"Keegan you were the one child I didn't have to worry about" Chris paced in front of his youngest child. "I blame your sister for this … if she hadn't started bringing home kids then maybe you and Connor wouldn't be in the situations you are in right now"
"Hey don't group me in with Con I would never dump my children off on Ashley and John and another thing dad I am not in a situation. I love Alex and I asked her to marry me what's the big deal?"
"The big deal is she is the mother of your oldest nephew and his younger sister" he hissed.
"Wow … I knew she had kids but I did not know that they were related to me … so that doesn't bother me I will be Uncle Daddy Keegan"
"She's too old for you"
"She's only two years older than I am and you were four years older that our mother" Keegan pointed out.
"I wasn't a freshman in college"
"Yea … because never going to college is just so much better" Keegan rolled his eyes.
"John got engaged young and look what happened to him" Chris was trying one last attempt to convince his son not to get married.
"He looks like he's gotten over it nicely" Keegan stated not backing down in the slightest.
"You asked for it" Chris walked away.
"He's all yours kid" Chris gave his daughter permission to rip her brother a new one.
"It will be my pleasure"
Everyone watched as Ashley tore into her little brother. John and Randy winced both of them taking solace that it wasn't them.
"Daddy why mommy yellin at Unca Keegan?" Phinnigan asked.
"Don't worry about it son" Phinnigan climbed up into his father's lap and relished that his little sister was no where around to steal the attention. John kissed the young boy's temple.
"I love you daddy"
"Love you too Buddy"
"You ok Sweetie?" Lilian asked taking a seat next to Alex.
"I swear I had no idea" she put her face in her hands.
"Don't worry about that" Lilian placed a comforting hand on the young woman's shoulder. "But you have to know that Keegan is the baby of the family and as such they are all really protective of him, especially now that Ashley and Keegan's other brother Connor has gone MIA"
"He's the twins father right?" Alex asked.
"So what is Ashley's deal? I mean why does she care so much?"
"Their mom died when the kids were still kinda young so Ashley became their substitute mother. So it is almost like that is Keegan's mother ripping into him and not his older sister." Lilian shrugged. "That and Ashley is insane". Alex didn't know whether to laugh or be extremely scared, but then Lilian let out a hearty laugh. "I'm kidding".
"So tell me what is Ashley and John's back story" Alex's enthusiasm wasn't missed by the blonde ring announcer. It was Alex's turn to shrug. "I've just been curious as to what kind of people were raising my children".
"They met when Ashley was 19 in California. They dated for a little while and then Ashley broke it off because she was afraid of getting too serious with him. John being the love sick fool he was and still is agreed thinking that having her as a friend would be better than not having her at all. They remained that way for a long time until Phinnigan was dropped into their laps. That little boy sped up a process that would have taken forever to get this far. Those two crazy kids love Phinnigan and Faith more than they love even their own lives."
"I made the right decision then". Alex nodded her head to herself. She was finally coming completely to peace with the decisions she had made to give up her children.
"You made 4 people into a family".
"Ashley it is my life and I am an adult" Keegan yelled back at his sister. Both of them had inherited their mother's wild Irish temper.
"Boy-o you will be certainly ruining yer life if you go through with this" Ashley's thick Irish brogue shone through.
"Quit with the Irish speak will ya".
"You are barely an adult and you want to get married" she continued to yell at him. "Did you learn nothing about rushing into hasty decisions from Connor?"
"Take a look at your own life before trying to tell me what to do Ashley" he shot back at her. "When are you going to marry that man? Is it going to be some time in the next 10 years or what. You have only been putting that man through the ringer for most of your adult life."
"That is none of yer business Keegan Shaun Benoit" oh yes she was pissed. It was an Irish thing to call someone by their full name when they were mad. Obviously Ashley hadn't missed the day they were teaching that cultural lesson.
"I am not breaking off this engagement and if I have to disown myself to be able to marry Alex then I will do so because I love her."
"You are a stubborn arsehole you know that right".
Keegan smiled because he knew that the worst was over.
He stood and kissed his sister's forehead. "I love you too Ashley." He smiled before stepping through the sliding door to reunite with his fiancée.
"That boy will be the death of me." She shook her head in disgusted frustration.
"Let him live his life hun" John wrapped his arms around her waist.
"He is making a huge mistake." She shot back at him.
'It's his mistake to make. But maybe it isn't a mistake, maybe they will get married and be happy. You need to leave your brother alone before he starts to resent you for trying to control his life." He kissed her lips softly.
"Have I been putting you through the ringer for most of my adult life?" she asked him.
"Yea." He agreed with a small smirk. "But if I didn't like it I wouldn't be around now."
"I'm sorry I am always such a neurotic mess." She frowned.
"It's ok baby we accept you for who you are." She punched him in the shoulder. "You are an arsehole just like my brother."
John took a play out of Keegan's book. He too kissed the top of her head and told her he loved her. She gaped at him as he too walked away from her.
"What the hell just happened!" she exclaimed.
"You just got outsmarted by your Dumbass fiancée and Keegan" Dommy informed her.
"Shut yer mouth you wench"
"Oh that's nice I was on your side." Dommy mocked being hurt.
"Dean come here sweetie." Ashley smirked as the little boy came running over to her. She picked him up and gave him a big hug. "How about your favorite person in the whole wide world makes you the biggest ice cream sundae you have ever seen."
"Cool!" Dean exclaimed.
"Just remember who loves you more than anyone else in the world." She kissed his temple.
"That is low Ash."
"All is fair in love and war." The older woman yelled back at her.