3:36 Get The Party Started

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Owen didn’t know why he let himself get his hopes up. He should have known this would be another promise broken. He couldn’t wait to hear what excuse he had this time.

He looked at Andy thinking about everything.

“Do you want another piece of cake?”

“That piece is Papa’s.”

“It is your birthday. I think he will understand.”

Andy looked at the cake then at his dad. “Papa’s not coming, is he?”

Owen shook his head. “I don’t think he is. I’m sorry.”

Andy thought about it then looked at Owen. “Then it is just me and you until time to go to Mama’s house.”

Owen smiled at his son. “Me and you.”

“Can we play the video games you bought?”

“If that is what you want to do.”


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Dakota pulled Owen aside so they could talk without Andy and Tayler overhearing.

“Have you heard from Patrick?”

“Not since the day of their big announcement.”

“Me either. Neither has Aliyah. I can’t reach my brother either. It’s not like him to not return my calls.”

Owen frowned as he thought about it. “I think it may be time to file a report with the police.”

Dakota nodded. Something was wrong. She could feel it. “I hope wherever they are, they are all right.”

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“I want our babies to come home. I miss them.”

“So do I.” He put his arms around Dakota comforting her. “I am sure they are okay. Patrick is a great father. He won’t let anything happen to them.”

“He wasn’t going to voice his worries about Teague. He was her brother. She was already upset enough.

“I will be taking Andy to visit his grandparents after we leave here. I will drop him off then we can go make the report. I think it is best not to say anything to the kids right now.”

Dakota nodded in agreement. “Let’s find out what is going on first.”

“I’ll talk to my Uncle Daniel and see if he can find out anything too.”

“I know you don’t like Teague, and you have good reason, but…”

“He’s your brother. I understand. Have you talked to your other brother?”

“Jonas? Yeah. He hasn’t heard from him either.”

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He frowned thinking about it. It was like they had all disappeared. He decided to try something. He sent a text to Patrick telling him that he loved him.

“If I get a reply back, I will let you know.”

Dakota nodded. “I will let you know if I hear from them.”

They went back to focusing on the kids. It was an hour later when his phone rang. He looked at the ID then at Dakota and shook his head.

He talked to his sister for a few minutes before handing the phone to Andy so Grace could wish him a happy birthday.

“He’ll text back. I know he will.”

 


3:35 Crying

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Owen hadn’t realized how hard it was going to be to see Aliyah and her daughter. The fact that Tayler looked so much like Patrick didn’t help. Even though they were now divorced and he was still angry with him, he still loved him. Those feelings just don’t go away immediately.

He got up and walked outside. He needed a moment to get himself back together. He heard the door open and close and figured it was Derick checking on him. “I’m fine. I just needed some air.”

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“If it is too hard for you to be around us, I can take Tayler and leave.”

Owen shook his head. “She should spend time with her brothers and sisters. I just didn’t expect…”

“Her to be a miniature version of her father? I didn’t either.”

“Why did you do it?”

“He lied to me. He told me that you knew and were okay with it.”

Owen turned and looked at her. “You thought that I would be okay with you sleeping with my husband?”

“I should have talked to you instead of trusting him.”

“Yes you should have. We probably could have come up with something that didn’t involve you fucking my husband.”

“I’m sorry, Owen. You have every right to hate me.”

“I do…but I don’t. You have been one of my best friends since we were kids. I can never hate you. I am still angry though.”

“I never did this to hurt you.”

“I know. I am sorry that he abandoned the two of you.”

She shook her head. “I’m not. It showed me his true colors.”

“Has he seen her?”

“Yeah. He has been spending a few days with her every week. He visits at our house. I don’t want that boyfriend of his around my daughter.”

Owen hadn’t known that Patrick had a new boyfriend. “Who is he dating?”

Aliyah thought he had already known. “I shouldn’t have said anything.”

“Who is it?”

“He’s dating Teague.”

Owen closed his eyes and took a deep breath. “He is dating Teague after the things that man has done?”

“I’m sorry. I know what he did to you.”

“I don’t care about that. He knocked up my sister.”

“Grace is pregnant?”

Owen nodded. “We found out at Christmas.”

“Is she alright? What is she going to do about school.”

“She hasn’t decided what she is doing.”

“She is a smart girl. I am sure she will make the best choice for her and the baby.”

