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Let's Get Physical (Part 3)

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7 months later.

Bernie was still running her business from the garage. And was busier than ever. While Serena is still on maternity leave. And in no rush to go back to work.
Elaina is now 7 months old and a very happy baby. Elaina and Harley are so close. Elaina's little face lights up every time she sees her big brother. Harley is fantastic with his little sister. He is always giving her hugs and kisses and telling her that he loves her. Today is Harley's first day at school.
"HARLEY COME AND GET DRESSED." Serena shouted from upstairs.
"OK." Harley ran up upstairs and went into his bedroom.
"Look at the colour of your face. You're covered in jam. Let's go into the bathroom and wash your hands and face, young man."
"Ok Mummy."
"Let's brush your teeth first." Serena said as they got into the bathroom. After Serena had brushed Harley's teeth she washed his hands and face.


"That's enough Mummy. I must be clean now." Harley grumbled. "I want my hair spikey."
"Yes boss." Serena smiled as she got the hair gel from out of the bathroom cupboard. "How does that look." Serena picked Harley up so he could see in the mirror.
"I look good Mummy."
"You sure do. Right it's time to put your uniform on now." Serena followed Harley into his bedroom and picked up his trousers.
"I can put my own trousers on Mummy. I'm a big boy now" Harley said as he took them off Serena.
"Ok then go on." Serena smiled as she watched him. "Put your shirt on now."
"You'll have to fasten my buttons for me Mummy."
"Ok." Serena fastened his buttons and helped him put his jumper on. Then his socks and shoes.
"How do I look Mummy?" Harley said as he stood up straight.
"You look beautiful. You are so handsome. And you look so grown up." Serena said with tears running down her cheeks.
"Don't cry Mummy." Harley said as he wrapped his arms around Serena and hugged her tightly. "I'm still your little boy."
"You will always be my little boy. I'm so proud of you. I love you baby."
"I love you Mummy." Harley smiled as he tried to wipe Serena's tears from her face.
"Come on let's go show Momma how smart you look." Serena stood up as her and Harley went downstairs.
"Momma do I look smart?" Harley asked as he ran into the kitchen.


"You do. You look lovely. Nice hairdo."
"Does it look cool."
"Oh very cool. You are gonna have all the little girls after you."
"Do you think so Momma?"
"Oh yes. You'll be fighting them off."
"Stop it." Bernie laughed as Serena slapped her on the arm. "Come on gorgeous. Let's take your brother to school." Serena picked Elaina up out of her high chair. As they all got in the car. When they got to the school. Bernie took Elaina out of the car. While Harley held Serena's hand. As they got inside Harley squeezed Serena's hand tighter.
"Look Harley, there is a peg here with your name on. Put your coat and bag on it. Then we will go to your classroom."
"Ok." Harley said quietly. As they got in the classroom Harley suddenly felt scared. "Mummy."
"Yes baby." Serena kneeled down so she could face him.
"I don't know if I like it here."
"You like it at nursery don't you?
"Well school is just like nursery, sweetheart. You probably won't play as much but they will learn you lots just like they did at nursery.
"Can you and Momma stay with me?"
"You don't want me and Mummy to stay with you cramping your style." Bernie passed Elaina to Serena as she kneeled down. "You're a big boy now mate. You don't need me and Mummy to stay with you. You are gonna make lots of friends just like you did at Nursery. OK."
"Give me a hug." Bernie pulled Harley close to her. "I love you so much."
"I love you Momma."
"Look Harley Paul's just come in with his Mummy. Why don't you go and say hello." Serena said.
"See you later. I will pick you up at hometime."
"You won't forget will you?"
"I won't forget. Go on have a good day." Serena said as she choked back the tears.
"Bye." Harley waved as went over to Paul.
"Are you alright?" Bernie said as she put her arm around Serena.
"Yes I'm OK."
"Shall we go home then?"
"Yes." Serena kissed Bernie quickly as they walked to the door. Serena turned away and took one last look at Harley before they left.

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"Settle down please class." Mrs Hawkins said as Harley and the rest of his class sat down. "Firstly I would like to welcome all of you all on your first day here at Holby's infant and junior school. When I call your name's. I want you to stand up and tell me a bit about yourself." Harley sat and listened to all the boys and girls when it was suddenly his turn. "Harley Wolfe do you want to stand up and tell us a bit about yourself."
"I don't know what to say." Harley said shyly.
"You could start by telling us how old you are."
"I'm 4 years old."
"And who do you live with?"
"I live with my Mummies and my little sister."
"What's your little sister's name Harley?"
"Elaina and she's very cute."
"You said you live with your Mummies." Said a boy who was sitting at the back of the class.
"Yes. With my Mummy and my Momma." Harley said nervously.
"Wow that sounds cool." Jacob said.
"It is." Harley beamed. "My Mummies are the best Mummies ever."
"I wish I had two Mummies. My Daddy is grumpy all the time. Are your Mummies ever grumpy?"
"Not really."
"Do your Mummies work Harley?" Mrs Hawkins asked.
"My Mummy is a Doctor and she operates on people. And my Momma is a trainer. She has her own gym."
"So she keeps people fit?" Harley nodded.
"Thank you very much Harley. You can sit back down. That was very interesting."
"That was scary." Harley said to Paul as he sat down.
"You did good." Paul smiled as they continued listening.


"Hi I've come to pick up Harley Wolfe." Serena said as she arrived at the school. "I'm his Mummy."
"Harley Wolfe your Mummy is here." Mrs Hawkins said as Harley ran to the door.
"MUMMY." Harley smiled as he ran into Serena's waiting arms.
"Hi baby." Serena said as she held him tightly. "Have you had a good day?"
"Yes. But I've missed you Mummy." Harley said as he put Serena's face in his little hands.
"I've missed you too. Give me another hug." Serena smiled as she held Harley close.
"Mummy I have made a new friend."
"Have you that's nice."
"That's him over there look. Bye Jacob."
"Bye Harley see you tomorrow." Jacob waved as he walked off with his Mummy.
"He seems like a nice boy."
"He is Mummy. He thinks it's great that I have two Mummies."
"Does he? And do you think it's good having two Mummies?"
"Yes I love it."
"I love you so much baby."
"I love you Mummy."
"Shall we go and see Momma and Elaina then?"
"Yes." Harley smiled as held Serena's hand. "Have Elaina and Momma missed me too Mummy."
"Of course they have." Serena said as she and Harley walked hand in hand to the car.


"MOMMA." Harley called as he ran through the door.
"Hey sweetie. Have you enjoyed your day?" Bernie smiled as Harley hugged her.
"Yes I have. Hi Elaina." Harley grabbed her chubby little hands and greeted her with a kiss on the cheek. Which made her laugh.
"I've got lots to tell you both."
"Let's get you changed first then you can tell me and Momma all about it."
"I'll take him. You grab this little Madam."
"Come to Mummy my gorgeous girl." Serena kissed Elaina, as Bernie passed her over.
"Oh by the way did I say she needs her nappy changing." Serena lifted Elaina up and smelled her.
"Get out." Serena chucked a pillow at Bernie as ran out of the room. "Come on let's get that bum changed smelly." Serena stood up and got the changing mat. "Elaina I hate your Momma leaving me with this. Jesus child what the hell have you been eating." Serena cleaned Elaina up and lifted her close to you. "That's better isn't it. I better make a start on dinner." Serena took Elaina into the kitchen and put her in her high chair.
"It smells nice in here Mummy." Harley said a while later when he came into the lounge.
"Have you had a bath." Serena asked as she saw that Harley had his pajamas on.
"Yes. Is that OK."
"Sure. Dinner won't be long."
"What are we having?"
"We are having stew meat. It's been in the slow cooker most of the day."
"Let me see." Serena picked Harley up and took the lid off. "Mmmm smells gorgeous."
"And with it I thought Sir would like Mash Potatoes. With carrots and crinkled cabbage."
"Yes crinkled cabbage is my favourite."
"I know it is. Sit down then I can dish up."
"Is it safe to come in." Bernie asked as she stood at the kitchen door.
"Just. Can you get some drinks out please."
"I can." Bernie said as she stood looking at Serena as she dished up.
"Why are you looking at me?"
"Because I love you."
"I love you too." Serena smiled as Bernie walked closer and kissed Serena softly.

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3 weeks later

Harley had settled into school and was loving it. He couldn't wait to go in the mornings. Today is Serena's first day back at work. Even though she didn't really want to go.
"Harley put your shoe's on sweetheart." Serena said as she put her coat on.
"There you go, this little beauty is ready to go to Grandma's." Bernie said as she passed Elaina over to Serena.
"Thanks. I'll see you tonight then."
"You will. Give me a kiss Harley."
"Bye Momma." Harley said as he squeezed Bernie.
"Bye little guy. Have a good day." Bernie kissed Elaina and then kissed Serena. "I hope your first day back at work goes alright."
"Me too. Roll on hometime. Then I can get back to you and my babies. See you later. Love you."
"Love you gorgeous." Bernie kissed Serena again before her and the kids left. Serena dropped Harley at school and drove Elaina to her parents.
"Hello my little princess." Adrienne said as she took Elaina off Serena.
"Where's Dad?"
"At the bloody allotment again. Are you looking forward to getting back to work?"
"Not really. I wish I didn't have to go back at all. I love being at home with this little one." Serena said as she stroked Elaina's face.
"I'm sure you'll be fine when you get there, love."
"I hope so. Be a good girl for Grandma." Serena said as she took Elaina off Adrienne and held her close. "Mummy loves you." Serena said with tears in her eyes as she kissed Elaina and passed her back to Adrienne.


