Out To Find The Truth

Laurel is a happy, down to earth, beautiful, 16 year old girl but all that is about to change her, now that her mother has died, and she's on the search to find her father. The only clue she has is the two names her mother put in a letter written to her before her death. Is it the man the raised her until she was two years old who is the father of a major musical artist or a man that she knows nothing about?

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33. Chapter 33

Laurel's POV 

I'm so nerves right now we're all sitting in the family room waiting for Mr. Machol to be done with his phone call. We already did are introductions with Mark's Family his wife Jenna seems really nice. Everyone is chatting with one another it seems to be going surprisingly well under the circumstances. I really like Lisa she's cool she's only a few months older them me, Justin has not left my side since they got here I like that he's so protective it's sweet. I'm pretty sure he knows that Mark is my dad I look just like him also Lisa and I could be twins...creepy! If he knows then so does Jeremy, he and Mark have been chatting with Margo and Jenna foe I while I hope it's going well it looks like it. The entertainment press and paps have doubled since last night it's a mad house behind the giant iron gate. We've kept the T.V. and phones  off all day not wanting to hear what everyone is saying. Aunt Terri and Sandy were talking to Uncle Tommy I can't believe his Justin's uncle I've known him all of my life and had no clue.  Louis and Amanda who are secretly holding hands are laughing at Charlie because the second Lisa walked in he hasn't taken his eyes off her. Just then Mr. Machol came into the room with two manila folders in hand it reminds me of The Maury Show, well here it goes. I stood up and sat between Jeremy and Mark holding both of their hands. Justin also moved and stood behind us placing one hand on Jeremy's shoulder and the other on the crook of my neck slowly running his thumb up and down.

"Ok is everyone ready to begin?" He asked to the awaiting group of people in front of him. Everyone nodded their heads yes but I felt my whole body stiffen I'm extremely nervous. "We'll start with Jeremy you've been waiting the longest to hear this." He opened the envelope and pulled out the paper with the results he looked it over I eyed him to see if I could see the answer in his face but his expression didn't change. "JEREMY, YOU ARE NOT HER FATHER!" I looked at him tears were falling from his eyes, I started to cry with him he gave me a huge hug.

"I don't care what it says your my dad and I love you and always will." I whispered into his ear. "Can you please continue?" I asked as I grabbed onto their hands again.

"Ok let me get this out, MARK YOU ARE HER FATHER!" I sat in my seat frozen just hearing those words, I found my other half knowing for sure made me feel complete. I turned to look at him he was smiling. He opened his arms and I hugged him I can't help but cry knowing that one man is broken and the other is delighted. The room was quiet I took one arm from around Mark and placed it around Jeremy's back I wanted to hug them both. "I have two dads no matter what the paper says you both are my dads." I said.

"Are you going to live with us now?" Kevin asked from behind Jenna.

"Yes dear what is your living arrangement?" Jenna added.

"She's living in her home with me." Aunt Terri added quickly.

"But she should be with her father!" Jenna said, I have to say something before this goes crazy but just as I'm about to get up Mr. Machol steps forward.

"Laurel come here please!" I stood up and walked over to him, I couldn't help but notice everyone staring at me. When I reached him he placed his arm around my shoulder I'm so glad that he's handled everything. "Since Laurel is 16 she should have the choice where she wants to live, so hun what is it?" I felt all eyes on me but I know what I want.

"I want to live in my home with Aunt Terri. I don't want to switch schools or leave my friends their my family." I look over to them and smile it's the truth they are. "I also want to add that even though Mark is my dad by blood, I still want Jeremy in my life since he was there from the beginning." I walked over to him and he stood up and gave me a hug. "You'll always be my dad!" I said leaning back looking at him with a huge smile across my face. "Mark I hope you aren't offended by my descison it's just I want to be in my moms home I miss her so much and I can't leave my Aunt Terri." I cried, I turned to look at him I noticed that a tear fall to his cheek. 

"Laurel I understand you have a life in Santa Monica I don't want to rip you away from it but I want to be in your life and for you to be in mine." Mark smiled.

"Thats right you have sisters and a brother that would love to get to know you and so would I. Your welcome in our home anytime so are your family and friends." Jenna added as she grabbed onto Marks hand. I looked around it was nice to see everyone around me I truly am a lucky girl. 

"So what do we do now?" I asked. 

"LET'S EAT!" Louis yelled out, everyone laughed in agreement.

"Burgers okay with everyone, Sandy could you help me you do make the best?" Jeremy asked as we all stood up.

"Why of course darling we are family." She smiled, everyone was walking towards the kitchen I stayed behind when I heard Mr. Machol ask Jeremy and Mark to hang back with him. 

"Hey whats up?" Justin said behind me.

"Shhh!" I hushed.

"There is something I need to give you both!" He pulled out two envelopes from his briefcase and handed one to each of them.

"What are these?" They asked in unison.

"Their letters from Anna!" They both sat down in a chair looking at the letters in their hands. "I'll let you you be." He said picking up the briefcase from the coffee table and walking out into the hall, Justin and I tried to hide but he saw us in a mirror on the wall behind us. "Come on you two let them be, let's see if they need our help in the kitchen." I wanted to stay, what did mom want to tell them. I guess if they want to tell me they will later but maybe I don't want to know. Justin was walking next to me as I felt his arm come around my shoulder it was nice, well I guess we're not related I leaned my head on his should putting my arm around his waist. 

Mark's POV

I was dumbfounded when I was handed the letter I never thought I would hear from Anna ever again. I looked over to Jeremy as he stood up and excused himself from the room I could tell he had tears in his eye. Really though he loved her and knew her more then I did. I opened the envelope and pulled out a single sheet of paper.

