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She scheduled herself on Coulson’s calendar for an early meeting the next morning. She figured the sooner, the better when you were nervous about something, and if she didn’t schedule it she’d chicken out.

So at 8:30 she found herself knocking on his door and letting herself in.

“Why do we have an appointment, Ms. Lewis?”

She played nervously with her fingers. “Well, boss, I have something I needed to talk about.”
He motioned her towards a chair. “I assume this is about maternity leave.”

She was shocked. “How did you know?”

He looked at her for a beat.  “Are you under the impression that much goes on around here that I don’t know about?”

She slumped back in her chair. “I guess not.”

“When are you due?”
“Four more months-ish.”

He pulled a file out of his desk drawer and handed it to her.

“Here’s all the maternity paperwork. I haven’t had any of my agents go on leave for this sort of thing yet, so I pulled it a while ago to familiarize myself with it. I thought you’d come to me sooner.”

She took it and started flipping through the paperwork, it was very comprehensive. “I wanted to keep it to myself for awhile.”

“Ok. Will we be needing to get one of the spare apartments ready for you?”
“What?” He was surprising her all over the place this morning. It never occurred to her that people might think she’d need to move. “Uh, no. I’m good where I’m at.”

“Stark is good with this?”

“Well, he hasn’t asked me to leave. I think Steve is looking forward to it and where Steve goes, so goes Tony. It’s kind of how I ended up up there in the first place.”

“And the father?”
She knew she should expect questions about that, but they still weren’t telling people they were together, so she just answered, “He won’t be a problem.”

Coulson nodded. “Ok. Is that all?”

“I guess so. Thanks for being so cool about it.”

“That’s what I’m known for.”