1:36 – Goodbye

“I admit.. it is kinda strange looking at your own body from here.”
“Yeah, I have been told so.”
“Now what?”
“Well, as you know all to well, no one knows, apart from you go the same way everyone else goes.”

He nodded, noticing the family coming out joining them. He noticed the kids were looking at him, and not the body on the floor. Looking at Nat’s father for a secound.

“Felt correct, they know what’s next so why should they not see us now.”

How many times she had been in this room, she had no idea about. But this time it was different. Everyone could feel it, even her father. What was about to go down was something no one really knew.

“Thanks for being here.”
“Where else would I be silly.”

Hayle watched them both stand there, he had wondered if he should stand with her too, but in the end, he had just let this be a thing for them.

Rylan had Lukas with him, he had wanted to get closer to the portal to see if he could see, while Rylan just wanted his parents to know he would’t try and run through it.

“Okay. so just walk through along with you, and take it from there?”
“Sounds fun.”

He turned, watching them all one last time.

“I’ll see you around, someday.”

Seamus wrapped his arms around his wife, as she was not quite able to stand and watch her father walk through the portal. Christine hiding her face on Hayden’s shoulder as she too struggled more than she wanted to with the idea of loosing her grandfater.

“It will be fine little one.”

Hayden smiled at her, drying away some tears. He hadn’t thought much about death himself, since both his parents were imortal, which he knew most likely him and his brother were too.

“Good to go.”

He nodded, as the two walked through the portal, leaving the rest of them alone in the room.

“Try and think off it this way.. now your both free.. and nothing says you are never to meet again.”

She sighed, knowing he was right, but she had to admit it was still painfull to watch him dissapear. It had been such a long dance, and although it had been painfull sometimes as well, she knew she would miss it.

“Yeah, I know.”

Years later:


She had just come home after a whole lot of work, some mad man with several guns in a school.

“We almost thought you were going to miss out birthday!”
“I wouldn’t miss it for the world, you know that.”
“Yes.. but well, we did watch the news.”
“Chris is covering for me, so I could come home and celebrate.”

It had been some odd years, at first she kept waiting for him to return somehow, but her father told her his ascention seemed to send her to a different plane than most other souls. If he would ever return to this world, or any other he was honestly not sure off.

“Ah so you are the one that stole my husband away.”
“Sorry Hayle..”
“It’s fine, but hey, one last picture with the kids?”

“Only one though, we have cake to get to.”

He had told her what he wanted with all the pictures, much like the pictures he had framed in his house, he was making one for her to have with her wherever she lived. That way she could keep the memories with her as they passed on, and she and her family moved on.

“Are you okay Grandma?”
“Yeah, I was just…”
“You look so much like your mom it’s kinda scary.”

Chrstine chuckled, she had seen her moms pictures, and she could only agree.

“Mind giving me a hand with the homework?”
“Nope.. unless it’s math, then your mom would be better.”
“It’s not math, don’t worry.”

One thing she had learned from all this. She would be fine, her family would be fine, and perhaps it was time to get a dog?

(This was a very old idea that finally got into an actual story, thank you for reading, and onwards to new adventures.)

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3:11 – Finally

As many times as he went back though, there was never someone home. He even sat and waited for him on several occasions, but the house was just as empty as it had been before. In the end he had a look through one of the windows, just to see.


The house was pretty much full of them, and it didn’t look like it was too long since someone had been home. He would simply have to keep at it, see if they suddenly came back as suddenly as they had vanished.

“Still nothing?”
“Yeah, empty, the only thing that was there was a whole bunch of spirits.”
“Maybe we should try asking the ones here again?”
“Can’t hurt to try.”

With no real progress for a while, they settled on looking, talking to the people who lived around them and simply trying to make it more like a vacation. After almost two weeks, Toshi walked to the cabin himself, to see if he could find someone there, but much like when Derek had been there, there was no one home.

“For fucks sake!”

