Her hospital room is so quiet that as Jemma leans back against her pillows she can hear the sound of her new born daughter’s tiny heartbeat thumping against her as she lies sound asleep on her chest.
Smiling, Jemma rubs her thumb in small, gentle circles on the baby’s back, trying to savour the last few moments she has with her alone before Fitz arrives to introduce the rest of their family to the new addition.
Whilst the two of them had been at the hospital, they had left the children with their Auntie Daisy, who, thanks to a SHIELD issue SUV, had managed to arrive at their house within fifteen minutes of being called and then had sent them off in the same SUV, announcing that she would take care of everything.
That had been almost two days ago now and, as much as she has needed the rest, Jemma is starting to miss the noise and the chaos that her family almost always managed to bring with it, which is why when she hears their footsteps on the corridor outside her room, her heart leaps with excitement.
warnings: language, implied and mentions of violence
title and inspiration from bo burnham’s ‘art is dead’
It had been months since Shawn had returned home and the couple had been going through the motions of daily life. They took Ollie to daycare, Charlotte went to work and they played happy families for anybody that watched on. Their friends and family believed everything was fine, normal. Yet, inside their modest and well-kept home, things weren’t so rosy.
The initial yelling and fighting had subsided into a resigned silence. The arguments had become repetitive and pointless, neither of them budging on their views. The longer they were stuck in the cycle of pointless arguing, the more aggressive and heated the fights got. All too often, broken glass fragments littered their floor and fist-sized holes decorated their white walls. They realised they were getting nowhere with each other and just gave up on the fights. Neither of them wanted to frighten Ollie or shift his world around anymore that it had already had been, but both of them knew they couldn’t step on eggshells forever. There was a long overdue conclusion to this situation that was on its way, and they both knew it.