“Tell me about it,” Max muttered.
“But seriously how have you been dealing with it?” Diane asked.
“Just barely. It’s also why Grace is overwhelmed to say the least,” Max sighed to his mother.
“Oh god, Grace. How is she handling all this?” Diane asked as he thought of her granddaughter, the pride of her and her husband’s life along with their kids and other grandchildren. The idea she could be hurt in all this hurt her heart as she dealt with the stunning reality that her daughter in law was alive, or she had other grandchildren to add to her family.
“It hasn’t been the easiest of times for my daughter,” Max admitted. “She’s doing better than I one would expect but she’s also in denial because she doesn’t have very many crystalized memories of her mother since she was so young when we lost her from our lives, and it’s making her feel confused about how to feel. On top of the emotions of being sixteen and growing up.”
“Honey, I am sorry…” Diane fretted.
“I know Mom, I know. That is why I was hesitant to tell you or Dad because I haven’t even begun to deal with myself and I didn’t want to lay the burden on you guys.”
“We’re your parents honey,” Diane smiled. “We are with you during the good days and the bad days of you and your sister’s lives and we want to be there for you and Grace. This will change the lives of both you and your daughter.”
“I know.” Max admitted.
“Girls are you ready for dinner?” Beth asked as she arrived at the hotel room of the twin as they had spent the afternoon back at the hotel with the girls focusing on their home work from their classes back at school, and actually starting to focus on their family tree that had started this whole discovery in the first place. They still didn’t have the information they needed for the tree, but they could start the essay portion of the project. Beth had spent time in her own room doing paperwork for patients and updating charts through her computer connection, and calling the hospital to advise her colleagues on some of the more tougher patients she left.
“Almost Mom,” Alexandra nodded as she closed her book. “Where are we going for dinner?”
“There is a Mexican place near here,” Beth smiled. “I saw it on our way back here this afternoon.”
“Cool,” Carrie smiled. “Were you able to get your duties done this afternoon?”
“Yes, for now.” Beth said as they walked of the hotel room and closed it up and walked towards the restaurant.
“Are you really okay Mom?” Alexandra asked. “I know it’s been a rough day for you, being back here, and not really remembering.”
“It’s alright honey,” Beth said with a smile. “It’s a shock to the system but we will make it through.”
“What is going to happen Mom,” Carrie asked.
“Hell, if I know,” Beth admitted with a sigh as they stopped at the restaurant and went in to get something to eat.
“What are we doing here?” Elizabeth inquired of her friend as they stood in the park back in Roswell after driving in from their encounter with the spirit of Alex Whitman. “I don’t think this is what he meant by finishing it.”
“We don’t know what he meant regardless,” Grace smiled as she conveyed the obvious as even she didn’t know why they were in the park. “Maybe I just didn’t want to go home and face the reality of my life.”
“I wouldn’t want to either,” Elizabeth sighed. “I feel for you.”
“Life seems to be steamrolling out of control,” Grace admitted. “Just a few weeks ago I had a pretty quiet existence of school and working at the Crashdown and the pleasure of being with my father, and you guys, the rest of my big weird family and I was pretty confident in that life, so where did that all go.”
“You turned sixteen,” Elizabeth joked.
“I guess that is not too far from the truth,” Grace admitted. “Life can suck when you grow up.”
“It can, but regardless of what happens with your mother Grace, you still have a great life with a great father and grandparents. We’ll always be there for you.”
“I know,” Grace smiled as they walked down a familiar path. “I may bitch and moan about how complicated my life has been these last few weeks, but I do know I have been very fortunate.”
“So why are we here?” Elizabeth inquired.
“I don’t know,” Grace admitted.
“I guess we can walk around, it’s still early enough and I don’t think either of us are up for a movie,” Elizabeth remarked as she had no idea what was happening nor was she had a clue how to take control so she just let her friend take them where they were destined to go as it was a plan to have Grace unwind after a stressful string of out of control actions that had the capacity to derail her perfectly happy life.
“Nope,” Grace nodded. “So how was Jake?”
“Finally, you said his name.”
“Elizabeth!” Grace groaned. “Please no side comments, I am just asking a simple question.”
“I haven’t seen him since lunch time when I stopped in to drop off some school work for him.”
“So…” Grace asked.
“He’s Jake, same old same old.” Elizabeth commented. “Surprisingly chipper given his situation but I think he’s happy that the surgery will allow him some movement and freedom.”
“I wish he didn’t have to deal with this,” Grace sighed.
“He doesn’t blame you Grace, as you well know because no one does.”
“I still say they should,” Grace grunted. “It’s my fault that he’s in the situation and unable to come to school.”
“Hey, girlfriend we’re, talking about Jake here, you’ve given him the perfect excuse to play hooky and Mom and Dad, and the school can’t do anything about it until he has the mobility to be at school.
“Still he’s about to graduate.”
