I’ve spent most of the day recovering after my wild night out with Mordecai. I got a few text messages from him asking if he did me a favor. I wasn’t sure how I felt about it. I never had a one night stand before and it felt weird sleeping with someone who I wasn’t in a relationship with. I kinda felt bad cause April actually liked me which concerns me since I was a drunken fool. But I remember the look in her eyes when I told her that I wasn’t interested.
She looked hurt but I know that I’ll have to face her once again seeing how she’s Eli’s aunt. I finally replied back to my brother telling him that hot girl who he thought I should sleep with was June’s sister. His reply was, “Dude I hope you worn a condom.” According to April, I didn’t. I just hope there won’t be a souvenir from last night’s events. The last thing I need is a child from a female who I barely know and who possibly come from a family with mental health issues.
There was something that kinda bothered me a little. It wasn’t April but it was the fact that I called her Ashley during sex. I haven’t thought much about Ashley in years but I wonder why did I suddenly call out her name. Maybe it was a force of habit, Ashley was the only girl that I ever been with. I did find myself thinking about her, wondering if she cleaned up her act, was she even alive, wondering if she ever think about me. In ways I kinda miss her but that is an insane thought. I shouldn’t be thinking about her… I should be over her.. It’s hard to forgive of what she did to me and Alyssa…
While sitting on my computer I accidentally got access into my dad’s email. What I saw dumbfounded me. My dad had hundreds of emails dating back a week after his accident. Most of the emails where from females wondering where was he. One of the first emails I read was an angry message from a female named Feather. She was extremely upset about my dad not coming into town for their daughter’s first birthday and not saying anything to her. I didn’t know dad had another child, let alone another family. The emails basically portrays my dad living 3 different lives in Riverview.
He was romantically involved with 3 different females in Riverview and had children with all 3. As I read more, it appears this romantic connections were getting a bit strain. Around the time he was dating Clarissa, his tone in the emails to Feather, Nakia and Diamond changed. He seemed a bit distance in his replies and Feather was the only one who was having a hard time. Nakia appeared to moved on but only email him about their quadruplets. Most of the angry emails came from Feather, her last email was about a month ago. Nakia started to send angry emails around February, threatening to sue dad for child support since she hasn’t received a payment since last November. maybe Nakia had a change of heart since dad never received anything about child support in the mail.
Diamond’s emails expressed more concern than anger. She sent emails giving updates on her pregnancy. Her last email was 2 weeks ago announcing she gave birth to a boy whom she named Saffron along with a picture of him. I was in disbelief of what I was reading. I felt bad for these women and began to feel anger towards my dad. How could he keep all of this in the dark? Why didn’t he tell us about these women? Why didn’t he tell us that we had more siblings?
I found other emails from his teenage son Devin and his adult daughters Opal and Topaz. The last email from Devin got to me… It read, “Dad? Do you not love me anymore? Is this why I haven’t heard from you? You might not love me anymore but I will always love you.” I had a little tear stream from my eye as I read Devin’s email. I started to have dislike towards my dad until I remember something. On the night of his accident he told my brothers and I that he had something super important that he needed to tell us. But he needed to meet with Clarissa first. I wonder if he was going to tell us about his children in Riverview.
I found an email that was sent to my aunt Acacia about 7 hours before the accident, it confirmed my thought. He talked about how he was going to tell my brothers and I tonight about the families he created in Riverview. He also had plans for all the kids to spend the whole summer here with us. It was gonna be a surprise for his younger kids cause they always wanted to see his home. What anger I was building up slowly started to faded. Dad was about to make things right for everyone but I still say that he should have told us from the start.
I know I gotta make this right with these women and my new siblings. For 6 months they knew nothing and I know that had to weigh heavy on them. I decided that I should contact them all and give them an explanation about my dad.
I was interrupted by a phone call while tying an email to the families in Riverview. I really didn’t want them to wait another day but something about the phone call got my interest. It was from a woman named Jasmine Salas. She’s from the hospital and wants to speak with me about my dad in person.
