Chapter 9: Finale
Mike and Rachel woke up next to each other in the next morning and were both taking in the other's looks. Mike was relieved that Rachel had forgiven him and that they still had a relationship. He really loved her and if he had the guts to say it aloud so soon, he would. Rachel, on the other hand, was still slowly reeling it what they just did. But deep down, she knew he was the one. They both laid there in bed for another twenty minutes before they heard a voice entering his room.
Uh oh. Rachel got up from the bed and grabbed her clothes off the floor and went into the bathroom adjacent to the bedroom. Mike put a shirt and a random pair of boxers. James then walked into the room.
"Hey buddy. Are you hungry?"
The boy nodded and Mike lifted him up onto his arms. "Let's get you some food."
While he and James left his room, Rachel stepped out of the bedroom and slowly tried to sneak their way out of there. James seeing her leave his dad's room at 8 in the morning was not the way to make a good second impression on him.
Mike headed into work and he casually bumped into Rachel.
"Good morning Rachel!" he said loudly, not wanting to arouse suspicion.
"Good morning Mike. You don't have to be so loud."
"Sorry, I'm still getting used to this. To us."
"What are you doing tonight?"
"I have a large caseload today and I'm probably not going to finish until tomorrow night."
"Well, maybe I can help you over dinner."
"Are you sure? Mike, this might not be a good idea."
"Why not? Sushi take-out at my place just like the first time we pulled an all-nighter here."
Rachel blushed and then accepted. "I'll meet you at your place at 7pm."
Rachel came over at promptly at 7 and walked into the living room. She gasped when she saw it was a candlelit table with sushi placed on top.
"Mike, I'm never going to get any work done, if I'm too busy being distracted by the romantic evening you planned."
"I think that's the point," he whispered into her ears. "Plus, I have a surprise for you."
"I finished all of your work."
"What? That's impossible."
"It really isn't when you have photographic memory," he said while pointing to his head.
She leaned in to kiss him and thanked him. This night couldn't have been better. They ate their dinner in peace and moved to couch to talk.
"I know that things are moving really fast, but I have to get something off my chest, Rachel."
"What is it?"
"I...I... I love you, Rachel. A lot. "
"I love you too, Mike."
"It's just that I trust you with my secret and James and everything else in my life. I'm just so grateful that you're here with me," he said taking in her hands.
"I'm grateful too. I met you and fell in love with you. After everything that's happened, I know that the most important thing at the end of the day is that we love each other. That's all that matters."
Mike didn't know how to react to this, but he felt his heart rise and his love for her grow. Rachel and James were the most important people in his life and he would stop at nothing to protect him.
Author's Notes: THE END! This is it, everyone. I couldn't think of a better way to end it so this is what I had. Thanks for reading! Please send me any prompts or ideas for my next story!