The two new lovers woke up to the sound of her son crying out, “Mommy!”
Confused, he raised his head to figure out what he was hearing. She was already ready to pop up and get whatever Ian was calling for at that ungodly hour, but once he got his bearings he told her to stop.
“I got this,” he smiled at her.
“I’m awake already,” she replied.
“Well then lie down and relax. I got this,” he told her, confidently.
She wanted to protest but they had already talked about her needing to let him do more for her. He knew that he was new to her life, but this would give him a chance to bond with her son, Ian, as well as give her something she hadn’t had in years. Peace.
He went out and told her son a little lie. He said his mommy wasn’t feeling good, and he could help take care of whatever it was he needed. Ian liked him, and told him that he was hungry.
“Perfect, I wanted to make us all breakfast anyway!” he told him.
He went into the kitchen which he had already figured out how she kept it, and began preparing a breakfast. He set up Ian in his chair and brought him the food.
“This is good! You can cook almost as good as mommy!”
“Thank you. That is the best compliment on my cooking I have ever had!” he told Ian as he watched him eating his food.
He grabbed the tray that he had hidden from the closet and put her breakfast on it. He wanted a flower, but he couldn’t find one. So he ran to the closet where Ian’s Play Dough was kept and made a quick Play Dough rose to set on the side. He then got to work on her coffee. He put them all together and brought the tray into her.
Her nose was buried in her phone when he opened the door, she looked up and saw him bringing her breakfast and tears formed in her eyes.
“What’s wrong?” he asked her, noticing the tears.
“I just can’t believe this is real,” she said as she smiled to let him know the tears were not tears of sadness.
He placed the tray over her as she sat up, and went back out to the rest of the house to eat his own breakfast and make his coffee. He decided to cast a video onto the television for Ian to watch and ate his food while he listened to Ian tell him about how cool The Hulk and Iron Man was. He used the video as an opportunity to tell the boy about friendship and the importance of giving people the benefit of the doubt. He was happy, because they were bonding, but also because it gave this grown man the excuse to watch an animated Iron Man and Incredible Hulk cartoon.
Sometime into the next video, she emerged from the bedroom. Her smile lit up the room as she walked out to join them.
“Mommy! Hi! We watched Hulk and Iron Man! We ate breakfast. We are going to play with the turtle shooter later! We (blah, blah, blah)! We (on and on and on). We (something unintelligible.)”
“Fun! Cool! Nice! Uh-huh. Sure.” she replied to each thing enthusiastically for his benefit.
She then sat down at her computer desk so she could catch up on her games. He surprised her by crawling underneath the desk and started massaging her calves.
“Oooh, that feels nice,” she purred, “But you don’t have to do that.”
“I know,” he began, “But I want to. Ignore me as best as you can, just play your game.”
She tried her best, but found that she was feeling guilty and wanted to show him the attention he was giving her. But every time she started to change her focus, he stopped her.
Finally he said, “You can get me another time. But this is for you right now.”
He went back to massaging her calves for another 15 minutes or so and then got up but smacked his head on the desk as he tried getting out from under it.
“That’s going to leave a mark!” he laughed as he rubbed his head.
She let out a giant laugh knowing he was okay and he was happy because she was laughing. He laughed a little longer and then went to grab his yoga mat so he could do his yoga. She got up from her game to join him. She was smiling and they hardly talked at all.
Her son, Ian, started to get bored and loud just as they were finishing the routine. He asked her if she could watch him while he went to shower.
That surprised her because watching him was what she always did.
After his shower, he emerged fresh and clean and ready to go. “Ian, do you want to go to the park?” he asked her son.
“We’re going to the park?” he asked in reply.
“Just us, your mommy is going to stay here, because she has a headache,” he lied.
He got Ian ready to go, moved his car seat to his, and they went to the park for a couple hours. He watched him play and then doused them both in hand-sanitizer before calling her.
“Would you like me to pick us up some lunch?” he asked her.
“No, it’s okay,” she replied.
“Are you sure?” he prodded.
“Okay, yes please,” she admitted. “Burrito?” she asked.
“Of course, my love!” he said as he drove to the little taco place.
He got back and they ate and then he cleaned a little. She seemed very content and relaxed, and he was extremely happy just being near her smile. After he vacuumed, they decided to play cards for a while, before she got up to start preparing dinner.
“I can make dinner,” he told her.
“No, I like cooking,” she replied.
“Can I help? I’m a damn good sous chef, Iron Chef Luna,” he told her.
She smiled as he went into the kitchen with her and helped her prepare the food. They ate dinner and watched videos all together before putting Ian to bed. After Ian was in bed, the two lovers went to her bedroom.
“You have done so much for me today. You didn’t have to. I feel selfish,” she told him.
“You have done so much for me!” he said in reply. “Your smile brings me happiness. Your joy is what I live for. This is like Heaven,” he continued.
“Still, I feel like I need to do something for you,” she said as she tugged to loosen his belt.
“Ooooh,” was all he could manage.
“Although I’d be lying if I said this wasn’t for me too,” she said as his pants fell to the floor.
“And you thought I was being selfless,” he said before they kissed passionately.