A/N: Another update! Huzzah! You know the drill: reviews welcome, prompts welcome, etc. etc. I'm not Puerto Rican but I am a native Spanish speaker so hopefully my Spanish translated well. Translation at the bottom.
Meeting his family is fun.
Aunt May, probably the kindest and most welcoming woman she's ever known, answers the door.
"Come inside," Aunt May tells her when she goes into his house for the first time. "Excuse me, everything's still a mess. Dinner's almost ready, though."
His house is warm and smells nice, although that probably has to do with the lasagna in the oven. He comes down the stairs and kisses her cheek.
"Please pardon my aunt; she has this condition where she makes up embarrassing stories about me and none of them are true," he says quickly before ducking into the kitchen.
"Promise not to embarrass me?" he begs of Aunt May, who looks surprised.
"How would I embarrass you?" she asks incredulously.
"You know: no embarrassing stories, no baby pictures—"
"Baby pictures?" she interrupts from the doorway. "Oh, you have to show me then. Anything that you consider worthy of blackmail material."
"No!" he yelps. The two women have a good chuckle over that.
"I'm so glad that Peter's so happy with you," Aunt May tells her discreetly as they put away the dishes. "After Ben died, Peter's just been a little lost but now he seems to have a purpose again. I'm just happy that he's smiling these days again."
She nods and tells Aunt May she knows what it's like to lose a close family member. She found her purpose before she found him but she's smiling again these days too.
Even though it's just the two of them living in that house, she can sense the love there.
Highlights of the night included:
-The most amazing lasagna she had ever tasted
-Peter "accidentally" spilling juice on one particularly shame-inducing photograph of him in a Winnie the Pooh costume
-Aunt May catching them kissing goodnight and jokingly telling them not to do anything she wouldn't do, to his eternal embarrassment
Meeting her family is frightening.
Her sister Awilda is probably the friendliest and the most pleasant person in the world, but when she answers the door, she is nothing less than serious.
"You must be Peter," Awilda tells him, looking him up and down. "Come on in. Dinner's all ready."
Her house is warm and smells nice, although that probably has to do with the fragrant Puerto Rican cooking coming in from the kitchen. She's talking to one of her nieces, a tall dark haired woman in her late twenties (She explained earlier that she is the youngest person in her family; her older sister Awilda already had kids before she was born), before she comes over and kisses his cheek.
"Please pardon my family; they have this biological need to interrogate newcomers. Don't take anything they say personally," she says quickly before ducking into the kitchen.
"No me vas avergonzar, eh?" she asks her sister, who is busy making plantains.
"Cómo voy a hacer eso?" Awilda answers innocently.
"Tu sabes: no seas grosera, no lo enseñas fotos cuando yo estuve un bebe—"
"Whoa, I don't speak a lot of Spanish but I'm pretty sure you just said something about baby pictures?" he interrupts from the doorway. "You have to show me. She's already got dirt on me; I need a plan of counterattack."
"Well, I do have this one when she tried to put on make-up when she was five," begins Awilda.
"No!" she yelps. The two of them have a good laugh over that. "Es guapo," whispers Awilda approvingly. "Y sabe un poco de español!"
"I'm so glad that Ava's so happy with you," Awilda tells him discreetly as they put away the dishes. "My brother and my daughter have carried the White Tiger name and making them proud is what seems to be Ava's purpose. She's so serious all the time and I'm happy that she's learning that there's more to life than just the family legacy."
He nods and tells Awilda he knows what it's like to lose a close family member. He knew how to laugh before he found his purpose but now he's managing to do both.
Even though there are a lot of people living in that house, he can sense the love there.
Highlights of the night included:
-The most delicious mofongo he had ever tasted (well, it's the only mofongo he's ever tasted)
-Ava's nieces and nephews playfully calling him "gringo" all night
-The whole family catching them kissing goodnight and not so jokingly warning them not to get pregnant.
"It could have been worse," she shrugs.
"It could have been worse," he agrees.
That was the description they used to describe their first time meeting the family.
Oh, and the niece Ava is talking to is supposed to be Angela del Toro (the second person within the Ayala family to be the White Tiger)but I didn't describe her too much because I am unfamiliar with the comics.
No me vas avergonzar, eh? = Don't embarrass me, okay?
Cómo voy a hacer eso? = How will I do that?
Tu sabes: no seas grosera, no lo enseñas fotos cuando yo estuve un bebe = You know: don't be rude, don't show him my baby pictures
"Es guapo," whispers Awilda approvingly. "Y sabe un poco de español! = He's cute...And he knows a little Spanish!