Year 2: Post 32: And Life Goes On

Hey Queendalers! So if you guessed “Hawks” you guessed right! I couldn’t resist using our loveable mascot as a code word! Next week’s code will be a pretty easy one as well, in honor of it being my final post. But we will get to that later. Onto the post!

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So since Sarah and Ricky rescued Evanglina from Jake and Henria, Ricky has been spending a lot of time with her. It’s almost as if they are trying to make up for eighteen lost years in just a month! I spotted them Thursday afternoon hanging out at McDoogles. They had a nice lunch of burgers and fries and then played some of the arcade games.

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I even caught them playing a game of foosball at one of the tables in the back. Man, it has been so long since I have played that game. I used to love playing it as a kid.

Anyways, Evanglina and Ricky seemed to be having a good time laughing away. That is until he brought up a certain subject,

“So, have you heard from your mother lately?”

That seemed to kill the mood right there.

Evanglina stared down at the foosball table without even looking up.

“Yes. She has called my cellphone a few times. Auntie Sarah also said she called the house a bunch of times this week.”

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“And?” Ricky asked.

Evanglina shrugged. “And nothing. She called and I haven’t spoken to her.”

They are quiet for a few minutes.

“But, don’t you think you should?” Ricky asked.

Evanglina then let go of the table. “No I don’t,” she said, a bit too loudly, causing people to stare. She then turned and walked out the door with Ricky following behind her.

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Then they seated themselves on a bench at the McDoogle playground.

Evanglina sighed. “I’m sorry. I shouldn’t have snapped like that.”

Ricky smiled. “It’s okay. I understand. I shouldn’t have pushed you. I guess I just wanted to know how you were feeling. This whole situation is-”

“Crazy,” Evanglina finished. She then exhaled sharply. “I just wish she had been honest with all of us a long time ago. Then things wouldn’t be like this. I’m just so confused and I don’t know how to feel.”

“She is still your mother though, Evanglina. You need to talk to her eventually.”

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“See, that’s what I don’t get,” Evanglina then said, shaking her head. “My mother lied to you. She lied to you! She didn’t tell you that you were my father and hid it for eighteen years, and she was going to keep hiding it if Aunt Sarah didn’t find out the truth. Why aren’t you angry with her? How can you just forgive her and want me to talk to her?”

Ricky looked at Evanglina quietly for a minute and then sighed. “I am angry, Evanglina, very, but it won’t change anything. What happened, happened and as much as I hate it, I may have been part to blame for why she lied in the first place.”

“Because of you and Aunt Sarah?”

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“Yes, that. I didn’t deal with the situation very well; neither of us did, and we really hurt your mother in the process. I’m not saying all this was okay, but I do see where she might have been coming from. I think she has been carrying what happened between us for all these years.”

Evanglina lifted her shoulders. “Fine. Maybe you’re right. But what about Jake? Ever since she started dating him, she has been all about him and never about me.”

Isn’t that the truth.

“She has taken his word over mine so many times that I have lost count! Every time I tried to tell her about something that he did to me, she would never believe me! Every time he slapped me, cursed at me or even threatened me, she never listened. He even beat me up in front of her twice and she just watched!” Evanglina shook her head. “All that I have gone through because of her, I can’t forgive.”

Wow. If you had ever wondered how Evanglina was feeling about everything, there you have it in a nutshell.

Meanwhile, Ricky just watched her quietly, taking in every word Evanglina said. He then exhaled deeply before opening his mouth to speak again.

“It always amazes me when you talk about it. It makes me so angry that you had to go through all that. I wish I could have been there for you.”

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Evanglina’s face seemed to soften when he said that. “You are now. Just don’t defend her to me.”

“I’m not trying to defend her. I’m not even asking you to forgive her. I just think you should talk to her. Maybe she wouldn’t be hounding you so much if you told her what you just told me.”

Evanglina stared at him for a moment in silence and then nodded. “Maybe you’re right,” she said. “I just don’t know if I am ready to.”

“You don’t have to do it right now, but I think you should eventually. It might help you move on as well.”

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After that they both rose from the bench and Evanglina gave him a hug.

“Hang in there,” he said to her. “Things will work out. You’ll see.”

Evanglina grinned and looking happier than I have ever seen her. “Thanks…dad.”

Ricky then gave her a look of surprise, quickly turning into a wide smile.

A moving moment for sure!

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After leaving McDoogles, they both head to the beach and skip some stones into the ocean. Ricky has a long arm and is able to get his stone to skip several times before it drops underwater. I have tried to do that so many times, but I can only get mine to skip twice.

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They then take a dip in the ocean, splashing around in the water. The sky starts to darken, but they both didn’t seem to care. I can’t help but feel happy for her. Evanglina finally has the family she has always wanted.

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In other news, Claude and Emilie have been spending a lot of time together. I have been seeing an awful lot of them around town. I guess with him leaving, Emilie wanted to get as much time with him as possible. The day before he left, I saw them hanging together at Marcelle Park.

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It was a nice summer day, and I saw them heading to the gazebo facing the lake. Somewhere from nearby, you could even hear music playing softly.

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They both then took a seat on one of the benches and cuddled together. Boy did the two of them look adorable!

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They stay like that for almost thirty minutes and even shared a few passionate kisses before leaving. I think it helped that the park happened to be empty that day. Not that I think either of them would have cared all that much.

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I then saw them later in the evening downtown, coming out of the movie theater. They were all smiles and laughing, making me assume that maybe they saw some romantic comedy.

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It was after that that he dropped her off at home and they had their final farewells. I could tell that Emilie was having a hard time.

“So, when is your flight tomorrow?” she asked.

“About seven in the morning.”

Emilie pulled him toward her. “I wish I could see you off,” she said.

