Chapter 30

5 YEARS LATER

"Where are my favorite girls?" Mark called.

He had just finished a morning surgery and came home to find the house empty. He could hear the children laughing and playing outside in the back garden. He walked through the house dropping his keys in the bowl at the front door. He walked through the large kitchen and stepped out on the large patio. He could immediately see his two sons playing tag with their two cousins, Alfie was trying to boss the younger three around. He looked across the patio to where Meredith, Derek and the Chief were standing over the barbecue he had bought the day before, while his wife of nearly five years sat on the ground assembling the grill of the barbecue.

"Hey," said Derek looking over.

"Hey," said Mark. He heard his 18 month old daughter squeal in delight, she was on the grass in her walker. She moved her little legs as fast she could to get over to him, when she reached the edge of the grass area the walker couldn't get over the bump onto the patio. Mark saw her face crumple as she stubbornly tried to get over to him. "Come on princess." He said as he walked over to her and picked her up out of her walker.

"Da da da da da da da da da," sang Olivia Rebbecca Sloan. She was a year and a half, and the apple of her Daddy's eye. She had dark hair like her mother, olive skin, a cute little button nose and her father's green eyes.

"What is going on over here?" asked Mark carrying Olivia over to where her mother was sitting.

"These two girls couldn't work out how to assemble the grill so I had to take it off them," said Megan. "Actually I'm done now." She held it up and placed it on the barbecue. "How was your surgery?"

"It was fine," said Mark kissing her. Then Olivia stuck her little hand on Mark's face trying to pull him back, she was going through a phase where she hated anyone getting her Daddy's attention except her.

"Oh I know," said Megan. "I can't kiss my own husband anymore."

"Da da da da da da," said Olivia cuddling into Mark.

"Ugh," said Megan. "It is supposed to be only me that can manipulate him like that."

"Like mother like daughter," said Meredith.

"Alfie," Megan called to where the boys were climbing the fence with Alfie giving them instructions on how to do it. "Stop that! Boys come over here and eat your lunch."

"Mummeee I'm not hungreee."

"Come and eat your lunch," said Megan. "You have to eat some of it."

"Daddy..."

"Do as your Mum says," said Mark.

"There is some food in the fridge for you if you're hungry," Megan said to Mark. "We can't start up the barbecue for another few hours."

"Thanks," said Mark handing Olivia over to Megan.

"Wow look at the two you," said Meredith. "It's weird to think that five years ago...Mark was sleeping with Lexie."

"Yeah I try and not think about that...ever," said Megan. "Come on lets round up our rowdy pack."

"Five kids between us," said Derek. "I never thought I'd see the day."

"Me neither," said Megan. "Jacob Michael Sloan, get over here and eat your lunch!"

"In five minutes," said four year old Jacob. He was the spitting image of Mark and had his 'charm' and cheekiness.

"Now," said Megan sternly.

"Fine," he sighed.


"Hey," said Mark gently. Megan was in the kitchen doing the dishes, they had a dishwasher but sometimes she liked to do them she said it cleared her mind. Meredith and Derek had gone him earlier. Alfie was reading Jacob and Olivia a story in the living room, the three of them in the pajamas ready for bed. He slipped his arm around her waist and nuzzled his head into her hair.

"What are you doing?" she smiled. "You are supposed to be watching the children."

"They are fine," he insisted. "Alfie is reading them a story, Liv is nearly asleep anyway."

"I think the boys tired her out today," said Megan. "Poor baby."

"How are you doing?" Mark asked. "You were quiet today."

"I'm fine," said Megan drying her hands and slipping her wedding rings back on. "How are you?"

"I'll be better when I know what is bugging you," said Mark.

"We have three kids," said Megan turning round to face him. "There are three of them out there!"

"Yeah I know," he said. "So?"

"I am getting you neutered after the next one," said Megan.

"You took the test?" said Mark a huge smile appearing on his face.

"Yes this morning," said Megan. "It turned blue, there is going to be yet another one of your offspring running around."

"Woooo," he shouted picking her up and spinning her round.

"I was serious about getting you neutered you know?" she said when he put her down. "This is the last baby."

"I love you," he smiled. "I love you, I love you."

"Yeah but will you still love me when my boobs are at my ankles?"

"Always," he murmured as he kissed her.

"Daddy..."

"Mummy Alfie isn't reading the story right," Jacob shouted. "He says the dragon eats the little brother..."

"That is what it says," Alfie shouted.

"Da da da da da da da da da da," Olivia sang.

"Coming," Megan groaned. "Come on time to round up the herd."

"Can we call this one Mark junior?" asked Mark

"No!" said Megan. He had wanted to call both Jacob and Olivia after himself and couldn't accept that it was just never going to happen. "Oh my god."

They walked into the living room to find Olivia ramming her crayons into the DVD player. Alfie was pelting his little brother with pillows while Jacob screamed at the top of his lungs.

"This is complete madness," Megan laughed.

"And I wouldn't change a thing," said Mark throwing his arm round Megan's shoulder and watching his children destroy the living room.

"You are so punishing them this time..."

FINISHED


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