Chapter One: Weaving a Dream
(DO NOT READ THIS IF YOU HAVE NOT READ BOOK ONE, TWO & THREE) -The Sapphire Dreamer / Love Triangle-
Ariel sat at her and Luka’s table at the café, sipping her tea. She’s been sitting there for thirty minutes, thinking of how to convince everyone to go back to the country that despises Lukas, and what he can do for the right people.
Ariel turned and smiled when she saw Hannah waving at her from the entrance gate to the patio of the café. Hannah had trouble with the door as she carried her two-month-old son in her arms. Thankfully, someone was close and opened the door for her.
“Thanks,” Hannah said as she walked past the man holding the door for her and headed to Ariel’s table.
“You look happy,” Ariel said as she watched her best friend walk up to the table.
“I am,” Hannah said as she pulled out a chair and sat next to her in the shade. “So hot today,” she said out of breath.
“Let me see the little guy,” Ariel said as she held her arms out for the baby.
Hannah smiled as she let Ariel take her son from her.
“Hello, little Jaxx,” Ariel said as she smiled down at the sleeping little boy.
“Where’s Luka?” Hannah asked as she looked at the empty chair on the other side of Ariel.
“Sirens went off,” Ariel said as she looked in the direction she had watched her husband disappear in.
“How are you feeling?” Hannah asked as she looked at her friend.
Ariel smiled down at the little boy in her arms. “Can’t wait for mine.”
Hannah smiled as she watched her son with her best friend. “Just a couple more months.”
Ariel nodded, “then, I’ll be able to hold my own bundle of joy.”
“Yeah, right, joy,” Hannah said with a laugh when she heard her son, whimper.
“I think he needs a change,” Ariel said as she wrinkled her nose.
Hannah laughed, “lust wait until yours comes…”
Ariel shook her head. “I’m leaving that part for Luka.”
“Yeah, don’t let Lukas do it, he’ll have the diaper on the poor kid’s head,” Hannah said with a laugh as she held her son, who was now crying. She sighed as she stood.
“Let me get that for you.”
Hannah turned with a brilliant smile, lighting her face.
“Do you have him?” She asked as he took the baby from her.
“It’s not my first change, Hannah,” he said with a smile.
Hannah sat as she watched him walk away.
Ariel watched her friend’s face and chuckled. “What’s going on?”
Hannah turned to her friend, her excitement too much to hold back. “He asked me to marry him last night,” she said as she held her left hand out to her friend.
Ariel whistled at the ring on her friend’s finger. It wasn’t as exquisite or as expensive as her ring, but it was up there. Lukas had shared with Hannah, the money he had taken from the man who had kept her locked up in a dungeon. He had even given some of it to the people the man had enslaved in his home for years.
“I keep pinching myself to make sure I’m not dreaming,” Hannah said as she gushed at her ring. “After what had happened with the fat son of a…,” she took a deep breath to calm herself, “I didn’t think anyone would ever want me again…”
“Oh, Hannah. He loves you,” Ariel said with a smile, “it wasn’t your fault they kidnapped you and sold you to that beast.”
Hannah sighed as she looked at Ariel. “No, I guess not.”
“See, all done.”
They looked up at him and smiled as he held the baby against his chest and rocked back and forth.
“But I think he’s hungry, which is something I cannot do,” he said with a grin.
Hannah smiled as she took her son from him and positioned him so that she could feed him. With a smile, her fiancé laid a blanket over her shoulder so that no one could see, then pulled out the chair on the other side of Hannah and smiled at her as she fed Jaxx.
“You’re amazing,” he said as he leaned forward and kissed her smiling lips.
She sighed as she leaned towards him. “You’re not so bad, yourself.”
“Congratulations,” Ariel said with a bright smile.
He turned to her and smiled. “I see she told you our news.”
Ariel nodded, still smiling.
“Where’s Luka?” He asked as he looked at the empty seat.
“Siren,” Ariel said as she pointed in the direction her husband had disappeared in.
