Three Weeks Later
"Here have some more Tirimisu Ruby," Javier's father nudged a plate full in front of her, she smiled politely. How could she resist such hospitality and such great food, "You are living together now, I hear?" Javier's father Antonio said with quiet enthusiasm.
"Kat! You and your big mouth," Javier shook his head in disgust.
"What? Mum and Dad are always asking about you, it's just right to clue them in some time," Kat shrugged.
"But about stuff like this, this is a case... I've moved in with her for her personal protection," Javier whispered.
"Yeah, but mum and dad don't know that, do they?" Kat whispered back.
"When are you ever going to learn about police business," Javier said, "Everything should stay private."
"Oh come on, I'm a cop, dad's a cop... you're kinda a cop... it's in the family... just chill out!" Kat giggled as she rolled her eyes at Javier and dug into her mother's Tirimisu.
"I don't want them thinking that as I'm with Ruby, that we're serious... this is just a job," Javier said a bit too sternly.
"A bit too late, don't you think... they're planning what your babies are going to look like," Kat said, her eyes on the threesome at the dining table.
Javier turned, saw his parents in deep conversation with Ruby and he got up and walked over.
"Javy, Ruby has just invited us to the unveiling of her jewellery collection... I must decide what to wear, this is so exciting," his mother Rosa gushed at the news.
Javier looked at his son and nodded, the simple nod sent waves of approval his direction. Was he missing out on something here? The last couple of weeks, he'd covered a lot of ground, all he needed was for that person to make their move and he would be there. He began to understand Ruby on a more profound level, she was interesting to say the least, she was also really smart, had a business sense about her and what he noticed was, she was really giving. He had overheard her on the phone, just the other day speaking to her financial advisor and requesting that half of her profits for her jewellery collection to go to Charity and something inside of him, was completely won over. They had shared a lot of kisses and cuddles but both of them were aware that going beyond that line was a no no, but he couldn't help the surge of lust that shot in his veins and travelled south, every time he saw her, she was one attractive woman. He was brought back to the present, Ruby was smiling at him and conversing with his parents.
"I think my son is a dreamer more now that he has you," he heard his father saying, "Just look at him, his head is in the clouds again."
"Ah," Rosa stood up, "I will go and fetch the family album, you see what your kids will look like soon," and she disappeared.
Javier stood up, "Mama, there is no need to do that... I'm sure Ruby would rather see something else like... umm..."
"The baby photos, yes," Rosa said from down the hall.
Javier shook his head in disgust as Ruby and his father laughed at his expense.
A couple of hours later, they left the Romano household and decided to go for a walk in the neighbourhood. Ruby was dressed up in a purple tea dress, with her denim jacket and red ballet pumps. She dressed so modestly for an heiress. She looked at Javier beside her, he was dressed up in his staple denim washed jeans and a black sweater, his hair was unkempt and he wore a smile as they walked down the street.
"I love your family Javier, you're really lucky to have them," she smiled at him and looked straight ahead of her, "And I must say, you really were a cute kid growing up..."
"And I'm not a cute now?" Javier feigned disgust in a joking manner.
"Y'know what I mean Javier..." she didn't get to finish her sentence as he drew her in a kiss, they stood like a lovestruck couple in the street and it was Javier who pulled away first.
"I can't deny it anymore Ruby," as he stroked the hair from her face, "I really want to make love to you,"
Ruby touched his hand and looked at him longingly, "Let's go home then."
He took her hand and they walked quickly back to the car.