Prince Benjamin’s mansion was located on the canal with a view of the ocean and a boat slip to park a yacht, not that he owned one anymore. At 99 years old, he wasn’t doing much traveling. Even so, he was still a spritely man full of energy and spunk. He even answered his own door when they knocked.
Levi watched in awe as Benjamin scanned the group of young people on his doorstep and immediately knew which girl was Tiani. He reached forward and gathered her close.
“Oh, mi pequeno,” Benjamin said, pulling Tiani into his arms and calling her his little one. “Hija de mi hermano.”
“Daughter of my brother,” Levi whispered. Several times removed, but close enough.
“Hola, mi tio,” Tiani returned the sentiment, calling him her uncle.
“Tell me all of your names!” Benjamin looked around at the group with gleaming eyes and excitement on his face.
Levi stepped forward and wrapped his arm around Tiani’s shoulders. “I’m Levi Stephenson and I’m Tiani’s husband. This is my brother Nicholas and his wife Becky,” Levi said, pointing to Nicholas and Becky with his other hand.
“Oh, twins!” Benjamin said, then glanced at his Prince Marcos and his wife, Hazel. “Just like our Hazel and her brother.”
Levi wanted to correct him that identical twins were a little more rare than that, but he didn’t. He’d forgotten that Benjamin’s daughter-in-law was twin sister to Mateo, his father’s best friend’s son. Too many connections. He was dizzy trying to piece it all together.
Nicholas nodded at Benjamin and spoke up for the first time. “We are honored to meet you, Your Highness.”
“Oh, the honor is all mine, my son!” Benjamin said. “What a treat this is!”
Levi decided it was time to introduce Prince Benjamin to the other important members of the Sayid family. He gently pushed his twin further to the side in order to bring forward Tiani’s parents. “Your Highness, may I introduce your nephew, Chief Gabor Sayid and his wife Malayna.”
Prince Benjamin inherently knew to switch back to Spanish as he stepped further onto the porch and placed both hands on Gabor’s cheeks, which suddenly had streams of tears. “Hijo de mi hermano.” Son of my brother, just as he had named Tiani as his daughter.
Chief Gabor couldn’t even speak through his tears, just wrapped his arms around Benjamin and laid his head on the old man’s shoulder. They cried together for several long minutes as the rest of them held back to let them have this moment.
Others in the group also choked back tears, except Tiani, who tucked herself into Levi’s arms and sobbed unabashedly, repeating over and over, thank you, thank you to Levi.
Over Tiani’s shoulder, Levi caught Prince Marcos’ attention and reached out to hold his hand. This was a big deal for Benjamin. He never knew his brother, and Gabor never knew that his great-uncle existed much less was still alive. Even his great-great-grandfather was a mystery to him, but here was a chance to learn more about him.
When the two men finally pulled back from each other, Gabor looked into his uncle’s face with pure love combined with a childlike adoration. Levi had never seen such vulnerability on the strong, tattooed Mayan chief, who intimidated everyone in his presence.
“Come inside, my son, and sit with me awhile,” Benjamin said in Spanish. “I will tell you all about your grandfather.”
The End… is only the beginning.
Read how Prince Marcos Sayid ignored death-bed promises to his older brother, Crown Prince Jared Sayid, defied the king, married a woman he’d known for eight minutes, and escaped with their newborn son, Prince Benjamin, before his brother’s widow could follow through with her threats against his family.
Will the Kingdom of Madain Saleh survive evil princesses, secret murder plots, and a contested crown? Find out in the Sayid Family Saga Book Four: Billionaire’s Brother.
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