“My name is Juniper Smith, and I think I’m your sister.”
Laughing uneasily, Roisin asked. “What?”
Lainey paused, just looking at this weird blonde girl. “Okay, I think I know what’s going on here. You heard about the whole inheritance thing and you want part of it, right? Going to claim you’re one of her dad’s past kids, some kind of weird lovechild or something. Well, I can stop you right there because her mom and real dad were together since they were teenagers and unless her dad got freaky at like fourteen-”
“No! No. No, no, I grew up in the city. To be honest I don’t know anything about your dad. It’s actually your mom.” As soon as she mentioned her mom, it clicked for both of them who this Juniper looked like; their Juniper, mom Juniper.
“Jesus Christ.” Roisin mumbled, not so sure if she believed this. It’s true that this woman look a scarily lot like her mom, but how? “Uhm, do you want to come in for us to talk about this?” She asked, getting a sense that even though this situation was weird, this woman seemed harmless (or at least seemed like if she started to cause trouble, Lainey could probably take her).
“So, I know this is probably really weird. It’s really weird for me too. I mean, I’m used to think that I was an only child and now I know that I’ve got family. Biological family.” The blonde girl started, awkwardly stepping inside the apartment.
“Wait, how old are you?” Lainey asked, suspicious of this Juniper.
“I’m eighteen.” She replied, wondering about the question.
“So, older than Aisling. I think mom and Nick have only been together for about seventeen years.” Roisin mumbled to Lainey, who was still looking at Juniper suspiciously. Roisin then asked. “How… How did you find us?”
“Well, when an adopted child is eighteen, you can learn about your actual parents and family. My dads told me to stay away from my birth mom because of something weird happening, I’m not so sure what, my dads never went into it. I really wanted to find her though, and I did find out who she was, but it said she was in prison. I looked up about my birth mom’s other kids, and I found you and you were the oldest so… Here I am.” This Juniper smiled slightly, somewhat uneasily. It was easy to see how bizarre her story seemed.
“Wait, there’s something that doesn’t add up.” Lainey pointed out, sitting down on the sofa. Before today, she would have said that Roisin looked spookily like her mom, but looking at this Juniper, well needless to say her opinion has changed. “Did your dads say who your proper dad was?” Lainey asked, curious. Despite looking quite a lot like older Juniper, she looked nothing like Nick, and she can’t really remember Juniper ever being with anyone else.
“They said it was this guy my mom was having a fling with, but apparently there was a bit of uncertainty between these two guys, and even though one of them asked for a DNA test, my dads weren’t sure if the results were really true or not.” Juniper explained, watching the other two. “I’m really sorry, I know this sounds rude, but who are you?”
“I’m Lainey, Roisin’s step-sister. Her mom and my dad are married.” Lainey made it a point to say that she was only Roisin’s step sister, not hers.
“Look, you seem nice and everything, and you do kinda look a lot like my mom but I just don’t-” Roisin started, unable to wrap her head around everything that was happening.
“Wait! I can prove it! I’ve got this picture of my birth mom.” Getting out a picture, she put it down on the coffee table. Pointing to it, she explained. “This one is my mom with me when I was born. Apparently it was the guy who they thought was my dad that took the picture, but I wound up looking nothing like him so that’s why my dads weren’t sure.” Juniper was starting to get confused about what she has and hasn’t said, mostly because she was just so excited and nervous to be meeting someone who was actually related to her. “But yeah, that’s her. It’s pretty faded and worn but, I mean, it is about eighteen years old, you know?”
Both Lainey and Roisin took the picture, neither of them sure how to respond. It was definitely older Juniper in that pictures, without a doubt. There was then a knocking sound at the door, to which Lainey mumbled “If that’s a surprise brother for me, I swear to fucking God.”
“I think that’s the pizza, let’s just all have pizza.” Roisin mumbled, in a daze about what’s happening.
The three girls ate in an awkward silence (Juniper probably feeling the most awkward, equally wanting to eat the pizza and having Roisin tell her to, and not wanting to eat it because she’s only just met them), no one really knowing what exactly so say. The best thing was that the TV was on meaning that the room wasn’t in complete silence.
The three of them finished dinner, and Roisin took care of the plates and the left overs, staying in the kitchen for a short period of time. Taking a moment, Juniper asked awkwardly. “Do… Do you believe me? What I’m saying, I mean?”
“It’s just a lot to take in.” Roisin confessed. “I’m honestly not so sure what to think.”
Pausing for quite a while, Lainey mumbled. “I feel like, I can kind of remember it. That or Juniper got really fat for about nine months and then lost the weight kinda quickly.” Stopping herself, she then corrected. “Older Juniper, I mean.” She began to wonder why she had the same name as her, then again, it wasn’t like she could talk. Funny, seemed like Roisin was the odd one out in this situation when it came to names. “But, I mean, it’s hazy, you know? It did happen when me and Roisin were like little kids.”
Roisin stayed quiet on the subject, having faint memories of her mom seeing this blonde guy? But they were faint, he was probably some kind of unrelated business person that was hitting on her mom.
“So, you don’t think I’m lying? Because I’m not! I swear I’m not.” Juniper looked at the two of them, hopeful.
“You do look a lot like my… Our mom.” Roisin admitted, feeling weird about this still as she moved to sit down. When she did, she changed the subject to something that felt easier to get her heard around. “So, where abouts do you live? I mean, if I have another sister, I kinda wanna see you more often.” Laughing nervously, she made a mental note that the next time she saw Nick to ask him about this. It felt weird to think that her mom had another baby that Roisin never knew about, another baby, but wasn’t Nick’s… Weird. Here she was thinking that she was the only one, but not anymore.
