Neighbors - Part 14
A/N: I never thought when I started this multi part fic it would make it this far. In this we meet Luke’s fam. Nothing has been said about his family that I could find, so I made one up for him. Also, any Spanish was found on google. Apologies if it isn’t correct. And sorry it has taken so long. The visit is actually the next three parts of the story which is why it has taken so long. I was trying to finish it all before posting.
For once you somehow woke up before Luke. It was officially his birthday, and you had hoped to surprise him with breakfast in bed. The first step of waking up before him was complete.
You went to slip out of bed and felt him move. You leaned in close and whispered, “Go back to sleep. I’ll be back in a few with a surprise.”
He gave you a sleepy smile, then rolled over. A few seconds later, you heard a soft snore. Smiling in satisfaction, you got out of bed, slipping on some clothes so you could take Roxy for a quick walk.
Once you were back you set about making breakfast. Several minutes later, you loaded a tray with coffee, blueberry pancakes, and of course, bacon. You giggled thinking about your first breakfast with Luke.
You slipped back into the bedroom, finding Luke just waking up. You shoved some things out of the way and placed the tray on the nightstand, then crawled across the bed to give him a good morning kiss.
“Feliz cumpleaños, mi amado,” you greeted him.
He sat up and looked at you grinning widely. “Gracias, mi bonita,” he responded, pulling you in for another kiss. “I didn’t know you spoke Spanish.”
“Uuuuh, I don’t really. I took a couple of classes for high school, but I didn’t really learn a lot that stuck, sadly. I kind of googled it. Is that stupid?”
Luke smiled and kissed you again. “No, that was really sweet.”
Smiling, you pulled away and gestured toward the tray. “I brought you breakfast in bed for your birthday. I hope you enjoy it.”
You retrieved the tray from the table and put it on his lap. Luke’s eyes swept over the tray, then he asked, “Where’s yours?”
You shook your head laughing. “I couldn’t carry both trays. I’ll go get it. Be right back.”
You came back with another tray and settled on the bed next to Luke. He glanced from his tray to yours. He gave you a mischievous look and said, “I think your pancakes are bigger than mine. And do you have more bacon on your plate?”
You rolled your eyes and replied, “Very funny birthday boy. They are the exact same. And if you even look at my bacon again I will stab you with this fork. I like my bacon.”
You ate breakfast while joking back and forth with each other and discussing your trip to his parents’ house. You’d never been to New York, so since you’d be in the Bronx, you planned to do as many touristy things as you could in the few days you’d be there. After finishing breakfast, you set your trays to the side of the bed and cuddled with each other.
“Thank you again for breakfast. It definitely hit the spot. I guess we need to get ready if we’re going to get to my parents’ by three,” Luke said but didn’t make a move to get out of bed.
“I’m really nervous about meeting your parents. What if they don’t like me?” you asked with a sigh.
Luke squeezed you in a hug and said, “Y/N, you have nothing to worry about. They will love you. I promise. Now we really should get up and going. We have to drop Roxy off at the kennel too.”
You got up and collected the trays, then went to clean up the kitchen while Luke got ready. Then you got ready while he took Roxy for a walk.
It had been an easy drive from Quantico to the Bronx. The closer you got to Luke’s parents’ home though, the more nervous you became. Luke reached over and placed his hand on your thigh, stilling your bouncing leg. He gave it a gentle squeeze and said, “Talk to me, Y/N. Why are you so nervous?”
“Are you kidding me? I’m meeting my boyfriend’s parents for the first time!” you exclaimed. You sighed, then in a calmer voice added, “I just want to make a good first impression. I’m afraid I’ll do something completely stupid and say the wrong thing.”
“Babe, I know they’re going to love you.
I’ve told them all about you, and they are really excited to meet you. It’s going to be okay. I promise,” he said, giving your thigh one more squeeze before returning his hand to the steering wheel.
You sighed again and started an inner dialogue with yourself trying to calm your nerves. It felt like a hundred butterflies were fluttering around in your stomach.
Luke pulled up to the curb of his parents’ house. He turned to you, taking your hands in his and said, “Take a deep breath. And as hard as I know it is, stop worrying.” He kissed you then got out of the car and came around to open your door. As he walked around the front of the car, you took a deep breath and brushed your hands down your thighs. You could do this.
Before you could get to the front door, it opened and an older woman rushed out followed by a man who looked like an older version of Luke. The woman pulled Luke into a hug welcoming him home. She then turned to you and before you could say anything she wrapped you in a hug. Over her shoulder you could see Luke grinning at you. You tamped down the urge to stick your tongue out at him. He was so smug when he was right.
