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take me...beginning 11-20. I started at 81 on the blog. enjoy even though it needs editing.  

dadigan 60M  
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1/9/2022 2:48 pm
take me...beginning 11-20. I started at 81 on the blog. enjoy even though it needs editing.

Sara and I didn't make love, in any way, we just slept entwined the
entire night hardly moving and when we did move we found each and
reconnected like magnets. I woke but the sun was brighter than usual.
I looked at my phone and it was after 7am and I was late. I rolled
over and got out of Sara's bed and looked down at the towels and
smiled about last night. I knew she was hatching plans already but I
didn't care. The only thought I had was how much she would have
squirted if she didn't have her period.

I walked to the bathroom and knocked as I walked in. Sara screeched,
"Daniel.... I'm pooping." She was mortified but her pooping didn't
bother me. I said,

"Well, lucky you're on the toilet then." I walked over and kissed her
on the top of her head.  "I don't care goofball because we all poop
but I need to take a shower because I'm late. We got waylaid last
night." I stepped into the shower and said good morning. As I turned
on the water I heard,


I smiled as I started washing my hair and felt the door slid open. I
washed the shampoo out of my and saw Sara smiling up at me.  God she
was gorgeous. I'm sorry if I embarrassed you sweetie.  She leaned up
and kissed me.

"You surprised me, that's all. I thought you were asleep." She turned
around and leaned forward and then looked back, smiling. "Now wash my
bum like you were suppose to do last night. I didn't hesitate.

We continued our love of touching each other but I really was late.
Sara wrapped a towel around herself and asked if I wanted coffee. She
always asked me questions when I had my mouth full, this time with
toothpaste. I looked up and nodded.  I dressed quickly and walked into
the kitchen. Sara melted my heart in general but when she looked up at
me, in a towel and holding a cup of coffee, she took my breath away. I
said thanks and kissed he as I reached around and grabbed her butt. I
couldn't help myself. She bit my lip although not hard and smiled.

"I don't even know what you do Daniel. What are you late for?"

"I work with wood and I have potential but I texted him and he
said he was running late too so we pushed the meeting back until
9:00am. I build caskets and urns."  She was quiet for a while and then

"I wish I had known you last year when my dad and Miss Ella died.' I
put my coffee down and hugged her, holding her tightly, but my mom has
always called me a snot so as I gently kissed her head I pulled her
towel off and jumped backward before running to the bedroom and
closing the door.


I could hear her running down the stairs. I was laughing but I was
also standing on the opposite side of the bed when she opened the

"You are SO in trouble mister," she said as began to stalked. I really
didn't mind because she was totally naked. She moved and I countered
and then she'd adjust. She was cougar and was the prey and I was
trapped so I walked around the bed and stood there. She smiled and
jumped on me like last night as she kissed me. She leaned back, still
attached, and said,

"I might be a little smitten, Daniel."

I smiled and said, "I know I am." I gave her back her towel because
she was seriously distracting me and I needed to leave. I told her I
should be done by 11:00 and could take you to your car but she said
she had to work at Henry's and would call someone to pick her up but I
could meet her there. I was quiet for a bit before saying,

"If you trust me you could give me a key and I'll come back her first
and do the laundry since I was kinda responsible for it needing to be
done." She walked over the the dresser as she wrapped the towel back
around herself and opened a really nice wooden box and pulled a key
out and handed it to me, with misty eyes.

"I'll put everything in the washer before I leave but if you would
stop by and throw them in the dryer that would be great. We can make
the bed together later and mess it up all over again." I took the key
and said deal.

Sara walked me to the door and hugged me.  "Get off of here mister
before my husband comes home. I hope the meeting goes well," and then
she grabbed my balls, smiling.

"I'm liking you a lot Sara," I said as I kissed her and walked out.

"I'm liking you a lot too Daniel."  I turned around smiling and almost
fell off the bottom step.. "Jesus babe, be careful,' she said shaking
her head and closing the door as I walked to my car.

I looked around the neighborhood. It was super nice. The houses were
on the smaller side like Sara's but all seemed to be made around the
same time period and very well taken care of. I walked around back
being noisy. I could feel Sara watching me out the kitchen window and
likely smiling. There was a detached garage with an older door with
glass windows in it, so I looked in. It was quite large and filled
with stuff.

I looked up, and around, to orient myself as I walked into the
backyard. It was a pretty large lot and while there were mature trees
closer to the house the bulk of the yard was open and faced South. As
I looked around I heard,

"Excuse me sir. Can I help you with something?"

I had a huge a smile on my face as I turned around to see Sara
standing on the back deck in her towel as her next door neighbor was
watering her plants and trying not to be obvious as she watched and
eavesdropped on the conversation.

"I thought you had a meeting."

"I do, but my shop isn't far so I have a few minutes and the place
looks so much different in daylight. I was curious"

"Hi Mrs. McGinty," Sara said waving at her. "Lovely morning."  It was
all I could do to keep myself from laughing.

I walked up to the deck and whispered, "If I asked, would you drop the
towel to your ankles?"  Sara cocked her head, like she did last night
and looked at me then started to undo her towel.  I laughed, said
stop, and that I'd see her soon, and headed back to my car. I was
about to turn the corner of the house when Sara said,

"Hurry with your meeting. I miss you." I stopped, turned to look at
her, put two fingers to my lips and lifted them toward her. He smiled
and walked back inside without saying a word.

