My mother shot daggers of fury at the Crumplebottom sisters as the three of them explained the situation in detail. All the while, I was just trying to wrap my head around my father being gone forever.
“You’re telling me that you did this to our family? All those years, it was because of you?” Kirsten hissed.
“Yes… But it was for the best…” Bianca answered.
“FOR THE BEST?” I missed out on half of my childrens’ lives because of that island, and now my husband is gone, and it was for the best?”
“What don’t you understand, you fool?” Beatrice interrupted, “You and your children wouldn’t be here if it weren’t for what we did! Show some respect.”
Kirsten twitched with anger at the word respect.
“That wasn’t your choice to make. Stay away from me, stay away from my children, and stay away from my entire family.” Kirsten said, as calmly as possible. “Say goodbye Yellow, this is the last time you will see these people.”
And without saying a word, I obeyed my mother’s orders as if she had never left. I could understand the Crumplebottom sisters’ point of view, and I had forgiven them long ago, but arguing with my mother that had been missing for years was the last thing that I wanted to do.
I showed my mother to the beautiful house that Salem and I called home. Gwendolyn and Barry were out, and Persephone and Bo were fast asleep.
I will never forget the look on my sister’s face when she saw mom. You could see all the pent up emotions resurfacing on her face. She truly couldn’t believe her eyes.
I let my mother break the news about my father to Salem, herself. She was always good at that sort of stuff. I wouldn’t know how to look her in the eyes and tell her that, her heartbreaking sobs were enough.
As Kirsten attempted to readjust to our world again, she coped with my father’s death by reacquainting herself with magic, alchemy and surrounding herself with family.
The rest of the family had no idea our parents were still alive, so they were beyond shocked when they saw Kirsten again. I was constantly surrounded by a whirlwind of different emotions.
Salem, yes Salem, and I did our best to comfort my mother every chance we got, and in return she did the same. Although, neither of us could ever imagine the conflicting pain, and emotions that are running through her. Salem and I had come to accept years ago that our parents were gone,but Seymour was her life partner, and they’ve been through hell and back together.
When I got the chance to speak with Kirsten alone, I had to do my best to get her to see the Crumplebottoms’ side of the story.
“You know, mom… We can’t just ignore the Crumplebottom sisters forever.” I said.
“Seym- excuse me, Yellow honey, take a walk with me?” She asked.
“The psychological damage of getting pulled from your children, and pulled from your parents, for that matter, for as long as we were, is far worse than losing our magic, our legacy, and even our lives.” She explained. “Sticking us on that island with no explanation, is unforgivable.”
“No, you’re right.” I began, “I just that since the damage has been done, what’s the point of hating them forever?”
“You and your sister are both one of a kind, they don’t deserve to watch you blossom. They don’t deserve this family. I’ve made my decision, I never want to see them again, and I don’t want you to ever see them again, and that’s final.”
I knew that what the Crumplebottom sisters did was awful, I knew that they took it too far, but I also knew that they meant well, and I knew that none of us would have even been born if it weren’t for them. But I knew better than to argue, I knew that it was going to go nowhere, I knew that my mother was the most stubborn person that I’ve ever met.
“Okay.” I said. “You’re my mother and I trust that you know best. If you don’t want us to speak with them anymore, then I’ll have to respect that.”
“Thank you, baby.” She said, squeezing my arm.
“Just one more question..”
“Pony-Bones Island isn’t a huge town, how will we avoid contact with them?” I asked. After all, the Crumplebottoms pretty much own this town.
“I was hoping you wouldn’t ask this so soon, I wanted time for everything to settle down. But I’ve been thinking very hard about this, and I’ve made my decision. And as my heir, you get to help me decide the details.”