Sorry this is a little late, I had a shoulder injury, and typing sucked. I am back now though, and this chapter is a little short, but I like how it turned out. I hope you enjoy it!
Disclaimer: I own no one, but I do enjoy playing with them. :-)
I took my fiance's hand and squeezed it tight. I knew she was going to freak out, but something about the way Adrian was talking, it made me realize he was being honest with us.
"You are so full of shit."
She snapped her head towards me. "You of all people are defending him?"
"There is no reason not to. Just hear him out."
Lissa looked over at Adrian with an evil look in her eyes. "You just want your lordship back don't you? Feeling a little lost since Tatiana stripped you of everything?"
Adrian, much to my surprise, kept his calm and shook his head. "No, nothing like that. I don't want to do anything to hurt you, I just feel that you deserve the truth."
"Why now? Why not after my parents died?"
"I just found out myself a few weeks ago, I wasn't sure how to tell you..."
"How did you find out?"
Adrian took a deep breath. "My mother and I were arguing about my father, and she let it slip that he wasn't my father. At first, she wouldn't tell me who my real father was, but then she gave me a couple clues that instantly told me who my real father was."
"What did she say?"
Adrian gave Lissa a small smile. "She told me that I had a little sister and that we were more alike then I could ever imagine."
That remark made Lissa smile back just a little. "So, what do we do now?"
Adrian shrugged. "I don't know... I don't want anything from you, I just felt that you had the right to know."
Lissa nodded. "Thank you. I know that this must be hard for you."
Adrian laughed and took Sydney's hand. "I think she put it the most eloquently."
Sydney blushed, "you are never going to let me live that down are you?"
I looked at her with curiosity. "What did you say?"
Sydney sighed. "When he told me that Tatiana wasn't his grandmother, I responded with 'well, it must have been difficult to stab you in the back then'."
That made me laugh. "I always knew I liked you Sydney, I could never pinpoint why though. I think I now know."
Sydney smiled at him. "Why is that?"
"You are the most honest person I have ever met, and one of the most insightful as well."
"Thank you Christian."
I nodded and then looked around. "Now that we have all of that out of the way, why don't we go sit down for dinner? Is anyone else hungry?"
Rose jumped to her feet. "Starving."
I rolled my eyes. "Why am I not surprised?"
Rose smiled at me. "Because you know me oh so well."
"This is true." I stood up and offered my hand to my lovely fiance. "Shall we?"
One of the things I always loved about Lissa and Christian is that they treated the Dhampir's like people. I was sitting next to Stan and Eddie as we all enjoyed dinner. Christian's and Lissa's guardians alternated nights they guarded, but Lissa always made sure there was hot meals waiting for all the guardians and staff. She was a good person. I looked up as Christian said my name.
"So, Dimitri, have you gotten Rose to pin down a wedding date yet?"
I shook my head. "At the rate we are going, I don't know if we are every going to get married. I don't think she can decide on anything..."
Rose frowned at me. "I will make a decision soon, I just want to make sure that I am making the right one."
Lissa looked a little concerned. "Is everything okay?"
Rose nodded. "Everything is fine, I think I am just nervous about the baby. My parents are getting nervous and I think it is getting to me."
I pulled Rose close. "Everything is going to work out. They have done this before."
"I haven't haven't had a little sister before though."
"Everything is going to work out, just stop fretting."
She nodded. "I know."
I kissed the top of her head. "I love you."
"I love you too."
I looked up at Lissa and Christian, "speaking of weddings, have you two given it any thought?"
Christian sighed. "There are, certain obstacles, that are delaying the ceremony."
Adrian frowned from across the table. "Tatiana."
Christian nodded. "Exactly."
"I am so sorry Christian."
He gave me a small smile. "This isn't your fault, Tatiana has always had it in for anyone that had any allegiance to me or my family. And she is taking it out on Lissa."
Rose took a deep breath. "I think I have an idea."
I looked over at my fiance and smiled. "And what is this idea?"
Rose locked eyes with her best friend. "Do you honestly need to be married with Tatiana's blessing?"
Lissa shook her head. "No, I mean, it would be nice, but I could live without it."
"Well then, why don't we talk to Tasha and see if she would be willing to host a double wedding at the mansion?"
Lissa looked intrigued. "A double wedding?"
"Yeah, I'm game if you are."
Lissa smiled at her. "That sounds like a great idea."
Christian and I exchanged glances. "Don't we get a say in this?"
Rose smiled at me. "Do you want to marry me?"
Lissa looked at Christian. "Do you want to marry me?"
"You know I do."
She smiled at him. "Then let's do it."
Christian sighed and kissed Lissa gently. "Okay."
I hope you all liked this chapter! I can't wait to write the double wedding, but first, a baby! Tune in next time to greet the newest Mazur!