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“Daddy, Mama need you. Kenya got ouchie.”

Owen went inside to find out what happened.

Dakota had Kenya in her lap. She was crying as much as their daughter was.

Owen leaned down and could see the bump on the girls forehead.

“She fell and hit her head on the coffee table.”

“She’s still learning to walk. Falls and bumps are normal.” He lightly kissed Kenya’s forehead. “You are going to be alright, aren’t you, sweetheart.”

Kenya snuggled closer to Dakota and put her thumb in her mouth. Owen ruffled her hair and smiled.

“Look who we have here.”

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Dakota looked at her brother and shook her head. “Don’t, Teague. Not in front of the kids.”

Owen looked at Teague then at Patrick. There was so many things he wanted to say to both of them, but he kept his mouth shut.

“We came to give you the good news, Sis. We just came from City Hall where we got married.”

They watched Owen go back outside followed by Derick.

Dakota looked at her brother. “You could have waited until he had gone home to tell me that. You did that on purpose just to hurt him. That was cruel.”

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Derick stood beside his best friend. “Are you alright?”

Owen shook his head. “I knew that the day would come that he would start dating again. I didn’t expect him to get married this soon though. And to Teague of all people.”

“They dated before, right?”

Owen nodded. “Patrick said that his heart was broken when they broke up. I don’t understand why they would get married now.”

“Do you think he may have drugged him like he did you?”

“I don’t know. I don’t want to believe that Patrick would willingly do this, but I didn’t think he would sleep with Aliyah either.”

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Derick watched Owen as they talked. “You are still in love with him, aren’t you?”

Owen nodded and sighed. “I am. Part of me was hoping we could start again.”

“I wish you would have told me before.”

Owen turned around and looked at Patrick. “I didn’t realize the feelings were still there until now.”

Derick went back inside leaving them alone to talk.

“I wish you would have figured it out sooner.” He reached out and took Owen’s hand in his. “I love you. That hasn’t changed any.’

“I love you too, but you are married now.” He pulled his hand away. “Why him?”

“We have a history together.”

“I have a history with him also, but I would never marry him.”

“He’s not a bad guy.”

“Not a bad guy? He drugged me and made me have sex with him. If that wasn’t enough, he fucked my sister.”

Patrick’s jaw almost hit the floor. “Teague and Grace?”

Owen nodded. “She’s pregnant. When she told him, he did the same thing you did to Aliyah.”

“He blew off her and the baby.”

Owen nodded. “Dad doesn’t know who the father is. He was told it was a boy she met at college. We aren’t telling him.”

“Your dad would kill him.”

Owen nodded. “Dad doesn’t need yet another murder trial.”

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Patrick sighed thinking about everything. “What do we do now?”

“I take our son home, and you go home with your husband and our other three kids.”

“That’s not the way things should be. The two of us should be taking our kids home together.”

“That’s not the way things are anymore.”

“I will find a way to fix this.” He kissed Owen’s cheek. “We will be together again.”

 


3:34 Broken

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Owen sat on Andy’s bed reading him his new story. He had switched to writing children’s books and tested them on Andy.

Maeve had set him up with an illustrator but it didn’t last long. She refused to listen to his ideas for the characters and made them her own way. When Maeve saw the illustrations for “The Purple Pumpkin Prince,” she agreed to find a new illustrator.

He saw that Andy was asleep and smiled. He kissed his son’s forehead and tucked the blanket’s around him. “Sweet dreams, Little One. I love you.”

He turned on the night light before leaving the room. He headed for the kitchen to wash the day’s dishes. He had gotten into the habit of waiting until Andy was asleep to clean up. It gave him more time to focus on his son during the day.

He turned the radio on so he could have the noise while he cleaned. He kept the volume low so it wouldn’t wake Andy.

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Once he was finished cleaning, he settled down at the computer to get some work done. He went through his email and saw one from the bank. He opened it and frowned.

“What happened to all my money?”

Owen’s bank account was empty. There had been a few thousand dollars in the bank. The balance said there was less than $10. He called the bank to find out what was going on.

When he hung up, he was angry. Someone had hacked into his account and took his money. The bank was investigating it, but that could take awhile. They wouldn’t replace it until the investigation was over. Until then, he had just enough money to make sure Andy had milk.

He was going to have to do the one thing he didn’t want to do…ask his parents for money.

