She hobbled as she ran but she went as fast as she could away from her attackers. As far as she knew she had killed them but she couldnâ€™t be sure enough not to run. Two human men had tried to rape her, probably thinking she was a human woman since only her ears would give away she was an elf. It had still been difficult to get away, they had been so crazed and hungry to take her. She wondered while she ran if they had been on some type of drugs. Thunder crashed and rain poured, making it hard to know where she was going but she kept on until she saw a castle. She ran to the door, desperate for help.
Aurelia pounded and begged for help despite knowing the loud storm outside probably hid her wails. She choked on blood that was begging to pool in her mouth, her vision growing faint just as the door opened. She couldnâ€™t make the being out at all but she could have sworn she heard the girl exclaim â€śmom!?â€ť Rees Practically knocked over the table as he got up to rush to the door. His dates heart stuttered, it couldnâ€™t be, his mate was dead, had been dead for a few hundred years. Brynmor has come running too, having heard his sister Pretoria yell.
He had already picked Aurelia off the ground when his father arrived at the door â€śItâ€™sâ€¦â€ť he looked like he might cry â€śItâ€™s obviously not actually mom dad but we need to help her. Sheâ€™s hurt really badâ€ť Brynmor took her to the nearest bed while Pretoria grabbed a few things. Rees and even his date began helping her and a few hours later they knew she was going to make it through her injuries. It was then the woman that had been with Rees pulled him out the room and said â€śThatâ€™s your wifes reincarnation. She looks just like her and I may have just been her friend but even I can feel that that IS Ameliaâ€ť Emotion played through his eyes â€śI know, I knew from the second I saw her in my sons armsâ€ť
She crossed her arms, not knowing what to do with them â€śItâ€™s okay Rees, thats your soulmate in thereâ€¦even before she showed up tonight I knew we were not that serious. I mean weâ€™ve been dating a few years and I stay a night at most with you three. I mean, you were sweet and I when we began dating by taking down the family pictures with her in it and putting them in the basement but I know about that one in your nightstand. Iâ€™ve caught you staring at it with tears running down your face many times. Sheâ€™s your soulmate, not me and Iâ€™m going to bow out gracefully okay. You two were so happy together, you had the kind of happiness you can only have with a soulmate and maybe this frees me back up to find mine.â€ť
Rees hugged her â€śIâ€™m sorryâ€ť
â€śItâ€™s okay, I hurt right now but Iâ€™ll be fine. Even if we had been anything near serious I would have bowed out tonight. I always wanted what you two had. You need to focus on her, you need to help her remember you or atleast get her to fall in love again. Sheâ€™s an elf this time, she wont have that intuition that tells some beings your soulmates but her soul has already found you once. Itâ€™ll know, even if its deep down, some part of her will know you guysâ€ť As she left Rees cried but not over the ex that was leaving It was over how emotionally charged he was and grateful to the universe it saw fit to give Amelia back to him.
Aurelia woke slowly, her body thrumming with pain as she blinked her eyes open. She could feel she was laying in a bed in a dimly lit room, that she was covered and warm. It took a moment for her ears to focus, but when they did, she picked up the sound of soft, rhythmic breathing. She wasnâ€™t alone. She turned her head, groaning as she did and it woke the person sitting in the chair next to the bed. â€śYouâ€™re awake.â€ť He said as he moved to sit next to her, his hand taking hers gently. She watched a myriad of emotions play across his face; sadness and joy, but mostly relief.
â€śWhere am I?â€ť She asked softly.
â€śIn my home.â€ť He let his fingers brush over her forehead, pushing some strands of her hair back. She felt herself warm at his tenderness and wondered if it was because he seemed to be the exact opposite of her attackers.
â€śYou heard me.â€ť She felt herself tearing up and he gently shushed her.
â€śMy daughter did.â€ť
â€śThank goodness, I was so scared.â€ť
Rees started to pull his hand away, wondering if him touching her was making everything worse, but she actually held onto him. â€śYouâ€™re safe here, I promise.â€ť
She felt safe here, especially now that she was holding his hand in return. It was odd to her since she didnâ€™t really know these beings but she felt in her heart she truly was safe as long as she was here in this castle. Reesâ€™s heart was racing and it made him grateful she had come back as an elf. If she could sense how she effected him it would probably be scary, especially after being attacked since she had no idea she was a reincarnation. It was near impossible to resist the urge to lean down and kiss her but he fought it, telling himself he had one chance to do this right. If he scared her and she ran out of his castle he may never find her again. Elves were smart and incredibly resourceful. If she decided she wanted to hide from him she just might be successful at that. She was smart in her past life too and he wondered if that had effected what the gods chose for her to be in this life.
When she let him go he forced himself to pull his hand away, she probably needed to eat anyway. â€śI can make you a salad if youâ€™re hungry. You were in rough shape and will still need to rest a day or two more. I think it would be smart to take it easy on your stomachâ€ť
â€śThat sounds really nice. Thank you so much. Thank you for helping me. I promise, Iâ€™ll figure out something to do to thank you when Iâ€™m betterâ€ť He stood â€śIâ€™m going to call my daughter to sit in here while Iâ€™m gone.â€ť he couldnâ€™t risk her being alone so injured, he couldnâ€™t lose her again. His heart barely made it through the first time. If they didnâ€™t have two children he probably wouldnâ€™t have. He had muddled through his pain for them, knowing sheâ€™d have wanted him to.
When Pretoria entered the room Aurelia was sitting up causing Pretoria to gasp â€śyou should be laying down, your injuriesâ€ť she seemed embarrassed â€śI just wanted less work for you when you came in hereâ€¦Iâ€¦well I have to pee and I wanted to ask you instead of one of the men here. I could barely force myself to run when I got here. Iâ€™m not sure how well Iâ€™m going to be able to walkâ€ť
â€śJust let me help you up next time okay. Youâ€™re no trouble, Iâ€™m a vampire. I can lift you and much more without struggleâ€ť Elves didnâ€™t tend to hold any racial grudges so Pretoria felt it was safe to let her mother know what they were, even if she couldnâ€™t quite tell her yet she used to be a vampire. Pretoria helped her mother to the nearest bathroom â€śthere wouldnâ€™t be any shame in it if you wanted me to come in with youâ€ť
â€śI donâ€™t think I could go with anybody in thereâ€ť
â€śalright then, Iâ€™ll be right outside the doorâ€ť She couldnâ€™t believe what good vampires she had stumbled upon. This woman had looked near panicked for a total stranger when she went in the room and her deep worry right now was obvious on her face. Aurelia went into the bathroom and shut the door. She realized it was a good choice to ask for help because she felt even more pain now than when she was laying down. It was hard not to make any sounds indicating how much she hurt but she managed, not wanting the female vampire to burst in here to help her. When she came out Pretoria looked just about as relieved as the male vampire had when she woke up.
