“Daddy! Daddy, the babies are messing up my building!”
Jack sighed and then shook his head. “Coming, son.”
Dan was out finishing up the Christmas shopping and, Jack had to admit, life had been a little easier before the twins started to walk.
“Heping!” Zoe insisted as Angel flung a block at Nathan’s building that he’d been carefully adding to. A bunch of blocks fell noisily to the ground.
“Daddy!” Christ, seven was harder than six.
He scooped Zoe and Angela up. “Time for baths!” Three o’clock was a great bathtime, right?
“What about my building? I worked so hard on it.” Nathan looked like he couldn’t decide whether to scream or cry.
“How about I help you build it back up to where you were?” Dan asked, appearing suddenly at Jack's back, one hand sliding down his spine.
Oh, thank God. “Hey, babe.”
“Dandy!” Nathan threw himself at Dan, who lifted Nathan up, groaning.
“Who said you could get so big, buddy?” Dan leaned over and kissed Jack’s cheek.
Oh God, Nathan made him laugh, his boy so quick.
“Santa!” Shouted Zoe.
Angela just buried her face in Jack’s neck.
“That’s okay, then. Let’s go get this building back together while Daddy puts the girls down for a nap,” Dan suggested. “I know everyone’s still tired from being up at the crack of dawn on Christmas morning.”
Not to mention that they’d had the babies’ first birthday party just a couple days before.
Dan set Nathan down, their son grabbing Dan’s hand and tugging him to where they’d set up the building. Dan gave Jack a smile, warm and happy.
“Da!” Zoe patted his cheeks. “Ba-ba-ba-ba-ba!”
“Indeed. Bathtime. Let’s go, girly-os.”
They cheered -- his girls loved their baths -- and they headed upstairs, the sounds of Nathan and Dan discussing the importance of supports following him up.
Blessed. His life was everything he’d wished it to be -- home, family, lover.
Jack and Dan are from Three To Get Ready, the latest Mannies story.
Single father Jack Jones is in dire need of a new nanny. His five year old son Nathan is legally blind, he has twin baby girls arriving in less than two months and the girl currently working for him is leaving at Thanksgiving to go home and continue her higher education. If Mannies Incorporated doesn’t come up with a viable candidate soon, he’s not sure what he’s going to do.
Dan Miller is on the hunt for a new job. He’s had some great placements with Mannies Incorporated, many as Manny to multiple birth families to get them over the hump. He even has experience with special needs children, so the job he’s interviewing for looks like it’s right up his alley.
When Dan arrives at Jack’s house, he discovers that this Jack Jones is his Jack Jones, the man he was in love with during college, and who broke up with Dan because Dan wanted children. Will Dan and Jack be able to put the past behind them and work with each other, or will their past keep them from having a future together?
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