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AaronHill6

Benjamin Flaherty Department of Magical Law Enforcement - Wizengamont
-“You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.”

 – 17:32, June 24, 2015 (UTC)

Wave after grateful wave washed over him. He hated thinking about the pain that moving on from Mary probably caused her, but he couldn't help but be so entirely grateful for Teal's words of understanding. "I love you."



TealPSeawood

Teal Seawood Floo-Pow manufacturer
-Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none.

 – 22:05, June 24, 2015 (UTC)

She sighed contently and bit down on her lip trying to mask her complete failure at an attempt not to giggle and smile in response. "I love you, too."


AaronHill6

Benjamin Flaherty Department of Magical Law Enforcement - Wizengamont
-“You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.”

 – 22:07, June 24, 2015 (UTC)

He grinned at her. "I know it's early... and that we don't even know if we're having a boy or a girl... but have you started thinking about names at all?"



TealPSeawood

Teal Seawood Floo-Pow manufacturer
-Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none.

 – 22:10, June 24, 2015 (UTC)

She shook her head. "No. Little one is still complete appropriate for another few weeks, I think. Why? Did you have any names that you like the sound of?"


AaronHill6

Benjamin Flaherty Department of Magical Law Enforcement - Wizengamont
-“You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.”

 – 22:12, June 24, 2015 (UTC)

He chuckled. "No. None of the parenting books really say... when to start the conversation. So I figured sooner would be better than later."

OOC: Feel like playing in the sand?



TealPSeawood

Teal Seawood Floo-Pow manufacturer
-Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none.

 – 22:20, June 24, 2015 (UTC)

"I think it is sort of bad mojo." She grimaced not able to think of a better term. "To pick out a name too early. I mean... the gender could change. Maybe that little girl was actually a little boy all along." She sighed. "And... If something bad were to happen we would have these beautiful names picked out ... for no one."


AaronHill6

Benjamin Flaherty Department of Magical Law Enforcement - Wizengamont
-“You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.”

 – 22:21, June 24, 2015 (UTC)

He frowned slightly. "Are you still afraid of losing the baby?"



TealPSeawood

Teal Seawood Floo-Pow manufacturer
-Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none.

 – 22:23, June 24, 2015 (UTC)

"How could I not be afraid?" She raised a shoulder shrugging slightly. "When that three percent is a zero. I won't have to be."


AaronHill6

Benjamin Flaherty Department of Magical Law Enforcement - Wizengamont
-“You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.”

 – 22:25, June 24, 2015 (UTC)

He looked at her concerned, but didn't say anything. He just nodded.



TealPSeawood

Teal Seawood Floo-Pow manufacturer
-Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none.

 – 22:27, June 24, 2015 (UTC)

"I don't mean to keep to bringing it up." She shook her head. "It is one of the reasons I have yet to favor any name, boy or girl."


AaronHill6

Benjamin Flaherty Department of Magical Law Enforcement - Wizengamont
-“You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.”

 – 22:29, June 24, 2015 (UTC)

He nodded. "It's fine," he said. "Once we figure out the gender... by that point, your possibility of miscarriage goes away right? Win-win."



TealPSeawood

Teal Seawood Floo-Pow manufacturer
-Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none.

 – 22:33, June 24, 2015 (UTC)

"I believe so." She nodded. "But it's not fine. I can't keep frightening myself without a reason, I don't want to bring you down with me. We should be able to be happy, we should be able to celebrate every step of the way. We can't do that if I am constantly looking away from the bright side."


AaronHill6

Benjamin Flaherty Department of Magical Law Enforcement - Wizengamont
-“You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.”

 – 22:34, June 24, 2015 (UTC)

He nodded slowly. "I guess I don't know how to help you look at it. When you seem so very stubbornly determined not to," he said with a small smile on his face.



TealPSeawood

Teal Seawood Floo-Pow manufacturer
-Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none.

 – 22:45, June 24, 2015 (UTC)

She shoved him playfully. "I don't mean to be stubborn." She whined laughing towards the end seeing the small smile on his face. "I have to be realistic. Benjamin, I hate to be caught off guard. While I was, and sometimes I do still feel wholly unprepared to be a mother." She paused. "The thought of being the mother of your child is euphoric."


