Alvah sat on the porch while Daray paced in the grass. Alvah wanted to tell him to not be so nervous but he could hardly contain his own nerves. They had a son and they were finally going to meet him today. They had been a little confused when the vampire and zombie they met explained everything but when they showed the two of them a picture they both just knew they were telling the truth. He certainly looked like a combination of them both. They discussed meeting their son with Fatima and Lombard and they all agreed him coming here would be best so he could see his home world. When the family came into view over the horizon Daray finally stopped pacing. Alvah stood, hoping his size wouldnâ€™t be intimidating to their son.
They soon noticed he was holding a little girls hand. The two guessed that must be Noma. As they came closer they saw Nephi turn, looking to Lombard and Fatima for assurance â€śthats really them baby, those are your dadsâ€ť Nephi turned his attention forward again, looking far too adorable once he was up close â€śHiâ€¦umâ€¦Iâ€™m Nephiâ€ť Daray squatted down â€śIâ€™m Daray and this is Alvahâ€¦may I hug you?â€ť Nephis heart stuttered â€śyeahâ€ť Nephis eyes grew damp at the acceptance. Much like Noma, he feared them not loving him. He was a creation of magic, not a true child like a couple would have.
Nephiâ€™s eyes were drawn up to Alvahâ€™s face once Daray let him go and he couldnâ€™t help but marvel at how tall he was. He felt so much smaller now that he was standing there in front of him. Alvah noticed his slight nervousness and squatted down, giving him a smile. â€śAre you scared little one?â€ť
â€śNo.â€ť Nephi answered.
â€śNervous?â€ť Nephi nodded. â€śMe too.â€ť
He gave his father a questioning look. â€śReally?â€ť
â€śVery.â€ť Alvah answered and he truly was. Nephi seemed so little. â€śMay I have a hug too?â€ť
Alvah wrapped his arms around his son and was relieved that the child wasnâ€™t terrified of him. He pulled back and looked at the boy. â€śIt is truly nice to have you, Nephi and I hope you will be happy here.â€ť
â€śUmâ€¦Noma, I wanted to know ifâ€¦â€ť
â€śShe will always be welcome here Nephi, they all will and we will take you to see them as much as you wish.â€ť
Nephi nodded. â€śOkay.â€ť
â€ścome inside if youâ€™re ready. We really want to show you the room weâ€™ve prepared for you. We even made rooms for your siblings and their family members we know about so you could be assured they can come whenever you wantâ€ť It was worth every bit of effort that had taken when they saw how much it comforted Nephi, their precious little boy. They all entered Alvah and Darays castle. It had been amazing from the outside but it was breath taking on the inside. Nephi had never seen anything like this â€śwowâ€ť he blushed as it slipped out. Daray smiled, offering his hand. Nephi took it and Dary guided Nephi to his room, eager to show it off first.
They opened the door and let Nephi walk in first. He slowly moved around the room, seeming to want to look at every inch of it. â€śitâ€™s wonderfulâ€¦thank youâ€ť he sounded like he was holding back tears so Daray hugged him again â€śwe know youâ€™ve only just met us but we love you. Weâ€™ve loved you from the second we heard about you Nephi. Youâ€™re amazing, a gift and we want you to be happy hereâ€ť
â€śthank you so muchâ€ť he managed to keep the tears at bay as they left his room to start showing everyone the other rooms that would be for them. Nomas room was the very next one. Since they were so close Alvah and Daray thought heâ€™d be happiest that way. They had taken great care when they did each room to make it as homey and welcoming as possible.
