Chasing Love Ch. 03-04byAshiraDatya©
"Claire, what's wrong?" Cal asked, leaning down next to Claire.
"I'm fine," Claire said, pulling her knees to her chest and trying to hide her tears.
"Bull shit. What's wrong?" Cal wanted to know. "Are you okay? Is something wrong with the baby?" Cal asked.
"The baby and I are fine. I just got a call from my ex husband if you must know," Claire said.
"What did he want?" Cal asked, feeling possessive.
"To meet me for lunch," Claire answered.
"Hell no!" Cal exclaimed.
"It isn't your decision Cal, it's mine," Claire snapped.
"But that's my child you're carrying," Cal argued.
"One you aren't even sure if you want!" Claire pointed out.
Cal sighed and before he could say anything else, Jessica walked into the office.
"I hate to break up this lover's spat, but Danny's in the weight room and he's trying to over do it," Jessica said. Cal swore under his breath and followed Jessica; stopping in the doorway.
"Don't leave until we've had a chance to talk," Cal ordered, before leaving the office.
-2 hours later-
"Cal relax, she had a doctor's appointment," Jessica said while she stirred the batter for the cake. It was Craig's thirteenth birthday and she had volunteered to make the birthday cake.
"Her ex called her, asking to meet with her," Cal told Jessica. Jessica looked up sharply.
"I'm sure she's fine. Why do you care so much if you aren't sure if you even want the baby?" Jessica asked.
"Because I care for Claire," Cal said. Jessica hid a smile.
"I think you want the baby but you're too scared to admit it," Jessica said softly.
"I don't know what I want," Cal sighed, looking up as Claire walked into the mess.
"Hey, how'd it go?" Jessica asked.
"Good," Claire said with a smile. "The ultrasound revealed that I'm almost three months pregnant," Claire added. Jessica smiled back at her friend. "Ohh chocolate," Claire said. Jessica laughed.
"Did you meet with Owen?" Cal wanted to know.
"Yes," Claire answered. Cal looked furious. "I met his fiancee," Claire added. "He wanted to tell me that he was sorry for blaming me for not getting pregnant; that it turns out it's his fault," Claire said.
"You still should have waited for me to be there," Cal growled.
"I'm a grown woman Cal, and meeting with my ex-husband has nothing to do with you!" Claire shouted.
"You're pregnant with my baby! So what you do has everything to do with me!" Cal exclaimed. Jessica sighed. "Stop it both of you! You're both acting like children!" Jessica yelled, stepping between her friends. Claire sighed and sat in a chair. Jessica handed Claire a blueberry muffin.
"Thanks," Claire said softly.
Jessica smiled. "Cal, why don't you go talk to Jake and Danny," Jessica suggested, the look in her eyes left no room for argument. Cal sighed but left the mess. "Claire, even if he isn't sure if he wants the baby, he has some say in what happens to it," Jessica said gently.
"Yes, but me visiting with my ex has nothing to do with him," Claire argued.
"So he really just wanted to tell you he was wrong?" Jessica asked. Claire nodded.
"I was surprised too. His fiancee seems nice, but a bit flaky," Claire said. Jessica laughed.
"How long were you and Owen married for?" Jessica wanted to know.
"Five years. We got married right out of high school," Claire answered.
"Aww. What made you guys get a divorce?" Jessica wanted to know.
"You're awfully nosy," Claire teased. "The stress of not being able to get pregnant," Claire said.
"That would do it," Jessica agreed.
"So in addition to Craig's birthday cake, what are you making?" Claire wanted to know.
"Danny's favorites. Meat loaf, mashed potatoes and corn on the cob," Jessica answered.
"Yum; I just hope I can keep it down," Claire commented. Jessica laughed.
"I remember the feeling. And after losing the baby, I miss it," Jessica said with a sigh.
Claire gave Jessica a hug. "Now that Danny's back, I have a feeling it won't be long," Claire said with a grin. Jessica laughed. "Of course, I'd let him get some rest first," Claire advised.
Jessica laughed again. "Yeah, he looks pretty pathetic," Jessica agreed, pouring the cake batter into the pans and popping them in the oven.
"C'mon Cal, give Claire a break," Danny said, propping himself up on his elbow.
"She's pregnant with my child and she met another man; a man I told her not to go meet without me," Cal said.
"Oh for crying out loud, Cal, you told her you don't even know if you want the baby, so get off her back," Jake said, siding with Claire and Danny.
"Talking about me?" Claire asked from the doorway.
"Hey, how are you feeling?" Danny asked. Claire chuckled.
"I should be asking you that. I am your doctor after all," Claire said.
