The day after Isla’s birthday, they had another birthday celebration, this time for Jet.
Alec, Ann and Celeste all came over to see their nephew age up into a child.
Jet got the Night Owl trait to go with his other traits Disciplined and Heavy Sleeper.
Being so close in age, Jet and Isla were always together and became best friends.
At school neither of them had made any friends amongst the other children. The Maldini family had become notorious in Twinbrook. Whenever there was organized crime, their family had a hand in it, and through rumors and whispers, everybody in the town knew it. Just how the whole family hadn’t landed in jail was a matter of great wonder to the general public, and speculation of corruption and blackmail amongst high ranking officials ran rife. As such, parents warned their children to steer clear of the Maldini children. Nobody wanted their children to either befriend or make enemies of a family with a reputation like theirs.
Jet and Isla had no idea why other children avoided them, always whispering to each other behind their hands and pointing at them. They knew their family was different, but just exactly why they were different they weren’t sure.
But they always had each other to play with, so their lack of friends never bothered them. They were happy with it just being the two of them – though soon it would be three, as Aurora was now far along in her pregnancy and soon Jet would have a little baby brother or sister!
It was the weekend, and most of the family were out. Aurora, more exhausted by this pregnancy than she had been with Jet, was taking a nap, and Jet and Isla had free run of the house.
“I think we should explore Dad’s study,” Isla said. Despite the large size of the house, she kept her voice down in case Aurora should overhear them.
“The study?” Jet said doubtfully. Tristan’s study had been a relatively recent addition to the upstairs part of the house. It was the one room the children were strictly not allowed to play in. “What’s there to explore? I’ve been in there, there’s just a desk and a big bookshelf.”
“There’s something weird about that room,” Isla replied, shaking her head, “The adults are always going in there, but there’s only one computer, what are they all doing?”
Jet shrugged, “Stuff to do with the family business I guess.”
“Maybe,” Isla said, “But there’s something else too…”
She hesitated, she didn’t want Jet to think she was silly or make fun of her.
“Well?” he prompted.
“I saw Dad go in there this one time,” she said slowly, “But then, after a while, I went in to ask him if I could watch a movie and, well, he wasn’t in there anymore! But there was nowhere he could have gone, so I went out and came back a bit later and he was there again, just like he’d been there all along!”
“That’s silly, he probably just left and came back and you didn’t see,” Jet said.
Isla shook her head vigorously, her twin plaits swinging.
“He definitely didn’t leave, I was playing upstairs, I would have seen him! C’mon, let’s just go have a look around while we have a chance.”
Jet shrugged, “Alright, but if the adults catch us in there I’m blaming you!”
The two children ran up the stairs to Tristan’s study.
“Well now what?” Jet asked, “It’s just a study. Boring.”
“Now we look around,” Isla replied patiently, “There’s must be more to this room, I just know it!”
Jet poked around in the desk draws for a bit before walking over to the book shelf.
“That’s a lotta boring looking books,” he said surveying it. “I dunno Isla, I think it’s just a normal old study,”
Isla walked over to the bookshelf too, and began to study it closely.
“Well can we go now?” Jet asked, just as Isla reached up on her tiptoes and tugged on one of the books.
She wasn’t a genius for nothing, and even though it seemed identical to the others around it, something about that book didn’t look right to Isla. She was right, and it resisted as she tried to pull it from the shelf. All of a sudden, the whole bookcase began to move, slowly grating backwards, and then off to the side to tuck in behind the bookcase beside it.
“Whoa, how’d you do that?” Jet said excitedly, turning to see the bookshelf opening.
The children stared in surprise at the room beyond.
The walked inside the strange, secret room, taking it all in.
“What is all this stuff? What’s it for?” Jet asked, half to Isla and half to himself.
Another part of the room was sectioned off with a row of blinds hanging from the ceiling.
They approached cautiously, curious to see what could possibly be concealed behind them.
They pushed their way through the blinds and Isla gasped in shock as they stood frozen, unable to take in what they saw before them.
Along the walls were floor to ceiling shelves stacked with guns in all shapes and sizes.
“These are guns Jet. Real guns!” Isla whispered, horrified, “Why are they here? Why are there so many of them?”
Jet was gazing around the room in wonder. As well as the guns, there were grenades and knives and other weapons.
He shook his head slowly, “I have no idea why this stuff’s here,” he told Isla, “All I do know is that we had better not be found in here when the adults get home or if mum wakes up from her nap.”
Suddenly fearful of being caught, they ran from the secret room as fast as they could, though Isla turned and hesitated at the entrance, taking one last look, before letting the bookcase slide closed behind her.
They raced downstairs, bursting to talk about what they had just seen. Not wanting to be overheard though, they waited until they were in Jet’s bedroom, sitting cross legged on his bed.
Why would their family need a secret room filled with guns? Neither of them actually knew what the ‘family business’ was, though strange suspicions were beginning to form in Isla’s clever mind.
“Jet,” she said very seriously,”I think maybe we’re the bad guys…”
“The bad guys?” Jet repeated, perplexed.
“You know in books and movies how there’s the police or the heroes and they’re the good guys? Well I think our family are the bad guys!” she explained.
Jet thought about this for a moment.
“Cool,” he said with a grin.
Isla sighed and shook her head.
Late that afternoon, Aurora had got up from her nap and decided to change into her exercise gear and do a work out.
But no sooner had she walked into the family gym, she suddenly cried out at the sharp stabbing pain in her abdomen.
Tristan was walking by on his way to take a shower when her heard her cry of pain.
“Oh no, the baby’s coming!” he shouted when he saw her.
“Yes,” gasped Aurora, “And this time I’m going to the hospital!”
“In what? There’s only my bike!” said Tristan.
Aurora suddenly had a strange vision of herself riding her uncle’s motorcycle to hospital while in labor…
“No stupid,” she snapped, “Call a taxi!”
This time the labor went on far longer than it had with Jet, and Aurora made it safely to the hospital to deliver her baby girl.
Aurora got into a taxi after leaving the hospital with her little daughter, who she named Ebony, and headed home to introduce her to her big brother Jet and the rest of the family.
Ah the twins are adorable!
“I think we’re the bad guys”
Haha, they are cute 🙂 Though they’re not actually twins, Isla is actually Aurora’s cousin so I think that makes her Jet’s first cousin once removed – it’s getting a bit confusing, I really need to make a family tree!
Oops fail XD
I don’t know why I thought they were twins!
This chapter was fun! I enjoyed so much the part when the ”little bad guys” discover the truth about the family business 🙂 The secret room looks so cool!!! Great idea!
Thanks! It was fun to focus on the kids for a change. 🙂
This was posted on my birthday =D
This was such a great chapter. I knew Isla would figure it out. She’s not a genius for nothing. 😉 I am so curious about how you managed to do the entire room with guns. That was a neat set. Definitely goes with the criminal vibe. I’m hoping that Isla and Jet won’t get in trouble with their parents because of “finding” the room.
I found a military set with guns and tanks and everything! Most of the stuff for the room was from that – it was fun to make a secret room in the house 🙂