8.45: Meet the Parents

I think under any other circumstance, I’d be so excited that Xander decided to come and spend an entire week with me. 

Except instead of romantic and spontaneous, it basically feels like I’m harboring a fugitive or something.

Lola was supposed to arrive in Paris last night. No matter how many times Xander told her not to come, she kept insisting. And apparently it got about ten times worse after she called and talked to Papa. She just wasn’t backing down especially about how adamantly she wants to keep the two of us apart. It’s so fucking ridiculous.

So last night at like eleven o’clock, Xander showed up at my door asking if he could ‘hide out’ here for a while until she either calms down or goes back home. And how in the world could I say no to that?

It was really hard for him to be able to get away from his classes though. He had to lie about a “family emergency” and agree to do a ton of extra work from his professors to make up for missing a whole week of school. So he’s sitting in the living room working on some homework while I sit here and try to make sense about what the hell’s going on.

Things aren’t going much better with my parents either, unfortunately. Can you believe that Papa, of all people, decided to basically pull a Lola after that dumb phone call?

I’ve gotta admit, I was pretty scared at first. He was so pale when he came back upstairs after he got off the phone. And I could tell he’d been crying too. I don’t think I’ve ever seen him cry before. What the hell could that woman have said to him?!

Then he sat me down and basically gave me a slightly-less-hysterical version of the lecture Xander’s mom gave him. That he ‘knows I care about Xander’, but that I ‘need to stop seeing him’. Then he was going on about how there are some ‘things we need to discuss’ but ‘we can’t yet’. And he used that same line Lola did — that I need to trust him.

Yeah, Papa. Sure. I’m gonna sit there and trust somebody who can’t even give me a straight answer about WHY this is such a big freaking deal!

I gave him a pretty big earful before I left. He’s tried calling me a few times since then, but I haven’t been answering. Because I know he’s not gonna actually give me any answers. It’ll just be more of the crap he and Lola have been spewing.

Tristan says things are really bad at home now, and of course he has no freaking clue what’s going on either. He just said Mama and Papa locked themselves in their bedroom for a long time the next morning. Lots of crying, not as much screaming or yelling as usual, he says. Not their typical type of fight.

And now they basically aren’t speaking to each other. They both just mope around the house all day avoiding each other like the plague, according to Tristan. Even Oma and Opa don’t seem to have any idea what could be going on. Mama and Papa won’t talk to anybody. Not even at dinner.

And okay… On one hand, I really am kind of worried about them. This sounds BAD. Tristan says he’s never seen anything like it. 

But on the other hand, are they like twelve years old or something? What ever happened to all that stuff Papa always says about “communication” and being “open and honest”? How come that doesn’t apply to HIM? Especially when it involves his own kid!

What the hell is going on? It’s starting to sound like we’re never gonna get a straight answer from any of them. And it’s ridiculous! I don’t even —


Emberlynn put down her pencil at the feeling of her phone buzzing in her dress pocket. It was just two short bursts — which meant someone was texting her. Probably Papa AGAIN, she thought in annoyance as she pulled out her phone to check.

And, sure enough, she was right.

Emberlynn’s brow furrowed slightly at her father’s latest message. How did he know Xander was there with her? And did he really mean it when he said he’d explain? Or was this some kind of trick?

“What do you think, baby?” She asked Gucci softly as he continued playing with his catnip toy beside her desk. “Should we believe him?”

The cat, of course, made no reply. It made Emberlynn so sad to realize that she couldn’t even be sure if she could trust her own father anymore.

Alright, Papa. You’re gonna have to give me more than that before I’ll believe you. She started to type a message in reply, but she’d barely gotten halfway through it before the faint sound of Xander’s ringtone reached her ears from the other room.

Aw shit, I bet that’s his mom. With one last glance down at Gucci, Emberlynn leapt from her chair and crossed through the kitchen to join Xander in the living room. 

She found him still focused on the assignment he had open on his tablet. He seemed to be completely ignoring the ringing of the phone on the coffee table in front of him.

“It’s just Mom.” Xander explained with a shrug, not even bothering to lift his eyes from his school work. “Again.

As Xander’s phone continued to ring, Emberlynn felt another vibration from her pocket. She picked it up and glanced down at the screen. It was her father again.

“Answer it.” Emberlynn told him, the words spilling from her lips before she even realized what she was saying.

This time, Xander put down the tablet. “What?”

“You should answer it.” She repeated. Her curiosity had suddenly gotten the better of her. If Lola was really with her parents… Maybe they were serious about this whole ‘explanation’ thing after all?

Despite the look of skepticism on his face, Xander took a deep breath and did what he was told. “Hi, Mom.”

Their conversation was very brief, and Emberlynn was only able to hear one side of it… But she was pretty sure she got the gist.

“I know. I love you too. I’m just really confused right now. And pretty fucking pissed too.” … “Wait, seriously?” … “You are? Right now?” … “I… I don’t know. I guess? I’ll talk to Ember…” … “Yeah. I’ll let you know… God, Mom. This is just so messed up.” …”Yeah, okay. I’ll call you back or something. Bye.”