I was so in trouble.

Luckily I am very good with direction, and finding my way around has
never been an issue so I made it to my shop with plenty of time to
spare. As I opened up I was thinking about Alison and Philip and that
I needed to deal with that even though I didn't really want to and
then my phone rang. It was Sara. I instinctively smiled as I answered.

"Hey you."

"Watchya doin'?"

"I'm opening up the shop. what are you doing?"

"I'm getting dressed but I'm naked at the moment and thought of you
licking my pussy last night and I was thinking about shaving it. What
do you think?"

I almost jumped through the phone yelling, "No, don't do that. I
love..." That was when I noticed my 9am standing at the overhead door
looking at me. I held my index finger up and whispered. "I've got to
go but don't do anything.... please."

"OK. Bye sweets."  I could her laughing as I hung up. I walked toward
the overhead and extended my hand and said sorry about that. I was
talking to my sister. I'm daniel. Come on in let me show you around."
This woman was going to drive me insane.

I like working with wood because it's simple and it is what it is, and
you can do many different things with it. I chose to make handmade
caskets and urns after my dad died because what was available was
overpriced crap. I charged less than funeral homes, which didn't like
me, and made a custom casket, and I also talked with the family. As I
got older I started thinking I was less a wood worker and more a
counselor, as I was today.

Jack introduced me to his wife Helen, whose mom was sick and was
likely to pass in the next 6 months. The family wanted to be ready,
which was smart. I only had one type of casket.... simple, dovetail
construction but with real wood they could choose. we talked longer
than I thought we would but as they were leaving Helen hugged me and

"Thank you daniel. I know you will give my mom a wonderful place to be
when it's her time." I shook Jack's hand and watched them walk away.
It never got easy but I was good at connecting with people and it was

Sam walked up. He was the real carpenter. He wasn't as old as Henry
but older than me and way better working with wood and I knew could
trust him. I don't think I could do any of this without him.
Partnerships are highly underrated when they are good.


"Hola Sam. How's the familia?"

"Good...good. Everyone wants to know when you are coming for Sunday
dinner."  Soon I said.

"Will you be OK if I head out for a few hours. I need to deal with some things."

"Of course, I do most of the work anyway," he said smiling and I
couldn't argue with him.

"Thanks, and I'll let you know dinner. I would like that.  Hey, do you
ever eat over Henry's?"

"Henry's.... yeah. I've been going there for years. Henry and I play
dominoes twice a month. Why?"

"Well, I'm seeing his God ."

"You're dating Sara?"

"Only for a couple of days but she is pretty cool."

"That's Sara. She's a force of nature. He looked at me in his Sam way,
which always made me unsettled because he's the only one to be able do
that with he was looking through me and into my soul. He
smiled. Daniel, invite her to Sunday dinner this week. My family will
love to see you, and her. She and her dad would come regularly."

I hugged him and said I would and then headed back to Sara's. I was
almost done putting the sheets and towels in the dryer when the phone
rang. It was Sara.

"Hey babe."

"Where are you sweets?"

"I'm at your place. I'm putting the stuff in the dryer. What's up?
Are you OK? You sound stressed."

"A little. I need to cover for someone who was suppose to open. I was
suppose to be off today so I could help Henry because no one else
could. How soon can you be here? I need backup."

"I'm on my way. I have absolutely know idea what to do but I'll wing
it. It'll be fine. What's the worst that can happen?  I'll be there in
15 minutes."

"Thank you, daniel."

I pulled up to Henry's and the parking lot was packed. I got out of
the car and Sara was walking toward me. "Aren't you suppose to be
inside," I asked as we kissed?"

"My sister is waiting tables, and her is in the kitchen helping
Henry. It's a family operation.I have a break. How did the meeting go.
I told her all about it, and about Sam which stopped her in her

"Sam works for you?"

'Yeah, for about 6 years."

"Shit, Henry's mind is going to blown. They play dominoes early 2
saturdays a month and Sam beats his butt even though Henry thinks he
cheats. He doesn't. Henry sucks at dominoes. Who are you," she asked
smiling? Want to take a walk? I have half an hour."

'Yes please."

We walked around and Sara recounted her memories of growing up here.
She never let go of my hand. We walked behind the building and there
was a lovely little cottage that you would never know was even there.

"You asked me about my dad and Henry.  When they got out of the Army
my dad told Henry he should move out here to Denver. Richard, my dad,
had just inherited this from his dad and had no clue how to run it. I
guess it was bumpy for a few years but my dad and Henry were really
good at collaboration and they created a plan which is what you see
today. They had a place to bivouac as they redesigned this place but
then my dad met my mom, and Henry met Ella and things changed."

"What happened," I said hugging her because she was obviously sad."

"That's Henry's and Ella's. I spent half my life there with my
brothers and sisters which was great for me because I'm an only
and both my parents are dead now but I still have Henry and the idiots
he calls ." I laughed out loud because they were definitely
siblings, no matter the blood. We walked around the cottage and Sara

"From my mom's telling, which I tend to just, after they were
"involved" the conversation shifted, mainly to my mom and Ella, and
about living situations. Camping out in a restaurant that was being
renovated was something neither of the ladies wanted so they all
'talked.' The my family owns all this land, and the buildings... I
think. I should check into that. Anyway, since Henry and Ella would be
running the restaurant they thought that creating a place behind the
building would smart. Henry and Ella focused on saving for their
future family and this ended up being paid for by the business. It was
actually very smart. My dad and Henry were partners"

"My dad couldn't boil a shoe but he was creative. He used the GI bill
to learn drafting, and then architecture. He always figured this area
would come back into vogue and Henry and him bought small bungalows
and bought them back. They did pretty well.

