Becca quietly opened the door of her daughter’s bedroom to check on her before she takes a bath. Carissa was helping to pack all day and they were both exhausted.
Last night in my home town, she thought.
Tomorrow is a moving day. Dale is going to fly up to Kensington to help load the U-Haul and they will all drive to their new house.
“How was everyone’s first night in the new house?” Dale asked during breakfast.
“I had a dream I was swimming in the ocean and I saw a mermaid and she was my friend and we were swimming together under the water,” Carissa started to describe.
“Oh,” Dale continued, “you know what that means, right?”
“Well, they say that if you have a dream first night in a new house, it will come true.”
“Really?” she whispered, blown away by what Dale just said and turned to her mother, “can we go to the beach today mommy? Pleaaaseeee.”
Dale and Becca couldn’t help but laugh.
“Fine, but only for a little bit, ok? Don’t forget we have the party tonight.”
The party was going great. They invited their friends including Claire and Samuel. There were also people Becca hasn’t met before. People from the movie industry that will help her make connections for her job as an actress.
After they walked the last guest out and Dale and Becca were standing alone in front of their new house, Dale hugged her, “I’m so happy you are finally here. I will never let you go again.”
Then he pulled away and kneeled.
“I know it’s not ideal, I was gonna do it during the party but figured I couldn’t handle the attention like you movie stars,” he chuckled, “Becca Owen, will you be my wife and allow me to be the father of your beautiful girl?”
Becca’s eyes filled up with tears. She silently nodded and let Dale put a ring on her finger.
“I love you so much.”
The new family got used to their new life very quickly. Becca got a role in a TV show. She wanted to do movies more but TV show was a steady work and a steady income.
Carissa made new friends in kindergarten. She became especially close to Sarah Robins and twin boys Tom and Roy Ford. These four were inseparable.
Before they knew it a year passed and the kids started a first grade.
Play dates and sleepovers were weekly thing. The parents made a deal to rotate the houses so thet neither one of them goes crazy with four six year old kids in the house.
Becca and Dale appreciated the deal even more now, when their son Cameron was born. Becca became pregnant few months after they moved.
She was afraid she’d have to stop filming but the production of the TV show decided to incorporate her pregnancy into the plot.
“Grandma!” Carissa jumped up and ran to welcome her grandmother and give her a big hug.
“How is my princess,” Adeline returned the squeeze, “look how big you are getting. Soon you will have a boyfriend.”
“I already do.”
The girl nodded,”his name is Roy. He’s my boyfriend and Tom is Sarah’s boyfriend. Sarah is my best friend in the world.”
“Hi mom,” Becca interrupted their conversation,”how was your flight?”
“It was alright. My old bones don’t like the tight seats but I’m so excited to be here. Finally see your house and meet my sixth grand baby. Where is Cameron?”
“He’s in his crib. That door over there,” Becca pointed towards the door leading to Cameron’s bedroom, “I’m right behind you.”
“Do you think grandma is going to like Roy when he comes to the wedding on Saturday?” Carissa asked worried.
“I’m sure she will love him. Maybe just don’t call him your boyfriend in front of her, ok? Grandma is a little old fashioned.”
“Because she’s old?”
Becca laughed and followed her mother to the nursery.