TRAINING THE COUGAR *warning explicit content*

**Love Story with explicit content **
Shy thirty-something, Fifty Shades obsessive and One Direction fan Alexa, was hiding a traumatic secret from her past. As a result, she'd put up personal barriers and kept friends, colleagues and men at arm's length. Then one summer, Jake Martin appeared all too briefly in her life. He was handsome, clever, kind...and only eighteen! Nothing happened during that Summer, but now five years on, fate had ensured their paths crossed again. Could this traumatised Cougar put the past behind her and could Jake be the one who finally teaches her how to love?



Three hours later Alexa and Krystal sat waiting for Jake to answer the Skype video call, both trembling in anticipation. After what seemed like an eternity, the screen flickered into life and Jake's sunburnt but smiling face appeared.

"Oh Jake..."

Fuck...Am I EVER going to stop crying...

"Hi Mum...Alexa, sweetheart, we're okay. Please stop getting upset." He groaned.

"I'm happy," Alexa mumbled between her tears, wiping her eyes.

Jake laughed. "You look it! Oh God, it's so good to see you both." He paused and squinted at the screen  "Mother...are you wearing...a onesie?"

Krystal giggled. "Alexa leant it to me. It's very comfortable. You should try one."

Jake gaped at them. "What on earth has been going on with you two?" He asked in astonishment.

"Your mum has been amazing, Jake. I'd have totally lost it without her."

Krystal smiled at her. "We both helped each other darling. When one was down, the other picked up the slack. We made a good team."

"Yes we did." Alexa smiled, composing herself. She took a deep breath. "So what the hell happened?"

Jake sighed. "It was all going so well. We headed off to a spot we've fished at for years, then because Jacob was with us, Papa said to head inland for lunch, so we sailed round to another bay. We ate lunch there, had a bit of a wander around and by the grace of God, bought a few more bottles of water. Then we set off again and headed out to do a bit more fishing. Jacob was having an awesome time. He managed to catch his first fish - a sodding large Mackerel! The best catch of the day!" He smiled proudly. "Anyway, the next thing, we saw a school of Dolphins. They must have followed the Mackerels. Jacob got so excited, that we headed over to them to get a closer look. They were amazing. I got loads of fantastic photos, which is why my phone ran out of juice so quickly. Somehow we got distracted and Papa suddenly noticed we had gone much further out than we had planned, so he turned the engine on and it wouldn't go into gear. We tried and tried and it just wouldn't have it. We tried the radio, our mobiles...but we were just too far out and had no reception. We were stuck. And drifting out to sea."

"Oh, shit."

Jake looked at them in shock. "Mum..did you just swear?"

"Yes." Krystal said, grinning proudly.

Alexa beamed at her.

Jake shook his head in disbelief, then smirked. "Anyway...that was it really. Papa and I kept as calm as we could for Jacob's sake and told him we had decided to camp out at sea for the night and head back tomorrow. Luckily Aunty Maria had packed enough food for a fortnight, so we had plenty to eat, we just had to keep an eye on it and ration the water. Our biggest fear was that the weather would change. If the wind had got stronger or the sea become rougher..." he trailed off.

"Don't go there, babe." Alexa said softly.

He smiled adoringly at her. "I know. Papa and I then took it in shifts to sleep and keep an eye out throughout the night. Jacob was blissfully unaware there was a problem. The night was long, but not too bad. At least it was cool. We were counting the hours till the sun came up, knowing that our relatives would have raised the alarm and we'd be easier to find. But as soon as the sun came up, so did the heat. None of us had brought any suncream, which I'm still livid with myself about, especially with Jacob. I could have sworn I packed some. I'll never make that mistake again. I also stupidly took my baseball cap off when we were having lunch in the village and left it behind. We were out at sea, when I wondered why my head was burning, so I ended up having to take my vest off and wrap it around my head like a turban, which is why I got so burnt. The boat's only small, and the canopy only covers such a small space, so I made sure Jacob stayed under it the whole time today. He wasn't impressed, as he wanted to come out and fish, then he got fed up and wanted to go home. I made an excuse that we were keeping an eye out for Dolphins and it was too hot for him to help us look, but he'd be able to fish again when it got cooler. Luckily, just as he was starting to really whinge, we saw the helicopter."

"So where is he now?" Krystal asked.

"Sleeping with papa. All the fresh air and excitement pretty much took it out of them. They gave us all the once-over at the hospital and Jacob's absolutely fine. Papa's a bit dehydrated and wind-chapped and looks like Rudolf the Reindeer, but he's been given cream and rehydration sachets and I've just got bad sun and wind burn, but they've given me a litre of this thick calamine cream to slap on me, I've got to take regular cool showers to calm the skin and make sure I drink plenty of water. I don't know if you can see it clearly but it's really red, and blistering and peeling in places. Oh and the best bit - I told them I was a trainee Paediatrician and due in work in two days and they gave me a sick note! Good job really, as I wasn't looking forward to putting a shirt and tie over my sore skin! So you'll have to nurse me back to health and help me with applying the cream, sweetheart." He smiled.

