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The Andretti Legacy (97)
Published May 2, 2010


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The Andretti Legacy
Chapter 97

The Andretti Legacy
Chapter 97
The months had passed quickly, and Mags moved into Mike's rather large home. It only took them one trip, as most of her old broken things were left behind. The first night in the new place, Mags had trouble sleeping. The noise from the central air conditioner, the softness of the bed, it was all so strange to her as she'd lived in that little shack and had grown accustom to it and all it's horrors. It didn't take much time for Mike to propose, and then marry Mags. It took even less time for them to make attempts at starting their own family. With Mike's career booming, they decide sooner than later is best. Mags and Mike take as many parenting classes as possible; they want to do this right. Mags never misses a doctor's appointment, and Mike is always right there with her. In fact, their doctor is rather excited to have the opportunity to deliver an Andretti baby. Mags goes into labor exactly when she's supposed to, and Mike rushes her to the hospital. The delivery is just as smooth as it should be and without complications. A few mornings later, Mike gives his sister, Mindy, a call to tell her about the delivery and that everyone is healthy.

"She had two?!" Mindy gasps. "Two!? Oh my gosh! Like twins!? Oh wow...this is so exciting!" Mindy giggles.

"Yep, two girls." Mike smiles proudly thinking of his little girls. "Natalie and Naomi Andretti."

"Oh, Mike...that's so great. I can't wait to see them." Mindy sighs happily. "I'll have to get my ducks in a row and head over there soon."
"Well, don't come too soon...I was calling to also tell you that we just found out that Mags is pregnant...again." Mike laughs loudly as Mindy's end goes silent.

"Again...? Mike? Are you nuts!?" Mindy laughs with him. "You got a baby garden over there or something!?"

"Well, this was a complete accident..." He grins. "Turns out...Mags is a bit more fertile than we thought."

"Oh, Mike...don't push it all on her." Mindy scolds him with a smile. "You have some blame to take, too, you know."

"Yeah, yeah..." Mike rolls his eyes. "Look, I'll catch you later...kids are hungry." He smiles and waits for Mindy to say 'bye' and then hangs up the phone.
The nursery soon filled up. Naomi and Natalie on one side, the big sisters. And, Nova and Norah, the younger twin girls.

Mike and Mags are thankful they've been blessed with four healthy baby girls, who all seem well behaved and quiet babies.

Mike offered to hire a Nanny to help care for the children, but Mags declined. Being a stay-at-home-mom, she would handle it. 'She created them, she'd care for them' is her motto. Of course, knowing how she was as a teenager, she's not sure that'll always be her motto! Mags hopes that her daughters don't rebel as she did when she were younger. If they do, Mike and Mags are in for a real adventure.
They designated two rooms to the girls. One of them is where they sleep, and another is for play. The proud parents spend a lot of time with the girls, bonding with them and educating them in hopes of a bright future. To help tell the two sets of twins apart, Mags had Naomi and Natalie's hair cut short. She also dresses them in specific colors to also help her differentiate between the four girls. Nova and Norah, the younger of the twins, keep long hair. Surprisingly, Norah was born with blonde hair. They're baffled as to where the color came from as most of Mike's family are brunettes. The girls played so well together, and there were hardly any fights between them. They all seemed to share and communicate with each other as though they were all best friends. Mike and Mags enjoy this while it lasts; they know as soon as these girls start growing up, there will surely be sibling rivalries forming. One afternoon while the toddlers were sleeping, Mike and Mags spent some time in the pool. It's been a long time since they'd had some alone time, and this was perfect. After a good hour long swim, they both exited the pool.

"You know, Mike...the twins' birthdays are only a few days away." Mags smiles proudly and Mike's heart stops.

"Really?" He shrieks. "Already?!"
"Yep. I can't wait!" Mags giggles. "I can finally get some things done around here while they're off at school!"

"Wow...already..." Mike sighs quietly. "They're growing so fast..."

