A/N: It's been quite some time since I updated 'Snapshots' but I was inspired. Please read and review. I know it's been a while so hopefully you all are still with me! And to those who follow me on Twitter (at EbiPers): I really appreciate it. If you want me to follow back, just ask. I don't do it automatically because I'd like to avoid coming across as creepy, but I'll happily follow you back if you ask! Again, please review this latest chapter.
Chapter 17: Mommy, Where Do Babies Come From?
Adelaide asks 'the' question after realizing she doesn't remember going to physically get Matt…
"Mommy, where do babies come from?" Adelaide asked innocently, curiously, as she stared at her gurgling baby brother who was bouncing up and down on her mother's lap. Maddy paused and glanced at her daughter.
"What?" she asked, trying to stall for time and think of some way to explain the prickly question to the four year old.
"I know that babies come from their mommies' tummies, but I don't know how they get there," Adelaide elaborated. "My friend Lisa's mommy told her that babies grow on baby plants in the orchard but I told her she was lying because you would have told me that there are baby plants there and I would have saw them."
"Seen them, sweetie, you would have seen them," Maddy corrected gently, still hemming and hawing over how to explain it.
"Mommy, I can ask Daddy if you don't know where babies come from."
"No, no, sweetie. I'm just trying to think of how I can explain this to you…" There was no way she was going to have the talk with a four-year-old. "You were right, babies don't grow from baby plants, honey."
Adelaide studied Matthew some more, reaching out to poke the baby as if that would tell her where he came from. The baby shrieked with laughter at the ticklish sensation and recoiled when his older sister moved to repeat it, laughing expectantly.
"Babies…" Maddy began, kissing the top of her son's head, "get brought to Terra Nova."
Adelaide cocked her head to one side inquisitively. "Does Commander Taylor bring them back from outside the gates?" she wondered aloud.
Maddy chuckled softly. "No, dear, Commander Taylor doesn't bring them back from outside the gates. It's the brachiosaurs."
"You know, those really big dinosaurs with the long necks who eat leaves," the mother reached her arms high to illustrate. Adelaide nodded. "Well, sometimes they find babies up there in the trees, and when they do then they bring them down and they put them into mommies' tummies so that they can have babies."
The girl was wide-eyed and fascinated. "How do the brachiosaurs know which mommies to give the babies to?"
"Well…" she paused to think. "They have a big list like Santa Claus does, and when the mommy and daddy are good and nice to each other, then the brachiosaur will give them a baby."
"You and Daddy weren't nice to each other?" Adelaide asked.
"No, of course we were! And we still are! Why do you say that…?"
"Because it took four whole years for the brachiosaur to bring you another baby!"
Maddy sighed. Leave it to Adelaide to point out all the holes in her story. "Well, sometimes they see that the mommy and daddy are having so much fun with their first baby that they wait a while to give them another," she explained quickly.
"Are you sure that's where the babies come from?" Adelaide questioned, still looking at Matthew as the baby boy attempted to shove his entire fist into his mouth, getting frustrated when it wouldn't fit.
Maddy nodded. "Yes, baby. That's where all babies come from."
"Really? Because Timmy Worthington says that babies come from sex."
Maddy nearly had a hard attack. Oh no. She's too young to be saying things like that. "Who's Timmy Worthington?" Maddy questioned, frowning.
"He's a boogerface," Adelaide elaborated. "And he said that all babies come from sex. But…I don't know what sex is."
"Uh…" God this was a tricky one. "Sex is…whether you're a boy or a girl," she finally said, realizing the word had two meanings.
"No, Mommy," Adelaide shook her head. "I know that that's not what it means."
"And how do you know that?" Maddy asked, gently removing Matthew's hand from his mouth before the frustrated infant choked on his own fist.
"Because then the teacher told him not to say that word and that she was going to have a talk with his mommy and daddy."
"I see," Maddy mused. "Well, sweetie, I…"
The door opened and Adelaide looked up cheerfully to see her father step in, shutting it behind him. She ran to hug him and he scooped her up, sitting her on his shoulder as he entered the living room and sat down, kissing his wife's cheek. "What are we talking about?" he asked, lifting Matthew from Maddy's lap and placing the baby on his knee. The child looked mildly distressed without his mother as he had yet to warm fully to his father.
"Daddy, what's sex? And is that where babies come from?" Adelaide asked. Mark's eyes widened as he glanced to Maddy. His wife buried her face in her hands, shaking her head. God help us all…
A/N: A new take on the stork story. Poor Adelaide, that boogerface Timmy Worthington took any semblance of innocence from her at a young age, it would seem. Poor Mark, having to find a way to dodge this one. Anyway, sorry it took so long to put another update up but I hope you enjoyed this short little chapter and that you'll review? Hopefully I can put some Mark/Matthew father/son moments up soon, seeing as the baby has yet to warm up to his old man.