Friday, 21 October 2016

Chapter 50 part 6 - Gen 2 - Tapestry

I am amused watching Sunny, who is staring in amazement at the rock that Storm just passed back through.

       "How did he just do that?"
       "Spirits pass through everything, walls, doors, any solid object."  I laugh at him  "You know Sun your existence is going to be very different from now on."  he frowns at me  "You don't have to take care of your bodily functions any more, there is no more eating, sleeping, bathing, teeth brushing, using the toilet.  You just exist now.  You can't cry, be hurt or fade, our existence ends when we pass over, and all you need to do now is learn how to interact with solid objects and other spirits, which I'll teach you."
      "No eating or sleeping?!"  he looks confused
      "Nope!  It's pretty cool, actually."  I smile at him  "Oh and you need to be warned, Shadow can read spirit thoughts, memories and can interact with spirits.  His favourite game is sneaking up on us and ruby tackling us to the ground, so don't be surprised when you end up flat on your face."

He amuses me when he tries to touch me, his hand goes right through me.  I grab his wrist and hold it tightly, I see his eyebrows raise as he tries to grab my arm with his other hand, but his hand just passes straight through my arm.

      "It takes a while to get the hang of it."

       "What I should really do, is beat the living daylights out of you seeing as I have the chance and you can't hit me back yet!!"  I snap at him
      "You are angry with me aren't you - for pushing you out of that tree and ending your mortal life."
      "Obviously I am angry!!"  I snap at him  "Anyone would be!!"
      "You obviously don't have a clue about what has been going on in my life, because you didn't stay with me like Cos stays around Lilly, and Storm stays around Tap.  You being angry, is that why you didn't stay with me?"
       "No."  I laugh  "I planned to stay with you and make the life you lived hell, not that you actually needed any help from me on that score, because you did that all yourself!!  I did not stay with you, because I was too busy trying to keep our baby sister alive to even worry about your sorry ass!!"
       "What actually happened with Crystal Saff?"
        "Seriously, if you hadn't been so busy with your tongue down the back of Mustards throat, you would have seen it coming and maybe helped to prevent it from happening somehow."  he frowns at me  "Mom and Dad were constantly arguing, they were at it hammer and tongue for a good six months before she was even born.  If you had hung around and earwigged like we used to, you might have seen or worked out what was going on."
        "I don't remember them arguing"  he frowns at me
         "Yeah well they were, they did a lot of it while you wasn't around, either out, in your room with the music full blast or asleep.  After I faded they actually used to let you run wild, but you just had your head too far in the clouds with lover boy to even notice how much more freedom they were giving you."
         "Okay quit digging, I know you must be pissed about me and Mustard, but do you really have to keep on with the snide comments?"

         "Do you even know Aunt Marigold had a colourless boy?"
         "Yeah I did hear something ... shit, you know I forgot all about that!!  What happened to that kid?"
         "It came out, it's quite common apparently on the Shine side of our family, colourless babies.  The kid, he was dumped in the children's home, what do you think happened to him."  I laugh sarcastically  "After that happened,  Mom and Dad went and got themselves tested, that's when they discovered they both had the faulty gene, and we had escaped having the albino problem."
         "You know I have that gene don't you, so I bet you did."
         "When did you get tested if you didn't know about the colourless thing until Crystal appeared?"
         "Mango had all the Shines and Orchids tested because of the colourless eyes, Affair and Cherry's triplets and Poppy having the colourless hair as well as eyes, then Crystal turns out to be a Shine and another spirit seeing oddity like Tapestry  River thinks something strange is going on with all the combined Orchid / Shine babies, and being a geek like Mango, they want to get to the bottom of what is causing the part colourlessness, when genetically it is impossible."
         "So you have the gene?"
         "Yes, I do but Ruby doesn't, so we haven't had any colourless children.  I've passed it onto half of my children, strangely Cherry is not one of them so we can't work out why she has three colourless children."
         "Would it have bothered you if you had had a colourless child?"  I ask him out of curiosity
         "No!!  Having Lilly around me from a teenager, with Mango explaining the medical condition to us, made me see there is nothing actually wrong with colourless people, and Affair was a toddler the first time I saw him."
         "Mom and Dad would never have bothered to try for another baby if they had known they both had the faulty gene, but it was too late, Mom was already pregnant and they spent the rest of her pregnancy arguing like cat and dog."

