“Seeing Beauty”, Ch. 30 (R rated): Lily Comes Home Thursday & Keith Plays Nursemaid, 10/29/12 Gratiana Lovelace (Post #298)

“Seeing Beauty”, Ch. 30 (R rated):  Lily comes home Thursday &  Keith plays Nursemaid, 10/29/12 Gratiana Lovelace (Post #298)

An Original Story Copyrighted by Gratiana Lovelace (All rights reserved)
[(1) “Seeing Beauty” story logo, left]

[From time to time, I will illustrate my stories with my dream cast:  Richard Armitage as Keith Erickson, Mandy Moore as Lily Sherman, Matthew Perry as Brock, David Schwimmer as Jack, and Matt LeBlanc as Sam; the late Jessica Tandy as Hazel, and Leelee Sobieski as Mercedes. etc.]

Author’s Mature Content Note:  “Seeing Beauty” is a romantic love story set amidst contemporary times.  As such there will be some passages in this story involving heartfelt love scenes or other sauciness (R rated) and some passages involving highly dramatic moments.  I will label the maturity rating of those chapters accordingly.  Otherwise, the general rating for this story is PG or PG-13 due to mature situations and topics.  If you are unable or unwilling to attend a movie with the ratings that I provide, then please do not read those chapters.  This is my disclaimer.


Author’s Recap from the previous installment:  Lily had her skin reduction surgery on Monday, May 18th.  But there were unforeseen complications–an ectopic pregnancy that had to be removed because it threatened her life.  Keith and Lily were both very sad, but they will help each other through it as Lily focuses on her healing from her multiple surgeries.

“Seeing Beauty”, Ch. 30  (R rated):  Lily Comes Home Thursday, May 21st &  Keith Plays Nursemaid

Lily makes good progress in her recovery at the hospital over the next two days after her surgeries–showing no signs of infection.  So she is released to her fiancé Keith’s care to go home Thursday, May 21st.  Lily will still have a month of healing—with the first two weeks being the most grueling.  But, Keith is geared up to play nursemaid to Lily 24/7 and to do whatever she needs.  After they arrive home late Thursday morning and Lily settles into their bed—with soothing ice paks over each of her surgical incision areas to help reduce the swelling—neck, both inside upper arms, her breasts, and her abdomen—she peacefully falls asleep for an hour after some pain meds kick in.  And Keith—who hasn’t left Lily’s side since Monday, except to go to the bathroom, gratefully takes a quick shower and changes into loungewear [(2) right] and he gingerly slides into bed next to Lily.  After watching his sweet Lily sleep for a few moments, Keith succumbs to sleep as well–exhausted from his long hospital vigil by her side.

As Lily awakens from her slumber an hour later, she sees the sleeping Keith next to her and smiles.

Lily:  Whispering. “Keith my love.  She says squeezing his arm next to hers.”

Keith:  “I’m awake, I’m awake!”  He sits up quickly a bit startled–ready to tend to her needs.  “What do you need?”

Lily:  Laughing softly.  “Ha ha ha.  Keith Dear, I just wondered if I could have a kiss.” [(3)  right]

Keith:  “You’re sore from four surgeries, and you want a kiss?”     He asks her amusingly.

Lily:  “Yes, please.   And, it’s actually five surgeries if you count each arm separately.  Wait a minute, make that six surgeries if you count each breast separately, as well.   A kiss please.”  She reminds him coquettishly.

Keith:  “Happy to oblige you.”   Keith gently leans over Lily without touching her healing body, and he kisses her on her lips tenderly for several moments.

Lily:   “Thank you.   Now may I visit the bathroom and then have more cold ice paks, please?”

Keith:  “Absolutely!”

