Title: Finding Family 35/40
Rating: Adult - Overall
Paring: W/X HUA
Disclaimer: I own nothing, including the characters used in
this story and make no money off them.
Summary: This story is a follow up to "Flip The Script."
The boys are living together happily when something unexpected
turns their lives around.
When Will came to it was with an acrid smelling stick being
waved under his nose and all his companions clustered around
the couch he was stretched out on.
The tears streaking Willow's face and the grief in Xander's
eyes reminded him instantly of what had happened.
As he pulled himself into a sitting position the nurse tending to him
"I am so dreadfully sorry for you loss Mr.Barton. I understand you
were not aware of the seriousness of Miss Lane's condition when
she was brought in. You must have loved her very much. But
at least the baby is fine. You have a beautiful baby girl. Just
wait till you see her. She looks just like you."
The nurse smiled encouragingly.
Will immediately jumped to his feet. He had to stop this before it
went any further.
Quickly shoving him back Xander stepped between Will and the nurse.
"I'm sorry, Maam. My friend is still in shock over the tragic news.
Could we please have a few minutes in private?"
The nurse quickly collected together the cool damp cloth and broken
ammonia stick she had used to revive him and headed for the door,
anxious to leave the grieving young man to the condolences of
"Of course. If there is anything you need, please just let us know."
Xander gently pushed Will encouraging him to drop back down to
"Willow, why don't you take Teak and go find that coffee?
Give us a little time and then we can head back to the estate."
Willow nodded knowingly. She had a pretty good idea where her
brother's emotions lay and even though she would support any
decision they made, she sure knew what she wanted.
Taking Teak by the arm she led him out. As they walked away
Xander could hear the confusion in Teak's voice.
"Will's baby huh? Gosh was I wrong. I kinda thought Will and
your brother were........you know."
Willow just laughed sadly. " Life is just full of unexpected surprises.
Come on maybe we can find some pastries to go with that coffee."
Alone at last, Xander closed the door and returned to where Will
sat frowning on the couch, his hands clasped between his knees
and his eyes locked on his lover.
Xander crouched down in front of him, took both Will's hands in his
and made sure Will was looking him in the face before he started.
"Look, Will, the way I see it there are two ways this can play out.
One, we go out there and tell them the truth. We explain the name
confusion and after a blood test we prove you are not the father and
we walk away.
We can go back to our life in California and put all this behind us.
Back to our life the way it was before. I loved our life the way it
was before. Social services will put the baby in a foster home
till she can be adopted and I'm sure they will find her a really
Will sat up straight and stared Xander in the eye. He didn't want
any misunderstandings in this Very slowly he asked...
Xander dropped his head, took a deep breath then made eye contact
"Or we walk down to the nursery and claim our daughter. You sign
the birth certificate, we give her a name, and we take her home.
All done legally and proper.
Listen to me Will, when we moved in together I was not just playing
house. I knew right away you were it for me. The one I wanted
forever with. I know we have never talked about starting a family
but I have thought about it a million times. I just wasn't sure how
to bring up the subject. Now it's here. Being handed to us.
And she is family, your cousin. She could be our family. Our daughter.
To name and raise and love. I know responsibility scares you ,but you
won't be alone. Bungy will help and Willow, and me. Please Will.
I really want this. I want this for us. We couldn't save Deena,
but we can do this for her. For all of us."
Will tipped his head to the side and studied the face of the man in
front of him. It never failed to amaze him how well Xander could
verbalize everything Will felt in his heart.
With his voice quiet and trying to keep his hopes in check, he asked.
"Do you really think we can pull it off? They won't make us prove it?
Don't we have to...."
Anything else he wanted to ask was cut off as the air was squeezed
out of him with the bear hug Xander pulled him into.
Once released the excited thrill kicked in.
"No, they won't ask. The doctor already signed off that it was the
Mother's legal dying statement that you are the father. You said
yourself that Billy had no other living relatives and none of those
coke heads he was hanging with will know or say anything.
Deena was all alone in this world too. The hospital will be just as
glad to avoid the paperwork and legal problems involved with an
We can give the baby something neither of her parents had. We
can give her a wonderful life with security and the love of a complete
family. We just trot in there and sign the birth certificate.
Oh My God"
Will went tense. "What? What did we forget? What's wrong?"
Xander kissed him and with tears in his eyes reminded Will,
"She has to have a name. When you sign, you have to give her a
Will jumped to his feet and started to pace with his hands behind
"I don't know. I need to think about it for a while. By the time we
get to the paperwork something will come to me. Oh my God!
Oh my God! Are we really going to do this?"
Xander stood tall and did his best to straighten his bloody, torn
The nurse had given him a pair of patient slippers for his feet and
he scratched idly at the bald spot on the top of his head.
"Do I look all right to go to Social Services?"
Will snickered. He knew Xander had no idea how really bad he
looked. His face was still bruised from the earlier fight and his
whole body had been put through the wringer during the last, but
to Will, he looked like Prince Charming.
"You look fantastic. Even if you didn't, I think everyone in the
hospital knows about our situation so they won't be shocked."
Xander claimed one last deep tongue tangling kiss and headed for
When he stopped he was surprised to see Will was not beside him.
Looking back he saw Will standing by the couch, eyes closed,
hands up, palms out repeating
"What the fuck are you doing? Let's go!"
Will turned and opened his eyes. Clearly annoyed at Xander's
stupidity he patiently explained.
"I'm preparing for my part. I'm playing the grieving
widower right? Maybe just a touch of shock thrown in. I'm
thinking Jimmy Stewart in "It's a Wonderful Life." What
do you think?"
Xander just shook his head.
"I think we're in a lot of trouble.