The weeks leading up the Jet’s birthday were insufferable for Ebony. He was the family heir and everyone’s darling. He was so great at martial arts, so athletic and going to make such a great criminal blah blah blah. Ebony was just the second child – and now that Jet was soon to become an adult, well it seemed like he was the center of everyone’s attention all the time.
Esmerelda’s husband Israel was upstairs sitting at the computer in Isla and Ebony’s bedroom when he suddenly began to feel very strange…
Grief was exhausting, and everyone was getting ready for an early night after the funeral.
Jet and Ebony went to say goodnight to their parents before bed.
“For goodness sake!” Aurora snapped before Jet could reply, “Israel was my step-father so he wasn’t related to either of you by blood! And he wasn’t related to Isla either. Now both of you shut up and go to bed!”
Esmerelda felt lost without her husband and the sadness and loneliness of facing life without him threatened to consume her. But the morning after the funeral she woke up feeling happy for the first time since he’d died. She was happy because she knew she would be joining him. It may have only been a couple of days, but it felt as though they had been separated for a lifetime. But not for much longer…
Life went on, and a few days later it was prom night for Jet and Isla.
Most of the other students at their school assumed that Jet, Isla and Ebony were all siblings. After all they all shared the same surname and all lived in the same house. Since no one had ever really made friends with the Maldini children, the assumption was never corrected.
Fed up with the strange looks and scandalized whispers, Jet and Isla ducked out of the prom early and headed into town and walked down to the water front.
“No,” Jet replied softly, “I’m afraid that would seriously blow your cover when you start your new job.”
“With me working in the police force, we’ll always have to appear to be enemies to the rest of the world,” Isla said slowly, “Jet… soon we won’t even be able to be seen in public together. Do you realize that? I have to pretend to be working against my family – we’ll never be able to be together away from home.”
Tears were welling up in her eyes as she began to think about what the future would hold for them.
“Don’t think about it. We’re can be together now, let’s forget about everything else,” he told her, and kissed her gently.
Tristan insisted his daughter have a birthday cake though, and he got one made specially for her in purple, her favorite colour.
It was only a small group of them in the end, with the absence of Jet’s grandparents keenly felt, and none of his aunts and uncles besides Caleb able to attend. Alec and Ann were still away on holidays and Celeste was pregnant and feeling unwell so she and her partner Tyree had decided not to come.
Jet had now entered into adulthood and was ready to take his place in the family’s criminal empire. His new trait was Over-emotional, and his lifetime wish the same as his mother and great-grandmother before him – to one day become the most feared of all criminals – the Emperor of Evil.