Seeing as it's Father's Day on Sunday, I've decided to produce a one-shot fic, set in the world of Robin Hood, reflecting the former outlaw's thoughts on becoming a father.
Note: Trigger warning for descriptions of upsetting material.
To my twins Caleb and Maya,
When your mother Marian told me she was pregnant, it was the happiest day of my life; at the same time, I was worried. My own mother and father had died when I was young, so I never really had any role models to show me how to be a parent.
When your mother went into labor, I feared for her life. More importantly, I feared for your lives. But when you finally came screaming into the world, all my fears washed away.
When I saw your mother holding you in her arms for the first time, I felt paternal joy and pride emanating from within my eyes. I swore from that day on, I'd be the best father ever.
And you know what? I was right.
Caleb, you've grown into a strong, handsome young lad, with your father's brave and virtuous heart, skilled in archery and swordplay, but also with an artistic side. I especially love your oil paintings.
Maya, you've inherited your mother's passion, strong will and kind nature. You're a learned young lady who loves reading, but also loves physical activity from tennis to horseback riding.
Both of you are my whole world, my pride and joy. And I will always love and be there for you.
From your loving dad,