A young woman with long fluffy light pink hair and blue skin sat on the front porch with a young man. Now he had long ropey black and red hair that would taste like liquorish if you tried it. The young woman laid her head on the man’s shoulder as she watched three children giggle and run around in the grassy front yard of their house out in the country. Two of the children looked like a perfect combination of the two while the other looked like her father except for her eyes. The two younger children belonged to the pair biologically, while the oldest only belonged to the young man. Although the young woman had adopted his daughter as if she had been her own.
The young boy ran a couple feet before tumbling down and staining his pants. Despite getting a scraped knee he got right back up and ran after his twin and older sister. He was a hard one to knock down and his mother often called him a ruffian because nothing really stopped him from getting hurt. He caught back up after his twin sister and got into pace with them. The young woman laughed when they all crowded together around a rock that had mud around it. No doubt she’ll need to give them a bath afterwards. Pulling the rock up his twin sister giggled when she pulled out a large centipede. She held it to her brother who shank back from the centipede. His sister just laughed and let it slither around her arm.
“She’s such an evil little thing,” the young woman said. “I’m so proud of her.”
“She takes after you ya know,” the young man said kissing her head lightly. They both chuckled when they heard the twins make gagging noises in their direction.
“Yep,” she watched the children play for a little while longer. Getting up she stepped off the porch and onto the grass. Heading towards the garden she opened the gate, going to close the gate it got caught on something. Looking back she saw Ellie coming in behind her. “Need something?”
Ellie shook her head and came to stand beside her. At seven years old she was starting to resemble her mother a little bit more. While she took no personality traits from her she still shared her eyes and her build. While she hoped that Ellie would never follow in her mother’s footsteps, she wanted her to go her own path. “No, I just wanted to help you garden,” she bent down and got a basket.
She smiled. “Alright,” being the summer the crops were starting to ripen. She often kept baskets out in the garden for normally she came back into the house with too much to carry. “Want to see how your garden is doing?” she asked Ellie walking through the aisles.
“Yeah,” she kept beside her adoptive mother as they made their way towards the back of the garden where Ellie’s portion was. Getting there she brightened up, most of her crops had gone into bloom or had produce waiting. “Look!” she exclaimed looking at all the crops that were bearing produce. Looking at the plants she stopped when she noticed one in the corner that had nothing going on with it. “What’s wrong with this one?”
Celera came up beside her and looked at the plant. “Most farmers call that a Late Bloomer. Takes a while to bloom and produce food. Most people don’t plant it, but when and if you do it gives you the best produce. They usually sell for quite the pretty penny since most people don’t bother with it. All you have to do is take care of it and just make sure it has everything it needs until it’s ready.”
Ellie looked at the plant and mentally deciding that she would take care of the plant until it was ready. They spent a couple hours in the garden until Celera had to carry a couple baskets into the house. Coming into the house she saw her husband on the couch watching the TV. “I assume the twins are taking their naps?” she said setting the food down on the counter.
“They are,” he said getting up off the couch. “They had just fallen asleep just as you came into the house,” he hugged her waist and kissed her cheek. “Is Ellie still out in the garden?”
“Yeah, she’s taking care of her Late Bloomer,” she saw his confused look. “It’s a plant that takes a while to bloom and produce. I think Ellie just got it not knowing what it was.”
“Think she’ll take care of it until it blooms?” Lance asked helping her wash the produce.
“I think she will, I have faith in her,” she said walking off with the cleaned baskets of produce.
Weeks passed as Ellie monitored the Late Bloomer. She kept a close eye on it not wanting to miss its first bud or miss it blooming. Celera would occasionally have to come out and check on Ellie to make sure she wasn’t forgetting to do something. She would come sometimes to sit with her and chat while they sat around the plant. Sometimes even Lance would come out and sit with them to just enjoy their company or soak in the sun rays.
One evening Celera had come out to check on the plant, she nearly dropped her basket when she saw the plant glowing. Storming into the house she startled Lance from feeding the twins. “What’s wrong?”
“No time to explain!” she said sprinting down the hallway and into Ellie’s room. Ellie’s head snapped up from her video call with her friend.
“Mom!” Ellie complained as Celera hauled up over her shoulder. “What are you doing?!”
“No time!” she said running back down the hallway with Ellie bouncing up on her back. Ellie complained all along the way until they got to the garden.
“What was all that…” she trailed off when she saw the plant. “What…what’s happening?”
“It’s blooming,” Celera said setting her down to glowing plant. “It only took a month and half, but all your care finally got it to bloom. Good job,” she said smiling at Ellie.
“Thanks,” together they watched the white bloom slowly opening. When it fully opened it mimicked the moon that was starting to appear in the sky. “We have another moon, it’s so beautiful.”
“It is,” Celera smiled.
Through the years she had been with the Grace family she had learned about something that she couldn’t live without. Love had grown a family and had grown three beautiful children. Love had given her a daughter that she thought of as hers, even though she knew she wasn’t. Lance came out and smiled when he saw the little flower on the plant. He sat down next to Celera and kissed her with the sleeping twins in his arms.