"Ugh" clink clang, "what the hell!"
"Sorry baby Daddy cursed." Slowly I opened my eyes and saw Tony with his back to me cracking eggs into a bowl. To the side of him sat Emery in a butterfly highchair, a smile on her face and bright brown eyes gleaming with innocence and glee.
I smiled and laughed a little which caused Tony to turn and smile at me, "Hey Tony."
"What's up sleepy head you're the last one up, now get off your butt and come help me cook breakfast." He said, nodding I stretched and walked over to him, "Here you make the French toast, I'm making the eggs and bacon."
"Anything else boss?"
"Hmm give her a spoonful of apple sauce for me." He motioned to Emery.
"Sure thing boss." I saluted and he laughed, my fingers sorted through the bread finding the softest ones and dipping them into the cinnamon and egg batter. Once six slices were soaked and on the griddle I walked in front of Emery as she smiled at me, her eyes gleamed as she looked at me.
I jumped back, "Tony she..she somewhat said my name!!"
"Yeah Emma makes sure she knows everyone, you're one of the first names she learned."
"Really" I spooned some applesauce in her mouth as she laughed at me, "how would she know my name?"
"Emma makes sure Emery knows who you are, there's at least a hundred pictures of you on Emery's wall."
That made me freeze my heart quickened, "She does?"
"You wanna look?" He asked and I nodded, "The door at the end of the hall on the left."
I nodded and gave Emery one last spoonful before heading to the hall, I followed his instructions and came to the little pink door and pushed it open. It was cute from the small brown crib to the butterfly pattern all over the room, there was a rocking chair, dressers, and shelf full of teddy bears. I giggled and then turned to see the wall Tony had been talking about, my eyes widened as feet led me to the wall.
There were at least one hundred pictures there, each with their own different frame and faces everywhere. Tony was in many of the pictures, either kissing Emma or with both of them smiling. There were pictures of Emma while she was pregnant, they were lined up each one with a tag realing how many months she was. Her belly got bigger in each photo but her smile was much bigger then her stomach in each one. Then there was pictures of Emma at the hospital holding a small red form with brown eyes I knew was Emery. All these pictures made me smile yet made my heart clench knowing I would never be apart of any of these memories.
One picture caught my eye, it was me and Emma. There were so many pictures of me, me with Zack and Emma, some had Andi in them, even Cory. But the purple frame in the middle it held only two faces, Emma and I. The one of us on our fifteenth birthday, the photo she had taken with her the day she left. Tears formed in my eyes as I lifted it off the wall, my fingers traced out faces and the bright smiles on them. I gripped the picture to my chest as the tears fell.
“That's my favorite one."
I spun around see Emma her cheeks still went from her shower and a smirk on her face, “It's mine too."
Hey eyes found mine and her lip began to quiver, my tears fell as we ran at each other. My arms tightened around her form as hers gripped mine, our tears were all the emotions the both of us had been piling up since that night and we were finally letting them out.
Slowly I pulled away and wiped the tears off of her cheeks, she smiled and grabbed my hand, “I missed you so much Jenna and I do want you here don't you ever think differently."
“I missed you too Emma."
“Knock knock." Zack stood in the doorway, “Well about time you two hugged good I thought we'd have this awkwardness all weekend, anyway breakfast is done and we got you guys a surprise."
Giggling we followed him to the kitchen to find Tony and Emery at the island, he was putting candles in a cake while Emery ate a strip of bacon. Once he saw its he smiled, “Well I know your birthday was yesterday but since you two are together we will celebrate together."
We smiled and Zack ushered us to the chairs sitting us down, “Happy eighteenth birthday girls make a wish."
We looked at each other closed our eyes and got ready to blow, I felt her hand grab mine and I smiled already knowing my wish.
Let Emma stay in my life this time.
We all laughed and Emery clapped, Zack handed out plates and we all started to eat. Tony is an amazing cook and he sure did pride himself about it, but it wasn't until we all had our slices of cake did Emma clear her voice.
“I know that I've made a mess of our family, I left you to clean up that mess and I was wrong Jenna. You're right I was being selfish and made a rash decision, but I've decided that I'm going to fix what I did no matter how long it takes" I looked at her confused so she continued, “we've decided that we're going back to Philadelphia with you."
