It's been two weeks now, two weeks since Emma came home. It's gotten better, Mom has finally started to drink coffee to get her mind off of that liquor we hid from her, Dad is actually home for more than an hour a day, and the awkwardness around the house has some what lessened. People still stare and whisper as Emma walks down a hall but she's gotten used to it, we haven't had a problem with Robin since that first day she'll usually just watch us walk by and stay silent. When she's out of sight me and Andi just laugh about it.
Right now Emma, Tony, Zack and Emery were washing Zack's truck, Cory was in his room, and I was on my bed finally deleting the 'Find Emma' webpage.
"Who is it?"
The door opened and there stood Cory with a big smile on his face, "I found the stash."
"The Christmas stash!" He whispered and rushed to my bed handing me the big box wrapped in Little Mermaid wrapping paper, confused I shook my head at him.
"Cory you know we haven't celebrated Christmas for years."
"But that was because Emma left, she's back now maybe mum and dad wanna start celebrating again."
I sighed, "Cory it's only May they wouldn't start shopping now."
"But maybe..." Emma burst through the door cutting him off, her hair was dripping wet and her grin was hard to miss.
"Guys come out side I was just double teamed in a water balloon fight I need...oh wow Jenna you're just now opening that I sent that like two weeks ago." She said and I froze.
"What are you talking about Emma?"
She motioned to the box, "I sent that two weeks ago for your birthday, I know because Breanna gave me that Little Mermaid wrapping paper."
"Emma I never got this, Cory just found this."
"That's impossible Dad said...." she stopped.
My eyes darted to hers, "Emma what did you just say?"
"Emma tell me."
"I've talked to dad over the past years."
My heart stopped, "No that can't be possible he would have told us that he knew you were okay he would have gave us these presents. Wouldn't he?"
"He said he would give you guys the presents but that you guys didn't wanna talk to me and every time I called the house phone he was the one to answer." Her words hit me in the face like a punch.
"Emma we don't have a house phone anymore we got rid of it after we couldn't handle all the reporter calls. We got rid of it three months after you left."
Her eyes widened, "That can't be possible I call every holiday and when it's you guys' birthday, but it's either you're out or don't wanna talk to me."
"Emma if you called I'd talk to you" my mind was racing with different explanations but I looked at Cory, "Where did you find this box?"
"In the attic."
I glanced at Emma and she followed me up the stairs to the attic, "Where?"
"In that big blue trunk over there." He said and I ran to it, there sitting in the trunk where at least twenty different presents. Each one either had my name or Cory's, but what caught me was the tag 'from: Emma'.
"Emma these are all from you."
"I remember all of these" she went through the trunk naming each things that was in each box pulling out a small rectangle, "I sent this on that first Christmas, it's for you Jenna."
My fingers angled their way around the small box ripping the paper off to see a picture of Emma at a hospital a huge grin on her face and her dark hair stuck to her forehead, she was holding a small red form in her arms. Emery.
"He knew about Emery." She frowned but I stood up, "Jenna where are you going?"
"To give dad a piece of my mind."
She tried to stop me but I was already down the stairs and at my mother's side, "Mum where's dad?"
Slowly her eyes left the blankets she was putting in the closet and were on me, "Oh um he's in the kitchen getting ready for work. But he's already in a hurry so maybe tomorrow you can..." I started walking away.
"No mum this needs to be dealt with right now."
It didn't take long before Emma, Mum, and Cory were all behind me following me to the kitchen, Dad stood at the counter grabbing his keys, to his wallet, to his jacket. When his eyes found me he froze, "Oh Jenna I was just about to.."
"Dad we need to talk."
"Well I have to get to work I'm already running a little late."
My eyes narrowed, "You knew where Emma was these past few years."
He looked at me in utter shock, "Jenna that is a very awful accusation."
"But it's true."
The boys came in at the same time Emma did and my mum hung back in the doorway, "Daniel what's going on?"
