As I See It (Ever After) @ladij
Gala

A/N: So happy new year everyone! My gift to you is another update! So as most of you know my stories tend to have a mind of their own, so I have a few more chapters to go before this story ends. So thank you to my beta Zeejack, you are AWESOME SAUCE! Also thank you for all the reviews, follows, and favorites, I really appreciate them all. So enough talking, go enjoy this next chapter! As always, Happy Reading!

Much Love

Songs: I Was Made For Loving You by Tori Kelly & Ed Sheeran

Me 4 U by OMI & Sarah West

***DISCLAIMER*** I own nothing! Please excuse any mistakes, my beta and I are only human.

Later That Evening

Mercedes was in the suite they got for the night, because they both knew that after everything, they were going to be too tired to drive back to their house. So they got a suite at the hotel where the Gala was being held. She was putting on her makeup, when she felt a pair of strong arms wrap around her waist. She smiled, and rested her head against Sam's chest, "Why do you always do this when I am trying to put on my makeup?"

"Because you always look so damn sexy when you do it." He answered in a nonchalant way. "I mean, you do it on purpose."

She gasped, "Do what on purpose?"

"Put on your makeup, in the sexiest underwear known to man, with your ass on full display and the girls spilling out of that bra." He took a breath, "I don't know how you expect me not to be all over you." He proceeded to kiss her on her neck and grind his obvious erection on her ass.

She giggled, but then that turned into a moan, "Oh God Sam...you know I can't resist you."

"Then don't…" He whispered, knowing she was going to try to fight him on this.

"But baby….." She whined, her head as telling her to stop this before he gets started, but her body was tuning her brain out, and she melted into him. "I have to finish getting dressed Sam…. Oh God!" Her eyes rolled back in her head, feeling the way Sam's hands traveled up and down her body.

"Don't fight this baby." Sam said in a low growl, "We both want and need this right now. You will have plenty of time to get dressed and make it to the Gala on time, but your husband needs you." He made it point to grind his even more prominent erection into her.

Mercedes did want and need this, because she was so busy getting things ready for this Gala, she sorta neglected Sam this week and could really use this release. Her only hangup was the time it took her to get her makeup on, and Sam was sure to mess it up. "Baby….I really want this….Oh God, but my makeup…"

"I won't mess it up Mercy, I promise to stay away from your face, but baby I need you so bad." Sam was willing to do or say anything to get some loving from his wife. He continued to kiss and suck on her neck and collarbone.

"Okay Sam, but no marking me either, I am wearing a strapless dress." She pleaded.

"Yeah, yeah.." He said in between kisses. He didn't care about the rules, as long as he was balls deep in his Mercy, that's all that mattered. He wasted no time releasing the girls from the confines of her bra, and trailed kisses to her all over his precious mounds. The moans coming out of her mouth only drove him even more crazy, and made him even more insatiable. He let his hands travel down her body, and make their way in between her legs. He needed to free her from the barrier that was her panties, and he needed that now.

Mercedes was blissfully happy in that moment, Sam was doing everything right, and her body was responding to every touch. She dug her nails through his hair, and raked his scalp, knowing it would drive him wild. "Oh Sam I need you so bad right now." She could anticipate his next move, and when he placed his hands on her underwear, she smiled knowing he was going to give her what she needed. Then suddenly her eyes flew open, and she realized that her husband in this state was reckless, and anything in his way was going to be taken out by any means necessary. "Sam, don't you rip my…."

It was too late, Sam ripped her underwear right off her body.

"Sam!" She screamed, "This was a set and… Oh my God!" Her words were cut off by Sam's lips on her lips, and eating her out like a starving man.

He knew he was in trouble, so he knew he needed to make her forget why she was mad. This was going to be the best he ever did, and he was going to make her cum super hard today. He used his tongue to move her folds, and zeroed in on her pulsing clit. He latched onto her bud, and sucked like never before. Make her forget Sam, just make her forget! Was the mantra he had in his head. He lifted her legs over his shoulder, and started darting his tongue in and out of her pussy. She was moaning and bucking her hips, and he knew he was doing it right. Suddenly he grabbed her hips, and quickly picked her up, and sat her on the counter. Giving her a seductive look, "I need better access."

