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Science-Fantasy93: We know, we know, about time, right? Buuuttt...hopefully it'll be worth the wait, because it's cute, cuddly, and will probably make you want to cry from the sheer adorable-ness of everything.
Jatieluv: Very true. Katie is just the cutest thing ever!
Science-Fantasy93: Squeals. I just want to pick her up and cuddle her! Unfortunately...that's not working out so well
Jatieluv: Nods head. Be careful...she has fangs...cute, tiny fangs...Awww!
Science-Fantasy93: Sniffs and wipes eyes SO CUTE!
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Warnings: Mild language, mild innuendos
I remember the day like it was yesterday. I never knew why, for the longest time. I suppose it's because that's the day my life changed forever.
That cold, winter day, Kendall came running up the steps to Diamond estate, where we lived, a large wrapped bundle curled up in his arms.
"Whatcha got there?" Carlos asked.
Kendall hugged the bundle even closer to his chest. "My 2 year old sister."
Carlos jumped up and ran over to Kendall, peering into the blanket she was wrapped in. "Aww! She's so cute!"
Kendall cradled her to his chest even tighter, his green eyes watery.
"What happened?" Logan asked.
"Mom and Dad died in a fire. I don't know how it started. She...she survived...but I'm all she's got now." He sniffed.
"How did she...?" Logan trailed off.
"I don't know...No one seems to know, but I think she must've crawled out."
"We'll help you with her," Carlos offered. "She's completely adorable!"
Kendall smiled slightly as I came around the corner curiously. "Thanks. I have a feeling I'm going to need all the help I can get."
"What's her name?" I asked quietly as he unwrapped the blankets. A tiny girl with brown hair and large brown eyes was laying in his arms, snuggled up to him. She was the cutest thing I had ever seen, and suddenly, all I wanted to do was cuddle her.
She looked up at me and pushed away from Kendall a little. She looked at him before turning back to me and reaching her arms out for me to take her.
I glanced at Kendall. "Can I?"
He nodded, looking surprised. "Go for it."
I cautiously pulled her out of Kendall's arms and cradled her in mine. She reached up one chubby hand to touch my face. "She's so pretty," I murmured to Kendall.
He smiled weakly. "Isn't she? Her name's Katie."
"Why do you look so surprised?" Logan asked.
"Cuz she's normally really shy."
"Not with James," Carlos commented as Katie grabbed at my hand.
I laughed a little and let her take my hand.
"Maybe I'm just special," I teased them.
She started coughing and Logan looked at her.
"She's probably doing that because of the smoke from the fire. I should probably check her out to make sure," he said walking over and reaching for her.
"Kenny," she whimpered, reaching for Kendall.
I handed her back to Kendall, but I immediately missed her warmth and her weight.
She gripped him tightly.
"Shh, it's okay," he said, rubbing her back. He shifted her so she could see Logan. "This is Logan, he's a doctor. Wanna say hi?"
She looked at Kendall and he nodded. She turned back to Logan. "Hi," she said cutely.
"Hey there little one," Logan cooed back.
"So, what do I need to do for her?" Kendall asked worriedly.
"I just want to make sure she doesn't have a bunch of smoke in her lungs and check her breathing," he told him. "I'll go get what I need, you can hold her."
Carlos made a funny face at her and she giggled.
"I think she likes you guys," Kendall said, smiling down at her. "She already seems to be attached to James, she's laughing at Carlos, and she's said hi to Logan."
"And we like her," I cooed, more to her than to Kendall.
She giggled and reached for my hand again. "Kenny," she said, looking up at him while still holding my hand. "Hungwy."
"Do you want blood?" he asked her sweetly.
She shook her head and scrunched her little nose. "Want peanut jewwy."
"I'll make it," I offered. "Does she like white bread?"
He nodded. "Yeah, that's her favorite."
I grinned. "Totally pinned it! I'll go make it."
"Oh, make sure you put a lot of peanut butter, use grape jelly and I have a sippy cup in the cabinet for her. Can you get her some milk?"
"Sure thing!" I headed towards the kitchen, hearing Katie giggle again. I got out the bread, peanut butter, and the grape jelly, along with a spoon, and went to work on her sandwich. Because I was feeling...well, I guess sweet...I cut her sandwich into a heart for her, before getting her the milk. I put everything away and grabbed the sandwich and her sippy cup, heading back into the living room.
Kendall was sitting on the couch with her in his lap.
I handed him the plate and sippy cup to hold for her.
"What do we say Katie?" he asked.
I smiled at her. "You're very welcome sweetie."
Kendall handed her the sandwich and she took a bite.
She chewed and then pointed to her sippy cup.
Kendall laughed and handed it to her. "Sticky?"
"Does she need a napkin?" I asked, eager to do anything for that little girl...which was totally unlike me.
"Nah, I think she's okay for now," Kendall smiled.
Logan came back in with his equipment. "Whatcha got there cutie?"
"Peanut jewwy," she informed him, taking another bite.
"Isn't she adorable?" I said to Logan.
"Extremely," he replied, smiling.
