Episode 4-9: Family Values

Previously:

  • Gene and Iva found an abandoned baby boy.
  • Sadie and Micah used Gene and Iva’s absence from the farm to make love for the first time.
  • Megan’s ghost visited Pearl and advised her to stay away from Quinn.
  • Pearl told Megan she no longer needed protection from Quinn and that she trusted him.
  • Megan visited Damien, who told her he was still going to fight for Pearl.

Saturday, November 2nd
The Bigelow Police Station

Iva Lawrence lovingly cradled the tiny baby boy she and her husband Gene had found earlier on the steps of the Bigelow Community Church as the two sat inside the police station. They had just explained how they found the infant to Officer Martin Hopkins, a friendly policeman they came to know well.

“Well Gene and Iva, I have to say this is the most excitement we’ve had around here all day. Not that I’m complaining though.” Officer Hopkins leaned back in his office chair and grinned. “I am lucky that we don’t have a lot of crime here, but sitting at this desk can get pretty boring.”

“I think boring is a lot better—and safer—don’t you think?” Gene asked, also grinning.

“Definitely.” The middle-aged cop leaned forward, his grin gone. “I’m going to have to call social services about this little one, as well as any of the nearby hospitals. It’s going to be tough that’s for sure. There’s nothing on him to indicate anything about his identity.”

“Officer Hopkins, do you think that Gene and I could take the baby home with us until his parents might be found?” Iva wondered, somewhat shyly. She quickly turned to her husband before he could protest. “I’m sure it won’t be long.”

“I see no problem with it personally,” Hopkins replied genially. “I would like you to have him checked out by a doctor though. He looks fine and healthy, but I want to be on the safe side, and I know social services would want a medical evaluation as well.”

“Oh Gene, please,” Iva pleaded. “Besides, it would be good training for Pearl.”

Gene couldn’t help but laugh. “You’ve got me there. Okay, why not. I think this little man’s been through enough already, and I know between you, Sadie and Pearl, he’ll get the attention and affection he needs.”

“I’ll call Doc Shannon and ask him to open his office so he can check out the little fella. I know he won’t turn us down and his place is just a few blocks away,” Officer Hopkins said. He reached for his phone which sat off to the side on top of his slightly cluttered desk.

Iva looked down at the baby, who was awake, and smiled at him. “Guess what cutie pie, you get to come home with us for a while.” She glanced over at Gene. “We’re going to have to make a shopping trip. Formula, diapers, bottles, wipes, and he also needs some clothes too.”

Gene groaned. “Oh Lord, what have we gotten ourselves into?”

Officer Hopkins chuckled. “Welcome to temporary parenthood my friends.”

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The Lawrence Farm

Pearl Tyler was sitting on the front porch swing, reading another Agatha Christie novel. This time, it was Evil Under the Sun. A tiny radio she had brought out sat on the ground beside her, tuned into the big band station.

She thought about earlier when she went into the house to find a book to read, she noticed Sadie Todd and Micah Johnson eating in the kitchen and being very flirtatious with each other. When they saw her, they tried to act nonchalant but Pearl knew what had transpired between them earlier, thanks to a tattling Megan Manning’s ghost, but she didn’t let on. She just wondered how Gene and Iva were going to take it once they found out, knowing they were protective of their niece. She figured it wasn’t her place to get involved in that little family drama. She had enough of her own to deal with.

Part of that drama had just pulled up in the Lawrence’s driveway. Pearl heard the car and she gazed up to see Quinn Nightshade’s black Corvette. She placed the book on her swollen stomach and watched as Quinn got out of the car. Thanks to the mild weather, he wasn’t wearing his signature black leather jacket. He was dressed in a crisp white button down shirt and dark blue jeans with a black belt. He had sunglasses on, and the sun illuminated his short brown hair as he approached the porch.

“Hello sweetheart,” he happily greeted her. He took off his sunglasses and tucked them into the placket of his shirt. He bent down to kiss her. “How are you today?”

“I’m fine. How are things with you?”

Quinn frowned slightly. “Well, things were going great until Jude and I found out our mother escaped from Harmony Hills late last night.”

Pearl’s mouth dropped open in shock. “Oh my God! And she still  hasn’t been found?”

Quinn took a seat beside her and shook his head. “Jude’s been searching for her all night and this morning but with no luck. He finally called the police, but they told him the hospital already contacted them. They have their men looking too.” He sighed. “I don’t think I can take this. If my mother actually comes back home…I don’t know how I’m going to respond. I know it’s not going to be pretty.” He cast a stony, sober expression at Pearl. “Jude thinks she’s escaped and is on her way here to kill our Father.”

