Alice was happy with her life, she was a successful writer who enjoyed gardening and cooking. She was by herself, but she was okay with that. She was successful, she was a rock... wasn't she?
"Oh?" "We're such good friends... but I..." He had decided she had babbled long enough and kissed her quiet. "Was it something to that effect?"
She smiled at him, wordless. After a while, things began to get pretty fired up, and Alice took him aside, "Syd, I know you want to move in, but this is hard for me. I like being alone." "As long as I can keep you all to myself, I can handle that." Soon she was spending the night, then the weekend, then every free moment in Sydney's small space. She was beginning to feel claustrophobic when... ... One day, while playing chess in the park, he asked offhandedly, "What would you think if we got married?" She moved the next day to the other side of Riverview. She longed for the days of peace and quiet. This was too much for her! Sydney was wonderful, but she needed her freedom! During the upheavals of the move, of missing Sydney, she got sick. At first, she thought it was due to some bad take-out, but as the days progressed, the truth dawned on her She invited Sydney over to tell him the news. Needless to say, fatherhood wasn't in his plans. But he promised he would do the best he could, and take care of her. He told her he wanted to move in, and she refused. She needed time, space, this was too much to handle. She loved him being here, but he was limited to a drawer in her nightstand. He was okay with this, until she went into labor, "You can't be serious! You've having my kid and you don't want me around?!"
"NOW IS NOT THE TIME!" Sydney didn't come back with her from the hospital. Their twin daughters, Anna and Lily, slept peacefully while Alice stayed in bed, wondering what she had done. How could she have left Sydney out of her life? Out of their daughter's life? She would call him on the phone to come over so they could talk. She had to apologize, ask him to come back, ask him to move in... she couldn't do this without him... But he never called her back. Soon, she began to rely on herself again, raising her two beautiful daughters without him. She would wonder, sometimes, if maybe he had another family, another life by now. She wondered what answers she would give their daughters when the time came. Until that moment, she enjoyed every second of life with her new family. It wasn't until she went to the library that she found him, "Where have you been?!"
"Where have I been? I thought you didn't want me anymore?!"
"We have 2 kids together, they need you!"
"I've been out trying to be worthy of you and your high standards!" "I don't care about any of that."
She still felt on edge, "Of course not. I moved away because I was too overwhelmed. I can't change that, and I found that having a family is it's own reward."
He was on edge too, "Huh."
"Would you like to see your daughters?"
"... I would." It was strange to be back at Alice's. He had tried so hard to prove he had what it took to be a part of a big time novelist's/head chef's life. He never told her he had been intimidated by her success and that was what drove him to her. He'd been such a failure his whole life... He had missed his daughter's so much... would they even recognize him? His daughter Anna looked up at him with Alice's miniature face and he realized that maybe he could be what Alice needed him to be. He never became a rockstar, but she had found success earlier and went after it. He could spend all day at home, with Anna and Lily... But on one condition... After waking up, he went straight to Alice, "We need to talk." "I love you. I still do. But I want you to stop running away. This way, neither of us can run anymore." "Can you be a house-husband? Can you give me my space?"
"Only if you let me in. Let me love you." He kissed her, pouring his soul into it, "We aren't perfect, but we're pretty damn close. Can't we try?"
"Yes, I'll try." She said, holding the ring on her finger.
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