Chapter 4: These are my roots, Part 2
“For the fourth time I said this is your stop” The driver shouted.
“Oh, thanks” Lee gulped as he climbed out the vehicle, now he was here; he had no idea what to say to what to do. What if he had made a terrible mistake? What if Michael didn’t want a son or a family?
Lee just stood there in shock of the woman’s outburst.
“Well, where is it? Where the hell is is my pizza? You call this a service, I’m gonna have a BF, you know what that means BITCH FIT and I’m gonna be kicking your arse all the way back to the restaurant you little brat” the woman screamed.
"Inheritance?" Lee asked confused, he just stood there, this woman was crazy but he didn’t know what to do.
“Stay away from my fiancé you skank, and my daddy for that matter, you have already gotten your hands on my uncle’s money you’ll be sorry if you try and take my daddy’s too” the second woman screamed.
“I’ll do whatever I please, Cassy, and soon me and your father will be married so you better start being nice to your new mummy or I’ll be kicking you out when I move in” The first crazy woman quipped back.
“You wouldn’t dare, and daddy wouldn’t marry you he is still waiting for mummy to come back” The second Crazy woman replied hurt.
“Believe whatever you want, now I have to go shopping for wedding dresses, don’t worry I’ll pick you out a bridesmaid dress” The crazy woman said as stomped back inside and slammed the door behind her.
“Oh no worries, looks like I’ve had a wasted journey anyways” Lee replied.
“Why did you come to see the twins from hell anyways?” Cassy asked.
“I’m looking for my father, he’s name is Michael Bachelor, I found out this was his last known address guess I was wrong” Lee said shuffling his feet, he was so depressed, and far away from home.
“OH MY GOSH! Uncle Michael had a son? I never knew, come with me you have to meet my family they will be thrilled to know we have a new relative. My name’s Cassandra Goth by the way, and never call me Cassy, it’s just this cow who calls me that” Cassandra said.
“Well I’ve seen you when you’re mad so no Cassy it is, I’m Lee Temple” Lee introduced himself it was weird but he somehow trusted this Cassandra woman.
“Move your castle to B8” Lee suggested.
The old man looked at the board pondering Lee’s suggestion then smiled, “I like your way of thinking kid”
“Check-mate, better luck next time Zander” The old man chuckled.
The kid folded his arms in protest and pouted.
"It's not fair you got help" The kid whined.
“Hey daddy this is Lee,” Cassandra informed her dad, “He says he is Uncle Michael’s son”
The old man stopped chuckling, “Oh, Cassandra go push your brother on the swings I’d like to take to Lee alone for a second.”
The old man got up and walked to the fountain and sat down, Lee followed and did the same.
“So, Lee is it?” The old man said, Lee just nodded to afraid to speak as he thought he’d done something wrong, “Look Lee people always try to ‘get in’ on this family, they think that by saying they are related we will automatically give them access to the family fortune, so tell what is you want, money? A nice title? A scholarship?”
“Oh no, I just want to meet my dad, and my mother was a famous writer and my step-dad was a famous television star, so I don’t need your money, titles, or scholarships” Lee replied.
“Then what do you want? What do you really want?” the old man asked.
Lee looked at his feet, “I want to know why he abandoned me in Bridgeport and moved here, I want to know why he never sent a birthday card or called, I want to know if I ever meant anything to him” Lee said his voice trailed off at the last part.
“What do you know about Bridgeport?” The old man asked.
“That my dad stayed in my mum’s house, he was married to a woman called Holly, had an affair with my mum then moved here” Lee replied.
“Come on I really want to know, is he family?” Cassandra begged.
Lee looked at the old man, what would he say? He seemed to be thinking then eventually he turned to face Lee.
“My name is Mortimer Goth, this is my son Alexander, and you have already met my daughter Cassandra, welcome to the family.” Mortimer said.
“Thanks everyone but what about my father? When can I meet him?” The Goths went quiet and Cassandra pulled away.
“I’m afraid you are a month took late, I’m sorry he has passed on” Mortimer informed him sadly.
Lee just stood there frozen to the spot, then tears started to build up and then started rolling freely down his cheeks.
“But don’t worry you still have us” Cassandra said pulling Lee into another hug, “You might not of found your father but you have found a family, speaking of family won’t yours be worried?”
“Don’t worry my cars not far I’ll give you a lift home” Cassandra said.
Lee said goodbye to his new Uncle Mortimer and to his new little cousin Alexander, before jumping into Cassandra’s car. The car sped off.
“So what’s the city like? I’ve never been” Cassandra asked excitedly.
“Oh No! What’s happened?” Lee gasped. Cassandra parked the car and the both ran inside to see what the matter was.
“What the hell do you think you were playing at? I’ve called the police and people have been out looking for you, Courtney has been out looking for you all night, and your sisters have locked themselves in their rooms, they won’t tell me a word, what do you have to say for yourself?” Thomas shouted.
“How did you find out?” Lee asked, thinking one of his sisters had ratted him out.
“Zara called for you and when I asked about the mall and sleepover she had no idea what I was talking about. What possessed you to lie to me and who the hell is this?” Thomas asked, he was fuming with rage
“Look just Calm down, this is my cousin Cassandra” Lee said holding his hands up in defence.
“CALM DOWN! How dare you tell me to calm down? GO TO YOUR ROOM. You’re grounded for the next two months.” Thomas screamed.
Lee ran past upset and headed to his room.
“He just wanted to find his father, put yourself in his shoes; you’d have done the exact same thing I know I would off” Cassandra said.
“I just don’t see why he claims to have no father, I mean, what was wrong with my dad he brought him up just like any other normal father” Thomas sighed.
“Lee told me about your father, I don’t think he thought of him less than what you think. When we lose something we love we try to replace it to get back that feeling, I think Lee was hoping his real father would feel the emptiness that was made when your parents passed away, but now he’s found out his real father has passed away too, he’s not going to be able to feel that void.” Cassandra informed.
“You sound like you speak from experience” Thomas replied.
“My mother, I’m guess I know what it’s like to try and replace one love for another” Cassandra said, playing with the wedding ring on her finger.
“I better go but promise you won’t be too harsh on him” Cassandra begged.
“I promise,” Thomas agreed, “It was nice meeting you Cassandra, goodbye and have a safe trip home”
Thomas waved Cassandra off then went back inside and headed upstairs.
“Can I come in?” He asked getting Lee’s attention.
“I suppose so, seeing as you already in” Lee snapped back.
“Look I was a little too harsh on you, I’m sorry, I guess it just hurt that I thought you hated my father, but I guess that’s not true after what Cassandra said” Thomas explained.
“I don’t hate dad, I just dunno, I was jealous of what you had, you knew your dad before he died and I guess as my father is dead too know I’ll never know what it was like to have that” Lee replied.
“Well if you’re not too mad at me I have a present for you, I picked it up while I thought you was at the mall with your friends, It’s a late birthday present” Thomas said.
Lee jumped off his bed and followed Thomas.
“WOW! It’s amazing! Thanks!” Lee cried out in amazement he grabbed Thomas and pulled him into a bear hug.
“I’m glad you like because it’s going to sting when I say you’re not allowed driving lessons for another six months” Thomas informed.
“Haha! Did you think I already forgot about you lying to me and leaving town? This is your punishment” Thomas chuckled,
“But...” Lee began.
“But nothing,” Thomas interrupted, “You can’t take the time, don’t do the crime”
“I might not have a dad but at least I still have the annoying dumb older brother” Lee remarked, before going back to his room.
“He’s just like I was,” Thomas said to himself chuckling, “God help us all”.
~End of Chapter~