He was always an idea guy, and good at designing things but both Henry
and him were good with their hands... building things, like you. I
remember talking with him a year before he died and he told me not to
give up on this neighborhood, that it was our home and gave us what we
have. He was right. Henry and Ella were right in their love for this
place too. My mom and dad bought the house that you slept in last
night mister. I might add that no one else has so no pressure there.
This area around us has been, and is my home."

I pulled her into me and squeezed. She held me tight. I was beginning
to understand the complexities of this lovely woman. I oriented myself
to get my bearings and turned us to meet them.

I pointed over the back half of the parking lot.  " About 2 miles as
the crows flies is my shop. When we were , if we knew each other,
we probably could have walked down that ditch and get there
unhindered. My place is more gruff but it came to me in a similar way.
Go figure, we grew you up 2-3 miles away from each other"

Sara grabbed my triceps and dug her nails into them because she was so
excited. "Let's see if we can walk there. I want to see where you live
Daniel. We have to do that this weekend. Deal?"


"Good,"she continued.

"Henry and Ella lived in that cottage until she died last year. I have
a brother and two sisters and we spent decades in that home playing,
and living, together. I haven't been in there since Ella died. Henry
and Ella lived as they grew up, frugally. They were happy living were
they did even if others looked down upon them. They bought houses for
each of their long before said could even live in them.
Henry is a very wealthy man even though you would never know it by
looking at him."

"Anyway, that's the scoop about my dad and Henry. I didn't forget.
However, mister, I think we need to talk about Alison and Philip."

"I know babe. I was thinking about it after I left this morning.  I
was going to bring it up because it's not fair to drag it out," Sara
interrupted me.

"Waiting one more day won't kill her, and given what I know it'd be
good for her. I have a few thoughts that we can discuss tonight,
assuming you can talk after I am done with you."

Thankfully the buzzer went off and we headed back to Henry's. I was so
in trouble.

Sara and I walked into the restaurant. Her sister, Chloe, walked up
and said Henry was losing it. Sara had to leave and looked at me
distraught. Henry was her father now and in distress. I kissed her and
said go. We'll handle it

As I walked by I said, "Hi Chloe. I'm daniel and I am very interested
in how you got your name because you don't hear it very often." Sara
kicked me in the butt as I headed to the kitchen. I stopped and turned
around and looked at her.

"Aren't you forgetting something mister?"  I walked up and hugged her
saying it'd be OK and the kissed her.

"I assume I'll see you later," I said while smiling.  Sara bore a hole
through me as Chloe looked between us. As I walked toward the back to
talk with Henry, I heard Chloe say to Sara,

'Sis.... we need to talk."

I walked into kitchen and Chloe's was there warning me not to go
back into the storeroom. I told him to go help his mom. Henry was in
the back throwing shit around. I understood that. I went to the grill
to see if I could get the pending orders out soon. I yelled for Chloe.

She came running in, as did Sara. I looked at Sara and said go to work
sweetie. I've got this as another crash happened in back. She looked
at me with tears in her eyes, which broke my heart, but I mouthed, "I
have this." Sara sighed and turned around.

"Chloe, what's your 's name?"


I need Jacob coming in here and helping as mush as out there. I know
his grandpa is causing him angst right now but Henry will be fine, but
I need Jacob's help like you do.

"Ok, was all she said."  I liked this family.

I went back to the grill and finished the last of the breakfast orders
with Jacob rushing in and out helping with orders. I was good at
breakfast. It was when I tried making a Reuben that I ran into
problems and knew I was out of my depth and that is when Henry walked
up behind me and put his hand on my shoulder saying,

"Let me show you how to do that, daniel."

I looked at him as intently as Sara looks at me. He didn't blink.


Chloe walked in at that moment and watched in silence.

"Yeah," Henry said. "Rats....go figure."   I handed Henry the spatula
and stepped back telling him I was glad he was there

Chloe turned and walked out, phone in hand.

"I hear you play dominoes, Henry.

"How in sam hill did you know that?" I laughed.

I know Sam. He works with me. I asked him if he ever ate here and it
all unraveled after that about the domino game. Sara and I are going
to his house this Sunday. They've been asking me for months but I kept
saying no, but it seems we know the same people Henry.  Come with us
and I'll learn how to work the grill. I made it through breakfast,

Chloe was half inside the door, which wasn't obvious at all, and she
had her phone out. I knew what that meant. Jaysus!

"It'll take you some time, and commitment,  to get the hang of things,
but I could use a pinch hitter in case I need help. You open to
something like that?"

Chloe was watching, and I know Sara was listening, but I could also
see Jacob peering through the glass in the door as well.

I'll make a deal with you Henry. You come with Sara and me..... and
your entire clan.... to Sam's on Sunday, I'll talk with Sam and we'll
work it out. It'd be nice. Let your grandkids work here, I mean really
work, and you ask Sara into your home. She hasn't been in there since
Ella passed and it makes her sad. If you'll do those things, I'll do
whatever you want. You have my word."

Henry looked at me and said, "We need to figure out something to bring
because Marguriete is a way better cook than me. Ella could hold her
own but not me.

