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Thanks for the feedback, everyone. It's not the longest thing I've ever written, but I did get to include a multitude of characters in the story :)



He worked like a beast, herding the cattle harder than he had in years, but the awful dream still lingered in his mind. He couldn’t, and didn’t want to, imagine a life without Donna, with another woman, other children, in another country. It all made no sense to him, and yet it seemed so vivid, so painfully real. He pushed on across the range, looking over his shoulder every now and then, hoping he might see her come across the ridge. But he hadn’t seen her on a horse in months, since before things went south for them. He longed for her touch again, to come home to find her studying commission papers or drilling reports, throwing it all aside to pull off his boots and lead him to the bedroom. He’d never known another woman just like her, and if he lived another hundred years he couldn’t imagine he’d find one. He directed the hands on down toward the river as he stopped to take a drink from his canteen. The hot sun pounded down on him—not even summer yet, but it had already begun to bake the grass—and still he pressed on, trying to concentrate on his work and not on the images that kept flashing in his head.

***

Donna stood, frozen, at the door of the brick house. It would be so easy to turn around and leave, but she didn’t. She opened the sliding glass door. She didn’t see him anywhere around the house or yard.

“Ray?” She called out to him, but no answer. The sunlight reflected off the door as she stepped inside.

She looked around. He was keeping the place clean, but she already knew he could take care of himself. She looked over to their wedding picture; they were so happy that day, so much in love and free of complications. She looked back over the past few years’ worth of memories: matching trophies from the Charity Rodeo, the first pressings of her two books, two disparate photos from New York City and Emporia. Material things weren’t important to either one of them—the house was simple, modest—reflective of their personalities.

She walked, somewhat aimlessly, into their bedroom. She looked around at the made bed, the belt buckle on the nightstand, the open closet door. She looked in the closet, now half-empty with all her clothes gone. She looked through his shirts, ones she’d seen him wear countless times, ones she’d taken off him in the heat of passion, ones he wore when they went for a night out in Braddock. Vests, chaps, belts—the smell of leather reminded her of him, though he was never far from her mind. She felt strange, as though she were trying to reacquaint herself with him. She left the bedroom, wondering if he’d notice anyone had been there, or would give any thought to anything being out of place. She walked back over to the kitchen, looked out the window. She didn’t see him, and she wasn’t sure where he was or when he’d be back. She still felt comfortable here, knew she could live here again, be with him again—she just wasn’t sure when, or how, they’d find their way back to the same place.
You did a perfect job with how they both reflected on the great times and small things in their relationship. And I loved how Ray knew just how ridiculous the idea of a marriage to Jenna and life in another country (I don't think there was cattle or ranching in Europe! What was Ray supposed to do!?) was.
 

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Donna came home with Ray that afternoon. They sat on the couch together while Donna worked on her speech for the next day. Ray smiled as he watched her, the late afternoon sun streaking across her face.

She caught him staring out of the corner of her eye. “Why are you looking at me that way?”

“No reason.” He quickly changed the subject. “It was nice of Dave to buy lunch, but I’m kind of glad he didn’t come back here with us,” Ray mused.

Donna smiled. “Is that so?” She crossed out something she’d just written.

“Yeah…I kind of like having you all to myself.”

She sat down her notepad and looked him in the eyes. “I think you should kiss me again.”

“Yes ma’am.” He put his arms around her and their mouths came together. She could feel the renewed heat between them, but it still frightened her. Her fingers found the buttons of his shirt, and her hands found his chest. She slid it over his shoulders as he began to kiss her neck.

“Wait a minute,” he stopped suddenly. “Maybe we should wait. Somehow I don’t think either of us is ready.”

“I would like to be with you…but you’re right, neither of us is ready.”

He nodded as she helped him put his shirt back on. “Besides, what would Miss Ellie say if we missed dinner?” she asked.

He laughed. “That’s four hours away.”

“And your point?” she replied.

“You win again.” He kissed her and then she sat, reclined with her legs over his, as she threw speech ideas at him until dinnertime.

