Kids from One Alpha By Selena Lynch Chapter 159
Chapter 159 : The Future “Why are we going to the doctor, Mommy?” Sophia asked, tugging her mother‘s hand. “The doctor is going to show us what the baby looks like,” she explained. “We‘ll see the baby?” Charlie asked. “But how?” Their mom laughed lightly. Sophia and Charlie rolled their eyes at each other. “There‘s a machine that allows doctors to see inside my belly while they baby is still growing. We will see the baby on a screen, like a TV screen,” she told them. “That‘s so cool!” Sophia said. “Is the baby going to see us too?” Gabriel asked. “No, the baby can‘t see us. But the baby can hear and feel.” Their mom stopped walking and took each of their hands, putting them on her belly. “The baby knows who is who and they you‘re their siblings.” “Really?” Charlie asked, eyes nearly popping out of his head. “Really,” their mom said, laughing again. The doctor put their mom on a table, laying her down. Their dad held her hand as the doctor squeezed some blue gel on her stomach. She was getting rounder. The kids noticed it but now they could see her big belly with her shirt lifted up. “Ready to see what‘s cooking in there?” the doctor said. “Our baby isn‘t cooking!” Sophia cried, horrified at the idea of the baby ‘cooking! “Honey, it is just an expression,” her mom assured, patting her hand. “I just meant that there‘s a baby growing in there,” the doctor confirmed, nodding at the kids. She pressed a little wand on their mom‘s belly, and the screen flickered with a black and white image of lines and blobs. “That‘s the baby?” Charlie asked, wrinkling his face. “Yes, that‘s the baby,” the doctor said. She pointed to some of the lines. “There‘s the head, and you can see the little heart beating. It looks like you‘re having a girl.” “A girl?” their mom gushed. She looked at their dad, starry eyed. “A girl?” Sophia asked, crossing her arms. “Yay! No more boys!” Charlie cried. “Two boys and two girls,” Gabriel said, “That‘s perfect.” “Yeah, I guess,” Sophia grumbled. She liked being the only girl, but everyone else was really happy. “What do you think, is a girl good?” their mom asked their dad The kids waited for him Cheet1 The Future to answer. He hadn‘t smiled at all yet, Sophia hoped that he thought of her as his only princess No room for another girl, “I think a girl is the perfect addition to our family.” their dad said. He leaned in and kissed their mom‘s head, then put his hand on the back of Sophia‘s. “I want to be the only princess,” Sophia insisted, “You are a princess,” her dad assured. “This new baby won‘t be a replacement. Just another princess for our family.” Sophia smiled. As long as she was the original princess, she could be okay with a younger sister “We‘re going to have a girl!” Charlie cried. Gabriel, Charlie, and Sophia started running around the room. “We‘re going to have a girl, we‘re going to have a girl,” they sang as they ran around, [Flash Forward When all his kids were grown, Thomas finally decided to step down as Alpha, handing over the reins of Starseeker to Santino. They were going to have a formal ceremony for both Starseeker and Moon Seeker to become one pack. Serena and Logan were there with their kids. Oliver had grown into a strong prospective Alpha and Olivia was always pushing him out of his comfort zone. Sophia and Olivia had become best friends and had recently become roommates in their own house Charlie, Gabriel, and Oliver had arranged similar living conditions for themselves. Sophia and Olivia were on the Moon Seeker side of the territory line while the three boys were on the Night Sky side, Santino and Alexandra‘s youngest daughter, Viki – short for Victoria in honor of her great grandmother – wasn‘t ready to move out yet and still lived in the big house with her parents Life had been good for Santino and Alexandra the past fifteen years. “Are you ready for this?” Alexandra asked, slipping her hand into his. Santino smirked and nodded, “I‘ve been ready for this for a while.” “Just waiting on the old man to make up his mind about retirement,” Thomas said, laughing and clapping Santino on the back. Santino rolled his eyes but laughed. “Yeah, it only took you fifteen years.” “Well, you had four young kids to take care of, and a pack to rebuild. I didn‘t want to throw more responsibility at you,” Thomas admitted, “Thanks, ever 30” Santino said, rolling his eyes. “I, for one, am grateful that you only had one pack to focus on while we were raising our kids,” Alexandra said, kissing his cheek. “Dad!” Sophia called, waving to him. “Hey, you, I‘m glad you could make it,” Santino said, hugging his eldest daughter. She hugged her mother too. “Of course, I‘m here. Charlie and Gabriel are on their way with Oliver. This is a pretty big day,” Sophia said. “It‘s not like I haven‘t been Alpha of my own pack for years,” Santino grumbled. “Yeah, but this is the first time two packs in the Federation have merged,” she pointed out. To no one‘s surprise, Sophia, Charlie, and Gabriel were beyond smart. “Oh, I‘ve got to go say hi to Uncle Logan and Aunt Serena. See you guys!” Sophia ran off. “Do you have your speech prepared?” Alexandra asked. She nodded out at the gathered crowd, a huge collection of Moon Seeker and Starseeker members. “I‘m ready, don‘t worry about me,” Santino assured. Thomas took the microphone first. “Settle down, everyone. I am happy to be here today, as the long–time Alpha of Starseeker. I always knew that when I stepped down, my son, Santino, would take over for me. When I leave this stage tonight, I will no –longer be Alpha, and Starseeker will no longer be Starseeker.” It was a short speech, and there was a ripple of clapping through the crowd. Both packs knew this day was coming eventually, it wasn‘t a big surprise. Thomas handed the microphone over to Santino. “It‘s all up to you now, my son,” he muttered. Santino chuckled nervously and cleared his throat. “Thank you everyone, for gather today. As you all know, the Federation has struggled in the past few decades to remain strong and cohesive. It is with great honor and humility that I take on the role of Alpha for a newly merged pack. Under one Alpha, in a combined territory, with one name, we are all Moon Seeker now.” Another short speech. Santino bowed as everyone clapped, a little louder than before. He smiled and waved to everyone as he left the sage. Alexandra was waiting for him. She wrapped her arms around his neck and squealed. “Okay, okay, guys, that‘s enough with the public displays,” Viki‘s voice said, breaking them apart. “You‘re late,” Alexandra chastised. “I heard the speeches. What else is there?” she asked, still owning that teenage attitude. “Viki!” Charlie called. He ran up behind his sister and pounced on her in a hug. “Hey! You‘re messing up my hair,” Viki whined. Gabriel and Sophia wandered over, laughing. “That‘s not too hard, you know,” Sophia teased, flipping a lock of Viki‘s hair. The youngest girl glared at her older siblings. She‘d always been the one to get teased most, but Viki had really learned to hold her own. She was so strong and independent. Sometimes, Santino envisioned her as the one taking over the pack for him when he was ready to step down. “Oh, we‘ve got you all here together,” Alexandra said, her voice cracking with sentimentality. “Come on, mom. This isn‘t a teary moment,” Charlie said, rolling his eyes. “Yes, it is. Come on, give me a hug,” she demanded, holding out her arms. The kids, thought they were grown now, ran in and hugged their mom. Santino chuckled. It was so good to see his kids all together and getting along. “Get in here, Dad<” Gabriel said. Santino smirked and moved closer to his family, hugging them all in his wide embrace. The tangle of bodies and arms swayed dangerously, causing them all the laugh and try to hold onto each other tighter. When the kids departed to mingle and enjoy the party, Santino put his arm around Alexandra‘s shoulders. “Well, we finally did it,” he mused. “And this is the start of the next chapter of our happy life,” she said. Santino smiled and nodded. The next chapter of their life was going to be just as perfect as all the others, he decided right then and there.