Title: Would you Hold me? 

By: Lisa [LAB7417@aol.com] and Pat [SSbpMN@aol.com

This is the sixth in the series: A Bagel and a Beginning, Chili with a side of 'The Jackal', Dinner and Dancing, Darts and Dresses, and Josh and Donna's Getaway Weekend. All of these stories can be found on our webpage: Http://www.phantomroses.com/SarahRabb/ 

These stories are mostly about the personal lives of the characters. If this doesn't interest you I suggest chunking this one now.

From Part 4--

"Oh yeah" Lucas nodded suddenly sober, "I'm afraid of growing older like Marshall and Baldwin say and being married to the job like they are and not having...well not having a wife and kids to come home to."

"Yeah well you just be careful" Donna admonished her, "you've finally got the baby you want, for which you're very lucky--so just don't...well you know." She sniffled suddenly and her hand went to her stomach. "I'm sorry" she sighed. "I'm hormonal and I'm not even pregnant."

"Would You Hold Me?" pt 5-- Leo looked blankly at her for a few seconds until it dawned on him to what she was referring. "Yes?" he shrieked. "YES?" And with that he caught her up in his arms, swinging her around in his arms to the amusement of the others. "I'm engaged" he shouted then, laughing hard and hugging her.

"Well not that you know of yet," CJ amended with a smile, "maybe you're hormonal because you are pregnant."

Sam looked dazed, "Have I just not been here? Leo goes to the bathroom and suddenly he's engaged and Donna and Josh and a baby and--" he ran his hand through his hair. "Long night with Mallory?" Toby teased with a brow raised in amusement.

"Well that's a fear you can at least do something about," Gina replied softly, offhandedly, "I guess of course I could kill a snake if I saw it to though." she laughed lightly. "You know this afternoon has really been nice."

"It's been great" Lucas grinned, reaching across and taking her hand between his. "And yes I do plan to do something about that. Lucas Paul Miller is not going to be the last of his lineage."

"No actually if it had been I'd be in better shape" Sam growled, looking to Mallory. "Sorry big project. I spent the night on the computer" Mallory grinned. "Working for one's masters does require it once in a while even though it causes pouting in one's significant other."

"I'm actually in denial that my oldest child has a sex life" Leo muttered. "On the other hand, I know nothing about a Lyman baby either. Is someone confessing here?"

Donna perked up,"Um no, nothing to confess yet. Sorry. If there is though family here will be the first to know after the parties responsible of course." She smiled. "Certainly hoping though."

"You work for your masters and don't worry about Sam," CJ smiled to Mallory, "he's just a Princeton kiss butt spend your parents money and skip class sorry excuse for a graduate representative." she teased.

"Well I guess I've been told" Sam sighed. "I'm going to pout now."

"I'm just trying to even get started" Charlie sighed. "From something I never wanted all of a sudden it's something I want a lot, and thanks to Toby I'm going to have a chance to get it." "Just name your first child after me" Toby smiled.

"So Gina where to now?" Lucas asked, spreading the map before them. "We got the plains of the Serengeti or the rainforest of Brazil?"

"The rainforest is my favorite," Gina enthused. They got up to begin walking while Lucas decided meanwhile Gina asked, "So why hasn't a wonderful man like you figured out how to continue the legacy as you call it. You're a very attractive, sweet, wonderful man."

"Toby you don't even want me to name our first son after you," CJ commented teasingly while she moved quickly to pat Sam on the back and show him there was no hard feelings.

"I'm so glad you all came," Zoey interjected mid-meal, "I imagine it's going to be kind of hard to stay up here in bed for the next three weeks. I appreciate any company I get. Leo, was that really an engagement we all just didn't witness? If so congratulations." Caroline blushed softly and smiled to Leo. Meanwhile the twins were still enjoying themselves with Jed.

"It was most definitely a proposal and it was most definitely accepted and you all are witnesses" Leo declared. "Only the ring is lacking and that's going to be remedied soon."

Charlie squeezed her hand, "you'll have plenty of company from your husband, plus the doctor said you could have a little bit of each day up in the wheelchair so I can roll you around downstairs some too."

