A/N: So here's chapter one of The Good Life. If you haven't read Starting New, I would really recommend it. I'm picking up a year after the twins are born. My goal with this story is to really develop the characters better with some craziness on the way. The support I got for the last story was much more than I expected. Thank you to everyone, please review!
"They're growing so fast Jaylie. They're amazing"
"They look like Davin."
"I see you in their faces too."
"They have Mom's nose."
"So do you."
"I miss you Kev." Jaylin turned to her older brother. He smiled sadly.
"I can't tell you how much I wish could be here to spoil my niece and nephew. We had so many plans for our lives didn't we?"
"Everything is different now."
"You have to go Jaylie, I love you."
Jaylin opened her eyes and blinked into the darkness. Davin slept soundly beside her. More than a little disturbed from her dream, she threw the blankets aside and tip-toed to the nursery. The twins, now almost a year old, were in their respective cribs, both sleeping as peacefully as their father. Not feeling tired any longer, Jaylin went downstairs and then outside onto the deck off the back of the house. She curled up in a wicker chair and stared up at the stars.
"Jaylie what are you doing?" Davin came outside about 10 minutes later. "It's freezing out here." He shivered, standing beside her.
"Chicago is never this warm in March, not even during the day."
"Well I'm a California boy all the way and I say its cold. Come back to bed." He grabbed her hand and tried to pull her out of the chair.
"You go ahead. I'll be back up in a minute."
"I just had a bad dream."
"No, my brother."
"Do you want to talk about it?"
"Not so much."
"Seriously, it's cold out here."
Jaylin smiled, getting up and following Davin inside.
"I was thinking about taking a vacation this summer." He said as they walked up to their room.
"Yeah, our first family trip."
"Where? I want to look in on them one more time." She whispered, going into the nursery where Dylan and Isabella slept. Only a week away from their first birthday, the twins slept mostly through the night, or at least for a good 6 or 7 hours. They were healthy and happy and growing normally. Jaylin had spent a week in the hospital after they were born and it was at least a month before she regained enough strength to do normal every day things. During that first month, Davin nearly had to be both Mommy and Daddy. With a lot of help from Krista and the others, they made it through. Now, Jaylin was fully enjoying the good and bad of motherhood. Though not what she had thought it would be like, she was loving her new life. She had two beautiful babies, a man who adored her and was a great father, a group of invaluable friends, and best of all, she hadn't heard from Kenyon. Her only regret was that her family couldn't be here to share it with her. She wanted her parents to dote over their grandbabies and she wanted her brother's approval of Davin.
"He said they're getting big He was right." She said, reaching into the crib to stroke Dylan's cheek.
"Who?" Davin whispered, smiling down at Isabella sleeping with her thumb in her mouth. He was just as happy with his life as Jaylin was with hers. The first time he was going to be a father had ended with only pain and sadness. This time around, he was grateful for every second he could have with his babies. The odds were bad for one healthy baby, but to have two…it was more than he could have ever hoped for. They were both walking now and it was a joy for him to chase after them with Jaylin by his side.
"When did he say this?"
"In my dream."
After kissing both babies, Jaylin and Davin went through the bathroom back to their room.
"So you talked to your brother in your dream?" Davin asked.
"That's kind of creepy."
Jaylin climbed into bed with Davin and curled up beside him, her head on his chest.
"I used to think werewolves were creepy."
"You wanna talk about your dream?"
Davin sighed, knowing it would be useless to push her about it. When she was ready she would tell him.
"Goodnight baby." He said.
"Night." She replied. It didn't take long for him to fall back to sleep but Jaylin lay awake for hours, thinking about the older brother she missed so much.
Jaylin woke with her baby boy climbing on her. When she opened her eyes he smiled, "Ba ba!" He said.
"Hey baby, what are you doin?" She sat up, hugging him to her chest. "Can I have a kiss?" The baby leaned forward, giving her a wet kiss on the cheek.
"Look who's awake." Davin came in the room, Isabella on his hip. "Did you sleep well? You didn't even hear the babies get up."
"I had trouble falling back to sleep after I woke up."
