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   Chapter 31 Meet the Parents

Mr. Regnante By Serena B. Light Characters: 16055

Updated: 2018-10-15 10:10


Rosalie sat in bed beside Arsenio as they both talked over a story book. Arcangelo had to attend a call, so the little boy took the opportunity of having her read a bedtime story to him.

"And so, the big dragon went and played with all his animal friends." Rosalie read as Arsenio had his head on her arm. "The end, "

"The dragon made a lot of friends." Arsenio smiled toothily at her, a gap in his front teeth as he had recently lost it by biting into a hard apple.

"Yes, he did." She nodded, ruffling his hair before placing a kiss on his forehead, feeling a sudden burst of affection for the little boy. Grinning, he stood on the bed, reaching his arms over his head as he started jumping.

"I am going to be as big as the dragon!" He exclaimed, jumping higher.

"Oh wow!" Rosalie enthused with a smile. "That's so big!"

"And I will breathe fire and play with my animal friends and give them rides on my back!"

Suddenly, a shriek escaped Arsenio as an arm wrapped around his midriff, pulling him back and against his uncle's chest as he tickled the little boy, both of them laughing hysterically.

"What will you do now, dragon?" Arcangelo laughed as he tickled the little boy who was writhing in his grasp. Lifting him off the bed, he spun him around before both of them collapsed on the bed, laughing breathlessly. As Arcangelo lay on his back, Arsenio climbed on top of him, accusingly pointing at him.

"Ha! You're defenseless against me now, human!"

"Oh! No! Don't hurt me, mister dragon!"

"What's the magic word?" Arsenio asked with squinted eyes.

"Please."

"Alright, I won't hurt you." He nodded self-assured as he rested his hands on his hips.

Arcangelo chuckled at the boy as he let him sit on his chest before sitting up with him in his lap.

"Alright, come on, let's get ready for bed."

"Okay, dad." Arsenio nodded as he got off his lap.

"Go say goodnight to Rosalie, then off to bed with you, mister."

Rushing over to the other side, he kissed Rosalie's cheek before wishing her a good night as she hugged him and kissed his forehead.

"Dream something sweet for me." She called after him as he ran out the door, followed by his guardian. Chuckling under her breath, Rosalie decided to get changed herself.

Stepping out of her skirt and blouse, she pulled on a simple black night dress with a v-neck before pulling on a cardigan on top. Removing her makeup and opening her hairdo, she made her way back to the bed before settling down on the covers, she scrolled through her phone while leaning against the headrest.

A sudden bounce on the bed had her look up before she found Arcangelo's lips on her own, hungrily devouring her as she moaned against him, cupping his face into her hands as he pushed her down on the bed.

"Someone's in a good mood today." She chuckled as they pull away, helping Arcangelo removes his blazer before starting on the buttons of his shirt.

"How can I not be when I have such a wonderful woman as my girlfriend?" He moaned against her lips as she smiled into the kiss. "By the way, we've been invited to breakfast tomorrow."

"Mhmm, " She hummed, fumbling with the shirt. "By whom?"

"Mom and dad, "

Instantly she pulled away from the kiss, leaving Arcangelo in his slacks as he looked at her in momentary confusion.

"Who?" She asked him again, looking at him with wide eyes.

"Mom and dad?" Arcangelo repeated.

"You mean...Laura and Beppe?" Rosalie confirmed, creating distance. "Vincent's parents? Your surrogate family?"

"Yes..."

"Oh, God."

Rosalie had been told how Arcangelo and the four guys had all grown up in the same neighborhood and how they all were one another's family. But Arcangelo and Vincent having been best friends, literally consider each other's family their own, even calling the other's parents 'mom' and 'dad'. She had never met them but heard plenty about everyone. And now all of a sudden, she was going to meet them.

"What's the matter?"

"What's the matter?" She repeated in astonishment. "This is a huge milestone, Arcangelo!" She exclaimed as her boyfriend looked at her in amusement.

"These people are your family! They're like your parents!" She continued. "I'm going to meet your parents for the first time! You're introducing me to your family!"

A laugh burst through Arcangelo as he took in her distressed state, her hair all over the place as she stared at him with flushed cheeks and wide eyes.

"I think we're way past the milestone phase." He chuckled, kneeling on the bed.

"I'm meeting your family." She muttered to herself, anxiously gnawing at her nails.

"Hey, " He chuckled as he pulled her hands away, placing a tender kiss on her lips. "There is nothing to worry about." He assured as he pushed her cardigan off her shou

ults all settled on various seats in the open concept lounge, all of them telling Rosalie about the havoc the boys used to cause when they were younger and the number of times they had gotten into trouble. She found herself laughing so much that she was breathless, everyone just as jovial as she felt.

But the part she loved most about the day was the fact that Arcangelo was happy.

He was smiling and laughing, retorting with sassy comebacks and bickering with each other's siblings. She especially loved the soft look in his eyes as he talked to either Laura or Beppe. He looked so at home and at ease that Rosalie couldn't help but stare at this side of him, knowing that this is what he was like. Happy, calm, serene, laughing.

"What?" He chuckled at her questioningly, catching her staring at him. Without any consideration for their surroundings or who was around, Rosalie kissed him. Instant hoots and wolf whistles erupted in the room as she pulled away in surprise, realizing where she was and flushing in embarrassment at the fact that she had just kissed him in front of everyone.

"Your girlfriend has more guts than you, Ango." Marcello's younger brother, Gabrielle exclaimed with a laugh.

"Oh, shut up, Gabrielle." He retorted. "You don't even have the guts to say no to your wife."

"Do too!" The younger man exclaimed undignified.

"Excuse me?" His wife, Ysabel, asked questioningly, noticing him tense up.

"I'm joking, amore, " He chuckled uneasily. "Of course I could never deny you, " An instant uproar of laughter burst through the room as Gabrielle flushed a deep red, nervously scratching his chin as the men taunted him.

Soon it was getting time for everyone to leave as one by one the people started to head home. All of them coming to Rosalie to let her know how glad they were to see Arcangelo happy and asking her to come again to pay them a visit.

"We should be heading out now too, " Arcangelo stated, stretching his arms before standing up.

"Why don't you get Arsenio?" Laura suggested as he looked down towards Rosalie, silently inquiring if she would be alright alone for a moment. She gave him a reassuring smile in response before nodding to him. Placing a kiss on her forehead, he got up from the couch and made his way towards the backyard.

"Rosalie, " Laura called out to her, redirecting her attention. "You are a beautiful addition to Arcangelo's life." Instantly her cheeks flushed as she wanted to rebuke the statement but Laura continued talking.

"I haven't seen him this happy and so in love in years!" She laughed joyously. "He's like a son to me, and a lot of things have gone horribly wrong in his life, but you are that one thing which went right in his life."

"I can see the change in him, Rosalie, " Beppe added. "Believe me when I tell you that he is lucky to have you because I'm a very obtuse man and even I can see how happy he is to be with you."

"We are so glad that you came into our boy's life." Laura smiled at her, holding her hand between both of hers. "And know this, Rosalie..." She sniffled, wiping away the stray tear that leaked from her eye.

"We give you our and Helen's blessings to marry him."

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