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ItM - Simon - 54Moving On Out
A family was an interesting group to be a part of. There were always others who relied on you to provide something important, and you relied on them, because sometimes they offered what you couldnt.
I was getting used to being relied on for emotional support, we had enough support financially with the money my parents gave us access to, but I imagined it would be different as Erins pregnancy progressed. She would need me more, and I wasnt going to turn her away. I wanted to be there for her to help her, to hold her when she needed a hug, to lie down next to her when she wanted a nap.
I was going to take care of her, even if she thought I was being overprotective. Her parents only had one child, so I was nervous in terms of how difficult the pregnancy might be. The doctors office and home number had been programmed into the phones speed dial under 2 and 3, with the hospital under 1.
Just in case, of course. I didnt want to lose Er
Onto the Wings of Life - 2Bastian walked with me down the mountain, carrying me over certain rocky spots, scolding me like only he could when he remembered that I climbed up by myself. I just sighed, nestled into his shoulder, and let him carry me the rest of the way down.
He was a different kind of creature, different than a normal human man, and different than the angels he represented. He stayed in the cities instead of the floating air castles the other angels lived in, he spent more than 70 percent of his time on his feet instead of on his wings, and he chose to spend his life with me instead of an angel woman.
It was rare for the angels to mate outside their race, but it had happened before, back before the wars started. It was also rare for them to have children, but it could happen, since proof was growing deep in my belly.
I suppose I should start at the beginning, and explain why Bastian is such an oddity, and why humans and angels alike are trying to have me killed.
It wasnt everyone that was t
ItM - Erin - 53Life Moves On
A family was a bizarre creation. It could be full of people you were related to by blood or marriage, or it could be a group of people you were so close to that they knew your thoughts and secrets.
Ten years of not having a family of my own made me crave one that would accept me, and I thought Id found that family with Simon, but then Michaela accepted me, and Louisa, and Aurora and Gabe.
Michaelas friendship took months to gain, almost a year. She was wary of my need for blood instead of food, wondering if I would bite her if I had the chance.
Louisa was quick to accept, and Gabe, but he had a human and boyish fascination with vampires. He would stare as I drank from glasses of blood, asking what it tasted like and if I liked certain blood types more than others.
Aurora loved me almost from the beginning, but she loved everyone almost from the beginning. It was hard for her not to love someone, because she liked everyone. Mick was her favourite, of cou
ItM - MickPicking up Where We Left Off
I saw Rory scrambling to her feet, struggling with the bumps of the sand, and watched her run across the grass to one of the two stable men in her life, the other being my brother.
Hey there, munchkin. Gabe picked her up and swung her around in circles as she giggled.
It was strange, watching her play with him. She wasnt his daughter, but he acted like she was whenever he was with her. I think he wouldve liked to be her father, but it wasnt like I could go back in time and sleep with him instead of the other guy when I got pregnant.
He was the father she didnt have, the one she shouldve had if my life had been perfect, but it wasnt. Instead, her actual father was someone I didnt expect to meet again, so it was just me and her.
She was a handful, and she loved to talk, but she was worth every sleepless night I had. She was my Aurora, my little Rory, and I wanted her to have e
ItM - Simon - 52Shining Down on Life
Time has a way of slowing down at the important moments, like its giving you the opportunity to pay attention because you might never feel the same way again.
During the early days and weeks with Erin it felt like time slowed down, but then it sped up without warning and all I could do was follow the current, trying not to drown.
Rorys early years went by in a blur. There were days when Id see her in the kitchen, an unsteady spoon of oatmeal in her hand as she tried to eat like all the big peoples, and I would swear that I was holding her swaddled in a blanket the day before, trying to bottle-feed her.
I figured one day it would happen to Erin and I, ignoring all that vampires and werewolves not being able to have children crap. I just didnt want it all to pass by like someone had hit the fast-forward button of my life.
I wanted to waste as much time as possible on Erin and any possible kids we might have.
In the m
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