After Tiana didn't show up after a while I decided to go and find her for myself.
I found her in our bedroom sobbing with her face down in a pillow and bags strewn all around her.
"Ai! Mia Amata, what's this?" I asked.
"I saw you with that woman." she said glaring at me.
Woman? Oh she didn't mean that young waitress did she?
"Tiana, my darling, that was just a misunderstanding. You are my one and only true love. I would be foolish to let the most beautiful woman in the world slip through my fingers." I said.
Tiana looked doubtful.
"But I saw what I saw and heard what I heard." she said
Then I scooped her up in my arms and carried her down to the little dinner I had prepared.
We ate and talked and laughed and we resolved the little 'waitress' issue.
I love my Tiana so much.
She is smart and beautiful and loving.
And I would never risk losing her over someone else.
"Did you see this?" I asked showing her a plate of minced vegetables.
"Yes I saw that. Your getting pretty good."
I leaned over the table and kissed her.
" Naveen, I just love you so much. The jealousy got the best of me I guess. I just don't want to lose you." she said.
"Oh Tia! You will never get rid of me!" I said.
"You are the most beautiful woman I have ever seen." I said and stroked her face.
"I love you." she said smiling.
"Warts and all?" I asked, raising my eyebrows.
"Warts and all." she laughed.
Edward came a'stridin through the door.
"I heard through the grapevine that you were with child." he said bluntly.
Well, he doesn't waste any time.
"Yes."I said quietly.
"The child is mine?" he asked.
Again I replied with "Yes."
"Well you must move to back to my country immediately; we'll have to be remarried and the child will be raised as the true royal it is."
I didn't know what to say, I wanted Tiana and Naveen to have this child that they both wanted so desperately
"The child is going to be adopted." I said.
"No, Charlotte think, this is our baby, we have to keep it and raise it as our own."
"But the couple that was going to adopt the baby are unable to have children of their own, I can't take away this child from them too." I said, placing a hand on my stomach.
"This is my child too, I'm the man and I'll make the decisions. We're keeping the baby and that's final." he said.
"But-" I began
"Not buts." he interrupted.
"We're keeping the baby."
I look at Naveen; he is so sweet and loving.
How could I ever have doubted him?
I know that virtually every woman finds him attractive, and it really makes me jealous sometimes.
But he is mine, all mine, forever and always.
I begin to think about how I have to tell him about Lottie and the baby.
I don't know how I'm going to say this.
I take a deep breath and begin.
"Naveen, I have something to tell you." I said.
"What would that be Mia Amata?" Naveen asked, wrapping one arm around my shoulder.
"Lottie's Ex-husband came back, and he wants to keep the baby."
Naveen dropped the fork he was holding and stared at me for a moment.
Then he regained his composure and looked at me.
"I understand that he would want to keep his baby." he said quietly.
"I would do anything to be a daddy." he said even softer.
Tears came to my eyes and I remembered my own daddy, and my love for him.
Now there is a good chance that Naveen will never know that love.
"What can we do?" I asked him.
He abruptly stood up and accidentally knocked over his chair.
"We shall go to Mama Odie's. She will most definatly help us." he said.
I was very reluctant to go to Mama Odie, asking her to help me bear children; but Naveen was so excited over the idea that I gave in.
When we got there Mama Odie served some of her gumbo and talked for a while.
"Now what brings you two froggy friends here today?" she asked.
I looked up at her.
"Mama Odie, somehow the shadow man is back. He came and threatened my life, and took away my ability to have children."
I looked at Naveen, unsure if I should tell her something I hadn't even told my own husband.
"I've lost two babies already." I said softly.
Naveen looked up at me, but he did not look upset.
He reached over and held my hand tightly.
"We were wondering if there was anything you could do to reverse this horrible curse." Naveen said, finishing what I could not.
Mama Odie turned her head towards Naveen.
"There is nothing I can do about the curse for this time." she said.
"However, if you were sent to somewhere else, another place, another time -by magic, the curse would be broken. Would you be willing to leave New Orleans and your family, at least until the baby is one?" she asked.
Naveen looked at me.
I felt my head began to nod slowly.
Mama Odie pulled a little bag out of her pocket.
It was filled with yellow, sparkling dust.
She put it on her hand and blew it onto us.
"GOOD LUCK!" she shouted as we swirled round and round in a glittery whirlwind.