Gender: Male Age: 36 Location: Washington State
Chapter Seventeen: The Tree House
“Let me explain,” Lilly started, “I always wanted to tell you the truth, but your father made me promise not to.”
“But he’s been gone for months Lilly,” I barked at her.
She paused but I just looked at her stone faced, “You have to understand, we didn’t hide the truth from YOU, we hid the truth from everyone.” She actually had a real look of fear and sadness in her voice.
“What truth,” I asked feeling cold.
“Why don’t we take a ride?” Lilly asked.
“I know this will sound completely cliché but if I’m going to tell you what happened then I think we should go back to where this whole thing started.”
“Ok,” I said wondering when I had stepped into the plot of a bad made for after school special.
“Katie,” Lilly called out to the bathroom, “Were going out for a minute. Are you ok here for a while?”
“I’m fine mom,” she said returning to the room. I grabbed the car keys off the table by the door and Lilly followed me to the car. I helped her get in and she pointed out were we had to go.
Lilly began talking about her childhood and how her family had lived on this island for many years, I had no idea what this had to do with my sister but I let her talk. She sounded like a weight was lifting from her with every minute she told the story; it started when she was a very little girl.
Lilly had spent the better amount of her child hood as a loner. There were other kids in the neighborhood but she didn’t get along with them. She preferred to spend her time nature walking, sitting and watching the ocean and reading as most the girls seemed to play with dolls and watch TV.
By the time Lilly was ten and her sister was four, she had decided she would never have a best friend, but she hoped Linda would grow up like her so maybe they would be friends. She loved the idea of sisters who were best friends.
By this time Lilly spent most of her time at the house next door sitting in the tree house in the back yard. No one had lived in the house for as long as she could remember and she had filled the tree house with books and blankets to lay on she even made pretty curtains for decoration.
Like a lot of run down abandoned houses in every town, everyone was scared of this house. No one called it haunted or cursed or anything ridiculous like that, but at the same time the kids were scared of the house. Lilly was the only child brave enough to go there, and she herself never went near the house, just the tree house.
School had just let out for the year and Lilly was sitting in the tree house reading when she saw movement in the house. At first she thought she had imagined it, until she saw the back door open. Out walked this small, shy looking girl, she looked like she was Lilly’s age. She was nervously looking around the yard, when she noticed Lilly in the tree house window the girl jumped back in fright.
Lilly quickly climbed down the latter and apologized for startling her. The little girl asked her why Lilly had been hiding in the tree house and she explained about it being her secret hiding place as it were. Then Lilly asked the little girl why she had been in the house. The Little girl said her name was Cassie and she and her dad were moving into the house.
I knew what this had to do with my sister now. Cassie was my mom, though I really didn’t remember much about her, and my dad never told me much more than her name. Lilly had already begun to cry as she told me what turns to make through town. The island basically consisted of one big town and houses running from town to the edges or the island.
I took a few minutes to cross town finally getting to the houses on the outer edge of the island. It was another few minutes before we pulled onto Hayford Ave. We stopped in front of the house from the pictures in the scrapbook.
I felt conflicting emotions as we got out of the car. It was Christmas and the island was very cold I found myself wishing I would’ve brought a better jacket with me. We got out of the car and walked up to the house, the doors and windows were boarded closed as it was obvious that no one had lived in the house for a long time.
We stood in silence looking up at the house before Lilly took my hand and led me around to the back yard. The tree house from her story was still there; it looked old and was in great need of repair. She slowly began to climb up the latter and I thought this was a bad idea with her mobility since the accident.
“I don’t know if you should be climbing Lil,” I said and she shot me a look, I backed down. After she had made it into the tree house I followed behind her. It was bigger and somehow seemed more stable than it had looked on the outside. There were shelves of withered books along the back wall and old tattered blankets on the floor; I could easily envision young Lilly here.
We sat down facing each other, Lilly wincing slightly as she sat on the floor. It was then that Lilly began to continue her story from where she had left off in the car. Now from here on out the story I’m writing will go into more detail then Lilly talked about that night. The story to follow is comes from 3 sources, first the story Lilly told me that night based off her own memory. Second Lilly told me of the missing years in her story as told to her by my father after they had gotten together at Linda’s wedding. Third I got a lot more of the story filled in for me after Lilly gave me her diaries of her childhood years.
Lilly and Cassie talked awkwardly in the back yard for a while when Cassie asked if she could see Lilly’s fort. Lilly told her it was ok because it was Cassie’s house after all. The girls went up to the tree house and Cassie was shocked at how nice Lilly had made it, saying she loved it and wanted to keep things just like they were if Lilly didn’t mind leaving them at her house.
Lilly’s response to Cassie moving into the house next door was like something out of one of her favorite stories. It seemed too good to be true over the next few weeks, as the girls found they were both 10 years old and had almost all the same interests. Lilly had finally found a best friend to share in her adventures, and it usually was Lilly who led the way as Cassie was often shy or scared to do new things. But before long Cassie trusted Lilly and they began to go everywhere together.
