"Katie, you turn to count" said Nataniel, they were playing hide and seek at the crime lab.
"Every floor is allowed right?" Jenna asked.
"All places are allowed" said Jason.
"Ok then I'll start to count" said Katie and the others run of.
Jenna run down to the autopsy room where she saw her mum and Alexx and asked: Alexx, can I hide in one of the drawers?
"Sure honey jump in" said Alexx and pulled out one and closed it, then she turned to Calleigh and said: Your kids are weird.
"Why hide and seek are a perfectly normal game to play" Calleigh said.
"But hide in a drawer like a db is not" said Alexx in a serious tone.
"My children are as happy and healthy as other children their age" said Calleigh.
"Your children live at the lab like tiny csi's, bet they have real guns and badges to" said Alexx.
"Of course the do, they are after all my children" said Calleigh, both her eight year twin girls had a gun each, and her ten year old son had two, and all three of them knew how to use them right, that they were dangerous and not toys and how to clean them after use.
"Aren't you afraid they can shoot anyone by accident" said Alexx.
"My children would never do that, besides they are not allowed to use them without me or Horatio around and the guns is locked up in my gun safe and the children don't have the code. Well I got my bullet so I'll see ya later, and let Jenna out if the others don't find her in time" said Calleigh and left.
Alexx shook her head, she just didn't get that Calleigh and Horatio could raise their children the way they did.
Calleigh was examining the bullet when Jenna, Katie, Jason and Nataniel came running.
"Mum, can we do out homework here, so you can help us if we need it?" Katie asked.
"Sure, but no joking around" said Calleigh.
The four children sat down around her desk and started to read, while Calleigh noted down her findings and put the bullet away. On her way back she heard Katie scream and hurried over to the table where she found her daughter in tears and asked: What happened this time?
"Nataniel pulled my hair real hard" cried Katie.
Calleigh bent down and stroke her blond hair while she turned to Nataniel and said: Nate why did you do that?
"Dunno, just felt like it he said and looked at her with his green eyes.
"That's just mean and I won't have it, go to the autopsy room and stay there for fifth teen minutes" said Calleigh since she knew her son was terrified by that room.
"No mum, please" said Nate.
"Go" said Calleigh and Nataniel left.
"Feeling better my angel" Calleigh asked Katie.
"Yes, but I don't get this, will you help me?" said Katie.
"Mhm, let me see" said Calleigh and bent down under the book to explain.
From the doorway Horatio was watching as Calleigh helped Katie, both looked like smaller versions of Calleigh, but Katie had green eyes and Jenna had blue. He looked after Nataniel, but couldn't see him anywhere inside so he went inside to Calleigh and asked, she explained, he just nodded and left. Through the window in the autopsy room he saw his son, he looked like him with his read hair, but had his mothers green eyes, and right now they looked terrified. What Horatio found ironic was that his son was afraid of this place, and his daughters were not, it should be the other way around.
Horatio walked in and said: Nate why are you so afraid of this place, the dead won't hurt you.
"Since Jenna said the dead kill and eat dead young boys" said Nate honest.
"And you believed her?" Horatio asked.
"Why wouldn't I?" Nate replied.
"Since it's a lie, the dead are dead, Alexx would you teach my son" Horatio said.
"But then why would Jenna say so?" Nate asked confused.
"To scare you" said Horatio.
Alexx took out a drawer with a man that had been shoot and said: See he won't hurt you.
"What happened to him?" Nate asked curiously.
"He was shoot see" Alexx said and pointed at the wound she had sewed together.
"But why, he looks like a nice guy" said Nate that didn't quite get why people killed each other.
"I don't know sweetie, but your mum and dad will find out and catch the bad guy" said Alexx.
"Promise you will dad, since I'm sure this guy don't deserve to be here" said Nate and looked at his father with sad eyes.
"I promise son, now go back to your siblings and do your homework and don't pull your sisters hair" said Horatio in a straight tone.
"Yes dad, and thanks a lot for the lesson aunt Alexx" he said and left them.
"Sure it's a good thing to teach your son about db's?" Alexx asked since he still didn't feel it was right to have children running around in the lab, specially not looking at db's in the autopsy room.
"Better fro him to know the truth, and now he won't be scared of going in her no more" said Horatio with a smile.
"That's true" said Alexx not sure if that was a good thing or not.
"Well gotto go, new crime scene" said Horatio and left.
A couple of hours later Calleigh watched her children reading quietly when Horatio came up behind her, puts his arms around the waist and kissed her neck.
"Why hello handsome" she said with a giggle.
"Hey beautiful, can you believe we made something as perfect as them" Horatio said and watched the children as they were reading.
"Mhm, so I heard you were teaching Nataniel bout db's" she said.
"Are ya mad at me for doing so" he said.
"Heavens no, they are after all raised here so we had to do it sooner or later I guess" she said.