Claude smiled. “Me too, but I don’t know how Claire would react to that.”

“Good point.” She stroked his cheek with her hand. “I’m really going to miss you.”

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Claude gave her a quick peck on her lips. “I’m going to miss you too,” he said. “Terribly.”

“You promise to write?”

“Of course, and I hope to hear back from you.”

“Even in the fall?”

Claude grinned. “Especially then. I want to hear all about how things are at Columbia. I’m so happy you got accepted. I know how much you wanted to go there.”

Emilie’s cheeks reddened. “Thanks, and I am happy for you for getting into the University of Cambridge. I want to hear all about that too.”

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They then pull in for a kiss and spend the next few minutes doing so in the warm summer breeze. They seem almost lost in each other and I am starting to feel like a hidden third wheel. Not that I haven’t felt this way many times before.

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They then share an embrace; one they hold for quite a while.

“You know, if you ever decide to study abroad, England would be a great destination.”

Emilie laughed. “I will definitely keep that in mind. I promise.”

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Then with a final hug and kiss, Claude took off, leaving Emilie standing in front of the gate watching after him. My heart breaks for her. I can’t imagine gaining my first boyfriend and then having him leave me to return home. Another reason why I don’t do long distance.

Anyways, I guess we are all left to wonder if the two of them will really stay in touch. For Emilie’s sake, I hope so.

So that makes the end of this week’s posts. I can’t believe it, but next week will be my last post as Lexie. It’s crazy how time flies. That said, keep up with your guesses, because in just a week you may just know who Lexie really is.

 

Kisses,

   Lexie

(Code Clue: a season that brings warmth and sun, vacations and fun for everyone)

 

(Thank you all for reading and following my blog! One more week of Kisses, Lexie! Any guesses to the identity of Lexie Wright? 😉 )

 

-Evanglina

Year 2: Post 29: A New Normal

Hey Queendalers! If you guessed “sleeping bag”, you got it! So this week was a slow one. With all the seniors worrying about graduation and getting all their credits, there is no trouble for drama. Well, for the most part.

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So, Track season has come to a close. That said, Paul has still been practicing his skills, including soccer and basketball.  I spotted him practicing with Emily at the park Thursday afternoon.

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Let me tell you, she was not so bad herself! She put up a good game, kicking the ball with all her might into the net. Even with all Paul’s training, she gave him quite a workout.

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Still, she was no match for Paul and his superb goalie skills. He blocked every single one of Emilie’s balls despite her powerful force of kicks. Somehow, I think he will do just fine at either Bridgeport University or Alfred State with soccer.

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Unfortunately, it started to rain forty minutes later, ruining their fun. And it was coming down pretty hard. The two of them both then packed up their things and headed out. I however, would have stuck around if I was them. There is nothing like playing soccer in the rain. I love it! Sure, you might slip and slide along the mud, but that’s more of the fun!

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Emilie and Paul weren’t the only ones having fun this week. I spotted Evanglina and Ricky driving along this weekend together. It would seem that Evanglina has finally managed to get her permit and is working with Ricky to get her license! Better now than never! I’m sure you are wondering how she has been doing since the whole fiasco last weekend.

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Well, Evanglina is now back at school and seems to be doing better. She still has some scars on her neck and face left from Jake’s abuse, but other than that, she seems to be okay. She does seem a little quieter and more guarded than usual, but who can blame her? I can’t imagine dealing with what she has had to deal with for the past two years or more! At least there is now a bit of happiness for her.

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I also saw her at the park again, strumming on her guitar along with Maria. The two of them are really on about this starting a band thing. They have even given themselves a name, “Evarie,” by putting their names together. And trust me, they are not bad. Their performance at the Prom has sparked a lot of attention and from what I’ve heard, someone has posted a video of it online on “Youbook”, the social media Queendale teens are addicted to. The video has almost 250,000 views which is pretty good for Queendale and the state. These girls might be going places!

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After playing in the park for a while, Maria followed Evanglina back to the Emerson house, where they met up with Kara and Emilie for a total ladies’ night! It looked like tons of fun, with them all seated in the family room chatting about everything from school to boys.

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Although, I was a bit surprised to see they were watching the FearNet station. Funny, they didn’t even seem that scared. I would have been terrified out of my mind! They show the creepiest movies on there, but there were the four of them laughing while watching! Crazy!

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The night then ended with a nice soak in the hot tub out back in the Emerson’s backyard. All four of them were laughing and seeming to be having a good time. Even Evanglina seemed to be enjoying herself.

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With all the conversations, it was obvious that they were all trying hard not to ask what happened between Evanglina and Jake. Still, you could tell they all desperately wanted to ask.

Instead, they focused on Emilie and Maria.

“So, how are things going with you and Claude, Em?” Kara asked.

Emilie laughed. “Well, I would say as well as you and my brother.”

Maria groaned. “Ugh. I totally forgot about that little detail.”

Emilie smiled and shrugged. “Hey, it’s okay with me. As long as you treat him right.”

“But of course! You know how much I love him.”

Emilie raised her hand. “Okay, now it’s getting weird.”

All three of them then laughed.

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“So how are you and Adam?” Emilie asked Maria. “Have you two talked since Prom?”

Maria shook her head. “I just can’t talk to him right now. I feel like my emotions are all over the place. On one side, I am still so angry that I can’t even think straight and then on the other side, I just miss him so much.”

Kara nodded. “Understandable. This whole situation with you two is just so messed up. I’m sorry.”

“Me too. I just hope I will figure things out soon.”

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“So, Evanglina,” Emilie looked at her carefully. “How are you, um, doing?”

It was quiet for a few minutes and then Evanglina sighed.

