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    Sergei Baikov

    Sergei had picked up Marianna from the Santiago's later that Saturday evening. He should have known that Rosa would have dinner ready for them and insist that he and Marianna stay and eat. It was hard to refuse, being a single father and working fulltime, this was one less activity that Sergei had to do sometimes. It was a welcome break, and frankly he liked their company. It would likely be awhile before he could develop a decent relationship with his fellow officers both working for him and those who worked above him.


    It wasn't like he would be invited immediately into the Chief of Police's house for dinner, or the Mayor's for cocktails. In some ways he would be ostracized by many because he was the boss, or because of the long arm of his ex-father-in-law. So a relationship with the Santiago's was not only accepted, it was wanted as well. Marianna adored them and Sergei was steadily leaning toward them as parental figures. And since things were, well, supposed to be forbidden with Sylvia, he had no other friends or companionship at the moment other than his daughter and the Santiago's. And although he loved his daughter more than his own life, he did need adult relationships.

    They chatted over dinner about the parade, Rosa and Armando getting a clearer picture of Sergei's relationship with Sylvia, more than I think he had intended to give. With the pizza date pretty well a no go, Sergei would take Marianna to the zoo and they would have pizza for supper. He had already bought the ingredients, there was no reason to let them go to waste. His announcement of the zoo awarded him with a squeal of delight and several kisses from Marianna. Her excitement and showering of adoration on her dad, seemed to bring Sergei out of the gloomy mood. He had stayed much later than he had planned, Marianna fell asleep as the Santiago's continued to talk with Sergei. It had been a pleasant evening and he actually smiled as he laid Marianna in her crib at home.

    Sunday would be a good day, and despite Armando's warning of the weather, he should be able to get a fair amount of time in at the zoo. Sergei kissed his sleepy daughter goodnight and changed into a pair of shorts as he climbed into his bed. His thoughts drifted back to Sylvia and the news he would have to give to her Monday morning. She would likely hate him, and once again Sergei was struck with the fact that it was probably for the best.


    *****


    Sunday morning rolled around and Sergei was up and showered before Marianna awoke. She was a ball of precocious energy as he fed her breakfast and drank a strong cup of coffee. He would have time to get her ready and pack jackets for the potential downpour of rain that was predicted. Normally it would have been a good day to take Marianna jogging in the baby jogger, but with the threat of rain, he opted to dress her a little more warmly and to use one of the regular strollers. Driving there would be better than having them both potentially soaked to the bone and Marianna catching a chill.

    So Sergei packed her diaper bag with extra pull-ups, a jacket and her sippie cup and loaded them into the car. He smiled as he fastened her into her car seat and she serenaded him songs of the zoo. Like most towns or cities, Sunday's were not always full of activity until the afternoon. Sergei found a nice place to park the car and unloaded the stroller, diaper bag and one very excited 2 year old. He pushed the empty stroller with the bag as Marianna rode on her dad's shoulders.

    They walked through the area with the lions and other various "cats," Sergei laughing as his daughter made little noises trying to immolate the larger animals. He had been walking with her hand and hand for awhile at her insistence, and she got a funny look on her face and began to "dance," while holding herself, Sergei knew that it was time to get her to the bathroom ASAP! Sergei quickly looked around for the bathrooms and scooped up Marianna to rush her to the men's room. He hated taking her in there...men were such pigs. To his chagrin, a maintenance sign was hanging on the door. "Great!" Sergei thought, as he frantically thought of a workable solution.

    That's when to his surprise he happen to look over near the jogging trails and saw Sylvia. A rush of relief hit him as he yelled out to her, hoping to draw her attention and hoping that she wouldn't just run off like she'd not heard him.

    "Sylvia!"
    "Wagner!"
    "Hey, I need a huge favor!"

    Meanwhile poor Marianna was looking desperate in her father's arms.
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    Sylvia

    When the wolfman had finished dying in a spray of crimson, Sylvia had stepped back, barely able to keep herself from running in to shake the corpse to make sure it was dead. She looked away from the body of the man she now recognized to see Alenka nuzzling Helen. How she wished she could communicate like that. Ask for base comfort and receive it. Her head snapped back toward the prone body of Ferrin as she herself lay down a pace away as though guarding the corpse. She had seen Sasha come back from the dead and she wasn’t entirely certain that this man wouldn’t do the same.

