Little less torture because this one has a better ending! Enjoy!
Fairy lights twinkle around the Allen’s backyard. Picnic tables once lined with enough food to feed an army are thoroughly picked over. Music and stories and love and laughter mix together in the summer sunset.
They knew two engagement parties would be easier. One for friends, one for family. Of course, that’s only so the family didn’t have to hold back their powers. Not that Mel or Donny notice anything but the other. Every time their eyes meet, neither can help but smile. It’s not the day but it’s their day.
That one word, from that voice, turns Mel’s blood to ice. Makes her five years old again, scared because she knows what that voice means.
Knows she’s alo—
“Who the fuck are you?” Dawn asks, narrowing her eyes at the tall man at the gate.
“I’m her father. Who are you?”
“Her sister and your worst nightmare.” Dawn snips.
“Ah, Donovan’s sister. You and your brother lack the same manners it seems.”
Iris narrows her eyes at Thaddeus, looking just like her daughter, “Try my husband and I teaching our kids not to put up with assholes.”
“I see I made the right choice coming here. Meloni.” The commanding tone makes her turn, trying to keep her face neutral. “We’re leaving.”
She blinks, “Wh-what?”
“I said we’re leaving.”
“No.” At first Mel thinks someone else said it. But she’s never seen his face twist like that. She said it. She said it.
“I have allowed this to go on—“
“I’m not leaving.”
As he takes a step toward her, Mel stands her ground.
She won’t run this time.
She can face him this time. Alone if she has to.
But she isn’t alone.
A hand slips into hers, Donny standing tall by her side. Dawn’s arm moves infront of her. Jai and Irey beside Dawn, leaning forward. Barry and Wally straighten up behind her, holding themselves to their full height. Iris and Linda stand by Donny, glaring at Thaddeus. Bart’s hand rests on Mel’s shoulder, squeezing it gently.
“I’m your father.”
“Yes you are.” Mel nods, “You are my father, but they’re my family. I choose them. Every time, every universe. Them. Not. You.”