Chapter Six: Reunited
Gio landed his ship in the Station’s space dock. He hasn’t been able to reach anyone at the Space Station, except his son. He got out of the ship and looked around; it was much too quiet for it being the middle of the day.
He headed for the exit and paused. Just on the other side of the line from the space dock stood his son with a man. Gio blinked and stared at the other man. Couldn’t be, could it?
“Masorien?” he asked as he approached them.
“Hello, Brother,” Masorien said with a smile.
“How?” Gio asked, looking around them. “What’s going on here?”
“It’s a long story,” Masorien said with a smile.
“With a happy ending,” Pilar said, smiling at his father.
“How did you become Sobriehton again?” Gio asked, staring at his brother.
“You can thank your daughter for that,” Masorien said, still smiling.
“My daughter? Dahonnah?” Gio asked, confused.
“No, Brother,” Masorien said with a shake of his head.
“Look, I don’t have time for your games. I need to go talk to Vicsorio,” Gio said, pushing past his brother and son.
“You were right, Pilar. He has hardened his heart,” Masorien said as he turned to take hold of his brother’s arm to stop him from walking away. “It’s a long story, Brother. One you need to hear,” Masorien said as he let go of his brother.
“I have no time for stories,” Gio grumbled.
All three turned as Nahla cried out and ran towards them. Her kitten flailing in her arms.
“Nahla?” Gio asked, watching the little girl, stunned. Was she calling him Daddy? Or was Vicsorio here somewhere?
“Damn, I told them to wait,” Masorien said with a laugh. “Guess you can’t keep a kid from her father for too long.”
“Twenty years is more than long enough,” Pilar said with a grin.
Gio looked down at Nahla, stunned as she collided into his legs and held onto them with all her might. Just as she had when she was little. Though she’s not much bigger now.
She looked up at him with a sad look on her face. “Daddy? Aren’t you happy to see me?”
Gio choked on a lump in his throat as he lifted his daughter into his arms and held her close. “Of course I am, baby girl.”
How did she have her memories back? Had his son created serums to bring their memories back? He looked at Pilar.
Pilar held his hands up and laughed. “Don’t look at me, Father. I didn’t do it,” he said as he looked over to where Gresha stood with Leih and pointed at her. “She did.”
Gio looked over to where the Earth girl stood with Leih. There was something different about her. Was it the way she looked at him? No, it’s the markings running down her arms. He swallowed past the lump in his throat and set Nahla on her feet. Pilar took Nahla’s hand as they watched their father move towards Gresha.
“Gresha?” Gio asked as he continued to move towards her.
“Daddy!” Gresha called out as she moved away from Leih and ran towards her father.
Gio picked up speed as he ran towards his daughter and met her halfway, then lifted her into his arms and spun her in a circle. He set her on the floor and moved her hair back from her face. He looked into her beautiful gray eyes and smiled.
“Gresha,” he choked out.
“Hi, Daddy,” she said with a bright smile.
“But how?” he asked as he lifted her arms to look at her markings.
“Hah-Nah kissed me,” she said with a smile.
“Hah-Nah, did what?” Gio asked, looking at her, confused.
“She was dying, and she kissed me,” Gresha said with a frown.
“She passed the Kryer gift on to you,” he said, staring at her.
“Which woke my Sobriehton side. I exploded,” she said, almost laughing. “It brought the whole station’s memories back.”
“Unbelievable,” Gio said, looking into her beautiful face. She looked so much like her mother. “If she gave you the Kryer gift, then that means…” Gio looked at them with a sad look on his face.
“Hah-Nah is gone,” Gresha said, wiping away a tear.
“We have them back, Father,” Pilar said as he came up behind his father Nahla in his arms.
Gio turned to his son. “If everyone’s memories are back, then they will be after…”
“No, sir,” Leih said as he walked up behind Gresha and placing his hands on her shoulders. “My father sent Neesah to Krio for a thousand years,” he said with a smile.
Gio noticed the boy hadn’t called her mother. He looked around at his family. He finally has his girls back. Tears streamed down his cheeks.
“My girls,” he cried, holding his arms out to them.
Nahla moved from her brother’s arms and into her father’s while Gresha wrapped her arms around her father’s waist. Gio held his girls in his arms, not wanting to ever let them go again. He felt the ice chips in his hearts break apart and float away. He kissed each of their cheeks over and over. Gresha and Nahla both giggled as they looked at him.
“Love you, Daddy,” Gresha said, smiling up at him.
“I love you too, Daddy,” Nahla said as she patted her father on the cheek.
“I love you both so much,” he said as he kissed them again.
Gresha pulled back from her father and leaned against Leih. “Daddy,” she said, smiling up at Leih, then looking back at her father, “we have more news.”
“What’s that?” Gio asked, watching his daughter. He could tell they were closer than they had ever been.
“Well, while I was Gretta, me and Leih got married,” she said, smiling up at her father.
“You did what?” he asked, shocked. “Why did I not know of this?”
“It was a secret ceremony, Father,” Pilar said as he laid his hand on his father’s shoulder.
“And you let this happen?” Gio demanded, turning to his son.
“Hey,” Pilar said, holding his hands up in defense. “None of us had our memories, remember. If we had, I definitely wouldn’t have allowed it.”
“Hey,” Gresha said, pouting at her brother.
Pilar smiled at her. “I would have insisted on a real wedding,” he said with a smile.
Gresha laughed. “That’s not the biggest news, Daddy,” she said, looking at her father. She wrapped her arms around her stomach, her eyes watching her father.
Gio looked down, then up at her face. “No,” he whispered.
“Yes,” Gresha said happily, “I’m pregnant.”