    However, once the morning had come and she found herself shifted back to her human form without so much as a muscle moving from Ferrin, she realized that the man was gone for good. Sylvia had just physically aided in murdering a man. She got dressed back in her corner, hoping no one would notice her shaking hands. They would just say she had ‘done the right thing’ or some other ego-building platitude. All she knew was that she felt like hell and wanted to go to bed. She really wished she had brought her car so that she could go home, but right now, she was stuck here.

    Sylvia really didn’t want to talk to anyone. Making the change had been a relief, but it had also brought her completely face-to-face with what she was. She felt sick to her stomach. Luckily, she was close to the change rooms with their add-on bathroom. What a sucky way to end a really bad day – hanging over a stained lump of porcelain. Moaning, Sylvia dragged her gym bag after her as she looked for a place to lay her head for just a few minutes. She just needed to have a nap before she could find someone to take her home.

    There was an open office with half-decent carpet and a door that locked from the inside. It’s not like a flimsy door lock would really keep anyone out, but it made her feel better somehow. Locking the door behind her, Sylvia tucked her bag under her head and lay down on her back behind the desk, hands at her side, as though she were on a military cot. A minute or two later found her curled up on her side with tears streaming silently to the floor.

    ~~~~~~~~~~

    By the time Sylvia had emerged from her temporary room, she found it was lunchtime – which was convenient as she was incredibly hungry. She was happy that the Pack’s tastes seemed to extend beyond porridge. Not that she could figure out what today’s meal was, but it tasted alright, so it couldn’t be poison. Sylvia kicked around the school for a bit, checking in on Millie and checking out her boyfriend – nice work Millie – before it became obvious even to herself that she was feeling antsy. Yesterday she hadn’t really done anything, nor had she done anything last night as a werewolf, and her body ached for some activity.

    Luckily, she found that Chester was driving in for work and could drop her off at the park along the way. Perfect. She could have a good solid run there and maybe forget yesterday even happened.

    An hour later and Sylvia’s feet were pounding the pavement while her MP3 player blared music into her ears, drowning out her thoughts. She only listened to music while she was doing something mindless like running or hitting the bag. Evidently, she was going to have to start leaving the earbuds out when she was boxing. Sylvia smirked at the thought, remembering how surprised her boss had looked when she clocked him one. She stopped smirking when a group of cyclists nearly ran her over. One of them clipped her elbow and she yelled after him. The guy merely gestured at his bell and gave her the finger. Fine. So she needed to turn the music down when sharing the track too.

    Sylvia dropped the volume on her player and started jogging again. She was coming up to the zoo now – she always sped up here because of the smell. Powering up for a sprint, Sylvia heard a voice she recognized calling out to her. She looked around, trying to figure out where the voice was coming from, slowing down to a jog while craning her neck. Suddenly she realized who it was calling her and nearly sped back up, but saw Sergei standing there looking very desperate with a little girl in his arms. So it was his kid that couple had with them yesterday. It only took a second to figure out what was going on. Favour indeed.

    Looking around for security, Sylvia hopped the chain fence and jogged up the captain while pulling out her buds and whipping off her water bottle waist pack. “Here, hold this.” She smiled at the little girl and reached out for her while shoving off her stuff on her dad. “Come on sweetie, let’s go to the big girl’s room.” Sylvia flashed him a grin that said something along the lines of ‘silly man’ before she whisked Marianna off to the ladies’ room.
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    Sergei Baikov


    "Oh don't you dare Wagner!" Sergei thought as she caught that look in Sylvia's eye. He breathed a sigh of relief when he saw Sylvia hope over the chain fence and come over toward them. "Well kiddo, good thing you're so cute, or I don't think Sylvia would have come over." Sergei thought as Sylvia came up to him. It didn't slip his mind that she was out jogging after passing out the other day, but there was a time and place for talking about those things later. Until then, he was just relieved that she had been here.

    Sergei had almost forgotten what it was he was going to say to Sylvia as she approached. He was too busy trying to keep the thought of what the EMT had told him until the appropriate moment. He couldn't help but dread that conversation as he knew she would not like it at all. Why was it that this woman was so much on his mind, both at work and away from it? As Sylvia reached for Marianna, Sergei suddenly remembered what it was he needed to say.

    "Sylvia wait! Marianna doesn't take kind to.......strangers."He finished.

    To Sergei's astonishment, Marianna reached right out to Sylvia without a moment's hesitation, as Sylvia shoved her stuff in his arms.

    "Well...I know it can't be bribery she doesn't fall for that. Well Wagner, I'm impressed, count yourself amongst the very few to earn Marianna's trust."

