Title: Finding Family 39/40
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.
Special thanks to Petxnd for the fantastic pic.
This mornings trip to the village hospital couldn't have been
more different than yesterday's.
All three occupants of the rental car were full, clean, happy,
relaxed and lost in their own thoughts.
The conversation bounced around wildly like a rubber ball no
one intended to catch or return.
Willow's comments and questions of
"What will she wear home?" and "Teak thinks he can change
his reservations to fly home with us."
were answered by Xander's
"The small dressing room off our bedroom will convert perfectly
to a nursery."
and Will's "Oh my God! I can't wait to tell Bungy. I'm gonna
call her tonight. Wait a minute. What is the time change again?"
The sun shone brightly, the birds sang clearly and nothing could
spoil the mood. Not until the one comment that casually rolled off
"Boy I'm sure glad I have you two. I have never taken care of a
baby before. I wouldn't know where to start."
The car went quiet. Xander turned his head and blinked at the
trusting blond beside him.
"I've never even seen a baby up close."
Both men's eyes locked on Willow.
"Don't look at me. I had summer jobs a McDonalds. Babysitting
was never my thing."
Just as quickly Will's smile returned and he settled back in his seat.
"Not to worry. When I call Bungy I'll just have her pick me up some
books. I mean really, how hard can it be?"
Pulling in to the parking lot Will turned off the key, but before he
could jump out Xander put a hand on his arm stopping him.
"Will, I've been thinking and I know you won't like this but I think
we need to do just a little more pretending in there. We don't know
how they would react to handing a baby over to two gay men so
I think we need to tell them you are with Willow and I am just
The suggestion was like a slap of cold water.
"No! I won't deny you. I'm not ashamed of us."
Willow's quiet voice stopped him.
"Will honey, I think he might be right. These people don't know us
and we don't know their policies. We just want this to run as smoothly
and under the radar as possible. We have to keep our eye on the
big picture here."
Will hung his head. He knew they were right. He hated it, but he
couldn't screw up now.
He had too many people counting on him.
After a few minutes of silence, Will straightened up, spread his legs
wide, scratched his balls, and blew Willow a kiss in the back seat.
"Hell yea. I can play straight. Let's haul our straight asses in there
and do our thang. I might even oogle me some of them nurses."
Willow's eyes popped and her hands went to her mouth.
Will immediately returned to himself. "Too much?"
Xander laughed and pulled him in for a kiss.
"How about we just play it by ear?"
The nursery was easy to find despite the foggy condition their brains
were in yesterday.
Rushing down the hallway and through the double doors they skidded
to a stop in front of the window.
There she was.
All wrapped in a little pink blanket sleeping soundly. The identification
card on her bassinet read "Barton"
The space under the name usually read "Mother's name" but
someone had drawn a line through that and filled in "Daddy's Name"
Will frowned. That wasn't right. First thing he would do was ask
them to put Deena's name back on it. She deserved it.
That and so much more.
The nurse from yesterday popped out and smiled.
"Welcome back. We've been waiting on you. If you will follow me
we have made some arrangements for you. Since this is sort of
unique case we felt it needed some extra consideration. If you had
just given birth you would have a room to stay in and time to bond with baby
so we have set you up a room of your own. You can stay here as
much of the day as you wish. We will give you the basic new parent
classes. Bathing, feeding, changing, and generally caring for baby.
If you have any questions please ask. We want you to be as
comfortable with baby as possible when you go home."
Will couldn't help himself. He threw his arms around her and hugged.
"Thank you thank you."
When he finally let go she just laughed and led them away.
Xander snatched him back and whispered harshly
"What the hell was that?"
Will hung his head sheepishly. "Too gay?"
The room she took them to was small but unlike a standard hospital
room this one was brightly colored and the decor was more like a
homey bedroom than a clinical sterile space.
There was a bed, a crib, a dressing table and a baby bath.
Turning to face them the nurse grinned happily.
"Now, who will be the primary caregivers?"
All three looked back and forth between them before Willow finally
stepped forward to stand by Will. Tipping her head to the side
the nurse paused thoughtfully then took Xander by the hand.
"I think this concerns you too. Why don't you all wash your
hands and I'll go get your daughter."
Within minutes the nurse returned. The pink blanketed bundle
they had seen in the window was now placed gently in Will's
arms. The nurse gave clear instructions on how to hold her
and Will for got how to breath.
Any doubts about their decision or insecurities surrounding their
lack of experience disappeared in the wiggle of a warm body and
a squeak of a yawn.
After a few minutes he backed up and sat down in the rocking chair.
Something inside him clicked as the last piece of his life
snapped into place. He knew now that if he lost every
cent of the money he would be the richest man on earth.
Kneeling in front of them Xander brushed the backs of his fingers
lightly over Deena's cheek and smiled as she pressed into it like a
kitten. His damp eyes told Will that Xander was locked, loaded
and ready to lay down his life for his family.
The rest of the day was a challenge. Xander had always prided himself
on his ability to conquor any situation. Unfortunately Deena did not come with
a blueprint. Both men laughed as the first diaper attempts fell off and
panicked when a late bottle caused the most incredibe scream they
had ever heard.
Willow had returned to the estate around noon for Teak and by the time
she returned for them it was late in the day. Reluctantly they returned
their daughter to the nursery and after covering her head with kisses
and promises to return in the morning, they unwillingly left.
Exhausted and tired after a wonderful dinner provided by Mrs. Canters
Will had one more task to do before they turned in for the night.
"Hello? Barton-Harris residence."
"Bungy? Hi, it's me."
"Mr. Will? Hey, I was hoping you would call. Course I knew
you just got there a couple days ago so you probably haven't done
anything but sleep off the jet lag. Are you getting all rested up?
Did you take care of the problem? Was it anything serious?
When will you be home? Am I running on again?"
Will just laughed and waited her out.
"I have a story you just won't believe. I just called to tell you that we
are probably going to have to stay for about 3 - 4 weeks. I'm
really whipped tonight but I'll call tomorrow and give you the
"Oh, o.k. Course now I'll be up all night wondering what it is.
Hey, before I forget, how about bringing me back a souvenier.
Just somethin' little. Something to show what you did on your trip."
Will let out a whooping laugh.
"I've got just the thing."