He sighed, he could still feel it, but it was distant, like if the pull was far away. It made it easier, but he wanted to get rid of It fully, so his life could go back to what it was supposed to be.

“We need to talk.”

He mumbled the words before walking back home, finding Derek trying to communicate with the spirits in their house one more time.

“he’s not having much luck, is he?”
“At least I will give him that he is trying.”

“No luck?”
“No, just like every other time.”
“What if he is never coming back.”
“Then we go and find him.”

Toshi sighed, he could pretty much see Derek start a military hunt for the man, without knowing what he looked like it would be hard though.  Another week went by, before he suddenly found himself standing outside the house with no memory off how he got there.

“Your home… we are having that talk.”

He clenched his fists, he would see this done, and then he would go home to Derek and tell him what he would learn.

“You wanted to talk to me?”

He had to fight with everything he had to not do something else instead, but he maneged to keep his ground.

“I guess it’s about me being a siren?”
“Yeah… I want you to take this curse off me.”
“I wish I could.”
“What do you mean?”
“Come one, I’ll tell you…”

He took Toshi motioned for Toshi to head upstairs, the spirits looking as if they were looking at them both as they walked up.

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1:35 – Getting there

It wasn’t long after the wedding before there was another birthday for the twins, something he was happy he got to stay for. He had some talks with Nat’s father as his time was slowly running out. It was fascinating, because he would not tell him the exact time, but he did tell him to make the most of said time.

“So family birthday here?”
“Okay.. I’m going to need help baking the cakes then.”
“Yeah, they wanted different ones so I figured why not?”

They had invited the family over for it, and with cakes being made, and two toddlers about to get into school age, no one really had time to worry about what was to come.

It was almost spooky to see just how much Christine resembled her mother when she was that age, and with some pictures Seamus had they could pretty much say the same about Lukas.

Hayle dragged the two young ones out for some pictures, but when Nat asked Chris why, he just smiled and said it was the whole fascination Hayle had with taking pictures of everything. She had noticed it after he got his camera when they had their kids, he did have a love for it.

“Oh no, I am to old to fall for that old trick.”
“You’r gonna have to beat your old man the old fashioned way.”

She smiled, trying her best to figure out the best move to win this game, but in the end she had to admit defeat.

“Next one, I will win.”
“As quickly as you learn, I have no doubts.”

She was a cleaver young lady, and her career in science had been much faster than anyone of them had expected. Her husband’s military career was a bit slower, but he too was doing good.

“Don’t worry Grandpa, I will take care of Grandma for you.”

They had talked to the kids, and although they had first wondered how it could be that some had to die, while others seemed to live forever, they quickly accepted the explanation when it was given.

“I know you will munchkin.”
“Mommy and daddy will too, and Lukas.. and when I grow up and have kids, they will take care of her too.”
“I’d like that.”
“Would you mind if I got a dog when I am older?”
“Nah, I actually like dogs.”

He had a very similar talk with Lukas the day after, although no mention of any dog. He was just happy his grand kids were seemingly handling this upcoming doom pretty well.

“You think great grandpa will tell us what happens?”
“If he is allowed too, I think he will.”
“Oh even he has to follow rules?”
“Yep, even Death has rules.”
“That’s pretty cool.”

They really were the weirdest family, but he loved it and when he sat and thought about it, there was really no other way he would have wanted it.

“I know.”

Her father had told them that they had a couple of days now before it would happen. He normally wouldn’t bother, but he knew that for them to be prepared was important.

“And you will be fine.”
“Yes, I think it will hurt, but I will be fine. I have to much family now to not be.”

He pulled her close

“How about a visit to Sulani?”
“Chris and Hayle?”
“Yep, I feel like meeting them all one last time.”

At first there was a bit of quiet when they came. Chris had of course told them what was to come, but being challenged to a game made any apprehension they might have had disappear like fog in the sun.

“Hayle and I used to play this often back in the bachelor house”
“Everyone there did.”
“Yeah, it became a thing I guess.”