"And James' paternal side is apparently coming out," Kendall cracked. "He made her the sandwich and got her the milk."
"Hang on a sec." Logan went over to the window, and then checked his phone. "Okay, pigs aren't flying, and there are no alerts for hell freezing over, so..."
Katie giggled. "Piggies no fwy."
"She's smart too," I commented, before glaring at Logan.
"Very," Kendall said, kissing her head.
"Bite?" she asked, offering him some of her sandwich.
"Kenny no want bite?"
"I can't eat peanut butter," he said with a sad face. "I get sick from it."
"Why?" she asked curiously.
He looked at Logan for help.
"Don't look at me like that! How am I supposed to explain to a 2 year old about allergies?"
I kneeled down in front of her. "Kenny doesn't like peanut butter because it hurts his tummy," I explained simply to Katie, hoping that she might understand a tiny bit of what I was saying.
She looked up at him. "Bewwy rub no hewp?"
"Nope," he said sadly.
"Oh. Poow Kenny," she said, leaning into him.
He hugged her to him and I smiled.
"She's so sweet," I said.
"Katie, can I sit down next to you?" I asked her sweetly, still kneeling on the ground in front of her.
She nodded her head, drinking from her sippy cup again.
I crawled onto the couch next to her, not wanting to get too close and freak her out.
She stopped drinking and offered it to Kendall. "Miwk?"
"I can drink that," he said with a smile, and took a small sip from the cup.
Normally, if I had seen Kendall drinking from a sippy cup, I would have cracked up laughing and pulled out my phone to get a video of it that would later go on YouTube, but because it was Katie...
She smiled up at him.
He acted like he was drinking a lot of it and she squealed.
"Kenny! No mowe!"
I laughed. "Don't tease her Kendall."
He playfully pouted at Katie. "But it's so good!"
She pouted back.
Kendall laughed and gave her back the cup, hugging her again.
She started drinking again.
"Okay," Logan said, walking over with a breathing machine. "Let's check you out."
Katie took one look at the machine and dropped her sippy cup, gripping Kendall tightly.
Kendall held her back. "Logan, why is that scaring her?"
"It's just because she doesn't know what it is or what it does."
"It's okay," Logan assured her. "It's just to see how you're breathing. Watch," he said, testing it on himself.
She leaned forward, looking fascinated, as Logan showed her how the machine worked.
"See? It's not gonna hurt you," he smiled.
She nodded and smiled back at him cutely.
He put the mask on her face, chuckling and told her to take a few deep breaths.
She did as he asked and looked up at him.
He watched the machine, monitoring her breathing.
"Is she okay?" Kendall asked.
Logan nodded. "It looks like it. She probably just hasn't completely gotten the smoke out of her lungs yet, but she'll be fine before long."
Kendall sighed in relief as Logan took the mask off of her.
"So everything's okay? She's healthy?"
"Breathing wise? Yeah. When's the last time she had a check-up?"
"I don't- I don't know. I think a couple of months ago."
"Do you want me to give her one?"
"Alright, I'll go get my stuff," he said.
"Thank you," Kendall said gratefully as Katie snuggled up to him.
"No problem." and with that he headed towards his room.
Katie turned her head to me. "You have pwetty heh," she said sweetly, reaching up to touch my bangs.
"Quick! Alert the press! James is letting someone touch his hair!" Carlos shouted.
"And pwetty eyes," she said.
I smiled and tapped her nose lightly. "So do you."
She giggled and blushed.
"Wow, is my baby sister old enough to blush?" Kendall asked, looking surprised.
"What's bwush?" she asked him.
"When your face turns red and it feels hot," Kendall explained. "James told you you're pretty, and you blushed."
"Oh," she said, raising a hand to one of her cheeks.
"You're so cute," I cooed, brushing my finger against her other cheek.
She gave me a toothy grin in response.
"Kendall, you're lucky, you know that?" I told him.
"Yeah, I know."
"I can't wait to see her grow up," I said, smiling. "I bet she'll be the cutest thing ever."
"She's already to cutest thing ever," Carlos said as Logan came back into the room.
"Yeah, but I mean when she's older," I explained.
Katie let out a huge yawn that seemed almost impossible for a girl that small to be able to produce.
"Tired?" Kendall asked.
She nodded, snuggling into him.
He pulled her into his lap. "You can go to sleep if you want sweetie."
"'K," she said, and laid her head against his chest.
Kendall reached for the blankets he had been carrying her in and wrapped her back up.
"Do you want to do the check-up later?" Logan asked.
"Yeah," Kendall said. "I think she just needs to sleep right now."
"Understandable. It's noon anyway, it's around the normal time for someone her age to nap at."
Kendall smiled. "Is there any place we could put her down for an hour or two?"
"Your bed?" Carlos suggested.
"It's so huge! Is it safe for her to be on it? I mean, shouldn't she be in a crib or something?" Kendall asked worriedly.
"Was she sleeping in a crib at your mom…and…dad's?" Logan trailed off.
"I think so. But they were talking about getting her a bed for her 3rd birthday...Oh God...they won't be here for that..."