Once back in bed she decided to ask your names â€śwhatâ€™s your name?â€ť
â€śThats so beautifulâ€ť
â€śMy mother picked it, it was her absolute favorite girls nameâ€ť
â€śI think itâ€™s mine tooâ€ť Pretoria grinned with both amusement and sadness. â€śMy fathers name is Rees and my brothers name is Brynmorâ€ť she felt emotion tug at her heart. She was about to speak again but a massive headache cut her off â€śare you okay?â€ť
â€śMy headâ€ť Pretorias mind was going a million miles a second with panic but she hoped maybe her soul was trying to tell her something, to remind her of who she once was. She had picked the name for her brother too. He was named after one of her mothers Uncles. He had raised her and died a few years before Brynmor was born so she had wanted to honor her Uncle by naming her son after him.
â€śHow is she?â€ť Brynmor asked his father as he helped him chop vegetables.
â€śGood, I think.â€ť
â€śIs it really her?â€ť Brynmor was hopeful that this wasnâ€™t some fluke.
Rees nodded. â€śYeah, it really is, I can feel it. Even if she didnâ€™t look like her, I would know, itâ€™s your mother.â€ť
Brynmor swallowed and Rees put his knife down to hug his son. â€śIâ€™m sorry, itâ€™s just, sheâ€™s really back.â€ť
â€śItâ€™s okay, I feel the same.â€ť He let him go and patted his shoulder. â€śWe have to remember to be patient with her and give her time.â€ť
â€śI know.â€ť Rees wanted desperately for her to remember, but he knew he couldnâ€™t push her to hard to fast or she might run. They put everything is a big bowl then he made one for Aurelia while Brynmor covered the bowl and put it away.
When he returned to the room Rees could see Aurelia was in pain â€śwhat happened?â€ť
â€śwe were just talking, I think shes okayâ€ť
â€śIâ€™ll be fine, its getting better. My head just really hurt for a momentâ€ť
â€śmaybe we need someone more skilled at medical care to come hereâ€ť
â€śNo, please donâ€™t do that. I couldnâ€™t put you all through more trouble. It passed, Iâ€™m alrightâ€ť They were talking, Rees too thought that pain might be her soul trying to tell her brain something so he didnâ€™t push it further. Brynmor came in a few moments after his father, just wanting to see her â€śHey. Brynmor right?â€ť Aurelia asked, setting her fork down â€śyeah, umâ€¦whatâ€™s your name?â€ť
â€śwhere did you come from?â€ť Now he just wanted to hear her voice. It was slightly different but it was still his mothers voice. â€śson, sheâ€™s recovering. We need to let her eatâ€ť Rees said, trying not to sound too stern and make her uncomfortable.
â€śOhâ€¦Iâ€™m sorry, yeah, Iâ€™m being rude sorryâ€ť he walked out too quickly for her to stop him. Aurelia looked at Rees â€śhe was alrightâ€ť
â€śYou really should finish eating. Iâ€™ll go get him back when youâ€™re doneâ€ť Pretoria said. Aurelia picked her fork back up and finished her salad. Just as she said she would Pretoria took the dishâ€™s, promising sheâ€™d get her brother as soon as they were in the sink. Meanwhile, Aurelia laid back down. â€śso whose room is this? Iâ€™m not taking one of theirs am I?â€ť she asked Rees.
â€śNo, this room actually hasnâ€™t been used in an incredibly long time. The kids motherâ€¦wellâ€¦she was very close to her an Uncle of hers. She even named our son after him which was fine with me. I didnâ€™t care what we called our children and the names she picked meant a lot to her. He would come to see us so much we gave him his own room, which is this one. We didnâ€™t put anybody else in it after he died, youâ€™re the firstâ€ť
She was curious about the kids mother. The way he said was had so much pain in it so she knew she had passed, not left. She wouldnâ€™t hurt him by asking, it would be selfish. â€śwhat made her so close to him? What was he like?â€ť
â€śHe raised her. Ameliaâ€™s father didnâ€™t treat her very well. When Brynmor realized she was being abused he took her in and told her father if he so much as looked at you everâ€ť He noticed her weird expression and he realized he had said you â€śsorry, I meant her obviously. Iâ€™m tiredâ€ť
â€śOh my gosh yeah, you were sleeping when I woke. Iâ€™m sorry, we can talk later. Go to bed. Your son wanted to talk to me anywayâ€ť
â€śNo, I feel so bad keeping you all upâ€¦youâ€™ve done so much for meâ€ť The thought of leaving her side mangled in his heart â€śIâ€™ll go to bed when Pretoria fetches my son.â€ť
â€śare you sure?â€ť
â€śyesâ€¦anywayâ€¦he told Amelias father heâ€™d kill him if he looked at her again. He let her mother see her from time to time but when she finally left Amelias father she quit coming to see Amelia too. She was only seven when her mother completely left her life so Amelia didnâ€™t remember muchâ€ť
â€śThat was really sweet of her Uncle, to protect herâ€ť
â€śHe was a good vampire. I wouldnâ€™t say he had lived a perfect life, before raising Amelia anyway but he had a good heartâ€ť
â€śdifferent creatures have their own struggles.â€ť Pretoria and Brymor entered the room and Rees stood, leaving as he said he would. Brynmor sat on the bed and Pretoria took the chair. â€śso, where are you fromâ€ť
â€śMy parents are nomads, Iâ€™m not really from anywhere.â€ť
â€śwhy werenâ€™t they with you when you were attacked?â€ť
“well, you might think Iâ€™m crazy but one morning, a few years ago I woke up before my parents and saw a couple standing beside me. I jumped up and was about to yell but the woman shushed me. I donâ€™t know, she looked so kind I just stood up, deciding not to wake my parents. She touched my heart, well, my chest above where it is and said â€śyou need to listen to your heart sweetheart. You should go, see where it leads you. Itâ€™s been trying to take you somwhere a very long time but your parents always get you offtrack. Leave your parents and follow your heart. Youâ€™ll be so happy you didâ€ť
She sighed â€śI donâ€™t know, my heart raced and all of me was ready to go. I know itâ€™s nuts, they were two complete strangers but I felt like I had been ignoring my heart as soon as she said that to me. I made my parents breakfast then while they ate I told them I needed to have my own adventure for awhile. They werenâ€™t for it at first, especially my dad. He was so worried about me traveling alone but they eventually saw I needed to do thisâ€¦you know, because two strangers told me toâ€ť she sighed â€śand look where it got me, hurt and bothering you kind people. I was probably being dumb but Iâ€™ve had a great adventure coming here.â€ť
â€śThat doesnâ€™t sound dumb at all.â€ť Brynmor said. â€śThey always say the heart wants what the heart wants.â€ť
â€śBrynmorâ€™s right.â€ť Pretoria said with a warm smile.
Aurelia smiled back. â€śI guess youâ€™re right. Iâ€™m just sorry we had to meet like this.â€ť
â€śWeâ€™re just glad youâ€™re alright and as soon as youâ€™re feeling up to it, Iâ€™m sure our father would love to show you around.â€ť
â€śIâ€™d really like that, thank you.â€ť
They continued to talk to her for awhile longer, doing their best not to give away who she was. They told her a couple more stories from their childhood then decided she needed to rest. She had been through a lot and they didnâ€™t want to exhaust her. They both jumped a little when Rees opened his door and he called them over. â€śHow is she?â€ť He asked.
