Out of Darkness

Out of Darkness by Laramie Briscoe

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in his neck. He became alarmed when he felt wetness there.
    “Hey, hey,” he pulled her away and cupped her cheeks. “What’s really going on?” he used his thumbs to wipe at the tears streaming down her face. She gulped in breaths of air trying to calm herself down. “What the hell’s got you so upset?”
    “I think Denise is pregnant,” she whispered.
    He was confused. What did this have to do with her? “You’re gonna have to explain what’s goin’ through your head because, baby, I definitely am not a mind reader today.”
    “I’m a horrible, horrible person because I’m jealous.”
    That threw him. They hadn’t even had sex, much less talked about kids, but that statement made him sit up straighter. “Why are you jealous?”
    “I want kids someday, but what if because of what happened to me I can’t ever bring myself to get there.”
    “What do you mean?”
    She hated this. There was not one part of her that wanted to voice this fear she had to Tyler. Not one part. “What if I can never have sex again?”
    He laughed. Straight up belly laughed. “That’s what you’re worried about? Haven’t you been in my arms the last couple of nights? Haven’t you thought about having sex with me? Weren’t there a few times that we had to stop each other? You will overcome this fear. You’re too passionate not to. I’m not pressuring you am I?” He was horrified at the thought. That was the last thing he wanted to do.
    “No, not at all. You’ve been more than patient with me. But what if I can’t ever get past it? I want kids, you may want kids.”
    His heart swelled. She was talking about a future involving the both of them, not two separate beings. “We could always adopt. You forget I’m an orphan.”
    She slapped her hand over her mouth. She had forgotten. This man who offered her so much love and affection had started out in life with none given to him. “I’m so sorry Tyler.”
    “Don’t be. I didn’t tell you that to make you feel sorry for me. I’m just giving you other options. Can I share something with you?”
    Meredith wanted to know everything that this man wanted to tell her. There was not one part of him that she didn’t want to know. “Please, share everything with me.”
    “For the first two months of my life, I didn’t have a name. My name was John Doe. My first birth certificate actually says John Doe. It wasn’t until an older Native American couple took me in as foster parents that I got a name. They gave me their family last name. I have no idea who either of my real parents are. But I came into this world as a John Doe.”
    That hurt her so much. How could someone do that to a child? How could someone nurture that child in their belly for nine months and then leave him alone to face the world? “How come you didn’t stay with them?”
    “They couldn’t afford me. They already had the maximum amount of children they could afford. From what I hear, they tried hard and I was with them for a long time. My first memories of childhood are with that couple. That house I took you to? It was theirs. I bought it when they died a few years ago. That’s why I love it so much.”
    She grappled with all the information he had given her. The strong man who hardly ever revealed anything about himself had dropped two bombs on her in a short amount of time. “Thank you for sharing this with me.”
    “I wouldn’t have done it if I didn’t want to. What I’m trying to say about all this though is that there are options. I’m not leaving you no matter what you can or can’t do. So if you can never get there, I’ll be fine. I’m committed to you and I think you’re committed to me.”
    “I am.”
    “Have you talked to Doc Jones about this?”
    “I have. That’s where she came up with the idea of masturbation to try and get me there. I don’t know why I’m freaking out about this so much. Life is going to move on whether I’m ready or not.”
    He caressed her neck and

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