I parked on the driveway of my new house. Liz appeared by my window and opened my door for me. I stepped out and we hugged again. I gave her baby bump a quick tickle and then we were both blinded by the head lamps of the truck Jeffrey was now parking up outside my house; in front of the truck, stood Joe’s Jaguar.
I ran to the truck and opened Jeffrey’s door for him.
"Thank you Mistress." He smiled warmly at me, giving me back the keys.
"Please, call me by my name, you’re not my servant or my butler."
"I feel like I’m talking to a brand new Viola..." He raised an eyebrow at me, beaming at the thought of being my equal.
"While we’re in my house, we go by what I want." I winked at him, and took the keys from him.
We all turned to see Joe opening the back of the truck and pulling my suitcases out. Jeffrey ran to help him, while I and Liz took the bags and rucksack out of my car. I didn’t let her carry anything too heavy. I wasn’t taking any chances given her current state. Once we had gotten all the luggage out, we closed the cars and took everything inside the house. We put all the suitcases and bags to one side, and I made everyone sit down in the open plan living room. Joe and Liz took the sofa, while Jeffrey and I perched on a chair each.
"I’m sorry I can’t offer anyone a drink, I’ve only just moved in!" I joked, and all three of them chuckled sweetly.
"Congratulations." Joe said, grinning at me. "I never thought... I never thought you’d actually do it."
"Yes, Mis- I mean Viola." I beamed at Jeffrey for remembering. "What brought all this on? Only yesterday you were completely ill, and today you have a momentum like no other!"
"I guess..." I thought deeply about what I was saying. "Circumstances change rapidly, and I suppose I just got tired of being told what to do by my emotions. You all know things are difficult-"
"Yes and with that divorce of yours-" Jeffrey began but was cut off by Joe’s surprise.
"A divorce? You mean you’re finally ditching the bitch?"
I chuckled as Liz joined in.
"He’s not worth your time. Joe told me all about him, such a ghastly man!" She shuddered and rubbed her belly. "You’re better off out here, alone, rather than with him and unhappy."
I smiled at the caring nature of them all. How defensive and supportive they all were! Yet they had no idea what they were talking about. None of them knew the true extent to which my situation verged on ‘dire’. I chuckled silently, not knowing what to say next. I had a deep inclination to tell them to all go home so I could be alone at once, but Joe did it for me.
"Well, we’d love to stay but it’s nearly 11 pm and I don’t want my little baby up this late." He grinned at us all, and we all stood up.
"Thank you so much for everything. I really would be nowhere without you all." I hugged each one of them in turn, and when I got to Jeffrey I gave him a kiss on the cheek. "You’ve been like the father I’ve been missing for a long time, you know. Oh and Joe will drive you home, won’t you Joe?"
"Yeah, sure thing." Joe grinned. "I’ll leave the truck here; I’ll come by and get it in a few days, if that’s okay?"
I nodded. "I don’t mind, you can leave it here for as long as you need to."
He smiled and Liz stroked my arm, before I opened the front door for them and watched them all drive away in the jaguar. Jeffrey waved at me from the back seat, and I suddenly had a warm fuzzy feeling in my stomach. I closed the front door and sat down on my new couch. I looked around the little living room and suddenly felt wetness fly down my face. I was crying? For once... It seemed I was crying... Crying with happiness. I continued to cry and laugh with happiness for the rest of the night, as I unpacked and put my belongings in their new home. After everything was sorted, I put on some cuddly pajamas and snuggled down in my new bed.
I smiled to myself yet again. Everything had worked out. I suddenly realized that the ceiling was painted with cherubs. I admired them for a while, and then I fell asleep with a huge smile on my face, feeling happier than I had since my 28th birthday.