Having It All
They stayed together most of the weekend much to Father's chagrin. He and Vincent had more arguments about the time that Vincent was spending with Catherine. But Vincent didn't let it detract from his time with Catherine. They loved, laughed, and talking about everything.
Very early Monday morning Vincent rose from her bed trying not to wake her but it didn't work. Catherine opened her eyes the moment she felt him leave the bed. "You're leaving?"
Vincent turned and sat down again beside her. "You've got to be at work in a few hours."
Sighing Catherine snuggled close to his side. "I wish I didn't have to go in today, but Joe is working on a major case and really needs me."
Vincent put his arms around her pulling her closer. "He's lucky to have you." He had finally met Joe, Nancy, and Jenny a few weeks before. They had been shocked at first, but soon realized that he and Catherine truly loved one another. Since then Vincent and Joe had become close friends.
Catherine looked up at him. "I'll try to get home as soon as possible tonight so you can come up again."
Vincent kissed her forehead. "Can you come below for story hour?"
Catherine frowned and moved back in his arms. "Do you think that's a wise idea with the way Father feels about our relationship right now?" Vincent rose and finished dressing then moved around the bed and pulled her to her feet. "The children asked me to invite you because they have really missed you."
Catherine could not help but smile. "Well, then I suppose Father will just have to tolerate my presence tonight."
Vincent chuckled. "I don't think he'll have a choice, Mary will make sure he is on his best behavior."
After a moment he released her. "You should go back to sleep for a while."
Catherine shook her head. "I can't I've become to accustomed over the last couple of days to sleeping with you."
Vincent put his arms around her once again. "I know, but I don't think it would be a good idea for me to stay since you have to go to work."
Catherine suddenly got an idea. "Vincent, what if you moved up here with me?"
He stared at her for a moment not really knowing how to react. "Do you mean that?"
She put her arms around his neck again. "Vincent, we're lovers and it makes perfect sense."
Vincent's heart began to race as he picked her up and twirled her around. "Yes, I'll move here with you!"
Catherine wrapped her arms tighter around his neck. "You have the tunnel entrance so you can go below during the day while I'm at work."
Vincent put her back on her feet. "That's a perfect solution to us being together."
Catherine chuckled. "You've been thinking about it haven't you?"
Vincent pulled her close again. "I was going to talk to you about it later tonight after story hour."
She moved closer. "Well, now you don't have to talk to me about anything tonight."
Vincent pulled her to his chest. "That's true and after story hour I'll pack a few things that I will need until the rest of my belongings can be moved." With that he lowered his head and kissed her again.
Later that morning, Vincent entered Father's chamber and found him there with Mary. "Well good morning, I was not sure you were going to grace us with your presence."
Mary started to protest but Vincent shook his head. "Mary, I think that Father and I need to talk can you excuse us for a little while?"
She nodded and rose. "Of course, I'll go check on the children."
As she was leaving she looked at Father with hard eyes. "Watch yourself." Before he could comment she was gone.
Vincent moved down the steps and sat down in his chair. He sat silent for a few moments then began to speak. "I came back earlier this morning because Catherine had to work today."
Father noticed that Vincent did not say that he came home from Catherine's. "Don't you mean you came home?"
Vincent shook his head. "No, this is one of my homes but not my only home."
Father stared at him for a moment. "What is that supposed to mean?"
Vincent rose and started to pace. "Catherine and I had a long talk earlier and I've decided that I'm going to move up to the brownstone with her."
Father rose from his chair and stared at him. "No you aren't, I forbid it!"
Vincent swung around and faced him again. "I am a grown man, you can't forbid me from doing anything anymore!"
Father stared at him wide eyed. "You've never spoken to me with such harshness."
Vincent sighed and once again began to pace. "I'm sorry I spoke to you so abruptly, but Father you've got to realize that I'm not going to make a choice between you and Catherine."
The tunnel elder snorted. "No?"
Vincent shook his head. "No, I'm not I love you both."
Father sat down again. "Well I'm afraid you're going to have to make a choice Vincent you can't have it both ways."
At that moment Mary's voice interrupted them. "Jacob Wells, don't you dare give him an ultimatum!"
Both men looked up at her. "Mary, don't upset yourself this is a problem between me and Father."
She came down the steps and touched Vincent's hand. "No it's all of our problem because we love both you and Catherine."