Chapter Thirteen: The twins at 13

"Mom!" came the usual shout as the twins were fighting over the television control.

Sam got up from her very interesting book only to find John and Grace wrestling for the remote. "John Daniel O'Neill! Grace Carter O'Neill!"

Both kids stopped fighting as soon as their mother called out their full names and had the grace to look ashamed. "Sorry mom." Came the reply at the same time.

Sam smiled at her children, "Now, what were you fighting over?"

Grace replied first, "I wanted to watch the Science channel while John wants to watch the Military channel. I had it first but then he tired to yank it out of my hands."

Sam frowned, "John, your father said that you can't watch the Military channel after the last time. We don't need anymore visits from the fire department because you set something outside on fire again."

John rolled his eyes, "It was just a slight miscalculation. Even you said it could have been worse."

Sam remembered that incident. John had seen something on energy weapons so he had 'borrowed' Sam's zat gun and had used the power core to power up a so-called EM machine. Only this caused 6 trees in the backyard to catch on fire instead of knocking out the power for a square mile.

"And you, Grace, aren't allowed near the Science channel because of your 'miscalculation." Came a familiar voice from the doorway.

Grace looked up into familiar brown eyes and smiled, "But Dad, all I did was have a minor explosion in the basement. It wasn't my fault that the wormhole didn't engage properly."

Jack shook his head at his daughter and looked at his wife, "I told you that it wasn't a good idea to tell them about the gate made out of a toaster."

John and Grace looked at their parents and smiled. It was time for a distraction. John went to take the remote from his mother, "Mom, can we watch a movie then?"

Sam watched him wearily, "Which one?"

Grace smiled this time, "V for Vendetta."

Jack frowned slightly, "That's the one with the terrorist who wants to blow up Parliament, like Guy Fawks?"

Grace's smile faltered slightly, "Yes. Can we please?"

Sam handed over the remote, "I'm going to finish up my book. Have fun kids."

Grace and John looked at each other before complaining, "But mom. You never watch anything with us anymore. Can you and dad watch it too?"

Sam looked at Jack, I really don't want to but they do have point.

Jack sighed, I know. Tell them we will and then you and I need to discuss Grace and John's grades. Also Danny called me today.

This got Sam's attention. Daniel and Janet were still living in Colorado but Sam and Jack were living in Washington, as Jack was Joint Chief and Sam was head of Homeworld Security. What about them?

They're going to have another kid. What does this one make? 5?

Yes, that would make 5 kids.

Grace and John are a handful, I couldn't imagine having another kid.

Sam smiled slightly, You going to have to Jack.

Jack looked at her suspiciously, Why?

Because I'm pregnant. I was GOING to tell you later on today but I guess now's a good time.

Jack felt his mouth stretch into a smile, Are you serious?

Yes.

That's great!

"Mom! Dad!" Grace called loudly. They were used to the telepathic communication between their parents but it got annoying when they talked for too long.

Sam and Jack looked at their children and smiled. Jack turned to Grace and John; "We'll watch it with you guys."

Grace giggled happily; she had inherited that from Sam, and then went to get soda and popcorn for everyone.

Sam just shook her head, smiling at her daughter's antics. John looked so much like Jack, only his eyes were blue, and Grace had blonde hair and Jack's brown eyes. We should get Daniel and Jan to visit us or we could all go and see them. Carolyn's been begging for us to come and see her and Cam.

Jack smiled at his wife, Yes, and we could see John and Elizabeth.

That would be fun. I know that John and Grace would love to see them. Sam smiled as she remembered hers and Jack's clones. Elizabeth had forgone her real name and had, instead, taken their middle name and adopted it for her own.

Jack grinned to, waiting for Grace to get back from the kitchen. When she did, she handed everyone a can of soda and placed 2 bowls of popcorn by Sam and Jack and her and John. When they were all situated she hit the play button and the beginning voiceover started.

'Remember, remember, the Fifth of November, the Gunpowder Treason and Plot. I know of no reason why the Gunpowder Treason should ever be forgot... But what of the man? I know his name was Guy Fawkes and I know, in 1605, he attempted to blow up the Houses of Parliament. But who was he really? What was he like? We are told to remember the idea, not the man, because a man can fail. He can be caught, he can be killed and forgotten, but 400 years later, an idea can still change the world. I've witnessed first hand the power of ideas, I've seen people kill in the name of them, and die defending them... but you cannot kiss an idea, cannot touch it, or hold it... ideas do not bleed, they do not feel pain, they do not love... And it is not an idea that I miss, it is a man... A man that made me remember the Fifth of November. A man that I will never forget. '

I love V for Vendetta! It's so freaking awesome.

Okay, the final chapter of Innocence of posting Memos is up. There will be NO MORE after this, well, unless I get really bored. Then I might but that has a slim to none chance of happening.

Review but please do not complain. I know that a lot of you like it and would wish for it to continue but as you all know, all good things end in time.

-Amelia

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