In the Lilan residence a faint light had begun seeping in through the curtains from the artificial sunstrips overhead as they went into morning mode. Jake’s eyes opened as the light moved across his face revealing his deep brown eyes. He looked over at the clock and seeing that it was ten minutes to seven, leaned over and kissed his wife Sarah gently on her forehead. Afterwards he gently lifted the covers and swung his feet out and onto the floor. He stood up slowly, trying not to wake up Sarah, revealing his nude body in the morning sunlight. He stretched with a big yawn before heading into the bathroom to get ready for work. Blinking quickly against the sudden light that flooded the bathroom, he closed his eyes for a few moments so they could adjust better. After a moment he opened them and headed over to the shower and turned on the hot water. While he waited for it to warm up he moved over to brush his teeth. As he brushed, he thought about last night.
I sure hope she gets pregnant this time, he thought. We’ve been trying so hard this past few years to have another kid, I just hope that last night we finally succeeded. He bent over the sink and rinsed out his mouth and then placed his brush in its holder. God please let us have succeeded, he thought as he walked back to the shower. He sighed in pleasure and closed his eyes as the hot water poured over him, the jets massaging his back. He reached forward and placed his finger on the waterproof touch screen built into the shower. Moving quickly through a list of songs he found the one he wanted and let the smooth guitar and vocals of Santana wash over him. While they may have gotten some things wrong, those mud men sure know music, he mused. As rubbed himself down with soap he began to sing the words to himself:
“And it's just like the ocean under the moon
Well it's the same as the emotion that I get from you
You got the kind of lovin' that can be so smooth, yeah
Gimme your heart, make it real
Or else forget about it”
When he finished the verse he continued to hum along as he rinsed off and stepped out of the shower, wrapping a towel around himself. Just then the door opened and Sarah walked in, still nude from the night before. She walked over and kissed him passionately on the lips. Jake returned the gesture and they stood in each others arms like this until Jake broke off the kiss. “well, good morning to you too”, he said as he chuckled lightly. “you do know that your beautiful, right?”. He said as he looked her in the eyes.
“Of course, how could I forget”. She mused, “You tell me every day.”
“And it stands true from the day we met until the end of time”, he said as he leaned in for another quick peck. Afterwards he went over to the counter where he placed some gel in his hair to add to his dark curs, rubbed on some deodorant, and washed his face. As he was toweling off his face his wife came up behind him and placed her hand on his shoulder.
“Do you think it worked this time, honey”, she asked with concern in her voice. “I’m just so ready to have another kid.” She paused momentarily. “It’s just that every time the test turns up negative it seems to tear a small hole in my chest.”
Jake turned to face her and looked her directly in the eyes. “I’m sure it worked”, he said as he placed his hands on her shoulders. “And if it didn’t then I promise that I’ll never stop trying and I’ll never give up hope; I hope you do the same. Never give up Sarah, even when things seem impossible, never give up.” He said as he wiped away some small tears that had gathered in the bottom of her blue eyes. “I love you so much”, he said as he embraced her.
“I love you too”, she said, returning the embrace. “Now you better get ready for work so you’re not late, there are a lot of people counting on you.”
“That’s true. I’ll see you later.” He said as he patted her back and broke the embrace before heading toward the door. “I’ll try to be home early tonight, maybe we can all watch a movie or play a game together.”
“I look forward to it; have a good day honey.” She said as she stepped into the shower.
Jake walked over to his dresser and got dressed. Five minutes later he was walking down the stairs to the kitchen dressed in his usual: Jeans, an un-tucked button-up shirt, and his comfortable tennis shoes. As he walked through the kitchen he grabbed an apple and a protein bar for breakfast. He also grabbed his sunglasses, wallet and communicator on the way out the front door. After putting the lock code into the keypad on the front door he walked over to his car with a spring in his step. He placed his finger on the sensory pad on the door and waited as it ran his fingerprint through it’s database, opening the door when his identity was confirmed and stepping into the car. After sitting down he pressed the blue button under the steering wheel, listening as the car’s engine purred to life.
“Where to sir”, asked a woman’s voice through the micro-speaker built into the steering wheel.
“The Julius Root Hospital please”, he said as he leaned his chair back and closed his eyes.
“Would you like some music to listen to on your journey”, asked the woman’s voice.
“Sure, why don’t you put on some big band music, you know something pleasing to the ears instead of the rap crap”, he said as he placed his sunglasses over his eyes.
“Of Course sir. Will that be all?”
“yes it will, thank you Jasmine”, he said, smiling as In the Mood by Glenn Miller began play smoothly through his hi-quality centaur speakers; Foaly’s own brand. He allowed the music to flow through him as he ate his breakfast and the car hovered smoothly down the road toward the hospital.
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