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The Family Secret (part 3)

Ths is part 3 of The Family Secret

Phil must of been reading my mind when he said, "Donna, should be here any minute," he told us, looking at his watch. "Matter of fact she's late. She might of stopped somewhere." He pointed at the chairs. "Sit down and make yourselves comfortable." He came back with a bottle of coke and 2 glasses. 'I'm not much of a host, so help yourselves," he said, gulping down some beer.

I was pouring soda into the glasses when I heard a car pulling into the driveway. Any moment I would be seeing her. Suddenly, I felt butterflies roaming in my stomach. I knew I would be seeing an idential twin, of two sisters that I never knew existed, coming through that door.

I watched the door knob turn. The door opened. She stepped in and stopped short when she noticed me. Her face turned all sorts of read. "Lorraine," was all she said.

I had nothing to be ashamed of. I got up from the sofa and walked over to her. "Hello, Mother," I said harshly, looking straight into her eyes. I wanted so much to lash at her, but I kept my cool.

"So, this is your daughter!" her husband said, as if he just realized this was all true. He cussed her out, using works that were real nasty. "Donna, why did you lie all these years?"

Donna was very upset and started to cry. "Honey, I can explain."

"I don't want to hear any explanations. Just get your butt out of here!" he said, yelling his head off. "Get your bags packed and get your face out of my sight before I do something drastic." He drank down some more beer. "You know how much I detest liars and you of all people. What will our son say?"

Donna turned to me, "Lorraine, are you here because Rose broke down and told you the truth?" Her eyes glanced at her husband and then to me.

I knew what she was up to. Donna was hoping I would bail her out of a hideous lie. "No, she never told me," I answered bluntly. "Does my father or my so called father know this?" I couldn't hold back my emotions any longer. I burst into tears. Holly came over to me and comforted me. "Who's my parents?"

Holly interrupted the conversation. "I know this is none of my business, buy you guys aren't giving her a chance to explain."

"I guess the charade is over!" Donna admitted, walking over to the recliner chair to sit down. She rubbed her hands and looked at us. "Well...Rose and I always had the same taste in men, but we never stepped into each others paths, except for once." Donna cleared her throat. "I went behind her back and went after her fiancee, Steve."

"Steve, my dad?" I asked.

Tears dripped down her cheeks. "I guess you'll figure out the rest."

Phil took another slug of beer. "What kind of person did I marry. First a liar and now an adultress." He threw the glass of beer that he had in his hand against the wall. He walked closer to his wife, with his hands stretched out as if he was about to choke her, but he backed away and walked out of the house.

Donna sat there and put her hands against her face and cried. "He'll never come back!"

"He'll come back," Holly told her. "Give him time...He just went out to cool off."

Donna lifted her head up. Her eyes were all red and swollen. "I doubt it."

I had all sorts of thoughts running around in my head. I was confused and I didn't know my true feelings, but it made my heart tingle, to make that woman miserable and to be able to disturb her happy life, made me happy. After all, they disrupted mine. Why shouldn't I pay them back, but I didn't mean to get Phil involved because he's the innocent bystander, just as I was.

Here I am with my biological mother. The mother I had known all my life as my mother, isn't my mother. These two women have kept this lie between them for 18 years and I might have never found out. It hurts me deeply.

"Tell me, were you two ever going to tell me the truth?" I asked Donna.

Donna shrugged her shoulders. "I guess Rose, eventually would have told you. She was getting these guilt trips."

Donna walked over to me and tried to comfort me, but I brushed her away. "I'm sorry," Donna mumbled. I didn't mean to, what I mean is, I didn't mean to hurt anyone."

"Isn't it too late for that," I said.

"It's all my fault, not your mother's," she said, wiping her eyes. "Please don't blame her."

"It happened and there is nothing anyone could do to change it, but I'll try to explain, even if it means losing everyone I love."

Donna went into the kitchen and came back with a glass of water. She took a sip of it. "Your father and I had an affair and we made a child. You're our daughter." Donna paused. "The day I informed him I was pragnant, Rose accidently overhead us and that's when hell broke loose."

To be continued

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