John sat up, and rubbed his cheeks.
“I’ll try. This is a little much to take in.” He said.
“You’ll get no argument from me about that. Now, you really ought to inform your parents. Eventually, we’ll all need to get acquainted, but for now, I’m pretty sure they’d be interested to know they’ve got a daughter-in-law.”
“They died in a car accident six years ago. I don’t have any siblings.”
“I’m sorry to hear that, son.” Cam reached out and took Ginga’s hand. “I hope you’ll find having a new family to your liking.”
“As unfortunate at it is, John, it does simplify matters.” Ginga pointed out.
She grimaced at her own bad taste, but had to follow through whether she liked it or not.
“Well, you don’t have to explain to your mother how you married a woman from a different species.”
Cam groaned, and stared at his spouse.
“Don’t groan at me, husband. You were thinking the same thing.”
Kassa Pendy squealed and sat up straight on Bap and Shona’s sofa. The force of the movement woke Shona, who’d fallen asleep with her head resting on the fairy’s thigh.
“Hey. G’on. Cheezles.” Shona babbled as she rubbed her eyes.
“What’s up, K?” Bap asked.
Murra looked up at her sister from where she was sitting, on the floor, wrapped around Bap’s leg like a snail on a trellis.
“Mama and papa are much calmer now.”
“Really? I didn’t feel anything of the kind.” Murra muttered. She was very comfortable, and didn’t want a reason to go home. “I’m sure they’re still infuriated with Etty and her silly behavior. We should just spend the night here, to give them some space to cool down completely.”
“No, really, Murra!” Kassa looked excited. “I feel like something interesting and good has happened.”
Murra frowned. Kassa was ignoring the “stop it” vibe she was projecting across the room. It was annoying that the family issues would start to improve just as she was really making headway ingratiating herself with Bap and Shona.
Bap jumped when Shoal Pendy’s head appeared in midair.
“Hello, everyone!” Shoal said, smiling. “Can I come over?”
“Eh? Sure. The more, the merrier.” Shona mumbled, waving vaguely.
“Hooray!” Shoal said, and finished materializing. “Have you girls felt it?”
“What?” Murra asked with an epic frown on her pixie features.
“Papa and mama aren’t mad anymore.” Shoal said, and plopped down on the rug like she was completely at home. “I think they went to talk to Etty’s boy, John.”
“No!” Kassa gasped.
“Well, that means one of two things.” Murra said, holding up two fingers. “Either he’s renounced Etty, or he’s dead.”