Three years later...
Charlie couldn't believe the work he still needed to get done. Don had a new case that demanded all his attention and now Charlie was working on it as well. He just didn't seem to get the theory right. He sighed, staring at the blackboard in front of him. None of this made sense.
He quickly grabbed a chalk and started writing down a new algorithm that was coming to him at the moment. This had to work because Don needed a break in this case. After a while he was pleased with how this new angle was working out and decided that it was time for his daily cup of coffee. He walked out of the garage and into the kitchen.
He was home alone, but he expected Don soon. Filling himself a cup, the bell rang and Charlie went to open the door. A smile lit up his face at seeing who his guest was.
"He wanted to see his friend and he absolutely didn't want to wait until tomorrow," Sara smiled. Charlie knelt down and felt Andrew fly into his arms.
"Hello, buddy," Charlie smiled. Andrew raised his hand and Charlie gave him a high five. He simply couldn't believe how tall Andrew was getting.
"So you couldn't wait until tomorrow, huh?" Charlie asked, letting Andrew and Sara in. Andrew nodded his head.
"No," Andrew ran to the kitchen, "you're coming, right?"
"I wouldn't miss your birthday party for all the money in the world," Charlie smiled. He took another cup of coffee for Sara and gave Andrew a glass of lemonade.
"I would," Andrew grinned, "and then I'd be rich!"
Sara laughed and took a sip of her coffee.
"Six years old," Charlie sighed happily, "you're growing so fast."
"He doesn't mind," Sara said, "he wants to be the tallest in his class."
Andrew had always been small for his age, but lately, he'd been shooting up and of course Andrew didn't mind.
"Why didn't Lisa come?" Charlie asked and he noticed Andrew smirking.
"She's with Paul," Sara answered, laughing seeing Andrew's reaction.
"Her boyfriend," Andrew said and made a soppy face up at Charlie before taking another sip of his lemonade.
"I hope we aren't disturbing you in anything," Sara said, leaning against the counter. "I know I should've called to let you know we were coming."
"No, it's alright," Charlie smiled. He loved the unexpected visits and he loved it even more that Andrew, Sara, Jim and Lisa all felt at home with him.
"Where's Don?" Andrew asked, placing his empty glass on the table. "Catching a bad guy?"
Charlie couldn't help but laugh. "Yes," he answered, "but he'll be here soon."
"Are you helping him?" Andrew's eye grew wide. He'd always been fascinated with Don's job and how Charlie helped him.
"I am," Charlie answered.
"I'm learning math too now," he said, proudly. "I'll be able to help Don soon."
"Don'll be very happy with that," Charlie said. "You should tell him when he gets here or tomorrow at your party."
"I will!" Andrew nearly shouted. He jumped up and down in the kitchen as Sara and Charlie glanced at each other. They both burst out with laughing.
"Well," Sara said after she could breathe again, "we should be going. We still need to pick up some things for tomorrow."
"Balloons," Andrew smiled, "big ones."
"Don't be late tomorrow," Sara warned Charlie, "don't let any work get in the way.
"I promise to be on time," Charlie smiled, "I wouldn't dare miss it."
"Do you have my present already?" Andrew suddenly asked.
Charlie nodded. "A beautiful one," he knelt down besides Andrew, "and you'll love it."
Andrew smiled even broader than before, even turning a little red in his cheeks.
"What is it?" He asked, whispering.
"You'll just have to wait until tomorrow," Charlie laughed. He stood up and ran his hand through Andrew's dark curls.
"See you tomorrow, Charlie," Sara said. They walked to the front door and only a moment later, they were at their car.
"Bye, Andrew," Charlie said, waving. Andrew waved back, a frown filling his face. Sara and Charlie watched him for a moment.
"Is it a game? Or a car? I know, I know! It's an Electroid figure. The one with the glow in the dark eyes. Or a …." His excited voice became muffled as Sara bundled him into the car.
"Who knows?" Charlie laughed. Sara closed Andrew's door and got behind the wheel.
"See you tomorrow, Charlie," she rolled her eyes while turning on the engine. "If I survive the excitement!"
"Say hey to Lisa and Jim," Charlie quickly said before she closed her door. She smiled again and nodded.
As she drove away, Charlie could only think about tomorrow and all the other tomorrows to come. Tomorrows filled with Andrew and his family.
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AN: That was it, the absolute ending... It might leave some questions open concerning Andrew. What will he became later? Does he and Charlie stay close? How does his future look like and how will Andrew turn out to be when he is a father himself? But then again, life holds many questions and the journey is always exiting so I didn't want to have his whole life written down. This now gives you all the opportunity of imagining how Andrew will grow up and all.
I wanted to thank you all for reviewing and giving me the support I needed to write this story. I am glad many people enjoyed this story!
And thanks again to Chymom and Starfishyeti for all the help they have given me throughout the whole story! You guys are absolutely amazing and I know this story wouldn't have been so good if it weren't for them.