Continued from here.Fred shivered slightly as Rupert removed her soaked clothes, letting them fall to floor with wet sploshes. She tried to pull up on his shirt, but when his hands started running over her skin, she moaned, especially when he kneeled in front of her, his tongue finding her clit. With a soft cry, she grabbed his shoulders to stay upright. She was very definitely beginning to warm up, electrical sensations tingling throughout every part of her body."Oh, God," she whimpered when he delved back between her legs after asking what she wanted. She tugged at him, pulling him up and grasping his sweater to pull it off before reaching for his jeans to unbuckle them and push them down with his boxers."Want you inside me," she told him, pulling him closer to kiss him. "Against the wall. Won't be able to do that soon, so want to do it now."
Giles smirked at his wife as she quickly undressed him. He was already quite hard and when she said she wanted him against the wall, he felt himself throb. They'd never done that before and the thought was turning him on more than he was/ "Whatever my wife wants, my wife gets," he said, running his hands over her back.When he came to her ass, he cupped it and picked her up, encouraging her to wrap her legs around his waist. He stepped into the parlor and found a wall that didn't have anything on it and pressed Fred against it. Giles deeply kissed her as he carefully adjusted her in his arms.Sliding her down a bit, Giles moved his hands to her back of her thighs and held her that way before thrusting into her warmth. "God, Fred," he groaned against her neck. "Have you always been this bloody tight, love?" He thrust into her harder, going deeper than he ever had before.
When Rupert picked her up, Fred wrapped her legs around him, holding onto him tightly as he took her into the parlor. She had never actually done anything like this before, and the thought of it was making her throb, especially when he pressed her up against the wall, his body leaning into hers. She felt herself sliding down slightly but knew that he wouldn't drop her.Wrapping her arms more securely around him, she gasped when he pushed into her, feeling herself stretching open for him. Her head fell back against the wall, and her eyes fluttered closer. "Don't...don't kno--ohhh," she moaned as he thrusted into her.Gravity seemed to pulling her down onto him with each movement, causing him to sheath himself up to the hilt each time. It made Fred want to scream with pleasure, but she suddenly couldn't make her voice work. Instead they kissed each other deeply while he pressed her more firmly against the wall. His thrusts became harder, and she felt her muscles tensing like her body was being wound tighter and tighter.Finally, she felt something in her snap, and her voice came back as she let out a loud cry of his name. Trembling around him, she held him tightly.
Giles could feel his legs starting to shake as he thrust even harder into his wife. A sheen of sweat was forming over his chest, and back, making his body slide against hers with more ease. He knew he wasn't going to last long so he moved faster, grinding against her, wanting his wife to come just as hard as he knew he was.So when Fred started to contract around him, Giles held her tighter and thrust up into her one last time before letting out a strangled cry as he emptied himself into her. Taking a few deep breaths, Giles tried hard to keep them upright but with his legs shaking, he ended up stumbling back and found himself on the arm of one of the chairs."Sorry, love," he muttered as he held her tight against him. "I haven't done that in years and I guess I'm a bit out of shape - and old." He nuzzled against her neck and smiled. "However, you're quite amazing. That was quite amazing. We'll have to go it again after the baby is born. Speaking of which, when we get done here, you'll have to get hooked up, or online, or whatever you call it, so we can look for books."
Fred gasped when she felt the wall seem to fall away from her back, worried that Rupert was going to fall over and hurt himself, but when they came to rest on the arm of the chair, she let out a sigh of relief. Reaching up, she ran her hand through his damp hair while cuddling close to him."It's all right. I was more worried about you hurting yourself than dropping me," she told him softly. "And you're not old. At least I don't think you're old. I think you're absolutely wonderful."She found herself grinning when he told her she was amazing. "I definitely cast my vote for doing that again when we're able." She leaned forward and kissed him softly and deeply for several moments before pulling back from him and looking into his eyes. "Come on. I'll get the computer online, and we can go searching for some books together."Slipping off his lap, she took his hand to led him upstairs after they gathered up their clothes from the foyer.
Giles couldn't remember the last time he'd been to Peter's house. It had to be a couple of years at least, even though he'd been invited several times. There never seemed to be enough time between him going to Sunnydale, restarting the Council, and getting married. And the last time he'd seen Evelyn and Henry, Henry was still a tiny infant.After pulling up to the house, Giles got out and went to Fred's side of the car to open the door. Once she was out, he took her hand and led her to the front door and rang the doorbell. A few seconds later, Peter opened it and grinned at the two of them."It's so good to see you, Rupert," he said, ushering them in. He took their coats just as Evelyn walked out with Henry on her hip."Hello, Rupert," she said with a smile."Hello, Evelyn. Fred, this is Evelyn, and Evelyn, this is my wife Fred," Giles said, introducing the two. Just then Henry let out a loud cry and held his pudgy arms out to Giles. Evelyn smiled and thrust the baby in his arms. Giles fumble a bit and took Henry from his mouth. The little boy looked at Giles for a moment before reaching up and pulling his hair."Henry!" Peter said as he stepped back into the foyer. "Do behave.""It's all right," Giles said as the baby continued to yank on his hair.
