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Jolene turns over and touches Lin. She can't stop. He's as much of a godsend as Darrell, who's in his crib, sleeping just as soundly.

Lin's always been a light sleeper, so of course, he stirs, cracking open one eye and giving her a weak smile that makes her heart flutter with that same scary first-love feeling.

"It's okay, baby," he says.

She closes her eyes when she feels tears and buries her face against his chest, holding him tighter.

Lin doesn't say anything but, "I love you," and when Jolene can breathe again, she returns the same heartfelt vows.