It had sucked the life right away from them!
Punching in the buttons on her phone, she decided it was time to live for herself.
Sabrina rolled her eyes. "You wish! I'm just here to help Madison pack up. We're all getting a flat together nearby. We're calling it the Grad Pad!"
Jesse leaned forward and whispered in her ear, "You don't want to stay there."
Sabrina swiped at his hand. God! He made her feel like a bumbling 12 year old every time she saw him! "Look! You might not have noticed, but I'm an adult now! You can't keep treating me like... like..." Words eluded her.
Jesse smiled. "Like? What?"
"UGH! You drive me crazy!" Sabrina fumed as she stomped her foot. "I'm going to go find Madison!"
Sabrina's pulse leaped. No matter how much he drove her crazy, she still responded to him on so many levels.
Nuzzling her ear, he whispered. "You know where I'll be..."
"Where?" Madison asked, suspiciously.
"I just met a guy..."
Madison sighed. "Oh Sabrina, I thought you were going to quit going home with strange guys."
Sabrina glanced over her shoulder. "He's not all that strange. Just a little."
"What?!" Madison squawked as Sabrina hung up the phone & put it on silent.
"What about your Aunt's party?"
"What? It's her party. She knows how to talk to people!" Jesse said. "No one will miss us!"
Plastering on a smile, she greeted him. "Gunnar! I haven't seen you since Class '09!"
Gunnar smiled sadly and pulled Ellen into a hug. "It's been a long time!"
"Yes, it's been forever. I was sorry to hear about Barbara," she told him.
Gunnar nodded. "It's been awhile now, but it still hurts. How are you doing without the Professor?"
"Vincent," she said softly. "I just still can't believe he's gone. That's why I'm retiring."
Gunnar nodded. "Believe me, I understand. Feel free to call if you ever need someone to talk to."
The next morning:
Sabrina hedged. "We'll see," she promised. "I might have stuff to do today."
Kissing her soundly, Jesse told her he hoped she was there when he got back.
And there was Sabrina, waiting patiently for him in his bed.
"Now this is what I love to see when I get home!" he grinned.
Sabrina shrugged. "They were."
"So? What's the problem?"
"Who says there's a problem?"
Jesse raked a hand through his hair. "You don't just decide to leave! What's going on?"
"Well, say something," Sabrina demanded.
Jesse worked his mouth, but no words came out.
Sabrina looked up and frowned when she saw him standing there. "Madison told you were I was?"
Jesse nodded. "She said you called her crying."
Sabrina shrugged and looked the other way.
"Look, just because you're pregnant doesn't mean..."
Sabrina paced around the small alcove, muttering under her breath.
Jesse waited for her to calm down.
"I don't care if the baby's not mine. We'll deal with that if it's an issue. But, I'm tired of drifting between women. Let's try it. Let's get married."
"Then hey, divorces are pretty cheap, right?"
Jesse wiggled his eyebrows. "Now comes the fun part!" he said as he swept her up into his arms and led her to their room.
Jesse had been reluctant to give them up, but she'd finally convinced him. She'd simply told him it was her & the wins or the dogs.