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Hidden Away [Mafioso Book#2] By Serena B. Light Characters: 22197

Updated: 2018-10-31 14:40


The sound of the shower running infiltrated the washroom. The steam rising and dispersing throughout the space with the sound of music accompanying the pitter patter of the water droplets. Serafina allowed the pressured water to wash over her, her tresses clinging to her as the glass of the shower cabin became even more opaque than it already was.

With the mixture of water and music, she never heard the door open, much less did she notice the presence of the person enter as she was too busy washing her hair, running her fingers through her tresses. The sound of the shower cabin door opening had her jump in surprise, turning around with an arm over her chest as she instantly recognized the tuft of dirty blonde hair, a giggle escaping her as she smiled at him, wrapping her arms around his neck before pulling him under the stream of warm water.

"Well, hello there, Mr. CFO, " She murmured in a sultry voice as he wrapped his arms around her hips, smirking down at her.

"Hello, Mrs. CFO, " He chuckled, leaning down to press his lips to hers in a quick kiss. "Long day, I take it?"

"Ugh, you have no idea, " Serafina groaned with an eye roll, instantly going into a detailed account of how her day at the gallery was and the people she had to deal with and how her staff kept messing up one thing or the other, Alessio chuckling every once in a while as he busied himself with shampooing and conditioning her hair before running her loofa over her slim body, placing kiss across her skin every once in a while.

"What about you?" She asked once they had stepped out of the shower and gotten changed into sleeping clothes, sitting at the dining table and eating. "How was your day, "

"Quite productive, I must say, " Alessio swallowed, his gold ring glinting in the light as Serafina's 2 carat diamond shone every time she ran her fingers through her hair. "There was a lot of meeting today, and those went well, wrapped up a project and finished the calculations I had been telling you about, "

"Oh! That's amazing!" Serafina grinned. "It had been giving you migraines since you started it, "

Alessio chuckled at her as they both put away their dishes, their house devoid of any sound besides the clatter of plates as they placed them in the dishwasher.

Serafina head off upstairs as Alessio told her he had to make a quick call. Closing his phone, he walked upstairs, entering to see his wife all ready for bed, lying on her stomach in a lacy black nightgown, her brown tresses falling over her shoulder.

He had to admit, he liked her black tresses more.

When they got married one and a half year ago, Serafina had dyed her hair brown, saying she had enough of her black hair. The two had been together for 2 years before he proposed to her and were now married.

She still ran her art gallery and travelled most of the time, and with Alessio being the CFO of Armamentarium was also a busy man, but neither one of them was too busy for each other.

Going into the washroom, he got ready for bed before joining her in a pair of boxer shorts, the weather very warm nowadays as sometimes even the air conditioning didn't feel like enough. Getting under the covers, he sat with his back to the headboard, Serafina turning her gaze towards him as she gave him a soft smile, before sitting up and straddled his waist, Alessio resting his hands on her hips as she bit her lip, running her hands down his chest.

"Today a guy brought his child to office, " Alessio informed as his wife hummed, placing a kiss on his neck. "A very adorable little baby boy with the name Leo, "

"That's nice, " She muttered dismissively, her lips trailing to his jaw and the back of his ear.

"And Leo got me thinking about our kids, "

Registering his words, Serafina pulled away, looking at him with furrowed eyebrows.

"What?"

"Serafina, " Alessio murmured, looking at her with soft eyes as he cupped her face into his hands. "I want to try for a baby, "

"You..." She trailed uncertainly. "You want to try for a baby?"

"Yes, "

"Why?" She got off his lap, coming to sit beside him and looking at him in confusion.

"Why not?" Alessio questioned in response. "I mean, we've been married for almost 2 years, and even then our house is so empty and vacant. I want to hear the pitter patter of little feet and shrieks of laughter. I want to hear the squeal of "daddy" to greet me when I come home from work, I want a baby, Serafina, I really do."

"This...this is a human baby we're talking about, Alessio, " Serafina stammered with a humorless chuckle, panic welling up inside her. "That's a lot of responsibility! Who's to say we can handle the pressure?"

"Don't you think we can?"

"I..." She trailed uncertainly, seeing the betrayed look in Alessio's eyes as she swallowed thickly. "I'm scared of screwing up and raising my child wrong, I don't want my baby to grow up with some emotional problems we caused, I'm scared of messing up, "

"Hey, your mom and dad raised 4 kids, and every single one of them is good and well, "

"Please, Arsenio has self-esteem issues, Salvatore doesn't trust a bloody soul, Marco has commitment issues, and I have issues of my own, "

"But are they caused by your parents?"

"Well...no..." She squirmed in unease, knowing he had a point there. "It was more the result of things that happened to us rather than how mom and dad raised us, "

"Exactly, it was caused by life, "

"But still Alessio. You're a CFO, you're busy. I own a gallery, I travel a lot, and do we even have the liberty for a child?"

