A/N: Thanks so much to Almica2 for reviewing. Everyone else thanks for reading. Wrapped this one up here on a nice little button I think.
Disclaimer: Logan and Claire are mine, but their inspiration is not.
Part V: Connie
Logan walked into the house from work and headed upstairs and found Claire in bed, which was odd, since it was 4 o'clock on a Wednesday.
"Hey," he said. Claire sniffed. "You feeling OK? I know the doctor said the baby would,"
"I'm not pregnant," she said softly. Logan looked at her.
"What?" He said. She shook her head and started crying. "Oh honey, I,"
"I went, and I can't," she stuttered, "it's an immunity thing, I was, but my body or my immune system attacked the pregnancy."
"So we'll try again," he said, "Hm? Or not, I mean, we didn't plan."
"Logan, it would happen again," she said softly. "I can't, I mean, I know we didn't plan it, but I know you want kids, you've always," he kissed her.
"I want you," he said softly. "I love you, you're my wife." She smiled. "So you maybe can't have a baby, we'll adopt, or use a surrogate, that's really in." She laughed. "I don't care." She kissed him softly.
"Thanks," she whispered. "I just need to be alone." He nodded.
"OK," he said and kissed her forehead again. "I love you."
"I love you too," she said softly.
Connie Moreau collapsed on her bed and started to cry. She'd been crying a lot lately. She was four months pregnant now and she still had no idea what she was doing. She was nineteen, less than a year married, and completely miserable. She wanted to be a mother, but she and Charlie could barely afford school, and they could only afford that because Tammy Duncan let them live in the townhouse her step father provided rent free. Since Connie had gotten pregnant though, Tammy and their other roommate, her ex boyfriend Guy hadn't even let them pay for food or cable, which they used to chip in for. But she was crying a lot. She'd just been to the doctor and seen the baby. Charlie walked in.
"Hi," he said.
"Hi," she whispered.
"How'd it go?" He asked. She shrugged. "Cons, come on."
"The baby's healthy," she said. "It's a girl." Charlie smiled.
"OK," he said. "That's good, that she's healthy." Connie nodded. "So why are we crying?"
"Because we can't keep her that way!" Connie sighed. He nodded. She was right. "I think we should do the adoption."
"Are you sure?" He asked. She nodded and wiped her eyes. "OK, so I'll call that lawyer that coach told us about."
"OK," she nodded. "I love you," he smiled.
"I love you too," he said softly.
Tammy Duncan sat quietly observing as Dave Vanderbilt took pictures of their model, his girlfriend, Janet Lane. Janet was flawless, knowing exactly what to do with the clothes. She stopped seeing the door to Dave's studio open.
"This is supposed to be a," Dave shouted and turned. They saw Logan standing there. "Hey," Dave said softly.
"Hey," Logan nodded. "Hi, Tammy, Janet, I'm sorry, I just," Janet shrugged and bounced over to Tammy.
"Come on Tammy," Janet said, "let's go get a coffee." Tammy looked confused and walked out.
"How's it going?" Dave asked. Logan shrugged. "How's Claire?"
"She's better," Logan said. "Therapy helps. We met with this adoption lawyer, got on a list for China, looked into surrogacy."
"That's expensive," Dave grimaced.
"It's all expensive," Logan frowned. "I'm glad I saved the trust man. But it's just hard, and tiring," Dave nodded. "I just needed a night off. I didn't know you were shooting, I wouldn't have."
"Don't be stupid," Dave shrugged. "I'm here anytime you need me, you know that."
"What's with Logan?" Tammy asked. Janet sighed.
"It's complicated," she said. "Claire miscarried and found out she can't have a baby." Tammy looked at her. "I know, it's horrible. I mean, I don't want kids, but still, to not even have the option. Anyway, they're doing the adoption thing, and I think its wearing Logan a little thin."
"They want to adopt?" Tammy said. Janet nodded. "Why did no one mention this to me?"
"Because it's largely none of your business?" Janet tried. "I probably shouldn't even have said anything."
"No," Tammy said, "Connie and Charlie," Janet's eyes got big.