Letter from Anna to Mark:

Hello Mark, 

I guess you would of never thought you would hear from me again huh? Well if your reading this letter you know that Laurel is your daughter and for some reason I'm not there, I hope she's okay. I've known for a while that she was yours, mothers intuition I guess and when I saw a picture of your oldest it confirmed it. Laurel is amazing she's the best kid and I thank you for her, she made my life worth living. She's funny, smart, lovable if you don't already know, brave she is stronger then you think, what can I say I got the perfect kid. I hope you can grow to love her also your family. I'm sorry if this is hard on them but I hope that everyone is okay. I also hope that you can support her in whatever decision she chooses about where she wants to live. I made sure that Laurel is taken care of financially and that as of right now my sister Terri is her legal guardian you would have to talk to her and Mr. Machol about the detail's. I'm guessing that she is under the age of eighteen  right now because I had planned on telling her everything when she became of age, even though she has always been beyond her years. I want to thank you for doing this for her and hope that you can grow to love her. I know that our time together was short and well spontaneous but a wonderful thing came from it. Oh and so you know that with having Laurel you also gain two other amazing kids Amanda and Louis I consider them my adopted children just so you know. There's one last thing I want to add I hope you can accept that I want Jeremy to be in her life as well. He is a great man I was just to stubborn to see it.

Well Mark I hope that everything goes okay between you and Laurel. Again thank you for giving her to me!

Sincerely, 

Anna Bates

I read the letter with tears in my eyes everything from my memories with Anna came rushing back. The first time I saw her in the restaurant ugh her smile, her laugh when she got excited, and well just her she was so beautiful. 

"I promise you Anna that I will love Laurel and take care of anything she my need." I said a loud into the empty room. I read the letter again and then folded it up and placed it in my breast pocket. I stood up and headed for the kitchen to join my new extended family.

Jeremy's POV: 

I've been sitting in my office for some time now just staring at the white envolope. I can't help but stare at the at my name written in the familiar swoopy handwriting that I haven't seen in years it was Anna's. Okay I got to open it, it's driving me insane. I carefully open it not wanting to rip through the writing, I pull out the letter and unfolded it. 

Letter from Anna to Jeremy:

Jeremy,

I'm sorry, I should of never let you go because I never stopped loving you ever. I know I've hurt you in the past and now I've hurt again. I wished that Laurel was yours but I just feel that Mark is her father but you will always be her daddy. I was so jealous when her first word was daddy but not anymore I'm happy that you were there when she was a baby. I just wish I wasn't such a bitch to keep you away from her for all these years I guess that's why I had Tommy around. Oh yeah sorry about that he wanted to tell you but I am ashamed of how I handled it between us. I don't think I can handle an emotional meeting with you, I know I would be a mess but you have every right to be angry with me.

It's so hard writing this, right now I'm sitting in Laurel's bedroom while her and my other two sleep. I bet you met them ha they're great you'll love them, but anyways I've been trying to write this letter for a week. I didn't think it was going to be this hard but memories keep flooding my thoughts. Ugh what did I do, I messed up everything. I never found anyone else, don't get it wrong, I went on dates some stuck for a bit but nothing to serious. I went to school for business and after a while I started my wedding planning business. Dating was never important all I need are the three kids sleeping in front of me. I want you to be in her life, NO! you need to be in her life. (Still demanding I know) It's my fault you weren't there and I want to make it up to you Jer I want you to be there for everything I can't. Sorry about the smudging I tried to wipe away the tears I can't even imagine not being here for her but if I'm not I want you to tell her that she is my world she made me who I am and I will always love her. I know that you will be there for her I've seen how you've raised Justin he's growing up to be a good man, so I know Laurel is in good hands. Well I better end this before I smudge the whole page. I love you Jeremy you were my one and only. I hope you are able to forgive me but I understand if you can't.

Love,

Anna

'I love you too Anna and I promise I will take care of Laurel for the rest of my life.' I said aloud looking out the window up to the sky. 'I forgive you Anna!' I folded the letter and slipped it back in the envelope then putting under a notebook in the top middle drawer of my desk. I took a deep breath and stood up and headed to the kitchen. When I got closer I heard laughing and talking Laurel was talking to her new sisters and Amanda they were giggling staring at the boy across the room, oh boy this can't be good. My eyes lock with Margo's she smiles then continue to chat with the ladies, I walk over to Tommy and Mark. Tommy is telling him about Laurel riding in motocross and how amazing she is. Just then I feel a thin arm come around from beside me I look down and I see Laurels beautiful face.

"Are you ok?" She asked softly, I turned to face her wrapping my arms around her pulling her into a hug.

"I love you so much!" I smiled.

"I love you too Daddy!" I teared up when I heard her say Daddy. "Aw your such a softy!" She giggled.

"So what happens now?" Tommy asked. 

"Well Laurel what do you want to do?" Mark added.

"Well I um want to hang out with all of you, there's still a month and a half of summer so we can figure something out." She said. 

"You can come stay with us for a little bit, I want to get to know you better." Carrie shouted out, I'm glad their all taking her in right away?

"She's right we would all love having you stay with us for a few weeks." Jenna stated.

"I would love to come and visit you guys. There is one thing thats bugging me though, I'm not use to all this press stuff. When are they going to go away and leave us alone?" Laurel questioned.

"Hey we can talk to my publicist, he can figure out how and when to release whatever information we want, well you want." Justin answered. 

"Thats a great idea I'll call him now that way we can work this out the sooner the better." Margo said as she grabbed her phone and walked out of the room. 

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