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Merry Christmas to the Willingham Book Club

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April and the kids turn out to be reasonable…how could they not with Sterling desperately watching them like that? They eat soup for lunch so as not to be too full for dinner later. Anderson, Sterling and Blair go to play outside with Riley and Gavin while Debbie is finishing the last details for dinner (and also relaxing a bit). Frederic, for his part, has fallen asleep on the couch. 

April, after failing to convince Debbie to let her help, decides to go sit outside to watch her children play. Sterling immediately spots her.

“I’m going to take a break for now.” Sterling says to the others before jogging towards her fiancée. “Hey Beautiful, you’re alright? You’re not too cold?” Sterling asks, stroking her cheek.

“Sterling, I just got out.” April points out with a laugh.

“Still. Give me one sec.” Sterling says, going inside.

April shakes her head and laughs softly. Sterling comes back not long after with a hot blanket. The expectant mother simply rolls her eyes and looks at the blonde in adoration as she covers her with the blanket.

“Here, that way we’re sure you two won’t get cold.” Sterling says with a soft smile, leaning in to kiss April’s forehead.

“You like it too much, don’t you?” April says with an amused smile.

“I love you too much, that’s the thing.” Sterling says, sitting beside her.

“Oh, you do?” April says with a laugh, leaning into her.

“Yeah, you would understand if you were in my place.” Sterling says, wrapping her arm around her shoulders.

April snuggles up against her side and covers Sterling with a part of the blanket. 

“You’re having a good time so far?” Sterling asks, rubbing her arm tenderly.

“Yeah, I’m so happy. It’s good to see everyone at the same time.” April answers, relaxing in her fiancée’s arms. “And it’s so beautiful to see them play.” April says with a soft smile. “Our children are beautiful.” April says, looking up at Sterling with love eyes.

“They really are.” Sterling agrees with a big smile, cupping her cheek. “And their mom is really beautiful too.” Sterling adds before giving her a kiss.

“Oh yeah? Have I ever met her?” April asks with an amused smile.

“I don’t know, but you would surely remember it. She’s the hottest girl I’ve ever seen.” Sterling answers, giving her another kiss. 

April’s smile softens and she buries her face in the crook of Sterling’s neck.

“How about we go take a nice nap upstairs?” Sterling asks softly, knowing April is tired.

“I’m good here.” April whispers with her eyes closed, ready to take her nap there. “With the voices of my family as a lullaby.” April adds.

“Alright.” Sterling says with a smile. “Anything you want.” Sterling says, sliding her hand under the blanket and putting it on April’s bump.

April used to tease Sterling when she said things like that at the beginning of their relationship because of course Sterling was that whipped, she was ever since they had to build Solomon’s temple. However, she quickly came to realize how full it made her feel to know there was someone to whom her happiness was the priority. She had never experienced it before and now she never wanted to go back to not knowing this feeling.

It doesn’t take long before she falls asleep and Sterling feels like she’s on top of the world. 

“Don’t ever tell her I said that, but she’s kinda cute, all peaceful like that.” Blair says through their twin telepathy.

“I’m going to tell her tonight.” Sterling says with a mischievous smile.

“No Sterl, don’t!” Blair complains with a whine. “Or I’ll tell her that she’s kinda cute when she’s peaceful like that because she doesn’t speak.” Blair says with a smirk.

“You’re so immature Blair.” Sterling says, rolling her eyes.

“No you are. And you’re so annoying.” Blair says with a groan.

“Ok, ok, I won’t tell her you love her.” Sterling says with a shrug.

“Good…wait, I don't love her.” Blair retorts with a frown.

Sterling just looks at her with a raised eyebrow, not believing her, and then leaves the chat.

“Sterl, I don’t love her, I tolerate her. It’s far from the same thing.” Blair insists, trying to convince her, but realizing Sterling isn’t there anymore. 

Sterling simply makes a grimace at her twin and brings her attention back on April. 

“Do you ever find your mommy really annoying?” Blair asks, looking at her nephew.

“Yeah when it’s bedtime.” Gavin answers, making a face.

