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Special thanks to everyone, who reviewed to chapter 9:
Kate: Thank you so much!
Caroline: Here comes the next chapter!
Its-OK-to-love: Yes, I think that love and happiness are the cue...but unfortunately I've seen some examples where the child wasn't taken away although his foster parents did not really love him and the other way around...
sb1218: ^^ - I "hate" cliffhangers as a reader but I tried my best not to let you wait for years :) and writing them is kind of exciting for me:)
LauraLynn3: You will find out what will happen :)...soon! Yes, they will be intimate again! They had already tried but the kids had come into their room. Brooke is ready :)
davis-baker: Thank you! I hope so too :)!
"Mooooom! Daaaaad!" Jude yelled as he ran downs the stairs. "Davis wants to pull Penny's tooth out!"
"What?" came a shocked reply as all the grown-ups immediately jumped up. They then began to run up the stairs in a panic.
"Davis Baker, don't you dare pull that band!" Brooke yelled loudly.
She knew that Davis would be strong enough to hurt Penny and prayed that she would get to the room in time to stop him. They all gasped when they saw Penny sitting on the floor with her eyes closed and Davis was counting to three. Fortunately Jamie was fast and grabbed Davis's hand tightly so that he couldn't pull.
"Davis Baker! What on earth were you thinking?" Brooke demanded as she took the band out of his hand and Penny's mouth.
"And you, Lydia Bob Scott? You two know better!" Haley yelled as well. Lydia hated getting yelled at and immediately had tears in her eyes.
"You will never ever do this again! Kids are not allowed to pull out a tooth and Penny's teeth are not ready to fall out. She's younger than you all are!" Nathan yelled too.
"Whose idea was that?" Julian asked angrily.
"Penny's!" Davis told them and pointed at her. Nobody noticed how shocked Penny was that all grown-ups were yelling at them. Her eyes were full of fear.
"Yeah but you told her that she's a baby if we didn't pull it out!" Jude yelled at Davis to defend her.
"Okay, you play downstairs now, where I can see you for the rest of the day. I don't want you to get any other stupid ideas." Brooke said as she took hold of Davis's hand and pulled him down from the bed. Lately Brooke and Julian had to talk to a teacher almost every day in kindergarten because Davis had done one prank after another. Right now she was having enough of his behavior.
"It's no big deal!" Davis whined and tried to get out of Brooke's grip.
"No big deal? I'm real mad at you and the tooth fairy will definitely not come to you, if you continue doing such nonsense. You could've hurt Penny a lot and you should've listened to your brother!" Brooke said. She regretted the sentence about the tooth fairy the moment she said it. Her son looked at her in shock and fell to his knees as tears rushed down his face.
"Nooooo. I want her to come. I will be nice. I will be nice, mommy. I want her to come to me too!" Davis cried on the floor. Brooke knelt down beside him and hugged him. Davis then wrapped himself around Brooke tightly. "I'm sorry! I'm sorry! I won't ever do it again!"
Brooke always knew that Davis didn't intentionally want to hurt anyone and so she began to calm down as she stroked a hand through his hair.
"That's good because you could've really hurt Penny and I guess that's not what you wanted." She said as she wiped his tears softly while he shook his head.
"I wanted to make the tooth fairy give her something too." Davis told her as he sobbed loudly. He clung to Brooke tighter as she sat down on the bed.
"But that's cheating. The tooth fairy won't come then!" Jude told him.
"Right, that would never work!" Brooke told them.
She then looked at Penny and for the first time she saw something in her eyes that reminded her of the video of her abuse. Pure fear. When she moved to touch her cheek, Penny flinched back and held her hands in front of her face. She didn't cry but looked at Brooke warily. Brooke immediately took her hand into hers and spoke softly to the kids.
"Sweetie, your teeth need some time before they begin to fall out. Promise me you two will never do that again." She said to them.
"I promise, mommy!" Davis immediately said with a hiccup. Penny on the other hand walked into the corner with her head hanging down as she got out of her shirt
"I was a bad girl. I was a bad girl." She sobbed and held her hands in front of her eyes.
Brooke looked up sadly at Julian. They had seen such a scene in the video. A man had told her that if she was a bad girl she could only be good after some whipping. Julian walked over to her and turned her around and wiped her tears.
"You are not a bad girl, princess. It was just nonsense what you all had in mind. That's what kids sometimes do." He told her softly.
"I don't… like… to… get… hit," Penny sobbed as she wrapped her arms around Julian. Tears rushed down her face as she did. "It hurts… I don't like it. I promise… to… to… be good. I promise. I'll do everything you tell me to."
