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Chapter 23: Peace

I finished my breakfast and we decided that it was time to leave.

“Do you want to try to transport on your own, mom?” I asked as we walked out the front door. Dante had told me that he would take care of the dishes until he and my dad were ready to leave.

“I suppose,” she muttered.

“If you’re too scared, you can just hold onto my hand.”

“What do I have to do?”

“It’s easy!” Nikki chimed in, “Just think about the place you wanna go to and then ‘poof’ you’re there!”

“But, where exactly do I want to go?” My mother asked with a puzzled expression.

I laughed, “That’s true, you’ve never been to the mansion. Well, okay, grab my hand and I’ll just take you there with me,” I said, extending my arm out to her.

She grabbed my hand and we arrived in front of the large house, waiting for Xavier and Nikki to show up.

They popped up shortly after and we walked to the front of the house. It was weird being here without April or the other elders inside, but I guess it didn’t really matter; at least I wasn’t going to be harassed while I was here, this time.

“This is my house!” Nikki shouted as her and Xavier ran up, holding hands and opening the large door.

“Oh goodness, this house is absolutely beautiful!” My mother said breathless as she looked around the property, scanning the area.

“I know, isn’t it great?!” I said, running up the stairs and into the house.

My mom walked slowly, taking in all of the house and surroundings, cranking her neck back and forth to look at the beautiful paintings that covered the ceiling.

“Come on, let’s go upstairs!” I said excitedly.

I ran upstairs and into April’s old bedroom, throwing her closet doors open and walking inside the huge room. It was full of garments still, and I was wondering when she would be returning for her clothes-if she ever was.

“Wow, I didn’t think this house could be any more flawless, but now that I see this room, I’m definitely proven wrong!” My mom laughed as she checked out the room. I wished she would just get her butt in here so she could see my dress, but I’d let her have her fun.

“I always wished to have a home like this, Victoria,” she said as she walked into the closet.

She gasped again and started looking through the clothes, flipping through each item slowly, taking in each of their individual beauties.

“You can take whatever you want, mom,” I muttered, pulling my dress off of one of the racks.

“Really? April doesn’t care?”

“I’m sure she doesn’t. I mean, she left with a suitcase, and plus, she can just go and get more clothes wherever she ended up.”

“Oh, wow! Well, I’ll have to look through them more carefully later,” she exclaimed, walking over to where I was standing. I held up the dress in full view and hung it above one of the full-length mirrors.

“Isn’t it pretty?” I asked, gawking at its magnificence.

“Hm, I’ll have to see it on you,” she said, turning her head and placing a hand under her chin.

“Okay! Get out then!” I laughed, pushing her out the door.

I walked back to my dress and stared at it a moment, remembering the day I had picked it out. It was the same day I found Xavier, so that made it even more special.

I undressed quickly and unhooked the dress from the hanger, slipping it over my body. I zipped up the back and admired myself in the mirror, smiling at my new-found beauty.

I was sure that when I had my hair and makeup done that Dante would probably faint at my feet. It was the first time in my life that I had ever thought that I looked great, and I wasn’t about to let it slip by.

“You can come in now,” I shouted at the door. I stood there, still looking at myself and watched my mom walk in the door.

“Oh my God, Victoria! You look beautiful, sweetheart!” She pronounced, running up behind me and hugging me.

“I told you it was pretty!”

“Honey, you look absolutely flawless. I mean, wow, Dante is going to love this, huh?” She eyed me up and down.

“I know, I’m so excited! Mom, I really hope that you know how much I love him. I want you to accept us and I want you to accept this marriage.”

“I know, and I promise to do a better job at that. It’s just….well, I lost you so quickly and now that we’re back in each other’s lives, it’s a little hard to just give you away again.”

“I understand, but you have to understand that I’m an adult now and that I’ve changed. I love Dante and he loves me and he proposed and it’s going to be great! I promise I’ll be fine, and look; now you have dad back in your life! Aren’t you happy?”

She looked down for a moment, “I want to accept your father’s apology, but I just can’t handle the fact that he left us alone like that. He knew we had problems and he still didn’t care, you know?”

“But he did it for the best. He couldn’t control his emotions when he found out he had powers, mom, he didn’t want to hurt us.”

“Well, I suppose you’re right, but it’s going to take time, Vic. Don’t you go thinking this is all done and over with. I love your father still, but it’s going to be hard to trust him now.”

I nodded once and turned to look at myself again. “So, how do you think you should do my hair?”

“Me? You’re going to let me do your hair?! Oh, I’m so excited!” She started tossing my hair around and smiling brightly at me in the mirror.

