Trenton stood up, putting their breakfast dishes in the dishwasher before refilling Melissa’s glass with juice. He then poured himself another cup of coffee.
Melissa frowned at him. “I wanted coffee now.”
“No coffee for you until I buy decaf. The baby doesn’t need caffeine, that much I do know.”
“Oh, I forgot about that,” she muttered. “So, I was thinking about something. Are we going to keep both our houses? Or do you want to sell mine?”
“You want to sell your house?”
“Well, we can’t live in two houses, now can we?” She countered.
“True, but your house is a lot bigger and newer. So, it makes more sense for us to move into it, don’t you think?”
Her eyes widened as she looked at him. “Truly?”
She jumped up and moved to stand next to him. Hugging him to her, she smashed his face into her bosom. “Oh Trenton, my sweet man, you are so good to me. I had my house built with a family in mind, a family I feared I might never have.”
“Mm…” he said into her bosom before pulling her down into his lap and his lap and kissing her, “and yet now you have a husband and a little one on the way. This brings me to my next thought. I’m going to try and get the bookstore back up and running in the next few weeks. I don’t need the income but, well, I’m going to have a little one to bring up and I want him to learn to be a worker. I was raised believing that even if you have money it’s no excuse to be a slacker.”
“I agree. Dad raised me to follow my dreams and to work hard for them. So, male or female, I want our children, however many we have, to be able to follow their dreams.” Melissa rubbed her belly with a smile.
“Something else, we need to look into getting another set of wheels.”
“Well, you said you like my rental truck. So, perhaps we get you a truck and I could get an SUV that’s child friendly.”
“Sounds like a good plan. We’ll get you one first so that when I find something I like, I can let the rental go back,” he said. “Now, how much of the moving do you want to help me do?”
Melissa groaned and buried her head in the crook of his neck. “None of it. Let’s hire someone to move your stuff.”
“Lazy,” he accused with a chuckle. “How about you help me pack my things, then we’ll have movers do the rest. Will that work?”
Trenton laughed at her exuberance and standing her up, he gave her a gentle swat on the backside before getting up himself. “Okay then, let’s get dressed. Then we’ll go car shopping, find some boxes, let Cindy know about the store, and… by that time it should be lunchtime.”
“Oh, and I need to get the papers to start changing everything over to the Davison name. Then we can stop by the diner and tell Naomi our good news.”
“Sounds like a plan,” Trenton agreed.
“Then let’s get ready,” Melissa said excitedly and ran for the bedroom to do just that with Trenton laughing behind her.
Climbing back into the truck, Melissa waited for Trenton to close her door and get in himself before saying, “I’m tired.”
Trenton gave her a concerned look. “We can go home if you want.”
Melissa shook her head. They’d been to two car lots so far, but she hadn’t seen anything she like, but she wasn’t ready to give up. Biting back a yawn, she told him, “Let’s try one more.”
“Are you sure?”
“Alright. One more it is,” Trenton said before cranking up and heading off down the road.
Gazing out the window, she watched as they passed by two small lots, but nothing caught her eye. However, on the third lot, when Trenton slowed, she saw something. Pointing, she exclaimed, “Trenton, over there!”
Trenton pulled in and slowly drove along the line until Melissa pointed once more. He stopped and shut off the engine.
Getting out of the truck, Melissa walked over to the forest green SUV. It had four doors and looked well taken care of, plus, she liked the color. So many people were driving black and white anymore, but not her, she loved the green in almost any shade.
“Is this the one you want to look at?” Trenton asked.
“Can I help you, folks?”
She and Trenton turned together almost as one to find a salesman behind them.
“Yes, I believe my wife wants to test drive this one,” Trenton replied.
“Good choice, ma’am. We just got that one in, it’s an almost new 2020. The fella that owned it bought it new from us back in February. At the time he thought it was what he wanted, but the missus didn’t like it, said it was too big, so he bought a smaller SUV from us last month. Let me go get the keys so you can take a spin in it,” the salesman said. He then turned and hurried back into the dealership.
Melissa opened the door and looked inside, it was as neat and clean as a brand new one. Of course, I have the money for a new one, but I like this one.
“Are you sure you don’t just want to buy a new one?” Trenton asked.
