It soon became apparent that the mobile home which had once been sufficient enough for Archie and Nick was no longer enough. Grace had more or less moved in as the day of her and Nick’s wedding grew closer. Carmella was also a regular visitor to the Macey home as she and Archie had grown closer over time until finally giving in to their mutual attraction and becoming a couple.
One rare afternoon the brothers found themselves with just each other for company.Talk turned to their old childhood home in Sunset Valley. It had been built by their great-grandfather who had moved to the valley after coming into a sum of money. It had been such a beautiful home located by the sea,the additions made by each generation telling a unique story.It was a sad day when news had arrived to say an earthquake had destroyed everything. They had grown up knowing of the story of their family and the legacy responsibility which came with it. Each generation would see the chosen one carry on the family name and everything they stood for. Their mother had been the last appointed heir, yet to choose which of the brother would carry on the family name. They were still teenagers themselves and adulthood still seemed so far off.After Archie and Nick found themselves all alone in the world thoughts of the family legacy were far from the front of their minds.
“So you are saying you found all the family diaries in the safe when you went to the city to get great-grandma’s ring for Gracie?” said Archie leafing through the old leather notebooks before him.
“Yeah. I didn’t know they had survived. I thought they must have been lost when the house was destroyed. Mum must have put them there just in case the house burnt down or something.” said Nick.
“You know,” said Archie thoughtfully “This could be a sign. Maybe it’s time we did as Mum, our grandparents and great-grandparents wanted and carried on the family legacy. Okay, the Macey’s may no longer live in Sunset Valley, but there’s no reason we can’t do as great-grandpa did and make our mark on Apaloosa Plains. This glorified caravan really isn’t a great home when you look at it. Maybe it’s time we thought about building a proper home. We’ve more than enough money to do it.
Nick looked at his brother, silent before breaking into a smile.
“I think you are right bro’. We could build a fantastic house here. Best one in town!”
Things moved on swiftly from there. Plans were drawn up and building work soon began. The aim was to finish work and move in by the time of Nick’s wedding. With just a week to spare Archie, Nick, Gracie and Carmella moved into the new white brick, four bedroom house. There was still considerable work to be done in the grounds, only the driveway and fountain at the front completed, but for now with the wedding upon them the fact their new home was complete was enough.
Nick and Gracie’s wedding was a private and quiet affair.It seemed logical to hold it in their new surroundings. Archie was proud to be Nick’s best man, whilst Carmella who was now extremely close to Gracie had acted as chief bridesmaid. The day was tinged with sadness for the brothers who wished their own family had still been alive to share the day.
“I need to talk to you.” he said looking extremely worried.
“It’s not bad news is it?” asked Archie worriedly observing his brother’s stricken expression.
“Well that depends how you define bad. It’s about this whole legacy thing. I don’t want it.” he said flatly.
“What do you mean? Don’t want it!”
“I don’t want to be the one who is given the responsibility of being the heir and all that….You know all the stuff mum used to tell us about this whole family legacy thing. You deserve it so much more.I mean, the house being built and everything is because of you,so you deserve to be the one who gets to stay here for good.You and Carmella are strong and I dare say are for keeps, she’s got her business up and running here.It makes sense. I’m not turning my back on you or mum, just the responsibility of the legacy. I bet mum would have chosen you anyway.” said Nick barely pausing for breath after this speech.
Archie struggled to take in what he was hearing. He and Carmella had been discussing their future plans. They were so sure once married Nick and Gracie would want the house to themselves and it would be left for Archie and Carmella to set up home elsewhere. Now, here was his brother handing everything over to him.
“But what about you and Gracie?” asked Archie finally.
“Well her dad has said one day the farm will be passed to us, but for now we’d like to stay on at the house with you and Carmella if you don’t object,that is.”replied Nick.
“Object? The house will always be your home as much as mine. ”
“So that’s agreed? You will be the one to carry on mum’s wishes? said Nick.
“Yes, if that’s what you want. Actually I think I am looking forward to the challenge.” said Archie half excited and half wondering what he was about to take on.
With the excitement of the wedding over and the building work on the house complete, life settled back into some kind of normality. Becoming the latest Macey heir really hadn’t changed anything. Archie still did most of the day to day running of their growing business, whilst Nick’s writing career was starting to take up more time as it took off. Whilst his brother was enjoying wedded bliss, Archie was enjoying a blissful life with Carmella. It was a lovely summer evening when he decided to take Carmella for a picnic at the highest point in town. Finding the prettiest spot they sat down on the blanket, marvelling at the view of the town below.
“I’m so happy Archie.” said Carmella with a sigh. “I wish this moment could last forever.”
Archie smiled to himself knowing what was about to happen.
“What are you doing?” asked Carmella,taken aback.
“Well I was just wondering whether you might like to become my wife…..Carmella Mazzanti will you marry me?”
A new chapter in the Macey family had just begun.