Chapter 1


Let me say that the Season Finale of Leverage was freakin' amazing! I thought Eliot was hot before, but now, damn…lol. Enjoy the first chapter my lovelies. =)

"Cameron Drake Spencer!" Sarah called out angrily as she walked through the front door of the loft. "Where are you?"

The thirteen-year-old looked hopefully over at his Uncle, who he was playing a video game with.

"No way man," Hardison began. "I am not getting in the middle of this one. Don't you remember what happened last time? I still have flashbacks," he concluded with a shiver.

Sarah entered the living room and when Cam saw the look on her face, he knew he was in for it.

"Wanna tell me why I received a call from the dean of your school today?"

Cam gave her his best smile. "Cause I'm such a good student?"

"That smile won't work on me mister. I don't care what your father tells you."

Hardison let out a chuckle, which earned him a glare from Sarah.

"Uhm…I'll just be goin'…yeah, I'm leavin' now," he said nervously as he slipped out the front door.

She turned her attention back to her son. "The dean told me you got into a fight."

"I didn't start it!" Cam defended. "Josh is a bully, he's always pickin' on the younger kids. He was pushing Kyle around so I stepped in between them."

Sarah sighed and sat on the couch motioning for him to join her. Once he sat down, she asked him to continue.

"He tried to punch me so I blocked it and shoved him back. That's all. I didn't even hit him."

Sarah's expression softened a little. "And the stealing?" she asked with a raised brow.

Cam looked nervous all of a sudden. "Uhm, well you see, I didn't…"

They were interrupted when the front door opened revealing Eliot and her seven-year-old daughter.

"Mama!" Lily cried out excitedly as she tackled her mother on the couch.

"Hello to you to," Sarah chuckled hugging her back.

With her sandy brown hair, steel blue eyes and her father's heart shaped lips which could get her almost anything she wanted with a smile, there was no denying that she was Eliot Spencer's daughter.

Eliot looked between Sarah and Cam. "What's goin' on?"

Sarah looked at her son. "He got reprimanded for getting' into a fight with Josh."

Eliot looked at his adopted son. "This the same kid whose grades you changed in the school computer records last year?"

"No one ever proved that was my fault," the teenager defended. At his father's expression he caved. "Maybe," he confessed.

"He also stole the boy's wallet," Sarah added.

"That wasn't me!" Cam retorted.

"That was me. Josh is mean, he steals everyone's money, so I stole it back and returned it," Lily said with a proud smile.

"Damn it Parker," Eliot muttered.

"Looks like I'm gonna have to have a talk with Aunt Parker," Sarah added with a small tilt of her lips.

"Ooohh daddy said a bad word mama," Lily said while pointing at him. Then she looked at her father and held her hand out.

Sarah and Cam chuckled as Eliot reached into his wallet and handed the little girl a dollar. Lily snatched it up and walked to her room, humming happily.

Eliot shook his head and looked at his wife. "Doesn't it worry you how much she reminds you of Parker?"

Sarah laughed. "You realize you're probably gonna fund her first car right?" Sarah asked with amusement.

Eliot looked at her. "I don't know why we even started that," he grumbled.

"Well I have my own little bank, so you needed one as well," she replied as she ruffled Cam's hair.

"Mom!" he exclaimed indignantly as he tried to straighten it.

Eliot leaned over the back of the couch. "Hey beautiful," he said softly as he leaned forward to kiss her softly.

"Ewww, gross guys. Can I go over to Uncle Alec's?"

She turned away form Eliot for a moment. "I suppose. But be back for dinner okay?"

Eliot looked at Cam with an expression that brooked no argument. "We're gonna talk about the fight later."

"Okay," he replied, and with a hug to both of them, he ran out the door quickly.

Eliot made his way around the couch and laid back against the arm, pulling Sarah into his lap. "So how was your day?" he asked as he kissed her neck.

"Pretty good actually. One of the little girls got to go home today," she replied as she leaned back into him.

Sarah had been working part time in the NICU at Boston Children's Hospital for the last five years and she loved it.

"The job went well I take it?" she asked him.

"Yeah, I wasn't even really needed," he replied as he nuzzled her hair.

"And now you get downtime right? Nate promised after this job, you all would get time off."

"Don't worry, Sophie reminded him for you sweetheart," he chuckled.

Over the last seven years, the team had cut back on the number of jobs they did. With Sophie and Sarah's persuasion, they had "convinced" Nate that after every couple of jobs, they'd get down time. These last two had taken three weeks to complete and Sarah and Eliot were ready to spend some time together at the ranch, where they had spent every summer, since they were married.

Sarah twisted around in Eliot's arms. "I missed you," she stated softly.

