~ I woke up wrapped up in Steve's arms. He was sleeping, breathing softly into my hair. I looked up into his face and smiled. It took on an almost child-like feel. His usual hard, emotionless expression was absent. The ice-blue eyes were seeing visions of something that must fascinate his mind. His lips has were slightly pouty, not in the set line that he usually held them in. His cheeks held a healthy light, giving his handsome face a serene glow. I sighed softtly and sat up slowly, so I wouldn't disturb him. Using only my finger, I gently traces his cheeks, down his jaw line, over his lips. Very gently, I placed a soft, feathery kiss on those lips I'd come to know so well in the past few weeks, and reluctantly got out of bed. I had something very important waiting for me in the next room. I pulled on one of Steve's boarder shirts, and treaded quietly out of the room. I walked into the next room, and peaked in. Lilly's daughter, Katie, was still sound asleep. I looked at the time, and saw that it was 4:30 in the AM. I decided to go make her bottle now, knowing that she would probably wake up very soon, wanting it. I went down to the kitchen area, and was surprised to see Dougy standing there. It surprised me even more when I saw him standing there completely naked. I averted eyes quickly, trying not to laugh. He was still wasted from tonight. I doubt he even realized he was naked. I cleared my throat loudly, and heard him turn around. ~

Dougy McNamara
Heather! What are you doing here? I thought you and Steve would still be gettin' it on!

~ I looked up in time to see Dougy emphasize his point by doing naked pelvic thrusts. I tried my hardest not to laugh, knowing I would wake up Katie and Steve if I did. I grabbed Katies bottle and started pouring milk into it. ~

Heather Halliwell
You are in serious need of a nut hut... Or you just need to get laid again.

Dougy McNamara
I am in favor of the second one. Where's your sister?

Heather Halliwell
Okay, your drunk ass has ALREADY forgotten that she's flying in with Tegan tonight?

Dougy McNamara
Yes! That calls for another beer. A toast... To your sister and that beautiful baby!

Heather Halliwell
Dougy, the last thing you need is ANOTHER beer. Just go to bed and sleep it off. You are so drunk right now, I doubt you'd be able to tell me the difference between your balls and the wall.

~ Dougy opened his mouth to speak, then stopped. To my horror, it seemed he was actually thinking on my last comment. Rolling my eyes, and taking advantage of his silence to finish filling Katie's bottle. As I screwed on the nipple, Dougy pointed to it and laughed loudly. I lookd above me, thinking for sure he had just woken up everyone surrounding the area. ~

Dougy McNamara
Can I play with that nipple?

Heather Halliwell
Go to bed, Dougy!

~ I brushed past him and walked quickly out of the kitchen. The pent house room, thanks to Dougy's drunken behavior, was a mess of beer cans. Smirking, I walked quietly back to Katie's room. Just as I had predicted, Katie was beginning to stir. I took down the safety wall around the bed, and sat down next to her. I stroked her silky hair softly and Katie peaked over the blanket and saw me. She sat up slowly, rubbing the sleep out of her eyes, and I handed her her bottle. As she began to drink, I looked at the clock. It was now five AM, and I knew Steve would be waking up very soon to do his early morning cardio. Looking back at Katie, I smiled, thinking how she was just as beautiful as her mother. I picked up the little girl and put her in my lap. As I rocked her gently, I heard a noise at the door, and turned to see Steve standing there with a soft smile on his face. I smiled back and held one of my arms out. He came to me, sat down on the bed next to me, and wrapped his arms around me, kissing my neck. ~

Steve Jason
Good morning, beautiful. Did you sleep well?

Heather Halliwell
When I actually slept, yes. I'm going to feed Katie and clean her up before I take her back to Lilly.

Steve Jason
I'm still a little surprised you agreed to watch Katie for Lilly. I thought you'd have it in for her because of Sean.

Heather Halliwell
I really have no right to be mad about Sean being with Lilly, now do I? I mean, just considering whose arms I'M in right now.

Steve Jason
Good point. Are you going to pick up your sister tonight, or will I send Formico to do it?

Heather Halliwell
His name must never be spoken...

~ I flashed Steve a sly smile. He smacked my butt playfully, making me giggle. Katie finished her bottle and looked up at me with the same beautiful eyes as her mother. ~

Katie
I hafta potty...

Steve Jason
And I have to get started on my cardio, before a certain party tempts me to just stay in bed all morning.

Heather Halliwell
You forget what I told you last night, Mr. Jason. I can get you in bed anytime I want. Anyway, send Peppy to get Holly. I don't know when I'll be back from the hospital. If she's here before I get back, entertain her for me. Just keep her away from Dougy until I get to see her and Tegan... And speaking of Dougy, I don't know if he took my advise or not, but be careful. I was down there a half hour ago, and he was.. umm... Quite liberated.

