After Miles made his big exit, we invited Tucker and Vaughn to have dinner with us. They accepted and were quickly folded in to the party. The good thing about having that many friends? No leftovers. There wasn’t a single thing left in the house after the party was done, so dishes were the main priority after everyone had gone home for the evening.
The other priority was seeing to it that the ones who were too drunk to drive had places to sleep. This included the Sheriff, so while he drunkenly weaved his way up the stairs I carried Bonnie while Ben followed with Peter. I was rubbing an already asleep Bonnie’s back when the Sheriff started singing. I am not ashamed to admit that I kicked the man. Hard.
“Ow! Damn it!”
“Shhhh! Bonnie’s sleeping!” I hissed at him.
He nodded at me like he was some drunk, sage, super cop. I snickered and went to lay Bonnie down in the same room she used the last time. I came back out to the hall and the Sheriff was sitting down, slumped over against one wall. I sighed and waiting for Ben to come back.
“Problem?” Ben asked.
“Help me get him up and in to the Yellow Room.” I said as I picked up an arm.
Ben picked up the other arm and together we managed to haul the Sheriff down to the Yellow Room at the end of the hall. After getting him in to bed with his shoes off, Ben and I took off back downstairs to relax a little. We walked in to world war three with Ben’s father and mother arguing in the hallway.
“Enough!” I shouted. They both went quiet, but Ben’s father opened his mouth to speak, so I jabbed a finger at him. “Not a word. Not one word.”
He closed his mouth again and Ben spoke up.
“You’re not welcome here, anymore.” I put my hand in his and waited for him to continue. “I’m happy here. I’ve a life here. I’m not about to give that up because you want something I can’t give you: Obedience. I can’t do it. Marlowe and I are getting married. We’re going to start a life together. If you can’t accept that I’ve made up my own mind, then you’re not welcome.”
I tightened my hand in his and tried my best not to look up at him. I knew he was still wounded from the other day and that a proposal was unlikely to happen so soon. I looked at his mother instead and she smiled at me and nodded. I smiled back at her.
“I will not have my son marry beneath him.” I glared at his father when he spoke. I was about to say something when Jude slapped him.
“She’s more than enough for my son. I’d be happy to have her as family. Just because you can’t see past your arrogance and prejudice, doesn’t mean that you get to deny your son his happiness.” She yelled at him. Her face turned red with anger and I put a hand on her shoulder and pulled her back a little.
“This is my family. You can be a part of it, as long as you’re willing to accept all of us.” Ben said.
“When he means all of us, he means us too.” Mark said as he walked down the steps with Miles.
“I don’t like you,” Miles said. “but you’re Ben’s father, that means I have to accept that you’ll be a part of my family when they get married. I do not like you. I want it to be known.”
Ben’s father looked at of us and huffed. His hands were clinching and relaxing. I watched him struggled with himself as I waited with the rest of my family.
“You are not my son and that,” He said as he pointed at me. “is not human.”
“No, I’m a fucking unicorn.” I sneered at him.
I heard Mark start choking as he tried to hold back his laughter.
“She’s my unicorn, Dad. She’s my family. You’re not. Please leave.” Ben said.
Ben’s father glared at all of us, turned around and left. I sighed when the door slammed shut. I heard Mark and Miles start howling with laughter at my comeback.
“Really, ‘Lowe?” Ben said with a laugh as he kissed me.
“Yeah, really.” I said.
“That was lovely, dear.” Jude said with a snicker of her own.
“The sass is strong with me.” I said stoically.
That made the rest of the room start laughing. When we’d all stopped laughing, I tugged on Ben’s hand.
“Bed time. This mess can be cleaned in the morning. Is all the food put away?”
“Yeah and the dogs have been taken out. That’s how old sour face got in.” Miles said.
I looked around and then up at Ben. “Tomorrow.”
I kissed his chin. “I’ll meet you upstairs.”
I said my goodnight’s to Jude and everyone else and climbed the stairs to the bedroom. As soon as I had the door closed I started pulling off clothes while heading for the shower. I was naked and waiting for the spray to warm up when Ben found me. He wrapped his arms around my waist and nuzzled my neck.
“Well, we survived.”
I sighed and leaned back against him. “We did, though your father came close.”
Ben chuckled. “While I’m not happy that you almost skewered him with all the knives in the house, I’m glad he’s gone. I feel relieved.”
I patted and kissed Ben’s hands, then tested the water. “I’m glad. Now get naked, Solt. I wanna get cleaned up and then go to bed with you.”
Ben laughed. “Surely that’s not all you want to do.”
“If you don’t get naked you’re not going to find out, now are you?” I laughed and climbed in to the shower.
I watched him struggle with the decision for all of five minutes before shucking his clothes and climbing in with me. We tumbled out again nearly an hour later and in to bed.
“I am damn glad that Thanksgiving is over with.” I mumbled sleepily.
Ben’s laughter was the last thing I heard before I dropped off to sleep.