Love Me Like That(109)

By: Marie James

His relationship with his family has grown by leaps and bounds over the last few years, and he strives every day to be the man his father was for him and Kegan. His mother treats me like the daughter she’s never had and spoils the girls beyond anything I could’ve ever imagined. For the first time in more than half my life, I have a family, and I’m surrounded every day by people I love and who love me back.

I still can’t believe how close both Kadin and I came to not ever having this. I was devastated and relieved at the same time when he disclosed to me shortly after we got back together that he was in that cabin in Poison to take his own life. Just the idea of living a life without ever meeting him is unfathomable to me and still brings tears to my eyes. I’m beyond happy with the life I have now, and I would suffer through every ounce of heartache and pain all over again if it meant this is where I’d end up.

The girls are running around kicking through piles of leaves Kadin has been trying to rake up all morning. He chases them away, playfully turning his back so they can do it again. He notices me watching and makes his way across the yard to the sliding glass door off of the dining room.

I open the door just as he clears the patio, and he first kisses my stomach and then wraps his arms around my waist.

“I love you,” I whisper in his ear.

“You make me happier than I’ll ever be able to show you,” he returns.

“You can at least try,” I tease seductively letting my breath warm his neck. “As soon as the girls go to bed I want you to put on those suspenders so we can play lumberjack.”

His laugh registers secondary to the heat in his eyes that say he’s more than ready to chop some wood.