My lips broke out in a smile as I stared at Zaphrostine. His eyebrows were furrowed together and he was biting his lip as he concentrated on the canvas, the paint palette in one hand and the paint brush in another.
He moved his head to take a look at me when he caught me smiling. With a smirk on his face he looked down at his canvas and continued his strokes on the canvas.
“Enjoying the view are you, darling?“, He asked.
“Well, I’m not the one painting without a shirt on. Would it bother you to put one on?“, I narrowed my eyes at him.
His eyes widened in disbelief as his eyes moved from the canvas to mine.
“You told me to remove it! You said you wouldn’t let me paint your portrait unless I removed my shirt.“, He exclaimed.
“I’m pregnant!“, I exclaimed trying to give a reason for my unusual behavior. I swear these mood swings and pregnancy hormones are going to be the death of me.
He threw his head back and laughed as I pouted.
The nauseous feeling in my stomach had returned and I rested my hand on my stomach, slowly rubbing it.
He stopped laughing when he noticed I was rubbing my belly. He set aside the paint brush and palette and came towards me.
He knelt down in front of the couch and rested his hands on my waist as I leaned against his chest.
“Do you feel sick again?“, He asked.
I nodded my head, gulping the saliva filling in my mouth.
“I told you not to eat the pickles and Nutella.“, He said and rubbed my back.
Its not my fault, I was craving them.
I gagged and pushed Zaph away, running towards the bathroom. Zaph was hot on my heels as I pushed open the door and puked inside the toilet. He gathered my hair behind and rubbed my back. I plopped down on the bathroom floor once I was done while Zaph filled up a glass of water for me. He handed me the glass and I gargled twice to get rid of the after taste.
“Should I cancel the reservation?“, He asked worriedly.
“No!“, I all but shouted.
He seemed surprised at my outburst, hell even I was.
“I mean I feel much better now. It’s almost eight now. There’s still an hour.“, I quickly said.
“Okay. I’m almost done with the painting, just a few final touches are left. Do you want me to run the bath for you?“, He said.
“No, I’ll just hop in the shower.“, I said.
He helped me get up and left after pecking my lips. I clipped my head up in a bun and discarding my clothes and I hopped in the shower. My heart beat erratically as I stood under the hot shower. I clenched and unclenched my fists to calm my nerves. Why was I so nervous? I am literally pregnant with our child.
I entered our closet once I was done showering. I slipped on the black dress. The dress was backless with full sleeves and hugged my body like second skin as it reached a little above my mid thigh. I did a basic makeup look and released my hair from the bun. My hands were starting to get sweaty from nervousness as I finished curling my hair. I grabbed my clutch and opened my jewellery drawer. I grabbed the small ring box which was hidden under the big necklace box.
I opened the box and stared at the platinum ring band of ring with the diamond in the middle and the smaller diamonds on either side of the big one. It had been eleven days since the war. I had bought the ring from the same antique shop from where I had bought his previous ring. I was feeling jittery yet excited because I am going to propose to him tonight.
I closed the box and put it inside my clutch. I went out and laughed silently to find him still painting.
I creeped up behind him and wrapped my hands around his waist as I peeked at the painting.
“Holy shit.“, We both whispered at the same time. I gasped at the painting while he gasped when he looked at me over his shoulder, his paint brush falling from his fingers
“That painting looks amazing!“, I said as he pulled me in front of me.
“I prefer the real one.“, He said and grabbed my face and kissed me passionately. It still feels like the first time we kissed. His lips were warm as they moved against mine. My hand holding the clutch rested against his waist as the other roamed his body.
We panted heavily as we broke apart.
“I’m tempted to throw you upon my shoulder and lock us inside our room.”
“Unfortunately, we can’t do that. We have reservations and I’m all dressed up.“, I said stepping back and out of his hold.
He smirked and said,
“What if say hypothetically I ruined your dress?”
My eyes widened as I saw him dipping his hand in the bottle of paint and I backed away as I shouted and ran away,
“DON’T YOU DARE, ZAPHROSTINE!”
He laughed and chased me around the house.
“Come on how bad will it be if we just stay in?”
I ignored him and barged into our room. I ran to the other side of the bed as he entered.
“Okay okay, we’ll stay in but don’t ruin my dress.“, I pleaded.
“I’ll buy you another one.“, He grinned and ran towards me.
I ditched the heels and jumped on the bed, running on it and jumping down from it. I had almost made it out of the room and his hand shot out and slammed the door shut. His body collided against my back and he snaked his hand around my waist and turned me around.
His blue eyes filled with love and lust as he stared at me. Before I could say anything, he placed his hand which was dipped in bright red paint on the side of my neck and slowly dragged it down all the way up to my waist.
“You did not just-”
He shut me up again.
