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The past few days had been busy again, and interesting, especially a few nights ago.  Debbie had been stressing over her exams so Bea had decided to stay home and chat to her.  Allie was working, and although she missed having her girlfriend sitting at the bar, Debbie’s sanity was much more important.  Plus she’d been having a little trouble concentrating recently.  Whenever the redhead gave her ‘that’ look, she would spill a drink, break a glass, or just pour the wrong thing.  Boomer thought it was hilarious, but Allie was just frustrated.

Franky had been sitting at the bar most of the night, as Bridget was working.  Allie wasn’t sure what had happened, or if she had missed something, but the tattooed brunette had been at her all night.  It was nothing malicious, and she was clearly just teasing, but Allie had no idea what she was on about.  It all became clear later in the evening, and Allie still hadn’t decided whether to mention anything to Bea or not.

She had been carrying a box of beer around the back of the bar when Franky called over to Boomer, telling her to switch jobs, claiming Allie liked to sit back and let someone else do the work.  A while later, Allie had been reaching up to grab a bottle from the top shelf, when Franky chirped at her again.  “I’m surprised Novak, you’re more a bottom than a top aren’t you?”

“What’s up your arse tonight Doyle?” she asked, confused by the brunette’s comments

“Tip for you blondie, make sure the phone’s disconnected next time.  You never know who’s listening”

“What the fuck are you on about?”

“I called you from the club Friday night, remember?”

“Yeah, and?” Allie asked, wandering over to stand opposite the brunette

“Fuck…Bea…please don’t stop…” Franky moaned, laughing as Allie finally caught on

“Fuck…” Allie gasped.  Oh god, she was never going to live this one down

“Yeah, pretty sure you were.  I’ve got to say I’m surprised, thought Red would have been the pillow princess, not you”

“Fuck off, I’m no pillow princess.  I just…”

“Hey, it‘s ok, I get it.  My girl’s clearly got skills, I’m so proud”

“First of all, that’s just weird.  And second, she’s got more than skills, trust me on that one”

“Who are you and what have you done with Red?” the brunette replied.  “Seriously though, I’m glad you came along. She’s had a shit hand, and she deserves to be happy.  You’re good for her Novak, just don’t hurt her”

“I’d die before I hurt her”

“And I’d make sure of it” Franky said, smiling at Allie, although the look in her eyes told the blonde she wasn’t joking

Franky had spent the rest of the evening making jokes at Allie’s expense, not that it bothered her.  She knew that this was Franky’s way of showing she cared, and it was worth it.  That night with Bea was worth a lifetime of teasing, as was any moment they shared.

 

 

Allie had been helping to organise the party for when Debbie returned, as well as getting everything together for Bea’s birthday over the past few days, and between that and their work schedules, some days it felt like they’d hardly seen each other.  Allie had been sneaking around for the past week, trying to get everything ready for her girlfriend’s surprise.  She had called at the jewellers the previous day to collect one of her gifts, and all she needed to do was speak to Franky about getting the meal there, then they were good to go.  Bea hadn’t got in until seven thirty that morning, and had crashed as soon as her head hit the pillow.  It must have been a busy shift as she usually woke up when Allie got out of bed, but that morning she was dead to the world, something that Allie was thankful for.

Grabbing her clothes, Allie crept out of the bedroom and into the main bathroom, thinking there would be less chance of disturbing the sleeping redhead if she showered in there instead of their en-suite.  Once she was dressed, Allie headed downstairs to make a start on breakfast, and despite it being almost lunchtime, she was making Bea’s favourites, blueberry pancakes.  Hearing movement upstairs, Allie sent a quick text message to Debbie.  She had spoken to the young brunette the previous evening, and arranged for her to call Bea, should she wake up earlier than planned.  That way, Allie would still be able to make brunch without her girlfriend coming to look for her.  She could hear Bea talking on the phone as she continued to cook.  The gift was wrapped, and once the table was set, everything was about ready.  As she started to serve the food, she heard Bea’s footsteps approaching.  Grabbing the plates, she set them down on the table, placing the coffee and orange juice down as her girlfriend walked through the door.

