Ethan stared blankly into his Louis Vuitton suitcase. He was a little bit horrified, excited but also horrified. He was going... he was going to Austria. Him and Riley had a baby now, Rose. Rose was theirs. Theirs
. Rise was Ethan and Riley's daughter, okay, maybe not Riley's. Not biologically at least. But... she was Ethan and Riley's baby girl. Ethan shouldn't be a 'mom' He felt so young and having a baby, it changed everything. For one, he really didn't even ant Rose near him, since she was his daughter, she had a half of Ethan in her and that made Ethan freak the hell out. Riley was understanding though and for a few days the nanny and Riley took care of her. Riley was infatuated with Rose. He was such a sap and Ethan loved him. But Ethan, eventually, after much time and reassurance, held Rose in his arms. He instantly fell in love with her. Her blond hair, her blue eyes, he cute little giggles she made when she was happy. Ugh, he adored her. Even as a baby everything about her screamed 'Ethan.' And boy did Ethan spoil that baby. As soon as he was convinced she wasn't poison, he has become a overly-obsessive mother. Overly obsessive. The nanny couldn't even keep up. If the nanny went into Rose's room to change her diaper, Ethan was already there, had already changed it, and was feeding her a bottle of formula. The second before Rose would cry Ethan was already out of bed dashing down the hall to Roses room to pick her up and rock her, even if Riley got upset because Ethan shoved him halfway across the bed to get there it didn't matter. It was Rose, Rose, Rose. All the time. And although Ethan didn't ignore Riley, it was hard for them to get any... well... alone-time. They could hardly be intimate with each other like they used to... mostly because every time Riley got anywhere close to touching Ethan inappropriately, Rose would cry and Ethan couldn't just ignore her... he couldn't. Not only was that frustrating for Riley, but it was also frustrating for Ethan.... Ethan had needs, he was needy and hand needs and he really wasn't getting them which was horribly frustrating.
Ethan began to pack and then Rose woke up from her nap. Ethan went over to her and picked her up, rocking her gently. He smiled and talked to her and soon Riley showed up. Riley helped him pack and Ethan held on tightly to his prized little girl. They packed themselves into the car and then into the plane and with a swift trip, one that both Rose and Ethan fell asleep on, they were in Austria. Ethan bundled him and Rose up snugly and braved the snow-covered land. Ethan was quite amazed at how beautiful Austria was, even if it was super cold. Ethan didn't like the cold, but with a cozy coat and a war Riley to snuggle up to, it was alright. Though Ethan figured he'd better get used to it... with a baby and all... he might be moving here. He'd miss America though... it's hurt leaving his family. But he'd be 100x closer to Jesse, which was great. He'd love for their kids to have play-dates someday. Riley got everything taken care of when they got to the palace and Ethan got Rose all un-bundled and she was cheery as always. Ethan was a bit overwhelmed, he hid the stress really well, but he was under a lot of pressure. He was now a 'mom', in a foreign country, he knew he'd have to meet Riley's parents and he needed to make a good impression, Riley and him weren't even engaged and already got a baby, his mother was a bit upset at him, and he was sure he was going to make a HUGE fool of himself in front of Riley's parents at dinner or whatever, whenever he met them. He had a huge feeling that he'd ruin everything. And the irritation of not being engaged to Riley was growing. Ethan had already hinted a couple times to Riley, just little nudges, but after the baby... it seemed really unreasonable to hold it off any longer. But Riley seemed to be so... slow... It was driving Ethan crazy!
Ethan noticed when he turned around that Riley was gone, he frowned. He looked down to Rose " Geez... Daddy's gone wandering again!"
Ethan was tempted to go looking for him but he figured that this castle would be too massive and he'd get so lost. So he waited and after a little while and older woman came in. Obviously the queen, Riley's mother. Of course she was ecstatic and cherry and ran right up to Ethan and hugged him. Ethan though, was in a bit of a shell shock. It was Riley's mom, he was super intimidated. he sort of wanted to hide in a corner and fade into the wallpaper. But Riley's mother was so happy and excited and wanted to hold Rose. Ethan flinched away when she reached for her, Ethan was very protective. It was probably a subconscious thing... he was protective because he knew that this child, in the committees mind, it was the only chain he had keeping him to Riley. Only Ethan and Riley knew the baby's real father was Ethan. It was a private paternity test and only Riley and Ethan knew that the test had even happened. But than apologized, explained that it must be all the new things going on, sensory overload
and there was a little laughter and Rose was handed over.
Ethan was then grabbed and dragged off by Riley. Ethan worried a little about Rose but once they were down the hall Ethan wasn't too concerned. Though Ethan did sigh very deeply, held Riley's hand tightly and bit his lip. I'm so... geez, this is a lot to handle... That was your mom... I probably look terrible! I probably sounded like a stupid American! That greeting, I was so improper! Jesus... "
Ethan clung to Riley's arms as they got out onto the patio. " I'm so stressed out I can't eve--"
Ethan stopped talking when he finally got a look around. The patio was so beautiful. The snow was gently falling and it showed a brilliant view of the city. Ethan gasped a little and clung to Riley, snuggled against him. It was cold and Ethan may have a had his coat on but he wasn't as used to the cold as Riley was. " oh Riley... it's beautiful out here!"
Ethan let go of Riley and skipped over to the edge of the patio and looked over the concrete wall that came up to Ethan's chest. He smiled and turned back a little to look at Riley, " It's magnificent Riley! It's snowed so much! It's like... like a big winter wonderland!!"
Ethan grinned and turned back around to look out at the land drowning in snow. He was completely in love with this country, he was completely in love with Austria. He was completely in love with Austria's crown prince, and he was completely in love with Riley.