Chapter 4.12: Dear Diary, the Last Day

by Kymber
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“Then who is she?” I demanded.

Dear Diary, if you remember, I left off before with Xalen and I standing in the attic, face to face with Miss Scaryghost. She was doing all that wailing and it was so loud and pitiful, I wanted to cry.

Just when I thought we’d solved the big mystery of who she was, Xalen threw a wrench into it all. After everything I’d learned, I thought for certain this ghost was none other than Xalen’s niece Aria. I figured she was looking for her remains since she kept sobbing over and over again, “Where is she?”


Instead of answering me, Xalen seemed mesmerized by what he was seeing. As if in another world, he stepped forward, toward the ghost.

“Julia!” he shouted above her endless howling. “Julia!”

When he repeated the name, she quieted down, almost as if she was startled.

With a more gentle tone now, Xalen said, “Julia, it’s Xalen. Please don’t cry.”

The ghost sobbed once more, then, in a voice that sounded both anguished and hollow, she said, “Where is she? I’ve lost her.”


I couldn’t see Xalen’s face, but his normally confident and strong voice cracked with emotion as he answered her.

“I know. But I have found her.”

The ghost, who had sunken black holes where her eyes should be, gradually became still, floating a little bit toward the floor.

I reckon Xalen took that as a sign she was listening to him because he began speaking to her again. “Julia, I know where she is and I am going to help you. I will make things right.”

“Please help me, Xalen,” she said in a mournful voice.

“I will. I promise,” he answered as the ghost faded from sight and the crying stopped.

It was a moment before either of us moved. The air in the attic grew heavy and stifling and I shivered despite the heat. Finally, Xalen turned toward me and took my hand.

“Are you all right?”

“Yes, just a little spooked, like every time I’ve seen her.” I bit my lower lip, then asked, “Who is Julia?”

His expression remained somber as he regarded me. “Julia was my sister, Beckett and Aria’s mother.”

“Oh, no. Your sister? You must be so shaken right now!”

“I’m – I’m okay. Let’s get your things and get out of here.”

So, with my belongings but without any satisfying answers, we left.


The weeks that passed next were uneventful. I didn’t care to ever step foot in Beckett’s house again, so I didn’t see Julia the Ghost during that time. Instead, I worked with Dr. Tammam on some translations he needed while Xalen spent his time in the city, trying to wrap up the case against Beckett so he could take possession of Aria’s remains.

Xalen slept very little due to the worry he had over his sister, who he still hadn’t told me much about. The thing was, I knew he would when he was ready, so I didn’t push him at all.

One morning, I woke up feeling really woozy. It was if it hit me all of a sudden like food poisoning sometimes does.


I spent the next few days in and out of the bathroom. It was so weird because I knew food poisoning would have run its course by this time. I was nauseated but hungry. Hungry, yet I couldn’t eat. And the smells! Things I never used to pay any attention to now had the strongest, most disgusting smell!


I’m not stupid, though. Not long after this began, I realized I needed a pregnancy test.


Staring into the mirror, I couldn’t escape the test’s positive results.

“You are going to be a mother.”

I thought if I said it out loud, it would buck me up, make it more real. Instead, I just felt like cringing and crying.

Not only had I not wanted to be a mother, this was ten times worse because I didn’t know if this baby had been fathered by Xalen…. or Beckett.

I backed up and stared at my belly. Was I showing yet? No, I guess not, which was good because I needed time to think…. to decide what I was going to do about this.


“I’m really worried about you,” Xalen said as I came out of the bathroom.

“Oh, you know how it is,” I casually said, trying to push my fear into the back of my mind, “you eat one thing that’s bad and you’re sick for days. I’m feeling better, though.”

If he hadn’t been so preoccupied with Julia and Aria, I’m sure he would have seen right through me.

“I’m glad you’re feeling better. I was hoping we could talk.”


For a split second, I was terrified he’d guessed everything just when I wasn’t ready for it. Instead, when we walked out onto the balcony, he began to finally explain everything he could about his sister and her family.

“Julia and I were very close in age, only about a year apart. Her married life was troubled. After the births of Aria and Beckett, she and her husband grew apart until they were no longer living in the same country.”

“Did they get divorced?”


