My finger drew random patterns on its own accord on London's warm chest.
It's been a month since our visit to London's hometown, Lakewood. After an hour of London talking to his mother, he called me into the room. I spoke here and there for about 30 minutes before we left the hospital. The smile on London's face was one of peace and happiness, I'll never forget it.
We went back to his home afterwards. We spent time with Rain and Emma for the next couple of days. On that Sunday we went back to visit London's mom at the hospital again before we went back home to finish packing.
By the time we got into the house, Rain was more than comfortable with me. You could say I made another sister from another mother.
The following week on Saturday, we got a message from Rain telling us that Helena, their mother had finally awoken. London broke into tears of happiness that I somehow joined. We promised to visit when we got the chance again.
"What are you thinking so hard about?" London's soft voice asked, breaking me from my train of thoughts.
"Well, about our visit to Lakewood and about how we acted when we found out about your mom. Speaking about her we have to find time to go visit her. I'd like to go visit and officially meet her." I smiled up at him.
I've spoken to her a little a couple of times via Skype. She seems so nice so far.
"Yeah, we do and you will, Baby." He smiled at me, leaning down to press a kiss onto my lips.
"What time is it?" I asked.
He reached his arm out to his phone on his bedside table. His eyes ran a quick scan over the screen before he turned back to me and placed a kiss between each word," 08:30."
"I better go take a shower and change." I yawned, before placing a kiss onto his naked chest. I tried getting off the bed, just for his arm to tighten on my waist." Baby." I whined.
"What?" He innocently smiled," Fine fine, but there's something I need to do first."
"And what's that?" I asked curiously.
"This." He said before he crashed his lips onto mine. I chuckled in the kiss before gently biting his lip making him groan before pressing our lips against each other if possible. He moved his weight making me move my head, allowing him to hover above me without disconnecting our lips for a second. Probably sensing how low our air supply had gotten, he disconnected our lips.
I opened my eyes to his emerald green, happy ones.
"Well, that was refreshing." I giggled.
"It was, Baby. But that's not what I needed to do." He winked.
"Then what is it that you need to do?" I asked with a raised eyebrow and a smile of curiousity.
"Well...this," He said, bringing an open velvet box to my view. A gasp left my lips as I looked up at him in disbelief. The shiny white gold, diamond ring in the box." Baby, Love of my life. Mother of my child and future children. I know that this might be too early but I can't find any other better moment and time. Lenora Williams, I've loved you since the day my teary eyes met your bright, hazel ones. I might have not known then, but now I do. Lenora, Baby I don't know where I would be without you. You picked me up when I was down on the dirt, when I had nothing to my name. Not shelter, not a single money note and not even a slice of bread. You welcomed me with open arms into your home, something I doubt any other person would have done. You brought me stress, sadness, tears, happiness, a home, food, a family and mostly a daughter whom I love with all of me. You've given me things I never knew I'd ever get the chance to either have again or have at all and now I have my dream job because of you. Baby, I have a lot more to say to you but we have our whole lives ahead of us for me to tell you, plus I'm just too impatient to go any further." He chuckled making me giggle," Baby, will you make me the happiest man than I already am and be my wife? We can take two more years or even more to continue getting to know each other but until then, I can't imagine you being anything else other than my fiancee. Baby, will you marry me?"
Tears uncontrollably gushed out of my eyes as I rapidly nodded at him." Yes." I happily whispered," Yes!"
A grin lit up his face before he took the ring out of the ring box and slipped it onto my left hand, ring finger. I wrapped my arms around his neck and pulled him down for a mind-blowing, but sensual kiss that poured out all my emotions. From my raging happiness to my disbelief.
I pulled away from him with a light laugh, before looking at the ring on my ring finger," Wow." I said in disbelief.
"Do you like it?" He nervously asked.
"No, not really," I nervously said," I love it!" I enthusiastically exclaimed.
He let out a sigh of relief before smiling at me," Great."
"Well, I'm gonna go take a shower and prepare for the day." I excitedly chirped.
"And I better go prepare some breakfast for my family." He winked before getting off me and making his way to the laundry basket where he had dropped his shirt after his shower.
I crawled off the bed and basically skipped to the bathroom in excitement before stopping outside and turning to London," I walked into this bedroom earlier as your girlfriend yet I'll be leaving as your fiancee. How ironic."
