Lacey's Luhpynes(107)By: Honor James
“Oh you are bad. Both of you, so bad,” she teased her men, mostly because she could. She slowly unwrapped the gift, baring the box and then smiling. “You had someone else wrap this didn’t you?” While Zhubin might be amazing at most things, giftwrapping was not his forte, at all.
“Uh, yeah.” He nodded. “Give me a weapon and I’ll strip it and reassemble it better than new. But a bunch of super-thin paper that has to mold to the shape of something else, not in this lifetime. I had one of the assistants at the office wrap it up for me.”
“Well its beautif…” Her voice trailed off as she opened the top of the box. Inside she saw a small teddy bear, a little handcrafted bear that you could tell was obviously created with love, time and care. Lifting it from the box she looked to Zhubin and had tears in her eyes. “Our baby’s first teddy bear,” she whispered softly. “I love it.”
“The first of many, I’m very sure.” He grinned at her. Leaning over he pressed a kiss to her lips. “I’m glad you like it though, I was a little worried about getting it done up. So, what are the grand plans for this evening?”
“I love it,” Lacey whispered to him and then threw herself into his arms. She hugged him tightly, her cheek pressed into the curve of his neck and breathed him in. “Thank you. So much.” She knew that it was such a small thing, but it meant the world to her because it was their child’s first possession. Even though their child wasn’t there, it had its first gift that was just for their son. She loved it.
His hands adjusted her in his lap and he let out a relieved breath as Ansell snickered. “You are very welcome and I’m glad you love it.” Pressing a kiss to her cheek, he squeezed her gently and held her as she hung onto him.
She looked at Ansell and smiled. “Look, Junior has his very first gift.” She hesitated and then frowned. “It will survive a Luhpyne baby, right?” She had no idea what to expect, but from what Gennetta had told her they loved to chew. Everything. Anything. And claw. Oh boy, she was so over her head!
“This, maybe not right away. I’d wait until he’s a little older,” he said softly with a grin. “We’ve already ordered a lot of toys and items that he’ll be able to get his mitts on early in his life. Things he can chew on and try to shred without there actually being any damage to the toys.”
“I kinda figured that you guys would know just what to do for the little guy. I just really hope that he doesn’t see his mommy as a chew toy,” she grumbled and rubbed her belly. “He’s certainly active.” She had the kicking under her hand to prove it. “Anyone wanna feel?”
“Oh, I can feel it,” Zhubin said with a laugh. “He’s trying to kick in my ribs from what it feels like.” He grinned down at her. “Wiggle over closer to Ansell though, and let him get a feel of our little scrapper.”
She did just that. Moving closer to Ansell she wrapped her arm around his middle and hugged him with her head on his shoulder. “See, he’s gonna be a bruiser when he grows up.” She felt the child kicking and rolling and giggled because part of it actually tickled.
“He’ll be as big as his daddy, at least.” Ansell grinned at her. Pressing a kiss to her hair he gave her a one-arm squeeze. He chuckled after a particularly hard kick to his side. “He’s definitely got some major power behind those kicks of his.”
“You’re telling me. Try sleeping with this kid constantly kicking. Why do you think I take so many catnaps? It’s because I sleep when he does.” Which was sad, but true. Already she was adjusting to be able to ensure that she slept with her child so that she would be there for him when he was awake.
“Well, if it works for you then that’s all that matters,” he said. Hugging her closer, he chuckled again and shook his head. “That is bloody amazing,” he murmured. A moment later he rested his cheek to her hair and just held her as Junior kicked out at him.
“It is, isn’t it? To know that he’s doing so well.” Lacey felt the heat of Zhubin at her back, Ansell at her front and suddenly felt her exhaustion weighing on her. She yawned and rubbed her cheek to Ansell’s chest and closed her eyes. Even with her son kicking her she was sound asleep in a matter of moments.