I almost choked on my food, “You're going to what!?"
“I'm coming back to Philadelphia with you." She smiled.
I looked at Zack who was just as surprised as I was, “Are you sure about this Emma?"
“Yes Jenna I'm sure. Me and Tony discussed this last night and think it's would be a good idea to go back and short through this mess."
“But what about your life here?"
“I take my courses on my laptop so I won't miss anything, we can just send our rent to Breanna each month, and Tony is good with his job."
“Me and my friend own this mechanic shop we get a lot of business but I can afford to be gone a while." He explained.
“Besides I knew I would have to go back some day, you guys being here just gave me a push to actually decide to go." Emma said and looked at Tony.
They both looked at me, “Jenna are you okay with this?"
“Am I okay with this!? Jesus start packing now, if you start packing now it'll only take two hours to get back home. It's twelve more so we can be back around the." I smiled and Emma hugged me.
“Okay Tony go tell Breanna, I'm going to start packing." She said and grabbed Emery out of her high chair and raced back to her room. I looked at Zack and he smiled back at me.
“I have to call Cory." I pulled out my phone and hit his contact and put the phone to my ear, “Please pick up Cory."
“Oh Cory thank God see you at home?"
I took a deep breath, “Is mom home?"
“What about dad?"
There was ruffling, “He's at work like always."
“Okay I need you to listen closely, clean up the house, straighten up your room, and get rid of all the liquor in the house. Get dressed in something nice but casual, get mom didn't and dressed to."
“How am I gonna do that?" He questioned.
“I'm gonna call Andi she's gonna come help with mom, but Cory please do what I asked I have a surprise for you mom and dad. Oh yeah get dad home, and make sure he's there and the house is nice before three o'clock."
“I'll try what's the surprise?"
“Now if I told you it wouldn't be a surprise, go!" I hung up and looked at Zack, he shook his head and smiled, “Oh you be quiet."
It took forty minutes for everything to be picked and put into Zack's truck and Tony's car, but once it was done we all climbed in our cars and started the drive back to Philadelphia. Since we didn't want to overwhelm mum and dad Andi would look after Emery and bring her when everything was settled. But when we pulled up in front of Andi's house reality came crashing down, Emma looked like a nervous wreck and Tony looked completely worried.
“Emms everything is going to be fine." I assured her but she just kept quiet.
“Oh my God the twins have been reunited!!" We all turned to see Andi running at us, she helped me and Emma right and smiled, “Emmy it's been too long."
“I know Andi it's good to see you."
She smiled, “Now where's the little munchkin?"
Tony went back to their car and pulled out Emery, Andi squished and pulled her into her arms. Emery giggled and we all smiled, “Hey there Emery I'm auntie Jenna's friend we're gonna have some fun. I have ice cream."
That made Emery squeal, “Come on guys she's got this, Andi I'll call you when to bring her."
With a nod Andi rushed into the house and we got back into our cars for the short drive to our house. Once invent of it I jumped out and over to Emma's car, “Let me get them warmed up I'll tell you when to come in."
“Sure." She replied still wringing her hands together. Slowly I made my way to the front door and pushed it open, I walked to the living room to find my family all on the couch.
“Good job Cory." He smiled and I looked at my parents, “Hey mum dad, I have something very important to show you and I know your going to love this. But please don't freak out, I did this for us."
They looked at me confused but nodded, I looked back out the door to were Emma sat in her car. I motioned her in and slowly she climbed out the car and made her way over to me, I stuck my hand out and she grabbed it. I nodded and she walked further in just enough that my parents could see her, slowly she turned to look at them. My father's eyes widened and my mother's gasp rang in my ears, Cory leaped up and helped Emma's torso and cried. She smiled as tears fell down her face, her arms circled his small form and I smiled.
“I missed you Emma." He whispered into her shirt.
“I missed you too." Hey vice was low but we heard it, my eyes overflowed with tears as I joined their hug. But my parents they didn't move an inch, I guess they were in shock but I didn't care all I cared about was the happiness I had just brought to Cory.
"Welcome home Emma."