When the new school year arrived Cassie attended Lilly’s school but they didn’t end up with the same teacher so they only got to hang out at lunch. For some reason Cassie had a hard time making friends, more so than Lilly. To Lilly it seemed like Cassie never tried to make friends, she was happy just having Lilly and didn’t ever really talk to the other kids much. Lilly thought it was weird but she was happy she had a best friend now too.
Over the next couple years Cassie seemed to grow more quiet and withdrawn from the world, there were whole weeks were it seemed like she was crying all the time, but when Lilly would ask what was wrong all she would talk about was whatever book she was reading. Lilly ultimately decided that when her friend was ready to talk she would, she didn’t want to push Cassie away by bothering her too much.
It was summer before again before Cassie finally said something to Lilly about what was bothering her. Lilly had just turned 13 when she found Cassie up in the tree house crying one afternoon, Lilly asked her what was wrong. Cassie said that her daddy had always been a really great daddy until her mom had died. Then they moved and he started getting angry and mean to her, she hated living with him. Cassie said she wished she could move in with her grandma but her grandma was very sick.
Lilly really didn’t know what to tell her, she told Cassie that she could always stay the night at her house if she needed to get away from her dad. From that day on it Cassie spent more nights at Lilly’s house then her own. Lilly’s dad didn’t mind he really liked Cassie and was happy to see his daughter have a best friend. In fact this helped his situation with both girls around the house for the summer he was able to leave Linda home with them during the day and not have to pay a babysitter. He trusted them because both girls were mature for their age and Lilly was really good with her little sister.
Everything was perfect that summer for Lilly and Cassie even seemed to come back out of her sell slightly being away from her father. Things were great and summer was almost over again, the girls were excited to go back to school until one Saturday afternoon when Lilly went to the tree house to fine Cassie inside alone with a boy. It was Cassie’s 13th birthday and her dad had let her have a party, Cassie didn’t have any other friends but the word had gone around that there was cake and a number of neighborhood kids had shown up anyway.
The boy Cassie was with was a local boy Lilly knew by the name of Travis who Lilly thought was about 14 years old. They were kissing so hard that they didn’t even notice Lilly was there, Lilly was a little jealous because she had never kissed a boy herself. Lilly climbed back down the latter and returned to the party sitting alone reading under a tree.
About a half an hour later she slowly climbed back up the stairs and peeked in on Cassie and Travis. Lilly gasped when she saw them as Travis was lying on top of Cassie, his pants around his ankles, Cassie’s skirt pulled up. The boy was thrusting on her and Lilly couldn’t believe what she was seeing. She climbed back down the latter quickly and ran home.
Lilly was both shocked and turned on by what she had seen; she didn’t know how she could ever look at Cassie again. She had a tingling down under her skirt as she made it to her room; it had made her hot seeing them doing it. She sat on her bed and pulled her knees up to her chest, images swirling around in her head.
Without realizing what she was doing she had moved her hand to her panties and begun rubbing herself. This was making the tingling feeling grow, as she slowly became wetter. She didn’t know what was happening to her, she had never touched herself like this before, but she couldn’t stop. Her rubbing became faster along with her breathing; she tilted her head back as she slid her hand under the fabric of her panties and rubbed the hard nub at the top of her slit.
Her body began sending waves of pleasure though she and she moaned out loudly. She was glad her dad and sister were at the party where they couldn’t hear her moaning. She rubbed harder and faster, it was the most intense feeling of her life, she knew she was going to do this every day from now on, why had she never tried before? All at once her body tensed up and her toes curled as she let out the loudest moan yet, her body falling down lying on her bed.
Lilly’s breathing was returning to normal and her mind began to wonder, if her fingers felt this good what must it be like to be with a boy? She was jealous again of Cassie because she wanted to know what Cassie knew right now. She wished she had the nerve to approach a boy and try kissing at least.
Lilly confronted Cassie about it a few days later, asking her all kind of questions about what it was like and how she could have gone that far with a boy. Cassie said that she hadn’t really liked Travis but she had needed to be with him. Lilly didn’t understand but didn’t question it until a few days later. Things returned to normal after that and Cassie really didn’t like want to talk about it. Lilly just had a million questions but Cassie seemed angry to answer them so she stopped asking. They went back to school and it was like the whole thing had never happened.
It wasn’t long after that Cassie got sick in class one day and had to be sent home. Her illness was so bad that her dad had to pull her out of school for the next couple weeks. Lilly went to check on her every day but Cassie didn’t seem that sick. Lilly couldn’t figure out why she couldn’t come back to school, she really missed her one friend being around all the time.
It didn’t take Lilly much longer to figure out what was going on with Cassie; it was only a couple of months later that her small body started to show signs of growth. It was soon obvious what illness Cassie had, and Lilly knew why she couldn’t return to school. In those days they would take the pregnant girls out of school and home tutor them as to not set a bad example to the other children. This was a small town and a pregnant 13 year old was a huge scandal.
It didn’t take long for the blame to fall on Travis, Lilly never told anyone what she had seen in the tree house but, Travis being a typical 14 year old boy had bragged to everyone he could that he had slept with Cassie before the news was discovered she was pregnant. After she began to show the whole town turned on the boy and the criticism became so harsh his family had to move away.
