Five Years Later.

Pain. That's all she felt - a blinding pain that would not go away. She tried everything to make the pain go away-screaming, yelling, trying to ignore it, but nothing worked. She looked around the room at all the people that were trying to help her, but they were just succeeding in pissing her off.

"You can do it Resa, just a little more," Fox said from his position next to Theresa. Theresa angrily grabbed Fox by his shirt collar and pulled him close so that his face was only a few inches away from hers.

"This is all your fault!" she exclaimed. "I swear to God, when this is all over I am never going to let you touch me again. Do you hear me?!?!?!? NEVER!!"

"Resa-" Fox started nervously.

"Don't Resa me! I hate you!" she yelled.

"Baby, we can talk about this later, right now you have to concentrate," Fox tried to explain. Realizing that he was right, Theresa quickly let go of her anger towards him and took his hand in hers.

"I'm sorry baby, it just hurts so much," Theresa said sadly.

"It's okay honey. Don't worry, it'll be over soon," Fox said as he kissed her forehead.

"All right, Theresa, I need you to push," the doctor said. Theresa took a deep breath before starting to push.

"That's it baby, you can do it," Fox encouraged.

"No, I can't. Please, don't make me do it again, it hurts so much," she pleaded with the doctor.

"Come on Theresa, you can do this," Dr Bagley replied. "I see the head, just one more push, that's all," she said.

"No, no, it's too much," Theresa said tiredly.

"Resa, come on baby. Just think about the little baby that you'll get to hold once this is all over," Fox said. "Just think about that little boy or girl that's going to enter this world because of the two of us. I'm right here, all you need is one more push."

"Just one more? You promise?"

"I promise, just one more," Doctor Bagley said.

"Okay, here goes," Theresa said. She took one final deep breath before pushing with all her strength and energy. When she couldn't push any more, she stopped and fell back on her bed to the sounds a baby crying.

"You did it baby, you did it!" Fox said excitedly as he looked at his first child.

"Is the baby okay?" she asked.

"She's perfect," Fox replied.

"She?"

"Yes, Theresa. You and Fox have a beautiful baby girl," Dr. Bagley said.

"Let me see her," Theresa said.

"We've got to clean her first," the nurse said as she took the baby from the doctor and carried her to the table. She began wiping her body with the towel and trying to get her as clean as possible. When she was done, she carried the baby over to Theresa. Theresa eagerly took the baby from the nurse before the nurse and doctor left the room.

"She's so beautiful," she admired.

"Just like her mother," Fox said as he sat on the bed.

"She has your eyes," Theresa commented.

"And your nose," Fox added. "Can you believe we did this?" he asked, surprised that he was capable of creating such a beautiful human being.

"I know, she's perfect," Theresa said as she continued to stare at her daughter. "I want you to know that Mommy and Daddy will always be there for you and we will love and support you in everything you do," she said to her beautiful daughter. Her daughter, in return, simply gave a tiny smile.

"Do you want to hold her?" she asked Fox.

"No, I'll probably drop her," Fox said.

"No you won't," Theresa disagreed. "You'll do fine," she said as she handed their daughter to Fox. She watched as Fox held her uncomfortably. "It's okay Fox, she won't bite you," she joked.

"Not funny," Fox said with a fake glare.

"Here, let me help you," she said as she grabbed his arms and put them in the correct position under the baby's neck. "See, it's a piece of cake."

"Yeah, I guess it is," Fox said with a smile.

"She looks just like you," Theresa said as Fox continued to stare at their daughter.

"Just like your Mommy said, we're going to love you unconditionally," he said to his daughter. "And I promise to give you any and everything you could ever want," he added. His face broke out into a smile when he heard his daughter give a tiny laugh.

"Just like a Crane to get excited about being offered everything money can buy," Theresa said with a laugh.

"You're learning quickly," he joked to his daughter.

"You should probably go out there and tell Charity and Brady that everything's okay," Theresa said.

"Yeah, you're right, they've been out there for hours," Fox said as he handed the baby back to Theresa. "You were great today," he said with a smile.

"Are you talking about before or after I threatened to never let you touch me again?" she asked with a laugh. "I'm sorry about that, by the way," she said.

"Don't worry about it, I actually thought it was kind of funny," he replied.

"You would," Theresa said with a roll of her eyes. "All right, hurry up and tell them so you can come back in here," she said.

"Okay, I'll be right back," he said before kissing her temple and walking out of the room. Theresa looked down at the little bundle of joy in her arms after Fox had left the room.

"You've got one of the best daddies in the world," she said as she kissed the baby's cheek.

"What happened? Is Theresa okay? What about the baby, is it okay? What is it, a boy or girl?" Charity asked in one breath when Fox approached them.

"Sweetie, give him a chance to relax first," Brady said with a laugh as he wrapped his arm around his wife's waist. He and Charity had gotten married two years after Fox and Theresa.