“Sure I guess we could meet at The Perc in an hour. I’ll see you in a bit.”
I was a bit unsure at first but curious of why she wanted to meet me at The Perc instead of the hospital. I took the girls with me to give Aries and Ally a little break since I was recovering from a hangover from last night. The girls were happy since The Perc had a little playground for them to play on.
“Yes, I am. You must be Ms. Salas.”
“Please call me Jasmine. Shall we take a seat?”
“I’m glad that you were willing to meet with me on a short notice.”
“You wanted to speak with me about my dad? Is he okay?”
“Yes, he’s doing fine for a comatose man.”
“I don’t understand, you said you wanted to speak with me about my dad.”
“Well yes but it’s about something else.”
“Oh I see where this is going. Do you have a secret family with him too?”
“Well no, why do you think that?”
“Oh its nothing… So what about my dad that you wanted to talk to me about?”
“Well I have a daughter, she went missing 5 years ago. It’s a mystery of what happen to her. The police aren’t finding any new leads and they don’t expect any foul play was involved.”
“You think my dad was involved?”
“No but I found something in my daughter’s belongings. I was trying to find something that would help me find her. My daughter Astrid kept a written diary since she was 15. As I was reading through it I found an entry that she wrote after her trip to Konani Tide. It was about a guy who had she met on the beach. She states it was love at first sight and they spent the weekend together before he took off in the middle night. She didn’t get a chance to get his name. She called him the Magic Man and explained how his eyes were as blue was the ocean. Anyway there was a lot of drinking involved, they slept together a lot as she puts her. She hoped for a souvenir, his heart but of course he took off without saying bye. It broke her poor heart. In another entry weeks later, she wrote about learning that she was pregnant and she got a souvenir after all. She taped a picture of her and the guy together in the entry stating he is the father of her child.”
“The man in the picture is my dad?”
“Yes. I was stunned when I found out. Astrid claim the father was a random guy at the beach but she didn’t tell me that she was in love with the stranger. She wrote many entries confessing her love for him. Her last entry stated that she hopes to find him. I wonder if she left to go find him but I couldn’t see her leaving her newborn behind. She loved Chanel, she would have said something… I wonder if you could help me..”
“I’m sorry to hear about your daughter but sorry I don’t think I have anything. My dad never said anything about your daughter but apparently my dad had secrets.. I uncovered some things today.”
“So nothing about my daughter?”
“No, but I’m sorry. I really hope she turns up alive and well.”
“I know she’s out there alive somewhere but its been so long.. I just wished that I had an answer for all of this.”
“If I find out anything, I’ll let you know.”
“Thanks Liam. I guess I can let Chanel know that I know where one of her parents is. Its bittersweet, ya know.”
“Yeah… Chanel can at least meet her siblings. All isn’t bad.”
“True, however she’s best friends with Kimora. They pretend they are sisters. I guess I can tell Chanel that Kimora is actually her niece.”
“I bet that will be a real shocker.”
Jasmine and I talked for a bit, getting to know each other and possibly make arrangements to spend time with Chanel. I swear my family is growing bigger by the second. I have currently have 37 siblings and that’s including the triplets my dad fathered for my aunt and her wife and the clone child created by Pedro in Arcadia.
It was getting close to dinner time and we decided to take the kids to Domino Palace for pizza. This place just opened by and my nieces were dying to go. I guess this makes me the favorite uncle now.
“Don’t ya wanna sit with your daddy?”
“So you gonna just leave me?”
“Yeah, I got friends daddy. I can’t be seen with you.”
“I thought I was a cool dad. I’m all sexy, I make those PTA meetings worth going to.”
“I knew you wanted to sit with your daddy.”
“Only cause I like this chair.”
“You love your daddy.”
“I think I’ll go sit with L2 if you’re gonna be weird.”
“Daddy just misses you. Don’t you wanna come back home?”