***

Finally the day of the big oil meeting came. Ray and Donna had shared the same bed the night before, but they still hadn’t made love yet. Donna had begun to move her things back to the brick house. She and Ray had reaffirmed their love for one another, and the talks they had had over the past few days showed that they were in a new, more honest place, and that their love was strong. The day before they rode out on the range together in his truck, and they talked about their future next to the same warped tree where they’d camped before, where they’d spent countless weekends together wrapped up in passion. They talked about what their lives were going to be like in the coming months and years as they adjusted to being parents. He held her in his arms as they talked of the dreams they had for their child—Ray wanted a champion rodeo rider, Donna wanted a best-selling authoress and politician—and the nursery they were going remodel in their house.

Donna stood in front of the mirror, making sure she looked okay. Ray sat on the edge of the bed and stared at her.

She stared back at him in the mirror. “What are you looking at?”

“The most beautiful woman I’ve ever seen.”

“Remember her when I’m eight months pregnant and can’t get out of bed.”

“I’ve always dreamed of keeping you in bed all day.” He gave her a playful grin.

She turned to glare at him as she put on her earrings. “Down, cowboy.” She winked. “I think I’m ready.”

“Do you have your speech?”

“It’s in my head.”

He kissed her. “Good luck.”

“Thank you,” she said as she pulled him close to her. “But now that I’ve got you, I don’t need it.” She grabbed his hand and they walked toward the door together.
 

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Brilliant and very romantic update :kiss:

There are so many parts that I like, but I'll just emphasize this part:
"I think you should kiss me again" ... ... ... "Yes ma'am!"
You're a great writer! :spinning:

Worried about missing dinner four hours away? :giggle: Just priceless writing! :giggle: When they do make it to the "love shack", then ... ... hmmm ... ... How should I put it? There will be fireworks bigger than the 4th of July??? :kiss:

For a split second, I thought that the phrase, "I think I'm ready" meant something quite different! :D

Please update soon! :) I really like this fan fic about Ray and Donna! :10::10::10:
 

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Cute update. I am glad that she's moving back into the house and that they are back to kissing and sharing a bed. Also cute how they are both so excited about the baby now. :)
 

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***

“Ray!”

Ray looked around, and after he raised his hand to shield his eyes from the sun he saw Bobby riding toward him. Ray yanked on his horse’s reins and waited for his younger brother to pull alongside.

“Hey Bob. Decide to play cowboy today?”

Bobby smiled. “Yeah, no need to go back to the office for a while. Can I talk to you about something?”

“Sure thing.”

“I’ve been seeing a lot of Pam lately, and things are different between us, like they used to be before I got too involved in the company, I guess. I was thinking of asking her to marry me again.”

Ray smiled at him. “That’s great, Bob. I’m happy for the both of you.”

“Well, wait until she says yes first.”

“If I know her as well as I think I do, she’ll say yes before you can finish the question.” They both laughed. Ray sighed and looked away from Bobby. “I wish I could say I was as sure about my own life.”

Bobby smiled at him. “Look, you just need to give Donna some time. The two of you just need to sort out your problems.”

“I don’t know, Bob. I think I’m the one that needs to be sorted out. I drove her away, and if she never came back I couldn’t blame her.”

He frowned. “Did you apologize?”

“I tried, a few times, but it never sounded right.” He thought for a moment about his dream. “Then I imagined my life without her, and I realized I didn’t like it.”

“Look, why don’t you come to dinner tonight? It’ll give the two of you a chance to see each other, but without any expectations.”

Ray stared off into the distance. “That’s not a bad idea. I told Clayton I’d be by the house today anyway to discuss something, so that would be okay.”

“Great. I won’t be there, though. Pam is fixing me dinner tonight.”

Ray grinned. “Good luck with that.”

“Thanks—I’ve gotta ride back to the house, talk to you tomorrow.”

