A Time for Heroes – Chapter 22 – Rude Things


The next day and night, Steve spent with Bucky at Helen Cho’s lab in Korea.

Ginny spent the time working on Bucky’s arm. There was a lot she couldn’t do here. She knew he had another one to wear, if he needed it, but she at least managed to clean up the scorching on the metal and contact Joseph to make sure he’d have the parts needed when they got back.

Jas pulled everyone who was free into another sparring session before dinner and since there were no patients in the infirmary, got them all together for dinner in the conference room. They would be home in three days, but once Bucky was back, someone would have to be with him.

Some of the staff had gone to Dr. Cho’s lab during the day and were full of information on the new technologies she was using.

They had all gotten to know each other fairly well during the mission and dinner was fun and went late with many toasts to a job well done.

Ginny slept all night in her own bed that night. She realized as she laid down that it had easily been a week since she had done so.

Steve sent her a message when she first got back to her quarters.

Spending the night here.

Sleep well, love.

She smiled. She’d been busy today but still missed seeing him.

You, too, babe.

Bonne nuit.

Sleep came easily, thanks to too much wine at dinner, and was peaceful and uninterrupted.

Steve came over to her at her workbench and put his hand on the small of her back.  She turned and kissed him quickly without touching him with her dirty hands.

“Is my combat leg ready?” he asked.

“Why?” she asked, suspiciously.

“This one needs some adjusting, so I thought I’d switch, if that’s okay.” he answered. “Don’t worry. I’m not up to fighting today.” He smiled tiredly at her.

Ginny had him sit down and show her what the problem was, then helped him switch legs.

“The ‘skin’ will have to be replaced on this one when we get back, but it’s fully functional.” she said.

He ran his hand over his face. “Right now it just has to get me to my quarters.” he said. “Didn’t get much sleep last night.”

“How is Bucky?” she asked, pulling out some tools to start working on this new project.

“He’s sleeping right now, but everything went well.” Steve smiled as he talked. “He’s out of isolation and out of danger, which is the best news.”

She leaned down and kissed him sweetly on the lips and then on the forehead.

“You go get some sleep and I’ll check on him once I’m done here.” she said.

Steve stood up and did a bone-cracking stretch. “See you in a bit.” he said, squeezing her shoulder as he passed.

Ginny worked quietly through the morning. Tony came in and asked if he could get a massage.

“Can’t let Rogers have all the perks of knowing you, when I met you first.” he said, as he stripped his shirt off for her.

Hmm…she thought…almost as impressive as Steve…almost.

“Steve never asks for massages.” she said as she started on Tony’s shoulders. “I only ever gave him a shoulder massage after he first fought with Thor.”

Tony gave a little grunt as she started to dig deeper into his shoulders. “He’s an idiot.” he said and was quiet for the rest of the hour.

“How’s Claude doing?” he asked as he was putting his shirt back on.

“He’s anxious to have his little girl back…but other than that, he seems to be improving well. He should be home a few days before I get home.” she said.

“How does he feel about Steve now?” Tony was being very inquisitive today.

“They didn’t get off to the best start with dad blaming him for dragging me into danger, but I hope getting me back in one piece will make dad warm up to him a bit.” she said.

“What’s with all the questions?” she asked.

Tony shrugged. “Just catching up.” he said, and gave a little wave as he left.


Bucky was awake, and other than a little pinkness on his face, there was no sign of the burns she had seen on him just the day before.

He was happy and chatty and they spent over an hour just talking. He had so many stories about Steve, Ginny was in heaven just listening.

Finally, he asked the question that had been on his mind. “You and Steve okay? He seemed distracted yesterday.”

“He was worried that he had killed you again.” Ginny answered.

Bucky shook his head. “He can be an idiot sometimes.”

Ginny laughed. “Second time today I’ve heard him called an idiot.” she said. “Tony thinks he should take more advantage of my massage skills.”

“He doesn’t?” Bucky asked, and when Ginny shook her head, he said, “He is an idiot!”

Ginny spotted Jasmine hanging back.

“I think someone else wants to talk to you.” she said, quietly. “How’s it going there?”

“Guess we’ll see.” he said, looking over at Jasmine.

“Well, get better.” she said, giving him a friendly kiss on the cheek. “You scared us.”

Ginny hadn’t been to the gym in quite a few days, so she decided to correct that. The elliptical felt good, but after an hour, she had some company from the arena. Nothing serious, but between massages and physio, she was with them until dinnertime.