“Happy birthday baby” Allie said, pulling the chair out and indicating for Bea to sit down

Walking over to the table, Bea leaned in, kissing Allie before taking the offered chair.  “You didn’t need to go to so much trouble, but thank you.  It smells delicious” she said, spotting the blueberry pancakes for the first time.

Once they had eaten breakfast, Allie cleaned up, dismissing Bea’s several attempts to help.  Once the dishes were done, she took the redhead’s hand and led her through into the lounge.  Once Bea had taken a seat on the sofa, Allie ran out of the room, returning a couple of minutes later with her girlfriend’s present.  Sitting down beside her, she handed Bea a pile of cards, her own at the bottom of the pile.

After opening her cards, Bea brushed the tears away, she had been doing fine until she got to Debbie’s.  Determined not to cry, she had taken a deep breath, composing herself before opening the one from Allie.  Any resolve she had left disappeared as she read the words written by her girlfriend’s beautiful hands.  Placing the cards down, she rubbed her eyes, wiping away the tears that were building again.

Dropping a kiss on Bea’s forehead, Allie reached down, grabbing the gift, before handing it over to her girlfriend, smiling at the look of shock on Bea’s face.  She’s adorable, Allie thought, as she watched her girlfriend cautiously open it.

Tugging gently at the wrapping paper, Bea revealed a square black box, a red ribbon keeping it closed.  After discarding the paper, she grabbed the ribbon, undoing it, before opening the box, revealing a bracelet with five charms on.  Reaching down, she picked it up, her eyes raking over the charms.  The first one was a Firefighters helmet, the second a pallet and paintbrush, the third, a seahorse, there was a moon, and the last one a heart.   The first two were self-explanatory, and the seahorse she remembered from months ago, when they had linked pinkies while cuddled on the sofa.  She knew the moon was for Debbie, she had always told her she loved her to the moon and back, it was just their thing.  And the heart, she knew Allie had hers, all of it.  Turning the bracelet over, she spotted engraving on the back of the heart.  Bringing it closer, she noticed that it was a date, and not just any date.  It was the day that Allie came to the station for the first time to thank her.

“That was the day you stole my heart” the blonde said, her voice barely above a whisper, as Bea gazed at her, before burying her face in Allie’s shirt, as her tears started to fall.

Wrapping her arms around the redhead, Allie held her close, rubbing her back as she cried.  “I’m sorry baby, I didn’t mean to upset you”

Pulling back slightly, Bea swiped at her cheeks, brushing away her tears.  “You didn’t upset me, it’s just I’m not used to all this.  In all the years we were together, Harry never even sent me a card”

“Yeah well, he’s an arsehole.  I mean what kind of sane person would ever let you go, fucking idiot” Allie said, her heart beating out of her chest when she saw the smile on Bea’s face.  “Have I told you today that I love you?” she added, caressing the redhead’s beautiful jaw

“Yeah, but I could never get tired of hearing you say it”

“I love you Bea Smith.  I am totally, completely, head over heels, crazy in love with you” Allie said, her thumb ghosting over the redhead’s cheek, after securing the bracelet around her girlfriend’s wrist, their eyes locked together the whole time

“Show me” Bea replied, leaning in slightly and kissing Allie, her arms wrapping around the blonde, pulling her in closer

Things were starting to get a little heated when Allie’s mobile rang.  Jumping up, she grabbed the phone and answered it, heading into the kitchen as she spoke.  Coming back through into the lounge, Allie knelt down in front of her girlfriend, taking her hand in hers.

“I’m so sorry baby.  That was Liz, she needs me to go into work for a couple of hours.  She’s got a problem and she needs my help.  I won’t be long, and I’ll make it up to you, I promise”

Bea hated that she had to leave, and she could tell Allie hated it too.  Figuring it must be something major for Liz to call Allie, today of all days, she decided to go easy on her girlfriend.  “It’s ok Alliecat, just come home as soon as you can ok”

“I promise, and I love you” the blonde replied, leaning forward and capturing Bea’s lips again.  She knew she had to leave for a couple of hours to get everything set up, but hated lying to her girlfriend.   Pulling back, she stood up, grabbed her phone and wallet, and headed out.

