"Everything looks good," Dr. Coburn said as she checked on Taylor. "It shouldn't be much longer now.
Taylor sighed and closed her eyes as a contraction came over her. Eric was sitting with her and ran his hand over her head. They had been in the hospital for nearly twelve hours and Taylor was just getting ready to push.
"I don't want to do this anymore," she said. Eric just snickered.
"It's a little late for that," he said as the nurses came in and prepped for the delivery.
Taylor shot him a glare. "You're the one that did this," she said motioning to her belly. Eric smiled and kissed her forehead.
"I didn't hear any complaints from you at the time," he whispered. Taylor smiled a little at that and then felt one of the hardest contractions yet hit her.
The doctor came back in and settled herself at the end of Taylor's bed. "Ok Taylor, this is it," she said.
Taylor looked up at Eric and he kissed her. "Don't be scared… you can do this,"
he said. Taylor turned her attention back to the doctor as she grit her teeth and pushed as hard as she could.
Eric supported her back as she continued to push a few more times until they heard the cries of their baby.
"It's… a…" the doctor said as she held the baby up. "… girl," she said as she placed the tiny body on Taylor's chest.
Tears flowed freely down her cheeks, as she looked at the crying child. She looked at the baby and then up to Eric whose head was right next to hers.
He was utterly speechless as he saw his daughter. The doctor took the baby girl from Taylor and Eric followed her as the nurses cleaned her off.
"Do we have a name for this little lady?" one of the nurses said. Eric looked over to Taylor and they both knew what they wanted to name her…
"Animaria," Eric said.
"Animaria Jean," Taylor corrected. The nurse smiled and wrote the name on a card that was placed in the clear basinet with little Animaria. Taylor was exhausted, but she knew her work wasn't over yet.
Eric returned to her and kissed her. "She's perfect," he said. Taylor felt the need to push again and he braced her back as he had done before. She pushed hard once again and felt a second body emerge, followed by soft crying.
"It's a boy," the doctor said as she placed the second baby on Taylor.
"We have a son," Taylor said as Eric kissed her forehead. Again, he was at a loss at how Taylor could have gone through everything and produced two perfect little babies. They took him away to be cleaned up, like his sister.
"What are we going to call him?" Eric asked her softly.
Taylor thought for a moment and smiled. "I want to call him Schuyler," she said happily as she saw both her children being brought to her.
"Sky," Eric muttered softly. "Schuyler Eric Meyers," he said. Taylor smiled and watched as Eric was handed his daughter and Taylor their son. This was it… they were actually a family now…
A few hours later, Taylor was sound asleep while Eric sat in her room, watching over the three most important people in his life. Schuyler and Animaria were both asleep as well in their clear basinets, and Eric was still in a state of shock.
He was a father… an actual father to these two perfect children. Any fears he had had about them coming into his life were dissipated the moment they were born. Both of them had dark hair and light eyes, but Sky was a little bigger than his older sister.
His head looked up from the bassinets and he met his wife's sleepy gaze. He moved over to sit next to her and Taylor felt his lips on her cheek. "How are you feeling?" he asked.
"Tired as hell," she said laughing a little. She looked over to her kids and grinned. "But I think it was all worth it." They both smiled then and Animaria began to whimper.
Eric picked her up and handed her to Taylor. The little girl quieted almost immediately, but her brother began to cry and Eric took him into his own arms.
Sky's eyes opened and Eric touched his cheek. The child closed his eyes again and Eric cradled him. Taylor looked at her two men and couldn't stop the tears that sprung to her eyes. She realized then that everything that they had been through… all the battles, fights between each other, and her accident all were meant to happen.
Without all the bad things in life, the good things wouldn't seem nearly as great as they were.
She wiped her tears and Eric smiled. "So, you want to do this again?" he asked. Taylor sighed and kissed him.
"If you're a good boy," she replied as they kissed again. Eric just smiled at his family and took in the scene before him.
Three months passed by in the blink of an eye and for the Meyers family, things couldn't have been going better. Taylor was back at work with Eric and the twins were growing bigger by the day.
Their hair had lightened somewhat, but they both still had piercing light eyes like their mother. Sky seemed to be more reserved, while Animaria was very bubbly and open to things.
After a long day experimenting with the new morphing technology at Bio Lab, Eric was beat. Kat seemed to think that by using his Quantum morpher, they could better design the layout of the suits and sequences. He drove into the garage and into the house.
He saw that all the lights were out downstairs, so he made his way up the stairs to the second floor where he heard the distinct sounds of Taylor rocking one of their kids, presumable Sky, to sleep.
Carefully he opened the door to the nursery and saw Taylor nursing his son. At hearing the door open, Taylor turned her head and gave him a tired smile. "How was the test?" she asked. Eric walked over and kissed her.
"It was interesting," he said. "They're using my morpher to try and figure out how to get everything to work."
"Sounds like a busy day." Eric paced his large hand on his son's head and kissed it.
"How were they?" Taylor removed Sky from her breast and Eric gladly took him.
"They've missed you I think… can you get Ani for me?" she asked in reference to her daughter. Eric carried Sky to his crib and retrieved his daughter from hers.
"Wes still can't get over the names," he said as he watched Ani take a hold of Taylor.
She grinned and readjusted herself. "Well, it makes sense considering that's where they were conceived," she said. Eric smirked.
"It's also the place where I realized I loved you," he said as he kissed his daughter's head. Taylor furrowed her brow.
"You knew you loved me that day?" she asked softly. Eric nodded and kissed her.
"It's taken me a long time to admit that, but I really think I did when you ran into me," he said.
"Well, you stole my book," she replied as she felt Ani finish. Eric took his daughter and placed her back in her crib to sleep. He felt her arms wrap around his waist and turned. "I think I loved you that day too," she admitted.
Eric leaned down and kissed her gently. He pulled away and kissed her neck. "What do you say we start practicing for the next one?"
Taylor's eyes closed and she felt his hands grip her hips. "The next one?" she said softly. Eric just continued to kiss her neck and then her forehead. "I guess practice never hurt anyone," she replied as he picked her up and took her to their room…
A/N: There it is, Part 1 of my final story. I thought with Sky's personality and everything, that Eric and Taylor fit perfectly as his parents.
Part 2: Sky and Ani begin school and realize they're a little different from the other kids. Will they be able to cope with their powers and their growing family?