Chapter 7: End of Generation 2

For the next couple weeks, I withdrew from the family. I started staying in my room all day. The only things I would really do with the family was eat with them and maybe go grocery shopping, which was rare. I missed my horses dearly, but everytime I looked at them, it reminded me of my first horse, which I lost because of my time in high school, and Spencer.

He seemed to come up in my mind a lot, and I had no idea why. Well, I had some idea why. It was our daughter, Eva. I would think of her and how much she looked like her father. The hair, the eyes. Almost everything about her was Spencer. It tore me apart inside.

Then one day, I couldn’t take it any longer. I stepped outside the confines of my bedroom.

“You know I only deal with you because you’re my blood too.” I sneered at Eva. She didn’t deserve it. I knew she didn’t. I just couldn’t help myself. “If you weren’t, you would have been gone long ago.

“Mom..You don’t mean that.” I didn’t. But yet I did.

“I’ll be glad when you’re gone.”

When Eva left for her work at the grocery store, I went to the graveyard.

“I feel so horribly, Mom! I don’t know what to do!” I sobbed violently at my mothers gravestone. We had taken it with me when the family moved here. I hadn’t seen the gravestone that much, but I loved being with my mother, alive or dead. I would always think to myself how much I wanted her here to help me, so we could be together.
I thought to myself that I wanted everything to be happy, and be a normal family. Suddenly, I knew what I had to do.
I quickly returned home, and set the furnace on fire.
I took little Rylie and went outside to the park. All I knew I had to do was wait, and return in a few hours. I had my alibi, my excuse. It was all planned.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Eva~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
I came home to an empty house. It wasn’t completely empty. Someone had left the furnace on and the house was burning. I ran into the house. We had to have a fire extinguisher. We just had to.

“Ouch.” I said to myself as another chair caught on fire, causing a flash in my face.

By the time I figured out we had no fire extinguisher, I had been blocked in. I stood motionless and emotionless for a moment before I started screaming.
“HELP ME! HELP! FIRE!!!!”
I cried out for help, but none came.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Amelia~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
I came back to the house when I was planning to. I saw the flames through the window. I knew she was in there. I could sense it. Suddenly, I heard a scream. I was pulled out of whatever crazy mode I was in and ran in. A beam fell behind me. I knew instantly I was locked in.
I ran towards the furnace, attempting to not catch fire. It was useless, my hoodie almost immediately caught fire and spread quickly. I cried out in pain and attempted to put myself out.
 “MOM!” Eva screamed at me.

 I looked at her and noticed she was being buried by the flames. My heart ripped apart in my chest. How could I have done this? I saw her fall into the flames and ran over to her.

I  pushed through and held onto her. I cradled my baby girl.

“I’m so sorry” I yelled through the crackle of the fire to her. I would have been soaked with tears if they weren’t being instantly evaporated by the heat.

As the fire started to run out of things to burn, I noticed my baby Eva wasn’t moving. My tears still didn’t come, I had no energy.

Realizing I was going to be next, and it was too late for Eva, I laid her down and moved to the wall to make myself comfortable. My thoughts raced, as I tried to think of what I would say if I made it out, though I knew it was unlikely.

My breathing became short. I could feel my heart and lungs practically giving up from inside of me and with my last few breaths, I closed my eyes, and gave in to what was fate.

Chapter 6

Miko and I moved to a place called “Appaloosa Plains” or something like that. He made the decision after I had expressed the want to buy another horse. We settled in to a small house. It was 2 stories, but very small. It only had 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom, and the dining room was in the living room! With two kids – our second, Maria, was born right after the move – we couldn’t waste any space. We were actually pretty crammed, even though we had room to expand. That was the selling point on the house. We could expand, and I had enough room to buy a horse.

About a week after we moved in, I went to the stables and picked out a horse. I named him “Charming”. He didn’t have a name and his personality stuck out like a ray of sunshine. When I walked up to his pen, he came right up to me and nuzzled me. I knew right then it was fate.

