“That look tells me you didn’t,” Melissa murmured.
Phillip took a deep breath, letting it out slowly as he announced, “I don’t go around publicizing what I am to everyone I meet, and I wasn’t expecting to meet another today. But yes, I am, and so is my son. His mother was as well.”
Melissa tilted her head, asking, “Where is his mother?”
“She died in childbirth,” Phillip said solemnly. “I’d only just started dating again when I met Lisa. Before that, I’d been concentrating on raising my boy.”
Melissa nodded and turned to Lisa. She found her staring at him with a happy face, the happiest she’d ever seen her. “Lisa?”
“Yes,” Lisa answered, reluctantly pulling her gaze from Phillip.
“How did you meet Phillip?”
Lisa laughed and turned pink. “Oh, well, I met him in the grocery store of all places. I saw him crouched down next to a little boy who was crying, and he was telling him he’d be okay. I couldn’t take my eyes from him. When he turned and I saw his face… it was like… well, it was if my heart knew him even though my mind told me I’d never seen him before in my life.”
“What is that bad?” Lisa asked wide-eyed.
Melissa shook her head and hugged her. “No, it’s a good thing. Lisa, you are his chosen, his woven chose you. Usually the female picks, but since you’re human… well, somehow his wolven connected with you.” Melissa turned back to Phillip, saying, “Welcome to the family.” Stepping over to him, she took a deep breath, letting her wolven rise enough to catch his and his son’s scent, burning it into her memory. He was family and she wanted to be able to recognize him and his son anywhere. She gave his son a gentle smile, he shyly smiled back, and she stepped away.
“Someone want to explain what just happened?” Stella asked.
“We will later, Stella,” Melissa promised.
“Hey, the grandbabies are hungry!” Henry called.
So, the group quickly headed toward the doors of the restaurant.
The hostess gave them a wide-eyed look when they walked in. Henry asked for a table for fifteen and they had been taken to the back where tables were hastily shoved together. Then they all took a seat, quickly ordered, and sat waiting for their food getting to know the newcomers and having a good time.
“Trenton,” Landon began. “I heard you’re thinking about opening another ‘Words Galore’ soon.”
Trenton looked his way as he took a swallow of his tea. “Yes, that’s my plan. Victoria and Jeremy are graduated now and have been pretty much run the one and doing an excellent job of it. So, I’ve been thinking it might be time to expand,” he laughed, “I never thought I’d be saying that!”
“Where are you planning on putting it, son?” Henry asked.
“Well, I was thinking…” Trenton began but paused when he heard his name. Turning to where the voice from the past had originated, he was shocked to see the woman standing there. “Annie?”
Annie was standing close to the table now, and she was a shell of the woman he’d known. She was still pretty, but she lacked the luster he once thought she’d had.
“Wow, it’s been so long since I’ve seen you. How have you been?” Annie asked.
“I’ve been good, really good, and you?” Trenton asked.
Annie shrugged, saying, “I’ve been alright, I suppose. I’ve spent a lot of time wishing I hadn’t been so stupid as to let you go, but it is what it is.”
“No. Well, I’m divorced,” Annie answered with a sad smile. “He only wanted Dad’s company and when he got that he gave me the boot.”
Trenton frowned. “Your dad sold his company?”
“No. My ex inherited it when Dad died,” Annie explained.
“Oh,” Trenton said, feeling awkward.
“Trenton, perhaps you should introduce us,” Melissa said quietly.
Trenton knew Melissa knew exactly who Annie was and was just being polite. So, he began the introductions, “Oh, sorry. Melissa, this is Annie. Annie, Melissa, my wife.”
“Your wife,” Annie managed to say as her small smile faltered. “I’m glad you found your happiness, Trenton, you deserve it. It was nice to see you again. Melissa, it was nice to meet you.” She turned and quickly left.
“Well, Trenton, she is beautiful,” Melissa said softly as she squeezed his hand.
Trenton gazed into her eyes for a moment before giving her a chaste, but loving kiss. “She is nowhere near as beautiful as you are, little momma. Nowhere even close to being as beautiful as you.”
Two days later everyone was still gathered at Trenton’s parent’s house. They had celebrated Christmas the day before and were now ready to have a big breakfast before they headed out to their separate home.
Henry went outside and picked up his newspaper from the porch and carried it inside. Sitting down at the head of the table, he opened the paper up, then chuckled, saying, “Well, well, it would seem we’ve made the society page’s headline news.”
“Well, let’s hear what they have to say,” Kay suggested.
So, Henry began to read, “It’s been almost eight years since our local millionaire Trenton Davison vanished into thin air after his breakup with Annie Howell. It’s been close to six years since international supermodel Foxxy Jacobs left the spotlight behind her.
“However, this week the couple was spotted out and about in our fair city looking happier than ever. The super couple walked around, taking in the Christmas festivities, sometimes with their three five-year-olds and their baby, sometimes alone. Every time they were spotted, they looked very much in love and we couldn’t be happier for them.
“Trenton Davison’s parents still live here, although his father is now retired, it seems he now has a new past-time, being a grandfather. This was proven by the pictures taken of the Grandfather laughing as he was pulled by the hand into a store by one of his grandchildren.
“Also, an anonymous source tells us that Trenton Davison is the proud owner of ‘Words Galore’ and plans to open one right here in our city in the next year. It all sounds extremely exciting, and being a book lover myself, this reporter can hardly way to see that come to fruition. Perhaps they’ll return here, and we’ll be able to catch up with the super couple once more.
“Until then, happy holidays to the Davison family from us.”
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