“Urg, so annoying, I know.” Blair agrees, making a face too. 

 


 

When April wakes up, she realizes Sterling and her are still outside with more blankets and hats on.

“Honey…how long have we been here?” April asks with a tired voice.

Sterling checks her phone for the time.

“2 hours and 10 minutes.” Sterling answers with a soft smile.

“Sterl…you could’ve woken me up to go inside.” April says with a laugh, stretching her arms with a yawn while staying in the warmth of Sterling’s body.

“I wanted you to sleep as much as you needed and you looked so comfortable.” Sterling says, cupping her cheek. “And I was good out here.” Sterling assures her with a smile.

“Thank you, I think I needed that.” April says with a soft smile, sitting up straighter.

“You’re so beautiful. I’m so lucky.” Sterling says, admiring her. 

April looks at her with smiling eyes.

“How can someone become more beautiful with each day passing? You were already the most beautiful girl when I first kissed you, you could’ve stopped there.” Sterling assures her.

“You know how much I love to be the best.” April says with a smirk.

“I know you do and you know I find it so hot.” Sterling says, biting her bottom lip.

April laughs softly, looking down.

“You’re sure you think I’m more beautiful now than I was a few months ago.” April says, not making eye contact with her.

Sterling frowns and kneels in front of her to meet her eyes.

“I knew deep down that you couldn’t be spared from those insecurities.” Sterling says with a knowing smile when April’s eyes meet hers.

“I’m just the best at hiding it because I’m always trying to be the best in everything.” April brags sarcastically.

“Trust me, I know what you’re going through. I was there…two times…particularly with Gavin because he was a big boy.” Sterling says with a laugh at the memory.

April lets out a laugh with a nod. How could they forget?

“And I’m sure you understand my perspective because you were there two times too…particularly with Gavin because he really was a big boy.” Sterling says with an amused smile.

April laughs, looking at her fiancée with love eyes.

“So you know as much as I do how I would like you to see yourself through my own eyes.” Sterling says, reaching for her hand and squeezing it softly.

April smiles softly.

“But you know…in reality I only say this to make sure I continue to have sex with you.” Sterling says with a nonchalant shrug and a sigh, acting out.

“For real?” April asks with sad eyes and a sad frown.

“No, no, I’m only joking. Of course not for real.” Sterling answers right away, feeling horrible and panicking a bit.

When April simply smirks at her, Sterling understands that she was only playing with her.

“You…April, you scared me! I thought I had ruined everything I was trying to make you understand.” Sterling says, laughing. 

“I’m simply the best actress, what do you want me to say?” April brags with an amused smile.

Sterling rolls her eyes with an amused smile.

“Seriously though, don’t keep this a secret, ok Love. I’m here to cheer you up and to think your hot as fuck when you can’t.” Sterling insists with sincere eyes.

April lets out a laugh. 

“Sorry, but your words detonate a bit with your expression.” April says, laughing.

“It’s because I said hot as fuck .” Sterling says with a smirk. “OMG, I said a bad word.” Sterling realizes, putting her hand in front of her mouth. “Sorry.” Sterling says, looking up at the sky and making a guilty face.

April rolls her eyes and leans in to kiss her.

“I love you my goofball.” April says, looking at her with tender eyes.

Sterling smiles and kisses her again.

“Come on, let’s go see the others inside. Everyone is there.” Sterling says, getting up.

“What? I was sleeping while Ezekiel and Hannah B. were here.” April says, getting up and going inside as fast as she can with her really gracious pregnant woman walk.

She finds her friends in the living room with her kids and Blair.

“Looks like Sleeping Beauty is up.” Ezekiel says when he sees her, getting up and walking towards her.

“I’ll take care of that.” Sterling says to April, taking her coat and her hat.

“Thank you.” April says with a smile before being engulfed by Ezekiel’s hug. “You should have woken me up.” April says.

“You know your girl wouldn’t have let me do this. Besides, I didn’t want to deal with your biting mood if you were lacking sleep.” Ezekiel says teasingly.