“Later Bob.” He watched as Bobby rode back to the house, thinking about how he and Pam had found their way to each other again. As the wind blew across the green fields, he wondered if the same kind of happiness could be in store for him and Donna. The happiness they had when they were first together seemed like a good, but distant, memory now. With each passing day they seemed to grow further apart, but it didn’t have to be that way forever. He just needed to show her his true feelings and be there for her.

***

It was late in the day when she pulled back into the drive. She saw him standing at the fence, staring off into the distance and lost in thought, the same way he always did when something troubled him. He was tired, dirty, worn out, but he felt the need to watch the sun drop down into the sky rather than go inside and clean up, to face another lonely evening in their empty house. He heard her car wheels crackle on the drive—he knew it was her, but he waited till he heard the door slam to turn around and look at her. She stood there, cautious, waiting to make her move. He smiled at her, and waved, trying to reassure her. She took a few steps toward him, but still she was hesitant. What she needed to tell him weighed heavy on her mind, permeating her every thought. She didn’t know how to tell him, and she didn’t know how he’d react.

He walked toward her. He cut a striking figure coming across the lawn, and in his gait Donna saw the same man she’d met all those years ago. No matter how much they changed, some things would always be the same. She eased toward him now. They came face to face, and he placed his hand on her elbow as he kissed her cheek.

“Hi,” he said.

“Hi.” She smiled at him, tentatively. He’d never seen her quite like this before—timid, cautious, unsure of herself.

“Would you like to come inside?”

“I’d like that.” They walked over to the door and he held it open for her.

He placed his hat on the rack as she walked into the house. She didn’t dare mention she had just been here hours earlier.

“Would you like a glass of water, or something to drink?”

“No, thanks, I’m fine. Ray, I came because I need to tell you something.”

“Okay.” She stood at the end of the counter as he sat on the couch arm. He steadied himself—her words carried weight, and he knew that today could be the day that it all ended, that their marriage became just another statistic and they would go their separate ways. She looked away, and then toward him.

“I went into Dallas this week. I had a meeting. I mean, it wasn’t really a meeting, I had an appointment.” She looked at him and their eyes met. “I saw Dr. Danvers.”

Dr. Danvers, he thought. Not a divorce lawyer, but her doctor. But what did this mean? Was she sick?

“I’m pregnant.” Her words didn’t register at first, but then it hit him—pregnant, with their child. Their child. The child they had wanted for so long. He knew he wanted her to come back home, but now he had an added reason for the two of them to stay together…not the only reason, but a good start for a second chance…

“Ray?” She interrupted his thoughts. “Did you hear me?”

“Yes.” He stood up, and pulled her close to him. She didn’t know what to do but hug him back, to hold him close to her. She felt his strength envelop her. He could smell her hair as he held her, could feel its softness close to his face. He pulled back, and on his face she could see a new glow.

“I don’t know what to say. I’m just really happy for you, for us. You know I’ve wanted us to have a baby for a long time.”

“So have I—I guess we just had to wait.” She pulled his hand into hers and began to rub it. “I need to go.”

“Wait a minute. I’m going to eat dinner at Southfork tonight. Could you wait a few minutes and let me drive you over there?”

“Sure thing.”

“Thank you.” He kissed her on the cheek and went off toward the bedroom. She sat down on the edge of the chair. He hadn’t asked her to come home. He hadn’t reacted much at all. She waited for him, puzzled over his reaction, trying to figure out what step to take next.

He thought of her as he got dressed. He looked through the closet that only held his clothes now. He tried to think of the right things to say, but he’d never been eloquent, never articulate enough to communicate his feelings in difficult situations. He stepped out into the living room, where she waited. She stood and faced him.

He looked into her eyes, blue like his, like their child’s would be. “I want to be with you…but I don’t know how to. Not yet.” He let his words sink in.

She nodded. “I understand. I feel the same way.”

