I woke up alone after my nap and I couldn’t be more disappointed. I quickly got up and threw on my discarded clothes and made my way out of the bedroom, towards Charlie’s room. When I made it to his door, I peeked my head in to see it completely empty.
“Where are those boys?” I whispered to myself, furrowing my brows and made my way down the stairs and into the kitchen. I saw my mom standing at the kitchen island with small tears running down her cheeks.
“Mom, what’s wrong?” I asked softly, concern evident in my tone.
She jumped a bit as if I startled her and she began furiously wiping the tears away. “Oh, it’s nothing, honey.” she said in a forced tone, waving her hand to dismiss it.
I shook my head at her as I made my way over to sit on one of the bar stools in front of her. “No, something is wrong. Talk to me, mom.”
“It’s just... you are growing up. My baby is growing up. It’s just hard to believe that you aren’t a pup anymore and you now have a pup to raise of your own. Charlie is so amazing and you and Everett are going to be great parents to him. I guess I just feel old.” She said as she sniffled again, shaking her head.
“Mom, I will always be your baby, because I will always need my mom and dad. Always." I said with sincerity. She smiled at my words and her tears immediately stopped.
“Thank you, baby girl. Alright now, enough of all this.” She said as she waved her hand around her face motioning towards her tears.
"Also, mom, for the record you are not old." I stated, making her giggle.
I let out a small laugh at her girlish giggle. Thinking about what she said, I asked, “But, seriously? You really think we will be good parents?”
She smiled brightly at me and looked me directly in the eye, “Well, you did have a great example, didn’t you?”
I laughed a full genuine laugh and stood up from the stool, making my way around the island.
“The best.” I said after I calmed down from my laughing fit and I pulled my mom into a tight hug, squeezing her, making sure she felt the reassurance in my grip. When I pulled back, I noticed fresh tears threatening to spill from her eyes.
She cleared her throat and blinked away the tears. “Anyways, come with me. I have been waiting on you to get up.”
“Okay.” I said, suddenly suspicious. What is she planning and where is everyone else?
She grabbed my hand before I could question her and lead me out the back door of the house and I noticed the sunset in the distance as it was falling behind the towering trees. I followed her through the thick forest and when we stopped on top of a small hill that showcased the beauty of the dropping sun, I gasped in awe. It was beautiful, the swirls of blues, oranges and pinks were truly breathtaking against the green of the tree tops below.
As I stared at the sunset, I didn’t notice when my mom let go of my hand nor did I hear the approaching footsteps as I continued to gaze at the beauty in front of me. Someone cleared their throat, causing me to jump and spin around. The sudden movement caused my hair to whip around and cover my face. When I smoothed out the flying hairs, I looked around to see all of the people that I loved more than anything in my life. Everett, my dad, my mom, and Charlie all stood watching me, only a few feet away.
Everett slowly made his way over to me, and gave me a quick kiss on the cheek. I blushed lightly and stared deeply into his emerald green irises. Before I knew what was happening he was down on one knee and held a small black velvet box in one hand. Oh my, Goddess! Is he doing this right now? My face flushed a deeper red, as I realized what was happening.
“Amelia Leigh Ross, you are my moon. To werewolves, the moon is the most important thing. We live by it, we pray to it, and worship it. That is exactly what you are to me. You are my life and I will spend the rest of my days making sure that you know that you are loved, unconditionally. I prayed to the Moon Goddess every day to send me a mate that I was worthy of, and She sent me you. I can't help but think that I’m not worthy of you, but I will work hard every single day to try and be that man that you deserve. I love you, my moon, with everything I have. You make me a better person, and a better Alpha. Will you do me the greatest honor you could by becoming my wife?”
He thinks he's not worthy? Psh... I'm not worthy of him.
As he finished his speech he looked into my eyes, his gorgeous emerald green eyes pierced my soul and his words warmed my heart. “Oh my Goddess, Everett! Yes, I will marry you!” I yelled in excitement as I brought my hands to his face and crashed my lips down to his.
He only broke the kiss after my parents clapped their hands together in excitement. My head was spinning as Everett stood and pulled the beautiful, emerald cut diamond ring out of the box, and slipped it onto my ring finger. My eyes widened at how large the diamond was and I looked at Everett with nothing but love flooding through my gaze. I love this man more than anything in the world.
I couldn't stop smiling as Charlie ran over and grabbed me and Everett in a huge hug. He wrapped his arms around both our waists and we held him close. Our hearts were full and our family was complete, for now. My parent’s came over to congratulate us, giving each of us loving embraces and kisses on our cheeks. "Congratulations, baby. I am so happy you found your destined mate." My dad said in honesty.
My heart was soaring as I looked over my family and couldn't be more happy with my life and how it turned out. I thought about how differently everything could have gone if Everett was at the Summit instead of Chris. We probably wouldn't have Charlie, and I would go through hell all over again if it meant I could have him in my life. Throughout everything, I gathered a lot of strength from the pup. He kept me going when any normal person would have given up. I was determined to give him a better life and now we have that here with Everett.