Alexa beamed. "I look forward to it. I can't wait to have you all home."

"This time tomorrow, we'll be sat on the couch, laughing about it...Oh look...Rudolf's awake!"

Joe and his very red nose, suddenly came into view next to Jake.

"Hello ladies, you're a sight for very sore eyes! How are you both?"

"We're fine now Joe. Very happy and relieved to see you're all okay. Aren't we Krystal?" Alexa looked pointedly at her.

"Yes." Krystal said quietly. "So, you're really okay, Joe?" She whispered.

"I'm fine. Nothing a bit of rest, rehydration and make-up won't resolve!" He grinned.

Krystal nodded. Alexa nudged her.

Say something to him...

"I'm so happy to see you're okay. I've been so worried."

Joe looked taken aback and then his cheeks flushed.

YES! He's blushing! He still loves her!

Alexa squeezed her hand out of the view of the iPad. Krystal smiled at him. Joe smiled back then looked from one woman to the other and then at Jake. Jake shrugged at him. They were obviously totally bemused by Krystal's behaviour and didn't know what to make of it.

"We'll have a proper celebration when you get back." Krystal said. "I'm going all out. After the twenty four hours we've all been through, I think we deserve the very best!"

"Sounds wonderful, Krystal," Joe said warmly.

"Yeah mum, that would be awesome. I need lots of ice-cream. It's purely medicinal."

"The freezer's full of ice-cream Jake. I did a food shop yesterday morning. I actually bought it for Jacob!"

"Well, he'll just have to learn to share!" Jake laughed. He stretched up and winced. "Ahh...I keep forgetting my skin is so tight from the sunburn!"

"Darling, you look exhausted. It's been wonderful to see you both, but you need to rest. We don't want you flaking out on us tomorrow!"

"You're right Mum, it seems to be hitting me now. Plus I still have to shower and papa - would you help me with putting the cream on please?"

Joe looked at him. "If I have to!" He turned to Alexa. "I'll pick up some tips to pass onto you, carino!"

Alexa smiled and felt herself blush. She couldn't wait to get Jake all creamed up...


Krystal's black Mini Cooper purred smoothly out of Waitrose. She was speaking to someone on her iPhone ear-piece.

"You're a star, Amanda. Thank you. So you can fit us in around two o'clock? Brilliant. I'll text you the address. See you then."

Alexa turned to Krystal. "What are you planning, young lady?" She asked feigning concern.

Krystal grinned. "When I knew they were all safe, I rang my salon and they've managed to squeeze me in today for a facial, manicure, wax - the works. I'm dropping you off with the shopping then heading there. Then I'll pop home and pick up a change of clothes and come back to your house. My hairdresser arrives at two to give us a cut and blow each."

Alexa gaped at her. "You managed to organise all that? Wow! And thanks by the way, I'd love that."

"You're more than welcome. Not that you need to titivate yourself, you're very pretty."

Alexa blushed.

Wow! A compliment from Krystal Edwards!

"I on the other hand, want to make sure I blow Joe's sock's off..." She murmured.

Alexa squeezed her arm. "You will."

"It's been so long...I don't know..." she said, voice laced with doubt.

"Hey, he's a passionate, warm, man. Of course you'll blow him away. He doesn't stand a chance!"

Krystal snorted. "I'm more concerned about you! Jake can hardly keep his hands off you at the best of times and now he's not seen you for ten days, plus he's been through a traumatic event...God help you!"

Alexa blushed from her head to her toes.






Wow. Seriously cannot believe the last couple of hours. No sooner had Krystal come back from her salon, she hands me a years fully paid membership card, so I can go and have whatever treatment I fancy, whenever I want! She looked so earnest, that I couldn't say no and when I suggested maybe we make joint appointments and treat them as a girlie day out, she hugged me so hard, I could hardly breathe! I get the impression that Ms 'I'm used to getting my way and people bowing to my commands,' Edwards, doesn't have many girlfriends. Then if that wasn't enough, Amanda Breen arrives and not only does she make my hair behave itself, I can literally see every hair follicle, she has defined the waves so well! And the shine! AMAZING. And, not only is she a hairdresser par excellence, she also trained as a make-up artist, so now I am staring at my reflection and wondering who this perfectly coiffed and made up woman is, who's staring back at me!

A knock at the bedroom door startled her.

"Come in, Krystal."

The door is gently pushed open and Krystal stands in the doorway in tight black leggings, shiny black riding boots and a fitted turquoise silk shirt. The outfit hugs her in all the right places and the blue of the shirt highlights her eyes, making them sparkle. Her jet black hair hangs in a volumised, shiny curtain and her face glows with rosy cheeks and a slick of pink lipstick. Gone is Maleficent and in her place stands a glamorous - slightly vulnerable - but beautiful woman.

"Holy fuck, Krystal...WOW! You look utterly incredible." Alexa exclaimed.

