found at the nursery

Love Makes a Family

Prompt: Can you do a tv barry imagine where the reader is pregnant and on her way home from work needs to be saved by the flash then goes into labor (you don’t have to go into detail) afterwards the flash keeps visiting her and her baby then later reveals himself to be barry and they end up dating

Requested By: ANON

   You watch as your boyfriend attempts to get your son to eat. You take a sip of your coffee as he tries the airplane again, only to end up with food splattered in his hair. You watch as Barry turns to you, “This isn’t working.”

   You sigh, “The doctor said this is normal with teething. I suspect we have several more months of this ahead.”

   Barry just smiles before walking over to the sink. You help him get the goop out of his hair before an ear piercing scream grabs your attention. You wince before walking to the freezer and pulling out a teething ring. You hand it to the infant, and watch as he starts to gnaw on it.

   Barry’s arms go around your waist, and his chin settles on your shoulder, “We’ve got to get some food into this kid.”

   You lean back into his embrace, “I’m open to ideas.”

   Barry kisses your cheek, “My first idea is that you get some sleep. You’ve been up all night.”

   Your eyes flutter for a second at the idea of sleep. You hadn’t slept through the night since your eighth month of pregnancy. And with a teething six month old, you doubted you’d get any sleep any time soon.

   “You were up all night saving the city, and you have work tomorrow. You need sleep more than I do.”

   “I’m actually okay with only a few hours. You, on the other hand, haven’t slept in about six months. Now off to bed, I’ll take care of Mr. Fussypants.” Too tired to argue, you head into your bedroom.

   As you drift in and out of sleep, flashes of memories pop into your mind. Being eight months pregnant and going into labor in the middle of being a hostage. The Flash taking out the bad guys, and then running you to the hospital. The Flash holding your hand while you’re in labor. The Flash showing up once a week to check in on you. The Flash saving the both of you from a mugging. The Flash pulling back his hood and introducing himself as Barry Allen.

   Barry becoming a fixture in your home. Your first date. Taking your son, Ulrich, to the Central City Fair. Barry’s things slowly finding a place among yours. Half your rent being taken care of. Realizing that Barry had moved in. You being happy that Barry had moved in.

   Slowly the images shifted, new ones started taking over your mind. You and Barry in bed, as an older Ulrich climbed into bed. You in a wedding dress. Barry and Ulrich in tuxes. Moving into a small home. Joe reading to your son as you and Barry went out for a date. You, pregnant again. Barry holding another baby, while Ulrich begged to hold him. Christmas in front of a decorated Christmas tree. Moving into a home. A puppy. A future.

   You woke with a start, not quite sure what you had just dreamed. One look at the clock told you that you had been out for hours. Slowly, you crawled out of bed and headed towards the nursery. You found Barry there, with Joe. His father showing him small tricks to help ease the teething. A minute later, Ulrich reached for Barry, and you listened as Joe simply said, “I think he wants his dad.”

   Barry’s smile was grim, “I’m not his dad.”

   Your voice was quiet, “Do you want to be?”

   Barry’s head turned towards you. He stared at you for a second before a smile lit his face, “As much as I want to be your husband.” You smiled as you walked to him and kissed him.

   Joe watched the scene from the side. He’d watched as first the baby, and then you had drawn Barry in. The need to provide a father for the little boy without one filling his own son. He’d found a happiness with you, that Joe hadn’t thought possible. But as he stared at the baby peeking out over his mother’s shoulder, he couldn’t help but think, being a Poppa was going to be a hell of a lot of fun.

@puppypunkrock​ said: Just in regards to wild Bearded Dragons, this is an Eastern i found maybe 2 years ago? While working at a plant nursery :) Was pretty relaxed about it all.

hotdang what a gorgeous animal! i was trying to find a video that was a compilation of steve irwin saying “what a beauty” but then I found this:

Anyways, that is a beautiful lizard! The dark colors are just gorgeous.

Either/Or: Rosie

Prompt! Can we see Supercorp but one where Kara rescues a baby and brings them home and Lena doesn’t wanna get her hopes up about adoption because she doesn’t want Kara to have to outlive her AND a child (Pref a fluffy ending but up to you?)

“Kara, honey, are you home yet?” Lena called out as she kicked off her heels and balanced the bags of take out in her arms.