Mercedes was disappointed in the feeling of his lips coming off her core, but squealed when he scooped her up, and put her on the counter. That smug look on his face let her know that he was far from done with her, and she was right. He moved back to her wet middle and went back to work. She threw her head back in pure ecstasy and grabbed her breasts, "Yes baby, right there!" She knew she was close to cumming, and she knew it was going to he hard. "Sam!"

After inserting two fingers inside her as he continued sucking on her clit, he could feel she was coming undone, and he wanted her to cum. "Come on baby, give me what I've been longing for."

Before he could get the sentence out good, Mercedes was squirting her juices into his mouth and down his arm. "Fuck SAM!" Her body was convulsing, and she her couldn't stop giggling. "Oh my God Sam, that was...Oh Fuck!"

Sam wasted no time at all, as soon as she came, he pulled off his underwear, and slammed into Mercedes. He missed his home, and he needed to feel warmth. "Shit Mercy, damn you feel so fucking good!" He was trying so hard not kiss her and ruin her makeup. "Damn Mercy you make the sexiest faces when I'm fucking you." He started kissing her neck, making sure not to leave marks.

Mercedes wrapped her legs around Sam's waist, allowing him to go deeper, but she needed more. "Harder Sam, faster!" She raked her nails up and down his back, and she was definitely leaving scratches.

Sam smirked, "Hey, I thought we said no marks." He teased.

"Unless you're planning on going to the Gala shirtless, I think it will be fine."

"We might get more donations if I show off the sexy."

She pulled him inches away from her lips, "There will be no showing off the sexy tonight Mr. Evans, all that sexy belongs to me, and only me."

He laughed, "You're right, I. Belong. Only. To. You." He emphasized each word with a thrust.

"Damn right you do….Oh fuck! Sam, you are an animal tonight." She screamed out, digging her nails deeper into his back, "Don't stop!"

Sam could feel Mercedes walls clenching around his dick, and he knew she was close. He slid his hand between her legs, and started massaging her pulsing clit. He leaned in close to her ear, and growled out, "Cum Mercy…..NOW!"

And on cue, Mercedes came hard, "SAM!"

With Sam right behind her, "Fuck MERCY!"

Both of their bodies were shaking, and it took everything Sam had to stay on his feet. The part he hated the most was removing himself from Mercedes, but he had to do it. He grabbed a towel, and handed it to Mercedes so she could get cleaned up. "Shit baby! I needed that more than I thought I did."

She giggled a she got herself cleaned, "Apparently so, but I didn't mind that at all. You went all discovery channel on me."

"I blame you for being so irresistible."

"I'll take the blame then." She smirked, but then walked up to him with a stern look in her eyes, "You know you're in trouble right?"

Damn! I didn't make her forget. He gulped, "Look Mercy…"

She cut him off by putting her hand up in his face, "Those panties were part of a set Sam."

"You can always go without them." He smirked.

She scoffed, "Sam, you know I know you right?"

"Yeah, so what?" He asked.

"If I walked around the Gala with no underwear, you would not be able to focus on anything but that. And then you would spend the whole night trying to get me alone somewhere. You'd get frustrated, because I would keep turning you down, and the night is ruined for you."

He opened his mouth to rebut her comments, but quickly closed it, because he knew she was right. He sighed, walked out the bathroom, only to return a minute later, handing Mercedes a pair of black lacy panties. "These match that bra perfectly."

She snickered and took the panties, "Thank you baby." She put them on, "Now go finished getting dressed, we don't want to be late." She gave him a quick swat on the ass, "And thanks for the good time." She shot him a wink.

He scoffed, "You make me feel so cheap." He laughed and headed back into the suite to get dressed.

She laughed and grabbed her dress, "I love that foolish man."

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Everyone was dressed to the nines at the Gala, and the ballroom looked amazing. Mercedes was so pleased with what she saw, and she had to give Shelley her props, she did an amazing job with everything. She mingled amongst the rest of the guests at the Gala, with Sam on her arm, they made their rounds. They talked to everyone from the general manager of the Bears, the owner and their families, and even the chairman of the Chicago's Children Enrichment Program. The music was the perfect setting for the mood of the room, and the food and drinks were flowing. She was very happy with the way it turned out. She was brought out of her thoughts when Sam whispered in her ear;

"This looks great Mercy, and everybody is having a great time." He kissed her cheek, "I knew you'd kill this event, I believed in you."