“No. Sometimes they saw one another, usually on holidays so the children could be with both their parents.” He rubbed his tired eyes before continuing. “Aria was younger than Beckett but she showed so much promise. Our family was always into anthropology so when she became interested in the field, she was highly praised. Beckett, on the other hand, was a handful, always in increasingly worse trouble.”

“Do you think his parents favored his sister?”


“I hate to say it, but most definitely. As he got older, Beckett grew darker and darker. He was involved in minor criminal activities and started drinking heavily. My brother-in-law was able to bribe officials and do what he had to in order to get Beckett out of trouble. I’m afraid though, he didn’t do Beckett any favors. I told him a long time ago to let Beckett face the consequences, but he did not agree with me.”

“It’s too bad your brother-in-law didn’t listen to you,” I said.

Xalen nodded and I couldn’t help but notice the dark circles under his eyes. “A few years ago, Aria came here to take charge of an expedition. She was young but capable. We all had faith in her and were so proud.”

“And she disappeared?”

“Yes, she vanished without any trace. Everyone in the family was frantic.”

“Except Beckett?”

“Yes, and he was unaccounted for during the time Aria disappeared. He offered to come to Egypt to find her but no one had the confidence in him to take him up on that offer. If it had been my sister, I would have ventured to look for her anyway and Beckett did not.”


My heart was so sorry for what Xalen and his family had been through that I literally felt pain in my chest.

“To make a long story short, I have been trying to discover what happened to my niece all these years. Eventually, I had to return to my work at the Neptune Foundation, so searching for Aria became something I could only do in my spare time. Which I had very little of.”

“Then our expedition uncovered Aria’s remains.”

Running a hand through his dark hair, he said, “Yes. It was dark and Beckett buried her there in haste, thinking that site had already been excavated.”

“Lucky for everyone, he was wrong. Why did he kill her, though?”

Xalen squeezed my hand lightly, his mouth a thin, grim line. “We may never know the reason except that he was incredibly jealous. There were times before this happened where I thought Beckett would do anything to gain his father’s notice.”

“That’s so sad. I feel like this could have been prevented.” When Xalen didn’t answer, I squeezed his hand back. “I can’t believe he would harm his own sister.”

“You have seen first hand what he is like when he loses his temper and has been drinking. Anyway, the authorities have him in custody now and my hope is that he will never have the opportunity to hurt anyone again.”

That was my hope, too. But there was one other thing I had to have an answer to.

“I hate to ask and I hate to be so blunt, but did Beckett kill your sister?”

He paused for so long, staring into the distance, I wasn’t sure he would answer me at all.

“I’m sorry I asked something so painful.”

At last, he returned his gaze to me. “It is all right. You have the right to know.”

Xalen had always been patient with me, even when I couldn’t tell him who hurt me. I was resolved to be as understanding with him now. Tenderly, I hugged him close, kissing his cheek.

After several minutes, he whispered, “Aria was never found and so she was presumed dead. Julia could not live, not knowing what happened to her daughter and realizing her own son was most likely responsible.”

Holding him tighter, I felt the horror of it all rising in me until I could taste bile in my throat. Tears filled my eyes as I said, “Oh, Xalen, did she kill herself?”

His body shuddered and all he could manage was a nod.

From that moment on, my heart became as hard and cold as stone whenever I thought of Beckett Quinn.


A few days later, Beckett was formally charged with murder and Aria’s remains were released to be buried. Xalen hoped this would be the thing that helped his sister’s ghost find rest.


The morning of the funeral, I couldn’t eat. My stomach was doing flipflops and I was afraid that at any moment, I might vomit. Not to mention my boobs kind of hurt. This pregnancy thing was not agreeing with me at all.

“I wish you’d eat something, Marty. Are you sure you’re over that flu? Perhaps after the ceremony, I should take you to the doctor.”

Trying to smile, I said, “I can take care of myself. Don’t worry about it.”

He smiled a little, too, his eyes warm and loving. “I think I will always worry about you.”

How could one tiny thing Xalen said make me feel so loved yet so terrified at the same time? I knew how I felt. I was hopelessly in love with him and knew I always would be. But I was scared this baby I was pregnant with wasn’t his.

What am I going to do?


The funeral was to take place right here in Egypt. Xalen told me that his relatives spent so much time here in the past, the family vault was also here. Aria would be put to rest next to her mother in just a short while.