"If we have a kid, Salvatore would insist that I go home at a decent time to help you. You know how protective he is about the kids of his family-"

"-Despite having no kids of his own, " She scoffed under her breath

"And with a kid, your traveling would reduce exponentially, " Alessio stated as Serafina rubbed a hand over her arm. "And I don't know if that's a good thing or not, "

"I..." She trailed. "Can I think about it?"

"Yeah, " He nodded with a deep inhale after a moment of silence. "Okay, sure." Sucking on his bottom lip before exhaling and giving her a weak smile.

Placing a kiss on her forehead, he turned off his lamp before pulling the covers over him and closing his eyes to fall asleep. Serafina sat kneeling behind him, before finally getting under the covers and bracing herself for a restless night.

She hardly slept, lying awake and staring up at the ceiling, and even when she managed to fall asleep, she woke up after a couple of minutes, maybe an hour. Serafina was even awake when Alessio stirred beside her, grabb

r partner, her heart, her husband. The man who had the power to make her smile with a simple look and cry with a few words. "I promise to trust you, respect you, and protect you, "

"I give you my hand to hold and my life to keep." Serafina recited with him, wiping the tears with her hand that was free, a choked chuckle escaping her to see the surprise on her husband's face to realize she knew the words. "May we never forget how we felt when we first stared into each other's eyes and when we shared our first kiss. May the bond that we make today never be broken and may it only continue to grow stronger for the rest of our lives."

She watched Alessio take out her wedding ring from his back pocket, a relieved breath escaping her to see that he had it and it wasn't lost.

"May it be the strength that binds us and our love until the end of all eternity, " He spoke slowly, sliding the ring onto her finger. "These are my solemn vows to you, " Alessio finished, placing a kiss on the back of her hand.

Wiping away the tears, she let out a soft laugh, looking at her husband still kneeling before her.

"I'm sorry for breaking my vow, " Alessio shook his head in disappointment and stood up, cupping her face into his hands as she looked at him in confusion. "I promised to respect you and I didn't, "

"Alessio, what-?" She began to ask, being cut short by him.

"Last night, when we were talking about trying for a baby, and I could see you were hesitant and a little scared, and instead of respecting it, I felt angry at you for that. I know you have your reasons for being unsure, but it wasn't right on my part to break my solemn vow of respecting you. I needed to remind myself of everything I promised you, "

"Alessio, " Serafina murmured, her heart swelling at his words as she cupped his face into her hand. "Yes, I'm scared of having a baby because you are wonderful with them, but I don't know how I'd be as a parent. And I'm not saying I never want a child, I definitely want a child, but I don't know if I want one right now, "

"It's just that..." Her husband trailed, holding her hands in his own as he rubbed the back of his head in embarrassment. "Well...I'm 35, right? And I kinda always pictured myself married at 30 with kids by 31...and now I'm 35 and it just kind of...feels like a failure, y'know?"

"Oh, baby, " Serafina chuckled, pulling him for a hug as his arms snaked around her bare stomach, causing her to realise that she wasn't wearing anything other than her bra and panties. "I get it, you feel like it's a missed milestone. But it's not, really Alessio, it's not. We still have time, granted I should probably have kids soon given that I'm turning 29, but that's beside the point. We'll have kids, I promise you that, it's just that you kind of jumped it on me out of me blue and I panicked, but after seeing you with little Rosie today, it occurred me that I would want that. You with our baby, walking around with it in your arms and playing with it."

"I would like that too, " Alessio smiled against her shoulder, placing a kiss against her neck.

"Me too, " Serafina nodded with a wistful sigh, imagining the scene of her husband and their child, playing, laughing, giggling. "Although, can you handle 2 babies?"

"2 babies?" He questioned in confusion, his fingers trailing across her bare skin as goosebumps formed on Serafina's arms, a cold sensation oozing down her spine and having her stomach twist in knots. "You want 2 kids?"

"No, I'm saying how will you be able to handle 2 babies at one time? Our child and me, "

Alessio chuckled against her skin, placing a kiss against her neck and her shoulder, lowering to her collarbone and chest, trailing kisses down her stomach as he kneeled before her with her hips grasped in his hand as she threaded her fingers through his hair.

"I wouldn't mind handle two babies, " Alessio placed open-mouthed kisses against her flat stomach, Serafina biting her lips as heat pooled between her legs. "I'll have help with the little one, and I know how to handle the big one, "

"Do you now?" She gasped when he stood up, pushing her onto the bed as she landed with a bounce.

"Oh, I do, " Her husband smirked as he removed his button up, covering her body with his own as a burst of giggles escaped her when he attacked her sides with his fingers, Serafina writhing and squirming beneath him with laughter.

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