A/N: Hey guys! (: Here is the next installment of Chuck vs the Dads. I realized I've been churning out longer and longer chapters lately...HAHA I hope you guys like it.
DISCLAIMER: I don't own Chuck, and all mistakes are mine.
WESTSIDE HOSPITAL, 7:00am
Sarah woke up with a tingly feeling in her arm. As she slowly eased her eyes open - giving them time to adjust to the room's lighting - she saw that Chuck had fallen asleep with his head on her arm.
'Chuck.' She whispered in a horse voice, her dry throat preventing her from speaking any louder.
There was no response. Using her free hand, she reached over and ran her fingers through his short curls. He looked up groggily, but immediately perked up when he realized she was awake. 'Hey baby.'
He got up off the chair he was sitting on and leaned down and gave her a kiss before helping her adjust the hospital bed into a sitting position. Handing her a cup of water, he sat down on the edge of the bed.
Watching her drink the cup of water, Chuck let out a sigh before breaking out into a large smile.
Placing the empty cup on the table, she rested a hand on Chuck's cheek and gently stroked it. 'What?' She asked.
Chuck chuckled. 'Nothing. I'm just...really happy right now.'
'Because...you don't remember?' He asked.
Sarah ransacked her brain for details. 'We were at the adoption agency dropping off Molly's adoption papers...and then...I went to the bathroom...and...' She trailed off. She removed her hand from Chuck's cheek and brought it to her stomach, only to find it considerably flatter.
She panicked. 'Chuck, where are the babies? What...when...are they okay? My mom said she lost my sister because of some complication late in her pregnancy - '
Chuck held a finger to her lip and shushed her. 'They're okay. The doctor had to deliver them because your vitals weren't looking good. It was the only way to keep all of you safe.' He reached out and brushed away a couple of pieces of stray hair that had fallen on her face. 'They're beautiful, Sarah.'
She let out a smile of relief, the looked around the room, expecting to find two baby cots. However, there were none. 'Where are they now?'
'They're upstairs in the NICU.'
'What?' Sarah exclaimed. Her mommy mode had obviously been turned on. She attempted to get off the bed, but Chuck held her back.
'Sarah, the doctor says you're supposed to rest. The babies are perfectly healthy; the doctor only put them up in the NICU for the night for preventive measures as they were a little premature. Once they get the green light, they'll move down here.'
Sarah slowly fell back on the pillows and pouted. 'I want to see my babies.'
He grabbed her hand and gave it a squeeze. 'Don't worry. I've been checking on them on a hourly basis the whole night. The last time I asked the doctor, he said that they could be transferred down here in about an hour or so.'
Chuck watched as the worry lines on Sarah's face slowly straightened out. Giving her hand another squeeze, he reached into his pocket and pulled out his iPhone. 'In the meantime, you can admire them from the comfort of your hospital bed.' He pulled up the pictures he'd taken earlier of the newborns, whilst she scooted over to make space for him on the bed. Handing his phone to her, he settled himself next to her and wrapped an arm around her shoulders. She lay her head on his shoulder as he pointed to the photo currently displayed on the screen. 'This little one on the left, she's our little girl. And the little one to the right of her is our little boy.'
Sarah looked up at Chuck as a smile crept up on her face. 'We had a girl and a boy?'
Chuck nodded. 'He was born two minutes before his sister, and they both weighted in at 6oz 5lbs.'
Turning back to the photos, Sarah sat speechless. She used a finger to gently stroke the picture of her babies. Chuck gave her forehead a soft kiss. 'I love you.'
'Love you too.'
Using her thumb, she swiped the phone to move on to the next picture. After swiping through a good 50 or so pictures of the babies, she began dozing off. He took the phone from her hands and set it on the table beside the bed, then covered her with the blankets and wrapped both is arms around her, pulling her close, allowing her to use him as a pillow.
30 minutes later, there was a soft knock on the door. 'Come in.' Chuck called softly.
The door opened, and a nurse came in pushing two cots with the babies in them. She brought the cots to the side of the bed. 'Thank you,' he whispered to the nurse before she retreated. Carefully slightly extracting himself from under Sarah, he leaned over and picked up the closest baby – the girl. Cradling the baby with one arm, he slipped his arm back around Sarah, he carefully shook her awake. 'Sarah. Sarah, look who came to see you.'
Sarah's eyes fluttered open just as the baby girl let out a cry. Wahhhh. Sarah let out a small gasp as she saw the baby in Chuck's arms. 'She's so tiny.'
