It wouldn't be that long, he thought as he absently moved a chess piece. Hopefully he was ready for all that would come. It was at times like this that he wished his parents were still alive.
Oh Lord, she thought, inhaling deeply, I hope I'm ready for this! It was at times like this that she wished her parents had lived...
Breandan glanced at his brother with consternation. "Interesting..." he said, sorting through the possibilities in his mind.
"Very," Kearney agreed.
The brothers continued on, with Breandan working out for six hours, late into the afternoon.
Mason sighed, "Mackenzie, you're not supposed to be worrying about it. You're supposed to be staying at home and putting your feet up."
"My feet are up," she lied. "Dammit Mason! I'm dying of boredom here! I want some gossip and I want it juicy right now!"
Mason chuckled at Mackenzie's irritated tone. "Well, there was an interesting case yesterday," he told her.
"Oh good! Lay it on me!" she said cheerfully.
Kearney's hands dropped back down to his sides as quickly as they had been raised. "No harm done," he said casually. "How are you and the baby feeling today?" he asked.
Mackenzie grimaced. "I feel tired, cranky, and sore," she complained. "I hate being pregnant!"
"Perhaps you should visit the Ubiquitous Unity Day Spa. A professional massage might make you feel better," he suggested.
"How beautiful!" she exclaimed when she saw all the lovely spring flowers. They were bursting with color! She took her time walking through the garden, delighting in the sights and smells.
"The splendor of the rose and the whiteness of the lily do not rob the little of its scent nor the daisy of its simple charm. If every tiny flower wanted to be a rose, spring would lose its loveliness." - Therese of Liseaux.
Wrong answer, Mackenzie thought as she leveled her husband with a glare.
Kearney scowled. "Fine! I'll talk to her!" he said roughly, throwing his hands up in the air.
Kearney opened his mouth to reply when all of a sudden, Mackenzie doubled over from a sharp pain.
Breandan yelped, "Plumbbob! It's time!"
Mackenzie rolled her eyes. Some help they were. "Breandan, the hospital. Take me," she said as another contraction began.
Mackenzie snapped, "You almost killed me, you idiot!"
"That's just the labor talking, isn't it?" Breandan said, surprised to see his usually docile wife snapping at everyone.
"No! It's from being stuck in the car with you driving like an idiot!" she growled.
Breandan squeezed her hand back. "It's already forgotten," he replied, silently thinking that he'd never been called so many awful names in such a short period of time!
"Just don't drive home like a lunatic," Mackenzie told him fiercely. Precious cargo and all that..
Mackenzie smiled, tracing her newborn daughter's soft cheek. Teasingly, she said, "No, I hold proof that not even Breandan can change mother nature's mind!"
Kearney glanced over her shoulder at his little niece. "What are you going to call her?" he asked quietly, in awe of the tiny baby in Mackenzie's arms.
"Violet," she said. "After your mother."
Tears stung Kearney's eyes and he cleared his throat, blinking rapidly to pull his errant emotions under control. "She would've loved it."
Breandan yawned loudly behind them. "Come, let us settle Violet into bed. That was hard work!" he said with a stretch, "For you! For you!" he added when Mackenzie glared at him. He trailed behind Mackenzie, apologizing, "I can't help it, Mac, I worked out for six hours today!"
Kearney heard his sister-in-law harumph before asking what he thought she'd been doing all those hours she was delivering. He grinned as he watched them head upstairs.
M- Get a massage, Buy a high chair, Have a baby, Snuggle Violet
B- Workout for 6 hours, Have a boy (cancelled)
K- Talk to Marian
M- Be friends with Mason, Join Forensic branch
B- Athletic Lvl 8, Join Special Agent branch, Workout for 8 hours, Pick up Violet
K- Workout 6 hours, Earn promotion, Improve handiness skill
*AN - Yay! Violet is the sweetest little baby! (I, oh so originally, deemed Breandan and Kearney's mother Viola so that a girl could be named after her! Family is important to Mackenzie!)
My sims in the game were busy working on fulfilling their big wishes, but they still wandered around enough autonomously! Breandan surprised me by leaving Mackenzie waiting in their room in the morning to go play chess. I didn't let him play long though because I was going to have him attack that 6-hour workout!
That left Mackenzie and Kearney at loose ends. I was so happy to see Kearney hunt Mackenzie down and talk to her. Unfortunately, Mackenzie insulted him (thanks hot-headed temper)! So she went to get a massage while Kearney worked on his handi-skill. Dinner was hilarious because Kearney pulled out rotten food and ran off as Mackenzie and Breandan joined him. It really did look like he left because she sat down!
I came across the Therese of Liseaux spring flowers quote while trying to find a nice violet quote that worked with my chapter. This one fit beautifully! Absolutely perfect for Violet's springtime birth! :)