My deep brown hair with Adrian's vivid green eyes, an angular face, surprisingly so for such a young age and slightly tanned skin. The small boy came to just below my mid-thigh. He was adorable. My son was adorable.

"Are you aunty Lissa's friend?" his sweet voice reached my eyes and I smiled through the tears that were slowly coming.

"Yes, Jason, she is," Lissa's voice spoke out from behind me but I didn't turn to look.

"Jason, why don't you go play outside with mom and Ellie?" a voice came from further behind Lissa's. I instantly recognised it and wished I didn't. Jason ran past me and Lissa and I turned to watch him run past Adrian and down the stairs, out of sight.

Once he'd gone, my eyes went to Adrian. His eyes met mine and he nodded up the stairs to the third floor. I brushed past Lissa as I followed him up. Lissa just stood there, looking sorry.

"I don't even know how to start this," Adrian said, running a hand through his hair as he leant against the hallway wall. I opted for sitting with my back against the huge window that looked over Court.

I jumped right in to talking. "How come it's taken so long for me to see him? I mean, what the fuck, Adrian? He's my son!"

"I know, I know! Can you just put yourself in my position for one second, though? Me and Sydney have had a stressful week as it was and we didn't need to worry about you being around Jason on top of that," I hated that his voice was getting louder as the frustration increased. It showed his emotions about all this because it was so soon into the conversation.

"What do you mean?" I said after a long pause.

"We don't even know if you're really a Dhampir yet, Rose. I wasn't going to risk Jason in that situation. I don't care if you're his biological mother, you might be a danger and that's the bottom line."

"That doctors declared me Dhampir!" I shouted.

He exhaled sharply. "That might be the case but I haven't heard the verdict you got at the hearing," he knew full well that it hadn't happened yet. Damn him and his stupid wit.

"Look at me! You can see that I'm not Strigoi! In the last two weeks I haven't been violent in any way at all to another person and I've shown no Strigoi behaviours! So why haven't I seen Jason till now?"

"Fine, I'll just say it! I don't trust you, Rose. I don't trust what you've been for the past three years. I also don't want you coming in and messing around Jason's life. He's happy with me and Sydney. We've been one family for over a year now and he thinks of her as his mom. I hate to say this, but I don't want you taking that away from Sydney and telling him that you're his real mother."

Did he just say what I think he said?

"Are you kidding me?" I spat out, the volume of my voice going back down to normal level. I needed to be serious for this next bit. "Adrian, I am his real mother. Nothing you say or do, and nothing Sydney does, for that matter, will change that. I carried him for eight months, not Sydney. She might like to think she's his mother, but she's playing pretend and it's time for the games to stop now. I'm going to go downstairs and talk to my son. I might tell him that I'm his mom, I might not, that decision is mine."

I stormed past Adrian and down the stairs. I took the time to breathe deeply as I walked to calm myself down. It wouldn't do any good to be angry when I met Jason properly for the first time. As I walked past the kitchen to go outside, I saw Christian was home. He and Lissa were standing in the kitchen talking. When Lissa saw me she ran up to me.

"Rose, sweetie, I'm so sorry. Adrian made me promise not to say anything," she explained.

I nodded. "It's fine. I'm going to talk to Jason now. Could you give it a few minutes before coming to look?" it was her turn to nod. She gave my hand a reassuring squeeze and let me walk out of the kitchen.

I walked through the hallway, through the lounge and out the patio doors. Sydney was sitting on the bench in the shade with her baby while Jason ran around trying to catch something like a butterfly. She looked up and saw me there. I wouldn't say the look she gave me was cold but I definitely wouldn't say it was friendly. It was more a look of warning.

I watched as she got up, said a quick word to Jason and walked back into the house. I didn't hear her footsteps go any further than the lounge so I assumed she wanted to stay and keep an eye on me and Jason. I took another deep breath and walked towards the small boy.

"Hey," I said.

"Hi," he stopped running and looked at me. I slowly walked over to him and crouched in front of him.

"My name is Rose."

"I'm Jason," he said proudly.

I smiled widely. "That's a nice name. Very manly."

He returned my smile at my comment. "Thanks."

"Can I tell you a secret, Jason?" I hadn't had much experience with kids so I was kind of just running with my instincts. He nodded eagerly. "Do you know who your mom is?"

"Yeah, she's right in there," he pointed into the lounge.

"Is she your real one?" I hated phrasing it that way but I was struggling to think of alternatives.

"My daddy says she isn't but that she should be. I love her like my mommy," my heart crushed a tiny bit.

"What would say if I told you I knew your real mom?"

His eyes lit up. "Do you?"

I nodded. "She's right in front of you," I whispered.

In hindsight, there were so many better ways to say it. As it was, he took it sort of ok. I watched as Jason's eyes widened. he stood stock still for a while before suddenly running into the house. I ran to the patio doors after him and watched as he went upstairs. I knew Adrian was still up there so I left them to it.

It hurt me that he ran away from me but I couldn't really expect much else. I did just thrust that information on him with no warning, right out of the blue.

I sighed and ran a hand through my hair, pushing it back.

"What did you say to him?" Sydney asked me from one of the armchairs.

I fixed her with an honest gaze, "I told him the truth. He's my son, I want him to know that."

She didn't reply and just turned back to the babbling baby laid between two cushions to stop it falling.

I began walking towards the door to pick up my coat from the hook but Lissa stopped me.

"Please, stay for dinner? I want to spend more time with you, I've missed you, you know," she pleaded at me with her eyes and I couldn't refuse.

"Fine," I agreed. "But if I want to leave straight after then you have to let me."

"No, we're going to be having after-dinner drinks. You can't say no," she knew me too well. "I'd ask you to stay, too, in our spare room, but I'm not sure what the situation's going to be like," I got her drift - she didn't want to push anything between me, Adrian, Sydney or Jason. Fair enough. "Now come on, fill me in on why my nephew just sprinted up the stairs."


I know this was a short one, but I felt like it was a good place to finish the chapter. Thank you for all the reviews, they make me smile :)

Just a reminder that I've been posting updates on my profile about when the next chapter is going to be started/uploaded, so if it's been a while then go check that out. School is getting really busy now and I'm really hoping to keep updating, but I don't know how much more work I'm going to be getting x

Oh I nearly forgot, 'Ellie' is just Eliza for short