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…Throttle & Rally's cave dwelling; five months later…
"Just a little more to the left…a little more…perfect!" Rally said with a happy smile.
It had taken months of hard work and teamwork, but now…four months after the war, rebuilding and restoration was well underway. The Regenerator had fulfilled its purposes of restoring Mars' water supply, and what was once a completely barren civilization barely clinging to life and existence was now a thriving and flourishing race once more.
With restorations more than well underway, it allowed Throttle and Rally, Modo and Reina, as well as Vinnie and Charley the opportunity to find as well as move into their new homes. Just as Ceres Maverick had said, there were three vacant caves not far from hers. They had been in serious need of cleaning and refurbishing, but all three couples had taken it all in stride—tirelessly working together to make their caves into homes.
"You sure, angel?" Throttle asked as he and Vinnie stepped away from the couch.
"I'm sure," Rally said as she lightly rubbed her baby bump. "Besides, I want to make sure Tessa's room is finished by the time she gets back with Mama Maverick…we can finish this room later."
It was then that Charley stepped out of the kitchen carrying a tray laden with cups of water. "Oh, I meant to tell you before I came in here. I did some work in there already. Why don't you take a look and tell me what you think?"
"You weren't moving or lifting anything were you?" Vinnie asked as he took the tray from his wife and put it on a nearby table.
"It's kid furniture, honey," Charley said with a small roll of her eyes. "It's not that heavy."
"I don't care," Vincent said as he slid an arm around Charley and drew her close while gently pressing his free hand against her baby bump. "You're my wife and you've got my baby…little Jett growing inside of you. I gotta take care of you both. I gotta take care of you and Jett."
Charley smiled and leaned up to brush a kiss to her husband's lips. "You are."
"You sure?" Vinnie asked.
"Of course I'm sure," Charley said as she took two cups from the tray and handed one to Vinnie. "I couldn't ask for a better husband, and I know little Jett couldn't ask for a better father."
"Aw, babe…" Vinnie smiled and kissed Charley sweetly before gently deepening it.
Throttle took the two other cups and exchanged smiled with Rally before motioning towards Tessa's room with his head. Rally nodded and smiled as she followed her husband into their daughter's bedroom.
"Still can't get used to this," Throttle said with a contented sigh as he sipped from his cup. "Being able to have water whenever I want. It's amazing," he said with a smile.
Rally smiled and stood on tip-toe to press a kiss to her husband's jaw. "I'm so happy. Everything is so perfect."
Throttle wrapped his free arm around his wife's waist and gently pulled her close as he nuzzled her hair. "Are you really happy angel?"
"Yes," Rally answered as she tilted her face up and smiled—gazing lovingly into Throttle's garnet eyes. "I have a wonderful husband, an incredible extended family, a warm and comfortable home, a beautiful daughter…" She rested a hand on her belly. "And in three months, I'm going to have a beautiful baby boy in my arms." Her smile grew. "I couldn't be happier."
Throttle smiled gently. "But it's not Earth…it's not the home you knew."
"It doesn't matter," Rally said as she tenderly cupped Throttle's cheek in her palm. "It doesn't matter where we make our home…just as long as you're there to make it with me. You are my home, Throttle…my home is with you."
There were no words…
All Throttle could do was smile and gaze into his wife's eyes before gently pressing her close and nuzzling his way from her hair down to her shoulder. His heart fluttered in his chest, and for the first time in a very long time, he felt completely at peace. He had the love of a beautiful woman, children…and Mars was finally at peace after what seemed like endless years of being at war.
It was complete perfection.
Both Throttle and Rally drew apart a little and turned their heads in the direction of the doorway to see Vinnie and Charley standing side by side—hands intertwined.
"Hmm?" Rally asked.
"Do you like how I arranged the room?" Charley asked.
Rally swept her gaze around the room—for the first time actually 'seeing' it. "I like it," she said at last with a smile before scrunching her face up a little in thought upon finding an empty wall. "That looks kind of empty though…I wonder what we could put there..."