“With Twins,” Pilar added, leaning in towards his father.
“Twins?” Gio asked, looking at his son.
“Twins,” Gresha said excitedly.
“You better tell me everything,” Gio said as he wrapped his other arm around his daughter and walked them towards the exit.
They walked to the High Royal Suite and told him everything that has happened, including his own visit. They were sitting on the couch in the living room when they finally got to the part about the black knife and how it had almost killed Leih just from touching it.
When they got to the part where they saw their father and Nahla couldn’t wait for Uncle Masorien to tell him what was going on, the adults laughed. Gio lifted his youngest onto his lap.
“I just remembered something,” Gresha said, looking at her family. “Neesah had said you will never find her without me before they had shoved her into the pod. What did she mean by that?”
“Could mean anything,” Pilar said with a shrug.
“She was probably just trying to find a way to get us to stop my father from sending her away,” Leih said, pulling her against him.
“Right,” Gresha said with a nod. Though she didn’t feel like that was the case.
Nahla yawned and cuddled against her father, her kitten already asleep in her arms.
“Someone is ready for bed,” Gio said, smiling down at his youngest.
“No,” Nahla said with a shake of her head.
“I can take her to her suite,” Leih offered as he stood.
“No,” Nahla cried, “stay with Daddy.”
“She can sleep in her old room,” Gio said as he got to his feet.
“I’ll go get some of the stuff from her suite for her kitten,” Leih said, walking towards the door.
Gresha followed her father down the hall to her old room. As they entered the room, Gresha sucked in a shocked breath.
“It’s like I never left,” she said as she looked around the room.
Gio laid Nahla on her old bed and kissed her on the cheek, then stood and looked at Gresha. “I don’t want her to sleep in that other suite anymore,” he said with a frown. “I want to keep her here.”
“I think she would like that,” Gresha said with a nod.
“Here are the necessities for the kitten,” Leih said as he walked into the room with the food dishes and litter box.
He set them in the room, then kissed Nahla on the cheek. Gio and Gresha gave Nahla a goodnight kiss as well, then smiled as they backed out of the room. Gio closed the door all the way, so the kitten didn’t escape, then turned to Leih with a smile.
“Thank you for being a good big brother to her. I knew I could count on you.”
Leih smiled, “she was a great little sister.”
“Isn’t she though,” Gresha said with a smile.
“I don’t want her sleeping in the suite on your side of the Royal Corridor,” Gio said as they walked down the hall.
“I don’t blame you, uncle,” Leih said with a nod.
“We won’t be there either,” Gresha said with a smile. “Uncle Mason said that there’s an empty High Royal Suite almost as big as yours.”
Gio grinned at his daughter and pulled her against his side. “There is. It’s right next door.”
“I’ll like that,” she said, holding onto him.
“Me too, baby girl, me too,” he said, kissing her forehead.
They entered the living room, where everyone was still gathered. Gresha and Leih sat on the couch in each other’s arms while Gio sat on the other side of the sofa from them, smiling at his family, whole once again. He frowned except for his wife. And where the hell was Stalson and Claireisa.
“Stalson disappeared when we got our memories back,” Pilar answered when he heard his father’s thoughts.
“That is still annoying, Son,” Gio said, looking at Pilar
Pilar laughed. “So, I’ve been told,” he said, looking at his little sister, “and told.”
Gresha chuckled, then stuck her tongue out at her brother.
“I think he went looking for Claireisa,” Pilar said, turning back to his father.
“Right,” Gio said with a nod when he remembered that she had disappeared just after Gwyneth had been killed.
“Oh My Gods,” Gresha said, her eyes huge as saucers.
“What?!” Leih asked, looking down at her. “Is it the babies?” he asked worriedly.
She shook her head. “I was thinking again about what Neesah had said. You will never find her without me. What if she was talking about my mother?”
Everyone stared at her. “That does make sense,” Masorien said with a nod.
“I hid Gwyneth’s body before I set off the bombs,” Pilar said, looking at his family.
“Did anyone see you do it?” Gresha asked, watching her brother.
“I doubt it. I was alone.”
“But you were also in a hurry to get back to the serum room,” Leih said, remembering that day all too well.
“I say we go check it out,” Masorien said as he got to his feet.
“Someone has to stay with Nahla,” Gio said as he stood.
“She has been on her own for years,” Leih said as he got to his feet.
Gio looked at his nephew with an annoyed look on his face. “I don’t care what she had done under your roof. Here she is, my daughter, and I’m not leaving her alone.”
“Sorry,” Leih said, ducking his head.
“Daddy. Don’t forget that Leih’s family isn’t as close as ours. And Leih was a good big brother. You can tell by how well Nahla grew up. I got away from the venom of that woman and was raised by my mother’s family. Nahla was under that woman’s thumb for twenty years. Leih kept her safe,” Gresha said, looking at her father.
Gio took a deep breath to calm himself. “I’m sorry, Leih. I know you protected her, and I know your family is different than mine. But I do not want to leave Nahla without someone here in case she wakes.”
“Of course,” Leih said with a nod.
“I’ll call Tenyar and see if he can bring my friends over to watch her,” Gresha said, holding her hand out to her husband for his phone.
He laughed as he handed her his phone. “We’ve got to get you one of your own,” he said with a grin.
“You better,” she said as she leaned up to kiss him. She dialed Tenyar’s number and talked to him for a moment, then hung up. “He will be here soon.”
“How is he doing?” Gio asked, watching his daughter.
“A lot better than he would be if he hadn’t been expecting it. She had seen her death a while ago. She had known it was coming,” Gresha said with a frown.
“Yeah, but it’s still hard,” Gio said with understanding.