While the grownups where playing, Christine made a new friend in Felix, making her a little more unsure if she wanted a cat or a dog when she grew up.

“Mauybe I can have both?”

“I am going to beat you today.”
“Might be your last chance!”

It was odd how she had actually enjoyed the time they had. She had been so sure she would worry more, but with everything happening and all the life in the house, he had been right, she simply didn’t have the time to worry about what she knew would happen.

“Oi.. one secound.”
“Oh you know better than that Ilari my friend.”
“Eh was worth a try.”
“Ready then?”
“Yes, lets teach you something new.”

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1:34: A Sulani wedding

“And then, the big whale jumped over the fence, and he was free.”

He loved telling and reading stories to the two little ones, and they seemed to love being around him just as much. Even to the point where their parents mentioned they liked grandpa better than anyone else.

“Maybe later, we have a wedding to get ready for now.”

“You two ready?”

She just smiled, they were going to stop by Chris and Hayle’s place to change to not have to travel far in their actual wedding clothing. She was mostly impressed with how fast they managed to get this happening, but where there was a will, there was a way.

The wedding venue was just as hey had remembered it, stunning, but there had been some changes done, even if just a few to not have it be the exact same place as her uncles had their wedding. I vow to carry you and to be carried by you, to journey with you and to love each minute because of our travels together. We will live a life of constant adventure together.

I vow to carry you and to be carried by you, to journey with you and to love each minute because of our travels together. We will live a life of constant adventure together.

They had agreed on making their vows together, as they didn’t have much time, and because it just felt right to promise the same thing.

“I almost can’t believe this.”
“I know.. they sat still.. all this time.”

She chuckled, it wasn’t actually what she had in mind, but yes, their two little ones had really been well behaved through the ceremony to everyone’s surprise, and it made them wonder just what great grandpa had whispered in their ears just before it all started.

“Now then… drinks, cake, all the good stuff!”

“Okay… I just want to take one.. so smile!”

Hayle quickly took pictures off them all, before letting them go again, randomly taking pictures throughout the evening.

“Hey, thats my camera.”
“You can’t take pictures of yourself though dad.”
“Hmh.. fine.”

Hayden smiled, taking a picture of his dad and Lukas playing, before handing him back the camera when they were done.

“Watch it now, or you know who will worry you’ll want more kids.”
“Nah.. I’ll wait for grandkids of my own.”

They were both roped in by the little ones themselves not to long after, finding themselves dragged around and of course play with. It didn’t bother them much though, it was easy to make them happy with a bit of playtime and attention

Hayle pulled the newlyweds aside, telling them that before they had to head home, he wanted to take some extra pictures. He knew that Chris had been teaching them a dance, so he wanted to add that to the wedding collection.

“Where did Hayle go?”
“I think he finnished, and then gave us some alone time.”

She hadn’t even noticed him leave, she had been completely lost in their dance.

“You know…”
“I love you.”

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3:10 – looking for you

“I wish I could sleep like you”

It was hard not to envy a cat who was sleeping, they could really just make everything look super comfortable. Even when sleeping on the floor, but when also on a soft surface like a sofa, then it was even more so. Derek had been called by one of the people in the village for a bit of assistance, so he was home alone for the first time in a while and he wasn’t all to happy about it.

“I am not going to fall asleep, that’s for sure.”

He chuckled as Ollie stretched and then just continued sleeping on his back, leaving him be and focusing on other things he could do instead. Like some cleaning, and maybe making some food


The last thing he remembered he had taken some trash out, and now he was standing somewhere he couldn’t even remember having gone too. After standing there for a while, he slowly understood where he was, he was close to that volcano they had been at the other day, but why?

“Great.. now I can’t even remember walking somewhere.. “

It was that same feeling he had before, like he was still being pulled by something, and the memory from that dream came back as strong as if it had just happened.


He turned around and ran, as fast as he possibly could, trying to block out pretty much every emotion. Getting home, he picked up the phone and called Derek, who told him to meet him closer to where he had been working.