AaronHill6

Benjamin Flaherty Department of Magical Law Enforcement - Wizengamont
-“You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.”

 – 01:03, June 25, 2015 (UTC)

He chuckled. "I promise, I feel just as wholly unprepared to be a father." He looked at her. "So we can go in... wholly unprepared together, and hope that at the end of it all... our child isn't too messed up for it."



TealPSeawood

Teal Seawood Floo-Pow manufacturer
-Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none.

 – 01:17, June 25, 2015 (UTC)

"I don't want to be wholly unprepared." She laughed. "As long as our child has the both us, no matter how unprepared we are or were, she or he will be not messed up. Not at all. I don't have to hope for that. Because that much I know."


AaronHill6

Benjamin Flaherty Department of Magical Law Enforcement - Wizengamont
-“You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.”

 – 01:26, June 25, 2015 (UTC)

He smiled, and tucked a piece of her hair behind her ear. "I love you."



TealPSeawood

Teal Seawood Floo-Pow manufacturer
-Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none.

 – 01:29, June 25, 2015 (UTC)

She bit her lip smiling and giggling again. "I love you, more."


More Tenjamin

AaronHill6

Benjamin Flaherty Department of Magical Law Enforcement - Wizengamont
-“You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.”

 – 15:53, July 7, 2015 (UTC)

Following his mission, which he probably pushed longer than he'd needed to, he walked through the door of his home.



TealPSeawood

Teal Seawood Floo-Pow manufacturer
-Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none.

 – 15:58, July 7, 2015 (UTC)

It was perfect timing, she was walking right past the door as Benjamin walked in. When she heard it open she stopped in her tracks. When she saw his face she covered her mouth as she smiled. She knew she missed him while he was gone, she did not know how much until this moment.


AaronHill6

Benjamin Flaherty Department of Magical Law Enforcement - Wizengamont
-“You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.”

 – 16:02, July 7, 2015 (UTC)

He smiled softly at her, noticing her bump... but not sure how he should approach that. He stepped up to her, after setting his things on the floor, and wrapped his arms around her.



TealPSeawood

Teal Seawood Floo-Pow manufacturer
-Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none.

 – 16:06, July 7, 2015 (UTC)

She looked down at her growing baby belly, her hands instinctively went to straight there. She bit down on her lips, and her cheeks flushed slightly embarrassed by her increase in size. As Benjamin wrapped his arms around her she sighed contently. She guided her hands up his arms and shoulder until they were locked behind his neck. She put her head to his chest listening to the beating of his heart. "I missed you."


AaronHill6

Benjamin Flaherty Department of Magical Law Enforcement - Wizengamont
-“You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.”

 – 16:08, July 7, 2015 (UTC)

"I missed you, too," he said, kissing the side of her head. "How've you been?"



TealPSeawood

Teal Seawood Floo-Pow manufacturer
-Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none.

 – 16:13, July 7, 2015 (UTC)

"Pregnant." She replied quickly with a laugh. "It was harder on me than I thought it would be when you left, but Nyxie took good care of me. As you can tell." She pulled away very slightly smiling down at her belly. "How have you been?" Her smile faded rather quickly, and almost as quickly she started to pinch the inside of her lip nervously between her teeth. "You were gone longer than I expected."


AaronHill6

Benjamin Flaherty Department of Magical Law Enforcement - Wizengamont
-“You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.”

 – 16:15, July 7, 2015 (UTC)

He let out a long breath. "Finding my family was remarkably easy. And I..." he shook his head. "I kept the team there longer than necessary. I was just so sure they were going to do something. And they didn't."



TealPSeawood

Teal Seawood Floo-Pow manufacturer
-Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none.

 – 16:19, July 7, 2015 (UTC)

"What do you mean they didn't?" She took him by the hand leading him to the couch so they could sit and talk. "Does that mean you might be going back? To... try to find what you were not able to this time?"


AaronHill6

Benjamin Flaherty Department of Magical Law Enforcement - Wizengamont
-“You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.”

 – 16:20, July 7, 2015 (UTC)

"I'm not sure," he said. "One of the Aurors was already highly suspicious of why we were there to begin with, and was quite vocal about it the whole time. I'd love to keep a scout on them... but I'm not sure how I can without exposing myself."