         "Just having the gene was not a guarantee that they would have a colourless baby, and its not like they knew she was going to turn out colourless, so why were they arguing before she was born?"
         "Dad ... he wanted Mom to get rid of the baby, he didn't even want to wait and see how it turned out, even though there was more chance of it being yellow than colourless.  I thought they were going to split up at one point - it was awful, especially when you was out of the house. Mom dug her heals in obviously, she flatly refused to terminate the pregnancy and you knowing she was pregnant helped her case to go through with the pregnancy.  At the time, I really was not sure who was the bigger berry hole, you or him!!"  I laugh sarcastically  "He gave Mom hell, before the baby was born, and it just got worse when the baby was actually born colourless.  When she went into labour, Dad refused to take her or let her go to the hospital, just in case the baby did come out colourless.  Mom had to have the baby at home without any help or pain relief, the berry hole seriously made her suffer, locking her in the bedroom alone until he heard the baby cry, while he sat in front of the TV getting drunk!!"  he looks at me miserably for a moment  "She had twins again Sunny."
         "There was two of them."
         "I don't understand?  Where is the other one?"
         "Buried under my tree."
         "You are pulling my leg!!"
         "No I wish I was.  Crystal came first.  As soon as she cried Dad went in - saw the colourless baby and freaked out, you know what he is like when he's been drinking, he lost it and beat Mom up quite badly, blaming her for not getting rid of it like he wanted.  She was in a right mess, the second baby was coming and Dad was going mental.  Magnolia, the second baby was also colourless.  She was already faded by the time she was born, I suspect because of Dad beating Mom up, he punched her in the stomach quite a few times.  He's lucky he didn't fade Mom!!"
         "BERRY HOLE!!"  he yells  "SHIT!!!  Magnolia Crystal - that grave stone has both babies names on, and here was me thinking it was one baby!!  Berry I told Crystal her name is Magnolia!!"

Sunny stares at me wide eyed for few seconds, before he hits the floor again just like he did when I told him Honey had been disposed of.  I guessed finding out that Crystal had a twin sister would come as a shock to him.

         "Yeah, Crystal and Magnolia were two different babies.  Dad took Magnolia, the faded baby, in one of our old sports bags, during the night and buried her under my tree ... berry knows why he chose that place!!  I followed and watched him doing it, so I know exactly where she is buried."
        "Where the hell was I when all this was happening?"
        "It was a Friday and you was at school.  Dad had Granddad pick you up from school and you stayed there for the weekend so that you didn't see the baby.   If you remember, he also let you stay on the Monday and miss a days school, on the Tuesday he had you shipped off to that boarding school so you did not see the baby."
         "Yeah I was well pissed, it just came from nowhere, I had no warning they were even thinking about it and I never got to say goodbye to anyone.  Mustard was hysterical, I spent three years only being able to speak to him over the phone."
         "They told everyone straight away that Magnolia was still born, which wasn't a lie really, while they hid and kept Crystal locked up in 'our' bedroom and told nobody she existed.  They left it over three weeks before they told you."
          "They told me she had faded in her sleep when she was a few days old, I remember being miffed, because they hadn't even told me she had arrived, just that she'd faded.  I've always thought it strange that they said they didn't even have a photograph of her."
          "Yeah well obviously they lied because Crystal didn't fade at all and they definitely were not taking pictures of the colourless babies, especially the faded one, Dad at least!!"  I laugh sarcastically  "Dad gave Mom hell, he used to beat her up and all sorts while they argued over getting rid of Crystal.  You know Mom didn't care that she was colourless, she wanted to keep her, she wasn't very happy about you being sent away either.  It was all him and I don't think she has ever stopped crying over those babies - more so since you found Crystal and she has refused to see them!!  Of course Dad still is not interested in her, she can stay away for all he cares and he's beating Mom up quite regularly again, because she does want to see Crystal."
        "Berry Hole!!"

