Alex, Mason, and Leah's lives were set sail on a happily ever after. Two powerful beings enter their lives, and a rocky road lies ahead. The sequel to "ABSENCE MAKES THE HEART GROW FONDER" has arrived.

Hey guys! I'm SOO glad I can finally share this with you! I know you all have been waiting so anxiously to find out what's next. I was hoping to post it sooner, but I've been kind of a busy bee lately. :) Hope you enjoy it!

This Love Is Ours

Chapter One

Alex settled herself on the edge of the bathroom counter. She figited and squirmed nervously, not one-hundred percent sure what to do. Sure, she had been through it once before, but that time it was out of fear and shock, and it wasn't planned at all. She had only been a month away from nineteen. But that turned out to be the best thing that could ever happen to her. Now, she's twenty-seven. Time to be a big girl. Instead of fear, it was anticipation. For the past two years, everything in her life had been running smoothly. She had no reason to worry.

"Love? Can I come in now?" Mason asked as he paced at the door, trying to cover the shaking of his voice.

Should I look? Should I let him? Should we find out together? What should I do? She asked herself. She finally gathered the courage. She lifted her hand and studied the objest rested there. She rubbed her eyes to make sure she wasn't seeing things. A smile spread across her face. She slowly slid open the door.

"Well?" He asked, almost shaking with anticipation. She took his hand, looked into his eyes, and nodded. Her heart skipped a beat when she saw him smiling too.

"This is incredible!" He exclaimed. He spun her in a circle by her waist, gently of course. She laughed and threw her arms around his neck.

A lot had changed in the Graybeck houshold over the past two and a half years, along with the rest of the Russo's. Alex, Mason and Leah had finally moved out of their apartment and into a real house, closer to her parents' home. Leah continued her wizard training lessons with the assistance of her mother and Jerry. Her werewolf phasing, however, seemed to slowly lessen to once every three months instead of every month. She didn't seem to mind. Max and Hailey finally married and moved into their own place, with their own baby on the way, three month to go. As for Harper and Justin, their relationship grew and blossomed like a rose. And for the first time, Alex couldn't be happier for them.

Meanwhile, on the other side of the house, eight year old Leah was doodling away in her journal on her bed. She set down her crayon and studied her work, then the framed picture of her parents on her bedside table.

"I wish I could draw," she muttered. She wadded up the drawing and tossed it across the room. She closed her notepad and set it on her bed as she left the room. She made her way down the hall and to the kitchen. As she passed her parents' room on the way, she could hear cheering and laughing through the door.

"What's got them so happy?" She asked herself. She decided to not worry about it and continue to the kitchen. She'd find out sooner or later if it was something to cheer about.

"How sure are you that you are?" Harper asked with a hint controlled excitement in her voice. She lowered her words to make sure no one heard her.

Alex swapped the phone to her other ear as she studied the three tests sitting on the bathroom counter. "Uh.. pretty sure."

"When did you take the test?"

"Once about an hour ago, one five minutes later, and one about ten minutes ago."

"Well dang, Alex, was one not good enough?"

She shrugged. "I wanted to be one hundred percent sure. They're hard to detect sometimes." She chose not to mention the fact that the words "pregnant" or "not pregnant" showed up on the tiny screen.

"You told Mason, right?"

"Of course."

"Did you tell your parents yet?"

She thought for a minute. "Uh, no... I wanted to tell you first." Considering the fact that with Leah she couldn't tell anyone other than Mason, she really didn't know who she was supposed to tell first.

"Okay. But you may want to tell them sooner or later," Harper suggested. "How far along do you think you are?"

"I'm gonna take a guess...probably around four weeks? Maybe five?" Alex said. She smiled as she rested her hand on her belly. Not expecting to feel anything yet, but just the thought gave her a warm feeling inside.

"- Okay, I've been standing in the hall bathroom in your parents' house for like, ten minutes now. I gotta go before the question anything."

"Okay then. Bye." She hung up the phone and took deep breath. She walked out of the kitchen and into her bedroom where Mason was sitting, sketching away in his sketchbook. She sat on the bed beside him.

"Whatcha doin'?" She Alex asked with an innocent smile. He glanced up in surprise and tucked the book closer to him.

"Nothing..." he replied.

"Sure doesn't look like 'nothing' to me.." she said, mimmicking his accent at nothing. She scooted a little closer for a better look.

He turned the opposite direction. "No peeking!"

"Why not?"

"It's not done yet."

She folded her arms over her chest and pouted. "So not fair! You always get to see mine before they're done!"

He closed the book and mimmicked her pout. "Too bad." He smirked and kissed her on the nose. She tried her best not to, but eventually cracked a smile. Then, she froze. An uneasy feeling errupted in her stomach. She dove off the bed and dashed to the bathroom, followed quickly by Mason. He immediately pulled her hair out of her face and rubbed her back as she puked violently into the toliet.

She sank back against the wall as Mason poured her a glass of water from the sink. She scarfed it down instantly. "Sorry," she told him, embarresment in her voice. He smiled and helped her back to her feet.

"You act like I've never been through this before," he teased. Alex smiled weakly. He scooped her into his arms and carried her to their bed, gently laying her down. "I'll go get you some apple juice. The acid in it should eliminate that taste fast enough." He started out the door. She waited for him to leave before slowly reaching for his sketch book.

"And no touching my book." he called from down the hall. She folded her arms over her chest and pouted; he just knew her too well. She propped herself up with another pillow, her eyes slowly closing.

"Are you sick, Momma?" A voice asked. Her eyes flashed open and she jumped.

"Oh, gosh- Leah! What have I told you about popping in like that?" She demanded, trying to steady her heart rate.

"Sorry.." she told her. "I learned the Threemetris Movetris spell in my lesson today and I really wanted to try it."

Alex smiled a little. "It's okay, you just scared me. But a quick 'hey Mom I'm flashing in' wouldn't hurt every once in a while though."

Leah climbed on the foot of the bed. "Are you sick? I heard you throw up a few minutes ago."

A thought jolted from her head through her spine just then. "Uh, yeah. I'm just not feeling very good." She hoped Leah's little internal lie detector didn't go off, considering that it was true, she really wasn't feeling good.

Leah fell silent for a second, then carried on. "Okay. Do you need a bowl? That's what you give me when I'm sick."

"Yeah, that'd be nice, thanks Lovebug." Alex answered quickly. She smiled and dashed out the door just as her father walked in with a green cup.

"Here we are, some cold apple juice for a yucky mouth," he smirked as he handed it to her. She chugged it in one gulp.

"Mason, how are we going to tell Leah?"

She's baaaaaaaack...and writing away like the wind!

Hey! I missed you guys! I'm so sorry this took so long to post. I had a lot going on for a while, but there's one week of school left and ideas for this are pouring out of me like rainbows. So maybe maybe MAYBE chapter two won't take quite as long. Hope y'all enjoyed it! There's plenty to come. :)

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