Generation 1 finale PT 2
This chapter is Rated PG 13 (some slight language)
Author’s note: I know I said this chapter would be released next week, but as I was working on it, I decided that this segment worked as a stand alone chapter, and instead of combining it with the next segment, I released it a little bit early. However, I still do plan to have the next part of the finale out next week as I’m still working on it as we speak. The next chapter will be a little meatier and deal with some heavy subject material, so I felt like it was important to get this happier, lighter chapter out-of-the-way before hitting ya with the heavy stuff. 🙂
The bachelorette party came to a screeching, and somewhat embarrassing halt after I found out Mika’s brother was the stripper my sister hired to work my bachelorette party. I am pretty sure my face flushed ten shades of red at his revelation, and Melody couldn’t apologize enough. Even though I didn’t blame Melody, it’s not like she knew that Mika’s little brother moon lighted as a stripper in his off time, but if she would have just listened to me when I told her I didn’t want a bachelorette party, then none of this would have happened in the first place! Having Mika’s little brother strip for me, wasn’t exactly how I had dreamed our first meeting would go…
After Matthew put on his clothes, thank god he kept a change of clothes in the trunk of his car, he came back inside to talk, looking sheepish, and we agreed to have a talk over a cup of coffee. There was no way I was able to go home and face Mika after having his little brother he hadn’t seen in years grind his half-naked body up against my face. Twenty long minutes later and a silent awkward car ride, Matthew and I found ourselves at the coffee shop…
“So…” I said folding my hands in my lap and looking down at them awkwardly. I could feel my face flush hotly. Was it even possible that Matthew could feel as awkward as I felt?
“Well this is awkward isn’t it?” Matthew laughed breaking the ice, and I found myself able to look up and meet his direct gaze. I couldn’t get over how much he looked like Mika. How could I not have noticed that the minute he opened the door in his cop uniform. The one he ripped off his body minutes later, I thought, flushing again at the memory. “Madeline, if I only knew you were the bride, I would have never took the gig. This isn’t exactly how I pictured meeting you.” Matthew said, his hands nervously playing with the table top.
“Tell me about it,” I began, fumbling over my words. “I thought you were in medical school?” I asked. “Or was that a lie?”
“How do you think I pay for medical school?” Matthew laughed, ripping open a sugar packet and pouring it into his coffee mug. “I’m not proud of moonlighting as a stripper, but it’s not like I have a choice. It’s a means to an end, that’s all.”
“Promise me you wont tell Mika. He’s so proud of me for pursing medicine, and has given up so much to see to it that I complete that goal. I don’t want him to think less of me. Please.” He looked at me with his eyes so like Mika’s that I couldn’t help but give in.
“Alright, fine. I wont utter a word, but I don’t like starting out my marriage based on a lie. If I’ve learned one thing in life, it’s that secrets have a way of coming out, no matter how much you try to keep them buried.” I said truthfully. “And I think you need to give Mika more credit than that. If you think Mika would look down on you for doing what you need to do to keep yourself in school, then you don’t know him at all. He’s just going to be happy to see you. It’s been too long. You have no idea what his life has been like…” I found my voice trailing off as I blinked back tears.
As nice as Matthew was, I couldn’t help but feel a little bit bitter towards him, he had such a different upbringing then Mika. Mika was the one who shouldered all the abuse from his father, and grandfather, to keep Matthew safe. If it wasn’t for Mika, Matthew would never had been able to follow his dreams at all….
“Tell me everything…” Matthew asked, his dark eyes looking into mine as he leaned forward on his elbows to face me directly.
So I did….
“I can’t believe Mika never said a word to me about this…any of this.” Matthew looked down at the table dumbfounded. When he looked up at me once again, his dark eyes were blazing as if back-lit by a tiny flame.
“I guess we all have our secrets to keep.” I said softly. “Mika would die before he let you know any of this, but somehow I thought you should know.” I said honestly. “It doesn’t change the past, but it made Mika who he is today, and I have to say he’s pretty amazing.” My lips twitched in a semblance of a smile. “For someone to have went through what he had in life, and to come out victorious and still manages to be the father he is to our children….he inspires me every day.”
“If I keep quiet about you stripping, then you can never utter a single word of what I told you tonight. Mika is believed to be dead, and for obvious reasons, we need to keep it that way. I know it’s a lot to ask, but if you care about him at all, it needs to be this way.”
“Of course. I’ll never utter a peep, you have my word.” Matthew nodded and looked directly into my eyes. Those eyes, the same as Mika’s thoughtful and direct. I breathed a sigh of relief…
It was glaringly obvious that Matthew was nervous. In the car, he kept wiping his hands against his pants, due to sweaty palms, that gripped the steering wheel so hard you could practically hear it begging for mercy.
“Relax will ya?” I began. “He’s your brother, sure it’s been awhile, he’ll be happy to see you. Trust me.”
