Reece's Faith, Part 62
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Special Thanks go to Ms. T For helping me find Faith's voice.
Reece slipped quietly out of bed and gently kissed her lover on the cheek. She was so relieved to see Faith still in bed with her that she almost jumped up and down. Summer was approaching and, with it, the final weeks of filming for Faith. The atmosphere in the Corbett-Ashford household was tense, for more than one reason. If Faith wasn't on the set, she was running to a studio to do dialogue replacement. Reece felt like she saw her lover less and less every day. This sucked for the club owner, since she'd just recently began to feel comfortable in their shared daily routines. Now, with this going on, they hardly had time to talk to each other face to face and wound up having most of their conversations via cell phone. Faith was stressed out and she was very nervous about her first movie. Reece would be happy when all of this was over and she had her girlfriend back home where she belonged. The tall woman would never admit it to anyone, but she couldn't remember how she lived in this house before Faith.
To make Reece's nerves even more frazzled, Smudge had just reached his six-month mark and that meant a trip to the vet today, one that made her less than thrilled. The pup's embarrassing behavior had increased and he was indiscriminate about whom he humped, sometimes leaving Reece slightly red faced and apologetic while she took him for his daily walks. Although she understood why she had to neuter her dog, she still felt bad about doing it. At least Faith was going to be home today and they'd both be there with Smudge. Just thinking about spending some time together with her lover made Reece smile and her mood brighten.
The small dog bounded into the kitchen and skidded to a stop at Reece's feet. He looked at the spot where his food was supposed to be and then back at his auntie with his head cocked to the side. "Sorry, little man, no breakfast for you, today's the big day," Reece sighed as she watched her coffee drip.
Smudge didn't approve of this and he began to yap, attacking Reece's bare ankle.
"Ow! Quit it!" The tall woman squatted down and picked up the dog, glaring at him. "You'll wake Mommy!" He only squirmed around and tried to chew on her fingers. "Okay, I know you want your food. Later, buddy, when we come home."
Still not satisfied, but hearing the sad tone of his auntie's voice, Smudge relented and sat still in the strong hands.
"You see, your mommy -- not me, mind you -- made an appointment for you at the doctor's today. He's gonna give you happy drugs and you'll do sleepies. When you wake up, you'll be a whole new dog."
Smudge didn't know what to make of the whole thing, but he loved his tall human, so he allowed her to kiss his nose and put him on the floor. He sat there obediently at her feet looking up at her, waiting for his food. When it didn't come, he slinked dejectedly into the living room.
Reece sighed into her cup of coffee and sat at the table. "He hates me," she muttered to herself.
Faith finished brushing her teeth and flopped back into bed. She rolled onto her stomach and stretched loudly, knowing that when Reece heard her she'd be up the stairs in seconds. The actress was so happy to be home and to have this whole day with her lover. She snickered a bit when Smudge raced into the room first, hopping madly by the side of the bed. She reached over and grabbed him, plopped him down on the fluffy comforter and waited for Reece. Faith smiled widely when Reece appeared in the doorway with a cup of coffee for each of them.
"Morning, sexy," Faith leaned over and kissed Reece as she settled down on the bed.
"I missed you," the tall woman pouted.
"I know, honey. It's only a few more weeks. Then I'll be all yours again."
Reece thought for a moment, drinking her coffee. "We're going on a vacation when you're finished. Just you and me."
Faith perked up. "Oh yeah? Where are we going?" she asked excitedly.
"Someplace far. Preferably a beach."
Faith took Reece's coffee and put it on the nightstand with her own, then jumped on top of her, pushing her onto the bed with a big hug. "I love you."
"Mmmm. I love this," Reece smiled.
"I'm so sorry, baby. I miss you terribly, too," the actress showered Reece with tiny kisses.
"It's not your fault, movie star," Reece teased.
"Hey, that's not fair," Faith slapped her playfully.
Reece chuckled, enjoying the feel of Faith in her arms, awake.
The actress kissed her lover on the lips before sitting up. "Baby? As much as I hate to break this moment, I have to get dressed. We have a date with the vet."
"Ugh. Don't remind me." The tall woman picked up the pup and hugged him to her chest as she watched Faith go to the closet.