“But I’m having fun with Chanel and Aaliyah.”
“We can have ice cream for breakfast if you come home.”
“I like staying with my uncles. We got one more day, remember?”
“I know but daddy is lonely.”
“She went to see her dad. Don’t you wanna see your dad too?”
“I am. I’m looking at you right now.”
“Please come home, damn it.”
Morde was there too which was surprising. I figure he would be at the bar or with his girlfriend. But he was here trying to convince his daughters to come home early. I admire how Morde wants to be a real father to his girls. It shows that he’s really growing up.
“Heyyyy, Jas. You looking good tonight.”
“Morde-dad! Those aren’t the lyrics!”
“I like those pants.”
“Morde-dad! You’re suppose be singing with me!”
“Those pants fix you nicely. You work out?”
“Yeah, I do yoga.”
“Don’t stop that yoga cause you looking hella good in those jeans.”
“Thanks again, Morde.”
“The next time you go shopping for pants, I don’t mind helping you find the perfect pair. I’ll even wait by the dressing room.”
“DAD! Stop it!”
“Mariah, I’m just giving Jas a friendly compliment.”
“No you’re not! You’re being like a pimp!”
“Well I like to think of myself as a pimp but sweetie you’re using pimp in the wrong context.”
Well maybe my brother still has a bit more growing up to do.
I let Solar played around for a bit before Chanel came to chat with me. I figure Jasmine already told her that I am her older brother. Chanel seemed pretty happy and I guess she took the news fairly well.
“Hi Chanel, are you having fun?”
“Yeah! This place is cool.”
“So I guess you know.”
“You’re my big brother. I think that’s cool. How many brothers and sisters do I have?”
“Well our dad apparently has 38 kids. I’m sure there’s more hiding somewhere.”
“Wow! I got a lot of brothers and sisters! Is that baby my sister too?”
“Yep, this is Solar.”
“Hi Solar! I’m your big sister!”
“So can we play some skeeball?”
“Sure, we can do that.”
We played a few rounds of skeeball with Chanel, Mariah and my daughter. It was hanging out with girls. Given from this morning events, I think today has been a pretty fun day.
“Yusssssssssss! High score! I got a high score! I’m a winner!”
“I promised that I would spend the day with you. I hope you’re having fun.”
“Yeah I guess. This pizza isn’t spicy though. You promised me spicy pizza.”
“You don’t need to be eating spicy things anything. I dunno where you got that from.”
“My dad, maybe.”
“Do you have enough tokens for tonight?”
“Okay good. You better be on your best behavior. No stealing fake plants, no kicking the gumball machines, none of your shenanigans tonight. Tonight, we are gonna have fun. I don’t make enough money to support your lavish lifestyle of breaking things.”
“Yeah okay mom.. I won’t have fun.”
“I mean it mister, I won’t deal with any of your shenanigans.”
“Okay fine. Can I get more hot peppers?”
“Yeah but it better be for your pizza and not some prank that you’re plotting.”
“Hey Liam, what brings you here?”
“Just taking out the girls for pizza. You?”
“Spending the day with my son so he’ll know that I love him. So what was with the text?”
“That was my brother being dumb. He sent that.. I figure you wouldn’t want to talk to me after that.”
“Don’t be silly. I was hoping that was an invitation to possibly a day on the beach.”
“Oh… well maybe we can do that someday.”
“That’s great cause I have a new bikini that I am dying to wear.”
“That sounds nice. Maybe this weekend we can? I’ll bring the girls. You can bring your son. I would love to meet him.”
“Ohh… well that could be fun..”
“Mom, I need more tokens!”
“I gave you 5 dollars worth. You spent them already?”
“I promised my girlfriend that I will win her a bear. I need more tokens.”
“Since when did you have a girlfriend?”
“20 minutes ago. Can I get more tokens? I gotta impress my lady.”
“I’m not giving you more money so you can impress your little sudden girlfriend.”
