When we returned to the villa, everyone was gathering at the front porch and a round of applause erupted as soon as we arrived. It’s as if they were waiting for our arrival. In the dining table, various food was being served by the villa’s caretakers.
“They know?” I asked involuntarily.
“Of course. Why do you think we’re here?” Gabriel said and he waved his hand to his family who was still in awe. My tears swelled in inexplicable joy.
“Congratulations, Audrey,” Elazar greeted. “Welcome to the family.”
“Welcome to the family, Audrey.” Helen Stark automatically sandwiched me in her arms. I finally teared up. I was a part of the family now.