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FIC: The Little Prince

Title: The Little Prince
Author: sleeper6
Characters: Luke/Reid
Rating: PG
Summary: Luke and Reid discuss the royal baby.
Disclaimer: All belongs to As the World Turns, not me.
Author's notes: Sequel to The Royal Engagement and Royal Watchers but can read as a stand-alone. Dedicated to casaluna85.


“I’m gonna let you go. Reid just got home,” Luke said. He was sitting at the foot of the bed with the phone to his ear.

Reid climbed into the bed, crawling towards Luke.

“Congratulations again. Okay, bye.”

Reid kissed the side of Luke’s head before resting his chin on Luke’s shoulder. “Whaddup, Snyder?”

Luke laughed as he turned his head to look at Reid. “Guess who that was.”

Reid groaned. “Not the Guess-the-Snyder game again.”

Luke tugged on Reid’s hair. “It wasn’t a Snyder.”

“What? You mean someone other than a Snyder was calling you this late at night?” Reid said, pretending to be shocked.

“Other people call me,” Luke said.

“Like?” Reid asked, pinching Luke’s waist.

“Casey,” Luke said, leaning forward to pull out of Reid’s grasp. “He’s having a baby.”

Reid sat back, an eyebrow raised. “You mean the wifey is?”

Luke laughed. “Of course I mean Alison.”

“Hey, even if he no longer lives here, he is from Oakdale. Stranger things—”

“—have happened, I know,” Luke finished. “But yeah, he just called to tell me. She’s three months along.”

Reid stood and began removing his tie, kicking off his shoes in the process. “What about medical school?”

“What about it?”

“She gonna quit?”

“I don’t know; I didn’t ask. But seriously, Reid, a good friend of ours is having a baby and all you can think about is whether or not she’ll finish medical school?” Luke said. “Having a baby is a huge deal.”

“So is being a doctor,” Reid said as he disappeared into the walk-in closet.

“Who says she can’t do both?”

Reid stepped out in a white short-sleeve undershirt and black pajama pants. “She can, when she’s forty-three and the kid has finally left for college.”

Luke rolled his eyes. “I don’t care what you say. I’m happy for them.”

“Of course you are,” Reid said before walking into the bathroom.

“Everyone’s having a baby. Casey and Alison, Maddie and Hunter, Will and Kate.”

Reid walked back out after a minute. “Um, Will and Kate? Are they that couple you forced me to entertain when you were stuck at your mom’s for over an hour?”

Luke laughed. “That was Bill and Anna. And I was only ten minutes late.”

“Ten longest minutes of my life,” Reid said. He walked to his side of the bed, took out a small bottle of lotion from the nightstand drawer, and began rubbing it slowly over his hands.

“But I was talking about Will and Kate and their baby.”

Reid stared blankly at him.

“The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. Reid, come on, you watched their wedding,” Luke said.

“Uh uh. You forced me to watch that circus. You didn’t let me sleep with the TV on or your constant swooning,” Reid said.

“I was not swooning,” Luke said, crossing his arms over his chest.

“Please, you couldn’t stop picturing yourself in the pretty, pretty white dress and the sparkly tiara while riding on a pony,” Reid said. He settled himself with his back against the headboard and smirked at Luke.

Luke grabbed a pillow and threw it at Reid. Reid laughed and placed the pillow beside him. With his finger, he beckoned Luke to him. Luke smiled and crawled until he was lying next to Reid.

“I thought they’d already had the royal heir,” Reid said.

Luke shook his head. “I think they had to wait for Prince William to fulfill his military service or something like that.”

“That girl sure does a lot of waiting, huh?” Reid said. He turned on the TV with the remote.

Luke slapped him playfully. “We should be happy for her. She has everything she ever wanted.”

They watched TV in silence.

“What about you? You have everything you want?” Reid asked, his eyes on the screen. He held his breath.

“I have you, don’t I?” Luke said without hesitation.

Reid exhaled and smiled. “You sure do.”

“Has Katie told you that she and Chris are thinking about another one?”

Reid looked at Luke. “What? She just popped out little Lyla a few months ago.”

Luke laughed. “It was more than a year ago already, Reid. We went to her 1st birthday party, remember?”

“Is that where they served those delicious grilled jumbo dogs?”

“Yup.”

“That was a good party,” Reid said, turning back to the TV.

“It seems everyone’s got baby fever, huh?”

Reid touched his forehead with the back of his hand. “Not me.” He looked at Luke. “You?” When Luke didn’t respond, Reid sat up. “Luke, do you want kids?”