"I'm sorry," Logan apologized. "I shouldn't have even asked."
"No, no, it's okay," Kendall sniffed. "I- I'm fine. I just...I think I'll lay down with her, I don't want to leave her in an unfamiliar place all alone."
"Okay," Logan nodded.
For some reason, I didn't want to let Katie out of my sight for more than a few minutes. "Ummm...would you mind if I laid down with you two?" I asked.
Kendall looked at me weird. "Ummm...Why?"
"I don't know...I just...I know this is going to sound weird...But I kind of already really care about Katie. I guess she's just bringing out the paternal instincts in me, but I don't want to let her out of my sight for too long."
Logan looked like he was contemplating something.
Kendall nodded. "Yeah, I guess it's alright."
I glanced at Logan. "What? You look like you're thinking even harder than normal."
"Now may not be a good time."
"Okaaaaay..." I stretched and followed Kendall and Katie up the stairs to Kendall's room. Kendall gently laid Katie in the middle of the bed, and then we crawled onto the mattress on either side of her.
"I don't even know what to do," Kendall admitted.
"What do you mean?" I asked, folding my hands behind my head as I laid on my back.
"I've always just been a big brother. Now in a way, I kind of have to play dad."
"Well, you won't be alone. Logan will make sure she eats right and all that good stuff and always does her homework when the time comes, Carlos will make sure she has plenty of fun, I'll always make her peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, and you'll be her big brother." I paused. "Oh my God! That little girl's going to grow up in a house full of guys!"
"Yeah. Who wants to play mom?"
"Exactly," I said. "She'll be fine. She may end up being a tomboy, but hey, she'll be a tomboy who can take care of herself. She'll be able to beat up all the boys, and out-eat them, and..."
"Stop," Kendall said. "Don't even talk about boys. And like I said, I may be the big brother, but I kind of have to play mom and dad."
"But we'll be the uncles," I put in. "We won't let anything happen to her either."
"Uncles it too weird. You guys'll be the other brothers."
"Okay," I agreed. "We'll be her brothers."
"Thanks for doing all this."
"No problem. That little girl already means the world to me, she already means the world to all of us."
Kendall nodded. "I'm glad she took to you guys so fast."
"Me too. She's so sweet and cute. She's like a human bear cub, all cute and cuddly."
Kendall laughed. "She's got quite the temper though. I'm warning you now, be careful."
I nodded. "The infamous Knight temper?"
"Above and beyond. That's the only time she has her 'terrible twos'. She could give me a run for my money."
I stared at him. "That's terrifying dude. I will make sure to NEVER piss her off."
"Yeah, that's probably the safest thing to do. Remember last month when my toe was bruised and my hockey stick was broken?"
"That was her doing. She got mad because I forgot that I was supposed to take her out that day and she stomped on my toe. Then she took my hockey stick to my foot and then broke it."
I winced. "Wow...that sounds...violent."
"Yeah, it wasn't fun."
Katie whimpered in her sleep.
Kendall pulled her close. "Maybe she's having a nightmare," he whispered to me.
She started crying and I could see tears leaking out of her eyes.
Kendall pulled her closer. "Shhh...it's okay sweetie, I'm here, I've got you."
"Hot," she cried.
Kendall's face went white. "The fire. Oh God...the fire..."
I could see in the way his eyes grew wild that he was about to have a panic attack. I took Katie from him, cuddling her to me while trying to comfort Kendall at the same time. "Shh, it's okay." I rubbed Katie's back and put a hand on Kendall's shoulder. "It's okay."
Katie whimpered into my chest as Kendall shook violently.
"Logan!" I called, knowing he would hear me.
"Yeah? I'm coming!"
He came dashing into the room and took one look at the situation. "What happened?"
"Katie's having a nightmare about the fire and Kendall's having a panic attack."
Logan nodded in understanding at once. "I'll take Kendall, you keep Katie."
I nodded and sat up, rocking her.
She continued to whimper and cry against me.
I held her, stroking her hair. "Shhh...it's okay sweetie, you're okay, you're safe. Nothing's going to hurt you, we won't let it." I looked over at Logan to see how he was doing with Kendall.
Logan was hugging Kendall, letting Kendall cry and moan into his shoulder, as he murmured words of comfort to him.
Katie's eyes opened. "Kenny!" she cried.
"Do you want to go over to Kenny?" I whispered to Katie.
She nodded her head furiously and reached for him.
I passed her over to Kendall, who gripped his baby sister tightly.
"Kenny," she whimpered. "Hot."
Kendall whimpered and clutched her harder. "I know baby girl, I know. You're okay now...you're safe. I promise. I love you."
I smiled. They were so cute together.
Logan managed to crawl out from under the brother/sister pair and over to me, giving me a long look again.
"What?" I asked.
He just smiled. "It'll be interesting to see her grow up."
"James, you know what vampire mates are, right?"
"Yeah, obviously. Why?"
"You know, when you've found your mate, you feel like you'd do anything for them, as if you'd go to the end of the world for them, and it's instantaneous."
"Okay. Why are you telling me this?"
