The next five days passed in a haze for Talya. Her period had arrived in the early hours of the next morning and with it, the pre-menstrual attack had ended. But she was deeply depressed. She didn’t speak much nor did she smile and her head remained bent over her work. Deskwork, the type she hated. She was grateful that the rest of the team was out every day, working one case or another case. The less she saw of Storm the better.
His words still rang in her ears.
“I am going to say this once. If you want us to have a baby, you will make sure that you inform me of everything that is going on with you. If you exclude me like this again, you can find someone else to father your child!”
How had things ended up so bad? How were they going to work back from this? Maybe it was over! Maybe she should leave. She stood up and headed to the bathroom. Tears slipped down her face as she looked at herself in the mirror.
“Talya.” Amanda’s voice reached her and she dashed her tears away.
“You need to talk it out,” Amanda said. “You can’t continue like this and if Jason’s mood doesn’t improve soon, I’m afraid he might just hurt DeLuca or Matthews worse than he planned to. DeLuca is already complaining of headaches and Matthews’ stammering is getting worse. Lebo is ready to strike as she has not received a single sisterly hug from him in the last four days.”
“I’m sorry for them,” Talya said. “But I don’t see how I can improve things, either.”
“You’re the only one who can fix this.” Amanda said. “But first you need to admit and face the problem head on. So talk to me.”
“I’m dealing with it and talking about it won’t help.”
“Talya, this is me.” Amanda said turning her to face her. “I know this is the most difficult thing you have had to deal with in your entire life and you are questioning everything about whom and what you are. That’s normal, I suppose. But you can’t let this beat you. The Talya I knew would be taking this on ready to handle whatever came even if it got worse before it got better.” Amanda said.
“I don’t know what to do.” Talya growled in frustration. “Jason is so angry right now and I feel confused and lost. Everything is changing so fast and I have no control over it. I have always known where I was heading and how I would get there. But right now I don’t know how to be or what I want or how to get what I want. And Jason has been amazing and supportive, but he doesn’t really understand what this is doing to me. I don’t even understand it. Oh, maybe we’re just not meant to do this.” She choked.
“You’re in love with him.” Amanda said.
“What!” Eyes wide Talya shook her head in the negative.
“It’s okay Talya. I can see it as can everyone else in the building. It’s just you and Jason who are too stubborn to admit it.”
“Amanda, I shouldn’t be discussing....”
“Stop it, Talya. What Jason and I had is long over. I want him to be happy and you make him happy, that is, when you’re not making him mad. You need to speak to him and you need to tell him everything that is bothering you. You need to work this out together.”
“But he is so angry.”
“So distract him Talya and distract yourself.” Amanda prompted.
“What?” Talya gasped, knowing exactly what Amanda was suggesting.
“It’s excellent for relieving stress.” Amanda said. She gave Talya a quick hug before leaving her to stare in the mirror above the restroom basin.
Out at the crime scene, Mike and Teddy did their best to stay out of Storm’s way.
“DeLuca!” Storm yelled for the umpteen time.
“Boss,” Mike cringed. Teddy looked on sympathetically.
Storm ordered him to extend the perimeter and to walk it twice to make sure nothing had been missed. Mike did as instructed.
“Yes, Boss!” Teddy replied.
“What have you got?”
“Nothing … nothing new since I spoke to you five minutes ago.”
“Walk the perimeter with DeLuca.” Storm growled leaning over Manie’s shoulder to look at the dead female’s exposed and brutalized body.
“Talk to me, Manie.”
“Well Jason, I’m almost afraid to, what with your deteriorating mood of late.”
“Manie.” Storm warned.
“Go home Jason and speak to Talya. You are terrorizing those young men on your team and are at risk of being suspended by the Director for your outburst in her office this morning.”
“There is nothing to talk about with Talya.” Storm growled ignoring the rest of Manie’s comments.
“Oh I think there is. Dr Coleman called me to ask me to remind Talya to start with the fertility shots from tonight. Now I could come over and administer these shots. Or I could show you how to do it.”