We passionately made out again and that’s when I realized, this was the perfect moment. I didn’t need a fancy dinner and balloons to propose to him. I pulled back and stared at his electric blue eyes.
“I never thought I would be able to find love but yet here I find myself in love with you. I always thought I would miss out on a mate because of being a silver wolf but you proved me wrong and thank you for that. I’ve ran away twice but you didn’t give up on me. You stood by my side even when my own sister pushed me away. I know I’m a handful and I came with a big baggage but you accepted the baggage and made me feel so validated and loved. After- after I lost my mom, I hated myself but you made me love myself again. I know I’m far from perfect but you loved my imperfections as if they were my perfections. You make me complete, my love. I know we just went through tough times and I know there will be tougher times in the future but you provide me the assurance that I won’t have to face them alone. I want to spend my entire life waking up in your arms in the morning to kissing you goodnight. I want to spend the rest of my life with you, Zaph because you’re the one for me. So.....“, By the time I had finished my speech we both had tears filled in my eyes and my heart was loudly beating in my chest. I opened the clutch and took out the box.
I opened it and went down on one knee. I laughed through my tears and asked the question,
“Zaphrostine Pietro Maximus Dallesandro, will you marry me?”
His lips parted as he stared at the ring. Negative thoughts started running through my mind as he didn’t reply for the next few seconds. His gaze slowly travelled from the box to my eyes and the widest grin formed on his face.
The next thing I know he pulled me up and slammed his lips on mine.
“Yes, Rose. Goddess, you have no idea how happy I am.”
I smiled and kissed him again and slipped the ring on his finger. We both stared at the ring on his finger when he looked up and said excitedly, “We’re getting married!”
I laughed and nodded my head, “We are!”
He kissed me and gestured me to jump on him. He walked towards the bed when I pulled away but he continued to kiss the unpainted part of my neck.
“What are you doing?“, I asked him.
He lowered me on the bed and stayed on me such that his knees were on either side of mine. He leant in and whispered in my ear,
“It would be a shame if I didn’t show my soon to be wife how much I love her after she asked me to be her husband.”
4 YEARS LATER
“How are things back at the quarter?“, I asked Fiona as she sipped on her glass of Champagne.
“Nothing problematic. Inara’s still locked up.“, She replied.
“I honestly didn’t think Sylvia would punish Inara and take away her powers because she was her granddaughter.“, I said. After the war, Sylvia had asked me to hand over Inara as the witches would look after her punishment. I didn’t want to upset her after she had provided me her help so I willingly did. I’m glad I did because Sylvia rightly punished for her actions.
“The high priestess is-”
Two high pitched voices shouted and two little bodies collided into my legs, both of them holding onto each of my leg. My hands shot out to help them balance before they could fall. Once they were steady on their feet, they released me and I crouched down and expressed worriedly,
“How many times have I asked you both to be careful when you run? Thank goddess no one is hurt.”
They both said guiltily. I swear my heart melts at how adorable they are.
“It’s okay my sweethearts.“, I smiled at them and they started grinning.
“Come here, I’ll introduce you munchkins to auntie Fiona.“, I said and they stepped near me.
I picked them up in my arms and stood up.
“This is Fiona, the witch I was telling you about.“, I told them.
They both looked at her with awe on their faces and she smiled at them.
“Fiona, please let me introduce you to the youngest troublemakers of the castle.“, I teased and both of them giggled.
“This little lady is my daughter, Asterin Emery Dallasandro.“, I introduced my four year old. Zaph and I were delighted when we heard we were having a daughter. We could not take our eyes off her when she was first born. Asteria is both wild like me but also polite and composed like Zaph. She has beautiful brown hair which we did not expect but the doctor said that both Zaph and I had recessive brown gene so she ended up with brown hair. He cute pert nose was like mine but her lips were definitely shaped like Zaph’s. Her eyes are the most alluring part about her. Asteria has partial heterochromia. She has blue eyes like Zaph’s but a part of her right eye is brown like mine.
“Well, well, aren’t you as pretty as your mommy.“, Fiona said.
“Thank you but my mommy is pwettier.“, Asterin smiled. Fiona laughed and mumbled how cute.
“Thank you, baby.“, I said and kissed her cheek.
“And this young man is Charlotte and Elijah’s son, Nikolai Tristan Lewis.“, As soon as I introduced him, he hid his face in my neck. Niko is a shy boy when you first meet him but once he becomes close to you it is hard to stop the little cherub from being talkative. He’s a sweet boy but has a feisty side to him just like his mother. We all fell in love with his dark skin and gorgeous curls when he was born. His eyes were exactly like his mothers but all his other features were like his father’s.
“It’s okay, my sweet. She won’t do anything.“, I whispered in his ear and coaxed him to look up. He slowly looked up at Fiona and she said,
“Pleasure to meet you, handsome.“, She said and the tip of his ears turned red. He mumbled a small thank you and looked down.
