Chasing Love Ch. 07byAshiraDatya©
"Hey Jess." Jessica turned around and grinned when she saw Claire standing in the doorway.
"Welcome back!" Jessica exclaimed.
"Thanks. How are the kids?" Claire wanted to know, resting her hands on her belly.
"Growing like weeds. We're working on the ABCs with Will already," Jessica answered, mixing the rest of the ingredients into her waffle batter.
"You're up way too early," Danny grumbled, walking into the kitchen.
"I know, but Jake called while you were checking on the kids. He's having an emergency meeting in forty-five minutes and I couldn't get back to sleep so I decided to test a new recipe," Jessica said, pouring him a cup of coffee. "I'd offer you some Claire, but it isn't decaf," she added.
"At 3:30 in the morning, I would hope not," Claire said laughing. "I'm gonna keep Jess and the kids company while you, Jake and Caitlin are at the briefing," Claire added. Danny shrugged.
"Do whatever you want," he said.
"Finally, a man who knows how to charm a lady," Claire said winking at Jessica as Danny left the house.
"How are you feeling?" Jessica asked.
"Pretty good. But I'm so ready to have this baby," Claire said with a groan as she rubbed the small of her back. Jessica laughed.
"I remember the feeling," Jessica told Claire as she plugged in the waffle iron.
"I can't believe you're testing a waffle recipe at 3:30 in the morning," Claire said.
"When I can't sleep, I cook. Thank God for the dishwasher or I'd never have a clean kitchen," Jessica said with a laugh. Claire grinned and poured herself a glass of orange juice.
"Hey Jess," Caitlin said softly as she, Jake and Craig walked into the kitchen. Caitlin was holding a very cranky Danielle.
"Someone didn't like Uncle Cal's early morning wakeup call," Jessica observed with a wry grin. Jake and Caitlin raised their hands.
"Guilty," they said with a grin on each of their faces.
Caitlin handed the cranky baby to Claire. "We'll be back when Cal stops being so anal," Jake promised. Claire laughed and watched her friends leave the house.
"Craig, I think Kylie's pack and play is set up in the game room, why don't you put Danielle in it and then go upstairs to the guest room to sleep," Jessica suggested. Craig nodded and took his sister from Claire and headed out of the kitchen as Jessica took the waffle out of the waffle iron and set it on a wire cooling wrack. She caught Claire looking at her in confusion. "If I like the way they turn out, I can wrap them in saran wrap and freeze them and then if the kids want a waffle, I just pop it into the toaster and they heat back up," Jessica explained. Claire nodded.
"Cool trick," she said, watching Jessica caught the waffle in fourths. Jessica offered a quarter of the waffle to Claire.
"Taste test time," Jessica said with a grin. She poured a dab of syrup on one of the mini waffles before handing the bottle to Claire.
"They're really good Jess, what'd you put in them?" Claire asked.
"Some cinnamon and apple puree," Jessica said, savoring her bite of waffle.
"I want this recipe," Claire said.
Jessica laughed. "Why? You don't have a place to cook at," she teased.
"I have a griddle and waffle iron in my office. Well, it was my office," Claire said with a sigh. Jessica laughed and finished making the waffles.
"Are you sure you're okay?" Jessica asked. Claire nodded.
"I know the reason for the meeting. Cal got a call from his boss. There's a mole," Claire told her friend, a grave look on her face.
"Again?" Jessica asked in surprise. Claire nodded.
"I know, but Cal wouldn't let Devon back in; no matter what his reasoning, he still betrayed us," Claire murmured. Jessica nodded.
"I feel so bad for Devon. He risked so much to save Melly," Jessica said.
"Yeah, and they'd done so much to her that she ended up dying of infection," Claire added. She shook her head. "I still can't believe you traded yourself for Melly. It was damn brave of you," Claire told her friend.
"I can't believe it either," Jessica admitted.
Jake and Danny glanced at each other when Cal told everyone there was another mole. "How the hell did another one get past us? I thought we tightened security after Devon," Danny said.
"We did. I don't know how it happened," Cal said wearily. None of them wanted to be up as early as they were, however, Cal felt it important to get the information out as soon as possible. "As a precaution, nobody goes anywhere alone and the phones will be off limits without permission," Cal added. "I will be confiscating all cell phones," Cal told them.
"That isn't fair Cal," Paul complained.
"Be that as it may, that's what the General has ordered and we will follow those orders," Cal said, giving Paul an icy stare.
"What about Claire? Are you going to make her give up her cell phone with the baby on the way?" Jeff asked. Jake and Danny looked at each other and had to hide their grins; Cal's face turned bright red at the question.
"Claire won't be anywhere alone either, so a phone won't be necessary," Cal growled. Before anything else could be said, the fire alarm went off sending them into action.
"Find the fire!" Danny called to Paul and Jeff while he and Jake went off in different directions.