I haven’t been marking it on the calendar at home because I’ve been feeling guilty about what I’ve done, but you can be sure as hell I’ve been keeping track of the days on my phone. I can’t wait to have her again, but I need to confess first.
We make out for a few more minutes before I reluctantly pull out of the kiss and rest my forehead against hers. We’re both a little breathless. “Three days. How am I going to survive three fucking days without you?” I whisper.
“I miss you already,” she admits, making me smile.
“I miss you, too. Come with me. Call our parents and see if they’ll watch the kids for the next three days.”
“I can’t. I’m still breastfeeding Eve, remember?”
“You’d better get going. You’ll miss your flight.”
“Are you trying to get rid of me now?” I ask with a chuckle.
“Never. The quicker you leave, the quicker you’ll be home again.”
I have a heavy heart when the plane touches down in Queensland. I thought about Indi all the way here. I hate how I made her cry earlier. I hate that she’s having uncertainties about us. I’m also worried about how I’m going to break the news to her when I get home. I pray she doesn’t take it as bad as I think she’s going to.
After stowing my suitcase in my room, I head towards Jax’s suite. I texted him before I got on the plane. We organised to go out for dinner tonight. We’re staying on the same hotel floor, but in different rooms. That fucker snores like a damn freight train. I wasn’t gonna put up with that shit for three days. No fucking way. I’m already sleep deprived because we have a newborn.
“Hey cocksucker,” I say when he opens the door. I’m taken aback by the look on his face. He looks like he’s been caught out. What’s he up to?
“What?” he replies when I narrow my eyes at him. I don’t explain. Instead, I push him aside and enter his room. There’s something going on here I know it. When I hear the shower running, the pennies drop. That fucker has someone here with him.
“You’ve been here, what … two hours,” I say looking down at my watch and shaking my head, “and you’ve already picked up?”
He chuckles at my observation. “No, dipshit. I actually brought someone with me.”
“You did not,” I scoff, because I don’t believe that for a second. That’s not Jax’s style. He’s a manwhore. He hasn’t had a girlfriend for as long as I’ve known him.
“I fucking did, cock,” he retorts, reaching out to punch me in the arm.
“Who?” His smug expression changes when I question him, and it puzzles me. “Fuck. You have a girlfriend?” I ask in disbelief when he doesn’t say anything else. My suspicions only rise when he doesn’t deny it, but instead rubs the back of his neck nervously and diverts his eyes. I’m still calling bullshit on this one. That, or hell has frozen over.
“Carter,” I hear a female voice say from behind me. I turn around and the first thing I see is bright pink hair. Holy fuck, Candice. She’s standing just inside the bathroom door, wrapped in only a towel. Well I’ll be fucking damned. When the hell did this happen?
The next three days seem like the longest of my fucking life. As busy as Jax and I were, my family was on my mind constantly. It was killing me being away from them. Indi and the boys would FaceTime me every morning and night, but it wasn’t enough. All I wanted to do was get home.
I couldn’t contain my excitement when the plane finally touched down in Newcastle. Words can’t describe how fucking happy I was to find Indiana and the kids waiting for me in the baggage claim area. Jaxson and Levi immediately came running towards me as soon as they saw me. I pulled them both into my arms and swung them around, causing them to laugh.
“Daddy,” they both squealed with excitement. I’d missed my boys so much.
“I’ve missed you, Daddy,” Jaxson says as his grip around my neck tightens. Although he looks like his mum, he has my personality. He’s deep, and super sensitive.
“I’ve missed you too, champ,” I reply as I ruffle his hair.
“I love you,” he adds, bringing a smile to my face.
“I love you too, buddy.”
“Did you bring us back a present?” Levi chimes in, making me chuckle. He does a little fist pump when I nod my head. See how different the boys are? Levi is so easy going, and a real momma’s boy. He follows her everywhere.
After kissing them both, I place them on the floor and set my sights on my girls. My heart starts to race when Indiana’s eyes lock with mine. She’s pushing Eve in the pram as she makes her way towards us. The moment she’s in front of me, I drop my carry-on bag to the ground and pull her into my arms.