These strange people walked up to our house in dark outfits. They held a simple, straight look. Once they saw me they smiled.
Ross jumped out, "Nicole? Shawn?"
The woman nodded her head and they both removed their hoods. The woman had long blonde hair and pale green eyes with a white complexion. The man was tall, blue eyes, red hair, and also a pale complexion. They woman said, "It's been a while hasn't it, Ross?"
"Yes, why don't you come in?"
They all followed inside the house but he woman kept her eyes focused on me until she reached the door. Ross came out and told me to come out. I did so and when I walked in the couple were holding hands side by side.
They smiled at me, "It's nice to meet you, Caden."
I looked over to Ross to see if I should know them, "Nice to meet you too."
"Oh, my name is Nicole, and this here is my husband, Shawn." She raised their hands up.
Ross told me clearly, "These are your parents, Caden. They have come to see you."
My mind drew a blank and I sat down in the chair. I shuffled my hair to the side, "I'm sorry I don't follow."
Nicole sighed, "I knew this was going to happen." She looked at me, "Caden, we are your real parents. I know we haven't seen each other since you were born but I can still feel my love for you grow."
My heart sank and I couldn't believe that my parents sat on the couch next to me. My real parents. They were such beautiful creatures.
"Honey, we have been wanting to see you for a while and we weren't going to see you until you were fully developed with control but I just couldn't stand it any longer. I just had to come and see you."
"It's okay, I've been wanting to see you too."
She stood up and bent over to give me a hug. She rested her chin on my shoulder, "You have grown to be such a handsome young man." She got back up and turned to Ross, "Thank you so much for protecting my baby. Where is everyone else? I saw Lily and Liam but where are Niall and Aaron?"
"Niall had a lunch date made planned and Aaron had some place he needed to be that was none of our concern."
"I see. I was so looking forward to seeing them too, fore we haven't seen them for a long time either."
"They should be home soon anyways. Why don't you and your son catch up on things? Come on, Lily, let's leave them alone." Ross and Lily went outside and left us alone.
Nicole got close to me and showed a serious face, "Have you ran into Sarah yet?"
I just nodded my head.
She looked down, "I see, and then you have seen her Breathers?"
I looked down and nodded again.
"I…I killed them."
"You killed the Breathers and Sarah?"
I shook my head, "Only the Breathers. My self now couldn't find the courage to kill her."
She smiled, "It's good that you can at least somewhat control your power inside of you. It took your father about a year to control it completely."
"What do you mean?"
"Ross didn't tell you?" She looked over to her husband, "Well, your father is an Onyx Claret."
My heart skipped a beat, "What about you?"
"Unfortunately no, I'm not. It is only you and your father. I am just a normal human being."
She hugged me tightly and said, "I love you, son."
Shawn also softly spoke the words 'I love you' to me. He was quiet the whole time.
"Now honey. I want you to come with us. I want you to leave with us."
I had a puzzled look across my face, "Nicole, I have friends here."
"That doesn't matter. We did too and we still left. It
is what is good for you."
I stood up and broke from Nicole's grasp, "I am not going with you! I barely even know you and there is a fact that you left me to dry with a hated foster family and an asylum that tortured me!"
Her face dimmed down, "We are sorry about that, honey, but we did what was best for you."
"Best for me?! Yeah sure. I was getting beat up until Ross and the others came to save my life. They took me and was nothing but kind to me. They treated me like a real family unlike you!"
"Please don't say that." She held me arm and turned to Shawn, "Do something, darling." Shawn just sat there, "Damn it, Shawn! Say something!"
Shawn spoke, "Let him do what he pleases. We can't take him away when he is happy."
Nicole didn't like the sound of it and crossed her arms, "You like it here?"
"Of course I do."
"Then we will stay and see just how happy you are and if you are unhappy we are taking you to live with us." I heard a heavy sigh from Shawn. I can tell he puts up a lot with Nicole being this bossy.
Ross came back in with Lily and Nicole came straight to him, "We are going to stay here for a day to see how well Caden gets treated here."
Ross nodded his head, "Certainly, you can take the guest bedrooms in the guest cabin on the side of this one."
Nicole agreed and sat on the couch next to Shawn. He looked away from her and stared at the walls. I can tell he doesn't really enjoy her attitude but he puts up with it because he loves her.
