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‘This is Tanner, leave a message and I’ll get back to you as soon as I can.’ As I heard my father’s voice spoke. I waited until the beep sounded.
“Daddy, we need you. Mom’s been drinking and it’s getting worse. Please come back. I love you, daddy.” I said, leaving another voicemail. It’s been a few days since Logan and I read some of our mom’s journals.
I haven’t touched them since, neither has Logan. I think we are scared to read on. I have more questions than anyone I know. Who was this James? Why don’t we see our aunt? And why does my mother think that she’s a vampire?
I took a deep breath and cleared my head as I walked back into school. I went straight to my locker and grabbed my history book. My phone started to buzz and I quickly grabbed it and checked to see who it was. Ricky.
I ignored it. It’s just best. I just don’t want to get into anymore trouble with my mom. I placed my phone into my pocket, but before I was able to, someone shoved me into the locker, causing me to fall and drop my history book and cell phone onto the ground.
As I turned to get up, I saw Hannah, one of the popular girls who really doesn’t like me. “Fucking move freak!” She yelled as her and her other two girls, Casey and Stella, started to laugh with her. “Honestly, you would be better off dead.”
She turned and walked away, a few group of people started to come around us, but I not sure what got into me, but I fought back. I got up, grabbed a chuck of Hannah’s hair and threw her onto the ground. I just kept punching her, before I felt someone pull me off of her.
“Principles office now!” The teacher who pulled Hannah away from me said, but Hannah was able to get one last punch in before I was able to speak. Knocking me right in the face, I could feel the blood coming out of my nose.
I tried to break free, but I then saw Logan, who had his arms wrapped around me, trying to hold me back. “Let me get in one more punch!” I yelled as he slowly started to walk me down to the office. “I then paused and had him look at me. “She told me that I would be better off dead. Please let me get in one more punch!”
Logan loosen his grip as I broke free and was able to give her one last punch, before Logan pulled me back. I got her right in her left eye, it was starting to turn red as we walked away.
Once we were in the nurse’s office, she took a look at my nose, thank god it wasn’t broken, but she said it was going to bruise for a little bit. Logan sat outside the nurses office and I sat down next to him.
“What the hell got into you?” Logan asked as I looked down at my shoes, which had a few drops of dried blood on them.
“I don’t know.” I answered. I really didn’t know. With everything going on, I don’t know why I finally stood up for myself. Now, the only think I could think of was what phone call mom would be getting from her home office.
Hannah walked out of the principles office with a smirk on her face. I glared at her, as I could see her black eye had started to form around her left eye. “Athena and Logan. Get into my office.” Principle LaMore said as we both stood up and walked in.
We both took a seat and Principle LaMore sat down and started to rub his scalp. “Look, I know that this is the beginning of the school year, but we can’t keep having this happen, Athena.” He sighed as I waited to see what the punishment was going to be. “Here is the thing. We are going to suspend you for 3 days, just like Hannah, but if it happens again, both of you are going to be expelled.”
“Wait, what?” I said and then paused for a second. It didn’t make sense. I haven’t done anything to get me into trouble, but for this being the first time I’ve done anything, next time something happens to me, I’m getting expelled? “So, you are saying that if I do something like this again, we are both expelled? That doesn’t make any sense! She has been bullying me since day one!”
“Watch your tone. That is our new policy. In order to keep our school in order, we have to be very strict. You are lucky that all you got was a suspension. Now, I have informed your mother and she is on the way. Go sit out in the office and wait for her.” He said as Logan and I both got up and walked out to sit back in the office.
Logan grabbed something from his pocket, when he pulled it out, it was my phone. It was ringing and it was dad. I quickly grabbed it from his hand and placed it in between us when I answered. “Daddy?!” I said as I waited to here this voice.
“Hey sweetie. Everything okay? I just got a voicemail saying that you guys got into a fight.” Our father said.
“Yes, it’s a long story, but we need you. Mom isn’t acting normal.” I spoke.
“I know, I’m on my way. There is something I need to tell you all. Something very important.” He said as we heard another voice in the background. “I have to go, but I will see you kids soon, I love you both.”
“We love you too, dad.” Logan said as the line went dead. I was about to put my phone into my pocket, but I stopped when I saw our mother approach us.
“Don’t put that back in your pocket, Athena. You both have lost your phone. Now, let’s go.” She said. She seemed back to normal, but not completely. Once we were in the car, it was complete silence. Logan usually sat up front, but this time, he sat out back with me.
I was scared to know what was going to happen. I was never one to get into trouble, but I felt Logan place his hand on top of mine and it made me feel that everything was going to be fine.
Mom, Athena, and I just sat at the kitchen table. Athena’s bruise on her face was darken in. Mom was holding her head in her hands. She had us sit at the table, It’s been silent for awhile.
“So, why are we at the table again?” I asked, crossing my arms. My mother didn’t move a muscle. I sighed, but before I were going to speak again, the door opened and there stood our father.