â€śYouâ€™re supposed to be sleeping dad and sheâ€™s good.â€ť Pretoria answered.
â€śI know, but I wanted to talk to both of you first. Brynmor, tomorrow you and I are going out to try and find the men who did that to her. I want to make sure they canâ€™t attack anyone else.â€ť He then looked to Pretoria. â€śI want you to spend time with your mother,â€ť he sighed, â€świth Aurelia I mean.â€ť They both nodded. â€śYou two get some rest, okay?â€ť
â€śYou too dad.â€ť Brynmor said.
Rees was eager to get out and start hunting the men that hurt Aurelia so he barely waited for the sun to come up before waking his son. Brynmor didnâ€™t have to be urged awake long before he was up and ready to go out with his father. Rees was an incredibly old vampire but he had long since went through grueling trial and error to make his body able to roam around in sunlight. Amelia had been able to do it and loved being out during the day so they hadnâ€™t been together long before he wanted to be able to do the same thing. He wasnâ€™t sure what happened but evolution seemed to still be taking place since the younger vampires were almost all born able to be in the sun.
â€śI think itâ€™s important after what you did to the group that killed mom in her past life to ask what we intend to do with them? I mean I want to scare these guys butâ€¦you may have taken things a little too far in the past dadâ€ť
â€śI wont be burning any homes or anything like that. Even I know I went too far, had too many casualties of my anger. I turned into a monster when I lost your motherâ€¦Iâ€™m just glad Pretoria talked sense into me. I was still a father and I needed to get a hold of myself. I havenâ€™t lost your mother this time so no, I wont be be turning back into that monster I regret you and Pretoria sawâ€¦Iâ€™m more thankful than ever she got me to stopâ€¦going down that path I would have ended up with every vampire hunter in existence after meâ€¦I may have died too then I wouldnâ€™t still be here for your mothers rebirth.â€ť
Brynmor made a face and his father sighed â€śdonâ€™t you think for a second Iâ€™m also not still around because of you two. Now that sheâ€™s back I know it wont alarm you to say this but you and Pretoria are the only reasons I raged instead of killing myself. I need you three, I mean itâ€ť Brynmor decided to tell his father what Aurelia had told them about her journey here then added â€śI think sheâ€™ll stay too. Her soul remembers enough it guided her back to usâ€ť
It was the smell of blood that brought them to where one of the men lay dead. This is where it had happened. They could smell Aureliaâ€™s scent all over and around him. â€śShe killed him.â€ť Brynmor said.
â€śThe other left him to die.â€ť Rees replied as he followed more drops of blood into the forest. â€śHe was wounded though, your mother made sure of that.â€ť
â€śWhat should we do with this one?â€ť
â€śLeave him, after what he did, just leave him. I want to find the other one.â€ť
â€śAlright.â€ť They continued on, leaving the first manâ€™s body for the animals and the earth.
â€śAurelia?â€ť Pretoria said softly as she opened her motherâ€™s door.
â€śHmm?â€ť Aurelia jerked away, disoriented and confused for a moment until she remembered where she was. She let her eyes move to Pretoria and for a moment, seeing the young womanâ€™s smiling face, had her heart aching.
â€śSorry, I just thought maybe you were hungry.â€ť Pretoria said as she nudged the door all the way open and stepped in with a breakfast tray.
â€śOh, sure.â€ť She started pushing herself up and Pretoria quickly sat the tray on top of the chest of drawers and went over to help her. â€śThank you.â€ť
â€śIâ€™m happy to helpâ€ť
â€śIâ€™m feeling better this morningâ€ť
â€śThatâ€™s good to hear, please eat. I know it will help you even moreâ€ť Aurelia slowly ate her breakfast, enjoying it. â€śHave you already eaten?â€ť
â€śHopefully it doesnâ€™t make you uncomfortable but I had blood this morning so Iâ€™ll be fine for awhileâ€ť
â€śanimal or do you have someone to feed off of?â€ť
â€śa friend of mine allows me to feed on him from time to time but I had animal this morning. Just to put it out there since some of our kind makes it so it has to be said but my father, brother and I donâ€™t feed on anybody unwillinglyâ€ť
â€śI wasnâ€™t worriedâ€¦Iâ€™m so thankful for you three. I would have died if not for you. Jeez if you wanted blood it would be the least I could doâ€ť Pretoria smiled â€śwe truly expect nothing in return but getting to know you. You seem so interesting. Once youâ€™re better are you going to stay a bitâ€ť
â€śIf Iâ€™m welcome, your father would like me here?â€ť
â€śHe wants to get to know you tooâ€ť
â€śwhere is he nowâ€ť she felt this tug on her heart, like she needed to know. â€śHeâ€™s out making sure those men that hurt you are really dead or not going to do such a thing againâ€ť
â€śThey were so crazed, especially for human men.â€ť
â€śwell my father and brother will see to it no other woman has to worry about them.â€ť Aurelia finished her breakfast and Pretoria took her plate. When Pretoria came back she asked â€śwhy did you pick your tattoos?â€ť
â€śI adore bees and I just thought it would be pretty to have the flowers going up my sides.â€ť
â€śI didnâ€™t get a good look at the flowers but I love the beeâ€ť
â€śwell there arenâ€™t any men here if youâ€™d like to see themâ€ť Pretoria helped Aurelia with her shirt â€śwow, they are really pretty. You must have paid a lot to have them doneâ€ť
â€śI didnâ€™t pay with anything but my time. This particular tattoo artist needed help with his children. You see as I was wandering I ended up staying in this town awhile just because I thought it was beautiful. I became friends with him and learned, like your father, he was raising kids on his own. He wanted to go study under an artist a few towns away but he couldnâ€™t take his children. He asked me to watch over them and that heâ€™d pay me whatever I wanted when he returned. He also had more than enough money in his basement for me to take care of them so it truly only took my time. They were sweet girls. When he returned I asked he put that skill to work and give me flowers up my sides. I hung around a few more weeks then went on my wayâ€ť
â€śwhatâ€™s his name, I might want some one day. Iâ€™ve never thought about tattoos before but these are so pretty. It was well worth it for him to go study with someoneâ€ť
â€śyeah, his name is Jolduc Khiz. His girls, should they still be at home when you go are Esmeralda and Primâ€ť
â€ścute, did he tell you why he was alone?â€ť
â€śshe left him and the girls for another man.â€ť
â€śyeah, the biggest shame about it is she doesnt want to see her girlsâ€¦I donâ€™t have children so maybe I cant judge but how can anybody just leave their childrenâ€ť
â€śI know my mom would have never left us if she hadnâ€™t been taken awayâ€ť
â€śwould it hurt too much to tell me what happened to her Pretoria?â€ť Pretoria took a long breath in then let it go, looking uncomfortable. â€śIâ€™m sorry, that was so rudeâ€ť
