8.47: Explanation (Part Two)

The silence in the room was absolute. Even Phoenix and Lola’s sobs seemed unable to penetrate it.

Emberlynn’s head was spinning. If they were saying what she thought they were saying… Her stomach gave another unpleasant lurch and, for a moment, she felt as though she were going to pass out.

There’s no way… This isn’t possible…

“I’m so, so sorry.” Lola seemed to have finally calmed her tears enough to speak once more. “I never should have kept this from you. This is my fault, nobody else’s. I should have told the truth a long time ago.”

“Yeah, you should have!” Phoenix spat bitterly, directly addressing Lola for the first time. “Christ, Lola! How could you do this to me?! Or to your own son?!”

“You left! You were half a world away with your pregnant wife by the time I realized! What the hell was I supposed to do?! I loved you, Phoenix! But you’d made your choice. And I didn’t want to make things any harder than they already were. For any of us.” Lola explained desperately. “I thought I was doing the right thing. I thought it would be easier this way…”

“Yeah, well obviously it wasn’t! You know how much you meant to me, Lola. I would’ve tried to do the right thing. But you never even gave me that chance!” Phoenix’s gaze was full of nothing but disgust and contempt. It was like he’d forgotten that Emberlynn or Xander were even in the room anymore. “And now look at the mess you’ve made. For all of us!”

“Look, I know you hate me, Phoenix. You have every right to. I don’t expect you to ever forgive me for this.” Lola paused for a moment before finally turning her eyes back toward her son. “And I don’t expect you to ever forgive me either. But I had to tell you the truth. I needed you to know. Because…” For a moment, her eyes flicked toward Emberlynn. “God, I wish you could understand how sorry I am for this. I really am. I…” She closed her eyes for a moment to choke back a small sob, and left the sentence unfinished.

“No.” Emberlynn turned to look at Xander, who had finally broken his silence. He shook his head slowly, his gaze boring into his mother’s as he spoke again. “You’re wrong.”

“I know this is hard. And I know this makes things… so messed up.” Lola glanced apologetically toward Emberlynn yet again. “But it’s the truth.”

“It’s not.” He insisted. “Mom, my entire life you have told me you never knew who my dad was, no matter how many times I asked. Do you remember that family tree project I did back in sixth grade? I ended up just writing about Jorden… But that wasn’t what I really wanted.” Xander shook his head slowly at the memory. “I begged you to tell me something, anything about my real father. And you told me you didn’t know. Year after year, I’d try asking. My whole life, I’ve been dying to know who he was. And you always said you didn’t know.” Emberlynn had never seen Xander so angry before. It was almost frightening.

Lola took a slow, deep breath. “I lied.” She said, with surprising calm. “You have no idea how much it breaks my heart to tell you that, but it’s true. I lied to you, Xander. Your whole life. It was absolutely despicable of me. There was no excuse. And I don’t expect you to ever —”

“Shut up!” He shouted at her. “You didn’t! You didn’t lie! You wouldn’t do that! Mom, you’d never lie to me. Especially about something like this. Something that means so much to me…”

Xander let out a shaking breath, as though trying to calm himself. Unfortunately he did not seem to be successful.

Her throat was still so dry, but Emberlynn knew she had to speak up. She had to say something, rather than let this ridiculous bullshit continue. “I know what’s going on.” She said. “I know what you’re doing.”

Her father’s brow furrowed in confusion. “What are you — ?”

“The two of you are still so ashamed of what you did that you can barely look at each other. You’re still trying to run from all the shitty mistakes you made when you were kids. So as soon as you found out me and Xander were together, you came up with this stupid plan to keep us apart…” She paused for a moment, shaking her head in disgust as her mother’s actions from earlier finally started making sense.

“A plan so fucked up and awful, Mama couldn’t even stand being a part of it. THIS is what you two should really be ashamed of!” She cried. “Instead of letting your kids be happy together, you decided to make up this bullshit story and put on some stupid act to try and scare us. But we aren’t gonna fall for it.”

