Owen opened his eyes and smiled when he saw that Patrick was already awake. “Been awake long?”
“Long enough to listen to you snore.”
“I’m sorry. You never said anything about me snoring before.”
“Don’t be sorry. It was entertaining to watch the curtains being sucked in.”
Owen wasn’t sure what to say about that. “It wasn’t that bad.”
“If the curtains were any longer, you would have swallowed them.”
Owen was a bit embarrassed.
Patrick felt bad for teasing him. “I was just joking. You actually have a really cute, quiet snore. The curtains didn’t even budge.”
Owen attacked Patrick tickling him. “That was not nice. I was all prepared to start sleeping on the couch so I wouldn’t keep you awake.”
“I don’t mind you keeping me awake, but there are much better ways to do it than snoring.” He pulled Owen back down into bed to show show him some of the acceptable ways he could keep him awake.
Owen hadn’t expected this reaction from his parents. He knew they didn’t like him being with Patrick, but he didn’t think they would be this upset.
“Why can’t you two just be happy for us? We love each other, and whether you like it or not, we are now married.”
Raelyn looked at Patrick. “You know why this is wrong, Patrick.”
“You mean that thing about us being cousins? I don’t really see a problem with that. It’s not like the two of us can have kids together.”
Owen looked between the two of them. “Wait a minute. What? We are cousins?”
“Patrick’s grandmother is my mother’s sister.”
“This is why you have been so against us? Why didn’t you say something? Why keep it a secret?”
“I was afraid of what your father would do if he knew that it was my cousin that killed his parents.”
Owen looked over at his father and saw that he looked pretty angry. He didn’t blame him. He was pretty angry also.
“If you would have told me, I probably would have moved on to someone else. You chose to not say anything though. Now we are married.”
“You can get it annulled, Owen.”
“I could. I won’t though. I love Patrick and plan to stay married to him.” He looked at his husband. “We do need to talk about this when we get home.”
After the boys left, Zaiden looked at Raelyn. He was glad Grace was spending the night with a friend. He didn’t want her to see the two of them fighting.
“You should have told me.”
“I know. I’m sorry.”
“What did you think I would do?”
“I don’t know. Hate me.”
Zaiden looked at her and shook his head. “My own cousin tried to kill me and I do not hate him. If you really thought that I would hate you because of something your cousin did, then you really do not know me.”
Raelyn reached for his hand. She was glad he didn’t pull away. “I am sorry, Zaiden.”
“Is there anything else that you are keeping from me?”
She shook her head. “There’s no other secrets. I swear.”
“I have no secrets from you. I never have. I trust in us enough to know that we can handle anything that comes up.”
“What are we going to do about the boys?”
“We aren’t going to do anything. They are both adults. Owen now knows the truth about who he married. We have to let them work this out on their own and support whatever decision they make.”
“I hope they truly are happy.”
As soon as they were back at the apartment, Owen turned on Patrick. “How could you keep that from me?”
“I didn’t think it mattered. We love each other. Isn’t that what is important?”
“I guess. I hate finding out that way though. I wish you would have told me. Even if it was this morning before going over there. I would have been prepared for it.”
Patrick worked on unfastening Owen’s belt. He was hoping to get his mind off what had happened.
“What do you think about going away for a few days? A mini honeymoon.”
“Can we afford it?”
“Depends on where we go. If it’s somewhere nearby we should be okay.”
“How about we discuss it after you are finished distracting me?”