"It'd be a perfect place for the toy chest I made for Tessa," Throttle said.
Rally blinked in surprise. "You made her a toy chest?" she asked with a smile.
"Yeah, it's in the garage," Throttle answered with a somewhat sheepish smile. "She's a kid…kids have toys, and well…those toys have to go somewhere. I can't have you tripping over something, now can I?"
Rally giggled. "No, I suppose you can't. Still, it's sweet of you, Throttle. I know Tessa will love it."
"How's she doing?" Vinnie asked.
"She has her good days and her bad days," Rally answered.
"She still hasn't really opened up to me," Throttle said softly. "I mean, she's not like she used to be where she didn't speak to me at all, but there's still a wall."
"Just give her a little more time, baby," Rally said softly with a gentle smile. "She'll come around."
"Yeah," Charley said with a reassuring smile. "She'll come around. She just needs time to sort everything out."
"Hey, speaking of sorting things out, can you believe everything Cassiopeia's done?" Vinnie asked. "She's bringing the fleet back to life…new Raptors…new ships…new recruits…morale is the highest I've ever seen it since she took over."
"Stoker's been helping too," Throttle said. "That guy always could motivate people," he said with a fond smile. "He straightened you out, didn't he?" he asked Vinnie with a playful shove.
"Nah, I'd like to think that was me," Charley said with a teasing smirk.
"You know it, babe," Vinnie said as he gently hugged his wife close.
"Do you think Cassiopeia will slow down now that she's pregnant?" Rally asked.
"No idea," Throttle said before grinning. "You should see Stoker though," he said with a chuckle.
"I know," Rally said with a giggle. "Strutting around like a proud peacock…his little girl is going to have him wrapped around her little finger when she's born."
"Totally," Vinnie said with a chuckle.
"And let's not forget Carbine," Charley said with a smile. "She's been getting cuddly with Max."
"Well, as cuddly as Carbine can get," Vinnie said with a smirk.
"Oh, be nice," Rally said. "I'm happy for her, and Max seems to make her happy with is a good thing. They're actually kid of cute together," she said with a small giggle.
"Hello? Anyone home?"
They all recognized the voice of Ceres Maverick.
"Speaking of cute," Rally said with a smile as she hurried out of the room. "There you are," she said with a smile.
"Mommy!" Tessa's face lit up with a smile as she scampered over to Rally and hugged her leg.
"Did you have fun with Mama Maverick, my little one?" Rally asked as she smoothed Tessa's hair.
"Uh, huh," Tessa said with a nod and a smile. "Look what she got me," she said as she held up a doll.
"Oh, how cute," Rally said with a smile. "Did you say 'thank you'?"
"And were you a good girl for Mama Maverick?"
"She was a perfect angel," Ceres said with a smile.
"Thank you so much for taking her out for the day," Rally said.
"Oh, it's no trouble," Ceres said with a small wave of her hand. "Moving in is hard enough without having to worry about little ones getting under foot. Oh, and while we were out, I got some things for you as well, Rally girl…and you too, Charley," she said upon seeing the red head emerge with Throttle and Vinnie. "Here you are," she said as she handed two bags over to the two girls. "I noticed that you've been trying to stretch your clothing as much as you could, but you're not going to be able to keep doing that for much longer, so I bought you some maternity clothes."
"Oh, Mama Maverick, thank you," Charley said with a smile. "That was really nice of you."
"Don't think anything of it, now," Ceres said with a smile. "Have you seen any sign of my son and my lovely daughter-in-law?" she asked eagerly.
"I still can't believe Rei-Rei's going to have a baby," Rally said with girlish excitement.
"I know, I'm so excited," Ceres said with a wide smile. "I'm going to be a grandma again."