“I don’t know what biting mood you’re talking about…” April trails off sarcastically.

“How are you doing?” Ezekiel asks softly.

“Amazing.” April answers with a smile.

“Sterling is treating you like the princess that you deserve to be.” Ezekiel asks, pulling away and looking at Sterling who is walking back to them with a raised eyebrow.

“Don’t doubt me.” Sterling says in fake offense. “How was the flight? I can’t wait to hear all about that movie.” Sterling says excitedly.

“One thing at a time. Today, we’re celebrating the birth of the Lord even if it’s not technically the birth of the Lord.” Ezekiel points out. “I missed everyone so much. 2 months is so long.” Ezekiel says with a sigh.

“You even missed the kids.” April gasps dramatically, putting her hand on her chest.

“Yeah, I even missed the kids.” Ezekiel says with a dramatic sigh, rolling his eyes.

April knows he missed them like crazy. She was never really sure how he would be with kids. She always knew he didn’t want any of his own, but she never saw him interact with kids. However, when he first became an uncle and cried like a baby when he first held Riley in his arms, April had the answer she needed…and footage to annoy his friend for the rest of his life.

“Hey Gavin, Riley, come here to show your moms what Aunty Hannah did to you.” Ezekiel says, looking at the kids and gesturing for them to come.

Gavin jumps from the couch and runs towards them. He jumps and lands in front of his parents just because he is an excited boy.

“Look! It’s blue!” Gavin exclaims, showing them his painted nails. 

“Wow! It’s so cool!” Sterling exclaims enthusiastically, exaggerating her enthusiasm because that’s what you always do around young kids and gently taking his little hand to look at his nails. “You’re the one who chose the color, Buddy?” Sterling asks.

“Yes!” Gavin exclaims, jumping again.

“Ok, ok, come here Little Man.” April says with a soft laugh, taking him in her arms. “Show me those beautiful nails.” April says, holding his little hand and kissing it. 

Riley approaches Sterling and leans on her.

“Look Mommy, mine are black and pink.” Riley says, looking up at her with a smile and showing her nails more calmly than her little brother.

“I see that Baby Girl.” Sterling says with a soft smile, running her hand through her hair tenderly. 

“I’m just like Aunty Blair.” Riley says with shining eyes.

Sterling looks towards her twin who is having her nails painted by Hannah B.. 

“It’s true and you’re both rocking those nails.” Sterling assures her daughter.

“Are you going to have your nails painted too Mama?” Gavin asks, leaning into his mother and playing with her hand.

“Maybe later, but right now Aunty Blair and Aunty Hannah seem to have a lot of fun right now.” April whispers into his ear as if it is a big secret.

Gavin laughs softly and April joins him, kissing his cheek.

“What are you both laughing at?” Sterling asks with an amused smile.

April gestures towards Hannah B. and Blair with her head. Both of the girls are laughing about who knows what and they don’t stop staring at each other as if they are the only ones in the room.

“Let’s go see what the others are doing.” Ezekiel says with a smirk, guiding the little family towards the kitchen.

“Why are you laughing like that?” Riley asks her mothers and her uncle who are snickering on their way out of the room.

“It’s nothing, Sweetheart. Your aunties are just really funny.” April answers with a smile, stroking her hair.

It has been like that with those two ever since they were paired to share a tent in their last year of high school in an adventure like Ellen was calling it. They just were too dumb to realize what was going on really and Sterling, April and Ezekiel loved to make fun of it…but not in their presence though. Making the girls realize their ignorance would ruin all the fun.

 


 

“I think he’s competitionning with me.” Bowser says with a laugh after Gavin asked to have a third serving of turkey.

“He definitely takes after Blair.” Sterling says with an amused smile.

“You know what? I’m not even mad at that. Eating buddies!” Blair exclaims, getting up and making a fist bump with him from across the table.

“Yeah!” Gavin exclaims enthusiastically, fisting bumping with her.

“Alright, alright.” April says with a soft laugh, rubbing her son’s back to calm him down a bit.

