- Chapter 1
"Robin, Dinner is ready!" A short middle aged woman called up the latter. Robin glanced up from the news papers in her hand, and quickly flung herself off her bed, stuffing the newspapers in a brown wooden cheast under her bed. "Coming!" She replied as she hurried across the room and scurried down the latter. She made her way through the small living area and walked into the kitchen.
A man who looked to be in his late 50's was sitting down at the small kitchen table, waiting for the food to be served. " Hi pops." Robin greeted the man as she took a seat next to him. The woman placed a pot of stew in the middle of the table, and then turned to get the dishes.
"Robin," The man started. "You wouldn't happen to know where the newspaper went today?" Robin became a little flustered as she tried to worm her way out of the situation. "Uh, well you see. I um."
"Robin, You can't keep stealing the newspaper whenever you feel like it. I would like to read them once in a while you know."
"Sorry, dad." Robin apologized, scratching the back of her head. " I mean how else am I supposed to know what goes on in the world?"
"Oh hush Alvin, you can always listen to the radio like I do." The woman said as she gave a dish to her husband and daughter. "Let her have them." She sat down on the other side of her husband. "What for Pauline, I mean what do you do with them, Robin?" Alvin pushed trying to understand his daughters wierd behavihor. Robin stopped for a second debating on weather she should come out and tell them her little secret, but how could she, it would crush them if they new the truth. Alvin continued to push for an answer while eating his dinner. "Come to think of it you basically lock yourself away in that old attic. What are you doing up there all day?"
"Alvin, come now let her be."
"Pauline, it's not normal I tell ya"
"So she has some secrets, doesn't everyone?"
"Well this secret of hers is keeping her way from us, It would be nice if could spend some quality time with my own daughter.
Robin continued to listen to her parents argument, still not sure if she should come clean. If she tell them the truth they could be crushed, but if She keep it a secret She may never know who she truly is. Would it really be that bad if she just told them that she was looking for her birthparents, trying to figure out the secret to her past? But whenever she would bring it up in the past, they would alway paste a sad expression on their faces. No, she just had to know who she was, even if they were dissapionted. She just couldn't handle it anymore.
"You wanna know what I've been doing upstairs in the attic, reading all of those newspapers everyday?" Robin asked, interupting the debate that Alvin and Pauline were having. Pauline turned towards her daughter with a worried expression and spoke, " Oh sweetheart, you don't have to tell us it's ok if you have a secret or two." Alvin quickly, but gently put his hand on Paulines arm. "No, let the girl speak."
Robin took a deep breath and prepared herself for the expected dissapiontment. She looked up and got as serious as she could. "The truth is," She began, extremely nervous. Summoning up all the courage in her body she finally spoke her mind. "The truth is, I have been reading through the newspapers everyday in hopes that I would be able to find any clues as to who my birth parents are." Robin Held her breath and waited for the dissapionted looks to show, but was suprised to find that they were more shocked than dissapointed. silence filled the room, and it felt like it lasted forever when in reality it had only lasted for a couple of seconds.
"Your Birthparent?" Pauline suddenly said still a little confused.
"You mean to tell me that you have been spending all of your time looking for your birthparents?" Alvin added. "Yes?" She replied unsure of what to say next. Robin stayed silent hoping for one of them to say something, but when it was apparent that they were both still utterly shocked at her confession, she continued to speak. " I'm sorry, I mean I love you guys so much, don't get me wrong, but... i just... I just have this empty feeling inside of me, like I'm missing something. And I think that if I can find out who I was in the past then mabey that feeling will dissapear once and for all."
"Oh Sweetheart, you don't have to apologize to us, it's only natural that you would want to know." Pauline explianed finally bieng able to comprehend what it wa that Robin was telling them. "Really?" Robin asked, part of her relieved that they weren't dissapionted, and another confussed. "Robin, why didn't you tell us this sooner?" Alvin asked.
"I guess I was just afraid that you would e dissapointed in me"
"Dissapionted, now what would give you that idea?" He continued
"Well, I thought that maybe you would think that I didn't think that you were good enough for me."
"Oh Sweetheart, we know that you love us, and we could never be dissapionted in you for wanting to know about your past." Pauline assured her. Robin finally let out a big sigh, not realizing that she had been holding her breath. She was so relieved that they had taken it so well. I guess it's now or never. She had to ask them. "I'm glad you're not upset, and there is one thing that I wanted to ask you." Pauline gave her a sweet and understanding smile. "Of course dear, what is it?"
"Well, as you know I'm now eighteen years old and I was wondering if you would let me leave and search Amestris for anything that could help me with my search?"
"You want to leave?" Alvin aske confused and conflicted at the same time. "Is this really that important to you, Robin?" Important to her? how could it not be important to her? "Of course it is, I have to know who I am." She was desperatly hoping for any signs of aproval at this piont. There was a moment of silence as Alvin and Pauline exchanged looks. "Well," Pauline began after the quiet, "You are eighteen now, and if it really means this much to you. I just don't want you to be too dissapionted if you find something that you don't like."
"You know Robin, it is possible that they might not even be alive, I mean we don't know for sure." Alvin added. It was true, and the thought had struck her a couple times before. However there was also a chance that they were alive, living thier normal life out there somewhere. "I know, but I have to take the risk, if it means that there just the slightest chance that I could find them,I have to go."
"Well?" Pauline looked at Alvin for a resolve. He finally let out a small sigh as he said. "I guess if it means this much to you, you have my support." Robin couldn't believe it. They had said yes. She could go on her journey, finally after all these years she could disscover who she really was. "Oh Thank you, thank you so much!" She exclaimed, as she jumped out of her seat and went to hug her foster parents. "You don't know how much this means to me, thank you!"
Robin spent the rest of the night packing her things for the next day. She would leave bright and early ready for a new adventure. "Look out Amestris, Things are about to change."