â€śI liked your world so farâ€ť Nephi said as they all sat down in the main area Daray and Alvah kept company â€śwe could explore some later today or tomorrow. We know it was quite a trip getting hereâ€ť
â€śyeahâ€¦tomorrow would be good.â€ť Nephi looked at Alvah, really taking him in. He looked precisely like he thought a vampire would look from old books he had read which was something that grabbed him because in Wolfric and Merles world the vampires he met all looked like regular guys. He eventually asked â€śwhy do vampires look like regular guys where I came from but you look like something out of the books Iâ€™ve readâ€ť Daray almost chuckled before Alvah answered â€śMost look like regular guys I just dont care to update my lookâ€ť
â€śwellâ€¦you look coolâ€ť Nephi blushed and Alvah smiled, happy to hear anything other than he was scary. He knew he now needed to control his temper more than ever. He didnâ€™t want to screw up his relationship with this child. Alvah spoke again â€śDaray is a vampire now too. He was human when we met but I wanted to keep him foreverâ€ť
â€śyou can really do that?â€ť
â€śyeah, Iâ€™ll teach you when youâ€™re older if you ever fall in love with a mortalâ€ť
â€śwas it a hard choice to be a vampire?â€ť Nephi asked Daray who shook his head â€śNo, I love Alvah with all of my heart. It meant the world to me when he asked me to live foreverâ€ť Nephis next question was directed at Alvah again â€śMy creator told me you were incredibly powerful, is that true?â€ť
â€śYes, I bet you can do a lot of things I can. I can help you learn and if you got nothing from me Iâ€™ll love you the same. It doesnâ€™t matter to me, I want to make sure you know that. You can be as powerless as Daray was when I met him and Iâ€™d love you Nephiâ€ť Another weight off his shoulders. He knew Merle and Wolfric didnâ€™t care about stuff like that with their kids but he was still nervous he might disappoint them in some way.
They stayed inside the first day, exploring the castle and getting to know one another. The next morning after breakfast they left the castle â€śwhy donâ€™;t you lead the way son, Daray and I will let you know if you should avoid anythingâ€ť
â€śyeah, whatever interests you, go for it. We can show you specific things that will take awhile to get too laterâ€¦if you decide to stay with usâ€ť
â€śAlright, come on Noma.â€ť He said and the little girl took his hand.
â€śI canâ€™t believe how little he is.â€ť Alvah said as he laced his fingers through Darayâ€™s. â€śHe seems so fragile.â€ť
Daray smiled up at him. â€śWe know heâ€™s not though, heâ€™s been through so much.â€ť He looked at Lombard and Fatima. â€śThank you for saving him and bringing him to us.â€ť
â€śWe could do nothing else.â€ť Fatima replied.
â€śThe woman who made him was a monster.â€ť Lombard added. â€śIâ€™m glad our grandson found Wolfric and Merle.â€ť
â€śWe are too.â€ť
â€śI hope he grows to be as big as me, that way no one will even think of harming him again.â€ť Alvah said and Daray chuckled.
â€śTrying to make another you?â€ť
â€śHeâ€™ll be better than me, especially with you as a father and his cousin and uncle as well.â€ť
â€śAnd you too.â€ť Daray said warmly. â€śYouâ€™ve already made him so happy just by being you.â€ť
How fast Noma dropped down scared Daray a little â€śOh look at it Nehpiâ€ť Wolfric laughed then asked â€śwhat did you find Noma? A Caterpillar I expect?â€ť Merle then spoke â€śsheâ€™s obsessed with them. Nothing else would make her drop down quite that fastâ€ť They caught up to them and it turned out to be what her fathers expected â€śMay I touch it?â€ť she asked as she moved to follow it since it was squirming away. â€śyeah, it wont hurt youâ€ť She squeaked with happiness as she lifted it up. â€śI havent even seen this one in my booksâ€ť
â€śI dont think we have those where we are fromâ€ť Keoki said. Noma sat with it a few moments before putting it down to resume walking with Nephi. They noticed many fascinating things as they walked. Noma sighed a few hours later and Nephi noticed how tired she looked “are you okay Noma?â€™
â€śmaybe we should sitâ€ť
â€śwe brought some snacks anyway and Iâ€™m pretty hungryâ€ť Daray said and Noma nodded â€śOkay thenâ€ť They knew the scientific community nor doctors truly knew what was wrong with her, or better worded, what she was lacking yet though they could treat it to keep her going. They were basically slapping a band-aid on the problem and hoping it would work until they could truly fix it so they didnâ€™t want to wear her out too much.
