The following afternoon, Elly looked over at Chloe with worry, “Is the couch comfy enough for you?”
“No, it’s horrendous, I could use another 3 blankets and 5 pillows to go with the multiple blankets and pillows you’ve already given me to make it comfy,” Chloe teased before waving her hand at Elly to join her, “Or perhaps if you cuddled up to me it would make me forget how uncomfy this couch is.”
Elly smiled at her girlfriend, standing in the kitchen, pouring Chloe a glass of water before bringing it over and placing it on the coffee table in front of Chloe.
Chloe shuffled herself on the couch trying to make herself comfortable, “Urgh can we just go home, Elly?”
“No,” Elly answered as she ushered Chloe to scoot up on the couch a bit before she sat down on the couch directly behind Chloe. Slipping her legs on either side of Chloe’s hips she shifted the both of them until her body was pressed up against Chloe’s back and she nuzzled against Chloe’s neck.
Chloe entangled Elly’s hand, “Since when do you say ‘no’ to me?”
Elly pressed her lips against Chloe’s neck, “Since now. I want what’s best for you, baby.”
Chloe ran her thumb over Elly’s wrist, “What if what’s best for me is to be cuddling up to you on our couch at home?”
“We’re cuddling up to each other here,” Elly insisted.
“Yeah…at the Kennedy’s…I’d much rather be at home with you…waking up here yesterday morning really weirded me out, Elly,” Chloe told her.
“Yes, but I would worry more at home because David’s at work. Karl has the day off work so I want us to be here,” Elly reminded her girlfriend.
“We live across the road, Elly, it would take Karl 30 seconds to pop over if I felt any symptoms,” Chloe pointed out.
“It would take Karl 10 seconds whilst we’re here. I want to make sure you’re as safe as possible and if you experience any problems then I want you to have help immediately,” Elly asserted, “I don’t want to be the cause of anymore pain for you.”
Chloe craned her neck to look up at Elly, “Babe, none of this was your fault, we talked about this. So, can we please just go home and spend the rest of the day cuddled up on our couch?”
“No,” Elly answered once more, leaning forward and pecking Chloe on the lips, “Your stuck with me here for today. We’ll go home tonight after dinner with Susan and Karl. Bea might stop by too. Then tomorrow we can spend the day cuddled up on our couch.”
Chloe smiled at Elly, “Except I’ll be back at work tomorrow.”
Elly pretended to glare at Chloe, “The hospital told you to take the rest of the week off. I spoke to Terese and she immediately asked if you’d be back next week or if that was going to be too soon.”
“Well, I guess I could use a few days away from the office especially with Hales there,” Chloe agreed.
“I told you I accidentally let it slip to Hales that you were ending things with her right?” Elly reminded Chloe.
“Yeah you did tell me that,” Chloe nodded, “It’s still going to be an awkward conversation when I do return to work seeing as though my girlfriend broke up with her for me.”
“Hales took it well,” Elly reassured, “No hard feelings, the relationship you had with her was only ever temporary and you both knew that.”
“I guess we’ll see when I see her at work,” Chloe mused, “I still can’t believe Hales figured us out so quickly.”
“Well, we were a little obvious. Even though I spent so long trying not to feel what I felt for you in front of other people, I guess it really was impossible to hide,” Elly admitted.
Chloe shrugged, “When you’re in love it’s not possible to keep it to yourselves.”
Elly snuggled closer to Chloe, “I’m glad I’ve gotten to a place where I never want to keep this to ourselves ever again.”
Chloe smiled, “I’m glad too. So, what am I going to do with this week off work?”
Elly pressed her lips against Chloe’s shoulder, “You are going to be stuck with me for another four and a half days. I am going to be busy taking care of you and making sure you are safe from any harm. Deal with it, baby. No more arguments.”
Chloe pouted, before snuggling further into Elly’s arms, “Four and a half days hanging out with you and letting you take care of me. I don’t think I could argue with that even if I would prefer to spend all of them on our couch.”
“Give it up, Chlo,” Elly smiled, “We are here, we’re safe and we’re happy, that’s all that matters to me. I just need this extra day to make sure you have all the support around you to make sure you are not going to lose consciousness on me.”
“Okay, we’ll spend the afternoon here but I get to choose the movie,” Chloe relented, then thought back, “Wait did you say we’re having dinner tonight with Susan and Karl? And maybe Bea?”
Elly nuzzled Chloe’s neck once more, “You noticed I said that, huh? What do you say? You ready for it?”
“I was kinda hoping for more time to prepare for dinner with your family…and doing this after coming out of hospital this morning…feels like we could choose a better day…but if it’s what you want, then it’s what I want,” Chloe admitted, “Are you absolutely positive your family supports us?”
Elly lent down and bought her lips to Chloe’s, “Would I be curled up on their couch with you, kissing you deeply if I wasn’t positive that my family support us?”
Chloe nodded, “Tis a good point.”
Elly wrapped her left arm around Chloe’s waist in front of her, “We’re ready for this, okay? My family completely support us and I’m done been scared of my feelings for you. I’m proud to show you off to them and show them how much I love you.”
Chloe ran her right hand along Elly’s jawline before kissing her girlfriend softly, “You’re so incredible.”
“I have to be for you. You’re the incredible one,” Elly maintained, kissing Chloe once more.
Susan walked into the living room, asking the couple before she’d even spotted them, “You two all settled in for your afternoon on the couch?”
“Mmm hmm,” Elly agreed, not breaking her kiss with Chloe.
Chloe was the one who broke the kiss, and blushed deeply as she looked over at Susan, “Yes…very settled.”
Susan smiled at the pair, “Are we on for dinner tonight?”
“Ah…yes,” Chloe answered quietly.
“Good, I’ll head to the shops to pick up some supplies. You two carry on with what you were doing before I interrupted,” Susan told the couple.
“Gladly,” Elly whispered and then before Susan could even turn around, Elly bought her lips back to Chloe’s.
When they were left alone by Susan, Chloe let out a small moan into their kiss before breaking it, “You really are comfortable with this…showing me affection in front of your family?”
Elly nodded immediately, “My family, anyone, I’m done been scared by what I feel for you. I am fully committed to enjoying every aspect of this relationship with you no matter where we are and who we’re with.”
Chloe stared up at Elly in wonder, “We’re going to have the best life together. I love you, Elly Conway.”
Elly smiled down at Chloe, feeling complete contentment, “I love you, too, Chloe Brennan. I can’t wait to live this best life of ours together. We have the most amazing future ahead of us with the best support from friends and family we could possibly ask for.”
Kissing Chloe softly, Elly finished her thoughts, “We’re in this together with everyone around us for support. It’s no longer ‘Only Us.’”