Chloe and Jacob would never make it as spies. Holy crap.

"What was Ella's best dish," I asked.  Henry thought and asked,

"What I liked best, or what she could make best?"  Chloe was still
halfway through the door.

I swallowed because I'm a decent cook but I was about to step off a
ledge into an abyss, but I had done worse.

"The thing she made you that you like most, realizing that it'll never
be like Ella's." Henry was quiet for a long time as he thought.

"When we met Ella's mom made us chicken fried steak and mashed
potato's, vegetable's, biscuits, ya know the whole nine yards. It was
good but didn't hold a candle to Ella's. Her gravy was the best ever."
I looked over my shoulder at Chloe hoping for something, thinking
someone got the gravy recipe, but the fucking door was closed.

"All right Henry, you do what I want and I'll make that meal at Sam's. Deal?"

Henry pondered it for a bit and said OK.

"I need you to start on Tuesday of next week, at 5am. I'll give you
Monday off because Sam likes tequila. We're also going to have a
conversation about Sara, if you get my drift."

"Of course sir, wait, what?  5am?"

"I'm here at 4:00."


"I'm open 7 days a week." I swallowed, breathed deep and said,

"Ok Henry."  He smiled and looked over at that door, which was still
closed, and then me.

"I've got this but see if Chloe needs some help." I was walking out
front when Henry said, "Daniel, thanks. Send my grandson back, will

"You're welcome Henry. I'll send Jacob back"  I walked out and
everyone was looking at me, and I mean everyone. I told Jacob his
grandpa wanted to see him and he almost ran through the door. I looked
around and said,

"Hey folks, just so you know I am no longer the cook, and coffee
refills are on me."  They laughed and clapped at the same time. Chloe
came up, hugged me and then kissed me on the cheek.

"Thanks Daniel." I nodded and said but I'm taken already. She looked
at me shocked for a second then smiled....and hit me in the arm, hard.
What was it with this family. I asked if she needed help because I
wanted to call Sara quickly.  She said I could help when I was done. I
was headed outside but turned and said,

"Hey Chloe, do have your mom's gravy recipe for chicken fried steak?"
Please God, Please God, Please God!

"Mama never wrote down her recipes, why?"

Figures.... "I'll tell you later but don't make plans for Sunday, none
of y'all."

I called Sara and she didn't even say hello...

"How's Henry? Are you OK? How are Chloe and Jacob?

"Sweetie,  Henry's fine and so are Chloe and Jacob, both which I like
by the way, although she hits harder than you."

"What?"  I filled her in and could feel her rolling her eyes. I told
about Sunday and she was almost giddy, and told her about me starting
to learn how to work the grill, and being there at 5 am."

"Are you going to be able to do that and your business as well?" I
told her we'd work it out and I would talk with Sam. Sara was quiet
for a long time but could tell she was tearing up.  "I was so worried
Daniel, am so worried right now for Henry."

"Henry will be OK babe. You don't happen to know how Ella made her
chicken fried steak gravy do?"

"No, but I don't think she had recipes. Why?"

Figures. "I'll tell you later. I need to get back and help Chloe. I miss you."

"I miss you too."

I was actually pretty close in my estimation of where my place was. We
climbed the fence and I began to walk toward the shop.  I knew most of
the people here, and they knew me. I was the crazy gringo who made
gardens and planted fruit trees. I had not been in this exact place
but I am never lost. We walked away from the ditch but I knew where we
were, and smiled.

Sara asked if I really grew up here because it was mostly industrial
but when I was there as a it had multiple families living and
working. The only difference between where I grew up and where Sara
did was mine was industrial and hadn't been gentrified, even though
folks were trying. I'd never sell.

Sara had let go of her angst and was actually skipping as she held my
hand. I actually think she liked it down here because Sara would talk
to a telephone, regardless of the color.

"You actually grew up here? That is so cool, and I am so jealous. Why
didn't we go to the same schools as . SHIT!!!"

My place wasn't very far. I showed her around as we walked and then
she saw Sam closing up the shop she bolted. I walked and smiled as she
launched herself onto him too screaming, SAM!!!!!!!  Sara wouldn't let
him go. She so needed her past more than I realized.

She finally hopped off and said,

"I had no idea you knew Daniel.

"I just found out today, too, short stuff.  What are doing here?"

"I needed to walk and wanted to see daniel's place. You're an extra
special bonus."  I hear our clans are getting together on Sunday....
been a long time, but it'll be nice."  Sam looked at me and I nodded."

"It's way too long and everyone in my family would love to see you
all, even Henry. I was just heading home, are we good," he said
looking at me.

"Yeah Sam, we can talk tomorrow. I'll check everything before I leave.
Say hi to Maggie and the ."  Sara chimed in to say hi Maggie too.
She was back in happy Scorpio.  We said goodbye to Sam and I walked
Sara into my place.

I watched her as she walked around because we were in the shop. The
full property was quite large. She walked around, still looking at
everything like it was new, and took my hand. I told her my dad was a
mechanic, and a bit of a genius, but it never really stuck with me. I
was OK with motors, and whatnot, but I always liked working with wood.

"There is probably $100,000 dollars worth of equipment stored in the
buildings out back."