Keith gingerly slides out of bed–so as not to jostle Lily–and then he limps over to Lily’s side with his cane.  Now he would have a bit of a quandary about helping Lily walk to the bathroom while he is still using a cane if they hadn’t already thought of this by renting some equipment from the medical supply store.  Keith gently removes her ice paks and helps Lily stand. Then she pivots and sits down in a motorized wheelchair that she can navigate herself to the bathroom.  Then once in the bathroom, Keith helps Lily stand and then pivot to sit on the toilet.  Keith takes her now warm ice paks and puts them in the small freezer they rented for their bathroom and he pulls out the other set of already frozen ice paks.

Between Keith’s and Lily’s organizational skills, they have pretty much thought of everything.  The only real sticking point is that Keith is still legally blind–and he has no medical training.  So, when Keith gently cleans Lily’s surgical incisions each day—and he’s supposed to check them for signs of infection—he has to get his eyes within a few inches of each incision.  So, Keith gets an up close and personal view of his fiancé Lily’s new body—they just can’t be their usual loving couple selves for the next few weeks.  Keith’s incision inspection system works pretty well, but they still have their friends–nurse Sally and nurse Theresa from the hospital rehab unit where Lily volunteers–popping in to see Lily once each day to also do a visual check of the incisions for them, and to check Lily’s vital signs.  Friends are great that way.  Actually, Sally and Theresa are such good friends of Lily’s that they will be her bridesmaids when she and Keith are married at the end of June.


Each succeeding day after going home after her surgery, Lily feels a little better.  Her swelling is going down and she is having to rely less on pain killers and ice paks.  However, she still finds the weight of the bedding on her body irritating—even just the sheet.  So, Lily tends to lay in bed au natural—the old fashioned girl has become an unexpected nudist.  She actually finds it quite freeing—but a little chilly.  So, again, Keith and Lily avail themselves of the medical supply store and rent frames that hold the bed sheets above Lily’s body so that she doesn’t catch cold.  And, Keith is allowed to visit her tented sheet area now and again—because the best healing medicine is tender loving care, even if all they can do is kiss demurely and gaze at each other longingly and lovingly as they hold hands.  Keith and Lily just can’t engage in the love making part, yet—until Lily is more healed in a few weeks.

At this morning’s surgical appointment on Wednesday May 27th, Lily hopes to have some of her restrictions lifted—in particular the one about her not being able to shower.  Lily is sitting in an exam room in her panties and a gown with Keith sitting in a chair next to her.

Surgeon:  “Ms. Sherman, and Mr. Erickson, lovely to see you again.”   They each nod at the surgeon.  “How are you feeling Ms. Sherman?

Lily:  “I’m good.”  She smiles wanly and bravely.  The doctor gives her a knowing look.  “Okay, I’m still sore, but the swelling is starting to go down.”  She finishes brightly.

Surgeon:  “Let’s take a look. “  The doctor helps Lily stand up from the chair–and the doctor opens Lily’s gown to reveal her almost naked body and her arms, neck, breasts, and tummy surgeries.  Of course, Keith feels a little discomfitted sitting in a chair while another man–albeit a doctor—looks at his future wife’s almost naked body.  “It looks like your incisions are healing nicely.  No undue redness–and the swelling is indeed going down.  Okay, you can close your gown.”  And she does.  “Now slowly turn your head for me from side to side.”  Lily grimaces as she does this.  “Your stiffness in your neck is typical, but you’ll want to gently and slowly turn your head from side to side and up and down three times a day—five repetitions of each position, increasing to ten repetitions next week—to maintain your flexibility.  How about your arms?”    Lily moves her arms at his direction. “Raise and lower them—palms up, palms down—front, back.  Any problems here?”

Lily:  “Not really.  I do have a question.”

Surgeon:  “When you and your fiancé can make love again?”

Keith:  Keith’s ears perk up at that question.  Though it’s only been a week and a half since he and Lily last made love, that is nine days without he and Lily being together romantically—when they are usually romantic at least twice a day.  “I want to do whatever is best for Lily.”  Keith says as the considerate fiancé he is.