"Oh!" She said. "I didn't even, I mean, I would have thought that by now they'd have found someone."
"They have very specific contact requirements," Tammy explained. "The couples they've met with haven't been into it." Janet nodded.
"I'll mention it," Janet said.
"Hey," Logan said walking in to Claire's office. She smiled at him. "I think I have good news."
"Yeah?" She said. He nodded. "What?"
"Tammy Duncan's roommates," he said, "she's five months pregnant." Claire looked at him, her eyes wide. "I don't know, I figured we should at least have dinner with them. They're really young, and don't know what to do."
"This is for real?" Claire said. Logan nodded. "Five months?" He nodded again. "Why haven't they found someone else yet?"
"That's the one kind of catch," he said. Claire nodded. "They want to stay in contact with the baby."
"That's it?" Claire raised her eyebrows. Logan nodded. "Fine," she said.
"Really?" He said.
"I mean, if they're friends with Tammy, then it makes sense," Claire laughed, "she's Kelly's sister which means that she'll be around a lot, I think it would be awkward if they weren't."
"OK," Logan nodded.
"Can we meet them today?" Claire asked. He laughed.
"Why don't we call them today, and have them to the house?" He tried, she nodded. "You're genuinely excited." She laughed.
"I know, I've been down lately," she sighed. He hugged her.
"It's OK," he said. "You have the right."
Connie sat quietly as Claire hung a picture in the nursery they'd set up in Brad's old bedroom.
"Claire," Connie said and Claire looked at her. "You really don't have to let me help."
"Is it too hard for you?" Claire asked. "I'm sorry, I thought you might like," Connie looked at her.
"No, I appreciate it," Connie said, "really, I just, I don't want to get in the way. It's already a huge burden, what me and Charlie asked of you guys and,"
"Connie," Claire looked at her, "you and Charlie are giving me and Logan what we've always wanted," Connie smiled. "And really you're not asking for that much. We're happy to keep you updated on everything she does, and the minute she's ready, we want you to be a part of her life." Connie smiled. "Actually, we were talking, and we thought," she took a deep breath. "We want to name her after you."
"Oh Claire, that's so unnecessary," Connie blushed. "Really!"
"I want to," Claire said. "You have no idea what this means to me." Connie smiled. "So, you and Charlie got married right after graduation?"
"Yeah," Connie nodded, "it's weird I know."
"I grew up in rural Iowa," Claire shook her head, "not that weird." Connie laughed. "My sister did too. She kept the baby though." Connie smiled. "Do you mind if I ask why?"
"Why did we get married?" Connie laughed. Claire nodded. "Because I was waiting." Claire looked. "I ended up not doing so, but we got married anyway." Claire smiled.
"I think that's sweet," Claire said. "Sheep or duckies?" She held up two different wallpapers.
"Duckies," Connie said. "Charlie would kill me if she didn't have duckies." Claire laughed.
A few months later Claire sat on her bed holding baby Connie in her arms. She was small, pink and perfect.
"Hi," Logan walked in, "oh there are my girls." Claire smiled. "How's she doing?"
"She's perfect," Claire said. "Do you want to hold her?"
"Of course," he said and took her. "My parents want us to bring her for a visit."
"Mm, mine too." She groaned. "Florida or Iowa, there's a choice."
"Ah, but see there are people involved," Logan pointed out. "In Florida we have my father, which means I have to do useless things like play golf with him and tell him how the company is doing, but in Iowa I get to hang out with Ray and drink beer."
"Mm," she nodded. "Take Diane to the mall or listen to your mother tell me that we have to start planning Connie's debutante ball today? That's a tough call." Logan laughed.
"So Iowa?" He said.
"Iowa," she nodded.
Claire walked into the crowded bar and laughed seeing an eager twenty four year old woman wave from a table of other much younger than her people. Bonnie Hunter was one of her assistant editors, and very good. She came from the same kind of family as Logan, although possibly more dysfunctional, and definitely more snobby. But she was nice enough.
"Claire?" She looked over her shoulder and saw Jimmy Riley standing there.
"Jimmy, hi," she said, "it's been a while."
