"You taught me fine, Dad," Darren said earnestly, "I just....Doubting myself, I guess. You and Mom've always with been there to rescue me." He tugged absently on his curls, a habit he'd picked-up from Ellie, "how am I supposed to do this by myself? And Mel! She's my sister, I gotta protect her! But with how gung-ho she is, she could get herself hurt, an' she doesn't wanna listen to me, and-and-!"
Ellie held her tightly, burying her face in Mel's hair. "We had years alone before you and your brother came-along. I'd rather have my babies with me."