“I live quite far out of the city now. Me and my dads and my brother moved away about ten years ago. Honestly, I’m really glad I found you guys because otherwise it would have been a long way for not much.” Laughing somewhat awkwardly, she smiles uneasily. “My dads are actually kinda annoyed that I’m here, they didn’t want me to get too close to my birth mom… Our mom, because of that thing that happened. I tried to find out what it was, but whenever I tried these weird news stories came up.”
Feeling somewhat awkward, she felt like it wasn’t a good idea to go into right now what happened to their mom, her mom. “Why don’t you stay here for the night?” Roisin suggested, getting a glare from Lainey.
“Roisin? Can I talk to you in private for a moment?” Lainey pretty much dragged Roisin into her room.
“What?” Roisin asked, frowning.
“What the fuck do you mean, what?!” Lainey asked in a harsh whisper. “We can’t just have her stay with us! We’ve only just fucking met her!” Sighing heavily, she grumbled. “You can’t just invite someone you met like an hour ago to stay with us, weird secret lovechild sister or not. It’s not a good idea.”
“She probably is our sister, Lain. We can’t just kick her out, and make her go a real long way back home.” Roisin argued, frowning. “I mean, you saw that picture of mom with a baby, and how would she have that picture if it wasn’t her? I’m telling you, I don’t think she’s lying. I think she really is our sister.”
“Yours. Your sister. She’s not my sister, only yours.” Lainey pointed out, and then sighed. “Look, I get that it’s been a lot tonight that we weren’t expecting, but she can’t just stay. I don’t trust her. There’s something off about her. Her story just seems way too perfect and weird.”
“You’re being paranoid. Have you seen her? She’s a small, petite blonde girl who even I could probably take on in a fight.” Roisin pointed out. “Just look at what she’s wearing, I mean, come on. If she causes any trouble we can take her. That, and you can’t deny that she looks exactly like Juniper, mom Juniper I mean.”
Staying quiet for a while, Lainey mumbled. “Fine. She can stay. I admit she does look a lot like Juniper does, but I don’t know. Maybe I am being overly suspicious of her, but how weird is this? A sister we never even knew about shows up randomly out of the blue? It’s not like Juniper, older Juniper I mean, or Nick ever even mentioned it.”
“I know it’s weird, but if we both feel like she’s telling the truth…” Roisin trailed off, frowning. It was weird, even though everything was telling her not to trust her, she just did. “That and the pictures, I mean, that’s mom. I know we don’t really remember it, but we were what? Four and five-ish? Of course we wouldn’t remember. And they probably didn’t mention it because, well, how can they? It’s not an easy thing to just bring up, I doubt they would be like ‘hey kids here’s a random sibling you never knew about! Surprise!'”
There was a soft knocking at the bedroom door, and the sound of Juniper’s voice. “I-I can go if me staying is too much trouble. I understand that this is really weird, and I get it if you don’t want me to stick around much. I get it, I mean, it’s really weird.”
Roisin opened the bedroom door, and smiled at her new sister. “It’s alright. You can stay. We’ve got a spare bedroom actually. It’s still got a bed in, just in case any of our friends ever wanted to stay over, but I guess a family member staying over is just as cool, right?”
Grinning, Juniper held herself back from hugging her. “I’m sorry, I’m just so happy. I’ve never had a sister. I’ve got a little brother that my dads adopted when I was about five, but that’s been it. I’ve always wanted a sister, and now I’ve got two.” Juniper smiled widely, this situation going better than she could ever have hoped.
“Three, technically. We’re not sisters, but yours and Roisin’s mom had two other girls, and a boy.” Lainey added, still feeling somewhat guarded towards her. It was weird, this situation was weird, and Lainey really didn’t like it nor trust it.
Juniper ignored the fact that her real mom had other siblings. It wasn’t important to get angry about, or at least not get angry about to these two. “Speaking of her, where is she? Our mom, I mean.” It was still weird for Juniper to say that, it felt weird thinking about her having a mom. “There was something about a court date and prison time?”
Roisin and Lainey shared a look, somewhat unwilling to mention what actually happened. Sighing heavily, Roisin explained. “She’s still in prison. It’s a really long story.”
“Oh.” Rather dejected, Juniper’s shoulders dropped upon hearing that. Staying quiet for a moment, also wondering how to word this, Juniper then asked. “This is also something really weird, but maybe because you’re my sister, but do you ever get these weird… Feelings?” She asked.
Furrowing her eyebrows, Roisin answered. “No?” Giving a concerned look, she mumbled. “I know my mom used to zone out sometimes, but that’s the only weird thing she ever used to do. Why?”
Juniper nodded once, biting back a slight smile. “Oh, no reason.” So, there was something she shared in common with her birth mom. “I was just asking, for the sake of asking.”
AN: And the marital structure is…….
Single with Double Help!
Otherwise known as “how many ways can I kill off baby daddies/ romantic interests”
*looks sadly at Joe and Caleb even though we haven’t seen both of them in a while*
Also I can tell you now that I am not going to elaborate whatsoever on Juniper inheriting Juniper’s talent. Nope. It’s just for fluff tbh (that and I imagine she’s not as good at it, she’s only right 30% of the time (lmao obscure reference) not really, probably less. She’s a kinda shit fortune teller tbh). I only did it too because when I rolled for the second secondary career it was fortune teller genuine psychic again and i was like “lol” and then rerolled bc I’m allowed to.