â€śIs there anything we can do for her?â€ť Daray asked.
â€śI donâ€™t know,â€ť Merle said, â€śwe have an amazing team of doctors working on whatâ€™s going on with her, but so far, theyâ€™ve only been able to lessen the symptoms.â€ť
â€śWe wonâ€™t say no to any suggestions though.â€ť Wolfric added. â€śWeâ€™ll do anything to make her better.â€ť
â€śI bet Gaspare and Iom know people as well.â€ť Daray said.
â€śWho are they?â€ť Nephi asked.
â€śYour cousin and uncle.â€ť Alvah explained. â€śGaspare is my nephew and Iom and your father grew up together.â€ť
â€śOh, are they nice like you two?â€ť
â€śOf course.â€ť Daray answered with a warm smile.
â€śWhere are they?â€ť
â€śProbably on their way home. Iom loves to explore and after an incident, Gaspare goes with him when he leaves.â€ť
â€śdid one of them get hurt?â€ť
â€śyeah, there are bad beings in every world but youâ€™re safe with us.â€ť
â€ścan you tell me more about Gaspare and Iom?â€ť
â€śalright, Iâ€™ll start with my nephew Gaspare. He came to live with me when vampire hunters killed his mother. He was nineteen so he didnâ€™t necessarily need to but Gaspare likes to have family around. I think thats one of the many reasons he stayed. He also helped me become a better vampire. I was a lot rougher around the edges before Gaspare and then Daray. I also wondered if he stayed to help make me better. Iâ€™m glad he did. Iâ€™m not sure I could have won Daray over without his help in making me see my childishness at timesâ€ť
Alvah paused briefly to see if Nephi had any questions but he didnâ€™t seem to so Alvah continued. He has green eyes, most women born in the family do. Iâ€™ve teased him a time or two saying maybe he was supposed to be a girl. He laughs it off because heâ€™s a cheerful, laid back type of being.”
â€śI canâ€™t wait to meet him. What about Iom?â€ť
â€śIom is a little troublemaker but he has a kind spirit. Heâ€™s just incredibly curious and doesnâ€™t seem to have an ounce of fear in him.â€ť
â€śwho else will I meet?â€ť
â€śMabel, maybe sooner than later. Sheâ€™s been gone a few months but if we cant find anybody locally to help Noma weâ€™ll want to consult her too. She is the smartest being Iâ€™ve ever metâ€ť Daray now spoke â€śback in Alvahs gruffer days they hated eachother. They still argue a lot but itâ€™s amusingâ€ť
â€śwhat is she?â€ť
â€śwe still dont know. She keeps that a secretâ€ť
â€śwe dont know, sometimes we think sheâ€™s embarrassed about whatever she isâ€ť
â€śand you two canâ€™t tell?â€ť Wolfric asked in surprise â€śyeah, she has to be something uncommonâ€ť Daray answered. Then Alvah continued â€śYouâ€™ll eventually meet Gresham aswell. Heâ€™s a good friend of mine and Darays. I dated him a very long time ago. Heâ€™s a vampire. I never dated outside my species until Darayâ€ť He then went on to talk about Adan.
â€śA Fossa shifter named Adan shows up from time to time too. When Iom was kidnapped a long while back we saved him as well. Heâ€™s a good friendâ€ť
â€śwhats a Fossa?â€ť
â€śa cat-like, carnivorous mammal. It is a member of the Eupleridae, a family of carnivorans closely related to the mongoose family.â€ť
â€śIâ€™m ready to go again.â€ť Noma said.
â€śAre you sure baby, donâ€™t push yourself.â€ť Wolfric replied.
â€śIâ€™m sure, I want to look around some more.â€ť
â€śWill you hold my hand, Noma?â€ť Nephi asked as they got up.