He walked to me and lifted me by my waist before spinning me around. Giggles erupted from my mouth before I asked him to stop. He grinned at me and pecked my lips before putting me down.
"I'll be in the kitchen, my Love." He smiled before heading to the door as I walked into the bathroom.
I hummed all throughout my shower, my eyes never failing to scan my new ring no matter how many times I tried to evade my eyes from it. I jumped out and applied some lotion and deodorant before wrapping my towel around my body, just in case. I walked to my closet and pulled out my white, strapless bra and my white summer dress that reached just above my knees. I put on my sandals and pulled my newly braided her into a high bun. I finished the look by putting on my favourite plain, diamond studded earrings.
I grabbed my phone and headed downstairs and towards the kitchen. I was greeted by the smell of waffles before I even entered it.
"Mommy!" Emma excitedly ran to me and had me pick her up," Daddy's making breakfast today."
"I see that." I smiled, rubbing my nose against hers, making giggles erupt from her.
"Breakfast's almost ready my Loves." London announced before turning around to continue taking out the waffles from the waffle maker.
I moved to a chair with Emma happily chirping away in my arms. Me being the good mom that I am I listened to majority of what my baby said but unfortunately let the rest fall on deaf ears.
London placed our plates in front of us as the rest of the ladies joined us. All of them complimenting his cooking skills as if it were the first time they had tasted London's food, but in reality was the second. The first being when he found out about he's mother waking up and the second being now. But look at me, I'm also still gushing over his food and drooling over it.
"Thanks my Beau." I smiled before pouring syrup on my pancakes.
"Anytime Baby." He smiled, carrying his plate to the unoccupied seat next to me but not sitting until after he placed a kiss on my cheek.
"Thank you Daddy, it's so yummy." Emma complimented from my lap before stuffing more waffles onto her mouth. All her table manners forgotten.
"Anytime Baby Girl." He chuckled before leaning over and placing a kiss onto her chubby cheek.
She immediately turned to him with a billion dollar smile before turning back to his plate.
We enjoyed the rest of breakfast with silence except the sound of our utensils scratching our plates.
London and I decided to spend the rest of the day with Emma by watching Cinderella with her in the cinema. Which is where we were now.
I laid my back on his rock hard, built chest as Emma laid comfortably on my lap, stuffing her face with popcorn.
"Baby," I softly called as I played with his fingers. He hummed in reply before looking down at me." Are you sure you want to go with me today? You don't need to." I assured.
"I'm sure, Baby." He smiled.
"But the press, the paparazzi, they won't hesitate to suffocate you once they know." I warned
"I'm aware of that Baby, but I want to finally close off your title as Bachelorette. You're my fiancee now, not a bachelorette." He softly said making me smile at not only the new title but how smoothly he said it and just how right it felt.
"Possessive aren't we?" I teased.
"Sometimes." He admitted without an ounce of hesitation in his tone.
I lightly giggled before pushing myself up and placing a kiss on the first place I reached, which turned out to be his chin.
"Well, I think I'll take a short nap until the charity gala." I lightly yawned before closing my eyes.
"Sure Baby." He said.
I took his hand into mine and gave it a light squeeze of assurance.
"You okay?" I asked.
"Yes, just about nervous." He smiled.
"Don't worry, I'm here if you need me." I reassured.
"Thanks Baby. But if you could tell me what was on my mind when I agreed to coming with you when I'm so camera shy and basically anything but attention seeking, I'd be happy." He smiled with a raised eyebrow.
A laugh quietly left my lips before I answered," I have no idea, but I did try to change your mind."
"That you did, my Love. That you did. It just didn't seem right to allow you to come on your own when you had a partner." He said with a shrug.
"Well, for all it's worth. I'm happy you decided to come with me."I smiled, just as the car slowly came to a stop.
I looked over at London's side to find flashes of lights and men and women lining up with cameras, reporters.
"Are you ready Ma'am? Sir?" Asked Davis.
"Are you?" I repeated the question to London who gave me a nod." Yes Davis."
The front door opened before it closed at Davis opened London's side of the door." Sir." Davis said before London slipped out.
I scooted towards where London had sat, to see a hand in front of me.
