garcia88: Yes she is! Liz was always protective of the others in the series, and I think that living with Anita, who is very aggressively protective of those she cares about, would just enhance that. Thank you so much for the feedback!
tigerr100: Thank you so much! I'm glad you're enjoying and I am so sorry for the long wait on this chapter...life's been crazy.
cjsl8ne: I love Liz the defender too! She will definitely be strong when she grows up I didn't come back soon but I hope you enjoy this chapter! Thanks for the feedback!
A/N: I am so so sorry for the long wait guys. Life just went crazy on me. My best friend was married on monday and as her Maid of Honor I had crazy amounts of stuff to do, plus working 10-11 hour days five days a week (with no car I might add) and then on top of that my laptop stopped working again (it's back up for now, yay!) so I just had no time. Thank you all for your feedback and patience and we should be back to my regular posting schedule now!
Tess leaned against Anita’s shoulder and turned her best wide-eyed, innocent look on her mother – who just raised an eyebrow and waited patiently for whatever was to come next.
“Can we call Micah Papa yet? We know he sleeps with you and Papa Nathaniel every night.”
Anita flushed and Micah laughed, a low chuckle that sent shivers down Anita’s spine and set her inner leopard purring. Liz wandered over from the puzzle she’d been working on with Alex and reached up towards the male shifter, then snuggled into his lap once he picked her up.
“Three Papas is better than two.” The small brunette said pragmatically, smiling at both of them.
Anita shook her head slightly, not quite comfortable with her children, her seven-year-old children, being so aware of her sex life. “If Micah doesn’t mind…” She said, trailing off, realizing even as she said it that she herself didn’t mind, and really hoping that he didn’t either.
“I don’t mind.” Micah said firmly, his beautiful eyes filled with warmth as he looked first at her and Tess, and then back down at the girl in his lap. “I would be honored to be a Papa to three such wonderful children.”
“Flattery will get you everywhere!” Tess chirped, before launching herself out of Anita’s arms and into Micah’s, only his shifter reflexes enabling him to catch her before she tumbled to the floor. She and Liz both giggled and then Alex ran over to join the fun, pouncing on Micah’s legs until he too was pulled up into Micah’s lap, the ensuing tangle almost blocking Micah from view.
Anita realized that she was happy, happier than she thought possible if she was honest, the part of her that could still not believe Micah had been so understanding about everything so far adding one more impossibly perfect trait to the checklist in her head.
Nathaniel walked into the living room from the kitchen and joined her on the couch, resting his head on her shoulder and reaching over her to tickle Tess’s exposed tummy, and Anita felt her smile widen.
It was weird, and different, and as far from her proper Catholic upbringing as could possibly be, but she wouldn’t trade her family in for anything.