        "Oh you haven't heard the worst of it!!"  I snap  "He tried to drown and suffocate Crystal - quite a few times Mom stopped him which she got a serious beating for!!  Mom has actually thought all these years that he had faded the baby and buried her under my tree with the other one, because that is what he told her, she didn't know he had dumped her at the children's home, otherwise I think she would have gone and got her back.
         "Seriously?!  Tell me you are joking!!"
         "No I wish I was!!."
        "Why the hell has she stayed with him?"
        "Berry knows, only she can answer that!!"
        "How long did they keep her for?"
        "Not as longer as you might think - she was about 6 months old before he actually dumped her.
        "But I didn't go home for nearly three years!!"  he frowns at me.
        "I didn't know that is how long they had kept you away.  It took Mom a hell of a long time to get over it, not that she ever has properly. so I'm guessing Dad was worried she might say something to you, and that's why he kept you away."  I frown at him  "Didn't you even suspect anything when holidays used to come around and it was only ever Dad who came and collected you and took you off on vacation till you was due to school.  I presume that is what he did for the three years, I only saw two holidays and that's how he did it."
         "Yeah that is how it was for the three years, I didn't see Mom at all.  He used to tell me that Mom was so cut up about the baby fading that she would only upset me and spoil the holiday, and seeing me would just set her off."  he pulls a face at me  "I thought she didn't love me any more, and I was upset and missing Mustard, even though I tried not to.  So I was not really thinking about anything else."
        "Mom liked the holidays, not because she wasn't missing you, but because when Dad was away with you, that was the only time that she could be a proper Mother to Crystal.  When Dad was home, it was a whole different story!!  Mom tried to take care of her, but Dad wouldn't let her most of the time, he used to beat her up if he so much as saw her holding the baby.  Mom named both babies, she called her Crystal while he just called her the abomination.  He kept her locked in our room, half the time she didn't get fed, I think he hoped she would starve and fade.  He could get away with it and there was nothing Mom could do, if it had been a normal baby she could have got help, but nobody was going to help her with it being a colourless baby and Dad was trying his hardest not to let anyone find out she even existed because of the stick that they would get - stick that Mom was actually prepared to take. Crysal only got fed half the time because I did it, and that was very awkward to do without them seeing me doing it.  I was actually the one who gave her my teddy bear, she had nothing, he stripped the room of all our things and just left her in there with nothing.  I felt guilty, Mom got a beating for that teddy bear even though it was not her who did it, so I tried not to interfere too much after that for them to see."