She checked her phone and saw that Steve had texted her half an hour before.

Ordered dinner to my quarters again.


She quickly texted back:

Of course. Sorry, busy with patients.

What time?

His response was quick:

Whenever you get here.

After a quick shower, and putting on a dress again; she thought Steve might appreciate that; she headed for the commander’s quarters.

She was going to just walk in, but decided to knock instead.

When Steve opened the door, she saw candles.

“Romance, commander?” She raised her eyebrows in question.

“Well past time, I think.” Steve said, waving her into the room.

Dinner was delicious and they talked and laughed together afterwards over wine for a long time.

Finally, they both fell silent. Ginny sipped her wine.

“It’s getting late.” she said. “I should go.” But she didn’t get up.

Steve reached across the table and took her hand.

“Stay.” he said, huskily.

This made her raise her eyebrows in surprise.

“Stay?” she asked, and he nodded.

She held his eyes for a long time.

“Have you had a change of heart, then?” she asked, softly.

“Apparently.” he said, shrugging.

Ginny stood up, not letting go of Steve’s hand, and moving around the table, sat in his lap.

Steve held her close as she kissed him more passionately than she ever had before. Steve ran his hand up her leg under her skirt. He was rewarded with a sigh of pleasure from her.

He pulled back and smiled at her. “Not sure why I’m doing this. No idea what I’m doing down there anyways.” he said.

She chuckled deep in her throat and took his hand and moved it to her breast.

“These are a little easier to figure out.” she said.

He gently squeezed and stroked until he felt her nipple harden under his touch. Ginny moan softly against his lips and arched her back, pressing her breast further into his hand.

He needed a minute to breathe, so he put both arms around her and kissed her hair.

“Too fast?” Ginny said.

“A little.” he said, stroking her back.

She pulled back to look at him. “We’ll be more comfortable in the bedroom.” she said and kissed him deeply again.

Steve scooped one arm under her legs and standing up, carried her into the bedroom.

There was a small light on the bedside table, but the rest of the room was dark.

Steve laid Ginny down on the bed and lay on his side beside her, supporting his head on his elbow.

He brushed his fingers across the tips of her breasts and watched as the nipples strained against the fabric of her dress. She bit her lip as she watched his face.

She sat up quickly and pulled the dress up over her head and tossed it at the foot of the bed. Her bra followed.

Steve took a deep breath as he put his hand on her naked breast and started to caress it. He leaned down and kissed her deeply, letting his tongue dance against hers.

Ginny pulled back from his kiss and whispered, “Will you suck them?”

Steve slid down the bed a little bit and placed his mouth tentatively over one nipple. He ran his tongue around it and felt the areola pucker and push the nipple deeper into his mouth.

Ginny moaned and cradled his head with her hands urging him to suck harder. The harder he sucked the more she responded and the harder his erection got.

Finally, she drew his mouth back up to hers and kissed him deeply. She reached down and ran the back of her hand up the length of his cock, and he moaned against her mouth.

It took just a minute for them to get rid of the rest of their clothes, then Ginny pulled Steve’s mouth down to hers again.

“I want you inside me.” she whispered against his lips. He moved between her legs and she guided him in. As he thrust his cock into her, he could feel how wet she was.

He held himself still just savouring the sensation. It was so exquisite, it was almost painful.

He pushed himself up so that he could see her face. Her head was back, her eyes closed and she was biting her lip again.

“You okay?” he asked, breathlessly.

She opened her eyes and smiled at him. “You’re big. It’s just intense.” She kissed him and thrust her hips against him, taking him deeper.

That was the end of savouring. He started to thrust into her. He felt her arch her back and cry out as he came deep inside her.

Steve lay still on top of her, pressing himself into her to hold his position as their breathing slowly coming back to normal.

Ginny had one leg wrapped over his legs, and was softly caressing his back. When she could finally speak again, she asked, “How was that? Was it what you expected?”

Steve slowly raised himself and propped his head up on one elbow and said. “I have no words.” Then he gave her a long, soulful kiss.

He ran his hand down the side of her breast.

“Your breasts are beautiful.” he said in a husky voice.

She smiled and said, “Well, they like you, too.”

He chuckled at this, then his face got serious. “You said I was big and that made it intense for you.” He didn’t ask the question but she knew what he wanted to know.

She shrugged. “You stretch me, leaving me no place to pull back. It’s very intense. I’ve never had an orgasm during intercourse before.” she said, stroking her finger down his cheek and staring deep into his eyes.

