Andrew and I had drifted apart in our sleep, what with him sprawled out across the bed on his stomach, but his arm was draped across my stomach, curving a little to keep hold of my hip. He stirred a little, his eyes cracking open slightly, and smiled sleepily at me when he saw I was awake. I could hear one of the kids up and moving about, and figured it was probably Danny. He always got up early on weekends so he could have a few hours to himself to work out without having to worry about disturbing anyone. Not that he disturbed anyone, anyway. He'd moved all his gym stuff down to the basement when he finally had too much to fit in his room, so the sound didn't tend to travel too much. Lily had asked if she could have the attic, but I'd said no, given that she had a bigger room than Danny, not to mention she still went riding and went to drama club. I wasn't punishing her for doing them, don't get that idea, I just wanted them to get treated equally, and she already got more than Danny as it was. But then again, the guy never really asked for anything. He'd saved up for his gym stuff out of his allowance, and once he'd started his Sophomore year, he managed to get a part time job at one of the garages in town.
Andrew tightened his grip around my hip a little, pulling me a little closer to him. If I'm honest, I still wasn't sure what to make of it all, and I didn't want the kids to et the wrong idea.I mean, as far as I was aware, they didn't have a clue that when I went out it was just for a quick shag or two, and not just to have a night to myself like I insisted it was. Who am I kidding? They'd probably guessed it a long time ago. I was about to ask Andrew something when I heard a faint knock at the door, and all of a sudden the door had been opened. There stood a tired looking Lily, still in her pyjamas, her hair a mess.
"Papa, I'm making pancakes. Did you want... Sorry, am I interrupting something?" she asked when she noticed Andrew.
"Oh, no, we were just... It's not what it looks like" I blushed.
"Pancakes sound great, though. If you don't mind, I mean" Andrew smiled.
Lily nodded, shutting the door and heading downstairs. I let out a groan, making Andrew laugh. He had a nice laugh.
"It's not funny" I whined. "She'll tell Danny and they'll both think this is something it isn't"
"Something I don't think either of us would mind it being, though" Andrew countered and I faked a glare in his direction. "Touchy"
"I'm not touchy, I just don't want to rush into anything"
"Who said anything about rushing? Like I said last night, Hadley, I want to get to know you"
I arched an eyebrow at him. "You were serious?"
He nodded. "Totally and completely. I'll even take you out a couple times just to see if you can behave in public" he winked and I laughed, shaking my head a little.
"I just... My luck with relationships hasn't exactly been the best"
"Then I guess I've got my work cut out for me" he chuckled.
Was he really going to try? As in for real? He was actually going to make an effort for me? I was hardly anything special; a nearly forty year old queer, and a single parent to top it off. If I'm honest, it gave me a much needed ego boost. After all, it meant someone thought I was worth more than a quick fumble in the bathroom of some seedy gay bar. I pulled Andrew down for a kiss, my way of trying to say 'thank you for being interested'. The both of us got dressed, heading down to the kitchen. Danny and Lily were both cooking, and for the briefest of minutes, I just stood watching them, a proud smile on my face.The two of them moved in perfect sync with each other, and seeing the two of them together... For the first time it really dawned on me that my babies had grown up. They'd both be going off to college before I knew it, and then I really would be alone.
"Are you watching or eating?" Lily asked and Danny laughed.
I rolled my eyes, sitting down at the dining table with Andrew. Lily came over with three plates of pancakes, sitting down opposite Andrew, while Danny took the seat opposite me, a protein rich breakfast on his plate. He glanced at Andrew, before blanking him as Andrew flashed him a smile.
"This must be the infamous Danny and Lily. I've heard a lot about you" he said, digging into his pancakes.
"Funny, we've never heard anything about you" Danny said a little icily.
"Well I did only meet your dad yesterday" he chuckled.
I nudged him a little under the table, trying to get him to stop talking. Danny kept his eyes on his plate, wolfing down his breakfast, and I could see Lily subtly scrutinizing every inch of Andrew. Andrew had been about to ask Danny, who had finished eating, something but Danny got to his feet, storming off. I sighed, hanging my head. If I'd known Danny would take it that badly, I'd have turned Andrew down when he didn't just want a quick fuck. Would I really have, though? I wasn't sure. Lily talked with Andrew over breakfast, though I'm sure it was more to be polite rather than her actually wanting to. That was one thing private school had taught Lily; how to be perfectly polite to someone when you otherwise think they're an absolute idiot. Granted I was capable of it too, but my baby girl had perfected it into a fine art. It was almost difficult to tell when she wasn't being sincere. Andrew offered to clean up and I thanked him, before being dragged off by Lily.
"Lily, this isn't what it seems like" I said, the second Andrew was out of earshot.
"Papa, I'm glad you're dating again" she smiled.
"No, I'm not..." I trailed off, sighing.
"I don't know what's going on right now. I mean, I like him, but he's not really my type and I just... I don't know" I sighed again.
Lily put a hand on my shoulder. "It can't hurt to see where it goes, right?"
She smiled. "You know I'll stand by you no matter what. He seems nice enough. I want details once he's gone" she winked, walking off.
I made my way back over to Andrew, who welcomed me with a smile. He'd put the breakfast stuff in the dishwasher, but informed me he would've washed it himself if he knew where everything went. I chuckled, telling him not to worry about it. I could hear Lily moving about not too far away, and couldn't help but be a little suspcious. Was she spying on us? I caught a glimpse of her trying to look casual out of the corner of my eye and led Andrew outside. I know she wasn't trying to pry, I just wasn't sure what to make of any of it, and I didn't want her getting her hopes up or anything.
"I don't think they like me" Andrew laughed faintly.
"I'm not sure they know what to make of it. I kind of gave up on the whole dating thing"
"So we're dating now?" he smirked.
"No, I didn't mean-"
"I'm kidding, Hadley" he laughed. "Though I wouldn't mind it. Are you fee this Saturday?" he asked and I nodded. "Fancy going on a date with me?" he winked.
"Such a charmer" I said, rolling my eyes jokingly. "I'd love to"
He grinned. "I'll pick you up at seven. I better run, I'm on patrol in a couple hours"
I nodded, blushing a little when he kissed me softly, saying goodbye to Lily as he left.