Chapter 43

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Her parents and Brian stayed with her all day. In the late afternoon Brian went home to get something to eat and to feed his cats. When he returned her parents left to get dinner then headed back to their hotel. Brian stayed with her until 10:00, when visiting hours were over.

She'd slept most of the day, but was awake when he left.

"Can't he stay?" she asked, when the nurse came in to tell Brian it was time for him to go.

"No, honey. I'm sorry. Hospital rules. But I'm sure he'll be back first thing in the morning."

"Of course I will," he said to her. "As soon as I'm allowed, I'll be here. You need to rest."

"I've been resting all day."

"I know sweetheart. But you want to get out of here as soon as possible, right?"

"Yes."

"Getting lots of rest will get you closer to that. Ok?"

"Ok," she said.

"Good girl. I'll see you tomorrow. I love you."

He kissed her softly before leaving the room.

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Melanie's parents took her home when she was released from the hospital. Brian had gone back to work at her insistence. She told him she would be fine with her parents around to help her. They had planned to stay in town until the test results came back.

Four days after she had gone home Dr. Drake's office called to schedule her an appointment to go over the biopsy results and to possibly remove her staples. At 8:15 the next morning her parents came to pick her up. Brian had said he would meet them there. She wanted him there with her.

"Good morning," Dr. Drake said when she entered the exam room. "We have a full house today I see."

"Sorry," Melanie said, slightly embarrassed. "I wanted them all here with me."

"It's not a problem." She opened the folder in her hands. "Ok, I have good news. The tumor was benign." A collective sigh filled the room. "Since we were able to remove all of it you do not need to undergo chemotherapy or radiation."

"What are the chances it could come back?" her mom asked.

"Pretty slim I'd say. That's not to say it couldn't happen, but tumors like this don't usually reoccur."

"Thank God."

"How have you been feeling?" Dr. Drake asked Melanie. "Have the headaches stopped?"

"Yes. I mean, I have some pain, but that's from the surgery."

"That's to be expected. And your head will be sore and tender for a while. Let's take a look."

Melanie removed the wool hat she was wearing as Dr. Drake moved towards her.

"Oh, this is healing beautifully. We can take the staples out today. Let me grab the staple remover. I'll be right back."

As soon as she left the room Melanie's mom hugged her. She pulled away seconds later when Dr. Drake returned.

"I want to see you back here in three weeks. Just to check you over. We'll do another MRI in six months to make sure you're still all clear.  Do you have any questions?"

"No. Thank you so much. For everything."

"You're welcome. Take care of yourself."

"I will."

They all followed Dr. Drake out of the room.

"Let's go get breakfast," her dad said in the waiting room, as they all put their coats back on. "A celebratory breakfast."

"Sounds great," Melanie said. "I'm starving.

                                       **

Melanie's parents went home three days later. She was still healing but she was able to take care of herself. She had a few weeks left before she had to go back to work and spent most days home alone. A few times she met girlfriends for lunch and several times she went to set with Brian.

She enjoyed being there, watching him work. The camaraderie he had with the other guys was enviable. She sometimes wished she had that. She had friends, but not good friends that she'd known for decades.

A week before she was due back at work Brian asked if she wanted to go to Atlantic City for a few days. She agreed and that Thursday they headed down. They stayed at the Borgata, the place Brian preferred above all the others.

"So what do you want to do tonight?" he asked, propping himself up against the headboard, once they were settled in their room.

"You," she replied, crawling up to him from the foot of the bed.

"Yeah?"

"Yeah."

She straddled his lap, put her hands on his face and stared into his eyes. His deep, dark brown eyes that made her melt when she looked into them.

"Have I told you lately how fucking hot you are?"

He smiled at her. "No. No you haven't."

"Well, you are. I'm the luckiest woman in the world because I get to fuck you."

"Such language," he joked.

She moved her face close to his and kissed him. Her tongue immediately sought out his and found it right away. His hands slid up the back of her shirt and gently caressed her skin.

They'd made love several times since her surgery, and each time Brian had been exceptionally gentle with her. She'd assured him he didn't need to be so cautious, that she was fine and wouldn't break, but he just couldn't bring himself to get rough with her.

She'd had enough of that and decided to take matters into her own hands. She kissed him deeply, her hands moving up into his hair, mussing it up.

"I want you to fuck me," she said, biting his bottom lip as she pulled away from him.

"Ok."

"I'm serious. I'm not a fragile little doll. You aren't going to hurt me. You've been loving and gentle and that's sweet but I need you to bring back the fire."

"Like this?" he asked as he flipped her over onto her back and pinned her arms above her head. She smiled up at him.

"Yes, exactly li..." He kissed her hard, cutting her off. She tried to move her arms but he tightened his grip. Her body relaxed. She knew he was going to give her what she wanted now. Just one of the many things she loved about him. He was very accommodating.

He gripped both of her wrists with one hand as the other moved swiftly to the waistband of her jeans. He made quick work of her belt and the zipper, then slid his hand into her panties. The sudden intrusion of a finger sent a shiver throughout her body.

His finger slid in and out, alternately rubbing her clit. He pulled his mouth away from hers, his beard scratching her skin as he kissed her neck. It only took a couple of minutes for her to cum. As soon as he sensed she was finished he sat up on his knees and pulled her pants and panties off.

He pulled his pants down and she spread her legs as he came towards her. He was able to slide into her smoothly, letting out a sigh as she surrounded him. He kissed her roughly as he pounded in and out of her. She wrapped her legs around his waist, allowing him to delve deeper into her.

Her hands gripped his hair as she felt herself nearing completion again.

"Oh my God!" she cried out, her back arching. "Yes! Right there."

He kissed her, biting her bottom lip as he pulled away. The slight bit of pain was enough to send her over the edge. He felt her tighten around him, which caused him to explode inside her.

"That was amazing," she uttered. He kissed her lips quickly then rolled over onto his back. They both laid there for a few minutes, trying to catch their breath.

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