(I know it's been a while since I've updated this story but since you've asked for it. Here it is…the latest chapter for when the tide comes in. Enjoy!)
As they drove the short distance from the airport to Robin's nest, Lilly looked out the window at the beautiful scenery that surrounded the car while her father and uncle reminisced over good times.
"Hey Thomas, do you remember that time we went to that bar and got into a fist fight with some hot shot guy?"
"Rick, that was your bachelor party."
"Yeah I know. Boy, what a night that was."
Magnum couldn't help but smirk at his friend's antics. It appeared that time hadn't changed Orville "Rick" Wright for a second he was still the same guy he was before which made Thomas worry. Could he say the same for himself? Had being away from the people he loved changed Thomas that much?
"Are you alright?"
At this question, Magnum nodded his head while giving a reassuring smile.
"I'm fine. Why?"
"You looked like you were somewhere else…"
Yeah, about five years in the past. Before Magnum could respond the car came to a stop and Rick smirked to himself while getting out of the car.
Lilly was the first one out of the car and as soon as her feet touched the ground she ran straight towards Higgins who had come out to greet his newest arrivals by the main entrance of the house.
Seeing how happy his daughter was made Magnum realize how wrong he had been all those years before. Their family was here and he never should have taken Lilly away from all of this.
"Oh. My God."
That familiar catch phrase caused him to look up just in time to be caught off guard by his former nemesis and landlord as he pulled Thomas into a friendly handshake and place a hand on his left shoulder in welcome.
"Magnum. Your looking well."
"Thanks, I see retirement has been kind to you."
"Very. The peace and quite around here reminds me of the time when…"
As Higgins began to go into one of his famous stories, Magnum smirked to himself while looking around at his surroundings. The Estate looked exactly the same, right down to the beach where he used to go swimming every morning before the sun came up which was immediately followed by getting chased by Zeus and Apollo.
"Higgins, where are the lads?"
That's when a look of pure joy washed over Jonathan's face as he tried to keep himself from divulging to much.
"Inside with the girls."
Nodding his head at this comment, Higgins gestured for everyone to follow him inside and as they went along, Magnum noticed a certain skip in his old friend's step.
"Ladies and Gentleman, may I present Cleo and Diana."
No sooner had these words left Higgins lips when two beautiful, short haired poodles entered the room accompanied by their male companions whom everyone had come to know so well.
At the sight of the two newest additions to Robin's nest Magnum was speechless. When Higgins said girls, Magnum naturally assumed he was talking about people but then again…Jonathan had always been fond of animals.
In the midst of this, Thomas suddenly felt something pull at his pant leg and looked down to see Lilly standing next to her father looking like she was about to cry.
"Honey, are you alright?"
Instead of answering right away, the wise beyond her years young lady pulled her father into a hug and whispered in his ear.
"I…I'm just really glad we're here."
"So am I."
This being said, the two held the embrace for a moment or two longer before Magnum kissed Lilly on the forehead and slid his hand between hers as a symbol of the gift of love between a father and his little girl.