Ben woke me later that evening by dumping a giggling Alphonse in bed. Logan responded by kicking his brother. Then I had a fight and Ben desperately trying to stop it before I woke up. I managed to wake up and sit up in time to get an elbow to the boob. When I gasped and laid back down, clutching my chest, I had three pairs of male eyes staring at me.
“Dead. Meat,” I growled playfully and attacked Alphonse, tickling him until he couldn’t breathe and Logan jumped on my back.
Ben scooped off Logan and put him on the floor. Alphonse followed.
“Go find Grandma Murphy. She’s downstairs with the dogs,” he told them.
They were off and running, laughing their way through the halls. I smiled up at Ben, who crawled into bed with me and snuggled close.
“How was your nap?”
“Pretty good. Logan came and napped with me,” I replied to him as I curled close. “He told me he loved me.”
Ben went still, then spoke: “Really?”
“Well I’ll be.”
Ben tipped my chin up and kissed me. I smiled and tugged him down, deepening the kiss.
“Kids,” Ben said as he pulled away.
Ben flicked his finger across my nose. “You’re pregnant.”
“I’m not dead and you’ve still got a great ass,” I said with a wicked grin.
Ben grinned back at me and kissed me hard before rolling out of bed.
“Not falling for it.”
I stuck my tongue out at him and he laughed.
“Come on, Lowe. The ball is going to drop in a couple of hours and the kids will probably drive both their Grandma’s nuts.”
I yawned and rolled out of bed. I stood and stretched as Ben watched. He had a dopey kind of half-smile on his face.
“What is it?” I asked him.
“Is it me or the pregnancy?”
“Good answer.” I said as I got dressed again.
Ben waited for me to finish and took my hand as we walked down stairs.
“Do you want to tell them tonight?” Ben asked.
“Well, everyone we care about is downstairs right now. It’d be a good time for it, don’t you think?”
“Yeah, I think so.”
I rubbed my free hand over his arm and smiled up at him. We made out way down the stairs and in the Great Hall where we were surrounded by family. I was greeted and hugged by everyone until Grandma Murphy and Jude dragged me into the kitchen.
“Okay, what is it?” Grandma Murphy demanded.
“What is what?” I said as I moved to the fridge to grab a bottle of water.
“What is the thing that’s making you sleep in the middle of the day?” Jude asked.
Not for the first time did I wish that I had Ben’s thought speech.
“I was tired?”
“Not buying it, Missy.” Grandma Murphy said.
I sighed as I capped the bottle and set it down slowly.
“Well, I didn’t expect that,” Jude said.
“I did. You haven’t been around enough yet. They’ve been at it like rabbits for months.”
I groaned and sat down on a stool. Jude and Grandma Murphy looked me over.
“You’re not going to puke are you?” Jude asked.
“If I am, I’m going to aim for Murphy’s shoes.”
Grandma Murphy started laughing.
“Good to see you’ve still got your sass.”
“I’m not dying, I’m just pregnant. People do this every day,” I griped.
“Most women go bananas with their first child,” Murphy griped back.
“It’s not my first. I’ve got two in the other room.”
“Ha. No. This is your first pregnancy.”
“Semantics,” I quipped at her.
“Seriously though, are you okay?”
I nodded. “I got in to the doctor two days ago. He confirmed that I’m pregnant and we’re healthy.”
“Well at least you were smart about all of this. When did you know?”
Jude glared at me. “You two have kept this from me for a week?”
I smiled up at Jude. “Ben and I decided together that we’d wait until we knew for sure. An over the counter pregnancy test is not reliable information.”
“Now who’s using semantics?” Murphy asked.
I flushed and ducked my head. Ben stepped in to the room then and saw me, then his mother, then Grandma Murphy.
“Ahh.. I think I’ll take my fiancée off your hands,” He said.
“Oh no you don’t. Why didn’t you tell me that you two were pregnant?” Jude demanded.
“We decided to wait. That was our decision,” Ben said, firmly backing me up.
I smiled up at him as Jude looked from him to me and back again.
“Good to know the two of you can’t be cowed,” Just said with an approving nod.
“Ha! He should! I helped give the boy more spine since he’s been here.” Murphy said with a nod of her own. “Now, lets you and me go gossip about this and how we’re going to override the nursery colors.”
“I do believe I like you, Murphy,” Jude said as they walked out, arm in arm.
I shook my head at them both.
“Well, that was unexpected,” Ben said, blowing out a breath. “How are you feeling?”
“A little sick to my stomach, but it’s not morning sickness. It’s ‘I’ve just been jumped by my in-laws’ sickness.”
Ben laughed and crossed over to me, kissing my forehead.
“Come on, let’s go tell everyone else so that we can get to the celebrating part.”
“Yeah, I like that plan. I like the part where we get to go to bed.”
“Careful, you’re becoming an old lady.”
“Watch your language. There will never be anything old about me,” I chided.
Ben laughed and we walked out together and in to the Great Hall to deliver the news and start a new year with a new beginning.
It felt right.