"Wanda, Cooper, Lila," Laura called, standing in the back door with the baby on her hip. "Dinner! Come wash up!"
"Coming, Mom!" the two younger children chorused, and Wanda smiled as she let them pull her to her feet, pausing to dust the grass from her jeans and straighten the dandelion crown Lila had woven her as the children ran toward the house.
She followed the two at a more sedate pace, taking in the beautiful countryside around her as the setting sun cast everything into gold light and long shadows. Little fireflies were darting through the air, flashing as the children ran through the long grass, disturbing them, and Wanda smiled as one flew past her. The air was cooler now, refreshing after the blazing summer day they'd had, and she took a deep breath as she headed for the house, taking in the warm green scent of the grass, the sharp prickling scent of pine, and the hazy smoke of the fire pit smoldering.
Lila and Cooper were already inside by the time Wanda reached the little steps up to the back door of the house, and Laura gave her a gentle smile as she climbed them.
"Hope they didn't tire you out too bad," Laura said.
"Not at all. They are little angels," Wanda grinned.
She took her baby brother from Laura's arms when she reached the door, and the older woman leaned close to give her a gentle peck on the forehead.
"You are a blessing, Wanda. I don't know what I'd do without you."
Wanda just smiled back at her, bouncing little Pietro Wade Barton on her hip as he cooed in delight and grabbed for her hair.
"I'm just happy to have a family again."
"And we're happy to have you as part of ours," Laura smiled.
"Be happy inside, food's getting cold," Clint called from the table, drawing a bright laugh from Wanda.
"Coming, Papa," she called, her accent causing the baby to let out a happy little shriek. Wanda pressed a kiss to the infant's white-blonde hair as she followed Laura inside, a grin spreading across her face.
This right here...
This was an ending she could live with.
Author's Note: Thanks for reading, and please leave a review so I know how I'm doing!
If you liked this story, and you're in the Breath of the Wild fandom, you can come check out the fic that I'm editing/co-authoring: "Calamity Link" by ZeroTech. (Can be found on either FF or AO3, just google the title.)