“Can we do it again?” he whispered, kissing her softly and flexing his hips to test his readiness.

“I’d like that.” she whispered with a seductive smile, and pulled him down into a long and passionate kiss.

That was all the encouragement he needed and he started to move slowly. No fast and furious this time; he wanted to feel her response.

Ginny had her arms wrapped around the pillow behind her head and she was panting as she felt her orgasm grow with his slow thrusts.

Steve pushed deep inside her and stopped. He had thought to make sure all was well before continuing.

But Ginny arched against him, moaning. “Oh, god! Steve, don’t stop, please!” she pleaded.

He started to thrust a little more quickly and almost immediately felt her tighten around his cock. She brought her arms around him and cried out as she drew her legs up in an effort to control the sensation. Steve could feel her fingernails leaving long scratches on his back.

That was all he needed to reach his own climax and they lay still joined for a long time afterwards before either of them could talk.

Ginny kissed Steve’s shoulder and neck and he came up and kissed her lips slowly and sensually.

She had her arms and legs wrapped around him and they held the kiss for a long time.

Steve could feel himself slipping out of her, so he pulled out and rolled off. Ginny handed him a couple of tissues for clean-up.

While Ginny wiped up, Steve sat up on the side of the bed to take his prosthetic off.

Suddenly, Ginny was unsure if his request included staying overnight. So she wrapped her arms around him from behind.

“Am I still staying?” she asked, stroking his chest absently.

He closed his hand over hers to stop her…it tickled! His whole body felt hypersensitive!

“You don’t have to, but I’d like it if you did.” Steve said over his shoulder. “I’ve grown used to having you with me at night.”

Ginny scrambled under the blankets and held Steve’s side up so he could get in beside her.

They lay cuddled together under the blankets for quite a while without talking. But Ginny could sense that Steve was unsettled.

“I can hear you thinking from here, babe. What’s bothering you?” she asked, propping herself up on her elbow to look at him.

He took a deep breath and said, “I don’t want to keep you awake. We can talk tomorrow.”

“I’m not tired, and I love pillow talk, so spill it.” she said, settling back down beside him and resting her hand on his chest.

He waited so long that she started drawing figure 8s on his chest. He grabbed her hand to make her stop.

“Okay, so I’m number 7, right?” he started.

“Yes, lucky number 7.” she answered.

“And I’m the first man to make you…I mean…um…bring you to orgasm?” He sounded surprised.

“Oh, no, no, no!” she said, quickly. “You are the first to bring me to orgasm during intercourse.”

Steve stopped and thought about that for a minute.

Ginny sighed. Maybe an anatomy lesson was in order? she thought.

“Most women don’t come during intercourse.” she said. “It’s not how we’re built.”

“Okay. Now I’m confused.” he said. “Isn’t that sex? Intercourse?”

“There can be a lot more to it than just intercourse. That’s why women tend to like foreplay so much.” she said. “Here, quick anatomy lesson.”

She pulled her arms out from under the blanket and formed her hands into a heart shape. She looked at it for a second, then said, “Here, let me use your hands.”

Steve reluctantly pulled his arm out from under her head and held his hands up in the same shape.

She indicated the shape. “This is roughly what a woman’s genitalia looks like.”

Steve said, “I’ve seen pictures.” and turned his head to smile at her.

She smiled back at him. Why was this so uncomfortable, she thought?

She cleared her throat and continued. “This area in the middle is where the entrance to the vagina is. And around that is the labia, which literally translates to ‘lips’. This all gets very sensitive when we’re aroused.”

“Now up here,” she indicated the point right at the top of the heart, “is the magic button.”

He looked over at her when she said that, then looked back at his hands.

“Most penises are this big.” Ginny made a circle with her hand. “It can go in and out of the vagina without ever hitting the clitoris.” She pointed to the spot above his index fingers again.

“Now, you are this big.” She increased the size of the circle and fit it inside of his hands. “As everything stretches, the clitoris is pulled into the action and TADA! Orgasm!” she finished with a flourish.

Steve put his hands down and put his arm back around her, settling her next to him.

“So if you don’t have an orgasm with intercourse, why do it?” he asked.

“It is enjoyable even without the orgasm and it seems to give you guys a great deal of pleasure.” She noticed him smile at that. “And we usually love you if we’re having sex with you so that pleases us.”

She smiled and finished with, “Most guys get pretty good at using their hands and mouths to make their girls come.”

