Thankfully, she hadn't heard any of the strange noises since Gage had started coming by more often. Gage liked to tease her that she'd made it all up to get his attention. As if!
Haley grinned and glanced back over her shoulder. "Just a little bit longer!" she pleaded. She really wanted to get his angles right!
"You promised you wouldn't move!" Haley giggled.
Gage looked over her shoulder at the work in progress and cocked a brow. "You're not going to sell this piece, right?" he asked a little hesitantly.
"Why? Are you feeling shy now?" Haley teased. "No," she assured him. "This is for my enjoyment!"
Gage looked so relieved, she couldn't help but add, "Can you imagine if the guys are your work saw it?!"
Even after apologizing, Gage didn't seem quite convinced of her sincerity. "I promise, sweetie! I shouldn't have joked about it!" she added.
"It wasn't very funny. Something like that could ruin my reputation," he argued, still not mollified.
Gage leaned back from her kiss, "I'm pretty sure we can think of something," he said huskily. "This time you have to do whatever I tell you!"
Gage groaned and pulled her against him, crushing her mouth with his kiss.
"Are you sure you're okay we didn't go down to the park?" Gage asked as he popped a grape in his mouth.
She'd been a little disappointed that he hadn't wanted to go to the park for their picnic. It hadn't looked that rainy... Haley smiled. "Of course! You were right, it kinda looked like rain. Besides! And think about how much gas we saved!"
"I can't do anything right!" she cried, racing to the bathroom and slamming the door.
Gage grimaced and dropped his head on Haley's head. "I guess that means we're not going to finish," he asked needlessly. Haley was already getting to her feet and straightening her clothes.
Gage shrugged. "I guess I should get going anyways. I needed to get home to get dressed for my shift, anyways."
Gage looked at her tenderly. "I told you I'm not ready to move in," he said gently. "Trust me, moving in too early can change a relationship."
Haley pouted a moment. That's what she wanted! She wanted their relationship to be more serious!
"Yes!" Rachel sniffled.
Haley's mouth dropped open. Blinking as she tried to assimilate the information, she said, "Okay. Well, I'm sure when we tell Alan..." she stopped because Rachel was shaking her head. "Okay? No, what? We're not telling Alan?"
"It's not that, Haley!" Rachel said, burying her hands in her hands and crying even harder. "Alan's not the father!"
Haley mouth dropped open once again. "Okaaay," she said, cautiously asking, "Do we know who the father is?"
"But Rach! He quit without collecting his last week's paycheck. The agency sent over a new maid!"
Rachel sobbed even louder. "My life is ruined, Haley!"
Haley wrapped her arms around Rachel and patted her back. "It's not ruined. We're going to do this together."
"You mean it?" Rachel asked, leaning back and peeking up at her friend. "You don't hate me?"
"For what? Getting pregnant? No!! Don't be ridiculous." She squeezed Rachel's hand. "You're my best friend."