 

 

An hour later Bea got a message from Allie, letting her know she would be home in an hour and to dress casual.  She was starting to wonder if the blonde had been called in to work after all.  After grabbing a shower, Bea dressed in a pair of cut offs, and white shirt.  She had just finished drying her hair when her mobile rang, it was Allie, letting her know that she was outside in the car.  She was a little surprised that Allie hadn’t come inside, and had a feeling she was up to something.  Grabbing her phone, she ran down the stairs and out of the door, locking up before jumping in the car.

Allie had been quiet since they left the house, making up some story about Liz having an issue with the computer in the office at the bar.  She knew that computers weren’t Liz’s speciality, but found it strange that she would call Allie out, knowing it was her birthday.  Shayne was good with these things, and she knew he was working today, surely Liz could have asked him, assuming that’s where Allie had really been.  She trusted her girlfriend, but couldn’t help but feel like she was keeping something from her.

They drove through the city, and out the other side.  Once they were about ten miles out, Allie slowed down, pulling the car to a stop in a layby.  Opening the glovebox, she grabbed a black scarf before turning to face Bea, wrapping it around her head, and covering her eyes.

“Is this really necessary?” the redhead asked, not entirely comfortable about being blindfolded

“Yeah, I want it to be a surprise.  Please baby” Allie replied, kissing her girlfriend quickly as she adjusted the black fabric, making sure she couldn’t see through it.  “It won’t be for long, we’re almost there” she added, caressing Bea’s cheek before turning back around and starting the car.  Pulling out of the layby, she continued down the road, towards their destination.

Fifteen minutes later Bea felt the car slow and come to a stop.  They had left the main road a while back, and if it had been anyone but Allie sitting beside her, she would have been freaking out by now, but the feeling the blonde’s fingers were eliciting, as they ran up and down her denim clad thigh, calmed her, and took her mind to a whole other place.

Hearing her door opening, Bea fumbled with the clip, unfastening her seatbelt.  Feeling Allie’s hand in hers, she allowed herself to be guided out of the seat, the blonde’s arms wrapping around her as soon as they were both out of the car.  Reaching up, Allie untied the blindfold, watching as Bea blinked a few times, her eyes adjusting to the bright sunlight.  Rushing back to the car, she grabbed her girlfriend’s sunglasses, before walking back over and placing them over the older woman’s eyes.  “Better?” she asked, grabbing on to Bea’s jaw and turning her head slightly, their lips meeting in a long, slow kiss.

“Mmm, much better” Bea moaned, as she pulled away

Allie opened the boot of the car, handing the towels to Bea, before grabbing a couple of bags.  After locking the car, she wandered down onto the beach, her eyes scanning the sand, looking for the exact location from the photo.  Once she spotted it, she led Bea over, dropping the bags on the sand, before taking the towels from her girlfriend, and laying them down.  It was quite warm, so she had brought an umbrella, allowing them some shade if needed.  They were going to be there a while, and the last thing she wanted was for Bea to be uncomfortable.

 

 

After applying sun cream to themselves, and each other, they laid down on their towels, Bea taking Allie’s hand in hers, her thumb stroking over the back of the blonde’s hand.  There were a few other people on the beach, and after working the sun cream into her girlfriend’s back, and working herself up in the process, she needed to feel some contact, no matter how small.  They had been laid there for about forty minutes when Allie sensed that her girlfriend was getting restless.  Never one for staying still for too long, she knew Bea wouldn’t be able to just lie on the beach all afternoon.  Luckily she had come prepared.

They had been looking through an old photo album a few weeks ago, one of the few things that Bea had managed to salvage from the fire, when they came to a picture of Bea and Debbie on the beach, a kite lying on a towel beside them, and a very large sand castle in front of them, both of them smiling into the camera.  It had been taken on Bea’s birthday eight years ago, after Harry had dropped them off for the day, before heading off to do whatever, or whoever was important to him at the time.  Allie remembered how Bea had said that was the last birthday that she had actually enjoyed, even though she had spent the day entertaining her daughter, who was just ten at the time.

