Aphrodite laughed at her story as I spit up my lobster in hysterical laughter. "See that guys? Aunt Aph can still make your mom laugh! Haha!" I smiled and told the kids to head to bed. They ran up the stairs and Aph held out my dress to me....
"Because it's my wedding and I want you in pink." She smirked, knowing that I hate the color.
"You picked it because you knew that I hated it!"
"Of course I did! But that's because I love you."
"Yeah yeah yeah...I can deal with this but it's your funeral when my mom sees this."
"Honey, your mom will thank me!"
"Doubt it," I whispered. "You'll kill that woman."
"Welllll! Arley went to Bridgeport for vacation and brought back some bimbo girl. Riley hates her guts probably more than she hates us! Her name is Janice and she's a complete blonde. He only likes her because she looks a tiny bit like you and it's not even that similar. Your doctor, Spencer, is still here and single but it's creepy as hell because he has a picture of you on his desk in his office. I think he misses your company. All the kids you left behind you should know about because....well, they're your kids. Your parents are expanding this island as much as they can before winter hits us hard. I figure you saw that already."
She gestured, meaning outside of the house. "I don't know about anything else really, I live with Chandler and as soon as we're married, we're gonna kick the dust from this place and maybe be back later...Perhaps have a couple kids."
"I've seen yours, they're all amazing. I want to be loved by my kids the way you're loved by yours." She smiled and I reached out for a hug but she pushed me away because I was still wearing the dress and she was covered in paint...I tried.
Aph trusted me to do her hair for her big day...I personally, didn't trust myself with it but since she did, I went ahead and gave her blonde highlights which ended up turning blue and then I cut her bangs a little to short for her own comfort. She kept nodding and telling me that I was doing fine. I was a wreck by the time mom took my place behind the mirror.
Mom managed to fix the mess that I made of Aph's hair. Mom used extensions and curled Aph's hair on top of her head, fixing it with a beautiful veil right in the back. I was pushed into the chair next. Turns out I was Aph's only bridesmaid/maid of honor and that's how she likes it. I didn't know who was walking me down the aisle, but I didn't mind as long as he didn't mind taking the arm of a woman who will never end up with anyone.
"It's new, but what Aph and Eric want." I whipped around and in the doorway, Arley and Spencer stood next to each other in matching suits that looked way too dashing on the both of them.
"What are you talking about?" I asked, fingering my hair with caution.
"Arley and I will be walking you down the aisle," Spencer answered with a wave of his hand. "We're gonna have lots of fun at this thing, no sulking, young lady."
I rolled my eyes, grabbed my things and left the room in a huff.
I just grumbled and pointed to the pink dress and said "This is enough of a payment to you, Aphrodite."
She huffed and pushed me into the limo.
I observed the two, sitting next to each other with Aph across from them. Spencer grabbed her hand and whispered something into her ear. She went red right away and Arley laughed, patting her back. I didn't hear what he said and I'm not sure that I wanted to.
"Hey, it kinda looked like you needed an arm to walk with."
She just beamed at me majorly and we continued walking. That's when it began snowing, lightly at first, but soon enough, it was coming down in neat stacks. The children laughed and caught it in their hands. Aphrodite just kept smiling and smiling as she grasped hands with Eric.
I caught a snowflake in my hand and stared at how beautifully different it was...Kinda like me. It took 8 solid minutes for Aph to break away from her new husband and announce that the reception would be in the back of the church. Everyone flocked around the two as the music started.
"I was hoping that you'd have mercy."
"Have I ever even considered mercy for you, darling?"
"I guess not. You could think about it for a few minutes." He dipped me as the song came to it's climax and then shifted back down. "You're wonderful." I mused, being sat back on my feet and returned to the side of the dance floor where I belonged.
"Thanks for the dance, Ande." He winked at me and walked away.
He was attractive and with every drink, he became more beautiful. Mom and dad were on the dance floor and the bartender went on break and someone else took his place...They let go of each other and walked towards me.
"Me? Pretty? I'm the guy, I'm supposed to say that to you, beautiful."
"Then s-say it. S-stupid."
"You, are very pretty."
"Thanksss, y-you too." Aph laughed loud in the distance but my fuzzy thoughts instead of happiness for her, turned to jealousy.
"Sometimes you should just let me life my life."
"AND WATCH YOU END UP KILLED? No!" She was yelling now and it went right to my head. The pain of a sudden headache made me grab my temples and fall to my knees. "Get up. We're getting out of here." She dragged me out of the room and my dad put his arm around my shoulder to steady me on the way to the car.
"You know, Ande, I really don't understand what goes on in your mind sometimes." Dad commented wryly as we sat in the car, headed to my house.
"Neither do I." I managed to stay silent the rest of the trip.
"AA? Really mom? I never binge drink! I was just having a bit of fun for once in my dull, miserable life! Don't you understand that you can't control my life?!"
Dad grabbed the paper out of my hand and looked me in the eyes. "What were you doing when you were kidnapped in Bridgeport? You were drinking. What about that Lucian fellow? And last night is no exception. We're just trying to keep you safe and sound."
Mom crossed her arms. "Don't baby her Adam. She's a grown woman and can obviously take care of herself but she can't even take care of her own kids."
"You know that I never wanted children. You pushed me into this, you're the one who keeps ruining my life!" I grabbed the papers, stuffed them in my purse and yelled "I'll go to your dumb meetings if that makes you happy. Just leave me alone!
"I'm pretty sure it was just the hangover causing her to react like that. Don't blame her."
"Don't you see Adam? We lose her more and more everyday. She's gonna run away from us again if we aren't careful." Adam just sighed and sat on the floor near my head.
"Well then maybe we ought to start treating her like an adult?"
"How can we when she acts like a child?"
"Give the girl time."
"Spencer likes her a lot," I heard Adam say from the kitchen. "It's not like some kind of crush either. He stares at her, watches her every move. Can hardly take his eyes off of her."
I jumped up and grabbed the phone and text Ande "Come back over for dinner. We'll talk. Love you"
she never replied but I guessed that she was in her meeting. I then called Spencer and in only a few words, invited the boy to dinner.
Pretty odd legacy)
I pushed the girl out of my mind and looked down at the text on my screen. Mom wanted me to come back even after I'd thrown a tantrum. I wouldn't be surprised if she had an application in for God.
I spent a solid 20 minutes in the bathroom, throwing up before I finally felt I would be fine on my feet without help.
"I actually asked if I could join you guys. It's a little sad being in the office on thanksgiving!"
"I guess so...But if you ask me, my moms thanksgiving is a little...Crowded. I've always hated my moms little gatherings."
"Ande...There's only like 6 people here." His eyebrows knitted and then he smiled.
"That's not what I meant Spencer." I huffed and walked away to sit down near the beautiful turkey that Had to be Abel's work of art.
I managed to get a couple dirty "Sit back down" looks by my mom and dad but they didn't realize how critical it was for me to get out of there. I locked the door behind me and laid my head on the brim of the toilet, feeling completely miserable and all alone.
*Knock knock knock*
"Ande, it's me.." Mom's voice sounded outside the door. "It's been hours. Please come out? Are you alright?"
"No, I'm not alright." I stood up and unlocked the door just to pass out in my mothers arms. Dad and Spencer looking around her shoulders.
Born to me that night was three beautiful baby girls. Laura, Nessie, and Rose. All three were perfectly healthy and spent the night in my arms on my mothers couch.