"They really are...they really are..." Mags replies softly remembering their births.
The days passed, and so did the birthdays. Then, days quickly turned to weeks, and weeks into months, and months into years...and just as they'd feared, the girls began to argue, scream, and fight with each other.

One afternoon, just after the girls unload from the school bus, Mags sits them all down, including Mike, in the living room for a 'talk'.

"I am determined to bring peace to this house, and you four are going to learn to like each other." Mags begins her spiel.

"Ugh..." Nova rolls her eyes. "I wish I was an only child..."

"Nova." Mags glares down at her youngest daughter, who packed the most attitude.

"Now...you're all going to be given chores. They change from day to day, and on some chores you'll have to work together to get them done..." Mags continues on speaking as Natalie looks up at her dad.
"Dad..." She whines softly. Mike's wrapped around Natalie's finger quite a few times, and she knows he's always there to pull her out of sticky situation. "Dad...?" She whines softly again.

"Not this time, Nat...I'm sorry." He whispers back, avoiding looking at her.
"...things like dishes, setting and clearing the table, mopping, scrubbing toilets...basically everything our lovely maid does, you all will start doing. You'll do it good enough so that we no longer need the maid." "Yeah...I am sooo not scrubbing the toilets." Nova snaps back rudely as she looks over the chore board that Mags had made. "I didn't ask you what you wanted to do, Nova. I told you." Mags replies with a bit more attitude than Nova can dish out. "Cram it, Nova!" Norah rolls her eyes. "I swear...you always have to open your big mouth!" "You cram it!" Nova growls in return.

"No, you cram it!" Norah barks back.

"Girls!" Mike interrupts them.
"Mom...is this really necessary? I mean...why can't you make the younger twins do it! ...we were first, and we're better behaved anyway!" Naomi whines to her mother.

"Why the younger twins!? Aren't you older and more esper-esper-esper...whatever! You know what I mean!" Nova shouts angrily as all the other girls laugh at her.
"...everyone has chores, and everyone will do them. Perhaps when the four of you start getting a long a little better we can negotiate a few things. Now, go upstairs to your rooms and get your homework done. Chores start at 5." She points to the stairs as they all rise and head upstairs. "Well...I think that was successful." Mike sighs with a soft smile. "Yeah...I appreciate the immense amount of backup you were giving me." Mags glares at him playfully.

"Hey! These girls know I'm a softy...if I start playing Mean ol' Mom, too...then we'll really be in trouble." Mike laughs.
"I just...I never expected it'd turn out this bad...I mean, their four little girls...why can't they get along? I didn't expect this until they were teenagers...now, I dread them as teenagers! I just want them to be friends, Mike...I don't know what else to do." Mags replies quietly over the crackling fire.

"Mags...give it time, give it time. You can't force them to be friends...they have to figure that out on their own. They're forming their own personalities...and Lord knows those personalities are clashing right now. They'll get it figured out, we can't 'over parent'...let them be. They'll get it." Mike tells her as two of the girls can be heard having a screaming match from upstairs. "That doesn't sound like homework!" Mike yells as loud as he possibly can, and the girls go silent and two doors slam shut. "There...how's that for backup?" He smiles a funny smile, and Mags laughs.
As quickly as they had come, the years had passed. The four girls never went back to being best friends as they were when they were toddlers, and eventually Mags gave up trying.

Nova and Norah were part of the 'popular' group at school and all the boys found an extreme, almost unhealthy, attraction to the pair of twins. Mags and Mike couldn't keep up with all the boyfriends and possible boyfriends and ex-boyfriends calling the house.

Naomi joined as many athletic teams she could. Softball, Basketball, Volleyball, Wrestling...she took them all on, and she did very well in them as well. Mags and Mike were always attending her games and she made them so proud.

Natalie kept mostly to herself, and she was content with that. She seemed to develop a great interest in art and found happiness in anything involving creativity. Mike feels that Natalie may be the one who will go the farthest in life.

