Charlotte walks into the bedroom and immediately disappears into the bathroom. "Lucas is asleep."

Cooper rolls on his side and smiles at his wife. "Good."

She nods and few minutes later, she joins Cooper in bed. She lets out a breath as she gets comfortable, scooting closer to him.

Without warning, he lowers his head and presses his lips against hers in a warm, not-so-delicate kiss. He pulls back and she barely has a chance to react to the first one before he kisses her again.

She swallows. "What was that for?"

"Because you amaze me more and more everyday and because I love you." He pauses and skims his thumb across her cheek as he tucks her hair behind her ear. "Not many people would be able to or would willingly take care of five kids, two who aren't even theirs biologically and three who are newborns, but—you amaze me." He kisses her again and inches closer to her, running his hand up and down her side. "I'm lucky. I got lucky. You're a wonderful mother, Char."

She blinks.

"I know this wasn't what you wanted, which makes all this even more amazing." He pauses. "I love you, I love you so much, and I'm glad the kids get to grow up calling you momma. I really do."

She smiles and wraps her arms around him. She's holding back tears now, her bottom lip quivering.

He holds her tight against him and lets out a breath.

"That means a lot, Coop," she whispers. "It came out of nowhere, but it means a lot." She laughs and tilts her head back.

He lowers his and closes the gap between their lips. He breaks the kiss and smiles. "It didn't come out of nowhere. I've been thinking about all this for a while, but seeing you with Lucas just now, made me want to tell you now."

"I'm glad you did. I actually needed to hear that, especially from you." She slides up against him, rolling onto her side and resting her head on his chest. "I love you too and you're a great daddy—but I never thought you would be anythin' less."

He reaches over and shuts off his bedside lamp. "Goodnight."

"Goodnight," she whispers back, closing her eyes and drifting off to sleep in his arms.

He stays awake for a little while longer, but eventually, he falls asleep.


A few days later, Charlotte's walking down the hallway to her office, but stops in front of Cooper's door. She hears giggling and the familiar sound of pillows flying through the air. Her curiosity gets the better of her and she knocks. She opens the door and smiles. "What is goin' on in here, boys?"

Cooper stops mid-movement and twists his mouth. "Just some harmless fun." He pauses. "They don't have school today and I don't have any patients until later."

Mason hits his dad in the stomach with a pillow and looks at Charlotte. "You want to join us, momma?"

"Sorry, fella. Unlike your daddy, I actually do work when I'm here."

Cooper tosses a pillow at her. "I do work. I said I didn't have any patients until later."

She catches the pillow and throws it back at him. It hits Lucas in the head instead. She swallows. "Sorry, buddy."

Lucas pops up and runs at her, hitting her in the legs with a pillow. "Now we're even." He giggles and runs back over to Cooper, collapsing on top of him.

"Do I need to get a babysitter in here to watch you three kids?"

Cooper twists his mouth and turns his head towards his wife. "Hey!"

She laughs. "Have fun—be careful," she warns, before heading down the hallway.


Later that night, Charlotte's cleaning up after dinner. She has Emmett cradled in one arm, listening to him coo, while she scrubs down the counter. Isabelle and Dylan are entertaining themselves in their swings, Lucas is sitting at the kitchen table, coloring, and Mason is in the living room playing Wii with Cooper. She can hear the arguing and laughing from her post at the sink.

Lucas slips off the chair and walks over to Charlotte. He tugs on her pant leg a couple times. "Momma?"

She blinks and squeezes the sponge, her movements ceasing. She swallows and turns her head slowly, titling it down to look at the little boy, who is smiling at her, his blue eyes wide, as he waits for a response.


Just a sweet little chapter :)