I let out a tired sigh as I rubbed my swollen belly smiling affectionately. Sure, the mood swings, back aches, feet aches, and sudden, not to mention weird, food cravings were sometimes too much to deal with, but having another life growing inside your womb is more than worth it.
"What do you think it is?" Sadie asked from the other side of the table, staring at my big belly. I scowled at her.
"Sadie! I thought I told you I don't want to use magic to find out!" I said, glaring at the younger, but definitely more mature girl.
"I'm just curious," Sadie pouted.
I raised an eyebrow at her, but smiled none the less. "So, how do you like being seventeen?" It was true. Our little Sadie was now become a young lady. After the Cairbre disaster five years ago, Sadie started training under our new Wizard Advisor, Sir. Randolph. She loved it so much she became his apprentice. Not to mention she has stolen every boys heart in the palace. But really, what would you expect from Harpers sister?
Sadie just shrugged. "It's really no different from sixteen."
I nodded my head understanding the sentiment. Abruptly the door to the study burst open and in ran an adorable little girl with brown curls, blue eyes that, matched her attire.
"Mama!" Shouted the little four-year-old girl launching into my arms. She wrapped her arms around my waist and placed her head on my enlarged stomach. She giggled. "I heard it kick!"
I smiled while Igently rubbed her hair. "Did you now? If you could choose, what would you want, Mimi, a little brother or little sister?"
The little girl bit her bottom lip and scrunched her eyebrows together. "Hmm...a little brother!"
"Oh and why's that?" I asked.
"Then I won't have to share any of my things!"
I gaped at her. She has been spending too much time with her father. Really! Sheldon had to be putting selfish ideas in his daughters head, AGAIN! He must have told her that she wouldn't have to share her things if it was a boy only to get her to want a brother. Even though it was Sheldon who wanted a son. I shook my head in despair. "Really, Mimi, what a selfish thing to say."
"But its true Mama! Boys can't wear dresses," Mimi pointed out, sticking her chin in the air.
"Nenet, I don't know who she takes after more; you or Sheldon," Sadie said, shaking her head. "Maybe having the two of you reproduce wasn't such a good idea."
I rolled my eyes at her before attempting to get up. Sadie had to stand up and help me, and Mimi trying her best to help. This was another downer to being pregnant. Standing and sitting was such a hassle, especially with the constant need to use the latrines, I'm coming and going every few minutes, I swear I am!
When I was finally able to stand upright I grabbed Mimi's hand and started to walk out the door. "You keep studying Sadie," I instructed. "I'm going to find that insufferable husband of mine."
I heard Sadie laugh heartily before I closed the door.
While were walking (well I was walking, Mimi was skipping and swinging our hands) I couldn't help but frown at my sore feet. I had been up and about all day making preparations for the Summer Solstice festival that was to take place in two weeks.
"Mama, guess what!" Mimi said, looking up at me with bright eyes. I smiled down at her.
"What precious?" I asked.
"Today me, Matt, and Carlisle found a baby bunny rabbit in the garden! It was so cute! Matt and Carlisle thought it was boring, though, and dragged me to the creek."
I smiled at that. Little Matthew Johnson was Preston and Hillary's son. He's about a year and a half older than Mimi. Carlisle Chapman is the eldest son of the Duke of Colby and comes to visit almost every day; he was about the same age as Matthew. But those two boys and Mimi were almost inseparable. It was always so cute to watch the two boys fight over who was going to marry Mimi. Though, it won't be long until they start teasing her about having cooties.
Mimi and I turned the corner and walked into the throne room. Sheldon was sitting on his throne listening to something his mother was saying and laughed. His eyes brightened when he noticed us.
"There are my two favorite girls," he said, holding his arms open for Mimi to jump in, giggling. I let out a sigh and wadded my way over to them.
"What kind of selfish, idiotic ideas have you been putting in our daughter's head, Sheldon?" I demanded, putting my hands on my hips and glaring at him.
"What ever are you talking about, beloved?" he asked innocently.
I rolled my eyes and hit him upside the head. "She wants a little brother so she won't have to share her things?" I mocked. "Now who would tell her something like that? Really, Sheldon, it's going to teach her bad manners."
Sheldon let out a dramatic sigh and shook his head wearily. "We should ban her from playing with those boys," he said, this time nodding his head scheming something. "Yes, that's what we should do. Ban her from boys; they're bad role models."
Mimi let out a giggle, obviously thinking her father was just joking. But I could see in his eyes that he was more than just serious, he was plotting. "Silly daddy."
I sighed and rolled my eyes yet again. "Yes, silly daddy."
Sheldon gave me that cocky smile I love best, and wrapped an arm around my waist, kissing my belly. "This little guy doesn't think I'm silly."