"They're not back from the doctor yet…today's the day they were going to find out what they're having," Throttle said as he stood behind Rally and lightly smoothed Tessa's hair. "Hey there, Tessa girl. Your room's all done."
"Really?" Tessa asked as she looked up at Throttle.
"Yep," Throttle said with a smile as he nodded. "Why don't you go take a look with mommy, and I'll be right there. There's just something I need to get from the garage," he said with a knowing smile before heading off.
"Come on little one," Rally said as she took Tessa's hand in her own.
"I think we'll catch up to you guys later," Charley said as she gingerly rubbed her forehead. "I think I better lay down."
"You okay, babe?" Vinnie asked worriedly.
"Yeah, baby, I'm fine," Charley said with a small smile. "My head just hurts is all."
"Go have a lie down then," Ceres said. "A nice, tall glass of water wouldn't hurt either."
"You'd better listen to Mama Maverick, sis," Rally said with a grin. "After all, she's done this bef—" She winced and her hand flew to her belly. "Ow…"
"Are you okay?!" Charley and Vinnie asked together.
Rally slowly let out a breath before grinning wryly. "I am so going to be a soccer mom…this kid has one mean kick."
Vinnie sighed in relief. "Don't scare us like that, okay?"
Charley gave her husband the smallest of shoves. "It's not like she can control it."
"Exactly," Rally said with a nod. "It's not like I can—" She winced again. "Kidney shot."
Tessa pouted and waggled a finger at Rally's belly. "Tyler, be nice to mommy."
Rally laughed softly. "You tell him, Tessa," she said as she fondly ruffled the small girl's hair.
"I told him, mommy," Tessa said with a proud smile.
"I know you did."
Charley chuckled. "Okay, well…we'll see you guys later. Tessa sweetie, I hope you enjoy your new room. Can I get a hug?"
Tessa shyly stepped away from Rally and over to Charley. "Bye Aunt Charley," she said softly as she hugged the red head's leg.
"Bye, sweetie," Charley said with a smile as she gently hugged the small girl back.
"Bye, kiddo," Vinnie said as he playfully ruffled Tessa's hair. "We'll catch you later," he said before lifting Charley into his arms bridal style. "See ya, sis…Mama Maverick," he said with a grin before carrying his wife out of the cave.
"I can walk you know," Charley said with mock annoyance.
"Yeah, but what's the fun in that?"
Ceres chuckled softly. "Well, I'd best be heading back to my place," she said with a smile.
"Thank you again for watching Tessa," Rally said with a smile as she hugged the older woman.
"It was a pleasure," Ceres said with a smile as she fondly tucked a strand of chestnut hair behind Rally's ear. "You rest up now, Rally girl…and if you see my boy, send him over my way, will you?"
"You got it," Rally said with a smile.
"Bye little precious," Ceres said with a smile and a wave.
"Bye, Mama Maverick," Tessa said with a smile as she hurried over and hugged the older woman. "Thanks again for the dolly."
"You're more than welcome," Ceres said as she hugged Tessa back. "Say 'bye' to Throttle for me," she said before turning and walking out of the cave.
"Mommy up?" Tessa asked as she reached up with her little arms.
"Oh, no…I'm sorry sweetheart," Rally said as she lightly rubbed her belly. "Mommy can't pick you up anymore, but come on," she said as she held out a hand. "Let's go take a look at your new room."
"Okay, mommy," Tessa said as she grasped Rally's hand in her own little one—hugging her doll to her with her other arm. "Mommy?" she asked after a few moments.
"Yes?" Rally asked as she led her daughter to her bedroom.
"After Tyler's born…will you still love me?"
Rally stopped in her tracks and looked down at the small girl. "Of course I will," she said as she dropped to one knee so she was on Tessa's level. "My little one," she said gently before tenderly kissing her daughter's forehead. "It doesn't matter how many children your father and I have, I will always love you, and so will your father. You're our daughter…you may not be ours by blood, but you're still ours." She gently hugged Tessa close. "We love you to pieces and we always will."