When Serena pulled outside the hospital. She got her phone out and looked at the screensaver of her Bernie and the kids and couldn't help but smile.
"Here goes." Serena said as she got out of the car and grabbed her bag.
"Good Morning stranger." A voice from behind said as Serena walked across the car park.
"Hello Ric."
"Hi it's good to have you back Serena." Ric smiled as he hugged her.
"I wish I could say it was good to be back but I would rather be at home."
"You'll be alright. I'll look after you." Ric said as he put his arm around Serena as they walked inside.
"Hi Serena."
"Hi Fletch."
"Thank God you two are here. There has been a bad crash in town. And the ED is overflowing. So they are sending them up here."
"Welcome back Serena." Fletch said as he walked away.
"I better go and get the dreaded Scrubs on then." Serena chucked her coat and bag in the office and went to the changing room.
"Just in time the first casualties have arrived." Ric said as Serena came back on the ward.
"Right what have we got?"
"This is Nial. He needs to go straight through to Surgery."
"I'll take this." Serena said.
"Are you sure."
"Absolutely." Serena said as she walked through the theatre doors.


"So how's your patient?" Ric said as Serena sat down at the nurses station.
"Fighting. He's on his way up to ICU."
"Are you ready for another?" Ric said as he held out a file.
"Yes why not." Serena took the file.
"Abdominal pains where she hit the steering wheel."
"Ok." Serena said as she walked towards the bed. "Hello Miss Clarke. I'm Dr Mckinnie."
"Call me Alice please."
"Ok Alice. Mr Griffin says you have got abdominal pains."
"That's right."
"Do you mind if I take a look?"
"No go ahead." Serena popped on some gloves and felt her stomach.
"I'm gonna send you for a scan to make sure that there aren't any internal injuries. Were you wearing your seatbelt at the time of the crash?"
"No I wasn't."
"You are lucky you didn't get thrown through the windscreen. Seat belts are there for a reason."
"I'm a big girl save the lecture."
"Donna can you please take a full set of bloods for me please. I will go book Alice in for a scan."
"No problem."
"Nurse could you make a phone call for me?"
"Yes sure. Who do you want me to call?"
"I don't even know if she lives round here anymore or if she has even got the same number. But here." Alice said as she handed a card over to Donna.
"Bernie Wolfe. How do you know Bernie?"
"She's my ex. And the best girlfriend I ever had. But I ruined it. Can you call her for me please. I really want to see her."
"Sure." Donna said as she walked away.

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"Ah Donna. I have got a scan slot for Miss Clarke." Serena said as Donna walked up to the nurses station.
"Ok. Erm Serena."
"Yes. Are you alright?"
"Alice asked me to call someone for her."
"Then don't let me stop you."
"I think you should take a look at this." Donna said as she passed the card over to Serena.
"This is one of Bernie’s old work cards. How does she know Bernie?"
"Alice says that she's er Bernie’s ex."
"If she's her ex then why would she want her here?"
"I don't know."
"Leave it with me. I'll ring her." Serena said angrily as she stood up and went into the office. "Pick up the phone Bernie." Serena said as she rang her.
"Hello gorgeous. How's your day going?"
"Oh you know the usual. I need to ask you about somebody."
"Alice Clarke." The line went quiet. "Bernie are you still there?"
"Yes I'm still here. What do you want to know about Alice for?"
"Because she has been brought in here. And she asked us to ring you."
"Why did she do that?"
"That's what I want to know. Have you been in touch with her?"
"No. I haven't seen or heard from in about 5 years."
"Then why does she want to see you?"
"I don't know baby."
"Are you going to come and see here?"
"No. I'm coming to see you. OK."
"Ok." Serena put down her phone and cried.


"Hi Donna, is Serena around." Bernie asked as she walked onto the ward.
"I don't know where she is at the minute."
"Alice hi."
"Long time no see."
"Yeah." Bernie said as she walked closer to the bed.
"You came to see me."
"Well not really. My er, my wife works here."
"Your wife." Alice gulped. "You're married."
"Yes to Serena. Well Dr Mckinnie."
"Dr Mckinnie is your wife."
"She is." Bernie smiled.
"Your lying to me aren't you?"
"Why would I lie to you."
"If she's your wife then why isn't she called Dr Wolfe?"
"Because it was easier for her to keep her own name when it came to work. Alice, why did you ask them to call me? I haven't seen or heard from you in 5 years."
"I haven't been back in Holby long. I think about you all the time Bernie."
"Alice, don't."
"Look I know I hurt you. But I have never stopped loving you." Alice reached out to try and touch Bernie’s hand but Bernie moved away. Meanwhile Serena was standing at her office door watching the whole thing.


"Alice the porter's are going to take you for your scan now." Donna said as she walked up to them."
"Ok. Will you still be here when I come back?"
"I don't know."
"Serena is in her office if you still want her Bernie."
"Right OK." Bernie smiled at Alice before she walked over to the office. "There you are."
"I've been sitting here ages but you were too busy with your ex to notice. Anyway you said you were coming to see me. But you obviously couldn't wait to see her."
"I was asking where you were when Alice called me over."
"I saw you with her. Looking very cosy."
"Don't be stupid."
"DON'T EVER CALL ME STUPID." Serena shouted. "I know what I saw."
"No. No you saw what you wanted to see Serena."
"Just go back to work Bernie. I don't want to look at you right now."
"Fine." Bernie snapped as she walked out the office and slammed the door behind her making Serena jump.
"I'm sorry. I'm sorry." Serena sat down. Put her head in her hands and cried.

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When Alice came back from her scan. Serena sat at the nurses station and watched her for a while. Serena stood up and walked up to her.
"Hello. Have you got my scan results back yet?" Alice said.
"No not yet. Why did you ask Donna to ring my wife for you?"
"Because we used to know each other."
"Used to. Is there something going on between you and Bernie?"
"No there isn't. I haven't seen Bernie for about 5 years."
"Then why call her now?" Serena asked angrily.
"I just wanted someone here that I knew. I didn't even know if she was living round here. Or if she even has the same number. I just asked on the off chance."
"I never want you to contact my wife again. We are happy. We have two beautiful children together.” Serena said with tears in her eyes. “ And I don't want you to spoil things between us."
"I was happy with Bernie once. I hoped that we would get married and have kids together. That's until I ruined it. And I hurt her."
"You better not have hit her."
"No I would never do that. I had an affair with my boss at work. And Bernie found out. She was absolutely gutted."
"She'd hardly be doing cartwheels would she. Then what happened?
"She kicked me out of our flat that we shared and I never heard from her again. Until I saw her today and that's the truth."
“It had better be. Just stay away from my wife. I mean it.” Serena snapped as she walked away and went into the office.


Serena was doing paperwork when she heard someone scream.
"What's happening Donna?" Serena asked as she ran onto the ward.
"Miss Carke just screamed out in agony."
"Alice let me take a look." Serena felt her stomach. "I need to take her straight through to surgery please. Hurry." Serena said as they pushed the bed through the theatre doors. A few hours later Alice was back on the ward.
"Put her in the side room please." Serena said. "I want her on observations every 15 minutes please. Fletch."
"Of course. You did good in there, boss. I thought she was a goner." Serena smiled falsely as she walked back into the office. She sat down at her desk and saw that she had 5 miss calls and a message off Bernie.

Hey. I've picked Harley up from school and I have brought Elaina back from your Mum's. I have made a start on dinner. Xxx


Thanks. I'll be home soon. Xx


OK. I love you. Xx


You too. Xx


"What's happened?" Alice said groggily as she woke up.
"Try not to move. We had to take you into theatre." Fletch said. "It was touch and go. You lost a lot of blood. Hench why we are giving you blood. Dr Mckinnie saved your life."
"She did?"
"Yes. So why don't you do her a favour and leave her and Bernie alone."
"I haven't done anything to them."
"That's before you do. Bernie and Serena are my best friends. They are happy. And I don't want you spoiling it for them. Do you understand?"
"Can I talk to Serena please. To thank her?"
"I'll see if she is still here." Fletch said as he left the side room and went to the office. "You off home boss?"
"Yes. And stop calling me that."
"Before you go Alice is awake. And she wants to talk to you."
"What about?"
"To thank you for saving her life."
"Ok I'll go see her then I'm going straight home. So I'll see you tomorrow." Serena said as she kissed Fletch on the cheek and walked to the side room. "You wanted to see me?" Serena said as she walked into the side room.
"Yes. Fletch said that you saved my life."
"All in a day's work."
"I just wanted to say thank you."
"Your welcome. I have to go now."
"To your family."
"Yes to my family."
"Your very lucky Serena."
"I know I am." Serena said as she left the room.
Make the most of it Alice thought to herself as she closed her eyes.

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Serena parked up outside the house and just sat there staring at it. All the people I love most in this world are in there Serena thought to herself as tears rolled down her face. Serena wiped her face and got out of the car.
"MUMMY." Harley shouted as he ran out of the kitchen and straight to Serena.
"Hey baby." Serena lifted Harley up and smothered him with kisses.
"Mummy your being sloppy." Harley giggled.
"Harley. Do you love Mummy?"
"How much."
"This much." Harley smiled as he held his arms out wide.
"And I love you baby so much." Serena kissed Harley again and put him down. "Where's your Sister?"
"In her high chair waiting for dinner." Harley held Serena's hand as they went into the kitchen.
"Hello my gorgeous girl." Serena took Elaina out of her high chair and hugged her. "Mummy has missed you." Serena kissed Elaina and put her back in her high chair.
"Do I get one of those?" Bernie asked nervously. Serena nodded as she walked up to Bernie and put her arms around her waist.
"I love you so much." Serena said as she kissed Bernie and buried her face into Bernie’s neck and cried.
"I love you too baby."
"I'm sorry about the way I acted before. I was just so jealous. I just can't bare to lose you."
"Look at me." Serena lifted her head up. "You are never gonna lose me."
"I promise. You and the kids are my world. You three are the best things that have ever happened to me. You know that don't you?" Serena nodded as she stroked Bernie’s face. "Nothing is ever going to happen between me and Alice. That was in the past. You and our beautiful children are my future. You're all I want."
"And you are all that want." Serena buried her face back into Bernie’s neck and held her tightly.
"Are we having dinner or what Momma." Harley said as she tugged on Bernie’s shirt.
"Yes little guy go sit at the table and I'll dish up."
"Good I'm hungry." Harley said as he pulled out a chair and climbed up.