~ Steve and I stood up at the same time. With Katie in my arms, I couldn't give him a hug. Instead, I gave him a little kiss in departure and took Katie to the bathroom. Since we were in there, I decided to give her a little bath. As I watched her splash happily in the bubbles, my phone rang. Knowing who it would be, I yawned and picked it up. ~

Heather Halliwell
Hi, Holly. Don't you think it's a little early to be calling your big sister?

Holly Halliwell
Apparently not, you're awake, aren't you?

Heather Halliwell
A fair point indeed.

Holly Halliwell
I'm not interrupting you and Stevie time, am I?

Heather Halliwell
No.. I've got Lilly's baby in the bath tub right now, I'm dropping her off later. Lilly gets out of the hospital today.

Holly Halliwell
Thats right... So who is getting me from the airport? That weird Formico dude?

Heather Halliwell
More than likely. Promise to keep your hands off Dougy until I get back to say hi?

Holly Halliwell
No... But I gotta go. Tegan is starting to whine that shes hungry, and our plane takes off in twenty minutes. So I'll see you when I get there.

~ I hung up with my sister and lifted Katie out of the tub. I wrapped her up in a big, fuffy towel, and carried her back to the room we put her in. I dried her off and got her dressed quickly in a cute pink dress. She gibbered and played with a doll while I ran a brush through her silky golden locks. I pulled her hair back into to little pigtails, and stood her up in front of me. She smiled at me, her big blue eyes shining at me. She was truly going to be as devastatinly beautiful as her mother when she grew up. She was a good girl, around the same age as Tegan. The two were so similar, I knew they would get along. I gathered up her toys and belongings and put them in the overnight bag Lilly had given me for her. Taking the little beauty by the hand, I led her out of the room. I checked to make sure there were no more naked Dougy's on the way. Not seeing him, I led Katie out the door and towards my car. The sun was coming up now, casting a beautiful orangish-red light over the area. As I put Katie in the car seat, I looked around. I saw the solitary figure of Steve running laps. I smiled, thinking of how... Beautiful he truly was. He reminded me of a Bronze God from the ancient Greco-Roman days, when the belief that Zeus ruled everything was all the people lived by. His warriors heart and good soul made him even more endearing. Smiling down at the little girl in my car, I got in myself and drove her to the hospital to see her Mama.~

~*~ At the hospital... ~*~

~ I walked with slight trepidation down the hall to Lilly's hospital room. My womanly instinct told me that Sean was already in there. Holding the sleepy Katie in my arms, I looked quietly in the door. Lilly and Sean are kissing and hugging each other, and not the way friends would hug and kiss. Instead of feeling angry or jealous, I actually feel... Relieved. I knew that I had to tell Sean about me and Steve eventually. Seeing my suspicions about him and Lilly confirmed, I felt in my heart that things would go easier than as I had earlier feared. I shifted slightly, and Sean noticee me out of the corner of his eye. Sean breaks away from Lilly, obviously not knowing if I'd seen much. I looked between them for a moment, and then smile warmly at them both, to ease the tense moment. Katie, noticing her mother, starts squirming in my arms. I put her down, and watch her run happily to her mother. Lilly takes Katie up in a hug, and holds her for a moment before looking up at me. ~

Tyger Lilly
Thank you!

Heather Halliwell
Not a problem, she's a wonderful baby. I really want to introduce her to my niece one day. How are you doing?

Tyger Lilly
I'm ready to go home. These beds su- ...are hard!

Heather Halliwell
I hear you, I've been in my fair share of hospital beds. How about you?

~ I look at Sean with a slightly amused look on my face. Obviously, I would know the answer to that question as much as anybody else would. Sean shrugs. ~

Sean Graves
Oh well you know, I try to stay away from as many hospital beds as possible. Usually doesn't work out that way though

~ Lilly takes Katie, looking between Sean and I, sensing a tense moment. ~

Tyger Lilly
Maybe I should let you two talk?

~ Lilly looks at Sean. Catching the emotion playing on Lilly's beautiful face when she looks at him, I smile as naturally as possible. ~

Heather Halliwell
No... No, its okay, I don't want to take away from you twos time. I'm sure theres's stuff you need to talk about.

Sean Graves
No... Lilly's right Heather. Maybe we should talk...

~ I look at Sean, then at Lilly, then back at Sean, and bite my lip. This was it. Everything that Sean and I had been hiding from each other was about to come out into the open. I nodded, and in a soft voice, my accent growing even more feathery, agree. ~

Heather Halliwell
She is right... We do need to talk.

~ Lilly takes Katie into her arms. She goes to give Sean a kiss then backs away quickly. She looks at me a little nervously, then nods and backs away towards the door. ~

Tyger Lilly
We'll be out here, I want to spend time with my daughter.

