It was a morning like any other. While I took care of Evan and Emma, the other kiddos went off to school. When they returned, they did their homework, then each went off in a different direction to play. The new house came with a treehouse in the backyard, and Chloe climbed up the ladder to play up there. It even had a pole in the center that you could slide down, like in a fire station.
It was one of the features of the new house that I knew the kiddos would enjoy. I imagine the view up there is quite beautiful and thought to myself that I should check it out when I have a free moment, whenever that might be.
Benjamin informed me that he would be attending prom tonight. He had been so busy helping me with the kiddos that he forgot to ask a date to accompany him. So, he was going alone. I assured him that a handsome teen like him would probably have plenty of girls asking him to dance, and that made him smile. A huge, white, stretch limo pulled up in front of the house, and Benjamin excitedly rode off to prom.
It was evening now and unbeknownst to me, a full moon. Dylan was innocently playing with his imaginary friend, like he did so often.
All of a sudden, Dylan got up and started making these primal, guttural sounds.
He arched his back and started to transform before my very eyes. I was transfixed.
I started to panic. What was happening to my little boy?
In a flash, I saw Dylan transform into a w-w-w-werewolf. The word was hard for me to say. How could my sweet little blond-haired boy suddenly sprout hair all over his body along with pointy ears, fangs and claws? He looked menacing.
It was too much for me to handle. I felt faint. *thud* The next thing I remember is Dakota standing over me, saying, “Mommy, wake up! Mommy, are you OK?”
I got up on my feet and a flood of comprehension came over me. Quidel – I had been so blinded by my passion for him that I ignored the rumors. They were true? Quidel was a w-w-werewolf? I had never seen that side of him. Suddenly, the strong, almost animalistic attraction I felt for him made sense. I remembered it all too well.
When I gazed into Quidel’s golden eyes, I got weak in the knees, and his kisses were like chocolate to a chocoholic. I couldn’t get enough.
And with that loving thought, any fear I had for my sweet Dylan dissipated. He would be OK. His father was a loving, strong, gentle man, and I had high hopes my son would be as well. Those eyes of his would probably make a lot of women melt, as his father’s had done to me. But, I was getting way ahead of myself. Dylan was still just a boy.
Benjamin came home after prom, beaming, and we each shared our evening’s news over a slice of birthday cake. Benjamin did, indeed, find an interesting girl at prom. He shared his first kiss with Bailey Swain, one of his classmates. He had also been elected Prom King. He was so proud.
Meanwhile, I shared how the full moon had affected Dylan and asked Benjamin to promise me that he wouldn’t tease his little brother about it. Quite the opposite – Benjamin felt protective of Dylan and said anyone who tried would have to go through him first. The night had been a roller-coaster ride of emotions. So, after our talk, Benjamin and I went to bed. The other kiddos were already asleep by then.
When we awoke, it was Colton and Chloe’s birthday. I sent Benjamin to the store to pick up their cakes. Evan and Emma were having fun with their new toys. Emma played with the spaceship…
…while Evan played with the sheep.
When Benjamin returned with the cakes, we celebrated the twins’ birthdays. First to blow out her candles was Chloe. As a teen, Chloe became a Party Animal.
Next up was Colton. As Colton became a teenager, he learned to Love the Outdoors.
With three teenagers in the house, booby traps became an issue once again. I went to sit down in the kids’ room and the whoopee cushion made its presence known.
I rolled my eyes and shrugged it off.
The house had come with a small garden, and I really wanted to tend to it before all the plants had wilted beyond recognition.
Since it was the weekend, all the kiddos were home, and that meant I had help with the little ones. Colton and Chloe helped teach Emma and Evan to talk while I gardened.
When Dylan awoke, he transformed back into his human form since the sun had taken over the sky again. He was comfortable either way, but he knew it would be easier on his siblings this way.
He shed a bit on the rug as the change came over him.
We all went about our day as if nothing had happened the night before. It was Benjamin’s birthday today, and we had our usual family celebration. When Benjamin became a young adult, he gained a Photographer’s Eye in addition to his current traits of Artistic, Brave, Vegetarian and Slob. Benjamin’s lifetime wish is to be a Visionary (level 10 painting and photography skills). I think my son turned into a very handsome young man. His father, Marco, would be proud. After having a slice of birthday cake, Benjamin went out to the backyard and painted on the easel.
Meanwhile, Evan and Emma had moved into their bedroom to play with their new blocks.
Then, evening rolled around, and the moon climbed high into the sky. Dylan transformed into his werewolf form again. This time I was ready for it and handled it much better. I wish I could say the same for the girls in the family.
First, Dakota fainted when Dylan howled at the moon.
After Dakota woke up, she went over to watch TV. Dylan told me a joke about shedding, and we had a good giggle. Chloe didn’t think it was quite so funny and actually fainted at the thought of it.
It was nearing bedtime, so I gave the twins each a bottle before putting them in their cribs.
The next morning was a big day for Benjamin. He was graduating from high school. The kids had the day off from school so we could attend graduation as a family. We all put on our formal clothes and drove off to the high school.
While we waited outside, Chloe was up to her old tricks again. She tried the chattering teeth prank on Dylan.
It backfired on Chloe, and she got hit with her own prank. Dylan was standing his ground, and I was proud of him for that.
Dylan laughed as Chloe shivered. He liked reminding her she wasn’t the only one in the house with powers now. Then, Dylan transformed back into his human form, shedding all over Chloe’s pretty white dress. I smiled to myself as I watched them — sibling rivalry at its best.
When the ceremony ended, Benjamin came out and tossed his diploma in the air. Hugs were exchanged, and we all went home together. Hours later, Benjamin was still beaming with pride, and he spent the whole day in his cap and gown. Graduation day was bittersweet for me, because as proud as I was of my handsome son, I knew it meant that Benjamin would soon be leaving the nest. And, I would miss him so.