TNAS – Anniversary
By: tayryn & Mônica
Lighting the last candle and dimming the lights, John stepped back to survey his handiwork. Satisfied that everything was set, he moved out of the living room and made his way quietly down the hall to the nursery.
Rocking gently and humming quietly to herself,
“Just like his father’s.” She thought and then her smile grew as she sensed that John was near. She looked up to see him leaning against the doorframe, a tender look on his face.
“How long have you been standing there?”
“Not long.” John answered in a quiet voice. He leaned over and brushed a kiss against her cheek and smiled as he ran a finger softly over his son’s cheek. “Have they both been fed?”
“Good.” He said and bent over to gently lift Victor from his mother’s arms. John carried him over to the cradle and carefully laid his son inside. He placed his hand on Victor’s back for a moment before stepping over the other cradle to look down at his sleeping daughter. He smiled as he reached out and fingered Jocelyn’s blonde hair.
“So much like her mother’s.” He thought.
Smiling as she watched John watching their children,
“Every time I look at them,” John whispered, covering her hands with his. “I find myself still amazed that we created these little wonders.”
John turned in her arms and placed his hands on her shoulders, smiling down at her before lowering his lips to hers in a gentle kiss.
“Come with me, Mrs. Koenig.” He said, moving out of her arms, catching her hands in his and leading her out of the nursery. Once in the hall, he moved behind her and clasped her waist. “Now close your eyes.”
“Just do it.”
“Yes, sir.” She responded with a soft laugh.
“Are they closed?”
“Good. Now start walking.” He told her.
Moments later, she felt him squeeze her waist and bring her to a stop.
“You can open them now.”
She slowly opened her eyes and smiled. She leaned back against him, drawing his arms around her.
“Happy Anniversary, John.”
She turned in his embrace and slipped her arms around his neck, rising up to press a loving kiss to his mouth. John moved his arms completely around her, drawing her closer as the kiss deepened. The kiss ended and John smiled lovingly down at her, as he brought his hand up to caress her cheek.
“All will be revealed in due time, Mrs. Koenig.” He answered with a grin, to which,
John led her over to the table, set elegantly for two and held out her chair. Once she was seated, he leaned over and kissed her cheek.
“I’ll be right back.” He said softly against her ear.
“Dinner is served, milady.” He said, placing a plate in front of her. He moved to his seat across from her, put down his plate and reached for the bottle chilling in the bucket beside the table.
“Does, milady, approve of the vintage?” John interrupted her, holding out the bottle
“Indeed I do.”
John smiled, opened the bottle and filled their
glasses. After handing
“Happy Anniversary, Darling.”
“Happy Anniversary, my love.”
They smiled at each other as their glasses touched and each
took a sip.
“Dinner looks delicious, John.” She said.
“Well, let’s just hope looks aren’t deceiving.” He quipped.
“I’m sure it won’t be.”
They both laughed and began to eat. It had been a surprise to both of them, when John turned out to be quite talented in the kitchen. And that he actually enjoyed cooking.
“That was wonderful, John.”
“Thank you. I’m glad you enjoyed it.” John said, rising from his chair. He moved around the table to stand beside her and held out his hand. “Would, milady, care to dance?”
“And be held in your arms? I wouldn’t miss it.” She answered with a smile, taking his hand.
Helping her from her seat, John led
They danced through a number of songs before John stopped
“Don’t move.” He said softly, giving her a quick kiss and moving from her arms.
“And now, milady, it is time to move on to the next part of our evening.” John told her as he began to lead her out of the living room.
“Don’t worry about them. I’ll get them in the morning.” He said, beginning to move again.
“But, John…” she protested, pulling on his hands again.
“But, John, nothing.” He said, stepping closer to her and scooping her up in his arms. He shook his head as he once again headed out of the living room. “Damned if you’re not the most stubborn woman I know.”
“Only one of many reasons.” John said with a smile, moving down the hall.
“Before we continue with our celebration, let’s check on the babies.” He said quietly, moving further into the room.
The twins lay sound asleep in their cradles, both blissfully
unaware of the loving gazes of their parents.
Satisfied that both babies were sleeping contentedly, John glanced at
John carried her to the foot of their bed and gently set her on her feet, his arms remaining around her waist. He smiled adoringly at her before leaning down to give her a loving kiss.
As they continued to kiss, John drew
“Time for your gift.” John said softly, gripping her waist and moving her off his lap onto the bed. He leaned over and gave her a soft kiss. “Don’t go anywhere.”
“It’s not much…” He began as she tore off the wrapping paper to reveal a shiny silver tube with an intricate design etched completely over it. “I was hoping to give you something more substantial…”
John’s voice trailed off as
“It’s perfect, John.” She told him. “I love it.”
“Do you really?” John asked and she nodded.
“Of course I do.”
John smiled and chuckled. “I’ll make you one.”
“My turn.” She said. “Stay right here.”
John nodded as
John quickly removed the wrapping paper and opened the small box. His eyes grew wide.
John lifted the ring out of the box and stared at it. It was identical to the family ring he’d
“I love you, John. I
have from the moment I looked into your eyes and I will love you until the end
John’s eyes brimmed with tears as
Too overcome with emotion to speak, John gathered
“I love you so much,
“I love you too, John.”
Slowly, they drew closer to one another, their mouths
meeting in a deep, loving kiss. Without
breaking the kiss, John moved his hands to
As they continued to dance,
After a while,
“What do you say, we slip under the covers, Mrs. Koenig?”
John placed his finger against her lips to stop her and shook his head as he began to slip the straps of her nightgown off her shoulders. “So do I, Honey. But you’re still recovering… and your health is much more important to me.” He flashed her a grin then as her nightgown fell to the floor. “Besides, just think of the fun we get to have making up for lost time.”
Slipping into their bed and under the covers, John settled
back against the pillows.
Each sensing that the other wasn’t entirely ready for their evening to end, they were happy to continue cuddling; sharing long, leisurely kisses and short sweet ones while talking and laughing quietly about various things.
After a while,
“I love you, Helena.” John said softly, his cheek resting against the top of her head as he drew the blankets up over her shoulders. “Happy Anniversary.”
“Happy Anniversary, John.”
Their arms tightened around each other, and soon, both were fast asleep.