~*sob* welcome to the final finale. Let’s take minute to remember our roots before we dive in~
Nora Jameson- Generation 1: The woman who built this legacy on her shoulders alone, she survived the toughest emotional and physical experiences, all while raising her children with grace and dignity. She was truly the inspiration for this legacy.
Saeran Jameson- Generation 2: Never have I poured so much of myself into a character until Saeran came along. She dealt with some of the toughest mental struggles that anyone can face, she went to hell and back, returning with three beautiful angels. A wonderful mother, and an amazing musician.
Ashling Jameson- Generation 3: A teenage runaway who met the love of her life on the side of the road. She went through a mother’s worst nightmare, and stood face to face with man who caused it all. She is strong like her mother and grandmother, and she is brave every day.
Brodie Jameson- Generation 4: The first male heir and secretly my favorite. He has spent his entire life with one mission in life, being on the police force brings him that much closer to completing that mission. A good husband and a great father, he is a true hero.
~~~~~Now onto Brodie’s story. (Just a reminder, I will only have so many pictures, so please bear with me if I reuse a few pictures.)~~~~
“You really have to go in to work today? It is a Saturday…” Bethany trailed off as her eyes begged me to stay.
I lay m hands on her stomach, “I’m only a phone call away, and if anything happens I’ll be here in a heartbeat. I don’t know why I was called in, but Chief Kragen had an urgent message for me, babe, and I can’t just ignore that. I’ll call in an hour and see how things are going.”
She nodded solemnly and I gave her a quick peck on the cheek, I know she was nervous because her due date is tomorrow, but I have a gut feeling that Chief Kragen has news about Hazel’s birth parents. I got to the station in record time, trying not to feel guilty about leaving Bethany
The chief was waiting for me as I walked into my office, “Glad you could make it, Jameson. I’d normally tell you over the phone, but this kind of news is best said in-person.”
I nod and mentally prepare myself for what’s coming, “What’s going on, Chief?”
“We’ve gotten the DNA results from Hazel’s lab work…”He shifted uncomfortably, “and you won’t believe it.”
Me knees grew faint from he anticipation, but I waited patiently until he continued, “Hazel’s DNA was a 50% match to one file in our system..”
My eyes grew wide and I interrupted him, “Eila Jameson?”
With one nod, the chief had changed my world completely. I whooped for joy and had to force my body to be still, “I knew she was alive, I could feel it, sir.”
He smiled and clapped me on the shoulder, “Yes, and we’ve reviewed the security tapes outside the station, and you won’t believe what we’ve found. You know the gang on the eastern side of town, the one with the werewolves?”
“The Black Wolves. Yes, my family knows them very well.”
“Well, we saw one of the known sons of the head crime boss, Pieter something, he was the one who placed Hazel here.”
“Is that enough for a warrant?” I bit my lip, trying to conceal my anger, but failing miserably.
The chief gave a gruff nod, “I’m already on it. It should be here within the hour and then we can move out.” With that, he walked out and left me to my own thoughts.
My first move was to call Bethany, who answered right away, “Hello?” the background was filled with the cries of multiple kids.
“Beth, we found her! Well we at least know who was seen with her last. We leave in an hour for the east side of town.”
“Brodie, I….hold on… Vivi, you need to finish eating your peas before you go play…Sorry, the girls are tired. What time will you be back?”
“Hopefully I’ll be back at the end of the day with my sister in tow.”
“Ok, just….be safe. I love you.”
“Love you too, and hang in there. This nightmare is almost over, Beth.”
What Bethany didn’t mention was the fact that she had started having contractions almost right after he had left for work. Once they hung up the phone, another gripped her small frame, leaving her gasping for air as it finished. She called her mother-in-law into the room, “Ma, I think I’m in labor, will you be able to handle the girls if I leave for the hospital?” Ashling could’ve taken a swing at her son, leaving his pregnant wife alone when she was about to go into labor. She shooed Bethany out the door, telling her not to worry.
Bethany made it to the hospital and got checked in without a fuss. After being examined by a doctor, she learned she was more than halfway dilated, and almost ready to push. She was too far along in labor to have an epidural, so with each contraction, Bethany cursed Brodie while also begging him to come sooner. After three and a half more hours of pushing, Benjamine Jameson entered the world(I really wish I had pictures of him to show you. He was super adorable).
The chief and I stepped out of the squad car and surveyed the fancy mansion before us. I whistled loudly, “Good thing we brought CSU here with us. There’s no way we’d be able to cover this much house with just the two of us.” The chief nodded, but his gaze seemed to be fixated on something in the distance next to the house. He nearly sprinted toward the house, shouting over his shoulder, “I’ll bet my next paycheck that they’re keeping her in that cellar hatch. The one with that ladder next to it. Okay, team. We are a go. You may go ahead and search the house. Be alert as the owner of the property is known to be armed and dangerous, he’s just a slippery fella.”
