The next morning was the twins’ birthday. Mei woke up earlier than usual, and she was unable to do anything. So, she settled for cleaning because it was busywork and would help to take her mind off the recent passing of her Dad. She still felt a horrible guilt for not telling him she loved him, for letting it end on a sour note, but she didn’t want to dwell on that fact for her birthday. She wanted to be able to be semi-decent for the day.
Raelynn still carried through with her party plans for the girls. She figured it would help ease the sadness a bit for everyone. For Raelynn, it helped to see her sister with her new figure after giving birth. “Twins!” Raelynn was ecstatic at the news. Dayna gave birth to a boy and girl named Ian and Oma.
“They’re a handful!” Dayna commented as everyone sat down for cake. Belle had her turn to age up, but as everyone gathered for cake, Mei still had to wait to become an adult.
Finally, her turn arrived and she made a wish and blew out her candles. I hope my Dad is happy wherever he is, she wished.
After the party, the girls stayed at the table. “I have something important I need to discuss with both of you.” Raelynn told them.
Mei looked down at the table, half-listening, and Belle stared intently at her Mom, already guessing what she wanted to talk about.
“I had to make a decision about who would be heir for the legacy…” Raelynn started. She looked back and forth between both of her girls. “It was tough because I love both of you so much. So I came to the decision that I would go with the oldest…”
Perking up at the news, Mei looked at her twin along with Raelynn. Belle stared at both of them in complete shock. “M-me?” She said.
“But…” Belle looked down at her hands, twiddling her thumbs nervously. “I don’t want to be heir. I mean, I appreciate you choosing me, Mom, but I want to have my freedom and not be tied down to the house.”
Raelynn thought carefully. “I understand. Mei?” She turned to her younger daughter by only a couple minutes.
“Yes, Mom. Thank you.” Mei originally hadn’t wanted to be heir either, but she knew someone had to carry on the legacy. It was her duty to carry the tradition even if she didn’t want to.
“I’m glad that’s settled.” Raelynn sighed in relief.
Later that night, Belle changed her wardrobe completely and sat down at the computer to work on her writing. However, Belle couldn’t escape the grief over her Dad passing and broke down in tears in the middle of writing. Also, she felt guilty for turning Raelynn down, but she knew she wouldn’t make a good heir and that Mei was better suited for the position. Belle also knew that Mei would want to honor Rey and not live his memory down.
The next morning, Belle knew it was time for her to pack her bags. Raelynn grabbed her in a tight hug. “I’m going to miss you terribly.” She told Belle.
“I’ll miss you too, Mom.” Belle hugged her back.
“Keep in touch?” Raelynn asked, pulling away slightly.
“I promise.” Belle smiled and kissed her Mom on the cheek.
After saying goodbye to Mei, they had stayed up the previous night after Belle’s breakdown watching movies, Belle grabbed her bags and walked out the door. Raelynn pulled Mei close to her as they watched their loved one leave them to explore the world on her own. “I’m going to miss her.” Mei said, and started to cry into her Mom’s shoulder.
“Everything will be okay.” Raelynn said, attempting to comfort Mei. “You’ll see her soon.” She promised Mei.
“I know, it’ll just be hard not having her by my side all the time…” Mei confessed.
“Dayna and I still make time for each other, so I know you two will. You two are closer than we were, so I have no doubt you’ll find a way to make it work.” Raelynn told Mei, reassuring her. “Now, would you like some ice cream?”
Mei smiled slightly at the thought of cold, delicious ice cream, “Yes.”