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Owen heard the knock on the door and went to answer it. He wasn’t surprised to see his father.

“Don’t you still have a key?”

“Yes, but I also respect your right to privacy.”

Zaiden looked around for Andy. “Where’s my grandson?”

“He is already in bed.”

“Good. We can talk.”

Owen followed his dad to the sofa.

“How is Grandpa?”

“Today was a good day for him. He was sitting by the pool when Anthony showed up.”

It was impossible for Owen to hide his surprise. “Uncle Anthony? The missing son?”

Zaiden nodded. “He was with your mother when I left.”

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“I will take Andy over tomorrow. He has been asking to go see his grandma.”

“She misses you both. She will be happy to see you.” Zaiden looked at his son. He could still see the sadness in his eyes and that worried him. “How are you doing?”

“Someone hacked into my bank account and cleaned it out.”

“Do you think it was Patrick?”

Owen shook his head. He knew that Patrick wouldn’t do that.

“Do the two of you still have the joint account?”

Owen nodded. “We use it to get the things the kids need. We are both still the parents of all four of them.”

“Have you talked to him?”

Owen shook his head. He wasn’t ready to talk to him yet. “We visit the kids at Dakota’s on separate weekends.”

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“Have you talked to Aliyah?”

“Yeah. I called her to get her side of the story.”

“And?”

“It was just like Patrick said. She sent me a picture of their daughter. Tayler looks just like him.”

Zaiden knew that had to be hard for Owen. Seeing the child as the physical proof of his husband’s affair would be hard for anybody.

“That little girl did not ask to be brought into the world the way she was. She is a sister of your children. Do not let your anger at her parents keep her away from her siblings.”

“I told her that Tayler is welcome to visit the kids on Saturdays at their mother’s. She said she would think about it.”

He put his head in his hands. “What did I do that was so bad to make me deserve this crap?”

“You haven’t done anything. You were just dealt a bad hand. It will get better.”

Owen wanted to believe that, but at the moment it was hard.

 


3:33 Broken By You

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Owen sat the last of the triplets’ things by the door. Patrick would be there soon to pick them up.

The divorce was final. It had taken longer than Owen had hoped it would. Part of the problem was Patrick fighting the divorce. Part was the judge trying to decide custody for the kids. In the end, Owen was granted custody of Andy. Patrick was granted custody of the triplets, Teresa, Kenya, and Cameron.

They both agreed that they wanted the kids to grow up knowing each other. Since Owen had no desire to see Patrick it was arrange with Dakota and Derick that the kids would be with them on Saturdays for a few hours. Things could be adjusted later as the kids got older.

Aliyah had sent Owen a text asking if they could meet somewhere. He never replied. He didn’t want to talk to her. He was still upset about her and Patrick sleeping together. She could have told him about it just as easily as Patrick could have. The two of them made him look like a fool.

Andy watched his father. “I go with Papa too?”

Owen shook his head. “You are staying with me.”

He knew that Andy was too young to understand what was going on. It was hard enough for adults to understand.

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He heard the car pull up and knew it was Patrick. He opened the door as he saw him step onto the porch.

“Papa!” Andy ran to Patrick who knelt down to hug him. “You come home, Papa?”

Patrick looked at Owen. “That is up to your daddy.”

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“Don’t do that. Don’t make me the bad guy when you were the one who messed up.”

“I’m never going to stop trying to get you back. I love you. We belong together.”

He reached for Owen’s hand but it was pulled away.

“They were fed about an hour ago. Teresa has a diaper rash. Cameron is fussy today. He is teething.”

Patrick sighed and listened. It was clear that Owen wasn’t ready to give him a second chance yet.

Owen helped load the car with the triplets’ things.

“May I have a moment to say goodbye to them?”

“Of course.”

There was never any question of how much Owen loved the babies. Patrick knew how much this was hurting him and it hurt him to know that he was the cause of it.

 


3:32 End Of The Road

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Zaiden hung up the phone and sighed. He couldn’t set on this information, but two people he cared a lot for was going to be hurt.

“Honey, are you able to go with me to visit the boys?”

Raelyn nodded but frowned when she saw the look on her husband’s face. “What’s wrong?”

He didn’t want to tell her yet. He needed her to be the calm one right now. “Let me talk to Patrick first, then I will tell you what is going on.”

