A/n: YAY!Part 4 is here!!! My favorite chapter yet!
Thanks to the lovely the-queen-of-the-dragons and oliviaxgrady for Beta reading this chapter! They are the best<3
The familiar drive through the park to the bungalow brings
back so many memories for you. Owen grabs your hand, smiling sadly down at you,
and you know he feels the same. Charlie however, having requested a window
seat, is straining her neck to see out and memorize every branch and rock and
glimpse of water she sees through the trees. You remember that this is all new
to her and you try to be patient as you answer every question that she rattles
off. By the time you come to a stop out front, she is practically ripping off
her seatbelt begging to go inside. Owen asks the guards if it’s safe and they
go in to check, coming back out quickly, assuring him that it is. Once out of
the car, Charlie races to the front of the house and stares up at it in awe.
She starts jumping up and down shouting; “Come on, Come on, we’re home!”
The way she automatically calls it home causes a tear to
roll down your face as you walk up and grab her hand. “Yeah, we really are.”
Owen takes her other hand and you swing her by the arms onto the porch and walk
inside. You look to the left and see the old TV and worn out couch (you could
swear it has more tears in it than the last time you saw it) but decide walk to
the right into the kitchen. You see that the fridge has been cleaned out for
the most part, with only a few non-perishables remaining on the counter and
some water in the fridge. Owen stands behind you and wraps his arms around your
waist; “You sure you’re ready for this?”
You nod once and the three of you walk down the hallway. You
stop at the door to your bedroom and he pushes it open, ushering you in.
“This is your room?” Charlie asks, walking up to the dresser
and its huge mirror. She points to a picture taped to it of a man standing next
to Owen. “Who is that?” She asks.
“That’s Barry,” He
says coming forward. “I worked with him for four years.” He picks her up and
sets her on the dresser and she begins to go through your old jewelry box,
pulling out necklaces and earrings and giving her opinion with ‘oohs’ and
‘ahhs’. Owen points to another picture on the mirror. “Do you know who that
is?” He asks her.
She laughs and turns to point at you, “That’s mommy! And
that’s me!” She says turning back to the picture and placing her finger over
your swollen belly. “But I wasn’t born yet. I was still inside like the eggs in
the lab!” She says and neither of you can help the laughs that escape you. You
walk up to them, looking at all the old pictures of you and your friends, and
the memories are almost too much for you. You turn around, looking towards the
door, and start to walk towards it. Owen turns and places his hand on your arm.
“Do you want me to come?” He lowers his voice and asks.
“No. I can do this.” You say shakily but nod at him to let
him know you’re good. He lets you go but tells you to call him if you need him.
You run your fingertips along the wall as you walk down the
hallway, towards Charlie’s old room. The door isn’t closed, but rather wide
open. You catch the scent that the guards might not even have noticed, but you
could never forget. It smells just like Blue, just like the raptor cage. You
flip on the light switch as you walk in and see her old toys and stuffed
animals lying on the floor. It’s definitely messier than you left it, but it
hasn’t been completely wrecked.
You walk up to the crib and run your hand across the smooth
wood before turning around and crouching down to the floor. You place your hand
on the small rug, picturing Blue laying there, and you can’t help but wonder
how many times she came back here, following your scents, waiting for you to
come home. At that thought, you lose it, and drop to the floor, crying.
Owen, having heard the thud, calls your name as he comes
down the hallway and sees you sitting there. Charlie walks in as Owen glances
around the room and she comes to stand in front of you. She puts her small hand
on your cheek and leans forward and kisses your forehead.
“It’s okay, mommy, don’t’ be sad,” She says, her hand moving
to your back to rub it, and this causes a fresh round of tears to flow from
your eyes. Owen joins you on the floor, pulling Charlie into his lap and holds
you. However, Charlie can’t sit still very long, and she soon gets up and
starts picking up the stuffed animals on the floor and throws them into the
crib. You laugh at her, knowing she sure didn’t get that cleaning impulse from
Once you can see her getting bored, you pat Owen’s hand and
let him know you’re okay now. You take her out into the living room and set her
on the couch to go in search of markers and paper to keep her occupied.
You find a few sharpies in a drawer and make her promise to
be careful with them before you give them to her. You don’t worry so much about
the coffee table getting marked as you do her skin. She begins to color
excitedly and you step out on the front porch where Owen had disappeared to
He’s standing behind the house, arms crossed, looking out
towards the lake. You walk up behind him slowly, “Penny for your thoughts?”
“That all I’m worth?” He asks playfully turning to you and
smiling. You don’t answer, only raise your eyebrows, and he starts; “Just about
all of it. I forgot how guilty I felt about the whole situation.”
You nod, letting him go on. “If I just knew she was out
there, that she was alright… I don’t know.” He rubs a hand down his face in
frustration and you wrap your arms around him.
“I understand, Owen.”
Charlie comes running out of the house and you groan as you
see blue and brown streaks and smudges all over her arms. “Look what I drew!”
She runs to you holding up her drawing when both of your
jaws drop. On the picture she drew a small girl with blonde hair and next to
her, a rough attempt at a dinosaur. The thing that shocks the both of you are
the blue streaks she drew running down the dinosaur’s back. If you weren’t
standing so close to him, you might not have heard Owen as he barely whispered,
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