TJ often felt like he was more devoted to his job than he was to anything else in his life. But he also knew that now that he was on the road to being a father, he was going to have to make some changes. And if those changes started with taking some time off to drive with Kayla to visit her family in Boston to share their news, well there were worse ways to begin. He'd said he would drive his car, so before the morning of their departure, he'd washed the car and detailed the inside, then gone to the store and bought up a bunch of snacks and a new cooler to keep drinks in. He'd packed for a week and his luggage was shoved in the back of the SUV. He had satellite radio in the car as well as an audio jack for his phone if they wanted something else. All in all, he felt prepared for the trip ahead and was actually looking forward to it. He didn't sleep as well as he would have liked, mainly because of the sense of anticipation, like a kid on Christmas Eve. But when he woke the next morning, he felt rested enough. He made sure the house was locked up tight and then jumped in the car and headed for Kayla's place to pick her up.
Kayla first mentioned going to Boston she didn't really think Travis
would be tagging along; it was what she loved about him the most
that she hated the most as well -- his dedication to the job and his
inability to let go of it. She had certainly been surprised when
he'd so easily agreed to going and had taken time off from work.
Realistically she knew that if she had to she could have taken the
trip on her own, but it was very long, and she was glad that she
didn't. There was a little part of her that felt she should not have
asked him to come -- that it wasn't something she should expect of
him, but she wanted him there, and she chose to ignore that part of
TJ parked the car in the driveway and made his way up to the front
where he saw the door was open. He pushed it open further and
stepped inside. Troy sensed him immediately and bounded toward him
and TJ got down on one knee to greet the dog with some scratches
behind the ears and let him lick his face. He heard Kayla's greeting
and glanced up, offering a smile. "Hey," he returned, getting to his
feet. Now that he'd properly greeted the dog, he was content to let
TJ talk to Kayla without interruption. He went to her and pressed a
kiss to her cheek.
"You have obviously won him over..." She laughed as she watched the
interaction between Troy and Travis. There were some people he was
still pretty hesitant about going up to, but with Travis it had not
taken much time at all. She was a litle impressed, but at the same
time not really all that surprised -- he had after all won her over
quite easily as well. "Just like mom, huh?" She mumbled to herself,
looking over in the direction of the dog, before turning her
attention over to Travis. Giving him a quick hug when he walked up
to her, she smiled. "You sure you're ready for a roadtrip with this
think I'll probably be able to handle him alright. It's you I'm
worried about," he teased with a smile. He got the rest of her bags
loaded into the car, along with Troy's stuff. All that was left was
what Kayla was gathering when he walked in. "Well, a veggie omelette
sounds like I'd rather eat a paper bag, but I'll wait while you make
yourself one. And then we can just roll through the drive-thru for
me." Seemed like a simple enough solution to him. He took a seat on
the couch next to Troy and settled in to wait for a while.
ha.. so funny.." She said, a mock offended look on her face. She
knew she could be pretty bad when she wanted to, but, she wanted to
enjoy the trip as much as possible -- complaining about one thing or
the other wasn't about to make that happen. Making her way back into
the kitchen, she leaned against the counter, looking at him across
the room. "Since you won't be having any of my 'I rather have a
paper bag' breakfast.. you want something else while you wait?" She
wasn't necessarily looking forward to the cleaning part of making
breakfast, but she really wasn't up for the greasy aspect of a
Macdonald breakfast either.
grinned when she threw his words back at him. "Nah, I'm good." He
sat there and scratched Troy a bit more while she rummaged around in
the kitchen to make her omelette. He quietly observed her while she
walked between the refrigerator and the stove. He could see the
prominent swell of her belly, though it could be hidden if she
angled herself in just the right way, and he felt a small lurch in
his belly. It took him a moment to identify it as pride. He was
proud that she was carrying his child. He honestly couldn't think of
someone else more appropriate, not only because of their history but
because there was a reason they'd been circling each other for the
better part of a decade.
The majority of her pregnancy Kayla had been too concerned with the idea of not showing it. It wasn't that she was ashamed, but she'd been pretty unsure of how to deal with it at first, and if she was to admit to it, she'd been scared of what Travis's reaction might have been. Now, however, she was no longer worried about showing she was pregnant. Granted, she wasn't flaunting it at work just yet -- though, she knew a few people had their suspicions, but she wasn't about to continue actively trying to hide it, either. The smile that touched her lips when she caught Travis watching her was not one she was able to hide easily. It was one of the things she missed about their relationship -- regardless of the kind of day she was having, or how she felt, he always had a way of making her feel attractive with just a look. While she knew she had not changed much, being pregnant, there were days when the last thing she felt was attractive -- being hit on by someone in the back seat of her patrol car was not the same as getting that silent look from someone she cared about. She had to admit, she liked it, and definitely missed it more than just a little. The smile still on her face, she turned her attention back to the stove, flipping half the omelet over the vegetables before removing it from the heat.
When she felt Travis sneak up behind her, and his hands settle on her hips, her smile got wider. It was such a simple touch, and while there was nothing remotely sexual about it, it reminded her of the days when the same touch was a little different. "Mmhm.." She mumbled, finding herself leaning back against him. If there was one thing that never changed between them was the attraction that was there. It didn't matter if they were on or off, there was always something there. In the back of her mind, Kayla knew that was not something that would ever go away, at least not on her part. They had spent a decade building that, and she knew it couldn't be erased. "I never thought we'd find ourselves here.."
Her hand running over his arm, she turned her body around to face him, giving him a small shrug of her shoulder. She wasn't lying either. A baby was not something she thought was part of their future, but now that it was, she couldn't see herself changing it. "I think I like it.." She said, walking backwards as he made his way back to the coffee, stopping when her back touched the counter. "Thanks for the coffee.." She looked up, the smile still on her face.