“I don’t know whether I can do that again Lindsey, not after all this…”

“Well, if you decide that you do want to, that you want to give this another chance, then what I’m trying to say – is that I will be right there with you, every step of the way.”

Her eyes glistened as she looked up at Lindsey.

“You would do that, for me?” she croaked.

“Steph, I would do anything for you.”

Stevie rolled herself into Lindsey’s side and kissed him tenderly as he held onto her hand that was resting on his chest. As their kiss intensified, Stevie arched her back and pressed her body against his, yearning to be closer to him, before she suddenly winced and pulled away from him in confusion.

“Ouch!” she breathed, searching his face for answers. “Lindsey, what the…?”

Stevie watched curiously as Lindsey’s hand disappeared beneath the sheets and dug into his pocket, before he slowly pulled out a little black velvet box. Her heart almost stopped beating and her mind was racing.

“I’ve had it with me, every day, for the past two weeks…” Lindsey began, mindlessly running his thumb over the soft material of the box as he held it between his fingers.

“I was trying to find the right time, but now…” he sighed deeply. “Now I don’t know that there will ever be a right time.”

Her breath held, Stevie watched closely as Lindsey gently opened the little black velvet box to reveal what was inside. There, glistening up at her was an exact replica of her most beloved crescent moon necklace, but one that was only half the size.

“I was going to keep it until everything was finalised. I wanted to give it to her then; I wanted to wait until she was finally ours…”

Stevie yelped and her hand flew to her mouth to stifle a cry as the emotions crashed into her.

“Lindsey, I – I can’t believe you did this!” she stammered over her feelings. “It’s – it’s just perfect! It’s –”

She paused suddenly, looking around the room as if she were trying to piece the puzzle together in her head.

“That’s where you were,” she whispered, looking up into his eyes in disbelief. “The morning Lily was taken – that’s where you were…”

Lindsey nodded sadly and reached up to cup her cheek in his hand.

“I am so, so sorry, Steph.”

Tears sprung from her eyes and she kissed his palm affectionately, before holding her hand over his against her cheek. No matter how desperately she was looking for someone to blame for all of this happening, she knew that the last person she could ever blame for such a thing was Lindsey.

“Everything happens for a reason, Linds,” she comforted, blinking back the tears. “Maybe Lily – maybe she came into our lives to bring us back together…”

Lindsey smiled sadly at the thought, his heart breaking all over again.

“Maybe that was her purpose all along…”

“Our own little cherub,” Lindsey chuckled, dropping his head in heartache.

“But we’ll find a way…” Stevie smiled, lifting his chin with her hand. “We’ll find a way to make it through this, for her.”

They fell into each other’s embrace and collapsed against the pillows, slowly drifting to sleep having found a little solace amid the raging storm.

Their sleep was deep and their breathing was heavy as they sailed away from the troubles of their reality into the carefree bliss of their dreams.

It was not until the shrill ringing of the telephone pierced through the peaceful atmosphere of the bedroom, that they were both jolted wide-awake.

Disorientated and drowsy with sleep, Stevie rolled away from Lindsey and reached over to the bedside table, fumbling blindly for the receiver.

“H-Hello…?” she croaked. “Yes, this is she...”

Lindsey rubbed his eyes in confusion, when suddenly, Stevie sat bolt-upright in bed and clutched the receiver against her ear.

“Steph?!” he asked, placing his hand on her arm. “Steph, who is it? What's going on?!”

Stevie slowly turned to face him with wide-eyes and her mouth hanging open in shock.

“It's the hospital...” she cried. “They have Lily.”

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A/N: Oooh, what's going on? I hope you all liked this one! Stevie and Lindsey needed some more alone time!

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