Kris looks over at his shoulder as a sleeping Noel lays upon it.
He smiles, clicking the TV off, he tapes her gently.
“Hey babe, Noel…come on baby let’s get you to bed, you must be exhausted,” he whispers as she opens her eyes sleepily.
Kris guides them up the stairs.
Noel walks into their bed room and plops on the bed face down.
“Pajamas?” Kris asks with a laugh as he opens a draw taking some out.
Noel holds her hand out, her face buried into her pillow.
Kris tosses her the pajamas as Noel forces herself up, shuffling her feet over to their bathroom.
A few minutes later, Noel returns, ready for bed to find Kris laying on their chair, instead of the bed.
“What are you doing all the way over there,” she asks confused.
“Oh I just figured you’d be more comfortable having the whole bed to yourself.”
Noel gives Kris a face, “Are you kidding, this bed is enormous, get in.”
“I just thought you’d get a better, uninterrupted night’s sleep…”
“Get in the bed, Thornwood,” Noel says sternly.
“Yes ma’am.” Kris says smirking as he pulls the comforter back.
Noel smiles as she climbs into bed.
“Bossy.” Kris says.
“You love it,” Noel says turning toward him pursing her lips, a twinkle in her eye.
“Oh I do, it’s sexy as hell,” he says as they both laugh, Kris climbs into bed with her.
Noel snuggles into him, her left hand laying on his chest.
“I love you. And I’m just so happy that your okay and that your safe.”
“I love you too.” Noel says smiling as she places a sweet peck on his lips as they cuddle and drift off into a quick slumber.
The Next Morning
Noel is showering, as Kris makes the bed.
“Hey baby…” she yells in between soaping and shampooing.
“Yea?” Kris calls popping his head in by the door, his eyes falling on her engagement and wedding rings on a ring holder by the sink. He smirks and sneaks in, taking them, he puts them in his blazer pocket, the one he hung out for today’s festivities.
“It’s the start of day two, just saying…” she says with a smirk, as she looks at him from behind the shower curtain.
Kris laughs peeping back over and locking eyes with her.
“Wait I thought Day Two was Christmas Day, it’s only Christmas Eve.”
Noel’s brow furrows, “Didn’t yesterday count as one of the days?”
“I don’t have a problem with that.”
Noel smirks as she closes the curtain.
She shuts her eyes, as she lets the shampoo rinse from her hair. And suddenly she’s reminded of something.
“Hey babe, what time is your meeting?” she yells.
“In like an hour.” Kris calls back, as he brushes his teeth.
“Oh, cuz I’m a little insulted that I’ve been in this shower for over 5 minutes and you have yet to try and join me…I’m naked in here you know,” she says letting the water wet her hair as she shampoos.
Kris laughs loudly and he pulls his shirt off and drops his shorts hopping in, “Come here, girl,” he says as Noel squeals, her lips crashing onto his, as she drapes her arms around his neck.
Noel stands in the shower, a smile spreading across her face.
She finishes up and opens the curtain, a towel wrapped around her. Kris smiles at her, as he catches her eye from across the room.
Noel smiles leaning out of the door, “so I had another memory.”
Kris’ eyes light up, “Did you?”
“Yea, I was in the shower and I was complaining how you weren’t in there with me, and then you hoped right in,” she says laughing.
“Ah, yea, that was a hell of a morning, ” he says laughing.
“I’ll be downstairs setting somethings up for today, I’ll let you finish getting dressed.”
Noel nods as Kris exits their bedroom.
She walks over to her dresser and begins opening drawers. She finds her lingerie draw and pulls out a similar red lingerie like the one she had on the day of the accident.
She smiles to herself as she gets an idea.
“Hey Noel, baby, how’s it going up there, you okay?” Kris says yelling up to her.
Noel walks down the stairs is a sexy fitted red dress, her lips bright to match, and a set of gold pumps on her feet. Her hair covering her shoulders in soft brunette curls.
“Oh Holy Mother of God- you look…” he says rendered speechless.
“Is it too much?” she says turning so he can see the full view.
“No. It is… perfect,” he says his eyes glancing over her body.
“Yea?” she says smiling.
Kris nods circling his arms around her waist, as his hands fall to her bottom.
“There’s my butt,” he says whispering against her lips as he kisses her.
Noel laughs, “No longer hidden by baggy sweats.”
“Mm mm,” he says shaking his head as he kisses her again.
Noel smiles at him as her hands lay on his chest, her eyes fall upon her empty finger.
“Oh no,” she says nervously.
“What?” Kris says worried.
“My rings. I’m not wearing them,” she says rushing upstairs.
Kris smirks to himself as he follows her up the stairs.
Noel rushes into her bathroom, and she doesn’t see the rings there.
“Oh god, no, I don’t see them anywhere,” she says frantically looking through cabinets and on the floor. “I put them right here on my ring holder, while I showered.”
“I hate to say it babe, but maybe they got knocked into the drain.”
“Oh no, you really think so?” Noel asks panicking.
“It’s a possibility.”
“Oh my god, I’m so so sorry.” she says feeling terrible.
“Don’t stress it, I’ll figure out a way to get it back.”
“How are you gonna do that?”
“I have my ways,” he says smirking at her.
“I just feel so naked without them.”
Kris smiles at her, “Can we just avoid saying the word Naked? I’m hanging on by a thread here, and then you had to come out here wearing that dress.”
“I can take it off if you want,” she says smirking knowing she’s just adding to the sexual tension.
Kris smiles, and pulls her to him, “No absolutely not, I’ll be helping you with that later.”
Noel sighs as she pulls him into a kiss.
The door bell rings and Kris smiles at a happy Noel.
“Our first guest!” Noel yells as she hops toward the front door.
Kris follows behind her.
Noel opens the door to find Rebecca and Griffin.
“Hi,” Rebecca says excitedly.
Kris hops in, Noel babe this is…
“Rebecca, I recognize her from the pictures. Hi.” she says smiling as she gives her a hug.
“Please come in,” Noel says stepping aside as she turns to Griffin, “And you are Griffin.”
“Guilty,” he says.
“Come in, come in, make yourselves at home.” Noel says ushering them in, as she gives Griffin a hug as well.
A Few Hours Later
Noel sits chatting with her sister Holly and Rebecca, as Kris hangs with Griffin.
Another knock is heard at the door as Kris calls out, “I’ll get it, it’s probably Jack,” he says opening the door to find Jack holding a bottle of wine.
“Hey man, thanks for coming,” as they fist bump.
Jack walks in and instantly his eyes fall upon Holly, who smiles at him.
“Oh hey, you haven’t met Noel’s sister yet have you? This is Holly, Holly- Jack.”
“Nice to meet you” Jack says shaking her hand.
“Nice to meet you too,” she smiles sweetly, a twinkle in her eye.
Kris looks over at Noel who is laughing and having such a great time, a smile he could never get enough of.
“Good night,” Noel says smiling as she closes the door, she turns to Kris who stands there behind her waiting .
“So, I believe you and I have plans for the rest of the night,” Noel says walking toward him, he smirks rushing toward her, he pulls her to him, kissing her.
Noel looks up at him, “Give me two minutes,” she whispers walking up the stairs.
Kris smirks as he watches after her his eyes glancing over her body, he reaches into his pocket and looks at the rings in his hand, a smirk playing on his face.
TO BE CONTINUED…STAY TUNED FOR THE CONCLUSION OF “A HUSBAND FOR CHRISTMAS” …COMING TOMORROW!