“Ellie seems to have taken a shine to you,” Robert said.
“She’s so sweet,” Beth said with a smile.
“She’s five, give it a couple years,” he chuckled.
“You’d make an amazing dad.”
“We’ll see,” he mumbled.
“Do you want children, Robert?” she whispered.
“With you I do.” He kissed the top of her hair.
She smiled. “I’m going back to bed now.”
She reached up to kiss his lips. She smiled at him as she headed back into the bedroom. Lying back in bed, she felt much better.
Beth grinned to herself as she noticed, once again, how amazing Robert was with Ellie. He treated her as an equal, and spoke to her as if were an adult, not a child.
“Look, Beth,” Ellie beamed, holding up the small spider she’d found.
Beth laughed, grateful that she wasn’t squeamish.
“If you’re not careful the cat will find it,” Robert warned, smiling.
Ellie gasped and covered the spider with her other hand, looking around.
Robert laughed. “She’s not in at the moment.”
Ellie sighed with relief and opened her palms out again. She set the spider down on the floor and watched it scuttle away. There was a knock at the door.
“That should be Onyx,” Robert said, standing up and going downstairs.
“We’d best get you downstairs,” Beth said to Ellie with a small smile.
“Oh, I don’t want to go,” she said with a frown.
“I know, but your parents will want you back.”
“I guess so.”
“Come on,” she smiled, holding her hand out to the girl.
Ellie took her hand. Beth led her down the stairs. Stood in the hall with Robert was a woman with gray eyes. As Beth approached, she noticed that the woman’s eyes had a circle of yellow in the iris. Her light brown hair had white highlights in it and fell in choppy waves to her shoulders. In her knee-length black pencil skirt, black tights and pale grey button shirt, she looked like some sort of celebrity. She grinned when she saw Ellie.
“Mummy,” Ellie squealed, running to the woman.
“Beth, this is Aaralyn, Onyx’s mate. Aari, this is Beth,” Robert said, smiling.
Aaralyn picked up Ellie and put her on her hip. A dazzling smile crossed her lips as she held her hand out to Beth.
“I’ve heard so much about you, Beth, it’s fantastic to finally meet you,” she said. Her voice was silky and tinkled like a wind chime.
“Hi,” Beth said, blushing slightly, unable to think of anything else to say.
Aaralyn turned to Robert. “When you see Jay tonight, tell him his sister would like to speak with him.”
“Oh dear,” Robert chuckled. “Is he in trouble?”
After a pause, she said, “That’s one way of putting it.”