Chapter 20- Hearts Grow Fonder
Hello my loyal readers. I hope you have enjoyed this story. It was my first fan fic and I'm very proud of it. I hope Claire and Charlie kiss next season! AH! OK! All smiles! Have fun reading this last chapter and take comfort in knowing there will be a sequel.
When they were done eating, Charlie and Claire put Adam in his playpen and put a blanket over him. They walked down the stairs and sat on the couch. Karen finished washing the dishes and walked into the living room. She walked over to the love seat Liam was sitting on and sat next to him.
"Thank you for dinner." Claire said smiling. "It was very good."
"I can only imagine how nice it tasted after being stuck on the island for three years." Karen said laying her head on Liam's shoulder.
"Well, it kept us healthy, that's for sure. Boar, bananas, and other fruits… lots of protein." Charlie said laughing.
"Yeah… did you see the look on Adam's face when he tasted the cookie?" Liam asked.
"Yeah, now he's going to want cookies all the time." Claire said laughing.
"That's my boy." Charlie said laughing with her.
"We should probably hit the hay." Liam said getting up.
"Party poopers." Charlie said looking at Claire.
"No, their just getting old." Claire said in a teasing tone.
"Hey, we're not old." Liam said laughing.
"You're right, Karen's not old… but you are." Charlie said as Karen stood up.
"Got to bed." Liam said still laughing.
"Now he's telling us what to do, luv… yeah, that screams old."
"Shut up and go to bed." Liam said as Charlie and Claire stood up.
"Will do." Claire said pushing Charlie towards the stairs, laughing.
"Charlie, I know you like teasing your brother, but we need to get some sleep, so we can plan our wedding, find a house, and get jobs." Claire explained, walking up the stairs with him.
"Great, now I feel old." Charlie said as Claire laughed at him.
The next morning, Claire woke to an empty slot next to her. She sat up and got out of bed. Adam and Faith were gone from where they had slept. Claire walked out of the room and down the stairs. She walked into the kitchen to see Charlie standing up, talking to Liam with Faith in his arms. Adam was eating scrambled eggs in the high chair.
"Hi Mommy." He said smiling up at her.
"Hey sweetie." She said walking over to him and kissing his forehead.
"You're awake." Charlie said looking over at her.
"Yeah, where's Karen?" Claire asked rubbing her eyes.
"She went to pick up Megan, but she'll be back soon." Liam replied with a smile.
"Okay, Charlie, what are our plans for today?"
"I don't know, luv. What do you feel like doing?"
"Umm… We could take the kids to the park." She said smiling. "But we should wait for Megan to get back, so all of us can go together."
"Fabulous idea." He said giving her a kiss on the cheek.
"I know." She said with a smirk as she took Faith from him.
"We're home!" Karen yelled walking in the door. Megan ran over to Liam and gave him a hug." Liam pulled her onto his lap.
"Hi pumpkin, did you have fun at Carrie's house?"
"Yeah, she got a new puppy and it's really cute." She said excited.
"That's great sweetie." Liam said smiling. "I've got a surprise for you… your uncle Charlie is here."
"Behind you." Charlie said as she turned around to look at him.
"Uncle Charlie!" She said jumping into his arms. "I missed you!" She said giving him a hug.
"I missed you too." He said putting her down. "Let me look at you… my you've grown. Last time I saw you… you were four years old."
"I'm seven now." She said laughing.
"Yes, you have grown a lot since I last saw you." Charlie said also laughing. He looked over at Claire and motioned for her to come over. "Megan, this is Claire. We're going to get married." Charlie said proudly.
"And you have two cousins now." Liam said cleaning up Adam's face and hands and putting him on the ground. "This is Adam and Claire is holding Faith."
"We thought you might want to go to the park with us." Claire said as Charlie put his arm around her.
"Okay." She said running to the door.
When they arrived at the park, Adam and Megan went over to the swings. Liam followed and pushed both of them, as they giggled. Charlie and Claire were sitting on the beach watching, but Karen was too preoccupied with making funny faces at Faith, who she was holding. They stayed at the park for about an hour and a half, and then went back home.
It was getting dark, so they let the kids watch The Incredibles while Liam, Karen, Charlie, and Claire discussed future plans. Charlie was looking at the newspaper while Claire called real estate agents looking for a house.
"It sounds perfect." Claire said to the person on the phone. "How much?" Claire was silent for a second and then a smile spread across her face. "Okay, when can we see it?" Her smile became bigger. "Thank you… good bye."
"Good news?" Charlie asked as Claire hung up the phone.
"Yes." She said walking over to him. He put the newspaper on the table and tapped his leg a few times.
"Come here and tell me." He said with a smirk. She giggled and walked over to him. She sat down on his knee and picked up the newspaper. "So, what did the realtor say about the house you seem to like?"
"It's very close by." She said grinning.
"How close?" Charlie asked intrigued.
"You remember the house down the street for sale?"
"That's it, and the people who live there are moving out tomorrow."
"Wow, when can we go look at it?"
"Nine o' clock tomorrow morning."
"A thousand dollars below our maximum price range."
"Sounds like a great deal."
"Well, the realtor said they found a house in the States that they move into in a week, so they aren't worried about how much they get from the house."
"Great, so if the inside is as nice as the outside we will buy it on the spot."
"Really?" She asked, putting the newspaper down.
"Of course luv. I know you have your heart set on it, so I want you to have it."
"You're amazing." She said wrapping her arms around his neck and kissing him gently a few times.
"So I've been told." He said laughing. "So what's the house like?"
"Five bedrooms, two bathrooms, and a hot tub and pool in the backyard."
"It sounds too good to be true."
"We'll find out tomorrow, I guess."
"Yeah, I hope it's all you dreamed of."
"Me too." She said smiling.
They all went to bed a few hours later. Claire and Charlie woke up to the sound of their alarm clock at 8:15 the next morning.
"Why did you have to get me up so early?" Charlie complained. "Give me five minutes, that's all I need."
"Five minutes?" Claire asked, not believing him.
"Yeah, because men don't feel the need to fix themselves up beautifully. You are naturally beautiful, Claire. You don't need to wear make up."
"That's sweet of you… but five minutes? How could it only take you five minutes?"
"All I need to do is throw on a pair of shorts and a decent shirt, then brush my hand through my hair and on the way out… I'll grab a donut or something."
"Should I time it?" Claire asked laughing.
"Ha-ha, very funny." He said walking over to her and kissing her neck.
"Where are the kids?" He asked going over to their suitcase and pulling out a pair of shorts.
"They went out for breakfast with Liam and Karen. I couldn't believe Liam and Karen get up so early." Claire said pulling out a skirt from the bag. It was a borderline color between grey and black. She got a pink half sleeve button up shirt and put it on. Charlie changed his shirt and was wearing tan shorts with a light blue shirt. He headed down stairs. Claire put her hair in a low ponytail and put on a small touch of make up. She walked downstairs to see a plate with two pieces of toast and scrambled eggs.
"You cooked?" She said grinning.
"I'm a man of many talents, luv." He said walking over with a glass of orange juice for both of them.
"So I see." She said laughing.
The End! So do they buy the house? Hmm… maybe. You will find out in the sequel, entitled, Hearts Grow Fonder: Almost Perfect. Which will be coming out soon. I promise.
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