Still laughing, she turned to look at Dante, now was beaming. Her ears were relaxed, swiveling around freely now and her tail switched contentedly.
"I won't cry anymore." She said, leaning into him, still holding Tanya's hand. "Not ever." She looked around at everyone, still beaming. "Thank you. All of you. I finally feel like I belong somewhere. I've been running for so long, I have forgotten what it felt like to be cared for," turning her head to look up into Dante's eyes, she continued "And loved."
The tears on her cheeks were already now beginning to dry. She was so happy, she could cry but she held it in as to not break her promise. Pulling slowly away from Dante, she smiled and went to each one of the others, hugging them and thanking them. Tanya was the last she went to hug. She picked both of Tanya's hands up in her own and held them at chest height before beginning to speak.
"Tanya. You have no idea how much it means to me that you have accepted me. If you ever need me for anything, anything, I will be there for you. I promise. No matter what it is, I will do what I can to help."