“Well, I’m doing better. I just wish I didn’t feel so guilty about…leaving.”

“Don’t Eva,” Kara said shaking her head. “You had to leave. You couldn’t stay in an environment like that. It was bad for you. I mean, look what Jake did to you!”

Evanglina nodded. “I know, but my mom looked so hurt when I left. I guess…I just have never seen her like that before.”

“Your mom is hurt now, but she caused this. She shouldn’t have let Jake do all that to you. I think right now you need to focus on you.”

Both Emilie and Maria agree.

Evanglina smiled. “I guess I’m outnumbered.” She then lay back upon the tub wall and seemed to relax.

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After soaking, they started to head inside, but then Evanglina said she had a spooky story to tell. They all then gathered on the ground and she began telling them a ghost story. As she told the story, they all got so into it, that they started jerking and pulling away as if Evanglina was the one doing all the killing in the story!

Finally, she ended it with the final line, “So every time the moon is full and is a shade of blue, fear that the mystical moonlight just may affect you.”

Maria laughed and gave Evanglina a smile. “If we weren’t into the music scene you definitely would get money for your storytelling.”

Kara laughed as well. “On that note, let’s go to bed.”

The four of them then headed inside. It is amazing how so much has changed, but the four of them have still managed to be good friends. Go figure.

Well, that it is for now. Tune in next week for more drama!

More soon!

 

Kisses,

   Lexie

 

(Code Clue: Upon it I see numbered days of the week, reminders of events and people to meet)

 

-Evanglina

Year 2: Post 28: Escaping the Marsens House of Horror

Hey Queendalers! So I am sure you are all wondering exactly what is going on with the Marsens since last week’s post. Well, I actually do have some news, for those of you who don’t yet know. Here we go!

So as you know, Evanglina hasn’t really been in school the past week. While everyone figured that she was just sick (and there may have been some truth to that), it would seem that she was at home because Jake and Henria were keeping her there. And of course, it only got worse after Kara told Evanglina about the possibility of Ricky being her father. Since that night that Jake dragged her upstairs to her room, Evanglina has not been seen out of the house. I’m serious! It’s like she disappeared. Kara and Derek have tried to see her a few times, but Henria always yells at them to leave and Jake slams the door in their faces.

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It is pretty obvious that they are basically keeping her trapped there, something that it would seem Sarah came to notice. After almost a week had passed, she made her way over to talk to Henria. It was Thursday afternoon to be exact. Henria didn’t want to let her in, but Sarah would not take no for an answer. She pushed her way through the door and into the house.

“What do you want Sarah?” Henria said rolling her eyes. Her face looked like she hadn’t slept in days. What on Earth was she taking?

“I came to see Evanglina,” said Sarah. “Kara said she hasn’t been in school for almost two weeks. She said she came over last week and snuck in to see her, but since then you haven’t been letting anyone in. So, I decided to come over to see for myself.”

Henria sniffed. “Evanglina is not available to talk right now.”

“Henria, I want to see her.”

“Well you can’t. She is very sick right now and she is contagious.”

Sarah arched her eyebrow. “Why don’t I believe you?”

Henria scoffed. “I don’t know, and I really don’t care. Whatever the case, you wasted a trip. Evanglina isn’t having any visitors, so you can just go.”

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“Listen Henria,” Sarah snapped. “I am not going anywhere until I see Evanglina. I don’t care if she is contagious or whatever you say. I want to see her. Now.”

Henria glared at her. “Excuse me, but this is my house and Evanglina is my daughter. You can’t just barge in here and order me around!”

“I just want to see Evanglina,” Sarah said again. “I want to make sure she is okay.”

“She is fine! Now get out!”

“No!” Sarah yelled. “You aren’t getting rid of me this time. I want to see her. Besides, the test results come back today.”

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Henria looked at her curiously. “What test results?”

“The results of the test I ordered to be run with Evanglina and Ricky. Today we should know the truth about whether or not he is her father.”

Henria’s eyes widened. “W-what? H-how are you running a test? I have not given you permission nor have I given you any sample of Evanglina’s DNA!”

Sarah shrugged. “I found an alternate way. I also happen to know someone in the lab.”

“I should have known you would bend the rules to get what you want,” Henria snorted.

Sarah sighed. “I just want the truth Henria, and so does Ricky.” Just as she said this, a car pulled up and then Ricky emerged from the front door. “Looks like Ricky is here,” she said.

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Ricky then knocked gently on the door and entered.

“Henria,” he said gently, “we need to talk.”

“I’m not in the mood, Ricky. I think we have said all we need to say to each other.”

Ricky shook his head. “I don’t think we have. I don’t know if Sarah told you that she-”

“Ran a test against you and some magical DNA she got of Evanglina? Yes, she has told me. So what?”

“So it wasn’t some magical DNA. She got it off Evanglina’s used latte cup, from when she took her and Kara shopping. And I received the results right before I came here.” He pauses to take a deep breath. “Henria…I’m her father.”

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I honestly wonder what reaction Ricky was hoping for. Maybe shock? Surprise? Horror? I don’t know, but it was not what he got. After those words left his lips, she just stood there staring at him.

“So what?” she said.

(Wait what? That was her response?)

Ricky looked confused. “What?”

“I said, so what?” Henria shrugged. “It doesn’t change anything.”

Ricky frowned. “What do you mean it doesn’t change anything? Of course it does!”

“How so?”

“Because this proves that she is my daughter, Henria! My daughter!”

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“Says your stupid test,” Henria protested. “How legit is it, really? You could have tampered with it.”

“Why would I do that?”

“I don’t know! I’m not in your head! But even so, it doesn’t matter.”

“It doesn’t matter?” Ricky looked extremely irritated. “Are you insane?”

