The Life and Times of Nathalie Sancoeur 7
Day 7: Future
Hours later, Nathalie held her sleeping grandbaby, rocking as she paced the room. She hummed a soft tune she’d learned before Gabby’s birth. The baby stared up at her with wide eyes for a moment before falling into a tired sleep.
She smiled. “You may not know how loved you already are, but you’ll learn, sweet Emilie. You’re in for some serious doting with this group.”
Curled on top of her exhausted brother, Gabby murmured in her sleep, drawing Nathalie and the newborn closer.
“I can take her if you want,” Gabriel whispered, his eyes peeking open. His hair stuck up in places as he removed his glasses to rub at his eyes.
Shaking her head, she expertly covered Gabby and Adrien with a spare blanket while holding the infant close to her. She watched them for several moments, grateful they hadn’t stirred. Adrien’s hand clasped Marinette’s as the younger woman slept.
Satisfied they’d remain covered, she moved closer to Gabriel and smiled, meeting his sleep-laden eyes.
“We’re doing just fine, aren’t we, Emilie?” She tilted the baby girl so he could glimpse their granddaughter’s content face. “I’ve missed this stage with Gabby. They never stay small like this long enough.”
“I remember.” He fell silent, his eyes taking on a faraway look.
Seeing the memories overtaking him, she leaned in, so their eyes met. She offered him a soft smile as she held out the baby. “I think Emilie could use a little time with her grandfather.”
His hands shook the tiniest bit, the baby wriggling to find the perfect position in the new hold. When her eyes popped open for a moment, Gabriel exhaled, enchanted by the newest addition to their family.
“Hey there, little one,” Gabriel whispered, his finger picking up Emilie’s hand. The tiny fingers gripped him tight. His eyes softened more than she’d seen it happen in years, her heart softening with his expression.
Nathalie smiled at the tableau displayed before her.
This was her family, for better or worse, and she wouldn’t have it any other way. It didn’t matter what the future held for her. She had everything she could ever want in that hospital room.