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Not before long Olivia and Ian walked into Nora's bedroom.
“You can’t keep this from us,” Olivia said in an outright bitchy tone.
“I know that Olivia, I just don’t feel like talking about it right now.” Nora put the ice cream carton down on the bed stand.
“Mom, please,” Ian begged.
“Okay, well I don’t want to upset you two but your father is getting remarried.”
“We know that,” the kids said in unison.
Nora was dumbfounded, “what?!”
“Dad told us that like a month ago, Eva moved in with us right after,” Ian said plain as day.
Nora felt betrayed by her two youngest kids. “How could you guys not tell me something like that?”
“Dad didn’t want you to freak out, which makes perfect sense now,” Olivia said. "You're acting insane."
“Don’t give me that attitude Olivia, I have good reason to be angry. How could both of you not tell me that a completely new person lived with your dad? For God sakes she will be your stepmother soon!”
“I know,” Ian said, “she’s not that bad. She makes really good brownies.”
“I make great brownies,” Nora held back tears.
“Mom, stop crying. You’re acting like you’re five. Just accept the fact that Dad has moved on. You can move on too. Sydney just wants both of you to be happy.” Olivia said.
“You know what Olivia, why don’t you and your brother just go live with your Dad and Eva if they are so damn perfect.”
“No, we want to live like we are now,” Ian pleaded.
“Stop having a pity party Mom, if you keep acting like this me and Ian will move in with Dad,” Olivia threatened.
“Stop Liv, no we won’t, Mom, just stop being depressed all the time,” Ian answered.
“Please just leave me alone kids,” Nora demanded emotionless.
“Not until this is solved,” Olivia said.
“There is nothing to solve, I need some time to think,” Nora explained.
Ian and Olivia left Nora’s bedroom without satisfaction. Nora knew that it was not her kids’ fault that their father had a new life, but she felt that it was something she should have known sooner. It hurt Nora even more that Sydney, Olivia, and Ian found nothing wrong with the situation. Weren’t divorce children supposed to be unhappy when their parents remarried? It just didn’t make any sense to Nora. She felt deep down that little by little she would drift away into nothingness. It was inevitable, Eva would soon be their new mother. Why was Olivia so damn cold? It was as if she was missing the human gene that allowed a person to relate to another. How did Nora produce such an unloving individual? Nora decided right there and then that after the wedding she needed some time to think. Some time to straighten her life out. For once in her life she was going to focus on herself.