Another day at work spent mostly keeping the chair warm and the computer busy.
Ok, we did have one citizen stop by to make a report. This time, I noticed the door opening and closing. I looked up and waited for the visitor to take a seat.
"What can I do for you today?"
"I've come to file a report about a missing pet."
I started to pull up the Lost and Found report. At least this time I know what I'm looking for and how to find it. "A missing pet? A cat by any chance?"
"No. It's our dog. He's a beagle. Why did you ask about a cat?"
"I just had a report yesterday about a missing cat. So, I'll need your name and address first."
"My name is Cami House, the house is 309 Sweetapple Ridge Way." She started to say something more but stopped when she realised that my typing speed is very slow.
"He was in the back yard. It has a good fence around it, I thought he wouldn't be able to get out. We've only recently moved here and he wouldn't know this area yet."
"You said it's a beagle - male. What's his name?"
"His name is Mango. I hope you can find him soon. I just entered him in the Appaloosa pet show yesterday. I went out this morning to buy a few vegetables and when I got home, he was gone."
"When would the pet show be?"
"Two weeks from now. I'm sure he has a good chance in the small dog breed category, if he's there."
"You said 309 Sweetapple? Would you happen to know a Mr Noir?"
"I can't say I know him well but that's the house next to ours. Why?"
"He's the man who is looking for a cat. Interesting that you happen to be next door."
It took a few minutes to finish typing and double checking the report. "Thank you. We'll do what we can to find your dog." She nodded and left.
Ok, technically, it's his bed. I am pretty sure that I do have a room in this house but I've never actually used it. With one thing and another, I've never needed it. One thing being Jer and another being Eddie.
"Hey there, Sam."
"You going to finish that kiss or just look?"
"I'm going to say that I just haven't finished looking, yet. But soon."
"No teasing. Not now. Just some kissing." He laughed softly and pulled me down into a warm kiss.
It was some time later before we stopped.
Jer laughed softly. "In that case, we are going to be here forever. You suck at this, you know? Check."
I looked up at him. "Just because this is the third game you are going to win and it's only been a half an hour?" I was trying to sound serious but failed. "No, you're right. I am the worst chess player on the planet." I looked at the board for an escape. Jer's trap was well set. I knocked over my king to surrender the game.
"You have to learn to think ahead. Not just what you want to do but what I'm likely to do after that and how you will counter that move."
"God, Jer, just that explanation gives me a headache." I looked over at him. "But there was something else I'd like to talk to you about."
He was setting out the pieces to start another game. "Well, go on then. I won't bite. Unless that's what you are asking for." There was a wicked glint in his eyes when he looked up.
"I know that you said your people rarely stayed together as couples. But," I looked into those beautiful blue eyes of his, "I've discovered that I don't really like dating around. I want you. Just you. Always you." I got up from the chess table and pulled him out of his seat. "Would you be willing to try just dating me?"
"Sam, don't forget. I'm on a mission, to try and create Seastrider babies. They have to be from different people, not just one partner."
"Jericho Seastrider, I promise to love any baby you bring home as much as I would love my own. No matter who the second parent happens to be." I paused for a second. "Just don't overflow the house with a lot of babies at once. I'm not sure we're ready for that kind of chaos."
"Jer, you have made me so happy. You are one hell of a guy and I'm going to enjoy proving that to you."
The next day, we were out doing the sorts of things you expect from new couples. Mostly going from place to place trying to decide which was the best smooching spot in town.
"Sam, the science lab think they've done it. They think they can produce a baby from any set of genetic donors."
"Yes, want to come and help make a baby?"
"Any idea how they plan on doing this, Jer?"
"Hell no but it's what I've been waiting for since forever."
"Right, love. Let's go."
First they gave us a tour of the facilities and of the experimental area where they hoped they'd be producing the babies. Then they asked us to sit in some large chairs while they drew out a blood sample from each of us.
"Yes sir. All we need is the DNA - it will be easiest to extract from your white blood cells. Now hold still for the needle." Damn, that's a wicked looking needle. I closed my eyes as she plunged it into my arm. After the first jab, it wasn't that bad.
I didn't think that there would be much to be jealous of if Jer had science lab babies with other people. Now I know there is absolutely nothing to be jealous of. He won't even have to be here at the same time as the other person.
I was cooking dinner for everyone but my mind was wandering over the events of the past couple of days. You know; thinking about work, thinking about Jer, wondering when the science lab would get back in touch. So I totally lost track of the time and failed to notice that the food in the oven was starting to burn.
Both dinner and the stove were ruined. We ended up needing to order pizza and a new stove.
Fortunately, no, it didn't.
The followup after Eddie confused to cheating.
Sam went off on his own to do "Let's be friends" to Eddie.