“I can’t believe how fast those kids grow. Soon, they’ll be old enough to work for me.” Yolanda jokes with a laugh, but by the glances Debbie and April send her, they don’t seem to have the same view.

The others start laughing nervously.

“Such a good joke, you have such a big sense of humor.” Blair says, laughing awkwardly.

“Of course they can work at Yogurtopia as soon as they are ready.” Bowser says, laughing awkwardly too.

“And you better not try to make them do any other kind of work.” April says with menacing eyes.

“Love, you know no one would ever dare to do that.” Sterling says with a nervous laugh.

In other words, her words meant Love, you know no one would ever dare to do that because you scare them too much .

“Never.” Blair assures her mom with a nervous smile.

“Do you want more turkey?” Sterling asks in an attempt to focus her fiancée’s mind elsewhere.

April looks down at her empty plate.

“Yes please.” April answers with a smile.

“I’ll be right back.” Sterling says, taking her plate and walking towards the kitchen…but not before making a You’re playing with fire, stop that face to Yolanda.

“If I work at Yogurtopia, does it mean I have free yogurts as much as I want?” Gavin asks with a big smile.

“Yes.” Blair answers.

“No.” Bowser answers at the same time, glancing at Blair with annoyed eyes.

 


 

After dinner, it was finally time to unwrap the presents, which the little Wesley-Stevens were really excited about. Like each year, even though Sterling and April try to tell the others not to spoil them…sometimes it doesn’t seem to be heard. Still, it was better than it used to be. 

“Bowser, Anderson…do you remember what we said?” April asks softly while her children are looking at pictures of their gift that was too big to enter in the house.

“They always say they like our trucks, so we wanted them to have their own.” Anderson explains.

“You can’t blame us for that.” Bowser says in defense with a smile on his face while watching the kids’ happy faces.

“I tried to stop them.” Yolanda says.

Bowser laughs.

“She’s the one who found it.” Bowser replies.

“Yes I did.” Yolanda admits with a guilty/not that guilty face.

“It’s so cool. Thank you so much. I can’t wait to see it for real.” Riley says with a big smile.

“It’s our pleasure, my little monsters.” Anderson says with a smile.

Gavin and Riley then proceed to give hugs to thank the three of them like their moms taught them. 

“At least, it’s better than last year when Gavin only received Paw Patrol stuff.” Sterling says, wanting to show the positive side to her fiancée. 

“OMG, yes. You always know what to say.” April says, looking at Sterling with a smile and leaning into her. 

“Paw Patrol is the best thing in the world, you just have no taste.” Gavin says, looking at his mothers and sticking out his tongue. 

“I beg to differ.” Sterling says, admiring April and putting a lock of hair behind her ear.

Blair makes a gag sound. 

“There are children here!” Blair reminds them dramatically.

April rolls her eyes and looks at her.

“And Paw Patrol rocks.” Blair points out.

“Yeah!” Gavin exclaims victoriously.

“I’m going to give you my gift before you change the living room in a PG18 scene.” Blair says, getting up to retrieve her gift. “Here.” Blair says, handing the couple a box. “It’s from Hannah B. and I.” Blair specifies.

“I think the two of you gave me enough gifts this year.” April points out with a smile while Sterling and her are unwrapping the gift.

“Those were pregnancy gifts, not Christmas gifts.” Hannah B. says matter-of-factly. 

“Tender bars. Thank you Girls. It’s exactly what I wanted…” Sterling says sarcastically, knowing there is something else inside the box.

Her twin likes to do jokes like that. When they were 14, Sterling was excited because her gift was a really big box, but it was only because Blair wrapped the gift, which was a book, in several boxes.

April takes the box and gets an envelope out of it.

“A weekend at the spa, thank you.” April says with a smile when she reads the card. “You’ll see my loves, it’s going to be so fun. Is it on a specified date? We should do it before school starts again.” April says, already planning everything in her head. 

Blair and Hannah B. make a disagreement sound and shake their heads with an amused smile.

“I think you need to continue to read, Love.” Sterling suggests, rubbing her back tenderly.

