(A/N): Here is a short epilogue for you all. I could have left it, but this seemed to sort of complete it. I don't really know, I could be spouting off complete rubbish. Still, I hope you like it, and thank you all for putting up with me and my odd ways through this fic. I swear I will get At The End But Not Over finished soon, as will as Red Choices; however you have to be patient with me as I tend to work faster to reviews. Don't know why but I do. Anyway, enough with my ramblings, and here we go, the last instalment of CBI Weekend. I'm actually pretty sad to see this one end. Oh well.
I do not own the mentalist.
"Patrick, come on! The boys will be here soon!"
"You do realise they are actually adults right?"
"Of course I do, it's just hard to see them that way sometimes."
"I know honey, I know."
"Because sometimes it seems like you still think of them as children."
"Oh no, I will always put up with the biggest child of all."
"Who's that then?"
"You. Definitely you."
"Really? Only I could have sworn you said 'child'. If you were really talking about me then you mispronounced 'the greatest, sexiest guy on the planet'!"
"With the biggest ego."
"But you didn't deny that I'm the greatest, sexiest guy on the planet!"
"Was there any point in denying it?"
A knock on the front door brought them out of their banter and Teresa went to answer it while Patrick checked the oven again. They were cooking a meal for all of Teresa's family, and Pete and Sam from the carnival as well. Patrick had told them about him and Teresa being a couple around a month ago, and they were actually happy for him, considering she was a cop. When Patrick had mentioned the visit to Teresa, she had automatically made him go and invite them round at the same time as her brothers, because, as she put it, "They are your family, so we are inviting them too."
Tommy and Matty were the first to walk in, each giving Teresa a hug on their way in, each lifting her off the floor as they did so, much to her embarrassment. Sam and Pete, who were talking in the doorway leading outside, watched it all in amusement. They knew she was a cop, and nothing would ever change their view on the police, but they would accept Pepper (Teresa) because she made Patrick happy. They hadn't seen him this light and happy in years, and it was all thanks to the woman currently stood in the doorway of the house they were in.
Next was Annie, Tommy's teenage daughter, who greeted Teresa with a, "Aunt Reese!" and giving her a massive hug. Then it was Matty's two twin children, Madison and Alison. They too screamed "Aunt Reese!" and hugged her kneecaps, as they were both about five years old. She patted them on the heads and ruffled their hair affectionately. Once everyone was inside and Teresa had shut the door, Patrick murmured to Tommy, "No James?"
"You're kidding right?" Tommy muttered back. "Like we'd let him ruin what we have left of our family. There's no way he'd show up now. We'd probably end up killing him for hurting Reese."
Sam overheard and spoke up bluntly to them. "Who's James, Pat?"
"Pepper's third brother." Patrick answered in a low voice. "He nearly killed her around six months ago."
"Would have done too if she hadn't yelled back that he was becoming like dad," Tommy added bitterly.
"But he isn't here now and that's all that matters." Teresa called out to them suddenly, causing Patrick and Tommy to jump guiltily. "You aren't that quiet." She added as an afterthought.
They all laughed at the thought of Patrick and Tommy getting caught by the mother figure in the house and eventually lapsed into a content silence. The camping trip had been six months ago, and the events that had occurred there were still fresh in their memories. The good news was, the management would never send them on another one ever. They were now always stuck with the theme park team building trip, and Narcotics were back to the camping one again. Also, the Lisbon family may have lost a brother, but they had gained family too in Patrick, Sam and Pete, even if it wasn't official.
Patrick felt the small velvet ring box in his jacket pocket. Soon, it would be made official.