Caleb had wanted a hatchet buried before he passed. At least forgiven to a point and this was her trying, so they got Sophia some days, and they were at the party. It was a touchy situation but she wouldn't give up.With only a little cake and ice cream, since her stomach was in overdrive. Just the smell made her gag a little.
Noticing the difference in Kane already she gave an amused smile before kissing his cheek. "It's alright..." she said before going to say hi to some of the other people.
After presents and the kids were playing. "Think this is a good time?"
Kane nodded, "This is for Sophia and them... she might have the birthday but this is her first birthday without him... I know whats going on." He kissed her cheek and smiled as Sophia blew out the candles on her cake. Caleb's parents knew that Sophia called Kane daddy but hearing it in person seemed to hurt them. "Princess go eat some cake." He muttered when she hugged him and tried to drag him to the presents. He stayed close to Zara.. his protective instincts had kicked in already. He hated he had to leave in three days.
"They've been there...divorced, the fighting, you know that...I think someday they'll get it. Yeah...babies...we did it," Zara gave a soft smile. With her mother in law and and parents here there wasn't more room. With the friends and presents there it was chasing after children and activities.
"Okay...cake and ice cream first....then presents. Okay, Sophia?" She kissed her cheek. It was weird knowing it was a happy day all the while she missed Caleb. Wished he was there. They must have felt the same.
Giving them a small hug she offered the cake cutting to the dad. Stepping back she gave Kane a smile. "They need this more than we do."
Kane nodded, "Wait until she gets tired and needs her nap and then we can tell our parents.... I don't think Caleb's parents will want to know about our baby." He muttered but kissed her... "Babies... damn I need to get used to that." He had never thought it would happen so right now he was on top of the world. He didn't know what to say, do, or even think... other than be excited.
He saw his mom pull into the driveway and said, 'Mom's here. I'm going to go help her with the cake." he said kissing her gently but letting his hand linger on her flat stomach a little longer.
While it might have been better to wait and tell him instead she just wanted him to know, sitting on that for a month had been nearly impossible. "Twins," Zara confirmed it. She wouldn't show for a at least three months but chances were she'd look like a balloon. "I guess all we needed was a good vacation."
Hugging him back she kissed him. It was the best news, she had wanted more children. Twins still made her nervous considering what she had lived through.
"Perhaps we should tell them after her party though. It's still her day," she said looking to her girl.
"A present for me on Sophia's birthday?" He asked smiling but leaned against the kitchen counter and opened the card reading it, not seeing the sonogram behind the note. Then he flipped it over. "The treatments worked? We're having a baby...?" He asked and looked again, "twins?" The hope in his eyes was enough to make even the strongest man cry. They were having their own baby, something Kane never thought would happen. Quickly Kane pulled her into a hug and hugged her tight kissing her. "God I love you." He muttered.
"I can't believe she's four years old today...she's growing too fast. I already am looking at preschools. It feels just like yesterday she was just born," Zara leaned against him for a moment. "Great, everyone should be here in an hour. Kim is bringing a cake..."
She wanted more time with him right now but it was their daughters day. "Why don't you go play with your friend?" She asked. Kelly and her son was already here since it had been just her and she was already feeling it.
"Okay mom," Sophia said before running to the next room.
"I...have something for you..." She said before going to the table and took a card out. It was a love note but behind one of the sheets was an ultrasound of the two babies.
"I know... and they have every right to be here, I wouldn't dream of denying them that... I'm glad she knows them." he said kissing Zara, "and for the record I missed you more than you know." Sophia tugged on Kane's pant leg. "Daddy daddy." Kane smiled, 'yes princess?" Sophia smiled wide, "Its my birthday!" Kane nodded, 'I know baby girl, daddy is home for three whole days and we're going to have fun and have a movie night with pizza and popcorn tomorrow." He hadn't told her that she was getting movies for her birthday.
It hadn't ever felt like this before, seeing them gone for a long time and then coming back. She moved over to him knowing sometime she would need to tell him, just when...once Sophia was done she wrapped her arms around his neck and kissed him.
"God, I've missed you..." She said before letting go. All the grandparents would be here, Caleb's parents had been much more involved and loved the girl. "Carla and Paul should be coming soon. I invited them."
Of course, he had been told. She still told him just about everything but pregnancy.
Kane got off of the bus and smiled, 'See you in three days Don, I have a princess party to attend to." Don laughed, "Tell that princess Uncle Don says Happy Birthday." Kane nodded, "Will do." As soon as he got off of the bus he seen Sophia in the window. He had presents for her but he had also been talking to Zara over the phone and face time on what they should buy her for her birthday. His mom was even coming to this party. Opening the door Sophia jumped into his arms, "Hey princess, daddy missed you so much." He muttered.
No matter how many times she had done this before, it was still hard. She gave a tight hug and kissed him lovingly. "I love you...I know you'll do great. Don't worry about us...we'll be okay." She said calmly but really was missing him already. The party was in a month and a half. "We will miss you so much."
Seeing him go was the hardest thing so far but she would be fine. Talking to him everyday helped, seeing him perform was something else, too. Someday they'd be able to go.
Three weeks after he left she felt awful, she thought it was the stomach flu, but it didn't go away, of course she didn't tell him that much. It was when she went to the doctor she found out why, pregnant. Twins.
Saying in person seemed better, though the doctor helped with the terrible nausea. With the party set up, the sadness over Caleb's death still there. She waited on Kane while helping while doing the last minute touches.
"Daddy!" Sophia suddenly yelled while looking out the window.
Kane nodded, “And I’ll be home for her birthday for three days. I promised I wouldn’t miss it and I won’t.” He muttered kissing her gently. “I don’t want to go but I have to work I guess...I’ll call and FaceTime everyday, whenever I can.” He said smiling.
Soon he was getting on the bus parked along the street, Ron the bus driver was waiting on him. “Don’t worry Zara I’ll keep him safe.” Ron said to her and Kane hugged her before stepping onto the bus. Looking out the window he saw Sophia start to cry and got off the bus, “Princess daddy will be back, I promise.”
"I love you, too, baby. Let's make this time count then..." Zara smiled before kissing him more passionately this time. Of course she wanted to visit him, but staying on a bus with toddlers didn't seem that great. "What do you think?"
Giving another kiss, her intentions showed with moving her hand down, hoping he would catch on.
The days passed between events, family time and trying to make sure they had times before he went on tour. Able to settle in for the day before he had to go.
At least it was easier with this tour than the military tour.
"You're going to call or face time whenever you can, right? We'll come up when you have longer times, okay?"
"I'm right here." He said kissing her gently and holding onto her waist as she ran her hand down his cheek, "I love you darlin'." He muttered and leaned against her, "I go on tour in a week... I don't want to leave you and Sophia but at the same time you two don't need to be on the road. Its dangerous and boring." He knew more than once that someone had threatened him in a club or someone had gotten hurt at a show and he didn't want that to be his girls... ever. He would protect them with his life.
"You really are the most amazing husband ever. I love you," Zara said settling into him contently. It was nice to have this moment without all that pressure. When he was going quiet she sensed he was about to go to that darker place. "Stay with me here..."
Turning around she kissed him softly, lovingly. She loved him no matter what but she was worried. Hoping that a moment was enough to bring him back. Soon he'd be touring and she would be working while watching their daughter.
Running a hand through his hair down to his cheek.
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