I stand behind Evergreen as she peers out into space
I knew that this wasn't going to be easy but I had to do it. I then walked up beside her and put my hand upon her shoulder, she just looked up at me and smiled
that wasn't making it any easier. How can I tell her that I'm her father after sixteen years, I mean even I didn't know that I was her father until recently Killy told me.
"Hey Evergreen can we take a seat?"
"Sure I.I.!" she smiled again. I led her into our quarters and locked the door; Talia looked at us as we walked in. She knew what was about to happen but, she didn't move. I sat Evergreen down onto the bed and set down next to her,
"Evergreen" I said
err I mean I.I."
"Why did you call me dad?" I quickly asked
"That's because I consider you my dad silly, even though my blood father is out there somewhere, you're my dad"
"But, Evergreen," I pause "you know I love you very much right?" she nods. "Well, there is no easy way to say it but," I pull out a picture from the photo album; it was a picture of me and Rosey. I show her the picture,
"I know you knew my mother I.I." I shake my head and tap the picture
"Evergreen, I'm your true father
" Evergreen started to cry shaking her head,
"I need to go" Evergreen ran to the door and forced it open, she ran away
I slumped into the bed and sighed.
"She hates" me I said to Talia. Talia could only look at me speechless
I ran down the hallways ignoring every crewman I passed, the tears were clouding my vision but I knew where I was going. I ran into the engineering bay where Alice usually works. She was watching over all the engineers making sure that everything was in working order. I walked up to her and tapped on her shirt while I rubbed the tears away,
"Alice I need someone to talk to,"
"Go to Stev, I'm a little busy," she shook her head
"I don't want to talk to Uncle Stev," I said shaking my head. "Please Alice!" She looked over at me and nodded,
"Okay then let's go," she then points at a corpsman, "You grunt! Watch over the engineers." Alice slings her arm over me and pulls a handkerchief for me, "Come now Evergreen, tell me what's the matter?"
"Well," I sniffle, "It's with I.I. he,"
"Did he hurt you!?"
"No, no he didn't, Iuilus told me that he is
"Well c'mon?" she pressed
"Well he told me that I'm his daughter
"Oh my," she gasped "Well, Evergreen wait right here, I'm going to get you something to drink," I waited for about forty five minutes, but no Alice. I decided maybe I should go talk to Stev; I get up off the couch and leave Alice's room. I walk directly to Stev's since she is usually sitting in her room doing the reports. I finally walk up to the door and start knocking on it. She opens the door and at first she didn't see, but when I sniffled she looked down and knew right away something was wrong. Stev led me into her quarters, with a soothing voice.
"Now tell me what's the matter
" she crossed her robotic leg over her normal.
"I.I., well he told me that I'm his real daughter
" Stev put her hand on the side of her head.
"I see" she said calmly, "and how do you feel about it?" I paused for a moment,
"I guess I just think that he's embarrassed of me
like he doesn't want me,"
"NO!" Stev quickly stomped and she quickly kneels beside me, "Don't you think for a second that Iuilus doesn't love you, because for the last sixteen years he has been saving the money to release you from enslavement. In fact he hates the fact that he cannot be raising you with your mom on a happy little home, he loves you more than anything in this universe." She puts her hands on my shoulders, "You can't imagine how hard it was for him to tell you, because of what he did in the past, the only reason he didn't tell you was because he didn't want you to hate him."
"I think I know what you mean Uncle." I said quietly. Stev then nods
"Good, do you need anything else?" I shake my head and wipe some of the tears. "Alright then, run along" she kisses me on the fore head, and gently pushes me along. I walk back to our room, before I open the door I wait. What would Iuil- err Dad think when I walk back in after rejecting him
Grr NO! Evergreen I.I. always told you that Beastiles are supposed to be brave and strong, I guess it's time I live up to it. I rub my ears and smile, well I guess it's time to go in and see him. The door slides open and I look inside, Iuilus is sitting down in the same place looking at a picture. Talia was tiding up and she looked up at me silently,
"Daddy?" Dad quickly stands up and looks at me with an unsure look. I then quickly run at him with arms wide open, he in turn kneels down and holds me in his arms
I think we were both crying, but not sad tears of course not, but tears of joy. Talia was looking at us from afar; she just tilted her head from across the room. I think she felt a little left out, so I let go of Iuilus and pulled Talia over to us and the both of us gave her a big group hug,
"You're a part of this family as much Daddy and me" I smile. Talia used to feel uncomfortable, but I think she actually liked being a part of this family.
(End of Chapter 12)