It was a quiet service. Not that I thought it would be anything else. Aria’s remains had been cremated and placed in the ornate urn I now stared at.

Dr. Tammam came to share a few words since he’d worked with Aria before and he knew Xalen quite well. Shelly was there, too. She was Xalen’s friend and colleague but she was also there because of those ‘special abilities’ she’d mentioned to me a while back during a shopping trip. I was anxious to know exactly what ‘special abilities’ meant!


Xalen was stoic throughout the proceedings, not saying much at all until it was time for him to eulogize.

As he spoke about her kind spirit and youth, tears filled my eyes, threatening to spill over onto my cheeks. True, I’d been more emotional than normal lately. It was just all so tragic, though. Why did she have to die? I didn’t understand it any more than Xalen did.

To my surprise, Dr. Quinn, Aria’s father did not come to say farewell to his daughter. Xalen said his brother-in-law had said goodbye to her long ago and wouldn’t be making the trip. It seemed rather cold to me yet who was I to judge?


Dr. Tammam gave his condolences to Xalen, then left. Suddenly, the room seemed slanted and I almost lost my footing. As I covered my face with my hands, Xalen grabbed my arm to keep me from falling.

“I’m sorry, I’m fine,” I murmured.

“No you are not,” Xalen said.

As I gained my bearings, I stood up straighter and managed a small smile. This was about Julia and Aria, not me, so I was determined to brush this off. Hopefully, Xalen would, too.

“I shouldn’t have skipped breakfast, you were right about that. Please, go on with what you were going to do, I’m fine. Really.”

He and Shelly must have stared at me a good five minutes before he turned to her and nodded.


Shelly walked slowly toward the back wall, her feet so light, I wondered if she was a ghost. Stretching her arms wide, she spoke something I couldn’t begin to understand even though I’m a linguist. Then she touched one of her temples with her left hand.

I stood quietly… no absolutely breathless as she held her hands in front of her and spoke more gibberish. As the minutes ticked on, her voice became louder until it was booming.

All at once, she stood absolutely still.


Gradually, Julia’s ghost appeared before us. Like every other time I’d seen her, my voice caught in my throat and my heart pounded hard against my ribcage.

When Xalen started speaking to her, she stopped moving and appeared to listen.

“Julia, we are here to return Aria to you at last.”

“Where is she?” Julia the ghost cried.

I fought the urge to cover my ears as she began crying. It didn’t last long, however, because Xalen was on it.

“Julia, listen! Aria will be returned to you shortly!”

Shelly’s body suddenly became very rigid and I was afraid she would fall over. What scared me, even more, was when her eyes rolled back, showing only white. It was a frightful sight!


Before my very eyes, the ghost of another woman slowly appeared. I held my breath as if in a dream, the ghostly women faced one another…


…And embraced.

Tears sprung to my eyes again and I glanced at Xalen whose eyes were glistening in the dim light of the torches.

Xalen’s eyes met mine and he subtly motioned to me to back up, which I did. Xalen took a few steps back, too, but Shelly stayed right where she was. That kind of worried me because I didn’t know what to expect.

Before my eyes, the ghosts turned to face us, their hands touching….




It was difficult to comprehend what I was seeing. They were ghosts one moment, then as real looking as you or me the next. The creepiest thing I noticed was that Aria had a similar hair color to me and she was wearing the same dress Beckett had given me! I think I threw up a little bit in my mouth right then. It horrified me beyond words.

Bit by bit, the ghosts faded away until nothing was in the room but Xalen, Shelly, me and an urn.


“They are together now and can rest as they should,” Xalen said with relief as he embraced me.

I could feel his tears against my cheek and knew it was hard for him to show such deep emotions. All I wanted to do was hold him and forget everything else. Why couldn’t this moment last forever?



I’d been thinking a lot since the funeral. The best thing to do was to tell Xalen I was pregnant and I figured we could deal with the paternity issues later. In my heart, I knew he would accept me and my child because he loved me.

Even so, my heart felt broken in two that there was even the slightest chance this baby could be Beckett’s.

The morning I decided to tell Xalen everything, it all fell apart within minutes. As I write this down, I still cannot understand after that kiss we shared, how it could have gone south so fast.


“I know you have something you want to discuss with me, Marty, but I have just found out something so exciting, you must let me tell you first.”

“Oh, uh, okay,” I stammered. I didn’t know if I could wait through whatever he had to tell me. I mean, what could be more important than what I had to say?