“Shit!” Storm swore.
He was so tore up inside by the fact that Talya had not answered or challenged his ultimatum. Sleeping in the room next to hers every night he heard her crying. He knew she was hurting and he had just made it all worse for her. She couldn’t look at him. Maybe she even hated him now. He didn’t know and that was what was driving him crazy. He couldn’t read her. He loved her. He admitted it freely if only to himself. But her feelings were hidden. He had hurt her. He needed to make it right and if giving her a shot was the way to open their dialogue than that was what he was going to do.
“Meet me in autopsy when we get back and I’ll show you. And you need to be gentle. The initial prick hurts, but as the liquid enters the body it can be worse or not but it is up to you.”
“Have I told you that you’re a wise man, Manie?” Storm said, tapping Manie on his shoulder.
“Not in the last year, my friend.” Manie smiled back.
Jason left Manie at his autopsy table at five PM that afternoon. Manie had patiently taught him how to administer a shot into the gluteus maximus, gently yet efficiently. He got home within thirty minutes and headed directly to the kitchen to get dinner started. By the time Talya arrived home, the aromas of chicken curry and rice filled the air.
He walked up to her and looked into her eyes. She tried to side step him he didn’t let her.
“Jason, what are you doing?”
In answer, he stepped closer and placed a delicate kiss against her forehead. She stood still, her breath hitches up a notch. He smiled against her forehead before taking her hand and leading her to the couch. She let him. He forced her to sit down and then kneeled next to her to remove her boots and socks. Wordlessly he sat on the coffee table in front of her and massaged first her right foot and then her left.
She moaned out as he increased the pressure across the base of her foot.
“Jason,” She sighed. “What are you doing?”
“Taking care of what is … mine,” he whispered.
She looked at him, removed her foot from his hand.
Damn it I shouldn’t have said anything. Jason prepared for Talya’s scathing comeback.
Instead, she took his face between her palms and pulled his face towards hers surprising him. When her lips touched his, it was like a hundred fireworks exploding at the same time. She was aggressive in her passion, forcing his lips apart with her tongue, stroking his tongue and not letting him lead in anyway. Her fingers laced around his neck pulling him closer, until he lay on top of her.
“Talya.” He whispered, coming up for air.
“Shh, just kiss me!” She demanded her hand in his hair pulled him back to her mouth. He kissed her deeply, putting all his frustration, worry and fear aside. He kissed her like a man possessed and she kissed him back just as fiercely.
Then her hands were moving down his side and to his butt. She spread her legs and pulled him closer and he stopped kissing her. He pulled away and looked at her.
“Make love to me, Jason.” She whispered. “Please make love to me!”
“Talya...” Jason shook from his reaction to her words. Words he didn’t expect to hear from her ... not tonight!
“I want you.” She whispered kissing his jaw, his neck. “I need you!”
“Are you sure?” He choked out.
“Yes, yes. Please Jason.” She whimpered lifting her hips and rubbing against his hardening flesh.
“Oh God Talya!” Jason growled. He let his passion soar as he locked his lips to hers and kissed her senseless. Somehow, they managed to remove each other’s clothes, touching, caressing, and kissing each other’s heated flesh.
When they were naked, Jason pulled away despite Talya’s protests. He sat back and let his heated eyes roam over her body. He loved the blush that spread across her skin. He loved her ragged breathe and the way it made her beautiful breasts rise and fall. His gaze moved down her body and settled on the apex of her thighs that were spread revealing the moisture that came with her arousal.
“You are so beautiful!” he whispered.
He gaze moved back up her body to settle on her face as his hand leisurely traced down her flesh, barely touching her until it reached the apex of her thighs. Then he cupped her.
“Jason!” She jerked, moaning out in sweet delight.
He watched her as he stroked gently, heightening her arousal, her moisture coating his fingers. He teased her almost entering her heat and then retreating. He watched her arch and writhe on the couch, panting, gasping and moaning.
“Jason, oh God, please!”
