Chapter 25

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Author’s Note:

Wow! Season 2 is finished! Thank you for coming on this journey with me!

I wish I could convey how truly thankful I am and how much it means to me that you guys came by and read Grace’s story. I started writing this story back in May and I can’t believe we are here, 2 Seasons, and 7 months later! 😉 Your support, love, and encouragement have been so amazing, you guys keep me going.

Thank you for being here, reading, commenting, and for your support.

See you in Season 3!

-Rory

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Chapter 24

Heading down the hallway, Sophie and Grace made their way toward the bathroom.

“The bubble bath is under the sink,” Sophie said. “I’m just going to go grab a towel.” Grace started to draw a warm bath and while she was reaching for the bubble bath, her mind wandered back to Molly. Grace’s heart warmed as the thought about how perfect she is.

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“Thank you Grace for doing this. I really appreciate it.” Sophie said, as she entered the bathroom.

“Of course.” Grace smiled. “Babies are wonderful, aren’t they?” Grace said, pouring in the bubble bath.

“They are. Hey, why don’t you have children if you love them so much?” Grace stopped pouring the bubble bath and shook her head.

“Because I can’t have any.” Grace lied. Sophie blinked, shocked.

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“I’m so sorry.” Sophie said, sadly. Grace didn’t care that she lied, she hated that Sophie had this perfect life. She wanted Sophie to feel bad. To hurt as she did all those years in the orphanage.

“It’s okay.” Grace said. “Now, get in. I’ll go make you a cup of tea for after your bath and I’ll watch Molly so you can relax.”

“You are such an amazing friend, Grace. Thank you.” Sophie said, as she stepped into the warm bath and laid her head back. Grace smiled and closed the bathroom door quietly.

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“Looks like my plan has changed.” Grace thought.  As she headed down the hallway towards the nursery, Grace devised a new plan, a better plan. Picking up Molly from her bassinet, Grace headed out of the front door and didn’t look back.

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Chapter 23

 

Grace stood out front of Sophie’s house. It was a beautiful suburban home. Just like Grace had always wanted. Her heart broke a little.

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“No,” Grace thought, “I need to be strong.” Stepping up to the door, Grace rang the doorbell.

“Coming!” Sophie called from inside. Opening the door, Sophie stood there in shock as she stared at Grace. Then, her eyes fell to the bakery box that Grace was holding.

“I thought since you couldn’t make it into the bakery, you would like some Strawberry Fizzy cupcakes delivered to your door.” Grace said, as sweetly as she could as she handed the bakery box to Sophie.

“Thank you.” Sophie said, quietly. Fearful and wary, Sophie took the box and set it down on the table next to the front door then stepped back outside and slowly shut the door behind her.

“Look, I…I’m really sorry for what I did.” Sophie started to explain. “I’m sure by now you heard about the lie I told my parents and how it resulted in me being adopted instead of you.” Sophie explained, awkwardly.

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“Yep. I do know. But you know what, we were so young back then and we just wanted to get out of there so badly. I understand why you did it. It’s okay.” Grace lied. She hoped Sophie couldn’t pick up on her rage boiling just under the surface. Sophie’s face lit up as she reached for Grace and pulled her into a hug.

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“Oh, Grace! I’m so happy you forgive me! I’ve held onto this guilt for so many years.” Sophie cried. “Come in! Come in! Let me just take this cupcake box into the kitchen and I’ll be right back.” She said, pulling Grace into the house by the arm.

Stepping inside, Grace saw a wall of photos. Like a scrapbook of happy memories on display, Grace looked at them sadly as she saw a very happy Sophie grow up in the stolen storybook life Grace had always dreamed of. She squinted and pretended to see herself in Sophie’s place, enjoying the life that was meant for her.

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“Nice family.” Grace muttered to Sophie as she came back into the room, trying her best not to sound hurt.