Cassie’s dad seemed to be disappointed but not upset about her pregnancy saying all children are a blessing. What surprised Lilly the most with the whole situation was her own dad. Lilly had expected her dad to tell her she wasn’t allowed to hang out with Cassie anymore, so when she told her dad what was happening she expected the worst. He surprised Lilly telling her that when things like this happened that you need to be there for your friends not walk away from them, he also talked to her about being careful herself so she wouldn’t follow her friend into having a baby too soon.
It was nine months in no time it seemed to Lilly, and she was standing in the hospital holding a new born baby girl. It was so sweet and weird to be standing there holding a baby in her arms that had been born to a girl her same age.
Cassie wanted to call her River but her dad talked her out of the name and she named her Jessica. Travis came to the hospital the day Jess was born with flowers for both mom and baby. Lilly had left the room so Travis could talk to Cassie and her dad alone but Cassie later told Lilly about what had taken place. Travis was now 15 and very scared, he didn’t know what he was supposed to do. Cassie’s dad had told the boy to go ahead and start over in the new town they had moved to. He told the boy that he knew it had been an accident and that they didn’t need anything from him. Cassie’s dad had told him not to worry the baby would be loved and taken care of. Travis was relived as he walked out the door that day thinking he had dodged a bullet.
The school year ended and Cassie never made it back after having the baby. Summer had started and Lilly and Linda now spent most of her time hanging around with Cassie and the baby. They would sit out in the back yard or take the trail at the tree line of Cassie’s back yard and walk to the ocean and sit on the beach. It was a nice summer as Lilly turned 14 and had developed quite a bit in the last couple months. The boys had started noticing her now but she still hadn’t kissed one yet. Having gone through the pregnancy with Cassie it had taught her to be careful and she was waiting until she fell in love.
The four girls were out on the beach one afternoon playing with Jessica in the sand when he showed up. He was about their age and cute, Lilly felt her heart beat heavy as he appeared. Now he wasn’t one of those hunky guys with a washboard stomach or anything, but he had shyness to him that Lilly was receptive to right away. Lilly waved to him and he looked behind himself to see who was there, before realizing she was waiving to him. The boy slowly walked over and Lilly introduced herself, Linda, Cassie and the baby. He said his name was David and he shook her hand tentatively then turned to Cassie and shook her hand. Lilly liked this boy right away; he was sweet, polite and talked to them without being crude.
They found out that David was 15 and that he and his mom had just moved to town, his grandparents had passed away leaving his mom the house. Times being tough for them they didn’t have a choice about moving into a free house even if it was in the middle of a small island in the middle of nowhere.
It wasn’t long before David was hanging around with them all the time. Lilly had a strong crush on him and it seemed he had a strong crush on Cassie. It was like all three were in love with each other; really it just seemed to Lilly that David liked Cassie best. He didn’t mind the baby going everywhere with them at all, he always just seemed happy to have friends and that they were such pretty girls.
Life calmed into a routine by Cassie’s 14th birthday, and school was starting again soon. Cassie talked to the day time babysitter that had watched Linda before she had started going to school and the woman was more than happy to look after Jessica so Cassie could continue her education.
The next two years moved very fast for the three friends, before they knew it summer had come again and Jessica had just turned two but she was unusually small for her age and didn’t talk at all yet. Cassie had been a little worried as her daughter was so tiny but the doctor had said she was healthy and just fine that she should not to worry the baby would grow in time.
The three of them had grown very close, none having any other friends. As it was a small town there was a lot of talk about what was going on between the three teens. When asked or teased by the other kids David would just smile and say that both girls were his girlfriend. When either Cassie or Lilly were asked if they were his girlfriend both would just answer yes. There were a lot of comments, dirty and disapproving looks in town.
For all the looks and comments there wasn’t anything dirty or wrong going on. Despite the fact that they called him their boyfriend neither girl had ever gone all the way with him. Both Lilly and Cassie had started slow with David; it had begun in the first year of their friendship with little hugs and kisses on the cheek. Then by the end of the second year of their time together innocent kissing had moved on to not so innocent kissing and touching. By the time David graduated he had made out a few times with both girls only ever going as far as taking Lilly’s shirt off, and feeling up Cassie through her clothes.
David had now graduated from high school and was leaving for college in the fall semester. At the same time Lilly’s dad had taken a job off the island and they were moving away before the next school year could start. All three kids were heartbroken as this meant the end of everything they had been through together. David promised to come back as often as he could and see Cass and Jess, saying just because he was off to college didn’t mean he would forget them.
Lilly said that they were moving across the state and that her dad was keeping the house here, they didn’t know if they would be back but her dad couldn’t give up the house that had been in his family for so long. Lilly said that she would be getting her license soon and would be back as much as possible.
Three weeks later Lilly showed up on David’s doorstep, she was crying as he opened his door.
“Lilly what’s wrong?” David asked as she walked in. He took her into his arms and held her as she cried on his shoulder.
“You know I’m moving tomorrow, and you didn’t come say goodbye. I wanted you to come see me tonight……….. Don’t make me be alone on my last night here.”
“I……… you can stay with me, if you want too,” he said shyly. She could feel him tremble with nerves when he said it, “But we have to be quiet because my mom’s asleep on the couch.” He broke their embrace and led her up the stairs.