"So how bout that vacation I mentioned last night." Davin sat down on the bed beside Jaylin, setting Isabella between them.
"I don't know, would it be safe?" Dylan squirmed out of her arms as soon as he saw his sister.
"I wouldn't suggest it if I didn't think so."
"Where do you want to go?"
"I think we should go visit your grandparents."
"When was the last time you saw them? Your family's funeral? I'm sure they're worried about you. Why don't you call them up?"
"Jaylie you miss your family."
"This is my family now." She smiled tenderly at the babies. "You, Dylan, Bella, Krista, Mike, Gwydion…everyone."
"I think you need them just as much as you need us. They're still your family Jaylie. You can't pretend like your life before Kenyon never happened."
"I'm not trying to Davin, I just—Dylan, no!" Jaylin grabbed Dylan just before he crawled over the edge of the bed. The baby, startled by his mother yelling at him, began to cry. Not one to be left out, Isabella also began to cry. "Can we talk about this later?" Jaylin asked.
"Yeah." Davin frowned, "I'll take them, you shower." He said, taking both babies and leaving the room. When the door shut behind them, none to quietly, Jaylin felt like crying too. Go see her grandparents? What was Davin trying to do? After showering and dressing she found the babies downstairs playing with Gwydion. He was great with them and their little faces always lit up whenever he was around.
"Where's Davin?" she asked.
"What was it about?" Gwydion looked up at her.
"What was what about?"
"You two had a fight."
"You can't fool me Jay. So what did you fight about?"
"Nothing. Do you know where he is?"
"He went to work out."
"Are you okay with them?"
"Go make your man happy." He shooed her away.
Jaylin made her way across the house to the exercise room. She found Davin there, beating the hell out of a punching bag.
"Davin?" she said softly from the doorway. He stopped punching and looked over at her, his hair matted against his head and sweat running down his face.
"I could kick that tiger's ass right now." He said, referring to Gwydion. "I told him not to tell you where I went."
"I don't think its Gwydion's ass you want to kick."
"You're right. I could kill Kenyon."
"I don't think that would cause more trouble than its worth."
"Jaylie you need to stop trying to pretend that your previous life never happened. Kenyon took you from it, but it didn't cease to exist. I think your brother visited you in a dream because he wants you to visit your grandparents."
"And what should I tell them? 'Hi Grandma, hi Pop. Sorry I disappeared for 2 years. Meet my boyfriend Davin. Oh and these are our babies. Why didn't I call? Oh well I was kidnapped by a vampire. Davin here, he's a werewolf. Are you part were? Apparently one of my grandparents is and I couldn't find anything about that on my dad's side.' How's that sound Davin? You think they'll take that well?"
"Jaylie I'm not saying you should tell them all of that. Tell them you just took off, traveled the globe. We met in Italy, fell in love, you got pregnant and now we're getting married. You want them there. You want your grandpa to give you away."
"Gwydion is giving me away."
"I'm sure he'll understand. Come on, wouldn't you love to spend the summer in Cape Cod? Just like when you were growing up? Don't you think the kids will love it?"
"First off, the kids are too little to care about much. Secondly--"
"You're making excuses Jaylie.
"I am not. I'm just giving reasons why I don't think it's a good idea."
"Well I think it would be good for you."
"Things are just getting back to normal Davin, why shake everything up again?"
"Because I'd love to meet your family and I think they should know about their great grandkids.
"The twins have never traveled. It'll be hard."
"But who knows how long your grandparents will be around to enjoy them? Your grandpa is in his 70s."
"And me showing up at his door with you and the twins is just enough to give him a heart attack."
"You're making excuses again."
"I'll call them."
Davin came over to Jaylin and pulled her against him. "I win." He grinned.
"Ugh, Davin! You're gross!"
"But I win."
"Yes, you win. Now let me go!" Jaylin pushed him away. He laughed, going back to his workout.
So what do you think? I wanted to give you a little glimpse into their life now, as well as setting the stage for things to come later. Everything isn't perfect, but it's good. Don't worry, Kenyon will be back. Just because he's been quiet for a while doesn't mean he isn't still steaming about Davin "stealing" Jaylin from him.