Faith sighed and put her hand on Reece's bouncing leg to still it. After dropping Smudge off at the vet's, they went out for breakfast and then did a little shopping to ease Faith's nerves. This, of course, did nothing to calm Reece's agitation; it only made her more edgy. They'd been back at the vet's office for almost a half hour and, in that small period of time, Reece menaced the poor receptionist a total of three times. Faith rolled her eyes as her lover stood abruptly to pace the small waiting area. She shot the poor receptionist a sympathetic smile as she flinched when the tall woman shot out of the seat.
"Reece, he's fine. It's a minor procedure. They just want to watch him while he wakes up from the anesthesia." Faith gestured for her lover to come back and sit.
"They cut off his balls, Faith. You call that minor?"
Now the receptionist gave Faith a sympathetic smile. She'd had much practice explaining this sort of thing to worried "parents".
Faith sighed again and closed the magazine she was reading. She was about to give Reece an annoyed glare when the doctor came into the waiting area carrying a very sleepy Smudge.
"It's about time!" Reece held her hands out to hold the dog who attempted to wiggle his way towards her even in his semi-drugged state.
The doctor placed the pup in Reece's hands and raised an eyebrow when the first thing she did was lift his tail to inspect. "Okay, so he's going to be sleepy for a while, don't let him bite at his boo boo..."
Reece tuned him out and walked outside of the office cradling her pup. Faith would get all the instructions. Right now, she needed some air. Seeing her baby with his tongue hanging out made her queasy. "How are you, little man?" She whispered to the dopey pup. He whimpered pathetically and tried to burrow under her arm. "I know, baby," she soothed and arranged him in his favorite position in the crook of her elbow. She narrowed her eyes at the door at the same moment that Faith exited the office.
"So, how is he?" the actress asked expectantly, hurrying over to touch the pup.
"I guess he's okay. He was crying, though; it probably hurts," she looked down at Smudge, now sleeping comfortable against her body. "That's right, you sleep."
The two women walked slowly through the village, Faith holding Reece's elbow, steering her most of the time as she didn't take her eyes off of Smudge. Faith expected Reece to be overprotective, but she didn't expect her to be so tender. She had no idea from where the tall woman drew this. She smiled at her lover's behavior and allowed her to dote on the dog for as long as she wanted. It was fascinating to watch Reece grow emotionally; Faith wasn't going to interrupt.
Knowing Faith probably needed reinforcements, Cori and Violet showed up a few minutes after they arrived home with Smudge. Cori was amazed at how Reece interacted with the small dog, but she didn't make a big deal out of it; she didn't want to embarrass Reece. She took in the sight of the tall woman laying on her stomach, stretched out on the floor next to Smudge's bed. The club owner was wearing a tank top and jeans, her ass looked different than the last time he saw her in those same jeans. She noticed that Reece seemed to have grown more muscle in the last month, her arms and legs more cut and defined, too. Her tattoo now adorned her bicep like a trophy and Reece seemed eager to show it off to the world, wearing a lot more sleeveless shirts lately. Cori glanced over at Faith and received a raised eyebrow, questioning her pensive expression. The dancer decided to ask her question out loud. "Hey, boss lady, have you been spending more time at the gym?"
"Yeah, why?" Reece rolled over and sat up, wrapping her arms around her knees.
"It shows. You look good."
"That's the understatement of the year," Faith snorted. "She's divine. She's a goddess... and she's all mine."
"Oh, brother," Violet chuckled.
"Pipe down, Freaklett," Reece growled.
"Do you have a new workout or something? I haven't seen you look this good in a long time." Cori commented.
"Yeah, something like that." It's called, 'Faith's never home and I hate it here without her.'
"Well your tattoo looks great on that beautiful bicep," Violet mentioned.
Faith eyed her lover's arm as she lifted it up and flexed. "Oh, baby, bring that here," she licked her lips dramatically.
"Oh, please! Do you guys ever stop?" Cori rolled her eyes.
"Hey, we hardly see each other any more. It's more like, do we ever have the time to start?" Reece said with a tinge of frustration in her voice.
"I'm sorry, sweetie, come here," Faith patted the couch next to her.
Reece sat down and immediately wrapped her arm around Faith's shoulder. The actress smiled contentedly as she leaned into the warm body.
"Aww, that's a perfect picture, guys," Violet grinned at the couple.
Faith lifted her hand and traced Reece's tattoo with her index finger. "I have this urge to lick it," she said with a chuckle.
Reece raised an eyebrow and wiggled it. "Ooo, baby. Save that for later," she purred.
Faith shivered as she always did when Reece spoke in that tone of voice.