“Thank you,” She said as they walked into his room locking the door behind them. Lilly didn’t wait she leaned into him and kissed him moving him back slowly to the bed. They had kissed many times before, and made out really hard a couple times but kissing him then felt different, she was sure he felt it too.
They lay on the bed side by side their tongues now exploring each other’s mouth with a new passion for each other. They both knew she was leaving and there was no guarantee they would see each other again. They had tonight Lilly had come here for this purpose because he was too polite to make the move on her so she had decided to do it herself.
“I love you David,” Lilly said pulling away, “I’m going to miss you so much.”
“I love you too, Lilly,” David responded quietly, “You’re my best friend. I don’t know how I can live without you girls next year.” The smiled sincerely and they began kissing again.
“No, I mean I really LOVE you,” she said with her heart jumping in her chest, “I should have told you before….” David stopped her with a kiss.
“I should’ve said it first,” David told her shyly, “Both you girls have always meant so much to me but it was always you, Lilly, that my heart belonged to. I was just too scared to say it.”
“Really?” She responded a tear rolling down her cheek, “I thought Cassie…” David kissed her other cheek as he gently wiped the tear from her face.
“No, it was always you, but I didn’t want to hurt Cassie by choosing between you girls. I know she loves me too.”
“I understand,” she told him moving away from his face and began to kiss his neck pulling his shirt off and pushing him on his back. Her kissing moved lower as she kissed his chest she began to rub his stomach just above the waistband of his jeans. She could tell he was excited as she could see the bulge getting bigger in his pants. She slowly slid her fingers under the waistband gently rubbing just above his shaft.
“OOOOH God Lilly,” he moaned out, “Please don’t stop.” She kissed her way to his shoulder reaching inside his pants taking hold of him for the first time, “Yes, ooooh god yes,” he moaned out again then looked down at her, “I’ve wanted this for so long.” Lilly to moved up and kissed him passionately like never before as her hand stroked his cock as hard as she could with his jeans on.
“I’ve wanted you to be my first since the day we met,” she whispered in his ear.
“OHHHHH GOD!” David cried out in her mouth as he let loose his orgasm. Lilly removed her sticky hand from his pants and David turned red and rolled over, “I’m sorry Lilly, I couldn’t hold back, it felt so good.”
“It’s ok,” she whispered in his ear, “We have all night, you didn’t ruin it.” She actually thought it was sweet that she had turned him no so much.
“I just imagined this moment for so long,” he said still looking away from her, “It’s not going like I saw in my head.” Lilly was overcome with love for him; he was so sweet she couldn’t stand it.
“It’s going fine, it will be perfect because I love you,” she explained and he turned back to her again. They both sat up and began kissing again as he began to unbutton her shirt kissing her neck. It was Lilly’s turn to moan as his hands went to her breasts massaging them.
After a few minutes David reached behind Lilly and began trying to unclasp her bra, and failing. After a couple minutes of fumbling Lilly reached behind her back and undid it for him. David turned red again having to have help, but as her bra fell off her breasts his lips immediately went to her nipples and began to suck them in gently. Lilly bent her head to his shoulder and bit down on it slightly as not to cry out with pleasure.
After David had thoroughly sucked on both nipples Lilly pushed him back down on the bed again, she started kissing his chest again working her way to his jeans, unbuttoning them as she moved down his body. When her kissing reached the waistband of his boxers she pulled his zipper down and stretched his boxers down. David sprang up right in front of her and she was surprised by the way his cock looked. Lilly had seen pictures but never had seen one in real life it was so thick and hard with need for her. She slid down the bed and yanked his pants and boxers all the way off, kissing her way back up his leg and thigh.
“Oh god Lilly, you’re going to make me cum again if you keep kissing me.” Lilly smiled up at him and continued working up his thigh, until she reached his balls. She had never tried this before but she had read so many sex scenes in her books that had given her ideas of what she wanted to try now. She grasped his throbbing manhood in one hand and began to stroke as she sucked in one of his balls.
“OHHH GOD BABY!” he moaned out, “I’m so close…………..”
“It’s ok, I want you to,” Lilly told him. Lilly quickly took the head of his cock into her mouth as he hit his second orgasm of the night. She almost gaged as he exploded in her mouth the shear amount was almost too much to take and the taste was unlike anything she had ever expected. Slowly she waited until he was done then she picked up his shirt and spit it all out into his shirt she couldn’t swallow it. David didn’t complain he just laid back on the bed breathing heavy his cock deflating back down.
He had an embarrassed look on his face as he began to go limp as if he had let her down. Lilly moved back up the bed and kissed him again as he rolled her onto her back. It was his turn to remove her jeans and panties and he slowly did so with a big grin on his face.
David had never seen a real girl’s pussy despite the huge amount of pictures under his bed. The sight of her nakedness made his body burn in a way he had never felt, he was in awe of her as he took his turn kissing his way up her leg and thigh. When he reached the top of her thigh he dove right in, plunging his tongue insider her as deep as he could, she immediately started bucking her hips against his face, as the feeling of his tongue was incredible. She had spent the last couple years with her fingers buried inside herself dreaming of this moment and now the feeling was beyond compare. She cursed herself for not taking this step with him so long ago, but she had been afraid he would tell her he really loved Cassie more than her.
