Alana said, "We may not go back to living in the house. However, having it in case of emergencies is always comforting. And I know when Derek complete the binding words, I fear he and hope will leave. Or worse, she won't want to be with him when she turns eighteen." Tears welled up. "What if she tries to run from him? Or doesn't accept him?"

"I will give her the time she needs to grow," said Derek. "I want her to come to me willingly, not feel forced."

Alana hugged him tightly. "You are so amazing, but if you don't have the time, don't wait. She will come to love you, but we can't lose you!"

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