Lily, Bug, and Jeffrey got special permission, as well as a security escort to the airport terminal where Woody and Jordan would soon be arriving with Maddie. The anticipation was more than any of them could bear.
An airport employee had been giving the trio updates on the plane's potential arrival every few minutes. She approached them again with a smile.
"The plane will be arriving in about five minutes. You should be able to see it out the window right there. Once it lands, Dr. Cavanaugh and Detective Hoyt will be the first to exit the plane, along with your baby girl."
"Thank you…thanks so much!" Lily exclaimed as she rushed to the window to watch for the plane.
"Listen, Jeffrey, we all want to be with Maddie tonight. Why don't you come back to our place and have dinner with us. You can even sleep in the guestroom so you can spend extra time with her," Bug suggested to the baby's father.
"That would be wonderful. Thank you for the offer Bug," Jeffrey Brandau said sincerely.
"I see it! I see the plane!" Lily shrieked as Bug and Jeffrey joined her at the window. The plane was slowly taxiing to the terminal. A few minutes later, it came to a stop and the moveable walkway extended to the plane. Lily raced to the doors as they opened. Tears immediately came to her eyes when she saw first Woody, followed closely by Jordan, who had Maddie in her arms. "Maddie!" she cried out. She ran to her daughter and immediately scooped her up in her arms and showered her with hugs and kisses. Airport personnel began to clap at the happy scene. Jordan and Woody each hugged Bug and shook hands with Jeffrey. Lily handed Maddie over to her father so that he could reunite with her. Bug patiently waited for his chance. Lily took the moment to talk to Jordan and Woody.
"Jordan, next to Bug, you are my best friend. I don't know what I would do without you. From the bottom of my heart, thank you for bringing my daughter back to me. I love you!" She said throwing her arms around her friend.
"I'm so happy it turned out this way. You deserve all the happiness life has to offer," Jordan responded as she struggled to hold back tears of her own.
Lily let go of Jordan after several moments and turned to Woody.
"Thank you for going above and beyond for my family. I will never forget what you have done for us. If there is ever anything I can do for you, don't hesitate to ask," She said.
"What, you love Jordan but not me?" Woody joked.
"Of course I love you, too! You'll always be special to me and my family."
"Well I love your family and there is nothing I wouldn't do for any of you," Woody said as he hugged Lily. Now go on, take the little princess home. He gave Maddie a quick kiss on the forehead then stepped aside so they family could pass. He smiled at Jordan and put his arm around her shoulders as the two watched Lily, Bug, Jeffrey and Maddie walk out of the airport, one big, complete, happy family.