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A New Year

Jake and I arrived back in Chicago late in the afternoon and Dylan was there to pick us up and drive us home. When we approached the front door, I was greeted by the door attendant and welcomed home. We went upstairs and Jake led me to the front door. I was finally home and excited to sleep in our bed once again. Jake brought the bags inside and closed the door.

I started walking towards the living room, when Jake grabbed me from behind and spun me around and pressed his lips against mine. We removed each other’s coats and he lifted me up, wrapping my legs around him, and carried me to the bedroom still kissing me all over.

He threw me on the bed and immediately removed his clothes and then reached out to me to remove mine. Within seconds, he was on top of me kissing my neck, my breasts, my jaw line and my lips. As our tongues wrestled, he entered me in one quick thrust and I gasped.

“Oh God, Jake…” I moaned and begged for more. He got faster and deeper with each thrust and it didn’t take me long to reach my release. “Ahhhhh!” I screamed out as I came all over Jake’s member as he continued until he reached his release inside me. Our breathing was rapid as we reached our highs and pressed our foreheads together.

Jake rolled onto his side and pulled me close. “God, I’ve missed that,” he said between breaths. “It has been way too long.” He kissed my nose and forehead and then my lips again.

“It has definitely been too long,” I agreed and kissed him again. “I love you Jake.”

“I love you too.”

******

The next afternoon, Connie, Lizzie and Todd came over to celebrate the Masterson Family Christmas. When they first arrived, Lizzie practically knocked me to the ground as she grabbed me for a hug. “I’ve missed you so much,” she told me.

“I’ve missed you too Lizzie,” I hugged her back. “I’m so glad to be home again, but it is bittersweet,” I added.

“I can imagine your decision being difficult, but I admit that I’m glad you chose to come home to Jake.”

“Me too,” I smiled at her.

Connie also came up and gave me a big hug and welcomed me home. “How is your family doing? How did they react to you choosing to come back to Chicago?” She asked several questions.

“They are all doing OK. They were a little upset over my decision, but they supported it and understood where I need to be right now. I also made a deal that we will visit them when we can and they are always welcome here.”

“I’m glad to hear that sweetie,” she hugged me again.

We joined Jake and Todd in the living room. Unfortunately, Jake was not able to put up a tree this year since he was out of the country then came to see me for Christmas. We had put our gifts for them along the fireplace base and they put their gifts alongside them. We decided to open the gifts first, then have dinner together.

I had gotten each of them the same type of snow globe that I got my family, but personalized for each of them. Jake had given Lizzie and Todd a gift package for a trip for two to Jamaica for two weeks at a beachside resort to be used anytime within the next year. Lizzie couldn’t thank him enough and was so excited. Little did she know that this trip was planned by Jake and Todd. He gave his mother a spa package for a massage, manicure and pedicure.

Lizzie gave me a bracelet and earring set and she gave Jake a new tie and matching tie tack and cufflinks. Connie gave me a bath and body set and also a gift certificate for a manicure and pedicure. We all laughed a little since we had similar gifts given to each of us. She gave Jake a package, but told him to open it when he was alone. Of course I was curious as to what it was, but I respected her wishes and didn’t ask.

After cleaning up the mess we made, we made dinner together and sat at the table to eat. We continued to talk and they asked me what I did when I was in North Dakota and I asked them things that were going on here. It was a great time and it was something I had missed.

Lizzie, Todd, Jake and I were going out to celebrate the New Year at one of the clubs that Jake is a VIP member of. Lizzie and I went to get ready, while the guys hung out in the living room. I chose to wear a red dress with a black belt while Lizzie wore a black dress. We touched up our hair, threw on some make-up and put on our heels.

As we stepped out into the living room, both Jake and Todd gave a little whistle and got up to give us a hug. Jake helped me with my coat while Todd helped Lizzie and we headed out for the night. Connie told us to have fun as she settled in to watch movies and enjoy the evening to herself.

We took a cab and were dropped off in front of a club with a very, very long line to get in. Jake walked us to the front, showed the bouncer his VIP badge and the four of us walked in getting a lot of nasty looks from others waiting in line.

We were led to the VIP section upstairs, which had a lot of people, but not nearly as crowded as the dance floor and bar on the main floor. When we reached our table, we saw Jordan and Dina already sitting there. I gave them each a hug and they welcomed me home.

Throughout the night, we drank, Jake gave me a couple daiquiris, but mostly I had soda or water, danced, talked and just had a lot of fun. I’ve never seen Jake let go this much, and I loved watching him. “Let’s dance,” I told him after we had taken a breather and a new drink.

“I’m still catching my breath,” he whined back at me.

“Too bad,” I said, “we don’t do this often and I’m having a blast with you tonight!” I could tell the couple drinks I’ve had have hit me. He reluctantly agreed and we went back to the dance floor and danced together. I turned around and pressed my back to his front as I wiggled up and down while he wrapped his arms around my waist and kissed my neck from time to time.

Lizzie came up in front of me and we took each other’s hands and continued to sway back and forth while our guys were behind us. Eventually, all three of us girls were dancing together, while the guys headed off to the bar, but kept their eyes on us.

Just before midnight, Jake came up to us and told us to head back to our table. We arrived back to noisemakers being set on the table with hats or tiaras, sunglasses and other silly trinkets and glasses of champagne for everyone. We each put on some of the silly items as the countdown to 2021 began. 10... 9... 8... 7... 6... 5... 4... 3... 2... 1... HAPPY NEW YEAR! We all yelled and blew into the noisemakers. We drank our champagne and Jake pulled me in for a kiss.