Phoenix looked almost like she’d slapped him. “Emberlynn, why the hell would we make something like this up? Why would we lie about this?!”

“Yeah, Ember’s right.” Xander nodded slowly, speaking before Emberlynn had the chance to. “Mom, I refuse to believe that you would’ve spent my entire life lying to me. I know you. And you’d never do something like that. But this? Much as I don’t want to, I can believe it. I just never really thought you’d stoop so low…” He shook his head almost sadly for a moment. “And until you guys are ready to fess up and admit you’re lying, well…” He glanced uncertainly toward Emberlynn.

She nodded. “I don’t think we really have anything more to say.” She finished for him. “Let’s go, Xander.”

The pair of them quickly rose to their feet and began heading for the door.

“Wait!” Lola and Phoenix cried out in unison as they followed their children into the entrance hall. “What if we do a test?” Lola called out desperately.

This was enough to give both Emberlynn and Xander pause. “You mean a paternity test?” Xander asked his mother.

She nodded. “Phoenix said he’d do one. We already checked it out — There’s a lab downtown that can get us the results in three days. We can go first thing in the morning.”

Without hesitation, Emberlynn shook her head. There was no way she would trust either of them that easily. “Yeah, right. You really think we’re gonna play into this stupid game of yours?”

Phoenix sighed. “Honey, please. We know this is hard to accept. We know how much you two care about each other. But you need to understand. We’re telling you the truth. You can’t be together anymore.” He said seriously. “He’s your bro—”

“With all due respect, Mr. Rosebrook, shut up.” Xander interrupted harshly. “I’m not her brother.” He appeared so uncomfortable as the final word passed his lips. “And you’re not my dad. I know you’re not. And I wish the both of you would just drop this stupid act.”

He took Emberlynn by the hand then, and, despite their parents’ continued protests,  the two of them left without another word. 

Their trip back to the apartment was silent. Emberlynn spent most of it trying to lower her heart rate and calm herself down. She was still seeing red, reeling at her father’s horrific betrayal.

He had cheated on his wife. He’d told horrible, disgusting lies just to try and hide from his own past mistakes… What had happened to the father she knew? The one she’d always respected and admired?

Xander seemed to be struggling even worse than she was. She couldn’t even imagine how he was feeling right now. How could his own mother take something so important to him and then twist it into some kind of horrible manipulation tactic? It was sickening.

“I’m sorry.” Those were the first words either of them had spoken in nearly an hour. Emberlynn and Xander sat together on her couch, holding each other in the darkness as the words passed her lips. “This sucks.”

“It does.” He agreed softly. “But don’t be sorry. It’s not your fault.” 

“I know. I just… Well, it’s sick, isn’t it? This nasty lie they’re trying to make us believe…” Emberlynn paused for a moment to collect herself as some of her emotions from earlier began creeping back. “It’s like you said — I never thought they’d sink this low, just to try and keep us apart.” 

“Me neither… But I was thinking about it the whole way back here. And I know they’ll come around eventually.” Emberlynn was surprised by the confidence in Xander’s voice as he spoke. “They have to. I think they’re both having some kind of weird ‘episode’ or something, y’know? It’s totally fucked up, but it’s not THEM. They’ll snap out of it and apologize in no time. I’m sure of it.” Xander pressed his lips soothingly against her forehead.

“I hope you’re right.”

“Of course, whether we actually accept those apologies is another story…” He added with a sigh. “I don’t think I’ve ever been this mad at my mom before.”

Emberlynn nodded sadly. “Me too. I’m still having such a hard time believing my Papa would actually DO something like that to my Mama… And then tell this sick lie on top of it all.”

“I know. This whole thing is just… fucking baffling, honestly.” Xander let out a small sigh. “It’s totally fucked. But… at least we’re both in this together.” He added. She could hear the smile in his voice as he spoke, and, despite everything, couldn’t help but feel one forming on her own lips as well.

