I tried to flatten the skirt of my light blue dress, but I knew it was pointless, as I was probably just going to get dirty playing with the kids later. I sighed, looking into the mirror, smiling slightly to myself. I saw Cal enter the bedroom from the mirror, and grinned.
Cal caught my gaze in the mirror, and grinned back, walking over to me, wrapping his arms around me from behind. He kissed my cheek, and asked, "Are you ready? I can get the kids so you can head outside."
I turned around, wrapping my arms around his neck, and nodded, "That works for me." Cal smiled softly, and kissed the tip of my nose, before leaving the bedroom again to try and track down the kids.
I left the bedroom, and made my way downstairs to the back doors leading into the gardens. I was about to head outside, when I heard someone call my name, "Kalee!"
I turned, and smiled as Bella jogged to catch up with me. Bella was wearing a striped, black and white jumpsuit. Her hair was straight today, which must have taken at least an hour with the curls Bella could have naturally.
"Bella, how are you today?" I asked, opening the door for us.
Bella sighed, and shook her head, "Exhausted. Isabelle would not go to sleep last night. I was up until one in the morning trying to get her to sleep!"
I chuckled, "The nanny couldn't get her to sleep?"
Bella shook her head, "The nanny had already been trying for two hours, and finally she got me, since Isabelle was asking for me."
I clicked my tongue, "She just loves her momma."
Bella chuckled, "I guess, but maybe she could love me just enough so that she doesn't keep me awake well into the night." I laughed openly at that, and Bella joined me.
We finally made it to the little hill we were going to have the picnic on, and saw the basket had already been set out. Bella and I unpacked it, leaving the bottle of wine inside, and saw the pile of toys available for the kids. I decided to hide the toys in the basket so the kids would eat first, and not get distracted.
About ten minutes later, I heard little shrieks of joy and laughter from the gardens. I smiled, and turned to see Everett and Cal trying to herd three children to the little hill Bella and I were on. Cal caught my eyes, and I laughed at the exasperated expression on his face.
"Mommy!" The blonde haired, blue eyed little girl called, leaping into my open arms.
I gasped, as though in surprise at seeing my little girl, "Katy!"
Katherine giggled as I spun her around, and planted kisses across her face. I chuckled, Katherine was a mommy's girl, and she always seemed excited to see me. Granted she was only four years old, so it could still change, but I hoped it didn't.
Cal smiled, our son at his side, telling him a very energetic story about a dinosaur that could talk, which he supposedly found living in his closet. At six years old, Gavin had a wild imagination, and was very talkative. He also had a bit of a temper, and a disregard for the rules, which we joked came from being around his uncle Everett.
Gavin looked a lot like Cal already, he had the same curly blonde hair, and same green eyes. Gavin didn't have freckles though, like Cal did. Gavin was so engrossed in his story, he walked right by me and sat down at the picnic blanket with Cal.
I shook my head fondly, and sat down, Katy on my lap, and handed her half a sandwich which she would no doubt leave half-eaten. Everett and Bella sat across from us, with Isabelle in between them. Everett filled a plate for Isabelle, then one for Bella.
"You know I can get my own food, right?" Bella said, taking the plate from him.
Everett raised his brows in mock surprise, "Really? I thought maybe there was some sort of magic spell preventing you from doing so."
Bella rolled her eyes, and shoved a grape in her mouth, signaling she was already done with Everett's sarcasm. Everett chuckled, and filled his own plate.
"So, Everett, how are the discussions with New Asia going?" I asked after the children were all eating contently.
Everett let out a sharp exhale, shaking his head, "They want us to guarantee them something they don't have access to yet. Which is pretty much impossible."
I nodded in sympathy, the New Asian royals wanted a new addition to the trade deal, or they would break off the deal we already had. Everett has been trying to work out a deal for the past few weeks.
Everett sighed, "No offense or anything Kalee, but can we not talk about politics right now?"
I smiled softly, and dipped my head, "Of course."
"Mom!" Katy suddenly shouted. I jolted, and looked down at her.
"Yes?" I asked, her blue eyes locking with mine.
"I wanna play now," She said. I looked at the sandwich she was holding, and sure enough it was only half-eaten.
"Can you eat another bite of your sandwich?" I asked. Katy looked at her sandwich, and took a tiny nibble of it, before grinning back at me. I chuckled and tickled her, earning a shriek from her, "Fine. What do you want to play with?" I asked, grabbing the basket.
"I wanna play with the chalk!" Katy said.
"You can't we're in the grass, Katy." I replied.
Katy huffed, "Then I wanna play with the trucks."
I smiled, and grabbed two toy trucks from the basket, and handed them to her. "Play with them over there though," I said, pointing to an open patch of the hill.
Katy nodded, and quickly made her way to the designated area. Gavin quickly finished his food too, and made his way over to his sister, and began to play with the other truck she had.
