Alice walked into the kitchen, tying up her dressing gown.

It was early in the morning, and she was all fingers and thumbs.

"Awww, stuff it." She decided, flicking the kettle on.

Reaching for her usual mug, she noticed that Jefferson's was still hanging there. Which must have meant that he didn't have his usual cuppa' that morning.

"That's odd."She commented, putting her head to the side, thinking hard.

Jefferson always had tea in the morning.

The phone rang, and sighing, Alice wandered back out of the kitchen and into the entrance room, resting a hand on her pregnant stomach.

"Seriously?" She exclaimed, throwing her hands in the air.

Whilst the phone base was ringing, the phone itself was somewhere else.

Poking her head around the door to the living room, she muttered to herself, "Wait a moment, wait a moment. Sheesh!"

Waddling upstairs, she looked into the bathroom, "Where the hell is that – Oh" She walked over to the bath and sat down on the edge of it

"Hello?" She asked.

"Hey honey!" Came a sweet familiar voice.

"Heyya Jeff." Alice smiled, switching the phone from ear to ear and crossing her legs. "How are you?"

"I'm fine, did you get my parcel?"

"Parcel?" Alice stood up, rubbing a hand along her stomach.

"Yeah, didn't you find it?"Jefferson sounded almost, sad, to Alice's ears.

"No, I... Hold on, I'll look outside. Maybe the courier left it by the door."

"Oh 'K." Alice knew that if Jeff was in front of her, he'd be smiling.

She wearily went downstairs again, asking -with no (helpful) response- what was in the mystery package.

She opened the door, and peered outside.


"Hold on a mo, I'll get my shoes then look outside." She told her husband.

Kicking off her slippers, and slipping her bare feet into his shoes, Alice smiled before gingerly stepping out into the fresh March air.

"I can't see-" She began, but was cut off.

She had turned her back to the road whilst looking up into the garden for a parcel of any kind, and stupidly not looked down the drive before.

She swallowed nervously.

Someone, she had no idea who, was standing behind her, with their arms round her.

"Try looking behind you." A voice whispered in her ear.

She relaxed, sinking into the arms that held her. "Jefferson."

"Heyya Baby." He whispered, his breath tickling her neck.

"Shouldn't you be at work?" She turned around into his arms, not quite accepting his hug.

"Mmmm... probably." He agreed.

"Well?" She asked, smiling.

He put a hand on her stomach, and smiled as her felt their child moving inside her.

"Well," He took a breath in, and looked at the clear blue sky. "I.. mmm." He shrugged, and gave her a mischievous smile.

He walked around her, till her was behind her. Then he wrapped his arms around her again, and nibbled on her ear.

"Happy birthday, Alice." He breathed.

Alice felt herself blush, and she held onto Jeff's clasped hands round her neck, and turned her head towards him, kissing him fully on the lips.

"Why don't we go back inside?" She whispered to him, smiling suggestively.

Jefferson smiled, and lifted Alice up, cradling her like she was the most precious thing in the world.

Which she was; to him.