He's the rest of my life now. The one that will help me keep the last bit of sanity that I have left. He's the only one left to do so. My family, at least what was left of them at the time, should've been there for me, for us, when they could've been. Now I've been thrown into this whole new world without a clue of how to survive. It's too late to fix anything.
But it's not like they could.
They were dead. All of them. Slaughtered in cold blood in the name of justice and revenge.
But that's for the sequel....
"Mama? When is Papa coming home?"
"Soon baby. Let's go get lunch."
"Why does Papa have to be gone so long?"
"Because he's protecting us baby. Now come, I'm late for a meeting."
"Does Papa not want me, Mama? Your excuses for him are-"
"He loves you so much, Artemis. Don't ever doubt his or my love for you but you need to trust me. Trust us. We're just doing what's best for you."
"If you actually loved someone then you wouldn't keep secrets from them."
Now I'm 17. My mom is six feet under and through a mysterious benefactor, my life is about to be as successful as how the Titanic ended. I was a dealt a tragic set of cards and just when I think it can't get any worse, I get proven wrong almost instantly.
I believe that the almighty ruler above sits on his/her throne and ponders, "How should I ruin Artemis' life today?"
Fate, it has a funny way of playing out. Playing with you, your mind, and forcing you to participate in it's twisted games. And sometimes, it'll kill you in the process.
That's the price we pay. Everyone knows that secrets are never free. They never were. They come with a price that we aren't willing to pay. And unfortunately for the lot of us, we try to run from it and hide, dooming not only us but the ones we love and care for as well. But Fate is the ultimate debt collector and no one can escape when payment is due.
But when it knocks, I'll be ready.