Chapter 29

Lucas walked through the front door in dread. He had sent mama Lucy back to her own home shortly after her arrival. So the house was totally empty.

He had closed off his room as well as Caleb's and the nursery, not wanting to be reminded of their absence. He had taken to sleeping either on the couch or in one of the guest rooms. And although he felt the hurt every time he glanced at it, he kept a photo of himself and his wife next to the bed.

Going to the living room, he stoked the fire in the fireplace back to life, and then sat in the chair to stare into the flames, trying to lose himself there.

"It seems a shame to waist a cold night and a warm fire by your self."

Turning at the sound of what he hoped wouldn't be a trick of his mind, he stared disbelievingly at the sight of his wife standing in the doorway wearing the same gown from their wedding night, Lucas looked at her, afraid he was dreaming.

Dara crossed the space to knell in front of him, taking his hands in hers she looked up into his eyes as she stated sadly, "I owe you an apology, even though what you did was wrong, I set myself up as your judge, jury and executioner. I can't say that I fully understand what you did, but I know one thing without question you truly love me. I know you could have made me forget what I learned and that I would never have been the wiser, but you respected and loved me enough not to do that. Although you would have saved yourself a lot of sorrow if you had, and you were right I did know what you were when I agreed to marry you and you have kept the promises you mad to me when I said yes. Not to mention, I can't keep you from the children, you're their father and they need you. Besides you're the only one who can teach them how to control their 'abilities'."

Looking at her hopefully and reaching out to touch the fabric of her gown he asked haltingly, "Does this mean what I think it does?"

Dara nodded, "If you want me back it does."

Lucas smiled ruefully, "IF I want you back!" Grabbing her and lifting her to his lap he buried his head against her neck and savored the scent of her hair and the feel of her in his arms. Lifting his head he kissed her deeply savoring the taste of her mouth. Lifting his head he smiled, "Would you be offended if I take you upstairs and ravish you?"

Dara smiled, then turning serious she stated, "I want two promises from you."

Studying her face he nodded his head, "Whatever you want."

Speaking in a serious tone she listed, "First, I know that our children are more than likely going to inherit some curious 'abilities', I want them to be taught how to handle them and how to control them. Second, I don't want you keeping anything from me again. I'll promise to be as understanding as possible if you promise to be honest and open. I expect you to keep some things to yourself, but I don't expect you to try and hide them from me."

Lucas nodded, "You have my word, " with that he pulled her close to him, "I came too damn close to losing you, I wont ever risk that again."

Pulling back she wrapped her arms around his neck and pulled his head down to kiss him. Lifting his head he closed his eyes in ecstasy as she unbuttoned his shirt and played her hands over his chest looking down at her he ground out, "I'm sorry darlin, I can't wait any longer." With that he rose from the chair with her in his arms.

Seeing his indecision as to whether to stay or go to their room, she smiled and replied seductively, "The kids aren't here, Ben is going to stay with them tonight."

Lucas smiled, "Good old Ben." With that he lowered her to the rug in front of the fire, stripping his own clothes away quickly, he slid her gown down her body hastily,

Enfolding her in his embrace he simply held her tightly, cherishing the feel of her in his arms. Then, he traced the line of her jaw with his mouth, pushing her hair aside he glanced at the bite marks he had left on her throat.

Searching her eyes he relaxed when she smiled, "It's all right, I understand now. You were marking what belongs to you."

Lucas traced the lines of her mouth with his thumb as she smiled at her, "You're not angry anymore?"

Dara contemplated, "I'm still a little resentful, but I think that I can learn to trust you again."

Lucas buried his head against her neck, grateful for whatever had changed her mind. Gently he kissed the healing marks on her throat as he lifted his had to trace the line of her breasts. Starting at her earlobe he began a path down her body.

Finally, he shook his head as he ground out, "I'm sorry I can't wait any longer."

Dara placed her arms around his neck and replied, "You don't have to."

Lucas gloried in what he had thought had been lost to him forever. Later after he had taken the throw from the back of the couch to cover them, he was holding Dara close, cherishing the feel of her body next to him.

Deciding that he needed to fully confess to her, he asked carefully, "Did you mean what you said about being understanding as long as I was truthful with you?"

