Faith quit her job in the culinary career and applied for a job at the hospital the same day Louna retires.
Louna eyes the younger girl’s full belly but says nothing. Faith just blushed under her gaze and excuses herself quickly.
When she gets home, Chale is waiting for her by the front. Never a good sign. She thought he’d still be at work. She decides to take the supportive parent role-
“Hunny, if you tell me you quit your job I will kill you.”
-Okay nevermind. I forgot this is Louna I’m talking about.
“I didn’t quit my job, mom.” He mutters, rubbing his neck nervously. “I was in training this morning... turns out the military is having some trouble out in the country. They’ve found survivors, but not many.”
“So?” Louna wonders. “You’re a cop, not a military recruit. Why were you in training?”
“Because I’m going too. I leave tonight. I don’t know when I’ll be back.” If I get back. He adds in his mind.
Instantly Louna’s thoughts turn to the worst possible scenario. “So then you’re leaving us too. First your brother, then your father, now you and Pia. Am I really supposed to be alone in all this?”
“Mom please. You’re not alone. You’ll never be alone. The girls will still be here, and so will David. Ally and Simone are just down the street, and May promised to keep her phone on 24/7 just in case theres an emergency.”
“But what about you?”
“Your flower will keep me safe.” He insists. “Can you be strong for me while I’m gone?”
The car is waiting for him outside already, but he needs to say goodbye to his favourite girls.
“Be brave for me, Rina.”
“I will, papa.”
“I’ll be home before you know it, Mena.”
“Okay, papa. I love you.”
“I love you too, sweetheart. I’ll bring you and Rina back something nice for your birthday, okay?”
It’s almost midnight when Louna gets a call from the house across the street. Althought really, she can’t say she’s surprised.
“So what’s his name?” Is all she asks.
“Ritchie.” Faith mutters, trying to hold back her tears. “Dad’s at the adoption agency now, trying to put him up with a home or an orphanage. I can’t let him do that. Please take him, Ms. Starr. At least if he’s with his dad then I know he’ll be taken care of.”
“I’ll take care of him.” Louna promises. “But please Faith... stand up to your father. You’re not getting any younger, and you can’t let him control you as much as he does. If not for your sake as an individual, then think of your children. They need their mother.”
Even with the new addition to the family, and a missing father figure, life goes on as usual. David won’t ever admit it... but he doesn’t really mind playing “Princess Palace” with Marina.
One day they will be teenagers. And then he will have his revenge... (Doubtful. David may be evil, but Marina is oblivious).
Chale calls when he can.. Its never good news. They’ve moved onto a city called Riverview and found only a handful of survivors, most of whom succumbed to the curse not long after being taken to safety. He managed to save one young boy who seems to be more or less unharmed, but he speaks little, and no one knows what to do with him, or what happened to his family.
Louna decides her son has enough on his mind as it is. She’ll tell him about the new baby next time... or the time after that.
With most of the local law enforcement at work in Riverview, they’re forced to fire new recruits to fill the empty slots at home. Simone is one of them... tell me she doesn’t breathe new life into the “Sexy cop” cliche.
Days pass, and its time for Ritchie’s birthday!
He takes after his mom in looks, dad in personality being both dedicated and a loner.
The kids birthdays also come before Chale returns home. Louna buys them each a cake to celebrate. But no party.
Its not that Ximena refuses to cut her hair... she just likes it long. its pretty! She grows up charismatic.
Marina goes next. She was busy playing on the water slide after school so she didn’t have time to change back into her regular clothes before cake time.
She grows up into a lovely young lady... with a matching bikini to boot!
And lastly, David.
Even Ximena has to admit he looks SMOKING! But it might just be the fact that they've developed the same trait as teens.
Its just before sunrise the following day when Chale finally returns home.
Thing is... he didn’t return alone.
“This is your home now, kid. You’ll be sharing a room in the basement with my daughter’s friend, David. What do you think so far?”
“Its... great. Thank you, Mr. Starr.” It isn’t home for him. Never will be. Home is were he last saw his Wren and her family. The same home Chale found him in who knows how long after. Still, it was a safe place to rest his head. And for that, he is thankful.
If you didn’t see this coming then you need to go read Becky’s R&R Legacy RIGHT NOW. Go. Watcher commands it. I’ll wait. Even if you just read the last chapter... it explains most of Nero's backstory.