The house of Rupert's friend Peter was the sort of typical English house that the older families in the Council seemed to have, based on what he had told her. Fred looked at it in amazement as they walked up toward it. It seemed to even outdwarf Rupert's parents' home although she wasn't sure if that was because it really was or because she was a bit uncertain about meeting another member of the board.When Peter answered the door and invited them in, Fred found herself feeling even more nervous. She smiled when Rupert introduced her to Evelyn just before the baby - Henry - began crying to be held by her husband. Once he took the little boy, everything seemed to be okay for a minute until Henry began pulling Rupert's hair. Fred's eyes widened in dismay, especially when Peter and Evelyn didn't really do anything to stop him except tell him not to."Rupert, are you--?" she started to ask before Peter interrupted."Would you like a drink before dinner?" Peter asked.Fred shook her head. "Sorry, I shouldn't. But Rupert, if you'd like on, I'll take Henry if he doesn't mind." She held out her arms toward the little boy, wanting to spare her husband from anymore hair pulling.
Henry turned his attention to Fred and held his arms for her. Giles slipped the child into Fred's arms before looking to Peter. "Water will be fine," he said, not wanting to drink. The thought of drinking made his stomach flip and he didn't want to get sick again. The meeting was too important for them to leave early."Dinner is almost ready," Evelyn said as she looked over at Fred and Henry. "You'll have to excuse him. Our nanny has the night off and we thought we could find a sitter but couldn't. It's almost having a newborn in the house. I haven't changed a nappie in ages."Peter grinned and looked at Giles. "And I don't think I ever have," he said, slapping his shoulder.Giles furrowed his brow, wanting to ask why they even had a child if they weren't going to take care of him. But before he could, a servant came out and announced dinner was ready."This way," Evelyn said, walking off with her husband.Giles gave Fred an apologetic look before waiting for her to start walking so they could follow Peter and Evelyn to the dining room.
Henry immediately found Fred's hair, but instead of pulling it, tangled his little fingers in it, which wasn't too bad. She couldn't believe it when Evelyn and Peter admitted that they really hadn't changed their son's diapers in a long time. From the looks of things, they hadn't done much with him at all, especially considering how perfect Evelyn's hair looked. She tried not to judge them since she really didn't know them, but she wondered why they had a child if they didn't want to take part in his life. Was it really that much of a status symbol to them?When the servant announced dinner, neither of them offered to take Henry from Fred, so she sighed and shook her head at her husband before they followed them into the dining room. Fred saw the highchair, so she set Henry into it, stifling a yelp when he kept hold of her hair and her dress bodice. Finally, she got him to let go and circled around the table to sit with Rupert, listening silently while Peter mentioned that their cook had been working on the dinner all day.When the food was served, the servant placed a small plate in front of Henry. Immediately, he dug his fingers into it. And a moment later, Fred found several mushed peas hitting her. Pressing her lips together, she clasped Rupert's hand tightly under the table, praying that they never got a lobomotomy and allowed their own child to act like this.
Giles narrowed his eyes when he saw Henry had a handful of Fred's hair in his hands. He wanted to scold the baby but bit his tongue and went into the dining room. He rolled his eyes when he noticed Peter and Evelyn made no effort to help Fred with their son. And he glared even more when the little monster threw peas at her."He's not old enough to eat on his own, is he?" Giles asked as he squeezed Fred's hand back."I haven't a clue," Evelyn as she took a sip of her wine. "The nanny usually feeds him." She then turned to Fred and looked her over. "When you give birth, I'll give you the number of a wet nurse. It'll eliminate the need for you to breastfeed. I didn't breastfeed and kept my figure." She winked at Fred and went to cutting up her meat.Giles took a deep breath and looked at Peter. "What can you tell us about the meeting?" he asked as Henry started to scream at the top of his lungs."Can this wait until after dinner?" Peter asked, doing nothing to shut his son up.Giles shook his head. He didn't want to stay there that long. "We can only stay for dinner then we have to go home. Early day tomorrow," Giles said, hoping Fred would follow his lead."Well, it was just a typical meeting. Lawrence was patted on the back by some members and other members just glared at him. Everything they talked about, you already know. Although, they were upset you didn't show," Peter said, just as Henry was about to throw some mashed potatoes."Stop!" Giles said, grabbing the baby's hand. "Here." He picked up his spoon and filled it with mashed potatoes before holding it up for the boy. Henry stopped screaming and happily took the bite of food.
