XXXXXDraven just allowed her to drift off, even more determined to stop her from getting hurt from her father. She was still a lost little girl but also a smart young woman who held his heart....... XXXXX
Ariaon gasped as she was twirled back into his arms, and he held tight as she cried. The sound of her name being called made her look up, eyes still brimming with tears. "R-really? Even the twins?" Her voice wavered, her heart thundered in her chest. Even if the answer was she care for the twins she would take it. Ariaon kissed him deeply once more before pulling back to hear his answer....
She allowed herself to rest against Draven for a while. Not asleep, but relaxing. It had been a very difficult morning for her. She continued to hold onto the cat as he purred, petting it gently. Draven and Einstein brought her comfort. Slowly, she sat up and looked over at Draven, giving him a gentle smile before leaning in and kissing him. "You have been my light in the darkness," she said softly. "And I thank you for it."
Gabriel smiled at her and nodded his head, kissing her once again. "Especially Elizabeth and Aileen," he whispered in her ear, nipping it gently. "You three have brought so much joy into my life and those girls," he smiled at her, glancing towards the apartment complex. "I couldn't leave them," he told her, looking her in her eyes, his deep grey pools sparkling gently as the sun glinted into them.
XXXXXDraven opened his eyes as soon as she began to move, instantly aware of everything about her. He kissed her back, before shaking his head. "Let me make you lunch, hm?" He suggested gently, not wanting to pressure her into anything..... XXXXX
Ariaon shivered at his n**, goosebumps returning to her arms. Oh how she wanted to go back to the apartment and just have him to herself but... Alexei was a good friend and she would hate to take advantage of him. "Shall we get the girls?" She asked, leading him inside, wiping away from the tears. No need for her little ones to start asking questions. She grabbed onto Gabes hand, walking beside him...
She smiled at the man gently and nodded her head. "That would be fantastic," she told him. She would never admit it. Not out loud. Not even to herself. But she had come to love Draven. Just having him to comfort her when she needed it had been so astounding to her. She put the cat down and stood up with Draven and wrapped her arms around him. The day and it's emotions had worn on her to the point her body even felt fragile. She kissed him gently and gave a squeeze before letting go and walking to the kitchen.
He laughed a bit, kissing her gently before they headed to the complex. "Sure. We can change into something more comfortable and take them where they can have fun. A restaurant with a kids play area," he suggested. Once they reached the apartment, he knocked on the door and Alexei opened it.
A happy screech came from Alieen from behind him and he laughed. "Don't be mad..." he said with a sheepish grin to Ariaon as he stepped aside. "I bought them finger paints the other day." The two girls were enjoying painting on the floor, yellow, blue, green and red covering their hands, faces and clothes. "It'll all washout. It's all water soluble," he explained, standing back and watching the two play with the paints, laughing a bit.
XXXXXDraven wrapped his arms around the petite girl, pretending for a moment he could block out the rest of the world. He kissed back, following after her. He opened his fridge and decided to ask her opinion. "Grilled cheese Sandwich, with tomato soup?" .... XXXXX
Ariaon felt her eyes nearly pop out of her head, staring at Aileen and Elizabeth. She looked at Alexei before beginning to giggle, the first real giggle since running into her ex."Oh... Alexei... You must be the bravest man... Let alone person I know," she said, looking as her girls ran up to her, hugging her with went paint on her hands. Ariaon winced, knowing that she was now more colorful then she was when she left. She smiled at Alexei. "Thank you very much Alexei. You've been a very big help through all this." ...
Lillian laughed and grinned at Draven. "Such a guy," she said to him. "How in the world did you survive before I came along?" she asked, sitting herself down on the counter as he began to prepare the food. "Right... on tomato soup and ramen," she teased him.
Alexei nodded his head and laughed when the girls hugged him goodbye. "It's been my pleasure," he told Ariaon. "Especially with all that was going on for Lillian. I know she needed some support," he explained. He shifted slightly, remembering why he had been watching the kids in the first place. "How did everything turn out?" he asked gently, hoping for the best but, since Lilly wasn't with them and they were picking the girls up, expecting the worst.