â€śNo, no its fine. Itâ€™s just still hard to talk about it. Youâ€™d think time would make it easier butâ€¦â€ť There was a long, sorrow filled pause from Pretoria before she began her story â€śWe were all always together besides my moms walks. She had been taking long walks alone since she was little. She needed that peaceful time to herself. I mean we would all go sometimes but every now and then she still wanted to go alone. It would always be a few hours but that day she had left right after breakfast and we still hadnâ€™t seen her after lunch. Dad got worried, he told us to stay incase she came back but he was going to look for her for awhile.â€ť
Pretoria tried to discreetly brush a tear away â€śthen dad didnâ€™t come home so Brynmor and I leftâ€¦I wish we hadnâ€™tâ€ť Pretoria couldnâ€™t talk anymore as she could once again envision her dead mother”
â€śIâ€™m so sorry, you donâ€™t have to tell meâ€ť Pretoria clung to Aurelia, happy that they had atleast saved her in this life. She was back and she knew her dad would probably never let her out of at least one of their sights ever again if he could help it. â€śTheres this particularly nasty group of vampire hunters that arenâ€™t just happy with killing vampires. They often humiliate and torture them. We donâ€™t know what she went through but by the time we had went looking for her she was cut up. They had hung her body parts from different treesâ€ť
â€śOh jesusâ€¦where was your fatherâ€ť
â€śHe was on a murder spree. My dad, as most of the original vampires, have states similar to demons where they lose their mind to rage. Every man that had touched my mother died and sadly, so did their families. It was all Brynmor and I could do to get him back to normalâ€¦he did a lot of things I know he regretsâ€ť Pretoria could see a bit of concern on Aurelias face â€śdonâ€™t worry, only the men that hurt you will answer to my father today, Youâ€™re alive and I think it was pure grief and sorrow that drove him into that stateâ€¦he did and still does love my mother immensely. They were together thousands of years and they were a pretty sweet couple. I donâ€™t think Iâ€™ve ever seen two beings near that happy with eachotherâ€ť
The man panicked the moment he looked over his shoulder and spotted Rees and Brynmor. Both of them could see and smell it and Rees directed Brynmor forward. His son put on a burst of speed that had him suddenly standing in front of the man and as he skidded to a halt, Rees grabbed him from behind and slammed him to the ground. â€śPlease.â€ť He screamed. â€śPlease, please, Iâ€™m sorry.â€ť He was covering his head and crying his entire body shaking.
â€śDo you have any idea what youâ€™ve done?â€ť Rees snapped.
â€śNo, please, I just woke up andâ€¦and Eli wasâ€¦he was and I was covered in blood. Please, Iâ€™m sorry.â€ť
â€śDad?â€ť Brynmor grabbed his shoulder. â€śI donâ€™t think heâ€™s lying.â€ť
Rees let out a sigh as he pulled the man up. â€śLook at me.â€ť He ordered and the man forced himself to look into Reesâ€™s eyes. â€śWhatâ€™s the last thing you remember?â€ť
â€śIâ€¦weâ€¦â€ť he swallowed. â€śWalking through the woods with Eli, weâ€¦we took a shortcut and thenâ€¦nothing. Eliâ€¦did I kill him?â€ť
Rees stood in thoughtful silence for a moment before saying â€śmy wife killed your friend. You two tried to rape her. Maybe you walked into an enchantment and didnâ€™t realize or any number of things but I can tell you arenâ€™t lieing. Youâ€™re going to take me to the last spot you rememberâ€ť
â€śwhat if something happens againâ€ť
â€śMy son and I would never fall into something like that. Iâ€™ve trained him well and only the smart live as long as I haveâ€ť
â€śIâ€™mâ€¦Iâ€™m sorry for what we did to herâ€¦normally weâ€™re nothing like thatâ€ť
â€śyou two didnâ€™t get anywhere with her. Sheâ€™s toughâ€ť Rees let the human man go â€śshow meâ€ť
â€śIâ€™mâ€¦Iâ€™m hurt badly too. Could I get tended to first?â€ť
â€śso you can tell the other humans vampires are bullying you?â€ť
â€śNo, no I swearâ€¦we obviously hurt someone you loveâ€¦I wont try anything funnyâ€¦I justâ€¦Iâ€ť
â€śdadâ€ť Brynmor said and Rees sighed â€śMy son will go with you and Iâ€™ll wait hereâ€ť He could tell the human wanted to ask why but held his tongue. It suited Rees, telling him honestly why might scare him into not cooperating and he didnâ€™t want something else losing its senses and trying to hurt Aurelia or anybody else again. Brynmore wasnâ€™t sure why his dad didnâ€™t want to go into the humans village. Surely nobody was alive anymore who would remember him.
Rees decided to lay down and think up as many possibilities as he could. He wanted to go home, he wanted to be near Aurelia again. He was so lost in his head it seemed like no time atall had passed when Brynmor returned with the human male. Rees stood, staring the man down until the human moved to show them where to go. He took them to the last point he remembered â€śthis is it. I hope Iâ€™m remembering rightâ€¦I cant imagine what would make us dumb enough to mess with a vampire womanâ€ť
â€śSheâ€™s an elfâ€ť Brynmor said and the man said â€śIâ€™m sorryâ€ť
â€śdonâ€™t be so scared. Iâ€™m sure sheâ€™ll even feel sad for your friend once she learns you two werenâ€™t in control. A lot of mistakes were madeâ€¦weâ€™re just glad she found her way homeâ€ť The man glanced over at Rees who wasnâ€™t paying attention to them. He was absorbed in the environment as he careful studied his surroundings.
Rees could see where the two men had passed through and he squatted down, picking up the crushed cap of a mushroom. He sighed as he stood and held it out. â€śDo you know what this is?â€ť He asked the man.
â€śNo, Iâ€™ve never seen it before.â€ť
â€śItâ€™s an otrova mushroom.â€ť
â€śThe spot where you and your friend walked is covered in them. Theyâ€™re an invasive species and incredibly dangerous.â€ť He tossed the broken mushroom. â€śWhen they feel threatened, they release spores into the air and cause a temporary insanity in anyone who inhales it.â€ť
â€śWe didnâ€™t know.â€ť He dropped his head into his hands. â€śWe always go out together, we have been since we were kids, but we didnâ€™t know.â€ť He swallowed then took a deep breath. â€śI have to bury Eli, I canâ€™t leave him in the woods.â€ť
â€śI will be able to get rid of these but it will take time. Brynmor, you may help the human while I do thisâ€ť
â€śHeâ€¦he doesnâ€™t have toâ€ť The mans voice trembled. Brynmor said â€śIâ€™d be happy to, we know it wasnâ€™t his fault and my mother isnt a murderous monster either just so you know. She was terrified and just trying toâ€ť The man shook his head â€śI understand, really, I wont go telling anybody anything negative. Weâ€¦we tried to rape herâ€¦I understandâ€¦Iâ€™m not sure what Iâ€™m going to say about his death to his family but I donâ€™t blame herâ€ť Brynmor walked away with the human, hoping to get the burial done quickly so he could help his father.
