Fic: In My Arms (1/1)
- Title: In My Arms
Author: Megan Harrell, meganharrell76@...
Disclaimer: I don't own the X-Men characters or the song "In My
Arms", and I don't have any money so please don't sue me.
Summary: Logan spends quality bonding time with his daughter...
Author's Notes: Okay, okay know; I'm not writing these in order, and
I'm sorry! But I just get these ideas based on songs and they don't
necessarily follow order. This one takes place between Logan finding
out Jean's pregnant in "Arms Wide Open" and Logan being a father
in "Tough Little Boys." As with the other two stories in this
series, Logan and Jean are married.
Three a.m. on the clock
Lullaby, music box
Oh, baby please don't cry
Let's let mama sleep tonight
You've only been home one day
You don't even know your name
Tiny hand on my cheek
You're a miracle to me
In the stillness of the night
Cradled in this rocking chair
I hold all my hopes and dreams,
Every single answered prayer
In my arms
Wish I could hold you forever
In my arms
I will give you shelter
Still I know I can't always be there
To protect you from this great big old world
But I swear this much is true
There'll always be a place for you...in my arms
As I watch you take each breathe
Oh, it scares me to death
To know you're counting on me
To be the daddy that you need
Wounded knees, broken hearts
Learning how to drive a car
When it's time for you first date
Will I know just what to say
And when you find that one true love
I'll put on my best smile
And I'll try to hide my tears
As I walk you down the aisle
Repeat Chorus (Twice)
Oh, this promise I will keep
As you finally fall alseep....in my arms
Logan laid in bed with Jean asleep against his chest. Logan was only
half dozing, but Jean was out cold; not that he blamed her. She had
to be exhausted; two days ago she'd given birth to their daughter,
Maddie, and they had brought her home today...and already Jean had
been up twice during the night with her. Logan pulled Jean closer
and kissed her hair. He heard stirring from Maddie's crib, and soon
after a little fussing.
Jean groaned. "I swear, Maddie must have taken after you in staying
up all night," she muttered, pushing away from Logan to get up.
Logan pulled her back down to the bed and kissed her softly. "You
sleep; I'll get her," Logan said, getting up.
"Thanks," she mumbled, snuggling back under the covers.
Logan walked over to Maddie's crib and smiled down at her. "Hey, you
really need to give Mommy and break," he said softly, picking her
up. He carried her over to the rocking chair and sat down with her,
glancing at his watch; it was a little after 3.
When Maddie began fussing a little, he looked down at her. "Shh,
don't cry; let Mommy sleep tonight, okay?" he said softly, rocking
her in his strong arms. He gave her one of his fingers to play with
and gazed in awe at how small her fingers and hand were. How did I
get this lucky? he asked himself.
As Maddie drifted off to sleep again, he thought about watching her
grow up. God, I'm a dad, he thought. I'm responsible for her now;
she's counting on me, he continued. What if I screw up?
"You won't," came Jean's soft reply from the bed.
"I thought you were sleeping," he said to her.
"I just wanted to make sure she wasn't hungry again, that's all,"
Jean explained, yawning.
Logan carefully got up and carried Maddie over to the bed. "Have you
thought about it?" he asked.
"Thought about what? Her growing up?" Jean replied.
"Yeah; doesn't it scare you to know that she's depending on us to
take care of her and teach her everything?" he asked.
Jean smiled. "It does a little; but I know I can depend on you to
help me out. You have to admit that we're a pretty unstoppable team."
Logan shrugged. "When she falls and scrapes her knee, she'll come to
you; when some jerk breaks her heart, she'll come to you...what
about me? Doesn't seem very teamlike to me."
Jean toughed his arm softly. "Logan, you're her father. She's gonna
be Daddy's girl, I can tell. She'll come to you when I tell her no,
or when she wants something," Jean teased a little. "You don't
really understand the bond between a father and a daughter do you?
She's going to love you forever, Logan. You're her dad...and that
makes you her hero; she'll think nothing can stop you, that you're
the bravest man in the world," Jean finished quietly.
Logan looked at Jean and then at Maddie and smiled. "Really?"
"Really," Jean answered him. "And eventually, she'll depend on you
to teach her to drive, and she'll want your approval on her
boyfriends desperately...and when she finds that one special man one
day, she depend on you to be strong for her and let her go begin her
own family," Jean said her eyes tearing up.
"But what if I'm not ready to let her go yet?" Logan asked, rainging
a hand to wipe away Jean's tears.
"No matter what happens, no one will ever replace you in her heart;
you're her dad," Jean said, more tears spilling down her cheeks.
"Hey, don't you start crying too," Logan said, handing Maddie to her
and wiping her tears away.
"Damn hormones," Jean muttered. "They're still in overdrive."
Logan grinned. "Want me to put her back in her crib?" Jean nodded
and handed her back to Logan. He laid her back down and covered her
up with a blanket. He paused and rubbed her cheek lightly. "I'm
going to be the best father I can be for you; I promise. And I
promise there will always be a place for you here in my arms when
you need a shoulder to cry on, or anything. I'll always be here for
you, no matter what. I love you, Maddie," Logan said softly before
returning to bed.
Jean was in tears again. She tried desperately to wipe them away
before Logan could see them. "That was the sweetest thing I have
ever heard," she said, kissing him.
"I meant it," he replied simply.
"I know you did; just like I know you'll keep your promise," she
added, cuddling back up to him.
"Thank you for giving me a daughter and the chance to be a father to
her," Logan said quietly.
"Thank you for not divorcing me when I told you," Jean smiled. "And
if I'm not mistaken, you played as big a part in creating your
daughter as I did," she continued.
Logan grinned. "I guess so, but you did all the work for 9 months."
"Very true. And I'll have you know that during my 8 hours of labor I
swore I'd never let you touch me again, but I think I've changed my
mind," she giggled.
"I'm glad," he said. He was quiet for a few minutes. "You know, I
was trying to be sweet and romantic, and you killed the mood."
"Sorry," she smiled kissing his chest. "I love you," she said softly
before drifting back to sleep. Logan sighed and pulled her closer,
finally drifting off to sleep himself.
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