Emberlynn paused before replying, feeling her next words dancing on the tip of her tongue. After all this time, she realized that she simply couldn’t wait any longer to say them aloud. Especially now, after all they’d been through. Emberlynn pulled away from his embrace so she could look him in the eyes as she spoke. And when she did so, for the first time all day, nothing else seemed to matter anymore. Just him.

“I’ve gotta be honest — These past few days have been some of the worst of my life.” She answered at last.

Xander nodded enthusiastically in agreement. “Same.”

“But you’re right. We’re in this together… And you know what? This is probably gonna sound totally crazy or seem like the weirdest timing ever… But I think going through all this crap together has helped me finally realize something.” Her smile widened. “I had an epiphany.”

“Oh yeah?” A hopeful smile had begun forming on his lips as he spoke. “And what’s that?”

“I think you already know.” She teased. 

“Maybe… But I really wanna hear you say it. No, I need to.” He corrected himself. “Especially after today… Please?” He asked softly.

So Emberlynn beckoned him closer to her, took a deep breath…

And did.

50 thoughts on “8.47: Explanation (Part Two)

  1. Two houses, both alike in dignity.
    In fair Windenburg, where we lay our scene.
    From ancient grudge break new mutiny
    And civil blood makes civil hands unclean.

    I suppose incest would be a way of making civil hands unclean…

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      1. Just don’t make me say the next section!

        (From forth the fatal loins of these two foes
        A pair of star-cross’d lovers take their life;
        Whose misadventur’d piteous overthrows
        Do with their death bury their parents’ strife.

        In case anyone needed their memory jogged)

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        1. 😖 awkward I hope they get over there stubboness. And to be fair Phoenix is in the wrong from not saying anything either yes he didn’t lie but he should have said something too old probably looking too much into it but I don’t think it’s only lola’ s fault. Takes two yo tango buddy 😂

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          1. Yeah, that stubbornness is getting in the way of a paternity test, which is most definitely needed, at this point 😬😬😬

            As for Phee… He believed Lola when she said the baby wasn’t his. But maybe he should have pushed a little more and not believed her so easily all this years ago 😬🤷🏻‍♀️

            Thank you for reading, as always!!!

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    1. Hehehe I think it’s a combination being stubborn enough to not want to do things on their parents’ terms and mayyyyybe a teeny-tiny, subconscious hint of “oh no but what if they’re telling the truth”… but don’t tell Emberlynn I said that 😉 😛

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  2. Wow….they don’t believe them. 😱. But I can see why. Well, that would be hard to swallow. Now we get to wait three more days for the test. Dayummm. Poor kids. Poor everyone. Lola and Phoenix even Gigi. What an effed up mess!

    They ducked the fan for now. Hiding behind their non-belief. But man Phoenix believed…. Or he put on a good show. He was yelling at Lola. He was so angry.

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    1. Haha yeahhhh I think it’s a lot easier to believe they’re lying than believe what they’re telling them 😱😬 And Emberlynn and Xander actually refused to do the test, so… until they decide to cooperate, no one will know for sure!

      Effed up mess is a perfect description here, for everyone involved! 😬 And you’re right, Phoenix certainly put on a hell of a show for someone who was “lying”, huh? 😬🤷🏻‍♀️

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  3. Dark WitcHazard: Aw shucks that went better than I hoped it would! I wanted to see the loom of utter defeat instead they stood they’re ground! Oh well it’s only a matter of time before everyone around Emberlynn is going to keep edge her about well what if then she’ll cave take the test herself and find out for sure! Then. It only will she blow up her first I love you relationship but she’ll the destroy the trust she’s built with Xander as well! Haha I love it!

    Nooboo WitcHazard: I’m still holding out for the nooboo to be thrown into the chaos!

    Lover WitcHazard: I’m with Nooboo on this one! I kinda what her to get pregnant then they go to Sulani and live off the grid! Incest or naw!