TealPSeawood

Teal Seawood Floo-Pow manufacturer
-Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none.

 – 16:25, July 7, 2015 (UTC)

"Benjamin, sweetheart." She sighed wanting to be reassuring, not truly knowing how to be. "When you keep things from people they inevitably become suspicious. You are dealing with Aurors no less. If you do choose to peruse this, them. At some point you are going to have to reveal how closely connected you are."


AaronHill6

Benjamin Flaherty Department of Magical Law Enforcement - Wizengamont
-“You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.”

 – 16:27, July 7, 2015 (UTC)

He nodded. He knew she was right. But he didn't want to let anyone know.... "I'll figure it out," he said. He looked at her. "How's the baby doing?"



TealPSeawood

Teal Seawood Floo-Pow manufacturer
-Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none.

 – 16:30, July 7, 2015 (UTC)

"Our little one is doing very well." She smiled in an odd manner. "Our baby is starting to look like an actual baby. I think you can see for yourself, the both of us are getting a little bigger every single day."


AaronHill6

Benjamin Flaherty Department of Magical Law Enforcement - Wizengamont
-“You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.”

 – 16:31, July 7, 2015 (UTC)

He chuckled a bit. "I did notice. But I wasn't sure how I should... mention that."



TealPSeawood

Teal Seawood Floo-Pow manufacturer
-Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none.

 – 16:33, July 7, 2015 (UTC)

Her eyes go wide for a moment before she laughs. "You should not mention it, ever. It was very clever of you, Flaherty, to let me do it myself."


AaronHill6

Benjamin Flaherty Department of Magical Law Enforcement - Wizengamont
-“You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.”

 – 16:34, July 7, 2015 (UTC)

He grinned. "Probably safer for me that way."



TealPSeawood

Teal Seawood Floo-Pow manufacturer
-Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none.

 – 16:36, July 7, 2015 (UTC)

"I would have never hurt you, physically." She grinned back.


AaronHill6

Benjamin Flaherty Department of Magical Law Enforcement - Wizengamont
-“You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.”

 – 16:37, July 7, 2015 (UTC)

"Even if you tried, Teal," he said with a laugh. "I don't know that it would have worked very well." He paused. "I take that back. Well, nevermind. I don't. You aren't allowed to change while you're pregnant."



TealPSeawood

Teal Seawood Floo-Pow manufacturer
-Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none.

 – 16:40, July 7, 2015 (UTC)

Her jaw dropped open as she laughed. "Are you calling me weak? I need to tell you that is sure is what it sounds like you are doing Flaherty." She nodded her head smirking at him as she leaned in to whisper. "I guess you sort of forgot that you gave me a superpower. I have been imbued with mommy strength."


AaronHill6

Benjamin Flaherty Department of Magical Law Enforcement - Wizengamont
-“You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.”

 – 16:42, July 7, 2015 (UTC)

He chuckled. "I am not calling you weak. I know what a firecracker you are." He looked deep into her eyes, but his own eyes were full of fun. "I just know that the difference in our sizes gives me an advantage."



TealPSeawood

Teal Seawood Floo-Pow manufacturer
-Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none.

 – 16:45, July 7, 2015 (UTC)

She nodded her head in a slow up and down motion. "Oh, that's right. Because you are bigger than me, that must make you stronger than me. Being 'stronger' that must make you faster, and smarter too I suppose. I see how this works now." She winked at him. "Since I love you, I am going to let you keep believing that. My big, strong, Irishman."


AaronHill6

Benjamin Flaherty Department of Magical Law Enforcement - Wizengamont
-“You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.”

 – 16:47, July 7, 2015 (UTC)

He grinned at her. "And I love you, my small, occasionally delicate, Seawood."



TealPSeawood

Teal Seawood Floo-Pow manufacturer
-Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none.

 – 16:50, July 7, 2015 (UTC)

She closed her eyes and shook her head as she laughed. "I am average size, technically slightly above average. I only appear to be fun-sized when I stand next to you. That was not a complaint. Just so you know.


AaronHill6

Benjamin Flaherty Department of Magical Law Enforcement - Wizengamont
-“You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.”