Melissa turned and answered, “No, I like this one. If I don’t like the way it ride I’ll see if they have something else in this color.”
When the salesman returned, Melissa drove it around the block. She loved it, and firmly said, “This is the one I want.”
So, returning to the lot, Trenton paid for it and she followed him home in her new SUV.
Melissa yawned as she pulled into the diner parking lot next to Trenton. She didn’t understand why she was so tired. Yes, I’m pregnant, but I’m not that far along yet. If I’m this tired already, what will I be like at seven months and carrying a huge belly around? Her door opened and she turned to find Trenton.
“I’m good, hungry and tired, but good,” she answered.
“Well, we did make the rounds today.”
“Mm… true, but you still have to talk to Cindy about the store,” Melissa mentioned as they headed toward the door of the diner.
“I’ll worry about that later, little momma. For now, let’s get you and little you fed, then we’ll see how you feel.”
Walking inside, they took a seat close to the back. Trenton sat down next to Melissa and she leaned her head on his shoulder, yawning again.
Naomi walked up with two glasses in her hands. “Well, well, it’s about time the two of you showed up. I was beginning to think my two favorite customers had deserted me.”
Trenton looked up and smiled. “Never, your steaks are too good for that. We’ve been out of town and just got back yesterday.”
“Yes, Cindy told me you’d taken a trip. Did you have a good time?” Naomi asked.
Melissa brought her head up and excitedly answered, “Yes, we did, Naomi, we got married.”
Naomi gasp as she put a hand to her heart. “Oh! Congratulations you two! Let me look at your ring.”
“Oh, I don’t wear rings. However, Trenton gave me this pretty necklace for our engagement and this bracelet for our wedding,” Melissa told her as she held them up for Naomi to look at.
“Oh Melissa, they’re lovely, very untraditional, but lovely all the same,” Naomi murmured as she looked at them. “I love the engraving on this bracelet.”
“It matches the ring I gave Trenton,” Melissa informed her as Trenton showed her his ring.
“That is just precious you two.”
Melissa and Trenton murmured their thanks.
“So, give me the biggest steak you have with fries, coleslaw, green beans, and a roll. Oh, and pie,” Melissa ordered.
“I’ll have the same except I want corn instead of green beans,” Trenton said.
“Coming right up,” Naomi said before leaving.
Melissa started looking around at who was there and noticed Victoria in a back booth with a thick looking textbook and a notebook in front of her. She must be doing homework. Then looking further, she noticed Billy and his creepy friend Carl. Giving Trenton’s chest a pat, to get his attention, she nodded their way. “I was hoping for a miracle that those two would have disappeared by the time we got back.”
Trenton chuckled. “Yes, well, it looks as if we’re stuck with them.”
“Stuck with who?” Naomi asked as she returned.
“Billy and Carl,” Melissa answered.
Naomi looked over at them as she shook her head. “Well, I suppose our bad seeds could be worse than those two. Most of the time they’re harmless, I guess, and they stay away from my daughter.” She turned back to face them. “Although, there are times I’d like to hit them over the head with a frying pan!”
Trenton laughed, drawing Billy’s cold gaze and Melissa shivered. It was the same look Chad had on his face the night he shot Trenton.
“I’d pay to see you do that, Naomi,” Trenton said.
Naomi went back to work, and Trenton turned to his food.
“Trenton be careful of Billy, he has that same look that Chad had, and I don’t like it,” Melissa whispered.
“I will, promise,” he said as he gently kissed the side of her head.
Halfway through the meal, Melissa saw Billy stand up.
After he’d gone to the register counter and paid, he turned and headed toward her table. “Don’t the two of you look cozy?” He snorted. “Don’t think for one moment I’ve forgotten what you did to me, book boy.”
“Go on Billy, I have no beef with you,” Trenton said calmly.
“But I have one with you, book boy, you and the little woman. She’s got a big mouth and you have an unruly fist. Both need to be taken care of, so I’d watch your back if I was you. Oh, and just so you know, I know who you are, Miss high and mighty.”
“Really? I didn’t know I was hiding who I was,” Melissa said, confused by his comment.
“I also know where you live and next time my cuz is in town, I’ll send him your way,” Billy said with a smirk before he swaggered away.