    Shipper WitcHazard: Only in the sims can I condone a incest ship! But they’re just so cute together!

    Anti Shipper: Therez’s three ways this can go they’re related and break up, related and run away together, or my favorite Emberlynn isn’t a Rosebrook by blood and Gigi fudged the papers to keep Phoenix! It’s not likely but I like the idea!

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    1. Ha! If I could count on anybody to still ship these guys after this, it was the WitchHazards 😉 ❤️ You always crack me up!

      Anti has some decent theories there! We will see if any of them come true… 🤷🏻‍♀️ Until they actually agree to a test, they’ll never know either way hehehe 😈


  4. Omg that last pic of Gucci! So cute!

    Welp, they’re in la la land of their own creation. Can’t say I blame them. Facing reality would be too hard so they’ve turned their parents into monsters to justify them staying together.

    Xander is in TOTAL denial. I mean hey, Xan…you look just like your father! Lol! 😆

    Sigh…what a sad situation. I wonder if reality will hit them later. 😳

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    1. Hehehe that was totally unplanned too 😂 But I loved it and kept it hehe Gucci the scene-stealer!

      And you’re so right — it’s a lot easier to blame their parents and feel angry at them/believe they lied than face the possibility that it’s the truth!

      Maybe reality will eventually strike, once they’ve had some time to cool down… but for now they are standing their ground, for better or worse 😬

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  5. They are so darn cute together ❤

    I'm kind of worried that either it is true that they are siblings… Or Lola is trying to convince them all that it's true. And maybe she is hoping that they won't agree to a paternity test, because that would show the truth.

    But tbh i think they are siblings, and this will end horribly in the end…
    I'm having a flash back of sorts… Girl falls in love with guy, parents doesn't approve, girl and boy breaks up, girl is furious with parents… girl stops talking to her parents…
    Sounds familiar? xD
    I just hope she doesn't move to US this time to some unknown family members and get pregnant with some dude… It would be Joce the 2nd.

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    1. They are a cute couple! But unfortunately things aren’t looking great for them…. 😬😬😬

      But til they take a test there’s no way to know for sure! So we’ll see… there is still hope!

      And you’re very right that this has the potential to be another Joce… but let’s hope not 😬😬😬

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    1. Hahahaha I mean, writing for a soap opera would sure be fun 😈😂 hehe

      Thank you very much for reading, and sorry for the evil! 😛


  6. I suppose incest is one way to do it until they suck up and decide to do the paternity test! xD Although they seem really good together, and I honestly think they belong with each other (despite the possibility of them being siblings, :/ ). Hopefully everything turns out okay, and Phoenix and Lola are able to clear stuff up with each other too. After all of this, I hope Phoenix and Lola find their happy endings as well as Xander and Ember 😀

    Sending hugs and support to Ember, it seems like she’s gonna need it soon. ❤

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    1. Yeah, these two go together so well but…. it’s looking very possible that they could be related 😭

      Hopefully happy endings still lie ahead for everyone, even if it’s not with each other :-/ (Lola is currently happily married to her second husband, so she is happy in that regard, at least! But her son kinda hates her right now so… 😬)

      And Ember appreciates the hugs! You’re right — she probably needs them…

      Thank you so much for reading, hammy! I always enjoy your comments ❤️


  7. He is his. She is not. Her mother cheated also and she could have a different daddy. That is what I am truly hoping. I like these two together.

    Come on. ONE of my ships have to sail dammit!

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  8. Woooooooow. Of all the things I was expecting Xander and Emberlynn to do, jump straight into complete and utter denial was not one of them! And to turn down the paternity test??? They’re really burying their heads in the sand here!

    I feel like Phoenix is angry enough to do something rash… like maybe steal some samples from the kids and do the test behind their back? Either way, more 💩 is about to hit the fan!

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    1. Yeahhhhhh they have fallen so deeply in love by now that it’s so much easier to believe that their parents are awful liars than to entertain the idea that they could be related 😱😱😱 But maybe once they’ve calmed down, things will change???

