I recommend waiting until after you’ve read the book to read Bonus scenes. It will help you better understand characters and the dynamics of the story. Stop reading here if you haven’t read Forever With His Boss. And grab it here.
This was in the deleted draft and didn’t make it into the final version. As such, it is also unedited and all mistakes are mine. This scene would come before the Ford's final epilogue and the adoption.
Ford went into the living room to find Savanna and Gavin watching TV while Callum played on a blanket with his blocks. Their little one definitely didn’t care for Avengers: Endgame, at least not yet. He smiled because in that moment, he couldn’t imagine a better world. He was more in love with Sawyer and his kids than he dreamt he ever could be. As he watched them, he heard footsteps and knew it was Sawyer walking up behind him. Arms went around his waist and a breath brushed alongside Ford’s cheek.
“It’s a beautiful sight, isn’t it?” He could hear the smile in Sawyer’s voice.
“Mmmm." Ford turned in Sawyer’s arms, and his hands went around Sawyer’s neck. Sawyer’s lips curved, and he had that look in his eyes that always stole Ford’s breath. The one that made Ford feel like he was magic. The one that made him work hard every day to never fuck up what they had. Sawyer was not only his lover but also his best friend.
“How’d I get so lucky?” Sawyer’s arms tightened around him.
“Babe, I’m the lucky one,” Ford said before leaning in for a kiss. Sawyer lowered his head and their lips met, and, like always, that melty, out of breath feeling washed over him.
While the kids weren’t paying attention to them, they had their own little make out session until Ford parted and looked over at his shoulder. The kids continued to be oblivious to what they were doing, so he turned back to Sawyer to see a mischievous grin on his face.
“So…what are you doing tomorrow?” Sawyer asked.
“Well…it’s Saturday, and we don’t technically have work.” He laughed. “Don’t really have any plans. What about you?”
“I was thinking that maybe you and I…and the kids, of course, get dressed up in our best clothes and take a little drive.”
Ford grinned playing along. “Hmm…if we’re dressing up in our best clothes, where are we going to?”
Sawyer’s grin grew even wider. “Well, I know this is a shot in the dark, but you have to know how much I’ve been thinking about it.”
Ford arched an eyebrow, highly confused by Sawyer’s response.
“You know I love you, babe, right?” Sawyer became more serious for a moment as he looked into Ford’s eyes.
“I have never questioned that.” But his heart still warmed hearing it.
“Good to know,” Sawyer said, grinning. He then reached into his pocket, pulled out a small box, and opened it up.
Ford’s whole body froze when they first landed on what was inside... a ring, but then he looked up at Sawyer and their eyes connected. Sawyer slowly got down onto one knee while he continued to look up at Ford, his smile never wavering.
His brain screamed Oh my god very loudly like a cartoon character with both hands on his cheeks, mouth opened wide.
“Ford Erickson, I never knew I could be this happy, this at peace with my life until you came into it. I thought I was fine. I set some goals for myself and made them happen, but not until the day I met you did I know what it meant to truly live… You’ve made me happier than I ever imagined, my love, and I want to spend the rest of my days showing you how much I love you. I will be the man you need me to be. I can’t imagine a life not living as your partner, your lover, your husband. Will you marry me?”
His head bobbed up and down, tears streaming from his eyes, and without a second of hesitation, Ford choked out, “I’ll marry you, Sawyer. Yes…yes!”
Squeals were heard in the living room and then Savanna, Gavin, and Callum were by their sides. The kids arms were around them before Sawyer even got back on his feet. Once the group hug broke, Sawyer removed the ring from the box and put it on Ford’s finger, and then Ford threw his arms around Sawyer, embracing him, when it suddenly hit him.
“We’re doing this tomorrow?” he asked, pulling back from the hug.
Sawyer nodded. “No time like the present, don’t you think?” Sawyer was beaming, that was the only way he could describe it, as he pulled Ford back towards him in a breath-stealing kiss.
Every day he fell more in love with Sawyer, and now he was going to be Ford’s husband. Even thinking it had him tearing up.
