Chapter 3.16 – Christmas Break

Because their dad felt guilty about leaving them alone and taking Taylor on a weeklong vacation to Paris, he gave the twins his old red Jeep for Christmas. They definitely felt they got the better end of that deal. They had wheels now! Plus, a week to themselves.

The first thing Ryan did after the rest of their family left was plan a party. Finally, he got to host a party at his house. He spent the better part of an hour calling everyone. Reagan called Link.

Link arrived first and Reagan ran to let him in.  “Hi,” he said with a lopsided grin.  Then he immediately pulled her in for a kiss that knocked her off her feet.  “I came early to help.  What can I do?” 

“In the kitchen,” she said. “I need help cutting up the veggies.” He followed her in, and she handed him a knife.  They began to chop up vegetables, working side by side in companionable silence. She really did like Link. He made her forget about Archer. He was always so sweet and thoughtful.

The next to arrive was Jason, who came in with his sister Olivia and her boyfriend Giorgio. Her heart went out to Jason. He hadn’t been the same since his mom and dad separated. Then to make matters worse, Kenzie moved away, and his grandfather died unexpectedly. “Excuse me Link, I want to go say hi to Jason,” said Regan and went to greet him.

Jason, as always, had his guitar with him. She knew it was probably just a way to escape. Sort of like drawing was for her. “Hi. I see you brought your guitar. You gonna sing for us?” she asked as she walked up.

“Yeah. Maybe, or just play a little,” he said without much emotion.

Reagan impulsively kissed him on the cheek. “I’m glad you came.”

Jason smiled at her display of affection. “Liv wouldn’t leave without me. Not much choice.”

Reagan huffed out a small laugh. “Well, good for her. Hey there’s Rosa. Maybe you two can chat. I need to go help Link.”

Jason looked sad for a split second before he tried to mask it. He shook his head. “You don’t need to set me up Reagan.”

“Too late, here she comes,” she said. At the same time Link walked over and put his arm possessively around her. She loved his displays of affection and she easily leaned into him.

“Gonna play some of those ballads you been practicing?” asked Link and turned to Reagan, “He used to be a little bit country, now he’s a blues kinda guy.”

Rosa started talking to Jason. Reagan figured her work there was done, so she and Link left them.

“I want to talk,” said Link, “Is there somewhere we can be alone?”

Reagan frowned worried what he wanted to talk about. She was afraid maybe he was mad because she kissed Jason on the cheek. “Maybe the playroom,” she said and led the way.

Link grabbed a couple of drinks on the way. When they walked in, he sat them down and shut the door. “Does it lock?”

She grinned and shook her head. She knew now that he had no intention of talking.

“Well damn,” he said. He turned out the lights leaving just the illuminated butterflies lighting up the room. He came and sat down next to her pulling her close. “Guess I have to behave.”

Reagan laughed at his pouty face. “Why? What did you have in mind?”

“I hoped we might be able to have a heavy make out session,” he said. “I really like you a lot Reagan. You’re hot and you don’t even know it. And fun. And your kisses – so good. You make me crazy.”

No sooner than they began to make out than the door opened, and the light was switched on. “Occupied!” yelled out Link.

“Guys, Ami and Noah just pulled up,” said Ryan.

“Ami and Noah?” asked Link, ‘Your aunt and uncle?”

“Yeah, I guess Daddy Murdick told them to come by unannounced to check on us,” grumbled Ryan, “Thank fuck this party just started.”

The doorbell rang seconds later. “There they are. Fuck fuck,” he said and turned to go answer the door.

“Come on,” said Reagan, “party’s over.”

“Hey, it’s okay,” replied Link, “We have a week – right?”

Reagan and Link made their way into the front room where everyone else was congregated paying no attention to the newcomers. Ryan was already talking to Ami and Noah. At least they didn’t look mad.

When Ami saw Reagan she lit up. “Hi Rea!” she said and walked over to where she and Link were standing. “Who’s this?” She motioned to Link.

“This is Link Masson. My boyfriend,” said Reagan, “Link this is my Aunt, Ami Redcliffe, and that is her husband, Noah talking to Ryan.”

