With so much happiness also comes despair. Damens time was up and he was prepared to leave, to pass the torch onto his children. From the bottom of his heart he knew that he did nothing to help this family in his time. He didn’t get far in his career, he wasn’t there for his children, and he cheated on his wife and had an illegitimate son. He was ready to move on.
Gretchen on the other hand was not prepared for her husband to leave. They had just gotten back on good terms and were finally acting like a couple. She begged and pleaded with the Reaper to not take him away. Her pleading did not go unheard.
As soon as Damen's soul was restored to his body Gretchen ran up and wrapped her arms around him as much as possible,
Gretchen: Don’t you try and die on me when I’m not around!
Damen chuckled and ran his hand through his wife’s short hair,
Damen:I was ready Gretch, I really was. At least now I can see the twins turn in to adults, but I want you to be prepared for inevitable.
With tears in her eyes Gretchen shook her head furiously, clinging to Damen's shirt,
Gretchen: We just recently started getting better, even acting like a couple! I can’t let you leave when we’ve both now just started finding our happiness!
Damen: I know darling, but we will have our whole afterlife to be with each other, I promise.
With Damen saved from the reaper ,and the rest of the family not knowing what had just happened, life went on normally in the house. The twins decided to give their Mom a break and plan their own party and of course all the regulars showed up ,but Elsa had a little surprise to show to everyone.
Celine: YOU’RE PREGNANT?!
Laughing Elsa patted her protruding stomach and nodded,
Elsa: Yep I am, Skylen and I had a small wedding and I guess this little bun decided to hop right in the oven during our honeymoon!
Mesmerized by the fact that a human could grow inside someone Celine touched her cousin's belly and felt the baby kick,
Celine: Holy cowplants! I think it just kicked my hand!
Elsa: I wouldn’t doubt it! I’m in my third trimester so this little ninja should be out and about in no time!
After seeing almost all her cousins grown up it really hit Celine that she was about to head into the young adult world. The world of jobs, bills, and trying to find the perfect one. Well that is if she won the heirship she would have to find someone to share her life with.
Celine: Momma can you at least give me a hint with how the voting is going?
Gretchen frowned and wrung her hands,
Gretchen: Celine, I’ve already told you I can’t! You have to wait just a little while longer okay?
Frustrated Celine jutted out her bottom lip and started to pout,
Celine: But I wanna knoooooooooooow!
Gretchen: Listen here little missy, today is your birthday and I will have none of that pouting today! Understand?
Celine sighed and crossed her arms in frustration,
Celine: Yes Momma.
Slowly the guests started to trickle into the Belle Estate yet again, for another birthday party. Celine was complaining to Opal how bad it was to not know who was going to be the next heir and how on edge she had been ever since they sent the speeches in. Now Jax on the other hand hadn’t taken a shower and was suffering the repercussions for that by his Uncle.
Castiel: Son you really need to take a shower. It’s your birthday for Creator's sake!
Jax squinted his eyes and lifted up his nose to sniff, as he looked around the room,
Jax: I don’t smell anything, I think my brother said this is the smell of manly musk?
Castiel: Now don’t you go pulling that plum either. Do I need to get your mother in here so she can drag you upstairs to take a bath?
Castiel: Then get on up there!
Once everyone was settled in and had eaten their fill of ice cream and food it was time for the first twin to blow out her candles!
Cian swatted his hand in front of his face,
Cian: Don’t blow on me Celine, you’re supposed to blow out the candles!
Celine: Well I’m also trying to blow away your stench, take a friggin bath!
Next it was Jax’s turn to blow out his set of candles. Although it seemed people were ready for bed considering Myles was passed out on the floor.
Celine: I just aged up and now my brother is passed out on the floor? What the plum man?
Celine nudged her brother with her foot,
Celine: MYLES! Wake up, you’re gonna miss Jax’s birthday!
Now everyone gets to see the final set of Generation 3’s children all grown up! First we have Celine who is still as cute as a button and aged up to gain the Athletic trait just like her Grandpa had!
Of course we can’t forget Jax who aged up to gain the Loves Outdoors trait like his Grandma had! I find it very interesting how both the twins gained a trait from their grandparents.
Sadly the birthday would come to a bitter end. Not even a day after the Reaper had given Damen back his soul, he came back to collect it.
Everyone was there to witness his demise, some extended family and all of his immediate family. Gretchen tried to plead with the Reaper one last time saying he didn’t give him enough time, that it wasn’t fair to her children that their father had to die on their birthday. Gretchen tried to give every excuse to the Reaper so he could bring him back. Her pleas fell on deaf ears this time.
Out of all the children, Celine took it the hardest. She moped around the house all the time. She cried in bed, in the shower, and even while she was working out. Celine was always a Daddy's girl even though her Dad wasn’t around most of the time.
Of course the one that took it the hardest of all was Gretchen. Their life had just now started to come together and the Reaper had to take their happiness away yet again.
Looking down at the ring that Damen proposed to her with a thought crossed her mind,
Gretchen: Over the years this ring has been on two different woman before it fell on to me. Did they also have to watch their husbands die? Has this family always gone through such hard times of heartbreak? Whoever will wear this ring next will have to go through what I’ve gone through all over again. The cycle can never be broken because this is how we live isn’t it? We are born and then live our lives, then we die and become one with the world around us. If only there was a way to cheat death...