"I'm feeling better. How's the morning sickness?" Danny asked.
"Awful," Claire said laughing.
"And Cal tried to give her eggs for breakfast this morning," Jessica said. Danny and Jake groaned.
"The meal of death," Jake joked.
"When can I get outta here?" Danny asked, giving Jessica a meaningful look. Jessica blushed and looked away.
"It's going to be a few more days. And it will take even longer before I give you the okay to have sex," Claire said. Jessica blushed redder and Jake started laughing.
"You have two kids and you're blushing over discussion of your sex life?" he joked.
"Just because I know you all know doesn't mean I want it discussed," Jessica said with a grin.
Danny still looked awful; his eyes were black and he had bruises all over his body. The lash marks on his back had become infected but they were clearing up nicely.
"Jess, I need to talk to Danny about what happened and I don't know if you should stay," Cal said gently.
"I want to be here," Jessica said but Danny shook his head.
"Jake, take Jess out of here, please. I don't want her to hear any of this," Danny pleaded with his friend. Jake nodded and started to pull Jessica out of the infirmary. Jessica gave Danny a kiss and followed Jake back to the mess.
"It's official! I hate men!" Claire shouted, walking into the mess while Jessica was putting the things for breakfast in the warmers.
"What'd Cal do now?" Jessica wanted to know.
"Restricted me to base and is bringing in a full time doctor to replace me," Claire growled. Jessica sighed and had to hide her smile.
"Claire, have you ever considered that he loves you and wants to keep you safe?" Jessica asked.
"He's being an overbearing jackass!" Claire shouted.
"Jackass!" Will repeated as Caitlin came in with Jake, Craig, Will and Kylie. Jessica suppressed a laugh.
"Thanks Claire," she said sarcastically. "Will, sweetie, don't say that again," Jessica said gently.
"Mama!" Will squirmed to get away from Caitlin and once she let go of his hand ran to Jessica who lifted him into her arms.
"Now what did Cal do?" Jake asked.
"He's forbidden me from leaving the base AND he's hired another doctor to come and take over," Claire growled.
"Oh lord," Jake groaned.
Everyone looked up as Danny walked in, supported by Cal.
"It's good to see you up and around," Jessica said with a smile.
"You shouldn't be up yet," Claire said gently.
"Doctor Jensen said I'm okay to move around as long as I don't go too far," Danny said. "Besides, I needed to get out of bed, I was going stir crazy," he added.
Claire opened her mouth to yell at Cal again but Jessica shoved a biscuit into her mouth.
"Take it outside Claire or I swear to God I'll start a pan of eggs," Jessica threatened. Danny and Jake chuckled and Claire gave Jessica a dirty look.
"Dada!" Kylie gurgled. Danny grinned and sat into a chair and Jake deposited Kylie in Danny's lap.
"I've missed that," Danny said. Jessica smiled. "I've missed you too," Danny told her. Jessica sighed and turned back to the pancakes. Claire grabbed another biscuit and pushed Cal out of the mess hall. Jessica and Caitlin winced as Claire started yelling at Cal about him being a pain in the ass.
"This should be interesting," Danny said with a laugh.
"I almost feel sorry for Cal," Caitlin commented.
"He brought this on himself. Pregnant doesn't mean unable to do anything," Jessica pointed out.
"He's afraid she'll miscarry if she takes on too much," Jake said.
"If he's using me as an example, I'll kick his ass," Jessica growled. Danny sighed. "Cooking for everyone didn't cause me to lose the baby Danny and you know it," Jessica said grumpily.
"I know," Danny sighed.
"Wow what happened in here?" Jeff asked.
"Nothing," Caitlin said. Jeff walked up and patted Danny on the shoulder.
"It's good to see you back," Jeff said with a grin.
"Thanks man," Danny said, returning the grin.
Everyone looked up as Cal showed a young man in.
"Everyone, this is Matt Jensen, he'll be helping Claire out for awhile," Cal said. Jeff looked surprised.
"Why would Claire need help? She's like a machine," Jeff wanted to know. Claire gave Cal a triumphant look.
"Well, it's going to get out anyway, but Claire's pregnant," Cal answered. Jeff grinned.
"You mean you're finally going to settle down?" he teased.
"He didn't say that at all," Claire said. "And I don't need any help," she added, giving Matt a hostile look.
"Woah, Claire, hold up. I'm not here to stop you from working, I'm just here to give you extra help if you need it," Matt said, holding up his hands.
"I don't need help, at least not now," Claire said.
"You threw up when you saw Danny," Cal commented with a sigh.
