Rating: T (just in case)
Disclaimer: Neither the show nor the characters belong to me, they belong to ITV1. Nonetheless, I love to borrow them from time to time. The idea of the story as well as the story itself – including all possible pre- or sequels published afterwards – are mine.
Summary: Written for the just_kiss_her vanilla kink meme. The prompt was “Becker goes out of his way to find all of Jess' favourite foods for a picnic.” by samueljames.
Warnings: not beta-read
Author notes: Follow up to ‘Family’.
It took forever until the door to the OR finally opened again and Dr. Miller came out. She took off her cap, and gave Becker a small smile. “Your wife was bleeding so profusely because her uterus didn’t retract properly.”
Becker’s heart stopped. That didn’t sound good. Why on earth did his life have to be such a mess? All their lives, really? Wasn’t it enough that their job was far from normal? Couldn’t at least such a natural thing as giving birth be normal for them – without the fear of one of them not surviving the day?!
“That was why we had to do the surgery,” Dr. Miller continued. “It wasn’t easy, but your wife is strong. She’s doing well.”
Becker sighed with relief, feeling every muscle in his body relax. “Can I… Can we see her?” he asked, looking at the baby still snuggled up in his arms.
“Of course,” Dr. Miller replied with a smile. “But your wife will certainly still be sleepy.”
He nodded absentmindedly as he followed Dr. Miller into one of the rooms. Jess was lying on the bed, a bag of banked blood still attached to her arm, compensating the blood loss.
Dr. Miller pushed a transparent crib next to Jess’ bed. “This way your daughter can stay with your wife for the time they both have to be here,” she said with a wide smile.
“Can I…” he started, but wasn’t sure how to finish the sentence.
“You can stay as long as you want,” the doctor told him, moving around the bed to check the IV on Jess’ arm.
Looking at Jess’ figure on the bed and then into their daughter’s face, Becker smiled – something he hadn’t felt like doing all day. Only then did he realise how beautiful his little girl was, meaning she definitely took after her mother.
Carefully, Becker sat down next to Jess on the bed, gently stroking her hair.
Jess slowly opened her eyes, smiling up at Becker’s face that was filled with concern and relief at the same time, accompanied with an expression she had never seen before.
“Hey,” he whispered, leaning in to kiss her forehead before resting his head against hers. “You scared the hell out of me.”
“Sorry,” she mumbled. “What happened?”
Becker looked at Dr. Miller searching for help. He wasn’t sure how he should explain everything to her – and he wasn’t sure if he could answer all her questions.
The older woman repeated what she had already told Becker.
“What does that mean?” Jess asked, appalled. “Did you… Did you remove it?”
“No,” Dr. Miller said with a warm smile. “You can still have plenty of kids if you want to.”
Becker carefully placed the bundle into Jess’ arms, and then pulled her close against him. “Our daughter missed her mommy already,” he whispered.
“I bet she was happy being held by her daddy as well,” Jess replied with a smile, looking into the small face. “She’s so tiny,” she whispered.
The baby stirred a little, but went back to a peaceful sleep.
“She’s gorgeous,” Becker added, carefully stroking the baby’s cheek. “You did a great job.”
Jess looked up at him and realised what the expression was. For the first time he had completely let down his guard, and all his emotions were visible on his face. It was love, deep and utter love for her and their baby.
“I love you, Jess,” he whispered, kissing her temple. “Both of you. I love you so much.”
“I know,” she replied, leaning her head against his. “We love you, too.”
“I was so afraid to lose you today,” he admitted. “Don’t ever do that to me again.”
Jess turned to give him a chaste kiss. “I’ll try,” she promised.
There was a soft knock on the door before it opened and the rest of the team stepped in, headed by Abby. “Hey, turtle doves,” she said with a smile. “We just wanted to see the baby.”
“Come in,” Becker told her without giving up the position next to Jess.
“Guys, meet Charlotte Becker,” Jess announced with a wide smile.
Becker looked at her in surprise. It was the name of his mother.
Smiling at him, Jess whispered, “I read your file, remember?”
“I love you,” Becker repeated, looking down at the baby.
Abby sat down next to Jess and Becker on the bed, while Matt, Connor and Emily remained standing at the end of it.
“Do you want to hold her?” Jess offered, smiling at Abby.
Abby willingly took the baby from Jess, gently cradling the little girl in her arms. “Oh, she’s so beautiful,” Abby whispered, grinning like mad.
“I thought you didn’t do this whole baby thing,” Becker remarked, the corners of his mouth going up in a smirk.
“Oh, hush you,” Abby shot back. “I’m cuddling with the cutest human being on the planet.”
“So, what was it like?” Emily asked hesitantly.