"Yeah," he nodded, "I'm actually only here because Tammy's starting to threaten my life." Claire laughed.
"Yeah, how are you doing?" She asked. He shrugged.
"I miss her," he said. "Apparently that's no longer a valid excuse for 'living like some kind of demented monk or whatever.'" Claire laughed.
"That sounds like Tammy," she said. He nodded. "You can go, I'll tell her we had a drink. I've been through the long depressing break up. I get it."
"Nah," he laughed. "I'm OK." She nodded. "What about you? Don't you have a kid and a husband in Connecticut?"
"Yeah," she nodded. "But I've got an associate editor who's turning twenty four and begged me," she stopped, "actually I think you'd like her."
"Claire," he shook his head.
"If going to a bar gets Tammy off your back for a few days, how long will actually having a drink with someone who you could possibly rebound with?" She raised her eyebrows. "Forget about Lena."
"I think Lena prefers the monk life style," he shook his head. "She'd just gotten used to Julie, but please, lead on." Claire laughed and he followed her.
"Bonnie," she said. Bonnie smiled. "I'm sorry I can't stay long, I have to get home. But I brought a pretty good substitute."
"What?" Bonnie laughed.
"Bonnie Hunter, Jimmy Riley," Claire pointed, "Bonnie is one of my associates, and Jimmy is a med student at Columbia, and his sister is engaged to Logan's brother. Enjoy." She walked away. Jimmy laughed.
"Yeah, sorry," Jimmy said.
"Don't apologize," Bonnie smiled. "Sit, have a drink." Jimmy smiled. "So Columbia?"
"Yeah," he nodded. "And you're an editor?"
"An assistant editor," she said. "But Claire's amazing, and she said that I'll be promoted soon."
"Cool," he nodded. She nodded again. "I'm sorry, I suck at this. I've had the same girlfriend since high school, and,"
"You have a girlfriend?" Bonnie said.
"Had," he laughed, "I had a girlfriend. We broke up. Recently." She nodded. "Three months ago."
"That's not so recent," she shook her head.
"When you'd been together for ten years it is." Jimmy shrugged.
"Ten years?" She said. He nodded. "Wow, so why'd you break up?"
"She moved to Japan and started sleeping with this other guy," he shrugged. Bonnie raised her eyebrows. "It's really complicated," he said.
Claire walked in and plopped on the couch next to Logan.
"Hey you," he smiled and kissed her. "You just missed the kid."
"Mm," she nodded. "I'm sorry, but I think I did a good thing. I introduced Kelly's brother to one of my editors."
"I see," Logan nodded. "Which one?"
"Bonnie," she said. "You know, the girl from Boston."
"I remember Bonnie," he said. "Plus her mother knows my mother." Claire nodded. "I think that is a good thing, Scottie's really worried about him." She kissed him again.
"I've been where he is," she sighed. Logan looked at her. "When I broke up with you."
"Oh yeah, that," Logan rolled his eyes. She laughed and kissed him softly.
"Oh Daddy!" Ten year old Connie squealed. "She's really mine?"
"All yours baby," Logan laughed as the little girl ran from the dock onto the new sailboat. "What are you going to name her?"
"I don't know," she frowned. "I have to think about it." He laughed. "Can I take her out? Please?"
"OK, but stay in the bay, I don't want you out on the ocean without me or one of your uncles, understand?" He said. Connie nodded. He walked away and up to the house. Claire was sitting on the deck. "She's very excited."
"Of course she is," Claire rolled her eyes. "I still don't think it was a good idea to give a ten year old her own boat!"
"She's a very good sailor," Logan shrugged. "Better than me, she might even be better than Brad if she practices."
"She can't practice on The Musketeer?" Claire crossed her arms.
"No, she can't," Logan laughed. "Brad doesn't let anyone but Lena touch The Musketeer, and only then when he's been drinking." Claire sighed. "It's not like we bought her a pony. It's a sailboat, I was probably going to get a new one soon anyway."
"I would have preferred a pony," Claire rolled her eyes. "Having to take care of an animal teaches children responsibility."
"Thank you, farm girl," he laughed. "I love you."
"I love your too." She said and they kissed softly.
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