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Family Betrayal Chapter 12

Faye's POV: 3 hours after giving birth to Lil Greg and Dakota

It's been a long day standing between Jasmine and Diamond's hospital beds. At the request of one of the young men, whom I call son, a common room was made available to them. Heath made it clear that he wants the best for both Jasmine and Diamond. Around 10 p.m. Diamond is asleep and Jasmine and I are awake. Hannah and the boys went home to rest for the night. I sit next to my niece, but she is no longer my niece. On that fateful day, when she was 12 years old, my sister and brother-in-law died in a car accident. I still remember childcare bringing Jasmine to me a few days later. She was so afraid of feeling alone that I told her she would never be alone. From that day on, I acted as both mother and father and tried to make her life as good as possible. Sometimes I wish my sister was alive, especially now when I see her beautiful grandson sleeping in his crib. I look at Jasmine and see how beautiful she has become. After the birth, her face still shines. I take her hand in mine and smile at her.

“ How are you feeling, darling? I ask to be a concerned aunt or mother

“ “Apart from the vaginal pain, I feel exhausted.” She tells me with a grin “ Oh darling, I remember when you were born. Your mother cursed like a sailor in pain. I tell her as we giggle

“ Yes, I could imagine her doing it. Jasmine says, pausing before looking up at the ceiling, then continuing “ I just want both dad and mom to be here. You would be so happy right now.

“ I know, darling, but who says they don't look down on you and the baby?" I say as Jasmine turns her head and looks into my eyes “ Mom, I'm just glad you were here with me. She tells me I'm stunned before smiling

“ You haven't called me mom in a long time. I missed this from you so much, Jazzy.” I tell her as a tear runs down my right cheek “ I'm very sorry, Mom, but I was afraid that you would leave me." Jasmine tells me with tears in her eyes

“ My beautiful niece... daughter, you will never lose me. I will always be there for you, darling. I haven't said that much yet, but I'm very proud of you." I tell her with a sincere smile

“ Oh thank you mom, I love you so much.” She tells me with a smile

“ “I love you too, Jazzy, darling.” I tell her with a bright smile We're silent, as if something had hit me before, when Heath was here. I look into her eyes before I get curious.

“ Jasmine, darling, I noticed earlier that you were just looking at Heath like he was a ghost. What did you think you saw? I explain that I ask her very curiously

“ Um, Mom, I looked Heath in the eyes. She tells me while I look at her confused

“ What's wrong with his eyes, darling? I ask very confused

“ They used to be so bright that they glowed in the light." She tells me when I think of his eyes

As long as I was near them, they always looked blue, like the deep ocean. I still wonder what she meant by “ bright to the point of radiating.

“ Jasmine, are you sure you're okay? I ask and get a nod with a smile “ Yes, Mom and I are telling you the truth. When you go home, just look for a file on my laptop that says HSHSP. You'll understand what I mean. She tells me and I just nod in response We talk a bit more until Heath approaches Jasmine and me. I stand up to hug my son and he hugs me back. I break the hug and look into his eyes. They are the same as before, but there is something different. Slowly a hint of blue appeared. Was what Jasmine told me true? Were Heath's eyes once so bright blue that they glowed? I think my curiosity got the better of me.

“ Mama Fay, are you okay? - asks my son Heath. I think I recognize that look

“ Yes, darling, I'm just wondering if you're okay. I'm talking about what really interested me

“ I'm fine, mom. Finally it stuck in my head: “I became a father for the first time.” He answers with a smile “ Yes, you are a baby and a sexy uncle." Jasmine says making us laugh quietly

“ So how are you, love? He asked his love worriedly “ Well, baby, let's just say you won't be investing in me for a while. She speaks with a certain sadness “ Honey, it's good that we can still hug and play differently. He says and winks at Jasmine I turn around to see Jasmine smiling, then nodding and cupping her right breast.

