SEARCHING FOR A MATE - Season 8 Episode 78
Reece had just asked me if I wanted to see the nursery. Of course, I did. It was something that I had been looking forward to. I had been waiting to see what he was changing about it and why it was taking him so long.
I hoped that he hadn’t changed too much because I loved the way that he had done it before. However, even if it was a completely different nursery, I was sure that it was going to look beautiful. Reece really did have a knack for things like this.
“Come on, Little Bunny.” He said as he came over to me. He was lifting me up and taking me to my wheelchair. It was getting hard for him to carry now too. Not that I weighed too much, that would never happen with the world’s strongest man being your mate. No, the reason that it was awkward was because my belly was so big that it was hard for me to sit in his arms properly. I really was huge. But I didn’t mind. This was all for the sake of my babies. I would do anything for them. I would make sure that they grew big and strong inside my tummy before I let them out. They were going to be the strongest triplets in the world.
When Reece sat me in my wheelchair, making sure that I was buckled up as well, he started to take me toward the door and the elevator. I was so eager and excited to see what was waiting for me. I was excited to see where our babies were going to be sleeping when they slept in their own room. However, we did still need to get bassinets in our room, for those first few weeks.
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I swear that the elevator ride down took forever. Even though it was just one floor that we were descending, it felt like it took at least ten minutes. I know that it didn’t. But I was so excited that I just couldn’t help it. I was too impatient and anxious right now.
Finally, we had arrived on the floor with all of the kids’ rooms. I knew right where we were going, and Reece was pushing me in that direction. I was happy about it. I was also excited and nervous, and maybe a little but scared. I just wanted to see how the room had changed since I last saw it.
I waited with bated breath as the door opened in front of me. And I breathed a sigh of relief when I saw that the original nursery was intact.
The first thing that I noticed was that the colors were vibrant again. It was clear that Reece had repainted the room. Well, not exactly. He had touched it up with the same color that he had used last time. The yellow and the green were perfectly new. The forest was pristine, all of it.
The next thing that I noticed was that there was all new furniture. They were all matching sets of the cribs, changing table, dresser, chest of drawers and wardrobe. And there were three of each of them. There were even toy boxes that we could fill as the boys got older.
There were two rocking chairs and gliding ottomans in the middle of the room. And I was happy to see they were the same rocking chairs from when Reagan and Rika were born. They had been cleaned and all that, but they were the same exact ones.
“Reece, it looks absolutely amazing.” I sobbed out as I looked at the opened closet doors and saw all the baby clothes on the other side. “Thank you so much, Reece. Just, thank you.” I was now looking at the name signs about the cribs. We had done it with Reagan and Rika and then again with Talia. They were a tradition for us.
“Ahem.” I heard Juniper’s voice as she cleared her throat. I had been so focused on the rest of the room that I hadn’t really noticed that she was there. That was when I noticed a large sheet covering part of the wall. That just goes to show what you can miss in such a large space.
“Juniper. What’s going on? Is something wrong with the wall?” I was worried that something might have happened before Reece came to get me.
“No, Trinity. Nothing at all is wrong.” She smiled at me. “I just have something to show you.” For some reason, she was looking nervous and excited at the same time.
“We’re ready, Juniper.” Reece said, obviously being more prepared for this than I was. OK, now I was getting more nervous. What was going on here?
“What is this, Juniper? What’s going on?”
“Well, Trinity, I wanted to do something for you. So, I asked Reece’s permission and I have been working on this for a little while now.”
It was at that moment that I realized that Juniper was wearing old dirty clothes that were covered in paint and frayed. It was what she usually wore when she was painting.
“Wait a minute, Juniper. You…you’re wearing your painting clothes.” I put a hand over my mouth as I started to realize what this meant for me. “Wh..what did you do? Oh my Goddess, Juniper. D..did you paint something? Di..did you paint the babies’ room? I..I don’t know what to say. Thank you, Juniper. Thank you so much.”
“Ha ha ha.” She was acting like I had just told her a very funny joke. “You can’t thank me yet. I mean, you haven’t seen it yet. What if it looks like shit? Would you want to thank me for shitty work?”
“OK, for one, you painted it, Juniper, so I am going to be happy. Two, even if it did look like shit, I would be happy because you put your time and effort into painting this for me. And three, there is no way in hell that it would look like shit because you painted it. I know what a talented artist you are.”
“A..alright now. E..enough of that. H..how about I show you this painting now?” She looked nervous but I knew that she was going to show me a masterpiece.
At that moment, Juniper pulled the sheet down that was blocking the wall. She had actually chosen one that was very close to the same color as the wall itself so that was why I didn’t notice it at first.
However, the moment that the sheet was gone, I felt my jaw drop in awe. She had painted something that was so magnificent and breathtaking that I was nearly put into shock over it. It was almost beyond description.
Before me on the wall was a mural that was painted with so much detail and care that I never would have imagined it was painted. There were me, Reece, Reagan, Rika, Talia, and all three of our little baby boys, Zachary, Zander and Zayden. We were sitting on a mountain top with the clouds and open sky behind us. Reagan, Rika, and Talia were all standing so that they could look at the babies that were in mine and Reece’s arms. I was holding one baby and Reece was holding two.
The detail that was in the faces, the lines, the clothing, everything, it was all just perfection.
“Juniper, this is marvelous. I don’t know what else to say. It’s just that, it’s so beautiful. I can’t thank you enough for doing this for me. Thank you. Thank you so much.”
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“I am so glad that you like it, Trinity. I wanted to do this for you and your family. You have always been there for me, and I wanted to show you that I love you, all of you, very much. Yes, candy pants, that means you too.” Juniper was almost crying, and to stop herself from actually doing it, she made a joke instead.
“Thanks for that, sap for brains. I love you too.” Reece quipped in a way that I had never heard before.
“Aww, look, you two learned to play nice at some point.” I was joking as well, since I knew that they were always nice to each other, they just made jokes like this all the time.
“Yeah, I guess you being in a coma made us learn to appreciate the small things in life. Like the sight of a nice perfectly formed cloud, or the smile on your enemies face when you compliment them.” Juniper was still joking right now, and it was making me laugh so hard.
“S..st..stop!” I tried to force the words out.
“Oh come on, that wasn’t even funny.” She laughed at the way that I was laughing. “I guess those hormones really are getting to you.” She was basically making fun of me now. This went on for a little while until I was in danger of peeing my pants and Reece had no choice but to take me back to our room so that I could use the bathroom.
I will admit, it was an interesting part of my day, but at least I got to see the completed nursery. And it was fantastic. I was happy that Reece didn’t change the design and that he just updated it. I would be so happy to go in there and rock the boys to sleep now. I was going back to something familiar after all. And it was the design that my sweet, sweet husband made for us.