"we'd love to tomorrow" Antigone said cheerfully then Vina suggested " for now, how about we figure out dinner"
"I'll help, you all just stay in here with our guests" Nigel said as he got up and walked with Vina into their kitchen. "Your baby is just too precious"
"His older brother is adorable too. He doesn't like to be called adorable any more though" Panya lightly giggled "little boys always want to be seen as so tough. How old is you older son?"
"Kiral is nine"
"bring him back here soon. Your Aunt and Uncle come all the time"
"and maybe you will have babies for mine to play with soon" Luca was blushing again but seemed happy as Panya took his hand in hers "Hopefully" Dinner came surprisingly fast, time whizzing by as they continued to hangout with this amazing family. They just clicked so well and it made Antigone hope all the more things worked out between Mered and her Aunt Ella. Late that evening as Ella began to get drowsy Mered spoke and she could hear a faint hint of nervousness in his voice. "you know, it's just us this time...maybe I should hold you to make sure you're safe and warm through the night" she blushed "Oh, um, okay"
They cuddled up to one another and Mered was finally unable to stop his heart from fluttering or able to stop goosebumps from forming at how amazing it felt to even just hold her. She noticed it right away "you...you do like me?"
"what?" He knew he sounded like an idiot but he had to try and play it off "I...I was just trying to make sure you were safe and warm"
"The way you reacted to me cuddling up to you like that says otherwise. Has my brother been right? Have you been trying to hide it?" he swallowed, holding her just a little tighter "yes.."
"why would you hide that from me?"
"sometimes I know and sometimes I don't Ella" She got out of his arms, wanting to look at him as they spoke so he sat up with her "what does that mean?"
"It means I've done a lot of really terrible things and while I know you know some of it you don't know all of it and it wouldn't be right to be with you if you don't know everything"
"then just tell me everything"
"You say that like it's simple....do you realize you'd obliterate my heart if you stopped coming to see me?"
"I'm not going anywhere so just talk to me Mered." He cupped her cheek, staring into her eyes. Ella could see the worry and inner turmoil so she raised her hand, gently placing it on his "Please talk to me, I love you...I want us to be together...I...all this time I thought you liked Tamlin" his face scrunched in confusion "Tamlin, why?" even the way he asked made it sound like he thought that was absolutely absurd. "I dont know, you spend a lot of time with her and...I guess insecurity"
"I'm about as interested in her as I am in Nigel. You are who I love I just worry over a lot and it makes me afraid to talk to you about my feelings. I never actually dated a woman before so even if you could forgive my entire past I might be terrible at being a mate even though all I ever want is to be the reason you're happy. I just, I never cared about women really. I only bothered at all when I wanted sex and you deserve so much Ella. I wouldn't be able to stand myself if I made you miserable with me"