Part 8

A/N: So if I never write anything else on this, I think this chapter will serve as an appropriate ending. I have a few other ideas for this story but I don't know if they will happen. I do know that other characters will be involved if I write more. I should post them as a second story, but I'll keep updating here instead so those of you who have this on alert will be sure to be notified, and I wont continue to sully by throwing more porn around. : )

I guess I should apologize for letting it go for so long…I was kind of in the middle of writing this when my bf at the time dumped me…needless to say I wasn't in the mood to write sexy romance. I remember I'd started the 'Elisa and Goliath finally do it' chapter back then, but thankfully that was lost two computers ago, because it was really lame and boring. What I came up with this second time is much better. So arent you glad you had to wait two years? (that's the part where you throw rotten vegetables at me).

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Elisa kept checking on Goliath as she ate breakfast, fed Cagney, and scrubbed at the stain on the living room carpet. Sometimes she would move a certain way and she would feel a dull stab of pain between her legs, but it did not bother her. Instead her mind flooded with hot memories, and she would have to stop moving while she reined in her hormones.

Beth called at noon. She had told her sister about the planned seduction, but now that it had finally happened, Elisa seemed shy to talk about the details. "Did you do it?" Beth demanded immediately. "No, don't tell me. I'll come over. I'll bring Chinese."

An hour later Beth appeared with a plastic bag. "You did do it," she squealed. "I can tell by the look on your face!"

"Calm down please," Elisa said, taking the bag from her sister and setting it on the dining room table. She took out the white cartons and chopsticks.

"I can't help it," Beth said. "You just look so different. Less stressed. Younger."

"I don't feel younger," Elisa admitted. "I feel…sore."

"I bet. So tell me everything."

"I will do no such thing!"

"Did you like it?" Elisa let a small smile escape. "I knew it. This is going to be so good for you-it's been years since you've had a boyfriend-"

"Mate," Elisa interrupted, looking down at her sweet and sour chicken. She wasn't sure how Beth was going to react.

"What?"

"He's not my boyfriend. Gargoyles don't do dating, Beth. He's my mate. Until the end of time." She smiled as she repeated Goliath's words. She looked up. Her sister was looking at her with her brow furrowed, biting her lower lip. A wad of noodles hung limp from her chopsticks. "Beth?"

"Are you married?"

Elisa shrugged. "I guess so."

She expected a lecture at the very least, but Beth only jumped up from her seat and came around the table, hugging her tightly. "Congratulations, sis," she said, and Elisa hugged her sister back. "Mom is going to be so mad when she finds out you got married without her."

Elisa laughed. "The sex was the marriage," she explained. "I don't think Mom would have wanted to be there."

"Now that's the kind of wedding I want to have," Beth giggled, taking her seat again.

"Don't tell mom," Elisa said, her thoughts turning to more important matters. "I think this matter is going to involve some level of tact…especially when she finds out I'm not going to be giving her any grandchildren."

"Oh no," Beth groaned. "With you shacking up with a gargoyle and Derrick being all…not himself, that only leaves me. I don't want to get fat and have morning sickness!"

"You'll just have to resign yourself," Elisa said.

"So what happens now?"

Elisa answered honestly. "I don't know."

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Goliath woke with a roar, stretching his wings and knocking over a lamp in the process. He sat up, not used to waking on a soft mattress, but then Elisa tackled him, pushing him back down on the bed. "I missed you," she said. She was straddling his waist, and he realized he was still naked. In moments he had turned the tables, tossing her on her back and covering her with his body. He wanted to take her at that very moment, but he remembered how hurt she probably still was, and settled for kissing her.

"You need to get back to the castle," she said, and Goliath immediately grew anxious. He got off of her to sit on the edge of the bed. "What is it?" she asked. She always knew when something was wrong.

"I talked to Hudson the night before last," he said. "He suggested that maybe it is wrong for the two of us to love each other."

Elisa's smile disappeared. "That's a horrible thing to say."

Goliath shook his head. "Until I met you I would have said the same thing. It is possible I've done you a disservice, by loving you."

"No. Never."

"I will never be able to give you a child."

"I don't care."

"I don't even fit in your apartment."

"So I'll move to the castle. Who wants a dumb apartment anyway?"

She was rambling, but it didn't matter. "Do you want to live in the castle with me?"

