Chapter 49

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Ten years later

“You did this?!” I screamed as the culprit giggled in my arms.

“Momma, stop.” She laughed.

“Not until you tell me that  you did this.” I I told her tickling her as a smile crept on my face.

“No, no. Daddy did it.”

I stopped ticking my daughter and she smiled up at me. “Honey, you know daddy’s not here.” I told her quietly as my vision clouded with tears. I missed him so much, its been six months since he got deployed.

“But he did.” She said calmly.

I looked at the mess of flour that covered the floor in the kitchen where I found Megan playing moments before.

“Rose!” I called.

“Yeah? Oh my God.” She laughed as she looked up from her phone.

“I thought you were watching her?” I asked scolding my sister.

“I was but then...” she trailed off as her phone rang, she looked down at it and smiled, “I have to take this.”

“No. Rose why weren’t you watching her? I trusted you, Rose? Who are you talking too?” I asked annoyed as she talked to the person on the phone.

“Yeah, alright. Yes. I wasn’t going to tell her. Yeah I know. I can try. Yeah sure.” she laughed looking at me.

“Get off the phone I was talking to you.” I told her.

“Alright I have to go my sisters pissed.” She told them  smiling, “Tell me about it, See yeah.”

“Who was that?”

“Don’t worry about it Val, look I’m sorry I left her with Aden so...”

“Aden!” I yelled through the house and he ran into the room looking over all of us to check if we were hurt.

“What? Are you guys okay?” He asked quickly and Megan giggled snuggling into my neck.

“Were you watching her?” I asked annoyed and furious.

“What? No Rose was..” He began looking around, “What happened in here?”

“So if you weren’t watching her, and you weren’t then who was? And who made this mess?”

“Daddy!” Megan screamed pointing behind me. I saw Aden and Rosie smirked behind me as I turned around as fast as possible.

“Avery.” I whispered. He looked unbelievable in his uniform standing in the doorway as calm as could be.

“Sorry about the mess baby.” He smiled not breaking eye contact with me. I set Megan down and she giggled, as soon as she was safely on the ground I ran to him.

Tears ran down my face as I felt his arms around me, “I missed you.”

“Not as much as I missed you.” He assured me.

I laughed as I snuggled deeper into his chest, “You alright?” He asked pulling away rubbing my swollen belly.

I laughed wiping my tears away, “I’m fine now and he missed you.”

“Did you miss your daddy?” He asked my belly and the baby turned in my stomach at his voice.

“I’m so glad you’re here.” I told him as looked into my eyes again.

“I’m glad I didn’t miss it.” He smiled pressing his lips to mine.

“Ahh! Scarred for life!” Rosie screamed.

“Ew, get a room.” Aden groaned.

“Mommy, Daddy’s eating you!” Megan cried.

We pulled away laughing as we looked at our daughter who was in Aden’s arms. I’m so glad that she and my unborn son will grow up with so much family who loves them.

Its weird how the most horrible event of your life could lead to something as great as this.

A family.

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