“OH YYYYES,” Lilly moaned out as his tongue slid out of her slit and his lips found her clit. She came on his face, splashing so much juice that it ran down his face, her legs and into the crack of her ass. He moved up the bed and kissed her lips again and she could taste herself on him. It was another odd and indescribable flavor just like he had been but it didn’t gross her out half as much as she thought it would, so she kissed him back without reservation.
They kissed for a long time before stopping, lying on their backs breathing hard and holding hands both couldn’t stop smiling.
“This has been the most wonderful night of my life,” David said softly, “I hate that you have to go, I’m so sorry I never told you before.”
“I should’ve told you too,” Lilly whispered in his ear, “Let’s not make this harder than it has to be.”
“But…….. Now that we’ve said it out loud what do we do?” He asked sweetly.
“SSSshhhh,” Lilly said to him. She didn’t want to have this conversation. She knew they could make promises to each other but with him in school and her moving away there was no guarantee that they would ever happen. Lilly was thinking realistic about the whole situation. She had read dozens of star crossed lovers tales, and she knew a thousand things could happen to make they’re plans fail. Tonight she just wanted to say goodbye and love him as much as possible.
After a few minutes of silence she explained this to David. They would see where the future took them without making any promises. They talked about the future then of other things well into the night, it was well after midnight now when Lilly moved down the bed and took hold of his still soft penis and began trying to wake it again. She wasn’t done with her first time; she needed to take him all the way tonight.
After a few moments she took his hardening member into her mouth. She had never done this before tonight and she found she had a hard time taking much more than his head into her mouth without gaging. It wasn’t long before he was ready again and harder than he had been before.
Lilly held him in her hand stroking him as she rolled on top of him, leaning down against his chest and kissing him. She positioned him against her lower burning lips, rubbing him against herself. David was breathing so hard now he sounded like he was having an asthma attack. She pushed herself back the head stopping just inside her outer lips and he shuddered hard moaning out. At first she thought he had another orgasm but she realized he was just so nervous his whole body was locking up from fear.
“It’s ok baby, I want this, I want you,” she said leaning down and kissing him gently again. She sat up letting go of his cock still pressing just inside her outer lips, and began rubbing his chest. Slowly David’s body began to relax again as he gained control over his nerves. Lilly reached back guiding him with her hand again as she pushed back taking him deeper within her. She froze as he touched her maidenhead she paused adjusting to the feeling of him being that far, she readied herself for the pain to come. She knew if she cried out and he thought he hurt her it would devastated him so she waited until she felt ready to push through it.
“Lilly, we can stop if you need to……….” He said quietly thinking she had maybe changed her mind because she had paused for so long.
“No baby, I’m just going slowly,” she said as sweetly as she could. She pushed back hard busting through her hymen and sinking all the way down on his hard dick. It hadn’t hurt anywhere near as bad as she had psyched herself up to think. He was all the way inside her filling her as she began to grind against him without moving up again. They both moaned as she ground her hips against his taking in the new sensations.
After a few minutes David arched his hips up lifting her slightly as he arched back down pulling out of her slightly before thrusting back up. She sat up off him a little allowing him to thrust up into her. This felt incredible as thrust after thrust was sending waves of pleasure through her. It felt so good the pleasure was coming in waves that were almost painful shooting across her back causing her to arch backwards her hands flat on the bed as her orgasm hit.
She had to forcibly close her mouth tight to not scream out in pleasure as her pussy tightened so strongly she lost her balance and fell back on the bed, her own juices running down her legs as she slid off him. As her back hit the bed she reached out and grabbed his hands pulling him on top of her, her orgasm was still spiking as he positioned himself between her legs and began pumping her hard.
She liked having his weight on top of her as his cock moved quickly inside her. It was only a couple more minutes when he tensed up inside her and she felt his cum flowing out of him, it was so warm as shot after shot filled her pussy. There seemed like so much was going inside her but it was somehow fulfilling to her emotionally to feel his seed within her, it felt so right somehow. Drained now both physically and emotionally, they lay on the bed together kissing lightly holding each other, Lilly had never remembered being as happy as they fell asleep together.
David woke her around 4:00 that morning, saying that she had to go before his mom got up in a couple hours. Lilly agreed that she couldn’t get caught there; she would get in trouble with her dad as well. They lay there naked in each other’s arms for a few minutes gently kissing. The gentle kissing grew deeper, and then they were making love again. It was only a short time but before they knew it, it was 6 am when they finally stopped making love for the second time that morning so Lilly could go. She slipped out only a couple minutes before David heard his mother get up and head to the shower.
The next day Lilly moved across the state with her dad and little sister. David went off to college and Cassie was left alone with no friends and a baby to take care of. Cassie dropped out of school her senior year and got a job at a day care so she could bring Jess with her and still work. Cassie’s dad had started drinking heavier that year and things around the house got far worse as he would get angrier and mean to her when he was drunk, and now he was always drunk.
Lilly had moved away and gotten sick at the beginning of the school year. She had wanted to try out for the cheer or drill team at her new school hoping to make at least one friend but when she got sick she missed a bunch of days she wasn’t able to try out. It didn’t take long for Lilly to realize that her illness was the same one her best friend had, had a couple years ago.