“Actually, I don’t remember much of it,” Jess replied. “It was painful and somehow scary, but… Lester was right, it was absolutely worth it. It was… wonderful – in a strange and aching way.”
Connor stepped next to Abby, looking at the newborn baby. “Wow, she’s… tiny,” he remarked. Then he looked at the couple on the bed, adding, “You two did a good job.”
“Can I… hold her, too?” Emily carefully asked.
“Sure,” Jess told her with a bright smile. “Go ahead.”
Carefully taking the baby from Abby, Emily’s eyes sparkled and a wide grin appeared on her face. “Hey, little girl,” she whispered. “Aw, you’re such a beauty.”
“Seems like we’re not going to be the only couple with offspring,” Becker mumbled into Jess’ ear, causing her to giggle slightly.
“What is it with women and babies?” Matt asked with a sigh.
“Oh, you’re such a grouch,” Emily huffed, stepping in front of him. “Here, try holding her!”
Matt stepped back a little, raising his hands in defence. “Um… No, thanks, I… I’m really not good with babies.”
“What, you’re facing a T-Rex without moving a muscle but you’re afraid of a little girl who can’t even open her eyes yet?” Becker teased.
Matt gave him a death glare before reluctantly stepping forward and taking the baby from Emily. He looked at the baby, and then at Emily when she giggled. “What?” he snarled.
“You’re holding it like a tray or something,” Abby told him with a giggle.
“Here, put this arm round here and your other hand like this,” Emily said, bringing his arms in a position she considered appropriate to hold a baby.
Matt took a deep breath, looked at the bundle in his arms, and then smirked as she stirred and pursed her lips, sticking out the tip of her tongue.
“See, it’s not that bad,” Emily said with a warm smile.
Cradling the baby, a huge grin appeared on Matt’s face. It was the first time he held a baby, and it felt… wonderful, in a strange way that sent an unknown warmth through his body. “You know, you really did a great job,” he said. “Quite unexpected for you.”
“Very funny,” Becker grumbled.
Abby rolled her eyes. “Can’t you two bury the hatchet for at least two minutes?”
“And if you’re going to shoot at each other again, give me the baby beforehand, will you?” Connor added, taking the baby from Matt.
Seeing Connor all nuts about the baby, Abby knew they were going to have a talk about children really soon. But for the first time, she wasn’t sure she minded.
“Guys,” Becker said silently. “I really don’t like to throw you out, but…” He pointed his head towards Jess who had fallen asleep again.
“Oh, sure,” Abby whispered, taking the baby from Connor and gently lying the little girl down in her crib. Then she ushered the others out of the room.
Becker followed them outside the door.
“Don’t think we’re not going to come back first thing tomorrow,” Abby told him with a smile and hugged him goodbye.
“Can you do me a favour?” he asked reluctantly.
“Hey, you know you don’t have to ask,” she replied. “Just tell me what you need.”
“Well, Jess is going to be here for a while,” he started.
Nodding knowingly, Abby said, “Don’t worry, I’ll take care of everything.”
Giving her a thankful nod, Becker went back inside the room. He didn’t sleep much that night, all the time fearing that something might happen to Jess or the baby. Nothing did happen, though. Both his girls were sleeping peacefully.
When Jess woke up, she felt much better and much stronger – and somehow puffy, at least certain parts of her felt that way.
Becker immediately jumped up, when his wife stirred and his daughter whined. Taking the baby out of the crib, he gently placed it into Jess’ arms. “Good morning, my beauties,” he whispered, kissing Jess’ temple.
“Good morning, handsome,” Jess replied. “Seems like our little girl’s hungry.”
“Um… shall I…” Becker mumbled, gesticulating towards the door.
Jess turned to frown at him. “You didn’t mind seeing my breast when
“Yeah, but…” he started, not sure how to finish the sentence.
“I don’t mind you staying,” Jess told him, latching on
Becker slid on the bed behind Jess, gently letting her nestle to his chest, and watched in awe as their little daughter ate. So far, the nurses had taken care of it since Jess had been too weak after the surgery.
Jess felt a strange feeling in the pit of her stomach, and she realised that things couldn’t get any better for her. She was at home, and in heaven at the same time.
Smiling at Becker, she handed
Looking at the sticky slices of bread and the white cheese, she grimaced. “I really don’t do hospital slop,” she mumbled.
There was a soft knock on the door, and to Jess’ call, Lester opened it, sticking his head in. “Hey,” he greeted, “I hope I’m not intruding?”
“No, come in,” Jess told him, smiling widely, pushing away her disliked breakfast.
“You should eat this,” Becker mumbled, knowing that she certainly wouldn’t no matter how many people told her to.
Lester stepped inside the room, revealing a little white stuffed teddy bear in his hands. “This was… lying around in my office,” he said. “I thought your daughter might like it.”
