A.N. Okay before you even read I lied I'm going to go ahead and post an Epilogue. The Epilogue is going to be a journal entry kinda like how it all started out. This chapter was kind of sad for me to write because it felt like I was coming to the end of an era... This story has been an amazing experience writing and hearing the reviews for my reviewers! I want to thank each and everyone one who has ever reviewed!

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Chapter 40: Love and the Future

Callia's POV

I let out a loud sigh as I walked into the "mansion" after being in a hospital for about three weeks. The doctor seemed to be on a strange drug because he wanted me to stay a long amount of time for tests that I can't even remember the name of. I looked down at the bundle I had in my arms and smiled as little Lizzie made an unhappy face. I gave a small laugh and rocked her gently knowing that she was getting mad at being moved so much.

Over the last three weeks I have discovered strange habits about my children that distinguish them apart from one another. Like little "Lizzie" Elizabeth Rose doesn't like to be held for longer than a half hour. Laura Allison however has the opposite problem because if she is not in someone's arms then she is angry at everything and everyone. The only thing that they have in common is that if one of them cries then the other will cry as well. That makes for some very long and sleepless nights.

I have been trying so hard not to lose my mind and it hit me just recently that I have years of this ahead of me. I pointed this out to Gideon and he groaned then flopped own in the room. He even went as far as to turn to his brother and tell him that he doesn't want to have kids until he's thirty or older. In the past week I have had no more than four hours of sleep because the babies need to be fed or changed. That was with the nurses assistance though because they would periodically come in and make sure the babies were properly changed and not in need of attention.

"Cali, are you happy to be home?" Adelle asked as she walked over and lifting Lizzie out of my hands.

"Very," I replied walking over to a chair and sitting down.

"How does it feel being a parent?" Christian asked while sitting down across from me.

"Like you will never get a goodnight of sleep for the rest of your life," Gideon replied cradling Laura in his hands.

"You Gideon Michael are going to love every minute of it so just stop complaining right now!" Pilar said walking out of the kitchen with Musoke.

Pilar and Musoke remained at the house while we were gone because they wanted to wait before returning to their own homes. I was no longer in need of a bodyguard but I must admit that I will miss having Pilar and Musoke around. Christian and Adelle spend all their time either out together or over at Adelle house watching movies. It seems that the rules of not leaving the house are no longer in effect now that everyone is feeling safer.

My mother however is going to be moving in with us until she feels strong enough to return to her house. My elder sister, Rebecca is going to be moving in with her because Rebecca felt that it was her responsibility. I'm not arguing since my siblings didn't even check up on me when they knew where I was. I will miss having my mother around at all times though because it does have its advantages, believe it or not. My mom has been giving me pointers nonstop on how to take care of the babies. My mother told me that she doesn't think she will ever truly be over my father's death but she does hope that nothing like that ever happens to Gideon and I.

The first few days after I had returned from the hospital passed by quickly because it was filled with well wishes, but most of all it was filled with the need to set the organization back under Gideon's command. Christian handed the reigns of command back over to Gideon with a wide smile and a good luck. Gideon walked into his first meeting and didn't come out for six hours. I couldn't understand what would take them that long to set up but I didn't dare argue or ask.

Adelle and I have been setting up the babies' room making sure everything is perfect and that I could easily get to them at night. I was so caught up in organizing the room that I didn't even notice that the door opened and Gideon was leaning against the doorway. Adelle placed Lizzie in her crib before quietly walking out of the room to find Christian. I still didn't realize that Gideon was in the room until I felt his hands land on my waist and his head landing in the crook of my neck.

"They are amazing aren't they?" he asked and I could tell he was smiling.

"Definitely," I replied giving Laura a kiss on the forehead before I laid her down in her crib.

"These two are going to be spoiled rotten and I'm going to never let them get married," Gideon said and I had to give out a small laugh.

"Gideon, I love you," I said softly turning around and wrapping my arms around his waist.

"I hoped you did because otherwise we would have a very strange relationship while our children grew up. I know I love you more than life itself," Gideon replied leaning down and gently brushing his lips against mine. I gave a small giggle as he pulled away and pulled me against him tightly.

"Gideon, are you trying to suffocate me?" I asked when he continued to tighten his grip instead of loosening it.