“ Your real baby, my boobs need attention." She says as if I can see Heath licking his lips

“ Okay, you two, I don't need thisLook, and besides, your sister is sleeping with the babies, so there's no oral play at the moment." I say as all three of us laugh

Heath soon tells me that Adam is waiting for me downstairs. I hug Jasmine and Heath. I walk over and kiss Diamond on the forehead. She doesn't wake up when I go to check on the babies. They are both sound asleep and I smile as I see these two sweet babies that I adopted as my grandchildren. I kissed them both tenderly and told them I loved them. I left the hospital room and went to the waiting room where my youngest son was waiting for me. Around one in the morning we make our way to his car to drive home. Adam takes us home in 10 minutes so we can go to his room to sleep. I go to Heath and Jasmine's room and lock the front door. Once I'm in her room, I find her laptop and start searching for the file she told me about. When I open it I find it full of photos of Heath. I sit in awe as my beautiful niece, or should I say daughter, truly falls in love with Heath. I look through the photos, from oldest to newest, and see the changes in his eyes. I feel sadness when I look into the eyes of the man I call son. Then I remember the last few years, bits and pieces of everything I've been told about his past. Now I understand why those bright blue eyes that looked like sapphires turned the color of the deep blue ocean. I leave the picture only to turn off her laptop. I only leave the bedroom to go to my own. I go in and find Hannah's clothes on the floor, which makes me giggle. I closed the door to undress. I take off my shirt and then my bra. I cup both breasts and feel how amazing they always are. I unbutton my jeans and unzip them. I look at Hannah in the dark and put my right hand into my jeans. I don't wear panties, they restrict my play. I find my hairy pussy nice and warm when I put my finger on my clit. It seems to me that it is difficult to touch. I rub it a few times and think of Hannah between my legs. I think the birth of Jasmine and Diamond impressed me. I take off my jeans, go to the bed and slowly lie on top of Hannah. I put my head on her left shoulder and whisper in her ear.

“ Hannah, baby, are you awake, darling? I ask you to move a little

“ Yes baby, I'm cute. Are you okay, sexy, darling?" She responds by hugging me

“ Yes, I'm sexy now, but I want you so bad. Please, Hannah, baby, make love to me." I say as Hannah rolls us just to be on top

She looks into my eyes, smiling.

“ Everything for you, my dear. She tells me that she put her lips on mine and kissed me

Hannah kisses me passionately but breaks the kiss on the way down. She kisses my body in the only place I need. I spread my legs wider as she reaches my pussy lips. I look down and see a smile as her tongue sticks out. Before I know it, Hannah starts licking up and down my slit while I cup my breasts again. I moaned when I felt a finger at the back door of my anus. She knows exactly how to light my fire. I throw my head back with a groan and speak so she can hear me.

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?????? Viewpoint:

I'm standing in a hospital in the middle of Virginia. I look into the nursery and see two little boys...they both have the last name THOMPSON. I came here to find Heath Thompson, who I have. Greg has his father's eyes, but the one named Dakota doesn't have them...well, he still has them. I know I have a loose connection with Tyrone, so I don't move around too much so as not to arouse suspicion. Both boys look so handsome in their little outfits. I hear a noise to my Heath approaches me.

"Hello, can I help you?" he asks in a patronizing voice as I notice two men standing behind him. I reply quickly

“ Oh, I just love children and today I noticed two new beautiful boys." I speak quickly and he smiles as he tells me about it

“ The little boy on the left is my son and the little boy on the right is my nephew Dakota. You are my reason for living.” Heath tells me as I smile and then nod at him

“ I think they will grow up to be strong men like their father/uncle. It's time for me to go, gentlemen... I hope you have a nice day." I say and turn around because they also wished me a nice day

As I leave I smile to myself and think... Don't worry Heath, your family is taken care of.

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After two days in the hospital, doctors discharged both the mothers and the newborns. It's Tuesday morning and we're all sitting in the living room talking about the next few days. I smile as I take turns hugging my son and nephew. I never knew I could lovea little more than I do these two bundles of joy. I watch Jazz and Diamond giggle at me when I'm into boys, or when Jack takes them out and acts like he has the most priceless and irreplaceable glass vase in the world. Hannah loves boys, just like Faye. Faye continues to tell them that Grandma loves them and will do this or that when they grow up. At that moment something inside me breaks and I excuse myself for a few minutes. Adam quietly follows me outside as I sit on a bench and think about people I haven't been with in a long time. I wish my family were here to see this. My parents would have been just like Faye... loving boys like they were God's greatest gift... I think he sent them to me to make sure I didn't do something really stupid again. I wonder if Michelle and Travis had children and what they would think of the little boys I gave birth to? I wonder what my godparents would say... I think Chris probably gave them several grandchildren since he was still with Selena and Tiffany and they were so happy at Christmas all those years ago. About this time I feel a hand on my shoulder and see my brother walking next to me on the bench outside.