      "I'm glad I'm faded right now or I'd be round there punching his lights out!!"  he snaps  "Why didn't you get Tap to tell me this when I was still living."
      "For exactly that reason, I didn't want you going round and setting Dad off, think about it, there is only one person who could have told you any of this .... Mom.  They don't know I'm here to see it or tell you so she would have got another beating for something she hasn't done and she is cut up enough right now!!"
      "We need to tell this to Tapestry and Crystal!!  Dad seriously should not be left to get away with this!!  He needs locking up and that faded baby should be put in it's rightful place in the cemetery next to you!!"  this amuses me
      "Like you shouldn't have been locked up for what you did to your son!!"
      "Yes I know, but I've had my punishment, I'm now faded and I've been in hell every day since you faded, living the life I have!!"  he laughs at me sarcastically  "Crystal won't have anything to do with Mom because she thinks they both dumped her!!  If she knew the truth, she could at least get to know Mom.  Mom needs moving to Sugar Valley away from that berry hole!!  Mom and Crystal need each other, especially now I've gone!!"
      "Yeah, I agree and Storm has pretty much said the same thing, but it's not an easy one to work out is it, Tapestry has to explain how he knows and where he heard it from.  You know how they laugh at him for just saying he sees his ghosts."  I laugh  "I've actually been talking to Tapestry, I haven't told him the whole story, but I've hinted quite strongly that he needs go over and see Crystals parents, especially Mom, but he wouldn't because he didn't want to hurt Crystal.  We are just waiting for an opportunity to get Tap and Mom together, which I guess will happen now you have faded."  I laugh  "Your funeral is going to be very very interesting!!"   
       "Don't!! I don't even want to think about it if Mace and Tap can't sort my shit out!!"  he pulls a face at me  "So what happened at the children's home - how did Dad get Crystal away from Mom?"
       "Dad crushed up a couple of sleeping tablets and slipped them into Mom's cocoa ... I guessed the berry hole was up to something.  I was scared, I thought he was trying to knock her out so that he could fade the baby - I was even prepared to fade him if I had to, to stop him, I was at the point where I seriously could not stand watching him hitting her any more.  He waited for a few hours after Mom had gone to sleep -  he wrote a note with her name on, Crystal, it was the middle of the night, he took her out of the cot, drove to the children's home at the edge of town and just left her there, on the grass in the pouring rain.  It was pouring it down, thunder and lighting, the poor kid was totally terrified, as if the weather was not bad enough, she only had a nappy on and it was freezing cold and she had not even seen the outside of our room before.  I had to bang down the door until someone came out to take her inside.  I never saw Mom and Dad again after that, because I stayed with Crystal."

       "They didn't treat her well in there did they?"
       "No, it got even worse, and I thought Dad was bad!!   They seriously didn't want a colourless child and were far from pleased when Crystal turned up.  I heard them talking, they were moaning because they had only just disposed of the last one, who I highly suspect might have been Aunt Marigolds boy."
       "Yeah, they basically leave colourless children neglected and locked up in a room to fade and make bets on how many weeks they are going to survive.  It got a little amusing for me after a while, they were seriously baffled about how Crystal was surviving or hardly crying - they wanted her to starve and fade so they didn't feed her once.  I was doing it when they were not looking, which was most of the time, so I fed her regularly.  They got very baffled and confused, especially with her nappy changes and she was gaining weight not losing it."  I laugh for a moment  "They were all falling out with each other, because it started to become obvious that someone was taking care of her.  They thought one of the staff was sneaking in on the sly to do it, and of course nobody was admitting it, because they weren't, it was me."  we both laugh  "Sometimes they would leave her two or three days without even opening the door and they only ever opened it to see if she had faded yet."
       "That is totally disgusting!!"  he snaps
       "Yeah I know!!  She was only actually in the home for six weeks ... I broke her and the teddy bear out during the night when they started talking about suffocating her because she was not fading."
       "That isn't what Crystal is saying!!"  he frowns at me
        "I know, she's a little mixed up probably from what I told her would happen to her if she had stayed in that home, obviously I cut out the bad bits and made it sound a little better so it didn't upset her too much.  She was not old enough to remember it properly, I doubt she can even remember the home, other than the traumatic experience of sitting out in the storm, as she hardly remembers anything about Mom and Dad other than Mom's lullaby.  Sunny she was not even a year old when I took her into Rainbow woods.  Remember our den, that is where we  have always lived, and where Tapestry found her."
        "FUDGE!!"  he sits there staring at me wide eyed  "When did you realise she could see and hear you."
        "Not long after she was born.  She used to smile at me and giggle and try to touch me.  I used to call her from the other side of the room and she used to turn her head in my direction.  I thought it was a miracle, some kind of good omen, until I met Tapestry, she is the only mortal I have ever known who can communicate with spirits.   I even thought for a long time, our lives were fated and I had faded for just that reason - to take care of her and keep her alive.  Me taking care of her would have been impossible without her seeing and hearing me in spirit form.  In some way I still believe our lives were fated, what are the odds on Tapestry finding her and bringing her back to you of all people - its just all crazy shit when you think about it and a little too mad to just be a coincidence!!  Its like someone up above is watching over her!!"