After dinner Serena bathed Harley and Elaina and put them to bed. And then got a shower and got herself ready for bed.
"That's them two fast asleep in bed." Serena said as she sat beside Bernie on the sofa. "What are you watching?"
"I'm waiting for I'm a celebrity."
"Orr God it's not that time of year again is it?"
"It sure is. I can't wait." Bernie said as she put her arm around Serena. "You akways moan about it but you always watch it."
"I haven't got much choice have I?"
"Not really." Bernie smiled as she kissed Serena.
"Bernie, I know you don't want to talk about Alice. But I had to operate on her this afternoon. It wasn't looking good at one point. I thought we were going to lose her. But I managed to save her."
"That's because you're one of the best. And I'm so proud of you." Bernie kissed Serena and pulled her closer to her.
"What did she say to you when you were talking to her?"
"Do we have to go through all is?"
"I just want to know what she said. That's all."
"She didn't say anything much. Because I was telling her about you and the kids."
"I spoke to her earlier today. And she told me about how you two broke up."
"Did she."
"You know that I would never do what she did. Don't you?"
"I know. And neither would I. I don't need anyone else but you."
"Neither do I." Serena kissed Bernie and snuggled up to her.


"Bernie I've been thinking about work." Serena said as they laid in bed.
"What about it."
"I don't think I want to be there full time. I was thinking about going to see Hanssen tomorrow and asking him if I can just do 3 days a week. What do you think?"
"It's not up to me babes. You know I'll support you whatever you choose you do."
"Thank you. I've just got so used to being at home. I love taking Harley to school. Then coming home and doing the housework. And playing with Elaina. If I only do 3 days a week then I will still be able to spend time with them. I mean take today. Once we've had tea. It is bath and bed for the kids. I've hardly seen them. And they grow up so fast Bernie. And I don't want to miss anything."
"Then you do it gorgeous."
"Thank you. I love you."
"I love you too." Bernie kissed Serena as they went to sleep.

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As Serena arrived at work . She grabbed a coffee and walked onto the unit. Where Alice sat up in bed. Serena went into her office and turned the computer on.
"Morning Fletch." Serena said as Fletch stood at the office door.
"Morning Boss."
"Fletch how is Alice this morning?"
"Fine she's sitting up and she's had breakfast."
"Good. We will be able to move her to another ward in a couple of days then?"
"She is moving today."
"Is she. Who's authorised it?"
"I did." Ric smiled at Serena as he came into the office. "Will that be all Fletch."
"Er yes." Fletch said as he left the office.
"Why did you do that Ric?"
"I did it for you. My friend. I saw how much it was hurting you her being here. And I can't have that."
"Thank you."
"No problem. And I'll look after till she goes upstairs."
"Ok. I better get on with the round then." Serena said as she picked up some files and left the office.


After Serena had done her ward round she walked round to the nurses station.
"SERENA." Alice called out just as Serena was about to sit down. What the hell does she want Serena thought to herself as she stood up and walked to the side room.
"What can I do for you?"
"You can tell me why I am being transferred to another ward."
"It's got nothing to do with me."
"Don't lie. I bet you couldn't wait to have me shipped off your precious ward. What's up Serena don't you want the competition?"
"There's no competition."
"Isn't there? You know as well as do. That I could have Bernie back just like that." Alice said as she clicked her fingers.
"You've got no chance."
"Haven't I. We'll soon see about that."
"What do you mean?"
"Like I said we'll see."
"Alice the porters are here to take you upstairs." Ric said as he came into the room just as Serena ran out. "What have you said to her?"
"I haven't said anything to her."
"Take her up to Keller. Fletch where did Serena go?"
"I don't know she just ran out the doors." Ric left the ward and went outside where he found Serena sitting in the peace gardens with her head in her hands crying.


"Hey what's wrong?" Ric asked as she put his arm around Serena.
"She's going to Bernie away from me."
"Is that what she said?"
"In so many words yes. She thinks it's me who has got her moved. She thinks I did it because I'm jealous. I can't lose Bernie, Ric I just can't. She is the love of my life."
"And your hers. Everyone can see that. Bernie will never leave you Serena. She loves you. You and the kids are Bernie’s world. You know that."
"But what if she still loves Alice?"
"You need to talk to Bernie."
"I did last night. And she says she loves me."
"There you go then. Look I know you probably don't want to hear this but maybe you should Bernie to have a word with her."
"No. I don't want Bernie anywhere near her."
"Serena I really don't think you have anything to worry about. But I really think Bernie needs to tell her to back off. Don't you?"
"I guess so."
"Come on let's go back inside. It's freezing out here." They both stood up and Ric out his arm around Serena as they walked back inside.

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That afternoon Serena arrived at her parent's house to pick the kids up.
"Hi Mum. Hello baby girl." Serena said as she took Elaina off Adrienne and hugged her. "Has she been alright?"
"Yes course she has."
"Where's Harley?"
"He's outside with your Dad. I'll go get him." Adrienne said as she went to the back door. "Harley it's time to go home. Your Mummy's here."
"Ok. I've got to go now Grandad." Harley said as he held his Grandad's hand as they went inside. "Hello Mummy."
"Hello baby." Serena said as she hugged Harley. "Get your things together."
"Mummy can I sleep here tonight. I need to help Grandad to finish potting the plants."
"Some other time."
"But I want to stay today Mummy."
"No not today darling."
"But why can't I?"
"BECAUSE I SAID No. NOW DO AS YOU'RE TOLD" Serena shouted as she made Harley cry.
"Serena, was there any need for that." Adrienne said as she picked Harley up and he buried his face in her neck. "I have never seen you shout at him. What is wrong with you? "
"Nothing. I'm so sorry baby." Serena said as she too started to cry. Harley, look at me."
"No." Harley said as he clung onto Adrienne.
"Baby please. Look at Mummy." Harley lifted his head slowly. "I'm sorry baby. I shouldn't have shouted at you like that. Come here to me." Serena held out her arms and took Harley from Adrienne. "I won't shout at you again. I promise. I love you so much baby." Serena hugged Harley tightly.
"I love you Mummy." Harley sniffed as he wiped his nose on his sleeve.
"Shall we go to Momma now eh?" Harley nodded as Serena put him down.
"I'll carry Elaina out for you." Serena's Dad said as he picked up the car seat.
"Serena are you alright sweetheart?" Adrienne asked as they walked to the car.
"Yes fine."
"You know you can always talk to me. Don't you?"
"I know that Mum." Serena lifted Harley up and him in his car seat.
"See you tomorrow Grandma."
"You're not coming tomorrow sweetheart. I'm not working now till Monday."
"But what about the plants Grandad?"
"I'll tell you what. If it's OK with your Mummy. I will pick you up from school tomorrow and we can finish potting the plants."
"Can I Mummy please?"
"Course you can."
"Thanks Mummy."
"I better go." Serena gave her Mum and Dad a hug and got into the car and drove home.


As Serena and the kids got home. Harley ran straight into the garage.
"MOMMA." Harley said as he ran up to Bernie.
"Hey little guy." Serena picked Harley up and kissed him on the cheek.
"Have you finished work now Momma?"
"I have. I've just got to finish cleaning the equipment."
"You're finishing early today aren't you?" Serena said as she stood at the door with Elaina on her hip.
"Yeah my last client cancelled. His wife has gone into labour."
"When you've finished in here we need to talk."
"What about." Alice Serena mouthed. "Ok."
"Harley come on sweetie let's get you changed."
"Ok." Bernie put Harley down as he walked towards Serena. "As long as you don't shout at me again."
"I won't baby." Serena ruffled Harley's hair as he went into the kitchen.
"You've shouted at him?"
"I didn't mean to. It's just I was really stressed out about Alice when I finished work. And Harley was going on about why couldn't he stay at Mum and Dad's and I just lost it with him. I feel so bad about it." Serena said as she walked into the kitchen and put Elaina in her baby walker.

"Don't let her get to you."
"That's easy for you to say. She wants you back Bernie."
"No she doesn't."
"Yes she does. She thinks I got her moved upstairs because I was jealous. But I didn't. It was Ric. She said she could get you back just like that." Serena said as she clicked her fingers. "I'm gonna lose you aren't I. I just know I am."
"Serena, we have been through all this. You're not going to lose me. You're my wife. The mother of my children. I love you and are children more than anything in the world. You know that don't you." Bernie said as she stroked Serena's face.
"I think you need to talk to Alice. Tell her where she stands."
"I talked to her the other day. I don't particularly want to see her again."
"Please Bernie. Put my mind at rest. Go and see her tomorrow tell her to leave us alone. I just want us to go back to being a happy little family again. With nothing to worry about. Please Bernie."
"Ok, Ok I'll go and see her tomorrow."
"Thank you." Serena smiled as she hugged Bernie and buried her face into her neck.

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The next day Bernie parked her car in the hospital car park and went inside the hospital.
"Alright Bernie."
"Hi Ric."
"What are you doing here?"
"I've come to talk to Alice."
"Oh right. Does Serena know?"
"She told me to. Not that I really want to but I'll do anything for Serena."
"I know you will. I better get back to work. Good luck."
"Thanks I'm gonna need it." Bernie said as she got into the lift. As she walked onto the ward she saw Alice sat up in bed reading.
"Hello Alice." Bernie said as she stood beside her bed.
"Bernie." Alice smiled as put down her book. "What are you doing here?"
"I think we need to have a little talk don't you?"
"What do you want to talk about?"
"What you've been saying to Serena." Bernie said as she sat down on a chair.
"I haven't said anything to Serena."
"Don't lie to me Alice. Serena told me everything. And she doesn't lie. So I'm going to tell you this once and once only. Me and you, we are never ever going to get back together."
"No. No Alice there is no buts. I am with Serena. I love her and that's why I married her."
"You loved me once."
"That was a long time ago Alice. I am going to spend the rest of my life with Serena and our beautiful children."
"We spoke about having children together. Can you remember?"
"Of course I can. But you went and ruined all that didn't you?"
"I'm sorry. It was the biggest mistake of my life when I had the affair. I lost the love of my life." Alice said as she reached out to hold Bernie’s hand but Bernie pulled her hand away.


