While thinking of the life changing event that took place earlier that evening, Barb looked into the crystal blue water of the pool she shared with her sister wives.
"What have I gotten my family into?" She thought t herself as a tear trickled down her face.
She suddenly felt a gentle hand on her shoulder.
"It's okay, mom" she heard. Barb turned around to see a very familiar face. It was Sarah, the one who never understood why her mother allowed their family to live a lifestyle such as this. "Mom, I can't stand to see you cry. Everything will be okay. I promise." She embraced her mother with a hug, and a kiss on the cheek.
For the first time that night, Barb truly felt comforted. Though she knew that there was really nothing that any of her children could do to fix the situation, for some reason, the mere fact that her daughter at least attempted to make her feel comforted actually worked. Barb sat down and put her feet in the water, and then gestured for Sarah to do the same. After wiping the tears from her face, she put her arm around her daughter's shoulder and said
"I know that I haven't made the wisest decisions when it has come to this family, but I am so proud of you, Ben, and Teeny. You are the most beautiful children in the world, and I can't thank you enough for being behind me every step of the way even if you didn't agree with me. You are such good kids, and I can't believe I've subjected you to this…"
"Mom, stop. You did what you thought was best for this family, and we all turned out alright. I thank God for you, dad, and the rest of our family in its entirety every single day. I don't know where I'd be without every single one of you."
They sat there in silence for a few minutes, until they heard light footsteps behind them.
"I just wanted to make sure you were okay. Nikki made you some tea." Bill said to his wife, while handing her a mug. Barb took the tea, and Bill sat down next to her, tightly gripping his wife's hand.
"Dad, what will happen to us?" Sarah asked. She had been waiting for hours for just the right moment to ask SOMEONE that question. "Honestly, I don't know Sarah. I guess it really all depends on how far spread the news has hit. Who knows, we may wake up in the morning and find out that no one else found out. Lord willing, that will be the scenario."
Barb was suddenly saddened again, and decided to go upstairs to bed. "Are you okay?" Bill asked, sincerely. Barb managed to get out a grin, "Yeah…I'm fine. I just need to get some rest. I love you". She kissed her husband, and gave her daughter a hug, then headed up to her room. On her way up the stairs, tears started streaming down her face. She could no longer hold them back. "Of course, I'm not okay!" She thought to herself while closing her bedroom door. She took off her robe, and laid down in her neatly made bed.
The eldest sister wife began the process of crying herself to sleep, when she heard a quiet knock at the door. She dried her eyes and answered "Yes?!" To her surprise, Nikki and Margie were there to check on her yet again. "Barb, how are you?" Nikki asked with the curls still in her hair. Barb had no choice but to burst into tears yet again. Margie ran over to her sister wife and hugged her tightly and said "We're in this together. Do you hear me Barb? We're here for you." Nikki joined Barb and Margie in this deep embrace. At this moment, every self centered thought, all the jealousy, and all the backstabbing was turned to love, support and loyalty for each other. "I love you both, very much" Nikki said, while wiping her own tears from her face. "More than you'll ever know."