52-Week Writing Challenge: Week 39
This scene is from Family Matters. Protagonist Olivia Chandler is meeting the adult children of new love interest, Bruce Bellamy, for the first time.
Olivia was still smiling at the empty doorway when Bruce walked up behind her and pulled her back against him.
“And you were worried they wouldn’t like you. I think they like you more than me.”
She turned and pulled him into a deep kiss.
Bruce leaned into the kiss, allowing her to lead.
Olivia paused and whispered against his lips.
“Don’t worry, Bellamy. I’ll always like you best.”
Cupping her face in his hands, Bruce continued the kiss.
Leaning his forehead against hers, Bruce sighed.
“We’d better stop before I embarrass us in front of my kids.”
Olivia placed a quick kiss on his lips and backed away with a smirk.
“Can’t have your kids thinking I want you just for your body.”
Bruce considered her remark as Olivia backed away. He loved playful, flirty Olivia. She let her walls down and there was no sadness in her beautiful eyes. She looked at him like he mattered… like he was important to her. Bruce knew their relationship became serious faster than most, but since the day they met, Bruce knew Olivia was the one.
Bruce unbuttoned his jacket.
“Let me take your coat so I can put you to work setting the table. We’ll investigate your obsession with my body later.”
Olivia smirked as she unbuttoned her pea coat. Remembering the black tee underneath, she pulled the coat tighter around her.
“Bellamy… this shirt. Maybe it’s not such-…”
The rest of Olivia’s comment died in her throat as she watched Bruce remove his jacket. He struck a pose, and Olivia got the giggles all over again.
“It’ll be alright, sweetness.”
Olivia ripped off her pea coat and they stood there laughing at each other.
Hearing the laughter and not one to miss out on fun, Shaun Bellamy stuck his head out the kitchen door.
“What’s so funny-…”
Before he could finish, his father pulled Olivia to his side. They continued to laugh like teenagers.
Seeing their shirts, Shaun chuckled, shaking his head.
“I wondered what was up with your shirt, dad. I thought you were re-living the election. Now it makes sense.”
“Just emphasizing the point, son.”
Bruce gestured to his shirt which said, “I’m with HER!” as he slipped an arm around Olivia and grinned at her tee which read, “I’m with HIM!”
Shaun backed into the kitchen, and Bruce and Olivia could hear him say, “Guys, those two are going to be trouble!”
Bruce kissed Olivia’s forehead, then took their coats to the hall closet.
Olivia chided herself for dreading this dinner. Bruce’s children were warm and genuine. Being in Bruce’s home didn’t feel odd. It was comfortable and inviting.
It felt like home.
Olivia wasn’t sure if that was a good thing.