I took in a deep breath and closed my eyes, loving every second of this day. When I opened my eyes, Everett lifted Charlie into his arms and together, all of us watched the sun continue to descend into the horizon.
We weren't perfect. Our story wasn't even near perfect, but together... I thought we were pretty damn close.
When we finally made it back home, something seemed off. Walking through the back door, we saw an older looking couple sitting at the dining room table. The woman had dark brown hair, with a little gray mixed in, and the man had blonde hair with gray at the sides. They looked clean cut in their expensive clothes, not a hair out of place.
I furrowed my brows and looked up to see Everett, having the same expression on his face. His grip tightened on my hand he was holding and he halted all movements as he took in the unexpected visitors.
"M-mom, d-dad." He stuttered.
My eyes widened at the realization that his parents were sitting at the dining room table just a few feet away from me. My parents noticed the awkward tension hanging in the air from behind us and quickly scooped Charlie up and made their exit.
"We will be at the pack house, when you get done here." My dad whispered in my ear as they made their way out of the house.
I cleared my throat as his parents looked back at us with both of their lips pressed in tight, thin lines. They looked me up and down as if they were scrutinizing everything about me. I unconsciously ducked behind Everett's arm, trying to hide myself from them.
Everett leaned down with a guilty look on his face. "Remember when I said I would talk to you later about what I saw on my phone?" I nodded in response and he continued. "Well, they are what I saw on my phone... They told me they would be here tomorrow to meet you, but it turns out they showed up early."
I gulped and looked back at Everett's parents, who were patiently waiting for us to make our way to the table. Everett followed my gaze and let out a heavy sigh and began leading us towards the table.
When we reached the table, I decided to stop being a coward and moved from behind Everett to his side. "Hello, I'm Amelia." I said, shakily, as I extended my free hand towards Everett's mother. She looked down at my hand and furrowed her eyebrows together.
Scoffing, she stood from her chair and wrapped me in a tight, motherly hug. As her arms wrapped around my body, I sighed in relief, releasing Everett's hand and returning her embrace.
"I'm Everett's mother, Christina. It's so nice to meet you, Amelia." She said as she pulled back from hugging me, with a warm smile on her face. As she stood in front of me, I noticed how she was a few inches shorter than me, even in her pumps. She had bright green eyes, that Everett obviously got from her and a few small wrinkles that shone at the corners of her eyes.
I smiled at her, relieved she wasn't criticizing everything about me. I turned to her father next and extended my hand to him. He was quick to repeat his wife's actions, capturing me in a large bear hug. I let out a nervous giggle as his arms stopped my breathing. He quickly pulled back and introduced himself. "I'm Jack, Everett's father. Nice to meet you, Amelia."
His father had light blue eyes, and permanent laugh lines that surrounded his eyes and mouth. Where Everett got his eyes and hair from his mother, you could tell where his other features came from. The two men were almost identical despite their eyes and hair color.
After the introductions were out of the way, everyone sat down at the table and a forced silence took over the room.
Everett cleared his throat and with a single lifted eyebrow he questioned his parents, "So, what happened to coming tomorrow?"
"Oh dear, we were just so excited to meet Amelia. I'm sorry we got here earlier than intended, but we were only in Washington so we came right away. I hope you don't mind." His mother stated looking at Everett, and towards the end she shifted her gaze towards me.
"No, of course not. We don't mind. I am happy to finally meet you two." I said with a small, genuine smile.
Jack looked at me and smiled in return, then looked down at my hands that were resting on the table top. His eyes narrowed onto the ring that rested on my ring finger and he lifted his brows. "Engaged?" he asked excitedly.
"Yes, dad." Everett groaned.
"This is so exciting! Please, let me help plan the wedding?" Christina begged, giving me her best puppy-dog eyes.
You could almost hear Everett's eyes rolling when his mother asked if she could help. I jabbed him under the table with my hand, making him let out a small laugh.
"Of course, you can help! My mother and father are here, too. We can all get to know each other while we plan." I said with glee.
"Good! The sooner, the better!" She exclaimed as she clapped her hands together.
Everett groaned, and glanced at me from the corner of his eye. "Mom, Amelia will pick the day. It doesn't have to be so soon, if she doesn't-"
I cut him off. "Everett, I've never been more sure of anything in my life. The sooner, the better." I stated as I turned to look him in the eye.
"Yay! Okay, we have a lot to plan. So, off to bed you two." She stated excitedly.
Everett laughed at his mother, standing from the table and grabbing my hand for me to follow.
"We have to go get Charlie, but I assume you will be okay in the pack house?" He asked and they immediately nodded their heads.
"Okay, good night. See you tomorrow." Everett stated and we made our way out of the house to go get Charlie. It seemed we all might be having a long day tomorrow and a good nights rest sounded perfect.