like a sister to me -paisley-

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    Estela Kappo
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    like a sister to me -paisley-

    Post by Estela Kappo on Thu Mar 15, 2018 7:31 pm

    Despite returning to the home she'd shared with Henri and Elias for eighteen years before being kidnapped, Estela still hadn't returned to anything resembling normalcy. Almost immediately after Elias was released from the hospital, Henri had whisked him off on a trip--without her. She'd been shocked and even hurt when he told her their plans, but kept those feelings to herself. What right did she have to be hurt? At least Elias seemed to forgive her, though she knew she would feel a wave of guilt every time she looked at his maimed hand now for the rest of her life.

    Even before they'd left Henri had been distant. She wasn't sure if they were just still figuring out how to adjust to the shock of her being back, or if he was secretly angry with her for her deception, or if he really had moved on in the last four years and was too afraid to tell her.

    Probably all three, she thought miserably, stirring the cup of coffee that sat in front of her. She was at a quirky little coffee shop in Nadar, one built up in the tree tops. The owners of this shop harvested their beans from right here on the island. Paisley had suggested it--Estela was meeting her here. She hadn't had a chance to see her sister-in-law since a confusing and emotional reunion at the hospital.

    If there was one clio Estela could expect no judgement or anger from, it was Paisley. The two had taken to each other since the moment they were introduced. Estela may not have had any siblings by blood (which was probably for the best, all things considered) but she had a sister in Paisley. Even now, after everything that had happened. Even after what happened to Poppy...
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    Paisley Sommers
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    Post by Paisley Sommers on Thu Mar 15, 2018 8:36 pm

    The last month of Paisley's life had been one of the most emotionally challenging months she'd ever experienced. For the second time in her tenure as overloridian her special task force had been working toward shutting down a conglomerate criminal organization. It didn't help that she was six months pregnant, or that she had a fifteen year old daughter denying treatment.

    Add to this Estela, Paisley's sister-in-law, and one of her best friends. Missing for four years, thought to be dead, and now...

    Paisley felt an overwhelming sense of guilt that she hadn't been able to sit down with Estela before today. But today Poppy was with Axel, and Paisley's role in the break down of the Coterie was lessening as it turned into paperwork and trials instead of investigations and interviews.

    Today was free, and so Paisley had asked Estela to meet her in a local coffee shop. It was a place they'd loved to go in their younger years--back when the children were babies. It seemed funny, returning here all these years later. Paisley pregnant again--as she'd been with Henri, and then Poppy, for a lot of it. Eventually the children had gotten too old to sit babbling in strollers, and both Estela and Paisley had gotten too busy for a weekly cup of coffee, anyway. It'd turned into play dates at the park, or hanging out at the estate when the sisters weren't working.

    Paisley was thinking about how much their relationship had meant, and how much it had hurt when Estela went missing, abruptly ending their time together, when she opened to door to the shop. Estela was sitting near at a table for two, and when Paisley caught sight of her she felt her eyes immediately begin to burn. Someone else would have blamed the emotion on the pregnancy, but Paisley knew it was her overwhelming love that brought tears to her eyes.

    Whatever had happened, Estela was here now. Back from the dead. Paisley walked over and pulled her sister into a hug.
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    Estela Kappo
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    Post by Estela Kappo on Thu Mar 15, 2018 8:57 pm

    Estela didn't even have time to say hello when Paisley swooped in and pulled her into a loving embrace. She didn't hesitate to return it. For just a moment it was like being in the past again, years ago when Estela would meet the oft-pregnant Paisley here to chat about babies, or work, or their husbands. Back when Estela had been a normal woman with a normal life. She wanted that life back so badly it burned.

    "It's so good to see you," she said, her voice a little wavery. The two women sat down across from one another. "How are you? How--how is Poppy doing?" She tried and failed to keep the guilt out of her voice as she asked. Poppy, sweet little Poppy, who Estela had been closest to out of all of Paisley's children. That innocent girl had been through hell.
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    Paisley Sommers
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    Post by Paisley Sommers on Sun Mar 18, 2018 10:53 am

    "Okay, I think," Paisley said, thinking to how Poppy had taken to spending every free moment with Axel. She and Nils talked late into the night most nights about their worry over the situation...but on the outside, Poppy did seem okay at the very least. She was going to elaborate, going to open a floodgate of her fears and worries over her children, going to confide in Estela like she would have done four years ago, but something stopped her. Paisley noticed the heartbreak in Estela's eyes, the guilt in her voice. Sadness ebbed in her stomach and she instinctively put a hand on her ever-growing bump.

    "How is Elias? How are you? Henri?"

    Nils had told her this morning that Henri'd mentioned going on a family trip. What he hadn't mentioned was that Estela would not be going with them...something that seemed very off to Paisley. She'd been home only a month. Elias had only been out of the hospital for a few weeks. Had they already left? Left Estela home alone to an empty house? Paisley couldn't understand it.
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    Estela Kappo
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    Post by Estela Kappo on Sun Mar 18, 2018 6:53 pm

    Estela managed to smile at the news that Poppy was apparently doing okay. While it was far from perfect, their kids could be doing a whole lot worse than "okay." "Elias is doing well, all things considered," she said. In spite of everything, Elias seemed to be healthy and optimistic about his recovery. It warmed Estela's heart to see him smile and laugh with his father, especially after everything Henri had told her about their strained relationship.

    "I'm hanging in there. Henri..." She trailed off and sighed. "Things just aren't the same between us. I guess I shouldn't expect them to be after all that's happened, but..." She gave a sort of helpless shrug. Was it even possible to fix a relationship after four years of absence? After a lifetime of lies?

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