Holding out her arms, Chuck handed the little girl off to Sarah before picking up the little boy. The little girl settled down immediately in Sarah's arms. Cradling her close, Sarah whispered words of comfort to her. 'Hi baby girl, Mommy's here.' She took a deep breath and inhaled her daugher's baby smell. 'I love you.' She had baby blue eyes and a layer of soft fuzzy blond hair on her head. She looked just like Sarah when she was little, but she definitely had Chuck's nose.
After a while, she handed her daughter off to Chuck and took her son in her arms. Looking down at him, she realized that he'd inherited his father's chocolate brown eyes – the ones that she oh so loved. However, his hair was a shade of blond, just like his sister. As he began fussing in her arms, she began rocking him gently back and forth. 'Shh..' She whispered to him. 'Mommy loves you.'
She let a tear slip down her face as she turned to look at Chuck, who was sitting beside her holding their daughter. Chuck leaned down and kissed the tear away before planting a short, sweet kiss on her lips. Upon breaking the kiss, she leaned her head on shoulder once more, and stared down at the two babies in their arms.
'You know what we forgot?' Chuck asked in a soft voice.
'We forgot to think of names for them.'
Sarah let out a small laugh. 'I believe we did.'
She ran a finger up and down her son's rosy cheeks. 'I want him to have Charles as his middle name.'
'Why my name?' Chuck questioned.
'Because his daddy is a hero, and I want him to always remember that.' Chuck smiled. 'Really?'
'Okay. Then what about Max as his first name?' Chuck suggested.
'I like that,' Sarah mused. 'Max Charles Bartowski.'
'How do you like the name Max?' Chuck asked the little boy. The baby gave him a large yawn in response. 'Mommy and Daddy are going to take that as a yes,' Chuck said as he freed a hand to stroke his fuzzy blond head.
At this particular moment, the little girl decided to let out a cry. As Chuck bounced her gently in his arms, they both turned their attention from Max to her.
'I think this baby girl wants a name as well.' Sarah said, giving her stomach a little tickle. Her cries immediately subsided under her mother's touch.
Looking down at his daugher, a name popped into his head. 'I've heard this name a couple of times, and I think it really suits her,' Chuck said.
'What is it?' Sarah asked.
Reconsidering the name, he hesitated. 'Well...actually...I don't know...'
'Tell me.' Sarah said, giving him a light bump.
'Well...ummm...it's Kaylee.' Chuck said.
Sarah considered it for a moment. 'I like it.' Sarah paused as she shifted Max in her arms before letting out a small laugh. 'You know, as a little girl, I always wished I could be called Kaylee. Remember how I told you I used to change names a lot when I was a kid? Well every time we moved, I would ask my dad if my new name could be Kaylee. But my dad always said no, because he said the name was too unique and that it would be hard to blend in and fade away into the background with such a name.'
'Yeah. I never really had a real identity as a kid. I didn't even know who I was myself.' Reaching her hand out, she ran a finger up and down her baby girl's cheek. 'Kaylee.' She whispered.
'So Kaylee it is?' Chuck asked.
Sarah nodded her head. 'Yes.'
Kaylee brought a little hand to her eye and began rubbing it, but Sarah pulled it away. 'No baby girl, no rubbing your eyes.'
As she held her little fist in her hand, she stared at it for a while – amazed at how small it was. After a moment of silence, she turned to Chuck. 'Would it be okay with you if we gave her my mom's name as her middle name?' She said hesitantly.
'Of course not,' Chuck said as he tore his eyes off his daugher and made eye contact with Sarah. 'In fact, I think it's a great idea. Kaylee Emma Bartowski. I like the ring of it.'
'Me too.' Sarah smiled. 'Kaylee Emma.' She whispered in a soft voice as her smile faltered. 'I wish mom could be here.'
Chuck tightened his arm that was around her and gave her shoulders a soft squeeze. 'I'm sure she's up there watching down on you, thinking of how proud she is of you.'
'I know.' Sarah murmered.
Before either person could say anything more, Chuck's phone went off. Picking it up quickly so as to not wake the babies, he put the phone to his ear. 'Hey El...okay...I'll be out in a sec...okay...bye.'
As he hung up the phone, Sarah looked at him with question in her eyes.
'It's Ellie. Molly's with her, but she doesn't want to come in.'
Sarah immediately understood why. 'It's because of mom...she's scared something bad will happen.'