Daray smiled as he and Alvah stood. Their little boy was so sweet. The children continued to walk ahead, but Nephi kept a slower pace for Noma. â€śHeâ€™s so gentle with her.â€ť
â€śHe always has been.â€ť Keoki said. â€śFrom the first moment he saw her. If it wasnâ€™t for him, I donâ€™t even know if sheâ€™d be here.â€ť
â€śNephi, look.â€ť Noma pointed off into the woods and broke away from Nephi, running into the treeline with him trailing worriedly behind her. Her parents, brother, and grandparents called for her at the same time as they took off to catch up with her. They were all surprised at how fast Alvah was. One minute he was standing next to them and the next he had disappeared into the woods. He came back out with a child on each hip and Daray couldnâ€™t help but smile at how adorable he looked.
â€śWhat did she find?â€ť Daray asked.
â€śA couple of foxes and their babies.â€ť
â€śIâ€™m sorry, they were just so cuteâ€ť Wolfric walked over to Alvah, taking Noma from him. â€śIâ€™m sure they will let you look at anything. Please donâ€™t run off like thatâ€ť he could see how bad she felt. ” Hey, youâ€™re wonderful and still very little. Its not surprising you got a little over excited and ran off. I just want to make sure you wonâ€™t do it again” Noma hugged Wolfric then Merle took her for his hug, offering assurances again. â€śWe love you so much and so does Nephi, even when you terrify him like thatâ€ť
Keoki rubbed her head then said ” well letâ€™s set her down and go back to taking this amazing place in”
They found themselves in the village Daray had grown up in and the kids pulled back, Noma going to stand between Wolfric and Merle and Nephi not sure what to do now that he didnâ€™t have Nomaâ€™s hand. â€śWould you like to hold mine?â€ť Daray asked. â€śOr maybe you father could give you a shoulder ride? I bet you could see everything from up there.â€ť
â€śA shoulder ride sounds fun.â€ť Nephi said and Alvah scooped him up as they walked and lifted him up so he was sitting on his shoulders. Nephiâ€™s eyes actually widened. â€śWow, do you think Iâ€™ll be this tall?â€ť
â€śMaybe.â€ť Alvah said with a chuckle. â€śYouâ€™ll be big and scary like me.â€ť
â€śYouâ€™re not scary.â€ť Nephi replied and Daray took Alvahâ€™s hand.
â€śHeâ€™s right, youâ€™re the least scary person I know.â€ť
â€śOnly for you and our family maybe, but to most strangers Iâ€™m terrifying.â€ť
â€śWell most donâ€™t know how much of a teddy bear you are.â€ť
â€śLetâ€™s keep it that way, they donâ€™t need to know.â€ť
Daray enjoyed showing their son his favorite places and shops in his old village. He was rarely here anymore but he still knew this place inside and out. It didnâ€™t even feel like that long ago that he still lived here, just visiting Alvah from time to time and begging him to come here to meet his family. He finally brought them to his old home â€śthis is the home I grew up in.â€ť
â€ścan we go inside?â€ť
“a new family lives here now. My parents have long since passed
â€śoh yeah, you used to be humanâ€ť
â€śis it hard without them?â€ť
â€śIâ€™m happy, I know they are either living an amazing life reborn somewhere or resting peacefullyâ€ť They walked down to the river â€śI used to come here a lot too, especially when I was upsetâ€ť
â€ścan we play here?â€ť
â€śsureâ€ť Alvah set their son down and Noma ran over to him. About a week later Gaspare and Iom showed back up and as luck would have it they had Mabel with them. â€śMabel, itâ€™s been awhileâ€ť It took them a second to notice the new child she also had with her. She smiled â€śIâ€™ll introduce mine if you introduce yoursâ€ť They explained Noma, Nephi, Keoki and the rest of their guests then Mabel kept her word â€śthis is Elre, my son. Heâ€™s twelve.â€ť
“we ran into her and when we saw she had a kid we told her she had to come back”Iom explained. Mabel squatted down after a bit more conversation, looking into Nomas eyes â€śyou poor baby, you must hurt so muchâ€ť She finally spoke softly.
