He moved his lips gently across hers and she turned more in his arms. Cradling her like the most precious gem, he ran his tongue along the seam of her lips. She sighed, parted her lips and welcomed him inside. Storm growled as his tongue slipped into her warm mouth. Gently he stroked her tongue, tasting her, basking in the glory of having her in his arms like this. When she hinted that she would like to do the same, he invited her into his mouth. She explored in a burst of heat and Storm was sure she could feel his body’s reaction against her backside. But Talya didn’t pull back. She continued kissing him deeply and he was powerless to stop her.
Storm’s hands ran up and down her arms, skimming the sides of her breasts. Talya moaned, arching a bit, encouraging his further exploration. In small, slow circular movements, Storm worked his way up Talya’s arms. Soon his fingers lay against the sides of her breasts. He touched her ever so gently, so lightly that Talya shuddered from the sensation. She didn’t have a bra on so it felt like his fingers were against her bare skin. Storm moaned, his body responding in need.
Abruptly, Talya pulled away from his lips, doubled over and gasped in pain. Storm swore himself for the Bastard he was, trying to seduce her when she was in so much pain.
“Talya, just try to breathe through it. It will be over soon.” He reassured her as he stood up and forced her to lie on her side and bring her legs up to her chest.
“Awe...” Talya cried out. Storm rubbed her lower back, whispering softly to her. 20 minutes later, Talya sat up and sighed. The pain was subsiding.
“You’ve ovulated.” Storm stared at her. She stared back.
Both knew what was on the other’s mind.
Downstairs in Storm’s kitchen, Mike stared at the stairway again leading to the bedrooms for the sixth time.
“Storm has been up there a long time.” He muttered.
“They have a lot to discuss, Mike.” Manie said. He’d arrived a few minutes earlier.
“Yeah, but are they discussing stuff,” Mike grinned. “Or are they discussing stuff?”
“Mike, stop it. I can’t think about that.” Lebo growled, closing her eyes. “I don’t want to think about that. Oh, damn. It’s too late. I am thinking about that.”
“What are you thinking about?” Teddy asked, looking up from his laptop screen. Both Lebo and Mike glared at him while Manie chuckled.
“Teddy Matthews, do you consider yourself a seasoned investigator?” am a seasoned investigator, Mike.”Teddy retorted.
“Well then get with the program already! What do you think Storm and Talya are doing up there?”
“Mmm … talking...” Matthews blushed.
“Mike, even if they are doing more than talking that would be a good thing.” Manie said.
“I agree with you.” Lebo said. “Now how do we convince Boss man to give up this crazy idea of a test-tube jobby?”
Mike raised an eyebrow at Lebo and Teddy looked ready to bolt. Manie looked up at her shaking his head in amusement.
“Lebo’s right, Manie.” Mike finally said. “We have to get Talya to see that Storm is crazy about her.”
“What are you talking about?” Teddy was puzzled.
“Storm would never have agreed to have a child with Talya...” Mike said.
“Unless he loved her....” Lebo smiled. “This is so sweet! My silver haired fox has found his bushytailed mate!”
Teddy digested this bit of information. “Even if Boss does love Talya, we don’t know if she loves him.”
“But we do Matthews. Otherwise she would have put all of you stapling males into a jar, shaken it up and chosen one of you... or one of those sperm bank dudes.” Lebo said.
“Now how do we get them to admit that they love each other?” Mike asked.
“And get them to do it quickly...” Teddy concurred finally understanding where this was going.
“So that they can make my God child… the old fashioned way.” Lebo said as a knock sounded on the front door.
Manie opened the door and welcomed Dr Coleman in. She carried a large medical bag in her left hand and extended her right hand in greeting to everyone.
“Can you please direct me to Talya’s room?” she asked a moment later.
Mike, Matthews and Lebo exchanged curious glances.
“I’ll show you to her room.” Manie said, leading Dr Coleman up the stairway.
“Talya, Jason.” Manie knocked on the door. “Doctor Coleman’s here.”
The door opened to reveal Talya in bed and Storm at the door.
“Dr Coleman.” Storm greeted and Talya nodded her head.
“How are you feeling Talya?” Dr Coleman asked.
“I had a few severe cramps but the pains subsiding now.”
“Excellent.” Dr Coleman said.
“Are you ready to do this?” Dr Coleman asked.
Storm looked at Talya. She blushed deeply before meeting his gaze and nodding her head. He nodded his head once.
“Great. Agent Storm I will need your sample in a few minutes. I’ll get all my equipment set up in the meantime.”
“Okay.” Storm said. He took the food tray and handed it to Manie as he and Manie left the room.
