Hello, everyone! Welcome to my sequel of The Summer I Fell in Love! I am very excited to be starting a new story, and I can't wait to see what's in store for the Carraway family. As always, if you like the story, please RATE, REVIEW, and FOLLOW. Enjoy!
It was about seven in the morning, on this beautiful day in July of 1927. The birds were chirping outside our bedroom window, and the sun began to shine through the lace curtains. A gentle breeze came through the crack in the windows. A lovely way to start the day, especially with my wife of almost four years by my side. It was around this time five years prior that I began my life with Jordan Elizabeth Baker. That, was one of the best decisions I have ever made in my entire life. You is my other half, my life partner, the love of my life. I looked down and to my left at her sleeping form. This woman was simply ageless, and looked the same as the first time I had ever set eyes on her. She was not only beautiful, but incredibly smart, witty, and the most wonderful mother to our four year old daughter, Catherine.
Our little Kitty Catherine has been growing like a weed. She has grown into quite the charming little girl. She resembled her mother, with her blue grey eyes, and perfect bow tie lips. Her hair color resembled mine, which was a warm, brown tone. She had long ringlets that Jordan often put into ribbons. She was quite honestly the most beautiful little girl that I have ever seen, but I may be slightly biased.
I looked at my bookstand to my right, and saw the piles of work that I had left the night before, and they were still prominent, and needed to be completed. Since leaving my job at Walter Chase's bond company, I have written a total of two novels. They were both doing quite well, and my editor has just recently given me another book deal. I am quite thrilled about it, and being able to pursue my passions and support my family, but writing could be very time consuming. However, I have a supportive family who understands, and for that I am very grateful.
I suddenly felt a movement coming from the other side of the bed. My wife began to stir, and her eyes fluttered open. She turned over on her back, and stretched out her long and graceful arms. Her hair was disheveled and her eyes are tired, but she was still the most beautiful woman on the planet.
A signature Jordan Baker smirk spread across her face as she glanced over to me.
"Good morning, Nicky…" She said with a yawn.
I smiled at her, and placed a kiss to her perfect lips.
"Good Morning, love."
I wrapped my arms around her waist, and her arms tangled themselves around my neck, as she pulled me into a deeper kiss.
Although Jordan and I have been married for a few years now, we never fell out of love. We were well beyond the years of parties and staying up past dawn, but that was okay. Married life is all that and more.
Our kiss deepened, and things were starting to heat up for seven thirty in the the morning. My hands traveled up and down her back as we were pressed up against each other in our bed. However, all of a sudden, Jordan pulled back from our kiss, and began to listen intently at something.
"What's the matter, Jordan?"
"Did you hear that?"
She lifted her head from her pillow; "I think Catherine's up…"
"Jordie, I don't hear a thing…" I said as I began to kiss her neck.
Although our morning in bed was beginning to get romantic and sensual, all I could hear were the footsteps of our little Catherine Jane Carraway.
Sure enough, as Nick was placing kisses on my neck and collar, a tiny little knock echoed from the door.
I looked at Nick; "I told you!"
He smiled and let out a chuckle. "I guess you did." He looked towards the door; "Come in, Kitty!"
Thankfully Nick and I had gotten Catherine in the habit of knocking on our bedroom door. We have had a few close calls in the past few months, and she has caught Nick and I necking, and in some compromising positions.
In came running was our little bundle of joy, Catherine. Her long, brown curls tracing behind her, and her little arms spread wide to come join us on our bed.
"Good morning, Mummy! Good morning Daddy!"
She leapt onto our bed and immediately sat in between the two of us. Catherine certainly love to spend her mornings in between Nick and I. As far as the two of us, we loved getting all of the morning cuddles from our sweet girl.
"Good Morning my princess!" Said Nick with a large grin. Catherine, begin such a daddy's girl, immediately sat on her father's as Nick placed a kiss on the top of her head. I could look at those two all day, they were simply precious.
I began to pretend to pout, in order to get some cuddles from my little girl.
"What about Mommy?"
A grin appeared on Catherine's face, and she came right over to me. She placed her head in the crook of my neck, and wrapped her arms around me. This was pure bliss, and I loved every second of being Catherine's mother.
"How did you sleep my precious girl?"
She leaned back and looked at me; "Good… but I missed you and Daddy."
I smiled at her sweet remark, "Oh we missed you too, baby."
"Mummy and Daddy will always be there for you, Catherine… Especially right now, so I can… tickle you!"
Nick scooped Catherine up over his head, and tickled her little belly. The giggles and laughter coming out of our room made me so happy, and there was no better way to start the day.
Jordan, Catherine and I had all had a lovely breakfast, but now it was time for me to get writing. Although I was in my office in our quaint little bungalow, I still missed being around my lovely wife and beautiful daughter.