Krystal smiled, but her eyes were fearful. " don't think I've gone overboard do you?"

"No! Joe is going to be totally bowled over. He won't be able to resist you!"

Krystal still looked unsure. Inspiration struck Alexa. Grabbing her iPhone she walked up to Krystal.

"Here...Let's get the boys warmed up. Say 'girls rule'!"

Holding the iPhone at arms length, she took a photo of them both smiling.

"Have to make the most of us looking so good!" She grinned. "I'll send it to both their phones so when they turn their mobiles back on when they land, that's the first thing they're going to see!"






Everything was ready and waiting. Krystal wasn't joking when she said she'd go all out. The dining table was laden with canapés, salads, cheeses, hams, salami's...A huge chocolate fudge cake, and in the fridge, the finest Moet and Chandon champagne was chilling. They were both stood at the window, eyes focused to the top of the road, waiting for Joe's Range Rover to appear, bringing them all back from the airport.

"They're coming!" Alexa squealed in delight and both women dashed into the hallway. Alexa threw open the door as Joe pulled up.

"You go," Krystal gestured.

Alexa shook her head. " go first. You're the mum, grandma and hopefully, soon to be partner. Go greet your boys."

Krystal beamed gratefully, dashed down the driveway and threw Jake!

"Oh darling!" She shrieked throwing her arms around him and burying her head against his neck.

Jake hugged her to him. "Oh mum," he murmured kissing the top of her head. "I love you so much. It's so good to be home at last."

Joe got out of the car and as Jake was occupied, Alexa launched herself at him instead.

"Oh cariño it's so good to see you!" He hugged her, lifting her off the ground.

"I'm so happy you're all okay!" She breathed, fighting the tears that were threatening. "Where's Jacob?"

"Asleep in the back. He's been up since dawn. He was so excited about going on a plane!"

"Aww bless him." Alexa looked across where Krystal was still in Jake's arms, then looked Joe in the eye. "She still loves you Joe. Please give her a second chance." She whispered.

"It's all I've ever wanted, cariño." He whispered back. He looked at her fondly. "I don't know how I am ever going to repay you."

Alexa beamed. "Just by looking after her. She's not a tough as she thinks!"

Joe nodded and grinned.

"Can you please stop manhandling my girl now?"

Oh my love...

Spinning out of Joe's arms, Alexa flung herself at Jake so hard, he had to take a steading step backwards. His hands moved to her face, cupping and caressing it and then his mouth descended hard onto hers.

Alexa didn't care that she was in full view of his parents and the whole street. She kissed him back with everything she had.


Oh Jake.

My Jake.

My love.

My life.


Eventually, Jake reluctantly pulled away. "Oh my beautiful sweetheart," he murmured against her lips. "I love you more than life itself. You okay?"

"Oh Jake. Me too." She breathed. "I'm okay. Are you?"

He nodded and smiled impishly. "Apart from the sore skin and a throbbing in my groin, I'm fine." He whispered.

Alexa looked at him, worriedly. "What happened to your groin?"

He grinned salaciously at her.

Oh, right!

She felt herself heat as a blush burned her cheeks. Jake smiled and kissed the tip of her nose. "God, you look gorgeous...or is it because I've not seen you in ages?"

Alexa beamed. "It's all thanks to your mum, she brought her hairdresser round to the house, who primped me to perfection!"

"Oh sweetheart, it doesn't take much..." He suddenly froze, looking over her head.


Turning slightly, she followed his gaze. Leaning against the bonnet of the car was Joe, and Krystal was wrapped in his arms. Her head was tucked under his chin and he was nuzzling the top of her head and stroking her back.


"What the fuck...?" Jake hissed in disbelief.

Alexa looked up at him. "I had a chat to your mum...and your dad. We nearly lost you all. I didn't want their stupid pride getting in the way of a chance of happiness."

Jake looked down at her. "YOU? You did this?" He asked in bewilderment.

Oh shit...I thought he'd be happy...

"Yes," she whispered, barely audibly.

He dragged his dark eyes away from his parents and looked at her as if it was the first time he'd ever seen her. Suddenly his face erupted into his all-worshipping smile and his dark eyes misted over.

"Oh Alexa! I didn't think it was possible to love you any more than I already do! I always hoped they'd get back together...Oh sweetheart..."

And his mouth devoured hers once more.


Joe and Krystal entered the house, chatting away and smiling broadly. Jake followed in ill-concealed delight, carrying a slumbering Jacob in his arms. Alexa's breath caught at the sight of the little boy, with his arms around his Daddy's neck. When Jake placed a gentle kiss on his forehead, she thought she was going to have a meltdown.

Oh God, I have seriously never seen anything so beautiful as these two together. I'm going to be taking millions of photos of them!

Jake placed the sleeping infant on the sofa and Alexa covered him with a fleecy blanket. They tiptoed into the adjoining dining room.

"Something you two want to tell me?" Jake asked with mock sarcasm, smiling hopefully at them.