Chuck nodded. 'Yeah...I figured.' As he slowly stood up with Kaylee in his arms, the movement startled the little girl and caused her to start fussing. 'It's okay, baby girl. Daddy's just going to go fetch your big sister.' Rocking her in his arms, he tried to calm her down.
Sarah found a way to hold Max securely with one arm, then held out the other arm to Chuck. 'Here. Give me Kaylee. Go get me my other baby.'
Giving Kaylee, Max and Sarah each a kiss on the forehead, he handed Kaylee off to his wife and chuckled. 'Yes mam.'
The movement startled Kaylee even more, which caused her to start crying. Her cries woke her brother up as he began crying as well. Juggling the babies in her arms, she tried her best to calm them down.
Chuck walked out into the parking lot and immediately located Ellie's car parked immediately outside the front door of the hospital. Jogging over to the car, he saw Ellie sitting in the backseat of the car with the door open, trying to coax Molly off the car. Molly had her head buried in the car seat.
'Ellie.' Chuck called as he approached the car. Ellie turned to look at him, and Molly perked up slightly at the sound of his voice.
'Hey Chuck.' Ellie said as she got off the car. 'She says she doesn't want to go in.' Leaning closer to Chuck, she whispered into his ear. 'I think it's because of the bad memories she has associated with hospitals.'
Chuck nodded, then got into the car and placed a hand on Molly's back. 'Hey Molly. Daddy's here.'
Molly slowly took her face off the car seat and looked at Chuck. She moved over to Chuck and wrapped her arms around his shoulders, burying her head in the nook of his neck. 'What's the matter?' Chuck asked as he wrapped his arms around her.
'I don't like hospitals.' She said in a quiet voice.
'I know baby...neither do I.' Chuck paused. 'But you know what?'
'What?' Molly said as she looked up at him.
'Mommy and I have a big surprise for you today.'
Sarah cradled Max and Kaylee to her chest. They were both sleeping soundly – all she could hear was the faint sound of them breathing in and out. Staring down at the two little miracles, Sarah leaned down and planted a kiss on the top of both of their heads. Just then, Kaylee let out a little gurgle, making Sarah chuckle softly to herself.
The door of her hospital room opened and Chuck walked in carrying Molly in his arms. She still had her head buried in the nook of his neck.
Seeing his beautiful wife cuddled up with their twins, with her long blond trestles perfectly framing her glowing face, he couldn't help but break out into a large grin. 'Hey,' he said in a soft voice, careful not to wake the babies up.
'Hey.' Sarah reciprocated, turning her attention from the twins to Chuck. 'They just fell back asleep.'
Hearing Sarah's voice, Molly slowly took her head off Chuck's shoulder. Her eyes widened when she saw the two babies in Sarah's arms. 'Baby?'
Walking over to the edge of the bed, he set Molly down on the bed next to Sarah. 'Molly, I'd like you to meet Max and Kaylee, your new baby brother and sister.' Sarah said.
'Baby.' Molly repeated again, before reaching out a hand to gently stroke each baby's face. 'My little monkeys.'
Chuck and Sarah both chuckled.
'Do you want to try holding her?' Sarah asked.
Molly nodded her head and carefully - with Chuck's help - Sarah handed Kaylee off to Molly. However, instead of interacting with her, Molly just sat there with her little sister on her lap not knowing what to do.
Seeing Molly frozen, Sarah leaned over and gave her a kiss on her forehead. Handing a sleeping Max off to Chuck, she pulled Molly onto her lap and used a hand to support Kaylee's neck. 'You can talk to her Mol.'
'Hi Kaylee.' Molly said softly. Kaylee opened her little eyes and blinked a couple of times.
Molly giggled and looked up at Sarah. 'She's staring at me.'
'I know.' Sarah said. 'I think she likes you.'
Turning back to the baby, Molly continued talking to her. 'Hi baby sister.'
There was a knock on the door and Ellie entered the room. Chuck had taken his original spot next to Sarah on the bed and they were talking quietly amongst themselves. Molly and the twins were both asleep – Molly in Chuck's arms and the twins in their cots by the end of the bed.
'Hey.' Ellie whispered.
'Hi Ellie.' Sarah said. Chuck gave Ellie a small wave.
Ellie walked up to the bed. 'How are you feeling?' She asked.
'Not bad, just a little sore.' Sarah replied. 'I haven't tried walking though...from what I've heard, it could hurt quite a bit.'