“Wow, calm down. You realize it means the location was probably right, the one they told me about?”
“Yes.. but I can’t.”
“I know, I’ll go there, but not until you have calmed down and are feeling better.”

He talked Toshi into coming swimming with them as he noticed some dolphins swimming around. Hoping they would help calm Toshi down as well as bring his mood up a bit.

“Okay.. I admit this is…”

He stopped as he noticed something huge next to him.


“Don’t worry, it would probably not swim right by us if it wanted us for dinner.”
“It’s a freaking shark… I am allowed to worry.”

He had to admit it was a little spooky to have a shark swim so close, but on the other hand, it didn’t seem all to interested in the two other than looking at them while swimming by.

“I think we are just witnessing something fairly rare, I never heard anyone here talk abut sharks. Dolphins are mentioned often, but never sharks.”
“Or you know it could be because sharks are scary, and can eat you?”

It seemed to look at them for just a little longer, before it vanished off in the distance.

“So much for a relaxing time in the ocean.”
“Oh, I think it can still be releaxing.”
“After having a shark swim right next to me.. I doubt it.”
“Oh we shall see.”

“Okay, you…. OI!”

“I win, yes I do!”

Derek chuckled, using both hands to make sure Toshi had no defense on the onslaught of water that was coming his way.

“Okay, you win, yes!”
“Excellent, I say my prize is you cook dinner.”
“I do that anyways.”
“Well make something extra special then.”

He pulled Toshi into one last kiss before they headed home. In the back of his mind, he knew he would be back to that hut soon enough, seeing if they could finally put an end to all this.

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1-33: Marry me

“So what dad?”
“Have you.. well prepared?”
“What would I need to do, I mean..?”
“Just prepare your mind, nothing more. I will take him myself.”
“Good, but I am guessing your are curious?”
“Of course, in all of existence, this has never happened before.”

She knew why her father was so fascinated by what was to happen eventually. She just hoped he would have to wait for as long as possible before he found out.

“Have you thought about the children?”
“Do you want them there? I would allow it, for them to say goodbye?”

She hadn’t really thought about it, they had decided to be honest about it all with the kids when they got a bit older, so perhaps it would be good to let them come if they wanted too.

“I’ll ask, let the parents decide.”
“Good, good.”

“What did dad want?”
“Just to talk, about things, this and that.”
“So about me?”
“Yes.. and he asked me something, I think I want your opinion on.”
“Yeah.. should we ask the kids if they want to join?”
“Can they?”
“Yes, my dad can allow that.”

“Hmh.. that is a hard question.”
“But.. I think it should be an option for them, and you.”
“Yeah, then you would be there with someone, family other than your father.”
“True.. so, tell them, ask them, and leave it up to them?”
“Yes, I think that is the fairest way.”

He had always been so down to earth on this, it was almost annoying sometimes. She wished just on occasion his own death and what would happen would freak him out a little more.

“You know.”
“A little bird told me, we might get news today.”
“The Lukas bird?”
“Yep.. that one.”

Lukas did not miss a thing happening in the house, so he had noticed his father sneaking in with a box, and of course told his grandpa all about the secret his father had.

“I know this isn’t fancy.. or big, or grand, but you did mention you would kill me if I pulled something big.. so, will you marry me?”

She really had told him that, after he pointed out someone proposing to their love on the big screen during a game of some sort. She would have felt so bad if someone did it to her, so she had told him that would NOT be a thing she wanted ever.

“Thank you for not making a big thing.. I loved it just the way you did it.”
“I was thinking…. how about this weekend?”
“This weekend?”
“Getting married.”

“How is it you always think of everything?”

It had suddenly dawned on her why he had wanted to push things, it was because of her father, and the simple fact that they did not know how long he would be with them.

“Hmh.. dunno, I just want what is best for our family, maybe that’s why?”
“So my dad is what is best for my family?”
“Yes, specially for your mother.”

