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For the next ten days Evan and Lacey stayed at the hotel, relaxing and dining out in different places around the city. Evan spent a lot of time on his mobile but Lacey understood as he was still sorting things out with his solicitor about the sale of some of his businesses. He also received a call from Mart, telling him that the alterations on the house had been completed. Lacey was excited to return home; she wanted to prepare the house for when the babies were born.

They spent one last night at the hotel and the next morning while they were eating breakfast, Evan received a call from his solicitor. When he finished his call, Evan looked like he was in shock.

“What’s wrong?” Lacey asked, concerned.

Evan puffed his cheeks and rubbed his face. “You won’t believe this.”

“Believe what?”

“It’s final.”

Lacey Laughed. “What’s final?”


“Arggh Evan.” Lacey walked towards him, thinking something was wrong. “Are you going to tell me what’s wrong?”

Evan gripped her hips and pulled her close to him. “For the first time in my life, everything I own and everything I do from now on is Legal.”

Lacey was surprised. “Really?”

“Yes.” Evan nodded. “Charles has just told me that the sale on the restaurant, the one where we first spent that night talking, was finalised last night.”

Lacey smiled. “So what do you have now?”

“Six clubs, the apartment block, this hotel and there’s….” Evan then stopped talking and grinned, gently rocking her from side to side. “There’s one more thing.”

Lacey tilted her head to one side curiously looked at him. “There’s what?”

“There’s a small café too.”

Lacey’s eye’s widened. “Margret’s café?”

Evan cupped her face with both hands and kissed her. “Yes, I’ve bought it for you.”

Lacey’s eyes filled with tears. “But you said you wouldn’t buy it.”

“That’s in the past, now all you need to do is give Frank your friends names and he will try and find them for you.”

Lacey needed to sit down, she couldn’t believe Evan had bought the café for her “I don’t know what to say.”

Evan kneeled in front of her. “You don’t have to say anything but there is a condition to you having the café.”

“What’s that?” She groaned.

“I’m hiring a tutor one day a week, for you to improve on your reading and writing, you will also learn basic book keeping. You can’t run your own business without them, then my accountant will check everything every year for you. Is that a deal?”

“Oh my god yes.” Lacey gasped. “I’ll do anything.”

“Right then Mrs Durber.” Evan stood up. “Let’s get ready to go home, we can take a look at the café too if you want.”

Lacey began to pack her clothes. “What for?”

“It’s being renovated as we speak?”

Lacey smiled, she thought she was dreaming, she was married to a gorgeous man who loved her, she was going to have two daughters to spoil and give them the life she’d never had, she was going to have an education and her own little business. Evan had changed her life completely. She was at the point now where she had never been so happy in her life.


Before they arrived in the city, Evan took her to see what work had been done on the café, she barely recognised the place, everything inside was brand new. She saw a few of her homeless friends standing close by watching what was going on and she spoke to them for a while and told them to tell everyone that it would open again soon.

When they eventually arrived home both Lacey and Evan were thrilled with the work that had been done on the house, the first floor was now their own private area.

Lacey then had some serious shopping to do to prepare for the babies and sort out cots and other items they needed. Evan worked in his office every day and now his workload was lighter, his evenings and weekends were free to spend time with Lacey.

Four weeks after returning home Evan’s solicitor came to visit and spoke to Evan in his office for a while. Evan then called Lacey into his office to join them. She thought something was wrong because Charles was there. Evan laughed as Charles passed her some paperwork. “Don’t look so worried, you just need to sign that, I’m signing the café over to you now it’s finished being renovated.”

Lacey sighed with relief. Charles pointed to where she had to put her signature. She signed the papers and walked around the desk to Evan and wrapped her arms around his neck. “Thank you.” she whispered.

As Lacey went to move away from him, Evan held her around her waist and pulled her onto his knees. “There’s a couple of things I need to tell you now.”

Lacey tilted her head to one side. “What about?”

“Well first Frank has found Sam and Alison, I’ve put them up in a bed and breakfast for a few nights until we can sort some furniture out in the flat above the café for them.”

Lacey’s eyes filled with tears, she was happy now that they were going to be settled in time for when their baby was born.

“And the last thing I need to talk to you about is, I have had Charles working with me and my will has now been updated.”

Lacey felt uncomfortable. “I don’t want to talk about that, it’s nothing to do with me.”

“But it is something to do with you Lacey, I’ve had Charles check everything over for me and everything I have will be left between you and our girls.” Evan paused and grinned. “And any more children we have.” He winked at her.

“Bloody hell Evan!” Lacey stood up to leave the room. “Let’s get these two out of the way first.”

When Lacey left the office, Charles could see the worried look on Evan’s face. “What’s wrong?” he asked.