She had noticed a tent starting to grow in the blankets below Steve’s waist and reached down to stroke his erection.

“Who knew,” she said, quietly, “that all this talk of sex could be such a turn-on?”

Steve had his eyes closed enjoying the feel of her hand stroking him through the blanket.

Suddenly, she rolled away from him and said, “Here, let’s try this. It’s a little lazy, but it’s late.”

She was on her side facing away from him and he spooned her as she guided his cock home from behind.

Within a few minutes, they were both panting and trying to catch their breath again.

They fell asleep spooning and Ginny was awaken sometime later by Steve nuzzling her neck and pressing his erection against her behind.

She pushed her butt back against him and whispered, “Gods, you’re insatiable!”

He chuckled and said, “I can’t help it. I’ve never had a beautiful woman in my bed before.”

Ginny turned over so she could kiss him. They explored each other sleepily with hands and mouths, until neither of them could stand to be apart any more.

Steve slid on top of Ginny and she guided him in. Their lovemaking was quick and satisfying and they cuddled together for a few minutes afterwards before finding comfortable sleeping positions. They were apart, but always touching.


Morning came too early for both of them. They lay in bed holding each other for a long time, not even needing to talk.

Finally, Steve cleared his throat and said, “Thank you for last night.”

Ginny tightened her grip on him. “You’re just too sweet.” She stretched up and kissed his cheek. “No thanks necessary, though. That was, hands down, the best sex I’ve ever had.”

Ginny saw Steve’s shy smile and hugged him closer. “I am a little sore this morning, though.”

Steve stroked her arm, which was uncovered and cold. “I’m sorry, I didn’t… I’m sorry.” he finished, lamely.

“No worries, babe. It was worth it.”

She raised herself up on her elbow so she could see his face.

“And you?” she said, gently kissing his cheek. “I think I might have scratched you at one point.”

“Didn’t even feel it.” he lied. “Best sex of my life, too.” He smiled and reached up to stroke her cheek.

She kissed him sweetly on the lips and said, “What’s on the agenda for today? Or are you allowed another day to recover.”

“I may get this morning, if I’m lucky.” Steve said, frowning. “We’re home in two days, so there’ll be lots for me to do. But I won’t forget to make time for you.” he said with a little smile as he pulled her down for a kiss, which lead to them appearing in the canteen together for a very late breakfast.

They parted at the door with a kiss and Steve headed for the bridge, while Ginny went to the infirmary.

Steve spent the afternoon in meetings, debriefing with the team and discussing their landing and next steps.

Ginny spent the afternoon in the gym, doing physio and massage.

At 5:30 pm, Steve showed up at the gym.

“Tony told me I needed a massage and that I was an idiot for not getting them every day!” Steve said after he had given Ginny a long, sweet kiss. “He thinks I’m too tense. Didn’t want to tell him how relaxed I actually am!” He smiled down at her.

“Come on, I’ll give you a massage anyways.” she said. “It pays to be loose. Don’t want to pull anything.”

It took Steve a few minutes to get out of his uniform jacket and shirt and lay down on the massage table. Ginny could just see the marks her fingernails had left the night before. She leaned over on a whim and kissed one, as a mother would kiss a child’s scrape.

For Steve, the gentle touch of her lips on his bare back went straight to his groin and he had to adjust the beginnings of an erection pressing painfully against the massage table.

“Sorry.” Ginny said, tracing a couple more scratch marks with her fingers. “I’ll try to sheath my claws next time.”

“Cut that out.” Steve said, huskily. “Or I’ll have to take you back to my quarters before dinner.” he threatened.

“Unbelievable.” Ginny said, pulling her hands off of his back and settled them back on his shoulders to start the massage. “You are insatiable!”

She could feel the rumble of his chuckle through her hands.

“I thought it was bad when I couldn’t have you. Now, it’s all I can think about!” he said, adjusting himself again. “Can we talk about something else?”

So Ginny shared the latest from Sylvie on the wedding. That was coming up fast. They’d have to make their plans.

“They want me at the training centre for a couple of months, now that I’m combat ready.” Steve said. “But I’ll get the time off. We can even leave from there, since it’s closer.”

“Wow, that’s a long time to be apart.” Ginny said, after a moment’s pause.

Steve hadn’t thought about that. In his head, she would be where he was. Guess some of my thinking is still in the 40s, he thought.

