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"It's yellow," Alec said, staring at the offending garment.
"Very good. Were they working you up to your alphabet before you left Manticore?" Gem asked, grinning.
Alec shot her a look. "I'm just saying I don't think that mine and Max's kid would look good in the color yellow." He considered for a moment. "Maybe in leather though."
"Leather's not a color," Gem retorted, grinning. She shoved the baby outfit back in the bag before she handed it to him. "It's definitely your kid though, stubborn as Hell."
"Yeah, I know. I'm terrified." He grinned. "Maybe a little more excited though."
"You'll be fine. Too bad Normal can't be here."
"That's okay," Alec said quickly. "I'll see you later."
"Hey, if it's a girl, there'll be lots of pink!" Gem yelled at his back.
"Yay, something to look forward to," he yelled back sarcastically.
He found Max on the the bleachers at the ballpark. "Hey, got some more clothes from Gem." He grinned. "They're all yellow because we apparently have a stubborn kid."
Max smiled, watching the kids play. "We still have to decide on names."
Alec shook his head. "Nope, I'm naming the kid. You're awful at names."
"Shut up, Dick."
"Exactly." He leaned over, pulling her against his front. "What do you think about Ben if it's a boy?"
He could tell she was smiling. "You want your son named after a psycho killer?"
"No," he said slowly. "I want him named after your brother."
"Really? What about naming him Zach, then?"
Alec made a face, which made her laugh when she looked up at him. She leaned up and kissed him lightly. "What if it's a girl?"
"No idea," he said after a few minutes.
Max looked up at him seriously. "I thought about Rachel."
Alec blinked, allowing that old pain to wash through him. Strange, it hurt less and less each time. He wondered if it ever would stop completely. "You want your daughter named after an old ex of mine?" He tried to joke lightly.
Max nodded. "Yes."
Alec didn't bother asking why. They'd talked about it once. Max had said she couldn't be jealous, not really. Rachel had changed him, and he'd become a better man because of her. Alec hadn't bothered correcting her. Rachel hadn't made him a better man. She'd made him human.
"If you want," he said softly. Maybe it would go a long way towards his redemption to have a daughter with her name.
He'd thought the same thing about naming a son Ben. Redemption after death was better than none at all.
They both looked over as one of the kids hit a home run, and watched him run the bases, blurring until he was a streak of yellow instead of a kid in uniform.
Alec paced outside the room, waiting anxiously for them to let him in. They'd kicked him out to get her ready, or to get him out of the way.
She'd gone into labor an hour earlier, in the middle of the morning meeting. To his own surprise, he'd stayed the calmest, while everyone else had panicked. Mole was chain smoking outside.
The decision had been made weeks ago that they would have the baby in TC rather than one of the sector hospitals. Morale and all that.
"How is she?"
Alec looked up as Logan approached, worry on his face.
"So far, so good."
"I was in a meeting when I got the call."
"I'm kind of surprised you came," Alec admitted.
Logan smiled in a way that almost made Alec guilty for getting Max when Logan had lost her. "You're still my friends. I thought you knew that."
Alec nodded and smiled. "I knew."
"Alec, you can come in now. I don't think it'd be a good idea to have many visitors, though."
Logan shook his head. "Don't worry, I'm waiting out here."
Alec smirked, and went in.
All in all, it wasn't bad. He held her hand and encouraged her despite the looks she gave him. She'd never been a screamer, his Maxie.
Finally, the doctor gave a soft laugh, and pronounced loudly, "A girl."
Alec grinned, overwhelmed with sudden emotion, though he'd never admit it. "Rachel," he said, smiling at Maxie as they both watched the nurses clean her.
Then he was holding her and looking down into his daughter's face. He'd never known he was capable of so much emotion. Love and terror at the same time. "She's so beautiful. Look at all her hair."
The nurse took her and wrapped her carefully in a blanket that was a little tattered, but still bright yellow.
Alec came home a few days later and found Gem and Max laughing. "What's so funny?"
"Nothing. Gem brought over some more clothes and stuff."
"Where do you keep finding this stuff?"
Gem gave him a mischievous smile. "Around."
Alec frowned, then walked in to check on Rachel, and cursed, laughing at the same time.
Rachel had her hair up in a brown bow that looked ready to fall apart, and was dressed in a matching biker's outfit. She did not look happy.
"What did they do to you, pretty girl?"
"Like it? It's the color leather," Max teased from the doorway. Gem laughed in the living room.
Alec picked up his daughter and laughed as he pulled the leather string out of her hair. "Let's stick with yellow."
I cannot apologize enough, beg forgiveness enough, or be thankful enough to those of you that read this story originally and thought it would never be done. In my defense I've had a son since the last time I updated, my older son has also started school, and I'm within a year of getting my bachelors, finally! I will be finishing this story soon!