I was still snuggled up to Cay when I woke back up. I let out a sleepy hum as he smiled at me.
“Feeling better?” he asked.
“I think so,” I mumbled. It was hard to tell with all the morphine addling my brain. He flashed me another smile, humming as I nuzzled his chest a little. Personally, I was quite happy to stay snuggled with him like that. I was achey and enjoying the comfort of having Cay there.
Unfortunately, that was when Hadley showed up with the kids. I looked around to see him staring at Cay, and started trying to sit up. Apparently while my mind had woken up, my muscles were still half asleep and too achey to let me do much. Cay didn’t notice Hadley’s arrival until he’d marched over to the bed.
“Get lost,” Hadley demanded.
“Make me,” Cay retorted, earning a glare from his brother.
"Get lost before I call security," he threatened.
Cayden sighed and got up. “I’m sorry, Hadley.” His apology went ignored, as did the fact that I was upset that Cayden was being kicked out. I wanted them both here. “I’ll see you later,” he said, leaving. The kids were all wide eyed, and I patted the spot on the bed that Cayden had just vacated. They sat with me, both of them snuggling me, which was a bit of a surprise; I didn’t have to coerce Danny into a hug for once.
"I'm really sorry, Maxxie.” I shrugged and snuggled up with the kids, trying to find a comfortable position. “I mean it.” I didn’t say anything, trying to decide what to say. Hadley fell quiet.
“I understand why you hate Cayden, Hadley, I really do, but I don’t think I can just cut him out of my life,” I said after a while. He sort of nodded. “And I’m sorry if that means you can’t trust me, but I still wanna see him.” He didn’t need to say anything for me to be able to tell he didn’t like it. “I’ve learnt my lesson Hadley. I’m sorry I had to learn it at all, but I’m not willing to lose you, okay?” He gave me another half nod, and I shifted so there was a little more room up on the bed. “You gonna join us up here?” he sat down in the space I’d made, and I buried my head in his neck as we cuddled, sniffling a little when he kissed the top of my head. “I’m so sorry I ever hurt you, Bunny.”
“It’s okay,” he said, giving me a little squeeze.
“It’s not though,” I muttered miserably, “I ruined your relationship with Cay again, and you can’t even trust your own husband.” He didn’t say anything, and I couldn’t say anything – I was too busy trying not to cry. He cuddled me a little more, and I sort of ended up clinging to him. I felt pathetic.
"I still love you, y'know?" I nuzzled his shoulder.
“I love you too.” I pulled the kids into the cuddle too, feeling vaguely overwhelmed as I realised again that I was lucky enough to still be welcome. "I love my little family so much." Hadley hummed, and the kids seemed happy enough to have been dragged into the hug.
“We love you too, Daddy,” Lily said. Fuck. How did I nearly manage to lose this?