“Okay, brace yourself! There is an urgent case in Midnight Hollow! We must leave right away. Shelly is already packing her things. The rest of the team will meet us there.”


I hesitated immediately since I hadn’t thought any further ahead in my future than telling Xalen I was pregnant.

“What is wrong?” he asked as concern clouded his eyes. “I was waiting until after the funeral…. I mean, I would really be pleased if you joined my team at the Neptune Foundation.”

Not the proposal an expecting woman wants to hear, however, I wasn’t even sure I wanted to get married at all.

“Oh, well… I still don’t know what the Neptune Foundation does or what I would be doing – or what you do, for that matter. Do you get urgent cases like this a lot where you have to travel?”

“All the time,” he enthused. “It’s so exciting! And I am so excited that you will be a part of it.”


It was in that moment I realized the future I wanted with Xalen, even if we weren’t married, wasn’t in the cards.

And it crushed my soul the way nothing ever has.

“Marty?” His voice was quiet as if he was now sensing there was something really wrong.


“I c-can’t,” I said, fighting back tears.

“What? You can’t what?”

Looking down at my feet I wondered if I was strong enough to get through this without having a total breakdown. I couldn’t cry or he wouldn’t take what I said seriously,

I took a deep breath before I spoke and stared him in the eye. “I’m not joining the Neptune Foundation and I’m not traveling all over the world.”

“But I thought you wanted adventure. Did I read you wrong all this time?”

“No, not exactly.” This conversation had to end soon or I was going to crack, then all would be lost. “I used to want adventure and travel, it’s true. Lately, though, I’ve been thinking more and more about settling down somewhere. Maybe taking a teaching position at a good university….” My voice just kind of trailed off.


The look on his face almost broke my reserve, so I had to keep reminding myself why I was going this route. I loved him with all my heart, therefore, I couldn’t tie him down to a life where he couldn’t travel and pursue these cases, whatever they were. This was his life and he shouldn’t have to change it. Especially if this baby wasn’t even his.


“I – I don’t understand this at all, Marty!” he said, his voice cracking. “Ever since I have known you, this is what you aspired to! How can you turn your back on it?”

“Let me ask you something,” I countered, “would you want to settle down in one place and – and live in suburbia?”


“Of course not. I could never do that. But you have always known that about me and I thought I knew that about you.”


“I think we’re at an impasse,” I quietly said.


“So that is it? You have made up your mind?”

All I could do was nod because there was a huge lump in my throat.

“I cannot believe this. This is not you.”

Taking another deep breath, I said, “I know it’s hard to understand. I realize this is a shock to you. I’m sorry, Xalen. I’ve had enough of this life and you need to go ahead and have your adventures.”

“Mar – ”

” – That’s it, there’s nothing left to say,” I interrupted.

It was the hardest thing I’d ever had to do but I walked away from him then and I didn’t look back for fear of changing my mind.


After I crossed the little bridge in the hotel’s garden, I finally dared to glance behind me.

He was gone.

Falling to my knees in the grass, at last, I let go and sobbed more than any ghost ever could.

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cathytea December 9, 2017 - 11:16 am

Oh , it’s so sad ! Lots of story left, though! That’s the great part !

RosemaryMarie December 9, 2017 - 11:28 am

Thank you so much, Cathy Tea. 🙂 That’s true. You just never know what might happen. lol 😀

audreyfld December 9, 2017 - 11:33 am

Oh wow. Such a sad chapter. I hope it is Xalen’s baby. She’s going to have to tell him. But it sounds like she not going to.

If it’s his he has a right to know. They love each other and should be able to work it out.

Great chapter with lots of twists and turns.

RosemaryMarie December 9, 2017 - 12:46 pm

Thank you, Audrey. 🙂 I think you’re right that Marty should have told Xalen what was going on. I think she thinks she’s doing the grown up, mature thing by letting him go.

audreyfld December 9, 2017 - 12:53 pm

Not so much. She just broke both their hearts. So sad.