She paused, considering. "This place is rent controlled…it would be silly to give it up…but if Xanatos doesn't mind another boarder…yes. Yes I would."

"Then it will be arranged. I have to speak to the others," he said with a sigh. "This isn't something that should be kept secret."

"Of course. Goliath-they will be okay with us, won't they?"

"I hope so. He stood. "I should go."

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Goliath flew home a short time later, knowing that the clan would be furious at him for disappearing without warning. As soon as he alighted on the castle roof Bronx came running to meet him, Hudson rambling behind him. "You'd better have an excuse lad," he said. "Angela is worried sick. So are the others."

"I'm sorry," Goliath began. "I didn't mean to not return." He sighed, unsure how to go on. Perhaps his sigh said at all, because Hudson looked at him long and hard through his good eye.

"You've done something you're ashamed of. Tell me what."

Goliath felt a sudden flash of anger…all these emotions running through him, he felt like he was back in the rookery. "I'm not ashamed," he answered boldly. "I took your opinion into consideration, I did, but it was wrong. I love Elisa. We mated last night."

Hudson was silent for a long time. "Hrmph," he said finally. "Well, I hope the two of you are happy."

"We are."

"No, you'll both end up miserable."

"We were miserable alone. Together we are one."

"Aye," Hudson said, resigning himself. "I know you are. I've seen it for a long time. I was just hoping the two of you wouldn't."

"I want to make Elisa part of the clan."

"You're the leader. She's your mate. You can do whatever you please."

"But I want your blessing."

"Well," Hudson said, his voice gruff as ever. "I guess you can have it."

Goliath smiled. "Thank you, old friend."

"Don't say I didn't warn you," was all he said in reply, heading back inside to his television.

Angela was the first to return to the castle. "Goliath!" she exclaimed, running to embrace him. "What happened? Are you alright?"

"I am fine," he told her. "When the others return I will explain."

It took several hours before the clan had come home, waiting with little patience until all four of the young gargoyles were standing in front of them. They were young, he reminded himself. They could accept changing ways in which Hudson could not.

"I wanted to announce that we will soon have a new member joining our clan," Goliath said.

"You've met another gargoyle?" Lexington asked immediately.

"Another girl gargoyle?" Brooklyn chimed in, sounding hopeful.

Goliath shook his head, deciding it would be best to just come out and announce it. "Elisa and I have become mates. I was with her last night." He was greeted with stunned silence. The four of them stared at him, at each other.

"Can you do that?" Brooklyn asked.

"He's the leader," Angela shot back. "He can do whatever he wants."

"But," Brooklyn continued, "can you do that? Isn't there some sort of rule that says…"

"I bet there's rules about riding motorcycles too, but that doesn't stop us," Lexington chimed in. "Goliath and Elisa-I saw that coming."

"I think it's wonderful, father," Angela said.

Broadway was the last to react. "I think it's weird," he said. "But isn't Elisa already part of our clan? I always thought she was."

"Of course she is," Lexington agreed, turning to Goliath. "So it's official now? She's one of us?"

"Yes," Goliath answered, smiling. "She is."

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One hurdle overcome, later that evening Goliath found Xanatos in his office. "Goliath," Xanatos said, rising from his desk. "I suppose congratulations are in order."

"Of course you already know," Goliath said with a growl.

"You were standing right in front of the security cameras," Xanatos said with a smile. "But seriously, I mean it. Elisa is a good woman. A warrior, just like you."

"Yes, I know."

"So what can I do for you?"

"Elisa wants to move into the castle," Goliath said, hating that he had to ask permission for his mate to come live in his own home.

"Consider it done," Xanatos said. "She can stay in one of the guest rooms until we set up a little honeymoon suite for the two of you. Perhaps in that tower you like to perch on? It wont be anywhere near the main house so the two of you can feel like it's your own place."

Goliath stared, surprised. "That would be more than adequate."

"It's the least I can do."

"All the same. Thank you."

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The next afternoon Elisa was hoping everything had gone well with the rest of the clan, when the phone rang. "Elisa, it's your mother," the other voice said when she answered.

"Mom! Hi!" Had Beth told her anyway? She had that tone…. "What's up?"

"You're coming to dinner tonight."

"I am?"

"Your sister says you have something important to tell us."

"Will you kill her for me?" Elisa asked faintly.

