The following year went by quickly and before we knew it was almost time for Esole and Sefela to become Young Adults. As much as I had thought I would be ready for it when the time came…I wasn’t. I wanted nothing more than for it all to slow down.
With Esole and Sefela busy studying for their final exams I didn’t get to spend as much time with my older daughters as I would have liked. In fact Dale got to spend far more time with them than I did. Unlike our boys, the girls hadn’t really embraced the werewolf side of their heritage and it took a lot of effort on Dale’s part to convince them otherwise.
As a result the time Dale spent in that form rose markedly as he spent time showcasing the positive parts of their wolfish heritage.
Whenever the full moon came around he and the girls always spent the night hunting for gems around the town. It was something they could all do together and as I listened to the howling echoing across the night it soon became obvious they were not the only werewolves out there. Our boys had joined them. I not sure what Queenstown thought of having their very own pack but hearing the sounds of six wolves roaming the night always made me smile.
Belinde was still growing slower than I was used to. If she had one of my other children I would have been saying goodbye to her everyday as she boarded the school bus, as it was, she was still learning how to talk and she had only just started to walk on her own just a week ago.
It was a nice change not to have to rush through everything.
She loved reading with her father and when we let her ride the spring rider’s outside in the backyard she wanted to stay outside all day.
I was still working on my other skills, it was a habit I was probably never going to break and my current obsession was still alchemy. You never knew, one day all these elixirs might come in handy.
We couldn’t put off the girls birthdays forever as much as we would have liked to. It was both a happy and sad moment for me. I was thrilled that this part of my destiny was over but I also didn’t want my girls to grow up.
Sefela received the Loves the Outdoors trait for her adult birthday. She wants to become a Firefighter Super Hero.
and finally Esole received the Family Orientated trait, she plans on becoming a Pervasive Private Eye.
Esole and Sefela stayed at the house for another week before they finally moved out. Even with the delay I still wasn’t ready.
I knew that I would continue to see them both regularly but I would, of course, miss them.
A few months later Dale suggested that we get out of the house for the day and take a drive a bit further down the coast. After organising everything we would need for Belinde the three of us set out.
“Luc, have you ever thought about moving?”, Dale asked when we were on our way.
“Of course” I replied. “We are going to have to move soon anyway”
“The house in Queenstown doesn’t really belong to me any more” I explained. I wasn’t really sure how I felt about that, the house was obviously too big for the three of us but I was still going to miss it.
“Technically, yes, it does,” I started to explain, “but I’ve got to provide for Joanne now and to do that I’m going to have to sell the house. It’s way too big for us now anyway, everything seems so far away.”
“Like you could walk around and not find another person for hours?”
We arrived in a tiny little coastal town a couple of hours later and rather than stopping in the main part of town Dale had driven us down a side street finally stopping on the outskirts of town.
“What do you think? he asked.
“The town’s beautiful”
“This is where I grew up” he informed me.
“Really?” I asked confused, “I thought you were from Queenstown?”
“We moved there when I was in High School, before that we lived here or to be more exact, there.” he explained, gesturing towards a house that jutted out over the water.
“Yeah, who lives here now?”
“No one, it’s empty at the moment.” Dale informed me, “It’s just been renovated, it was a little run down when I found it again. I hadn’t been here for years”
“Wait, who owns it now?” I asked suddenly suspicious.
“We do” he leaned over to whisper in my ear.”Come on, I want to show you the inside.”
“This is what I was up to when you were busy with other things” Dale informed me.
“Building a house” I couldn’t take my eyes of it, it was beautiful!
“No, repairing a house” Dale said,
“Because it was mine and it helped to keep my mind off other things.”
Ooh, this was his “business”. I felt a little stupid for not realising that sooner.
“Do you like it?” I could hear the worry creeping into his voice.
“I…I love it!” I breathed, still staring a the house. “Umm, who’s it for?” I asked.
“It’s a house Luc,” he laughed at the expression on my face. “Who do you think it’s for?”
A/N: EEEE!! Lucia’s generation is all done. I can’t believe I finished it! 😀