Luke sat up too. He shrugged. “I don’t—I mean, I think about it sometimes but I-I don’t know.”

“Well, do you at least know you don’t have a uterus?”

“Reid.”

“I’m serious. No one’s getting knocked up around here,” Reid said.

Luke chuckled. “I almost did, you know.”

Reid looked at him questioningly.

“I almost ‘knocked up’ a girl.”

“Hold the phone.” Reid shut the TV off and looked at Luke. “You told me you never did it with a girl.”

“I didn’t but I could’ve. Remember when I told you I was kidnapped?”

“Which time?”

“With Noah.”

“And it was some crazy, long-lost Grimaldi stepcousin or something like that?”

“Something like that,” Luke said, laughing. Reid rarely failed to make him laugh. “She wanted to have my baby.”

“Okay, I thought that whole episode was weird enough already; now you just made it creepy too,” Reid said, shuddering.

“It was creepy but I’ve gotten a lot closer to impregnating someone than you have,” Luke said haughtily.

“And you’re proud of that, why?”

“No reason, just wanted to say it.”

Reid rolled his eyes. “Fine, you’ve kissed two girls and—”

“Three,” Luke interrupted.

Reid looked up thoughtfully. “You know, since two of them were your cousins—or some variation of—they don’t really count. That means technically, you’ve actually only kissed one girl.”

“It’s not a contest, Reid,” Luke said, grinning. “But if it was, I’d win.”

Reid hit Luke’s head with a pillow. “So, did you want to?”

Luke tried to fix his hair as best as he could. “What—do it with a girl or have a baby?”

“Based on our sexual adventures, I know you didn’t want to—or would ever want to—do it with a girl.”

Luke looked down at his hands. “I’d only want to have a baby with someone I loved, and if I did want one, I’d want it to be with you.” Luke looked back up at Reid. “But you don’t want kids.”

Reid scratched his head. “I-I didn’t say that. I just never really thought about it.”

“Never? Not once since being with me?”

“My job is too demanding. If we had a kid, I wouldn’t be around to, you know, witness all the first times and I’d hate myself for it and then the kid would probably grow up hating me because of it.”

Luke scooted closer to Reid and softly rubbed his arm. “You make time for me.”

Reid pinched Luke’s chin. “That’s one sacrifice I don’t mind.”

Luke flashed his mega-watt smile, the one that wanted to make Reid promise him everything. But in this case, Reid wasn’t sure he could.

“Besides, it wouldn’t just be you and me anymore. We’d have to adjust everything in our lives for him or her. We’d have to share food and—”

Luke laughed. “Really, Reid? That’s what you’re worried about?”

“So, um, what would you want to it to be?”

Luke stared at Reid, curious to see where this conversation was headed. “No preference, but I guess I’d say a boy since we at least know boys,” Luke said. “He’d have red, curly hair.”

“Or blond, messy hair,” Reid said.

“And he’d be smart and loving and a bit snarky too,” Luke continued.

“And excellent in science. His science project would win every year.”

Luke sighed. “Okay, I’ll let him join the science club but only if he can play a sport too.”

Reid pointed to his head. “Nothing that will injure the noggin.”

“Agreed.”

“Do you have a name?”

Luke smiled. “Yes, but before I tell you, you have to promise not to laugh or roll your eyes.”

Reid covered his mouth with one hand and held his eyes wide open with the other. He nodded so Luke could continue.

“I’d want to name him Dallas,” Luke said, a slight blush forming over his face.

Reid put his hands down before one of them reached for Luke’s hand. “We had a good time there.”

Luke nodded and squeezed Reid’s hand. “And it’s a cool name for a girl too.”

“You’d spoil him rotten, wouldn’t you?”

“You mean because I’d give him everything he could want and then some?”

“Yeah.”

“Then yes,” Luke said, grinning. “He’d be our spoiled, little prince.”

“Just like his dad,” Reid said with a slight smirk.

“Hey!”

“Come on, Luke, I bet our kid would live more like royalty than Will and Amy’s.”

Luke laughed. “You mean Will and Kate.”

“Whatever.”

Luke sighed.

“What?”