“ Penny for your thoughts, brother?” Adam asks and I smile back and speak from the bottom of my heart “ Do you think girls get mad when I send pictures of boys to people they don't know? Adam looks at me and I see concern before I continue, "They are my godparents and when I left years ago I knew I hurt them and I shouldn't have done that." I know they did me like a son, and I think they would like to see their grandson and great-nephew." Adam nods and tells me to ask the girls

I smile as we return to the living room. When we get back inside, Jazz and Diamond ask if I'm okay. I tell them “yes” because I had to think about something. Jazz looks worried as I begin to explain

“ Jasmine, Diamond, what do you think about me sending pictures of boys to people you don't know?” I ask as they both look at each other and Jazz looks at me "Your family?" I nod in response

“ When my family left me, my godparents Mike and Ellie took me in. They had a son named Chris. Chris was dating Selena, whose parents are Kiko and Nate. In high school I dated a girl named Tiffany and her parents were Verna and Ricky. The whole family starts nodding as Jazz knew Chris, Selena and Tiffany, but I think she guessed what was coming next as I continued, "Kiko, Verna and Tiffany." Ellie became a mother to me... well, even more motherly, since they had always been like mothers to me. I caught Chris having sex with Tiffany and Selena the night before prom, and that's why I left the way I did. Now that I'm a little older, I realize that I probably ripped their hearts out when they lost their son and never really said goodbye to them. It was just a call saying, “You don’t want any trouble, so I’m leaving,” kind of a call. I want to send them pictures of my son and nephew so they know I'm okay. I see my family smiling as Jazzy answers me

"Heath baby, I think it's going to be fine and I don't mind if they know that you have a son and that they are grandparents," Jasmine says as Diamond also nods

“Sugar, please do it the way I think” will take the weight off your chest. says Diamond with a smile

I ask Jack to take his digital camera and give everyone a smile. When he comes back into the living room, I take a photo of me and LG, then me and Dakota, and finally another photo of me and the boys. I love Jack, Adam and myself most of all. Some of my new sisters and of course me and my beautiful girlfriend. Jack places the camera on the coffee table after taking it out. He sets a timer for everyone to get into position. After taking a few photos, Jack gets his camera. Jack shows me how great they turned out and asks how many pairs I want. I replied to 13 and explained

“ I know all my godparents want one, and each of us wants our own." I explain getting a nod from him

My family smiles as Adam and Jack run into the photo cabinet, which turns out to be Wal-Mart. I begin with my letters to my extended family…” Dear Insertion Name. I wanted to let you know that my family has grown with new members. I had a son named Gregory Bobby Thompson. I also have a nephew, Dakota Jared Thompson. There are two new sisters in my family: Diamond and Hannah. Diamond is Dakota's biological mother. I also added two brothers: the stupid one is Jack and the other is Adam. They were good friends and supported me in difficult times. Here is a photo of my friend, her name is Jasmine. This sweet woman hugging us is her Aunt Fay, who has become a mother to me just like you. I would like to apologize for leaving as I did so many years ago and hope you can forgive because I still love you. I hope that you are well and that these years have been good for you. I just want to wish you all a Merry Christmas. Your nephew/son Heath.” When I finish writing the letters, I ask Jack to drive an hour to Tennessee and mail them to me. He looks at me before I tell him that I want to send them, but if they're trying to find me, they're looking in the wrong place. He nods and says he will send them tomorrow. When I put my kids to bed, I cry and say something to them: "Guys, I promise you that one day you will meet three loving grandmothers and three very cool but loving grandfathers." I bid the boys goodnight -Kiss and prepare to go back to the living room to join my family.

It's now about 3:00 p.m. that I hold my awakened son on the sofa. Jasmine and Diamond sit on either side of me. Faye holds Dakota, who, like Lil Greg, remains silent. We were all talking about boys when Jasmine looked at Adam sitting in my chair.

“ Adam, why haven't you held any of your nephews yet?” She asks to get our attention

I look at him and see him trying to answer her. He looks at all of us before looking at Lil Greg and Dakota. Adam looks Jasmine in the eyes before answering.