“Maybe you can spend some time at the facility. You’re part of the team now.” he said, hopefully.

“It’s the child amp program that’s going to take most of my time when I get back and that’s all going to be based in the city.” she said, sadly.

“Well, it’s not that far. We’ll do weekends; we’ll work it out.” he said, hoping he sounded light and encouraging.

Ginny had been done her massage for a few minutes and now leaned over and put her forehead in the middle of his back.

“We can’t seem to catch a break, can we?” she said, disheartened.

Steve rolled over on the table so he could see her. “We caught each other.” he said, holding her hand.

She sighed. “I guess we’re luckier than most, eh? We know what we want and who we love.” she said.

Steve sat up and Ginny walked into his arms, resting her cheek on his chest. They stayed like this until Steve looked up at the clock and said, “Damn!”

“What?” Ginny pulled back to look up at him.

“Avenger’s farewell dinner is tonight…now actually…in the conference room.” He had jumped down from the table and was putting his shirt and jacket back on.

“Come on. We’ll have to hurry.” He grabbed her hand and they headed to the conference room at a run.


As they came into the conference room, holding hands and out of breath, they had to endure a good deal of teasing. It was all good-natured, though. They had all thought Steve had been alone for too long.

Dinner was pleasant, with lots of friendly banter between friends. The food came slowly interspersed with much wine. By the time desserts had been cleared away, it was past 10 pm.

Ginny was starting to fade. The night before had been wonderful, but not very restful.

Steve saw her stifle a yawn and leaning over to her, said, “I should get you to bed.”

She just raised an eyebrow at him.

“Hang in for a bit longer?” he asked.

“I’m good.” she lied, stifling another yawn.

He squeezed her leg under the table. “Be right back.” He walked over to where Nick and Tony were talking.

He came back to her and took her hand.

“Come on, let’s go.” he said.

At the door, he turned and said, “Goodnight, everyone. See you all at 09 00.” And he pushed through the door.

Once they were in the hall, she looked at him quizzically.

“Just needed to know what was going on tomorrow.” he said, heading for his quarters.

“Am I staying again tonight?” Ginny asked, pulling back a little bit.

Steve turned to her, looking mildly surprised.

“It’s not going to cause any issues for you as mission commander?” she asked.

“Listen.” he said, taking both her hands in his and gently stroking them with his thumbs. “I just realized that we’re going to be apart for most of the next 2 months. I’m not missing any chance I have to be with you.”

She smiled up at him and squeezing his hands, let him lead her to his quarters.

He turned to her as they walked in the door and touched the collar of her uniform.

“Besides, I promised myself the first time I saw you in this uniform, that I was going to peel you out of it someday.” He ran his hand down to her breast and she caught her breath. He grabbed both of her hands and walking backwards, drew her into the bedroom.

Both of their uniforms proved to be a little bit more challenging to get out of in their excited state than they had anticipated.

Ten minutes later, they were lying naked on the bed giggling.

“First thing I’m doing when I get back is to get those damn things redesigned so they’re not so hard to get off!” Steve growled, trying to be serious.

“You know,” Ginny said, “I kinda like knowing that your uniform is hard to get off.” He laughed at this.

“I guess your do have a point there.” he said, stroking his finger over her nipple. “I think I’m a jealous man.”

“Not crazy jealous, I hope.” she said, stroking his arm and arching into the hand on her breast.

He looked at her with a sensual smile and dipped his head to take her nipple into his mouth. He stopped sucking long enough to say. “Define ‘crazy jealous’” before turning to the other nipple.

Ginny didn’t answer for a long time as Steve moved his mouth from her nipple to her mouth.

Finally, he stopped long enough to say, “I just don’t like to think of anyone else with you like this.” and moved back down to her nipples.

He started to move down her flat stomach. “I want to go exploring.” he said between kisses.

“Okay.” Ginny said, breathlessly.

Steve skimmed his hand over her belly and between her legs. He slid two fingers deep inside her. She was so wet!

He moved his thumb upward and was rewarded with a deep moan from above. Steve felt a little lost, but as long as he was getting this kind of response, he was not going to stop.

Suddenly, Ginny arched her back and made a guttural noise deep in her throat that grew as she came. Steve felt his hand get much wetter and her vagina contract around his fingers.

Finally, she reached her hand down to stop his still exploring thumb.

Steve pulled his fingers out of her and wiped them quickly on the sheets. Then he moved up the bed to kiss her.

Her lips were soft and her tongue made long, satisfying sweeps against his.