“It’s fine Grace so don’t dwell on it. You have other things to dwell on instead, namely your mother.”
“Please don’t remind me,” Grace said as they continued to walk, and stopped at a bench and sat down.
“Have you seen her, or her other daughters.”
“You mean my sisters?” Grace asked. “No, not since working the shift. I am not sure how to take it. I don’t remember her as I was only two years old when she vanished from my life, so how am I supposed to take this return or the fact I have two younger sisters I have never met until today.”
“It’s definitely something usually to be found in the movies?”
“My life is a movie, right now.”
“It will get better,” Elizabeth said confidently. “You will get to the bottom of all this and it will lead to a better life.”
“I hope so,” Grace said. “The last couple of weeks have been an eye opener.”
“I figured Mom would let you know,” Max was sighing as he answered the phone and heard his father on the other line. “As I told Mom, I didn’t want to let you know until I had more control of the situation or allowed Grace more time to deal with it,” he muttered into the phone. “Yes, I know it’s. No, I don’t really want to come to office. Okay, okay, I’ll meet you at your place in 30 minutes,” he sighed as he figured he owed his father a personalized talk and knew his father the consummate lawyer would want to speak to him about the legality of his wife being alive, he thought to himself. “Bye,” he said before putting his phone down and wrote a short note to his daughter to indicate he was headed over her grandparents and would home as soon as he could…
And then ten minutes later, he was in his car and headed over to his parent’s home… leaving his cell phone at home.
“What do you girls want to do?” Beth asked as she and the girls walked of the restaurant after having dinner and taking a look around to get a sense of where they are as she marveled once again how small the town seemed to be in comparison to their hometown. “Back to the hotel?”
“Can we walk around, look around.” Carrie asked. “I am curious about this place.”
“It’s getting late, so maybe we should wait until tomorrow.” Beth said quietly. “You have homework to do.”
“Mom,” Alexandra said. “If this town is your history and your past all tied into one than maybe you need to look around, walk, and see if anything more jogs your memory. We don’t have to be long, but just walk around and see if anything makes you remember and we spent all afternoon on homework. There is only so much we can in one day,” she laughed.
“Girls, I know you’re right, and maybe I am too sacred about the unknown and admire your willingness to rush into a situation, before assessing it all to death but sometimes we have to take the cautious approach. I have been dealing with this longer than the two of you have, longer than you guys have been alive.”
“We don’t want to push Mom,” Alexandra reasoned. “You should remember, if you’re destined to, at your own speed and at your own power but you have to start somewhere. You had memories earlier, you admit that, right?”
“Right?” Beth admitted.
“Then walking around can’t hurt, can it?” Carrie asked.
“Okay, okay. I know what it feels to be stir crazy and staying at the motel can do more harm than good at the moment and it will only add to your need for excitement. So, we can take a walk, and see more about this town.”
“Cool,” Carrie smiled as they began to walk.
“Feel anymore calmer?” Elizabeth as they walked in the park, and eventually sat on a bench near where everything went down with Jake a few nights before, and they enjoyed the breeze in the air.
“I am not sure,” Grace said. “At least I don’t feel like I am going crazy.”
“You were never going crazy?” Elizabeth muttered. “You’re a teenager, and our lives can become wild during this time at least according to my mother on the subject.”
“My life has been one obstacle after another the last few weeks,” Grace said. “My life was nice and calm, and then it went to hell.”
“It was to be expected as we’re getting older,” Elizabeth reasoned.
“But not to the degree of what I have experienced,” Grace said as she exchanged a look with her best friend.
“Okay I will allow you that,” Elizabeth said. “I don’t know you could have prevented anything that has happened, except maybe Jake’s accident and even then, that was a pure fluke.”
“Which I allowed to happen with my reckless actions,” Grace moaned.
“Let’s not get into this again as no one blames you. Only you blame you,” Elizabeth reasoned.
“I know, I know,” Grace nodded with a sigh. “I just wished I could have fought back in the beginning, and a lot of this could have been prevented.”
And just then a scream rang out in the park, which got both girls attention and they looked at each other with a fright, and then looked around anxiously.
“What the hell was that?” Elizabeth asked.
“I have no idea,” Elizabeth said. “Let us find out.”
Moments before the faithful scream, not far from where Grace and Elizabeth were sitting and talking. Sue Adams was also in the park as she was coming home from a bad date when she decided to take a walk in the park before heading home and crossing out Dave’s name out of her diary, when she spotted something as she walked. A beeping sound, so she looked around to make sure she wasn’t being followed, turning back when she felt reassured and she continued to walk and then she was…
Grabbed from behind…
“You say anything, I will kill you.” Came the mincing threat but before he could stop her, she let out a high pitch scream that was heard for mile or, so it seemed. “Bitch, stop or I will kill,” came the voice as a sharp knife came up to her throat and she shut her mouth…