"Bernie please. You know as well as I do that I am the love of your life."
"You are crazy. Serena is the love of my life. What I used to feel for you doesn't even come close to how I feel about Serena. Serena and the kids are the best things that have ever happened to me. We are a family and we're staying a family."
"It's not too late for us. We could still have a family together."
"I have already got the family I want thank you very much."
"Well we could still see each other. Couldn't we?"
"What the hell for?"
"You know what for. We could go to a hotel. Get some champagne. Then we could make love to each other. Like we used to."
"Your off your trolley you are. When will you get it through thick head that I am not interested in you. I would never cheat on Serena. And even if I was single there would be no way I would ever get back with you."
"Why not?"
"Well let me see for one I would never be able to trust you and two I don't find you the least bit attractive anymore."
"What do you want me to say, Alice? Serena is everything I could ever want in a woman. She's absolutely beautiful. She's kind and caring. And she's a bloody good Mummy to our two gorgeous children."


"The eldest isn't yours though. Is he?"
"I said the eldest isn't yours is it?"
"Who's been talking?"
"Doesn't matter does it?"
"Yes it does. I have taken care of Harley since he was 3 months old. I don't care what you or anyone says. He's my son. I'm his Momma." Bernie said with tears welling up in her eyes. "I Love him just the same as I love my little girl."
"Where's his Dad?"
"Look that's got nothing to do with you. I only came here to tell you to stay away from us. I never want to see it speak to you ever again."
"Bernie please don't do this. I love you."
"Well I don't love you. In fact I don't think I ever did. Bye Alice." Bernie turned away and walked to the doors.
"BERNIE." Alice shouted as Bernie left the ward.

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"Hey how did it go?" Serena asked as Bernie came home.
"God knows. I told her to leave us alone. And that I would never leave you and our kids."
"What did she say to that?"
"She had the cheek to say that Harley isn't mine." Bernie said as she sat down on the sofa and put her head in her hands.
"You don't think that though. Do you?" Bernie shook her head. "Good." Serena said as she sat down beside Bernie. "Harley is your's and mine. You're his Momma. You're as much his Momma as you are Elaina's. He loves you so much."
"I love him too. I know it will never happen. But it just made me think that if we did ever split up. Then would you stop me from seeing Harley? Because if you did it would kill me."
"Bernie I wouldn't do that. You know that. And like you said it's never gonna happen anyway. I want to spend the rest of my life with you. That's why I married you."
"I want that too, baby." Bernie held Serena in her arms and kissed her softly. "I love you more than I have ever loved anyone in my life."
"I feel exactly the same." Serena smiled as she stroked Bernie’s face gently. "You are the love of my life Mrs wolfe."
"And your mine Mrs Wolfe."
"I better go. Will you keep an eye on Elaina while I go and pick Harley up?
"Serena, do you mind if I pick Harley up from school?"
"Of course not. I better go get Madam." Serena said as Elaina started to cry.
"I won't be long?" Bernie said as she stood up and put her coat on.
"Ok." Serena kissed Bernie and went upstairs to Elaina.


"MOMMA." Harley called out as he ran out of the school door. And ran straight into Bernie’s waiting arms. Bernie held Harley tightly and felt tears streaming down her face.
"Momma why are you crying?" Harley said as she tried to wipe Bernie’s tears away with his little hands.
"Because you're mine and your Mummy's boy. You know that don't you?" Harley nodded. "I will always be here for you. I love you so much little guy."
"I love you Momma."
"How much?"
"Lots and lots and lots." Harley smiled as he wrapped his arms back around Bernie as she picked him up and walked to the car.
"Hi Mummy. Hi Elaina." Harley said as he chucked his bag and coat on the floor and went into the lounge. Where Serena and Elaina were sitting on the sofa.
"Hey baby."
"Hug Mummy." Harley held out his arms for a hug. "Have you had a good day?" Serena said as she held him tightly.
"Good. Now does your coat and school bag belong on the floor my lad?"
"No Mummy."
"Then put them where they belong please."
"Ok." Harley huffed as he picked his bag and coat up. "Momma can you hang this up for me please." He said as he passed Bernie his coat.
"Of course I can." Bernie took Harley's coat while he went back into the lounge.


Momma I got a new reading book today."
"Have you darling. Let's have a look. This looks good." Bernie said as she sat down on the sofa.
"Can we read it later?"
"Course we can." Bernie put her arm around Harley as he snuggled up to her.
"Are you ok now?"
"Yes. As long as I have got you 3 I'll be just fine."
"You will always have us." Bernie turned to Serena and kissed her.
"Harley Wolfe is that your belly rumbling?"
"Yes Mummy. It's hungry."
"Come on then handsome. Let's get you a snack."Serena passed Elaina to Bernie as her and Harley went into the kitchen." What do you want to eat?"
"Tuna sandwich."
"Ok sit yourself down."
"Yes baby."
"When Momma came to pick me up. She gave me a hug and she was crying."
"Was she?"
"Yes. Is Momma sad?"
"No baby she isn't sad. She just loves you very much. And so do I."
"I love you both too."
"I know you do." Serena kissed Harley and made him a sandwich. "There you go. BERNIE BRING ELAINA IN."
"OK. Is that nice, mate." Bernie asked as she put Elaina in her high chair.
"Yes. It's my favourite tuna."
"Him and his tuna." Serena gave Elaina her sandwich and turned around and held Bernie close. "Why did you cry when you picked Harley up?"
"I was just overcome that's all. He is my boy isn't he Serena?"
"You know he is." Serena smiled as they stood hugging each other.

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When Serena got to work after the weekend she walked through the main doors and stood in the queue at Pulses. As she waited in the queue she heard two nurses sat at a table talking.
"That's her. Do you think she knows?"
"We'll soon find out." They said as they stood up and walked away.
"What can I get you Mrs Wolfe." the woman behind the counter said.
"Erm my usual please." Serena paid for her drink. And walked to AAU. As Serena walked through the doors she saw the staff huddled in little groups talking.
"Fletch is there any particular reason why people are standing around. I mean God forbid can anyone do any actual patient care."
"Is everything alright Serena?" Fletch asked.
"Yes of course it is. Why shouldn't it be?" Serena walked to her office and hung up her coat and bag.
"It's just there is a rumour going around."
"Let me guess it's about me."
"Not you no. It's about Bernie and Alice."
"That's old news Fletch. Alice and Bernie dated years ago. It's all in the past."
"Not according to Alice it's not."
"I know she had some stupid notion that her were going to get back together. But Bernie came and talked to her on Thursday and told that was never going to happen."
"That's what Bernie told you is it?"
"Yes because it's the truth."
"Look I think you need to know that Alice has been telling anyone who will listen."
"What has she been saying Fletch?"
"Alice said that when Bernie came they had an argument. And that Bernie walked off. But she then said a few minutes later Bernie messaged her asking her to meet her outside in the peace garden."
"And did she."
"Well Sasha did say that Alice left the ward for a while."
"And you all think she went to meet Bernie?"
"Me personally no. Quite frankly I don't believe a word that comes out of her mouth. But you know how fast rumours go around. Alice told one of the carers upstairs that Bernie has said as soon as Alice gets out of hospital that she's."
"That she's what?"
"That she's going to leave you so her and Alice can be together."
"No Bernie would never say that." Serena said as she went to the office door.
"Where are you going Serena?"
"I'm going to have a word with Alice. It's about time somebody put her place once and for all." Serena marched off the unit and went upstairs to Keller.


"Morning Serena." Sasha said as Serena walked onto Keller.
"Not now Sasha." Serena snapped as she walked straight over to Alice.
"Well. Well. Well. I knew it wouldn't be long before I saw you." Alice smirked as she sat up in bed. "I take it you've heard about me and Bernie."
"There is no you and Bernie. And there never will be."
"I wouldn't be too sure about that if I was you. Look there is no easy way to tell you this. But when Bernie came to see me the other day. We went out wide in the Peace Garden and I'm sorry but Bernie couldn't keep her hands off me."
"You're lying."
"No I'm not. Bernie's hands were down my knickers practically as soon as we got outside."
"No. Bernie wouldn't do that." Serena said with tears in her eyes.
"It's true. Bernie said she loves me and that she will always love me. I probably shouldn't be telling you this but. We are going to get a place together when I get discharged. And well you probably don't want to hear this but Bernie said that she was going to fight you for custody of the kids."
"No. No way."
"It's true. Me, Bernie and both the kids are going to live together. And there's nothing you can do about it."
"We'll see about that. Nobody is taking my kids anywhere. Not Bernie and certainly not you." Serena said angrily as she stormed off the ward.


Serena went back down to AAU and grabbed her coat and bag.
"Where are you going?" Fletch said.
"Home tell Mr Griffin I'm ill or something."
"I take it you had a word with Alice?"
"More like she told me everything. Like her and Bernie having sex in the Peace Garden."
"Oh yes. I know all the sordid details. But listen to this apparently Bernie reckons that she is taking the kids away from me."
"Bernie wouldn't do that Serena."
"It all makes sense now Fletch. When Bernie came back from here on Thursday made me promise her that if we ever broke up. Then I wouldn't stop her from seeing Harley."
"And what did you say?"
"I said I would never stop her from seeing Harley. But that's gonna change. I need to go."
"Serena. Don't be doing anything stupid please."
"I'm not going to do anything stupid. I'm going to go home and tell Bernie if she wants to be Alice so much she can pack her bags. But she isn't taking my kids. I can promise you that." Serena stormed off the ward and left the hospital.

