51 - Alex and Jen

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By the time the afternoon was over they had more company including both Jen's parents, one at a time because of the market. He was struggling to keep his eyes open. Jen ushered him upstairs and settled him in bed. When he woke it was dark and Jen was curled up to his right side asleep. He managed to turn towards her, but his movements woke her. She smiled at him and he said, "I can't hold you."

"I can help," she said as she got closer and kissed him. They kissed for a long time and after the emotion of the past two days he wanted to be a part of her.

"What did he say about sex?" Alex asked.

"You're arm and incision," Jen reminded him.

"You'll have to do all the work then."

Although she fought him, he insisted that she leave on Sunday. Suddenly knowing he had a cardiac problem, she was worried it would happen again. She was also concerned he would do too much.

The day after his surgery, she had driven him to his three projects so he could visit, but not work all day. The following day he got a ride and was home at noon to rest.

He was frustrated that he was not back to full energy. By Sunday he was better and planned to work most of the day on Monday. In the past, they often talked in the morning, but not always. Alex noticed that Jen was calling him every morning shortly after his alarm. It was as if she wanted to make sure he made it through the night. She had fears that she never had before because of the ordeal and it didn't matter how many times he reassured her. Now he was worried about her worrying about him.

On her second week away, he had slept late Thursday morning and rushed to get dress. He stopped to grab a quick coffee and when he walked in he heard Rick say "Honey, he just walked in." Then Rick looked at him and said, "Call my daughter."

He looked at his phone and saw five missed calls and his phone muted. He always muted it at night but had stopped knowing that Jen called him every morning. He must have muted it out of old habit after they had said goodnight.

"Baby, I'm sorry," he said.

"I was so scared," she said and he could tell she'd been crying.

"I know. I'm really fine. I wish you wouldn't worry so much," he said.

"I can't help it. You don't know what that day was like... the unknown emergency. I was afraid I'd lose you," she cried.

"I know, but you didn't. You won't," he assured her.

"I love you so much," she said.

"I know love, I know."


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When Jen went back to New York, she was worried about Alex and afraid her phone would ring. Both Lexi and Sterling were concerned when she returned. She told them a close friend had a medical scare but was fine.

Lexi commented privately, "Close friend with you as their emergency contact."

"So," Jen said.

"So, I say good for you and I hope he's really alright," Lexi said.

"Recovering," Jen clarified.

Still, she was a wreck and barely ate her first week home. She was so happy to see him on Friday. He drove the car and let her drive home. They had a quiet weekend and she rested and ate and on Sunday afternoon as she was getting ready to leave the tight fist of fear started to form in her belly again.

The morning she couldn't reach him, she was in a state. She finally couldn't take the fear any longer and called her father. Alex was fine and sorry, but she was a wreck. She was going to have an ulcer. She was convinced the stress was causing her hair to fall out and she'd lost weight since his incident.

She walked in the office and said to Sterling, "We need to talk."

"Jennifer darling, why so serious?" Sterling said.

She didn't even flinch at the darling. She said, "I thought I could make it to the end of the year, but I can't."

"Can't what?" he asked.

"I can't live in New York anymore. I need to be home. I know I owe you sixty days, but someone I care about needs me in Maine. I will finish my existing projects and support Trevor from Maine. I can do design work and he can do on-site for as long as it works. Plus we have tons of Maine requests since the magazine article came out. I need to live in Maine," she said.

"Are you in love with this sick person?" Sterling asked.

"Yes and he's not sick. He has a heart condition and I worry when I am away. I am worrying myself sick," she said.

"Who is he?" Sterling asked.

"He's the builder that I worked with."

"The builder," Sterling said with a snicker and continued, "That's why I never wanted you to go back there. You've turned back into one of them."

"I'm not going to let that comment bother me. He is very successful and caring and I do love him more than I realized was possible. So can we make this work?" she asked.

"Do I have a choice? I hope Dixon Design survives."

Jen could tell Sterling was scared and hurt.  She wanted to assure him she wasn't abandoning him completely.

"It will; Trevor is very good," she assured him.

When Alex picked her up the next evening, she greeted him with a kiss. She waited until they were home after she put her ring on. She said, "I did it. I told Sterling that I'm leaving New York. If not, I'm the one who is going to be dead from worry."

"You told him about me?" Alex asked.

"Yes, I told him that I was in love and you were the builder. Hank looks good compared to the way Sterling envisions builders. It was just as well since he would have trouble accepting being replaced by a guy sexier and more handsome than him."

"You're really coming home for good?" he asked.

She smiled and said, "I have a few obligations still, but I am going to do some work from here after that."

Alex smiled and said, "I know how we can celebrate."

Finally she told Sterling!  Sorry but there is only one more chapter, but I've got my next story Resolutions ready to go.

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