Chapter 32: Family Reunions
I kept looking between the boy and the girl. No way could these...kids be my siblings. Unless...
“No,” I said firmly. “You can’t be my siblings. My mother was not pregnant when I was 3. I would have known. When they—” I couldn’t continue as tears began to stream down my face.
“Alayah or Leah, we are your siblings whether you like it or not, well half-siblings at least,” Henry said.
I was totally flabbergasted. No words came to my mind that I could say to explain what I was thinking. Words were racing all around my brain trying to find the right combination of words to speak but nothing came to the surface.
“Alayah,” Padua said in a soft and quiet voice. It was gentle and sweet but by looking at her face I could tell that she was sad at my reaction to the news. “It’s true. Please believe us. Mom doesn’t even know we are here. We sort of ran away when we heard about you from the meeting the alphas had a while back.”
Words flew out of my mouth faster than I could control my tongue. “That woman is not my mother. She may have given birth to me but that doesn’t mean she is my mother.” I spat out.
Tears were flowing down Padua’s face as I spoke. “A mother doesn’t leave her child behind! No matter what the circumstance is. Even if they did leave they always come home to her loved ones.” I began to shake as memories flowed back into my mind of the day that my parents dropped me off at Aunt Charlotte’s house.
Kaden wrapped his arms around me and pulled me into his chest trying to comfort me. “Alayah, calm down it’s okay.” Kaden’s voice filled my head. It was sweet and gentle but also a warning that I was getting out of control.
“No, they need to know the truth,” I responded.
“A mother doesn’t abandon her child for 13 years and then attempts to kidnap them once they find out the secret that’s been kept from them their whole lives!” I fell to the floor on my knees tears streaming down my face.
Kaden was on the floor behind me as I felt his strong arms still around me as I cried. “Shhh.” He whispered in my ear in an attempt to calm me down.
“You don’t know the pain and heartbreak I’ve been through my entire life! You can’t just waltz in here and expect me to be okay with you in my lives!” I said to them.
I flicked my gaze from my hands to the two of my supposed siblings on the couch. Padua got up and crouched on the ground with me. Her green eyes stared right into my light blue ones. Both of our eyes are glossy as we had both been crying. “Leah, would you like us to explain why yo—our mother never came back after the war?” She asked kindly as she tried to keep herself from crying once more.
I whipped the remaining tears off of my face. “P-please,” I stuttered. Gently she took my hands in hers and helped me off the ground. Kaden rose along with me and unwrapped his arms from my body but still stood close protectively.
Henry scooter over on the couch and I sat between Padua and him. “Explain,” I said steadily.
Henry started. “It was during the war. It lasted for about 3 years or so. It ended in late 2000. Anyway, while in the war our mother and father were apart a lot. Mom had recently found out she was pregnant with Padua and I the day before the fighting had begun, the day they left you behind. She didn’t want to risk us and so the two of them fled and became rouges for a while until mom had us.”
I was trying to stay calm as I took in all of the words Henry was saying. My mother was pregnant the day we were supposed to send a special day together. She was going to tell me that day but when everything happened that morning she and my father left for war.
“When she had us they searched for a pack to take them in and lucky enough they found one.” Henry continued. “The Eternal Moon pack. They took us in regardless that we were rouges at the time. Everything was great until our previous alpha died and he didn’t have an heir. His dying wish was to make m—our parents the new alphas since they were the alphas in their previous pack.”
I stopped him for a moment. “So they basically were alphas, ran away from war, found a new pack, and then became the alphas of that pack?” I said clarifying what he said.
“And they never thought of me that entire time? All 13 years they were gone, not once did they think about me?” I stated, pretty upset. Both Henry and Padua were silent. “So it’s true then. They really didn’t care about me.” I whispered.
Padua placed her hand on my shoulder and squeezed it trying to comfort me. It wasn’t working. “Wait,” I said replaying the whole event in my head of meeting these two. I flicked my gaze between Padua and Henry. “You said I was your half-sister?” I said in astonishment. I had totally breezed passed that statement when he said it.