RosemaryMarie December 9, 2017 - 1:20 pm

You’re so right. :'(

lisabeesims December 9, 2017 - 12:02 pm

Awesome wrap up of the ghost mystery ❤️ I agree with Audrey … it is not fair not to tell Xalen of the child 😟

RosemaryMarie December 9, 2017 - 12:50 pm

Thank you, Lisa! 🙂 I’m glad you liked how the ghost mystery ended. 🙂 You and Audrey are right, of course. Marty wanted to do what was right, and I think she thinks she did. It’s probably not going to bode well down the line, though. lol

loladiamond01 December 9, 2017 - 12:04 pm

Sorry, I’m so late! I was having my hair done and it looks really similar to Marty’s now, lol.
These ghosts calling abilities are super cool! And Aria wore the same dress as Marty and had hair similar to Marty…oh gosh. And she was Beckett’s sister? He really is messed up. I don’t know what to think of him, he’s pretty terrifying and I hope he gets locked up in the prison so he will not make any more damage to himself or anyone else.
Ah, no! Marty lost Xalen again, I can’t believe it. And I wonder whose baby it is. I’m so sorry that Marty will have to change her plans now that she found out about the

RosemaryMarie December 9, 2017 - 12:52 pm

I bet that pixie cut is really cute on you! 😀

We might see more ghostly things in the future, it will depend on Marty. haha Wasn’t that creepy about Beckett’s sister? Blech. He needs to go away for life.

Marty’s pretty sorry she’ll have to change her plans, too, let me tell you. lol

Lila Remonn December 9, 2017 - 12:30 pm

*flails arms*
So the ghost was Beckett’s mother! I’m glad Julia and Aria were reunited. But the thing about Aria’s dress and long hair creeped me out, I don’t even want to think of it.
Marty’s pregnant!? Well, this really throws a spanner in the works. For some reason I can’t imagine her as a mother. She has matured a lot, but still… and ugh! Why didn’t she tell Xalen about the baby? Now he’s gonna go away thinking she simply got bored or fed up with this life.
Great chapter 🙂

RosemaryMarie December 9, 2017 - 1:09 pm

Thank you, Lila! 🙂 I don’t want to think about that either with the hair and dress. Blech!!

You know, I have a hard time seeing Marty as a mom, too. lol But, we need an heir! haha I think she should have told Xalen, too, because he would have stood by her, I’m sure. I suppose she thinks what she did was for him.

Marjorie F Watts December 9, 2017 - 12:51 pm

NOOO!! I understand Marty’s reasoning behind not telling Xalen, but it should not be just her decision, especially if it is his baby, too. Either way, it’s part of his family, and as such a responsible person, I am sure he would love and protect it. I hope he realizes that Marty is not acting right and looks into a bit further. The culmination of the ghost story was great!! It’s too bad Beckett is so mentally twisted, but at least he was caught before he could really hurt Marty, or anyone else. Looking forward to seeing how you handle this sad turn in the romance department…poor Marty! =(

RosemaryMarie December 9, 2017 - 1:16 pm

Thank you, Marj 😀 That’s a good point about the fact that even if the baby isn’t Xalen’s, it still belongs in the family. As much as I love Marty, this decision (which she thinks is selfless) might bite her in the butt later.

That would be good if Xalen figured out there was something going on besides a simple changing of her mind.

sempreviva December 9, 2017 - 12:52 pm

I knew the ghost was her mother!! Ah, I’m so happy that I got it right this time and that Julia and Aria were reunited at last! And Beckett deserves to roy in jail too!
But what happened after? I was so certain Marty and Xalen were made for each other… I can’t believe they broke up! 😭 I’m hoping one of them will change their mind, but I’m not sure this will be the case… they both seem too strong headed to back down. 🙁 Oh Marty, go tell your man the truth!! It can’t end like this! 😭

RosemaryMarie December 9, 2017 - 1:19 pm

Yes, you said it was her mother! lol 😀 I think when Beckett is sentenced to prison, we should throw away the key! lol

I feel your pain about Marty and Xalen. They actually are perfect for each other. Now, if they will just have a meeting of the minds and get back together! LOL

sempreviva December 9, 2017 - 1:30 pm

Oh, and I forgot to comment on Aria having about the same hair as Marty and wearing the same dress Beckett gave Marty..! That’s insane!! Ugh, what a sicko !! Throwing away the key is right!

RosemaryMarie December 9, 2017 - 1:39 pm

Oh yeah, completely insane! We’ll be losing that key ASAP! LOL

bmitjessesue December 9, 2017 - 1:09 pm

Imagine me as your reader sitting at my computer desk, leaning forward reading this chapter just enthralled with every single word! I forgot the world around me.