“You know what Charles.” Evan poured them both a drink. “Even though I’m legal now, I still have enemies, are you sure you have everything covered so Lacey is the sole beneficiary?”

“It’s water tight.” Charles replied.

Evan relaxed back in his chair. “Thank you, that’s all I need to hear.”


The weeks flew by for Evan and Lacey, Evan was a little restless with his lighter workload but knew it was for the best. Lacey and the babies were the most important things in his life now.

Lacey came on in leaps and bounds with improving her reading and writing, the café was now open and Sam and Alison had settled in. Her homeless friends had somewhere to hang out again and the discount breakfast was still on the menu for them.

Christmas was coming and Evan had bought Lacey the biggest Christmas tree she had ever seen. It had taken her two days to decorate it. Charlotte and Ralph had come to stay over the holidays and Evan had invited Lacey’s family to join them for dinner. Lacey was excited, this was going to be her first family Christmas and was already getting excited for the next Christmas with her daughters.

Two days before Christmas when Lacey was thirty-two weeks pregnant she wasn’t feeling too well she had had slight stomach pains all afternoon. She was lying on the sofa talking to Evan, Charlotte and Ralph. Evan and Ralph were talking about buying a villa in Spain so they could go on family holiday with the children.

“Are you being serious?” Lacey cried. “You know I’ve never flown before?”

“So you still don’t want to fly then?” Charlotte asked. “Just think we could go there whenever we feel like it. Just think, when the weathers miserable over here, we can just fly over there to the sunshine.”

Lacey began to feel her stomach going tight again. “I’d love to go away but I’ll be too scared to flying all the time like that.”

Evan laughed. “Well what if we live there throughout the winter months, we could spend six months here then the other six over there, that’s less flying?”

Lacey sat up and her stomach tightened again. “Really?”

“That’s got your attention now hasn’t it.” Evan wrapped his arm around her.” “Come on Lacey think about it, I already speak Spanish and you and the girls can learn it too.”

“How come this started off at a holiday and now living over there.” She moved to make herself comfortable. “What happens when the girls start school?”

“Then we just go over in the term holidays.”

“That means more flying then.” Lacey’s stomach pain tightened a little more and she winced.

Evan stroked Lacey’s face. “What’s wrong sweetheart?”

“I think the babies are coming.” She grimaced

Evan jumped off the sofa. “What, not this early!”

Lacey nodded, tears began to roll down her face. “Oh yes they are.” Her face scrunched up with pain.

Evan grabbed his mobile and rang the private hospital he had booked for Lacey and told them they were on their way. Ralph was already standing in the doorway with his car keys ready to take them there.

Lacey was crying with the pain and couldn’t get up off the sofa, Evan picked her up and carried her to Ralphs car and sat on the back seat with Lacey on his knee, trying to comfort her. Lacey gripped onto Evan, she was scared.

When they arrived at the hospital, a nurse was waiting for them with a wheelchair, Evan struggled to get Lacey out of the car, she was in too much pain and was finding it hard to with her move her. Eventually when he got her out of the car, Lacey refused to go in the wheelchair, she wouldn’t let go of Evan.

Evan carried Lacey to the delivery room where she was checked by the midwife, she told them that she could already see a baby’s head. Lacey wasn’t listening she was too busy breathing he gas and air through a mask.

They told Evan they were going to break Lacey’s waters then the first one would soon be on its way. Lacey became frustrated and screamed at the midwife to get them out of her, then rolled her head back, spaced out.

Evan’s heart raced, his eyes filled with tears as he held onto Lacey’s hand, he wished he could take the pain away from her. Lacey pushed and panted for the next ten minutes and Emily came into the world weighing 4lb 2oz. Tears rolled down Evans face and Lacey sobbed as the midwife put her in a tiny plastic cot and intubated her, Emily was crying with her tiny fists waving in the air.

Lacey flopped back on the bed saying she couldn’t have the other one, she was hurting. Evan stroked the hair from her face and calmly told her that everything was going to be alright and he knew that she could do it. Two minutes later Lacey began to cry with pain again, Eva was on her way. Eva entered the world seven minutes later, she weighed 4lb and was also intubated, Eva didn’t cry, she whimpered.

Emily stopped crying when Eva was laid next to her. Both Evan and Lacey were in tears as they gazed at their daughters, they were so tiny it scared them both. The babies were eventually taken to the special care unit.

For the first week Lacey refused to go home, she didn’t want to leave her babies but after some gentle coaxing from Evan and the nurses she returned home at night but would spend all day with them.

Three weeks later, their daughters were strong enough to go home, both had daddy’s black hair and blue eyes.

Evan was a ‘hands on’ father and was there for Lacey whenever she needed him. She struggled a little to get herself into a routine with the girls but with help and support from her father and Joan she eventually worked it out and began to thrive as a mother.

