The Truth About my Mom’s Past is the thirty-fifth chapter of Zak Saturday's Immortal Love Life. It was first published on February 4, 2016.
We took Zack to the infirmary room on the airship. Mom laid him on one of the beds and began bandaging up his wounds after applying healing cream to them. I tried to help, but I was crying too much
Zak was comforting me. “He’ll be ok.
I hope so, I thought, but didn’t say.
Mom finished him up, but he still looked disturbing.
“I’m going to kill Daniel and Danielle,” I said.
“Sarah, you can try, but they’ll never die,” Mom said. “That’s the rule: an evil clone can torture us all they want, and we can torture them too, but no matter how hard they try, they can’t kill us and we can’t kill them.”
“Yeah, ok. But Daniel and Danielle have become very disturbingly close to each other.”
“I know,” Zack agreed. He was sounding better.
“What do you mean?” Mom asked.
“Let’s just say that they’re becoming more like a crazy couple than a crazy brother and sister,” I said.
“Sarah?” Zack said.
“Yeah, Zack?” I asked.
“Don’t tell Selena about this.”
“But Zack, she’s the one that called me and told me that you were in danger, and that’s because you told her to call me.”
“I know, but I don’t think she can bare the news about me being hurt like this.”
“That’s only because she cares, Zack,” Mom said.
“Mom’s right,” I agreed. “I also care. We all know that if something happens to you, I would take it worse than anyone else.”
Zack smiled, wincing a little bit. “That’s true. Same with me for you.”
“You two really care about each other, don’t you?” Drew said.
“Yes, we do,” I replied. “Unlike most people, Zack and I aren’t afraid to admit that we love each other, and that we hate being apart. Right, bro?”
“Right,” Zack agreed. “And since when do you call me ‘bro’?”
“Since I got tired of confusing which Zack I’m talking about.”
He laughed and Zak did too.
“You two are so cute that way,” Mom said.
Zack and I blushed.
“Hey, Zack,” I said. “I finally got Mom to admit about ‘that friend’ of hers was a guy and was more than just her friend.”
“Oh, really?” Zack replied, sounding impressed. Healing cream works really fast. “Did you get her to admit to anything else about him?”
“No. At least, not yet.”
We both were looked at her.
She looked at the animals.
“They should know, Raylee,” Amber told her.
“Yeah,” Shillow agreed. “It’ll probably help them understand you better.”
She sighed. “I know. I guess now would be as good a time as any.”
“We’ll leave you guys to talk alone,” Drew said.
“You guys don’t have to go. This way, you can also learn more about me along with my children.”
The Saturdays looked at each other and agreed. We all sat down on whatever we felt comfortable sitting on. I, of course, sat next to Zak.
Mom took a deep breath and conceded. “His name was Nick. I met him when I was twenty-one years old, and he taught me how to use my powers. We didn’t like each other that much at first. To me, he was an ass. But, eventually, we became friends, best friends. I pretty much told him everything about me, things I never told anyone else, and he told me everything as well. We would literally hang out every single day, sometimes before, during, and after I went to work at an old job of mine. Mostly the only time during work, depending on what time of the year it was, was on my lunch break or when I was walking from one place to another. He was with me when I got Amber and Shillow and helped me train and raise them, which is why if I ever told them to bite him, he was one of the very few people they wouldn’t bite. Then with Kimbia and the cubs. Pikachu I got on the day Narma gave me my powers, which happened to be on my twenty-first birthday. Back then, I didn’t really have any friends, no one that I could or wanted to rely on. Just myself. At least, until, Nick came along and changed my life for the better.”
“You didn’t even have any family members that would help you?” I asked.
Mom stared at me. “No. Most of my family lived thousands of miles away, and I hadn’t talked to any of them in years then, mostly because they and my mom had a really bad falling out. My whole family was so full of shit, which is why I wanted to get the hell away from them all. And I finally did once I turned eighteen. But we’re not talking about my family, we’re talking about Nick, so let’s get back on that subject, ok?”
I held my tongue and sat back in my chair.
“Nick and I were always looking out for each other,” Mom continued. “He’s saved my life so many times that I’ve lost count. I’ve saved his life a couple times too. There was actually one time where my life was in danger and Nick tried to save me, but then his life was put in danger and I had to save us both. We both lost so much blood that night, and . . .” Mom looked at the animals and all of them had sad looks on their faces. “And something else, but I’ll save that for another day. When I was twenty-four, I began to have feelings for Nick and they just got stronger with every passing day. And the same for him. But we both hid those feelings from each other for a few years. Sometimes we would act overfriendly with each other, but not for long. At least, not until I was thirty-one. We had both decided to stop hiding our feelings for each other and to come out with them. It was actually a rough time then for both of us, mostly because we were tired of hiding our true feelings from each other, so we finally became a couple after knowing each other for about ten years. We got married a year later.” Mom smiled at the happy memory. “That was one of the happiest days of my life, and not just because I married my true love, but because of the surprise he gave me on our wedding day.”