"Age doesn't matter, James, especially when you're a vampire and you stop aging the moment you hit 21."
What was he going on about? I looked back at Kendall and Katie. My eyes widened and I looked back to Logan. "No, you can't be- Seriously?"
Logan nodded. "Seriously. Did you know that Camille is actually 20 years older than me? It's more than possible. It happens. And I think it happened today."
Kendall looked at us. "What are you guys talking about?"
"Nothing," Logan said quickly. "Just how lucky Katie is to have you."
Jo walked in the room, looking between me and Kendall in bed together and him holding Katie. "Uhh...is there something I should know?"
Kendall and I simultaneously leapt out of bed. "NO!" we shouted together.
"It's not what it looks like!" Kendall cried. "See this- this little girl...She's my baby sister...My parents just died. She was napping and James and I were just comforting her. We're not- we're not- TOGETHER- NO!"
"That's your little sister? Aww, she's so cute," she cooed, walking towards them.
I smiled. "Isn't she?"
Katie peeked out from Kendall's shoulder shyly.
"Katie, this is Jo. Can you say hi to her?" Kendall whispered.
She hid her face in Kendall's shoulder again.
Jo chuckled. "Aww. I was wondering when I was going to meet- Wait, did you say your parents died?"
Kendall nodded, his face blank. "In a fire this morning. She survived, I think she crawled out of the house before it went up in flames."
Jo gasped, bringing a hand to her mouth. "Oh my- And she- I'm so sorry."
"Thank you," Kendall said, sadness edging his voice.
"Kenny," Katie said quietly.
"Hmmm?" Kendall turned his attention back to his sister.
Kendall and I exchanged confused glances, but Logan and Jo both clapped their hands to their mouths, Jo trying not to laugh.
"How old is she?"
"She's two," Kendall said.
"Kenny," she whined, "wet."
Jo smirked. "I think someone needs a diaper change."
Kendall groaned. "I completely forgot."
"Do you want some help with her?" I asked Kendall. "Jo and I will be more than happy to help you."
"We don't have any diapers," Logan reminded us.
"We can use an old towel for now," Jo said.
"Okay. Let's get her changed and then we can go to the store."
"Do you guys know how to put a diaper on the old-fashioned way?" Jo asked us.
We all shook our heads.
"Guess I'll be showing you with the towel. I'm going to need safety pins too."
Logan went to get a towel and safety pins and returned a couple minutes later, handing everything to Jo.
"Hi beautiful," Jo cooed to Katie. "I'm going to get you all clean and dry, okay?"
Katie looked at Jo with a shy smile and Kendall laid her on the bed.
Jo continued to talk to Katie softly and reassuringly as she pulled her pajama bottoms down and unfastened the diaper.
"Umm...what are you going to wipe her with?" Kendall asked.
Jo turned to face Logan. "You know what you forgot, don't you?"
"Sorry!" he cried, rushing to go get something. He came back a minute later with wet wipes.
"Thanks," Jo said, taking the wipes from him and cleaning Katie off.
Katie fidgeted a little. "Cowd."
Jo made a sad face. "Awww, I'm sorry sweetie. You'll be all warm in a minute."
Katie nodded and looked at Kendall, giving him a toothy smile.
Jo finished wiping her off, and then, using the towel and safety pins, fashioned a make-shift diaper and fastened it around Katie.
"Tank you," Katie said, smiling shyly.
Jo beamed at her. "You're very welcome. Can I have a hug?"
Katie looked unsure for a second before hugging her.
"Awww, thank you!" Jo chirped once Katie had finished hugging her. "You're such a little cutie!"
Katie smiled shyly again before reaching for Kendall.
Kendall grabbed her and swung her up so that he was holding her.
She giggled and wrapped her arms around him.
I smiled again. Kendall and Katie really were cute together. But something was still weighing at the back of my mind...If what Logan had said was true...Was it possible that one day, in about 15 or 16 years probably, I would fall in love with that little girl? That one today we would be mates? That one day...?
"Don't hurt yourself thinking too hard," Kendall laughed.
I rolled my eyes. "Oh, very funny."
Kendall shrugged. "I thought it was. What are you thinking about anyway?"
"Nothing," I said. "Nothing important anyway."
Kendall eyed me for a second. "Okkaayy. Anyway, who wants to watch Katie while I run to the store?"
"I will!" I immediately volunteered.
Katie grinned and started wiggling out of Kendall's arms.
"Do you want to stay with me?" I asked her.
I held out my arms, and Kendall handed her to me.
She wrapped her arms around me and snuggled into my shoulder.
I cuddled her to me.
Logan smirked knowingly.
"She needs new clothes too, doesn't she?" Jo asked.
Kendall smacked his forehead. "Yes she does. Great. I have no idea where to look for toddler clothes."
Katie lifted her head and grinned. "Cwothes!"
I laughed. "Hey, check it out, I think I'm rubbing off on her."
Kendall laughed and shook his head. "No, she loves shopping and clothes. I don't know if it will last, but she definitely does right now."
"We should totally take her shopping sometime!" I cried, getting excited.
