Wringing her hands, she blurted out that she needed a place to stay.
Levi was surprised. "Is everything alright? I thought you and Aaron were engaged!"
Gwen hung her head. Who knew if Levi felt the same way she did! "I don't really want to talk about it," she hedged. "Can I just stay on the couch for a few days until I figure out what I'm going to do?"
Levi patted her hand. "Of course. Except, I have a spare bed in the kids' hall. You're welcome to sleep there." Hesitating, he offered, "I know when a relationship breaks up, it might feel like the end of the world. But, it gets better... and sometimes you find something you never thought you'd find..."
Gwen ducked her head. Boy, wasn't that the truth! She'd never intended to fall in love with Levi... and here she was! Wiping a tear away from her eye, she told Levi that she needed a rest.
She'd practically helped raise the kids:
And then... one day... he worked up the nerve to hold her hand...
And passion exploded!
"What took you so long?" Gwen asked.
Levi was incredulous. "I didn't think you were ready after your engagement broke off. I thought you were nursing a broken heart!"
Gwen laughed. "Oh God. All this time wasted! I don't know how to say this... But... Things didn't work with Aaron because I met you... I've loved you all along..."
Feeling incredibly silly when Levi just laid there staring at her, Gwen mumbled something about making lunch and ran out to the kitchen. He doesn't feel the same way, she fretted.
Gwen couldn't believe her ears! "You love me?" she asked.
Hugging her tight, Levi kissed her ear. "And I don't want to waste another second."
Gwen's heart melted. "Thank you. You've always been so special to me, too."
Gwen knelt down and held Sabrina's hand. "What is it sweetheart? Is something wrong?"
Sabrina took a deep breath. "Can I call you Mom?"
Gwen hugged Sabrina tight. "I'd love it if you called me Mom!"
Levi smiled broadly and put his arm around Gwen's waist. He knew he was a lucky man. He'd felt so much pain and despair after Lily had walked out on their family. But, despite that, he'd fallen even deeper in love with an amazing woman!