Pearl was startled to say the least, and a bit afraid. “What if she finds Christoph?”

“She wouldn’t survive,” Quinn replied bluntly and coldly.

“Oh Quinn, I know there’s no love lost with your mother, but you don’t want her to die,” Pearl gently argued. “If it wasn’t for her you and Jude wouldn’t be here. Surely you have to consider that.”

“Frankly Pearl, at this point, I don’t care what happens to her.” He looked away towards the door.

“That’s very harsh and uncaring,” Pearl scolded. Her face softened a bit. “Does Christoph know she’s escaped?”

Quinn turned back to her. “No, and Jude doesn’t want him to know.” He glared into space. “Jude would like nothing more than to see him dead.”

“I can’t believe this. You don’t care if your mother dies, Jude doesn’t care if his father dies…this makes my feud with my ex-in-laws look like child’s play.” Pearl placed the Agatha Christie novel beside her on the swing and stood up. She looked pointedly at Quinn. “This all makes me wonder if I should even continue to be involved with you and your family.”

Quinn shot out of the swing. “Pearl, don’t let all this nonsense ruin what’s happening between us.” He placed his hands softly on her shoulders.

She quickly whirled to face him. “Nonsense? I think that your mother escaping from a mental hospital with the intent of murdering your father is far from nonsense, and it’s something I certainly can’t get involved in, especially with my risky pregnancy.”

“I know,” Quinn resigned. “Christ, why can’t things be normal for once?”

Pearl chuckled sarcastically. “Things are never going to be normal when it comes to you and your family. You’re part vampire, remember? It’s never going to be Ozzie and Harriet.”

“I hope they just find my mother and take her back to the hospital soon. She needs treatment, not running loose on the streets,” Quinn said, a hint of bitterness in his voice. “I can’t afford another screw-up right now. I don’t want to lose you.”

He pulled her close to him. “Why don’t we change the subject. I want to talk about happy stuff.”

“That would be good about now,” Pearl replied dryly.

“Well, how about you start,” Quinn suggested.

Pearl pried herself out of his arms and sat back down on the swing. He joined her and took her hand, placing it on his leg. “Megan paid me a visit today,” Pearl began.

“That’s not happy stuff,” Quinn interrupted.

“Let me finish please,” Pearl reprimanded.

“Sorry,” he told her.

“Anyway, as I was saying, Megan came to see me earlier. She tried again to persuade me not to see you, but I told her that didn’t need protection from you.” Pearl smiled at him. “I told her that I trusted you.”

Quinn was surprised at hearing Pearl’s confession and he began to grow tingly. “You really said that?”

She nodded.  “I told her that you wouldn’t hurt me or my baby.”

“How did she respond?” Quinn asked, becoming excited.

“She accepted my decision.”

A huge smile spread across his face. “This means she’s going to go back to her grave for good and leave us alone.” He leaned in to try to kiss her again but she backed away. “Hold it Romeo. Don’t start picking out china patterns just yet.”

“Pearl, you got a ghost to stop haunting us. That doesn’t happen every day. We should celebrate,” Quinn insisted.

“I’ll get the cake and ice cream,” she joked.

“Pearl, you’re impossible,” Quinn pouted.

She stood up again. “Quinn, I don’t want you to forget that in three months, I won’t be here. After I have my daughter, I’m on my way to Bangor.”

“I don’t want to think about that now—“he began before she cut him off.

“You’re going to have to think about it. I don’t want to live in Haven permanently.”

Quinn went to her and placed his arms around her. “I understand why you don’t want to stay here, but let’s cross that bridge when we get to it. Right now, let’s just enjoy these three months, okay?”

“Okay,” she answered quietly.

He reached up and delicately stroked her cheek with his left hand. “I love you,” he murmured.

“I know,” she said softly, almost whispering. “I care about you Quinn…deeply.”

“I think you should come stay with me. You can have the guest room. I’ll take care of you,” he offered.

“No, I want to remain here. There’s a lot more space and I’d be booting your father out,” Pearl replied.

“He’ll manage. He’s only there during the day anyway. He can have the couch.”

Pearl laughed. “I don’t think I’d feel comfortable there while a vampire sleeps on the sofa all day. No, it’s better if I stay here at the farm. At least I’ll have privacy. It would be awkward being the only woman in a house full of men, especially those that could sprout fangs at any moment.”

“Oh, come on Pearl, you know none of us would do anything to you,” Quinn reassured her.

“I know, but it’s a lot more relaxing here, and the doctor wants me to stay as stress-free as possible.”

Quinn sighed. “Okay, you win. Maybe after this craziness with my mother is resolved, you’ll change your mind.”