Ami and Link shook hands. “Boyfriend huh?” said Ami and gave Reagan a conspiratorial smile. “It’s nice to meet you Link.”

“You too Mrs. Redcliffe,” he said in return.

“Ami – please. Mrs Redcliffe makes me feel old.” Then she turned to Reagan, “So Reagan, having a party?”

“Yes, but we aren’t getting into trouble,” replied Reagan defensively.

“I know.  But you know, we are gonna have to stay, just in case . . . sorry Rea.  Cole would never forgive me.  We were coming home from a Christmas Party and saw the cars. “

“Okay,” said Reagan deflated.

“Noah and I will hang out in the study. You guys keep outta trouble. I’m not going to take the beer, but if anyone doesn’t have a designated driver, Noah and I will take them home. Party ends at midnight sweetie. Have fun.” Ami turned to Noah, “Hey Noah, come on, we are going to the study to hang.”

Ryan walked over to Reagan and Link. “What did she say?” he asked.

“She was cool,” said Link answering the question for Reagan. “She isn’t taking the beer, but she said party ends at midnight.”

“Okay,” said Ryan with a sigh, “Well, let’s listen to Jason for awhile then we can watch a movie or play video games.”


The next morning, Reagan and Ryan were having breakfast. Since neither Taylor or Dannie was there to prepare it, they had cold cereal. “Do you think we can go to San Myshuno today?” asked Reagan.

“I need to call and make sure she has agreed to see us and find out what time visiting hours are.”

She hasn’t seen us since we were eight, so I put together a photo album of us through the years. I hope she’ll like it.  Why don’t I clean up the dishes. You go call.”

A few minutes later Ryan walked back in. He looked pale and it worried Reagan. “What’s wrong?”

“Mom agreed to see us. We can go today. It’ll take about an hour and a half to get there. We need to leave in about an hour.”

Reagan threw her arms around her brother and cried. “I can’t believe it’s going to happen!”

“Rea, do you think we should we take grandma or grandpa with us?”

“No,” she said quickly, “I don’t think Mom will want to see grandpa. Or he her.”

“It’s just that I’m nervous as fuck. What if it doesn’t go well Rea? We may need someone and I don’t want to ask Ami. It seems wrong.”

Reagan thought about it for a second. It would be good to have someone there, but there really was no one.  She gave Ryan a confident smile. “No,” she decided, “They will try to talk us out of going. I need to do this. Let’s get ready.”


Ryan pulled their red Jeep up in front of the San Myshuno Penitentiary Women’s Unit. It had been snowing and everything was eerily quiet. Reagan knew it housed some really bad criminals. Just the thought that their mother was living behind those walls, and had been for the past 8 years, made her physically sick.

They both sat in the car not saying a word for a minute, just taking in their surroundings. Finally, Reagan looked over at her brother, and he looked just as bad as she felt. That made her sad. She hated seeing him upset and decided it was time for her to be strong for him. He always tried to take care of her, even if he was sometimes Murdicky about it. That thought made her smile inside and it helped a little. She loved her brother dearly.

Reagan put her hand on Ryan’s to get his attention. “Come on Bubba Murdick,” she teased, with more confidence than she felt, “It’s time to go see Mommy Dearest.” Ryan chuckled softly and that too helped.

“Okay,” he said and then resumed his scowl. “You don’t think she really is evil, do you?”

Reagan thought a minute before replying. “No, because we aren’t evil. If she was, wouldn’t we be too?” reasoned Reagan.

“Okay – I guess,” said Ryan, “Get your scrap book or whatever and let’s do this.”


Once inside the prison, a woman led them down into the visitor’s room. On the way she had given them strict instructions that they could only hug briefly before and after the meeting. Reagan was beginning to feel sick again, so Ryan put his arm around her to offer support.

The woman pointed to a concrete table. “Please, have a seat at that table and I will let the guards know that you are here for Mrs. Murdock. She should be down momentarily. And remember, only a brief hug. The guard over there will be watching to ensure everything is okay.”

