Leaving: Part 6Kenn sighed, looking at the clock.
"Where are they...?"
The phone rang, and she rushed to pick it up.
"Kenn?" Tom asked.
"Tom! What's up?" She said cheerily.
"Can I bring Chance and Ethan over? They want to talk to the triplets, and I could really use the help."
"Yes! Come on! They're still not back, and it's been ages..."
"Ok! I'm coming over~" Tom hung up, and Kenn put the phone back happily.
About half an hour later, a knock at the door sent Kenn flying.
"Hi, Tom! Hi kids!" She grinned.
Tom planted a kiss on Kenn's lips and walked in, Ethan and Chance following after and going to find the triplets.
"How are you~?" Kenn asked, grinning.
"I'm fine." Tom smirks. "Now, we'd better look after these kids."
"Look, Rhi, why can't you just see that there was never any problem?" Ace said.
I shifted nervously. "But there is. Can't you see? I can. But then I suppose you'll have forgotten by now..."
Ace looked away, embarrassed.
Top Hat suppressed a scowl. "Look, your place i
Leaving: Part 5I rung off, fighting tears as I did so.
"Mom?" Jack asked. "Was that dad?"
"Yes, Jack, it was."
"What did he want?"
"He wanted me to come back home."
"But I thought you didn't love each other."
I sighed. "Jack... it's very complicated."
Suddenly, time seemed to slow down, and a split-second later, Top Hat appeared in front of us.
"I'm so glad I found you in time!" She said, walking over slightly awkwardly.
"What is it, Maddie?" I asked coldly.
She narrowed her eyes a little, but let it drop.
"You need to get back to the casino."
"Why? I only ever made things worse! It would be so much better if I'd just disappear."
"No it wouldn't! What about your friends?"
"They'd understand. I have to, Maddie. You'll get a nice, stable family life, without complications, and I'll be able to leave all the bad memories behind."
"Oh yeah?" Top Hat said, crossing her arms. "What about all the good ones?"
"I'll just have to remember."
"You need to come back."
"I'm not going to."
Leaving: Part 4The front door slammed. Ace winced.
"WHAT THE HELL DO YOU MEAN SHE'S LEAVING?! WHERE IS SHE?! I'M GONNA SNAP HER OUT OF IT MYSELF!"
God Father stormed into the living room, Kennedy walking in after, looking a little embarrassed.
"She already left." Ace said. "And keep your voice down. The kids are doing homework."
"Well, this is a big deal! Where's she going?"
"Why did you call us?"
"Top Hat's already gone to go and find her. I'm following. You are to stay here and watch the three little spawns of yours truly."
"Aw, no. There is no freakin' way in hell I'm not coming with you! Did she take her cell?" God Father demanded.
She immediately grabbed the phone, stabbing in the buttons quickly.
"Rhi! What the heck do you think you're doing?! Get your ass back to this casino right now!"
"Look, God Father... No. I'm really sorry, but I have to go."
"But you live here!"
"Pass me the phone." Ace said quietly.
God Father sighed and handed it over and Kenn pat
Leaving: Part 3I tapped my foot impatiently, hardly sipping the coffee I'd bought.
The flight was going to be delayed by at least a few hours.
"Mom?" Jack asked, holding his cup a little tighter.
"I wanted to ask... Why did you give me to my grandma?"
I sighed, looking away a little.
"Because... Because I was scared."
"No! Never! Jack... you have to understand... I... didn't expect you to be here."
"You mean I was an accident?" He asked sadly.
"No. The one thing you are not, Jack, is an accident. But I don't love Ace. I wasn't expecting to ever have a child. You don't know how bad men treat me."
"How do they treat you?"
"I guess... well, you're 15, I suppose it's ok for me to tell you..." I shrugged. "They like to mess around, basically, I'm trash to them."
Jack frowned. "That's stupid."
"Yeah... but hey, I'm leaving it behind now, and I'm glad you decided to come with me."
Jack smiled and sipped his coffee while we waited for the late plane.
"Hey, Maddie, where are you going?
Leaving: Part 2"Mom, are you ready or what?"
"I am, Jack, just let me write this..." I whispered, distracted as my pen skittered feverishly along the paper.
"Shh. We don't want to wake them."
I put the note on the kitchen counter, grabbed my few belongings in a backpack and went, Jack grabbing hold of my hand.
"The plane leaves in a few hours." I said once we were out of the casino.
"Ok, mom. But do you think Ac- dad will come after us?"
I took a deep breath and sighed.
"No. It's better if we left. I explained everything in that note. Don't worry."
We got into my car, and I started it up, thankful for its almost silent engine.
Jack smiled reassuringly, seeming to sense my sadness.
"It'll be ok, mom..."
I smiled back, trying to stop tears from forming in my eyes.
"I know, honey. Let's go." I said, driving off before I could change my mind.
Top Hat woke up and stretched, a feeling of unease in the pit of her stomach.
Ace mumbled beside her, his untied hair falling on his face.
Leaving: Part 1"Why are you so mad at me?"
"Why do you think?!"
"You wanted it really, you know you did."
"Top Hat, generally, when somebody says 'I would rather throw myself off a cliff than kiss him' they generally mean it!"
I scowled at her, playing with the ring on my right hand.
"You love him anyway, I mean, I only helped things along~" She said, following the sentence with a giggle.
"'Helped things along'?! You're MARRIED TO HIM! What is wrong with you?!"
"Look, if it weren't for me, you two would have been together, and you know it."
"No, we wouldn't have been!"
"But you would've..." Top Hat looked at the ground sadly. "You would've..."
"For the last time, NO!"
Top Hat suddenly scowled menacingly. "Well, he saved your life, fathered your child. Why not?! It makes perfect sense!"
"It wouldn't have worked. He had no choice, I was his assistant, and we were drunk." I looked down, shame still fresh in my stomach even after so many years.
"... Why the past tense?" She asked, narrowing h