Fred almost spit out her water when Evelyn said that she didn't even know if her own son could eat on his own. And then she mentioned giving her the number of a wet nurse. No wonder the little boy was a holy terror. Did this woman do anything with Henry? She wanted to ask if she had also got someone else to carry him and give birth to him but held her tongue as Rupert asked about the Board meeting instead. Peter was one of their allies - apparently - and she didn't want to alienate him by being a bitch to his wife.Instead, she nodded at Rupert's comment that they needed to head home after dinner because they had an early day the next day. "We have a meeting with an exclusive primary school. Have to sign up before the baby is even born," she told Evelyn, suppressing a smile at seeing Evelyn's face drop slightly.The fact that some of the board members seemed pleased by what had happened to her made the smile drop right off her face, and suddenly, she wanted very much to go home even though they were in the middle of dinner. She looked over at her husband, her smile returning slightly when she saw the way Rupert was handling Henry. She had been worrying about their own child acting the way Henry did, but seeing him with the baby, she knew that theirs would be very different - because she was going to breastfeed, and there wasn't going to be a nanny to everything for them. They were going to be a part of their child's life, not just when it was convenient or time to show off."They've agreed to another meeting on Monday morning. I don't know how well it's going to go, though," Peter said as they continued eating though Fred found herself more picking at her food, which was almost unheard of for her. "Some of the members have been making excuses for Lawrence and Travers' nephew. You'll want to watch out.""Fred, dear, you've hardly touched your food," Evelyn exclaimed.She put her fork down. "I'm sorry. I just...haven't been feeling well the last few days. Morning sickness and all.""Oh, I didn't have that at all."Fred looked down so she didn't glare a hole in Evelyn's head.
Giles had to suppress a snort when Fred lied to Evelyn about primary school. He knew they wouldn't have to worry about the baby's education since his parents still had connections with the primary school he had attended and he was quite sure they probably had already enrolled the baby. Giving his wife an amused look, he went back to feeding Henry as Peter spoke."I don't care what the board has or doesn't have, Peter. They need to know that using my wife as a means to break me will not be tolerated," he grumped as Henry pushed the spoon away.Giles then looked at his wife, noticing she had hardly touched her food. Frowning, he was about to ask her what was wrong when Evelyn butted in. He could tell Fred was getting uncomfortable so he reached over and pressed the back of his hand to her forehead. "Fred, love, you feel a bit warm," he lied. "You must be coming down with that virus.""I was never sick when I was pregnant. It ruins the baby if you're sick," Evelyn stated with a smug look."Evelyn, do shut up," Peter said with a sigh.Giles stood from the table and helped Fred stand up. "I'm must apologize but I should get Fred home," he said."Just call the Council doctor," Evelyn said. "She can sleep it off in one of the guest rooms.""No, I rather take care of her myself," Giles said as he turned around and started to walk Fred to the door.
When Rupert pressed his hand to her forehead and said she was feeling warm, Fred wanted to kiss him, knowing that he was trying to get them out of there gracefully. She played along and gave him a nod although her fist clenched beneath the table when Evelyn started in on her perfect pregnancy again. She wanted to tell her off, but Peter did that for her in a way, obviously as pissed off with her as she and Rupert were.She instead allowed her husband to help her up, shaking her head with Evelyn tried to get them to stay."I'd rather you take me home as well," she said softly, leaning into Rupert as he walked her toward the door."I hope you feel better, Fred," Peter told her. "And I really am sorry for what happened to you. To both of you.""Thank you," she replied.Evelyn looked like she wanted to say something but then Henry started screaming, having been left alone in the dining room, so she ran in to deal with him. Fred looked up at Rupert, and after saying goodbye to Peter, they headed outside to the car."What on earth does Peter see in that witch?" she asked in disbelief once the door was safely shut behind them.
"Thank you, Peter," Giles said as he helped Fred out of the door. When it shut behind them and she asked her question, Giles sighed and led her to the car and got her inside before going around to his side. Once he was inside the car, and buckled in, he started the car and pulled out of the driveway."Funny story that is," he said in reference to Evelyn and Peter. "Evelyn's family has been part of the Council for generations. Her father and Wesley's father were best mates, and at one time Wesley was to marry her, but I don't believe he knew that. Anyway, when he was fired from the Council, there was a bit of a scramble to find Evelyn a suitable suitor. Peter seemed like a good choice, even though Evelyn and him are distant cousins."He turned off onto the side road that would take them to their house. "Marrying distant cousins isn't unheard of within the Council circles. Some believe it's the best way to keep the organization tight and safe. It's a bit disgusting if you ask me," he said, glancing over at his wife.When they arrived at the house, Giles killed the engine and looked at her. "Something's wrong, isn't it? You barely ate anything. Are you not feeling well?" he asked as he brushed her hair back.