"The feelin's mutual," he replied huskily, then dipped his head to take her lips with his. She moaned and he took the opportunity to slip his tongue into her mouth. She repositioned herself to straddle his hips and then buried her hands in his hair as she started moving her hips to gain friction. The feel of her rubbing against him caused him to growl into her mouth and pull her closer to deepen the kiss.

"Are you mad at me?"

They jerked apart at the sound of Parker's voice next to the couch.

"Damn it Parker," Eliot growled in frustration. Sarah chuckled and kissed him on the nose before standing up.

"Why would I be mad at you?" she asked the thief.

"Cam said that you were going to talk to me about a trick I showed Lily. Am I in trouble?" she asked wrinkling her forehead in confusion.

Sarah took a moment to consider how to respond. "I'm not mad, just concerned. While we understand why we do what we do, the school wouldn't. They see it as black and white, there is no gray to them."

Parker was quiet for a moment. "So I shouldn't teach her to steal?"

Sarah chuckled. "She'd find a way to get you to anyway. Just make sure that she understands it's only to help people. And that she should talk to one of us first."

Parker nodded once and then left.

Sarah sighed as Eliot wrapped his arms around her waist. "And I thought raisin' a kid was hard before I met you guys," she chuckled.

"We just need to make sure they come to one of us before they do somethin' illegal," Eliot murmured as he started placing kisses on her neck.

"Mmmm…that feels good," she said softly leaning back against him.

"Are you guys makin' out?" Lily asked, appearing from nowhere.

"Just like Parker I tell you," Eliot muttered. "Why do we keep her around again?" he asked in a playful tone, loud enough for Lily to hear.

Sarah grinned as she watched her daughter take up her defensive stance with her hands on her hips. "Cause I'm the good one." Then she grinned widely. "Plus I'm cute."

"And there's Sophie's influence," Sarah chuckled.

Eliot put a serious look on his face. "Cute huh?" He slowly walked from behind Sarah towards his daughter.

Lily saw her father coming and let out a squeal of laughter as she turned and ran, Eliot chasing after her.

The phone rang and Sarah went to answer it while smiling at the two playing chase. "Hello?"

"Nate and I were wondering if you, Eliot, Cam and Lily would like to join us for dinner," Sophie asked.

"Sounds great. Alec and Parker comin' as well?" she asked curiously.

"Yes, I just haven't called them yet," Sophie replied.

"I can bring em' if you want. Cam's with Alec now."

"That would be lovely. Meet us at Nate's around six and then we'll decide where we go."

"Sounds good Soph, see you guys then," she agreed before hanging up.

After calling Alec, Sarah followed the sounds of laughter to hers and Eliot's bedroom. He had caught his daughter and was tickling her ribs, which was her weak spot.

"Say it," Eliot demanded playfully.

"Never!" Lily exclaimed as she continued laughing.

"Your feet are next," Eliot replied seriously.

"No daddy, please. Okay, okay I'll say it!" she squealed out. "You're the best daddy in the world!"

"And?" Eliot prodded.

"I love you more than Aunt Parker!" she stated in between fits of laughter.

He stopped tickling her and stood up. "Now how hard was that?" he asked.

Sarah laughed at the pair, alerting them to her presence. "Now that the war is over. Soph called and invited us out to dinner. We're meeting at Nate's in half an hour."

"Oooh, I can wear the new dress Aunt Sophie bought me!" Lily yelled out as she ran from the room.

Eliot shook his head as he placed his hands on Sarah's hips and pulled her closer. "When's their last day of school again?" he asked.

"Day after tomorrow. Then this weekend, they are off to my sisters for a month," she answered. "Then we are off to the ranch for some much needed alone time," she finished with a large grin.

"Sounds good," Eliot murmured, as he placed small kisses along her jaw. "How about we send the kids with Nate and Sophie to dinner and you and I stay in?" he asked hopefully.

Sarah's eyes rolled back and a moan escaped her as his mouth sucked on her neck's pulse point. "Oh god," she stated breathlessly. She grabbed his face and attacked his lips with her own, pressing against him as much as she could, causing him to groan. After a few more minutes she pulled away. "Sorry cowboy, we haven't had a night out with everyone in two months. Let's get goin'," she said with a mischievous smile.

"You don't play fair sweetheart," he growled as he pulled her to him for one last kiss.

She pulled away from the kiss with a smile. "True, but you still love me," she stated.

"I suppose so," he replied, then wrapped his arm around her waist as they walked out of the bedroom.

Welcome back to old readers, welcome to the new. I love hearing from you guys, it tells me what you liked or would like to see. It also makes me update faster. =D Plus as my old readers know, you also get fresh baked cookies delivered by Eliot...shirtless. =)