Mercedes smiled bright, and pulled him in for a deep kiss, "Thank you baby, you know what those words do to me." She smirked using his words against him. She was about to say something else when they were interrupted by the two people she really didn't want to talk too at that time.

"Um...can you two break it up?" Yasmine scoffed, "We have more pressing issues to get too." She looked at Sam and rolled her eyes.

He looked at her like she lost her mind, and back to Mercedes, "Do you know her?"

She gasped, "Are you serious Sam Evans?" She put her hand in his face, "Don't you try to act as if you don't know who I am!"

"I don't lady!" Sam retorted, "And you need to get your hand out of my face."

Mercedes rubbed Sam's shoulder to try to calm him down, "It's okay baby, this is Greg's wife?"

Sam looked even more confused, "Who's Greg?"

Mercedes covered her mouth to try to suppress her laughter. "He's the third string tight end."

Sam took a minute to try to place the face, and it finally hit him, "Ooh, yeah him." He shrugged his shoulders.

Yasmine was livid at this point, "Whatever!"

Allison stepped up, "Look Mercedes, we have a problem. This food is coming out the kitchen cold, and the drinks are watered down. What kind of operation are you running here?"

Mercedes rolled her eyes, "Look Allison, the food is fine, I had it earlier…"

"Of course you did…" She sneered, and Yasmine laughed.

"You know what?" Sam stepped up, but Mercedes pulled him back.

"I got this baby." She rubbed his chest, "Look Allison, I am trying to be nice and not lose it here, but you are really pushing me. Now the food is fine, I have gotten rave reviews about it. And the drinks are fine, the bartenders are doing great job moving thing along, and I'm happy with everything. So like I told you earlier, you are not obligated to stay. The doors are not locked, so feel free to vamoose." She waved them towards the door. "Now if there is nothing else, I have to go get ready to perform." She knew they would hate hearing that she was going to perform, and that's why she said it. She wrapped her hand in Sam's arm, and led them to the back so they can get ready.

Sam didn't say anything till they reached the back, "Do you always have to deal with that?"

She sighed and shook her head, "It's okay, it's nothing I can't handle."

Sam didn't like that at all, he never wanted Mercedes to have to 'handle' this situation. He felt worse because it was because of him she was in this mess. "Mercy if you the don't want to be a part of this anymore, you don't have too."

She smiled and cupped his face in her hands, "It's okay Sam, I am not going to let two chicken heads run me away. Besides it is some nice people in the Bear Cubs and I like what they stand for, and the work they do for charities." She pulled him in for a light kiss, "Don't worry about me, I got this."

Sam looked deep into her eyes to try to make sure she was not just saying what she thought he wanted to hear, but she was being sincere. "You are an amazing woman Mercedes Evans, and I love you so much." He pulled her in for a hug, and he kissed her on the top of her head. "Now are you ready to go out there and shows these people how amazing we are together."

She smiled bright, "Yeah, let's go make their manhood twitch." She laughed thinking about what their college professor said about them.

"I still can't believe he said that." He said laughing grabbing his guitar. They headed out getting ready to perform.

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Shelley grabbed the microphone, "Hello everybody! Are you guys having a good time?"

"Yes!" The crowd cheered.

"Well it's about to get better!" She beamed, "We have a special treat for you guys." She looked right at Allison and Yasmine who were sucking down champagne with sour looks on their faces. "We are honored to have the talented Mercedes Evans as not only a member of the Bear Cubs, but also our fearless leader, who put this event together. And there was no way we could have this event go by and not have her come out and grace us with her amazing voice."

The crowd cheered and clapped, except for the hater squad.

"So ladies and gentlemen, please welcome the beautiful, talented, and my friend Mercedes Evans!"

Mercedes walked on stage and gave Shelley a big hug before taking her position in front of the microphone. "Hello everyone!" She smiled, "I have to first say thank you to my friend and co-chair Shelley, isn't he amazing! I would never have gotten half of this done without her. As well as all the other Bear Cubs that worked tirelessly on this event."

The crowd clapped again.

"So I wanted to do something special tonight, and I am so excited to be able to bring you all a new song." She smiled, "But I can't do it alone, so I asked someone special to help me. So ladies and gentlemen, will you please welcome the love of my life, and the quarterback for the Chicago Bears, Mr. Sam Evans."

