Chapter 50 - Life Changes and Bundles of Joy

March 26th, 2005

DK walked into the firehouse and smiled, taking a deep breath in. He slowly moved his eyes around, looking at how, in 3 months, nothing had changed. He smiled and picked up his bag off the floor, moving to the bunk room, seeing no one in it. He moved to where his locker was and opened it, seeing almost nothing, but he knew that Bridget had taken most of the stuff out when he was in the hospital.

"Hey stranger." A voice said behind him and DK turned, seeing Alex standing in the stairway. DK laughed and Alex moved to him. They both hugged for a moment, then started talking about how he was back on full duty, and how good he looked. Footsteps were heard and soon the entire Squad was around DK, talking to him about his amazing return after such a horrendous fire. DK looked at the group of men and put his hands up for a moment.

"Hold on, hold on. Bridget is throwing a bash at Haggerty's tonight, so announcements will be made tonight. Calm down, it's just me, nothing big." He said to them and the group looked at him oddly, then started to move around, getting ready for their shift, or going downstairs to find something to do. Billy stayed, as did Alex and JD. JD stayed because he was running late and needed to finish getting ready for his shift. Alex and Billy stayed, waiting to see what DK was hiding that would be announced later that night. DK saw them and smiled, then looked at JD.

"How's Morgan doing?" DK asked JD. JD looked up from buttoning his shirt and shrugged, nodding. He shut his locker and sat down, putting his shoes on.

"She's better. This is her last week in Medical Records before she goes back to her ER nursing schedule. Her psychologist said she's ready, and she seems back to normal." JD smiled and nodded, standing up. Alex smiled and her radio went off.

"ADAM 55-3, REPORT TO PS 65 FOR BOY WHO FELL OFF OF JUNGLE GYM."

"Are you kidding.." Alex said and radioed that they were on their way. She went down the stairs and Billy stood there with JD and DK. JD left after grabbing his sunglasses, leaving Billy and DK there. Billy looked at DK and DK looked back.

"Spill it. if it involves you and my sister, I deserve to know." Billy said, crossing his arms. DK laughed and moved by him.

"You will just have to wait until tonight. She said not to tell you until she saw you." DK laughed and walked away, stopping at the stairs.

"And don't try the arms crossing, big bad lieutenant thing with me. This isn't work related, and you know you don't intimidate me." DK smiled and disappeared down the stairs. Billy uncrossed his arms and blinked. He paused, and shook his head, smirking slightly, following DK.

Haggerty's that night was loud as music played from the jukebox. JD leaned against the counter, talking to Stu and Alex as DK and Bridget sat at a booth, talking to Billy. Joe and Jimmy were flirting with girls who were friends of Ana and Morgan's. Ana and Morgan sipped beers and laughed about something. Bosco walked in with Davis and Finney, as Grace and Monroe followed.

"Sweet, now that everyone is here." DK said and Billy went over, unplugging the Jukebox. Everyone looked over as Bridget was hoisted onto the bar and DK sat next to her legs. Everyone moved towards them and watched as Bridget put her hands up and the bar got quiet.

"Ok ok… Derek and I have announcement. We are moving." She said, leaving it at that. Everyone looked at one another, then back to the couple, wondering why that was just big news.

"OK… Is it a different country or something… Explain!" People started yelling out random things and Bridget laughed, shaking her head. DK laughed, pointing at Jimmy.

"You couldn't live without me and you know it!" DK said to Jimmy, who laughed harder. Bridget out her hands up higher.

"No! We are moving from our condo on Broadway… to a 4 Bedroom on Lexington, that is currently being built, near 96th, 3 blocks from Billy and Alex's house." Bridget said and DK nodded.

"What the hell you gunna do with a house that big!" Joe yelled out. Bridget looked down at DK and DK smiled big, climbing up next to her. He wrapped his arms around her from behind and pulled her shirt up a little, showing a small bump.

"To make room for the baby!" DK called out and the room froze. Bridget smiled big and turned to the side, showing her small, but slightly rounded stomach. Soon cheers went around, from everyone in the room. After a little bit the room got quiet.

"I am 4 months pregnant, and I am moving my part of the practice to our new home. I will work from there and DK will stay at the 55." Bridget said and everyone got all excited, helping them down from the bar, and giving the, cheers.

Morgan looked at Ana, and after a moment, they both ran over to the karaoke table, since the music had started up again and made requests. They then moved to where JD and Stu were, and Ana was grabbed behind and pulled to Stu who smiled to her and started growling against her throat. Ana let out a squeal and Morgan looked at JD, as she sat on his lap.

"What did you pick out?" JD asked her and she smiled, shrugging. The doors opened and the members of Morgan's band came in. They looked normal, in normal clothing, no make up or goth clothing. The group of cops and firefighter looked at them and nodded, used to their presence. Morgan waved and they moved to the table she was at.

"And now..Morgan, come on up!" Morgan heard her name and ran over, grabbing the bassist for the band she was in. He blinked and spun, pulled to the karaoke screen. She smiled to him and then the music started playing. Soon every one looked over as Broken by Seether and Amy Lee came on. Morgan stood there, moving her head as the bassist started singing.

I wanted you to know I love the way you laugh
I wanna hold you high and steal your pain away
I keep your photograph; I know it serves me well
I wanna hold you high and steal your pain

Morgan joined in with him. Her voice low, but seeming to match perfectly with the bassist. They looked at each other, then at the group watching.

Cause I'm broken when I'm open
And I don't feel like I am strong enough
Cause I'm broken when I'm lonesome
And I don't feel right when you're gone away

Morgan took her solo, moving to JD, looking up at him, leaning into the microphone.

The worst is over now and we can breathe again
I wanna hold you high, you steal my pain away
There's so much left to learn, and no one left to fight
I wanna hold you high and steal your pain

The bassist joined in with her, and she made her way to the stage area and her and the bassist stood together, singing like they were at a concert.

Cause I'm broken when I'm open
And I don't feel like I am strong enough
Cause I'm broken when I'm lonesome
And I don't feel right when you're gone away

They paused for the instrumental chorus and smirked at each other, nodding as it was their time again. They started to sing like they were pain. Morgan leaned over, holding the last word for a good minute.

Cause I'm broken when I'm open
And I don't feel like I am strong enough
Cause I'm broken when I'm lonesome
And I don't feel right when you're gone away

After a moment, in perfect sync with the song, they went into the chorus one last time, Morgan tapping her foot while singing, the bassist moving his head rather harshly. The song ended after that and the room went into screams and claps. Morgan smiled as people screamed for more and she shook her head.

"Come on! Bellow one out for your man and all the men you crushed by marrying the dork!" Stu yelled out and JD looked back at him, punching him in the arm. Morgan laughed and sighed, nodding.

"If I do this, will you leave me the hell alone forever?" Morgan asked Stu and Stu nodded with a smile. Morgan laughed and flipped through the book while others sang. JD walked up behind her and slipped his arms around her as she looked, pointing at different songs.

Alex leaned next to Billy and looked around at his Squad, seeing JD and Morgan together, Stu and Ana together, DK and Bridget together, and Joe chillin' with Jimmy. She sighed softly, and looked up at him with a smile. "I think things may be as normal as ever."

Billy sipped his beer and looked down at her shaking his head. "Don't jinx it. For the love all things holy, don't jinx it!"

She laughed and he smiled, leaning down, kissing her cheek.