Chapter Fourteen: Parker
When I woke up that morning I couldn't help the smile that spread over my face as the sight of Brennan's sleeping body met me. I could not believe this woman, who I've known for so many years, was pregnant with my child. A year ago I had asked her to be a donor for me, but then she had that tumor and all that went to Hell, especially after she told me that she had to be involved in the baby's life or there'd be no baby. So, I chose no baby.
But now...now I was getting my baby and so was she. We were having a child for love, and not just because of some stupid selfish desire of mine.
God, how are we going to tell Parker?
I looked back at Brennan, who was just beginning to stir. She looked up at me slowly, with her beautiful eyes clouded with sleep. "Good morning." she said in her scratchy morning voice. God, I love that voice.
"Good morning, Baby." I said, smiling as I leaned down to kiss her good morning. I felt her smile into the kiss and lazily return the sentiment before pulling back.
"Parker's coming over today, Bones." she said, resting her head on my chest.
"He is? Do you want me to leave?" I asked.
Brennan shook her head. "No. I need you here. You have to help me give him the good news. He's gonna be a big brother."
"Do you think he'll be upset?" I asked, slightly worried.
Brennan shook her head. "Hell no. He's wanted a baby brother or sister since he started school. And Reuben hasn't exactly found the right whore-I mean, woman-yet."
I snorted. "Nice slip. Your ex probably knows that he'll never find somebody as kind and loving as you." I leaned down to kiss her.
"Who are you and what did you do with Bones?" Brennan cracked.
I chuckled. "Just attempting to be a bit normal."
"I don't like normal people. They're weird." Brennan said, snuggling into my chest.
I laughed again. "Whatever you say, Bren." I sat up a little. "I'm going to make some breakfast." Brennan groaned as I stood up and she slid off of me.
"Hey! Come back here, pillow! I'm not done sleeping yet!" she growled at me.
I laughed, walking away. "What do you want for breakfast?" I called over my shoulder.
"Just some dry toast and water. It's all I'm able to keep down." she called back.
I nodded in understanding and got to work making breakfast. After about five minutes I heard her in the bathroom, emptying her stomach. Soon, I felt a pair of arms wrap around my waist and her cheek against my back. "Baby, not that I'm complaining, but why are you making breakfast naked?"
I smiled. "I didn't feel like wearing clothes. You feel like you're not wearing any, as well."
Brennan smiled against my back. "Wrong."
I turned to see her in my dress shirt, which she hadn't even bothered to button.
I groaned. "Bren...I'm trying to make breakfast here." I pouted.
Brennan smiled and began buttoning up her shirt. "Fine, fine. Anyway, Parker is gonna be here in less than an hour so we should probably get changed."
My eyes shot open, and I quickly shut the stove off under the eggs, running after her, grabbing my shirt off her body and throwing it on myself, before running to get the rest of my clothes while Brennan stood there, laughing at me.
An hour later, we were both comfortably dressed and just finishing with breakfast when there was a knock at the door.
Brennan leapt up from the table, and ran towards the door, opening it and her arms to a flash of blonde hair. "Mommy!" Parker exclaimed.
Brennan laughed and kissed the top of her son's head. "Hey, Baby Boy." she said, kissing his cheek.
"Mommy, Daddy has a new girlfriend!"' Parker announced.
Reuben stood in the doorway, grimacing. "Way to ease her into it, Parks." he said, face-palming.
Brennan smiled. "It's okay, Reub, I have an announcement of my own. Can I talk to you out in the hall?"
Reuben nodded and Brennan turned to the little boy in her arms. "Hey, why don't you go say hi to Bones and see what he's doing? I'll be right back."
Parker nodded and left his mother's arms for mine. I lifted him up in a hug, groaning. "You're getting very big, Parker." I commented.
Parker nodded. "I grew three inches this month!"
I lifted my eyebrows in astonishment. "That's quite impressive. Have you been eating a lot of proteins?"
Parker tilted his head to the side. "What are proteins?"
"Chicken, beans, other meat. They help you grow. As does milk and vegetables." I explained, placing him on the floor.
Parker smiled. "Well then, yeah! Gramma's been feeding me lots of veggies! And Grampa makes me eat all my meat and drink all my milk."
I smiled. "That's good. How did that science project turn out?"
Parker grinned widely. "Great, Bones! My teacher said it was the best she's ever seen! She didn't think anybody my age could make something like that or know so much about science but I showed her!"
I laughed. "Very good, Parker. I'm glad I could help."
I laughed as Brennan stepped in, a slightly worried expression on her face.
"Hey, Brennan," I greeted, "what's wrong?"
Brennan shook her head, letting me know that she didn't want to talk about it in front of Parker. I nodded, in understanding, asking her with my eyes if she was ready to tell Parker yet.
She nodded, turning to her son. "Hey, Baby, can you come sit down in the living room for a second? Bones I have something we want to tell you."
Parker noted her serious look and nodded, taking a seat on the couch.
Brennan and I sat on the coffee table opposite him, our hands intertwined. Parker knew about our relationship and he was very ecstatic about it. He loved the thought that I could be his new stepfather, for some reason unbeknownst to me.
"What's wrong?" Parker asked. "Did someone die?"
Brennan shook her head. "No, baby, nobody died. Actually this news is good news."
"Really? What is it, then?"
Brennan took a deep breath and turned to me. "Can you tell him?" she asked.
I nodded, and turned back to Parker. "You're mother and I are going to have a baby."
Parker's eyes widened and he looked at Brennan. "Mom?"
Brennan nodded. "I'm pregnant, Sweetheart. You're going to have a little brother or sister." she smiled widely, but her smile faltered as she saw tears prickling in Parker's eyes, before his chin began to quiver and he stood up, running out of the room.