The crowd went wild, and Sam walked on the stage, gave Mercedes a sweet peck on the lips, then waved to the crowd. "Hello everybody, now you all know I don't do a lot of singing anymore, so I need you guys to dig deep in your wallets and make some hefty donations to this wonderful cause." He smiled and took his seat with his guitar.

"You heard the man!" Mercedes said with giggle, "So we're going to do this new song that my husband and I wrote, and never been released, called, I Was Made For Loving You.

Sam started strumming the opening chords of the song;

(Mercedes)

A dangerous plan, just this time

A stranger's hand clutched in mine

I'll take this chance, so call me blind

I've been waiting all my life

Please don't scar this young heart

Just take my hand

Mercedes turned to face Sam as they sang this next part. This was the first song they wrote together, and it said everything they both felt about their relationship. She could tell by the way Sam was looking at her, that he felt the same way she felt, and it was a great feeling.

(Both)

I was made for loving you

Even though we may be hopeless hearts just passing through

Every bone screaming (I don't know what we should do)

All I know is, darling, I was made for loving you

(Sam)

Hold me close through the night

Don't let me go, we'll be alright

Touch my soul and hold it tight

I've been waiting all my life

I won't scar your young heart

Just take my hand

Sam didn't realise how much he missed singing, and singing with Mercedes until now. He loved football, and he wanted to play until he couldn't anymore, but music was and always be a major part of his life.

(Both)

'Cause I was made for loving you

Even though we may be hopeless hearts just passing through

Every bone screaming I don't know what we should do

All I know is, darling, I was made for loving you

Please don't go, I've been waiting so long

(Mercedes)

Oh, you don't even know me at all

But I was made for loving you

(Both)

I was made for loving you

Even though we may be hopeless hearts just passing through

Every bone screaming I don't know what we should do

All I know is, darling, I was made for loving you.

Once the song came to an end, Mercedes and Sam, looked deep into each others eyes, and smiled. They loved performing together, and for them to be able to do this at such a meaningful occasion meant the world to the both of them. They were broken out of their trance by the applause of the crowd.

Mercedes smiled, "Thank you guys so much." She couldn't hold back the giggles that came out of her mouth when she heard Santana scream over everybody;

"Still makes it twitch!"

Sam lost it at that point, and he walked to the side of the stage to laugh it out. The crowd was asking for more, and Sam and Mercedes were never ones to disappoint. So when Sam was composed enough to come back out, he grabbed his guitar and sat back down. "So we didn't write this song, but we love to sing it for you guys tonight."

The crowd cheered, and Sam started strumming the opening chords;

(Mercedes)

I've got a man with the heart of a giant

And I couldn't ask for more.

He makes me feel like a beautiful woman

So glad he's mine, I'll never let him go

(Sam)

I spend my days tryna hold things together

I pay the bills on time

And I give my all cause I know she deserves it

She couldn't be better for me, no no

(Both)

Even if we didn't have no money

Or the world went upside-down

What if we were millionaires

It's always gonna be me for you, for me

It's always gonna be me for you, for me

(Mercedes)

I love waking up to his face every morning

And hold him when we fall asleep.

(Sam)

And she looks the best in the dress that I gave her

She wears it just for me

(Both)

Even if we didn't have no money

Or the world went upside-down

What if we were millionaires

It's always gonna be me for you, for me

It's always gonna be me for you, for me

(Mercedes)

Even if we didn't have no money

(Sam)

Or the world went upside-down

(Both)

What if we were millionaires

It's always gonna be me for you, for me

Even if we didn't have no money

Or the world went upside-down

What if we were millionaires

It's always gonna be me for you, for me

It's always gonna be me for you, for me

It's always gonna be me for you, for me

It's always gonna be me for you, for me

It's always gonna be me for you, for me

Once the song ended, Mercedes leaned in, gave Sam a sweet kiss on the lips, and the crowd went wild. She smiled and looked at the crowd, "Did you guys enjoy that?"

They cheered, "Yes!"

"Well then show us how much by donating and bidding on the items in the auction. Remember, the auction will be over in another hour, so go make those bids!" She smiled, "Now go and enjoy the rest of the night!" She took Sam's hands and walked off the stage. When they were alone, she pulled him in for a more proper kiss, and he appreciated it very much. They only broke apart when they needed to breath, and she put her forehead on his, "Baby, that was amazing!"