Surgeon:  “Well, no jostling of her body whatsoever for at least two more weeks.”    The doctor says looking at Keith pointedly.  Keith blushes.  “But, you can be creative  and gentle in your lovemaking–as long as Lily isn’t feeling any pain.”

Lily:  “Uh doctor.  The patient’s over here.”   She waves at him.   “Actually, making love wasn’t my question.”   Keith pouts cutely.

Surgeon:  “Oh?”

Lily:  “No, what I really want to know is, may I take a shower? Sponge baths and shower cap hair shampoos just don’t cut it for me.”  She shakes her head ruefully.

Surgeon:  Chuckling.  “Ha ha ha.  Of course, showers are fine–but warm water, not hot.   Be gentle around your incisions as you wash yourself.  Your external surgical tape closing your incisions will gradually fall off in time as you heal–and your internal sutures will resorb on their own.  But still no baths or whirlpools for another week or two–the pulsing jets might irritate your incisions.”

Lily:  “Thank you, doctor.”  She smiles gratefully.  Keith also nods his thanks.

The surgeon pronounces Lily nicely on the mend, he takes some after photographs of her healing body for her medical records file—without her face in the picture to protect her privacy and her modesty.  Then Keith and Lily head home—to shower and to be creative.


After Lily and Keith return home from her post surgical doctor’s appointment, Keith joins Lily in the shower and helps her gratefully cleanse herself—taking special care around her surgical incisions–and further heightening their anticipation of their lovemaking.  He even washes her hair for her since she still can’t raise her arms quite that high and she has long hair.  Then after Keith drys off Lily’s body by gently patting her dry with a soft plush towel, Lily lies back in bed to await her lover.  They had removed  the bed sheet frame and she lies in bed with her nude form exposed–quite like Venus reclining by Palma Vecchio [(4) right].

Whether it  is handsome virile men like Keith, recently deflowered virgins like the sweet Lily—or the combination of the two in a loving relationship—Lily and Keith are both feeling desirous only nine days after her surgery.  They just have to be romantically creative—not unlike their very first lovemaking trysts almost fully clothed.  Keith gently slides into bed next to Lily wearing nothing but a condom and a smile.

Keith:  Ever solicitous for Lily’s health and well being, he asks.  “Lily Darling, are you sure you want us to try to make love–even creatively?  I don’t want you to be in pain in any way.”  Keith’s loving concern for Lily tempers his smouldering desire–but only just.  [(5) right]

Lily:  “Thank you Keith, my love.  And I long to be with you in making love traditionally.  But, until then, we can at least be creative.  Besides, the endorphins from lovemaking are supposed to help my healing.”    She smiles coquettishly.

Keith:  “Is there anywhere I can touch you that you don’t hurt?”  He asks her eagerly as his hands hover over her torso.

Lily:   “My lips, the front of my breasts …”  She lowers her eyes shyly.

Keith:  “That would be your nipples, my dear?”  He asks her suggestively.

Lily:  “Yes.”   Lily blushes—as much as a naked woman about to be made love to can blush.  “And my womb.”

Keith:  “Oh good!”   He says raising his eyebrows up and down suggestively.  “The basics.  They should do nicely.”

Lily:  “But, what about you Keith?”  She asks in concern–wanting her lover to feel pleasure as well.

Keith:  Keith purrs huskily.   “Let us attend to your pleasure first, Lily Darling.”

And Keith does so.  Keith kisses Lily adoringly as his fingers and then his tongue gently linger over her breasts—exciting and arousing her and him.

Lily:   “Hmmm!”   Lily moans in pleasure as he continues to kiss her on her lips as his hand moves lower and now caresses her artfully and tenderly and pleasurably.  Then his kisses linger on her now very pert breasts.     “Ahhh!”    Lily sighs with pleasure, her hands caressing her husband to be’s abdomen where she can reach it with her restrained mobility.