Krystal and Joe dragged their eyes away from each other, looked at their son, then Joe held his hand out to Krystal and she happily placed it in his. He kissed it and then pulled her sharply against him.

"We're going to try again," he said, his warm chocolate brown eyes glowing with love.

"We're just going to take it slowly, darling. It's been a long time and we've got so much to talk about...but yes, we will be giving our relationship another go."

"Oh guys, I'm so pleased for you!" Jake lunged at them and threw his arms around both of them.

Okay...I'm seriously going to burst with joy any moment now...

His parents returned his hug and Krystal kissed him on the cheek.

"None of this would be possible without a certain, special lady..." she whispered.

Jake turned and giving Alexa his all worshiping smile, let go of his Mum and beckoned her to them. Beaming, Alexa ran across and threw herself into the huddle.


Jake re-entered the dining room, having checked on Jacob.

"More canapes, darling? Krystal asked.

"No thanks, mum. My skin's getting sore, I need a quick shower. Will you do me a favour and keep an eye on Jacob whilst I go and sort myself out?"

"Of course, babe."

Jake turned to where Alexa was sat next to Krystal and looked pointedly at her.

"Not you!"




Alexa eagerly jumped up from her seat, banging into the dining table and nearly knocking the glasses over.

Krystal grasped her hand. "Don't rush," she murmured at her. She glanced over at Joe. "We could do with some alone time ourselves," she whispered conspirationally, so only Alexa could hear.

"You'll shout if he needs me?" Jake asked his father.

"Of course son. Don't worry he'll be fine. You two take your time."

Jake smiled. "Thanks." He held his hand out to Alexa and with trembling fingers, she placed her hand in his.


"Your parents know we're going to shag in the shower!" Alexa hissed breathlessly as they dashed into the bathroom.

Jake looked at her. "Do you care? Because to be honest, I nearly threw you on the table and shagged you in front of them!"


He grinned at her. "Less talking, more stripping Wench, before I come in my shorts!"

Alexa hauled her top off, undid her bra and pushed down her leggings and knickers. As she straightened up she caught sight of Jake's bare skin.

"Oh...babe..." she said softly.

Jake caught the sadness in her voice and her eyes.

"Does...does the sight of it bother you?" He began fearfully.

"NO! Well yes...but only because you're hurt. I want to take the pain away."

Jake smiled and reached for her. "And you will. Now get into the shower Wench and I'll show you how!"

Giggling she got into the shower and started it up, then adjusted the water temperature to tepid as Jake entered behind her.

"How's this?" She asked, holding her hands under the mild, running water.

He grasped her hips and pulled her backwards against his erection. "Perfect," he breathed, gently biting her earlobe.

Alexa shuddered with desire against him.

"I-I meant the water temperature. It's not too hot for you is it?"

"Sweetheart, please stop worrying about me. It's fine. Turn around."

Alexa sighed.

Oh Jake...Not yet...

"Alexa...?" Jake began in a puzzled tone.

Alexa ran her hands over his and squeezed them.

"Y-yesterday morning, I dreamt I was having a shower with you and...and you were behind me like this, playing with my boobs like you always do. I felt so relieved you were in the shower with me and I hadn't lost you. You told me you would always be with me. Then...then I woke up, and realised you were still missing...and that feeling of loss...the awful, awful emptiness... that it was just a dream and I may never see you again..." she began to choke on unshed tears.

Jake had moved his hands to her breasts and began to massage them gently.

"I'm so, so sorry sweetheart." His voice was low and raw at her ear. "It's all my fault. It was my stupid idea to go on the fishing trip in that clapped-out boat. I wanted to teach my boy to fish like my papa had taught me and his papa had taught him...on the same fucking boat! Why did I think it would be safe? I could have killed us all..."

Alexa spun in his arms, breaking his hold on her. "Oh Jake! It's not your fault! Please don't blame yourself. No one else does."

His dark eyes were wide with fear. "I nearly lost everything I've ever cared about. Monday night was truly the worst night of my life. My thoughts were all of you. The last seven months played out before me...All the times we've kissed,  made love...everything. I thought about how we were all going to be a family with Jacob in our new house. How I had everything I've ever wanted in the palm of my hand...and now I had thrown it all away..."

Oh my poor, tortured love...

He shut his eyes momentarily as the memory came flooding back. "Then I thought about the time we were in Liverpool Cathedral, so I tried to remember the words to the Lords Prayer. That was the last time I'd said it and it had been so long since I had, I'd had to read it off the prayer sheet if you remember. Papa heard me mumbling to myself and asked me what I was doing. When I told him, he sat and recited it with me till I knew it off by heart and then he taught me it in Spanish. It helped, Alexa it really did. I made a promise to God that night, that if we made it through safely, I would convert to Catholicism."

Alexa gasped. "Oh Jake! Really? When I woke from my dream about you, the first thing I did, was say the Lord's Prayer. I said it over and over till I fell asleep again."