My how Marty has grown, although I am not surprised. Matt and Blue raised her well. She knows what she wants and has accepted her fate. I think deep down she understands that asking him to stay would never make either of them happy, but going with him won’t make a happy life either. Especially since she has no idea if the baby is his anyway. I guess this is where the …”if you love something, set it free….” saying could partially apply. No matter what, once a child enters this world, their needs always come first, it’s just how it has to be. It would be different if both parents wanted the same thing and were on the same page. In my marriage I learned a very important lesson. Because we are on the same page and want the same things from life, my husband does come first. It’s a hard thing to wrap your mind around but if our marriage is not healthy and happy, our family life won’t be. My children are happy and get everything they need from both of us. The best love, the best environment for them, the best family life.

Xalen is Marty’s first true love. We all have that in our lives. It doesn’t mean there isn’t someone else out there equally as right or true.

RosemaryMarie December 9, 2017 - 1:37 pm

Thank you, Bee! 😀 You are so sweet.

You’re definitely right about Matt and Blue. Marty comes from a really good home and was raised well. She thinks she was making a mature decision for them all. It might bite her in the butt later, but I agree with you, too, that she felt Xalen would be settling. She also has realized that traipsing all over the world on these missions is no place for a baby.

You’re right about first loves, too. Who knows what will happen.

P.S. your family is lucky to have you. <3

bmitjessesue December 9, 2017 - 1:43 pm

Mind you, children are usually very adaptable. If they start off with their life being this way, (moving from dig site to dig site) they know no different. As long as all their needs are being taken care of, they would grow and develop quite well.

P.S. thank you for that

RosemaryMarie December 9, 2017 - 1:45 pm

You’re welcome. 🙂

You are right about the adaptability of children. She and Xalen probably could have worked something out in the end, perhaps if she’d told him.

maidenlissasims December 9, 2017 - 3:18 pm

Another great one! I’m so sad she couldn’t tell Xalen. I’m also trying to imagine what in the world Marty’s kid will turn out like. I get the feeling she’d be a “hot mess mom!” lol

RosemaryMarie December 9, 2017 - 3:43 pm

Thank you so much. 🙂 Your feeling is probably not that far off! hahaha I really can’t see her as a mother, but dang it, I need an heir! LOL 😛

hafuhga December 9, 2017 - 3:41 pm

I don’t think she could be a good mother because she is imature and gave up to too much for the baby… she will make the child feel that one day… but typical Marty… she still thinks only about her feelings… not about what Xalen or the child will feel once they know the trueth… surely disapointed and betrayed among other things … so sad 🙁
I liked the ghoststory a lot and also hope whe get to see more about ghost and the foundation 🙂

RosemaryMarie December 9, 2017 - 3:45 pm

Thank you, hafuhga 😀 You will definitely see more about the foundation and the ghostly stuff in the future.

I think Marty thinks she was being mature and letting Xalen go to have the life she thinks he wants. I’m sure this won’t bode well in the long run, though.

Violincat December 9, 2017 - 3:44 pm

Oh, Marty. She should’ve told him the truth. Plenty of people raise kids while traveling.
The whole thing with Aria is terrifying. Was Becket trying to repeat the story with Marty? Yikes!

RosemaryMarie December 9, 2017 - 3:47 pm

Thank you so much, Violincat 🙂 Leo raised Blue that way, so true. Well, he partially did. I agree that she should have told him. He’s probably really confused right now and not even sure what happened.

This thing with Aria was terrifying, for sure. I think you’ve hit the nail on the head with what Beckett wanted to do. So disgusting. Blech. :O

socallucyfan December 9, 2017 - 4:06 pm

You owe me a new computer, because the second I read that Marty said no to Xalen I threw my laptop out the window!!
At least I found out who the ghost is, or should I say was. It was a sad yet sweet reunion of mother and daughter.

RosemaryMarie December 9, 2017 - 4:16 pm

I need a new computer, too. Mine blew up when I wrote this chapter. 😛

I think Marty will regret her rash decision.

socallucyfan December 9, 2017 - 10:39 pm

Especially if the baby ends up being Xalen’s.
And I will put my new computer on your tab. 😉. I think you still owe me one from the chapter about Jilly.