My eyes rolled for, what, the thousandth time today? I've got to find an alternative for that. "Little guy? What if it's a girl?"
Sheldon shook his head. "It's a boy, I can feel it."
I smirked at my husband. "Will you not love the child if it's a girl?"
This time it was Sheldon who rolled his eyes. "Silly mommy," he mumbled, pinching my cheek gently.
"What about me? Aren't I silly?" came a mocking voice. I looked to the door and saw a smiling Harper walking through the door with a small girl trailing after him. He came to a stop in front of the throne and the little girl hid behind his legs, sticking her blond head out every once and awhile to see what was going on.
"No," said Sheldon, smiling. "You're just a annoying." Harper pouted. "Where's Steven?"
Harper sighed, and patted the little girl's head. "His mother and three other maids are chasing him around the garden. You think he'd be more like Sally and behave, but nooo he has to be the difficult twin."
I smiled while looking at the girl hiding. Her name was Sally and she was two years younger than Mimi and was probably the shyest thing I ever saw. Her twin brother, Steven, was a wild monster that now plagues the castle. "I can't believe you left your wife to deal with him," I scolded.
He held his hands up in defense. "I didn't! I told you, there are three maids helping her."
"And they still haven't caught him?" asked Sheldon, smirking in amusement.
Harper puffed out his chest. "He takes after his father."
"Unfortunately," I said, laughing as Harper feigned hurt.
Suddenly a crash sounded and all three of us adults cringed. We now knew that Steven had escaped the garden.
"Incoming!" shouted a female voice. Not long after, a little boy with blonde hair, his clothes riddled with dirt, barged into the room, laughing and running around like a madman.
Harper quickly grabbed him from under the arms and held him up.
"Down, down!" yelled the boy while flaring his body around. Harper just let out a sigh and wrapped an arm around the boy's waist and held him to his side.
Soon after a pretty woman ran gasping into the room. She stopped short when she noticed that her little quarry had been caught. When she finally caught her breath she glared at Harper and put her hands on her hips. "Just where were you Harper?" she demanded.
Harper rubbed the back of his head and let out a nervous chuckle. "Um...I knew he would come here?"
The woman rolled her eyes. "Well, Harper, since you seem to know your son so well, why don't you give him his bath?"
We all watched as the boys eyes widened in horror. His violent movements started again. "No bath! No bath! No Mamma PWEASE!" he screamed.
"Aw Ember," Harper pouted. "Why'd you have to go and say the b word?" Ember just stuck her tongue out at him.
I laughed at the couple. They had had a rocky start. After the Cairbre disaster, Ember had been sentenced to a lifetime of servitude. She had been sent to Harper's home in the North and it didn't take too long for Harper to follow. They stayed there for about fourteen months before they finally came back, with Ember acting as Sadie's personal maid. She had definitely come in handy with the Cairbre investigation. She knew a lot of his secrets and where he kept all his spells. It had also been her idea to turn Cairbre's old castle into an orphanage and sanctuary for young girls who had been able to escape the life of brothel-hood. Ten months after their return to the castle, they finally got married, and immediately after Ember became pregnant with twins.
I was brought out of my reverie when Sheldon pressed a kiss to my neck. I turned my head to see Sheldon had stood up and was now guiding me out of the room. "Come on," he said softly, kissing me again on the forehead. "Time for you to rest," I raised an eyebrow at him. "You've been up on your feet all day. It's not good for you or the baby."
He guided me to our bedroom carefully, making sure I didn't trip and fall. When we got to our room, he helped me undress and dress and then get into the bed. I let out a low yawn as I rested my head on the pillow. "Where's Mimi?" I asked, closing my eyes contently when he ran his hands through my hair.
"She's with Ember," Sheldon said, kissing my face. I let out a sigh. Sheldon never did entirely forgive Ember for what she did, not that I blame him. They have yet to find themselves on friendly terms with one another. They were at best, polite acknowledgment, and would engage in light conversation at this stage in their relationship. Though I still don't forgive Ember for what she did to us, I do understand that she had no other choice, and we have actually become quite good friends. "Now go to sleep."
I nodded my head obediently and started to drift away. I smiled as Sheldon continued to stroke my hair and hum a soft lullaby that he used to sing to Mimi when she was a baby. He knew it was always soothing to me. I knew the real reason he wanted me to sleep. He knew I had had another nightmare last night and didn't get much sleep. That was also the reason he was staying with me.
The last thing I heard before I let sleep claim me was Sheldon's soothing lullaby, and I knew that no nightmares would come while he was watching over me.
Author's Note: Wow...I can't believe it's actually done! It took me, what, a year and a half to finish it? But it's done! Yes, this was short, but it pretty much gave a summary of what happened after. Now... who wants a sequel?
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