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Juzblue: Well, this is kinda the epilogue, so I guess that was the last chapter.
Ashley Hammond/Astro Yellow: A funeral in my backyard? For some strange reason, I'm starting to like that idea. Wow, I really am twisted. :P
Piper xox Leo: Thanks, here's the end.
Jenny: Yay, you wrote something long again. And you predicted the entire story pretty much. AAAAAHHHH. Oh well, the next thing I put up here will be happy and predictable. I hope. Then I can get back to dark and depressing. :P
the-power-of-love: Thanks, here's the last part. :P
Ashley moaned as another contraction hit her, doubling up in pain. Andros squeezed her hands comfortingly, and she leaned back against his arm a moment later.
"You're doing great, Ash," he said, leaning her head against his. "Just a little while longer."
Ashley nodded her head. "You're not going to want any more kids, right?"
Andros laughed, and kissed the side of her head. "I think four kids is plenty... but we can talk once Zoe and Wyatt are in college."
Ashley smiled. "Where are Zoe and Wyatt, anyway?"
"In the waiting room," Andros reminded her. "With Zhane and Karone."
"You left them with Zhane?"
"I didn't exactly have much choice," Andros protested. "Don't worry, Karone's in charge of all three of them."
Ashley's reply was cut off as she had another contraction. She leaned forward, whimpering in pain.
"I love you, Ash," Andros whispered in her ear as she leaned back against his arm again. "You can scream if you want to, you know."
"It doesn't hurt that bad yet," Ashley said. "Where did the doctor go?"
"He said you weren't ready to push yet, remember?" Andros said, letting go of her right hand to rub her shoulder. "He said he'd be back in a couple of minutes."
"Oh," Ashley said. She didn't remember. "Do you think the babies will look like you this time?"
"If they do, they'd better have your eyes," Andros said.
"But I like your eyes," Ashley told him. "Zoe and Wyatt look cute with your eyes."
Andros was saved from having to reply when the doctor entered the room again. A moment later, he announced, "Okay, you're ready to push now."
Ashley's grip on Andros's hand became painful as she struggled to deliver the first of the twins. "It's all right, Ash," he said in her ear. "Almost there."
Ashley nodded, and screamed softly. Andros felt her body relax slightly, and he looked at the doctor, who told them, "You have a healthy, beautiful baby girl."
Ashley smiled, tears of happiness forming in her eyes. Andros squeezed her hand, whispering, "I love you, Ash."
"I love you," Ashley whispered back. Then she remembered that there was another baby, and groaned. Andros laughed softly.
"She's got a brother or sister on the way," the doctor said as he handed the baby to the nurse to be cleaned. Ashley moaned, but the second baby came more quickly than his sister had. The baby boy was taken away to be washed off while Ashley was moved to a different room.
Five minutes later, Andros was holding his son as Ashley cradled her daughter. These twins had Ashley's sparkling brown eyes, and Ashley was insisting that they had Andros's hair.
"Ash, they don't have hair," he tried to say, but was cut off by her glare.
"They do too," she said, pointing to the fuzz on the baby girl's head. "See? That's blond. And the rest is brown."
Andros nodded his agreement simply to keep her from killing him, and Ashley laughed. He smiled sheepishly at her. "Can I let everyone else in here now?"
Ashley nodded, and reached out to take the baby boy from Andros's arms as he went to inform their family and friends that everything had gone fine, and they now had two more beautiful children.
"What's her name?" Justin asked, although he already knew. There was only one name that seemed right to choose.
"Aria," Ashley said, handing him his niece. Justin gave her a sad smile, and glanced at his mother. Issia smiled as well, and reached out to touch baby Aria's hand.
"So this one's Cathan?" Gabriel said, looking down at the boy in Karone's arms.
"Yeah," Andros said, nodding as he stepped back to Ashley's side. He lifted Zoe up onto the bed beside her. Ashley wrapped her arms around her first daughter, smiling as she watched her newborn daughter passed around carefully from family member to family member.
"Here, Wyatt," Zhane said, lifting the boy up to look over Karone's shoulder. "Say hi to your baby sister."
"Hi," Wyatt said obediatly, poking curiously at the baby his aunt was holding. Zhane laughed and returned him to the floor before he could miss baby Aria's cheek and put out one of her eyes.
Ashley was exhausted, and Andros quickly kicked out their friends and family members. Ashley gave him a grateful smile, and moved over, giving him room to join her on the bed. He sat down beside her, one arm around her shoulders and the other arm cradling Cathan as he watched her nurse Aria. When both the twins had been fed, they sat there silently for a long time, memorizing every detail of their children's faces.
Ashley leaned against him sleepily after a nurse had come to take the twins to the nursery. Andros wrapped both his arms around her, amazed at how much he loved her. Ever since he had brought her back from near death, he felt closer to her than ever before, and if it was possible, he loved her even more.
"Get some rest, Ash," he murmured into her ear, easing her back onto the pillows. "I'll be back soon."
"Where are you going?" Ashley asked him, her eyes already half-closed. "You can't leave me here. I just gave birth to your children."
Andros laughed, placing a gentle kiss on her lips. "I'll be right back, I promise. I just want to say goodbye to Zoe and Wyatt before Zhane and Karone take them home."
Ashley mumbled something he couldn't understand. Kissing her again, Andros covered her with the thin blankets, and left the room as quietly as he could. Zoe and Wyatt were dozing in Zhane and Karone's arms, so he kissed them goodnight, and let them go home with Zhane and Karone.
On his way back to Ashley's room, he stopped at the hospital gift shop to buy two overpriced teddy bears that he knew Ashley would think were adorable. Ashley opened her eyes slightly when he sat down beside her again, but was soon fast asleep. Andros watched her with a smile on his face. Tomorrow, he could take her and their children home to live the rest of their lives.
A/N:Yay, it's over. :P I've got a few stories that I can put up here soon, and you guys can vote on which one you want first. So vote, and I'll start writing it, but I want to concentrate on Mirror, Mirror for awhile. Anyway, Option 1 is something happy, fluffy, and someone besides Jenny should be able to figure out what happens at the end. You know, something with a wedding and lots and lots of babies. Option 2 has some similarities to this story. I do random stuff to time and space just because I feel like it, and then there's some evil people, and a few battles, but I don't think I kill anyone who's not evil. Tell me what to write next. :P