Fred listened as Rupert told her about Evelyn's family and how Wesley was supposed to marry her originally - and he hadn't known. Her eyes opened wide in amazement. "They...they actually arrange Council marriages too?" she said softly, shaking her head. It should haven't surprised her really, given everything she had seen and been told. "I'm sorta relieved she never got her hooks into Wesley. I'd hate to think of him having to put up with her!"The fact that Peter and Evelyn were distant cousins didn't surprise her much under the circumstances. She knew many royal lines did the same thing - Queen Elizabeth and Prince Phillip were distant cousins through Queen Victoria. And the Council in some ways seemed to be - or at least consider itself - as important as the Royal family.She looked over at Rupert, thinking about how different he was from so many of the other "Old Guard" Watchers. "You--did your parents...they didn't try to arrange a marriage for you, did they?" Her in-laws didn't seem the type, but she was curious, especially knowing what she did know about his past.When they arrived at the house, she shrugged slightly and leaned into his touch. "Peter's comment about the Board kinda got to me. The fact that some of the board members were actually proud of what what Lawrence got Ethan to do to me...it--it didn't sit to well with me. And with Evelyn being such a bitch, I just wasn't in the mood to eat." She looked at him. "I'm sorry. I know Peter is supposed to be our ally in all this."
Giles frowned when Fred told him what was bothering her. He'd been so wrapped up in trying to get them information on how to handle the board, he'd forgotten she had suffered the most. "I'm sorry, love," he whispered, his fingers tracing over her face. "I know this probably won't make you feel better but it's how the board works. Try not to let it bother you."There was soft mist beginning to form in the air so Giles unbuckled himself and opened his car door. He went around to Fred's side and helped her out. "Lets get you inside where it's warm," he said, taking her hand. They went up to the front door and Giles unlocked it before opening it up.Molly greeted them and sniffed at their feet. "Why don't you head upstairs and lie down? I'll bring some hot chocolate and biscuits up and we can spend the rest of the evening in bed," he suggested as Molly started to whine. "And I'll let Molly out while I'm in the kitchen."He shooed his wife upstairs and headed toward the kitchen with Molly on his heels.
Fred closed her eyes for a moment as Rupert's fingers gently caressed over her face. "I'm trying. It just--I think Evelyn put me in a bad mood, so hearing that on top of it all didn't help."Part of her wanted to make every single member of that board experience exactly what she had been through and see how much they liked it, but she knew that would make her just as bad as them. Her husband was right - she just had to not let it bother her and show that she and he were strong. They weren't going to let anything come between them or tear them apart.She squeezed his hand once he helped her out of the car to go inside the house. "Thank you for what you did, getting us out of there," she told him softly. It meant so much to her that he would do things like that for her.Once they were inside, she nodded at his suggestion that she head upstairs, so she gave him a kiss and walked up to the bedroom where she got into her nightgown. Snuggling down under the covers, she rested her hand on her stomach."Peter and Evelyn should have never been parents," she told their unborn baby. "But I know your father is going to be so good to you, and we're going to be the best parents we can be."
Giles let Molly out before he started on the hot chocolate. He boiled the milk and added the cocoa mix to some cups. After placing some marshmallows, and oatmeal biscuits on a tray, he let Molly in and then placed the cups on the tray. With Molly following behind him.When they got to the room, Molly jumped up onto the bed as Giles sat the tray on the dresser. He smiled at his wife. "You're so beautiful," he whispered before he pulled a clean pair of pajamas out of the dresser. Giles quickly changed, throwing his clothes in the hamper before picking up a cup of hot chocolate.He handed it to Fred before going back to retrieve the plates of biscuits and marshmallows. Placing the plates on the bed, Giles chuckled when he saw Molly sniffing at the plate. "Here," he said, handing her one of the biscuits. "Not on the bed though." The puppy listened and took it to the floor to eat.Once Giles had his own cup of hot chocolate, he got into bed and looked at Fred. "Feeling better, love?" he asked.
Fred smiled up at her husband when he came into the room with the tray. "You're pretty handsome yourself," she told him, watching while he changed into his pajamas. She knew she'd never tire of the sight of him and realized how lucky she had been to find him. He made her feel like the most special woman in the world, especially when he brought her hot chocolate and oatmeal cookies in bed.Sitting up, she took the cup he offered her once he was done changing, closing her eyes and inhaling the warm fragrance. When she opened her eyes again, she couldn't help but laugh at Molly's investigation of the plate of cookies."We spoil her," she told Rupert. "Not every dog that gets to eat oatmeal cookies, even if it is on the floor."When he sat down on the bed with her and asked if she was all right, she nodded and took a sip of her drink. "I am. Was thinking that the best revenge we can get against the jerks on the Board that like what Lawrence did is to show them just how much that's not going to work." She looked down at herself for a moment. "I was also telling our son and daughter that we're not going to be anything like Peter or Evelyn. I was actually feeling sorry for Henry by the time we left."
