Holy shit guys, last chapter. Can't believe it! Hope everyone like the ending!
Jane and I were sitting on a bench in the park. It was October in South Carolina, so it was still really warm out compared to other places. We watched our kids play a few yards away on the playground. Jane was holding her newborn son Hayden.
"So how was therapy today?" Jane asked casually. I twisted my wedding ring around on my finger.
"Fine. I had that therapist I don't like today though. You know, that freaky one that treats me like I'm going to run down the hall into the abnormal patients rooms' and start making out with them or something," I replied.
"Ugh, why don't you tell them you don't want to see him anymore? That other one, Vanessa, she's much better," Jane said.
"Yeah," I nodded in agreement. It had been almost five years since the night on the roof with the Joker. I had been going to therapy after the detectives I had to talk to found out that Spencer was the Joker's son and not Nick's. I had been diagnosed with Stockholm Syndrome, which means that for some reason I developed a sort of affection for the Joker and that I didn't really love him. I don't believe that though. But I had to go to therapy because the police had threatened to throw me in the nuthouse if I didn't voluntarily get help. They told me that I had put Spencer in danger because of my mental disease and if I didn't go to therapy they would take him away. So needless, to say, I did not argue with them.
"Mommy! Spencer won't let me play in the sandbox with him!" a little girl's voice tattled.
"Spencer! Let your sister play in the sandbox!" I yelled to him. Spencer, now ten years old, grumbled and rolled his eyes before he complied.
"Good boy," I said.
Nick and I got married a few months after Spencer and I escaped the Joker. However, before we got married, I found out that I was pregnant again. Woops. We figured we got careless because we had missed each other so much and didn't even think about using protection. We now had a daughter together named Lily. She had turned four just a few days ago. Kevin and Jane had finally gotten married too, and they had Hayden and another son, Brandon, who was Lily's age.
While I had been horribly torn between Jack and Nick, I knew I had made the right decision. I loved Nick and no one could possibly make me as happy as he could.
We hadn't seen or heard of the Joker since that night four years ago. The police had stationed guards outside our house and constantly checked in on us for months after the whole ordeal. They couldn't find one trace of the Joker or anyone he had been in contact with. Finally, we all just gave up and assumed he would leave us alone.
But the Joker never lets go of something that he wants.
Jane and I continued talking, occasionally looking over at the kids to make sure everyone was still playing nicely.
"I mean, it's been over four years, you'd think my own psychologist would stop treating me like I'm crazy," I said, turning to look at the kids. Spencer and Brandon were playing with trucks in the sand. I didn't see Lily with them. "Where's Lily?" I asked feeling my heart start to beat faster in panic. I stood up to get a better view. Jane stood up next to me and called Lily's name. Then I saw her. I immediately started walking angrily in her direction. She was talking happily to a tall man with long dark hair pulled back into a ponytail at the nape of his neck. He was wearing a long, gray coat and dark sunglasses. He didn't seem to be doing anything wrong, but he was shady and talking to my little girl. That was enough of an excuse for me to go over and kick his ass.
"Lily!" I yelled, walking with even more purpose towards her. Both Lily and the man turned to look at me. She joyously said goodbye to him, then skipped just as joyously back to me. I threw my arms out in astonishment as I looked down at my approaching daughter.
"Lil, what are you doin'?" I asked sarcastically. The man's collar was pulled up so I couldn't make out any details, but he stared in my direction as he backed away, then turned and walked in the opposite direction.
"Talking to that nice man Mommy," Lily explained.
"You know better than that sweetie. We don't talk to strangers, no matter how nice they may seem," I reprimanded her. She sighed.
"Okay, Mommy." I put a hand on her shoulder and started to steer her back in the direction of the playground. I looked over my shoulder one more time to glare at the man's back. Only I wasn't looking at his back. I had caught him looking over his shoulder and staring at me and Lily yet again.
"Geez, you sure picked a creepy one, Lil," I said turning back around. "What did he say to you anyway?"
"I don't know, he was just nice. He said I had very pretty eyes," Lily said proudly. I furrowed my brow.
"That's a weird thing to say to a random little girl," I said more to myself, confused.
"Don't you think I have pretty eyes Mommy?" Lily asked concerned, afraid I wouldn't agree with the creepy dude who had given her the compliment.
"Of course I do sweetie," I assured her.
"You didn't even look!" she protested. I laughed.
"Okay, let me see," I said, looking down into her eyes. Lily had the darkest eyes I had ever seen. I always assumed she had gotten a more drastic version of Nick's brown eyes. But now, looking at her eyes intently in the sunlight, I realized there was actually a green tint to them.
"Yes, you have very…pretty…eyes…" I said slowly, my voice trailing off. I looked back at where the strange man had been, but he wasn't there anymore. I turned back to Lily. I stared horrified into my daughters' eyes. It was like staring into the eyes of the Joker.
There you have it, the final chapter of Strange Is What We Aim For! I can't believe it's over! :( Thanks to everybody who stuck through this with me and thank you all for your reviews and feedback, they really kept me motivated to keep coming on here and adding more to my story. I am definitely going to expand on this storyline. I've already started writing a prequel about how the Joker and Marissa met. I might do a sequel to this story at some point, but for now I wanted to leave it sort of open-ended. I would love to hear your thoughts on this last chapter! Thanks again for reading guys!