"Shhhh," Julian said as he saw that Penny was biting her lip so hard, she was starting to draw blood. He stroked her back softly and pulled her shirt back over her head again. "We will never ever hit you. No matter what you do!"
"Why?" Penny sobbed loudly. It was an alien concept to her, not to get hit. The other kids were calm now and confused at the scene they were witnessing.
"Mommy and daddy never hit us!" Jude said as looked down at Penny as if she was crazy.
"And neither do Uncle Nathan and Aunt Haley." Davis added while he was sitting on Brooke's lap and leaned against her chest.
"They just yell when we do nonsense or ground us but they never hit us. Really, it's the truth!" Jude explained to her again. Penny looked up at him with confused eyes.
"But we… were bad." Penny whispered exhausted. Julian sat down on the floor with her and pulled her onto his lap as he held her tightly.
"You were not bad. None of you are a bad person. You just have to remember that some things are forbidden for kids and pulling out a tooth is one of those things. You first have to come to us." Julian explained to her. Penny leaned against Julian's chest and nodded.
"My mom and her friends hit me a lot. I'm bad a lot." Penny whispered. It was the first time that Penny had told them honestly. The grown-ups wanted to answer but somehow the kids were faster.
"You're not bad. If you are bad then we all are worse. Davis is in trouble all the time," Lydia told her and pointed at Davis "He gets yelled at all the time in kindergarten."
"And hitting is not allowed. Your mom is a mean mom then." Davis said to Penny. Penny kept quiet when the grown-ups explained to her again that hitting was not okay and that they would never punish her like that.
"Dad, Penny lost her tooth!" Jude screamed later that day. He then laughed when Penny opened her mouth and everyone gasped. For a second it looked like she really had but they quickly realized that it was just painted black.
"What did you paint it with?" Haley asked curiously. She was always amazed at what a mess the Baker twins could make. Nevertheless she loved them very much.
"With this!" Jude said as he held up Brooke's Chanel mascara.
"Don't freak out. Don't freak out!" Brooke whispered to herself and took another sip of the wine.
Some hours later the Bakers were at home again. Brooke and Penny were preparing the food while Julian had to do some work and the boys were watching a cartoon.
"Can I cut the cucumber?" Penny asked as she looked up at Brooke with her big eyes. Brooke didn't really like that idea of Penny handling a knife and gave her some other vegetables.
"How about you wash them?" she asked as she leaned over Penny from behind and hugged her tightly. Penny nodded enthusiastically and moved a chair so that she could reach the sink. She took the soap and started to wash the vegetables.
"Oh, honey. You don't wash those with soap. Just with water." Brooke explained as she smiled.
"But is it clean then?" Penny asked confused and looked up at Brooke.
"Yes it is." Brooke explained to her as she put the lasagna into the oven.
"I like the Scotts." Penny told Brooke a little while later when she helped her setting the table.
"Yes, they are a great family. I went to school with Aunt Haley and Uncle Nathan. Basically me and Nathan already knew each other when we were your age," Brooke told her.
"Wow. That's long. I don't have any friends that I've known that long. Lydia is my friend. I like her." Penny said as she continued talking. Brooke loved the talkative girl.
"Yes, Lydia is a great little girl. I'm happy you like each other." Brooke told her.
"It's fun to play with her. I hope she likes me too." Penny whispered a little unsure. It was the first time in her life that she had actually had the freedom to play with other children.
"Of course she likes you, honey. We all do! You are an amazing little girl and I'm always very proud of you!" Brooke reassured her as she stroked her hair. "Boys! Turn the TV off. I want you to bathe before dinner."
"But mooooom! We're not dirty!" Davis pouted with a very dirty face.
"Then what is this, that and this?" Brooke asked as she ran over to Davis and tickled him everywhere.
"Moooooooooom." Davis squealed as he laughed loudly. Finally Brooke let go of him and just held him tightly.
"Can we bathe in your tub? Plleeeease with lots of bubbles!" Jude pleaded.
He jumped up in happiness when Brooke nodded. A few minutes later, all three kids were in the huge tub surrounded by bubbles.
"Here, I don't want to see any dirt any more!" Brooke said as she gave each one a wet flannel.
"Let's do it like in the car wash!" Jude laughed and put the wet flannel on Davis face and scrubbed it. Davis laughed loudly when Penny washed his feet and tummy.
"Now your hands!" Penny told him.
"Next one!" Davis said and pushed Penny in the middle and put shampoo into her hair.
"I'm careful that it won't get into your eyes!" Jude told her and massaged it into her hair.
"And I'll clean your face!" Davis said loudly. Brooke and Julian watched them from the door and couldn't help but smile.
"Okay, now get out!" Julian said a little while later.