“Oh please! You think you can be gone for all Evanglina’s life and then just waltz back in? Get real!”

Ricky looked incredulous and I can’t blame him. What kind of crock was that?

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“What the hell are you talking about?” he snapped. “You never told me I was her father!”

“And how could I? What with you screwing my sister back at home!  You chose her over us! So Evanglina and I had to move on with our lives!”

“What do you mean us? I didn’t even know you were pregnant! You left town and never told me! I would have never abandoned Evanglina!”

“Oh, so you just wanted to abandon me. Nice! Very nice Ricky! Gosh (censoring)! I wish I had never been with you!”

“This isn’t about me and you! This is about Evanglina!”

“And she is my daughter! So I get to decide who gets to be in her life and who doesn’t!”

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It’s amazing how this has turned into a shouting match. If anyone had been jogging by or even biking, they would have been able to hear their whole conversation. It was that loud, and also, the window happened to be open.

After Henria finished her sentence, she and Ricky just stood glaring at each other. Sarah looked totally caught in the middle.

“Well, I’m sorry, but you can’t decide that anymore, Henria,” he said finally. “Evanglina is eighteen years old now, and she’s my daughter too. So that means I have just as much right as you do.”

Henria scoffed. “Oh please, you haven’t even been a part of her life. In a custody hearing you wouldn’t have any say.”

“Are you kidding?”  Ricky raised his eyebrows, “If we were negotiating for custody, you would be at a serious loss! For goodness sakes, you are engaged to a man that allegedly imports drugs! He is on the police station’s watch list!”

Henria lips tightened. “Is that a threat, Ricky?”

“No! I’m just saying-”

“Because you aren’t going to take her away from me. No one is going to take Evanglina away from me!”

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The front door then opened and Jake came walking in. He looked from Henria to Ricky and then to Sarah.

“What’s going on?” he asked. “What is your slut sister and this a******* (censoring) doing here?”

Ricky turned to him. “Don’t you dare talk about my wife like that.”

“Oh, calm you nuts man,” Jake snapped.

Henria sighed. “Ricky just came over to tell me how he and Sarah had my daughter tested to see if he is her father. Apparently, the test came back positive for a match.”

Jake scoffed. “Really? So you’re that little brat’s father?” he chuckled. “That explains a lot.”

Ricky frowned. “I would appreciate it if you referred to Evanglina by her name.”

I noticed as they were talking, Sarah was slowly making her way around them and toward the staircase. She then crept her way up the stairs undetected.

Meanwhile, Jake just laughed. “That little b**** (censoring) doesn’t deserve to be called anything other than what she is. A dirty, little rotten slut.”

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As soon as he said this, Ricky surprised me by punching Jake in the face! Seriously!

Only Jake didn’t take that too well. He gritted his teeth and then tackled Ricky! The two of them then went rolling onto the floor. Henria just stood above them watching in surprise and awe.

The fight went on for a while with each of them struggling against each other. There is then a loud crashing sound and I can’t tell whether it was caused by them or from something upstairs. Ricky’s face looked totally furious while Jake had that killer look in his eyes. Scary!

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Finally, they both pulled apart panting. At that same time, Evanglina and Sarah emerged from upstairs. Evanglina looked horrible and terribly weak as she followed behind her. Her face was sunken like she hasn’t slept in days, and there was still a bruise on her cheek from where Jake had backhanded her; not to mention a few on her neck.

Seeing her, Henria’s eyes widened. “Evanglina! W-what-h-how did you-”

“I got her out of her room,” Sarah interrupted. “The door was locked, so I had to break in to get her out.” She gave Henria a dirty look. “She was handcuffed to her bed.”

Ricky looked even more outraged. “W-what?”

Sarah nodded. “I had to use a pin to pick the lock!”

“All those bruises.” Ricky was scanning Evanglina’s face. “How did you get them?”

Evanglina didn’t answer. She just glanced in Jake’s direction.

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Ricky turned to Jake looking livid. “Did you do that to her?”

Jake smirked. “Hey, some kids need harsher punishments for the message to sink in. Evanglina happens to be one of them. Only problem, she doesn’t seem to learn her lesson, as you can see.”

“How dare you!” Ricky made a move toward Jake, but he was too quick. Jake lunged at him and then the two them go at it again!

Sarah is totally caught off guard, screaming for Ricky to stop.

“We don’t need this! We have Evanglina so let’s just take her and go!”

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Ricky finally shoved Jake away and rose to his feet. “You’re right. Let’s just get out of here.”

Sarah then quickly ushered Evanglina out of the door while swatting away Henria, who was reaching to grab her.

“She is my daughter!” Henria screamed. “You can’t just barge in here and take her!”

“We aren’t! Evanglina wants to come with us, which I think is an excellent decision considering what is happening to her here! Also, she is eighteen years old! She can move out! And you forcing her to stay here against her will, is basically kidnapping!”

“I am not going to let you take her!”

“You don’t have a choice!” Sarah said, and then sighed. “Ricky and I are walking out of here with Evanglina and if you try to stop us, I will call the police.”

She then pushed Evanglina out the door. Ricky looked at Jake and Henria one more time and then he left as well, with Henria screaming at the top of her lungs from inside the house.

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Outside, Evanglina climbed into Sarah’s van and shut the door. Henria then came running out of the house screaming,

“You can’t do this Evanglina! You can’t leave me too! I need you! You can’t leave me!”

Evanglina just took one look at Henria and the house before turning away. Henria then stood by the doorsteps and watched Sarah’s car drive away before bursting into tears. I want to feel sorry for her, but I can’t. I am just too happy that finally Evanglina is out of that chaos.