Sitting up, Allie grabbed one of the bags, pulling out two castle shaped buckets, and a couple of spades.  Handing one over to Bea, she grabbed her girlfriend’s hand, pulling her to her feet, and moving them away from under the umbrella.  She knew her girlfriend was upset that Debbie couldn’t be there, so hoped that by replaying some of the memories, she would feel a little bit closer to her daughter.

After running over to the sea, Allie filled her bucket with water, before walking back to her girlfriend, and pouring the water over a pile of sand.  Sitting down beside Bea, they mixed the sand, filled their buckets and started on their castle.

A while later, once the castle had been perfected, Allie stood up, kissed Bea on the cheek, then took off in the direction of the car.  She came back a few minutes later with a kite in her hand, and Bea couldn’t help but laugh at the look of excitement on the blonde’s face.  She looked like a kid at Christmas, and it made Bea’s heart flutter.  Wandering over to her girlfriend, Allie held her hand out.  As Bea took it, she pulled her to her feet, and led her away from the sandcastle and into the open space, handing the kite over to the redhead.

“Don’t you think I’m a little bit old to be flying a kite?” Bea said, laughing as she took the offered item from the blonde

“Bullshit.  You’re only as old as you feel, and trust me, you feel fucking incredible” Allie replied, wrapping her arms around Bea from behind, holding her tight as she tugged on the kite strings, her smile lighting up the entire beach as it took flight.

There was only slight breeze, so it wasn’t the best weather for kite flying, but Bea managed to get it in the air a few times, Allie laughing at her frustration every time it fell from the sky.  It was late afternoon by the time the sandcastles were built, and they had finished with the kite, and other than a couple down the other end, they had the beach to themselves.

 

 

After packing the buckets away, Allie suggested that they take a walk.  Grabbing their towels and bag, she rushed over to the car, opened the door, and threw everything in.  Locking up, she raced back over the sand, talking Beas‘s hand in hers, as they started to walk down the beach.  The sun was still up, but it wouldn’t be long until it started to set.  Everything was going to plan, and Allie couldn’t take her eyes off Bea as they walked along the water’s edge, gentle waves lapping up over their feet as they strolled hand in hand.

“Thank you for today, it’s been perfect.  I can’t believe you remembered” Bea said, stopping and turning to face her girlfriend.  She had recognised the spot the second they sat down, and when the buckets and kite appeared, she had to fight to hold back the tears.  It had been months ago, and something so trivial, yet Allie had remembered, and to find the exact spot where they had sat, just blew her mind.

“I remember everything about you, you’re my favourite subject” Allie replied, placing a light kiss on Bea’s cheek before turning and starting to walk again.  “Come on, I’ve got something else for you” she added, tugging gently on Bea’s hand, pulling her along.

Rounding the sand dune, Bea spotted a small table and two chairs, sitting on what looked like a homemade deck.  The table was set for two, a lit candle in the centre of it, and a row of tea lights around the edge of the deck.  Stopping, she turned to face Allie, the blonde gazing back at her with a wide smile on her face.  “Surprise” Allie said, pulling her into a tight embrace.  “Happy birthday sweetheart” she whispered in her ear

Pulling back slightly, Bea’s tear filled eyes locked with Allie’s.  “I can’t believe you did all this.  No one has ever done anything like this for me before” she said as a stray tear ran down her cheek.

Reaching up, Allie’s thumb brushed the tear away from Bea’s cheek, her other hand tangled in her girlfriend’s red curls.  “I know you’ve never really celebrated much over the last few years, but that ends right now.  To me, this is the greatest day ever because it gave me you, and from now on, we celebrate.  Ok?”

“Yeah, ok.  I love you Allie”

“I love you too baby.  Now come on, let’s eat before it gets cold” Allie said, taking Bea’s hand again and leading her over to the table.

Pulling a chair out, Allie made sure Bea was seated, before walking around the table and sitting down opposite her.  There were metal covers over the plates, which Bea hadn’t spotted before, and as Allie lifted the covers off their plates, she felt her mouth water.  Reaching down under the table, Allie grabbed the bottle of champagne, popped the cork, and then filled their glasses.