Miko realized how much upkeep this horse and family was going to be and went to work. He finally put his degree to use and became a doctor. Miko had graduated early and went to a speed training college. I guess it was like a trade school. From what I hear, Miko was very good at his job.

The city itself wasn’t very city-like. It was more of a town. Each building had it’s own charm. It was so different from where I grew up. There were no big buildings across the river or anything of the sort. It was very beautiful, but something about it seemed off. I wasn’t used to the feeling of a small town.

My first child, Eva, grew up too soon. I knew she was going to be a beautiful woman, but part of me never gave up on that past that I had. She reminded me too much of it.

Miko and I began expecting our second together. He was praying it was a boy. I had two girls already at that point, and I wanted a boy too. Too many girls in one house can be disastrous.

I gave as much attention as I could to Eva before the baby was born, because with two babies, I wasn’t going to be able to pay as much attention to her as I wanted to.

Towards the end of my pregnancy, a fire broke out in my house. The memories of my mother came flooding back. I never was there when she died. I was way too young to remember details, either. I stayed my distance as to not hurt myself and my baby.

Luckily, I was not hurt, but it forced me into labor. I delivered my third child, Julian.

After a few months I became sick. Then I discovered the truth. We weren’t expecting any more, but here I was, pregnant again. We both decided it would be our last. Our house was full as it was.

Maria grew up soon after I became pregnant, followed by Julian.

The birth of Rylie, a beautiful baby girl.

I had neglected Charming for a long time, and decided to get on him again. He made me happy, but not the happy I wanted to be. There was a hole in my heart that I needed fixing, and it needed fixing for many years. I wasn’t sure what could fix it, but I held strong through the next couple birthdays.

What I didn’t know was, our money was dwindling, and fast. We couldn’t afford a maid, so our house was dirty and messy all the time. My kids were getting sick, and I didn’t know how to fix it. Miko was doing his best. I couldn’t get money from racing because I wasn’t as experienced as I used to be. I was trying to be the best mother for my children…but somehow it wasn’t good enough..

Chapter 5

After a week of staying with Miko, I couldn’t handle it anymore. I had to leave Spencer, and fast. He was probably all over town, looking for me. He had never known where Miko lived, so he didn’t know where to go. This house would’ve been the first place he looked.

I left Miko with Eva, all snuggled up in his bed. She was sleeping like a baby (which she was, of course). I had to do this alone. A child at that age would be scarred for life. I prayed she grew up and had no memory of her father.

The conversation was short and simple. Well, relative to what I thought it would be. I told Spencer he had to get out of our lives, and I’d be sending him divorce papers.

Miko moved in shortly after that, and Eva became a toddler. Miko was great with her, he helped her learn to walk and talk. Everything that was needed in a father, he was. And everything that was needed in a husband, which right after the divorce went through, he became.

Instead of a quick wedding like Spencer and I had, Miko wanted to give me the best wedding ever. And that’s exactly what it was. I had the dress, the wedding arch, and the friends. The only thing that was missing was my family. I didn’t even send them an invitation.

We spent months in that house, doing everything and anything we wanted. Miko got a job, but he was around enough to keep everyone happy. We loved stargazing.

A few months after the wedding, I got a fantastic little surprise. We moved away the next week. It was time for us to go, and we both wanted to start over in a new town.

BONUS PICTURE:

Chapter 4

I don’t know what I was thinking. Any positive thought that went through my mind about Spencer was gone at this point. All I had left was the beautiful thought of Eva. I had to keep holding on for her. I just had to.

I never knew where Spencer was. He was always out doing something (or someone, who knows). When he wasn’t at work, he told me he was out at the casino or bar, drinking and gambling the money we had away. It’s not like we had any money to begin with. It was enough to scrape by every day.