They rode back to Southfork together in the dusk of the evening, in mostly silence. There were things unspoken, but there would be time for that later, they both thought—time to face their feelings, and sort out their futures.
A good start for them to fix things things. And I can tell that Ray is happy about the baby. Glad that Bobby is back with Pam. This will erase all of Bobby's post-Pam woman-hopping. As long as she's careful while she is driving, that is.
 

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Ray held Donna’s hand all during the reception. Everyone there seemed to want to meet with her, to hear her ideas. Ray admitted to himself that he didn’t understand half the things they were talking about, but seeing Donna’s face light up as she moved from person to person, sharing opinions and jokes with them, was enough for him. Finally it came time for her speech.

“Will you stand by me while I speak?” Donna asked him as they sat together.

“I will.” He replied.

And when she stepped on stage to speak, Ray was by her side, smiling the whole time. When it was over, he was the first one to applaud for her, and the last one to stop. As he led her offstage, she whispered “thank you” in his ear, and as they made their way to their seats, he said “I love you and I’m proud of you” to her.

The post-meeting reception was a bit more relaxed. Ray went to talk with Clayton and Miss Ellie, who had snuck in the back to see Donna’s speech, and she went off with Dave to talk politics with some old friends.

In the corner of the room, she saw Paul Morgan—Paul, who had professed his feelings for her and had saved Ray from prison. She smiled and walked over to him.

“Donna.”

“Paul.” She shook his hand.

“You were amazing up there. Texas could really use a woman like you on the Hill.”

“Thanks, I appreciate that. But Ray and I are happy together, and we’re having a baby. I think I’ve found my place for now.”

“You sure? I think you’re making a big mistake.”

She smiled at him. “Paul, maybe someday, but right now I can’t imagine myself doing anything like that. I need to be with Ray. When the time comes, he’ll understand. Maybe when our baby is older I can do that—but right now I don’t want to be away from home.” She looked him up and down, turned on her heel, and went back to find Dave. He smiled after her…he knew Ray was one lucky man.

***

Ray turned off the ignition and they walked toward the house.

“I hope Dave wasn’t upset that you decided to leave.”

“No, he said I’d done more than enough. And he knew I needed to get some rest. My feet are killing me.” They stopped while Ray unlocked the door.

“Let me take care of that.” She gasped as he picked her up. “I think I should carry my bride over the threshold.”

“Good idea.” She kissed him. “And Ray?”

“Yes?” he asked as she closed the door behind him.

“I told Miss Ellie we wouldn’t be at dinner tonight.” They grinned at each other.

He carried her into the bedroom and sat her down on the end of the bed. He pulled off his boots and then pulled off her heels. The time had come.

They stood, facing each other, the moment punctuated only by their breathing. They needed no words to show how they felt. She began to unbutton his shirt, slowly, pushing it to the floor. She caressed his tanned shoulders as their mouths came together in a kiss. She finished undressing him, and he shivered as her fingers brushed against his muscular frame. He began to unzip her dress, and she laughed as he slowly slid it over her shoulders and to the floor. He picked her up again and placed her gently on the bed. He climbed in between her legs and their mouths came together in another passionate kiss. She nibbled on his lip as his calloused hands worked their way down her back. He pulled back from their kiss and began to move down to her neck. He rediscovered her body with his mouth, tracing the curves of her figure with his tongue. She ran her hands smoothly through his hair as he began his exploration, reawakening both their bodies. He paused for a moment at her stomach, and placed a kiss there over the child growing inside. He pulled back evenly with her and she pulled him close as he slipped swiftly inside of her. He began to stroke himself slowly in and out of her, their flesh melding together as they became one again. He slowed his cadence and they were able to whisper words of love for one another before speeding their pace. She slid her hands down his back, over his taut muscles, as his final thrust brought forth their explosive climax. They kissed again, the heat still smoldering between them as they lay together. A few minutes later she kissed his shoulder as she balanced herself on his chest.

“I love you,” she said. “I want to spend the rest of my life here with you.”

“I love you, too.” He brushed a strand of hair off her forehead. “And you look beautiful.”