“How did you manage all of this?” Bea asked after they had finished eating

“I had some help.  Let’s just say that I’ll be in debt to Franky for a few years”

“Oh god, rather you than me” Bea replied, giggling at the fake panicked look on Allie’s face.  “She’s a good friend, I’m not sure I’d be here if it wasn’t for her” she added, thinking back to the day Franky found her on the floor

“You’re strong Bea, the strongest person I’ve ever met.  And I know there’s no way you would have given up fighting, especially for Debbie” Allie replied, talking her hand over the table.  Bea’s strength was what drove her to stay clean, even before they were together.  When the redhead had first told her about Harry, she had been shocked at how much she had dealt with, but the more she learnt, the more she admired the older woman.  So many people would have given up, but not Bea, she was a fighter, through and through.

 

 

After dinner they walked back up the beach towards where they had been earlier.  In the distance, Bea could see a small flame.  As they got closer, she saw that it was a bonfire.  Two beanbags had been placed nearby, along with Allie’s guitar.  Clearly her girlfriend’s helpers were close by. 

As they approached the bonfire, Allie moved to stand behind her girlfriend, wrapping her arms around Bea’s waist, and pulling her back into her body.  “What are you thinking about?” she asked, noticing the faraway look in the redhead’s eyes

“You.  I’m just wondering how I got so lucky”

“I’m the lucky one” Allie replied.  “Come and sit down, I’ve got one more gift for you” she said, talking Bea’s hand and leading her over to one of the beanbags

Turning around, she grabbed her guitar from the other one, threw the strap over her shoulder and wandered back over towards the fire, needing to put a little bit of distance between them.  She was about to lay her heart on the line, and the butterflies in her stomach were in overdrive.  Taking a deep breath, she started to play the opening chords, her eyes raking over her girlfriend’s perfect form, before coming to rest on her face.

Bea couldn’t stop smiling. The day had been absolutely perfect, from the playfulness of the kite flying and sandcastle building, to the delicious meal at sunset, and now Allie was playing for her.  She could watch the blonde on stage for hours, there was a light in her eyes that was so captivating, but moments like this were her favourite.  She loved it when it was just the two of them, and Allie’s guitar.  As she gazed out towards the ocean, her eyes locked with the blonde’s as she started to sing.

 

What would I do without your smart mouth

Drawing me in, and you kicking me out

Got my head spinning, no kidding, I can’t pin you down

What’s going on in that beautiful mind

I’m on your magical mystery ride

And I’m so dizzy, don’t know what hit me, but I’ll be alright

 

My head’s under water

But I’m breathing fine

You’re crazy and I’m out of my mind

 

'Cause all of me

Loves all of you

Love your curves and all your edges

All your perfect imperfections

Give your all to me

I’ll give my all to you

You’re my end and my beginning

Even when I lose I’m winning

Cause I give you all, all of me

And you give me all, all of you

 

How many times do I have to tell you

Even when you’re crying you’re beautiful too

The world is beating you down, I’m around through every move

You’re my downfall, you’re my muse

My worst distraction, my rhythm and blues

I can’t stop singing, it’s ringing, in my head for you

 

Allie could feel her heart racing as she slowly walked towards Bea, singing the lyrics straight from her heart, their eyes never leaving each other’s

 

My head’s under water

But I’m breathing fine

You’re crazy and I’m out of my mind

 

'Cause all of me

Loves all of you

Love your curves and all your edges

All your perfect imperfections

Give your all to me

I’ll give my all to you

You’re my end and my beginning

Even when I lose I’m winning

Cause I give you all of me

And you give me all, all of you

Give me all of you

 

Cards on the table, we’re both showing hearts

Risking it all, though it’s hard

Bea could feel the tears running down her face.  She didn’t think it was possible, but in that moment, she fell in love with Allie all over again.  The blonde was now kneeling in front of her, pouring her heart out through the song, and all she wanted to do was jump up and launch herself into Allie’s arms

 

'Cause all of me

Loves all of you

Love your curves and all your edges

All your perfect imperfections

Give your all to me

I’ll give my all to you

You’re my end and my beginning

Even when I lose I’m winning

Cause I give you all of me

And you give me all of you 

 

I give you all, all of me

And you give me all, all of you

 

As she finished the song, she removed the strap and placed the guitar down on the sand, watching as Bea stood up, dropped to her knees and wrapped her arms around her.  They held each other for what felt like an eternity, finally breaking apart when Bea pulled back slightly, before capturing Allie’s lips, her fingers running through her soft, blonde locks, pulling her in close again.