“I’ll get things set up. Your uncles mentioned they could get the same place they were married on short notice.”
“That would be perfect!”
“Then, as a certain captain would say: Make it so!”

She chuckled, he had always been a bit of a nerd, but that was part of what she liked about him. Now all they had to do, was tell and invite people and then quickly get ready for the wedding.

“I say a little bird was right.”
“Come on, we have planning to do.”

She smiled, giving him a big hug before heading innside. She had just gone out to get a breath of fresh air, before going back in to try and get everything sorted for the weekend.

“Was ours this much?”
“No.. but we didn’t have all this family then.”
“Wow… let’s get on it!”

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3:9 – The honest truth

It had taken hours for Derek to calm Toshi down enough to let the two have an actual talk about it. He had gotten most of it between the many rounds of crying and comforting, but there was still some areas he had questions about.

“Okay.. so any ideas as to how our siren was?”
“He did oddly remind me off that man at the cafe.”
“The one singing?”

It dawned on both of them that they had walked in on him singing, but could it be that simple, he had said he normally didn’t sing, but as they had been early.

“You must hate me by now.”
“Why would you think that?”
“I kinda just cheated on you.”
“In a dream.”
“It didn’t feel like a dream, and I was very…”
“If its a siren song, then you do not have much of a choice.”

“Look, the instant I mentioned Sirens to the older ones here, they changed. As long as I asked off mermaids, they told their tales off what people might have seen, but when I said Siren, that all changed.”

He told Toshi how one of the elders they had come to know took him to the side, and told him about the power of the sirens. How their song would lure anyone into their grasp, but also that not all sirens used their song willing, but as it was in their nature to sing, there were those that enthralled someone without even wanting too.

“You think that’s what happened here?”
“Yes.. and I think we need to find that person at the coffee shop.”
“But I haven’t seen him since that time.”
“No, she said he wanders sometimes.”
“Well she told me where he lives, I was there, but there was no one home. I’ll just check every day and then in the end, we will find him.”

Derek just held Toshi close, he didn’t like this one bit not only because off how it affected Toshi, but also he knew it wasn’t his fault, it probably wasn’t the siren’s fault, but he would honestly stil like to find him and kick the shit out of him for it all.

“I promise, I will not blame you for any of this.”
“I can’t promise it won’t hurt me, and I don’t want to lie to you about it.”

His heart broke a little when he could hear Toshi crying against his chest again. It has just been to much off this the last few hours, and it just made him want to hit this person even harder.

“Look at it this way, it just means I love you that much.”

He properly wrapped his arms around Toshi, holding him tight until he could finally feel him relax again.

“Now how about we still try and make it a bit of a holiday too?”
“Can we?”
“I don’t see why not.”

They had finally found out who to ask when the island events were on. Derek secretly hoping to meet the one they had heard singing that one time, but he seemed to have gone missing. So instead he focused on enjoying the time they had together as best he could.

“Didn’t you tell me not to play with fire last time?”
“Did you listen to me?”
“No.. but I am not the clutz of the two off us, now am I?”
“Shhh, don’t ruin my moment!”

He somehow managed to pull it off without getting burned, something Toshi had to admit he had not expected to happen at all. He had been expecting to be tending to burns all evening.

“Okay, fine, I am impressed.”

“Good, might have to keep trying silly things then.”
“To impress me?”

Toshi chuckled, he suddenly saw a future filled with bandages and bedrest for Derek.. and a very angry doctor.

“I am not sure your doctor would agree to this.”
“Nah, she doesn’t agree to anything fun.”
“Well can’t say I want to spend the rest of this vacation tending new wounds either.”
“Hey, you just said you were impressed!”

“Fine.. I’m impressed, still not your nurse.”
“You’d make a good one, I am sure.”

He didn’t get the chance to answer before he found himself with Derek kissing him. And just for the shortest off moments he forgot all about everything around him, and what was going on and enjoyed the moment.

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1:32 – They grow up so fast

“Well.. I guess I skipped this with your mother.”

