I waited in the hallway for y/n to finish getting ready for dinner with her grandparents, the smell of her perfume wafting through her bedroom door. It was a little odd sometimes having a girl in the house who wasn't Gemma. I'd gotten used to having that space empty where Gemma used to be and now that it was filled it gave me a weird sensation. Of course I loved having y/n in the house where I could see her whenever I wanted- where she was safe. But that room used to smell like vanilla and now it smells like flowers. "Okay, okay I'm coming!" She called as I pounded on the door yet again. "We're gonna be late!" I whined as I rested my forehead against the doorjamb. I should've known she'd take a lifetime and a half to get ready tonight see as she always did. But eventually the door opened and I stood up, my jaw dropping at the sight before me. "Well alright, that was worth the wait." She giggled as I took in the sight of her in a little dress and heels. She'd gone the extra mile tonight and I really appreciated it, so I let her know by wrapping an arm around her waist and kissing the top of her head. "Mum, we're going!" I yelled as y/n and I headed for the door, my mum's head poking through the kitchen entry. "Okay, be safe. Let me know how it goes, yeah? And please be reasonable both of you. They are just trying to help." She said as she leaned against the wall. "I promise we'll at least hear them out." I told her as I helped y/n put her jacket on. "Good. We don't need a repeat of last time now do we?" Mum looked at y/n who just ducked her head and said, "It worked out in the end." with a giggle. Mum scoffed and snapped a towel at us as we exited. It was a good note to leave on but the second we were alone in the car the tension grew again. "You nervous?" I asked, already knowing she was. "I just don't want you to hear more of the things she said last time." "Don't worry about me, love, I know who I am. My value isn't in the opinions of others. Let her say and think whatever she wants; what goes on in her mind is no concern of mine. But if she's willing to help you...I think we should hear them out."