"Sorry, I'm just really excited," Charity replied. She turned back to her brother and repeated one of her questions. "Is Theresa okay?" she asked worriedly.

"Yeah, Theresa and the baby are fine," Fox replied.

"Oh my God, that's great!" Charity said as she reached up and hugged Fox. "You're a father, that's so cool!"

"I'm a father," Fox said, as if just realizing it.

"Congratulations man," Brady said as he also hugged Fox.

"So what is it, a boy or girl?" Charity asked excitedly.

"I'm a father," Fox repeated, not hearing Charity's question.

"Yes, we know that," Charity said, looking at Fox weirdly. "So are you the father of a boy or girl?" Fox continued to stare in space in wonder, not noticing Brady or Charity.

"Fox, you there?" Brady asked, waving his hand in front Fox's face.

"Fox!" Charity yelled. That seemed to snap him out of his reverie.

"I'm a father!" he yelled excitedly as he pulled Charity into his arms and spun her around. "Can you believe it!!"

"Congratulations," Charity said, laughing at Fox's behavior. "Now for the hundredth time, is it a boy or girl?"

"Why don't you come in with me and find out," Fox said as he started heading back to Theresa's hospital room. Brady and Charity quickly followed. When they reached it, they entered quietly, not wanting to wake Theresa if she was asleep.

"Are you awake?" Charity asked as they entered the room.

"Yeah, come in," Theresa said excitedly.

"Resa, I'm so happy for you," Charity said, practically running over to hug Theresa.

"Me too, congratulations, Resa," Brady said as he also hugged Theresa.

"Thanks guys," Theresa replied with a large smile. "Would you like to see your new niece?" she asked.

"Niece? You had a girl!" Charity said as more of a statement than a question.

"Yes we did, here you can hold her," Theresa said as she handed the baby to Charity. She watched as Charity and Brady cooed at the baby.

"She's beautiful," Brady said.

"Of course she is, she's my daughter," Fox said in a smug tone.

"Exactly why you should be glad that she has Theresa's looks," Brady joked. Fox gave Brady a light glare.

"Have you guys thought of a name?" Charity asked.

"Yes, you are now holding Alexandra Maria Crane, Lexie for short," Theresa replied.

"Lexie Crane, it's perfect," Charity said. "Just so you know, I plan to spoil my niece like there's no tomorrow," she said to Fox and Theresa.

"I already beat you to it, sis," Fox said with a smile. Charity simply laughed.

"Would you guys mind calling our family back in Harmony and letting them know what's happened," Theresa asked.

"Of course not," Brady said.

"We'd love to," Charity said as she handed Lexie back to Theresa. "We'll be back a little later," she said before going over to hug Fox. "Congratulations again."

"Yeah, you guys deserve it," Brady added.

"Thanks guys," Fox and Theresa said before they left.

"I can't believe I'm an aunt," Charity said to Brady once they had left the room.

"I know, it's weird, I can finally spoil a little kid again. With Belle being so grown, she hasn't needed anyone to spoil or protect her anymore," he said referring to his little sister.

"Well, in nine months, you'll be able to spoil two kids," Charity said calmly.

"Really?" Brady asked confused. "Who's having a baby?"

"We are," she replied, waiting for him to understand.

"Wait, you're.you're pregnant?" he asked in shock.

"Yeah," she replied happily.

"I'm going to be a daddy?"

"Yeah, you're going to be a daddy," she said excitedly.

"I'm going to be a daddy!!!" he exclaimed before spinning Charity around and pulling her into a kiss. "This is so amazing!" he said after he put her down.

"I know, I can't wait!" Charity replied.

"When did you find out?" he asked.

"Yesterday. I wanted to tell you later tonight, but I couldn't wait," she replied.

"I'm glad you didn't," he replied with a smile.

"Okay, now we've got to call everyone and tell them Theresa and Fox's good news along with ours," she said as she took his hand and started walking.

"We've got to call my family," he said.

"Don't worry, we'll tell all of Salem if you want," she said with a smile.

"And Harmony?" Brady asked jokingly.

"And Harmony," Charity agreed with a smile.

"Good, come on Mommy, we've got phone calls to make," he said, wrapping his arms around her waist and continuing to walk.

Charity walked into Theresa's hospital room almost an hour later to see Theresa laying on her bed and Fox sitting on it talking to her.

"Where's Lexie?" she asked.

"The nurse came and put her in the room with the other babies," Fox replied.

"Where's Brady?" Theresa asked, seeing that Brady was nowhere around.

"He's still calling people. After calling your family and mine, we had to call his family and when I left he was still talking to his grandfather," Charity explained.

"Why did he call his grandfather?" Fox asked confused.

"To tell him some of our own good news," Charity said with a smile as she walked to the other side of Theresa's bed.

"You told him?" Theresa asked with a knowing smile.

"Told him what?" Fox asked, not knowing what they were talking about.

"Yeah, you should have seen him, he was so excited," Charity replied with a grin, ignoring Fox's question.

