nineteen

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The next month went by faster than they expected. Sean was careful around Kaycee — always moving cautiously when with her, and talking to her with as much love and respect as he could. She appreciated him trying, and she saw the growth in him the past month. There was no more arguments — just conversations. Only a few slight differences here and there that they were able to work out.

They spent some time apart, a few weeks of doing their own thing. They still saw each other, but did not cling to each other the way they had before. It gave them both a chance to heal a little on their own before working on healing their relationship. Sean was the one who suggested that they pull back on seeing eachother so excessively, the sleepovers and the sex until they were ready. After their big fight in Chicago, they needed to heal — together and individually.

Recently, they'd been spending more and more time together, just as before. Kaycee asked to stay the night at his house, the night before her birthday. It made him happy knowing they were improving and growing their relationship, and could slowly transition to the way they were before.

It was mid October now, one day before Kaycee's 19th birthday. Sean panicked on what to do for her birthday. He knew this had to be special.

"Hey Kayc," Sean said, nudging her arm. They sat on the couch, with her legs slung over his lap. She turned her attention to him, running her fingertips along his forearm.

"What's up?" asked Kaycee.

Sean just smiled. "You're going to be nineteen in a few hours," he said, checking the time on his phone. "In three hours and twenty four minutes to be exact."

"I know," she said, excitedly. "And you'll be twenty in a month!"

"We're really growing up," laughed Sean. "You definitely grew up," he winked, running his hand up her bare thigh, until he reached her shorts.

Kaycee bit her lip, letting her hand rest on his chest, grabbing at the fabric. He stared at her for a moment, feeling the tension rise before he leaned in to kiss her. She kissed back, softly and slowly, until she felt him deepen the kiss. He held onto her hips, his fingers slipping just barely under the band of her shorts.

Sean stopped the second she pulled away, holding his face in her hands.

"Is this a good idea?" asked Kaycee. "It's uh, been a while. Is this good for us?"

He shrugged, tucking a strand of hair behind her ear. "That's up to you, my love," he said softly. "You know we don't have to, right?"

She nodded. "I know," said Kaycee. "But I want to — just not right now."

"Okay, baby," Sean breathed, kissing the top of her nose.

They got comfortable once more, Kaycee bringing her head to his shoulder. They laid like that for an hour or so, until it was getting closer to midnight.

Sean had eventually gotten up, making them food. As Kaycee ate in the living room, he found the time to sneak back into the kitchen to grab the cake he made for her from the fridge. He lit the candles, and slowly walked out to the living room to her. She turned around and gasped, clamping her hand over her mouth.

"Sean," she cooed.

"Happy almost birthday, Kayc," he smiled. She softly blew out the candles and watched as he set it to the side.

She immediately fell into his arms. "Thank you, Sean."

He smiled, rubbing her back. "Of course, baby."

"You're too kind," she said.

"Let's go to our spot." Sean suggested, tapping on her back. She nodded, letting go of him and running upstairs to get dressed. He watched as she put on the jeans she arrived in and threw his hoodie over her head, pulling it down her body.

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