 – 16:51, July 7, 2015 (UTC)

He nodded, and gently placed a hand on her stomach. "I love you." It was sort of said to both the baby, and to Teal.



TealPSeawood

Teal Seawood Floo-Pow manufacturer
-Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none.

 – 16:58, July 7, 2015 (UTC)

She gasped very quietly, and her hand flew to her mouth. She never expected Benjamin to be the sort of man who talks to bellies, or to be the sort of father who had anything to say to his son before he was born. She smiled from behind her hand slowly dropping it to speak. "He loves you too." She placed her hand on top of Benjamin's and moved it over slightly so that he could feel the response to his voice from their little one.


AaronHill6

Benjamin Flaherty Department of Magical Law Enforcement - Wizengamont
-“You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.”

 – 17:00, July 7, 2015 (UTC)

He felt a small flutter against his hand before looking up at her. "Did you say... he?"



TealPSeawood

Teal Seawood Floo-Pow manufacturer
-Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none.

 – 17:02, July 7, 2015 (UTC)

"I did." She nodded. "It's a boy." She bit the inside of her lip nervously.


AaronHill6

Benjamin Flaherty Department of Magical Law Enforcement - Wizengamont
-“You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.”

 – 17:04, July 7, 2015 (UTC)

He felt a whole series of emotions that he wasn't sure he could pin down specifically. "We're having a boy," he said softly before moving in to kiss her.



TealPSeawood

Teal Seawood Floo-Pow manufacturer
-Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none.

 – 17:11, July 7, 2015 (UTC)

She could not force the smile off her face quickly enough to be kissed although she did try. She pulled back after a few moments her eyes slowly opening. "I am having a boy, you do not get to share in the labor portion of have children, lucky you. However, we are going raise a son. As terrified as I am about learning what that really means, I am so thankful that you will be along for the ride."


AaronHill6

Benjamin Flaherty Department of Magical Law Enforcement - Wizengamont
-“You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.”

 – 17:14, July 7, 2015 (UTC)

"We can be terrified and thankful together," he said. "Because the feeling is entirely mutual."



TealPSeawood

Teal Seawood Floo-Pow manufacturer
-Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none.

 – 17:18, July 7, 2015 (UTC)

"I already know that it is." She smiled. "This may be the one time my love for you is not the number one reason I will admit to your advantage. At least you have life experience being a boy. If he were a she, I would be much more confident about the parenting I am almost certain we currently lack."


AaronHill6

Benjamin Flaherty Department of Magical Law Enforcement - Wizengamont
-“You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.”

 – 17:20, July 7, 2015 (UTC)~

He nodded slowly. He had no idea how to raise a boy.... his own father.... He sighed. Benjamin had pushed his own father away. How do you raise a son-- any child-- when you didn't even have a good role model to show you how to do so?



TealPSeawood

Teal Seawood Floo-Pow manufacturer
-Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none.

 – 17:23, July 7, 2015 (UTC)

She put a tender hand to his cheek. "I have faith in us, Benjamin. When we are together we can do anything. For us, even the impossible is possible."


AaronHill6

Benjamin Flaherty Department of Magical Law Enforcement - Wizengamont
-“You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.”

 – 17:24, July 7, 2015 (UTC)

He smiled gently at her. "I love you, Teal."



TealPSeawood

Teal Seawood Floo-Pow manufacturer
-Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none.

 – 17:27, July 7, 2015 (UTC)

She smiled back at him. "I love you more, Benjamin."


AaronHill6

Benjamin Flaherty Department of Magical Law Enforcement - Wizengamont
-“You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.”

 – 17:27, July 7, 2015 (UTC)

He leaned in to kiss her again.



Picking names

AaronHill6

Benjamin Flaherty Department of Magical Law Enforcement - Wizengamont
-“You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.”

 – 03:45, July 13, 2015 (UTC)

He was sitting in the bedroom, on his bed, looking through one of the parenting books, and there was a baby name book open beside him.



TealPSeawood

Teal Seawood Floo-Pow manufacturer
-Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none.

 – 15:18, July 13, 2015 (UTC)

She was falling asleep in the space beside him, on his bed, exhausted having walked everywhere that morning with Nyxie, followed by endless hours of baby proofing.