    The grin she flashed him made him wonder what she had up her sleeve. Had she made a deal with his precocious two year old in the ride home? It was not like Marianna to instantly take to a stranger, hell Yuri had known Marianna since her birth and she still did not let him pick her up or get to close to her. Sergei had always laughed about it, but this amazed him. He watched the two enter the restroom until the sudden silence made him notice the noise coming from Sylvia's ear buds.

    He went to turn the music off, when curiosity got the better of him. “If You Were a Woman” by Bonnie Tyler was the song that had just started to play and Sergei raised an eyebrow toward the door of the restroom. Not wanting to get caught in the act of listening to her music, he quickly went through her play list and couldn't help but smile. Some of these songs were not bad, and he nearly dropped her player when he heard “Holding out for a Hero” by Bonnie Tyler. He would NEVER tell Sylvia, but that song was a favorite of his, for various reasons. But it was more of a girls song and for a guy like Sergei to admit it, he was asking for a lot of razing from his fellow males. It was one of his guilty pleasures.

    He found the switch and turned it off and occupied his time with something more constructive like getting some hotdogs and fries and a few bottles of water for everyone. Once he purchased the items, he hurried back to the entrance of the restrooms to wait for the girls to finish.


    ************


    Marianna had smiled at Sylvia when she reached out for her, almost launching herself from her father's arms into Sylvia's. Grownups could be so silly to her, they made her giggle a lot with how they fussed about stuff. They should just sing a song and everything would be better! By the time Sylvia had gotten Marianna into the stall and pulled down her pink camo pull ups with a slight pause and a strange look on her face, she was being held firmly over the toilet seat. The seat covers were out, or likely had never been replaced, but Marianna only knew that the giant tissues that daddy put on the toilet was not there.

    She held onto Sylvia as she started to go to the bathroom, having waited patiently to do so for longer than she thought she could wait. As soon as the sound hit the water, Marianna made a mock surprised sound as she audibly sucked in her breath and made a mock surprised face before smiling. Her little fingers that held onto Sylvia softly drummed along her arm as Marianna quietly sang while Sylvia held her.

    "Hello.....mister hiplotamus... this is my friend Sivya..we came to the zoo....to be with you...and see all the lions and bears..."

    She hummed along, half talking and half singing. It was almost as if she was introducing Sylvia to Mr. Hippopotamus as she got very adult and matter of fact when she introduced Sylvia. When she was finished, she patted Sylvia's arm and nodded her head, again very adult like.

    "All done."

    She couldn't wait to wash her hands and take Sylvia along to see the hiplotamus and his friends the lions and bears. Sylvia made her smile and giggle. Remembering how she was in the car when her grandpa and grandma took Miss Sylvia home. she was more than willing to share daddy/daughter day with Sylvia.
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    Once Sylvia was out of sight of Sergei and in the washroom with Marianna, she looked considerably less self-assured. She had never done this for a kid before, though she had been in washrooms with parents attempting the same feats with their kids. The sweet little thing seemed not to mind her inexperience, though. She was so cute. As Sylvia held Marianna over the general vicinity of the toilet, Sergei’s words ran through her head. ‘doesn’t take to strangers, hmm?’she smirked. She and Marianna seemed to be getting along just fine. The girl’s antics made her giggle and she found that she just couldn’t take her eyes off the little one’s face. It was so expressive.

    The song surprised her – were all kids her age this articulate? Sylvia had a strange lopsided grin on her face as she tried to figure out where the little ditty came from, let alone this kid. What was her dad reading her – Shakespeare? She seemed so grown up, yet here she was being held over a toilet by some strange lady. It was an odd situation that got even odder when, after washing the little girl’s hands, Marianna wrapped her arms around Sylvia’s neck and gave her a kiss on the cheek. “Thanks sweetheart” she managed to say, feeling a little at a loss for words. She just couldn’t help but marvel at this child and how she seemed to be already wiggling her way into Sylvia’s heart.

    Marianna wasn’t giving her much time to think all this through, though. In seconds, the child was off and running with Sylvia in tow by way of a tightly clenched fist around Sylv’s right index finger. Her task essentially completed, Sylvia was thinking that she’d drop Marianna back with her dad and leave the way she came in before getting charged by zoo security for jumping the fence. The kid had other ideas, evidently, as she bolted not back to her dad, but for the nearest zoo display. Sylvia quickly found Sergei’s face and the one she gave him was something along the lines of “What am I supposed to do now?” He didn’t seem to have a ready answer, so Sylv just had to follow the toddler’s lead.