“It’s just…from what you told me. I feel like a horrible brother. Mika was willing to give up his happiness just so I would be left alone by my sadistic fuck of a grandfather.” He shook his head, his face slightly pale in the moonlight that streamed in through the car window. “I don’t remember much about him, my grandfather that is. I remember when we were little that he gave me the creeps, he was intense, but he never laid a finger on me, and was willing to help me out with school. Now that I know everything, I feel sick inside.”
“I know.” I said simply. “But Mika’s ok. He really is. And he’d never want you to know all the shit he’s gone through. Ok?” I stared at him until he faced me and looked me in the eye. “Ok?” I repeated, a little more forcefully.
“I told you already, I wont say a word.”
We pulled onto the street, and I felt my stomach flutter with nerves more so for Matthew than myself as he pulled into the driveway. The lights in the living room where still on, and I could see the glow of the television. Mika was still up. I smiled, I knew he would wait up for me wondering how my bachelorette party went. If he only knew…
“This place looks the same as I remember it…” Matthew breathed standing on the sidewalk like he was made of stone, looking up at the house with an unreadable expression. “I was so young the last time I was here, but there is nothing but good memories in this house, way before everything went to shit with our father…wow…I’m not surprised Mika ended back up here. It’s a great place to raise a family.” He turned to me and smiled.
“Ready to go inside?” I asked from beside Matthew.
“No talk of strippers?” Matthew asked again with a sheepish grin.
“Never.” I laughed. “It’s a memory I’d rather soon forget.”
“Hey honey, you’re home early how was the….” Mika began, his voice trailing off as he caught sight of his brother who stood beside me looking like a deer caught in the headlights. “Matthew?” Mika asked, shocked.
The twins who were sleeping beside Mika sat up and rubbed their tired little eyes, puzzled at the sight of our visitor.
“Mama home.” Addison babbled and yawned, her eye lashes fluttering sweetly.
Mika sat up quickly and leaned forward his eyes brightened.
“Shit. man. You came.” Mika stood up and crossed the room quickly.
I saw Matthew tense, like he was afraid that Mika was going to punch him, and then relax as Mika threw his arms around his younger brother, and thumped him on the back once. The total bro hug if there ever was one.
“It’s good to see ya man.” Mika pulled back with a grin that made my heart burst at the seams.
“It’s been too long.” Matthew said. “Way to long.”
“I wasn’t sure if you were going to be able to make the wedding, I know medical school has got to be a ball buster, but I’m glad you came.”
“You kidding man? I wouldn’t miss this for the world. I’m just shocked you found a woman who was willing to put up with you, and she’s gorgeous too. Good job bro, you did alright for yourself.”
I grinned like a moron over the compliment, and stood beside them with an ear to ear grin on my face. “Of all the people to run into.” I began, hoping I didn’t sound like a liar. “Matthew was hoping to make a little extra cash while he visits and was the bar tender at my bachelorette party.”
Matthew smiled weakly, but just nodded. “Medical school is expensive, I gotta earn extra cash wherever I can.”
“Where you staying?” Mika asked.
“A hotel downtown.”
“Nonsense.” Mika smiled. “Your staying here, in our guest room. We have plenty of room.” He gave me a quick glance to make sure it was ok, and I quickly nodded.
“This is Addison, and this little stinker here is Aidan.” Mika said smiling down at the twins with pride. I could tell how much this introduction ment to Mika. Matthew was the only family he had left.
Matthew smiled down at the twins who blinked up at him with wide eyes.
“This is your uncle Matthew.” I said with a smile. “It’s late, let’s get you two little animals to bed.”
I picked up Addison and Aidan, one twin on each hip and smiled tiredly at Mika and Matthew who looked so involved in their conversation that they hardly noticed me. Instead of feeling left out, I felt grateful that there unexpected visit was going so well. This ment as much to me as it did to Mika and I couldn’t feel happier for the two of them.
“I’m just going to get these two in bed, and let you guys have some time to visit and catch up.” I smiled, and hurried up the stairs to the nursery.
After wrestling Aidan into his pajamas I tossed him in the air and peppered his little belly in kisses that made him squeal. “Mama, again!” He squealed with joy. “Night night, Aidan, Mommy loves you.” I said as I lay him down in his crib where he promptly closed his eyes.
“Sleep tight sweetheart.” I whispered to Addison as I gently kissed her forehead. I watched her long lashes flutter upon her cheeks as she lay down falling instantly asleep with a smile on her lips.
I flipped off the lights and before I left the room turned one last time to stare at the twins, so very happy and grateful that my disaster of a bachelorette party had such a happy ending for Mika. I couldn’t imagine life getting any better than it was right now. I had an amazing family, and in three days time I would be marrying the man of my dreams.
A burst of laughter from downstairs made me smile. It warmed my heart to hear Mika laughing with his brother, who I know he missed more than he’d ever say. I shut the door softly behind me and with a smile on my lips, joined Mika and Matthew downstairs.