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A Family Dinner

“What if they don’t like me?” Blue asked, adjusting their tie in the bathroom mirror.

Emily pressed her body against Blue’s back. Running a hand up their stomach and over their chest, Emily nuzzled their neck.

“Trust me, they’ll love you because I love you.”

Emily stepped back, causing Blue to frown at the loss of contact.

Putting a hand on their shoulder, Emily spun Blue around before snaking her arms around their neck. Looking into their green eyes, she tangled her finger into their hair.

“Oh do you now?” Blue smirked, their hands wrapping around her waist.

Emily grin as she swayed the two of them back and forth.

“Mhm.” She hummed, leaning into Blue.

Blue could never resist Emily. The way her eyes shined like diamonds basking in the sunlight; Blue couldn’t help but get lost in them every time.

“I love you.” Blue said as Emily learned into them.

Emily brushed her nose against her lover’s.

“Is that so?” She asked, cocking an eyebrow up at them.

“More than I could ever put into words.” Blue whispered as they leaned in closer.

Emily laughed.

“Such a cheese ball.” She said.

Dipping their head, Blue allowed their nose to brush against Emily’s. Then, tilting to the left ever so slightly, they pressed their lips to hers. As her mouth opened and Blue’s tongue met her’s, the floor beneath them crumbled, leaving both Emily and Blue floating in their own little bubble. The hands on the clock froze as Blue swiped their tongue along Emily’s bottom lip; begging for entrance.

As Emily opened her mouth, her arms tightened around Blue, attempting to fuse them together. Blue was a drug she could never get enough of; no matter how many hits she took, Emily never seemed to grow a tolerance. Instead, Blue simply took her higher and higher; at this point they were somewhere floating amongst the stars. Eventually the two ran out of air, forcing the two a part.

“Ready?” Emily panted, brushing her nose against Blue’s.

Blue gave a nod.

With a smile Emily spun on her heels, Blue’s fingers laced in with hers. Stepping out of the bathroom, she tugged Blue along, grabbing their jackets and the keys on her way out.

As they drove their way through the wet streets of England, Emily played with the hairs at the back of Blue’s neck.

“Deep breaths baby, deep breaths.” She said as they turned onto the street she grew up on.

Making their way to the end of the street, Emily smiled as they drove past the house that once belonged to her grandparents. Though they were no longer alive, Emily couldn’t help but smile as she thought of her grandparents.

With two, well known, lawyers for parents, Emily’s mother and father were quite busy when she was a kid. So Emily spent a lot of time with her grandparents. Her grandfather taught her how to ride a bike and how to drive and her grandmother taught her how to cook, bake, and sew. It was at their dinner table that a teenaged Emily came to the realization that she wasn’t all that straight. After coming out to her grandparents, they held each one of her hands as she sat down with her parents and told them.

Looking in the rearview mirror, Emily brushed a tear from her cheek as she thought about the fact that they’d never get the chance to meet Blue.

“What is it baby?” Blue asked, turning to her after parking.

Emily couldn’t help but lean into them as Blue cupped her cheek and wiped a stray tear from her cheek.

“They’re never gonna get to meet you.” Emily said just above a whisper as another tear feel.

Leaning over the center console, Blue pressed a kiss to Emily’s forehead before resting their own against her’s.

“Maybe after dinner we can go visit their graves.” Blue said, causing another tear to fall.

Emily nodded.

“I’d like that.” She said with a smile.

After one last kiss, Emily composed herself before she and Blue stepped out of the car. Then, slipping her hand into Blue’s, she laced their fingers together and the couple made their way up the stairs that lead to Emily’s childhood home. As they drew closer and closer the sound of music and laughter poured out of an open window.

Making their way to the door, Blue balled their fist to knock on the door when it swung open to reveal a tall brown haired man.

“Em!” He said, with a smile.

Letting go of Blue’s hand, Emily fell into the man’s embrace.

“Mattie!” She squealed.

The tall, built like a linebacker of a man swept Emily off her feet as if she were a leaf. With her arms around his neck, Matt, her older brother, spun her around, peppering her face with kisses. Then, getting dizzy, Emily slapped his back as she squealed from him to put her down.

Laughing, he set her on her feet before turning to face Blue.

“Hi.” He said somewhat winded.

“You must be victim number seven. I mean Blue.” He said, shaking his head as he out his hand.

Emily swatted his chest.

“Babe, this is Matt, my baby brother.” She said pridefully.

