A Spring Affair
you've just had. I'll run down stairs and grab you some food."
    As he stood, Maya opened her eyes and reached out to grab his arm. "Xavier I don't want you to go through any extra trouble for me."
    He leaned down and kissed her on her forehead.
    "It's no trouble at all sweetheart, I'll be back soon."
    He ran his hand over his head and he headed back downstairs to the bistro. Hearing about Maya's sister and brother-in-law being in a car accident had stirred up some memories of his parents. He would never forget the call he got with news that he would never see his parents again. Thankfully, the outcome was better for Maya's family. But he knew Maya wouldn't get any real relief until Eva woke up.
    But until then, he would do everything he could to comfort her as much as he could.
    And that would have to start would food, he thought as he pressed his way through the double doors into the kitchen.
    Bobby and LeAnn looked up when Xavier walked in. They both had looks of concern in their eyes.
    "Is Maya all right?" LeAnn asked first.
    "Her sister was hurt in a car accident," Xavier said.
    LeAnn's hand went up to her mouth and Bobby wrapped an arm around her.
    "How bad is it?" he asked Xavier.
    "Maya said she had to have surgery, but it went well. They'll know more when she wakes up. Apparently they discovered she was pregnant as well. The baby is fine."
    Xavier went to the deep fridge and began to pull ingredients out.
    "I hope you guys don't mind me cooking in here. She hasn't had a real meal in days."
    "Of course not son," Bobby said, "Is there anything we can do to help?"
    "No, I've got it," Xavier replied, as he began dicing vegetables. "In fact, you guys can go ahead and head on home. I'll lock up the bistro for you."
    LeAnn went over and gave Xavier a quick hug. "You let her know if she needs anything , we're here for her."
    Xavier nodded, and continued working on Maya's meal.
    Bobby clamped his hand on his nephew's shoulder and gave it a comforting squeeze before he and LeAnn left.
    Half an hour later, Xavier reentered the apartment with a tray full of food. Maya was sitting on the couch looking completely exhausted.
    "Hey," he said, sitting the tray in front of her. "I got you something to eat."
    He was glad to see her sit up and begin to eat. After awhile, he could see the fatigue beginning to set in. Her eyelids drooped and he could tell she was crashing hard.
    Xavier took the bowl from Maya's hand and sat it on the table then scooped her into his arms. He took her to the bedroom that he used when he stayed there and laid her in the bed. He kicked off his shoes and took off his shirt and pants, then climbed in the bed and wrapped his arms around her. She relaxed into his body and before she drifted off to sleep she said, "Thank you Xavier."
    He kissed the back of her head and said, "Anything for you Maya."

Chapter 12
    Maya woke up the next morning feeling better than she had in days. She couldn't remember the last time she'd slept so well. She rolled over and was surprised to see Xavier was already gone. He left her a note on his pillow.
    I didn't have the heart to wake you. I had some errands to run and Lena has class this morning so I have to open the café. Come see me when you can.
    He'd signed the note with 'love' at the end. It could mean absolutely nothing, but Maya hoped that it was a sign to how he felt about her. She remembered the talk they'd had during their romantic picnic. Although they hadn't outright said the words, she felt like that's what they both meant. She thought about how he had been with her last night. He'd been so gentle and nurturing to her. She'd been an absolute mess, and Xavier was able to pull her out of her dark place and back into the light. He'd been able to soothe her like nothing else could.
    She got out of the bed and noticed her clothes were washed and dried on the end of the bed. She took another shower and got dressed. She left the small apartment, making

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