“ Sister, I just don't want to drop her or hurt her. He finally answers as Jasmine stares at him

Before I knew it, Jasmine was asking about our son. I handed it to her after she got up. Jasmine walked up to Adam and explained to him how to position his hands. My beautiful Jasmine held Lil Greg in her arms. He seemed a little hesitant at first until he saw Lil Greg's face. Jasmine sat on the right arm of the chair, smiling. After a few minutes he handed Jasmine back to his nephew, then stood up and walked towards Hannah and Faye. He asked to hold Dakota and it was funny to see Faye's mother reluctantly let go of her grandson. She stood up to hand Dakota to Adam. I saw Adam's face light up as he looked at Dakota. It was a heartwarming moment as Adam began to take the next step out of his shell. Adam looked at Lil Greg, then back at his nephew in his arms, before speaking to both of them.

“ I will be the best uncle for you and your twin." He says he confuses us

“ Twins? - I ask while he laughs

“ Think about it bro, they were born on the same day except for Lil Greg who was 30 seconds ahead of Dakota. Adam says as I think about it and nod with a smile

After a few more minutes, Adam returns Dakota to Faye's mother before returning to his seat. That day, Jasmine and Diamond breastfed the cubs. I lay next to Jasmine while she fed Little Greg and Hannah did the same with Diamond. It was an experience we all shared. Hannah looked at me with a smile.

“ Heath, thank you for giving Diamond and me a child that will bring us even closer together. I hope that one day, when I feel the time is right, you will give me the opportunity to witness the birth of a child." She tells me my face shows joy and shock

“ Hannah, firstly, hello, and secondly, are you sure you want me to give you the baby? I say I ask her worriedly

Hannah glances at Lil Greg and Dakota suckling on their mother's breast before looking at me.

“ Yes, my loving brother, you are the only man I could see myself with, even if it was just for one night, but like I said, maybe one day I'll be ready to be with a man." You tells me and I just nod and accept her words

It's now about 6:00 p.m. When Jack and Faye finish dinner, we all eat as a family. We're talking about a big family shopping trip tomorrow on Christmas Eve. I think about what I want for those I deeply call my family. A smile appears on my face as I think about the perfect gift again. Because dinner is already over. I help Jasmine and Diamond back into the living room while the others clean up. I sat between the two of them as they hugged me. I hug her and pull her closer to me. My beautiful girlfriend who I loved and my beautiful sister who was also my lover. I thought about how my life would turn out and all I could do was smile.

Christmas is finally here without worries: I wake up and hear my son and nephew crying. I get up and go to the crib in our bedroom. As soon as I lie in the crib, I see a sight: they are both awake and crying. I giggle and gently place my hand on their stomach when they suddenly stop crying. I look into both of their eyes and they look at me. Lil Greg's eyes are the same as mine, while Dakota's are one brown and one bright blue. With a smile on my face, I now know that Dakota was conceived out of love, just like my son. I take them both in my arms and they continue to stare at me. I stand there and a warm feeling comes over me as I smile. |“ Merry Christmas to you too, even if you don't know what that means yet." I tell them to give everyone a kiss on the forehead

I let both ladies sleep while I go downstairs to make coffee. Lil Greg and Dakota coo while talking to each other, which is very cute. When I went into the kitchen I found Jack already making coffee.

“ Good morning Jackman brother, Merry Christmas. I tell him as he turns around smiling

“ Good morning, brother, back to you. He says he walked over to smile at his two young nephews before saying, “ And Merry Christmas to you both.

He pulls out my chair and I sit down, holding them both in my hands. He sits on a chair to my right. Both boys just look at me with a small smile before looking around the room. Jack tells me he plans to childproof the house before his nephews are crawling and walking. I laugh and say that would be a good idea, especially if they were like me as a child. He laughs and says the same thing as the coffee is almost ready. About five minutes later, Adam comes, puts his hand on my left shoulder and leans forward, smiling as he looks at his two nephews. He tells them what Jack and I have already eaten before sitting down on the left side of the table. Jack gets up to make his coffee and mine. Adam gets up to get his own when Dakota starts crying. Adam rushes to figure out what's going on while we both snoop and try to figure out why. He laughs at my contorted face.

“ Give me my nephew, I'll change his diaper." My brother tells me that I took Dakota away before continuing “ Come see Uncle Abs changing your diapers.”

