The long stairs came to an end.
“It’s the first room there” She pointed to a door and then gestured us to walk towards it. I took a deep breath and squeezed Damon’s hand while we were heading to the door. Damon grabbed the doorknob and glanced at me. I nodded my head as a sign for him to continue. He opened the door slowly. It was big room with colorful walls; there were small stretchers in a line. I stopped breathing because I could see small fingers and feet moving. I covered my mouth and froze. I could not believe my dream was about to come true, since I was child I had always wanted to get married and to form a family.
“Arlene” Damon rested his hands on my shoulders to push me to the first little stretcher. Once I was in front of it, I looked down and felt tears filling my eyes. There was a small baby lying on his back, he was sleeping, looking so cute and vulnerable. He had a white blanket wrapped around his body. Damon embraced me from behind, resting his head on my shoulder to stare at the baby.
“He is beautiful, isn’t he?” He whispered quietly.
“Yes, he is” I agreed and started walking to the next stretcher. A beautiful girl was on it, sleeping as well “They are all so beautiful, how I can possibly choose just one of them?” I said peeking on the others stretchers. Damon walked to the final stretchers.
“Come here” He said observing one.
“What is it?” I asked and stepped towards him.
“Look” he pointed the stretcher. I looked at it; oh my God… there were two babies there, a boy and a girl. They were awake and playing with their fingers. They were extremely cute. The girl smiled showing her gums.
“Oh she is so cute. I think she is the one” I said caressing her small face, she looked so vulnerable.
“Have you already made your mind?” Mrs. Russell asked from behind.
“I think so” I said smiling at the little girl. The small boy beside her grabbed the little girl’s hand. Oh Lord, they were both so cute.
“Are they brother and sister?” I asked curious. Mrs. Russell walked to be beside us.
“No, but since the day he was born he only calms down when he’s next to her. We don’t know why” She explained playing with the boy’s finger “If you take her, he would probably cry for some time. But don’t worry we would find a way to calm him down”
“Damon, can we-”
“You want both of them, don’t you?” My husband knew me so well.
“I know it’s a big responsibility but…” I sighed “It just feels wrong to separate them” Damon stayed in silence for a few seconds. I swallowed feeling my dry throat.
“We will take both of them” he said grinning at Mrs. Russell. Instantly, I jumped to him and embraced him.
“Are you sure?”
“Yes” He kissed my cheek and broke the embrace.
“Let me get them prepared so you can take them. You can wait downstairs” Margaret explained and we did as we were told.
20 minutes passed, when we finally spotted Mrs. Russell coming downstairs, she was holding the small girl and the young maid was following her, carrying the boy. A big smile was formed on my lips. Mrs. Russell offered the girl to me, I stood there frozen. I had carried babies before, my little sister when she was born, but I was nervous anyway.
“Arlene…” Damon whispered pushing me towards Mrs. Russell. I held the small body of the baby carefully. She looked so fragile, just like a doll. As a vampire I could smell the sweet blood in her veins but since I had fed properly I had no problem controlling myself. I glanced at Damon; the maid was offering the boy.
“No, thank you” he said shaking his hand. He was nervous.
“Damon” I protested gesturing him to hold the baby.
“No, I can’t do it. Babies are extremely fragile. What if I break one of his bones by accident?” Damon looked so cute when he was nervous.
“He’s your son now. You will have to carry him sooner or later” I said kissing the girl’s forehead.
The maid brought a hamper and got the baby inside. I just sighed as I watched my husband grabbing the hamper just to avoid a direct contact with the boy. It would take some time for Damon to get used to the situation.