Life with two little ones in the house was not boring, from feeding, playing with and general care taking it felt a little like the two of them had the entire household wrapped around their little finger.

Ilari was just happy to have some time with the little ones, they were always in someones arms it would seem. He was also happy to see the distraction they were on his wife, who would normally be all gloomy about his birthday coming up soon.

“I guess you will be crawling around the house by then.. making messes and keeping us all even busier.”

He was right about them being all over the place, and two babies had become two toddlers that had everyone on their toes. She loved it though, there was a life to these little ones she couldn’t deny, and they made her smile more than she had thought possible.

Ilari was trying to teach them how to talk whenever he could, figuring it would be better for them all when they learned how too. That way, there would hopefully be less crying and whining, hopefully.

With it being Ilari’s birthday, they had invited the family over, which meant that Hayle brought his camera, and got some pictures. Ilari had put an idea in their head that they wanted to do for his wife and her mother.

“Looks good, I’ll just randomly walk around and take some more.”

Raelyn nodded, she hoped it would make her mother feel a little better when the time came, the memory of them being a family.

“You can do it dad!”

They chuckled as he looked on the cake the kids had requested for his birthday. They had decided that grandpa needed a special cake, and what could be more special than a cake that looked like a hamburger? In a young ones mind, apparently not much.

Hayle found himself roped in by the little ones, not that he was surprised, while his own sons were over playing games with Death. It was a weird thought when he realized it, but after being with Chris it had become a fairly normal thing.

“You need to stop that missy.”
“I am not.”
“Yes you are.. now come on, you can’t say white hair doesn’t look good on me?”

She hated to admit it, but white hair did actually look pretty good on him, it was the fact of why it was white that wasn’t such a good thing in her eyes. Then again, she knew it was a good thing, it was an end to a very long dance, but it didn’t mean she wouldn’t miss him.

“So if you don’t stop that, I will just have to tickle you into submission.”
“I am not Hayle..”
“No, but I do know your weak-spots by now.”
“Fine! I will stop moping, don’t you dare!”

“Silly grampa.”
“Aww, not scary?”

He chuckled, these kids were not easily frightened. Then again, they had been around the supernatural since they were born, so he assumed perhaps something else would be scary for them. Normal boring life or something like that.


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3:8 – The Siren

It felt like he was drowning this time, as he was falling deeper and deeper into the water. Then like before there was a voice, and he instantly knew it was the same one.

“Let me help.”

Every fiber of his body shuddered as the thing kissed him, he could feel how his lungs were filled with air, and there was a sudden calm he hadn’t felt in so long.

“Why what?”
“Why am I here.”
“Because you wanted to?”

Did he want too, was that actually even possible? He was happy with Derek, he didn’t want anyone else, but why did this then feel soo, right?”

“I didn’t.”
“Then why come back?”

In the back of his head he knew this was wrong, but if it was, then how come it felt so right at the same time. Was this the power off the siren song? Had Derek been right all along.

“I shouldn’t be doing this.”
“Yet you are?”
“Stop it, please?”
“I am not doing anything?”

He could feel himself give in, the small voice in the back of his head screaming at him it was wrong almost going silent as their encounter went on.


The man looked at him, a sad look he had no idea how to interpret.

“Go home Toshi.”

He jerked up form the bed, Ollie looking at him with a worried look on his face.


He felt nauseous, dirty, filthy and worst of all, he felt like he had just cheated on Derek. If it had been just a dream, how could he feel so… bad?

The feeling still lingered as he stumbled himself into the shower, trying to wash off how bad he felt without much success. Ollie following him sitting next to him on the side of the bath.

“How do I tell him this.”
“Honestly huh?”

He wasn’t sure that was what the cat actually said, but it was what he knew to be right. But it would hurt him, he was sure off it, and that was just about the last thing he wanted.

He wondered if he should call, ask him to come home, and then just tell him all of it, and let it be with that. Take what might come his way from pretty much cheating on his boyfriend.


