Important Note: This is the PG-13 version of this chapter. If you are looking for the full/R-rated version, please go back to the previous chapter, or click here. If you’ve already read the R-Rated version, nothing to see here, folks! 😛 (It’s literally identical minus a few screenshots and a couple paragraphs of text)
Otherwise, enjoy (and take note that, despite the PG-13 rating, it’s a fairly strong PG-13, with some nudity (the return of Tobi-tushy!)
Tobi rubbed his eyes wearily as he swung his legs over the side of the bed. After nearly a week, he was still not used to sleeping in a bed that was not his own. He reached behind him and massaged his lower back gently, though it did nothing to soothe his aching muscles.
Ever since his fight with Colette, he’d been spending every night in the spare bedroom that had once belonged to his brother. He’d barely spoken a word to his wife for days. And he hadn’t spoken to Anna for even longer.
Tobi cringed inwardly at the thought. He had not seen Anna for almost two weeks, but the mere thought of her name was enough to send wave after wave of guilt crashing over him… And they hadn’t even done anything. Not really. But they’d come so close. Tobi felt sick when he imagined what could have happened.
And when he thought about what did happen — all those hours spent laughing and smiling with Anna while Colette sat at home alone… He felt even sicker.
He lifted himself out of bed and headed into the hallway. The muffled sound of running water reached his ears from one of the bathrooms across the hall. Tobi knew in an instant who it was. His parents were both working that morning, his children had spent the night with Diego and Rachelle, and Clara always showered at night. And she’s probably still sleeping anyway, he thought.
She’d been doing a lot of that lately… Clara still wasn’t quite herself yet, but overall, his sister was much happier now that she’d ended things with Julian. Tobi could tell. And he was so relieved that she was. And maybe someday I’ll be able to forgive myself for keeping her secret…
Tobi shook the thought from his mind and gently opened the bathroom door. The silhouetted figure he saw through the frosted glass of the shower confirmed his suspicions. Lettie.
She hadn’t even heard him come in. Or at least, she made no indication that she did. Tobi stood there for a long time, just watching and letting his eyes trace his wife’s nude form as she ran her long fingers through her auburn hair. It had been months since he’d seen her like this. So vulnerable. So beautiful.
As he continued watching, Tobi found himself thinking of the first time he’d ever seen Colette’s naked body, pale and perfect under the light of the summer moon all those years ago. He’d been so young and foolish, but even then Tobi knew that he was looking at the most beautiful sight in the entire world… A sight he wanted to see every day for the rest of his life.
What’s wrong with me? Tobi wondered as he pulled his shirt over his head and let his pants fall to the floor with a soft thud. He’d come so close to losing her… And for what? Attention from a younger woman? Some meaningless little fling?
It wouldn’t have been worth it — nothing would be. I’d never trade her for anyone else in the world. He wanted her — and only her — for the rest of his life. And he’d stop at nothing to win her back.
Tobi slid open the door of the shower and stepped into the cloud of hot steam. Colette jumped slightly in surprise at the sound and turned to face him. His wife raised an eyebrow at him and opened her mouth to speak, but before she could make a sound, Tobi’s lips were on hers.
Colette hesitated for just a moment.
Then she opened her mouth against his.
Colette melted into her husband’s embrace as she ran her small hands over the firm muscles of his shoulders and upper back. Tobi nipped at her lips with his teeth, relishing in the sound of her sighs as her hot breath mingled with his.
God, I missed this.
“I’m sorry.” He whispered fervently between kisses. “I’m so sorry.”
“I love you.” Colette replied breathlessly. “So much.”
Something took over then — something deep and primal that Tobi had not felt in quite some time. In that moment, every one of his senses was assaulted by just one thing — Colette.
When it was all over, they staggered out of the shower together.
As he lifted her eyes to meet hers, Tobi was shocked to find tears trickling slowly down his wife’s pale white cheeks. “Are you okay?” He asked nervously. “Did I hurt you?” It wouldn’t be the first time – sometimes he got a bit too carried away. And, well, Tobi couldn’t remember the last time he’d gotten as carried away as he had a few minutes before.
Colette shook her head and lifted a small hand to wipe away her tears. “I just… I missed this so much, Tobi. I missed you.” She paused for a moment, choking back a small sob. “What happened to us?”
Tobi leaned forward, pressing his lips against her forehead for a moment. “I don’t know.” He confessed as he pulled away from her. “But what I do know is that I fucked up, Lettie. And I swear to God, I won’t make that mistake ever again.”
“It wasn’t just you.” Colette replied sadly. “I should have told you how I was feeling a long time ago… I should have talked to you. I should have tried harder…”
“Maybe we both messed up.” Tobi shrugged his broad shoulders as he spoke. “Either way, we can’t change the past now… But Lettie,” He said seriously, “I promise I’ll make this right, no matter what it takes.” It would be a long road, he knew. A few shared moments of passion would not be enough to solve all their problems… But it was a start.
Colette sighed. “It won’t be easy.” Her voice was barely above a whisper. “I’m still so mad, Tobi… And I’m not sure how I’ll be able to trust you again.” She admitted. “I’m not sure I’m ready to forgive you yet.”
“I know. And I don’t blame you… I’m not ready to forgive myself either.” He replied, hanging his head for a moment. “But Lettie, please, please believe me — I love you. And I can’t lose you. I won’t.”
His wife placed a small hand against his cheek. “You’ll never lose me.” She promised.