    Sylvia bent down next to Marianna, peering at the creature lazing in the mud directly in front of them. “That is one funny-looking pig.” she stated, then looked around for the defining plaque. She picked up Marianna and read through the name of the animal slowly, pointing at the syllables as she went. “It’s a bab-i-russ-za and those long things are his teeth!” She emphasized the word ‘teeth’ while pulling a grossed-out face. It didn’t last long as she found herself smiling at the little girl again. This simply would not do. Sylvia had places to go, things to do, and people to see who did not have anything to do with her boss. Lowering her head, she murmured conspiratorially, “Hey, maybe we should get your dad or he’ll never believe us that we saw this thing.” If she could pass her off to her father, she’d forget about Sylv a lot quicker…
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    Sergei Baikov

    Sergei watched as Marianna exited the ladies room with Sylvia in tow. The look on her face only returned a puzzled one of his own. Surely this wasn’t his child; he had never seen her take to someone like this before. The Santiago’s were different, they were like grandparents and he could see why Marianna had become so attached so quickly, but she had also had time with them as well.

    This was what, Sylvia’s second time with Marianna? And he was sure that yesterday Sylvia wasn’t much of a conversational piece, let alone remember who the kid was at first. She didn’t even act this way with her biological mother. As the two passed him by, obviously with places to go and animals to see, Sergei shook his head and laughed. Sylvia was on her own in this one, because Sergei had no idea what to expect next from his daughter, because this was totally new to him. With hotdogs, fries and water in hand, he walked with no particular hurry in the direction his daughter was dragging Sylvia.

    *********
    Whatever is was about Sylvia that Marianna was so enthralled with, she was keeping it to herself. Being only two, she never noticed the exchange of looks between her father and Sylvia, she was just in a hurry to take Sylvia over to look at the animals with her. Sylvia made her smile and giggle, she liked Sylvia and she was going to share the animals with her today.

    She pointed to Sylvia as they reached the pen that held the funny looking pigs. She giggled when Sylvia called it ‘one funny-looking’ pig. Marianna happily let Sylvia pick her up off the ground and watched her intently as she pronounced the pig’s name.

    “Baby rooso!” Marianna exclaimed.

    Marianna giggled again at Sylvia as she made a face while pointing out the large teeth of the funny pig. Her face grew serious and then she turned and copied Sylvia’s expression only to giggle yet again. When Sylvia lowered her head toward Marianna to whisper conspiratorially she grew serious and placed her tiny hands on the sides of Sylvia’s face as she leaned in and touched foreheads with Sylvia.

    “Where’s his hair? How's he brush his teeth?”

    Obviously, Marianna was more concerned about zoo time than Sylvia’s need to escape. By this time, Sergei had managed to catch up with the girls and he held back a smile, although it was killing him to do so. One thing about his daughter, she was a little charmer and Sylvia has no idea that she had just been caught by the master. He composed himself, so as not to laugh and ruin the moment and he cleared his throat.

    “Well ladies, I would think that after all this activity that some hotdogs and fries are in order. Anyone else hungry, or am I going to have to feed them to that funny looking pig in there?”

    When the girls’ attention was directed his way, he shot them both a charming smile. Yep, poor Sylvia, she had no idea what she’d just gotten herself into.
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    Sylvia didn’t know how to respond to Marianna’s questions, let alone to child’s behaviour. She looked directly into the little girl’s eyes and knew at that instant that she was in trouble. In trouble but deep. But, she didn’t even like kids – did she? Sylvia realized that she had never really been around younger kids, nor people her age with children. Kids and cops generally didn’t mix and she hadn’t gone out of her way to be in places where children would be a factor. So why was this one so special? Why did this little girl make her want to stay and take her to meet the ‘hiplotamus’ and lions and tigers? The look of surprise and curiosity was still on her face when she turned to meet Sergei’s gaze. ‘What a smile.’ she thought to herself, while unknowingly transmitting one of her own back to him.

    Marianna giggled a protest to her daddy feeding her fries to the funny pig and Sylvia was inclined to agree. She was about to protest her own inclusion in the feeding frenzy, but realized that would be fruitless as there were already three drinks and three boxes of fries in Sergei’s hands. Minutes later the three of them were sharing a table downing greasy zoo food and having a great time of it. She was absently stirring fries in a pool of ketchup while looking out over the grey – yet somehow, beautiful – day.

