Jaye sat at the vanity brushing through her hair, waiting for Flint to come out of the bathroom. It had been a pretty eventful day with Jean and Aunt Brody fussing over the two of them and Flint was worse than his mother when it came to making sure Jaye was eating. She felt like she was going to burst. She stood up when she heard the bedroom door open.

"That hot shower felt good." Flint walked in the room, wearing a pair of holiday pajamas, causing Jaye to swallow a giggle. He walked over to her at the vanity and put his hand on her shoulder. "Still hungry? I can fetch us some hot chocolate and cookies."

"Oh no, I couldn't eat anything else," she said, looking at him with concern. "You okay?"

"I'm fine," he answered her, kissing the top of her head. "I'm just worried about you. How you feeling? Better?" He began to massage her shoulders gently.

"Yeah aside from feeling like I'm going to explode from eating to much and my legs hurting a little, I feel fine," she said as she got on her tip toes and kissed him lovingly on the lips.

"Hmm." He moaned deeply. "Can I take that invitation to bed, now?"

"Thought you'd never ask." She pulled him over to the bed and sat down on the bed and looked up at him. "Why are you smiling?"

"Nothing, absolutely nothing." Flint tried to say, but started laughing, throwing back his head, giving off another guffaw.

Jaye couldn't help but laugh. "What's so funny?"

"Just the little scene back at the hospital with Scarlett and Duke under the bed. Keeps running in my head. Duke's face was priceless on what we did to him." he replied as he fell on the bed, laughing.

"Yeah that was funny. But that's not what I meant. You've been acting funny since we got home." She curled up against his side.

He pretended to look at her all confused. "Oh? And how is so?"

"Oh let's see, making sure I don't leave anything on my plate, constantly giving me milk and juice, dumping out my soda, basically not letting me do anything."

Flint titled his head, acting like he was thinking. "Hmm, sorry, don't recall anything like that."

"Yeah, right." She cried out with a laugh as she poked his side.

"Oww. that spot is still sore." Flint winced. "Well, you deserve some special treatment, now that there is baby on the way. And it is Christmas. Enjoy it while you can." His face looked at hers. "Because when we go back to base, both of us are going to be pretty busy."

She looked up at him and right into his brown eyes. "Promise me something."

"Anything." He looked at her concerned, he stroked her hair gently.

"You won't treat me like an invalid."

"Allie, have I ever treated you that way?" He looked deep into her eyes, stiffing a yawn.

"Just promise me, okay?"

He slowly nodded, barely replying to her request. His eyes slowly closed and snore exhaled from his throat.

"Hey, you can't go to sleep!" Jaye said, as she gently shook him.

"Who says I'm sleeping," he replied with his eyes still closed.

"Your snoring does." Jaye laughed.

"Tell...snoring... quiet." Flint managed to sputter out, as another snore left his throat.

She leaned closer and whispered in his ear something about Cobra Commander is standing at the foot of the bed in blue boxers with red polka dots and nothing else.

Flint rose his head slightly upwards. "Aunt Brody is sleeping in the evil plastic room, you can find him there." Then rested his head back on the pillow, and another snore escaped.

"I'm leaving you to be with Zartan," she whispered, trying to keep a straight face.

"Thought Zartan was interested in Scarlett by the looks from the Game Master's Island," he mumbled and rolled over to the other side.

"We both are running off with him."

"Take Cover Girl with you too. This way we can get rid of all three of you at the same time." He grumbled.

"HEY!!!" Jaye said giving him a shove and making him roll off the end of the bed.

He fell down on the floor with a thud, and she heard another snore coming from down on the floor. She rolled her eyes. The man could sleep though everything. Or could he?

"Fine. I'll just go sleep with Aunt Brody." Jaye said, grabbing her pillow.

Another snore came from down on the floor and Jaye threw the pillow on his face. "Hmm, want to cuddle?" Flint cuddled the soft pillow with his hands, still in his sleeping state.