"He was a mess," Claire argued.
"Stop it, all of you!" Jessica exclaimed. "Cal, there is nothing wrong with bringing in help for Claire if she ASKS for it. Claire, you may not need help now, but you will. Trust me, it's no fun having one of these rough and tumble guys watching your new born while you're doing something for another one of them," Jessica said. "Now if you're just going to argue, go somewhere else and do it!" she shouted, fed up with the bickering. Jessica noticed the grin Danny was giving her. "And don't even look at me like that Danny Storm, I'm still very angry with you," she growled before adding more pancakes to the warmer. Jessica took Kylie from Danny and took Will's hand and stalked out of the mess hall.
"Wow," Caitlin said, grabbing a plate of pancakes and turkey bacon. "Danny, I'm sure she'll forgive you," she said softly.
Danny shook his head. "I left when she needed me, if I were her, I wouldn't forgive me," Danny muttered, standing up and grabbing a bagel.
"Danny, give her time. Talk to her, she'll forgive you," Claire said, giving Danny a gentle smile.
"Yeah, sure, time," Danny said before leaving the mess.
"Wow," Caitlin said again.
"You said it," Jake agreed.
-2 weeks later-
"Jess?" Danny asked, coming out to the back yard.
"Hey," Jessica said with a wide smile. "How are you feeling?" Jessica asked.
"Better. How are you?" Danny answered, feeling a little awkward.
"I'm fine. I'm so glad you're back," Jessica murmured. Danny pulled Jessica in for a hug and kissed her gently.
"I love you Jess," Danny rumbled.
"I love you too," Jessica said. "The kids are with Cal and Claire," Jessica added, grinning.
"Really now," Danny said, raising an eyebrow.
"Make love to me," Jessica whispered. Danny grinned and let Jessica lead him to the bedroom where she pulled off her jacket, revealing nothing under it but bare skin.
"I like the way you think," Danny said with a grin, pulling his jeans and boxers off, purposefully leaving on his tee-shirt. Danny gently pushed Jessica back onto the bed and slid two fingers into her making her moan.
"Danny, it's been six months, stop teasing me," Jessica pleaded. Danny chuckled, removed his hands and thrust into her hard and fast. Jessica met him thrust for thrust and gasped when he hit her g-spot. "Oh God," Jessica moaned, her eyes closed and her finger nails digging into his shoulder blades. Danny fought the urge to wince as Jessica's nails hit one of the welts left by the whip.
Danny thrust deeper. "C'mon Jess, cum," he pleaded, reach a hand up and tweaking her nipple. Jessica let out a shaky scream as her orgasm hit her hard and strong. Danny let out a half moan half roar as he shot his seed deep inside the love of his life.
"Hi," Jessica said, laughing a little.
"I missed you," Danny panted. "And I definitely missed this," he added, nuzzling Jessica's neck. "I love you so much Jess and I'm sorry for ..." Jessica kissed Danny gently.
"We can talk about that at another time, but please, don't spoil this," Jessica pleaded. Danny chuckled and pulled Jessica closer.
"I don't want to leave you again," Danny murmured.
"I'm not going anywhere," Jessica told him, with a sniffle. Danny pulled out of her and sat up.
"Why the tears love?" Danny asked, wiping them away.
"I didn't think I would ever see you again," Jessica whispered.
"Oh Jess," Danny murmured, pulling her in for a hug. Danny held her as Jessica finally broke down.
"I'm sorry," Jessica said as the tears finally stopped.
"Don't be sorry. I never should have left. I was such an idiot. You needed me and I ran away to let you deal with everything on your own," Danny murmured. He gave Jessica a gentle kiss.
"Feel like a shower?" Jessica asked. Danny laughed.
"What's the matter, don't you like being all sticky?" he asked with a wicked smile. Jessica blushed.
"It isn't that, but I want to show you something," Jessica said.
"We'll shower after," Danny decided, pulling on his boxers and jeans before looking for a pair of panties and a dress for Jessica. "Where are we going?" Danny asked nervously as Jessica led him towards the woods.
"Here," Jessica answered, kneeling down besides a small granite marker. Danny knelt down next to her and read Justin Charles Storm on the marker.
"I should have been here," Danny said with a sigh.
"Don't dwell on that, just be here now," Jessica murmured, giving Danny a kiss. Danny wrapped his arms around Jessica and gave her a gentle hug. They stayed like that, kneeling on the ground, wrapped in each other's arms until Jake came jogging up to them.
"I hate to interrupt, but Cal and Claire are at war with each other," Jake said grimly. Jessica sighed but stood up and started running towards the compound.