Jake smiled down at her. "First opportunity I get, we'll go to St Peter's Church and see what I have to do. You're Catholic, so is papa and Jacob, but I'm C of E because Krystal got her own way again! It would be lovely if we could all go to Mass together and up to communion."

Alexa beamed. "I love you so much Jake Martin." Reaching down, she grasped him firmly and began to stroke him. His jet eyes lit up from within, and he smiled his all-worshipping smile.

His hands travelled down her slick, wet body. Hooking her left thigh over his hip, he widened their stance, and began to stroke her intimately. Their eyes locked and burned as their hands greedily worked to bring pleasure to each other.

"Take me, Alexa..." he groaned.

Oh yes please...

Alexa tilted her hand and dragged him through her buzz-cut pubic hair and placed him in position. Grasping her hips gently, he slowly thrust forwards, feeling her slick heated flesh, surround him and hold him tightly.

"Oh sweetheart," he breathed. "You're my energy source. I've been running on empty without you."

"Oh Jake...I feel the same..." She panted, love, desire and passion coursing through her veins. It had only been ten days since the last time they made love, but it felt like an eternity. "You are my oxygen...I couldn't breathe without you...I had a permanent pain in my chest..." she moaned.

Jake thrust deeper. "Touch me, Alexa..." he groaned.

"I...I don't want to hurt you."

Jake gritted his teeth. "Like I give a fuck about the pain right now! Touch me, sweetheart. I want your hands all over me. My skin's aching for your touch. Pleeeeaaaassee..."

Oh God, I've missed that word...!

Tentatively, Alexa moved her hands from her sides and gently stroked up his abs and pecs, studiously avoiding where his skin was most red and blistered.

"You're going easy on me, aren't you?" He growled.

Alexa nodded.

"Well Wench, seeing as you're determined not to listen to me... You''ll have no choice now, but to hold on!"

Grabbing her bottom cheeks in his hands, he lifted her against the tiles so she had no option, but to slide upwards, wrap her legs round his hips and hold onto his shoulders. He screwed his face momentarily, as his body adjusted to the pain and when he opened his eyes, he was met with furious green jewels, glimmering at him.

"Jake Martin, you are impossible!" She snarled in annoyance.

"Impossibly in love with my beautiful, wonderful, sweetheart..." He gave her a hot, carnal grin. "And I am now going to make her come till she screams!"

Adjusting his stance slightly, he tilted his hips so she was at an angle to him, supporting some of her weight on her shoulders. He freed his right hand, so he was able to cup and fondle her breasts.

"Oh my gorgeous girls!" He groaned. "How I've missed you!" He lifted a breast to his mouth. "Now, let's see what I can do to stop that ache in your chest..."

"Oh yes...Jake...Nrrrrrrmmmmhhmmmm..." Alexa closed her eyes and moaned in pleasure.



He rained kisses across her breasts, suckling, nuzzling and licking the droplets of water off them till Alexa thought she would lose her mind. Her heart was pounding, her head throbbing and everything within her was tightening and  desperately searching for release. She felt his hand and mouth leave her breasts and then his fingers stroked her lips. From the edge of her desire she heard his voice.

"Open your eyes sweetheart."

What? Not now!

Fighting against the building climax she struggled to open her eyes, only to find Jake's fiery black eyes burning into her. He gently pushed his finger into her mouth.

"Suck me."

Oh Jesus...

Taking one hand off his shoulders, she held held his hand against her mouth and began to lick and suck the water hungrily off his finger. Jake threw his head back and groaned. The sound alone was enough to throw her over the edge of the cliff and she came ferociously around him, screaming his name, her whole body convulsing as she found her longed for release, after days of pent up stress and emotion.

"Oh yes...yes... sweetheart...FUCK! I'm gonna come so HARRRRDDDDDD...!" Jake shrieked finding his own violent release inside her.

Alexa clung to him, wrapping herself tightly around him as she came down from her climax, her emotions getting the better of her.

Oh Jake...please don't ever leave me...

"I'm not going anywhere, sweetheart."

Her eyes fluttered opened and found his adoring gaze.

"Did...did I say that out loud?"

He nodded and smiled, as he gently kissed her tears away.





Twenty minutes later they descended the stairs. Alexa had dried her hair, marvelling at how it still seemed to behave itself and had changed into a onesie. Jake, now with skin freshly washed and creamed, had changed into a t-shirt and jogging pants. As he walked into the hallway, the dining room door opened and a little figure ran at him.

"Hey! Look who's finally awake!" He laughed, scooping up the child and kissing his cheek. "You okay, Niñito?"

"Si papa. I had cake!" He said excitedly throwing his arms around Jake's neck.

"Oh good, that's you bouncing off the walls all evening, then!" He turned towards Alexa. "Jacob...This is Alexa."

The little boy lifted his head from his Daddy's neck, looked at her...and frowned.

Oh crap...

"H-hi Jacob," Alexa began nervously. "I'm so glad to meet you at last."

Shit! I wasn't expecting this kind of reaction...