"Maybe you should just go sleep with Duke since you like his leg so much," Jaye said hotly.

"Duke's leg?" Flint mumbled back to her, then with a jolt his eyes shot open, "Oh my God!" He bolted straight up, breathing hard.

Jaye said nothing only pulled down the covers and climbed in the bed and laid there with her back to him.

He turned to face her back. 'Oh great, she's mad.' and now with her hormones going a mile a minute, he prayed that she wouldn't set the house on fire. "Allie?" He whispered to her, hoping she would turn and face him.

"What?" she asked not turning over.

He sighed. "I'm sorry." He didn't mean to sleep, but with everything going on the past few days, he was exhausted. He silently kicked himself inside. His wife needed him, and he would be there always, from the good, the bad and the tired times.

Flint slightly rose and sat on the edge of the bed, he began to gently rub her back, to relax her stress. He could only imagine her roller coaster ride. "I'm sorry I fell asleep, Allie."

"Just go back to sleep." Jaye said softly, still not looking at him.

He continued to rub her gently. "Hey. I'm not going to sleep." Then he sent her a grin, even though he knew she couldn't see it. "Can't anyway, now that I got Duke's leg in my head." He shivered at the thought.

"Then go back to sleep." Jaye said standing up, and grabbing her pillow. "I won't keep you awake."

He turned and looked at her. "Allie, stay. Please." His stomach did a flip flop, during the hospital stay, his thoughts whirled around her and the baby. What would happen if something happened to him, or even her? "I didn't want to talk about this tonight, but I think we should. Mom and Dad want us to build the house on the valley and move here." He paused, then finished, "For the baby's sake."

"So you want to hide me away?!" She headed towards the door. "I knew it."

Flint turned watching her try to escape once again. With a swift move he strode towards the door and headed her off. "Stay, we need to talk about this." Her eyes burned with fire. He wasn't going to buy this act. She wanted to talk for the night, they were going to talk, even if they would be casualties and none would be an evil plastic thing.

"It sounds to me like you've got everything figured out for me," Jaye said hotly to him.

He frowned. "First of all, I haven't figured it out anything yet. Second, they just talked to me about this when you and Shana were in the living room talking about the day. And third, I didn't say to them anything about moving here with you, without talking to you about this first!"

Jaye glared at him. "So you talked to them about this without me? I think I should have been involved in that conversation." She tried to move past him but he held strong and didn't waiver from blocking her. "Get out of my way!"

"I'm not moving from this spot." He glared back at her. "And you better keep your voice down, otherwise Aunt Brody may wake up and come in here."

"Yeah he'll come in here and kick your butt," Jaye yelled. "I don't care." She glared at him harder. "You want everything your way and to hell with what everyone else wants!!!"

"Now hold on there for a second!" His voice sounded a bit louder, "I don't want everything my way! Otherwise I would had said to you to leave G.I. JOE and stay here, barefoot and pregnant."

"That's it!" Jaye growled. She headed back into the room and grabbed her suitcase intent on packing up.

"Allie! What do you intend to do? Call a Sky Striker taxi? If you haven't noticed, there is two feet of snow out there!" He shook his head, she was already making this more difficult than it was. "Leave that suitcase alone and sit down."

"So now you're telling me what to do?" Jaye asked incredulous. "I'm taking the snow mobile into town!"

"No, you're not! Don't act like a child!" That made her see more red. Flint ignored her look and walked back to the door. He turned the old fashioned key, locked the door, strode to the window, opened it and threw it out on the snowbank. He then turned to her. "We are going to do what you did to Shana and Conrad. Be locked in a room, until either we settle this or one of us kills the other. And I for one, am not going to be the one who perishes." Saying that, he settled on the bed, waiting for the bombs to go off.

"Oh, so now you want me to die?!" Jaye yelled at him. She was beyond livid.

"Now that's not what I meant and you know it!" Flint barked back.