He pulled back from Sawyer. “Oh my god, I have to go. I need to buy you a ring.”
Sawyer chuckled. “Babe, I don’t need a ring. Just you.”
Like hell he didn’t. Ford lifted his hand and looked at the platinum band—or maybe it was white gold, he didn’t know the difference—on his hand with four diamonds inset at an angle across it.
Yeah, there was no way he wasn’t getting his fiance a ring. Fuck that was awesome to say. He had a fiance, Sawyer was his fiancé.
The next day, Sawyer pulled into the parking garage of the courthouse. He parked the car and turned it off, then looked over to Ford. He had never seen Ford so sexy, and that was saying a lot because Ford was the sexiest man alive to him. Ford looked over to him with a smile so wide that he was glowing.
“Are you ready to do this?” Sawyer looked over at his soon to be husband.
“Try and stop me,” Ford grinned then leaned across the seat and kissed Sawyer, and he sighed into the kiss.
“Awwwwww…” Savanna's voice was teasing. “You guys are like a Hallmark movie.”
He shared a look with Ford, yup, they'd gotten a little carried away. Then Savie's words clicked and Sawyer wasn’t sure if that was a compliment from his sister, still his life did quite resemble one of the Hallmark movies Ford had made all of them watch last Christmas. Not that he was complaining.
He turned to look at their kids. And that’s just what they were, all that was left was the paperwork. Sure, they’d started out as siblings, but they’d quickly become children that he shared with Ford, and he honestly couldn’t imagine it any other way.
With the adoption now on the way, the kids would soon be theirs legally, and they’d agreed Sawyer would adopt them first, and then Ford would after his was finalized. But Sawyer knew he wanted to make this part of his life official too. From the moment Ford showed up in New York, Sawyer knew that one day he would marry him. It had simply been a matter of when.
Today was the day. Some people had a moment of doubt before they said ‘I do,’ but Sawyer was five seconds from picking Ford up and running to the judge's chambers and holding on to him till he heard you may now kiss your husband. He couldn’t wait to marry Ford.
When he’d gone up to New York to sell his apartment and stayed there for a few nights, Sawyer had a chance to feel that quiet void he’d existed in. It was like that moment after going for a swim and your ears are plugged, then finally, the water comes out. Only he hadn’t known the water could come out, or that his ears were plugged until that first Christmas with Ford.
“Let’s do this.” Sawyer lifted Ford’s hand to his lips for a quick kiss before letting go so they could get out of the car.
Once they were out, Sawyer went around and took Ford’s hand while Savanna carried Callum—mostly because he was in his run off phase—and Gavin followed closely behind them as they headed to the courthouse.
“I’m a little nervous, and I don’t even know why.” Ford whispered, chuckling, as they stepped inside the building.
They had to go through security first, but once they were cleared and went through the metal detector, they were free to go to the clerk’s window and apply for the license, and then the friendly woman behind the counter directed them to the judge’s chambers.
“I’ve got you, Love,” Sawyer sueezed their joined hands. They walked down a hallway, but as they drew closer, Ford stopped walking. He stared ahead, and Sawyer smiled and then looked over to Ford.
“I thought it was just going to be us,” Ford voice caught as he took in the fact that his parents were seated on a bench by the door, and standing further down were Owen and Dean and his kids.
“Did you think I would want to do this without your parents here? Or your best friend?” Sawyer bumped Ford's hip. “Not on your life. Besides, your dad pulled some strings for us.”
Ford shook his head, giving Sawyer a look that was filled with love, before turning to his parents and quickly moving down the hall to embrace them. Sawyer and the three kids walked at a slower pace to give them a private moment, and by the time they reached them, they had parted from the embrace.
“Thank you for coming,” Sawyer said, going in for a hug, first with Ford’s dad and then his mom.
“We wouldn’t miss it.” Doug was beaming.
“Grandma!” Gavin said, and of course, the grandparents were quick to ignore Ford and Sawyer and pulling the kids in for hugs.