She pushed him back onto the pillow. “Tell me that again,” she smiled.

He laughed. “You look beauti…” Her mouth covered his before he could finish.
 

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Amazing update :spinning::spinning::spinning:
I loved every little part of it! :) In particular this phrase: "The time had come." :kiss::kiss::kiss:
You did an amazing job describing their "first time" together since their separation! It was just simply beautiful! :kiss::kiss::kiss:

I just hope that this is not the end of your "short" fan fic! I really hope that you'll continue to write more about Ray and Donna and their life together! :dance:
 

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I liked Donna's brief meeting with Paul Morgan and how she reflected over that he liked her and that she'd rather be with Ray. It was good that Ray stood by her side at the politics meeting and I am glad that they've worked things out and that she won't be heading off to the hill. :)
It's the way it should have been on the show.
 

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I just hope that this is not the end of your "short" fan fic! I really hope that you'll continue to write more about Ray and Donna and their life together! :dance:

We are coming toward the end, but I still have another entry or two yet to post ;)
 

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We are coming toward the end, but I still have another entry or two yet to post ;)
I'm already in mourning over this news! :( I'd hoped that you'd continue your amazing fan fic - at least until after the birth of their baby - so that we'd know how Ray and Donna would cope as first time parents! :(

Any chance that you'll reconsider? ;)
 

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I'm already in mourning over this news! :( I'd hoped that you'd continue your amazing fan fic - at least until after the birth of their baby - so that we'd know how Ray and Donna would cope as first time parents! :(

Any chance that you'll reconsider? ;)

I can't do that because, well, the story was finished in 2008 and to add anything else wouldn't be in keeping with the original intention of the project. However, I have revamped another story idea from 2008 which I hope to post here sooner rather than later :)
 

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Short update now because there are only two left! :eck:

***

The next morning, Ray couldn’t take his eyes off of Donna. They lay together in bed, the sun streaking through the curtains, its rays dancing across the room. A new day was dawning over the ranch, and over their lives. Just as they had moved as one the night before, they would now move together into the next phase of their lives. He kissed her eyes, knowing that she must be dreaming about the future, about the life they were building together. Each day would be different than the one before, would bring with it a new set of challenges, but he knew this time they would be ready for anything.

She stirred and as her eyes opened they found his. “Good morning, Mr. Krebbs.”

He smiled. “I love watching you sleep.” She placed her arms around his neck.

“We should do something together today—would you take the day off for me?”

He laughed. “For you, I might take off every day from now on.” She brought her mouth to his as he softly smoothed his hand over the length of her body.

She stared back at him as the kiss broke off. “There aren’t any guarantees in life—you and I both know that. But I wanna make it work with you more than anything.”

A tear glistened in his eye. “I prayed. I prayed to God that we would work it out and you'd come back to me.”

She smiled. “I prayed for the same thing. That I would have the strength to be a good mother and that you and I would find each other again.” They kissed again and he held her close as they lay there, the day seemingly made just for them.
 

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Once again, another beautiful update about Ray and Donna! :kiss::kiss::kiss:

I really love this fan fic! And I'm sad that it's almost over! :cry: :bye: :cry:
However, I'll be looking forward to more amazing fan fics from your corner of the world! :jolly:

Please give us the final update of this fan fic, ASAP! :best:
 

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I can't be sure, but since I didn't like Jenna and Charlie, they probably never returned to Dallas in my vision for this story. They're still in Europe with a (non-psycho) Naldo. I guess, then, this story overlaps "Deliverance" and "Swan Song" since Bobby never died...


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After dinner, they stood on the patio, their hearts together in some ways but still apart in others. They held hands as they stared off into the night sky.

“I hope you understand why I can’t come home with you tonight.”

He nodded. “I do. I still have a few things to sort out before we can try again.”

She smiled at him. “Thank you.”

“Take all the time you need.” He kissed her on the cheek and they embraced once more. “Goodnight.”