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As Ricky and Sarah drove off into the distance, I couldn’t help but feel extremely relieved. I had been on the verge of blowing my cover to help Evanglina out. Luckily, I didn’t have to. Maybe just maybe, things might get better for that girl. One can hope.

Well, that is it for this week. The weeks are dwindling down and summer is almost on us. Also, graduation is right around the corner! Soon high school will be behind us. Let’s have a toast to bigger and better things in life. More soon my dearies!

Kisses,

   Lexie

 

(Code Clue: I snuggle in it at night, on the ground at a campsite)

 

-Evanglina

Year 2: Post 26: The Morning After

Hey Queendalers! If you guessed “gummy bear,” you got it right! I thought I would do a fun code for this week. I cannot believe how fast the months have gone. In just a month, the seniors will be graduating! Time sure flies! Well onto the post!

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I am sure you are all wondering what happened with Evanglina and Derek after she went home with him prom night. Well, let me tell you, she didn’t leave until the next morning! Seriously! I spotted her hurrying out of Derek’s house the very next morning looking very rattled.

“My gosh, my mom is going to be furious!” she was saying.

“Hey, it was an accident,” said Derek. “We just kind of fell asleep.” I feel a bit disappointed that just like last year nothing exciting happened. Again, too many Fabio covered novels.

“I know,” said Evanglina, “but she won’t care. I told you, she has been kind of unpredictable lately.”

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Evanglina then pulled Derek to her and kissed him deeply. They stayed like that for a minute before she pulled away.

“I have to go. Tell your dad that I am sorry for this.”

Derek laughed. “Please, my dad won’t mind a bit. He knows we didn’t, you know, do anything.”

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“Still. Tell him, okay?”

After he agreed, Evanglina waved a final goodbye and then was off.

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I have never seen someone petal so fast to get home. It was like she flew and trust me, that dress did not hold her back one bit! She then jumped off the bike and hurried into her house.

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Unfortunately, Evanglina was not lucky enough to be able to sneak back in. Henria was waiting for her when she came in through the door. You could hear her voice even from outside.

“Are you out of your mind?” she shouted at her. “You just waltz in at eight ‘O clock in the morning and think it is okay?”

“No, I didn’t say-”

“You didn’t have to! It’s obvious what you were thinking! Where were you last night?”

“I was with Derek and-”

“Derek? You were with Derek?”

“Yes, but-”

“Are you telling me that you were alone all by yourself, no parents, with a boy last night?”

“No, I-”

“Oh my gosh!” Henria looked furious. “Oh my gosh!”

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“Mom! Listen to me!” Evanglina practically had to yell. “We had just come back from prom and Derek asked me back inside, so I-”

“So you went in with him?!” Henria looked incredulous. “How could you be so irresponsible! A child like you going over to sleep at boys’ houses in the night!”

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“Mom, I am not a child! I am eighteen years old!”

Henria’s eyes widened. “Oh really? So you think because of that you should be sleeping around with boys?”

“No mom! That’s not what I m-”

“What’s going on down here?”

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Just then Jake came down the stairs. He looked from Henria to Evanglina and frowned.

“What did she do this time?”

I’ve gotta say, you have to just love how he is always ready to lay it into Evanglina about something. Seriously.

“Evanglina, was gone all night and just came in a minute ago,” said Henria. “She then proceeded to tell me she spent all night with a boy, doing God knows what!”

Jake looked at Evanglina with disgust. “Starting a bit early don’t you think?”

Evanglina rolled her eyes. “If you would excuse me Jake, I was talking to my mother. Not you. You are not my father.”

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Jake gritted his teeth and then slapped Evanglina right across the face. “You ungrateful little twit!” He yelled. “After all I have done for you! Giving you a roof over your head? You think you can talk to me like that? You go around whoring yourself to men in the night and then come home and insult your mother?”

“I didn’t insult an-”

“Just shut up!”  Jake yelled. “Just shut the fu** up! I am sick of your attitude and your stupid excuses! You are never seeing that boy again! Do you hear me?! Now get the fu** upstairs! NOW!”

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Evanglina looked at her mother like she was waiting for her to say something, but she didn’t say a word. She just stood watching in silence. Evanglina then burst into tears and ran up to room, with Henria and Jake yelling up the stairs after her. Goodness, the things that poor girl has to deal with. It makes you wonder what is going on with Ricky and the results. He hadn’t been back in past week. Could it be that Sarah had been wrong? That Ricky wasn’t Evanglina’s father? I guess time will tell.

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In other news, I saw Paul and Brian Nelson downtown together later in the afternoon. They were taking a stroll along the sidewalk, something that I hadn’t ever really seen Paul and Brian do. But nearing them, I realized why. They were having quite a serious conversation.

“I am sorry about all of this,” Brian was saying. “I know this has been a lot for both you and your sister to take in, what with it being your last year of high school and with graduation and everything.”

Paul shrugged. “Yah, it has, but that’s life. I figured things were kind of headed in that direction by the way you and mom were acting. Still, I did hope you two could work through it.”

Brian sighed. “So did I. But sometimes there are just some things you can’t get past. Learn from my mistakes, son. You find someone you love and know is the one, do not squander it or take it for granted. You never know if you will get another chance.”

Paul was quiet, but then nodded slowly.

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Afterwards, their conversation became a bit more cheerful. Brian asked how school was going and Paul said it was going well. He also told him how thrilled he was of being accepted at Bridgeport University and Alfred State. He just couldn’t decide between the two.

“I say you should choose the school you feel more at home at,” said Brian. “I also think the academic selection and social life is also important.”

Paul agreed. He also pointed out how Kara was also accepted into Bridgeport University, something his dad stopped him at.

“Don’t go to a school just because of a girl, son. Make sure you are there because you really want to be there. If not and you two don’t stay together, the situation gets messy. Besides, Bridgeport University and Alfred State are only an hour from each other or less. Either way, you two will still be able to see each other.”

