P is for Patient

Author: Jess C. 

Rating: PG -- maybe PG-13 for some innuendo.

Timeline: After forth season the marriage is known to everyone.

Summary: Lee asks a life changing question that has been bothering him for a while. What does Amanda think? Does she like the idea? What happens afterward? Part of the ABC stories.

Feedback: Yes please! Any type.

Note: I am so happy to be a part of this! Thanks to the readers! Also a big thanks to Marie and Kris for beta-reading! Ummm . . . this is a bit longer then five minutes. I read it in eight and I am an okay reader. I had to paint the whole picture. Sorry. Hope I won't get into trouble.  Anyway, I hope you like it. :o)

The mid afternoon sun shown through the leaves of the enormous maple tree. Amanda and Lee lay in the white rope hammock set up between the tree and a wooden post. Amanda's body lie in between Lee's legs; her back pressed up against his chest, while his arms engulfed her body from behind; his chin resting on her shoulder.

'Darn it, why can't I just get up the nerve to ask her? She is my wife for crying out loud. She won't get mad at me . . . at least I hope not.' He turned his head to gain access to her exposed neck. Kissing her below her ear, he tightened his hold on her, pulling her closer to him.

"Want to tell me what you're thinking about?" She noticed the tension that was building up inside him and was curious to see exactly what was causing it.

"Amanda . . . what. . .what do you think about having another child?" 'There. I said it. That wasn't so hard. God, I can be such a chicken when it comes to certain things.'

Amanda remained silent, dumbfounded that the question he'd asked had actually come up. She had never given it much thought. To tell the truth she had never thought Lee would actually want a child.

Lee became tense at her silence. 'Maybe I was wrong.' His heart ached. He had wanted a child for a while, but never thought it was the right time to ask her about it. He knew her life would be turned upside down. Due to that when he did think it was the right time he had been worried about her reaction, and found it hard to work up the nerve to ask her.



"This isn't something I can decide in a few minutes, Lee. I've been totally caught off guard here. There's a lot for me to think about. My life isn't the same anymore."

"I know. I just wanted to know where we stood on the subject." He tried his best to sound supportive of her decision. He was after all, however, it wasn't the reaction he had predicted nor wanted.

"For the first time in my life I have a 'real job' and I would have to give that up. Not to mention the house is entirely too small. I'm older and so are you, it isn't going to be a piece of cake."

They sat in silence for a bit longer, each had their own thoughts to sift through.

"I need some more time."

"Okay, you have it. I can be patient." He kissed her neck again, and sat there treasuring their time together.

* * *

Racing up the stairs, Lee headed toward the bedroom. He had a special night planned. Just the two of them. He had been ecstatic when Amanda had agreed to have another child. Their child. But now, all his thoughts were focused on how they were going to conceive their baby.

Walking into the bedroom he gave everything a quick look over and smiled at the thoughts that ran through his head. The candles were lit, the small table he placed in the far corner was all set up. She would be coming home any minute. He knew his reward would be well worth the trouble of getting everything ready.

Ten minutes later, Amanda arrived home and raced up to their bedroom eager to find out Lee's little 'surprise', though she did know what the overall out come of the night's festivities would be. Not that she was complaining. It had been a while since they had spent 'quality' time together. As a matter of fact she needed it probably more then he did. Work had been hectic, and the boys and Mother added to all the commotion that was interfering with their personal lives.

Reaching her long awaited destination she opened the door and observed the stunning sight before her. Their bedroom had been transformed into a breathtaking romantic get away. Looking around she watched as her husband strolled nonchalantly up to her, casting an award winning smile on his face. Coming within inches of her he wrapped his arms around her and pulling her in closer; brought his lips to hers and kissed her passionately. Amanda gladly accepted his invitation and intensified the kiss. Bringing her arms around his neck she pulled him closer to her mouth. A small satisfied groan escaped from deep down in is chest.

Finally pulling away they stood there gasping for air.

"So do you like it?" he questioned with a devilish grin.

"Yes, I do." Smiling she ran her fingernails up and down the nape of his neck, knowing exactly what it did to him. Satisfied with the moan he made she brought her hands around to the front of his chest and continued with her ministrations. Her hands ventured lower to his belt buckle, however, she was immediately stopped.

"Hey! Hey!" Grabbing her hands he brought them up to his lips and kissed each only gently. "Be patient. We have all night."

Silently agreeing she followed his lead toward the table; sat down and enjoyed her meal.

After finishing their delicious dinner a song emanated from radio that expressed how he felt about her. Lee stood up and walked over to Amanda's side of the table. "Shall we?"

"Love to."

They slowly swayed back and forth across the bedroom floor to ‘When a Man Loves A Woman', by Percy Sledge.

The song came to an end and Amanda lifted her head from its spot on his chest; looked into his eyes, and smiled.

The smile made Lee's heart pound wildly in his chest. 'How does she do that? Just a simple smile turns me on.'

He bent down and captured her lips with his yet again, while leading her to the bed. Gently, they fell back onto it.

Breaking the kiss he propped his head on his elbow. "Amanda? Do you think tonight could be the night? When we make love do you think we'll create our child?"

"Maybe. These things don't just happen like that, you know. You have to be patient."

They both smiled and leaned in for another kiss.

* * *

Nine months later.

Amanda squeezed Lee's hand as another contraction coursed through her body. Thirty-six hours in labor was having an exhaustive effect on both of them.

"I don't understand. Why is this taking so long?" Lee asked Amanda worried and nervous about the entire situation.

"Don't worry, she'll come when she's ready. Unfortunately we have to be patient." With those words another contraction surged through her. The pain subsided and she turned her head to look at him. "Besides what do you have to worry about! I am the one going through the pain here! You're the one who did this to me! You had the fun, easy part!"

'You have no idea what I am going through!'  Lee's face grimaced as her hand tightened around his for another contraction. They were coming closer together now. His mind was focused on the pain pounding in his hand and trying to comforting his wife.

Through his jumbled thoughts he heard the nurse yell out the door. "Doctor! Your patient is ready!"