“Daddy!” Athena shouted and rose up from her seat as fast as she could to hug dad. I got up to hug him too, but mom didn’t move a muscle. Dad hugged us as tight as he could. I missed him. We used to do a lot together, same with Athena.
“I missed you both so much.” He said as Athena and him shed a tear. I saw Dad look up at Mom, but she still didn’t move a muscle. He let go of us and walked over to Mom, throwing his arms around her. “And of course, I missed you, hunny.”
“You lied to me.” I heard mom spoke as she got up, pulled away from dad’s arms and walked away. Athena and I looked at each other and then dad, who threw his hands into the air.
“I should’ve known that was gonna happen.” He said as I gave him a look. He noticed and look a deep breath. “Let me go talk to your mother and fix everything with her and then we can talk.” He left the room and went to go find our mom.
“What did Dad lie about?” Athena asked, but I shrugged. Athena headed to her room, but I decide to listen into the conversation that was about to happen between mom and him. Athena noticed and decided to join me. “We shouldn’t do this.” She said.
“If you don’t want to, I’ll do it.” I whispered as Athena nodded and headed back into her room. I then placed my ear to the door.
“Jade, let me explain.” I heard my father spoke.
“No, you lied to me saying that you were sick, just like your sister and then you come back and don’t tell me about it?!? I have been worried sick and have been working my ass off, since you decided to find your fucking sister!” Mom yelled, I looked into the key hole of the door and could see my mother pacing back any forth.
“I’m sorry about that, but babe, I have some amazing news to share with you.” Dad said stopping my mom dead in her tracks. “James is alive.” My mother looked at him and covered her mouth shaking her head.
“No, that’s impossible.” My mother spoke.
“He’s been with Marie this entire time.” Dad paused. “She turned him before he died. She came back wanting to meet the twins, but wanted to see James and she found him half dead.”
“Then why am I just know finding this out!” Mom snapped. Dad threw his hands up in the air.
“Because I know deep down you still loved him.” Both of my parents stood silent. Mom turn away from him. Until Dad finally spoke. “I knew it. Why don’t you soak up this information while I explain the kids why I was gone.”
Dad was about to open the door, but Mom pulled his arm. I was about to run back to my bedroom. Not before I heard this. “I did love him, but I love you. Please, let me tell the kids.”
The door was about to open, but I ran so fast that my heart was beating faster as I ran towards my room. I had closed my door, before I heard. “Athena! Logan! Can we see in you the living room!” Mom answered. I was not ready for this, I just hoped that both Athena and I seem surprised when they tell us the news.
Logan and I sat on the couch, waiting for someone to speak. Dad and Mom were whispering to each other, but we couldn’t make out what we were saying.
“So, what is it? I have homework to do.” Logan spoke up and our parents turned to him.
“Okay, so we need you both to just understand where we are coming from when we tell you this.” Dad said as I got a little worried. What if it’s about are Aunt? Or that James guy.
“There is something that we have never told you and we did it to protect you, but now that you guys will be 16 in a few more days, we figured you would understand the situation a little better then when you were littler.” Mom took a deep breath. “Your father has an younger sister.”
“So, we have an aunt?” I questioned.
“Yes, her name is Marie and the reason why she isn’t in our life, is because of her condition.” Dad explained.
“What condition? Why haven’t you told us this?” Logan snapped back, I could see that all this information that we read in mom’s journals, might be true.
“She’s a vampire.” The room was silent.
“You’re shitting me, right?” Logan said. He got up and looked at both of our parents. ” I can’t believe you guys lied to us. Now, I’m kinda glad we read your journal’s, at least they were honest on what had happen to our aunt.”
Mom’s face flushed. Dad looked at her in shock. “Why didn’t you burn them, like we agreed?” I could see Dad getting very annoyed with Mom.
“I-I didn’t have the heart to, because I didn’t want to-”
“Forget him, you mean?” Dad snapped at her.
“I told you that I-” Dad interrupt her. I got up and decided to leave the room.
“You love me, but I know deep down that you wished the twins weren’t mine.” I heard, place my back up against the hallway wall. “I’ve done so much for you, Jade. I’ve kept so much in over the years. I’ve done everything you have asked, but I know you aren’t happy.”
“I am happy, you just assume that I’m not! I missed you so much and I was so pissed that you didn’t include me in why you left in the first place!” Mom yelled at him. I slowly started to walk to my room, I didn’t want to hear any more yelling for today.
I walked into my bedroom and closed the door. I laid on my bed and checked my phone. I then dialed Ricky’s number.
“Thank god you call. Please don’t hang up, can we talk?” Ricky spoke.
“Pick me up at the stop sign on the next street over.” I said as I hung up the phone and grabbed a jacket. I dug in my closet to find the blanket I had crochet for Ricky. I’ve been saving it for something special, but I’ve waited long enough to give it to him.
Grabbing everything I needed, I jumped out of my window, sneaking past my brother’s room and running down the street to the stop sign, where Ricky was waiting. I got into his car. Ricky smiled at me as we drove off.
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