I'm working on a medical romance tentatively titled Unexpected Reunion. It is a reunion romance and both my main characters are doctors who met while at Medical School in Sydney. Met, fell in love, married and then split. Now they meet again and start working together in Fiji. Amber was injured and Jake took care of her while they were away at a conference. Then he slept on the couch to keep an eye on her during the night.
As she went out in the lounge, she saw Jake stretched out on the couch.
So he had stayed the night in her room. She wished he’d stop pretending to care. To be fair, he probably wasn’t pretending, he’d always been genuine, but it would be a lot easier to stamp on her attraction to him if he weren’t so attentive.
She shrugged and looked away.
Lazily he looked up at her. “Good morning, slept well?” And smiled at her.
Just like that, the instantaneous impact, he’d had on her hypothalamus, kicking her desire back to life.
“Yes, thank you.”
He sat up and patted the couch next to him for her to sit.
“We still have to talk, last night we were distracted.”
Filled with dread she remembered. Will he ask about Jason? Gingerly she settled beside him.
Last night she was on the verge of telling him, when she’d cut herself. Now in the bright light of the morning she couldn’t bring herself to tell him. She couldn’t bear the thought of him taking her son away.“Amber, I don’t know why you moved here or why your priorities changed after we split...”
Amber was surprised to see him hesitate. He was Jake, for goodness sake. Didn’t he always speak first and think afterwards? Why the hesitation now?
“Jake…” Amber wanted to tell him about Jason. But he put up a hand to stop her.
“Let me finish first. After I saw you the other night, I started to think.” He said. “I realized we were both to blame for our marriage break up.” He continued when she would have interrupted. “I know I was the most to blame. But you kept on talking about having babies. I was not ready for nappies.”
Tears welled up in her eyes and threatened to spill over. Clenching her jaws tight, she held them back.“You just closed up and walked away, without talking.” Amber reminded him, relived the regret she'd felt at the time.
Jake shook his head. Had the grace to look sheepish. “I know. I was busy graphing out my career path and there you were, talking about starting a family. Hell, even now I’m not ready for children. Never was. Never will be!”
Amber felt the color drain from her face. Now her plan to tell him about Jason was out. If he was not ready for children, even now or in the future then how could she tell him?
He put his hands on her shoulders. “But Amber, after seeing you again, I realize we can have a future,” he massaged her shoulders lightly. “We do have something going for us.” He took her in his arms.
His fingers were hot on her skin and she jumped as the shock of awareness raced up her arm.
“Sorry, Jake but I’m not willing to go there again.” Amber stood up, moving abruptly away from him. What more was there to say? “Something like once bitten…”
“But we are mature now. We weren't much more than children ourselves before...” Jake reached for her again.
Amber stiffened. She realized she was affected by Jake’s nearness as much as he seemed to be affected by her. The spark was still there, always had been. Attraction flared between them as their eyes met. It had always been so. Amber's stomach clenched as she considered her options. In Jake’s equation there was no place for Jason, so where did that leave her?
She couldn’t tell him about Jason, his son. Not now, not ever. Not once he'd put that wedge between them.
He would never want children.
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