Homebound

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thirty - two

Ezra

Parked a good twenty miles from Alpha Tomson’s pack boundary, we just all sat in silence with nothing but the sound of wildlife present. A few birds chirped as we stared into the green abyss of trees around us.

“I’m sorry,” Cleo said after a while. “You had grown up there and I basically ruined everything.”

Tucking Cleo’s head into his shoulder, Kieran gruffed, “You did nothing wrong. Frankly, that pack was full of little shits -”

“ - Kieran. Man, chill out.” I interrupted.

“Sorry, but not sorry. I didn’t really want to return, Cleo. But I did it for you, and honestly I’m glad I went there one last time.” Kieran grumbled, softly stroking Cleo’s cheek with his thumb. She was turned in his lap so she still faced me.

“Are you sure? I feel so awful.”

“It’s okay. Honestly. Your mother is a -”

“ - say it, Ezra.” Kieran ordered. “Say what you’re thinking.”

Cleo nodded at his words.

“She is a . . . a bitch.” I spat out the horrid words that left my tongue sour. Perhaps if I used curses more the sour would turn sweet, as it had for Kieran.

“Where do we go now?” Cleo asked. Her beautiful hazel eyes flashed me and I smiled with uncertainty.

“Uh - our cabin?” I suggested.

“Heather and Derrick are there, I’m sure we can just take one bedroom -”

Cutting Kieran off abruptly, Cleo dwindled her thumbs nervously. “Can we maybe not go back to the cabin?”

“What?” Kieran and I said simultaneously. “Why?” I finished.

“I just want to find a home.” She murmured. “I mean, I don’t mean to be ungrateful, because you guys did provide me with an amazing place, but for some reason I can’t find a home there. And I feel that all my life I’ve been searching for an actual home.”

Tilting her chin up, Kieran smiled at her.

“A home doesn’t necessarily have to be a place. A home can be anywhere.”

Her eyes suddenly lit up with a newfound understanding.

“You just have to find a place where you’re not afraid of your own future, where you feel comfortable, where you know you’re gonna be happy.” I continued, picking up where Kieran left off. “It’s not about the place, it’s about the people that make it home.”

“Maybe that’s why I’ve struggled with finding a place to call home because I keep focusing on where it is rather than who it’s with.” Cleo leaned into Kieran’s touch as she spoke. “And maybe, just maybe, I’ve been home this entire time and only just realized it now. The only home I want to have is with you two.”

“We don’t have to go back to the cabin.” I stated. “We can go wherever you want.”

“I don’t care where we go, just as long as I’m with you two.” She decided, while adorably tucking a strand of her dark locks behind her ear.

“Maybe we don’t need to find a place to live, as you said, Cleo,” Kieran began. “Maybe we can just travel around the world or something.”

We both nodded in response.

“So, Cleo,” I began. “Where have you always wanted to go?”

She thought for a minute.

“You choose.”

Smiling, I pulled the car back onto the road and took off.

The End

A/N - You read right! 'Homebound' is officially over. I wanted the book to end differently than most, where their future is uncertain but hopeful. I don't plan on expanding this story with spinoffs, or sequels, but let me know what you all think! I hope that you are all pleased with how this story ends and feels that it ran its course. I personally loved writing these characters and hope you enjoyed the journey that you took with them. This book took me legit years to write because of my procrastination, so I hope it turned out okay! I may include a book of some bonus 'scenes' from this novel and a few of my other ones, so let me know if that's something you all would want! If you have any questions concerning characters or really anything related, let me know! I'd be happy to answer them.

Also, check out some of my other novels! They range from being a primarily steamy to action based, so find the story that fits you best! Check out 'Sinfully Yours' for a more romance based novel! The prologue will be up on my profile. I am planning to update all of my books once I get through finals week!

Regardless, I hope you all enjoyed reading 'Homebound' as much as I did writing it.

~Margaret Rose

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