He couldn’t resist her sweet plea. He dipped two fingers into her core and stroked her deeply, possessively. Leaning forward he kissed her hard before moving to her ear.
“Explode for me, my love.” He whispered.
She whimpered as her hips bucked against his hand. He felt her straining, building, trying to find that pinnacle of exquisite release. Her felt her sex clenching around his fingers and he felt her nails dig into his shoulders.
“That’s if my love. Let it come.” He encouraged.
She went still for a second before crying out as her orgasm ripped through her body. Storm continued stroking her, delighted with her response. He praised her and soothed her with his lips and his words. When she seemed to have recovered some, he withdrew his fingers and prepared to stand up.
“No!” Talya shouted, standing up and pushing him onto the couch.
“I asked you to make love to me...”
“It’s too soon...”
She straddled his hips, ignored his gasp of shock as she took his hard, throbbing flesh into her hands and positioned it against her wet, pulsing entrance.
“I’m going to make love to you, Jason.” She whispered as she sank down hard on his shaft. She stilled for a moment and whimpered. Storm panicked sure that she had hurt herself.
“Talya, I’m sorry. I shouldn’t have let you do that. Are you alright?” He had his hands on her hips and planned to help her off his body.
“It doesn’t hurt!” She whispered looking into his eyes.
“It doesn’t hurt.” She said as she moved up and down on him very slowly at first. She repeated as if in awe, “It doesn’t hurt!” She moved on and against him again, and again varying the depth and angle of penetration. Her moans and gasps filled the air as her breasts rose and fell like tempting morsels in front of his face. He leaned forward and took her right nipple deep into his mouth, suckling and drawing on it in growing passion. His actions made her buck and grind against him bringing them both closer to the edge of oblivion.
“It doesn’t hurt, Jason. Oh God, it feels so good. So … deep.” She panted, as she now bounced on him. He supported her with his hands on her hips, his fingers on her butt.
“You’re so hot Talya. I knew it would this way with us.” Jason gritted his teeth against the sensations that threatened to overwhelm him as she continued moving on him. Keeping a tight rein on his control, he leaning forward and took her left nipple into his mouth. She moaned, deeply, her rocking hips grinding into his now. He could feel her body trembling and knew she was close. He wanted to push her over the edge and feel her come undone. He suckled her nipple harder, rolling its pebbled tip abrasively over his tongue.
“Oh God, Jason.” She cried out.
“That’s it love.” He whispered before suckling her nipple harder still.
“Oh .... Oh .... “
“Do it, Talya. Come for me!” he demanded, moving to her other nipple and biting down gently.
“Oh God, Oh God, Oh… Oh… Yes!” She shouted, her hips jerking uncontrollably against him, her body convulsing all around him.
“That’s it baby.” He soothed, his hands caressing her back and butt as she panted against his shoulder. Gently he stood up with her in his arm, he still hard and deep inside her. He laid her down on the couch and leaned over her. As she panted and pulsed, he moved slowly within her body. He supported his weight on his arms and used his fingers to stroke her face, her hair. Moving in deep, controlled thrusts, he kissed her face, her neck and the top of her chest. He wanted to bring her to completion again, slowly as he looked into her eyes.
“Oh Jason... mmm…” She murmured as she ran her fingers up and down his arms, his back, his butt. She lifted her hips, allowing him to sink deeper and deeper with each thrust.
“I’m sorry about ... the other day.” She whispered between whimpers. “I won’t hide ... anything from you again.”
He kissed her forehead and whispered, “Shh, I know.”
He stroked a bit harder, a bit deeper, a bit faster and she moaned.
“Yes, my love.”
“It feels wonderful! Aaaahhhhh.”
“You are wonderful, Talya.” he whispered, grimacing knowing that he wasn’t going to last much longer. She was just so tight and so warm and she moved with him, meeting each thrust. He couldn’t get enough of her.
She chose the same moment to arch below him as shudders of release raced through her body.
“Come with ... me…” She panted. “Come with me ... Jason.”
