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Secrets
by Jamie Yarbrough

Chapter 31

Ethan didn’t know what he was supposed to do. He had given Sam a half-hearted hug when he left, his head still swimming. He misses Gwen, he missed Theresa, he missed being sure of anything anymore. He was furious with his mother and her deception. Ethan wondered if he would make it through all this. He wondered if his father- no Julian would deal with this, if he would be ok. He longed for the comfort of Theresa’s arms even as he opened his door and saw her there.

Theresa saw the look on his face when he opened the door. A mixture of confusion and desperation and love. She won-dered if it was more than her running off that caused it. Ethan stepped back numbly trying not to fall into her arms and cling to her for dear life. Theresa saw that in his eyes and instead closed the door behind them and pulled him to her.

She knew what it was to be held in Ethan’s arms and to be comforted by him but this was different, she held him now, she was there for him. She didn’t question his needs and instead just lead him past the baby sleeping in his bassinet and they sank down on the couch together. Theresa held Ethan as his tears finally came, hot and bitter tears from years of betrayal and the sorrow of losing a family, an identity. She held him even as sobs wracked his body as he thought of Sam and the family he had gained. Sam had welcomed him the best he could before they had left and Ethan didn’t know how he was supposed to feel. He was terrified that just as his life was straightening out again it was going to spin out of control. He knew Theresa had come here to answer him and he was scared to death that she had taken so long because she was going to say no, and he didn’t think he could manage to go on if she did.

"Reese!" Jessica gasped as she whirled suitcase still in hand. "God you scared me to death!"

"Sorry Jess, didn’t mean to, I just thought I should come support you after all when you tell your Mom. I mean you came supported me and I am going to do the same, we don’t have to do anything alone again." Reese said pulling her into his arms and holding her close, he felt the suitcase bump his thigh and stepped back his eyes curious.

Jessica saw the question and the slight edge of fear in his eyes.

"No Reese, it isn’t to run away, I am not Kay, and I have everything to stay for." Jess saw the tension leave Reese’s stance and she wondered if she should tell him the real reason she was carrying the suitcase. However the decision was made for her when she heard her fathers footsteps on the stairs and her mother calling up that dinner was in 15 min-utes. Jess tossed open her closet and threw in the suitcase then piled clothes on top to hide it before she turned back to Reese who was still curious but when she shook her head he shrugged and swallowed hard, this was going to be an interesting dinner, he thought.

Sam sank down on his bed when he returned home, he had skipped the kitchen hoping to avoid Grace for just a little longer, the guilt her felt when he thought of the secret he kept for over 20 years ate at his soul as he finally let him-self go and wept for the lost years with his son, with Ivy. He wondered if Grace would ever forgive him, and if he even wanted her to. He let himself loose anger and sorrow pouring out until he heard Grace call up again say dinner was ready, Sam pulled himself together before she could come looking for him and slow walked down the stairs deciding firmly that it would be best to tell everyone at once and then deal with first Grace and then the children, no need for them all to wonder what their parents were fighting about later. Dinner was going to be very long he thought.

Kay opened the door and was relieved that the living room was empty she knew she should have never agreed to come to this family dinner, there was no way she was up to it, she glanced back at Luis as he carried their daughter in her car seat, FINALLY fast asleep, she beamed again knowing even if no one else was happy about their announcement she and Luis were both on cloud nine and they at least had his family to give them a little moral support. She heard her mother call everyone for dinner and frowned back at Luis.

"We better go face the music." She sighed heavily and took his hand and walked towards the dining room.

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