“There’s no turning back from this, Jason.” Manie said.
“I have no intention of turning back.” Storm said. “I want this.”
“I’m glad to hear it my friend, very glad indeed.” Manie said with a nod before leaving Storm in the hallway. Storm retrieved the specimen jar from his pocket and headed for the guest bedroom, which would now serve as his bedroom.
Long minutes later, Storm knocked on his bedroom door. Dr Coleman opened the door and he was surprised to see the room transformed. All the lights had been switched on. A green surgical cloth rested on one half of his bed. Talya lay on the other half. On the surgical cloth were a number of odd looking instruments, a few fine tubes and syringes and paper towels.
“Do you have the sample?” Dr Coleman asked.
Storm removed the specimen jar from his pocket and handed it to her. Then he looked at Talya and she blushed.
“I’ll be outside.” Storm said, turning to leave.
“No, Jason!” Talya called out.
“We said we would do this together.” Talya’s blush deepened. “I want you with me.”
Storm sighed, his whole body trembling.
“Are you sure?” he asked.
“Yes. I want you here, with me every step of the way.” Talya said.
Dr Coleman listened to them in silence as she syringed Storm sample into a fine clear tube. She placed the ready syringe in a kidney dish on the green surgical clothe.
“Ready?” Dr Coleman asked.
Storm stared at Talya. She smiled and said, “Ready.”
“Talya, I need you to scoot over to the edge of the bed here.” Dr Coleman said. “And remove your pants and panties.”
Storm’s breath caught. This was going to be so hard, to be so close to her and yet not close enough. He looked away but heard the rustle of material as Talya removed her clothes.
“Jason.” Talya called him.
He looked at her then and saw that she had a green sheet draped over her bent knees.
“Hold my hand.” She whispered.
Storm went down on his knees next to the bed and took her hand. He brought it up to his lips and kissed each fingertip.
Dr Coleman took up her position at the end of the bed.
“Talya, this will feel cold and uncomfortable, but I need you to relax. I will tell you exactly what I’m doing. Okay.” Dr Coleman said.
“Okay.” Talya said, her gaze locked with Storm’s.
“I’m inserting the spetulum now. Just relax and it won’t hurt.” Dr Coleman said.
Talya jerked and tensed. Storm whispered, “It’s okay, Baby, just relax.”
“Opening the spetulum.”
“Ahh. It’s too wide.” Talya complained. Storm squeezed her hand and kissed her brow.
“Sorry Talya, but I have to be able to see the mouth of the cervix.” Dr Coleman apologised. “There we go.”
“Okay?” Storm whispered.
“Ahem.” Talya murmured.
“This is going to feel like a pinch deep inside you. I need you to relax otherwise the cervix will just close up and this will hurt more. Are you ready?” Dr Coleman asked.
“Ready.” Talya ground out.
Storm watched Talya’s face closely and knew the exact moment when the tube reached her cervix. Her eyes clamped shut and she bit her lower lip.
“You’re closing up Talya.” Dr Coleman warned.
“I’m trying to relax.” Talya insisted.
“Try harder.” Dr Coleman ordered.
Storm couldn’t stand it. He took Talya’s face between his palms and kissed her. He kissed her so deeply and so lovingly that she couldn’t help but forget about everything else.
“Good thinking, Agent Storm.” He heard the Doctor’s praise but ignored it.
Talya gave over to the kiss and wrapped her arms around Storm’s neck.
“We’re inside your uterus. You will feel a slight twinge as I release the semen.” Dr Coleman said.
Just knowing that a part of him was now entering her body, Storm became even more amorous in his kiss, wanting to make this moment special for both of them. Talya responded, her fingers in his hair driving him crazy.
Dr Coleman murmured that she was removing the tube. Talya clutched Storm’s arm and he strokes her tongue as the rest of the instruments were removed from her body. Storm just kept kissing her, unable to get enough of her.
When they finally drew apart, they realised that Dr Coleman had packed up all her stuff and was waiting to leave them.
“Okay. Now scoot back up the bed, and raise your bottom onto this pillow.” Dr Coleman instructed. Storm looked away as Dr Coleman got Talya settled and covered her with the duvet.
“I want you to stay like this for at least 40 minutes. You need to be in my rooms at 7am tomorrow so that we can take a look. Agent Storm, Talya, enjoy the rest of the evening.” Dr Coleman said as she left the room.
“Thank you, Storm.”
“Talya... earlier I wanted to ask you a question.” Gibb said.
“Yes?” Talya placed her hand on her lower abdomen.
“Are you sure you want to do this... this way?” Storm asked the question that had been plaguing his mind.