"Funny thing is that they don't seem to mind" he said.
"Probably because they like to be where we are" she said.
"I think it is more you than me sweetheart" her said and kissed her soft hair.
"What are you saying?" she asked.
"That with my age I'm old enough to be their grandfather not their father that's all" he said.
"I don't think they care, they love you just the way you are handsome, and so do I" she said.
"And I you" he said and gave her a soft kiss.
Calleigh walked over to her children and said: Time to go home my angels.
They quickly packed up their stuff and followed them.
The clock was 8.30 PM, Calleigh had just put the twins to be and was about to read to them when Nataniel joined them. Calleigh opened the book and read: The big house did prove a Palace Beautiful, though it took time for them all to get in, and Beth found it very hard to pass the lions. Old mister Lawrence was the biggest one; but after he had called, said something funny or kind to each of the girls, and then talked over old times with their mother, nobody felt much afraid of him, except Beth.
Katie gasped and looked at her mother with tired eyes and asked: Mum, can you sing instead of reading, I'm too tired to follow.
"Sure, what do you want me to sing?" said Calleigh and put the book a side.
"I'd lie" said Nataniel.
"I don't think that passengers seat has ever looked this good to me, he tells me about his night I count the colors in his eyes. He never falls in love his swears as he runs his fingers through his hair, I'm laughing cause I hope he's wrong. And I don't think it ever crossed his mind, he tells a joke I fake a smile that I know all his favorite songs. And I could tell you his favorite colors green, he likes to argue, born on the seventeenth, his sister's beautiful, he got his fathers eyes and if you ask me if I love him I'd lie" Calleigh sang.
Her children watched her and smiled, they loved when she sang to them, specially country songs since her voice was so beautiful.
Calleigh finished the song and said: No go to bed my little angels, I'll see you in the morning.
Then she followed Nate into his room before she went downstairs and turned on the TV and started to watch a crime show, noticed the faults and laughed.
Horatio entered and asked: What's so funny.
"Crime show, so many faults, would you make one of those for me to" she said referring to the gin tonic he had in his hand.
"You can take this, I'll make another one" he sad and gave her the drink and went back to the bar to make another.
He returned shortly after and sat down next to her and put his arm around her and asked: Are you tired Miss Duquesne?
"Very why?" she said and took a dip of her drink.
"I was thinking bout having some fun, if you're up for it" he said.
"Not tonight, I'm way too tired" she said.
"Not that kinda fun, this kinda fun" he said and pointed towards a big box of legos.
"You're thinking bout a building contest like old times" she said.
"Mhm, so do you wanna?" he asked.
"Sure" she said and they started to build.
They next morning Calleigh was waken by Nataniel yelling: Mummy.
Calleigh opened her eyes and noticed she and Horatio had fell a sleep in the living room between tons of lego castles, lego guns and other lego figures. She kissed Horatio softly to wake him. He opened his eyes and she said: Time to wake up handsome, I gotto take care of the children.
Calleigh run upstairs and found Nataniel crying in his bed, sat down beside him and said: What is it my little knight?
"I had a bad dream, the dead came and took me and tried to kill me, it was awful, I couldn't get away, they kept me in a cage before they would kill me, it was so scary mummy" he cried.
Calleigh held him closely while she said: Don't worry my little knight, no one will harm you mummy is here.
"Would you look at that, you're such a crybaby" laughed Jenna from the door.
"Jenna, that's enough, go and get ready we have to leave for school soon" said Calleigh in a straight tone.
"Do we have to, can't we stay home today?" Jenna asked.
"Are ya sick" Calleigh asked her.
"Nah, it's just that I don't want to go" said Jenna.
"It's as simple as this, if you're not sick, you're going, I will not have any of my children skip school for no reason" said Calleigh.
"But listen, it's a never mind you would never understand" said Jenna and left.
"Do you know anything about this?" Calleigh asked Nate.
"I do, but I promised I wouldn't tell so I won't" said Nate.
"Should I be concerned?" she asked a bit worried.
"Nah, I'm their big brother I'll take care of it" said Nate with a smile.
"Ok, I gotto get ready, see you downstairs" said Calleigh and headed for the master bathroom.
Calleigh had a strange feeling when she sat in her office, she wondered why Jenna didn't want to go to school since she had always like it so much, could it be some kind of problem her children weren't telling her about and if that was the case why.
In that moment Horatio entered the, saw her troubled face and asked: Sweetheart are you ok?
"I dunno, I think something is going on with the children at school and it troubles me that I don't know what it is" said Calleigh a bit concerned.
"I'm sure it's nothing serious, and you can always ask them when they come her after school" said Horatio.
"I hope you're right" said Calleigh still a bit concerned.
"So ready to go?" he asked.
"Mhm" she said and followed him out to the hummer.