Violet listened to her mother’s words and pondered them. She was right. Violet didn’t know how she would do it or how she would make the time, but she needed to figure it out. She knew the children couldn’t grow up throwing people against walls because they’re mad. However, one thing was for sure, she was not going to share the information of another type of Prohibited with anyone, until she was one hundred percent confident.
“I’ll talk to Genevieve and Senator Kindle. If I’m here with the kids more, then Caroline may need to take over some of my duties. Do you think she’ll be fine with that?” Violet asked.
“You know Caroline. She’ll do whatever she needs to do, and she won’t complain. She’ll be good.” Delilah smiled.
“Okay.” Violet relented. “Okay.”
“Violet, I do have something else that I need to share with you. I don’t know exactly what to say.” Delilah pulled out the three pictures from between the couch cushions and handed them to Violet. Violet looked at each image for a moment. Her eyebrows furrowed as she sat in confusion. She held the pictures in her hand and turned towards her mom.
“Where did you get these pictures of Gabriel? They look old.”
Delilah sat, looking into her daughter’s beautiful eyes. “That’s not Gabriel, Violet.” Delilah gave her time to think about what she had just said.
Violet looked at the pictures again and ignored the age of the photographs. “Yes, it is. It looks just like him.”
“Then who is it?”
“It’s Jacob.” Delilah took a deep breath.
“But it looks just like Gabriel.” Suddenly Violet jumped up from the couch. She looked at her mom and then back down at the pictures. “Wait!”
Delilah allowed her daughter’s mind to process. Violet began to pace the floor as she held the pictures in her hand, occasionally looking down at them. Delilah sat and waited.
“Are you saying that Jacob is Gabriel’s father? Annabelle’s?” Violet asked as she continued to pace.
“I am Violet. He and Gabriel are identical. No matter how I try to spin it, the only explanation is that he’s Gabriel and Annabelle’s father.”
“Does Jacob know?” Violet’s mind was reeling.
Violet stopped dead in her tracks. “You haven’t told him?”
“No. I didn’t know how to tell either of you. But Violet, look at those pictures. That is Gabriel before Gabriel was born. That is the only thing that makes sense. You can’t deny that.”
“Oh my gosh. Dad is going to freak out. This is crazy.” Violet continued to pace and then suddenly stopped as she realized the last part of what Delilah was expressing. “That makes them my siblings!” Violet finally came to this realization.
“Yes. It does.” Delilah stood up and took her daughter into her arms. She hugged her for a long time. Violet’s world continued to swirl around her. She couldn’t make sense of it. She knew her future held a lot of turmoil, but she hadn’t seen any of this in her images. She didn’t like the unknown. It didn’t sit well with her.
“Do the kids know?” Violet mumbled into her mother’s shoulder.
“No. I wanted to tell you and your dad first.”
“Do you think we should tell them at all?”
“I don’t know, Violet. I think they have a right to know, but I don’t know when we should.”
“Is dad around?”
“No. He’s been in meetings with Dr. Marsh and Dr. Campbell all morning. They’re trying to retract more memories.”
“Well, I think he needs to hear this. Are they at the medical facility?”
“Then let’s go.”
“Don’t you want to call him first?” Delilah asked.
“No. He’ll just worry.”
Delilah went upstairs and notified Caroline that they would be leaving. Carline and the children walked out of the bedroom behind her. The children saw Violet downstairs and began running while yelling Violet’s name. They were always excited to see her. She knelt at the bottom of the stairs to give them both a big hug. She looked at each one of them with a different view. These were her sister and brother. She got tears in her eyes and hugged them again. She lovingly chastised them for their earlier actions. They agreed not to do it again. She told them she would be back, and they walked out the door.
Jacob was in session, but Delilah notified the staff to interrupt. Jacob came out of the room with a concerned face and was followed by Dr. Campbell. Dr. Campbell was a renowned hypnotherapist. He had made some great progress with Jacob. They had learned a lot of information from him regarding the experiments and life in the facility. Dr. Campbell worked with many of the rescued Prohibited. They all liked him. He had a great bedside manner.
“Sorry to barge in like this, but we need to speak to you for a moment.” Delilah explained.