AaronHill6

Benjamin Flaherty Department of Magical Law Enforcement - Wizengamont
-“You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.”

 – 15:46, July 13, 2015 (UTC)~

He smiled over at her. "Tired?"



TealPSeawood

Teal Seawood Floo-Pow manufacturer
-Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none.

 – 15:55, July 13, 2015 (UTC)

She shook her head, yawning and smiling back. "I was really comfortable. Sonny can't always keep still when he hears things. I'm like a human pinball machine for him. He hits the right nerve, and I get a tingle in my legs."


AaronHill6

Benjamin Flaherty Department of Magical Law Enforcement - Wizengamont
-“You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.”

 – 15:57, July 13, 2015 (UTC)

He nodded. "How are you feeling besides all that? You're... twenty-six weeks along now?"



TealPSeawood

Teal Seawood Floo-Pow manufacturer
-Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none.

 – 16:10, July 13, 2015 (UTC)

"Until the 4th." She nodded. "I feel a lot better, more than I have in months. You haven't heard much out of me negatively aside from complaints about my itching, and my puffy face, have you?"


AaronHill6

Benjamin Flaherty Department of Magical Law Enforcement - Wizengamont
-“You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.”

 – 16:12, July 13, 2015 (UTC)~

He chuckled. "No." He paused. "How's the nausea?"



TealPSeawood

Teal Seawood Floo-Pow manufacturer
-Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none.

 – 16:15, July 13, 2015 (UTC)

She narrowed her eyes slightly upset that he even said the word. "Haven't had any. I'd expect to now that you jinxed me." She grinned playfully.


AaronHill6

Benjamin Flaherty Department of Magical Law Enforcement - Wizengamont
-“You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.”

 – 16:16, July 13, 2015 (UTC)~

He chuckled. "My apologies." He paused. "Have you thought about names at all?"



TealPSeawood

Teal Seawood Floo-Pow manufacturer
-Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none.

 – 16:27, July 13, 2015 (UTC)

"Something... that starts with a 'P'?" It had never crossed her mind. She and Benjamin both shared the same middle initial, it seemed logical, it seemed appropriate.


AaronHill6

Benjamin Flaherty Department of Magical Law Enforcement - Wizengamont
-“You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.”

 – 16:29, July 13, 2015 (UTC)

He thought about that. "Like giving him my middle name?"

OOC: If we come up with something we like better than CJ in the midst of this conversation, I'm cool with changing it. :)



TealPSeawood

Teal Seawood Floo-Pow manufacturer
-Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none.

 – 16:35, July 13, 2015 (UTC)

"We don't have to give him your middle name. Not unless you want him to have it." She shifted, sitting up very carefully, holding her belly and adjusting the squirming little one so as to make him, and in doing so herself, more comfortable.

OOC: CK. SPOILERS! I love CJ. Always. If we come up with another name they are having another kid. :P


AaronHill6

Benjamin Flaherty Department of Magical Law Enforcement - Wizengamont
-“You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.”

 – 16:37, July 13, 2015 (UTC)

He nodded slowly. "I'm not sure I'd want to give him my name either," he said. "It... it should be his own name."



TealPSeawood

Teal Seawood Floo-Pow manufacturer
-Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none.

 – 16:41, July 13, 2015 (UTC)

She looked at Benjamin smiling with a raised brow. "What name have you liked the most?"


AaronHill6

Benjamin Flaherty Department of Magical Law Enforcement - Wizengamont
-“You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.”

 – 16:42, July 13, 2015 (UTC)~

He put down the parenting book and picked up the one on names. "I don't know, to be honest..." He paused as he flipped through. "My whole name... it just... it meant something that was the exact opposite of how I was raised. So... if we're picking a name for the meaning... I want it to mean something we can follow through on."



TealPSeawood

Teal Seawood Floo-Pow manufacturer
-Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none.

 – 16:51, July 13, 2015 (UTC)

She smiled up at him with love in her eyes wanting to voice her slight disagreements with some of what he said. It was beautifully worded, and she fully understood the sentiment. She also could not think of what to say, better or worse. "Flaherty. The boy needs a name? Apparently, we're not going to call him Benji. Or Ben. Or Junior." She grinned. "Make a list. Our top choices. ...And, if Sonny wants to," She glanced down at her belly. "We should let him decide."