Xander turned to face Emberlynn as soon as he hung up the phone. “She’s at your parents’ house?!”

She nodded. “My Papa just texted me…Jesus, this thing just went to the next level.”

“Yeah, no kidding…” Xander paused for a moment to let out a soft sigh. “So what should we do?”

Emberlynn considered his question for a few moments. There really didn’t seem to be an easy answer… But she knew that there was only one that made sense. “They’re our parents.” She said at last. “We can’t avoid them forever, right?”

“Guess we can’t.”

“So how about this? We go over, we give them a chance to explain themselves, and if they try spewing more of their bullshit, we leave.” She suggested. “What do you think?”

“I think… That this is NOT the way I imagined either of us meeting the parents.” Xander replied with a small chuckle.

Emberlynn couldn’t help but laugh too. It was all so absurd. “Yeah, me neither.”

“But… I’m in if you are?” Xander offered, his laughter dying away.

She nodded slowly. “I feel like we don’t really have a choice… But hey, what’s the worst that could happen?” She asked, trying to sound positive. “Like I said before, there’s nothing any of them can say that will change how I feel about you, I promise.” Emberlynn leaned forward to brush her lips against his.

“Me neither.” Xander replied softly as she pulled away. “I lo-ike you so much, Emberlynn. No matter what.”

She pretended to miss his near-slip, though her cheeks grew warm at his words. “Alright… Ready to get this over with?”

A soft sigh passed Xander’s lips as he slowly rose to his feet. “Guess so. Let’s go.”

36 thoughts on “8.45: Meet the Parents

  1. Ugh! This is torture! The look on their faces says it all. On the other hand, at least I have a nice dramatic chapter awaiting me on Saturday. I think I’ll make myself a big breakfast and a cup of hot tea before sitting down to read that one. 😀

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    1. Yeahhhh, I cant lie — there is no way this is going to end well. 😂 I’m glad you’re looking forward to all the drama ahead! ❤️ I am too hehe Hopefully it will live up to expectations!

      Thanks, Eddie! ❤️

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  2. Dark WitcHazard: This will only get better if they are siblings and then all the stress makes Emberlynn hurl buts it’s actually morning sickness congrats Lola you and Phoenix have a invest grand baby!

    Lover WitcHazard: The almost love you slip will really make or break this situation after the reveal! If they’re siblings this will make both but especially Emberlynn fearful that she’ll never be able to open her self up to love again! And if they aren’t siblings then this will be Jocelyne all over again the details make some of the family uncomfortable and it tears the family apart further in this case!

    Shipper WitcHazard; Noooooo! Now I have to wait another week to figure out whether this ship is doomed or not!

    Anti Shipper: Isn’t it doomed either way!😉

    Shipper WitcHazard: quiet you!

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    1. Hehehe glad Dark is rooting for some intense drama 😂 Is Nooboos onboard with this plan too? 😈

      Lover makes some interesting predictions too… luckily Shipper doesn’t have to wait quite so long though! Saturday! 😁

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  3. Heh heh…yeah meet the parents. Everyone’s parents! Lol! Same daddy, kids! Sorry, but you can’t date your bro, Emberlynn!

    I loved their solidarity before going to battle. I’m actually on their side…if they don’t procreate! I mean, the genetic nightmare that could happen is not pretty. Ugh! Just saying that makes me sad! 😭😭😭

    Well…next chapter is where the 💩’s gonna hit. I’m revving up the popcorn already! 🍿🍿🍿

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    1. Haha I’m glad you liked their little moment! ❤️ It’s kind of funny that Lola and Phoenix are actually having the exact opposite effect of what they want — they are pushing Ember and Xander closer together by giving them something to bond over. And I think the pressure from their parents has just reaffirmed how much they love each other!

      Hopefully things won’t turn out the way they’re looking right now… 😬 We still haven’t heard what Phee and Lola have to say, so maybe there’s hope? 🤷🏻‍♀️

      Keep that popcorn ready just in case though 😉

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  4. How dare you build suspense?!?! I will be contacting my lawyers that I don’t have!
    This reminds me of when Colette got pregnant and Mari and Diego had to see each other again. But I don’t think they’ll be that lucky.
    I feel they are going to be siblings or maybe Lola won’t know who the father is. And if that’s the case then even if they aren’t related they can’t be together until they find out.
    I really feel bad for Gigi. I know she isn’t innocent in all this but it’s got to be hard. This is just a really awkward reunion.
    I physically can not wait for the next chapter so I demand you post it now.
    If it is not posted in the next 3 minutes I will be forced to replace all your belongings with banana peels.
    However I did enjoy this chapter so keep up the good work

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    1. OH GOD WHERE DID ALL THESE BANANA PEELS COME FROM?!?!