XXXXXDraven laughed at Lillian. "Being a doctor I typically am to tired to cook a big extravagant meal," he teased, quickly making the sandwich and soup. Putting her sandwich on the plate and soup in the bowl. Quickly placing it in front of the woman who held his heart. "You know... I can't let you leave should you make such delicious food." .... XXXXX
All the joy fled Ariaons face, the color bleeding away as well. She tried to keep her hands from trembling. The horror of meeting her ex there, WITH Lillys father was almost to much. "He... It was not in Lillys favor.. He.." Ariaon found herself unable to continue. Looking down at her concerned twins and bent down allowing paint covered hands to touch her cheeks to reassure themselves and her that they were safe for the moment.....
Lillian dipped the grilled cheese into the soup and took a bite, laughing a bit at Draven. "Tell you what," she said after swallowing her food. "If you wanna' take me to the store and buy what I need... I'll make the homemade Alfredo sauce for us tonight," she told him, leaning over and kissing his cheek before returning to her lunch.
He closed his eye and shook his head. "That is a shame," he told her. "I would not wish to live in any other country but sometimes..." he shook his head. "The poor kid," he commented. In the past few weeks, Lilly had become a sister to each and everyone of them. The girl had managed to find her way into each of their hearts, unbeknownst to her. No one pushed it, though, allowing her to continue oblivious to it. Alexei gave a soft smile and put a hand on Ariaon's shoulder. "It doesn't matter, though. She's got all the family that she needs right here and not a single one of us will let anyone touch her."
As they walked out of Alexei's apartment, Gabrielle carrying Elizabeth and Ariaon holding Aileen, he gave the woman a faint smile. "We're not going to let anything happen to you, either," he told her, reaching over and kissing her on the cheek before kissing each of the two girls.
XXXXXDraven just smiled brightly at the young woman. "I'm game," he said, mimicking Gabe before chuckling at her. "I'll take you, as soon as you are ready. You've had a long day." He had yet to see Ariaon, to see how she was. Ariaon had not been looking to good before he stalked off..... XXXXX
Ariaon had just nodded at Alexei agreeing, before picking up Aileen. She gave a weak smile in return. Only to stop down the hall- there stood her Ex. Joshua had yet to see her but the twins were with her. Ariaon calmly put Aileen down grabbed her hand and allowed her to walk as they continued forward. "Gabe... Take Aileen and Elizabeth to your apartment," she said lowly but Joshua had turned towards them. She didn't want her twins to know him, he had never been around. EVER. Her shoulders squared and she allowed Joshua approach them...
"Oh god!" she laughed, rolling her eyes. "Don't you dare start that!" she told him, laughing hysterically. "Last I checked, your name is not Gabriel," she told him. "And you don't need to worry so much about me," she said softly, looking down into her bowl of soup. "We can leave when I'm finished," she told him with a smile as she returned to eating her food. She had been too nervous to eat breakfast so she was starving at this point. When she was finished, she got down from the counter and went to the sink and rinsed her dishes before taking his hand tightly in her own. "You're wonderful," she told him softly.
Gabriel took a deep breath and looked at Ariaon before putting the other girl down and holding her hand. He wasn't sure what the best thing to do would be, but leaving her by herself with her ex was not it. "I can't leave you alone with him," he told her quietly. There was no telling what the man might do to her. "Can we help you?" he asked, putting Elizabeth's hand into Ariaon's and standing in front of the three girls. He wasn't about to let him touch any of them.
XXXXXDraven just smiled brightly Lilly who had begun laughing. "I'm going to worry about you," he told her, watching her eat her food and then grab his hand. Squeezing hers back, he wrapped the other arm around ."Whether or not you believe it Lilly, or ready, I do love you. I- will not stop worrying until I know you are safe and happy." .. XXXXX
Ariaon looked up at Gabe, allowing herself a moment of fear before he handed Elizabeths hand to her free hand. She gently tugged the twins behind her as Gabe stood ahead of them...
"I'm here to see Ariaon and my daughters," Joshua said, glaring at the man before him. He had no right to hold the girls. Protect them. He had no right to get into their business. "Not that it is any of your business as to what I have to say."
Ariaon stiffened gently shushing the twins who were very sensitive to the moods. "You... will never be anything to them. When they can choose it will be up to them," she said, watching as Elizabeth broke free and grabbed onto Gabes leg. .