The time he was at home, we argued. I hoped to god Eva never heard us. It would have burned a hole in her immediately. She was so young.  This night was different. I could smell the alcohol on his breath as he stumbled in the door.

“Amelia. Amelia, come here.”

Hesitantly, I moved to where he was. “Spencer, you’re drunk again. You should—“

“Shut up! I’ll do what I want to! I’m your husband, be careful what you tell me to do!”

I sighed, knowing how this was going to end. Though I didn’t. “Fine. I’m going to tuck Eva in.”

As I turned to leave, that’s when it struck.

“Why don’t you stop being such an unbelievably annoying cunt!”

I froze in my tracks. It had gotten bad before, almost physical, but he had never swore at me before. A piece of my heart broke and I felt as if I couldn’t move. Spencer pushed past me to the stairs. After a few moments I heard our bedroom door slam. Eva started bawling.

I gave myself a moment for it all to sink in before heading upstairs. “Shh. Shhh.” I calmed Eva down after a few minutes and watched her as she slept. I thought about what I would do about Spencer. I needed to turn him around. I placed Eva in her crib and stepped downstairs.

As I picked up the phone I thought about who I was going to call. I hadn’t talk to him in months. I hadn’t really talked to anyone in months, really. Did I even remember his number? I stared at the phone before dialing a number that was vague familiar. It rang exactly 3 times before being picked up.

“Hello?”

The voice was rough, as if the person had been sleeping. Except I knew they hadn’t been sleeping, that was the way they sounded. It was a familiar, warm voice that had been my best friend for the longest time.

“Miko…I need your help…can I come over?”

“Amelia?! I umm..I sure, come on over.”

I smiled slightly and drove over. Miko was immediately at the door.

“Amelia. What happened?” I was uneasy, and looked like I was going to cry.

“It’s Spencer…he’s not who I thought he was..”

“Come sit down, I’ll get you something to drink and you tell me everything.”

I sat there for a couple hours, talking and discussing my current situation with Miko. It was great to be in his house again. It was always warm and comfortable. Almost like home.

“Thanks. We should hang out again sometime.” We were standing by the front door, and with a slightsmile, I was gone into the night.When I got home, however, my mood completely reverted back. Spencer was sitting on the couch, waiting for me.“Where were you?”

“I was out, at a friends’ house.”

“It was Miko wasn’t it. Is he trying to steal you away from me again?”

“No! I hadn’t talked to him since I got kicked out of my house. I missed him!”

“That’s bullshit!” Spencer was on his feet quickly and was in front of me. The smell of alcohol was stronger now. He hadn’t gone to sleep.

“I’m telling you the truth.”

“You’re lying to me! You lying bitch!”

Before I could defend myself, Spencer had done the unthinkable. He had actually hit me. I took a couple steps back in shock and in fear. There were no words passed between us, Spencer simply walked passed me and out the door. When I heard the car speed off, I quickly ran upstairs and grabbed Eva. I had to get out of there.

It took me a long time to walk to Miko’s house, but eventually I got there. He was still awake and saw me outside. No words were exchanged between us. He stared at me with a pained look in his eye. My cheek was still slightly pink. He broke the silence and pulled me into a tight hug. At that moment I knew everything was going to be okay. As long as Miko was here, it was going to be okay.

Chapter 3

“You’re pregnant?!

My father practically screeched at me. It had been days before we had even talked, and those words, those two words, were the first to come out of his mouth. I had come home from school on Friday, sick as a dog, and took that dreaded test. My whole world stopped with the tiny blue plus sign showed up on the pee stick of joy. I barely was sane the next 72 hours; all I did was stay in my room and cry whenever I felt I was completely alone. I couldn’t let anyone know what I was feeling. Not yet. I told them I was sick, that I think I grabbed the flu. All my mind could think of was graduation. It was a month away, and here I was, pregnant.