Sean Graves
I'll talk to you later Lill...

Heather Halliwell
See you later Lilly.

~ Lilly nods and leaves the room. Sean and I avoid eye contact for a few moments. Glancing towards the door, I notice Lilly looking at Sean and me one last time. She doesn't notice my gaze, but I notice her heart in her eyes when she looks at Sean. I knew what was about to happen, and I was ready. Once the door closed behind Lilly, Sean turns his attention to me, and its obvious that he, like myself, doesn't know how to start this off. ~

Sean Graves
So...

~ I lick my lips, my mouth suddenly dry as cotton. Maybe this WAS going to be harder than I thought. ~

Heather Halliwell
Yeah... Whats up?

Sean Graves
Heather Halliwell
Hey, thanks... Yeah, you too. I knew we were gonna pull it out.

Sean Graves
Yeah...

~ Okay, this was going nowhere. I could feel my temper for this obvious avoiding-the-point chatter fading fast. ~

Heather Halliwell
Oh, this is ridiculous, I hate small talk as much as you do. So lets get right to it. Whats going on with you and Lilly? If you share yours, I'll share mine.

Sean Graves
Me and Lilly... Lilly and I have gotten close during this whole ordeal. You know, with getting Katie back and such.

Heather Halliwell
As if that wasn't glaringly obvious... Just how close are we talking?

Sean Graves
The truth... Very close...

Heather Halliwell
Very close... Well, that sounds familar.

~ I looked into Seans eyes. He looked back into mine, and I could see the same look in his eyes when he spoke Lilly's name that I knew I had whenever someone talked to me about Steve. ~

Sean Graves
Yeah it does, doesn't it? Look Heather, I'm not going to lie or bat around the bush. Lilly and I... we're going to try and have a committed relationship.

~ Finally, the bomb was dropped on me. I could feel a faint blush creep across my cheeks. I bit down on my lower again, and continued to look straight in Sean's eyes.~

Heather Halliwell
That's only fair... Because... Steve Jason and I... We got close too... And we were thinking along the same lines as you and Lilly.

Sean Graves
Really... So you and Steve huh? Can't say that I'm surprised...

Heather Halliwell
Neither can I, about you and Lilly.

Sean Graves
So... do we remain friends?

Heather Halliwell
Of course we remain friends... Sean, we've been through far too much to...

~ Lilly walks in at that moment. She senses quickly that she came in at a bad time, and nods to us. She grabs Katies bottle, looks at Sean, then leaves. I look back at Sean, and grab his hand suddenly, needing to touch him. It didn't matter now if we were friends or lovers. Sean always was, and always will be one of the most important people in my life. He was truly one of my best friends. I felt my confidence rise and spoke as such. ~

Heather Halliwell
Like I was saying... We've been through too much to let this effect our friendship. I like Lilly very much, and not only are you and I going to be great friends, I would like to have the same kind of friendship with Lilly. You two are perfect for each other.

~ Sean looks back at me for a moment, as if he can't believe what he just heard coming out of my mouth. He finally breaks the silence by giving me a hug and a quick kiss on the cheek. ~

Sean Graves
Thanks babe. You truly are one of a kind. By the way, You better let Steve know that I'm going to be watching him and if he hurts you...

~ I let out a relieved giggle and hug Sean back tightly. The tense, awkward situation had turned out better than I could have imagined. I nodded and grinned up at Sean. ~

Heather Halliwell
I'll let him know, sugar. I feel so much better now that this is off my chest. Shall we go get Lilly, then?

Yeah... I think she'll be glad to have you as a friend.

~ I smile and follow Sean out to the hall way where Lilly is sitting with Katie. She stands up quickly, and smiles when she sees us smiling. Sean walks over and wraps his arms around her lovingly. Lilly looks surprised for a moment, and looks up at Sean with questioning eyes. He catches it, and shakes his head, still smiling.I take this as my time to exit, knowing they would want to be alone now. ~

Heather Halliwell
I'd love to say and chat, but I really gotta get back. My sister is coming in tonight, and I have something I gotta get done with Heff. So I'll catch up with you two later?

Sean Graves
Alright Heather. Take care, I'll get a hold of you soon.

Tyger Lilly
You have my number, right Heather?

~ I exchanged numbers with Lilly, then wrapped her up in a hug. I whispered to her that if she ever needed to talk or just wanted to hang out, to give me a call. Then I leaned over and hugged Sean. Katie started tugging on my pant leg. Smiling, I squatted and swept the beautiful blonde cherub into a hug. After a minute of Katie clinging to me, I tried to stand, but Katie wouldn't let go. I smiled and picked her up with me. Lilly managed to detach her daughter from around my neck. With one final farewell, I waved at my friends, old and new, and headed to my car. My next state of business was an important one, and one that only Heff could help me with. ~