Blue’s eyes nearly doubled in size.

“I’m sorry did you just says ‘baby brother’?” They said.

Standing next to Matt, Emily looked like a child. He had to be at least six foot five or six foot six.

“Yeah, we fed him the good stuff.” Laughed a deep voice from behind Matt and Emily.

Turning around, Emily and Matt stood aside allowing Blue to come face to face with a man just a head taller than Emily but still childlike compared to Matt.

“Daddy!” Emily cried, throwing her arms around the older man’s neck.

Chuckling, the man whined his arms around her as he pressed a kiss to the top of her head.

“Hi baby girl. How was the drive?” He asked looking at Emily as if she were the entire world wrapped up into one person.

“It was amazing. I’m so glad we drove. I got to show Blue so much of the town.” Emily said pridefully.

Chuckling, the man turned his attention to Blue.

“Hi, Charlie.” The man said, sticking out his hand.

“It’s nice to finally meet you sir.” Blue said placing their hand in Charlie’s.

Charlie laughed.

“Sir? This isn’t the army kid. Please, call me Charlie.” He said with a smile.

“You hungry?” He asked, causing Blue to chuckle.

“Starving.” Blue said with a smile.

“Good, good. Let’s head inside then.” He said.

Making their way into the house, Charlie informed Emily that her mother had been obsessing over her arrival all day; well more so about meeting Blue. Then, stopping in the living room, a short black haired woman rushed out what looked to be the kitchen.

“Oh Charlie I’m not done yet.” The woman complained as she rushed over to them.

“Blue! I’ve heard so much about you. It’s so nice to finally meet you.” The woman said with a bright smile.

Stopping in front of them, the woman clapped her hands together before pausing for a moment to admire her daughter and Blue. Then, turning her attention to Blue, she spoke.

“Is it alright if I hug you?” She asked, looking as though she might burst with excitement.

Blue smiled.

“Of course. I love hugs.” Blue said, causing the woman to move forward.

Winding her arms around Blue, the woman pulled them in close, her head landing right over Blue’s heart. Hugging her back, Blue closed their eyes taking in the smell of vanilla perfume and food; a combination that went together surprisingly well.

“Ah, it’s so good to finally meet you. And you smell wonderful.” The woman said causing Blue to laugh.

Emily scoffed.

“Mum, I’m here too.” She complained.

The woman pulled back from Blue and looked at her daughter.

“Oh hello dear.” She said before continuing to hug Blue.

Emily scoffed yet again as Blue laughed.

Again, the woman pulled back from Blue, her cheeks the color of cherries.

“My goodness. Look at me, just all over you and I haven’t even told you my name. I’m Bella.” She said patting Blue’s chest.

Blue smiled.

“It’s nice to finally meet you. Emily talks about you all the time. All of you.” Blue said, looking from one family member to the next.

Over the course of the year and a half Blue and Emily have been dating, she’d told Blue so many stories of her brother and parents that Blue felt like they’d known them for years.

“All good I hope.” Charlie said looking over at his daughter.

Blue looked over at Matt for a moment.

“Mostly.” They replied, their tone joking.

Charlie and Bella laughed as Matt’s head snapped to his sister.

“Mostly?!” He asked, glaring at his sister.

Ignoring her brother, Emily turned her attention to her mother.

“What’s for dinner mum?” Emily asked, making her way over to her mother.

Wrapping an arm around her daughter’s waist, Bella hugged Emily close to her side, smiling a prideful smile up at her.

“You’re favorite, baked macaroni and cheese.”

Emily’s face lit up like the night sky on the Fourth of July.

“Yes!” She said, fisting pumping in the air.

Blue couldn’t help but laugh.

“Wanna help?” Bella asked, causing Emily’s smile to widen.

“Why’s that even a question?” Emily laughed, touching her forehead to her mothers.

Bella smiled, patting her daughter’s hip lovingly before they turned to Blue and the guys.

“Babe you wanna hang in the kitchen with mom and I or watch Tv with daddy and loser over there?” Emily asked, her attention now on Blue.

Blue rubbed the back of their neck.

“The game’s on.” They said sheepishly.

Emily and her family laughed.

“I’ll get the beers.” Matt said rushing to the kitchen.

Shaking her head, Emily pecked Blue on the lips before following her mother and brother into the kitchen.

“So, a sports fan.” Charlie said clapping a hand onto Blue’s shoulder as he turned them around.

