Six months later
Elly yawned as she entered her bedroom. Her yawn transformed into the biggest smile on her face as she found Chloe lying on her back asleep in their bed, their son sleeping peacefully on Chloe’s chest as she held him to her.
Unable to resist, Elly took her phone and took a photo of the pair. Elly then shifted herself and got back into bed under the covers, leaning over Chloe and their son, Elly pressed her lips against Chloe’s forehead and holding her phone above the three of them she took another photo.
Settling back into bed, next to her family, Elly loaded the photo of the three of them on her phone and sent the image to Shaun along with the message:
‘This is my whole world right now. Thank you for letting us have this. P.S. check out Chloe’s hand. We’re engaged!’
Shaun immediately messaged back:
‘You’re welcome. You three look perfect together. Congratulations! I’m happy for you. I’m always here for you three if you ever need anything.’
Putting her phone back on her bedside table, Elly settled back against Chloe, accidentally waking the blonde.
“I’m awake, didn’t fall asleep,” Chloe mumbled, barely able to open her eyes.
“Yes, you did, baby,” Elly told her.
Chloe yawned, “Not really…I was…dozing. You needed a shower and I…was totally wide awake looking out for our little man.”
Elly lent down and kissed Chloe on the cheek, “You’re fibbing. You fell asleep. He’s perfectly fine, sleeping on your chest. Our boy loves falling asleep on you.”
Chloe finally opened her eyes, staring at the baby she held against her chest, sleeping soundly, then looked up at Elly, “I’m so tired.”
“I know, baby, me too,” Elly whispered, curling her body against Chloe’s side.
“I’m so tired,” Chloe repeated, “I didn’t know it was possible to ever be this tired that I can’t even wait for you to shower before falling back asleep with our son.”
“He’s sleeping soundly now against you. Do you want to try and fall back asleep yourself or do you want me to take him and get him settled into his cot?” Elly asked.
“I’m so tired,” Chloe said once more, whilst her words could be taken in annoyance her tone of voice was an entirely different matter. Chloe was completely in awe and in love with being a parent to their child. Chloe closed her eyes, “What’s the time?”
Elly looked back at her phone, glad the bright screen displayed it, “Just after 8 am.”
Chloe nearly burst into tears, “I’m so tired. Now I’m going to be late to work…again. Terese is so going to fire me soon. You don’t even want to know how many times I’ve fallen asleep at the hotel the past month and Terese or Paul have caught me. I think I fell asleep in the middle of a client meeting with Terese and an investor the other day. So embarrassing.”
Elly snuggled closer into Chloe’s body and placed her hand over their son’s tiny hand on Chloe’s chest, “Baby, it’s Saturday, you don’t have work today.”
“Are you sure? It feels like Monday,” Chloe moaned softly.
“You say that every morning but not every morning is a Monday, baby,” Elly told her.
“I’m so tired,” Chloe went back to saying, “I never realized how much I could hate Mondays. Are you sure it’s Saturday?”
Elly pressed her lips to Chloe’s cheek, “Yes, Chlo, it’s Saturday. Two whole days that you don’t have to go to work and we can just lie here with our baby boy and try and catch up on some sleep. Right now, while he’s sleeping peacefully on you at any rate.”
Chloe looked like she was about to burst into tears of happiness at not been forced to get up and go to work.
Elly nuzzled her face against Chloe’s neck, staring lovingly at their son as he laid there against Chloe’s chest, “Baby, I still think you need to talk to Terese about taking some more time off. You had two weeks off after I gave birth. Terese gets it, she’s a mum, she knows how tiring it is raising a newborn. I'm surprised she hasn't insisted on it if you're falling asleep at work.”
Chloe gently shook her head, “Terese has offered, hun. I’ve got no leave left. I used it all up and those two weeks were the best of my life.”
“If you asked, Terese, she wouldn’t have an issue with giving you more time to be home with us,” Elly told her, “I’d love you to be home more but not half as much as Jake would.”
Chloe stared down at the newborn lying on her chest, “Jake loves his Mama Chloe…and I want nothing more than to spend every day with the pair of you but I can’t take unpaid leave…we can’t afford it. So, I will just have to keep working and when weekends come up out of nowhere I will appreciate them so much to try and catch up on my sleep," and when Elly looked like she was about to argue with her, Chloe stopped her, "I'm doing what I have to, Elly, to keep my family safe with a roof over their heads. I gotta do what I can to protect my family."
"Fine," Elly pretended to grumble but honestly, she was so proud of everything Chloe did for their family, "Let's just see how you feel on Monday morning after two days of trying to rest and the pair of us managing our baby boy."
"Are you sure it's not Monday? I'm so tired," Chloe needed reassurance.
"Chlo, baby, do you not remember you were at work yesterday?" Elly asked.