“What was it?” I asked.
“Umm, it’s kind of a long story, but I’ll come back to it eventually,” Mom said. “Nick and I were married for ten years exactly. On our tenth anniversary, which was a few months after I officially became the Protector of America, we went to Paris, and you guys already know the rest.”
“I don’t,” Zack argued.
I stood up, moved to the side of his bed, and touched his forehead. I closed my eyes, concentrating back to that conversation earlier, and my powers showed it to him, beginning with me yelling at Mom to stop saying ‘that friend’, and ending with us leaving the room to deal with the Secret Scientists.
“There,” I said, pulling my hand away from his forehead and sitting back down in my seat. “Now you know the rest.”
“Ok,” Zack said. “Nick was killed by three men who hated him. Why did they—”
“Wait,” I interrupted, realizing something. “Nick was an Immortal?”
“Yes,” Mom replied.
“And he died?”
“But that doesn’t even make sense. We’re Immortals, and immortal means that you can’t die at all. You even told us that, no matter how hard someone tries, we can’t die. But we can get very injured.”
“I know. Immortals can die, but it’s still really hard to,” Mom said. “Only an Immortal can kill and Immortal. It’s not easy, but it’s not impossible either, especially if you’re full of rage. I’ve killed over ten.”
Mom waved aside the question. “Long story. But anyway, yeah. Immortals can die.”
“Ok, whatever. Oh, Zack, what were you saying about those men that killed Nick?”
“Why did they hate him so much?” he asked.
“Well, his sisters told me that they went to school together and that they hated Nick because he was popular because he comes from a big family and that all the girls liked him, not that I could blame them,” Mom said. “And Nick hated them because they got an old wife of his to cheat on him with them. It’s really all a load of typical crap. And they’ve had that feud with each other ever since.”
“He had sisters?” I asked.
“Uh, yeah. Do you remember those two women who helped us break out of that cell a few weeks ago on the day that your dad and Emily were in that car accident?”
“That was them. Nikki and Nicole.”
“Oh. So when they said that the three of you use to be sisters, they meant sisters-in-law.”
Mom nodded. “Yes.”
A thought came to mind. “Wait. Mom I remember them saying that they were hunting down the men that killed Nick and that . . . raped and impregnated you. Is that true? Did they rape you?”
Mom hesitated. “Yes. When I was twenty-one years old. It was after I got my powers, but before I met Nick. They’re criminals because of that. They’ve had so many victims. Women, basically. They have a warrant on them to be hunted and killed, but they’re really good at running and hiding.”
“Apparently. But what happened to the baby? The one that you got pregnant with?”
“I gave him up for adoption. Hardest thing I’ve ever done.”
“Did you ever see him again?”
Mom smiled. “Uh, yeah, actually. That’s what Nick gave me on our wedding day was my son. He had adopted him for me and raised him, but didn’t tell me until ten years later. It was really sweet. We raised him together after that day.”
“What was his name?”
“Where is he now?”
“Umm, I’m not sure. He’s probably hunting down his father and his friends, along with Nikki and Nicole.”
“Did you and Nick have any children together?” I asked.
“Yeah,” Mom replied. “Two girls, Madison and Kiara.”
“Do you still talk to them?”
“If I did, you would’ve known about them sooner.”
“Why don’t you talk to them anymore?”
“Well, while your father and I were still dating, and starting to get serious between us, I was . . . afraid.”
“Well, me being the Protector of America, I’ve dealt with a lot of cases involving people murdering their step-parents, and that worried me. Your father was actually the very first guy I really dated after Nick’s death, and that was more then forty years ago.”
“Yeah. Me being the Protector of America made it tough for me to find someone who won’t be intimidated by me. But when it got serious between me and your father, Alex, Madison, and Kiara wanted to meet him, but I didn’t want them too.”
“Because you thought they were going to chase him away?”
“No. I just didn’t want to risk them hating him and kill him.”
“They know better than that, Raylee,” Amber said.
“I know that. I couldn’t help but feel that way,” Mom replied.
“Does Dad know about them?”
“But he didn’t want to meet them?”
“I don’t recall him ever saying that he did.”
“And you haven’t seen or spoken to them since . . .”
“Since before your father and I were engaged. I mean, I’ve tried talking to them, but they don’t want to talk to me. I can’t say I blame them, because I don’t.”
“Ok, so we have three much older half-siblings,” I said.
“Yes,” Mom said.
“Do you think they’ll talk to us if we wanted to talk to them?”