When they were out of earshot the man asked â€śhow can your father be sure he wont go mad with themâ€ť
â€śIf he says he knows what heâ€™s doing he knows.â€ť
Rees had to burn them, all while being careful with the rest of the forest. He couldnâ€™t risk anyone else happening upon them, not even one. He wanted to take the time to scour the rest of the forest, but he knew that would take ages and he wanted to get back to Aurelia and explain what had happened. He would have Brynmor accompany him of regular trips to scour the woods once everything was settled. He found his anger dissipating as he watched the fire burn out and when he finally caught up with his son and the man, he was calmer than he had been. They had just finished burying Eli and Brynmor was doing his best to comfort him.
â€śSo what now?â€ť He wiped at his face.
â€śFirst, can I have your name?â€ť
â€śOh, itâ€™s Oliver, sorry.â€ť
â€śItâ€™s fine.â€ť Rees sighed. â€śI cannot hold what happened against you, Oliver, it wasnâ€™t yourâ€™s or Eliâ€™s fault.â€ť
â€śWhat do I do?â€ť
Rees looked to Brynmor who answered, â€śCome back with us, talk to the woman you attacked, weâ€™ll explain everything.â€ť
â€śwont I just upset herâ€¦Iâ€ť he didnâ€™t know what to add, he seemed to be having an internal struggle so Brnymor spoke again â€śyou didnâ€™t manage to rape her. Sheâ€™s hurt and might be a bit startled when she sees you but I have a feeling that once she knows your side of things sheâ€™d want to see you again anyway to tell you herself not to feel guiltyâ€ť Oliver swallowed â€śalright, I will come. I still donâ€™t know what Iâ€™m going to say to everybody anyway. I donâ€™t want to give you three any more problems. Iâ€™ve seen in my village before the fact we tried to rape her which caused her reaction will mean littleâ€ť
Rees and Brynmor took Oliver to their home where they found Pretoria and Aurelia in the living room, sitting down and talking. â€śsheâ€™s doing so much betterâ€ť Pretoria said excitedly but her expression changed when she noticed the man â€śthat scentâ€ť she said softly. â€śallow me to explainâ€ť Rees started then explained to them why the men had attacked Aurelia. Aureliaâ€™s eyes dampened â€śoh myâ€¦Iâ€™m so sorry. I was so scared and you two wouldnâ€™t let me get awayâ€¦I killed him because I felt I had to in the moment. Iâ€™m sorryâ€ť
â€śI understand, Iâ€™m horrified about what we tried to doâ€¦that that could be in me at all, weird mushrooms or notâ€ť
â€śsome things have great power. The mushrooms turned you two into something you werenâ€™t. Donâ€™t feel guiltyâ€ť
â€śIâ€™m just glad youâ€™re okayâ€ť
â€śI know you donâ€™t feel I have anything to make up for but I feel bad about your friend. I owe you, anytime you need something, please come back to us so I can repent for his death. I mean it, I really want toâ€ť
He held up his hands. â€śPlease donâ€™t, no one would ever blame you, truly. You were alone, against two of us, it was justified. Eli wouldnâ€™t blame you, he wasnâ€™t like that, he was a good man, kind and honest, he would want you to know it wasnâ€™t your fault. You didnâ€™t know, we didnâ€™t know. So please.â€ť
Rees could see how heartbroken Aurelia was for him and he gently placed a hand on Oliverâ€™s shoulder. â€śHow about you at least come by then, as often as you like, weâ€™ll get to know each other and move past this.â€ť
â€śIâ€™d like that, thank you.â€ť Oliver took a deep breath. â€śI just donâ€™t know what to tell everyone back home.â€ť
â€śIâ€™ll go with you and explain.â€ť Brynmor volunteered. â€śIâ€™m sure I can hide the fact Iâ€™m a vampire.â€ť
â€śYou donâ€™t have to hide, no one would bother you, they know better than that.â€ť He nodded. â€śI would appreciate your help, I just donâ€™t want them to think Eli was a monster.â€ť
â€śYou should rest.â€ť Aurelia said. â€śYou spent all night in the woods and youâ€™re wounded.â€ť She looked to Rees whose heart jumped in his chest. â€śHe can stay right? He shouldnâ€™t travel until heâ€™s better.â€ť
â€śOf course.â€ť He sat down next to her, gently taking her hand.
He wanted to tell her anything she wanted was his command but he knew how weird that would sound. â€śdonâ€™t scare herâ€ť he thought to himself. â€śitâ€™s the right thing to doâ€ť He held her hand a few more moments before getting up â€ślet me show him to a roomâ€ť Rees knew he needed to speak to Oliver about their situation with her. Not only to let him know he had helped guide his mate back to him but so he didnâ€™t say something he shouldnt since Brynmor had repeatedly refereed to Aurelia as his mother.
Rees walked the man to a room in another hall then said â€śthis is where you can stay but we need to talk about something important if youâ€™re going to be interacting with herâ€ť
â€śsheâ€™s a reincarnationâ€¦my wifeâ€¦Aurelia has no idea about her past with us and it shouldnâ€™t come from you. If we as a family decide to tell her it should come from usâ€ť
â€śOhâ€¦that must be hardâ€ť
â€śmaybe if you told her it would help her rememberâ€¦I mean thereâ€™s things that can be doneâ€ť
â€śwhat if I scare her, she might not believe me and think me crazyâ€ť
â€śthat woman in there? Sheâ€™s no coward, she just invited a man who tried to rape her to stay in the same castle as her. I mean, I think sheâ€™d face the possibility head onâ€ť Rees gave him a long look that semi frightened Oliver. He finally said â€śthanks for the input, will you be needing anything?â€ť
â€śI just want a bathâ€ť Rees pointed a few rooms away â€śtheres a bath in there. Iâ€™ll tell Brynmor to bring you clothingâ€ť
â€śThank youâ€ť Rees left the man without another word, pondering what he had said. HIs Ameliaâ€¦his Aurelia had never been a coward a moment in her life. Maybe he was over worrying but with something as important as having her in his life again he wasnâ€™t sure that was possible. He wanted her back, in any way he could have her and he knew the kids felt the same. If he handled this wrong, if he made the wrong choices heâ€™d be breaking their hearts all over again as well. He had more than just his own heart to consider in all this.
