Jamie: Well, thanks, sweetie, that means a lot to me.. really. [rests her head on top of Ariana's and feels Lexie crawl into her lap, and seeing Caitlin crawl into Ariana's] Guess they didn't want to be left out.. [giggled] You're the best to me, Ariana. And, that is always good enough in my eyes. [raises her eyebrows, smiling] Really?! Oh my gosh! I'll text her later, that's so.. exciting!! And, good.. but, of course.. you'll always want her around, Ari.. but, keep remembering she's okay.. and you'll see her again one day.
Ariana: [gives a slight shrug.] You get smarter as you get older, apparently. That or I've just dealt with enough that it jump-started some more brain cells. [jokes before glancing down, pulling Caitlin a little closer, smiling.] Guess so. [her focus goes down a minute.] Yeah...I found out through a text message. Sent me a picture of the two of them, but I mean...she's happy, I'm happy. She deserves to be happy. I know...I do. Would be nice if she quits haunting my dreams though.
Jamie: You think? [looks over to Ariana] I hope you're right, honestly. Well.. I guess you're right. I never thought it was possible to love people this much.. and they just.. opened a door in my heart that I never knew was there. [smiles, wrapping an arm around Ariana] You're the best. Makes me so glad and grateful we got close. You've always only made my life easier, and I love you so much for it. [sighs] Are you feeling okay about them.. or sad?
Ariana: I don't just think, I know. [glances at Jamie.] Trust me. [smiles slightly, resting her head against Jamie's shoulder.] Not the best, nowhere close to the best, but I'll take the compliment anyway. [her smile grows a little bit.] I love you too. [glances down] I mean...my mom's got a new boyfriend. She's happy, so I'm happy for her. Ethan seems to be happy in the updates he sends me on the baby...so that makes me happy. But Brooke...I don't know. I know she's better off wherever she is. But, sometimes I wish she was still around.
Jamie: [smiles] Yeah, that's true.. but still. They're so sweet and so precious and I'm just like.. I want to make sure they know I love them. Not that they drive me mad. [laughs a little bit] Well, no, I like the idea. I just have really yet to leave them with too many people. But, you're a good choice. What if you were to babysit once a week and we go from there? [nods] Well, what are you thinking about.. exactly?
Ariana: [lets out a soft laugh.] They do know you love them, There's not a doubt that both those little girls know how much they're loved. [nods] Works for me. I'm here to make your life easier...in a sense. In any case I hate seeing you this overwhelmed. [she lets out a sigh, carefully laying Lexie down on the bed before running both hands through her hair.] My mom, Brooke, Brooke's kid. Ethan. I've been thinking about a lot of things.
Jamie: [is quiet for a moment, thinking about it] I know.. but.. I feel like they just.. want to be with Mom all the time, and I feel bad taking that for them. But sometimes they literally drive me crazy. Does that make me a bad mom? For saying that? [sighs] Well, I guess that makes me feel a little better leaving them with someone. And, I suppose I'm always a phone call away. [offers a little smile to Ariana] Yeah.. I know that feeling. But, I'm glad you're okay.. I just think we all have to get off the shock factor now, you know?
Ariana: [nods again.] Makes sense. [immediately starts to shake her head.] No...no, not at all. Kids drive you crazy, especially little kids. It's what they're good at. Doesn't make you a bad mom for figuring that out and being able to admit it. [her smile grows a little bit.] The offer always stands. If you don't want to that's fine...but just remember you've got other options if they're just getting on your last nerve. [sighs] Yeah...that makes sense. It got me thinking though, whether that's a good thing or a bad thing I'm still trying to figure out.
Jamie: [puts her head between her hands for a moment, then pulls up, and smiles at the girls and sighs] I don't know. Like.. yes and no. Yes, because.. Adam's okay, he's alive and I have my girls.. and we were lucky. But, no, because honestly.. I'm so tired.. and the girls are always a lot of work for me, and being her makes me nervous. Bring the girls here.. makes me nervous. The infirmary is obviously so busy, and I'm drained with work in there. And, I have to work more because..well, we have to pay the bills. So, I'm just kinda all over the place. But.. are you okay?
Ariana: [gives a small nod, listening intently to Jamie.] Understandable...you know you can always leave the girls with me if you need to, right? Even if you just need a few minutes to calm yourself down and recharge. Even if they're at the most hyper they can be. [a slight smile crosses her face.] I've got practice with hyper kids...thank Brooke's little girl for that. [she lets out a breath, giving a shrug.] I guess. I don't know...the shooting's left me feeling...weird, I guess. But I mean I'm breathing, and safe, I'm lucky.
Jamie: It almost feels wrong though, you know? Like.. he's hurt, and here I am, complaining. Let me at least come down, alright? [walks down to Ariana's room, knocking softly on the door with Caitlin]
Ariana: You're allowed to do that though, every now and again. Take your time. [lets out a breath, hearing the knock] Hang on a second. [carefully lifts Lexie up, walking over to the door and pulling it open.] Hey..
Jamie: I swear, that kid is gonna kill me.. and, what's worse is it's just me right now. With Adam out for the count, I have to take the girls most places because when they're hyper.. he can't handle it because he's hurting. Wow. Look at my rant. Sorry, Ar, I'll come get her.
Ariana: Jamie...just take a breath. You're allowed to rant if you need to. Take your time, right now we're good.