Not as mushy as the last chapter but just as sad :( Enjoy and I'll update soon

Disclaimer - I do not own the song Safe and Sound by Taylor Swift


Chapter 30 Safe And Sound

Cameron and Dana had fallen asleep in each other's arms and that was how Jason found them hours later. Chase had walked in on them earlier and decided to let them sleep while he took Isabelle home for her nap. He smiled softly at them, knowing that they were going to love what Alicia had helped him put together.

"Ally," he said, gently shaking her awake. Cameron woke up to see her brother standing over them.

"What time is it? Where's Robert?" she asked, sitting up while Dana woke up to the sound of her children's voices.

"It's a little after four and Izzie was getting fuzzy so Robert took her home." Cameron nodded as he went over to the TV set and put the tape into the VCR.

"What are you doing honey?" Dana asked tiredly.

"I wanted to do something special," he explained. "So Alicia helped me put together a video montage of when we were kids."

"Ah so that's why you wanted my old tapes and photos," Cameron said as Jason stood beside them.

"This is for you mom, this is for all of us, and this is for our kids," he said, meeting Dana's loving blue eyes as he hugged both her and his sister.

"I love you both so much," she whispered before they finally pulled away. Already feeling the need to cry, they all got settled to watch the video. Cameron laid back down with Dana while Jason sat on the chair beside her bed. Jason pointed the control at the TV and the video started to play.

The first clip showed a 5 year old Jason sitting on the couch with a two year old Cameron. They were in their pajamas and were surrounded with picture books.

"What are you reading to Ally, Jason?" Dana asked as she recorded her babies, her voice so loving and maternal.

"Dr. Seuss," he said, not looking up as he continued to read to his little sister. Cameron just silently watched in fascination. Her brown hair was in pigtails and she was hugging her favorite stuffed cat.

"Book," she said, pointing at the book that Jason had.

"No Ally don't interrupt," he said, pushing her hand away so Cameron picked up another book and stared to look through it, imitating her big brother as he read out loud.

"Book," she said again, this time frustrating Jason.

"Ally you're not listening," he whined making Dana laugh especially when she started eating the book.

"Ally, you don't eat it," he said, pulling the book from her making Dana laugh even more when she picked up another one, making Jason groan in frustration as she put it in her mouth. Suddenly the scene changed showing various baby pictures of them with Dana as the song Safe and Sound by Taylor Swift started to play.

I remember tears streaming down your face
When I said, I'll never let you go
When all those shadows almost killed your light
I remember you said, Don't leave me here alone
But all that's dead and gone and passed tonight

They all tried hard to hold in their emotions as they watched the old pictures on the screen. There were pictures of them when they were babies. They were playing with toys, reading books, playing outside, eating, acting silly in front of the camera and sleeping either together or in their mother's arms. Then the pictures started showing them as they grew older. Their first days of school, school plays, learning how to ride a bike, Christmas mornings when they opened their presents, going swimming with floaties on their arms until Dana had taught them to swim. Memories of their childhood flashed before their eyes and they couldn't even say a word without risking the tears that threatened to consume each one of them.

Just close your eyes
The sun is going down
You'll be alright
No one can hurt you now
Come morning light
You and I'll be safe and sound

They watched as the pictures of their childhood formed into pictures from when they were teenagers. Dana laughed as a picture of a 16 year old Cameron at her first job as a skating waitress appeared. She remembered that summer clearly. She was teaching her how to drive in Jonathon's car and her daughter had ended up crashing into a pole. Jonathon was pissed and to pay for the damages, she got a job as waitress. She laughed even more when a picture of a 17 year old Jason as a band geek carrying his trumpet appeared. She remembered he would drive all of them crazy with that thing but at the end of the year he was great at playing it and she was so proud of him.

They had grown so fast, she realized and she never wanted this moment to end. She couldn't stop the slow tears as she watched picture after picture of all the crazy things they got into those years. Hanging out with friends, random poses, high school events, prom, learning to drive, graduation. Cameron's purple hair faze when she was 17 and Jason's beard and mustache faze when he was 18. She smiled to herself as she remembered trying to persuade him to shave for graduation.

