Readers I really am so sorry for the lack of updates, I've not had the best year so far health wise. I'll update as often as I can but concentrating on a computer screen is hard for long periods right now. I hope you're still reading and I'll do my best to keep going with it.

Chapter 8

Roxanna was nowhere near as good a cook as Henrik but she was capable of the simple foods, she folded in the cream sauce to the pasta before placing it in a glass dish and adding the cheese to the top before popping it in to the oven. She grabbed a bottle of wine and opened it to breath while she chopped some salad. She made her way to the door when the doorbell rang, Henirk standing before her, a small bag in his hand.

"You made it?" She smiled.

"I wouldn't miss it for the world."

"Come on in."

Henrik had only been to her home a handful of times since she had arrived at Holby, but it was always very welcoming, everything in its right place. He took a seat in the sitting room as Roxanna placed some whiskey in to a glass for him before joining him on the sofa. He looked around, spotting the photograph on the fireplace of himself, Roxanna and John. Roxanna had followed his gaze, seeing the anger appear in Henrik's eyes.

"Henrik, is everything okay?"

"Of course, it's just that…well, I wasn't quite expecting to see John in such a prominent place in your home."

"It was a happier time, for all of us. I want to erase what's happened this year, but I don't want to erase who we once were. I'll never forgive him for what he did but he wasn't always like that, he was good once, and those days are the ones that I want not just me but us to remember."

"Perhaps it might take me a little longer to forgive him, but I applaud you for your gesture Roxanna, he doesn't deserve it from you."

"Maybe not, but I think it's helping me, in my own way."

"I'm very glad." He smiled.

"So, what's in the bag?"

"Ahhhh, of course. I'd almost forgotten I had it with me, it's a gift for you."

"Henrik you didn't have too do that."

Roxanna took the small bag from him, taking out a small grey box, opening it to see a small pair of musical note earrings staring back at her.

"Oh Henrik they're beautiful, you didn't have to get me these."

"I saw them in the window and thought of you immediately, there's also a card."

Roxanna placed the small box on the table in front of her before taking out the white envelope, opening it to see some brochures.

"Henirk?"

"I thought a small weekend break would be good for both of us."

"The Lake District?"

"Lovely walks, wonderful views. We can take boat trips, the hotel has a lovely hot tub which I thought you'd enjoy. Plenty of shops for you. I thought a few days away from here would do us both some good, but of course if you'd prefer not too go anywhere right not then I do understand."

"Are you crazy, I would love nothing more. It looks so beautiful, you really didn't have to do this thought, it must have cost a fortune."

"My dear, you are worth every penny."

Roxanna smiled, before she covered his lips with her own.

"I love you so much."

"As do I."

Serena was getting the plates to heat up in the oven when she heard the front door, Bernie holding their dinner in her hands as she smiled up at Serena.

"Hey, sorry I'm late…the queue was crazy."

"Not to worry, he's not home yet, come on in."

Bernie followed Serena through to the kitchen, placing the takeaway on the table as Serena got some wine glasses from the cupboard.

"You look nervous." Bernie pointed out.

"Do I, well perhaps I am. It's a big think to spring on him."

"He must have some idea surely, we haven't exactly been secretive about our relationship have we?"

"Well no but…oh I don't know, he's such a sensitive boy and I don't want to panic him."

Bernie came around the table, taking the glasses from Serena's hands before she put her hands on either side of the other woman's arms, Serena looking in to Bernie's eyes.

"I already told you, we don't have to do this right now. I can wait for as long as you need me too. I know this is a huge change for Jason, and I don't want to make him any more unsettled than you do, I do care about him too you know."

"I know you do, I'm sorry, I didn't mean to imply that you didn't care about him."

"If you just want this to be a regular dinner then that's what it can be. We don't have to rush anything, as I said before, I'm not going anywhere."

Serena leaned in, her arms going around Bernie's neck before she kissed her deeply.

"I don't know what I'd do without you in my life. I love you so much and you've made me incredibly happy. We are telling Jason tonight, because I don't want to spend another night without you by my side."

"You're absolutely sure?"

"100% sure, yes."

Just then, the front door opened, Jason walking in.

"I'm home Auntie Serena."

"In the kitchen Jason, let's do this." She smiled, kissing Bernie.

To Be Continued…