Hi everyone! Long time no post. I'm really sorry about that. I've been going through a really rough period lately. Both physically and emotionally. I decided to let this be the final chapter. With so much going on with the show right now, especially with SB returning, I feel like this is a good place to end. I may or may not come back with another story, I'm not sure yet. It took quite a while to finish this chapter. I'm afraid my muse has flown the coop, lol. I want to thank all of you who read the story and especially those of you who reviewed. Even more so to the ones who left wonderful constructive criticism. Just... Thank you! Good night!
Monica stood in Sam's favorite spot in the penthouse, her arms full with the most gorgeous granddaughter she could imagine. The penthouse was silent as it was just her and Emily. Jason had taken Sam and Danny out for the evening. Dinner and the new Star Wars movie. It would be another hour before they returned home, but Monica couldn't stop herself from wishing it were longer so she could have more time with the baby.
Monica left the window and entered the kitchen. Opening the refrigerator, she pulled out one of the bottles of breastmilk and placed it in the bottle warmer. After a moment, the bottle was ready and Emily began to wiggle in her grandmother's arms.
"It looks like you know that sound already, huh?" Monica chuckled.
The two made their way into the living room where Monica sat on the couch. She kicked her shoes off and made herself comfortable before placing the bottle in Emily's mouth. The baby drank greedily.
"Well, now, Miss Emily, what should we talk about?" Monica asked, watching Emily eat. "I'll tell you about the woman you were named after."
Baby Emily kicked her little legs and swung her tiny fists in response, appearing as if she really would like to know.
"I'll take that as a yes," Monica laughed.
"Your Aunt Emily was one of the most precious gifts I had ever recieved. She was kind, generous, and wore her heart on her sleeve. She had her troubles, believe me, but Emily fought her way through them. That's one thing to remember, precious girl. We Quartermaines are made of stern stuff. We will rise above all of our hardships."
Monica smiled down at the baby, tears swimming in her eyes as she remembered the daughter lost to her years ago. Emily Quartermaine was a soul still deeply missed. Her namesake's eyes slowly drooped closed as she took the last few suckles left in the bottle.
An hour later the front door opened and the sound of Danny's laughter filled the room. Jason shushed his son as he took in the sight in front of him. His mother, Emily, and Scout were snuggled together on the couch, fast asleep. Sam grinned from ear to ear, slowly moving towards Monica. Scout was the first one awake, poking his head up from Monica's knee to look for his boy. The puppy's body shook with excitement the moment he saw Danny.
Jason set Danny down, whispering in his ear, "Buddy, why don't you take Scout upstairs and get ready for bed?"
"Sure, Daddy!" Danny whispered loudly. "C'mon, Scout."
Boy and dog were up the stairs in record time and just as Sam put her hands around her daughter, Monica's eyes flew open.
"Oh, Sam! You're home early."
"Actually, we're kind of late. Dessert went longer than we thought. We tried calling."
Sam picked Emily up, careful not to rouse her, "I'll go put her to bed."
She left the living room, giving Jason and Monica some time alone. Monica stood from the couch and stretched before hugging Jason.
"Thank you for letting me babysit tonight."
"Thank you for offering. Danny had a great time tonight."
"About that..." Monica bent to the coffee table, plucking up the bottle that had been Emily's dinner.
"About what?" Jason questioned.
"Danny. I was wondering if he'd like to spend the weekend with me. He can bring Scout and it'll just be the three of us."
"Yeah, I think Danny would really like that. I'll talk to Sam and we'll make a plan."
"Great, I look forward to it. I should be going."
Monica hugged Jason again, then handed him the bottle before picking up her purse from the table behind the couch.
"Tell Sam I said goodnight. I love you, Son."
"Love you too, Mom."
Monica left the apartment and for the first time in forever felt lighter than air.
As a final note, here is the full playlist for this story. Thanks again!
It's All Coming Back to Me by Celine Dione
Cry Little Sister by Carfax Abbey
Love Laced with Tragedy by The Cruxshadows
Local God by Everclear
You Make Me Smile by Uncle Kracker
The Lunatics are Taking Over the Asylum by Collide
I'm With You by Avril Lavigne
While Your Lips Are Still Red by Nightwish
Memory by Epica
Sanctuary by Utada Hikaru
Take My Breath Away (Techno Remix) by DJ Sammy
I Wish I Had an Angel by Nightwish
So Far Away by Avenged Sevenfold
Amazing by Aerosmith
Falling Faster by Burn Halo
Crazy Little Thing Called Love by Queen
Kissing You by Desiree
I'll Fly With You by Gigi D'Agostino
To You I Bestow by Mundy
SOS Anything but Love by Apocalyptica ft Cristina Scabbia
All I Want For Christmas Is You by Mariah Carey
Hotel California by The Eagles
It Can't Rain All the Time by Jane Sidberry
Eyes on Fire by Blue Foundation
Angel by Jimi Hendrix
Carry on My Wayward Son by Kansas
Last Friday Night by Katy Perry
Nemo by Nightwish
I Wanna Hold Your Hand by The Beatles
A Dream Is A Wish by David Choi
The Last Goodbye by Billy Boyd