“Just the two of us while you watch the kids?” April says with a frown, looking up at Blair and Hannah B.. “No…” April simply says, shaking her head.

“You can’t refuse a gift.” Blair says with a shrug.

“She wanted a whole week, but I stood my ground for one weekend, so be happy with what you got.” Hannah B. says with a laugh.

“Maybe Sterling won’t be able to have a weekend free from work…” April says in hope it would be the case. 

“I already contacted her boss to make sure of it. I took care of everything.” Blair says with a proud smile.

“It’s going to be alright Mama. Aunty Blair told us about it before planning it.” Riley reassures her.

“You’ll see. I’m sure it will do you good and you’ll enjoy it.” Sterling says with a soft smile, kissing her temple.

“Ok, thank you.” April says with a weak smile.

Blair laughs softly and goes to give her a hug.

“It’s our pleasure.” Blair says. “And there’s another part to your gift in your room upstairs.” Blair whispers in her ear like it is top secret information.

When Blair pulls away, Sterling and April are blushing really hard in embarrassment. 

They continue to unwrap gifts and after that the vibe becomes calmer in the house. The kids are playing with their new toys and the adults have small talk. When it is getting late, Sterling takes care of doing the bath routine with Riley and Gavin even though April tries to convince her to do it herself. Ezekiel is talking to Debbie about how safe it was in LA where he was and that she didn’t have to worry about him and Yolanda is trying hard with all her strength to keep all her stories about bounty hunting in LA to herself. Bowser, Anderson and Frederick are talking about football, hockey or another sport like that…April has no interest in sports except when it concerns her children, so she doesn’t know what they are talking about. Hannah B. and Blair are talking under a shared blanket on the couch, listening to music together. April decides to go sit on a couch in another room, wanting to be in her head a moment.

“You’re alright?” Blair asks after what she feels like a moment, having noticed her leaving. 

“Yeah, I’m fine.” April answers, looking up at her.

Blair sits beside her and covers them with a blanket. April rests her head on her shoulder and exhales a breath.

“I’m happy with the family that I have, but sometimes it’s hard at that time of the year to be…” April trails off.

“I know. It’s normal to wish your parents were here.” Blair says, wrapping her arm around her and rubbing her arm comfortingly. “But do you want my opinion on this?” Blair asks, looking at her.

“I don’t know.” April answers with an uncertain face.

“You might be annoying sometimes…” Blair starts to say.

“Now I’m sure I don’t want it.” April says with an amused laugh. 

Blair rolls her eyes.

“Ok, you might be a bit annoying sometimes, but everyone who knows who you are and has the chance to have you in their life knows how lucky they are. Your parents didn’t see that. They thought they would be happier with their money and their respectable family name exempt from all the gayness that is in you.” Blair says before being interrupted by April’s laugh, which makes her smile. “But that’s because they are dumb because only dumb people can’t realize how you can make people happy. And those dumb people are the reason why you feel like you can never take a break even though you’re creating a fucking life inside of you because they never allowed you to rest. When they told you you were perfect, you knew they wanted you to be even more perfect. When they told you you were doing amazing, you knew there was always something you could do better.” Blair says with a shrug. “But what your smart brain needs to understand is that when we tell you you’re doing amazing, it’s because we are proud of you and you don’t need to try and be even more amazing. We know you can surpass yourself, but we worry about you and we care about you because that’s what family is supposed to do. We just want what’s best for you.” Blair says with sincere eyes.

Tears are already running down April’s cheeks. 

“How come a dumb girl like you is able to talk like that?” April asks with a sniff, needing to tease like always.

Blair smiles softly and then hugs her.

“I know it’s not easy to change old habits, but just try and see things differently.” Blair says, rubbing her back.

April just nods softly.

“Now dry those tears. You’re ugly when you cry.” Blair teases gently, pulling away.

April rolls her eyes and wipes her tears away.

“I have something to show you, but you have to keep the secret until tomorrow morning.” Blair says, taking her phone out.

“Why tomorrow morning?” April asks, confused.