Keith:  “My Darling.”  He growls.  In truth, Keith is already quite aroused himself, but he focuses on Lily’s pleasure first as he caresses her womb more urgently as he kisses and caresses her until he feels Lily tremble in waves of ecstasy.

Lily:  “Oh, Keith my love.”   She cries out in blissful rapture.  Lily breathes deeply for some time after as Keith continues to kiss her lips and and the side of her neck and shoulders adoringly.   After a few moments, her emotions recover from their heightened state–while retaining a feeling of peace and contentment.  “Now, Keith my love, let me give you joy.”

Keith is still laying on his side facing Lily lying on her back.  Lily’s hand strokes and caresses Keith as he continues to kiss her lips and caress her breasts.  Because of Lily’s upper arm tuck, she cannot move her upper arms too much without pain, but she can move her lower arms and she does so lovingly stroking him as she brings her lover Keith to his own blissful raptures.

Keith:  “Oh Lily, my darling love!”   He cries out shuddering in ecstasy.

Now that both Keith’s and Lily’s loving raptures are fulfilled in their lovemaking tenderness with each other, they kiss and cuddle for some time before falling asleep in each others’ loving arms.

To be continued with Chapter 31


(1)  The “Seeing Beauty” story logo is a composite of:
a)    Image representing Keith Erickson is that of British actor Richard Armitage as Lucas North in the BBC’s Spooks (2008 – 2010), series 8 promo, pix 15 was found at http://www.richardarmitagenet.com/images/gallery/Spooks/spookspromo/album/slides/series8-15.html

b)  Image representing Lily Sherman is that of American actress Mandy Moore and was found at http://images.fanpop.com/images/image_uploads/Mandy-Moore-mandy-moore-661788_1024_768.jpg ;  NB:  I chose Ms. Moore to represent this character not because she is fat or chubby–far from it–but because she has a fresh faced innocence and sincerity that reflects the goodness of this character.  Any pre weight loss Lily images could be handled with makeup and costuming.

(2)  Keith image is that of British actor Richard Armitage portraying Lucas North in Spooks, series 8, episode 5, pix 7

(3) Lily image (cropped, blurred)  is that of Mandy Moore and was found at  http://images.fashionmonitor.com/Images/2012/6/2_19052_9105.jpg

(4)  This image of the painting of a reclining Venus by Palma Vecchio was found at http://www.judgmentofparis.com/pinacotheca/pv/pv03.jpg; the painting is reported to be from about 1520 per http://www.artsunlight.com/artist-NP/N-P0003-Palma-Il-Vecchio/N-P0003-015-venus.html ; for more about the painter, Palma Vecchio, please visit http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Palma_Vecchio;

(5) Keith image (brightened, sharpened, color corrected, cropped, hi-res) is that of British actor Richard Armitage portraying Lucas North in Spooks, series 8, episode 5, pix 253 http://www.richardarmitagenet.com/images/gallery/Spooks/spooks8/album/Episode5/slides/ep5_253.JPG

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About Gratiana Lovelace

Gratiana Lovelace is my nom de plume for my creative writing and blogging. I write romantic stories in different sub genres. The stories just tumble out of me. My resurgence in creative writing occurred when I viewed the BBC miniseries of Elizabeth Gaskell's novel North & South in February 2010. The exquisitely talented British actor portraying the male lead John Thornton in North & South--Richard Crispin Armitage--became my unofficial muse. I have written over 50 script stories about love--some are fan fiction, but most are original stories--that I am just beginning to share with others on private writer sites, and here on my blog. And as you know, my blog here is also relatively new--since August 2011. But, I'm having fun and I hope you enjoy reading my blog essays and my stories. Cheers! Grati ;-> upd 12/18/11
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3 Responses to “Seeing Beauty”, Ch. 30 (R rated): Lily Comes Home Thursday & Keith Plays Nursemaid, 10/29/12 Gratiana Lovelace (Post #298)

  1. aj daisy says:

    Lovely again Grati so enjoying this story. Thank You

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