Tessa smiled softly and rested her head on her mother's shoulder. "I love you, mommy…"
Rally tenderly kissed her daughter's cheek. "And I love you, sweetheart."
…Ceres Maverick's cave dwelling…
"Mama?" Modo called as he and Reina stepped over the threshold.
"Is that my darlin' boy?" Ceres asked as she poked her head out of the kitchen. "Oh, there you two are," she said with a wide smile as she hurried over and hugged them each in turn. "So?" she asked expectantly as she took in the sight of a both happy and bemused looking Modo and Reina.
"That's a deep subject," Reina said with a nervous chuckle.
"Yeah, no kidding," Modo said with a soft chuckle as he draped his arm around his wife's shoulders and gently drew her close.
"What're the two of you talking about?" Ceres asked. "Are you having a boy or a girl?"
"Yes," Reina and Modo answered together.
Ceres blinked. "Yes? What do you…" She drifted off. "Twins?" she asked with an expectant smile. "You're havin' twins? A boy and a girl, no less?" Her face was alight with excitement.
"More like…two boys and a girl," Reina said softly—her face still a bemused mask.
Ceres blinked. "Triplets? The…the two of you are having…triplets?"
"Yeah, mama…" Modo said as he rubbed the back of his head. "Triplets."
"Oh, how wonderful!" Ceres exclaimed as she hugged her son and daughter-in-law. "This is so very wonderful! Oh, my darlin's, this is such wonderful news!"
"Yeah, mama," Modo said as he hugged his mother back and smiled. "We're very excited."
"Yet so very, very nervous at the same time," Reina said as she held on to both her husband and mother-in-law. "I mean, three babies the first time around?"
"Don't you worry about a thing now, Reina darlin'," Ceres said with a smile before touching her antennae to Rein's forehead and channeling reassuring thoughts to her. "The two of you won't be alone in this. I'll be there to lend a helpin' hand."
Reina smiled in relief. "Aw, thanks, mama," she said as she allowed herself to lean into the older woman a little.
"Yeah, mama," Modo said with a wide smile as he hugged both women close to him. "It really means a lot to us."
"Well, now…come in and take a load off, the both of you," Ceres said. "Sit down and make yourselves comfortable while I go get you some drinks." With that, the older woman hurried off into the kitchen.
His arm still around his wife's shoulders, Modo escorted Reina to the couch and sat down—gently pulling her down onto his lap. "Sure do love you, Rei darlin'," he said before tenderly kissing her lips as he gently rested a hand on her still flat abdomen.
Reina sighed contentedly. "And I sure do love you, my giant," she murmured against her husband's lips as she rested a hand over his. "Three babies the first time around," she mused softly. "You don't mess around, do you?" she asked with a playful grin.
Modo smiled sheepishly. "No…guess I don't," he said with a chuckle.
"Well, now," Ceres said with a happy smile still fixed to her face as she re-emerged from the kitchen with a tray of drinks and snacks. "Three babies…you're going to have to start thinking of names," she said as she placed the tray on the small coffee table before sitting down.
"Well…I actually kinda had an idea for names for the boys," Modo said as he took a cup for himself and Reina.
"Oh?" Reina asked as she accepted the cup from her husband. "Such as?"
"Ace and Frehley," Modo answered. "Whaddya think, Rei darlin'?"
Reina was silent for a few moments as she thought the names over in her head before smiling. "I'm thinking that I like them," she answered before kissing her husband on the cheek.
"Well, that's two out of three," Ceres said with a small chuckle before sipping from her cup. "Not bad. Any ideas for your little girl?"
Reina silently sipped her water in thought. "How about Carly?"
"Oh, that's pretty," Ceres said with a smile.
"I like it," Modo said as he nuzzled Reina's cheek. "Ace, Frehley and Carly…our three li'l bundles of joy," he said with a smile.