"I'll let you do the honors. After you tell me what your big announcement is. Six o' clock. Be on time."

Elisa looked at the clock and shook her head. Two hours to prepare herself for explaining to her parents that she was mated to a gargoyle. That was going to go over well.

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Elisa considered bringing wine, but decided against it. It seemed to make her giddy and bold, which was not the right attitude for such delicate matters. Beth was more subdued than Elisa thought she would be, and they sat through dinner in near silence, her sister speaking a little about school, her mother about her upcoming trip to Africa. They were halfway through the meal when her mother glared at Elisa. "So," she said. "Your sister says you have big news."

"Thanks for that, by the way," Elisa said to Beth.

"You have to tell them sooner or later. I figured sooner was the best bet. I know you-you would have just dwelled and kept it to yourself."

"Elisa," her father questioned.

"Well." She put down her fork and looked at her parents in turn. They were getting older and so was she, but she still hadn't produced offspring for them to ooh and ahh over. Now she never would. It made her a little sad because she knew they both wanted grandchildren, which only added to her anxiety. "The thing is…I'm…in a relationship."

Her mother's previously worried face broke into a smile. "But that's wonderful news. And Beth had us all worked up that this was some life changing-" her smile diminished slightly. "Are you pregnant? Elisa, is he the type of man to stick by and-"

"No, I'm not pregnant," Elisa said quickly. "But he is the type to stick by. The thing is, he's-he's Goliath."

The silence was absolute. Her father spoke first. "Your…gargoyle friend." She nodded. "Elisa, is that wise?"

"What is that supposed to mean?" she demanded. "Goliath loves me-that's all that matters."

"It's just…there is a prejudice against the Gargoyles. Not as bad as it once was, but it's there. Your mother and I had a hard enough time of things…but he's not even human."

"We don't care," Elisa said, surprising herself with a waver in her voice. "Please tell me you don't care either."

"We want you to be happy with whomever you choose," her mother said. "If this is what you want, we know you're strong enough to handle it."

"Thank you," Elisa said, deciding to broach the whole mating/married concept at a later date. Let them get used to the idea first. "We are very happy."

Later, when Elisa was helping her mother put away leftovers, she turned to her daughter. "You seem very sure about this," she said.

"Mom, I've never been more sure about anything my entire life."

"I'm very glad. But…you and he aren't…genetically compatible, right?"

She really didn't want this conversation. "Mom, I'm sorry-"

"You can change your mind," her mother said, talking fast. "It's not too late. Elisa, you would make such a wonderful mother-"

"It is too late," she said as gently as possible. "Gargoyles mate for life, mom."

"And you've already-"

"Yes. We have."

"Oh." She turned her attention to the pan she was scraping into the garbage disposal.

"Don't be sad when I'm so happy, please," Elisa pleaded. "I know it's a disappointment, but I'm not disappointed. I'm not." She sighed. "You know if Goliath and I weren't so worried about everyone else's reactions to us, I could be ecstatic right now. I'm finally with the man I've been in love with for three years."

Her mother smiled a little. "Okay. What I said earlier was true. As long as you're happy, I am."

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Elisa's head ached when she left her parents' apartment. "That could have gone worse," she tried to tell herself as she drove to Xanatos' building. The sun was sinking behind the skyscrapers when she got to the castle, but she was so high up it was almost as though she were looking down at the sun. Imagine living all the way up here, she thought, the wind blowing though her hair as she crossed the roof. The other gargoyles were lined up facing out at the city. She hoped they would accept her and Goliath. What would they do if they didn't?

She climbed up to the tallest tower where Goliath stood alone above the others. She stepped up to the roof just as the last ray of light disappeared behind the buildings, and Goliath roared awake. Elisa stood back as bits of stone flew through the air. She hesitated as he dropped down off his ledge, wanting to run and embrace him, but unsure of the rest of the clan.

She approached slowly, glancing down at the others. They were all staring up at them. "Are we okay?" she asked. He gave her a grim look that melted immediately and her grabber her 'round the waist, spinning her in the air. She laughed. "I take that as a yes."

He set her down and pulled her into a kiss. Below them Lexington let out a yell and Angela started clapping. Elisa blushed at their audience-she had never kissed him in public before. "I think we need a little more privacy," Goliath said, wrapping his wings around her. She felt safe and loved. She felt like she belonged.