Given the complete and utter lack of response to the finale of "Summer's
End," I can only conclude that the lists have been waiting for me to quit
screwing around telling the stories I *feel* like telling and get back to
finishing the stories people *want* to read. ;-) So... more "Choices"
now, and more "Practice" when I get the smut written!
DISCLAIMERS REPOSTED IN PART 0
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Most families find the addition of a baby especially their first to
the household to be a stressful time. The new concerns and reshuffling of
the former relationship dynamic to say nothing of the lack of sleep
caused by late-night feedings and diaper changes in the wee hours have
in fact caused ruptures in previously-contented couples.
For Logan and Cicely, by no means a contented couple, the change might
have been expected to in fact be the camel-breaking straw. But it wasnt
so. That first few months with Maximilian (as he was rather flamboyantly
named by Cicely) were probably the happiest time of their entire
Logan discovered or perhaps rediscovered to his vast surprise that he
enjoyed dealing with children. There was an initial uncomfortable period
of learning to cope with such unfamiliar territory as diapers, bottles,
baby baths, and attempting to sooth an infant back into sleep at three
AM, but Logan was a fast learner.
An unexpected side benefit became apparent in this period, giving an
additional motivation for learning the finer points of infant care.
Somewhere in that nebulous area of qualities and habits that were
associated in Cissys mind with "How a *Good* Husband Should Be," being a
good father ranked high on the list. Logan quickly noted that whenever
Ciss found him with Max whether changing a diaper unasked, lulling him
to sleep or merely holding him and talking to him the sharp expression
he had gotten so used to seeing on her face would soften, and her eyes
would hold more warmth in them than he was used to seeing since their
So between the way it made Cicely easier to live with and his own
newly-developed paternal interests, he stuck around. Where he once might
have been tempted to leave Ciss to deal with the kid while he spent as
much time out and about as possible, instead he stayed home and helped
out. He even curtailed his usual bedhopping for the first few months.
(Granted, he was still running off occasionally but maybe only once or
twice a week, if that often, and coming home well before dawn instead of
staying gone all night as he had before.)
He actually began to really enjoy the wake-up cries in the wee hours. Bad
dreams and a restlessly energetic nature left him with frequent insomnia.
Max turned out to be welcome company when the rest of the X-Mansion was
enjoying the sleep of the just, and the frequent interruptions to his
sleep helped ensure that Logan dropped off as soon as his head hit the
pillow during the hours he *did* manage to spend in bed.
It was a brief lull in their stormy union. To the rest of the X-Crew, any
difficulties the pair might have had in the early months seemed to have
been smoothed over. Probably Ciss had just been cranky from the changes
and stresses of pregnancy, Logan had been settled down by fatherhood, the
couple had needed to adjust from "dating" to actively living together.
Logan and Cissy and Max appeared to be a happy little family, and for
this short time that would almost have been the correct impression.
But of course, things changed.
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She Whose Quotations Are Both Exotic and Appropriate
Keeper of his Deadly Startle Reflexes, Guardian and Examiner of the
Adamantium-Revealing X-Rays, and Official Listener for the Occasional
"You see, my real dad is an angel. One of the really _important_ ones.
But I don't care. I really don't. Because I'm on the _devil's_ side.
Because he keeps promises. And he has the most _amazing_ eyes."
-- Elaine, LUCIFER #15, by Mike Carey
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