Note: Just a quick little snippet that I thought of as I was just beginning to fall asleep.
You, Sam and Sully were staying with Nate and Elena for a few weeks. It’s been a couple of years since Avery’s treasure was sunk into the sea along with his ship, and the couple are still living in New Orleans - although they’ve mentioned moving once or twice.
You lay in bed with Sam, tangled up in each other. Sam gently plays with your hair, as he always does, whilst you lay your head on his chest. You’re just drifting off to sleep when a muffled cry comes from the room next to you.
“I’ll go check on her.” You say, lifting your head from Sam’s chest and getting out of bed.
“Hey, hey, hey.” You whisper. “What’s wrong?”
“I had a bad dream.” Cassie sniffles, sitting upright in her pink, fluffy pyjamas.
“Oh, sweet pea. I have those, too.” You sit next to her on the bed. “You know what you gotta do?”
She shakes her head.
“You gotta hug teddy really tight and he’ll protect you from everything.”
“But what about when I’m asleep?” She asks.
“Well, teddies don’t sleep - they watch over you all night and keep you safe.”
She looks down at the soft brown bear that she holds in her arms. You wipe the tears away from the cheeks and give her a smile.
“You wanna come sleep with me and Uncle Sam?” You ask.
She nods her head and lifts her arms up, ready for you to lift her out of the bed.
You place Cassie into the bed next to Sam and tuck her in.
“Hey, cutie.” Sam smiles, smoothing down her hair as she snuggles up to him.
“She had a nightmare.” You inform him, laying down next to her.
It only takes a few minutes for Cassie to fall asleep again.
“She’s out like a light.” Sam says.
“She sleeps like her Uncle.” You smile. “Thankfully she doesn’t snore like you, though.”
“I do not snore.”
“Oh, please. You know that’s a lie.”
“I have a cold.”
You chuckle, looking down at Cassie and stroking her hand as it clutches her teddy.
“If you’d have told me, back in Madagascar, that Nate’d have a little girl, I’d’ve laughed in your face.”
“Ha. Yeah, me too.”
“It’s incredible how anyone could go from that life to this one; to go from fighting your way through various jungles and ancient ruins to taking your little girl to school and ballet classes; I don’t know how he did it.”
“You don’t think you could?”
“I don’t think so, no.”
“Me neither.” He says. You can feel him gazing at you. You look up from Cassie to find him staring at you, lovingly.
“Besides, I prefer us just the way we are.” You smile.
“Me too.” He replies, tucking your hair behind your ear.
You lean your head on his should and he plants a kiss of the top of you head.
So yeah, I felt like making this after the night everyone was making one. I can’t cosplay, though, and I don’t photograph well, so I just drew this. After I finished the sketch, I saw that someone had already done a photo version, but I don’t care. I made this, and I like it, so here you go.