      "Why didn't you come and find me?"  I start to laugh at him
      "How could I you idiot!!  How was I going to get the message across to you without you thinking you was going totally insane?  A message that I doubt you would have believed anyway.  She was not even a year old - you was a teenager miles away in Strawberry Fields.  It's not like I could pick up the phone and call you or leave her alone while I went looking for you, those woods are dangerous with all the imortal creatures prowling around at night and she needed to be looked after 24/7.   I couldn't take her with me either, I had to keep her hidden and a ghost carrying a colourless toddler around is going to seriously attract attention ... think about it!!"  I laugh at him as he rolls his eyes  "By the time she was old enough to leave alone for a short while, I went to Amber to try and find you, obviously you weren't there and that's when I found out that Mom and Dad were long gone and had moved away - where too, I didn't have a clue."
       "How did you manage to keep her alive."
       "It was very hard, especially when she was little and during the winter months.  I had to teach her to walk, talk and how to survive.  Obviously at first, I had to get all her food for her, steal blankets and anything I could to keep her warm.  It was a constant battle,  especially when the other homeless tramps realised she was there - they were always coming in and stealing the things I got for her.  I ended up having to bury things, especially her teddy bear in a metal tin, otherwise she would have lost it."
       "Yeah, it was because of that teddy bear that I worked out who she was.  She buried it in Taps garden when Strawberry was being spiteful and threatened her teddy bear!!"  he starts laughing  "Tap had to dig it back up again."
        "I've had to fade no end of people over the years, to protect her.  It was not just her possessions they wanted, her being colourless attracted their hatred, quite often people would come into the woods at night specifically just to fade her because of what she was, colourless, especially when she was a very small child.  It got even worse when she was about ten and the vampberry's took an interest in her.  Because of the weather we only ever saw them in winter, but every winter they would come, three of them and there only reason was Crystal."
       "That is because she was silent to them isn't it."
       "Yeah, I know that now, but I couldn't understand it at the time, I thought maybe it was just because she was colourless.  At first I thought they were trying to catch her just as a meal, but they caught her a few times and they didn't want to fade her, they just wanted to take her away, which I had to stop.  They only bit her once but that was to taste her blood, they could not work out if she was a mortal or not, at the time I couldn't understand what they meant by that.  They turned catching her into a sport.  I had to fight them off as well as teach her how to fight them off.  She had a stock pile of wooden sticks, but every time we disposed of one, another one would appear to join them.  When she got older, and could stand up for herself better against normal and homeless people who constantly attacked her for being colourless, she had to sleep in busy places out in the open, under bright lights because it kept the vampberries away from her, and she learned to ignore the abuse thrown at her by ordinary people.   Her life has been a total nightmare!!"

       "I can imagine!!"  we pull a face at each other  "Why and when did you leave her alone?"
        "Not until she was an adult and she could totally fend for herself ... and I've never left her completely, I've always made sure I am there in the Autumn and Winter months."
        "But she said you left and didn't come back a long time ago."  this makes me laugh
        "When you live the existence she does, with absolutely nothing to do and no measure of time, a few weeks does feel like a long time.  Over the last ten years I have been leaving her during the Spring and Summer months and going out to try and find you, each time looking in a different town,  but I've never been away for more than a month at a time.  It always really upsets her when I leave her, even though she understood that I was going out to try and find someone to help her.  So what I tended to do a lot of the time, is come back, check on her from a distance, then take off again.  It upset her less that way.  So sometimes, yeah, she didn't see me for quite a few months at a time if she had not spotted me checking up on her."  I smile at him
        "She didn't seem to know that you are her brother."
        "No because I didn't tell her anything about you, me or our parents, I figured it would just make her feel worse about herself, knowing she had a family and her parents kept us but threw her out.  I didn't want to get her hopes up by telling her she had a brother out there, because I didn't know if I would ever find you and when I did, I wasn't sure if I could even get the message across to you.  I also didn't know how you would react to her, you could have reacted to her like most do in the coded world.  I half expected you to shun her completely for being colourless."
       "I think you know now I would never had done that."  he smiles at me  "So what have you been doing since she has been with Tapestry?"
       "I didn't actually know where she was or what had happened to her - I thought she had faded and if I could have I would have faded all over again, it really upset me.  It was always my biggest fear about leaving her.  I had been away for three weeks, and when I got back I couldn't find her.  Sometimes it used to take me a few hours, even knowing all the places she hangs out, but when half the day went by I still couldn't find her I started to panic.  None of my spirit friends had seen her, they recon she had vanished a week before I got back.  One of them told me they had seen an orange man and spirit chasing her away from the hospital, but nobody knew who they were.  All we knew the spirit was an out of town one that nobody had seen before.  Of course now I know that was Tapestry and Storm."
       "So have you spent all this time looking for her?"
       "Yeah, on and off." 