“How many times do I have to remind you not to pick up the kids. You could hurt yourself or the twins.“, I heard my husband’s voice behind me and he grabbed the kids from my arms into his.
“I’m just I won’t hurt myself, babe.“, I pouted and the kids giggled in his arms.
“Happy anniversary to you both.“, Fiona wished us.
“Thank you, Fiona, I hope you enjoyed the party.“, Zaph said.
“Yes, it was lovely, thank you for inviting me but I must leave now.“, She said.
“Of course, thank you for coming. Do visit sometime again. “, I said and she nodded taking her leave.
“Who wants to eat more cake?“, Gen asked cheerfully as she neared us.
“Me!“, both the kids shouted and we laughed.
Zaph placed them down on the ground and Niko ran towards Gen. Both Gen and Jess loved the kids and were actually thinking of adopting a kid for themselves. I was sure that both of them would make lovely parents because of the way they take care of Niko and Erin. The kids also love them dearly.
“Bye daddy, bye mommy!“, Erin said.
“Bye, princess.“, Zaph said and kissed her cheek as she hopped off towards Niko and all three of them went away.
Erin was born a month after Niko and both of them have been inseparable ever since they were in diapers. It’s cute how they’re always joint to the hip. From having breakfast in the morning to bidding each other good night in their pyjamas, they’re together. Sometimes they have sleepovers in our quarters or maybe Eli and Char’s or even at Gen and Jess’s quarters. The people in the castle adore them even though they’re little mischiefs.
“May I have this dance, Mrs Dallesandro?”
I turned around to find Zaphrostine standing behind me, extending his arm out for me.
“Yes.“, I smiled and placed my hand in his.
He led us to the dance floor and I placed my other hand on his shoulder as he placed his on my waist.
“Do you know how close I was to punching Alpha Ryker in the face?“, He said in an annoyed voice,
“And why is that?“, I chuckled as he twirled me and pulled me back to him.
“He has been staring at you the entire evening.“, He grumbled and I prevented from laughing because of how cute my mate looked.
“Oh yeah, where is he, let me give him my pleasantries.“, I joked and tried to turn around to search for him when he pulled me tightly against his chest.
“Absolutely not.“, He said in an authoritative tone.
“Darling, I’m seven months pregnant. I literally look like I’m knocked up.“, I chuckled.
“I don’t care. You not going anywhere near that man.“, He said stubbornly.
“You do know he’s gay right?“, I bit my lips to control my laughter upon seeing his astonished face.
“Oh.“, He said and looked away embarrassed by the situation.
I stood up on my tip toes and whispered in his ear,
“I only want you.....old man.“, I pulled away and busted out laughing.
His nose scrunched up in disgust as being called an old man.
“Are you sure I’m an old man because your swollen belly says otherwise.“, He smirked at me.
“I-“, I was about to retort when we heard the giggles of our daughter.
She was dancing with Niko with uncoordinated steps when they both tripped and fell. They looked at each other and started giggling and Gen and Jess picked them up from the ground.
I wrapped both of my arms around Zaph’s neck and laid my head against his chest such that it faced the children.
“She’s growing up so fast.“, I whispered and he tightened his grip on my waist.
“I still remember the first time I held her in my arms.“, Zaph whispered and I smiled.
“I have a feeling she’s going to be a good alpha.“, I craned my neck up to look at him.
“The best there will be.“, He looked down at me with a smile on his lips.
“Happy anniversary, Zaph.”
“Happy anniversary, Rose.”
He leant down and kissed me.
We’ve come a long way and I’m proud of us. I never imagined my life would be like this. We are a family of three soon to become a family of five and I can’t be grateful enough for that. I have learnt that not all relationships are meant to be prime example being my own sister. It took me a good whole year and many visits to the therapists to believe that I was not the reason my brother and parents died but unfortunately, Sarah believes otherwise. Our relationship is broken and I don’t know if I even want to mend it because if she really cared about me, she wouldn’t have abandoned me when the time came. It’s true what they say blood doesn’t make you family but rather love does. If you don’t believe it then take a look around, Gen, Jess, Char, Elijah, Zaph we’re all unrelated by blood but nonetheless we regard each other as family and that’s the beauty of it. I’ve left everything in the past and whenever I look back upon it, I feel lucky to have survived that and be surrounded by such amazing people. I’m happy to wake up everyday in my mate’s arms with our daughter jumping on the bed excitedly telling us about her day’s plans, her hair sticking out in all the direction and soon we will have our hands full with our unborn sons.
Life has taught me many things but the most important lesson it has taught me is that there is always light at the end of the tunnel. Our only purpose in life is to be happy and I feel like I’ve finally achieved it because I have everything now the kingdom, its people, my friends, my kids and the most important of them all the love of my life.