Author: NJNRFAN PM
Sometimes it takes one moment for a relationship to shift. Could it be that this is that moment for Dani and Nico?Rated: Fiction K+ - English - Romance - Dani S. & Nico C. - Chapters: 15 - Words: 26,159 - Reviews: 102 - Favs: 36 - Follows: 49 - Updated: 05-26-12 - Published: 09-20-11 - id: 7397842
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With Season 2 finally starting next week – YAY! - Thought I would wrap up this storyline. Thank you for your reviews and feedback. Hopefully another story idea will come to me soon. In the meantime, enjoy!
Dani woke up slowly. The last 24 hours had been almost dreamlike. As she became more alert, she became aware of the hospital sounds around her. It was then that she realized that she wasn't alone.
"Hi Mom". She couldn't help but smile when she saw Matt. He was the one that had put her new life in motion and for that she would always love him.
"Hi yourself. She said. "I was just dreaming", Dani said, pushing herself up fully on the bed so she could accept the hug that Matt was leaning in to give.
"Yes, Nico was in my dream and we were…." Her voice trailed off. Suddenly she felt embarrassed to continue. She couldn't share this with Matthew, not anymore, it would just hurt him.
Just when she was figuring how to get out of the conversation, the door opened and her two kids burst in, followed closely by TK and Nico who hung back by the door with his arms crossed watching.
Dani locked eyes with Nico and couldn't look away. Even with the commotion of everyone talking at once, would it always be this way with him she wondered? This pull she had on him. She had always felt it and by the way he was looking at her, she always would.
God she was beautiful. Glancing over at Matt, who was sharing a joke with TK he couldn't help but think that she might be better off with him. Matt didn't have any of the baggage that Nico would always carry, none of the memories that he had buried so deep because they were so painful.
But before he could shake that thought out of his head, he felt a presence behind him. Years of training had him turning around quickly only to find the young nurse that had been with Dani from the beginning. In her arms, she held a tightly wrapped bundle wrapped up in a pink blanket.
"Mr. Careles?" As Nico, turned to face her, she gently deposited the tiny creature in his arms.
"Thought you may want to have your daughter back from the Nursery."
As he looked down, beautiful brown eyes, just like her Mothers stared back at him and as if satisfied that she was where she was supposed to be and she was safe, she slowly closed her eyes and drifted back off to sleep.
And she was his. He felt a protective wave come over him, just as strong as it had in the delivery room. When he first held her, he knew that the rest of his life would be spent protecting this little one with all that he had.
It was only when he fully turned back to the room that he realized that everyone had gotten quiet as to not disturb the baby.
"Nico?" Matt was the first to approach him. "Congratulations." Turning to Dani, he smiled again. "You look great and thank you for including me today." And with that he left the room.
After a few minutes of cooing over their new baby sister, Ray Jay and Lindsay and TK left to go down to the cafeteria for snacks. TK was loving the attention of the Nurses and was hoping that he would leave with at least one phone number for sure.
After the door closed, Nico came over and handed the baby into Dani's arms.
"Thank you Dani."
"For what Nico, you were in this together the whole way. It's not been easy but we've made it."
"I love you." And with that, Nico leaned down to place a quick kiss on her lips. As he went to pull back, Dani held the kiss and would have kept him there longer if her daughter hadn't made her presence known.
"I think Christine Careles has a nice ring to it, Nico, what do you think?"
"I think" Nico said, "That it's a perfect name for our daughter.
They both knew it wouldn't' be easy and there would be rough times ahead, but for today, life was good and he was going to enjoy this. Almost as much as his wedding. A week before the baby was born, Nico married Dani in the backyard of the new house they now shared. They both felt it was important to start someplace new that they could build their own memories, together with the kids.
With that, the door opened and the kids came back in. As they all gathered around the bed, Nico took in his new family and new that he was finally home.