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Alec Russert snuggled deeper into the crook of Kevin Crosby's arms and laid his ear against his lover's heart. Enamoured by the sexy swirl of dark blond hair on Kevin's chest, he traced his lover's flat nipple. Despite his nearness to the sexiest man on earth, he couldn't get his mind off his best mate and her predicament. "That bloody sucks for Jennica. She believed Thad was 'the one'."
A low growl rose from Kevin's throat as he feathered a kiss across Alec's lips. "Bugger that. If he's 'the one', I'm a talking horse. She's far better off without that wanker."
Alec's heart ached for Jennica. "Yeah, I know. But she has her heart set on having a baby and her biological clock is ticking." Alec twisted in his lover's arms. When his cock grazed Kevin's, shudders of delight rippled through him and his cock flexed.
Kevin moaned and he wrapped his fingers around Alec's cock. "Righto. She's such a dinosaur. What is she? All of thirty-five?"
It was hard to think straight as his blood began rushing into his dick. It was an effort to stay coherent when Kevin played with his cock, while his strong arm held him. Breathlessly, he murmured, "Thirty-six."
"Blimey, she's older than the dinosaurs."
His own desires surfaced. "We're not getting any younger, either. I know how she feels."
A frown pinched Kevin's brows, and he drew back. "We don't have biological clocks."
Missing his partner's warmth, Alec screwed up his face. "Not in the same way. But do you really fancy a kid when you're too old to enjoy it? I want one now, when I'm still able to get down on the floor and play with it."
Kevin stared at him cross-eyed. "You're serious about this, aren't you? Do you know how hard it is to adopt? Even for a married heterosexual couple? How expensive? It's a real ball-breaker."
Alec's mind clicked away at mach speed as a smile tugged his lips. "Who said anything about adoption?"
Kevin released his cock and jerked away from him, disbelief shadowing his soulful eyes. "Don't even kid about a thing like that. It's not funny."
Hurt, Alec pulled away, losing his erection. He poured a glass of sparkling wine from the bottle he'd left on the nightstand and took a sip. When the bubbles tickled his nose, he screwed up his face. "Who's joking? I want to be a dad. I thought you did, too."
Kevin swore and swung his legs over the side of their bed. The muscles in his back bunched as he hunched over and massaged his forehead. Wrenching around, he looked at Alec. "Well, yeah. Some day. Are you thinking what I think you're thinking?"
Alec did his best to keep a straight face as he downed the rest of his poison in one large gulp. Then he shoved his unruly hair away from his narrowed eyes. "What do you think I'm thinking?"
Kevin blew out a long sigh, his eyes blazing blue wildfire. "That you want to put the bun in Jennica's oven?" Wariness and a million more questions flooded Kevin's eyes. "Have you thought this through? Or is this another of your hare-brained schemes?"
Alec's heart twisted almost as wryly as his lips. He'd been doing little else but thinking about it. He walked on his knees across the bed and hugged the love of his life. He rested his cheek against Kevin's as his heart turned over. "I love kids. I love you. I want us to be a family. We have a lot to offer a child."
Kevin turned his head so that his breath warmed Alec's face. "With Jennica? Or would she raise the kid and we just get occasional visitation? Would he know we're the dads?"
Alec tried not to frown as he pulled back to study his partner's expression. Jitters ran down his spine. This was not how he should have proposed this suggestion, he realised. Instead of his post coital suggestion, he wished he'd prepared a romantic dinner, lit the room with dozens of flickering candles and played Kevin's beloved soft jazz CD. After plying his lover with his favourite chardonnay, then he should have brought up the subject. Alec wanted to kick his own bloody arse.
Before he could reply, Kevin continued, "Do you think she'd go for it?"
Alec took in a deep lungful of air and almost fell over in relief. "We're her favourite men in the world, aren't we? And we're a lot more bleeding reliable than any of those wankers she's been hooking up with."
A grin feathered Kevin's lips, and a rainbow of wonder dawned in his eyes. "You and I are going to be daddies."
Without warning, Kevin wrapped his arms around Alec and bent him back onto the mattress with a deep, heartfelt kiss. "So'which of us will donate the DNA?"