Danger Days--(part 9)

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Danger Days--(part 9)

She just looks at me and then purses her lips before she asks, “What did the abomination say to you?”
I look at her, tear stained and looking deadly, “He said dad wasn’t my biological father, and that you left when he was captured, not because he made you go because of me,” I say looking her dead in the eye. And she just closes her eyes and pulls me into a close hug again.
“It’s true, Daniel wasn’t your father,” she says.
“What!” I say pulling back and shocked that she’s telling me this.
She just looks at me sadly and begins to explain, “He’s Jen’s father though, and sadly everything else Mr. Vamp probably told you is true.”
“So my father is a Killjoy that’s still out there in the Zones?”
“Yes, he and I were married actually, but no one but three people knew when we got married before we joined the Killjoys with our friends, Daniel Moore, a friend of my childhood, two friends of your father’s, and your father’s younger brother—your uncle,” she just looks at me so apologetically, it’s the same look Jen gives me when she’s done something bad, and I’m such a sap, that I forgive my mom right away for everything, even though I haven’t heard the whole story.
She goes on, still looking at me with apologetic eyes, “We were some of the best of our Zone, with our excellent combination of brains and brawn,” she smiles at the memories that come flooding to her mind. “But then you came along, and you would have been a miracle, the first child born into the Killjoys, we had a handful of medical students that dropped out to help us, and a few real doctors that believed in our cause…they were prepping everything for your birth, even though no one knew who the father was—”
“Wait,” I cut her off, “What do you mean no one knew?”
“Your father didn’t even know, I refused to tell anyone who it was,” mom says sadly, then she smiles weakly, “He didn’t want to believe it I guess, and everyone thought that your father and I were just good friends and not really a young married couple.” Then mom gets back on track with the rest of her story.
“Do you remember Dr. Death Defying, the one who always brought us CDs and your player?” she looks at me with a smile full of memory, I nod to keep her going, “He was actually your grandfather, my father, and he was the only one who came back to see me and Daniel after they found us.”
“Mom, how did they get dad? Vamp said they had caught dad, and you went with him and claimed to be carrying his child, so they wouldn’t kill him,” I ask because I want to know how they really came to be in BLI suburbs.
“I was getting to that sweetie,” she says, losing a little of her luster. “The BLI had found our hideout, at the time I was about eight months pregnant, and your father always asked how I was doing, worried you would come early and we wouldn’t be ready, everyone thinking he was just acting out of concern for a friend’s well being, but trust me you came right when expected, anyway,” she pauses for breathe and looks away to regain herself. “When they came, your father had me and your grandfather outta there in a moment, but Daniel had gone back to get some plans of his, he didn’t want the BLI to find them and use them against us, I was the only one who knew he’s gone back, so I went in after him, your grandfather tried to stop me, but it was too late, they had Daniel, and I knew they’d kill him, so I did the only thing that could save him.” She looks me in the eye with the next words, “I told them I was pregnant with his child, so they took us both away to a rehab in Battery City, where I had you, and when we passed our rehabilitation tests, they gave you back to us, and a home of our choice, and we chose the one closest to home.” At that she looks around, at the home closest to her real home.
“After you were born, I became upset, I’d lost my family, and I was upset with myself because I couldn’t give you a reason to call yourself a big sister, I had no brothers or sisters, so I knew what a lonely life it was, so Daniel went in and told them he wanted to give me a sperm donation, a clean way to give a married woman a child, so we had Jennet, and soon, your grandfather found us, and so did other refugees.”
“So you’re still married to…” I try to say what I heard but I can’t.
“Your biological father’s name is Gerard, Gerard Way,” she picks up from my silence, “And yes, he and I are still technically married.”
“What does he look like?” I have to know this, if he’s still out there, and if mom’s right about me having to leave, then maybe I can find him and he can help me get mom out of anything my mistake gets her and Jen into.
“I don’t know any more, but you look a lot like he used to,” she says looking at me sadly.
“What! Did they brainwash, does she really not remember!” all this goes screaming through my head.
“Your grandfather said he left after me and Dan were taken, he believed they had killed us both or sent us off to a secret rehab out in one of the farther zones, so he ran off, he had told him that he was gonna find me and Techman—that’s your dad’s Killjoy name remember—or make the BLI pay for what they did, so he and his brother Mikey, and their friends Ray and Frank, left to travel the zones, freeing other captured Killjoys everywhere within the zones surrounding the city, I only know this because many of them came across your grandfather and told them about your father’s actions.”
“And he told you on his visits, didn’t he,” I say giving a little smile.
“Yes, he did, but he didn’t know if he had changed his appearance, the rescued always said the group that saved them always wore masks, but he knew it was him,” she tells me. “And then they all stopped coming, I assume grandpa did it to keep us protected after what happened, but I sent him a letter via the last Killjoy that ever stopped by here, Show Pony” she laughs at recalling his name, “He was a roller, he traveled around the Zone highways on his rollerblades, and he promised to give it to him,” she says, getting comfortable now with saying I have a grandfather.
Then she looks at me seriously, “I told him what had happened, that you were going to school, that I could see you weren’t ever going to leave that school, and I knew they’d find out who you really were one day.” She takes in a deep breathe then continues on, “Your father was gaining a reputation, and you have so much of him in you, even back then, I knew BLI was gonna put two-n-two together sooner or later, you have the attitude, and you even look like him—same unruly hair, same big hazel eyes, even the same smile.”
“There was a little boy this morning,” I say realizing something. “He brought a ring on a chain, he got it confiscated, but I got it back for him.” I go on, “But I got caught, so I was gonna have another detention tomorrow, and Vamp mentioned it, said it made me like my father, said I wouldn’t go down without a fight, or let anyone get stepped on, just like my dad.” I look at my mom, knowing that she knows too…that was the test.
“If they know then, and considering events, you need to leave now,” she says standing, and reaching to help me up. “Come on, you and Jen need to get packed up to leave.”

Part 10: http://www.mychemicalromance.com/blog/zone-specter/danger-days-part10