NOTE: this is a companion piece to Adjusting by @MarthaBozeman
Pulling up to Martha’s ranch still felt surreal to Luna. She kept expecting Marcus to burst through the door and demand where she had been, why his mother was taking care of Emma when it was her job as Emma’s mother and his mate. Luna shoved the those thoughts aside, knowing that hard on their heels would come the knowledge that Marcus would be absolutely thrilled that his daughter was a Were rather than a shifter like Luna. Just another weapon he could wield against her.
Luna slammed the car door on the past. Marcus was dead and Martha…Martha had changed. Luna felt guilty about calling her former mother-in-law to babysit Emma because she hated to impose on the older woman, not because she was afraid what Emma might learn or do while in Martha’s care. She knew, without a doubt, that Martha would do anything to protect Emma. What more could a mother ask?
Stepping up onto the porch, Luna knocked softly. Martha opened the door almost immediately implying she’d been waiting for her.
“Emma’s resting, she’s fine, or as fine as a little one is going to be on the day of a full moon,” Martha said before Luna could ask.
Luna felt her shoulders sag with relief. She hadn’t even realized how tense she was. Even after Martha had called to tell her Emma was settled in for a late nap, Luna hadn’t relaxed. She kept thinking she should be with her daughter, not standing in front of a room of teenagers who couldn’t care less if she was there or not.
“Thanks, Martha,” Luna smiled, stepping inside. “I’m sorry about the short notice. I thought she’d be ok, she weathered the last full moon pretty well but this one seems to be hitting her harder. I’m not sure why.”
Luna hadn’t had to call Martha. She could have called Sam, who would have been glad to keep an eye on Emma either in his office or his trailer. But Sam had a business to run and Emma wasn’t his daughter. It wasn’t fair to burden him with taking care of her. But that wasn’t the only reason Luna had called Martha. Sam was a shifter, like Luna. Martha was a Were, like Emma. And Luna was afraid that Emma’s powerful reaction to the full moon had more to do with her Were heritage than Luna realized. The truth was Luna didn’t know much about Weres or their young. What she had learned she had forcibly tried to forget after her divorce. As a result, she wasn’t sure what was happening with her daughter. She hoped that is it was something Were related Martha would know.