    ‘Maybe this can work if we can keep our professional lives separate from the personal. We can totally do that.’ Sylvia’s face was serious as she considered the possibilities. Here she was, spending Sunday with her boss and his daughter in spite of very politely turning down his supper offer – which got her thinking about the initial invite. ‘What am I thinking?! This will never work!’ Her eyes slid to the side to watch the sexy hotness of a man across the table from her playing with his little girl. It was a beautiful picture, a strong man smiling and ticking his little girl, even as she could picture him in his uniform. How difficult to do what he did and still make time for his kid.

    Sylvia’s reverie was broken with a shout and a giggle from Marianna. “Hey! You can’t steal daddy’s fries!” She looked down and realized that she’d inadvertently snuck a few fries from Sergei’s side of the tray. A playful grin snuck onto her face as she ate the fries anyway - in one bite, no less. The little girl gasped as though Sylvia had just committed some incalculable atrocity, then broke down into giggles once more. Sylvia leaned forward and walked her index and middle fingers toward Marianna’s dish while saying, “What, should I eat yours instead?” “NO!” the girl laughed – and Sylvia laughed too, returning to her own side of the table to rest her chin her hand, wearing a knowing grin that would indicate to Sergei that she was genuinely relaxed. She could get used to this.
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    Sergei Baikov

    Sylvia's returned smile was a pleasant surprise. He had been worried that Sylvia might be ready to bolt and run from the earlier look she had given him. After all, if it hadn't been for Marianna, she would have done just that, ran on down the track as if she never heard or recognized him. Her smile had only caused his to increase as his daughter's giggles emanated from her tiny frame.

    Another slight hesitation from Sylvia stuck him again as he silently wished he was not so accustomed to reading body language so well. It was a skill that translated well as a soldier and as a policeman, but with someone that you found a potential interest in, it was often disconcerting. Had he been blind when he had met Anastasia? To read his ex-wife's body language now had told him that he had been blind toward her true nature for a long time. Perhaps this is why he seemed to perceive every little nuance of Sylvia's character, not that he minded watching her at all as a matter of fact.

    A slight look over to the food in his hand and a quick calculation of the number of items seemed to make that hesitation subside. And inwardly, although he wouldn't admit it at the time, he had breathed a sigh of relief that she had opted to sit down with them. As they sat down to eat, Sergei took care of feeding his daughter while occasionally glancing out of the corner of his eye to see the look upon her face. More relaxed. Good.

    Caught up in his daughter's playfulness, Sergei had begun to tease Marianna and then proceeded to tickle her into fits of laughter. It wasn't until his daughter exclaimed that Sylvia was stealing his fries that Sergei looked back over at her. He watched Sylvia look down at the scene of the crime and then return her glance to Marianna with a playful grin. The antics and laughter that followed had caused Sergei to laugh right along with the girls. His eyes were suddenly captivated again by this women that he had met in the grocery store not long ago. God she looked beautiful! Right now, if he had a camera, he would take a picture of this moment to immortalize forever. Could they make this work, should they try?

    Marianna hadn't even given him time to process the thought before she was up out of her seat and running around to Sylvia. Her little fingers reaching for Sylvia's hand.

    "C'mon...c'mon...go see the hiplotamus!"

    He smiled at the two as he marveled at how Marianna was taking to Sylvia. A subconscious thought formed, one that was like a flash of a light bulb and filed away as if to keep him from protesting the thought. A picture of a family. In that brief instance, the picture was completely detailed and Sergei could see himself and Sylvia, who was much further along in her pregnancy, walking Marianna through the park. Without realizing his own happy and content smile, as the picture had been filed to the background and he cleaned off the table while Marianna dragged Sylvia to go see the hippopotamus.

    The moments spent watching the hippos was filled with laughter and smiles. Marianna had tricked Sylvia into leaning down to her and "beeped" her nose and ran off as fast as her little legs could carry her screeching in laughter and delight. She had hid behind her father, peeking out and watching Sylvia, before sneaking back over and taking her hand. Sergei could only laugh and shrug his shoulders to Sylvia. She was on her own because he had had his fair share for the last year, it was time someone else enjoyed his precocious 2 year old.

    As they walked toward the lion's cage, the weather that Armando had warned him about had finally let loose. And when it let loose it came down it wasn't just a light rain, it was torrential. Sergei and Sylvia had rushed Marianna to the first over head cover they could find, which happened to be near the exit gate. Both he and Sylvia were already drenched by the time they had reached cover. Without thinking that Sylvia might protest, Sergei had the girls wait under cover while he ran to get the car.