"Can I see sweets?"  I lead Sara out back and showed her around.  "Why
don't you sell this stuff, Daniel"

"Complicated. It's actually a good investment because they aren't
making this quality anymore, but it's also because I know it. My dad
and uncles used these tools and machines everyday for decades. My
family didn't want any of this, until now. They got the money and I
got this. There is no dollar amount for my memories. I know that I
need to figure out what to do with this, but I'm not ready." Sara
looked at me me and squeezed my hand.

"I understand. Show me your place."

There was a studio at the back of the shop that looked toward the
ditch and I had planted a lot of things over the years so it was a
pretty nice place, not that anyone would know it given the location,
which I was fine with. Sara and I walked through the shop and into my
home and her breath caught in her throat.

"Daniel... Oh my God this is wonderful."

She looked up at me and I said.... "I like wood, and plants, and trees."

"Show me around."

There wasn't much to show. It technically wasn't a studio because the
bed and bath were separated, and it was pretty small, but the view out
back was expansive and amazing. Sarah walked around touching things,
looking in cupboards and pulling out drawers. I didn't mind.

"I need to use the bathroom," I pointed to the closed door. Thank God
I had cleaned. She walked back in, naked, holding her clothes in one
hand, and three towels in the other. She dropped her clothes on the
floor while she ate me alive with her eyes, and threw the towels on
the bed. She walked up to me, putting her hands around my neck and

"Make love with me Daniel. It'll still be bit messy but I want you
inside me. K?" I threw the comforter and sheet off and laid the towels
down and got undressed. Sara was lying on her back looking at me. I
climbed between her opened legs and moved my weight onto her as I
started kissing her lips.

I was hard and Sara reached down and grabbed my cock to direct into
her but I stopped her and shook my head. I moved both hands to her
head and started kissing her, nibbling her lips, throat and the side
of her neck. She ran her nails from shoulder down my back and grabbed
my pulling me into her. She gazed into my eyes, almost drunk, and

"Baby, make love with me, please, because we need to get back. I
nodded and she put my cock into her and smiled. I pushed her left
legup toward her head as I continued kissing her and pushed myself
inside, deeply. I didn't move fast. She moaned and dug her nails into
my ass as she tried getting me to move faster. I wasn't interested in
fast, I was interested in deep and slow... and that is what I did.

I moved with my breath, not hers, because I didn't want to come
quickly. Making love should be like sipping a wonderful brandy, or
vintage wine. Sara deserved that, and more so.  I kept kissing her as
I also pushed myself deeper into her, slow as it was. I was rubbing
her clit with my belly so I knew she was feeling something other than
just me inside her.

Sara's eyes opened and looked at me. Her longing was palpable. I kept
kissing her and shifted her to the right and lifted her left leg
higher and pushed deeper. She was not pleased but she asked me to make
love with her, so I was.

I kept moving in her as deeply as I could knowing the result would be
worth it. She finally let go and wrapped her arms around and breathed,
and moaned, as I made love with her. She clenched my shoulders as she
came, and as I did as well. Deep orgasms aren't what gets the media
but they are pretty nice. I wasn't wearing a condom, which I should
have been even though she was on her period.

I fell next to her as she stroked my hair. She whispered "baby, we
need to go Can I stay here tonight'" I pushed off and smiled as I
kissed her.


We cleaned up and I drove us back to Henry's in the company truck with
plenty of time to spare. Sara and I were attached at the hip as we
walked in. Chloe looked at both of us smiled, and said.

"You and I have t talked Sara," as she smiled. " Can Jake and I go?"
Sara nodded as she hugged her and walked into the kitchen. Chloe
looked at me.

"Sara is my little sister, Daniel. Do you know what that means?"

"I do Chloe. Are you going to hit me again?"  She actually took a step
back as she smiled and said,

"Not unless you make me."  I stepped forward and kissed her on her
cheek and whispered that wouldn't happen and Sara walked out.

Jacob walked up and hugged his mom. I told him thanks and that he was
a huge help. He beamed as Sara walked behind me sticking her thumb
into my ribs  and making me jump.

"That's my sister you were kissing." Chloe and I said, at the same time,

"How's Henry?"

"He's fine. I'll call you tomorrow morning sis and sorry if I scared
you Jake. "He came over and hugged his aunt saying that she didn't
scare him.

"She scared me," I said.

Chloe and Jake walked out as Sara kissed my cheek and went to check on
customers. I walked into the kitchen to help Henry. Before I could
even say hello he said,

"You know how to use a knife? He pointed his spatula at a mound of
vegetables. Regular dice, not fine. They go in those pointing to hard
plastic tubs and then go in the cooler. Can you handle that."

"I'm pretty sure I can Henry. You do this everyday?"

"Ever since I moved here after Sara's dad and I got out the army, and
even before then. Less flapping and more chopping Daniel," he said
smiling as he turned back to the grill. Sara looked through the window
as she put new orders in.

"Are you brutalizing my boyfriend Henry?

"I think he can handle it munchkin."

"Ok then," she said looking at me. "Get to work slacker."  I put my
earbuds in and started chopping thinking that I was kinda falling for
this family and how they'd only been a few miles from me for decades.
I had started peeling onions when Sam walked in like the bull that he
was. I took my earbuds out because I wasn't about to miss any of this
since I got the ball rolling in the first place. Henry looked up as
Sara stuck her head around the door. This family was anything but
ninja like.

"It's a little late in the day for dominoes, but you cheat anyway,"
Henry said smirking.