I just laugh when Jack comes back with our coffee. Adam leaves to change Dakota but after I tell him to shut up as his sisters are still sleeping. While Jack and I are drinking coffee, Lil Greg starts to cry and Jack and I look at each other before he sighs.

“ Tell him here, I'll change his diaper too." Jack says as I laugh

Here's a guy who says he'll never change a shabby diaper, but when he takes Lil Greg away from me, I just smile because I know he'll be there for me no matter the situation. As he leaves the kitchen with my son, I sit and think about the day ahead. I realized that even though none of us are related, it is the love we have for each other that makes us a true family. I look around the kitchen where I have sat for the last four years and hope that Grandma May, wherever she is, is watching us bring this home to life with love and happiness. I feel warmth rush through me, like she's smiling and telling me she loves us all. Soon I feel two arms hugging me, then a kiss on my left cheek and then another kiss on my right cheek. I smile, knowing that Jasmine and Diamond are already awake. Afterwards, I kiss each of them on the lips before they go out for iced tea. I stare at them and examine their bodies. I know it will take some time for the baby fat to go away, but I'm thinking of something that might help. The house has a garage that can be converted into a small gym. I make a mental note to ask Jack what he thinks about getting weight lifting and exercise equipment for all of us. As the two beauties sit on the chairs, Adam and Jack sit, I see them with a smile.

“ Okay, what are you two smiling about?” I ask as they giggle “ Oh, if only you would watch the kids and let us sleep a little longer. “It was also nice to see her uncles changing diapers.” Jasmine tells me and Diamond nods We discuss the day when our whole family comes into the kitchen. Only this time the boys are being carried by their grandmother Faye. I laugh because she looks like a protective lioness to her cubs. After breakfast is prepared and eaten, we go into the living room to open the presents. We place the boys on a tray on the floor so they can stretch out. Once the presents are opened and I'm smiling, I get up to pick up six small boxes for my family. They all look at me confused as I come back and give them a box each. I stand as they open them and see everyone's wide eyes.

“ Heath, what kind of son is this? Faye asks as I laugh “ Tradition." I reply as she opens the locket with a smile before continuing. "Awww, darling, that's wonderful because that's the photo you took yesterday morning."

“ Yes, I thought it was perfect for my family." I say with a big smile

Everyone smiles as they take off last year's clothes just to put on this year's medallion. I sit next to my son and nephew as they play with the cell phone that Adam gave them to play with. I laugh as Lil Greg and Dakota coo over the hanging figures. I watch as Jack leaves and goes into the kitchen. I look at Adam who just shrugs with a smile. I feel like he and Jack are up to something for me.Jack comes back with his hands behind his back. As he enters the living room, he holds his hands behind his back. He clears his throat to get the others' attention.

“ Adam and I thought of a gift that would protect this family. Since last July we have been wanting to purchase something that will keep the house safe while my brothers and I attend college this year. And since the boys are still small, he is an ideal protector for them. So we looked around at the weekend and found the perfect defender. He was rescued by the ASPCA and we adopted him. “We thought this would give him a second chance to be with a caring and loving family.” Jack says holding a pit bull

“ Meet Batman, he is 2 months old, house trained and also trained to take orders. Adam says he's moving for a puppy

“ Um, guys, he wouldn't hurt the boys, would he? - asks Jasmine very worried

“ No, sis, he won't just watch. - says Jack as Adam comes towards us with the boys

We all watch as Adam lets the puppy sniff my son and nephew before he sniffs me. He licks my hand before walking over to the rest of the family. Then, in amazement, he returns to the boys lying on the ground and lies down at their feet. I look at my brothers who smile as I look at their gift.

“ Well, I think he knows what's important to this family, but why the name Batman?” I exclaim and ask them both

“ Well, we thought it would suit him because Batman is a protector and also has a strong character." says Jacquemin and Abs nods in agreement

“ Well, he's cute, I'll say that, guys, but the first time he bites one of your nephews, he disappears, you know? says Fay's mother and they nod in agreement After all the presents are opened, we see Batman acting like a good dog. Jack, Faye and Hannah cook Christmas dinner. The rest of us talk about watching movies and regularly changing the boys' diapers, with Batman always following behind and protecting his new friends. It's funny watching him go up the stairs because I have to pick him up every time, but as a reward I get a treat on the face. I have to admit that he seems like the right dog for this family. Most of the time he is with Jasmine, Diamond, Hannah, Faye's mother and the boys. Adam and I smile, knowing he will do a great job protecting those we are sworn to protect.