“Wish I could help him,” he said with a frown.
“You’re not doing anything stressful for another two months. The doctor said, eight months,” Hannah said as she stared at her fiancé.
He laughed as he kissed her lips again. “I know, darling. I’m just wishing…”
“Abraham, did you get a call from your captain?” Ariel asked as she remembered what she needed to talk to them about.
Abraham looked at her. “No, why?”
“He called me this morning,” she said as she took a deep breath, “he wants us to come home.”
Hannah looked at her. “But this is our home.”
Ariel nodded, “that’s what I told him,” she told them about her conversation with Chandler Davis and watched their faces for their response.
She looked over at Abraham and smiled. Six months ago, he had beaten the odds and survived through the night, then the next and the next, and the next, until a week later, he had woken. No lasting brain damage, and his wounds healing well.
She looked at Hannah and their son. He had had something to live for.
“Good luck, convincing Lukas to go,” Abraham said with a shake of his head.
“Yeah, I was thinking the same thing,” Ariel said with a nod.
“He’s accepted here,” Hannah said as she moved her son to her shoulder.
“I am hoping once we fix the mess back in America, we can come back here…”
“I would like that,” Hannah said as she smiled at her fiancé.
“So, would I,” Abraham said as he leaned forward and kissed her lips.
“I’m thinking of opening my own paper there; I think I can get Kaison to support me. That way, he has control over what I print. And we all know he’ll let me print anything I want, especially if it’s about fixing a corrupt system.”
“That man would support you if you wanted to put a piranha on his…”
“Hannah,” Abraham said with a laugh.
Hannah laughed, “I was about to say nose.”
“Sure, you were,” Abraham said as he leaned towards her and kissed her cheek.
“Don’t talk about that around Luka and especially not around Lukas,” Ariel said with a shake of her head.
“We all know Kaison won’t do anything to get between you and Luka. But I think when you got your plastic surgery, he fell even more in love with you.” Hannah said, then chuckled at the sour look on her friend’s face.
“We need to find him someone else to love,” Ariel said as she shook her head.
“Well, look who’s done with his work already,” Abraham said as he watched his partner walk across the street.
Ariel turned and smiled when she saw her husband. He walked straight to the fence and leaped over it, then picked her up out of the chair and gave her the biggest kiss he has ever given her. She sucked in a shocked breath as his mouth devoured hers. When he pulled away, she looked into the blue eyes of her husband.
“We just put away a man who killed his best friend’s wife, because she had chosen his friend over him,” he said as he looked deep into her eyes.
“Oh,” she said out of breath as she understood his need for her.
It was too close to home. Though, luckily for her, the two men she loved were the same man. And she knows neither of them would have killed her.
“Too close to home, huh, Luka?” Hannah asked from her seat beside Ariel.
Luka looked at his friends and smiled. “A touch.”
Ariel touched his cheek. “I know you wouldn’t have killed me if I had chosen The Sapphire Dreamer.”
He shook his head. “But what if you had chosen me?”
She shook her head. “Even if Lukas weren’t you, he would never have hurt me. You know that you can feel that. That’s why you rushed here because you’re relieved you and Lukas are not like that horrible man you just put away.”
He sighed as he pulled her against him. “I’m just glad you had the sense to fall for two exceptional men, even if one of them is a bit crazy.”
She chuckled as she held him close. Luka sighed as he let her go and helped her into her chair. He sat in the one next to hers and smiled as he took her hand and held it.
“Your captain called me,” she said as she smiled back at him.
“What did Davis need?” Luka asked.
She told him about her conversation with their American captain and watched the emotions play over his face.
He was happy here with his work. Lukas got to come out and play, without the threat of being arrested, and Luka gets to catch the bad guys and put them away, and not worry that the flawed system will set them free within six months.
“What are you going to do about your paper?” Luka asked.
She shrugged as she told him what she’d told Abraham and Hannah.
Luka nodded, “that’s an excellent idea.”