      Well, maybe I deserve it for leaving this cliffhanger 😂

      This is definitely very awkward for everybody, Gigi included! I promise that the next chapter will finally confirm what exactly the issue Phoenix and Lola have with their kids being together… hopefully it’s not what most people seem to think, but we will know soon 😱

      Either way, this probably won’t end well though… 😬

      Thank you for reading, and sorry for making you wait til Saturday for the next chapter! *slips and falls on banana peel*

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  5. I love this chapter. Drama and torture for everyone, us and the characters. Please don’t let them be related, that would just be wrong on all levels, of course the torture needs to continue, so they will not find out they are not related for awhile. At least until the readers are ready to kill you.
    There was this lady whose grandson wanted to date this girl. They were kin by marriage, she was the lady’s sister-in-law’s niece. The lady did not want him involved in that family because of drugs and things, so when the grandson ask if they were kin, because of her last name, she said yes. A few weeks later she told him the truth. He went out with the girl. He said it was like kissing his sister. All the chemistry was gone. This may happen to Xander and Emberlynn, all the magic just go puff, even if they are not related.

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    1. Haha glad you don’t mind the drama and torture 😉 As for whether or not they’re related… only time will tell 😬 But let’s hope that’s not the case!

      And like you said, sometimes even the thought of possibly being related could be enough to ruin a relationship! 😱 Let’s hope Xander and Emberlynn are luckier than that…

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  6. Ohhhh…..noooo….. I knew it was coming. But now it’s here. I don’t like it. My babies. The finally found ‘the one’ and they’re goons be ripped apart. There’s always adoption. 😭😭😭🤗

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  7. Gah! I can’t deal with these cliffhangers!

    I’m hoping against all hope that everyone is wrong and that Ember and Xander aren’t related, but I guess I’ll have to wait and see if their relationship will be ruined or not 😱

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    1. That is so incredibly sweet of you to say, thank you ❤️ And YOU are amazing for always being so supportive of my story. Thank you! ❤️❤️❤️ I’m glad you’re excited for the drama to come!

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  8. Seems to me like Xander and Ember do realize there is something really wrong deep down, more than a bit of family feud. But their parents haven’t managed to give them the feeling they could trust them. It’s only natural that pushed them even more together. Phee could really have known better with all of his background, that keeping secrets and just insisting Ember needs to trust him will rather bring the opposite, but knowing better and doing better rarely goes together. And Phee and his wife are known to fight their feuds even if their children get damaged in the process. It could be worse, they tried to not directly involve Ember and Tris, but they still couldn’t help put to fight it out in a way that damaged at least Ember. He will have earned the earful he will get, and Lola as well. They have messed up long long ago and could never get enough backbone to fix it, and now it all comes back.

    I wonder what this will do to Xander and Ember. They could very well demand some proof first, but even if they are siblings, can they handle having their love being smashed down like this? I don’t think they can go back to good friends for a very long time, or find someone else, especially Ember with all of her problems. And while I don’t expect you to go down on the incest babies, there still is the possibity of one being underway. Could Ember bear giving up on her child? And even if, would she ever stop blaming herself for it? How would they go on? Running away? Making a “father unknown” entry and raise it as mother and uncle? No one could demand that information from Ember, though there is one ministry known for trying.

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    1. I think you’re right that Xander and Ember have a bad feeling… especially after seeing the look on their parents faces 😬 But they’ve totally been pushed even closer together by all this… which could prove to be bad, if what most people think is going on IS what’s going on… 😬

      And if it’s really true, then it will be really hard to say where Xander and Ember would go from here… they’re so in love with each other, but… 😬

      Well, as I always say, we’ll see 😉

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  9. Boyeeeeeeeeee, I wanna see what happens next. I mean, I know what will happen, but, still, I wanna see how’ll they both react when they hear about the possibility that they’re siblins.All because of his parent’s mistake, and because they didn’t deal with this propertly. I mean, if Lola had *already* made the paternity test, either it would be clear Xander wasn’t Phoenix’s son so, Xander dating Ember is A-Okay, oooorrr, if he is, at least Ember would grow up knowing that Xander is her half-brother, and most likely would *not* have developed any romantic feelings for him.

    But no, it’s better to just ignore you problems, and pretend like things didn’t happen at all. I’m telling you, this will be the breaking point between Gigi and Phoenix. I’m sure Gigi is done with his stuff, and his past coming back to bite him, and her, in the butt, surely won’t help the case.

    Unless a miracle happens, I also can’t see Lola and Phoenix together again. Maybe after all this is done? Since, yeah, they liked each other, but hey, it’s been a long time, and there may be no spark in there, after all.

    I’m 100% on the ship #divorce when it comes to Gigi and Phoenix

    Well, bring on the DRAMA!

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    1. Ship #divorce is a popular one! LOL

      And you’re right… if this is going where it seems to be going… Well, Lola made things a hell of a lot more complicated by not telling anybody the truth 😬

      Things have gotten so messy… next few chapters will reveal whether there’s any hope of cleaning it up too 😬

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