"I can't help it you suck at the them old man, but I'm not here for
that. I hear we're having a shindig on Sunday."

"I heard the same thing," Henry said as they both looked at me. I put
my earbuds back in and went back to chopping. They chatted for a
while, as good friends do. Sam walked by me as I took one earbud out
and said not to worry about making chicken fried steak but that I
could help Maggie because they hadn't seen Henry and his family since
Ella died and the girls wouldn't be much help. I nodded as he put his
hand out and said, "You did good, daniel," and then walked into the
cooler. He came back with pork chops, hamburger, steak and hot dogs
and smiled as he walked past. Henry looked at him and asked,

"Did you leave me anything?"

"You know how much are family's eat Henry. I'll see you Saturday
morning, maybe you'll actually beat me this me time." Sam laughed as
he walked out. I put my earbud back in and got back to crying while I
chopped way too many onions. I had finished the onions, and carrots
and was now onto celery when Henry put his spatula down in front of
me. I looked up, taking my earbuds out. He looked at my dice and said
it'd do and asked if I wanted anything to eat. I shook my head no and
was getting ready to put them back in when he said we needed to talked
and out the back door. I followed letting the screen door slam as
Henry had done. This was going to be interesting, like everything else
with this family.

"Got a couple of things to say to you so don't interrupt.  First
of all I appreciate you stepping in to help when you had no clue what
you were doing. Aside from the reuben, which you mangled, you did a
good job, so thank you and I know Sara, Chloe and especially Jake are
glad you were there. It's been a tough month and those damn rats have
really been getting to me lately but I think I got 'em under control."

I nodded.

"Second, don't worry about the chicken fried steak, at least not on
Sunday. I am curious to taste your version and we usually have a
family dinner as well, at least we use to when Ella was alive." He got
quiet and his eyes misted.  "We need to start that back up again.
We....I need to start doing a lot of things again."

I nodded.

"Finally, Sara is my and always has been. All the grew
up together and Sara was always the strong one. It broke my heart
today when she was crying in my arms because of what I had done, what
I had let happen because of my grief at losing Ella.  To see the
strongest of my family almost break in front of me was almost more
than I could bear."

I felt Sara standing at the screen door and turned but she was walking
away out of respect.

"You are the only person Sara has ever brought here. You showed me who
are today daniel but it wouldn't matter because I trust my .
Also, because if you ever intentionally hurt her Sara's brother and
sisters would destroy you long before I got to you."

I nodded and rubbed my arm instinctively.

"I know Sara pretty well and I have watched you two together. You have
an ease together and she 'exhales' around you in a way she never has
before. She is a strong woman. You let her be and bend just enough. I
know something about that, as did Richard, her biological dad. I'm
glad you're in her life Daniel....don't fuck it up."

I said.... "Sara is a total pain in my ass, Henry, but I'm pretty sure
I'm falling in love with her."  He wrapped his arm around my shoulder
as we walked back inside....

"Join the crowd ."

Henry and I walked back in and he said, "Go say hi to munchkin, and
then finish chopping the vegetables."  I smiled as I walked out front.
It wasn't too busy and Sara was chatting with a family she obviously
knew. I suspected she knew, and grown up with, most of these people.
She was amazing in how effortless it was for her to connect with
people. She smiled at me and held up her index finger. I just watched
thanking my lucky stars for bringing her into my life.

Sara put the plates away and put down the coffee pot and walked up to
me and melted into my arms. The remaining folks looked at us and
smiled. She looked up, smiling, and said

" So I'm a pain your ass, AND you're falling in with me. How does that work?

"I thought you walked away."

"Daniel, I won't walk to far away from you but you didn't answer my question.'

"I suppose I'm a glutton for punishment, and yeah....maybe?"

"Which one?

"I'll leave that for you to figure out. I still have dicing to do," I
said as I kissed her.


I went back and diced the celery and tomato's and sliced the mushrooms
and then shredded cheese and peeled way more potato's than humanly
possible and put them in a big pot of water. I covered everything with
wrap and put them in the cooler and started washing dishes when Henry
walked up.

"You want a job?" I laughed and said I might because I like to have a
back-up. I didn't mention the fact that Sara had just quit. He patted
me on the back and walked out front because the dinner crowd was
waning. He put up the closed sign, and walked around saying hi to the
few remaining diners. When he got to Sara he hugged and kissed her
forehead and she beamed.

I went back in and looked at the grill and and then looked around
because I knew there a gizmo that you use to scrap food off. I finally
found it and had started scraping when Henry and Sara walked in and
looked at me and then each other. I had absolutely no idea what I was
doing but that never really stopped me because if I fucked things up,
which I had plenty of times, I figured it was a learning experience.
Sara smiled as she walked back out front.

Henry showed me how to properly clean the cook top and showed me
around the kitchen. He told me NEVER to sharpening any of his knives
but that if they were getting dull to tell him. He told me that a
knife isn't a screwdriver, which I already knew and smiled at. He
looked at my chopping station, and the pots I cleaned and then walked
into the cooler. He came out and said,

"You'll do. now get out of here and take that woman with you. She's
getting on my nerves."

I smiled and said,

"See ya tomorrow Henry," and walked out front with Henry following me.
I grabbed Sara's arm and pulled her toward the door. She looked back
as Henry waved. She stepped up next to me, wrapped an arm around,
looked up and said,

"Where are we going mister?" As we walked out.