Sipping his drink, Giles listened to his wife and nodded. "The board will learn not to play their tricks on us, love. I think they're used to having pushovers in power but not anymore," he said before setting his hot chocolate down on the bedside table. "You're quite right - our child will not be like Henry. We have more sense than his parents do."He reached over and took Fred's cup and sat it down on the bedside table before moving the plate of biscuits. Giles moved closer to his wife and wrapped his arms around her. "You're going to be a wonderful mother, Fred," he whispered in her hair. His hand slipped down and he rubbed small circles on her stomach. "Our child is very lucky to have you."Reaching over, he turned off the bedroom lamp and pulled Fred down onto the bed with him. He softly kissed her lips before nuzzling her neck. "I love you so much, Fred. And I won't let anyone ever hurt you again," he whispered as his hand trailed up her side.
The rest of the weekend had gone by without incident - save for Fred's bouts with morning sickness. They had gotten the books they had ordered and spent a good portion of their Saturday reading them together or playing with Molly. They had also gotten a huge delivery of baby things from Rupert's mother, followed by a visit from her the next day. She was obviously quite excited at the prospect of being a grandmother, eager to make the most of it even though the baby wasn't going to be born for probably another eight months.But, of course, the weekend wasn't long enough, and Monday came, meaning that not only did they have to head back to work, but they also had the Board meeting to deal with. After making sure that everything was running all right in the lab, Fred returned to her husband's office to find him before the meeting time."Are you all right?" she asked softly as she circled around his desk and took his hand. "I know we have Peter in there, but what about the others. Is there anyone that you know we can trust to support us?"
Giles wished the weekend had lasted longer. He enjoyed spending time with his wife, and like the peace. Now he was back at work, getting ready to face the board. He knew Peter would be on their side but he wasn't sure about anyone else. When Fred walked in, he smiled and stood after she'd come to stand by his desk."I'm fine," he said as he softly caressed her cheek. "How are you feeling? Any morning sickness? I have some of those mints the baby book should you should suck on to help with the sickness. I had Andrew fetch earlier." He was bending down to take the mints out of his desk drawer when she asked her question. Pulling the mints out, he handed them to her and shrugged."It's a bit hard to tell. There are some members that never voice their opinions on things. I've been dealing with them for a while now and I still don't know whose side they're on," Giles explained as he reached back and pulled his suit jacket off the back of the chair. "I do suppose we should head up there." Reaching out, he took her hand and gave it a gentle squeeze. "Ready, love?"
"I've been okay for the most part," Fred told Rupert when he asked whether she had suffered any more morning sickness. "Stomach's a bit fluttery now, but I'm not sure whether that's because of the meeting or the baby."She smiled when he said he had gotten her the mints they had read about, taking them from him. "You're the best," she whispered and pulled one out to pop in her mouth while he explained the situation with the other board members. Sighing softly, she shook her head as he took her head."I'm as ready as I think I can be for something like this," she told him as they headed out of the office and down to the meeting room where the board was waiting. Peter walked over to meet them when they walked in, and it was easy to see the divide in the room - a group stood with Lawrence Lewellyn on the other side of the table, another group stood several feet away, and then there was them."I want to apologize for Evelyn's behavior at dinner the other night," Peter told them. "How are you feeling, Fred?""I'll be fine," she told them, her eyes flicking over to Lawrence. She saw him look at her and then look away. That caused her to raise her eyebrows. Was that guilt she had seen?"Then perhaps we should get started?" he said, motioning to the table.Keeping hold of her husband's hand, Fred walked over to sit down.
Giles glared over at Lawrence when Fred and he walked in. He was so intent in making the other man squirm, he hadn't heard a word Peter had said to Fred and him. Thankfully Fred had and had answered for the both of them. And when Peter that they should get the meeting started, Giles walked over to the table with his wife."Since this meeting was called by Rupert, he'll lead it," David Travers said.Giles squeezed his wife's hand before he nodded at Peter. The other man stood and handed out a piece of paper to every member of the board. "Peter is handing out the security report of the days leading up to my wife's kidnapping, and the day of her kidnapping. As you can see, Lawrence was the one who allowed the known criminal Ethan Rayne into the building," he said as he looked around the table. "Not only did Ethan kidnap Fred, he also set off a dangerous chaos spell, which caused the Council to shut down for the day."Some of the board members turned and looked at Lawrence, their mouths slightly opened. "This doesn't prove a thing," Lawrence said as he threw the paper down. "It's just words.""I also pictures of you letting him in," Giles said."I vote we remove Lawrence from the board," Peter said."Before we take a vote, I think Fred should have the chance to say something," Giles said, glancing over at his wife.