AaronHill6

Benjamin Flaherty Department of Magical Law Enforcement - Wizengamont
-“You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.”

 – 16:52, July 13, 2015 (UTC)

He chuckled. "Yeah. Wouldn't want something that sounds awful with Flaherty... like..." he tried to come up with something. "Well I can't think of anything, but you know what I'm saying."



TealPSeawood

Teal Seawood Floo-Pow manufacturer
-Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none.

 – 16:59, July 13, 2015 (UTC)

"Why does it have to be Flaherty? What can't it sound bad with Seawood? And would you mean something like Iomhar Flaherty? Or Murdoch? Although Murdoch Seawood isn't bad. I won't give my kid the initials MS though. That's rude!" She laughed feeling guilty for it.


AaronHill6

Benjamin Flaherty Department of Magical Law Enforcement - Wizengamont
-“You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.”

 – 17:33, July 13, 2015 (UTC)

He chuckled. "I'm sorry... did you want to hyphenate their last name?"



TealPSeawood

Teal Seawood Floo-Pow manufacturer
-Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none.

 – 05:05, July 14, 2015 (UTC)

She tried to keep a straight face. "We should all do it. Barry Allen, Teal and Benjamin. We'll be the Seawood-Flahertys." She laughed, never intending to give their son a ridiculous name like hers, she was still going to fight for his right to have it. "What do you mean 'their' last name? Do you see more than one baby, more than our son in your imaginary family portrait?"


AaronHill6

Benjamin Flaherty Department of Magical Law Enforcement - Wizengamont
-“You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.”

 – 19:33, July 14, 2015 (UTC)

He rolled his eyes. "I'm sorry. I could have said 'his'. Do you want to hyphenate his last name?"



TealPSeawood

Teal Seawood Floo-Pow manufacturer
-Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none.

 – 16:32, July 15, 2015 (UTC)

"I think I've always known I want him, them," She smiled teasing slightly. "To have your name. You still didn't answer my question."


AaronHill6

Benjamin Flaherty Department of Magical Law Enforcement - Wizengamont
-“You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.”

 – 16:34, July 15, 2015 (UTC)~

"About... more children?" he shifted slightly. "Why don't we see how we do with this first one before moving on to thinking about having others?" He paused. "We aren't even married..."



TealPSeawood

Teal Seawood Floo-Pow manufacturer
-Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none.

 – 17:14, July 15, 2015 (UTC)

"Yet. ..." She paused looking at him in silence. "We don't have to be married for our children to have their father's name, Benjamin. I believe what is more apparent is that marriage is a variable that does not have to be part of the equation that adds up to our family."


AaronHill6

Benjamin Flaherty Department of Magical Law Enforcement - Wizengamont
-“You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.”

 – 17:50, July 15, 2015 (UTC)

"No," he said slowly. "But it usually is." He looked at her. "I never even thought about getting married before I met you."



TealPSeawood

Teal Seawood Floo-Pow manufacturer
-Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none.

 – 18:04, July 15, 2015 (UTC)

She looked at him suspiciously, but said nothing of it. "I never thought I would have a child. I was always curious what sort of mother I could be, the thought was always just that for me, a thought. It was never real, and it never would be. At least not until you walked into my life."


AaronHill6

Benjamin Flaherty Department of Magical Law Enforcement - Wizengamont
-“You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.”

 – 18:06, July 15, 2015 (UTC)

He cocked his head slightly. "Do you want to get married...?"



TealPSeawood

Teal Seawood Floo-Pow manufacturer
-Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none.

 – 18:17, July 15, 2015 (UTC)

"Benjamin. I love you. Of course I want get married, to you." She sighed a small smile on her face. "You... we... about seven months ago you were engaged. Now with it being so obvious that I'm with child, you're asking me this now?"


AaronHill6

Benjamin Flaherty Department of Magical Law Enforcement - Wizengamont
-“You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.”

 – 18:20, July 15, 2015 (UTC)

"I was engaged seven months ago," he said nodding slowly. "About... nine months ago, my ex-fiancee and I had stopped talking to each other... because of what her sister had done." He shrugged. "I'm not saying we need to go down to the courthouse right now and sign papers with a witness."



