I Accidentally Call my Adopted Parents my Parents is the thirty-third chapter of The Gift of a Best Friend. It was first published on December 23, 2016.
I hate playing board games with Jasmine. She’s good at them and always seems to win.
Sarah, Zak, Jasmine, and I were playing Sorry. We wanted to play with Luke and Emily, but Raylee wanted them to go on a date without us for once. They’ve been dating for about a month now. We didn’t mind.
So we’re playing with Zak and Sarah instead. Jasmine had three of her pieces in Home, but so did I. Sarah and Zak only had two. But I was closer to Home than Jasmine was. It was my turn.
I flipped a card up from the stack in the middle of the board. I got a three and move my piece that many spaces, right onto one of Zak’s pieces, knocking that one back to start.
“I got you, Daddy,” I said.
Did I just call him Daddy? I’ve never called him that before.
I looked at him, and he seemed to realize that too, and he was smiling. I probably should’ve taken that as a good thing, but I wasn’t sure that I could.
“Annabeth!” Zak called, but I didn’t go back.
I just kept running.
I ran all the way to the grounded tree house. I always went there when I wanted to be alone.
I heard someone following me, but I didn’t look back to see who it was because I already knew who. I very rarely got to be alone without Jasmine being with me.
I reached the grounded tree house, went inside, and went upstairs, sitting down on one of the beds. Jasmine followed me up . . . but it wasn’t Jasmine this time.
“Are you ok?” Zak asked me.
I didn’t look at him, but I nodded. “I’m sorry I called you ‘Daddy’.”
“Why are you apologizing? You don’t have to. I’m your adopted father, and I have been for over a month now.”
I looked at him. “You like me calling you Daddy?”
He sat down next to me on the bed. “Of course I do. Do you like me calling you my daughter?”
“So do I. You've technically been our daughter for three years now. Annabeth, you’re as much my daughter as Jasmine is. Even if it isn’t by blood. And Sarah feels exactly the same way.”
“Of course. I know how bad your actual dad was to you, and I promise I will never do what he did to you.”
“Do you swear on the river Styx?”
“It’s a very serious promise that, if you break it, you will be blasted with lightning and die instantly.”
“Huh. Cool,” Zak said. “I promise on the river Styx, and I’m pretty sure Sarah will too. Can I get a hug?”
He held out his arms. I wrapped my arms around him.
“I love you, Daddy,” I said.
“I love you too, Annabeth,” he replied.
We left the grounded treehouse together and went back home. When we got there, we saw that Jasmine had her last piece in Home.
“How did you win?” I asked.
“She got a twelve,” Sarah replied.
“Which is just what I needed to win,” Jasmine said cheerfully. “Are you ok now, Annabeth?”
“Yes, Jasmine, I am,” I replied.
We finished the rest of the game. I came in second, Daddy third, and Sarah fourth.
We went downstairs in the family/music room. Sarah taught me and Jasmine how to play the guitar, the basic cords, then she showed us how to play one of her own songs with it.
But I kept messing up.
“It’s ok,” Sarah told me. “It takes practice. You’ll get the hang of it eventually.”
“I know I will, Mommy,” I said. “With you teaching me.”
She smiled. “And Jasmine. Jasmine, can you show Annabeth how to do the right cords?”
“Of course I will,” she replied. “She’s my sister.”
“And you’re mine,” I said.
We both smiled and gave each other a hug.
“Aww,” Mommy said, then she summoned a camera and took a picture of us.
We went back to playing the guitar.
Mommy sang a few songs and we sang along. Jasmine made me dance another song with her. Mommy danced with us, but I didn’t care.
I have a great family. I love them all, and I couldn’t ask for a better kind.
Another short, dull chapter. But it was a little cute, Annabeth officially accepting herself into the family. But the next one's going to be a long one, and it will give you some kind of hints as to a future event, something that was also hinted at in the prequel.
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