“Talya...” Storm groaned as he increased the pace of his thrusts and felt her clench around him.
“Talya!” He shouted out as she cried, “Jason!” both finding release in the same earth shattering moment.
He continued to move inside her as his hot seed flooded her womb. She gasped and whimpered as aftershocks ripped through her body. He held her close still intimately nestled inside her, absorbing her shuddered and shivers as she came down from her orgasmic high.
He panted, amazed by the power of the release he had just experienced with her.
She kissed his cheek and waited for him to look at her.
“I love you.” She whispered.
He jerked in surprise.
“I love you, Jason,” she repeated. “I love you!”
“Darling,” he gasped. “I love you too. God, how much I love you.” He growled taking her mouth into a devastating kiss.
“Oh, Jason!” she moaned as she felt him harden within her.
“I love you.” He whispered as he started making love to her all over again.
This time it was extremely slow and delicate. He made sure his hands and lips got to know her intimately as did she. Their release when it came rocked them both to the core. They pulled apart only long enough to grab a bite to eat and to administer the first of a series of fertility meds. Then Storm spent the rest of the night showing Talya just how much he loved her.
The next morning Storm awoke to the scent of coffee. He got out of bed and slipped into a sweat pants before heading down to the kitchen. He paused at the base of the stairs, his eyes taking in the woman he loved. Talya was dressed in nothing but his shirt. Her hair caressed her back as she moved between the fridge and the stove preparing breakfast. She was humming a tune he didn’t recognize, but it was beautiful none the less. As if sensing him, she turned and the blush that spread across her face brought a smile of deep satisfaction to his lips.
He moved towards her as she lifted up a steaming cup of coffee and offered it to him. He took the coffee from her hands and placed it back on the table. Leaning forward he pulled her into his arms, lifted her off her feet and kissed her. Moaning, she wrapped her hands around his neck and her legs around his hips, kissing him back. One thing led to another and soon she was straining against him as he settled her on the kitchen counter and made sweet, delicate love to her.
He hadn’t planned to have her again but she was so sensual and beautiful and her body demanded that he give it the attention she craved.
“You okay, Love?” He asked, worried that too much attention would make her hurt.
“Oh Jason.... Don’t... Stop.” She panted.
“Talya...” He buried his face in crook of her neck and took her slowly to completion. Her gasps of release, her clenching body around him pulled him over to join her. As they held each other both panting, he placed a warm kiss against her forehead.
“I love you.” He whispered.
Talya smiled, blushed and murmured, “I love you too, Jay.”
Raising an eyebrow he said, “Jay?”
“Jay...” she replied. “It means Victorious.”
“Does it now?” He murmured. He liked it. In fact, he loved it.
“Now love, unless you intend giving DeLuca something to speculate about, I suggest we get into the shower and off to work.”
“Of course, love.” She said but she made no move to pull away.
Storm shook his head as he simply lifted her up in his arms and carried her up to the shower.
It was just unfortunate timing that DeLuca entered the elevator the same time they did. He raised an eyebrow and looked from Talya to Storm and back again. Both ignored him, but the blush that spread across Talya’s face, told him volumes.
Something’s happened... she’s blushing.... His shoulders aren’t tense and he hasn’t said a word about me being late.... Uh huh... they did it... They finally got into the sack together.
Mike smirked as the elevator door opened. He was stunned when Storm waited for Talya to exit first. He looked into the bullpen, to find Teddy and Lebo watching too. He questioned with his eyes, if they had seen what he had seen. Lebo smiled and Teddy nodded imperceptibly.
Just as Storm took his seat, his landline rang. The team listened to the one sided conversation and prepared to move.
“Grab your gear.” Storm ordered retrieving his gun and badge.
“What we got, boss?” Mike asked.
“A dead game rancher at the Rhino & Lion Reserve.” Storm said. He walked past Talya as she prepared to follow him.
“Not you.” He said.
Oh boy, are they going to argue about this? Mike waited for Talya’s reaction.
“Storm, why...” She asked.