TealPSeawood

Teal Seawood Floo-Pow manufacturer
-Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none.

 – 18:39, July 15, 2015 (UTC)

She looked down at her hand on her belly purposely avoiding eye contact. "I don't want everything we've been blessed with, everything we have together to overwhelm you. I have an unshakable amount of faith in you, and I trust you with my life." She sighed exhaling a long slow breath. "I worry that there might be a pattern here, and the both of us are too blind to look at it objectively."


AaronHill6

Benjamin Flaherty Department of Magical Law Enforcement - Wizengamont
-“You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.”

 – 18:40, July 15, 2015 (UTC)

"What sort of pattern?" he asked gently.



TealPSeawood

Teal Seawood Floo-Pow manufacturer
-Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none.

 – 18:39, July 15, 2015 (UTC)

She kept her eyes on her belly. She did not want to have this conversation, it had to happen. "Your deep love of sisters with troubled sisters. The way you most excellently provide for the woman who means something to you." She hesitated, her next statement having always been something she thought she would never say. "The way I was replaced by Mary, and the way I replace her."


AaronHill6

Benjamin Flaherty Department of Magical Law Enforcement - Wizengamont
-“You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.”

 – 18:50, July 15, 2015 (UTC)~

He let out a breath. "The troubled sisters thing I find to be more of a coincidence than a ... type for myself. I didn't know about the sisters when I met you." He paused. "Mary didn't replace you. There was always this... part of me that had never fully... committed to her. You always had my heart. Everything I was doing for Mary... I was doing because... it felt like I was supposed to. I loved Mary, yes. But... when I saw you again, I realized that I had never stopped loving you."



TealPSeawood

Teal Seawood Floo-Pow manufacturer
-Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none.

 – 18:58, July 15, 2015 (UTC)

It meant the world to hear it, although it did little to easy the worry. She kept her eyes on her belly still not able to bring herself to look at Benjamin. "I have always loved you, and only you Benjamin. From the moment we met I knew that I would love you for the rest of my life. If you were never fully committed to her, and yet you bent Heaven and Earth to build something. You wanted to marry her, and have children with her. Some day this instant family of ours might make you feel the same way about me?"


AaronHill6

Benjamin Flaherty Department of Magical Law Enforcement - Wizengamont
-“You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.”

 – 19:01, July 15, 2015 (UTC)~

He chuckled. "No, Teal. Mary wanted babies. I... was always still very apprehensive about it. Much like I am with our own." He gently turned her face so she was looking at him. "Teal.... this instant family we have.... I promise I am not going to get bored with it. Or find a replacement for it."



TealPSeawood

Teal Seawood Floo-Pow manufacturer
-Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none.

 – 19:28, July 15, 2015 (UTC)

"We are still a family of two, for a little while longer. You can say that you won't get bored now, that you won't try to replace us. And you are so very convincing when you do." She smiled even laughing a little not wanting to do either. "Being part of a new family is difficult, I would know. The way we are going about it, sort of maximizes the amount of effort it might take for us to all be happy. That challenge isn't my concern, because I would do anything for you, for us."


AaronHill6

Benjamin Flaherty Department of Magical Law Enforcement - Wizengamont
-“You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.”

 – 21:38, July 15, 2015 (UTC)

"Then what is your concern?" he asked.



TealPSeawood

Teal Seawood Floo-Pow manufacturer
-Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none.

 – 05:05, July 16, 2015 (UTC)

"My concern was for how well we take to parenthood. Some people were not meant to have children, and some people never love the children they have."


AaronHill6

Benjamin Flaherty Department of Magical Law Enforcement - Wizengamont
-“You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.”

 – 14:17, July 16, 2015 (UTC)

He shrugged. "As I've mentioned... I didn't really let my parents do a good job of parenting.... though how hard they were trying, I don't know. And I don't talk to them now, so..." he shrugged. "We can read the parenting books, and do our best, and hope that our love for our son will... overrule any first-time parenting mishaps."



TealPSeawood

Teal Seawood Floo-Pow manufacturer
-Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none.