â€śmomâ€ť Elre started just as Mabel caught Noma. Wolfric began rummaging through the satchel he had and Mabel shook her head â€śdonâ€™t give her anything. Weâ€™re going to my old homeâ€ť
â€śshe might die without itâ€ť
â€śYou can trust my momâ€ť Elre said and Alvah now spoke â€śMabel, youâ€™re sure you know what youâ€™re doing before I ask them to trust you. Nephi will hate us forever if we tell them to trust you and you let her dieâ€ť Mabel walked out of the castle and they all followed â€śMabel you didnâ€™t tell us if youâ€™re sure. Canâ€™t you still help her even if they give her medicineâ€ť
â€śItâ€™s complicated and Iâ€™m tired. Elre, you knew she was about to pass out too didnâ€™t youâ€ť
â€śGood, do you know whatâ€™s wrong with her?â€ť
â€śHer soul is rejecting her body. Her body is always fighting to keep it because of how Noma, Nephi and Keoki came to live. Her soul doesnâ€™t feel like it was actually reborn into a body so itâ€™s trying to leaveâ€ť
â€śand you felt the struggle within her didnâ€™t you?â€ť
â€śgoodâ€ť she then was speaking to the group again â€śIâ€™ve been away because Iâ€™ve been teaching my child. Anyway, I wont let her soul leave so theres no point in putting in her whatever youâ€™re putting in herâ€ť
â€śYou donâ€™t have to sound so harsh, Mabel.â€ť Alvah said.
She sighed. â€śI apologize, I am truly tired, but I promise you everything is going to be alright.â€ť
â€śCould I please have my daughter?â€ť Merle asked and she gently handed the little girl to him.
â€śIs she really going to be okay?â€ť Nephi asked his fatherâ€™s. â€śShe wonâ€™tâ€¦she wonâ€™t die will she?â€ť
â€śNo honey, of course not.â€ť Daray said as he bent down and lifted their son. â€śMabel will make sure, we just have to trust her, okay?â€ť
Nephi nodded, but kept his eyes on Noma, obviously terrified for her. They continued to follow Mabel, Wolfric, Merle, and Keoki tense and Nephi afraid to take his eyes off of her. Every moment they were together, he feared it would be their last. â€śHow are you going to help her?â€ť Keoki asked.
â€śWhen we get there, I will explain everything as I do it, I promise. I know you are all scared, but I wonâ€™t let her leave you.â€ť
â€śSheâ€™s just been through so much, I just want her healthy.â€ť
Her home wasnâ€™t in the best condition â€śIâ€™m sorry, we havenâ€™t come back this way much. I like to give him hands on lessons. We have only come back as much as we have so the place doesnâ€™t go to ruinâ€ť
â€śMaybe we could take a break for awhile since weâ€™re home?â€ť Elre asked his mother and she answered â€śOf course, I think I need one too anyway. I am getting a little crankyâ€ť Elre smiled then glanced over at the little girl in Merleâ€™s arms â€śwhere should they put her momâ€ť
â€śLet me check downstairs first. Stay near her. Make sure that soul doesnâ€™t go anywhereâ€ť
â€śyes Maâ€™amâ€ť It wasâ€™t long before Mabel was calling them down and showing Merle where he could put Noma. â€śI see the question in your face. Iâ€™m not going to hurt her. She may get uncomfortable but I wont hurt her. After tonight sheâ€™ll feel a lot better.â€ť
â€śI havenâ€™t had her or Keoki long but sheâ€™s going to take a large chunk of my heart with her if I lose her. Iâ€™m willing to trust you though, I know I have toâ€ť Mabel tried to remember to talk to Nomas family as she began her spell. It made it easier she was having Elre help since it caused her to need to talk more anyway. â€śOkay, Iâ€™m almost doneâ€ť
â€śwhats going on now?â€ť Nephi asked and she answered â€śThe soul within her isnâ€™t restless any longer but to be sure thereâ€™s no problems Iâ€™m now tieing it to the body in a sense so it canâ€™t leave her.â€ť If he wasnâ€™t something unbelievable himself Nephi wouldnâ€™t be able to believe something like that was possible. Noma, who hadnâ€™t moved much since this started actually looked uncomfortable now. She woke up but Elre quickly began comforting her while his mother finished.