Ceres was beside herself with excitement. "And what bundles of joy they'll be!"
…Throttle & Rally's cave dwelling; hours later…
On the couch, Throttle gently nuzzled Rally's hair as his wife dozed nestled against him. He gazed lovingly down at her and tenderly kissed her forehead as he gently caressed her baby bump. Finally, after a few more moments of sitting in contented silence, Throttle carefully gathered Rally into his arms and carried her to their bedroom—all the while softly murmuring words of love into her ear. Upon reaching the bed, he carefully lay his wife down and tucked her in with a soft, loving smile as he gazed upon her.
"I love you so much, Rally angel," he murmured softly. "You're the love of my life, and you've given me more than I could ever have hoped for." Leaning down, he tenderly kissed his wife's forehead and eyelids. "You're my life, you're my soul mate…you're my home…and I'm going to spend the rest of my life showing you just how much you mean to me."
Straightening, Throttle began undressing, but stilled in his movements when his keen ears picked up sounds of restlessness coming from Tessa's room. Striding out of the room, he hurried to his daughter's room and peeked inside to find Tessa kneeling in front of her toy chest while hugging her doll to her.
"Hey, little one," he said softly. "What's going on? Why aren't you in bed?"
Tessa shrugged her shoulders. "I dunno…couldn't sleep."
"Couldn't sleep huh?" Throttle asked as he came into the room and tentatively knelt beside the small girl. "Excited about your new room?"
"Yeah," Tessa said softly. "Did you really make this for me?" she asked as she ran a hand over the edge of the toy chest.
"Yeah, I did," Throttle answered.
"Because you're my daughter…" Throttle said as he lightly ran a hand over Tessa's hair. "And I thought you'd like a place to keep all your toys."
"You're welcome," Throttle said softly before sighing. "And I love you…you're my little girl, and I'm going to do whatever I can to make sure that you're happy and safe."
"But…I'm not really your daughter…not really…" Tessa said as she looked down at her doll.
"That doesn't matter," Throttle said. "That doesn't matter either to me or your mommy. You may not be from our blood the way you baby brother is…but that doesn't make you any less part of our family. Family comes in many shapes and sizes, kiddo," he said as he gently tucked a strand of chocolate brown hair behind Tessa's ear. "Family is a gift…you are a gift to your mother and me." He lightly touched his antennae to Tessa's. "I just hope you realize that…"
As feelings of warmth and love flooded her, Tessa sniffled and her eyes welled up with tears, and she could not stop herself from clinging to Throttle.
"Ssshh…" Throttle said softly as he gently rubbed Tessa's back. "It's alright…it's okay." He lightly nuzzled his daughter's hair. "Come on," he said as he gently gathered the small girl into his arms and stood. "You should be in bed," he said as he walked over to the small bed and placed Tessa down before pulling the covers up to her chin.
"Will you sit with me 'til I'm sleeping?" Tessa asked softly as she hugged her doll to her with one arm.
"Sure, no problem, Tessa girl," Throttle said with a gentle smile as he sat on the edge of his daughter's bed.
"Thank you," Tessa said softly with a small, sleepy smile as her eyelids began feeling heavier.
"It's no trouble," Throttle said softly as he watched the small girl who did in fact look as though she could very easily be his and Rally's child.
Finally, Tessa could not keep her eyes open any longer. "I love you, daddy," she said softly with a small smile before allowing her eyes to slowly drift closed.
Throttle felt a catch in his heart, and it was with infinite gentleness that he brushed a kiss to his daughter's forehead. "And I love you, Tessa, my daughter…welcome home."
A/N: To all my readers, I thank you so much for taking the time to read my humble fic. To those of you who took the time to review, I thank you heartily, your kind words have meant a great deal to me and provided me with inspiration when I felt I had none. It has been a pleasure writing this story, and I hope we meet again on the pages of any other fics I choose to write. S once again, from the bottom of my heart, thank you.