As soon as she left, Reagan and Ryan nervously sat down on one side of the bench to wait. Reagan gently laid the book out in front of her like some sort of sacred peace offering. She knew Ryan could probably hear her heart beating. She was terrified and her hands were shaking. Honestly, Ryan didn’t look much better.

Each time the door would open, and another prisoner was led to a table, Reagan held her breath.  At least fifteen minutes had passed since the woman left to get their mother and they were beginning to wonder if maybe she changed her mind about seeing them.

Finally, the door opened again, and a dark-haired woman walked out accompanied by a female guard. The guard pointed to them, and Reagan felt her stomach lurch.  She grabbed her brother’s hand and squeezed it hard.

When the prisoner eventually looked up and met their eyes, she gasped loudly. “Oh god!” she mumbled, and her face crumpled as she began to sob, her whole body shaking. The female guard had to support the woman’s weight for a minute while she tried to regain her composure.

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59 thoughts on “Chapter 3.16 – Christmas Break

  1. Oh snap they doing it! Well, seeing their mum. In the other sense, Link got cockblocked but what teen arc is complete without that. 😛

    I like prison as a setting, just as karma for Avery. 😉

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  2. Ryan’s timing was impeccable as always. He should get a special title. ‘Newcrest champion in cockblocking’ comes to mind.
    I feel for Avery. Can’t be easy to see the faces of your kids after all those years. The shame. That is, if she feels any and if I’m interpreting her tears correctly. I bet she had done a lot of thinking over the years. It would be nice to read her POV.

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    • Ryan! Needs to give that girl space!

      I hope she feels shame. She should. She has had 8 years to think about what she did. 😭😭😭 Regardless, it’s still heartbreaking.


  3. Mommy Dearest and Daddy Murdick! These poor kids! lol

    It was nice Ami and Noah were cool with the party and didn’t flip. (Probably because Noah isn’t a Murdick… 😉 )

    Ryan doesn’t have a girl at the party…hmm…

    And now for the Mommy Dearest encounter. Bitch has a few emotions after all. (It’s not melting me…no not one bit!) 😡

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    • Ryan has a girl in mind, just never got the chance to put the moves on her before the cool Aunt and Uncle showed up. And yeah, Noah isn’t a Murdick and Ami isn’t Mommy Dearest! I wish they were their parents!

      Yes. The encounter! Dun dun dunnnn. The entire next chapter will be from Ryan’s POV and will be devoted to ‘the encounter’!

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  4. Yessssss Averyyyyyyy! Mean cliffhanger though 😭😭😭😭

    Also, bad timing Noah and Ami! Haha though they were pretty cool for not COMPLETELY busting them and breaking up the party.

    I am both super excited for and dreading the next chapter! 😱😱😱

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  5. Avery sobbing, that is why it took her so long to come out. She had to put on a good front for the kids. She doesn’t care about them. She will try to call me them as soon as she gets out and they will fall for it hook, line, and sinker.

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  6. Cannot wait until the next chapter, where all of us who dislike Avery will probably be made to feel bad for her, because remorse, regret, sad, boo-hoo poor her. Also, we discovered our motherly instincts now that the kids are out of there worst an we have noone else on the outside. Well, luckily I am a grade A ***ho** and that won’t happen. LOL
    As for the party, if you wanna be bad, do it with style, I have been to more thrilling lectures about international trade laws than that party. LOL Such a hater, I know. Ami was definitely the coolest thing about that entire party. 🙂

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  7. Loved that Ami was cool with the party. And loved the little scene between Jason and Reagan. I know he had to have liked that kiss considering all the dreams he has had about here. Don’t break my boys heart….
    Now we see Avery, can’t wait to see the actual meeting….I hope the bitch has had alot of time to think and regret, but somehow I doubt she has. Most succubus gold digging harpies are unfeeling and have hearts of stone.

