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The Gamble

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A few hours later, Lynne was fully reclined in her seat as she admired the crisp night sky. "Those stars of yours never get old, babe…"  She turned to admire Lucifer's equally stunning profile and noticed the sign on the highway. She sat up as she turned the music down. "No way… Vegas? Please tell me you guys didn't arrange some impromptu chapel wedding, I don't care how hard Emily begged, it's too soon!"

Lucifer laughed. "Been there, done that, love. If we do ever tie the knot, I assure you you'll be a part of that decision, with a nice big rock to remind you ahead of time."

Lynne punched his arm. "What?! You were MARRIED? Why haven't you told me that yet?" 

Lucifer chuckled and shook his head. "It's not like that, Lynne, it was strictly a mutually beneficial arrangement with a dear friend and, despite my best efforts, 100% platonic. I helped her with some problems, she helped me with some of mine, and together we even helped solve a case and rescue her family's nightclub! We annulled it and everyone went on their merry way, no biggie."

Lynne rolled her eyes. "Whatever you say, Lucifer. I swear sometimes you're the most absurd person I've ever known, but I love you anyway. So tell me about this case of yours…"

They pulled onto the strip and Lynne couldn't help but squeal in delight as she took in the lights and buildings and excitement around them. "This is INCREDIBLE!"

Lucifer chuckled. "Have you seriously never been here before?"

Lynne rolled her eyes. "Don't act so surprised, you know how boring I am, Lucifer. I was so focused on my career, I never really got a chance to make it over this way before Emily came along…"

Lucifer took her hand. "You may have had a dreadfully boring life, but thankfully you met me before you were a complete lost cause. I'm rather pleased to be the one to pop this cherry for you, not everyone gets to experience Sin City the first time with the devil himself."

"Thanks," she said sarcastically. "I don't even want to know what you've gotten into here over the years, I feel like this place is hedonism at its finest." He smiled and nodded enthisiastically. "I'm surprised you chose the City of Angels as your home base, not here, but I'm also very glad you did, so you could rescue me from such a pathetic fate..." She kissed his cheek as they pulled into the entryway of the most extravagant hotel she'd ever seen.

Lucifer chuckled as he got out of the car. "Oh, darling, even the devil needs a reprise from this place sometimes." He threw his keys to the valet as he walked over to open her door.  She laughed as he took her hand to help her out of the car and led her through the lobby. She stopped and stared at the grandeur around them in awe. She felt like she was standing in heaven itself, from the massive fountains and gorgeous sculptures to the marble floors and glistening chandeliers above them.

Lucifer laughed again. "Oh, Lynne, if you think that's divine just wait until I show you my little home away from home here," Lucifer said as he gently tugged her arm. "Come, now, love, off we pop. I promise I'll let you gawk until your heart's content tomorrow."

They took a private elevator up to the top floor, where their bags were waiting for them as they stepped into an absolutely breathtaking corner suite. It had an open-plan living area with a full bar, modest kitchen, pool table, living and dining areas, and even a piano. Every surface was beautifully decorated in black-and-white swirled marble that sparkled where the lights hit it, as if little stars were twinkling through the stone. The walls were floor-to-ceiling windows that looked out over the incredible skyline as well as a private hot tub and small infinity pool that were lit by the warm glow of a fire pit. Lynne could have spent hours admiring the pure extravagance that surrounded her, but she had a tradition she needed to follow first.

She dropped her purse, ran over to the larger than king-size bed and dove into it. She stood up and began jumping on it as Lucifer watched her in shock from the entryway. "What? It's a tradition my sister and I started the first time we ever went on a vacation, which my parents actually encouraged."  She laughed and threw a pillow towards him. "Come on, Lucifer, don't try and act like you aren't dying to join me in breaking some rules." She threw another pillow at him. "Get up here, you handsome devil!" He rolled his eyes and begrudgingly joined her. She grabbed his hands and pulled his arms as she began to jump again. He finally gave in and they spent a few gleeful minutes jumping around like children left unattended.

They landed on the pile of pillows with a huff as their giggles died down. Lynne curled up against Lucifer and laid a few kisses onto his chest. "Thank you, Lucifer, seriously. This is incredible. You're incredible. I'm sorry I gave you shit earlier about scheming with my mom instead of immediately appreciating all thought and effort that went into this trip. It really means a lot to me, more than you could ever know."