        "I was frantic for weeks, searching Rainbow Valley and the edge of Amber for her.  I hung around my tree a lot, because she used to go there sometimes, she used to pick flowers and take them there, as well as clean up the faded flowers she and others left.  It always used to get me when flowers were left there that Crystal hadn't, I always used to wander who had been there leaving flowers, but I never saw anyone"
       "Me Mom and Mustard probably."  I mumble quietly
       "After a month went by, I resigned myself to the fact she had faded.  I was angry with myself for leaving her, I've spent nearly thirty years trying to keep her alive, I felt totally lost!!  I knew the vampberries couldn't have taken her because it was too hot for them to be in Rainbow, but I still went and checked out their den anyway.  She had totally vanished and all I could do was blame myself for her fading.  I didn't think to check the houses in town, never imagining anyone would actually take her in.  If I'd seen Levi or Saphire, they would have told me where she was, but I didn't see them at all while I was looking for her."
       "Who are Levi and Saphire?"
       "Spirit friends of mine.  Levi is a young boy who faded in a car accident along with his Mother Saphire and his two sisters.  They are the wife and son of Denim, the homeless guy that Tapestry took off the streets, who is now running a homeless shelter in Winters house."
       "Oh yeah, Tapestry told me about Denim!!"  I laugh
       "Well, Levi and Saphire were hanging around the house with Denim a lot, so I didn't bump into them and I never came up in conversation, otherwise Storm would have known I was still around while he was in Rainbow."  I roll my eyes  "After I'd resigned myself to Crystal fading, I withdrew into my headstone.  I was waiting for you or Mom to appear, so that I could follow you to where ever you was living now."

       "Jazz told me Cosmic and Storm found you."
       "Yeah they did."  he laughs for a moment  "They bumped into Levi ironically searching the graves in Rainbow cemetery looking for Crystal's spirit.  They got talking and Levi took them to my headstone in Amber, luckily I'd shown him where it was.  Levi actually thought I had passed over because he hadn't seen me since before Tap took Crystal off the streets."
       "What do you spirits do, hang around your headstone?"  he laughs at me  "Is that where they found you?"
        "Yeah something like that.  Storm the dick, jumped into my space, I dragged him out and tried to beat him up, but he ended up kicking my but instead!"
       "Your space?"
       "My grave where my bones are.  There is an unwritten rule amongst the spirits, you keep out of each others space, but of course we do jump into other headstones from time to time.  We can tell who has passed over or not.  Storm was only checking to see if I'd passed over, but I was pissed with a strange spirit jumping into my space."  he laughs  "You will find all this out for yourself when they bury your bones."

Suddenly Storm jumps through the rock.

      "My ears are burning!!"  he laughs
      "Probably because you've been earwigging!!"  I laugh at him
      "Well Tap is totally head blown right now!!"  he laughs  "It took us quite a while to convince him Sunny is gay, in the end Shadow had to show him what he's seen in Sunnys head as well as let him listen to the conversation me and Cos heard of Mace telling Granite the whole sordid tale!!"
       "So what is happening Storm?"  I frown at him.