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Kay's POV:

I live alone in a house that I rent. I came to the East Coast to care for a man who I hope will one day forgive me. I'm looking at a photo of a newborn that I took on my phone Sunday evening. He's just as cute as the kid next to him. My Christmas dinner is the reheated chicken I bought yesterday. I'm watching a family movie on TV. That's why I miss the years when I was young, when my mother was still alive. I spoke to my best friend earlier and wished him a Merry Christmas. He wished me the same and said that he was keeping something secret about my whereabouts. I told him thank you before we hung up. I drink a glass of wine around 4 p.m. I'm just enjoying this day as much as I can. My heart wants to get in the car and drive to the one I consider a brother, but I can't yet because the time hasn't come yet. I have to stay in the shadows to protect him and the people around me. That first day I vowed to be the protective sister that his own sister couldn't be. I watch him from a distance when he is at college or at home. I'm just glad my car is warm or my ass will freeze. I scroll through my photos to find some photos of my stepmother, who I love like my own mother. I feel very sorry for her because life has changed for her. Sometimes I heard her sobbing. The times I saw her daughter cry were inappropriate. I know it was because I twisted their children's minds by helping my illegitimate father. I can't help but feel sad, but at the same time that's why I'm here, to make things right. As for the man I love very much, I hope that one day she will change and become what he was before. I put these thoughts aside for now just long enough to take a sip of wine and look at my list of things to do. I have a timeline for when my father will find out where Heath is, but I'll be there to stop him from getting any closer. I have information about a person my father is talking to. All I know is that his name is G, but his name is never mentioned in the notes my friend intercepted. I know they have known each other for many years. I know I'll beat them to it because they have no idea where Heath is. I guess their people have nothing to do with my best friend at all. I giggle, knowing he will always have my back, just like I have his. As I walk up to Heath's photo I can only smile because I know I have relatives here, but I don't have the courage to confront him yet. All I can say is that I hope with all my heart that he canExcuse me. I sighed before raising my wine glass and speaking loudly.

“ Merry Christmas, my loving brother. I want to be in your life so much, more than I can say about Michelle's bitch." I finish my speech with a gulp and return to the film

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Around 7:30 everyone gathered in the living room after a wonderful dinner. Faye holds Lil Greg and Hannah holds Dakota on the couch. Jasmine, Diamond and I are also cuddling on the couch. Jack and Adam relax in a chair while we all watch a movie. Batman lies at the feet of Faye and Hannah. He's been a great puppy so far, he hasn't barked or anything. He lets us know when he needs to go to the bathroom. As we all relax and enjoy each other's company, I hear Faye say something that catches my family's attention.

“ Lil Greg has Heath's exact eyes. Faye's mother says everyone looks at her, then at me “ Hmm, Mom, I don't think Heath has bright blue eyes. Adam says as she looks at him and realizes what she said

“ Son, he's used to it. She speaks in a worried tone

“ Faye, what do you mean use it too? “The whole time they were the deep blue of the ocean.” Hannah says and Jasmine sighs “ Everyone will be back soon. Jasmine says she gets up and goes to the stairs

I sit there and think about my eyes from many years ago and still today. I sighed, knowing what made her turn around. Jasmine soon returns with her laptop. She stands in front of everyone and looks at us. Before she starts talking, images of me slowly flash by.

“ That's it, Faye's mother is right about Heath. His eyes were already shining at school. I have photographed them over the years. Yes baby, I was looking for you when I fell in love with you. She says when everyone is at the point where they can see my eyes in the old photos and the new photos she took before continuing “ The reason they have changed so much is because of his hurt and pain. I want those beautiful bright blue eyes back." She pauses again just to look at me “ Baby, I don't care how long it takes, I'll make your eyes shine bright blue again.

I stand up and walk towards her as Jasmine puts her laptop on the coffee table. I hug her and she puts her hands on my chest and looks into each other's eyes.

