Teresa and Warren had James get in touch with Emma quickly; and then graduallyTeresa arranged for her to come and live with them. They sold a few things to pay offEmma’s debts and hadn’t asked any questions. Like where she was living, why wasn’tshe in school… they could wait until she was ready to open up. As Megan put it, theywere in the plaster stage. Open heart surgery could wait.
Eventually Emma gave them a time and place, andTeresa met her there. They didn’t speak much in the car on the way backto Deasil Street. This upset Teresa a bit, as she wasbursting to connect to her first child. But it wouldhave to wait. Everything was moving slowly, but theyhad to do it at Emma’s pace or not at all. She hadtracked them down, so she called the shots.
Megan had so far been really supportive andhelpful. Teresa had been worried she mightact out over jealousy... She had done overJames when they were children after all; andnow she had found out she wasn’t her onlydaughter, but the younger of two.Megan was purposefully keeping a lid on herfeelings. She welcomed Emma, with whomshe had to share a room, but made sure itwas clear that she didn’t want or need a ‘bigsister.’ They might be friends though, if it allworked out. For Emma, that was enough for now. She wasn’t sure about how to deal with a younger sister.
The Baileys were at peace, the children were all cooperating… Teresa and Warrenmanaged to sleep well for the first time in an age.
Megan didn’t see a great deal of her new sisterin the following weeks. She was too busy beingwith her best friend Allain. They werecompletely on each others wavelength andnever ran out of things to talk about.
Her favourite thing was theirshared aversion to rules. Theypushed the curfew almost everynight, just sitting and watchingthe stars come out.
She was head over heels for him, butit still came as a surprise to find himreciprocating her feelings. When heleant in for their first kiss, she wasmore in shock than anything else.
Edward on the other hand had beenanticipating this development for sometime. He hadn’t told Allain to start thisrelationship, but had hinted he wouldn’tmind if he invited the Bailey girl roundmore often.
Edward had been disappointed recentlywith Trinity. He still loved her, but shewasn’t shaping up to be the criminalQueen he hoped she would. She wasgoing soft. He wanted an empire, withthem at the head. But she said she wasthinking about going straight…
He would befriend Megan, bring her into the fold. Ifhe and Trinity didn’t work out she would be hisinsurance policy. One day, she’d marry Allain andhave the next generation of Poeson criminals.
The basement under his house was all preparedfor the years ahead. He would make hisfortune, invest, and live a life most could onlydream of.