The quiet of the penthouse greeted her as she hurried toward the kitchen. As she turned on the lights, the city outside disappeared from the large windows. Their home became its own universe, with just the faintest bit of galaxy outside.

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Let Me Love You | Pt. 7

Pairing: Jimin x Reader x Taehyung 

Genre: Angst 

Word Count: 1282

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Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5 | Part 6

Originally posted by littlechimx2

Jimin never liked to imagine himself as a parent, loving the life of freedom and parties too much to give up on it so easily. Whenever his friends told him that they were ready to settle down and propose to their girlfriends, he scrunched his face and told them that they were doing a mistake.

When he found out that you were pregnant, he tried to handle everything as much as he could. The thought of taking care of a little human being and taking the responsibility to be her father scared him as much as it scared you, who also wasn’t prepared to be a mother.

As months went by and your belly started to grow, his insecurity also grew, making him do things he regretted without any doubt.

He never understood when his friends told him that being a parent is the most beautiful thing in this world. Whenever he saw how his friends interacted with their children, he scrunched his face and turned around, dismissing the thought that he was also going to be a father in a few months.

But when he held his daughter for the first time in his arms, her beautiful, doe eyes looking into his brown ones, he realized what being a father meant.

The moment he wrapped his hands around her tiny body, every kind of emotion started to engulf his body.

How was a little human being like her able to make a grown up man feel such emotions?

He never found the answer to that question. The only thing he knew for sure was that he would do anything for his daughter. Even if it meant that he had to get out of her life..

Today was the day.

The minute Jimin bid goodbye to the darkness, he found himself in the nursery room of his daughter, watching her cute sleeping form with a smile plastered on his face.

He took in ever little detail of her face, gazing her body with teary eyes when he realized that this was the last time he would be able to see her.

Jimin watched how his daughter opened his eyes slowly, her scrunching face warning him that she was going to cry any minute.

Reaching out for his daughter immediately, he took her out of her crib while she was screeching near his ear.

Patting her head gently, he started to place soft kisses on her face. When Hana felt the warmth of his father, she stopped crying immediately, the adorable smile plastered on her face making him doubt that she was crying just seconds ago.

Even though she was only 6 months now, her character started to develop with a blink of an eye, to fast for the liking of her father.

“Hana, my beautiful daughter, listen to me. This might be our last encounter together.. Please forgive me, okay? I couldn’t take care of you at the beginning. I couldn’t be a good father for you.. But believe me, it wasn’t because I didn’t love you or because I didn’t want you. I just failed.. I was scared and selfish..  B-But I know that you’re going to be a beautiful strong girl when you’re grown up. I’m sorry that I won’t be able to see your first steps or witness your first birthday. I love you, Hana..”

When Jimin looked down at his daughter with his teary, bloodshot eyes, he realized that she fell asleep on his cozy shoulder, her face nuzzled in the crook of his neck.

Placing multiple kisses on his daughter’s face, he sang the lullaby he wrote for his daughter for the first and last time, ending it with the words.

“Take care of your mother, okay? Forgive me, Hana. I love you..”

Taehyung never imagined that he would ever have this uncomfortable silence with the person he called his best friend and brother.

When Jimin invited him to take a walk with him, he thought that he wanted to fight with him again. But when he saw his best friend’s calm and straight face, he knew that something was wrong.

“Jimin, what’s wrong?”

He watched how Jimin snapped out of his daze, turning his face around to look into his best friends eyes. “W-What? What did you say?”

Concerned, Taehyung grabbed his best friend’s arm, dragging him to a near bench and shoving him down.

“Jimin, are you okay? Are you still mad? Look, Hana needed a father and I-”

“And I needed my best friend, Taehyung.”

Stunned, Taehyung looked at Jimin’s face. “W-what do you mean?”

“Hana wasn’t alone, Taehyung. She has her mother. Even though I wasn’t there, she had me. I never gave up on her. I never gave up on them. I was just scared.”


“I had no one else but you, Taehyung. You were my brother. But you too, left me without one. Because your desires were more important than my feelings.”

Not knowing what to say, Taehyung turned his face around and looked at the distance.

“I’m not blaming you, Taehyung. I’m even thankful for everything you did. You took care of them, you showered them with your love, you made them happy. You did everything I was scared to do. And I’m really thankful for that..”