      And ooh, I like that theory about Phee… he could totally do it. We shall see! 😈😈😈

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  9. Well, I didn’t imagine Phee and Lola could plum this up that hard. Seriously? They can’t even stop fighting and blaming each other in this conversation? Sure Ember and Xander are playing blind at the moment, but the way those two are behaving they aren’t exactly reliable. I don’t say it for the first time, but for someone who studied – along other things – what kinds of blame get people to NOT listen to you, he sure can’t take his own advice. Even if Xander and Ember do come to believe it later on, that conversation was just fuel to them to totally break with their parents. And while Lola has to shoulder a lot of blame here, Phee of all people being the one to throw mud isn’t reflecting well on him. And I could bet Ember just told her Mr. X she loves him. She’s past her doubt now. Awaiting the cute no-go-kiddie in 3…2…1…

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    1. Whoops! I hit enter too soon lol I was going to say that I think he’s so caught up in the moment right now that he isn’t thinking straight. You’re right that this reflecting badly on him thought :-/ it just fuels the mess!!!!

      And now the L word has been spoken, which also doesn’t help 😬😬😬


  10. My heart, it hurts. These poor kids in love and they’re related. I hope skcaga6 is right about Ember not being his but then she wouldn’t be a Rosebrook and this gen is a lie. Like I would try to find a way to cope too if the person I loved and slept with turned out to be my brother. I’m a sad girl. 😭

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    1. I know… I’m sorry. This is so mean of me 😦 Xander and Emberlynn have fallen so in love at this point that their brains just… can’t even accept the mere *possibility* that they’re related. So they immediately jump to the much-less-plausible “omg they’re totally lying”… 😬 These poor kiddos. Forgive me 😭


  11. K gril. You are both in *deep* deinal alright. And I mean deep because not even for a moment they want to belive that what their parents said it’s the truth.If they had just accepted it, maybe things would have gotten less nasty, you know? Yeah, it would hurt, and they would most likely be disgusted by it, but it would be done faster then being in denial until the next gen is born with a third ear and they’re both like ”yea i guess we’re siblins”.

    Jokes asided, I’m amazed at how fast they denied this whole ordeal.I can see why Xander did it thought, he simply doesn’t want to belive that his mother has lied for him the whole time throught his life. And I mean that. He literally *doesn’t* want to belive that, but, ohhhh, boye is he gonna have a surprise.

    I bet this whole thing will come and bitte’em in the butt later on. They might have this vague thought of ”But what if it *is* true..” And gradually be nervous until they agree to do the test, and everything that should have happened now will happen then.It’s goona be a mess, y’all.

    Don’t tell me they’ll go full Harper into ”tHe WoRlD iS tHe OnE wRoNg.” when everyone comes and tells them to do the test, and that they’re siblings.Like,theory of conspiracy much?

    The last scene would be cuter if they were most likely not siblins.

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    1. Lmao I know, that last scene was kind of mean 😂 LOL

      And yes, deep denial is right!!! You’re right about Xander — it’s easy for him because knowing his mom lied to him his whole life is a really big deal… he’d never look at her the same way ever again :-/

      For Emberlynn, it’s more her own stubbornness coming out. In the moment, she was so against letting herself believe that the man she’d finally opened her heart to is her brother that she let herself spiral into this 😬

      They will probably calm down in a couple days. And when they do… 🤷🏻‍♀️ Maybe they’ll give in to the test? 🤔

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  12. oh my gosh…. forget the wine and break out the hard stuff….Please do the paternity test because if Ember gets pregnant or something and then they find out they’re siblings….oh my gosh….and psst I know you’re summer break is about over….because mine is too. On to the next chapter.

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    1. DONT REMIND ME ABOUT SUMMER ENDING! 😭 (Lol gotta love teacher life!)

      Yeah hopefully they’re gonna do a test and finally have an answer before they let this go much further… 😬


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