Epilogue: The Family Gem
-Six Months Later-
“You wanted to see me?” Dom asked as he opened the door to the nursery, they had built next door to Aurora’s room.
Aurora smiled up at him from her son, who was asleep in her arms as she rocked him in the rocking chair.
“I think it’s time we talked,” she said, then stood from the chair and placed her son into the crib.
Dom smiled as he watched his daughter with his grandson.
She turned to him and pointed at the door.
They left the nursery, and she picked up the monitor before she closed the door.
“Where do you want to talk?” Dom asked as he watched his daughter.
“The gardens,” she said without looking at him as she walked down the hall towards the stairs.
Once they were in the garden, they sat in two of the chairs around the small table.
“What’s on your mind?” He asked.
Aurora sighed, “Well, I’ve been home for more than a year now, and I think it’s time you told me everything.”
Dom’s eyebrow raised as he watched her. Then he sighed. “And, I guess you deserve some answers.”
She nodded, and he sat forward.
“What do you want to know, Piccolo?”
“What does my title mean?”
He shrugged, “nothing, really.”
She scowled at him, and he chuckled.
“All right,” he said with a nod, “it started the day you were born. You were a very well-behaved baby. Like your boy is. And everyone constantly said, what a gem. It kind of stuck.”
She blinked at him. “You mean, my title that I was almost killed for is nothing but a family nickname?”
He chuckled, “it’s a little more than that.”
“How?” She asked.
“Well, in my family, females can’t be the heir. And your mother and I decided that you wouldn’t be snuffed out of what is rightfully yours. So, we created your title.”
“You mean. My title is my inheritance?”
He nodded, “yes. Your mother and I agreed on an amount, and placed it under the title, The Gem of the Romano Dynasty.”
She nodded. It all made so much sense. “What if I die?”
He shrugged, “it would have gone to your mother. But now that you have Emilio, it will go to him.”
She smiled. She was glad that her son will be taken care of if something happened to her.
“What would have happened to the rest of your money, and the business, if Mom hadn’t had Jayme?”
Dom sighed, “it would have all gone to my brother.”
“Oh,” she said as she blinked. “You have a brother?”
He nodded, “he’s still in Italy.”
“Why hadn’t he come to America with you?”
“Because he wants nothing to do with the family business or money. He has his own money.”
She nodded. “So, the title really would die with me?”
Dom leaned forward and placed his hand over hers. “You’re our Gem. The most important little girl in the world.”
She smiled, “I’m not a little girl anymore, Papa.”
He smiled, “I know,” he said, then stood and moved over to her and kissed her forehead. “But you will always be my little girl, Piccolo. My precious Gem.”
She smiled as she looked up at her father.
“I have something for you,” he said as he pulled something from his vest pocket.
Her eyes widened as her father placed a stuffed dog on the table in front of her.
“Henry,” she whispered.
He grinned, “I’m glad you remember,” he said, then kissed her forehead again. “Memories are important, Piccolo. Make sure you make plenty of them with Ren and Emilio.”
She smiled up at him. “I will, Papa.”
“Good,” he said with a nod, then turned and walked back to the mansion.
Aurora looked at her old stuffed dog. She hasn’t seen it since she was three.
“Are you all right, babe?”
Aurora looked up at her husband and smiled. “I’m fine.”
“Did you ask your father?”
She nodded, and he smiled. “I’m sorry, love. I would have told you anything you wanted to know, but I thought your father should tell you.”
She smiled at him. “Thank you.”
He nodded. “What do you have there?” He asked as he pointed at the stuffed dog.
She smiled, “his name is Henry. Papa gave him to me when I was two. He was my favorite stuffed animal; until I lost him when Mom and I disappeared. I guess my dad had him all this time.”
Ren smiled as he picked up the stuffed dog and looked it over. “I know the perfect place for him.”
She watched him as he walked away. Her eyebrow shot up, then she jumped to her feet and ran after him. He went to his house he hasn’t lived in; in over six months. She followed him inside and sucked in a breath. The place looked nothing like it had when Martina had tried to kill her.
“I know this place hasn’t been your favorite place since Martina. So, I asked your mother and sister to decorate the place the way they thought you would like it. Everything is different,” he said as he turned to her, “even the stove and fridge aren’t the same.”
She chuckled as she watched him walk to a shelf and place the stuffed animal on a board.
“If you don’t like it, we can continue to live in the mansion…”
She threw herself at him, and he chuckled as he caught her and held her close.
“I love you,” she said as she buried her face in his chest.
He kissed the top of her head. “I love you too,” he said, then pulled back so he could look at her. “If the memories are too much…”
She shook her head. “Let’s make new memories.”
He grinned, “right this way, wife of mine.”
She grinned as she let him lead her to the bedroom. He was right. Nothing was the same: a new bed, new blankets, pillows, even new wallpaper.
“Shall we break it in?” He asked with a grin as he pointed at the bed.
She nodded enthusiastically, and he lifted her into his arms, then carried her to the bed and laid her down, then climbed on top of her.
“Next, I’ll show you the nursery.”
She smiled as she pulled his head down to her and kissed him. “Right now, make a new memory with me.”
He grinned as he pulled her shirt over her head. “As you wish, my beautiful Gem.”
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