Title: The Gift

Author: Aimee

Beta: Dev

Word Count: 232

Rating: PG

Spoilers: A spoiler-free zone.

Pairing: Angel/Cordelia

Summary: Angel receives a gift.

Disclaimer: If you recognize them, they belong to Joss Whedon and David Greenwalt. Otherwise, they're mine.

Author's Note: Written for an_ardent_rain for whedonland's birthday week.

Cordy looked up at Angel as tears fell silently down her face. What confused him was the little smile on her face.

"Cordy, what's wrong?" he asked, his eyes searching hers.

She shook her head, her smile growing larger. "Nothing, Angel."

"Cordy--" Angel started, but she cut him off, placing a finger over his lips.

"Angel, I'm pregnant," she told him, a trademark Cordelia Chase smile on her face.

He stared at her for just an instant while his brain processed what she'd told him. "Pregnant?"

She nodded, waiting for his reaction. Angel smiled that smile she loved so much, the one that lit up his entire face. "We're going to have a baby," he exclaimed, pulling the woman he loved into his arms.

Cordy laughed, loving his reaction. "Yes, we are."

Angel bent over so he was level with her stomach. "Hey, baby. This is your daddy. Your mommy and I love you very much and can't wait to meet you," he told their unborn child.

She smiled tenderly at the man she loved. "I love you, Angel."

Angel brushed a finger across Cordy's face lovingly. "I love you, too, Cordy," he told her, kissing her softly, thankful for the woman in his arms and the gift she'd just given him. A gift he didn't think he'd ever have the pleasure of sharing with her. The gift of a family.