    Marianna was bundled up in a coat, her slightly curly black hair protruding from the top of her hood. Her own piercing blue eyes looked into those of Sylvia's as they waited. She had had a full day and the giggling and laughter shared between Sylvia and her father had just all but tuckered her out, but Marianna was determined to stay awake. While they waited Marianna rested her head against Sylvia's shoulder and played with Sylvia's short locks while quietly talking to her. She told her about the all the animals that Sylvia had missed before she showed up.

    When she reached a particular animal she thought was really important, picked her head up off of Sylvia's shoulder and looked her right in the eye again. You could see the excitement in her face and how life seemed to just dance in her eyes. Just before Sergei pulled up in the car, Marianna's face grew serious and she leaned her forehead against Sylvia's.

    "We'll go to the zoo again." She said as she nodded her head in affirmation that this would indeed happen.

    "So you can see them all next time." Marianna added.

    Sergei pulled up in the car and rushed over with an umbrella for the girls. It was a little late for he and Sylvia not to be soaked to the bone, but at least she wouldn't be dripping wet anymore than she already was. Once Marianna was secure, Sergei got into the car and with the Sylvia and headed out. For some reason, he just couldn't stop smiling. He looked over at Sylvia, while Marianna was singing softly in the back seat. Where his mind was, obviously wasn't on the fact that he had been driving them to his house.

    As soon as they pulled up Sergei got Marianna out of her car seat and into the house. It wasn't until he had her changed into some drier clothes and looked back over at the soaking wet Sylvia that he realized he'd drug her all the way over to his place.

    "You should get out of those clothes before you catch a cold. You can use the shower in my room, and I should have some clothes you can wear."

    He put in a tape for Marianna as he showed Sylvia around the house.

    "Shorts, t-shirts and sweats you'll find in those two drawers there. There are towels in the closet in the bathroom, and since you're already here, I'll make that pizza. I'd already bought the ingredients anyway."
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    Sylvia couldn’t remember the last time she had this much fun. Admittedly, Marianna monopolized most of her attention – not that she minded – but she looked over at Sergei enough to be a little uncomfortable about his reactions. He seemed pleased…but of course he would be. Someone else was doting on his daughter. It was like a compliment to parenthood, wasn’t it? He seemed to want her to stay too, like he didn’t mind that she was now a part of Marianna’s father-daughter day at the zoo. Finally Sylvia’s more vocal half pronounced ‘screw it’ to the logical half and Sylvia decided that she should just let it go. Certainly she could have just one day – just one – where everything was perfect. Where her life felt like it was going in the right direction for once, where she was comfortable in her own skin, and most importantly – she wasn’t alone.

    Of course, the day couldn’t be absolutely perfect. It had to go and rain on their parade. It was funny how she didn’t really mind being wet today. Usually Sylvia hated weather like this, but somehow, standing in the lee of a building with a little girl in her arms made it all okay. As the child played with Sylvia’s hair and told her about the parts of the day she had missed, she found herself holding Marianna a little closer than her practical side wanted to allow. When the sweetheart put her forehead against hers, Sylvia couldn’t help but close her eyes and hold the child close to kiss her gently where her dark, curly locks parted on her forehead. She heard a car pull up and she pulled back from Marianna as naturally as she could, hoping that the few tears on her face would be disguised by the rain.

    Silently, she cursed her hormones as she got in the car next to Sergei. She didn’t talk much over the ride, instead listening to Marianna singing away and trying to figure out how to get out of this mess she was making. It was going to be so much harder when it came time to go if she let herself get attached. Part of her recognized it was far too late for that. As it was, she really didn’t notice where Sergei was driving them until he stopped at a place she didn’t recognize. His house. Suddenly Sylvia was very glad she didn’t take him to hers – her place was a complete dump and a bachelor’s pad. This was…a pretty nice place. She followed the two inside and stood in his entryway feeling like a bit of an interloper. Now would be a really good time to go. Now would be a really, really, really good time to say she needed to get home, read a book, work out, something – anything.

    Sergei either sensed her urge to escape or was just genuinely the mothering type as he offered her a shower and change of clothes. Once she had the water running, Sylvia cursed herself out properly. Why the hell did she say yes? Why was she currently naked in her boss’ house – taking a shower, true – but in a shower in his bedroom, no less? This whole day had been one stupid idea after another. She never should have…Sylvia’s thoughts paused as she turned her face upward into the stream of hot water. She never would have gone over there if it hadn’t been for the face of that sweet child. It must be the maternal instincts kicking in – but why oh why couldn’t they have kicked in with some other kid. Any other child, though preferably the one already growing in her, would have been a better choice than her boss’s daughter. The boss she already had relationship issues with.

