“Happy anniversary, princess” Timur smiled hugging me tightly. He cupped my cheeks and kissed my forehead. Nikolay had gotten so used to Timur spoiling me that he didn’t bother commenting anymore. Though he did sometimes get jealous, or more specifically, pretended to be as to get a kiss or for me to lay in his arms in front of everyone. Proving to everyone that I belonged to him, and him alone.
“Thank you” I smiled at Timur who turned to face Nikolay who was smiling as he kissed Timur and Nikita’s son, Mikhail. The young boy was almost Lia’s age, a few months younger than she was. Yeah, when Nikolay teased at times claiming that the family was going to end up having a nursery, he wasn’t kidding. It was suddenly like we all decided to have children at the same time, though that wasn’t the case, anyone who heard of us giving birth or our ladies getting pregnant would think the same thing.
“Whoever thought that we’d see you married, let alone holding a marriage” Timur teased Nikolay who wrapped his arms around my waist and rested his chin on my shoulder, turning his face to kiss my cheek. I smiled and put a hand on his cheek, softly running my finger over his scruff.
“Look who decided to show up” Nikita said looking disgusted. I already knew who she was referring to before I even turned around. Nikolay tensed and when I pulled away from his arms and looked at him, I noticed that his eyes hardened. But I didn’t say anything as he wrapped his arm around my waist, the two of us looking at mother who approached the two of us.
“I see that you two didn’t have the decency to come and greet me at the door” mum said looking at the two of us. She rolled her eyes and extended her hand for Nikolay to shake before any of us answered and I knew that Nikolay was biting his tongue as not to respond with a harsher comeback which could upset me. The woman was truly playing with fire, and the thing was, I didn’t even understand why she was still doing so. It wasn’t like we were supposed to die, or allow father to kill us for her to be satisfied. The man had sent the girl who I grew up with, my best friend, to kill me, he didn’t only settle for that. He sent a man who sacrificed himself with a bomb as to be sure that both Richard and I died that night. As if that wasn’t enough, father had made sure to distract Nikolay and the men enough until the bomb exploded catching their attention. I was lucky that both Richard and I managed to take out Natalie and the four men who were with her. The bomb had caused me an internal bleeding that night and Richard’s waist was shot.
The two of us were thankful that Nikolay and the men had managed to get through the door before Richard lost enough blood to kill him, choked on smoke as fire was eating the whole garage up, or burned to death. Yet, mother didn’t find it normal that we made father pay for all the treason that he did. She called Sebastian and I traitor children and disowned us, I was even surprised that she came here. She was put under house arrest for years. Neither Sebastian or Nikolay trusted her, and if I was being honest. I couldn’t blame them for it after everything she’s done. The woman had tried killing her eldest son the second she found out about him and if that wasn’t enough, she even tried poisoning him, twice. Thankfully, I had made him drink small doses of a poison that I knew she had access to, having used it on a few maids who we knew were traitors to the Brook family before, I knew the effect of that deadly thing, and I knew it well.
Therefore, I made both my brother and his wife drink from it on a daily basis until their bodies gained immunity of it. They got sick when she gave them the dose, but it didn’t get past puking and a little fever. Both Nikolay and I were called by one of Sebastian’s men when he noticed that my brother and his wife suddenly got very ill and despite knowing that they were immune, I came to them with the antidote as to make sure that their bodies don’t weaken after having that bloody thing.
The effects of the poison were strong, and whoever took it would choke on his own blood in minutes. The first time I made Sebastian and Amalia take it, they were here at the Estate. The two lost conscious and woke up in the infirmary. The dose was too small to kill them, but enough to make them get very sick, the second time I made them take the dose, the two were put in bed for three days having gotten a fever. The third time, Sebastian’s fever rose a degree while Amalia was put in bed for a day’s rest. The two took the small doses of poison with them to England and were sure to keep them secret as not to attract any attention to mum should she think of trying anything, and I was disappointed when I learned that she did indeed try to get rid of the two.
“I believe that it’s the couple’s big day, mum. Therefore, I suggest that we not ruin it for them” Sebastian said from behind mum. She turned around to face him, but she knew that she couldn’t say anything to respond to his remark. The man was the family’s don, she was to respect him, especially in front of others.
“Hello love” Sebastian said walking toward me, he lifted me in his arms and hugged me tightly. Amalia standing beside him holding the twins’ hands in hers as they looked at us with big wide brown eyes. The two girls were identical twins who looked a lot like both their mum and dad. Having inherited their dad’s green eyes, and their mum’s strong personality. The two girls learned not to fear anyone, they knew that they had their father behind them, uncles, and aunts that would kill the world for them if needed too. Therefore, Sebastian made sure that the girls grew up being strong and fearless, he didn’t want them fearing anyone or anything.
