|The Way Things Are
Author: chawk1993 PM
*Set 11 months after Rise of the Planet of the Apes* Will and Caroline are now married and they have a daughter named in honour of Will's father, Charles. Meanwhile, Koba a former test experiment with a hatred for humans plots his revenge.Rated: Fiction T - English - Adventure/Drama - Chapters: 9 - Words: 15,586 - Reviews: 28 - Favs: 17 - Follows: 20 - Updated: 07-13-12 - Published: 08-14-11 - id: 7285266
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A/N: Hey readers! I know it has been a long time since I updated but I was watching RotPotA (Rise of the Planet of the Apes) last night and I thought that I might as well update. I started this a while ago and I wanted to get this chapter up as it will play a vital part in chapters coming up. As of now, I am working on my stories and I should have at least one story finished by the end of the year. Fingers crossed. So I hope you enjoy and I hope that you all review. It would make my day!
Chapter Eight: My brother Caesar
Charlie sat in the back seat of her parents' car with Caesar. Today was the day that she got to take her 'brother' to school. Cornelia had returned to the forest for the day while Caesar made his public debut at Charlie's school.
"Why are you so nervous Cae?" Will asked.
"I am not nervous," Caesar said in his deep voice. Will chuckled while Caroline smiled as she struggled to keep her composure intact.
"You are Cae. I can see it in your eyes," Charlie giggled.
Caesar turned his gaze to her before turning back to face the windscreen. "Maybe just a little." The ape replied. Will smirked as he stopped at the only set of traffic lights on their route. A few minutes later, the Rodmans and Caesar arrived at the school and made their way to Charlie's classroom.
"Alright, Charlie, you're up first." The teacher, Ms. Hazel said with a smile. Charlie motioned for her parents and Caesar to enter the room. The entire class gasped when they saw Caesar. Ms. Hazel looked about ready to pass out.
"This is my mom and dad. They have let me bring in my idol, my brother, Caesar," Charlie began as she spoke with confidence to her stunned teacher and classmates. "He was the leader ape that went crazy on the Golden Gate Bridge." She said proudly. Caroline and Will looked at each other in terror. They had no idea that Charlie was about to blurt this out. Caesar stood on his back legs and pulled himself into a standing position and attempted to smile. It had been a long time since he had smiled at anyone other than his human family and of course Cornelia.
The entire class of human children gasped when they saw Caesar smile. In their little eyes it was one that brought on frightening dreams, while in the eyes of their teacher, it was one of murder. Ms. Hazel knew that from the news reports she had seen and from newspaper articles she had read that Caesar had the ability to kill. He had killed Steven Jacobs or so the story goes. It had actually been Koba who had killed Jacobs but very few people knew the truth of what had actually happened on that fateful day on the Golden Gate Bridge.
"Alright, Charlie, it was lovely to meet Caesar and thank you to Will and Caroline Rodman for being here. Give Charlie a round of applause, everyone." Ms. Hazel said causing the entire class to clap. Charlie hugged her parents and Caesar goodbye before returning to her seat in-between Alicia and Olivia.
"I cannot believe you let me agree to this!" Will said as the door to the classroom shut behind Caesar. "The kids were scared shitless. I told you that this wasn't a good idea."
"Will," Caroline began slowly. "This is what Charlie wanted. She wanted to show the children that Caesar isn't dangerous like everyone believes he is." Caesar watched his adoptive parents argue, his face didn't portray how he was feeling because he didn't know how to feel at this moment.
"Like I said yesterday, the kids would have heard stories about the rebellion from their parents and grandparents." Catching the expression on his wife's face, Will knew to back off. There was no way he was going to win this argument. As much as he loved Charlie and Caesar, he knew, as their father, when things were and were not dangerous. He knew that the kids would be telling their parents about one of their classmates, bringing an ape to school for show and tell when they got home that afternoon. "I hope for Charlie's sake that this doesn't backfire." Caroline sighed and bowed her head. Her husband was right. If this backfired there was going to be even more news reports than what there had been during Caesar's rebellion.
The bell for recess had just rang and Charlie and her two new friends were making their way to the door to get some fresh air during their break. As they made their way to the door however, they were surprised by just how many people applauded her for bringing Caesar to school.
"That was cool, Charlie!" said one girl as she past the trio.
"Thanks." Charlie said in surprise. For a five year old, she was much smarter than most kids her own age though she did not look her age at all. She looked like she should have been in preschool but no one had commented on her height or her smartness, at least not yet.
"That was scary," Livi commented as she pushed her glasses back up her nose.
"Yeah it was. Why did you choose to bring Caesar anyways? I thought your dad was didn't want you to." Ali said as they pulled their backpacks onto their backs and headed for the playground.
"I don't know. It was just something that I wanted to do." Charlie shrugged.
"I must say, I was scared," Livi admitted as they sat down. "Is Caesar really your brother?"
"Technically, yes." Charlie said with a smile as she pulled her snap lock bag of apple slices from her bag. She missed the expressions on Livi and Ali's faces at her use of a difficult word. They knew that because Charlie's parents were a scientist and a vet respectively, that she would be smarter than them by a long shot. Shrugging it off, the friends settled down and watched as the older kids played with footballs and other equipment that would endure them in enjoyment.
That night, Will and Charlie sat in silence at the dinner table. Caroline, Caesar and Cornelia struggled not to say anything about it but after fifteen minutes of silence, it started to get too much for Caroline.
"So, Charlie how was school?" Charlie's head snapped in the direction of her mother.
"It was better than I thought it would be. People actually liked that I brought Caesar to school." As these words slipped off his daughter's tongue, Will pushed his chair back and got to his feet before storming out of the room and in the direction of his study.
"What was that about?" Charlie asked. Caroline sighed and continued to eat while Caesar and Cornelia pushed their now empty plates away and hurried off to their room.
To be Continued…