“Well, that was exciting.” he said, smiling down at her. “I’m assuming I found the magic button.”

“Mmm…yes, you did.” She pulled his thumb up to her lips and kissed it, then she sucked it deep into her mouth.

She could tell just how that move affected him by the shocked look on his face and the increased pressure against her hip.

“I think it’s time for me to go exploring.” she said, huskily as she pushed him onto his back. She thought his smile looked a little scared!

She leaned up on her elbow looking down at his face and said. “The first time I met you, you didn’t say much. But at one point, you looked down at your hands and half closed your eyes and I was blown away by how long your eyelashes were!” She paused, then whispered, “Close your eyes.”

It was his turn to give her a raised eyebrow, but he did close his eyes. He gasped as he felt her tongue glide across first one, then the other eyelid. Then she kissed the tip of his nose and he opened his eyes.

She smiled at him and moved back to lean on her elbow and continue her story.

“You were in a pretty dark place that night.” she said, seriously. “I was genuinely concerned for you. When I uncovered your stump and you looked out the window, though, I noticed something else.”

She ran her finger lightly across his lower lip. “This lip. This full, pouty lower lip was almost begging to be sucked on and bitten!” She lowered her head to kiss him and came away with his lower lip between her teeth.

Steve closed his eyes and let out a low moan.

Ginny slid down the bed a little bit. Steve’s arm was around her and he was caressing her back.

“Then there was the first day you fought Thor.” She gave him a sad face. “He beat you up pretty badly…never liked him much after that.” Steve smiled at that.

“You took your shirt off for a massage and you were a mass of bruises! But those bruises were on the most beautiful body I’ve ever seen.” She traced one finger down between his pecs and under the one furthest from her and curled up towards the nipple.

“I think I’m definitely a breast woman.” she whispered as she lowered her mouth onto his nipple and flicked it with her tongue until it was hard. Then she did the same to the other one.

Steve had both arms around her. “Oh, God.” he breathed, “Ginny, you’re killing me!”

She moved up and kissed his mouth lightly. “Don’t worry, baby. I’m almost there.” she whispered, earnestly.

She trailed her lips and tongue down his chest and washboard belly until she was being nudged in the cheek by a very persistent penis.

Ginny looked up to see that Steve had stuffed another pillow under his head and he was watching her intently.

She moved around so she was straddling one of his legs. Then she ran her tongue up from the base of his cock to the tip and took the head into her mouth and gently sucked.

Steve had one hand tightly grasping the blankets beside him and the other with a death grip on the pillow behind his head.

Ginny continued to lick and suck by turns as she enjoyed hearing Steve’s moans and feeling him squirm.

But she knew she was pushing him, so she took him deep into her throat before using her hand and mouth to bring him to a climax that left him shattered and gasping to catch his breath.

Ginny stretched out on her side beside Steve and wrapped her arm around him tightly. After a moment, he relaxed and put his arms around her, too.

Steve kissed the top of her head to let he know he was still conscious, but that’s about all he was capable of at that moment.

After a few minutes, Ginny reached behind her and pulled the blankets off of the empty side of the bed to cover them. She tucked it around them and settled in to enjoy the satisfied glow that surrounded them.

Ginny placed a slow kiss on Steve’s chest under her face.

“You taste wonderful!” she said, softly.

“Mmmm. I like exploring.” he said, caressing her back. Ginny chuckled, quietly.

“All that stuff you said, seems I got to you pretty early on.” he said, stroking her hair.

“About 5 minutes in.” she admitted. “I asked you to breakfast on a whim so I could spend more time with you before I had to get you in the gym to work.”

“Well, you were very smooth. I thought you took all of your patients out for breakfast.” he said.

“True confessions.” she said. “What was your moment?”

Steve sighed and said “Well, the purple hair certainly made an impression. But at one point, you smiled at something I said, and it was like the sun coming out of the clouds. It took my breath away. You still take my breath away.”

Ginny chuckled and said, “It’s what I live for. That look on your face when I sucked your thumb.”

“Yeah, that did take my breath away and so did everything after that.”

Ginny snuggled in a little closer and Steve could feel the smile on her face.

“Darling, I love you, but I have to sleep.” Steve said.

Ginny got up to use the washroom while Steve pulled back the covers.

Ginny was a little chilled by the time she crawled in next to Steve, so he rubbed her arms and back to warm her up.

They settled quickly to sleep facing each other and holding hands between them.


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