“Goodnight.” She watched him as he stepped off the patio and his truck pulled slowly out of the driveway; she gazed after him until his lights disappeared into the night. A cold breeze, a last gasp of spring, blew and she wrapped her arms around herself as fireflies anxious for summer darted across the pool. There was something different about tonight, and about each of them, but she couldn’t put her finger on it.

***

She placed her hand on her stomach. It was early in the pregnancy, and yet a part of her could feel the new life growing inside of her—a child who knew nothing of the world; the troubles of grown-ups; the struggles of ordinary people. As she stood on the patio in the morning sun, her mind turned to him again—it was early, but she knew he’d be out on the range already. She wished she could ride out to see him, but to get on a horse right now would be foolish. They both seemed to be in the same place now—together in their thoughts, maybe their emotions, but not physically. She started walking out away from the house, past the pool, toward the horse barns. She almost thought she saw him—no, it was him. He was riding back to this part of the ranch, and she knew she had to go meet him. She walked, her pace brisker now, hoping he would notice her. He waved—he’d seen her, and he smiled. He rode up to the fence as she stopped on front of him. The fence separated them, much like they’d been separated for months now.

“Good morning.” He steadied the horse as she watched him.

“Morning. I was just thinking about you.”

“You were?”

“Yeah, I was thinking about how good you looked on a horse, working, doing what you love.”

He smiled. “I was thinking about you last night, and thinking about the baby. I was thinking about maybe hiring a second foreman, so I could spend more time with you and baby. Help you take care of things.” He couldn’t let her know, couldn’t describe it, but he was caught up in the rapture of impending fatherhood.

She smiled. “You don’t have to do that. I’m still trying to decide how involved I want to be with the oil business. I might sell my oilfield.”

Ray shook his head. “You don’t have to do that. I can help you with that, too. I can check on it when you need me to.”

Now this was different. His words shocked her. He wasn’t the same man he was a few months ago—at least not on the surface. She didn’t know, couldn’t be sure, of his true feelings. She didn’t know how much she could let him into her life right now. She just wasn’t sure.

He continued, interrupting her thoughts again. “I mean, I don’t know the oil business, but know a little bit about how a derrick works.”

“I’d like that.” She smiled at him, and he smiled back. The sun reflected in his blue eyes and seemed to show that his words were true. She leaned on the fence as his horse whinnied.

“Look, I need to get back to work. But you think about what I said.”

She nodded. “I will.”

“Bye.” She waved at him and he turned his horse and rode away.

She leaned on the fence again as he rode off into the distance. She was confused about what to do—her life had never seemed quite this complicated before. She turned and walked back to the house, hoping maybe she would find some clarity, or at least someone there to talk to about her feelings.
I love how Ray is being so thoughtful and agreeable here. I always hated how he got all bent out of shape about Donna having that oil in season 8 (dvd). It just seemed stupid that they went back to their age-old problems about their lifestyles then when I had thought that they had finally moved past all of that.
 

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Final update...or is it? ;)

***


It was another hot and dry day on the ranch, but the azure sky was cloudless and gave everyone hope for the ceremony.

The family gathered along the aisle and watched as the wedding march began, while Bobby stood with the minister. At last, the music reached its crescendo, and Pam emerged in her white gown, escorted by Cliff. He wiped away a tear as he gave her hand to Bobby, and everyone took their seats.

As the minister went through his vows, Ray held Donna’s left hand in his own. As Bobby and Pam said their vows, Donna pulled a gold band from her pocket. She looked into Ray’s eyes as she slid it on his finger. He mouthed “I do” and they smiled at each other. He took her right hand in his own this time, and placed his other hand on her stomach, where he could feel the new life moving inside—the new life they had created. Things wouldn’t always be easy in the future, they both understood, but as long as they loved each other there was nothing more important than building a life together.

The minister spoke. “The bride and groom requested that I read a passage from chapter 13, in the First Book of Corinthians.

“Love is kind and patient, never jealous, boastful, proud, or rude.

Love isn’t selfish or quick tempered.