When Taehyung felt Jimin’s warm hand on his shoulder, he looked at him again, smiling when he saw the the genuine smile plastered on his best friends face.

Without a warning, he wrapped his arm around Jimin’s body tightly. “I’m really sorry, Jimin-ah..”

A little chuckle left Jimin’s mouth. “Yah! I told you that it’s okay. Just, please, take care of them for me, okay?”

Leaning back with a confused expression, Taehyung asked hesitantly. “W-Why are you talking like you’re saying goodbye? Jimin, I dare you-”

Punching his best friends shoulder lightly, Jimin beamed at Taehyung.

“Are you stupid? You won’t get rid of me so easily.”

Slowly, Jimin walked towards your sleeping form on the sofa. It was in the middle of the night, the TV was still on, the volume on a soothing level, sounding like a lullaby.

Sitting down on the floor, Jimin looked at your sleeping face. How was he supposed to say goodbye?

Carefully, he tucked the strand of hair out of your face and placed a little kiss on your hand that was tucked down under your chin.

“You look so beautiful, Y/N.. I must be stupid for letting you go.. But I can’t stand it anymore, Y/N-ah.. Seeing you with Taehyung breaks my heart. I feel like suffocating. I’m sorry for all the things I’ve done to you. I’m sorry for breaking your heart over and over again. I don’t deserve you, Y/N. I don’t deserve this family. There is no need for you to move out to another country. I’ll make everything easier for all of you. I’m leaving, Y/N.. I won’t hurt you anymore. Take care of Hana and please never forget that I love you both more than you can imagine..”

Wiping his tears away, Jimin leaned forward and placed a soft kiss on your forehead for the last time. “Goodbye, Y/N..”

Standing up, he walked towards the door of the house with heavy steps, carrying his bags and dragging himself silently out the door.

Without turning around, Jimin started running the minute he stepped out of the house, scared that he might change his decision when stops running.

Just when he thought he had made it, he heard a voice.

“Don’t go.”

Author’s Note: To all those who said that the OC should stay with Jimin; please don’t hate me.. I don’t know why, but I feel really sorry for Jimin.. My poor baby.. Anyway, I hope you like it and let me know what you think about it ~


Nearly there! Things left to do:

  • Switch lights and add light guard (I have them… I just procrastinate)
  • Add in wood decor and vines (which also are just sitting around my room waiting)
  • Add moss (mostly to wood decor)
  • More leaf litter after grass starts growing
  • Other misc decor items
  • At least two more hides each
  • Install RHPs

The last two won’t happen until the kids are actually moving, since they are using those items in their current enclosures. But I think that’s about it! I swear they’ll look slightly more skyrim-esque when they’re done. I’m limited on what safe plants I can use (and I wasn’t going to throw away my old non-theme friendly plants because I love them), but I will be making some related decor that will help later on. At least the pathways look cute, though I’ll be redoing the one in the black tank because I don’t like the spacing. 

Anyway, I’m happy with how they’re looking and I can’t wait to get the babes moved in. 

Aria trashing the nursery reminded me of when she and Ail trashed Byron’s office only in reverse.

Aria trashed Byron’s office because Ali found Meredith’s earring.

Aria trashes Ali’s nursery and then Spencer finds her earring.

IDK, I feel like they were trying to do something here…Maybe not, but I thought it was interesting all the same.


Waco Mammoth National Park, Waco, Texas. February 2017. 

In the late 1970′s, a couple of teenage boys were searching a creek bed for arrowheads on a dairy farm in Waco, Texas. They discovered an unusually large bone that turned out to be the femur of a Columbian Mammoth. This initial find led to the discovery of the largest Nursery Herd of Columbian Mammoths found in the U.S.. Eventually 24 individuals were identified. Most of the fossils have been removed, but several mammoths have been left in situ (as well as the skeleton of an American Camel) and are protected from the elements inside a dig shelter. Tours are readily available for the public to visit the dig site and see the mammoths.

Columbian mammoths were larger than Woolly Mammoths, reaching 13 feet or more at the shoulder and weighing 20,000 lbs.

Behind The Story S2 | Pt. 14

Summary: It’s been a rough week since Jensen confessed what happened in Rome.

Author: sleepywinchester {prev; deanwinchester-af}

Characters: Jensen, Reader, Jared, Gen and Cast Cameos.

