Chapter 7: Deliverance – part 8

Jacob wouldn’t stop crying. After a mostly sleepless night, Shane was nearly in tears himself. He continued pacing across Addison’s living room with Jacob in his arms. Normally a few minutes of walking after a feeding lulled his son to sleep. Shane had been at it for forty minutes. Although Jake’s cries had waned a bit, the baby was nowhere near sleep. His little belly was full, but he was as miserable as his father.

Addison trudged into the living room. The bags under her heavy-lidded eyes were worse than ever, and the robe tied over her yoga outfit was less than flattering. She gave him a sour look. “Give him here.”

Shane gladly handed his son over. “I don’t get it. I did everything right.”

“I’m sure you did.” Shane doubted the sincerity of her words as she cradled Jacob. He was almost glad that the kid kept crying. Addison resumed pacing, occasionally bouncing Jacob. “He’s tired and cranky. It happens.”

“It happens,” Shane repeated. “For how long?”

Addison frowned at him. “A few months.” Then she shook her head. “Grow up, Shane. You wanted this, remember?”

Shane scowled back. He must have been out of his mind. This was torture. He should have stayed in his private little world. There things made sense. Sighing, Shane took a step toward the door. “I’m going to work.”

Addison looked up from the fussing infant, mildly surprised. “Shouldn’t I take you to your lab? Or to your quarters?”

“It’s four-thirty in the morning. The halls will be all but empty.”

“But the cameras–”

“Fuck the cameras!” Surprised by his outburst, Shane fumbled for his placid alien side. Lack of sleep was making it hard to hold on to. Cool and calm, he continued, “They know about us. From Frasier and the obstetrician if no one else.”

Now that he could think straight, Shane could better evaluate the situation. He walked up to his lover and their son, thinking aloud. “Avoiding the cameras will keep rumors to a minimum. But I can live with rumors.” He laid one hand on Addison’s arm. With the other he brushed away Jacob’s tears. Through touch he felt their exhaustion, but overall good health. “I’ll walk. You rest.”

Jacob huffed a tiny sigh, then quieted. Addison and Shane exchanged an incredulous look, and his emotionless calm slipped away. Addison’s delight replaced it. “How’d you do that?”

Shane chuckled. “Damned if I know.” He ran his fingertips down his son’s arm, marveling at the tiny person they’d created. Staying a while longer was tempting, but Shane knew he was too off-balance to not snap at Addison again, and he’d be sure to ruin the progress he’d made with Ashlynn over the past few days. “Svetlana will be back this morning?”

Addison gave him a wry smile. “Yes. We’ll be fine. Get your work fix.”

Shane grinned. He gently kissed the top of their son’s head, then turned to Addison. She may have been disheveled, but her curves were as appealing as ever. Shane’s hormones rallied for the first time since Jake had been born. They indulged in a long, lingering kiss.

It’ll be good when we can get back to that, Addison purred.

Agreed. Shane wanted to ask “How long?” but thought better of it. Instead he willed his feet toward the door. Sleep well.

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10 Responses to “Chapter 7: Deliverance – part 8”

  1. Soph August 21, 2009 at 3:50 pm #

    Haha, how long? Well maybe with that healing touch.. :)

    Love the “joys of baby-wrangling” scene!

    • nancy August 26, 2009 at 12:17 pm #

      Yay! Coming from a mom, I’m glad to hear it!

  2. daymon August 21, 2009 at 6:05 pm #

    Yeah babies get fussy sometimes. At least Shane didn’t bite her head off, and kept his temper in check.

    • nancy August 26, 2009 at 12:18 pm #

      Good point. If not for his psychic connection with his son, he probably would.

  3. Ziggy August 21, 2009 at 7:47 pm #

    Hah! I knew Shane wasn’t bad right from the start and I was right.

    Still wanna see the alien psycho bit though.

    • nancy August 26, 2009 at 12:19 pm #

      LOL. Don’t worry. You’ll see alien psycho eventually. :)

  4. anna August 23, 2009 at 7:42 am #

    I wonder.. are the witches the ones causing the trouble? Maybe some kind of spell that slowly pulls them apart? Hmmm.

    • Eonknight August 23, 2009 at 2:50 pm #

      Exactly my thought… Chairman Carlyle DID say the situation was “salvageable”, and who knows what witches can do with eyelashes (although, speaking of “lashes”, they should be careful with their meddling…)

      I would think that what they have is more than just a passing crush, and Triptych will have to intervene more directly if they want to pull them apart (Shane, especially, seems willing to step on his own ego for Addison’s and Jacob’s sakes).

      • nancy August 26, 2009 at 12:21 pm #

        I’m loving the speculating and commentary. Just wait ’til I launch forums! That will be fun. :)

    • nancy August 26, 2009 at 12:20 pm #

      My lips are sealed. Heh. :)

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