I some editing done, and began to write another chapter, however I found it very difficult to put words to paper. I have been finding myself to have a bit of writer's block. It was extremely frustrating, as I have never experienced a lack of words for my thoughts. I looked back at what I had typed out, and was disgusted. I wasn't conveying my thoughts and visions. I ripped the paper out of the grasp of my typewriter, crumpled it up, and threw it in the trash. I slammed my fists down on my desk, and immediately started rubbing my eyes and face to get a hold of myself. I had deadlines fast approaching, and I was extremely anxious at the thought of not finishing this chapter.
To my surprise, watching my tantrum unfold was Catherine. I could see her little frame peering between the cracks of the french doors. I could see the concern and fear in her eyes. She really has never seen me get angry. Of course I would raise my voice every once and a while, if she was misbehaving, or Jordan and I were having a disagreement. But, this was different, and I felt horrible for scaring my sweet little girl.
I sat down in my office chair, and looked right at Catherine. "Come here a minute, Kitty."
She looked at me with stern eyes, that reminded me of her mother's, and slowly came toward me.
I lifted her up, and sat her on my lap, and kissed the top of her head. I looked down at her, and saw this innocent little face. Her face and cheeks were full, and her brown honey waves cascaded down her face, and two strands were pulled back with red bows. She had on a little navy dress, with her white shoes. She was such a cute little girl, and I hated the idea of scaring her.
"Catherine, did you see Daddy get a little upset?"
She looked down and nodded her head yes. I could see little tears begin to well up in her eyes, and that simply broke my heart.
"Daddy, you scared me…" Her little voice quivered.
I pulled her into a tight hug and whispered to her; "I'm sorry my baby girl. Daddy wasn't mad at you, or Mommy, or really anything. I'm having a little trouble adding to the story I'm writing, and got frustrated. You have nothing to worry about my angel."
Her little arms wrapped around my neck and pulled me into a tight hug. "I love you, Daddy." She whispered to me.
I kissed her cheek, and said "I love you too my little Kitty."
We snuggled in my office chair, and then her perfect little eyes glanced up at me. "Daddy, can you come outside with Mommy and me? I want to be with you too."
Deciding to take a break from writing for the day, I decided to join my family in our yard on this lovely day. Catherine took me by the hand, and led me to where Jordan was practicing golf. We made sure not to disturb her yet, so she could get a little more practice in.
Seeing my wife pursue her passion made me incredibly happy. She loved to golf, with all of her heart and soul. She put so much effort into her sport, and it made me incredibly proud. After Catherine was born, many expected her to quit. That just wasn't Jordan, and being a mother can't stop her from being the best golfer.
Jordan missed the put, and I could see that she was visibly frustrated. Catherine rushed to her mother, to give her all of the love that she could.
"Mummy, are you okay? Are you frustrated like Daddy?" She said eagerly trying to help her mother.
Jordan looked down and laughed. She knelt down to Catherine's level, and kissed her cheek.
"I guess I am a little frustrated, my love."
Catherine placed her hands on Jordan's shoulders and ran her little fingers through her mother's hair.
"It will be okay Mommy. Come play with me and Daddy. You'll feel better!"
Jordan laughed, and replied; "I think that's a lovely idea my sweet girl."
Jordan, Catherine, and I decided to take a little walk on the beach, to clear our minds from our work frustrations. Jordan and I were hand in hand, as Catherine was running ahead, looking at the ocean and finding miscellaneous things on the beach.
I wrapped my arm around Jordan's waist, and her head fell lazily on my shoulder.
"It's been a long day, honey."
"I know, Nick." Jordan replied; "But leave it to our four year old to put everything into perspective."
I laughed to myself; "I know, I was so frustrated with my writing, and she saw me throwing a tantrum in my office. She was scared at first…. God I felt terrible for letting her see me like that. But, I had her on my lap and explained to her that everything was just fine, and sometimes we get frustrated when things don't go to plan. Then, she went right out to you and helped you feel better."
Jordan smirked, and looked down at the sand. "She really is such a wonderful little girl…"
"She really is, love. I think this is what we needed, just a nice family day with my two favorite girls."
She kissed my cheek and I pulled her closer to me. We looked on as our daughter was playing. We were certainly two of the luckiest people in the world, who had a lovely little girl, with compassion for others.
"How did Catherine get to be so wonderful? " Jordan dwelled to herself.
"Well my love," I replied, "She got it all from you."
I pulled her in for a kiss, and as soon as our lips met, she ran back to us, and wrapped herself around us.
"She certainly gets your impeccable timing from you, Nick."
We chuckled, and the three of us made our way back to our home, as happy as ever.
That was chapter one! I hope you all enjoy this series, I had a lot of fun writing this chapter! Stay tuned for more updates.