Fred sat next to Rupert and simply watched and listened while he passed out the reports showing that Lawrence was the one that allowed Ethan into the building. She could see that some of the members seemed surprised by the evidence, making her wonder what exactly Lawrence had told them on Thursday. A few people, though, seemed to not care about the evidence.Then her husband said that she should have a chance to say something to all of them, and she nodded, taking a deep breath. "How many of you know my history? How I came to be a part of all this?" she asked, working hard to keep her voice even."We know that you disappeared for five years. Something about a demon dimension," one of the board members - a woman - said."That American college professor in California who was arrested for the mass murders of his students was my professor, and he didn't murder anyone directly, he sent them to alternate dimensions, including me. I was the only one lucky enough to come back. But not before I was captured, enslaved, threatened and beaten by demons. Not before I spent years fearing for my life, even when I managed to escape. Not before I had to learn to steal and hide from monsters that I'm sure most of you have only read about in books."She looked at all of them, gripping her husband's hand under the table. "I may not have gone through the formal training all of you did, but I did learn. I learned about demons and vampires and the everything ugly and evil there is in this world because I was literally sucked into that world, and even once I was rescued and brought home, I've stayed because I believe in our fight - in Rupert's fight."She stood up and glared at Lawrence, pointing at him. "And that lying, cowardly sack of shit decided that Rupert and I weren't somehow worthy of fighting that fight. Now, I don't know if any of you others were involved, but we know he was. He let Ethan in, and he let Ethan take me, and he let Ethan try to break me by making me think I was back in the hell I survived for five years. But you know what? If I didn't break in those five years, I wasn't going to break because of some little jerk with delusions of power. You guys are damn lucky to have Rupert as your Chairman. In fact, you're damn lucky to have all of us on your side because we know it's like to fight those demons that the Slayers are expected to go after. You want to stay safe? Then you want us out there, and you won't let snivelling peons like Lawrence wreck that."She stopped, realizing that she had said far more than she had intended, and sat down as silence filled the room."I'm done now."
While Fred spoke, Giles felt his heart fill with pride. His wife was the strongest person he'd ever met. She had been dragged into another dimension, fought for her life, and survived. She rarely mentioned it, and never whined. Giles knew he was the luckiest man alive. His wife was beautiful, intelligent and strong. And he was extremely lucky to have her.When she was finished, Giles gave her a loving smile and helped her sit down again. He looked over at Travers and nodded. "I do believe it's time for the vote. It won't be a silent vote due to the fact I want to know whose on my side and who isn't," he said as he looked at all of them. "I'm tired of playing games. And if any of you cause my wife any sort of distress again, I'll forego the meeting and deal with you myself.""Noted," Travers said before he cleared his throat. "All in favor of keeping Lawrence on the board, raise your hand." A few of the board members raised their hands. Travers nodded. "Everyone in favor of removing him from the board, please raise your hands." Several people rose their hands and Travers nodded again. "I'm sorry Lawrence but you will no longer be part of this board.""This isn't fair!" Lawrence said as he stood. "I was only doing what was expected of me.""If you don't remove yourself from this room, Lawrence, security will be called," Peter said.Lawrence scoffed and walked out of the room, making sure to slam the door behind him. Peter sighed and looked over at Fred. "On behalf of the board, I would like to apologize for Lawrence's behavior, Fred," he said.
Fred looked over at Rupert as he called for the Board to have an open vote. She understood wanting to know who supported them and who didn't - by seeing who voted to keep Lawrence, they'd know who to keep their eyes on although she was sure there were several who'd vote for them now that they'd have to keep their eyes on as well.She watched silently as the vote was taken, studying the faces of the people that voted in favor of Lawrence. They were older members, obviously the traditionalists of the Board. In the end, they were outnumbered by the others, and Lawrence left the room only after being threatened.When the door slammed, Fred jumped a little but kept hold of the chair to keep from showing it. She looked over at Peter's apology and nodded, knowing that he didn't speak for everyone there, but deciding to accept it anyway. "Thank you.""Now, unless anyone has any other new business?" Travers asked as he glanced around the table. "Then if the Chairman has no objections, we'll adjourn until our regular meeting time next week."