“Maya, Mia” I smiled kneeling down on my knees and kissing the two who ran into my arms and both kissing my cheeks making me laugh before I stood up and wrapped my arms around Amalia who smiled and hugged me just as tightly. I pulled away to find Nikolay and Sebastian greeting one another, the two have gotten closer over the years, and it was fair to say that they truly did trust one another. Despite my husband trusting no one, and being who he was, that was understandable. I myself was betrayed by my best friend, the man has been betrayed by more men and women than we could count. Therefore, no one would blame him for not trusting easily. Hell, people would think that he was a fool if he did.
“Great, a family reunion” mum muttered when I stood up and I frowned. I smiled at mum, though the smile didn’t reach my eyes before turning around to face Timur who was glaring at my mother. His eyes met mine and I shook my head at him not wanting him to cause a fight. But Uncle Dimitri beat both Nikolay and I with an answer.
“Yes, and it would be appreciated if you kept your comments to yourself, Lilian. Otherwise, I wouldn’t need to wait for Nikolay or Kiara’s approval, I’ll be sure to cut off that tongue and you wouldn’t be able to say a word again” I looked at Uncle Dimitri who simply nodded at me to stay quiet as he spoke. Both Nikolay and I looked at one another then at Mia and Uncle Ivan who were both standing beside Uncle Dimitri, the three of them had their eyes on mum “I would suggest that for this evening, you remain as polite as possible. I have taken your bullshit for years, I don’t plan on doing so this evening. Now, if you don’t have any answer to give me, do sit down on one of the couches and learn to mingle with everyone else. Oh, look, even your father is here”
That sentence alone made mum tense. After what happened between us and father, word began spreading around between the families and one way or another, word reached grandfather and he wasn’t very happy with what he head. Believe me when I say, if his and mum’s relationship was bad before. It is a lot worse now, having found out that he had a grandson that he didn’t know of. Another grandson that was a bastard, that his daughter had been cheating on her husband for years. Yeah, talk about having to stop him from killing mum more than once. Nikolay himself had to stand in his face as to protect mum.
“Don’t worry, he won’t hurt you. He was already aware of you coming, but all that depends on your behavior of course, you know. Your father could get angry by your attitude and boom. All it would take is one bullet” Uncle Dimitri said looking mum in the eye. The woman shied back and Uncle Dimitri let out a breathy chuckle before cupping my cheeks and kissing my forehead. He put his hand on Nikolay’s shoulder and gently squeezed it “now, you two should go and enjoy your evening before you decide to runaway”
My eyes widened when Uncle Dimitri winked and I shook my head at my father-in-law who knew his son all too well. I was happy that the two have managed to somehow put their differences aside. Yes, Nikolay didn’t call the man father, but in their opinion it would just sound wrong after being called Dimitri for almost twenty years. The two actually managed to have proper conversations together, Uncle Dimitri turned out being the most gentle person there could be when it came to his grandchildren. There would be nights when I woke up to check on the kids to find Uncle Dimitri sitting on the rocking chair with the baby in his arms as he gently rocked the child to sleep. When I first saw him doing so with Lia I didn’t have any words to describe how I felt. I was basically alone back then, mum refused to help me with Lia and I mostly didn’t know what to do. Though I knew that everyone in the Ivanov family were here to help, having your mum was different when it came to such situations.
Uncle Dimitri spent hours at night with me, teaching me how to deal with the baby in different situations. Mia was the one who taught me how to properly breastfeed and hold my baby, when to know that the child was full, how to change the diaper. No matter what I said about how much they helped me would never be enough. These people were truly my family, regardless of everything that happened in the past. I could never see myself without them.