She thought about it for a minute. “Maybe. But I’m not sure. I haven’t talked to them in so long. And not a day goes by that I don’t regret it.”
Wow. I definitely feel like I know my mom better now.
“Sarah,” Zack called to me.
I looked at him.
The picture, he said to me through telepathy.
I remembered it.
“Uh, Mom?” I said. “Do you think you can describe what Nick looked like to us?”
“You know how terrible I am at describing things,” she replied.
“I know, but can you try? Just his facial appearance.”
“I’ll try.” She took a deep breath. “Umm, he had brown hair, brown eyes, a clean shaved face, and slightly more tanned skin than mine.”
I looked at Zack and we both had a silent agreement.
“So I guess you’re not having an affair with him,” Zack said.
“What?” Mom asked. “Why would you think I was?”
“Where’s the picture?” I asked.
“In my left pocket,” Zack replied.
I grabbed it out of his pocket and gave it to Mom. “Zack found this photo of you and Nick together last month and thought that you were having an affair with him.”
She took the photo. “Well, I’ll admit, that if I were ever to have an affair, it would be with him. Though, then again, if he were alive, I would probably still be married to him. I probably never would’ve married your father and you two, plus Emily, probably never would’ve been born or even conceived.”
If he were alive, I replayed in my head.
Then I remember seeing him on the day that Dad and Emily were in that accident after Mom had left to go help them.
“Mom, I found that photo in your bag that you carry with you all the time,” Zack said. “Why did you carry it with you, and when was it taken?”
“When Nick and I first started dating, seventy years ago,” Mom replied. “And I carry it with me because I miss him. I think about him on his birthday, our anniversary, and whenever your father and I have an argument that Nick would know better than to argue with me about. But I also carry it to remind me that no guy I meet will ever be anywhere near as close to my heart as he is.”
“How old would he be if he were still alive today?” I asked.
Mom blushed. “Umm, he would be 255 years old.”
I stared at her. “Do you like dating men that have a huge age difference with you?”
“You know I don’t base anything on age.”
“Yeah, and I can see why.”
She rolled her eyes.
“I’m sorry for accusing you of having an affair,” Zack told Mom.
“It’s ok,” she said. “I actually use to always go see his grave every week after he died. I even took you two to see him when you were born. You two would always like to climb on his grave stone. But ten years ago, his grave disappeared, and I still don’t know why to this day.”
Zack and I looked at each other and we had a silent agreement again.
“Mom, you said that our powers can do almost anything,” I said. “Can they bring someone back to life?”
“Yes,” Mom replied. “But only one Immortal can do that. She’s the most powerful Immortal in the Immortal world, and her powers can do literally anything. You have to beat her in combat, and if you do, she’ll grant you any wish you’d like, even bring someone back from the dead. But she’s really strong and it’s really difficult to beat her. Nikki, Nicole, and I fought her to bring Nick back, but all three of us failed. You only get one chance to fight her for one or a few particular things, and if you fail, you don’t get another chance to fight her again unless it’s for something or someone different.”
“That’s harsh,” I said.
Mom nodded in agreement. “Yeah.”
Nick was alive. I knew it. Someone else must’ve fought that woman, beat her, and brought him back to life. But something was telling me not to tell Mom, so I decided to just ask her some questions.
“Mom, what if—”
Wait, Sarah, a man’s interrupted through telepathy.
And I recognized it.
“What’s wrong, Sarah?” Mom asked.
Pretend like nothing’s wrong, the man told me.
I shook my head. “Umm, nothing.”
Good. Now I want you to listen carefully. Your mother will most likely not answer honestly to the questions you’re about to ask her. But I have a way that you can get her to, if you’ll listen.
I thought about it for a moment. But before I gave him an answer, I decided to ask him my own questions first. I looked around the room, but I didn’t see anyone out of the ordinary.
Where are you? I asked.
You’re not going to find me, and I’m not going to tell you where I am, he replied.
Can you at least tell me who you are?
We both know that you already know who I am. Stop wasting time. Everybody’s staring at you.
He was right. Everyone was looking at me weird.
Fine, I told him. What do you want me to do?
It’s a little risky, he said. Mostly because your mother hates it, and because of that, I’m not surprised that she hasn’t taught you or your brother it, but it’s the only thing that’ll work.
He told me what to do.
I held my hand out, focused really hard on it, flipped it over, and there was a bright orange orb in the middle of the palm of it.
Mom must’ve recognized it, because her eyes widened. “Sarah, what do you think you’re doing?”
Don’t answer. Just push it toward her, the man told me.
I did as he said.
“Sarah, don’t you dare—”
The orb touched her and, I guess, melted into her.
She pounded the bed, surprisingly not breaking it, but really startled Zack, which was funny. “Damn you, Sarah. Why did you do that?”