Chloe shook her head, "I don't remember anything before you asking me to look after Jake while you went for a shower half an hour ago. The last six weeks are a complete blur mixed up all together. I'm so tired."
Elly lent down and captured Chloe's lips gently, "But you remember last night, right? Our first night where we had three entire hours without Jake because Aaron and David babysat him for us? You cannot tell me you forgot last night."
Chloe scrunched up her face, "Please don't tell me we tried having the S.E.X. again or I mean you tried with me because you're still not gonna be ready for a couple months but you want to with me and I fell asleep halfway through like last time."
Elly giggled as she stared at Chloe's adorableness, "You can say the word 'sex,' Chloe. You don't have to spell the word out. We are not going to traumatize Jake by saying the word 'sex' in front of him because babe he is not going to remember this at all. We can wait until he's a teenager and then traumatize him that his mum's have a sex life. And what are you talking about falling asleep halfway through last time when we tried a few nights ago? I didn't even get your bra off and you nodded off. You fell asleep before we even started, Chlo, and I still love you for attempting to indulge in me wanting you but I've come to terms with the fact it's not going to happen for a few months. You're worth waiting for."
"Good to hear it, so what happened last night?" Chloe mumbled, struggling to keep her eyes open as she began stroking her hand against Jake's back, then opened her eyes in surprise, "Elly, where did this ring come from?"
"Oh my God, you don't remember!" Elly feigned shock but at this stage was aware enough that her fiancé was struggling to remember even the most important things.
"I remember," Chloe fibbed, then admitted, "Okay I don't...please tell me you saw me asleep with Jake and you thought it would be really nifty to put this ring on my finger and make me think I forgot you proposed to me? Please don't tell me that I'm so tired that I forgot you proposed to me."
Elly kissed Chloe once more, "I proposed to you, last night, silly. I should've known you'd forget and I maybe could've waited a few more weeks until we're used to this not sleeping and raising a newborn but I didn't want to wait any longer and dinner last night with you on our first few hours without Jake was too good of an opportunity not to propose."
"I'm so sorry I forgot," Chloe apologized, nearly bursting into tears, "I'm the worst fiancé ever."
Elly smiled down at Chloe, "It's okay and you know why, Chloe, because you just called yourself my fiancé and that is all that matters in the world right now. Maybe after a rest, you'll remember last night clearer. Ooh actually, you got some great photos on your phone that you posted on social media after we both called our mum's and told them the news. Here let me get them and show you so can remember our night yesterday."
Elly shuffled and lent over Chloe, to reach for Chloe's phone on her bedside table.
Chloe finally let out a giggle, as she started feeling a bit more awake, "Oh look, Elly's boobs near my face. Is this what foreplay used to be? I forget, it's been so long."
Elly smiled gleefully at Chloe's playfulness, taking her time to get the phone once she realized Chloe was enjoying the view, before eventually taking the phone and returning to snuggling back against Chloe's side, "You know, I didn't think it was possible for anyone to love my boobs more than you, but you gotta step up your game, Chlo, because Jake has you beat."
Chloe ran her hand up and down Jake's back, "Oh yeah I know. I had this discussion with him and told him how great his mum's boobs were and to take care of them for me."
Elly shook her head at Chloe's teasing, grinning as she watched Jake clinging to Chloe's chest through her pajamas, "Jake loves your boobs too, remember. He's always clinging to them. He loves you and the comfort you give him."
Chloe rolled her eyes, "Yeah but he's smart enough to realize only your boobs give him the milk that he wants so he'll always love yours more. Alright, where are these photos we took last night? I want to remember you asking me to be your wife...I'm still embarrassed I forgot."
Elly pressed her lips to Chloe's forehead as she unlocked Chloe's phone, "It's scary how much I know about you that you didn't even need to tell me you changed your pin on your phone from my birthday to Jake's birthday after he was born. Okay...here's your post on Insta. Check out how happy we are! You're holding up the ring on your finger and captioned it, 'I said YES! #ChellyWedding'"
"It's starting to come back to me," Chloe whispered as she looked at the phone Elly was holding.
Elly switched apps before placing the phone back before Chloe's eyes, "And you just blew up Facebook with your post and all these dozen photos of our date and proposal last night."
Elly scrolled through the album of photos that had been taken of the pair of them.
"Aww I do remember it now, you got down on one knee and it was perfect," Chloe uttered before Elly scrolled to a photo that was taken by a bystander of Elly proposing on bended knee that they had managed to get him to send to them.
Elly kissed Chloe gently, "Of course it was perfect, I was asking you to spend your life with me."
"How did our mum's take the news...? I'm a little fuzzy on those details," Chloe admitted, as Jake finally stirred in her arms and she rocked him gently trying to settle him back to sleep.