“Thank you,” Jess said. “For everything you did for me – for us.”
Nodding briefly, Lester walked over to the crib where
“You can hold her, if you like,” Becker offered.
“Oh, well, I don’t want to wake her up,” he said. “Besides, I have two children. I know what it feels like.”
“And you don’t want to lose your integrity because we’re putting up a picture of you cradling a baby for auction,” Jess teased.
Lester smirked at her. “I’m responsible for the sarcastic comments,” he scolded, making Becker chuckle and Jess giggle.
“Yes, sir,” she said.
“Now take out your phones, put them on the table and keep your hands where I can see them,” he commanded, before leaning over the crib and gently taking out the baby.
The image was so cute and so unlike Lester that Jess and Becker couldn’t help but smile.
Seeing the expressions on his inferiors’ faces, he added, “If she pukes on my suit, you’re both fired.”
The door opened and the rest of the team walked in. Huge grins appeared on their faces at the sight of Lester holding the baby.
“One word and I’ll shoot you,” Lester told them.
Becker used the opportunity to bow out, promising to be back in no time at all. Despite the fact that Jess wasn’t allowed to leave the hospital yet, he wanted their first day as a family to be as perfect as possible for her – and that included the food.
He went to the groceries, buying strawberries, grapes and five different bars of chocolate. He knew Jess liked all of the flavours, and she should be able to pick her favourite of the day.
Then he went to a health shop, buying a few of her favourite cereal bars along with some baguette, two jars of strawberry fruit spread, a packet of her favourite vegetarian sausages, and some no-gluten cookies.
He’d never been to a health shop before, and the saleswoman kindly offered her help, smiling almost pitifully at him.
“Well, my wife’s at the hospital right now,” he told her. “And it’s the first day we’re allowed to spend with our baby, so I was planning a picnic. I know she comes here pretty often, but I’m not really sure if I remember everything she likes.”
“Well, if she comes here regularly, she surely has a loyalty card,” the woman offered. “What’s her name?”
“Jessica Becker,” he replied. Then it occurred to him that maybe she hadn’t changed her name here yet. “Um… her maiden name’s Parker.”
“I know,” the woman said, smiling at him. “Jess comes here twice a week, usually – even though I haven’t seen her during the last trimester of her pregnancy.”
Becker smiled. Of course, there was no way the saleswoman wouldn’t remember Jess.
The woman leaned over the counter, eying Becker up and making him feel slightly uncomfortable. “I admit, she hasn’t exaggerated, you’re really a hottie,” she said with a grin.
Becker smirked. Yeah, that sounded like Jess, talking about him like that.
“So, she delivered yesterday? How is she?” the woman asked, a little concerned.
“Fine,” he answered, taking a deep breath. “Well, there… were some complications, but… She’s fine now. But she’ll have to stay in hospital a while longer.”
“Okay, let’s see what she usually buys, except for what you already got.” The woman hit a few keys on her computer, looking not nearly as elegant as Jess usually did working on a computer.
Smiling, she handed him two bottles of pomegranate juice and a few plastic bottles of drinkable yoghurt.
Nodding thankfully, Becker paid the woman, and rushed back to the ARC. He wasn’t surprised to find the rest of the team still gathered around Jess and
“Hey,” Jess greeted, frowning at the bags in his hands. “Where have you been?”
“Um… shopping,” he replied, placing the bags next to her on the bed. He looked around, then pulled a table closer to the bed and started to spread out his pickings.
Jess’ eyes widened at the variety of all her favourite foods and sweets on the table in front of her. “You… You’ve gone to the health shop?” she asked in disbelief.
“Yeah,” he admitted. “Mary asked me to say hello – and she agrees with you that I’m a hottie.” He grinned when Jess blushed slightly.
“What… are these?” Jess asked utterly perplexed.
“A picnic,” Becker announced. “This is the first day we can spend with our daughter and I… wanted you to feel as comfortable as possible here at the medical bay – and since you refused to eat your breakfast...” He blindly gesticulated towards the tray next to her bed.
“Aw, that is so sweet,” Abby squealed. Then she slapped Connor. “You never organised a picnic for me.”
“You weren’t trapped at the medical bay yet?” he offered, grinning at her, knowing that she was just teasing him – or at least hoping so.
“Come on, guys,” Matt interrupted them. “Let’s leave the turtle doves alone! We might risk Lester firing us if we stay much longer.”
Jess smiled widely at Becker. “This was the cutest thing anyone ever did for me,” she whispered.
He leaned closer to her, mumbling, “In case you haven’t noticed yet, I’d do anything for you, Jess. For you and Charlotte.” Smiling, he captured her lips with his.
Maybe his life wasn’t normal, but this was close enough.