I couldn’t help but laugh. What kind of power was that?
The honesty power, he replied. Even he sounded like he was laughing too. Now ask her your questions.
“Sorry, Mom,” I said aloud. “I just wasn’t sure you’d answer my next few questions honestly.”
She sighed. “Fine. I guess, ask away.”
“What if Nick came back to life? What do you think would happen?”
“I don’t know. My life would definitely became more dramatic like I’m a teenager or something.”
“Would you leave Dad to go back to him?”
She took a while to answer that. “Maybe. I mean, considering what’s going on right now, I might actually do just that. But don’t think I’ll leave you two or Emily with him. I’ll be damned if I ever do that. But I would kind of have no choice but to go back with him.”
“Because Nick has done a lot for me, more than I can ever repay him for. He even took good care of my son for me, and I know that he would be just as caring for you three. I couldn’t just leave Nick. It would be too hard for me, mostly because I love him too much to let him go. We were taken away from each other, and he was searching for a very, very long time for his true love before he finally found me. I just couldn’t do that to him.”
“What about Dad?” I asked.
Mom sighed. “Your dad knows how much I love Nick. And he knows that if it ever came between him and Nick, that I would choose Nick. I love your father, but not as much as I love Nick. But that doesn’t mean that it would be easy for me to leave him for Nick. Especially since we have you two and Emily. I really don’t want to think about it since it’s probably never going to happen anyway.”
Actually, it probably will someday.
“Are you done asking questions?” Mom asked.
I looked at Zack. He shook his head.
Is there anything you want me to ask her for you? I asked the man.
Yes, he replied. A lot. But I can wait to ask her myself someday.
“I think I’ve asked all the questions I could think of and I got my answers,” I told Mom.
“Good,” she said. “Now can you take the honesty out of me?”
“Uhh . . .”
A little help here, please, I thought. You taught me how to do it. Now tell me how to get rid of it.
The man told me what to do and I took the honesty out of my mom.
Goodbye, Sarah, he said.
He disappeared from my head.
“Thank you,” Mom said. “How did you even know how to do it? I know I didn’t teach you that.”
“Uh, my powers told me what to do,” I lied.
“Damn them. Just don’t do that again, ok?”
“I’m guessing you’ve had experience with it before?”
“Yeah. Nikki and Nicole did that to me to get me to admit that I had feelings for their brother. I hated it. It makes you answer honestly, even if you try to lie, you can’t. But it doesn’t keep you from saying anything at all. It just keeps you from saying or acting a lie.”
“How do you act a lie?”
“Ok. Well, if you guys don’t mind, I would like to talk to Zack alone, ok?”
They all stood up from their seats and left the room. But I gave Zak a quick kiss before he left.
I sat down on the side of Zack’s bed. “I told you you were wrong.”
“I said I was sorry,” he said. “You don’t have to rub it in.”
I laughed. “So that guy we met a few weeks ago was Nick.”
“Yeah. I was wondering why you didn’t tell Mom that when she mentioned about how we can bring someone back to life, but now I know why.”
“You don’t know all of it.”
“What do you mean?”
“He’s here right now.”
“Again, what do you mean?”
“Nick was talking to me telepathically. He told me to and how to use the honesty power on Mom.”
“Ok. Where is he now?”
I shook my head. “I don’t know. He wouldn’t tell me. But, all we know, he could still be in this room.”
“Well, I do remember his sisters telling us he’s been spying on us for the past ten years,” Zack said.
“I remember that too. And Mom said that his grave stone disappeared that long ago as well, so that must be how long he’s been back.”
“Do you think if we call out to him, he’ll appear to us?”
I shrugged. “It’s worth a shot.”
“Nick!” we called.
We waited a whole minute, but he didn’t respond.
“He probably is still here, he’s just being an ass and ignoring us,” I said.
Zack laughed. “Probably. But do you think we should tell Mom?”
“Well, Nick told me that he would talk to her someday, so we should just let him tell her when he’s ready to. And, until then, we should just keep that between ourselves. No telling Selena or Zak. Just ourselves.”
“It’s not like we haven’t done that before.”
“I know. But this is much more serious than any other time we’ve done it. This involves our whole family.”
“Good. Now rest. You need to allow your wounds to heal.”
“I know that. And I will once you leave me alone.”
I smiled, then kissed his forehead. “See ya later, bro.”
“See ya later, sis.”
I stood up from the bed and left the room.
I kept replaying the whole conversation with Mom in my head. I definitely felt like I knew and understood her more. And Nick? Well, whenever my mom finds out that he’s alive again, our whole family will go through hell. Mom will probably be the one going through the most hell when that happens.
Talk about a serious love triangle.
Well, that was an interesting talk. What do you guys think about Nick?
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