Halloween Night

Salem, Massachusetts

Five years later...

"Really, Caius?" Bella questioned, completely aghast. "I am not going into the Zombie Apocalypse Haunted House."

"Why not?"

"Because I lived through one. Besides, it's in poor taste."

"They give us airsoft guns and we can pop off zombies. It'll be just like old times."


"We can fall in love in the Zombie Apocalypse again." He kissed her on the lips then pouted. "Please?"

"Oh, alright." She couldn't resist him, especially when he begged so adorably.

Caius smiled. "Awesome."

Bella watched as her husband went to buy the tickets. She was happy. Extremely happy. After the zombie apocalypse, her life had done a 180. Her father was back in her life, she had a great stepmother, and all of her friends plus some new ones were all part of her happy existence. Esme, of course, was still her best friend; the two of them transformed the former media room into a romance novel library. All of the women in the castle loved the library and they frequently sat and discussed the novels they read during their book club meetings.

"Who are you supposed to be?" the guy taking tickets at the entrance asked. Of course, everyone was dressed up because it was Halloween.

"I'm a Scottish Laird in a kilt, of course, and this is my Lady."

"Awesome costumes, very realistic."

"Thanks." Caius whispered to Bella. "Of course, they're realistic, they're the real thing."

"I know, but I can't believe how tight these corsets are. How the hell did Heidi manage in these things?"

"Beats me. That woman has always been a slave to fashion."

"I know. I used to think Alice was a fashion nut, but she doesn't even wear high heels anymore. Actually, she's always in yoga pants and hoodies now."

"People change," Caius muttered. Ever since that night in Forks when he told Alice to have confidence in herself, she stopped wearing heels, opting for the dressed down look. Hell, even Bella was more fashion conscious than Alice was.

He glanced at his mate. She had made his life infinitely better. Friends in the castle with whom he frequently had fun with surrounded him; he had gained a father-in-law who he could go to for advice, and a mother-in-law who doted over him. He realized that he missed all of that for three thousand years. Most importantly though, Caius had a mate and a wife who he loved to the moon and back, and who loved him back with everything she had in her.

He watched his mate shoot a zombie with her airsoft gun. She turned and smiled at him. "Caius, you're staring at me."

"That's because I'm completely and thoroughly besotted with you." Then he kissed her—again and again and again. And they lived happily ever after.

This is the end of Besotted-my submission to FAGE Six Pack. I made some awesome new friends along the way and am grateful for the experience.

And now for some shout outs: Speklez, I had to lie to you about the prompt. I'm sorry, but it was a necessary precaution and you've probably guessed why by now. I hope you can forgive me. By the way, bikers and tattoos should have been a dead giveaway that I was fibbing because they just aren't my style. Thank you for all the pep talks and motivation along the way.

Ellie, Zombies? For real? Oh my God, I am such a non-horror person! I almost contemplated dropping out of FAGE, but I accepted the challenge for you, my dear-I hope you enjoyed the story. By the way, I had immense fun writing the story, even though the prompt was difficult.

To Supreme Fage Leader: Please note-no zombies for mama4dukes for next FAGE. I even had to watch World War Z-though seeing Brad Pitt in action wasn't a bad thing. He's kind of easy on the eyes.

LosT-in-Twific, Cloe Marrie, Artemis Leana, Speklez-your time spent WC'ing with me meant more to me than you'll ever know. Thank you for the friendship and motivation.

That's it folks! I hope you enjoyed 'Besotted.' Thanks for joining me.