That afternoon I went back home to talk to Aden. He was not there and I figured he would probably be at the beach. I was right; I did find him at the beach.
"We need to talk," I told him.
"About what?" he asked.
"Why are you here? Why didn't you go with Aunt Jessie and Uncle Fred?"
"Why do you want to know?" he asked me.
"I'm the one asking questions here and I'm waiting for an appropriate answer," I asked. I was getting tired of his silly games.
"I want to be here."
"Why?" I persisted. I knew I should have asked him: How do you feel about me? But that was too straight forward.
"So I can be close to someone," he admitted.
"Who?" I acted innocent as if I was living on another planet.
"You." He leaned forward to kiss me but I pushed him away.
"I have a boyfriend and I love him. You should go back to where you came from," I told him.
"You can't make me leave," he challenged.
"Watch me." I turned around.
"Where are you going?" he asked startled.
"To tell my parents the truth about you and call Aunt Jessie and tell her everything."
"You won't do that."
I turned around to face him. I had already walked a few steps away from him. "Are you sure about that?" I asked and started walking away again. He did not say anything this time.
"Hey mum, can I talk to you?" I asked my mum when I got back home.
"Yeah sure," she said wiping her hand in a cloth after finishing washing the dishes. She turned to look at me and said, "What's wrong honey?" She must have figured that something was wrong from the look on my face. "Is it boyfriend trouble?"
"No, it's Aden."
We sat down at the kitchen table.
"What's with him?" she asked confused and curious.
"I know something about him that you might not want to hear."
"What is it?" she asked seriously.
"He is not who you think he is."
"What do you mean?" She looked even more confused than before.
"He's not really my cousin. Aunt Jessie and Uncle Fred are not his biological parents. He made some DNA tests at hospital."
She put both hands up to her mouth. "How did you find out?"
"He told me and showed me the tests' results."
"I'd better called my sister and tell her," she said.
She did call Aunt Jessie and she did tell her what I told her. After she hung up she told me that Aunt Jessie was coming to pick him up and take him with her to Las Vegas to settle things right.
After Aden left town, things got better between Cody and I. I started hanging out more often with my friends, Cody and my family. I appreciated every moment. I also sent an email to Aden apologizing for telling my mum the truth about him. The reality behind it all was that Aunt Jessie and Uncle Fred could not have any children and they found Aden abandoned on their porch so they kept him. According to doctors he was just one day old. Aunt Jessie and Uncle Fred told no one that Aden was not their real child and that was why they moved out of town and went to Las Vegas. They started their life from scratch at Las Vegas. They never told us they had moved; and they never told us they could not have children; and, above all, they never told us Aden was not their child.
Aden did not send me any emails. He was probably mad at me and most probably he would never talk to me again, and I could not blame him, but I knew I had to set things right.