That Paul couldn’t argue with. Which gets me thinking. With all these couples still in high school, it is so easy, but when they all move to college settings, will they all be able to last?

Well, that’s it for this week. We are winding down to the final weeks of the year and you all are still up with your guessing of who I am. Good guesses and I think one of you might have figured it out…Also, I have noticed that more people are starting to follow my blog, funny, as it is coming to an end. It’s only a matter of time before it spreads to certain people…More soon!

Kisses,

   Lexie

(Code Clue: A fly that is like butter, it brings beauty to it as it flutters)

 

-Evanglina

Year 2: Post 22: How Life Goes

Hey Queendalers! You guessed it! The code word this week is “ballet.” Nice job! As for the readers still guessing who I am, keep on with the guesses dears, but bear in mind, the longer I remain a secret, the longer the blog will last!

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So it looks like Ricky finally decided to make a visit to the Marsen house. I’m a bit surprised he hadn’t already done so after Sarah came with her whole theory, but whatever the case, he arrived, knocked, and waited by the front door. He then suddenly changed direction and started walking out toward the back. He was apparently not going to be leaving anytime soon.

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Lucky for him, Henria was in the backyard drinking a martini from her homemade bar. She looked up in surprise when Ricky walked over.

“Henria, we need to talk,” he said.

Boy, he just cut right to the chase.

Henria sighed. “What do you want Ricky. And where is my dear sister? She isn’t going to grace us with her presence?”

“No. I told her I would come alone since things didn’t seem to go so well the last time she was here.”

Henria scoffed and took a sip from her martini glass. “Maybe, that’s because she was talking nonsense.”

“But was she really, Henria?”

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Henria frowns. “Wow. This is the first time we have really talked to each other in over fifteen years, and that’s what you are going to start with?”

“I have been trying to get a hold of you for over a week now. We need to talk about this.”

Henria took another sip from her glass. “Fine. What?”

“You know what.”

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Henria set her glass down. “Look, I don’t know exactly what Sarah told you, but she doesn’t know what she is talking about. She is just being paranoid.”

Ricky gave her a look. “So are you going to deny it?”

“Deny what?”

“That Evanglina is my daughter.”

“O-of course she isn’t! I t-told Sarah who her father is. He was a guy I dated over the summer after I left.”

“You say that Henria, but I know you are lying.”

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Henria stepped closer. “Oh yah? And how do you know that?”

“Because I know you, Henria.” Apparently, that was the wrong thing to say to her.

“You don’t know me! You don’t know anything about me! I can’t believe you would even say that!”

Ricky moved back slightly. “But I do know you. Henria we were together once. Just because we aren’t anymore, doesn’t mean that I forgot. And one of the things I can always tell, is when you are lying to me.”

“Ricky, we were only together for a year and a half. It was no big deal.”

“I think it was Henria, and I know you do too.”

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Henria looked furious. “You have some nerve to be bringing all that up after what you did!”

“Henria-”

“You were the one that cheated on me remember? And with my own sister!”

“Henria-”

“So don’t you dare come in here and act like you know me so well, as if I meant something to you! Because I know the truth! You were in love with Sarah the whole time! You only dated me because you couldn’t be with her! I was just some side action until you could have the real thing!”

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Ricky looked totally shocked. I’m not though. This was bound to come out eventually. I mean, he did kind of date two sisters, which I hate to say, is kind of messed up. A warning to all you guys out there. Don’t be him.

“Henria, I really did care about you! Yes, it’s true that I was in love with Sarah, but I thought I didn’t have a chance with her. So I moved on with you. I actually did have feelings for you and care about you. You have to know that.”

Henria rolled her eyes. “If you cared so much, you wouldn’t have cheated on me. And you would have told me how you felt about my sister, instead of making me walk in on you two like that.”

Ricky sighs. “Henria, that happened years ago.”

“Well to me it feels like yesterday. You ripped my heart out and crushed it, and I honestly thought that I would never find happiness again. I am just lucky that I met Jake. Otherwise, I don’t know where I would have been.”

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Ricky raised an eyebrow. “Jake? Are you serious?”

Henria raised a hand. “Don’t even start. I heard enough from Sarah. Now leave.”

“I’m not going anywhere until we talk.”

“We’ve talked Ricky! I’ve got nothing left to say to you!”

“Henria, I want to take a paternity test.”

Henria rolled her eyes again. “Again with the stupid paternity test!” She looked extremely annoyed. “I told Sarah and now I am telling you, over my dead body.”

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Ricky exhaled deeply. “Look, I know things didn’t end well between us and I’m sorry about that. But if there is any chance that Evanglina is my daughter, I have a right to know.”

Henria took a step back. “You do, huh?”

“Yes! I do! If she is my daughter, it means that I have missed out on eighteen years of her life! And if you knew about it, which I can tell by that look on your face that you probably did, it means that you have kept her from me for eighteen years! Eighteen years! And you can bet that I am not going to let you get away with it!”

Henria’s eyes widened. “Are you threatening me Ricky?”

“No, I am telling you the truth.  Now I am going to request a paternity test, Aad you had better comply. Or else I will take this to court.”

After he said this, they both stared at each other intensely for almost a minute and then Ricky turned and walked off.

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Henria stared after him in silence after he leaves and then she burst into tears.

Look, as much as I hate the fact that she is still dating that abusive Jake and ignoring Evanglina, I can’t help but feel bad for her. Ricky after all was her first love and I can’t imagine what it would feel like to have that ripped away from you by your sister. That said, Ricky is right. If Evanglina is his daughter, he has rights to her too. What a sticky situation.