Lilly went to her dad first, telling him she thought she was pregnant. He was so angry with her he walked out of the living room and walked into his bedroom closing the door. She didn’t know who he called that night but she could hear him talking on the phone to someone. It upset her that she had upset him, her father had always been the nicest most understanding person she knew. Linda now 11 years old came to her and asked why daddy was so mad. Lilly did her best to explain to her that she was going to have a baby just like Cassie. Linda thought the idea of a baby was really neat.
When her dad returned from his room he and Lilly sat down and had a long talk. He said he wasn’t happy about another child in the house but it was her baby and they would figure it out somehow and make room in their family. What surprised her most was that he never asked her who the father was. Lilly imagined he didn’t need to; it probably wasn’t too hard to guess as David had spent practically every spare minute with her and Cassie for the last couple years.
Lilly next went in and talked with the school counselor and found that her school didn’t home school the pregnant girls like they did in HolBrooke, they sent them to the alternative high school instead. This was a bad thing as the alternative school there had a bad reputation. Also in those days if you were looking to go to a good college or find a good job and they saw alternative school on your record they assumed there was something wrong with you and it hurt your chances. Lilly didn’t want to hurt her future but it looked too late. The school had said that she could stay as long as she wasn’t showing yet so she had some time left. Lilly had talked to her dad and told him she would rather drop out then go to alternative school. He told her not to over worry and to take care of herself and they would figure something out.
Lilly’s dad was on the phone a couple weeks before she was to transfer to the alternative high school, talking to his cousin when he learned that in the city his cousin lived in New York they didn’t hide the pregnant girls, they let them continue to go to main stream school. Lilly’s dad made arrangements for her to live there and finish school mainstream. Lilly wasn’t sure about living in the busiest city in the world after coming from such a small island. Two weeks later she said goodbye to her dad and sister and was on a train to New York.
A year later Lilly had her baby and had graduated. She had been offered a job answering phones at a real estate office for a good amount of money so she took the job meaning she would have to stay in New York for a while. Her dad’s cousin had enjoyed having her there so much she was happy to let her stay, also her dad’s cousin had fallen in love with baby Katie and enjoyed being able to babysit for Lilly all day when she was at work. It seemed like a really good arrangement for her to make some real money for a while. She decided to stay there for the time being. She wanted to move back with Katie to the house on HolBrooke Island so she could be with her friend again, but that could wait for just a little while.
It was in that time while Lilly had her first full time job that Cassie had gotten pregnant again. It was the talk of the whole town because no one had ever seen her with a guy since David had left for college. As it turned out the innocent, shy, and polite boy David had been, had went away and found himself in college. He had come out of his shell and made a whole bunch of new friends and going to parties all the time. He spent his weekend’s usually drunk and banging random party girls. His days with his two best friends were fading from his mind, he had loved them but now he was here in this moment and he was having more fun than he had ever had before and fun was taking over his life.
David’s mom sold the house on HolBrooke Island and moved to the state where he was attending college. By the time his first summer vacation hit his mom was living in town and he stayed with her there instead of going back to the island, he figured the girls were just fine without him. He spent his days with his first real official girlfriend who he thought he was really falling in love with. He had truly loved Lilly but he hadn’t heard from her since her move and he couldn’t seem to get ahold of Cassie for quite some time either. He figured they had moved on and he decided he would too.
David had no idea that Lilly had gotten pregnant or that Cassie was pregnant again too but it had gotten so bad for Cassie on the island that she almost couldn’t go outside anymore. People all over town were calling her names behind her back or wildly speculating as to who the father was but Cassie wouldn’t say anything to anyone. She quietly suffered the whole pregnancy by herself missing her two best friends, who had abandoned her.
Cassie gave birth to me only a couple months before her 18th birthday. She was able to keep her job at the day care and bring her kids to work with her. She was really happy for the job because her father’s drinking had him spending most of the money he made on booze. She was happy for the work because she couldn’t stand the idea of being in the house with him all the time.
Jessica was four years old when I was born and she had still barely grown up at all. She still was tiny and looked not much older than me. Cassie’s only real joy in life came now from her children. Jess was small for her age but she was really smart. As soon as she started talking she began asking questions, and Cassie found Jess had a real desire to learn. By the time Jess was six she actually now looked like a 4 year old girl and not a baby anymore and Jess had decided it was her job to help her mom with me.
Lilly paused in her story telling here, she told me that this part of the story was vague to her because neither her or my father had been around at the time, but what she knew came from phone calls Lilly had made to her during those years when she could get my mother to talk and from Cassie’s journal.
“My mom kept a journal?” I asked Lilly,
“Yes, she didn’t write in it much but she did have a journal of thoughts and feelings she kept over quite a few years.”
“Where is it now? I would…….. It would help me connect with my mom if I could read it,” I was excited for this one thing that could let me understand who my mom really had been.
“It…….. Your father burned it.”
“WHAT?” I was pissed. How could he have done that?
Lilly started back with her story telling me that I would understand when we got to that point in the story. I was more angry then ever over this whole thing and we had been sitting in the tree house for what felt like all night I was really starting to wish she would get the point all ready.