While Savie, Gav, and Cal were occupied by their grandparents, Owen and Dean walked over, hugging both of them and offering congratulations.
“Unfortunately, we’re gonna have to leave as soon as the ceremony is done,” Owen said to them. “Dean has to go back in to work to oversee a case and he was my ride.”
“I understand,” Ford said to his best friend, giving him a hug again. “I’m just so happy you came.”
They didn’t have to wait long before the door to the judge’s chamber opened.
“Are you ready?” Judge Wallace asked. He was one of Doug’s friends from law school, so when Ford’s dad asked, he was happy to perform the ceremony.
Sawyer looked over at Ford who didn’t even try to hide how eager he’d become. “Definitely!”
The judge stepped back and allowed them all to enter.
The only reason he hadn’t done the huge ceremony was because Ford had said over and over he didn’t want one. Because if his soon to be husband hadn’t groaned at every lavish ceremony in every movie he’d made Sawyer watch, he would have hired event planners from New York and shut down their whole resort for Ford.
But this was what Ford wanted, the same thing his parents had, and if Barb and Doug were any indication, maybe one day they would be doing this for Callum.
Ford didn’t need some glamorous ceremony. But Sawyer had other plans in store for them after the marriage, because the one thing he did know was that Ford deserved everything…
Sawyer squeezed Ford’s hand as the judge rattled off some legal jargon to make the ceremony official. He longed for the moment he would say that they could kiss as husbands. Ford’s eyes never left his, and the tears glistening in those gorgeous depths said Ford was remembering their own private moment.
The day was more than he hoped, but everything he could ever want.
“You gentlemen have your vows and rings?”
Ford breathed out a sigh and then nodded. “Sawyer, you came into my life in a way I never expected. You took my breath away and took me by surprise. I can’t imagine a life that wouldn’t include you and our three children. I am so in love with you today, and I will be in love with you always. Thank you for being the man that you are. Thank you for loving me.” Ford slipped the band onto Sawyer’s ring finger and then squeezed Sawyer’s hands and his throat tightened.
“Sawyer,” the judge prompted.
“Ford, you are the man I’ve been searching for my whole life, even when I didn’t know it. I didn’t think I could love you more, but then you came for me. No one had ever come for me...” He had to clear his throat before he could speak, and Ford squeezed his hand. “And what’s even more, you took on the children from the start without even questioning it. We are lucky to have you in our lives. I thank you for being the man that shows me every day how much I deserve love. When I look at you, I see our future, and with you in it, I know there will always be joy, laughter, and love.” Sawyer squeezed Ford’s hands again when he saw tears roll down his cheek. “I never thought I would find home again, then I met you. I love you, Ford. And every day I will show you that love, just as you show me.” Once he finished, with a shaky hand, he slid the ring for Ford over his finger.
“I love you,” Ford whispered.
They then looked to Judge Becker, and he continued. “As your love grows strong with one another, may you forever be each other’s guiding light. By the power vested in me by the State of Colorado, it is my honor to now pronounce you married. You may now kiss your husband.”
They looked to one another, and Sawyer was smiling as he pulled Ford into a kiss, pouring all the emotions he couldn’t even begin to put into words. The rest of the family squealed with delight as the kiss lingered a little longer.
Sawyer smiled as they parted from the kiss. “We did it,” he said.
“We certainly did,” Ford replied before his husband leaned in for another kiss. Fuck, he loved the sound of that.
The judge then cleared his throat, and everyone chuckled as they pulled back from each other and turned to the Judge.
“If I could have your signatures here, it will be official,” he said.
Ford and Sawyer signed the marriage certificate and then shook Judge Becker’s hand. They turned to the children who they ran over to them—even Savie who was almost seventeen joined in.
They embraced, and Sawyer looked up past them to Ford’s parents. He motioned for them to come join in the hug.
They were all laughing and there were even tears as the embrace took several minutes to die down.
When they parted, Sawyer flicked away a final tear and glanced over to his husband. He snaked his hand around Ford’s neck and pulled him to him. They kissed, his tongue swiping along Ford’s before he finally pulled apart.
