Soon I find myself seated and perusing the menu hoping to find just the right thing for my rumbling tummy. I look up when the door opens and am surprised to see Aspen walking in the door. She sees me and smiles. She comes up to my table and...
Aspen: Thanks for helping me that day, it was...
Astrid: Crazy? Yeah, I have lots of days like that.
Aspen: I'm sure you do. Try the Lemon Pepper chicken with roasted sweet potatoes.
I take a moment to read the description and I'm amazed. It sounds exactly like something I want. I look away from the menu to thank her and I can feel my smile falling. Gone is the smile that she'd gifted me to be replaced by one of the most worried looks I've seen, and I'm a nurse. I've seen lots of worry.
Astrid: Honey, what's wrong?
She shakes her head and I know she's going to walk away and not divulge her worries to me, so I stand, grab her shoulders and guide her to sit.
Astrid: Okay, now you helped me so, it's only logical that I help you.
Aspen: That's not-
Astrid: Necessary? No, it's pretty necessary. I'm a nurse and it's kinda what I do. Besides, I'm nosy.
Aspen laughs at that, then nods.
Aspen: I'm just a little out of my element here.
I wait, but it's literally like squeezing blood out of a turnip with shifters.
Astrid: You're going to have to explain a little bit more.
Aspen: Well, you met Xavier and Skylar.
Astrid: Kinda in love with them?
Astrid: So what's the problem?
Aspen: I don't...doesn't it seem weird?
Astrid: Weird how? That you love two men? Maybe, but that's because society has defined that a couple is a man and woman. I'm sorry, I'm taking philosophy.
Aspen: That's okay. I just...I don't know.
Astrid: Let me ask you this, when you're with them how do you feel?
Aspen smiles and it doesn't take a genius to know exactly how she feels.
Aspen: I guess I feel...complete.
I smile. She really has found her mates.
Astrid: And how do you feel when you're not around them?
Aspen: Like a piece of me is missing.
Astrid: There you go. Don't worry about what others will think. Besides, I believe you three have a little one on the way.
Aspen rubs her stomach and smiles. She'll be just fine. She pats my arm and leaves me to order my meal (which was delicious.) As I leave I bump into a blonde male who sends chills down my spine and not the good ones, but I shrug it off. It's my last day in Pinewood Creek and I've got so much more to see before I have to leave and head for home.
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