“Hey do you have any tokens? I really need to get her that bear.”
“I’m sorry, I don’t have anymore on me.”
“Aww dude! I just need one. She might break up with me.”
“I wish I could help.”
“Cyrus, stop asking my friend for tokens!”
“But mom I needs it!”
“I’m sure you’ll find another girlfriend in 20 minutes. Now go play.”
“Fine… You just don’t want me to be happy.”
“That’s not true and you know that. Stop being dramatic. Take this dollar.”
“So that was my son Cyrus. You finally got to meet him sorta.”
“Your son… looks like a lot like my dad.”
“Liam, we need to talk…”
“So you and my dad….”
“It’s not what you think…”
“Well about 8 years ago I trip a college trip to Konani Tide with friends. It was summer break and we wanted to relax a bit. After a night of heavy drinking, I woke up naked next to your dad. I quietly left his room and return to mine. I did see him one more time before going home. My roomie convinced me to have a threesome with him and her. Which we did…”
“Oh wow… I’m not sure what to say.”
“Needless to say, I was the one who came home carrying the souvenir.”
“Did my dad know? I’m finding out about my dad having secret families and all.”
“No, I was the one who was keeping the secret. I haven’t seen your dad since…until he came wheeling in on a stretcher.”
“So it was just a one weekend fling with my dad?”
“Oh I see.”
“I hope this won’t make things weird between us.”
“No.. I just wanted to be clear if you still had anything going on with my dad.”
“Not at all. I was just a silly drunken college girl when I met him. I probably wouldn’t date him if I met him back home. Honestly he doesn’t seem like the settling down type. I’m 27 now and I’m ready to find something real. Settle down, buy a cute house with a white picket fence. I had my fun and all. My son needs a father figure in his life, maybe he’ll stop being difficult.”
“He’ll have my dad when he wakes up…”
“Yeah that’s true.. But you know what I mean, right?”
“Yeah, I do.”
I played some ping pong with Selene for a while. This new info is was a bit difficult to process. I meet a girl that I like and my dad has already been with her. I would be pulling a Mordecai if I asked her out but she seemed to be hinting that she still likes me. But I dunno about this…
39 kids… This number just keep climbing up over the hours. I tried to wrap my head around Selene being involved with my dad when she was 19 but this kinda bothers me.. However I still like her.
I finished sending out the emails explaining about my dad. I gave them all my number if they wished to speak with me or ask me any questions.
I glanced over at Eli, wonder which number was he. I thought he was the 24th child and the youngest but clearly he was not. I watched him finally fall asleep. He has been a bit fussy since his first tooth is coming in. Eli looks so peaceful again. He doesn’t have to worry about anything. He’s home, safe and don’t have to deal with his parents drama..
I found a hidden email in my dad’s account. It was from the Dover Falls Elixir shop. I was curious of why my dad would be getting emails from there. I don’t recall him ever going there. I opened one of them. I was shocked by when I read.
“Hi dad! My name is Corrine. I’m the owner of the Dover Falls Elixir here in EC. I hope we can finally meet.”
The next day I made a trip to Dover Falls and hoped to meet this Corrine. Is she really my dad’s daughter?
“Hello, are you Corrine?”
“No I’m Lindsey.”
“Is Corrine here by any chance?”
“Yeah, she lives here. She’s probably out in the garden. I can buzz her.”
I was greeted by Corrine outside. Just taking one look at her there was no denying that she is my sister. I couldn’t believe how huge my family grew in 24 hours.
“You must be Liam.2, right?”
“How do you know me already?”
“Dad talked about you. I’m Corrine, your long lost half sister.”
“So you make 40..”
“40? That sounds about right, ha ha ha. I was hoping of when I can finally meet my siblings.”
“So how long you knew about us?”
“I met dad back in November. I went into town to get some supply and saw him at the store. I knew he was Donor #108B when I first lay my eyes on him. I did some searching online and got his email address. I sent him an email and we met.”