“Let’s get out of here. There’s another surprise in store.” He winked at Ford, whose face showed that he was now intrigued. Sawyer couldn’t wait to continue into their evening.
Sawyer pulled back. “Come on, before things get R rated while our family is waiting for us,” he teased.
Ford laughed as they opened the door. When you had so many awesome days in your life that it was hard to choose the best one, you knew you were a lucky man.
They joined his parents and the kids who’d chosen to ride in the car with them. Savie would have driven, but she just got her license.
Together as a family, they walked into a hotel located in downtown Denver. Once inside, Ford turned to Sawyer.
“Are you going to now tell me what’s up?”
“Well, I think I can do that,” he said. “So, we have a reservation in the restaurant and then your parents are going to take the kids home and we’re going to have a honeymoon of sorts.”
“Are we both going to be doing the walk of shame tomorrow?” Ford teased.
Sawyer laughed. “Ye of little faith. How long have you known me? The clothes are already waiting for us. Not that we’re going to need any.” He winked as he whispered the last part so the family wouldn’t hear him.
Ford felt like a Prince in a Fairy Tale. He grinned at his new husband and couldn’t help smiling just thinking that word. “What else do you have planned?”
“Well, we’re in the lobby of a ritzy hotel,” he said. “Take a guess.”
“Are you trying to get me naked, Mr. Lancaster,” Ford wiggled his brows at Sawyer.
Sawyer gasped. “Why Mr. Lancaster, didn’t anyone tell you that I’m a married man?”
“Whoever your husband is, he’s the luckiest man in the world.” Ford held Sawyer’s gaze making sure he saw that he meant every word.
“I’m the lucky one.” Sawyer grinned before leaning in for a quick kiss, which was filled with promise of what was surely to come.
It warmed his heart how much thought Sawyer put into today.
They headed to the concierge desk, and Sawyer greeted the dark haired woman standing there in a black suit whose name tag said “Erica,” then told her they had a reservation under Lancaster.
“Of course.” The woman stood once everyone had arrived. “Right this way. We’ve been expecting you.” They followed behind her until they reached double doors.
Erica directed them inside the small conference room, and Sawyer reached out and grabbed Ford’s hand as they walked to a large, round table covered in a white satin tablecloth with a centerpiece of white roses with baby’s breath.
“The waitress will be right with you,” she said.
Once he’d stopped, Ford looked around. He had never seen anything so beautiful and elegant. Three of the walls had mirrors inset on decorative white walls evenly spaced between Corinthian columns that rose to a great height. Ford had to guess the ceiling was at least twenty feet up. Looking closer, he could see that it was an intricately patterned tin ceiling that had two beautiful crystal chandeliers spreading a warm glow across the small space. In the four corners were built-in planters that had a palm tree and other tropical flowers. The back wall had French doors, which lead to a garden, and two large windows bookending it.
It was breathtaking. He was so in awe and could see how much work Sawyer had put into all of this. And he’d done it without Ford even knowing.
It was almost too much for just the seven of them.
As they each took a place around the table, Erica handed them each a menu and then departed. Immediately, the kids started talking to their grandparents, and Ford turned to his new husband. “Everything about today has been special. I’ve loved every moment, and I hope you know that.”
“If you want us to do the big wedding thing, I’m still game,” Sawyer said.
Ford shook his head, smiling. He didn’t care about all of that. Today was everything he wanted and more. His parents, the kids, Sawyer. His whole world was present, what more could a man ask for?
“Today is perfect. You did all this planning for me.” Ford leaned and kissed Sawyer. Apparently, his family decided to pay attention to them right at that moment because a resounding set of awww’s followed.
Ford pulled back and glanced in their direction, a smile dancing on his lips.
Sawyer started to chuckle into his neck, then looked up into his eyes, and the sounds around them faded away until it was just the two of them again.
“I can’t believe we’re married, and I can’t wait to see what the future has in store for us.”
