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Narrated by Delaney Tesla
Cacey is leaving for the Wolff Legacy
My aunt, Cacey, told me today she was going to be leaving Oasis Springs. She’s being reassigned by the spy agency, and the whole family was going with her.
(Way to beg the question, Cacey).
I started begging for answers.
“To Willow Creek, right?”
“No, not Willow Creek,” she said.
“They have agents in Granite Falls??! Lucky you! When can we come visit?”
Cacey told me she wasn’t going to Granite Falls, and we weren’t going to be able to visit. But she said she was going to wait till after this baby was born, to leave, so she could help me with Ewan.
“Well, where are you going?” I asked.
“That’s a hard question to answer,” she said.
In fact, I noticed that she most emphatically did not answer the question of where.
Very early the next morning I couldn’t sleep, I was pacing, and I finally woke Alexander up.
Cacey’s leaving Oasis Springs. She’s leaving everywhere and she can’t tell me where she’s going or why she’s going there. And she’s taking Dashle, Dennis, and Darryl!
Alexander immediately started speculating about where Cacey could go, if she wasn’t going to Willow Creek or Granite Falls. Now that he started to think about it, he’d always assumed there were other places, but he hadn’t actually every heard of another place from a person he knew. He’d never known anyone from another place.
Cacey was leaving in about 6 months. We had some time to try to get to the bottom of this.
Meanwhile, Ryleigh and I were both expecting babies. Ryleigh was having twins, so after the births, we’d both have two kids!
Not everyone was as happy for Ryleigh as I was.
Ryleigh has an employee in her division named Eliza Pancakes. Eliza has probably come to just about every party we’ve had, but never become a friend. She and Ryleigh really dislike each other. Which is weird, because they are both neat perfectionists!
One day when Ryleigh was out jogging, Eliza came by, and Ryleigh shared her big news with her.
Ryleigh told me Eliza is excited that maybe she can take Ryleigh’s job while she is on family leave. Ryleigh was livid.
This pregnancy tired me out, just like when I was expecting Ewan. When I needed rest, Ewan would often come in my room to be near me.
As the baby grew, so did my questions about Cacey leaving.
Cacey had made it clear that she would not be telling us details of where she was going, so I didn’t even push anymore, with her. I started doing some research. There’s information about all kinds of places on the internet, but the more I thought about it, Alexander is right. I don’t actually know anyone who lived in those places.
There are jokes about a place called Sunset Valley; and there are famous places called Strangetown and Pleasantview, from TV. Alexander likes a zombie show about a place called Moonlight Falls. There are even tropical places like Twikki Island, which I’ve told my nephews about around the campfire.
Even more disturbing, I tried to remember a specific memory from my trips into space, and realized that I HAVE NO MEMORIES of my space flights
, or looking down on the earth. It’s like I disappeared during those flights, and came back with a feeling that I had accomplished space flight, but no memory.
The evening of the cookout came. Alexander, the Grillmaster, was practicing his arts.
Ewan, my little Gloomy Guy, didn’t understand why we needed to celebrate something that was a tragedy.
I told him that we were not celebrating Cacey and the boys leaving. We were celebrating what they mean to us.
The party was fun, but overshadowed by Cacey and her family’s departure.
Gavin, Cacey’s husband, played guitar and tried to cheer us up.
Cacey had her own worries.
“Am I doing the right thing, leaving Delaney?” she pleaded with her mother’s grave, torn between the niece she had cared for and the drive to find the truth.
She was intrigued by the glimmer that there is more reality out there, than she had ever thought of before. But leaving Delaney, Ewan, Alexander, and Bella, her best friend, was not easy.
Since Cacey was leaving, she entrusted the family urns to me and we built a little garden for them. Before, she had kept them in a safe place at her house.
One night not long after we built the garden, I walked into the bathroom to wash the dishes, and could swear I saw my mom there, cleaning.
I turned around and walked right back out. With Cacey leaving, and all the excitement of building the memorial garden, I think I just have my mom on my mind a lot more these days.
Early the next morning, I found Ewan doing his homework, talking as if someone was helping him.
And there were dirty dishes all over the patio, even though I saw Alexander clean up before he went to bed. I tried to calm myself down. When I’m pregnant, messes around the house really bother me.
Despite the need to process all this, time proceeded. Ryleigh and I were both very close to delivering our babies. Cacey was helping around the house all the time.
Alexander took over the plant care, although he couldn’t fertilize them for me. I had a lot of time with Ewan.
The next morning I felt compelled to dress for work, even though I was on family leave. Then I had a strong craving for pancakes.
But by the time I was ready to eat the pancakes, I could tell I was in labor.
I was determined to eat those pancakes! But the pains were coming fast and hard.
I finally abandoned the pancakes, went into the bedroom, and delivered little Elise.
Meanwhile, Ryleigh had just delivered twins a few hours before me. Welcome, Rachel and Rianna!
Ryleigh said Dante was in a typical pre-birth panic for quite a while.
But when Rachel and Rianna were born he was the one who knew what he was doing. Ryleigh’s never thought about having children until this pregnancy, but Dante is very family-oriented.
Back at Delaney’s house, everyone wanted to delay, but the time came when Cacey had to leave.
Delaney tried to stop time, keep this moment from ending.
I love this screencap! Ryleigh’s telling Eliza, “Talk to the Hand!”
Ryleigh seemed to think that baby Rachel would follow her directions like her employees, at first. “Just a moment, Child!”
After building the graveyard and placing the markers, Cacey had a visit from the two snobs, her dad and her sister.
In the morning all the ghosts returned to the graveyard (remember playing 100 ghosts in the graveyard as a kid?!)