“To be honest, Reid, I don’t know if I actually want a kid. See, a lot of people have one because it’s something—someone they create together. A child is a manifestation of their love and it’s a part of each of them and well, ours wouldn’t be.” Reid opened his mouth to speak but Luke held up a hand to stop him. “Let me finish. I know it sounds selfish to say but I don’t want just any kid. I want one that belongs to both of us, one that we created together. I don’t want him or her to be half yours or half mine or not part of either of us at all. And it’s hypocritical of me to be saying this since I am only my mom’s son and my dad isn’t my biological dad but he’s still my dad and he loves me as if I was really his, but when it comes to me and you, I want us to have a kid only if he’s ours, does that make sense?”

“It makes perfect sense,” Reid said. And it did. He wasn’t itching to have children but if he wanted to, he’d want the child to be his and Luke’s too.

“And since we can’t ever create one, then I’m happy being a great uncle and a fun big brother.”

“The best big brother,” Reid corrected.

“Thanks.”

“So then this is enough, just you and me?” Reid asked.

Luke nodded and grasped both of Reid’s hands in his. “You’re all I have and all I need.”

“I was going to say that,” Reid said.

Luke leaned in to kiss Reid. “But . . . I could change my mind.”

Reid laughed. “Well, if you do, you let me know?”

Luke nodded and kissed Reid again. They released each other’s hands and then lay back on the pillows. Reid turned on the TV again. “So what do you think Bill and Kate are going to name their kid?”

“Will and Kate. And why do you care?”

“I don’t, but I bet it’s going to be some boring, stuffy English name, right?”

“Probably,” Luke said, snuggling against Reid. “The name of an old king or something.”

“Definitely not awesome like Prince Dallas.”

“Or Princess Dallas.”

“Luke?”

“Hmm?” Luke murmured, his eyes already closed.

“Do me a favor and don’t mention that name to anyone, okay?” Reid said.

“Why?”

“I-I just don’t want anyone stealing it. It’s ours.”

Luke opened his eyes and smiled. He wrapped an arm around Reid’s waist and pulled himself closer to him. “Okay.”


Comments

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shadownyc
Jan. 26th, 2013 11:38 pm (UTC)
This is fabulous and I adore the name!

It's great reading stories where Luke & Reid really are on the same page.
sleeper6
Jan. 28th, 2013 12:08 am (UTC)
Yeah, I thought it was time to write them being on "the same page." No angst here, just two guys deciding their future together. :)

Thanks!
tldreamer
Jan. 26th, 2013 11:56 pm (UTC)
Awwww...so sweet and funny! Just what I needed! Thank you.
sleeper6
Jan. 28th, 2013 12:08 am (UTC)
Thank you so much!
scotianova
Jan. 27th, 2013 12:27 am (UTC)
Perfect!Loved it so much!
sleeper6
Jan. 28th, 2013 12:08 am (UTC)
Thank you!
lemondrop34
Jan. 27th, 2013 02:08 am (UTC)
Gah!

*loves*

ZOMG! They had a real conversation about kids! And yet this was fuuuuuuuuuuuuunny too! Like this part:

“Please, you couldn’t stop picturing yourself in the pretty, pretty white dress and the sparkly tiara while riding on a pony,” Reid said.

Hee, Reid!!

And this:

“Besides, it wouldn’t just be you and me anymore. We’d have to adjust everything in our lives for him or her. We’d have to share food and—”

LMAO! Of course Reid would worry about that!

But then you made my heart melt with this:

... I want one that belongs to both of us, one that we created together. I don’t want him or her to be half yours or half mine or not part of either of us at all. And it’s hypocritical of me to be saying this since I am only my mom’s son and my dad isn’t my biological dad but he’s still my dad and he loves me as if I was really his, but when it comes to me and you, I want us to have a kid only if he’s ours, does that make sense?”
“It makes perfect sense,” Reid said. And it did. He wasn’t itching to have children but if he wanted to, he’d want the child to be his and Luke’s too.


I never thought about it from this perspective before and how one's biology might prevent one from "having it all." It made me a little sad for them, but not in anyway that took away from my enjoyment of the fic. In fact, it added to my enjoyment because of how authentic Luke's longing felt. Masterful, truly...

As always, THANK YOU!!!!!! I'm always so happy to see you post!
sleeper6
Jan. 28th, 2013 01:22 am (UTC)
I'm not a LuRe-with-kids fan so even though I'll never write such a fic, I needed to write this to state my reasons for why they won't--or maybe will--have kids. Had to make it fun because I've been writing too much angst lately.

Food is important and I bet you know how much kids love to eat (I have 5 nieces so I know!).

I'm not sure I want kids in RL but if I did, I want to have them with the man I love. I want us to share that bond so I can see Luke being like this too. Glad it made sense.