When he came back to the room Aurelia was happily talking with her two kids â€śHey Reesâ€ť his heart stuttered at the sound of his name coming from her. â€śHeâ€™s settledâ€¦what did you and my daughter do today?â€ť
â€śtalked mostly, Iâ€™m eager to be shown around thoughâ€¦would you mind doing that tomorrow? She said it would be best if you didâ€ť he smiled gently â€śif you still feel up to it yesâ€ť
â€śI want to know everything about this place. Iâ€™ve never been in a castle before. How did you build this or did you find it?â€ť
â€śI built this, most vampires lived in castles in my time. It was the thing to doâ€ť She smiled ‘you do look like a classic” she said it with so much affection it even surprised her. â€śIâ€™m sorry, was thatâ€¦weirdâ€ť he nervously chuckled â€śnever be sorry, I know I havenâ€™t updated my styleâ€¦everâ€¦my wife didnâ€™t mind thoughâ€ť
â€śYou all seem so wonderful, Iâ€™m sure she just felt luckyâ€ť
â€śI have something to take care ofâ€ť Pretoria said to excuse herself and her brother followed suit, leaving their parents alone. â€śyou donâ€™t have to stay with me if you want to rest or something. Youâ€™ve done so much for me. I mean, you were out all this time because of meâ€ť he gently smiled again â€śI want to get to know you. Thank me by telling me more about your life Aureliaâ€ť
â€śwhen do you want me to start?â€ť
â€śYour first memories if you so wishâ€ť
â€śalrightâ€¦â€ť she paused for a time, obviously thinking â€śmy very first memory is one with my dad. We were just running and laughing, I think maybe we were playing tag. Most of my early memories are of my dad. He was always playing around with me. My moms wonderful too but Iâ€™m extra close with him.â€ť She had been treated well in this life and loved by her parents, he was glad to hear it. She had deserved much better from her birth parents in her past life. â€śso it wasnâ€™t hard growing up as a nomad?â€ť
â€śI loved every second of itâ€ť
â€śsoâ€¦do you think youâ€™d ever be happy staying in one placeâ€ť she shrugged â€śI never say never, if the right situation arose Iâ€™m sure I could be happy settling somewhereâ€ť
â€śwhats your first memory of your mom?â€ť
â€śWe found this bow and arrow in a shop that was made for little kids. She bought it right there and took me to a practicing arena for it. It was funâ€ť he nearly chuckled â€śthey sound funâ€ť
â€śyeah, Iâ€™ll have to find them again one day but not soon. I mean. I donâ€™t feel like Iâ€™ve found what I left them to look forâ€¦I think I just told Pretoria about this butâ€ť she proceeded to tell him how she came to leave her parents side.
Reesâ€™s heart was skipping in his chest. Someone had sent her to him, he had to believe that. â€śThatâ€™s amazing, Aurelia, truly.â€ť He sat down next to her. â€śAurelia Iâ€¦â€ť he let out a sigh.
â€śWhat?â€ť She could tell something was troubling him and she couldnâ€™t stop herself from taking his hand in hopes of comforting him. â€śIs everything alright?â€ť
â€śYes, sorry, itâ€™s just Iâ€™m really happy to have you here. I hope itâ€™s okay to say that, after everything thatâ€™s happened.â€ť
She smiled and his entire being warmed. â€śIâ€™m happy too.â€ť She said.
â€śYeah, you and your children have been so sweet, itâ€™s more than I expected.â€ť
He burned to tell her everything, but he couldnâ€™t, not yet. He could wait until tomorrow at least. â€śIâ€™m glad.â€ť He gave her a smile. â€śWould you like me to get you anything? Food? Something to drink? We could have dinner together or if you havenâ€™t eaten.â€ť
â€śI imagine you must be starving, eating together would be nice. Iâ€™m feeling well enough to come to the kitchen with youâ€ť she could see the concern on his face even before he answered â€śyou were bleeding internally from fighting those men when you arrivedâ€ť
â€śand since then you and your children have done an amazing job of taking care of me. I really donâ€™t want to keep you in this room. Besides, Iâ€™m dieing to even just see a little more tonightâ€ť
â€śwellâ€¦if you start to feel weak, just let me knowâ€ť
â€śalrightâ€ť She couldnâ€™t believe how sweet this vampire and his children were. They were constantly tugging at her heart. Rees helped her out of bed which was cute even though not needed. They walked to his kitchen where she saw they had leftovers from the salad she had been made â€śa salad is just fine with me againâ€ť
â€śI can make you something, I donâ€™t mind. Weâ€¦could even cook togetherâ€ť
â€śalright, but really let me helpâ€ť Rees pulled out the last of the rabbit they had and decided to make Aurelias favorite soup in her past life. If what some people said were true and you really could make an old soul remember a past life then he wanted to try everything he could to help her soul tell her new mind what it remembered. He began, having her do the easiest steps possible. This would take awhile to cook but he wasnâ€™t interested in resting anyway. He had lived without his wife so long, he needed to be with her as much as he could.
â€śI suppose as a traveler you eat rabbit a lotâ€ť he said, just wanting to hear her speak again. â€śyeah but I like it. This already seems so good. Where did you learn to make it?â€ť
â€śMy late wifeâ€ť he said gently â€śOh, gosh, I end up bringing her up a lot with you three. Iâ€™m sorryâ€ť
â€śItâ€™s alright, sheâ€™s an incredibly pleasant memory for us allâ€ť
â€śIt sounded from Pretoria itâ€™s been a long time. Iâ€™m surprised youâ€™re still singleâ€ť he felt uncomfortable with what he was about to say but he wouldnâ€™t lie to her â€śI ended up with someone eventually, a friend of hersâ€¦it was a bit selfish of me because most of why I was able to with her is she felt like a piece of Amelia. They hungout so muchâ€¦Iâ€¦I think she always knew but she just wanted affection as I did.â€ť She didnâ€™t ask why they parted, she supposed they just both realized they werenâ€™t really helping eachother in being together. â€śwellâ€¦I hope you find someone you can actually love againâ€ť his smile held so many emotions, mostly sad which made her feel bad so she changed the subject â€śso um, are you close to your kidsâ€¦like do you do a lot together normally?â€ť
â€śweâ€™re pretty close, itâ€™s why they still live with me even though theyâ€™ve been adults a long timeâ€ť
â€śI wouldnâ€™t be here without them, they saved me, even afterâ€¦I donâ€™t deserve them.â€ť
â€śIâ€™m glad youâ€™re still here, for what thatâ€™s worth. I mean if you werenâ€™t, we never would have met.â€ť
Rees smiled. â€śI feel the same, truly.â€ť
They continued talking, him getting to know more about her life, about her family and about her journey to him. He told her stories about his life, about their life, hoping maybe one of his fondest memories would help spark hers. Aurelia loved the smell of the soup as it boiled and when Rees finally made her a bowl and she took her first bite, she paused at the taste. She felt herself tear up and jumped when Rees touched her shoulder, a look of concern on his face. â€śSorry.â€ť She said.