He turned to me, “Normally, I’d make sit it out, but I know what I’d do if the shoe was on the other foot, so I’m bringing you with me to the cellar.” I followed suit, as we entered the gate and crept towards the cellar. I knelt down into the damp moss and pried it open with my hands, I dropped the ladder down and clicked on my flashlight. The chief followed me as I led us down the ladder. My heart lept in my chest as my flashlight caught a thin woman, with a ‘deer in the headlights look’. I held my hand out and waited for her to take it, “Hi there, I’m Officer Jameson, and this is Chief Kragen. We’re here to take you away from here. Would you like that?” She nodded her head warily, finally taking my hand. She clung to me as I carried her up the ladder, my shirt wet with her tears and mine.
As we sat next to each other in the back of the ambulance, my throat grew thick with everything I wanted to tell her but all I could say was, “We found you through your baby daughter.” She burst into tears and began sobbing, “My baby! My baby! Where is she? Is she okay? Pieter killed her didn’t he.”
I put my arm around her shoulder, “She’s safe and cared for. My wife and I have actually been taking care of her.”
She looked up at me curiously, “Why would you do that?”
I was at a loss for words, but tears were streaming down my cheeks, “Because…you’re my little sister. I’ve been looking for you for the last 12 years.”
I pulled her into my arms, trying not to notice how scarily thin she was. I pushed the hair out of her face, “Your name is Eila Jameson, and you were taken from us at Rivermoor Beach on August 7th. I’ve spent every waking moment of my adulthood trying to find you.”
She cried harder and clung to me, after a moment, I let her go and walked away to give her a minute. I whipped out my phone to call my mom, but I noticed that there were a half a dozen calls from her and Bethany. I waited anxiously for my mom to pick up the phone, “Brodie, where the hell have you been? Bethany needs you.”
“I ducked my head ashamed,”I know, Mom, but-“
“No buts, Brodie. Do you realize Bethany gave birth an hour ago? You have a son, Brodie. Now if I were you, I would drop what you’re doing and get over to the hospital.”
I gasped as what she had said set in, “Really? It’s a boy? Okay…okay.. I’ll tell you what I’ll head over to the hospital and you meet us there, alright?”
An idea was forming in my mind, as she hung up the phone. I climber back into the ambulance, and plopped down next to Eila. I spoke to the driver who promised to take us to the Twinbrook Memorial Hospital. Our journey seemed to last forever, when really, it was only an hour or so.
When we got to the hospital, I gave Eila a hug before they took her into an exam room, “I have to run upstairs, but I’ll be back with someone I want you to meet.”
I willed the elevator to go faster as I neared the Labor and Delivery ward. I found Bethany’s room without a problem and pushed open the door tentatively. Bethany was sleeping soundly, and my mother sat in the corner of the room, holding my son. She gave me a smile as she placed him into my arms. I began sobbing as I apologized for not being there for him. Eventually, he began to cry too, which ended up waking Bethany. I saw every emotion imaginable flash across her face when she noticed me.
“Where were you, Brodie?”
I pulled my mom closer so she could hear, “I found her, Beth. I really wish I had been here, and it’s my fault for silencing my phone, but she’s here, in the hospital, they are just waiting for the exam to be done so she can get some rest.”
My mom crumpled to the floor in a ball of tears, huge sobs causing her frame to shake,. I knelt down next to her on the floor and put my arms around her. She threw her arms around me, “Thank you Brodie. Thank you!”
I helped her stand up when she was ready, “Are you ready to see Eila?”
~3 years later~
Brodie and Bethany sat in the backyard, watching their children playing. Little Benjamine chased Hazel through the yard as the twins took turns on the swing set. Brodie held Bethany’s hand in his, “How did we get so lucky?” Bethany smiled, “No clue, hon.” They shared a passionate kiss before Brodie made his way into the house. He headed upstairs, towards Eila’s room. He knocked softly, and entered once she gave the okay, “It’s a beautiful day, Eila. Do you want to try coming outside and watching the kids play?” A swift shake of her head made Brodie’s shoulders sink in defeat, but he was determined not to give up. He put his arms around her and whispered, “I miss her too.” Tears rolled down his face as memories of his mother filled him. Once they brought Eila home, she and Ashling were attached at the hip. Wherever Ashling went, so did Eila. Everyone was devastated when Ashling passed away last month, but Eila was nearly frantic without her newfound mother. Brodie looked up as Bethany appeared in the doorway. Brodie stood up and let her try to help his sister. He went back downstairs to check on the kids. Hazel met him with a giant hug, “Is Auntie Eila okay?” Brodie gave her a kiss on the forehead, “Of course, sweetie, she just misses Grandma.” While Hazel was biologically Eila’s, she had wanted Bethany and Brodie to adopt Hazel, not knowing what the future would hold for herself. Bethany came downstairs and put her arms around Brodie, “We’re just going to have to give her time, Brodie, and if nothing ever changes, we’ll just keep loving her.” Brodie smiled slowly,”I love you, honey, and I don’t tell you nearly enough, but you are amazing.”