2:34 Funny Feeling

06-02-18_12-58-01 AM

Hope was glad that Zaiden seemed to like Ross. She wasn’t sure she could date someone that her brother didn’t like.

“You better not come home knocked up like you slutty sister.”

Zaiden looked at Hope and Ross. “You two enjoy yourselves tonight.”

He grabbed Rowana’s arm and pulled her away from the kids.

06-02-18_1-01-31 AM

“I don’t ever want to hear you talk like that about either of my sisters.”

“Just what do you plan to do about it? They are my daughters.”

“Only because you trapped us.”

“You are free to go if you wish, Zaiden, but…”

06-02-18_1-02-05 AM

“I know. I can’t take Hope. Do you know how many times you have used my sisters to keep me here?”

Rowana shook her head. “You have always been free to go. You made the choice to stay.”

“I made the choice to stay with my sisters. I never made the choice to stay with you. I would never choose to be with a manipulative, lying, pedophile bitch.”

06-02-18_1-02-22 AM

Rowana glared at him. “I am not a manipulator or a liar.”

“I see that even you admit to being a pedophile.”

“I did not.”

06-02-18_1-02-54 AM

“You didn’t deny it. Any woman that would manipulate a 16 year old into her bed is exactly what I said she is. She…you are a manipulative, lying, pedophile bitch.”

Zaiden leaned back in the chair. “Did your husband…what’s his name? You know who I am talking about. The guy that was at my birthday party and the gender reveal? Was he in on this whole scam of yours too?”

“I don’t know what you are talking about.”

06-02-18_1-03-04 AM

“Stop fucking lying to me, Rowana. I know all about you. I just don’t know where having my kid fits into your scam. Is it to keep your claws on my father’s money?”

Rowana shook her head. “The money was never the reason. It was just a bonus. But that doesn’t matter now since you moved the money to another account.”

“Did you think I was going to let you continue spending my father’s money and bleed the account dry?”

Rowana just shrugged.

“If money wasn’t the reason, what was it?”

Rowana shook her head and looked away.

“I have the right to know why you did all of this to me and my sisters.”

“Because my husband can’t have kids. This was our only choice.”

2:33 Everything’s Changed

06-01-18_7-02-36 PM

Even thought his feelings about Rowana hadn’t changed, he was starting to get excited about the baby. He was going to be a father. He couldn’t change that. He finally decided to accept it.

Zaiden had decided to work on the nursery. Hope was helping him.

He stepped back and looked at the wall. “Which color do you think?”

Hope looked at the colors that Zaiden had put on the wall. “The yellow is nice. It’s not too bright which is good.”

Zaiden had been leaning toward the green, but the yellow wasn’t bad. “With some other colors on the furniture that yellow could look great.”

06-01-18_7-13-42 PM

The two of them spent the day working on the nursery. It was coming out better than Zaiden had expected.

“If I was still a baby, I would like this room.”

“If you were still a baby, you wouldn’t be having a baby.”

Zaiden looked at Hope and smiled. “Very true, Wise One.”

Hope rolled her eyes. “I swear you say some of the dumbest things.”

Zaiden attempted to give her his best stern dad look. “Those are not nice words. I don’t think you are making good choices.”

Hope couldn’t hold back the laugh. “You are stupid.”

Zaiden stuck his tongue out at her. “You are being a meanie head.”

That just made them both laugh.

06-01-18_7-37-37 PM

After they both calmed down, Zaiden picked up the paintbrush again. “Let’s get this finished.”

“I think Rowana will be very pleased with the room.”

Zaiden stopped working for a moment. “I am not doing this for Rowana. I am doing this for the baby.”

Hope looked at her brother and noticed that he no longer looked happy. “What did she do to make you hate her so much?”

Zaiden had planned to never tell the girls what he had found out in court, but he knew that they would need to know at some point.

Zaiden told her everything.

06-01-18_7-41-03 PM

When he was finished, Hope just stood there thinking about everything. “So Tony found proof that she only took us in for the money?”

Zaiden nodded. “Since she knew that she would lose control of the account as soon as I was legal age, she got herself knocked up.”