"It's my pleasure, Lynne." He squeezed her as he kissed her forehead. "And really, it wasn't much, just a call here and a reservation there. It was all your mother's idea, she thought you could use a few days-" 

Lynne stopped his words with a kiss. "I mean it, Lucifer. This suite is fantastic and all, but I'm really just grateful to have you in my life." She kissed him again and looked into his eyes with wonder and gratitude. "Lucifer 'of course I have a penthouse suite in Vegas' Morningstar, you're truly the most kind, supportive, patient, caring, loving-"

Lucifer brought his lips to hers again. "I appreciate the kind words, Lynne, but if you keep going one of us is bound to start crying, and I'm afraid there is a strict no-tears-allowed rule here. If you bothered to look at the emergency exit instructions on the door you would have seen it..." He smiled as he began to tickle her into a fit of laughter as she squirmed and almost fell off the bed. "I'm grateful to have you as well. Now why don't you go explore some more while I order us a midnight snack?"

Lynne rolled her eyes. "Whatever you say, you big sap." She kissed his cheek and made her way to the bathroom to put away their toiletries. Lucifer heard Lynne gasp as she stepped inside and smiled as he rolled over and picked up the phone to order room service. She came back out a few minutes later wrapped in a luxurious robe, her eyes lit up with excitement. "Lucifer… I thought you had the best bathroom I'd ever seen, but holy shit! That thing is bigger than any hotel room I've even been in! There's a freaking COUCH in there! And that tub… Whew! THE TOILET EVEN HAS ITS OWN ROOM!"  She began to bounce up and down excitedly.

He chuckled as he walked over and wrapped her in a hug. "I'm glad you enjoy it, love. Now I know where to look if I wake up alone tomorrow morning… " He ran a trail of kisses down her neck and across her shoulder as he slowly slipped the robe off of her. "Why don't we see how many ways you can thank me before our room service arrives…"

"That's precisely what I was thinking." Lynne smiled as she began to undo his pants while she walked him back towards the bed. She slipped her hands into his boxer briefs, squeezing his ass, and began to pull them down to his ankles as she gently pushed him back to sit on the bed. She lightly scratched his thighs as she knelt down in front of him and saw his cock jump. She licked her lips as she smiled up at him, and he flashed her a devilish grin in return.

She began to slowly lick across and around his length, being careful to avoid his head as he grew harder with each pass of her tongue. She locked eyes with him as she pressed his tip against her lips, flicking her tongue against his bundle of nerves, and he inhaled sharply. She smiled as she brought him into her mouth, swirling her tongue around his cock as it gently hit the back of her throat. His eyes closed and his head fell back in pleasure as she brought a hand to his base and wrapped her fingers around it. She began to gently twist and pump as she closed her mouth around his head and sucked in her cheeks. She tightened her grip and bobbed her head up and down as soft moans fell from his lips.

She increased her pace, and his sounds of pleasure grew louder. She relaxed her throat and moved her hand to tenderly cup his balls as she took him deeper into her mouth. He ran his fingers through her hair and gently guided her into a steady rhythm as the muscles in his thighs began to contract. She tightened her lips around him as he thrust into her, and her thumb began to knead the base of his shaft, and she gently massaged his balls as they began to subtly twitch in her hand.

She felt his cock begin to throb and stiffen just as there was a knock at the door. Her laughter reverberated around him and his breath caught in his throat. Another knock came and Lucifer released her hair as he tried to stand up, but Lynne locked eyes with him and pressed down on his thighs with both of her hands as she shook her head, his cock pressing against her cheeks. She settled back into her rhythm, and his hands soon returned to her hair, increasing her pace.

She locked eyes with him again as she laved her tongue around him. She felt him begin to stiffen again and caught his head with her lips on an outward thrust, pressing her thumb into the patch of skin behind his balls as a third knock rapped on the door. She brought her other hand around his base and began to pump again as she sucked and swirled her tongue around his head and the door began to open.

"Wait!" He gasped almost breathlessly. She flicked her tongue against the bundle of nerves on underside of his head. "Just leave it on the tab-ahhhhh" Lucifer's words turned into a loud moan as Lynne pressed her tongue and thumb down simultaneously as she pumped him vigorously. His cock began to throb and shoot warm streams into her throat. She heard the door close as she brought him fully into her mouth and sucked the rest of the seed from him, her tongue swirling around his cock as it jerked and twitched before finally settling. She released him with a loud pop and looked up at him, smiling as she swallowed.

Lucifer cupped her cheek with his hand and smiled down at her lovingly. He gently pulled her up and rested his head against her stomach as his hands began to crawl upwards towards her apex. She giggled as his fingertips tickled her and stepped back. "We've got all weekend for that, Lucifer." She tried to stifle a yawn. "It's getting late and I don't want our food to get cold. Raincheck?"