Katie clapped and giggled. "Cwothes!"
I squeezed her in a small hug and kissed the top of her head. "I have a feeling you and I are going to get along really well, Katie-Bear."
She looked up at me. "Who that?"
I laughed. "That's my new nickname for you. Like sweetie or baby girl. You're Katie-Bear to me now."
I smiled. "Hey, you've already got a nickname for me! You're so smart!"
"I told you," Kendall smiled.
Logan laughed. "Haha Jamie."
"Why waugh Wogie?" Katie asked cutely.
I started laughing. "Yeah Logie, why're you laughing?"
He glared at me. "Shut up."
Katie gasped. "Kenny! Wogie bad!"
I smirked. "Yeah Logie, watch your language."
He rolled his eyes.
"I beat you!" Katie threatened.
"She's got a temper," Kendall informed Logan. "So be careful."
"Sure, now you tell me."
"Well, I didn't think you were going to go and piss her off so soon."
Katie gasped again. "Kenny! Bad!"
Kendall winced. "I'm sorry Katie-Kat."
"Kay," she said before turning to Logan. "Apowo- Apowo- Say sowwy to Jamie."
I turned and smiled expectantly at Logan, who glared at me.
"Sorry Jamie," he said, more sarcastic than anything else.
"Kay," she nodded and snuggled back into me.
Jo laughed. "She's completely adorable."
I hugged Katie. "Yes she is."
"We should head to the store," Kendall said to Jo.
She nodded. "Okay, let's go."
"Be good," he said, kissing Katie's head.
"Awways," she smiled.
Kendall and Jo left, leaving Katie alone with me and Logan.
I glared at him. "You really think Katie and I are- are- are- !"
"Yeah, I really do."
"How can you even tell?"
"Have you not noticed you're behavior since Kendall brought her here? You've been jumping the second something needs to be done for her. You made her a sandwich and got her milk!"
I sniffed huffily. "Maybe I just like her."
Logan smirked. "I know you do."
I gasped. "Logan! That is disgusting! She's 2 years old!"
Katie smacked the back of my head.
Logan immediately cracked up as I looked at Katie.
"What was that for?" I whined.
"No mowe yewwing."
"Okay," I agreed. "I'm sorry. I'll be good, I promise."
She nodded. "What tawk about?"
"Oh, nothing important, Logan's just being silly," I told her, bouncing her up and down in my arms.
She giggled for a second and then made a face. "No feew good."
"Oh? How come? Do you have a tummy ache?" I asked her sadly.
"Will a tummy rub help?"
Logan looked at her. "It could be from the smoke she inhaled."
"Ohhh, poor Katie-Bear," I cooed, hugging her to me.
Carlos walked in a moment later. "Aww what's wrong?"
"Katie-Bear has a tummy ache," I simpered.
"Aww, you poor thing," he said walking over.
Katie buried her face in my shoulder, whimpering pathetically.
"Can we do anything?" Carlos asked Logan.
"I don't know," Logan said sadly. "I think she still has the smoke in her system, it might take a few days for it to get out."
"Want awe," Katie whimpered.
Logan nodded. "I'll go get her some ginger ale, maybe it'll help her tummy."
"I'm glad you got that," Carlos told him. "I had no idea what she meant."
I rocked Katie gently. "It's Katie-talk, it's pretty easy to understand for the most part."
"If you say so."
I grinned as Katie buried her face in my shoulder.
"What are you grinning about?"
"She's just cute and warm and cuddly and seems to have taken a liking to me."
Logan walked back in, carrying her sippy cup. "Here ya go Kat."
"Awe?" she asked.
"Yep. It'll make your tummy feel all better."
"Tank you," she said, taking the sippy cup. She started drinking the ginger ale and glanced at Carlos.
He smiled at her and made a funny face.
She giggled and started choking.
I gently patted her on the back until she was able to swallow the ginger ale.
She coughed on more time and looked up at me, her eyes watery. "Tank you."
I smiled. "You're welcome."
"Sorry Kit-Kat," Carlos told her.
"It's kay Carwos."
"We're all coming up with nicknames for her," I commented.
Logan and Carlos nodded.
"Well, she is going to be around for quite some time," Logan pointed out.
"Another 16 years at least," I said happily.
Carlos looked at me. "Is there something I don't know about?"
Logan nodded as Katie laid her head against my shoulder and closed her eyes. "There is, actually, but you can't tell Kendall because he'll freak out."
"I think Katie is James' mate. Or, she will be in another 15 years or whatever."
Carlos' eyes widened. "Seriously?"
"Yes, seriously. He's willing to wait on her hand and foot. He already loves her, and she loves him."
"Don't you think it would be better to tell Kendall?"
"Why? He'll just kill James!"
"Think about it, if we tell him now, he has like 16 years to get used to the idea."
"That's true," I admitted. "And it'll give me 16 years to get used to the idea. But what if you're wrong, Logan?"
"I'm a genius. I'm not wrong."
I rolled my eyes. "Whatever."
Katie sighed. "I bowed."
"Well, what would you like to do, Katie-Bear?" I asked her chipperly.