 – 20:01, July 16, 2015 (UTC)

She nodded. "It was the choice your parents made to lie to you, that makes you, and by association me, value honesty so greatly in any relationship. It was the choice my parents made to abandon my sisters and I that makes me second guess... everything. I don't stop to think that our love for our son will not be enough. He already has more than I had when I was his age, and he will continue to have a life that is far greater than I imagined for myself. As long as I have anything to say about it." She sighed.


AaronHill6

Benjamin Flaherty Department of Magical Law Enforcement - Wizengamont
-“You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.”

 – 20:54, July 16, 2015 (UTC)

He nodded slowly, letting her continue if she needed to. He gently put an arm around her, and pulled her in close.



TealPSeawood

Teal Seawood Floo-Pow manufacturer
-Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none.

 – 02:32, July 17, 2015 (UTC)

She shifted in small movements of her shoulders and her back trying to sit close, and comfortably with Benjamin the way she liked to. She proceeded to vaguely tell Benjamin about the few times she had been adopted separately, without her sisters, and subsequently returned. "It didn't ever go smoothly for us, watching each other leave. We never really learned how to properly say goodbye. I don't think anyone should have expected us to. We always found our way back to each other. I didn't, I don't like talking about my other families. Something wasn't right about them, they didn't ever feel like they were mine. I don't want him to feel that way."


AaronHill6

Benjamin Flaherty Department of Magical Law Enforcement - Wizengamont
-“You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.”

 – 02:34, July 17, 2015 (UTC)

He smiled. "Sort of like you and I found our way back to each other," he said.



TealPSeawood

Teal Seawood Floo-Pow manufacturer
-Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none.

 – 02:37, July 17, 2015 (UTC)

She nodded with a small smile playing across her lips. "Sort of like that."


AaronHill6

Benjamin Flaherty Department of Magical Law Enforcement - Wizengamont
-“You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.”

 – 02:42, July 17, 2015 (UTC)

"I love you," he said softly.



TealPSeawood

Teal Seawood Floo-Pow manufacturer
-Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none.

 – 02:45, July 17, 2015 (UTC)

"I love you, too." She looked down at her belly. "I think Benji Junior loves you even more." She laughed.


AaronHill6

Benjamin Flaherty Department of Magical Law Enforcement - Wizengamont
-“You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.”

 – 02:47, July 17, 2015 (UTC)

He chuckled. "He only knows you. He might recognize the sound of my voice... or maybe not. I'm not sure when that starts to happen."



TealPSeawood

Teal Seawood Floo-Pow manufacturer
-Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none.

 – 02:56, July 17, 2015 (UTC)

"He responds to the majority of what he can hear happening around me, he started do that about two weeks ago. When we talk, for example, I feel him moving around in there. Depending on how deep your voice is when you're speaking he squirms around quite a lot. Our little guy can definitely hear, I'm not sure yet if he can distinguish the sounds. I think that is going to take a few more months, and I do mean after birth.


AaronHill6

Benjamin Flaherty Department of Magical Law Enforcement - Wizengamont
-“You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.”

 – 03:00, July 17, 2015 (UTC)~

He nodded thoughtfully. "How does... giving birth make you feel?" he asked. "I know that there's nothing like it.... and it's painful and..." he chuckled. "I'm probably making it worse."



TealPSeawood

Teal Seawood Floo-Pow manufacturer
-Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none.

 – 03:10, July 17, 2015 (UTC)

"You really are, Flaherty. No more actual talk of 'giving birth' for you until he is ready to come out." She laughed nervously. "I tried to ask about that very early on, and I was told not to. Since then I skim chapters about it, but I haven't really given those pages the time they deserve." She shrugged lifting one of her shoulders. "I'm excited about it, I'm anxious, I'm nervous. Overall I think, I feel grateful?"


AaronHill6

Benjamin Flaherty Department of Magical Law Enforcement - Wizengamont
-“You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.”

 – 03:12, July 17, 2015 (UTC)

"Grateful how?" he asked, intrigued.



TealPSeawood

Teal Seawood Floo-Pow manufacturer
-Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none.

 – 03:16, July 17, 2015 (UTC)

"Are you genuinely asking me that question?" She looked at him a breath away from smile.


AaronHill6

Benjamin Flaherty Department of Magical Law Enforcement - Wizengamont
-“You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.”

 – 03:17, July 17, 2015 (UTC)