Chapter Seven

They were first approached by Connie's brothers and sisters-in-law. Connie's eldest brother Umberto told Mike he knew Mike would be good to his sister. Humbled, Mike thanked him. Connie hugged her brothers and sisters-in-law, and her brothers shook hands with Mike. Umberto then clapped him on the shoulder.

"They're good guys," Mike said. "I was really afraid they wouldn't like me or think I'm good enough for you."

"Aw, Mike, of course they like you. They see what a good man you are because you've shown them," Connie said warmly. "They know I picked a winner," she added with a smile.

Again feeling humbled, Mike smiled.

They were next visited by Connie's sisters, both of whom were younger than her and their brothers.

"Connie, that was perfect," said Carina. "That was absolutely perfect."

"It was," said Alejandra.

"I couldn't agree more," Mike said with a smile.

Connie smiled.

"Yeah, it was perfect," she said. "I'm so glad you two are here," she added, hugging her sisters. "I love you both so much."

"We love you, too, Connie," said Alejandra. "Again, that was perfect. Thanks for letting us be a part of it."

"You two are my sisters. Of course I wanted you involved!"

She hugged the two of them again.

Then—

"Come here, Mike," Carina said.

Mike shared a hug with each of his new sisters-in-law, feeling humbled again.

"You're a really sweet man, Mike—and you make Connie so happy," said Alejandra. "Welcome to the family."

"Thank you," Mike said, very moved.

"Hey, it's true," said Carina.

Connie smiled at him and wrapped her arm around his waist. He wrapped his arm securely around her shoulders.

"Hey, when are you flying back to San Francisco?" Connie asked Carina. "Alejandra and I want to have a family dinner before everyone goes back to Cali."

"Aw, that sounds great! I know it's some time Tuesday morning. But yeah, we've got to have a family dinner. That would be wonderful," said Carina. "We'll rally the troops at some point and figure it out, all right?"

"Sounds great," said Connie.

"Your siblings are great," Mike said after Carina and Alejandra left.

"They are," Connie agreed. "I honestly don't know what I would do without them."

"I know the feeling," Mike said, looking at her.

Connie melted, knowing exactly what he meant.