He whispered something in Spanish to Jake, who threw his head back and roared with laughter.

"It's called a onesie, Niñito. Apparently they're very comfortable, but don't worry you and I won't be wearing one. Now stop staring at her clothes and give her a hug!"

The little boy smiled and leaned across to her with his arms open. Alexa grasped him to her and kissed his cheek.

"Oh Jacob, you are going to be so happy here. I promise." She breathed as she hugged him. She pulled back slightly.

He's quite small for an eight-year old, but so, sooooooo, cute!

"Would you like some ice-cream?" She asked, smiling at him.

Jacob swung himself out of his Daddy's arms and into Alexa's. "Yes please!"

Alexa giggled as Jake watched them in amusement. "Typical Martin man, the way to his heart is via his stomach!"

"What flavours did you get?" Jake asked leading them into the kitchen, as Alexa carried Jacob at her waist.

"Well I thought I'd get a bit of everything, so I got vanilla, chocolate, strawberry, and mint choc-chip! Which one do you want Jacob?"

"All of them!" He squealed in delight.

Jake shook his head. "Now, now, Niñito. Just one. You've only just had cake."

"Aww but Jake, it's his first night here. Just this once, let him have a scoop of each one."

Jacob looked hopefully at his Daddy.

"You," he pointed to his son. "Have me wound round your little finger. And you," he pointed to Alexa. "Are far too nice for your own good!" He shook his head. "Well if he can have four scoops of ice-cream, then so can I! What do you say to Alexa, Jacob?"

Jacob hugged his arms around her neck. "Thank you, sweetheart."


Jake chuckled. "Jacob...I told you... it's only ME that gets what I want when I call her that!"

Alexa jabbed him in the ribs, making Jacob giggle. "Take the tubs into the dining room and see if your parents want some. You help papa, Jacob. I need to get the champagne." She gently released him to the ground.

Jake brushed her ear with his mouth. "Yes...Mistress," he whispered seductively, making her shiver.





"You're more than welcome to stay the night. All I have to do is inflate the spare mattress."

Joe hugged Jake. "Thank you son, but Krystal has kindly offered me her spare room to stay as long as I wish. I was planning to head back tomorrow afternoon...but I've jiggled things around, so I don't need to be in until Monday."

Jake beamed. "That's so cool, papa. We'll all get to spend more time together."

Joe nodded and grinned.

"So you'll all come round for dinner tomorrow evening?"

Alexa hugged Krystal. "Oh, that would be wonderful." She pressed her mouth to her ear. "And you can catch me up on all the gossip!"

Krystal smiled at her, her blue eyes glowing. She looked ten years younger, now she was back with the only man she had ever loved. She hugged her again. "Okay...but I bet it won't be half as interesting as your shower!" She whispered back.

Alexa gasped and blushed at the same time. But she couldn't stop the grin that almost split her face in two.

Joe pulled her into his arms. "Cariño, I am forever in your debt. What you have done for us...What you are doing for our family...You really are an angel. Thank you so much."

Oh come the waterworks...

"It r-really is my pleasure Joe. I'm so happy for you all." She pulled back and looked at him through watery eyes. "Look after my girl," she said with a smile.

He kissed her gently on the forehead. "I intend to. You keep my boys out of trouble, okay?"

She nodded as a tear slipped down her cheek. Jake brushed it away, shaking his head in mock exasperation.

"JACOB!" He called up the stairs. "Come and say adios to Abuelo and Nanna."

"You decided on Nanna?" Alexa asked Krystal in surprise.

"No...Jacob decided on Nanna! It was the first thing he said when he saw me. I didn't think I'd like to hear it, quite as much as I did!"

Rapid footsteps bounded out of the spare room and down the stairs, as he flew into the waiting arms of his Grandpa.

"Adios Abuelo! Te amo." He said hugging him.

"Te amo, Niñito. Until tomorrow."

Jake lifted him off his father, so Krystal could get to him.

"Bye darling boy," She said kissing his cheeks. "Te amo muchisimo."

"Te amo, Nanna. Can I bring my Lego tomorrow?"

"Of course, darling. Bring whatever you want."

Jacob beamed. "I have lots and lots!"

"Which will look LOVELY scattered all over Nanna's cream carpets!" Jake said with a laugh.




A couple of hours later, Jacob was asleep in his room for the first time. Jake had bathed and changed him into his pyjamas, whilst Alexa stood and watched from the doorway. She didn't want to interfere with his routine on the first night. Jacob was obviously most confident with Jake, and it was touching how much he had bonded closely with him. By the grace of God, Jake had gone to Spain at just the right time. It would have been awful if he'd gone after Manuela had died to pick up a kid who had never met him. Alexa knew that once the excitement of coming over to a new life in England had worn off, Jacob may be hit with the reality that he was now in a strange place, with two people he barely knew and he would never be seeing his mama again. They would have to be prepared should he start to show any signs of distress. But for tonight, she could put that to the back of her mind, as he had seemingly settled well in his room and had gone to bed exhausted, but happy.

