Title: "Special Gifts"
Author: Pirate Turner
Dedicated To: My sweet, little Kuuma
Rating: G
Summary: Toulose asks a simple question that causes Thomas to reflect.
Warning: None
Disclaimer: Thomas O'Malley, Duchess, Toulouse, and The Aristocats are & TM Disney, not the author, and are used without permission. Everything else is & TM the author. The author makes absolutely no profit off of this work of fan fiction, and no copyright infringement is intended.

The kitten sat back on his little haunches and surveyed his latest painting with a critical eye. "Do you think she'll like it, Daddy?"

Thomas started to purr right then and there. He never got tired of being called Daddy by Toulose and his siblings. It thrilled his heart to no end that the kittens he loved and adored as his own loved him both for he himself and as their father. It was more than he could have ever hoped for when he'd first fallen for the tiny rugrats, and he never took their love for granted. "She'll love it," he assured Toulouse.

"How do you know?"

The question took Thomas by surprise. Every one of Toulouse's paintings was a delight, and he'd not truly stopped to consider the question before giving Toulouse his answer for he knew Duchess loved every one of their kitten's paintings just as he did.

Then the answer came to him, and Thomas smiled. It was simple, but it was truth. He wrapped a gentle, loving paw around Toulouse and pulled him to his rumbling chest. "Because," he answered, placing a kiss upon his son's tiny forehead, "she loves you just as I do, and every painting is a part of you, Toulouse. Trust me: She'll love it. I only hope I'm as lucky as she is to get one of your great paintings for my birthday."

Toulouse's "Aw, Dad," was music to Thomas' ears, and his hug filled Thomas' heart with the warm glow of love he cherished beyond all else. He held his son close, thanking his Goddess yet again for the miracles She had brought into his life and the most special blessings She could have ever granted him that were Duchess and their children.

The End