Eliana moved into the Sample estate that night.
Hunter offered to call her father to tell her she wasn’t coming home, but she insisted on doing it herself. When he started shouting at her over the telephone, she hung up on him and giggled crazily. “I never thought I’d be able to do that!” she said.
“I think you can do anything,” Hunter replied.
She came home glowing. “This the beginning of good things,” she said. “I believe it.”
She spent a few evenings in long talks with Veronica and applied for a job a the Sufficiently Advanced Tech Center.
Hunter and Forest hauled around furniture and bought a bed appropriate for Hunter’s new lifestyle.
By the end of an afternoon together, they were fast friends. Hunter called him Blaze for his firey red fur.
He was very careful to make sure that Enigma knew she wasn’t losing Hunter’s heart.
Sometimes Enigma was so tame these days, you could mistake her for a big dog. Well, at least when she was with Hunter. When she was out with her pack, all bets were off.
Then, of course, there were two puppies to care for.
Flynn summoned Forest one night.
“In a manner of speaking,” Forest replied. “Really, my brother has her. She doesn’t want to go home, which doesn’t seem terribly surprising to me.”
“Baerwyn can’t reach her at your house.”
Forest drew himself up and met Flynn’s eyes without blinking. “I have her under my protection,” he said.
Flynn seemed to think about this. “I always knew you had power,” he said at last. “Very well. I’m losing patience with Baerwyn, and I don’t think he has anything else to offer me. If you want to take on the trouble of the girl, I will not take offense for now.”
Forest was so relieved, he felt his knees might give way. He kept his face unreadable. “I think that’s a wise choice,” he said.
Hunter rushed her to the hospital, and Ash Baerwyn was born shortly after.
As the two of then had discussed for months, Eliana listed Hunter on the birth certificate as Ash’s father. Weston Mentary knew that the child was his. He could ask for a paternity test if he wanted a role in Ash’s life, and Eliana would support him if he wanted to do that. But Weston had a new fiancee now, Raquel Sword. Both he and Eliana had moved on. Hunter wanted to adopt the baby, and this seemed like the easiest way for all involved.
Now there were two babies and a toddler in the Sample house. It was starting to feel like a daycare center.
It just so happened that Dylan and Abby’s birthday coincided with Love Day. Sky and Leah had so much fun planning a big springtime party in the park that Sky was ready to think the whole cheating issue was behind them.
Then the day dawned in a steady, dreary rainfall.
Leah sighed. “The only thing that could ruin this day was the weather,” she said.
“I call it The Weather Changer,” she said. “Watch and be amazed.”
She didn’t even bother to grab an umbrella when she marched out into the downpour.
When she was done, she looked over her dumbfounded family. “Well, pick your jaws up off the floor and let’s get going! We have a birthday party!”
The weather machine LTR is the most awesome animation I have ever seen in this game.