Lucifer ran a trail of kisses up her stomach, between her breasts, and up her neck to her mouth where he kissed her softly as he stood up. "As you desire, love."

They spent all morning, and most of the afternoon, in each other’s arms, drifting in and out of sleep and desire, perfectly content to be trapped in their magical bubble of pure pleasure. Lynne's eyes opened as the smell of coffee drifted into her nostrils, and she rolled over to find Lucifer smiling at her. "Hey there…" she said softly as she smiled brightly at him.

He leaned down and kissed her. "Well hello to you, too, Sleeping Beauty. Fancy some brunch?"

She sat up and kissed him again. "Why yes, yes I do." He smiled as he passed her a mug of coffee and a plate of French toast with a few strips of perfectly crisp bacon. She sighed and put the plate down for a moment before pinching herself. "Nope, okay, this is really real."

Lucifer chuckled as he bit down gently on her shoulder. "Those scratches down my back are certainly a good indicator that it is..."

Lynne chuckled as she leaned over to kiss the marks she left. "Sorry about that, there wasn't much else to hold on to at the moment."

"I quite liked it, actually, it made me feel like a powerful predator catching his prey." He growled into her ear as he crawled on top of her, and her coffee spilled onto the pillow.

"Oh shit! That's gonna stain-"

He kissed the words from her mouth. "There's plenty more stains for the maids to clean, love, what's one more? Don't worry, I tip them very generously." He took her mug and refilled it from the carafe beside him as he sat back down. "So tell me, darling, why would you think this isn't real?" He passed her the mug and she took a sip before heaving a deep sigh.

"All of this, and you, and the fact that I just spent all day napping and fucking, two of my favorite pastimes. It's literally the best possible way I could have ever imagined to spend my birth-" she clamped her hands over mouth.

"Your what?" Lucifer's eyebrows shot up as he gently pried her hands away from her lips. "Is there something you neglected to mention to me, darling?"

Lynne looked down her hands as a blush crept to her cheeks. "Nothing…" she said softly.

Lucifer placed his hand on her chin and tilted her head back towards his. "Now, now, Lynne, you know better than to lie to me. I'm the devil, after all, I can tell when people aren't being truthful. And even if I weren't, you're a terrible liar, darling."

Lynne's cheeks were bright red now. "I know, it's awful. But at least it keeps me honest!" She flashed him her most innocent smile as she picked up a piece of bacon and brought it to her mouth.

He grabbed it out of her hand and tried to look as stern as possible. "Out with it, Lynne Marie."

She rolled her eyes and sighed. "My birthday. I'm turning 33. Today."

"Finally, the truth is out!" He burst into laughter. "In the vein of honesty, I must admit I already knew it."

Lynne went to punch him but stopped herself, and gently caressed his arm instead. "How? What, did you sneak a peek at that big book of your father's? Very few people other than him know the actual day..."

"I would never..." Lucifer scoffed as he shook his head. "That mother of yours is quite the blabbermouth, Lynne. She called and asked if I was taking you out, offered to watch Emily, and was just as surprised as I was that I didn't know. Now what would old Henry and Gertie have to say about that?"

Lynne sighed. "Sorry. I would have told you, but I just kind of hate my birthday, and as a force of habit I keep it on the down low. And I love you dearly, but I didn't want you making a big deal out of it and throwing some extravagant celebration as you tend to do..."

Lucifer smiled. "Ahh, well I suppose I should call the squad and tell them to cancel their flights, then, shouldn't I?"

"Lucifer, you didn't!" Lynne squealed and punched him for real this time. "That's so sweet and thoughtful and I don't want to look a gift horse in the mouth, but please tell me you're kidding."

He pulled her into a tight embrace. "Don't worry, Elaine was adamantly clear that I shouldn't be too 'extra' and nearly threatened my life when I mentioned it. But honestly, Lynne, I don't understand why you wouldn't want to go all out and celebrate, it's your personal holiday!"

Lynne sighed again. "I know, it's just that I tend to fall into a bit of a depression every year around this time. I don't care about getting older or any of that garbage, but it's kind of a big mile-marker and I end up reflecting on my life, and it's just evolved into an annual pity-party for me, a scheduled breakdown if you may. And I hate being around people when I'm like that, all vulnerable and weepy, so I prefer to just lay low."  She snapped the bacon out of his hand and took a bite.