“Nah, just a soccer fan.” Blue said as Charlie led them to the living room.

Charlie laughed a fully belly, Santa Claus type laugh as they made their way over to the couch.

“I like you already.” He said patting them on the back.

While Charlie, Blue, and Matt watched the game, Bella and Emily stood side by side at the counter, chopping up vegetables for a stew. Then, as Emily stirred the stew, Bella added the vegetables. Once they were all in, Bella smiled as she watched her daughter absent swoon over Blue who cheered loudly as their team scored a goal.

Standing next to her daughter, Bella bumped Emily with her hip, causing Emily to snap out of her gaze and look to her mother.

“Sorry.” Emily said, looking at her mother with rosy cheeks.

Bella laughed.

“Don’t be, I know what it’s like to be smitten.” She said with a wink.

Chuckling Emily helped her mother finish cooking. Then, as they platted the food, Matt and Blue could be heard yelling profanities as Charlie laughed.

“Pay up.” Charlie laughed as Emily and Bella walked out into the dining room.

After setting the food on the table, they made their way over to Blue and the guys.

“This is horse shit!” Matt spat as he and Blue rose up from the couch.

Pulling out their wallets, they each pulled out a twenty, throwing them down on the table as Charlie laughed.

Making her way over to them, Bella swept up the money, only leaving a ten behind for her husband.

“Hey!” He shouted, shooting up from his lazy boy.

“What’s yours is mine baby. Remember?” She said, battling her eyes lashes at him.

Matt and Blue laughed before following Bella over to the table.

“Gambling? The first night of knowing my dad?” Emily tsked playfully as she shook her head.

Blue scoffed.

“More like I was hustled.” They said, shaking their head.

“Fair is fair.” Charlie laughed as they all made their way over to the table and sat down.

Then, for the next two and a half hours, they all sat at the dinning room table where Charlie, Bella, and Matt took turns telling embracing stories about Emily.

“So she comes running out of the bathroom, arms flailing around like one of those inflatable wacky men as she screams ‘he killed Barbie, he killed Barbie!’Matt said as everyone at the dinner table roared with laughter.

After desert was served, Bella made Emily and Blue Togo plates and they reluctantly said their goodbyes to her parents and brother. As they kissed and hugged Bella, Charlie, and Matt, Bella made them promise to come back again. Hand in hand, Blue and Emily made their way back to Blue’s car. Having told so many stories, laughed quite a bit, and consumed her fair share of alcohol, Blue figured their girlfriend was simply tried as she leaned forward and pressed her face into Blue’s chest.

“I think gran and gramps are gonna have to wait until tomorrow.” Emily said tiredly.

Bowing their head, Blue pressed a kiss into the back of Emily’s neck.

“Yeah, I didn’t expect you get so tipsy.” Blue mumbled against her neck.

Emily giggled as Blue unlocked the car and helped her in.

When they made it back to their AirBnB, Blue snagged a parking spot right outside their apartment. Getting out, they made their way around the car where they opened Emily’s door and helped her out.

As she stepped out of the car, Emily feel into Blue, giggling as she wrapped her arms around their neck.

Pausing for a moment, Blue starred into Emily’s eyes.

Then, just as Blue was about to speak, Emily’s arms tighten around their neck as she hid her face in their chest. Tears fell against Blue’s dress shirt as Emily’s arms fell from their neck. Pulling her in closer, Blue rested their cheek on top of her head as she cried into their chest.

“Fuck, I’m sorry.” She said, her words muffled by Blue’s chest.

Blue gave her a little squeeze as they pressed a kiss to the top of her red and held her tight.

“Don’t be.” They mumbled into her hair.

Standing their a moment longer, Blue waited for Emily to calm down. Once she was composed, Emily stood back and spilled her hand into Blue’s allowing them to lead her up and into their apartment. Once inside, Blue helped Emily out of her dress before stripping out of their own clothes and crawling into bed with her.

“Hey, would it be weird if we had a picnic at your grandparents’ grave?” Blue asked as they curled around Emily.

Emily hummed with delight as Blue’s warm, naked, flesh met her own.

“Tomorrow?” She suggested, pulling the covers up to her shoulder.

“Tomorrow sounds perfect.” Blue said kissing the back of her neck.

Then, turning around, Blue grabbed their phone and set a reminder in the calendar. Then, after setting their phone on the charger, they turned back to Emily, curling around her. Then, closing their eyes, Blue slipped off to dreamland.

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