So as Lilly put it, time moved on as far as she knew uneventful until I was four. Lilly was still living in New York but she had talked to her father and he had agreed to let her move back into the old family home on HolBrooke Island. Lilly was happy because she was finally returning to her best friend.
It was then that tragedy struck, Lilly returned home to find Cassie’s house surrounded by police tape from the looks of things it something had happened quite a while ago and nobody bothered to remove the tape. The house looked cold and empty as Lilly approached the door finding it unlocked she slipped inside.
“I’m scared Mommy,” said five year old Katie. Lilly picked her up and continued to look around. The floors creaked under her feet and every step stirred up more dust, and in the dim light she saw the dried blood at the foot of the stairs. Lilly hurried out the door and ran back to her house as calmly as she could as to not scare Katie.
It was days later that Lilly found out what had happened. As it turned out woman who had watched Linda as a small girl still lived in town, she was now running a full time day care. Lilly talked to her about looking after Katie from time to time and she agreed. It was during this conversation Lilly found out what had happened to Cassie.
It had happened only a couple months earlier, there was some kind of argument at the house, Cassie and her dad had been heard yelling by the closest neighbor who called the cops. When the police arrived Cassie’s father opened the door, Cassie was at the bottom of the stairs bleeding out from her skull, her father said she had fell and that he had been just about to call an ambulance. The police radioed for an aid car and began questioning him.
It was a mad circus routine of people coming and going for the next couple of weeks. Investigators and child services all asking questions and not happy with the answers that Cassie’s father was giving them. It was about a month after Cassie’s death that her father was arrested for aggravated assault, manslaughter and interference in an investigation.
The police had determined that Cassie had recently become pregnant again and she and her father had gotten into an argument when she had told him. The fight escalated and he was drunk, screaming soon turned to blows as he punched her. Cassie lost her balance and she fell down the stairs smashing her head against the bottom stair. It was then determined that he had let her bleed out while panicking over what to do until the cops had arrived. Had he called for aid when it had happened she might have been saved.
Lilly was crying as she told this part of the story, it was obvious she still really loved and missed her old best friend. Lilly went on with the story saying that the pregnancy was lost as she had only been a couple months along. Child protective services took Jess and I away and put us in a foster care home.
Child protective services then began tracking down other family of Jess and I hoping that they would take us in. Due to one circumstance after another no one was able to take either Jess or myself. Jess’s father Travis had died over seas in army due to some kind of training accident and his family didn’t want Jess. In the end they had no choice but to track down my father hoping he would take me. Jess and I were split up and she was taken away to be put in foster care or adoption. Luckily for me they tracked down my father who was really surprised he had a child, but it was his name on my birth certificate, he took me no questions asked.
I stopped Lilly at this point in the story; I was confused as there was a big hole in this story that didn’t make sense.
“I’m don’t get it, you said that dad went to college and never came back. I was born a year after Katie,” I paused and Lilly didn’t say anything, “I’ve done the math in my head, he can’t be my father.”
“No,” Lilly said softly, “David was Katie’s father, not yours.” My whole last couple year’s just crash landed on my face. They had told us Katie was my sister, I had loved her so much as a kid and it had been ripped away from us for no reason. Now it was too late, Katie was in love with Abby and I really didn’t know how I truly felt about anyone anymore.
“Why the lie? Why did he raise a child he knew wasn’t his?” I was starting to get angry she had finally got to the point but she was still hesitant.
“There were reasons, for one he realized that no one else was willing to take you and he was listed on the birth certificate. You were part of Cassie and for as much as David and I loved each other; he still really loved your mother too.”
“So if my dad wasn’t my father then who was? Do you even know?” I got up and began to pace the tree house back and forth.
“This was the reason for the lie; keep in mind David loved you. You were his son, it didn’t matter to him that you weren’t his blood, you were his son.”
“My father Lilly, get to it all ready, it’s almost morning.”
“I came home and found out what had happened to Cassie and you kids. I had only missed seeing David by a couple weeks.”
Lilly said that they had lost touch with each other and she was upset she missed him coming back to town. She wanted to tell David in person about having Katie but she had missed her chance. Cassie’s house was eventually boarded up as no buyers could be found for it. It sat still boarded up as we sat in the tree house that night, no one willing to move in to the house where that poor innocent girl had been killed.
From what Lilly could pick up from around town my dad had shown up long enough to claim me and leave again. According to Lilly Dad didn’t know who my real father was but he made the snap decision to raise me for Cassie. Dad and I never came back here until tonight. It was his love for Lilly and Cassie and that time in his life that made him want his ashes released off the bridge when his time came. He just had probably never expected his time would have come so soon.
It took months of being home again before Lilly had the nerve to climb up the latter to the tree house. Katie was playing in the back yard and Lilly decided that it was time to go back to her childhood fort. It seemed so cold without Cassie there, so empty and without love. It looked like the cops had gone through the tree house as well looking for whatever they could for their investigation. Lilly began to clean up and put the books back on the shelf she stuck her head out the window and looked to make sure Katie was doing ok before finishing up.