Even though she was curious, she nodded. She knew that he wouldn’t keep it from her without a good reason. He wasn’t the type of person who kept secrets from her.


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While Raelyn was with Owen helping with the kids, Zaiden sat in the living room talking to Patrick.

“You know I had someone trying to find out who released that video?”

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Patrick nodded. “It was Teague, wasn’t it?”

“It was, but that is not why I am here. My guy found out something else. Something about you.”

Patrick looked down at the floor. He had a bad feeling that Zaiden knew what he had done.

“I am giving you the chance to talk to me first, Patrick. I haven’t told Raelyn or anybody else what I know.”

“This is about Aliyah and Taylor, isn’t it?”

“Why did you do it, Patrick?”

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“I didn’t do it to hurt anybody. I swear. When we were trying and failing at the invitro every month, I saw what it was doing to Owen. Every time the test came back negative, he blamed himself. He was crying himself to sleep every night. It hurt me to see him hurting like that.

Zaiden hadn’t realized how hard the process had been for them. The boys hadn’t told them they were even trying until Dakota was already pregnant.

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“I wanted to give Owen the baby he wanted.”

“So you went behind Owen’s back and did invitro with Aliyah?”

Patrick shook his head. “I couldn’t spend that much money without Owen finding out.”

“You slept with her?”

Patrick nodded. “I didn’t enjoy it.”

“That is not the point. You slept with a woman who has been friends with your husband since they were children, then abandoned her and your daughter. You destroyed a friendship that had been there long before you came into the picture.”

“I know, and I am very sorry about that.”

“I am not the person you need to apologize to. You have to tell Owen.”

“No need. I heard.”

Neither of them had known that Owen had come out of the nursery.

“I was getting a bottle for one of the girls. Dad, can you take a bottle in and help mom? I would like to talk to me…to Patrick alone.”

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Once they were alone, Owen sat in one of the chairs.

“I’m sorry.

“You promised there would be no more lies or secrets.”

“I know. I’m sorry.”

Stop saying you are sorry. The only thing you are sorry about is getting caught. You had plenty of chances to tell me. We could have worked it out.”

“We still can.”

Owen shook his head. “It is too late for that. She was pregnant before Dakota was. That means she was already pregnant before I left for the book tour. Before I…”

Owen looked at Patrick. “Now I understand why you were so understanding about Teague. You had already done the same thing.”

Patrick shook his head. “You did it because you were drugged and had no control over what you were doing. I did it to give you…”

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“Don’t you dare say you did it for me. You did it for yourself. You were tired of seeing me unhappy so you decided to do something about it. Something you should have talked to me about first.”

“You are right.”

“You had the chance to come clean about this when I told you about Teague, but you didn’t. Maybe then we could have worked things out.”

“We still can.”

Owen shook his head. “You had your chance. Now it’s too late.”

“Please, don’t do this to me…to us. I love you. I don’t want to lose you.”

“You should have thought about that before you decided to do this. You were able to make that choice on your own. You should be able to make the rest of your choices alone also. You already proved that you don’t need me.”

“Owen…”

“I am going to go check on the kids. When I come back out here, I want you gone.”

“I can’t just walk away from you and the kids.”

“Yes you can. You already walked away from Tayler. Why should we be any different?”

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Owen went back into the nursery. His dad went back out to the living room.

Raelyn looked at her son. “Are you okay, honey?”

Owen shook his head. “I don’t want to talk about it, Mom. I just want to be alone right now.”

 


3:31 Christmastime

NSFW NSFC

This chapter definitely should NOT be read around children or while at work. The screenshots are not censored.

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It was the last Christmas they were going to have with only Andy. They wanted it to be special for him.

It was still early and Andy was still sleeping. 

Patrick snuggled closer to Owen and felt his arms wrap around him. He felt the small kisses and wandering hands. He didn’t want to open his eyes in case he was dreaming. He knew it wasn’t a dream soon enough.

He opened his eyes and looked up at his husband. He wasn’t used to Owen initiating things between them. He really liked this change.

He grabbed the sheets in his fists as his eyes closed again. After two years together this was the first time he had ever felt Owen inside his body. Owen had never been comfortable with it before so the roles had always been reversed. He knew how self-conscious his husband was so he had always been fine with the way things had been between them. He didn’t mind being the more dominant of the two.