"Simple" Lucas returned. "So far I've only met one person I would consider having that kind of future life with, and I'm not sure she would feel the same way. I'd like to ask her if she would like to explore if we could have anything, but I'm...well I'm afraid to."

"Oh come now," Gina smiled to Lucas, "We women aren't that terrible. I'll bet she doesn't even know. I'm sure at any rate she'd be thrilled. You just start small and before you know it you'll have her. I'll help you in any way I can. After all a great guy like you deserves the woman of your dreams. Just make sure she understands your job before things go too far. I mean that's asking a lot of someone that doesn't understand to put up with our kind of schedule..."

"Congratulations," everyone around the room commented though not quite all at the same time. Chloe merely seemed to be in shock for the moment as she took a seat in Zoey's window seat to finish her meal.

"Oh she understands my job and my schedule easy enough" Tucker replied laughing, "she should---she lives it too." He stopped laughing suddenly. "No more word games Gina. You're who I'm taking about and I hope you know it. I find you to be an attractive fascinating warm wonderful woman and one whom I could very easily let the feelings I have go further. There I've said it. Now you can take out your weapon and shoot me."

Tucker quickly came to Chloe's side, joining her with a plate of food and held out a pickle for her to taste. "Are you OK with all this?" he asked softly. "You've had a lot to deal with. I know how overwhelming it can get at times. I'm always here if you want to talk, or just hang out or listen to music or whatever."

Gina looked shocked. She sat still and looked shocked for a very long time. "Wow," she gasped out finally. It was all that would come to her.

Chloe smiled at him, "Thanks see I knew you were a good guy. I'm fine though, just a little shocked at the suddenness that's all. I like Leo already and he's made my mother very happy for a long time. He made some very rough times very livable for her and I don't have any complaints about them getting married at all. The suddenness of it just startled me, but I guess that's adults for you." she laughed lightly and sucked his fingers as she took the pickle from him.

"I'm sorry" Lucas looked embarrassed. "I wanted you to know. I uh...I understand that you don't feel that way about me and it's OK really--we can be friends. I'd rather have you in my life as a friend than not be there at all."

Tucker attempted to ignore the feeling having this beautiful young woman's mouth wrapped around his fingers gave him and he leaned down and kissed her cheek. "In fact we still have time to see a movie tonight and I'd have you home by midnight. Think your mom would object?"

"no, no. It's not like that," Gina quickly corrected, laying a hand on his upper arm to stop him. She looked up to meet his face, wanting to say more to him but suddenly she just gave him a light kiss. "To what happens," she whispered softly.

"I don't know, we just got here to DC and all and I think Leo said something about family time tonight," Chloe replied softly, "but maybe you can stick with us. Leo has this humongous pool and a hot tub too. I'm sure we could get you home." She smiled brightly at him. "I'm glad I met you."

Lucas's face broke into a broad grin and he returned her kiss just as gently. "To us and what happens happens" he repeated her sentiment.

"Raincheck on the movie, party at your place" Tucker grinned, "if it's OK with Leo and your mom that is."

"There you are" Toby called to his wife, seeing her standing at the buffet table. "Don't you ever sit" he scolded her gently, grabbing a nearby chair and pushing it under her legs. "He takes good care of you" Sam smiled. "I hope I get the chance to do the same for Mallory some day."

Mallory looked away from him for a moment and then walked over to visit with Zoey. CJ frowned at the display and wondered what was wrong. "He takes very good care of me," CJ quickly replied afterward with a smile up to Toby, "and it's a tough job he has getting me to rest. Toby could I have some more of those little finger sandwiches now and a chair for my feet, may as well get totally relaxed.

Chloe walked over to Leo and Caroline. "Mom, dad, is it okay if Tucker comes and hangs out tonight? I mean we neither have much to do and maybe I can talk him into helping unpack...if that's what we're doing tonight and if it's okay."

"As far as I'm concerned, Tucker is mostly welcome any time" Leo smiled, "as are any of your friends Chloe. There's a big rec room in the basement that leads out to the hot tub and then the pool. You can consider that your area if you want. There's a wet bar--non alcoholic in your case of course--big TV and stereo system...." "Leo I never knew you were a party animal" Jed observed interrupting.