This couldn’t be happening. All of my life, my parents brought me up to be a respectable, safe woman. Here I was, screwing up everything they taught me. I must look like a huge disappointment. I mean, I couldn’t even tell my own sister what I was going through. They had to find out through my failure of disposing the damn test.

I sighed, hoping this would all just go away. “I know Dad. It was a huge mistake, and I’m so so so so sorry about it.”

“You’re damn right! Do you realize that graduation is a month away?” Yes.. “You’re supposed to be going to college!” I know…

I let my head a little in shame. I had completely ruined everything. I had hit rock bottom.

“I-I can’t do this. You have to leave.”

I definitely spoke too soon.

“What?! Dad! You can’t be serious!”


I cried out, holding out my tears. He couldn’t do this to me, but by the look on his face, he was completely serious. A moment passed between us, before I realized he wanted me to leave right then. My heart sank. I had to tell Spencer. He didn’t even know yet. Turning away from my father was the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do, and my actions from here on out were going to be even harder. With my back to my father, I started walking towards the stairs to grab my nearest and dearest items. As I packed, it was hard to ignore the faint crying coming from downstairs.

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“You’re pregnant?

Oh not again. The moment those words left Spencer’s lips, I knew he was going to kill me. He had just gotten a new job and was enjoying life until my news came along. I ruined everything. All I could do was nod my head and then look down. I didn’t want to see the hurt in his eyes. I didn’t want to know how badly I ruined his life. I closed my eyes and sighed, like I did with my father. I was destined to be alone. This child and I were fated to be together and just us.

I felt a hand. Spencer had grabbed my chin gently and brought my face up so he could look at me. His other hand found my shoulder and gripped it reassuringly.

“So he kicked you out didn’t he.”

“Yeah..”

Spencer brought me into a tight hug.

“What’re we going to do..”

We. He had said we. A smile was brought to my lips and for the first time it felt as if everything was going to be okay. After a moment, Spencer pulled away and grabbed his phone. I was confused at what he was doing at first but then when he started talking to whomever, I realized what he was doing. He was buying us a house. Or renting, either worked for me. My mind wandered to what life would be like with Spencer as he bought the house right then and there.

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It had been seven and a half months since I last saw my father or sister. I had gotten cut off completely from the family. I also dropped out of school and got my GED. That resulted in me never seeing Miko (Spencer doesn’t like him, ugh.) and so I lost my best friend in all of this too. My back hurt, my feet hurt. I never got a moment to stop and rest. Spencer was always pushing me to eat super healthy and whenever he caught me eating something even slightly unhealthy, he flipped a lid. It was supposed to be a blissful life with Spencer, and now I’m dreading every moment of it.

Right when I was thinking about Miko (I had been doing that a lot lately, who knows why.) I went into labor. Spencer had just gotten home from his job, and he freaked. I was having contractions, and making what could’ve been hilarious movements, which he copied to try to help me. We ended up rushing to the hospital soon after and I had the baby.During the birth, all I could think about were the past couple of months. Spencer and I had gotten married soon after the move. He said it would be right for the baby. He said he loved me and would always care for me. Nowadays he’s buried in his work and controlling what I do. He’s even raised a hand a few times, which scared the poop out of me (sometimes even literally…sadly). He’s never hit me though, which I’m grateful for. It’s a treacherous route, the one I’m going. I have no one to talk to, no father, mother, sister, best friend.

Bringing home our beautiful baby, Eva, I decided it was time for a change. A huge change. I was going to take my life, and my daughter’s, into my own hands and deal with Spencer.

Chapter 2

It’s been two months since Miko and I have talked. I really miss him, he was (and still is I hope) my best friend. I just wish we could talk again…Then again, I can’t deny I felt something when he kissed me. I felt so horrible about it, and avoiding him isn’t doing anything positive for our relationship. I decided to go to his house and talk to him about it.

On the way there I contemplated my decisions that I had to make and the ones I knew I had to make in the future. If Miko kept feeling this way, I would eventually have to choose.

