"Salvation: Forever and Always: Our Ohana"

CHAPTER TWENTY-SIX

Title: "Salvation: Forever and Always: Our Ohana"

Author: Michelle Heath

Rating: MA for adult situations and language

Summary: Story #7 in the Salvation series. Mr. and Mrs. Tony Montgomery announce the birth of their son.

Disclaimer: I so do not own Hawaii Five-0; unfortunately! All original characters are the property of the author!

Date Written: September 12, 2011

(Once everyone sees the baby bib and realizes that Sam is pregnant, smiles, tears, and a loud jumble of questions fill the air. Libby, in a rare moment of being completely speechless, grabs onto Mike and holds on for all she's worth as tears of joy stream from her eyes. When she pulls back from her husband's robust hug, Libby sees that Mike is unashamedly crying, as well. Caroline, totally beside her self, has a grin a mile wide on her beautiful face and takes the opportunity to kiss her husband hard and fast before she bursts into unrestrained laughter. Danny, totally the great, big softie everyone knows he is, hugs his wife tightly and wipes his eyes with the back of his hand. Everyone else is reacting with varied amounts of happy shock and even Gov. Jameson gets misty-eyed, accepting the handkerchief her understanding husband hands to her.

While everyone else is trying to absorb the news, Steve lifts his head from Sam's and uses his thumbs to gently wipe the tears from her beautiful face. Her hands gently return the favor, and he presses his forehead to hers for a moment before he can trust himself to speak.)

"You have . . Damn. . . You have given me the most precious, most amazing gift I've ever received, Beautiful. I couldn't love you any more if I tried. Thank you, Sam."

(And, of course, Steve's gently uttered words cause her to start crying again.)

"I didn't accomplish this op on my own, Sailor."

"No, but you were willing to try again. You were willing to ground yourself for months to have my baby, our baby, and I can't find the right words to tell you how much that means to me,"

"I think you just did, Steve, and, for the record, having your baby is the one thing that will make my life complete. Being your wife and the mother of your child are the most important things in the world to me and nothing, not even flying can even come close. I will love you forever and always, Steve."

"Forever and always, Sam."

(Just as they are completing this exchange, a rousing round of applause fills the room, and they are instantly surrounded by their loved ones who offer them hugs and congratulations, and the questions immediately start flying from all sides at once. Sam looks a little overwhelmed and not quite capable of coherent speech at the moment, so Steve, slips one arm around her waist and raises his hand in an effort to get everyone's attention. When the room finally quiets down, Steve, swiping at his tears once more, looks down into Sam's beautiful eyes and back up to the crowd.)

"When Sam and I lost the baby all those months ago, a very kind, wonderful man talked to both of us about our loss. He was Sam's doctor at Ramstein when she and Caroline were forced to eject, and he shared a personal loss he and his wife had suffered that was similar to ours. He also told us that, when we were ready, we should see an obstetrician. Four months ago, we did just that. We went out to the base and sat down Lt. Cmdr. Denning for a long talk."

(Now that she has regained her composure for the most part, Sam picks up the conversation.)

"I suspected I might be pregnant about a week ago so I went straight over to the base hospital and saw Lt. Cmdr. Denning. Turns out, I was right. That's why I haven't flown in over a week, Admiral, and won't be flying for about seven and a half months or so. Cmdr. Denning did some tests and both the baby and I are fine, and we'll have a better idea of my actual due date when I go back in for another appointment next week."

(And big, bad SEAL that he is, Senior Chief Tim Newton shouts a an extremely loud and extremely robust "Hoo Rah" that is echoed by every SEAL in the room and followed by a thunderous round of applause. Libby is the first person to her daughter and son-in-law and hugs both of them fiercely initiating another round of crying by both her and Sam, but they are both laughing, too. Mike doesn't stop at just shaking Steve's hand but pulls him into a hug as well, and Steve is extremely grateful that, if his parents can't be present for this happy occasion, Sam's can.

Grace has been standing next to Kono and she quietly makes her way through the maze of grown ups to her Aunt Sam and Uncle Steve. Tugging on Steve's pants leg to get his attention, Grace smiles when Steve looks down and smiles at her and picks her up into his arms so she can talk to him and Sam both. With her little arms around Steve's neck, Grace looks over at Sam with a serious expression on her face.)

"Are you really going to have a baby, Aunt Sam?"

"Yes, Nugget, I really am."

"Is it a boy or a girl?"

"Don't know yet, Gracie, and Uncle Steve and I have decided that we don't want to know until the baby's born; we want it to be a surprise."

"I like surprises. Uncle Steve?"

"Yes, Gracie?"

"Do you think you could talk to Danno and ask him if he and Mom will have a baby?"

"Why don't you ask him yourself, Gracie? All you have to do is tell Danno and your Mom you want a little brother or sister and I'm sure they'll be glad to give it some thought."

"Okay. Uncle Steve?"

"Yes, Gracie?"

"I'm glad you're going to be a Daddy."

"Me, too, Sweetheart."

"Hmmm. I guess I'll have to call you 'Uncle Steveo', now."

"Um, no, Grace, I think 'Uncle Steve' will be just fine."

(For the remainder of the evening, Steve can be seen with his arm around Sam's still slender waist or his hand resting protectively over her abdomen as she stands in front of him while they're talking with various people. When they finally get home, Sam heads straight into their bedroom to change into a nightgown and brush her teeth. Ten minutes later, she comes out of the bathroom to find that Steve is nowhere to be seen. Puzzled, she steps out into the hallway and finds Steve standing in the door of the bedroom closest to theirs with a thoughtful expression on his handsome face. When Sam quietly joins him, he pulls her in front of him so that her back is resting against his chest and gently rubs his palm over her still-flat abdomen where their child is growing. Closing her eyes and smiling as she leans back against her husband, Sam is completely content.)

"What are you doing out here, Steve?"

"Thinking. I'm going to call the contractor who did our bedroom and bath first thing in the morning and get him to look at this and see what he can do about cutting a doorway through the wall from this room to ours."

"We have a few months, Steve."

"Yeah, Sam, I know, but I want to make sure everything's ready for our baby well before he or she gets here. I want us both to enjoy every minute of this pregnancy and we can't do that if we're stressing about getting the nursery ready."

"Steve, I have a feeling that, between my mother, Caroline, Kono, and Lana, we won't have to worry about getting the nursery ready. In fact, I'll bet you twenty bucks that Mom will be on the phone first thing in the morning wanting me to meet her for lunch at the O Club so we can discuss what colors we're going to use in the nursery."

"Nope, not going to take that bet 'cause I'd lose. . Sam, I know that everybody's going to have suggestions, but you do the nursery the way you want it done."

"Nope. We're going to do the nursery and everything else connected to this baby the way we want it done, Steve. We're two halves of a whole and we do this together; forever and always."

"Forever and always, Beautiful."

A/N: We've reached the end of this story and I hope you all enjoyed it. I had mixed feelings about Sam being pregnant, but I sensed that was something a lot of you wanted from your reviews and some private messages I've received. Now that the McGarrett's are expecting, you may rest assured that things are going to be funny, heart warming, intense, and dramatic in the stories to come in this series. If you have any suggestions as to what type of storyline you'd like to see in the next installment, please send me a private message. I write to entertain others, but I love to hear from all of you and will use your suggestions wherever and whenever I can. Thank you all so much for reading and reviewing! Michelle