"No objections," Giles said as he looked over at Travers. The other man nodded amd the members of the board stood and quietly filtered out of the room, leaving Giles and Fred alone. Turning to his wife, he softly touched her cheek. "I'm quite proud of you, love. Not many people would take on the board like that. I do believe you scared quite a few of them."He leaned forward and softly kissed her, his hand running down to her still-flat stomach. Softly rubbing it, he pulled back and looked at her. "How about you go to the lab and do what you need to do and I'll order us some take away and meet you for lunch in about thirty minutes?" he suggested as his hand continued to rub small and soft circles.Giles kissed her forehead and stood before gathering his papers. "Any requests for lunch? Tacos? Ice cream with pickles? Me?" he asked with a cheeky grin.
Fred blushed a bit when her husband touched her cheek and told her he was proud of her. "I--I didn't think I'd be able to say all that, but after seeing the way Lawrence was just sitting there, so sure of himself, I couldn't help it and before I knew it, off I went."She smiled when he kissed her and wrapped her arms around him, glad that the most difficult part of the day was over. "Thirty minutes sounds good," she murmured, thinking that she'd much rather just sit there the rest of the day and have him rub her stomach but knowing that she needed to get make and help Martin with a few things.She laughed, however, when he asked if she had any requests. "I don't think my stomach could take ice cream and pickles." She wrinkled her nose at the thought and prayed that she didn't have any strange cravings like that later in the pregnancy. "Now pickles and peanut butter..."His expression at that sent her into a fit of giggles. "I'm kidding, sweetie. Maybe some chow mein from the Chinese place down the street?" she asked as they got up from their seats and headed toward the door. She gave him a kiss before they went out into the hall.
When they got back to Giles' office, he said goodbye to Fred, and watched her walk off before going to his office. He rang the Chinese place and ordered the take away before starting on some paperwork. Twenty minutes went by and the delivery boy showed up. Giles paid him and walked down to the hidden room.Once inside, Giles loosened up his tie a bit and sat the bags of food on the table. He looked around the room, wondering if perhaps after the Christmas holiday, he should look into putting a few more things in there. Giles wasn't sure what Fred's plans were after the baby was born but thought the room would be a nice place for her to spend with the baby. That was if she decided to use the daycare the Council offered to its employees.With a smile on his face, Giles sat down on the couch and started to think about their unborn child. He couldn't wait to meet him or her and teach them everything there was to know about the world. Their child was going to have a full understanding of the world around them. They weren't going to find out about it on their tenth birthday like he had. With a soft sigh, he continued to sit there and daydream about his wife and unborn child.
"How did it go?" Martin asked when Fred walked into the lab after she had said goodbye to her husband at his office.She looked over at the others, seeing that they were trying to look like they were working and not listening, but she knew better. Pointing to her office, she walked in and closed the door behind Martin once he entered after her. "They threw Lawrence Lewellyn off the Board," she told him, crossing over and sitting down."Good," he said before setting down the files he was holding on the desk and dropping into the chair opposite her. "I really am glad you're all right, by the way. And I understand congratulations are in order?"Fred smiled and nodded. "Guess you'll be getting a lot more experience running things around here. I appreciate everything you've done recently.""No problem. Really. It's my pleasure."They spent the next twenty minutes going through the reports from the latest batch of experiments. Then Fred excused herself and headed up to their room, smiling when she found him sitting on the couch, apparently lost deep in thought. Crossing over to him, she sat down next to him and reached over to take his hand."Penny...er, I guess that would be pence for your thoughts," she said, leaning her head against him.
Giles was still lost in his thoughts and didn't hear Fred come in until she sat down beside him and spoke. "Oh, I was just thinking about you and our unborn child," he said with a soft smile. He wrapped his arms around her and held her tight for a moment. "The food is on the table. You should eat something."Getting off the couch, Giles walked his wife to the table and held the chair out for her. Once she was seated, he sat down next to her and took out the cartons of Chinese. "I almost want to take the rest of the day off but I need to have one last department head meeting since we'll be gone for the next two weeks to New Zealand, and I'm leaving Andrew, Xander and Willow in charge," he said, opening his carton. "I want them to be prepared in case the board acts up again."Giles took a bite of his food and looked over at Fred. "How is everything coming along in the lab? No problems? I haven't been down there for a while. How's Martin working out for you?" he asked before taking another bite.