    She had to just get out as quickly as possible. Maybe she could just sneak out before dinner, make up some lame excuse and jet. Or if all else failed, she could run right after supper as soon as Marianna went to bed. The latter idea was probably the best one as Sylvia wasn’t sure she could stand to see the little girl look sad for even a second. Her mind made up, Sylvia turned off the shower and briefly ran a towel over her head before wrapping herself up in it. It would have been a much better idea to bring clothes in with her so she didn’t have to get cold before getting dressed. She shook her head at her short-sightedness, and with her towel firmly clenched in one hand, she flipped out of the bathroom without a thought.

    Sylvia was most of the way into the centre of the room before she realized she wasn’t alone. Sergei was standing on the opposite side of his bed, shirt off, looking at her like he didn’t realize she was in his house. She was so startled she nearly dropped the towel, but regained her composure in the nick of time to save herself further embarrassment - not that it wasn’t embarrassing enough to be fairly naked in your boss’s bedroom with him half-way there as well. Without a word, she turned on her heel and closed the door behind her – in the safety of the bathroom once more. Her back to the door, she let her head lean back into it as she closed her eyes and muttered one word:

    “Damn.”
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    Sergei had made the dough for the pizza in advance and laid it out in the pan. He figured it would save him some time when he got home later, had it just been he and Marianna, it wouldn't have been a bad plan. Because of his preparation for cooking, he had cut down some of the time he needed to have the pizza in the oven and ready to bake. He had browned some hamburger, added some pepperoni, Italian sausage, and extra cheese to a homemade pizza sauce. Once he was finished, he set the oven timer and placed the pizza in to cook. Where he had made his mistake was, thinking he had time to change his shirt before Sylvia was out of the shower.

    Feeling a little chilled, Sergei decided to slip into his room while he assumed Sylvia was safely in the shower and change his shirt. Quickly he rummaged through his drawer and pulled out a t-shirt, laying it on the bed as he stripped the wet on off. That's when he heard the door open and Sylvia walk out into the room with nothing but a towel clutched to her chest. It was the first time that Sergei felt a loss for words, he was trapped between the horror of being in here when she came out of the shower to having a hard time keeping his mind from going to dangerous places.

    Here was a woman that he found attractive, and had started to pursue a relationship with until the whole "he's her boss" mess, standing naked in his bedroom. He swallowed, wondering how they had suddenly gotten themselves into this tense moment as his mind couldn't release the image of kissing her. He had to fight the urge to walk straight over to her and take her back into the shower. Sylvia's quick escape saved him from making a complete ass out of himself as he shook the intimate images of himself and Sylvia from his mind.

    "Oh Sh*t!" "Sylvia, I'm sorry, I was trying to grab a shirt before you got out!"

    Sergei was suddenly glad the door was closed and that Marianna was watching a movie. That's all he needed for his 2 year old to be repeating. He suddenly felt awkward, something he was not accustomed to.

    "I'm going out. Dinner's almost ready."

    Shut up Baikov! Sergei kept saying to himself. He nearly flew out of the room, making sure he closed the door loud enough so that Sylvia knew it was safe. He went into the kitchen and proceeded to try and get his mind off of what had just happened by setting the table. He wasn't very successful as he burned his hand on the edge of the pizza pan checking on the pizza. He had to bite his tongue to keep from saying words he didn't want his daughter to hear as he stuck his hand under cold water and grabbed a towel to wrap up some ice.

    Things wouldn't have been so bad if he hadn't just seen her naked in his room with only a towel clutched in her hands and a nice long look at her thighs. Why oh why did he have to go into his room? How was he going to be able to get through dinner without thinking about her, wanting to kiss her, to take her back to his room....Stop it! He reprimanded himself, he'd embarrassed himself and Sylvia enough tonight it was time to soldier up and carry on like nothing ever happened.

    Sergei took a deep breath, this had been a good day he hoped he hadn't ruined it. He had been given a second chance at dinner with Sylvia and he didn't want to blow it. This is what he would focus on for the rest of the evening, this would help him go on as if nothing had happened.
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    Sylvia took a few deep breaths, though it was hard to shove the humid air through her lungs. She couldn’t believe what just happened. The look on his face - she shook her head - it had probably been the same as hers. A wicked smirk played across her face for a moment. Well, at least she finally got to see his core area. His pecs and abs were just as toned as she imagined they’d be. As for the accidental meet-up, it wasn’t like her mind hadn’t already wandered where it shouldn’t have on previous occasions. So it wasn’t a big deal – or rather, shouldn’t have been. However, now she didn’t have to imagine what he would look like naked, which definitely made things worse. Sylvia’s head banged back against the door again as though she were trying to knock the thoughts out of her head. Why didn’t she just peek through the door and check the room before walking out? Now everything would be even more awkward between them. Great.

