Edward watched silently as Dana cleaned and kissed every scrape on Cole’s little body. He was so exhausted from crying by the time she tucked him into bed that he was asleep before his head hit the pillow. Edward had to promise him damn near a hundred times at least that he wasn’t leaving him.
Dana walked past him to their room. He followed her. “Edward, I would appreciate it if you saved the lecture for later. I know I should have told you I was going. I’m sorry it was stupid of me to think a simple walk to get our son was okay. I just want to soak in a hot tub and have a good cry before we have this talk.”
He nodded and backed off, allowing her to do what she needed. He was pissed, but he wasn’t a jerk. He could tell she was pretty shaken up from the experience and he wasn’t going to push it. He watched her grab a silk teddy and a pair of lacey panties and head out of the room. “I thought you were taking a bath?” he asked.
“I am,” she said. He followed her curiously as she went into her office and grabbed a copy of the script for their new movie. Then she went to the far wall of the room and pushed a piece of wall paneling aside, revealing a small electronic key pad.
Dana pressed the code in and waited for the hidden door to slide open. She always felt 007 when she did this. This room was the main reason she purchased the house. Not that she would tell anyone. She had no idea it was here until the homeowner took her aside and asked her if she liked baths.
At first she thought the man was coming on to her, but he was very serious. Turns out the man absolutely adored baths. He was an investment banker and had a great deal of stress so he liked to sit in a hot bath an hour each day. With a wife and four daughters he never got the chance to have a relaxing bath so he had this huge bathroom built. He decided to guard it like a treasured secret. He wanted one room that was totally for him and a huge bathtub he didn’t have to worry about hair clogging it.
If anyone asked Dana, she would tell them she bought the house because it had more rooms than she or her children could ever use, that part was true and as well as the brand new roof, the pool was well cared for as was the lawn, the windows were double insulated to keep in cool air, all the appliances were brand new and energy savers, and the neighborhood was one of the safest in California. But the truth was she bought the house because of this room.
As an avid bather she fell in love with the room instantly. She actually hugged the guy when he showed it to her. To the left of the room was the largest Jacuzzi tub she had ever seen. She liked to call it her "little pool". There was a toilet and sink to the far right, black to match the Jacuzzi. A huge flat screen was on wall above the tub’s faucet. It had a killer sound system, which she used often to relax and listen to music. A double mini fridge was custom made and adjacent to the tub, which she filled with juices, waters and most importantly pints of Ben and Jerry ice cream. She had framed posters of all her favorite movies hung on the walls. It was the ultimate relaxation room, well, in her opinion it was.
Edward stepped into the room. His mouth was open and his eyes were bugging out. The room was beyond cool, for a bathroom that is, ah hell, for any room. He checked out the room and bent down to check out the mini fridge. Everything was impressive. His eyes were drawn to the posters that lined the wall.
“The posters?” he asked while he checked out each one.
“They’re from some of my favorite movies,” she said.
There was one from her movie of him and Jennifer. He wasn’t surprised about that, she was proud of the book and had every right to be. The movie was still number one at the box office. What did surprise him was a poster of him from an earlier movie. It was the movie that gave him his real start, made him famous.
She followed his gaze and shrugged indifferently. “It was a good movie.”
Dana turned her back on him, allowing him to take in the room as she filled up the tub. She picked up the stereo’s remote and pressed play. Alternative rock came on. She pulled off her clothes and turned around expecting to see Edward leaving. Instead he was already naked.
Her eyebrows came together.
“What? You’re not the only one that could use a good bath,” he teased. “Why didn’t you tell me about this room before?”
“It’s my secret room, duh,” she said with an exaggerated eye roll that earned a chuckle.
Dana grabbed a juice and stepped into the tub. Edward stepped in cautiously. He sat down and leaned back. The tub edges had the perfect incline. Yeah, the guy who built this room was a genius. They sat at opposite ends relaxing. She sipped her juice and read the script.
She giggled at something funny.
“Nothing, I really like this script. I think it will be fun.”
“It has some pretty steamy sex scenes,” he said casually.
“Page fifty-seven,” he said, watching her.
She quickly flipped through the script and read. He watched her cheeks flush. “According to Amy that’s the first scene we’re doing. They want to do all the love scenes before you start showing. There are a few scenes where you’re stomach will show those will be done soon too.”
“Oh. Interesting,” she said nervously.
He moved through the water to her. “Hey, it will be okay. You’ve done it before and it came out great.”
“Yeah, but I wasn’t turned on doing it. I didn’t embarrass myself.”
He smiled hugely. “You’re afraid you’ll be so turned on with me that you’ll scream my name at the top of your lungs?”
“You think you’re being cute, but yes,” she said, feeling mortified.
“It will be okay. I’ll make sure we have fun. I won’t let you take it too seriously,” he said, settling next to her so he could put an arm around her.
They sat in silence for a minute. A question was playing at the front of his mind and for the life of him he couldn’t let go. “I do have a question. Don’t get mad, but I’m just curious. When you were doing the scenes with Lucas…umm, you didn’t get-”
“Good,” he said, sounding satisfied.
“However, Lucas had a problem not getting excited. I teased him relentlessly for two weeks about it.” She laughed at the memory. No one on set but Lucas and she knew he was too excited. She helped him hide it. He was beyond embarrassed about it. She wasn’t a guy, but she could understand how he felt. He looked really upset when it happened.