“I think I want it down with soft curls; do you think that would look pretty?”

“Well, aren’t you going to wear a veil, sweetie?”

“I decided not to wear one; unless you think I should, of course.”

“You can do what you want, but we’ll at least put some cute barrettes in your hair or something along those lines. Does that sound good?”

“That sounds great! Oh, mom, I’m just so glad you’re here and alive!” I turned around quickly and hugged her as tight as I could, meaning to never let her go.

“I know; I’m glad I’m here too. I would die if I missed my little girl’s wedding!”

“By the way, do you know where Nikki and Xavier ran off to?” I asked, looking behind her and out the door.

“I think they went out back to play. We could check though, if you’re worried.”

“Oh, I’m not worried, I was just wondering since I thought Nikki would want to put on her flower girl dress for you.”

“Oh! She’s going to be so adorable!”

“I know, and Xavier’s going to be the ring bearer,” I smiled.

“See, you don’t need to get pregnant, Vic. You have the two cutest, most wonderful children in your life, already.”

“Were you really that upset when you thought I was?”

“To tell you the truth, I was upset. I also didn’t know Dante at the time, either, so I was a bit taken back by it.”

“I guess I can understand, but if I do end up getting pregnant, are you going to hate me forever?” I put on my best puppy-dog face.

“Of course not! I could never hate you; I might be a little disappointed, but I could never hate you. And, you’re getting married now, so if you do end up getting pregnant, it won’t be that big of a deal.”

“Thanks, mom. Well, I’m going to get out of this dress and find Nikki so she can show you hers. Oh, and did you want to shop for yours, today?”

“Sure, if you want to. I’ll be in the bedroom,” she walked to the door and peaked around it for a moment, smiling, and then it closed, leaving me alone again.

I threw the dress off quickly and hung it back on the hanger and pulled my clothes on. One good thing about wearing comfortable clothes is that they can easily be pulled off if need be.

I grabbed my dress and walked out of the room, but I couldn’t find my mother.

“Mom?” I called out as I skipped downstairs.

I ran out the front door, but had no success of finding her there, either.

“Maybe they’re out back,” I muttered, walking around the large house. I glanced around the corner of the mansion but I didn’t see anyone. Where the hell could they be?

Dad, is mom with you?

No, she isn’t. Did you lose her?

Well, she was just in the room with me, and now she’s gone. I can’t find Xavier and Nikki either. I’m starting to get worried.

We’ll be there in a second.

Okay, hurry.

I walked around some more, scoping the area for any signs that they might be here. I saw some water splashed along the walkway and figured that the kids must have been playing, but I couldn’t find them anywhere.

“Victoria?” Dante said as he walked out the back door, worry written across his face.

“I don’t know where they are! I looked all through the house and back here, and I can’t find them!”

My dad walked out a second after and started searching around the yard, looking through the trees and around the house, but he couldn’t find them, either.

“Where are they?!” I shouted, almost dropping my dress on the ground.

“Look for them!” Dante said, grabbing the gown from my arms.

I closed my eyes and searched for them, but I couldn’t find anything. I saw their figures, but they were in a black background. Where could they be?

“I’m starting to get scared! All I see is darkness around them! Their all walking together, but I can’t see where they are!”

My dad then shut his eyes and wrinkled his forehead, looking for them as well.

“I can’t see them, either. This is so odd; I wonder what’s going on?”

“Dad! What should we do?! Where could they be?!” I started screaming. Clouds started to cover the sky and I told myself to calm down. I couldn’t have rain all over my dress, could I? Although I was completely freaking out in my mind, I had to lock it away inside so that it didn’t affect the outside world.

“Calm down, we’ll find them!” Dante whispered hardly.

I fell to my knees and threw my hands on my face, sobbing lightly. I had finally found my mother, and everything was going fine, and now it was all happening again. What is wrong with me? Why can’t I just have a little peace?

Dante kneeled beside me, hugging me tightly. He whispered he loved me and told me everything would be okay, but how can I believe him when it never is?

“I just want it to end,” I said through tears.

“Don’t worry, we’ll find them, I promise you this,” he sighed, lifting my chin up with his index finger. He leaned in and kissed me softly and in that one moment of love, the bad thoughts flew away with the soft breeze.


Submitted: October 03, 2008

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Aaaaa... Dante is so nice just love how he can make anything go right

but wher is her mother and the kids?
plz update asap!!!lol

nice chapter

Fri, October 3rd, 2008 6:01am

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thanks! lol ill have chapter 24 up later today :)

Fri, October 3rd, 2008 8:26am

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