    ‘Way to go Wagner. Way to ruin a perfect day.’ she mentally berated herself. Sylvia heard Sergei close the door, but couldn’t quite bring herself to leave the bathroom for another few minutes. Part of her almost wanted to jump back in the shower, cool down, and go through the motions again like nothing happened – but that would be silly. She was an adult. They were adults. They could stay in control of their emotions and imaginations. Everything would be fine. She could do this. She could keep the personal separate from the professional. Of course she couldn’t really get personal, but that was okay, because it was connected to the professional. Wait. No. Separate. Personal separate from professional. Sylvia shook her head and cursed under her breath, her fingers resting gingerly on the door frame.

    Finally, the door cracked open and Sylvia peered through the slit until she was satisfied that the room really was empty. Dashing out, she grabbed the clothes from the bed and ran back into the bathroom. Once the door was shut she felt so stupid. What was she, twelve? Grumbling to herself, she pulled on Sergei’s pants, shirt and hoodie over her understuff. Sucking in another deep breath, she checked herself in the mirror, stuck out her tongue at her reflection, then picked up her wet gear before leaving the washroom behind.

    She paused again at the bedroom door. If she didn’t get out there, it’d be even weirder when she did. ‘Okay Wagner, pull yourself together. Act natural…but not too natural. Just be…normal. It’s no big deal. Wasn’t a big deal. Won’t be a big deal. Play it cool. Normal.’ Sylvia let out her breath slowly, then pushed open the door. Chewing her lip, she stepped down the hall until she got to the more open space at the front of the house. She looked in on Marianna as the little girl stared ahead captured by her movie. The poor little thing looked like she’d fall asleep before supper arrived. Sylvia’s own stomach growled, letting her know that she’d definitely be awake to eat. It really did smell amazing in here – way better than frozen pizza.

    Peeking into the kitchen, Sylvia couldn’t help but smile when she saw Sergei. He looked like a nervous wreck. She could have laughed right there, but didn’t want to seem cruel, so she bit her lip. Suddenly she felt so much better knowing that he felt like as much of a screw up as she did. Poor guy even burnt his hand. Tapping on the frame, she held out her wad of wet clothes and asked, “Hey, you got a dryer?” The smile hadn’t left her face yet, but even though it was a teasing grin, her eyes were telling him how grateful she was that he didn’t make a big deal out of…the thing that totally wasn’t a big deal.

    Dinner itself went pretty well, she thought. Small talk and making sure Marianna ate what was put in front of her made the time fly by. Sylvia realized she was still shooting glances at him despite her best efforts. Of course, he was her host. It would be rude to ignore him, especially after he made her supper. After supper, Marianna dragged her off to the couch to finish watching her movie with her. Cinderella or something – Sylvia wasn’t paying too much attention. Her focus was on the sleepy little girl that had insisted on crawling into her lap. It felt good to have someone so close to her – to hold someone – to be touched. Sylvia just sat and stroked Marianna’s hair like the girl had done with hers earlier. She felt the child’s head lean against her chest and a little snore wafted up from her rosebud lips. So cute.

    She could get used to this.

    What seemed like seconds later, Sylvia was blinking herself awake as she felt a weight being lifted off of her. Shoot. She had fallen asleep along with Marianna. Shifting her body on the couch, she glanced up Sergei with an embarrassed grin. As he walked off down the hall with his daughter, Sylvia couldn’t help by watch them go. That little girl was snuggled so safe in her daddy’s big strong arms. It must feel so good to feel so safe…so secure. Security was a nice thought, and it made Sylvia smile to herself even as she yawned and tried to blink away the sleep. Wow she was tired. Who’d have thought a day at the zoo would play her out so bad? Maybe if she just closed her eyes for a few minutes while Sergei put Marianna to bed she’d be able to wake up and get home safely.

    When Sergei re-entered the living room, he would see Sylvia leaning over on her side with her head resting on the arm of the couch and her feet still on the floor. Her body was pressing down into the furniture as though gravity were acting twice as strongly in just that area of the room. From the scene, Sergei could likely guess that if the smoke detector went off, Sylvia wouldn’t even so much as stir.
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