Chapter 22: A Year Later

Taylor let out a sigh as she was sitting in the coffee shop waiting for Alyssa. Apparently after this, she had to go visit Eric at SGH because he had something to tell her. She looked up when the door opened and Alyssa rushed in. "Sorry!" she called out, "Traffic was…"

"Tell me about it," Taylor answered as Alyssa sat across from her.

"Did you get something already?" Alyssa asked.

Taylor looked at the cup that was in her hand. "Nope, I'm just holding this for someone," she quipped, showing her the cup. Alyssa's cheeks flushed.

"My mind has also been everywhere," she added.

"How's married life for you?" Taylor asked.

"I love every bit of it," Alyssa replied, "You should do it."

Taylor scoffed. "Yeah, doubt it," she commented. Alyssa frowned.

"You and Eric never talked about it?" she asked.

"Eric and I are not the "marriage" types, Alyssa. What we have is good," Taylor replied, "No expectations, no disappointments."

Taylor went to take a drink of her coffee. "What about kids?" Alyssa asked. The former Yellow Ranger almost started to choke and she put her cup down as she started coughing. "I take it that's a 'no' too?" Alyssa asked.

"That's a 'hell no'," Taylor replied as she got her breath back.

Alyssa frowned. "I'm not the mommy kind, Alyssa," she insisted.

"Well…that's disappointing," Alyssa replied.

"Why?" Taylor asked, "I'm not saying you shouldn't have kids. You and Cole go off, have a whole bunch of little Evans babies."

Alyssa was silent as she started playing with the napkin holder in front of her. Taylor then realized what Alyssa was trying to say. "Oh…you are?" she asked.

"It's kind of why I asked you to meet me here," Alyssa replied.

A smile appeared on the blonde's face. "Well that's wonderful for you," she assured her, standing up. Alyssa stood up too and the two women embraced. "Congratulations," she added.

"Thank you," Alyssa replied.

"How far along are you?" Taylor asked

"Twelve weeks, we wanted to wait until we got past the first trimester," Alyssa replied.

Taylor nodded and smiled. "Well, I'm happy for you," she said. Alyssa smiled.

"Thank you," Alyssa answered.

Taylor reached over and rested her hand over hers and Alyssa gave her friend's hand a squeeze. "It's just sad, I always thought you and I would have kids that would grow up and play together," Alyssa added.

"I have nothing against kids, I just don't want them," Taylor replied.

"What about Eric?" Alyssa asked.

"He's on the same page as me, his reasons are he hasn't really had a good role model to even know where to start at being a dad," Taylor replied.

Alyssa took a sip of her tea. "So you two are quite okay with the whole boyfriend and girlfriend forever kind of deal?" she asked.

"We don't like using labels," Taylor replied.

"So what do you say?" she asked.

"I'm his woman and he's my man," Taylor replied with a shrug, "We're just together and it works. There's no expectations, no disappointments."

Alyssa took another sip of her tea. "And you're happy?" she asked. Taylor raised a brow.

"Of course I am," she replied.

"Well that's the important thing isn't it?" Alyssa asked smiling.

Taylor smiled back. "So how does Cole feel about being a father?" she asked. Alyssa's face brightened up again.

"He's so excited!" she answered happily.

Taylor smiled as Alyssa started talking about all the things Cole was already doing for the baby and she wouldn't have this conversation any other way.

Later, Taylor got out of her car once she arrived at the SGH and swung her keys around on her finger as she walked up to the building. The guard at the door looked up. "Who are you here to see?" he asked.

"Commander Myers," she replied, showing him her Air Force ID.

The guard was signing her in. "Brad, I think at this point you can just greet me by my name," she commented, making the guard smirk.

"Well I do see you just as much as I see my bosses," he agreed as he handed her the visitor's badge.

Taylor smiled before she entered the building.

Making her way down the hall, Taylor reached Eric's door and knocked.

Eric was in the middle of some paperwork when he heard the knock. "Yeah?" he called out. The door opened and Eric looked up to see Taylor poking her head in. "Hey, come in," he said as he stood up.

"I think this is the first time I have ever seen you sit down here," Taylor commented.

"Yeah well, Wes is being a pest about paperwork," he replied.

Taylor smirked as he grabbed her hand and pulled her close. She draped her arms over his shoulders. "So, what did you call me over here for?" she asked.

"Can I enjoy the moment first before telling you?" he asked as he rested his arms around her waist.

Taylor quirked a brow. "What's going on, Myers?" she asked as she stood back, crossing her arms. Eric let out a sigh as he stood up straight again.

"Mr. Collins has one of his annual parties and he's insisting I come," he answered, "Since I'm Co-Commander of the Silver Guardians, he said it's my duty to be social."

Taylor just smirked a little. "And now you need a date," she concluded.

"Yeah," he replied, "And I'll owe you for it."

"You most certainly will," she agreed.

Taylor pulled her phone out of her pocket. "I'll just text Alyssa and we can go out later and find me something to wear. This way she can also get her chance to go baby clothes shopping like she wanted," She added.

"Baby clothes?" he asked.

Looking up, she saw the expression on his face. "Not me," she said rolling her eyes. She heard him sigh in relief as she went back to finishing her text. "No, Alyssa just told me she and Cole are expecting," she added.

"Well, good for them," Eric answered.

"Even though Alyssa was asking about us," She commented as she put her phone away.

"What about us?" he asked, "Things are good why change anything?"

"That's what I basically said," she replied.

Eric walked around his desk and grabbed his phone when he heard it buzz. "I was going to ask if you were starting to change your mind on me," He commented.

"Uh no, no way am I ever going to be a mother. Look who my role model was," she answered.

Eric shuddered remembering her mother. "And I never had much of a parental role model in my life," he stated. Taylor walked over and she ran her fingers over the back of his neck and made him look up. "I've got all that I need," he added, making her smile softly.

"As do I," she answered.

She gave him a quick kiss. "Alright, I have to go meet with Alyssa and I'll get ready at your place tonight," she explained as she walked away.

"The gathering starts at seven," he called out to her.

"I'll be at your place at five then," She answered.

"Earhardt," Eric said, making her stop and look at him, "Thanks."

"You still owe me," she answered with a wink and then left.

Eric shook his head slowly and sat at his desk to get back to work.

When five o'clock came around, Eric heard her walk up the porch to his house. "It's open!" he called out as he finished feeding his birds. Taylor entered the house with a dress bag.

"Hey," she said.

"Hey," he answered.

"Apparently Mr. Collins had a feeling I'd be coming tonight because I found this at my house," Taylor commented as she held up the bag.

"He sent over my suit too," Eric replied as he closed the cage door.

"How did he get my size is my question," Taylor commented as she went to the bathroom to get ready.

"Most likely called Alyssa ahead of time and asked," Eric replied.

Taylor turned on the shower. "Let me in," he called from the other side of the door.

"Why? I'm getting ready to take a shower," she answered.

"I need one too," he told her.

Taylor rolled her eyes, but she opened the door. "You're bad," she answered.

"Yeah and you wouldn't want it any other way," he said as he pulled her in.

"Nope," she replied, her arms moving around his neck as he lifted her up and closed the door behind him.