"Can't we stay in there a little longer?" Jude pouted.
"First you don't want to get in and now you don't want to get out. Jump into the towel." Julian said as he held it open and Jude jumped inside. Julian dried him on his lap. Brooke did the same with Davis. Penny tried to get out of the tub by herself but Brooke shook her head.
"No kid is allowed to get out of the tub by themselves. You have to jump into the towel. But wait a second because you still got all the shampoo in your hair!" Brooke told her. Penny nodded happily and went under the water again and again.
"I'm a dolphin!" she said as she laughed loudly and tried to swim like one.
"Okay, now you!" Brooke said as she took the shower and washed Penny's hair. She then pulled her out of the tub and onto her lap to dry her and finally blow-dry her long hair.
"I want to have short hair like Jude and Davis." Penny said. She hated it how long it took to blow-dry it.
"Oh no! I love your hair." Brooke answered and started to comb it.
"I want a pigtail!" Penny said as she ran naked into her room and jumped onto her bed. Brooke walked after her happily.
"How can I make you a pigtail if you run away?" she asked her as she smiled.
"I didn't run away. I want to wear a nightgown like you tonight." Penny told her.
"Honey, you don't have a nightgown. Just pajamas." Brooke told her. Penny looked up sadly at her.
"But I want to look like you!" she said in a slight whine.
"Well then, how about you wear mine today?" Brooke suggested and loved how Penny ran into her bedroom happily. Brooke followed her and handed her a nightgown. "Here you go!"
"I'm like a princess. I have to hold it up." Penny said happily. Brooke laughed. The nightgown was way too big for Penny but obviously she loved it. She then ran to the table and sat down on her chair.
"I don't want to go to bed," Penny whined when Julian walked into her room with her. "I want to stay up as long as Jude and Davis!"
"Jude and Davis are older than you are. They can stay up a little longer," Julian explained to her and closed the door. He sat down on the bed besides her and took out a book. Bruno laid his head on the bed and it looked like he listened to him too as he read to Penny. When he had done, he kissed her forehead, pulled the blanket over her and said. "Okay, now sleep tight, Penny. If you need us, we are outside as usual!"
Penny murmured softly as Julian went out of the room. He then went over to Brooke and wrapped his arms around her, before he nibbled her earlobe.
"Don't turn me on now. The boys are still awake." Brooke told him softly.
"I know and I can't wait for later on!" Julian whispered into her ear. He then kissed her neck so softly that she got goose bumps. Meanwhile the boys were playing in their room with their game boys. Penny tiptoed into their room with a huge smile.
"You have to sleep!" Jude said as he pointed at her.
"I'm not tired." she lied and sat down beside them in the bed.
"If mom and dad find you, they will be mad." Davis told her but paid more attention to the game.
"Can I play too?" Penny asked the boys when she was cuddled in between them.
"No!" Both boys said in unison.
"This level is very important. You can only watch!" Jude told her. Penny nodded disappointed but after twenty minutes her eyes were closed. When Brooke and Julian came into their room a short while later, Davis and Jude were still playing with their Game Boys while Penny was in a deep sleep.
"Boys! No Game Boy before you go to sleep and why is Penny in here?" Brooke asked as she took them away and then sat down on the bed.
"She wasn't tired." Jude told his mom and yawned.
"Right. Now hop into your own bed, Davis!" Julian told his son but he immediately shook his head.
"We want to sleep in one today! It's more fun." Davis replied. Brooke nodded and moved to get Penny from the bed but Jude shook his head.
"All of us." He told her.
"The bed is too small for you three!" Julian told him. Davis then had an idea and tried to push his bed right besides Jude's. Julian helped him and in the end they had one big bed.
"Cool! Like a sleepover!" Jude smiled.
"I don't think this is a good idea." Brooke told Julian. She feared that Penny would scare the boys at night. There hadn't been one calm night with her yet.
"Why?" Davis asked confused as he climbed under the blanket and snuggled closer to his dad.
"Because Penny has a lot of nightmares and…" Brooke began.
"Don't worry. We'll tell her that there aren't any monsters." Jude said as he interrupted her. He then laughed when Penny tossed around in her sleep and slung her arm over his chest.
"Let's just try it." Julian told Brooke who finally agreed. They kissed them all a goodnight and closed the door.
Brooke lay beneath Julian and laughed while he nibbled at her neck.
"Julian, that tickles." She said. However, she had no chance of escaping as he was holding her hands above her with one hand.
"Relax, baby! I'm gonna make you feel very, very well." He said seductively and then moved down to her breasts.
"Oh my god." She moaned and then bit her lip when he moved even further down. Finally she could feel his breath on her thighs. She tried not to scream too loud when he went in between her legs and started to work magic with his tongue.