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Serena drove home with tears rolling down her face. She's not going to stop till she breaks me and Bernie up. Serena thought to herself. As she pulled up outside the house she got out of the car and ran into the house.
"Hi baby. What are you doing home?" Bernie said as she came down the stairs.
"You'll never guess what that sick and twisted little bitch has said now?"
"I take it you mean Alice?"
"How many more sick fucking bitches do you know."
"What's she said now?"
"Oh, she only spread it around the hospital. That you have told her that when she gets discharged you and her are going to move in together."
"In her dreams."
"You haven't heard the best but yet. She said you and her had sex in the Peace Garden."
"What the hell."
"And. And
She reckons you and her are."Serena swallowed hard to fight back a sob." That you and her are going to take my babies away from me." Serena broke down in tears as she sat down on the sofa." I will never let you or anyone take my babies away from me."
"I know that."
"Is this why you were asking me if we ever split up that I wouldn't stop you seeing Harley?"
"No it isn't. This is all a complete load of bollocks Serena. I would never go back to her. And I certainly wouldn't dream of taking the kids off you. You are an amazing Mummy." Bernie said as she sat beside Serena and put her arm around her. "Please tell me you don't believe what she has said?"
"I'm trying not to believe me." Serena said as she wiped her eyes. "Where are you going?" Serena asked as Bernie got up from the sofa.
"I'm gonna kill that woman. I swear to God." Bernie said angrily as she grabbed her car keys.
"Bernie, wait. I feel really bad for even thinking about it. But she is lying isn't she? Please tell me she is."
"Of course she is. I would never ever cheat on you." Bernie took Serena's hand in hers. "You and the kids are my entire world Serena. I would never hurt you. Any of you. Surely you must know that by now."
"I really want to believe you. I really do. It's just that. I've been hurt before because someone cheated on me."
"You really think I could do that to you?" Bernie said angrily as Serena looked down at the floor. "Well thanks a lot Serena."
"Bernie wait."
"No. I'm gonna sort this once and for all." Bernie ran out of the and got into her car.
"Shit." Serena quickly grabbed her bag and followed Bernie.


Bernie drove to the hospital as quick as she could. She parked her car up and ran inside the hospital.
"Well hello gorgeous." Alice smirked as Bernie walked towards her.
"Don't Hello gorgeous me. What the hell have you been saying?"
"Why ruffled a few feathers have I? Mainly Serena's."
"Why would make up those lies? Why are you doing this Alice? For once in my life I am happy. And you are spoiling it for me."
"You don't belong with her. You belong with me."
"No I don't. I belong with Serena and the kids. I told you that I will never leave Serena. But thanks to you I might have lost her. She is the best thing that has ever happened to me." Bernie said as she broke down in tears.
"You haven't lost me." Serena said as she walked up to Bernie and stood in front of her.
"But you believed her."
"And I shouldn't have. I'm so sorry." Serena said with tears rolling down her face as she stroked Bernie’s face.
"I love you and our beautiful kids more than anything in this world. That's why I married you."
"We love you too. I love you so much Bernie Wolfe. I am so proud to call you my wife." Bernie pulled Serena to her and kissed her softly.
"As touching as this. I think you're forgetting about me." Alice said smugly.
"Well that's where you're wrong." Serena said as she walked up to Alice. "Because we are going to forget all about you. Let's go pick our babies up and go home shall we." Serena said as she took Bernie’s hand in hers.
"You're gonna regret this."
"The only thing I regret is saving your life." Serena smirked as her and Bernie walked away.


"Shall I meet you back at home?" Bernie said as they got to their cars.
"No. I'll leave mine here. You can give me a lift to work tomorrow."
"Ok." Bernie kissed Serena again as they got in the car and drove to Harley's school. Bernie and Serena stood in the playground holding hands while they waited for Harley.
"MUMMY. MOMMA." Harley shouted as he ran over to them.
"Hey mate." Bernie said as she scooped him up in her arms.
"What are you both doing here?"
"We thought we would pick you up together. Is that OK." Serena said as she kissed Harley on the cheek.
"Yes course it is." Bernie gave Harley a piggy back as they walked to the car. "Are we going for Elaina now?" Harley asked as Bernie started the car.
"Oh Mummy."
"Yes darling."
"The teacher wants people to come into school and talk about their jobs."
"So I told her that you and Momma would come and talk about your jobs."
"Oh Harley you haven't." Serena turned round and looked at Harley.
"I have." Harley smiled, cheekily. "Please Mummy. I want my class to know how great you and Momma are."
"How can we say no to that Serena." Bernie smiled as she put her hand on Serena's thigh.
"I guess we can't. OK Harley we'll do it."
"Yes."Harley punched the air as Serena put her hand on top of Bernie’s.

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3 weeks later

Everything had gone back to normal for Serena and Bernie. They didn't hear anything more from Alice after she got discharged from the hospital. Bernie woke up and went into the bathroom. When she came out of the bathroom she opened the curtains and smiled.
"Serena. Serena, wake up." Bernie said as she walked over to the bed and shook Serena. "Serena please wake up."
"What's the matter." Serena yawned as she stretched and rubbed her eyes.
"It's snowing."
"So what." Serena said as she pulled the duvet over her shoulders and turned over.
"Serena let's go get the kids and go play outside with them." Bernie quickly put some jogging bottoms and a jumper on and ran out of the bedroom.
"For God's sake." Serena moaned as she got out of bed and got dressed.
"Mummy. Mummy. We are going outside to play in the snow." Harley said excitedly as he ran into the bedroom.
"You need to get dressed first baby."
"Oh yeah." Harley laughed as he ran back out. Once they were all dressed Bernie carried Elaina as her and Harley ran outside into the garden. While Serena stood at the door.
"MUMMY COME ON." Harley shouted.
"Chuck a snowball at her Harvey."
"Don't you dare little guy." Serena said as Harley picked up some snow and started to roll it in a ball.
"Are you going to come out then." Harley grinned as he held the snowball up in the air.
"Harley don't."
"Come on Mummy."
"Ok. Ok." Serena said as she stepped forward. Throw it Bernie mouth to Harley as she put Elaina down. Harley nodded his head and threw the snowball at Serena making her squeal.


"Right that's it." Serena picked up some snow and chucked it back at Harley.
"Mummy chuck it at Momma she told me to do it."
"She did huh." Serena rolled a snowball and smiled at Bernie.
"Serena no."
"Oh yes." Serena smirked as she chucked the snowball right at Bernie.
"That's it. Your mine now Mrs Wolfe."
"No Bernie don't." Serena laughed as Bernie chased her around the garden. Making Elaina and Harley chuckle. Bernie caught Serena and lifted her up in the air.
"Put me down you walley." Serena smiled as Bernie put her down.
"I love you Mrs Wolfe." Bernie said as she stroked Serena's cold face.
"I love you too my gorgeous wife." Serena pulled Bernie closer to her and kissed her. The kiss was becoming very passionate until Harley chucked a snowball at them. Hitting them both at the side of the face.
"Harley Wolfe. Right young man." Bernie turned and grabbed a giggling Harley and put him over her shoulder while Serena picked Elaina up and spun her around.


A few hours later Serena, Bernie and the kids had all had a bath and put their pajamas on. And we settled on the couch watching a kids film. Harley was snuggled up to Bernie while Elaina was falling asleep on Serena's knee.
"Do you want me to take her upstairs and put her in her cot?"
"No leave her." Serena said as she kissed Elaina on the head. "Let me have snuggles with my baby girl. They grow up so fast don't they?"
"They do."
"I mean a few more years and they won't want to be giving us hugs."
"Mummy that's not true." Harley said as he climbed over Bernie to get to Serena. "I will always want to hug you and Momma." Harley smiled as he rested his head on Serena's shoulder. "I love you and Momma."
"We love you too little man." Serena said with tears in her eyes as she turned her head and kissed Harley on the cheek.

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Bernie woke up and turned over to see Serena still sleeping. She crept out of bed and went into Harley's bedroom.
"Morning Momma." Harley said as he sat up in bed watching his TV.
"Hey sweetheart. Shall we go and get Elaina and make Mummy some breakfast for Mother's Day?"
"Yeah." Harley climbed out of bed as they both went into Elaina's room.
"Mom Mom." Elaina stood up in her cot and jumped up and down excitedly.
"Come here beautiful." Bernie lifted Elaina out of her cot and kissed her chubby cheeks as they went downstairs.
"What shall we make Mummy for breakfast Harley?" Bernie asked as she put Elaina in her hair chair.
"Pop Tarts."
"I don't think Mummy will like them, little guy."
"What about bacon and eggs Momma?"
"Yeah I think Mummy will like that." Bernie said as she opened the fridge and got out what she needed.
"Momma shall I do the table?"
"Yes please darling." Bernie put the bacon under the grill and started to butter some bread.
"I can hear Mummy."
"What are you guys doing?" Serena said as she stood at the kitchen door.
"Mummy." Harley said as he ran to Serena as she picked him up. "We are making you breakfast for Mother's day."
"I was going to make you breakfast. You've beat me to it."
"Sorry babe I didn't think."
"It's alright." Serena put Harley down and went over and kissed Bernie. "Why don't we cook it together eh."
"Ok. I love you."
"I love you too." Serena smiled as she kissed Bernie again.


"Mummy can I have the last bit of bacon please." Harley asked as they ate their breakfast.
"Of course you can sweetheart you don't have to ask."
"Mam Mam."Elaina babbled as she pointed to the toast.
"You want some more toast?" Elaina nodded her head. "What do you say?"
"Good girl. There you go baby." Serena passed Elaina some toast and kissed her on the cheek.
"Mummy can we give Momma her presents now?"
"Come on then. Let's go and get them." Serena said as her and Harley left the kitchen.
"Happy Mother's Day Momma." Harley said as he came running back into the kitchen.
"Thank you. Give Mummy her presents too." Bernie said as she handed Harley a bag.
"Here Mummy. Happy Mothers Day."
"Thank you, give me a kiss." Serena smiled as Harley kissed Serena on the cheek.
"Open yours first Momma."
Bernie opened her present and it was a necklace with a love heart locket on it.
"Open the locket Momma."
"Ok." Bernie opened the locket and saw two pictures, one of Harley and one of Elaina. "Our babies."
"Do you like it?" Serena asked.
"It's beautiful. Thank you." Bernie leaned over and kissed Serena.
"There's something on the back too." Bernie turned the necklace over.
"Shall I read it for you Momma?"
"Go on then."
"It says. We love you so much much Momma."
"I love you. Come here." Bernie lifted Harley up and gave him a hug.
"Mom Mom." Elaina reached out her arms.
"Don't worry I haven't forgotten about you." Bernie stood up and took Elaina out of the high chair and sat her on her knee.