My thoughts seemed to overwhelm me, and as I stood in front of his door, the familiar smell of his family did too. I rang the doorbell. He let me in a minute later.

“Hey Miko. How are you?”

“I’m doing okay Amelia…better than I have been.”

“Are you alright? What’s going on?”

“Well I did something really messed up and lost my best friend because of it.”

I sighed. Hearing Miko’s regret made me feel sorry for him. I couldn’t blame him. We had been friends since the first day of kindergarten. My mother used to tell me I would be beautiful when I grew up, so I shouldn’t have been surprised when I caught more than just friendly glances from guys.

“Miko…I’m so sorry…I should have called earlier. I would have, I just tho–”

“Save it Amelia. I want to move on from what happened. I miss you”

“Me too.”

I smiled, and we fell into silence, though it wasn’t awkward. It was a moment of clarity for both of us. We never really had any other friends, or if we did, never had any close ones. During the silence, my mind wandered to the days we would be out during recess in the sand. My thoughts were interrupted.

“Amelia?”

“Yeah Miko?”

“I have to go back to my homework. My grades have to be good for that job I want after school.”

“Of course. It’s a good job. I’ll see you at school.”

We hugged, and I felt the strength of our relationship growing back to how it was.

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Miko and I resumed our friendship like nothing happened. We hung out, studied for tests together, pranked everyone, and shared secrets. Or at least he did. I never revealed the details about my relationship with Spencer. Over the weeks and months, Spencer and I had gotten very serious. We started getting really physical, and I wasn’t sure how to feel about it. I was caught up in the whirlwind of ‘young love’. Spencer took care of me, since he had graduated before me and had a job to support himself.

When spring break came, all hell broke loose. My father went away on a vacation, and my sister was out of town with friends. That meant Spencer and I had my house all to ourselves. We were all over the place, the shower, hot tub, bed, anywhere. The whole week was one hot and steamy session. I admit we weren’t safe 100% of the time, but it didn’t seem to matter. We were young and having fun.

My fun seemed to be cut short, when one morning the bell rang. It was a social worker. I had completely forgotten about my pets while Spencer was over. She yelled at me and took my beautiful companions. I was devastated.

My problems didn’t stop there. One morning, I woke up, and got sick..and the next morning too. How could I do this to myself?

Chapter 1

Meet Amelia Ferris.

After her mother’s death she found herself flirting with Spencer Funke. She invited him over one night to see how he felt about her. They ended up kissing in the hot tub.

She confided in her best friend, Moki Rossi. Little did she know he had a crush on her, and as they got to talking that night, he kissed her.

Spencer found out and they fought.

Amelia’s sister, Taylor, found out and went to Spencer’s house. Meanwhile, Amelia went to yell at Moki about ruining her relationship.

After going back to Spencer’s(Taylor was gone by this time) Amelia and Spencer patched things up. Spencer told Amelia that Taylor had talked to him and he should forgive her. Amelia went home knowing her relationship was safe.

Family Tree! 

Prologue

Monica Ferris was a poor woman looking to make her way in the world. She moved into a tiny house made just for one person, hoping to soon move to a bigger house. She got a job in the business industry and met Lynn. Lynn was sweet and always brought her coffee. Soon, Lynn asked Monica out and she said yes. Now Lynn was a lot older than Monica first expected, but that didn’t stop her.

After a while of courting, both Lynn and Monica fell for each other. They discussed the step of moving in, and Lynn saw the opportunity to build on Monica’s current land. Monica accepted, and building begun. Together they made a beautiful house, and after it was completed, Lynn proposed. Monica said yes obviously and they got married. After a while they had two kids, Amelia and then Taylor, both beautiful girls.

The girls grew up and when they were children, the family moved to a farm. Monica had always dreamed of owning a horse, and Lynn wouldnt stop her.

After Amelia became a teenager, disaster struck. Lynn left the fireplace on at their home and Monica caught fire, resulting in her death…..