I looked over at Logan and Carlos. "Do we have any coloring books and crayons?"
Carlos blushed. "I do."
We turned to look at him.
"Do I even want to know?" Logan asked.
"It's relaxing and fun."
I smirked at him and covered Katie's ears. "Dude, we've got to get you a girlfriend."
"I be giwwfwiend," Katie chirped.
Carlos cackled. "Nope, you're going to be James' in a few years- ow!" he yelped as Logan wracked him around the head.
Katie's eyes filled with tears. "No fwiend?"
"Dude, she doesn't understand what a girlfriend is," I reminded Carlos. "She just wants to be your friend."
"Ohhh...okay. Of course you can be my friend," Carlos cooed to Katie. "You and me and James and Logan will be best friends forever!"
She smiled at him. "Pwomise?"
"I pwomise," he promised.
"We're all going to be talking like that at some point," Logan said.
"I know," I said cheerfully, cuddling Katie to me again. "It's so cute!"
Logan shook his head.
Camille walked in a few seconds later and looked at me. "You have a kid? You have got to stop sleeping around!"
I glared at her. "This is Kendall's baby sister! Their parents died in a fire this morning," I added more mournfully. "And according to Logan, your dear boyfriend/mate, Katie and I are going to be mates when she's older."
"Oh. Oh my gosh! That's horrible!"
"I know," I said sadly. "Somehow this precious little girl survived, and..." I stopped to listen to myself. Wow. I was pathetic.
Logan and Carlos grinned.
"They don't know how?" Camille asked.
"They think she crawled out of the house before the house went up in flames completely...at least, that's Kendall's theory."
"Well, did you ask her?"
"You want us to ask a 2 year old how she survived a fire?" Logan asked blankly.
"Ask her how she got out of the house."
Well, it was worth a try.
"Katie-Bear," I said softly, "how did you get out of the house when it was so hot in there?"
She looked up at me. "Secwet."
I looked back at her curiously. "Why is it a secret?"
She shook her head. "No. Kenny secwet."
"It's Kenny's secret?"
"Kenny can't know the secret?" I tried.
"He does?" I frowned.
She nodded. "Kenny made."
Carlos frowned too. "What does she mean?"
"I have no idea on this one," Logan said.
Luckily, Kendall and Jo walked into the room.
"Kendall, could you decipher Katie-talk for us?" I asked him. "We were asking her about how she got out of the house, and she says that it's a secret that you know, and then she said 'Kenny made'. What does that mean?"
Kendall's eyes lit up with realization. "Oh my...I completely forgot. We made this passage way a few months ago. It goes from her room to the front yard. Katie, is that how you got out?"
She nodded. "Secwet."
I smiled. "That explains it."
"I can't believe she remembered that," Kendall breathed out.
"She's smart," I told him with a grin.
"I know," he grinned back, walking over and kissing her head. "I'm so proud of you!"
"Tank you!" she chirped with a toothy smile.
Kendall laughed. "You're so cute! I love you so much!"
Jo smiled. "She still smells like smoke. We should give her a bath."
Katie squealed happily. "Bath!"
I laughed. "I take it she likes baths?"
"Loves them," Kendall said. "The only downside is, is that she loves to splash."
I grinned. "Whoever gives her a bath should put on a swimsuit then."
"Who wants to do it?" Kendall asked.
"I'll do it," I volunteered, and then paused. "But...before I do anything with her, there's something you should know."
Kendall looked at me skeptically. "You're not some sick pedophile, are you?"
"No...although I will be if Logan's right," I grumbled.
"I told you," Logan said smoothly, "age doesn't matter when you're a vampire and you stop aging at 21."
"It does when the girl who's going to be my mate is 2 years old!" I wailed.
"What?" Kendall asked.
I sighed. "Logan thinks Katie and I are destined to be mates in about 16 years."
"You and- My baby sister and-" He took one last look at us and fainted.
"He took it better than I thought he would," Logan said.
"Yeah," I agreed. "I'm still alive."
Katie wiggled out of my arms and walked over to him. "Kenny," she said, lightly smacking his face.
I glanced at the others. "I guess he faints a lot when we're not around to keep him conscious."
Katie shook her head. "Seen Kenny do."
"Who does he know who's fainted?" I mumbled, just as Kendall stirred.
"Oof...yeah...I think so..." he said hoarsely.
She tilted her head to the side and offered him her sippy cup. "Awe?"
"Thank you Katie-Kat," he said, and took a sip from her cup.
Kendall turned to look at me. "So you think- or Logan thinks- that you and Katie are- ?"
I nodded. "Yeah."
"She's 2 years old," he warned me.
"I know that!"
"I know that with vampire mates, there's nothing you can do, they'll be together no matter what...But just promise me you won't do anything until she turns 18."
Kendall nodded and picked himself off of the floor. "Good. Then you can give her a bath if you want...ummm...you don't have, like, feelings for her yet, do you?"
"Okay, okay. Just checking."
"Bath time?" Katie asked.
"Yep!" Kendall crowed. "Do you want James to give you a bath?"