"I'm sorry I didn't tell you, but my mom always makes a trip out and spends it with me, knowing that she and Emily are the only people I ever allow into my fortress of solitude. And we usually just spend the day in our pajamas binge-watching all my favorite movies, it's like Gardner-girl movie night on steroids. And I didn't want you to know that it was happening and feel left out or think that I didn't trust you enough to let you join, which I totally do. It's just you hadn't even met Emily yet, and-"

He kissed her. "It's okay, I understand. I know you wanted to make this big plan when it came to her and I, and dear old Dad forced your hand before you were ready. I'm not offended. Truly."

"I was ready, I just didn't know how to approach the subject with you.” She sighed. “I know how it must sound, I'm supposed to be able to tell you anything, and was probably just making a mountain out of a molehill like I always do, but…"

He kissed her again. "It's true. About telling me anything, anyhow. I'm not a parent so I can't say if that mountain was justified. But what made it so difficult to talk to me about her?"

"I just couldn't figure out how to word it without offending you…" She took a sip of her coffee as she tried to come up with the right words to say.

He took the mug from her hands and set it down on the nightstand. "As long as you're being honest with me, I promise I won't be. Deal?" He took her hand in his.

She shook his hand. "Deal." She took his other hand and squeezed it as she turned to him. "So, as you know, Emily's like the biggest milestone in the world for me, and I guard her heart infinitely closer than I do my own. Which, as you also know, is pretty fucking close." He rolled his eyes as he nodded. "So, like I told you in the kitchen, I'm finally in a place where I'm ready to take that step. But Emily…" She sighed as she looked into his eyes and saw a flash of pain. "You're worth that risk, 100%. I don't have any concerns about her getting hurt by an inevitable breakup. I swear on my father's grave that's not it. But I don't know how to articulate the concern I have…"

"Just say it, Lynne." He brought his hand to her cheek and gently caressed it with his thumb. "There's no need to sugarcoat with me."

She sighed and squeezed his hand again. "Well, you saw how quickly she latched on to you. I mean, she spent maybe 15 minutes total with you and was already proposing marriage. And seeing how natural you were with her, and that comment about how you make her heart smile… My own heart practically exploded right there in the cereal aisle."

He smiled as he recalled their adventures. "I was surprised by our immediate connection as well…. That comment about talking with my father was a doozey, but I found it rather comforting, actually. One less revelation to deal with…" His face turned more serious. "So where exactly is the problem in all of this?"

Lynne sighed again. "I know we talked about the whole 'neither of us has any desire for you to jump into step-dad mode' thing, but I had a feeling she'd fall in love with you quickly. Certainly not within minutes, but I knew you two would hit it off. And that combined with her whole… situation… well, I just don't think we can avoid her jumping in feet first. We might already be beyond that at this point. Are you sure you're ready for all that?"

Lucifer tried not to look as unsure as he felt as his memories of his bond with Trixie came flooding back. Pain shot across his face as he remembered the look on her face and the tears falling from her eyes as he said goodbye for the last time, and tears began to well in his eyes. Lynne hugged him closely. "I'm sorry, Lucifer, really, I didn't mean to hurt-"

"It's not that, Lynne. Well, it is, but not the way you think." He took a deep breath and tried to shake off the sinking feeling in his stomach. "That woman I told you about, the test… She had a daughter as well, who was just about Emily's age when I first met her. I was the one to jump in feet first, to rush things, to step into that role although her father was very much still an active part of her life. As painful as it was when that whole relationship went supernova, nothing hurt me more than having to say goodbye and break her precious, innocent little heart."

A few tears fell, and Lynne wiped them away. "I'm so sorry, Lucifer, I had no idea. Here I am rambling on like I'm the only one taking a risk here without even considering that you may have been down this road before or would have your own concerns. I'm so sorry for being a selfish asshole yet again."

Lucifer shook his head. "It's my fault, I should have told you about her ages ago. But like you, I struggled to find the right time and the right way, and took the easy way out when you told me to back off about Emily and never cross that boundary again. I was actually quite grateful for an excuse to lay that burden on your shoulders and have you figure out how to integrate her into my life all on your own."

"I'm pleased to have been able to bear some of your burdens for a change. And will happily do so as long as you want me to." She hugged him tight. "Now that you know how I feel, we can take a BIG step back, and when you're ready, IF you're ever ready, we can talk about it again and figure out how to phase her in together." She wiped away the one last tear that hadn't dried yet.

He smiled at her. "Thank you, Lynne." He pulled her in for a deep kiss. "Come, now, let's finish our brunch before it gets cold."