An hour later all the stuff is packed into the car and dad's old row boat is stuck on the top of the car. Mom is sleeping in the backseat next to felicity in her car seat, and Harry is sitting next to me staying out the window as we drive.
"So how old were you when our dad took you to this lake for the first time?"
"I was six"
"I wish we had known each other back then. I could have taught you how to fish and we could have gone boating together and hiking"
"We can still do that Harry"
"Yeah I guess that's true"
"I just wish I had gotten to know our father too" Harry says and guilt washes over me. I have so many memories with our father and the only ones he has are the ones he was to young to remember.
"I'm sorry Harry. I know you don't really have any memories of him but I know that he loved you very much. I know he is watching over us though. He is always with us and if he could I know he'd be telling you just how much of what I'm saying is true" I say and Harry gives me a thankful smile.
The rest of the drive is silent. The only noise our moms soft snores from the back. I smile at her as I glance at her sleeping form and felicity rubbing her check with her tiny hands. A half hour later I pull the car to a stop in the parking lot just 30 feet from the lake. I take a deep breath before opening my car door having a harder time than I had thought I would seeing the lake in front of me. It's exactly the same as I remembered. Like every other time I have been here but so different, because one of my favorite things of this place is the one thing that has changed. It's the one thing I can't bring back.
"Ewp Ewp" I hear next to me and look down to see Felicity reaching her arms up at me. I smile down at her and pick her up hugging her tightly.
"Wanna go see the water?" I ask her and excitement fills her eyes. She nods and points towards the water. I laugh at the level excitement on her face and start walking toward the water.
"Okay come on" I say walking to the lake.
I pull off my jeans and my t shirt, doing the same for felicity, so that we're just in our swimsuits and free to get into the water. I walk into the cold, shivering slightly I stop when I get about a foot in. I hold felicity close to me so I don't risk dropping her. She splashes happily at the water that's surrounding us.
"I miss you dad. I love you" I say glancing up at the sky for a moment. Hoping more than anything that he really is watching over all of us. That he knows just how much he means to all of us.
I jump when I feel someone splash me from behind and turn around to see Harry laughing his ass off. I glare at him and go to splash him back but mom beats me to it coming up behind him and splashing like he did to me. Soon We are all splashing each other though they splash at me lightly because of little felicity in my arms.
"Help us splash daddy" Mom says to Felicity.
Felicity doesn't need to be told twice. She starts splashing at Harry as hard as her little arms can. Harry plays it up and pretends to sink under from her attacks. After a few seconds he pops out from under water and Felicity screams and laughs happily as Harry takes her from my arms. We all mess around in the water for a little before we set up a blanket to sit on and eat lunch. mom and I listen as Harry tells us about different times he and Anne had gone fishing and hiking. And about how he learned to swim and the first time he ever took Felicity to swim. Mom nudges me as we finish eating and motions to Harry. I nod and turn back to my brother who is gathering up the trash from the food we just ate.
"Harry there's something mom and I want to talk to you about" I say my voice suddenly a little shaky and Harry catches it right away. Dawn how does he know me so well already.
"Oh really? About what?" Harry asks glancing between us.
"Harry...... I missed so much of your life and I know that I have only myself to blame for that but I....... Would like it if you would consider moving with me and Hazel. I don't have much time left, and I want to get to spend as much time with both of my children as I can and to get to know my beautiful little granddaughter. I also want you to be able to spend more time with Felicity. I don't want you to have to work as much as you do to just barely get by when you can move in with me. Please for me for Hazel just think about it" Mom says hope seeping from her eyes as she stares at Harry. Harry doesn't say anything his seemingly unreadable so I take my chance to speak up as well.
"Please Harry...... I want to get to know my brother. I think we both deserve to have each other in our lives. To become closer and this seems like the perfect way. And as much as I try to fight it I know the truth. Mom, she doesn't have much time, and I don't think I can face this on my own. I need you Harry. I need you and Felicity in my life. And mom deserves to have us together for the little time she has. Please really think about it Harry because I need to know. That even if you don't move in. You won't leave me too" I say and tears prick at my eyes.
"I will never leave you" Harry says pulling me wrapping his arms around me. He sighs and wipes the tears from my eyes.
"Mom are you sure this is what you want Mom?" He asks taking her hand in his.
"Yes Harry I'm sure. I want my son to finally come home" She says and I can tell that hit home for Harry. Tears fill his eyes and he wraps mom carefully into his arms.
"Okay Mom. I'll move in with you" Harry says pulling me and Felicity into their hug as well.
I smile clutching onto them happy that we are all together. I can't wait to have my brother and niece home with us.