Don't you dare look out your window
Darling everything's on fire
The war outside our door keeps raging on
Hold onto this lullaby
Even when the music's gone
Gone

Just close your eyes
The sun is going down
You'll be alright
No one can hurt you now
Come morning light
You and I'll be safe and sound

Soon the pictures started to turn into the college years. Video footage started to show on the screen. Jason and Jonathon moving box after box into his new dorm and Cameron smiling at the camera as she walked in and dumped his basket of clothes on the bed. She remembered how bittersweet that day was. For the first time Jonathon and Cameron didn't fight. Even though she cried on the way home, Dana had fun that day, helping Jason move into his dorm. He was her first baby and to this day she can remember the emotions she felt when the time came to say goodbye. More pictures of Jason's college years appeared until video footage of an 18 year old Cameron nervously opened her college letter. Dana was recording her and as soon as she read that she was accepted she started screaming as she jumped up and down before hugging Jason who was home visiting. Letting her last baby move out was the hardest but she knew Cameron was smart and would make something out of herself. She never had to worry about either one of her kids making it in this world. They were strong and fearless. More pictures of their college years flashed on the screen. Pictures of them with their friends, random pictures of late night study groups, Cameron hanging out with Nate, their graduation, and Cameron's wedding. She took her daughters shaking hand, eyes never leaving the screen. Even though it hurt to see those pictures, Nate was a big part of Cameron's life and they both knew it was right to have him in this video.

Ooh, ooh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh,
Ooh, ooh, oh, oh, oh, oh

Pictures then started to show Jason and Alyssa, them hanging out as friends, them becoming a couple, Jason proposing and the beautiful wedding. Cameron getting accepted into med school, graduating, holding her new baby niece, and standing infront of PPTH a few years later on her first day of working for House. After that, photos of her and Chase appeared along with new ones of Isabelle and some of Jason and Alyssa with their own kids, Taylor and Ryan. Dana saw the tears silently streaming down her cheeks as her wedding pictures appeared, especially when Dana was walking her down the aisle. It was beautiful that day and even though she was sick and weak during the ceremony, she wouldn't have missed it for the world.

Just close your eyes
You'll be alright
Come morning light,
You and I'll be safe and sound

Ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh,
Ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh,
Ooh, ooh, ooh
Oohhh.

Suddenly the photos stopped and the music started to go down just enough so that they can hear the audio on the old video footage. Dana was baking a cake with them. Cameron was three while Jason was six. They were sitting at the breakfast table, watching as their mother stirred the batter. She was singing to them, her voice just as strong and beautiful as Cameron's voice when she sang to Isabelle or Taylor and Ryan. She stopped singing and hummed the last few words as she poured the batter into the cake pan.

"Can I lick the bowl?" Jason asked.

"No, I want the bowl," Cameron protested as they tried grabbing it but Dana pulled it away just in time. With a patient smile, she picked up the batter covered spoon.

"Jason asked for it first honey but you can have the spoon," she said, recognizing the warning signs of an oncoming tantrum.

"Ok," she agreed happily. Dana smiled and kissed her daughters cheek as she handed over the spoon and bowl to each kid.

"Happy birthday mommy," Cameron said, her face full of chocolate and Dana couldn't help but laugh.

"Yeah mommy happy birthday," Jason said and as she turned to him she laughed even more, her eyes shining with love. He seemed to have more chocolate on his face than in the bowl.

As the video ended, the screen went black showing nothing but the captions "I love you mom." It was short and simple but those three words said it all and Dana couldn't stop the tears from streaming down her cheeks. She loved her kids so much and she was so proud of the person they had become. She was proud of the love they had found, and most of all she was proud of the family they had created, the beautiful grandchildren they had given her. They had come so far in life and she knew as a mother, she was at peace. If her children had made it and were happy so was she.