"Wanna see what we got for you?" Jo asked her.
Jo pulled out a shopping bag.
Katie looked up at her excitedly.
Jo pulled out an outfit that looked like it would fit Katie perfectly, and then pulled out watermelon scented shampoo and body wash, and to top the whole thing off...
"A rubber ducky!" Carlos cried happily.
Katie's eyes lit up. "Tank you!" she cried, throwing her arms around Jo and Kendall's legs.
Kendall and Jo laughed.
"You're very welcome sweetheart," Jo cooed to her.
She turned to me excitedly. "Wet's go!"
I held out my hand. "Okay then! Come on Katie-Bear."
Katie took my hand and Jo passed me the stuff.
I led Katie into Kendall's bathroom, and immediately turned on the taps for a nice warm bath.
Carlos came in right behind us. "Rubbery ducky time!"
"Are you helping?" I asked him.
"If you need me to."
"You can stay in here incase I need help," I suggested.
He nodded. "You want me to take her shirt and diaper off?"
"Sure," I said hesitantly.
"I'm just trying to get Logan's...theory...through my mind. It's so hard to believe that one day this little girl and I...well, you know," I finished awkwardly.
"Gotcha," he said, lifting her shirt over her head.
Katie squealed as the cool air hit her.
I immediately turned the bathroom heat on. I knew it would steam up the mirrors, but at that point, I was more concerned about Katie.
"You're going to get a little colder," Carlos warned her as he took off her make-shift diaper.
"I'm sorry Katie-Bear," I said to her. "You'll be nice and warm in a minute."
She toddled over and looked up at me. "Bath?"
"Mmm hmm. And you like baths, don't you?"
I checked the water to make sure it wasn't too hot, or too cold, and turned the tap off. "Okay Katie-Bear, time to get in the water."
She lifted her arms so I could pick her up.
I picked her up and gently set her down slowly in the tub.
"Wawm," she said happily. "Feew good."
"Yay!" I cheered. "Carlos, can you pass me the rubber ducky?"
He passed it to me and I handed it to Katie.
"Ducky!" She immediately began running it through the water, making duck sounds. "Quack. Quack."
Carlos laughed. "Seriously, could she get any cuter?"
I laughed too, and nearly yelped when a sudden flash of something went through my brain, like an image on TV: A beautiful, petite brunette girl smiling up at me from the driver's side of the car, as she steered and I directed her.
Katie looked at her rubber ducky curiously before grinning and putting it back in the water. "Carwos, Ducky tawk to you."
Carlos grinned. "Really?" he cooed. "What did Ducky say to me?" He glanced at me. "Hey man, are you okay? You look a little out of it."
I shook my head. "I think I just got a glimpse of future Katie."
"Come hewe," she told him.
Carlos crawled over to her. "Really? What was happening?"
"I think she was about 15, and I was teaching her how to drive."
"Wow. That's- That's I don't even know."
"Tell me about it," I groaned. "I mean, what's going to happen if I get a vision of something when she's even older?"
Carlos got even closer to Katie.
I had an idea of what she was about to do, and I grinned.
She lifted the duck and squeezed it, causing water to squirt out of it's mouth and spray Carlos in the face as she giggled hysterically.
I smirked. "Yep, she's definitely Kendall's little sister."
Carlos spit water out of his mouth. "Tell me about it."
I snickered. "Don't tell me you didn't see that coming."
"I honestly didn't. I wonder if they realized they bought her one that squirts water."
"Well, if not, they'll realize it the first time they give her a bath." The next thing I knew, Katie was giggling again and I was wet. I had to laugh. "Okay, I definitely didn't see that one coming."
"We should probably wash her now before this gets out of hand," Carlos chuckled.
I nodded, still chortling. "Sounds good." I grabbed a wash cloth, soaked it in the water, and then poured some body wash over it and began wiping Katie down.
"And you'll smell good too," I told her as I moved the cloth over her skin.
"I wike mewon."
"So do I," I said, "and so does Carlos, and Kenny, and Logie, and Jo and Cami."
She smiled and I rinsed her off.
"Time to wash your hair!" I said chipperly.
"Yay! Heh smeww pwetty."
"Yep, it sure will!" I paused. "Carlos, could you go get me a cup to rinse her hair with?"
Carlos nodded and went to go get one. He came back a couple minutes later. "Here ya go."
I dipped the cup in the water and shielded her eyes with my hand, before dumping the water over her head to get her hair nice and wet. I squeezed some shampoo into my hand and started washing her hair. I looked down at her and she had her eyes closed. I finished washing her hair and rinsed it again, trying to get all the shampoo out.
She opened her eyes once I was done.
I pulled the plug to let the water drain, pulling her out of the tub and started looking for a towel. "Where does Kendall keep his?"
"I don't know," Carlos answered, helping me.
I found them and grabbed one, turning around to Katie, but she was gone.
"Naked baby!" Kendall laughed from his room.
"She escaped!" Carlos exclaimed.
"And she's soaking!" I cried.
We ran into Kendall's room and looked at Katie.
She was standing in the middle of the room, grinning.
