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“A bunch of people are going to eat pizza to celebrate, and Caroline wants to know if I can stay over,” Josie says.

“Yeah, Mack wants to know if I can go too. He’s got that new baseball game.”

I look at Jeremy to see what he thinks, and he pulls me into his side. “That’s fine. We’ll pick you up tomorrow morning and do something together as a family.”

Instead of complaining about coming home early, they’re both excited and hug us both bye.

Jeremy and I walk out to the parking lot together, hand in hand. “I’m so happy you came.”

“Me too. C’mon, I’ll walk you to your car.”

I start to resist and tell him no. His truck is parked in the front row, but I decide to just nod my head. When we get to my car a few aisles back, I unlock it and open the door.

“Jeremy, I’m afraid when I get in and you go to your truck, that it’s going to be different when we get home. So I want to know if...” I trail off, knowing that I sound stupid. But I am worried that when we get home, he’s not going to want me to touch him again.

“Know what?”

I lift my chin. “I want my hug.”

His eyes darken as he stares back at me, and he pulls me in for a hug. He holds me for the longest time, his hands stroking my back, my arms around his waist, his body pressed to the front of mine. I’ve missed this. I’ve missed this intimacy.

He pulls away first and lifts my chin with his fingers. “It’s not going to change. I’m going to fuck up, but I need you, Peggy. I need you in my arms. It makes everything better.”

I let out a deep breath. “Okay. I’ll see you at home, hero.”

I get in and watch in the rearview mirror as he walks back to his truck. I wait until he’s safely in before I pull out. The whole way home I’m teetering on being way too excited and then worried that I’m getting my hopes up again. After all, that kiss in the gym was the first kiss in over a year and I shouldn’t expect more of that when I get home. He’s already pushed himself so hard today. Still, that kiss caused butterflies in my stomach and has my core heating with desire.

When I pull into the driveway, he pulls in right behind me. I stand next to his truck and wait for him. “Let me grab my chair. I’ll probably need it later.”

I go to the back of the truck and help him grab the chair, and I push it in as he walks behind me.

I put it next to the recliner and set down my purse and bag. I no sooner turn around and Jeremy is right in front of me. His hand goes to the side of my face, and I stare into his eyes. “I love you, Peggy.”

I turn my face and kiss his palm. “I know you do. I love you too, Jeremy.”

He shakes his head in frustration. “No, I mean I’ve known all along I love you, but I thought you were better without me. But seeing you with that man…”

“What man?” I ask, interrupting him.

“Caroline’s father. Just seeing him next to you, next to my wife, I couldn’t handle it. I can’t let you leave me, Peggy. I love you, and I don’t want to lose you. No matter what.”

“I’m not leaving you. Ever.”

He nods and grabs my hand, pulling me to the bedroom. My heart is racing as I walk beside him.

When we walk through the doors of the bedroom, I can feel the shift in him. “You okay?”

He’s staring at our bed, but at least he doesn’t let go of my hand. He grips it tighter. “The last time we did this I had legs. I don’t know if this will be what you’re expecting, but I want you so much.”

“It’s going to be perfect, honey. Not only do I want you, but I need you too.”

I hope he can feel how much I mean the words, but when he doesn’t move, I take matters into my own hands. I begin to undress, and he watches me. My heart is pounding in my chest, but I don’t stop until I’m completely naked in front of him.

I lead him over to the bed, and he sits down heavily on the side. I remove his shirt, kissing the skin that I uncover. I stroke my hands across his chest and shoulders, and he leans back on his arms with a groan.

I hide my smile as I start to unbutton his pants. His manhood is hard and thick as I pull him out of his pants. I kiss his tip and then take him deep into my mouth. He’s touching my shoulders, caressing my boobs, everywhere he can reach I can feel him. When he urges me off him, I remove his shoes and slide my hands up his pant leg to remove the prosthetics. He freezes and lifts me away from him.