He could literally feel himself shrink in size hearing Derek’s voice, and as much as one part of him wanted to throw himself at him and scream and cry, the part that was too ashamed held him back.

“I am taking you sitting here meaning the dream thing worked?”
“I am pretty sure it is a siren.”
“Derek.. I…”

He felt himself pulled up and into Derek’s arms, which lead to him breaking down completely, the screaming he had wanted to do earlier ending up semi muffled into his chest.

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1:31 – Little ones

Time to head home?”
“Yeah, I think this heat won’t do you much good?”
“I think your right.”

She had been feeling it the last few days, she was more tired, and she could only guess that had to do with her being pregnant.

“So.. I fixed us a doctors visit when we get back.”
“Oh yeah, a checkup?”
“Yep, I wanted to make sure you were fine, you seem tired.”
“My mom thinks it’s just the heat.”
“I am not taking any risks of that not being the case.”

She smiled, it was just cute how worried he had been with her since she told him. If he had it his way, she was sure he would carry her everywhere, or preferably that she was just sitting still somewhere with someone keeping an eye on her.

“So, there are two in there?”
“Well, I would say it runs in the family, with Hayle and Chris having twins as well… but.”
“Maybe it runs in the extended family?”

The control had been fine, just the added surprise of their being two of them in there and not the one they had expected. It also meant more checkups just to be safe, but she was fine with that.

“Can I?”
“Of course you can. Everyone else seems to want to as well though, so you might have to be quick.”

Hayle chuckled, most of the family was gathered up for a movie night, and although he was happy it wasn’t him that was pregnant this time around, he had to admit there was parts off it he was missing.

“I think Uncle Chris is worried you will get baby feever again.”
“I heard that!”
“Don’t worry, I am not feeling any need to go trough another birth.”
“That bad?”
“To be honest, yes, it was that bad.”

She had maybe wanted him to say it would all be fine, but then again, it was better to hear it as it was.

“My turn then.”
“Sure grandpa.”

It was still so easy to forget who he was. After all, around her he had just been grandpa, nothing more than that. But she knew who he was, what he did,and generally she knew he could probably teach her more about the universes than anyone else.

“Have you thought about names?”
“Yeah.. we know its a boy and a girl, so we thought Christine after.. well.”

She noticed him stop, looking up at her with a look she at first didn’t quite manage to inerpet, until she noticed the warm smile forming on his face.

“After my wife.”
“Yeah.. and Lukas, after Ilari’s father.”
“I think that’s perfect.”

“I heard you were the one to beat.”
“Oh you can try Rylan, but against me.. well.”

Nat just watched them all, it was good seeing them all together having fun, and she had heard the names as well. It was still odd how her mother had such a human name, but her father had explained it to her when she was younger.

She was the one that had said she would stay at home with Raelyn, it was so close to the date now, that no one wanted to let her be home alone. She had decided to give birth at home, but she was happy there was always someone there with her.

“Look, is that?”
“Yep I think it is.”
“It’s so odd seeing dad with his uniform, not the silly one with the hat, but the actual detective one.”
“Yeah, he doesn’t use it all to often.”
“So.. that means they finally got the guy.”
“Finally, hopefully it means less random work for me.”

Her mother had told her about it, also how much reapers hated his kind, mostly because it upset the natural balance of things, but also because they knew someone lost the opportunity that life actually had in store for them.


Hayle most certainly hadn’t been kidding when he said it was not fun giving birth, but he had in many ways prepared her for it not being easy.

“I hope it is at least faster…”

Luckily for her, it wasn’t like how her uncle had told it. Both were born within a few hours of it starting, letting both her father and her boyfriend come home to find two new family members.

“I know right?”
“I promise to be the best dad I can…”
“You’ll be great, we have good teachers after all.”

He nodded, he was still a little worried, growing up in an orphanage hadn’t exactly made him overly confident in his own parenting skills, but like she said, he had people to lean on.

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