Pairings: Single!Jensen x Actress!Reader (Nina Dobrev = Faceclaim)

Words: 3.4k

Warnings: Hella Angst. Like… So much crying.


Note: This is the first chapter that’ll focus on the aftermath.

Title: Broken


Day 01

Tonight wouldn’t be the last night you would fell asleep covered in your own tears. The first couple hours were a torment. Jensen’s words constantly echoing inside your mind, no matter how much you squeezed your eyes shut, they were still there like ghosts. You grunted staring at the ceiling, everything in this room reminded you of him. The pictures in the walls, his smell imprinted on the sheets, it was unbearable.

The morning after Genevieve found you sleeping  in JJ’s nursery floor.

“Y/N?” Gen softly woke you up.

Your eyelids have never felt so heavy. They were swollen and your eyes red from the intense and non stop crying. Your body felt weak and heavy at the same time. Genevieve helped to get you off the floor. A small and weak smile formed in your lips when you saw JJ’s sleeping peacefully in her crib. You wanted to be that peaceful and oblivious.

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Too Young -- Sirius Black

Originally posted by imaginesforcharacters

Lily and James were sitting together on a couch diagonal the two of you. Lily was holding a sleeping Harry in her arms. “We want to make the two of you godparents.”
You locked eyes with Sirius and nodded. The two of you had just gotten married after dating all through your Hogwarts years. “We’d love to,” you tell the Potters. 

With the war raging around you, you could never be sure of your safety. There was always a chance that this baby could end up an orphan. The two of you made it back to Grimmauld Place. You were living there for the time being. You couldn’t exactly go house hunting in the middle of a war. 

Sirius wrapped his arms around you and kissed your forehead. “I love you.” Hearing those words brought you back to the present. You were in the middle of a war, married at 20, and godparent to a baby. Tears filled your eyes and you wrapped your arms around Sirius’s waist. 
“What’s wrong?” he asked you, gently raising your chin so your eyes are locked. 
“It’s just everything. We’re just kids in the middle of a war and now we’re godparents, and it’s just so much.” 
Sirius leaned down and kissed you. “Just know that whatever happens, we have each other. Even if you want to get rid of me, I’ll be here.” 

Halloween came around, and instead of the happy celebrations Hogwarts offered, you and Sirius were lying low at home, avoiding the ever-strengthening Voldemort. As night approached, you were getting ready for bed. You crawled into an empty bed and tried to fall asleep. You begged Sirius to come to bed, but both of you knew that Death Eaters were coming after him. 

He was the most obvious Secret Keeper, and he knew that they would come after him. He gave it off to Peter, knowing they’d never suspect the sweet boy. You pulled the covers close to you, but couldn’t get to sleep. All of a sudden, a scream filled the house. You jumped out of bed, grabbed your wand and ran downstairs. 
“SIRIUS!” you screamed, tears filling your eyes. 

You ran around the house and straight into Sirius. “What happened?”
“Get dressed. It’s James.” 

You ran upstairs and pulled on Sirius’s jacket over your nightgown. You pulled on shoes and ran to Sirius. The two of you got onto his motorcycle and flew to the Potter house. The lights were all off and you feared the worst. Sirius ran in and you followed. You immediately saw the body of James Potter lying on the floor. Sirius was knelt down beside him. Your hand covered your mouth and you dropped down beside him. 

Sobs forced their way through your body. He was too young. You were all too young. You heard a cry and jumped up. That couldn’t be. You went to the nursery and found Lily laying on the ground. Your heart shattered. Your best friend was lying on the ground, dead. You had to step over her to retrieve Harry. You held him close to your chest as you walked out of the room. 

“Hey, baby, it’ll be okay. We’re here. Uncle Siri and I.” You walked down the stairs and to Sirius. 
“It was Peter,” he said, still holding James’s hand. 
“I know.” You caught your breath. “Lily’s gone, too.” 
“James didn’t have his wand.” 

“We need to go to Dumbledore.” 
The three of you apparated to Hogwarts. They were still celebrating Halloween festivities. Some of your younger friends saw you and pointed you out to others. 
“We need to talk. Now,” Sirius said to Dumbledore. 
He led the three of you to his office. “Peter did it. Peter Pettigrew. He’s Secret Keeper. If you don’t put him in jail, I swear I’ll kill him.” 