Lilly smiled and kissed Draven's cheek. "I appreciate your willingness to let me find my way there," she told him softly, wrapping her arms around his waist and looking up into his face. "It means everything to me," she let her head rest against his chest momentarily before pulling away. She smiled at him and headed for the door. "Einstein!" she called out as the cat darted out of the door. She groaned and glanced at Draven. "I'll get him," she said, dashing off after him.
Gabriel was about to speak when he felt little hands around his leg. He looked down and smiled at the girl before picking her up. "Shhh..." he whispered, holding the girl gently in his arms, kissing the top of her head out of habit. He realized shortly there-after that it may have come across as smug to Joshua, but it didn't matter. The child was upset and calming her was his first priority... after keeping them safe. "It is my business," he told the man, rocking Elizabeth gently, keeping his voice steady and calm for the three girls. "They will always be my business. Since you seem rather unfamiliar with laws, let me explain some things to you," he said. "Just because your sperm helped create these two children, does not allow you any rights to them. Not after having been gone for so long. You will be given a subpoena for court in the next few days and from there it will be decided on whether or not you will receive any visitation rights to the girls," he explained. He secretly hoped the man would do something. With a witness around, Ariaon could very easily get a restraining order against the man which would not only keep her safe, but reduce the possibility of the man getting any rights to the girls.
"Einstein! EINSTEIN! Get back here!" Lillian called as she chased the cat who darted between Joshua's legs, causing her to run into him. She stumbled and fell backwards, bumping her head on the ground. She lay there for a moment in a daze before slowly standing back up. "Sorry," she said, glancing at the man she had just run into. The cat had stopped at Aileen and was arching his back as the small girl pet him. "Draven might hate me... but I'm going to turn you into a hat and pair of gloves," she muttered as she picked the cat up. The cat just purred and looked up at her as she looked back at Josh. "Once again, I'm sorry about that," she said to him, oblivious to what was going on.
XXXXXDraven ran out of the apartment after Lilly and Einstein. He arrived in enough time to realize that the man that had Gabe easing Elizabeth was upsetting Ariaon. Lilly had gotten in the middle of it. Draven straightened his shoulders. "Lilly, would you kindly take the twins to my apartment?" He asked, noting how gentle Gabe was treating Elizabeth but she was the most anxious of the two. He placed himself neatly beside Gabe, arms crossed... XXXXX
"You are not her lawyer, and it is her choice," he narrowed his eyes at Gabe before looking at Elizabeth. "Do you know what a daddy is?" Elizabeth nodded, and he continued. "Do you know who daddy is?" When Elizabeth hesitated and just blinked at him he grinned.
Ariaon stepped up. "You heard him, you'll be served a subpoena," she said, getting in front of Gabe and Elizabeth allowing Aileen to pet Einstein....
When she heard Joshua's words she immediately realized who the man had to be. Her body stiffened a bit as Gabrielle put Elizabeth back down and she took the girls hand while holding onto Einstein with the other. "Come on, sweetie," she said to Aileen, motioning with her head and heading for Draven's apartment. Once there, she let the kids in and shut the door behind her, bringing them over to the couch and setting the cat between them, letting them pet him.
Gabriel watched as Lillian took the girls away, not speaking until they were all out of sight. "Listen," he said calmly. "I think it's obvious what Ariaon wants. As I stated, you will be recieving a subpeona for court if you haven't already. We will see you there. Now, you are not welcome here. This is private property. I suggest that you leave now before the police are called." Gabe's voice was calm and even. While inside he was fuming, there was no indication of this as he spoke.
XXXXXDraven stiffened, not wanting Ariaon to put herself out there. The man left while mumbling something about being back for Ariaon which would left the girl weak and tired. Ariaon was pale he worried she would swoon. Turning he bent his head to look her in the eyes. "Listen I'll take your apartment keys since you are not fully moved in with Gabe and get the girls things. I'll bathe them, and feed them. Get them ready for dinner, if you are not ready by then... I'll keep him and drop them off before my shift tomorrow," Ariaon mechanically handed over her office and apartment keys.
Draven looked up at Gabe with a shake of his head. "Well friend, watch her and I'll distract Lilly," he said, walking towards Ariaons apartment. Quickly gathering all the little girl items he was sure he'd need and heading back towards his apartments.. XXXXX
Ariaon the threat had made her pale, it looked like his threat of coming back for her had drained everything in her. Looking up at Gabe she just silently grabbed his hand...