"Excited about what?" Fox asked, still confused.

"I bet he was. Congratulations, I'm so happy for both of you," Theresa said.

"Happy for what?!!?!!" he finally exclaimed, not liking being left out.

"For my pregnancy," Charity answered.

"Your what?"

"Pregnancy, you know, that period of nine months in which a baby grows inside a female's stomach," Charity said as though Fox were a three- year-old child.

"I know what it is," Fox said with a roll of his eyes. "You're pregnant?" he asked.

"Yeah, I'm on my sixth week," Charity replied with a smile.

"Why did Resa get to know before me?" he asked in a childish voice.

"Because Resa's my best friend and I needed her support," she replied.

"I would have given you support," he said with a boyish pout.

"Aww, is little Nicky jealous?" Charity asked in a mocking voice as she reached over and grabbed Fox's cheeks.

"No, I'm not. And don't call me Nicky," Fox said, not really expecting Charity to listen to him.

"If it helps, Nicky, you were the first person that I wanted to tell, but I knew you were worried about Theresa and her pregnancy and I didn't want to add to it," she said.

"Thanks, but next time, I want you to come to me first, I don't like being left out," he said with a fake pout. Theresa and Charity laughed at his expression.

"God, I can't believe that one little night in Harmony years ago had led us to right here," Theresa said.

"I know what you mean," Charity said. "I mean, when we left, you and I were just two broken-hearted teenagers and Fox was just an unloved child trying to find his place in the world."

"But look at us now," Fox said. "We're grown adults, and Theresa and I are parents and you're about to become one. It's amazing how two sad incidents could bring about such happy and treasured moments," he said.

"I know," Theresa agreed. "I guess Fate just works some mysterious ways sometimes."

"Well I'm not too much of a believer in Fate, but I'm thankful for whatever it was that led me to Brady," Charity said.

"Me too, I don't know what I'd do without Fox," Theresa said, smiling at Fox.

"Actually, you should both be thanking me," Fox said with a smile.

"And why is that?" Charity asked, certain that she would be amused by her brother's answer.

"Well, Resa, you and I wouldn't have been together if I hadn't volunteered to leave Harmony with you. And Charity, you and Brady wouldn't have met if it weren't for me. So you two should actually be forever grateful that I volunteered, on my own free will, to take you two all the way to California," he said smugly.

"First of all, you didn't volunteer on your own free will-you had no choice. If Theresa was gone, you would have had no reason to stay in Harmony because she was basically your only friend," Charity said. "And secondly, the only reason you took us all the way to California was because you had a crush on Theresa and you didn't want to be away from her," Charity said with a smug smile of her own.

"You two are such Cranes," Theresa said in an amused voice as she watched the confident and smug expression that was on Fox face, quickly fade and appear on Charity's face.

"Yeah, but you love us," Fox said with a smile.

"Yeah, for some reason, I can't get enough of you Cranes," Theresa said with a smile.

"It's our irresistible charm, right C?" Fox asked his sister.

"Yeah, or maybe it's our good looks," Charity added.

"Or maybe it's your cocky personalities," Theresa put in.

"No, no I don't think that's it, what about you Nicky?" Charity asked.

"No, that's definitely not it," Fox said grinning.

"I'm sure you two wouldn't think so," Theresa said with a smile as she pulled Fox and Charity down on the bed and closer to her.

"Once again, it's the three amigos," Charity said.

"Through everything, we've always managed to be there for each other. We're really lucky to have each other in our lives," Theresa said.

"Yes, we are," Fox agreed as he took Theresa's hand in his. Theresa reached over and took Charity's hand in hers.

"You guys are the best friends anyone could ask for," Theresa said.

"Ditto," Charity and Fox said.

"We've gone through some tough times, but we've always gotten through it together, and we'll always get through it together," Charity said

"As a team," Fox said as he held out his hand in front of them.

"As a unit," Charity said as she laid her hand on top of his. Theresa looked at both of them with a huge smile before laying her hand on Charity and Fox's hands

"As family."
*The End*

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And so ends the story of Fox, Theresa, and Charity. I really hoped you guys liked this story because I know that I loved writing it. This was my first time writing a fanfic or a long story of any kind and I was really amazed and touched by all the feedback that I received. I want to thank each and every single person who has left me feedback, I'd like to name all of you, but that'd take a while. LoL. But to everyone that left feedback, I'm glad that you liked my story and your feedback has meant so much to me. When I'm having a crappy day, it would always be so nice to go to the web page and read such nice reviews. All of you are the best!!!! I hope you guys will continue to support me in my second Passions fanfic, A Crane's Flight. Once again, thank you for following me on this journey through the lives of Fox Crane, Theresa Lopez-Fitzgerald, and Charity Standish. I know the story was different, and not what most people are used to, so thanks for sticking with me and having faith even after I decided to make Charity one of the main characters, b/c even though I like her, I know a lot of people don't. So thanks again to all of you!!!