A/N: I am finally getting around to ending this story. I was having trouble writing it, so sorry it took so long. I don't own any of the characters except my own.
Once Olivia and the babies were released from the hospital, it took some time for them to adjust to having the babies at the house and getting up every few hours. Before long, they developed a routine. Hank became involved with everything involving the children. When Christmas arrived, it had been especially hard for the Voights with it being the first holiday after Richard's death. They had spent a quiet Christmas Eve at home and after everyone did their own Christmases, they went over to the Langan's, which had become the tradition since they all became friends. Olivia had been spending Christmas with the Langans ever since she could remember. Most of the women were in the kitchen. Olivia had gone in with Abby.
"Hey. Donna, can I ask you something?"
"I've known you and Tom longer than anyone and you were always more like parents to me than Serena ever was. I was wondering if you two would be grandparents to my kids. I know you have your own grandson now and if you don't want to, I'll understand."
"You don't even have to ask. We've loved you like a daughter ever since you were a baby. We always thought Serena was an unfit mother and we considered officially making you a part of our family many times at least until you were 18. To answer your question, yes, Tom and I would love to be grandparents to your children as long as it is ok with both Hank and Rose."
"I'm fine with it."
"Hank's fine with it too."
Donna kissed Olivia's head and then she kissed Abby's. Hank came in with Zach.
"Donna agreed to be a grandma to our kids."
Donna kissed Hank's cheek and Zach's head just as Tom came in with Jake.
"We have two new grandchildren. Olivia asked if we'd be grandparents to the twins."
"I couldn't say no to her anyway. Let me hold my little Princess."
"Where are Trevor and Cindy or shouldn't I ask?"
Tom took Abby from Olivia.
"Do you suppose we'll become grandparents again in 9 months?"
"When are they getting married?"
"New Year's Eve."
"That was fast."
"Trevor doesn't have to be back to school until mid January, so we made arrangements to go to Disney World. We're taking Jake, so they can have time to themselves. Her parents are coming in for the wedding. Cindy and Jake are going to Hartford with him and they'll live in her grandma's house. He told them at school that he was moving out of the dorm. He wants to come back here. I guess we'll see what happens."
"Hank and Olivia are taking this next part of the school year off. They're hoping to go back in the spring."
"That makes sense. Hank, you're planning to become a cop, right?"
"Olivia, how do you feel about that?"
"I'm planning to do the same thing."
"Trudy, Al, Fin and Eddie are too."
"What's Randy planning to do?"
"Firefighter I think."
"Mel wants to eventually go to Med School. She's also taking time off from school, since the baby is due at any time basically."
Fin came into the kitchen.
"Mel's in labor."
"We'll head over there later."
Olivia went to give Mel a hug and then Fin and Melinda left with their parents for the hospital. Zach started fussing and then so did Abby.
"Olivia, I got her."
"Thanks. Honey, do you want me to take him?"
"Nah. I got it."
Hank fixed the bottles for both and handed one to Tom.
"I could have fed one of them."
"Don't worry about it. Just relax."
Hank kissed Olivia and then he and Tom took the kids into the living room.
"Can I help you with something?"
"We have everything under control. Thanks anyway. Dinner should be ready very soon."
Olivia was headed to the living room but took her coat and went outside to go for a walk. She figured no one would miss her. She walked to the park and sat on the swing. Back at the house, the ladies were putting the food on the table. Donna went into the living room.
"Dinner is ready."
Everyone headed into the dining room.
"The last I saw her she was in the kitchen."
"I'll check upstairs."
Trevor went to see if Olivia was upstairs but didn't see her. He also checked down in the basement. Hank called their house to see if she was there but got no answer. Hank got his coat.
"Do you want us to come too?"
Hank walked to the park and found her on the swing crying.
"Hey, Babe. What's wrong?"
"I'm starting to feel left out of everything."
"Why? Is this because Tom and I gave the babies their bottles?"
"Kind of. I just want to feel useful."
"You are useful."
"Then why doesn't anyone let me do anything?"
"Because I know how worn out you've been lately since the babies have been born. When you're feeling like this, you need to tell me. Don't just take off like that. You scared me. What if something happened to you?"
Hank sat down on the other swing and then Olivia sat on his lap. He wrapped his arms around her and they started kissing.
"I love you. Our babies and I need you so much."
"I love you and need you too."
"Let's go back and get something to eat."
The two of them got up, Hank took her hand and they went back to the Langan's. After everyone ate, they opened presents. Olivia had always had a stocking at the Langan's but this year, Hank and the kids did too. Hank stayed close to Olivia. After they all had dessert, most of them headed to the hospital to check on Melinda. Several hours later, Melinda gave birth to Odafin Jr. After he was weighed and measured, Fin bought him out to meet everyone.
"This is my son, Fin."
"Fin, he's handsome."
"I know, right?"
"I think we're going to head home. It's been a long day."
"Give our love to Mel."
"I will. Thanks for being here."
"No problem. Merry Christmas, everyone."
Hank and Olivia hugged everyone and went home. Everyone else left as well and then Fin took the baby back to Mel. Hank, Olivia and Rose were sitting in the living room having hot chocolate when they heard a knock at the door. Olivia went to answer it. It was Trevor and Cindy.
"Does everyone else know you're here?"
"Come on in."
Trevor and Cindy came in and they all went into the living room.
"Would you two like some hot chocolate?"
"That would be great. Thanks."
Rose got up and went to make some hot chocolate for Trevor and Cindy.
"We wanted to ask the two of you something."