"Hey" Zoey looked up and saw Mallory's expression. "You and Sam on different wave lengths again?" she asked gently.

"I entertain as duty calls," Leo replied. "He keeps that side hidden," Caroline teased with a laugh. "Coolness, thanks Dad," Chloe said lightly. "You can come hang with us," she called to Tucker. "Party at Leo's," Josh called and suddenly everyone was liking the idea. "CJ's not moving anything," CJ spoke up. "Of course not," Caroline returned quickly, "not in your condition, Donna either."

"I guess I'll stay here with Zoey and Charlie" Jed smiled, "don't want to give the secret service a heart attack with the movement. I've got plenty of reading anyway so you guys have a good time. This has been great."

"Mallory what's wrong?" Zoey asked again. "Is Sam pressuring you for something?"

"I guess I'll stay here with Zoey and Charlie" Jed smiled, "don't want to give the secret service a heart attack with the movement. I've got plenty of reading anyway so you guys have a good time. This has been great."

"Mallory what's wrong?" Zoey asked again. "Is Sam pressuring you for something?"

Everyone nodded their agreement and began to move out. Mallory sat down with Zoey. "He wants a baby. He wants one real bad and we've had a couple of close calls. I'm just not sure I'm ready to handle being pregnant. I don't know if I want to bring a baby into this world. I mean what if Sam and I end up like my mom and dad?"

The group paused down the hall to wait for Mallory.

"Oh Mallory you can't live being afraid of that" Zoey shook her head. "What if Charlie wouldn't love me because he was afraid of losing me like his mother? No, you have to live what's right now. But if you don't want a baby right yet, then it would be wrong to have one. A baby deserves to come to two parents who want him more than anything. We didn't plan this baby but once I found out about him, and knew Charlie loved me, I knew I wanted it more than anything. Besides Leo and your mom loved each other for a long time; but people do grow apart. It's a sad fact of life. I'm not sure my parents would get along so great if they spent every waking minute together. They need their time apart, time to be their own persons. Is this making sense?"

"Somewhat," Mallory answered with a sigh, "I just want Sam to be happy and what if I'm supposed to have a baby now. What if that's the missing piece and I just don't know it? I mean I don't believe in preventing a baby so I suppose when the time is right God will give me one."

"I think you just answered your own question" Zoey smiled, "if you're not preventing, then God will know when the time is right." She held her arms to her friend for a hug. "Go and have a good time" she urged. "I'm ready to just rest and read a bit."

Mallory smiled and hugged Zoey tightly, "you take care of your baby and your husband. Thanks Zoey." Mallory hurried out to catch up with the others and they made their way to the McGarry residence.

"Okay Leo's in charge," Caroline said. "Isn't Leo always in charge?" Toby commented. "Couch Donna. You women can get us some drinks and snacks ready for breaks but that's it," Josh said protectively. "Going, going," CJ said moving towards the couch at a look from Toby.

Josh watched approvingly as Donna moved to sit next to CJ, stopping her just long enough to kiss her cheek. Leo turned on the music which drifted through all parts of the house and everyone made themselves at home. "Leo you have a great place here" Sam told him. "Now that you have the family to fill it you need to show it off more."

"Well now that everyone seems to be getting together outside work maybe Caroline will entertain the idea of entertaining some form of regular get together here," Leo smiled. He was obviously on cloud nine. Caroline unpacked her clothing in the master bedroom quietly without drawing attention. Chloe was busy marveling over the giant room Leo had given to her with a window seat that looked out on the pool. They set up her office computer and her giant four poster bed. "This is the most incredible room!" she exclaimed delightedly to all of the men present. Meanwhile CJ had found a jar of olives in the kitchen and was sitting there snacking out.

Donna got up to go get some soda and midway to the kitchen she was overcome with dizziness and gripped to the countertop desperately.

CJ heard the noise and saw Donna out of the corner of her eye. "Olive?" she asked and then realized Donna was unwell. "Donna, oh god" she jumped from her chair and caught her just as she was losing her grip on the edge, causing them both to sway dangerously. "Toby, Josh" she screamed just before both of them hit the kitchen floor.

TO BE CONTINUED

 

Would You Hold Me - 6

 

 

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