I s’pose the idea of adopting didn’t feel so unreasonable or weird now me and Hadley had been together longer than a few months. I mean, I’m still not totally thrilled with the idea or anything, ‘cause even if this kid and her brother are both super well behaved, it’s a fuck load more permanent than looking after Beau for a day or two. Another downside would be less time to spend with Cayden, but that one’s purely selfish.
But relationships always need a little compromise, right? I wanted to make Hadley happy, and I knew how badly he wanted kids of his own. So I’d agreed to go meet them and then decide. That said, given how Hadley looked while he was talking about this kid, I’m not sure I’ll be able to say no to him once I’ve met them anyway.
“Lazy,” Hadley smiled at me as I watched him get ready for work from where I was stretched out in bed, still warm and comfy under the covers.
"What? No kid's gonna be awake this early anyway," I said, not wanting to move unless it meant getting to fuck my husband again.
“So there’s no point going to meet an unconscious child.”
"No, but I wouldn't mind a kiss goodbye."
I sat up and pulled him over by the front of his shirt, “I’d happily give you more than a kiss, Bunny,” I murmured with a smirk.
He let out a hum, "depends how long you'd take."
“How long have you got?”
"Fifteen minutes, maybe," he told me, looking at the clock.
“Give me twenty and I’ll drive you,” I said. He hummed again, and I pushed my lips hard against his, pulling his uniform off him as he matched my kiss. I didn’t waste a single second of those twenty minutes.
He kissed me goodbye as I dropped him off at work, "and when can I expect you in to visit Lily?"
"Lunchtime, maybe, when I've finished paying all the bills and stuff."
Nodding, he flashed me a smile, “See you later then.” I smiled back and drove off, mentally preparing myself for the monotony of bills and paper work.
Lunchtime had been and gone by the time I was finished with it all. I hoped Hadley would still have time to see me as I went back over to the hospital, asking for him at the desk when I couldn’t see him anywhere.
“Hey, gorgeous,” he smiled, walking over. I didn’t say anything, greeting him with a kiss instead.
“Hey. Sorry I didn’t get here earlier.”
"It's fine,” he smiled, "we've been kinda busy anyway."
“So where’s Lily, the perfect child?” He took me over to this blonde kid sitting in bed, quietly reading a book. I sat down in the chair next to her bed, hoping Hadley would make the introductions. She looked up and smiled as Hadley spoke.
“Lily, this is Maxxie," he told her.
“Hello,” she replied, still smiling.
"Hey, Lily,” I replied, matching her smile.
"Me and Maxxie were thinking about adopting you and your brother. Would you like that?"
Her smile got even wider. "Yus."
“You’d be okay with having two dads, right?” I asked her, wanting to make sure she didn’t have a problem with us being married or anything. She nodded. “Will your brother be okay with it?”
"I think so.”
“What’s your brother like anyway?”
"He's... Um... He's different," she said kinda hesitantly. I arched my eyebrow a little at Hadley.
"He is nice, though,” she brought out the puppy eyes.
"I phoned the orphanage, earlier. They said we can go see him whenever.”
“Well, next time Hadley has a break, we’ll go meet him. Any clues you can give us on how he’s different?”
"He gets angry real easy.”
“Right...” I wasn’t liking the sound of her brother much.
"He really does try, though," she added, the puppy eyes still out.
"He's got some anger issues, that's it," Hadley said.
“Yeah, well... I guess we better go meet him, then,” I gave Hadley a pointed look, standing up. Hadley had better have a good plan for dealing with this kid if we end up adopting them.