She carefully looked at the bed as she slid into the covers, feeling the soft material relax her muscles.
You have succeeded thus far, making me a proud parent. I can see your mother's spirit falling; I can see your siblings' lose hope. You only have to lunge the final strike, and they'll be ours. You can do this, I believe in you!
Baby 24, Alexander.
Baby 26, Ashlyn
The main play area.
"Yes! You should be in JAIL! You shouldn't be hiding ANYWHERE!"
They still hadn't noticed her as she put her phone back in her pocket, letting a single tear run down her cheek.
"Did you call them?" he asked furiously.
"I...yes! I'm not going to lie to you anymore. I want you out of my life!"
But either way, he still pulled her into a tight hug that lasted a full minute, holding on for dear life.
"I love you Laika; it doesn't matter if you help me, or help to put me behind bars."
Hayla cheered as they could finally enter their house, Jensen-free. She had given herself a makeover before they left their old house and she was loving it! (To get a better look of her new outfit check out the new banner).
"So, April, I found the most interesting thing in the covers of one of the beds in the old house" Hayla said, hoping to get some information out of April.
"Really?" April replied, keeping her eyes on her food.
"Uh...Probably from Alexander. He always left toys in one of the boys' beds."
"How'd you know I was talking about one of the boys' beds?"
"Oh...uh...you said so."
"No, I just said it was in one of the beds."
At that moment Laika entered the room, realising Hayla was onto April; she knew she had to help her mother.
"April, are you hiding something from me?"
"No, of course not!"
"Are you sure you don't know anything about a secret letter?"
"April...if I find out you're lying to me...you'll be sorry."
Hayla was close to tears as she realised her daughter didn't trust her enough to tell her the truth. What now?
"She's been helping him...ever since he took her when we were born...and she liked it! She's a lost cause" Laika whispered to Hayla who was touched that her daughter entrusted her with this information, but was just as disappointed in April.
"Look Alexander! If it feels like you're going to fall, you can balance like this" Hayla instructed him.
The girls were just a joy, and Alexander too. Rosemary was a natural at the drums, and Ashlyn just stared at her as she admired her talent; as she did so she started to tell her sister all about April.Once Alexander had learnt how to walk Hayla moved on to Rosemary, to teach her how to talk.
"You evil!" Ashlyn exclaimed, making April turn pale.
"What...? No, no."
"Yes. Me no dumb; you evil!"
"Why do I have to do it?" April groaned.
"I just have to finish up with Rosemary then I'll take over. Please?"
April was already counting the chores she had done for her mother; even though she wanted to help, she would always partly be her dad's evil little girl.
Rosemary grabbed her sister's hand and looked at her with love in her eyes.
"You be good- no more evil" she cried.
"I'll try...I'll try..."
"Hi Hayla! It's Jessalyn's dad. I just called to hear how she's doing" the person on the other end said.
"Oh, hi! She's doing good. She's beautiful and has moved out a few days ago."
"Oh! I was hoping to talk to her, but it's great to hear about her."
They talked for a few more minutes before Hayla returned to her children.
"Me" Rosemary answered.
"Who does Mommy love?"
Who does Mommy love?"
Rosemary had already broken out into hysterical laughing.
"Yes honey?" Hayla replied.
Rosemary broke down and told her mom everything she knew, right down to the last second she thought about April.
"But April, why didn't you tell me earlier?" Hayla asked, pulling her daughter into a hug.
"I was afraid...of what you'd think of me" April cried into her mother's shoulder.
"No matter what you do, no matter how distant you become, I'll always listen to your side of the story before I judge you. And I'll always love you, no matter what."
Five seconds later, and the room was flooded with tears from both mother and daughter, and even toddlers.
Ashlyn didn't want to grow up, no matter what; she even tried to jump and fight her way out of the stroller when Hayla took her to the cake.
"Hey, I'm Shea Sagittarian (thanks to xocaptiveox)...Um, Hayla...? Oh yes, Marcus loves talking about you and your challenge!" the guy replied.
"Really? I'm flattered!"
"Well, you definitely fit his description of you. You're pretty, sweet and look pretty determined just like he said."
"How would you feel about taking part in my challenge?"
"You mean be a baby daddy?"
"Of course, don't be modest!"
"If you think I have what it takes, then I'd be honoured!"
"No, I just have a terrible itch! I hope I don't have lice..." she replied.
"Glamorous! Now make some room for me in the hot tub!" he laughed.
"Oh yeah!" Shea replied.
"Hey bro, are you still wrestling with that homework?" Ashlyn asked.
"No...what are you 2 doing here?" he replied, stunned.
"We just thought you might be lonely" Rosemary answered.
Hayla was so happy that she got the chance to take this picture of the triplets playing together!