â€śAre you alright?â€ť
â€śYeah, of course, this is really good.â€ť
â€śMaybe we should go back to your room.â€ť
â€śNo, itâ€™s fine, really.â€ť
â€śAlright, but after, you should rest.â€ť
She nodded, wondering why she suddenly felt so emotional. A lot of her emotional responses were seeming to become odd and she wondered if it was just because of her ordeal before meeting these people. She took another spoon fool and held the flavorful soup in her mouth a few moments, emotion hitting her again. It was like her soul was aching. She swallowed and looked back at Rees, her eyes meeting his for a few long moments â€śIâ€™m sorryâ€ť she couldnâ€™t help but say again, seeing how concerned she was making him. â€śwhatâ€™re you thinking about?â€ť
â€śnothing really in particular. I probably do just need more rest after thisâ€ť
â€śWould it be alright for me to carry you backâ€¦youâ€™re worrying meâ€ť
â€śthat would be really kind, thank you Reesâ€ť something flashed in her mind, of hugging him and thanking him as they sat down at the table with young children, his children. At least they had looked so similar to them she thought it was. She quickly finished her soup and began to wash it â€śhey, youâ€™re still getting better. Myself or the kids will get thatâ€ť she was so thrown off by everything that had been happening in her mind and emotionally since eating with him she didnâ€™t protest â€śalright, will you take me back to my room thenâ€ť
Rees lifted her into his arms, happy to have her close, however briefly it would be. They were nearly to the room she was staying in when she asked him â€śdo you have any pictures of your kids when they were children?â€ť
â€śIâ€™m sure I do, most of what I have are paintings. My late wife loved to have us painted. Youâ€™d like to see?â€ť
â€śIf I wouldnâ€™t be bothering youâ€ť
‘not at all. Iâ€™ll go get one after I have you settled in”
â€śyou canâ€™t just take me to itâ€ť he couldnâ€™t, they would be with all the pictures that had her in them. â€śyou need to restâ€ť she did so it wasnâ€™t a lie. He tucked her into bed so lovingly, she couldnâ€™t resist hugging him. It surprised Rees but his body instantly responded. He had her close once more and demanded himself not to cry. He didnâ€™t know what to say about it so he didnâ€™t and she didnâ€™t say anything more as he walked out the door.It hit him once he was out he never told his son to bring Oliver clothes but knowing his children one of them had checked on the human.
He went to retrieve one of the paintings of his children, promising himself he would check on Oliver before he went to bed. He had been so wrapped up in Aurelia and everything that had happened, that he had been being a bad host. His eyes caught hers when he came back into her room and he couldnâ€™t help but pause there for a moment. His heart thumped in his chest when she smiled and he had to force himself to move again. â€śSorry.â€ť He said as he crossed over to her.
â€śI shouldnâ€™t stare, itâ€™s rude.â€ť
â€śThen weâ€™re both in trouble.â€ť She teased and he couldnâ€™t help but smile.
â€śI was going to bring one of the bigger ones, but I decided against it. This one though, is one of my favorites.â€ť He sat down next to her and turned the painting so she could see it. He remembered that day very vividly because it had been so hard to get Brynmor to sit still.
She tried not to let her expression change too much as she looked at this painting. She had seen those two as children. Could she have really guessed so accurately? It was weird but maybe that was all it was. Her mind just had shrunk the two down incredibly well. â€śthey were so adorableâ€ť her eyes grew a little damp but she didnâ€™t cry. â€śYeah, Brynmor would not sit still for this picture. We almost gave upâ€¦my wife and I I meanâ€ť
â€śIâ€™m glad you two got to capture it. Heâ€™s as adorable then as he is handsome now. Pretoria grew up beautiful herself.â€ť
â€śThey had a gorgeous mother, I guess that helped Brynmor aswell because he certainly didnâ€™t get it from me. I just tend to scare people. I think one of the things I loved most about my late wife was that she never feared me for a momentâ€ť He noticed her gaze go from the children to him â€śI think youâ€™re incredibly handsome Rees,donâ€™t call yourself scaryâ€ť she blushed, quickly looking away from him and wondering why she had said that out loud. â€śUmâ€¦you should get rest too Rees. You ran around all that time solving what happened and taking care of Oliver. Iâ€™mâ€¦getting tiredâ€ť she felt awkward and was a bit overwhelmed with herself and thoughts in general.
â€śPlease call me if you need anything alrightâ€ť
â€śI willâ€ť he almost leaned down to kiss her head but managed not to â€śgoodnight Aureliaâ€ť His voice was so loving and sad. He was such a sweet vampire, she could definitely see how someone could fall in love with him. When he shut the door she looked down at the picture again and whispered to herself â€śwhat did that couple want me to findâ€¦could it beâ€¦you three?â€ť she almost felt stupid saying it. Amelia sounded so perfect, she could probably never fill her shoes here. She laid back against the headboard and prayed softly â€śGods and goddessâ€™s, please help me. If you can, give me some sort of sign. Is this where I was supposed to end up or am I just enamored with this family and want to think my heart was leading me hereâ€ť
She looked at the picture awhile longer then settled down for the night, hoping everyone else slept well. Another violent storm woke her late in the night, just like the one she had found herself in the night she came to this castle. She gasped when she saw a figure in her room but relaxed when she saw the man who had come to her. She looked around and asked â€śwhere is the woman?â€ť
â€śHumble is busyâ€ť
â€śare you a god, is that why youâ€™re here againâ€ť he chuckled â€śNo but I have a few assisting me now with my workâ€ť
â€śthats not what Iâ€™m here to explain. You asked for more guidanceâ€¦well, get out of bed.â€ť she got up, hoping a head injury didnâ€™t have her going insane. Those men had hit her quite a few times. Once they stepped out of the room he held a finger up to his mouth to tell her to keep quite so she did, following him all the way down to the final floor of the castle”why are we here?” she asked in a whisper. He started rumaging and pulled out a painting that made her legs so weak she almost fell â€śwhaâ€¦whatâ€ť
â€śI think you know what Iâ€™m telling you Aureliaâ€¦or should I sayâ€¦Ameliaâ€ť
â€śdonâ€™t hyperventilate on me, sit, pleaseâ€ť
â€śin your past life. You are the wife and mother they keep speaking ofâ€ť
â€śtheyâ€¦do they actually knowâ€ť
â€śThey felt it, you feel it too, I know you do. That soul of yours was begging to come back. Even I felt it desperate desire to find Rees and your children as my wife and I were passing you by that night. Youâ€™ve wanted to run back to him from the moment you were born. Didnâ€™t you used to draw a lot of vampire art Aurelia, didnâ€™t you always make up games where you lived in a castle and wasnâ€™t your very first make believe friend named Reesâ€ť she felt light headed as it all came rushing back. Childhood felt like so long ago but as she stood there she realized his words were true â€śwhat are youâ€ť
â€śwhat I am and the gods that help me arenâ€™t important right now unless you donâ€™t believe youâ€™re Ameliaâ€ť Tears started tumbling down her face â€śIâ€¦I think I believe youâ€ť
