The boys had finally allowed me to go outside, after refusing to let me out the door for almost twenty minutes.
“Are you crazy?!” I yelled at Dale.
I was taken by surprise when he just smiled at me glaring at him and pulled me in for a kiss.
When I tried to hit him he just laughed at me, catching my wrists . “Luc, its okay. It’s over”‘
“‘I can’t believe you didn’t tell me!”‘ I glared at him, his smile just made me more annoyed. ”I don’t know why you’re smiling. What if you had killed him?”
If anything his smile grew wider. “Not likely…” he told me, “he fainted”‘
Jheran and Bael had followed me outside and I could hear their reaction to that piece of news.
“I barely touched him…” Dale explained, ”he fainted”
“He fainted?”I queried, looking at Nicholas lying in the snow. I continued to ignore the laughter behind me.
Suddenly they were all laughing including the three boys who had just come upon the scene.
“‘Aww, mum. don’t be angry”, Taric said.
“‘Just don’t” I said, rounding on them, ”I don’t want to hear another word about this.” With one final glare at the werewolf responsible the entire event, I turned and headed back towards the house.
It wasn’t long before the blanket of snow that had covered the landscape for most of the winter finally gave way to spring. With his love of the outdoors and his in-born affinity with plants it was appropriate that Jaem’s birthday was occurring in the spring.
Jaem aged up into a handsome teen receiving the Grumpy trait.
It was also time to say goodbye to Crux. I admit that I wasn’t ready to say goodbye but it was time.
He and Dale were in the middle of one of their very one-sided conversations. They seemed to have them all the time now.
I however still wasn’t completely comfortable with Crux knowing my every thought, and Crux knew it.
As a result he always allowed me to verbalise what I wanted to say, rather than answering my unasked questions before I asked them.
“I’m going to miss you” I told him, wrapping him into a tight hug.
“I’ll miss you too, Ma” he told me, “He loves you, you know. Are you ever going to let him off the hook?”
“Of course” I replied, I honestly wasn’t sure why I hadn’t already. I had forgiven him for our little drama, I just hadn’t found a way to tell him. I knew he loved me and I certainly loved him, it should have been easy, right?
“Soon?”, Crux interrupted my thoughts.
“Yes”, I said throwing Dale a guilty look.
As he walked out the door, he turned, and looked at me, “Ma, you have a visitor in the kitchen. Say hi for me.”
After Crux at left, I went to see who my surprise visitor was. I was shocked, usually she gave me some warning when she decided to pay me a visit. Still it was wonderful to see her again.
“Oh, hi honey. Miss me?”
A/N: So you may have noticed or may not have noticed that I jumped around a little in the last couple of chapters. In the process I managed to completely miss an important birthday (Sorry Jaem…. 😦 ), Dale & Lucia are taking longer to get back on track than anticipated (totally worth it, lol) and a couple of events happened in a slightly different order than what they did in game. Anyway, this is why this chapter is a little all over the place as it needs to bring all the storylines together so that they match up again.
Bonus Pic: This interaction became available when I was trying to get the pics for this chapter. It isn’t going to fit anywhere, ever but I thought it was funny. Dale really didn’t like it when Lucia hit him with the newspaper. 😆