“Because that’s when we’re going to tell everyone.” Blair answers matter-of-factly. 

“Ok, I’m intrigued.” April says with an amused smile, guessing it’s probably about Blair and Hannah B..

“Here.” Blair whispers, showing a picture.

“Who are those kids?” April whispers, looking at her with a curious frown. 

“Soon, they are going to be our kids, to Hannah and I.” Blair whispers with a soft smile.

April puts a hand in front of her mouth in shock. 

“Wait, wait, there’s too much stuff to unpack here. Are you two together or not? And if you are, when did you wake the fuck up?” April asks with an amused smile.

“Don’t think I’m stupid. I know what the three of you have been thinking for years now. Don’t be mad, but Hannah and I have been together for 3 years now.” Blair answers.

“What? 3 years and I’m learning just now?” April asks with a confused/slightly mad frown.

“Hannah wasn’t ready to explain the situation to everyone and was scared to be judged. I respected her decision and everyone should.” Blair answers with a protective frown.

“I do, I just don’t understand and am a bit sad that after all those years and everything we went through, she would be scared to be judged by me.” April admits. 

“She just didn’t want people to think we’re not a real couple if we don’t really kiss or have sex and it’s just hard to know what people in general think of that.” Blair explains with a shrug.

“Wait…you, Blair Wesley, the girl who has always been obsessed with sex…” April trails off.

“I know it’s surprising, but I guess we never know for sure what we want until it’s right in front of our eyes.” Blair whispers with a soft smile. “But we’re going to adopt, so I guess it’s the right time to explain everything to everyone.” Blair whispers with a shrug.

April looks at her with emotional eyes.

“I’m so happy for you.” April whispers with a big smile.

Blair puts her phone back in her pocket and puts her hand on April’s shoulder.

“Your niece and nephews will need their aunty to be in good health, just like your kids need you to be in good health. If slowing down for you isn’t enough to convince you to do it, do it for all of them instead.” Blair says with soft eyes. 

“Alright.” April says with smiling eyes, leaning in to hug her.

“What is happening here?” Sterling asks with a curious smile.

April and Blair immediately pull away fast, blushing in embarrassment because they have been caught sharing a sister-in-law's moment.

“Santa is really kind to me this year.” Sterling says with smiling eyes. “We’re going to put a movie on and in half an hour we’ll put the kids to bed, alright?” Sterling asks her fiancée.

“Perfect.” April answers, getting up and walking into the main living room.

“What?” Blair asks in soft annoyance when Sterling is looking at her with that smile.

“You’re really the best twin in the world.” Sterling simply says, seeming really happy.

Blair smiles and gets up.

“I never doubted I was.” Blair says with a nonchalant shrug.

Bowser and Yolanda say goodbye to everyone and go back to their place and Frederick rocks Riley on his lap for a bit before wishing goodnight to everyone and going to bed. Debbie rocks her grandson during the movie and he of course falls asleep after 1 minute and Riley falls asleep all snuggled up with April.

“Come here my sweet girl.” Sterling whispers, taking her daughter in her arms.

“It’s already morning.” Riley whispers tiredly.

“No, go back to sleep. It’s still the night.” Sterling whispers, stroking her back tenderly.

Debbie walks towards April with Gavin in her arms to give him to her like she normally wants. April gets up with a smile and is about to take him when her eyes catch Blair’s.

“Huh…I think I’m too tired to walk up the stairs with him.” April whispers.

“Alright, I’ll bring him upstairs for you.” Debbie whispers with a smile.

“Are you ready to go to bed Hannah?” Blair asks Hannah B. softly.

Hannah B. yawns and nods. Ezekiel looks at them with a smirk on their way upstairs and Blair just laughs internally at the fact that they were all the clueless ones in the end. 

“If you need anything, don’t be shy.” Debbie whispers to April after laying Gavin on his bed.

“I know.” April assures her with a nod.

“Goodnight Sweetheart.” Debbie whispers, kissing her forehead.

“Goodnight.” April whispers with a soft smile.

