And here we are, readers! The last chapter for this story in the series... the sequel should be up when I get round to posting it! Thank you all for reading this story, and I hope that you enjoy this final chapter! I'm sorry if it sucks or doesn't meet your expectations!
Anyways, read on!
"Come on, you two!"
"Anthony! Come here now! Maria has to do up your shoelaces!"
"I coming Auntie 'Ria!"
"Caitlin! How many times have I told you not to leave your dolls in the middle of the corridor?"
"Tali, why is your cuddly toy not in your room? I don't want to have to go looking for it again!"
Tony sighed and rubbed his face tiredly. Taking care of three children was hard. "We're never going to get to see Ziva at the hospital by this rate…"
Maria smiled at Tony as she knelt down to tie AJ's shoelace. "Don't worry, Tony. Visiting hours don't end for ages. We have enough time to see baby Timmy."
AJ grinned. "Yay! Baby Timmy!"
Tony nodded. "Okay, okay… I know… it's just, these three stress me out more than any case."
"They only stress you out because there hasn't been one moment where you've been the fun old daddy that they're used to. Not since Ziva got kidnapped."
Tony paused. She had a point… "I know… but I don't want to lose them. Well, I didn't. Now that they're safe, I don't know whether I can convert to my old self…"
"Sure you can!" Maria finished tying AJ's shoes. "Hey, who wants to play airplanes?"
AJ grinned. "Yay!" He turned to his father eagerly. "Airplanes, daddy?"
Tony chuckled before picking AJ up and placing him on his shoulders. "Remember what sounds an airplane makes?"
"Nyawwwwwwww!" AJ exclaimed, grinning.
Tony laughed before starting to run around the house with AJ on his shoulders. Just as he was running back into the corridor, Kate and TJ were descending the stairs and they stared at him in shock.
"Daddy? What are you doing?" Kate asked, ever the sensible one.
"Come on!" he exclaimed, giving himself a cartoon voice. "Let's go to the hospital to see mommy!"
The twins grinned before skipping after their father. "Yay!"
Maria chuckled as she watched the family walk out of the door and over to the car.
Yes, they were on the mend.
Ziva smiled as three of her four children ran into the room, bright smiles on their faces and their green eyes happy and excited. She knelt down and pulled them all in for a tight hug, happy tears starting to spill from her eyes. "My babies…"
Tony and Maria stood by the door, watching the interaction with smiles on their faces.
Ziva kissed all three of their foreheads. "How are my babies?"
TJ pouted. "I'm not a baby!"
Kate rolled her eyes at her sister. "You are sometimes."
"Well, so are you!"
Ziva sighed. "You have only just arrived to visit me, and you are already bickering? Remember what I said about bickering?"
The girls hung their heads. "That you don't like it."
"That is right."
AJ continued to grin up at his mother, ignoring the conversation she was having with his sisters. "Momma, momma, we see baby Timmy?"
Ziva smiled at her son. "Of course!" She got up and led the children over to a crib in the corner where baby Timothy was sleeping.
Tony leaned on the door. "You know, I'm glad we went through all this," he told Maria as he watched his family.
Maria frowned. "What? Why?"
Tony continued to watch as Ziva picked up the baby and knelt down so that the children could see him. "Because I don't think we've ever been closer."
Maria smiled as she watched the twins and AJ stare at the baby in awe. "You know what, I think you're right, Tony."
Tony smiled. "I'm glad you agree with me. There's just one thing."
"No more kids."
Maria laughed. "Don't tell me, tell Ziva."
Tony chuckled. "Yeah, but no more kids. I can't deal with any more. Besides, at the moment, I think our family is perfect."
Maria nodded. "I agree." She watched as the kids reached over and carefully stroked Timothy's hair. She saw Kate gasp when Timothy grabbed her finger and held onto it tightly, his big brown eyes staring up at her.
Okay, readers! That's all for this installment! Just leave me one last review!