Note from SweetPoyzin: I’m sorry for the lack of continuity in the bar photos. We started at a fancy bar but the bartender randomly left. Then we went to the sports bar and my bartender kept trying to play skeeball. After 30 minutes of trying to get those photos I got a little frustrated. So we got what we got.
The only thing more frightening than the SWAT team charging through your front door is my mother and her sister showing up to discuss wedding details.
“Well your mother and I found the perfect venue. It’s a cute little church on the outskirts of town. Very quaint. Perfect for the evening ceremony we’ve got planned.”
“And it will fit the whole family! Don’t forget that!” They were both so excited about this that it was hard to follow. They kept jumping over each other to get a word in. Unfortunately, I didn’t want any of it.
“STOP! No big party! I told you all this last week! I want just Lucian, Violet and I!”
“We have to invite your siblings, Danielle.”
“Fine. But just my siblings! Aiden, Owen, and Annie. No sisters-in-law. No children. SMALL means small, Mother.”
Poor Lucian. He had never really encountered the forcefulness that is my mother and aunt. He handled it well though. Not that he had any choice in the matter. I had little choice in it after all.
“Get in the car, kids! We’re going to see the church. Now is the perfect time since we scheduled the ceremony for sunset and it’s nearly there.”
“Aunt Liv, I have to get Violet from school…”
“No worries! I’ll grab her on the way.”
See? No choice.
Not going to lie, the church was beautiful on the outside. Mountains in the background, the waterfall was nearby and we could hear it. They weren’t wrong.
I was further chagrined when I saw the inside of the church. It was the perfect place for my little wedding. Ugh. Damn them for knowing me so well.
There is one perk to having my mom and aunt in town: free babysitters. God only knows what they were teaching my daughter but Lucian and I desperately needed a night out. I figured it was worth the risk.
“What do you think about having a baby sooner rather than later?” Lucian has this habit of just causally throwing out large questions.
“Uh, well, I guess that would be ok. I know Violet is dying for some siblings. Especially after she got a taste of what it might be like when she was off at camp.” I hadn’t really thought about having more children. I hadn’t ruled it out, but it wasn’t top of mind.
“What say we blow this popsicle stand and get a jump start on it?” I would have said no, I really needed time to consider what having a baby would really mean, but Lucian has this dreamy quality that always prevents my better judgement.
“Are you at the clinic tomorrow or at the hospital?” We were laying in bed in the quiet house and I suddenly had time to think about what having a baby might mean.
“I have three surgeries tomorrow so I’m at the hospital all day and maybe most of the night. Why? Do we have a new intake?”
“Oh, no. Nothing like that. Just trying to figure out if I’ll have the run of the lab or not. I have some tests pending that I need to get done.”
“She’s all yours, baby. Speaking of babies, should we try again?”
“So soon? Don’t you need to be rested for surgery?” I rolled my eyes at his insatiable appetite and giggled.
“I’ll rest when I’m dead. Oh, I’m immortal. No need to rest.”
“Ha! Better make the most of it, we’re close to finding a potion for you.”
“Well then, get over here, darling. We’re wasting precious time!”
The next morning I dragged my tired body into the clinic and had one of the nurses draw my blood. I did have tests pending, but what I didn’t tell Lucian is that they were mine.
I needed to test my DNA. I needed to know if I had my dad’s genes. I could not go into a pregnancy without knowing what I might pass on to my future children.
I watched impatiently as the results started to populate my screen…