"Would you stand up for us at our wedding? This is all happening so quickly and we wanted to ask you sooner but with everything that has happened these last few weeks, we knew you had other things on your mind. Olivia, you've been my best friend as far back as I can remember and I want you to share in this moment with us. Hell, you're more like a sister to me than anything. You were the one who listened to me whine after Cindy moved away."
"Trevor, of course we will."
"So, most of you are going into Law Enforcement?"
"I can't see Eddie as a cop."
"His dad is."
"Yeah, I know."
Rose came back with the hot chocolate.
"You're very welcome."
"Cindy said she can't see Eddie being a cop."
"Jack and Nancy say the same thing sometimes."
"Fin used to beat him up regularly."
"I think that was because he used to tattle on all of us. He had a crush on you in 8th grade. He wanted to ask you to the Valentine's dance but I told him not to even think about it. He said he didn't know you were my girlfriend. I said you weren't but I had already asked you as a friend."
"You never told me this."
"I didn't see the need to. I didn't think he was your type."
"Thank you. There's no way I would have dated him. If I hadn't met Hank, I would have rather dated you."
"I feel the same way."
"Cindy, how did you manage to raise him by yourself?"
"My parents have been so amazing. I had actually considered putting him up for adoption but I just became so attached to him. I wanted the reminder of how much I love you and what that night meant to me. I know it was wrong of me not to tell you about Jake when it happened. I knew it was time for me to tell you about our son."
"I'm glad you finally told me."
Olivia got up and headed upstairs. She went into the bedroom to check on the twins and then she sat down on the bed. Cindy followed her up and found her.
"Yeah, I'm fine. Why wouldn't I be? I'm just tired."
"Believe me, I understand. Being a new mother takes a lot out of you and you have twins."
"Aren't you happy?"
"I am. I love Hank and our children more than anything but I had goals. I wasn't planning on being a mother at 19. Why do I feel like nothing has gone right for me?"
"Things don't always happen the way we want them to."
"Yeah, I know. Can you go get Hank for me?"
Cindy went downstairs to get Hank and then he went upstairs.
"You wanted to see me?"
"Yeah. I've been doing some thinking. Sit."
Hank sat down.
"You know I love you, right?"
"I'm not sure I like where this is going."
"Please just hear me out."
"As much as I don't want to do this, I don't think I want to be a cop anymore. I don't want them growing up without both of us if something were to happen. They are more important than me fulfilling my dream of being a cop. I just don't want to disappoint you."
"You could never disappoint me. Sometimes I'm not sure I want to do the cop thing either, especially after what happened to my dad."
"I'm not even sure I want to go back to school right now. I want to be here for them and I don't want your mom to think she's obligated to taking care of them, since they are our responsibility."
"I'm probably going to have pick up more hours at work anyway. Mom has mentioned that she doesn't really want to live here without Dad. I don't blame her. We're eventually going to have to get a place of our own."
"I know. I do have the money from the sale of my mom's house."
"Mom said she would love to live closer to her sister. It would be much easier if we had the money the Langans do."
"No kidding. You're not mad?"
"Of course not."
"Good. I wasn't quite sure how you'd react to my decision. I've been thinking about it for a while but even more now since your dad was killed."
"Does anyone know?"
"Your dad did. I told him I thought this was what I wanted but a part of me wasn't so sure of that. He said he'd be proud of me no matter what I decided. I know I could put it off for a few years but we could have another baby by then."
"That is true."
Rose, Trevor and Cindy came into the room.
"I told Hank that I don't think I want to do the cop thing anymore. I'm not even sure I want to go back to school right now. I want my kids to come first. I don't want them to grow up without having both of us."
"I'm not sure I do either especially now after what happened to Dad."
"Henry, you knew at a young age that you wanted to be a cop. You always said you were going to be one like your dad to protect the people you love the most from danger."
"Yeah, I know but back then things were different. My priorities have changed. I didn't expect to have a wife and two children to support."
"I know for a fact that your dad made sure we'd all be taken care of and that included his unborn grandchildren."
"I just want to be a better mother to my children than Serena ever was to me."
"You already love them, so that's a start and I doubt you'd ever abuse them."
"No, I wouldn't. I just have a lot against me because of both of my parents."
"You'll be fine. You've had to deal with a lot this year and none of it was easy. I think our love is strong enough to survive anything."
"I know it is. I don't think I would have gotten through any of this if it wasn't for you. We have some pretty amazing friends too."
"You know how much my family loves you."
"Yeah, I know. I did ask your parents to be grandparents to my children and they gladly accepted."
"Then I guess that makes me Uncle Trevor."
"I guess it does but I wouldn't have it any other way. You've known me longer than anyone."
"I sure have."
"Well, you two are definitely Auntie Olivia Uncle Hank to Jake."
"We've been talking about having them baptized and we were discussing Godparents. We would love for you and Cindy to be their Godparents."
"Not Al and Trudy?"
"Honey, we could do both."
"That is true. Would you two be Godparents to one of them?"
"They can be Abby's."
Trevor and Cindy left and then everyone went to be. During the next few days, everyone got ready for Trevor and Cindy's wedding and then the Langans went to Disney World before Trevor had to be back at school. When Trevor and Cindy came home for a weekend, Hank and Olivia had their babies baptized. Olivia made her decision not to pursue her dream of becoming a cop and had the support of her family and friends. Cindy found out she was pregnant with their second child and Trudy found out that she and Mouch were expecting as well.
During the next few years, everyone had graduated. Trevor went on to Law School and Melinda went on to Med School, while everyone else was accepted into the Police Academies for either the Chicago Police Department or the NYPD and Mouch got into the Fire Academy for the Chicago Fire Department. Even though this group of friends was now in two different cities, they remained friends and still saw each other as often as possible. No matter what happened in their lives, they'd always be there for each other.
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