“She knew that you would never abandon the baby.” She shook her head as if trying to clear it. “You can’t stay here, Zaiden. You have to get away from her. She is toxic.”

Zaiden gave his sister a little grin. “I am already working on that.”

2:32 All My Ex’s Live In Texas

05-31-18_11-52-54 AM

Tony was on the phone with Zaiden who had filled him in on all the latest with Rowana. He wanted more information on her husband.

He hung up the phone after promising Zaiden that he would check into it.

“Raelyn, can you come in here for a minute please?”

05-31-18_11-56-26 AM

Raelyn had been hanging out by the pool outside of his office.

“Hi Daddy.”

“Princess, I need you to do me a big favor.”

06-01-18_8-11-17 AM

Zaiden listened to Tony’s instructions before hanging up. He went to talk to Hope.

“I need you to do me a big favor. I need you to get Rowana out of the house for a couple hours. Ask her to go shopping with you for the prom or baby stuff.”

Hope knew that if Zaiden was asking for a favor, it was for something important. “Okay. I need to get my dress anyway.”

06-01-18_8-27-52 AM

As soon as they left, Zaiden sent a text to Raelyn letting her know.

He waited by the elevator for her. “I turned the computer on for you. I don’t know her password though.”

Raelyn smiled at him. “That’s fine. I can manage without it.”

He led her to the computer and watched her. It didn’t take her very long to download what she needed to the flash drive she had brought with her.

Raelyn looked at Zaiden when she was done. “I wish I didn’t have to get this to Dad. I would stay and hang out awhile.”

He shook his head. “Rowana and Hope won’t be gone long.”

06-01-18_8-31-14 AM

Raelyn walked with him to the elevator. “I hope we can hang out some time.”

“Me too. Hopefully whatever you downloaded from her computer will end this mess I got myself into.”

Raelyn nodded. “Dad will get in touch with you if we got anything.’

Zaiden watched her leave and sighed. The one friend he still had and they can’t even hang out together.

2:30 Big Love

05-28-18_4-38-25 PM

Zaiden gave his sister a big hug. He had used visiting her as an excuse to get out of the house.

“We brought a few things for you and the baby.”

05-28-18_4-38-43 PM

Emma looked at the stack of boxes and smiled. “You didn’t have to do that. I am glad you two are here thought.”

Hope was also glad to be there. She was beginning to hate being at home. Here Zaiden looked happy.

“Max and I have decided to get married. It will be just a small wedding. Very small. I want both of you there.”

Zaiden was happy for his sister. He could see that she was truly happy.

“It is tomorrow at the church. Please don’t bring that woman with you.”

“We’ll be there.” Zaiden hugged his sister. “Without the wicked witch.”

05-28-18_6-19-50 PM

“I got an interesting phone call today while you and Hope were out.” Rowana sat down beside Zaiden. “I am sure you can imagine my surprise when I got the call from the court house asking me if I give my consent for Emma to get married.”

Zaiden frowned hearing what she said. “Why would you have to give consent?”

“Because she is legally my teenage daughter.”

“Did you give consent?”

Rowana nodded. “I went and signed the papers.”

“Thank you.”

05-28-18_6-20-35 PM

“I do want Emma to be happy, Zaiden. I have a gift for her. Since I will be busy tomorrow, could you give it to her for me?”

Zaiden nodded his head and took the small box from her.

“She can use it as her something old. It has been in the family for many generations. My mother gave it to me when I got married.

Zaiden looked at her too surprised to say anything.

2:29 Black or White

05-28-18_3-07-29 PM

Zaiden talked to his Aunt Diana at the party. He could see that she had something on her mind.

“Go ahead and say it, Aunt Diana.”

“Why didn’t you come to us, Zaiden? You know that Paisley and I would have taken you back into our home. It would have been better than this.”

05-28-18_3-05-37 PM

Even though they had this conversation on the phone, Zaiden answered her. “Would you and Aunt Paisley have also taken the girls?”

“Well, you know our house is small. Your Uncle Collin would have taken them.”

“That is why I didn’t turn to you for help. Those girls lost their mom and two sisters in one day. Then they lost their father when Dad died. I wasn’t going to separate myself from them also.”