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Henria wasn’t the only one in a difficult situation. It looks like Marian finally broke the news to Emilie about the divorce. Emilie and Marian were spotted by a Lexie blog follower, sitting together in the backyard discussing the news.

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After Marian told Emilie the news, she surprisingly didn’t freak out.

“I guess I’m not too surprised,” she apparently said. “You and dad have been kind of tense the past six months. More than that even. Still, it’s hard to hear you say it out loud.”

“I’m sorry honey,” said Marian. “I really did want things to work out, but sometimes, things are just not meant to be.”

Emilie nodded. “I know what you mean. Boy, do I ever.”

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Marian smiled. “Is this about that boy from London? Claude?”

Emilie sighed. “I was so stupid, mom. I actually thought that maybe he liked me.”

“You weren’t stupid, Emilie. You took a chance on a connection you thought you had made. There is nothing stupid about that. Yes, it didn’t work out, but that doesn’t mean you were stupid to care.”

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“My mind knows that, but my heart still feels so lost.”

“I know,” Marian sighs. “It will feel like that for a while, but it will pass. I promise. And someday you will find a guy that feels the same way you do.”

Emily shrugged. “I guess.”

“But I hope you won’t let that stop you from going to Prom in the next two weeks.”

Emilie laughs. “I won’t.”

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They are then quiet for a few minutes.

“So, you are okay with everything?”

Emilie nodded slowly. “It’s going to take some getting used to, but I will be okay. Eventually.”

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They both then got up and hugged.

“I’m sorry about everything, sweetheart. I didn’t want things to go this way.”

“I’m sorry too, mom. I really wish things could’ve been different.”

“I love you.”

“I love you too, mom.”

They then walked back indoors together arm in arm.

Two much heartache for words. I can just hear the chorus line of Paula Deana’s new single, “Don’t break my heart…”

Boy is it ever broken. More soon!

Kisses,

   Lexie

(Code Clue: With a fluffy white tail and two pointy ears, this creature flocks around Easter each year)

 

-Evanglina

Year 2: Post 20: And The Father Is…

Hey Queendalers! So it looks like more of you guessed the code this time around, the “internet.” Good job, although I do happen to know that some of you guessed “website” which is also a good guess too. I will try not to make the next clue too arbitrary. Don’t want any more confusion and stress for you guys! Now time to juice!

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So, with all the craziness going on with everyone’s families, I almost forgot to mention how Prom is right around the corner! Then again, you probably have an idea since my last post showed Derek asking Evanglina. Still, apart from them, no one else seems to be having their happy ending.

Speaking of which, I spotted Maria and Emilie at the fashion store downtown. I was a bit surprised considering the fact that Maria hadn’t left the house in a few days (well, apart from going to school), nonetheless, she was there and with Emily. They walked through the store glancing at the new arrivals and then stopped at the prom dresses.

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As Emilie was looking at one of the dresses, Maria smiled and tapped her shoulder. “You thinking about going?” she asked.

Emilie looked at her and then shrugged. “I wanted to, but I can’t. Not after what Angel did. It’s hard enough just getting through the day at school.”

“The poems, right?” Maria shook her head. “I still can’t believe she did that. Well, actually I can, but that was so messed up!”

Emilie rolled her eyes. “I feel like everyone is whispering about it behind my back. It’s driving me crazy and making me lose my focus.”

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“I know, but just ignore them. That’s what I’m trying to do about the whole thing with Adam.”

“How is that going?”

Maria sighed. “It is what is. He came to my house a week ago apologizing and everything. He even, well… kissed me.”

Emilie’s eyes widened. “He did? Wow.”

“Yah, but I stopped him. He wants so badly to fix it, but I just can’t forgive him.”

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Emilie smiled. “You don’t have to explain to me. I understand. I still can’t believe it.”

“Neither can I.” Maria shook her head again. “I never thought he would cheat on me. I know he was a total player in the past, but he really did seem to have changed. I thought he loved me.”

“For what it’s worth, I do think that he loves you, Maria. I have never seen someone so desperate to get someone back. I mean, the guy has been coming to your house almost every day trying to see you. I’m not saying what he did was okay, but you can’t deny that he really does care about you.”

“I guess. I just wish he loved me enough not to do it in the first place.” Good point.

“Me too.”

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Maria then pointed to one of the dresses nearby. “I’ve been eyeing that one for a while,” she said.

Emilie looked over at it. “That one would look lovely on you.”

“My mom still wants me to go even though I told her I don’t want to. Josephina too. They both said I would regret it if I didn’t go.” (And I am pretty sure she would!)

Emilie laughed. “My mom said the same thing too. She even bought me a dress a few days ago.”

Maria looked surprised. “Whoa, she is determined.”

“Very.”

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Emilie glanced at the dress again. “I don’t know, I guess I just thought that maybe I would actually be going with someone.”

“Claude, huh?”

Emilie nodded. “Yah.”

“Well, I think it’s Claude’s loss. If he would rather go to prom with Claire or Angel, he is definitely not worth it.”

Emilie sighed. “I know you’re right, but it’s just hard for me to believe right now.”

“I hear you.”

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“So, do you think you’re still going to go?”

Emilie shrugged. “I don’t know. If I do, I’ll be all alone. Evanglina is going with Derek after all.”

“True.”

“But if you go with me-”

“No way!”

“But Maria-”

“How I am supposed to go? I don’t want to run into Adam.”

“But you’ll be with me. And if Adam tries to bother us, I’ll tell him off.”

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Maria laughed. “You, will tell Adam off?”

“Yes! We can have a girls’ night out. What do you say?”

Maria pondered this for a moment and then sighed. “All right. I’ll think about it. No promises though.”

“Deal.”