“Me too,” Sawyer whispered. “All I know is that as long as you’re with me, I’m ready for it.”
His heart was welling up with pride. Ford knew he was five seconds away from tears. “I love you,” Ford whispered.
Sawyer shook his head and a crooked, tender smile appeared on his face. “Love you, too, husband.”
Ford grinned being called that by Sawyer. He couldn’t help it; he leaned in for another kiss.
“My name is Charlene. Have you decided what you want to order?”
Ford and Sawyer parted and turned to her. Ford touched his lips and then grabbed the menu. Being so distracted, they hadn’t even looked at their menus. Ford quickly scanned them and then they both placed their orders. The waitress left and they turned back to each other.
“Where were we?” Sawyer asked.
They kissed again until Savanna spoke up. “Dads?” she started.
Ford laughed, and they both looked toward her. Ford never took it for granted when Savie called them ‘Dad.’ It was a gift he cherished. Especially because she was old enough that neither of them expected it.
“Yes?” Ford gave her his full attention.
“As the oldest child,” she started, “I just want to say how much we love and adore you both. You have taken such good care of us, giving us more than we possibly want. We are so grateful to have you guys in our lives as our parents.”
“Thank you, Savanna. You have no idea how much that means to me,” Ford’s eyes watered. “We both love you all so much.” Ford turned to his parents. “And there are so many times we wouldn’t have been able to get through all the tough times without you both. We thank you from the depths of our hearts.”
“Always son,” his dad said. “And I mean that for both of you.” His dad looked at Sawyer as he said that.
Sawyer reached under the table and grabbed Ford’s hand, and they held them, fingers laced, as they kept the conversation around the table going.
Ford would forever be grateful for Colorado snowstorms and cancelled flights because it gave him Sawyer and the start of the life he’d never imagined would be his.
Ford looked around the table as their meal came to an end. Callum released a yawn, signaling it was time to get him to bed, and it made Ford smile.
“Thank you all for being there for our special moment,” Ford said. “The day wouldn’t have been complete if you hadn’t been there. We appreciate you. But, I think it’s about time for the kids to head home for bed.”
“Oohhh…” Savanna and Gavin groaned.
“Can’t we stay pleasssssseeee.” Gavin’s eyes were pleading as he drew out the last word, hands interlocked and held just below his chin in the perfect begging pose.
Ford and Sawyer laughed, but neither one changed their tune. “Nope, time to go home.”
He loved their kids, but Ford was looking forward to the consummating part of being married.
“I’ve got the tab,” Ford’s dad said.
“You don’t have to do that.” Sawyer shook his head. “I’ve got it. I invited you both.”
“Consider it a wedding gift,” his dad insisted.
Ford smiled at his dad. “Thank you, Dad.”
His dad got on his feet when the waitress entered the room again, reaching into his pocket for his wallet.
He then leaned in and whispered to Sawyer, “You paid already, didn’t you?”
Sawyer shrugged. “They have our credit card on file.”
Of course they did.
They slipped out before his dad found out the check was already taken care of and headed to the elevator. Lucky for them, people were exiting, so they didn’t have to wait. When they stepped inside, Sawyer pushed the button for their floor, and once the door closed, he pushed Ford up against the wall of the elevator and kissed him.
Ford lost himself in the kiss, Sawyer’s tongue, his body pressed against Ford was making it hard for him to think straight. His hands wrapped around Sawyer’s back and pulled his shirt out, trying to get to skin. Just as he did, the doors opened and they pulled apart, the two of them breathing heavily.
They stepped out and Sawyer quickened his pace, pulling Ford along to get them to their hotel room. He stopped at the door and pulled his key from his pocket, then slipped it into the door and pushed it open.
As the door opened, he pulled Ford into the room, and, barely wasting a second, he brought him back in for another kiss.
Sawyer walked backward, pulling Ford and unbuttoning his dress shirt as they made their way to the king sized bed. He linked his fingers at the nape of Ford’s neck, drawing him into a sexy kiss and bringing him closer as he took a seat on the edge of the bed.