He managed to keep her calm until she could be given back to her parents. Merle took her and gently hugged her to him â€śI love you so much Nomaâ€ť
â€śI love you tooâ€ť Wolfric wrapped his arms around them to hug his daughter as well. â€śThank you Mabelâ€ť Keoki was the first to say â€śshe seems sweet. Her soul was just confused and that was relatively easy to fix. I really must lay down somewhere soon thoughâ€ť
Iom offered to carry her back to the castle and they saw how truly tired she must be because she accepted. Mabel wasnâ€™t normally one to accept anybody carrying her. Before she and Elre went to bed Daray said â€śtomorrow weâ€™ll all go help clean up your place. Itâ€™s the least we could do. I donâ€™t know what our son would have done if she ever diedâ€ť
â€śthank you, goodnight everyoneâ€ť she smiled over at Noma who was already back asleep then went to bed.
Noma stayed in Wolfric and Merleâ€™s room that night and Nephi was relieved it was across the hall so he could get to her if she needed him. Alvah and Daray reassured him that everything was going to be alright from now on, that she was simply exhausted and would feel much better once she had a good nightâ€™s sleep. He nodded, knowing he had to be brave for Noma. â€śWould you like me to read you a story?â€ť Alvah asked. â€śWe bought you many books.â€ť
â€śWhy donâ€™t you pick something out then.â€ť
Nephi went over to the bookshelf and grabbed one that had a gold cover and a picture of a woman and a lion on it. â€śThe Lady and the Lion.â€ť He said as he handed his father the book.
â€śAre you okay with a love story?â€ť Daray asked. Nephi nodded as he climbed into bed and Daray tucked him in. Both he and Alvah sat down on either side of him and Alvah opened the book and started reading.
They read Nephi to sleep and the next morning he woke to knocking on his bedroom door. Excitement filled him as soon as he stood, he knew it was Noma. He jerked open the door and hugged her â€śI feel different todayâ€ť Nephi explained what happened and she hugged him again â€śIâ€™m really better?â€ť
â€śyeahâ€ť They just stood there in the embrace until Wolfric said with a smile â€ślets go see about breakfast you two. I heard little Nomas stomach growling around the time she finally woke upâ€ť Nephi tightened the hug one more time before he took her hand and they walked toward the smell of food. â€śgood morningâ€ť Daray greeted them brightly before asking. â€śCould I have another hug Nephi?â€ť Nephi let go of Noma to hug him â€śyou dont have to ask. I like hugsâ€ť
â€śHowâ€™re you feeling Noma?â€ť Daray asked and she smiled â€śgood, just differentâ€ť
â€śyou should explain how you feel to Mabel when she wakes up just to be sure thats normalâ€ť Elre was nearby and interjected â€śsheâ€™s fine but you can still ask my mom when she wakes upâ€ť
â€śwho are you?â€ť Noma asked and Elre came closer to introduce himself â€śIâ€™m Elre, Itâ€™s nice to meet you.â€ť he guessed she had just been that exhausted last night.
â€śitâ€™s nice to meet you tooâ€ť
â€śCome sit with me Noma.â€ť Nephi said as he pulled out a chair for her.
â€śOkay, thank you Nephi.â€ť
â€śYou should try to eat as much as you can so you can get stronger.â€ť
â€śI will, I promise.â€ť
Alvah and Daray found Nephiâ€™s protectiveness adorable. He was so gentle with Noma, but they knew if anything else ever threatened her, there would be blood. Daray couldnâ€™t help but compare him to Alvah in that respect. He even made some of the same faces when he was worried. â€śSo Alvah Jr. how are you liking it here so far?â€ť Iom asked once they were all seated and had their plates.
â€śAlvah Jr? Do you really think so?â€ť Nephi asked.
â€śI do, you sit like him, you even have the exact same serious face.â€ť
That had Nephi smiling. â€śI really like it here actually and Iâ€™m glad Nomaâ€™s okay now.â€ť
â€śAnd sheâ€™ll stay that way, I promise.â€ť Mabelâ€™s sleepy voice said as she entered the dining room.
â€śLet me get you a plate, mom.â€ť Elre said.
