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Telling Secrets

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"Does she really need all those clothes?” Oliver questioned as he put down his paint brush and looked over at Sara and a 38 weeks pregnant Felicity folding loads of recently washed baby clothes.

“Daddy, she needs all those clothes cause she’s gonna be born naked” five-year old Nathaniel said, turning around on the chair to look at both his mothers, paint brush almost ruining Oliver’s shirt “isn’t that right, mama?”

Sara laughed and smiled at her son

“Yeah kiddo, you’re absolutely right” she nodded in amusement “Plus half of these clothes were a present from aunt Thea” she gave Oliver a smug look “so that’s really not our fault”

Oliver rolled his eyes “And the other half ?” he questioned

“We like to shop” Felicity said simply, neatly folding an onesie and handing it over to Sara.

“That’s for sure” Oliver chuckled, turning his attention back at the wall painting “look, we are almost done buddy”

Nate smiled brightly as he brushed the baby pink paint over the arrow shaped stencil.

Over the light tone of green, only one horizontal white stripe - adorned with pink arrows - crossed all four walls, making both Oliver and Nate beam with pride of their handiwork.

The father-son duo were down to the final couple of arrows to be painted when Oliver’s phone buzzed.

“Here” ha said putting the boy down on the floor “finish these two and we are officially done” Oliver smiled as he carefully moved the chair his son was standing on a few inches.

“Okay daddy” the young boy smiled brightly, climbing back on the chair and resuming his wall painting.

Oliver smiled at him before leaving the room, giving Sara and Felicity a discreet look, letting them know it was business.

Arrow business.

Sara moved to place the bedding on the crib, whilst Felicity finished putting away the remaining pieces of clothing on the vintage white dresser.

“Done!” little Nate broke the silence when he finished painting the last arrow “Mommy, mama look! It’s done”

“It looks very pretty” Felicity smiled “you and daddy did a great job” she praised him, gaining a victorious smile from the boy.

“Come here kiddo” Sara called him “help me tie these” she said as she showed him how to tie the crib bumpers around the bars. The boy mimicked his mother’s actions as they moved around the crib “are you excited about your little sis?” she asked him then.

“I guess” he said simply, his full concentration at the task in hand.

“You guess?” she questioned, cracking a small smile.

“Yeah” he confirmed his earlier statement, a look of pure innocence in his bright eyes “I think it will be nice teaching her some fun stuff, like when you mommy and daddy taught me how to swim”

Sara and Felicity exchanged a proud glance.

“I think she’ll really appreciate it, sweetie” Felicity guaranteed.

Sara laughed, folding a knitted baby blanket in half and placing it gently on the crib rail.

“I think they are going to be trouble” she quipped, catching a mischievous glance from their boy.

Felicity let out a small gasp.

“She’s kicking!” she exclaimed, always thrilled to feel their daughter moving “you guys wanna feel it?”

Smiling, Sara placed her hands on Felicity’s belly, a wide smile spreading on her lips as she felt their little girl’s kicks against her palm.

“I think she’s saying hi” Sara said as she held a hand out to Nate.

“You think she wants to come out already?” He questioned.

Felicity laughed

“No” she giggled “She’s just really kicking in there” she rubbed her stomach lovingly where she felt the baby kick.

Felicity placed her hand besides Sara’s, her eyes sparkling with excitement

“She’s restless” Felicity said, noticing her son’s gaze upon her “do you wanna feel it, baby?”

The little boy nodded eagerly and placing one tiny hand next to his mother’s, he smiled

“I can feel it!” he cheered, but a look of concern soon crossed Nate’s face “Does it hurt, mommy?” he questioned as he felt the agitated flutter of his little sister against his mother’s skin.

Felicity smiled

“Not a bit” she said gently “you used to do the same to mama when you were in there” she motioned with her head towards Sara.

“It’s true” Sara nodded vehemently “sometimes, you’d keep moving for hours” she ruffled his hair “to make you stop, mommy, daddy or I would sing to you”

“Did it work?” Nate asked with a giggle, following the baby’s moves with his hand.

“Sometimes” Sara assured.

“But hey” Felicity whispered, loud enough for all of them to hear “mama and daddy will deny it, but do you know what really worked?”

Nate’s eyes sparkled with curiosity

“What?” he asked expectantly.

“When I told you a secret” Felicity said in a conspiratorial tone, earning a smile from Sara “that worked every time”

“Really?”

When both his mothers nodded, he looked up at Felicity’s bump, contemplating the new information.

“Can the baby hear me?” he questioned then.

“Yeah, she can” Sara guaranteed.

“Do you wanna tell her a secret?” Felicity suggested with a grin.

Nate contemplated it for a moment

“What would I tell her?” he questioned them.

“You could tell something about yourself” Felicity suggested “You could tell her you painted the arrows in her room”

“That’s a nice one” Sara agreed “or you could tell her how you helped picking her name”

“Or how excited you are about finally meeting her” Felicity proposed next.

“And how much you already love her” Sara added with a smile.

“Why don’t you tell her what a great big brother you’ll be?” Felicity said at last, smiling at their little boy.

The young boy looked in between his mothers, his baby blue eyes looking deeply into theirs.

Cracking a boyish smile they were pretty sure he’d gotten from Oliver, he approached Felicity slowly, his lips only a few inches from her round baby bump.

Placing both his little hands on her belly, he said gently

“You are really going to love our moms”

And with a smile, he rested his head against his mother’s baby bump, feeling his little sister kick in response.