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Promises (or lack thereof) - Pt. 22/25

Challenge:  love_bingo   
Rating:  PG to PG-13
Words:  549
Prompt:  LO4 - Grandparents
Warnings:  Nothing too explicit but will warn for violence/implied torture in a couple of the later parts (I'll post a specific warning on those posts). Everything in the series and comics is fair game, so spoilers ahoy!  

Disclaimer:   I do not own, nor am I affiliated with, CBS or Jericho or...whoever else may actually own this show.  I just like to take the characters out to play.  I put them back, mostly unharmed...although not always...this is for fun, not profit and no copyright infringement is intended.

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Beck walked into the house, exhausted, sore and yet looking forward to the evening ahead. He hadn't seen Heather since the morning when they'd parted at their front door with a kiss and an "I love you." Since then, he'd been locked in the New White House for half the day, helping the President deal with an escalating situation in New York City. The other half of the day had been spent in physical training; he was still regaining his stamina and strength.

Heather usually met him at the training ground, but she'd had been out all day on a survey of the surrounding farms, assessing their needs for the upcoming growing season. Now he was sore and sweaty, and he couldn't wait to snuggle with her on the couch and hear about her day. 

He sniffed the air appreciatively.

"Supper smells wonderful," he said as he limped into the kitchen.

Heather smiled at him. "Thanks." She raised her face for his kiss. He'd intended to give her a quick peck, but one kiss led to another which led to another until Heather remembered there was still food on the stove.

"Go shower," she said. "Supper will be ready when you're done."

"I'd prefer it if you'd shower with me."

"Hmmm..." Heather considered, then sadly shook her head. "The food will burn."

"So will I," Beck said huskily, and savored her blush.

"Oh - go shower," she groaned.

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They were in the livingroom, cuddled on the couch, pleasantly full, relaxed and sleepy

"I think we need to find a new house," Heather said suddenly.

Beck frowned. "Why? I thought you loved this place."

"I do - but I've been thinking that we may want to find a place with more space - a bigger yard - maybe a front porch..."

Beck frowned at her. "A front porch...?"

"So we can watch the grandchildren play on the front lawn."

Beck's frown deepened. "But in order to be grandparents, we need to - oh."

Heather laughed as realization dawned. Beck's face lit up, and he suddenly looked like a child himself.

"Really?"  he breathed.

Heather nodded, and Beck whooped before kissing her wildly.

"Of course," he said thoughtfully, hours later,"we'll have to get through parenthood without losing our minds."

She grinned at him. "Not sure why that should a problem."

"You forget where we're living. We'll be fighting off the kids of the Green boys and Stanley Richmond. Maybe we should convince the President to move. What do you think?"

Heather smacked him lightly on his bare shoulder, then soothed the spot she'd hit by kissing it better. "You forget there will probably be a Hawkins or two in there too. Allison's been getting pretty serious lately with one of Dale's friends."

Beck closed his eyes and groaned. "We definitely need to convince the President to move the capitol." He opened his eyes and sat up beside her. He grinned as he leaned over her. "Our poor baby won't stand a chance of finding a normal person to date if we stay in Jericho."

She laughed then caught her breath as he pressed a reverential kiss to her stomach. "Hello, baby," he whispered against her skin.

She smiled sweetly at him as he began to make love to her again.
 

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"So we can believe the big ones?"

YES. JUSTICE. MERCY. DUTY. THAT SORT OF THING.

-- Susan and Death in Hogfather by Terry Pratchett

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-- Lord Vetinari in Going Postal by Terry Pratchett

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-- Guards! Guards! by Terry Pratchett

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-- Interesting Times by Terry Pratchett

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In the 24th century, there will be no hunger. There will be no greed. And every child will know how to read.

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We've got two lives, one we're given and the other one we make
And the world won't stop, and actions speak louder
Listen to your heart, and what your heart might say
Everything we got, we got the hard way.

-- Mary Chapin Carpenter, The Hard Way from the album Come On, Come On

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Cause when they own the information, oh
They can bend it all they want.

-- John Mayer, Waiting on the World to Change from the album Continuum

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Courage doesn't always roar. Sometimes courage is the little voice at the end of the day that says, "I'll try again tomorrow."

-- Mary Anne Radmacher, as seen in Uncle John's Bathroom Reader Tales to Inspire

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I never loved the soldier
Until there was a war.
Or thought about tomorrow
'til my baby hit the floor.
I only talk to God
When somebody's about to die.
I never cherished freedom
Freedom never cries.

-- Five for Fighting, Freedom Never Cries from the album Two Lights

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Even heroes have the right to bleed
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Even heroes have the right to dream

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Had a dream last night took a time travellin' ride
Back to my childhood where those monsters reside
They snack on innocence and dine on self-esteem
But I like to be in touch with what makes me scream
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