I turned my attention back to the conversation going on. Cal was talking about the trip we wanted to take to the beach next month. Everett had suggested it, and everyone agreed.
"-so I think we could spend the whole day there. Maybe we could spend the night somewhere and go to the beach again for another day?" Cal asked.
"Will security let us stay somewhere is the real question." Everett replied.
"Doubtful," Bella said at the same time Cal said, "Maybe."
"The beach is only an hour drive, we could probably go two days in a row if we wanted." I suggested.
"But what's the point of going, coming home, and then going back?" Cal asked.
I had to admit he had a point there, "We'll figure it out, it's next month, we can worry about it then. For now, we're having family time together now."
Everett nodded, "That's right, quit over-thinking things for a little while Cal."
"Here," Everett said, grabbing the bottle of wine out of the picnic basket, "have a glass."
Cal sighed, glanced at the bottle, then shrugged, and accepted a glass from Everett.
"Woah, woah, let me have some of that." Bella said, holding out a glass.
Isabelle stood and left then, sensing it was an adult-only time, and went to play with my kids.
"Kalee?" Bella asked, offering a glass of wine.
"Oh, no, thank you," I replied.
"Oh come on, Kay. What harm could it do?" Bella urged.
"You mean besides liver damage?" I asked, rolling my eyes. Everett chuckled, and took a sip of wine, staring directly at me. I shook my head, "Your attitude never convinced me to do anything before, and it still won't." I told him.
Everett shrugged, "Your loss." Cal had already finished his glass of wine, and held out his glass for a refill. Everett's brows narrowed, "Woah, Cal, I said have one."
"God's sake Ev, I didn't know I had two moms." Cal replied, making me chuckle,and surprising Everett.
"All right, fine." Everett said, pouring more wine into Cal's glass.
"Kalee, how come you don't want any?" Cal asked, rubbing my back lightly.
I shrugged, "I just don't- GAVIN!"
I was staring at Gavin, who stopped in his tracks, and looked at me. "Nothing!" He said, eyes wide.
"No, not nothing. Don't hit your sister," I scolded.
"I wasn't going to!"
"Yes you were, your hand is still raised." I said, raising a brow. Everett, Bella, and Cal chuckled upon turning their attention to Gavin.
I could see Gavin went red, even from here, "Sorry mum." I sighed, and turned my attention back to the other adults.
"Anyways, I just don't want any." I said, finishing the sentence from earlier. Everett and Bella nodded, but Cal watched me closely.
"Are you feeling okay?" Cal asked, sitting up, concern in his eyes.
"I'm fine, I just don't want any wine." I snapped, Cal's eyes flickered, and he nodded silently. I sighed, knowing I'd upset him. "I'm sorry, I shouldn't have snapped at you, I just-"
"It's okay, we shouldn't keep pressuring you if you said no." Cal said, planting a kiss at my temple.
I smiled, "Thank you."
Everett and Bella suddenly seemed very interested in their drinks, and I sighed. "I guess I should just tell everyone now."
They glanced up at me, and I glanced at Cal while I said, "I'm pregnant." Cal's expression shifted from curiosity, to shock, and finally excitement throughout those two words.
"Really?" Cal asked, sea-glass eyes sparkling. I nodded, and Cal pulled me in for a kiss, with Bella and Everett congratulating us.
"To Cal and Kalee!" Everett said, toasting his latest glass of wine to us. "Three kids, way to leave Bella and I in the dust."
Cal and I laughed, while Bella made a face, "You want three kids, find someone else, I'm perfectly fine with one."
Everett smiled, and kissed Bella's cheek, "Me too, I'm just giving them a hard time." Bella rolled her eyes, but smiled slightly.
After a while, everyone seemed to decide it was time to head back inside. Cal and I gathered the three children, and walked them back inside, while Bella and Everett headed to the kitchen to try and find some remedy for tomorrow morning, when they'd no doubt regret drinking so much wine.
Cal and I lead the kids to the playroom, where they would no doubt spend the rest of the day. Cal and I were walking down the hallway when he stopped me.
"Today was nice, everyone really needed it," He said.
I smiled, "Yeah, I'm glad everyone got to relax, and you got a surprise."
Cal chuckled, "Yes, I did, and I love it already."
Cal leaned forward, and our lips met. When we separated, he grinned, and said, "Come on, we'll make plans to announce it on the Report." I smiled, and took his hand, as we made our way to the office to inform the Report manager we'd be making a very special announcement this week.
Hello! This was a one-shot about what life for the Schreaves could be like after the Selection. This story is based on OctaviaWithStarsForEyes's story Burning Ashes. I really enjoyed writing this, and I hope you enjoyed reading it, I might make more, one-shots of different plot lines and times during the Selection. Just know a lot of it will be focused on KaleexCal. Anyways, thanks for reading!