Dara sat up clutching the cover to her chest, nodding her head she replied, "Yes, I did, if you want to tell me anything else. I'll listen and promise to control my temper."

Lucas sighed heavily, "All right there are a couple of things that I need to tell you."

Bracing herself for his revelations she waited patiently, "All right."

Looking at her sheepishly, he confessed, "Do you remember when you were thinking about having the babies christened?"

Dara nodded her head, guessing at what his revelation was about to be.

"You didn't change your mind on your own, I gave you a little push."

Dara looked at him evenly, "And how did you do that?"

Looking at her pleadingly, he stated, "Mama practices a little magic of her own. She brewed up something to make you drowsy, and then just as you were almost out I put you under and convinced you that it wasn't what you wanted to do. Between me and the cocoa you were extremely susceptible so all I had to do was tell you not to remember any of it just that you didn't want to go through with the christenings."

Dara nodded her head calmly, "Any thing else?"

Lucas looked at her unbelievingly at her acceptance, "Yes, I knew when Rinie was conceived. I didn't do anything other than what every other man does to impregnate his wife, but I knew that night that you were pregnant."

Dara smiled mischievously, "Well, I guess that makes us even."

Lucas stared at her uncomprehendingly, "What do you mean?"

Smiling broadly, she stated, "Don't you think that I realized afterwards that I was pregnant again."

Lucas blinked at her in disbelief, "You knew?"

Dara nodded, "About Rinie? Yes, I did." Then turning serious she asked, "Why was it so important not to go through with the christenings?"

Lucas answered reluctantly, "Because there's never been a baby with Buck blood flowing through their veins that's been christened. Whey they get older if they should decide it's what they want to do then that's fine, but as babies when it's not their choice it cant be done."

Dara nodded her head in comprehension, "I realize that there's a lot of dark secrets that you have and I also know that it's a part of their heritage and legacy, but you realize that just as I'm aware that you'll be teaching them some of these things that I'll be teaching them the other side of the coin so to speak."

Lucas nodded his head, "Yes, I knew that the day we discussed children and as far as teaching them anything, no I'll show them how to control their abilities but I wont push them in any direction, I promise."

Dara narrowed her gaze as she brought up one other issue, "By the way, as long as you and I live don't ever trick me like that again. Tell me the truth, but don't ever try that again. I know that do did it once before and it was for my benefit, I'm grateful to you for that, but don't ever do it to deceive me."

Lucas pulled her into his embrace, "You have my word on it, I swear." Pulling her back down he let her get comfortable and watched her face as she fell asleep.

Deciding that he wanted his family complete he lifted her in his arms and carried her upstairs. Pushing the door open quietly to their room he laid her on the bed and pulled the covers over her. Certain that she was asleep he went to the phone and dialed the number to reach Ben.

When Dara woke the next morning she had to orient herself as to her surroundings, then, remembering the night before she sat up and stretched.

Lucas came in holding Rinie, "Someone's ready for their breakfast."

Looking at him in puzzlement she asked, "How did she get here I left them with Ben?"

Lucas grinned broadly, 'I know, but I wanted my family here so I called him and had him bring them home. I've already fed the twins and Caleb's already gone to school."

Looking at her husband she shook her head at his efficiency. Taking the baby from him, she began nursing her as Lucas came around to sit on the side of the bed.

Placing his hand on her cheek he stated solemnly, "Dara, I love you more than life itself and if you had left me I wouldn't have wanted to keep living. Promise me that you'll never leave me again."

Dara returned his gaze with equal sobriety, "As long as you keep your promises, I promise that nothing short of death will ever separate us. You and these children are my life."

With that he leaned toward her, careful of baby, and kissed her deeply. Pulling back he remembered a day that seemed a long time ago when he first saw a tiny woman struggling with a box twice her size. Since then he'd learned that was how she approached life as well; tackling the challenge head on and despite the size of obstacle she usually overcame it. Including finding something that everyone including himself had thought non-existent; his hear. Disproving his old philosophy about the illusion of free will, although he knew that Dara was mean for him he didn't see it as the illusion of choice he was it as simply Destiny.

Not quite the end.