"Licking tattoos," Cori sniffled. "Our little Faith is all grown up," she dabbed at invisible tears.
"Ha ha," Faith replied dryly, running all of her fingers up and down Reece's arm.
Blue eyes lowered and Reece watched Faith's fingers and the wake of goosebumps they left behind. "That feels good," she muttered.
"Uh oh, that may be our cue, baby," Violet teased.
Cori laughed as her tall friend closed her eyes completely. "Definitely our cue. Later guys."
Faith had already climbed onto Reece's lap and was running both hands up and down both Reece's arms when the door closed. The actress had quickly gotten lost in the feel of her lover and vise versa.
Reece let her head fall back and she hummed in pleasure as Faith's fingers began to tickle her belly, her whole body breaking out in goosebumps now.
Faith traced every muscle in Reece's torso, loving every inch of her newly sculpted body with her fingertips. She pulled the tank top off of Reece's body and smiled indulgently at what was presented to her. "God, you're beautiful," she whispered as her hands started their journey all over again.
Reece groaned. "Wanna take this upstairs?"
"No. I don't want to make love. I just want to touch you. Is that okay?"
"Perfect. What ever you want."
Reece reclined in the hot tub with Faith nestled between her legs. The club owner had her knees bent and Faith's back was snuggled up to her front. The actress's arms draped loosely over Reece's thighs, the back of her head resting on a strong shoulder. Reece sighed contentedly, loosened her arms around Faith's middle and let the warm water relax every muscle. Her thumb traced slow patterns on her lover's belly as the constant sound of the motor that worked the water jets lulled her.
Faith's earlier exploration started innocently enough, she seemed to want to memorize every inch of Reece's body with her fingertips. The strong, tall woman thought she could withstand the touches, allow Faith the opportunity to learn what she wanted, but, in the end, her body was thrumming with energy, charged and ready. It wasnt so much arousal, although that was definitely in the mix, more like a crackling, an electric current traveling through her veins. Reece wanted to retaliate, but Faith felt the intensity radiate out of those blue eyes and she wasn't prepared to let that kind of raw power loose on her already stressed body. Reece was surprised when she was marched into the bathroom, but she was hard pressed to find a reason to complain now.
"Mmmm," Faith hummed, turning her head and rubbing her cheek against Reece's skin.
"Yeah," Reece agreed, lifting her head off the rim of the tub, then ducking it down to kiss blonde hair.
"Cancun," Faith mumbled.
"Hmmm?" Reece opened her eyes and furrowed her brows.
"For our vacation, let's go to Cancun."
"Oh. Is that where you want to go?"
"Why? Did you have something else in mind?" Faith slipped away, turned around to face her lover and wrapped her arms around her neck.
"Nope. Honestly, I was going to ask Cori to find out where you wanted to go and surprise you," Reece's mouth slanted in a lopsided grin.
Faith rested her forehead against Reece's. "I love you. I'll follow you wherever you go."
"Loyalty is so hard to come by these days," Reece teased, pursing her lips and waiting for a kiss.
"Is that why you like Smudge so much?" Faith teased back and then gave Reece her kiss. "He'll follow you anywhere too."
"Ah, but he won't hump me anymore. Care to take over?"
"With pleasure, sexy," Faith giggled and made humping gestures.
Reece raised both eyebrows. "You keep that up and we'll never get out of this tub."
"And that's a bad thing?" the actress smiled and batted her eyelashes.
Reece batted hers back demurely and it struck Faith as hysterical. The club owner pretended to pout at her lover's outburst. "Fine, laugh at me, see if I care."
When Faith finally stopped laughing, she kissed Reece and stood up, causing the tall woman to stop pouting and start leering.
"Come on out, honey, I'm starved."
"Well, now that you mention it," the club owner stood, too.
"Oh yeah, I'll follow you anywhere," Faith muttered as she drank in the naked, wet body.
Faith wanted to go out for dinner, but Reece didn't want to leave Smudge home alone. The actress knew she'd have no chance in an argument against it, so they called Cori and Violet and asked them to pick up a pizza on their way. The four women lounged around the living room laughing, talking and eating, while Reece kept a protective eye on her still slightly groggy pup. At one point, Smudge stood up and yawned, making a small high-pitched sound and the tall woman nearly ran over to see if he was alright. Cori raised both eyebrows at Faith and pointed at the tall woman with her elbow. Faith shook her head and grinned as Reece gathered him up and brought him back to the floor where she was sitting.