Ford slid his hands down Sawyer’s chest, then pushed him backward so Sawyer was spread out on his back in the center of the bed. They continued to kiss as Ford grabbed onto Sawyer’s pants and worked to undo the button and zipper. When he finally had them open, Sawyer lifted his hips and wiggled out of his pants, discarding them on the floor while Ford grabbed on to his boxers and pulled them down. Once they were both lying there naked, Ford moved back in for a kiss, his body shifting against Sawyer’s.
Their tongues eagerly danced around one another’s, so much heat and passion. The things this man did to him. Ford trailed his fingers over Sawyer’s chest and around his nipples. Sawyer’s cock throbbed against Ford’s, making Ford even hornier, but he couldn’t stop exploring his husband’s muscles and definitely couldn’t pull back from the mouth-watering kiss.
“I fuckin’ love you Ford. So much,” Sawyer whispered against Ford’s lips, causing Ford’s erection to throb even harder. While Sawyer kissed him, Ford moved his hands lower and stroked his own erection, needing some relief.
The words Sawyer spoke to him did things to his body… it was more than that,though, it was Sawyer himself… he was more than Ford could have ever expected, and meant everything to him in this world.
Ford groaned as Sawyer moved his hand down his body till he reached his shaft, pushing Ford’s hand away, and closing his hand around his weeping dick. All Ford could do was deepen the kiss as Sawyer played his body like a concertmaster would a violin.
His free hand slid up to Sawyer's shoulder and held on as he spread his legs, giving Sawyer access to do with him as he pleased.
Sawyer stroked his cock in a rhythmic motion, using his thumb to tease the sensitive tip. Ford broke from the kiss and groaned, the pained, desperate sound getting a chuckle from Sawyer. “Are you just going to torture me all night?” Ford’s voice was borderline whine, but he didn’t care.
“Come here, husband,” Sawyer said. He grabbed onto Ford’s waist and quickly flipped him onto his back leaning over him. Ford knew relief was coming, and that was exactly what he needed. He began massaging Ford’s balls, and Ford gasped. The pleasure that ran up his spine was good…too good.
Sawyer chuckled. He had him where he needed him. Sawyer released a puff of warm air over Ford’s cock moments before he ran his tongue up and down his erection. Ford released a groan, and Sawyer continued to tease his cock by flicking his tongue out and running it around the tip.
Ford let out a gasp, but Sawyer wasn’t quite finished. He continued to lick Ford’s cock, moving up and down each side, using his tongue to tease histip, just like it was a lollipop, all while never having stopped massaging Ford’s balls.
“Fuck, yes…” Ford cried, thrusting his hips upward to meet Sawyer’s mouth.
Sawyer wrapped his lips around Ford’s cock, slowly taking it deeper into his mouth. Ford laid his head back on the pillows as he closed his eyes, just focusing on the feel of Sawyer’s lips, and his warm mouth surrounding him. All he needed was to feel him.
“Oh my God,” Ford whimpered. He trembled as Sawyer enthusiastically sucked the life out of Ford’s erection. Ford released a shout, and Sawyer started to slurp and make loud and eager noises. Ford bore down and thrashed on the bed as Sawyer sucked harder.
“Oh fuck.” His body jerked, unable to stop himself, and he thrust his hips up once more before his cock stiffened further, and he felt his orgasm pull from his balls, and Sawyer gulped, taking in Ford’s load.
Ford opened his eyes, even though he felt hazy and a bit dazed over Sawyer’s exploits, as Sawyer stared down at him. With a smirk, he leaned in and they kissed. Ford thrust his tongue into Sawyer’s mouth, moaning as he tasted his own cum.
“I love you Ford, always,” Sawyer whispered.
Ford knew that every day he would make sure to show Sawyer how much those words meant to him. They kissed, the hunger never dying as he felt Sawyer’s cock still gliding against his. They would get to that in a minute, but for now, he wanted to just be in Sawyer’s arms. They had the whole night together and a lifetime of making each other happy.