"I'm sorry, I didn't mean to wake you," he apologized, pulling back.
Breandan turned his head, refusing to meet her eyes. "It's nothing," he stoically insisted.
"Ugh!" Mackenzie snapped, climbing off of him and throwing her hands up in the air. "How am I supposed to help you if you won't talk to me?!" she vented.
"We should get ready for work," he told her, practicing his "divert and deflect" maneuver.
Mackenzie stomped into the bathroom and slammed the door.
Shannon had told herself that she wasn't going to ask. But, when she'd seen Breandan, the words had escaped before she had a chance to stop them. "Has Kearney been busy?" she'd asked. She hadn't heard from him since the night he'd met her to tell her about the dragon imprint. She was beginning to think any attraction he'd felt towards her had been imagined!
Breandan's eyebrows had shot up. Kearney and the Lieutenant? Clearing his throat, he told her, "I believe he was going to work out today..."
"So, the Lieutenant said you were promoted today?" he asked, hoping to entice her into talking to him.
"No, I'll take her, thank you," Mackenzie said. Why did the babysitter always catch them in an argument?! she thought with some frustration. She turned her back on Breandan and shifted Violet into her arms. Without another word, she headed upstairs to the nursery.
"Hey, do you have a minute?" Breandan asked.
Kearney scoffed. Unlikely, he thought. "Mackenzie loves you madly. What could you have possibly done to have ruined it?" he asked.
Breandan chewed on his bottom lip, embarrassed to confess his troubles to his brother. But if there was someone that could help him out of this mess, it was Kearney. Finally, he blurted out his confession. "I haven't told her about Mithrilen's rants!"
His brother scoffed again, "Which ones? The ones where he claims she should be arrested for treason for imprinting with the dragon? Or perhaps the one where he claims she has cursed the Valley on purpose to start a war?" Right now it wasn't that big of a deal since none of the council members took Mithrilen seriously. However, if too many Dragon Valley townies began to believe him, then there could be a serious problem.
Breandan looked at his feet, "None of them," he acknowledged.
"Plumbbob!" Kearney exclaimed. "But how can she protect herself if she doesn't know! Mithrilen has practically painted a bulls-eye on her back and you've kept it from her!" Kearney shook his head sadly. "You're right, you've really botched your marriage."
"You're not helping!" Breandan replied angrily.
Kearney shoved his brother. "I'm helping by telling you that you're being a dim-wit!"
Breandan's shoulders slumped. It wasn't anything that he hadn't figured out on his own. "So what do I do?" he asked miserably.
Kearney didn't hesitate with his response. "Get down on your knees and beg her forgiveness." He clamped his hand on his brother's shoulder.
Kearney quickly showered and then headed over to Enya's house. His brother was not the only one with apologies to make.
He was surprised when someone he'd never met answered the door. For a moment, he worried he'd gotten the wrong address. "Does Enya live here?" he asked hesitantly.
The woman looked him up and down, almost undressing him with her eyes. "She's inside," she said, stepping aside to let him pass. "I'm Ellen," she purred. "It's always nice to meet someone new!"
Kearney headed inside, Ellen on his heels. He glanced back at her and caught her staring at his ass. "Which way?" he asked, feeling extremely uncomfortable.
Ellen grinned and pointed towards a small alcove off the dining room.
Kearney hurried in that direction. The sooner he made his apology, the sooner he could leave!
"Recruit Enya," he said in greeting as he approached.
Enya glanced up in alarm and jumped to her feet. "Officer O'Shea!" she gasped, quickly saluting him. "I'm sorry, I wasn't expecting you!" A blush stained her cheeks.
Kearney shifted, "I'm sorry to drop by unannounced. I was wondering if there was somewhere we could talk..."
Glancing behind him, he added, "...Alone?"
Kearney was right, Breandan thought. He'd been an absolute idiot not to share his worries with Mackenzie! He found her in the nursery with Violet.
Before Mackenzie could dismiss him again, he forged ahead with his apology. "I'm sorry I shut you out. I'm not used to sharing my... feelings..." he finished, scrunching his face with distaste. He really had to improve his speaking skills if he wanted to make his relationship work! "If you'll forgive me, I swear it will never happen again!"
Mackenzie didn't say anything, but turned from him. In that moment, Breandan felt his heart twist with pain. She would never forgive him, he thought sadly.
Breandan nodded quickly, agreeing eagerly, "You're right. I promise - From now on, I'll tell you everything," he said, taking a deep breath. "It all started after the dragon hatched..." he started.
"Where are we?" he asked.
Kearney swallowed thickly as his gaze went straight to the bed. No, that is absolutely inappropriate, he lectured himself, when his thoughts turned towards Enya in the bed... with him...
"I'm not sorry," Enya said softly, leaning closer to him.
Kearney stopped and blinked. "I'm sorry?" he asked, befuddled. "What?"
Enya reached forward and grabbed his hand. "I'm not sorry," she told him. "I'm only sorry I reacted the way I did. What I would really like is for you to kiss me again," she confessed.
When she pulled back, he felt a keen sense of disappointment. He wasn't done yet! He felt like he could kiss her for hours...
"This way," she said shyly, leading him into the bathing alcove
"Did you say daddy?!" Mackenzie asked, her mouth dropping open in astonishment. "Oh! Just wait until I tell Daddy!" she added excitedly. "Say it again!"
Sensing that she'd done something right, Violet happily called out "Da! Da!" again and again.
Enya grabbed his hips to hold him to her. "No, stay..." she begged him. "Please..."
M- Join Forensics branch, Earn raise, Get promotion, Snuggle Violet
B- Improve charisma
K- Workout 6 hours, Improve athletic skill, Opportunity Quick Burst for 3 hours, Meet someone new, Be Good Friends with Enya, Kiss Enya, Woohoo with Enya
M- Learn recipe, Have a baby, Teach Violet to Walk
B- Have a baby, Have baby girl, Workout 10 hours, Give Mackenzie Amorous Hug
K- Master Athletic skill, Workout 8 hours
*AN: Wow! When Kearney makes a decision, he really goes with it!! I was so excited he actually rolled a wish to kiss Enya and wasted no time making that come true. But, I was quite surprised when he immediately rolled a wish to woohoo! Lol. Looks like Enya has won his heart! (Poor Shannon!)
Breandan had a wish to improve his charisma, so I had him chat with his brother and Mackenzie to bump up charisma. Thankfully, compliments build charisma, too! I laughed when he got the page from work to go in since it came at such an inopportune time, but at least they made up and were able to flirt with each other again!