"Larissa, I love you." I looked over at my amazing husband. Eric was so much more than I ever thought was out there. We'd been together for years, so many that I wasn't quite sure anymore. When you can live forever, counting the days seems like a waste.
"I love you too, Eric. Happy Valentine's Day," I said back to him as I rolled over and kissed him speechless. My life had calmed down in every aspect except for my love life. It was times like this that I really thought about my past and what would have happened to me if Eric hadn't found me.
"Stop thinking about the past and love me. You sure know how to kill a mood, love." Eric breathed his words against my neck and my body slowly started to turn to jello. Knowing there's a person out there that know's you so completely is the best feeling. I rolled over, leaving Eric handing and moved to get out of bed. His hand darted out and grabbed my wrist, pulling me back into bed.
"Where in the world are you going?" Eric pinned my hands above my head and looked down at me. I liked this game.
"I'm just not into it today. Maybe we can play later, baby." I said it as if I didn't really want to but my body was screaming for him. Apparently he knew my game, because his next move shocked me.
"Okay," he said and got off me. I froze, watching him climb out of bed naked and walk away from me. Oh no. He wasn't turning my game around on me. I quickly lunged at him and just as I was about to wrap myself around him, he turned, grabbing me.
"Two can play that game. I knew you just wanted to chase me, so I played along." His words made me smile and he crashed his lips to mine.
'We're going to make another baby if you don't be careful, love.' Eric's voice filled my mind and I honestly didn't care. We have three grown children and I'd easily have thirty more with the man I loved.
"Hello Mother," Alem said as I answered my phone.
"Hello honey how are you? How is Lucy?" I loved that girl as if she were my own child. She'd been exactly what Alem needed all these years. As happy as I was, there was a part of me that was broken inside because of Lucy and Alem. They'd easily been together almost fifty years now and they'd never had a baby. Everything about that just seemed strange to me because once you find your true mate, your body wants to have babies.
"She's doing well. We were thinking about coming home this weekend. We're tired of traveling and wanted to start heading back your way." I smiled and called Eric over to me.
"That's great, Alem. I'll call your brother and sister too and ask them to come home." Alem had never been close to his brother, Keir. He was first married to Lucy and they were traveling when he was born. They saw him a few times but Jaya was the one who'd really bonded with Keir.
Jaya wasn't in any hurry to find her mate. She's made it perfectly clear that she was fine to be alone for her whole life. She didn't need a man to tie her down. I coudn't help but love her fire and spirit. She was so much like me when I was young that I couldn't even begin to convince her how much joy meeting her father had given me. She'd just have to work through it on her own.
Keir had been out trouble child. He was more human than any of our other children. He hadn't grown as quickly and taken on any special abilities like Alem and Jaya had. The five of us had a bond but Keir was always the last to join. He was my favorite child, if I was being honest. He was respectful, loving and gentle. He liked to read, play outside in the dirt as a child and he was completely content being left alone for hours at a time. When he was about five, he'd decided he was going to walk into town on his own and go grocery shopping while I'd been away from home. Eric said he turned his back for a minute and Keir was gone. It took us five hours to find him but finally the corner store called and said Keir was in there, trying to buy groceries with money he didn't have.
Keir was grow now and actually attended college with Jaya. She's gone back to college for one year, many years ago and just decided it wasn't for her. Jaya was witty and fun, where Keir was quiet and reserved. They were a good pair and I hoped going back to school brought out different traits in both of them.
"Baby, your mind is racing with so many things. Are you alright?" Eric wrapped his arms around me from behind, quickly easing my mind. I'd been standing in the living room looking out the front window for a while now. Something about looking at the sky just made me think.