“Thank you. My parents are amazing people. My grandma is, too.” Sophie said, smiling.

Grace cringed inwardly at how casually Sophie called these people in the photos her Mom and Dad. These people were supposed to be her parents, not Sophie’s.

“Thank you for the cupcakes.” Sophie said, excitedly. “I craved them everyday when I was pregnant.” An uncomfortable silence passed between the two girls and Grace’s eyes fell to a huge golden award sitting on the foyer table. Leaning forward to read the inscription, Grace saw that it was for a man named Tyler Calloway in appreciation for his continued dedication and astounding medical breakthroughs in his continued efforts to eradicate the Llama Flu.

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“That’s impressive.” Grace said, motioning toward the award.

“Yeah. My husband and my Dad are doctors. They’ve made a big difference in the world.” Sophie said, proudly.

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“C’mon, I want you to meet someone.” Sophie said, smiling. Grace followed Sophie through the beautiful house and into a sweet little nursery. Reaching into the bassinet, Sophie lifted out a tiny bundle and showed her to Grace.

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“She’s beautiful.” Grace smiled. “What’s her name?”

“Cheddar.” Sophie teased. Grace laughed, remembering the cheese incident at the orphanage.  Grace’s brief moment of happiness was replaced with the now painful memory. Sophie used to be her best friend, they shared so much together. Trying to hold her smile, Grace was again reminded of why she was there.

“No really, her name is Molly, after my adoptive mother.” Sophie said, as she gently set the baby back down into the bassinet.

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“May I?” Grace said as she motioned that she wanted to hold the baby.

“Oh my gosh, of course!” Sophie said, happily. Grace picked up the soft, warm bundle and cuddled her in her arms. Looking down at Molly’s face, she saw a purity and innocence that captured Grace’s heart. Putting Molly over her shoulder, Grace took a deep breath. She smelled of baby powder.

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Grace closed her eyes and smiled. Placing Molly back into her bassinet, Grace looked down at her.

“She’s so sweet. She has her whole life ahead of her.” Grace thought to herself. Looking over at Sophie, Grace’s eyes teared up.

“She’s perfect.” Grace said, looking at Sophie. Sophie smiled, and looked at her newborn daughter.

“She is.” Sophie beamed. “I never knew I could love someone so deeply.” Walking across the room for a tissue, Sophie noticed herself in the mirror.

“Oh my gosh, look at me. I’m a mess. I haven’t had a bath in days.” Sophie said, embarrassingly.

“How about I draw you a bath and I’ll watch Molly while you relax.” Grace offered.

“Really?” Sophie said, happily. “That would be amazing.”

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Chapter 22

A few days have passed since Sophie went into labor at the bakery and the town was a buzz with excitement as people came in to bring gifts and offer well wishes to Charlotte for Sophie and her new baby.

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Pleased that her mere presence and had sent Sophie into a panic, inducing Sophie’s labor, Grace decided now is the perfect time to put her plan in action. Grabbing a bakery box, Grace walked over to the pastry case and put in a few Strawberry Fizzy cupcakes. With the box in hand, she headed over to Charlotte.

“I hope this works.” Grace whispered, under her breath.

“I was thinking,” Grace started to explain to Charlotte, setting the box on the counter, “With Sophie not being able to come into the bakery with the new baby and all, I was thinking that I’m sure she would love some of your cupcakes. Why don’t I deliver some to her?” Grace asked.

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“Oh, you sweet thing. That’s a wonderful idea.” Charlotte said, beaming. Grabbing a pen, Charlotte wrote directions on how to get to Sophie’s house on the bakery box. Excited to see that Sophie only lived a few blocks away, Grace ran her plan of revenge through her head again just to make sure she would get every detail right.

“I’m so excited,” Grace gushed to Charlotte, “She won’t see this surprise coming.”

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Author’s Note: Did you see it? A hidden item from The Sims 3 made it into a screen shot today! Shout it out when you see it!