Jake tiptoed out of her room and took her hand.

"He's adorable. And you’re amazing with him," she whispered in admiration. "I knew you would be. He's bonded so well with you and Joe."

He squeezed her hand. "Thanks.That's the biggest compliment coming from someone as gifted with kids as you." He kissed her softly on the lips. "I want you to be as hands on with him as possible. You're going to be his main carer. I know you'll be wonderful with him and he'll grow to love you as much as I do."

She nodded. "Oh God, I hope so. I don't want to rush him and butt into his care from the onset. By the time you go back to work, he'll have been with you full time for over a fortnight. He needs to be comfortable with staying on his own with me by then."

"He will be, don't worry. I'll start to go to the Gym and library for a couple of hours at a time. Give you alone time with him to be creative - cooking, painting, making to your strengths. He'll love it, I'm sure. Then I'll take him off for a kick-about or a play in the park...which reminds me," he got out his phone and tapped in a reminder. "I need to ring Kevin at Mercedes tomorrow and make an appointment. I've decided to trade in my baby for a bigger baby!"

Alexa's eyes widened in astonishment. "You're selling the SLK?"

He nodded and smiled wistfully. "Sadly she's just not practical for a family. I'm looking at trading her up for an estate or 4x4. I'd like to get us push-bikes so we can all go riding together."

Alexa tilted her head to the side and raised her eyebrows.

"Seriously? It's a lovely idea babe, but can you really see me on a bike? I can barely walk without falling over! Maybe the bikes can be more of a father and son thing? I'll tag along and set up the picnic!"

Jake grinned and stroked her cheek. "Aww... I was looking forward to riding behind you and watching your delectable arse!"

She smirked. "And I'm sure it would look particularly delectable sailing over the handlebars!"

"Well, I could always look online for stabilisers...or maybe get you a tricycle!"

She hit him playfully across the chest, and he grabbed her and planted a hard wet kiss on her mouth, making her sag against him. He pulled gently away and stroked her lips, looking adoringly at her.

Dammit! Why is he so hard to resist?

"Fine, get me a sodding bike! At least when I go hurtling to the ground, I'll have a Doctor with me!"

His eyes glowed. "Oh sweetheart...We'll go and get you properly measured and get you the best bike for your...needs. It'll be fun, I promise. And when we get home after a day's cycling, I will personally massage every sore muscle, before taking you for another the Jacuzzi!"

Weeeeeeellllll, when you put it that way...

Alexa smiled and blushed. "I'll keep you to that! I'm going to have a hot chocolate. Do you want one?"

"I'd love one in a bit, but you go back down sweetheart. I need the loo. I haven't been for two days and it finally feels like something is moving in there!"

"Eeeuugggh! Too much information!" Alexa said in disgust. "Fine, take all the time you need. I'll go and see what's on TV." Grinning, he kissed her forehead and she headed off downstairs.


There was nothing particular on TV, so she had scrolled through the films she had saved on Sky Plus and not yet seen and decided on "The Decendants" with George Clooney. She fast forwarded it to the start and paused it, to wait for Jake. Her iPhone buzzed in her pocket with a message. She fished it out and smiled when she saw it was from Jake.

*Can you come to our room, please sweetheart? There's something I want to show you xx*

*Okay but it better not be some massive dump :D xx*

*Not this time... xx*

Smirking she climbed the stairs. She pushed open the bedroom door and it took her a few moments to register what greeted her. The room was in total darkness, except for around twenty lit tea-lights on the carpet in front of their bed, shaped into a heart. Standing, smiling his all-worshipping smile in the middle of the heart, was a barefoot Jake. Barefoot, but wearing her favourite tux.

Alexa stood frozen to the spot.

What in the world...

"Come here, sweetheart." Jake beckoned softly, holding out his right hand. He had his iPhone in his left hand and after a couple of taps, a gentle but familiar song, that Alexa couldn't quite place in her shock, began to play. She stepped shakily forward and placed a trembling hand into his.

"Careful over the candles. I don't want you setting fire to the bedroom!" He gently teased.

"J-Jake...what's going on?" She whispered.

"Do you like it?"

"It-it's beautiful. But I don't understand. I thought you were having a dump..."

He took her hand and kissed it. "All part of my master plan!" He breathed. He cupped her face and brought his lips softly down onto hers, then tilted her head and kissed her chin. Lowering his right hand he pulled down the zip to her onesie as his lips travelled downwards and he sank down to his knees in front of her.

Oh wow! Well this is wonderfully unexpected and where did he get the tea-lights from...?

Alexa closed her eyes and pushed her fingers into his hair as he continued his leisurely kissing down past her sternum and over the exposed flesh above her belly button. Abruptly he stopped and Alexa, still with her eyes closed, waited for his next move, whilst the song went on repeat, singing about how she was his sweetheart and they belonged together.

"Look at me, sweetheart..." Jake suddenly whispered, grasping her hands.