"No, I'm just trying to force you to stay with me instead of going off and doing whatever it is you have to do," Gideon replied and let go of me slightly.

We stood in each other arms for several minutes. At that moment each of us were content just to be in the other's presence. I wanted nothing more than to stay in his arms forever and never leave but our embrace couldn't continue as Laura let out a cry. I sighed and pulled away moving over to Lizzie who was crying now that Laura was and getting her to hush while Gideon picked up the restless Laura. Laura and Lizzie were going to be our pride and joy, but just from these first weeks I can also tell that they are going to be a handful to raise.

"Hush now little one," Gideon said gently rocking Laura back and forth.

I smiled and sat down in the rocking chair that we had recently had moved into the room. I slowly rocked Lizzie back and forth until she had fallen asleep. I softly called Gideon over and had him hand the still alert Laura to me. I began rocking her back and forth smiling brightly and humming to the small children in my arms. Gideon knelt down beside the chair and just watched the children and me with a look of amazement and uncertainty on his face. Once Laura was asleep I handed Lizzie to Gideon and we placed the twins into bed. We walked slowly to our rooms right across the hall and both of us feel exhaustedly into bed after changing into nightclothes.

"I still can't believe those two are ours," Gideon said wrapping his arms around my waist and holding me tightly.

"I can because they act too much like the both of us not to be," I said placing one of my hands on his.

"Are you saying I cry and whine a bunch or are you talking about yourself?" Gideon asked.

"I was talking about you being a big baby and me being the even sweet tempered child those are the qualities that are children possess," I replied and felt him shake his head to tired to argue with me.

"Callia, I have to ask. Are you truly happy?" Gideon asked with a somber tone of voice.

"I couldn't be happier why?" I replied turning over so I could face him.

"One you were taken from your life, married to a stranger, and then you were taken out of school before you could even get your high school diploma!" Gideon replied and I rolled my eyes.

"Well, I would like to get my diploma but the rest weren't all that bad. I met you, didn't I? Also I have two beautiful baby girls and I'm turning nineteen in a month or two. All that matters is that I am happy here with you!" I replied leaning forward and kissing him softly.

"I want you to be completely happy though. I want you to feel like your life wasn't a complete waste. I don't want you spending your entire life cooped up in this house with nothing to do and then regretting your life after our children are grown. I love you too much to watch you suffer like that," Gideon replied sitting up in bed.

"I would never regret this life! I love you and that is all that matters to me," I replied back.

"Tell me Cali, my queen, what would be your selfish desires for the future," Gideon said taking my hand and placing a kiss on it.

"Honestly, my desires are just for happiness," I replied not really knowing what I would do with my future.

There was silence in the room after I said that and Gideon could do nothing but stare at me expecting more. I really didn't know what I would want to do with my future. I knew there were some things that I wanted to have, but I didn't need them. I could live happily for the rest of my life watching my children grow. It hit me then what Gideon was talking about. He was afraid that years from now while our children are at school that I would regret not having a job or degree so there would be something for me to do. I reached up and placed my hand on his cheek.

"I understand that you are afraid that in the future I will regret the way our relationship started out. I don't want to do that either. I guess my selfish desires for the future would be to take my exams and get my high school diploma and then when the twins are old enough go to college and get my degree," I said and watched as he nodded with small satisfaction.

"I never want you to have nothing to do and I never want you to regret a moment of your life with me. If you want I can arrange for the tests and then if the twins temperament remains like it is you could take night courses or leave the children here with me during the day," Gideon replied with a secure air in his voice.

I didn't say a word more because I knew that this is what Gideon and I both wanted. I loved my life but if I could have something to pass the time than it would be even better. I couldn't believe now that there would be peace in the organization so that I could go to college and Gideon and I can raise our children together. My heart leapt with joy that he was back in my life and the rest of me was happy to be safe at the place I now knew as home.

Gideon and I had a rough start and it included many strange occurrences but we are happy and that is all that matters. I couldn't believe that it has been just slightly over a year since this started. I can't believe how much time has passed and now I have the chance for a future of my choice with Gideon and the twins. I smiled as I settled down into bed wrapping my arms around Gideon while he did the same. We lay together and each of us drifted to sleep with thoughts on our mind. I don't know what his were but mine were I couldn't believe how wide open the future was and how at that moment everything seemed bright.

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