“ Baby, I know you will, because if I asked you would stop the world. I tell her, smile and nod “ Anything that makes you happy, my love." Jasmine says as I lean in to kiss her deeply on the lips

I break the kiss and take her back to the couch we were sitting on just a few minutes ago. She grabbed her laptop to show me her past, which consisted of all of us and the boys. It was the same picture as on my phone. Jasmine giggled and said she took my phone to take the photo the way she wanted. I giggled, knowing she was cunning but loving in every way. The little boys Greg and Dakota were hungry around 9 p.m. So I helped Jasmine and Diamond get to our room, only to find myself at the end of the bed with Jasmine lying across from me. Faye brought in a crying Greg and handed him to Jasmine, who then bared her breasts and removed her shirt completely. Diamond did the same and snuggled up to Hannah, who handed Dakota over to her friend before lying down on the bed like me. We talk to Faye, who is sitting on the edge of the bed where Jasmine and I are lying. After about an hour, both boys are fed and changed while we put them in a shared crib. Hannah and Faye go to their room and me, Jasmine and Diamond decide to get some sleep after a long day. I hold them both in my hand and smile because I know that next Christmas will be better when the boys turn one.

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Michelle's point of view:

It's Christmas night and I can't wait for this year to end. I met a great, sweet guy over spring break, but those damn idiots hanging out in the wet bed ruined everything. Travis started avoiding me more and more since he and Trey were always going out. Keisha left me alone to “live” with new friends...Stupid bitch. And everything seems to remind my mother of the waste of humanity that I must call my brother. As I fall asleep I think of Adam and how he sees me as his and only his. My dreams continue and they turn to my mother, Travis and I at home when I hear the doorbell saying it must be my fiancé Adam. I run to the door and spin like a schoolgirl. I open the door and see that it is my little brother who has been away for many years... I hug him and welcome him home. I call my mom and Travis, “Guys, Heath is home!” I hear them running as they hug him. We talk for a while and then I blink and there's about a dozen kids running around and I say, "Where do all these kids come from?"out of?' Heath smiles. “Shelley greets your nieces and nephews.” I smile because I love children very much. I blink again and now I'm all alone in a small apartment with only a small tree that looks like it came out of a Charlie Brown cartoon. and my father is standing next to him. I ask him:

“ Dad, where did Mom, Travis, Heath and all the kids go?” - I ask and my father looks at me and sighs

“ Michelle, you know it was a dream, right? The hit is gone... you and Travis did it. You broke your mother's heart...not Heath. I look at him with hatred that I didn't even know existed within me

“ Well, she ALWAYS loved him more.” I speak angrily and my father shakes his head

“ WE still loved you, Michelle. And here a person like you deserves to spend Christmas... with a tree so pathetic that it shows his love for family." My father disappears while I cry

I cry so hard that I even wake up. I look and see that I'm still in bed and walking around the house... everything is the same. I attribute this to excessive stress.

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Ellie's POV: --- the day after Christmas

I sit at home and dream about my second son coming home this year. It's been three years since I hugged him or told him I love him. I have somehow forgiven my son and daughters, as have other parents, but they know that we still miss our son and their brother. Granddaughters make things a little easier, but also make it more complicated since he isn't with us for birthdays and family gatherings. I hear a knock on the door and go to answer it. This is a certified letter. I sign, look at the address and see that it's my own, but the name says Heath Thompson. I tear it up and cry. I grab my phone and send group texts to Mike, Nate, Ricky, Kiko, and Verna. “911, my house, 5 minutes!!!” In 5 minutes Kiko and Verna will be there and the boys will arrive. Mike looks at me

"Ellie, what's wrong, baby?" I take the envelope and see Kiko and Verna giving her

holding in hand “Mike, our son, contacted us…Heath sent a letter.” I cry while my husband holds me

Nate and Ricky ask their wives and they too say yes. We all come in. I read the letter to everyone, take out the pictures and we all smile at LG, he has his father's eyes. Dakota is a doll, but I wonder who his father is since Heath didn't mention him. I smile knowing that my son has people who care about him and who he can trust. I'm sad that he has a girlfriend because Tiffany has always loved him and still loves him. I ask Verna and Kiko to read their letters, the same as mine but with a different name. I look at the group and start:

“ I hope he's okay, but from the photo I can only see that he's okay. I think it's better now if the children don't know about it. I know this may seem wrong of me, but for the best interest, we'll keep this between the six of us. At least we know Heath is happy because he wouldn't have sent us the photo of his son." The group nods as we all think about how cute LG is

