That night, after Aubrey and Bridget were tucked into bed, Allison once again brought up the subject of moving.
"I really think we should take the jobs," she said as she curled up next to Robert on the couch.
"I think so too," he admitted, running his hand through her hair absent mindedly as his eyes stayed focused on the task in front of him.
"What are you working on?" she asked, leaning against him to get a better view of the laptop computer.
"Just a little house hunting," he replied off-hand. She turned and looked up at him, shocked.
"Can't hurt to be prepared," he said, unapologetic.
"You knew I'd say yes, didn't you?" Allison asked, poking her husband in the sides playfully. He tried to shake his head but decided he couldn't pull of the denial. Instead he smirked down at her.
"Yes," he admitted, kissing her, "I did know, because I know my beautiful, amazing, incredible wife." He gingerly set the computer on the coffee table and pulled her into an intense kiss.
Allison was about to suggest they move to the bedroom when the shrill sound of her cell phone ringing interrupted. She tried to turn around and answer it, but Robert pulled her closer. He grinned at her and the harder she tried to get away the closer he pulled her, showering her with kisses.
"Rob!" she half giggled half protested, "It's going to wake the girls up!" She wiggled her way out of his arms and ran for the phone.
"Allison Cameron," she answered, noticing the New Jersey area code. She jumped a little as Robert hugged her from behind, but was thankful he stayed quiet.
"Dr. Cameron, this is Dr. Cuddy from Princeton-Plainsboro."
"Dr. Cuddy!" Allison tried to keep her voice from becoming a high pitched giggle as Robert tickled her. She swatted him and tried to get him to stop, finally intertwining her fingers with his.
"I was wondering if you would consider coming back to Princeton to work as a diagnostics attending," Cuddy asked, tentatively. Chase may have been "fired" but Cameron had quit of her own volition.
"Chase mentioned that you had called when I saw him this evening," Allison said,
"So he told you about the offer?" Cuddy asked. Allison confirmed that he had.
"I know that you haven't had a lot of time to consider the offer, but if I could get your answer-"
"I'd like to do it," Cameron said, interrupting the hospital administrator, "How soon do you need me?"
It was clear that Cuddy was surprised by the sudden response.
"As soon as you can be here," she admitted.
"How does the middle of next week sound?" Cameron asked. Since the birth of the twins she hadn't been working, only volunteering at a free clinic once a week. Surprise registered on Robert's face. He'd need at least two weeks to give notice and get their small house packed up.
"If you can give notice and be out here by then it would be great," Cuddy said, "I can arrange med student housing until you find a place."
"That would be great. I'll see you then," Allison closed the phone and looked up at Robert. The expression on his face made it clear that she had some explaining to do. She turned in his arms and placed her hands on his shoulders.
"I figured," she said, slowly wrapping her arms around his neck, "that I could do a little house hunting of my own If I spend this week packing, there shouldn't be much for you to do. I'll find us a house and you can bring the girls out in a couple weeks?" He nodded to her.
"I'm gonna miss you babe," he said, agreeing to the plan.
Unexpectedly, Robert scooped Allison into his arms and started to head toward their bedroom.
"I'd better send you off right," he smiled.
"But I'm not leaving for another week and a half," Allison giggled.
"I don't like to procrastinate," he chuckled, kicking the door closed behind them.
Robert awoke in the pitch black night to his daughter's whimpering cries coming through the baby monitor. A single glance assured him that Allison was still sleeping. Robert slipped out of bed and padded down the hallway to the nursery. Aubrey reached up for her father, sobbing in pain. He reached down and picked her up, cradling her gently. He could feel she still had a fever so he wandered into the bathroom for the children's Tylenol. After her dose of medicine, Aubrey was still fussy, so Chase settled into the rocking chair and cradled her close, stroking her back and speaking in a calm low tone. He told her all about Princeton and New Jersey and how he had met her mother. She dozed off as he spoke of his childhood. He held her for a few more minutes before he too drifted away.
Allison slowly opened her eyes, feeling the warmth of the morning sun fill the room. She rolled over, expecting to see Robert sleeping beside her. When she didn't see him, she slipped out of bed and pulled on her robe. She padded down the hall, expecting to find him in the kitchen. It was Bridget's giggle that drew her attention to the nursery. The sight in front of her warmed her heart to mush. Chase slept peacefully, Aubrey held protectively to his chest. Bridget giggled again, as if to remind her mother that she too deserved attention.
"Good morning, Sunshine," Allison whispered, lifting Bridget from her crib. The girl's giggle grew as she and her mother interacted. Allison changed Bridget's diaper and dressed her youngest twin in a bright yellow sundress and matching yellow headband.
"Hey Beautiful," Allison started at the sound of her husband's sleepy voice.
"How is she?" Allison asked of Aubrey. Robert considered his daughter and the wet spot on his shirt.
"Looks like her fever might have broken," he replied, "She was up in the night. I gave her Tylenol around two hours ago."
"Trade you," Cameron said, extending a still smiling Bridget and gathering a very sluggish Aubrey into her arms. The baby was sticky with sweat and in desperate need of a bath. She glanced at the clock and realized that Robert needed to get ready for work.
"I've got her," he said, almost reading her mind. He stood and walked toward the kitchen, Bridget on his arm. Allison took Aubrey into the bathroom.
Did you think I had abandoned this story? I almost had, but my dear cousin Emma encouraged me to work on it, and she even helped me write this chapter. Hopefully, this will keep going.