Before the twins wake up for school, Raindrop makes sure to brief Sky on their traits and names. Sky feels slightly overwhelmed. What if they don’t like her? What if she doesn’t like them?
Sabina never did speak to Sky much before Sky left, but she tries to act like everything is normal. She answers all of Sky’s questions truthfully (even all of the embarrassing ones) and tries to assure Sky that the girls are well behaved.
Madeline isn’t too sure about this stranger in their house.
She tells Makenzie as much.
Makenzie is not a morning person. She doesn’t care about their apparent grandmother. She just wants to go back to bed. School on fridays should be illegal.
After school, the twins go home with Brandon Sperie.
His mom, Adamina never wanted kids, and his dad pretends he doesn’t exist. Brandon always looks sad and tends to keep to himself a lot.
Mackenzie makes him smile and then promises to be his friend. She doesn’t like it when people aren’t happy.
A trip to the park with the twins and grandma reveals that Watcher finally downloaded Ryan.
Madeline may be a coward when it comes to real life, but stories are stories, and she can come up with some pretty terrifying ones.
Ryan wants to go home right now. Derrick wishes his brother wouldn’t be such a wuss sometimes.
And then Madeline introduces the ghost pirates sub plot.
“... Okay yeah lets go home.”
Mackenzie’s opinion of boys just went down about ten notches. Ugh.
Sky asks Sabina some very personal questions, mostly about wether or not she’d even considered marriage before the twins were born.
Sabina says she wouldn’t have married Jacob if he hadn’t knocked her up. Jacob feels like she just punched him in the gut before realizing both women were just testing to see if he was eavesdropping.
Madeline asks her grandma why she left. Sky tells her the truth, that she was a danger to Madeline’s aunt Catherine.
“Are you dangerous to me and Kenzie too?”
Sky shrugs. “I’m trying not to be. I really am. You are both very dear to my son, and the last thing I’d ever want to do is cause him more pain than I already have.”
Madeline decides she can accept that answer. Confusing as it is.
And to her credit, Sky really does try her best to behave.
Not that she’s always uh... successful.
“No Grandma! NOT THE FACE!”
“Just one little pinch sweetie, you won’t even feel it.”
I swear the twins make the BEST terrified expressions whenever Sky is around. Its like they KNOW. And the dreaded cheek pinch was an autonomous interaction between Sky and poor Kenzie.
All I did was give Brandon a hat to cover his dark blue Sperie hair. I was hoping he'd inherit Lee's hair and the Sperie eyes... but no dice. *Pout* Still. I think he's going to grow up into quite a looker.
Madeline I <3 you.