His mother released you and said, “Welcome, Y/N. I’m Luke’s mother, but please call me Roselyn. Luke has told us so much about you. It is so wonderful to meet you. This is Luke’s father, Edgar.”
Luke’s father smiled and took your offered hand shaking it. “It’s good to meet you, Y/N.”
“Es tan bonito conocer a ambos. Tienes un hijo maravilloso,” you said, hoping you said it correctly. You had practiced it over and over in your head on the way, wanting to get it just right.
“I hope I didn’t just completely butcher that. I know you speak English, but I just wanted to say something to you in Spanish. Okay, yeah, I was hoping to impress you.” you rambled, cheeks pink from embarrassment.
Luke’s parents laughed and looked at Luke. Taking your face in her hands, his mother said to him, “She is definitely a keeper. Don’t be embarrassed, cariña. Now come inside and meet everyone else.”
You looked at Luke with panicked eyes and as you followed his parents inside you whispered, “Everyone else?”
“Don’t worry. It’s just my sister and brother. That’s it,” he said, then leaned close, your heads just touching and added, “By the way, why didn’t you tell me you’d been practicing to say that? I would have helped you.”
“I know, but I wanted it to be a surprise,” you replied. You were still a little embarrassed at your rambling.
Roselyn lead you inside and to the living room to introduce you to everyone. You met Luke’s older sister, Alanna, her husband, Sam, and their three children. Michael and Adam, the twins, were ten, and Lena was six. Last to be introduced was Luke’s younger brother, Eric and his boyfriend, Justin.
Luke was pulled away by his brother and father, so you stood nervously for a moment until Luke’s sister pulled you over to the couch. She gestured for her daughter to come over as well.
Alanna said, “I’ve heard so much about you; it’s nice to finally meet you.”
“It’s so nice to meet you too,” you replied, still too nervous to really carry on a conversation.
Lena came over and shyly handed you a drawing. It was a stick man and woman and a dog. You smiled and told her thank you, then asked, “Is this Luke and me with Roxy?”
She nodded with a small grin and you continued, “You know, your uncle Luke is always saying I’m trying to steal Roxy away from him. That she and I like each other more than we like him.”
Lena giggled and asked, “Really?”
You nodded and said, “Yes, your uncle can be silly sometimes. Of course I like him more than Roxy.” You paused then added in a whisper, “At least a little bit more.”
Lens giggled again, and you and Alanna laughed. You glanced over to see Luke watching you with a smile on his face. Alanna caught the exchange and said, “It’s good to see my brother happy like this. I don’t know that I’ve ever seen him so taken with someone.”
You blushed and said, “The feeling is mutual.”
After that you settled into a comfortable conversation with Alanna. You hated not really getting to talk to everyone, but it was difficult for you to meet new people at times. When you saw Luke’s mother head to the kitchen, you followed.
“Señora-” you began, but his mother cut you off.
“No, no. Call me Roselyn. Please.” She said.
“Of course. Roselyn, I was just going to ask if you could use some help.”
You spent the next hour helping with Luke’s birthday dinner and getting to know his mother better.
After dinner was over, Roselyn nodded to you, and you went into the kitchen to get Luke’s birthday cake. His mother had already baked it by the time you had arrived, but she had you help make the frosting and put it on the cake. You lit the candles, then picked up the cake. As you came back into the dining room, everyone began to sing:
Feliz cumpleaños a ti
feliz cumpleaños a ti
feliz cumpleaños querido
feliz cumpleaños a ti.
Feliz, feliz en tu dia
amiguito que Dios te bendiga
que reine la paz en tu dia
y que cumplas muchos más
Te estas poniendo viejo
con cara de conejo
y patas de avestruz, truz, truz
te pareces a tu abuelo
Luke looked at you before blowing out the candles. Everyone cheered and the cake was cut and passed around. Luke came to sit beside you. “Thank you, Y/N.”
“Why are you thanking me? All I did was be here and help your mother a little,” you said bemusedly.
“That’s why I’m thanking you. Little things like that is what matters. It’s why I love you,” he said with a smile then leaned in and kissed you. You heard an “ooo” from his nephews direction and everyone laughed. You blushed while Luke just chuckled. Seriously he was going to pay for laughing at you so much today.
You went with Roselyn to the kitchen to help clean up while everyone else gathered in the living room. You’d only been in there a few minutes when Eric’s boyfriend came in to offer his help.
“Justin, right?” He nodded and you continued. “Sorry we haven’t really gotten to speak. I’ve been a bit overwhelmed I think. Only child.”
“I understand. I was the same the first time I came to a family gathering. But they are a very loving family.” he said, smiling.
You smiled and nodded handing him a dish towel. “How about you dry while I wash?” He took the towel, and the two of you talked between yourselves and with Roselyn while you cleaned.
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