Before Dumbledore could answer, Remus burst into his office. “Is it true?” he asked, tears streaming down his face. He, then, saw us with Harry and began crying. “What happened,” he choked out. 
“Peter became secret keeper. I didn’t think they’d suspect him.”  

Professor Slughorn came in with a vial in his hand. “Truth serum. Drink it.” He handed it to Sirius, who willingly drank it. 
“Peter became secret keeper. James agreed it was the safest way.” 

Harry was two now. He was the most famous kid in the wizarding world, but at least he was loved. You were sat on the couch at your new house in Hogsmeade. You bounced Harry on your lap, who laughed at every movement. 
“Remus is here,” Sirius called. 
“Uncle Remmy’s here!” you exclaimed to Harry, who laughed. 

Remus and Sirius walked in. Remus gave you a hug and you handed him Harry. “Has he started talking yet?” he asked. 
“Not yet,” Sirius responded. 
“Say ‘Uncle Remus’.” Harry looked at him in confusion, before crying. 
“Every single time,” Remus said before handing Harry to Sirius. 

Sirius put him in his high chair and you all relocated to the dining room. You brought in the food and Sirius began cutting up little pieces for Harry. 
“Dada,” Harry said. All eyes locked on the little boy. 
“Did he just say-” Sirius asked. 
“Dada!” Harry yelled directly at Sirius. 

Sirius gave Harry the food. “Do you think James hates me?” Sirius asked. 
“The two of you are raising his orphaned son, I think he loves you more than anyone on this planet,” Remus said. 

You look at Harry who has food covering his face. This boy somehow found a way into your life and he was there to stay. 

Taehyung Scenario: The Spark Between Us.

Request: Hello the request are open right? I wanted to request taehyung with reader where taehyung is a doctor from the medical room in high school and the reader is a student. They always had a thing but because they are student and teacher so they can’t be together. But after a few years they meet again, the reader become a doctor for an hospital and taehyung is also a doctor but he is a sumbe/ or senior, and taehyung tease the reader as a junior ( always asking the reader to do shit) thankyouuuuuuu.

Genre: Fluff / Romance.

Taehyung hoped that with the passing of the weeks, he would feel less nervous to attend someone, but he found himself still second thinking his knowledge, even if he was one of the smartest doctors of his class. This was his first real job, he was assigned to this school by the medicine council and he was the assistant of the main doctor in charge of the nursery,  he wouldn’t think that so many students could go there, but they did.

He’d arrived early, and had been reading a book about cardiology when two students came into the nursery, carrying a  girl that had fainted in the classroom.
Taehyung told them to lay you down on the stretcher and asked about your information, first he checked your temperature noticing how you were a little cold, then he took your pulse, it was a bit too slow. You were starting to get back your consciousness, and Taehyung talked to you softly, saying that everything was fine now.

-Did something happen to her? - he asked to your friends, a girl and a boy who had brought you.

The girl denied with her head and the boy was the one answering. -No, we had just finished a test and were waiting for the next class when she fell to the floor-

You mumbled something soft and taehyung’s attention was back to you, he smiled down at you reassuringly because you looked lost.
-Hi, how are you feeling? -

Your eyes fixed on his, they were a little glassy. -I… I don’t know, what happened to me? -

-Your friends said you fainted, where you feeling bad? - he helped you sit slowly so you weren’t dizzy, and proceed to check your pupils with a little lantern.

-Yes, a little…- you looked down as if you were embarrassed and he didn’t miss how you took a sly look to your friends, so Taehyung told them to leave you alone for a moment.

-You have not eaten right Y/N? - You looked at him with guilty eyes and nodded.

-I woke up late and in all the rush, I forgot, I was so stressed with today’s test that nothing else was on my mind-

Taehyung nodded, understanding, student’s life wasn’t as easy as everybody thought . He served a glass of water and offered it to you.

-The sugar level on your blood is surely too low, that’s why you fainted - he looked at you better, you were a little pale when you came in but now he could see a nicer color showing on your skin, you ran a hand through your hair and smiled lightly after taking the water. -You must always remember to eat a little something, skipping breakfast is bad for your health-

-Yes doctor Kim -

Taehyung smiled back at you and took some notes, he still felt a wave of pride filling him whenever someone addressed him like that.