"Harley got in the garage and bring them things for Mummy."
"Oh yes." Harley ran out and appeared holding a big bunch of flowers. "Here Mummy."
"They are gorgeous, sweetheart."
"Open your present now Mummy." Serena opened the bottle of wine.
"What is this?" Serena said as she pulled out an envelope.
"Open it and see."
"Plane tickets. To Greece."
"Yeah I think it's time we had a holiday."
"But there's only two tickets."
"My Mum and your Mum are gonna have the kids for us. Is that alright."
"Yeah that's great." Serena smiled. "Thank you." Serena hugged Bernie and kissed her.

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"Have you started packing yet?" Serena said as went through her case again for the umpteenth time.
"No, there's plenty of time for that."
"Bernie, we leave in two days."
"Yes, like I said I've got ages yet."
"What am I gonna do with you huh?" Serena smiled as she put her arms around Bernie and pulled her close.
"Kiss me." Serena put her lips to Bernie’s and kissed her. The kiss became more passionate as Bernie laid Serena on the bed. And started to unbutton Serena's blouse.
"And what do you think you're doing?" Serena smirked as she held onto Bernie’s hands.
"I want to make love to you." Bernie said as she buried her head into Serena's neck. "You are so so sexy." Bernie moaned as she kissed Serena.
"So are you." Serena grabbed Bernie’s hand and put it between her legs.
"God I love you." Bernie said as she put her hand inside Serena's knickers and began stroking her clit.
"Oh god that feels so good."
"MUMMY WE'RE BACK." Harley shouted from the bottom of the stairs.
"Bloody hell." Bernie moaned as she removed her hand.
"We'll finish this tonight when the kids have gone to bed."
"Too right we are." Bernie smiled as she kissed Serena before they both went downstairs.


"Mam Mam." Elaina babbled as she reached her out arms for Serena to take her.
"Come here baby girl." Serena took Elaina off Bernie’s Mum Marion. "Have they been good?"
"Of course they have."
"We are always good Mummy." Harley said as he climbed up on the sofa.
"Cause you sweetheart."
"Are you staying for a cuppa Mum?
"Yeah go on then just a quick one." Marion said as she sat down in the chair. "Are you all packed?"
"I am. Bernie hasn't even started yet."
"She always leaves things until the last minute, that girl."
"Yes Harley."
"Can we do some baking when we stay at your house?"
"Of course we can. We do whatever you want to do."
"Thanks you. I'm gonna go and tell Momma." Harley said excitedly as he ran out of the room.


"He's so excited to be staying at yours and me Mum's while we are away."
"You know we both love having them. Besides it will be nice for you and Bernie to spend some alone time together. If you know what I mean."
"We definitely do. I mean don't get me wrong. I love my babies and I wouldn't be without them for the world." Serena said as she kissed Elaina on the top of her head.
"But we don't get much time to ourselves these days."
"Then make the most of it. I'm. Sure you'll have a great time."
"We will."
"Here you go Mum." Bernie said as she passed Marion her drink.
"Thank you darling."
"So you and Dad are picking the kids up Sunday Morning?"
"Yes. Then Adrienne is picking them up from ours Thursday Morning and bringing them back to you Monday. It's all sorted."
"Oh Bernie, give your Mum that envelope." Bernie got up and went over to the sideboard.
"Here you go Mum."
"What's this?"
"Some money."
"For what. Do you need a bill paying."
"No it's for if the kids want anything."
"If they want anything then we will buy it for them. I don't want that." Marion said as she put the envelope back into Bernie’s hand.
"I told you she wouldn't take it." Bernie said as she sat back down beside Serena.
"Please take it Marion. You are doing us a really big favour having the kids for us. I am giving my Mum some money too."
"And if I know Adrienne she won't take the money either. You know how much we love spending time with our beautiful Grandchildren. Take the money with you and buy the kids something nice with it."
"Are you sure?"
"Absolutely." Marion smiled as she drank the last of her tea. "I better get moving. Your Dad's making the tea tonight. Harley come and give me a hug." Harley got up off the sofa and gave Marion a hug.
"I'll see you Sunday little guy."
"See you Nannan. Love you."
"I love you." Marion went over to Elaina and kissed her. "See you later baby girl."
"I'll see you out Mum."
"It's ok you stay there. I'll be here about 9 to pick the kids up."
"Ok Mum see you later."
"Bye Marion."
"Bye Serena love." Marion said as she left.
"Can I put the TV on now please Momma."
"Yes, what are we gonna watch dude?"
"You Berenice Wolfe aren't watching anything. You can go up the stairs and get your case packed."
"Yes boss."
"Don't you forget it, gorgeous." Serena smiled as she kissed Bernie before she went upstairs. Harley put on a DVD and climbed back up on the sofa and snuggled up to Serena.

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Serena was woken up in the early hours of Sunday morning to Elaina screaming. She jumped out of bed and ran into Elaina's bedroom.
"Hey what's with all the noise baby girl." Serena reached into the cot and picked Elaina up and held her close.
"Mam Mam Mam" Elaina sobbed. "Shush it's alright Mummy's got you."
"What's the matter with her?" Bernie asked as she came into the bedroom.
"I don't know. But she's not settling."
"She's probably had a bad dream. Bring her into our bed."
"Come on baby. Come and sleep with me and Momma." Serena and Bernie walked onto the landing when they saw Harley coming out of his bedroom rubbing his eyes.
"I take it Elaina has woken you up too." Bernie said as she picked Harley up.
"Yes she has. What's the matter with her Momma?"
"We don't know love. Come on let's get you back in bed. Give Mummy a kiss."
"Night Mummy."
"Night baby." Serena smiled as she kissed Harley. While trying to calm Elaina down.
"Will, Elaina be alright Mummy?"
"Yeah. I'll try and calm her down don't worry." Serena smiled as Bernie took Harley into his bedroom. While Serena took Elaina into theirs.


"Elaina what is the matter with you baby." Serena said as she paced the bedroom with her. "Let's check your nappy." Serena laid Elaina on the bed and checked her nappy which made Elaina scream even more.
"Elaina come on stop this." Serena picked her back up and held her close. You're not dirty."
"Here try her with this." Bernie said as she came into the bedroom with a bottle of milk.
"No No." Elaina babbled as she pushed the bottle away. As cuddled up to Serena.
"She doesn't want that either. Come on Elaina it's time to go to sleep." Serena yawned as she tried Elaina with the bottle again. And this time she began drinking it. "Thank God for that peace and quiet."
"Let's get in bed." Bernie said as they both got in. Elaina's eyes were shutting as she drank the milk.
"Do you think she's kicking off because she knows we are leaving her?"
"No. She's just a baby. She hasn't a clue. Let's get some sleep." Bernie kissed Serena and turned over. Serena gently pulled the bottle from Elaina's mouth. As she gently laid down with Elaina in her arms. I'm gonna miss you baby girl Serena thought to herself as she closed her eyes and went to sleep.


"That's both the cases down." Bernie said as she came into the kitchen and buttered herself a slice of toast.
"Thanks babe. Harley, if you've finished breakfast go and put your trainers on. Nan and Grandad will be here soon."
"Ok Mummy." Harley smiled as climbed down off his chair.
"You're in a better mood this morning Madam." Bernie said as she kissed Elaina on the top of her head.
"They are gonna be alright with our parents for the week aren't they?"
"Of course they are. They are gonna be spoiled rotten."Bernie said as she pulled Serena close to her."We need this. Me and you need some time to ourselves."
"I know we do. It will be nice to have a bed to ourselves even if it's only for a week. I'm gonna miss my babies like crazy though."
"So am I." Bernie smiled as she kissed Serena. "That'll be my parents." Bernie said as she ran to the door. "Hi Mum hi Dad come on in."
"Thanks sweetheart. Are my gorgeous Grandchildren ready?"
"They are. Harley Nannan and Grandad are here."
"Nannan, Grandad." Harley said excitedly as ran to them.
"Hello sweetheart. And here's my little girl." Bernie's Mum said as Serena came out of the kitchen with Elaina on her hip.
"Good luck with her she was screaming blue murder in the middle of the night."
"She'll be just fine. Won't you." Bernie's Mum said as she took Elaina off Serena.
"I'll put the kids things in the car." Bernie's Dad said as he picked up the kids bags.
"Harley come and give me a big hug." Serena said as she picked Harley up and hugged him tightly. "I'm gonna miss you."
"I'm gonna miss you two Mummy."
"You be a good boy won't you."
"Yes Mummy." Serena put Harley down as he gave Bernie a hug.
"Right we better get going and let you two get to the airport." Serena and Bernie hugged Elaina and stood at the door as Bernie’s parent's put the kids in the car.
"BYE MUMMY. BYE MOMMA." Harley shouted.
"BYE SWEETHEART." Serena said with tears in her eyes as her and Bernie waved them off.