“Don’t worry, when you decide that you want to leave. Just let us know, we’ll take care of things here”
Nikolay:“Are you okay?” I whispered to Kiara who has been sitting in my arms. She’s been quiet for a while now after the encounter with her mom and I knew that it was because the woman got into her head. I didn’t like it, but I knew that this wasn’t the place to do so. Especially after Dimitri’s words did more than just simply put her in place.“Yeah, but I wouldn’t mind leaving” Kiara said looking up at me and I smirked at her. She rolled her eyes and I chuckled before kissing the crown of her head.“Let’s give it another half an hour?” I said softly and Kiara sighed but nodded. She laid her head on my chest over my calm beating heart and I wrapped my arms around her. Taking her hand in mine, I intertwined our fingers and kissed her temple “she would eventually stop. She just needs to be put in place from time to time until she learns not to mess with you”“It&rsqu
Kiara:“Okay, now you can open your eyes” Nikolay whispered removing his hands from my eyes as we reached wherever he was taking me. According to him, it was a surprise and he didn’t want to ruin it by letting me see where we were entering, though I technically knew that we were in Florida. He didn’t want me to see the ‘surprise’ he has set for me.My eyes widened at the beautiful sight that was in front of me. We were currently standing in front of a window, inside what looked like a cottage in front of the sea. The room was soundproof hence why I couldn’t hear the beautiful sound of the waves. All you could see around us was sand and the beautiful ocean, the sunrise gave the ocean a beautiful reflection of orange, pink, and blue. The room was filled with candles and flower petals and on top of the bed, a single white rose laid in the middle of the bed. I turned to face my husband to find him smiling at me, clearly loving my r
Nikolay:“Fuck!” I hissed before collapsing over my wife who was completely drained by now. I had a hard time catching my own breath but after the sixth round this evening. Yeah, I couldn’t expect any less. Though we did stop to take a break, we even went to shower, but we somehow always managed getting back on this bed.I pulled out of Kiara knowing that there was no way the two of us would be able to go on for another round. My woman wouldn’t be able to walk out of bed if she tried to, not that I minded though. I loved cradling her in my arms, we both knew that she would eventually end up laying in my arms for long hours before she decided to want to try and walk only to fall after losing her balance. It was both cute and amusing and though Kiara would glare at me for it, I knew that she loved it.“Yeah, now I understand why you said that we wouldn’t be able to go to the beach today” Kiara teased and I laughed wrapping
Kiara:“Need I ask what my beauty is doing?” Nikolay asked wrapping his arms around me from the back. He laid his chin on my shoulder as I was washing the dishes after the two of us had eaten. I knew that there were maids coming to fix everything, but I couldn’t let the ladies do everything when I was just simply sitting in my husband’s arms.“Washing the dishes” I answered stating the obvious. I could practically see my husband rolling his eyes at me and I laughed turning my face to kiss his cheeks. He smiled, his beautiful dimple showing as I put the glass to dry before turning around in my husband’s arms, I was wearing shorts and his black shirt while he wore grey sweat pants and a white shirt.“And may I know why you’re not in my arms?” Nikolay teased and I laughed wrapping my arms around his neck as he tightened his around my waist. The two of us looking one another in the eye, our bodies relaxed a
Nikolay:“Good morning, beautiful” I smiled at my wife who was stirring in my arms as I ran my fingers over her bare back from under her shirt. Her body pressed against mine as she laid on top of me, the two of us were completely drained by the time we were done with the beach, having showered. She wore my shirt and I put on boxers and the two of us ended falling asleep.“Morning” Kiara said sleepily. She was still snuggled in my arms and didn’t feel like waking up, but I knew that we had to wake up if we were to catch the surprise I had prepared for her. I had made sure to fix everything for this trip, I wanted her to be happy, I wanted to show her how grateful I was for her being with me, for her loving me, for staying loyal to me despite everything that turned against us at times. Despite ME not being loyal to her when we first got married. I knew that I hurt her doing what I did, but she never left. Not even when she had the chance to
Kiara:“Mummy!” Lia smiled running toward me. I smiled and leaned down to hug my daughter who jumped in my arms with both happiness and excitement, I kissed her cheeks before pulling away for her to greet her father. Maddie who had Daniel in her arms walked toward me and I hugged her though I was careful not to hurt my son who instantly perked up upon seeing me letting out little giggles which made me smile. His hand went to my hair strand and I smiled as he pulled it making me laugh.I smiled when Nikolay who was carrying Lia in his arms leaned in to Daniel and kissed his forehead earning a giggle from our baby which made both me and Nikolay smile. My husband kissed my temple and the two of us stared at our kids with loving eyes before we heard slow clapping which broke the moment. Maddie tensed and Vladimir who was standing with his son, Xavier, in his arms glared at the woman who simply raised an eyebrow at us.“You know, a decent woman woul
Nikolay:“Where is she?” Sebastian asked before entering the house. Luckily, I opened the door for him and walked out of the house to tell him Kiara’s plan.“You will keep it down” I said pushing him outside on the front porch, Kiara wants him to stay as calm as he would be. All of us would, we wouldn’t react nor would we comment on this. However, a certain father would be taking matters into hand and I had a feeling that he wouldn’t be as lenient or understanding toward the woman.“Have you gone mad?” Sebastian asked angrily and I shook my head at him. Handing him my phone, I showed him Kiara’s plan, which she had texted me when she went to the room to get Xavier, Lia, and Daniel. The kids didn’t like their grandmother, for known reasons, but Lia played along being polite as Kiara encouraged her to do so. I knew that she must’ve promised buying her something or taking her to the park if she
Kiara: “His fucking nerve” Nikolay snapped once Ian and mum were out of the house. I myself couldn’t understand where he got the courage to say what he did or to behave the way he did. Mother beloved was proud of having a husband to stand up to us, knowing that father was never able to match to Nikolay. Ian was like some dream come true to her after everything she believes she’s been through with us. Though she knew that she would have been through worse had her parents gotten their hands on her, and knowing that this was last resolve, I knew that it was the only thing that we could do. The woman HAD to go home to her mum and father. “Calm down, Nik. The kids are inside and they’re already frightened after what they saw” I said looking at my husband who sighed but nodded. I knew that Ian said what he did to annoy us, thinking that he would make us fear him in thinking that he was something. But as far as I knew, the man had no loyal men under him, should he try to ac