CHAPTER TWENTY EIGHT
I can't believe I agreed to take the stupid thing to work. Hell, I can't even believe I've put up with it over the weekend. Who the hell designs something without an off switch? Fuck, if it wasn't for Kate and those stupidly adorable sad eyes, I would have thrown it out the window. And, well, it turns her on so there's that.
The doll is screaming even more here than it is at home, as soon as I do something for it and it settles it starts up again. I've taken to stuffing it under the couch cushions to muffle the sound, not that it does much. My head is starting to pound from the constant noise. I tried to palm it off the Verity, but she just laughed and walked off. Not being able to take it any longer I walk over to the couch and grab the screaming possessed doll from beneath the cushions just as the door opens. Ryder strolls in with a huge smirk on his face.
“Had to see this for myself.” He says smugly. I grit my teeth and glare at him.
“The stupid thing doesn't have an off switch.” I grumble. Ryder plonks down on the couch, seemingly oblivious to the obnoxious noise.
“How did Kate convince you to bring it to work with you anyway?” he asks. I sigh and put the doll on the table before starting to remove its diaper, or nappy as Kate calls it. Australians are weird.
“She gave me the sad eyes.” I admit. Ryder chuckles and shakes his head.
“You're whipped.” He comments. I don't say anything. I know I am, and for the life of me I don't know how to stop it. I just want Kate to be happy.
“Happy wife, happy life.” I say. I pull the diaper completely off and put my hand over its rather impressive dick, I don't want a repeat of this morning.
“Wow... that things pretty big.” Ryder states. I chuckle
“It's definitely well-endowed for a little guy... hopefully our son will be as blessed.” I say. Ryder looks at me like he's in shock. “What?” I ask.
“You... you're actually thinking about kids?” Ryder asks. I shrug my shoulders. I won't lie, it's been on my mind lately, and not because of my grandfathers will. “This thing hasn't turned you off?” Ryder asks as he nods towards the doll. I think about that. While it's been a pain in my ass, I wouldn't say it's stopped the thoughts of having a child with Kate.
“Not really... can you see Kate trusting me with a real kid?” I ask. Ryder chuckles and shakes his head. “Besides, it'd be different being a real kid, and being my own.” I continue. Ryder just grins at me.
“You've got it fucking bad. Look at you, Mr family man.” He teases. I chuckle and run a hand over my face, not even bothering to deny it. Kate's only been in my life for less than 2 months and I honestly don't know how I lived without her before. I don't even miss the one night stands or scouting for talent with my brother. The thought of being with anyone but Kate making me nauseous.
“Won't deny that...” I mumble. Ryder claps my on my back as the doll starts screaming yet again.
“This is the happiest I've ever seen you. I'm glad bro.” he states. I give him a grin and sigh as I look down at the screaming doll.
“You think this thing misses Kate?” I ponder out loud. Ryder laughs
“It's a doll.” He reminds me.
“I know, but... fuck, it wasn't this bad over the weekend.” I complain. I grab the doll and hand it to Ryder. “Be a good uncle and calm your nephew.” I tell him. Ryder just laughs and pushes it away.
“It's your fucking doll, I'm not getting caught dead with that thing.” He exclaims. I rub my tired eyes with the balls of my hand before standing.
“Fuck it, leave it here to scream.” I say. Ryder laughs and follows me out of my office. I stop at the door of my office, just out of view of reception when I hear the sexy Australian accent I've come to love.
“Oh you are being extra cruel... give him a break.” I hear Kate say. She giggles as she speaks.
“Come on, you got to torture him all weekend, I'm having fun, I can hear him swearing in his office.” Verity laughs.
“He still needs to work, you're going to drive him over the edge.” Kate comments. I hear Verity's evil laugh as it slowly starts to dawn on me what they are talking about. That fucking doll. She wouldn't! Would she? Yes.... yes she would.
“That's the plan.” Verity says evilly. I slowly step out of my office and spy a little black device in Kate's small hand. Neither have seen me yet as I slowly stalk towards Kate. Her head turns towards me and her eyes widen. Yep. I got you darlin'. I see her swallow and take a step back.
“Kate...” I say in warning. I narrow my eyes as I slowly approach her. She bites down on her bottom lip, I can see she's trying hard not to laugh.
“Uh... bye!” she says quickly. Kate spins on her heels and sprints to the elevator. I'm hot on her tail, not letting her get very far before I wrap my arms around her small waist and lift her feet off the ground. She squeals and giggles as I catch her, the sound making my heart thump against my chest. I carry her to my office and slam the door behind me. Putting her down, I spin her around and press her up against the desk, staring right into her eyes. Her baby blue eyes show a hint of fear, arousal and amusement as I grab her hand and pry the small devise out. I take a look at it. A fucking remote control. The doll screams behind me and I press the power button, quieting it instantly.
“3 days Kate.” I say through gritted teeth. She purses her lips, trying hard not to laugh. “3... days.” I emphasize.
“I.... I thought you would have figured it out sooner.” She bites down on that plump bottom lip as she tries not to giggle. I go to speak when the doll screams out again. I turn my head to look at it, furrowing my brow and turning it off again with the remote. I look back to my loving, devil of a wife. Kate runs her hands up my chest and wraps her arms around my neck. “Sorry…” she says. She bites her lip again and looks up at me through her lashes, my cock twitching at her seductive look
“I'll make it up to you tonight.” She whispers. I press my body harder against hers.
