Apr. 1st, 2006 08:19 pm
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It was one of those very rare days when the main Temple was quiet. A few supplicants had arrived in the early morning to petition Bliss for their hearts' desire or to thank him for favors believed rendered, but by noon the only Mister Smith remained. He suspected the beautiful Spring weather was more to blame for the small turnout. It was a glorious day, with clear blue skies and a golden sun shining down on the April flowers that dotted the grounds in blazing color. Far too nice a day to be stuck inside, no matter how comfortable the building. Standing in the temple doorway, he could hear the laughter of the children as they played and tumbled and ran through the grounds. No pilgrims for as far as the eye could see.

Surely no one would miss him if he absented himself from the temple for a little while. After all, it was a perfect sort of afternoon for a bit of hooky.

Mister Smith smiled to himself as he walked back through the cool marble interior toward the inner garden doorway, already thinking ahead to a tall glass of cold lemonaide and the company of his family. They'd be surprised to see him away from the temple in the middle of the afternoon. Hopefully pleasantly surprised!

Leaving the path, he angled through the soft grass toward the pond. As he passed a young willow tree, he saw a glimmer of shimmering blue through its haze of green boughs. How he loved the way the sunlight played on Aille's gossamer wings!

Aille sat on a pale yellow blanket beneath her favorite tree, her back to the path and her husband. Arms stretched before her, she gently held their 11 month old daughter upright. Brigid's small feet balanced on her Mommy's knees and giggled as she tried to walk own those smooth legs only to find herself walking on air. Oblivious to all but his dreams, little Angus napped in a bit of shade on a corner of the blanket. All that was missing from this idyllic scene was their eldest daughter, Rose, who was out in the stables for her afternoon riding lesson.

Mister Smith walked softly across the grass, carefully closing the distance between them. He doubted he would surprise Aille, but it was certainly worth a try!

Brigid saw the movement over her mother's shoulder and made one of her joyful, unintelligible sounds. Stifling a laugh, he shook his head and laid a finger to his lips. Not understanding, Brigid reached out her small hands to him and her tiny wings gave an excited flutter. So much for the element of surprise! There was no mistaking when his little girl was happy!

"What is it, sweetheart?" asked Aille with sweet innocence (although she knew perfectly well who was creeping up behind her).

The toddler squealed her answer, fingers grasping upward. Mister Smith waved to her and crept a little bit closer.

"What do you see, Brigid?"

Eyes bright with anticipation, she excitedly began to try jumping up and down on her Mother's knees. She began to make little bubbling happy noises. "Da!"

Mister Smith stopped as suddenly as if he'd been rooted to the spot, his hazel eyes wide with surprise.

Aille turned to look up at him, joy shining in her eyes. "Did you hear that?"

"I . . . I think I did."

"Da!Da!" said Brigid emphatically, as if to make absolutely certain they understood exactly what she wanted, then laughed at the sound of her own voice. "DaDaDadaDaaada!" she burbled, small hands still reaching.

Mister Smith sank to his knees beside Aille, tears streaming down his face. "Her first word," he whispered, his voice thick with emotion. Dada

Date: 2006-04-02 02:01 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] aille.livejournal.com
Her own eyes full of tears of joy, "And she picked the perfect one..." handing their squrming daughter over to her father and laughing, "Here you go Dada, I think she wants you."

Date: 2006-04-02 02:11 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mistersmith-tm.livejournal.com
"There's Daddy's little girl!" he said as he took his daughter and hugged her tight. Squirming, she tried to grab his chin with her hands. "You said your first word, sweetheart!" he gushed, kissing her little nose. And that word had been etched forever on his heart. "Thank you for letting Mommy and Daddy hear it together!"

Date: 2006-04-02 02:14 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] aille.livejournal.com
Smiling, she smoothed Brigid's feathers and watched them together, "Definitly a daddy's girl."

Date: 2006-04-02 02:23 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mistersmith-tm.livejournal.com
"We rehearsed 'Mama'," he said with a sheepish expression. "Didn't we, Brigid?"

Date: 2006-04-02 02:32 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] aille.livejournal.com
Laughing softly, she played with a golden curl, "Yes, but Dada is what she chose to say." And she was glad, though she hoped Angus would say Mama...

Date: 2006-04-02 02:41 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mistersmith-tm.livejournal.com
He was thrilled, yes, just the tiniest bith guilty at the same time. He really had rehearsed 'Mama' with Brigid and Angus both.

"Silly Dada," he said, tickling her tummy. "That's what you were really trying to say, weren't you?"

Date: 2006-04-02 02:42 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] aille.livejournal.com
She loved watching the two of them together. The love that came off of them, "Nope, I think she was saying wonderful dada..."

Date: 2006-04-02 02:47 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mistersmith-tm.livejournal.com
He looked skeptical. "If she was, it's only because she has a wonderful Mommy who makes Daddy very very happy. Isn't that right, angel?"

Date: 2006-04-02 02:48 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] aille.livejournal.com
Laughing softly, "You think too little of yourself love."

Date: 2006-04-02 03:04 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mistersmith-tm.livejournal.com
Giving he his very best 'who me?' look, he leaned over and kissed her. "You're the best part of me."

Date: 2006-04-02 03:22 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] aille.livejournal.com
"As you four af the best parts of me." She leaned over and gave him a very soft kiss, getting patted on the cheek by Brigid as she does. "I think our daughter wants some daddy time all on her own, don't you little dove." Ruffling Brigid's hair.

Date: 2006-04-03 11:27 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mistersmith-tm.livejournal.com
Before he could answer, Brigid wriggled her toes and fluttered her wings then, reaching, leaned forward and gave him a great big, sloppy wet baby kiss (just the way she'd seen her Mommy do). "You might be right," he laughed, kissing his daughter back on her tiny little nose.

Date: 2006-04-03 04:14 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] aille.livejournal.com
Laughing and scooping up Angus as he started to wake, "Shall I leave you two to bond?" Giving Brigid a kiss on the top of her little blonde head and then snuggling Angus close, his blue eyes blinking up at her. "It's time for someone to be changed anyway..."

Date: 2006-04-04 01:47 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mistersmith-tm.livejournal.com
Brigid had her arms around his neck now, as if to prove that she did indeed want quality time with her Daddy.

"Seems like a yes to me," he said with a smile. Pausing to give his son and his wife each a gentle kiss, he snuggled his daughter close and said, "Come on, angel. Let's you and me take a nice long walk around the garden."

Date: 2006-04-04 05:30 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] aille.livejournal.com
"And while you two do that, I'll change this stinky bum..." laughing softly as Smith got up and blew them both a kiss before getting down to the duties that were not her favorite thing in the world to do.


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