I run my left index finger over the photo and feel tears coming. . I can also hear my two friends crying. I pull up the photo of Heath holding both boys to my chest, wishing I could be there to hold the babies. Ricky interrupts the moment as he begins to speak,

“Damn, Greg would be so happy right now. Tell us about your second grandson,” says Ricky as Mike looks at the photos

"Yes, it is, but for Heath, this is his firstborn." Mike says like everyone else. from us nod

We chat for a bit and discuss if and when we should tell the children about Heath. “I look at my sisters and our husbands

"You know, at some point we're going to have to tell Karen that she's the big sister." ; Everyone nods while Verna sighs

"I know it is, but Tiffany will be so heartbroken to hear that Heath is gone," says Verna and Kiko and I unfortunately agree ====================== ========================= == ============= ====== =====

The rest of December passed with the New Year. The new year was here and the coming months meant I had to go back to college. Jasmine continued to study online while the boys and I shuttled back and forth to classes on campus. Faye was still working but mostly at home helping Jasmine with Lil Greg. Hannah and Diamond came here two weekends a month to stay near their family. When Jasmine and Diamond were fully healed after a month of Valentine's Day weekend, they let me sleep with them like it was their first time. They felt tighter, but I didn't complain. The boys grew and were soon reaching for the necklaces around our necks, which we all laughed at because we knew they were learning something. As the months passed, I studied twice as hard to get a good education that would help me support my family. I continued online companionship with Jasmine on the weekends and Diamond mastered the basics. When the month of May came, they called meDean Wilson's office. He explained to me that I had to give the speech because I was the valedictorian of my class since my score was higher than the others. I smiled, knowing I wouldn't give in this time. I went home that day and told my family and they gave me a big hug and congratulated me. This month, Jasmine helped me write a speech that could mean something and show others what family means. As graduation days approached, my family began to prepare for that day. Hannah and Diamond made sure to take some time off. I couldn't wait to see our family in the audience this time. Jasmine wanted to accompany Adam, Jack and I to the graduation ceremony. I remembered that this would be a day full of smiles.

I'm standing at the podium, about to give a speech to everyone at the graduation ceremony. I look up and see Faye, Diamond and Hannah. Faye holds Lil Greg on her lap and Diamond holds Dakota. They both point at me and the boys watch as they help them wave at me. I wave back and see my family members smiling. I look at the people in front of me and sigh before I speak.

“ I would like to thank Dean Wilson, professors, staff, family, friends, and students for their presence. It has been a long and difficult four years for all of us, students, parents and those we call family. I know I need to talk about how college changed me, but I couldn't have done it without the people around me. You say your family supports you in everything you do. Well, I have to say it's true, but family doesn't really mean who you're born into. Before college, my life was empty until the summer before my freshman year, a complete stranger picked me up on the beach just to show me that I could trust and love again. She accepted me as her grandson and showed me what family is. Grandma May lived alone, but her home had enough space to welcome me as a family. That first day of college I met two guys who also became my best friends, but they showed me what the word “brother” meant. After Grandma May died the first year, Adam and Jack showed me that the family stays together no matter what. They helped me come to terms with her death and strive for life. Then, a few months later and at the start of my sophomore year, another beloved Jasmine came into my life. She showed me that I can love another just as a man can love a woman. My new family was growing and without them I knew I couldn't be where I am now. Over time, our family of four became seven and then nine. Just before Christmas last year I had a son and a nephew when Jasmine and my sister Diamond gave birth to two beautiful boys. Family is what is called family. The ones who are truly there for you and support you in every way possible. When I look at everyone here, I see families full of support. At the end of this speech, I dedicate my graduation to my father, my grandmother and my family, because without them I would not be here on this day, thank you and peace."

When I finished, I looked out at the countless students, families and friends and only saw tears in their eyes. I think my speech influenced her in some way. Before I left the stage, I grinned and said something else.

“ GO VIRGINIA!” I said loudly as everyone stood there cheering and clapping as I made my way to my place among my fellow students ===================== ========================== =========== === =====

Author's Notes:

The academic years are over and a new beginning has begun again. I hope everyone enjoyed this story as the next part of Heath and his family's life begins. And there is a confrontation with him.past.



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