But this…

Just feeling Owen’s dick inside his ass…he knew he had to have this again. They couldn’t go back to the way they had been before. Not now.

He opened his eyes and found Owen looking down at him. He leaned up and kissed him softly before groaning against his lips. He felt his hands being pinned to the bed.

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It was almost an hour later when he laid beside Owen feeling more satisfied than he ever had before.

“Merry Christmas, my love.”

Patrick kissed Owen softly. “This has already been the best Christmas I’ve ever had. I don’t know what got into you this morning, but I loved it. I hope to see more of that side of you more often.”

“Now that I know how great you feel around me d…”

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“Daddy? Papa?

Owen pulled the blankets over their naked bodies right before Andy came up the last step rubbing his eyes. He crawled into the bed between them like he did every morning. They spent the next half hour cuddling and telling each other stories.


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Owen sat beside his sister watching Andy play with his new toys. Grace had come home for the holiday and had surprised everybody.

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“Are you going to tell us who the father is?”

When she shook her head he sighed. “Will you at least tell me if he had forced you?”

“He didn’t. I actually was the one who started things. I feel so stupid.”

“Why?”

“He was someone I met at my graduation. I was having fun. He was really cute and being really sweet. I never intended for it to be more than a one time thing. I never planned for this to happen.”

He hugged his little sister as she cried.

“I’m sorry, Owen. I didn’t know it was him. I’m sorry.”

“You didn’t know it was who?”

Grace was afraid to tell him, but knew she couldn’t keep the secret to herself. There was no way should could tell her parents. Her father would not react well. “It was Teague Ainsworth.”

That was the last name he expected to hear.

“I didn’t know it was him until I saw the video. I’m so sorry.”

“Stop apologizing. I know how that man works.”

He looked at her stomach. “What are you going to do?”

“I don’t know yet. I still have a few months to decide. Some days I want to keep her. Other days adoption feels like the best option.”

“Whatever you decide, I will support you.”

 


3:30 Every Rose Has Its Thorn

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Owen knew that Grace had been joking when she said it, but after thinking about it, he wrote a book about what happened on the book tour. He had heard that it was doing okay with sales. That was why he was so surprised when he got the phone call from Maeve.

“Have you looked at the list today?”

“No. Should I?”

“No need. I can tell you myself. Touch of Fire is the third top selling book this week.”

“How? Last week it wasn’t even in the top 100.”

“It has to be the video pushing sales. It was genius. I wish I would have thought of it. To release a sex video the same time as a book about sex…”

Owen could feel the blood drain from his face. “Sex tape?”

“I will send you the link. You should thank whoever posted it. They did you a huge favor.”

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Owen hung up even though Maeve was still talking. He clicked the link in the text she sent him. He watched the video in shock. He thought Teague had only mentioned the video to scare him. He didn’t think one actually existed. There it was. Exactly how he remembered that night.

He closed the video and sighed. Despite the high boost in sales, this was not a good thing. That video makes it look like he was cheating on his husband and a very willing participant. It didn’t show that he had been drugged in order to make it look that way.

He heard the doorbell and sighed. Patrick was at work. He knew it was most likely his father bringing Andy home from his play date with his cousins.

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As soon as Owen opened the door, Zaiden could tell something was wrong. He sent Andy to his room to play so he could talk to Owen. “What’s wrong?”

Owen pulled the video up on his phone and handed it to his dad. “Because of that, my book is number three on the best sellers list this week.”

Zaiden couldn’t watch more than a few seconds of the video. He handed the phone back. “Do you think Teague released it?”

“Who else would have? He is the one that had the video.”

“He may have sent it to someone. I will check into it.”

Owen nodded. He was really regretting the book now.

 


3:29 Home

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“What about this one? Three bedrooms. Two bathrooms.”

“Where at?”

“Oasis Springs.”

Owen shook his head. “I don’t want to leave Brindleton Bay. This is a great place to raise the kids.”

Even though he agreed, Patrick knew that it wasn’t possible. “We can’t afford it. I wish we could, but we can’t.”

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Zaiden had been about to knock on the bedroom door when he overheard the conversation. He hadn’t realized things were that bad for the two of them.

He went back upstairs to talk to Raelyn. “Honey, we need to talk.”

He told her about the conversation he overheard.

