"Betsyyy!" Henry began running and jumped into her arms as soon as she got out of the car. With an effort, the girl picked him up, laughing. He was getting heavier and heavier lately, and she feared the day when, coming home to visit, she'd see a big boy before her eyes.
Kevin walked out of the house as well, and shook Cameron's hand. Betsy giggled when she noticed that her fiancé was still intimidated by her father, even after years.
"Hello sweetheart." the man smiled at her. He hadn't seen his daughter in a couple of months because of her and Cameron's jobs, and phone calls weren't the same. He kissed her cheek and hugged her, as she put down her brother.
"Where's Addison, Kev?"
"Oh, attempting to cook. So, how are the two of you doing?"
Cameron and Betsy exchanged an ecstatic glance. "We have news." he said. "Why don't we go inside."
"Sure." Kevin raised his eyebrows, but started to walk inside. It either was about their job or their love life, and he felt weird when the thought that Betsy might be pregnant crossed his mind.
Behind him, Betsy linked fingers with Cameron and ruffled Henry's hair with her free hand, smiling warmly.
"Hi, honey, how was the ride here?"
"There wasn't traffic, Addison, thank you." Cameron answered for her.
"That's great." she nodded. "Take a seat, lunch is almost ready. Henry, go wash your hands!" she told the nine-year-old boy.
Kevin caught Cameron and Betsy looking at each other again, an excited look on their faces.
"So, these news? What are they?"
Betsy raised her eyebrows, her face beaming of joy. "Shouldn't we wait until after lunch?"
"You have news?" Addison looked at them happily. "I wanna know them now!"
"Me too!" Henry said, entering the room again.
"Okay, then. Do you wanna tell them, Betsy, or should I?"
The girl took his hand again, and he lifted their entwined fingers to his lips to kiss Betsy's.
"Wait! Oh my God!"
Betsy laughed at Addison's outburst, and looked at Kevin and Henry's confused faces. "You tell them, honey."
"Okay. Betsy and I are getting married!"
Addison clapped her hands and immediately went to hug her daughter and her future son-in-law.
Kevin, shocked, gave them a small smile, slightly relieved that his girl wasn't pregnant and happy despite his jealousy. "I'm proud of you."
"Kevin... will you walk me down th aisle?"
"Of, of course!" he stuttered, touched.
Betsy smiled. "What are you thinking, Henry?"
"I've never been to a wedding."
"Weddings are fun, little man. Oh, Betsy, I am so proud of you!"
Betsy laughed. "Thank you. I'm glad you are, it's important to me."
"I know your parents would be as well." Kevin added, and Addison nodded in agreement.
Cameron squeezed his fiancée's hand and gave her a smile. "Henry, you can be the ring bearer."
"What's that?" the kid asked, staring at his sister and her boyfriend. Her fiancé.
"You'll bring the rings to the altar, buddy."
He shrugged. "I guess so. Mom, can we eat now?"
"You look so happy." Addison was watching Betsy as they cleared up the kitchen, and she noticed she never stopped smiling.
"I really am, Addie. I've never been this happy."
"I am so glad you are, sweetheart." she walked to her and placed a kiss on her forehead.
"I have something else to tell you, now that we are alone."
Addison nodded, waiting for her to continue.
"Thank you." Betsy took her hand and squeezed it gently. "Thank you for giving me a life. You, you saved me, Addison. I know, Kevin was there too, but you were my savior. And.. I'm grateful for that. And I love you."
"I love you too. And you don't have to thank me. I-"
"I do. Because thanks to you I can see my life in a whole different – and better – perspective. I, I want to adopt someday. Cameron and I discussed it... we want our own children but...adoption is an amazing thing. Magic. So thank you, Mom. Thank you for loving me."