“You better...” I mumble. I lower my head towards her plump lips when the doll screams out again. “Fuck…” I groan. I place my forehead on Kate's.
“Verity has a remote doesn't she?” I ask, already knowing the answer. Well that explains why the doll was even more evil today. Kate nods, pursing her lips trying not to laugh.
I step away from her, spinning around, I grab the doll from the coffee table, and carrying it by the leg, I storm to my office door and swing it open with force. I launch the doll in Verity's direction before slamming my door shut and locking it. I hear Verity's laughter as the doll gets silenced. I walk back to my wife, grabbing the back of her neck and crashing my lips on hers. I pull away when she's completely breathless, her chest heaving as she tries to get enough oxygen in her lungs.
“No more pranks?” I ask. She bites her lip and shakes her head.
“None planned.” She replies. I narrow my eyes at her
“That's not saying you won't prank me again.” I state. She slightly shrugs her shoulders and looks up at me through her lashes.
“I can't make that promise.” She says with a smirk. I take her in, a small smile forming on my face. It’s part of who she is, it’s part of our relationship and as frustrating as it can be, she keeps me on my toes. Kate looks so sweet and innocent, but really she's a mischievous little devil. Do I really want that to change? No. it's part of what I love about her. I sigh and shake my head.
“You're lucky I love you.” I tell her. Kate's eyes widen and I hear her breath catch in her throat as I realize what I said. Fuck. That's not how I imagined telling her the first time. But I can't take it back. I don't want to take it back. I reach out and tuck a piece of her hair behind her ear, swallowing the lump in my throat I look into her baby blue eyes. “I do Kate. I love you... so fucking much.” I tell her. Her eyes soften before her lips press hard against mine. I close my eyes, enjoying the feel of her soft lips on mine. She pulls away and I open my eyes, looking into her watery ones.
“I love you too, Chase.” She whispers. Her voice is so soft, and I love the way it sounds in her sexy Australian accent. My heart beats wildly in my chest as I crash my lips on hers, pulling her body closer to mine. I've never felt lighter than in this moment, knowing that she loves me like I love her, knowing that she's utterly and completely mine. We pull away and a bright smile graces her beautiful face, mirroring my own. She lets out a little giggle as I place kisses all over her face. I've never felt this way before, never felt so... happy. I let out a contented sigh and place my forehead against hers.
“You're something else you know that?” I whisper.
“I know.” She replies with a grin. I chuckle and hold her tighter to me. “I should let you get back to work.” She says, moving away slightly. I pout and kiss her soft lips.
“Argh, I don't want to work.” I whine. She giggles and kisses me again.
“Mm but you have to.” She tells me. Sighing I pull away, eyeing the remote on the table.
“I know... but first…” I say. I grab the remote and hit the power button, hearing the familiar scream of the doll coming through the wall to reception where Verity sits. It follows directly by a loud thump.
“Fuck!” we hear Verity exclaim through the wall. Kate bursts into a fit of giggles as the doll goes silent and I hit the power on button again. “Chase!” Verity’s voice calls out. As soon as it's silenced I turn it back on, laughing at the cursing coming through the wall from Verity.
“Oh for fuck sake!” we hear Verity yell. We hear a few more bangs mixed in with the screams. Kate and I look to each other and then back at the door before bolting from the room. We watch as Verity drops the screaming doll in front of the elevator, and pries the doors open with her hands. I'm shocked by her strength as she gets them open enough to kick the doll down the elevator shaft and let the doors go. She walks towards us, wiping her hands together with a victory smile.
“You'd make a horrible mother.” I tell her as she walks past. She smirks and shrugs her shoulders.
“Well, now you know better than to ask me to babysit when you have a real one.” She states. She walks past and back to her desk. I turn to a laughing Kate and wrap her in my arms.
“I half expected you to do that.” Kate says, looking up at me. I chuckle and kiss her forehead.
“I seriously considered it.” I admit. She giggles and looks up at me, her eyes bright. Reaching up, she places her lips on mine. I deepen the kiss, bringing my hand to her neck to pull her closer. She moans into my mouth, making my cock twitch in my pants. “Mm as much as I'd love to take you right here...” I mumble against her lips. She sighs and pulls away.
“Later.” She says, looking slightly disappointed.
“You better believe it... but for now, let’s go get some lunch before I have to go back to work.” I say. Kate smiles and runs her hands over my chest.
“Are you asking me on a date?” she says with a smirk. I chuckle and kiss her nose. I've never taken her on a date, our relationship is completely unorthodox.
“Yep. It's about time I did don't you think?” I grin. She nods, the smile never leaving her face. “Alright, let’s go.” I unwrap her from my arms and take her small hand in mine. I grin down at her and pull her towards the elevator. Once inside, I cup her cheek and look into her baby blue eyes.
“I love you.” I say. Now that I've said it, I want to tell her all the time, every day.
“I love you.” She states, staring into my eyes. My heart pounds as I pull her into a kiss. Damn, if 2 months ago Chase could see me now.