The only time the girls ever sat down in the same place was at home while doing homework or at dinner. Otherwise, not much was said between them. For this, Mags was grateful, after all at least they aren't fighting.
"...I can't wait until prom. I mean, I have like...no idea who I'm going to go with...but, I can't wait!" Norah giggles as she and Nova relax outside one night by the pool.

"Meh...Prom stresses me out. I mean, it's like...that much closer to the end of school...forever." Nova seems zoned, in deep thought.

"What?! That is awesome...I can't wait for school to be over! I'm so tired of all the drama and all the other girls...I can't wait to get out of here...do my own thing..." Norah leans her head back and stares up at the stars.
"What are you going to do, Norah?" Nova looks over at her. "I mean...when school is done and gone...do you have a plan? Do you know what you want to be?" As she stares at Norah, she can tell there are a million things running through her mind. "I think I want to be a doctor...I mean, all those handsome doctors who make lots of money...I'd like to get my hands on one of them!" Nova giggles as Norah bursts out in laughter. "I want to be on TV." Norah stops laughing, and tells Nova with the most sincerest of faces. "I don't care how I get there...or what I need to do...I'ma do it." Norah grins from ear to ear. "And if I run across one of those rich handsome doctors that you like, I'll be sure to keep him for myself!" The girls burst into laughter again and spend the rest of the night talking about their futures and where they wanted them to go. "Shouldn't we take a break, honey?" Mags asks she runs out of breath and notices Naomi still pushing strong. She'd offered to work out every evening with Naomi to help her prepare for summer sports, but she didn't have any idea how devoted Naomi was to the activity. "Mom...like they say at the gym and at school, if you can't run with the big dogs...stay on the porch." Naomi rolls her eyes as she stares up at the TV, mimicking their every move exactly when they make them. "Oh, Naomi...I can run just fine...but some of these workouts sure are hard on my old bones." Mags whines with a smile as Naomi rolls her eyes.

"...it's fine. You can quit. I'm not a quitter, though. I'm going to keep going." Naomi laughs as she looks back over at her struggling mother.
Natalie, unlike the others, isn't sure where she wants to go in life. All she knows, is that she wants to have a bright and creative future. Her passion is painting, and if she could paint until retirement, she'd be set. But, painting likely won't pay the bills and if it does, it won't pay the bills and buy groceries. If it does that, it surely can't support a family. Family. That's something near and dear to Natalie, and one thing that she definitely wants in her future, even though boys generally notice her younger sisters before they'll notice Natalie. But, like Naomi, Natalie isn't a quitter, and she will strive for what she wants out of life each and every day even if she's the last one to get it.

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#4Ben72006May 4, 2010

I am glad to see the story is back and ready. I hope you dont get to stressed out with all those girls

#5joker52455VIPMay 4, 2010

Great, as usual. I can't believe it, NO BOYS??? How is the legacy going to move on?

#6IllandryaMay 5, 2010

OMG, the family meeting about the chores sounded exactly like my family when we were growing up ... except we were three boys and a girl, not four girls. Natalie and Naomi seem a little more focussed than the other two and are destined for great things, but I could be completely wrong which is half the fun! Great chapter, I loved every minute of it, can't wait to find out what happens next.

#7kamilka257May 7, 2010

those girls are sweet

#8Golden97May 9, 2010

Awesome Chapter! Great Screenshots Too! Two sets of Twins, that must have been hard work! Cant wait for the next chapter \:\)  -  Katie

#9duckeggpieMay 12, 2010

fantastic chapter \:D where are the cribs from? they look really nice \:\)

#10simaddict94May 22, 2010

Lol. WOW. Two pairs of twins? Amazing. Love the story. Post more soon! \:D

#11ohgodcaitlynMay 22, 2010

I haven't read the rest pf the legacy but I really like this chapter, Maybe one day or two er tthree days I'll sit down and read the rest of the legacy its just tht 97 chapters is ALOT! haha, but good job with this. Congratz on getting featured.

#12lexivampireMay 26, 2010

WOW Love it.....
\:wub\:

#13mhansellJun 30, 2010

Love it, as always.  I am glad your back.  I can't wait for more.\:wub\:

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