“Now it’s time for me to change the subject, “Pearl said matter-of-factly. “Right now I’m thinking of getting a snack. Why don’t you come inside and join me. Do you like cream cheese and crackers?”

“I like anything as long as I’m with you,” Quinn said dreamily.

“Well, come on then.” Pearl started for the front door and Quinn readily followed.

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Meanwhile, Sadie and Micah were heading inside the one stable that still stood. The old building smelled like straw and dust, but none of that mattered to the newly-minted lovebirds. They had only one thing on their mind.

Grinning like a Cheshire cat, Sadie led Micah to a ladder. “Let’s go up in the hayloft. When I was a little girl, I used to come up here and read for hours. Aunt Iva would get so cross with me when I wouldn’t answer her calls for dinner.”

“But we’re not going to do any reading today, are we?” Micah asked naughtily.

Sadie giggled and the two climbed the long, tall ladder towards the hayloft. A dark green blanket hung on a wall. Sadie grabbed it and spread it out on the hay. She sat on the blanket, gave Micah a come hither smile and started to remove her denim short-sleeve blouse, while took he off his gray T-shirt. He reached for her and embraced her tightly, giving her a passionate kiss that nearly took her breath away. He could smell the warm and inviting scent of vanilla on her skin.

After he finished his kiss, Sadie leaned back on the blanket. She could feel hot tingles racing through her body. She held out her arms and Micah eagerly joined her. “I think I’m in love,” she said, taking a deep breath.

Within a matter of moments, the two were naked on top of the blanket, arms and legs entwined together, as they began to enjoy each other’s bodies for the second time.

************************************

Bigelow, Maine
Early afternoon

“I’m relieved Doctor Shannon gave our little guy a clean bill of health,” Iva told Gene enthusiastically. “That’s one less thing to worry about.”

“Now all we have to do is worry about where to find some supplies for him. Luckily we have enough money made from this morning to take care of that,” Gene said.

“He’s worth it,” Iva cooed, kissing the baby on his soft, sweet-smelling forehead. He was fast asleep.

“Iva, I wouldn’t get attached to him if I were you. We probably won’t have him for that long,” Gene reminded her firmly.

“I know, but I want to enjoy taking care of him while he’s here. We’ve never had a chance to tend to someone so tiny.” Iva looked up at her husband with sad, dark eyes.

“He is adorable. I’ve always wondered what it would be like to have a son, although I love Sadie to pieces,” Gene mused.

As the two walked to their van, which was parked in front of the doctor’s small but cozy-looking office, a teenage girl with purple and blonde streaked hair walked towards them. She saw the couple and wrinkled her nose as if she smelled something rotten. “Wow, you two are really old to be having a baby,” she said snottily.

Iva’s face turned beet red and she narrowed her eyes at the girl. “You need to mind your own business young lady!” she exclaimed. “It looks like your parents didn’t teach you any manners!”

“Now, now Iva, let it go. Don’t worry about that brat,” Gene tried to soothe his wife. “We have better things to do.” He shot an icy glare at the teenager.

The two said no more as they ignored the rude stranger and headed to their van. Iva, still holding the baby, fixated her angry gaze at the girl, who continued on her way. She passed by a storefront that had a vinyl banner attached to their gutters. Suddenly, the banner fell right on top of her, and she cried out, struggling wildly to pull it off. A few people dashed out of the store to help her.

Gene watched the commotion and happened to glance over at Iva. A devilish grin was on her face, and he instantly knew what she had done.

“Iva, you shouldn’t have done that!” he hissed to her.

“She deserved it!” she hissed back. She opened up the backseat of the van and carefully placed the baby inside its carseat, then shut the door.

Gene hurried over to Iva and took her arm. “Iva, if you want to keep our new little friend, I would strongly advise you to keep your powers to yourself. If the police, or social services find out you practice witchcraft, they’re going to find another home for him.”

“I don’t want that to happen,” Iva said, fighting back a tear.

“Then we’ve got to play it cool. Now is not the time for magic tricks.” Gene released his grip on her and walked to the driver side door. Then he turned around and grinned at his wife. “You know what honey?”

“What?” Iva asked innocently.

“She did deserve it.”

The two laughed and got in their van, driving away to their next destination.

Coming up next:

  • Gene and Iva bring the baby home.
  • Sadie admits to Iva she and Micah made love and she doesn’t regret what happened.
  • Quinn tells his father he’s almost certain he and Pearl will be together.
  • Damien visits Pearl who again expresses his concern over her relationship with Quinn; Pearl tells him although she cares for him, he should drop the rivalry with Quinn and go on with his life.
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