I smiled and laid my smaller one on the offered one before I was helped out of the car. I was immediately greeted by flashes and lights from the press even as security helped us through and into the hall.
"Sorry about that." I apologized as I lightly squeezed London's hand.
"Lenora Darling!" Called a very familiar cringe worthy, pitchy voice from behind us, nearly making me groan.
"Hello Blake. So nice to see you, it's been far too long." I feigned the most polite, happy smile I could.
"Oh, that it has," She dramatically sighed before her eyes fleeted to London's. A spark of mischief, flirtatiously mischief glimmered in her eye before she flirtatiously greeted," Hello there, Hon. Who might you be?"
"Good evening, I'm London, Lenora's fiancé." He politely smiled, pride shimmering from his green orbs.
"Oh," Blake punched, before looking at me with the fakest smile she's ever had," I didn't know you had departed from the title of Bachelorette."
I lightly chuckled before saying," Yes I did. In a heartbeat really."
"Oh, I see." She lightly, chuckled," Well, I hope to see you later, Darling."
With that, she disappeared as if dogs were chasing after her.
"Wow, you my Beau are too much of a women magnet." I teased.
"Unfortunately I am, would you have me as anything other thing?" He raised an eyebrow as if daring me to say otherwise.
I giggled and opened my mouth to answer, just for a man, I believe his name's Richard Cross and a woman I've never seen before approached us.
"London?" The woman said in disbelief.
London's hand suddenly squeezed mine a bit before he calmly, but coldly said," McKenzie."
"What are you doing here?" She asked with a look of confusion and disbelief.
"Miss Williams, I never thought I'd get to meet you in person anytime soon. I'm Richard Cross. The owner of Cross Industries." The man beside her, Richard Cross introduced.
His company was successful, but not as successful as ours. My father and I's company was one of the top 10 companies in the world.
"Mr Cross, a pleasure to meet you. Your reputation precedes you." I politely nodded in acknowledgement as we we combined our hands for a handshake.
"Miss Williams? As in thee Lenora Williams?" Asked the woman in disbelief, raising my curiosity of her identity.
"I don't believe we've met? Who may you be if I may ask?" I asked curiousity, barely contained in my tone.
"Oh, then London hasn't told you about me then. I'm McKenzie Richards, London's former wife." She answered
My heart instantly skipped a beat at her words. This can't be the same woman that hurt London.
"Oh I've heard about you." I cautiously replied.
"London, what are you doing here with Miss Williams?" She asked, failing to hide her curiousity.
"McKenzie, my affairs do not concern you, but if you must know, Lenora is my fiancee." He calmly replied. The coldness I'm his voice never faltering even for a second.
"Fiancee?" McKenzie exclaimed.
"Sweetheart, calm down. We wouldn't want everyone's attention us." Richard scolded his partner," Apologies for my wife, I don't know why she did that. Mr London, my wife says that you're her former husband, is that true?" He asked.
"Unfortunately yes." London replied, surprising me with his tone.
"McKenzie, I thought you'd said your husband had passed away a year ago. This doesn't make any sense." Richard said to McKenzie, who seemed to look anywhere else but at Richard. His words seemingly surprising not only me but London.
"Mr Cross, my fiance and I will be leaving now. Enjoy the rest of your evening." I said before pulling London away and to the dance floor where other partners were dancing." So that was McKenzie."
"Yes." He sighed before wrapping his arms around my waist and guiding mine up to his neck, allowing me to secure them around it.
"She seemed nice enough, she doesn't seem like someone who's be involved in crime. But her saying you'd died said another story." I sighed as we slowly shuffled around the floor.
"Yes, too nice. I guess that's what made me fall in love with her and trust her in the first place. I'm sure you don't believe anything I told you about her now, do you? I'm sorry, Baby." He sighed in defeat, making me tilt my head in confusion at him.
"Of course I believe you. Not only because I trust you, but also because I ran a background check on you after we met." I guiltily admitted.
"That's fair enough, you were letting me roam around your house freely and letting me interact with Emma and your employees. You needed to make sure that I was clean." He half-heartedly chuckled.
"I love you, Baby." He smiled," My cadillac woman."
I lightly laughed at his words before looking up at him with a raised eyebrow," I love you too, but that world never seems to sound right."
He let out a laugh before twirling me around.