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Summary: Arnold can't decide which is harder: Raising a baby or figuring out his feelings for Helga.
Companion Piece to this story is called From the Dugout.
AUTHOR'S NOTE AT THE BOTTOM :)
"Of Diplomas and End Games"
"This definitely isn't the cap I started the night with," Arnold commented as he was side hugged by an enthusiastic Gerald.
"Price ya pay, my man!" Gerald replied as he dragged Arnold down for a noogie, "Whoo-hoo, Arnold we are done!"
As Arnold pulled away in mock aggravation, they reached their hands out for their secret handshake, "I can't believe it, Gerald. I honestly can't."
"That'll show statistics!" the African-American quipped as they approached Arnold and Gerald's family, with Henry running towards them.
"Congratulations, boys," Phoebe beamed as she walked up, accepting a kiss from Gerald.
"Hey, great speech, Miss Valedictorian," Arnold complemented.
Phoebe blushed prettily, "Oh, why thank you-oof!"
"Phoebe!" Helga embraced the petite teen and twirled her around, "You were amazing!"
"Thank you, Helga!" Phoebe laughed as the blonde set her down and the two girls hugged tightly.
"Hey there, Handsome!" Helga took Henry's offered arms and settled him on her hip.
"Looks like we did it, Helga," Arnold said as he stepped over to her.
"'Drop-out rates' my butt," Helga remarked before turning her head up to him,
Recognizing the gesture, Arnold complied with meeting her lips for a sound kiss.
"Now me, now me!" Henry chirped as he hit Helga's cheek.
Laughing, Helga puckered her lips to kiss Henry's, "I just love you so much, Baby."
"I can't believe I'm not going to get to see him all the time anymore," Gerald frowned.
Arnold gave him a reassuring smile, "You'll only be an hour-and-a-half away, Gerald. You'll visit plenty! Besides, you won't be moving until the end of the summer."
"Why do you always do that, man?"
Arnold raised a brow, "Do what?"
"Why do you always have to look on the bright side?"
Arnold grinned, "Somebody has to."
"Arnold! Oh, honey, we're so proud of you!" Stella's teary eyed form approached and embraced her son tightly.
"Come here, son. Give your old man a hug," Miles said, whose eyes looked a little red as well, "You've become a fine, young man Arnold."
"Who've thought I'd live to see the day you graduate, Shortman," Phil spoke as he came in for a hug, "I certainly didn't!"
Arnold hugged his Grandpa hard, "Thanks for always being here, Grandpa."
"Oh, you're a good grandson, Arnold. I'm real proud of ya."
"Congratulations on winning the election, Mr. President!"
"Daddy!" Henry walked over with his arms up high, and Arnold scooped him up. However, Henry stretched out his arms over Arnold's shoulder, "Nana!"
"Oh, I see how it is," Arnold smiled before handing Henry over to Stella. He looked around and saw Helga embracing her parents, and Olga of course was crying.
After Helga had met with her parents she walked over to him and hugged him, "Looks like we managed to beat the odds again, Football Head."
Pulling back, he raised a brow, "Did you ever have any doubts we would?"
"Of course not!" Helga scoffed.
Grinning, Arnold pulled her closer and kissed her deeply. When the kiss broke Arnold said, "I love you, Helga."
"I love you, too Football Head," she smiled before tugging him by his shirt collar, "I don't you ever forget it!"
Arnold looked at her with that half-lidded gaze and smirked, "Whatever you say, Helga. Whatever you say."
The Swing of Things Soundtrack:
1. Everyday Superhero by Smash Mouth
2. Disease by Matchbox Twenty
3. Working Man by Imagine Dragons
4. All Shook Up by Avila
5. Just For Now by Imogen Heap
6. No Sleep Tonight by The Faders
7. FNT by Semisonic
8. Something Special by Colbie Caillat
9. Somewhere Only We Know by Keane
10. Terrified by Katharine McPhee feat. Zachary Levi
11. Love is a Verb by John Mayer
12. Just Like Heaven by Katie Melua
*Bonus Track: Absolutely (Story of a Girl) by Nine Days
I want to thank all of you that took the time to read this story, and be apart of this journey with me. Words could never express how much your support has meant to me.
It's because of the overwhelming support that I decided to continue with this plot and do a Oneshot/Drabble Series, following Arnold and Helga's life together from this point on. It is titled Running the Bases, and I will be posting the first drabble today to kick things off.
Also, I will be posting a new story titled Did My Heart Love Till Now? and I hope it meets the standards you've told me this series has set.
Thank you all again for the time you've given this story.