"Reece, you're spoiling him. Let him be, already," the actress said around a mouthful of pizza.
"So? He was traumatized today. He deserves to be spoiled. Don't ya, little guy?"
Cori rolled her eyes.
"Oh, and I'd like to see how you handle it when they tear the insides outta Thelma and Louise, tough guy."
"Reece! We're eating!" Faith reprimanded.
The tall woman shrugged, "Well... I'm just saying..."
"OKAY, we get the picture," Violet held up her hand. "I'm sure I'll be a nervous wreck."
Reece stuck out her tongue triumphantly and gave some crust to Smudge who took it in his mouth and began to gnaw on it, holding it down against the tall woman's outstretched leg with his paw.
"Reece, dogs don't eat pizza," Cori scolded.
"This one does. See?"
"Geez, Faith, she's a lost cause!" Violet laughed.
"Tell me about it," Faith said with mock exasperation.
"Soon, he'll be sleeping in the bed and you'll be on that smelly thing in the corner of the living room," Cori pointed to Smudge's bed.
"Maybe she'll throw me some crust if I'm good," Faith teased.
Reece stood up with the pup. "Come on, little man, let's go get a beer and leave the wash women to themselves."
All three women in the living room laughed at that. Once in the confines of the kitchen, Reece pulled the divider down and lifted up the pups tail to inspect. Hmm... nothing much to see here. She put him down on the floor and he scampered to his water dish to wash down the crust. "I see you feel better," she told him. She cocked her head towards the living room and smiled, hearing the three women giggle and talk. Funny... she thought, it didn't piss me off when they teased me. The tall woman opened a beer and drank slowly. I'm completely at ease with a couple of freaks. Smudge scratched at Reece's leg and she automatically picked him up. "They're right, you know. You are totally spoiled," she said and kissed his head. Faith's laugh resonated into the kitchen and Reece felt her belly warm. God, I am so in love with her. She looked around the large space and took in all the changes Faith had initiated in the room. Place mats, frilly curtains, cute little potholders hanging from decorative hooks and even new pots hanging from the pot rack. What did it look like before her? The tall woman couldn't remember. In fact, she could hardly remember what anything was like before Faith. She tried to imagine life without Faith. A twinge of panic shot through her insides and she felt dizzy. Lord! Let's not do that again! she scolded herself. You have got to be the luckiest woman alive, Corbett... Faith's voice cut through her thoughts.
"Reece? What are you doing in there?"
The tall woman opened the divider and stuck her head through. "Just thinking how incredibly lucky I am that you love me."
Faith's mouth dropped open. She just said that in front of everyone?
"Faith, hon, you're gonna catch a fly," Cori nudged her with her shoulder. Truth be told, Cori had just closed her own mouth when she noticed Faith's.
Reece reappeared in the living room with a beer for everyone. All three women looked at her strangely and it made her a little uncomfortable. "What?"
"So, tell me more about this vacation Faith mentioned," Violet changed the subject, much to Reece's relief.
"We're going to Cancun," the club owner smiled.
Faith chuckled at the lack of information. "I called the travel agency today and made arrangements. We're going to a really cool resort... right on the beach! Reece is stopping in tomorrow to pick up brochures, but the web site they gave us showed enough to hook me," she said excitedly.
"And they have all kinds of water sports. I can't wait to get on a jet ski!" Reece said just as enthusiastically as Faith.
"Sounds like a great time. You guys need it," Cori nodded as she spoke.
"So do we get to watch the golden boy?" Violet pointed to the pup lounging across Reece's lap.
"Yeah, congratulations," Faith snickered.
"No problem, I'd be glad to. I'm sure the girls would love to have him over."
"Hmm, I don't know. What if he starts telling them how good he's got it back here? They'll want to move in here with that one," Cori pointed at Reece.
"Very funny, Freak," Reece grinned, knowing it was completely true. Smudge had her trained well.
Later that night, Faith sat on the couch with Reece on the floor in front of her, the tall woman's head resting on the couch between the actress's legs. Faith was combing her fingers absently through the thick, dark hair while she watched television. Reece had conked out a long time ago, but Faith wasn't sleepy and she didn't want to stop touching her lover, so she slipped the remote out from Reece's limp fingers and flipped on her favorite channel. It had been too long since they shared lazy moments like this and Faith knew the minute she started scratching Reece's head, the woman would be history, but she didn't mind. She loved giving the attention to her deprived lover as much as the club owner enjoyed it herself. Glancing down at the relaxed face between her legs, Faith smiled. I can't believe how much I love her. She kissed her fingers then placed them on Reece's lips. The club owner licked her lips in her sleep and Faith giggled. Returning her hand to the dark hair, she heard a small sigh escape the tall woman's lips. "And I say you spoil Smudge," she whispered.