       "Tap has spoken to Mace.  Tap, Granite, Mace and Turmeric are getting Mustard and Ruby together tomorrow at Turmerics, to try and get them to keep Sunny's secret just between themselves and away from the kids."
       "Turmeric ... why the hell are they getting him involved?"
       "To calm your red bitch down - you must know they have knocking each other off behind your back for years!"  Storm start laughing
        "Yes I know!!"  Sunny snaps
        "The only thing they can't get their heads around is how they are going to keep your two lives apart.  How do they stop Apple and Sugar colliding at your funeral?  Granite suggested two funerals, to keep your two identities apart -  one here for Sunny Shine and one in Apple for Sunny Maize,  but they can't figure how to work it, without digging your coffin up on the quiet during the night."  he starts howling  "How do they get the kids to accept that you are not being buried here - so Mustard can take the body, have his funeral and bury it wherever."
        "That's easy."  Sunny laughs  "Mustard will tell them, I've always wanted to be buried next to Saffy, which is exactly what he will do with me.  Its in both my Shine and Maize wills, and we bought the empty plot next to Saffy's grave years ago, it's where we planned for both of us to end up."
        "Yeah, I always planned a funeral here, a memorial headstone for the kids benefit, and my body flown out to Amber Meadow.  Me and Ruby always used to argue over it, because only 3 of the kids can go out in the coded world to put flowers on my grave.  I don't see what her problem was, a memorial headstone here, is the same thing, it doesn't mean my body has to be buried here too - it's not like they see my bones when they are putting flowers on my grave is it."   he laughs  "Mustard was going to have my body detour to Apple - we've already worked this out in theory."
       "You are a jerk Sunny!!!"  I snap at him

We see Cosmic coming.

       "O ho, here comes trouble!!"  Storm sniggers  "Sunny I hope you are ready for this ... your gay but is just about to get its first kicking as a spirit ... Cos is hoping mad!!"

Cosmic does look angry and starts yelling at Sunny straight away.  Storm pulls me away from them.

       "Just leave them to it."  he laughs at me  "If Cos does give him a kicking, he deserves it, and he is angry enough trust me!!"  Storm grins at me
       "He can't defend himself yet!"
       "Good he deserves it for what he's done to Saffron, just to hide his dirty secret ... he is a berry hole!!!  You are lucky I'm not helping Cos, because I feel like it!!  Tapestry is going up the wall in the den, he's really angry!!"
       "Even still, it's not really fair is it, I should stop Cos until Sunny can fight back!"  Storm frowns at me
      "Remember what you said Saff, you are not spending forever cleaning his mess up!!" he tuts at me  "Let him fight his own battles from now on, or he will never learn, he has to pay for his own stupidity!!"
       "I guess."  I mumble
       "Come with me, I've got you something."

He pulls me through to the other side of the rock, I presume to drag me away from Cosmic and Sunny who are now arguing quite loudly.  I am amused when he picks a bunch of flowers up off the floor.

       "I got you these!"  he grins at me cheekily.
       "You wuss!!"   I laugh at him  "You have been grave robbing again!!"
       "Technically no, because they were left on my grave, which makes them my flower." he smirks at me.

        "It's still grave robbing Storm!!"  I laugh at him  "So come on, what have you done?  Because you only bring me stolen flowers when you have done something you shouldn't have!!"
        "Busted!!"  he laughs  "I .. err ... kind of told Tap who Scarlet's real Dad is ... and what is going on with Forrest."  he looks at me sheepishly  "But don't worry, he won't say anything!!"
         "You idiot!!"

1 comment:

  1. All that with Sunny's parents us just awful.i hope Crystal and her mom are able to meet again because Crystal deserves to know she was wanted by at least one of her parents. Storm is right it's about time Sunny faces up to his mistakes and the mess he's made.