We got out to the parking lot and Sara stopped, looking at me.

"I need to go home and grab a few things, and I'm hungry." What do you
want? Soup and you," she said licking her lips.  Holy crap!.... and
that's not just an exclamation mark! OK. I got in the truck and wrote
down the address of the shop because she'd never be able to find in
without Maps and told to her her call when she got there and kissed
her and immediately called Sam. Thankfully he picked up.

"What's up Jefe?

"What's the place that makes the amazing chicken soup, and are they
still open?" It was earlier than usual with me and Sara so I hoped so.

"Why?" I told him and he chuckled. Let me call you back. The phone
rang and Maggie answered.

"I hear you're kinda smitten with Sara and need soup."  I could hear
Sam laughing in the background....bastard!

"Maybe a little."

"Swing by Daniel on your way home. I just made chicken soup and mine
is way better. It'll be nice to see your face and we're all glad
everyone is coming Sunday."

"Me too Maggie. I had no idea all of you ding-a-lings were living so
close, go figure. I need to stop at the store, and thanks."

"She you soon.

I called Sara and told not to hurry and that I needed to stop at the
store and asked if she needed anything. and that I needed to stop by
Sam and Maggie's on my way home"

"Chocolate....dark. I'll meet you there and follow you home, K?"


I went to Frank's as I always did to get some bread and cheese, and
some wine and avocado's. There is NOTHING better than perfectly ripe
avo in really good chicken soup. I had soup nailed but the avo's
weren't really good enough guac. I walked up front.

"Hey Frank," I said. Do you have avocado's in the cooler?" He was
having a bit of dinner rush and said yeah, take a look. I had been<b>
shopping </font></b>here for years. I grew up in CA so I can pick good avocado's.
I think it's a trait you get when you are born there. I grabbed a few
and was walking out when I saw the Brie and grabbed one that looked
great. I got crusty bread for the soup and 6 different kinds of
chocolate. I got in line and Frank said,


"More a homecoming."


I drove to Sam and Maggie's, knocked and walked in yelling Hola!, as I
always did. The girls came screaming out of the kitchen and attacked
me followed by Sara, Maggie and Sam, all with smiles on their faces. I
'exhaled' in that moment because Sara was so happy and at peace I
almost cried but I had girls I needed to tickle.

The girls went to do what they did and the four of us went into the
kitchen. It was only 8:30 but seemed later because our timeline had
been so skewed since we met. We had a glass of wine and talked as
friends talk. Maggie came up to me as we were leaving, kissed my
cheek, and looked into my eyes and smiled without saying a word. She
didn't have to. I asked what time she wanted me there on Sunday.

She looked at Sam and said breakfast, which meant early. We hugged and
said goodbye. Sara followed me home after raiding the grocery back and
taking  the chocolate and orange bar, after she kissed me and said

I was SO in trouble.

We said goodbye to Maggie and Sam as a couple would, holding each
other and smiling. I was still stunned that we had only known each for
a couple days but that I was ensconced in her family, and with Sara.
She followed me to my place. We walked inside and I deactivated the
alarm and showed her how to set it and deactivate it. I showed her how
to open the overhead door, in case she ever had to.

She was rapt with attention but didn't say a word.I showed all the
things about my home and shop. She watched like she had never seen
anything before and it was all new. We walked into my home, and
kitchen and I put the bags down. Since it was a nice night, cool but
not cold, I asked if she would like to eat outside by a fire?

"Yes, please, but I need to take a shower." I told her there were
towels in the bathroom I said I'd see her outside and that we could
make room for her stuff... just clear drawers. She walked up and
kissed me and smiled. She seemed relieved. I think today was a
watershed for her and Henry, and their family. I told her to move
whatever she needed to make room for her things, that this was her
place and look around, just not under my mattress. I didn't care but I
knew she would. I put the soup on low and everything on the counter
and went outside to start a fire in the pit.

This was my favorite part of this place. It took me a LONG time to get
it to this point and it still wasn't done but it was close. I had a
trench with bamboo growing along the fence by the ditch. There was an
apple tree on side, and apricot tree on the other, both about 5 years
old. The backyard actually sat facing mostly south given where it was
on the street. I was never sure if my mom and dad knew that or it was
a fluke. I had the fire going. It was getting chilly out and I needed
to heat some soup when Sara walked out in sweats and a fleece top with
my alpaca blanket wrapped around her.

Jesus Christ I was beyond trouble!

"You said I could look around but there was nothing under your
mattress." I smiled knowing she'd look.

"So I did."

"Mine," she said wrapping the Alpaca blanket around her.

"OK, now come here and hug me," which she did.

"I'll make dinner and be back soon."

"I can help sweets."

"No, enjoy the fire, and your blanket." She smiled.

Thank God for Maggie. I make good soup but i didn't have any and hers
is amazing. I cut the bread and put the brie on a platter, and brought
it outside with the wine. Sara was in another world.

"It's SO quiet here daniel. Listen, you can here the coyotes yipping,
and I glimpsed a fox trotting down the path with a rabbit. This place
is amazing."

"That fox was probably Bob. I've seen him in the here before but I'm
not sure how he gets in yet. It's one reason I don't have chickens.

"Enjoy the brie. I'll be back with the soup."

