Simon fit right in with our crazy crew.
Despite being a vampire he still loved to be outside. I’m sure we will have to take precautions eventually but for right now he seems to have no ill effects from the sun.
Since it was Leisure Day and school would start the next day Peter and I decided to send summer out with a bang. A new amusement park had just opened up on the beach so we all piled in the car and headed off to celebrate the day.
We gave the girls $50 each (way too much I know) but they had a blast spending it. We told them they could spend it however they wanted so it all went to the arcade machines.
They did get some awesome prizes though. Watching them have a good time was totally worth extra money.
Peter and I were more adventurous, however.
And by Pete and I, what I mean is just me. I’ll bring him around one of these days.
We stayed at the park entirely too late.
We were all having so much fun though it was difficult to want to drag everybody home. So we stayed until the park closed.
I did get some nice updated photos of the girls but I have to admit I forgot poor Simon. I’m still getting used to having a new family member.
The girls absolutely adore their baby brother.
They spend most of their time following him around and playing whatever he wants to play.
Of course when they aren’t following him, he’s following them.
We finished our summer off with Peter getting his ass whooped by his girls. Did I mention they were playing his favorite video game?
Not long after school had started I got a phone call.
“Is this Dr. Penelope Sutton?”
Nobody calls me that anymore. And besides Peter and my parents nobody here knew that side of my past. Only one other person knew that history —
“Jesus Christ. I’ve got to feed my son. I’ll call you back.”
I called him after I got Simon down for a nap.
“What the fuck do you want? It’s been what? 10 years now?”
“It’s nice to hear from you too, Penny. I’d like to see my daughter.”
“What daughter?” Good cover, Penny. Jeez.
“You know very well which one, Penny. Can we just chat about it at least? In person.”
“I guess I can’t hide her from you forever as much as I would like to do so. Come over later today before school is out.”
I ran into the office to tell Pete about the phone conversation and he took me downstairs to the bar.
“Penny…what in God’s name are you doing?”
“I’m practicing my poker face. Duh. For when I talk to Xander.”
“Oh girl. You’re going to give away your cards. Here. Drink this.”
“What’s the point of getting me drunk!? I don’t want to make a fool of myself with Xander?”
“Just relax, honey. It’s not potent enough to get you drunk.”
I took a sip. It wasn’t potent at all. It was mango juice and ginger ale.
“I will be right down the hall. I will let you and Xander have your conversation but if at any time you need me I will be only a hallway away. You can do this, baby. It might be good for you to gain some closure on the past anyway.”
I hated when he was right.
I kept myself busy the rest of the afternoon. I showered, cleaned the house, and started dinner.
I had just put dinner in the oven when the doorbell rang.
Xander was at the door. The poor man had aged since I’d seen him last. It had been 10 years after all.
I invited him in and we moved to the living room.
“So, first how did you know about Harper and second, why now?” I was trying to keep myself civil but it was a task.
“Well, I had an…informant–”
“I’m not about to rat that person out but I promise you it wasn’t your father. He’s still trying to kill me. And I got remarried. My wife’s name is Gabby…you’d like her I think. Spunky like you. Anyway, we just had a son. After spending time with Tommy I got to thinking about the daughter I never knew.”
Oh it was infuriating how much I couldn’t hate him.
“It’s up to her really, Xander. She knows of you but she’s very angry. I don’t know how she will feel about this.”
“I totally understand. I don’t want to ruin her holiday if she is so angry so let’s set up a time to meet after Christmas. I don’t want her stressing over this.”
“I’m not even going to mention it to her, Xander.”
“Well, why not?! We don’t have to set up a meeting but we could at least tell her I want to see her!”
“Yes, Harper. He doesn’t want you to stress but Xander Sutton wants to meet you!”
“Still as sarcastic as ever I see.”
“Just think about it, Penny. Think about telling her.”
“Thinking….and no. I’m not going to tell her until after Christmas. Deal with it.”
Simon woke up from his nap and I excused myself to get him. When I came back I saw Xander looking at a picture of Harper.
“She looks like you, you know that? When I look into her eyes it’s like you are staring back at me.”
“God help her if she acts like me too.”
“No, no she all me in that respect. She’s a sassy one.”
I showed Xander out before the girls got home. I was worried about keeping the meeting from Harper but I thought it would be best. God help me if I’m wrong.
Captain Marbles sensed my worried heart and came over to take my mind off it for a little while.