"If we're going to settle down, and I'm not saying we are," Vaughn said, pacing the living room with his hands clasped behind his back, "we need to decide where."
Nigel nodded. "Somewhere that we've never been before, for starters. No sense in taking any chances."
"A big city, though," Page added. "We'd stand out like sore thumbs in some small town."
"You already stand out like one," Nigel told her, grinning as he rubbed her belly. "Are we sure it's only twins?"
"Yes," she grumbled in reply, swatting his hand away and then immediately apologizing. She'd been experiencing mood swings, which her doctor had told her were perfectly natural during the last few weeks before the babies' births. As a result she'd tried very hard to let her men know that she didn't mean it when she growled at them.
Nigel pulled her closer to him, stroking her long, dark hair, murmuring, "Sorry."
"Me too. I just wish—" With a sigh, she returned to what Vaughn had been saying. "Did you have somewhere in mind?"
"Yes. Two places and they aren't big cities. I did a little research—"
"Of course," Nigel muttered, earning him another swat and the admonition from Page not to interrupt.
Vaughn chuckled, coming over to sit down on the other side of her. "One of them is Portland, Maine; the other is Portland, Oregon."
"Got a thing for the name Portland," Nigel asked, one eyebrow cocked in amusement.
"Not really. They both just came up as being good places that we've never even been close to. Portland, Oregon is definitely a city, though not a big one by New York standards. It's about the same size as here. The one in Maine is much smaller."
"Easier to get lost in a bigger place," Page pointed out. "What's the school system like in both of them?"
Vaughn chuckled. "You're really getting into this mother thing."
"Well, it is important," she huffed.
"I know, I know. I'll check that out. But we haven't decided yet if we do want to end up somewhere on a permanent basis."
Nigel tapped his lip. "Nothing wrong with it. It's not like we have to go legit, we'll just have to spend more time on planes or driving."
"Page?" Vaughn looked at her.
"He's got a point, as long as we take turns. You two are not going to cut me out of this. Understood?"
"Never," Vaughn stated emphatically, hugging her carefully. "You're our inspiration and our brains."
"Aww, thanks for that, and I am not going to break, mister," she grumbled.
"I know, but you have to admit getting my arms around you is harder these days." He kissed her quickly before she could growl at him again.