2 years after that
I woke up to find the familiar white walls of a hospital. Like two years before, I turned on my side to find Puck with a baby in his arms. The only difference was that there was an older child sitting at his feet and chewing on a cold ring.
He passed me the baby that I knew was mine. She looked exactly how Alison had the day she was born.
When he released the new baby, he picked up my other little girl. I thought that he would ask me what to name the baby, but he never did.
Instead he said," Her name is Emma."
I didn't argue. I loved that name.
Once again, Puck pulled out his phone and snapped a picture.
The day went on like the previous one with our first child and I fell asleep when my own small family disappeared.
/ / / /
When I left the hospital, Puck tried to argue with me and claimed that he loved the rush of coming home with a new child. I told him that no matter how hard he begged, I wasn't going to have another child anytime soon.
We pulled into the driveway of our four room house.
While Puck grabbed the bags out of the trunk, I grabbed Emma out of the car seat. Alison was in the house waiting with her aunt.
I waited for Puck and together we moved to the front door. We walked through the door and shut it behind us.
As soon as we made it up the stairs and into the kitchen, we heard a loud, "SURPRISE!"
I poked my head into the kitchen and saw Daphne holding Allie and the whole family crowded around the island that was centered right smack dab in the middle.
Puck placed the bags down and walked to greet his in-laws. When I realized that, I looked around for his family.
The only one from his family was Mustardseed.
I handed Emma to Granny Relda and went to say hi to everyone.
After catching up with the parts of my family that I only saw about once a year, I moved on to Mustardseed who was sitting in the living room and rocking Emma.
I sat down next to him," Hey. What's up?"
He smiled a weak smile, "Nothing."
I knew that when Allie before, Mustardseed had been punched in the eye and kicked out of his father's castle because he had asked him to give up Puck's ban and come see his grandchild.
Seed looked gloomy so I have a feeling that that was what he was thinking about too.
We had offered for Mustardseed to live with us while he got his feet on the floor of the cruel world but he declined. He wanted to find his own place and with his persistence and the money that he had been saving his whole life, he got a fancy apartment.
After the incidence, Puck went to the castle to confront his father. I knew the pain that Puck was holding in so I had begged him not to go. I thought that he would be killed. But that night, he stormed into the kitchen with a triumphant look on his face but a large cut and dried blood on his face. He never did tell me what happened that day. But I did hear that Oberon was in the faerie hospital with two broken legs.
Mustardseed started to hum to Emma as he rocked her. One day, he would become an excellent father.
"Brina? You're staring."
I came back to the real world.
"I wanted to let you know," he started," I proposed to Daphne while you were in the hospital."
I stared at him as he left me in suspense by getting up and walking to the nursery that used to be Puck's meditating room.
He came back about five minutes later without a baby.
"She said yes."
I jumped up from my seat and hugged my brother-in-law.
Then I slowly backed up.
"Wouldn't that be incest?"
He laughed, "No, because you are not my blood sister. Therefore, if I marry your sister, that is not incest."
As Seed walked into the kitchen with the rest of the family, the doorbell rang.
When I opened the door, I found the two people in the world that I would have never guessed.
Oberon and Titania were standing in the doorway.
Before anyone could rush to the door to see who was there, I grabbed both of them and pulled them into the garage downstairs.
"What are you two doing here," I asked in a hurry, worrying what Puck would do if he saw them in the house.
"Mustardseed called us earlier to tell us that another grandchild was born. We didn't want to miss it again. We were talking and we both want to meet our first grandchildren." Titania said.
I considered it. Oberon looked as sincere as Titania and as far as I knew, she had never done anything to hurt her children or anyone else.
I walked up the stairs with them closely behind. When we reached the beginning of the kitchen, I stopped them.
"I'm going to go talk to Puck and Mustardseed. You two stay here."
After they had promised, I walked into the kitchen and saw my husband on the island, dancing with my grandmother.
"Puck! Get your ass of my table!"
Everyone in the room laughed as Puck climbed down and lifted Granny after him.
I motioned with my finger for him to come to me and then pointed to Mustardseed.
He tapped his brother and they both approached me.
"You're parents are here."
Puck's face turned an eggshell white.
I continued, "They don't want to fight. They just want to make amends and meet their grandchildren.
He then pushed past me and entered the living room. Mustardseed and I quickly followed.
Mustardseed ran to his mother and embraced her. Puck was already glaring at his father.
"Listen. The past is in the past. Can't you guys just start all over?" I asked.
I pulled Puck away from Oberon, "We started a new chapter in our lives. We have a house. A spouse. Two children. You already fought. You need to let it go."
Oberon said,"I'm willing if you are. You don't know how much I missed you. I honestly don't like you, but we are family and this family has been split for too long."
He opened his arms and Puck cautiously entered them. Mustardseed added himself and then pulled Titania.
I shuffled my feet feeling a bit awkward for intruding on their family moment. As I turned to leave, Puck grabbed my arm and then they all shuffled. The next thing I knew, I was in the center of the family hug.
/ / / /
We stood over Emma's crib as Oberon picked her up for the first time. Titania was on the other side of the room, playing with Alison. I looked around the room and saw my husband, his brother, his fiancé, my grandmother, uncle, and the in laws. I realized that I couldn't be any happier with the way my life turned out. I wonder what would have happened if I hadn't left all those years ago.