As Lilly was leaving she remembered that Cassie had a hidden spot in the trunk of the tree in the middle of the house. She got down on her stomach and reached between the crack of the tree and the house boards. Lilly knew of this hidden spot but had always respected Cassie’s privacy about what she kept there. What Lilly found today was a small leather bound book; it was a journal that she had seen Cassie use to write in all the time.
Lilly walked back to her yard book in hand to find Katie lying on the grass playing with the neighborhood stray cat. She smiled as she watched her daughter frolic about with the cat, Lilly sat down in a chair and began to read Cassie’s journal. Within minutes Lilly was horrified by what was written in the book fighting back the tears she didn’t want Katie to think something was wrong she put the book away until later.
It was late that night when Lilly sat down in bed with Cassie’s journal. Cassie had started writing sometime after her mom died. The more Lilly read the more she cried, she had no idea of what all Cassie was going through next door. By the time she had read the whole book Lilly had knew the truth about Jessica and me, she knew things that no one should ever have to know. She knew who our real father was.
“OK LILLY SPIT IT OUT,” I barked at her finally I had enough.
“Look it’s just hard to say it, as smart as you are you haven’t put it together yet?” She said looking away from me. It clicked, I knew what she was getting at, I understood in that moment.
“NO, he didn’t?” I gasped.
“Yes,” Lilly said simply, “That’s why David burned her journal. I won’t tell you the details, I read the book and I’ve never been so emotionally disturbed by anything like I was by her words.” I just looked at her, I would’ve read it because it was my mothers, but maybe dad was right to not let anyone see what was written there. I felt bad enough realizing what had happened to my mother without reading it.
“After your grandmother died,” Lilly continued, “Your grandfather began drinking from there he began to hit your mother and by the time she was 12 he was raping her on a regular basis.” I looked out the window as the sun was rising. I could feel tears rolling down my face. I felt sympathy for my mom and I was hurt for what she had gone through. I was mad at my grandfather he had done things that were unforgiveable and someday I would get him back for that.
“Cassie was already pregnant when she had sex with Travis. That’s the only reason she slept with him. They set him up as a fall guy to cover that your grandfather was Jess’ real father. Four years later they just simply wrote down David’s name. Cassie thought if something ever happened having his name on the birth certificate would mean you would be legally his.”
“Well she was right about that, as far as I’m concerned he was my father, not my grandpa. I understand why you hid the truth.” I wasn’t mad anymore. Dad knew that if I knew the truth it would have changed things between us weather we meant to or not.
Lilly and I climbed back down the latter leaving the tree house now. With the light coming up Lilly walked over and looked at her Dad’s old house next door. It looked like it was in better condition than our old house. Lilly said they still owned her old house but the bank now owned my mothers. She said she had loved the house but life in this small town was hard and she said that she and Katie had moved out when Katie was ten years old. Lilly had started a new career and she couldn’t continue living on the island.
Lilly and Katie had moved that year to the same town as my dad and I were living in but she had no idea until the wedding. Not long later Linda had moved from their dad’s house and came to stay with Lilly and Katie. They were still living there when Linda had met John and had moved out to marry him bringing us to the beginning of this story.
“Thank you for finally telling me the truth,” I told her, “Now what happened to my sister?” After this whole story I still hadn’t learned the answer to the question I had asked in the first place.
“From what I understand, they wouldn’t give her to your father because she wasn’t his child or a family member. From what your father knew she was placed in foster care, from there I have no idea. Your father thought it best if you didn’t know she existed as you seemed to have forgotten her.”
“I get it he made a judgment call, but I’m not leaving this island until I find out what happened to her,” I told Lilly.
“How……. Where will you stay and what about a job?” She asked.
“I will stay here at your old house, and when you transfer my part of dad’s payout to me I won’t have to work forever if I use it wisely.”
Lilly didn’t like it but I had made up my mind. We went back to the motel and I went for a walk with Katie, I felt she should know what’s going on too. Lilly having stayed up all night went to sleep and Katie and I walked down the street to the park where I explained the story to her. She was sad for my mother and for what had happened. We were both relieved and saddened to find out we weren’t brother and sister. I told her that no matter what blood said dad was always going to be my dad and she was always going to be my sister. We kissed that morning holding each other and talking about life and what it could have been if we would have known 3 years ago we weren’t blood related.
When Lilly woke up they took the car and drove back on their own. I lie down on the bed and fell asleep. I stayed at the motel another few days until Lilly could send me the house keys and transfer the funds into my account so I could begin the job of finding my sister.
I called Jenny, as I had promised to keep her involved in my life. She was furious with me for some reason. She said that I now had something else that I felt was more important than her. I told her I loved her but this was something I had to do; I had to find my sister. I didn’t know why it was so important to me but it was. She said that it didn’t matter and I should just let it go. She told me that I that she obviously wasn’t as important to me as I pretended and we should just call the relationship over with. I was so shocked that she had no sympathy for my situation, and I didn’t understand the level of anger I was getting from her.
I didn’t say anything for a number of minutes and when I again tried to explain things to her she again said it didn’t matter and that she said she was disgusted with herself for sleeping with me. In the end she was right, it didn’t matter because she told me never to come back she didn’t want to see me again. I told her I was sorry and I said my goodbye to her.
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