Diana nodded in understanding. “You are a good brother, Zaiden. Your father would be so proud of you.”

Zaiden looked across the room to where Rowana was talking to some guy. He remembered the guy from his birthday party. “No he wouldn’t. He would be just as ashamed of me as I am of myself.” Zaiden shook his head. “But he’s not here. We can’t change the things that have happened, no matter how much we want to.”

Diana watched her nephew walk away. She was going to have to talk to Collin about what they could do to help Zaiden and the girls.

05-28-18_3-07-03 PM

Zaiden did his best to avoid Rowana after the actual reveal. He talked with Tony instead.

“Congratulations. A boy. You must be happy about that.”

Zaiden shook his head. “This whole situation isn’t right.” He told Tony about the adoption and the fact that she had forced the pregnancy on him.

Tony frowned as he listened. “What can I do to help, Zaiden?”

“Help me find a way out of this mess.”

2:28 Angel of Mine

05-28-18_1-07-21 PM

Zaiden sat with Rowana at her doctor appointment. He needed to know if she really was pregnant.

He was really hoping she wasn’t. This situation was already fucked up enough without a baby being involved.

05-28-18_1-08-17 PM

They both looked up at the doctor when she came in.


Zaiden felt like a brick wall had just collapsed onto him. He was never going to be free of her.

05-28-18_1-37-45 PM

When they left the doctor’s office, they had an envelope that contained the gender of the baby. Rowana had decided that she wanted a gender reveal party, so they didn’t find out yet. Zaiden just wanted to wake up from this nightmare.

“Earth to Zaiden. What are you thinking about, Darling?”

Zaiden shook his head. “Nothing you need to worry about.”

“Who should we invite to the party?”

Zaiden shrugged. He didn’t even want a party. He was still disgusted by this whole thing.

“We’ll definitely have to have Emma, your aunt, and your uncle there. Is there anybody else you want to invite?”

“Just one person. I’ll take care of his invite.” Zaiden was hoping that after seeing how fucked up the situation was, he could help him find a way free from it.

05-28-18_1-39-22 PM

Once at home, Zaiden called his Aunt Diana. He told her about the baby and the party.

“Oh, Zaiden. I really wish you would have come to me or your uncle after we lost your father.”

“So do I, Aunt Di. I just wanted to stay with Emma and Hope.”

“I understand. We would have worked something out. I will be there. I will talk to your uncle.”

After hanging up he made another call.

2:27 These Boots Are Made For Walkin’

05-27-18_10-15-22 PM

Rowana was already home when Zaiden got there. He looked at her and wasn’t sure if he wanted to smack her or throw up more. Maybe both.

“Where is Hope?”

“She went to a friend’s to work on a project for some class.”

“Good. We need to talk and some of the things I have to say, I do not want her to hear.

05-27-18_10-16-15 PM

Zaiden refused to set beside her so he sat in a nearby chair.

“Why did you bring us here?”

Rowana frowned a bit at his question. “I told you before. It gave me a family while letting the three of you stay together.”

05-27-18_10-16-26 PM

“So instead of taking us to Uncle Collin or Aunt Diana, you filed for guardianship of us.”

Rowana nodded. “Your aunts already had four kids living with them. Your uncle also had a house full of people.”

“But they are family. They would have made room for us.”

“Then why didn’t you go to them instead of the campground?”

“Because I was young, scared, and trying to protect my sisters. All things that you took advantage of.”

Rowana shook her head. “That’s not true.”

05-27-18_10-17-05 PM

“Yes it is. You have used my sisters to keep me here. Every time I have talked about leaving, you have told me that I couldn’t take my sisters. I should have known that something was going on.”

Rowana started to say something, but he put his hand up stopping her. “I could have gone to my aunt or uncle and they would have gladly taken custody of us, except for one small problem. You did more than just ask for guardianship of us. You adopted us. You and the husband that none of us ever knew about.”

Rowana was surprised that he knew. “I had to make sure that nobody would separate you. That was the best way. It was what you wanted.”

05-27-18_10-17-19 PM

Zaiden shook his head. “At no time was adoption ever mentioned. You do realize that legally you are my mother, right?”