As the kiss ended, I turned around and gasped as I noticed Todd down on one knee while Lizzie was standing in shock. I grabbed onto Jake who was just smiling like he knew this was going to happen.

“Lizzie, even though it took us a couple years to start dating, I was infatuated with you from the day we met. I have grown more and more in love with you each and every day and I would be extremely happy to start the New Year with you agreeing to be my wife. Elizabeth Kelly Masterson...will you marry me?” He held out the ring.

“Yes...yes...yes,” Lizzie said as Todd slipped the ring on her finger. He stood up and they kissed, while we all applauded and congratulated them. I gave Lizzie a hug and so did Jake.

It came out that Todd had talked to Jake about asking for Lizzie’s hand in marriage back when they met this summer when I first met Jake’s family. He was hoping to do it sooner than this, but with everything that happened with me, he held off. Throughout the fall, Todd and Jake had talked about honeymoon locations and they agreed on Jamaica and Jake made that his gift to them for Christmas. Lizzie couldn’t believe they both kept it a secret that long, but she wouldn’t change anything.

We stayed for a little while longer, but we were all getting tired and decided to call it a night. A cab took us home and we headed up to the penthouse. We figured Connie would already be in bed, so we quietly entered and went to our rooms. I could barely take my dress off. I was so tired, so Jake helped me a little.

We settled into bed and I leaned in for a goodnight kiss. The kiss turned more heated and led from one thing to another until we made love multiple times into the early morning hours. I finally fell asleep on Jake’s chest with his arm wrapped around me.

******

We all woke up late in the morning, so we decided to head out for lunch downtown. The five of us talked about the party last night and Lizzie announced to her mother her engagement to Todd. She told her how he proposed and then showed her the ring.

We spent the afternoon downtown and enjoyed each other’s company. We all did a little more shopping and stopped by some new shops or places to explore. We returned home around supper time, with take out from the Thai restaurant around the corner from us.

As we ate dinner, Connie asked about the plan for Jake’s 27th birthday that was coming up next week. Jake, of course, objected and said he didn’t want a party. He just wanted a simple dinner with the five of us and Jordan and Dina. We agreed and set up a plan to meet at a restaurant downtown on the 10th of January.

Connie, Lizzie and Todd stayed through the weekend and headed home Sunday afternoon. That evening, Jake and I just cuddled on the couch and watched a couple of movies since we hadn’t really had a chance to just relax since we were home. It is so nice to be doing this again...I have really missed this.

******

I planned on going to work with Jake a few days over the next week to say hi to everyone again. I missed helping out and was glad to be able to do it. I spent some of the days with Jake in his office helping him go through paperwork and attending meetings with him. The rest I spent with different teams engaging in their projects.

The weekend rolled back around and I was glad to get Jake all to myself again for a couple of days. Friday night we went out on a date. We decided on dinner and a movie out. We then came home and made love most of the night. Saturday, we barely left the room other than to eat. I absolutely loved this and could see myself getting used to this long-term.

It is now Sunday and we are getting ready to meet Connie and Lizzie to celebrate Jake’s birthday. I wore a rose colored cocktail dress and grabbed a silver clutch for my phone, cards and cash. Jake wore another suit, as his usual.

We arrived at the restaurant and headed to our table. We were the first to arrive, or so we thought. Just before we were going to sit down, the host came up and apologized to us and told us that we needed to switch tables and to follow him. We followed him to an area hidden from the main dining room and he ushered us into the room.

“SURPRISE!” Everyone yelled as we entered the room. We saw Connie, Lizzie, Todd, Jordan, Dina and several co-workers and other people that Jake knows.

“What is this?” He asked. “Mother...did you have anything to do with this?

“Maybe darling,” she responded. “It was actually Lizzie’s idea and she reached out to me and Jordan to make the plans.”

“LIZZIE!” he yelled and pretended to chase her. “Thank you,” he said as he caught her. Then he looked at me, “Did you know anything about this?” I shook my head. I honestly didn’t.

He spent the evening visiting with everyone that came to celebrate the night with him. He introduced me to some new people and I took pleasure in meeting his old friends or acquaintances. We had dinner and a cake was served for dessert as we all sang “Happy Birthday” to Jake. Lizzie told him to make a wish as he blew out the candles, but he replied that his wish has already come true as he winked at me.

We finished the night dancing and laughing with everyone and little by little the guests left. The last to remain were Connie, Lizzie, Todd, Jordan and Dina. Jake thanked them all for putting this together and admitted that he had a great time. Now in the past, Jake would have blown up at them and been very upset that they did this behind his back.

We said our goodnights and headed home. When we got home and settled in, I gave Jake my birthday gift to him: a new watch with an engraving on the back. Jake...You make time stand still when we are together...I love you always, Stacy 01-10-2021.

After reading the back, he looked up at me and told me he loves me too and pulled me in for a kiss. He carried me to our room and we finished celebrating his birthday privately in our room.

******

I officially started working for Masterson Marketing that next week part-time. I was going to work three days a week and joined one of the marketing teams that was responsible for local contracts. I spent some time training with each team member and eventually was given simple projects to work on my own and bring back to the team.

Jake continued to work every day, but did his best to take the weekends off unless absolutely needed. The weekends were for us and we continued to travel around Chicago and even took a trip up to Milwaukee, WI to sightsee. Other days, we just sat around the house and just enjoyed our time together.

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