The Pens had day games both Saturday and Sunday, which had given Sidney and myself the nights to spend with Oliver and each other.
Sunday night after dinner, I had decided that it was bath time for the little boy.
"Hey Sid, want to help me give this guy a bath?" I asked, peeking into his room with Oliver in my arms.
"Is that even a question?" he laughed, getting up from his computer.
"You might want to put something on that can get wet," I motioned to my outfit consisting of some Hurley boardshorts and a tank top.
"Sounds good. See you in the bathroom!"
I chuckled, walking into one of the guest bathrooms and sitting in the empty tub with Oliver. Usually he's in a little bath chair, but that was packed away. I pulled off my tank so it was just my bikini top, then I turned the faucet to fill the tub.
Sidney came in, shutting the door behind him. I noticed his swim trunks and white shirt as he sat on his shins by the bath.
"You can get in if you want.. I think there's enough room," I told him, wanting to make sure he felt included.
"It's a good thing this tub is huge," Sid mumbled, tugging his shirt over his head and sitting across from me.
Together we got Oliver cleaned up and had some fun ourselves. Of course, we had a bubble fight and gave Ollie sill hairdo's.
I heard voices outside of the bathroom, then a knock hit the door.
"Come in!" Sidney laughed, helping me straighten Oliver's hair up.
Nathalie walked in, immediately giggling.
"What's up?" I asked.
"Colby called for you, Sid. He's coming over at 10:30 tomorrow," the woman grinned.
I looked over to Sid, watching a huge smile hit his face.
"That's awesome. Thanks for letting me know," he told Nathalie, who then excused herself and shut the door.
"Your bff is coming! How exciting is that?"
"Extremely. I can't wait for him to meet Oliver."
"Well I'm sure Colby will love Ollie. They'll get along well," I told him.
We finished bath time and got out of the tub. I dried Oliver off then went to get him into pajamas.
"Do you want to put him down while I go get a bottle ready?"
Sid nodded, taking Oliver into his arms and smiling.
I went out into the kitchen and dug around for a bottle. As I took formula out of the fridge, Sidney came in.
"He doesn't need that. I set him in the crib and he fell right asleep."
"Seriously? You must have the magic touch or something," I laughed, putting everything away.
Sitting on the counter of the island, I ran my fingers through my hair.
"Hey, so after the game on Tuesday, I have two days off. Maybe I can help you move into the new house and unpack?" Sid offered, grabbing his water from beside me.
"Yeah! I'm just waiting on a call from the owner to tell me that I closed on it. I really appreciate your offer.. And you're welcome over any time."
"I might just take you up on that," he smiled, now standing in front of me.
We had been flirting shamelessly since I came back, and I wasn't complaining. Of course, I had never stopped loving Sidney, but it felt like I was falling in love with him all over again. He made me feel like myself and always found a way to make me smile.. I couldn't stand how I had hurt him; it disgusted me.
"Hey Sid?" I asked, tugging on the hem of his shirt.
"Thanks for not hating me," I mumbled.
"I could never," he stopped himself, "Ok. I hate what you did, but never you."
"I'm sorry," I apologized whole-heartedly, making sure we kept eye contact.
Suddenly, as if something clicked, Sidney swooped in, giving me a soft yet longing kiss. When he went to pull away, I set my hands on the back of his neck, tangling my fingers in his hair and bringing him in for another kiss. I smiled against as his lips, giggling as he wrapped me up in his arms.
Out of nowhere, the kitchen lights flipped on.
"Woah.." Mario's voice rang out, making Sidney practically jump back.
"I'm going to pretend I didn't just see this," the man said, taking one look at our bright red faces, "Night.."
"Goodnight, Mario," we replied, shooting each other an embarrassed look.
Mario left the kitchen and we both let out a breath.
"Awkward, much?" I asked.
"Maybe we shouldn't be kissing in Nathalie's kitchen when everyone's home," he winked, kissing me on the forehead.
Without another word, we went to bed together in my guest room, and as I laid beside Sidney, I had that calm feeling I missed as I fell asleep.
I was up at 8:30 so I could get ready for Oliver to wake up around 8:45. Sid was out of bed at nine, and Colby was over at 10:30 on the dot. I heard his familiar voice fill the house as I was in the kitchen with Ollie.
"Brie, go say hello to Colby!" Nathalie ordered, so I did what she said.
The guys were in the living room, so I popped in to greet my friend.
"Aubrie!" Colby grinned, giving me a hug after I set Oliver down on the floor with some toys.
"Is that who I think it is?" he asked and I nodded.
"Oliver has been waiting for you to come over!"
"Oliver?" the goofball asked, "His middle name better be Colby!"
"Uh.. It's Kennedy," I laughed.
"What?! I won't stand for this!"
"Relax, Colbs!" Sid chuckled, then Mario came in.
"Hey Brie, you've got a call.."
"Keep an eye on Ollie, please?" I asked Sid, who nodded, so I took the phone and went into the kitchen.
"Hi, Miss Fleury. I'm the owner of the house you're looking to lease?"
"Oh, yes! Mr. Ross, how are you?"
"Good.. But unfortunately, I have some bad news. I can't lease the house to you."
"I'm sorry?" I asked, nearly dropping the phone.
"It's come to my attention that you're a single parent. I'm afraid I can't lease you the house."
"You're discriminating against me because I'm not livin with my son's father? Yeah, we'll be living in different houses, but he lives in Sewickley.." I tried.
"I'm sorry, I just can't. Take care, Miss Fleury."
The phone clicked and I hung up, rushing to Mario's office.
"So?" he asked expectantly.
"I got denied the house because I'm a single mom," I choked out; I had really gotten my hopes up about that house.
"Oh, I'm so sorry.. Hey, I'll help you find another place. I'll get looking once I finish this up.." I could tell that he was just trying to make me feel better.
"Thanks.. I'm gonna go hang out with Colby. And thanks for not making a big deal about me and Sid in the kitchen last night."
"No worries," the man grinned.
When I returned to the boys, Sidney asked who I had spoken to.
"No one important," I shrugged.
Around noon I helped Nathalie make lunch for everyone, and we all sat at the dining room table to eat. I had Oliver in a high chair in between Sidney and myself; and Colby was on the other side of Sid.
I looked across the table to Mario, shaking y head as if to say not to mention the phone call. He understood, then brought up the upcoming game.
After lunch, Colby was watching me do dishes while Sid entertained Ollie.
"Hey Brie, do you think Siddo and I could take Oliver out with us?" Colby asked smoothly, knowing how to get me to agree.
"Where are you going?"
"Out to do man things," he replied, and I heard Sid let out that high-pitched near giggle at his best friend's response.
"Yeah.. I'll let you do your male bonding thing," I smiled, "Just get Ollie's coat and shoes."
Colby nodded and left the kitchen.
"You be careful, okay Sid?" I said as I played with Oliver's sock-covered foot.
"I will, I promise. We're gonna go hang out with Jordan, TK, Tanger, Maxime and your brother," Sidney told me with a smile.
"Oh, sounds like a total dude fest," I laughed as Colby came back.
Once they were ready, I told them to be save and have fun.
"Bye boys," I said, giving Colbs a hug and kissing Sid's cheek.
When they left, I went and found Mario.
"You think we can look online for houses?"
"Sure, but don't you want to tell Sid?"
"I will when Colby leaves. I don't want to ruin his visit," I reasoned.
So Mario and I went into his office and hit the web to try and find a reasonable place.