With a family of their own on the way, Erica and Daniel moved into one of the starter homes. They started their careers as well; Erica started off as a hungry artist and Daniel became an amateur entertainer.
Of course, Ruby visited the young couple every opportunity she had, and surprisingly, she often brought Juanita with her.
Ruby and Juanita have grown quite close since Allen’s death. The entire dynamic of their friendship seemed to have changed. Juanita, much like Ruby, was shaken by her husband’s passing, and has lost all of her sass. Hopefully it’s just temporary!
Isaac stopped by every so often to check in on his daughter as well. But he always conveniently chose the time when Daniel was at work.
With everything that’s happened, nobody really felt like big parties and celebrations, so Peter’s birthday was a quiet and modest affair.
The inspiration to write that he found in Granite Falls stayed with Peter. The trait he gained upon transitioning into young adult was creative, and his new aspiration is to become a bestselling author. But of course, his Captain Duckhorse game might still happen… it will probably just end up being published as a book sooner than becoming an RPG.
If you haven’t figured it out by now, Peter is our Generation 3 heir.
Although he didn’t really have much of a chance to celebrate his birthday, he still got a wonderful gift. Lilah called him to let him know that the tourist season in Granite Falls was over, and that she was wondering if she could still take him up on the offer to visit Newcrest.
He met her by the park a couple days later. She leapt into his arms.
Lilah: “It’s so nice to see you again! Thank you for agreeing to be my guide on such short notice!”
Peter: “No problem at all! And as I said, it’s not a problem for you to stay with my family while you’re visiting, we have a spare room since Erica moved out!”
Lilah pulled out her phone to take a picture of the park: “Come on, let’s take a selfie! I’m the tourist now! Ok, why don’t you show me around?”
Peter: “Ok, this is the park that my granddad Kirk built, the first community lot in town! Supposedly he used to camp here when he owned nothing but a tent! Isn’t that crazy?”
Lilah: “Not at all! Your family sounds so fun!”
Peter: “And this the wedding arch under which him and my grandma got married. It’s been here ever since, so that, um, it can be used by, uh, future generations…”
Lilah: “Oh really? Do you think you’ll get married here some day?”
Peter’s hear was racing. Could she actually like him? He thought she must still see him as a little kid. But the way she smiled at him, the way she brushed her thigh against his…
Lilah suddenly stood up: “Ok, what else should I see?”
Peter shook his head. What was he thinking…
Peter: “I’ve always quite liked this waterfront walk, with the view of the city.”
Lilah: “It is very pretty.”
She was looking at him with that gorgeous smile of hers again. Peter stopped thinking and grabbed her hands.
Peter: “Not as pretty as you… sorry! That was stupid. I shouldn’t have…”
Before he say anything else, she kissed him. Kissed him!
Lilah: “I’m liking Newcrest. Maybe I’ll stay a bit longer than I planned. How long do you think I can stay with your family for?”
Peter: “As long as you like!”
They headed home so that Peter could introduce Lilah to his parents. Isaac seemed to have warmed up to her a lot more than to Daniel. Promising start.
Everything seemed to go pretty smoothly. Lilah was likeable and bubbly and she shared tips on wellbeing with Ruby. It must have helped, since Ruby seemed to look and feel a lot happier than she had been lately.
Isaac wanted to make sure this girl would be legacy appropriate, of course: “So what is it that you’d like to do with your life, Lilah?”
Peter: “Dad! Stop being so intense!”
Lilah: “Oh it’s quite alright! I want to write about everything I’ve heard and seen. I hope to be a bestselling author one day!”
Peter: “Me too!”
Isaac and Ruby looked at each other. This was new!
Meanwhile, I think I’m starting to understand where Peter’s sudden interest in writing has come from!
After dinner, Lilah went to Erica’s old room to unpack. There was just enough room to place her meditation pod and her yoga mat. She was liking Newcrest already.