“I’m a lab baby. My mother was married to an unattractive man, it was part of an arrangement. She had no choice to marry him. He requested an heir to be born to pass on this wealth however my mother didn’t want to risk being an ugly child into the world. He requested that the child should be a boy so they seek help at the genetics lab. They would assure they the child would be a male. However my mother made a semen swap while the lab tech was a way. She grabbed Donor #108B, replacing her husband’s. When I was born, he was in shock that I was born a girl. He had a heart attack and died. My mother told me that my real father was Donor #108B, a Navox Genie. She printed off his picture and gave it to me when I was a child. Since then I wanted to locate him and meet him. I only knew his as Donor #108B but now I know him as Borage Montigo, my father.”
“That’s quite a story. I guess its kinda a relief that you weren’t a result from his drunken sexual rampage.”
“Ha ha ha. Just a genetically created lab baby that he wasn’t aware of. “
Corrine seems nice. She grew up well in a rich family in Lansing Falls, MT. She family owns a chain of Elixir shops around the country. Corrine is part Tusnya Fae, a tribe of fairies that descended from the Tuscia tribe. Tusnya Faes are slightly more modernize than the Tuscia. Corrine explains that all fairy tribes are naturalists but each tribe specialize in certain areas of nature. The Tusnya and Tuscia are healers. They create potions and natural medicine. I did enjoy learning about fairies with Corrine. There’s so much to learn.
“Now that we know each other, if you ever need anything here I can give you a family discount.”
“Is there anything of which your heart desires?”
“Well…the courage to ask a girl out that like.”
“Ahh yes. I can help you with that. I have just the thing for that. The Liquid Courage elixir.”
“Seriously? I figure I would get a pep talk.”
“Nonsense, sometimes a pep talk isn’t enough. Sometimes a swift kick is needed. I currently don’t have any in stock. Most people just use rum for courage. But I can make a batch. It’s on the house.”
As Corrine was making me an elixir for me, I decided to look around. I never been to a shop like this and I was curious. There’s seems to be a lot of interesting things here. I think maybe I’ll make a few more trips here. Maybe I can learn some more new things.
“I hope this will help you. You just mix it into your favorite drink and drink it. You will have the courage for the next 48 hours before it wears off.”
“Oh that sounds simple. Any side effects?”
“Possibly a cute girl on your arm?”
“Ha ha ha. I think we will get along, Corrine.”
“I think so too. I better return to my garden. My first summer harvest is ready. Would you like to help? “
I never tended to a garden before. And I actually had fun doing so. Corrine let me keep a few apples for the girls. Solar loves apples so I know this would be a nice treat for her.
When I got home I was surprised to see my grandparents there. I had no idea they were even coming. If I know then I would have gotten the house in better shape. They wanted to surprise us and they sure did, especially my grandfather. I haven’t seen him since he find out Junior is his son. Dad pretty much cut him out of his life since then.
“Mama! I wasn’t expecting you.”
“I know R2, we wanted to surprise you kids.”
“It’s L2, Mama. Ha ha ha.”
“I know but I like R2 better.”
“So what brings you guys in town?”
“I really don’t wanna see Bubba in that condition but Liam suggest that we should.”
“I know there’s not much we can do for Borage but we need to at least see him.”
“I guess I could understand that, he is your son after all.”
“I haven’t seen my son in ages.. I just need to see him again.”
“I guess it’s the right time for you, Liam. Bubba can’t kick you out.”
“If you’re implying that I’m using Borage’s coma to get close to him, then you are wrong Zinnia.”
“I care about our son.”
I let my grandparents get sudden in. I figure I should see if this stuff works.
“Well here’s goes nothing.”
I really wasn’t feeling anything different until suddenly I feel this urge to call Selene.
“Hello Selene. I was wondering if you have any plans for tomorrow afternoon. I would like to take you out on a date if you don’t mind. Really? That’s great, can I pick you up around 1? Cool. I’ll see you then.”