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"I'm so happy we're finally closing on this house John," Mindy said as she stepped into the living room of the small brownstone located in the Angelic Hill section of the West Angel Falls District.

"Yeah, it's nice to finally get a place of our own again after all this time," John replied.  And I know how much of a history buff you are so I'm guessing you'll be spending a lot of your free time visiting some of the sites."

"Well, what little free time I can find," she said sarcastically. "After all, not being mayor is going to be taking up a lot of my time."

"You don't have to be in a hurry to find work Mel.  You were patient with me after Argo Security went under so just take your time and find something that you're going to love."

"Thanks honey," Mindy said, giving John a quick kiss.

"Can you come to the garage with me for a second?  I have something that I need your help moving."

"Maybe that should be my next career…Mindy Marvel Moving Company."

Mindy walked into the garage to see a red Cadillac CTS-V parked inside.

"Surprise!" he exclaimed.  "You've been needing a new car since Dark Inferna torched your old one, so I figured now is a good time to upgrade to the sportier model.

"John, this is amazing, but how can we afford it?"

"I got a great deal and the salesman knocked a few thousand if he could get an autographed picture of you.  He said if you did an appearance at the dealership, we could get it for free…"

"I'd rather make the payments each month," she replied.

"Now for the second surprise," he added, grabbing Mindy's hand and leading her up the stairs.

"These are the times I wish I had x-ray vision," Mindy deadpanned.

John opened the door and sitting in the middle of the room was a wooden crib.

"What's this?" she asked, confused.

"A few weeks ago, Olga responded to a fire call.  When she got there, the mother was dead from a bullet to the head and she couldn't save the father either."

"That's horrible," Mindy responded.

"But, thank God, she was able to locate their infant daughter and rescue her before she was burned alive.   Well, I was working the overnight shift at the station that night and Olga brought her in…I guess she thought the AFPD was the best place.  Anyway, Department of Children and Family Services couldn't come until the morning so I kept her company until then.  Mel, you should've seen her.  She was so calm, even though she was in this strange place surrounded by people she's never seen before. "

"I've been going to see her every few days and talking to DCFS.  Apparently, they haven't been able to contact either side of the family so it looks like she's going to be placed in a foster home or orphanage soon."

John held both of Mindy's hands in his and brought her closer to the crib which had a picture of the baby girl inside.  He picked it up and placed in her palm.

"Her name's Cecilia.  Mel, I know we both have strange schedules, with the police department and with your responsibilities to this city as Mindy Marvel.  I haven't been as sure of something since the day I met you, and when I held her that same feeling came over me.  And, when you meet her, I know you'll feel the same way."

"So, Mel, I have one question for you…are you ready to be a mom?

Mindy's eyes welled up as she looked up at her husband.

"Yes," she said as she floated up to meet her husband's gaze. "Absolutely, yes!"
Finally, Mindy and John get a new place to call their home and, someone else does as well.

Thanks to :iconsoviet-superwoman: for letting me work off of [link] I guess Olga will be the Godmother of the child? :)

Artwork by :iconkittystavern:

Mindy Marvel and John Crane are the property of :iconbrad328:

There's a new addition to the Crane family in :iconangel-fallsda:
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andrewr255 Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2010
Very nice surprise. Of course the baby will soon reveal hidden superpowers to shock everyone, it is Angel Falls after all.
cele7110 Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I wish them the best. That's a lot of responsibility to take on. On the bright side, if Mindy does stay with the Guardians, it looks like they might be issueing a stipend to full-time members. That could be a good way for Mindy to still bring in an income...
Speedslide Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2010
Aha, so that's how :iconsoviet-superwoman: 's story tied together with the AF-verse on a higher level. Awesome twist, and yep, you were right, a well-deserved break from all the crap these two have been through. So what if she's sterile? So what if she lost the election? She's going to be an adopted mother. I say, angst? What angst? HAHA to all the Quimbys, Dark Infernas, Blackballs and others that have screwed Melinda and John over. This heartwarming moment is theirs, and theirs only. Awesome work, pal! :worship:
White0wlsuperheroine Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oooo Mommy Mindy Marvel! Congratulations to the Cranes. I hope they don't call Verna Goodhead or Syndrome to babysit though
leviadragon99 Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2010
Awww, looks like the kid will have a safe home and mentor to grow up under after all... and that's a thought, why can't Mindy go back to being a lawyer?
Woodclaw Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
That's so sweet...

And that's what I lke more and more about Angel Falls, it's a superheor setting where heroes have normal people kind of aspirations and dreams.
RolandGrey Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2010

Congratulations, John and Mindy!
Shuma-Gorath Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2010
congrats on the development and grwat story
Teri-Minx Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2010
Outstanding!! :clap: :D Superb writing, Brad. I loved it.
KaijuDuke Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2010
WOOHOO! I'm so happy for both of them! Congrats Mindy and John!
U1trawoman Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
:bulletgreen: U1trawoman :bulletgreen: I could not be happier about this. No sleep for you for months as they baby cries in the night. Smelly diapers. Spitting up applesauce on your costume. You will have years of Barney and Teletubbies to torture you like I never could. The lack of spontaneous trips for pleasure, (a baby is just an anchor with a diaper on it), not to mention soon you will have no energy for sex because the child has drained it all from you.

Even the Pit cannot give a sleep deprivation torture as intense as a baby in the house. Yes, I am very pleased by this torturous development. :D
hotrod5 Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm happy for Mindy and John, but now I can't have Dark Inferna torch their house again :(
brad328 Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2010
3 words: Nancy Brenton, Nanny
hotrod5 Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nanny?! :faint:
Uriel32 Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2010
I am glad to see that Mindy has Happiness in her life right now. :joy:
ong76win2 Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2010
Great work! I love the story.
boxeater5 Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2010
Aww :) They are a pretty cute couple and now they have a child to raise too...things are getting much better for Mindy now
LoneStranger Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
Soviet-Superwoman Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2010
:aww: This story made me feel good inside. It was a terrific idea and it turned out to be a wonderful story.
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