Lily had won plenty of showjumping competitions, though acting was still her main passion, and, as Caleb had said, Danny had in fact joined the football team. Thankfully, by some kind of miracle, I hadn’t missed Danny’s first game. I don’t think I’d ever forgive myself if I had. I asked him when the next match was, and he shrugged it off, telling me I didn’t have to go if I didn’t want to. Of course I wanted to. He didn’t believe me when I insisted I did, either, so I had to ask Lily in the end.
I vaguely caught sight of Caleb at the game, though I didn’t speak to him. Alex was nowhere to be seen, which was a little odd, but I just figured he hadn’t wanted to come or something. Actually, Caleb being there was kind of weird. John had come with me, since I didn’t want to be on my own, and Lewis had gone out of his way to avoid us. Lily had turned up with a few of her friends, and I could see a few of her old friends from junior high trying to put the moves on both her and her friends.
Despite having a father that was really into sports, I knew next to nothing about football. I’d never really developed an interest in sports, so I honestly had no idea about football. Whenever we had Phys Ed in high school, me and Caleb used to sneak off somewhere and get stoned. But nonetheless, I cheered on the team with everyone else. John seemed to understand what was going on, so I followed his lead, mostly. I knew enough of the game to know that Danny’s team won.
I’d wanted to invite Andrew, to try and make him feel more involved, I suppose, but I figured him not being there was probably for the best, considering Danny’s disapproval of him.
It was hard fitting dates in around our busy schedules, but we kept at it, and before I knew it, we were on our seventh date. All the other dates we'd been on had been as dorky and adorable as the first, but neither of us had seemingly been able to pick up the courage to ask the other out properly. We'd gone out for a picnic this time, ignoring the few disapproving looks we got. Andrew had been a little quiet, though, as if something was on his mind. I tried not to let it bother me, but I couldn't help being a little paranoid that I'd done something to make him go off me.
"Tell me about Maxxie" he said after a while.
"You never talk about him. I guess I'm kinda curious"
I sighed slightly. "Well, as you know, Maxxie was my husband. He was smart and brave and... He was perfect"
"What happened?" he asked softly.
"He caught HIV from my brother" I sighed, preparing myself for Andrew to turn tail and run.
"I'm sorry" he said, kissing my forehead.
"What, you're not gonna head for the hills?"
He shook his head. "Why should I?"
"Aren't you scared I caught it?"
He shook his head again. "You could have the plague and I wouldn't care" he chuckled.
I rolled my eyes. But I appreciated the comment.
"Hadley, I... I've been meaning to ask you this for a while. Would you... I mean... Will you go out with me?"
"Of course" I smiled, earning myself a kiss.
We finished our picnic, heading back to mine to tell the kids that Andrew was going to be a little more permanent for the time being and, or at least I hoped, to finally fuck like rabbits. Our dates had spanned a good few months, and I was horny as hell.
Needless to say, Lily and Danny's reactions couldn't have been more different. Lily was thrilled, glad that I was finally getting my act together. Danny, on the other hand, had already taken a disliking to Andrew, and the idea of him sticking around only seemed to further sour Danny's opinion of him. I'd asked him why he didn't like Andrew a few months before, but I hadn't really gotten an answer out of him. Danny had gone to see Lewis, and Lily merely winked at us and said she'd leave us some alone time. Christ, even my kids could tell how desperate I was? I felt Andrew's arms wind around my waist and I turned to face him, kissing him. He kissed back, his arms still around my waist, though his hands fell to my ass when I stood on my toes to reach him better. And despite making it very obvious what I was hinting at, he seemed completely oblivious. I pecked him on the lips, taking his hand and leading him upstairs hoping he'd get the picture then.
"Hadley, wait" he said once I'd managed to get him to the bedroom. I shot him a questioning look. "I don't want to do anything til you're ready"
Are you kidding me? There I was, all but ready to mount him, and he didn't think I was ready? And despite my protests, he seemed adamant that we hadn't been together long enough and that he didn't want to rush me or force me into anything. I had to pick a sensitive one, huh? That was how things carried on for the next three months; me trying to get Andrew in bed and him brushing off my advances. It was infuriating, if anything. We still went on dates, and I still got butterflies around him, but it was starting to get ridiculous. How long did he think it'd take me to 'be ready' for it? So, once we hit the five month mark, I picked one of our dates and was determined not to take no for an answer. Obviously if he didn't want to, I wouldn't force him, but my not being ready wasn't going to be a valid excuse. I gave Lily and Danny both some cash to go see a movie or something to get them out of the house for the night, and a little before Andrew was picking me up, I got a text from the both of them. Lily was staying at a friend's for the night since they hadn't seen each other since she started private school, and Danny was staying at Karen's to spend some time with Lewis. I was about to reply when I heard Andrew's telltale knock at the front door. He knocked like a policeman, and every now and then I'd forget it was him and think something had happened.
He held up a plastic bag, grinning as I opened the door. "I come bearing movies and food"
"Not taking me out to flaunt me like usual, then?" I teased.
"Nope, you're all mine tonight" he said, kissing me and shutting the door with his foot.
I led him over to the couch, watching as he emptied the bag he'd brought with him onto the coffee table. I grabbed one of the various bars of chocolate as he put one of the movies on, stretching out on the couch. He turned, rolling his eyes when he saw me taking up the entire couch. I poked my tongue out at him, moving enough to let him sit on the couch. One thing I always seemed to forget about Andrew, though; he was a lot stronger than me. I yelped as he picked me up with ease, lying down on the couch himself with me on top of him. I rested my head on his chest, listening to him breathing as we watched the movie. I looked up at him while he was distracted by the explosions on screen, planting a kiss on his chest. He looked at me, smiling. I got up, blocking his view of the TV, and held out a hand for him. He took it curiously, and I heard him sigh a little as I started leading him upstairs.
"Hadley, we've talked about this" he sighed as I sat on the bed. "Everything you've been through can't have been easy, and I get that. Which is why I'm happy to wait til-"
"Andrew, stop rambling and get over here" I chuckled.