IN LOVE WITH A SOLDIER
(As long you're with me(1)
Looking at Joe, who had just said that he wanted to protect his mommy, Jackson suddenly felt a little bit more happy. He was very grateful to have such a sweet son.
"Joe, " suddenly said Jackson.
"Yes, daddy, " seriously replied Joe when he saw his daddy's stern face.
"You don't have to worry about that anymore, because from now on, daddy will protect both you, and mommy, " said Jackson while he caressed Joe's wet short hair.
"Really?" Joe then happily flapped the water around him when he heard that both him and his mommy were going to be protected by Jackson. He made a big splash, and then said, "So mommy and I can lead a happy life in the future?"
After that, Joe continued to play cheerfully in the water.
However, Jackson felt very painful when he saw how delighted his son was of the good news, because he couldn't imagine the crisis that they had suffered in their hearts during the past five years. Had they been scared without his protection all this time? But everything would now change, because he said to himself that he would never allow them to feel scared ever again, and that he will spare no efforts in trying to protect them.
After he finished his bath, Joe got out of the bathroom and jumped straight into Cherry's bed. Cherry was reading a book, and when she saw Joe next to her, she drew back the quilt to let him in.
At that moment, Jackson also came to the bed, and lied down next to them. When she saw Jackson, Cherry couldn't help but ask, "What are you doing here?"
But Jackson didn't answer her question, and instead he snatched the book from Cherry's hand and threw it onto the bedside table. He then quickly pulled Cherry into his arms, and said, "You're mine, and I'm gonna sleep with you."
"You, you release me, now!" said Cherry while she tried to resist him.
She couldn't believe that Jackson got arbitrary with her again.
Realizing that his mommy was going to be snatched away from him, Joe immediately held Cherry's hand, and said, "Mommy is mine! mommy is mine!"
"Good boy, Joe, mommy's here!" said Cherry soon after she saw Joe crying. There was no doubt whatsoever that she cared about her son the most.
With these words, Cherry pulled Jackson's hand away from her, and winked at him. She then turned around and put Joe in her arms.
Joe then got into his mommy's arms and held her tightly. Jackson, who was lying beside them, hardened his face, and didn't utter a single word when he saw them cuddling together.
All of a sudden, Joe got out his head, and stared at Jackson with a mean look in his eyes. He proudly said, "Daddy, don't you see that mommy loves me the most?"
Jackson's fury was so great that he could hardly speak. How dare this little boy contend with him for his woman?
"Okay, Joe, go to sleep quickly now, " said Cherry to her baby son who was lying in her arms. She wasn't sure about what Jackson would do if he got mad on him.
"Alright, " replied Joe, and then quietly hid again in his mommy's arms.
After not even five minutes had passed, Joe started to speak again, and said, "Mommy, why have your breasts gotten small again these days? Is it because you aren't eating well and are starving?"
What Joe said surprised Cherry, and Jackson got even more angry with him.
Cherry felt embarrassed. In the past, she hadn't cared at all when Joe had touched her, because he was her son, after all. Now, Jackson was living with them, and if Joe didn't think his words more carefully before he uttered them, there was a chance that she might suffer for them.
Jackson was very anxious to separate them. How could a little boy rob his woman and say words like that? He couldn't believe that his son would disparage them before he could enjoy them.
"Joe, you'll have to sleep alone in your own room if you want to speak!" Cherry couldn't help but criticize Joe for his behaviour, even if she loved him beyond words.
Joe then got quiet all of a sudden, and said, "Alright, I'll go to sleep."
Joe then closed his eyes and pretended to go to sleep.
Jackson intended to split them apart, but Cherry turned around, and murmured to him, "Knock it off, let our son sleep first! He needs to go to school tomorrow."
After he heard her, Jackson could do nothing but to restrain himself, even though he didn't want to do that. He didn't know what to do, because one of them was his wife, and the other his son.
Jackson then hugged Cherry tightly from behind and stuck?close?to her, with his face pressed against her hair. He couldn't leave her, not even for a moment.
Two hours went by and Cherry had almost fallen asleep with Joe in her arms. Jackson was also behind her holding her tight, and she could hardly move an inch, sandwiched between the two of them.
Jackson had almost fallen asleep, but in the?light of the small bedside lamp, he saw that Joe was already snoozing. "Is he sleeping now?" whispered Jackson.
Cherry opened her eyes, and in a low voice replied, "Yes."
Suddenly, Jackson was trying to do something.
"What are you doing?" instantly asked Cherry.
"Take him back to his own room; I want to sleep with you, " answered Jackson. He had to admit that Joe was definitely an obstacle that prevented him from doing a very important thing.
When Cherry saw that Jackson was going to move Joe, who was sleeping, she immediately stopped him, and said, "Don't touch him! Joe's sleeping now, what if you wake him up?"
"There's no way that he can sleep between us, " said Jackson, and then continued to try to move Joe.
Cherry couldn't help but stop him when she saw his condition.