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The Journey to Their Sanity: Brian and Kade 1

“Babe, don’t forget I’ll be running late tonight.”

Kade looked up from the note he was making to himself to buy milk and eggs, at his husband Brian’s words. “I know you have interviews for a new bartender tonight. See I remembered,” Kade stated with a grin. His smile grew as the sound of Brian’s deep chuckle made it to his ears.

“You can’t fault me for making sure. It’s better to remind you then to have you plotting my death.”

“I only did that twice in the ten years we’ve been together and none of them in the past five since we’ve tied the knot.” Kade laughed when Brian only raised an eyebrow at him. “I’ll never tell how many times I’ve truly plotted.”

“I know love.” Brian leaned down, giving Kade a kiss on the forehead. “What do you guys have planned for today?” Brian asked as he straightened before sitting down next to Kade on the bed.

“Josh has practice tonight, then after since you won’t be home until late, we’ll probably go out for pizza and ice cream,” Kade answered as he absently toyed with Brian’s fingers.

Brian groaned before stating, “Now I feel bad. I didn’t know Josh had practice. I should reschedule.”

“Love, don’t worry about it, you’ll be there for the game on Saturday, and that’s all Josh cares about,” Kade tried to sooth his husband.

“I don’t know maybe Beth can do the interviews.”

“No, you do the interviews, and come back home as quickly as possible, and then Josh can tell you how practice went. We both know how particular you are when it comes to who works at the Naked Lunch.”

Brian sighed to himself. “You’re right. I’ll figure out a way to make it up to both of you guys.”

Kade knew there wasn’t any point in arguing with his husband. Once he had an idea in his head, Brian was like a dog with a bone. And if he felt like he let his family down, he would be more determined to make amends.

“Okay, enough with the chitchat. It’s time for you to get going. It’s not okay for one of the owners to be late for work,” Kade informed Brian.

“Hardy har har. If you wanted me gone, that’s all you had to say.”

Kade tilted his back when Brian leaned forward to give him a goodbye kiss. “Have a good night at work,” Kade whispered across Brian’s lips. His husband gave him one last kiss before standing from the bed.

“Have fun at practice, and if you meet a hot young man, tell him it’s a package deal, and I’m not talking about the kids.” Brian winked.

Kade chuckled while swatting at Brian. “Of course we’re a package deal.” Kade smiled to himself as he smacked his husband’s butt when he turned to leave. He loved that they were secure in their relationship and able to joke, without the other getting jealous.

“I’ll call you tonight to let you know how things are going,” Brian called over his shoulder.

“Sure thing, love.”

Kade heard the front door open and close, followed by the sound of Brian’s motorcycle roaring to life.

“Dad, Kristina keeps taking my action figures and saying they’re hers.”

Kade fell back onto his bed and groaned as tiny feet rushed toward him following Peyton’s words.

“And so it begins,” he mumbled to himself.


Brian took a moment to take a few deep breaths after he parked his motorcycle in the back of the Naked Lunch. He hated missing out on practices, plays, school activities, or family time. To him, it felt like he was letting them down, and he never wanted to do that, but Kade had made a valid point.

Brian took another minute to collect himself before getting off his bike and entering the Naked Lunch. The bar was his and Kade’s pride and joy. Although Brian was the one who worked the day to day of everything to do with the bar, they were still equal partners.

Brian was happy to take care of everything because it gave Kade the chance to be home with the kids.

“Hey boss man, you made it right on time, your first interview will be here in thirty minutes,” Beth called from the bar.

“Thanks, I’ll be back in the office. Come get me when they get here.”

“Sure thing boss man.”

Brian headed toward the back where his office was and took a seat behind his desk. He couldn’t shake the feeling that he needed to make tonight up to Josh. Even though Brian knew Josh wouldn’t make much of a fuss about Brian missing his practice, it still weighed heavy on him.

He needed to shake his mood before the first interviewee came in. He already hated conducting them, and to add on that he was missing something important didn’t help matters. Not for the first time, Brian wished he wasn’t about to lose Beth to medical school, but he wouldn’t begrudge anybody a better chance at life and doing something they loved.

Brian took one last deep breath before powering up his computer. Maybe he could find something for the family to do together on Sunday.


Copyright © Vanessa Sims, 2017


The Journey to Our Sanity: Intro

Come follow our journey as we try to navigate through life and find a little bit of clarity. As we navigate through running our businesses, parenting, and relationships. This will be The Journey to Our Sanity.

Couple One:
Brian-32 and Kade-34
Children: Josh-10, Peyton-7, and Kristina-4

Couple Two:
Children: Faith and Hope-3

Couple Three:
Jasmine-31 and Rachel-29
Children: Selena-8, and Isaiah-2

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Dominic “The Animal” Bennett
Dom is currently the MMA’s World Heavyweight Champion and is on top of the world. His world is rocked when an ex comes into the picture with a surprise that will change his life forever.
As Dom adjusts to being a fighter and father, he will learn what is important in his life when the chips start to stack against him.

Riley Hall
Riley loved his job at Manny Services until one of his best friends took a client from him behind his back. And to top everything off, his year-long boyfriend decided to call it quits.
Riley confused, and angry decided he will start new, and find his forever family. Riley hits the jackpot when he answers an ad as a live-in nanny for a new father.
Now all he needs to do is stop fantasizing about the father, and he could have his happily ever after.

“Dom, I brought the nanny applications for you to look over today.”
“How long has it been since you posted the ad?” Dom vaguely remembered Holly saying something about needing to find a nanny for Emilia but wasn’t sure exactly when she’d decided to move forward.
“I knew you weren’t paying attention! Figures,” she sighed, shaking her head. “You’re helpless without me.”
“Okay, okay.” He figured he needed to say something before she decided he wasn’t listening again.
“Because I’m awesome, I’ve narrowed it down to four people. They’re stopping by for interviews today. You’re welcome.”
“Wait… what? Interviews?” Dom looked up from cleaning Emilia’s face. “I don’t even know what kind of questions I’m supposed to ask. Can’t we do it tomorrow?”
“No. Because I know you’ll keep putting it off until it’s too late. Need I remind you that you’re scheduled to start training for your next fight in less than two weeks?”
Damn it, she was right. Dom’s training schedule was grueling the closer he got to each match. “Okay, okay, but do I have to do it? Can’t you talk to them for me?” he pleaded, trying to sound as pathetic as possible so Holly would take pity on him.
“No, I can’t do it for you. You need to decide who’ll be taking care of Emilia yourself, especially since they’ll be living with you.”
“What the hell do you mean, living with me?”
“Language, Dom,” Holly chastised. “We both know how crazy your schedule gets. You’ll need someone who’s available twenty-four seven.”
“Can’t we hire someone to be on call?” Dom didn’t feel comfortable having someone he didn’t know living in his home. His feelings contradicted leaving the same person to watch Emilia while he was gone, which caused him to cave with Holly’s suggestion of a live in nanny. “Alright, alright. How long do I have until the first person arrives and do you have their resumes or something, so I don’t look like a complete idiot when I answer the door?”
“The first appointment is in thirty minutes. I’ll keep an eye on Emelia while you look these over.”
Dom glared at Holly before taking the resumes and nondisclosure forms she handed him. He knew she left it to the last minute on purpose.
“Don’t look at me like that. Honestly, how you can be a MMA bad boy but are afraid to talk to people is beyond me.”