â€śGood, Humble, my wife loves a good romance story. I understand yours was particularly beautiful. You two meant the world to eachother and those kids have missed you immensely. You left a hole in their hearts and I think even if we hadnâ€™t woken up your soul you would have never felt complete without them. The bond you all had in your previous life was much too strongâ€ť
â€śwhen she touched meâ€¦â€ť
â€śshe just helped you hearâ€ť
â€śit really lead me back hereâ€ť
â€śYou and Rees are meant for one another.â€ť
â€śwhy didnâ€™t they show me thisâ€ť
â€śI dont think they want to lose you all over again. Not everyone believes souls are reincarnated. You might have thought them crazy even with these pictures. Go to Rees and Iâ€™ll return to my Humbleâ€ť
â€śIâ€™m gratefulâ€ť she wiped her face before continuing â€śbut you cant cliffhanger me like this. Will you two come back when you have time. I have to know moreâ€ť he chuckled â€śwell you are an elf this time, your kind is notorious for being hungry for information. Lucky for you Humble loves romances like the one you have with Rees. Iâ€™m sure sheâ€™ll lunge at the opportunity to see you two back together. She would have come now but she couldnâ€™tâ€ť
â€śwhats your name, I dont think youâ€™ve told meâ€ť
â€śJaseâ€ť she had almost forgot about the storm until it scared her â€śeasy now, hurt yourself again and youâ€™ll break three heartsâ€ť Jase said in an amused voice. Aurelia ran up the stairs and Jase smiled, setting the painting back down and used the magic that brought him to return him to Humble. Suddenly Brynmor was infront of her, looking disheveled. â€śare you okay? I heard running. Did something happen?â€ť he started looking her over for wounds. She hugged him â€śYouâ€™re my sonâ€¦I cant believe itâ€ť His heart nearly stopped â€śMomâ€¦do you rememberâ€ť
â€śNot completely butâ€¦I saw that picture down stairs andâ€¦andâ€¦I dont know I feel its true. Iâ€™m your mom arenâ€™t Iâ€ť He held her crushingly tight â€śmomâ€ť his voice broke a little â€śEven without you knowing its been so good having you back. Life just hansâ€™t been the same without you. You need to see dad.â€ť
â€śI doâ€ť she was bawling and wished she wasnâ€™t. She had always been such an ugly crier and that was the last thing she wanted to be when she made it to his room. Her emotions were just so strong right now she couldnâ€™t help it. He was crying too adn that wasnâ€™t helping. She felt this was her son and no loving mother wanted to see their son cry. He hugged her one more time â€śweâ€™ll help you remember fully mom and even if you cantâ€¦Iâ€™m just so happy you know. We can make new memoriesâ€ť she nodded and he knocked on the door before leaving her.
Aurelia hastily wiped at her face, praying that she didnâ€™t look horrible. He opened the door with confusion and concern on his face â€śwhats happened? Why are you cryingâ€ť Looking into his eyes she didnâ€™t know what words to use so she grabbed his shirt, pulling him down to kiss her.
Rees was surprised by the sudden press of her lips and it took him a moment for his brain to register what was happening. He grabbed her shoulders and gently pushed her back. â€śAurelia, what are you doing?â€ť He wanted to keep kissing her, to pull her into him and into his bed.
Aurelia held his face in her hands, tears springing back into her eyes. â€śI know everything, I know why Iâ€™m here.â€ť
His heart stuttered. â€śWhatâ€¦what are you saying?â€ť
â€śIâ€™m Amelia, Iâ€™m your wife.â€ť
Rees swallowed, feeling a knot forming in his throat. â€śYou remember.â€ť
She shook her head. â€śI saw a picture of her and I know itâ€™s me, I know Iâ€™m your wife, I can feel it, Iâ€™ve always felt it, I just didnâ€™t know until I was pushed to leave.â€ť She pulled him back down, giving him another kiss. â€śIâ€™m your wife.â€ť
His tears spilled over and he pulled her tightly against him. â€śAurelia, Iâ€™ve missed you, you have no idea how much Iâ€™ve missed you.â€ť
â€śJust the way you three talk about meâ€¦I can tell. I canâ€™t believe how lucky I am, to not only have had you three before but that I was brought back in this life.â€ť
â€śI know, I could have never met you again. I wish I could thank who sent you my wayâ€ť
â€śYou can, I saw one of the beings that told me to follow my heart tonight.â€ť she went through every detail up until this moment â€śso I think he and Humble are coming backâ€ť
â€śGoodâ€¦â€ť he pulled her into his room and shut the door â€śeven though you donâ€™t have your memoriesâ€¦youâ€™ll lay with me right?â€ť she smiled as she wiped her face. Aurelia thought it was an adorable question given she had just kissed him â€śyeah, Id like to cuddle with you tonightâ€ť he made almost a squeaking sound due to how emotional and eager he was to keep her close. The sound and how he held her once they were laying down touched her heart again â€śyou three are going to keep me crying constantly, in a good wayâ€ť she whispered. He kissed her forehead â€śas long as they are good tears Aureliaâ€¦I. my heart has ached constantly for you. So has the childrens but theyâ€™ve always handled it better than meâ€ť
â€śwell Iâ€™m here now and I wont leave you guys againâ€ť He held her a little tighter â€śIt may be too much to ask but please, let at least one of us always be with youâ€ť
â€śPretoria told me how I diedâ€¦I think that need from you is understandableâ€ť he felt a little shame at the thought she might know just how insane he became for a few years. He had allowed himself to become a monster when he saw her body parts hanging from the trees and he wished he could go back and handle things more like she would have wanted him to. â€śdid you make me that soup because it was my favorite?â€ť
â€śI was trying to help you rememberâ€ť
â€śIt did stir something in me, as you heard from my storyâ€ť
â€śis there anything you want me to tell you about Aureliaâ€ť his voice was so emotional â€śYou can just hold me for tonight. It sounds like you need itâ€ť He gave her a long kiss to the head â€śthank youâ€¦Iâ€™ve missed this so muchâ€¦even when I had someone elseâ€¦it was never even near the sameâ€ť
â€ścan I knowâ€¦if she ever lived here or anything?â€ť
â€śNo, she only stayed over once or twice a month for a nightâ€ť
â€śI love you Aureliaâ€ť
â€śI love you too. She was my friend though right? Are you going to let me meet herâ€ť
â€śYouâ€™d want to?â€ť
â€śshe was my friend. I mean you two had a sort of relationship but Iâ€™m not upset at her or you. You were lonely and it sounds like she was too. I definitely donâ€™t think if she came around youâ€™d be doing anything with her on the side so Iâ€™d like to meet her at some pointâ€ť
â€śOkay, but I want to be selfish with you for awhile. Iâ€™m sure the kids feel the sameâ€ť she smiled â€śthats okay with meâ€ť The room fell silent besides a few sniffles here and there. Aurelia wasnâ€™t sure when she fell asleep but she woke still in his arms the next morning. He had fallen asleep hard so she was able to get up without disturbing him. She wanted to see her daughter now, to embrace her as she had her son and husband. She wasnâ€™t hard to find, it looked like she had been waiting in the hall for her to come out â€śBrynmor saysâ€¦heâ€ť
â€śI know who I am, come hereâ€ť Pretoria ran into her arms â€śMom, its so good to have you homeâ€ť
â€śItâ€™s good to be home honeyâ€ť
~ The End ~