Ariel laughed, “you talk as though I never come up with them.”
He laughed as he leaned forward and kissed her. “You’re more prone to trouble, love.”
She laughed, “yes, I know, I have a trouble magnet attached to my ass.”
He laughed as he kissed her again.
Ariel turned to look at Hannah. “So, are you ready to be my assistant again?”
Hannah grinned, “other than being a mother, that was the best job I have ever had.”
“Did you ever get your green card?” Ariel asked as she watched her friend.
Hannah nodded, “had gotten it the day before, we went undercover.”
Ariel grinned, “perfect.”
“Are you sure the mayor and the others will be happy to see us back?” Abraham asked with a slight laugh.
Hannah looked between Ariel and Luka. “Hey, The Sapphire Dreamer is dead. How are we going to…”
Ariel grinned as she pulled a dream catcher from her bag and handed it to her friend. Abraham took his son from Hannah so she could look at the dream catcher.
Luka cleared his throat as he turned his head from them, his cheeks reddening as he pointed to Hannah’s top.
Hannah looked down and laughed as she fixed herself, then pulled the blanket off her shoulder.
“This is amazing. Did you make this?” Hannah asked as she looked at the beautiful dream catcher.
Ariel nodded, “well, I bought the dreamcatcher, but I stitched the Emeralds into it.”
“The Emerald Dreamer?” Abraham asked as he looked at the dream catcher in Hannah’s hand.
“Actually, it’s Weaver,” Ariel said as she looked at Abraham.
“Weaver, huh?” Abraham asked with a smirk.
“Catchy,” Luka said as he smiled at his wife.
Ariel turned to him with a smile. “Lukas said the same thing.”
“So, when do we leave for America?” Hannah asked as she placed the dreamcatcher back into the bag.
“As soon as we get organized,” Ariel said with a smile. “I need to talk to Kaison, and I need to see if my employees would like to go on a vacation to America with us. I can’t investigate like I used to right now,” she said as she laid her hand over her stomach.
“Got that right,” Luka said as he pulled her against him, “I’m de-magnifying you until after the baby is born.”
Ariel laughed as she shook her head.
“So, will three days be enough time?” Abraham asked as he watched them.
“I think so,” Ariel said with a nod.
Abraham and Hannah smiled at each other.
“What’s going on?” Ariel asked as she watched them.
Hannah looked at her friend. “We signed up to get married the day after tomorrow.”
Ariel frowned, “no real wedding?”
“We waited long enough,” Abraham said as he pulled Hannah against him, “we want to get it done. Maybe have a nice reception in America, where our family and friends can congratulate us.”
“Besides, you didn’t have a wedding either,” Hannah said with a smile for her friend.
“No, but that was because none of our family could make it here. So what was the point…”
“Will you still be my maid of honor? I mean, we’ll just be standing in city hall…” Ariel knocked the air out of Hannah’s lungs as she flung herself at her friend.
“I take that as a yes,” Abraham said with a laugh.
The girls separated and wiped their eyes as Ariel sat back in her chair.
“Crap,” Luka grumbled.
“What?” Ariel asked as she turned to him.
“I have that doctor’s appointment tomorrow…”
“Oh. Has he had any luck?” Ariel asked as she watched his face.
They had found a hypnotic specialist, and it had thrilled the man to help them with Luka’s alters. He had never seen alters and a host communicate on their own, and the alters do as the host asks. He’s intrigued by the eye color change and the strength and speed of Lukas. However, from what they told her, he has never seen it for himself because Lukas refuses to show himself outside of hypnosis.
What the doctor was working on now, was trying to get Lizzie to grow up. Lukas had grown up even though they were asleep, and the doctor has been trying to find what had kept Lizzie from growing.
“I guess some alters were meant to stay the age they first show,” Luka said with a shrug.
“I’ll come with you tomorrow, maybe I can help,” Ariel said with a half-smile.
Luka looked at her with a smile and shook his head.
“She adores you, maybe that will help.”