Disclaimer: I don't own Charmed.
"They're so adorable, Sweetheart," Patty told her youngest child.
"Aren't they?" Paige grinned, handing three month old Charlotte to her grandmother.
Prue picked up Charlie's twin, Grace, as she agreed with her mother and little sister, "Definitely." She held the baby up for Andy to see. "Aren't they cute?"
He nodded, but didn't miss the longing tone to his girl's voice. He and Prue would never have a sweet little baby of their own.
"I never realized how tiring small children could be until now. It's way different being a mom than it is an aunt. Piper, I don't know how you make it look so easy," Paige sighed as she sat down next to Henry on the couch in Halliwell Manor. The Charmed Ones, their families, Prue, Andy, and the girls' mother were all together in the living room, introducing Paige's little Charlotte and Grace to their grandma and Aunt Prue.
"Magic," Piper smiled. She tried to pull Wyatt onto what was left of her lap, but ended up giving the boy to his father, who was also holding Chris, instead. "And since I've been pregnant with Melinda here, it's greatly increased." Piper was now 7 months along in her pregnancy. The month before, she and Leo had found out the baby was going to be a girl. It seemed they were going to get the child they'd seen when traveling to the future all those years ago, after all. Piper couldn't be happier. She and Leo were finally together with no conflict. She had two precious little boys and a wonderful little girl on the way. She had three wonderful sisters, the oldest who was finally being allowed to visit years after her untimely death. Her parents and Grams were there for her. Demons still existed, but Piper had accepted the fact that she'd never get a completely normal life. The one she had, though, was pretty perfect.
"You're gonna have to let me in on that magic in another six months," Phoebe said from her spot on Cole's lap.
"Oh, you know what it is. Love."
Phoebe twisted around to see her husband's face, looping her arms around his neck, "Well, we've got plenty of that to share, don't we?"
Cole nodded, holding her tighter and placing a hand over Phoebe's stomach on her barely noticeable bump, "Our Little Ladybug will be overwhelmed with love."
"You're not just gonna call her Ladybug, are you? She'd be teased in school like crazy."
"Actually, Prue, we've decided, assuming my premonition is right and our baby is a girl, to name her after you."
At her sister's nod, Prue smiled. "Thanks, Pheebs. You don't know how much that means to me."
"You're welcome. But, it was Cole's idea."
Prue looked stunned. She gaped at her brother-in-law, "You?"
"It's no big deal," he shrugged.
"Yes, it is," Prue stated sincerely. "Thank you."
"Oh no, I'm losing my partner in Cole- loathing," Paige complained.
"Nah, I'm always up to harassing that annoyance," Prue grinned toward Cole. He rolled his eyes. Since Prue's visits from 'up there' had begun to get more regular, she and Cole had developed a bantering relationship. They were away from the distrust the telekinetic witch had felt before she'd died.
Henry looked at her. "Are you sure you still belong to that club? Weren't you saying just the other day how grateful you are to Cole?"
"That is because our Gracie has taken to scaring me to death on a daily basis by constantly orbing out. Cole returns her and I am very thankful."
"Yeah, baby's have a thing for me. Especially Grace. She loves her Uncle Cole, always orbing into my arms. I have a hard time explaining to my partners at the firm where she comes from," Cole bragged.
"You're gonna be such a great dad." Phoebe pulled him down for a kiss.
"Don't get all mushy. This is a day to celebrate my children. Can't you keep your hands off each other for a couple hours," Paige teasingly scolded. She wasn't especially thrilled that Grace, and Charlotte, too, liked Cole so much, but they did. And, she had forgiven him and let him have a clean slate as far as she was concerned. She'd even apologized herself, and he'd accepted it. But, he was still so annoying sometimes. She was hoping her kids didn't pick up anything irritating from him.
"Not even for a couple minutes," Phoebe answered, kissing him again. She pulled away soon after. "I'm hungry."
"For food, Paige," Phoebe corrected. "Although, I wouldn't mind my husband, either."
"Ok, seriously, there are kids in the room. And, even if mine are just infants, think of Wyatt and Chris. Piper, help me," Paige begged.
"Uh-uh. Don't put me in the middle."
"She didn't. You and Phoebe were born there," Prue smirked.
"I still want food, people."
"You just ate," Cole glanced at his wife.
"Hello! Pregnant, here! And, it's your fault. I want muffins filled with pickles and raisins."
Paige made a disgusted face, "That sounds even more nauseating than watching you two go at it right here in front of all of us."
"You're just jealous your pregnancy's over, so you can't think of new, delicious foods so easily."
"Yeah, that's it," Paige deadpanned.
"I thought so." Phoebe stood up, pulling Cole with her. "Well?"
Wrapping his arms around her, Cole nodded good-bye to the rest of the family before shimmering himself and Phoebe away.
"That was great! I think I'm ready for dessert."
Cole looked at her carefully, "Aren't muffins dessert?"
Phoebe shook her head. "Not that kind of dessert," she giggled before crushing his lips with hers.
"Oh, I think I can manage this kind," he broke the kiss, but kept his face no more than a mere centimeter from Phoebe's.
"Good." She gazed into her love's eyes and suddenly became fearful it was all too good to be true. Maybe it was the mood swings of pregnancy, but Phoebe had the sudden need to make sure she wasn't just dreaming up the past seven months. "This is real, right? Us, our baby?"
"Yeah, it is," Cole said as he kissed her forehead, reassuringly.
"Prove it," Phoebe dared, using the same two words she'd said the night of their first kiss in Piper's club, P3, so may years before. "Prove that this isn't some beautiful dream I'm going to wake up from. Prove that you're real. That we really are going to have this forever."
And, as he'd done before, Cole rose to the challenge. He reached down to her, and both felt the utter flawlessness that was their endless love as the lips of a demon and a witch met.