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out from my dad and stepmother about the existence of another child, I’ve been waiting, even praying for us to meet. But now…now that it’s here, I don’t know what to do with it. It’s not that I don’t want to talk to him, it’s just I want to make sure my head is right and my feelings aren’t masked by hurt. Yelling won’t solve anything. It’ll just exacerbate a very awkward situation. Except, LT is nothing, but persistent. He’s like a tick that won’t go away.
    “I need to talk to you, Roxy. Now,” LT demands in a tone I’m sure he uses when he’s talking to his men.
    LT talking to me this way makes my hackles go up. Who the hell does he think he is? NOW? Oh, GI Joe better slam on the brakes, because this conversation can derail in a heartbeat.
    I raise my eyebrow. “I’m not one of your pee-ons, okay? I’d tread lightly, Damien, if I were you,” I respond with as much venom in my tone as I can manage.
    He shakes his head. “If you can attempt to act your age for just a second, maybe, we can actually make some headway.”
    I notice Cody and Brian leave, and it irritates me more that Cody didn’t stay. What do you expect? Did you forget, already, what you told him after you banged him! You’re certifiable! I roll my eyes at myself, but LT thought I was doing it to him.
    “Can you cut the crap, Roxy? I know, you’re not going to make it easy for me, and I accept that, but leave Cody out of it. He was adamant not to do it my way. I insisted for the simple reason I knew you’d pull away. I didn’t miss the mark; I read you like a book. Finding out you’re my sister, God,” he sighs and shakes his head. “I can’t even begin to tell you how happy that made me. I thought I was going crazy. Ever since Dylan introduced us, I’ve had these feelings of wanting to get to know you more, but not wanting you sexually. I’ve never felt this way, ever, and it confused the shit out of me. Now I know, it’s because you’re my sister. We’ve always had this easy relationship, please don’t take that away. Mom didn’t want to give you up. You have to believe that. She fought for as long as she could, but they were just too powerful, even now. Mom loves you so much, please don’t be mad at her. I can take your hateful words…just don’t aim them at her. She’s suffered enough.” Taking a deep breath he continues, “In fact, we’ve all suffered enough to last us a lifetime. I think it’s time to turn it around. Don’t you think so, Roxy? I love you too, you know.” LT eyes me with restraint.
    I decide right then to give in, because we both deserve this time… our time.
    “I know what you’re saying. I’ve had that feeling, too, but now that we’re here, it seems too much, you know? God, how I wished for so long to find you after hearing about you. You don’t know how many nights I wished for her arms to be around me. How I wished to hear her say she loves me. Too many nights, Damien. Too many nights to count. And, then this…” A tone filled with sadness escapes me. “I guess, I was hoping you’d be honest enough to just tell me, instead of this covert operation you planned,” I say using air quotes when I said ‘covert operation’.
    I continue on, with less anger in my voice and more love… love for a brother I missed so much. “For ten years, my stepmother from hell treated me as if I’m a waste of space, dad lied to me, and now, you do the same thing. If you love me as you say you do, why lie? No one wants to be lied to no matter the reason. Your love for me should’ve been the reason to be honest with me. Isn’t it what you guys drum about being ‘ always faithful ’? What happened to that code you guys live by?”
    He looks outside the window where the sun is just barely peeking, and the look on his face completely loosens the noose I have on my anger toward him. His face is a mixture of serenity and misery. Can there be such an expression? Isn’t it when you’re

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