"You know," Logan commented. "One day, we're going to tease her mercilessly about this, and she's going to be so embarrassed."
I ignored him. "Katie-Bear, come on, let's get you all dried off."
Her grin widened and she took a step back.
"Don't you want to get dried off?" I asked her. "You'll be nice and warm."
"She almost always does this," Kendall laughed. "It's like a game to her."
"To see if we can catch her?"
He nodded as Camille and Jo laughed.
"Will she be okay if we catch her?"
"Go ahead and try," he laughed.
Carlos and I glanced at each other. Uh oh.
"I'm not sure I want to," Carlos piped up.
"Yeah, that makes two of us," I added.
Logan stepped forward to grab her and she dodged him.
"She's fast, I'll give her that," I said.
Kendall nodded. "Which means you have to be faster."
I got down on my hands and knees and crawled towards her. Don't ask me what I was doing, because I don't know. I already knew she was going to jump away.
She looked at me and stepped back.
I tried for a dog whimper. "Woof, woof."
"Jamie no puppy."
I whined again. "Woof, woof," I barked sadly, giving her my best puppy-dog eyes look.
"She's not buying it," Kendall said.
I went for lovable human. "Pwease?" I whined, keeping the big eyed look. "Pwease can we dry you off?"
She shook her head.
"Awwww...then I guess we can't go shopping," I said sadly.
She looked at me like she might give in.
I sighed. "And I was going to buy you new outfits and everything."
She paused before lifting a tiny foot and stepping forward.
"Are you going to let me dry you off so we can go shopping?"
She nodded and ran over to me.
I grabbed her and dried her off.
"Yeah!" Carlos cheered. "We did it!"
I wrapped Katie in the towel and picked her up. "I'm going to get you dressed now, okay Katie-Bear?" I said to her.
"Yep," I said cheerfully. "And then I'll take you shopping for even more clothes."
"Do you know how to put on the diaper?" Jo asked.
"Yeah, I think so," I said. "I used to do it for my younger brother all the time."
Jo nodded. "Alright."
I smiled back. "Can I have Katie's clothes?"
"Oh, sorry," Jo apologized, handing them to me.
"Thanks," I said, and began to dress Katie.
Jo smirked at me. "Aren't you forgetting something?"
I paused. "Crap. Where's the diaper?"
Kendall laughed and pointed to his bed.
I grabbed it, and managed to get it on Katie, and finished getting her dressed.
"Tank you," she smiled.
I smiled back and gave her a bear hug. "You're very welcome."
She turned around to Kendall. "Bye bye?"
He waved at her. "Bye bye."
"No," she whined. "Kenny bye bye."
"Does she want you to come with us?" I asked Kendall.
"I think so."
"Do you want to come with us?"
Kendall nodded. "It's probably better if I do. She gets antsy sometimes."
"Okay. Come on, let's go. Kendall, does your car have a seat for her?"
"Yeah. Luckily I always had one in there."
"Go bye bye?"
Kendall smiled. "Yep. You, me, and James."
"Jo come?" she asked shyly.
Jo smiled widely. "If you want me to, sweetie."
Katie nodded and toddled over to her, taking her hand.
"Well, let's go. I'll drive," Kendall said.
"Kenny dwive fast."
Jo raised her eyebrows at him. "How fast, Kendall?"
"Not that fast!" he cried. "Of course she thinks it's fast, she's 2."
"Wet's go!" Katie cheered.
We headed out to Kendall's car.
He buckled her in.
"Do you want shotgun?" I asked Jo.
"No!" Katie cried. "Jo mine!"
I rolled my eyes. "She's 2 years old and she's already rejecting me."
Jo laughed. "No she's not. I think she just wants to be friends with me."
"Whatever. I'm in charge of the radio!"
We climbed into the car and Kendall turned to look at Katie.
"Jo is mine."
"No! She mine!" Katie yelled back.
"Hey Jo, congratulations, you've got both Knights fighting over you," I called back to her.
"Stop being jealous. I think you had enough time, considering you were in bed with both of them."
"See, that just makes it sound like Kendall uses me for..." I paused. "S. E. X."
Katie looked at me confused. "What speww?"
Jo snickered. "One of James' favorite activities."
"Kendall, can I throw something at your girlfriend?"
"No huwt Jo! Bad Jamie!"
"Jamie!" Katie cried. "No huwt!"
"I'm not going to hurt Jo," I promised Katie.
"She meant you hitting yourself," Kendall told me.
"Awwww..." I cooed. "That's so sweet! I'm not hurt, I promise Katie-Bear."
Kendall laughed. "You ready, Katie-Kat?"
Kendall started the car up, put the gear into reverse, and backed out of the driveway, before putting the gears back into drive, and hitting the pedal.
Katie giggled. "Kenny dwive fast!"
Jo glared from behind Kendall's seat.
"He's only going about 25," I told her.
Katie looked at Jo. "Kay?"
Jo smiled back at her. "Okay."
Katie gave her a grin and turned to look out her window.
A few minutes later, we pulled up in front of the mall.
Time to go shopping for Katie.
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