It doesn’t keep a record of wrongs that others do.

Love rejoices in the truth, but not in evil.

Love is always supportive, loyal, hopeful and trusting.

Love never fails.”

As the minister pronounced another couple husband and wife for a second time, Ray and Donna also kissed, reaffirming their dedication to each other. He held her close to him as they stood to applaud the newlyweds. On that day, everyone was given a second chance. Ray thought back to his dream and knew he had to make the most of his. Donna smiled at him, knowing she already had. On the dance floor later, they held each other just a little closer than any other couple. Ray smiled as he felt Donna’s hair on the side of his face, her head on his shoulder. He hadn’t told her about his dream, and he never would. The reality, he thought, was far better than anything he could create in his mind.
 

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Wonderful updates Ray&Donna.:) I love your story so much and I am so happy that everything worked out Donna&Ray, and for Bobby&Pam and that both couples got to be together forever without Jenna and Charlie coming between them and ruining their lives. :)
 

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Aww such a happy ending to your story. I love how you wrapped it up with that both couples got their second chances. :)
Also great that we got to see Bobby & Pam's wedding from Donna & Ray's POV as guests. That was a lovely surprise. :)

I love the text from the bible too, that passage is really beautiful.

Over all you've done a great job with this story. :)

So is there a epilogue?
 

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Indeed there is an epilogue! You can't very well mention Aunt Lil and not have her show up...:)

***

Kansas—One Year Later

They’d had to put off their trip to Kansas for a while—Donna’s pregnancy and a new book had meant plenty of time at home. Ray had taken on a second foreman at Southfork, which meant he had more time to spend with those who mattered most to him. They were more in love than ever, and Ray adored their baby. Donna could spend hours watching them, just enjoying each other. The two of them had built a wonderful life together, and were now ready to travel with their new addition. As they drove down the street where Aunt Lil lived, they held hands and smiled while the summer breeze blew throughout the car. When they parked Aunt Lil walked from the porch, waving at them.

“Raymond, Donna! It’s so good to see you!” Donna handed the baby to Ray as they walked toward her. “Oh, he looks so beautiful.”

Ray smiled. “Well, we like him.”

“I think he’s got your eyes, Raymond.”

Donna nodded. “And his forehead.” She gave Ray a sly wink.

“Donna, you look so beautiful too.” She and Aunt Lil hugged.

“Thank you, but if you’d seen me a few months ago you’d think I wasn’t the same person.”

Ray laughed. “She’s just kidding you, Aunt Lil. Pregnancy really agreed with her.”

Donna smiled at him. “Why don’t the two of you come in the house?” Aunt Lil asked. “I’ll show you to your room and I’ve even got a crib for the baby.”

They held hands and followed her up the walk.

“Lil, your grass looks a little on the tall side.”

***

“You’ve got a girl in your room, Mr. Krebbs. What would your mother say?” Donna whispered to him.

Ray laughed. “I think she’d say I made a fine choice.”

The baby asleep in the next room, they lay face to face on the bed. Donna pulled him into a kiss and smoothed her hand down his bare chest. She pulled back and her hands trailed their way down his body, helping him out of his jeans. She used her fingertips to bring him to arousal before he laid her back on the bed, helping to remove her nightshirt in the process.

His tongue traced the line around her cheekbone and his mouth worked a path down her neck as he placed kisses on her chest. She massaged her hands through his hair as his tongue flicked around her nipples, bringing them to life. He slid his hands down the sides of her body, parting her hips and wrapping her legs around him as he slid inside her depths. Their mouths came together eagerly as their hips began to move in a rhythm. She pulled him closer with every part of her as he worked his way deeper and deeper within her, their bodies locked together in heat as he slipped his tongue inside her mouth. They sped their movements, each moment intensified as one final series of thrusts brought a surge from deep within both of them.

They lay together afterward, the moonlight casting shadows across their bed.

"How was it, cowboy?" she asked knowingly.

He looked into her eyes and smiled. "Like a dream come true."
 
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