Alexa's eyes flew open and she looked down at him kneeling at her feet. She smiled lovingly at him.

He took a deep breath. "Alexa...apart from mad adventures at sea, this year has been the best year of my life. Being with you has gone beyond my wildest expectations. You've made all my dreams come true...and you continue to do so with your love, devotion and generosity..."

Alexa gasped. "Oh Jake..."

"Sweetheart," he continued. "You are the love of my life. No one else will ever come close. Not only are you the best girlfriend I could have ever wished for,'ve also managed to get my parents back together...and I know that only YOU could have achieved that, because you have the biggest heart...capable of giving and showing so much love and kindness, to everyone that comes into contact with you..."


Tears began to well up in her eyes as she continued to gaze adoringly down at him.

"And I know you will continue to show me and my family the same love, devotion and kindness you always have and now you've got Jacob too, who'll grow up to be an incredible human being, because he has you as his step-mum..."


Tears slipped silently down her cheeks and he squeezed her hands.

"Okay...I knew that would happen at some point, so I'll wrap this up. When we stopped for lunch on Monday on our fishing trip, papa took Jacob for ice-cream and I went for a wander. I wanted to find something special for my girl. And luckily I found it in a tiny, artisan shop, whose owner must have thought all his Christmases had come at once!" He smiled and fished into the pocket of his tuxedo jacket, bringing out a little red box. He opened the box and Alexa took in a huge gulp.


Twinkling in the candlelight was a silver ring, in a horizontal marquise shape, pave set with a number of white jewels and in the middle a single green gem.

"Alexa, my beautiful sweetheart. I want to spend the rest of my life with you. Will you marry me? Please?"

Oh God...I've totally lost it now...

Alexa began to sob as tears coursed down her face. Blinking through them, she saw Jake's worried face.


"Oh J-Jake! Of c-course I'll m-marry you!"  She breathed between sobs.

Beaming, Jake took the ring out of the box and slipped it onto her finger. It was a little big, but neither of them cared. Jake stood and held her to him as she sobbed into his chest in the middle of the flickering heart. He kissed the top of her head.

"Enough, now sweetheart, please. I can't kiss you if you keep crying!"

Alexa pulled back and wiped her face on the sleeve of her onesie. "I-I'm so happy Jake," She breathed.

He smiled at her. " look happy!" He said sarcastically. He kissed the tip of her nose. " you like the ring? It reminded me of your eyes. I kept staring at it, during that long, awful night when we were at sea, praying I'd be able to come home and propose to you with it."

Alexa held up her hand. "It's beautiful, Jake. Thank you. I love it."

"Good. It's platinum, set with twenty-four diamonds and a two-carat emerald."


Alexa gaped at him.

"And you're worth every penny."

"Is it insured?" She whispered in shock.

Jake laughed. "I knew you would ask that!" He kissed her softly on the lips. "Sweetheart, you won't lose it. We'll get it properly fitted. Just wind some plaster tape on the back of it for now, it'll be fine. But yes, I did get it insured, don't worry!"

Alexa breathed in relief. "What's this song by the way? It seems to be speaking to my soul."

Jake beamed. "It's cool isn't it? It's called 'Ho Hey' by The Lumineers. It's off some advert. I only heard it properly on holiday and I fell in love with it. It's perfect for us."

Alexa nodded. "It really is. I'd like it as our wedding song."

Jake grinned. "Planning the big day already? You've only been my fiancée for two minutes!"


"Oh Jake, I love the way that sounds. It's so much better than Wench!"

Jake laughed. "You're always going to be my Wench...especially in this room. Which reminds me...I have something else planned..." he grinned salaciously at her.

Now what?

He stepped out of the heart and held her hand so she followed him. He cupped her face and looked longingly at her.

"Seeing as you have given me the best gift in the world, by agreeing to be my wife, I think it only fair I treat you to one of your favourite things." He rasped.

Alexa frowned at him, not understanding.

"Lie back on the bed, Wench. Your Fiance is going to strip for your perving pleasure!"

Alexa gasped as arousal flooded through her at his words.

Wow! A proposal and a strip show? I have the best boyfriend...sorry, FIANCE in the world!

"As always Sire, your wish is my command." She smiled at him and looked up through her lashes. "Blow the candles out whilst I get out of this onesie and into those sandals. Oooh, but let me take a photo of the heart first. I don't want to ever forget what it looked like and what happened inside it. It was such a beautiful thought, Jake."

" was for a beautiful lady."

Okay Martin, enough with the sweet-talk. You are so getting fucked into next week...

She took the photo, then switched on the bedside light as Jake bent to blow out the candles. Slipping out of her onesie, so that she was just in her black lacy bra and knickers, she fetched the sandals from the wardrobe.

Next chance I get, I'm going on Amazon to see what other sexy footwear is available...

From behind her the first few bars of 'Never Tear Us Apart' by INXS started to play. Michael Hutchence's seductive voice began to softly fill the room as she climbed on the bed and her beloved fiancé, started to take off his jacket.





























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