"I don't know Shannon but I have to get going." He started for the door and I motioned for Zack and Tony, they both blocked the front and back door making my dad upset, "Could you please move Zackary?"
"Sorry Mr. Dexter but I can't do that."
My dad looked frustrated and I smiled, "Now dad you're not going anywhere until you answer my question."
"Jenna I don't know any...."
"Don't you dare lie!"
Emma stood up next to me and I could see the tears brimming in her eyes, "Dad you did know, all those boxes of presents I sent for Cory and Jenna. The birthday gifts I sent for you them, all the letters I sent, all the calls you answered and told me that Jenna and Cory never wanted to talk to me because it'd make things worse. You promised you would give them the presents and the letters, you promised."
"But instead you kept it a secret that you knew where she was and you never even gave us one letter, one present or not once did you at least try to reassure us that she was okay. You knew all these years where she was and yet you let us all think she was dead, we have been worried about her and you kept this from us! Why!?"
"Because I had to do what is best for us!!"
All of us froze but I just glared at him, "No dad this was not for the best interest of us! Mom is a wreck she's a drunk, Cory grew up thinking it was his fault Emma left, I had to live with knowing I could have stopped her from leaving that night and I've been searching all over Pennsylvania in search of her to at least tell her why she shouldn't have left and how much I missed her. But you just couldn't let that happen could you."
"I never thought you'd find her."
The tears had already begun to fall and Emma grabbed my hand the minute she saw them, "Well I did dad I found her after all these years you deprived Emma of ever seeing us again."
"I couldn't let her just come back after what she had did." His voice was strained and his face just seemed to age ten years more as he looked at us.
"She got pregnant!!!!! Yes every body she got pregnant! The little child in the other room named Emery is Emma's child, and as we should all know mum and dad were going to send Emma away just because she got pregnant. So yeah they gave her no choice it was either go to boarding school or abort the baby."
"Do you know how hard it was to have to leave behind my family because they just didn't want to accept that I wasn't going to give up Emery?"
My mum started to cry but her feet walked her small fragile form to my dad and looked him right in the eye, "You knew our daughter wasn't dead in a ditch or kidnapped all this time and you didn't even tell us."
He tried to cup her face but she pulled away, "Honey look what she did to our family I just thought if she stayed away then things would get better."
"Did they get better dad? Did they?" I growled.
Cory stepped next to mum and looked dad right in the eye and said, "You're not my family anymore, and things got wrong because of you. This family is so broken because of you."
He ran out of the room and Zack went after him, we all watched my dad with hatred in each of our eyes. No one said anything but I knew there was something that would be said and Emma felt it too because she grabbed my hand and squeezed.
Mum wiped her eyes, "I want you out of my house right now Daniel."
He was taken back at her loudness, mum had never had her voice higher than a whisper for years. Slowly he walked up the stairs, I heard ruffling around and finally fifteen minutes later Dad came down with a suitcase and a box full of his stuff. We said nothing so he turned the door and shut it quietly behind him, Mum started to sob and I looked at Emma. Her eyes had tears in them, her eyes searched me as if asking what to do. I looked at my mum and looked back her as if sending a mental message to her, It's time to make up. She slowly let go of my hand and reached for my mum's, mum looked up and a small smile formed on Emma's face as they wrapped their arms around each other and cried.
Tony came to my side and hugged my shoulders to his side, I smiled and watched my sister and my-our mum hug and make up for the years they had spent apart.
Slowly mum pulled away, "I'm so sorry Emma I shouldn't have been so hard on you those years ago, I should have accepted the fact and helped you to raise Emery. I've been such a terrible mother."
"Mum" Emma whispered, "I love you too and I except your apology."
"I love you so much Emma, do ever forget that." She smiled as she stroked Emma's hair.
They looked at me and lifted their hands, my hands found theirs and they pulled me into the hug and we all just gripped each other tight. Three years worth of tears, emotions, and pain was all washed away in this hug, This is our start over.