Now that she was getting older, Esmerelda had taken a step back from the family business. The onset of rheumatism in recent years had meant she was no longer able to actively work as a thief, and her role was now purely managerial.
With Aurora working long hours, and Derek having zero interest in his children, Esmerelda was more than happy to spend much of her time at home looking after her little granddaughter Ebony.
Esmerelda’s husband Israel had purchased a row boat with the idea that he might take up fishing, however it hadn’t been used since he’d bought it. Jet and Isla begged him to drop them and the boat off down at swamps so they could spend the day there.
It was a gloomy setting, but they liked it. They had no idea that Isla’s father and Jet’s mother had committed murder barely 100 yards away, or that the bones of Jade Racket still lay in the shallow water of this very swamp…
Isla had decided to take advantage of the hot sunny weather and have a pool party for her birthday.
This time the family decided to spend the day out, and they met up at the Summer Festival in the middle of town.
All dignity was thrown by the wayside as Tyree, Jet, Tristan and Alec battled to stuff as much sausage and bread into their mouths as possible.
With Ebony now starting school and Jet entering high school, Aurora couldn’t believe how fast they had grown up. She could only wonder what kind of people her children would grow up to be, and hope that they would be ready when the time came for her to pass the family legacy on to them.