Debbie kisses her grandchildren and her daughter goodnight before leaving the couple alone. April sits on the edge of Gavin’s bed and tucks him in gently. He shifts in his sleep softly and April starts stroking his forehead, playing with his bangs.

“Mommy…” Riley whispers while Sterling is tucking her in.

“Yes Angel…” Sterling whispers, stroking her forehead tenderly and looking into her eyes.

“If you see Santa tonight, can you tell him that I want a little sister?” Riley asks with a yawn.

Sterling lets out a soft laugh.

“I think this is out of Santa’s power, but I’m sure you will be happy no matter what.” Sterling answers sincerely. 

“So we want a little sister I see.” April whispers with an amused smile, sitting beside Sterling. 

“Do you think you could make sure this is a little sister?” Riley asks with hopeful eyes.

“I fear there is nothing we can change now my love. It’s already a little brother or a little sister and even your mommy and I don’t know which one it is. We’ll know when they’re born.” April answers.

“Ok.” Riley says with a soft pout. “I know it’s not easy what you’re doing right now, so I’ll try to be happy no matter what.” Riley says with a smile.

“I’m sure you won’t even need to try. You’ll love them just like you love your little brother.” Sterling assures her with an amused smile. “Sleep tight now. We’re close if you need us.” Sterling reminds her, getting up and kissing her forehead.

“Goodnight.” Riley says with a yawn.

“Goodnight Sweetheart.” April says, kissing her forehead and giving her a hug.

“Goodnight Mama.” Riley says, kissing her cheek when she pulls away. “Goodnight baby.” Riley says, kissing her mama’s tummy.

“Thank you, I’m sure they’ll sleep better now.” April says with a smile, stroking her bump softly.

“Come on Mama, it’s time to put you to bed.” Sterling says, going back to Riley’s bed after kissing her son goodnight.

“Alright.” April says with a dramatic sigh, getting up. 

She laughs softly when Sterling lifts her in her arms.

“You’re sure I’m not too heavy?” April asks with a raised eyebrow.

“I think this is a trap. What do you think, Riley?” Sterling asks with an amused smile.

“Yes.” Riley answers, laughing.

“Just bring your fiancée to bed. She’s tired.” April says with a dramatic sigh.

They wish their daughter goodnight again and Sterling walks them to their room.

“Your arms are already tired?” April asks challengingly when Sterling is about to lay her on the bed.

Sterling kisses her tenderly and lowers her down on the bed in the process.

“No, but I want my pregnant fiancée to sleep and she can’t do that in my arms, can she?” Sterling says, going to retrieve April’s pregnancy pillow that was once her pregnancy pillow. “Oh, I think I found Blair’s gift. We’re going to hide it.” Sterling says with an embarrassed laugh, hiding it in one of their bags.

“Were you part of the spa plan?” April asks with a raised eyebrow.

Sterling turns towards her and approaches the bed.

“No, I had no clue.” Sterling answers sincerely, giving her her pillow.

April still watches her skeptically while she settles down comfortably.

“But I think this is a brilliant idea.” Sterling clarifies, sitting on the edge of the bed. “Don’t get me wrong. Spending a weekend away from the kids isn’t something I look forward to. Do I need to remind you of the moment I had to be separated from Riley for the first time?” Sterling asks with an amused raised eyebrow.

“Right.” April says with a soft laugh, remembering.

“I don’t like to be away from them either, but we both need to relax more.” Sterling says, rubbing her hip.

“I know we do.” April says with a soft smile. “And I need cuddles, so come here.” April orders with a lopsided smile.

“Your wishes are orders, Your Majesty.” Sterling says, getting in bed with her and being the big spoon.

April makes a content sound once she is in Sterling’s arms.

“I love you.” Sterling whispers with April’s hair in her face.

“I love you too.” April whispers tiredly.

“April, we forgot to brush our teeth.” Sterling realizes after a few minutes of cuddles. “April, Love…” Sterling whispers after receiving no answer.

She pays attention to her breathing and realizes she is asleep.

“Alright, we can be rebels for tonight.” Sterling whispers with a soft smile.