Ellie nodded. 'Yeah. You've just gotta take it slow.' There was a short silence before Ellie pointed to Molly. 'She's finally asleep?' She questioned.
'That's good...she didn't get much sleep last night. She spent the whole time asking about you two. I told her you guys were at the hospital, and she kinda freaked out a little.'
Chuck gently stroked Molly's hair. 'She's okay now.'
Sarah held out her arms. 'It's my turn to snuggle with my baby now.' She said jokingly. Chuck let out a small chuckle before handing Molly over to Sarah. Sarah pulled her in close and gave her a kiss on the forehead. This time, snuggling with Molly was much easier and much more comfortable as she no longer had the obstruction of her pregnant stomach.
After giving Sarah a short kiss on her lips, Chuck got up off the bed and told Ellie to follow him. 'Come on. I'll introduce you to our newest additions.' He brought Ellie over to the end of the bed, where the two baby cots sat.
Pointing to the babies in turn, Chuck introduced them to his sister. 'El, I want you to meet Kaylee Emma Bartowski and Max Charles Bartowski.'
Ellie choked back a sob as she leaned over the cots. 'Oh, they're precious.' Sarah smiled as she watched her sister-in-law dote over the twins.
Picking Kaylee up, she examined the little baby in detail. 'She's going to be a pretty girl...just like her mom.' Sarah blushed at Ellie's comment. 'Chuck, you're gonna have a hard time chasing the guys away.' Ellie said.
Chuck laughed. 'Yeah. I know'
As Ellie placed Kaylee back in her cot, she found Max staring at her with open eyes. 'Hi.' She cooed as she picked him up. As she tried to settle him in her arms, he began crying. No matter how much Ellie tried to comfort him, he wouldn't calm down.
Chuck took him from his sister's arms, and immediately, his cries subsided. 'Such a daddy's boy.' Ellie said.
CASA BARTOWSKI, 8:00am
ONE MONTH LATER
Molly ran into the nursery and found her mom changing her little brother's diaper. Wrapping her arms around her mom's mid-section, she gave her mom a cheery morning greeting. 'Good morning Mommy!'
'Morning baby.' Securing Max's diaper, Sarah turned around and leaned down to give Molly a kiss. Picking her up, she sat Molly down on the edge of the changing table. 'Daddy told me to tell you that breakfast is almost ready.'
Molly leaned over and gave her little brother a kiss. 'Good morning Max.' Max reached out an arm and began gurgling away, babbling nonsence with a smile on his face. This made Molly giggle.
'You silly boy.' Sarah laughed as she used a hand to tickle his stomach. Then, shifting Max over slightly to make space for Kaylee on the changing table, Sarah walked over to Kaylee's cot and picked Kaylee up. Bring her over to the changing table, she set her down and began undoing her onesie so she could change her diaper.
'Hi Kaylee.' Molly said as she greeted her little sister. She watched as her mom wrestled the onesie off her sister. 'Are we going to the beach today Mommy?'
'Mm-hmm.' Sarah nodded, concentrating on trying to get Kaylee's diaper off without spilling anything. 'Done.' Sarah secured the diaper and put the dirty diaper in a baggie.
'Can you tell Daddy we'll be out in a sec?'
'Okay.' Reaching her arms out, Molly wrapped her arms around Sarah's shoulders and as Sarah lifted her up and set her on the ground.
'Wait.' Sarah said, handing the bag of dirty diapers to Molly. 'Can you throw this away for me?'
Molly scrunched up her nose and held the bag out at an arms length. 'Fine,' she said as she shuffled out of the room.
Sarah walked over to the babies' dresser and picked out two beach appropriate outfits. Bringing them over the changing table, she began to dress the twins.
Suddenly, she felt another pair of arms encircle her waist – this time, they were much bigger and much stronger.
'Hi.' Chuck said, leaning over her shoulder and giving her a kiss on the cheek.
'Hi.' Sarah replied, a smile forming on her face. Buttoning up Kaylee's outfit, she turned around and gave Chuck a kiss on the lips. Wrapping her arms around his waist, they deepened the kiss just as Max let out a wail.
Breaking the kiss, Chuck picked Max up and swung him up in the air. 'How's my little man today?' His tears were quickly replaced by laughter. 'Come on. Let's get you dressed.'
Sarah held Kaylee in her arms as she watched Chuck dress Max. 'Can you believe they're already a month old?' She asked.
Shaking his head, he said, 'No...time really flies with these little ones.'
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