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“My mom needs help taking care of Daddy. We could move in there and leave this house for the boys.”

“There would be room for all of them then.”

Raelyn nodded. “With the triplets coming soon, they need to focus their money on the kids. They shouldn’t be worrying about buying a house right now.”

“I agree. Let’s go talk to them.”

They went back downstairs to talk to the boys.

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“Boys, we need to talk to you about something.”

“You know your grandfather has been pretty sick. Your grandmother is needing some help taking care of him.  You know how stubborn he can be.”

Owen nodded. He knew his grandmother refused to hire someone to help, but she hasn’t been healthy either. His Uncle Daniel  was always so busy with his men so was rarely at the house to help.

“Your mother and I are going to move into your grandparents’ house to help them. You boys can have the house. I will help you with any remodeling you need to do.”

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Owen looked at his parents. “Are you sure you want to do this?”

Raelyn nodded. “I want to spend as much time as I can with my parents right now. We will still be available when you need us.”

Owen hugged his mother. “I love you, Mom.”

 


3:28 All At Once

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Dakota looked over at Derick a bit worried. “Do you think they are going to be okay with this?”

“With the party or the reveal?”

“The reveal.”

Derick thought about his two friends before answering. “I think they are going to be fine.”

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“Aliyah won’t be here. She says she has nobody to watch Tayler.”

Derick looked at Dakota. “She knows that she can bring Tayler. Andy would love a playmate.”

“There’s something weird going on with her.”

“Has she told you yet who Tayler’s father is?”

Dakota shook her head. “No, but I am pretty sure it is Shane. Tayler has the same blonde hair. Plus she always had that crush on him. They did date for a few months before she suddenly broke up with him. Now she won’t hang out with any of us. All fingers are pointing to Shane being Tayler’s father.”

“I don’t think it’s, Shane. He claims they never slept together.” He thought about it then looked at her. “What about your brother?”

“Teague?” Dakota shook her head. “She’s not his type. Wrong equipment.”

“That’s right. He’s into guys, not girls.”

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The conversation ended when their guests started arriving.

Dakota gave Owen and Patrick hugs, then smiled at Andy. “How is my favorite little boy, doing today?”

Andy gave Dakota a hug. “Hi, Mama.” He handed her the flower that he had picked in Zaiden’s greenhouse.”

“Did you pick this for me?” She watched Andy nod. “Will you help me put it in some water?”

Owen watched Andy go with Dakota to the kitchen. He looked at Derick and smiled. “Thank you for suggesting Dakota to us. We could not have picked a better person if we tried.”

“I should actually be thanking you for using her. It has shown me how wonderful of a mother she is going to be to our own children. She loves Andy.”

“I am glad we decided to let her stay in his life.”

“What made you decide that anyway? I know that rarely happens.”

“My grandmother. I knew how hard it was for her to walk away. Plus, if I didn’t let her stay in his life, I would have lost my best friend since you married her.”

Derick gave Owen a hug. “We have been friends forever. I couldn’t imagine you not being here.”

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Andy ran over to Derick and hugged his leg. “Unle Dewik, Mama say cak.”

Derick looked at Dakota who nodded and smiled. “It’s time for cake.”

Everybody followed them to the kitchenette where three cakes sat on the counter. They were labeled Baby 1, Baby 2, and Baby 3.

Owen looked over at Patrick. “Triplets.”

 


3:27 Calm Before The Storm

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Grace had left for college. She was living in the dorms. She said something about wanting the complete college experience and that included living on campus. 

Zaiden and Raelyn walked into Grace’s room intending to clean it up They were surprised by what they found.

Raelyn saw the note on the dresser and read it out loud.

“It’s not right for Owen and Patrick to have to keep Andy in their room when my room is being unused. I put my things in storage and bought a few things for my nephew. Love you all and see you at the holidays.”

Raelyn looked at Zaiden. “Our baby girl…”

Zaiden nodded and smiled. “We should get the boys and let them see Andy’s new room.”

10-07-18_5-18-59 PM

Owen and Patrick looked around the room. Andy stood beside the blocks. 

“Mine?”

Zaiden nodded and smiled at his grandson. “Yours.”

“How did Grace do this without any of us knowing?”

“She had to have done it while we were all out somewhere. Maybe when we were visiting your grandfather yesterday?”

“Maybe. I will call her later and thank her for doing this for us.”