"Guilty as charged," Reece whispered back.
"I thought you were asleep," Faith said quietly.
"I was, until you tickled my lips," Reece's mouth curved into a smile and she rubbed her cheek against Faith's thigh.
The actress stared at her lover's face, suddenly struck with the realization of how much Reece had changed... how she had become completely at ease with the relationship. The trust, the comfort that her face showed right now overwhelmed Faith. The tall woman had grown in ways neither one of them thought possible in the beginning. Faith felt a sort of powerful responsibility for the transformation. "Thank you."
Reece opened her eyes and tilted her head back to see her lover. "For what?" she asked in confusion.
"For everything. God, Reece, I love you so much," Faith bit back tears.
Reece became alarmed and she turned around completely, getting up on her knees to look directly in Faith's eyes. "What happened just now? Why are you crying?"
The actress wanted to laugh and cry at the same time. Reece's hair was absolutely hilarious after she had spent the last two hours messing it up. Instead, she attempted to smooth it down while she explained herself. "I know how much you gave up to be with me. I see how you've changed... for the better, mind you, and I know I'm responsible for a lot of those changes. I just wanted you to know that I love you, for everything. You mean the world to me, Reece. If you ever went away, I'd be devastated."
Reece grinned knowingly. "Don't you worry about me going anywhere," she leaned in and kissed the actress's cheek. "I thought I'd never say this, Faith... in my whole life... these thoughts never crossed my mind, but... I can't leave you. I need you in my life. You make it better. There's no one else in this world I'd want to spend my life with."
Faith's smile threatened to take over her whole face, even though tears were welled in her eyes. Was that almost a proposal??? "I wouldn't dream of leaving you. My life started the second after you kissed me."
Reece rested her head on Faith's shoulder. Jesus... that almost sounded like a proposal. The tall woman sighed with contentment. Would that be such a bad thing?
"I swear, Cori! It sounded like she was going to propose to me!" Faith tried to convince the dancer that she wasn't going crazy and that Reece really sounded like she meant it. She'd been dying to tell someone and called her friend the second she got to the set. Cori wasn't thrilled to be woken up so early, but the news Faith had given her thrust her into full awareness.
"She wasn't drunk?"
"I told you, no." By now, Faith was aware that Violet had picked up the extension.
"Okay, what exactly did she say, word for word."
"She said, 'I need you in my life. You make it better. There's no one else in this world I'd want to spend my life with.'"
"Oh, my god! I think you may be right!" Cori said, stunned.
"See?" Faith practically yelled into the phone. "What do you think, Vi?"
"I think you may have something there. What happened before that made her say that?"
"We were lying around in the living room, she fell asleep and, when she woke up, I told her how much I love her and that I wouldn't be able to live without her."
"Well, it sounds like the feeling is mutual. I'd take that for what it's worth, honey. I think you guys are destined to be together forever," Violet offered.
"But I can't believe Reece said that! Like, when she all of a sudden said how lucky she is that you love her? I think she's been thinking about this a lot, Faith. She may just propose to you yet," Cori said excitedly.
"Yess! I knew it! Can you imagine?" Faith gushed.
"I'll try to find out more at work, babe, okay?"
"Please do, Cori, I'd appreciate it!"
"Okay, now that I'm wide awake," Cori chuckled, "me and the woman have some business to take care of."
"Ooo, you go right ahead," Faith snickered and hung up the phone.
Reece climbed off of her bike and pulled off her helmet as she walked purposefully towards her destination. Once there, she paced back and forth for a few moments as she gathered her thoughts. "So there we were, in the dark, in the living room and I don't know what happened, 'cuz all of a sudden I wanted to ask her to marry me. What the hell is going on? Me? Marriage? What the fuck is that all about? Okay, so, I can't remember life without her and I can't imagine a tomorrow without her in it. But marriage?" The tall woman stopped pacing and looked at her feet. "Would it really make a difference in our lives if I did propose? I mean, she's gotta know that I love her more than life. I kinda told her that I can't live without her last night. Can that one question make such a big difference?" She squatted down and dusted off the headstone, "Tell me, Uncle Frankie."
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