“Yes,” Padua said. “Your father isn’t the same as ours.” She clarified.
“Then who the hell is my father?” I said. “What’s the name of the man who was with my mom?” I asked confused and a bit angry. My blood was boiling with all the information I was getting. My family seems to be very messed up with all of this craziness.
“That was Scott. The same man who was with you when you left at the age of three to live with your Aunt.” Henry said.
That was getting me nowhere. He did sort of look like Scott but I guess I didn’t recognize them after all it has been 13 years. “Then who the hell is my father?” I repeated. I really was getting angry with all of the lying and betrayal in my family.
“We don’t know,” Henry said. “Apparently while our mother was married to Scott she got a little too drunk one night at a club she was at celebrating her birthday with her friends and ended up sleeping with someone but she has no clue who the guy was. Scott didn’t even know about it, until now at least. She just played it off as if you were his child.”
I choked at what he said. “So, my father has no clue who the hell I am, and my mother cheated and pretended that I was Scott’s daughter this entire time!” I shouted.
You could practically see the steam shooting through my ears. “Yes,” Henry and Padua said at the exact same time. I jumped up from between them and began to pace in front of the couch. I was beyond pissed at everything and everyone.
“Alayah,” Kaden said trying to get my attention but I ignored him. I mumbled under my breath some choice words like I was in a trance until someone grabbed me by the shoulders and knocked me out of it.
I glanced up to meet Kaden’s eyes. Deep brown pools of chocolate melted into my blue skies. “Alayah, please calm down for a moment so we can sort this all out like adults, please.” He implored.
I sighed. He was right, I need to calm down before things get more out of control. “First of all, I’m not an adult, I’m a teenager so you better get used to this stuff,” I said to him. He chuckled softly.
“Just this once, calm down and act rationally then you may continue your little teenage rant if you’d like.”
I nodded my head. That was reasonable enough. Maybe. I turned on my heels to face Padua and Henry once more. “So you really have no clue who my father is?” I asked softly.
“We don’t. Mom didn’t tell us who but she just told us the story.” Henry said.
I sighed. “Okay.” I turned to face Kaden now. “What are we going to do with them? They wouldn’t have run away if they didn’t have to.”
“They could stay here with us for the time being until more of this case is solved,” Kaden said.
I felt two small arms wrap around me. I look dang see of Padua hugging me. “Please, Leah. I don’t want to go back.” She begged.
I smiled down at her. “Of course you can stay. But you guys still have a lot of explaining to do understand?” I said acting more confidently in my role as Luna.
“Yes, ma’am.” The two of them said and saluted at of they were scouts. I laughed their response.
“Good now go pick out a room. I’m pretty sure we’ve got plenty.” I said. They both glanced at one another before racing up the stairs.
I took a few steps towards the couch and sat down exhausted. I closed my eyes resting them a bit. “Alayah, are you okay?” Kaden’s voice close to me.
“Yeah, I’m fine Kaden. Just tired of all of this craziness in my life right now. I just need a well-deserved break. Best family reunion even.” I said the last part sarcastically.
I heard the couch squeak as Kaden put his weight on the couch. “It’s only been one day.” He said.
“Yeah, one day full of work and chaos.” I fired back at him.
He laughed before putting his arm around my shoulders and pulling me into his side. He then kissed the top of my head. “There is going to be a lot more eventful filled days to come Alayah.”
“But I just want a break! Like it’s been a few months since I’ve figured all of the nonsense out and it’s just a lot to comprehend.”
“You’re doing fine.”
I shook my head. “Yeah maybe to you but to everyone else I’m failing.”
“Alayah—” He started but was cut off by my phone ringing.
I held up one finger before pressing the green button on my phone. “Marisa?” I asked worriedly. She hates me now why would she be calling me.
“Leah, I need you right now.”