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"Oh wow this is beautiful." Serena said as they got into their hotel room. "This must have cost a nice penny."
"Only the best for my beautiful wife." Bernie smiled as she held Serena in her arms. "I love you so much Serena Wendy Wolfe."
"I love you too Berenice Griselda Wolfe. Always have always will." Serena kissed Bernie passionately.
"I want you." Bernie moaned as she pulled Serena flush against her.
"I'm all yours gorgeous." Serena smirked as they kissed each other again and began ripping each other's clothes off.
"My God you are the sexiest woman I have ever clapped eyes on." Bernie said as she laid Serena down on the bed and took in the beauty of her wife.
"Are you just gonna stand there looking or are you gonna make love to me?"
"Oh I'm definitely gonna make love to you." Bernie smiled as she laid on top of Serena and kissed her hungrily.


They both moaned into the kiss as they rolled around naked on the bed.
"I need to feel you inside of me." Serena said as she broke the kiss. Bernie smiled as she put one hand in between Serena's legs and felt how wet she was.
"Oh God." Serena cried out as Bernie entered her with 3 fingers. "
"Does that feel good baby?"
"Oh yes it feels amazing." Serena said breathlessly as Bernie’s fingers worked faster. "Jesus, I'm coming. I'm coming." Serena screamed as threw her head back on the pillows. As her entire body shook.
"Are you alright?" Bernie said as she laid beside Serena and wrapped her arms around her.


"I'm just perfect. You're amazing."
"You're amazing."
"It seems ages since we have done anything."
"That's because it is. We are both so busy these days. With the kids and work. "
"I know. But from now on me and you are gonna make time for ourselves. I promise. How about every other Friday we have a date night. I'm sure your parents or mine will have the kids to stay over."
"I think that's a great idea. If we stick to it."
"We will stick to it, I promise. I don't want us to get stuck in a rut. And I certainly don't want us to fall apart." Serena said with tears in her eyes.
"Hey, that will never happen. You're stuck with me." Bernie kissed Serena and held her tightly.

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"Mum, Mum." Elaina cried out as she woke from her nap.
"It's alright sweetheart Nanna is here." Marion said as she got up from the chair and picked Elaina up off the sofa.
"No. My Mum Mum." Elaina cried as she tried to push Marion away.
"It's alright sweetheart. Mummy will be back soon." Marion said as she paced the room with Elaina. "Grandad and Harley are back now."
"Bloody hell Marion what's up with her. I could hear her screaming from the bottom of the path." Jeff, Bernie’s Dad said as he came into the lounge.
"I have no idea she was fine till she woke from nap. Where's Harley?"
"I'm here Nanna, I was just taking my shoes off." Harley said as he strolled into the lounge. "Elaina what's the matter." Harley held Elaina's hand and kissed her cheek. "Come and sit with me." Harley climbed up on the sofa and turned the TV on. As Marion sat Elaina down at the side of Harley. Harley put his arm around Elaina. Elaina snuggled up to Harley and nearly immediately settled down as she sucked on her dummy.
"Good girl." Harley said as he kissed Elaina on the head as they both watched the TV.


"That was a gorgeous meal wasn't it." Bernie said as she wiped her mouth with her napkin.
"Beautiful. It makes a change to eat a meal without one of our children making a mess."
"Or trying to steal our food." Bernie smiled.
"I do miss my babies though."
"So do I. Why don't you facetime them. I know you want to." Bernie said as she squeezed Serena's hand. Serena smiled as she got her phone out of her bag.
"Hello." Marion said as her face popped up the screen.
"Hi. Is everything ok?"
"Yes everything's fine. Elaina was grouchy when she woke up from her nap but Harley calmed her down."
"Bless him. Are they kids there Marion?"
"Yes, they are in the lounge." Marion said as she went into the lounge. "Harley, your Mummies want to talk to you."
"Hi Mummy."
"Hello my gorgeous boy."
"Hi Momma."
"Hi little guy. Are you being good for Nannan and Grandad?"
"Of course I am. Elaina has been a bit morngy. But she's OK now."
"Elaina look, its Mummy and Momma." Harley said as he turn the phone to show Elaina.
"Mum Mum." Elaina squealed excitedly when she saw Serena.
"Hi baby girl."
"Hi Baby." Bernie said.
"Mom Mom."
"Have you been grouchy?"
"Mum Mum." Elaina reached out her arms.
"I can't get you baby." Serena said sadly as Elaina started to cry.
"Don't cry Elaina." Harley said as he put his arm around her. "Mummy and Momma will be back soon to give us both cuddles. Won't you."
"We sure will, little guy." Bernie said as she took the phone off Serena so she could compose herself.


Later that evening Bernie and Serena were laid in bed. In each other's arms after making love.
"Do you remember the first time we met?" Bernie asked as she kissed Serena in the head.
"Of course I do." Serena said as she looked up at Bernie. "You were dressed from head to toe in black lycra. I couldn't take my eyes off you. You were the most gorgeous woman I had ever clapped eyes on. And you still are."
"I couldn't take my eyes off you either. My God, talk about stunning."
"I didn't feel stunning at the time. I felt fat and ugly. I never imagined that someone like you would be interested in someone like me."
"Why would I not be interested in a stunning woman? No way was I letting you slip through my fingers. I had never met anyone like you before. I knew from the first time I kissed you that I just had to make you my wife."
"And here we are two kids later and still happy. You are happy aren't you?"
"So happy. I love you so much baby."
"I love you too." Serena smiled as she kissed Bernie before they both fell asleep.

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Bernie and Serena were coming to the end of their holiday.
"Shall we go and get the kid's their gifts today, babe?" Bernie called out to Serena who was in the bathroom.
"I've already ordered the new game he wanted." Serena said as she came out of the bathroom. "I got an email yesterday saying it had been posted through our letterbox.
"Great then it's just something for Elaina then."
"What did you have in mind?" Serena smiled as she kissed Bernie softly on the lips.
"God knows. What do you think?"
"Well the market is open today so we'll go and have a look around there."
"Sounds good. Breakfast first though eh I'm famished."
"You and your belly. Come on." Serena laughed as she held Bernie's hand as they went down for breakfast.


The sun was shining down as Bernie and Serena walked around the packed market.
"Shall we stop here in the shade and get a cold drink?" Bernie asked.
"Yes sure." Serena smiled as they both sat down.
"What do you want to drink babe?"
"I'd love a cold lager please"
"Coming right up." Bernie smiled as she walked to the counter and came back with two cold drinks.
"That's just what the Doctor ordered." Serena smiled as she took a big drink.
"They had the glasses in the freezer." Bernie said as she sat down.
"That's a good idea." As they drank their lager Bernie couldn't help but look at Serena. "What do you keep looking at me?" Serena asked as she put down her glass.
"Do you know how bloody gorgeous you are?"
"Stop it." Serena blushed.
"Why should I? When it's the truth. I'm a very lucky woman."
"So am I." Serena said as she reached across the table and held Bernie's hand. "I love you so much."
"I love you too. Right, let's go and find Elaina a present." Bernie said as she drank the last of her lager.
"Come on then." Serena said as they both stood up and held hands and they carried on around the market.


"What about this?" Bernie picked up a frilly white dress.
"I don't think so. For one Elaina isn't a frilly dress kind of girl and two it wouldn't stay white very long. Due to the fact that our daughter is a messy little bugger."
"Ok then how about this doll she'd love that."
"Yes, let's get her that. It's too warm walking around here. I just want to go back to the hotel and get in the pool."
"Ok then." Bernie paid for the doll as they walked back to the hotel. Bernie and Serena spent the rest of the day by the pool relaxing. Around tea time they went upstairs to get washed and changed and to do some packing. Later that evening after dinner Serena and Bernie were sitting in the bar waiting for the night's entertainment to start.
"There you go." Bernie said as she came back from the bar and put the drinks on the table.
"Thanks. Darling, look at that little baby over there." Serena smiled as she took Bernie's hand in hers.
"Orr bless. She's not very old is she?"
"No. It doesn't seem two minutes since our two were that small. Does it?"
"Hey hey I hope you're not getting broody Mrs Wolfe."
"No, of course I'm not." Serena said sadly as she put her head down.
"You are, aren't you? You're getting broody?"
"What does it matter? If I am or I'm not." Serena snapped as she grabbed her bag and went outside.

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Bernie grabbed the drinks and went outside. She found Serena sitting at a table having a cigarette.
"Do you really want another baby?" Bernie asked as she sat down beside Serena.
"What does it matter when you obviously don't?"
"To be fair you didn't really give me a chance to answer before you stormed off."
"Ok then. Do you want us to have another baby?"
"Now you mention it. I would love for us to have another baby."
"You so?"
"Yes I would. On one condition."
"What's that?" Serena smiled as she held Bernie's hand.
"I want to carry our baby this time."
"Are you sure?"
"I'm sure. I've been thinking about it for a while now. But I didn't think you wanted another baby. I want to do this. It will make me feel like a proper Momma."
"You are a proper Momma. Elaina is yours and you are on Harley birth certificate as his legal parent too."
"I know that and I love them both so much. But I want to experience what it's like to be pregnant. And keep our baby safe in my body. I really want to have our baby Serena."
"If that's what you want then that's what we'll do." Serena smiled as she leaned forward and kissed Bernie.


The next day Serena and Bernie got up, had breakfast and then waited for the coach to take them to the airport.
"I can't wait to see our babies." Serena said as she fastened her seat belt.
"We aren't picking them up till tomorrow."
"What time till it be when we get home?"
"Well we are due to set off at 12.00 which makes it 11.00 UK time. So that makes it 1.00. We should be home for about 3.00. Why?"
"Can we go straight to my parents house and pick the kids up today? I've missed them so much."
"Of course we can. You better text your Mum and tell her before we set off."