Fred leaned into Rupert for a moment before allowing him to help her up from the couch. Together, they walked over the table, where they sat down again. She took her chow mein from him and opened it up. It smelled wonderful, which was a very good sign, considering that some foods had been making her feel a bit queasy recently, and tasted even better."That's all right," she said when he mentioned needing to have the department head meeting. She smiled at him when he asked about things from her end. "It's going well, I think. We're getting some good results from our current on-going projects in the lab, so I think by the time we get back from New Zealand, we might have several breakthroughs to study. And Martin's been the best, actually. I know we got off on the wrong foot, but honestly, he's the one I get along with the best now. Don't know what I'd do without him there."She took a few bites of her food then a drink of her juice. "Which reminds me I want Martin to sit in on the meeting with us this afternoon, if it's all right. Just so he knows what's going on elsewhere in the Council since he'll be running things for me while we're gone. Not that he hasn't done a great job for me in the time I haven't been able to be there, but it would be good for him to be there."She took a few more bites and then put her carton down on the table. "Don't think I could eat any more. Who would have thought that being pregnant would make me want to eat less."
Giles was happy to hear things were going well for Fred. He didn't want her to have any unnecessary stresses in her life right now. She'd been through enough and he was going to make sure things were stress-free for her from now on. Smiling over at her, he nodded at her question. "I see no reason why Martin can't. I'll even ask Willow to help him out, if he needs it, while we're gone," he said as he wiped his mouth off with a napkin.When Fred stopped eating, his furrowed his brow. "I remember reading that in one of the books. Your body is still getting use to the change hormones. In your next two trimesters, you'll be eating more," he said before shaking his head. "And I'm sure you knew that since you've read the books too."He finish off a little more of his lunch before closing his carton. "We can take it home and snack on it later," Giles said before he drank the rest of his water. He wiped off his hands and stood from the chair before scooping down to pick up his wife. "Since we still have some time left."Giles carried her over to the couch and sat down with her sitting sideways in his lap. His hand ran up her thigh and he nuzzled against her neck. "Do you realize how bloody sexy it was to watch my wife take on the board?" he asked against her skin as his hand slid under her skirt and over the crotch of her panties.
"If Willow could do that, that would be great," Fred told her husband. She hated to say that she didn't trust the other people in her lab, but in a way, she didn't. They did their jobs and were amazing at what they did, but she knew that they truly had no loyalty to her. They were polite and professional because she ran things, nothing more.As she closed her carton of chow mein, she had suppress a laugh when Rupert told her what would be happening to her as the pregnancy progressed. She had indeed read the books as well, but she thought it was wonderful that he was so interesting and wanted to know and be a part of everything. She knew that it was going to make the pregnancy so much easier in a way.Once Rupert was done eating, she smiled at him when he picked her up from her chair and took her back over to the couch, settling her on his lap when they sat down. She closed her eyes as he kissed her neck. "I...I didn't realize I was going to say so much," she told with with a low moan, her hips pressing forward against his hand.Reaching up, she unbuttoned his shirt and slid her hands inside, running them across the warm skin of his chest. "You were pretty sexy yourself," she told him a bit breathlessly. "Wouldn't think the board would want to mess with you either after that. I think we make a great team."Nudging his head up, she tilted her head and found his lips, kissing him deeply as her hands continued to caress him.
When Fred's hands started to roam over his bare chest, Giles shuddered and felt himself start to stir. "Hopefully they'll listen to us," he said with a soft moan. His free hand ran up and he unbuttoned her shirt and slipped his hand over her breast and softly rubbed her nipple. "And I think we make a wonderful team."His fingers pushed the crotch of her panties to the side and slid across her wet folds. He groaned into their kiss and pressed his thumb against her clit as his tongue mingled with hers. When they broke the kiss, Giles panted and looked at her. "I think we need to talk less, hmm?"Lifting her off his lap, Giles helped Fred stand before him. He reached down and undid his trousers, and pulled them, along with his boxers, down over his hips. He then reached up and pulled Fred's skirt up and then pulled down her panties. His hand found her clit and he softly rubbed it as he slouched down on the couch.Giles then pulled his wife down so she was straddling his lap, his erection sliding against her wet folds. "I love you," he whispered before softly kissing her neck.
Fred moaned when her husband's hands rubbed both her breast and her clit, causing her to squirm a bit in his lap. She nodded when he mentioned talking less and stood up on slightly shaking legs, watching as Rupert pulled his pants down. Seeing him never failed to make her breath catch in her throat, especially because she knew he was hard because of her.Her head lolled back for a moment when he began rubbing her clit again once he had helped her to step out of her panties. A shudder ran through her body. Oh God, if she hadn't needed him before, she definitely did now.With a smile when he pulled her down, she positioned herself over him, another shudder running up her spine as his cock pressed against her but didn't slid into her yet. She looked down at him then closed her eyes, tilting her head to the side, loving the feel of his lips on her throat. He was the only person she'd ever let do that to her - he was the only person she trusted enough."I love you too," she whispered softly, sinking down onto him, taking him inside her. She stayed still for a moment, just savoring the feel on him filling her before she started to ride him slowly, holding his shoulders as she moved.