Sara smiled and reveled in her peace. I was glad. I came back with two
bowls of Maggie's chicken soup with fresh avo in it and put it on the
edge of the fire pit and then bent to kiss Sara. She sighed and melted
into the chair. I thought she might feel at home here. I gave her a
bowl and sat beside her next to the fire eating soup with this woman I
had just met but was rapidly falling in love with as we listened to
coyotes yipping.

It was a spectacularly clear night and almost a full moon, which could
have been why the coyotes were yipping so much. I was holding Sara's
hand in silence, just being together, when she looked at me and said
that we needed to talk.

"I'll start with me, and my crazy family. I called a FULL family
meeting which doesn't happen often, only when shit has hit the fan.
It's not as bad as it was earlier today but we still need the meeting
and I want you there."  I squeezed Sara's hand and said Henry already
told me I was coming.

"Good," she said. "I quite my job because I was sick of it, and them.
I was suppose to be off but they always call on me because I'm
competent,  and then Henry, and all that and. I should have been
there... and now I'm terrified Daniel"

"Why babe?"

"Because I have no job, Daniel. I've always had a job."

"Sweetie, you shouldn't work somewhere you don't like. Besides, you
already met me so fuck 'em. Also, you have a job at Henry's, you just
aren't getting paid for it but from what I can see Henry could really
use, and welcome, the help."

Sara was quiet for a while as she looked at the fire. She squeezed my
hand and said,

"Yeah, you're right. I just don't feel good taking money because it's family."

"I understand sweetie but I seriously doubt your sisters and brother
will mind. I'm betting they will be relieved because then it'll be on
you, even though it mostly is anyway. from what I can see. It's none
of my business, but,

Sara smiled and squeezed my hand and interrupted, as she does.

"It is about you daniel. It's you and us and everything. Jesus, life
can get complicated

"Is your house paid for?"

"Yeah, of course. Mom and dad paid it off a long time ago."

"Do you have savings."


"Then stop worrying babe. Talk with Henry, and your family, and work
it out. I don't see an issue here."  Sara looked at me, got up and
climbed onto me, which isn't easy in Adirondack chairs, and kissed me.

"When did you get so smart mister?" she said as she bit my lip, again.

"I've always been this smart goofball, you just didn't notice."

Sara said, "Hhhhmppphhh!" as she got up and sat back down in her
chair. I stoked the fire, waiting..

"We need to talk about Alison and Philip"


"May I?"

"Babe, you never have to ask."

"Good, because I likely won't.  I am intrigued by them, and by what
happened with you and them, but you and I are complicating that so I
am just going to lay it out.  Before, what's happened with us, which I
think is obvious to both us..."


".... I would have dated you and fucked both of them with you. Now,
things have change at least for me. I've never been interested in
multiple men. Philip is curious but I think he's at least bi-sexual
but won't admit it. Alison intrigues me especially because she
intrigued you.
I'm not exactly sure how this will play out. I'd like to see but I'd
like to be the dominate one with them when we talk. Are you Ok with

I was sort of speechless because I was thinking about calling Alison
and telling her I had met someone. I wasn't expecting this.

"Ok. I have to say that is interesting."

"Call her now and set up lunch so we can all chat."  It wasn't a
question. I smiled.

I waited for Alison to answer, or the call to go to voicemail. I had
the phone on speaker.


"Hi Alison."

"Daniel. I'm sorry I was acting like such a brat before. I'm glad you called you called."

"I wanted to know if you and Philip can meet for lunch. I can't do
this weekend. i have family obligations. Talk with him and let me know
when something works. I'd like to talk about all of us and see what
could happen."

"OK, I will Daniel."

"Have a good night Alison."  I was still pretty awkward at that
because my instinct is engagement and interaction, and I wasn't sure
how Sara fit in that because things had changed in major ways.

"I suck at this," I said. Sara looked at me. "Daniel, you are a
natural but you don't know it. You're just falling in love with me,
that's all... who wouldn't."

"I doubt anyone, sara."

"She already wants you, that's a given. You and I just have to figure
out what we want. I'm really tired sweets. It's been kind of a long

"Go to bed baby."

"OK," she said yawning. "I'll put these in the kitchen as she went inside."

I finished my wine as I listened to the coyotes and thinking about all
of this. Sara and I would need to talk again before we met Alison and
Philip. I put the fire out before picking up the food and going
inside. I made sure everything was locked up and walked into the
bedroom, and I melted.

Sara was sound asleep on what I assumed was her side of the bed curled
up under the alpaca blanket. I got another one from the dresser and
draped it over as gently I could and then kissed her forehead. She
stirred a bit but didn't wake. I climbed into bed and fell asleep.

OlderPete58 64M  
243 posts
1/9/2022 2:58 pm

Thanks for reposting, it brings back memories as yes I did read these and they were the one ones that got me hooked on your story,

And get well soon and get the doctors to look after you too,

dadigan 60M  
55 posts
1/9/2022 4:07 pm

He peter.... no insurance. It's not UK but I'm fine, all of our but thank's for all of your. concern. I've been wanting to get these organized into files so I could edit and format, and then transfer them somewhere else. It doesn't take to long cut and...except when you're binge watching Jack Ryan.

I'm not sure I have even read this through as multiple chapters. It's as new to, and long, as it is to you.

Del82mujer 40F
4 posts
1/9/2022 4:16 pm

Wow!! So nice 👌🏻

ddloves269 67M  
12 posts
1/10/2022 5:42 am

Hi Nice to go back and remember one of the beginning parts. Thanks and get back to good health.

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