RosemaryMarie December 10, 2017 - 1:12 pm

LOL! Oh dear. I owe Marj hair color, according to her, too, because she said my story made her hair gray! LOL :O

notjustabook December 9, 2017 - 4:10 pm

Marty nooooooo! There she goes, acting all rash and stuff. Xalen would have helped her through it and eventually they could have been a little adventurer family.
Oh well… it was a nice chapter that tied up a lot of threads! Always a highlight of my week, this 🙂 <3

RosemaryMarie December 9, 2017 - 4:18 pm

awww Thank you so much, Louise. That’s so kind. <3

You're right about this being a rash decision. I agree that Xalen would have found some way to make it work. Marty needs to rethink this. lol

Rosie December 9, 2017 - 4:36 pm

Okay, Beckett is sick! We all knew that though, but the dress thing just kind of doubled the weirdo factor. And oh my gosh, Marty! At least tell him you’re pregnant! Come on! He deserves to understand why you’re not going. Right now you’re just confusing him. Gah, I can’t wait for the next chapter!

RosemaryMarie December 10, 2017 - 1:07 pm

Thank you, Rosie. 🙂 I agree about how the dress thing doubled the weirdo factor! lol

I think Marty will definitely regret not telling him. At the moment, she 100% thinks she’s done the right thing but I don’t think she’ll always feel that way.

twinsimskeletons December 10, 2017 - 6:11 am

::bangs head against the wall:: MARTY! Tell him, you dolt! He could still travel and be a father, girl, it’s called compromise! Oh, I wonder if he’ll ever find out what she kept from him. I think I’d be pretty angry if I was him, but we shall see how it goes and if he does find out. I feel bad for her, losing the one she loves, but she’s kind of done it to herself – or at least given him no chance to make a different choice.

RosemaryMarie December 10, 2017 - 1:14 pm

Soooo good to see you! <3

Yes, this is definitely a head banging worthy moment. I do think Xalen would compromise and figure something out with Marty even if the baby isn't his. I think he'd probably be angry, too.

That is a really good point that she didn't even give him a chance to make a decision.

bellagorilla December 10, 2017 - 9:01 pm

Oh my gosh! I saw the baby coming, but not this little drama twist! Man, I hope the baby is Xalen’s and they can get back together later, I think they suit each other really well.

RosemaryMarie December 10, 2017 - 9:28 pm

Thank you so much! I think they really suit each other, too, so you never know what might happen. Hopefully, Marty can be a good mom and provide a good life for her baby. 🙂

Jes2G December 10, 2017 - 9:37 pm

Ha ha! I knew she’d get pregnant and be confused about the father. I love these scenarios lol.

I loved this: Shelly walked slowly toward the back wall, her feet so light, I wondered if she was a ghost.

Shelly is so gorgeous!

I just need to pause right here and comment on the production of this story! It’s so intricate, and you do so much in the background to produce this beautiful pictures as well as everyone’s backstories. You do such an awesome job!

Wow! Julia and Aria are gorgeous too! Shelly has some very interesting special abilities lol.

“It was in that moment I realized the future I wanted with Xalen, even if we weren’t married, wasn’t in the cards.”

“Of course not. I could never do that. But you have always known that about me and I thought I knew that about you.”
NO! NO NO NO NO! I will not accept this lol. (the picture of her after this line is STUNNING!)

GAAAAAAAHH!!! She didn’t tell him?! Nooooooooooo!

Excellent chapter. 😂

RosemaryMarie December 11, 2017 - 3:44 pm

LOL Thank you, Jes2G! 😀

I think Shelly is gorgeous, too. If Charles and Laurent weren’t stuck in Winchester, I’d be hooking one of them up! LOLOL 😛

Oh my goodness. You are so kind and encouraging. I appreciate you so much. Thank you. <3

I think it's pretty certain Marty is going to regret her decision one day. She thinks it was the mature thing to do, but really, she's just made the both of them miserable. lol

Jes2G December 11, 2017 - 3:59 pm

OMG!! Charles/Laurent + Shelly = model level beauty! LOL

Like, I understand that she felt like she would be tying him down or even trapping him with this baby. Or, she probably felt like he would resent her eventually. But, she should have told him! Especially if the baby is his! I’m sure they could have worked something out if the good doctor didn’t completely change his mind for his potential child. GAAH! It’s so frustrating having all the answers! LOL

RosemaryMarie December 11, 2017 - 4:01 pm

Hahahaha I know what you mean. 😛

One of Marty’s big problems, I think, is that she makes these quick decisions on the fly. She really should think about things first. lol

Jes2G December 11, 2017 - 4:04 pm

She should, but then she wouldn’t be Marty!

