A few days before Bellandra's birthday, Devin spontaneously appeared at the house with a proposal for the whole family.
"Our show has been sold to different countries, so production wants us actors to promote it in different places."
Devin began to speak as the others sat around him.
"I have had to promote it in France, so I'll be there for a few days. I was thinking of inviting all of you to come with me, perhaps spending time together will help us get to know each other better."
Maybe it wasn't fair to ask the question in front of the children without consulting with Zoe first, but once the idea had entered his head he hadn't been able to get rid of it.
Zoe closed her eyes to think about without the pleading faces of her children influencing her decision. The proposal was much more than a simple vacation, traveling all together like that was almost a statement.
"The media will ask who we are, why we are traveling with you. And I don't think this time you can evade the answers."
"I know, I've thought about it carefully, the truth is that I don't want to keep hiding my family. But it's not just my decision, it's up to all of us."
Zoe looked at him tenderly, then she looked at the faces of her..., no, their children. They're anxious but not upset.
"This is something that will affect you as much or more than me or Devin." She addressed her children.
Ramira and Franco accepted almost immediately, as she expected. Bellandra seemed insecure while Bruno kept quiet.
"I'm a little nervous, but I think I'm ready to let it be known that we are a family."
Devin gave her a huge smile, which made her blush.
"And you, buddy?" Bruno was slightly startled and Devin felt sympathy for the smaller boy, who nodded shyly. The man promised himself to use the trip to get to know the child better.
France turned out to be a better idea than Zoe would have expected. Except for a couple of appearances on some local shows, Devin spent most of his time with them.
He made sure they got to know the different attractions that the tourist destination had to offer.
"This was a really good idea." She said smiling while her children investigated the surroundings of the central plaza.
"I'm glad you approve it."
"My relationship with our children is not the only one that I want to improve." He said softly looking at her with tender eyes.
He slowly spread his arms and Zoe accepted the invitation. Leaning her head on his shoulder, she knew they could overcome anything together.
One of the places they visited was the nectary, where Bellandra agreed to learn how to make nectar when a resident offered to teach her.
Devin noted that his daughter didn't leave the appliances throughout the visit, trying different blends.
"She's a natural." He listened someone in the background while watching her hard at work.