AN: The first couple of chapters may be a bit short, but I they should get longer as I get into the groove of putting my story down on paper.
Chapter 1 was rated "T", but the story is now going to be rated "M" for language and content. Hope you follow me there….
This first person to break the silence was Spike, who made one of his usual witty comments…"Sam, you have your own 'mini me'."
With that the child, who was on the floor playing with Jules, who had his back towards the front door, looked at the 'strangers' in front of him, turned back to Jules, and with a huge smile on his face said, "Look Mama, daddy's here." With that, the toddler jumped up and ran towards Sam and threw his arms around his leg and wouldn't let go.
The tension in the room seemed to increase exponentially. Sam stared at Jules with this look on his face that was indescribable. Jules stared at Sam with a pleading in her eyes and tears running down her face.
Sam looked down at this child who had glued himself to his leg. He didn't know what to do. He wasn't sure that he was even breathing, but since he had passed out, he thought he must have been doing so. He then looked at the rest of the team in disbelief and shrugged his shoulders as if he didn't know what to do or say.
With than, he squatted down so that he could be eye level with the child and was staring into his own eyes and blond hair that was a shade darker than his. While the eye and hair color were all his, the rest of the face was Jules. When Sam, finally was able to speak, he said to the child, "Hey buddy, what's your name?" The child cheerfully answered back "Jake".
Jules still sitting in the same position on the floor, finally made a sound that had Jake looking back at his mom, and she said "Jake, tell him your full name." He looked back at Sam with a little eye roll that was purely Jules, and said, "My name is Jacob Samuel Callaghan." With that, he threw his arms around Sam's neck and said, "I love you Daddy."
The rest of the Team continued to stand there as if they were struck, deaf, dumb, and mute. Jules continued crying at the scene she was witnessing. Sam was finally able to move and put his arms around boy in a somewhat tight hug. Then he looked up at Jules, and said, with an underlying rage that was barely contained, "What the fuck?" Jules flinched at the tone, even though she was somewhat expecting it, stood up slowly and walked slowly to where Sam and Jake were hugging, and said softly, "I think we need to talk."
With that the team seemed to be released from the comatose states, and Ed, being the only one in the room with small children, squatted down, next to Sam and Jake, and interrupted by saying, "Hey Jake, do you want to play with me and let your, um...mum and dad for a little while?" Ed had stumbled over some of the words, not thinking of Sam and Jules as parents, and certainly not parents of the same child. Jake picked up his head from Sam's shoulder and looked Ed straight in the eyes and said, "Hi Uncle Ed, I play wif you." With that he let go of Sam and took the hand that Ed offered, who was shaken up at being called Uncle Ed, he spared a quick glance as Jules, but she was only focused on Sam.
As Jake pulled Ed towards the blocks her was playing with with Jules, he glanced at the remaining members of the Team and said, "Uncle Ike, Uncle Arge, and Uncle Raf, do want to play wif us too?" He gave them a huge smile that was all Sam. Spike, Sarge, and Raf nodded slowly, still not sure of what to make of all of this and walked past Sam and Jules toward Ed and Jake.
Sam stood up and turned disgustedly from Jules, and Jules lightly touched his arm, but he pulled away from her and said, "How could you? How could you keep him from me?" Jules, who was always confident and strong, pleaded with Sam and said, "Please let me explain. Come with me, I want to show you something." She took his reluctant hand and pulled him towards the stairs, up the stairs, past her bedroom, towards the second bedroom, when she stopped and nodded towards the door, Sam took a step inside and stopped short, he didn't know what to expect.
The room was painted blue, of course, and had all of the furniture and toys that you would expect in a nursery. What he didn't expect were all the photos of Sam and the rest of the Team. Some were group or individual photos. Some were in their uniforms; some in their street clothes. The pictures that affected Sam the most, were the photos of him and Jules together, some from the first time they were together and some were from this time around – one was even from their "date" the previous week when they took a picture when the rode the merry-go-round at one of those temporary fairs they found outside of the city. The rage that was building inside him, that he was barely containing inside rose up like a tidal wave, he turned towards Jules and started yelling at her.
"What were thinking? How could you keep him from me? Were you ever go to tell me? I thought you loved me, how you not tell me? Keep this from me? I can't believe this, I don't even know who you are, who you ever were." He was repeating these things over and over again, then just stopped and turned to leave the room – "I can't be in here any more, not with you. I can't believe that I loved you and trusted you." Jules flinched and was visually shaken as he used the past tense, and wasn't sure if he was ever going to forgive her. But she had to at least explain what happened. As he started to walk out of the door, Jules took a couple of steps to block his way. They both knew he could overpower her and force her to move and leave. That he didn't, Jules took it as a positive sign.
He wouldn't look at her, and that hurt. She wiped the tears from her face, looked him straight in the face and said, "I don't blame you for being angry…," He snorted at her word choice. "This is not how I wanted you to find out, but please let me explain the last two years or so. If you still hate me and want to walk away, I won't blame you and won't stand in your way. And if you decide that you can't be around me, look at me, or work with me, I will put in for a transfer, no questions asked. Will you please listen to me?"
Sam inwardly flinched when Jules said that she didn't blame him for hating her, and that she would willingly transfer to another team so that he would feel better. As angry as he was and couldn't understand her reasons, he could never hate her and couldn't imagine not seeing her every day, even it was only at work. He barely nodded and said that he would listen to her. She let out a breath that she didn't know that she was holding. She led him towards the glider and another chair in the room, she nodded towards the chair and she sat in the glider and started rocking slowly. She leaned her head back into the chair and closed her eyes. After a couple of deep breaths, she looked at Sam and began her story…..
Hope you enjoyed and want to hear Jules' explanation.