THANK YOU! I'm always happy when I see a comment from you. :)
sajaal
Jan. 27th, 2013 03:32 am (UTC)
Wonderful, I'm so happy to have you writing more and this was PERFECT, "happy sigh", soooo good.

Luke laughed. “It was more than a year ago already, Reid. We went to her 1st birthday party, remember?”

“Is that where they served those delicious grilled jumbo dogs?”

“Yup.”

“That was a good party,” Reid said, turning back to the TV.

Reid, always with food on his mind and how he couldn't remember baby Lyla's first birthday party until Luke mentioned the food...priceless lol!!!

Thanks for this one:-))
sleeper6
Jan. 28th, 2013 01:26 am (UTC)
Hey, I'm glad to be writing more! I'm stuck on the next chapter of "Oakdale is Not So Bad" but this one I wrote in a day. Oh, my muses work in weird ways. :)

Thanks so much for your comment!
smoothlikebutta
Jan. 27th, 2013 07:10 am (UTC)
Aww! It's cute that Reid wants to cute the name for themselves.
sleeper6
Jan. 28th, 2013 12:09 am (UTC)
Thanks! Yes, Reid wants to keep the name to themselves just in case . . .
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sleeper6
Jan. 28th, 2013 01:24 am (UTC)
I'm so happy that you enjoyed it. I always appreciate your comments, truly.

And I had to go with that name! (Though maybe someone else in another fic has chosen it too? Not sure)
lurelei
Jan. 27th, 2013 01:37 pm (UTC)
“It makes perfect sense,” Reid said.

And it does. And it is what I think that they would think, too ;) For now. Maybe one day they'll change their opinion, then again, maybe not. But it's so sweet to know that there already is a name for the offspring of the Grimaldi Heir and His Royal Badass.

Cute.
sleeper6
Jan. 28th, 2013 12:13 am (UTC)
Glad it makes sense. Me, I'm not a baby person and don't want kids but if I did and couldn't create them with the man I loved--hmmm, I wouldn't like that. :(

They might change their mind but I think it's more likely they won't. I just can't see them with kids even after reading some really good fics with them.

Thanks for reading!
dpracket
Jan. 27th, 2013 02:15 pm (UTC)
"It's ours." N'aw, Reid. So real. I love them.
sleeper6
Jan. 28th, 2013 12:09 am (UTC)
I love them too! Thank you so much for reading!
casaluna85
Jan. 27th, 2013 05:55 pm (UTC)
Heeeeee. I love you. This is amazing!!!
sleeper6
Jan. 28th, 2013 12:10 am (UTC)
You put the idea in my head so I decided to use the prompt and expand on it a little. Glad you liked it and thanks for reading!
moerlin
Jan. 27th, 2013 08:20 pm (UTC)
LOL, Reid and his food. :D Coincidentally, just yesterday I read an article on couples that decided against having kids and somebody in the comments was basically all "Well, I only had kids because my wife and I were bored" - so really, not having them because you don't want to share your food is totally a better reason. ;)

Aaaanyway, I'm glad they had the talk! And I never looked at it that way before, but I can see how Luke would feel that way.
sleeper6
Jan. 28th, 2013 01:28 am (UTC)
Food IS important! Kids eat lots. :D

I'm not going to write a LuRe-with-kids fic probably ever so I had to at least write this one to show why I think they won't have kids (or maybe they will).

Thanks for reading!

Edited at 2013-01-28 01:28 am (UTC)
limeybird2
Jan. 28th, 2013 01:44 am (UTC)
awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww
sleeper6
Jan. 28th, 2013 05:10 am (UTC)
Thanks! :)
kccalgal
Jan. 28th, 2013 07:52 pm (UTC)
This was so much light-hearted fun. I love how you write conversations between them and I can see this topic going just this way. Picking out names is always fun and Dallas would be a name that would be special to them.

So what are the odds on baby names for Will and Kate? Do you have a favorite? Doesn't William have six names or something like that? They can choose one of them.
sleeper6
Jan. 30th, 2013 04:39 pm (UTC)
Thanks for such a lovely comment. You flatter me! I enjoy writing fun conversations with them 'cause you know they'd talk about anything and everything, even serious topics like children.

Not sure what name I want for the little prince/princess but I'm guessing they'll go with one of William's names--he has 4 so it'll be Philip or Arthur or a past king's name like George or Henry. If it's a girl, they could choose Diana to honor Will's mum.
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