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  8. Noooo, I just knew you’d do something mean like cut the chapter before they actually got to talk with Avery. 😛 Siiiigh! But to be fair, any evil writer worth their salt does that kind of thing.
    Oh and Ami is just incredible. Way better at handling rebellious teens that Coley. Sure, to them it’ll seem like a lame party, but her way of going about it is ace. She’s really the best. 🙂
    Can’t wait to see how the meeting with Avery goes!

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  9. How dare you leave it there! Uh… I can’t wait to see how the meeting’s gonna go. I’m worried, but at least Avery didn’t snap at them. And Ami is such a cool aunt, too, that she let them have their party!

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  10. I knew you’d cut it right when the kids met Avery! You’re so mean, lol! 😂 I wonder if she really felt any kind of remorse, or she’s just faking it… she did have a lot of time to think, but then again it’s Avery we’re talking about! And now I wonder whatever happened to that evil boyfriend of hers… 🤔
    Can’t wait to see how things with Mommy Dearest will go!
    Ami is so cool! ❤ ❤ She probably is that way because she still remembers how teenagers think and behave, as opposed to her dear brother… and damn, Noah is still lookin' HOT! 😍 I'm so glad he kept that hair 😉

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    • Noah is Noah. And he’s in construction even if he’s a Daddy now. It wouldn’t be right for him to be too clean cut! Although Ami is growing gracefully into the cool mom role.

      Avery. That’s another story altogether! I have to get to leave you wanting more! She’s had 8 years to think about what she’s done. We’ll see if she is indeed remorseful.

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  11. Ami will go down in history as the cool aunt, and I like it! 😀 It seems she has a good grasp on handling teens. lol

    As for Avery, I don’t believe for one second she is truly remorseful. Are those real tears on her face? lol I reckon we’ll see soon if she’s still the master manipulator or if she’s crying for real. 😀

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  14. Good thing Ami was not being a Murdick, and let the kids have the party. It didn’t look like anything too bad, but always better to have a chaperone.
    I am glad that they got to see their mother, but they should have at least told someone. By not telling anyone it makes it sound like they are deceiving Cole and sneaking around. When in reality they have every right to want to see their mother.

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  15. Noah and Ami are such cool parents…*sigh* why couldn’t Dannie and Cole take a few tips from them? (Cole, Mostly…) Ryan surely has some pyschic power or something, to be able to stop his sister in any time possible. Either that or he follows his sister to every door she goes and waits for the right opportunity.

    Good golly! They’re meeting her! I’m scared of what might happen next. Is she still bad?(Not evil, as she ”apologized” to Cole, n the end.) or did prison change her for good? I’m scared a civil war might happen in the murdock family. I mean, if Avery is all like ”ohhh, I love you.” things could end up badly, for dear ol’ daddy how is already seen like a villan. Maybe she could even get custody!

    I mean, think from their perspective. Their mother ended up in jail because o something related to an affair, and they discovered that not only their dad also had an affair, but he seems to love more his childs with Dannie, downright controlling his twin’s life, while dear old mom, who they never had the opportunity to meet, rots in jail. Yikes.

    Even if Avery is showed to be a ”nice person”, There’s still going to be some ligering doubt that maybe this is all an act.(At least from me.) And Cole is going to LOSE IT.

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    • Noah and Ami are awesome parents. Who knew? Lol. Cole really needs to learn from them. Ryan! Lol…always in the right place…it must be a twin thing! Lol…

      They are meeting her! And yes, they think she ended up in jail because of her affair and of course, Cole did something similar with Dannie and in their view he loves that child more. He doesn’t. At all, but he’s not dealing with them correctly at all.

      So true that even if she is ‘nice’ now and repentant, it’s going to cause all kind of havoc and Cole will definitely lose it! 😬

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  16. I kind of both, like and dislike them going to see Avery. On the one hand, it’s an extremely bad idea to do that without any adult supervision. She is manipulative and they’re not experienced enough yet to recognize that. On the other hand, it’s a decision they felt had to make for their own sake. To know where they come from. And that is super important for growing up.
    However, I think if they had reasoned with Cole and Dannie they would have agreed to go with them and let them see Avery. Cole has had his own share of not knowing exactly who his real family is, after all.

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