Two months after Emily and Eva were born, Charlotte gave birth to her daughter, Chelsea. Lacey and Charlotte would roll their eyes at Evan and Ralph as they began to plot the disappearances of future boyfriends.

Evan eventually bought a villa in Spain and in the August when the babies were eight months old, Lacey took her very first flight to live there over the winter months. Lacey had just found out that she was pregnant again as they left the country.

Evan and Lacey had never been so happy in their lives, they had been through so much together, their relationship started off rocky but throughout their time together their love for each other grew stronger.

Evan was once a criminal that cared for nothing and no one but himself, Lacey was the wild angry street girl. They had tamed each other with love.

And the time they spent together in Spain they were at their happiest, no one knew who they were. To everyone they met, they were just Evan and Lacey a normal loving happy family.


Submitted: June 02, 2016

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I loved the ending and the story all together!

Thu, June 2nd, 2016 1:56am


I've loved every minute writing this one, thank you for reading it and the comments throughout :)

Wed, June 1st, 2016 6:59pm


Loved the story

Thu, June 2nd, 2016 3:25am


Thank you :)

Thu, June 2nd, 2016 2:35am


Loved it!!!!

Thu, June 2nd, 2016 6:29am


Thank you :)

Thu, June 2nd, 2016 2:36am


Goodbye Evan n lacey!! I loved this booked I'm going miss reading it... you did a really good job with this book kitty hall I have loved reading it :)

Thu, June 2nd, 2016 1:54pm


Thank you, I'm going to miss writing about them, but like I said, I cant really go any further with this one, I'm glad you enjoyed it, :)

Thu, June 2nd, 2016 6:59am


greeat story i love a happy ending

Thu, June 2nd, 2016 2:16pm


Thank you, I just had to make it a happy one :)

Thu, June 2nd, 2016 7:30am


Kitty that was a beautiful way to end a story. When I have time I am going to read it from the beginning.,xoxoxoSW

Thu, June 2nd, 2016 3:52pm


I really do hope you enjoy it when you start reading it, I'd love to know what you think about it :)

Thu, June 2nd, 2016 9:46am


Loved this story so much! Great ending. I love how he bought her the diner. Very sweet.

Fri, June 3rd, 2016 11:05am


Thank you, this story has had so many lovely comments.
I just had to get the cafe for her to tie up all the loose ends and make it a happy ending for everyone, thank you for reading :)

Fri, June 3rd, 2016 4:40am


Has it already ended? The story i mean. What a storm you kicked up with that story of yours.

Sat, June 4th, 2016 2:25pm


Sorry, It's over, I couldn't go any further with it, there had been so many twists and turns with it, it was time for them to settle down with a happy ending :)

Sat, June 4th, 2016 7:30am


loved it from start to finish

Sun, June 5th, 2016 8:58am


Thank you :)

Sun, June 5th, 2016 4:54am



Wed, June 15th, 2016 2:26am


What a wonderful story. I loved reading it. The ending was perfect. It really is never to late to change.

Mon, June 20th, 2016 6:36pm


Thank you so much. I loved writing it and yes it's never too late to change, thank you for reading :)

Mon, June 20th, 2016 1:08pm


I love this story all through the storms the tears and gosh that was a seriously happy ending. Great job.

Sat, October 1st, 2016 10:08pm


Thank you, this is by far my favourite story I have wrote, I'm thinking of adding a couple of bonus chapters soon.

Tue, October 11th, 2016 6:34am

Amy F. Turner

Sooooooo many great surprises in this chapter as they build their family and future together. Wonderful! Yay! Happy ending! :D

Tue, February 21st, 2017 3:37am


I love happy endings, so this could have only gone one way, I couldn't give them any more heartache and drama lol. Thank you for reading and the lovely comments :)

Tue, February 21st, 2017 1:26pm


That's satisfying. They did go through a lot after all.

Fri, April 14th, 2017 6:59pm


I'm glad you liked the ending, yes they had been through so much, I just couldn't go any further with the twists and turns, lol :)

Sat, April 15th, 2017 10:49am

Lisa ☺

That is such a lovely story from start to finish

Sat, December 1st, 2018 5:40pm


Thank you :)

Sun, December 2nd, 2018 4:28pm

Sweetie connie

I Love it????????amazing story and very talented writer??????????????

Sun, July 7th, 2019 3:07pm


This is was one of my first stories I wrote, I'm so glad you enjoyed it. Thank you for reading and the comment. :)

Sun, July 7th, 2019 10:20am

Elizabeth Staten

Loved it!

Sat, July 11th, 2020 7:18pm


Thank you. :)

Sat, July 11th, 2020 12:22pm

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