See Part 1 for disclaimer.
Author's Note: Okay, this was unplanned, but it was an idea that came to me earlier and wouldn't leave until I had written it.
All of this is written from CJ's POV
It has been a wonderful summer. Michael is getting very used to having Toby around. It has been such a joy for me to watch them together. They seem to be getting so much closer. Deep down I had feared that they would not become close. I don't know why I felt that way, it really was a very irrational fear. Toby puts Michael to bed every night. Michael has been very astute about mine and Toby's relationship. A couple of days ago he asked me if Toby and I would be getting married. I told him that he would have to ask Toby that question, not me. I explained that Toby would have to ask me, and that he had not asked yet.
"You put him up to that didn't you?" I heard Toby ask as he came into the room.
"Put him up to what?" I asked.
"Michael asked me tonight why I had not asked you to marry me."
"Yes, and don't ask so surprised. He also told me that he had asked you this question, and that you had told him he would have to ask me. Do you think you could have sidestepped that question anymore than you did?"
"You've been in the Senate too long."
"What do you mean by that?" I asked.
Toby stepped closer to me and put his arms around me. During the summer months, we too had become closer again. I would say that our relationship is stronger than it ever was. We now understand the problems and misunderstandings that drove us apart before. There is no way that either of us what to make those same mistakes again.
"What?" I asked as I slipped my arms around him.
"I just wanted to hold you."
"We need to tell him CJ."
"We should do it soon."
"Yeah I think he is ready to hear it."
"So do I." I replied.
"Then we should start planning how to do it."
"Yeah." I said and walked away from him.
"What is it, CJ?"
"Nothing." I sighed. "I just wish..."
"Didn't I tell you that it's over. I forgave you for it long ago."
"When exactly?" I asked.
"When Michael was in the hospital and I watched you worry over him."
"Do you believe me?"
"Toby, " I sighed, "it's going to take me awhile to believe it. You know that. It's so unbelievable to me that you are not that angry over it."
"Do you know why I'm not?"
"Because I had a part in it too. I was the one who backed you into a corner."
"I love you." Toby said and wrapped his arms around me.
"You know I always feel better when I am in your arms."
"Then I should do this more often." Toby said.
"Yes you should." I said and laid my head on his shoulder.
It really is amazing to watch Toby with Michael. Although it is strange to watch him spend hours outside with Michael. I guess in a way he is trying to make up for the time he has lost with his son. I quickly push that thought from my mind as soon as I think it. I watch as they come inside, and then Toby and I sit down at the kitchen table to talk to Michael.
"Toby and I have something we need to tell you." I said.
"What?" Michael asked. "Are you getting married?"
"Well, your mommy and I were married along time ago." Toby said.
"When?" Michael asked.
"Before you were born." I said quietly. "You know how your friend Anthony has a daddy and how your friend Jeffrey has a daddy."
"Yes and I just have a mommy."
"Well Toby is your daddy." I said.
"Really?" Michael asked.
"Yes." Toby and I both replied.
"Okay." Michael said and he walked over to sit in Toby's lap. I watched them together for a few minutes and then left the room.
A few hours later, Toby walks into my bedroom, for the first time since we have been back together. I had just awakened, and he sits down beside me on the bed.
"I told Michael you were sleeping." He said.
"Is he in bed now?"
"Yeah, it's nine."
"I didn't know that."
"I noticed." Toby said. "He's calling me Daddy now."
"I'm glad." I said and I looked over at him and smiled.
"I love you." Toby said and leaned over to kiss my forehead. He then kissed my cheek and finally my lips. The kiss quickly turned passionate. He laid me against the pillows and continued to kiss me.
"Are you certain this is a good idea?" He asked after a moment.
"I've been wanting this to happen for awhile." I replied.
"So have I." He said as he started to kiss my neck. "Don't worry I plan to be here when you wake up in the morning."
"You better be." I laughed and started to kiss him.
The next morning I awoke to find myself tightly wrapped in Toby's arms.
"Good morning." He whispered.
"Good morning." I replied. "What time is it?"
"Michael will be up soon."
"Does he usually come in here in the morning?"
"Not unless the door is open."
"Okay, it's closed."
"I was going to ask you something last night, but we...umm...got a little carried away."
"Yes we did." I laughed.
I watched as he sat up and reached for something that was on the night stand. I could not tell what it was because of the way he was holding it in his hand.
"I had intended to do this differently, but now seems like a very opportune moment." He said.
"I love you, Claudia Jean." He said.
I smile to myself when he says my full name. He only does that when he is very serious. I'm almost positive that I know what is coming next.
"I'm going to do this the simple way. Will you marry me, again?" He asked.
"I think you know the answer to that." I said.
"Yes, so do I, but I would like to hear you answer it."
"You would?" I teased.
"Yes, I would."
"My answer is yes."
He reaches for my left hand and slips the ring on my finger. "I hope that you don't mind that I decided to use the same engagement ring I gave you all those years ago?"
"Not at all." I said as I sat up to kiss him. "I love you."
"I love you too." He said just before we kissed.