The gasps from the rest of the team, sounded like a gun shot. Mike’s eyebrows shot up to his hairline, Teddy’s jaw dropped open and Lebo’s eyes sparkled with moisture. Talya blushed knowing how much that cost him. She smiled at him and nodded letting her gear fall back to the ground. He smirked back, squeezed her hand and headed for the elevator.
“DeLuca, Matthews, you coming?” Storm barked.
“On your six, Boss.” Mike replied, as Teddy stumbled in his hurry to reach the elevator.
Once in the car, Mike kept stealing glances at Storm and making eyes at Teddy in the rear seat.
“Something on your mind, DeLuca?” Storm asked without looking at him.
“Me? No. Nothing boss.” Mike said. “But I think Matthews wanted to ask you something.”
“Is that right, Matthews?” Storm stared at him via the rear view mirror.
“No, Boss. I don’t want to ask anything.” Matthews quickly said.
“Good, because it’s none of your business anyway. Right?”
“Right Boss,” both agents replied simultaneously as all three man smiled.
Amanda entered the bullpen later that morning and walked up to Talya.
“You’re looking much better today.” She commented.
“Thank you, I am feeling better.” Talya said.
“I’m glad.” Amanda said a knowing smirk on her face. As she stepped away, Talya’s phone rang.
“I’ll be right there Lebo.” She said.
Lebo was flirting around, setting various instruments to run various tests on another SIU team’s case. Seeing Talya, Lebo stepped up to her and hugged her tightly.
“Are we still friends?” she asked.
“Lebo...” Talya sighed. “Of course we are. I’m sorry about my behaviour the last few days.”
“No. I understand. I mean, of course I don’t understand exactly what you were going through. I mean I have never been through what you are going through. But I can imagine it... or a little of it and I should have been more understanding but instead I was smothering you and you need your space. But I know that now and I won’t do it again.”
“Lebo, calm down.”
“I’ve missed you Talya. And I’ve wanted to talk to you and tell you that everything is okay with me if it is with you and that if it isn’t, then I’ll fix it because you’re like a sister to me and I can’t lose you. Especially not now when you and Storm are going to have my God child and ....”
“Lebo, everything is okay ... with us.” Talya said, looking at Lebo and making sure she was looking back.
“I’m sure.” Talya smiled. “I promise.”
“Oh Talya, we have so much to catch up on. And I can see that you and Storm are more... relaxed today... so the talk went well.”
“Uh huh, what little of that there was any way.”
“Talya, you’re blushing... Is it because? Oh yes. It is... you and he spent the night together! Oh Talya, I am so happy for you!” Lebo screeched hugging Talya tightly.
Not as happy as I am for me Lebo, she thought.
Later that day, while out getting a snack for lunch, Talya reminisced about the night spent with Jay. He was such an attentive and caring lover, always in control of his passion. He moved slowly, getting her comfortable, constantly asking if she was okay and whether she wanted him to stop. His body was hard and muscular and he was very well endowed. She blushed as she remembered his groan when she'd touched and stroked him, insisting that he let her pleasure him. His response when she’d kissed his neck had driven her crazy and she loved the numerous love bites she'd left on his shoulders and chest. She’d shown him that she was okay... with her body, her words and her caresses and she had forced him to go faster, deeper and harder. She’d whispered his name repeatedly as he’d taken her to the edge repeatedly and brought her to sweet completion again and again... And the best part was that it didn’t hurt. Yes, she was tender. But it was a delicious tenderness, not the aching, burning pain she imagined it would be. Just thinking of him made her throb with wanting him again.
When she got back to the bullpen, she called Dr Coleman. She needed to find out how they could combine the fertility treatment and their physical encounters, to optimise her chances of falling pregnant. Dr Coleman had said that they could try on their own, but that timing and abstaining on certain days would be necessary.
Talya scheduled an appointment to see Dr Coleman the next morning. She hoped that Storm would be able to join her. The next half an hour she spent planning how she was going to seduce her Darling Jay later that evening.