His One Last Hurrah: Marslin, Round 4, Fall

Mina Marslin is 74, Ralph Marslin is 30, Maya Marslin is 28, Cameron, Lyssa, and Anna Marslin are 10.

The kids came back from school happy, exuberant even.  They’d gotten A’s.  All three of them.

She hides in the bathroom for a moment, trying to make herself feel ready for this.  But you’re never really ready for this sort of thing, are you?  She decided to wear a black dress.  She doesn’t know why.  Maybe it’s because this reminds her of going to a funeral.  In a sense, she’s right.  It is death.  The death of something that used to be beautiful, lovely, amazing, bright.  But now… now it’s not.  She’s almost happy to see it go.  But still… she wonders if she might be able to make it work.

The children are dressed up too, and when they get to the town hall, she makes sure they’re all comfortable.  Anna and Cameron are looking at their father, they haven’t seen him in a while.  Lyssa looks ahead blankly, trying not to look at him.  She doesn’t want to.

And so it begins.  Ralph has chosen self-representation, but Candi Marshall is helping out Maya.

Amanda, the mayor, and reigning judge for the moment listens, and nods slightly.  Maya feels a little reassured.

Everything is final.  And then Ralph speaks.

“I want one.”

Amanda looks forward, and blinks.

“I’m sorry?”  She asks.  What does he mean?

“You know, one of them.”  He says, looking back at the triplets.

Julio sighs.  He doesn’t want to… he doesn’t like this guy for some reason, it’s just a feeling of his.

“He’s entitled.”

And Cameron is chosen.

Maya just looks at Ralph.  How could he do this.  She’d been willing to allow weekend visits.  But he was taking away her baby.  Her baby son.  It felt like her heart was breaking.

Cameron runs out, and Lyssa stares blankly at his empty chair.  Everything was going to be like that now… an empty chair.

Anna feels like she’s been punched in the gut.  Cameron’s the only brother she’s got… and now he’s gone.  It should have been her.

Candi gives her a hug.

“Be strong.”  She whispers.  She’s right.  She can’t break down now.  Not in front of the children.

She scoops them into hugs.  They need it now.  Her shoulders are wet from their tears.

She honestly can’t believe that it’s done with.  Over.  She’s free.

When they get home, Cameron runs to his room and cries.  And cries.



8 Responses so far »

  1. 1

    Carla said,

    Oh, that’s awful! It’s never a good thing to separate siblings. As if it isn’t bad enough that Cameron’s been taken away from his mother.

  2. 3

    maisie said,

    Oh my goodness! How dreadful! I can’t believe the courts would even consider it, let alone allow it. 😦

    • 4

      Tessa said,

      Yes, I think I can make a good story line out of that though… I have some ideas for Cameron’s life that will be directed by this.

  3. 5

    musicluvr06 said,

    😦 *dries tears* … touching

  4. 7

    “I want one”? One what? These are children, not puppies. The courts didn’t even see if Cameron wanted to live with his dad, or if Ralph was even capable to taking care of children. This blows. I feel for Maya and the girls. This is going to be hard for everyone, except Ralph…

    • 8

      Tessa said,

      Yeah, I was hoping someone would pick up on that! The reason I did this is because it’s really going to affect their lives, especially Cameron’s. I guess I’m more of a story writer… it will all make sense though, I promise!
      Thanks so much for commenting!

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