After about an hour, Brooke lay naked on top of Julian and listened to his heartbeat as it began to regulate after their exertions.
"Wow, that was amazing!" she whispered as she looked up at him.
"What did you expect? Of course it's amazing with me." Julian joked and kissed her soft lips.
"Well, it's been a long time since I could compare. Maybe I should." Brooke teased him and squeaked when he changed positions so that he was looking down at her.
"Don't you dare end that sentence. My wife is not allowed to be intimate with any other guy." He told her.
"Even if he's really, really hot and sexy. Big with muscles and-" Brooke began, but Julian cut her off.
"Oh you!" Julian said as he started to tickle her. They tossed around in the bed until he had her pinned under him again. He looked deeply into her eyes and then kissed her nose. "I love you!"
"I love you, too!" she said as she cuddled closer to his chest and closed her eyes, "And I would never want another man. Not even in my dreams. It's always you!"
"I'm relieved to hear that." He said as he massaged her back a little.
"And you?" she asked although she already knew the answer. He smirked and pretended to think of the answer. She gave him a playful hit as she said. "You're mean!"
"You already know the answer. My heart belongs to you!" Julian said as he smiled.
"Did you notice that Jude and Davis aren't asking anymore when Penny will leave and Penny almost never talks about her mother," Brooke said to Julian who nodded.
"I wish we could see into the future. I want to know what'll happen next." Julian said.
"Yeah, me too!" Brooke agreed and yawned.
"How about we go to sleep. It won't be that long until the kids will come in here." Julian yawned too and threw a shirt over Brooke and then got dressed as well.
"I miss the nights where we could just stay naked." Brooke said as she sighed.
"When they're a little older we'll just send them to summer camp!" Julian suggested and Brooke nodded and then fell asleep.
Brooke looked at the clock the next morning and was surprised.
"It's already six and no kid is in our bed." She said to Julian.
"Enjoy this moment. Maybe they are finally grown-ups and we can do whatever we want to!" Julian whispered with closed eyes.
"You mean what we did last night?" Brooke asked in a suggestive tone.
"Yup. Things like that!" Julian smirked and tried to get more sleep.
"Oh shit!" Brooke suddenly sat up.
"What is it?" Julian asked confused.
"Did you put the diaper on Penny?" Brooke asked.
"No, I thought you did!" Julian answered tiredly.
They both climbed out of bed and walked into the boys' room. The three kids were laying crossways in bed. It didn't really look comfortable but they were all in a deep sleep. Brooke tested the bed but it wasn't wet.
"Looks like our boys have a good influence on her." She said as she smiled and they walked back to their bed. Julian fell down besides her and kissed her softly and snuggled closer to her.
"I wanna stay in bed for the whole day!" he whispered tiredly.
"Me too!" she closed her eyes but already heard someone coming into their room. They pretended to sleep as Jude lay down in between them and closed his eyes again. It didn't even take a minute until Davis came inside as well and yawned.
"Can we get up?" Davis asked a little annoyed but Brooke slung her arms around him and held him tightly to her chest.
"Noooo. I want to cuddle a little with my favorite Davis Baker!" she murmured.
"I'm the only Davis Baker!" Davis laughed and enjoyed the closeness. Jude jumped up on the bed and let him fall down again and again.
"And I'm your favorite Jude Baker." He said.
"Of course you are. My two favorite boys in the whole wide world." Brooke added.
"And dad?" Davis asked as he looked up at his mother.
"He's my favorite man!" Brooke told him as she stroked a hand through Julian's hair and laughed at how tired he looked.
"And you're our favorite Mooooommmy!" Jude said as he dropped himself on top of Brooke and hugged her tightly.
"Hey what am I?" Julian asked as he smirked and slung his arms around the three.
"We can't breathe between you!" Davis said as he laughed from his and Davis' spot between their parents. Both boys giggled when Brooke and Julian even slung their legs around them.
"How about we all sleep a little more?" Julian suggested but already knew that the kids would protest.
"Can we watch TV in here while you sleep?" Jude suggested and immediately turned on the TV when Brooke agreed. She loved how Jude subconsciously played with her hair while watching cartoons. It felt like a great massage. The boys continuously giggled when something funny was happening.
"Hey, look Penny. It's your favorite cartoon!" Davis said when Penny walked into the room with her thumb in her mouth. Brooke and Julian looked up and smiled at her. She crawled into the bed and went under the blanket as well. The kids giggled from time to time when something funny was happening in the cartoon. It didn't take long until Brooke and Julian fell asleep holding hands.
I hope you enjoyed reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it!