24. Chapter Twenty Four
RECAP: "Shen-Wei stood up and picked up the pot placing it rightfully on the stove, and he bowed to his waist. When he stood back up he was smiling, he ruffled Dru’s hair and walked out the kitchen. “Forgive me, Zhui.”
Normal Point of View
This year was the annual 134th American Red Cross Appreciation Festival. So of course it's like mandatory to wear red. Ever since I've blown up a little in the film making industry I donate a little more every year. This year I donated 134,000 to celebrate the years they been able to help the unfortunate. We had just entered the festival, which was being held on a 5 acre lot. There were red balloons everywhere, food booths, fire works being set off it was just beautiful. The sponsor of todays festivities gave me a certificate and thanked me for my donation, and complimented my tv show, promising an endorsement for next season.
Kit was in a stroller, Mulan was walking in front of us all wide eyed and X was staring at me intently for some reason or another.
"Darlin' why do you look like you're gonna eat me."
He smirked, and wrapped his hand around my left hand and put the other in his pocket. "You look really good in red, love." He kissed my cheek and I heard a camera flash.
"Shit." I muttered under my breath
The lone paparazzi in the bushes turned into a squadron of them. Cameras flashing every where, I saw passerbyers turning from the festivities to us, on center stage. I really hate this.
"I knew it. I knew you two belonged together. The camera never lies." One photographer stated flashing more pictures
The passerbyers came closer I was starting to feel claustrophobic. They were yelling our names talking about how great our show was and how they couldn't wait for next season. I was flattered but back the hell up.
One reporter was more confrontal than the rest. "Ms. Madden is the tv plot modeled after you? Are these your childern? Will there be childern in next season? Is your relationship up for grabs? Will you give Peoples Magazine the inside scoop? Will there be paparazzi clearance at your viewing party?"
"How do they even know about the party?" Xavier asked, rubbing my hand
"I'm just trying to enjoy the day." I retorted trying not to let my anger slip
Mulan was now tied around her brothers waist, frightened. The sercuity guards led them away and we were at peace finally. I sighed in relief and agravation. I patted Kit's head to see him wide eyed from all the lights and attention.
"I told you." I said looking over at Xavier to see him baffled yet smiling as well at something Mulan had said.
"What did she say?" I asked inquisitive
"That we'd make a good family." Xavier explained he leaned over and wrapped an arm around my shoulders and kissed my cheek. "We really would though, love."
I found my blush very hard to control. We continued our journey tasting all the festivities. Mulan won a goldfish from a rigged coin toss and Kit was fast asleep even with all the ruckus around him. He was sleeping on the plush dog, I won him. At the moment Xavier was trying to win me a plush toy. He was 2 baskets away from winning me a giant toy. The paparazzi had still stuck close, documenting us. I knew there would be an issue about us, but dear lord.
"GO! Big brother you can do it!" Mulan screamed happily eating some cotton candy.
Xavier hit a 3 pointer and the bells and lights went off. The vendor behind the game asked him what he wanted.
Xavier tugged a hand through his brown locks and smirked. "What do you want Dru?"
I wrapped my around Mulan as we sat on the bench."The Marley Banana."
The vendor took it off the chain and gave it to Xavier who gave it too me, another camera flash.
"Thank you." I said giving him a peck on the nose. He smiled in returned and kissed my forehead, another camera flash.
Mulan yawned and began to wipe her eyes. Shes tired. Xavier lifted her on his back and I grabbed hold of Kit's stroller and procedded to push toward a food vendor before we left.
"We can leave in a little bit, Mulan. Were just gonna get some churros first." I said
"Okay.." She said trying to fight off sleep
Xavier laughed as we both yawned at the same time. "It looks like both of my girls are tired."
Druid sat in the passenger on her phone checking the media. Rita and Carter had sent her tabloids already about a beautiful lovestory, or the red couple, the funniest yet was that I was keeping the children secret for years out of wedlock.
We arrived at the house and as I carried and put the children to bed, Xavier put the two duffle bags of clothing etc. by the door. I was so tried I slumped into bed. Xavier was already there, his short brown hair in tangles on the right side of the bed, naked as usual. He helped me take off my shirt, I couldn't sleep in a shirt, just a bra and some shorts or pants. He pulled me into his bare chest and rested his left arm loosely around my shoulder. I breathed in his cherrywood scent as he breathed in my rosewater scent before drifting off.