Loving Emma

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4 years later

No matter what she did, the chicken was sticking to the grill. And it was turning black. It wasn’t supposed to look like that. If Can didn’t come home soon, she would have nothing to feed people.

Fucking disaster.

She felt two big strong arms envelop her in a hug from behind and leaned back. Finally.

‘Thank god you’re here. There’s something wrong with the grill.’

‘Hello to you too. What’s wrong with it?’

Emma laughed. And turned around, giving him a kiss.

‘Sorry. How did it go today?’

‘It was fine. What’s wrong with the grill?’

She turned back and looked at the burnt mess that covered the grill racks.

‘I don’t know. The grill is making everything stick to the grill racks, and it’s burning everything.’

‘The grill is?’


Now it was his turn to laugh.

‘Honey, most people would blame the person handling the grill, not the grill itself.’

‘Funny. Really funny. But if we can’t get a handle on it, our daughter will have a birthday party without food.’

‘Then move aside, woman, and let the master take over.’

Can changed places with Emma and looked down properly at the mess she’d created. He honestly didn’t think there would be any way he could salvage this.

‘Do we have more chicken?’

She looked at him and nodded.

‘Yes, I have plenty more. But if the grill isn’t working, should we just turn to plan B and bake it in the oven? I know it takes a lot longer, but we don’t want to ruin all of it.’

Emma had the gas burning on high. He wasn’t surprised that the chicken was burning or sticking.

‘I think I got it. Why don’t you bring it out?’

She gave him an unsure look and murmured.


Then she turned and went inside.

She still couldn’t cook. They had a housekeeper that most of the time, took care of it. Which was good because kids didn’t really have much of a filter. He had been forced to resort to bribing his daughter into not spitting out the few meals Emma produced. But it was getting expensive.

Can looked out over his backyard. It had changed over the years. It was the spitting image of what he had envisioned all those years ago when he’d sat outside and dreamt of creating a family with Emma. There were toys scattered in the pool and a playground he’d designed himself furthest back.

Today the lawn was filled with friends and family.

Amelia turned three today. She had yet to see everyone that had come out to celebrate her. The little princess was upstairs asleep. And she needed a nap if she was going to be able to celebrate until the late evening.

Emma had told him last night that they would be a family of four in eight months. And he couldn’t be happier. The past four years had been good to them. The happiness he’d found with Emma was something he’d only been able to dream about when he was younger.

To find someone who completed you in this way. Who could make everything better by just being there? He was the luckiest man in the world. And he never took it for granted. Never would. He would spend the rest of his life, making Emma feel as special to him as he felt to her.

But for now. It was time to stop revelling in his happiness. And the time to start trying to make sure these chickens didn’t give their life for nothing.

Emma stopped in the door and just drank in the sight of Can. She still had to pinch herself sometimes. That she could have been so fortunate to have found a love like this. She thanked her lucky stars every day.

Her memory had never come back. She’d had snippets of small information come to her through the years. But for all intents and purposes, those two years were gone.

And she was ok with that.

Can had told her a few stories about their first time around. Including why she felt some recognition by the gates. It had given them some good laughs.

They had made new memories. And she would always be grateful that faith or destiny, whatever you called it. It had given her enough to dare take a chance.

Except having information or knowledge pop into her head, the only real memory where she had actually felt and seen something. Had been of her and Can in this back yard.

She had been given a precious glimpse into the love they’d felt for each other. And it had made all the difference.

It had given her the courage to take the next step. To give them a second chance.

She looked over the pool and saw that Veronica and Osman had just arrived. Her cousin now lived in Istanbul. After two years of doing the back and forth long-distance relationship. Veronica and Osman had decided they didn’t want to be apart from each other anymore. And she for one could not be happier at having Veronica close again.

She was brought out of her thoughts by Can.

‘There you are. Will you hand me the chicken?’

She walked up to him and put it on the side table, and then she brought her arms around him, looking up at his handsome face.

‘Have I told you how much I love you?’

He smiled down on her.

‘I believe you mention it occasionally.’

She couldn’t help the laugh that escaped. And then she turned serious yet again.

‘You’ve made me incredibly happy. More so than I ever anticipated.’

Then she got up on her toes to give him a kiss. But before her lips reached him, they heard their daughter from the baby monitor.


She went to turn around. But Can caught her hand and spun her back to him. He was laughing.

‘That one has gotten incredibly good at ruining romantic interludes.’

She took his hand and placed it on her abdomen.

‘Not all of them.’

He gave her a tender look.

‘The day I saw you across the club was the best day of my life.’

‘The day I told you to turn back and leave?’


‘I’m so glad you didn’t listen to me. I can’t imagine what my life would be like if I’d never met you.’

He was about to say something when they heard the loud voice of Amelia again.

‘Mama, Papa, I’m up.’

They just started laughing. It was time to bring the birthday girl down. And get this party started.

With a final kiss, she left Can and made her way upstairs. Life was good. And she knew it would only get better.

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