RosemaryMarie December 11, 2017 - 4:19 pm

Oh yeah, that is true, too. lol

sensationaltragedy December 11, 2017 - 6:52 pm

Another one of my past theories kinda correct, with the mom being the ghost but not the reason I had thought. Anyway, my feelings are hurt because Marty is going to have to raise this kid alone (if she even decided to keep the kid which by the looks of it she will). I only hope Marty ends up being satisfied with her decision (but I will secretly hope Xalen finds out and it’s his baby and he comes home to be a family with Marty, even if he still continues to travel.) Also, Beckett is total creeper status. Was this guy in love with his sister? Is that why he killed her cause he knew it was wrong and he was like “if I can’t have you no one will?” and is that why he was “in love” with Marty? If so, I have to say, well done ’cause I was on a ride this whole time.

RosemaryMarie December 12, 2017 - 9:55 pm

I’m thinking Marty probably won’t be satisfied at all with her decision because she loves Xalen so much. She makes these rash decisions and thinks about them later, which is not good but is totally Marty. lol

Hopefully, sooner rather than later, Xalen will find out what’s going on. 🙂

raymondsanti December 13, 2017 - 12:28 pm

Oh, that didn’t turn out how I expected at all. However, no relationship is completely perfect. I think Marty shouldn’t have been so rash and decided not to tell him about the pregnancy, but I doubt this will be the last time we see Xalen, especially if he is the father after all. The ghost scene was well done! You know I like supernatural stuff 😉

RosemaryMarie December 13, 2017 - 12:41 pm

Ooooh I’m so glad you liked the supernatural scene! 😀 I love paranormal stuff, too.

I think you’re right about Marty and Xalen. She tends to make decisions on the fly and regret them later. Hopefully, Xalen will want to know more about why Marty dumped him so suddenly like that.

Simsophonique December 14, 2017 - 4:28 pm

I don’t understand how Julia found back her daughter . For all the rest I understand Marty she wants to keep Xalen’s future bright and not being an obstacle being a mother however kids can travel as well.

RosemaryMarie December 14, 2017 - 7:23 pm

Yes, you are so right about kids and traveling. As for Julia, it was Shelly’s “special abilities” that brought Aria to the funeral and reunited the two ghosts. 😀

Simsophonique December 15, 2017 - 5:34 pm

But how did she find Aria and how she brings back her to Julia? Shelly is a Spirit Psychic she talks to Spirit or something more special?

RosemaryMarie December 15, 2017 - 7:22 pm

Shelly was able to speak to Aria and bring her there. Yes, she talks to spirits and is psychic. <3 🙂

Simsophonique December 19, 2017 - 8:24 am

Ha okay make sense now ! ahah I am sorry for being a complete morron here. Thank you for your patience and your explations darl..

RosemaryMarie December 19, 2017 - 1:30 pm

You are definitely not a moron. lol And no question is dumb either. If you don’t understand something, I’d rather you ask then wonder. 😀 <3

Simsophonique December 21, 2017 - 3:03 pm

Thank you for being so kind with me. Same for my stor(ie)s if someday you’ll stuck on i’ll be there.

dandylion240 December 17, 2017 - 6:50 pm

Just when you get me to shipping Xalen and Marty you go and do this!!!! I see a change in Marty. She seems less spontaneous than she was. I could have seen her jumping at the chance to join Xalen’s team without thinking twice. Now knowing she’s pregnant her priorities are different. I think she should tell him that she’s pregnant but I wonder if that would do any good. Xalen gave up way too easily. He didn’t try to convince her to change her mind he just left. Kind of disappointed in him TBH.

RosemaryMarie December 18, 2017 - 11:54 am

You’re right that Marty is changing. It was kind of a spur of the moment decision not to tell Xalen about the baby, but at the same time, she showed some restraint by not jumping on the adventure he was offering her. You’re right that her priorities are changing as real life rears its ugly head. haha

I think she should tell Xalen, too. Perhaps she will once she thinks more about it.


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