Sam smiled, "It was, I forgot how much I love singing with you and onstage. Maybe I'll think about music again after football."

"Mark would love that, you know he has not given up on having you at Sony." She smirked. "Everytime I meet with him, he mentions it."

"He is definitely a persistent guy." Sam chuckled, "But you know I do love my music. And the only way I will consider it, if you and I could tour together. Because there is no way I am going to be away from you once I'm done playing football."

Mercedes smiled bright, "That sounds like a dream baby. I mean we already one little one that is going to be on the road a lot." She rubbed her belly, "So when we have another one, and you're on tour as well, then we can make it a family affair."

"That's what I'm talking about." He smiled and kissed her deeply.

Shelley walked back to where they were, and cleared her throat, "Break it up you two, it's people who want to talk to you Mrs. Evans."

Sam let out a groan, "I guess we have to save this for later."

"Oh don't worry baby, I'm going to be good and ready for later." She gave him one last kissed and followed Shelley out with an extra swish in her step, knowing he was going to watch her walk away.

Shelley shook her head, "You two are disgusting."

Mercedes laughed, "And proud of it."

Sam closed his eyes and sighed, "That woman is going to be the death of me."

The rest of the night went smoothly, and Mercedes was so happy with the event. The auction was a roaring success, and between the donations, auctions, and the skate off, the Bear cubs raised over one million dollars, which was the most they had ever raised. The night was winding down, and Mercedes was saying goodbye to their friends, and colleges. After she settled everything with the vendors, she was looking around for her husband, and spotted him sitting at a table, sipping on a glass of champagne. She walked over to where Sam was sitting with a smile on her face. After they finished singing, they were both pulled in so many different directions, they didn't get to spend anytime together. "Aren't you a sight for sore eyes." She sat in his lap, wrapping her arm around his neck.

He looked up and smiled, seeing his wife walking towards him, and he held her close as she sat in his lap, "You pulled off a great event baby, you should be proud." He nuzzled into her neck.

"I'm tired!" She chuckled, "But I am proud of everything that went on here tonight. All the ladies did an amazing job…" She thought about it and rolled her eyes, "Well some of them."

Sam shook his head, "Let me guess, those two heffas that came up to you today."

"You know it!" She nodded.

"I know you told me one of them were married to that Greg guy...although I still don't know who he is, but who is the other one?"

"Her husband is your replacer."

"Oh that's Jim's wife?"

"Yup!"

"No wonder he comes in stressed all the time, she's a…"

"SAM!" Mercedes cut him off.

"What? I was just going to say she's a handful." Sam said shrugging his shoulders.

She laughed and playfully hit his chest, "You are a mess Sam."

"What? Just being honest." He didn't even crack a smile. "Enough about them though, I would rather focus on you."

"And what about me?"

"You know we haven't danced all night, and I think we need to rectify that." He wiggled his eyebrow.

"Sam…" She smirked, "There's no music."

"You have to have faith in your man Mercy." He looked over to the DJ, that was still set up, and he started playing A Thousand Years. "So Mercedes Evans, will you do me the honor and dance with me?"

Mercedes couldn't do anything but smile, as she put her hand in his, "I would love to dance with you Mr. Evans."

They headed out to the middle of the dance floor, and Sam twirled her around and back into his arms.

"Nice moves babe." She giggled.

"Oh you liked that huh? Well wait till you see this one." He snapped his fingers, and the lights lowered except for one single spotlight on them.

Mercedes looked around with a look of awe on her face, "Oh Sam...I do like your moves." She rested her head on his chest, as they swayed to the music.

Sam quietly sang to Mercedes in her ear, wanting to show her how much she meant to him.

She couldn't hold in her emotions, and before she could stop it, a tear ran down her face. "You are so amazing Sam."

"Everything I do, is because I love you." He smiled and kissed her on the top of her head.

They swayed to the music, and even when the song ended, and the lights came back on, they continued to sway back and forth, looking into each other's arms. Finally Mercedes looked up at Sam;

"The music stopped." She whispered.

"I know." He whispered back.

"So…"

"So…"

They looked at each other and smiled, "Let's go upstairs." They said in unison. And with that, they headed back up to their suite to enjoy the rest of their night.

A/N: So there you have it! Let me know what you think. Up next Mercedes and Sam are pressed to do something they were not prepared for, how will they handle it?

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