â€śThank you, child.â€ť She tussled his hair as they passed each other, getting an embarrassed blush from him. â€śSo, how are you feeling Noma?â€ť
â€śI donâ€™t know how to describe it. I just feel differentâ€ť
â€śI think youâ€™re just not used to your soul being at peace within you. Youâ€™ve always had to fight to keep that soul of yours. Iâ€™m impressed youâ€™ve lived so long but I can see that even before Keoki lead Wolfric and Merle to you you were incredibly loved. Nephi and Keoki would do anything for you. I donâ€™t think you could have come this far without their love. Most would call it mush but itâ€™s true, thereâ€™s no more powerful force than love. Your soul may not have felt right in your body but its own turmoil was also wanting to stay by people that loved it so muchâ€ť
â€śwell thank you so muchâ€ť
â€śDonâ€™t mention it sweetheart. Iâ€™m glad I was here to help.â€ť Mabel looked at the adults â€śwhat has become of their maker?â€ť
â€śsheâ€™s rotting in prison and her work has been handed over to better peopleâ€ť Wolfric answered and Merle added â€śMaybe you should come back with us and talk to them about Noma and what you did. They need to know about it for future children that are made this wayâ€ť
â€śI imagine it doesnâ€™t have a high success rate as it stands. I will but I hope youâ€™re staying awhile. I really need a bit of a break. Iâ€™ve been so worried about passing everything I know to Elre that Iâ€™ve really pushed myself to the limit latelyâ€ť
â€śThereâ€™s nothing wrong with you is there?â€ť Daray asked and she shook her head â€śNo but things happen all the time, even to more powerful beings like myself. Iâ€™d just like my soul to be at peace if I pass and it wont be if I feel I have anything left I could have taught him. Iâ€™d like to know that heâ€™s prepared for everything possible. As you now understand too, thereâ€™s no love quite like loving a child.â€ť Elre was back with her food and hugged her, causing his mother to smile.
Alvah and Daray continued to show their little boy around their world for the next couple of days, happy that he seemed so at home with them. It touched them every time he called one of them dad and he seemed excited to start learning about his abilities and potential abilities. They were relieved and overjoyed when he finally made the decision to stay with them there. They would have let him go back with Noma if that is what he had truly wanted, but it would have hurt none the less. Noma looked sad and Nephi took her hands and smiled warmly at her. â€śIâ€™ll see you all the time, Noma, I promise.â€ť
â€śReally?â€ť She looked ready to cry and Nephi hugged her.
â€śOf course, my dads said so.â€ť He squeezed her and kissed her cheek. â€śItâ€™s okay to be apart for a little bit, right?â€ť
â€śWeâ€™ll be together again before you know it.â€ť
â€śHeâ€™s right, anytime he wants to see you, weâ€™ll bring him.â€ť Daray said. â€śAnd you all have rooms here, so itâ€™s your second home as far as weâ€™re concerned.â€ť
â€śSee Noma, they wouldnâ€™t lie.â€ť
She gave him the best smile she could â€śalright, as long as weâ€™ll see eachother a lotâ€ť
â€śOf course, Iâ€™d miss you too much if we didnâ€™t see eachother a lotâ€ť Noma hugged him again. She was sad they wouldnâ€™t always be together now but she was happy he now had his dads too. Noma ran to Keoki who picked her up and they all waved by before walking off the porch to head back to their world. Mabel and Elre were coming too to help along the scientists continuing the work that created them. When they were home Wolfric and Merle did their normal bedtime routine with Noma then checked with her â€śyouâ€™re really okay?â€ť
â€śYeah, Iâ€™m glad Nephis happy.â€ť They each kissed a cheek â€śgoodnight thenâ€ť Merle said then Wolfric added â€śmake sure to tell us when you want to go see himâ€ť It wasnâ€™t quite bedtime yet where Nephi was. He was playing around with his new family. It didnâ€™t hit him hard he wouldnâ€™t be seeing Noma every day until after his dads tucked him in that night but he knew she was happy and he was excited about his new life with his new dads.
~ The End