"You will be good, right?"
"Where's Penny?" she asked. The four looked up from their computers and pointed to the wall next to Aiden's desk. Penny sat on the floor, crayons out, drawing on the lower two feet of the wall."Penny! Honey, you can't do that." Rheia dropped Colton's hand and rushed over. Penny looked up at her and pointed to Meryn.
Meryn shrugged. "We didn't have any of that kid construction paper and ever since we went digital we stopped buying printer paper. The lined legal paper sucks for drawing; I hated it as a kid. The only other option was Post It Notes, so I told her she could color on the wall, but she had to stay on that section. She's actually pretty good."Rheia looked down and had to agree. Penny had drawn a picture of her and Colton smiling and holding Penny between them. Off to one side she had drawn almost everyone else she knew. Her uncles from Jefferson and many the unit members she had just met.Colton scooped Penny up and looked down at her work. "Not bad, kiddo."
"Why is everyone in my office?" Aiden asked from the doorway.Colton turned. "That was quick. I thought you had to call the council."
Aiden shrugged. "We did. I left Adam in his office explaining the medical stuff. There wasn't much for me to add." He frowned and his eyes widened at his wall. His eyes went from Penny to Meryn and back to Penny.
Penny hid her face in Colton's neck. Rheia saw how gentle Colton was holding her and never would have guessed he wasn't her real father. The bond forming between the two was real and strong.Ryuu walked in carrying her now immaculate looking full-length grey wool trench coat. "Lady Elizabeth, when taking out your luggage yesterday I noticed the state of your coat. I hope you don't mind that I took the liberty of cleaning it for you." Ryuu held her coat open for her.
Elizabeth looked at Ryuu and smiled. "You're amazing, you do know that right?" She slipped her arms through the sleeves and inspected the wool. Not a single stain or mark. She stuffed her wristlet in her coat pocket.Ryuu gave a nod, smiled and went to help Meryn who was turning circles trying to get her arm in her other sleeve. Once Meryn had her coat on they headed to her car. She smiled when she saw that someone had changed her back two tires. Living with a house full of men was looking better and better.
"Okay, where am I heading?" Elizabeth asked after they got in. She adjusted her mirrors before turning to look at Meryn."Go down this road until we get to the Shifter Elder's estate, you really can't miss it. That's where Aiden's parents live. I want you to meet Adelaide and Marius, from there we can head into the city and I can introduce you to Sydney and Justice at my most favorite place ever, their café The Jitterbug," Meryn said sounding slightly muffled from her scarf.