-Will you remember this Y/N?- he didn’t want you to feel like he was scolding you, so Taehyung smiled fully and dashing. You nodded quickly and averted your eyes, drinking the remaining water and he could see a light rosy blush blooming on your cheeks, you were going to be good soon as long as you ate something.  He rummaged through one of his drawers and when he found a little chocolate bar he gave it to you. -Here, have this, it will help you-

-Thank you…- You took the chocolate from his hand and the smile you showed him there was dashing, you looked great with a smile like that and Taehyung couldn’t help himself from thinking it.
He offered his hand for you to stand up in case you were still feeling a little off and you took it a little shyly, thanking him again before leaving the nursery.

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Dean Ambrose/OC: Your baby isn’t so much a baby anymore, and she has some news to tell you. FLUFFFF. Sequel to Late Night Chat and Meet the Roster.

I wrote this for my lovely anon who’s been so helpful and lovely and nice and I love them a lot and they love my cute lil domestic Dean series so….Here we go. It’s a lil bit different than the other two lmao anyways, here it is.

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A Dangerous Game (Jamilton)

AN: this is short and mostly just for me because I really wanted to do a Jamilton one. I’m really tired so it’s probably really bad, but so is the rest of my writing. 

Request: Anonymous- (For the angst prompts) 8 with Jamilton? (You do ships, right?😂)
     8. “Everyday, I need you more and everyday, you push me further away.”

Tag buds: @huffleheyguys, @artisticgamer, @theoverlordofeverything, @hmltntrsh51, @iamnotthrowingawaymyshit

Word count: 1,328


Alexander woke up to laughter coming from the living room. He had told Thomas to wake him because he had work to do, but now it was almost ten and he had lost a few good hours worth of work. Despite this, Alex stayed in bed for a few more minutes before dragging himself out to the living room. Thomas was sitting on the floor with Philip laying between his legs. The baby squealed when Thomas tickled his stomach.

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@takemeawaytocamelot submitted the ficlet prompt of one of the Fraser bairns having a nightmare. I hope you like it!

Promises In the Dark

A torrential rainstorm battered the roof of the Fraser’s tiny house. As usual, Jamie was snoring through its noisy lullaby while Claire was awake in the darkness worrying about Faith and Bree in the adjoining room. He had gently reminded her earlier while they had bathed the girls that the baby monitor was unquestionably battery powered. He had even put new batteries in them in front of her to try to reassure her. She knew that, rationally, in the event of a power cut they’d still be able to hear their daughters. Unfortunately, the overactive worry centre of her brain was yelling twice as loudly so she went to check on them.

She quietly padded down the hallway, opened the door a crack, then peeked in the room. The unmistakable silhouette of Faith rocking back and forth in her bed talking was the first thing she saw as a loud crack of thunder shook the room. Lightning soon followed to light up the room along with the frightened girl’s face.

Mama! I saw a dragon, Mama!” she signed excitedly. “My bed was shaking and there was a big light! It was going to eat me Mama!”

Claire’s heart sank as the guilt washed over her. Since her daughter had to take her new cochlear implants off at night she was still adjusting to the shift in levels of hearing. It was an easy decision whether or not their children should be multilingual. So far the bright pair knew Gàidhlig, English, BSL, and a smattering of French along with the knowledge of who would respond to which language.  It was definitely a source of pride for the young couple. Now that both children were in school their language skills had flourished even more.

Faith scampered over to her mother and Claire happily sat down to hold her daughter closely on her lap. They sat back to front to make it easier to see each other’s signing.

You had a nightmare, love!” Claire replied. “It was just a bad dream, I promise. Do you need to use the toilet before you go back to bed?”

Faith nodded then got up, ran down the hall, took care of business, then ran back to the room to jump back under the covers. She grabbed her stuffed deer and tucked it in next to herself.

Claire promised her wide-eyed daughter she would stay until the younger one fell asleep. With her mother holding her hand it just took five minutes to hear the rhythmic breathing that confirmed that to be the case.

Several hours later when Jamie went to find his wife he found his three loves curled up together on the nursery floor.

Tha mi ‘n dùil sgàin mo chridhe*.” he murmured.  He gently kissed all of them on the forehead then waited for them to wake.  He was thankful beyond measure for each of them and promised to spend his life showing them.

*I reckon my heart will burst. (colloquial)