"Oh really?" Jaye looked at him her hands on her hips. "Then tell me how come you haven't spent any time with me since we got home except to give me something to drink or eat?!"

"Because I wanted to take care of you! Damn it!" He breathed harder, angrier. "Can't a husband take care of his wife once in a while! Instead of the other way around?"

"All I wanted was to be with you!" Jaye yelled back at him. "But every time I tried you had to go do something or I was brushed off because you were talking to a different member of YOUR family." She was trying really hard not to cry.

"No, Allie. It's our family." His voice became softer. "Not mine, but ours. And they will be there always, you can't change that. They love you, even that psychopath dog. I love seeing you in this house, surrounded with all of them. together. It feels perfect, a puzzle completed. I don't think I could ever image this place without you. You are part of it, as it is now part of you."

"All I wanted was for you to sit with me and hold me. Was that so much to ask for?" A few tears escaped her eyes and she mentally berated herself for being such a child.

"Allie, I'm sorry." He walked over to her and took her in his arms, "Don't cry. I didn't mean to do that, it's that every time I wanted to be with you, either you were busy talking about the baby to Brenna, Nancy or Shana. Or I was being dragged around by Pa, Da, or Conrad." He began to rock her gently, her head pressed against his chest. "Just say it, I'm a jerk."

"Yer a jerk!" came Aunt Brody's voice from the other side of the wall.

That actually made Jaye laugh a little and she finally started to hug him back.

"Thank you, Aunt Brody!" Flint called back through the wall. "Now get some sleep!"

"Not til ye both kiss and make up!" Aunt Brody called back.

Flint turned to Jaye, "Guess I have orders." He smiled at her face, bending down to kiss her passionately. "I love you. Allie. I'm so sorry for letting you think I was ignoring you."

"I love you too." Jaye said softly. "I'm sorry for being so crabby."

"I'm sorry for being crabby too." His voice became softer. He touched her cheek gently with the palm of his hand, "Shall we retire for the evening, Ma'am?"

She nodded and they both climbed into bed and she curled up to him with her head on his shoulder. "One question."

"Shoot." Then his eyes widened. "One second thought, umm... what's the question?"

"How are we going to get out of here in the morning?"

Flint's whole body shot up from the pillow. "Umm.. good question and I got an answer... I think." He turned to the wall, and yelled, "Aunt Brody! Can you get the key in the morning and let us out?"

"No!" came the answer. "Ye can both stay in there to rot. Not letting a poor man sleep."

Flint shook his head, "Well, that answers that." He lay on the pillow once more and turned to Jaye. "Did you bring the C-4 with you?" He teased.

"I kind of like the idea of staying in here with only you and I. Then we don't have to share the baby when it comes with anyone," Jaye said loud enough for Aunt Brody to hear threw the wall.

"Allie, I so hope I won't be the one who has to help you during labor." Flint teased her. "I may pass out, and the baby could hit the floor."

They grinned at each other, waiting for Aunt Brody's reply. No sooner had Flint finished talking, a row of Gaelic curses came from the other room.

"That's it!" Aunt Brody yelled through the wall. "Ah'm going downstairs, to sleep in peace with Nancy and Rowdy in the living room! Ye two are Bah Humbuggers!" They heard scuffles on the other side of the wall, a door closing and then Aunt Brody's heavy footsteps walking down the hall.

Jaye burst out laughing. "Oh man..."

Flint grinned. "Well, you know what they say, right?"

"What's that?" She curled up tightly against him with his arms wrapped tightly around her.

"When the cat is away, the mice can play." He bend down to kiss her. "Merry Christmas, Allie." he whispered in her ear, sending tingles down her spine.

"Mmmm...Merry Christmas, Dash." She whispered back, her hand reaching on his hair and playing with it slightly sending chills throughout his body.

Flint bend down to kiss Jaye once again, just as the snow began to fall outside once again, creating another winter wonderland.


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