Mum we are picking the kids up today on the way from airport. I can't wait till tomorrow. I want to see them today xx


That's fine darling. Harley has been asking how many more sleeps till he sees his Mums. Xx


Bless him. Don't tell him. We will surprise them. Xx


OK darling. See you soon. Xx


See you soon. Xx


After they landed Serena and Bernie got their cases and went to their car.
"Bernie." Serena said as she reached over and out her hand on Bernie's thigh.
"You haven't changed your mind about what we were talking about last night have you?"
"No, of course I haven't." Bernie put her hand on top of Serena's and squeezed it.
"I want to do it as soon as we can."
"So do I." Serena smiled as she looked out of the window. About an hour later they pulled up outside Serena's parent's house.
"Come on. Let's go get our babies." Bernie said as she stopped the car. Serena practically ran out of the car and up the drive.
"Hello you two. Have you had a good time?" Adrienne said as she opened the door and gave them both a hug.
"It's been lovely Mum. Where are the kids?"
"In the lounge." Serena held Bernie's hand as they walked to the lounge door.
"Hello." Serena beamed as she saw both the kids sitting on the sofa.
"MUMMY. MOMMA." Harley shouted excitedly as he jumped off the sofa and ran straight to them.
"Hello my gorgeous boy." Serena cried as she picked him up and hugged him tightly. "I have missed you so much."
"I've missed you too Mummy. Grandma said I had one more sleep till you and Momma came home."
"We wanted to surprise you." Bernie said as she gave Harley a big hug while Serena walked over and picked Elaina up.
"Mummy." Elaina said as Serena hugged her.
"She, said Mummy."
"She said it for the first time yesterday."
"You clever girl." Serena smiled as she peppered Elaina's face with kisses.
"Can I get you a drink?"
"Yes please. I would love a decent cup.of tea." Serena sat down as she passed Elaina to Bernie. As soon as Serena's knee was free Harley climbed up and put his arms around her.
"Yes sweetheart."
"Next time you and Momma go away. Will you take me and Elaina with you?"
"Me and Mummy won't leave you again. We missed you both too much dude."
"Me and Elaina missed you both too." Harley kissed Serena and then leaned over and kissed Bernie.
"I love you." Serena mouthed.
"I love you too." Bernie mouthed back.

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5 months later

"Harley, come on your breakfast is ready?" Serena shouted from the bottom of the stairs.
"Mummy I can't find my shoes." Harley shouted.
"Where did you take them off on Friday."
"I don't remember."
"Come and get your breakfast and I'll look for your shoes."
"Ok." Harley walked downstairs and sat down in the kitchen while Serena went upstairs to look for his school shoes.
"Are you ok dude?" Bernie asked as she noticed that Harley wasn't his usual talkative self.
"Yes Momma I'm OK."
"Here they were under your bed Mister." Serena said as she put the shoes on the floor. "Thank you Mummy oh your welcome son."
"What." Harley said as he looked up at Serena.
"Doesn't matter. Harley wants the matter."
"Nothing. Stop asking me." Harley snapped as he picked up his shoes and stormed off into the lounge.
"What wrong with him?" Bernie asked as she stood up and put her dish in the sink.
"God knows. I'll go and find out." Serena sighed as she went into the lounge. She picked the remote up and turned the TV off.
"I was watching that Mummy."
"Not anymore you're not."Serena sat down beside Harley on the sofa. "Tell me what's wrong sweetheart. Me or Momma can't do anything to help you if you don't tell us."
"That'll be Grandma." Harley jumped up off the sofa and ran to the front door. "Hi Grandma."
"Hello sweetheart are you and Elaina ready."
"Let me just wash this one's mucky face then you can take her." Bernie said as she got a wet wipe for Elaina's face.
"No Momma No wipe." Elaina cried out as Bernie wiped her face.
"You can't go out with Grandma with a mucky face."
"Morning Mum."
"Morning love."
"Harley, come here."
"What Mummy."
"You know you can tell me and Momma anything, don't you?"
"I know. See you tonight." Harley smiled as she kissed Serena on the cheek. "I love you Mummy."
"I love you, my gorgeous boy. Go give Momma a kiss."
"Bye Momma. Love you." Harley said as he hugged Bernie.
"I love you too. Have a good day."
"Ok."Serena and Bernie gave Elaina a hug as Harley grabbed his bag and waited by the door.
"Right we're off then see you later."
"Bye Mum. I'll be picking the kids today."
"Ok sweetheart see you later." Adrienne said as she and the kids left.
"I better be off too." Serena said as she picked up her bag and car keys.
"Wait a minute what did Harley say?"
"Absolutely nothing."
"He'll tell us if he wants to. Anyway have a good day."
"You too and don't be doing anything stupid."
"I won't. Don't worry."
"I do worry. You've got our baby in there." Serena smiled as she put her hand on Bernie's stomach. "I love you so much."
"I love you baby."
"See you tonight."
"See you tonight." Serena kissed Bernie before she left the house.


"Serena phone call for you." Fletch said as Serena came out of theatre.
"Who is it?"
"Harley's headmistress."
"Hello Mrs Newton."
"Hello Mrs Wolfe. I know you're at work but I need to come in."
"Why what's wrong. Is Harley alright?"
"He's fine but he is in a spot of trouble."
"What sort of trouble?"
"I'll tell you when you get here."
"Have you rung my wife?"
"I have tried but she didn't answer."
"Ok. I will try her. I'll be there as soon as I can."
"See you soon."
"Raf can you hold the Fort? I need to go to Harley's school. He's in some sort of trouble apparently."
"What Harley is." Raf said looking confused as he followed Serena to her office.
"He wasn't himself this morning. I tried to get him to tell me what was wrong but he didn't. Anyway I better go. See you tomorrow."
"See you. I hope Harley's OK."
"So do I." Serena smiled as she left the ward. As Serena left the hospital she rang Bernie up and told her to meet her at Harley's school.


Serena and Bernie practically pulled up outside the school together.
"I hope to god that you stuck to the speed limit." Serena said as Bernie walked up to her.
"Of course." Bernie smiled as she gave Serena a tender kiss. "Right, let's go and see what our son has been up." Bernie said as she held Serena's hand as they walked inside.
"Hello we've been summoned to see the headmistress."
"Harley's Mummies isn't it?"
"It's OK, Mary I'll see them now." Mrs Newton said as she opened her office door. "Come through." Serena and Bernie followed Mrs Newton into her office. "Please take a seat."
"What's all this about. What's Harley supposed to have done?"
"He's been fighting."
"That doesn't sound like Harley. Who has he been fighting with?"
"Kaleb. Apparently Kaled has been bullying Emily for a few weeks now so Harley told him to leave her alone and punched him." Bernie put her hand over her mouth as she tried not to laugh.
"So let me get this straight. Our son is in trouble for sticking up for his friend?"
"I will not tolerate violence in my school."
"But you will tolerate bullying. I take it you have called Kaleb parents in?"
"Yes they are on their way."
"Good. I'm afraid I am going to be excluded from school till Wednesday."
"Is that really necessary. I mean he was only sticking up for his best friend."
"I'm afraid so." Mrs Newton picked up her phone. "Can someone bring Harley Wolfe to my office please. Thank you."
"This Kaleb better be getting excluded too." Bernie said angrily.
"He will be."
"He'd better be." Serena stood up as the door swung open.
"Mummy." Harley cried as he ran to Serena.
"It's alright sweetheart." Serena picked Harley up and hugged him.
"Am I in trouble?"
"We'll talk more outside. Is that all?"
"Come on sweetheart let's go home." Serena put Harley down as he held both their hands as they left the school.

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"Are you both going to shout at me?" Harley asked as they walked to Serena's car.
"We'll take love home, love." Serena said as she opened the car door. "Jump in." Harley got in and fastened his seat belt all the time looking very nervous.
"Don't look so nervous Dude." Bernie smiled as she ruffled his hair and Serena shut the car door. "I'll meet you back at the house."
"Ok. I know he's done wrong by hitting this lad but deep down I am so proud of him."
"Me too. Have you eaten yet?"
"I'll get us all some lunch on the way home."
"Alright. Drive carefully."
"You too." Bernie smiled as she went to her car.
"Mummy. Where's Momma going?" Harley said as Serena got in the car.
"She is going to get us all some lunch."
"Good I'm hungry." I wish they would just shout at me and get it over with, Harley thought to himself as he looked out of the window.


"You go upstairs and get changed please." Serena told Harley as they got home.
"Ok Mummy." Harley put his bag in the cupboard under the stairs and ran upstairs. Serena went into the kitchen and put the kettle on and cleaned up the kitchen.
"I was going to do that." Bernie said as she put the food bag on the table.
"Yeah cause you were. Anyway, what have you got to eat?"
"Yeah Momma has got KFC." Harley said excitedly as he ran into the kitchen.
"Sit down buster now it's time for me and Momma to talk with you." Serena said as she put the plates on the table.
"Are you going to both shout at me now?"
"Dude when do me or Mummy ever shout at you." Bernie said as she passed him his lunch.
"You don't. But I haven't punched anyone before."
"Tell me and Momma what's been happening."
"Well Kaleb is very naughty you see." Harley said as he put down his chicken.
"Right and just how naughty is Kaleb?"
"He is always getting trouble for talking in class. The teacher is always shouting at him."
"Sounds like Kaleb needs a slap."
"Sorry. So, er how long has he been bullying Emily Dude?"


"A few weeks. It was name calling at first. He would say stuff like she is a shortie or that she is ugly. And she isn't. Emily is pretty, isn't she Mummy?"
"Yes darling she is." Serena smiled. "Tell us what happened today?"
"Well me and Emily were playing at playtime and Kaleb came up to us and just pushed Emily on the floor. I wasn't having that so I just told him to leave her alone."
"Then what."
"Kaleb said it wasn't anything to do with me but it is, Emily is my best friend and I am not having him hurting her no more. So I punched him. And that's when the teacher saw what was happening and I got sent to headmistress. I'm sorry." Harley said with tears in his eyes.
"Come here." Serena held out her arms as Harley got down from chair and went to sit on her knee. "You did a very brave thing today. Sticking up for your best friend. But violence is never the answer, sweetheart. Next time tell your teacher or tell me and Momma."
"I wanted to tell you this morning."
"You should have. Don't tell your teacher this but me and Momma are so proud of you for helping Emily."
"You are." Harley said as his face began to light up. "I love you and Momma so much Mummy."
"And we love you dude." Bernie stood up and put her arms around them both.