The door opens and Niall comes barging in. He sees Nicole and Shawn and his face lights up, "Nicole! Shawn! Why are you guys here?"
They gave each other hugs and when they all sat down Nicole stated, "We want Caden to come live with us. I want to see how happy he is here with all of you."
"He gets extremely happy at some points and then just regularly happy. Especially when he is around Lily. This morning I think Liam said, was the first time he has ever seen him that happy."
Ross stubbed Niall's toe with his cane, "Always a good thing to have a girl around."
Nicole glared at Lily and Lily kind of leaned back a bit.
Aaron walked into the cabin as well and headed straight for the kitchen saying he was going to make some dinner. Everyone but Lily and Nicole went into the kitchen. I stayed by the kitchen door to hear any conversations they were having and they were.
I heard Nicole say, "Stay away from Caden."
"Why, because he is happy? What makes you think you will make him any happier? He will probably be miserable."
"Impossible, a motherly love is what all boys need."
"Motherly love is nothing you can give him. A mother would not give up her child so easily. A mother would try her best to keep in contact with her child."
"No, it was what was best for him. We were targeted and we aren't anymore. I want my baby back."
"He isn't yours anymore. You may be his biological mother but you can never win him over with family love. Especially since all of us gave him that."
I heard her grumpy snare, "You little brat. Shawn and I are his actual family whom he can love."
"He can't love someone as sinister as you. Even Ross noticed you have gotten different then the last time."
I looked over and Aaron was already done with the entrée and he was working on the sides. I listened on some more conversations with them.
Nicole rushed in for the attack, "You are going to go first. You are standing in our way."
It became quiet and I barged into the room seeing Nicole's hands over Lily's neck. Lily was calm and collected.
"What the hell are you doing to Lily! Let go!" I tore off her hands from Lily's neck. She gasped for air.
Nicole gave me an irritated face.
"I don't care how angry you are but these people are my family now, not you. You have already lost your chance. Did you save me from my pain? No. These people did. They gave me happiness that I have never had in my entire life."
Nicole started to shed a tear and Shawn came up to me and slapped me so I could hit the floor. The ringing in my ears were nonstop as I stood up, "She deserves it."
Shawn stepped in with confidence, "She may have deserved it but she IS your real mother. She deserves a chance."
I looked down and held my cheek to where he hit me, "I could never love someone who threatens to hurt my friends."
Nicole let hair fall in her face and she shed more tears and whispered that she deserved everything that I said and she tried apologizing.
Aaron came in and told us dinner was ready and we all went in and sat. It was instant mashed potatoes, corn, and ham. I ate as fast as I could so I could go straight to bed and lay there. When I put away my dish and started walking away, Lily grabbed my arm to stop me. She looked up at me and asked, "May I sleep next to you?"
My heart started pounding and the answer that came out of my mouth was, "Yes."
I put on my pajamas and so did Lily. She wore a white and pink night gown. I laid on one side and she laid on the other. I heard her shaking from the cold even though the windows were closed so when I turned off the lights I rolled over to her side and put my arm around her. She stopped shivering and I felt her small soft hand lay on top of mine. She was sixteen and I felt a certain way about her. I feel like I have to protect her and do everything I can to make her happy. Just like a little sister. That was how I saw her, as my little sister.
I put my head on the pillow and slept.
In the morning, there was nothing under my arm anymore. Lily was gone. I heard the door open and it was her jumping up and down. She smiled and said, "Your parents want to talk with you downstairs."
I slid my fingers through my hair to comb it right and walked down the stairs. I saw Nicole and Shawn sitting on the couch sophisticatedly. When they saw me come down the stairs, Nicole smiled, "I am so sorry for everything last night. I didn't mean any of what I said but I do love you. I do want you back but if you prefer to stay here I am fine with that as long as you promise me that I will be able to see you and talk with you."
I nodded and she smiled, "We will be heading out."
She kissed my forehead and smiled, "I love you." Shawn said he loved me too and followed Nicole out to their car. They drove off.
Niall put his arm around my shoulder while we watched them leave, "It's nice that you get to see your real parents. Maybe someday you will be able to forgive her. I think that is what she wants."
I nodded, "Yeah. How about we train some more? I'm willing to learn right now."