With that, they both left the store, chatting quietly about the upcoming school finals. Well, I do have to say that it is nice to see Maria out of the house. Maybe she is slowly healing from the whole ordeal. Still too soon to tell.

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Now for the news that I am just dying to dish! The results came in about Angel’s paternity! I suspected such, when I saw Angel and Henrietta arriving at Damien’s house in the evening. It was the first time she was showing up at his house since he moved, and I figured Damien would only be allowing her to be over if it was something important.

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So anyway, after Henrietta arrived with Angel, Derek greeted them and invited them into the house. They then all settled on the sofa and waited in silence while watching TV. I couldn’t help but think that just maybe Derek and Angel knew something was going on, with all the awkward tension between them.

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After several minutes, Derek finally turned to Henrietta. “Mom, do you know what this is all about?”

Henrietta sighed. “Yes, and we will talk about it as soon as Damien comes down.” The three of them then got quiet again.

Angel scoffed. “Seriously? I’m bored out of my mind! Can’t you just tell us and get it over with already?”

“No, we can’t.” Henrietta looked nervous. “It concerns you, Angel.”

Angel frowned. “Concerns me how?”

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Just as Henrietta was about to answer, Damien walked into the family room.

“Nice to see you, Angel,” he said and smiled at her.

Angel stood up. “Dad, what is this all about? Mom said it concerns me.”

Damien gave Henrietta a look. “She did, did she?” He then sighed. “Care to elaborate?”

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Henrietta glared at him. “I was waiting for you before telling her.”

Damien nodded. “All right, I’m here. Now go on.”

Henrietta slowly rose to her feet and walked over to Angel.

“Angel, I don’t even know where to start. I’m not sure how to put this in words.” She then paused for a moment. “As I’m sure you know, before I married Damien, I was married to someone else.”

Angel tilted her head slightly. “Yes, I know. He was some dead beat. Luke something?”

Henrietta swallowed. “His name was Luke Wilson. We were married for a couple years before I met Damien and then we divorced. I married Damien a year later.” She then runs a hand through her hair and I realize she is getting close to telling her. “Well, before Damien and I got married, Luke came into my life again. A few weeks before I married Damien to be exact. Around that time, I was a bit nervous about marrying again and I had a bit of a case of cold feet.”

Angel raises an eyebrow. “And?”

“And, well, we had, um…relations.”

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Angel frowns. “Relations? As in, you had sex with him?”

Henrietta shifts uncomfortably. “Angel, please.”

“Well did you?”

“Well…yes.”

Angel shook her head. “Wow, nice mom. So you cheated on dad before you married him? Very classy. No wonder he is divorcing you.”

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“Angel, enough.”

Angel rolled her eyes. “So is that all?”

Henrietta bit her lip. “No, it isn’t. The thing is, that day that I was with Luke, was a week before I married Damien. Then afterwards, we went on our honeymoon and when we got back, I found out that I was pregnant with you. I never even thought about that fact that Damien…might not be your father.”

Angel’s expression changed from anger to one of total confusion. “What?” she said.

Now I don’t like Angel at all, but even I felt for her at that moment. I can’t imagine what it would feel like to have your mother tell you this.

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Angel stared at Henrietta for a moment and then marched right over to Damien. Meanwhile, Derek was just sitting on the couch in silence, which is totally what I would be doing. He seemed at a loss for words.

“Dad,” said Angel, “what is she talking about?”

Damien looked at Henrietta as if he expected her to say something, but she didn’t. He then took a deep breath. “Your mother is trying to say that…I’m not your father. Her ex-husband, Luke Wilson, is.”

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Angel looked dumbfounded. “What are you talking about? Of course I’m your daughter!”

Damien sighed again. “Angel, Luke has been visiting the house a lot for the past month and suspected that there was a chance he might be your father. So we ran a DNA test.”

“A-and?” Angel’s voice was very shaky.

“And…he is your father.”

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“No,” Angel said, taking a step back, “No.”

“Angel,” Damien started, but then she began shaking her head furiously.

“No! Luke Wilson isn’t my father! You are!”

“Angel-””

“You are my father! You are the one that has raised me all these years! I am your daughter! The test is wrong!”

“The test is not wrong Angel,” said Henrietta cutting in. “I had them run the test twice and-”

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“Shut up mom!” Angel snapped at her. “Gosh, do you have no self-control? You couldn’t just be faithful to dad!”

“Angel, don’t,” said Damien, but she waved her hand.

“Oh please! How can you defend her after all she’s done to you? What she has done to me!” Angel is on the verge of tears. “How could you mom?”

“Honey, please.” Henrietta sounded like she was tearing up as well, “I’m so sorry.”

“I don’t care! Just shut up! I hate you!”

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After saying that, Angel took off out of the house and raced down the steps. You could hear her voice in little sobs as she hurried to the sidewalk.

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Henrietta ran out through the door after her, calling Angel’s name frantically.

“Angel! Wait! Please! We need to talk about this!” she yelled to her, but Angel didn’t seem to be listening. Not that I blame her. This was way too much to take in all at once.

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By the time Henrietta reached the sidewalk, Angel was already in her car and had started the engine. She then sped off leaving her mother standing on the sidewalk. Henrietta kept call after her until her voice sounded hoarse, but Angel was long gone. That will probably leave Henrietta taking a cab to get home. I definitely don’t think Damien will be letting her spend the night! With this turn events, it makes me wonder how things are going to go with Evanglina. Although in her case, learning she has a father who is physically there for her might not be a bad thing.

Well, that’s it for this week. I will keep you posted on Angel. Not sure where she was off too, but I will definitely be finding out!

 

Kisses,

   Lexie

 

(Code Clue: From an object with strings to strum a cord, a melody from within will pour)

 

-Evanglina