-Epilogue- " Daddy!" two little girls scream. They run at Alex,
jumping straight into his arms before he can shut the front door.
He smiles and kicks it closed with his foot, kissing them each on
the cheek and tickling them. I smile, grateful for a small break
from them, and lean my hip against the counter. " The daddy
monster's home! And he's coming to get you!" he yells as he sets
them down. They shriek and run upstairs, stumbling over each other
to go hide. Alex laughs and walks over to me, loosening his tie
while holding something behind his back. He scoops me into his arms
and kisses me sweetly on the lips, spinning me around the kitchen.
" How was your day?" he asks. " Good, how was yours?" I ask back. "
It was pretty good. For you, beautiful," he says, pulling a bouquet
of roses out fom behind his back. " Thank you, babe." I tell him
and he kisses my nose. " No problem." he replies. He turns at the
girls giggling from the stairs and then holds his hands up like
he's going to tickle them. " Jane, Lacey, you'd better be in bed by
the time I get up there!" he jokes in a loud voice, running up the
stairs after them. I follow him into their room and he picks them
both up by their waists and sets the twins down in their beds. "
Story!" they say at the same time. He sighs. " Oh alright, but just
one." he replies. " Do the one about the prince and the princess!"
Jane says excitedly. He busies himself with tucking them in before
sitting at the edge of their bed. " Okay. Once upon a time, there
was a princess named Laura, and a prince named Theo. You see,
Princess Laura and Prince Theo didn't like each other at all. One
day Theo put red paint in Laura's hair while they were learning at
the castle. And then a few years later, he cut all of her hair
off!" he says and they gasp. " Then, Laura started pranking Theo
too. She made him fall on a puddle of water, and put ice down his
shirt, and even covered him in red paint..." I drift back down the
hallway, down to the kitchen to clean up. I finish the rest of the
dishes and put the girls' toys back in their place, and by the time
I make my way back upstairs, they're asleep. Alex grins proudly
back at me, kisses their foreheads, and backs up so I can do the
same, resting a hand on the small of my back. I turn out their lamp
and leave the night light on, and then Alex and I go to our room.
We change and brush our teeth and then climb into the bed. Alex
pulls me closer and rests his hand on my 5 month baby bump and
kisses my forehead and then my belly. " Goodnight. To infinity and
beyond, little buddy." he whispers and we drift off to sleep, one
big happy family.
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