"Fay was thrilled. I’m so glad she accepted our relationship after everything I did to Mark. Liz was shocked, she’s still not used to the idea that you won my heart, pretty much what you would've expected," Elly answered, "My God, how many people do you have on Facebook, Chlo, look at all these notifications."
"We'll have to scroll through them properly and reply at some stage this weekend," Chloe replied as she yawned, "Wait, who posts an angry face reaction to an engagement announcement?"
As soon as the question had left her lips, Chloe and Elly both looked at each other, "Mark."
Elly rolled her eyes, "I did suggest you block him as he's been angry face reacting to every single one of your posts for six months now."
Chloe sighed, "Yeah I know but he's still my brother and cutting him off seems harsh. Just let him deal with his anger behind a screen. I'm sure once we get out of the house a bit more with Jake and he starts seeing us with him, Mark will get over his--"
"Woah, what is this?" Elly suddenly interrupted, "Comment by Mel Lohan. I thought you blocked her."
Chloe blinked, "I thought she was in jail. What does it say?"
"It says 'what the eff?' That sounds about right. Last time we saw her I was still insisting there was nothing between us and she told you that you were deluded to think you’d ever be with me. Hate her for saying that to you," Elly replied.
Chloe glanced at the phone, "I don't think that looks like the profile I blocked. A mutual friend must've shared my post and she must've seen it."
Elly shook her head, "She just posted again on another photo...oh look at this, she's posted on Jake's birth announcement you made when he was born. 'Jake Conway-Brennan...your son...seriously what the eff?!'"
Chloe shrugged, "I can't be bothered dealing with that right now. I'll change my settings and block her again later. I can't believe she's out of jail...or has been given social media privileges from jail. Whatever. I'm not worried. Mel won’t come back to Erinsborough, not after everything she did, even if she has served her time. No one can ruin our happiness."
Elly closed the apps on the phone before placing the phone back on Chloe's bedside table, enjoying rolling on top of Chloe for another view of her cleavage as she did so. Elly then settled back down next to Chloe, wrapping her right arm around Chloe's shoulder, nuzzling her face into the crook of Chloe's neck, and reaching out her left hand, placing it over Jake's tiny hand on Chloe's chest.
"I'm so tired," Chloe said once more.
Elly snuggled closer to the pair, "I know, baby, me too. We were supposed to have lunch with Aaron, David, and Bea at the Waterhole but I'm gonna to cancel on them."
"We were? You will? As much as I want to see them...I'm not getting out of this bed today...I'm so tired," Chloe replied, yawning loudly.
"I'm not getting out of this bed either," Elly agreed, "I have everything I'll ever need right here in my arms."
"Mmm," Chloe mumbled as she closed her eyes.
"Do you want me to settle Jake into his cot for you to actually get some sleep and I'll watch over him or do you want to fall asleep with him on your chest and I'll lie here watching the pair of you sleeping?" Elly asked quietly.
"I'm comfy here, I like it when our son falls asleep on me. Are you sure you don't need sleep too?" Chloe whispered, yawning once more.
Elly pressed her lips to Chloe's forehead, "Jake will sleep for another hour or so before he needs to be fed. I can stay here and watch the pair of you until he gets restless for milk. You sleep for the next hour solidly."
"Thank you, fiancé," Chloe agreed, before opening her eyes gently, staring up at Elly, "I'm not sure you're ever going to realize how happy you've made me."
"About half as happy as you've made me and Jake," Elly countered, "I love you, and I can't wait to marry you sometime later this year. Hey, Chlo, just in case you don't quite remember the most important part of last night..."
"Yeah," Chloe mumbled, opening her eyes and trying to stay awake long enough to hear what Elly wanted to say.
Elly smiled down at the blonde, "Chloe Brennan, will--?"
"Yes," Chloe answered immediately.
Elly giggled, "Will you--?"
"Yes," Chloe repeated.
"Oh my God, will you let me finish, so you can actually remember it this time," Elly laughed.
"Mmm kay," Chloe whispered.
Elly pressed her lips to Chloe's forehead once more before asking, "Chloe Brennan, will you marry me?"
"Yes," Chloe answered, smiling up at Elly.
Elly lent down and kissed Chloe softly before reaching down and kissing their son on the back of his head, "You're going to make us happy for the rest of our lives. I'm so grateful you let me back into your life and I fell in love with you so deeply. I was crazy to think that all we would ever be was 'just friends'."
"I love you, Elly," Chloe grinned, "You're right...except that it was both of us who were crazy to think we could've missed out on all of this because we wanted to be 'just friends'."
Not 'just friends,' never going to be 'just friends,' always going to be the love of my life and the mother of my son, I love you Elly Conway, Chloe thought.
Not 'just friends,' never going to be 'just friends,' always going to be the love of my life and the mother of my son, I love you, Chloe Brennan, Elly thought.