“No problem at all.” Dr. Campbell responded.
“Do you mind if we use the session room?” Delilah asked.
“That would be fine. I’ll just be in my office.” Dr. Campbell walked away as Violet and Delilah joined Jacob in the session room.
“What’s going on?” Jacob asked both women.
“We have some things we need to tell you.” Delilah explained as they all sat in chairs. “The children had some issues today. They got into a fight over the remote, and Annabelle flung Gabriel against the wall.” Delilah hesitated. “Without touching him.”
Jacob’s eyes got big. “You mean like she used a gift? A power?”
“Yes. That’s exactly what it was.” Delilah continued.
“That’s bad. That’s really bad.” Jacob looked over at Violet. “What do you think?”
“I’m going to talk to Genevieve, but mom thinks I need to start working with them on entering the realm and controlling their anger.”
Jacob nodded his head. “Well, it seemed to work well for you. Right?”
“It did. I’m just not sure I can teach them.” Violet replied.
“Of course you can. You’re as tough as they come. You’re going to have no problem teaching them.” Jacob reassured her.
“Thanks, dad. I don’t think I have much choice.” Violet was not confident.
“Well, I know you can. I know your mom agrees. If anyone can do it, it’s you. Those kiddos deserve the best, and they have that in you.” Jacob smiled at Violet.
“Jacob, we have something else we need to talk about.” Delilah pulled the pictures from her purse and handed them to Jacob.
Jacob looked them over and then handed them back to Delilah. “That’s Gabriel. Is there a problem?”
Delilah handed Jacob back the pictures. “Take another look.”
Jacob held the pictures in his hand and scanned them for quite some time. His head tilting ever so slightly. “Hey, that’s the house I lived in when I was a kid. How?”
“That’s you, Jacob.” Delilah said quietly.
Jacob continued to study the pictures. “That’s me? But that looks exactly like Gabriel.” Jacob slowly began the recognition process Violet had just completed. Except he didn’t jump up out of his seat. He began to cry.
“Dad, don’t cry, please.” Violet stood up and sat on the arm of Jacob’s chair. Jacob lowered his head as tears fell from his golden eyes. Violet hugged him and began to rub his back. “Dad, it’s going to be okay.”
From out of the sound of Jacob’s whimpers, he began to speak. “I knew they had taken so much from me. They took your mom. They took you from me. They took all of those years from me. They not only took vital pieces of my physical being; they took all of my hope. They took my future. They took my dreams. They took everything. Why?” Jacob’s pleas for answers were heartbreaking.
Neither woman had a word of comfort. He deserved all the answers he was seeking, but they had none. There was no reason for the things they had done to Jacob. It was pure madness and evil. They sat in silence as Jacob experience his loss and realization that somehow, Gabriel and Annabelle were his children. They sat for hours.
After Jacob’s tears ran out, they discussed how this was even possible. They discussed the reasons why they would have been created. They discussed explanations as to why their eyes were a brilliant silver. They talked about what Jacob and the children had been through. They discussed when they should tell the children. They discussed their futures. They discussed everything that they could think of.
Violet relayed to her parents that she was done with all of them guessing. She was tired of not having all the answers. She wanted answers for her father and her new siblings. There was a fire lit under her, and she was going to take action. She told them that she wanted to enter the facilities and gather any and all documentation possible to begin piecing this puzzle, their puzzle, together. The time had come for concrete answers.
For as much as Jacob and Delilah wanted to talk her out of it, they knew this needed to be done. They spoke about the possible ways for her to approach this mission and the possible outcomes. Violet promised to speak with Genevieve about training the children and getting her assistance with obtaining the documentation. Violet promised that she would take all precautions and plan it out with great care. They agreed not to tell the children about Jacob being their father until their connection to the children became greater. Violet also wanted them to enter the realm first and learn how to maneuver through the negative better. They all agreed.
Violet was determined to get every single document she could. She was not going to be satisfied with anything less. It was their time to have a satisfactory outcome. The Normals and Intruders had taken all they were going to take from the Prohibited. She wanted answers. But through Violet’s confidence, she forgot one thing. Nothing is certain.