 

Standing up, Allie grabbed a couple of blankets before walking back over to Bea.  Laying one down beside her, she sat down, pulling the redhead over so her head was resting in her lap. 

“This has been the best birthday ever.  I love you, beautiful girl” 

“I love you too, my queen” Allie replied, “Hey, queen Bea, got a good ring to it don’t you think?” 

“You doofus” the redhead said, nudging her girlfriend’s shoulder 

“Yeah but I’m your doofus.  Are you cold?  We should probably get back” Allie asked, feeling Bea shiver slightly 

“I don’t want to go.  Can we stay here tonight?  We could sleep in the car” Bea asked.  Sitting up, she turned around, throwing one leg over Allie’s, and straddled her.  “Although I’m actually not that tired…” she added before launching herself forward, sending them both crashing down onto the sand, lips locked together and hands frantically roaming over each other, desperate to be as close as possible.

 

After a pretty heavy make out session, they pulled apart, both of them gasping for breath.  They had been so wrapped up in each other, they had forgotten to breathe.  Standing up, Bea extinguished the fire, while Allie folded the chairs and grabbed her guitar.  After picking up the blankets, Bea wrapped her arm around the blonde’s waist as they walked back to the car.  Opening the door, they threw the chairs and blankets in.  After placing her guitar on the back seat, Allie closed the door before finding herself pinned against it, Bea’s hands wandering under her shirt as she kissed her neck.

“You sure you don’t want to go home?” Allie asked

“Too far away…can’t wait” Bea mumbled against the blonde’s neck, her fingers tugging at the drawstring on Allie’s shorts.

Opening the car door, Allie moved her guitar into the driver’s seat, and placed the bags and chairs on the passenger seat.  Lifting the leaver, she dropped the back seats, laying one of the blankets down, before climbing in, dragging Bea in with her.  Reaching around the older woman, she grabbed the other blanket, pulling it over them before capturing the redhead’s lips.  The urgency from the beach was still there, and hands tugged at clothing, as lips tasted skin.

“Well that was a first.  I feel like a teenager getting it on in the back of a car” Bea said, both of them still slightly breathless as they recovered from their orgasms

“Glad I could help, and I love that I get to experience a first with you” Allie replied, her hand running up Bea’s left side, ghosting over the side of her breast

“I’ve had so many firsts with you, and I know there will be more to come”

“There will be, I promise.  I’ve had my fair share of firsts with you too”

“Yeah?” Bea asked, unsure.  Allie was so experienced in this department, surely she must have done everything?

“Yeah.  This is my first real relationship, after what Mia did, she doesn’t count.  I’ve never lived with anyone before, or wanted to, and I’ve never reacted to anyone like I do you, both mentally and physically.  You consume me completely, control every part of me Bea, and I’ve never loved anyone the way I love you, not even close.  Another first”

“Alliecat” Bea said, her voice barely above a whisper as she gazed lovingly at the blonde lying beside her.  Reaching out, she ran her fingers over Allie’s cheek, before kissing her so softly, it made the younger woman shiver.

They made love again, although their kisses and caresses were much slower this time.  The way Allie looked at her as her fingers explored her body reminded Bea of their first time together, and she felt like they connected on a whole new level.  They fell asleep a while later, cuddled up together with the blanket covering them, Bea’s fingers entwined with Allie’s needing to be as close to her girlfriend as possible.

The sun blasting through the windows woke them.  It was still early, but they decided to head home, not wanting to get caught.  After dressing quickly, they put the seats back, moved their things to the boot and set off home, Allie’s hand resting on Bea’s thigh as she drove.  Bea couldn’t stop smiling, yesterday had been perfect, and after last night, she felt closer to Allie than ever.